Manaslu Circuit ( Lodge) Trek

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Trip Details
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Accommodation: 2 Star standard hotel in kathmandu and in Pokhara.
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Group Size: 02-10 pax
  • Highest Altitude on Trek: 5213m
  • Seasons : March till November
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The Manasulu circuit is one of the best remote trekking area in Nepal. The most prominent of the peaks are Baudha himal, Gorkha Himal and Himal Chuli. the area is bordered by two major river systems .to the east Budhi Gandaki and to the west Marshandi Khola . most attraction of this treks are the views of the Manaslu range and the Annapuna ranges and the forest and bird life along the ridge. The course starts from Gorkha. The ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty, and the temple of Manakamana, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Hindu devotees. The route follows the rugged gorge of the Budhi Gandaki river through wild Gurung country. As the land rises the people change to more Tibetan-influenced Bhotia, and the first of many extensive mani walls appears before crossing the Larkya pass. It is one of the easier high passes in Nepal. But heavy snow can make the route difficult especially on the western side where deep snow drifts are likely to be found.

Flora and fauna
The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse variety of flora and fauna with in this region. these parts of area are heavily cultivated and the landscape is terraced paddy fields for most of the year.the higher up in the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. There is not a large variety of animals will be spotted although barking deer and Himalayan marmots may be spotted above the tree line. Pheasants may be seen in the jungles just below the tree line and all of the usual alpine birds including ravens, coughs and various birds of prey.

People and culture
The most prominent ethnic groups in this region are the Gurung, Braman, chetri, Manangba, Tamang and Tibetan. Above the tree line near Larke Pass, people of Tibetan origin inhabit several villages. A number of large Buddhist monasteries are to be seen in the upper reaches of the Budhi Gandaki. 

Day 01 : Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu or self visiting around kathmandu valley
Day 03: Kathmandu   to Soti Khola (700m) by local bus or by private jeep ( note: private jeep will cost extra)
Day 04: Soti khola to Machha Khola (869m) 5-6 hour of walking
Day 05: Machha Khola  to Jagat (1340m) 6- 7 hour of walking (Resticated area start)
Day 06: Jagat to Nyak Phedi ( 1760m) 6-7 hour of walking
Day 07: Nyak Phedi to Bi Phedi ( 1990m) 5 hour of walking
Day 08: Bi Phedi to Namrung ( 2630m) 6 hour of walking
Day 09: Namrung to Sama Goau ( 3520m) 6 to 7 hour of walking
Day 10: Sama Goau to Manasulu base camp (4400m) at the evening return back to Sama Goau. The trip will take 8-9 hour of walking
Day 11: Sama Goau to Samdo (3790m) 3 hour of walking. At the afternoon side trip to local village.
Day 12: Side trip to Ruila ( To Tibet border) and return back to Samdo
Day 13: Samdo to Larke Bazaar ( 4460m) 4 hour of walking. It is good day for acclimatization before crossing Larke pass
Day 14: Larke Bazaar to Larke pass (5160m) than to Bhimthang (3590m) 8-9 hour of walking
Day 15: Bhimathang to Dharapani  (1900m) 8-9 hour of walking
Day 16: Dharapani to Syanje to Besisahar by local bus or sharing Jeep.
Day 17: Besisahar to kathmandu  or to Pokhara by local bus. The bus journey will take 7-8 hours.
Day 18: Free day in kathmandu
Day 19: Tour Ends

Day 01 : Arrival  and Transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1340m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, located after passing out of the customs area. Look out for your name in play card outside of arrival hall. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes.

Day02: Free day in Kathmandu or self sightseeing around Kathmandu valley (option are)
Boudhanath stupa  (Buddhist Temple) is the largest  stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet . It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha , on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu .
Bodnath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions;various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site.
Pashupatinath Temple (Hindu Temple)
Situated 5km east of kathamandu, the temple of Lord Shiva , Pashupatinath, with two tired golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can clearly see the temple and the activites performed in the Temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati river. The Temple was listed in the UNESCO world heritage Monument List in 1979.
Swoyambunath Temple( Monkey temple)
The famous Swayambunath Temple is perched on a hill outside Kathmandu and has a square golden stupa rising from a lovely white dome. Monkeys play on the steps up to this temple. Swayambhunath is said to be more than 2000 years old and is a very holy place for Buddhists as well as Hindus. You have a wonderful view over Kathmandu from here

