Manaslu Circuit is one of the popular restricted area trekking trails situated at the north-west region of Nepal, attracting thousands of travelers each year to find the adventure on Larkya La Pass while witnessing the grand view of world 8th highest Manaslu (8163m). Opened in 1992 for foreigners, this route became popular since the development of road construction on starting section of Annapurna Circuit, which is also an ending point for Manaslu trek.
Manaslu trekking is an excellent opportunity to observe the long-preserved isolated lifestyle of people and their cultural values by visiting the old ancient monasteries and being part of hospitality provided by local people. It is well-appreciated trekking route and regarded as one of the best choices to experience the blend of nature and culture with awe-inspiring adventure.
“Manaslu” means “mountain of the spirit”, derived from Sanskrit language and giving the meaning of “intellect” or “soul”. It was first ascent on 1956 by Japanese Expedition team and also considered as “Japanese Mountain”
Trekking to Manaslu starts with scenic countryside drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and gentle hike towards Lapubesi crossing long suspension bridge and beautiful waterfalls on the following day. We will pass through the beautiful village of Magar and Gurung tribes watching the view of Mt. Ganesh Himal and continue to natural hot-spring at “Tatopani” to relax our ached muscles. We enter the Manaslu restricted area at Jagat and walk pass many Gurung villages and old ancient Buddhist monasteries of the region. With the little change in the vegetation and landscapes, the gradual rise of altitude can be felt as the trek continues to Sama Gaon.
After exploring the ancient old Buddhist monasteries and capturing the images of beautiful landscapes, we continue to ascend towards the Larkya La Pass (5210m), a grand adventure with majestic views of the stunning snow capped peaks. Now, we start to descend and meet the trails of Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani village. We take a local jeep drive from Dharapani to Bhulbhule and stay overnight before we drive to Kathmandu.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 2Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation Day for Trekking Drive: 3-4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600m / 1995 ft) Drive: 6-7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Arughat to Lapubesi (884m / 2900 ft) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Lapubesi to Doban (1070m / 3510 ft) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Dobhan to Philim (1570m / 5151 ft) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Philim to Ghap (2400m / 7874 ft) Walk: 6 – 6.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Ghap to Lho Gaon (3180m / 10433 ft) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3530m / 11581 ft) Walk: 4 – 4.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Rest and Excursion day at Sama Gaon Walk: 5.5 –6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3875m / 12713 ft) Walk: 5 – 5.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m / 14633 ft) Walk: 4 – 4.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Cross Larkya la pass (5160m / 16929 ft) and descend to Bhimtang (3590m / 11778 ft) Walk: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1963m / 6440 ft) Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Drive from Dharapani to Bhulbhule (840m / 2756 ft) Drive: 2 – 3 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L,
Day 16Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 7-8 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 17Final Departure | Rest Day at Kathmandu Valley | Other Travel Plan
I went on the Manaslu Trek with Archaic Nepal and I was extremely happy and pleased with the service provided. Milan, the owner, is very helpful and supports the planning of the trek and tailors everything to your needs. He is an experienced guide himself and knows all the treks by heart and gives valuable recommendations. And he is a very nice guy speaking perfect English. Our guide, Om Prakash Pun, was exactly what we wished for and a lot of fun too. Whenever I plan to go back to Nepal - my first stop will be Archaic Nepal.
Christian Schanz, Germany
Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that trip is safely coursed. We truly understand the essentiality of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
Room to Customize
Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the average level of fitness of travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time and budget plan of travelers. There is always a room for customization of the given standard itinerary if it does not meet your way of interest and then please pass your opinion. You may want to stay in Kathmandu by yourself or maybe do sightseeing around by yourself; we will give you more information to do it by yourself if you ask us.
We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling. It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.
We, ourselves feel that the group size of maximum 12 pax is an ideal size to run the trip. However, we have also arranged the plan for large students groups, employee groups and able to organize such trip for groups upon request. All of our trekking plans are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey.