Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 days

Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 days

Start Point

Kathmandu

End Point

Kathmandu

Duration

14N/15D

Grade

Moderate

Max Altitude

5106 meters

Meals

B+L+D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

No. of Person

Min. 02 Pax

Highlights

  • See the Manaslu massif, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu massif is a sight to behold, and it is the main attraction of the trek. The best views of Manaslu are from Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek.
  • Hike through stunning scenery, including mountains, glaciers, and forests. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Nepal. You will hike through forests, meadows, and past glaciers. You will also get to see some of the other peaks of the Himalayas, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Ganesh Himal.
  • Visit villages and meet local people. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through several villages, where you can meet the local people and learn about their culture. The people of the Manaslu region are very friendly and welcoming, and they will be happy to share their stories with you.
  • Learn about Nepali culture and Buddhism. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through an area with a rich Buddhist culture. You will see many monasteries and stupas, and you will have the opportunity to learn about Buddhism from the local people.
  • Acclimatize to high altitude. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a high altitude trek, so it is important to acclimatize to the altitude. This means taking it slow and gradually increasing the altitude over a period of time.
  • Challenge yourself physically and mentally. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek, but it is also very rewarding. It is a great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally.

Embark on an extraordinary expedition with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a thrilling odyssey through the adventurous Himalayan landscapes of Nepal. This enchanting journey, curated by Adventure Land Nepal, unveils the pristine natural beauty concealed within the country’s hidden terrains.

Traversing charming Buddhist landmarks and local settlements, this trek captivates explorers with its spellbinding allure. Majestic mountain peaks, frozen lakes, glaciers, and lofty mountain passes ensure that this exhilarating trek becomes a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Situated in the Manaslu region, approximately 50 miles from Kathmandu in the Gorkha district, Manaslu Himal stands as the eighth tallest mountain globally, forming part of the Mansiri Himalayan sub-range.

The trail meanders through traditional Gurung communities, with Bhutias, Sherpas, and other Tibetan ethnic groups also calling this region home. Buddhism pervades the area, with numerous Buddhist landmarks such as monasteries, main walls, and chortens dotting the trails.

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, embark on a sightseeing tour of the valley’s ancient landmarks, including UNESCO-listed world heritage sites such as Malla-era palaces, temples, and bihars. The journey commences with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, the trek’s starting point.

Embark on the trek from Sotikhola, passing through rugged landscapes en route to Machakhola. The trail progresses through Jagat (1340m) the following day, unveiling scenic landscapes and leading to the destination. From Jagat, trek to Deng (1860m), a picturesque settlement offering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

Continue the trek to Namrung (2630m), a cultural settlement with monasteries and chortens, and then to Lho (3180m), another captivating settlement. After exploring Lho, the journey proceeds to Samagaun (3500m), acclimatizing for the second time along the trail. Trek to Samdo and then to Dharamsala (4480m). Cross the Larkya La pass (5213m), marveling at Himlung, Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m), Kang Garu, Cheo Himal, and Gyaji Kung.

Following the Budhi Gandaki River, arrive at Bimtang and trek to Tilije (2300m). Hike to Dharapani from Bhimtang, a beautiful settlement marking the end of the trek. From Dharapani, drive to Besisahar (760m), a small-town market, and then take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the lush hills, serene waterfalls, and rivers.

Manaslu Circuit Trek, deemed one of Nepal’s most beautiful treks, opened for trekking in 1991. The trek’s highest point, Larkya La pass (5106m), offers a breathtaking panorama. Adventure Land Nepal presents this remarkable trekking package at an affordable cost. Delve deeper into the details of the Manaslu Circuit Trek and related information for an unforgettable adventure.

In Manaslu Trekking Region, there is another famous trekking trail is called Tsum Valley Trek which can included in this trekking trail and one can explore more different taste of culture, environment, people lifestyle and Himalayan views.

Detail Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our friendly representative who will assist you with your luggage and guide you to your designated vehicle. Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable transfer to your chosen hotel in Kathmandu, where you can check in and settle into your accommodations.

This Morning Wake up and enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby and embark on your city tour of Kathmandu Valley.
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. Witness the cremation ceremony and observe the peaceful atmosphere of the temple. Drive to
Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in Nepal. Take a leisurely stroll around the stupa and admire its intricate architecture.
Head to Swayambhunath Monastery, also known as the Monkey Temple. Climb the 365 steps to reach the top and enjoy panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley.
Lastly visit Patan Durbar Square is a museum in a former royal palace housing Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and other cultural artifacts. It is located in Lalitpur, Nepal, and is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Lunch at a local restaurant, savoring authentic Nepali cuisine.
Return to your hotel to prepare for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Evening Check your trekking gear and ensure you have everything you need for the trek.
Then Pack your bags and get ready for an early morning departure the next day to start your trek.

