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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit trekking is a good alternative route of famous Annapurna Circuit trek. After motor road constructed in Annapurna circuit the Manaslu circuit became more popular. This is a newly opened trekking trail located in Manaslu Trekking Region of Nepal. Manaslu Circuit opened to trekkers in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. Larkya (Larke) La Pass is the highest part of this trek, situated at 5160 meters above sea level. The Larkya La Pass is not difficulty but one of the longest trekking pass in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters. The trek has been quickly gain popularity, it remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit trekking route is in restricted (Controlled) area of Nepal. The trek required special trekking permit as well as Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area entry permits, which are only possible to obtain through the Nepal government registered trekking agencies.

Manaslu Circuit offers unique opportunity to experience relatively "untouched" region of Nepal. This trail is also connected with the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). A diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail that puts one physically closer to Tibet than any other treks in Nepal. Manaslu area people go to the Tibet for buying necessary things such as rice, clothes and Tibetan beer, etc., which are cheaper compared to buying in Nepali market.

The trek provides amazing views of Mount Manaslu (the world's eighth highest peak) and other Himalayan peaks always in the background. The trek follows the altitudes from 570 to 5160 meters. The Manaslu, known as “three peaks”. The trek passing through a huge precipitous valley to the contrasting world of Sama, crossing snow-covered Larke La (Larkya La Pass) and descending to the Marsyangdi Khola. As it is a long course, you must be in good physically and have extra days for rest during the trek. Sama, before you cross the pass, it is ideal for this; you can enjoy strolling about the glacial lake and Pugen Glacier there.

The trek starts from Arughat Bazaar or Soti Khola. Most of the road between Kathmandu to Arughat and Soti Khola is off-road so that good to use a four-wheel jeep to go by overland. The trek ends at Bhulbhule close to the Besi Sahar, this is the starting point of the famous Annapurna circuit trek. If you have limited time it is a possible to off-road drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar in a single day except monsoon season.

Nowadays, Teahouse/Lodges basis trekking package is more commonly used. Almost all tea houses offer twin rooms, two beds in one room. The beds are available very simple and basic with a pillow and cushion sheets for a good sleep.

The package cost for Teahouse/Lodge Trek is based on group size and level of service. However, Alpine Adventure Club offers trekking with competitive price and committed to giving the best value of the payment.


Day 01 Arrival and transfer to hotel
Day 02 Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Kathmandu drive bus to Arughat (570m)
Day 04: Arughat trek to Soti Khola (730m)
Day 05: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 06: Machha Khola trek to Dobhan (1070m)
Day 07: Doban trek to Philim (1570m)
Day 08: Philim trek to Deng (1860m)
Day 09: Deng trek to Ghap (2380m)
Day 10: Ghap trek to Lho Gaun (3020m)
Day 11: Lho trek to Sama Gaun / Sama Gompa (3390m)
Day 12: Rest day in Sama Gaun
Day 13: Sama Gaun trek to Samdo (3690m)
Day 14: Samdo trek to Dharamsala (4460m)
Day 15: Dharamsala trek to Bimtang (3590m) over the Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Day 16: Bimtang trek to Gho (2510m)
Day 17: Gho trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 18 Dharapani trek to Jagat (1300m)
Day 19 Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 20 Bhulbhule drive bus to Kathmandu
Day 21 Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 22 Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or relax
Day 23 Drive to Airport for flying your own destination

