Manaslu Circuit Trekking
“Manaslu Circuit Trek –Walk on Restricted Trekking Region of Nepal”
- Exciting drive to scenic Nepal’s Mid West Himalaya around high Manaslu valley
- Exploring traditional farm villages of Manaslu hill tribes with interesting Buddhist culture
- Beautiful alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-birch-pines and fir tree lines
- Adventure from warm rice paddies to alpine cool areas ending at arctic zone at high Larkya-La
- Daily fabulous view of Manaslu mountain range with Ganesh and Annapurna Himalaya
- Walking from high Gorkha mountain following raging Budhi Gandaki to its glacier source
Manaslu Circuit Trek is also called as the Manaslu Round Trek. The trail is the restricted and protected trekking destination of Nepal. Trekkers are not allowed to trek in this locale without the aid of Government-authorized trekking guide and special permit. Walking within the Manaslu Conservation Area Project offers the great experience of the hilly – Himalayan – hilly landscape, temperate – alpine forests, valleys – high passes, glacial rivers – waterfalls and mountains. Therefore, the trek is an accumulation of diversified attractions natural as well as cultural.
Manaslu Circuit Trek meets Annapurna Circuit Trek trailhead as well. This endow trekker the choice to either extend their walking holiday beyond Thorong La Pass as well. This makes for the momentous long walking journey into the wilderness in glorious Annapurna and Manaslu region of Nepal.
Trekkers are taken to Soti Khola or Machha Khola along the highway of Dhading and Gorkha. The final destination of the vehicle depends upon the condition of the hilly road. Walking starts either from Soti or Machha Khola. The trail is along the Budhi Gandaki River. The crossing of the suspension bridges and frequent waterfalls amidst green lush forest is a feat to watch and experience.
Terraced farmlands and the changing forest’s environment dazzle all trekkers. As the altitude rises the change in landscape and surrounds mesmerizes trekkers. Various hilly villages have trekked and finally, the Himalayan community villages appear on the trail. High altitude means a high risk of altitude sickness. As trekkers have to cross the Larkya La Pass and beyond, acclimatization is key. Samagaon is the place for proper rest and acclimatization. This beautiful village offers great Himalayan village lifestyle. Explore the Manaslu Base Camp as well.
While crossing the Larkya La Pass trekkers will be overwhelmed by the scenery of mountains. On the other side of the pass, trekkers will get the chance to meet the Annapurna Circuit Trek trailhead. If you don’t prefer to complete the trek following the Annapurna Round Trek route, we will return back to Kathmandu via Besisahar Lamjung.
Book the Manaslu Circuit Trek with us and enjoy the untainted restricted trekking destination of Nepal. Please contact our travel planners for the timely preparation of all the necessary permits for the wonderful trekking in Manaslu region of Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Preparation for the trek
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Arughat- 07 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 07 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 07 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m – 05 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m – 06 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m – 04 hrs
Day 10: Acclimatization and exploration day in Sama-Gaon.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m – 04 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya Phedi 4,470 m – 05 hrs
Day 13: Cross Larkya-la 5,106 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m – 09 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m – 05 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Tal-Besi 1,740 m via Dharapani 1,860 m – 07 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Syange 1,140 m – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 18: Final departure
Note: All Trekkers must spend at least one day in Kathmandu for the necessary government procedures. Trekkers’ Original passports are required in the Immigration office at Kathmandu. Solo Trekker without a licensed guide is not allowed to trek in the restricted area of Nepal. You must be in a group of two or more people accompanied by Trekking Guide and Special Permit.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Your first impression of arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport is an experience in itself. But don’t be worried by the apparent confusion as your airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting. This is when we collect your details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. After the meeting, we go for our first group dinner. Your tour leader will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant in Thamel.
Day 02: Preparation for the trek
All Trekkers must spend at least one day in Kathmandu for the necessary government procedures. Trekkers' Original passports are required in the Immigration office at Kathmandu. Solo Trekker without a licensed guide is not allowed to trek in the restricted area of Nepal. You must be in a group of two or more people accompanied by Trekking Guide and Special Permit.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730m - 08 hrs journey.
Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Dhading Bhesi a large town headquarters of Dhading district, after Dhading heading to Arughat town by the River Budhigandaki, drive continues on rough road following Burigandaki upstream from Arughat bazaar to reach at Soti-Khola for overnight stop in the comfort of local lodge.
Arughat town and Soti Khola an active village of lower Gorkha district with many shops and stores, where villagers of surrounding Gorkha and Dhading areas visits for shopping local commodities.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.
