Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Cost Contact Us
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Transportation Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
  • Accommodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouses during the trek
  • Group-Size 2-10 people
  • Max-Altitude 5,160m/16,924 ft.
  • Arrival on Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal
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Eight tallest mountains in the world Manaslu (8163m) is the central attraction of this trek. Cultural and natural biodiversity is the unique benefit of Manaslu circuit trek. We can observe lifestyle of mountain people.  The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass along the Himalayas.

The trek start from lower than 1000m then up to 5,160m above the see level, green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. It gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. In the same time to explore hilly village, mountain village, town village and their life style are the extra appeals of this trek. Who loves the walk, nature and Himalayas; there is no question this is the one of the best place to all of them in the entire world.Now days so many trekkers they prefer less busy and nice place for trekking, especially all this people this is the best destination. 

Trip Highlights

  • Historical, cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • A complete eco system in the Himalayas
  • Views of the world’s highest mountains: Manaslu (8th)
  • Crossing the Larkya La over 5,160 m
  • Exploring the BudhiGandaki River valley
  • Experience the Nepalese and Tibetan mixture culture

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu, (1,300m/4,264ft).
  • Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (6,40 m/2,099 ft.), 7-8 hours
  • Day 04:Arughatto SotiKhola (7,10m/2,328 ft.); 4-5 hours
  • Day 05:SotiKhola to MacchaKhola (9,00m/2,952 ft.): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 06:MacchaKhola to Jagat (1,410m/ 4,625 ft.): 6 - 7 hrs.
  • Day 07:Jagat to Pewa (1,870m/6,135 ft.): 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 08:Pewa to Ghap (2,100m/6,889 ft.): 6-7 hours
  • Day 09:Gharp to Lho (3,180m/10,433 ft.): 5-6 hours
  • Day 10:Lho to Sama (3,500m/11,482 ft.): 4-5 hours
  • Day 11:Samagaon - Samdo (3,860m/12,660 ft.): 4-5 hours
  • Day 12:Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4,460m/14,628 ft.): 4-5 hours
  • Day 13:Dharamsala - Larkya la (5,160m/16, 924 ft.) - Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft.): 8-9 hours
  • Day 14:Bimthang to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430 ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 15:Dharapani to Jagat(1,300m/4,265 ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 16:Jagat to Nhagdi Bazaar (8,90m/2,919 ft.) 5-6 hours
  • Day 17:Nhagdi to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
  • Day 18:Final departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Meals:  Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek     
  • 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouses during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Local licensed export English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, Transportation, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna National Park permits (ACAP) and Special permit for Manaslu.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Tourist saga Tourism (which need to be returned after the trek).
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, fresh fruits) on the Trek.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara  (Requires approximately USD or equivalent currency 15 to 25 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation (compulsory).
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Multiple entry 15 days US $25 or equivalent convertible currency, for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Mineral water, Alcoholic, and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
  • Arrival in Kathmandu, (1,300m/4,264ft).Day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu, (1,300m/4,264ft).

    Heartily welcome in Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital and cultural hub. We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel by private tourist car and early evening overall briefing about your trek (introduction with guide).

    • Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,428 ft
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek PreparationDay 02
    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    Today after breakfast we start a cultural tour some of the most historical and architectural attractions of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley which are listed by UNESCO. We visit The famous Temple in the town 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and Hindu divine temple of Pashupatinath. In the evening introduced to fellow participants, and briefly discuss our trip.

    • Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (6,40 m/2,099 ft.), 7-8 hoursDay 03
    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (6,40 m/2,099 ft.), 7-8 hours

    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar takes about 7 hours by bus. For the first part of the day you drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, later typical mountain road to Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 7/8 drive
    • Max. Altitude: 6,40 m/2,099 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Arughatto SotiKhola (7,10m/2,328 ft.); 4-5 hoursDay 04
    Arughatto SotiKhola (7,10m/2,328 ft.); 4-5 hours

    Trek from Arughat Bazaar to SotiKhola takes about 4-5 hours. You trek over the bank of BudhiGandaki River, pass numerous villager and green fields of rice and grain. You see trees of azalea completely different then this that you have in your garden in Europe. SotiKhola is a village at the bank of BudhiGandaki. If you have luck you can swim in a river near the suspension bridge. Stay overnight at a lodge.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 4/5
    • Max. Altitude: 7,10m/2,328 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • SotiKhola to MacchaKhola (9,00m/2,952 ft.): 6 - 7 hoursDay 05
    SotiKhola to MacchaKhola (9,00m/2,952 ft.): 6 - 7 hours

    Trek from SotiKhola to MachhaKhola takes about 6-7 hours. All the time you go along the bank of BudhiGandaki River but the way is not as flat as a day before. The path is now narrow and zigzag. From time to time you can pass a group of loaded animals. Meeting animals on your way you have to respect the principle: the donkey from the abyss. Stay overnight at lodges in MachhaKhola.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 6/7
    • Max. Altitude: 9,00m/2,952 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • MacchaKhola to Jagat (1,410m/ 4,625 ft.): 6 - 7 hrs.Day 06
    MacchaKhola to Jagat (1,410m/ 4,625 ft.): 6 - 7 hrs.

    Trek from MachhaKhola to Jagat takes about 6 hours. The most interested village on your way is Tatopani with hot springs. Here you will have your lunch. This day your trek partly goes across the forest. Do not be surprise when you see marijuana plants. At the end you climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat. Stay Overnight at lodges.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 6/7
    • Max. Altitude: 1,410m/ 4,625 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Jagat to Pewa (1,870m/6,135 ft.): 6-7 hrs.Day 07
    Jagat to Pewa (1,870m/6,135 ft.): 6-7 hrs.

    Trek from Jagat to Pewa takes about 7-8 and half hours. Today day again you can see the high trees of azaleas. The main village where you will have lunch is Philim. Before Philim you cross the river on a suspension bridge one of the longest on your way. Today, for the first time you see the white summit of Manaslu.Before Pewa you cross the river again.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 6/7
    • Max. Altitude: 1,870m/6,135 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Pewa to Ghap (2,100m/6,889 ft.): 6-7 hoursDay 08
    Pewa to Ghap (2,100m/6,889 ft.): 6-7 hours

    Trek from Pewa to Ghap takes about 7 hours. If your trek is in spring that day for the first time you will see the blooming rhododendrons. Gharp is the longest village on your way. Stay overnight in lodge.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 6/7
    • Max. Altitude: 2,100m/6,889 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Gharp to Lho (3,180m/10,433 ft.): 5-6 hoursDay 09
    Gharp to Lho (3,180m/10,433 ft.): 5-6 hours

    Trek from Gharp to Lho takes about 5 hours. You pass a few villagers. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, GorkhaHimal, DwijenHimal, SaulaHimal, Lajing peak, and many other snowcapped mountains and peaks. Lho is a typical high mountain village and a start point for those who plan to climb Manaslu. In the afternoon you can visit a Gompa above the village. There was not only Gompa but also a school run by monks and volunteers. It is also the first day when you can fill the altitude and low temperature in the evening. Stay overnight in lodge.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 5-6
    • Max. Altitude: 3,180m/10,433 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Lho to Sama (3,500m/11,482 ft.): 4-5 hoursDay 10
    Lho to Sama (3,500m/11,482 ft.): 4-5 hours

    Trek from Lho to Sama takes about 4 hours and it is an easy day. In the afternoon you can also visit a Gompa and the small hill over the village. Stay overnight in lodge

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 4/5
    • Max. Altitude: 3,500m/11,482 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Samagaon - Samdo (3,860m/12,660 ft.): 4-5 hoursDay 11
    Samagaon - Samdo (3,860m/12,660 ft.): 4-5 hours

