The Manaslu Circuit Trek

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 You will marvel at the magnificent views of Mt Manaslu.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek – March 20 - April 09, 2024
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The Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek skirts around the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Manaslu (8,163m). Manaslu sits immediately next to the Annapurna Range. While the Manaslu Circuit Trek shares many incredible views and panoramas you see on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this is a tremendous off-the-beaten-track alternative, offering a spectacular and isolated trekking experience.

During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will witness the magnificent views of Mt Manaslu, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the Larkya La Pass, arguably one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas. Most of the tour involves walking on mountain trails and is within the capabilities of people with reasonable fitness.

Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East, it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants.

Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, that’s flooded with trekkers from around the world; the Manaslu circuit trek usually sees fewer people along its route. It is remote and physically demanding yet culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their rice and millet terraces through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and impressive waterfalls. Suspension bridges in Manaslu trek are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away, leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

Only opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992, this trek still feels like a pioneering expedition. If you want to know what trekking in the 1980s was like, the Manaslu circuit trek is a visual feast from start to finish.

Manaslu Trek is a restricted region. You will need a special restricted area permit, which our company can issue. You will also need ACAP and MCAP permits for the trek and we organise that.

Manaslu is a tea house trek. You will sleep in the tea house every night, which will be very basic, with two single beds. Toilets are mostly shared and can be outside of teahouses. Heating is only available in the dining area. Foods are available in teahouses. You will stop in teahouses for lunch during the trek.

Highlights-

  • The jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region
  • Friendly people, and rich culture of the region, which includes both Nepalese & Tibetan ethnic groups
  • Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point on the trek
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna II
  • Abundant wildlife, including Tahr, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and if lucky, Snow Leopard
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport (you can choose any flight you wish), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Relax at your hotel, then explore the streets of Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After a lovely breakfast in the morning, we will visit the town to do last-minute shopping for our trek. Evening dinner and trekking briefing.

Day 3: Transfer to Gorkha

Spend the night there at Gorkha Village.

Day 4: Soti Khola to Machha Khola | 7h | 875m

Early Morning drive from Gorkha to Soti Khola to start the trek. The first few days of the trek are relatively long in terms of hours walked due to the lower altitudes and decent teahouses’ availability. It can also be scorching, especially in the spring. We start our trek from Soti Khola and walk through a beautiful forest. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens, the Budhi Gandaki River meanders among gravel bars. After walking alongside some big rounded stones then we climb over a side ridge. Welcome, again the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.

Walking for the day: 7h, final elevation 875m

Day 5: Machha Kola to Jagat| 7h | 1,340m

Another quite long day as the trail undulates along the river, passing several small hamlets and farms. After crossing a few streams and rocky ravines, we reach the Khola Besi. We will find a hot spring there. In the afternoon the trail takes us to the eastern bank and crossing a suspension bridge takes us to Dobhan. Trekking from Doban to Philim is a good chance to take in the amazing views of Shringi Himal (7,187m). Walking on a steeply rising rocky trail, we reach Yara Khola. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. We continue and cross another long suspension bridge to reach Jagat.

Walking for the day: 7h, final elevation 1,340m

Day 6: Jagat to Deng| 7-8h | 1,860m

After some walking, we reach the Manaslu Conservation Area and then descend to Philim. We climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see Singri Himal, 7,187m. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the Budhi Gandaki and then walk down to the Shar Khola River. Pass through several villages like Mani village, Barchham, and Lihi village. We walk for a while and then we enter Lho village. Lho has a beautiful monastery and Lama school. After passing through a forest we get to Deng village.

Walking for the day: 7-8h, final elevation 1,860m

Day 7: Deng to Namrung| 7h | 2,630m

Starting the trek from Deng, we again meet the Budhi Gandaki River. We pass the village of Lama and start to see Mani stones, a sign that we are entering the Buddhist region. After about four hours we reach the village of Ghap in the Tibetan area where we have lunch. As we gain altitude, we move into alpine territory with great mountain views. There are more Mani stone walls and three more crossings of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung.

Walking for the day: 7h, final elevation 2,630m

Day 8: Namrung to Lho | 4-5h | 3,180m

A short descent followed by another climb brings us to Barchham and then to Lihi. We will be passing through Tibetan villages, and we start to enjoy the magnificent mountain views all around. From Lho we get our first glimpses of Manaslu, Naike and Larkya Peak.

Walking for the day: 4-5h, final elevation 3,180m

Day 9: Lho to Samagaon| 4-5h | 3,520m

The trail climbs out of Lho to the monastery. We then follow the valley enjoying great views of Manaslu ahead. The trail then climbs to Shyaula village, from where we are surrounded by amazing panoramas of Manaslu, Himalchuli, Peak 29, Maike and Larkya. Soon we reach Samagaon.

