About Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit is one of the classic treks in Nepal around Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain followed by crossing Larkya La pass. This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. 

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to other regular trekking regions. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally started in the town of Arughat Gorkha but now we can start at Soti Khola a bit further up the trail. Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive from to SotiKhola via Arughat which approximately takes the whole day. On the following day, our trek begins to MachhaKhola. During the trek, we will be walking through beautiful forests, climbing onto ridges, walking past rice terraces and crossing suspension bridges. After trekking for about four days, we will be arriving at Deng, which starts to give us appearances of snow peaks. As we continue trekking, we will be crossing a small village then further reaching to Namrung village where it’s an amazing viewpoint for Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7,893m). Trekking a bit further, we will arrive at the highest village in Budi Gandaki valley; the Samagaon village. We will acclimatize at this village the following day and then continue our trek, heading towards Samdo followed by Dharamsala. At this point, we will be rewarded with the astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and the Larkya peak. We will be crossing the hightest pass in Manaslue,  Larkya Pass (5125 m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bhimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Manaslu Circuit trek lies in the northern Himalayan range, the west-central part of Gorkha districts. Normal duragion of Manaslu Circuit Trekking is about 17-days but we can make few day longer and shortern. Average distance each day will be approximately 15-20 KM and time will be about 8 hours each days. The trek can be made longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days and starting point.

  • You need to be physically and mentally prepared for Manaslu Trekking 
  • It is important to train yourself and get used to walking on uneven surfaces in himalaya
  • Crossing the Larkya La Pass at altitude 5,213 m is the most challenging day during this entire trek. But at the same time, it’s a more a test of your patience level.
  • You’ve to walk on snow but you don’t need any technical skills to cross this high alpine pass.
  • You will experience more wilderness, remote, local mountain culture and adventure during Manaslu Circuit trek.

Best time to visit Manaslu circuit trekking

Generally, the best time to trek Manaslu Circuit is autumn (October and November) and spring (March and April). There is relatively stable weather in the autumn season and will find some snow over 5,000 meters. The lush green forest and rhododendron will blossom during the spring season. But, Manaslu trekking can be done all year round.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola
  • Views of highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Mt. Annapurna II etc.
  • Trek along the BudhiGanadaki River gorge
  • Experience natural scenery, flora and fauna
  • Discover unique moutnain cultural of Hindu’s and Buddhists

Outline Itinerary

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  • Day 01: Drive to Arughat about 125 km, then drive to Soti Khola Distance( 35 km) (730m/2896ft) about 7-8 hrs
  • Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola (890m/ 2,965 ft) Walking distance about 6 to 7 hrs
  • Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Doban (1070m/3510ft) walking distance about 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 04: Trek from Doban to Philim (1570m/5150ft) walking distance about 5 to 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek from Philim to Deng(1860m/6102 ft) walking distance about 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek from Deng to Ghap (2250m/7382) walking distance about 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek fro mGhap to Namrung (2660m/8727ft), walking distance about 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 08: Namrung to Lho (3180m/10433ft) Walking Distance about 5 to 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek from Lho to Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft) Walking Distance about 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 10: Rest Day in Samagaun
  • Day 11: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3875m/12713ft) Walking Distance about 3 to 4 hrs
  • Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m/14698ft) Walking Distance about 3 to 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Trek to to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m/16929ft) about 7 to 8 hrs walk
  • Day 14: Trek from Bhimtang to Gho(2550m/8367ft)- about 5 hrs walking
  • Day 15: Trek from Gho to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft) about 4 hrs
  • Day 16: we will take a local jeep drive back to Besisahar (760m/2493ft) about 5 hrs then drive back to Kathmandu-7 hrs
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu by local sharing jeep.
  • All meals while you are on trek.
  • Accommodation during the trek ( we will arrange the best possible mountain accommodation (Generally twin Sharing basis, bathroom outside). 
  • English Speaking Trekking Plus experienced and qualified trek leader,(7 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to carry your luggage. ( 1 porter between 2 trekkers, porter carry max 20 kg per max limit )
  • All expenses of Guides and Porters (Meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment ). 
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Seasonal fresh fruits every day during the trek and chocolate bars on high passes. 
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Company's T-shirt and trekking Maps. 
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees. 
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense  such as snacks, boil water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee),  extra porters etc
  • Personal trekking equipments 
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory. 
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping is expected)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Useful Information

Important to note, please visit our Equipments check list. Altitude Mountain Sickness section for additional details of what you need to bring on trek as well as prevent about AMS. Trekking Plus top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips.

Our top priority is the Safety and Security of our customers and staffs during all of our trips. Trekking Plus field crews bring normal first aid kits on all of our tours, which is readily available for both customers and staff but we will recommend you to bring first aid kits yourself from your country because Nepalese medicine some time does not work properly. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip. Also, we are always available 24 hours emergency contact.

Drinking water

We will get mineral and boiled water along the trekking routes which is also an additional cost. We discourage not to buy Mineral bottle water but use boiled water from the local lodges and put water purify tablets. Plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem in mountains.

What to take

Trekking Plus offers you a Trekking maps as a complementary and Company T-shirt.Trekking Plus would suggest you to pack as lightly as possible when you are on mountain. We provide one porter between two trekkers to carry your trekking gears. You will be carried your valuable things in a day pack by your own and your other bags will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag which we provided. Porter carries about 25 KG from 2 trekkers. You can store you’re your luggage which you are not going to use it on trek can leave in Kathmandu Hotel which is free of cost. Please visit our FAQS for more details. 

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