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With 8 out of 14 world’s eight-thousanders, Nepal soars high above the rest of the world. Luckily, the Manaslu Circuit is still a well-kept secret—and trekking this off-beaten trail gathers all the highlights of other popular treks, but with way less people. Starting from the subtropical jungle, you’ll pass through Himalayan foothills until you reach the steep and rocky Larkya La pass at 5,106 m (16,752 ft) with a fantastic view of the Manaslu. As an added bonus, immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture and tradition by staying at tea houses and visiting monasteries. It’d be a shame to miss out on the colorful jumble that is Kathmandu, so you’ll spend some time exploring its bustling streets, admiring UNESCO-protected sites, or relishing quintessential Nepalese cuisine.

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  • The 8th tallest mountain in the world

    Witness the grandness of Manaslu and get to know Nepalese rich cultural heritage

  • Restricted region

    Trekking in Nepal isn’t allowed without an expert guide by your side and a special hiking permit

  • No roads between towns

    This results in a slightly higher-cost, but promises a significantly more immersive backcountry hiking experience

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Itinerary

Nepal is a climber’s dream, but you can make it come true by joining the 16-day Manaslu Circuit tour. Lucky for you, this circuit is still far less trekked than some other trails in the country—this only means you’re getting a more authentic Himalayan experience through more remote parts of the mountain. There’s not enough space for us to list all the different alpine and tropical landscapes, vegetation, and animals you’ll encounter, so here are some showstoppers: Budhi Gandaki gorge with turquoise-hued waters and waterfalls, Himalayan blue pine forests, and mighty herds of yaks. You’ll stop for meals and overnight stays in rustic tea houses, so you’re really getting 2 for the price of 1: views of celestial, snow-capped peaks and a cultural experience of the traditional way of life.

  • Begin your journey in Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city. Meet your guides at the Tribhuvan International Airport and get transferred to your hotel. You’ll have some time to rest before heading out for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of the city. This is a chance to get to know your guides and fellow travelers. You’ll also have a briefing and a detailed discussion of the trekking plan. After dinner, head back to your hotel for the night.
    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,593 ft

    Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
  • Today you’re exploring the many historical and heritage sites of Kathmandu, such as the Hindu pilgrimage temple of Pashupatinath, the Boudhanath Stupa, and the “Monkey Temple.” This is a great starting point for learning about Nepalese culture and traditions before embarking the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Your hiking equipment and mountain gear will also be checked—if you’re missing anything, you’ll have enough time to purchase it before the trek. Kathmandu is your last chance to stock up on supplies for the remainder of the journey. Head back to the hotel and relax for the remainder of the evening.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Duration: ~6-hour walk

    Monkey on stupa at Swayambhunath temple, kathmandu
  • With an early wake up, set out for a 5-hour drive in a passenger van along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. You’ll then transfer to a 4×4 jeep that will take you to Machha Khola, at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight in your first local tea house lodge.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 9-hour drive
    Elevation: -531 m / -1,742 ft
    Altitude: 869 m / 2,851 ft

    Manaslu circuit trek
  • Continue your journey along the Budhi Gandaki River and cross the Tatopani hot springs. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in several places. After a short section of a forest path, reach the tea house at Doban, above which you’ll be able to see an impressive series of rapids of Budhi Gandaki. Climb a short steep section and then cross the river using a suspension bridge, followed by another short climb towards Jagat. Spend the night at the tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 5-hour hike
    Elevation: +541 m / +1,775 ft
    Altitude: 1,410 m / 4,626 ft

    Suspension bridge on the Manaslu Circuit
  • After breakfast in Jagat, start climbing over a rocky bridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue onto the Ghatta Khola River and follow it upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village, from where the trail crosses the millet fields towards Ekle Bhatti. You’ll come to a steep gorge, after which you’ll descend down to the grassy slopes and cross the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail takes you through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng, where you’ll spend the night.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 5-hour hike
    Elevation: +394 m / +1,293 ft
    Altitude: 1,804 m / 5,919 ft

