Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek (Manaslu Trek) is one of the most adventurous trekking trails. It provides amazing mountain views, rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, and natural diversity.

The name Manaslu means “the spirit mountain”. The local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within.

Manaslu Region opened for recreation only in 1992. Until then, it remained a restricted area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is gaining its popularity and is also known as the next Annapurna Circuit Trek (another popular Trek).

Since the region is not travelled by many like the popular Everest Base Camp Trail or Annapurna Base Camp Trail, the trek consists of beaten trails offering an adventurous experience into the wilderness. Not to mention, Manaslu circuit trek is the most demanded trekking destinations among tourists who come in contact with the Himalayas On Foot.

The adventure takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the earth.

Mt. Manaslu is one of the most challenging yet untouched treks. The cultural and natural beauty of the region is untouched by the modern day world. Thus, the trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the Manaslu Region.

Manaslu Region is a restricted trekking region, so it requires a special permit to trek in. Organized trekking groups need special permits from any government registered trekking company to enter Manaslu trekking region.

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular viewpoints of the highest peaks in the world, including Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and Mt. Manaslu. The highest point on this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas.

The trek is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the Tibetan culture. You will come across several chortens and Mani wall in almost all the villages along the journey.

If you are looking for a thrilling adventure through the serenity of the White Mountains, then Manaslu Circuit trek is the ideal option.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Budhi Gandaki River Valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m)
  • Diversified ecosystems

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 – 9 hours

Early this morning, we will drive to Sotikhola. The road passes through Dhading Bensi and Arughat. From Arughat, we will head towards Sotikhola. Driving through the countryside is a pleasant experience. The roads will get a little rough in Arughat. Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 2: Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

On this day, we will trek to Maccha Khola. The trails heads across a bridge and then towards a beautiful Sal forest. After crossing the river Budhi Gandaki, we will reach Khursane. The trail weaves its way up and down and passes through two subtropical waterfalls before it enters the Gurung village of Labubesi. After crossing another suspension bridge, we will reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 3: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

The trail is narrow and crosses the Tharo Khola. It then reaches Khorlabesi. We will also come across a hot spring along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki, we will climb a well-crafted staircase, and then head towards Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will climb the stone stairs and then descend towards Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will enter Jagat Village. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 4: Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

On this day, we will trek towards Deng. The 6-7 hours trek passes through Salleri, Sirdibas and Ghatta Khola. After crossing a Eklee Bhatti, the route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. We will cross the Budhi Gandaki. The trail passes through bamboo forests before it reaches Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 5: Deng – Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

The trail to Namrung initially climbs to Rana at 1910m. The trail passes through forests and mani. We will take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 6:  Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

We will pass through a forest and reach Lihi- a beautiful village with several chorten. We will also come across Lho, Shyala and Sama village. Lho village offers an excellent view of Mt. Manasly. Shyla village on the other hand is surrounded by mountains like the Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right. The journey will end in Samagaon where we will spend the night.

Day 7:  Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration

We will spend the day in Samagaon for acclimatization.  The village has thousands of mani stone with Buddhist texts and picture inscribed on them. You will get a chance to explore and learn the Sherpa culture and lifestyle. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 8:  Samagaon – Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

We will trek for about 4-5 hours to Samdo. The route will descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya la Trail passes through several mani walls. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki via a wooden bridge, we will head towards Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 9: Rest Day in Samdo

We will spend the day in Samdo for acclimatization. We will explore the village. We could hike up the valley. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  We will also encounter some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10:  Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

On this day, we will trek towards Dharamshala. We will cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and cross two streams. We will see the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola The walk is short and pleasant. It is useful for acclimatization. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 11:  Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] – Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hours

We will reach a valley after a short walk. This valley offers great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The trail heads through moraines of the glacier. The pass is an outstanding viewpoint of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It will take us about 8-9 hours to reach Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 12: Bimthang – Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 – 6 hours

On this day, we will trek to Tilije. We will cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) and a bridge over Dudh Khola. We will walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We will reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. We will come across the village of Gho before entering Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.

Day 13:  Tilije – Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

The trail passes through small settlements. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail then climb up through a chorten-shaped arch entering into Thonje village. We will continue towards Dharapani and then to Karte village.  After crossing a bridge over Marsyandi Khola we will head towards the village of Tal. Overnight in Tal.

