The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 13 days Tea House trek with a combination of both Hindu and Buddhist culture along with the 8th highest peak of the world standing tall at 8156m. One can never get enough of the conspicuous scenery, wildlife, settlements and the trail accompanied by rhododendron, wildflowers, bridges, rivers and the magnificent mountains.

The spectacular view of Mansalu is what makes the trek so enticing. The peak is the highest in the Gorkha district and 8th highest among the peaks in Nepal. The trek is not considered so difficult but both mental and physical preparation is required. The principle safety measures will be altitude sickness as we will be in the elevation of 4450m. The mountains long ridges and valley glaciers give entrance from all the regions. Nevertheless, we will be trekking from Soti Khola all the way to Dharmashala and descend via Bimthang, Dharapani and to Kathmandu. Lying on the Great Himalayan Trail, Manaslu is gaining its popularity among the trekkers in the recent years. Manaslu is also known as the alternative to the Annapurna circuit as it truly does justice if one wants to have an authentic experience in the Himalayas.

*Fun Fact: The Manaslu Mountain Trail Race is the most adventurous yearly trail race head amidst the mountains in Manaslu region. Runners from around the world gather in Manaslu every year to participate and enjoy the magnificent beauty accompanying them throughout the race.

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 the Upper Mustang Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek , Rara Lake trek are highly recommended.

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 2 nights twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel 
  • Transportation (public bus ticket from kathmandu to Machhakhola, a public sharing jeep from Dharapani to Beshishar and Bus ticket from Beshishar to Kathmandu)
  • Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fruit after every dinner, during the trek
  • All accommodation during the trek (lodge/tea house)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Manaslu special permit
  • Purified drinking water during the trek (Medicated proof) 
  • 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 bag (Rental basis) 
  • Company duffel bag
  • Oximeter - to determine your oxygen level
  • First Aid Service (Basic)
  • Adventure certificate upon completion of the trek
  • Farewell dinner
What's Excluded
  • Nepal arrival visa
  • Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
  • Personal expenses like all kinds of drinks including mineral water, tea/coffee, alcoholic and soft beverages
  • Wi-Fi & battery charging, and extra hot shower while on a trek
  • Your travel insurance covers Helicopter evacuation over 5000 meters and trip cancellation
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation
  • Tipping to staff (as an appreciation)to service providers and any other extending trips/accommodation

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas! We will have our team representative waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival. You will be guided to your hotel in the private vehicle. If your flight is in the morning, you can explore the area and even visit some sites in the day. 

On the 2nd day, we start off with our trek. From Kathmandu we take the bus to Machha Khola from where we will officially start the trek. The bus ride takes about 8-9 hours. Nevertheless, you can hire a private vehicle to Soti Khola too upon extra cost and agreement with the company. The first half of the drive is comparatively smoother till Dhading Besi, from where the road is unpaved. From Dhading we turn North West and keep driving until we reach Arughat. Some people start there trek from Arughat but we will drive further until Machha Khola from where we will start our official trek. The drive to Machha Khola is pleasant upon the eyes since we will come across various rural settlements, hills, landscape, terrains and vegetations. The night will be spent at Machha Khola.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Experience the Prithvi Highway along with some bumpy roads, village settlements and introduction to life outside the capital city of Kathmandu, green hills, terrace farming and seasonal crops.

On the 3rd day of our trek, we start our walk towards Jagat, the check point for Manaslu entrance. After breakfast in Maccha Khola, we ascend towards the suspension bridge at Khorlabeshi and walk uphill and downhill until reaching another natural hot spring at Tatopani. From Tatopani, we cross another suspension bridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki River. From here we climb the staircase and another bridge to Dobhan. Passing the landslide region, we also cross Thulo Dhungga and Yarupath. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Best view of Ganesh Himal from Khorlabesi and Shringi Himal from Jagat, experience of rocky trail, waterfalls, stone steps, landslide and rockfall areas, view of organic coffee garden at Khorlabesi, numerous suspension bridges over different river, including the roaring Budhi Gandaki River.

On the 4th day of our trek, we will leave Jagat, cross the suspension bridge and reach Salleri from where the majestic view f Sringi Himal can be seen. We then descend to Sirdibas. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village with monasteries and view point of Shringi Himal.  Crossing the Millet fields on a fairly good trail, we reach Ekal Bhatti from where the route turns steep. We cross the Budhi Gandaki River and continue through the trail as the valley widens with bamboo forests to the Deng River. Overnight in Deng.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day:  Influence of Buddhist culture, Chortens and the prosperous Philim village of Gurung people surrounded by the fields of maize, potato and millet. The village also flaunts various Gompa, School made by Japanese, and a large campsite offering the view of Shringi Himal. The experience of walking through pine, rhododendron and bamboo forest, enjoying the pleasant view of the waterfall, Himalchuli and Shringi Himal, and the settlement, lifestyle and culture of people in along the way.

From Deng we cross the suspension bridge and reach Lana. From here we climb uphill to join the trail that leads to Bih. The trail from here passes through the Sringhi Khola and the forests and mani as we turn towards the route to Ghap. There are two routes that leads us to Ghap. Thus, depending upon the situation, your team representative will lead the way to Namrung. The trail will follow through dense forests and rivers. After few steep climb we will finally reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day:  Buddhism in the village of Deng, experience of beautiful stone-carving village of Bih, walk through the wild canyons, village of Ghap that flaunts intricate quality carvings of various meditating Buddha in the hard local stone, the trail that leads to the village of Prok features the best view point of Shringi Himal, micro hydro, eco-lodges and the nearby Kal Chhokang Gompa and a beautiful Kalchhuman Lake (Kal Tal) located at the altitude of 3,574m., Namrung village featuring Gompas, camp sites and the beautiful view point of Ganesh and Shringi Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south.

