Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 16
  • Max-Altitude: 5,100 m
  • Best Season: Spring (February – May) and Autumn (September – November)
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 12
  • Breakfast: Meal | Breakfast
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is designed for you – the passionate trekkers who wish to trek in the Himalayas. During your journey, you with an incredible view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and other pristine snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Experience life-changing moments at every step of your trek – Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna Massifs, Budhi Gandaki River plus Gorge (the world’s deepest gorge), Marsyandi River, and Gorkha Bazaar.

If you are looking for one of the most exciting adventures, this Manaslu Circuit Short Trek is the best option. Since it was opened in 1991, it has become popular among domestic and international trekkers.

Be ready to trek in such an isolated but enchanted region of the Himalayas in Nepal. You will feel healed, refreshed and meditated being away from the chaos and hectic life. When you are on the trek, you pass through the dense woodlands, walk on the rustic trails, climb cliffs, observe natural flora and fauna, cross streams, fast-flowing rivers, visit traditional settlements, meet local people, enjoy their culture and organic hospitality, wilderness, and enjoying local cultures.

And, pristine ecology, medieval lifestyle and stunning mountain ranges will make feel hypnotized. You will feel your heart stolen.

Manaslu Short Circuit Trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat/SotiKhola. Then, you trek passing through the traditional settlements, terraced farmland, pastures dense rhododendron/alpine woodlands, glacial rivers, frozen lakes, deep gorges and narrow ridges. During your trek, you pass Larkhya La Pass, step on the Manaslu Base Camp and explore Birendra Tal (lake). Gompas, prayer wheels, Mani walls, stone inscriptions with Buddhists mantras and local woodcrafts attract, energize and entertain to accomplish your adventurous trek to the Manaslu region.

 

Book your Manaslu Circuit Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.


  • Move into the Manaslu Conservation Areaencircling Manaslu (8,163 m) – the world’s eighth highest peak
  • Experience a uniquely different experience than the Everestand Annapurna Regions
  • Step on the land of famous for Himalayan Tahrs, blue sheep and snow leopard
  • Meet Himalayan people and their lifestyle, enjoy Tibetan culture, observe Buddhist monasteries, architecture and traditions
  • Comparatively easier, safer and cost-effective Everest Base Camp Trip
  • Average physical fitness trekkers can easily accomplish
  • Indulge with 3600 dazzling close views of ManasluMassifs
  • Well-experienced licensed guides, strong porters and supportive crew members
  • Physically less challenging journey, and heavenly natural pleasure – collect lifetime experiences
  • One of the most satisfying treks among all destinations in Nepal.

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet our representative. He/she will greet you and drive to our luxury Nepali authentic restaurant and assist you to check-in at Thamel. So, please keep your eyes on someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal.

In the evening, we arrange a short introduction meeting. You will meet your guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

We offer you a welcome dinner and you simply take a rest at the restaurant. Overnight, you stay at our restaurant and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip to Manaslu Circuit Trek.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today our journey to Manaslu Circuit Trek starts. After early morning breakfast, we drive you from Kathmandu. At first, we arrive at Dhading Besi (the headquarters of Dadhing district) which takes about 7 hours. On the way, you can enjoy varied landscapes, terraced fields, green forested hillsides, streams and rivers. From Dhading Bazaar, our drive continues on dusty, bumpy and rural roads to Arughat. You see the wonderful mountain views on the backdrop occasionally. When you cross a bridge at Budhi Gandaki River, Aarughat Bazaar welcomes you heartily.

At Arughat, we have lunch and stretch our legs before trekking to Sotikhola. Also, enjoy the beautiful rural villages; dotted houses with thatched roof houses and terraced farming make you feel excited.

After lunch, we keep on driving for more than one and half hours on the bumpy and rustic roads on the west bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, we reach Soti Khola and enjoy the incredible views of Soti Khola’s steep hills. Overnight, we stay and take a rest.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

Enjoying an early breakfast, we start trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola passing through beautiful green forest, crossing pouring waterfalls and walking along the riverbeds. On the narrow trails, other traders and caravans of donkeys accompany you occasionally.

When you reach Lyabrubesi – an ethnic Gurung village, you will be surprised after seeing wonderful terraced paddy fields. We continue hiking to Nauli Khola and cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River, and reach Maccha Khola.

Again, we follow the narrow gorges. We come with many ascends and descends while following the trail to Khorlabesi. Further, crossing less populated rural villages, we ascend Tatopani – a hot spring. Walking ahead, we reach Dobhan.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest here at Dobhan.

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, after a warm breakfast, we head towards Thulo Dhunga and Yara Bagar from Dobhan. Completing several ups and downs and crossing suspension bridges, we reach Jagat – a small village. At Jagat, we submit our Trekking Permit at the Checkpoint of Manaslu Conservation Area (since MCA is a Restricted Area). Then we go down to Salleri and continue trekking up to Sirdibas. Finally, we ascend to Philim and spend overnight here.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

On this day, we trek to Deng. We leave Philim, follow wonderful trails that pass through dense alpine forests. Tracing arid landscape and following the zigzag trail and passing by the Ekle Bhatti, we descend along the gorges to Lokpo – the meeting point of Shar Khola and Chhukung Khola. Further, following the wider valley, and crossing a suspension bridge, we reach Pewa.

