- Trekking in Nepal
Three Star category Hotel in Kathmandu including bed and breakfast. B/L/D and teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals included during the trek.
from $1399 USD
Manaslu Circuit Trekking highlights
- Larkya Pass at an altitude of 5153 M
- Manaslu Conservation Area
- Local culture, monasteries, and food.
- Views of 8000 m high mountain including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
- View of the pacific Mountain View
- Exotic Budhi Gandaki river valley
- Tibetian culture of local Nuri tribe settled along the border of Nepal and Tibet.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Overview
Manaslu Circuit Trek is an off the beaten trekking trail in Nepal. Wild and remote, Manaslu circuit trekking is trekking around Manaslu (8163m.), the eighth highest mountain in the world. A less crowded trekking route than other classic treks, the Manaslu circuit trek route is also the part of The Great Himalayan Trail. During the trek, you can collect the mesmerizing views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges. The trail starts in the low altitude at Soti Khola (869 m.) then constantly rises up to Larkya La (5160 m.) covering the wonderful landscapes, green countryside, lush forests, and the huge glaciers along the way. The locals here are a mix of the Hindu and Buddhist religions and the villages reflect of Hindu and Tibetan style. This trekking is a restricted area trekking so at least two travellers and a registered local trekking guide is mandatory.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the great adventure activities in Nepal. This is a combo package for all types of trekking adventure, scenic view, local lifestyle, and cultural heritage site. You can spot 3 mountain with height above 8000 m from our way to Larkya Pass at 5106 m height. The majestic Mountain View from 5000 m height will look like you have conquered the mountain.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is long trekking of 14 days which requires a special permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. This region is a restricted area and the natural beauty it offers is quite marvelous than that of others. As you move further to the conservation area and high altitude of Manaslu mountain you will be exploring Gurung & Magar village. The cultural heritage site of this area seems good to analyse and have a beautiful memory. Cultural dress, food, heritage site, festival add an extra flavor to the beauty of massive Manaslu Mountain. Monasteries made by local Buddhists are even more beautiful. One of the main highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek is the Manaslu conservation area, where one can find different kinds of flora and fauna suitable for making medicine. Lots of flora and fauna from this area exported to another part of Nepal and the world for medical purposes. LotTs of endangered animals are found inside the same Manaslu conservational area.
Accommodation and food during the trek
During trek, your accommodation will be tea houses or local guest houses. Rooms usually have twin single beds. Toilet facilities are mostly basic on shared basis which may be inside the lodge or outside. The most common style is squat style, but some accommodations have western style. Things get more basic as we go higher.
You will be served typical Nepali cuisine during your stay at Kathmandu within your booking time. Food during the trek is mostly authentic Nepalese cuisine that includes Dal(lentils), Bhat(rice), curry(veg), pickles, etc. But you can also get foreign cuisine like noodles, pasta, spaghetti etc. If you find difficulty in choosing the dish from the local menu, our guide can help you. To include lunch and dinner in your trek, you have to verify it during your booking. Otherwise, we will provide you B/B plan by default.
Best time for Trekking in Manaslu : Moderate to Strenuous
As the climate and weather of all places never remain the same, so does this trekking region. Sometimes the temperature may fall up to -20 degrees Celcius, and it would be difficult for us to do the trek. So, it must have some good time to welcome tourists from around the world. We need to have warm weather as compared to those extreme and that is possible on the season of Autumn and Spring season.
In the month of March to April and May, the climate is warmer than it is in the month of December and January. Also on the rainy season, it's not good to go there as landslide and other natural difficulties may occur. September, October, and November are the best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek. At this time, the temperature won't be too low or too high we can have ultimate fun and adventure during this season.
Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulties
Manaslu circuit trek is one of the longest trek in Nepal. The trek passes through different climatic and vegetation zones from subtropical to alpine. We will gain approximately 4500 m altitude in this trek and a distance of 177 KM. The terrain in this trail passes from low river valley to high alpine region. This trail is recommended for those who are physically strong and have prior experience in high altitude trekking. But this does not mean others should not try it. We will prepare your itinerary as per your requirement adding extra stops during the trail, so you can acclimatize during the trip. Furthermore, Adventure Altitude Treks and Expedition will bring all medical equipment necessary for Altitude sickness and other problems.
Electricity and Charging your devices while on Manaslu Trek
Drinking water during the trek
List of equipment needed for trekking in this region
The team of Adventure Altitude Treks and Expedition co. is one of the most experienced, reliable, hospitable and respected in Nepal. The agency and team members are all affiliated to Trekking Agency's association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association(NMA), Nepal Tourism Board, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network and Himalayan Rescue Association. We will provide a professional and an experienced English-speaking guide with sound knowledge of place and trek. With an experience of more than 10 years in this field, we can guarantee your satisfaction.