  • Today you’re gaining significant altitude as you step slowly into alpine territory—which also means you’re getting spectacular views. You’ll pass many mani-walls and river crossings enroute to Namrung village. Above this village the valley opens out: extensive pastures until you reach the Tibetan Village of Sho. Stay overnight above the village, where you’ll get first views of Manaslu North and Manaslu peak. Overnight at the tea-house lodge.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 6-hour hike
    Elevation: +746 m / +2,448 ft
    Altitude: 2,550 m / 8,366 ft

    Teahouse in a village in Nepal
  • Discuss with locals what your best option to get to the gompa is. You’ll pass through Lho, a large village at 3,150 m (10,335 ft), and you’ll find a little monastery there, numerous chortens, and mani-walls. Leaving the village, follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 5-hour hike
    Elevation: +630 m / +2,067 ft
    Altitude: 3,180 m / 10,433 ft

    Nepal village in the mountains
  • Head straight towards Peak 29 and then follow the lateral moraine of the Pungen Glacier towards Sama. New day, new spectacular views—you’ll see Manaslu, Naike Peak, and Northern Manaslu at 7,145 (23,442 ft). Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, stay the night in a tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 6-hour hike
    Elevation: +350 m / +1,149 ft
    Altitude: 3,530 m / 11,581 ft

    Glacier and the Himalayan peaks
  • Today is a resting day at Samagaon. Spend your day exploring the local surroundings. You can hike a little up towards Pungyen Gompa, which will take about 3 hours. Another option is to go up the narrow and steep uphill trail to Manaslu Base Camp itself, where you’ll be getting close to the mighty Manaslu. The turquoise lake Birendra Tal is along the way. Return back to your tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house

    Village in Nepal in Himalaya
  • Cross a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of the lateral moraine. Climb a terraced hillside to reach one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal. Samdo is only a day’s walk from Tibet by the Lajyang La pass at 5,098 m (16,723 ft).
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 3-hour hike
    Elevation: +160 m / +525 ft
    Altitude: 3,690 m / 12,106 ft

    Manaslu Circuit trek, village
  • Crossing the tundra, the trail winds its way to the foot of the immense Larkya glacier pouring out of Manaslu. Surrounding you are mighty mountains and snow-capped peaks, including Manaslu. The once large Bhudi Gandaki is now merely a stream as you continue to follow its course upwards. You’ll reach the last permanent settlement in the valley—Sumdu—and you’ll walk along the ruins of Larkya Bazaa, an old trading village that had strong ties to Tibet. Continue hiking towards Dharamsala until you reach a tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 5-hour hike
    Elevation: +780 m / +2,559 ft
    Altitude: 4,470 m / 14,665 ft

    Manaslu Circuit, village and mountain peak
  • Head towards Cho Chnda, so you can reach the ablation valley on the north side of Larkya glaciers. Walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last part. From the top, the panorama is spectacular: Himlung Himal, Cheo Hima, Kang Kuru, and the Annapunra II—all above 6,800 m (22,310 ft). You’ll be welcomed by colorful Tibetan flags encircling the “Congratulations for the Success” sign at the top of the Larkya Pass. This achievement will be greeted with the relief of descending into the valley and the tea house, where you’ll spend the night.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 8-hour hike
    Elevation: +636 m / +2,087 ft, -1,386 m / -4,547 ft
    Altitude: 5,106 m / 16,752 ft to 3,720 m / 10,728 ft

    Larkya Pass, Nepal
  • Today starts with a gentle descent through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass, followed by a descent through fir forests filled with rhododendrons. Head to the tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 5-hour hike
    Elevation: -1,420 m / -4,659 ft
    Altitude: 2,300 m / 7,546 ft

    Hiker walking through Himalayan forests
  • Hike gently downstream of the river passing the village of Dharapani. Once there, you’ll catch a local jeep and drive back to Besisahar, where you’ll find lots of hikers on their way to the Annapurna Circuit Trail. Overnight at a tea house.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Tea house
    Duration: 6-hour hike
    Elevation: -1,540 m / -5,052 ft
    Altitude: 760 m / 2,493 ft

