Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular as an adventure trekking in Nepal in Manaslu region. This remote and restricted area trekking in Nepal takes us to the unspoiled trails and the core wilderness where we are enchanted to live our entire life. Again, this less crowded and less populated Himalayan region of Nepal delights us with magnificent age-old dialects at the border between Nepal and Tibet. At the same time, we can witness ginat Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountian peak in the world, and other alluring snowfed mountain panorama. Likewise, we enjoy to exploring holy caves, monsteries, freshwater lakes and friendly people and their amazing culture.
Manaslu Circuit trek begins from Sotikhola after a long drive of 7-8 hours from Kathmandu. For this drive , we either need to go with local bus drive or local/private jeep drive to Sotikhola from Kathmandu. From Sotikhola, we follow the road to the next destination,Labu Besi. We begin to trek via lush rhododendron and beautiful country topography. The trek is along the Nupri, an area trade route with the Tibet with Tibetan cultural influence. As we ascend higher, the Hindu culture is supplemented by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates and Chortens, as do the topography changes. This circuit is also a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals like the snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, grey wolf, blue sheep, musk deer, which you may witness along the way. On the trail, we also can explore holy and historical monsteries and freshwater lakes like Punggyen Gompa and Birendra Lake.
Our gradual and careful ascent takes us to Larkya La Pass ( 5100m), one of the highest passes in the world. Before crossing Larkya La Pass, we acclamatize at Dharmasala. Larkya La Pass offers us probably the most absolute thrills of adventure trekking in Nepal with astonishing mountain panorama including Mt. Manaslu. We also learn so many significant things about Tibetan culture and civilization in our Manaslu Circuit Trek. We pass different beautiful settlements like Bimthang, Tilje and Tal and finally arrive at Besisahar. Form Besisahar, we take a drive to Kathmandu.
Since Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trekking in Nepal, we require prior hiking or trekking skills. Besides, regular exercises, aerobics, jogging and walking also help you to enhance your stamina for Manaslu Circuit Trek. But, some trekkers find Manaslu Circuit Trek as a moderate trekking in Nepal.
We use very ordinary mountain accomodation during our Manaslu Circuit Trek. Expect to share accomodation with other people. Do not expect to enjoy luxury accomodation during theis trip. The best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek is Autumn ( Mar-June).
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the pre-trip meeting, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After the breakfast, drive to Arughat (570m) from Kathmandu, which will take approx. 6-7 hours via private vehicle or local bus. You will be travelling via the Prithvi Highway before Malekhu turn north, taking the single track road for Dhading Besi and beyond to Arughat. You will stay there at guesthouse overnight.
After breakfast start trekking from Arughat. Your destination will be Soti Khola (730m), which will take approx. 5-6 hours. A well-defined path through verdant paddy fields climbs past Gurung villages. At Shanti Bazaar, you will have the first view of Shringi Himal. From here Budhi Gandaki will be your uphill companion. After crossing the suspension bridge of Soti Khola, then reach into the village which is famous for famed Honey Hunters.
Start trekking in the morning and after crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then, the trail, gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then goes up and down through large stands of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down, then up around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi.
From Labu Besi, move onwards and follow the trail gradually uphill to Jagat. Reach at Jagat via Doban.
Trek to Ghata Khola by following the river bank and then cross to the eastern bank before ascending to Philim, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m).
The trek takes through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until reaching the little settlement of Dang. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki River where the valley opens and begin your ascent to Rana. The trail now takes high above the river, giving views of the Manaslu Massif before descending to Ghap.
Trek from Ghap to Lho village (3020m). It is the distance of about 6 to 7 hours normal walk. Slowly and gradually gaining altitude and with the increase in altitude, enter into alpine territory and accordingly increasing mountain views. On the way to Manrung, find more number of Mani walls and three more crossing of the Budi Gandaki. Finally reach at Lho.
You will be resuming the trek with a steep descent and a crossing of yet another rock-strewn torrent called Thusang Khola. You will realize that Manaslu and Himalchuli dominate the entire landscape. Then on, across the glacier-fed Numla Khola, the valley drops away to a moraine follow the ancient trans-Himalayan trail now a just very few kilometers from Tibet. Then reach at Samagaon. Samagaon (3390m) is one of the classic Lama settlements in the region with monetary and mani walls and all things totally Tibetan.
