Best Itinerary For Manaslu Circuit Trek

best itinerary for manaslu circuit trek

Are you looking for the best itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek? Generally, a well-designed itinerary ranging from 9 to 22 days can be found for trekking in the Manaslu Region. The itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek can be modified according to your endurance and physical fitness.

Experienced trekkers can potentially cover a lot of distance in a short duration. However, if you are a beginner, you must trek slower, ensuring your body adjusts to the changing altitudes as you progress. Selecting the best itinerary is essential to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, prevent exhaustion, and get the most perks out of the journey.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating adventure that rewards trekkers with breathtaking views of pristine landscapes and snow-capped peaks. The trail of Manaslu Circuit is described as off-the-beaten-path, and you will mostly traverse through the remote and rugged terrain. The difficulty of the trek is labeled as moderate. However, you must be physically and mentally prepared and be proactive in selecting the best itinerary based on your fitness level and timescale.

We at Great Adventure Treks offer the best itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. We have carefully designed the itinerary to ensure you will enjoy every day of the journey. You can experience a journey that is a perfect blend of scenic beauty, thrilling adventure, and cultural immersion.

The 14-day tour is certainly the best itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It allows you to explore the diverse landscapes, lush valleys, and beautiful village farms of the Manaslu Region while walking moderately and incorporating rest days so your body can adjust well in the high altitude zones. Similarly, during the rest days, you can take side trips to explore the hidden gems of the region. Whether you want to experience the region’s breathtaking beauty, immerse in the beautiful local culture, or get an opportunity to capture the iconic still cuts of the landscapes, the itinerary covers it all.

14 days Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

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The 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek offers trekkers an unforgettable journey to the trekkers showcasing the beautiful vistas, diverse terrains, and rich culture of the region. It offers enchanting views of Manaslu Mountain (8163), the world’s 8th tallest mountain, Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Annapurna II, and many other peaks. Passing the challenging Larkya La Pass, which is also one of the longest Himalayan passes, is one of the most intriguing parts of the trek, from where you can gaze upon the beautiful Kang Guru, Gyaji Kang, Nemjung, and many other stunning peaks.

The Manaslu Circuit trekking route also covers the Manaslu Conservation Area, a protected zone where wildlife such as Red Pandas, Blue Sheep, and Musk Deer can be spotted. The conservation area was established in 1998 AD. Similarly, species of birds such as Bearded vultures, Kalij Pheasants, and Himalayan Griffons are also found in the protected area.

The Manaslu Region is relatively remote; it offers a serene trekking environment, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Throughout the trek, you will see beautiful traditional villages, feel the crisp air, and witness the rich tapestry of Himalayan Life. During the 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can ascend and descend through the rugged and rocky pathways, which is truly invigorating.

The ideal time for trekking in Manaslu is Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). Due to the clear skies, excellent visibility, stable weather, and a vibrant environment, the trekkers prefer this season the most.

Highlights of 14 days Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Spectacular views of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli.
  • Walk along the banks of the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River.
  • A chance to visit Nubri and Pungyen Monastery.
  • Visit Tatopani, the beautiful hot spring.
  • Stunning views of the beautiful peaks from Larkya La Pass
  • Trek through the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Explore the traditional culture and lifestyle of the locals (Gurung, Magar and Sherpa)
  • Travel through the tranquil trails of the Manaslu Region.
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Best Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek (Detailed)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola

Machha Khola Elevation: (870 m/2854 ft)

Distance: (160km/99.4mi)

Duration: 10 – 12 hrs

Accommodation: Teahouse

Your journey will start with a drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. After your early morning breakfast, our representative will pick you up from the hotel, and you will travel through stunning and diverse landscapes. As you pass through the outskirts of Kathmandu city, you gradually see the beautiful green hills and small markets on the highways. The glimpses of the beautiful Trishuli River and small highway settlements will make your journey engaging. During the journey, there are various stopover points where you can get refreshed in between. After traveling for almost 10 to 12 hours, you will finally reach Machha Khola, the first place for your overnight stay.