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Soti Khola, the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The drive takes you along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway, winding through picturesque landscapes of rural villages, small towns, and terraced fields. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal mountain ranges.

The trek from Soti Khola to Jagat is a moderately challenging section of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, offering a diverse mix of landscapes, suspension bridges, and ascents and descents. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River, providing opportunities to immerse in the natural beauty of the region.

Today’s trek will take you through a variety of landscapes, including dense forests, small rivers, and classic villages. You will also cross a steep gorge and grassy slopes before reaching the wide valley and bamboo forests leading to the Deng Khola river. The trail is approximately 21 kilometers (13 miles) long and will take you about 6-7 hours to complete.

Embarking on the next leg of your trek from Deng to Namrung, you’ll encounter diverse landscapes and captivating cultural elements. The journey begins with a meal to refuel, followed by a traverse through various small village settlements from Deng.

Navigating a winding path that meanders through ups and downs, you’ll eventually reach a log bridge. Crossing this bridge marks the gateway to an isolated watermill. Descending further, you’ll reach Bihi Phedi and cross the Serang Khola on a small bridge.

The trail then guides you through basalt walls, navigating a maze and wheat fields with accompanying small waterfalls. As you follow the northeastern routes, the valley widens, presenting a stunning river crossing via a suspension bridge.

Ghap comes into view after crossing another bridge. The journey continues through a lush green forest adorned with rhododendrons and pine trees. Descending alongside the north bank of the river, you’ll eventually cross the river, arriving at Namrung.

Namrung, an enchanting Tibetan village, serves as the gateway to Upper Nupri. Your night will be spent at a Namrung teahouse, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional and ancient local culture. Influenced by Tibetan culture, the region boasts landmarks such as Mani walls and chortens, providing a glimpse into the rich heritage of the area.

The ascent continues steadily, guiding you through forests until you reach Lihi. Descending thereafter, the trail crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal, with Ganesh Himal in close proximity. As you progress through the villages of Sho, Lho, Shayala, and Sama, be prepared for breathtaking views of Manaslu, surrounded by the imposing presence of Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and expansive glaciers. Your journey culminates in the enchanting village of Samagaon, where you will spend the night in teahouses, immersed in the serene ambiance of the Himalayan landscape.

Take a rest day for acclimatization. Explore Sama Gaon, visit monasteries, and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Overnight stay in Sama Gaon.

Embarking on the trail from Samagaon to Samdo, your journey unfolds with an initial descent along the Budhi Gandaki base camp trail. As you traverse through juniper-laden terrain, the path gradually descends to a wooden bridge. Crossing this bridge, a steep climb to a ridge awaits you, offering spectacular panoramas of snow-capped peaks, including Samdo peak, Dharamsala, Manaslu, and the Siachen Glacier.

The trail then meanders through arid landscapes, providing awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan wonders. Your exploration culminates in the charming village of Samdo, where you’ll spend the night. Immerse yourself in the local activities, witnessing traditional practices and the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture that characterizes this mountain settlement. Once a pivotal route for Himalayan caravan trade, Samdo offers a unique and memorable experience beneath the majestic shadow of Mount Manaslu.

The trail on this day unfolds through diverse landscapes, taking you from Dharamsala to Samdo. Traversing barren fields and crossing the Budhi Gandaki river brings you to Dharamsala. Subsequently, the trail leads to the Larkya Bazaar, and from there, you’ll enter the Pana Danda Valley. Journeying through grassy slopes to the Syacha Khola Valley, you’ll be treated to magical views of snow-capped mountains and the Syacha Glacier, creating a truly awe-inspiring spectacle.

Continuing along this route, you’ll make your way to the Larkya Glacier before reaching Dharamsala. This vantage point offers unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, including Larke and Naike. Your night will be spent in Dharamsala, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

On this day, the trail leads through diverse landscapes, culminating at Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek. The journey involves a continuous uphill climb to reach Larkya La Pass, the pinnacle of the trek. As you ascend gradually, the path traverses the valley, passing by frozen lakes. The glacial moraine treats you to enchanting views of Pawar Peak and Larke Peak. After a few hours of trekking in this breathtaking region, you’ll reach Larkya La Pass, offering magical views of snow-capped mountains, including Himlung Pyramid, Cheo Himal, Kang Garu, Gyaji Kung, and more.

