Manaslu Circuit 16 days
Duration: 16 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5200 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Manaslu massif is located north of the city of Ghorka, next to the Annapurna mountain range. This trek is just as varied as the Annapurna mountain circuit. The great advantage of the Manaslu Circuit is that here you can hike through a very quiet area. As a trekker you are obliged to hire a guide and only a registered trekking agency may issue a trekking permit for you. Due to this measure many backpackers stay away from this circuit. Therefore this region maintains more of its authentic and spectacular character.
The Manaslu Circuit begins and ends amongst the green rice fields. In between you pass wild gorges, waterfalls, subtropical forests and eventually you pass the Larkya La pass at 5200 meters altitude. This is situated in a desolate landscape of rocks, snow and ice. After this high mountain pass you will descend down to the warmer region of the rice fields. You finish the trek on a small part of the Annapurna Circuit.
The trek begins with a day drive to Arughat Bazaar which lies twenty five kilometers from Ghorka. The last kilometers you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the lively village Arughat you walk through Hindu villages and wide paths. Here it is warm and tropical and you will pass through many bamboo forests. The closer you get to the swirling Burhi Gandaki, the more you walk into a gorge. Once into the canyon you will hike past high rock walls and beautiful waterfalls. You cross the Burhi Gandaki river regularly by means of suspension bridges, and during other parts of this trek you walk right beside the river. Eventually you hike out of the gorge and the valley opens up to you. From this height on the Hindu culture is replaced by Buddhist culture. You will notice this when you pass by the characteristic Buddhist mani walls, chortens and Buddhist gates. More and more the snowy mountains peaks are showing themselves. Starting from the village of Samagoan the mountain slopes are overgrown with birch and juniper. From here on it is still a couple of days walking to the Larkya La pass. From Larkya Phedi you will leave early in the morning to climb this pass. While crossing the high pass you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalaya peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the pass, the trail descents steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced for the warm forests of rhododendron. Once descended the last piece of the Manaslu Circuit follows the trail of Annapurna Circuit.
Note !: The lower part of the Manaslu Circuit were severely damaged by the earthquake in April 2015. The trails are fully restored and safe for hikers since spring 2016.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (606 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Liding (860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Macha Khola (930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Deng (1800 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Ghap (2160 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day at Samagoan for acclimatization. Optional day hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4700 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Dharapani (2175 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Syange (1080 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 16 Drive by jeep to Besisahar, and touristbus A/C to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Manaslu Circuit 16 days is:
€ 435,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 535,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar, and drive Syange to Kathmandu
Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive to start and end trek
Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide & porters
Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
ACAP (Annapurna area) fee, MCAP(Manaslu area) fee, TIMS card and local taxes
Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
International flight to Kathmandu
Nepal entrance visa
Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
Lodging and food during trek
Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, maximum luggage 10 kilograms per person
All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
Personal travel insurance
Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)