Day 02: Trek to Jagat from Maccha Khola

Jagat

Jagat Elevation: 1300 m/ 4265 ft)

Distance: ( 22km/13.7mi)

Trek duration: 7 – 8 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

On the 2nd day, you will start your trek from Machha Khola. After crossing Macha Khola, you will come across the beautiful Khorla Bensi Village. You will then ascend and descend and finally reach Tato Pani. You may enjoy your time in a natural hot spring and get refreshed for the time being. The trail becomes more challenging as you climb over a ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki River through the bridge. After traversing through lush forests for a while and crossing another bridge again, you will reach Dovan. You can enjoy your lunch in Dovan, which has a beautiful view of the Budhi Gandaki River. You must be careful in every step as the terrains are uneven at some sections.

After climbing the stone stairs, you will finally reach Thado Bharyang. Then, walking beside the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, you will finally reach Jagat Village. You will stay overnight in a teahouse in Jagat.

Day 03: Trek to Deng from Jagat

Deng Elevation:(1860 m /6102 ft)

Distance:(20km/12.4mi)

Trek Duration:6- 7 hrs,

Accommodation: Tea House

Your destination for the 3rd day is the beautiful Deng Village. After having a fulfilling breakfast, your trek starts in the early morning. You will have to cross the multiple suspension bridges along the trail. The beautiful farm villages you see along the way will give you insight into the life of the locals. Crossing the Jagat Point, you will be greeted by a beautiful waterfall that will captivate your heart and please your soul through its soothing sound. You will pass through many villages like Salleri and Sirdibas, walking through grassy terrain. The beautiful traditional settlements are decorated with colorful prayer flags. You will catch the enchanting sight of the Shringi Himal along the trail. After crossing the river about three times, you will finally reach Deng Village. You can then settle in the tea house, rest your bags, get refreshed, and have a warm local meal prepared by the host.

Day 04: Trek to Namrung from Deng

Namrung Elevation: (2660 m /8727 ft)

Distance: (19.5km/12.1mi)

Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hrs,

Accommodation: Tea House

On Day 4, you will embark on your trek early in the morning by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. Following the trail from Bihi, you will head west upwards, leading you up to Budhi Gandaki Valley. The trail to the valley is very steep, but the view of the valley is equally beautiful. As you continue your trek, you will reach the village of Rana, where you can also witness Mani stones. You will stop at Ghap for lunch after approximately 4 hours of walking. After lunch, you will continue trekking along the trail towards the Prok Village. The trail ahead of Ghap passes through beautiful gompas.

The journey begins amidst dense forests, with thundering streams crossing a narrow gorge. However, the forests thin out as you progress toward your destination, and the pathway steepens. After a full day of hiking, totaling 6-7 hours, you will arrive at Namrung, where you will spend the night.

Day 05: Trek to Syala from Namrung

Syala Elevation:(3500 m/11,482 ft)

Distance: (14km/10.9mi)

Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

You will have breakfast early in the morning and move towards Bhanjam Village on Day 5 of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Bhanjam is a very beautiful village that comes after you traverse through the Pine Forests. You will also pass through Namring Checkpost on the way. Following a steep ascent from Bhanjam Village to Lhi Monastery, you will uncover breathtaking views of Himachuli and numerous other mountain ranges. As you continue your trekking journey from the Lhi Monastery, you will head towards Shyala, passing by Sho village and Lho village. You can expect to encounter several monasteries, Mani stones, and Yaks along the pathway, offering you an opportunity to witness the livelihood and the culture of people living in the Himalayas. Your journey will also be enhanced with stunning Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak vistas. You will reach Shyala, your day’s destination, in the evening and stay at the tea house. You will end the day with a warm and hearty meal in the lap of the Himalayas.

Day 06: Trek to Sama Gaun Via Pungyen gompa from Shyala

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Samagaun Elevation(3500m/11482)

Pungyen Gompa Elevation:(3530 m/11,578 ft)

Distance: (10km/6.2mi)

Trek Duration: (5 – 6 hrs)

Accommodation: Teahouse

On the 6th day of your trek, you will head towards Pungyen Gompa for a side trip. In the morning, you can witness the most beautiful sunrise view at Shayala. After having a hearty breakfast, you will continue your journey. You will take a steep ascent for about an hour, and mostly flat paths will follow. Along the way, panoramic vistas of the snow-capped peaks will greet you. The view of Pungyen Glacier is ethereal, adding further charm to the journey. At Pungyen Gompa, you can get incredible views of Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, and Himalchuli. You can explore this beautiful monastery for now and then walk for about 2-3 hours to reach Samagaun. You will stay overnight in Samagaun.