Day 14:  Tal – Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

The trail to Syange village crosses the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Day 15: Syange – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers beautiful views of landscapes and mountains. Most of the route is along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River. Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your respective hotels. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

FAQs on Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a paradise filled with natural flora and fauna. From the plain lands of Terai to the high Himalayas, there is diversification and singularity in every aspect. This is what makes Nepal so unique.

Due to variation in the topography and altitudes, Nepal has been famously spotted as a diverse Trekking Region. Nepal offers normal trekking routes starting from 2000m (Dhampus Trek, Ghandruk Trek) to 5500m (Everest Base Camp). And I can tell you that every single trek has its own peculiarity and adventure.

You may have a lot of queries regarding trekking in Nepal. In this article, I have tried to answer some of them.

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015, every visitor has had this common question in mind. And the answer is yes, it is safe to travel in Nepal. You can come here and enjoy without any hesitation or second thoughts.

After the quake, numerous reconstruction activities have been done and many are even going on. So, you will be witnessing a different outlook of the country. If you are willing, you can even lend a hand financially or through volunteering for reconstruction in the remote areas.

How is the current political scenario in Nepal?

The political situation in Nepal is facing a transitional shift. Nepal is in the process of adopting a federal structure of governance form.  From the political view, there are not many obstacles as you might think.

How can I get a Nepal visa for arrival?

You can get your arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. Some countries’ visa will need to be arranged prior traveling.

The price of visa depends on the number of days you will be staying. $25 is for 15 days from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa. You will need two passport size photos. Other documents are not required.

You can apply for an online visa through (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ ).

Do you have any pickup facility from the airport on arrival and departure?

Yes, our company has a pick-up facility as a complementary policy. At your arrival, our agency airport representative will pick you up from the airport. You can recognize us at the spot easily through our company’s name card.

And when you complete your trip, we will drop you back.

What type of insurance should I get? How can I get it?

We advise you to get your general travel and medical insurance cover from your respective country. In Nepal, you should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for traveling. But, we don’t offer mountain rescue insurance here.

Who can go on the trips?

Our trips are designed for everyone who has a love for outdoor adventure and cultural experience. Of course, some trips may be a bit difficult for people who are physically unfit.

In such cases, you need to choose only those trips that suit you best. Please contact for prior management.

What if I am a solo traveler? Is there any supplementary service for singles?

Not a problem at all. Many of our customers are traveling single. You also have the option to join a small group or another solo traveler.

Even if you are a single traveling woman, you need not worry. You will not face any kind of awkwardness.

Yes. There is an extra charge for traveling alone. Please contact us to find out more.

Do I really need a trekking guide?

According to recent changes in policy, trekking guides are almost mandatory for trekking in Nepal for everyone. It is to ensure safety and protection of all visiting tourists.

Plus, the journey will be a lot more informative and memorable with guides. S/he will be your friend and company during the journey.

But if you are well experienced and have trekked before as well, you may not require one. But if you are with a guide, it will be easy for you to tackle any problems during the trek.

Do I need a porter?

This part completely depends on your choice. If you think you are able to carry backpacks on your own, you can avoid them. If not, it is better to hire one.

You can have double benefits as well. As porters may have knowledge about the trails and settlements, you may not even require a guide.

Do you have tailor-made trips?

Yes. If there is any specific place that you want to visit that is not on our itinerary or if you want to combine trips or do multiple treks, we can surely arrange that. Send us your ideas and we will work with you to put together a customized trip of a lifetime.

When is the best time to visit Nepal for trekking?

Spring and Autumn season can be considered as the best time for trekking in Nepal.

October to November is the most popular time for trekking in Nepal. As it is the post monsoon period, the climate is clear and the mountains have an amazing view.

After that, March to May is the second most popular time. This pre-monsoon time has warmer weather with good visibility.

Besides, short tea house treks can be done during the winter season as well. I suggest you guys not to make plans for treks during monsoon and winter as far as possible.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is known worldwide for its adventurous and interesting trekking spots. You certainly need to keep in mind that the journey will be challenging.

