Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Max Altitude: 5,160m/16,930ft
  • Difficulty Level : Strenuous
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu
  • Departure City : Kathmandu
  • Meals: 17 Breakfast, 15 Lunch , 17 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel and Teahouse during Trek

Experience the awe-inspiring Manaslu Circuit Trek, a harmonious blend of majestic mountain vistas, rich cultural encounters, and captivating landscapes. Beginning with exploration of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, our journey unfolds as we venture to Soti Khola to commence our trek. Traversing along the Budi Gandaki River and encircling Mount Manaslu (8,156 meters), the trail presents a challenging ascent to the Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters), offering diverse scenery and exhilarating hikes. Adequate acclimatization is crucial amidst the rapid altitude changes, ensuring a safe and rewarding adventure. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Tibetan lifestyle amidst spellbinding mountain panoramas. Concluding our trek, we return to Kathmandu, culminating the journey with a memorable farewell dinner.

Trip Highlights

  • A Challenging trek across the remote Larkya La Pass in Nepal
  • Classic trek around the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Rare views of Manaslu from the north
  • 14 days trekking in Burhi and Marshyangdi Valleys 6-8 hours each day
  • Visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanatha and Swayambhu in Kathmandu

Trip Cost Includes

  • 4 Star Hotel Accommodation for 3 Nights in Kathmandu
  •  Tea house during trek for 14 Nights
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  Highly experienced trekking guide and 1 Porter for 2 trekkers
  •  Manaslu Conservation Permit, TIMS Permit
  •  All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government and Local Taxes
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket [to be returned after trek]
  • Eve Holidays T Shirt, Cap and Duffel Bag

 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses (Laundry, battery recharge, bottle water, shower etc)
  • Lunch, Dinner not mentioned in itinerary
  • Monument entry fee on day 2

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Eve Holidays will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing with trek preparation

Kathmandu Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. The two-hectare palace complex is divided into two main courtyards, and was initially constructed in the 16th century, although subsequent additions were made in the Shah dynasty in the 18th century and by the Rana rulers in the 19th century. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. 

BoudhanathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.

Overnight:  4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

In the morning, we will begin our drive Soti Khola. On the way, we can see the changing landscape, terraced hillsides, and roadside towns as we make our way out of the Kathmandu Valley to the northwest. 

Overnight: Lodge in Soti Khola

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

We follow the river to Machha Khola. Machha Khola which is a village named for the small stream below, with good fishing. 

Overnight: Lodge in Machha Khola

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (Elevation: 4,626 feet / 1410 meters; Hiking time: 7 hours)

We start our day with some short ups and downs, and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs coming from the rocks give this town gives its name, Tatopani which means hot water in Nepali language. We then climb a stone staircase over a ridge to Doban, which lies at the confluence of two rivers, one flowing from the east and the other from the west. Our campsite is still further along in a spacious flat field near to the Budhi Gandaki river. From Jagat we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Overnight: Lodge in Jagat

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860meters)

We trek through terraced hillside on an undulating trail. We cross the river on a suspension bridge at Nagjet and recross to climb to Nyak. From here the trek continues to the Gurung village of Deng (1860m), a superb viewpoint for the peaks of the Shringi Himal to the north east.

Overnight: Lodge in Deng

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung

Descending to the river we cross to the east bank before continuing north. We traverse a very dramatic section of the gorge as the river turns towards the west and we reach the Bhuddist village of Ghap (2040m). Crossing now to the south bank, we continue to Namrung (2630m)

Overnight: Lodge in Namrung

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Lho (Elevation: 10,430 ft/3,180m; Hiking Time: 4 hrs)

From Namrung, we again enter the Buddhism influenced region. Climbing steadily we enter the alpine zone and get our first views of Manaslu North. Climb through the forest to Lihi. Enjoy the spectacular rise of the Ganesh Himal.  Descend to Lho. Another steep climb takes us to our today’s campsite on a ridge.

Overnight: Lodge in Lho

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (Elevation: 11,578 ft/3,530m; Hiking Time: 5-6 hrs)

Today we walk down the shady fir forest surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kutang Himal to the north east and Manaslu to the south west. A short climb to a plateau and we pass the village of Shala before reaching Sama Gaon (3520m) which has a Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu.

Overnight: Lodge in Samagaon

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (Elevation: 12,660 ft/3,860m; Hiking Time: 4-5 hours)

Descend to the Budi Gandaki, that has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing 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. At the top is a stone arch, followed later by a white kani at the entrance to Samdo: a village of clustered houses nestled behind a ridge. An afternoon walk to a viewpoint on the Pana Danda (on a pass to Tibet); or better, towards Samdo Peak to the northeast will offer the finest views of Manaslu

Overnight: Lodge in Samdo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Acclimatization and rest Day in Samdo

Today is a rest day to let the body get used to the thin air. Today we do some short hike to Pungyen Gompa. Or hike to one of the trade passes to Tibet for a beautiful view of Manaslu and adjacent mountain range.

Overnight: Lodge in Samdo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrow’s crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass.

Overnight: Lodge in Dharamshala

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

After an early start, we soon walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass.  It is a longer day then usual to Bimthang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu.

Overnight: Lodge in Bimthang

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije [2300m/7544ft]; Hiking Time: 5-6 hours)

We will descend a great height today. Initially, from the valley of Burdin Khola, through rhododendron forests, to Karche, the highest cultivating place in the valley. Then we descend to the village of Gho. While staying on the north bank of the river, we trek into Tilje. 

Overnight: Lodge in Tilije

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Tilije to Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: Hiking Time: 5-6 hours)

The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. 

Overnight: Lodge in Tal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Trek from Tal to Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: Hiking Time: 4 hours)

The trail continues on to Chyamje. From Chyamje, trekking up and down along the river, we reach Jagat. A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. Cross Marshyangdi River at Syange where our trek ends.

Overnight: Lodge in Syange

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu ( 8-9 hours )

Today we drive from Syange to Kathmandu that takes around 8-9 hours. You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 18: Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation during Manaslu Circuit Trek

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 4 Star Hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses/lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

Food during Manaslu Circuit Trek

In Kathmandu breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at  teahouses/lodges where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Best Months for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Experience Required for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization during Manaslu Circuit Trek

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others. So we suggest to avoid alcohol and drink enough water and get good night sleep during the trek.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to trek?

March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best time to trek

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    Elena

    Solo Traveller

    Eve Holidays organized the trip for us in the last minute and still everything was perfect and was more than our expectation. We are very happy and enjoyed our trip with them and off course would recommend this company to anyone travelling to Nepal.

    February 8, 2023

    Steve, USA

    Group Traveller

    With my two colleagues i was travelling to Nepal and together we planned to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We stumbled upon this company and sent my first inquiry email. I was impressed that they responded in less than an hour and addressed our requirements very precisely. Finally 3 of us booked with them. I cannot stop myself appreciating the Eve Holidays team for making our trekking experience so lovely. Accomodation in Kathmandu was in Thamel and our rooms were ideally located away from noise. We had breakfast in the hotel which were perfect buffet breakfast. We had 2 complimentry dinners in Kathmandu with Maina. She is very friendly and nice lady. We did our trek with our guide Pasang who became our friend during the trekking. He was always attentive telling us all the time where to put our feet and what is ahead on the trail. He explained lot of things about lifestyle and people of mountains, and on top of all needless to say that the views were no less than a paradise. And at last I should not forget to thank Maina for keeping in touch with us most of the days during trekking.

    September 12, 2019
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