Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous classic trek to the less explored and pristine region of Nepal. This trek takes you around the Manaslu conservation area. Besides, this trek allows you to circle Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest peak in the world. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to experience the mountain scenery, beautiful landscapes, falls, and forests. Despite its recent rise in popularity. The Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to other popular trekking routes. 

With less number of trekkers encountered along the way. This region offers an extraordinary experience. The trail passes through a geographically diverse landscape. And, a spectacular and culturally fascinating area, with diverse flora and fauna. Similarly, it traverses through culturally rich highland villages.  With the opportunity to observe the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of local people.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. The following day, our trek begins from Soti Khola. The hike is through beautiful forests, past terraced fields, and across suspension bridges. The trail passes through several villages and eventually arrive at Namrung. Namrung offers an amazing view of the Ganesh Himal and the Himalchuli. Further, we continue to Samagoan, Samdo, followed by Dharamsala. 

The trail gets more challenging as we approach Larkya La Pass(5,106m). The hike is a gradual ascent and the last leg is a steep ascent. There are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the Annapurna II. After crossing the pass, it is a gradual descent and finally arrive at Bimthang. Further, we continue through Tilije, Tal, and conclude our trek at Syange. From Syange, we will drive to Besi Sahar and then to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

 

Trip Highlights

A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Explore the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
Diversified, unspoiled ecosystems & less explored trekking route
A walk through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek
The unique cultural fusion of Tibetan and Nepali ethnic groups with a touch of Himalayan hospitality.
Spectacular views of the 8th Highest Mountain in the world, and other peaks, including Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Manaslu Range, Lamjung Himal, and other breathtaking mountains.
Cross Larkya La Pass (5153m), the highest pass of this route

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-269
  • TRIP NAME: Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • DURATION: 19 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 5160m/Larkay La
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Soti Khola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Samagoan-Samdo-Dharamshala-Bhimthang-Tilije-Tal-Syange-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation

    After breakfast, half-day sightseeing covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. This includes Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhunath is as popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple. Due to a large monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon, we will have a short briefing and discussion regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola (730m/8-9 hrs)

    Today we will take a long drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat via the Prithvi Highway (127km/7 hrs), further drive about 2 hours from Aarughat to reach Soti Khola. During the drive, we will enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and continue further to Arughat. After arrival in Arughat, a major town in the region, we drive further towards Sotikhola for about 2 hours. Along the route, we will come across typical traditional Nepalese villages, rice fields, sugarcane fields, and reach Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (930m/6-7 hrs)

    The following day, the trek begins after crossing the Soti Khola bridge. The trail traverses through beautiful Sal forests and then climbs onto a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki river. We then reach Khursane, upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the cliffside. We eventually make our way down and past few terraced fields, then up and around the Gurung and Ghale village of Lapubesi (884m). Further ahead is the Khani Besi village, quite a scattered place continuing to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge. We further continue along the riverside and, after crossing over another suspension bridge finally, arrive at Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • Day 5: Maccha Khola - Jagat (1370m/6-7hrs)

    There are two routes possible from here. We will follow the winter riverbed trail with some ups and downs, cross over the Tharo Khola and reach Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends, we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over to another ridge. And then cross over the Budhi Gandaki river over a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide area and over a ridge to reach Dovan (1070m). Upon crossing the suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river. And again, climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

  • Day 6: Jagat - Deng (2095m/6-7hrs)

    Today we follow the stone-paved trail by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1353m). And then descend to Sirdibas (1420m) and reach Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream and cross over to Philim (1570m), a large Gurung village. The trail turns north and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The trail now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross over to the east bank, and then back again. As we continue through, the valley widens. We pass through bamboo forests until we reach Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Deng Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

  • Day 7: Deng - Namrung (2895m/6-7hrs)

    We begin our trek crossing the Budhi Gandaki and climbing up to Rana (1910m). After crossing the bridge, we continue on the trail and reach Bihi Phedi (1990m) & Bihi (2130m), then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani walls, where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap (2250m). Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several Gompas en-route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense, and the trail is fine. Further, continue the steep uphill trek until we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

  • Day 8: Namrung – Samagaon (3580m/6-7hrs)

    Enjoy the beautiful mountain view from Namrung village. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. From Namrung village, the trek ascends steadily up and passes through forests and reaches Lihi (2920m), a fine village with many chortens and seasonal barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal and reaches Sho (2880m), where we have beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu and surrounding mountains. Further, the trail traverse through Lho (3180m), Shyala (3500m) villages and reach Sama Village (3520m). We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village, we can see the surrounding high mountains of Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, Ganesh Himal down the far end, and other snow-capped mountains to the right. Overnight in Samagaon.
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  • Day 9: Acclimatization day(hike to Manaslu Base Camp & Pungyen gompa)6-7hrs

    If you have missed the view of mountains on the previous day, enjoy the breathtaking mountain and sunrise over the mountain with a leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill, near the Sama village, is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with a great view of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. Then hike to Birendra Lake nearby Sama village & Manaslu Base Camp, which takes about 3 hours. In the afternoon, return to Samagaon and enjoy the time as leisure. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • Day 10: Samagaon - Samdo(3690m/4-5hrs)

    Today we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River valley, following it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base Camp. From here, we take the trail to the right and follow the Larkya la trail. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river, past the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch, we can view a large white Mani. Finally, walking past the Mani, we reach Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

  • Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo

    This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet. The pass provides excellent views of Mt. Manaslu with the vies of other Himalayan ranges. Those including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints, we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas, and we might sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus, Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. This is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo.

  • Day 12: Samdo – Dharamsala(Larkya Phedi).(4460m/4-5hrs)

    Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki, and begin walking uphill. After crossing the two streams with a view of the Lakya glacier. We, take the trail around the valley of the Salka Khola and up to the stone guest house (4450 m). This actually is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

  • Day 13: Dharamsala - Larkya la(5220m) - Bimtang (3720m/8-9 hrs)

    Today is a big day for us as we are at a high altitude. And it is going to be a long day. After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. The pass provides outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the huge Annapurna II. Further, we continue to Bimthang crossing the Langbuche Kharka. Exploring the high altitude with the looming Manaslu mountain nearby will be an unforgettable lifetime experience. Overnight in Bimthang.

  • Day 14: Bimthang - Tilije (2300m/5-6 hrs)

    From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture Yak Kharka (3020m), followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We will walk through the rhododendron forest, following a trail through a narrow valley. Finally, we reach the highest cultivated land in the valley at Karche (2785m). We will pass across the fields and then a steep climb over a ridge. Then a short descend lead us to Gho village (2515m) and Tilije village. Overnight in Tilije Village.

  • Day 15: Tilije - Tal(1700m/5-6 hrs)

    Today, we climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone-paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village (1965m). At the village, we will come across a police checkpoint. And then continue to Dharapani (1963m). We enter the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte (1850m) village (also known as Khotro village) we cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. And then, after crossing some mani walls, we reach Tal village (1700m). Overnight in Tal.

  • Day 16: Tal - Syange (1080m/6-7 hrs)

    We will follow the trail to Chyamje village, crossing over the Marshyangdi River once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terraced fields with the villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

  • Day 17: Syange - Kathmandu(8-9 hrs)

    From Syange, we will drive to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway (202km), which takes about 8 hours. The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with terraced fields on both sides of the road. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 18: In Kathmandu

    You have a free day in Kathmandu. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent as leisure or request for a tour in the valley(with extra cost) as per your interest. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 19: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu with one welcome/farewell dinner. All meals during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking local trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (ACAP/MCAP/RAP)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance(covering rescue and evacuation).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
  • All other expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.