Day 03:Kathmandu to Arughat bazar to Soti Khola (790m) by local bus. the bus journey will take 6 -7 hours. The road till Dhading has a asphalt. The unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat bazaar is sometimes impassable after heavy monsoon rain. In this case it takes 3 to 4 hours of walking.
Arughat Bazar is small market town which lies next to Buri Gandaki river. This village is a strategic point of the road from Trisuli bazaar to Gorkha and than to Pokhara. It is the largest village in the Buri Gandaki gandaki basin and there are many stores .

Day 04: Soti khola to Machha Khola (869m) 5 hour of walking
From here, the course will repeat ascents and descents to Almara, a village on the flank .move on , traversing the forest area. Continue a steep ascent on the rocky path , you will come across a stream. The trail eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up to the Gurung village of Lapubesi.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m) 6-7 hour of walking (Resticated area start)
From here , traverse the slope that has farm fields and rice paddies .further ahead the valley will become a wider. There is  views of  Sringi Himal also called Chamar ( 7187m) . The path will will go down to the shores of white sand .trail still descends and ascents to mountain flank. After short decent you will  reach to Kani Goan.  It is one of the big village . soon after passing the village and crossing the Machha Khola  and Namyung Khola  you will reach to Kholabesi. Pass the village and the valley , follow the narrow path  soon you will reach to Taopani. where it has a hot spring.

Day 06: Jagat  to Nyak Phedi (1760m) 6-7 hour of walking
Crossing the suspension bridge and passing through  forested area. following the path looks like it is carved in the rock to reach to  Doban. Soon after crossing villages and suspension bridge in Doban khola,  trail repeating ascents and descents will come to Jagat.  It has a beautiful flagstone .

Day 07: Nyak Phedi to Bi Phedi (1990m)  5-6  hour of walking
Climbing over a rocky ridge of Salleri , there are a good views of Sringi Himal. Passing through the Gurung villages to reach to Ekle bhati. Where it has strong influence of Tibetan.

Day 08: Bi Phedi  to Namrung ( 2630m) 6-7 hour of walking
Leaving the village and make a small ascending traverse.the path will go down to river shores. Pass the Gata khola village  and Shar khola .finally it offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  You will reach to  Deng.. at the tiny village of Deng  you enter to Nepri. This part of Nepri is known as Kutsang.  It is small village of Gurung and it has a strong Tibetain influence.
The path will go down to river shores. Steep cliffs continue to surround the valley. Crossing a suspension bridge to reach to Lana. The path will becomes a gentle ascent till Bih. From here on, traverse through the forest to come to farm fields and go through the khani then you are in Ghap.
Moving on to the forest and crossing a few times wooden bridge over in Buri Gandaki the path will becomes steeper till Namru village. At this stage the Tibetan border is only a few kilometers to the north.

Day 09: Namrung to  Sama Goau (3520 ) 6-7 hour of walking
After passing through Bengsam village, LI and Khani you will come to Hinan khola. Crosses the streams, you will come to Sho village. From where the views are open Naike peak, Manaslu north peak and Manaslu. Lho has wide farm fields on the gentle mountain flank, it is a large village with many houses and a fine Gimpa. The view from here are excellent.
Soon after the junction, you will cross the stream using the wooden bridge and zigzag up the forested area to reach to Honsanho Gompa. Where it has an open view. After crossing Pungen glacier valley will become a wider. Move on from one Chorten to another to reach sama. Which is surrounded by a large number of Mani stones and Chortens. The Gompa on the top of the hill is very fine and worth visiting.

Day10: Sama Gompa to Manasulu base camp and return back to Sama Gompa
After Breakfast take a side trip to base camp and at the evening return back to same lodge.

Day 11:  Sama Goau to Samdo (3790m) 3 hour of walking
Passing by the foot of the great, white slide that is the Manaslu Glacier we pass the trail that branches off to Manaslu Base Camp. Our path enters a woodland where we might see marmots in the birch and juniper bushes, before a final steep ascent brings us to the charming village of Samdo. The village has a well-established Tibetan refugee community –with Tibet being only a morning’s walk away.

