Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one the most beautiful trekking in northwestern Nepal. Team Himalaya’s Manaslu Circuit Trekking will take you to the rarely trekked region that combines mesmerizing mountain views, rich sub-tropical vegetation, mountain deserts, ancient villages and crossing the enthralling Larke Pass at height of 5,213m to reach the foothills of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th tallest peak in the world at an elevation of 8,163m. The Larke Pass, which is the highest elevation point of the trek, is known to offer the most dramatic pass crossing experience in Himalayas.
Manaslu circuit Trekking has been opened to trekkers only in 1992, the Manaslu region stands in stark contrast to popular trekking destinations like the Everest and Annapurna region. To this day, the region sees very fewer visitors, thus offering the daring trekkers with less beaten, remote and virgin trails that wait to be explored. A good amount of the trek involves hiking on a mountain trail and thus is under the capacity of any individual with sound health. However, the trekkers need to thoroughly understand the challenges of trekking at elevations above 3000m require is albeit challenging. However, Manaslu circuit trekking route is an ideal choice for individuals who want to explore the wilderness and remoteness of the Himalayas, far from the crowded trekking routes.
The 19-day-long Manaslu circuit trek begins with a 6-hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha. We will gradually trek northwards through hilly villages like Soti Khola, Machha Khol, and Jagat to reach famous sub-alpine villages of Ghap and Lho. The path follows the ancient salt trading route to Tibet along the banks of Budi Gandaki River. After trekking for few more days through Samagaon, Dharamshala, and Samdo, we will cross the Larke Pass. On our return journey, we will trek down through Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route to reach Besi Shahar in Lamjung district, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
During the Manaslu circuit trekking, we will be rewarded with the stunning views of the Mt.Manaslu. Satellite peaks in the Nepal-Tibet border above the elevation of 6,500m and 7,000m will be visible from a very near distance. The views of these mountains are even more commendable from the top of the Larkya-la Pass. Another highlight of the trek is travelling through the Manaslu Conservation Area which was established with the motive of conserving the region in its entire wilderness. We might also have sightings of rare Himalayan animal species like Himalayan Thar, musk deer, snow leopard and red panda. While trekking, we will be able to explore and experience the lifestyle and culture of the local Gurung people. Since the region shares close proximity with Tibet, the people here still follow the very rare Tibetan Buddhism. It will be an interesting revelation to witness how these settlements have sustained and flourished in such trying conditions.
Team Himalaya’s Manaslu Circuit Trekking itinerary has been thoughtfully handcrafted to ensure adequate time and opportunities to explore and acclimatize. Our team of experienced guides will lead you to an unforgettable journey to the laps of Mt. Manaslu and crossing an enthralling Larkya-la pass for an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding trek Around Worlds’ 8th Highest Mt. Manaslu & Larkya-la pass.
Day 02 : In Kathmandu sightseeing Tour and preparation Day .
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel .
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m Via Arughat Bazzar – 07hrs.
An early morning great interesting journey with a scenic drive away from Kathmandu valley on the main busy road for a while, the drive follows the Prithvi Highway till it reaches at Malekhu a small town near by the river Trisuli, from here drive towards north to Dhading Besi, a mid hill town, from here on the dirt track to reach at Arughat bazaar, a busy village with shops and stores where the mountain and hill people comes here to buy their local commodities. From Arughat Bazzar continue drive on the off road following the Buri Gandaki River upstream, passing several scattered farm houses and through sal tree (sorea robusta) forest with fabulous view of Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m. Then reaching at moderate size village of Arkhet Bazaar, and a short drive to Soti Khola for a overnight, this is a small farm village with the small stream nearby known as Soti Khola.
Day 04: Trek to Machha khola 930 m – 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads to a slow descent and towards the river banks with number of small tea shops and coming across mule trains on its way to Machhakhola and beyond, our journey carry’s on using the Nepalese traditional stone paved staircase, then crossing over Nauli Khola (stream) with a view of cascading waterfalls and reaching at Khanigaon. From this small farm village with few hours of walk leads to a bridge over Machha khola after crossing the suspension bridge a short ascent to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola village, a small settlement with stream for fishing smaller fishes, as this village is named after macha meaning fish river or stream.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410 m – 06 hrs.
From Macha Khola our morning journey leads along the Buri Gandaki river upstream reaching another small village at Khorla Beshi and then walking on the gradual winding path reaching a place called Tato pani with natural hot spring water near the forested area, after a break here walk leads past Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following the Buri Gandaki River and then crossing a short suspension bridge to Jagat village for overnight stop, a reasonable size village with shops and small guest house and lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs.
After a nice overnight stop at Jagat village, morning walk leads to follow the river, then passing number of small farm villages to Sidibas Bazaar, a nice small village with few shops and stores, from this village walk leads to a short climb and descend, then the walk comes to a small suspension bridge at place called Nagjet, after the bridge reaching another nice farm village of Philim, this village with a primary school supported by people of Japan (as Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is very much liked by the Japanese), from Philim walk leads into golden fields and terrace of wheat’s and barley, then up the rocky ridge and through bamboo forests with a climb for an hour to reach the overnight stop at Dyang village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m – 04 hrs.
From here onwards you can feel and observe the influence of Tibetan way of life as the walk reaches higher ground, on leaving Dyang a gentle downhill and then along the riverbank and crossing the raging river to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small settlement with shops and tea stalls, after this farm village onwards near to the Tibetan frontier area, with a nice walk of few hours reaching our overnight stop at a Ghap village from here onwards with Tibetan Buddhism culture and religion all the way to Larkya la and towards Dharapani village.
