Cross suspension bridges over the many glacial river which line the valleys.
Explore traditional villages and meet friendly local residents en route.
Hike along trails in the shadow of some of the highest mountains on the planet.
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.
Hike in the shadow of the eighth highest mountain on the planet, 8156m high Manaslu.
Explore the pretty Tibetan villages that populate the region.
Tackle the high Larkya La pass, at 5106m above sea level.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Fly to Kathmandu, take a transfer to the hotel, before a pre-trek briefing in the evening.
Take a road transfer to Arughat Bazaar, approximately a six hour drive through the heart of Nepal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving Shyala following the river bank, with views of Peak 29 en route to Samagaon.
Follow the Budhi Gandaki following the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. Descend to the village of Samdo to overnight.
Follow a stream running through Gya La, the gateway to Tibet, reaching Larkya Phedi and the comfort of a quality lodge.
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.
Trek through pine and rhododendron forests before joining the Dudh Khola river. Overnight in the large Gurung village of Tilje.
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.
A gentle morning hike to Besisahar, to take a transfer to Kathmandu, which takes around seven hours. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Take a transfer to the airport to start the journey home.
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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
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