- A special area with remote trails untouched by the roads.
- Surrounding peaks, rich in natural and cultural aspects.
- Picturesque trek and option of side trips/treks like Tsum Valley.
- Stunning suspension bridges, Budhi Gandaki river, Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Tal.
- Panoramic Larkya (Larke) La pass, view of Cerulean glacier from here.
- Witnessing isolated villages, vintage monasteries, and authentic Nepali culture of different communities of people.
Manaslu circuit trek is a less crowded, off-beat tea house trek that rounds the Manasri range in the Himalayas. This is a 14 days trek towards the restricted area of Nepal. It starts from the Machha Khola of Gorkha district, west Nepal and ends in the Manang district. The circuit covers the two conservation areas of the country, the Annapurna conservation area, and the Manaslu conservation area. The Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary is flexible and shows you the special area of Nepal.
Apart from the Manasri Himalayan range, the Manaslu circuit trek also shows you areas behind the Annapurna range. Manaslu circuit runs at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river at a lower elevation leading you to the high Himalayan gigantic peaks and finally to the longest pass of the country Larkya (Larke) la pass (5,135 m). Opened in 1992, the Manaslu circuit trek lies in the Manaslu conservation area covering an area of 642 sq. mi in the Gorkha district of western Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit is a difficult level of trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. With your Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary, 6 to 7 hours of walking daily are required to complete the trek in 12-16 days. Often compared with the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a more isolated trek of Nepal. But the beautiful scenery, vintage monastery, different snow-capped mountain ranges, and ethnic culture of the different groups of people make the trek a lifetime experience. The trek is wild and remote, yet there are tea houses at everyday stages, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
Manaslu Circuit Trek lies in a restricted area of Nepal. Because of that, a restricted permit is also needed to trek in this region. Similarly, no solo trekkers are allowed to trek in these kinds of areas in Nepal. Most teahouses are quite basic but comfortable, with two single beds in each room. There is a common area for meals and relaxing, which is a great place to stay warm around the fire at night.
Best time to visit the Manaslu Circuit trek.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a breathtaking and culturally rich trekking route in Nepal, taking you around the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The best time to visit the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the autumn months (September to November) and spring months (March to May). These seasons offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making them ideal for trekking. During these months, the trails are usually dry, and the risk of encountering heavy rain or snow is significantly reduced, ensuring a more enjoyable and safer trekking experience.
Autumn is particularly favored for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, as the post-monsoon period offers excellent visibility, crisp air, and vibrant colors in the landscape. Daytime temperatures are generally comfortable for trekking, while nights can be cold, especially at higher elevations.
Spring is another great option, as the temperatures are relatively mild, and the landscape comes to life with blooming rhododendron forests and various wildflowers. It's important to note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek involves crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters), so proper acclimatization and preparation are essential regardless of the season you choose for your trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek - A unique trekking experience.
The trek en-routes through Buddhist villages, a few isolated valleys to the falling Marsyangdi valley in the Annapurna circuit wherein the Manaslu circuit leads to Besisahar. Encompassing subtropical forest at a lower elevation, through Himalayan foothills to the high and challenging Larkya (Larke) la pass gives you an overwhelming experience.
During the first day of the trek, you will follow the upstream of Budi Gandaki River through the woodlands. Machhakhola is about 15 KM from Sotikhola. After about 3-4 hours of walking from Tatopani, you will reach Jagat. The landscape changes drastically as you go upwards and when you reach Jagat you’ll find it drastically changes. Amazing landscapes with great views of waterfalls, rivers, and mountains can be seen from Philim and Ekle Bhatti during the walk to Deng. The trail is full of Mani walls and crafted stones where you will get a glimpse of the Tibetan flavor of people and culture. You will walk around 19 km before reaching the beautiful Namrung village.
Situated at the lap of Manaslu Himal and peak 29(Nagadi Chuli), Lho Gau lies at an elevation of 3,180 meters above sea level. Samagau is the most beautiful village on the entire trek situated at an elevation of 3,500 meters. The distance from Samagau to Samdo is 8 km and it takes 3-4 hours to reach the village from Samagau. Larkey Bazar was the hub of trade from Tibet and the upper Manaslu region. After a steady climb from Larkey Bazar, you will reach Dharmasala, the last place to stay before crossing the Larkya La pass.
You will have spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas like the Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, and Annapurna II. It is then a steep descent down from the pass towards Bhimphedi (Bimthang). The trail continues more downwards crossing the Karcher la pass via the beautiful rhododendron forest reaching Tilje (Tilche) village. The trek then continues via Thonje village (from where you will enter the Annapurna region), Dharapani, and Karta village before reaching Chamje village. From Chamje you will drive to Kathmandu and end your thrilling journey.
