Located immediately next to the beautiful Annapurna range, the circumnavigation walking tour of Mt. Manaslu, i.e., the Manaslu Circuit Trek, is a lot quieter than its neighbor, the Annapurna circuit trek. Moreover, the first and the latter part of the Annapurna Circuit trek is less attractive due to motorable roads; Manaslu Circuit Trek is an excellent alternative to its neighbor.
From rhododendron and bamboo forests with white orchids, the vegetation changes to spruce and fir forests, in the background of which snow and eternal ice of the Singri Glacier and the Ganesh Himal shine.
On a trip to the beautifully situated Pugyen monastery, we have beautiful views of the Manaslu massif and the Tibetan mountains. Then, finally, the Manaslu (8,163 m) appears in all its glory.
After taking side trips to Birendra Lake & Manaslu Base camp to aid acclimatization, comes the climax, i.e., Larkya La pass.
The most challenging and overwhelming part of the Manaslu Circuit trek is crossing the Larkya La, a small high pass. The struggle to reach the top of Larkya La is the special award of this trek as you get to see close-up views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
Cultural change is noticeable, and changes in landscape and scenery as you walk higher. In lower elevation, you can notice the indo-Aryan type of people busy farming and cattle-grazing. The influence of Tibetan culture is unmistakable as you trek higher.
Buddhist commemorative shrines called Chörten; stones with carved prayer formulas (mani stones) are carefully piled on the side of pathways in the villages, and several monasteries showcase the Buddhist faith of the region.
After crossing the Larkya La get to meet the starting leg of Annapurna Circuit Trek, ending your trek at Dharapani from where we drive back to Kathmandu.
A journey to a restricted area of Nepal inside Manaslu Conservation Area, Manaslu Circuit Trek circumnavigates the 8th tallest peak of the world –Mt Manaslu (8163m). Opened in 1992 for foreigners, this trek got rapidly popular because of its new sites, natural wonders, and broad alpine valleys with diverse flora and fauna.
As the Manaslu region lies along the border of Nepal and Tibet, trekkers witness semi-Tibetan cultures, lifestyles, and traditional practices. Dominated by both Hindus and Buddhists, Manaslu is a religious blend.
The off the beaten trails of Manaslu lead us through several verdantly rich backwoods of rhododendron trees blooming astonishingly and other alpine trees like pine, birch, Juniper cedar, and other delightful pasture lands.
Manaslu Trek is a perfect choice who wish to escape enthralling Himalayan flights. A journey to Manaslu begins after an 8-9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 m) (commonly known as Soti Bazaar) via Arughat (608m).
On the following day, our trek commences to Machha Khola (890m) via beautiful backwoods, ridges, rice fields, crossing numerous rickety suspension bridges. On a subsequent day, we will wander aloft in the beautiful creation of Mother Nature while trekking up to Jagat (1340m).
After breakfast, we begin our walk for Deng (1860 m) today. On the way, we pass several places as Dudh Pokhari Khola, Salleri, Ghatte Khola, Phillim, Chisopani, Eklo Bhatti, and Pewa. On the way, shall cross a junction, which separates Tsum Valley from Manaslu. After trekking three more days, we reach the village of Samagaun (3520 m). This beautiful village is the highest village in Budi Gandaki valley, where we will spend one more night for acclimatization purposes. Birendra Lake (3691 m) and Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) are the most popular places for an acclimatization hike. The choice is yours!
The next day, we will set our journey for Samdo (3875 m), another beautiful place for an overnight stay. We are near 4000 m above sea level and quite close to the mountains. Therefore, please consider wearing thick clothes drinking plenty of hot drinks (garlic soup is recommended). Our next stop will be Dharmasala (commonly known as Larkey Phedi) (4460 m) before crossing Larkey La (5106 m), an adventurous mountain pass of Nepal. Here, we will have stunning views of Larkya Glacier and the Larkya Peak (6219 m).
The next day, the most important day of the entire Manaslu trek, awaits with a challenging pass of Larkey La. Crossing it, we will circumnavigate Mt. Manaslu. Succeeding Larkey La, we will reach Bimthang (3590 m) at the end of the day, spending more than 8 hours. The next day, mainly walking downhill, we get Dharapani (1963 m), the beginning point of Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek.
Following the classic route of Annapurna Circuit Trek, we head down to Syange (1100 m). It is the ultimate point of our epic Manaslu Trek. From Syange, we take a vehicle for Kathmandu (1350m) via Bensishahar (760m) before your international departure.
