A classic circuit trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Duration : 11 nights and 12 days.
Destination : Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area (Gorkha and Manang).
Group size : Minimum 2 and maximum 15.
Trek start: At Machha Khola.
Trek end: At Dharapani.
Trek season: October to December and March to May.
Trek grade: Difficulty due to high alitude.
Trek style: Lodge trek.
Highest elevation : Larky La (5135m) Pass.
Enthnic group: Braman, Chhetri, Gurung and Tibetan refugee.
Culture: Hindu and Buddhist.
Monasteries: Lho Gomba and Pung Gyen Gomba.
Villages: Philim (Gurung village), Sho (Tibetan village) and Sama Goan.
Himalyan scenery: Mt. Manaslu I (8163m), Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Mansiri Himal (7049m), Samdo Peak (6335m), Larkya Peak (6249m), Annapurna II (7937m)and Kannggaru Himal (6981m).
Lake: Birendra Kunda, Kal Tal and Ponkar Tal.

Manaslu Circuit is one of the epic treks through an ancient trail with enjoying authentic Nepali, and Tibetan culture, hospitality, and breathtaking views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Annapurna range. From culture to mountain vistas to physical endurance, it offers trekkers everything they might want from a Himalayan adventure.

The less crowded Manaslu Circuit is also a classic trek in some sections of the Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal. This trek allows us to circle around mighty Manaslu I (8163m), the world’s eighth-highest peak. The walks start from a low elevation of around 700m; the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from the green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high-altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers. Along the trail through the Budhi Gandaki River valley, we see an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages.

We include a side trip to Pegyen Gomba, Manaslu Base Camp, and the Tibetan border on the trek schedule. With an elevation of 5160m – Larkya La is a mountain pass that connects the Gorkha and Manang districts. We see the stunning views of Manaslu and Annapurna range from the highest elevation of the trek. The descending can be tough through glacier crossing when there is snow between Larkya La and Bimthang.

Even though easy access trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit, the trek is less crowded due to the fall in the restricted area bordering Tibet and a minimum of two International trekkers need to get trekking permits from the Department of Immigration. The trekking permits can obtain only through a registered trekking agency.

Itinerary (day to day):

Please follow the cardboard of High Camp Trekking upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Our company representative helps you transfer to the Hotel. We explain things to do in Kathmandu.

All includes: Airport pick up, bed, and breakfast.
We explain each day's program and packing list for the Manaslu Circuit Trek and obtain trekking permits in Kathmandu. We take to you for a tour of the world heritage site Kathmandu Durbar Square (Hanuman Dhoka) in the afternoon.

All includes: Bed and breakfast.
Leaving Kathmandu, we travel on the Prithivi Highway couple of hours before we turn to Dhading. When we travel from Dhading toward Arughat, Gorkha, the road is rough and dirty through rural and remote areas. But, the views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang range make up for the discomfort. After Arughat, we travel to Soti Khola through a pretty rugged road. We travel from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by private jeep (4W) because the road condition is poor in most of the sections.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accoomdation at the lodge.
Leaving Machha Khola (Fish in River), the trail is through an under-construction road toward Khorlabesi. We come to cross many waterfalls en route. We take a quick break at Tatopani which is a hot spring at the entrance of the village. From here, we walk through a short forest path to reach Dobhan which is a good lunch spot. Then, we head north to Shyauli. From here, the trail goes a few uphill sections and downs until we drop at Yaruphant. We cross a suspension bridge, climb over a ridge, trek along the river, and climb to reach the village of Jagat. Here, we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at the lodge.
After the hiking passes were checked, we climb over a rocky ridge to reach Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas and Ghate Khola. We see many waterfalls and Shringi Himal en route. We descend to the river and cross the longest suspension bridge and then climb up through the pine forest to reach the village of Philim. It is the largest Gurung village where we take lunch. From here, we walk through millet fields to reach Ekle Bhatti (teashop). We descend to the bridge where the trail splits to the right side remote Tsum valley trek for a week. But, we cross to the left and walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to enter the uninhabited gorge. After crossing the river twice, we climb through a bamboo forest to reach Deng. It is a tiny village but it has a nice lodge.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
This day, we pass through the small settlements of Rana, Bhi Phedi, and an impressive valley. We come to cross Mani Walls (Buddhist mantra carving on the stone) before we reach the village of Ghap which is a good lunch spot. We walk through a dense forest of fir, rhododendron, bamboo, and oaks and cross the bridge three times to reach Namrung. It is a strong Tibetan influence village. We make a tour of the village in the late afternoon.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at the lodge.
Leaving the village of Namrung, we walk through a wider valley and forest to reach the picturesque village of Lihi where we see several Stupas, barley, and millet fields. We see Simnang Himal and Ganesh Himal en en-route. Then, we descend to the river and gradually uphill lead us to the Tibetan village, Sho. Today’s walk is, even more, cultural and scenic when we pass through the villages of Lho and Shyala to reach Sama Gaon. There are monasteries to visit and Manaslu massif and Larkya Peak to see from en route. We stay two nights at Sama Gaon for better acclimatization.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at the lodge.
After breakfast, we hike up to the old monastery – Pungyen Gomba which has splendid views of glaciers on the backdrop. We might see the Himalayan Thar (wild goat) en route. Then, we come back to the lodge for the lunch. We do a tour of the village in the afternoon.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
Leaving Sama Goan, we make a side trip to Birendra Lake. It is a glacier Lake. From here, we descend to the Kermo Kharka which is the yak pastures, and walk through juniper and birch forests upward to the village of Samdo. We come to cross small settlements, Mani Walls, and Yaks, and can see impressive views of the mountain Manaslu en route. Samdo is a Tibetan refugee village since the 1950s. We see mountains in all directions from Samdo and not to be missed Sunset views!

