Round Manaslu Trek - 17 Days

Round Manaslu Trek
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5160m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season February to May & September to Mid- December
  • Breathtaking views: The trek provides stunning views of the Manaslu mountain range, including the eighth highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu.
  • Unique culture and lifestyle: The trek offers a chance to witness the lifestyle and culture of local communities, including the Gurungs, who are known for their hospitality and traditional way of life.
  • Remote trails and pristine nature: The Round Manaslu Trek takes you through remote trails that are less crowded than other popular trekking routes in Nepal. You'll be able to experience pristine nature, including dense forests, waterfalls, and high-altitude landscapes.
  • Larkya La Pass: The trek takes you through the Larkya La Pass, which is the highest point of the trek at 5,135 meters. From here, you'll be able to witness panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Monasteries and temples: The trek pass through several monasteries and temples, including the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Samagaon.
  • Local cuisine: You'll get to try the local cuisine, including dal bhat, and thukpa, which are popular dishes in Nepal.

Round Manaslu Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal because of the incredible panoramas it provides of the Himalayas, especially the world's eighth-highest peak, Manaslu. The journey is an excellent alternative to the more popular Annapurna and Everest regions, and it provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the unique culture and interact with the local people. You'll get to see how people in rural areas still live today as you make your way through isolated villages and deep forests.
From Arughat, hikers can see picturesque villages, terraced fields, and bamboo forests as they follow the Budi Gandaki River. The Larkya La Pass, at an altitude of 5,135 meters, is the trek's highest point and provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains.
The Round Manaslu Trek is at its best in the months of September through November and March through May, when temperatures are mild, and the skies are typically clear. The journey can be difficult, so it's necessary to train for it and have proper gear.
If you're searching for a strenuous but ultimately rewarding trip in a relatively untouched part of Nepal, the Round Manaslu trip is the best alternative. It's a hike that adventurers shouldn't miss because of the spectacular scenery, fascinating culture, and hidden pathways.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival team from Moon Himalaya Adventure will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and will transfer to hotel. In the Evening you will have a briefing about your Round Manaslu Trek with a guide.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

On the second day after having your breakfast, our guide will brief you about the Round Manaslu Trek and the gear you need. In case you miss out on any gear you can buy or rent it. If you want then you can visit around the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you have to pay entry fees on your own.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

The journey begins with a drive from Kathmandu along Highway. Traditional villages, terraced fields, white water rivers, beautiful woods, and enormous mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal awaits you along the way. We will finally reach Labubesi after crossing through Arughat and Soti Khola. The Round Manaslu trek begins from Labubesi. We will stay in Lodge at in Labubesi.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Duration:7/8 hrs drive

Today is the first day of walk of Round Manaslu Trek. We will get up early have our breakfast and start hiking to Macchi Khola. The trail is beautiful in and of itself, with waterfalls spanning our path. The route contains some steep inclines and declines, so we should proceed with caution. After walking for 5 to 6 hours we will reach Machhi Khola where we will stay for a night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:890m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will begin our trek to Jagat after having our breakfast. Our trail takes us along the gorge alongside the river, uphill and downhill, through a wide variety of ecosystems, and through breathtaking mountain range. We will reach to Jagat after 5 to 6 hours of walk and spend a night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

After breakfast we will continue our trek to Deng. Our trail winds through narrow gorges and over the Budhi Gandaki River. We will walk along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki and then through some bamboo forest till we reach the Deng Khola. Next, we will make our way to Deng by crossing Deng Khola.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1860m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will continue our trek to Namrung after having our breakfast at Deng. To reach Namrung, we will follow a trail that goes through a rhododendron, oak trees, and bamboo forest and includes several steep ascents, suspension bridges, and stone stairs.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2600m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

After having our breakfast, we will continue our trek to Lho. On our way, we will get wonderful views of Simnang Himal (6251m). The trail to Lho takes us along the Mani stone wall, and offers stunning vistas of nearby surroundings. Lho is a culturally significant settlement with many religious structures, including prayer flags, Mani Walls, Chortens, and other stupas.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3180m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We make our way to Samagaun after having our breakfast. We'll be walking through the forest to get to the beautiful village of Shyala. After there we continue our trek to reach Samagaun. Samaguan is the nearest village to Manaslu Base Camp.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3530m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we will explore Samagaun. You can visit monasteries, interact with locals, experience the culture, traditions of the region, and hike to Pungyen gumba or Birendra Lake. Samagaon is a great place to acclimate high altitude.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3530m

