Manaslu Circuit, Himalaya

Mountain: Manaslu (8 163 m / 26 782 ft)
Activity type: Hiking
Activity level: Challenging
Elevation: 5 160 m / 16 929 ft
Duration: 15 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 1 500
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Route Name:
Manaslu Circuit, Треккинг к Базовому Лагерю Манаслу, Trekking to the Manaslu Base Camp, Manaslu Base Camp Trek, Треккинг вокруг Манаслу
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Asia, Nepal: (Western Region)
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15 Day(s)
Max. Elevation:
5 160m / 16 929 ft
Vertical Gain:
4 590m / 15 059 ft
155km / 96 miles
Climbing Season(s):
01 Mar-31 May;
01 Sep-30 Nov;
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Asia, Nepal: (Western Region)
Guided Tour

Location: Nepal

Price: $1380
15 Day(s)

Activity type:Hiking

Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate

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    This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The mountain views are sensational. You will visit typical Nepali and Tibetan styled villages during this journey. Highlighted features of this area like natural scenery, high glacier lakes, attractive flora and fauna of the majestic Himalayan range made it one of the best hiking destination. This trek will give you a unique opportunity to explore through Nepal’s untouched regions.
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    The distance of this route is about 15 km. It takes 14-16 days. This route is going around Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) through Karkya La Pass (5160 m) - the highest point of the trek - along the valleys of Budi Gandaki, Dudh Khola and Marsyangdi rivers. The last part of it joins the Annapurna Circuit. This trek is considered to be harder than most "tea-house" treks in Nepal. The trek is remote and has no rescue facilities or opportunities to bail out if you are tired. In many places the walls of the Budhi Gandaki valley are perpendicular, so you cannot walk along the bottom of the valley. The trail is rough and steep and it often literally hangs on a bluff high above the river.
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    You can reach Arughat Bazar from Kathmandu and Pokhara by buses with one or two stops. First you go to Gorkha either by the direct bus from Kathmandu, or through Abu Khaireni from both Kathanmdu or Pokhara. Then you have to take a bus from Gorkha to Arughat Bazar.
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    It's necessary to get 4 charged documents to trek in this area. Three of them are common: Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas Entry Permits and TIMS Card. Entry Permits you can get in Kathmandu (Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, open hours 9 - 17), Pokhara (Nepal Tourism Board, Tourist Service Centre, Pardi Damside, open hours 10 - 17). You'll need 2 passport size photographs, a photo-copy of passport, form filled in, health insurance policy information. This Entry Permit is valid for single entry only and must be carried during the entire trip. Period of staying in the area is not defined. TIMS Card you can also get in NTB of Kathmandu and Pokhara. You'll need 2 passport size photographs and a photo-copy of passport. However, part of this route is close to the border with Tibet, so it's necessary to get Manaslu region special trekking permit. Moreover you can trek in this area only with a licensed nepalese guide and with a group of 2 minimum. You can get special permit only through an accredited trekking agency
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    This trek is suitable for a confident walker with physical robustness. It does not require any special techniques. However the previous trekking experience can be useful.
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    Cellular Network: Yes (Logistics)

    Mobile Internet: No (There is cell coverage in the beginning and in the end of this route (on the Annapurna Circuit). The main part of the route has no cell coverage.)

    The key point of this trek is Larkya La pass (5160 m). It's better to climb it before midday as the weather can become worse at the afternoon. To do so you have to start from Samdo early in the morning, even before dawn. The way to the saddle is long and gentle with few climbs up. You should consider the snow situation when you are planning the day. It can be windy and quite cold on the pass. The route to the saddle is marked with stone pyramids and rods. On the way down from the pass there is a steep descent that can require a rope if it's slippery.

