Manaslu Circuit Trek

From left to right: Manaslu, Nagdi Chuli and Himalchuli From left to right: Manaslu, Nagdi Chuli and Himalchuli

If you enjoy seeing big mountains (Manaslu is the eighth-highest in the world, after all), but find Everest or Annapurna too commercialized or crowded, then this trek is for you! Not only is the scenery on this trek absolutely spectacular, but at the same time the Tibetan culture is rich and varies from village to village.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2 Take a bus to Arughat then on to Soti Khola (710m)
Day 3 Walk to Khola Besi (950m, 6 hrs) following the Buri Gandaki
Day 4 Walk to Jagat (1410m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 5 Walk to Deng (1860m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 6 Walk to Namrung (2660m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 7 Walk to Sama (3530m) via Lho (6-7 hrs). There are great views of Manaslu from the village.
Day 8 Rest day. Hike up to the Manaslu Base Camp, Birenda Tal or Pung Gyen Gompa.
Day 9 Walk to Samdo (3860m, 2-3 hrs).
Day 10 Rest day. Acclimatization hike towards the Tibetan border in a beautiful valley
Day 11 Walk to Dharamsala (4480m, 2-3 hrs). Blue sheep roam this area frequently so keep an eye on the surrounding slopes. It's a short day so rest well for the big climb ahead.
Day 12 It takes around 7 hours to cross the Larke Pass (also known as Larkya La, 5100m) over to Bimthang (3720m). If the weather is clear the next day, we recommend you stay in Bimthang for another night and visit the amazing Ponkar Lake on a day trip.
Day 13 Walk to Goa (2560m, 4-5 hrs).
Day 14 Walk to Dharapani (1920m, 3-4 hrs). Instead of going to Besi Sahar, why not continue on to the Annapurna Circuit or Nar Phu , or both?
Day 15 Take a jeep to Besi Sahar.
Day 16 Take a bus back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 17 Transfer to the international airport.
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