The Manaslu Circuit trek encompasses diverse terrain, flora and fauna, ethnic culture, and traditions. Likewise, Trekking through this route gives you wonderful landscapes, countryside, and green lush forests. Prominently, the gorgeous view of the high glacier and Mount Manaslu. Also, experience the magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks such as Shringi Himal, Himlung, Cheo Peak, Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, Annapurna II, and others. The highest peak throughout the trek is Manaslu (8,167 m). Similarly, The Manaslu region is home to the Snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, and Musk Deer including 33 species of mammals, 110 species of birds, 3 species of reptiles, and over 1500-2000 species of flora. In addition, Manaslu Circuit reflects a rich way of life history, unrivalled glory and natural variety.
Fascinating natural stereotypes, beautiful villages, and stunning views of the Himalayas aid in the popularity of Manaslu Circuit Nepal. The Manaslu ranges lie along the border of Nepal and China. Tibetan culture and traditions influence the lifestyle here. Gurung, Rai, Magar, and Limbu follow Buddhist cultures. Trekkers can learn about cultural values. But, the area falls under the restricted area. Therefore, Travelers need a special permit to explore this trek. A local trekking guide is important.
Larkya (Larke) La Pass
Larkya La Pass is situated between Dharmasala and Bhimthang (Bhimphedi). Larkya La Pass is one of the high trekking passes of Nepal. It is also the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Larkya La pass is not a technical pass and no ropes or climbing equipment are required to cross this pass. However, This region is popular for the sudden storms which make trekking difficult. During the time of snowfall, Larkya La Pass is even more difficult to cross because of the slippery route. Situated at an altitude of 5,200 meters, this pass lies in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This pass is one of the most beautiful passes in the trekking zone in the Himalayas of Nepal. Not much challenging but has huge beautiful attributes, this pass is popular for trekking in the Manaslu region. The trail leading to Larkya la pass starts from Gorkha, Arughat. With the spectacular mountainous beauty and diverse cultural experiences, this pass offers amazing experiences.
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Kathmandu Arrival. [1400m/4,593 ft]
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At. 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program. If your arrival is after 05:00 PM we will meet in the morning for breakfast and brief on the trekking details and all necessary paperwork.
*Optionally you can add one additional night stay in Kathmandu to cover cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu as well for your trek preparation shopping.
Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing: You will visit for a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Drive to Tatopani Trek to Jagat [1,340m/4,396 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for a thrilling drive to Tatopani, Kerauja. You will follow the upstream of Budi Gandaki River through the woodlands. You will drive through Machhakhola which is about 15 KM from Sotikhola. You will have your lunch on the way. You will drive across Machhakhola then stop at Tatopani where the road ends and start walking towards Jagat.
The distance between Jagat to Tatopani is 10 km which you can cover in 3-4 hours. The total distance from Kathmandu to Tatopani is around 166 km which can be covered in around 8-9 hours depending upon traffic and road conditions. Overnight at a comfortable teahouse in Jagat.
Jagat to Deng [1,860m/6,102 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Today’s trek will continue from the Jagat crossing the well-paved village before climbing the Sirdabas village which offers a great view of Shringi mountain. You will see alluring Mani walls which are Buddhist Shrines mostly found alongside the path in regions of Tibetan Buddhism. Also, you will come across Gurung villages as you get closer to your destination. (the distance between Jagat to Deng 20 km which you can cover in 6-7 hours)
The trail then passes through the amazing landscape with great views of waterfalls, rivers and mountains via Philim and Ekle Bhatti finally reaching Deng. (From Philim the path separates to Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit. Today's walk is 20 km and takes around 7-8 hours. Overnight at the teahouse.
Deng to Namrung [2,630m/ 8,629 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Another 6-hour trek towards Namrung will start after breakfast in the early morning. The trail is full of Mani walls and crafted stones where you will get a glimpse of Tibetan Culture alongside beautiful nature. Namrung village has very comfortable accommodation facilities. From here you get the view of Siring and Ganesh Himal making your journey more enjoyable. The distance between Deng to Namrung is 19 km which you can cover in around 6-7 hours. Overnight at a comfy teahouse.
Namrung to Lho Gau [3,180m/10,433 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: After breakfast, the trek starts towards Lho Gau (Village) which is situated at the lap of Manaslu Himal and peak 29 (Nagadi Chuli) in front of it. Amazing stone crafting can be seen on the stones of the trails with Mani walls.
(Namrung is the first checkpoint of the Manaslu Circuit trek as the Manaslu region lies in a Restricted area of Nepal) Also for a close view of Manaslu, you will take a side trip to the Pungen glacier. Today’s walk is 10 km which will take 5-6 hours. Overnight at teahouse accommodation.
