Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu Valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna.

Manaslu Circuit is one of the classic treks of Nepal rotating the world’s eighth highest mountain, Manaslu. Passing bamboo forests and narrow Gurung settlements, the trail is covered with Tibetan prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries, giving you a cultural feel throughout the trek.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by our representative outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: Drive to Arughat (557m/ 1827 ft.)

Drive Time: Approx. 7 hours

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar which takes about 6 to 7 hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway for the first part of the day; we turn off towards to the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha, the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Aarughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 3: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/ 2296 ft.)

Trek Duration: Approx. 5 hours

On your first day, you head north following the Buri Gandaki, surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, you descend once again to the river and your campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. Perhaps you have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola ( 890m/ 2919 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 6 hours

The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail are cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. You pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until you reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. You descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. You have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola. You camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 5: Trek to Jagat ( 1350m/ 4429 ft.)

Trek Duration:  approx. 6 hours

Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) which takes about 6 hours. You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 6: Trek to Philim (1700m/ 5577 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 3 hours

Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.) which takes about three hours. The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 7: Trek to Deng (2095m/ 6873 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 6 hours

Trek from Philim to Deng (2095m.) which takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. From Deng, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage and spinach and the people here are mostly involved in agriculture in this area.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 8: Trek to Namrung (2900m/ 9514 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 5 hours

Trek from Deng to Namrung (2900m.) which takes about five hours. In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 9: Trek to Lho Gaun (3100m/ 10,170 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 4 hours

Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) which takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path that moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun (3390m/ 11,122 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx 4 hours

Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) which takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3690m/ 12,106 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx 4 hours

Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.) which takes about four hours. You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peaks.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 12: Trek to Phedi (4460m/ 14,632 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 3 hours

Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 13: Trek to Bimathang (3590m/ 11,778 ft.) en-route Larkya La pass (5135 m)

Trek Duration: approx. 7 hours

Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Bimthang via Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2300m/ 7545 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 6 hours

From Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. You have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche. Passing the ridge decorated with prayer flags. The trail comes off the ridge in a big sweeping arc down the river bank. Now you arrive at the village of Gho. From here continue through fields and trekking through the north bank you arrive at Tilije.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 15: Trek to Chamje (1430m/ 4691 ft.)

Trek Duration: Approx. 5-6 hours
Passing among the closed spaced houses of large Gurung village leave the village across the Dudh Koshi and trek along the river embankment. Descending through the scrub forest the houses of Dharapani become visible. You 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 the final restricted area check post. Here you cross the Marshyangdi river and join the main Annapurna Circuit with the hoardes of trekkers and soon reach Dharapani. From here an initially tight gorge 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. After reaching Tal we have to Cross place called Sattare and then only we reach to Chamje.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 16: Trek to Khudi (930m/ 3051 ft.)

Trek Duration: approx. 5-6 hours

Over the next day and a half, we pass through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range. Making our way down from Chamje, we pass through rice and paddy fields carpets the landscape again. Here we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marshyangdi Khola and onto easier terrain. We have a short but stiff climb up to Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi.

Overnight at Camping [B/L/D]

Day 17: Trek to Besisahar (760m/ 2493 ft.) and drive back to Kathmandu

Trek Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Drive Time: Approx. 7 hours

Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. Rest at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 18: Rest Day in Kathmandu

Spend this day resting at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Day 19: Final Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 19 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals Bed & Breakfast basis (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season March to May and September to December
Activity Trek
Grade Strenuous
Includes •    15 Nights/ 16 Days camping based trek at Manaslu region in a double occupancy on full board plan during trek with required number of camping crew
•    ACAP and Manaslu conservation area permit
•    TIMS card fee
•    All the necessary transfers by private vehicle escorted with English speaking local guide
•    Surface transfer Kathmandu – Aaru Ghat and Besishar – Kathmandu by private vehicle as per the itinerary
Excludes •    Nepalese Visa
•    International/Domestic airfare
•    Special Manaslu permit (quoted separately)[Subject to change if revised]
•    Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
•    Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization
•    Excess baggage or sleeping bags that can be hired in Kathmandu and costs USD 3
•    Meals are not included which are not specified in the above cost inclusion
•    Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
•    Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances
•    Any items and services not mentioned on cost inclusions