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at the lodge.
We do a day hike to one of the trade passes headed for Tibet. We see an excellent view of Manaslu, Simrang, Hiuchuli, Nadi Chuli, and Larkya Peak en route. We see a family of wild blue sheep grazing sometimes.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We pass through a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki to reach the deserted Larkya Bazzar (ruin Tibetan market). Then, we head up through Salka Khola valley to reach Larkya Phedi also known as Dharmasala. We see Samdo Peak behind, the entire climbing route of the Manaslu summit on the left, and the Larkya glacier en route.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at the lodge.
Leaving Dharmasala, we hike up through the side of the Larkya glacier moraine trails to reach a small Lake in the large area of flat grassy ground. Then, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper in the last section of the first Larkya La. From here, views are a wonderful panorama of peaks including Larkya Peak, Cheo Himal, and Hindu Peak and we can see the tip of mountain Himlung, Kangguru, and Annapurna II in the distance. Another 10 – 15 minutes of gradual up leads us to the second summit of Larkya La. From here, long and very steep descent starts. Actually, the descent is slippery because of the scree trail when there is no snow. If there is snow or ice, micro-spikes are handy for the descent. There is a landslide on some sections of the descent which we must cross carefully. From the middle part of the descent, we see Pongkar Tal (a blue-colored glacial Lake) below us. From Larche, the descent is a lot easier as we follow the valley to Bimthang.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and accoomdation at the lodge.
We follow the valley of the Burdin Khola until come across the Base Camp on the west side of Manaslu. We see excellent views of Manaslu to the South-east and Annapurna II to the South-west. We walk through the Kharka along the Dudh Khola and descend into the forest of birch and rhododendrons to reach Karcher. From here, we follow the Dudh Khola valley and continue to descend through dense forests of fir and rhododendron to come across the village of Goa and Tilje en route. We walk on a dirt road to reach Dharapani from Tilje. Now, we join the Annapurna Circuit on the Manang.

All includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation at the lodge.
We catch the jeep to travel from Dharapani to Besishar. When we travel by jeep on the Marshyandi River valley, we pass through several small settlements and waterfalls. We swift our luggage from jeep to Micro-bus upon arrival at Besishar and travel to Kathmandu on the same day.

All includes: bed and breakfast.
You can take a tour of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu.

All includes: bed and breakfast.
You can take a tour of the world heritage sites in Bhaktapur and Patan.

All includes: bed and breakfast.
Our company representative drops you at the Kathmandu International Airport in time for the flight back home.

All includes: Breakfast & International Airport transfer.
The Trek itinerary can be changed for an interesting side trip and additional acclimatization day if needed while on the trek.

Do you have any questions about Manaslu Circuit with Larkya Peak Climbing? Or, would you like to see how it can be customized to your needs? Please DM us.

The following cost and dates are per person for online booking. If the Manaslu Circuit Trek departure dates do not match for you, please DM us and we will happily customize your trip on the date that you need.

If you are in a group (2 to 15 people), we offer a discount on the package.

