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Manaslu Circuit – Lodge Trek

Nepal Nepal

Trekking Map

In the footsteps of the Tibetans, on old trade routes, you will follow on this trek in the land of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world (8,163m).

Buddhist memorial shrines with gilded tips and carefully stacked mani stones with carved Buddhist mantras show the way around the “mountain of souls”. The way is through a both geographic also culturally fascinating region with constantly changing backdrops. You will hike through all climatic zones, from the jungle to the 5,106m high Larkyapass in the eternal ice. Impressive canyons, terrace fields, subtropical forests and the glacier world of Manaslu make this circuit a unique experience.
The breathtaking view from the Larkyapass (5,106 m), the Sie Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), the Cheo Himal (6,820 m) and the Himlung Himal (7,126 m) tour.

This trek is a good choice, if you can be found the trekking in a remote region of the Nepalese Himalayas search. The Manaslu circuit is a varied and less visited alternative to the Annapurna circuit.

Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu
Airport pickup and transfer to hotel. Complete instructions are given in the afternoon. In the evening you are invited for dinner with your mountain guide. Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar (D).

Day 2. Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for the trek
Today we explore Kathmandu with a local city guide. The day is flexible and is designed according to what you would like to see. The most popular places and attractions are generally Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple with an area for burning the dead, Swayambhunath – also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’, the Boudhanath stupa, Durbar Square and Thamel – the main tourist centre of Kathmandu.

Day 3. Drive to Macha Khola (930m) – 9 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4. Macha Khola to Jagat (1.440m) – 6 to 8 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5. Jagat to Deng (1.860m) – 7 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6. Deng to Namrung (2.540m) – 7 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7. Namrung to Lho (3.020m) – 4 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8. Lho to Samagaon (3.450m) – 4 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 9. Acclimatisation day at Samagaon (3.450m).
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 10. Samagaon to Samdo (3.860m) – 3 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 11. Rest and acclimatisation day at Samdo (3.860m).
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 12. Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4.460m) – 3 to 4 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13. Cross the Larkya La (5.106m), trek to Bimtang (3,590m) – 7 to 8 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 14. Bimtang to Dharapani (1.860m) – 7 to 8 hours walking.
Overnight at teahouse lodge (B,L,D)

Day 15. Dharapani to Jagat (1.430m) – 6 hours walking.
Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)

Day 16. Transfer to Besisahar then by private car / bus back to Kathmandu.
Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 17. Fly back home / End if Trip
Transfer to the airport / Farewell

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure, or weather conditions.

Trip Start Dates:

German guided tour
English guided tour

This trekking tour can also be booked for individual travelers (one person alone) at an additional cost or at the same price for a group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 17 days
Costs: € 1.990 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 170 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • All relevant surface transfer (with private vehicles)
  • All hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • All meals on trek (B,L,D)
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees, guide and vehicle
  • Permit, National Park Entrance/Conservation Fees
  • Guide and porters
  • 12 kg free luggage on trekking tours, carried by porter
  • Quality service and trek equipment
  • Portable Altitude chamber
  • Oxymeter
  • Satellite Phone

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • Personal bills
  • Visas
  • Excess baggage charge (beyond 15 Kg each)
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Tips

Your visa can be issued on arrival at a counter at Kathmandu airport. Visa costs on arriving in Kathmandu amount to US $ 50 (stay of up to 30 days) and US $ 100 (stay of up to 90 days).
The fees can also be paid in euros, which are converted by the bank at the airport in accordance with the dollar exchange rate. Two passport size photographs must be provided for the visa. At the time of the trip your passport must be valid for at least a further six months and have at least one blank page.

These visa and passport regulations apply to EU countries, Switzerland and the USA. Other nationals should check with the relevant consular authorities.

Travel health insurance (with recovery costs) is essential for your own safety and a precondition for participation in our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains which requires a helicopter rescue, the helicopter will not take off before the responsibility for the cost is clarified.
The conclusion of travel cancellation insurance is highly recommended. In the case of bargain price flights in particular, changes or cancellations generally can’t be made free of charge. In Nepal complications with the weather or with your health could make it necessary to break off your journey.
We have requested ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to create various service packages for you. You can book travel health insurance at www.reiseversicherung.de.

Please note: ERGO insurance can be booked by residents of Germany and Austria. Those living in other countries are requested to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their own country.

It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours advises its customers to book their travel insurance via ERGO as a recommendation only, and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the customer and the travel insurance provider. Customers can book their travel insurance via ERGO or another provider at their own discretion.

The hotels and lodges booked by us
In Kathmandu and Pokhara the hotels we book are good and correspond to medium-level Western standards. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel cuisine is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. There may sometimes be power cuts, or no hot water may be available for a while. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and looks after the welfare of guests. The hotels booked by us are as follows:

Kathmandu: Hotel Tibet/Manaslu ***+
Pokhara: Mount Kailash Resort, Lake side retreat ***
Palpa/Tansen: Hotel Srinagar **
Lumbini: Hotel New Crystal ***
Chitwan: Jungle Villa Resort
Nagarkot: Nagarkot Farmhouse

During the trek and in the interior of the country conditions are very varied, and travelers must sometimes expect basic sanitation facilities. For standard treks and tours you will stay overnight in typical “lodges” (teahouses). These usually offer very small single rooms or double rooms (some with no running water and no private shower / toilet).
In general, during the trekking tour you can select what you wish to eat from the menu. However, at altitudes of 4,000 meters it can happen that on some routes the choice of food is not very extensive. Typical Nepalese cuisine is mostly vegetarian, but very tasty, filling and wholesome. Travelers need to be adaptable, however.

Flying in Nepal
The domestic flights booked by us are with Tara Air, Yeti Air or Buddha.

Tour program
The travel program for all of our recommended tours is carefully planned. It can happen, however, that roads are closed without advance notice or are impassable, that there are waiting times of several hours because of traffic congestion or fuel shortages and that specific tourist attractions are closed for various reasons. Other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, the health of participants or unfavorable conditions while trekking may also make the implementation of the travel program more difficult or at worst make it impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will make every effort to achieve every aspect of the program to your satisfaction. As a result the inconvenience can normally be kept to a reasonable level. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this juncture that for the above reasons program changes are possible at any time and cannot be influenced by the organizers. The resulting costs are borne by the traveler. We ask for your understanding.

Trip Details

  • Duration: 17 days
  • Holiday Type: Lodge Trek
  • Best trekking period: Oct/Nov/Mar/Apr/May
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Max Altitude: Larkya La, 5.106m
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of onl two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Nepalese mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 1.990,00 
  • Single room supplement: 170,00 €
    single room / tent supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek, especially during the high season, single accommodation is not available).