Walking for the day: 4-5h, final elevation 3,520m

Day 10: Samagaon Acclimatisation Day | 3,520m

Explore the village and take an optional hike to Pung-Gyan Gompa which backdrops Mt Manaslu.

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo via Manaslu Base Camp| 6-7h | 3,875m

Today we continue to follow the Budhi Gandaki surrounded by spectacular mountains on all sides. We will make a detour off the main path to visit Manaslu Base Camp. From here we rejoin the main route and descend to Samdo for the night. Samdo is a Tibetan community and the last permanent settlement in the valley. It is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border.

Walking for the day: 4-5h, final elevation 3,875m

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala | 5h | 4,460m

We cross the Budhi Gandaki for the last time and follow the trail that leads us to Larkya La glacier’s viewpoint. Climbing further, we arrive at Dharamshala, a few seasonal tea houses offering basic meals and accommodation. There are three-person prefab huts and two-person tents. Mattresses are provided in the huts and tents, and there are a basic dining room and basic toilets).

Walking for the day: 5h, final elevation 4,460m

Day 13: Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass| 8-9h | 3,590m

An early start (usually in the dark) to avoid the wind which is usually of gale force after midday. Today is a long day, and if there is any snow, it can take us even longer to cross the pass, especially the descent. We climb steadily to the Larkya La Pass (5,160m), from where there are stunning views of Cho Danda, Annapurna II and Larkya Peak. Then we follow the long stretch of downhill trail that leads to Bimtang.

Walking for the day: 8-9h, final elevation 3,590m

Day 14: Bimthang to Chyamche | 6h | 1,430m

Leaving behind the Bimthang village, we now cross to the eastern side of the Dudh Khola River. After crossing the Dudh Khola, we join the main Annapurna Circuit trail. Then we follow the trail along the Marshyangdi River and reach Chyamche.

Walking for the day: 6h, final elevation 1,630m

Day 15: Chyamche to Nadi Bazaar| 6-7h | 930m

From Chyamche we continue walking down towards Nadi Bazaar, through the forest and past waterfalls alongside the beautiful Holy Marsyandi river.

Walking for the day: 6-7h, final elevation 930m

Day 16: Transfer Nadi Bazaar – Besisahar – Kathmandu and Overnight

We take a jeep and drive on the rough road to reach Besisahar (2h). After reaching Besisahar, we get in our minibus and drive back to Kathmandu (6h). Night in Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu

Day for rest in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure

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Thank you for your interest in this tour, if you have any questions please write to us or call us anytime.

Trek Highlights
  • Explore vibrant Kathmandu
  • Magnificent off-the-beaten-track circular trek around Manaslu
  • Cross the remote Larkya La Pass, arguably the most dramatic in the Himalayas
  • Rare views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal
  • Trek through picturesque traditional Tibetan villages, meet locals during tea house stays and soak up the unique local culture
Price Includes
  • All ground transfers as listed in the itinerary (one arrival and one departure airport transfer per party).
  • 3 nights of quality accommodation on a twin-share basis in Kathmandu.
  • 11-night twin share accommodation in the mountains.
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including entrance fees.
  • 3 breakfasts in Kathmandu.
  • All national park fees and trekking permits
  • 1 English-speaking tour guide in the lowlands.
  • 1 English-speaking trekking guide in the mountains.
  • 1 Sherpa assistant for every 4 trekkers
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack including guide book, city maps and trekking maps.
Trek Highlights
  • Explore vibrant Kathmandu
  • Magnificent off-the-beaten-track circular trek around Manaslu
  • Cross the remote Larkya La Pass, arguably the most dramatic in the Himalayas
  • Rare views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal
  • Trek through picturesque traditional Tibetan villages, meet locals during tea house stays and soak up the unique local culture

Testimonials

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Just come back from Bhutan and India, had the most amazing time. Mohan looked after us well and always made our travels easy, taking care of everyones needs. I experienced some amazing sights which I do not think I would have on any average tour, we really did see the real India. I am now planning my next trip. Can not recommend them enough.

