Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tea House Trekking Along Part of the Great Himalaya Trail

Tour Runs for 16 days – Both set departures and private expeditions available

Longer itineraries available on request

Trek Around Manaslu
Experience the majestic beauty of the Manaslu Massif in this remote mountain trek. Hike along an ancient salt-trading route along the wild rapids of the Bhuri Gandhaki River and discover the splendour of pine, bamboo and rhododendron forests. Traverse mani walls, explore monasteries and gain insight into a culturally fascinating region. Trek over a breathtaking high mountain pass, walk over glacial terrain and discover why Manaslu, the 8th highest peak in the world is known as the mountain of the spirit.

This remote mountain haven and conservation area is home to the endangered snow leopard and was only opened to trekkers in 1992. The route has only just become available to do as a teahouse trek and is part of The Great Himalayan Trail. A spectacular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit or Khumbu region, the dramatic landscape of the Manaslu Circuit is a trek truly off the beaten track.

IMPORTANT: By using local teahouses, instead of camping (which has been the traditional means of accommodation in the past) we are directly contributing to livelihoods of those living within the Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation areas. Staying in teahouses is environmentally more sound than staying in tented campsites along with the added benefit of warmth and comfort. Tented expeditions often bury their waste and pollute the ground. Staying in local teahouses also ensures that we use and eat a variety of fresh, homegrown local products, instead of bringing our supplies from Kathmandu and other areas.

For a full list of what is included download the Manaslu Circuit Trek dossier

Welcome to Nepal, let the adventure begin!

Highlights

Nepalese Mountain Child

  • Part of The Great Himalaya Trail
  • Trek to Manaslu Base Camp
  • Circumnavigating Manaslu (8156m) – the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • A culturally fascinating region with Tibetan and Gurung influences
  • Fully supported teahouse trekking
  • Spectacular mountain views and the high pass, Larkya La (5125m)
  • A superb trek that is truly off the beaten path, featuring a diverse and impressive array of flora, fauna and cultivated land
  • 4×4 Jeep trip crossing the Himalaya

Want more adventure? Combine this tour with one of our other trips or treks to Nepal for an outstanding 31-day holiday!

Dates and Prices

View of Manaslu
Land Only Price £1795

Food is now included on all treks and trip inclusions have been revised on 20/12/2016

Allow £550-700 for return flights from London or Manchester. For all of your flying requirements please click here.

We accept foreign payments, please click here for details.

There are no other hidden costs. This is the full amount of your holiday. For a full list of what is included download the Manaslu Circuit Trek dossier

Private Tours

We can run this tour as a private trip at any time you like. If you have a group smaller than 4 people there may be a surcharge, please contact us for more information. The best time to travel to Nepal is from March to May and October to December.

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A deposit of £200 secures your place on the trip and the balance is due 60 days before the start of the tour. Monthly payment plans can be set up on request. If you book less than 60 days before the start of the trip then the full amount is due immediately.

If you are a previous client of Lost Earth Adventures you will receive a loyalty discount of 5%.

1% of the price listed will be donated to our charity ‘Share the Load Foundation’. For more information about this charity, and what your money will be used for, click here.

Will there be any surcharges or price changes?

We reserve the right to change our prices until the moment you pay your deposit. Once your deposit has been paid there is a guaranteed no price change. There are no hidden charges or extras, the price we quote you when you book is the price you and your group will be paying.

Optional Extras

Follow the Great Himalayan Trail and Trek to the Langtang Valley

Why not extend your trip to include another breathtaking section of the Great Himalayan Trail by joining our guided treks to the fascinating Langtang Valley and holy Gosainkund Lakes? We have both fixed and flexible departure dates and the trek can be done before or after the Manaslu Circuit.

Extend your trip in Nepal by 2 more weeks

Check the departure dates of our other Nepal tours here. Get a 5% discount off of the lower priced tour when you book two trips for yourself!

Manaslu trek view

Single Traveller?

We don’t charge a single supplement fee if you’re a solo traveller. Our prices are based on staying in twin share rooms with a member of the same sex or your travelling companion. If you wish to stay in your own room there will be a £220 charge for this trip. In some circumstances single rooms may not be available for example the night at Dharamsala when we cross the pass you will probably have to share a room. In all the other villages we have never had a problem before arranging private accommodation but situations change constantly in the mountains.
We will always try to meet your requirements. The £220 must be paid with the final balance.

If you want to arrive early or depart later then we can arrange accommodation and transport for you. Please contact us with any requests.

Upgrades

If you would like to treat yourself before or after your grand adventure, we are more than happy to arrange alternative accommodation. We also appreciate how lovely a little bit of lavish comfort can be when you are away from home and can recommend the following hotels for a touch of 5-star luxury in Kathmandu.