Day 07: Rest day at Sama Gaun  and visit Manaslu Base Camp

Manaslu Base Camp Elevation: (4800 m/15,748 ft)

Distance: (5.1km/3.16mi)

Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hrs

Accommodation: Teahouse

The 7th day is your rest day, and you will explore the beautiful Manaslu Base Camp. In the initial hour, you will be walking mostly on flat terrains, where you can catch the mesmerizing sights of the majestic Manaslu Himal. Soon, you will take a steep ascent for almost three hours to reach the Manaslu Base Camp. It is recommended to take gradual ascents. Along the way, you will be rewarded with the mesmerizing views of Manaslu, Nike Peak, and Pangpoche. The trekkers can take a moment and immerse themselves in the scenic beauty showcased by this enchanting place. The sight of a waterfall falling freely from the cliffs is breathtaking.

You can gaze at the awe-inspiring landscape when you reach Manaslu Base Camp. You will witness the multicolored tents set up by climbers aiming for the Manaslu Expedition. After exploring the beautiful Manaslu Base Camp, you will return to Sama Gaun again. You will stay overnight in a teahouse of Sama Gaun Village.

Day 08: Trek to  Samdo from Sama Gaun

Samdo Elevation: (3860 m/12,661 ft)

Distance: (5.1km/3.16mi)

Trek Duration: 4 – 5 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

After a rest in Sama Gaun, the trekking resumes on the 8th day. First, you will head towards the beautiful Birendra Lake. You can take your moment to soak in the serenity of nature and explore the area around Birendra Lake. Beautiful snow-covered peaks surround the lake, which sparkles in the sunlight, presenting breathtaking scenery for the trekkers. After exploring the Birendra Lake area for a while, you will continue your journey towards Samdo. Upon reaching Kermo Kharka, you can see the panoramic view of Mount Manaslu. Walking along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the wooden bridge, and taking short ascends, you will reach Samdo Village. After lunch, you can hike up to Samdo View Point, which will help you acclimate. After exploring the viewpoint, you will head towards your tea house in Samdo again to stay overnight.

Day 09: Rest Day in Samdo, visit the Tibetan Border

Samdo Elevation: (3860 m/12,661 ft)

Tibetan Boarder elevation: (5000 m/ 16404 ft)

Distance: (13km/8mi)

Trek Duration: (6 – 7 hrs)

Accommodation: Tea House

On the 9th day of the journey, you will stay in Samdo. However, you will visit the Tibetan Border. You will first explore the beautiful Samdo Village, visit monasteries, and observe the local culture and lifestyle. Along the trail, you catch the mesmerizing sights of Mount Samdo and the Gyala peak of the Larkya Bazar. After hiking up for almost five hours, you will finally explore the area of the Tibetan Border. After spending some time in the border area, you will head back to Samdo, where you will stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek  to  Dharamsala (Larkya B. C.) from Samdo

Dharmasala Elevation: (4460 m/14,632 ft)

Distance:(11.7km/7.2mi)

Trek Duration: 4- 5 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

On the 10th day of your journey, you will be trekking from Samdo to Dharmashala. You will pass through many beautiful villages and buckwheat farms. You will be walking along the Larke River. After crossing a bridge and walking past the Mani walls, you will reach Larkya Bazaar. You will witness the beautiful glaciers and forests. After climbing a steep terrain, you will reach Dharamshala. As the trek is relatively short, you can take your time to rest and observe the stunning sights of the surroundings. You will stay overnight in Dharamshala.

