Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an off the beaten trek to roam around the eighth highest peak in the world, Manaslu. Hike through the trails to complete a loop along the Manaslu peak. Also, compete against the 5,160m high Larkya La Pass to win over your fears.

With the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of the Gurung and Sherpa people, Manaslu Circuit Trek shows the diverse cultural acceptance of Nepal. Furthermore, the trek also offers views of the Sriringi and Ganesh Himal.

Trip Highlights

  • Manaslu Region
  • Manaslu, Ganesh, Sriringi, and other peaks of the Great Himalayan Ranges
  • Sherpa and Gurung lifestyle, culture and tradition
  • Larkya La Pass (5,160m)

Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a trek to the untouched hills of the Manaslu Region as a way to explore the difficult geographical locations of Nepal. Get hand-in-hand with the typical tradition and culture of the region.

Hike along the off the beaten tracks of the country through green hills to get to the icy glaciers. Explore the Tibetan influenced lifestyle of the Sherpa and Gurung people living in this region. Our trek normally starts with a long tiring drive to the village of Arughat. From there, it is a short drive and walks to the village of Khursane. Then, we go through the villages like the Machha Khola, Yaruphat, Philim, and Deng to wander around the villages of the Manaslu Region. Encounter several alpine birds and animals along the way. During this trek, we will be able to see great views of the Manaslu, Sriringi, Ganesh, Himal Chuli, and several other peaks. Also, hike to the high pass of Larkya La standing tall at a height of 5160 meters.

Join us in this 16 days hiking expedition to explore the unexplored hills of the Manaslu Region alongside traditional culture and lifestyle of the people living in the valleys. For this trekking itinerary, you will need a decent fitness level with the ability to walk for 5-6 hours a day. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Arughat (570m)

Day 02: Arughat to Khursani Bari

Day 03: Khursani Bari to Machha Khola (890m)

Day 04: Machha Khola to Yaruphat

Day 05: Yaruphat to Philim (1700m)

Day 06: Philim to Deng (2095m)

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2900m)

Day 08: Namrung to Lho Gaon (3100m)

Day 09: Lho Gaun to Samagaon (3390m)

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)

Day 12: Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m)

Day 13: Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La Pass (5160m) to Bhimthang (3590m)

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilije

Day 15: Tilije to Dharapani to Besisahar (760m)

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 1
Drive to Arughat (570m)

After all your preparation the previous day, we will pick you up at the hotel premises. From there, we will drive along the ring road surrounding the capital city and the Prithvi Highway to arrive at the Arughat road in about 6 hours. We will have to travel to Dhading before getting on the rough track to Arughat. After crossing the Budi Gandaki, we will arrive at the Arughat Bazaar.

Day 2
Arughat to Khursani Bari

Hike along the Budi Gandaki River uphill and downhill through the Sal forest to get to the village of Khursane. The village is also called Khursani Bari because of the high production of red chilies in the region. Enjoy the cool water of the Budi Gandaki with the green hills surrounding the village.

Day 3
Khursani Bari to Machha Khola (890m)

The trail passes the forest and waterfalls on a steep path to climb up a cliff to get to the Gurung village of Lapurbesi. From there, we will climb on a wider path along the gravel road and the Budi Gandaki to arrive at the village of Machha Khola. We reach the village after walking down the steep valley side and crossing the river.

Day 4
Machha Khola to Yaruphat

Walk along the Budi Gandaki River to walk along the slippery path through the green lush forest. The continuous hike will take us to the village of Tatopani meaning hot water. You can freshen up at the warm taps. After lunch at the village, we walk a rather strenuous path. The trails are well marked and in some places, there are stairs along the path. Enter a gorge with Yaru Khola running right through the gorge. Sometimes after, we will be in the village of Yaruphat.

Day 5
Yaruphat to Philim (1700m)

After breakfast, we will cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola to climb up the stone stairs to get to the village of Thado Bharyang. Climb over a ridge to get towards the village of Jagat. From there, we will hike down to Salleri and then to Sirdibas. Continue walking uphill to get to the village of Ghatta Khola to cross a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki to get to the Gurung settlement of Philim.

Day 6
Philim to Deng (2095m)

Climb out of the village of Philim to cross several terraced fields to arrive at Ekle Bhatti. Then, the route descends to a steep and uninhabited gorge to descend the grassy land to Budi Gandaki river. Cross the river and hike up through the bamboo forest to get to the Deng Khola. Cross the Khola to reach the small settlement of Deng.