Thus the route of Manaslu Circuit Trek is concluded as Kathmandu » Arughat » Soti Khola (trek begins) » Machha Khola » Jagat » Ekle Bhatti » Deng » Lho » Samagaun » Samdo » Dharmasala » Larkey Pass » Bhimthang » Tilje » Dharapani » Tal » Syange (trek ends) » Bensishahar » Kathmandu
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m / 4429 ft)||Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Kathmandu Sightseeing: Swyambhunath, Patan, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath||Kathmandu|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Arughat (608m) to Soti Bazaar (700m / 2296 ft) 8-9 hrs drive||Soti Bazaar|
|Day 4||Soti Bazaar to Machha Khola (870 m / 2854 ft) 5-6 hrs||Machha Khola|
|Day 5||Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395 ft) 6-7 hrs||Jagat|
|Day 6||Jagat to Deng (1860 m / 6100 ft) 7- 8 hrs||Deng|
|Day 7||Deng to Namrung (2630 m/ 8626 ft) 6-7 hours||Namrung|
|Day 8||Namrung to Shyala (3500 m / 11480 ft) 6-7 hours||Shyala|
|Day 9||Shyala to Sama Gaon (3520 m / 11545 ft) 3-4 hours||Sama Gaon|
|Day 10||Acclimatization day: Side trip to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base camp (4400m) and trek back to Sama Gaon (Ryo)||Sama Gaon|
|Day 11||Sama Gaon (Ryo) to Samdo (3875m / 12710 ft) 3-4 hrs||Samdo|
|Day 12||Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460 m / 14694 ft) 4-5 hrs||Dharamsala|
|Day 13||Cross Larkya La (5160m / 16924 ft) trek to Bhimthang (3590 m / 11775 ft) 7-8 hours||Bimthang|
|Day 14||Bimthang to Dharapani (1963 m / 6440 ft) 6-7 hours||Dharapani|
|Day 15||Dharapani to Syange (1100 m / 3608 ft) 7-8 hours||Syange|
|Day 16||Drive Syange to Kathmandu||Kathmandu|
At the exit point of the airport, one of our representatives would be waiting for your arrival. He/she will greet you with a warm smile and Namaste and then, accompany you towards your hotel.
After checking in, you may take a rest, or if you wish, you may stroll around the tourist hub of Thamel. Also, the Basantapur Durbar Square lies within a walking distance from your hotel at Thamel.
Without exploring the historic city of Kathmandu, you cannot boast anything of Nepal. This city is the city of temples, whose underlying mythical stories overwhelm anyone who listens to it. Every architecture is designed to reflect the Nepalese culture and lifestyle of the early people, including the luxury of Royalties.
One of them is Patan Durbar Square (ancient palace of Malla Kingdom), built by Newari architects, around the 12th century. This mansion is decorated with intricately carved window designs and antique souvenirs, representing Hindu deities. It is one of the magnificent creations of humans.
Another noteworthy edifice is the temple of Pashupatinath, which is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Shiva (one of the 3 super gods of Hindus) in the world.
A large bull-like Nandi (Conveyance of Lord Shiva) highlights the beauty of Pashupatinath, while dozens of little shrines of numerous deities fill this temple.
However, Swayambhunath is famous for its viewpoint, overlooking the Kathmandu valley. This temple is just a perfect spot to witness the eagle glimpse of the valley. Boudhanath, on the other hand, features a massive mandala. Its story of mythical origin enhances the beauty of this stupa.
[In this itinerary, you will be taken to 4 sites, out of the 7 UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu. If you wish, we are flexible enough to customize your itinerary and set up a plan for your visit to other places as well.]
To embark on the journey to Manaslu, you need to enter into Arughat – a getaway to Manaslu – first. You can reach there by bus or a private vehicle, following either of alternatives via Dhading, via Benighat, or via Gorkha. Among them, the most popular route is via Dhading.
The road until Dhading is black-topped; so, it is easy to carry on. However, after Dhading, the path turns slightly intimidating because of the rough and curvy lane. Despite all these discomforts, the milieu is enlivened by picturesque farmhouses all along the way.
The road passes through the jungles of sal and pine before reaching Ghola Bhanjyang, which offers an incredible glimpse of the Northern Himalayas when the weather is clear. This part of the view is just a hint on what is about to come next.
After a while, you will meander along the Budhi Gandaki river and within a couple of hours arrive at Arughat.
After Arughat, you will catch a Jeep to Soti Bazaar, which takes about 2 hours. En route, you will come across many terraced paddy fields and tiny hut-like settlements at Mangaltar.
The houses over there are peculiar to what is found in other remote areas, or cities. Later, you will reach Soti Bazaar, where you will spend your night.
Soon after you leave Soti Bazaar, you will follow a dirt road and then, climbs through the woods until Khursanibari, which is known by the name ‘Liding’ today. It takes almost an hour to reach there. In the Liding, there is a beautiful waterfall, which appears more appealing when captured in a photograph.
Suddenly, the trail descends for about 30 mins through the Sal forest to a Landslide Area and then, climbs towards the Hawa Danda (Windy Hill).
Once you reach there, you could see an outcrop of overhanging rock, overlooking the far-reaching panorama of hills. The path, then, intrudes through the dripping cloud forests, following a series of switchbacks, all the way until Lapubesi
From somewhere in the middle of the trek, you can catch a glimpse of Shringe Himal if the weather becomes clear.
Around the Lapubesi, taste the milk of water buffaloes. Then, continue along the switchbacks until you arrive at a point, where there is a steep ascent along the bluff. Soon, the trail falls and then arrives at the sandy bank of Budhi Gandaki, where the roar of the flowing water dominates other feeble sounds.
Pass through the three isolated chortens to make an appearance at Maccha Khola, which literally means Fish River.
From Maccha Khola, there are two routes to choose from: one goes from the upper area, while the other from the lower area. Following one of these routes for about an hour, you will arrive at Khorlabesi, where the coffee trees line up on the right side of the trail. There are few lodges in this region, and the board is hung on the pole, which says Tatopani 1hr.
The trail, then, intrudes through a narrow ravine of Budhi Gandaki, where the placid water turns furious, all of a sudden.
En route, you will see a few overhanging cliffs, which were used by the porters, mule caravans, and local people for the overnight stay. Subsequently follows a scary-looking path that meanders around to arrive at Tatopani (Natural Hot Spring). Tatopani is a beautiful place to see.
Then, after walking for about 1 hour through marijuana-dominated fields, you will arrive at Dovan. As you leave Dovan, you could see tremendous damage caused by a landslide. The new route is being used now.
