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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

The Manaslu Circuit thriller trek 21 days  (the rounding hike) is one of those treks in Nepal you sure don’t want to miss for the love of anything. Some folks reckon it’s the best all-round trek up in the north of Nepal. This venture is one helluva alternative to Annapurna circuit trek. The route ascends through familiar tracks providing cosy tea-houses along the trail.

Manaslu at (8,156m/26,759 ft) 'Kutang', is popularly known as the “Japanese mountain," is the eight tallest peak in the world and one of the Eight-thousand metre mountains. Still not much unexplored, the circuit goes across high Himalayan passes through ethnic Tibetan villages, with luvla views of snow-peaks and great campsites. The Manaslu circuit was opened up by the Nepalese government in 1991, allowing trekkers to discover its exceptional beauty. Tourism Officials allow only permitted access to this restricted zone for a limited number of trekkers each year, thereby, adding to the mystery and appeal of the trek. Currently, only group treks are organized in the region. The different altitudes offer diversified impressions to the trek, where we ascend gradually from lush sub-tropical terrain into alpine forest and then to the farflung yet mystical region of northern Manaslu and Himalchuli peaks. This is hard core adventure.

One can enjoy and observe local culture and lifestyles. Larkya La Pass at (5,135m/16,847ft) divides Manasalu and the Marshyangdi valley; afterwards, it is a straight descent through thick alpine forests and meadows to the mainstream Annapurna circuit trail. Hiking further continues towards Pokhara via another secret route seldom used by trekkers offering stunning views of the Manaslu peak in all its glory, Annapurna and Machhapuchre (Fish Tail). Tashi Delek Treks & Expeditions will be your exclusive escort on this challenging trip.


Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m):

Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Day 02: Kathamandu Sightseeing:

Today, morning we will be ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat (570m):

After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, we pick up you at around 7 in the morning. About 3 and half hour comfortable drive to Dhading Bensi and another 4 hours dirt road drive reached at Arughat. It is small beautiful town famous for trade center of upper part of Gorkha district.  Overnight at tea-house lodge.

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (730m):

An easy walking day, head north following the Bhudi Gandaki in the low country path surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. we ascend slowly towards to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. A short day walk, it is hot in the low country. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 05: Soti to Machha khola (930m):

The trail goes along the Budhi Gandaki river, you climb again to Almara through beautiful forest trail. The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail are cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley. Once again descends to the wide, sandy river bed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. We have short climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khaola. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 06: MachaKhola to Jagat (1410m):

We continue our journey along the Budhi Gandaki river, we cross the Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabeshi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single tea house at Doban. Above Doban, you can see impressive series rapids of Budhi Gandaki. We climb short steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and another short climb to Jagat. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 07: Jagat to Dyang (1800m): 

After descending a long series of stone steps to the river,trek climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. We Cross the river again at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right–hand branch heading off towards the Mustang. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp)

Day 08: Dyang to Ghap (2160m):

About 5 hrs walk. The path goes through dense jungle up the narrow western gorge of the Buri Gandaki heading towards Manaslu. At times the path is high above the river which we will cross and re-cross on an incredible variety of bridges. In Ghap, we will admire some fine sculptures, mostly representing meditating Buddhas. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 09: Ghap to Namrung (2550m):

We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing climb gently now, and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, and reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. We camp just above the village we get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp)

Day 10: Namrung to Lhogaon (3180m):

Let the exploring start! We will discuss with locals what our best option is to get to the gompa. Our sherpas reckon it could be a very nice walk to take the smaller direct trail. We pass thru Lho, a large village at 3150m where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. At a fork in the trail, we take a detour to the left, which leads up to Honsansho Gompa and the Pungen Glaciers, from where there is a stunning view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. We will camp somewhere around here and explore and acclimatize for the next few days. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp)

Day 11: Lhogaon to Samagaon (3530m):

We head straight towards Peak 29, ahead of us, and then follow the lateral moraine of the Pungen Glacier towards Sama. Breathtaking views of the Manaslu, Northern Manaslu (7145m) and the Naike. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a rest day to acclimatize and relax. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 12: Rest day, explore around the valley:

Rest day, explore around the valley. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m):

We cross a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of the lateral moraine. We then climb a terraced hillside to reach one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal. Samdo is only a day’s walk from Tibet by the Lajyang La pass (5098m). Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 14: Samdo to Dharamshala (4470m):

Crossing the tundra, it winds its way to the foot of the immense Larkya glacier which pours out of the Manaslu. Everywhere you look are mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. The once large Bhudi Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream which runs down the Gya La (pass), the pass to Tibet, and there are the ruins of another village Larkya Bazaa, which is village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which is now much diminished. We continue another couple hours to Dharmasala. Overnighat at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 15: Dharamshala to Larkya pass (5106m) to Bhimthang (3720m):

We first head towards Cho Chnda, and then we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981m) and the Annapurna II (7937m). Steep descent through moraines towards Bimtang. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 16: Bimtang to Tilije (2300m):

The route gets easier. We start with a gentle descend through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fir tree and rhododendron forests to Tillije. Overnight at tea-house lodge (tented camp).

Day 17: Tilije to Dharapani – Trek and drive to Beshisahar (760m):

Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Dharapani. We catch local jeep and drive to Beshisahar.Overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Beshisahar to Kathmandu (1400m):

After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight a hotel. 

Day 19: Departure: 

Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.


Equipment List

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

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Duration 19 days
Transportation Jeep
Group Size + 2
Difficulty Challenging but surely a venture you’d want to undertake!
Max Elevation 5,416 m
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