Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 18 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 5,160m/16,924ft. Walking Per Day: 6-7hrs
Accommodation: N/A Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-15
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Gurung Culture, Brahmin and Kshetri

The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you on an unforgettable journey around the world's eighth highest peak through spectacular mountain views, colourful rhododendron forests, ancient monasteries and charming villages. Originally a salt trading route following the Burhi Gandak River, the trek is packed with adventure, taking you along rugged trails, through high passes and across suspension bridges. Manaslu is located in beautiful Nepal and climbs 8,163 metres above sea level (with the trek taking you to a maximum of 5160m). Found in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, it is in the west-central region of Nepal at coordinates 28°32?58?North and 84°33?43?East.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
    • Meals :Lunch / Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Thamel
    • Highlights :
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
      • Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland
      • Group Photo
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Evening Walk at Thamel

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Kathmandu Durbar Square
      • Boudhanath
      • Pashupatinath
    • Highlights :
      • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
      • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
      • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
      • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu – Baseri(1,400m/4,593ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs Drive(150Km)
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Dhading
      • Arughat
      • Baseri
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Drive
      • Off-road Drive
      • Typical Nepali Lifestyle
      • Terraced Field
      • Mountainous Area Sceneries

     

  • Day 4 Baseri – Machha Khola(900m/2,952ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :500m/1,642ft
    • Location :
      • Baseri
      • Manbu
      • Majha Gaun
      • Chhote Khola
      • Lapu Besi
      • Khani Besi
      • Machha Khola
    • Highlights :
      • Lifestyle and Culture
      • Combination of Gurung and Ghale Culture
      • Mountain Scenery
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Waterfalls
      • Hydro-Power(W-I-P)

     

  • Day 5 Machha Khola – Jagat(1,410m/4,625ft)
    • Duration :6-7hrs walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :830m/2,725ft
    • Location :
      • Machha Khola
      • Khorla Besi
      • Tatopani-Hotspring
      • Dovan
      • Syauli
      • Yaru Bagar
      • Jagat
    • Highlights :
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Waterfalls
      • Natural Hotspring-Tatopani
      • Lifestyle and Culture(Bhingi/Gurung Culture)
      • Cantilever Bridge
      • Beautiful Landscape
      • Manasalu Tsum Valley Special Permit Check-In Point

     

  • Day 6 Jagat – Deng(1,860m/6,105ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs walk(15-16Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :450m/1,476ft
    • Location :
      • Jagat
      • Salleri
      • Philim
      • Ekle Bhatti
      • Nyak
      • Deng
    • Highlights :
      • Cosy Pathway
      • Pine Forests
      • Budi Gandaki River Valley
      • Hidden Valleys
      • Chortens
      • Small Monasteries
      • Donkeys
      • Blissful Nature
      • The ViewPoint of Siringi Himal
      • Mani Wall
      • Gurung Village
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Astonishing Landscapes
      • Wildlife
      • Flora and Fauna

     

  • Day 7 Deng – Namrung(2,630m/8,630ft)
    • Duration :6hrs walk(11-12Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :770m/2,527ft
    • Location :
      • Deng
      • Bihi Phedi
      • Ghap
      • Namrung
    • Highlights :
      • Uphill Climb through Jungle
      • Typical Villages
      • Gumba
      • Special Permit Checkpoint

     

  • Day 8 Namrung – Lho(3,180m/10,430ft)
    • Duration :4hrs walk(8Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :550m/1,805ft
    • Location :
      • Namrung
      • Lihi
      • Lama Gaon
      • Sho
      • Lho
    • Highlights :
      • Monasteries
      • The ViewPoint of Himchuli(Lama Gaon)
      • View of Manaslu North and Naike Peak(Sho)
      • Ribung Gompa
      • View of Manaslu
      • Kandjur Scripts Monastery
      • Unique Buddhist Lifestyle

     

  • Day 9 Lho – Samagaon(3,530m/11,578ft)
    • Duration :5hrs walk(9Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :350m/1,150ft
    • Location :
      • Lho
      • Shyala
      • Samagaon
    • Highlights :
      • Big Chorten
      • View of Manaslu Massif
      • Mani Wall
      • Blissful Nature
      • Panoramic View of Mountains
      • Wooden Bridges

     

  • Day 10 Acclimatization Day |Hike to Pungyen Gompa/Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base Camp
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Location :
      • Samagaon
      • Pungyen Gompa/Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base Camp
    • Highlights :
      • Manaslu Special Permit Checkpoint
      • Ancient Monasteries
      • Green Lake
      • Pungyen Tal
      • Pungyen Glacier
      • Birendra Tal
      • Manaslu Base Camp
      • Panoramic View of Manaslu
      • Manaslu Glacier
      • Wildlife
      • Herbs and Vegetations
      • Prayer Flags
      • Blissful Nature

     

