Nepal Expedition: Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Immerse yourself in the stillness of the Himalayas on a 16-day adventure along the Manalsu Circuit Trek. This quieter, less-travelled route takes you through blooming rhododendron forests, remote Buddhist monasteries and through the shadow of the world’s eight-highest mountain. Embark along a trail that follows the Budhi Gandaki River, crossing above its flow...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Extreme

Highlights

    • Reach an altitude of 5106 m as you cross the Larke Pass along the Manaslu Circuit. Testing your mind and body this is quite the accomplishment.
    • Pass through the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to 11 types of forest and over 2000 species of plants, on a far less busy route than the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp.
    • Get to know the unique culture of the small communities along the Nepali and Tibetan border, meeting locals and other trekkers in teahouses along the way, as you weave through the wildly rugged and less-explored landscape.
    • Discover Nepal’s compact capital in Kathmandu. With a limited amount of time spent here to discover its bazaars and temples, why not extend your stay beforehand to get a real feel of Nepalese culture?
    • Be accompanied by an experienced trek leader along with assistant guides and porters, who will not only give you all the support and guidance you need along the way, but also introduce you to the rich local culture.
    • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Sagarmatha Next. Donations help them remove waste responsibly and turn rubbish into art in the Everest region.

What's this trip about?

    Immerse yourself in the stillness of the Himalayas on a 16-day adventure along the Manalsu Circuit Trek. This quieter, less-travelled route takes you through blooming rhododendron forests, remote Buddhist monasteries and through the shadow of the world’s eight-highest mountain. Embark along a trail that follows the Budhi Gandaki River, crossing above its flowing waters by day and staying in teahouses by night, taking in the grandeur of the Himalayas as you reach altitudes of over 5000 m. With plenty of chances to spot the area’s protected wildlife and an experienced guide leading the way, this is a trek that must be seen to be believed.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age range15 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityKathmandu
End CityKathmandu

Travel Themes

  • Hiking & Walking
  • Trekking & Expeditions

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Nepal

Attractions

  • Himalayas
  • Kathmandu
  • Manaslu

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Kathmandu

Namaste! Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal’s colourful capital. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your leader and fellow travellers. The evening is free to explore the streets of Kathmandu, whose mixture of ancient architecture and moder...

Day 2 Kathmandu

Get your bearings in Nepal as you embark on a full day of sightseeing. Start by exploring Bhaktapur's famous temples, starting at Durbar Square – said to be the most beautiful piece of art in Nepal, home to the majestic Lion Gate and Golden Gate. Then visit Pashupatin...

Day 3 Barpak

Today you'll leave your hotel early and hit the road to Barpak. Needless to say, you should arm yourself with your favourite book or music for the journey! When you arrive, you can stretch your legs with a walk around the hilltop village. Located in the Gorkha distric...

Day 4 Gumda

Get excited for your first day of trekking! Say farewell to Barpak as you begin walking east to Gumda. Pass through rhododendron forest on your way to a viewpoint looking back over Barpak, and take in the incredible sights of the Ganesh Himal Range and Buddha Himal. Then, continue to your Gumda teahouse.

Day 5 Khorlabesi

This morning, you’ll pass through small villages like Yamgaun and Lapsibot, before meeting the classic Manaslu route in Machhakhola. A long descent will take you to Khorlabesi, where you'll stay for the night.

Day 6 Salleri

Today’s trek continues along the Budhi Gandaki River, visiting Tatopani (where a dip in a natural hot spring can provide a refreshing break) before ending in Salleri.

Day 7 Deng

Begin your day with a descent to the valley floor, before making your way to the Ghatta Khola River. Cross over a long suspension bridge to Philim village, where you’ll pause for a spot of lunch. After, head to the grassy slopes of a gorge before crossing back over th...

Day 8 Namrung

Depart Deng, you’ll again cross the Budhi Gandaki River before the trail takes you through dense forest. Rejoin the river and continue following it upstream, crisscrossing the flowing waters on suspension bridges. Your destination today is Namrung village, where you can explore around or visit the local monastery.

Day 9 Shyala

Leaving Namrung’s views of Ganesh Himal and Mount Himal Chuli behind, pass through forests before reaching the village of Lihi. Admire the barley terraces, then continue to the villages of Sho and Lho. At Lho, (on a clear day) there will be rewarding views of Manaslu,...

Day 10 Samagaon

One of the best ways to acclimatise today is to walk up to a high-altitude point, and then come back down to sleep. Remember, it doesn't matter how fit you are, anyone can be affected by the altitude! An acclimatisation walk is on today’s agenda, as you’ll walk to Pun...

Day 11 Samdo

From Samagaon, take a short hike to the turquoise waters of Birendra Lake. Find the Budhi Gandaki and again follow it upstream through juniper and birch forests. Cross the river on a wooden bridge, tackling a steep climb until you reach a stone archway. Then, continue walking until the village of Samdo.

Day 12 Larke Phedi

Enjoy a short and easy trek today to Larke Phedi, also known as Dharmashala. Start with a descent back to the Budhi Gandaki River, cross over a few streams within sight of the Larkya Glacier, then ascend again to Larke Phedi/Dharmashala.

Day 13 Bimthang

While today is the longest trek of the trip, it’s a high point for many travellers! Set out from Larke Phedi/Dharmashala very early to cross the Larke Pass (5106 m) and start a short climb to the north side of Larkya Glacier, continuing to ascend as you walk along the...

Day 14 Tilje

Begin your descent along the trail and over the Dudh Khola River, then enjoy a gentle walk through dense rhododendron forest. Climb over a ridge, then head back to the riverbank and pass through the beautiful village of Gowa. Then, continue to your teahouse in Tilje for the night.

Day 15 Dharapani to Kathmandu

After a short morning walk to Dharapani, hop into your private vehicle for the drive back to Kathmandu. It’ll be a long journey, giving you plenty of time to rest tired legs or take a well-deserved nap! Once back in Kathmandu, enjoy a final night together reliving the trek and your extraordinary achievements. Why not head out to dinner and find your find your favourite drink to cheers with?

Day 16 Kathmandu

With no further activities planned, your trip ends this morning. There's plenty more to see in Kathmandu for those who wish to stay, just speak to your booking agent. If you do, you might like to check out an Urban Adventures tour, like the Rickshaw Night Explorer.

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Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights),Teahouse (12 nights),

Transportation & Flights

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Transportation & flights

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Guides
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Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your group leader or local representative. If you have credit card insurance your group leader or local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services
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PASSPORT You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends. VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government's foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:  www.intrepidtravel.com/visa-entry-requirements
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Age Requirements
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Additional Information
Finish point We are currently contracting a great new hotel in Kathmandu for this trip . Kathmandu NEPAL
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