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    Base Camp Elevation: 570 m / 1 870 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: Please update
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Huts only
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Huts only
    Number of Camps: 10
    Avg. Cost: 1 500 USD
    Age Restrictions: 0
    Soloing: Yes
    Descent Route: Same
    Specify descent time: 0 Day(s)
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    Name (Elevation) Description
    Arughat Bazar
    570 m / 1 870 tf
    This village is the starting point of the trek. There is a lovely bridge and the old part, that is located near both sides of the bridge. Hotels and lodges are located on its west side, on the way north towards the trail.
    Soti Khola
    730 m / 2 395 tf
    This is a tiny village where you can have lunch or sleep.
    Machha Khola
    890 m / 2 920 tf
    This is a pleasant village built on the slopes of the hill with several lodging options. This village can definitely be a convenient stopping place for the night. There’s also a "Birthing Clinic” in the village and when the doctor’s here you can get some basic medicine and treatment if needed.
    1 340 m / 4 396 tf
    This relatively central village is the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area, where permits a checked. There is an elementary school where 70 children from the nearby villages get their education. It will impress you with its slate-paved streets. There’s a campsite in the lower part of the village while at least two lodges are located in its upper part.
    1 590 m / 5 217 tf
    This village is built on the mountain slope and its several lodges are located in the lower part. It is recommended to climb up the village and enjoy its houses and surrounding fields and scenery. There is the MCAP office. It also has a secondary school including accommodation for 300 children, supported by the Japanese.
    1 860 m / 6 102 tf
    The village itself is located on the mountain slope high above the trail, while the trail goes through a "lodges complex”.
    2 540 m / 8 333 tf
    This village feels touristic, although not so much as Deng. There’s one lodge and campsite right on the "village square” and several others. There are great views of the Shringi and Ganesh Himals to the west.
    3 180 m / 10 433 tf
    This is such a beautiful village with their typical Tibetan culture. It is dominated by a large Gompa, that includes a home for more than 150 children that get their education here. The Gompa and its dormitories are located on the slopes of a hill above the village. The top of the hill is a recommended viewpoint to the first (and may be the best) view of Mount Manaslu. There are several campsites and lodges.
    3 390 m / 11 122 tf
    It is a lovely village, where houses are aligned in rows along a small river and face nice courtyards. The fields are located on both sides of the village above its houses level. Lodges are located north of the village, and they are full of action especially during the Manaslu climbing expeditions periods. In the afternoon you can enjoy walking through the village and see their interesting culture. You can see the view of Himal Chuli (7893 m), Ngadi Chuli (7879 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and other peaks.
    Pungyen Gompa
    4 050 m / 13 287 tf
    It is located at the end of a vast grassy plateau surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This is one of the best places to get a view of Mount Manaslu and its surroundings. The Gompa includes a small prayer hall and some monk dormitories built into the mountain. There are no accommodation facilities here but it looks like a tempting place for camping.
    Manaslu Base Camp
    4 400 m / 14 436 tf
    Manaslu Base Camp is the first of a series of camps used by climbing expeditions to Manaslu. During the climbing seasons, the place is packed with tents, equipment, guides, porters and expedition members either anxious before the climb or exhausted after a climb. The surrounding mountain scenery is breath taking.
    3 690 m / 12 106 tf
    This is a tiny lovely village located just under the majestic Samdo peak (6335 m) and the Samdo glacier. Its clustered houses are nestled behind a ridge. An afternoon walk to a viewpoint on the Pana Danda or towards Samdo Peak will offer the finest views of Manaslu.
    4 460 m / 14 633 tf
    This is a wide gradual mountain slope with campsite and a lodge. The lodge was renovated in 2011 and now equipped with several double rooms and a well equipped kitchen. Short walks can lead to better views of the Larkya (6249 m) and other peaks.
    Larkya La Pass
    5 160 m / 16 929 tf
    This is the Pass in the northwestern ridge of Manaslu (Larkya Himal). Its northeastern side is gentle with a minor climb up to the saddle.
    3 590 m / 11 778 tf
    This scenic village offers good views of Manaslu’s NE face. It is a surprising spot (a huge meadow) located in an almost impossible place between Bhimtang glacier and the slopes of Larkya Himal range. New trekking lodges are being built here.
    2 515 m / 8 251 tf
    This village is stretched along the trail. It takes about 20 minutes from the moment you enter the village till you get to the other edge of the village.
    1 700 m / 5 577 tf
    Tal is a beautiful village, mainly lodges, but also some old houses. Here the valley widens, but it's surrounded with forbidding clifs. Behind the village is a huge waterfall which makes nice photos together with the horses, Tal is famous for.
    1 300 m / 4 265 tf
    Jagat has a community mainly of Tamang and Gurung. There are many lodges and restaurants.
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    On September 25th polish ski-mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel reached the summit of Manaslu for 14 hours and 05 minutes from the Base Camp. The descent took him almost half of ascension time so the round trip time was 21 hours and 14 minutes. Andrzej Bargiel had surpassed the speed records of previous   ... Read more
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Day 1

Arughat Bazar - Arkhet Bazar - Soti Khola. he route from Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola is quite nice. It passes several villages of different culture.

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Day 2

Soti Khola – Machha Khola. The trail continues on the west bank of the deeply incised valley of Budhi Gandaki river and undulates over ridges, passing waterfalls on a steep trail sometimes clinging to the side of a cliff. It then drops to the rice paddies and climb again to the attractive Gurung village of Labubesi. The valley opens out and the trail drops onto gravel banks and then rises to the village of Machha (Fish) Khola above the river – with good views of the 7,000m Ganesh Himal.

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Day 3

Machha Khola – Dobhan. The narrow trail follows moderate ups and downs, or drops to the gravel bar before crossing the Thado Khola and following a rocky ravine to Khorlabesi. After more ups and downs there is a small hot spring at Tatopani. The trail then climbs a ridge before crossing to the east bank of the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. A good staircase leads to a landslide before a final ridge to Dobhan.

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Day 4

Dobhan – Philim. The trail follows the east bank to a 93m suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, then climbs stone stairs up and back to the Budhi Gandaki. Here it crosses to the west bank of the river, climbs a ridge and follows the river gently upwards to the old village of Jagat: entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area. Then it descends to Sirdibas (entrance to the Manaslu border area, where special permit is checked). Another suspension bridge leads to the east bank, where the trail climbs up to Philim (about 100 m), a prosperous Gurung village.

