Manaslu Circuit Trek


This is a characteristic outing of the real Manaslu Circuit Trek with fabulous scenery from the beginning to its conclusion…a well designed program for great acclimatization with two rest/acclimatization days before breaking through the Larkya La front…

Our trek begins from sweltering Arughat Bazaar which is centrally placed in the historic center of Gorkha as we head up the valley northward to the Buri Gandaki River, sometimes following the river along the valley, but more often climbing high as the trail snakes along the increasingly steep, forested gorge inhabited mainly by the ethnic Gurung community. At the village of Lokwa we turn off from the main circuit and trek up the restricted Tsum valley towards red-roofed Ra-chhen Gompa. The trail circumvent interesting Manaslu peak – 8156m Crossing Larkya pass at 5100m and finally emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit. This peaceful and beautiful valley is home to people of Tibetan descent, and their dissimilar dialect, culture and traditions have remained intact due to their geographic remoteness which has wonderfully separated the culture of this community from the modern world. We rejoin the circuit and from Ghap start to climb steeply towards our high point, the Larkya La (5,213m/17,103ft) with time to acclimatise and explore the attractive Tibetan villages of Sama Gaon and Samdo en route. Our trip concludes with descending along the Marshyangdi river valley through rhododendron & oak forests as we trek to Besisahar back to Kathmandu and the warm soft bed of our hotel.


Trip duration: 22 days

Grade: Strenuous Trek …but worth the go…

Activity: Sightseeing & trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)

Transportation: Flight optional, private car or tourist bus

Accommodation: Hotel & camping or you could even bunk out at teahouse lodges wherever available, but camping is always more exciting…

Maximum altitude: 5416m

Your Outline Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu

Day 02 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Day 03 Drive to Arughat Bazaar

Day 04 Trek to Sundi Khola

Day 05 Machha Khola

Day 06 Jagat

Day 07 Deng

Day 08 Ghap

Day 09 Lho village

Day 10 Sama Gaon

Day 11 Rest day

Day 12 Larkay lodge [Dharmashala]

Day 13 Tangbuche

Day 14 Exploring from Tangbuche

Day 15 Karche

Day 16 Dharapani

Day 17 Jagat

Day 18 Bahundanda

Day 19 Bhulbhule

Day 20 Besi Sahar

Day 21 Drive to Kathmandu

Day 22 Depart Kathmandu



Details Itinerary

Your detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu, 1360m

You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner.

 Day 02: Katmandu Sightseeing

Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door.

Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. 
Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Day 03: Kathmandu Drive to Arughat Bazar

Our trip takes-off after b/fast with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Highway for the first part of the drive; then we turn towards the north from Anbu Khaireni bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets pretty roughshod after Gorkha. We will reach Arughat Bazaar after driving for seven hours from Kathmandu.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 04: Arughat Bazaar - Sundhikhola

On the very first day of hiking on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low areas, rice paddy fields and quaint views surround us. After climbing to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the river at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day & not too stretching, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim during the day as it’s pretty humid in the lower areas of this region.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 05: Sundhikhola - Machhakhola

The landscapes change as we go higher, the wide valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley which is densely forested. Then we pass a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of this valley, on our opposite where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wider section, sandy Riverbank and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley path. At the end, we have to climb up once again to get to Machhakhola, which has a number of teashops.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 06: Machhakhola - Jagat

We cross over Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The whole valley here becomes steeper to the limits till the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places. After a short section of forest trail we reach a single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban village, the Buri Gandaki descends with some notable flowing of rapids. Beyond this hard steep section, the River is much more placid, meandering across a wide gravel bank and from Lauri, we will cross the River crossing a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to the fields of Jagat.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 07: Jagat - Deng

After a connection of long descending stone step trails down to the River, we climb a terraced hill path to Saguleri, from where we get to view the tall Singri Himal, 7187m. The trail then splits, with a right hand route heading towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the River at Gata Khola. Our trekking route continues upstream, through a marvelous section with towering walls. We cross three more gentle Rivers in the next two hours to avoid the difficult valley and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng where we bunk out for the night.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 08: Deng - Ghap

The valley is still steep but very impressive. We cross the village of Lama from where we start to see Mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), this is a sure fire sign that tells us we are entering into high country Buddhist areas. After about four hours trekking we reach the village of Ghap, which is located by the River & this heralds our entry into Tibetan territory as we see a change in the climate and culture as well.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 09: Ghap - Lho Village

As we gain altitude day after day, we move into alpine territory but magnificent mountain views. There are more Mani stone walls and 3 more sections to cross over the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are massive pasture lands.