Lho Gau to Samagau [3,520m/11,549 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: The trek follows Samagaun (Ryo) via the Pungen (Pung Gyen) glacier. Samagau is the most beautiful village on the entire trek. Samagau is also the second checkpoint of the trek. On the way, you will walk past Shyala (3500m) and big Chorten. Samagau is situated right below a gorgeous mountain giving you the majestic view of Naika peak, Manaslu. It takes 6-7 hours walking on an 8 km trail before reaching Samagau. You will walk slowly, acclimatizing and enjoying the walk. Rest at a teahouse in Samagau.
Acclimatization Day at Samagau. [3,520m/11,549 ft]
At. 08:00 AM: When trekking at a high altitude, you should take proper acclimatization before going further high. Acclimatization is an essential aspect of any high-altitude trek, and Samagau (Ryo) is an excellent place to acclimatize. Trekking at high altitudes can be challenging, and it's essential to give your body time to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels. Acclimatization helps you avoid altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening. Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, as dehydration can exacerbate altitude sickness symptoms. Additionally, it's essential to avoid alcohol and smoking and to eat nutritious, high-calorie meals to fuel your body during the acclimatization process.
For acclimatization, you will have the option of trekking to the Manaslu Base Camp (4750m) and back to Samagau which will approximately take 7-8 hours. Or take a half-day hike to the glacier across the valley, Birendra Tal, or Pung Gyen Gompa (for a day hike).
Samagau to Samdo. [3,875m/12,713 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: Samdo is the beautiful Tibetan refugee village with the mountain Manaslu in front of it. This village is just one day's walk from the Tibet border to Nepal. The distance from Samagau to Samdo is 8 km and it takes 3-4 hours to reach the village from Samagau. You will walk beside the Buddi Gandaki river. The landscape changes as you walk further, you will get to see the snow-capped mountains all along the trail. Overnight at Samdo village.
Samdo to (Larke Phedi) Dharmasala. [4,460m/14,633 ft]
At. 07:00 AM: After crossing the few rivers and the amazing trail you will reach Larkey bazaar. The Larkey bazaar was the hub of trade from Tibet and the upper Manaslu region. You can also explore the fair seasonal Tibetan market in Larkya Bazaar. After a steady climb from Larkey bazaar, you will reach Dharmasala (Larke Phedi), the last place to stay before crossing the high trekking (Larke la Pass)tomorrow. The distance from Samdo to Dharmasala is 7 km and it takes 5 hours. In Dharmasala you might get to see stone beds overnight at Dharmasala.
Dharmasala to Bimthang (3,590m) via Larke la Pass (5,160m)
At. 05:00 AM: Dharmasala (also known as Larke Phedi) is a small, seasonal settlement located on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. It serves as the last stop before crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters). Bimthang is a picturesque village situated on the other side of the Larkya La Pass, making it the next destination on the trek after Dharmasala.
Trekking from Dharmasala to Bimthang involves crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass. This section of the trek is considered one of the most demanding parts of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The hike from Dharmasala to Bimthang takes approximately 8-10 hours, depending on individual pace and weather conditions.
Starting from Dharmasala, trekkers begin their ascent to the Larkya La Pass early in the morning. The trail climbs gradually, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Upon reaching the Larkya La Pass, trekkers are rewarded with stunning panoramas of the Himalayas, including peaks such as Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal.
After enjoying the views from the pass, the trail descends steeply towards Bimthang. The descent can be challenging due to the possibility of snow and ice on the trail, so caution is advised. As you approach Bimthang, the landscape transitions from barren, high-altitude terrain to lush forests and green pastures. Bimthang is a picturesque village that offers teahouse accommodations and a chance to relax after a long day of trekking.
Bimthang to Gho. [2,515m/8,251 ft]
At. 07:30 AM: Bimthang is a picturesque village on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, situated just after crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters). Gho is another village located further along the trekking route, nestled within the beautiful forested landscape.
The trek from Bimthang to Gho typically takes around 6 to 8 hours, covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers. The trail descends from Bimthang through lush rhododendron and pine forests, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Manaslu and the Annapurna range. As you make your way towards Gho, you'll pass through the village of Yak Kharka and encounter numerous streams and waterfalls.
The route takes you across the Dudh Khola river via a wooden bridge and continues to descend through dense forests before reaching the small village of Gho. Gho is a quaint village with a few teahouses and guesthouses for trekkers to rest and spend the night. The village provides a serene atmosphere amidst the forested landscape, allowing trekkers to rejuvenate before continuing their journey on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Gho to Dharapani. [1,963m/6,440 ft]
At. 08:00 AM: Gho is a small village located along the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. Dharapani is another village in the Manang district, lying at the junction of the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek from Gho to Dharapani takes about 4-5 hours and covers a distance of approximately 8-9 kilometers.
