Manaslu circuit trek is about going around the world’s 8th tallest mountain namely Manaslu (8,156 m). Moreover, This trekking destination is very new in comparison to the other trekking destinations in Nepal. The gates of the Manaslu circuit trek were open only after 1991. Yet it remains a restricted area and requires a special permit. This trek is often compared with the Annapurna Circuit Trek of the 1980s and is an off the beaten trek within the reach of trekking enthusiasts.
As the Annapurna circuit and the region gets a huge influx of trekkers year around, people who are looking to beat the heat often take the trails of Manaslu Circuit Trek which is less traveled. By no means you will come across many trekkers. Additional permit costs and landscape made these circumstances. Nevertheless, the beautiful topography, unseen culture, rare wildlife, and fragile ecosystem are able to attract true nature enthusiasts.
Manaslu circuit trek is the most incredible and challenging off the beaten path trek in Nepal in the current day. This trek like the Annapurna round offers amazing mountain views, untamed rugged terrain, and a high pass of Larke La (5,100 m) but without the crowd and the cuisine from around the world. This trek offers spectacular terrain and showcases fascinating cultures and people.
This is the home of not only one of the highest mountains in the world but also the rarest Nupri people. They are descendants of 16th-century Tibetans. Moreover, the Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the most beautiful trekking routes. It offers natural scenes and Tibetan Buddhist culture around Manaslu.
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Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
Welcome to Nepal ! A representative from Karma Eco Trek will receive you at the airport and drop you at your hotel. On this day you will not do much but relax and go around your hotel location. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Thank you for booking Manaslu circuit Trek! If you booked this trek long time back your permits are ready before you arrive but if it is a last minute booking you permits will be made on this day. While the back office is busy making permits on the back end, you will get involved in sightseeing some UNESCO world heritage sites. Sometime in the day, you will as well do last minute preparation, packing and purchase if necessary. In the evening you will meet your guide and your guide will brief you about the trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Arughat
We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride (vehicle according to the choice of your package) would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas the other half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once you reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat. .
Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola (4 – 5 hours)
The first day of the trek shouldn’t be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours. The trail is gradual in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets a little steep. You would make our way through beautiful hamlets, villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung communities. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 05: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (5 -7 hours)
Initially, you climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandaki river. You make your way through continued Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain along the trail. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat (5 – 7 hours)
You would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. You would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before you reach our final destination. On our way you would as well come to a place namely Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 07: Jagat – Deng (5 – 7 hours)
You will walk through a variety of terrain on this day, which is very captivating. The primary climb past Jagat brings you to a viewpoint from where Singri himal range is an absolute marvel. Further down the trail you get your permits checked back to back at 2 points and enter a beautiful lush green forest past Philim. This is the very section of the trail from where trail for Tsum valley gets separated. Several ups and downs and crossing of Budhi Gandaki river we reach our final destination of the day. Overnight in Deng.
Day 08: Jagat – Deng (5 – 7 hours)
You will walk through a variety of terrain on this day, which is very captivating. The primary climb past Jagat brings you to a viewpoint from where Singri himal range is an absolute marvel. Further down the trail we get out permits checked back to back at 2 points and enter a beautiful lush green forest past Philim. This is the very section of the trail from where trail for Tsum valley gets separated. Several ups and downs and crossing of Budhi Gandaki river we reach our final destination of the day. Overnight in Deng.
Day 09: Namrung – Samagaon (5 – 7 hours)
The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day 10: Samagaon all day
Taking a day off in Samagaon is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu Himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day 11: Samagaon – Dharmashala (5 – 7 hours)
The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours you would reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Day 12: Dharmashala- Larkya pass – Bimthang (9 – 11 hours)
This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Bimthang.
Day 13: Bimthang – Goa (4 – 6 hours)
We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Overnight in Goa.
Day 14: Goa – Syange ( 5 – 7 hours)
Today our trail would meet the Annapurna circuit trek and we would walk steep downhill on the deepest part of Marsyangdi gorge. Overnight in Syange.
Day 15: Syange – Besisahar (5 – 7 hours)
We would follow the trail adjacent to Marshyangdi River and walk through more warm weather. We would make our day through rice field and scattered houses all the way to Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.
Day 16: Besisahar – Kathmandu
We would board a bus back to Kathmandu. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Manaslu circuit trek would come to end.
Day 17: Departure your destination.