Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

Manaslu
Manaslu region
Manaslu treks
Duration14 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude4460 M
ActivitiesTrekking
Group Size2
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Best TimeSep to Nov and March to May

The Manaslu Circuit Trek via Arughat is a breathtaking journey through some of the most stunning landscapes of Nepal, offering trekkers a chance to experience the raw beauty and cultural richness of the Himalayas. Spanning over 14 days, this trek circumnavigates the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, and takes adventurers through remote villages, lush forests, high mountain passes, and pristine alpine valleys.

Starting from the village of Arughat, located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, the trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The journey to Arughat itself offers glimpses of rural life and panoramic views of terraced fields, rolling hills, and flowing rivers, setting the stage for the adventure ahead.

From Arughat, trekkers embark on a challenging yet rewarding trek that gradually ascends through diverse landscapes. The trail follows the Budi Gandaki River, passing through quaint villages inhabited by ethnic Gurung and Magar communities. Along the way, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, and towering cliffs.

As the trek progresses, the terrain becomes more rugged and remote, with steep ascents and descents. The highlight of the journey is crossing the Larkya La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu, Himlung Himal and Annapurna II.

Throughout the trek, trekkers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region, visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional tea houses, and prayer wheels adorned with colorful prayer flags. Interaction with local villagers provides insights into their way of life, customs, and traditions, creating unforgettable memories.

11 days Manaslu Circuit Trek via Arughat is not only a physical challenge but also a spiritual and cultural journey. It offers trekkers a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature, oneself, and the local community. The sense of achievement upon completing the trek and the memories made along the way make it a truly transformative experience.

While the trek is challenging, it is suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness and prior trekking experience. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of hiking, varying weather conditions, and basic accommodation along the trail. However, the stunning beauty of the Himalayas and the warm hospitality of the local people make every step worth it.

Highlights

11 days Manaslu Circuit Trek is renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and challenging yet rewarding trekking experience. Here are the top highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek offers breathtaking views of the towering Himalayan peaks, including the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters), as well as other prominent peaks such as Himalchuli (7,893 meters) and Ngadi Chuli (7,871 meters). Trekkers are treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, and lush forests throughout the journey.
  • Remote Villages: The trek takes trekkers through remote villages inhabited by ethnic communities such as the Gurungs, Magars, and Tibetans. These villages offer a glimpse into traditional Himalayan life, with unique architecture, terraced fields, and warm hospitality. Interaction with locals provides insight into their culture, customs, and way of life.
  • Buddhist Culture: The Manaslu region is rich in Buddhist heritage, with numerous ancient monasteries, chortens (stupas), and prayer wheels lining the trail. Trekkers have the opportunity to visit these sacred sites, participate in prayer ceremonies, and learn about Tibetan Buddhism from local monks and lamas.
  • Larkya La Pass: Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters) is one of the highlights of the trek. This high mountain pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu and Annapurna II. The challenging ascent to the pass is rewarded with breathtaking vistas and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The trek traverses diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to alpine meadows and rugged mountain terrain. Trekkers pass through verdant valleys, cross roaring rivers on suspension bridges, and trek through rhododendron and pine forests, each offering its own unique beauty.
  • Wildlife: The Manaslu Conservation Area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including elusive Himalayan wildlife such as snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of bird species, including colorful Himalayan monals and eagles.
  • Tea Houses and Local Cuisine: Along the trekking route, trekkers stay in traditional teahouses run by local families. These teahouses offer basic yet comfortable accommodation and serve delicious Nepali and Tibetan cuisine, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup).
  • Cultural Exchange: The trek provides ample opportunities for cultural exchange with locals, whether it's sharing a meal with a village family, attending a traditional dance performance, or participating in a local festival. These interactions offer trekkers a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of the region.
Itinerary
Trip PlanExpand all

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you can explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or relax at the hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you'll meet your guide and fellow trekkers. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

Today is dedicated to exploring the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. After breakfast, you'll visit 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.

Max Altitude: 1,400m Accommodation: Hotel

After an early breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, the starting point of your trek. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Along the way, you'll enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan foothills. Upon reaching Machha Khola, you'll check into your guesthouse and rest for the night. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Machha Khola.

Max Altitude: 900m Accommodation: Guest houseDuration: 7-8 hrs

Your trek officially begins today as you leave Machha Khola and trek towards Jagat. The trail follows the Budi Gandaki River, passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages. You'll cross several suspension bridges and enjoy scenic views of waterfalls and rocky cliffs along the way. 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

Leaving Jagat behind, you'll continue your journey towards Deng. The trail gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You'll pass through dense forests and quaint villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities. As you approach Deng, you'll be greeted by terraced fields and traditional stone houses. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Deng.

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

Today's trek takes you to Namrung, a picturesque village nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The trail winds through rhododendron and pine forests, offering glimpses of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Along the way, you'll encounter Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, and mani walls. 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

Continuing your journey, you'll trek to Sama Gaon, a charming village located at the base of Mount Manaslu. The trail ascends gradually, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. As you approach Sama Gaon, you'll be greeted by traditional stone houses and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. 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.