Day 11: Trek to Bhimtang via Larke La Pass

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Bhimtang(3590m / 11778.9 ft)

Larke la Pass(5106 m / 16751 ft)

Trek Duration: (24km/14.9mi) 8 – 9 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

The exhilarating trek of the 11th day will start in the early morning. The journey is filled with stunning landscapes. You will ascend steep trails towards Larke La Pass. Along the way, you will witness the beautiful views of the Larke Peak. You have to take gradual steps as walking across Larkya Glaciers’ moraines requires you to be careful. After hiking for 4-5 hours, you will reach Larke La Pass. The 360° view of the mountains visible from the pass is mesmerizing. The magnificent views of Kang Guru, Himlung, and Cheo Himal are visible on the clear days.

You will then trek down to Binthang. The descent is steep, but the stunning views of the Nemjung and Himlung mountains will make it all worth it. Along the way, the beautiful Ponkar Lake will mesmerize you with its breathtaking beauty. You will then walk across the flat grassy terrains and finally reach Bimthang for an overnight stay. A hearty meal prepared by the owners will provide much-needed recharge. You can rest well in your cozy room and be prepared for another day of adventure.

Day 12: Trek to Tilije from Bimthang

Tilije elevation: (2300 m/ 7544 ft)

Distance: (16km/9.9mi)

Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Accommodation: Tea House

On the 12th day of your journey, you will start your trek after having a fulfilling breakfast in the teahouse of Bimthang. Your eyes will be blessed with the stunning views of Mt Manaslu, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal along the way. You will cross the bridge, walk along a tranquil waterfall, lush forests, and beautiful farms, and finally reach Tilije Village after descending into the valley. The trek is gentle, as you will reach your teahouse in Tilije by walking for 4-5 hours only. You will stay overnight in Tilije.

Day 13: Trek to  Dharapani from Tilije  and Drive to Besisahar.

Dharapani elevation: (1860 m/6102 ft)

Distance: (8km/4.9mi)

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Besisahar elevation: (825m/ 2706 ft)

Distance: (34.8km/21.6mi)

Accommodation: Tea House

On the 13th day of your journey, you will trek to Dharapani from Tilije. You will traverse through the farmlands of Tilije village and descend towards the beautiful Marsyangdi Valley. The Annapurna Circuit Trek also includes Dharapani. After walking for 3-4 hours, you will finally reach Dharapani. After observing the surroundings of Dharapani and having lunch there, you will settle in a Jeep for a drive to Besisahar. The scenic drive to Besisahar will reward you with stunning views of landscapes, which will keep captivating you throughout the journey. Upon reaching Besisahar, you will be checking in your accommodation and having a warm meal. You will stay overnight in Besisahar on your 2nd last day of the journey.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu from Besishar

Kathmandu elevation: (1400m/ 4600ft)

Distance: (175km/108.9mi)

Time: 6 – 7 hrs

Accommodation: Hotel

The 14th day of the journey is also the final day. The drive in the comfortable vehicle with the stunning scenery visible from the window will keep you engaged. The beautiful rivers and green hills can be seen throughout the journey. It is also the last day of the journey, and when you return to Kathmandu, you will get a chance to reflect on all the beautiful memories and unique experiences you had during the trek. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu will mark the completion of this incredible 14-day journey. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Kathmandu.

What should you pack for the 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek?

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We have designed the best itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek of 14 days. Packing the required essentials for safety, preparing for weather-related challenges, and enjoying trekking. The right gear and equipment are extremely important for trekking in high-altitude zones. Here are our packing recommendations for a 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Clothes:

  • Down Jackets
  • Waterproof and Windproof Jackets
  • Warm Thermal Wears
  • Undergarments
  • Trekking Pants
  • Warm Gloves
  • Warm Hat and Cap
  • Extra Tshirts
  • Scarf or Gaiter

Footwear:

  • Hiking Boots
  • Sandals
  • Moisture Wicking Hiking Socks

Gears:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • Portable Power Bank
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight

Nutrition and Refreshments:

  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • High Energy Snacks
  • Energy Bars
  • Water purification tablets or filtration

Other essentials:

  • First Aid Kit (Bandages and essential painkillers)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip Balm
  • Sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Tooth Brush and Toothpaste
  • Identification documents (Passport)
  • Cellphone and Camera
  • Tissues and Wetwipes

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