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  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Manaslu
  • Max. Altitude: 5160m/16929ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Land transportation

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is located in the Lamjung district of Nepal to the North West of Kathmandu. It is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Nepal and has only officially been open to tourists since 1991. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage with the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Himalayan Range. Trekkers can see the fascinating Tibetan Culture that is prevalent in the Manaslu Region as many people in this region are direct descendants of Tibetan Immigrants that settled here in the 1600’s.

Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8156m and is the centerpiece of this trek. It is located along the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is believed that the word Manaslu was derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa which means ‘soul’ or ‘intellect’. Hence, Mount Manaslu is also commonly known as the ‘Mountain of the Spirit’.The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossings the Himalayas. With far less tourist traffic than other regions, Manaslu has a remote and secluded feel which makes this trek perfectly suited to trekkers that want to experience the beauty and solitude of nature.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola (710m/2328 ft) 8-9 hours

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 5: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5917ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 9: Acclimatization day in Samagaon. Explore Pungyen Gompa 6 hours

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo for Acclimatization process

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m/14,628 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft) via Larkya La Pass (5160m/16, 924 ft) – 8-9 hours

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m/7544ft) 5 – 6 hours

Day 15: Trek from Tilije to Tal (1700m/5576 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 16: Trek from Tal to Syange (1080m/3542 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 17: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Day 18: Departure from TIA

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kathmandu.

The day begins with the breakfast in your hotel; today you will be exploring the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Our first stop is the very sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple, it lies 6 Km from central Kathmandu. One of the holiest Hindu temples it is dedicated to Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River; the main temple is built in pagoda style, has a golden roof and beautifully carved silver doors. Then you will visit the famous Boudhanath Stupa. This stupa is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and also has a strong Tibetan influence and community. Then after we finally visit Swayambhunath Temple also known as Monkey Temple, from there we return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today we drive to Arughat which will take about 8-9 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. The first is to Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, this will take 4 hours. From there it’s another 4 hours to Arughat and then another 1 hour to Sotikhola. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti khola.

Today we begin our trek. After we cross the river we trek through beautiful Sal forest before climbing onto a ridge above the rapids of the Budhi Gandaki. When we reachKhursane the trail meanders up and down past two stunning waterfall on the rocky trail clinging to the cliff. The trail then descends past rice terraces before ascending to the Gurung village of Labubesi. After further climbing the valley eventually opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders through a wide gravel river bed where we walk along to reach MachhaKhola village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Machha Khola.

After crossing the Machhi River and Khrola besi we dome to a small hot spring called Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali). The trail then follows a heavily forested area toward Dovan. Below Dovan there are huge rapids on the Budi Gandaki. As we ascend leaving the rapids behind the scenery begins to dramatically change before arriving in Jagat. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Jagat.

Today we begin by trekking to Sirdibas via Salleri before continuing onto GhatteKhola then onto Philim which is a large Gurung village where we are introduced to Gurung culture. From here we walk past millet fields to Ekle Bhatti before entering a steep gorge before descending to cross the Budi Gandaki. As we continue the valley widens and we trek through bamboo forests before crossing the Deng Khola and reaching the tiny village of Deng. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Deng.

This morning it’s a short walk as we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb steeply to Rama (1910m). From here we walk on to Bhi through dense forest via Prok Village from where we see some magnificent views of Siringi Himal. From here we cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several gompa’s. The trail follows the river through dense forest and through a narrow gorge before opening for our last steep climb to reach Namrung. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namrung.

From Namrung village we can experience great views of Siring, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. After climbing steadily through forest we reach Lihi, a beautiful village with many Chortens and barley terraces. From here the trail drops and crosses the side valley of SimnangHimal with Ganesh Himal always close by. Further along the trail we reach Sama village where we can experience extraordinary views of Mt Manaslu and explore the Ribung Gompa. Today we finish in Samagaon where we spend the night. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samagaon.

Today we spend the day at Samagaon for rest and acclimatization. Here we can explore the Sherpa and Tibetan culture, the manimani stones and Buddhist scenes of the area. We hike up a hill near Sama village to an the old Pungyen Gompa monastery where we have great views of the glacier. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samagaon.

As we trek to Samdo we again descend to the Budhi Gandaki river and cross several grazing and pasture areas before gradually climbing up the valley where we have a fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains particularly Mt Manaslu. When we reach Samdo it is the last permanent settlement in the valley and from here it’s just a day’s walk to the border with Tibet. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samdo.

Today we have another rest day for acclimatization. The plan for today is to hike up the valley behind Samdo Village. This takes us to one of the trade passes to Tibet from where we have exceptional views of Mt Manaslu and other peaks including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak and others. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samdo.

After leaving Samdo we cross several streams and get a view of the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley before climbing to the stone guest house at Dharmasala. It’s a short walk today allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxation on arrival at our destination. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dharmashala.

This is the hardest day of this trek. After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak.From here we walk across glacial moraines gradually ascending before we reach the final steep section of the pass at 5160m. From the top of the pass there are amazing views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Mt Manaslu (8156m). It is a long day as we reach Bimthang with the evening mist floating in and Mt Manaslu close by. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Bimthang.

After leaving Bimthang and enjoying the amazing views of the surrounding mountains we descend and cross a high pasture before walking through beautiful rhododendron forest and small settlements before arriving at the small settlement of Tilije. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tilije.

Today we walk through some beautiful villages and crossing the DudhKhola before climbing to Thonje village and then on to Dharapani where the trail meets the Annapurna Circuit. It is 1 hour further to Karte village and then on to Tal. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tal.

Today we walk to Syange, a small village in the Annapurna Region. The trail to here enters to Marsyandi valley with it’s hillside terraces and villages before descending through Rhododendron and pine forest to Syange. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Syange.

Today we drive back to Kathmandu. Along the way we have the opportunity to enjoy the hill and mountain landscapes as we follow the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. Here we can see beautiful villages and farming terraces before arriving in Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu there is the opportunity for some last minute shopping. Tonight there is a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with Authentic Nepalese cuisine and cultural show. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.


  • All transportation using private vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Three nights accommodation in Kathmandu using Three Star Category Hotel on Twin Sharing basis with Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days on Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • All your standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Swoyambhunath).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Restricted Area Permit, Conservation Area Permit, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes


  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat)
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.
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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:

  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine).
  • Sunblock SPF 30+.
  • Throat lozenges
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
  • Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters.
  • Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
  • Dextrose glucose tablets.
  • Water treatment tablets.
  • Your prescription medications
  • Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. 
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
•    Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
•    Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not. 
•    Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
•    Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
•    Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
•    Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
•    Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
•    Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
•    Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
•    Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
•    Chest tightness or congestion
•    Confusion
•    Coughing up blood
•    Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
•    Grey or pale complexion
•    Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
•    Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.


High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
•    Breathlessness
•    A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
•    Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
•    Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
•    Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? 
•    Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
•    Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
•    Nausea/vomiting
•    Loss of balance or coordination
•    Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
•    Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
•    Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
•    Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
•    Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
•    Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
•    Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
•    Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.

Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
•    Don’t ascent up rapidly.
•    Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
•    Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
•    Climb high and sleep low.
•    Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
•    Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
•    Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
•    Never leave or descent sick person along.
•    Avoid getting cold.
•    Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
•    Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal. 

Why is Tipping essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Widely considered as one of the most difficult and challenging treks in Nepal
  • Unparalleled experience of the mountain climbing
  • Rich cultural heritage in the region with the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Himalayan Range
  • Challenging opportunity to explore the pristine and untouched beauty of Nepal.

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