Manaslu Circuit

15 Days
Why Join the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a remarkable and less-traveled trekking experience in Nepal, showcasing breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and close-up views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. This trek appeals to adventurers seeking a pristine and remote Himalayan journey away from the crowds. Traverse through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups like the Gurungs, Tibetans, and Tamangs. Explore Buddhist monasteries, encounter yaks grazing in high pastures, and soak in the tranquility of untouched natural beauty. The Manaslu Circuit Trek promises a unique and authentic Himalayan adventure.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Preparation

Proper preparation is essential for the Manaslu Circuit Trek due to its remote and challenging nature. Begin by assessing your fitness level and engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training to build endurance. The trek involves long days of walking on varied terrain, including steep ascents and descents. Pack essential trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, waterproof outerwear, a comfortable backpack, and a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. Trekking poles are recommended for stability on rocky trails and high passes.

Acclimatization is crucial due to the trek’s high altitude, reaching up to 5,115 meters (16,781 feet) at the Larkya La Pass. Plan acclimatization days along the route to allow your body to adjust to higher elevations and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid alcohol to aid acclimatization. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation in remote areas.

Choose Us for Your Manaslu Circuit Trek Partner

Choose us as your trekking partner for the Manaslu Circuit Trek for a well-organized and safe adventure in Nepal. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of the Manaslu region, ensuring your safety and enriching your journey with local insights. We offer personalized itineraries tailored to your preferences, whether you prefer a challenging trek or a more leisurely exploration. Our attention to detail and commitment to quality service make us a trusted choice for trekking in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits

To undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll need specific permits. This includes the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, which costs USD 70 per week (USD 10 per day for each additional day) during the peak season (September to November) and USD 50 per week (USD 7 per day for each additional day) during the off-season (December to August). Additionally, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are required. Ensure permits are obtained through a registered trekking agency before your departure.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately to strenuously difficult due to its remote location, rugged terrain, and high altitude. The trail includes challenging ascents and descents, especially when crossing the Larkya La Pass. Altitude sickness can be a concern, so proper acclimatization and physical preparation are essential. Our experienced guides will assist you throughout the trek, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu Circuit Trek

We strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance when joining our Manaslu Circuit Trek. This insurance should cover medical emergencies, including evacuation and treatment costs in remote areas, trip cancellation protection against unforeseen events disrupting your travel plans, and coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged items during the trek. Travel insurance provides peace of mind, ensuring you’re adequately protected throughout your adventure.

Best Time to Explore Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures ideal for trekking. The monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall and leech-infested trails, making trekking challenging. Winter (December to February) is also possible but requires careful preparation for cold temperatures and potential snowfall.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in larger villages like Samagaon and Dharmasala. Teahouses provide simple rooms with shared bathrooms, while lodges offer private rooms with attached facilities. Meals typically include local dishes like dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, and Tibetan bread, providing hearty sustenance for trekkers. Be prepared for rustic accommodations and embrace the simplicity of mountain life.

Trekking Gear Required

Essential trekking gear for the Manaslu Circuit Trek includes:

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Warm clothing layers (thermal wear, fleece jacket, down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer layers (jacket and pants)
  • Comfortable backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0 to -15 degrees Celsius)
  • Trekking poles for stability on uneven terrain
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Water purification tablets or filtration system
  • Personal toiletries and basic first aid kit


The Manaslu Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Manaslu Conservation Area in Nepal. It is named after Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, which stands at an impressive height of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The trek offers breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and a sense of adventure.

The Manaslu Trek is considered a challenging and remote trek, attracting trekkers who are seeking a less crowded alternative to the popular Annapurna and Everest regions. The trek takes you through pristine valleys, lush forests, terraced fields, and remote villages, offering an immersive experience in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

The trek usually starts from the town of Soti Khola and follows the Budhi Gandaki River. As you ascend, you will pass through charming villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, including Gurungs, Tamangs, and Sherpas, who have their unique cultures, traditions, and architectural styles. These villages provide an opportunity to witness the traditional rural lifestyle of the people living in the Himalayan region.

Throughout the trek, you will encounter suspension bridges, cascading waterfalls, and stunning alpine scenery. The trail gradually gains altitude, reaching its highest point at Larkya La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Crossing this pass is a challenging but rewarding experience, as it offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Manaslu itself.

The Manaslu region is known for its diverse wildlife and natural beauty. This is the Conservation Area where we can see several endangered species, such as the snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, and red panda. Trekkers may also come across various bird species and other wildlife during their journey.

