Manaslu Circuit & Nar Phu Valley Trek - 22 Days

Manaslu circuit
Manaslu region
Manaslu treks
Duration22 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4460 M
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size2
Startskathmandu
Endskathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to June

The Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek is a remarkable journey that combines the stunning landscapes of the Manaslu region with the hidden treasures of the Nar and Phu valleys. This trek offers adventurers a unique opportunity to explore remote villages, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking Himalayan vistas while traversing off-the-beaten-path trails.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes trekkers around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters), offering unparalleled views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and picturesque villages. This region is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, with diverse ethnic communities such as the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetans residing in traditional mountain settlements.

The Nar and Phu Valleys, situated north of the Annapurna range, remain relatively untouched by modern development, preserving their pristine natural beauty and ancient Tibetan culture. Trekkers on the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle of the local inhabitants, experiencing their warm hospitality and unique customs.

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, where the adventure truly begins. From there, trekkers embark on a journey through remote mountain trails, crossing suspension bridges and passing through terraced fields adorned with prayer flags. Along the way, trekkers encounter charming villages like Jagat, Deng, Namrung, and Sama Gaon, where they can experience the authentic mountain way of life.

One of the highlights of the trek is the crossing of the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,165 meters), which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu itself. The pass marks the transition between the Manaslu and Annapurna regions and is a memorable achievement for trekkers.

As trekkers continue into the Nar and Phu Valleys, they are greeted by stunning alpine scenery, rugged landscapes, and ancient monasteries perched on rocky cliffs. The villages of Nar and Phu offer a glimpse into traditional Tibetan culture, with their unique architecture, colorful prayer flags, and centuries-old Buddhist monasteries.

The Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure suitable for experienced trekkers looking to explore remote and lesser-known regions of Nepal. With its diverse landscapes, cultural immersion opportunities, and awe-inspiring mountain views, this trek promises an unforgettable Himalayan experience.

Whether you're drawn to the towering peaks of the Manaslu region or the remote villages of the Nar and Phu valleys, the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek offers something for every adventurous spirit. With careful planning, proper acclimatization, and a sense of adventure, trekkers can embark on a journey of a lifetime through some of Nepal's most spectacular landscapes.

Highlights

The Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that combines the best of both worlds, offering trekkers a diverse range of highlights to experience. Here are the top highlights of this unforgettable journey:

  • Mount Manaslu: Standing as the eighth highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters) is the centerpiece of the trek. Its majestic presence dominates the landscape throughout the journey, offering trekkers awe-inspiring views of its snow-capped summit.
  • Larkya La Pass: Crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,165 meters) is a defining moment of the trek. The ascent to the pass is steep and demanding, but reaching the top rewards trekkers with panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu itself. The pass marks the transition between the Manaslu and Annapurna regions and is a memorable achievement for trekkers.
  • Remote Villages: The trek takes trekkers through remote mountain villages that have retained their traditional way of life for centuries. Villages like Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Sama Gaon, Nar, and Phu offer an authentic glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region, with their stone houses, terraced fields, and friendly inhabitants.
  • Cultural Immersion: The trek provides ample opportunities for cultural immersion, allowing trekkers to interact with local communities and learn about their customs, traditions, and daily life. From visiting ancient monasteries to participating in traditional ceremonies, trekkers can experience the vibrant cultural tapestry of the Manaslu and Nar Phu regions.
  • Nar and Phu Valleys: Exploring the remote Nar and Phu valleys is a highlight of the trek. These hidden gems are nestled north of the Annapurna range and remain relatively untouched by modern development, offering trekkers a chance to experience pristine landscapes, rugged terrain, and ancient Tibetan culture.
  • Breathtaking Landscapes: The trek showcases a diverse range of landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and barren highlands. Trekkers are treated to ever-changing scenery at every turn, with dramatic mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear mountain streams.
  • Ancient Monasteries: Along the trekking route, trekkers encounter ancient Buddhist monasteries perched on rocky cliffs, adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricate murals. These sacred sites provide moments of tranquility and reflection amidst the rugged mountain terrain.
  • Wildlife Encounters: The Manaslu and Nar Phu regions are home to a variety of wildlife species, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and various bird species. Trekkers may have the opportunity to spot these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Culinary Delights: Throughout the trek, trekkers can indulge in delicious Nepali cuisine prepared by the local teahouses. From hearty dal bhat (rice and lentils) to momos (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup), the culinary experience adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the trek.
  • Sense of Accomplishment: Completing the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek is a significant achievement for trekkers. The journey challenges both physical endurance and mental resilience, leaving trekkers with a profound sense of accomplishment and a lifetime of memories.
Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you can take some time to rest and recover from your journey. In the evening, you will attend a welcome dinner where you'll meet your guide and fellow trekkers. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Accommodation: Hotel

Today is dedicated to exploring the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. After breakfast, you'll embark on a guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. Meanwhile, our team will assist with final trek preparations, including obtaining necessary permits and equipment checks. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

After an early breakfast, you'll begin your journey to Soti Khola, the starting point of the trek. The scenic drive takes you through rural landscapes, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Along the way, you'll pass through the town of Arughat before reaching Soti Khola. Upon arrival, you'll check into your guesthouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.

