Around Manaslu Challenging Trek

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Arughat, Ārughāṭ, Jhurjhure Chaukidamar, Bote Gaun, Jagāt, Ung, Namrung, Limi, Samagaun Gumba, Larkya, Bimtākothi, Samagaun Gumba, Kichemeche, Jagāt, Bhirpustuli, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking


A challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu at 8163 metres is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. Situated close to the border with Tibet, some 100 km northwest of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early nineties when The Adventure Travel were one of the first companies granted permission to take groups trekking into the region. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu and the simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic yet unspoilt trekking adventures in the Himalaya. Travelling via Gorkha and Arughat to the south of Manaslu, we ascend the impressive gorge of the Burhi Gandaki for several days, passing through tiny villages perched on the steep valley sides, to reach the Tibetan world beyond the village of Ghap. We have the feeling of entering a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags as the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, we drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where we are now trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the roadhead. Once only accessible to fully self-sufficient camping groups, the Manaslu circuit can now be completed using local lodges and tea houses giving a unique opportunity to interact with the local people who live in these high Himalayan valleys.

Is this holiday for you?

Much of the walking on this trekking holiday around Manasulu involves straightforward walking on good trails, and should be within the capabilities of any fit and experienced hillwalker. The first part of the trek ascends the Burhi Gandaki Valley on village trails through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. Occasional gorge sections require high level traverses with some degree of exposure, though these are always on good, well-maintained trails which are also used by animals. Approaching and crossing the Larkya La, we will encounter rough glacial moraine, and a final short steeper section to the summit. Once in the Marsyangdi Valley we will descend the main Annapurna Circuit trail. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit and experienced hikers. Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for up to 7 or 8 hours each day (although as we gain elevation several days will be much shorter than this to allow for acclimatisation).


    • Classic circuit trek around the 8th highest mountain in the world
    • Linking the Burhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi valleys
    • Rare views of Manaslu from the north
    • Tibetan villages, mani walls, monasteries and prayer flags

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62422
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 19 days
Physical rating: Demanding


  • A professional Western leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier (3 nights Hotel with swimming pool, 15 nights Lodge)
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)


  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Single Supplement US$245 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu only


Price person (sharing double) $2,885 ($152/day)


$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

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Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Karen M 

A wonderful first trip to Nepal . Hopefully the first of many !I enjoyed Everything ..... except the high altitude headache !!!The trip was so much more than I had expected - in all kinds of ways. We couldn't have asked for a better leader. Ben's good humour and patience were outstanding.

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Kirsty S 

I had a fabulous time, the Manaslu trek was just as I had hoped, quiet - not many other trekking groups, interesting - people in this region are living their normal lives and still mostly untouched by the trekking industry, and scenic - the whole trip was stunning but the mountains on the pass-day were quite amazing. Having our own cook team meant we ate extremely well and stayed healthy.

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