The trail from Gho to Dharapani descends gradually through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. As you make your way towards Dharapani, you'll pass through the village of Tilje, which is well-known for its apple orchards and offers some tea houses for trekkers to rest. The route continues downhill, crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola river, and then ascends slightly to reach Dharapani.
Dharapani is a relatively larger village compared to Gho and has more accommodation and dining options. Upon reaching Dharapani, trekkers on the Manaslu Circuit Trek typically join the Annapurna Circuit Trek, continuing towards Chame or other destinations along the Annapurna route. Dharapani has a checkpoint where you will need to show your Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. The village offers a range of teahouses and guesthouses for accommodation and refreshments, allowing trekkers to rest and prepare for the next leg of their journey.
Dharapani to Kathmandu.
At. 08:00 AM: On this day you are returning to Kathmandu by drive. You will cover the total distance of 210 km in around 8-9 hours depending upon traffic and road conditions. You will drive along the Marsyangdi river via BesiSahar (760m) to Kathmandu.
Check-in at the hotel in Kathmandu and spend your leisure time as you wish. You can go shopping or roam around and explore the colorful streets and treat yourself to a relaxing spa after a week-long trek. Enjoy the leisure time as you wish, and in the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, we can arrange it for you with extra add-ons)
You will have breakfast at the hotel and then have free time. Our office representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International airport 3 hours before your flight time. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.
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Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended.
For communication, you will be given a Nepali sim (NCELL) card (Returnable) for communication purposes throughout your stay in Nepal. You can directly contact us or communicate with us through Guide as well. You can contact us on WhatsApp or email us with any travel-related inquiries. You will be accompanied by a professional guide who will provide you with all the necessary information to help you with communication.
If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which will be covered by the traveler’s insurance company. While trekking to the highland of Nepal you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc . For such a situation your guide carries a well equipped first aid kit making sure nothing happens to you.
During the Manaslu Circuit trek you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling high trekking passes above 3000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.
Do’s and Don’t:
Select the ideal time to travel.
Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.
Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.
Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)
Carry all the necessary paperwork (Restricted area, Manaslu conservation area trekking permits).
Maintaining bodily hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.
Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.
Respect the culture and people of the area.
Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.
Why with Altitude Himalaya: Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s top travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing a quality experience rather than just service to every one of you. We maintain and follow standard service that includes only private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel, and more luxurious service. We also operate outbound luxurious travel to Bhutan and Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Checkpoints are there in Manaslu Circuit Trek?
As the Manaslu circuit trek lies in a restricted area there are checkpoints throughout the trail. The checkpoints are located in Jagat, Namrung, Samagaun, Tilche (Tilije), and Tal village.
What are the chances of getting altitude sickness during the Manaslu circuit trek?
The chances of getting altitude sickness are low but not zero, as altitude sickness is unpredictable and can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. You will walk at an elevation above 3000m which slightly increases the chance of getting high altitude sickness. Although you will be accompanied by a professional trekking guide who will make sure you are healthy and capable to continue the journey throughout the trek.
What kind of food will be served during the trek?
In Urban cities like Kathmandu, you will be served a variety of breakfast options. However, in the higher elevations during the trip, you will taste local cuisine which is mostly Thakali food and for breakfast limited options are available. Some of the available foods are eggs, fresh seasonal veggies, Dalbhat, bread, soups, and meat (depending on availability) in developed areas.
Do I need a guide for the trek?
It is mandatory to have a licensed guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trek is in a restricted area, and trekking independently is not allowed. A guide will not only ensure your safety but also provide valuable information about the local culture, flora, and fauna.
What is the difficulty level of the trek?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves long days of walking, steep ascents and descents, and crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters). Proper acclimatization and physical preparation are essential for a successful trek.
What kind of accommodation do we get throughout our stay in Nepal?
During your stay in Kathmandu, you will stay in a very comfortable 3-star hotel, and during your trek, you will stay in a teahouse and lodges with basic amenities such as bedding, a clean washroom, and good (nutritious) food according to availability.
Arrivals and departures at Kathmandu airport.
Private transfer (Kathmandu to Tatopani and Chamje to Kathmandu).
A 3 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
All necessary paperwork. (Restricted area permit (RAP), Manaslu conservation area project permit (MCAP), and TIMS Card)
A government licensed and experienced trekking guides throughout the trek.
Well-equipped first aid kit for any medical emergency.
A porter during the trek. (A porter can carry 20KG Baggage for 2 people)
One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
Guide and Porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
A farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30 days Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver.
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.
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