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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Alpine Club of Himalaya - 16 days

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
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> Go around Mount Manaslu
> Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most important Hindu temple
> Cultural and historical experience
Experience Tibetan culture

The strenuous trek around 8156m Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain, is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Its opening for tourists was in 1991.

Although Larkya La (5100m), the high pass in this region, is not difficult to cross, the trek around Manaslu is harder than most other routes, since, in many places, the walls of the Buri Gandaki Valley are perpendicular. Because of this, there are many wasted up and down climbs over the ridges or onto shelves to bypass cliffs. Moreover the trail is rough and steep and it often literally hangs on a bluff high above the river. This is why this trek is not suggested to those who have the slightest fear of heights.

Most of the trek around Manaslu is in a region of strong Tibetan influence as the people here are direct successors of Tibetan immigrants, who settled here in early 1600s. The best time to visit the region is from March to May, in Spring, and September to December during the winter.


Day 01 – Drive to Arughat Bazar (600m)

Although today will not be start of the actual trek, we will already be driving to Arughat Bazar, the starting point of our adventure. The drive will be interesting and spending your warming up in Arughat will be worth it.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Soti Khola (710m)

To begin trekking from Arughat, we turn west across the bridge over the Buri Gandaki. We pass the stone buildings of the hydroelectric power plant and walk through fields of rice and millet to Maltar. We continue our trek through forests full of monkeys to Sante Bazar with a view of Sringi Himal (7187m) up the valley. Now the trail becomes more difficult as the trail crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge and we pass through Arkhet (760m) to a stone paved trail that climbs through fields and descends to a high, cascading waterfall to make a long, steep slog up a ridge to Kyopani, a small Magar and Gurung village at an altitude of 820m . From here the trail descends to Soti Khola where there is a good swimming spot and where you can enjoy waterfalls.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Trek to Machha Khola (900m)

Today we will reach Salleri after climbing a rocky ridge and then we continue our way towards Sirdibas. We trek onwards to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream over a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim. From the lower points of the village, the trail turns north and through leveled trails amidst maize fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch. We then continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we shall spend the night.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Jagat (1410m)

Now the trail crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and then reaches Khorlabesi where we find fields full of tobacco, wheat and buckwheat. The valley is extremely steep and the trail climbs over a small ridge and again after having climbed steeply we descend and after more ups and downs we reach a small trailside hot spring from where the route takes us to Tatopani (930m). From this hot spring the trail climbs over another ridge and then crosses the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge from where we climb a staircase that takes us across a landslide and over a ridge where we reach the village of Doban (1000m). Now, crossing a long suspension bridge and then a big landslide we find ourselves atop a ridge from where the trail descends and makes us reach Yaru Khola (1330m). Here we cross a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and after ups and downs on stone stairs we reach Tharo Bhanjyang. Now we cross the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, climb over a ridge and trek along the river for a while before ascending to the compact village of Jagat.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Ekle Bhatti (3180m)

From Jagat we go quite a distance upstream before we cross the suspension bridge and climb over a ridge to the small settlement of Salleri (1440m). As we continue up along the side of a cliff we have good views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m), where a decrepit stone kani and several mani walls indicate that the trail is now entering a region of Tibetan influence, although the people are still Gurungs. Now the trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola from where the trail continues to cross the bridge and climbs up to the large Gurung village of Philim (1590m) with its corn and millet fields. The trail turns north and stays fairly level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Overnight at tented camp.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Deng (1800m)

Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route takes us to a steep, uninhabited gorge. Crossing through grassy slopes dotted with pine trees and then the blue metal bridge over Buri Gandaki River, trekking along river banks and climbing over ridges and descend to the river, the trail takes us on a pleasant trek through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola until we finally reach the Gurung village of Deng.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Ghap (2160m)