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: 1,860m Accommodation: Tea houseDuration: 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, you'll board a private vehicle for the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The journey takes you through picturesque 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. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your trek. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1400m Accommodation: HotelDuration: 8-9 hrs

Today marks the end of your Manaslu Circuit 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.

Did not find what you are looking for?Reach out to our travel experts.
Customize Trip
Cost Details
Included
  • Airport transfers: Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. At the end of your trek, you'll also be transferred back to 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 in teahouses or guesthouses along the route.
  • Meals: During the trek, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared by the teahouses or guesthouses and will consist of a variety of local and international dishes.
  • Transportation: Transportation will be provided for all necessary transfers, including the drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola to begin the trek and the return drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
  • Trekking permits: All necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, will be arranged by our team.
  • Experienced guide: You'll be accompanied by an experienced trekking guide who is knowledgeable about the route, local culture, and safety precautions.
  • Porters: Porters will be provided to carry your luggage during the trek, allowing you to focus on enjoying the journey without the burden of heavy bags.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing: A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, is included in the itinerary.
Excluded
  • International airfare: The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is not included in the package.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance covering emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and other unforeseen circumstances is not included. It is highly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance before embarking on the trek.
  • Personal expenses: Any additional expenses incurred during the trek, such as snacks, beverages, souvenirs, or optional activities, are not included.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and other trekking staff are not included and are at your discretion.
  • Additional accommodation: Any additional nights of accommodation in Kathmandu before or after the trek are not included in the package.
  • Meals in Kathmandu: Meals in Kathmandu, apart from the welcome and farewell dinners, are not included in the package.
  • Extra services: Any additional services not mentioned in the itinerary, such as helicopter evacuation in case of emergency or alternative transportation arrangements, are not included and will be at an additional cost.
Essential Information

Equipment List

Clothing:

  • Moisture-wicking base layer tops (long-sleeved)
  • Insulating mid-layer (fleece or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell pants
  • Hiking pants (convertible to shorts are ideal)
  • Trekking shirts (long-sleeved and short-sleeved)
  • Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating hat or beanie
  • Sun hat or cap with neck protection
  • Lightweight gloves or mittens
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic blend)
  • Liner socks (optional for added blister protection)
  • Gaiters (optional for keeping debris out of boots)

Footwear:

  • Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support and a grippy sole
  • Camp shoes or sandals for wearing around teahouses
  • Trekking Gear:
  • Backpack (35-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (down or synthetic)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional for added warmth and hygiene)
  • Trekking poles (adjustable and collapsible)
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Water bottles or hydration system (2 liters capacity)
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Personal first aid kit with essential medications
  • Blister treatment kit (moleskin, blister pads, etc.)
  • Lightweight quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and hygiene products
  • Multipurpose tool or knife
  • Whistle and signaling mirror
  • Trekking umbrella or lightweight rain poncho

Accessories:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Camera or smartphone with extra batteries/power bank
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Notebook and pen
  • Cash (Nepali Rupees) for tipping, purchases, and emergencies
  • Passport and necessary travel documents
  • Lightweight stuff sacks or compression sacks for organizing gear

Optional Items:

  • Portable solar charger
  • Trekking pillow or inflatable pillow
  • Travel laundry detergent for handwashing clothes
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Book or e-reader for entertainment
  • Personal music player or headphones
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing

Note: Pack light and prioritize essential items for the trek. Layers are key for adapting to changing weather conditions, and waterproof gear is crucial for protection against rain and snow. Be prepared for cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations, and ensure your gear is comfortable and well-fitted for long days of trekking.

shrung
Why With Us?

The Manaslu Circuit trek with Real Adventure Nepal offers several compelling reasons to choose this specific trekking experience:

Expertise and Local Knowledge

  • Experienced Guides: Real Adventure Nepal provides seasoned guides with extensive knowledge of the Manaslu region, ensuring a safe and informative trek.
  • Local Insights: The guides are locals, offering valuable insights into the culture, traditions, and history of the area, enriching the overall trekking experience.All-Inclusive Packages: The trek packages often include permits, transportation, accommodation, and meals, simplifying logistics and allowing trekkers to focus on the journey.
  • Tailored Itineraries: Customized itineraries cater to different fitness levels and preferences, making the trek accessible and enjoyable for a broader range of adventurers.Cultural Immersion: Real Adventure Nepal emphasizes authentic cultural experiences, enabling trekkers to interact with local communities and understand their way of life.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: The Manaslu Circuit is less crowded compared to other popular treks in Nepal, providing a more peaceful and immersive experience.
  • Safety Protocols: Stringent safety measures and protocols are in place, including acclimatization schedules, first aid kits, and emergency evacuation plans.
  • Support Staff: A team of support staff, including porters and cooks, ensures that trekkers are well taken care of throughout the journey.Diverse Landscapes: The trek offers a variety of landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to high mountain passes and glacial valleys, providing a visually stunning journey.
  • Larkya La Pass: One of the highlights of the trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.Eco-Friendly Practices: Real Adventure Nepal is committed to sustainable tourism, minimizing environmental impact and promoting conservation efforts in the region.
  • Community Support: By choosing this trek, you support local communities economically, helping to sustain their traditional way of life and culture.