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Manaslu Circuit Trek

A Classic Himalayan Circuit of an 8000m peak - Challenging crossing of the Larkya La - Quieter Circuit Trekking

All meals on trek included

Duration

15 Days

Grade

Very Challenging

Max Altitude

5135m

Walking Days

11 Days

Accommodation

2 Nts Hotels - 12 Nts Trekking Lodges

Trip Overview

A superb and much quieter circuit trek of an 8000m peak, the Manaslu Circuit has always been the more discerning choice to the Annapurna Circuit.

With the encroachment of jeep roads, the Manaslu Circuit perhaps needs to be renamed as the Manaslu Horse-Shoe trek. It remains a very challenging trek with some very long walking days and at high altitudes.  In many ways the Manaslu Circuit feels more 'remote' and wilder than the Annapurna Circuit. Being a less busy Nepal trek, many of the trekking lodges are much simpler and more basic by default. To the serious and experienced mountain walker this will be a 'mere incidental' with the attraction being some of the best mountain walking to be found anywhere in the world. Stupendous views of Himalayan giants as well as an opportunity to experience life in isolated villages where the Tibetan culture remains unspoilt. Very much a trek for the walking connoisseur with a very high level of fitness who thrives in a high mountain wilderness and is capable of trekking for several continuous, lengthy, tough days. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes acclimatisation additional acclimatisation and additional contingency days are highly recommended.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

This trek can also be further extended and combined with our Tsum Valley Trek which deviates and then returns to join the Manaslu Circuit Trek trail.

A superb and much quieter circuit trek of an 8000m peak, the Manaslu Circuit has always been the more discerning choice to the Annapurna Circuit.

  • With the encroachment of jeep roads, the Manaslu Circuit perhaps needs to be renamed as the Manaslu Horse-Shoe trek. It remains a very challenging trek with some very long walking days and at high altitudes.  In many ways the Manaslu Circuit feels more 'remote' and wilder than the Annapurna Circuit. Being a less busy Nepal trek, many of the trekking lodges are much simpler and more basic by default. To the serious and experienced mountain walker this will be a 'mere incidental' with the attraction being some of the best mountain walking to be found anywhere in the world. Stupendous views of Himalayan giants as well as an opportunity to experience life in isolated villages where the Tibetan culture remains unspoilt. Very much a trek for the walking connoisseur with a very high level of fitness who thrives in a high mountain wilderness and is capable of trekking for several continuous, lengthy, tough days. Don't forget our trekking holidays are tailor-made and whilst this itinerary includes acclimatisation additional acclimatisation and additional contingency days are highly recommended.The itinerary is merely a suggested itinerary and is not entirely 'set in stone'. Sleeping bags (4 season) will be required for nights spent in trekking lodges. We can arrange sleeping bag  rental if required.

    This trek can also be further extended and combined with our Tsum Valley Trek which deviates and then returns to join the Manaslu Circuit Trek trail.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Drive to Soti Khola
    • Day 3
      Trek to Machha Khola
    • Day 4
      Trek to Doban
    • Day 5
      To Philim
    • Day 6
      Trek to Deng
    • Day 7
      Walk to Namrung
    • Day 8
      Trek to Lho
    • Day 9
      Trek to Samdo
    • Day 10
      Acclimatisation Day
    • Day 11
      To Larkya Phedi
    • Day 12
      The Larkya La to Bimthang
    • Day 13
      Down to Dharapani
    • Day 14
      Dharapani to Kathmandu
    • Day 15
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on (the many) Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on (the many) Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Drive to Soti Khola

    It's a full and arduous day's drive today as private vehicle takes you from Kathmandu along the main highway to then turn toward the mountains on a road that follows the Burhi Gandakhi Valley. At some stage (usually around Arghat) a locally chartered jeep will be used in order to reach Soti Khola.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Soti Khola
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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    DAY 2

    Drive to Soti Khola

    It's a full and arduous day's drive today as private vehicle takes you from Kathmandu along the main highway to then turn toward the mountains on a road that follows the Burhi Gandakhi Valley. At some stage (usually around Arghat) a locally chartered jeep will be used in order to reach Soti Khola.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Soti Khola
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Trekking Lodges

