Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

About Manaslu Circuit Trek

Opened in 1992, Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the very famous trekking trails in the Himalayas, especially among the adventure lovers. The trail offers off-the-beaten trekking experience and leads to a very remote part of Nepal, untouched by modern infrastructures. Overall the trail offers a classic trekking journey with breath-taking scenery, exotic flora & fauna, intimate encounters with locals, and their rich cultural heritage. The unspoiled beauty of the Manaslu region has attracted many travelers over the years, still the trail is less crowded than other established trails in the Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking involves picturesque mountain villages and verdant forests. You will come across ancient monasteries and stupas along the way. The region boasts Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist religion. Himalayan mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Peak 29 (7,871 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), etc are vividly seen throughout the trail. You will cross the challenging Larkya La Pass and thrilling suspension bridges.

We have designed our Manaslu Circuit Trek package precisely to let you explore the grandeur of the region. With us, you will be getting comprehensive Manaslu Circuit Trek cost and high-quality service. Our years of expertise on the field makes us an ideal travel partner. For further information regarding the Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 Days, feel free to contact us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you want to extend your trip in the Manaslu region, then Tsum Valley Trek is a very good option. This trek will provide a deep insight into the people of this region and take you to other fine villages. Or, you can also take a venture in the Annapurna region by Joining Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Trek through beautiful villages, where you will have intimate encounters with the locals
  • Come across a range of flora and fauna
  • Observe rich Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Visit ancient monasteries like Pungyen Gompa
  • Explore Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Lake
  • Cross challenging Larkya La Pass
  • Get to see unspoiled scenery and stunning views of Himalayan mountains

Itinerary

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Your adventurous trip in Nepal begins with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where one of our team members will welcome you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, you meet with other team members over welcome dinner and stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour today. The tour begins with a visit to the holy Pashupatinath Temple and then the largest stupa of Nepal, Boudhnath Stupa. From here, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and end your tour at the famous Monkey Temple. Later, in the late afternoon, you prepare for the trek and meet with your trek guide.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

The day begins with a delicious breakfast. After that, you begin to drive towards Soti Khola following the Trishuli River. The drive will be long and presents you beautiful views of lush green hills, small settlement areas, waterfalls, and terraced farms. Passing by Arughat, you drive for a couple of hours to reach Soti Khola.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Soti Khola, you begin ascending towards Machha Khola. Passing by lovely waterfalls, you ascend to a ridge. From Khursane, the trail goes through small villages and terraced fields. Before reaching Machha Khola, you cross a suspension bridge over Nauli Khola.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Machha Khola behind, you begin trekking along a gorge. The trail gets narrow and gradually ascends. You will cross Tharo Khola and reach Khorla Besi. From here, there will be a few ascends and descends and you reach Tatopani. Here, you can spend some time enjoying the natural hot springs. The trail then crosses Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and ascends to Dobhan. Further, you cross another bridge over Yaru Khola and trek towards Jagat.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you continue trekking through dense forests. The trail passes by small villages and ascends to Salleri. From here, you drop down to Siridibas and trek to Ghatta Khola. Further, crossing a long suspension bridge in Philim, you trek and pass by Ekle Bhatti. The trail then steeply and descends to a grassy slope. You will cross Budhi Gandaki river and trek through a bamboo forest to reach Deng.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Crossing Budhi Gandaki River, you ascend and reach Bhi. The trail then heads to the west passing through lush forests and quaint villages. As you will be approaching Namrung, high Himalayan mountains come into sight. Trekking through Prok, you continue walking and cross Budhi Gandaki river many times before reaching Namrung. You will also come across numerous gompas and a narrow gorge on the way.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail continues towards Lho crossing a bridge over Budhi Gandaki river. The trail passes by many old houses and terraced farms. You ascend to Upper Nupri. Passing through ancient mani walls, the trail moves along lush forests of rhododendron, fir, & oak. You will soon reach Lihi from where you can see fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu and Naike Peak. Further, cross a small stream and reach lovely Lho village.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail from Lho offers breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains and landscapes. The trail will lead you to Shyala village that welcomes with the striking views of Ngadi Chuli, Hiunchuli, Peak 29, etc. From here, you ascend and descend and continue trekking following the moraine of the Pungyen glacier. The trail gradually ascends and crosses a crest. Before reaching Samagaon, you will drop down to a rock-strewn moraine.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today is the rest day at Samagaon. You will go on an excursion to Pungyen Gompa. You can also go on a short hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake. Later, in the day, you will explore the village and spend some time with the locals. This is a very good opportunity to look into the daily lifestyle and culture of the locals.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail gets more adventurous. Crossing a pasture, you ascend through the dense forest of juniper and birch. You will reach Budhi Gandaki River and cross the river via an old wooden bridge. Further, the trail slowly climbs steeply and takes you to Samdo. You can see a gorgeous landscape on the way.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail drops down and passes by terraced fields. You will pass by mani walls and cross Budhi Gandaki River over the wooden bridge. The trail ascends steeply following a rugged path. You will cross two streams. The trail offers astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and continues trekking to reach Dharamsala.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Dharamsala, you will follow a steep path and ascend towards Larkya La Pass. From the top of the pass, you can see the spectacular landscape and many Himalayan mountains like Cheo Himal, Annapurna II, Kang Guru, etc. Further, the trail descends to a grassy moraine and leads you to Bimthang.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail moves along the Dudh Koshi river. Crossing a wooden bridge, you trek through a lovely forest of pine and rhododendron. You might get to see a range of wildlife and exotic birds on the way. Enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains, you reach Tilije for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail continues to Tal today. From Tilije, you descend and then ascend to a small ridge. Crossing a bridge over Dudh Khola, you gradually climb to Thonje. From here, you pass by a police check-point and continue to Dharapani. From here onwards, you have left Manaslu Conservation Area and entered the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail crosses a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola and passes by mani walls before reaching Tal.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, the trail descends steeply to Chyamje, crossing beautiful Maysyangdi Khola on a thrilling suspension bridge. The trail follows terraced fields offering picturesque views of mountain villages high above you. You trek through lush rhododendron and pine forest to reach Syange.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Wake up early and have breakfast. You then drive to Kathmandu. The drive will be long and offers beautiful views of lush green hills and rivers. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you head to the hotel. The left of the day is free to relax and stroll on the lively streets of Thamel. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the rest of the team members.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