Julie J

Bhutan and India

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Incredible trip! My wife and I came from the states to join Mohan and a bunch of wonderful Irish people on an island peak expedition. This was our first exposure to trekking in Nepal and technical mountaineering in general. We are rock climbers and hikers, but we trained extra hard the few months before the trip to develop good fitness and strong legs for long walks uphill. We met Mohan briefly while visiting Ireland a year earlier and felt instantly that we could trust him. Mohan is extremely experienced with trekking in the Himalayas (18yrs I think). He has connections every step of the way from hotels in Kathmandu, to flights to lukla, and in even in tea houses all along the route. This allows him to offer his clients fantastic service at a great price. Nice accommodations and food the whole time - everything is included in the cost up front so the only thing we had to think about was water which we just treated with chlorine tabs. Mohan gives great guidance to help avoid getting sick either from altitude or food. He demands good hygiene from kitchen staff and always sends his Sherpas into the kitchen to help and make sure our food is clean. The whole experience felt like a private trip with friends and not commercially organized. And really that's what it is - no middle man. Mohan genuinely cares about his clients and you will quickly become his friend. He will do everything he can to keep you healthy and acclimatized so you can have the best shot possible at meeting your goal. You won't have to worry about being confused the whole time - he keeps you well informed and is always checking to make sure you are doing well. He even coordinates with a guy in Kathmandu so they can make changes for summit attempts based on weather. Because he did this, we ended up summiting a day earlier than planned which made all the difference - I think nearly everyone failed the day before and the day after us due to snowfall, but we had 5 out of 8 summit in our group thanks to Mohan's leadership. Also if you do island peak - he won't make you walk from base camp to Chukkung after a 12-15 hr summit push, we met several people who after making it back to base camp still had a few hours of walking to get to a lodge and we really felt for them. His Sherpa staff is awesome and Mohan ensures they are well taken care of in addition to the porters/yaks. These Sherpas have more than adequate experience and are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. They even threw me a birthday party with a homemade cake along the way. They are fun, happy, and incredibly humble - always working hard to support their families. They deserve a good tip when the trip is over. Whatever you're looking for in a trek/climb - Mohan is your man. He'll work with you to make it happen. He is a friend for life now and I seriously recommend his guide services. Namaste!

Todd B

Experience of a lifetime!

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After meeting Mohan briefly in Donegal I soon signed up to join him his team and 10 other travellers to trek Nepal's Langtang valley. Best decision ever! From the get go when we all met at Dublin airport the level of organisation and planning Mohan had put into this trip became clear. After hassle free flights Mohan had arranged for a local taxi company to meet us at the airport keeping the group together making for stress travel to the hotel, the hotel selected also was to a high standard with everyone's needs catered to. As part of our trip Mohan had arranged for Cultural shows, dinner booking and buses to Kathmandu's heritage sites including a local guide. Allowing us to make the most of our time in this culturally intriguing city. Then it was on to the trekking bit! after the 8 hour bus journey to the mountains we where treated to dinner cooked that the hotel by our guides and porters this was to be the case daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was excellent and more importantly the level of food hygiene Mohan requires these guys work to more than meets any western standards, out of 11 people no one got any food related sickness unlike some people we met on the way who where travelling with other companies if only for this reason alone I couldn't recommend Namaste Nomad highly enough. While on the trek the scenery was simply stunning where the true beauty of the Himalayas is apparent. Making the trek all the more enjoyable was the level knowledge our guides had on the area, plants and animals, and they where only to happy to impart this on us. While being the real professionals they where also great company through out. For most of the group including myself it was our first team at high altitude, and the focus on everyone's safety from Mohan and team was very evident. Something we all found extremely reassuring allowing you to enjoy the trek knowing that you are in good hands. In turn giving us the confidants to make the optional climb to 4800m an experience that will simply leave you gob smacked with a real sense of achievement. After this we made the trek back down through the valley which was an absolute delight with everyone on a high after what had been an unforgettable experience and achievement. With another couple of days to spend in Kathmandu it was a great way to round off the trip. I have already signed up to trek to Everest base camp in September 2019 and that in it self is properly best recommendation I could possibly give.

Eamonn C

Langtang valley trek March 2018

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What can I say about Namaste Nomads, just Excellent. From start to finish, everyone that we dealt with were helpful, professional, caring and accommodating in what we wanted for our adventure. Itinerary changes were no problems. The advice we were given before we flew out to Kathmandu and all through the trek were invaluble in making the trek a success. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and met by Ashim who checked us in and explained about the rest of the trip. We met our guide Dawa (5 times Everest summitier). So much experience from all the Namaste Nomad staff. The trek was fantastic and Dawa (guide) and Sudip (sherpa) looked after us throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their advise from what to eat and how to cope with the altitude was invaluble. The porters who carried our bags were efficient and our bags were always at the lodge well before we arrived. When we got to EBC a change to the itinerary was discussed with us. Dawa suggested we climb Kala Patthar that afternoon and see the sunset over Everest rather than seeing the sunrise early in the morning. What a brilliant suggestion as we saw Everest on fire. If you want to do trek in Nepal then check these people out. I would not hesitate to go with them again. Already planning a trip in 2020 with them.

