Manaslu (8163m), located in the west-central part of Nepal, is the eighth-highest peak in the world. It is a challenging mountain to climb but provides an incredible experience for passionate trekkers. 'Manaslu' means the spirit mountain, and the locals refer to it as the compassionate and strong divinity that dwells within them. The Manaslu trekking region is protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), therefore trekking is controlled and trekkers are required to obtain special permits which are only available through government registered trekking agencies with authorized licenses. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is for anyone seeking a challenge in a remote and pristine region. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an incredible combination of cultural diversity with fantastic mountain landscapes and invigorating adventure. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek has been designed with sufficient time for our Trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the high Himalayas.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from the town of Arughat (760m) which is accessible by road. Once we arrive, you will begin on a trail which passes through rhododendron, pine, and oak forests leading to many small Gurung villages. As you ascend up Ravine Budhi Gandaki Gorge, you will have spectacular views of the mountains and experience Newari, Gurung, Brahmin and Chhetri culture. You will also pass through the Nupri region which is inhabited by Tibetan immigrants. This area has many colorful prayer flags, mani walls, monasteries, and unique elements of Tibetan culture. The highest point on this trek is the 'Larkya La Pass' at 5160m. This is widely said to be one of the most spectacular pass journeys in the Himalayas with incredible views of Kangguru, Annapurna 2nd, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larkya Peak and Ratna Chuli. En-route to Dharapani is an exhilarating experience as the trail merges with the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Beshisahar. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is unique because it combines a cultural experience with incredible beauty. Throughout the trek, you will experience a variety of micro-climates and pristine landscapes.
The remote location and challenging terrain of the Manaslu Circuit Trek make it a wonderful option for your next adventure. At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we create itineraries that fit the need of our travelers and work with you to make a schedule that will work for you. We offer all the necessary support to make the Manaslu Circuit Trek a memory of a lifetime.
Eight highest mountain of the world.
Diversity of culture
A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, you will depart for Aarughut (608m), which is an 8 hour drive by private 4WD jeep. You will pass many beautiful far mining terraces, small villages, and fantastic views of the mountains. Aarughat is home to Newar and Gurung people. Overnight in Aarughat.
After breakfast, your will begin your trek with a spectacular view of the Ganesh Himal range (West face) and continue to Sotikhola for lunch. After lunch you will pass the Budhi Gandaki Rapids and two waterfalls and arrive in the Gurgung village of Labubensi (884m). Overnight in Labubensi.
You will begin trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River and arrive at Maccha Khola for lunch. After lunch, you will cross a bridge ascending to Khorla Bensi (970m). Khorla Bensi has a lovely organic coffee garden and a fantastic view of Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Khorla Bensi
You will begin your morning with a slight ascent to Taptopani. There is a hot spring, which is a relaxing place to stop for awhile. You will cross the Budhigandaki River passing by small villages, waterfalls, and the deep valley. You will stop in Thulodhunga for lunch and continue your trek to Jagat Village (1340m), which has many mani walls and a customs office. You will check your permit at the MCAP office. Overnight in Jagat.
From Jagat, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and continue on to the Manaslu Circuit Trail, which has an incredible view of Sriring Himal. After lunch, you will continue on until you reach the small Gurung Village, Deng (1860m). Overnight in Deng.
After breakfast, you will begin ascending to Rana Village, passing tea houses, scenic hills, and colorful landscapes along the way. You will follow the trail as it switchbacks leading you into Ghapsya Village (2397m).Overnight in Ghyapsya.
The trail ascends through the forest of Rhododendron and pine, after a couple of hours
You will begin your morning trekking through a Rhododendron and pine forest before reaching Namrung (2630m). Namrung is a beautiful village with view of Ganesh Himal and Siringi. It also has a monastery, hydro-power, and a permit check. From here, you will ascend up to Lho, which has a view of Manaslu (8163m) and a monastery. Overnight in Lho.
After breakfast,you can visit the monastery at the top of Lho Village and begin your hiking for the day. You will ascend to Shala (3500m) which offers some of the best views on your trek. You will continue on until you reach Sama Goan which is an important stopping point for mountaineers and trekkers. Overnight in Sama Goan.
Today you will take an acclimatization day, meaning you will climb to a higher elevation and sleep at a lower elevation to adjust to the altitude. You will ascend to Pung Gyan Gompa in the morning, and come to back to Sama to relax for the remainder of the afternoon. There are many places around Sama Goan to explore such as Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra Lake. Overnight in Sama Goan.
The trek to Samdo is short and easy. You will walk along the Budhigandaki River passing through meadows, stone huts, and mani walls, and ascend up to Samdo (3875m). You can check into your room, enjoy your lunch, and explore the surrounding areas. Overnight in Samdo.
In the morning, you will begin your trek to Dharmasala. You will pass Larkya Bazaar (4090m), which was a part of the salt traders' route. You will ascend to Dharmasala (4460m) enjoying mountain views and meadows. You can check into your room upon arrival then hike up to the peak and rest. Overnight in Dharmasala.
You will depart for your ascent to Larkya-La pass at 3am. Larkya-La pass is one of the longest passes in Nepal, and it will take about 4 hours to reach the ascent at 5160m. The summit offers magnificent views of Kangguru, Annapurna 2nd, Himlung, Cheo himal Gyaji Kang, Larkya peak and Ratna chuli. You will descend to Bhhimthang (3590m), which is situated in a beautiful valley with majestic views of the mountains. Overnight in Bhimthang
You can enjoy a slow morning and long breakfast before descending to the river, walking through Rhododendron and Pine forests along the way. You will pass several small tea shops, meadows, sheep, and yaks before stopping in Kharche for lunch. After lunch, you will continue to the Gurung Village, Goa. (2515m).Overnight in Goa
You will descend to Dharapani, where you will reach the Annapurna circuit highway. You will continue along the road until reaching Taal for lunch. After lunch, you will continue hiking until you arrive in Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Early in the morning, you will drive to Beshisahar in a local jeep, and then take a private coach to Kathmandu, passing many different landscapes along the way. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be dropped off in your hotel and have a free evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We will drop you at the airport for your further destination. We hope that you had an incredible time in the Manaslu circuit trek and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!
Cholandra is an amazingly fit person. I’ve seen him balancing on one foot in the middle of a rushing river carefully setting stoes so we could cross. He never once slipped doing this long task. His sweet caring personality was always refreshing.
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradables which you had.