Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Trip Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Manaslu Region is the most isolated destination for thrilling trekking and mountain adventures in the entire world. The Manaslu Circuit trek offers the best experience of venturing into the land so remote and cut off areas that you obtain similar episodes of getting romanticized with additional knowledge and insight of a different world beyond the existing one. 

Manaslu circuit trekking route is very unique from other popular trekking destinations in Nepal.  Unlike other famous trails such as the Everest region and the Annapurna region, the Manaslu circuit trek is filled entirely with off the beaten tracks. The route takes you to some of the remotest villages, several beautiful waterfalls, crossing amazing rivers and enchanting landscapes of lush green land and the magical mountain ranges.  The routes are rough and require much effort both physically and mentally to overcome the stress and tiredness. As you progress you will cross the highest pass of Larke pass which is 5125m above sea level. Thus, compared to Annapurna and Everest, this trek is entirely strenuous in difficulty level due to lack of proper paved or constructed paths and guided routes. Similarly, the variation of the altitude can be very challenging to cope with for the people traveling here for the first time.

Likewise, the foreign travelers are not allowed to wander or trek alone – you are obliged to hire a guide or at least a porter authorized by the Nepal Trekking association. This has two different benefits – one is that you get to see the best of the region, always getting adequate and real information about most of everything which also helps in the preservation of the natural and environmental aspects and secondly, you will be contributing for the economic uplift of local guides and entrepreneurs.

Manaslu circuit trek is located in the preservation area of Manaslu region which has so far kept safe the wildlife and vegetation in their own natural state. You will be able to observe the natural beauty unaltered or very less influenced by modern touch. The local tribes have learned to co-exist with high respect and regards to nature and its components. The tea houses are basic and it is highly recommended that the travelers carry their camping equipment, in case.

This beautiful trek starts from Soti Khola at Budi Gandaki river valley. As you pass Arughat following the trails alongside the spectacular river of Budhi Gandaki, you reach the highest point in Larke pass at the elevation of 5125m which takes you to tougher descent towards the trail of popular Annapurna circuit trekking and finally to the endpoint of Besisahar.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: A full day tour in Kathmandu
  • Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola
  • Day 4: Trek to Maccha Khola 
  • Day 5:  Trek to Jagat  
  • Day 6:  Trek to Deng 
  • Day 7: Trek to Namrung 
  • Day 8:  Trek to Samagaon 
  • Day 9:  Acclimatization day 
  • Day 10:  Trek to Samdo 
  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day 
  • Day 12:  Trek to Dharamsala and Larkya pass
  • Day 13:  Trek to Larkya la and then to Bimthang 
  • Day 14: Trek to Tilije 
  • Day 15:  Trek to Tal 
  • Day 16:  Trek Syange 
  • Day 17: A Bus ride to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Final departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: A full day tour in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Valley full day sightseeing. Swayambhu Nath, Boudha Nath, Pasupati Nath, Kathmandu Durbar square

Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola

Early drive to Sotikhola. 

Day 4: Trek to Maccha Khola 

Cross the first bridge and trek through dense forests. Ascend Labubesi, and descend to the river and reach Machha Khola. 

Day 5:  Trek to Jagat  

Trek today pass Tatopani and ascend to a ridge then cross Budi Gandaki River and reach Dobhan. Ascend further on the uneven trail followed by stone-stairs and then head towards Jagat village. 

Day 6:  Trek to Deng 

Early ascend to Salleri. Then descend to Sirdibas and Ghatta Khola, pass Philim village, steep gorge and cross Budhi Gandaki river. Trek alongside the river till you reach Deng Khola after the excursion in the bamboo forest. Finally, reach Deng village. 

Day 7: Trek to Namrung 

Cross Budhi Gandaki several times, walk through flat terrain, followed by the ascend through dense forest and arrive at Namrung village. 

Day 8:  Trek to Samagaon 

Descend to Budi Gandaki and walk through forests of fir. Ascend to Shyalaand finally to Samagaon.

Day 9:  Acclimatization day 

Much needed rest day for the body. 

Day 10:  Trek to Samdo 

Descend to Budhi Gandaki River and cross the river. Passing through the landscape you reach Samdo.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day 

Much needed rest day for the body to adjust to the climate and environment. 

Day 12:  Trek to Dharamsala and Larkya pass

Descend further the river Budhi Gandaki and observe the Larkya Glacier. Hike around the Salka Khola valley and ascend towards Larkya Phedi for the night stay in Dharmashala. 

Day 13:  Trek to Larkya la and then to Bimthang 

Short ascend to a valley followed by the crossing of glacier moraines. Hike through low pastures towards Bimtang.

Day 14: Trek to Tilije 

From Bimtang descend to Sangure Kharka then past the rhododendron forest to the Karche valley. Walk past the fields and slight ascend to reach Gho and then to Tilije. 

Day 15:  Trek to Tal 

Ascend the ridge after crossing Dudh Khola reach Thonje village and continues towards Dharapani. Hike through Karte village and cross the Masyangdi RIver to reach Tal.

Day 16:  Trek Syange 

Hike on route to Chyamje village. Descend the dense forests of rhododendron and pine as you close into Syange. 

Day 17: A Bus ride to Kathmandu

From Syange, you will get road access. The bus ride back to Kathmandu via Besi-Sahar 

Day 18: Final departure

You will be accompanied in a ride to the airport for the final departure.

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