Manaslu Circuit Trek

18 Day(s) From USD $ 1850 per pax Dates


Group Size Min 2 - Max 10
Accommodation 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and Teahouse during trek
Difficulty Moderate
Max Alt. 5160 m at Larkya Pass

When you hike through the forests, grasslands featuring the unaltered views of Himalayas,  & yet are humbled by the gesture of Buddhist culture. The magic is intangible.

Manaslu circuit trek retains a fascination for travellers dream of exploring the relatively untouched corner of Nepal.

Being touted as the "New Annapurna" Manaslu is overshadowed by its predecessors. It resembles the Annapurna Circuit Trek of decades past.  But, remains off beaten, makes it the classic trek of all time.

Trekking to Manaslu circuit takes a different beat- moving through remote authentic Hindu & Deep-rooted Tibetan culture sitting comfortably along the trail.

Soaring peaks, jaw-dropping scenery of world's 8th highest mountain Mt.Manaslu, raging rivers, precarious bridges & 6 climatic zones are enough to yarn you. Having a fragile natural resource Manaslu has sheltered over 2000 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 birds, 3 reptiles & 11 butterflies in 11 different forests. You will be charmed & enchanted during your time on this pretty trail.

Thus, if you are intending to visit Nepal, undertaking  Manaslu circuit trek will overwhelm you for sure.


  • The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘the mountains of spirit.’
  • The word ‘Manaslu’ came from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ which means intellectual or soul.
  • Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above sea level.
  • Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were first to climb Mount Manaslu on On 9 May 1956
  • Robin Boustead, author of  the Great Himalaya Trail pronounced “Many would argue that the Manaslu Circuit trail is the best general trek in the country.”
  • Officially opened for foreigners in 1991, This trek takes place in a restricted area
  • Manaslu Conservation Area covers 6 climatic zones

Major Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Auraghat from Kathmandu
  • Part of The Great Himalaya Trail
  • Traditional villages of samdo, samagaun
  • Crossover high pass, Larkya Pass (5160 m)
  • Trek to Manaslu Base Camp
  • Manaslu (8156 m) — the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Diverse landscape, off beaten path
  • Fascinating region with Tibetan and Gurung influences.

What to expect

  • Basic accommodation in tea houses and lodges
  • Food is surprisingly good. And inexpensive
  • Bucket full of boiled water for shower, not facilitated bathrooms
  • Electricity for recharging batteries is available at most lodges. And it’s often free.
  • Mineral water can cost extra money
  • Weak Internet connection
  • Sleeping in tents

Top things to do during Manaslu circuit trek

  • Manaslu being a restricted area, You must hire a guide to trek to Manaslu circuit.
  • Bring a sleeping bag, in case of room occupancy.
  • Bring at least 4 photographs, all permits require passport-sized photos,
  • Carry supplies- cookies, candy bars while trekking to Manaslu, don't expect to buy it along the trail.
  • Stay in Mount Manaslu Hotel, which is the oldest and most prominent guesthouse in Sam.
  • Visit Pung Gyen Monastery
  • Hover along the Birendra Lake (3620m), this glacier lake is where most people spend their acclimatization days.
  • At Samdo, climb & stand on the edge of Tibet. Capture, photo in the ghosts of mountains & tangle of flags

Physical fitness:

Manaslu circuit trek, being remote can be considered as challenging.

But, the altitude profile for this trek is excellent so there's still a possibility for novice trekkers. Altitude is 5106m (16,751ft) at Larkya Pass which is lesser than Annapurna circuit Thorong La-pass. Nonetheless, a good level of physical fitness is recommended as the trek is long & often steep.

Best time to go:

The major trekking seasons of Nepal are Fall & Spring: From March to May & September to November. Amid these seasons, the weather is dry & clear which is the right time to hit the Manaslu trail for mesmerizing beauty.

The frigid Himalayan winter & the relentless monsoon are miserable seasons for Manaslu circuit trek.

Includes & Excludes

What's included ?

  • Accommodation at 3-star Hotel or similar category in Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • All your standard Meals (B, L and D) during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide
  • Down jacket, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Guest House or Tea House During the trek-twin sharing basis
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Based on your picks (Any 4), with entrance fees by private vehicle
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation

What's excluded ?

  • Hot Shower, Wi-Fi, Power charging during the trekking or mountaineering
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation)
  • Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation as well as medical expenses and trip cancellation.

