Manaslu Circuit Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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  • Larke Pass - Manaslu

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:21 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    17 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :20 Breakfast, 18 Lunch
    19 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,135m/16,843ft

Overview

Mansalu Circuit Trek over the Larke La Pass (5135m) is considered one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Mt. Manaslu, “The Spirit Mountain” in the local dialect, is believed to home the strong deities. The local food and accommodation available there is best described as ‘primitive’. One of the challenging aspect of this trek is to cross the Larkya La Pass than any other passes including the longest, Thorung La pass of Annapurna. Trekkers have an opportunity to explore the incredible mountain scenery via Manaslu Circuit Trek. Trekkers can also experience the preserved traditional Tibetan norms, values and culture which no longer exist in other destinations.

Manaslu Trekking is listed in the top 3 must visit trekking destination in the world by the tripadvisor.com in 2014. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking is conducted around the Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain, standing isolated in the middle of Nepalese Himalayas near Tibetan border. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route, opened in 1992, bears the most vertical trekking trail ranging from an elevation of 530m in Arughat to 5135m in Larkya Pass. It bears unsurpassed beautiful landscapes and culture along with a vast diversity of flora and fauna,.

Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Arughat after 7-8 hours’ drive westward from Kathmandu and ends in Besisahar, the entry point of Annapurna Circle Trek. The trekking trail leads us along the Budi Gandaki River through green countryside, exploring culture of small Tibetan styled villages. The Manaslu Curcuit trek offers the amazing views of beautiful landscapes and natural wonders often giving opportunity to encounter different birds and endangered animals. After crossing alpine meadows, we stop at Samagaun, the biggest village, for acclimatization and/or exploration of nature and culture. The trek takes us to Birendra Tal and Pung Gyen Gompa and/ or hiking to Manaslu Base Camp (4500m). After then the trail leaves the greenery and walking begins through the deserted land, glaciers, rocky path towards the Larke La pass where the unbelievable and life time memorable scenery of Himalayas appeared. The trail descends continuously to the Besisahar, the trek ending point from the Larkey La pass.

Highlights

  • A must visit trekking destination in the world by the tripadvisor.com in 2014.
  • The eighth highest mountain, standing near Tibetan border
  • Vast diversity of flora and fauna
  • Unsurpassed beautiful landscapes and culture.
  • Opportunity to explore the unbelievably beautiful and awesome scenery
  • Beautiful landscapes and natural wonders

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Meals: Dinner 
Max Altitude: 1300m/4264 ft

Day 2 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu, Hotel Encounter Nepal.

  Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Katmandu to Arughat

After breakfast, we drive towards Arughat following the Prithvi Highway (Kathmandu – Pokhara Highway) along the Trishuli River and divert towards Arughat via Gorkha. After 4.5 hours drive, we reach Arughat then 1 hour trek to Arkhet following beautiful river Budhi Gandaki. Overnight in camp or local lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 760m/2493ft
Drive Distance: 530m

Day 4Arkhet to Labubesi

Today we walk through the Budhi Gandaki valley passing several villages of the different culture. The trail is little ups and downs. Passing by gorge, some shady sal forests, and few waterfalls we reach the culturally rich Gurung village, the Labubesi village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 880m/2887ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 5Labubesi to Tatopani

Today is some ups and downs. After breakfast we down to Budhi Gandaki River, walk on the sandy bank and then climb up. We pass through several villages like Machhikhola, Khanibesi, Khorlabesi and finally reach Tatopani. Tatopani means hot water. In Tatopani, there is a natural hot water coming out from the ground. We can take a hot bath in Tatopani and get clean and fresh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude:  930m/3051ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 6Tatopani to Jagat

Today we reach the entrance point of Manaslu restricted area, the Jagat. After breakfast, we walk through the villages and forests. Crossing Dobhan (confluence point of two rivers) we reach the Yaruphant from where we can see the open view of huge high hills and beautiful scenery. Crossing the Yaru Khola, finally we reach the tiny beautiful village Jagat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1410m/4626ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 7Jagat to Pewa

Today we enter into Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). Walking along the Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the bridge, passing through villages like Salleri, Sirdibas we will reach Philim which is the entry point to MCAP. We entry the permits in check post and continue walking through narrow Budhi Gandaki Valley between two high hills. Finally, we reach in Pewa located in the meadow and nearby river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1650m/5413ft
Trek Duration: 6- 7 hrs