Day 08: Trek to Lho 3,180 m – 06 hrs
Morning with a pleasant walk leading to Budhi Gandaki River, after crossing this river, then it leads through number of scattered small farm huts and villages and cultivated terraced fields of millets, wheat’s or barley ( rice grows in the warmer area below 2,000 meters) then passing Numrung village with awesome North Face views of Mt. Manaslu and other snow capped peaks, after an enjoyable walk with the beautiful scenery passing several small villages like Banjham and Lhi and to a small village of Sho, from here trekking for few hours through a small settlement of Shrip and completing the day’s walk at Lho Bazaar for overnight stop.
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m – 06 hrs.
Lho village offers stunning sunrise over magnificent Mt. Manaslu, after enjoying the mesmerizing views of surrounding landscapes and mountains. Today’s walk leads to one of the largest village of this upper Manaslu area at Samagaon, walk continues through the forest of rhododendron, juniper, firs and pines trees, then leaving the tree lines after few hours of walk on the uphill slopes, as the altitude gains with dramatic change in vegetation and landscapes as well. Then the path leads over previous debris of Phungen Glacier for couple of hours, then reaching our overnight stop at Sama village with time for short walk and visit around this interesting highlanders village.
Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading towards Larkya-la and higher elevation, this free day helps you to acclimatize and one can use this day to explore this nice village with Tibetan culture and traditions.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m – 05 hrs
After a wonderful time at Samagaon with fantastic views of the high snow capped peaks and Mt. Manaslu, morning walk leads on the exposed valley with few rhododendron and juniper bushes, as the tree lines disappears around this higher area, slowly the walk heads passing over Manaslu Glacier with view of Birendra Lake also known as Samagaon Lake on route to Samdo which is much closer to Tibetan border from around this area, on the trail coming across traders from Tibet and yaks carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods. Our walk continues following the stream and then crossing to reach at Samdo village for overnight stop.
Samdo the last village before Dharapani is reached on the other side of Larkya la.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,460m – 04 hrs.
Today a short walk to the bottom and base of Larkya la pass, morning walk follows the glacier fed icy river and then crossing a stream coming from Gya La, from this spot there’s a trail on the right side leading to Tibet border, our route diverts on the path to Larkya Bazaar also known as Dharmasla meaning guest house in Nepali. ( in early days before late 1960’s there use to be a strong flourishing trade between Tibet and Nepal right on this place, that’s why it’s called Larkya Bazaar till today), after Larkya bazaar a few hours of gentle walk reaches at Dharamsala for overnight stop right at the bottom of Larkya la pass, afternoon at ease for rest and short walk around overlooking the magnificent surrounding scenery.
Day 13: Cross Larkya la 5,200 m / 17,060 ft and to Bimthang 3,720m – 08 hrs of climb and descend.
Today a Big Day! Starting earlier following the path leading to steep uphill climb after leaving Dharmashala, then coming across four frozen ponds then walking all the way up to the top ridge of Larkya La Pass at 5,200 m / 17,060 ft.
From the top enjoy the surrounding awesome views of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Himlung Himal all the way towards Ganesh Himal towards eastern horizon, some time high altitude and much snow on the pass can create little obstacles while traversing these glacier moraines. After a memorable moment, walk leads on the long downhill path and finally reaching our overnight stop at Bhimthang, which is a beautiful green valley with grassy meadows lined up with coniferous pine and rhododendron tree lines.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m – 05 hrs.
After the long hard walk of previous day, today’s journey is an easier walk on the gradual and downhill path through enchanting and pristine forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees, enjoying the pleasant walk with awesome view of surrounding landscapes of rolling hills and snow capped mountains, then finally reaching a small temporary settlement at Gho for overnight stop after a nice good day walk of near five hours.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m – 05 hrs.
From today onwards on the gradual, pleasant trail to Dharapani and beyond morning walk leads through densely forested area and summer pasture area with few Sheppard’s huts and shades, this wonderful walk reaches a nice village of Tiliche, just near the bank of Marsyangdi river below the village of Dharapani after this village a steep walk of an hour crossing the bridge over raging Marsyangdi River brings at Dharapani village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice cozy lodge, as this village is on route Manang on the Annapurna Circuit trekking has many lodges and guest houses to cater the needs of trekkers.
Day 16: Trek to Jagat 1,290 m – 05 hrs.
After a great and enjoyable time up in mountain wilderness, our trekking comes to an end today at Jagat village the last overnight stop in the mid hill village before Kathmandu, morning walk follows through several villages of Tal Besi and Tal Karte and Sattale. After few hours of good walk on the gradual winding trail coming across a suspension bridge with superb views of Annapurna mountain ranges towards west, then walking into lovely forest along the river bank of Marshyangdi River and with a gentle downhill walk to Jagat (another village with the same name as of Day 05) for overnight stop, here in the comfort of nice lodge before heading back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu through Beshisahar 830 m – 07 hrs.
Morning after the last breakfast in the north mid west of Himalaya, an interesting drive on the dirt jeep track road following the river Marsyangdi below at Syange village, from here on the smooth drive through the village of Ngadi, Bulbule and Khude before reaching the large town of Beshisahar, from here heading east towards Kathmandu on the main busy and interesting highway passing many interesting towns and villages till Kathmandu valley approaches, on reaching the hub of Kathmandu city transfer to respective hotels after an awesome adventure in the high Himalaya with Team Himalaya great service.
Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Himalaya trekking Around World’s 8th Highest Mt. Manaslu with Team Himalaya and to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.