If you need a porter, we will provide you 1 porter/2 guests. The porter will be carrying 25 kg maximum(12 -13 kg per person). You will need to carry your day pack yourselves to keep your personal belongings like wallet, mobile and accessories, cameras and accessories, water bottle, dry snacks, torch/headlights and other personal belongings. For us, the safety of our clients and members comes first. And it is our collective responsibility to ensure safety and security to porters, guides and guests. You can help to bring safety to our team members by taking only those things which are absolutely necessary. We will always be thankful for your acknowledgement.
Since we are a growing and relatively new as a company, we always put customers feedback as our inspiration towards making this company a great travel partner. We are where we are now because of the client's feedback. We have always appreciated negative feedbacks and use them to build our company. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, one of our representatives will greet you and will transfer you to the hotel. In the free time, you can take a good rest and get refreshed from the jet lag. Overnight at the hotel.
On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of Our representative will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operator will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious and cultural significances.
Boudhanath, also called as Jharung Khasor, is situated 8 km to the east from the city center . It is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. It can be viewed from the premises of TIA as you are about to land from your flight. The great Boudhanatha Stupa was built in 5th century which makes it one of the ancient and magnificent Stupa in the world. It is also the largest Stupa in the world. Considered the most holy pilgrimage for Buddhists all around the world, it is believed that the power and blessings of The Great Stupa are far beyond the understandings of human beings. It is widely believed that whoever prays and worship with a pure heart at Boudhanath creates good karma therefore the way to hell and dark realms are closed to them, fulfilling their wishes.
An early morning or late evening visit to The Great Stupa gives you a vibe of Tibetian culture . The smoke from butter candlelights and incandescents fill the aura with pleasing smell, offering peace to your mind and soul. You can stroll around the area for buying souvenirs, metal handicrafts, Thangkas etc. or just catch a good breakfast or dinner with an aerial view of Boudhanath from the rooftop cafés and restaurants.
2. Patan Durbar Square:
Patan , also called Lalitpur, is considered to be the oldest city among the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is a home to the city's, better to say Nepal's finest craftsmen who have been able to preserve the ancient Newari culture and ancient technique of metal handicrafts. The city inherits one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is an old palace of the Malla kings who ruled the city during Malla regime. The artistic handicrafts and metal crafts seen everywhere makes this place a living historical museum. Another place to see inside the Durbar square area is the Patan Museum. The museum lies inside the palace and has a collection of fine historical metal craft, wood carvings and historical Malla throne of the Malla regime. The Krishna Temple in the west premises of Durbar Square is another fine example of this artistic heritage. The temple was built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1637. Another must see place is the Mahabouddha , a magnificent terracotta temple built with Sikhara style containing 1000 images of Buddha. Filled with historical crafts and monuments that can be traced back to the 16th century, the Square is a home to 136 bushels (courtyards) and 55 temples. It is one of the major sacred sites for both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the temples, lie a lot of restaurants and cafés with rooftops, who serve different continental foods along with Newari traditional food.
3. Pashupatinath :
Considered to be one of the four most important religious heritage for Hindus around the world, specially for the devotees of Lord Shiva, it is another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth a visit when you are at Kathmandu. Located 3 km north-west from the city, Pashupatinath is a home to 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva) and 12 Jyotirlinga (phallic shrines) which carry significant religious values. It is considered that the place has been existed there long before the millennia after the appearance of Shiva Linga. But the temple was built in 5th century by King Prachanda Dev of Lichhavi Dynasty and later renovated by the Malla kings of the Malla Dynasty. The temple is a common sacred site to Hindus and Buddhists. The main temple is fortified within the walls guarded by Nepal Police and Nepal Army and is denied entry to non-Hindus. Another new experience for the non-Hindu visitors is to watch the cremation ceremony. Though it is not recommended to faint-hearted people.
4. Swoyambhu Mahachaitya :
Situated on a hilltop from a distance of 3 km from the main city, Swoyambhu Mahachaitya (Swoyambhunath) is one of the holiest Buddhist site in Nepal. The stupa has been a paradigm of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities carved within this holy Buddhist site. It is believed that the glory and prosperity of Kathmandu valley was started from this point of time. Apart from being a sacred place, the hilltop also act as an overlook from where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the extensive valley. Swoyambhu "self-existent one" was built by King Manadeva of Lichhavi Dynasty in 460 A.D. By the 13th century, it had become an important centre of Buddhism. Since then a lot of Hindus and Buddhists of whole world visit this place every year for prayers. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal rests on a high pedestal on the western side of Swoyambhunath. A temple dedicated to Saraswati (often called ManjuShree by Buddhists), goddess of learning is built behind the hilltop. The stupa premises is filled with Buddhist shrines, and statues of Hindu deities. The prayer wheels, the vibrant prayer flags, chanting of Buddhist Monks, the monkeys chattering, gives this place a combination of natural and religious vibe. One can feel the inner pace and tranquillity after visiting this Sacred place.
After visiting all those places, we will head back to the office. We will hold a final pre-trek brief. After that either you want to explore the city on yourself or you want to go straight back to your accommodation, depends on your choice.
