Manaslu Circuit Trek - 20 Days

Manaslu circuit trek – 16 days or 20 days

Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal, getting popular in recent years ..

A circular trek of the Mt. Manaslu going over the Larkya La (5135m) : This trek is newly developed as tea house trek, many people consider this as alternative trek of Annapurna circuit trek these days as the road has been built in Annapurna region now. But Manaslu area has now more basic tea house and this trek is a bit challenging then the Annapurna circuit. Nevertheless it is getting popular day by day as have dramatic landscape and rewarding experiences. 

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Mt. Manaslu, at 8,156 meters is the fifth highest point on earth. Manaslu was attempted by Japanese expeditions every year from 1950 until 1956. The first ascent of Manaslu was scaled by Japanese expedition in 1956. However this area has been opened to trekkers only since 1991. It provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is now a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to venture round its spectacular circuit.

As much of the information about this area is available only with Japanese, it is known as Japanese Mountain as well. This trek route is remote and rescue facilities are harder than in most of Nepal. In many places the wall of Bhudi Gandaki valley are steep, so we can walk along the bottom of the valley. There is a huge amount of wastage of climbing involved in the beginning of first 10 days as we climb up and down over the ridges and bypass the lofty cliff. The trail is rough and it often literally hangs on a bluff high above the river. The trek is geographically spectacular, culturally fascinating and traverse a strong living Tibetan cultural environment and spectacular wilderness. Moreover, Larke La ( 5100 m) is certainly an unforgettable pass crossing in Nepal Himalaya. This trek starts either from Trishuli, Arughat and Gorkha and ends at Besisahar.

Manaslu trek region has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in bio diversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacial lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.

The Tibetans of the upper Budi Gandaki are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their dialect, costumes and customs are very similar to those of Tibetans. There is still a continuous trade between Nupri, the inhabitants living in the upper Bhudi Gandaki region, and Tibetans. In low region, there are many other castes of peoples like Brahmans, Chhetries, Newars, Ghales, Gurungs, and Tamangs. There are other so called untouchable groups in large number which called (Kami: – Blacksmiths, Sarki: – Cobblers and Damai: – tailors.)

Because much of  Manasalu trek route is in a region of strong Tibetan influence, many places have Tibetan names. The Tibetan mountain ranges are even closer in the borderline ranges in this region.


Trip Profile

20 Days Manasalu trekking or (can modify to 18 days or 16 days also )
17 days moderate Manasalu trekking, Go over the Larke - la pass
4 days in Kathmandu, sightseeing of world heritage sights

Trip Details & Facts

  • A challenging trek across the remote Larkya La (5135m) – stunning views
  • Classic circuit trek around the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Linking the Buri Gandaki and and Marsyangdi river valley
  • Rare views of Mt.Manaslu 8163 metres from the north

Manaslu is most popular non touristic area trekking in Nepal. Include beautiful scenerary and interesting Tibetian cultures in Gorkha Manasalu region of midwestern Nepal.

The Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Day - Kathmandu - 1400 m
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Exploration Day – B
  • Day 03 : Drive to Arughat Bazaar -670m. B/L/D
  • Day 04 : Trek via the villages of Arket and Kyropani
  • Day 05 : We continue our ascent of the Buri Gandaki
  • Day 06 : We travel through gorge
  • Day 07 : Trek through terraced hillside
  • Day 08 : We traverse a very dramatic section
  • Day 09 : Climbing steadily
  • Day 10 : Trek via Shala to Sama Gompa
  • Day 11 : A shorter day today
  • Day 12 : An acclimatisation day at Somdu
  • Day 13 : Passing the trail to the Gya La
  • Day 14 : Cross the Larkya La
  • Day 15 : Excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II
  • Day 16 : A spare or 'contingency' day in case of delays
  • Day 17 : We join the Annapurna Circuit trail
  • Day 18 : Trek to Bhulbule
  • Day 19 : Final day of trekking down
  • Day 20 : Our package services

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  • Day 01 : Arrival Day - Kathmandu - 1400 m

    You will be welcomed and received on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by our staff member. You will then be transferred and checked into hotel. The trip briefing will take place at some time in the evening. You will be informed about the briefing time on your arrival by our representative.

  • Day 02 : Kathmandu Exploration Day – B

    After breakfast in the morning, we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes:

    Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley.

    Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus.

    Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple.

    Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture.

  • Day 03 : Drive to Arughat Bazaar -670m. B/L/D

    Drive to the small town of Arughat Bazaar (670m. / 2198ft.) in the Buri Gandaki Valley by local bus. Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 04 : Trek via the villages of Arket and Kyropani

    Trek via the villages of Arket and Kyropani to the Seti Khola.Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 05 : We continue our ascent of the Buri Gandaki

    We continue our ascent of the Buri Gandaki on an undulating trail, finally climbing to reach the village of Machha Khola (890m. / 2920ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 06 : We travel through gorge

    We travel through gorge and forest sections to reach a wide and open part of the valley at Jagat (1410m. / 4626ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D\

  • Day 07 : Trek through terraced hillside

    Trek through terraced hillside on an undulating trail to Nyak (1530m. / 5020ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 08 : We traverse a very dramatic section

    We traverse a very dramatic section of the gorge to reach the Bhuddist village of Ghap (2040m. / 6693ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 09 : Climbing steadily

    Climbing steadily we enter the alpine zone and get our first views of Manaslu North. Camp at the village of Lho (3150m. / 10,335ft.).Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 10 : Trek via Shala to Sama Gompa

    Trek via Shala to Sama Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu. Camp close to the monastery (3500m. / 11,483ft).Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 11 : A shorter day today

    A shorter day today up to the last permanent settlement in the valley at Somdu (3860m. / 12,664ft.). Camp.Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 12 : An acclimatisation day at Somdu

    An acclimatisation day at Somdu. – Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 13 : Passing the trail to the Gya La

    Passing the trail to the Gya La, a centuries old trading route into Tibet, we ascend to Duwang (4450m. / 14,600ft.) where there is a small lodge. Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 14 : Cross the Larkya La

    Cross the Larkya La (5135m. / 16,847ft.) pass and descend to Bimthang (3855m. / 12,648ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 15 : Excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II

    Excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II as we descend to Tilje village (2400m. /7874ft.). Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 16 : A spare or 'contingency' day in case of delays

    A spare or 'contingency' day in case of delays. - Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 17 : We join the Annapurna Circuit trail

    We join the Annapurna Circuit trail just 10 minutes north of Dharapani and follow the river down to Chamje (1390m. / 4560ft.) - Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 18 : Trek to Bhulbule

    Trek to Bhulbule - Stay in simple tea house. B, L, D

  • Day 19 : Final day of trekking down

    Final day of trekking down to the road head at Kudi or even take local bus from Bhulbule to Kathmandu, check into hotel and evening join Nepalease cultural show and dinner. B, D

  • Day 20 : Our package services

    Our package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided . B

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What is included

  • Accommodation in a (3) three star hotels in the cities, during the trek only simple tea houses are available.
  • All Ground transportation provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  • Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek.
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • All entry fees and TIMS permit will be provided.
  • All domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for trek will be provided.
  • Group First Aid Kit Box

What is not included

  • International Flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • City Monuments entrance fees.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  • Airport tax.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp.

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