Detailed Itinerary (18)

  • Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu

    We are delighted to provide an airport pickup service as an innovative customer offering, so our chauffeur will assist you with baggage & escort you to your Hotel. He will also help you with the check-in. Later in the evening, we will be hosting a welcome dinner

    Highlights:  Music, Cultural dance, the lively Thamel, one-stop shop for backpackers, clubs & pubs, an array of restaurants.

    Accommodation: Kathmandu 4 star hotel.

    Elevation: 1,400 metres

  • Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    Highlights: Any 4 World Heritage sites:

    Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath and Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

  • Day 3 : Drive to Soti Khola

    Driving hours: 9

    Difficulty: Easy

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 700m

    Topography:  countryside ways, rough road

    Highlights: Budhi Gandaki valley, Arkhet Khola,  suspension bridge, cascading waterfall

    Meals provided: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4 : Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

    Walking hours: 6

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 870m

    Topography:  rocky trail, steep inclines, open valleys

    Highlights: rice terraces, beautiful Sal forests, tropical waterfalls, Gurung village, Machha Khola village

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5 : Trek to Jagat

    Walking hours: 6-7

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 1,410m

    Topography:  Gradual ups and downs, trail climbs, rugged trail,  stone stairs

    Highlights: hot spring, Budhi Gandaki,  Dobhan Khola, suspension bridges, the village of Jagat

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinn

  • Day 6 : Jagat to Deng

    Walking hours: 6-7

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 1,804m

    Topography:  rocky trail, short descends, crossing millet fields, grassy land slopes

    Highlights: bamboo forests, Budhi Gandaki, long suspension bridge, Gurung village

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7 : Trek to Namrung

    Walking hours: 6-7

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 2630m

    Topography:  forested lands, river banks paths,  steep climbs

    Highlights: Budhi Gandaki valley, beautiful Prok village, gompas, view-Siringi Himal

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8 : Trek to Samagaon

    Walking hours: 5-6

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 3,525m

    Topography:  Forested lands, uphill climb,

    Highlights: Explore Buddhist culture, Views-Simnang Himal & Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu Himal Chuli, Peak 29 and Ganesh Himal

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 9 : Rest Day / Side Trips (Birendra Tal Glacier Lake / MBC)

    Today is the rest day for acclimatization. Before heading towards the higher elevation, its always wise decision to take a day off. We will explore Samagaon or take an optional hike to Birendra Tal

  • Day 10 : Trek to Samdo

    Walking hours: 3-4

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 3,800m

    Topography:  steep climb, Forested lands, riverbanks paths,

    Highlights: Larkya la Trail, mani walls,  juniper and birch forests, Kermo Kharka

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 : Rest day / Side trip to Tibet border (Rui La)

    Today is another rest day for us to acclimatize.  Explore the Samdo village or take an optional hike to one of the trade passes-Tibet Border. Take a time to mesmerize the views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan vistas- Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkya Peak, Cheo & Kang Guru

  • Day 12 : Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

    Walking hours: 4-5

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 4,460m

    Topography:  river crossing,  steep inclines,

    Highlights: Larkya Glacier, Salka Khola, Larke Phedi, Stone Hut

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 13 : Dharmasala to Larke pass to Bimtang

    Walking hours: 7-8

    Difficulty: Strenuous/Difficult

    Accommodation: Basic Guesthouse

    Elevation: 5,160m at Larke pass & Bimtang (3720m)

    Topography:  gradual ascent, Glacier walk, steep inclines,

    Highlights: Views form Cho Danda and Larkya Peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, Annapurna II, Mt. Manaslu

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 14 : Trek from Bimthang to Tiljie

    Walking hours: 5-6

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 2100m

    Topography:  Long descends, narrow trail, Farmlands, steep climb, river banks,  

    Highlights: Dudh Khola, rhododendron forest, Valley at Karche, village Gho

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15 : Trek to Dharapani or Besisahar

    Walking hours: 2-3: Dharapani & 6-7 to Besisahar

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

    Elevation: 1,860m at Dharapani, 760m at Besisahar

    Topography:  Shady forests paths, steep rocky trails

    Highlights: tropical forests, streams, waterfalls, rivers, suspension bridges

    Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16 : Drive back to Kathmandu

    Driving hours: 6

    Difficulty: Easy

    Accommodation: 4-star Hotel

    Topography:   typical countryside paths,  smooth road

    Highlights: Green Forests, Hills, rivers

  • Day 17 : Free day at Kathmandu

    Today is a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day adds flexibility on your schedule to enjoy souvenir shopping or wander around streets of Thamel.

  • Day 18 : Transfer to International Airport for departure

    Today as per your flight schedule,  our chauffeur will take you to the airport from this amazing country Nepal.

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