While you walk north, Budhi Gandaki shows its presence by cascading steeply down as of a thundering cataract. The trail continues through a series of switchbacks. From high up the hill, you could see the raging water of Budhi Gandaki, whose roar couldn’t penetrate the silence of the upper Himalayas.
Via some of the suspension bridges, you will make your way until Jagat, which is an entry checkpoint of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP).
Few Chortens and Mani walls indicate the first sign of Tibetan Buddhism. The houses and streets are clean and appear completely natural here.
For the night, you will stay in one of the lodges.
Early in the morning, as you leave Jagat, the trail descends to the Dudh Pokhari Khola and crosses a rocky cliff to arrive at the beautiful village of Salleri. This village is clean and filled by colorful Chortens.
People, here, could be seen weaving baskets and doing laundry during the day. This village is a perfect stop-over to gaze upon the rural, yet happy life.
Once you step out of the Salleri, Himalayas begin to peek at you. Shringi Himal and Langju Himal begin to appear mesmerizing. As you reach Sirdibas, you could witness a few unique two-story houses with a shingle roof. A sign shows that Ghatte Khola is 10 mins ahead.
Just before reaching Philim, you have to cross a long suspension bridge hanging across the Budhi Gandaki. Philim is clean, beautiful, and relatively developed than other villages in this area. The hotels and lodges, here, guarantee quality services.
Now onwards, the trail is going to be super hard to cross through because of deep canyons and a jagged path. After Chisopani, there is another place named Eklo Bhatti, whose name translates to one house, but there are several houses now.
About 2 hours away from Philim, you will arrive at a junction, which separates Tsum Valley from Manaslu. There is a steady climb until Pewa, and a steep uphill takes you to the village of Deng.
As usual, you will leave your room early in the morning from the Deng and meander around the zigzag trail with numerous switchbacks. For the first few hours, it is pretty monotonous to walk. But then, everything gets enlivened by an isolated but blissful natural setting at Bihi Phedi.
Few minutes ahead is a small mani wall, where the images of Guru Rinpoche, Chenresig, and Buddha are carved. Continue the path until Bihi, which features a beautiful Kani Gate.
There is a serene Gompa named Serang Gompa, which is a compact shrine of great reverence. The path, then, crosses the Serang Khola and passes through a series of switchbacks through Prok to arrive at another beautiful place named Ghap.
There is a pleasant monastery named Kwak, which is virtually abandoned. You will also witness few prayer wheels, but without any inscriptions of the Om Mane Padme Hum at the wheel. After Ghap, ascend through the leafy forest of pine along a fairly easy track to arrive at Namrung. Namrung has few lodges to spend your night.
The way to Shyala is full of sceneries, and you will enjoy it more than ever. The trail enters into a silent woodland of blue pine, and oak where few rhododendron bushes perfume the milieu.
About walking for about an hour from Ghap, you will arrive at a natural stone bridge formed by the flow of the Budhi Gandaki. There are many walls, overhanging rocks, and waterfalls to gaze upon during the slog.
As you reach Banjam, you will see the Ganesh Himal popping out of the ridge to the east. Continue your trek for the next 1 hour to arrive at Lihi.
There are some unique chortens with few old paintings. Hinang Monastery could be visited by walking for about 2 hours; this is one of the most revered Buddhist Shrines in the Manaslu Region.
Walking further, you will arrive at Sho, which is the best place to witness a few glacier walls, the charm of the Himalayas. You can see a lot of paintings painted around the local Gompas. Sho is a vibrant village.
The trail, then, ascends to the Lho, which peeks upon the stunning Sauli peak of Kutang Himal. With a couple of impressive mani walls and colorful Gompas, Lho refreshes the trekkers with peace and beauty.
Soon after leaving Lho, the trail drops steeply down and then climbs up. There are several log bridges to cross through. You may as well encounter few yak caravans transporting the timbers. As you walk, you could capture a few glimpses of the Manaslu.
Much of the walk is through the forest until Shyala. To reach there, it takes almost 2 hours from Lho. Shyala offers a spectacular view of Ngadi Chuli to the southwest. For the night, you will stay in one of the lodges at Shyala.
Today’s walk is going to be much more interesting than ever. It takes almost 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Sama Gaon (also known as Ryo) from Shyala.
On the way, you will go through wooden bridges to cross the raging icy rivers coming down from the glacier of Pungyen (Punggen). The route meanders several times, following a series of switchbacks, until arriving at the Pungyen Monastery. From then on, it is mostly downhill to Sama Gaon.
By the time you arrive at Sama Gaon, you will have enough time to explore this beautiful hamlet. The first thing that you will notice in this village is the stone walls, all around.
The Kani Gate at the entrance is lovely to look at, while the most attractive part of the Sama Gaon is the Courtyard with the big prayer wheels.
The walls of this courtyard are beautifully painted by the paintings of godheads. Also, there are several statues of Guru Rinpoche and other unusual-looking red idols.
There are a number of guesthouses and lodges. For the night, you will stay in one of the lodges of the Sama Gaon.
Remember, the prices are the same for a particular food, regardless of the quality, wherever you go, because of the community policies and syndicates in every village.
Today is going to be an exciting day of your trip because the day has come to feel the moment under the shadow of the Manaslu.
Early in the morning, move on towards Samdo along the main trail. Within an hour, you will arrive at a point, where the main trail dissociates into a branch that leads to the Birendra Tal (lake).