Day12: Samdo to Tibet Border ( Rui-la 5000m) and at the evening return back to Samdo.
Walking  north from Samdo  and crossing the Athahra Saya Khola  . The trail climbs gradually along the Athahra Saya Khola, then descends gently towards the river bed crossing a side river on a wooden bridge. It then climbs again and goes beside the river on its western side. After 3 hours walk from Samdo the Athahra Saya Khola turns west. On this point there is a small wooden bridge and on the other side of it a clear slope that leads to a distant mountain pass. Cross the bridge and begin to climb on the slope. At its bottom, the trail may seem unclear as there are several Yak trails going up, but as you climb it is clear that your way is… up… The climb to the top of the Rui La pass, at 4998, takes another 2 hours. Along the way there are beautiful sights of Manaslu in the distance, as well as the Hindu and Fukang glaciers just behind you as you climb. The Rui La pass is a "classic” "U” shaped mountain pass. Prayer flags mark the pass and a border stone marks the border between Nepal and "Dzong Who” – China. Numerous mountain ranges can be seen on the Tibetan side, and if you are patient enough, wait to see a Yak caravan crossing the pass to bring goods into Nepal.

Day13: Samdo to Larke Bazaar (4460m) 4 hour of walking. it is good day for acclimatization before crossing Larke pass.
After an easy first part today we cross the Budhi Gandaki for a final time before the trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La glacier. Climbing further we arrive at the Spartan Larkya Rest House.

Day 14: Rest house –Larke pass to Bhimathang (4066m) 7-8 hour of walking
An early morning start is needed for what is to be a particularly tough and extended day. A pre-dawn start to avoid gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass.
After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine we make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4,700m) which we cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5,100m).
The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu.
On the steep descent we drop around 600m in less than an hour. Our trail then levels off onto yak pastures before finally reaching Bimtang, a collection of typical summer kharkas .

Day 15: Bhimthang to Dharapani ( 1963m) 8-9 hour of walking
We descend on easier terrain through meadows and pine and rhododendron forest, until arriving in Hampuk. Then the path drops further, following the course of the Dudh Khola, crossing the stream fed by the snows of the Kichke Himal and arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho – where rice is back on the menu and Nepalese ‘dhal bhat’ is revisited. Keeping to the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of gradual descent to the Gurung settlement of Tilije which is famous for its apple brandy.

Day 16: Dharapani to Besisahar by local sharing Jeep 
From this point , we will take local sharing Jeep to Besisahar.

Day 17: by local bus to kathmandu or to Pokhara.
The bus journey will take 7-8 hours.

Day 18: Free day in kathmandu or self visiting around the valley
The ancient city of Patan, lying 5 km southwest of kathmandu, is known as the city of fine arts, The city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. The diversity of the medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors.
Patan Durbar Square:
Situated in the heart of the city, constitutes the focus of visitor’s attraction. The square is full of ancient palaces, Temple and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan durbar Square consist of three main chowks or countryards, the Central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshar narayan Chowk, The Sundari Chowk holds in its center a masterpiece of stone architecture. The Royal Bath called Tushahity. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument list in 1979.
Krishna Mandir:
Built in 1637 AD, the temple of Lord Krishaa holds a commanding position in the palace complex of Patan. It is supposed to be the first specimen of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. It is the only temple in Nepal having 21 spires and is completely 21 spires and is completely mad of stone.
Bhaktapur durbar Squares:
The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main courtyard of the Palace of 55 Windows.Built by King Ranjit Malla. The gate is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the entire world. This gate is embellished with deities and monsters with marvelous intricacy. The palace of 55 windows was built in 1700 AD. Among the brick walls in their gracious setting and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows. This balcony is a masterpiece of wood carving. The stone temple of Batsala Devi which is also located in the Durbar Square is full of intricate carvings. This temple also sets a beautiful example of Shikhara style architecture in Nepal. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This colossal bell, placed in 1737 AD, was rung to signal curfew those days.
The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the Picture Galley, the Batsal Temple, etc. A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on the column facing the palace. It was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument list in 1979.
Changu Narayan:
Situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the Valley, It is said to have been built by king Hari Dutta in 323 AD said to be the oldest temple in the valley. It was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Mountain list in 1979