Day 8Pewa to Ghap

After breakfast, we walk through the jungle and follow the Budhi Gandaki valley. Crossing the bridge we follow the right side of the river and walk through the high mountains. On the way, we may see the different kind of birds. After few hours pleasant walk, we again cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and finally reach the small village of Ghap.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2110m/6922ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 9Ghap to Namrung

Today is quite pleasant and short walk. Walking through nice forest of bamboo and rhododendron we reach Namrung in lunch time. After lunch, we explore the culture of the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude:2660m/8727ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Day 10Namrung to Lho

Today is also a pleasant and a short walk. We walk through the forest and passing by different villages. View of Manaslu north (7157m./23480ft.) and Naike peak(5515m./18094ft) will greet us on the trail. We will reach Lho village in the lunch time. After lunch, we explore the beautiful village with their typical Tibetan culture, monastery as well as monk school.

  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3180m/10433ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Day 11Lho to Samagaun

Today we walk through pine forest enjoying the beautiful view of Himalayas and landscapes. After 3-4 hours pleasant walk, we reach the Samagaun. Samagaun is the bigger village than the others. Afternoon visit Monastery and explore Sama village with great magnificent view of Himalchuli(7893m./25895ft.), Ngadi Chuli(7879m.25850ft.) Manaslu(8156m./26758ft.) and other Himalayas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude:3530m/11581ft
Trek Duration:

Day 12Acclimatization in Samagaun

We take a rest day to acclimatize our body. There are the number of hiking trail around Samagaon. We can visit Birendra Tal, a beautiful turquoise lake at the foot of Manaslu Glacier which takes about 45 minutes climbing. Another option is to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp (4500m) which takes 4-5 hours climbing and 3 hours descend to Samagaun. Pung Gyen Gompa is another interesting hiking option which offers great mountain views.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Samagaun to Samdo

After breakfast we walk passing yak pastures, many long mani walls and Juniper forest. On the way can see the beautiful views of Himal Chuli and Buddha Himal. Just before entering the Samdo village we reach at the point where the Budhi Gandaki River formed by confluence of Larke Khola and the river flowing from the Samdo Glacier. After crossing the bridge we climb for about 20 minutes and entering through white gate stupa we reach Samdo village located in the base of impressive Samdo Himal (6335m). Afternoon we can climb the hill behind Samdo, towards Samdo Himal or we just explore the beautiful Samdo village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3860m/12664ft
Trek Duration: 3 hrs

Day 14Samdo to Dharmasala (larke Base Camp)

Today the trail begins crossing the wooden bridge over Athahra Saya Khola and continues along the Larkhe Khola. We climb gradually seeing the magnificent view of Manaslu North and Arko Gurung Chuli and reach Larke Bazar. Larke Bazar was the trade center during salt trading. After 3.5 to 4 hours walking we reach at Dharmasala.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4480m/14698ft
Trek Duration: 4 hrs

 

Day 15Dharmasala to Larke pass then Bhimta

Today is longest day of the trek and have to cross Larke Pass. So we walk very early in the morning, before sunrise. Afternoon strong wind blows in the height. We start trek climbing the rocky ridge behind Dharmasala and pass by the Larke Glacier, beautiful partly frozen lake, several rocky moraine hills and reach in the top of Larke Pass after 4-5 hours walk. We enjoy the breathtaking scenery with the mighty Himalayas all around, like Larke Peak, Larkya Himal, Himlung (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6812 m), Upche Danda, Ponkari and Namjung Himal. Then the steep descend for one and half hour will bring us to the moraine of Salpudanda glacier. From here, the trail is gradual and passing by Bhimtang glacier we reach Bhimtang valley. Bhimtang is an awesome place, surrounded by the Himalaya. You can see Himlung (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6812 m), Mt Punkar and Nemjung (7140 m) one side and Manaslu North, Peak 29, Naike Peak (6211 m) and Purdi Himal from the other side.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 5135m/16843ft
Trek Duration: 8-10 hrs

Day 16Bhimtang to Gho

After breakfast we continue walking through Bhimtang glacier, pine forest with rhododendron trees along the Dudh Khola (Milk River). After two and half hour rapid descending we reach at Yak Kharka (3030m), the meadow and then to Karche. Finally the steep climb brings us to Gho village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2560m/8399ft
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 17 Gho to Tal

We continue the trail through Dudh Khola Valley following the Dudh Khola River. After about an hour walk we reach Tilche village. Then the rapid descend towards Marshyangdi River and crossing the long suspension bridge we enter to Dharapani (1860m) and join the Annapurna circuit trail. We may meet lot of trekkers further since we are in busy route for trekking in Annapurna region. Another hour walk brings us to Tal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1700m/5577ft
Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Day 18Tal to Syange

