Manaslu circuit Trekking route leads ahead Budi Gandaki River valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. From here, the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in the rocky landscape. It is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5160 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.
The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5160 m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trail head at Besisahar. The Manaslu trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally started in the town of Arughat or Gorkha Bazaar.
|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 5130 m.|
|Duration||: 18||Group Size||:2-16|
|Best Season||: Sep-Oct-Nov, Mar-Apr-May-June|
Day 1 :Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 :Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 3 :Drive to Arughat Bazaar 608m./7hrs.
Day 4 :Trek to Lapubesi 884m./7hrs.
Day 5 :Trek to Khornabesi 960m./6hrs.
Day 6 :Trek to Jagat 1340m./7hrs.
Day 7 :Trek to Deng 1860m./7hrs.
Day 8 :Trek to Namrung 2630m./7hrs.
Day 9 :Trek to Lho Gaun 3180m./5hrs. Visit Monastery
Day 10 :Trek to Samagaun 3520m./4hrs. Visit Monastery
Day 11 :Acclimatization (Explore Birendra Lake/ Pungyen Gompa)
Day 12 :Trek to Samdo 3875m./4hrs.
Day 13 :Trek to Dharmasala 4460m./4hrs.
Day 14 :Cross Larkya-La (5160m.)-Trek to Bhimtang 3590m./9hrs.
Day 15 : Trek to Dharapani 1963m./8hrs.
Day 16 :Drive to Besisahar 760m./6hrs.
Day 17 :Drive back to Kathmandu /6hrs.
Day 18 :Extra Day in Kathmandu
Day 19 :Final Departure
Himalaya Family provide the accommodations during the trek are on twin sharing basis with inclusive cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene food and suitable location. Most of the Lodges has clean rooms and separate Bathrooms. We will use small lodge during the trek and 2/3 star category Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We also provide 3/4/5 star hotel on your request.
We will provide the Food on full board basis will be served during the trek in the mountains. Three meals in a day (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) will be served from the lodge. The dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination at a tea houses. Breakfasts will be served in Kathmandu/Pokhara as well. Most of the lodges has the food menu, Our Guide will suggest you the organic and hygienic local meal.
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our company representative will welcome you and drive towards the designated hotel. After a rest for a while, we will give a short briefing about our program and you will be provided with a Typical Nepali welcome Dinner in the evening.
Day 2 : Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Next day, we provide sightseeing guided by an expert to visit many beautiful places listed in the UNESCO heritage sites such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Durbar Square and many more.
Day 3 : Drive to Arughat Bazaar 608m./7hrs.
We start our journey early in the morning travelling by a tourist bus/Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat via Dhadingbeshi, which is almost 126 kms from Kathmandu. The journey offers eye-catching views of steepy hills, terrace farming, local villages and some rivulets and rivers.
Day 4 : Trek to Lapubesi 884m./7hrs.
After breakfast, we take a local transport up to Soti Khola through unpaved road, which allows us to witness lovely meadows and villages. Then after, the trek through local villages on the left bank of Budhi Gandaki river is really delightful. It is normally hot and humid, so the main crops there include wet rice, maize and millet and you may also see some wild animals mostly monkeys in the forests during the trip. The whole day trek through shady Sal forests with an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views below the wild rapids, eventually lead us to Lapubesi, and we spend the night there.
Day 5 : Trek to Khornabesi 960m./6hrs.
When we take breakfast in hotel, we will continue our trip walking up and down the hills, passing through Machhakhola on the same side of the Budhi Gandaki across sandy river flats. Large Gurung villages are there on the way while the track passes few houses in lower Khorlabeshi (960m), which was largely destroyed by a huge rock slip 24 years ago. Survivors have built a botanic garden and nice lodge, where we have a rest that night.
Day 6 : Trek to Jagat 1340m./7hrs.