This day will be a rest and acclimatization day in Samagaon. You can have an optional hike to Punggyen Gompa or the day can be spent immersing oneself in the daily life of Sama Gompa.
Cross Budhi Gandaki for a final time and pause at the old stone wall of mani inscriptions bidding for progress over the pass. The trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier. Further climb bring to memorably Spartan Larkya Rest House. Reach to Dharmashala (4480m).
Full-day acclimatization at Dharmashala.You can explore the surrounding areas of Dharmashala and stay here tonight.
An early morning trek is needed so start at approx. 4 am to avoid gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass. After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine, make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4700m) which you cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5100m). The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu. Well, the descent is hardly any easier; drop around 650m in less than an hour. Your trail then levels off onto yak pastures before finally reaching Bimtang (3590m), a collection of typical summer kharkas.
Descend through meadows and through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Hampuk and then after dropping further following the course of the Dudh Khola arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho. Keeping the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of the gradual descents to the Gurung Settlement of Tilije which has a certain notoriety for apply brandy.
Trek goes along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in Dharapani. From here, continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake.
The trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Syange.
The trail downstream to Besisahar and pass through the picturesque villages, forests and mountain views.
After completing this wonderful Manaslu Trek, drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Katmandu
You have the option to extend your trip to continue on to the Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.
After a few days of fun and excitement the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
We had an amazing time doing manaslu circuit trekking. Our guide Nabaraj was very experienced and made sure we acclimatized well before the going for a high altitude. While others were resting at the guest house, he always made sure we had good rooms and always ordered our dinner early so we could eat earlier. He also made many adjustments to the schedule according to our pace and our request to jeep the dirt road on the way back. Our porter and guide were also very experienced and knowledgeable. He was also always in the kitchen helping with making meals for us, which I never saw other porters do. We will definitely trek with Luxury Holidays Nepal again when we come back to Nepal!Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
This is my second time in Nepal I had decided to do a Manaslu circuit trek. After arrival in Kathmandu international airport I had directly drive to Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. I talked with Mr. Shishir and I told him my plan for 21 days Manaslu circuit trek. He introduced to my Guide Nabaraj and Porter Ramesh. It is rarely to experience such professionalism service.
Everything was taken care of and they arranged a guide and porter that really made the trip very memorable. A trek like this is quite a challenge because of the steepness and the high altitude and therefore you should be well prepared physically to be able to enjoy it. Manaslu circuit trek is amazing and to be at the top of the world with spectacular mountain views!!
I loved this trek and look forward to do another trek someday soon. I’ll be extremely happy to use Luxury Holidays Nepal.Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017
I together with my girlfriend just finished the 16 day Manaslu circuit trek organized via this company and I can highly recommend to do the same. After having visited several travel agencies in Kathmandu, we had the best feeling about trekking partners. The people in the office are very welcoming and the information provided is very informative. After visiting the office we also received all information via e-mail from Shishir. Including itineraries and packing list.
Best was our guide Navraj. He explained to us a lot about culture and nature during the trek. He even helped us to carry some luggage during the most difficult parts of the trek.
Next trek we would definitely go again with trekking partners and Navraj!
Visited April 2016Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you 4 star hotels in Kathmandu and Teahouse/Lodge throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. Some rooms have the electric lighting system and every teahouse/lodge has a capacious dining room and lounge. We will provide you and your group at the lodge which is locally available every day (In some places rooms cannot be booked in advance). If you want to upgrade accommodation in cities, then contact us for cost detail. Accommodation in 4 stars hotel Kathmandu(Hotel Mulberry or similar category) and for 5 stars hotel in Kathmandu (Gokarna Forest Resort or similar category).
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage are carried and moved by the porters. You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag which will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15kg and for more weight you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private luxury vehicle for airport transferal, sightseeing and Local bus Kathmandu-Arughat and Sybru Bensi-Kathmandu.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
Communication during Journey:
This Trek is the trekking in the remote area so there may not be the full facilities of the telephone. But during the trail, you can find the telephone and internet facilities in the most of the place.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa or $40 USD for a 30-day visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. (Nepal Visa Information)
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
www.makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com, www.expedia.com
They usually have good offers. (See the flight details page for more information)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at email@example.com
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies are accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine. We recommend you to take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book. To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.
Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Annapurna Trek, Langtang Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
For more information about Nepal Trip click here.
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.