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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trip Grade Strenuous
Max Altitude 5,215m
Activity Trekking
Group Size Min 02 pax
Arrival On Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure From Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation Stone Built Houses (tea houses) during trek
Meals All meals during trek & breakfast in kathmandu

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”

Manaslu circuit trek, also known as Around Manaslu Trek, is considered the best trek of Nepal by many expert trekkers these days. Mt. Manaslu, at an altitude of 8163m, is the eighth highest peak in the world. This trekking around Manaslu lets you marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu. It is undoubtedly one of the best treks to explore untouched natural splendor and unexploited culture of local people. Although it is considered as a great alternative trek to Annapurna circuit, it has the advantage of being less crowded nature compared to popular Annapurna circuit. The trekking trail is through amazing landscapes, traditional bridges, foothills, and local villages. The highest point of the trek is the top of Larkya La Pass (5,215m), a dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. It was a camping trek when it was opened in the early ’90s but it is a tea house trek now with the establishment of tea houses on different parts of the trail. Camping is required only if we go off the beaten track.

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek requires 20 days to accomplish with well-managed itinerary ensuring adequate time for acclimatization. It begins with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley followed by 6 hrs drive to Arughat from where the actual trek starts. You follow Buddhi Gandaki River, trek highs and lows passing several picturesque villages and admiring Himalayan views on the way until you reach Sama Gaon. Next, we trek to Samdo village where we spent a whole day for acclimatization. Continuing our trek from Samdo, we reach Dharmshala (Larke Phedi) which is a kind of shelter but not lodge. Next, we ascend Larkya La Pass and the view from the top is simple awe-inspiring. From Larkya La, you can witness four glaciers and amazing views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and Annapurna II. After we cross the pass, we reach Bimthang. We enjoy great Himalayan views from the ridge at Bimthang and pass through several villages experiencing local culture to finally reach Besisahar from where we drive back to Kathmandu for return.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is loved by those who realize they miss Annapurna Circuit Trek in its golden age. It is graded as a strenuous trek and quite demanding. For it, you need to have cardiovascular fitness and should be able to walk 5-6 hrs a day (few days require 7-8 hrs walking). Like other treks, the best times for Manaslu Circuit Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to mid-December).