Max Altitude: 700 m Accommodation: Guest houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Your trekking adventure officially begins today as you leave Soti Khola and trek towards Machha Khola. The trail follows the Budi Gandaki River, passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and small settlements. You'll cross several suspension bridges and enjoy picturesque views of waterfalls along the way. Upon reaching Machha Khola, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Machha Khola.

Max Altitude: 870m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5-6 hrs

Leaving Machha Khola behind, you'll continue your journey towards Jagat. The trail ascends gradually, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You'll pass through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, where you can interact with the friendly locals. Upon reaching Jagat, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Jagat.

Max Altitude: 1,340m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrs

Today's trek takes you to the village of Deng, nestled amidst terraced fields and lush forests. The trail meanders through rocky terrain, offering glimpses of traditional Nepali village life. Along the way, you'll pass through quaint hamlets and encounter local flora and fauna. Upon reaching Deng, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Deng.

Max Altitude: 1,865m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrs

Continuing your journey, you'll trek to Namrung, a charming village with stunning mountain views. The trail gradually ascends, passing through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. You'll also pass by Buddhist monasteries and chortens, adding to the cultural experience. Upon reaching Namrung, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Namrung.

Max Altitude: 2,630m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5-6 hrs

Today's trek takes you to Sama Gaon, a picturesque village at the foot of Mount Manaslu. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Manaslu itself. As you approach Sama Gaon, you'll be greeted by traditional stone houses and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Upon reaching Sama Gaon, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Sama Gaon.

Max Altitude: 3,520m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Today is set aside for acclimatization in Sama Gaon to help your body adjust to the altitude. You can take short hikes around the village, visit local monasteries, or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views. Acclimatization is essential for your well-being and prepares you for the higher altitudes ahead. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Sama Gaon.

Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Sama Gaon behind, you'll trek to Samdo, a remote village near the Tibetan border. The trail climbs gradually, offering panoramic views of Mount Manaslu and its neighboring peaks. As you approach Samdo, you'll notice the landscape becoming more rugged and barren. Upon reaching Samdo, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Samdo.

Max Altitude: 3,875m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 4-5 hrs

Today's trek takes you to Dharamsala via Larkya Base Camp, the last stop before crossing the Larkya La Pass. The trail ascends steeply, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding glaciers and snow-capped peaks. As you approach Dharamsala, you'll notice the landscape becoming more rugged and barren. Upon reaching Dharamsala, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dharamsala.

Max Altitude: 4,460m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 4-5 hrs

Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you cross the Larkya La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. The ascent to the pass is steep and demanding, but the breathtaking views from the top make it all worthwhile. As you descend from the pass, the landscape changes dramatically, with lush forests giving way to alpine meadows. Upon reaching Bimtang, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Bimtang.

Max Altitude: 5,165m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 8-9 hrs

Leaving Bimtang behind, you'll descend towards Dharapani, the final village of your trek. The trail descends steeply, offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You'll pass through lush forests, picturesque villages, and terraced fields along the way. Upon reaching Dharapani, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dharapani.

Max Altitude: 1,930m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Today, you'll trek to Koto, a quaint village located amidst scenic landscapes. The trail follows the Marsyangdi River, passing through dense forests and traditional villages. Along the way, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Upon reaching Koto, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Koto.

Max Altitude: 2,600m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 5-6 hrs

Leaving Koto behind, you'll trek to Meta, a remote village situated in the heart of the Nar Phu Valley. The trail ascends gradually, offering breathtaking views of the towering peaks and deep gorges. Along the way, you'll pass through lush forests, alpine meadows, and quaint hamlets. Upon reaching Meta, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Meta.

Max Altitude: 3,560m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Today's trek takes you to Phu Goan, a hidden gem nestled in the pristine wilderness of the Nar Phu Valley. The trail winds through rugged terrain, offering spectacular views of snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys. As you approach Phu Goan, you'll be greeted by traditional stone houses and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Phu Goan.

Max Altitude: 4,080m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Today is a rest day in Phu Goan to allow your body to acclimatize to the altitude. You can explore the surrounding area, visit ancient monasteries, or interact with the friendly locals. Alternatively, you can simply relax and soak in the natural beauty of the Nar Phu Valley. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Phu Goan.

Accommodation: Tea house

Leaving Phu Goan behind, you'll trek to Nar Village, another picturesque settlement in the Nar Phu Valley. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers, with opportunities for wildlife spotting along the way. Upon reaching Nar Village, you'll check into your teahouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Nar Village.

Max Altitude: 4,110m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrs

Today is a challenging day as you cross the Kang La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the region. The ascent to the pass is steep and strenuous, but the panoramic views from the top are truly breathtaking. After crossing the pass, you'll descend to Ngawal, a picturesque village in the Annapurna region. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ngawal.

Max Altitude: 5,320m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Leaving Ngawal behind, you'll trek to Pisang, a charming village situated amidst terraced fields and apple orchards. The trail descends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Upon reaching Pisang, you'll board a vehicle for the scenic drive to Besisahar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Besisahar.

