Manaslu Circuit trekking holiday in Nepal

“Trek to Mansula Base Camp (4500m) and experience cultural and natural diversity at high altitude as well as unadulterated views over the Himalayas. Moderate to tough 20 day small group trip.”


Kathmandu | Pokhara | Buri Gandakhi river | Buri Gandakhi gorge | Tibetan villages | Jungle and riverside camps | Views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Mansula (8163m) | Larkya Glacier | Larkya La | Pine and rhododendron forests | Marsyangdi Khola |

Description of Manaslu Circuit trekking holiday in Nepal

This epic three week trekking holiday in Nepal will help you reach new heights, in every sense.

The inimitable form of Mount Manaslu shadows the Buddhist villages and sub-tropical forests, close to Tibet, from a summit of 8167m, making it the seventh tallest mountain on the planet. You're invited to trek to the high altitude Base Camp at 4500m where expeditions will usually start their ascent.

Although this area of Nepal has been open to trekking parties for quite some time it still receives far fewer visitors than the Annapurna and Everest regions. And therein lies its charm.

The Manaslu Circuit is best approached after exploring in the streets of Kathmandu and along the banks of the Buri Gandakhi river. Trekkers will discover a fascinating blend of Himalayan and Tibetan culture, and natural diversity, around the rugged foothills of Manaslu with undulating trails leading through forests and steeped farmland. Trekking as part of a small group allows you to make friends and keep motivated as our Nepali crew make camp as you follow the Buri Gandakhi valley upstream.

As you trek at high altitude your group will be taken into rugged and dramatic landscapes steeped in Tibetan and Himalayan heritage. All the time you’ll be hiking to the north of Mount Manaslu with a chance to spend time at the expedition Base Camp (4500m) always an exciting achievement. Grasslands, glacial moraine and snow set the scene with Tibetan refugee villages providing further insight into lifestyles very far removed from our own.

Continuing the trek to one of Nepal’s longest mountain passes, Larkya La, at 5125m, allows for astonishing 360degree views of the Himalayas before completing the Manaslu Circuit and arriving in the Annapurna area for a well-deserved cake and beer at the nearest teahouse.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.

We stay in tents, not lodges and teahouses. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many lodges and teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why twenty five years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’

Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.

The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.

The Impacts of this Trip

Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.

We have committed US $3000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.

Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.


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