Manaslu Circuit Trek located in Lamjung district of Nepal is widely considered as one of the most difficult and challenging treks in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit rewards the adventure-seekers with some unparalleled experience of the mountain climbing. Trekking in manaslu offers a perfect combination of the rich cultural heritage in the region with the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Himalayan Range. The trekkers can also bear witness of the fascinating Tibetan culture that is still prevalent in the Manaslu region. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8156 meters. It is located along the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is believed that the word Manaslu was derived from the sanskrit word Manasa which means ‘soul’ or ‘intellect’. Hence, Mount Manaslu is also commonly known as the ‘Mountain of the Spirit’.
Trekking along the around manaslu trek is one of the most delightful adventures you can imagine. Trek manaslu brings along with it the great opportunity to surpass the traditional villages, past the rivers and tress, past the local people and finally behold the greatest of the views of the Himalayan Mountain Range from a very close distance. The trek might be quite demanding at times as it is physically challenging and strenuous. However, as real excitement lies in challenging situations and conditions, foreign trekkers do not want to miss out on the opportunity of exploring Manaslu region. The real excitement of the trek comes when you reach the Larkya La Pass via the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a challenging trek that requires good physical fitness, stamina and also mental strength.
Trek du manaslu usually begins from Arughat, a small town in Gorkha district, and ends at Dharapani in the Annapurna region. Manaslu treks offers a unique but also challenging opportunity to explore the pristine and untouched beauty of Nepal.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (815m)
Day 04: Trek to Machhikhola (930m)
Day 05: Trek to Yaru Khola/Jagat (1330m)
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1590m)
Day 07: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m)
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2660m)
Day 09: Trek to Sama Gompa (3530m)
Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3690m)
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4470m)
Day 13: Trek to Larkya La Pass (5213m) and down to Bhimtang (3750m)
Day 14: Trek to Tilije (2310m)
Day 15: Trek to Tal and Drive to Besi Sahar(1700m)
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (815m) 4 hrs
After breakfast, we starts our drive towards Soti Khola, which is located in Gorkha district. Soti Khola, a small town located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (930 meters) 5 hrs
On the fourth day, we will be doing mild climbing from Soti Khola. The trail is comfortable and a five hours trek along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki River and across several forests takes us to Machha Khola where we will be staying for the night at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Yaru Khola/Jagat (1330 meters) 6 hrs
After crossing Machha Khola, we come across a hot-water spring called ‘Tatopani’. Many trekkers take a dip at Tatopani as it helps to relax the body. Nepali people believe that taking a dip at Tatopani helps in curing several skin-related problems. The trail follows along a dense forest area Tatopani while the raging Budhi Gandaki River still keeps our company. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1590m) 4 hrs
On the sixth day, we trek for a relatively short period of time. Around four hours of trek past the great looking valleys and the rivers takes us to a wonderful small village called Philim. Also during the way, we come across several suspension bridges that offer great view of the adjoining ambience. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m) 5 hrs
The trail now is undulating with an occasional rise and falls. Spectacular waterfalls greet you on the way, so do more suspension bridges. Before reaching Bihi Phedi, we pass the beautiful Eklebhatti village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2660m) 5 hrs
We pass several Gurung settlement areas and valleys on day eight as we move up the fascinating treail. Namrung has many Buddhist monasteries and Gompas that signify that the Tibetan culture is still quite popular in the region. Trail with carved stones can also be new to some foreign trekkers. We will visit the nearby village in Namrung and stay overnight at a guesthouse there.
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon/ (3530 meters) 6 hrs
On day nine we will be trekking almost 900 meters and by the end of the day’s trek, we will reach Samagaon loacted at 3530 meters of altitude. Samagaon is a wonderful little village which provides great view of Mount Manaslu. There is also a popular Gompa, monastery, in Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization purpose
The next day, we will be spending at Samagaon itself primarily for acclimatization of the increasing altitude and the conditions. However, there are several options on that day as well as we can stroll around the local villages and enjoy the scenery there. Also a half-day’s walk until Birendra Lake is also possible from Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3690m) 3 hrs
The trail to Samdo crosses several grazing and pasture areas and then gradually climbs up the valley. We can have fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains especially Mount Manaslu and others once we reach Samdo . Samdo is also the last permanent settlement area in the valley and this remote village is just a day's walk away from the neighboring Tibet border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala (4470m) 4 hrs
After leaving the village of Samdo, we cross a stream and reach now deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago, this village used to be a major trade point with Tibet. But, the village looks sorry these days as the traders have chosen some other places for trade along the Tibetan border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Larkya La pass (5213m) and down to Bhimtang (3750m)
On day fourteen, we trek to Larkya La Pass which happens to be one of the most beautiful Himalayan Pass in Nepal. It is situated at a daunting altitude of 5213 meters and several mountain peaks are clearly visible from this Pass. Himlung Himal (7126 meter), Mount Cheo (6820 meters), Mount Annapurna II (7937 meters) and Mount Manaslu are all visible from the Pass. From Larkya La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang where we will be staying in a guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2310 meters) 5 hrs
Few hours of gentle downhill climbing through several fields and settlement areas takes to a small village called Tilje.While on the way, we come across a massive rhododendron forest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek to Tal and Drive to Besi Sahar (1700m) 4 hrs
Now, we begin our return trip as we trek to Tal on the sixteenth day. A few hours of mild trekking is enough for the day. And short drive to Beshi Sahar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu 9 hrs
We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district, and then drive back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 20th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the International Airport in Kathmandu ending the 20-day-long Manaslu Circuit Trek.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the
hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
- Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Lower Body – Legs
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.