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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Manaslu Trek 12 day itinerary

Some will say 10.5 days is too short for the Manaslu Trek and will recommend 14 days or 18 days with more time for side trips to monasteries and hidden valleys, and soaking up the atmosphere. But it is completely possible, and if you are fit and are short on time, then this will fit well with a 2-week vacation. If you are feeling strong and stay healthy, then spend another rest day in Samdo and cross the pass in one day. This is better in terms of acclimatisation than sleeping high at Larkya Phedi. Make a very early start though. For a slow but determined hiker, it is a 12 hour hike and you have no choice but to finish.

  1. Kathmandu to Arughat bus drive then trek to Soti Khola
  2. Soti Khola to Machha Khola
  3. MachhA Khola to Jagat (checkpoint)
  4. Jagat to Deng
  5. Deng to Namrung
  6. Namrung to Samagaon
  7. Rest day in Samagaon, trip to Pungyen Gompa or a little way to Manaslu Basecamp / Birendra Tal
  8. Samagaon to Samdo
  9. Samdo to Dharmashala (or stay 2 nights in Samdo if fit for the hike to Bimtang in one day)
  10. Dharmashala to Bimtang
  11. Bimtang to Dharapani

The 12th day is jeep and bus travel from Dharapani to Kathmandu. This is a long day but possible if local transport works out. Can be better to walk to Tal at the end of day 11 and then hike another 2 hours to Chamje early in the morning. See local advice in Dharapani.

6 Responses

  1. karun said on June 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    hello, is it possible to go trekking to manaslu in the month of june/july?? and also can this route be done in 7 to 10 days??

    • admin@manaslu said on June 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Yes, but will be wet/hot until Deng or further than that. If it is raining hard, then there is a risk of landslides – take care. Can be done in 9 or 10 days to Dharapani if you are fit and acclimatise well, but not 7 days as it is difficult to acclimatise properly. The road from Dharapani to Besisahar might also be difficult in the rain.

  2. Sally said on December 12, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Would you recommend completing this trek in the middle of March (11-28)

  3. Alex said on December 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My gf and I are looking to do a trek in Feb, we are 25 and generally fit, how hard physicallyis the trek? Thanks

  4. jIM M said on February 1, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Are there more jeeps at Chamje? How far would the hike from Dharapani to Chamje be? How long is the ride from Chamje to Besisahar?


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