The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in western Nepal that takes you through a beautiful landscape nestled between two rivers, the Budhi Gandaki and the Marshyangdi. As the eighth-highest mountain on Earth, Mt. Manaslu is both the most prominent landmark and a sacred mountain in this area. Opening to trekkers in 1992, the trail provides an unforgettable adventure with breathtaking scenery and authentic cultural encounters. Each of the villages you visit will have its own distinct history and culture; you can expect to see both traditional Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. As you trek through the unspoiled wilderness, the breathtaking peaks and abundant wildlife of the Himalayas will astound you. The trail showcases the authentic Himalayas at every turn, weaving a stunning tapestry of natural beauty.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an enchanting and physically demanding trek across Nepal's stunning natural beauty. This trek, located in the foothills of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world (8,163 meters), provides an escape from the crowded trails of other popular treks while still offering stunning scenery, ancient traditions, and tranquility. Beginning in Kathmandu, the trail winds its way through diverse terrain, from verdant forests to terraced fields and high-alpine meadows. As they journey through tribal communities that have managed to escape the clutches of modernity, trekkers will experience the warm hospitality of the locals. The trail also leads to the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an impressive elevation of 5,160 meters and provides panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The Manaslu Circuit Trek provides an enjoyable experience for those looking for a one-of-a-kind Himalayan adventure.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in the ancient Gorkha Bazar and takes trekkers through some of the most beautiful and historically significant areas of Nepal. You will be rewarded with stunning views of the Langtang and Annapurna ranges, Boudha Himal, Srigni Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Hiunchuli as you make your way towards Barpak-Laprak. This trek is notable for its meticulous acclimatization process, which prepares trekkers for the upcoming trek. Once you reach Gupsi Dada, which is situated between the villages of Barpak and Laprak, you will be adequately acclimatized. This will allow you to descend safely to Khorlabenshi, at an altitude of 970 meters, where your adventure resumes with a renewed sense of energy and excitement.
The stunning scenery is truly captivating, but it's the fascinating Gurung culture that shines on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Discover Barpak and Laprak's charming Gurung villages to experience their rituals, customs, and way of life. Embark on a journey full of unforgettable experiences, offering a unique and rewarding adventure that will create lasting memories in your heart.
A representative from Manaslu Tours will welcome you upon your arrival in Kathmandu and drive you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will host a welcome dinner in the evening featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.
After a nutritious breakfast, set off on a 5-hour drive to Gorkha Bazar. During the journey, marvel at the picturesque landscapes, cross over sparkling streams, and follow the winding banks of the Darundi Khola. In the evening, embark on an excursion to the historic Gorkha Durbar on a hilltop. From this vantage point, take in panoramic mountain views and bask in the warm glow of a breathtaking sunset.
After having a big breakfast this morning, drive along the Darundi Khola and Ranglung Khola to reach Barpak village. The drive from Ranglung Khola to Barpak is steep, but the destination is worth it. Barpak is a stunning village on a green ridge with stunning views of the misty valley below. You can attend a cultural performance in the evening that the villagers have organized, with the proceeds going toward improving the village. The towering Bouddha Himal, a high snow-capped peak, provides a beautiful backdrop for sunrise and sunset photos.
Start the day early with a scenic climb up the narrow ridge, with Bouddha Himal providing a magnificent backdrop to the sprawling Barpak. After an hour or so of trekking, take a small stone trail to the right of the main path. After three hours of climbing, reach Momche Dada (2,950m), a pass that separates Laprak and Barpak. The summit offers breathtaking panoramic mountain views, including Bouddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang range, as well as herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides. During the spring, the surrounding rhododendrons bloom brilliantly in various hues of pink and red, making for great photos with the snow-capped peaks in the background. Another hour or two of steep descent leads to another large Gurung village, Laprak. Spend the afternoon exploring the village, including walking down the hill and viewing the houses with their symbolic mud-brick murals.
We traverse Laprak's maze of village paths and reach the Jyabru Khola. After crossing a suspension bridge, we ascend steeply, passing terraced fields of pink sorghum. The narrow trail, often obscured, winds around hillsides and leads us to a small chorten below the village of Singla. From here, the hike becomes more accessible, and we are treated to views of the Kutang Himal and Sringi Himal to the north. Our path continues through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla, before winding down to Khorlebeshi on the Budhi Gandaki River. Take caution on the rocky steps before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi. Be mindful of the local women weaving straw mats in the village. In the evening, we may receive a visit from the village's cultural ambassadors and experience another performance.
