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 it 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 Gurung, Tamang and Tibetan 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 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 panoramic 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.
Manaslu trek is part of restricted region of Nepal where minimum two trekkers are required to obtain special permits from Nepal Immigration along government registered agency like Nepal Trekking Experts. The special permit costs $70 from September to November for a first 7 days and $10 per additional day and $50 from December to August for a first seven days and $7 per additional day per person. Also trekkers should have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permits from Nepal Tourism Board which costs per person 2260 Nepali Rupees including 13% vat of each different region. For more detail please do not hesitate contact us.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Sotikhola by public bus (7/8 hrs, 700m)
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 (8 hrs) (8hrs).
Day 13: Samdo to Dharmasala(5hrs, 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 the way you prefer
Kathmandu to Soti khola by public bus (7/8 hrs, 700m), Today we will only drive and stay overnight at in Soti Khola. Soti khola is situated at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River which starts from Larke La.
After breakfast, the trail lead us through a beautiful jungle and massive waterfalls in the surroundings. Mostly Gurung people are living here. The meaning of Machhakhola is Fish River.
The trail leads us through the bank 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. The restricted area of Manaslu National Park starts from here. It 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 a cup of tea/coffee break here before we continue. On this day we arrive on the junction where the trail separates Tsum valley and Larke La. We 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 of exploring and enjoying the beautiful views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and a beautiful jungle just right before reaching the Namrung village.
The landscape itself opens magically and most of the interesting part of Larke La begins from today. Loho is a beautiful town and offers the first incredible view of Mt. Manaslu. It also offers amazing Ribung monastery on top of the hill.
We will greeted by stunning chain Himalaya and reach at Shyala. It is known as amazing view point of the Manaslu region and offers 360 degree mountain vistas such as Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi peak, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, Pangbuche Himal, stupas, Mani walls and so on. Then ultimately arrives lovely village Samagaun. After Lunch at Samagun, we can hike to Birendra Lake if you wish.
Samagaun is known as gateway of Mt. Manaslu and offers stunning side trips. After taking breakfast in the hotel, we 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 known as ancient trading route of Nepal and Tibet called Rui La 4998m which offers spectacular landscape, Fukang Glacier and the other part of Manaslu. After collecting such an unique experience, we back to Samdo for overnight. Now days still it opens more or less 10 days around 3rd week of August every year. (8 hrs)
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 most crucial and waited days of the entire trip. Standing on top of the Larke La 5160m and enjoying with astonishing surroundings of the Himalayas won’t let you feel less than natural paradise in the earth. Then we will descend to Bhimthang. Without any doubt it is the most beautiful village which invite us another 360 degree spectacular Himalaya vistas as close as possible and probably they have one of the best accommodation of the Manaslu region too. It is a nice place to celebrate the final achievement of crossing the challenging Larke La. It is the most of trekkers favorite place too.
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 of Nepal Rhododendron. Then we reach at Dharapani which is part of Annapurna region where we might have more traffic heading to Thorong La/Annapurna circuit. If you have time then we can continue to Thorong La as well.
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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We first reached out to Rajesh @ Nepal Trekking Experts more than 6 months before our intended trek and he did everything possible to accommodate us and was always prompt and responsive with his replies. My friend and I have a lot of solo trekking experience and aren’t used to having a guide (which is currently required on the Manaslu Circuit) so we were worried how that would play out. Turns out that we didn’t need to worry. Our guide, Binod, was attentive and read us well. He was around when we needed him, but not under foot if we didn’t, and In addition to his experience, he was also just a really good guy with a wealth of knowledge who modified our trek on the fly to suit our needs, while still making sure we ended on time. I highly recommend these guys and will not hesitate to contact them for my next trekking experience in Nepal.
I trekked the Manaslu Circuit at the end of February 2018 as a couple with Rabin as a guide. We had a really great experience. The organisation was perfect from the beginning to end. Rajesh, who runs the office in Kathmandu, picked us up from the airport and brought us to our guesthouse. We felt welcome from the first moments in Nepal. Rajesh explained everything to us, took take the necessary permits, helped us with shopping in Kathmandu and even organized the transport of our luggage from Kathamandu to Pokahara (where we ended our trek). Rabin was a perfect guide. Nice, calm, good english and knows the area by heart. We even stayed at this family place the first night of the trek, which was a great experience. The price for the trek is also reasonable. Overall, I can highly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts and especially Rabin as a guide!
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!