If you would like to experience off the beaten track and some of the most awesome mountain scenery on earth?

Then, look no further than the Manaslu Circuit which goes around the world’s eighth highest peak.

Manaslu Circuit trek follows an ancient salt trading route to Tibet along the steep sized Buri Gandaki river.

Trails snake their way circling Manaslu up to its source just below the highest point of Larkya La (5,125m/16,814ft).

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview
Length 12-18 days
Max Elevation 5,125m/16,814ft
(Larkya La pass)
Start/finish Soti Khola/Besisahar
Difficulty Hard
Accommodation Basic Teahouse
The soaring monarch of Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world

The soaring monarch of Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world

 

Here are few reasons to trek the Manaslu Circuit

➡ Peaceful and unspoiled trails through glorious landscape more than the Annapurna Circuit

➡ Morning hike to the ridge above Samagaon village to witness the morning sun paint the summit of Manaslu, word’s eighth highest peak

➡ The challenging high-pass crossing of Larkya La (5,125m/16,814ft) offers breathtaking snow-capped peaks and glaciers

➡ Trail passing through Tibetan villages with long mani wall, building-sized prayer wheels and chorten in Nupri region where people dress in their traditional Chubas

 
 

GETTING TO TRAILHEAD

The trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit trek is at Soti Khola which is 126 km drive from Kathmandu, takes 6-8 hours by private Jeep.

This will be hardship road trip on bumpy road but with splendid scenery.

 

 GETTING OUT

Take bus from Besisahar to return to Kathmandu, or continue onward to Pokhara

 

MANASLU RESTRICTED AREA PERMITS

The Manaslu Restricted Area permit: $70 for the first week (then it is $10 per day) from September to November, $50 per week the remain months of the year.

Trekkers travel in a group of at least two persons with a registered guide. The trek lies on the newly developed Great Himalaya Trail.

Traditional Tibetan Shyala village in Nupri

Traditional Tibetan Shyala village in Nupri

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK ROUTE

The trails originally start at the town of Gorkha, historic birthplace of Prithivi Narayan Shah, whom unified the kingdoms of Nepal.

However, with roads are being built it is possible to cut the trail shorter by starting at Soti Khola as described in the itinerary below.

The route goes north follow Buri Gandaki river which separate the Manaslu Himal from the Ganesh Himal to the east with long sections of mountain gorges, high and steep waterfalls, ascents constantly to cross ridges, several suspension bridges and dense forests.

Goat caravan passing suspension bridge in Manaslu Restricted Area

Goat caravan passing suspension bridge in Manaslu Restricted Area

The upper part of the trail is more difficult lead to important trade routes to Tibet which has been used for centuries.

Later you will reach the village of Ghap (2,100m/6,890ft) where the climbing really begins and so does magnificent scenery, the trails continue to Samagaeon brings you through glorious landscape, entering pine and rhododendron forests full of monkeys and birds. 

Beyond Namrung (2,660m/8,727ft) the trek enter upper Nupri valley where Tibetan dress in their chubas, passing local gompas and mani walls.

Double summit of Manaslu soaring above the sky

Double summit of Manaslu soaring above the sky

After Samagaeon, the view of Manaslu begin appears on the skyline ahead as described as "a soaring monarch with a double-edged summit towering above fields of barley"

Trail passes the last permanent settlement in the Buri Gandaki valley of Samdo then turns west toward Larkya La.

Thick snow in Samdo

Thick snow in Samdo

Challenging and steeply climb leads you into the land of snow, frozen streams and more dramatic views with the Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort.

On top of Larkya La (5,125m/16,814ft) dramatic Himalayas towering peaks straight above you!

On top of Larkya La (5,125m/16,814ft) dramatic Himalayas towering peaks straight above you!

The pass descents to Marsyangdi valley through beautiful alpine meadows of Bhimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar. 

Alternative: Combine Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley, hidden gem of this region where century old Tibetan traditions prevail.
 

ELEVATION CHART OF MANASLU CIRCUIT

Brief Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Sightseeing the living cultural museum of Kathmandu Valley, (Trip preparation)

Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) via Arughat (550m/1804ft) by bus/jeep

Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2,952ft) 5-6 hours

Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft), 6 hours

Day 6: Trek to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft), 7 hours

Day 7: Trek to Namrung (2,660m/8,727ft), 4 hours

Day 8: Trek to Lho (3,180m/10,433ft), 5 hours

Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (3,890m/11,581ft), 7 hours

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon. Visit Pungyen Gompa and glacial lake Birendra Tal (6 hours roundtrip) or acclimatization walk to Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m/14,435ft) 7-8 hours roundtrip

Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3,690m/12,106ft), 3 hours

Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4,450m/14,599ft), 4 hours

Day 13: Trek to Bimthang (3,590m/11,778ft) via Larkya La (5,125m/16,814ft) 8 hours

Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2,300m/7,545ft) 5 hours

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft) - 4 hours, then drive to Besi sahar
(760m/2,493ft) – 4 hours

Day 16: Drive to Besi Sahar then continue to Kathmandu, 9 -10 hours

Day 17: Kathmandu Departure

Want more challenging journey?

It is possible for experienced hikers to cut the Manaslu Trek itinerary shorter.

We design itinerary based on your budgets and expectations

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HOW DIFFICULT IS MANASLU TREK?

The difficulty of Manaslu Trek is similar with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek.

It requires ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from
700m/2,296ft to a maximum of 5,125m/16,814ft at larkya La.

Total journey is approximetly 135km long with total of 5,640m ascent and 5,730m descent.

Trail are steep in some part and sometimes hanging on cliff-side, there is serious danger is being pushed off the trail by donkeys. 

Donkey passing the small trail in Manaslu Restricted Area

Donkey passing the small trail in Manaslu Restricted Area

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK MANASLU?

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is in Autumn (October to mid-December) and mid-March to May when the rhododendron flowers are in bloom

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