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Machha Khola

    The climate remains sub-tropical and the altitude remains low as you commence the circuit of Manaslu by essentially following the river to the Machha Khola (930m). Although still low there is both uphill and downhill walking but nothing like what will come. Approx. 7hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Machha Khola
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Machha Khola

    The climate remains sub-tropical and the altitude remains low as you commence the circuit of Manaslu by essentially following the river to the Machha Khola (930m). Although still low there is both uphill and downhill walking but nothing like what will come. Approx. 7hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Machha Khola
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Trek to Doban

    Over the Machha Khola River and up to Tatopani. Across a suspension bridge to the other side of the valley and through forests to Doban (1070m). Around 5hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Doban
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 4

    Trek to Doban

    Over the Machha Khola River and up to Tatopani. Across a suspension bridge to the other side of the valley and through forests to Doban (1070m). Around 5hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Doban
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    5

    To Philim

    It's a stiff (but relatively short) climb up to Louri and then just over an hours more walking to Jagat (1410m). Trekking permits having been checked, a stone-stepped trail descends to the river followed by an ascent through terraced fields to Saguleri and a further climb to Philim. Around 6hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Philim
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 5

    To Philim

    It's a stiff (but relatively short) climb up to Louri and then just over an hours more walking to Jagat (1410m). Trekking permits having been checked, a stone-stepped trail descends to the river followed by an ascent through terraced fields to Saguleri and a further climb to Philim. Around 6hrs walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Philim
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    6

    Trek to Deng

    A little down and then mostly uphil, at times steep. Beyond Chisopani the trail contours the hillside and forests of pine become prevalent. Things get interesting as the trail is cut into the walls of a gorge and it's then up and along to Deng (1860m). Walking time approx 5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Deng
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 6

    Trek to Deng

    A little down and then mostly uphil, at times steep. Beyond Chisopani the trail contours the hillside and forests of pine become prevalent. Things get interesting as the trail is cut into the walls of a gorge and it's then up and along to Deng (1860m). Walking time approx 5hrs.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Deng
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    7

    Walk to Namrung

    The valley you're ascending is quite steep-sided and the first signs of the Buddhist influence appear. There's several crossings of rivers (by bridges) today and after around  6-7hrs of fairly tough trekking you reach Namrung (2540m)

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge,Namrung
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 7

    Walk to Namrung

    The valley you're ascending is quite steep-sided and the first signs of the Buddhist influence appear. There's several crossings of rivers (by bridges) today and after around  6-7hrs of fairly tough trekking you reach Namrung (2540m)

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge,Namrung
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    8

    Trek to Lho

    Not as long today and as you'll be going over 3000m that is fortunate. Heading deeper, as the valley opens out there's a steep climb to Lihi (2925m) and the villages become more Tibetan influenced. Manaslu presents herself boldly to you today and her twin peaks will be evident. It's likely that todays destination of Lho (3150m) will take around 4-5hrs of walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Lho
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 8

    Trek to Lho

    Not as long today and as you'll be going over 3000m that is fortunate. Heading deeper, as the valley opens out there's a steep climb to Lihi (2925m) and the villages become more Tibetan influenced. Manaslu presents herself boldly to you today and her twin peaks will be evident. It's likely that todays destination of Lho (3150m) will take around 4-5hrs of walking.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Lho
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    9

    Trek to Samdo

    Up through pine forests and then a bit of downhill walking followed by a bit of gradual ascent to reach Sama Gaon (3520m).You're still following the Burhi Gandaki up stream and the scenery now gets seriously spectacular. Samdo (3690m) is todays destination and takes around 6-7hrs of challenging walking to reach. The village itself was established by Tibetan refugees and Tibet itself is just a days walk away.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 9

    Trek to Samdo

    Up through pine forests and then a bit of downhill walking followed by a bit of gradual ascent to reach Sama Gaon (3520m).You're still following the Burhi Gandaki up stream and the scenery now gets seriously spectacular. Samdo (3690m) is todays destination and takes around 6-7hrs of challenging walking to reach. The village itself was established by Tibetan refugees and Tibet itself is just a days walk away.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    10

    Acclimatisation Day

    It's a good idea to aid your acclimatisation by walking to a higher altitude today and then back down to Samdo for the night. You can climb up to the ridge behind Somdu to achieve this. It is a stiff, steep ascent but does afford some very good vistas.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 10

