Manaslu round trek or Manaslu circuit trek is a prominent trek in the Manaslu district that lies in between Nepal and Tibet. As the name implies, Manaslu, “The Spirit Mountain”, is a trek to the dashing unparalleled snow-clad mountains with the organic exploration of typical cultures, wildlife, and their attributes. The eight highest mountains in 8163 meters are the most isolated and have a unique landscape in western Nepal. The trekking authorization in this region was legally permitted in 1992.
Manaslu round trek is a great opportunity to experience the Gurung and Buddhist culture. The trekking trail of this route takes travelers to the Larke La Pass at the elevation of 5160 meters. The circuit supports you to have different perspectives of typical Tibetan society. The journey to the Manaslu circuit begins from Kathmandu and guiding a way to Soti Khola, Machi Khola, Jagat, Phidi and so on. The captivating forest of bright rhododendron, blasting greeneries with bamboos, pine backwoods and blue-green lakes refreshes travelers throughout a journey. The round trek also supports a magnificent view of gigantic mountains like Himal Chuli 7893 meters, Manaslu Himal 8153 meters, Ganesh Himal 7319 meters and Shringi Himal 7187 meters. The trails encompass several Buddhist landmarks with tremendous Mani dividers, powerful feeling, and petition to God Banners, sanctuary, Chorten and old cloister.
Manaslu round trek is a restricted area trekking which makes it more expensive than other circuit treks. This round trek requires a special authorization from Restricted Area Permit (RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This conservation area is rich in wildlife like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Thar and home to 33 species of other mammals. We can find over 110 species of birds and 1500-2000 species of flowering plants in this region.
Seasonal highlights of the Manaslu Round/ Circuit trek.
The best time to trek around the circuit is autumn and spring.
The months of March-May and September- November offers clear views and moderate temperature.
Monsoon and winter seasons incurs the risk of Landslide and Avalanche
The trails get wet and moist and the temperature is cold.
Disturbance invisibility and has unconditional weather.
Momentary at Larkya La at 5215 meters.
Walk across the monasteries, Chorten and typical villages like Deng, Namrung, and Samdo.
Get a panoramic view of high mountains like Manaslu, Annapurna range, Him Chuli, and other gigantic mountains.
Observe and practice the Nepalese and Tibetan mixture culture
Explore the Budi Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge.
Trek and hike between the borders of Nepal and Tibet.
Day 1: Advent at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport.
Upon your arrival, the Nepalaya treks team greets you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu valley cultural sightseeing and preparation for trek.
We take a morning breakfast and make our way to Kathmandu valley sightseeing. We visit possible few sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Sawyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa. Later, we prepare for the trek. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 meters). Duration: 8-9 hours.
We start our drive early in the morning via Arughat (608 meters). The drive takes us along the beautiful and scenic landscapes, winding rivers and typical villages. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (869 meters). Duration: 5-6 hours.
We follow the amazing trail of woodlands, and upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, we descend overlooking towards the Machha Khola via a wide and sandy riverbed. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1340 meters). Duration: 6 hours.
From the Machha Khola, we make our way to Jagat. We hike on the trail passing through hot springs, forested area and reach Dovan Khola. From here, we trek towards Lhakpa and reach Jagat. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 6: Trek to Philim (1570 meters). Duration: 5 hours.
After taking early breakfast, we mark our way to Philim. The trekking trail is easy and undulating. We trek to the Sirdibas that offers a striking view of Sringi Himal (7162 meters). Then, we drop down to the river and climb steeply towards Philim. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 7: Trek to Deng (1860 meters). Duration: 5 hours.
We make our way to impressive waterfalls and pass Eklebatti. The trail takes us to cross a suspension bridge twice and eventually leads to Nyak. From the Nyak we move ahead to Deng. Deng provides us great views of Sringi Himal and is a Gurung village. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 8: Trek to Namrung (2630 meters). Duration: 5 hours.
We trek over steep hills and then descend to cross the river. We encounter a few small settlements before reaching impressive valley Namrung. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (3520 meters). Duration: 6 hours.
The trail from the Namrung at first takes us to Lihi and then to the landslide-prone area towards to Lho. On the way to Samagaon, we can have a splendid vies of Manaslu range. The trail further guides to the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier. We eventually reach to Sama. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 10: Acclimatization and exploration day at Samagaon.
Acclimatization plays a vital role in the success of our trek. Today, we spend our time at Samagaon and hike around to have a magnificent view of gigantic mountains like Manaslu (8163 meters), Simnang Himal (6251 meters), Manaslu North (7157 meters) and other adjoining peaks. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3875 meters). Duration: 3 hours.
We cross the trail passing over the pasture and slowly ascends further into the valley. As we get closer to Samdo we can have a fantastic view of the mountains, especially Manaslu. From the Samdo, we can have a short hike to Rui La (4998 meters), a standing border between Nepal and Tibet. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4460 meters). Duration: 4 hours.
We cross a couple of streams and make our way to Larkya Bazaar. We can see a Tibetan influence in the Lakya Bazaar. From the Larkya, bazaar, we can have a magnificent view of Larkya Peak (6249 meters) and Naike Peak (6211 meters). Then, we make our way to Dharmashala. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 13: Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass (5160 meters). Duration: 8-9 hours.
Today, we have a long trek. We trek to Bimthang via the Larkya La Mountain Pass (5160 meters). We climb up to Cho Chanda and head uphill towards the snow-covered steep pass. We can a truly magnificent view of the Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6812 meters), Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Kang Koru (6981 meters) from the Larkya Pass. From the pass, we make our way through moraine and toward Bimthang. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2300 meters). Duration: 5 hours.
Today, the trekking trail guides us through paddy fields and heads towards a small Karche La pass. Descending through rhododendron and fig trees takes us to Tilje. The trek is filled with gorgeous landscapes and rich biodiversity. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 15: Trek to Chamje (1430 meters). Duration: 6-7 hours.
We climb over a small ridge, stone-paved trails and pass through beautiful villages of the region. After crossing a bridge, we reach the village of Thonje, Karta and later cross Marsayangdi Khola. Then shortly, we descend to the Chamje village. Overnight at the teahouse.
Day 16: Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu. Duration: 8 hours.
Leaving the Chamje behind, we drive towards the Besisahar in a local jeep. From The Besisahar, we drive towards Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure.
We have a successful trekking celebration on the later day and today after a short farewell program, we guide you to the airport for the final departure to your native destination.
Inclusion / Exclusion
Airport Pickup and Drop
3 Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing with professional English-speaking tour guided
Transportation as per itinerary KTM- Soti Khola/ Dharapani- KTM
Meals (BLD including hot drinks and tea/coffee)
An English-speaking Professional guide and assistant & porters as per requirements
Special Permit, Trekking permit, National park & TIMS card fee (ACAP, MCAP)
All wages, equipment, meal, medical and accident insurances for trekking staff
First aid medical kits for emergency
Frontier trek Duffle bag, T-shirt, or cap
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
International Flight Fare
Nepal Entry Visa Fee
Personal Insurance (Travel, Emergency Medical, Rescue)
Meal (Lunch and dinner) during stay in Kathmandu
Personal Trekking Gears, extra expenses Phone Calls, Water, Laundry, Bar Bills, Battery Recharge, Internet etc.