Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek, located in the northwest area of the country, is a world-class journey into the Himalayas. Some consider it the best all-around trek in Nepal, and it is a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek.  It is truly one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal and the fact that it is not heavily populated by other trekkers is a huge bonus.  The path joins two different regions: the Manaslu region with the Annapurna region. It follows a strenuous trail that circumnavigates the magnificent Manaslu(8156m) – the 8th tallest mountain in the world. Manaslu and the surrounding jaw-dropping peaks all around us soar high above the clouds.

At the beginning of the trek, we pass through ethnically Gurung villages.  Reaching higher altitude, the population is almost completely Tibetan, and a different dialect is spoken.  Throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we are offered brilliant hospitality. They are kind and open-hearted. Much of the allure that comes with trekking in the Himalayas goes beyond the high alpine landscapes and snow-capped peaks.  The warmth of the villagers is unlike anywhere else in the world. 

The trail begins from SotiKhola (700m), along with the banks of the turquoise Budi Gandaki River.  The area is home to rice fields, waterfalls, and fresh air.  You are sure to find water buffalo roaming around, and keep a lookout for the dozens of other mammal species including the musk deer and in the higher elevation, you may catch a glimpse of the evasive snow leopard.

From here, we climb continually north and toward higher altitude. High in these mountains, we may share the path with yak caravans.  A major highlight of the trip is the Larkya La Pass(5135m), where trekkers are exposed to awe-inspiring Himalayan views.  The pass is usually covered in snow, which makes it a bit more of an adventure.  We are eye-to-eye with these massive peaks, which make us feel humbled to be in their presence. The majestic views of the high Himalayas, dense forests, deep gorges and the scattered mixed and ethnic settlements is not to be missed.  Two days after the pass, we arrive in Dharapani, take a two-hour drive to Besisahar, and stay for the night.  The following day we say our tearful goodbyes to the mountain and return to Kathmandu.

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

  • Remarkable hospitality and ethnic Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Larke La Pass (5135m) leaves you surrounded by a fortress of snowy peaks
  • A trail that is vastly underrated and unpopulated, providing a more peaceful journey
  • A variety of landscapes – from subtropical jungle to the rugged high alpine environment
  • Traversing the many thrilling suspension bridges over the BudhiGandaki river gorge

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m) and further drive to Sotikhola, 8-9 hour drive.
  • Day 04: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1370m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1920m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2250m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek from Namrung to SamaGaun (3450m), 6 hours.
  • Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration at Sama Gaun.
  • Day 10: Trek from SamaGaun to Samdo (3780m) 3-4 hours.
  • Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m), 3-4 hours.
  • Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang (3630m) via Larkya La pass (5135m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 13: Trek from Bimtang to Tilje (2240m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 14: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani (1830m) and drive to Besisahar (760m) , 2-3 hours walk and 4-5 hour drive.
  • Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu by bus, 5-6 hours.
  • Day 16: Departure.

Trip note

Accommodation

Manaslu Circuit Trek Package includes accommodation at the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On this trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For Manaslu Circuit teahouse trek, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our Manaslu Circuit treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Manaslu Region are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Note

Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m) and further drive to Sotikhola, 8-9 hour drive.
    We set off early today toSotiKhola. During the drive, we have views of the countryside, with glimpses into the locals’ lifestyle and surrounding mountain sceneries. We drive on a smooth road from Kathmandu to DhadingBesi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m) but the drive from DhadingBesi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region, we drive further towards SotiKhola. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Sotikhola
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 590m
  • Day 04: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m), 5-6 hours.
    Aftercross the first bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above the flowing rapids of the BudhiGandaki. We then reach Khursanewhere the rough trail ascends and descends past two cascading waterfalls on a steep trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We eventually head down, passingterraced rice fields, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcropping, where the valley opens up. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk onthe stones before climbing over another ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach MachhaKhola village. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Machhakhola
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 930m
  • Day 05: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1370m), 5-6 hours.
    Our narrow trail makes a fewsmall ups and downs and eventually traverses over the TharoKhola to reach Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs, we come across a small natural hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we move over another ridge, and cross the BudhiGandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Doban. After we cross the suspension bridge over the YaruKhola, we climb the stone stairs and descend to the river. We again climb more stone stairs to TharoBharyang. Crossing the west bank of the BudhiGandaki, we climb over another ridge, and walk along the river toeventually reach the village of Jagat. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Jagat
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1370m
  • Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1920m), 6-7 hours.
    After breakfast, our day begins by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens as the trail continues up to GhattaKhola. We continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail stays fairly level as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy slopes, cross the BudhiGandaki, and then trek along the west bank for a while. As we continue through the trail, the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Soon after, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Deng
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1920m
  • Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2250m), 6-7 hours.
    After leaving Deng, we cross the BudhiGandakiagain and ascent to Rana (1910m). Wego up a bit more to take the trail from Bhi, then head west up the BudhiGandaki valley. The trail passes through mixed forests.We take the route that goes throughProk village, whichhas a perfect viewpoint for SiringiHimal. We cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompasas well, which we can stop for a visit. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. The forest becomes less dense and the trail is level again. The pleasant walk continues and after onelast steep incline we reach Namrung. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Namrung
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2250m
  • Day 08: Trek from Namrung to SamaGaun (3450m), 6 hours.
    Right when you leave your bed, you have awesome views of Siring and Ganesh Himal, and from the village you can also see Hiunchulito the south. We climb steadily, passing through forests to reach Lihi, a fine village with many chhortens and barley field terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of SimnangHimal with Ganesh Himalin eyeshot. We pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama. We enjoy extraordinary views ofManaslu from Lho, where we can also explore the famous RibungGompa. In Shyala, we find ourselvesencompassed by high peaks like Hiunchuli and Peak 29 (NgadiChuli) to the left, with Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon. Overnight in guest house.
    • Samagaun
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3450
  • Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization and exploration at Sama Gaun.
    Today, we take it easy and let our bodies become accustomed to the altitude. If you have any interest, we can do a day hike and explore the surrounding area. There is two option for our acclimatization day. The first one is the hike up to Manaslu Base Camp via Birendra Lake and the second one is Pung Gyen Gumpa. The first option to the Manaslu Base Camp via Birendra lake takes about 5-6 hours and offers an awesome view of the Himalaya and Samagaun village. The SEcond takes about 4-5 hours to the very old Monastery offers a beautiful view of Mt. Buddha and other mountains. Overnight again in the guest house.
    • Samagaun
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5100m/ 4400m
  • Day 10: Trek from SamaGaun to Samdo (3780m) 3-4 hours.
    Today, we descend to the BudhiGandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to Manaslu Base Camp. The Larke La Trail passes several mani walls as the valley widens. It is an easy trail above the river passing juniper and birch forests of KermoKharka. We drop down, cross the BudhiGandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply. From a stone arch, we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani, we find Samdo. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Samdo
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 3780
  • Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m), 3-4 hours.
    Soon after heading out on the trail, we cross the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki and walk on and upward. After crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the SalkaKhola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4460m), which is not a lodge but rather a shelter called Dharmshala, also known as LarkePhedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and hanging out in the afternoon. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Dharmasala
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 4460m
  • Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang (3630m) via Larkya La pass (5135m), 7-8 hours.
    After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of HimlungHimal, CheoHimal, Kangguru and the massive Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and face-to-face views ofManaslu is an exciting experience. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Bimtang
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 5135m
  • Day 13: Trek from Bimtang to Tilje (2240m), 5-6 hours.
    Surki is our stopover for lunch today. We therefore head off in this direction. On narrow paths mostly, we reach Surki, a small settlement, in about four hours. This is where we stop for lunch in one of those five or six service providers. It takes a couple of more hours for us to reach Tilje from here on. Although Tilje is ansmall settlement, it provides us with around many places to options for our accommodation. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Tilje
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2240m
  • Day 14: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani (1830m) and drive to Besisahar (760m) , 2-3 hours walk and 4-5 hour drive.
    Today, we start out on a long, but easy descent. We stop at Dharapani on the way for lunch. Lunch over and we continue. Crossing into Annapurna Conservation area requires us to produce one more permit. Soon, we make it to Besisahar after a scenic drive. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Besisahar
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 7760m
  • Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu by bus, 5-6 hours.
    Our return to Kathmandu is on a tourist bus, a ride that should last for around six-hours. With breakfast and lunch on the highway, the bus stops in in Kathmandu. We’ll have a farewell dinner in the evening for you. Overnight in a hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 16: Departure.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  • All transportation for the trek.
  • Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters
  • Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  • TIMS Card and all additional permits
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes
  • Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)