    Mountains on the Manaslu Circuit trek
  • Get ready for your big transit day—you’re driving back to Kathmandu for 6-7 hours. Reminiscing of the remote mountain villages and purity of their modest lives, Kathmandu is a stark contrast with its swarming businesses and buzzing streets. Fantastic in its own way, you’ll have time to explore the city before setting out for a celebratory for your last night together as a group.
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Duration: 6/7-hour drive
    Elevation: +640 m / +2,100 ft
    Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,593 ft

    Historic Temple in Kathmandu's Old City
  • After breakfast on your final day in Kathmandu, your guides will arrange transport back to the Tribhuvan International Airport. If you’re not yet ready to say your goodbyes, ask your guides for recommendations.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Monk in a temple in Kathmandu
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Meet your guides

Mónica Fuentes
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Mónica Fuentes
AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide
Mónica is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is extensively experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing and skiing. Originally from Spain, Mónica shares her love for nature and the outdoors with clients all over the world. She knows her way around Iceland’s hidden gems, as well as all the best spots in Black Forest, Morocco, United States, Scotland and Nepal.
Albert Ojembarrena
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Albert Ojembarrena
AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide
Albert is the owner of Amarok Adventures and has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America and Nepal. He has also worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country discovering hidden gems and loads of adventure off the beaten path — always with his camera in tow.
Amarok Adventures
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Amarok Adventures
The guide team at Amarok Adventures has led groups of adventurers around the globe. With over ten years of experience, their handcrafted itineraries reveal the best that each area has to offer. They’ll show you the highlights, take you off the beaten path, and deliver an experience of a lifetime. They’re also passionate about preserving the environment and contributing to the local community.
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If you’re looking for a truly personal and friendly service then these are your guides! Great attitudes, great knowledge, great safety…. Grrrrrrrreat experience. I would aaaaabsolutely recommend this awesome team for a guaranteed great adventure.

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Wonderful trip with excellent guides. Highly recommended!

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Great guides, inspired roots, excellent cooks, attracting just the right persons for a life-kind of journey! I will choose to travel again with them for sure!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified mountain guide with extensive knowledge of the area and a local Nepali certified guide
      • 16-day trekking tour of the Manaslu Circuit
      • Private transportation during the tour
      • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
      • Teahouse and mountain hut accommodations with all meals for the duration of the trek with unlimited tea & coffee
      • Transportation to and from the airport
      • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
      • Government taxes
      • Trekking permit

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Nepal
      • Nepal entry visa fee
      • Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks or laundry services
      • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
      • Luggage transportation for the duration of the trek
      • Sleeping bag and personal mountain gear
      • Trip insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional

    As Manaslu is a restricted region and that there are no roads connecting the different towns in the area, the cost of everything (including food and accommodation) is higher. Your guides try to keep these expenses as low as possible without compromising safety or quality of your experience.

  • A licensed guide is a must for Manaslu Circuit Trek. As of April 2023, the Government of Nepal has restricted solo trekking through the region without a guide, porter and a special hiking permit.

    This is no surprise — the trek takes you off the beaten path so you will need a guide to help you navigate the routes safely. This decision has been made for the tourists’ benefit, as many tourists have gone missing over the past few years when they went trekking solo.

    Your authorized trekking guide will take care of the special permit so you don’t have to worry about the logistics and administration. The cost of the permit is included in the price of the adventure.

  • Hiking the Manaslu Circuit is a challenging undertaking, and it requires excellent physical fitness. If you want to fully enjoy your trip to Nepal, you should be able to hike for up to 6 hours a day on steep, rocky, and slippery terrain with significant elevation changes. A lot of the hiking will be done in high altitudes (up to 5,106 m / 16,752 ft), so some experience dealing with high elevation is recommended. Keep in mind that you’ll also be carrying a backpack for 15 days and that weather can be unpredictable.

    The Manaslu Circuit trek isn’t ideal for beginners who have no experience with longer hikes, rugged terrain, and high altitudes. Make sure you’re fit enough to endure 11 days of trekking with a loaded backpack and that you’re ready for higher altitudes.

