Trip Duration
11 days
Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude
5160m
Trip Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Activity
Trekking/Heli Tour
Best Season
Mar-May/ Sep-Nov
Per Person US$ 4990 US$ 4590
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  • 100% Secure online booking
  • Daily private trip departure
Per Person US$ 4990 US$ 4590
  • No hidden charges
  • 100% Secure online booking
  • Daily private trip departure

Overview of Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek takes trekkers on a journey around Mt. Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain in the world. This trek offers a wonderful opportunity to see the Manaslu region’s beauty and culture both on land and in the air. Soon after arriving by air and crossing the base of the beautiful mountain, the trek ultimately offers trekkers a sense of entitlement.

The Manaslu circuit trek is home to various monasteries, gompas, and mani walls that showcase Buddhist tradition and culture. You may see various Himalayan peaks that offer beautiful vistas, including Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Cheo Himal, and others. Similar landscapes may be seen on this Manaslu circuit helicopter return trek, including thick rhododendron woods, valleys, and crossings.

On the journey, we also observe the blended community of Buddhism and Hinduism. The variety of human settlements in this area never fails to impress trekkers. Hindu people will be located at lower elevations, and Tibetan Buddhist villages with chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags flying throughout the region are more common at higher elevations.

Especially, the villages we pass through on this route are Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo, and Larkya Phedi. The Larkya La pass is our ultimate destination which is located at a sky-kissing elevation of 5160 meters.

This pass is the final stop of this Manaslu Helicopter trek, which offers magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges of the Manaslu region. To experience a different kind of adventure and landscapes you can also go for the Tsum Valley heli trek.

Helicopter Trek

Manaslu Circuit Helicopter return trek allows the trekkers to arrive in the Manaslu region by helicopter with comfort. To avoid strenuous and lengthy walks, this can be the ideal way to start the journey. With the added convenience of helicopters, you can reach inaccessible areas in a matter of hours without taking multiple days of trekking on foot.

Furthermore, by flying at higher altitudes, you can take in panoramic mountain views that simply cannot be seen from ground level. The heli flight gives an incredible experience allowing you to see the Himalayan range from a bird’s eye perspective.

 

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek

• Experience the best views of the Manaslu Himalaya Range from both ground and air.
• Visit the several communities along the various routes to experience their own cultures and traditions.
• Trek up to Larkya La pass, the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit helicopter Trek.
• Explore the ecological landscape of the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is located distant from this urbanized world.
• See Tibetan culture, tradition, and way of life, unusual Himalayan fauna, monasteries, chortens, stupas, alleyways, tall stone walls, old caves, and pristine lakes.

Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek Itinerary

After briefly landing safely at Tribhuwan International Airport, completing all necessary processes, and exiting the building, search for a Life Himalaya representative who will be standing outside the entrance with display cards of the trekking organization with your name on it.

You will then receive a nice Khata or a flower garland greeting from one of our representatives. Your journey to the best-star hotel in the town will welcome you again. Make your hotel check-in and take some time to relax. After some moments, our guide will brief you about the Manaslu circuit Helicopter trek in detail. You can prepare your packing list and gear for the adventure and head out for a walk in the nearby streets.

Car Car/Jeep
Accommodation 04-star
Altitude 1350m

The perfect weather allows us to leave the hotel early in the morning and go to the domestic airport of Kathmandu. We will board a helicopter with a perfect lineup after a short period.

The breathtaking vistas of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Range will be shortly visible once the helicopter takes off. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the west-facing Annapurna will all be perfectly visible as you get closer to your destination.

The path follows the Budi Gandaki River before eventually crossing it and quickly arriving at Jagat. Your tour guide and crew will help you exit the helicopter once it has landed in an open field and will take you for a little break before leading you to Philim.

The trail then begins in the well-paved settlement of Jagat and takes us to Sirdibas Valley, where we can get stunning views of Shringi Himal. We descend, cross a lengthy suspension bridge, ascend a steep trail, and eventually arrive in Gurung village Philim.

Helicopter 35min
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 1570m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

The lovely Deng Village will be the destination we take today. This trek has two routes: one goes to Tsum Valley and the other goes to Larkya La Pass. Undeniably, We’re going to the Larkya La Pass.

We’ll take the northern route to Ekle Bhatti, which takes us through some lovely villages and farms. As we descend, we travel through a gorge and grassland before reaching the Budhi Gandai river. After crossing the river, we cross its east side and take a bridge to the west bank to reach Nupri. From there, the route passes through bamboo trees until we reach Deng, a settlement of Gurung peoples who follow Buddhism.

Walking 4-5 hrs
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 1860m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

We go to the east bank of the Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to Rana after a delicious breakfast. The walking route then merges with the Bhi village, continues through the forest, climbs steeply upwards, and eventually arrives at the Gho Village.

After enjoying a substantial lunch at Gho Village, we can carry on via gorges or we can walk through Prok Village to view the breathtaking Sringi and Ganesh Himal vistas. As we make our way toward the Budi Gandaki river, we will pass through several gompas and Mani walls. As we cross the riverside, the Trail finally continues into forests of rhododendrons. We will eventually arrive at the lovely village of Namrung after a slow trek.

