Manaslu Curcuit Trek

Experience crossing the amazing Larke Pass on a trek through the Himalayas

This trek is truly beautiful as you pass through small villages surrounded by snow covered peaks and forests of rhododendron filled with wildlife.

We will be crossing Larke Pass that sits over 5,000m above sea level. A highlight on this trek! You'll get to experience trekking through unspoiled lands on this restricted trekking route and experience the best of Himalayan beauty.

This remote trek takes you around the world's eight highest peak, located in the Manaslu region of the Himalayas. You can expect a peaceful hiking adventure along quiet trails and the opportunity to experience Tibetan-influenced cultures and traditions. 

Please Note: This is a teahouse trek. Teahouses are Nepalese mountain lodges that provide basic dorm-like rooms and communal eating spaces.

Summary

DURATION

16 days

LOCATION

Nepal

START & ENDS

Kathmandu, Kathmandu

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Beautiful, unspoiled and remote trekking route in the Manaslu region
  • The best alternative of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Crossing of Larke Pass over 5,000 meters
  • Dramatic views of Himalayan valleys and wildlife
  • Experience Tibetan influenced culture and traditions

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples! Our airport representative will be waiting in the arrival terminal with your name printed on a card.


From the airport we will transfer you to a city hotel, where you can unpack and freshen up from your long flight. The day is free to explore on your own.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu to prepare your permits

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Exlpore and prepare permits

ELEVATION GAIN

Kathmandu (1,310m)

nepal-kathmandu

Today you can explore Kathmandu on your own. We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. 


Once your permits are collected, we will have a trip briefing get introduced to your guide!

Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Drive 8 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m) to Soti Khola (710m)

Budhi-Gandaki

We begin our day with an early drive to Soti Khola. We follow Budi Gandaki River.


It’s a beautiful but thrilling drive through beautiful Nepalese villages.


It's a long bumpy ride until we stop in Soti Khola for the night. Rest up well before we start our trekking adventure in the morning. 

Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 7 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Soti Khola (710m) to Machha Khola (930m)

manaslu-bridge-river

Today we start our trekking adventure! The trail starts with a bridge crossing and then a climb to the top of the hill.


We pass thundering waterfalls, green hills, and through beautiful villages in the region before reaching Machha Khola.


It's a varied and beautiful day that is the perfect start to our adventure. 

Day 5: Trek to Jagat 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Machha Khola (930m) to Jagat (1,370m)

manaslu-jagat

We have a steep ascent to start before a decent towards a natural hot spring named Tatopani. 


Then we cross Budi Gandaki river and head up the stone stairs to Dovan. From Dovan we make our way to Duman, and then cross a landslide area. 


Several more ups and downs take us to Thado Bhanjyang and then we continue to Jagat where we stay the night.

Day 6: Trek to Deng

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Jagat (1,370m) to Deng (1,860m)

manaslu-bridge-trek

We walk next to the cliffs which offer awesome views of Shringi Himal. Then we descend toward Setibas following Buddhist Mani Walls.


Continuing through terraced fields and bamboo forests of the Nupri Valley, we have a few ups and downs before reaching Deng. 


There will also be a few thrilling suspension bridge crossings today! We walk through a few villages as well before we reach Deng (Dyang) for our overnight stay. 

Day 7: Trek to Namrung

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Deng (1,860m) to Namrung (2,540m)

namrung

Soon after we leave Deng we have another crossing over Budi Gandaki River and then continue to Rana Village.


We will be following a beautiful waterfall and walking deep inside the beautiful rhododendron forests. Keep your eyes peeled for white Langur monkeys.


From here we ascend to Namrung where we spend the night. The views from this village are incredible! You'll see Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli. 

Day 8: Trek to Samagaon

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 7 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Namrung (2,540m) to Samagaon (3,390m)

manaslu-trek

Soon after leaving Namrung we will arrive at Lihi, a village with lots of chhortens, mani walls, and barley fields. We continue towards Samagaon following Sho, Lho and Shyala villages.


Today is a beautiful hike with several viewpoints offers stunning views of various Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Himalchuli and Peak 29.


We will also have the opportunity to visit Rimbung Gomba (Lho Monastery) before reaching our destination, Samagaon which is known as the most fascinating village in the region. 

Day 9: Trek to Samdo 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Samagaon (3,390m) to Samdo (3,890m)

samdo-manaslu

Our trek to Samdo is short and follows the Budi Gandaki river throughout the entire day.


