Taking you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain, the Manaslu circuit offers some of the best and most remote trekking in Nepal.
Despite its rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains relatively off-the-beaten path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture, and a 17,000-foot Himalayan pass crossing deliver everything you could hope for from a trekking adventure. Here are 5 of the best Manaslu circuit trek currently on offer.
Manaslu circuit Trek (16 days)
Starting and ending in Kathmandu, this 16-day guided adventure takes you through a total of 13 destinations in Nepal. During the hike, your and your group of up to 10 will pass through various Tibetan-style Buddhist villages, as well as catch magnificent glimpses of the giant Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Kangguru, Cheo Himal, Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna II, and several others. The tour price includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals and transport. Price currently unavailable.
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit trekking (21 days)
For those with plenty of time on their hands, this extended 21-day trip may well appeal. Taking you into the Manaslu conservation area, the journey traverses the stunning scenery to the mythical Tsum Valley, which is culturally tied with Tibetan Buddhism, a sacred territory and is brimming with pristine woodlands. Afterwards explore the unexplored Himalayas gems and panorama from Lho, Shyala, Samagau, Samdo and Larky La. The biggest accomplishment will be ascending Larkya La Pass, which is the highest point of the whole adventure. The tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. From £1,331 per person.
Manaslu Circuit Trek – Untouched trail (14 days)
This two-week long wilderness tour leads intrepid travellers through the mountain peaks, glaciers, high latitude lakes, rivers, pastures and dense forests of the pristine Manaslu Conservation Area During your daily treks, you’ll get great views of mount Annapurna, Ganesh and Langtang, and there’ll also be top class wildlife spotting opportunities with the region home to such exotic creatures as Snow leopard, Grey Wolf, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr. The tour price includes pick-up and drop-off in Kathmandu. From £1,450 per person.
GHT Manaslu & Annapurna (26 days)
From lush subtropical forests to dramatic gorges and immense glaciers, you’ll experience the very best of the diverse landscapes of Nepal on this epic 26-day guided excursion. Starting and finishing in Kathmandu, you’ll cross two of Nepal’s most exciting passes, Larkya and Thorong La, explore ancient Buddhist villages near the Tibetan border, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, all in the inspiring company of experienced leaders and sirdars. From £3,200 per person.
Manaslu Circuit Trek (12 Days)
The shortest trip on our list – and the most affordable – this 12-day trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Here, you’ll embark on your first trek, heading toward Samagaon via Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, and Namrung. In Samagaon, you’ll spend one whole day resting and recuperating, as well as visiting local villages around. With energy levels restored, you’ll make the short hike to Manaslu Base Camp via the Ridge of Birendra Lake for stunning views of the Manaslu Region. The trails also offers a chance of encountering yaks, blue sheep, and other Himalayan animals and birds. The trekking ends in Besisahar, where you’ll be driven back to Kathmandu. From £709 per person.