The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you'd want from a classic trek in Nepal: Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass crossing. Kimkim's trusted partners in Nepal organize weekly group departures during the Spring and Fall trekking seasons, as well as private treks that can run on any date from February to June and September through November.
Nepal 18-Day Tours & Itineraries
Nepal offers countless opportunities for outdoor adventure, and many involve hiking around the iconic Himalaya Mountains. If you have 18 days to spare and want to get off the beaten path, trek the Manaslu Circuit, which takes you from the lowland jungle up remote Manaslu Mountain and over suspension bridges to its highest point, a 17,000-foot (5,100-meter) Himalayan pass. There are even more diverse adventures, such as visiting the Everest Region followed by a trip to the jungle and the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini. You could also opt for a unique version of the Annapurna Circuit, which involves traveling through Nar Phu Valley, which is home to wild Himalayan scenery and Tibetan Buddhist culture.
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This tour takes you into the heart of the Everest region, staying in Sherpa villages along the way, including a spectacular helicopter flight by Mt. Everest. Then, you'll head south to Nepal's jungle and to Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini. To break up the drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan, you'll take a short rafting trip and overnight at a cozy resort in the village of Kurintar.
For those who have the time, this is a unique version of the Annapurna Circuit which includes the remote valley of Nar Phu as well as a visit to the high-altitude Tilicho Lake. Tucked between the more popular Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys, raw Himalayan nature, and ancient Buddhist culture. This trek combines high passes, glaciers, canyons, gorges, forests, rock formations, and ethnically Tibetan cultures.