    Trek from Sama to Samdo takes about 4 hours. That day you can slowly walk along the valley watching the east side of Manaslu. It is very impressive.Samdo is the highest placed village in the valley. Houses are situated very near each other. All are made from stones. You can take a short walk among the village. Stay overnight in lodge. It is the last place where you can make a rest day before the pass if you feel not good. The lodge is nice and comfortable.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 4/5
    • Max. Altitude: 3,860m/12,660 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4,460m/14,628 ft.): 4-5 hoursDay 12
    Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4,460m/14,628 ft.): 4-5 hours

    Samdo – Dharamsala takes about 4 hours so you do not need to start very early. The camp before the pass is prepared for tourists. On our way you crossed the road straight to Tibet. From here to China is only 4 km. Stay overnight in stones houses or big tents.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 4/5
    • Max. Altitude: 4,460m/14,628 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Dharamsala - Larkya la (5,160m/16, 924 ft.) - Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft.): 8-9 hoursDay 13
    Dharamsala - Larkya la (5,160m/16, 924 ft.) - Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft.): 8-9 hours

    You have to start early in the morning about 5 o’clock. The weather has to be perfect. You reach the path about 9-10 o’clock. The beginning and end of the pass is decorated with prayer flags. The pass is really long, steep and exposed. From here you have beautiful few of Annapurna. Later you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. In a fog and in a bad weather time it is impossible to pass because the way is not obvious. Stay overnight in lodge in Bimthang.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 8/9
    • Max. Altitude: 5,160m/16, 924 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Bimthang to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430 ft): 6-7 hoursDay 14
    Bimthang to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430 ft): 6-7 hours

    Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani takes about 6 hours. First on your left side you can see excellent views of Manaslu north part and from the other side Annapurna. Later you descent thought rhododendron forest and next you reach the highest cultivated land. You can stay in Tilje for night if you still like quiet atmosphere or go 1 hour down to Dharapani. Dharapani is the junction where you meet the Annapurna trek. Stay overnight in lodge.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 6/7
    • Max. Altitude: 1,960m/6,430 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Dharapani to Jagat(1,300m/4,265 ft): 5-6 hoursDay 15
    Dharapani to Jagat(1,300m/4,265 ft): 5-6 hours

    In the morning we are ready to start another day along the Marshyangdi River Valley. First an hour easy walk; on the way it is very nice waterfalls. We cross suspension bridge then trails is going to gradually downhill. The trails continue to the heading down then we reach Tal, which is very nice village in the bank of Marshyangdi River. All the time we meet going up people for Annapurna trek. The road can be a little bit crowded. We pass few village and nice waterfall. Stay overnight in lodge.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 5/6
    • Max. Altitude: 1,300m/4,265 ft
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Jagat to Nhagdi Bazaar (8,90m/2,919 ft.) 5-6 hoursDay 16
    Jagat to Nhagdi Bazaar (8,90m/2,919 ft.) 5-6 hours

    We cross several mountain village, suspension bridge and nice subtropical forest. Finally we are in Nhagdi Bazar, which is the last tea house in the mountain it is be quite and comfortable.Stay overnight at tea house.

    • Accommodation: Teahouse/ Lodge
    • Walking hours: 5/6
    • Max. Altitude: 8,90m/2,919 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Nhagdi to Kathmandu: 8-9 hoursDay 17
    Nhagdi to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

    The drive from Nhagdi to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar give us opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. We have beautiful river valley with the rice, millet, crops tarries which give us refresh all the time in this long drive. Finally in the afternoon we safely reach Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.*Note: we kindly purpose it is good to take privet jeep from Nhagdi to Kathmandu for this extra cost USD 120. Having it we can make two hours break and visit Manakamana. It is one of the most important places for Hindu culture and religion.
    *this is an option. Please, inform us before start this trip.

    • Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
    • Walking hours: 8/9 drive
    • Max. Altitude: 1,350m/4,429 ft.
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Final departureDay 18
    Final departure

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Wish you all the best!! Hence, exchange emails with your travel companions (ZamZam Trekking P. LTD) and organize your photos. A representative from ZamZam Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

    • Meal: Breakfast

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Trip Note

You are most welcome to create your own itinerary list. Please note that, if possible, we always suggest that you plan one or two extra days in your trip.