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Manaslu Trek Itinerary

Manaslu Trek Itinerary

Trekking in Nepal is one of the world’s highest mountains. Compared to different classic treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek has been noted as the best one. The walk circumnavigates the world’s eight tallest mountains, at 8,163 meters. Along with unparalleled Himalayan views from Larkya Pass (at 5,100 meters), this Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary offers intimate encounters with the lives of Manaslu and their ancient culture. The Manaslu and Tsum Valley tours are physically demanding but, at the same time, traditionally enriching and scenically uplifting.

The wonderful experience of wandering the off-beaten trails of the mountains is second to none. Passing through the vast array of mountain valleys, you get to live within the river gorges and striking snowscapes. Wandering in subtropical forests, you often encounter rare and unique animals that are not seen elsewhere. Along with the beauty of nature, the Tibetan Buddhist culture in the Tsum Valley you witness during the trek will be life-changing. The remote yet happy lifestyle of people in Manaslu is a lesson to the whole world.

Our Himalayan master team customizes the Manaslu Circuit trek as per your needs and time. Ideally, this is a 14-day-long journey. However, as per your speed, we might be able to make it in 12 or 13 days. And if you want to take a longer time to live in these mountain valleys, enjoying the bliss of nature fully, this could be an 18-day Manaslu Tsum Valley trek or a 21-day Manaslu Tsum Valley trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route

Irrespective of your itinerary, there’s a definite route used for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Being one of the closest treks from Kathmandu, we get into the region after 126km of drive to Soti Khola. Then, we walk above the mighty Budi Gandaki region on steamy lowlands with stunning terrace farms. The views of the turquoise river and waterfalls are seen all around. We visit the classic Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa to observe the nuns’ lives from a close distance. Looking for Himalayan thars and snow leopards, we climb at Lokpa. Here, the views of Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli greet us as we walk to the Ganesh Himal Base. The final and yet most challenging climb to Larkya La pass brings our Manaslu trek to an end. We will then be joining the Annapurna Circuit Trek at Dharapani and getting back to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Manaslu Trek Itinerary Map

Manaslu Trek itinerary 12 days

This Circuit trek can be completed in 12 days when you have only one rest day i.e. in Sama Gau. Since this is the shortest possible trip in the Manaslu region, you will have to walk for long hours. Also, you should know that this Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary here doesn’t include a trip to TSUM Valley. This means, you will only be trekking in the lower Manaslu Region and need to issue only one restricted area permit (No need for a TSUM valley permit).

This 12-day trek starts from Kathmandu with a drive to Sotikhola and covers all places in the Manaslu Circuit trek. So, although it’s a shorter trip, there’s not a thing you should miss.

Day Activities Altitude Duration Distance
1 Drive to Soti Khola 710m 8 hours 140km
2 Trek to Macha Khola 930m 7-8 hours 34km
3 Trek to Jagat 1,410m 6-7 hours 23km
4 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours 21km
5 Trek to Namrung 2,630m 6-7 hours 20 km
6 Trek to Sama Gau 3,530m 6-7 hours 22km
7 Rest in Sama Gaun
8 Trek to Samdo 3,860m 5-6 hours 17km
9 Trek to Dharmasala 4,60m 5-6 hours 13km
10 Trek to Bimthang via Larkye Pass(5160m) 3,700m 7-8 hours 25km
11 Trek to Dharapani 1860m 6-7 hours 28km
12 Drive to Kathmandu 1400m 9-10 hours 240km
Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary-12 days

Challenges

  • Since you will be walking a long distance and only have one rest day, it might be risky. You will not have time to book your stay as you will rush to a new place each day.
  • Since you will be skipping a buffer day, you will have very little time to rest and also miss some villages and monasteries that you could visit along the way.
  • Obviously, we will not get to Manaslu and Tsum Valley in a single journey, which is bad news.
  • It is a very hard and long walk from Dharmasala to Bhimthang on the day you cross Larkya La Pass(3540m).

Advice

  • Try booking your accommodation in advance or let the Himalayan master’s team do that for you.
  • Stop the trek once you develop the slightest symptoms of altitude sickness. In the shorter trek, the chances of falling sick due to altitude are high.
  • Never be overconfident, always walk slowly and carefully.
  • Although you will have less time in each village, take some leisure to interact with the locals and observe their culture.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 13 days Itinerary

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Adding one day to your Manaslu region trek doesn’t make any significant difference. However, on the 13th day, you get to reach Sama Gau village via Pungyen Gompa. The route from Shyala village diverts us to the river fetched from the Pung Glen. Ascending the huge cliff before us, we shall get to the yak pasture that leads us to the Pungyan gompa. This century-old monastery built by the Buddhists around the place is a centre for monks and Buddhist students for meditation and retreats (Chham). The peace and calmness of Pungyen Gompa will definitely fill up your heart while you witness Mt. Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Siringi Himal, Himalchuli, and Kutang before us.