It is a beautiful glacier lake, staying calm under the shadow of the mighty Manaslu Peak. Around the premises of the lake, Himalayan Tahrs, frequently, move around. This animal makes its way towards the base camp of the Manaslu.
After spending quality time there, you will move on towards the Manaslu Base Camp, which is your ultimate destination. However, to be there, snow and ice, steadily, resist you.
It is a very challenging walk, indeed. As you reach there, you will be blessed by the sceneries and snowscapes all around.
Finally, you will return to the Sama Gaon for an overnight stay. If you have time, then it is better to catch a brief side trip to Samagaon Monastery. It is worth visiting.
The way to Samdo is relatively flat; however, at such a high altitude, even a short climb requires a lot of effort. For a while, you will be walking under the shadows of alpine birch and rhododendron. Then, there is a wooden bridge, crossing which you will see mani walls, running parallel to the trail.
The more you climb, the better the scenes become; especially, views of the eastern flank of the Samdo Peak (Pang Phuchi) is commendable. Down the valley, the sceneries get more impressive with the glittering outlook of Himalchuli.
Samdo is dotted with traditional houses made up of dry-stone walls, whose roof is the stone slabs. To prevent the icy wind from entering the house, Juniper mesh is spread around the Verandas. While the ground floor is used for cattle such as yak, the upper part is for the living.
There are four lodges – Yak Lodge, Tibet Lodge, Tashi Delek, Chez Karsang – at Samdo. Telephone and Internet services are also available. Enjoy your stay at Samdo.
Today’s walk is going to be super tough. So, it is better to not hassle in the race, but rather, walk calmly with periodic breathing.
Firstly, the trail skirts around the fields and then drops to cross the Budhi Gandaki. By the time you would arrive at the ancient settlements of Larkya Bazaar, you will notice the landscapes turning into thorny bushes and juniper. The scenery is hallucinating here.
The views of Samdo Peak grow better as you walk high above. Syacha glacier, another fabulous blessing of the Himalayas, could be witnessed on the way to Larkya Phedi. Also, you can see a great variety of ranges including the Manaslu from this point. These scenic glimpses are just captivating.
When you feel like the views are over now, you would have arrived at Larkya Phedi (also known as Dharamshala, which means a pilgrimage site). The lodges are adequate here but don’t expect anything fancy during your accommodation.
Everything becomes expensive up here; but, make sure you drink enough fluid before heading further because it helps you better adjust the high-altitude pressure. For the night, stay at one of the lodges at Larkya Phedi.
The trail after Larkya Phedi is full of sceneries but quite challenging to make through. Walk along the side of the moraine and pass through a small meadow, which is not as scenic as was seen before.
However, by the time you cross the moraine, you will be able to witness the beautiful Larkya Peak and other tiny ranges. By the side of the trail, numerous frozen lakes pass through. Also, glaciers accompany you all along the way.
Locals say that the blue sheep (bharal) are often sighted, and you may encounter one, possibly. But, forget about witnessing a snow leopard. The slopes are steep and icy, making it slippery and tricky to pass through.
After walking for about 8 hours, you will arrive at Bimthang (which literally means plain of sand). The lodges are excellent at Bimthang and if you feel like camping, there is a perfect setting to set up camp. For the night, you will stay in one of the lodges of Bimthang.
The trail heads south for about 30 minutes and then scales climbs over the small moraine. From the top of the moraine, there is an outstanding view of the Larkya Himal, Manaslu, and other dozens of unnamed ranges, which are as attractive as you could possibly imagine.
Also, behind the steep cliffs, there is a dense jungle of cedar, oak, blue pine, birch, and rhododendron. This woodland is believed to be over 1000 years old.
This forest is more diverse with a wide variety of floras. Hummingbirds hum around the trees, while butterflies color the atmosphere with joy and happiness. The whole setting is thrilling.
As you cross Kharche/Surki, a new milieu opens up. On the way, you will see well-designed houses and waterfalls. Dharapani is around 7 hours away from Bimthang.
Follow the classic route of Annapurna Circuit Trek, hike down all the way to Syange. Pass several settlements of Manang district and enter to Lamjung. With the views of cascading rivers, a torrential river of Marsyangdi we shall conclude the journey reaching Syange.
Today, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Syange. This is the end of the trip; so, we will have a farewell party, together, at Kathmandu.
[Remember: if you are planning to visit Pokhara, or to try out any other adventures such as Kayaking, Canoeing, Paragliding, Zip Flying, or Zipline, after the trip, then make sure you let us know. We are ready to customize your itinerary as per your choice. If you wish, our experienced travel planners will assist you in finding the appropriate itinerary for you.]
Finally, the day has come to return to your homeland with bunches of memories and herds of new experiences. We wish to see you again in the days to come. Have a safe flight!
[Service: We will drop you to the airport to say a nice and warm GOODBYE.]
Autumn (September – November) and Spring (March-May) are ideal peak seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek. These two seasons offer the best views, and the weather is most favorable with clear blue skies. Sun shines around 5-7 hours a day, making the environment warmer even in the high altitudes. Seasonal flowers in the valleys, forests, and villages, lush green hills, and snow-clad peaks just above them seem as if they are painted.
The most popular season for the Manalu Circuit expedition is Spring, as it brings excellent views of snow-clad peaks, colorful hills, and valleys. Rhododendron and other spring flowers are in full bloom, which makes the entire forest stunning.