    If you’re looking for some other treks in Nepal, check out this hiking tour of the Upper Mustang Kingdom, the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the legendary Everest Base Camp trek.

  • Suitcases or duffel bags are not allowed on this tour as you will be hiking with the backpack. If you want to bring extra clothing and luggage in a suitcase or duffel bag, you will have to leave them in the city. There will be no porter service on trek.

    Ensure that all items fit securely within your backpack without anything protruding, keeping everything dry during the hike. The recommended maximum weight for your backpack is 12 kg/ 26 lbs, with an optimal limit around 8kg/17.6lbs. The quantities listed for specific items are indicative and based on guides’ recommendations.

    Here’s a list of personal equipment you need to bring:

      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35-50L bag)
      • Valid passport & passport scanned photocopies
      • Visa (easy to obtain on arrival)
      • 2 passport-sized photos for your permits
      • Sleeping bag with comfort temperature of -15°C to -20°C / 5°F to -4°F
      • Waterproof bag for your clothes
      • Swimsuit and towel
      • Personal toiletries
      • Personal first-aid kit (make sure to take all you need with you)
      • Sunscreen and sunglasses
      • Headlamp + batteries
      • Camera — optional
      • Power bank
      • Hiking poles — highly recommended
      • Water bottle and thermos
      • Ear plugs
      • Small personal first-aid kit (simple and light) — first-aid tape, Band-Aids, alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc.
      • Skin blister repair kit
      • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) — one pack
      • One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine
      • One course antibiotics for chest infection
      • One course antibiotics for stomach infection
      • One small bottle of anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetazolamide)
      • One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions & chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer
      • Prescription glasses/contact lenses

    Here’s a list of clothing you need to bring:

      • Waterproof hiking boots with a sturdy sole
      • Warm clothes
        • First layer: bottom / upper base layer (Merino wool recommended, 1-2 units)
        • Second layer: fleece jacket (1-2)
        • Third layer: down jacket (1)
      • Waterproof jacket & pants (GoreTex recommended, 1)
      • Hiking pants (1-2)
      • Short sleeve t-shirts (3-5)
      • Long sleeve t-shirts (1-2)
      • Underwear and hiking socks
      • Warm beanie
      • Gloves / mittens
      • Hiking buff
      • Sandals or crocs (for river crossing)

    Due to the difficult terrain, it’s highly recommended to bring good quality mountain gear.

    Your guides will contact you about any additional equipment at the time of contracting the trip.

  • While you’re in Kathmandu, you’ll be staying at 2/3-star hotels with breakfast included. Once you get on the trek, you’ll be staying at basic, local tea houses. All rooms are twin, though single occupancy is available upon request at an additional cost—but keep in mind that it might not be possible to get single rooms at higher-altitude tea houses.

    When it comes to tea houses on the trek, most of them have only shared washing and toilet facilities. Showers are usually hot, but they can’t always be guaranteed due to unreliability of power sources.

  • During your stay in Kathmandu, only breakfast will be included. While you’re on the trail, all meals are included—breakfast and dinner in tea houses and lunch on the trek. There are no alcoholic or cold beverages included.

    The diet during the trip will be healthy and balanced, using all kinds of local products for making authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian meals. If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know in time and your guide will make proper adjustments.

     

  • Group sizes:

      • For this group hiking tour of the Manaslu Circuit, the maximum group size is 12 people.
      • It takes a minimum of 7 people for this tour to operate. Once the trip is confirmed, you can start booking your plane tickets.

    Hiking the Manaslu Circuit can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Kathmandu, the starting point of your Manaslu Circuit tour, most people fly into Tribhuvan International Airport. Your guide will arrange a pick-up (and a drop-off at the end of the tour) and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Nepal, please refer to the entry requirements by the foreign travel advice or COVID-19 information by the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Secure your spot for next year with a 10% deposit!
    This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!
    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • Once the dates for 2024 are set, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
    • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:

      • 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
      • 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
      • 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
      • 0% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 0-29 days before departure

    In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, AMAROK ADVENTURES can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Trips for 2024 are confirmed.

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