We start trek passing by an army post at the border of Manang/Lamjung district. After half an hour steep down the trail become gradual. Following the Marshyangdi Khola, passing by many beautiful villages like Chyamche, Jagat; exploring cultural and natural beauty along the way finally we reach at Syange.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1080m/3543ft
Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Day 19 Syange to Besisahar

From Syange we take a local Jeep to the Besisahar. Relax and recharge the body. In the evening, we celebrate the success of our long and adventurous Manaslu trek with the Sherpas and porters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 800m/2625ft 

Day 20Drive back to Katmandu

Today, after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Black Diamond staffs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21Final Departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and Besisahar to Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 17 nights accommodation in standard guest house/lodges during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English Speaking Guide and entrance fees in the monuments during sightseeing
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Manaslu Circuit Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while a three-course meal will be served during the trekking. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to visit Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best times for the Manaslu Circuit trek are Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May). These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational.   

Packing Lists for Manaslu Circuit Trekking

While trekking to the high-altitude Manaslu area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to over-pack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult for you to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Baselayer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Nepal packing list.

FAQs

How hard is it to do Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is fairly demanding due to its long duration trek at maximum altitude of 5135m/16843ft and unpredictable trail conditions. Despite the challenges, the trek can be completed with proper preparation and determination. It is also important to follow appropriate safety measures while doing the trek. We also can make arrangements for the porters to do heavy lifting for you. Through the trek, we always make sure that you are fit and fine for the next destination. In addition to that, our expert guide will make sure to support, encourage and assist you during Manaslu Circuit Trek.

What is the best time to trek Manaslu Circuit?

The best time to trek Manaslu Circuit Trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn(September, October, and November). These seasons provide favorable weather conditions with clear skies and majestic views of mountains. 

What if I cancel the trip? Do I get a refund?

With our lifetime deposit policy at Black Diamond Expedition, you have the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. However, if you still prefer to cancel your booked trip, certain fees will be charged. For more detailed information on our policy, please visit our terms and conditions.

Is my trip guaranteed?

Definitely yes! Our booked trips typically run as scheduled. Unlike  other agencies, you are certain to go on your trek, even if other trekkers cancel their trip.You can book in confidence with us, knowing that our trips are almost always guaranteed to run. The only exceptions are extreme and unfortunate circumstances namely political riots, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics or severe weather. We are a tailor-made company, so even if your trips have been canceled by other operators and on stress, you’re always welcome to us in order to sort out your trip decisions.

What kind of clothes and gears are needed during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit trek is a unique experience where you will be trekking on remote places of himalayas staying in lodges or tea houses instead of camping. But still it is important to come prepared with the appropriate clothing. You’ll need clothes that can be layered, which makes it easy to add and remove  as per need. For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive packing list.

What kind of accommodations are found during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

During your long duration trek to Manaslu Circuit it is important to take the time to relax, and get proper rest after a long day’s hike in order to be ready for the next day’s adventure. So to ensure your comfort, we always book the best lodges available. While booking, we make sure that these accommodations are clean and have comfortable beds with an electric blanket, attached bathroom & modern western toilets (wherever available). Keep in mind that the higher you get the less facilities you get as it is difficult to transport building materials. We prioritize your safety and comfort, so we always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation during Manaslu Circuit Trek.

How long does the Manaslu Circuit Trek typically take?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek usually takes around 19 to 21 days to complete.

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Mia Carter

Group Traveller

Joined a group trek with my brother and had an amazing time meeting new people. Our guide was incredibly friendly and funny, keeping us entertained throughout the trek. The lodges were also quite good. One of the best trips ever

November 26, 2023

Matteo Romano

Group Traveller

I went on this trip with a group and had an amazing time. Witnessed stunning beauty and glorious peaks while staying in comfortable lodges. A special thanks to our guide for his support.

November 20, 2023

Giovanni Costa

Group Traveller

I really had a lot of fun on this trip. Highly recommended.

October 16, 2023

Francesca Esposito

Group Traveller

I did this trek with a group of six, and everyone was super friendly; it was a fantastic time with great people. Big kudos to the guide for his friendly guidance and to the hardworking porter who shouldered our heavy bags throughout.

October 2, 2023

Freya Roberts

Group Traveller

I did this trip within a group, and we had a lot of fun together while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Thanks to our guide for his intelligence and guidance. This was truly one of the best trips of my life.

September 18, 2023
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