Manaslu Circuit Trek
One of the best trekking routes opened since 1992, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Manaslu Region. Despite its being a popular route, it sees fewer tourists each year compared to other trekking routes in the Manaslu region. This gem will feel wild and remote. This trek is blessed with views of the Annapurna Range including Manaslu (8156 m) itself, which is the eighth highest peak of the world. Deep river gorges and crossed by high suspension bridges are one of the exciting surprises that await along the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It offers a wide variety of biodiversity and covers many ecosystems. This trek also is endowed with rich cultural diversity and both Hindus and Buddhists are represented along the way.
Our trek starts with taking a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. Trekkers can enjoy the warm hospitality of the people encountered alongside majestic views of the highest peak in the world like Mt. Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937m) and many others. The first part of the trek begins with experiencing Gurung and Nupri villages with their terraced fields.
Here, the trek is not far from the Nepal and Tibet border, and offers spectacular view of the Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arughat, along with mountain peaks like Himlung (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Larkye Peak (6249m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Manaslu (8156m) and a host of smaller peaks glistening in the high mountain air. Trekkers get an opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of inhabitants of the upper Budhi Gandaki valley known as Nupri along with many rocks carved with the religious script written in Tibetan, and monasteries, which are central to the life of the local populations. The base camp of Manaslu and glacial lakes like Birendra Tal and Pungkar Tal are all here waiting to be explored.
Nepal Himalayan Forbidden Treks & Expedition is one of the best trekking and hiking organizers in Nepal since (year). We have an exceptionally experienced team ready to serve our clients with the best services available. We offer a number of tour packages to make our clients trek easy and exciting.
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m
Day 2 - Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola 700m/7 hours by private 4W driving
Day 4 - Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola 870m/6 hours,
Day 5 - Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat 1340m/7 hours,
Day 6 - Trek from Jagat to Deng 1860m/7 hours,
Day 7 - Trek from Deng to Namrung 2630m/6 hours,
Day 8 - Trek from Namrung to Samagaon 3520m/6 hours,
Day 9 - Excursion trip to Manaslu Base Camp 4020m/8 hours,
Day 10 - Trek from Samagaon to Samdo 3875m/4 hours,
Day 11 - Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4460m/6 hours,
Day 12 - Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang 3590m/8 hours traverse Larkya-La Pass 5100m,
Day 13 - Trek from Bimthang to Tilje 2300m/6 hours,
Day 14 - Trek from Tilje to Chyamje 1430m/7 hours,
Day 15 - Drive from Chyamje to Kathmandu via Besisahar by private 4W jeep,
Day 16 - Final Departure from Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative will greet you and transfer you to your pre-arranged hotel.
Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Sightseeing in Kathmandu is like taking a portal back in time. You will see ancient religions come alive in places such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Monkey Temple. The architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square is incredible to see, as the light cast deep shadows across the square. They are among the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Nepal. Unique architecture, cultures and the historical importance of these temples and stupas cannot be overstated.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola 700m/7 hours by private 4W driving
We will drive from Kathmandu along the banks of Trishuli River leading us to Dhading Besi where we will have our lunch. We will continue our drive to Arughat through the rough dusty roads. On the way, we will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and villages following the Budhi Gandaki River. After about two hours of driving from Arughat, we will reach Soti Khola and then overnight at Soti Khola.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola 869m/6 hours,
After a good night’s rest, and a hearty breakfast at the lodge we will make ourselves ready for the long day. We leave for Machha Khola and trek along the rocky trails passing beautiful waterfalls that lead us to Khursane. We can enjoy incredible views of the Annapurna Massif and will cross many Gurung villages like Lapubesi all the while experiencing their lifestyle intimately as only walking can offer. On reaching Lapubesi we will descend to the sandy Nauli Khola bank, cross the suspension bridge, and eventually reach Machha Khola. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Annapurna range as we watch the light slip away in the coolness of the mountain evening. Stay at night at a lodge in Machha Khola.
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat 1340m/7 hours,
This day is a beautiful route because we will pass by many waterfalls, and cross suspension bridges over deep gorges to reach the pleasant village Jagat. Covering different landscapes we will get the magnificent glimpse of the Tharo Khola flowing over rocks leading away from the glaciers that fed it. We will cross Khorlabesi which is also considered a gateway for many trekking trails like Manaslu Circuit trek and the Tsum Valley trek. After continuously waking for some hours, we will reach Tatopani. Here we can enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs! Then, gear back up and cross more exciting suspension bridges over the Yaru Khola walking down through the deep gorge to reach a beautiful Gurung Village, Jagat. Stay overnight at Jagat.