There will be less to no chance of rainfall, and days get longer every day, making you hassle-free to reach the desired destination. The mountains look ever-smiling where winter fills snow in every part of them. However, the weather and temperatures are favorable. Although the nights are more relaxed, the days are sunny, warm, and bright, making it perfect for a day hiking adventure.
Trekking trails get drier gradually; monsoon rain takes all the dust particles from the atmosphere, making the atmosphere crystal. The skies are crystal blue the views are excellent. The weather is stable, and the temperature is favorable.
As it is the time of the festival, everyone is in a happy festive mood. The houses are decorated well for the celebrations (Dashain and Tihar). It will be a great cultural experience. Marigold, Purple globe Amaranth, Poinsettia, and other flowers seem to bloom in the yards and farms, making the whole surroundings quite photogenic.
Winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August) are considered the off-season for the Manaslu Circuit trek. However, the weather remains challenging, and the temperature becomes unfavorable during these periods.
During winter, heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures may ruin your trek. Due to the cold in the high elevations, teahouses may get closed, and the places around Dharmasala and Larkey La might be full of snow heaps that make it uncomfortable to walk.
In the monsoon, heavy showers might affect your trekking. Due to heavy rainfall, the trekking trials may get slippery and wet. Moreover, landslides and floods in the rivers might block the ways. Leeches and misquotes also play roles in making your trekking experience unpleasant.
Manaslu Trekking is an adventurous journey to the isolated lands of the north-central part of Nepal. The trekking trails to the Manaslu Circuit trek are not busy and crowded as other classic treks of Nepal. Beginning the journey from the bustling Kathmandu (sightseeing), we reach some of the remote villages just below the giant peaks.
Leaving the concrete buildings of the cities, we reach the basic teahouses of Samagaun, Samdo, and Dharmasala. Trekkers will pass the religious, cultural, and historical shrines of Kathmandu to
Travelers will taste novice experiences each day. They will witness from the bustling city of Kathmandu to peaceful Gurung villages and further quite Annapurna Base Camp. Concrete cities to pristine nature inside the protected lands, crowded vehicles of Kathmandu / Pokhara, and chirping sounds of birds inside deep jungles.
A day starts with a sip of tea/coffee at your hotel/teahouse/lodge during the trek. Then, with the beautiful golden rays of the sun, you get your breakfast in the yard/dining. After handing over your duffle bags to your porter, you will begin your journey at around 6-8 am, depending on the distance, duration, and the nature of the day’s hike. However, on the day of Larkey La pass, you may need to walk at around 3-4 am. This is because of the long day walk and weather conditions. In the mountains, the weather worsens after midday. Thus it is ideal for crossing Larkey la between 9-11 am.
Walking for 3-4 hours, you will reach lunch place. Local lodges/restaurants will serve lunch according to their menus. After resting for one hour, you will head towards our day destination. Upon reaching the goal, you will check in, be refreshed with some drinks. Now, you will have some free time to explore the surrounding shrines. There might be some religious, historical, cultural, and ethnic monuments. Visit and explore them in detail till dusk.
Dinner will be ready somewhere between 6-7 pm. Meanwhile, your trekking leader will explain your itinerary for the following day. After dinner, sit around the standard fireplace, interact with fellow trekkers, share your experiences, and enjoy playing games like chess, cards, etc. Otherwise, read books, watch available mountaineering documentaries before heading off to bed.
During Manalsu Trek, most lodges have a wifi connection, and they can be used to pay a small amount (although some offer it free of cost). The speed of the internet might not be as in your hometown and Kathmandu. However, they will be helpful to run social media, exchange texts, photos, and videos either.
Another option to use the internet, call, etc., is to buy a SIM card, purchase a data pack, and use internet service. This is the most convenient way of using the internet wherever and whenever you prefer to use it.
You may find several shops with the board “SIM card available here” nearby your hotel. After filling a form provided by telecommunication and submitting your passport copy and two photos with cash (around NPR 100, which is approx. US$ 1), you will obtain a SIM card. After buying, it will be activated within half an hour. Mainly SIM cards of two telecommunications are popular in Nepal; Nepal Telecom (Namaste) and Axiata (NCELL). You can use the SIM card of any of them while trekking Manaslu.
Our standard Manaslu Circuit journey accomplishes in 17 days which includes international arrival and departure days too. Thus, Trekkers shall spend 14 days on the trek, a day in Kathmandu (for sightseeing, preparation, and acclimatization), and two days for international arrival and departure.
Details of accommodation during the Manaslu circuit walk includes 13 nights lodges to lodges stay at the mountain at the best available local lodges/teahouses (we will arrange lodgings with private bathroom wherever is possible) and three nights' accommodation (before and after the trek) will be in Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or a similar one.
Note: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or any other places (if trekkers wish to extend their trip), luxurious accommodations (Luxury hotels are available in Kathmandu) is excluded in this itinerary.
Manaslu Circuit Trek, a round journey to the 8th tallest mountain of the world, is a high altitude trek that takes you amid several peaks in the Mansiri Mountain range (Mt. Manaslu nestles in the Mansiri Mountain range).
As you are walking up to 5106m above sea level, a very high elevation, your body demands enough nutritious food having plenty of carbohydrates, protein, and other minerals to reenergize your body. Food and different energy bars are available throughout the trek, but you may not find the varieties in Kathmandu.
Some of the popular menu items include:-
Breakfast: The most popular breakfast items during the Manaslu trek are; toast with jam/butter/honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, local tsampa porridge, egg items (boiled, fried, omelet (plain, vegetable), scrambled, sunny side up), pancakes, noodles, muesli, seasonable fruits, vegetable (grilled), rice pudding, oat porridge, potato items (steamed, fried, chips), etc.
