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I could just say ’what a brilliant trip’, but that is not enough. The trip exceeded my expectations, it pushed my physically, but not too far. Jill was a great leader, fun to be with, but firm and decisive when needed. The local team were excellent, the food the same (does Saila cater for UK functions?) and Jiri is a very good guide.
Simon Lebesque (UK) | Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal

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  • Approaching Larkya La pass
  • TMC Group at Larkya La pass
  • Buri Gandaki valley
  • View from Larkya La
  • Mt Manaslu
  • Kitchen in one of the lodges on Manaslu Circuit
  • Inside typical lodge on Manaslu Circuit
  • Lho monastery
  • Inside Lho monastery
  • Walking near Samdo
  • View from trail on the way to Larkya Phedi
  • Larkya Phedi lodge
  • Descending Larkya La pass on Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit is one of the classic treks in Nepal around Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain followed by crossing Larkya La pass.

This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit.

The trek starts at the town of Arughat passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages in the narrow Buri Gandaki gorge. After Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.

After Samdo village we start the approach towards the Larkya La pass, crossing this high Himalayan pass is a challenging day although would be a good objective for a fit hill walker with no previous mountaineering experience. The view from the Larkya La is superb where we will see Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains.

Click here for detailed explanation and discussion about how the different Classic Circuit treks in Nepal compare and the pros & cons of each one. 


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
    Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 18 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2018 - £1,895 (US$2,550 or €2,175) 2019 - £1,950 (US$2,595 or €2,250)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.
  • Lodge based accommodation on trek however we also bring along tents in case you prefer to sleep outside of the lodge. The tents will be allocated on a twin share basis using our Western branded tents. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear 
  • Twin share room with common bathroom while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Manaslu region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety
  • Complimentary Manaslu Circuit trekking map
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • April 7th to 24th 2018
  • April 28th to May 15th 2018
  • October 6th to 23rd 2018
  • October 27th to November 13th 2018
  • April 6th to 23rd 2019
  • April 27th to May 14th 2019
  • October 5th to 22nd 2019
  • October 26th to November 12th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Drive to Soti Khola (700m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Macha Khola (930m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Jagat (1,440m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Deng (1,860m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Namrung (2,540m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Lho (3,020m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Samagaon (3,450m) 
  • Day 10Acclimatisation day at Samagaon (3,450m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Samdo (3,860m) 
  • Day 12Acclimatisation day at Samdo (3,860m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,460m) 
  • Day 14Trek over Larkya la pass (5,213m) to Bimtang (3,590m)  
  • Day 15Trek to Dharapani (1,860m) 
  • Day 16Trek to Jagat (1,430m) 
  • Day 17Jeeps to Besisahar then by private bus to Kathmandu 
  • Day 18Fly back home 
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