The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a Tea House trek along the ancient salt route to Tibet. This great Trek allows you to have a tea house trek or even camp in the off beaten trails.  The trek starts from Arughat ascending all the way to Larkya Pass. Trekking around Manaslu requires a certified guide. The trek is challenging and adventurous but the trek will undoubtedly introduce you to the pure essence of trekking in the Himalayas.

The trail passes through the subtropical jungle at lower elevation and the Himalayan foothills to the high, freezing and demanding Larkya La Pass at 5135m; offering everything the classic treks in Nepal have to offer. Although the trail was recently open for foreigners, it has gained its popularity in the recent years. Nevertheless, it is still one of the underrated trails which consists of immense beauty and circumnavigates Mount Manaslu; the 8th highest peak in the world.

The trek will indeed become an amazing and unforgettable experience. Thus, you can avoid traffic while enjoying the high altitude glacier lakes, traditional villages and the magnificent mountain ranges such as the Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Kung Guru. The gorges, mountain ranges, local lifestyle and the eco-toned diversity along the way will make your trek a memorable one.

Desire Adventure has come up with a 15 days Manaslu Trek with Larkya La Pass with a standard teahouse trekking package. The package is fully customizable; therefore, can be changed as per your requirements and need. We guarantee departure on all customized packages. The company also offers a special discount if you bring a group along with you.

This trek can be planned any time of the year; however, spring and autumn are more supportive in terms of weather, visibility and trail. Nevertheless, if you are looking for some other remote trekking routes in Nepal, you can visit our website for other remote treks around Nepal.

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
  • One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
  • All accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) 
  • Manaslu Special Permit
  • Private transportation (Jeep) to Machhakhola and return from Dharapani to Kathmandu 
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruit after every dinner, during the trek
  • 4 nights attached room during the trek
  • 6 hot shower during the trek
  • Purified drinking water (Medicated proof) during the trek
  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis if required)
  • Company duffel bag (one each)
  • First Aid service (basic)
  • Oximeter - To determine your normal oxygen range
  • Adventure certificate upon completion of the trek
  • Farewell dinner
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees while on city tour of Kathmandu (cost USD25 per person)
  • Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, tea/coffee, alcoholic and soft beverages
  • Extra hot shower and battery charge in the mountai 
  • Travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation over 5000 meters and trip cancellation
  • Tips (as an appreciation) and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.

As soon as you enter the territory of Nepal, you will get a spectacular view of the mountains and hills from the airplane. Upon landing, our team representative will pick you up at the airport and drop you off in the hotel. 

We will explore the city of Kathmandu and its wonders today. We will visit some famous monuments and temples which are also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath is the sacred hindu temple situated in the banks of the Bagmati river. The area around the temple is filled with devotees, priests and monkeys lurking around. We will also visit Swayambhunath, the sacred Buddhist temple amidst the top of a hill in the outskirts of Kathmandu with its four Buddha eyes watching over the city. Later, Boudhanath will also be our destination. Boudhanath Stupa lies on the ancient route to Tibet and the area is heavily influenced by the Tibetans and Sherpas. Kathmandu Durbar Square is another site we will be visiting today. Kathmandu Durbar Square comprises f various temples, courtyards, palaces and Museums. Although the 2015 earthquake has made destructions to this site, the reconstruction process is going on. After a fruitful day around the city, we come back to our hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Highlights of the day: Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and get introduced to local culture and ancient historic monuments.

After breakfast today, we will set out for Machhakhola. It is situated 160 kms away from the capital and we will take the Prithvi Highway and stop at Dhading Besi for lunch. Machhakhola is a small settlement and will be the starting point for the trek. We will head west from Kathmandu and upon 8-9 hours of drive reach Machhakhola. The night will be spent here as we will officially start our trek tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Bumpy road and rural areas settlement experience along the way, breathtaking view of the waterfalls, hills, flora and fauna, jungles and terraced farming. 

Our trek today starts early in the morning from Maccha Khola Gaun. We walk uphill and our first stop will be at Khorlak Bensi at 1890m where we can enjoy the beautiful and clear view of the Ganesh Himal. From here, we climb up towards Tatopani and Doban.  We finally reach Jagat where we will spend the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the Day: Best view of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal, view of organic coffee garden at Khorlabesi, Budhi Gandaki River, view of waterfalls and many Chortens and Mani walls en route.

Our destination for today will be Deng. After the official forms are filled in Jagat, we will walk along the riverbed towards Saguleri. We keep following the trail to Sirdi Besi and continue towards the suspension bridge towards Phelim and walk all the way north. We pass through the bamboo forest before reaching Deng. The night will be spent at Deng.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Onsite exploration of Buddhist culture as we go higher, Chortens and the prosperous Philim village of Gurung people surrounded by the fields of maize, potato and millet. The village also flaunts Chhyoling Sandu Gompa, School made by Japanese, police station and a large campsite offering the view of Shringi Himal.

After breakfast today, we set out to our destination for the day; Namrung. From Deng, we walk up to Lana and take the path that goes west towards Namrung from Ghap. The walk continues in and out of unbroken wild canyons and then a steep climb will finally take us to Namrung..

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Experience Gurung tradition practicing Buddhism, stone carving village of Bihi portraying various Buddhist prayers and mythological stories,  the best view point of Shringi Himal, .

The trek from Namrung to Shyla passes through the forest of dense rhododendron trees along the banks of the river. We will pass through places like Lamchik, Bengsam, Shobefore and Lho finally reaching Shyla. Throughout the walk, we will come across mani walls, beautiful local fields and houses, fir and oak forest. The night will be spent at Shyla.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Different species of birds and animals, various Gompas, hotel, camps, magnificent view of mountain ranges, barley terrace, Sherpa culture, mani walls. Viewpoint for Manaslu and Naike Peak.

After breakfast today, we will walk from Lho to Samagaon. Samagaon is a Lama settlement heavily influenced by the Buddhist culture. The trail is surrounded by lakes and glacier and as we walk further we get a crystal clear view of the Numla Khola along with various species of trees.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: View of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Nadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal and various other glaciers. Experience the breathtaking view of the Himalayas along with the Tibetan and Lama settlements in Samagaon.

Acclimatization is always important if you enter a certain height in few days; your body needs to adjust with the altitude. Thus, today will be a day to acclimatize and rest your body. You can take this opportunity to walk around the Samagaon settlement and explore the area. We can visit various Gompas in such great altitude like the Sama Gompa or the Pung Gyen Gompa.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: An insight on the lifestyle, tradition and culture of people living in Sama village. Sama Gompa, Pung Gyen Gompa, and the view of Nadi Chuli, Manaslu and Larke.

Our destination for today will be Samdo. After the acclimatization in Samagaon, we head further north to Samdo. Samdo is closer to Tibet thus influenced by Tibetan tradition and culture. Along the way we can witness birch, juniper, rhododendron, moss and lichen trees and various mani walls. The night will be spent at Samdo.  

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: View of Manaslu glacier, walk past birch, juniper, and rhododendron trees, a number of Mani walls and stone huts, and the village of Samdo featuring Taka Choeling Gompa, Sonam Glacier, big Mani wall, and a Tibetan refugee community.

We will reach Larkya La guest house today. From Samdo we will descend down and pass the Budhi Gandaki river one last time and head towards Larkya Bazaar along the Juniper and Tundra trees. The trail also passes through mani and stone walls and finally reaches Larkya Phedi, also known as Dharamsala. The village provides rooms for trekkers. We will spend the night in Larkya Rest House which will also be helpful for acclimatization.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Mani walls, stone huts, Syacha glacier, view of Larkya Peak from Larkya Phedi

Today we will walk through the Larkya La pass towards Bimtang. The walk today will be for 8-9 hours. Thus, to skip the afternoon gale, we will start the journey early in the morning. We will walk pass through the Larkya Glacier, across 4 lakes and then a steep ascend will take us to the magnificient Larkya La. The pass will greet the trekkers with prayer flags and view of the snow capped mountains.  After crossing the pass, we descend and walk west towards Bimtang. We will walk on a high moraine ridge of Salpudanda Glacier on our right. The track now following the east bank of the large lateral moraine, descends to the beautiful village of Bimthang where we will spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: 4 frozen lakes, Larkya La Pass that greets trekkers with flapping prayer flags and the heavenly view of Himlung Himal, Kangguru, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larke peak, Namjung Himal, Ratan Chuli, thrilling trail accompanied by Larkya Glacier, Bimthang and Salpudanda Glacier, rocky and grassy moraine, icefall and mountains, glacial lake –Pongkar Taal in between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glacier, and the magnificent view of Lamjung, Manaslu (NE), Phungi (S-Face) Himlung (NW) and Cheo Himal from Bimthang.)

After walking through the Larkya La Pass and reaching Bimtang, we will walk today towards Dharapani. From Bimtang, we walk south and pass Sangure Kharka, Puguda and Goa (or Gho). Gho is a beautiful village with Gurung settlement where we can explore the Gurung lifestyle. While reaching Tilije from Gho, we will pass the Manaslu Himalayan Range and we cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola. Upon walking south we reach Dharapani where we will spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day:  Brilliant view of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal, walk along the beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine and cultivated land, village of Dharapani, Sangey Cholign Gompa, one of the best view point of Manaslu.

Early in the morning we will catch a local  jeep to Beshishar and take a public bus to Kathmandu .The Bus drives through the Prithvi Highway and takes about 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will get freshened up in our hotel. The rest of the time can be spent wandering around the city, buying souvenirs or even enjoying the memories from the trek. In the evening, a short meeting will be held to discuss the trek and get your feedback.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Bus ride to Kathmandu overlooking scenic beauty, terrace field, harvests and local settlements.

Since today is your last day in Nepal, you can spend the day by shopping or looking around your area. Nevertheless, if your flight is early morning, we will drop you off to the airport and wish you a safe flight. If you want to extend your trip or plan your next trip, Desire Adventures is always here to customize your trip or help you plan your next travel.

(Note: Our guides will come to wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am. A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am. The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or local guest houses, where we stop for overnight.

You can stop anywhere during the trek by requesting your guide if you feel tired or want to enjoy and capture the beauty. After dinner and before going to bed your team leader will brief you regarding the next day’s schedule.)

(Note:  The following list of gears and clothing might change according to the season or weather conditions. Nevertheless, these are the basic essential you will require to trek in the Manaslu region.)

Clothing

Layering is extremely important when trekking to manaslu circuit

  • Quick drying thermals
  • Trekking shirts short sleeve
  • Liner socks
  • Woolen socks
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece sweaters
  • wind/rain proof jacket and pants
  • Down jacket
  • Cap/Hat
  • Buff/Headband
  • Gloves
  • Trekking boots
  • Slippers

 

Gear

  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Watch with alarm/ Altitude radar
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Portable Charger

 

Extras

  • Energy Bars
  • Tea – you can boil water in teahouses
  • Chocolate is a must!
  • Trail mix and peanuts
  • Journal
  • Novel
  • Toiletries

 

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Immodium for diarrhea
  • Bandaids
  • Blister bandaids or moleskin
  • Eye drops
  • Advil cold and dinus
  • Nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • Tweezers
  • Vicks Vapor rub

Our Guides:

With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.

Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:

Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.

Round the clock service:

Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.

Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:

Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.

Importance to Sustainable Tourism:

We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.

No exceptions with quality and equipments:

Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency.  Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.

5:1 Client Guide Ratio

We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles. 

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Manaslu circuit trek (17 days) Oct 2023 • Friends Did the Manaslu circuit trek in 17 days with desire adventures, had good contact with Navaraj before the trek and enjoyed the trek under good care of our guide Abinash and porter Susan! Itinerary was discussable during the trek, which was nice and appreciated. Although Read More

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andrea Manslu circuit trek Oct 2023 • Solo My Manaslu circuit trek was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Thanks to Navaraj Thapa and Desire Adventuresamd the great guide Abinash Chanchale Read More

Connor V

Well spoken, safe and fantastic leaders Nov 2022 • Friends With Nava as our guide and Hari as his protege we were well equipped to deal with the manasalu circuit. The Desire team made everything easy, from airport transfers, arriving at the hike trail head and the hike itself. Nava, being native to Nepal, knows how to Read More


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