Trip Name

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 20 Days

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Trip Fact

Trip Duration 20 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Private Vehicle / Bus
Accomodation Hotels, Lodges and Tea Houses
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Maximum Elevation 5215 metres
Best season March to May and September to November
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At a Glance

An alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal and takes you to some of the most pristine locations and wilderness of Nepal. It was a restricted area till it was opened up to tourists in 1992. It takes you to the border between Nepal and Tibet. This trek offers a fair amount of challenges, bur guarnatees stunning views of Mount Mansaslu, astonishing scenery, cascading waterfalls and tranquil lakes combined with a taste of well preserved local culture. The variation in elevation from the lowlands to traversing glaciers and moraines is amazing.

Getting There

From Kathmandu, a bus or a jeep will drive you to Arughat. This drive alternates between a smooth journey to a bumpy one at times. After a 4 hour ride you will reach Dhading Besi. An additional 4 hour drive will finally take you to Arughat. After an overnight stay there, you will commence your trek the next morning.

Why Embark on this Trek ?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek or any other variation of this trek is a relatively new route opned up to outsiders and is also an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is therefore, a less trekked area and one encounters fewer other trekkers; so the tanquility and essence of wilderness is intact. In addiition, it offers you somuch in terms of Himalayan panorama, culture and bio-diversity.

Trip Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Stunning views of glaciers and moraines
  •  Scenic drive though hills, fields and  dirt roads
  • Enchanting rural countryside and villages with diverse cultures
  • Traversing Larkya La Pass at 5215 meters
  • Viewing mountains over 8000 metres
  • Bio-diversity of nature

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: City Sightseeing of Kathmandu’s Cultural Sites
  • Day 03: Drive or Fly from Kathmandu to Arughat ( 640 meters )
  • Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola ( 710 metres )
  • Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola ( 930 metres )
  • Day 06: Trek to Doban ( 930 metres )
  • Day 07: Trek to Phillim ( 1550 metres )
  • Day 08: Trek to Deng ( 1800 metres )
  • Day 09: Trek to Ghap ( 2100 metres )
  • Day 10: Trek to Lho Gaun ( 3180 metres )
  • Day 11: Trek to Sama Gaun / Sama Gompa
  • Day 12: Rest and explore Manaslu Base Camp ( 4000 metres
  • Day 13: Trek to Samdo ( 3860 metres )
  • Day 14: Trek to Dharmashala
  • Day 15: Trek to Bhimtang ( 3720 metres )
  • Day 16: Trek to Dharapani via Gho ( 1920 meters )
  • Day 17: Trek to Jagat ( 1300 metres )
  • Day 18: Trek to Besisahar ( 840 metres )
  • Day 19: Drive Back to Kathmandu ( 6 – 7 hours )
  • Day 20: Transfer to International Airport and Flight Back Home

