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Manaslu Circuit journey features everything you would want from a classic trek in Nepal. Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their culture. The Manaslu Circuit trek is a stunning 13-day journey that treks around the world’s eighth-highest mountain, beginning from Machhekhola going up to Larke la, and descending to the adjoining point of world-famous Annapurna and back to Kathmandu. 177 km Manaslu Circuit Trek follows an off-the-beaten path a part of the Great Himalayan Trails through beautiful landscapes, fierce waterfalls, and dense forests to Manaslu mountain (8156m/26758ft). Surely Manaslu circuit is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for everyone!

Name of package: Manaslu Circuit trek

Number of days: 12-days

Number of nights: 11-night

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trip Ends: Kathmandu

Cost per person: 875 USD

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Machhekhola (869m, 7-8 hrs)

We head out from Kathmandu for the long drive to Machekhola, driving through Arughat along the way on the dusty road. Our companion and guide through the Manaslu valley whose source we’ll eventually touch on when we ascend to the pass of Larkya La. Machha Khola, (the name means ‘fish river’) with pleasant views of the surrounding jungle and occasional waterfalls adding their own soothing sound bite to the hike.

Day 02: Machhakhola to Jagat (1340m, 7 hrs)

We ease through Khorlabesi during the early part of the day and make our way to Tatopani, famed for its natural hot springs. A steep climb takes us up to Dobhan as we enter the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

Day 03: Jagat to Deng (1860m, 7 hrs)

Our day begins by walking through a subtropical rainforest and a series of small hamlets, traversing a couple of suspension bridges along the way, the last of which leads us into the village of Philim and its beautiful setting amidst terraced fields overlooking the river. Further along the trail we arrive at the junction for Tsum Valley and Larkye La and take the path heading northwest towards Deng.

Day 04: Deng to Namrung (2630m, 7 hrs)

The first real views of the major mountains at hand come into view, with Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and other peaks making their presence known as we make our way up the valley. Lush vegetation greets us as we hit the trail and head west through more quaint villages like Prok and their scenic outlooks, then on and up the last steep stretch into Namrung.

Day 05: Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4 hrs)

Today is the day when we hit the jackpot for spectacular views of the mountains as the valley opens up with our approach to the scenic village of Lho. The lower temperate forests give way steadily as the trail breaks free of the tree line and climbs higher into the mountains, the lush greens of the lower valley giving way to the muted browns and grays of the Himalayan terrain and the vivid blue skies one only experiences at altitude. After our half-day hike to Lho there’s plenty of time left over to fully explore the gorgeous views of Manaslu and visit Rebung Gompa perched atop a hillside nearby.

Day 06: Loho to Sama (3520m, 3 hrs).

From Lho we hike to the equally impressive village of Shyala and its spectacular vistas of Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi, Naike, Kutang Himal, and Pangbuche Himal, then climb steadily through yak pasturelands to Sama Gaun. With plenty of time left over from the day there’s ample opportunity to make the short hike to Birendra Lake.

Day 07: Acclimatization day. Hike to either Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base Camp or Pungen Gumpa.

Sama Gaun is our temporary home for the day as we give our bodies time to acclimate to the altitude, and the choice is a fine one as the village provides multiple choices for day excursions including a short hike to the pretty lake of Birendra Taal nearby, the highly rewarding and dramatic hike to Manaslu Base camp, or the alternative walk to Pungen Gompa and its serene setting amidst the Mountain.

Day 08: Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)

Onward and up is the motto of the day as we put our heads down determinedly with the goal of Larke La ever nearer. The trail leads us on a short and gradual climb alongside the river then begins to steepen as it leads us up to Samdo around midday. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to explore and perhaps hike to a higher altitude briefly to help in the process of acclimatization. Remember if you are not well acclimatizing then take one more acclimatization day at Samdo.

Day 09: Samdo to Dharmasala(4460m, 5 hrs)

Our trek to the high-altitude camp of Dharmsala brings us to the very threshold of Larke La, with snow more evident and the air feeling thinner with each step towards our destination. Another brief hike to higher ground is recommended to help our bodies get used to the altitude and sleep better during the night.

Day 10: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then descends to Bhimthang overnight (3590, 8 hrs).

The typical method for crossing Larkya La is to head out before daybreak, our head-mounted lights bobbing in the dark as we clamber up the path in the cold morning air, our breath apparent in the glow of the lamps. The trail to Larke La is a deceptive one of constant switchbacks, promising everything one minute and snatching it away the next as one false ridge leads to another. Finally we catch a glimpse of the first prayer flags and our goal is finally attained as we stumble wearily to the marker and pose proudly for our cameras to mark the achievement. After pausing to luxuriate in the accomplishment and take in the magnificent views we begin the descent to Bhimthang and put our trekking poles to good use to spare our tired legs and knees from the steep descent to the arid valley below.

Day 11: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1960m, 7/8 hrs).

With views of Manaslu to our left and the Annapurna ranges to our right we descend from Bhimthang through yak pastures to the first signs of the Dudh Khola’s headwaters trickling down the slope. A bridge across leads to a path that gradually leaves behind the alpine climate and takes us down through familiar rhododendron forests to a narrow valley of terraced fields and patchwork crops. We reach the small and picturesque village of Tilje then make our way uphill to Dharapani, the major trekking confluence in the region and modern starting point for trekkers heading out on the Annapurna Circuit and their goal of reaching Thorong La pass

Day 12: Dharapani to Kathmandu by drive.

A long day’s driving by local transport to Kathmandu. If you prefer to go to Pokhara after the trek, we will provide you with a bus to Pokhara. Once return to Kathmandu then we (Global Eco Trails) offer you the fare well.

Note: Recommend having one additional (contingency) day just in case of an emergency.

The Cost Includes Following Services

  • Complementary Airport Pick up upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary by bus. (Kathmandu-Machhakhola) and (Beshisahat-Kathmandu or Pokhara)
  • Necessary other local permits if required
  • Annapurna Conversation Entry Permit (ACAP)
  • Manaslu Conversation Entry permit. (MCAP)
  • Manaslu Restricted area entry permit for 7 days
  • An Experienced English-speaking Sherpa Guide with equipment throughout the trek.
  • The food, accommodation, Insurance, daily wages, and Salary of the Guide
  • 11-night twin-sharing Mountain accommodation with Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, 3 times a day)
  • Insurance of Nepalese Staff.
  • Government Tax and VAT
  • Farewell Dinner in a Nepalese Typical Restaurant  

Cost excludes

  • Personal expenses and Tipping to Guide and porter.
  • Necessary equipment and international flight to Nepal and back,
  • Nepal Visa, Visa costs 30 USD, 50 USD, and 125 USD for 15 days, 30 days, and 90 days respectively.
  • Meals and Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu Or in Pokhara
  • A porter to carry the trek luggage. If a porter is required then a porter costs 23 USD per day and one porter is shared by 2 clients. He will carry about 20 kg in total.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)