Walking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 2660m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

After leaving Namrung with breakfast, you will go straight for 45 minutes while passing buckwheat farms before making the 30-minute trek up to Lihi. The Manaslu and Himchuli mountain ranges can be seen from Lho, which is reached after another two and a half hours of climbing a steep hill. Finally, the trip to Shyala will take you around an hour and a half after you complete your lunch in Lho.

Walking 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 3500m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

You will follow the left-directed path after trekking for 45 minutes shortly following breakfast. It will take you around 2 hours to get to Pung Gyen Gompa using both an ascending and a horizontal trail. You may take in the vistas of Himchuli, Manaslu, and Shyaula Peak while exploring this place. Then after, you would need to walk for around two hours to get to Sama gaon after exploring the Gompa.

Walking
Accommodation Lodge
Meals B L D
Altitude 3520m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

After finishing our meal, we start the descent to the Budhi Gandaki river. The route will take us through the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal, which lies beneath the Manaslu Glacier.

This trail is regarded as the primary trail to connect Sama and Samdo. On the Samdo Trail Up to the Settlement, one follows several mani walls and yak farms. After passing through the junipers, we will go along the ridge and use a wooden bridge to cross the Budhi Gandaki River.

After crossing the ridge, we will then ascend a steep trail to reach the white Kani village, which specializes in Yak herding. We eventually arrive at Samdo Settlement after going through this village. Overnight in a guesthouse at Samdo Village.

Walking
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 3870m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

We will begin our day by traversing Samdo on a broad route at the edge of the hill. Consequently, we cross the Budhi Gandaki River Bridge and continue walking upward. Then after passing by the Larkya glacier, paths, and minor streams, we arrive in the Salka Hola valley.

We continue our trek through the stone shelters and buildings in Dharmasala. Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi, and it is exposed to the magnificent mountain views of the region. Animals like the Himalayan Thar and Blue sheep can also be encountered in this wonderful location.

Afterward, you will have plenty of time to rest after today’s walk because it is comparatively short.

Walking 3-5 hrs
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 4460m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

The toughest and longest day of the Manaslu circuit helicopter return trek is today. We go through one of Nepal’s highest and most adventurous passes. After a hearty breakfast, we will continue on the challenging trail that leads to the valley behind the Dharmasala, which is situated on the north side of the Larkye Glacier moraine.

We take in the breathtaking views of Cho Danda and Larkya mountain from here. We pass over glacier moraines and lakes as we make our way to the destination.

Our final, tougher rise leads us to Larkya La pass, which is encircled by Buddhist prayer flags. We have the best views of peaks like Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Annapurna II, and others from here.

After taking in the sights of Mt. Manaslu from various viewpoints, we proceed over the moraine and from a rugged route before arriving in the settlement of Bimthang.

Walking
Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
Meals B L D
Altitude 3590m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we have time to explore the amazing Bhimtang lake viewpoint and nearby places before the helicopter arrival. Also, the nearby spots offer stunning landscapes and is encircled by vibrant prayer flags. You will be surrounded by a stunning panorama of the mountains, with the Manaslu range occupying the focal point in the southeast direction.

As soon as the helicopter arrives we bid farewell to Manaslu Region and finally hop into the helicopter with a perfect lineup. While returning you will be able to catch a close-up view of the Manaslu and Himalchuli peaks as you never did before. Along with it, you’ll get the best view of Ganesh II and Langtang range before reaching to Domestic Airport of Kathmandu.

After an eye-catching and heart-fulfilling flight, we will transfer you to your respective hotel with our private vehicle. You can rest a bit by taking a sauna or shower in the hotel.

Helicopter
Accommodation 4 star
Meals B L D
Altitude 1350m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Today is the Final day of your Manaslu circuit Helicopter trek. After having an early breakfast we head out for morning shopping on the streets of the town. You can get souvenirs which will make you remember the moment spent in the country in the future.

After your quick shopping, we will head out for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and nearby places. Since you have to depart late on this day, we will visit as quickly as possible without ruining your excitement and adventure. We will probably cover all these important cultural sites such as Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square in a detailed and quick way. For your information, both Buddhists and Hindus value visiting these historic locations.

After Completing the sightseeing tour we will bid you farewell with khata. A representative from our company will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. While you’re on the journey back to your house, you may plan your future trip to this lovely country with us. Have a Safe journey!