The trail descends through the Budhi Gandaki River, leading to the destination of Larkya-La at an elevation of 5,106 meters. From Larke-La, you can marvel at awe-inspiring views of Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m) and other snow-covered peaks. This segment of the trek is a highlight, captivating you with natural beauty. The trail passes through rural villages, glacial lakes, rare wildlife, lush valleys, and snowy mountains. Cho Danda and Larkya Peak present a magical spectacle from the Larkya Glacier. From this viewpoint, you can also observe Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, and Mount Manaslu.

Reaching the highest point, Larkya La, is a memorable moment of the trek. Spend some time exploring the surroundings before descending along winding paths to Dingboche Kharka. Continuing the trek, you’ll arrive at Bimthang, a village settlement offering incredible views of Kechakyu Himal and Manaslu. Bimthang is frequented by Samdo villagers during winters and serves as a trading point. Take in the scenic beauty and spend time in Bimthang.

The trail on this day meanders through diverse landscapes, guiding you from Dharapani to Bhimthang. The journey involves a descent and crossing of a stony glacier, followed by an ascent from a moraine. Navigating through dense forests, you’ll be treated to majestic views of Manaslu, Larke, Nadi, and Chuli Himal. The trail descends to Karcher via Sangura Kharka and Hompuk, passing through fields before ascending to Gho. Continuing through the Marsyangdi valley, you’ll reach Tilje, a picturesque village settlement in the Manaslu region offering panoramic views of snow-capped mountains.

Passing through small settlements where locals are busy with farming and animal rearing, you’ll observe their traditional lifestyle. Crossing Dudh Khola via a suspension bridge, the trail climbs a chorten-shaped arch and passes through the scenic Thonje village. En route, you’ll encounter a police checkpoint, and as you progress to Dharapani, you’ll have vistas of the snow-capped mountains. Dharapani is a notable stop in the Annapurna circuit, offering views of the surrounding peaks. The day concludes with an overnight stay at a teahouse in Dharapani.

Start your trek from Dharapani and follow the well-marked trail of the Annapurna Circuit.
The trail passes through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and forests.
You’ll descend gradually as you make your way toward Besishahar.
The trek from Dharapani to Besisahar usually takes around 5-7 hours of walking, covering a distance of approximately 22-25 kilometers (about 14-16 miles).

The distance from Besisahar to Kathmandu is approximately 180 kilometers, and it takes about 6-7 hours to drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu by private car or jeep. The road is paved and in good condition, but there are some narrow sections and winding curves. The drive is scenic and offers views of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

On this day, we bid you farewell at the hotel and provide transportation to the international airport for your onward journey. Safe travels!

FAQS

September-November and March-May offer the best weather and trail conditions

Drive or local flight from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Yes, both a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and a Special Area Permit are required

Mostly tea houses with basic amenities, camping is possible in some areas

Costs vary depending on operator, group size, and inclusions, expect ~$2000-3500

Moderate to challenging, requires good physical fitness and acclimatization

Regular cardio and strength training, hiking experience in high altitudes recommended

Be familiar with symptoms like headache, dizziness, nausea, and practice proper acclimatization

Respect local customs and dress modestly, be mindful of religious sites

Cost Details

  • What is Included
  • Airport Transfers to Hotel Both ways
  • Accommodation on B/B basis in Kathmandu
  • All Transportation from starting point to Ending point of Trekking.
  • Special Trekking Permit (Restricted Area)
  • Accommodation and 3 times meals in Trekking
  • TIMS Card (Trekking Management Information System)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Trekking Guide or Porter Insurance, Accommodation, Meals and Salary
  • All our government taxes.
  • What is Excluded
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue.You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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    Optimal Seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    For an ideal trekking experience in the Manaslu region, the peak seasons of Autumn and Spring stand out. Autumn (September – November) and Spring (March-May) offer the most favorable weather conditions. During these periods, the weather remains stable with clear blue skies. Days are warm, while nights in the Himalayas tend to be colder. The lush green hills and snow-capped Himalayas add to the breathtaking scenery.

    Autumn Expectations

    Autumn is a particularly enchanting time for the trek, characterized by stable weather with minimal precipitation. Clear blue skies unveil majestic views of snow-capped mountains, creating perfect conditions for daytime trekking adventures. The season also coincides with various local festivals, providing opportunities for cultural exploration.