Day Activities Altitude Distance Duration
1 Drive to Soti Khola 710m 8-9 hours 140km
2 Trek to Macha Khola 930m 7-8 hours 34km
3 Trek to Jagat 1,410m 6-7 hours 23km
4 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours 21km
5 Trek to Namrung 2,630m 6-7 hours 20km
6 Trek to Shyala 3,430 m 4-5 hours 15km
7 Trek to Sama gau via Pungyen Gompa 3,530m 4-5 hours 18km
8 Rest in Sama Gaun
9 Trek to Samdo 3,860m 5-6 hours 17km
10 Trek to Dharmasala 4,60m 5-6 hours 13km
11 Trek to Bimthang via Larkye Pass(5160m) 3,700m 8-9 hours 25km
12 Trek to Dharapani 1860m 6-7 hours 28km
13 Drive to Kathmandu 1400m 10 hours 240km
Manaslu Trek Itinerary 13 days

Challenges

  • Driving all the way from Dharapani to Kathmandu in a single day can be hard
  • Just like the 12-day Itinerary, this Manaslu Circuit trek Itinerary also includes an above 20kms hike in the initial part of the trek, making it really hard to the walk
  • A very long drive on the first and last day of the trek can make you exhausted
  • And, this Itinerary here also excludes the TSUM valley trek, which is the cultural and religious centre of the Manaslu region

Advice

  • Since this is a long trek with longer walking days, always travel with a licensed guide and if possible, a reliable travel agency like Himalayan Masters.
  • As mentioned earlier, the walk must not continue in case of slight discomfort or altitude sickness
  • If you feel like stopping at some villages and observing the peace of nature, the Itinerary here is always customizable in the addition of a small charge

Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days Itinerary

Overcoming all the drawbacks of the above short trek, this long and relaxing trek in Manaslu has so much to explore. The major highlight of this 16 days Itinerary is the shorter drive on the first and second days while we slowly move towards the valley. Also, we get one more day to conquer Larkya Pass, the highest and most challenging part of this trek. After that, the Itinerary is similar to the 13 days of Manaslu Trek and we shall also get to visit Pungyen Gompa before stopping at Sama Gaun. We might also get to explore new destination as Loh monasteries and Kal Lake.

However, the biggest perk of the Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days is 2 additional nights of stay in the Annapurna Circuit trek route. Annapurna Circuit trek is already a very popular and rewarding trek route in Nepal with some fine hotels and tea houses built here. We join this Annapurna route at Tilje and stay at Jagat. Driving downwards, we even get to stay at a hotel in Besisahar, the headquarters of the Lamjung district. From Besisahar, the drive to Kathmandu is easy and relaxing. Basically, there’s no rush and only fun.

Manaslu Circuit trek 16 days Itinerary 

Day Activities Altitude Distance Duration
1 Drive to Arughat Bazaar 606 m 6-7 hours 110kms
2 Drive/ Trek to Soti Khola 710m 2-3 hours 30km
3 Trek to Macha Khola 930m 7-8 hours 34km
4 Trek to Jagat 1,410m 6-7 hours 23km
5 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours 21km
6 Trek to Namrung 2,630m 6-7 hours 20km
7 Trek to Shyala 3,430 m 4-5 hours 15km
8 Trek to Sama gau via Pungyen Gompa 3,530m 4-5 hours 18km
9 Rest in Sama Gaun
10 Trek to Samdo 3,860m 5-6 hours 17km
11 Trek to Larkya Phedi 4460m 6-7 hours 20kms
12 Trek to Bimthang via Larkye Pass(5160m) 3,700m 6-7 hours 18km
13 Trek to Tilije 2300m 6-7 hours
14 Trek to Jagat 1300m 5-6 hours
15 Drive/ trek to Besisahar 840m 2-3 hours
16 Drive to Kathmandu 1400m 10 hours 240km
Manaslu Trek Itinerary- 16 days

Challenges

  • Well, this is a quiet relaxing trek with a long Itinerary. Even then, you need to walk for 7-8 hours each day, and the chances of altitude sickness are still there. So, make sure that you are physically and mentally fit.
  • The initial few days of walking that involve 20-30 km of the hike can be difficult. If so, you can drive to Machha Khola, skipping a large part of the trekking route. Since Jagat, the path is relatively achievable.
  • You still don’t get to visit the core of the Manaslu trek i.e. TSUM valley (which can be done with 20 days trek)