After breakfast at Namrung, we set out for our destination today; Samagaun. Samagaun is a pure Lama settlement where you can get indulged in the Tibetan culture. From Namrung, passing the mani walls, we enter the rhododendron, fir and oak forest and reach Lihi. From Lihi, the trail moves towards Sho, crossing the bridge over Hinang River and reaching Lho. From here, we first hike up to Shyala village surrounded by mountains and glacier. We cross the glacier-fed Numla Khola and hike up to the village of Samagaun. Overnight at Samagaun.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day:  Magnificent view of peaks like Manaslu, Himal Chuli and Nadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Punggen Glacier from the village of Shyala, walk along the rhododendron , fir and oak forest, surrounded by natural beauty of the mountains and forests and the introduction of Lama and Tibetan culture practiced in the village of Samagaun.

Acclimatization is important whenever a person is trekking at high altitude then he/she is used to. Thus, it is always good to acclimatize our body after reaching a certain height. While acclimatizing, we will be making our body active constantly by hiking to a nearby location or exploring the area so that our body gets used to the altitude. Today at Samagaun, we will be hiking to Birendra Lake so as to acclimatize as well as explore this area. We can also visit the Manaslu Base Camp or visit the Monasteries around the area. The day will be spent exploring the area.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day:  An insight on the lifestyle, tradition and culture of people living in Sama village. Sama Gompa, view of Puggen Glacier form Pung Gyen Gompa, and the view of Nadi Chuli, Manaslu, Larke, and the Naike peak from the ridge, visit Manaslu base Camp, Birendra Lake.

After a day of acclimatization at Samagaun, we will head further for Samdu at 3690m. Following the Budhi Gandaki River, we come across the forest filled with birch, juniper, rhododendron, moss and lichen. Then enjoying the stone huts and long Mani walls of Kyonggma Kharka we cross a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and enter the village of Samdo. Samdo is a small settlement and the last one before Larkya La.  This settlement is very close to Tibet and holds various trading fairs.. The night will be spent at a lodge in Samdo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: View of Manaslu glacier, walk through the thick forest of birch, juniper, and rhododendron, 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.

Before crossing Larkya La, we will come across Dharmashala also known as Larkya Phedi. The trail descends to the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing the last bridge across the Budhi Gandaki River, we progress towards Dharmasala. It is a seasonal village with a little shelter house that provides room for trekkers. The evening will be spent exploring the hills for the purpose of acclimatization. The night will be spent at Dharmasala.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Mani walls with inscriptions of well wishes for progress over the pass, small stone huts, view of Syacha Glacier and the pleasant view of Larkya Peak and Naike Peak from Larkya Phedi.

Today is the big crossing of the Larkya La pass. Early in the morning, we have our breakfast, pack up and start walking to ignore the afternoon gaze. We will walk across the moraine, the lakes which will be frozen in winter and step uphill to Larkya La, welcoming us with prayer flags and Manis. The magnificent views of the snow capped peaks is breathtaking and truly a memorable one. After a steep descent from the pass, we now trek west on a high moraine ridge of Salpudanda Glacier on our right. The trail now descends towards the grassy moraine of Dangboche Kharka. The track follows the east bank of the large lateral moraine, descends to the beautiful village of Bimthang. Overnight at a lodge in Bimthang.

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 and scree, 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.

On the 11th day, we will start descending down. Today, we will cover our trek from Bimthang to Dharapani. The trail follows the Bimthang glacier and heads south entering the forest of rhododendron and pine, passes Sangure Kharka and continues till the cultivated land of Kharche. From Karche, the trail follows the west bank of the Dudh Khola, heads towards Tilije. We will cross the view point of Manaslu and enter the valley of Gho. We now cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola and walk south for about an hour to reach Dharapani. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dharapani.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Unforgettable view of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal, trail accompanied by beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine, cave, high pasture, and cultivated land. Explore Gho: a Gurung settlement flaunting Gurung lifestyle, view point of Manaslu and monastery, lodges and Kilpu waterfall, Tilije: another Gurung village on the trail that allows trekkers to enjoy monastery like Tilije, mobile network, lodges and teahouses, and the village of Dharapani.

On the last day of the trek, we will descend from Dharapani to Kathmandu on a local bus. You can also book a private vehicle upon request and extra charge to travel from Dharapani to Kathmandu. The bus will move towards Bahundadha, Besisahar, Dumre and finally Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel where you can freshen up and rest. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where we can reminiscence the memory and also gain your feedback.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Highlights of the day: Highway along the Trisuli River, waterfall, river, jungle, hills, terraced fields with seasonal crops, different vegetations, mountains, settlements and the curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges.

Today is your last day in Nepal. If your flight leaves early we will drop you off at the airport. If you have time, you can stroll around and buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Namaste and have a safe flight!

Gears List

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

Clothing

  • Quick drying thermals
  • Trekking shirts (short sleeve)
  • Liner socks
  • Woolen socks
  • Ankle Boots
  • Trekking pants (convertible shorts)
  • 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 Bags
  • Chocolate is a must!
  • Trail mix and peanuts
  • Journal
  • Novel
  • Toiletries

 

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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