The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most well-known trekking routes when it comes to reaching an untouched and preserved areas of Nepal. The Manaslu region is less explored by trekkers as it was opened for trekking only since 1991. Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) is the highest peak in the region and is the eight highest mountains in the world, located in the western-central region of Nepal and was first climbed by a Japanese expedition team in 1956. Because of the few visitors, the journey offers less trodden paths with a pure natural environment, rich bio-diversity, breathtaking views of the Himalaya mountains and authentic Buddhist culture and tradition. It requires minimum 2 trekkers to obtain special permit, government registered trekking agency like Nepal Trekking Experts and a license holder guide to enter the majestic Manaslu circuit which is protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project helping to preserve the wide varieties of flora & fauna. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an opportunity to experience not only the ever changing and spellbinding natural environments but also a look into the lives and unique cultures of the traditional Tamang and Sherpa societies in this magical region of Nepal.
The 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to be a strenuous trekking level. The main activities of Manaslu Trek is trekking and hiking with cultural, historical and natural diversities reaching a maximum elevation of 5160m. The trek commences with a drive to Arughat/Soti Khola from where the trail will proceed through numerous local settlements and changing Eco-systems ranging from rugged landscapes, jungle, pine forests and spectacular panorama views of the surrounding mountain peaks. The biggest challenge as well as experience of the Manaslu Circuit Trek will be the crossing of the snow covered Larke La (5160m), only a mere 8 km from the Tibet border. From here you get the stunning view of Larke peak (6249m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kang (7038m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). From Larke La the trek is descending rapidly to Bhimthang known for its excellent accommodation and stunning view of the snow-capped mountains once again. The remaining of the trek will take us along the Dudh Khola river (Milk river), passing through beautiful forest of pine, juniper and rhododendron before finally reaching Dharapani from where it is possible to join us for another adventure of Annapurna region or driving back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. The best time for Manaslu circuit trek is March to May and September to November. For further detail please feel free contact us and visit our Manaslu region blog.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat/Sotikhola by drive.
Day 04: Soti to Machhakhola.(869m, 7hrs)
Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat(1340m, 7hrs)
Day 06: Jagat to Deng(6/7hrs,1860m)
Day 07: Deng to Namrung(2630m, 7hrs)
Day 08: Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4hrs)
Day 09: Loho to Sama(3520m, 3hrs).
Day 10: Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.
Day 11: Sama to Samdo(3860m, 3hrs)
Day 12: Hike to open and interesting ancient trading Tibet border called Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight (8hrs).
Day 13: Samdo to Dharmasala(7hrs, 4460m)
Day 14: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then Bhimthang overnight(3590, 8hrs).
Day 15: Bhimthang to Dharapani(1960m, 7/8hrs).
Day 16: Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by drive.
Day 17: Leisure day
Day 18: Join with different program or farewell
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.
Welcome at Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.
Free day for trekking preparation or spend a day your own.
Kathmandu to Arughat (600m) by public bus (7/8hrs). Then we either start the trek from Arughat or we switch to a different local bus to Soti khola(700m), depending on the amount of time and what your wish is. Soti khola is situated at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River which starts from Larke La.
After breakfast, the way will leads us through a beautiful jungle and massive waterfalls in the surroundings.The meaning of Machhakhola is Fish River.
The trail will leads us through the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River to Khorlabensi. Once we continue from Khorlabensi then we will arrive at Tatopani (Tatopani meaning hot water). Tatopani is another interesting place where you can experience the natural running hot water. We will probably have lunch at Dovan before we arrive at Jagat for the overnight. Jagat is a big village and the restricted area of Manaslu National Park will starts from here. It will offers a neat and clean stone paved way, Mani walls, MCAP office (Manaslu Conservation Area Project), Siringi Himal etc.
After breakfast, we will cross couple of suspension bridges and get in one of the most beautiful village called Philim. We can have cup of tea/coffee break here before we continue. On this day we will get on the junction where the trail will separate Tsum valley and Larke La. We will take a left (towards Larke la) and continue to Deng for the overnight.
During the trek from Deng to Namrung we will have great opportunities to explore and enjoy the views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and a beautiful jungle just before reaching Namrung.
The landscape itself will opens magically and most of the interesting parts of Larke La will begins from today. Loho is a beautiful town and will offers the first incredible view of Mt. Manaslu. It will also offers amazing monastery on top of the hill.
Onward from today you should have full power on your camera because of the many beautiful and breathtaking views we will get from here on. The town of Shyala will offers a 360 degree mountain vistas such as Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi peak, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, Pangbuche Himal, stupas, mani walls and so on. After Lunch at Samagun, we can hike to Birendra Lake if you wish.
