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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 16 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Manaslu Region
  • Duration: 14
  • Trip Grade: Hard
  • Best Time: Mar-May/Sep-Nov
  • Max Elevation: 5106m
  • Group Size: 2-12

Manaslu Circuit Trek – 16 Days

Nestled in the Himalayas, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a captivating odyssey through diverse landscapes. Commencing in the rustic village of Soti Khola, trekkers gradually acclimate before ascending amidst towering peaks. The trail unveils lush forests and crosses suspension bridges, granting access to remote terrains.

En route, traditional villages highlight the local culture. Welcoming tea houses, providing respite against the mountain chill, punctuate the journey. Lho and Samagaon, nestled amid the mountains, offer glimpses into the rich heritage of the region.

Reaching the Larkya La Pass, the trek’s pinnacle unveils breathtaking views of Manaslu and surrounding peaks. The descent towards Bimthang presents a different perspective on the landscape. The return journey, retracing the trail, provides trekkers with a fresh outlook on the captivating surroundings.

Manaslu Circuit Trek, a haven for nature enthusiasts, offers opportunities to witness diverse flora and fauna. The trek’s terrain transitions from subtropical to alpine, showcasing the region’s ecological diversity. Along the path, prayer flags flutter in the mountain breeze, imbuing the journey with a spiritual essence.

Not merely a visual spectacle, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking instills a sense of accomplishment with each step. It stands as a testament to the transformative power of the Himalayas, balancing adventure and tranquility. This trek unfolds as a remarkable exploration of the heart of the mountains, leaving indelible memories of awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural encounters

Manaslu Circuit Trek TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

– Adventurous experience of the Himalayan trekking
– Stunning view of Manaslu (the world’s 8th highest mountain) and Annapurna (the world’s 10th highest mountain)
– Encounter of rich flora and faunas


Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (1400m)

Namaste! Welcome to the Land of Himalayas. Once the plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport, you can get your visa on arrival from the Visa desk. After collecting luggage, a representative of Himalayan Eco-cultures will attend to you with a placard of your name right outside the arrival gate. Then we will proceed towards our hotel, where our travel planner will meet and brief us about the upcoming trekking events. Check-in in your hotel and get fresh as we will be going out for a delicious Nepali dinner where we can also enjoy some cultural shows.

Dinner and accommodation in the 3-star hotel included

Day 02 Drive to Soti Khola (700m), DRIVE: 7 hours

After breakfast, we will drive to many historical and commercial settlements to reach Soti Khola. Though the latter half of the drive can be dusty and bumpy, we can peek at some fantastic scenery of the vegetation and landscape through our window in the first half. Along the way, we will cross many settlements which have historical and commercial significance. After reaching Soti Khola, we will explore the area and spend the night there.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 03 Trek to Maccha Khola (930m), WALK: 6 hours

Through the rocky and narrow trail, we will start our trek. Enjoying the countryside, we will walk through the pine forest. We will encounter many rivers and waterfalls along the path. Our winding trail will further lead us to Machha Khola along the river.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340m), WALK: 6 hours

Following the river trail, we will enter the dense forest. We will encounter miniature huts shepherds use as we approach the village. A natural hot spring is on the way, where you can rest for a bit if you like. Then we will cross a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki river. Crossing the village of Doban, we will soon reach Yaru. A long bridge away awaits our camp for the day, Jagat. The village is famous for its beautiful houses made of stones.  