Climbing gently and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the village of Sho, 3000m. We get to see our first incredible views of the Manaslu North & Manaslu towards from Sho. As we continue we get to Lho, a large village at 3150m where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Mani Walls.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 10: Lho Village - Sama Gaon

Today follows the right section of the River bank, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trekking trail, we soon reach first section of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village call Samdo, near the Tibetan border.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 11: Sama Gaon Exploration Day.

Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest hide away, we take an acclimatization day here and explore around and relax. Maybe you can catch up on that book you love so much, or even do some washing, if not this then just contemplate on your lovely surroundings. Overnight at Sama Gaon

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 12: Sama Gaon - Larkyala Lodge (Dharmasala)

The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we walk ahead to its upper course which seems to never end; hereabouts we are surrounded by spectacular mountains from all around. Manaslu is particularly impressive after crossing over to the east bank of the River; we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu, after the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), way to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar.

Perhaps, this village must have been a trading point with Tibet lying over the Gya La at some time in the past. The local market seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlement near the Larkya Glacier; we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built for travelers after they cross over the Larkya La.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 13: Larkyala - Tangbuche

After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the valley on the north ridge of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, taking a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are gratifying views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru & massive Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screed, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A little further on, a ridge near the trail leads to Tangbuche at 3900m.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 14: Exploring around Tangbuche

The valley system here is large and spread out and well worth exploring around. But if you want you can rest the whole day or do your own things. We bunk out for the night at Tangbuche

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 15: Karche

Below us lies Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani stone walls and abandoned houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp to reach the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150m, we get great views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge, over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into the rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley, until we reach the highest tilled land in this valley of Karche at (2785m).

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 16: Dharapani

We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La pass. A green and densely forested valley lies ahead, sloping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyangdi river and join the main Annapurna Circuit with the loads of trekkers and soon reach Dharapani to rest our bones

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 17: Jagat

In the beginning we come across a tight gorge which briefly opens to Tal. The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up and now the village of Tal sits on the flat land. Over the next day and a half, we pass through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range. The landscapes here are lovely.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 18: Bahun Danda

As we make our way down from Jagat we reach Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marshyangdi Khola and onto gentle terrain. We have a short but stiff climb up to Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule.

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner

Day 19: Bhulbhule

After breakfast today, we descend to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. Rice and paddy fields are far and wide & can be viewed as far as the eyes can go.

Meals included: 1 breakfast.

Day 20: trek to Besi Sahar

With barely a hillock to climb up today, today is a walk you will do whistling your favorite song all the way. We might take the little-known east bank route from Bhulebhule to Besi Sahar.

Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu

This is an approximately seven hour’s scenic drive to Kathmandu. We lunch out A la carte at a good roadside restaurant.

Day 22: Depart Kathmandu for the green, green grass of home

Our office support staff will be on standby with a vehicle to take you to the airport for your connecting flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drives, some go-wild safaris at National parks, or maybe some white water rafting, there are mountain biking thrills or you can even get bolder & cross the border for some fantastic overland tours to Tibet & Bhutan etc.

Please Note:

The above program is only a guideline pattern which we provide. Trekking on the Manaslu Circuit can also be done for 16 days & can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements. Its also vital to note a trekking tour of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation etc, which will be beyond Nepal Nomad’s control and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. However, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect, and Nepal Nomad will not be responsible for any situation developing in delays or changes to your program. In the event of any changes, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group. 


Cost Include

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.(2nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek.(We will provide fully water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
  • Government Licensed Holders English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All special trekking permits & fees.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu(KTM - Arughat by 4WD Jeep/ Bus and Besishar - KTM by local bus).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show .
  • All our government taxes, Tourist service charge and Vat.
  • Official expense.


Cost does not include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax 
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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