  • Day 11 Samagaon – Samdo(3,875m/12,715ft)
    • Duration :3-4hrs walk(7-8Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :345m/1,132ft
    • Location :
      • Samagaon
      • Budi Gandaki
      • Samdo
    • Highlights :
      • Wooden Bridges
      • Prayer Flags
      • Hidden Valleys
      • Wildlife
      • Wildlife including Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and so on
      • Herbs and Vegetations including Yarchagumba(Caterpillar Fossils)
      • Stone Huts
      • Long Mani Wall
      • Samio P.S. Big Mani Wall
      • Budi Gandaki Valley
      • Glacier View

     

  • Day 12 Samdo – Dharamsala(4,460m/14,628ft)
    • Duration : 4-5hrs walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :585m/1,920ft
    • Location :
      • Samdo
      • Larkya Bazar
      • Dharamsala
    • Highlights :
      • Fair Seasonal Tibetan Market
      • Stone Hut
      • Mani Walls
      • The ViewPoint of Larke Peak and Naike Peak
      • Larke Glacier
      • Glacier View
      • Salt Trade Route
      • Wildlife, Herbs and Vegetations
      • Blissful Nature
      • End of Treeline

     

  • Day 13 Dharamsala – Bimthang(3,720m/12,201ft) via Larkya La Pass(5,160m/16,924ft)
    • Duration :8-9hrs walk(14-15Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Ascend :700m/2,297ft
    • Descend :1,570m/5,150ft
    • Location :
      • Dharamsala
      • Larkya La Pass
      • Bimthang
    • Highlights :
      • Moraine Glacier Walk
      • Adventure and Excitement
      • View of Kangguru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larkey Peak, Namjung Himal and Ratna Chuli
      • Steep Descent
      • Moraine Rock Fall Area

     

  • Day 14 Bimthang – Goa/Gho(2,515m/8,255ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :1,205m/3,955ft
    • Location :
      • Bimthang
      • Hampuk
      • Yak Kharka
      • Kharche
      • Goa/Gho
    • Highlights :
      • Another Part of the Hill
      • Rhododendron Forest
      • Astonishing View of the Mountains
      • Mani Walls
      • Prayer Flags
      • Wildlife like Langurs
      • Herbs and Vegetation
      • The ViewPoint of Manaslu
      • Wooden Bridges
      • Suspension Bridges

     

  • Day 15 Goa/Gho – Tal(1,700m/5,576ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel/Lodge
    • Descend :815m/2,675ft
    • Location :
      • Goa/Gho
      • Tilije
      • Dharapani
      • Karte(Khotra)
      • Tal
    • Highlights :
      • Gurung Culture
      • Exit Point of Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
      • Starting Point of Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
      • Suspension Bridges
      • Start Walking in Off-Road
      • Mesmerizing Waterfall
      • Marshyangdi River Valley
      • Nature

     

  • Day 16 Tal – Kathmandu via Besisahar
    • Duration : 4hrs Off-road Drive(33Km) and 5hrs Highway Drive(180Km)
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle(4WD Jeep)
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Descend :335m/1,100ft
    • Location :
      • Tal
      • Besisahar
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Scenic Off-road Drive
      • Prithivi Highway

     

  • Day 17 Kathmandu Shopping and Exploration
    • Meals :Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :
      • Kathmandu
    • Highlights :
      • Shopping
      • Relax
      • Farewell Dinner

     

  • Day 18 Departure Day
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :
      • Thamel
      • Tribhuvan International Airport
    • Highlights :
      • Souvenir Shopping
      • Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey
      • Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4-night Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with tour licenced guide and car/ jeep/bus depending upon the group size
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected. 
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group. 
  • Transportation costs: Comfortable Drive from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting Point (Baseri) and Trekking Ending Point (Tal) to Besishare by Local Jeep and Besishare to Kathmandu by car/jeep/ or local bus. (depending  upon the price and group size )
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs. 
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region. 
  • Trekking permits: Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card
  • First aid medical box
  • All required trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with company logo
  • Rescue Management Service
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4-night Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with tour licenced guide and car/ jeep/bus depending upon the group size
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected. 
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Comfortable Drive from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting Point (Baseri) and Trekking Ending Point (Tal) to Besishare by Local Jeep and Besishare to Kathmandu by car/jeep/ or local bus. (depending  upon the price and group size )
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs. 
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region. 
  • Trekking permits: Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card
  • First aid medical box
  • All required trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag and Trekking Map with company logo
  • Rescue Management Service
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (laundry, electronic device charging cost, all alcoholic beverages and soft drinks etc)
  • Tip for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (laundry, electronic device charging cost, all alcoholic beverages and soft drinks etc)
  • Tip for guide and porters

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket 

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

Review

Fantastic, highly recommended

Ang
Ang
Source:Trip Advisor

 

We did a 2 weeks Manaslu trek with Min and Rojan, and it was a truly fantastic experience. Min was professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Min shared a lot about Nepal history and went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, well acclimatised, and not to mention, very well fed! If you are looking for a best in class trekking guide in Nepal, this is the right company to do it with.

Manaslu Circuit Trek (18 April - 1 May 2019)

Siok Chen A
Siok Chen A
Source:Trip Advisor

We had an enjoyable 14-day trek with Min as our guide and Rojan as our porter. 

