17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as one of the adventure treks in Nepal and combines the high of the Himalayas and its natural beauty with rich cultural heritage and biological diversity. Manaslu, located east of the Annapurna range which is the eight highest peaks in the world and was opened to foreigners since 1992. Manaslu Circuit is a laborious trek that demands experience along with good physical well being. The Manaslu trek ascends through Budi Gandaki River offering numerous rivers and waterfalls to Larkya La Pass (5213 m), the highest point in the Manaslu trek, providing striking views of Himalchuli, Manaslu (8156 m), Ganesh Himal and other various mountains. En route, diverse landscape and variety in flora and fauna amazes anyone. The laborious part of trekking along Manaslu circuit starts from Samagoan (3450 m) where you could get lucky to see the freezing green lake of Birendra. However, the biggest challenge awaits - crossing the snow-clad Larkye La pass (5213m), which is 8 km from the Tibet border, and offers classic views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m). From Larkya La (Larkya Pass), we take a steep descent along a snow-covered trail down to Tanbuche. Then we follow a narrow trail to the Dudh Khola (White River) banks passing through magnificent forests of rhododendron, Pine, and Juniper. A further descent transforms the alpine vegetation to subtropical greenness. Then the walk through the Marshyangdi River to Besishahar marks the end of the Trek. The 17 Day Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail to Manaslu Trek, you will cross an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arughat to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from the green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers. The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5125 m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bhimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar. The Manaslu trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally started in the town of Arughat or Sotikhola; however, with roads being built many trekkers start at either Barpak or Soti Khola a bit further up the trail. The Manaslu trek described here starts in Soti Khola and ends in Chyamche. Its also possible to finish the walk in Besisahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit Trek. The itinerary below is one of the many possibilities. The trek can be made longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days and starting point. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses. You can combine the Manaslu Circuit Trek with the Tsum Valley, a beautiful, secluded valley where century-old Tibetan traditions prevail. We at Green Valley Nepal Treks and Research Hub have 17 days itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit trek and the itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal. We love to share our knowledge and stories of the region and we are prepared to go that extra mile in order to provide our clients with an exceptional and personal adventure through this magical region of Nepal. Read More

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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is often compared to the Annapurna circuit Trek before the latter got immensely busy. The Manaslu circuit trail coils around the world’s eighth highest mountain - Mt. Manaslu over a period of 14 days. The path is ideally less trodden as the area of the trek was out of bounds for outside trekkers until the early 90s and tourism is still considerably restricted. Of late, Manaslu has been transformed into a tea-house trek, making it suitable for solo trekkers to take this route enticing for its remoteness. Like other treks quintessential of Nepal, Manaslu trek Nepal too features relics and preserved artifacts of ancient Hindu and Buddhist cultures, protected wildlife, wildflowers and rhododendrons of spring blooming, absolutely thrilling suspension bridge crossings, raging rivers, cascading waterfalls, precarious cliff roads and spellbinding mountain scenery.

What is Manaslu Circuit Trek? 

The Manaslu Circuit trek has a greatly improved pathway today along the Budi Gandaki river gorge than what it used to be even, just a decade earlier. Difficulty-wise, this trek holds a moderate-difficult level of challenge and compares aptly with the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp trek. An unhindered view of the Manaslu peak is undoubtedly the main draw on this trail besides the secondary pulls like forests and wildlife and ethnic cultural exposure to indigenous Nepal Himalayan villages and market settlements. The trek receives special appreciation for its crowd-free routes and an opportunity for naturists and adventurers to explore closely the Manaslu Conservation Area having the protected area status. The trek also passes through the exquisite lands of Annapurna Conservation Area, requiring exclusive permits from the authorities of these two areas.

Why should you go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal? 

The Manaslu trek has only recently started getting included in the bucket list of avid Himalayan travelers and yet to gain the traffic that treks such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek receives. The attractions of the Manaslu circuit itinerary share many typical characteristics of treks in Nepal and a few high points that are exclusively unique.

  • The trail circumambulates around the eight highest mountain in the world - Mt. Manaslu
  • Great views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Annapurna II from tantalizingly close ranges
  • The exhilarating experience of traversing a remote Himalayan high pass - the Larkya Pass at 5106 m
  • Comfortable stays at tea house lodges or sprawling tent encampments
  • Identifying at least 10 peaks of over 6500m visible from different points on the course
  • Passing through Manaslu Conservation Area which covers 6 climatic zones
  • Sightings of blue sheep
  • The surreal Trans-Himalayan high pastures
  • Wonderful cultural contact with Tibetan and mountain people
  • Photo-ops of peaks, snowline, people, wildlife, wilderness and unique architecture
  • The opportunity to have a high altitude trekking experience with a backpack not necessarily heavier than 10 kilos
  • A trek more peaceful than EBC or ABC due to lesser traffic

How High is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu circuit trek boasts of a high pass beyond 5000m, a great challenge to traverse through the bird’s eye view of the world from where you will forget every woe! The view is composed of Manaslu peak, Cheo Himal glacier, Himalchuli peak and Himlung glacier. The Larkya Pass is situated at 5106m.

When to Visit?

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the Manaslu circuit. On winters, the route remains out of bounds and in monsoon, should best be avoided for highly unpredictable weather.

March to May

The weather will be clear on most parts of the day. It will be temperate during the day though temperature may considerably dip during the night. Light showers can be expected in the afternoons but there would be no risk of landslides etc. Rhododendrons, wildflowers and summer blossoms will keep the lower reaches of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek route pretty colorful.

September to November

Clear skies and sparkling views make this period enticing. There could be light to heavy snow at Larkya Pass and beyond, Harsh cold and subzero temperatures should be prepared for.

How to Reach?

The lower Manaslu trek kicks off from Arughat and ends at Besi Sahaar, both settlements at a distance of 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Trekkers need to reach Kathmandu before or on the morning of the scheduled pickup, approximately near 7 a.m.

Are there Any Shops Available on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek in the present has teahouse facilities along the circuit. Food, medicine and basic utilities can be found for purchase at the villages and market settlements. However, it would be best to conclude shopping for gears at Arughat on day 1. Also, depending on the season, market areas could be scarce on supplies.

How Long Does It Take To Complete The Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The around Manaslu Trek is a 14 day program from Kathmandu, including transit, rest and acclimatization days.

What to Pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

  • Large or medium size backpack, and a duffle side bag for extras
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Warm cap
  • Base layers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Outer jacket
  • Rain jacket (essential for the monsoon months)
  • Sturdy trekking shoes and a pair of floaters
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking pants, several pairs
  • UV-protection glasses
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunscreen

Is there Any Possibility of Altitude Sickness?

It would be wise to prepare for altitude sickness on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Precautions include refraining from alcohol and smoking, sufficient attention to hydration, following acclimatization customs and pre-trek fitness preparation. Trekkers can also consider going on a course of Diamox starting from the day of journey from Kathmandu, albeit with medical consultation.

How Busy is the Manaslu-Circuit Trek?

Compared to other popular treks such as the EBC trek or the Annapurna trek, Manaslu doesn’t attract so many trekkers or travelers. However, the month of March witnesses plenty of travelers mostly because of the Teeji Festival. The month of October remains busy as well owing to good weather conditions.