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Itinerary and Route

All of our itineraries are meticulously researched and well planned. They are designed to give you the most amounts of fun and excitement, whilst also giving you ample time to relax. Lost Earth Adventures takes the hassle out of organising your trip, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your adventure!

Map of Manaslu

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2: 4×4 Jeep to Soti Khola (800m)
  • Day 3: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) Trek along the Bhuri Gandaki River on an ancient salt trading route
  • Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) Trek into a gorge, with jungle and langur monkeys high above the trail
  • Day 5: Jagat to Deng (1800m) Continue through terraced fields, bamboo forests and into the Nupri
  • Day 6: Deng to Namrung (2660m) Pass along intricately hand carved mani walls and colourful rhododendrons
  • Day 7: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m) Trek into the alpine and see spectacular views of Manaslu and Manaslu North
  • Day 8: Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m) A short day through a splendid gully or for a more challenging option we can walk to Pungyen Gompa en-route to Samagaon.
  • Day 9: Samagaon (rest day) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.
  • Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860)m A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, known for its yak herding.
  • Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m) Pass along a glacier to a dramatic gorge
  • Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m) A challenging day over the high Larkya La
  • Day 13: Bimthang to Tilje (2300m) Outstanding views of Manaslu, inspiring forest and the valley below
  • Day 14: Tilje – Chamche (1410m) Descend into the Marsygandi Valley, meeting up with the classic Annapurna Trail
  • Day 15: Jeep drive to Kathmandu a private jeep back to the capital
  • Day 16:Depart Kathmandu

 
See a more detailed itinerary for this trek.

Photos

Thank you to Bob Marshall for some of these photos. Read about Bob’s trek with us on his website.

Click on the arrows below to take a photographic journey around Manaslu.


 
 

Trip Grading

Larkya La
The Manaslu Circuit is considered to be moderate/demanding. We trek into a fairly remote part of Nepal at higher altitudes than you are probably used to. There are a variety of steep ascents and descents, and we sometimes trek for up to 8 hours per day. As with most things a certain degree of fitness will make this trip more enjoyable.
As always on our treks there is plenty of staff and we can accommodate everyone's trekking pace. We appreciate that in a group there will be many different speeds of walker and we don't ever want you to feel like you are holding up a group or being held up. Having plenty of guides and porters allow for us to change itineraries and pace easily and it is very easy to accommodate every trekker.

Recent Trip Reports

Altitude Advice

What’s Included

  • 1 Fully qualified, first aid trained Leader
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 13 nights teahouse accommodation
  • Included meals: All meals while trekking, breakfasts in Kathmandu, welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. The food available in the tea houses is brilliant and there is a large selection of western, Chinese and Nepalese food available for you to choose from. We do not want you to be restricted in what you eat and want you to enjoy the vast menus and locally grown produce of the tea houses. We will let you eat whatever you want from the menu at meal times.
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
  • Private transportation for duration of tour
  • Entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters for trekking through Manaslu and Annapurna National Parks
  • Map of the route
  • Thuraya satellite phone (to be used for organising logistics and in emergencies)
  • Guides will check in daily with our UK office to get regular bespoke weather updates and confirm locations
  • Financial protection: we are a fully bonded and insured UK based tour operator
  • Pre-departure support and advice by email, phone and face to face meetings in York if you would like. After booking with us we will send you a highly informative and comprehensive trip information pack
  • Remote medical support from specialist doctors
  • Small groups. No more than 12 people on a set departure trip
  • We don’t force a fast or slow pace. Our teams are supported with two leaders so you can walk at your own pace. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
  • Our guides and porters are paid fairly, properly equipped and fully insured for rescue and medical emergencies
  • Trekking kit bag
  • T-shirt
  • If you’d like to meet some of our team and experience our services beforehand you can join us on one of our UK adventures.

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Nepalese visa (Available to buy for $30 USD on arrival in Nepal)
  • International flights
  • Scenic Everest mountain flight
  • Airport transfers taken outside of the itinerary’s arrival and departure dates
  • Tips to porters/local guide

For a full list of what is included download the Manaslu Circuit Trek dossier

What Our Guests Say

Larkya La - Manaslu Trek
“I really enjoyed hiking through all those villages, seeing the scenery change every day and also get an idea of how the people live there. The area really is stunningly beautiful, and everything is on such a grand scale! Quite amazing getting that close to one of the 8000m peaks as well.
And of course Dipak was a fantastic guide, I'd def. go trekking with him/Lost Earth Adventures again!"

Angelika Egger and Dom Goff

Angelika and Dom liked the trip so much they got engaged to be married at 5,200m on the Larkya La. Congratulations guys! You can read more about their story here.

Bob Marshall
Read what photographer Bob Marshall thought of the trek on his website.

Click here for more reviews about this trek around Manaslu and our other treks and tours
 
 

Video

Trekking the Manaslu Circuit

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