Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek

Himalayan rock The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the town of Arughat Bazaar and the trek ends in Besi Sahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.

From Arughat, heading northwards for several days the valley opens up to reveal the delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages which cluster beneath Manaslu's sweeping North Face. The trek passes Jagat, Ghap, Bihi, Lhi, Lho and Shyo, typical Tibetan villages with rows of prayer wheels and mani stones. Eventually the trail reaches Samagaon the largest and most important village in the region.

From here head west and cross the Larkya La Pass (5100m), a classic and tough route linking the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead at Besi Sahar.

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Facts Of Trip

18 days Manaslu trek or Manaslu Circuit Trek. Adventurous tent trek around Manaslu, one of the highest mountains in the world. During this trek cross the 5105m high Larkya La. Explore remote Tibetan villages like Lhi, Lho, Shyo, Samdo and Samagaon.

Grade: Grade III
Type: Tent trek
Total duration: 19 days
Cost: See price details
Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1320m)

 Day 02: Kathmandu (Trek Preparation)

 Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (550m)

 Day 04: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (720m)

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

 Day 06: Machha khola to Dovan (1390m)

 Day 07: Dovan to Philim (1760m)

 Day 08: Philim to Dyang (1860m)

 Day 09: Dyang to Namrung (2560m)

 Day10: Namrung to Sama (3620m)

 Day 11: Sama Rest Day

 Day 12: Sama to Samdo (3875m)

 Day 13: Samdo to Larke Phedi (Dharmasala, 4460m)

 Day 14: Dharmasala, Larke La (5135m) to Bhimthang (3590m)

 Day 15: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m)

 Day 16: Tijje to Chyamche (1300m)

 Day 17: Chyamche to Beshi Sahar (760m)

 Day 18: Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu (1320m)

 Day 19: Kathmandu Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu: Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you'll be meeting your guide for the trek.

 Day 02: Kathmandu (Trek Preparation): As mentioned above today we will be preparing special trek permits and other preparation will be done. A day tour will be arranged (sightseeing places will be Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Shwoyambhu & Kathmandu Durbar Square).

Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (550m): Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat  by public bus or hired 4 wheel jeep (it is your choice whether to travel by public bus or hired private jeep). We'll drive through along the Prithivi highway and Kalu Pandey road on concrete road till Dhading Bensi (3-4 hours drive) and the drive starts again with a bumping road untill we arrive to Arughat (3 hours drive) with scenic view of landscape, villages, river, Mt. Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. This place lies at the bank of Buddhigandaki River.

Day 04: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (720m): Our first day trek starts from Arughat to Soti Khola by following Budhigandaki River. It is a 5 hours easy walking. This day could be hot / warm due to low elevation.

Day 05: Soti khola to Machha khola (930m): We start our trek from Soti Khola following the Buddhigandaki River (Old River) and trail gradually goes up. It is altogether 5-6 hours easy walking throughout the day.

Day 06: Machha khola to Dovan (1390m): Dovan is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Shiar khola and Sarpu khola. It is about 6-7 hours trek through some ascents and descents from Machha Khola to Dovan.

Day 07: Dovan to Philim(1760m): Today we walk through some hamlets and scattered houses through Gurung villages (Gurung is one of an ethnic group among the many ethnic groups of  Nepal). When we approach to the village of Philim, we will see the good view of Sringri himal. It is about 6 hours to reach Philim.

Day 08: Philim to Dyang(1860m): After an easy climbing we will reach at a Chautara from where we can see good view of Shringi Himal to the north. On the way ahead, we will cross suspension bridges and walk through pine forest. It is a 6 hours walking throughout the day.

Day 09: Dyang to Namrung(2560m): We start our trek passing through settlements with Tibetian style influenced houses and typical Sherpa people living there. We will see many Mani walls, chorten, buckwheat and barley fields on the way until Namrung. It is altogether 6-7 hours walk throughout the day.

Day 10: Namrung to Sama Gaun(3620m): We leave Namrung by crossing a small river known as Therang Khola. On the way to Sama we get to see the various waterfalls and the views of the mountains from different points are very pleasing. It takes about 5 hours to reach Sama.


Day 11: Sama Gaun Rest Day: Today we spend the day as rest day after a  long and continuous trek all the way to Sama Gaun. We take a short visit around the village exploring the gompas and  Birendra Kund for the superfine reflected image of the Mt. Manaslu. 

Day 12: Sama Gaun to Samdo(3875m): We start our trek passing through the yak pasture land popularly known as Kharka. Todays walk would be a bit shorter as compared to the other days of trekking of about 4 hours. Samdo is a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40-50 houses.

 Day 13: Samdo to Larke Phedi(Dharmasala, 4460m): Today we are walking  quit slower than our previous days because of the high altitude. The vegetations are also getting thinner along with the rise in altitude. The trail descends to a river by crossing a bridge over the Gyala Khola. Today we will see a view of Larkye Peak and North face of Mt. Manaslu. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Dharmasala.

Day 14: Dharma Sala , Larke La(5135m) to Bhimthang(3590m): Today is the longest and toughest day of the whole trek and also the day to see the magnificent views of the Himalayas including Mt. Himlung,Cheo Himals, Gyagi Kang and Annapurna III. It is about an 8 hours to reach Bhimthang,

Day 15: Bhimthang to Tilje(2300m): Today we may see good view of west face of Mt. Manaslu if weather is good enough. The trail descends steeply down through rhododendron and pine forest. It is a 6- 7 hours walking throughout the day.

Day 16: Tijje to Chyamche(1300m): We are now following the Annapurna classic trek trail which is parallel to Marshayandi River. It is a 6 hours walking.

Day 17: Chyamche to Beshi Sahar(760m): It is the last day of our trek and we trek back to   Bensishahar  It is a 5- 6 hours walking.

 Day 18: Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu (1320m): Drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 5 hours.

Day19 : Kathmandu Departure:  A Himalayan  Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to international airport.

Cost Includes / Excludes
- Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private coach
- Airport departure drop off at Kathmandu airport by private coach
- 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar by bus
- Transfer from Besisahar to Kathmandu by bus
- Accommodation during trekking in tents
- 3 Meals a day during trek
- Drinks during trek (thee, coffee, water, hot chocolate)
- Tents (member tent, dining-kitchen tent, toilet tent)
- Kitchen utensils
- English speaking experienced guide (trained by Ministery of Tourism)
- Cook, kitchen staff
- Porter(s), generally 1 porter for 2 pax (max 12 kg per person)
- Food, salary, transportation, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staff
- Special Manaslu trekking permit
- Annapurna Conservation Fee
- TIMS (trekking registration card)
- Manaslu region trekking map
- Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel

Not included:
- International flight to and from Nepal and airport taxes
- Vaccination and Nepal visa
- Meals and drinks when not on trek
- Personal insurance and other personal expenses
- Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

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