Lunch: Dal Bhat (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles – the most popular food item), Tibetan bread / local chapatti, momo (dumplings), spring roll, spaghetti, macaroni, cake items, sandwiches, burgers, potato dishes, noodles items (soup, fried), thukpa, pasta, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), rice pudding, porridges and more.
Dinner: Dal Bhat Tarkari (a set of rice, lentils, vegetables, pickles, and salads), various soup items (noodle, chicken, tomato, egg drop, potato, daal, onion, garlic (highly recommended), mixed vegetable), pizza (mushroom cheese, tomato cheese, and hybrid), noodle items (soup, fried), spaghetti, salad items, Thukpa, rice puddings, apple pie, pancakes, Korean Raman and many more.
Note: The menus can be different according to the place and elevations. In Kathmandu, you have plenty of choices. However, as we go up during the trek, the menu list will be shortened, and there might be limited choices.
Although the meat items are available even in Samagaun and Samdo, we recommend you avoid them for a healthy purpose. The meat above Soti Bazaar is not guaranteed to be fresh, healthy, and hygienic. We also advise you to get rid of dairy and cheesy items while trekking. In addition, smoking and tobacco items are strongly recommended not to consume.
Trekkers need to remain well hydrated throughout the trek. Dehydration is the leading cause of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters of water each day. You should drink water even you are not thirsty.
In the teashops, lodges, and teahouses, buying bottled water is possible in the trek. Otherwise, you can refill your bottles with hot water in the lodges by spending some money. It is also a good idea to carry water purification tablets/systems and a refillable water bottle. You can refill water (from the taps or streams) and purify it whenever you wish to drink.
Other drinks as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, soup items (tomato, mushroom, mixed vegetables, garlic soup (highly advised)), ginger tea for Manaslu trek. However, highly caffeinated items (strong coffee), hot chocolates, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks are not recommended while on the hike.
During Manaslu Circuit Walk, recharging your camera and other electronic devices is possible in the lodges. Some of them offer free recharging amenities; however, some charge a little (on per hour basis). Most of the clubs are facilitated with hydroelectricity, whereas some of them have used solar panels.
One of the most popular trekking destination-Manaslu was opened in 1991 only. Although this area has been gaining popularity these days, it is a controlled area and needs three permits. Those are enlisted.
Manaslu Restricted Permit
From September to November
From December to August
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
Note: if the trekkers want to trek in Tsum Valley, it requires another permit-Tsum Valley Restricted Permit, which costs USD 40 for each individual per week. Beyond a week, USD 7 per day per person in the peak season( September to November) and USD 30 for each individual per week, and USD 7 beyond a week in off-peak seasons (December to August)
Manaslu Circuit trek is considered a moderately difficult trek. The distance of the trek is more or less 177km which is completed within 17 days, keeping an acclimatization day. However, Trekkers need to walk 10-15 km each day to complete this journey, creating some difficulties.
Altitude sickness may become a threat as this trek begins from Sotikhola (710m) to Larky La Pass (5213m) above sea level. Next, walking in the rough terrains passing the mountain vistas, may be challenging for some excursionists.
However, if you are physically, mentally, and emotionally eager to trek and have some cardiovascular activities such as cycling, hiking, swimming, joining the gym, you can complete this journey.
Following your leader's guidance, maintaining a comfortable pace, capturing the peaks and vistas, enjoying nature, you can afford this journey easily. In addition, you are staying hydrated, and having proper acclimatization makes your journey easier.
While trekking Manaslu and any other destinations safety, security is the foremost concern. There might be possible dangers that may occur during the trekking in the Manaslu such as landslides, altitude sickness, and occasional thefts or extortion, Covid-19, and so forth. Most of the contingencies are properly handled by trekking staff, but sometimes it is out of their capacities.
However, Holy Mountain Treks does its best to make your travel safe, secured, and a journey of a lifetime. It has taken precautions in the following things to make our guests’ travel as safe as possible.
Holy Mountain Treks bears all the land transportation for Manaslu Circuit Trek. During international arrival, departure, sightseeing you will be in a luxury private vehicle. Driving from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Syange to Kathmandu will be via private car, Scorpio, HI Ace, or bus depending upon the group size.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the challenging yet rewarding off-the-beaten treks. Trekkers may need to walk 5-7 hours in lower altitudes and 3-4 hours a day in high elevations. Walking in the high hills is more challenging than in lower elevations.
To cross Larkey La (5106 m) is obviously challenging which requires proactive preparedness. Previous hiking experiences, cardiovascular exercises will be beneficial. Novice with good physical fitness and well mental preparation also will achieve this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more comfortable experience you will have during the tour.
Thus, it is advised to do a morning walk, cycling, joining a gym, swimming, etc., at least 30 days before the trek and continue regularly until joining the trip. However, individuals with acute medical conditions such as heart or lung disease are not recommended this Manaslu Trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is ranked as a challenging difficult as it entails the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (High Altitude Sickness) and some other unforeseen events, including sudden climate changes.
Trekkers must have travel insurance for Manaslu Circuit Walk. While booking, trekkers need to send us a copy of travel insurance with other documents. The policy must cover medical and emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high elevations (up to 6000m).
All the trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance policy once they book for Manaslu Trekking. Then, in emergency circumstances, we will use it for a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc.