On the sixth day, we continue the tour walking up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani, where there are several hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide amusing showers which soften our skin due to natural minerals. Then, we climb over the ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki with the help of a new suspension bridge under big cliffs and climb a little to Doban. The Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40 minutes from there, and if we walk 20 more minutes, then we can reach Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (big rock) lodges, where we can rest for a while and take tea (if we like) looking at the wild gorges in front. After passing Yaruphant (1140m), we cross the bridge of Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto the river flats at Yaru (1140m), from where we can gaze the downstream with massive rock fall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, our journey crosses to the true right bank of Budhi Gandaki and goes down to Jagat, a neatly flag-stoned village, where Jagat is collected in Tibetan trade. We need to show our MCAP permit to the officials there, which lies on the left. In this area, farmers mainly plant potato, maize and climbing beans at the same time; potato for food and to suppress weeds, maize for food and to supply a trellis for beans, which is an important source of protein. That night is spent at Jagat.
Day 7 : Trek to Deng 1860m./7hrs.
On this day, we start walking up the riverbank and climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri with fabulous views of Sringi/Ganesh Himal (7187m), and then descend to Sirdibas. We continue the trip through the left bank of the river, up and down before crossing the suspension bridge to the east bank of Budhi Gandaki and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are few shops and lodges. After having Lunch at Chisopani, we continue walking to Deng village through forest, where we take a rest that night.
Day 8 : Trek to Namrung 2630m./7hrs.
After taking breakfast, we continue the trip crossing the Budhi Gandaki river to the east, climb Rana (1980m) and pass Bihi Phedi with the trail up to the stone-carving village of Bihi (2130m). With the roaring sound of the river below, we continue the tour walking in and out of the continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation. After crossing the bridge, we, then climb shortly again before finally reaching Ghap. The Mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimthang often display intricate quality carvings of various postures of Buddha in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bihi. A side-trip from here to Prok (2380m), attracts every traveller and there is also an ACAP office and emergency radio service. Visitors can also have an excursion to Kal Tal (3685m; Kalchhuman Lake), from there. After having lunch at Ghap, we enter in to a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many attractive birds. Then we cross the north with a roaring narrow canyon below through the new suspension bridge watching grey langurs. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs. After about an hour walk, we climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660 m.) with shops, restaurants in the flag-stoned square. At Namrung, WIFI and hot shower are available with nice/clean accommodation and we stay at a Guest House there.
Day 9 : Trek to Lho Gaun 3180m./5hrs. Visit Monastery
After Breakfast at Namrung, we walk through the village and the architectural characteristic of upper Nupri starts here, where we can see several houses gathered together with a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor with heavy wooden single roof and log stairs to dark verandahs. Then, we pass Mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam, enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before we climb Lihi (2900m). Most people in these villages and ahead wear traditional Tibetan dress with the children in small Chubas. There are some fine paintings particularly in Kani (gate arches) that we pass before Sho. Then, we have a leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m; Logoan) with the exceptional views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the Mani wall at the far end of the village and from the Gompa on the hill to the west. We spend a night there.
Day 10 : Trek to Samagaun 3520m./4hrs. Visit Monastery
Normally, we walk only for few hours this day. The journey takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize and also experience the stupendous views of Manasalu. We have an easy walk to Shyala (3520m) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. From here, we can also enjoy 360° views of the places around us. Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaon offers inordinate views of Manaslu, beautiful old Monastery, typical Tibetan village and many other mountains. A daylong acclimatization trip can be made from here to Pung Gyen Gompa or to Manaslu base camp (4900m). An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is also highly recommended.
Day 11 : Acclimatization (Explore Birendra Lake/ Pungyen Gompa)
After Breakfast at Samagaon, we start the trip to Pung Gyen Gompa (4200m.), a daylong acclimatization trip. For our trip, we have to take packed lunch, dry food and water with us because there are no shops to buy food and drink. The trail follows southwest ridge of Samagaon and a long climb up to Kharka with the views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli, Manaslu Glacier and many more. There are several seasonal yak/sheep sheds and the vast grassland for grazing. After visiting the Pung Gyen Gompa, we slowly come back to Samagaon and take some hot drinks/food and also spend the night.
Day 12 : Trek to Samdo 3875m./4hrs.