Kaushal

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Himalayas, they are beautiful, intimidating and challenging. You might think they are perhaps to hard for you? Well, they are hard, but in our everyday life we are often very comfortable. We need to be challenged from time to time to remind ourselves that we are more than our houses, jobs and what others think of us. I needed that break and challenge two years ago. I joined Mohan and his team on the journey to Everest Basecamp. And lets get the boring (but important) stuff out the way. The team is as professional as it gets. We had the nicest food, best accommodation and best guides. Mohan created atmosphere of community and support. I often looked at other groups (that probably payed 2 or 3 times as we did), and they did not had the service and the fun that we did. But apart from all of the pragmatic stuff, they are the Himalayas themselves. My choice was to abandon the internet altogether (its there if you need it) and enjoy being there. For two weeks, the world forgot about me as i forgot about it. All i cared about was walking. It was like a meditation, an it was simple. Just one foot after another until we reached the destination. Mohan does expeditions the way they should be done. He cares about your spirit, what you eat, what you drink, how you sleep. He knows that those things will get you there and help you with the altitude. His team is supportive, and very experienced. I will be a repeat customer one day, and not once.

Jarek M

Everest Basecamp 2016

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Did the errigal sunrise hike. We didnt see the sun because of the mist and the Rain, but is was still a very beautiful trip to the top. Had a great guide (Malachy thanks again) and the trip was well organized by Mohan.

Tim Sterken

Errigal sunrise hike

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October 2016 Everest Base Camp... I went with Namaste Nomad having looked at other companies based in Ireland doing the same trek. Mohan was always available to answer questions. He himself has trekked to EBC lots of times which is reflected in his knowledge and experience. He employs Sherpa's (and pays them a fair wage !) whom are also very experienced trekkers and some have summited Everest !! they are very in-tuned into the needs (inc health needs, signs & symptoms of altitude sickness), informing us of the different peaks and opening to talking about their experiences summiting mount Everest. The weather was not in our favour for part of the trek. One morning...at 4am the cloud finally lifted; Mohan came and woke us all to share our first glance of mount Everest it was amazing. It is a well worn track to EBC and the key is to take it slowly and enjoy...live in the moment! Mohan always ensured we ate well, drank plenty of clean water & paid attention to everyone on the trek to ensure we remained healthy & safe in order to reach EBC. Mohan had arrange some touristy stuff in Kathmandu before our departure to Lukla...which was great and an opportunity to meet and get to know the group. I would recommend Mohan and his company Namaste Nomad !! I have subsequently booked a trip to Bhutan with Namaste Nomad :)

annekavanagh30

Trek to Everest Base Camp

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This was the second trip I booked with Namaste Nomad. The first was hiking to Everest Base Camp which was a phenomenal trip! I placed a deposit on Bhutan before I left Nepal due to the shear genuineness of Mohan. He is very thorough in ensuring a safe and successful trip. In Bhutan he was open to group needs and used this information to organize alternative to the original plans. The group I was with had great communication between so that we could make choices that benefitted all of us. If you are thinking of traveling abroad and you love realism in your travels this is the company to book with. You will get the chance to see everyday life in your travels vs sitting on a tour bus skipping the realities of life outside.

N2tele

Traveling with your eyes open, Bhutan!

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I travelled with a group from Ireland to Nepal where we started our joureny to Everest Basecamp. This trek was very special to me as I was doing it for charity in memory of my late brother who was a keen hillwalker. Our group was made up of 9 people from Ireland, Scotland and USA. Such a fantastic group it turned out to be. We all supported each other and made new friends, having alot of fun along the way. Oh From start to finish Mohan our leader, did everything in his power to ensure that our trek was 100% successful. The trip was very challenging but very rewarding. He supported us all even when we were struggling and was there at our beck and call at all times. I would like to give a special mention to the 3 sherpas who accompanied us during our trek, Tshering, Pimba and Paldene. Such fantastic support to all of us and true gentlemen. I would highly recommend this group for anybody contemplating a similar experience.

Kieran McCli to k

Trek to Everest Basecamp 20th September 2019

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I travelled to Nepal with Namaste Nomad in March 2018 to trek in Langtang Valley. There were eleven in the group, along with Mohan, our guide. We spent a few days in Kathmandu to acclimatise. We visited three Unesco Heritage sites in the city. Then the trek began- an eight hour bus journey to the start of our adventure.. We trekked for eight days in the are which had been devastated by the earthquake in 2015. The trek was exhilarating, sometimes challenging- Mohan reminded us that we were in the Himalayas- always an adventure! He knew what we needed/wanted before we did! The team of sherpas and trainees were really excellent- they sorted our luggage every day... even checking under the beds in case we left anything behind; they cooked our delicious meals & served us- some of us are still dreaming of Dhal Bhat😋! They were at our side before we knew we needed a hand up or down loose rock🙄! After seven days trekking we returned to Kathmandu to wind down. It was a great experience, made special by the attention to detail of Mohan- a birthday party 🎉, a St Patrick's Day celebration to name a few. What a trip! I recommend Namaste Nomad unreservedly & will travel with Mohan again!

Grace M

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