After again crossing the Buri Gandaki we reach the north bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and climbing on steps past a waterfall and crossing two streams the trail darts in and out of two ravines, then climbs high above the river before dropping into the Sringi valley. We cross the Sringi Khola at 1990m on a funky suspension bridge, then climb steeply and traverse the Buri Gandaki where it flows between vertical rock walls. The trail now makes more ups and downs in forests, passing a mani wall, and then turns a corner and continues to Ghap. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings that depict the Buddha in various meditative poses, as well as the Tibetan saint Milarepa.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Trek to Lhogaon (3180m)

Our route cuts across fields and heads into the woods, passes three streams in a forest of big firs alive with birds, including the National bird of Nepal Danphe. On the north side of the river is the Tom Khola which flows in a deep gorge from Tibet. We ascend alongside the river past two long mani walls to a waterfall and then we climb over a large rock to avoid one big mud hole, and then continue up through deep forests of fir and rhododendron. In the middle of the forest is a wooden bridge that spans the Buri Gandaki at 2240m crossing which is made more exciting by mist rising up from the valley and the lack of handrails on the bridge. The trail takes us to a big rock cave and crosses the river again on another wooden bridge at 2510m under the watchful eyes of a tribe of grey langur monkeys. Now the trail takes us to a long serious climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests, finally entering Namrung (2660m) through a stone archway. Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and people dress in Tibetan style wraparound cloak. We climb past mani wall and fields to reach Basram, then up through the forests of firs, rhododendrons and oaks to a promontory. Now the trail passes through a stone arch and wheat fields to reach Lihi (2900m). From here we make a long sweep into a wooded canyon and cross the Hinan Khola on a double span cantilever bridge to reach Sho (2960m). The views now start to get spectacular. Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m) appear at the head of the valley. The trail crosses the small ravine and wheat fields to reach the small settlement of Shrip and climbing past a small stream we reach the village of Lhogaon with a gompa and spectacular views of Manaslu.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Samagaon (3530m)

Now we descend and cross the bridge of Damonan Khola, and then ascend again. From here we take the right hand trail that follows the north fork of the stream up for a long distance through damp forests on either muddy or icy ground and finally reach a plateau at Shyaula (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m)and Manaslu. Crossing a desolated area of acres of blackened stumps of trees we cross a ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang Khola, then descend onto a rock strewn moraine and cross through boulders and fields to reach Samagaon that has a large village gompa and crops grown are only potatoes and barley.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Trek to Samdo (3860m)

Hiking west beside the stream we head for the Kargyu Chholing Gompa climbing up to many buildings and residences. This is a Nyingma gompa with eight separate temple buildings out of which the biggest one is Pemba Chholing Gompa which houses a large statue of Guru Rinpoche. Now the Larkya La trail passes through several mani walls and juniper and birch forests and the stone huts at Kermo Kharka. Then it gets rougher as it reaches a ridge where yak trains have trotted the trail into mush and then we drop off the shelf, cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply between two forks of river and eventually we reach Samdo, nestled behind a ridge.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Larkya Phedi (4480m)

From Samdo we descend on a wide gentle trail past many fields to a large mani wall and stone archway to cross a wooden bridge at 3850m. A fine, old mani wall marks the start of the climb to Larkya La. We climb gently through tundra and juniper opposite the huge Larkya Glacier that drops from Manaslu North. Staying high on the ridge to the right we find a trail that crosses the top of two large ravines from where the trail gets steeper and climbs the side of a ridge to about 4000m, where there is a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge. We climb in and out of the gorge and contour to the only shelter on the route before the pass, Larkya Rest House at Larkya Phedi.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Trek to Bimtang (3720m) via Larkya Pass (5100m)

