Nepal - The Manaslu trek
an authentic insight into Nepali life
with Kraig Adams

Dates: Nov 1 - Nov 16, 2022

Price: 3750 EUR (All-Inclusive, see details below)

A 25% deposit is due to secure your reservation. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the expedition.

(View the cancelation policy below in the section "Price and Details")

This 16 - day Manaslu trek is wild, remote and less crowded than other trails in Nepal. The highlights of this circuit are the impressive Himalayan landscapes and the authentic culture of the Tibetan villages along the way

Kraig Adams is joining Vagabond Trails to explore this authentic gem in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

This is a genuine adventure that leads you up and around the base of Mont Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain (8,163 m/ 26781 ft). The route follows the ancient salt-trade-route of Tibet along the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through the subtropical jungle at lower elevation and the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold, and demanding Larkya La Pass above 5000 m /16404 ft; offering everything that a classic trek in Nepal has to offer.

We will stay each night in different Tibetan villages along the way. The scenery of the Himalayas is of course impressive, but one of the main highlights of this circuit is the authentic culture of the Tibetan villages along the way. The houses, the villages, the people, the biological and cultural diversity made of this trek a unique experience. 

The trails are demanding but it does not require any technical climbing. The itinerary is designed so your body has time for acclimatization and recovery.

This is an all-inclusive trip, meaning that you only have to worry about packing your bags and your travel documents! Really, you don't have to worry about anything else, because we arranged everything for you from the moment you arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For the entire tour, you will be led by a certified International Mountain Leader. Your safety and comfort are our main priority.

Please, make sure that your physical condition is adequate to the itinerary described below. Please, get in touch with us if you have any questions.

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Itinerary

 Day 1 | Arrival in Kathmandu
 

A member of our team will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, we will go for a welcome dinner in one of the most popular local restaurants, where we will enjoy great Nepali food, dance and culture.

  • Altitude: 1,300 m / 4,264 ft

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2 | Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour and trek preparation day

Discover the history and the riches of 4 UNESCO World heritage sites on a full-day city tour of the Kathmandu Valley. After the city tour, we will have a safety briefing to introduce you to your guide and check your equipment. This is the only day of the tour when lunch and dinner are not included. 

  • Altitude: 1,300 m / 4,264 ft

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 | Drive to Machha Khola


We start our journey by a private transfer to the start point of our route, Machha Khola. Once we reach Arughat, the journey will be off-road, but our 4X4 jeeps are designed for this kind of road. We will stop for lunch along the way and tonight's dinner will be in our lodge for the night at Machha Khola.

  • Sleeping altitude: 930 m / 3,051 ft

  • Transfer time: 8 - 10 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 | Trek to Jagat

 

The route passes into the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP). The trail leads us through some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Nepal as we begin the climb out of the deep valley crossing suspension bridges, passing waterfalls and impressive rapids. Following the west bank of the river, we continue through the stone steps until we reach the village of Jagat.

 

  • The route: 15 km / 9.3 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 1,410 m / 4,625ft

  • Trekking time: 6 - 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 | Trek to Deng 

 

The day's walk passes the villages of Salleri and Sirdibas. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River, the walk continues through the terraced farms of the villages of Philim, Ekle Bhatti and Thangrmu. Our journey continues through bamboo forests and after crossing a few suspension bridges we arrive at Deng, a typical Gurung village.

  • The route: 19 km / 11.8 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 1,800 m /5,905 ft

  • Trekking time: 6 - 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 | Trek to Ghap


We will start by climbing alongside the Mani walls in Deng and continue on a route that runs along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail makes its way through several suspension bridges, waterfalls, rhododendron forest and the villages such as Rana and Bihi before arriving at Ghap. If time allows we will also take you to Prok village or Kal Tal.

  • The route: 9.5 km / 6 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 2,160 m/ 7,086 ft

  • Trekking time: 6  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7 | Trek to Lho

We hike up to the Namrung village which offers beautiful views of the Shringi and Ganesh Himal. 
We will then walk past Mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam to enter the forest of oak, fir and rhododendron and get to Lihi. We continue toward Sho, crossing the bridge over the Hinang River. An easy walk from here will take us to the village of Lho. 

 

  • The route: 16 km / 10 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 2630 m / 8626ft

  • Trekking time: 5 -  6  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 | Trek to Samagaon


We ascend to Shyala village through pine and rhododendron forests. Shyala is beautifully surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Afterward, we will cross the Numla River and hike to Sama village, which is a pure Lama settlement that follows Tibetan culture. The highlights of the day are magnificent views of peaks like Manaslu, Himal and Nadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Punggen Glacier and the introduction of Lama and Tibetan culture practiced in the village of Sama.

  • The route: 7 km / 4.3 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 3,530 m / 11,581ft

  • Trekking time: 5 -  6  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 | Acclimatization day

Today is a rest day,  but we will explore the lama settlement of Sama village. We will have an insight into the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of people living here. We will make a short hike up to the ridge to enjoy the impressive views of Puggen Glacier and the view of Nadi Chuli, Manaslu, Larke, and the  Naike peak. 

