- 22 Days
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most exciting hiking trips in Nepal. This is a less crowded trek with epic adventures.
This trip will make you discover remote villages and the natural beauty of Nepal. You’ll witness rich forests, rivers, and waterfalls right beside the mountain panorama. You will also explore the preserved areas of the trip, which are rare, including plants and locations.
In the Midwest region of the Himalayas, you will see tribal villagers belonging to the Gurung, Magar, and Bhotias divisions. They have a different way of introducing their own authentic culture. Their friendly behavior is bound to make you feel homely welcome.
The 8th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu, also known as Kutang (8163 m), is captivating when it comes to scenic beauty.
Dharamshala is a wonderful place and there are a lot of guest houses at Dharamshala. They are close to the village of Larke Phedi and Samdo. Along with this, you can also discover the Tsum Valley. It is also called a hidden valley. People are following the traditional ways and methods of living.
The locals follow Buddhism. Many peace wheels, monasteries and mani walls add to the ambiance of the place. The people in there are friendly and welcoming. The lifestyle is very simple.
You will walk through the off beaten trails and isolated villages. It will give you the feeling of a different world which is as beautiful as you expect it to be. In addition, if you’re looking for a more adventurous trip you can combine this Manaslu Circuit Trek with Larke Peak climbing.
The Manaslu Circuit trek is classified as a restricted area trekking route, and therefore requires a special trekking permit in addition to a regular TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. There are two types of permits required for the Manaslu Circuit trek:
Both permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal or through the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.
It is important to note that the Manaslu Circuit trek can only be done with a registered trekking agency, and you must be accompanied by a licensed guide. The trekking agency can assist you in obtaining the necessary permits and guide for your trek.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is classified as moderately difficult. There’s nothing extreme about this trek and the routes are getting better each year. Moreover, you will need a good level of fitness as you’ll be trekking a long way each day and climbing over several high passes, including Larke La Pass at 5,150 meters.
The journey is for anyone who wants to enjoy a hike that is not highly commercialized. It is a trek away from the crowds where you can discover the unique cultural setting and also a superb trekking experience in true Nepal.
Here is more information about the trail, the distance, duration, and everything in between to help you make a more informed and personalized decision on whether or not the Manaslu Circuit trek will be difficult for you.
Your adventure begins when you arrive in Kathmandu. Our representatives will welcome you at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Today is free and rest day in Kathmandu, or you can wander around the city to get familiar with the surrounding. There are varieties of religious and fun places where you can hang out and enjoy the time.
Today, it’s free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may want to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old town, where the old Royal Palace with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a labyrinth of temples and images.
The narrow alleys that lead away from the square in all directions, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites, including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous Monkey Temple Swayambhunath and the Buddhist Shrine Buddhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world.
Today, there will also be a trip briefing with gear check. If you need to rent or buy equipment locally, there will be time to do this today.
After your breakfast and leave for Machha Khola, the starting point of our trek. It is a 3-hour comfortable drive from Kathmandu to Dhading-besi on a concrete paved road. After this is a bumpy and winding off road to Machha Khola which takes about 6 hours depending on the traffic and road conditions.
The total drive for the day will be approx. 8 to 9 hours. The road from Soti Khola to Machha Khola was newly built and is not paved.
After reaching to Machha Khola you’ll have your evening meals and rest the night in a lodge.
Today, the trekking begins! After passing Machha Khola and Khrola-besi, there is a hot spring called Tatopani.
The trail passes through the forest to Dovan, where the massive Budi Gandaki flows. The rapids and landscapes undergo a complete transformation as the elevation rises. You will have dinner and then you will rest for the night.
We continue towards Sirish gaon after ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view Sringi Himal (7,177 m) from Jagat. From here, the Gandaki valley narrows with towering high walls. The route goes through a bamboo forest.
We follow the trail upstream of the Deng River until we reach the tiny village of Deng. You will rest for the night here.
You’ll get closer to your destination as you reach Namrung. You can feel it because from here you can see the heads of the mountains. The distance is about 19 kilometers.
