You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and will be picked up by a representative 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 take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant where you will have a welcome dinner organized by the company.
Manaslu Circuit Trek -16 days Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive 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 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 gear and necessities with our guide.
Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
After breakfast, we will begin our drive towards Arughat. The drive will pass through beautiful countryside and provide views of mountain scenery. Up to Dhading Bensi, the road is paved, but from here onwards the road becomes rough and bumpy until we reach Soti Khola.
Day 04 Soti Khola to Macha 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 descends to a sandy river bed. We will ascend over a ridge and descend to another river. Before reaching Macha Khola, we will cross a suspension bridge.
Day 05 Macha Khola to Jagat
After a few ascents & descents, 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 crosses a long thrilling suspension bridge. You will reach Philim, and then pass through a scattered settlement area to reach Ekle Bhatti. From Ekle Bhatti, you will ascend on a steep path. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki river, you will trek through bamboo forests to reach Deng.
Day 07 Deng to Namrung
After 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 see stunning views of Siringi Himal. Further, you will again cross Budhi Gandaki and trek upstream to a narrow gorge. With one last steep climb, you will reach Namrung to stay the night.
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 and we pass through 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 Samagaun
After breakfast, we will begin trekking and reach Shyala village. Shyala is a picturesque village surrounded by high mountains such as Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli on the left side, Mt. Manaslu and huge glaciers in front, and other snowy peaks on the right side.
Day 10 Acclimatization day at Samagaun, Hike to Manasulu Base Camp (4845m/15895ft) and return
After so many continuous trekking days, this is our rest day at Samagaun both to acclimatize our bodies and explore. We will explore the village and visit Pungyen Gompa from where we will observe stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. We will also see several mani stones with Buddhists text & pictures on them. We will also have the opportunity to observe the lifestyle, tradition and culture of the local inhabitants residing in this remote area.
Day 11 Samagaun to Samdo
We will descend to the Budhi Gandaki River after breakfast. We will then cross a bridge and trail from here to take us to 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 the Budhi Gandaki. From here, we will ascend steeply between two forks of the river. We will then reach Kani and finally arrive at Samdo.
Day 12 Samdo to Dharamsala
After descending, we will cross a wooden bridge over the 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 and ascend to reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier, which offers a superb view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Further, we trek across glacier moraines and ascend slowly. We will see amazing views of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Mt. Annapurna and Kanguru.
Day 14 Bhimthang to Tilje
Today, the trail will provide scenic mountain views. We will descend and cross a high pasture. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, and pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest. Further, we will trek along a narrow valley trail and reach high cultivated land at Karche. From here, we will pass by fields and ascend on a steep path. Descending the ridge, we will reach a river bank and 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 to a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Crossing the Dudh Khola, we again ascend through a chorten-shaped arch, pass by mani walls, and reach Thonje village. We will visit a police check-point in this village and continue our trek towards Dharapani. From here onwards, we will join the Annapurna Circuit trail. We will descend and reach Karte village. After passing through this village, we will cross a bridge over the 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, the Marshyangdi valley opens up to reveal terraced fields and villages clinging to the hillsides. We will then descend through rhododendron & pine forest and reach Jagat.
Day 16 Drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Following a route along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers, we will pass by beautiful villages, green hills, and terraces before reaching Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will head to our hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will stroll around the vibrant streets of Thamel and can also go shopping.