    Acclimatisation Day

    It's a good idea to aid your acclimatisation by walking to a higher altitude today and then back down to Samdo for the night. You can climb up to the ridge behind Somdu to achieve this. It is a stiff, steep ascent but does afford some very good vistas.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    11

    To Larkya Phedi

    Heading towards the Larkya Glacier today is primarily all uphill as you trek to Larkya Phedi, which confusingly is also known as Dharamsala and Duwang. At an altitude of 4460m you'll likely not be too bothered what it's called. The lodge here is particularly basic. Although its only about 6km from Somdu to here, the higher altitude makes it feel further and progress is slow and around 3-5hrs walking is required.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Larkya Phedi
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 11

    To Larkya Phedi

    Heading towards the Larkya Glacier today is primarily all uphill as you trek to Larkya Phedi, which confusingly is also known as Dharamsala and Duwang. At an altitude of 4460m you'll likely not be too bothered what it's called. The lodge here is particularly basic. Although its only about 6km from Somdu to here, the higher altitude makes it feel further and progress is slow and around 3-5hrs walking is required.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Larkya Phedi
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    12

    The Larkya La to Bimthang

    The 'Thorung La' of the Manaslu Circuit, the hardest day of walking, the highest point of the trek, the longest walking day and essentially the crux of the trek. The crossing of the Larkya La can take some  8-10hrs or more dependent upon conditions. After an initial steep climb out of Larkya Phedi, it's a steady slog up and up for almost 5hrs. Prayer flags line the pass and it is usually pretty chilly up here. Enjoy the views.....quickly, and then begin the steep descent down scree (often snow covered high up) to a yak pasture (kharka). It's still downhill, but the gradient eases as you make your way to Bimthang (3590m).

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Bimthang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 12

    The Larkya La to Bimthang

    The 'Thorung La' of the Manaslu Circuit, the hardest day of walking, the highest point of the trek, the longest walking day and essentially the crux of the trek. The crossing of the Larkya La can take some  8-10hrs or more dependent upon conditions. After an initial steep climb out of Larkya Phedi, it's a steady slog up and up for almost 5hrs. Prayer flags line the pass and it is usually pretty chilly up here. Enjoy the views.....quickly, and then begin the steep descent down scree (often snow covered high up) to a yak pasture (kharka). It's still downhill, but the gradient eases as you make your way to Bimthang (3590m).

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Bimthang
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    13

    Down to Dharapani

    Dropping down into the Burdin Khola Valley, there's some uphill too. But, it's then down again and into woodlands followed by an ascent to the Karche La. Far below lies the Marsyangdi Valley and your exit route. A lot more downhill will make your knees ache but after a good 8hrs of walking you reach Dharapani (1963m). At this point you've joined the Annapurna Circuit route.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 13

    Down to Dharapani

    Dropping down into the Burdin Khola Valley, there's some uphill too. But, it's then down again and into woodlands followed by an ascent to the Karche La. Far below lies the Marsyangdi Valley and your exit route. A lot more downhill will make your knees ache but after a good 8hrs of walking you reach Dharapani (1963m). At this point you've joined the Annapurna Circuit route.

    Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    14

    Dharapani to Kathmandu

    Using locally chartered 4x4 vehicle/s you'll travel to Besisahar by way of the jeep road. It is very bumpy and dusty. Reaching the tarmac of Besisahar the onward private vehicle journey to Kathmandu may feel like you're floating on a cloud. But, it's a long days drive for sure. If you prefer to break up the journey, then our very own The Old Inn at Bandipur makes for a pleasing overnight respite. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any overland travel delays that can and do occur, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 14

    Dharapani to Kathmandu

    Using locally chartered 4x4 vehicle/s you'll travel to Besisahar by way of the jeep road. It is very bumpy and dusty. Reaching the tarmac of Besisahar the onward private vehicle journey to Kathmandu may feel like you're floating on a cloud. But, it's a long days drive for sure. If you prefer to break up the journey, then our very own The Old Inn at Bandipur makes for a pleasing overnight respite. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any overland travel delays that can and do occur, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: 
    Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    15

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 15

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 1348
  • $ US 1750
  • € EUR 1545

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The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, private overland travel in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, permits, Manaslu Restricted area permit & fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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