Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the most challenging trekking destinations in the Himalayan part of Nepal, located near the border of Tibet.  One of the highlights of the trip is meeting the benevolent, friendly individuals living the Buddhist culture and traditions. It is a wonderful journey that lets you taste the real adventure of walking inside this beautiful region. This trek is also one of the most underrated routes in the country, leading through lesser-known regions where you are face-to-face with the people. The upper reaches of the trails resemble towering polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers and overflowing waterfalls. The trek passes through pristine countryside, as well as yak pastures. This route offers a good opportunity to interact with the culture and traditions that are preserved and untouched for centuries. We will also have an opportunity to see wonderful views of mountains, beautiful landscapes, and awesome natural scenery. On the way, we will see an old monastery as well as glorious views of the villages and the pristine Himalayas. The trail passes through gorgeous rhododendron and bamboo forests with magnificent vistas of snow-capped mountains.

Manaslu Circuit trek is an enjoyable trip, offering a wide range of ethnicities, diverse cultural attractions, and geographical wonders including sacred mountains and the highest lake in the world. This is a spectacular retreat that matches the amazing beauty of nature with a taste of the unique local culture. This trek offers an opportunity to interact with the unique Tamang and Sherpa cultures, people influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. We will also see the uniqueness of tree-less landscapes, rocky trails, and wonderful views of the mountains.

Hikers need to obtain special trekking permit to trek in this area since the area is restricted by the Nepal government.  The trail offers majestic views of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mt Himalchuli, and many other mountains of this route. The best season for trekking is from March to May and from September to November.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Sotikhola [710m] 8 – 9 hours

Day 03: Trek to Machha Khola [900m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 04: Trek to Jagat [1410m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 05: Trek to Deng [1,804m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 06: Trek to Namrung [2630m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 07: Trek to Samagaon [3530m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 08: Rest day in Samagaon

Day 09: Trek to Samdo [3860m] 4 – 5 hours

Day 10: Rest Day in Samdo

Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala [4460m] 4 – 5 hours

Day 12: Trek to Bimthang [3720m] 8 – 9 hours

Day 13: Trek to Tilije [2300m] 5 – 6 hours

Day 14: Trek to Tal [1700m] 5 – 6 hours

Day 15: Trek to Syange [1080m] 6 – 7 hours

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 17: Final departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu there will be a representative from our company to meet you. You will directly drive to the hotel to check in. At night you will meet your guide, hear additional information about the trip, and have dinner.

Day 02: Drive to Sotikhola [710m] 8 – 9 hours

The very next morning, if the hotel is able to prepare breakfast then will have our breakfast in the hotel, and if not we will have our breakfast on the way. We will enjoy short stops for lunch and the scenic beauty all the way around. After an 8 to 9 hour drive from the Kathmandu Valley, we will reach Sotikhola, check into the hotel, explore the valley, head back to the hotel and spend a night.

Day 03: Trek to Machha Khola [900m] 6 – 7 hours

We will walk along a rounded stone before climbing over a side right on the way from Sotikhola to Maccha Khola. We will have our lunch and then move towards Maccha Khola where we will spend one night.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat [1410m] 6 – 7 hours

We will leave behind the terraces of the village, forest, ferns and woodland. We will pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way before reaching Jagat where we will spend one night.

Day 05: Trek to Deng [1,804m] 6 – 7 hours

The trail continues to Deng where there are well-paved villages. We will cross various Mani wallsand have an opportunity to see the wonderful views of the mountains, and beautiful landscapes.  We will have our lunch on the way and then move towards Deng where we will spend one night.

Day 06: Trek to Namrung [2630m] 6 – 7 hours

The trail leads us along a level path through a glacial valley which heads due north. We will have an opportunity to see wonderful views of the mountains and beautiful landscapes. We will have our lunch on the way then  move towards Namrung where we will spend one night.

Day 07: Trek to Samagaon [3530m] 6-7 hours

Today we will enter the most beautiful village on the entire trip. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always closeby. We will have an opportunity to see wonderful views of the mountains and have our lunch on the way. After that we will move towards Samagaon where we will spend one night.

Day 08: Rest Day in Samagaon

This day is for the rest day. Early in the morning after wake up, we will have our breakfast and then after we will explore Samagaon. We will have an opportunity to spend some time in the lands which will improve our physical and mental makeup for further trekking.

Day 09: Trek to Samdo [3860m] 4 – 5 hours

The day starts with a gentle climb. We will pass through the lush forest of rhododendron, oak, and we will have an opportunity to see animals such as Langur, red panda, and Himalayan black bears before reaching Samdo where we will spend one night.

Day 10: Rest Day in Samdo

This day is another day of rest. Early in the morning after wake up, we will have our breakfast and then after we will explore Samdo. We will have an opportunity to spend some time relaxing.

Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala [4460m] 4 – 5 hours

The trail winds through a village, climbs a ridge topped by a large Chorten, and then climbs gradually past an impressive Mani wall. After 5 hours of walking we will reach our destination, check in at the hotel, explore all around the valley and spend overnight.

Day 12: Trek to Bimthang [3720m] 8 – 9 hours

The path makes a final steep ascent to the pass and then descends steeply and enters Bimthang. We will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful valley of the route, passing through the lush forest, and beautiful valley.

Day 13: Trek to Tilije [2300m] 5 – 6 hours

On this day, we will continue our trek towards the Dudh Koshi River and also pass through colourful vegetation and the fantastic scenery of the glacier. On the route, we will have our lunch and then move towards Tilije where we will spend one night.

Day 14: Trek to Tal [1700m] 5 – 6 hours

After having a hot breakfast, we will move towards Tal. During the trek, we will cross many suspension bridges and beautiful landscapes. We will have our lunch on the way and then move towards Tal where we will spend one night.

Day 15: Trek to Syange [1080m] 6 – 7 hours

Today is the last day of trekking the Manaslu circuit. The trail leads upwards through terraced lands with rice fields that seem impossibly green. It is an enjoyable day of preparation for our further destinations to come.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

We will back to the Kathmandu Valley from the same route where we moved towards Syange valley. We will have our lunch on the way and after reaching Kathmandu, we will check into the hotel, spend some time around the Thamel Bazaar, and spend one night in this wonderful valley.

Day 17: Final Departure

We will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport with the hope that you have had a wonderful time in our small country. We will also be hoping that this will not the last chance to serve you.