From Pewa, we reach Deng – a farmer village with Buddhists’ richness. Ascending along the Shringi Khola and climbing a hill for few hours, we reach Bhimphedi.

Overnight, we stay and take a rest at Deng.

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

Having an early breakfast, our trails descend which takes us to Bihi – a stone-carved village. We continue our trek following Budhi Gandaki route. Passing through enchanting fir and rhododendron forest, we reach Ghap and then climb Tum Khola.

We continue strolling up on the trails in the forest enjoying birds chirping and monkeys swinging on the trees. We cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and reach Namrung.

Overnight, we stay here. Enjoy the hospitality of whole-hearted people, observe painted houses and observe a bigger chorten.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

After early breakfast, we start trekking to upper Nupri – the western mountains. At Nupri, you can observe local people with exclusive Tibetan culture, dialect and dress. Going up passing the barley fields, we reach Lihi – a small beautiful village. Shortly after passing the village, we see Mt. Simnang (6,251 m) shaping like a razor blade.

Trekking further, the next village Sho welcomes us offering a more spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Manaslu North (7,157 m) and Naike Peak (5,515 m). After a short walk from Sho village, we reach Lho Gaun with the busy Ribum Gompa.

Overnight, we stay at Lho.

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

We leave Lho village for Sama Gaun (village). Passing Lho village, we walk through the forest along the little river and climb the steady trail. Then, we reach Shyaula – an exciting plateau of the high mountains. You feel greeted with beautiful chortens and magnificent mountain sights.

Our journey continues. We follow the trail through dense forest witnessing the stunning waterfall in hilly terrain. Moving further, the valley opens wider leading to a bigger village of Samagaun.

Overnight, we stay here at Samagaun.

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

This is rest and exploration day at Samagaon and nearby regions. You would feel blessed after seeing innocent smiling faces of children and kind people accompanied with enchanting natural beauty. Also, you can explore big chortens, colorful flags, prayer wheels, piled mani stones with holy inscriptions. In addition, you observe amazing woodcraft and women wearing traditional jewellery. Even, you go to Pungyen monastery and feel blessed with its sanity and holiness in the Himalayas.

Touching cool air, you can capture panoramic views of the mountains. And, you also can have a short hike to Birendra Tal – a freshwater lake with its turquoise color makes your hike mesmerizing and valuable. Also, we trek up to Manaslu Base Camp and capture the most scenic moments.

Samagaon is a perfect example of authentic religious and cultural traditions and natural views in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Enjoy it.

Overnight, we stay here.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we head towards Samdo following the north side trail of Sama village with drier vegetation and a cold climate.  We pass a large pasture land Khemu Kharka with long Mani walls and scrubby forest. Continuing our trek, we reach Samdo – the last village before Larkya La. At Samdo, you see a chorten, farmland, green pastures/fields, a white entrance and Buddhist-stone houses.

During summer, Samdo is the trade spot for Tibet and Samdo village to exchange woolen craft and other materials. Overnight, we stay here at Samdo.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

On this day, leaving Samdo, you stroll through the northern trail of the village. Then, taking the westward trail, you pass through the dense juniper and rhododendron woodland. After that, you head towards Larkhya Phedi. On the way, you might encounter Blue Sheep if you are lucky. While climbing up to Larkhya Phedi, enjoy the panoramic view of the Syacha Glaciers originated from the Larkhya Himal.

Overnight, we stay here at Dharmasala.

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

We start our trek early in the morning. After ascending for some time, we reach Larkhya La Pass – it’s a proven challenge. We continue our journey following the frozen lake’s moraine and stepping on snow. It’s tiresome but fun when we conquer. You will see Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m) and Annapurna II (7937m) mirroring majestically in front of you.

Then, we descend through slippery trails which leads us to Taubuche. Walking further, we reach Bhimthang – a wider valley. We stay here overnight.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

From Bhimthang, we follow the trails down to Gho. We pass through the astonishing landscape, cross icy glaciers and several ups and downs.  However, the stunning view of Mt. Manaslu, colorful prayer flags and small bushy trees always make you feel energetic.

Onwards, the trails become easier. As you continue trek passing through the fine alpine forest and pastures, you reach Dudhkhola. Trekking from Dughkhola, you reach Sotikhola. Following the bank of Sotikhola, you reach Gho village for today’s shelter.

 

 

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

As you stroll through pastures and woods along the north bank of the Dudh Khola, you’ll come to a lovely Gurung village called Tilije (2,300 m). You cross the creek to reach Thonje after leaving the village with flagstone buildings and rich culture.

From Thonje, we reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Finally, descending down to Marsyandi River for a couple of hours, we reach Tal.

Overnight, we stay and enjoy organic hospitality here at Tal.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

After early morning breakfast, we drive from Tal to Besisahar via the temporary dusty rural roads. When we reach Besisahar, the road becomes smooth to Kathmandu.

On the way, you enjoy the scenic pastoral landscapes, terrace farming, and rows of settlements on both sides of the road. We guarantee that you will be so happy to see distant mountains, close giant hills, rural villages, fast-flowing rivers (Marsyangdi, Narayani and Trishuli).

After 7-8 hours of a comfortable journey, we reach Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. You can take a rest or explore the streets and markets in Kathmandu. Even you can enjoy various cuisines at different restaurants in Thamel – the No. 1 tourist city in Nepal.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 16
  • Max: 5,100 m

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    • April 21st, 2022

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