Trek from Jagat to Deng 1860m/7 hours,
On this day, we will cover more challenging routes but the beautiful views of waterfalls and gorges are energizing and make hiking feel like a dream. We will encounter the first main wall full of delicate carvings of religious mantras which will give us a deeper impression of the Tibetan culture. On crossing Jagat, we will encounter many glorious views of rocky ridges and many rivers. Continuing our trek through the terraced fields of rice, maize, and millet we will reach Ekle Bhatti. Crossing the Ekle Bhatti, we will head toward another solitary gorge after which we descend to the grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees. From there we can get a clear view of Shar Khola and the Tsum Valley joining the Budhi Gandaki River on the west. It is a pleasant walk now through the bamboo forests to reach Deng and then overnight at Deng.
Trek from Deng to Namrung 2660m/6 hours,
Crossing many Mani walls, Chortens, and beautiful villages along the bank of Deng River we will reach Ghap. The curved Mani wall boldly represents the Tibetan culture making the trek more fascinating and admirable. We can enjoy the unique lifestyle of the Inhabitants in this region. Continuing our trek to Namrung we will cross Budhi Gandaki River few times. The pathway continues through Prok village, which is the site for the view of many magnificent Himalayas. The trail continues through deep dense forests of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo leading us to our destination Namrung. Stay overnight at Namrung.
Trek from Namrung to Samagaon 3530m/6 hours,
We will leave Namrung early in the morning. Today our trek will pass through many stone gates, along with Mani walls and many Chortens. On the trail, we can enjoy the panoramic views of mountains like Ngadi Chuli Peak (7,871m), and Hiunchuli (7,893m). The ascending trail will lead us Shyala village. It is a small and beautiful Tibetan village. From here the trail descends to the river which originates from a glacier named Pungyen. We will continue our trek through many rocky ridges along the rivers leading us to Samagaon and overnights at Samagaon.
Excursion trip to Manaslu Base Camp 4020m/8 hours,
Today is filled with exploration of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. We will visit many Buddhist Monasteries situated at Samagaon and spend some time acclimatizing here. After lunch, we will trek steep uphill to Manaslu Base Camp. The view from here is breathtaking. We can enjoy the view of majestic Himalayan ranges and Manaslu Himal (8156m) which eighth highest peak of the world. After spending some time there, we will descend back to Samagaon and then overnight at Samagaon.
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo 3875m/4 hours,
Today we will dive into nature more closely. Our trek to Samdo will pleasant and interesting. We will cross dense forests of Junipers and pines enjoying the magnificent view of Manaslu (8163m). Samdo is a Tibetan community, and we can enjoy their local cuisine and explore the village and the surrounding hills. Stay overnight at Samdo.
Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4460m/6 hours,
Enjoying the sunrise view at Samdo we will leave for Dharmasala. We will cross a wooden bridge of Budhi Gandaki and many old carved rocks with Tibetan mantras, monasteries and terraced fields leading us Larkya La pass. Crossing some streams we can encounter the most beautiful view of Larkya Glacier. After covering some distance we will reach a stone guest house, from where we can enjoy the magnificent Manaslu Himal (8156m) waving hello to the other trekkers. Descending down for some hours will lead us to our destination place Dharmasala and overnights at a lodge.
Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang 3720m/8 hours traverse Larkya-La Pass 5160m
Today’s trek will be more challenging as the trail is a bit more uneven and will both ascend and descend significantly. The prayer flags fluttering in the breeze seem to beacon us along even though the trail feels more challenging, but the views will be our reward. After reaching Larkya-La Pass we get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Kangguru (6981m) and the great Annapurna II (7937m). Crossing the high passes will leave us with a sense of adventure, and a calm only felt from many miles on the trail through the incredible alpine scenery. After crossing the Larkya-La Pass we will descend to glacial moraine leading us to a small settlement called Bimthang and stay overnight at Bumthang.
Trek from Bimthang to Tilije 2300m/6 hours,
Today is a nice amble along an undulating trail till we reach Tilije, which is situated at the 2300m height above sea-level. Tilje is a small settlement of Gurung, and we can experience their lifestyle and traditions as we overnight at Tilje.
Trek from Tilje to Chyamje 1430m/7 hours,
Today is the last day of trekking. After breakfast, we will leave our lodge and head to Chyamje. A steep downhill trail along the Budhi Gandaki Khola will lead us to Chyamje. On this day we will walk down along a scenic route still abundant with beautiful mountain views. After a slow 7 hour walk, we will reach Chyamje and take a long break after a good day of hiking. In the evening we will explore the village. We will stay at a lodge in Chyamje.
Drive from Chyamje to Kathmandu via Besisahar by private 4W jeep,
The Manaslu Circuit Trek will u leave a lasting impression and offer a lifetime of memories as we will bid farewell to this place. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the same road along the bank of Trishuli River. We will transfer you to the hotel at Thamel and overnight at the hotel.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
We will drive you to TIA for your scheduled departure.
Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
3 nights deluxe accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
Guided sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the trek.
Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples and carry 25kg) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipment, salary and insurance.
All ground transportation by private 4W driving to and from trek.
Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and Manaslu Conservation Area Permit.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and other necessary permits.
First Aid Medical Kit box and necessary medicines.
Office Service Charge and all government tax.
Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
International Airfare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
Personal Trekking Equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu).
Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.