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 05 Trek to Pewa (1804m), WALK: 6 hours

Our walk today will have some descend after crossing Salleri. A further area is decorated with prayer flags and has many Buddhist monasteries. Soon we will find ourselves on the riverbank with huge boulders. Then the route will again go through a rhododendron forest with pine trees. As we walk further, a bridge will appear, and crossing it; we will reach our camp for the day, Pewa.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 06 Trek to Namrung (2630m), WALK: 6 hours

We will resume the trek through the bamboo forest that leads to Deng. Another suspension bridge will lead us to climb uphill. A landslide-prone area will appear as we approach the village of Ghap. Following the instructions of the guide, we will carefully navigate through it. After another hour of walking, we will reach Namrung and rest for the day.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 07 Trek to Lho (2957m), WALK: 4 hours

As we explore the area, we can find a rich influence of Tibetan culture in the region. We will enter the lush forest again through the mani walls and charming stone houses. Colorful and artistic paintings are everywhere as we enter the settlements again. Manaslu’s majestic appearance will begin to wow us as we reach Lho.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 08 Trek to Sama Gaun (3530m), WALK: 4 hours

With the accompany of the marvelous Manaslu, we will begin our short hike today. The trail is comparatively more accessible and filled with beautiful views of the green pasture land and splendid mountains. Soon we will reach Sama Gaun, one of the most crucial settlements in the Manaslu area.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 09 Manaslu Base Camp (4800m) excursion and back to Sama Gaun (3530m), WALK: 7 hours

Crossing the Birendra Tal, we will begin the gradual climb towards the base camp. Walking along the Manaslu glacier, we will reach the height of 4440m where the prayer flags and the writings in the giant boulders mark the arrival. After some time, we will descend back to the Sama Gaun for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3865m), WALK: 4 hours

A short trek today will begin with slow walks. Crossing over the yak pastures and we will ascend a ridge. On the way, we will cross the village of Kani and then reach the village of Samdo. The little village will charm us with beautiful views of Samdo peaks, stone houses, and herding yak.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 11 Acclimatization in Samdo (3865m), WALK: 8 hours

To let our bodies recuperate from the altitude, we will rest one more day in Samdo. For the acclimatized walk, we will explore the Tibetan border. Beautiful Samdo glacier is a treat for the eye where we may sightsee many high-altitude animals, including marmots and blue sheep.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 12 Trek to Dharmalsala (4460m), WALK: 4 hours

As we begin to explore the high altitude, the hike can get tougher, but the scenic Himalayan views will get more beautiful along with it. Slowly, the terrain gets dryer and rockier as we reach Dharmasala.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 13 Trek to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5167m), WALK: 7 hours

Slowly and steadily, today, we will climb the highest point of our trek. The strenuous climb can get more challenging during the snowfall. On reaching the top of the Larkya La Pass (5160m), we will have enchanting views of mountains like Himlung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna. Then our hike will move steeply downwards to Bimthang.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 14 Trek to Dharapani (1970m), WALK: 7 hours

As we begin to descend, we will re-enter the region’s lush forests. Walking across Dudh Khola, we will cross small settlements. As we get near Dharapani, the settlements grow denser along with paddy fields and trees of oaks and rhododendron.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and mountain accommodation included

Day 15 Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)

We will drive for 10 hours on a private jeep to Kathmandu. We can explore the Thamel area, buy some souvenirs, go to a spa or enjoy ourselves in the cafes and restaurants.

Breakfast included

Day 16 Final Departure (1400m)

Our representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before departure. We hope you had a wonderful experience with us, and we will soon meet again on your next adventure.

Breakfast included

Trip Includes

  • All the arrival and departure transfers in a private AC vehicle.
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu-Soti Khola and Dharapani-Pokhara transfer in a private jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking licensed adventure guide (Trained in first-aid and emergency rescues).
  • Nineteen nights of twin-sharing stay in local tea houses (private bathroom wherever possible) with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • One porter for every 2 clients.
  • All the required permits for the trek.
  • Special permit for Manaslu
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for borrowing during the trek upon request.
  • Duffel bags and maps on a complimentary basis.
  • First-aid box (carried by the guide).
  • All the applicable government charges.

Trip Excludes

  • International flight tickets.
  • Nepal Visa.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as beverage bills, laundry, charging of electric devices, WI-Fi, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the above itinerary and inclusions.

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