The Manaslu Circuit
Kathmandu, Nepal 15 nights from £1,329

The Manaslu Circuit

Explore the lesser travelled trails of Nepal, on a fully guided adventure in the Annapurna region, which avoids the more popular routes, in search of an authentic and traditional Himalayan adventure.

  • 13 days trekking

Highlights

Glacial streams

Glacial streams

Cross suspension bridges over the many glacial river which line the valleys.

Rural Himalayan life

Rural Himalayan life

Explore traditional villages and meet friendly local residents en route.

Superb mountain scenery

Superb mountain scenery

Hike along trails in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on the planet.

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit offers many of the highlights of the Annapurna treks, whilst avoiding the crowds and offering a much more tranquil and traditional Himalayan trekking experience. Visit small mountain communities and meet with friendly locals, while still enjoying the spectacular views of the central Nepalese Himalaya. Tackling high mountain passes and crossing tumbling glacial rivers, it is a wild adventure which offers a real walk on the wild side. 

Route Highlights

  • Manaslu, Mountain of the Spirit

    Hike in the shadow of the eighth highest mountain on the planet, 8156m high Manaslu.

  • Tibetan villages

    Explore the pretty Tibetan villages that populate the region.

  • Larkya La

    Tackle the high Larkya La pass, at 5106m above sea level.

  • Mountain
  • Newcomers
  • Forest
  • Average fitness

Degree of difficulty

  • Considered a moderately difficult adventure, a good level of fitness is required in order to successfully complete the Manaslu Circuit. 
  • The route takes in several high passes, reaching altitudes up to 5150m.
  • Experience of hiking in rocky and mountainous terrain for several consecutive days in a row is hugely beneficial.

Eating and drinking

  • Meals are not included in the cost of the challenge, Lodges along the route offer a wide choice of menus, from traditional Dhal Bhat to more sophisticated and western-orientated choices. 
  • Budget around £20 to £25 per day for meals and drinks. 

Himalayan accommodation

  • Accommodation is taken in tea houses and lodges along the route. These offer hostel-style accommodation, with running water, indoor toilets and electricity commonly available.
  • Where available, internet access and hot showers are available at an extra cost. 
  • The more remote accommodation offers a more rustic style of accommodation, with showers not always available. Personal sleeping kit will be needed in these more remote areas.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu is provided at a comfortable hotel.

Season

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

  • Transfers

Meeting point

Tribhuvan International Airport
Ring Rd
काठमाडौँ
Kathmandu
44600
Nepal

Getting to kathmandu

  • Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. a number of airlines fly to Kathmandu from the UK, with connections in the Middle East, including Qatar, Gulf Air and Emirates. 
  • Layovers in the Middle East can be lengthy, Qatar Airlines usually offer the best options in terms of these connections. 
  • It's also possible to make a connection through New Delhi, with BA, Air India and Jet Airways offering flights, where connecting flights to Kathmandu are offered by Air India, IndiGo and Vistara.

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Forest
  • Minibus

Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival in Kathmandu

    Fly to Kathmandu, take a transfer to the hotel, before a pre-trek briefing in the evening. 

  • Day 2 | Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar

    Take a road transfer to Arughat Bazaar, approximately a six hour drive through the heart of Nepal.

  • Day 3 | Trek to Suti Khola

    Follow the Budhi Gandaki river, trekking through rice paddies and rural villages. After a brief climb to Kyoropani, descend to the Sundi Khola to overnight.

  • Day 4 | Trek to Machha Khola

    Climb high above the Budhi Gandaki rapids. Follow a steep rocky trail along a cliff, to arrive at the Gurung Village of Labishe at 880m, before continuing to Machha Khola.

  • Day 5 | Trek to Jagat

    Cross the Machha Khola river, following it upstream to the village of Khola Bensi, and the Tatopani hot springs. Climb steeply out of the valley, before the trail flattens, crossing a suspension bridge en route to Jagat.

  • Day 6 | Trek to Deng

    Follow a long stone staircase to the river, climb to Saguleri, continuing through a gorge as the trail follows the stream. A number of river crossings before a steep climb to the village of Deng.

  • Day 7 | Trek to Namrung

    Leaving the steep-sided Deng Valley, passing the village of Lama, with Mani stones denoting the transition into a Buddhist region. Reach the village of Ghap in the Tibetan area, gaining altitude as the trail leads into alpine territory before arriving at Namrung.

  • Day 8 | Trek to Shyala

    Above Namrung, hike through the extensive pastures as the valley opens out, crossing a large stream which flows from the Lidanda glaciers, as the trail climbs gently. Reach the Tibetan village of Slo, which offers the first views of Manaslu North and Manaslu Main. Pass through the picturesque village of Lho at 3150m before arriving at Shyala.

  • Day 9 | Trek to Samagon

    Leaving Shyala following the river bank, with views of Peak 29 en route to Samagaon.

  • Day 10 | Manaslu Base Camp

    Follow the Budhi Gandaki following the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. Descend to the village of Samdo to overnight.

  • Day 11 | Trek to Larkya Phedi

    Follow a stream running through Gya La, the gateway to Tibet, reaching Larkya Phedi and the comfort of a quality lodge.

  • Day 12 | Trek to Bim Thang

    Hike to the northern face of the Larkya glacier, climbing to the Larkya Pass. Enjoy superb views from the top of Cho Danda, Annapurna II and Larkya Peak, before descending to Tanbuche and on to Bim Thang.

  • Day 13 | Trek to Tilje

    Trek through pine and rhododendron forests before joining the Dudh Khola river. Overnight in the large Gurung village of Tilje.

  • Day 14 | Trek to Jagat

    A day of lowland trekking through mixed forest and rice paddies. Upon reaching Dharapani, join the Annapurna Circuit trail, following it through the Marshyangdi valley to Jagat.

  • Day 15 | Trek to Besisahar

    A gentle morning hike to Besisahar, to take a transfer to Kathmandu, which takes around seven hours. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 16 | Departure

    Take a transfer to the airport to start the journey home. 

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Transfers

What's Included

  • Hotel stay for the nights before and after the trek
  • All airport transfers
  • National Park entry and TIMS fees
  • A fully supported trek with a qualified mountain guide
  • All drinking water on the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation on a room only basis
  • Access to emergency oxygen and first aid kit

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance (must be insured specifically for treks up to 3800m)
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Personal medicines or prescriptions
  • Meals and drinks on the trek
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (breakfast is included)

  • Carbon offset
  • Plastic bottle free

This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.

Central to this is

  • Caring for the crew
  • Caring for the local environment
  • Caring for the local communities

All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.

This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.

Key values of this trip

  • Leave nothing behind
  • We’re the visitors, let’s be respectful at all times
  • Deliver a breathtaking experience
  • Let’s benefit local communities and environments

Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.

Porters and crew

All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.

Friends of Conservation

Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

Travellers Against Plastic

This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL

Costs

Price per person (inc deposit)

£1329.00

This was my first time to Nepal, and it wasn't at the best time for trekking because of the monsoon weather in August and September so I needed good advice on where not to go and what might work. The team came up with some options and the Manaslu circuit seemed to fit my aspirations well. A less known route, partly in the rain shadow of the Annapurna's but with equally (if not more) spectacular scenery and very few tourists - in fact over the first 14 days I only met 2 other trekkers - the views were stunning with bigger and better waterfalls, gorges, glaciers and snow clad peaks around every corner. The team in Kathmandu were very welcoming and the guide and porter I had were great. | Paul

Enquiries & bookings

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