All tourists except Indian citizens must get a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are available in both ways; on arrival and before their arrival (in their nation). On arrival, visas can be obtained at the office of the Department of Immigration at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Travelers wishing to skip a queue at the airport can obtain visas from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in their own countries.
For an on-arrival visa, trekkers must fill a form provided by the Department of Immigration Nepal. You should have a passport having at least six months validity, a passport-sized photo, and some cash. They will charge US$ 30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for 90 days to issue a visa. The visa fee must be paid in cash before obtaining a visa. However, SAARC citizens (expect Afghans) and Chinese people get a free visa for Nepal.
Residents of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Refugees with travel documents are requested to acquire visas before they arrive from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
Manaslu region is kept as a restricted area of Nepal as some of its areas share borders between Tibet and Nepal. Since the Manaslu region is also one of the restricted areas declared by the government, it is impossible to trek without a guide.
You must hire at least one authorized person from a local trekking agency in Nepal, either a licensed professional guide or a porter guide. There must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide and porter). Along with that, you must file your special permit through an authorized trekking agency.
"Take NOTHING but Pictures
Leave NOTHING but Footprints and
Kill NOTHING but Time"
Holy Mountain Trek has a strong commitment towards environmental sustainability to protect our nature and entire ecosystem. We have promised to implement the rules and regulations of 'Leave No Trace (LNT). There is no doubt that tourism has empowered several people's lifestyles. Thousands of people are employed. Several positive impacts include career opportunities, wealth generations, tax and permits, healthcare, revenue, infrastructure, lifestyle, and several others.
However, there are some noticeable negative impacts on the environment and community. So, please be careful about sustainable tourism, preservation of nature and culture while trekking. Thus, please be sensitive about sustainable tourism, conservation of wildlife, and culture while traveling the Manaslu region. If we can preserve nature and culture, our next generation will see such unique creations of Mother Nature and culture.
Holy Mountain Treks always focuses on eco-friendly trips, which are environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding, which will be beneficial for both travelers and the ethnic traditional communities.
Tipping is appreciated by trekking guides, porters, and other crews as a good way of saying thank you because of their good service. Although it is not any part of wages, it is considered as a reward for good service.
Generally, tips are offered at the end of the trek. Most of the groups give the tips in farewell dinner on the last evening or the last day of the trek. The amount of tip is entirely personal preference that may be more or less and depends upon the quality of service, length of the trip, budget, and the appreciation of their work.
Holy Mountain Treks is an authentic, government-registered, licensed, and dedicated trekking agency in Nepal. All our guides are professional and are license holder ones. Our website is SSL enabled, and our payment partners are Himalayan Bank Limited and Siddhartha Bank Limited. While transferring the data, only banks securely receive them. To make it easy and secure, you can directly share the trip amount with the bank. Thus, you can book your Manaslu Circuit Trek with us confidently.
At the time of booking, travelers should pay only 20% of the total payment in advance online. For payment, you need to fill in the detail of yourself and should submit it. Necessary documents as passport copy, passport size photos, and travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details can be emailed later (within two weeks). The remaining trip costs can be paid either by cash or via bank transfer and credit cards upon your arrival in Nepal.
Holy Mountain Treks accepts last minutes booking for those who are not able to book in advance. For Manaslu Circuit Trek, booking before at least 48 hours is taken. We have to arrange your permits, guide, porters, and other crews for you. We do our best to operate a trek at any time; however, we will not be responsible for any delays due to changes beyond our control, such as the weather, availability of lodging.
Adventurous can extend their journey to Tsum Valley Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Pokhara City Tour, Chitwan National Park Safari, Paragliding, Canoeing, Bungee Jumping, Nagarkot Sunrise Tour, etc. along with their Manaslu Circuit Trek.
We would highly appreciate it if you give feedback on the Manaslu Circuit Trek during the farewell dinner held by Holy Mountain Treks. Your feedback helps us to improve our weaknesses and continue the strength aspects.
Holy Mountain Treks customizes the itinerary according to our valued guests’ time and interests. Although there are some fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, we can customize the itinerary according to your schedules. This itinerary depends on whether you choose to trek Tsum Valley or not, take a vehicle from Dharapani or Syange, prefer sightseeing in Kathmandu or not, and so on.
Sometimes, the itinerary mentioned above can be rescheduled due to unexpected circumstances such a heavy snowfall, rainfall, terrible weather conditions, availability of lodges, and other natural hazards. In such cases, a new itinerary will be set in the best interest of the entire group members, making it suitable for everyone.
If you are eager to experience an adventurous journey to the high Himalayas and walk passing the remote village of northern Nepal witnessing distinct vegetation and wildlife of restricted areas of Nepal, this trip is for you. This trip is for you if you dare to pass high mountain passes having spectacular views of the mighty Manaslu and its neighboring peaks.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is graded as a moderately challenging journey. Although it does not require any climbing and technical skills, having some prior hiking and trekking experiences helps to complete without many difficulties.
During the trek, you need to walk 6-8 hours each day from the very low to high elevations following a well-marked trekking path passing some rough terrains, rocky ridges, river gorges, and ethnic settlements with the light backpack. Walking in the high elevations is more problematic than that of the lower.
Our 17 days Manaslu Circuit is crafted with an acclimatization day in Samagaun. You need to be prepared well both physically and mentally before commencing the trek. Additionally, you can go through Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty to know more.
For those who don’t like flying small planes, this trek is perfect as you have to reach the beginning point of the trek via overland. Your trekking agency manages a private vehicle or a bus to get Soti Khola from Kathmandu. Catching a private jeep makes your drive more comfortable and they pick up and drop at the door of your hotel.
