What can i expect from this adventure?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a unique 15-day trekking adventure in the restricted region of Manaslu. It leads you via the rough Buri Gandaki Valley to Nupri as well as via Tsum Valley. If the weather is clear, we can have stunning mountain sceneries along the way. We trek through and, eat and sleep in Tibetan villages and cross the high pass of Larkya La (5,100 m).

Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world (8,163 m). 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.

Both valleys are unique places where mostly Tibetans live. The Tsum Valley that only opened to trekkers in 2008(!), is among the most holy Buddhist areas. For instance, just behind Samagaon, where we can have a rest day, you will find the beautiful Kargyu Chholing Gompa which houses a large statue of Guru Rinpoche.

If this isn’t enough yet: the Manaslu Circuit Trek also leads us through forests of rhodondendrons, along many mani walls with prayer wheels with gorgeous views over – of course – Manaslu (8,163 m), Manaslu North (7,157 m) and Naike Peak (5,515 m).

People of Manaslu

The inhabitants of the upper Buri Gandaki, a region known as Nupri (‘the Western mountains’), are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s. In upper Nupri, the speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. Nupri actually paid taxes to Tibet until about 1840 and there is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet.

Which Places Will I visit?

What does the itinerary look like?

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up at the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. You will be introduced to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

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 (790 m) in the Budi Gandaki valley.

breakfast – private vehicle – dinner – mountain lodge

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.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

After crossing the Machha river and Khola Besi, we reach the hot spring of Tatopani. From here, the trail follows a forest whereafter we reach Dovan with just below the massive river Budi Gandaki. From here the elevation increases clearly and our view change completely.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Our trail begins by climbing a rocky ridge from where views of Sringi Himal (7,187 m) 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 (1,855 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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 (2,660 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today our trek climbs steadily into the alpine where we’ll see the first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North (7,774 m) and Manaslu (8,150 m). We spend the night at the village of Lho Gaon (3,190 m) with locals who wear the traditional Tibetan clothes called ‘chubas’.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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 (3,530 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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 (3,850 m) 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.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over Larkya La pass (5,100 m). 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 (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyaji Kung (7,030 m), Kang Guru (6,981 m) and Annapurna II (7,937 m). 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 (3,720 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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 (2,300 m).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today 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!

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

From Chamje we can either continue trekking or take a jeep to Besi Sahar.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today we take the bus to Kathmandu.

Would you like to extend your holiday and visit the peaceful city of Pokhara? Please let us know and we will change your itinerary.

In the evening, we offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

breakfast – bus – farewell dinner – hotel

If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What is Included?

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Porter per 2 persons (w/ duffel bag)
Bus (Kathmandu > Soti Khola)
Bus (Besi Sahar > Kathmandu)
Hotel in Kathmandu (w/ breakfast) – 3 nights
Mountain lodge during your trek - 14 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
Farewell dinner on your last evening in Nepal
VAT and tourist service charges

What is not Included?

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation above 5,000 m)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

Tell me more about this region

Manaslu Circuit Trek [Larkya La Pass]

2,021 euro

Destination: Manaslu
Duration: 15 days
Altitude: 5.000m >
Difficulty: 4/5

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