Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit trek is a stunning 17 day journey (21 days including travel and days in Kathmandu) which treks around the world’s eighth highest mountain, beginning in the busy market town of Arughat, going up and back along a different path, ending in Besi Sahar. This is a trek for someone who wants something different in Nepal but still offers the most striking and jaw dropping scenery.
Many people liken the Manaslu Circuit trek to the Annapurna before it got busy! It is in a region which was closed to outsiders until the early 90's and tourism is still restricted. It is also not quite as high as the Annapurna circuit and really is a stunning and less trodden path.
The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 7 hours and the drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu takes around 6 hours. The trek ascent is for 13 days, which includes two full days rest and acclimatisation, to the last settlement of Larkya Phedi. After one day climbing to the high point of Larkya La (for panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II), the descent is in four days.
You can trek the Manaslu Circuit from March to June, and September to November. The start dates on the website refer to the arrival date in Kathmandu and the end date refers to the earliest you can book your return flight home for. However you are welcome to arrive earlier or stay on at the end, and stay in our guesthouse in order to spend more time sightseeing in Kathmandu. We also run private treks so feel free to call and discuss your plans with us.
Generally it is hot during the day (up to 20ºC) and cool in the evening (average 5ºC) with little wind and occasional rain showers in the afternoon. After Lho village, the trail enters the Nupri Region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants, where you will find yourself becoming close to culture, religions and local people. The approach towards Larkya La pass begins after Samdo village. Crossing the high pass is a strenuous day and the exposure to altitude makes the walking harder and the likelihood of altitude sickness higher, so it is necessary to allow rest days and walk very slowly. This day would be a great objective for a fit hill walker with little mountaineering experience. The top of Larkya La provides astounding panoramic views of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, himal Chuli and Himlung Himal. The terrain is never dangerous or precipitous, it is still just a walk, but requiring the usual care and caution. There is no climbing or special equipment required on the Manaslu Circuit trek but it is obviously important to have good equipment and adequately prepared for multi day walking.
FOr more information and booking please visit Adventure Alternative - Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Please note that the required number of participants is at a minumum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you have to be a group of 2 to book the trip.
21 days - summary
Day 12: 3 hours walking Samagaon – Samdo 3860m
Day 13: 3860m Relax and acclimatise in Samdo
Day 14: 3 - 4 hours walking Samdo – Larkya Phedi 4460m
Day 15: 7 - 8 hours walking Larkya Phedi – Larkya La – Bimtang 5135m
Day 16: 6 hours walking Bimtang – Tilje 2300m
Day 17: 5 hours walking Tilje – Chamje 1410m
Day 18: 4 - 5 hours walking Chamje – Ngadi 810m
Day 19: 3 - 4 hours walking Ngadi – Besi Sahar 800m
Day 20: Drive back to KTM 6 hrs
Day 21: Depart KTM or stay on for longer
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Rest & Preparations in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat 490m
Day 4: 6 hours walking Arughat – Liding 860m
Day 5: 6 hours walking Liding – Khorlabesi 970m
Day 6: 6 hours walking Khorlabesi – Salleri 1360m
Day 7: 7 hours walking Salleri – Deng 1860m
Day 8: 4 hours walking Deng – Ghap 2380m
Day 9: 5 hours walking Ghap – Lho 3180m
Day 10: 4 hours walking Lho – Samagaon 3450m
Day 11: 3450m Restday
For a more detailed itinerary click here.
$ 2, 199 or £ 1,695
- 21 April - 11 May 2019
- 06 - 26 October 2019
- 07 - 27 October 2018
- International flight to and from Kathmandu
- Meals and drinks while in Kathmandu
- Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water
- Trip Insurance
- Visa ($30 for 15 days)
- Tips & Sightseeing Tours (~$45 to $75)
- Airport transfers
- Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat, and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu
- Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights (twin/double rooms)
- Accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds & mattresses)
- Three meals per day during the trek, and hot drinks (e.g. tea, coffee)
- National Park Fees
- Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
- Porters (one per member, carries max. 15kgs)
- Staff food, insurance and equipment