Fixed departure dates for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Trip Date Trip Name Price Space Left Status -
23 Sep 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
30 Sep 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
7 Oct 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
14 Oct 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
21 Oct 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
28 Oct 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
4 Nov 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
11 Nov 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
18 Nov 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
25 Nov 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
2 Dec 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
9 Dec 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
16 Dec 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
23 Dec 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
30 Dec 2024 Manaslu Circuit Trek $1150 per person 15 Open
Cost includes:
  • International Airport picks up and departure.
  • 3 nights accommodation (standard twin bed room with breakfast) at 2** Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna & Manaslu Conservation Area hiking passes.
  • Manaslu special trekking permit.
  • Kathmandu to Arughat by bus and to Machha Khola by private jeep.
  • Lodge & camping meals: 16 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 15 dinners with tea/coffee. Meals can select from menu at lodge and will have enough daily.
  • Normal room with twin beds and sharing bathroom at lodge.
  • Nepali staff: an experinced guide and necessary porters.
  • Daily salary and meals for guide and porters.
  • Dharapani to Besishar by public jeep and Besishar to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • Rescue arrangment if needed while on the trek.
Cost does not include:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking equipment of clients.
  • Mineral water, boiled water, coke, Fanta, sprite, fresh or can juice, biscuit, sprite, beer, and whiskey etc.
  • Personal Insurance of clients (medical and emergency evacuation covered).
  • Private bathroom during the trekking days.
  • Horse/Yak renting while on the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc.
  • International flight tickets and Nepal tourist visa (you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport).

More info for extra cost:

Please read carefully the cost includes and does not include the above. All the meals are included with tea/coffee while on the trek. We do not include drinking water or boiled water which you can buy at the lodge; this is $1 to 3 per liter. You can take water-purifying tablets or Seripen for a cheaper solution. Wi-Fi, battery charges, and hot showers are not included.


    Trekking equipment lists:
    • Comfortable trekking boot. Four pairs of socks. Sandals.
    • A down jacket, fleece jacket, three T-shirts, two trekking trousers, two drip-dry T-shirts, one long underwear, a woolen/fleece hat, glove, water/windproof jacket and trouser, Sunglass, lip balm, Sun scream (50+), Sun hat, a light scarf, soap/shampoo and trekking towel etc.
    • Sleeping bag (-20 degree centigrade) with hood.
    • Water purifier tablets, 2L water bottle, hiking poles, medical kit and torch light with spare batteries etc.
    • A few interesting books and a pack of cards.
    • Snow gaiters and micro-spikes for the winter trip.
    • Plastic bag for waste and toilet papers.
    • A padlock.
    • A day bag (25 to 35L) or rucksack large enough (65 to 75L) size.

    Note:- We have down jacket and sleeping bag renting facilities for our clients. It is the cost per day USD1 per sleeping bag and down jacket.

    The following are the reasons for trip booking with us.
    • We are registered with the Department of Nepal Tourism and have the authority to operate trek and climb in the Himalayas of Nepal. We are the taxpayers of the Nepal Govt. We are a healthy and up-to-date local trekking agency based in Kathmandu.
    • You can book the trip on a minimal advance in money and can pay the balance rest of the trip amount upon arrival in Kathmandu.

      Pay method:

      Please read carefully the terms and conditions to book a package trip. Once you agree with the terms and conditions; payment is an unavoidable part of the agreement. The following are different methods of trip booking advance payments for your convince.

      1) American Dollar Account:

      Name of the Bank:- Everest Bank Limited, Thamel Branch.
      Name of Account Holder:- High Camp Trekking Pvt. Ltd.
      Account No:- 03500105200138
      Swift Code No:- EVBLNPKA.

      2) If you like to transfer the deposit by Western Union, MoneyGram, and IME, you can use our company owner/manager name:- Norsang Lama.

      Note:- please pay any amount charged to you by the Bank or Western Union, MoneyGram, or IME for transferring the booking advance in money to us.
    • Once you booked the trip with us, trip departure is guaranteed. In case you want to postpone the trip departure date, do not need to pay an extra fee. We never let you down after we received payment. We do hard work for every single dollar.
    • We organize group joining basis trips. Our package is with all-inclusive prices (no hidden cost). We customize the trip itinerary based on your interesting side trip, holiday length, and activities as you need. Lets us know about your holiday length.
    • Our experienced, trained, and professional guide takes good care of the clients. Our guide never tired of your questions about plants, people, animals, and, of course, the mountains. You can feel the difference between having a great trekking guide through our agency.
    • We respond to every email/inquiry in less than 24 hours. You can call us anytime at +977-9841876395 (24 hours support team).

    Note:- There are more similar to the names of other agencies. Please remember that we are at High Camp Trekking.

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