The trek around the world's 8th highest mountain, Manaslu (8,153m/26,748 ft.) is by many experts regarded as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal. Up until 2013, it was only possible to do the "Manaslu Circuit" as a group trek in tented camps and with a large logistical setup with porters and a kitchen team. Now it is become possible to do it as an individual teahouse trek - at a great price. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience the real and authentic Nepal - especially because compared to Annapurna, Everest and Langtang, there are far fewer tourists here.
The route around Manaslu follows the lush Bhuri Gandaki valley up to the high alpine tibetan villages of Sama and Samdo. Here you will meet the tibetan Bhotias people and hike up to Manaslu Base Camp, before you cross over the Larkya La Pass, (5,135m/16,847 ft.). Here you are only a few miles from the tibetan border and completely surrounded by the Himalayan giants. From the pass you head down south through the subtropical Marshyangdi Valley, where you will meet the Gurung people.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening there's a pre-trek info meeting with your guide.
Today you will have the opportunity to see Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast you will be shown around the town where, among other things, you can see the famous Hindu temple Pasupatinath dedicated to the god Shiva and which is located on the banks of the holy river Bagmati. Built in pagoda style with beautiful carved silver doors, this is one of the most sacred temples in the Hindu culture. The Pasupatinath Temple is the destination of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world under Shivaratri (Hindu festival celebrating the god Shiva god). Only Hindus are allowed to enter the central courtyard of the temple. Tourists must therefore "settle" with seeing the temple from the opposite bank of the Bagmati River.
If you follow the banks of the river, you will find the Guheshwori Temple (also known as Akash Yogini), which lies on top of a hill and is surrounded by forest. The Guheshwori Temple, like Pasupatina, is also a fixed part of the pilgrim's route and inside the temple there's an altar dedicated to the god Parbati (Shiva's spouse).
The excursion also allows you to see the Nepali Hindu cremation rituals, which are practiced in public at the Bagmati River's shore.
Then you continue to the Buddhist temple of Bouddhanth, which is the largest Stupa (Buddhist ground hill) in South Asia and the center of Buddhism in Nepal. The old and huge Stupa was built in the 7th century by King Man Dab during the Lichhabi dynasty. The stupa rests on three large terraces and from above it takes the form of a lotus flower. The lotus flower has a particularly sacred significance in the Buddhist faith.
Lunch is served after the visit. Subsequently, the trip goes on to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. The city is known for its large squares, beautiful temples (Nyatpola and Dattatraya) and the beautiful "Palace of Fiftyfive Windows". The city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After an early breakfast, the trip goes to Sotikhola, the entrance to Manaslu trekking paths. The drive on the Nepalese highways runs through Nepal's central mountains and offers stunning countryside views. You will also pass several small towns and villages, where you will get an insight into the life in the countryside in Nepal. The tour continues up the beautiful River Trishuli towards Sotikhola via Arughat Bazar.
Today, the trek to the Manaslu region starts. The tour begins with a walk on a flat area along the Budhi Gandaki River and further into a forest area, before it seriously starts going upwards. The route passes beautiful waterfalls, terraced rice fields and the gorgeous village of Labubeshi (where the Gurung people live). After approx. 6 hours of hiking in the Nepalese mountain landscape, the day's trek ends in Maccha Khola.
As the valley slopes become steeper, the cultivated landscape ceases and there are very few fields left on the valley sides. You follow the river, which rides through some steep cliffs, to the hot springs in Tatopani. There are several small villages in this part of the valley inhabited by the Gurung people, whose religion is Hinduism. It is a spectacular area to walk around in, with waterfalls and swinging suspension bridges stretched over the rushing river. By mid-afternoon you walk into Jagat, (1,430m/4,691 ft.). Jagat is an exciting little town with its characteristic houses. The village serves as a trading center for the surrounding valleys and has many small shops, a health center, a police checkpoint and a postal office.
