Manaslu Circuit Trek
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Manaslu Circuit Trek

An ultimate off the beaten path Trek

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The Manaslu Circuit Trek presents an extraordinary adventure. Setting itself apart from the popular routes like the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek, this trail stands out with its limited number of travelers. Its remote and demanding terrain, combined with minimal tourism, creates an environment where the natural beauty remains untouched, offering an opportunity to deeply connect with unspoiled, wild landscapes.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek has gained popularity owing to its improved accessibility, providing an exclusive opportunity to explore untouched landscapes. Its appeal lies in the absence of large crowds, enabling adventurers to intimately connect with nature and immerse themselves in the serene atmosphere, resulting in a unique and incomparable experience.

Exploring the villages along the trail offers a rich cultural experience, filled with profound insights into the local way of life, traditions, and customs. These encounters enable connections with the region’s social and spiritual aspects, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the community’s heritage.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an exceptional adventure, combining the thrill of navigating rugged terrains with opportunities to appreciate untouched natural areas and engage deeply with the local culture. Renowned for its less-frequented trails, this trek provides a unique experience for those seeking a less conventional route in Nepal.

The trek presents an incredible opportunity to witness a variety of wildlife flourishing in their natural habitat. Along the journey, adventurers may encounter fascinating creatures such as the Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and Blue Sheep. Yet, the most exhilarating prospect is the chance to come across the elusive snow leopard. Observing these animals in their native surroundings brings an unmatched sense of excitement and awe to the trekking expedition.

The trek culminates at the magnificent Larkya La Pass, towering at an elevation of 5,106 meters. This pivotal point offers awe-inspiring, panoramic vistas that stretch endlessly in all directions. From here, you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of snow-covered peaks of Manaslu, Annapurna to the west, and Ganesh Himal to the east.

The descent from Larkya La Pass towards Bimthang and Tilije presents an immersive experience that unfolds through a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. This extraordinary journey uncover a captivating transformation, transiting from breathtaking high-altitude panoramas to verdant valleys and picturesque villages.

The journey concludes at Besisahar, culminating in a return trip to Kathmandu through a picturesque drive. This marks the end of an extraordinary adventure, offering an opportunity to contemplate the multitude of experiences and memories gathered throughout the expedition.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an extraordinary adventure that seamlessly blends physical challenges with awe-inspiring natural beauty. Its rugged terrain and mesmerizing landscapes etch an unforgettable experience in the memories of those fortunate enough to embark on this remarkable journey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: In Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Machhakhola
Day 4: Trek to Jagat
Day 5: Trek to Pewa
Day 6: Trek to Namrung
Day 7: Trek to Lho
Day 8: Trek to Samagaun
Day 9: Rest day in Samagaun
Day 10: Trek to Samdo
Day 11: Trek to Dharmashala
Day 12: Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La
Day 13: Trek to Tilije
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 15: Departure

Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotel in Kathmandu and local village lodge during the trek
Meal Meal Only breakfast in Kathmandu, while all meals are included during the trek
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during Spring and Autumn
Route Route Kathmandu-Machha Khola-Jagat-Pewa-Namrung-Lho-Samagoan-Samdo-Dharamshala-Bimtang-Tilje-Kathmandu
  Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, February, December

  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola.
  • Explore the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
  • Diversified, unspoiled ecosystems & less explored trekking routes.
  • Walkthrough 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.
  • Enjoy the world’s spectacular views of the 8th Highest Mountain and other peaks.
  • Cross Larkya La Pass (5153m) is this route’s highest pass.

Cost Information

Cost is based on group to offer the best possible price.

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in a tea house during the trek with an attached bathroom where possible.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu.
  • Three standard meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) and fresh seasonal fruits after dinner on the trek.
  • 3 hot drinks (coffee/tea) after every meal during the trek.
  • One welcome dinner with a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
  • 1 full day guided city tour in Kathmandu.
  • English-speaking licensed trekking guide along with a porter (1 porter for every two trekkers).
  • Transportation: Kathmandu-Machhhakhlola-Tilije-Kathmandu in a private 4W jeep.
  • First aid kit, duffel bag, and trekking map.
  • Trekking staff accommodation, wages, meals, trekking gears, and insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits for the trek (RAP/MCAP/ACAP).
  • All government tax and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal Visa.
  • International airfare.
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu).
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, bar, beverages).
  • Bottled/boiled water, battery recharge, Wi-Fi and hot showers during the trek.
  • Tips and gratuities to Guide, Porter and driver.
  • Travel medical insurance covering rescue and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gears and equipment’s.
  • Trip cancellation cost due to your health, weather condition, political situation, and any other unforeseen events.
  • Any other expenses other than the listed above.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1.

Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a representative from Wind Horse will be waiting to greet you and assist with transferring you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Later in the evening, there will be a short briefing session, followed by a delightful dinner featuring a cultural performance at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1350m
Day 2.

In Kathmandu

Today’s itinerary involves a visit to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated within the Kathmandu Valley. Your exploration will begin from the Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will visit the former palaces of the Kings of Nepal. This area has an array of temples and wide range of monuments to explore.

Following the visit, you will drive to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. Here, you will circumambulate with pilgrims and visit the surrounding monasteries. Later, you will proceed to the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple. The evening is free for you to shop for any last supplies or gear needed for your upcoming trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Day 3.

Drive to Machhakhola

The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat offers a captivating panorama of Nepal’s countryside, unveiling its innate charm. Along this route, you are treated to picturesque sights of quaint villages and vibrant green rice fields, providing a glimpse into the authentic indigenous lifestyle of the region.

Upon reaching Arughat, the paved highway gives way to a dirt road, leading towards Machhakhola and marking a transition to a rougher, more rugged terrain. Traveling along this uneven path becomes an adventure in its own. Overnight in Machhakhola.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 930m
Duration Duration: 8-9hrs, Approx. 160kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 4.

Trek to Jagat

Starting your journey from Machhakhola, you’ll trek along a trail that winds along the riverbed, characterized by occasional fluctuations in elevation. Along the way, you’ll come across a hot spring, providing a perfect opportunity for you to take a revitalizing break.

As you continue your trek, the trail goes over a uphill climb, navigating a ridge that eventually leads to a suspension bridge stretching across the Budhi Gandaki river.

After crossing the river, you will ascend over a well-constructed stairway, navigating through a landslide area before reaching Dovan. You will cross the the Yaru Khola, and ascend then stone stairs, and then descend back to the river, and finally it is an uphill trek to Tharo Bharyang

Upon reaching Tharo Bharyang, you will navigate across the Budhi Gandaki river, followed by an ascent over a ridge. Eventually leading to the picturesque village of Jagat, where you will spend the night. Overnight in Jagat.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1370m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs, Approx. 22kms
Overnight Tea House
Day 5.

Trek to Pewa

The day’s adventure begins with a trek along a stone-paved trail that leads upwards, navigating through a rocky ridge towards Salleri. Continuing on, the path winds down towards Sirdibas and Ghatte Khola, with beautiful views of the surrounding and rural countryside

The route then continues upstream, leading to Philim, a charming Gurung village, where you can gain insights into the unique culture and traditions of the Gurung people, known for their hospitality and distinct heritage.

Leaving the river bank, the path meanders through a breathtaking landscape adorned with hododendrons and pine trees. You’ll navigate across the Shiar Khole river, eventually arriving at the village of Pewa. Overnight in Pewa village.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 1805 m
Duration Duration: 6-7hrs,
Overnight Tea House
Day 6.

Trek to Namrung

Today you begin with a gentle and gradual hike to Deng. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, you will climb to Rana and continue further until you reach Bihi Phedi. The hike goes through varied terrain, passing through several villages.

Continuing westward along the valley, you will come across panoramic views of the Budhi Gandaki River. This part of the trek passes through dense forests, past ancient mani walls, and occasionally opens up to expansive landscapes with breathtaking views.

After turning a corner, the trail contours to Ghap, a picturesque village with its own unique charm. You will also pass through Prok village, where you can experience the local culture and customs.

The trail to Namrung involves crossings of the Budhi Gandaki River several times, past chortens and mani walls. The trail then ascends further to the village of Namrung, with breathtaking panoramic views of the landscapes and majestic mountains. Overnight in Namrung.

This segment of the Manaslu Circuit trek is just the beginning of an incredible journey that continues through higher altitudes, crossing mountain passes with mesmerizing mountain views.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2630m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 7:

Trek to Lho

Namrung village serves as a starting point for this part of the journey. As you trek through the forests and cross a side valley, you’ll encounter Sho village, which is known for its charm, with chortens and terraced fields.

Continuing along the ridgeline, the trail leads to Lihi, another beautiful village along the route. Then, you’ll reach Lho, which is renowned for its stunning vistas of the Manaslu and Manaslu North peaks. Overnight in Lho.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2957m
Duration Duration: 4-5hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 8.

Trek to Samagoan

Today’s trek involves a moderate hike on an easy trail, offering spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu. The trail goes through verdant rhododendron and pine forest, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks such as Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Samagoan.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3530m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 9.

Acclimitization Day (excursion to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen gompa)

Begin your day by immersing in the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, capture the breathtaking panoramic moment and experience the majestic sunrise as it bathes the landscape in vibrant and radiant hues.

Following breakfast, take a leisurely stroll through the village. Engage with the locals to immerse yourself in their culture, traditions, and daily routines. This interaction offers an invaluable opportunity to gain insights into their customs, beliefs, and their way of life.

Moreover, there are also other options such as a hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa. The Manaslu Base camp is located just north of the village and past Birendra Lake. Though challenging, the hike could be quite promising.

Pungyen Gompa lies to the south of Samagaon and is about two and a half hours hike away. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and provides tremendous views of the glaciers. Overnight in Samagoan.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: Manaslu Base Camp at 4800m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 10.

Trek to Samdo

You will descend into the Budhi Gandaki River valley, traversing through juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka, adorned with their unique flora. You will cross over a wooden bridge, followed by an ascent onto a promontory, offering a breathtaking panoramic view nestled between the converging forks of the river. You will come across a white Mani wall that marks the path towards Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 3865m
Duration Duration: 3-4hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 11.

Trek to Dharamshala (Larkya Phedi)

Starting along the edge, you will cross over the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki river. And then ascend steep hill, past small streams with the stunning views of the Lakya Glacier. You will follow the trail along the Salka Khola valley until Dharamshala. Overnight in Dharamshala.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 4460m
Duration Duration: 4-5 hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 12.

Trek to Bhimthang via Larkya La Pass

The journey across the Larkya La Pass is a thrilling and challenging adventure. Starting early in the morning, the trail winds through the valley on the northern side of the Larkya Glaciers. Along the way, you will be treated with awe-inspiring views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak.

The hike offers a gradual but demanding uphill trek, especially challenging at higher elevations. Despite the exertion, the journey rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views and a deep sense of accomplishment as you progress towards the pass.

The views from the pass is truly awe-inspiring, revealing the majestic summits of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II in their complete grandeur.

After crossing the pass, you will descend to Langbuche Kharka and continue on to reach the picturesque village of Bimthang. The trail offers stunning views and diverse landscapes, making the journey an enriching experience. Overnight in Bimthang.

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The crossing of the pass marks the culmination of this challenging leg of the journey.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 5106m at Larkya La Pass, 3590 at Bimthang
Duration Duration: 8-9hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 13.

Trek to Tilije

From Bimthang, your journey unfolds with the incredible views of the breathtaking panoramas of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal.

Today’s hike begins with the crossing of a bridge over the Dudh Khola river. The journey unfolds past stunning rhododendron forest. As you progress further, you will arrive at the Karche valley, the highest cultivated land in the area. Traversing these fields, the trail ascends beyond a ridge with panoramic view of the changing landscapes.

Ultimately, the path culminates at Gho (2515m), a village that precedes the journey’s end at Tilije village. Overnight in Tilije.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Altitude Altitude: 2300m
Duration Duration: 5-6hrs
Overnight Tea House
Day 14.

Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will take a private vehicle from Tilije to Besisahar in a private 4 wheel Jeep. Situated as a significant transit hub, Besisahar acts as the pivotal starting point for numerous treks across the Annapurna region.

You will have lunch at Besisahar, and then transfer to a standard vehicle for the journey back to Kathmandu. The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu goes through diverse landscapes, offering glimpses of enchanting villages and terraced fields, presenting a scenic journey filled with charm and beauty. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Please be advised that the road conditions in Nepal can vary, and the duration of the drive may depend on factors like weather, road conditions, and traffic.

MEALS:
Breakfast
Lunch
Duration Duration: 8-9hrs drive
Day 15.

Departure

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

MEALS:
Breakfast

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10 Mar, 2024
24 Mar, 2024
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23 Mar, 2024
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01 Apr, 2024
15 Apr, 2024
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12 Apr, 2024
26 Apr, 2024
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Attend Nepali New Year

21 Apr, 2024
05 May, 2024
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01 May, 2024
15 May, 2024
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Overview

trekking Trip Type Trekking
Accommodation Accommodation 3-4* category hotel in Kathmandu and local village lodge during the trek
Meals Meals Only breakfast in Kathmandu, while all meals are included during the trek
Route Route Kathmandu-Machha Khola-Jagat-Pewa-Namrung-Lho-Samagoan-Samdo-Dharamshala-Bimtang-Tilje-Kathmandu
Max Group Size Max Group Size 2-5(minimum 2 members required)
Best Seasons Best Seasons Best during Spring and Autumn
Best Months Best Months March, April, May, October, November

Good Months Good Months September

Lean Months Lean Months June, July, August

 Not Recommended Months Not Recommended Months January, February, December

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