Early morning, you will catch your bus from New Bus Park to Sotikhola. Along the way, you will pass several small and big settlements. Once you arrive in Soti Khola, your guide will transfer to the teahouse for the overnight. Overnight at the teahouse.
Today is the first day of your trekking. The trail to Machha Khola passes through green dense forest along the hill with some scattered settlements. The trail narrows down leading through densely forested hillsides, adorned with some small stranded village. You will trek though steep valley sides passing a small settlement area of Gurung, Lapubesi , and then downhill towards the riverbed following the wide and sandy path towards Machha Khola (Fish Stream). From Machha Khola you can collect the North East view of Ganesh Himal. Overnight at a teahouse.
Leaving Machha khola behind, today you will walk upstream towards Khola Bensi which offers you an admirable view of Ganesh Himal. Enjoy a bath in the hot spring there, and then move along the steep valley sides. You can see an amazing waterfall at Yaru Phat along the way. The trek goes through a forest path resting for a cup of tea at Doban and then walks to Lauri, where we switch back to the right side of the river through a suspension bridge. A little climb and the sight of Jagat’s field will welcome you for an overnight camp. An amazing view of Sringi Himal can be seen from Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
We will continue our trail towards Deng from Jagat after having breakfast. It will take 7 hours approximately to reach Deng. From Jagat, our trail will descends for some time and starts ascending towards Saguleri, a terraced hillside settlement. We will stop at Saguleri for a brief moment to catch exotic view of Sringi Himal. The trail from Saguleri to Deng needs crossing several suspension bridge that add fun to the adventure. A final ascend after crossing the bridge will lead you to Deng where we will stay overnight.
The trail from Deng to Ghap combines uphill, downhill and the easy trekking path. From Deng you will first get to Ghap, then you will trek through the dense pine and rhododendron forest to get Namrung for the overnight. Namrung is a small Gurung village that offers the stunning views of Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal. Namala. Gompa is another attraction of Namrung. Furthermore, you will encounter many Mani wheels, prayer flags and stones engraved with Buddhist prayers indicating a Tibetian settlement. Overnight at Namrung.
The trail from Namrung to Lho is an easy trekking route. The wonderful view of Manaslu mountain greets us all the way. At Lamagaon, you can collect the magnificent views of Himchuli. Little ahead, Sho welcomes with wonderful views of the North face of Manaslu and Naike Peak. From Lho you can catch the panoramic view of Manaslu Massif. Rimung Monastery and the Mani walls are other attractions of Lho. Overnight at Lho.
Walkthrough the Mani walls then pass a big Chortens before Shyala then you will continue your trek towards Samagaon. Manaslu will accompany you all the way to Samagaon. Samagaon is a wonderful Gurung village with Tibetan traditions and culture plus the views of Manaslu, Larke peak and Naike Peak are absolutely fantastic. Overnight at a teahouse.
An extra day in Samagoan is always worthwhile. Today you can either hike up to Manaslu Base Camp(4400m.) or visit the wonderful Birendra Tal. In your free time, you can just relax. Overnight at the teahouse.
From Samagaon, you will take steep uphill trail first to Kyonggma Kharka where you can see the stone huts plus long Mani walls. Samdo will welcome you with stunning views of Naike and Pangboche's peak. You can also explore the Taka Chouling Gompa in Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.
The trail from Samdo first ascends to Larkya Bazar which is a fair seasonal Tibetan market. Further, you will trek to Larkya Phedi. You can enjoy the superb views of Larkya Peak and Naike Peak from Dharmasala. Overnight at Dharmashala.
One of the tough trekking days where you will first walk through the Moraine route to the pass. You can see the Larkya Glacier along the way. During the pass, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Kangguru, Annapurna II, Himlung Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larkya Peak, Namjung Himal plus Ranta Chuli. After Larkala La pass the trail is steep descent plus grassy moraine. As it is a rockfall area walk carefully. Upon your arrival in Bimthang, you can take a good rest with stunning views of Lamjung, Manaslu, Phungi south face, Himlung plus Cheo Himal. Overnight hotel.
First, descend down to Hampuk, a rock shelter cave then to Yak Kharka. Further, you will be trekking through Gho-a Gurung village. Further more you will trek to Tilije for the overnight. Overnight.
This day you drive to Besisahar from Dharapani. Overnight stay at tea house.
The final day of the trip, this day you will drive back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will have time for the last-minute shopping. Overnight stay at guest house.
You will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to catch your returning flight back home. Trip Ends. (Breakfast Included)
Includes & Excludes
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast in twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
- Teahouse accommodation during trekking
- Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Transportation (Kathmandu-Sotikhola, Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu)
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and their all expenses
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and his/her all expenses
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek)
- Necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Medical kit
- 5% of profit goes to children orphanages.
- International airfare
- Nepalese visa fee
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, Wi-Fi charge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)