Day 7
Deng to Namrung (2900m)

A hike uphill will take us to the small settlement of Rana. From there, climb up a trail through green lush forest to arrive at Ghap. Hike past the Prok Village to come across several Gompas through a dense forest and finally arrive at the village of Namrung. During the trek, we will be able to have great views of the Sriringi, Ganesh and the Himal Chuli peaks.

Day 8
Namrung to Lho Gaon (3100m)

Climb steadily and pass through the forest of Sal to reach the village of Lihi. Lihi is a small village with terrace fields and chortens. From there, we will drop downhill to cross the village of Sho to get to the village of Lho. Along the way, we will be able to have panoramic views of the Simnang, Ganesh and Sriringi peaks. Also, enjoy the peak of Mt. Manaslu and explore the Ribung Gompa at the Lho Gaon. The peak of Manaslu is best seen from the village.

Day 9
Lho Gaun to Samagaon (3390m)

Wake up to the glorious sunrise over the Manaslu peak. After breakfast, we will hike uphill to get to the village of Shyla. The village is surrounded by high peaks like Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh and the Ngadi Chuli. The village also offers views of the icy glacier surrounding the village. Hike up to get to the village of Samagaon. Explore the monastery of Kargu Choling in the village.

Day 10
Acclimatization Day

Since our trek day goes up to the height of 5160 meters, it is best for us to take a day off acclimatizing to the changing altitude. Today, we will hike nearby regions to get adapted to the climatic conditions of the Manaslu Region. Hike to the Gompa of Pungyen to have great views of the icy Ponchen Glacier. Have great views of the icy peaks from there and get back to the village to get closer to the rich Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

Day 11
Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)

Descend all the way to the Budi Gandaki River and hike up after crossing the river to pass several mani walls and prayer flags. The trail widens as we hike higher. An easy walk from there will take us through the forest of juniper to arrive at the village of Kermo Kharka. Then, a descend down from the Kharka will take us to the village of Samdo. The village offers great views of the Manaslu peaks along with other high snow-capped mountains like Himchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Simrang, and so on. If we are lucky, we will also be able to spot some mountain birds like the Himalayan Griffin and the Lophophorus (Himalayan Monal).

Day 12
Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m)

Hike downhill along the edge of the ridge to cross the Budi Gandaki over a wooden bridge. Then, hike uphill until we get to see the icy body of snow and ice of the Larkya Glacier. Hike further uphill through the village of Salka Khola to get to the settlement of Larkya Phedi. The settlement only had a stone-made guest house, to begin with. The Phedi is also called to as Dharamsala because of that. Prepare yourselves for the most difficult part of our trek and get to the bed early.

Day 13
Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La Pass (5160m) to Bhimthang (3590m)

Wake up early and get fueled with a delicious meal. After breakfast, we will hike uphill until we get to a valley on the glacier. Then, walk above the icy moraines to ascend steeply along the glacier to arrive at the top of the Larkya La Pass. The pass offers us great views of the Larkya, Cheo, Annapurna, Himlung and the Kang Guru peaks. Also, enjoy the panoramic views of the great Manaslu peak. Hike downhill on a steep path to get to the village of Bhimthang to end our long tiring walk.

Day 14
Bhimthang to Tilije

Today is a rather easy walk as we hike downhill along the green pastures over the Dudh Khola. Descend through a forest of rhododendron along the narrow hills to get to a ridge. From there, a steep climb uphill will take us to the Gurung village of Tilije. The village offers narrow alleys and picturesque scenery. Along the way, we will be able to have views of the Manaslu, Cheo and the Lamjung Himal.

Day 15
Tilije to Dharapani to Besisahar (760m)

Another easy day for us as we trek downhill for the first part and then, drive for the rest of the day. Climb downhill from the village of Tilije to get to the settlement of Dharapani. The village lies in the Marshyangdi River Valley and is one of the biggest villages on the Annapurna Circuit Trek. After lunch at the village, we will get on a private vehicle to drive our way down to the district headquarters of Lamjung, Besisahar.

Day 16
Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)

Our last day at the rural hills of the untouched Manaslu Region. Enjoy your meal and then drive to the capital city of Kathmandu through the winding and unpaved roads. We will guide you to the hotel premises and let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-11
  • Nepal
  • Arughat
  • Besisahar
  • 5,160m/16,930ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December