After crossing suspension bridge, trek through the beautiful forest area, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past several waterfalls , rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few farming terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river delta, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.
After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800m - 06 hrs.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160m - 04 hrs
Morning walk from Dyang leads to cooler area where you can feel slow rise in altitude, on entering Himalayan alpine region, walk downhill to a river side to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a river side. From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan culture, walk leads on gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs.
From Ghap village with nice good walk following Burhi Gandaki River, then crossing this river through small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. Walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Lo-Gaon for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs
After Lo-Gaon tree lines fades only for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on nice path with views of peaks and finally the day ends at Sama-Gaon for overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larke-la pass and to Tibet border.
Day 10: Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading over Larke-la pass, at Samagaon explore around this interesting village of Tibetan culture.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs
Today walk leads to last village of Manaslu area at Samdo which lies close on route Tibet border, the villagers of this area have long history of trading with Tibet, the trade still continues as you can find many Chinese goods around the village shops and stores.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larke phedi 4,470 m - 04 hrs
A short day walk to Larke phedi or Dharmasala, after a nice overnight at Samdo village, morning walk leads towards more dry and barren country. As the altitude gains slowly with few short ups and downs then completing the morning walk at Larke phedi, means base of the hill or pass with afternoon free to relax or short walks.
Day 13: Cross Larke-la 5,135 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 10 hrs.
A Big Day and highlight of the adventure, starting early to reach the top of Larke-la pass at 5,135 m, a long climb with views of surrounding mountains Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29. After a strenuous climb reaching the pass, our highest point of the trip marked with Buddhist prayer flags, offering super views of surrounding great giant peaks, after a short rest enjoying the views a long descend leads to Bimthang for overnight stop a beautiful place surrounded with forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs
After a hard and tough walk of previous day, today an easy trek on downhill path most of the way to Gho, located in the midst of a lovely forested area, as our walk lead through woodlands of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines passing several farm shades to reach at Gho for overnight stop.
Day 15: Trek to Tal-Besi 1,740 m via Dharapani 1,860 m - 07 hrs.
From Gho walk continues within serene and lovely forest, as our route follows a path to Telje village located by the raging Marsyangdi River, after Tilje an hour climb to reach at Dharapani. A large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and on popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.
With a break here for refreshment our journey continues on easy gradual trail to reach back at Marsyangdi River and crossing over a bridge to reach at Tal-Besi village located on a wide valley with views of cascading waterfalls and with many fine lodges to stay for overnight stop.
Day 16: Trek to Syange 1,140 m - 05 hrs.
Our last day walk leads on nice and pleasant trail into lovely cool alpine woodland and then reaching at Marsyangdi River again to cross a bridge and then a slow short climb to Chamje village, a moderate size farm village.
From Chamje with possible lunch stop or further at Jagat another nice village with number of good lodge, after a refreshing break at Jagat heading to a long descend reaching at Syange village for last overnight stop of this wonderful adventure Around Manaslu Himal Trekking.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Syange village within warmer region of sub-tropical climate full of paddy fields and terraces with views of beautiful waterfalls, our trekking ends with an exciting drive back to Kathmandu, with fond memories and grand time on Around Manaslu Himal trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories on Manaslu Circuit Trek around great North Mid-West Himalaya region, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- All airport transfers
- Three-star in Kathmandu for three nights with breakfast
- Trekking permits and necessary paperwork (Manaslu region special trekking permit, MCAP and ACAP entry permit )
- Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (trail foot)
- Private jeep from Shyange to Kathmandu (trail head)
- Full meals on your choice (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
- Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
- All mountain accommodation (soft comfortable private room/share bathroom)
- An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered professional trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and jacket
- Meal in the city except for provided breakfast
- City sightseeing
- Wifi charge, hot shower, electronic device re-charge
- Bottled drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Travel and medical insurance
- Tips for the staff
Requirements for Manaslu area high altitude treks:
Manaslu region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet. Manaslu region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for a few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Manaslu area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. For adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with the sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Visa rules apply to all wide world travellers apart from Indian nationality, the transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
For Manaslu region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied by the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us. Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal Treks guides are all experienced with the license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.
On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot.
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before travelling as it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have a thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be travelling. Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travelling to Nepal.
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 2-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.
In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee).
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with the overnight stop.
Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.
Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.
Support staff (porter)
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.
Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Buff headwear /neckwear
- Sun hat/scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head Torch
- Cotton T-shirts/Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Down filled jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thermal underwear
- Thin inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sneakers /slippers
- Gore-tex gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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