A trek in Manaslu circuit.
Cross over Larkya La pass.
Experience the warmth of the local Nepali culture.
Get spectacular panoramic views of the Manaslu and Annapurna Ranges.
See many high peaks with height of 8000 meters or more.
Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: April to December. Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar. Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Expedition Duration: 16 nights / 17 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium to High. Maximum Altitude Gain: 5, 160 meters /16, 924 feet. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 500 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
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While there are numerous trek routes and trails around the world that are thriving to be stepped on, around Manaslu region is one such circuit trek in the evergreen and beautiful Nepal that will redefine the idea of trekking and travel in anyone’s life. Our 17 days itinerary will help you plan your next most exciting trek.
Mount Manaslu is the 8th tallest mountain in the world of height 8, 163 meters and the region is rich in heritage and culture and a wide variety of flora and fauna is present in abundance. The height of the trek makes it tough for some specific people with medical conditions, but the joy after completion of the trek is incomparable. Let us help you have a detailed look in the day wise itinerary.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300 meters / 4,264 feet).
If you are travelling in Nepal, you just cannot ignore the Capital. Every trek plan starts with the arrival in the capital city. Kathmandu holds the true beauty of the country. The temples, the people, the rich culture and of course the tastiest food along with many other things, Kathmandu demands to be explored and not just once but each and every time.
On the first day you will be stationed in Kathmandu, don’t miss out on trying the dishes and spend some time exploring and shopping. The Nepalese cuisine in the region will let you experience the original culture and heritage of the small country. You do not want to miss out on the beautiful places the capital has in store for you. A lot of tourists from around the globe flock to this destination to have an experience of a lifetime. There are a number of places in the capital that are worth visiting and the experience will be filled with joy.
The Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous monkey temple, Durbar Square are some of the places you need to visit today. The Buddhist Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you do not want to miss and it is one of the largest “Stupa” in the world. Have the final peace overnight stay and enjoy the best Nepalese cuisine for dinner. Your journey of being a nomad will start the following day.
Day 2: Drive to Sotikhola (710 meters / 2, 329 feet) : 8-9 hours
Rise and Shine, you are all set to experience one of the most thrilling trekking adventures of your life. A drive to Sotikhola from the capital should start early. It takes around 9 hours to reach Sotikhola. The drive will let you enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the country side of Nepal. The view of the mountains will accompany you in the drive through out. The long drive will be set on different terrains, while the first half till Dhading Bensi will be on a smooth paved road, the next half to Sotikhola through the pleasant market town of Arughat Bazar will comprise of uneven, rough dirt roads. There will be an overnight stay in Sotikhola, before you finally start walking the next day.
Day 3: Soti khola to Maccha Khola (900 meters / 2, 952 feet) : 6 - 7 hours.
This is offset of the trek, and the first stop you are going to make in this trek is Maccha Khola. The pleasant village is built on the slopes of the hill and has a number of lodging options throughout. Situated at an elevation of 900m, the total time required for this walk is around 7 hours.
Medicines are available to help you with your further journey, and Maccha Khola is your ideal place to spend the night. The journey from Soti Khola is through the Gurung Village of Labubesi and in the day’s walk you will witness the beautiful Sal Forest, the Budhi Gandaki river and some rocky terrains in along the path.
Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat (1, 410 meters / 4, 625 feet) : 6 - 7 hrs.
The following trek is through ups and downs and is all ready to give you a bit tough run. The walk from Machha Khola to Jagat is through the short and sweet village of Tatopani. The hot spring in Tatopani deserves a mention and there are is a hot spring in the “Village square”.
From Tatopani, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki river over a suspension bridge and further you will have to climb a staircase, and across a landslide and reach Dobhan. Further, you will reach Jagat by crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, then climb on a ridge and finally trek your way till the destination. Overnight in Jagat
Day 5: Jagat to Deng (1, 804 meters / 5, 917 feet) : 6 - 7 hrs.
The journey to Deng covers in almost 7 hours and the beautiful place is located at an elevation of 1804m. The journey starts with an ascent over a ridge to Salleri and then a descent to Sirdibas. From Sirdibas the trail follows till Ghatta Khola and the valley widens as you walk and further moving upstream and crossing the suspension bridge you will reach the large Gurung Village of Philim.
Following the walk further, you will walk on both the western and eastern banks of the Budhi Gandaki river. Follow the trail to reach Deng Khola cross the Khola to finally reach the tiny pleasant village of Deng. There is an overnight stay in the Deng village.
Day 6: Deng to Namrung (2, 630 meters / 8, 626 feet) : 6 - 7 hrs.
The Budhi Gandaki will be on your way today also and you will have to cross the river again to reach Rana. From Rana, you will ascend further up to Bhi and follow the trail from there to reach the Budhi Gandaki valley. You will get to explore a forest on the trail before reaching to Ghap. There is a different route to walk on from Ghap, but the route through the Prok village is the one you should choose.
The amazing view point in the Prok Village will show you the astounding view of the Siringi Himal. Before reaching Namrung, you will get to experience one last steep climb. The day will be tiring and your body demands a good sleep tonight in Namrung.
Day 7: Namrung to Sama Gaon (3, 530 meters / 11, 578 feet) : 6-7 hours.
Namrung is an exciting place to be in and the morning is the most amazing time to experience the view of the Ganesh Himal and the Siringi Hill.
In the south of Namrung, one can see the Mt. Himal Chuli. The whole view is not to miss due to the peculiarity it carries. Further, following the trail you will be witnessing an amazing view of the Mt. Manaslu and other mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 in the Shyala Village. There will be large glaciers to see and also and also other snow capped summits. You will have an overnight stay in the Sama Gaon village.
Day 8: Sama Gaon - Pungyen Gompa - Sama Gaon : 6 - 7 hours.
