You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and picked up by one of the representatives from Snowland Treks. He will take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. Later in the evening, you will meet with your guide in your hotel lobby and he will assist you to a Nepali traditional restaurant where you will have a welcome dinner organized by the company.
Manaslu Circuit Trek -16 days Itinerary
Day 01 Land in Kathmandu
Day 02 Trek Preparation or Sightseeing as an option
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. We will prepare for the trip and also go on a guided sightseeing tour. We will wake up early in the morning, have our breakfast, and head towards Pashupatinath Temple. From here, we will drive to Boudhanath, the largest stupa of Asia. Similarly, we will also visit Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three durbar squares of Kathmandu valley. In the evening, our guide will brief you about the trip and we will arrange all the gears and necessities with our guide.
Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
After having breakfast, we will begin our drive towards Arughat. The drive will present us beautiful countryside views of Nepal along with mountain scenery. Up to Dhading Bensi, the road will be graveled, however, from here onwards the road gets rough and bumpy until we reach Soti Khola.
Day 04 Soti Khola to Machha Khola
Today is our first trekking day. Crossing a bridge, we will trek through lovely sal forest. Further, the trail ascends onto a ridge and we reach Khursane. From here, we will come across two beautiful waterfalls and gradually descend down through rice terraces. Continuing ascending, we will reach Labubesi, a small Gurung village. The trail then ascends and then descend down to a sandy river bed. We will ascend over a ridge and descend down to another river. Before reaching Machha Khola, we will cross a suspension bridge.
Day 05 Machha Khola to Jagat
With a few ascend & descends, we will cross Tharo Khola and reach Khorla Besi. The trail then leads us to Tatopani. Ascending from here, we will cross Budhi Gandaki River on a thrilling bridge. From here, we will trek on a stone staircase and come across the landslide area. Further, we will cross a suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and again ascend on a stone staircase. We will ascend and descend several times and cross the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki. Climbing on a ridge, we will trek along a river and reach Jagat.
Day 06 Jagat to Deng
Leaving Jagat behind, we will trek through dense sub-tropical forests, rivers, and small villages. You will ascend to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. Further, the trail continues to Ghatta Khola and cross a long thrilling suspension bridge. You will reach Philim, and passing by scattered settlement area reach Ekle Bhatti. From Ekle Bhatti, you will ascend on a steep path. Crossing Budhi Gandaki river, you will trek through bamboo forests to reach Deng.
Day 07 Deng to Namrung
After having breakfast, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki river and ascend to Bhim. You will then trek through dense forests and lovely villages to Prok. Here, you will get to see stunning views of Siringi Himal. Further, you will again cross Budhi Gandaki and trek along with the upstream to a narrow gorge. With one last steep climb, you will reach Namrung for the night stay.
Day 08 Namrung to Lho
Today, we will gradually ascend and trek through dense forests. We will reach Lihi, a small village with several chortens fastened with colorful prayer flags as well as barley terraces. From here, the trail descends and crosses the side valley of Simnag Himal, we pass by Sho village. The trail from here will take us to Lho village, which will welcome us with fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu. We will also visit a famous ancient gompa here, Ribung Gompa.
Day 09 Lho to Sama Gaun
After having breakfast, we will begin trekking and reach Shyala village. Shyala is a picturesque village surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli in the left side, Mt. Manaslu as well as huge glaciers in front, and other snowy peaks are the right side.
Day 10 Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun, hike to Manasulu Base Camp (4845m/15895ft)and return
After so many continuous trekking days, it is our rest day at Samagaon both to acclimatize our body and explore. We will explore the village and visit Pungyen Gompa from where we will get to witness stunning views of glaciers. Likewise, we will also see several mani stones with Buddhists text & pictures on it. We will also get a chance to observe the lifestyle, tradition, culture of locals residing in this remote area.
Day 11 Sama Gaon to Samdo
We will descend down to the Budhi Gandaki River after having breakfast. We will then cross a bridge and trail from here take us to the Manaslu Base Camp. On the way, we will pass by numerous mani walls and lush forests of birch & juniper. Further, we will descend and cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki. From here, we will ascend steeply between two forks of the river. We will then reach Kani and finally arrive Samdo.
Day 12 Samdo to Dharamsala
Descending down the edge, we will cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and ascend. We will then cross two streams. On the way, we will see a stunning view of Larkya Glacier. Further, from Salka Khola valley, we will ascend towards Dharamsala also known as Larke Phedi.
Day 13 Dharmasala to Bhimthang via Larkya La (5106m/16751ft)Pass
We will begin trekking ascending and reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers, which presents a superb view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Further, we trek across glacier moraines and ascend slowly. We will get to see amazing views of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Mt. Annapurna, and Kanguru.
Day 14 Bhimthang to Tilje
Today, the trail will present scenic mountain views. We will descend and cross a high pasture. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, and pas by beautiful rhododendron forest. Further, we will trek on narrow valley trail and reach high cultivated land at Karche. From here, we will pass by fields and ascend on a steep path. Descending down the ridge, we will reach a river bank and to Gho village. The trail from here will take us to Tilije where we will stay overnight.
Day 15 Tilje to Jagat or Syange
We will ascend on a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Crossing Dudh Khola, we again ascend up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass by mani walls, and Thonje village. We will visit a police check-point in this village and continue our trek towards Dharapani. From here onwards, we will enter the Annapurna Circuit trail. We will descend and reach Karte village. Going through this village, we will cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola and pass by a few mani walls on the way to Tal.
Following a trail to Chyamje village, we will cross the Marshyangdi Khola. Further, Marsyangdi valley open with several terrace fields and villages clung high to hillsides. We will then descend through rhododendron & pine forest and reach Jagat.
Day 16 Drive back to Kathmandu
After having breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu today. Following a route along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers, we will pass by beautiful villages, green hills, and terrace farming before reaching Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will head to our hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will stroll in the vibrant streets of Thamel and also do shopping.