The duration of the Manaslu Trek can vary depending on the itinerary and individual preferences, but it typically takes around 14 to 18 days to complete. It is necessary to obtain a special permit to trek in the Manaslu region, and trekking with a registered guide is mandatory to ensure safety and minimize the impact on the environment.

Overall, the Manaslu Trek offers a remarkable trekking experience, combining stunning natural landscapes, cultural encounters, and a sense of adventure in a relatively unspoiled and less crowded part of the Nepalese Himalayas. It is a great choice for trekkers looking for a challenging and off-the-beaten-path adventure.


Arrive Kathmandu, our staff will pick you up from the airport and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time.

Today is dedicated to exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You'll visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath Stupa with a knowledgeable guide who will share insights about Nepal's rich culture and traditions. After a full day of sightseeing, you will return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Your trek begins with a scenic drive to Machha Khola. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel around 8 AM, and you'll embark on a journey that takes approximately 9 hours covering a distance of 160 km. The road starts paved but becomes rough as you approach Machha Khola, passing through picturesque landscapes along the way.

After breakfast, you'll start trekking from Machha Khola towards Jagat. The trail involves a mix of uphill and downhill sections, passing through villages like Khorlabesi and Tatopani. You'll cross the Budhi Gandaki River via suspension bridge and trek through dense forests before reaching Jagat. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Jagat.

Today's trek takes you through several picturesque villages. You'll ascend a valley to Sirdibas, where you can admire views of the Shringi Himal range. Passing through Philim and Chisapani, you'll trek amidst terraced fields and encounter local Tibetan villagers engaged in agriculture.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Deng.

Go on an early morning trek from Deng, crossing the river and ascending hills adorned with mani stones. Traverse through villages like Rana Gaun, Bihi Phedi, and Ghap, enjoying the local Tibetan-influenced culture.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namrung.

Today's trek rewards you with breathtaking mountain views, including Himalchuli and Mt. Manaslu. Passing through Lihi and Sho Gaun, you'll arrive at Lho Gaun where you can visit Ribung Gompa in the afternoon.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Lho Gaun.

Begin your trek from Lho Gaun to Shyala village, offering stunning views of Mt. Manaslu. Continue to Samagaon, a beautiful village nestled amidst the mountains.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samagaon.

Spend the day acclimatizing in Samagaun. You have the option to hike to Manaslu Base Camp or explore Birendra Tal for acclimatization purposes.

Today's trek takes you across pastures with views of Mt. Manaslu as you reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village near the Tibetan border.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Samdo.

After breakfast, descend to Larke Bazaar, a Tibetan market, and cross the Budi Gandaki River. Trek alongside the Salka Khola valley before reaching Dharmasala (Larke Phedi), preparing for the upcoming Larkya La pass.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Dharmasala.

Today is a challenging day as you ascend towards Cho Chanda and Larkya La Pass, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Descend to Bhimtang, enjoying the breathtaking landscapes.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Bhimtang.

Start your day with stunning sunrise views of Manaslu and descend through pastures to the Dudh Khola riverbed. Trek through terraced paddies and reach Kharche before continuing to Goa.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Goa.

Complete the trek by walking to Tilije and catching a local jeep to Besisahar. From Besisahar, drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle, marking the end of your trekking adventure.

Farewell dinner at evening with Local food. Overnight at same hotel in Kathmandu.

Departure from Kathmandu involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation in teahouse during trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during trek
  • • Trekking Permits
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Kathmandu to Maccha Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu Transport
  • • First Aid Box
  • • Seasonal fruits

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears

Frequently asked Questions

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 5160m. This is the elevation of Manaslu Circuit.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Manaslu Circuit?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately to strenuously difficult. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and high altitude passes, including the challenging Larkya La Pass at 5,115 meters (16,781 feet). Proper physical fitness, acclimatization, and preparation are essential for a successful trek.

How cold does it get during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher altitudes and during early mornings and evenings. Proper insulation and warm clothing are essential.

What is the best way to prepare for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Prepare physically by engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises and hikes. Familiarize yourself with the trekking gear and acclimatization techniques for high altitudes.

What are the main highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Key highlights include crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, exploring traditional villages like Samagaon and Samdo, and encountering diverse flora and fauna.

How do I reach the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The trek usually begins from Arughat or Soti Khola, accessible by road from Kathmandu. Private or public transportation options are available.

What is the duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 14 to 16 days, including acclimatization days and trekking through diverse landscapes and villages.

Can I extend the Manaslu Circuit Trek to include Tsum Valley?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be extended to include a detour to the culturally rich Tsum Valley, adding extra days to the itinerary. Check out Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

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