Today is the third day of the trekking adventure in the Manaslu region. Today's destination is Philim - a trip that takes about 5 hours. After leaving Jagat, you'll walk towards the Salleri Village. If the weather is good, you can experience a fantastic view of the Sringi Himal. After crossing Salleri, the route leads steeply up and down the mountain trail to the peaceful village of Sirdibas. To exit Sirdibas, a suspension bridge must be crossed, after which the route goes steeply up towards Philim.
The day presents a 6 hour trek from Philim to Bihi. The first part of the trek takes you through a relatively flat landscape at Ekle Bhatti, after which you'll head downhill towards the intersection of two trekking routes - Tsum Valley trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek. From here you continue (via the Manusla route) past the villages of Nyak and Deng, after which the route goes steeply up towards today's destination, Bihi.
Enjoy the beautiful views from Bihi over Kutang Himal before today's 6 hour trek to Namrung village begins. Today's route takes you through an area with a distinct Buddhist touch. You will see Mani walls, Chhortens and bedflag along the way. Once you have passed the village of Ghap, it is not long till today's destination, the Namrung village.
I løbet af dagens relativt korte 4-timers trek mod Lho village, passerer I for første gang en højde på over 3000 meter. Trekket starter tidligt om morgenen fra Namrung mod Lihi village, som byder på smukke udsigter over Sinmang Himal og Naike Peak. Herfra går ruten stejlt opad mod Shyo. Som kompensation for det hårde opadgående trek, kan I trøste jer ved at udsigterne gradvist bliver mere og mere spektakulære. Dagens trek slutter i Lho village, hvor der overnattes.
The day offers a 5 hour hike through the beautiful mountains. First, you head downwards and then begins a long, tough upward hike to Shyala. Along the way, you will see some of the most scenic views of one of the most isolated but most beautiful areas of the Himalayas - the Nubri Valley. Today's destination is Samagaun, a secluded area that offers some truly incredible mountain views.
To acclimatize, you will spend an extra day here in Samagaun. Today you'll hike in the nearby Kharka area (4400m / 14,435ft.), where you can enjoy the view of Lake Birendra, as well as the surrounding mountains. The walking time will in total be approx. 4 hours, and you can use the rest of the day as you like. The surrounding mountains and trees provide the perfect setting for relaxing and acclimatizing. If you have a lot of energy, there are ample opportunities to discover the Samagaun area, where you again stay overnight.
After a day of relaxation in Samagaun, the trip continues towards Samdo. The trek starts early in the day, takes you past Karmo Kharka and on towards Samdo. Along the way, you can see yaks and donkey trains that transport goods to and from the surrounding areas. Once you reach Samdo - after about 5 hours of hiking - you will enjoy the view of Samdo Peak and the Pangboche Himal Stay.
Today, the trek goes to Dharamshala, which also goes by the name Larke Phedi. This is the base for the famous Larke La pass. The approximately 5 hour walk goes through a barren, but beautiful terrain, which offers fantastic views of the snow-capped mountains. From here you will be able to see the northern side of Mount Manaslu.
Today will be the highlight of the trek - both in the literal and the transferred sense. You will be crossing the Larke La Pass - the tour's highest point at 5160 meters (16,929ft.) above sea level. The trek starts early in the morning from Dharamshala and leads up through winding mountain paths with absolutely incredible views of the mountains. At Larke La pass (which in English is called "Victory Hill") you can see the mountain tops of Himlung Himal, Gyaji Kang, Pang Phuchi, Annapurna II, Kang Guru, Namjung Himal and many others.
After enjoying the scenic views from the Larke La pass, the trip goes downhill. The first downward section is relatively easy, but after about 30 minutes, it becomes extremely steep, so it's important to be extremely careful. The steep route and the breaks to see the mountain views may mean that it may take up to 8 hours to reach Bimthang.
Today, we trek from Bimthang to Tiliche. You will still be able to see the views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and others. The route passes Sangure Kharka and Dudh Khola, crosses over a suspension bridge and heads on to a forest area. Along the way you will pass the Gho village before you reach the Tiliche village, where you stay overnight.