Advice

  • Walk together with your team, especially your guide, and if you experience any unease inform them immediately.
  • If you want to explore Tsum Valley in a shorter time, you can directly drive to Maccha Khola and then from Dharmasala to Kathmandu. Although this off-road drive can be quite challenging, one gets to visit Tsum Valley.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 18-day Itinerary 

Manaslu trek

This 18-day Manaslu and TSUM valley trek Itinerary is very exciting. Within these 18 days, we enjoy all the perks of a relaxing Manaslu Circuit trek while also visiting Tsum Valley. The path is the same as above until we reach Jagat. From here, we head to Lokpa, Chumling, and Chhokangparo, getting to the core of TSUM Valley. Not only do we get to visit the century-old Mu Gumpa but also explore Ganesh Himal Base Camp at 4900m to give us the vibe of a true mountain trek. Then, we walk down to Ripchet and join the Manaslu Circuit trek at Deng to follow the same route as above.

Know more about the Tsum Valley

Tsum Valley is the remotest land in Western Himalayas that is home to the Tsumba Indigenous peoples. These Tsumba people have their own unique language i.e. Tsumke or Tsumba, which is made from the Tibetan language. The Valley is called “Shyagya”, (a culture of non-violence) in the year 1920. Such beliefs of the Tibetan culture still shape the lives of the Tsumba people. The village is full of Mani Bompos/ Mani Walls, flags, Chortens, wheels, and monasteries. Although the land is 4 days of walk from the nearest bus station, TSUM Valley has the happiest and most peaceful people on earth.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Day Activities Altitude Distance
1 Drive to Soti Khola 710m 8-9 hours
2 Trek to Macha Khola 930m 7-8 hours
3 Trek to Jagat 1,410m 6-7 hours
4 Trek to Lokpa 2240 5 hours
5 Trek to Chumling 2386 6 hours
6 Trek to Chekampar 3031 m 5 hours
7 Trek to the Nile 3361 6 hours
9 Trek to Mu Gompa 3700 m 6 hours
9 Rest day in Mu Gompa
10 Trek to Chekampar 3031 m 5 hours
11 Trek to Chumling 2386 6 hours
12 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours
13 Trek to Namrung 2,630m 6-7 hours
14 Trek to Sama gau 3,530m 4-5 hours
15 Rest in SamaGau
16 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours
17 Trek to Machha Khola 930m 7-8 hours
18 Drive to Kathmandu 1400m hours
Manaslu Trek Itinerary, 18 days

Challenges

  • Covering both Manaslu and TSUM Valley takes 23 to 24 days for normal trekkers. Here, we attempt to complete that in 18 days. So, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult with many hurdles on the way.
  • We don’t get to visit Ganesh Base Camp to get the true feeling of a base camp trek
  • Since we get back to Soti Khola on the same route, it can be quite boring. On a longer Itinerary, we get to join Larkye Pass and the Annapurna Circuit trek route.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 21-day Itinerary

Lastly, we have a complete and relaxing Manaslu Tsum Valley trek Itinerary that offers users the most wholesome experience. There’s no rush and you have lots of time to understand the beauty of Nepal. Also, you get to visit Ganesh Base Camp for a complete mountain trekking experience. A bit higher Manaslu Trek cost is its only problem.

Day Activities Altitude Distance Duration
1 Drive to Soti Khola 710m 8-9 hours 140km
2 Trek to Macha Khola 930m 7-8 hours 34km
3 Trek to Jagat 1,410m 6-7 hours 23km
4 Trek to Lokpa 2240 5 hours 18kms
5 Trek to Chumling 2386 6 hours
6 Trek to Chekampar 3031 m 5 hours
7 Trek to Mu Gompa 3700 m 6 hours
8 Trek to Chhokangparo 5 hrs
9 Trek to Gumpa Lungdang 3400 m
10 Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp 4900m 6 hrs
11 Trek to Ripchet 2470m
12 Trek to Deng 1,804m 6-7 hours 21km
13 Trek to Namrung 2,630m 6-7 hours 20km
14 Trek to Shyala 3,430 m 4-5 hours 15km
15 Trek to Sama gau via Pungyen Gompa 3,530m 4-5 hours 18km
16 Rest in Sama Gaun
17 Trek to Samdo 3,860m 5-6 hours 17km
18 Trek to Dharmasala 4,60m 5-6 hours 13km
19 Trek to Bimthang via Larkye Pass(5160m) 3,700m 8-9 hours 25km
20 Trek to Dharapani 1860m 6-7 hours 28km
21 Drive to Kathmandu 1400m 10 hours 240km
Manaslu Circuit Trek 21 days

Final words

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