The day will be spent exploring the Sama Gaon. Get indulged in the rich Sherpa culture and while you enjoy the culture, witness thousands of beautiful Mani stones that are full of engravings.
From here you should visit the Pungyen Gompa, which is a beautiful monastery that allows astonishing views of the glacier. Get to know the interesting facts and history about the Monastery and enjoy your overnight stay in Sama Gaon.
Day 9: Sama Gaon - Samdo (3, 860 meters / 12, 660 feet) : 4 - 5 hours.
The journey from here starts descending and following the Budhi Gandaki River yet again. As the journey follows the Larkya La, the valley widens up and the trail also crosses a number of Mani walls.
The easy trail leads to Kermo Kharka on a shelf, after dropping the shelf you will cross the Budhi Gandaki River again. From there you will get to see a large white Kani(Buddhist Arch), cross through Kani to reach up to Samdo. You will be staying overnight in Samdo before the departure.
Day 10 : Rest day in Samdo.
Experience a hike up the valley in the back of the Samdo Village. The hike will take you to one of the treks that pass to Tibet and you will be amazed at the excellence of the views from up there. You will get to see the most of the Mt. Manaslu along with several Himalayan peaks like Ngadi, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Cheo and Kang Guru. Witness the amazing mountain birds like Lopophorus / Danphe and Lammergeyersoaring high above you. After the hike spend overnight in Samdo.
Day 11 : Samdo to Dharamshala (4, 460 meters / 14, 628 feet) : 4 - 5 hours.
You will continue walking today down the edge and yet again cross the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail will allow a great view of the Larkya Glacier before going around the Salka Khola valley and reaching up-to-the stone Guest House. This place is ideal for shelter and is called the Dharamshala or the Larke Phedi. The journey today is short sparing time for acclimatisation and a good overnight rest in Dharamshala.
Day 12 : Dharamshalato Larkya La (5, 160 meters / 16, 924 feet) to Bimthang (3, 720 meters / 12, 201 feet) : 8 - 9 hours.
At first, take a short climb to the Larkya La and fall in love with the great views of the Cho Danda and the Larkya peak. Along the pass, you will also witness the amazing view of the Himlung Himal, Kangurru, Cheo Himal and the majestic Annapurna II. The walk till Bimthang is long but the journey is filled with enthralling views and landscapes all along. Further trip will be continued after an overnight stay in Bimthang.
Day 13 : Bimthang to Tilije (2, 300 meters / 7, 544 feet) : 5 - 6 hours.
Bimthang will also allow you to have great views of the outstanding mountains like the Cheo Himal and the Himlung Himal and ofcourse Mt. Manaslu. The descent follows crossing a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail will make you cross the beautiful Rhodendron Forests. Further following the trail you will reach the village of Gho, staying options are available at Gho but Tilije has better-staying options so it is recommended to spend overnight in Tilije.
Day 14 : Tilije to Tal (1, 700 meters / 5, 577 feet) : 5 - 6 hours.
The journey continues as you pass through a beautiful village on your way down. After crossing the bridge over Dudh Khola, you will reach the Thonje Village. Befor reaching finally to the villge Tal, you will cross a police check point and also cross the Karte Village. This is the Annapurna circuit. The Tal village is located at the foot of a massive waterfall and you spend a night in Tal.
Day 15 : Tal to Syange (1, 080 meters / 3, 542 feet) : 6 - 7 hours.
The trail follows till the Chyamje Village and crosses the Marshyangdi Khola. The valley of Marshyangdi opens up to terraced lands and the villages run along the slope of the hills. The final journey to Syange is through the beautiful Rhodendron and pine forests. After reaching the Syange village at 1080m, you should rest your night in the village accommodations.
Day 16 : Syange to Kathmandu : 8-9 hours.
So the journey of the amazing circuit trek is about to finish when you take the final drive from the Syange village to Kathmandu. The drive will keep you rejuvenated with the amazing mountain landscapes along the banks of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. As you reach the capital, you celebrate the completion of the successful trek and catch up on the last minute shopping and buying souvenirs. The souvenirs will remind you of the amazing journey and the memories will stay deep in your heart forever.
Day 17 : Final Departure.
The 17th day marks the end of the journey where you will be headed back home from the airport at the capital. Surf your way through the amazing pictures and memories you have clicked. Relive the destinations and stops. Remember the landscapes and the mountains and inspire yourself to plan the next journey soon enough.
What does it include?
2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
14 nights’ accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis.
International airport pick up and drop.
Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Syange to Kathmandu Bus Ticket.
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
All necessary permits.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader). Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Items to bring with you
Trekking bag (60-80 liters).
A small day pack (knapsack / backpack / rucksack) for carrying your valuable.
2 light weight trekking/hiking pants.
1 pair of waterproof trekking/hiking pants (breathable fabric).
3 – 4 light weight trekking/hiking t-shirts/shirts.
Non-cotton underwear briefs.
4-5 pairs trekking socks.
2 pairs of heavy poly or woolen socks.
Thermals – top and bottom.
Good quality jacket to protect from cold (preferably down jacket).
Light weight fleece jacket.
Bandana or head scarf.
Warm hat that covers your ears.
Sleeping bag (-10 degree Celsius).
1 quick drying towel.
Poncho (for rain and snow).
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Good quality gloves (with extra inner layer).
Best quality hiking shoes (preferably water proof).
Crocs shoes / sandal.
Knee cap 1 pair.
UV protected sun glasses (preferably dark shade).
Water disinfection drops / tablets.
2 water bottles (1 liter each).
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and lip salve with sun blocks.
Wet-tissue papers/ baby wipes.
Headlamp, torch with spare batteries.
Dry fruits and chocolates.
Small, basic first aid kit(with diamox or acetylzolamide, cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).