You need to get some rest along the way as you get tired. Take more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the fun of the trek. You will pass through Rabagaon, Bihi and the Prok village to reach Namrung.
Namrung is actually located next to the Budhi Gandaki River. So, you will walk beside the river to reach Namrung. On a way, you will see small villages and the houses are made from stones.
After reaching to Namrung, you will have your dinner and rest there.
Samagaon is also known as the Manaslu Gateway. Samagaon is 1400 meters below Manaslu Base Camp.
You’ll head to Samagaon after breakfast. There are a number of teahouses available. The small place to stay will give you a gorgeous view of the mountains, including Manaslu. The monks there may welcome you to blessings.
You will also witness the forest of Rhododendron if you go a little below Samagaon. The trails might be a bit muddy on the way to Samagaon, but the views will make you forget all the hassle.
The northern side of the Samdo is the border between Nepal and Tibet. It’s also the route to discover the view of the 8th highest mountain in the world. The distance between Samagaon and Samdo is 16 km.
You will also discover various snow-capped mountains there.
Local lifestyle here is completely different from the way they follow Buddhism. You’ll pass Lela Kharka and KhermoKharka on the way. Tibetan villages are also nearby.
You will spend a night here and will go to Dharamsala in the next morning.
After breakfast, you will head to Dharamsala from Samdo. Dharamsala is famous for its teahouses. It is also the last spot you will rest before reaching the summit of Manaslu Circuit Trek.
You will find a wide range of guest houses which you can enjoy during the trek. Snow-capped mountains and the scenic beauty will surround you. This place is perfect to spend the night to rest and enjoy the tea.
You will also pass through Larke Bazaar. Larke Bazaar is a seasonal Tibetan market in Dharamsal. You will see several glaciers and mani walls on the way as well.
This is the main destination of the trek. You will trek to Bimthang via the trails of Larke Pass. This is the most challenging part of the trek you will face. Make sure you have frequent rest and do not put pressure on yourself.
Even though it’s the most challenging part, it’s worth it.
The reason why this is also the best part is that you’ll see the views of Mt. Manaslu, HimlungHimal, Annapurna II, and KangguruHimal. Moreover, you will discover the isolated and preserved areas of Manaslu.You will be staying there overnight.
After enjoying the magnificent views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we descend to a high pasture and then to a bridge over Dudh Khola (milk river). We go through rhododendron forests, tiny valleys, and fields before ascending to the river bank that leads to Ghowa.
From Ghowa, we follow a stone-paved trail through a lovely village before crossing a bridge over the Dudh Khola and passing through an arch and Mani walls to get Thonje.
After passing through a police checkpoint, we continue on to Dharapani, where we join the Annapurna circuit section.
We follow a stone-paved trail through a lovely village before crossing a bridge over the Dudh Khola and passing through an arch and Mani walls to get Thonje.
After passing through a police checkpoint, we continue on to Dharapani, where we join the Annapurna circuit section. We take a Jeep or a bus from Dharapani to Besisahar, which takes around 3 – 4 hours. We spend the last night of our trek at Besisahar.
Wake up with breakfast in Besisahar and perhaps take one last wander around the village before hitting the road.
The drive to Kathmandu offers you to see both hill and mountain landscapes, with the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. You’ll also pass through some lovely villages with farm terraces on both sides of the road.
In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
Enjoy the city’s luxuries again! Spend the afternoon shopping in Thamel for souvenirs, or simply relax.
In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.
The time has come to say goodbye to Nepal. A representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your return flight home.
Spring and Autumn are the best time for the Manaslu Circuit trek. During the spring (March, April, May) is the best time for this trek, because in these months the weather will be clear and calm, as well as you can get a chance to see the High Mountains, including Manaslu, full of snow.
Spring is the perfect time for rhododendron blooming; you can see all the rhododendron forest turning into a beautiful garden.
Autumn (September, October, November) is the peak season for this trek. And the climate is pleasant during the autumn season too. But the nights are pretty chilly, do prepare to keep yourself warm and comfortable.
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