Day 19: Tour Ends 

Price Per  Person US$ 975..00 (Price are based on standard class hotel)
Price for meals and drinks during the trek Allow US$ 23-25 per person per day for trekking (off-course you are going to pay every day directly by yourself to the tea houses during the is just a guideline)
Single supplement US$ 150.00 per person ( you will get single room in kathmandu and during the trek.  you can also book your trekking tour as a single person with us. in this case we will charge little higher)
Additional night in kathmandu will cost US$ 40.00 for Double room with Bed and Breakfast and US$ 35.00 for single room.
Additional night in Pokhara will cost US$ 35.00 for Double and US$ 30.00 for single room with bed and breakfast.
Trekking prices with out hotel in kathmandu will cost US$ 875.00 per person.
Off-course it is always possible to upgrade the hotel in kathmandu according to your budget and interest. But it will cost you extra and you need to pay the differences.

Hotel we use in this tour
Kathmandu Prince Hotel (standard class hotel)
Thamel, Chhetrapati, kathmandu, Nepal Tel : 4255961, 4255282, Fax : 977-1-4255282
E-Mail : [email protected] Website :
Potala Guest House (Standard class hotel)
Thamel, chetrapati, Kathmandu Tel : 4226566, 4220467
Email: [email protected] Website :
Hotel Marsyandi Mandala (Standard class hotel)
Thamel, Chhetrapati, Dhobichour, Kathmandu,
Email: [email protected]

Delux class hotel
Hotel Manasulu (3star)
Address: 230, Hotel Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal

Grand Hotel Kathmandu (4star)
Email: [email protected]

Hotel Manang Pvt. Ltd (3star)
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1-4700389, 4700993
Email: [email protected],

Hotel Yellow pagoda (4 star)
Contact Information
Kantipath, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4227345, 4220041
[email protected]

Radission hotel kathmandu (5star)

Hotel Yak & Yeti (5star)
GPO Box no. 1016
Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel : +977-1-4248999, 4240520
Fax: +977-1-4227781/ 4227782

shangri-La Kathmandu & Pokhara (5star)
Address: Lazimpat, Kathmandu Nepal
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +977-1-4412999 I 4419743

Note: As per our company rule to confirm your booking with us we do need photo copy of your passport, one passport size photo graph, international flight details (Date of arrival , date of departure ,flight number ) and 15% of total amount  as a down payment. Rest remaining other amount you can pay to us upon your arrival in kathmandu. Once you agreed to booking with us then we can provide you our bank details to make wire transfer or you can also pay by major credit cards such as visa, Master or by American express. in this case you need to send us copy of your credit cards. But it will cost you 5% extra because it is the rule of our local bank.

Note: If some one who is willing to book their trekking  tour as a private  then the tour will departure everyday.

What’s Included

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private transport (only for international flight)
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola  by local bus or by private jeep.
    Note: Private land crusher with driver will cost US$ 175.00 extra ( the land crusher has 6 seat)
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by local sharing jeep
  • Besisahar to kathamndu or to Pokhara by local bus.
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast at Tourist standard hotel (centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • 14 nights 15 days trekking in lodges (lodge are simple in Manasulu Region compare to Annapurna region ,Everest and Langtang Region)
  • All the necessary trekking permit’s such as Special trekking permit for Manasulu region (Valid for 10 days),
  • Manasulu national park permit, Annapurna national park permit  (we need 3 photograph each for your trekking permit)
  • Tims (Trekking information management system) card
  • Trekking map of Manasulu region
  • One experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), one trekking porter between two client (our trekking porter, he will carry maximum20- 22 k.g.) and their meals /accommodation/transportation /salary /insurance/ equipment are included in price.
  • Light crampoons for trekking (Required only month of November, December, Jan, Feb and March)
  • Sleeping bag for trekking
  • First aid kit box
  • All the govt tax

What’s not Included

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu valley
  • All the meals during the trek ( Breakfast, Lunch , Diner, Tea and coffee) (Allow US$ 23-25 per person per day  for trekking)
  • Tips for Trekking guide and trekking porter
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