Max Altitude: 760m Accommodation: Guest house

After breakfast, you'll board a private vehicle for the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The journey takes you through rural landscapes, charming villages, and winding mountain roads. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you'll check into your hotel and have some free time to relax or explore the city on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1400m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 6-7 hrs

Today marks the end of your Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trekking adventure. After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey. As you board your flight, you'll carry with you memories of the stunning landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality of Nepal.

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Included
  • Airport Transfers: Our representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to your hotel upon arrival. Likewise, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided in Kathmandu at a hotel on a twin-sharing basis. During the trek, accommodation will be arranged in teahouses along the trail.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek. You will also enjoy a welcome dinner in Kathmandu, where you can meet your guide and fellow trekkers.
  • Trekking Permits: All necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley trek will be arranged by our team.
  • Transportation: Transportation will be provided for sightseeing in Kathmandu and for the drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola at the beginning of the trek. Likewise, transportation will be arranged from Besisahar back to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
  • Guided Sightseeing: A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be conducted by an experienced local guide.
  • Experienced Guide and Porters: You will be accompanied by an experienced trekking guide throughout the journey. Porters will also be provided to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Trek Preparation Assistance: Our team will assist you with final trek preparations, including obtaining necessary permits and equipment checks.
  • First Aid Kit: A comprehensive first aid kit will be available throughout the trek for any minor medical emergencies.
Excluded
  • International Flights: The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is not included in the package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance covering medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance before embarking on the trek.
  • Personal Expenses: Any additional expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, beverages, and laundry are not included in the package.
  • Trekking Equipment: Personal trekking equipment such as trekking boots, sleeping bags, and trekking poles are not provided. However, they can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not included, allowing you the flexibility to explore local restaurants and cuisine.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and other staff are not included in the package and are at your discretion based on the level of service provided.
  • Additional Accommodation: Any additional accommodation required beyond the itinerary is not included.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Costs associated with emergency evacuation or rescue operations are not included in the package. It is essential to have adequate insurance coverage for such situations.
Essential Information

Trekking Equipment list

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking Base Layers: Synthetic or wool tops and bottoms to keep you dry and comfortable.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece jacket or pullover to provide warmth.
  • Insulated Jacket: Down or synthetic-filled jacket for added warmth at higher elevations.
  • Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants for trekking.
  • Hiking Shorts: Optional for lower elevations and warmer days.
  • Waterproof Pants: Breathable and waterproof pants to protect against rain and wind.
  • Waterproof Jacket: Gore-Tex or similar waterproof and breathable jacket to protect against rain and wind.
  • Windbreaker: Lightweight windproof jacket for windy conditions.
  • T-shirts: Moisture-wicking and quick-drying t-shirts for trekking.
  • Undergarments: Moisture-wicking underwear and bras.
  • Warm Hat: Wool or fleece hat to retain heat.
  • Sun Hat: Wide-brimmed hat or cap to protect against sun exposure.
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter: Multipurpose garment for sun protection and warmth.
  • Gloves: Lightweight gloves for trekking and warmer conditions, insulated gloves for colder weather.
  • Hiking Socks: Moisture-wicking and cushioned hiking socks to prevent blisters.
  • Sleepwear: Comfortable sleepwear for nights in teahouses.

Footwear:

  • Trekking Boots: Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support.
  • Camp Shoes: Lightweight and comfortable sandals or sneakers for wearing in teahouses.

Trekking Gear:

  • Backpack: Large enough to carry essentials, preferably with a hip belt and padded shoulder straps.
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles for stability and reducing strain on knees.
  • Sleeping Bag: Lightweight and warm sleeping bag rated for temperatures encountered during the trek.
  • Sleeping Pad: Inflatable or foam sleeping pad for insulation and comfort.
  • Headlamp: Lightweight and durable headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Water Bottles/Hydration System: Insulated water bottles or hydration bladder to stay hydrated on the trail.
  • Water Purification: Water purification tablets or a portable water filter.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Sunscreen: High SPF sunscreen to protect against sunburn at higher elevations.
  • Lip Balm: SPF lip balm to prevent chapped lips.
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper.
  • Towel: Quick-drying and lightweight travel towel.
  • Personal Medications: Any personal medications and a basic first aid kit.

Miscellaneous:

  • Map and Compass/GPS: Navigation tools to aid in route finding.
  • Camera: Lightweight camera or smartphone for capturing memories.
  • Power Bank: Portable charger for electronic devices.
  • Travel Documents: Passport, travel insurance, permits, and money in a waterproof pouch.
  • Trekking Permit: Necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek.
  • Cash: Nepali Rupees for purchasing snacks, drinks, and souvenirs along the trail.
  • Snacks: High-energy snacks such as nuts, energy bars, and chocolate for quick energy boosts.
  • Trash Bags: Biodegradable trash bags to pack out waste and leave no trace.
  • Duct Tape: Multi-purpose item for gear repairs.

It's essential to pack light while ensuring you have all the necessary gear for a safe and enjoyable trek in the Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley. Adjust the list according to your personal preferences and the specific requirements of the trek.