This is an amazing day for an impressive adventure side trip. Take a breakfast in the hotel then hike around the Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on how you feel and your fitness level etc.
Samdo is known as refugee camp of Tibetan people. Today also another short day where we will have lunch and overnight at same place. So after lunch, if you have energy, we can hike around the hill to furthermore improve our acclimatization.
Hike to one of the most interesting place Tibet border (Rui La) 4998m which will offers spectacular landscape and back to Samdo for overnight.
In between Samdo to Dharmasala we will not get any tea houses or settlements. The tree lines will stop due to altitude and the landscape will change dramatically. Once we have lunch at Dharmasala we can do small day hike if you prefer.
Today is one of the crucial and most waited days of the entire trip. We will be on top of the Larke La and enjoy the astonishing surroundings of the Himalayas.Then we will descend to Bhimthang. Bhimthang is a very beautiful village where they might have one of the best accommodation of the trek. A great place to celebrate the achievement of passing the challenging Larke La.
Walking through massive natural forest might be impressive experience ever. If you are in spring season then the forest will be colorful by national flower Rhododendron. Dharapani is part of Annapurna where we might have more traffic heading to Throng La/Annapurna circuit.
Dharapani to Kathmandy/Pokhara by drive(9/10hrs)
You can spend the way you wish.
Join with different activities or transfer to international airport.
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Namasté! Me and my friend did the amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek with our guide Rabin, the brother of Rajesh. Rajesh planned our trip from Kathmandu and it was clear that he did a great job, as we had the best rooms in the lodges and that both Raj and Rabin are very well-known and liked by the locals, which just made the trek even more amazing! We had some tough days and some easy days all together adding up to a lifechanging experience. I will definetly be back for a new adventure with these guys and I will recommend you to do the same!!
We couldn't have been happier with our experience trekking the Manaslu circuit with our amazing guide Dalgit. The company was very professional and able to quickly adapt to extenuating circumstances such as the spontaneous national holiday on the day they needed to get our hiking permits. Dalgit is the best guide we've used anywhere in the world - kind, thoughtful, and patient, while strong, adventurous, and willing to go the extra mile. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area around Manaslu that he grew up in and generous in sharing his insights on Nepalese culture and history. Thank you for sharing this adventure of a lifetime with us!
I had traveled to Nepal as a young backpacker 25 years ago and always wanted to return. Fast forward to to 2016 and I finally made it back with my 22 year old son Josh. Raj was recommended to me be a number of happy customers. I worked with Raj in the weeks prior to travel, and he made all the preparations with ease. My son and I completed the manaslu circuit , and we would like to highly recommend our guide Rabin Neupane. Raj organised everything for our trip and provided Rabin as our Guide. Rabin the younger brother to Raj, has been guiding in the region for many years and his english and knowledge was excellent. Over the 2 weeks Rabin ensured we were always safe all our needs were looked after. He become a great friend to my son and I and the nightly card games a highlight!! Manaslu basecamp was a extra bonus on a perfect day. A big thank you to Rabin our guide, Raju our porter and Raj for everything. We will be back soon.
I went trekking with 1 friend in October 2016. I don't Think we were sure of what exactly we had signed up for, but after finishing The trek, we had No doubt That The trek was The most amazing, hard, challenging, beautiul and life-changing few weeks, we have and most likely Ever will experience. The owner of The company, Raj, picked us up from The Airport, made sure we had a hotel and showed us the best places to eat, and invited us over for tea/to chat at his Office every single day. We Met our guide Bikram The first or second day in Kathmandu, and he was a bit shy at first, but as we talked more and more, he opened up, and he is one of The most joking/happy people I have ever Met. He helped us get The last few items before our trek, and helped us pack our stuff properly. During The trek he told us Many amazing stories about himself, hos family and also from his past treks. He was 100% professional when he had to be, had amazing knowledge of the trek itself, and had hundreds of tips for us during our trek and things to be careful of. He would almost always stay behind us, to make sure we would not get lost, and was there to encourage us and give us a small push, when we needed it the most. Raj made sure to help us throughout our entire month stay in nepal. So after trekking Manaslu for two weeks, he helped us from our trip to Chitwan national park, transportation throughout nepal, our bungee-jump, invited us home to meet his family, and literally any problem/thought we had, he would help us... and expect nothing back. Trekking was amazing, but The people behind The Company are twice as amazing. They made sure to do everything, for us to have a Good stay in nepal. Much love to you and your family Raj and Bikram! I miss you and hope we Can meet again in The future. Oscar