Today, we have a five-hour trek ahead. We'll start by walking along the river, surrounded by tobacco and buckwheat fields and admiring rocks smoothed by the river's flow. Our journey will involve climbing stone steps to reach the hot springs in the terraced village of Tatopani. Here, we can take some time to soak our weary bodies in the hot water and even swim in the nearby icy river. After drying off on the lovely riverside beach, we'll gently hike through the woods to a spectacular waterfall. We'll cross an old wooden suspension bridge and continue through a short forest path to Dovan. Above Dovan, the Budhi Gandaki River presents steep rapids. Our trail will take us high above the river and down through calmer waters. We'll cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and then climb stone steps to reach our camp below Jagat, the Manaslu Conservation National Park entrance. Before heading to camp, take a moment to wander around the beautiful, paved village of Jagat and admire the pride of the villagers who have recorded their contributions to the paving projects.
After descending a series of stone steps from Jagat to the river, we climb up terraced hillsides to the hamlet of Saguleri where we can admire the stunning view of the 7,187-meter-high Sringi Himal. We traverse the picturesque village of Sirdibas and cross the river again on a long suspension bridge at Ghata Khola. The path splits, with the right branch leading to the Ganesh Himal. We continue upstream, making a steep climb to reach Philim. We cross the river at a narrow section on a new suspension bridge and then gradually ascend a wide hillside through an open forest, crossing the river twice more on poorly maintained bridges in the next two hours. The first bridge is at the intersection of the remote Tsum Valley, leading to Tibet. After trekking through dense woods for over an hour, we passed the chilly campsite of Pewa on the river, and after another hour, we left the gorge and climbed briefly to the village of Deng. Deng is the starting point of the lower Nubri region, Kutang, where the people are ethnically Tibetan but speak a different dialect from the pure Tibetans of upper Nubri. We have views of the Lumbo Himal, Lapuchen, and Dwijen Himal. It's worth visiting the upper floor of a local house for a glass of "chang" (Tibetan beer) and a chat by the hearth.
We switch back steeply to the small and impoverished village of Lana, where the women often have their looms set up. After trekking through beautiful pine woods and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi with its good shop and views of the Kutang Himal. We start to see "mani stones" (prayer inscriptions on rocks), which indicate that we are entering one of the small Tibetan communities that dot the high Himalayas. We have three to four hours of trekking ahead of us, crossing the Budi Gandaki River twice and smaller tributary streams twice. We will remain mostly high, with many ascents and descents as we move through the gorge, enjoying the spectacular views along the way. Finally, we reached Ghap and set up camp for the night at the house of some friendly villagers.
Today's trek is a magnificent adventure. We depart from Ghap and ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Budi Gandaki River via a wooden bridge and climbing smooth stone steps until we reach Namrung, located at an altitude of 2540 meters. As we continue to climb, we enter alpine terrain and are rewarded with sweeping mountain views. Tibetans who speak a western Tibetan dialect live in the region of Nubri, which starts with Namrung village. A few hours later, we arrive at Lihi, a village located at 2840 meters above sea level, which houses an ancient gompa and is surrounded by fields of barley guarded by "bear watches.". Our trek continues at a gentle pace, and we soon cross a large stream flowing from the Lidanda Glaciers to reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho, located at 3000 meters, where we stop for lunch. After an hour, we reach Lho, where we are greeted with stunning views of Manaslu.
As we walk through the upper reaches of Lho, with the majestic peaks of Manaslu in the distance, we come across the new gompa and then ascend through a light forest next to a small river to reach the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often working in the fields. A few more hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery takes us past Tibetan grazing settlements, with the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa branching off to the left. We eventually reach Sama Gaon, passing through checkered fields of barley and potatoes. The people of Sama Gaon are descendants of Tibetans who settled here over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manaslu are characterized by their distinctive entrance gates (manes). They maintain active trade with their Tibetan co-religionists over several nearby high passes. On a clear day, you may see village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns, then trading back to Tibet. Spend the afternoon exploring the old Gompa settlement above the town and wandering the streets of the intriguing Samagaon village.