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu and Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Arughat
Trek End Point: Bhulbhule
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5160m
Duration: 23 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Adventure Club who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and if time permitted visit our office to pay the rest of bill, collect the information and signup the trip agreement or not enough time office authorize person come to your hotel to collect the payment. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m)
We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware etc. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (730m)
Today we trek start from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. The Soti Khola (‘khola' means river in Nepali) Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
Today we trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river in Nepali). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Machha Khola to Doban (1070m)
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Doban to Philim (1570m)
The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Philim to Deng (1860m)
Today’s you trek over flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross few bridges and can see villages at far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Deng to Ghap (2380m)
Today we switch back steeply up to the small, poor village of Lana, where the women usually have their looms out. After climbing through lovely woods of pine and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi, where there is a good shop and views of Kutang Himal, and start to see mani stones, a sure sign that we are entering another of the tiny Tibetan footholds that mark the high Himalayan places. We have three or four hours of trekking ahead of us, twice crossing the large Bhudi Gandaki River and twice over smaller tributary streams, staying mostly high with many ascents and descents as we walk through the gorge, all the time enjoying spectacular views. Eventually we reach at Ghap, where we stay at the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Ghap to Lho Gaun (3020m)
Today we ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River once on a wooden bridge, climb on smooth, stone steps and eventually arrive at Namrung, at 2540 meters at the Tibetan-run lodge. As we gain altitude, we reach alpine territory and are treated to increasingly broad mountain views. Namrung village is the start of Nubri, the region of purely Tibetan inhabitants speaking a dialect of western Tibet. A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2840 meters, a substantial altitude gain. Lihi houses an old gompa, and is spread along the trail with its billowing fields of barley, guarded by "bear watches". We are climb gently now; soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000m, where we stop for lunch. After an hour we reach at Lho, where we are treated to breath-taking views of Manaslu itself. We set up camp in Lho, Sunset and sunrise from here excellent and visit the small Gompa. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Lho to Sama Gaun (3390m)
Today we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon. Sama The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manalsu have distinctive entrance gates (manes), and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns - which are then traded back to Tibet. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old gompa settlement above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaun( village). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 12: Acclimatization day in Sama Gaun
Today we acclimatization in Sama Gaun. Walk to Pung Gyen monastery (Gompa) 3870 meters or day hike to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp, it is nice day trip from Sama Gaun. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)
Today offer incredible mountain views, past craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route we pass the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the "kane" entrance of Samdo. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we can visit during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Samdo to Dharamshala/Larkya Phedi (4460m)
Today we follow the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation to cross the Larkya La Pass (5160m) tomorrow. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 15: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5160m)
After a short climb above the Dharamsala , we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, often through the snow, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II, equally stunning from both sides. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. We'll lunch below the pass on smooth rocks before continuing the descent, still three hours to go to our campsite. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bhimtang. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 16: Bimtang trek to Gho (2510m)
Enjoying some great views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m) and Mt Manaslu from the ridge at Bimthang, we descend to a huge pasture and walk past it to cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola (river). We now move ahead through the pine and rhododendron forests. The trail follows the narrow valley to the settlement of Karche (2785m). Walking across the fields, we make a steep climb from to a ridge. The trails now drops down from a ridge to a river bank until we arrive at the village of Gho. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 17: Gho trek to Dharapani (1960m)
As we make the move from Gho, we cross a bridge over the Dudh river and continue trailing alongside the river bank. We descend through scrub forests vividly noticing the walls of the Marsyandi Valley and arrive at the village of Thonje. Passing by the police checkpoint, we can now see the houses of Dharapani becoming more and more distinct. A pleasant walk from here will get us to our campsite in Dharapani. We are at Dharapani means that we have actually entered the Annapurna circuit section. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 18: Dharapani trek to Jagat (1300m)
This day we will follow the trail along Marshyangdi river. Cross this river approximately four times, walk along narrow valleys. After walking for about 6 hours from Dharapani we will reach Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 19: Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840m)
This day we will walk for about 7 hours. On the way we will cross Marshyangdi River. Walk up to Bahundanda (1300 m) and walk downhill towards Bhulbhule. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 20: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu
This day we will drive by private vehicles 6 hours and local bus 8 hours to reach Kathmandu. Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu, It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road. Drive through the Besi Sahar, Dumre, Muglin, Malekhu, Naubise and Thankot then reach at Balaju bus stop from where take another vehicle to go your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 21: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 22: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at Hotel

Day 23: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip
We will drop you at the airport by our private vehicle according to your airport time. It is recommended to reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure.


  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Kathmandu to Arughat transportation by private vehicle
  • Bhulbhule to Kathmandu transportation by public sharing bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Desert (Fresh fruit/Chocolate) after having diner as company provide
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Maximum weight 25kg in two people)
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Manaslu special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and Office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 50 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks during the trek
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

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