8. Kathmandu: 13 Days Manaslu Trek (All Inclusive Package)
The Manaslu Circuit trek is a stunning and less crowded alternative to the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area, offering breathtaking views of the eighth-highest mountain in the world. This 13-day trek starts at Soti Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar. Surrounded by the majestic Annapurna and Ganesh Himal ranges, the trek is both physically demanding and culturally enriching. You'll journey from lowlands with terraced fields to the mighty Budi Gandaki River with its turquoise waters and impressive waterfalls. Suspension bridges along the way provide thrilling crossings, and the region's remoteness adds to the sense of adventure. With a limited number of trekkers allowed each year, the Manaslu circuit trek still feels like an exploration into uncharted territory. The highlight of the trek is the challenging Larkya La Pass near the Tibetan border, offering stunning views of Manaslu. The pass, at an altitude of 5,167 meters/16,952 feet, is usually snow-covered and requires an early morning start. After crossing the pass, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of glaciers and towering peaks, including Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru. This view alone makes the trek truly unforgettable. which can be done using teahouse accommodations unless you opt for off-route exploration that requires camping. Prepare to be amazed by the beauty and serenity of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Day 1: Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (930m/3,051ft) - Drive for 7 hours. Day 2: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft) - Trekking duration: 6 hours. Day 3: Trek from Jagat to Pewa (Deng) (1,804m/5,918ft) - Trekking duration: 6 hours. Day 4: Trek from Pewa to Namrung (2,630m/8,628ft) - Trekking duration: 6 hours. Day 5: Trek from Namrung to Lho (2,957m/9,701ft) - Trekking duration: 4 hours. Day 6: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun (3,530m/11,581ft) - Trekking duration: 4 hours. Day 7: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa) - Trekking duration: 7 hours. Elevation at Sama Gaun: 4,400m/14,435ft. Day 8: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,865m/12,680ft) - Trekking duration: 3 hours. Day 9: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border) - Trekking duration: 8 hours. Elevation at Samdo: 5,000m/16,404ft. Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460m/14,632ft) - Trekking duration: 4 hours. Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass (3,590m/11,778ft) - Trekking duration: 10 hours. Day 12: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1,970m/6,463ft) - Trekking duration: 7 hours. Day 13: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) - Drive for 10 hours.