We will hopefully have the opportunity to see grazing herds of Himalayan Blue Sheep.


The trail is wide, it's easy, and only around 3 - 4 hours of walking. Enjoy this blissful walk and beautiful views before our overnight stay in Samdo. 

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day in Samdo 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Rest and acclimatization

ELEVATION

Samdo (3,890m)

samdo-manaslu-trek

Samdo is the meeting place of three different surrounding valleys. It's located behind a ridge specifically known for yak herding. 


We spend the day in Samdo to rest and acclimatize.


We will take a hike up to Gya La which offers excellent views of Simrang Himal, Hiunchuli Peak, Ngadi Himal, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and Kang Guru Himal.

Day 11: Trek to Dharmashala / Larke Phedi 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Samdo (3,890m) to Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4,460m)

DHARMASHALA

Before we start our climb the trail is flat and we cross the river again.


We pass along a glacier followed by beautiful Gorge.


Continuing through several Mani walls we reach Larke Phedi for our overnight stay. 

Day 12: Cross Larkya La and trek to Bimthang 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 9 hours

ELEVATION

Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4,460m) to Larkya La (5,125m) to Bimthang (3,590m)

LARKYA-LA

Today is a challenging day. We start early in the morning and start a gentle climb to the ridge. After this we have a very short descend to a small lake and then make a final ascent to Larke Pass.


The last section of the pass is steep. Soon after reaching the summit we stop for photo opportunities before the descent to Bhimtang.


According to weather conditions the trek might take longer than expected so keep this in mind. The trail is long and strenuous but worth the effort!

Day 13: Trek to Tilije 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Bimthang (3,590m) to Tilije (2,300m)

manaslu-trek-hills

From today we leave the beautiful Himalayan peaks behind and start descending to Tilje.


We walk through forested areas to Karache (2,800m), known as one of the highest cultivated villages in Nepal.


We also pass through Gho village, and then continue for one more hour to Tilije village for our overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek to Tal and drive to Besisahar

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Teahouse Lodge

ACTIVITY

Hiking 3 - 4 hours, Driving 3 - 4 hours

ELEVATION

Tilije (2,300m) to Tal (1,700m) to Besisahar (820m)

manaslu-trek-route

Descending from Tilje we reach Marshyang valley and meet up with the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek.


Tal is a popular stop on the Annapurna circuit route and has several lodges available for meals and accommodation.


We have a quick lunch here and start our thrilling drive to Besisahar on a dirt road.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Drive 8 hours

ELEVATION

Besisahar (820m) to Kathmandu (1,310m)

kathmandu

We have a quick breakfast before our departure for Kathmandu.


The drive we take is along beautiful countryside roads and river banks. Showing off Nepal and it's natural beauty. A great way to end off an epic trek.


Once we reach Kathmandu, we can rest, take a shower, and try some local cuisine!

Day 16: Drive to the Airport and departure from Kathmandu

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer (30 minutes)

ELEVATION

Kathmandu (1,310m)

We drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! 

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Gokyo lakes trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: June, July and August are the monsoon. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

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What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Chamje - Kathmandu transfers on a local bus, Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation on a tourist bus
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits
  • Nepal Immigration restricted area entry permit
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed trekking guide and support porters. Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant

Not Included

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees, travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Expenses of a personal nature (beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 6-7 x hiking shirt + 4-5 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 4 x hiking shorts and 5 x hiking trousers
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet (Down jacket available for free rental)
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots / hiking trainers
  • 7-8 x hiking socks
  • Trainers for teahouses

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 80L Duffel Bag (available for free rental)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag (available for free rental)
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu where one can rent / buy most items listed above. Sleeping bags, a down jacket and a duffel are all included as free rentals.

Travel Insurance

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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

kathamandu hotels

Teahouse Accommodation

The teahouse lodges on the trek are basic. Most teahouses will have shared bathroom / toilet facilities. 

everest teahouse

Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

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Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

HIMALAYAN LEISURE INC.

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This tour is operated for Himalayan Leisure Inc, a fantastic local Nepalese trek operator based in Kathmandu. The company is led by Upendra, a warm and welcoming person who you will love the moment you meet him. Over the past decade Upendra has built Himalayan Leisure into a premier local trek operator with a reputation for safety, quality and fun. We're confident you will have an amazing experience with Upendra and his team.

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