Today's trek starts early in the morning with Jagat as the destination. After approx. 6 hours of trekking through the beautiful mountain landscape you reach Jagat, where you will spend the night. Here you will have time for a well-deserved celebration of your recently completed Himalayan adventure in Manaslu. Enjoy it!
Today you are driven back to Kathmandu. The trip takes about 9 hours, and along the way, you pass river banks and various small towns and villages. After check-in at the hotel, there is time to relax and / or explore Kathmandu.
Today your guides offer a tour to experience Kathmandu's local life and culture. The tour is on foot and shows historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks in Kathmandu. You will see the local market Ason, a glass bead market at Indrachowk, the oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, the "hidden" Stupa and more.
After this charming little tour through Kathmandu's hidden treasures, head over to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Durbar Square is famous for its historical, cultural and religious traditions. Here you will see the living goddess Kumari's temple. The walk through Durbar Square offers a perfect blend of culture, history, art, architecture and traditions. After the trip there is time to relax before returning home tomorrow.
So the adventure ends. You will be driven to the airport by your guide three hours before departure. Have a safe trip home!
The price is based on you spending the night in a double room. It is not possible to go on this trip alone.
On this trip you have local guides and porters leading and supporting you. Your guides speak English, they are experts in the area, and have done the trip many times before.
Please note that transportation to and from Kathmandu is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
In Kathmandu, breakfast is included, but you need to buy the other meals yourself. Meals during the trek are not included in the price, but you can opt for "all meals during the trek" when booking the holiday.
If you select 'All meals on the trek'
(this can be selected when booking the trip or later from your "My holiday" page)
You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea and coffee. In addition, you get hot drinks three times a day. It is expected that you eat at the teahouse, where you spend the night. Lunch is had on the way, when it fits. There is good food served at the teahouses and the menu cards are pretty much the same at all the teahouses. You can buy fresh bottled water at all the teahouses, as well as hot tea, coffee, cocoa, beer and soft drinks.
In Kathmandu you will stay at centrally located tourist class hotels. Breakfast is included.
On the trek you will sleep in small local teahouses, or lodges, as they are called in Nepal. The lodges are small guesthouses run by local families. The quality varies, and our guides strive to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be prepared for the conditions to be relatively primitive. You will usually find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude, so you must bring your own sleeping bag on the trek. At some places it is possible to get a hot shower, which typically means a bucket of hot water. Remember to ask, whether the water has been heated by solar energy, so that we can help protect the vulnerable forest growth.
A typical trekking day begins with a morning wake-up call at 6.30 - 7am.
When you have gotten dressed and had your breakfast, you pack your luggage and start trekking at about 8.30 am. It is important that you walk at your own pace and take the breaks you need.
At approx. 11.30am - 12.00pm you will have a nice long lunch break for about an hour before you continue on the afternoon's hike.
You arrive at the accommodation in the afternoon and after you have gotten your room, there is plenty of time to relax, experience the village, or read a good book. Dinner is served between 6-7pm and you choose the meal from the menu yourself.
The local currency is called rupee (NPR). In Kathmandu, there are many ATMs where you can withdraw money, as well as exchange booths, where cash dollars and euros can be exchanged. We recommend that you withdraw / exchange the appropriate amount of money for the trekking trip before leaving Kathmandu. At most teahouses, only rupees are accepted.
There is a tradition of giving tips in Nepal. At restaurants, around 10% of the bill is rounded up. There is also a tradition of giving tips to guides and porters. You should prepare about 90-100 US dollars for that purpose. The tour guide gathers the group's tips together in an envelope and distributes it between the Nepalese team.
It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.
Remember to bring along 3 passport photos for the visa (if it is possible for you to obtain it at arrival) and the trekking permit.
We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.
When you've booked your trip, you will receive all the practical information and a packing list for the trip.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
The best seasons for trekking in the Everest region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clears up by sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold in high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.
In the mountains, the temperature varies greatly depending on the height and time of day. In the middle of the day, it can easily be warm in even at great altitude (4,500 - 5,000m/14.750 - 16.400 ft.) with up to 20°C/273K. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically, and it can be - 10°C/263K at night at the same elevation.