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19 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking

19 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit  trekking facts

  • Duration of Trip: 19 Days
  • Trekking Days: 17 Days
  • Type of Trek: Teahouse / Lodge stay
  • Max. Altitude: 5135 mt.
  • Grade of Trek: Hard
  • Main Attraction: Manaslu view/Larke Pass
  • Permit : USD 70 Per week Per person : MCAP USD 30:ACAP USD 20 :TIMS NRS2000

Manaslu Circuit trek is not only the beauty of nature we see on the trails, it’s also the goodness we discover in ourselves…
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a new experience of finding the unknown from the known. What is more is we hike trails with few trekkers in a far flung region that is truly quiet. We enjoy a sense of true Himalayan wilderness. The Manaslu region began welcoming visitors in 1991. This area has now become highly popular among nature lovers on a global scale. In addition to this, today Manaslu circuit trek cost and itinerary is the best choice to its neighbor Annapurna Circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a range of rich plants and beautiful scenery. The wonderful mountain views and heartwarming trails are a delight. Similar to all ‘Encountersnepal.com’ trips, we make sure trekkers have enough time to acclimatize on this tough journey.
Hike the trails without fear…
Our Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal begins from the pretty village of Soti Khola heading north towards Buri Gandaki valley. We keep clinging to the river sometimes as we hike along the valley. But there’s steeper climbing to higher heights as the trail snakes along the ever sloping, forest gorge. On getting to alpine heights, we soon come within view of the majestic Mt. Manaslu at 8163m. Manaslu is the seventh highest peak on earth. The sight leaves us breathless, almost! The highest altitude we get to when trekking Manaslu Circuit is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ at 5213m/17,103ft. This pass is famous for its physical looks throughout the Himalayas. Furthermore, teahouse lodges in the Manaslu region are pretty basic but cosy enough to keep you warm.
We offer suitable rest stops at the charming Tibetan villages of Samagaon and Samdo on the way. Additionally, Manaslu is rich with much cultural mixes and its unique scenery with lovely flowers and shy animals. It gives us a special experience. This zone is under control; our Manaslu circuit trek permit cost goes into our fair costing for your entry. Equally, you must plan your trips in advance to get into this area of Nepal. Trekking on Manaslu Circuit goes above 3000m and good body fitness is important for a trip of this kind. Nevertheless, after crossing the pass with jaw dropping scenery we stay happy throughout the venture. We’re Covid safe and follow known rules for physical distancing measures with health and hygiene care.

Trip Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha (1150m) – 141km/6 hours
After having our morning breakfast in Kathmandu, we drive towards Gorkha on a scenic highway. You can stop at Kurintar for visiting Manakaman Temple. Of course, it's going to be an interesting drive through foothills. It takes around six hours to reach Gorkha. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 

Day 02 : Trek from Gorkha to Khanchowk (1000m) – 5 Hours
It's going to be our first day trek from Gorkha to Khanchowk. So, we gradually descend down pleasant trail to Khanchowk today. The trek itself leads through the ancient palace fort of Gorkha which used to be the seat of many Kings of Shah dynasty. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 03: Trek from Khanchwok to Aarughat (530m) – 5 Hours
After having our morning breakfast at Khanchowk, we begin our second day trek. There is no gradual winding path and it leads to few short ups and less downhill walks. We pass through some smaller farm villages and cultivated fields to eventually reach Arughat. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 

Day 04: Trek from Aarughat to Soti Khola (860m) – 5 Hours
Following the Budhi Gandari River upstream, we move onwards towards Soti Khola. The trail from Arughat is much narrow that passes through several rural farm villages and terraced fields. 
Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) – 5 Hours
Weaving in and out of the forest, and passing through the settlements of Liding and Lapubesi, we follow the route towards Machha Khola. Following this remote and classical mountain stream, we move towards the source in the snow-melt and glaciers on the absolutely secluded north face of Manaslu. After walking for few hours, we arrive at Machha Khola where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Nero – 6 Hours
Crossing the river and following its bank, our trail moves alongside the cultivated area and upstream the deep river till Tatopani. Then, the route Goes on the opposite riverbank to enter the forested area till Doban and crosses the Doban Khola. Following the trail along the Budhi Gandaki River, we eventually reach the Nero. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 

Day 07: Trek from Nero to Philim (1590m) – 6 Hours
From Nero, we start to go through a section of very high rocky cliffs. Our trail then twists steeply before we reach Jagat. After Jagat, our trail crosses a stream and follows the river before ascending a terraced hillside till Saguleri. Saguleri offers the great views of Sringi Himal at the back of the valley. Continuing to climb gradually, we arrive at Philim. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek from Philim to Umbale – 5 Hours
Our today's destination is going to be Umbale. So, after having morning breakfast, we start from Philim. The trek is going to be moderate and it takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Umbale. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek from Umbale to Namrung (2630m)
Our walk that began in the footsteps of the famous Annapurna Circuit moves towards the Manaslu now. Crossing the valley with mind-blowing scenery, we reach at Namrung. Namrung is where our trek permits are checked.

Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gompa (3500m)
Namrung is a small village surrounded by forests. This small village offers the viewpoints to witness Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Siring Himal. From Namrung, we climb gradually up through the forest to Lhi. You can find beautiful Barley terraces and several colorful chortens with the carving of holy Buddhist mantras and various sketches. Passing through the villages of Sho and Lho, we arrive at Shyala village. You can visit the famous Ribung Gompa in Lho offering you the magnificent views of Manaslu. From Shyala, you can witness the great views of Peak 29 and Himalchuli. From Shyala, the valley gets wider and flatter and we eventually arrive at the village of Samagaun. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 

Day 11: Rest day at Sama Gompa: Excursion Manaslu Base Camp and Sama Gaon /Acclimatization
Take a rest day for proper acclimatization and to recharge our body energy. If you are interested you can take the excursion to Manaslu Base Camp or you may take a local hike around the village. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek from Sama Gompa to Pungen Glacier (4000m) – 6 Hours
It's worth a detour to the Pungen Glacier from Sama Gompa today. Leaving the main trail and taking the uphill trail which climbs up at the left hand side towards the Pungen Glacier. From Pungen Glacier, you can witness the tremendous views of Manaslu, Peak 29, and some other peaks including Ngadi Chuli, and Himalchuli.

Day 13: Trek from Pungen Glacier to Larkya-La Base Camp – 6 Hours
Our path becomes steeper today. As we cross the tundra, the trail winds its way to the foot of immense Larkya Glacier. It takes around six hours to reach the Larkya La Base Camp.

Day 14: Cross Larkya-La (5135m), and trek to Bhimtang (3720m) – 8 Hours
Start walking from Larkya La Phedi towards the top of Larkya La Pass (5135m) which is going to be the highest point of this trek. Crossing the pass, we descend towards Bimtang for overnight stay.

Day 15: Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje (2300m) – 6 Hours
Bhimtang is a small settlement on Manang side. Enjoy the beautiful morning views of Mount Manaslu, Himlung, Lamjung, and Cheu Himal from Bhimtang. As we descend throughout the forests, we eventually arrive at Karche Valley from where we further descend down to Tilje. At Tilje, you can find good, clean and warm guesthouses. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek from Tilje to Tal (1680m) – 6 Hours
Descending through Tilje village with beautiful stone paved route, we cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola. We then climb uphill to Thorje village passing through chorten and mani walls en route. Go to the Police Check Point and get stamped on your trekking permit to check out from Manaslu Conservation Area and enter into Annapurna Conservation Area. Passing through Dharapani, continue the trek towads Marshyangdi River to finally reach Tal. Tal is a small settlement lying on the bank of Marshyangdi River. You can find many nice guesthouses in Tal. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. 
Day 17: Trek from Tal to Bahundanda (1275m) – 7 Hours
From Tal, our trail moves downstream of Marshyangdi River and passes through the villages of Chamje and Himal Pani. Shortly, we arrive at Jagat. From Jagat, our trail gently moves downwards to Sanjee village. Passing through Gharmu Phant, we walk for 2 hours more to reach the village of Bahundanda where we stay overnight at local guesthouse.

Day 18: Trek from Bahundanda to Besishahar – 5 Hours
Today is going to be the final day of our trek. And our route moves slowly downstream of the river passing through the village of Naadi. From Naadi, we follow the bank of Marshyangdi River and the town of Bhulbhule. Passing alongside Khudi, we eventually arrive at Beshishahar. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 19: Drive from Besishahara to Kathmandu (175km/8 hours)
After having morning breakfast, drive through the Marshyangdi River Valley and Trishuli. It's going to be a lifetime experience witnessing the views of high mountains and beautiful landscapes on the way back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and utilize the remaining time to explore some of the monuments in Kathmandu valley. Join farewell dinner with our team in the evening. And stay overnight at a hotel.

Price Includes:

  •  Annapurna Conservation Entry Permits

  • Manaslu Permit

  • Manaslu Restricted Permit

  • Kathmandu-Gorkah -Besishar to kathmandu by tourist bus

  • Three meals a day breakfast launch dinner at our own kitchen few days most of time at tea house

  • Accommodation in mountain at tea house lodge

  • Guide: English speaking, insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation

  • 1 Porters between two insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation

  • Emergency co-operation service, 
  • Medical kit box
  • safe drinking water

Price Excludes:

  • Bar & beverage bills,
  • Personal expenses. bottled water, desserts, shower, insurance, rescue,  personal clothing,
  • Any additional services requested and tips to the staff.

Useful Information

How long is the Manaslu Trek?
The total length of the Manaslu Circuit trek is 19 days whereof 17 days are spend trekking. The Manalsu Circuit trek can also easily be combined with various other treks such as the Annapurna Circuit trek or the Tsum Valley trek.

Is the Annapurna Circuit dangerous?
The Annapurna Circuit trek is not considered dangerous but is impossible to complete during the winter and monsoon seasons December to end-February and June to mid-October. East of the Annapurna Circuit is the Manaslu Circuit which is also not dangerous and has as highest point the crossing of the Larke La Mountain Pass.

How hard is it to climb Manaslu?
Considered as a very technical and hard climb, summiting Mt Manalsu is no easy feat. The climb itself consist of high altitude slope climbing, rope fixing and steep climbing. It can be said that it is hard to climb Manaslu but definitely worth it!

Is Annapurna Circuit still worth it?
With a chance to see over 141 peaks on a perfect day, the Annapurna Circuit is still worth it, and that can be seen by the number of trekkers that partake every year in the Annapurna Circuit trek, but if you want something else the Manalsu Circuit trek East of the Annapurna region in Nepal offers equally stunning views and a more virgin trail.
How high is Manaslu?
8,156 meters is the current height of Mt Manaslu. Every year expeditions take place with as target summiting the 8th highest mountain in the world!