The toughness of the trekking depends on its altitude, grade, and location. There are different gradings for trekking such as; easy, medium, challenging, and demanding. You can make your choice depending on these grades.

Regarding time, you will be trekking 5 to 7 hours per day for altitudes ranging from 3000m to 8848m. But again, it will depend on the type of trek.

So no need to be afraid! You will enjoy extreme wilderness untouched by modern development. You will be grateful for the thrill and adventure of exploring the exotic nature.

How long will be the trekking period?

The period of trekking will depend on its type and grades.

As I have already mentioned about the grading of trekking, the most challenging treks will be for more than 4 weeks. The easy type of trek completes in about 1-3 days whereas the moderate will take about a week. The days taken cannot be exactly calculated as it might depend on weather conditions and other emergencies.

How fit should I be for the trekking?

You should be mentally and physically prepared for the trekking. The success of trekking wholly depends on you. We suggest you choose the trekking routes that suit your fitness level. Obviously, shorter treks are easier than longer ones. The longer treks will require a better standard of fitness.

So, be in your best physical form. Believe in yourself and move on!

What are tea houses and camping trekking? Is it possible here?

Teahouse trekking and camping trekking are the two general types of trekking in Nepal.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular type of trekking in Nepal. It is available in the trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu.

In this type, you will get good accommodation and fooding with a variety of items in the menu including Nepali Dal Bhat.

Camping trekking means making a full camp, carrying everything for the whole trip and getting along for the destination. In this type, you will fully cater for camping. You (or porters or packed animals) will carry all the camping gears including food, tents, sleeping bags, medical kits, etc.

You will be pitching your camps wherever suitable. You will be accompanied by a guide, cooks, porters, and sometimes a packed animal.

As compared to the tea house trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

All kinds of food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be mostly available. But, I recommend you to eat vegetarian during the trekking period. It will be more hygienic and physically helpful.

About food standards in tea houses, the fruit and vegetables are hygienic and well soaked in iodine before cooking. Food will be simple and homely reflecting the Nepali culture. Continental and international cuisine can be also served (depending upon the places).

Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water, safe for drinking. If you want, you can buy bottled mineral water as well.

Will there be any telephone/internet facilities at higher altitudes?

Most of the villages along the popular trekking routes have good coverage of cell phone and internet.

The Wi-Fi service is slowly becoming popular. You can also find telephones for international calls. But, these extra services will cost you extra money.

What do I need to carry on the trek?

If you hire a porter, he will carry your luggage and belongings. A porter will carry up to 50 kg of load.

You should remember to carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, waterproof clothes, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit and water purification kit. Besides, you can carry any other stuff you think is important.

What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? Can I suffer from AMS?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems you may face during trekking in higher altitudes. It is also referred to as AMS. AMS is a kind of dizziness due to failure to adapt to the surrounding.

A severe headache, nose bleeding, rapid heartbeat, instant respiration, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. are the common symptoms of AMS. Your lungs and brain will be the most affected during AMS. If you get any such indications, you have to be immediately moved to lower altitudes.

The chances of AMS cannot be predicted exactly. It sometimes depends on the surrounding and on your diet as well.

I recommend you to take proper advice and medication regarding AMS before you hit the road.

What happens in the case of emergency?

If you get in an emergency, we are ready to reach out and help you anyhow. Plus, our guides are properly trained to tackle such situations.

In the case of physical problems, the guides will help you out with their basic knowledge. If a serious emergency occurs, rescue operation by helicopter is available. Their expenses will be recovered from your insurance company.

Additionally, you have to be mentally and physically prepared for everything that might come on your way.

What currency should I bring?

We advise you to bring US dollars/British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost, and other expenses. Almost all the major currencies are usually accepted. But, it is always better to travel with US dollars.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring along with me?

You must bring a valid passport, a copy of your travel insurance, cash, necessary tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and the required medications you will/might need.

Are your staffs fully insured?

Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are fully equipped and insured as well. They are all experienced and have adequate knowledge about trekking. You will surely have a great time with them.

Can I extend the period of trek?

The itinerary that we provide you is a type of guideline and a standard pattern only. So, the schedule can be modified according to your time and requirements. We provide both types of trekking, tea house, and camping.

Please do contact or email us for the latest updated info.

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