Total Duration: 20 Days
Group Size: Min. 2 to Max. 14 Persons
Best Season: March, April, May, September, October, November.
Max Altitude: 5,210 M.
Trip Cost: US$ The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.
Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Manaslu trekking has been open since 1991, it provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is now a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to venture round its spectacular circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek is growing in popularity as next Annapurna circuit Trek.
Manaslu has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in bio diversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.
We have two options for continuing Manaslu Circuit Trek.
OPTION 1: The first option is to trek further to Jomsom at Kali Gandaki river valley crossing which is another high and adventure hike through Thorung la pass at (5,416 meters) and conclude the trek by flying down to Kathmandu via Pokhara, or you can also avoid a flight by walking down to Pokhara from Jomsom following the Annapurna trail in 4 – 5 Days. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks.
OPTION 2: The second option is to continue descending along the Marshyangdi river valley through the rhododendron and oak forests and finally conclude the trek at Chamje and Drive to Kathmandu. Any physically fit person can do this trip anytime from Mar to May (spring season) and Sept to Nov (Autumn season).
Choose the best option for you to enjoy the Manaslu Circuit trek to the fullest.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (640 meters) 8 hours.
Your Trekking staff will come to your hotel early in the morning at 7.00 AM to pick you up, from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi for 3.30 hours is comfortable drive after which there is a 4 -hour bumpy and winding off road to Arughat. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Lububesi (880 meters), 5 hours.
Today, after breakfast we drive to Khursapani by Jeep. After taking our lunch in Khursapani, we start our trek to Lububesi. The trail goes slow up along Budi Gandaki river. After ascending around 3 hours, we finally arrive in Lububesi and Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Khorlabesi (970 meters), 5 hours.
Today, after breakfast we start our trek. The valley is narrow at the beginning. We pass small villages and descend s to sandy riverbeds. We then ascend to Machhakhola for the lunch and further one hour walk bring us in Khorlabesi, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1,370 meters), 5.30 hours.
Today, we start our trek with easy walking to Tatopani, a place with natural hot spring. From here we cross the Budi Gandaki River through suspension bridge and continue our walking. Today it is slow ascending all the way to Jagat village, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Deng (1,920 meters), 6 hours.
Today, we continue our trek along the Budigandaki river through flat way to Philim village and to Eklebhatti village where we take our lunch. From Ekle Bhatti we cross the river again and enter to dramatic section of the gorge high above the river. The trail goes up to west side of the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the village of Deng, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2,250 meters), 6 hours.
Today, we enter the area influenced by Buddhism. Walking few ups and downs through forests, we arrive at Ghap. On the way well preserves paintings and elegant mani wall is interesting. From here valley becomes steeper and we go long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Lho-Gaun (3,180 meters), 3.30 hours.
We have short walk, today we go through typical Tibetan village. Which consists Tibetan style entrance gates, mani walls and Buddhist gompas.We also have view of Manaslu and Gorakh himal before we arrive in Lho-Gaun, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Sama-Gaun (3,450 meters), 3 hours.
Today, we start our trek with view of Peak 29. It is steep up way through the forest for couple of hours to bring us Shyala. From here we have superb view of Manaslu and Himalchuli. From here, easy walking through the forest bring us in Sama-Gaun, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 11: Acclimatization and Discovery day at Sama-Gaun.
Today is the Acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. If you feel good, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp through Birendra lake or make a short hike Sama monastery and relax at the village, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3,780 meters), 3.30 hours.
Today, we have pleasant walk to Samdo. The trail goes gradual up following Kali Gandaki River. Passing several mani walls, we also have magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu and other major peaks throughout the day. We cross the Kaligandaki River and clime for 15~20 minutes before to reach Samdo, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Dharmasala (4,460 meters), 4 hours.
We start our trek passing fields and old mani walls. After we descend to River and cross the wooden bridge to arrive Larkya bazaar. Larkya bazaar is used to be very famous bazaar but now there is nothing remain.From here we go through another mani walls marks, where the trails start to climb with view of huge Larkya Glaicer ahead. A final push over with steep climbing closed the Larkya Glacier and to reach Dharmasala, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 14: Cross Larkya La (5,210 meters), and trek to Bhimtang (3,630 meters) 7- 8 hours.
Today, we star early in the morning with pack lunch for the day. It is steep up for about 4 hours to the Larkya top. From here, we have great panoramic view of Mt. Himlung, Kang guru, Annapurna II and more. From here the trail descend all the way for about 3 hours. Depending on the condition, crampons and ice axe are advisable to have as the trail might be covered by the snow, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek to Tilje (2,240 meters), 5 hours.
We start our trek by crossing the pastures of Bimthang. Now the trail drops to a glacial stream at the origin of Dudh Khola. After crossing a wooden bridge, we descend into pine and rhododendron forest. We walk further ups ans down, prayer flags and terrace fields follow the way, bringing us a Large Gurung village Tilje, Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek to Tal (1,700 meters),5 hours.
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: Trek to Syange (1,080 meters),6 hours.
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu, 8 hours.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. It will takes about 7 – 8 hours, overland journey by 4WD. And the gentle light brings us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal’s capital. And the rest of the time is your own. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes!. We will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?
A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).
Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.
Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.
Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.
Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?
A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).
Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.
Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?
A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.
Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?
A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?
A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.
Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?
A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.
Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?
A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, email@example.com.
Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?
A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.
Q. What happens in bad weather periods?
A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.
When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.
Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?
A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?
A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).
Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.
On an adventure trek of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Trek Leader and Crew
Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.
We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;
So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.
In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.