Manaslu Circuit Trek 20 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek Information

Backpacker understands the notion of travelling that is “visit of any host place should be in local way guided by the local experts". Most of the trekking crew members including guides and porters of Backpacker Treks & Expedition are hailed from the Manaslu Region. We know every bit of the places and things of the region from flora, mountains to the tiny stones of the region. Therefore, choose this locally designed package of Manaslu Trekking and feel the adventure the authentic local way.

Manaslu region trekking covers the two historically significant districts of Nepal Lamjung and Gorkha. These two districts hold important place in the history of Nepal and are equally beautiful because of the presence of unlimited wonders of Mother Nature and multi ethnic Community Culture. The trekking to the foothill of the Mount Manaslu which is the 8 th highest peak in the world lies along the border between Nepal and Tibet. The Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa which refers to the soul or intellect. The mountain of spirit is also another popular term used to describe this mountain. Trekking in Manaslu would be the spiritual experience as a whole. It is the most delightful mountain and hills madness that you can ever relish while trekking in Nepal. The trek begins from the bus drive to Soti Khola passing by small hill towns Aarughat and Aarkhet. From Soti Khola Gorkha the walking in the trail takes place. For half of the journey the glacial river Budhi Gandaki would be your natural travelling companion. The crossing of the suspension bridge over the Gandaki and other swift hilly rivers could be the romantic affair in your journey. After continuous trekking for 13 days you will reach the Larkya La Pass in the vicinity of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Though the trail is physically demanding the charming environment acts as the anesthesia for your pain endured while walking the rocky ravines. After witnessing the majestic Himalayan ranges from the high camp in Manaslu Mountain then the trek takes u-turn towards Lamjung district of Nepal. The trekking would be up to Bhul Bule from where the bus drive would take you back to Kathmandu.

This 20 days trek in the mountains would be the mesmerizing experience of your life. The team of local experts of the Backpacker Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. would not leave a single stone unturned while presenting the Manaslu Circuit Trek to our valued clients. Join us for the package price nowhere to be found and support crew as reliable as ours.

Best Season

September to December and March to May

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Trek preparation & sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (700m)

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (815m)

Day 05: Trek to Machhikhola (930m)

Day 06: Trek to Yaru Khola (1330m)

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1590m)

Day 08: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m)

Day 09: Trek to Namrung (2660m)

Day 10: Trek to Sama Gompa (3530m)

Day 11: Rest day in Samagaon

Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3690m)

Day 13: Trek to Dharmashala (4470m)

Day 14: Trek to Larkya-La Pass (5213m) and down to Bhimtang (3750m)

Day 15: Trek to Tilije (2310m)

Day 16: Trek toTal (1700m)

Day 17: Trek to Syange (1175m)

Day 18: Trek to Bhul Bula (825m)

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"

Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan 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 and team members will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon your arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation, 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 Arughat (700m) 8 hrs
The third morning of the itinerary, you will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided into two parts. First you will be driving until Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, you will be travelling until Arughat for another 4 hours of drive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Arughat.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (815m) 4 hrs
A couple of hours drive further from Arughat and a few hours trek leads us to Soti Khola, a small town located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.

Day 05: Trek to Machhikhola (930 meters) 5 hrs
On the fifth day, we will be doing mild climbing from Soti Khola. The trail is comfortable and around five hours trek along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki River and across several forests takes us to Machhikhola where we will be staying for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Yaru Khola (1330 meters) 6 hrs
After crossing Machhikhola, 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 07: 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 08: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m) 5 hrs
The trail now is undulating with 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 09: Trek to Namrung (2660m) 5 hrs
We pass several Gurung settlement areas and valleys on day eight as we move up the fascinating trail. 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: Trek to Tal (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. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Trek to Syange (1175m) 4 hrs
On the 17th day we arrive at Syange, a small village town near Annapurna region, after around 4 hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 18: Trek to Bhul Bula (825m) 4 hrs
Trek further from Syange leads us to Bhul Bula. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 19: 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 20: 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.

Price: US$ 1600.00

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included »

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • All surface transfers as per itinerary.
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Food, lodging,salary,insurance and other expenses of staffs.
  • All necessary paper work.
  • Guided sightseeing tour including all entry fees.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements for our staffs.
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking guide, Porter(also a personal Sherpa on request).
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Medical supplies [First Aid medical kit will be available].
  • Trekking Information Management System [TIMS], New Trekking permit to keep record of tourist [This is for your safety] as well special permit for restricted area.
  • Backpacker Treks T - shirt, Duffle bag, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.
  • Farewell dinner cultural program with Nepali typical meal.

Cost Excluded »

  1. Nepal entry visa fee.
  2. Nepal entry visa fee.
  3. International air fee.
  4. Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu is excluded. Except welcome and fare well dinner.
  5. Drinking WaterAll cold drink any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  6. You have to make your travel and rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel.
  7. Clients them self have to arrange personal trekking equipments such as- trekking pole.
  8. Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package.
  9. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

Getting to Nepal - You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu when you first come to Nepal. Our travel representatives will receive you at the Airport and then transfer you to a hotel in the capital city. That will be our first task after you land in the country. The itinerary then follows in the coming days.

Visa information in Nepal - Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your first job or task will be to consult the Department of Immigration in Nepal regarding your Nepal stay. Our team members will help you in completing the necessary works regarding Visa and the procedures of extension, if needed. If you are planning for an extended stay in Nepal, say more than three months or around a year or so, then you need to extend your Visa through the Immigration Department. This won’t be of any problem as we will handle the government-related activities.

Trek permit - There are some restricted trekking destinations in Nepal which require special permission from the government of Nepal or a government agency for the foreign trekkers. They also need to pay a fixed royalty to trek some of the selected places in Nepal. Some of the restricted trekking destinations like Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Rara Trek, etc. require special trek permit for the foreigners. However, there won’t be any such problem as we, the company, will look after the legal formalities in securing the trek permits for the clients. It will be our responsibility to secure trek permits for you.

Altitude sickness - As most of the trekking destinations in Nepal exceed 4000 meters of altitude, high altitude sickness is one of the common problems faced by the trekkers. High altitude sickness can be very fatal and dangerous if you are not prepared for the same. Some of the trekking destinations like Upper Mustang Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek exceeds and nears around 5000 meters of altitude with chances of high altitude sickness. However, if you are aware of the problem and if you take special measure, then altitude sickness can be avoided and will not be much of a problem. As we have experienced trekking guides and a team of experienced hand, altitude sickness will not be a problem and even if it occurs, it will be handled well by our team members.

Medical Kit - Whenever we embark on a tour package or itinerary, we are fully prepared of the possible consequences or the untoward incidents, and hence our team carries a separate medical kit. Medical kit is of immense help and importance during long tours and trek as you never know what will happen next, even regarding the health of the trekkers. Availability of medical kit is very paramount as it will help to provide immediate medical attention to the needy person. Problems of high altitude sickness, shortness of breathing, dizziness, etc. are the ones frequently encountered during the trek. Presence of medical kit helps to resolve any of such problems and provides immediate relief and medical attention to the person who is in need for the same.

Equipment - Some special trekking equipments are necessary for expedition and some other treks. Such special equipments will have to be brought or arranged by you. As such equipments are quite expensive; it is not possible for us to arrange such materials. However, general trekking and minor accessory requirements will be provided by the company. You only need to bring with you some of the special trekking equipment necessary for trek and expedition. Also, if you do not have such equipments then we can provide you with such equipments, but you need to pay for it.

Note: If you have any queries regarding the itineraries/ information, please let us know by phone or via e-mail.