  • Sleeping altitude: 3,530 m / 11,581ft

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 | Trek to Samdo
 

After a day of acclimatization, we are ready to keep hiking up. We continue towards Samdo. After a short walk, we come across the trail that leads to the Manaslu Base Camp. We continue along a forest filled with birch, juniper, rhododendron, moss, and lichen. Then enjoy the stone huts and big Mani walls encrypted with prayers and decorated with prayer flags in Kyonggma Kharka. Soon, we cross a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and enter the village of Samdo, which is very close to Tibet.

  • The route: 8 km / 5 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 3,690m / 12,106ft

  • Trekking time: 4 - 5  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 | Trek to Larkya Rest House

From Samdo, the trail descends to the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. We continue towards the Larkya Rest House through juniper and tundra. The trail passes through the Mani wall and stone huts before reaching Dharmasala. It is a seasonal village that provides rooms and tents for trekkers. The evening will be spent exploring the hills for the purpose of acclimatization. There’s just one day left before we cross the Larke La pass, the highest point of the trek.

 

  • The route: 6 km / 3.7 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 4,470 m / 14,665 ft

  • Trekking time: 4 - 5  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 | Trek to Bimthang


Today is the day to conquer Larkya La pass (5,160 m/ 16,929 ft). We will start early in the morning and hike up on a trail that goes through the moraine of Larkya Glacier. The trail further gets steeper and icier. We cross some frozen lakes before we reach Larkya La Pass. We enjoy that feeling of achievement, gratefulness and joy, and of course the panoramic views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himlung, Kang Guru, Larkya Peak, and Ratan Chuli. 

We continue on a steep descent to the beautiful village of Bimthang. Where we will have a well-deserved rest. 

 

  • The route: 15 km / 9.3 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 3,720 m / 12,204ft

  • Highest point of the day: 5,160 m/ 16,929 ft)

  • Trekking time: 8 - 9  hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 | Trek to Dharapani


Initially, the trail follows the Bimthang glacier and heads south. Then, leaving the Bimthang Glacier and Bimthang village behind, the trail enters the forest of rhododendron and pine, passes Sangure Kharka, and continues to the cultivated land of Kharche. After reaching Tilije, we cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola and walk south for about an hour to reach Dharapani. 

  • The route: 21 km / 13 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 1,860 m / 6,102 ft

  • Trekking time: 6 - 7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to Chyamche - transfer to Besisahar

This is the last day of our trek. A descent through a steep stone trail from Dharapani will bring us to Chyamche. Then following the motorable trail that runs along the Marsyangdi River, we will drive down to Besisahar, past beautiful settlements like Jagat, Gyange, Ghermu, Bahundanda, Bhulbhule and Khudi.

  • The route: 11 km / 6.8 mi approx.

  • Sleeping altitude: 1,881 m / 6171 ft

  • Trekking time: 6  hours

  • Transfer time: 2 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15 Drive to Kathmandu


Today we drive back to Kathmandu. After some rest, we will have a farewell dinner at one of the best local restaurants in Kathmandu. 

  • Altitude: 1,300 m / 4,264 ft

  • Transfer time: 7- 8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 | Departure day
 

We enjoy a last breakfast together and then it's time to pack all the memories and head back home.  

  • Meals: Breakfast

  • Transfer to the airport

The entire tour is done in English.

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, National Parks regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions 

How Challenging ?

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High effort. This is a challenging adventure where we can expect 5 - 8 hours of trekking per day, somedays at high altitudes. Previous hiking experience is recommended.

Price and Details

The tour includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle

  • All accommodation during the tour (15 nights)

  • 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin room)

  • 12 nights at Tea houses ( basic twin room)

  • Meals (15 breakfast, 13 lunch, 15 dinners)

  • One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle

  • Annapurna (ACAP) Trekking permits and TIMS (Trekkers Security Card) permits

  • Lower Manaslu Trekking permit and Upper Manaslu special permit

  • Seasonal fresh fruits are served after every dinner

  • Purified drinking water

  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses

  • One porter for every 2 members

  • All required local and government tax

  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag

  • All transport during the tour (except for those by feet!)

  • A certified International Mountain Leader

  • Amazing trails & beautiful landscapes

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The tour excludes:

  • Transport to Kathmandu airport (e.g. flights)

  • Travel Insurance: appropriate for outdoor sports, that covers health, accident, helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, repatriation, personal liability, etc.

  • Single room supplement (available in Kathmandu)

  • Trail snacks to eat on the go - dried fruit, nuts, etc

  • Nepal arrival visa (USD 50  for 30 days)

  • Lunch / Dinner on day 2

  • Monument entrance fees while on a city tour (approx.  USD 26 per person, optional)

  • Tips at your discretion (local guide & porters )

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Expenses for extra activities, such as; laundry, tea house electricity for gadgets, wifi, etc

  • Any accommodations for extra days in Kathmandu

Price: 3750 EUR

25% deposit is due to secure your spot, the remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the trip. Once the trip is confirmed your deposit is non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to any other trips. 

​Participants: 

Min 8 - max 12

Start: Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport, November 1

End: Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport, November 16

We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy:

  • Trip pending: a 25% down payment is fully refundable

  • Trip confirmed: a 25% down payment is non-refundable. You can transfer this down payment to any other of our trips within the next year

  • 60 days or less before the trip starts no refund available

Travel insurance is required for all of our trips. Make sure that your insurance covers trip cancellation (in case of any unforeseen circumstances)