Manaslu Circuit Trek
For those wanting a trek that is a little different, why not try the Manaslu circuit trek? Standing at 8163m Manaslu is the worlds 8th highest mountain and an imposing sight. Situated close to the Tibetan border and around 100km north west of Kathmandu, it was a restricted area until just over 20 years ago. More recently the political troubles within Nepal meant that it was not an area where organised groups would trek. All this has now changed however, but this trek still has far fewer trekkers than the Annapurna and Khumbu (Everest) regions. This gives it the distinct advantage of quiet trails and villages combined with the stunning scenery surrounding Manaslu. Via Gorkha to the south, we begin our trek from the small town of Arughat and climb through the impressive gorge of the Budi Gandaki river. For seven days we trek through tiny villages on the sides of the gorge to reach the ancient Tibetan style region beyond the small village of Ghap.
At this point the valley begins to open out and we can see the amazing panoramic views over the Nepal-Tibet border. You will be one of just a select few travelers who ever get to see this ancient land, which once was a major trading route with Tibet and still holds on to the past with it’s ornate Buddhist monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags. As if this wasn’t already enough, as we climb up to Larkya La (5135m) the views get even more impressive with giant peaks looming over us on all sides. On the first half of the Manaslu circuit trek we will have the chance to view Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, along with many others. Beyond Larkya La we move down to the thick forest that surrounds the Marsyangdi River. At this point we will be walking right under the giant peaks of the Annapurna range. The trail follows the river, winding it’s way all the way down to the finish of the trek at Ngadi. This really is a classic Nepalese trek, why not join us here for an adventure of a life time.
- Exciting Bamboo Bridge to cross
- Familiarizes to the multiethnic villagers of the region.
- Monasteries and Tibetan settlements
- An exciting climb to Shyala for a panaromic view of Himalchuli.
- Wonderful passes "Larkhya Pass".
Diffculties and Safety
Your safety is of our major concern while traveling with Mountain World Treks. Please note that your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary.
However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time to explore Thamel.
Meet your trekking guide, discuss the trip itinarary and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Free evening to explore Kathmandu.
We travel west from Kathmandu towards Pokhara, following the winding road over the valley rim and down alongside the Trisuli River. This is a busy road and there is much to see. We are also reminded of our journey’s aim; to trek among the mighty Himalaya, with the Annapurna, Ganesh and of course Manaslu ranges intermittently in view. We turn off the main road shortly after Mugling and follow the Dorandi Khola northwards to Gorkha and Arughat Bazaar. Our first nights camp is set beside the Buri Gandhaki river.
An easy walk today along the banks of the Buri Gandakhi river. We enjoy clear views of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal as we pass through numerous Gurung villages before reaching our camp in a small village beside the river at Liding.
Today’s walk follows a trail of constant ups and downs through forest as we continue to head upstream along the Budi Gandakhi. We descend to the wide, sandy riverbed for lunch then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. The forest then gives way to farmland as the valley again opens up and we stop to make our camp.
The Buri Gandakhi gorge is narrow with sheer cliffs on either side and the morning’s trail begins by following a cliff path along the east bank before passing hot springs at Tatopani and then crossing the Dodan Khola. As we begin to climb, the Buri Gandakhi valley undergoes dramatic change, widening considerably and with white sandy beaches at the riverside. The trail then heads up a steep ridge before a long descent to the river. We enjoy a spectacular campsite tonight at Yaru Khola.
A day of relatively easy ups and downs as we follow the river upstream. We cross a number of tributaries before arriving at our camp beside the river at Philim.
Continuing on, we occasionally have to trek high above the river to skirt around narrow gorges that prohibit a path. The trail takes us through pine forest scattered with rhododendron. We make our way to the lower trail which again follows the Buri Gandakhi below the Gurung village of Ngak and camp an hour’s walk past Deng.
We climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank. There are more riverside undulations and mani walls and chortens may be seen, signs of the distinctly Tibetan territory into which we are entering. The valley trail keeps to the northern bank below the village of Bih. Bih is known for its family of master stone carvers and along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas. Just past Bih we catch glimpses of the Shringi Himal and continue along the northern bank of the Buri Gandakhi until we reach the dominantly Tibetan village of Ghap for lunch. We then continue up through the forest densely vegetated with pine and birch to our jungle camp amongst the trees just before Namru.
We descend to cross the Damonan Khola then ascend again along a narrow path through the forest to Namru with its check post then continue through the forest path past small Tibetan villages towards Ligaon. It is likely that we will encounter our first yak today and there is also a troop of monkeys who often come down to the river here to drink. We have uninterrupted views behind us of Ganesh III and IV and Baudha Peak and to our right the Kutang Himal stands high as the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. Before us our first real mountain panorama opens up with the peaks of Himalchuli (7893m), Peak 29 (7871m) and finally Manaslu (8163m).
We cut diagonally across a rocky riverbed and climb a small ridge to a clearing. An amphitheatre of snow covered peaks including Manaslu. Manaslu North (7157), Peak 29 and Himalchuli surround us. The valley opens up and we continue along grassy slopes and small ridges which finally gives way to cultivated fields of Sama village. The trail takes us out of the grasslands and into wider territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. The view of Manaslu is superb today.
Today has been set aside for acclimatisation. There is an optional walk up the ridge below Manaslu to base camp (4500m), approximately 1500ft, in snow, to gain spectacular views of Manaslu, glaciers and lakes.
The trail takes us out of the grasslands and into wilder territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. Excellent views of the peak of Manaslu today. We soon reach the Tibetan Refugee village of Samdo, a wild place with a substantial village of some 200 permanent residents. Day 14 is a rest day. Relax and enjoy the surroundings or explore Lajyung Bhanjyang valley.
After a couple of stream crossings, the Larkya Glacier appears on the opposite bank. We steadily climb, skirting around the Sarka Khola to camp at a small brick hut at the base of the Larkya La (pass).
Soon after setting off today the unique shape of Larkya Peak becomes visible. The trail upwards is very gradual but at this altitude we take our time. It takes us approximately 5 hours to reach the pass, with the last section becoming quite steep but it is well worth the effort. The mountain vista to the west is incredible – Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and continue to Bimtang and our camp for the night.
The trail now basically follows the Marsyangdi downstream, before entering a pristine forest of pine and rhododendron which during the spring months puts on a brilliant display of color. This is another day to ensure you have plenty of film in your day packs as the views of the Himlung and Manaslu Himal are again spectacular.
We cross the bridge to the village of Thanje then continue and emerge on the banks of the Marsyangdi Khola. We are now on the main trekking trail, evident by the number of tea shops selling cakes and beer.! It is a long but easy downstream to enter the wide, flat valley and the village of Tal.
- An English speaking guide
- All domestic land and air transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 meals a day while trekking
- Porter costs (2 trekkers = 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging. `
- Down jacket, Sleeping bag and Trekking duffel bag rental (must be returned at end of trek)
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Tourist attraction admission fees
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Bottled water
- Meals while not on the trek
- Personal expenses such as snacks, gear, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver
- Any services not mentioned in the itineraries
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
1. Kathmandu sightseeing tour
2. Chitwan jungle safari tour
3. White water Rafting
4. Everest Mountain flight.
Accommodation & Food details
We provide tourist standard accommodations in city, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Most lodges now have twin bedded rooms but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra. During Manaslu Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in the city.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) could also be an another great option.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.