Manaslu Circuit Trek – 17 days

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trip Duration: 17 days
Max. Altitude: 5210 m 
Best Season:  September to November
Meal: Breakfast at hotel, self lunch and dinner
Accommodation: 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses during trek

Trip Overview:

Manaslu region is located in the western part of Nepal; Mt. Manaslu at [8163m] is the eighth highest peaks in the world which opened its routes for trekking only in 1992 AD, It is located near to the border of Nepal alongside Tibet. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).The Manaslu Circuit Trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at every day stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks. The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you'll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be greeted by one of our representative at the international airport and then transferred to Hotel. Then you will be provided with brief description about next day program. At evening you will join the welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with our team. After dinner you will be dropped back to Hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Manaslu Circuit Trek includes the sightseeing of the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Syambhunath Temple (known as Monkey temple by tourist). The arts around the Durbar square will not let you down, and the serenity and composure around the temple and stupa will capture your heart. Later at the evening you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8-9 hrs drive
After breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi enjoying terrace, field, hilly areas and rivers. Then drive towards Arughat with a rough road on rocky trails. And finally drive to the last spot of the day Sotikhola (710m). Overnightat Sotikhola.

Day 4: Trek Sotikhola to Machhakhola (870m) 23km for 7-8 hrs
After the delicious breakfast at Sotikhola we continue our Manaslu Circuit Trek to our next destination Machhakhola (870m). Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village. The trek continues for 6-7 hours before reaching the destination. Overnight at Macchakhola.

Day 5: Trek Machhakhola to Jagat (1340m) 23 km for 7-8 hours
On the fifth day of Manaslu Circuit Trek, after breakfast we begin the trek of the day to Jagat (1340m). We march for Jagat via Tatopani where we take bath at natural hot spring and remove all our aches. After spending some time at hot spring we continue our walk to the Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6: Trek Jagat to Deng (1860m) 20km for 7-8 hrs
Today after breakfast we continue our Manaslu Circuit Trek and trek for Deng (1860m). We encounter Gurung village, maize field, steep gorge, grassy slopes, suspension bridge and bamboo forest during our trek to Deng. Overnight at Deng.

Day 7: Trek Deng to Namrung (2630m) 19km for 6-7 hrs
Enjoying the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we pursue our trek to Namrung (2630m) from Deng which encompasses forest, Budhi Gandaki Valley, painted Mani stones, Siring Himal and gorge. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli. Overnight at Namrung.

Day 8: Trek Namrung to Lho (3180m) 11 km for 5-6 hrs
From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its chortens and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho (3180mLate afternoon visit the local monastery after you reached there. Overnight at Lho.

Day 9: Trek Lho to Samagaun (3500m) 17 km for 6-7 hrs
On the ninth day of Manaslu Circuit Trek, after breakfast we pursue our trek towards Samagaun (3500m) where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The marvelous view of the high mountains along with makes us forget the tiredness of the trek. Overnight at Samagaun.

Day 10: Acclimatizing day at Samagaun
This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa.  The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers. After the exploration we come back at hotel for rest.

Day 11: Trek Samagaun To Samdo (3860m) 16 km for 4-5 hrs
Today we trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3860m). We follow Budhi Gandaki and cross a suspension bridge and take the trail on right to Larla la which is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. Overnight at Samdo.

Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharmasala (4480m) 12km for 4-5 hrs
Relishing the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we pursue our trek to Dharmasala (4480m) encompassing a few streams and Larkya Glacier. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek. Overnight at Dharmasala.

Day 13: Cross the Larke Pass (5213m) and trek down to Bimtang (3720m) 25 km for 8-9 hrs
On the thirteen day of Manaslu Circuit Trek, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak.  We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bimtang (3720m), the picturesque view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it. Overnight at Bimtang.

Day 14: Trek Bimtang to Tilije (2300m) 14 km for 5-6 hrs
Today we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We get to our destination Tilije (2300m) following the rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields. Overnight at Tilije.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 16 km for 6-7 hrs and drive to Besisahar 3 hrs drive
We trek down to the paved road and rich Dharapani and enter Annapurna circuit section. From Dharapani we take Jeep or bus from Dharapani to Beishar which takes 4-5 hours. Overnight at Besishar.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hrs drive
Experiencing the Manaslu Circuit Trek, today we drive back to Kathmandu via the bank of Trishuli and Marsyandi river observing the diverse landscapes, rivers and valleys. After the drive for 6 hours we reach Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 17: Departure
Your Manaslu Circuit Trek terminates today. You will be escorted to airport by one of our representative and there we exchange our last good-byes. You will be traveling towards your further destination with all the memories you had during your tour. We hope you had a lovely time with us. We would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Cost Details:

The tour cost depends upon the category of hotels used and as per the group-size. Normally we use government approved 3 star and above hotels. Please contact us for the trip pricing. 

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

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