    Spring Highlights

    Similarly, Spring is another peak season boasting excellent views of snow-capped mountains. The entire region comes alive with vibrant wildflowers in full bloom, enhancing the beauty of the landscape. The weather remains clear with minimal rainfall and moderate temperatures, making it an ideal time for a delightful trekking adventure.

    Off-Season Trekking

    Despite the peak seasons, the trek can be undertaken in the off-season with meticulous preparation. Winter trekking (December to February) is possible but presents challenges with cold temperatures and heavy snowfall in higher altitudes. Flights may experience delays or cancellations during this period. Monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, resulting in muddy and slippery trails. Adequate rain gear is essential for monsoon treks.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

    The trek is considered challenging due to high-altitude conditions, varied terrains, and remote landscapes. Individual trekking difficulty may vary based on endurance levels. Novice trekkers may find the routes challenging, emphasizing the importance of prior experience, preparation, and proper packing.

    Training and Preparation

    A recommended training regimen, starting at least two weeks to two months before the trek, includes high-altitude training. This helps build stamina, strength, and fitness crucial for the 5 to 6 hours of daily trekking. Acclimatization is essential to combat altitude sickness, emphasizing hydration, proper diet, and, if necessary, “Diamox tablets.”

    What to Expect Each Day

    A typical day on the trek begins early, around 6 AM, with breakfast at 7 AM. Daily trekking, with stops to enjoy snow-capped mountain views, continues until reaching a local teahouse for lunch around noon. Trekkers cover 5 to 6 hours of challenging terrain, staying hydrated and acclimatized. Evenings are spent socializing, dining, and preparing for the next day’s trek.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits

    Essential permits include the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Restricted Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. Costs vary for different nationals, with additional fees for extended stays.

    Cost Details

    The trek’s basic cost includes meals, accommodation, and permits. Accommodation costs range from $7 to $15 per night, while food costs average $8 to $20 daily. Guides and porters, charging $25 to $40 per day, contribute to the overall cost. Trekking with a reputable agency for approximately $1,650 eliminates many concerns.

    Food and Accommodation

    Tea houses provide basic meals and accommodation, with costs varying based on services offered. Standard meals include “Dal Bhaat,” while additional snacks and amenities are available for purchase.

    Why Choose Our Trekking Services

    Local Insight: As a locally run agency, we offer unmatched knowledge of the Himalayan terrain, ensuring an authentic and enriching experience.

    Professional Guides: Our experienced guides prioritize safety, comfort, and cultural insights, enhancing your trekking journey.

    Attention to Detail: We meticulously plan every aspect of your trek, focusing on safety, comfort, and personalized service.

    Flexibility: Our customizable itineraries accommodate varied schedules, allowing for extended exploration and acclimatization.

    Transparent Pricing: There are no hidden charges; our fair pricing ensures you get excellent value for your investment.

    Safety Assurance: Your safety is our top priority, with guides equipped to handle first aid and emergencies, including altitude sickness.

    Expertise: Our seasoned team boasts years of experience, guaranteeing a hassle-free and memorable trekking adventure.

    Reviews

    Samantha McDonald

    Samantha McDonald - South Africa

    Manaslu Trek with Adventure Land Nepal

    Every facet of the journey exceeded expectations. From our initial contact with Chij prior to booking, all the way through the completion of the trek, communication was seamless. Every detail, including selecting trekking partners, was meticulously thought out. Our guide, Jivan, remained composed, knowledgeable, and consistently amiable throughout. The porters, Karna and Dorje, exemplified strength and kindness. As for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, its beauty was unparalleled. Don’t hesitate, book your adventure now.

    Hilary Hahn

    Hilary Hahn - USA

    Alternative Manaslu Trekking Route

    Trekking the Manaslu Circuit via the Alternative route was an unforgettable experience for us, made even more special by our guide Jivan and porters Ram and Rudra. The alternative route, with its village hikes and homestays, was a highlight, allowing us to immerse ourselves in Nepalese culture firsthand.

    Our porters were not only friendly but also proficient in English, while Jivan’s knowledge and approachability ensured a safe and enjoyable journey throughout.

    Communicating with Chij over email was seamless, and he even assisted us in organizing other aspects of our trip post-trek. It’s evident that this company genuinely cares about ensuring a memorable experience in Nepal for its clients.

    We wholeheartedly recommend booking with them for your next adventure!

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