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu Local representative will transfer you to your hotel. A welcome drink in the evening followed by trip briefing and excellent local cuisine.
  • Day 02:City Sightseeing of Kathmandu’s Cultural Sites City sight seeing of Kathmandu’s ancient cultural, religious and historical UNESCO sites like Boudhanath, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03:Drive or Fly from Kathmandu to Arughat ( 640 meters ) An 8 hour scenic drive by bus or jeep through smooth, and at times bumpy, road takes you to Arughat the staging post of our trek.
  • Day 04:Trek to Soti Khola ( 710 metres ) Following the Budhi Gandaki River we pass through fertile and picturesque villages we reach Arkhet Bazaar with its traditional bazaar vibes and also encounter the Arkhet Khola. Heading north with similar scenery, we reach Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola
  • Day 05:Trek to Machha Khola ( 930 metres ) After Soti Khola, we negotiate a bridge and hike through lush sal forest and reach a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail after Khursane is undulating, passing waterfalls. Then it is rice fields and steep rocky paths. Reach a Gurung village of Labubesi. A sandy riverbed and a bridge crossing leads us to Machha Khola. Overnight at Machha Khola
  • Day 06:Trek to Doban ( 930 metres ) An undulating trail from Machha Khola and crossing Thado Khola leads us to Khorlabesi. A further similar trail takes us to the hot springs of Tato Pani. We traverse a ridge and cross Budhi Gandaki and after climbing some steps, reach Doban. Overnight at Doban
  • Day 07:Trek to Phillim ( 1550 metres ) Starting from Doban, we cross a bridge over Yaru Khola, ascend stone stairs and drop down to the river and climb again to reach Thado Bhanjyang. Traversing a ridge along the river, we ascend to the village of Jagat. A rocky ridge climb takes us to Salleri and down to Sirdibas. Continue to Ghatta Khola and a suspension bridge crossing finds us in the Gurung village of Phillim. Overnight
  • Day 08:Trek to Deng ( 1800 metres ) Heading north from Phillim, we proceed to Ekle Bhatti. Entering a gorge, we descend to reach the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Crossing the river several times leads us to Deng Khola and after walking through wide valleys, cross the Deng Khola to reach Deng. Overnight at Deng.
  • Day 09:Trek to Ghap ( 2100 metres ) Crossing the Budhi Gandaki river, we ascend to join a trail from Bhi. Heading west up the Budhi Gandaki Valley through lush forest, we take turn round a corner which leads us to Ghap. Overnight at Ghap
  • Day 10:Trek to Lho Gaun ( 3180 metres ) We take the trail from Prok Village. Cross a the river several times on suspension bridges and proceed onwards through forest cover and a narrow gorge till the trail climbs to Namrung. Excellent mountain views. Climb steadily to Lhi and then descend to the village of Lho. Overnight at Lho.
  • Day 11:Trek to Sama Gaun / Sama Gompa Relishing the views of Manaslu from Lho, we proceed to Sama Gaun. Explore Ribung Gompa and panoramic views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and glaciers. We finally reach Sama Gaun. Overnight
  • Day 12:Rest and explore Manaslu Base Camp ( 4000 metres Explore the neatly riverside aligned houses of Sama Gaun. Climbing season witnesses a lot of activity. A 4-5 hour climb, traversing forests, moraines and awe-inspiring glaciers, takes you to base camp at 4000 metres. Scenic views of lakes and mountain vistas are breathtaking. Back to Sama Gaun. Overnight.
  • Day 13:Trek to Samdo ( 3860 metres ) Another descent to Budhi Gandaki which leads to a stream. Meet the Larkya La trail and continue to a widening valley. Passing through juniper and birch forests, we cross a bridge and come to a confluence of two rivers. Cross a stone arch and reach Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.
  • Day 14:Trek to Dharmashala Cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and make an ascent , cross a few streams to view Larkya La Glacier. Go around a valley and trek uphill to reach Dharmashala. It is a guesthouse at Larke Phedi. Time to rest and acclimatize. Overnight at Dharmashala.
  • Day 15:Trek to Bhimtang ( 3720 metres ) Take a short climb to reach a valley on north side of Larkya Glacier. Excellent views from here. Ascend a moraine before reaching Larkya La Pass. Spectacular views of Himlung, Annapurna, Kangru from the pass. Passing through low pastures, we reach Bhimtang in the evening. Overnight at Bhimtang.
  • Day 16:Trek to Dharapani via Gho ( 1920 meters ) Descend to Sangure Bhanjyang. Cross Dudh Koshi. Passing through rhododendron forest, we reach Karche. Make a steep climb to a ridge. Head down to riverbank, trail arcs around a ridge and reach village of Gho. Climb over a ridge and pass another village . Cross Dudh Khola again and reach Thonje village. We enter Dharapani, the entarnce to Annapurna circuit. Overnight.
  • Day 17:Trek to Jagat ( 1300 metres ) Descend from Dharapani to Karte village, crossing the Marshyangdi River and passing Mani walls we reach Village of Tal situated at the foot of a waterfall. Follwing the Marshyangdi River bank, we reach Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
  • Day 18:Trek to Besisahar ( 840 metres ) Continue trek along Marshyangdi River and reach the mesmerizing village of Syange. Passing waterfalls and farmlands, we reach Bahun Danda. Continue on main trail to reach Besisahar. Amazing views of Annapurna and adjoining peaks en route. Overnight at Besisahar.
  • Day 19:Drive Back to Kathmandu ( 6 – 7 hours ) A scenic 6-7 hour drive back to Kathmandu with excellent views of hills, terraced farmlands and houses. Rest and recuperate in the tourist hub of Thamel and its bars and restaurants.
  • Day 20:Transfer to International Airport and Flight Back Home Our representative will transfer you to the international airport for your flight back home or your onward destination.

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