Starting early in the morning we head for long gentle climb beside a moraine. We cross a small ridge, descend a bit to a lake and keep climbing the ridge until we reach the top of the moraine at 4690m. Crossing rough and indistinct steep and grassy slopes and descending to four frozen lakes, we make the final steep climb to the Larkya La from where the views are tremendous. The peaks to the west of the pass are Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Now the descent begins along the top of a moraine to the west, then drops steeply and traverses scree slopes to a long set of steep, rough switchbacks. If there is snow we will have to fix a rope on the steepest stretch. Once off the top the trail crosses the moraine and descends more gently to a final long, steep, slippery descent on loose gravel to Taubuche (4450m) from where the easy trail descends through grassy moraine to a small meadow and a spring at 4080m. Now the trails turns a corner, the valley becomes larger and we head down to a large meadow, a mani wall at Bimtang which is a huge valley rounded by high peaks and we might hear many avalanches during the night.Very exciting.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Trek to Tilje

The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, on a wooden bridge. We climb over the side of the moraine and descend into a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430m). Now that the trail descends, switchbacking down to a fork of the Dudh Khola, it follows the river through forests to a herders hut at 3030m and finally reaches Karache (2700m). We cross through fields to make a steep climb over a decorated ridge, while the river loops around in “S” shape below and then we reach the village of Gho (2560m) from where the trail continues through fields, over a clear stream and rhododendron and oak forests and staying on the north bank of Dukh Khola we climb over a small ridge to reach the Gurung village of Tilje.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Syange

We leave the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. As the trail descends through scrub forests, the wall of the Marsyangdi Valley looms larger. We cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola at 1930m and climb up through an arch and mani wall to reach the village of Thonje from where we turn left, cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to get to Dharapani (1920m) from where we descend to another village: Karte (1850m). Descending past fields and a lot of bamboo and rhododendrons we reach Chamje (1410m) and we move downhill again to find ourselves at the village of Jagat and finally we reach Syange. Overnight at tented camp.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 – Trek to Bhulbule

Descending downhill following through the Marsyangdi Khola south into villages with rice terraces we reach Bhulbule crossing the Brahmin settlement of Bahundanda (1270m) which is an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge and the village of Ngadi (900m) respectively.

Accommodation: Tented camp
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 – Drive to Kathmandu

From Bhulbule we drive back to Kathmandu. This is a leisure day which can be utilized for buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join a farewell party reviewing great photos and sharing experiences of the trip. Staying at a hotel is optional and can be booked separately.

Food: Breakfast



√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company will be able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Drive Kathmandu – Arughat Bazar and Bhulbhule – Kathmandu
Our transport from Kathmandu to the starting point of our trek and from the endpoint back to Kathmandu will be by private car or a van.

√ Staying in Tented Camps during Trek
During the trek, we will stay in basic tented camps. You will be comfortable, but do not expect too many luxuries.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√ Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Alpine Club of Himalaya kitbag and t-shirt
We provide you with an Alpine Club of Himalaya branded kitbag and a t-shirt. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√ Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.


× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.



During the trek we stay in tented camps. These are equipped in such a way that you are provided with all the basics to make your stay as comfortable as possible.



Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.



Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Click here for a complete training schedule to prepare you for your adventure.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card
in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max
8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication – Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics – Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Alpine Club Himalaya

Alpine Club of Himalaya

Alpine Club of Himalaya is a trekking and tour company run by a group of enthusiastic tourism professionals. For over two decades, we have been helping travelers from around the globe make their dreams come true at the foothills or at the peaks of The Himalayas, Nepal.

Whether you wish to scale the world’s greatest mountain ranges at 7,000m, 8,000m, or below 7,000m, or you wish to start with less demanding base camp treks such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Region Trek, or treks in many other regions, our experienced trekking and climbing guides are ever ready to help you reach your goal.

Review by puiy2e from Malaysia (16-05-2018)

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“Excellent experience with the Alpine Club of Himalaya team. A big thank you to Mr. Sujan and his team for their very professional service and arrangement for the whole trekking trip. Not to forget the trekking guides and porters for attending to our needs and taking very good care of us along the journey. A big gratitude to the Alpine team!”


Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way, you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek, there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

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After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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