About Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an epic long-distance walk into a little-visited world of ethnic minorities, big mountain scenery, and world-class trails. This is a walk for those who delight in the wonders of undeveloped Himalayan scenery and long, rewarding days of walking in a Nepal of yesteryear.
From the humid subtropics of Arughat (530m) to the icy winds of the Larkya La (5160m), you will traverse the Manaslu Conservation Area, a restricted area home to 11 different types of forests housing more than 100 species of birds and 33 mammals. You will gaze upon Manaslu (8163m), Earth’s 8th highest mountain above sea level, walk through golden millet fields, and build legs of steel.
Our walk begins in SotiKhola, following an exciting dirt-road journey that dropped us 1000 meters lower than Kathmandu. As we proceed up the western flanks of the valley, we are quickly introduced to the raging Budhi Gandaki, the aqua-colored glacially-fed river that originates in higher altitudes of the Manaslu region and that accompanies us for much of our walk.
As we continue, we encounter some of the most stunning scenery in Nepal: from deeply cut valleys and a broad, sweeping Budhi Gandaki to golden, swaying millet fields on terraced mountainsides and valley plateaus, from old, traditional homes to incredible old-school trails that offer us an enticing taste of how Nepal was before the 21st century.
In the higher alpine, we discover ancient Tibetan trade centers and Gompas, muse over yaks munching on the hillsides, and challenge ourselves to take one more step. From Sama (3500m) we bag Manaslu Base Camp (4800m) and take in the stunning Birendra Tal. From Dharmasala (4460m), we enjoy a northern view of Manaslu and its northern massif. As we close the circuit, in Bimthang (3700m) we catch staggering amphitheater-esque views of the surrounding peaks, including Manaslu from the west!
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging, rewarding, and off-the-beaten-path long-distance walk calling adventurers out there looking for a different experience.