This camping trek circuit is a rugged alternative to the Annapurna circuit. Manasulu's unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepali cultures offer the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure in a remote and rugged region which provides a deep sense of exploration.
This area has only recently been de-restricted and opened to international tourism. Located in the central Gorkha district bordering Tibet, the region is extremely rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Manasulu offers the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure into a remote wilderness, untouched by the effects of tourism.
The trek circumnavigates the mighty Manasulu (8,156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. We start the trek from the fascinating old city of Gorkha, the ancient kingdom of the Shah Dynasty that has a mixed Hindu and Buddhist culture. We follow the course of the Buri Gandaki River valley, crossing its thundering waters on various types of rope and suspension bridge, passing underneath towering rock cliffs, and through dense jungle. The topography changes each day, as we ascend through a number of climatic zones into rugged territory. We soon join the barren lunar landscape of the Tibetan plateau, where monasteries, temples, chortens and mani walls line the trail.
Climbing further through alpine wilderness, we gain stunning and rarely seen views of Manasulu. The Larkya La is our highpoint of the trek at 5,235m, from where we gain unsurpassed views of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Kang Guru (/7,010m) and Annapurna II. We then descend to the Marsayangdi river valley and onto Besisahar from where we catch our minibus back to Kathmandu.
This long and demanding camping trek is a wonderful alternative to the Annapurna circuit. The Manasulu Eco-Tourism Development Project, working in c-operation with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has made great efforts to preserve the pristine beauty of this region, and to trek amongst such inspiring scenery is a rare joy.
Days Day to Day Itinerary Elevation Everyday trek hour
1 Drive from Pokhara to Soti Khola via Arughat 710m 2,328 ft 7-8 hour drive
2 Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola 930m 3,051 ft 8-9 hours trek
3 Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat 1,410m 4,625 ft 6 - 7 hours trek
4 Trek from Jagat to Deng 1,804m 5,917 ft 6-7 hours trek
5 Trek from Deng to Namrung 2,630m 8,626 ft 6-7 hours trek
6 Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
7 Rest day & side trip to MBC or Bihendra Lake 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
8 Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3,860m 12,660 ft 4 - 5 hours trek
9 Rest day & side trip to Tibitan border, or day hike 3,860m 12,660 ft 8-9 hours trek
10 Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4,460 m 14,629 ft 4-5 hours trek
11 Trek Dharmasala to Bimthang Via Larke pass (5,160m) 3,700m 12,139 ft 8-10 hours trek
12 Trek from Bimthang to Tilije 1,700m 5,576 ft 5-6 hours trek
13 Trek from Tilije to Tal 1,080m 3,542 ft 25-minute flight
14 Drive From Tal to Pokhara/ Kathmandu (Jeep, Bus, or Car) 1,300m 4,265 ft 7-9 hour driv