Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 18 Days

Manaslu Circuit trek is an incredibly scenic journey around the eighth highest mountain in the World, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781ft). This is that road less traveled which when taken can make all the difference in your life. The Manaslu circuit doesn’t see as many trekkers compared to the Annapurna or the Everest region, but that only makes for a better rouge trekking trail. Jaw-dropping views of Mt. Manaslu an d GaneshHimal Range do not leave you for the most part of this journey.

Our trail follows Budhi Gandaki River from Soti Kholi up until the Larkya Pass (5,125m) below which lies the source of the river. From 700 m at its lowest to 5125m at its highest, this 18-day-long journey brings to you an interesting mix of Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages with varying landscapes as per the altitude-green countryside and dense forests of pine and rhododendron to high altitude landscapes edging huge glaciers.

We pass through various Gurung settlements, Buddhist villages, Chortens and Gompas, suspension bridges, wooden bridges, trains of mules and donkeys, and views of Siringi Himal range before reaching Namrung, an astoundingly beautiful predominantly Lama village. It is important to take notice that our itinerary doesn’t cover Jagat to Deng in a single day. Instead, we divide it for two days. Making the journey less tiresome but steady is important to let you acclimatize in the increasing altitude.

Many consider Namrung to Sama Gaon to be the most scenic part of this trek, and rightly so! Views of Siring range, Ganesh Himal and Mt, Himal Chuli from Namrung village stun you in the morning. The walk through lush forests leading to Lihi, a picturesque village with chortens and barley terraces featuring Ganesh Himal on the backdrop is way too gorgeous for words.  The Lho village on the way offers up-close views of Mt. Manaslu and hosts the famous Ribung Gompa as well.

Sama Gaon is our acclimatization stop; we venture to find the famous Pungyen Gompa on this day. Crossing Larkya Pass at 5125m can be especially tough when there is snow. However, the mighty mountains are soaring above you and the breathtaking landscape surrounding makeup for more it worth the effort ten times over!

Larkya La (La means pass in Tibetan) links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. Upon descending from the pass we walk through beautiful alpine meadows leading us to Bhimtang, the trail then joinands the Annapurna circuit route heading to Besisahar. We follow the circuit trail to Chamje and take the road back to Kathmandu. Adventure Club Trek offers other options in the Manaslu region-Tsum Valley Trek a combination of Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek. The tragic earthquake in 2015 hard hit Manaslu region, but the region’s trekking infrastructure has been re-built; you’d have no trouble finding teahouse accommodations.

Trip Highlights:

  • Less-crowded than Annapurna and Everest region. A great off-the-beaten path trekking option in the Himalayan region.
  • Drive through mountain roads boasting countryside sceneries and authentic Nepalese villages, not to mention the dwindling twists and turns on the way!
  • Entering the restricted Manaslu conservation Area project (with a permit, of course!).
  • Views of Chamar peak of the Siringi Himal range, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli and Mt. Manaslu among other snow-capped mountains.
  • Typical Sherpa and Gurung villages with intact costumes and traditions, and not for just tourism purposes!
  • Larkya La ( a high pass) at 5125m from where you can enjoy serene views of Himling Himal, Kanguru, Cheo himal and Annapurna II among other mountains.
  • Gompas, chortens, alpine meadows, trains of mules and donkeys, countless suspension bridges and rhododendron forests.
  • Entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat: 8- 9 hours Drive
  • Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola.
  • Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat.
  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Philim.
  • Day 07: Trek Philim to Deng.
  • Day 08: Trek Deng to Namrung.
  • Day 09: Trek Namrung to Samagaon.
  • Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon
  • Day 11: Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3,690 m).
  • Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharmashala.
  • Day 13: Trek Dharamshala to Bimthang (3,890m) via Larkya La Pass.
  • Day 14: Trek Bimthang to Tilje.
  • Day 15: Trek Tilije to Tal.
  • Day 16: Trek Tal to Syange.
  • Day 17: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar.
  • Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu (Kathmandu – Sotikhola by Jeep, Tal – Kathmandu by jeep).
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paper works (Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees, special trekking permit for Manaslu)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Fixed Departures and Cost

The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
Limited - Only a few spaces available

Trip Dates Availability Person Left Price
November 15, 2018
December 02, 2018
Available US$ 1497
November 19, 2018
December 06, 2018
Available US$ 1497
November 25, 2018
December 12, 2018
Available US$ 1497
November 30, 2018
December 17, 2018
Available US$ 1497
PRICE FROM US$ 1497 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1497
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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