After two days of hard trekking, you find yourself at the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world!
Trek the circuit of Mount Manaslu
The circuit of Mount Manaslu (8,156 meters) is gaining popularity rapidly. Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Part of the Manaslu region’s trails was restored after it was damaged by the massive earthquake of 25th April 2015.
The local name for Manaslu is Kutang – Spirit Mountain. The government of Nepal only opened the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route to tourists in 1991. We start this trek by either taking a private Jeep to Soti Khola to begin the trek.
The trail begins with narrow valleys with tropical vegetation hiking along the Budi Gandaki River. Parts of the path are small with loose rocks used as steps, and several places can be potentially dangerous, especially when you encounter passing caravans of mules.
We will pass through Machi Khola, Jagat, Ghap, Lho Gaun, and Samagaon with impressive views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other smaller peaks of 6,000 meters. We spend an extra night at Samagaon to acclimatize to the altitude.
You will notice the change in the landscape becomes austere as we begin to gain altitude while at the same time people who were Hindus in the lower valleys and now you see Buddhists in the higher elevations.
We cross over Larke La into the District of Manang. Once we reach Dharapani, we are on the main Annapurna Circuit trail. Dharapani is where the Manaslu Circuit trek ends; we drive back to Kathmandu in a private jeep.
Note: You will need to be pretty fit to be able to do this trek. It is tougher than the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base camp treks. The first four to five days involve trekking in hot and humid weather, even during the winter months. The length of the trek is between 6-10 hours at the beginning of the trek. The April 2015 earthquake has loosened the hills here, and landslides have taken place both during and post-monsoon.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: 4×4 Jeep to SotiKhola (800m) 6-7 hours
Day 03: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m). 6-7 hours
Day 04: MachhaKhola to Jagat (1,410m). 7-8 hours
Day 05: Jagat to Deng (1,800m). 8 hours
Day 06: Deng to Namrung (2,660m). 7-8 hours
Day 07: Namrung to Lho Gham (3,180m.). 6-7 hours.
Day 08: Lho Gham to Samagaon (3,530m)
Day 09: Samagaon (rest day)
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3,860)m. 4-5 hours
Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,480m)
Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3,720m). 8-10 hours
Day 13: Bimthang to Gho or Tilje (2,300m). 5-6 hours
Day 14: Gho or Tilje – Dharapani
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu a private vehicle back to the capital
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis along trails
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on trek
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.