The trek begins after having our breakfast at Samagaun. We will start our hike by making our way down the base camp route toward Budhi Gandaki. We'll hike across a number of arid landscapes, taking in the breathtaking sights of snow-capped mountains including Samdo peak, Dharamsala, Manaslu, Siachen Glacier, and many more. Following these breathtaking paths, we'll reach Samdo, our overnight destination.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3875m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

The trek to Dharamsala involves passing through arid areas and crossing the Budhi Gandaki river. We will descend through grassy hills to reach Syacha Khola Valley. The location offers breathtaking panoramas of the Syacha Glacier and snow-capped mountains. Following this path, we'll reach Larkya Glacier and finally to Dharamsala. From here, you can see the stunning range of snow-covered mountains, including the Naike and Larke summits. Dharamsala is where you will stay for the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4480m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we will pass through Larkya La Pass (5160m). As it will long day we have to make an early start. With the help of the prayer flags, we can find our way down the trail. We make a cautious descent to four frozen lakes before embarking on the ascent to the Larkya La Pass. From the pass, you will see a breathtaking view of the Mt. Himlung, the massive Annapurna II and nearby snow-capped peaks. We will then descent after Larkya La Pass and after a steep descent, we will reach a grassland where the terrain flattens out and becomes a bit easier and finally we will reach Bhimtang.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5160m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs

As yesterday's hike was challenging, but today's won't be quite as strenuous so you can take your time to start the trek to Gho. To get to Gho, we will keep following the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3720m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today is the last day of walk of our Round Manaslu Trek. We will start our trek to Dharapani after having our breakfast at Gho. The trail gets easier to hike as it winds its way downhill. Finally, upon reaching Dharapani we conclude our walk and rest in our lodge.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2550m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we take private vehicle and depart from Dharapani as early as possible to reach Kathmandu on time. Beautiful landscapes, hills, rivers, villages can be seen on our way to Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7/8 hrs drive

Representative from Moon Himalaya will drop you to international airport for final departure three years prior to your flight schedule.

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    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop off.
    • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Labu Besi and from Dharapani to Kathmandu for clients in reserved vehicle.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
    • Accommodation during the trek.
    • Restricted area entry permit fee. 
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Labu Besi and from Dharapani to Kathmandu for the guide and porter.
    • English speaking government license holder trekking guide.
      (For 1 to 4 clients there will be 1 guide and more than 5 clients we provide an assistant guide)
    • For every 2 clients there will be 1 porter.
      (The baggage of 1 client should be 10 to 12 kg only)
    • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance for the Guide and Porter.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Certificate of accomplishment after the trek.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by client's travel insurance company.
    What's Excluded
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
    • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
    • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond the scheduled program.
    • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you tour in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fees of Monasteries, temples or museums.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donations to monasteries and schools, Wi-Fi, laundry etc.
    • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Specialty snacks like chocolate bars and bakery items.
    • Internet, hot showers and battery charging during the trek.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Tips for guide, porter and staff.
    • Things that go beyond "cost inclusive" list. 
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Weather: The weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas, so we recommend you to be prepared and pack the gear for rain, snow and wind.
    • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complications to your Round Manaslu Trek such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries or other serious health concerns.
    • Medication: Please inform us about the medicine that you use daily so that our guide can assist in reminding you to take your medicines.
    • Best time to trek: Every season has a different thing to offer however the best time to do the Round Manaslu Trek is from September to November and from March to May. During these months, the weather is generally dry, and the skies are clear, offering stunning mountain views.
    • Restricted area: Manaslu Region is a restricted area so you will require special permit to do this trek. Also, there should be at least of two tourists to do the trek.
    FAQsRound Manaslu Trek - 17 Days FAQs
    • The Round Manaslu Trek is considered a strenuous trek, with several steep ascents and descents and high-altitude Larkya La pass (5160m). One has to be both physically and mentally strong to complete the trek.

    • Yes, it is mandatory to do the Round Manaslu Trek with a guide. A guide will help with navigation, provide information about the local culture, and ensure your safety.

    • Teahouses or basic lodges that offer simple accommodation is available on Round Manaslu Trek.

    • A special permit is required to trek in the Manaslu region as it is a restricted area. You also need Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

    • The best time to trek the Round Manaslu Trek is from September to Mid- December and from Mid- February to May, when the weather is clear and dry, and the views are stunning.

    • Yes, Altitude sickness is big concern on the Round Manaslu Trek, especially when crossing high-altitude passes. It's important to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and seek medical attention if symptoms of altitude sickness occur.

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