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Day 5

Philim – Deng. The trail signposted to the Larkya La leads from Philim to Ekle Bhatti through attractive forest. Then it traverses high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees and the drops to a trail junction at New Bridge. The right hand trail leads to the Tsum Valley. The trail of this trek crosses the Budhi Gandaki and enter its narrow gorge on an up-and-down trail with river crossings. After a suspension bridge the trail enters bamboo forest and rises to the village of Deng.

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Day 6

Deng – Namrung. Beyond Deng the trail goes through the forest and then drops down to the Budhi Gandaki and crosses it. On the east bank it climbs to Rana and then up to Bihi Phedi. The trail continues in and out of canyons and through dense forests with little habitation. After crossing the Serang Khola it rises steeply, then traverses above the river (now in a deep gorge) before undulating through forest to the fields of Ghap. A bridge crosses the river to the south bank where it thunders down a gorge and beyond which the forest thins and the trail becomes easier. Further upstream, the Budhi is joined by the substantial Tum Khola flowing in a deep gorge. The trail then crosses the river twice before climbing steeply through bamboo and rhododendron forest to Namrung.

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Day 7

Namrung – Lho. The trail continues through forest to Lihi, a village with great views of Himal Chuli to the south. The trail then drops and crosses a side-valley and the Hinang Khola (where a trail leads south to the Himal Chuli BC). Beyond the bridge it rises sharply to the village of Sho. And then there is a final steep pull to the ridge and the large village of Lho. There are spectacular views of Manaslu and surrounding peaks.

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Day 8

Lho – Samagaon. The Budi Gandaki now flows far below in the valley. Then the trail drops to cross a bridge over the tributary of Budi Gandaki and follows upwards through shady pine forests. Then a short climb to a plateau and the sadly deforested village of Shyala. Huge mountains surround it. Further on, the trail crosses a bridge over the Numla Khola that drains the Pungyen Glacier from Manaslu (there is a trail to Pungyen gompa). In some time the trail goes down to the village of Samagaon.

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Day 9

Rest and Exploration day: Samagaon – Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp. The village itself is worth exploring. Also there are two one-day routes for better adaptation: towards the Manaslu Base Camp (about 10 hours) or towards the Pung Gyen Gompa (about 12 gours).

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Day 10

Samagaon – Samdo. The trail descends to the Budhi Gandaki, that has turned north, and passes the lake and Base Camp trail. The valley begins to widen. This is an easy trail along a shelf above the river through juniper and birch forests that surround Kermo Kharka. Further on, the trail drops to cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge before climbing steeply onto a promontory above the confluence of the river with the Mayol Khola to the village of Samdo.

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Day 11

Samdo – Dharamsala. A wide gentle trail passes fields of wheat, prayer flags and then descends to the river, crosses a wooden bridge and climbs upwards, over two streams, before the first sight of the Larkya Glacier. Now it works its way around and up the valley of the Salka Khola before climbing up to the stone guest house on the Larkya La Phedi named Dharamsala.

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Day 12

Dharamsala – Larkya La (5160 m) – Bimthang. The trail along the northern moraine of the Larkya Glacier is not difficult but is long and rocky. From Dharamsala, it rises gently to a ridge followed by a long gentle climb to the moraine. A short climb leads to an ablation valley followed by a drop to pass four frozen lakes, before a gradual ascent up the glacial moraine that becomes steeper on the final pull to the summit. The descent begins from the top of the moraine near a deep gully, beyond which it drops steeply on long loose scree slopes above the Salpudanda Glacier. Later this eases onto grassy moraines beyond a rock fall around Tabuche Kharka to more level, grassy slopes. It then follows a lateral moraine into the widening valley that leads to the village of Bimthang.

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Day 13

Bimthang – Gho. A further descent goes through beautiful forests and offers splendid views. The trail begins with a climb onto the lateral moraine above Bimthang, a walk along its crest, a drop to cross the glacier, then up to enter pristine rhododendron and pine forest. Then it descends rapidly along the right bank of the Dudh Khola. Beyond Karche is a flood related landslide, more terraced fields and a steep ridge climb before dropping to the first substantial village of Gho.

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Day 14

Gho – Tal. A nice trail leads to the village of Tilje. Then it crosses to the left bank of the river before descending rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley through scrub forest. Beyond Thonje the trail returns to the right bank and then climbs to cross the Marsyangdi Khola on a suspension bridge before joining the new road along the main Annapurna Circuit. Turn left for Dharapani. Further south, cross back to the left bank and old trail, and climb away from the river to the delightful village of Tal.

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Day 15

Tal – Jagat. From here you descend to cross a bridge over the river to meet the road from where a bus or jeep can be taken to Besi Sahar. Or you can take alternative trails (avoiding the road) and reach the village Jagat and only then take a bus or a jeep.

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