Special mention to Min who went out of his way - he was helpful and responsive during the planning of the trek and when we started the trek, he took great care of us both in terms of safety and comfort (he knows the teahouses with great food!). Through him, I learnt alot about the mountains and the history of Nepal - some of the many topics that Min is knowledgeable on, which makes me appreciate the trek even more. As both my friend and I were doing a high-altitude trek for the first time , I also appreciate Min setting a good pace and providing great advice on how to deal with the high altitude. 

All-in-all, I really enjoyed the trek and will definitely recommend Nepal Mountain Trekkers with Min as a guide for a Nepal trekking trip.

Nur zu empfehlen!

Thomas E
Thomas E
Source:Trip Advisor

Wir waren mit unserem Guide Krishna im April 2019 auf dem Manaslu Trek unterwegs. Auf Vorschlag des Agenturchefs Ramesh konnten wir die ersten Tage auf einer Alternativroute abseits der Touristenströme unvergessliche Einblicke in das Dorfleben gewinnen und im Gegensatz zur Hauptroute im Tal tolle Ausblicke auf Manaslu, Himalchuli und Ganesh Himal genießen. Während des Treks hat uns Krishna mit viel Humor und Kompetenz begleitet und ist zum Freund geworden. Auch der Passübergang klappte dank Krishnas Gespür für Wetter und Timing bestens. Es waren für uns unvergessliche drei Wochen in Nepal. Bei unserem zweiten Besuch in Nepal hatten wir Dank Ramesh und Krishna den Eindruck, das Land erstmals wirklich kennengelernt zu haben. Wir werden unseren nächsten Trek sicher wieder von nepalmountaintrekkers organisieren lassen und können die Agentur nur wärmstens empfehlen!

Fantastic trek in the Manaslu Conservation Area

Aiden
Aiden
Source:Trip Advisor

 

An absolutely terrific trekking experience. We did a 12 day trek in the Manaslu conservation area in Oct 2018 organised by the always-smiling Ramesh at Nepal Mountain Trekkers, and led by our trusty guide Min (Sanjeep). Right from the start, Min took care of everything and gave us a tremendous and care-free two weeks in the mountains. It was my second trek with Min (having also done the Annpurna circuit in 2011) and like last time, his local knowledge, warm temperament and great organisational skills meant we had a hugely successful trip. He secured us accommodation in all villages, guided us through the acclimatization process and ensured we passed safely over the 5,100 Larka La High Pass. Our porter Sukman was also a delightful young man, and was well treated. Would not hesitate to recommend this agency.

Manaslu Trek. Eine Herausforderung, die mit Daljit Gurung zu einer schönen Erfahrung geworden ist.

Jon Bon
Jon Bon
Source:Trip Advisor

In Kathmandu angekommen wird man gleich von einem Mitarbeiter der Nepal Mountain Trekkers empfangen und ins Hotel gebracht. Ich ruhe mich aus und der Staff legt gleich mal los, alle Papiere fürs Trekking vorzubereiten. Zeit ist kostbar. Da ich Kathmandu schon ganz gut kenne, habe ich es vorgezogen am Sightseeing Tag erst mal Freunde zu besuchen. Und am nächsten Tag ging es in aller Frühe los nach Baseri. Schon auf Weg wurden mir alle Fragen beantwortet. Erst mal landen und am nächsten Tag gehts weiter. Daljit ist ein wahrer Gentleman. Mein Rucksack war schwerer als seiner, also haben wir einfach mal getauscht. Juhu, ich konnte mich der Aussicht und dem Weg widmen und musste mich nicht mehr um schweres Gepäck sorgen. Teilweise sah es schon etwas wackelig aus, aber dafür hatte ich ja Daljit, der mir gezeigt hat, wie ich mich vorwärts bewegen muss. So bin ich ganz gut durch gekommen. Wine Wahre Augenweide sind die Rhododendron Wälder und natürlich immer wieder der Blick auf den Schnee bedeckten Gipfel. Super fand ich den Besuch der Pungyen Gompa. Und natürlich auch die lieben und herzlichen Menschen auf der Strecke. Ich muss sagen, das ganze Team hat mir einen unvergesslichen Trekk organisiert. Selbst am Ruhetag in Samdo wurde ich nicht einfach alleine gelassen. Mein Guide war immer für mich da. Auch bei dem Ansieg nach Dharamsala, Wo ich trotz des Ruhetages arg an meine Grenzen gekommen bin. Hat Daljit mich nicht aus den Augen gelassen und natürlich seinen Rucksack auch noch getragen. Danke noch mal dafür. Auch bei der Auswahl der Teehäuser und der Rastplätze hat sich das gute Händchen der Agentur bewährt. Einfach ein klasse Team. Ich konnte auf der Rückfahrt im Bus schlafen. Musste mir nie Sorgen um mich und meine Sachen machen. Wieder zurück in Kathmandu wurde ich nach einer ausgiebigen Dusche noch zum Abendessen eingeladen. Wir waren in einem tollen Tamang Restaurant. Vielen Dank an das gesamte Team der Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
 

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