Manaslu Circuit trek

welcome to Manaslu (मनास्लु)

"At the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling." - Shanti

Photo credits:
Indrik Myneur, Zabara Alexander and Jerome Bon

your private Manaslu Circuit trek

Annapurna region

15-16 days

medium/hard

5100 meter

guide & porter

about the trek

Manaslu is the eight highest mountain in the world (8163m). Its name means "mountain of the spirit" which comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu is located in the Gorkha district, east of Annapurna. 

This beautiful trekking route leads you via the Tsum Valley which only opened to trekkers in 2008(!) The Tsum Valley is among the most holy Buddhist areas where mostly Tibetans live. For instance, just behind Samagaon, where you have a rest day, you find the beautiful Kargyu Chholing Gompa which houses a large statue of Guru Rinpoche.

If it isn't enough yet: this route also leads you through forests of rhodondendrons, along many mani walls with prayer wheels with gorgeous views over - of course - Manaslu (8163m), Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m).

altitude

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itenerary

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Drive to Soti Khola (790m) - 8/9 hrs.

day 03 | Trek to Machha Khola (890m).

day 04 | Trek to Jagat (1410m).

day 05 | Trek to Deng (1855m).

day 06 | Trek to Namrung (2660m).

day 07 | Trek to Lho Goan (3190m).

day 08 | Trek to Samagaon (3530m).

day 09 | Acclimatization day in Samagaon.

day 10 | Trek to Samdo (3850m).

day 11 | Trek to Larkya Phedi (4480m).

day 12 | Cross Larkya La pass (5100m) and trek to Bimtang (3720m).

day 13 | Trek to Tilje (2300m).

day 14 | Trek to Chamje (1410m).

day 15 | Trek or drive to Beshi Sahar.

day 16 | Drive to Pokhara or back to Kathmandu.

Note: it's possible to combine your trekking with other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari. The itinerary can be customised according to your wishes and the duration of your stay in Nepal.

Contact us for more information.

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.
By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide (and porters) and we talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting we request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Drive to Soti Khola - 8/9 hrs.
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and drive to the Gorkha region. We drive through small villages and bustling bazaars till we arrive in the settlement of Soti Khola (790m) in the Budi Gandaki valley.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 03 | Trek to Machha Khola - 5/6 hrs.
Today we start our trek. First the trail descends slowly until we climb to the mountain ridge to Almara. Then we pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. Via the valley, we cross the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. From Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 04 | Trek to Jagat - 5/6 hrs.
After crossing the Machha river and Khrola Besi, we reach the hot spring of Tatopani. From here the trail follows a forest whereafter we reach Dovan wit just below the massive river Budi Gandaki. From here the elevation increases clearly and our view change completely.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Trek to Deng - 5 hrs.
Today our trail begins by climbing a rocky ridge from where views of Sringi Himal (7187m) appear. We continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet before we enter the Nupri, the western mountains, via bamboo forests. Tonight we spend the night in the Buddhist village of Deng (1855m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Trek to Namrung - 5/6 hrs.
We pass by numerous Tibetan mani walls, intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures. We weave in and out of canyons. An enter into a colourful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons until we arrive in the settlement of Namrung (2660m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 07 | Trek to Lho Gaon - 5/6 hrs.
Today our trek climbs steadily into the alpine where we'll see the first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North (7774m) and Manaslu (8150m). We spend the night at the village of Lho Gaon (3190m) with locals who wear the traditional Tibetan clothes called 'chubas'.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 08 | Trek to Samagaon - 5 hrs.
Today we have a shorter trekking day which allows us to acclimatize and enjoy the spectacular mountain views and villages along the way. We walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron until we enter the village of Samagaon (3530m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 09 | Acclimatization day in Samagaon and hike to Pungyen gompa.
Today we stay around Samagaon and hike up to Pungyen gompa and the glacial lake Birendra Tal. This hike takes us through a forested area before we reach a ridge and a grassy plateau. Here you’ll discover the gompa that was destroyed by an avalanche in the winter of 1953. When we continue our hike, we reach the icy waters of Birendra Tal that is situated at the base of a glacier.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 10 | Trek to Samdo - 5 hrs.
Today we have another shorter day that allows us to adjust to the altitude. Along the way we pass a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow due the high elevation. Today we finally trek above the tree line. A pleasant walk takes us to the picturesque village of Samdo (3850m) a town that is known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of three valleys and is only a one day walk from Tibet. We'll be quite likely to see traders coming from the valley carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Trek to Larkya Phedi - 5/6 hrs.
When we continue our trek from Samdo, we follow a wide, broad path, cross the Budi Gandaki river and traverse along a mani wall. Then we climb over the Larkya glacier until we reach a ridge from where we can have grand views over a huge gorge. We spend the night in Larkya Phedi, also known as Dharmashala, before we cross the high Larkya La pass tomorrow.

overnight at mountain lodge/camp

day 12 | Cross Larkya La pass and trek to Bimthang - 8/9 hrs. 
Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over Larkya La pass (5100m). From Larkya Phedi we pass a glacial moraine and four frozen lakes as we make our way to the pass. It takes about 5 hours to reach this point. From the pass we can see incredible views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). After a short break we start our descent down a trail along a steep gully. Eventually the trail peters out into a more grassy level and we continue our descent to Bimthang (3720m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 13 | Trek to Tilje - 5/6 hrs.
Today we cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of the moraine descending into a spectacular forest of Rhododendrons and impressive pines. Also we are likely getting a view of Manaslu providing an equal amount of splendour. We descend down towards the Dudh (milk) Khola and continue through a more agricultural landscape until we reach the village of Tilje (2300m).

overnight at a mountain lodge.

day 14 | Trek to Chamche - 5 hrs.
Todat we have a more rapid descent into the Marsygandi Valley. We trek through a forest, cross a suspension bridge and make our way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We make our way to Chamche where we stay for the night and celebrate our success of completing the Manaslu Circuit!

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 15 | Trek or drive to Besi Sahar.
From Chamche we can either continue trekking or take a jeep to Besi Sahar.

overnight at a hotel

day 16 | Drive to Pokhara or back to Kathmandu.
Today we take the bus to the peaceful city of Pokhara or back to Kathmandu.

overnight at a hotel

Note: Curious about the highlights of Pokhara or a canoe ride in the jungle? Take a look at our Pokhara city trip or the Jungle tour in Chitwan National Park. We can also provide you other services such as bus and flight tickets, hotel bookings and connecting packages.

Contact us for more information.

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cost includes

  • bus tickets
  • trekking permit
  • experienced, English speaking mountain guide
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara (one night before and after your trek)

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'

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Lilly
On my very first day in Nepal, back in 2013, I met Govinda and we've been best (!) friends ever since. Govinda and I have been on quite some treks in Nepal together and traveled in Sir Lanka and Europe as well. And now we also work together with by Mountain People. Back in the Netherlands I take care of the website and I am always planning a next stay in Nepal. But hey ... what are you up to? :)