Manaslu Circuit Adventure Trek 19 days
Beginning trek from the historic centre of Gorkha after a 6-7 hrs drive from Katmandu, the trail heads up the valley of the Buri Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic group.
The trail circumvent interesting Manaslu peak -8156m. Crossing Larkya pass at 5100 meter and finally emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit. You will have two options as where to conclude your trek. Trek optional further to Jomsom at Kali Gandaki river valley crossing another high and arduous Throng la pass at 5416 meter and conclude the trek by flying down to Kathmandu via Pokhara, or you can also avoid flight by walking down to Pokhara from Jomsom following the Annapurna trail in 4-5 Days. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks.
Continue another descending along the Marshyangdi river valley through the rhododendron & oak forests and finally conclude the trek at Bensisahar and Drive back to Katmandu
Trip Facts:
  • Activities: Trekking Holidays
  • Trip Grade: Challenging
  • Trip Duration: 19 days
  • Daily Walking Hour: 5-7 hrs
  • Transportation: Private car & Taxi
  • Meals: Bed and breakfast option in KTM, Full board on Trek.
  • Highest altitude: 5416m.
  • Group Size: 2-10 pax
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End In: Kathmandu
  • Region: Remote Area
Detailed Itinerary:
Day 01: Kathmandu-1360m
You arrive in Katmandu and are transferred to the hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements.

Day 02: Kathmandu Drive to Arughat Bazar
First day drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Highway for the first part of the drive; then we turn towards the north from Abikareni bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets a bit rough after Gorkha. We will reach Arughat Bazaar driving after for seven hours from Kathmandu.

Day 03: Arughta Bazaar- Sundhikhola
On a very first day trekking hiking on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low part, rice paddies and picturesque views surround us. After climbing to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the River and at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day not too long, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim during the day for it is hot in the lower section.

Day 04: Sundhikhola-Machhakhola
The landscapes changes, the wide valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley which is densely forested. Then we pass a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of this valley, on our opposite where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wider section, sandy Riverbank and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley path. At the end, we have to climb up once again to get Machha Khola, which has a number of teashops.

Day 05: Machhakhola-Jagat
We over cross Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The whole valley here becomes steeper until there is the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest trail we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban village, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this hard steep section, the River is much more placid, meandering across a wide gravel bank and from Lauri, we will cross the River crossing a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to the fields of Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat-Deng
After series of long descending stone step trail down to the River, we climb a terraced hill trail to Saguleri, from where we will see the impressive Singri Himal, 7187m. The trail splits, with the right hand direction heading towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the River at Gata Khola. Our trekking route continues upstream, through a marvelous section with towering walls. We cross three more Rivers in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng.

Day 07: Deng-Ghap
The valley is still steep but very impressive. We cross the village of Lama from where we start to see Mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), then we are entering onto Buddhist region. After only about four hours trekking we reach the village of Ghap, which lies by the River then change in the climate and culture as well.

Day 08: Ghap-Lho Village
As we gain altitude day after day, we move into alpine territory but magnificent mountain views. There are more Mani stone walls and 3 more sections to cross over the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are massive pasture lands. Climbing gently and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the village of Sho, 3000m. We get to see our first incredible views of the Manaslu North & Manaslu towards from Sho. As we continue we get to Lho, a large village at 3150 metres where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Mani Walls.

Day 09: Lho Village-Sama Gaon
Today follows the right section of the River bank, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trekking trail, we soon reach first section of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village call Samdo, near the Tibetan border.

Day 10: Sama Gaon Exploration Day.
Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest hide way, we take an acclimatization day here and exploring around and relax.

Day 11: Sama Gaon-Larkyala Lodge (Dharmasala)
The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continuing to its upper course seem to be ever ending. Where we are surrounded by spectacular mountains from around. Manaslu is particularly impressive after crossing over to the east bank of the River; we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu, after the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), way to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar.
Presumably this village vantage as a trading point, with Tibet lying over the Gya La. The local market seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlement near the Larkya Glacier; we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built for travelers after they cross over the Larkya La.

Day 12: Larkyala-Tangbuche
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the valley on the north ridge of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, taking a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are rewardig views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru & massive Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screed, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further on, a ridge the trail leads to Tanbuche 3900m.

Day 13: Tangbuche-Karche
Looking straight down is a Bimthang village with a number of Mani stone walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp to reach the west ridge of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, magnificent excellent view of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. We descend onto the rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley, until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche 2785 meters

Day 14: Karche-Dharapani
We climb through the terraced fields to the Karche La pass, a densely forested valley lies ahead, sloping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross over the Marshyangdi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit with the hoarders of trekkers and soon reach Dharapani.

Day 15: Dharapani-Jagat
Initially walking down trough Marshyangdi River gorge to Tal. The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up and now the village of Tal sits on the flat land

Day 16: Jagat-Nagdi-Bhulbhule
Trekking our way down from Jagat we reach Syange, from where we cross a suspension bridge over to the east section of the Marshyangdi River and onto easier terrain. Then, trek a short but stiff climb upto Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule.

Day 17: Bhulbhule-Beshishar-Kathmandu
The very last day of our trekking hiking, it is approximately seven hours drive to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Kathmandu
Today is free to relax until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home.