Manaslu Circuit Trek


I am looking for 1-3 trekking partners to join me for the Manaslu circuit trek, departing Kathmandu on approximately October 13. I have contacted a few different guide services, but so far Nepal Trekking Experts seems the best. I have been chatting online with the owner, Rajesh, for a few months now and he is wonderful. I think we would have a great time if we go with one of his guides. And their trips are a little cheaper than other companies.

I love outdoor adventure of all kinds. I have done many long hikes in the US. I live in the mountains and work as a whitewater raft guide. This is my first trip to Nepal and I am very excited!!

I am looking at the standard itinerary for Manaslu – not including Tsum Valley. These trips are usually advertised as 16-18 days. At the finish of the trek, I plan to go to Pokhara.

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat/Sotikhola by drive.

Day 04: Soti to Machhakhola.(869m,7hrs)

Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat(1340m,7hrs)

Day 06: Jagat to Deng(6/7hrs,1860m)

Day 07: Deng to Namrung(2630m,7hrs)

Day 08: Namrung to Loho. (3180m,4hrs)

Day 09: Loho to Sama(3520m,3hrs).

Day 10: Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or PungenGumpa etc. Options can be discussed with your guide dependent on your fitness and needs.

Day 11: Sama to Samdo(3860m,3hrs)

Day 12: Hike to Tibet border(4998m) and back to Samdo(8hrs).

Day 13: Samdo to Dharmasala(7hrs, 4460m)

Day 14: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then Bhimthang overnight(3590).

Day 15: Bhimthang to Dharapani(1960m,7/8hrs).

Day 16: Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by drive.

Kelly Jo


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4 replies
  1. Hi Kelly,

    Namaste 🙂 I am a 32 year-old Danish woman also looking for a trekking partner In Nepal (or Bhutan) in October! I like your plan of the Manaslu Circuit Trek (16 days). Would you be able to start a few days earlier though (October 10th, 11th or 12th)?
    I, too, am a big fan of hiking and the outdoors. Especially the mountains! Haven’t been to Nepal before, but it’s been on my list for a long time. I mostly wanted to do a trek in Bhutan, but as it’s almost double the price, I am now looking more at Nepal. Either way, I want to trek in the Himalayas 🙂
    I’ve been in touch with a few agencies too, but Nepal Trekking Experts sounds like a good one as well.
    Have you signed up for anything yet or are you still just discussing options with Rajesh?

    I look forward to hearing back!
    Best wishes,

  2. Hello Hanne,

    Great to hear from you! I would love to join you for a trek! I think those dates you suggested will work just fine. Rajesh just messaged me and mentioned that he had spoken to you as well. I am actually working on buying a plane ticket today, so if everyone is in agreement on the details, we can confirm the trip soon.

    I will look for an itinerary that will allow me to arrive in Kathmandu on Oct 10 or 11 so we can start the trek/drive to Arughat on Oct 12 or 13. Will that work? I think Rajesh is going to connect us on facebook so we can communicate directly.

    So exciting!!


    Kelly Jo

  3. Hi Kelly,

    Wonderful – very happy to hear that! I did just speak with Rajesh and I think he’ll add me to your chat on Facebook. Excited to hear more and settle on the details then. I haven’t booked my flights yet either but would love to do it as soon as we are set on the dates. So should we aim for starting the trek / meeting up and departing Kathmandu on the 12th then? That’s perfect for me. I’ll try to fly in on the 10th or 11th as well.
    This is very exciting yes!!


  4. Girls, for acclimatization you can merge days 9-10, after 3 hours of walking you can do hikes around, that will be better acclimatization wise. Going higher, sleeping lower and all. If you feel ok on 3500 gaining next day only 300m should not be a problem if you know your body and were on mountains before.