The Manaslu area is located between two rivers, Budhi Gandaki and Marsayangdi. Manaslu Circuit Trek involves a big and challenging trek through remote areas. Along the way, we pass through many villages with different types of people. We eventually reach Lho and Sama, which are like Tibetan villages with their prayer flags, monasteries, and Chortens.
The highest point of the Manaslu circuit Trek is Larkya La Pass at 5,150 meters with icy mountain surroundings. This journey is far from the busy areas, and it's all about moving through lots of villages while being surrounded by high mountains. This trek is one of the most spectacular in the Himalayas and the area offers a good mix of cultural diversity and fantastic high-mountain views.
Manaslu 12 days Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular hiking route in Nepal. Even though more people are discovering it, it's still not as crowded as other well-known treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. This trek takes you around Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Although more people are learning about Manaslu. You will complete this trek in a total of 13 days. This includes 2 days of driving, 10 days of walking, and 1 day for a tour in Kathmandu.
Starting for Manaslu Circuit Trek
The trek's starting point is relatively close to Kathmandu, but it's still an exciting 126 km drive that takes about 6 hours by jeep (recommended) or more than 8 hours by public bus. If the roads are rough (which often happens after the monsoon in September), you might have to start walking in Arughat, adding an extra day to your trek. At the beginning of the trail, you'll follow the Buri Gandaki River through a deep gorge, crossing many suspension bridges. The scenery is diverse: you'll go through jungles in lower parts, then through the hills, and finally, you'll face the challenge of crossing the Larkya La pass at a high elevation.
Manaslu Ciricuit Trek Permit
Since the Manaslu trek is in a restricted area of Nepal, you'll need a special permit to go on this route. Solo trekkers are not allowed; you need to be in a group of at least two people.
Accommodation in manaslu Trek
Each night, you'll stay in local teahouses run by the communities along the trek. These teahouses are basic but comfortable, with two single beds in each room. There's a common area where you can eat and relax, which is also a cozy spot to stay warm by the fire at night. To see what these teahouses look like, you can check out our article on Teahouse Trekking in Nepal.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our local team warmly welcomes you at the airport. You will then be escorted to the hotel, where you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. The itinerary includes a briefing about the trek's progress and presentation, followed by leisure time. If you arrive in the morning, you'll have the entire day at your disposal. This can be used for rest or for those interested, to explore the surroundings freely. It's an ideal chance to deeply experience Nepalese culture and indulge in the local culinary delights.
Transfer to hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1350 m
Accommodation: night in the hotel
Have breakfast and then you have the whole day to explore the best Kathmandu Sightseeing spots with your guide. You can visit and explore one of the most famous Shiva temples, Pashupatinath, recognized as the monkey temple; Swyambhunath, the largest Stupa in the world, also called Boudhanath Stupa; and finally the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The next day, you will begin your trek on the Manaslu Circuit, so you have to check your equipment to make sure that you are ready for your adventure and climb. Have dinner and stay overnight in the same hotel in Kathmandu
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Accommodation: night in the hotel
We leave by bus in the direction of Dhanding. The road offers great views of the Trisuli River Valley, but shortly after the road turns away from it, we turn north through beautiful tropical scenery. At Arughat Bazaar we change vehicles. We go up the course of the Burhi Gandaki, through fields and rice paddies, to Macchakola, passing through the villages of Arkhet, Almara, Lapubesi, and machhakhola
Drive in a private vehicle/7hrs
Final Altitude: 930m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in a lodge