When we take breakfast, we start our trek to Samdo. Normally, we walk for few hours because of the high altitude and also to be prepared for Larkya-La pass. Trek from Sama to Samdo is easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long Mani walls. On the way, Juniper trees line all around and we climb to a ridge and climb down to cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes few minutes to reach the Stupa above and Samdo (3870m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding is just behind this. In the side of the valley, there is a standing view of Samdo Peak. The Larkya La trail is ahead up the valley and goes to the left. We can see also the main track for Tibet over the Lajya-La Pass (5098m.). The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs from the pass but the access has been currently blocked by China even for locals. We may visit typical old Tibetan village at Samdo and explore around the village.
Day 13 : Trek to Dharmasala 4460m./4hrs.
After breakfast at Samdo, we start walking on a broad trail, dropping to cross the river and pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a Mani wall to reach Larke bazaar. Long back, there used to be a trade fair by Tibetans with their goods and products, which no longer prevails now. Then, we cross two ravines on narrow tracks, which is very icy in winter. After gradually climbing to northwest side, we reach at Dharamsala (Larke Phedi, Larkya rest house), which is now a seasonal village with freezing rooms and tents. The views are marvelous. We can see large herd of blue sheep and also some Himalayan animals in this place. We normally stay in tent here.
Day 14 : Cross Larkya-La (5160m.)-Trek to Bhimtang 3590m./9hrs.
On this day, we have to note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as we climb making the pass still crossable. We climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and behind the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult, but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as we top the moraine. Then, we descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5 hrs. to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure, if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna range. There are several places where snow or ice would make the trip treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Then, we make a long descent on loose gravel to a grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now, runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; plain of sand), a descent of 1400 m., which takes about 3hrs. The views during the walk are huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimtang Glacier and its lateral moraine towers over Bimthang.
Day 15 : Trek to Dharapani 1963m./8hrs.
After we take breakfast at Bhimtang, we walk towards the south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimtang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Then, we climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter the beautiful forest. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb. After that, we descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh Khola through Hompuk (3420m) in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Surki 2700 m. where we have our lunch. After lunch, the walk allows us to see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, and also the track becoming quite rough. We need to climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Goa (2560m), the first real village after Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as we pass through fields and copses of oak and rhododendron. Then, we reach to Tilje village, pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi valley to the north bank and climb up to join the main round-Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi river on a long suspension bridge. Then, we turn to the left to reach Dharapani (1963m) and spend the night there.
Day 16 : Drive to Besisahar 760m./6hrs.
We take breakfast at guesthouse and take a Jeep to Besisahar. On the way, we enjoy the views of Marshyangdi river, waterfalls, local villages, scenic mountains and so on. It takes about 4/5 hours to reach Besisahar. Besisahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district, where we can find several shops, banks, restaurants, hotels and so on. We have free time to explore the city that day. This is the end of the trek, so the travellers generally enjoy dinner with their Nepali staff.
Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu /6hrs.
After breakfast at Besisahar, we take a tourist bus to Kathmandu. After about 2 hours, the road meets the regular Prithvi highway (KTM-Pokhara) at Dumre and then it continues through the bank of popular river, Trisuli. The last part of driving is uphill for a couple of hours before reaching Kathmandu valley.
Day 18 : Extra Day in Kathmandu
This day is an extra day for relaxation and shopping. Farewell dinner with official staff is provided and the travellers have a complete rest at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Final Departure
Company representatives drop the guests to the airport safely on time and see them off. NATURALLY NEPAL; ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!!
Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
Trekking Permit and TIMS permit
Manaslu Conservation Permit
Annapurna Conservation Permit
Controlled areas (Manaslu) permit form Immigration
Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
Tea House accommodation during the trek
Trail map and First aid Kit
All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
Government Taxes and paper works.
International air fare and Nepal Visa Fee
Food in Kathmandu accept Breakfast
Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
Temple/Monastery entrance fees
Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of trek
Travel Insurance and rescue flights
Late arrival and late departure extra night
Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)
Above itinerary can be customized as per our guest specific requirements and can make shorter or longer. We are very flexible to update.