The journey moves through Kathmandu-Arughat-Soti Khola- Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Shyala-Samagaaun-Samdo-Dharamsala-Larkey Pass-Bhimthang-Dharapani-Syangje-Bensishahar-Kathamandu.
Although Manaslu Trek is doable in any season, most of our guests prefer the periods of spring (March-April-May) and autumn (September-October-November) to trek. The skies are clearer and the views are unobstructed. Trekkers witness diverse landscapes and lustrous vegetation during these months.
Spring is the flower blooming season. Rhododendrons and other wildflowers bloom entire the hills making them colorful. As the snow melts even in the high elevations, makes the journey to Manaslu easier and more convenient.
Autumn offers fresh nature after the heavy participation of summer. It is a festive season and most of the houses and people seem decorated. People seem busy celebrating their greatest festivals including Dashain and Tihar (Deepawali). Immerse yourself in the nature and rural part of Manaslu during autumn.
Anyone interested in Manaslu Circuit Trek should buy Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP), and Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP). All these permits will be arranged by us and the price is included in your total trip cost.
The difficulty of any treks depends upon numerous things including distance, duration, season chosen, weather and climate, altitude sickness, access to accommodation and food, roles of guides and porters, training, budget management, previous experiences, and many others.
This is a moderately strenuous trek that reaches the high elevated terrains of the Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area. The trails can be rocky, steep, or slippery including numerous stairways. It will be a bit difficult but not that harsh.
Covering 177 kilometers, you need to reach the maximum elevations of 5106m above sea level at Larkey-La walking in exotic and off-the-beaten paths. With the natural setting embellished by sheer mountains, tranquil lakes, towering waterfalls, and lush greenery, Manaslu is a visual sensation.
It depends. If you are doing a 17 days Manaslu Circuit Trek, the above itinerary applies. However, if you want to trek a bit longer, can customize this trek. This can be the situation if you include the Tsum Valley and perhaps continuing on the Annapurna Circuit too.
No. Trekking a restricted region- Manaslu solo is strictly prohibited. In a group, there should be at least 2 people according to the government of Nepal. Along, you should trek with a licensed guide. A professional and experienced guide shall help you to navigate the route, find the best teahouse to accommodate, and are very helpful during emergencies. They are great negotiators.
Taking a porter is more convenient and helpful. Porter carry all your trekking accessories and you just can walk carrying important documents in a small daypack enjoying the sceneries around. Carrying the heavy burden while walking in the high elevations may be more problematic. Paying some for a porter helps to sustain a whole family. It will be a social service as well.
Most of the trekking in the Manaslu region begins from Soti Khola, an 8-9 hours drive from Kathmandu on a private jeep or local bus. Most of the trekkers begin Manaslu Circuit Trek from Soti Khola and end at Dharapani or Tal. Trekkers eager to combine this trek with Annapurna Circuit finish their trip at Pokhara, a beautiful city.
Taking a private jeep is more comfortable, easier, and faster. There will be a crowd of local people in a local bus and the seats are narrow making discomfort to sit properly.
Crossing Larkey-La (5106m) offers excellent panoramic views of the Himalayas including Manaslu, Annapurna massifs, Choe Himal, Kanguru, and several other neighboring peaks makes the journey more special.
Exploring the remote landscapes and villages with the flavor of Tibetan Buddhism, trekking in the less crowded areas of off-the-beaten-trails, passing numerous river gorges and ridges makes the journey more memorable and exciting.
You will not follow the same path again. Every day you will witness a new culture, lifestyle, terrains, landscapes, and places which makes Manaslu Trek different from others.
Yes. Manaslu Circuit trek can be tailor-made as per your need and requirements. We are here to make your trip in accordance with your budget and interest.
We completed two wonderful treks in October and November 2019. Both arranged through HMT with Ram as our guide. The Manaslu trek was a trip of a lifetime. Amazing scenery, immersion in local culture and physically challenging. More authentic than EBC or Annapurna, at times just you and the mountains. We were so impressed that we booked another trek to Everest view. Again Ram managed everything superbly and understood our needs every step of the way. You should really use Holy Mountain Treks if you want a great experience.
Once we booked Manaslu circuit trek with HMT, we were excited and a bit stressed regarding the high elevated journey. I had studied in the internet about off the beaten trail and Larkey Pass, etc. Once we landed Nepal and visited the office of HMT, made us clearer about it. The journey was not strenuous as we expected. The views were magnificent, the trails were less crowded and pace was comfortable. An acclimatization day helped me to be adjusted in the higher elevation. Our guide Ram was very helpful, knowledgeable, and funny. He cracked jokes, informed about the mountains, cultures, history of Nepal which helped making the journey special. Upon standing Larkey La, I could feel I am at the top surrounding snowy peaks. Food, accommodation, services were excellent. I highly recommend HMT especially Ram for any tour and trekking in Nepal.
We made Manaslu Circuit Trek with Holy Mountain Treks last year. It was really adventurous, enjoyable, and memorable. The whole team was professional, smiling knowledgeable, and competent who made our journey more comfortable. Green forests, diverse landscapes, rough terrains indescribably beautiful nature were the highlights of the journey. Passing Larkey-La was our greatest experience. Our guide Krishna made our journey special. As he speaks well English and has sound knowledge of the geography, culture, and history of Nepal, provided us a plethora of information about Nepal and Nepali. So, the journey was more convenient than expected. I highly recommend Holy Mountain Treks and Krishna for any treks and tours in Nepal.