Hike to Birendra lake and Manaslu Base Camp (2–3 hours walking)
Another day of breathtaking mountain views awaits us as we embark on a leisurely three-hour trek to Samdo, passing through the rugged birch forests of the Himalayas. On the way, we come across the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka and eventually spot the entrance chorten of Samdo, perched high on a bluff. After descending to the Bhudi Gandaki and crossing a small bridge, we face another brief ascent to reach the "kane" entrance of Samdo. In the last village, we can visit a small home gompa, located in a house, where several reincarnated lamas are performing a puja. At this high altitude, the evenings can be a chilly door to our campsite for a cup of warming salt-butter tea to combat the cold.
We set out from Samdo and followed the old trade route toward Tibet. After crossing a bridge, we ascend through the remnants of Larkya Bazaar, a once-thriving trade market. As we climb for three hours past glaciers, the panoramic views become increasingly stunning. Our destination is the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass. Here, we take a lunch break and savor the breathtaking vistas. The altitude and cold can be intense, so we suggest taking it easy in the afternoon and staying warm. We will have an early dinner to prepare for our journey over the Larkya-La Pass tomorrow.
After ascending from Dharamshala, we arrive at the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier. Here, we can see Cho Danda and Larkya-La. We traverse the glacier's moraines, often through snow, with a steeper climb towards the pass. The journey to the summit should take around four hours. The view from the top is breathtaking, with a panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the massive Annapurna II. Both sides of the pass offer equally stunning views. After hanging Tibetan prayer flags, we embark on a steep and sometimes slippery descent to a trail along the glacier's moraines. We'll take a lunch break on smooth rocks below the pass before continuing our descent, which will take another three hours to reach our campsite. The rocky descent eventually leads us to Bhimtang, making the journey well worth it.
The hardest part of the journey is over. We leave the Bhimtang valley, cross the river, and descend through the pine and rhododendron forests. One of the most beautiful transitions on the track.
Today marks the conclusion of our trek. We arrived at Tilije, a sizable community where the brave Gurung people live and serve in elite units of the British and Indian armies, after a 1.5-hour journey. Despite their military background, the Gurung are peaceful and grow delicious apples. Then, we descended for another 1.5 hours along the Dudh Khola River until it converged with the Marsyangdi River in Dharapani. After a 2-hour journey, we reached the hotel.
Today, we will embark on a scenic jeep ride from Tal to Kathmandu, covering a distance of approximately 214 kilometers. The journey will take us through some of the most rugged and remote terrains of Nepal, offering a unique perspective on the country's diverse landscapes and cultures. We will travel through the picturesque valleys, winding roads, and mountain passes, taking in breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and pristine rivers. We will make a few stops along the way to stretch our legs and take photos of the awe-inspiring vistas. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will have some time to relax and explore the vibrant city on our own, or perhaps engage in some souvenir shopping or other activities. You can look forward to an exciting and adventurous day filled with unforgettable moments and memories that will last a lifetime.
Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.
Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and go to the airport. We will ensure we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid farewell to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit Trek's cost on the website applies to 6–12 person groups. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can offer a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on factors such as group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.
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Q: What is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: Manaslu Circuit Trekking is an incredible trek that takes trekkers across Nepal and encircles Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. A beautiful tapestry of nature and snow-capped peaks may be seen while traveling along this road, which provides stunning vistas. A cultural odyssey is also included throughout the walk, allowing passengers to interact with various ethnic groups. These communities each share distinctive customs, traditions, and ways of life, adding a new dimension to the experience.
Q: How long is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is typically completed in 14–18 days, depending on the itinerary and acclimatization schedule.
Q: What is the best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: The best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is dry and the skies are clear.
Q: What is the difficulty level of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate-to-challenging trek that requires good fitness and endurance. It involves crossing high mountain passes and trekking through rugged and remote terrain.
Q: Is a permit required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: Yes, a permit is required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trek falls under the restricted area, and a special permit is required, which can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency.
Q: What kind of accommodation is available on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: The accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. The lodges provide basic facilities such as a bed, a blanket, and a pillow. The teahouses provide communal dining areas and shared bathrooms.
Q: What are the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A: The highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek include stunning views of snow-capped mountains, an opportunity to interact with different ethnic groups and their cultures and traditions, crossing the Larkya La Pass, and a rare combination of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural aspects of different ethnic communities.