You fly back to your home today. One of our team members will drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time.

  • Breakfast only

Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Entry fees whiles on sightseeing.
  • Three times meal whiles on trekking, breakfast/lunch/dinner/tea/coffee/hot chocolate.
  • Accommodation in normal tea house during trek
  • All staffs and porters salary their insurances and food.
  • Manaslu trekking Map each person trekking map for group
  • Private transportation to Kathmandu to sotikhola/ syange to Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper work & permits
  • All ground transportation.
  • ACAP permit and Manaslu special permit.
  • 3 nights room at Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement.
  • Duffle bags.
  • Your food whiles staying Kathmandu.
  • Your personal expenses like bar and beverage bill and soft and hard drink.
  • Personal equipments, sleeping bag.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International flight.
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal medical.

Useful Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek route

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a long scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. From here, you trek through beautiful villages like Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Sama Gaon. During the trek, the trail passes by many lush forests that let you see exotic vegetations. You have the option to explore Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra Lake. The trail then ascends to Larkya La Pass and drops down to Syange via Tilije & Tal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 Days is a difficult trek. The terrain in this part of the Himalayas offers off-the-beaten trekking experience. You will be walking on rugged, steep, and challenging paths. Moreover, the region is extremely secluded, and basic infrastructure is also underdeveloped, which makes the journey overall difficult. However, with our professionally designed Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary and proper guidance, you will be completing the trip smoothly.

Altitude sickness can be a big issue during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. If your body does not get acclimatized with the elevation, then it can lead to the altitude sickness that may ruin the trip or in the worst case, can be life-threatening. Therefore, we have added adequate rest days in between the trek to make sure no such issues arise.

Best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek is from March to April (spring) and September to November (autumn). Stable weather, bright days, and moderate climate has made these months most favorable for trekking in the Manaslu region. Moreover, you get to see a diverse range of vegetation in spring and many festivals in the autumn.

Accommodation & Meals

Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 Days is a teahouse trek. The facilities in teahouses in this part of Nepal is very basic. The rooms are pretty small with twin-sharing beds and commons washrooms. Likewise, there will be no modern amenities. You will get to experience the lifestyle of the villages while staying in the teahouse.

The meals will be provided as per the menu of the teahouse. Three meals a day are given during the trek. Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, etc cuisines are available on the menu. As the elevation will increase the food option will get limited with many Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Make sure to carry snacks and bars with you for a light snack.

Communication & Electricity

Electricity is available in all the villages. You will see solar power as well in many villages. The facilities like charging electronic devices and hot showers may or may not be available everywhere. Moreover, some places can even charge a few bucks for these services, therefore make sure to carry extra batteries with you. Cellular network and internet connection get weaker as the elevation and remoteness of the region increases. Carrying a local SIM Card is more convenient, still don't depend on it.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very important to have during remote journeys. Travel insurance will help you immediately get assistance during an emergency. Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to a very remote part of the Himalayas, therefore a good travel insurance covering air evacuation, medical bills, and hospital bills are needed to go on this journey.

Guide & Porter

During Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be guided by a professional and licensed trek guide, who is well-known with the Manasalu region. Our guides are well-trained, possess numerous training certificates, and have many years of expertise. You will be in safe hands while trekking with us. Likewise, porters will also accompany during the trek to make the journey smooth. We make sure our guides and porters are treated fairly.

Environmental Contribution

We organize eco-friendly and sustainable treks & tours. Our years of expertise in the field has taught us different ways to not harm nature, that we are applying in our journeys. We make sure our trips in the remote Himalayas regions do not leave any bad impact. We also run a small organization that funds education fees for children from backward mountain families.