Car 25 min
Accommodation 4 star
Meals B L D
Altitude 1350m

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Includes/Excludes

What's Included

• International and domestic Airport pick-up and drop service.
• Private transportation picks up and drop off.
• 03-nights 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.
• Two-way helicopter trip from Kathmandu to Jagat and Bhimthang to Kathmandu.
• Best luxury Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included and chosen from the lodge menu.
• Twin-share lodge accommodation during the trek.
• The trek leader with experience, English speaking and a government license.
• Porters with access to food, lodging, wages, good equipments, and transportation.
• 1 guide for 5 trekkers trekkers, extra guide/s for more than 05 people .
• A warm Down jacket and seasonal sleeping bag until the trekking period ends.
• All Required permits For Manaslu Circuit helicopter return trek(Please bring passport-size photos for permits).
• First Aid kits, for the staff and the groups including the oxi-meter.• Government taxes & office service charges.
• Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Trek map
• Farewell Dinner

What's Excluded

• International airfare.
• Nepal entry visa charge.
• All beverages and other personal expenses.
• Snacks and other personal expenses.
• Battery charge, hot showers, internet & international phone calls.
• Tips for Guide, Porter, and Drivers.
• Service not mentioned above.

Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek - Essential Information

Manaslu Circuit helicopter return trek difficulty

This trek skips the strenuous walks of some days with a helicopter which doesn’t mean it is easy. The Manaslu Circuit Helicopter trek can be quite challenging. You’ll have to travel through high altitudes, with passes reaching up to 5,100 m in elevation.

Also, you’ll need to be physically fit and well-prepared for the rigors of this demanding trek. However, if you’re an experienced hiker with a good level of fitness, then this journey can be incredibly simple and enjoyable.

The perfect way to make the Manaslu Circuit helicopter trek easier is by preparing in advance. It’s essential to have the right gear and supplies, a good grasp of the local terrain and culture, and Mental preparation. Although you will be tagging alongside the guide, you won’t face any kind of big trouble. But it’s always better to come prepared with some knowledge and preparation.

Food and Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Helicopter return trek

During the Manaslu Circuit helicopter trek, you can expect full-board accommodation including meals along the way in Himalayan lodges and tea houses. You will be served traditional Nepali food consisting of Dal Bhat, momos (dumplings), Gurung bread, and much more. Also, hot beverages such as tea, coffee, etc., are provided while in the teahouses or guesthouses.

In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in the Best star rated hotel with plenty of services. Whereas during the trekking period, you will stay in basic teahouses and lodges. Teahouses are the most basic form of accommodation with shared toilet and bathroom facilities.

All accommodations provided are clean, spacious, and well-equipped with modern amenities like hot water showers, western toilets, and WiFi facilities (in some cases). Some of these lodges and teahouses will have camping facilities available, which offer a unique experience of sleeping under the stars.

Required permits for Manaslu circuit Helicopter return trek

To trek to Manaslu Circuit, foreign travelers must obtain three restricted-area permits – Annapurna Conservation Area project. (ACAP), Restricted area permit(RAP) and Manaslu Conservation Area permit (MCAP). Permit for the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) will cost 3000 Nrs, or around $30.

It will only cost you 1000 Nrs if you are from one of the SAARC nations. The same goes for the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which costs 3000 Nepali Rupees for foreign visitors and 1000 for SAARC citizens.

In addition to these two permits, you also need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), which costs about $75 USD for the first week in the months of September to November. If your journey lasts more than a week, you must pay an additional 15 USD. Similarly, for the first week, you must pay 75 USD from December to August.

Additionally, if the trip lasts longer than a week, you must pay an extra 10 USD. It will be difficult to issue the Manaslu trekking permit on your own. With us, you don’t have to worry about your permit issues. We will complete your process without any hassle.

 

 

 

Required Equipments for the Trip

Different types of equipments are required to fully enjoy your trip in Nepal. The required equipment may depend on the trip type, weather conditions, season and the maximum altitude of the trip.

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Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek - FAQs

What is the average group size of the Manaslu Circuit helicopter return Trek?

Three to six trekkers make up the typical party size for the Manaslu Circuit helicopter return trek. However, bigger or smaller groups can also be arranged according to the interests and choices of the people.

What Should I Bring for the Manaslu Helicopter Return Trek?

Be sure to bring warm clothing, hiking equipment and supplies, personal stuff, and a first aid kit for the trek to the Manaslu circuit with a helicopter return.

Additionally, make sure you bring toiletries, sunscreen, comfortable trekking gear (hats and gloves are a must), and proper footwear with non-slip soles. Pack minimally so that you can move about easily on your adventure.

Does the Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek have decent WiFi and network signal?

On the Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek, it is possible to stay connected with your home and family. While there are some areas along the trek where reliable cellular or Wi-Fi signals can be hard to find, some teahouses and lodges provide decent mobile service and WiFi connection.

Do I Need Travel Insurance for Manaslu Circuit Helicopter Return Trek?

Yes, travel insurance is required for the Manaslu Circuit Helicopter trek. The adventure can be quite physically strenuous and there are inherent risks involved when traveling to the high-altitude areas of Nepal. Having suitable travel insurance provides peace of mind that you’re covered should any medical emergencies or unexpected incidents occur during your journey.

What is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Helicopter trek?

The best time of year to do the Manaslu Circuit Helicopter trek is in autumn, from October to December. This is when the weather conditions are most suitable and the mountain views are at their most stunning. Spring can also be a good time to go as it coincides with the blooming of rhododendron flowers in the area.

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