Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure: The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a less crowded and more remote trekking experience compared to other popular treks in Nepal Adventure experience.
  • Mountain Views: The trek provides stunning views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, as well as other snow-capped peaks like Ganesh Himal and Himlung Himal.
  • Cultural Immersion: Trek through traditional villages and interact with diverse ethnic groups such as Gurungs, Tamangs, and Sherpas. Explore ancient monasteries and experience the rich Buddhist heritage of the region.
  • Tsum Valley: Visit the secluded Tsum Valley, known for its ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and warm hospitality. It offers a unique cultural and spiritual experience.
  • Landscapes: Experience a variety of landscapes, from terraced fields and lush valleys to dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo, and later the barren and rugged Marsyangdi Valley.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation options range from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges, providing meals and shelter for trekkers. Proper trekking gear is essential due to unpredictable weather.
  • Restricted Area and Permits: The Manaslu region is a restricted area, and trekkers need to obtain special permits to ensure safety, support local communities, and preserve the environment.

Trip Overview

The journey along the Manaslu Circuit Trek presents an enchanting and captivating odyssey as it winds its way around the splendid Manaslu peak in the heart of Nepal. This trek promises an unforgettable experience for adventurous souls who seek a unique off-the-beaten-path journey, rich cultural heritage, and challenging terrains.

Beginning in Seti Khola, the trek leads through picturesque valleys, terraced fields, and charming villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups like the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Sherpas. As you ascend, you’ll pass through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests, providing opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard.

As the trek progresses, you’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peaks, such as Manaslu (8,163m), the world’s eighth-highest mountain, as well as Ganesh Himal and Himlung Himal. The journey also includes a visit to the remote and secluded Tsum Valley, famous for its ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages, and the warm hospitality of the locals.

The highlight of the trek is crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,160m, which rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. The descent from the pass leads to the Marsyangdi Valley, where the landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation, featuring barren terrain and rugged cliffs.

Throughout the trek, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals, experience their unique culture, and witness their traditional way of life. Exploring ancient monasteries, participating in religious ceremonies, and learning about the region’s rich Buddhist heritage are all part of the experience.

Accommodation options along the Manaslu Circuit Trek range from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges, providing meals and shelter for weary trekkers. It is essential to carry appropriate trekking gear, including warm clothing, sturdy footwear, and a good sleeping bag, as the weather can be unpredictable, especially at higher altitudes.

Typically taking around 14 to 18 days to complete, the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires obtaining necessary permits, as the area falls within a restricted region. This ensures safety, supports local communities, and helps preserve the natural environment.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival In Kathmandu

After arrival In Kathmandu our Airport reprensentative will Meet and assist you also Guide for Upcoming Trekking Towards Manaslu Circuit Trekking Rest day relax at Kathmandu.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing

Kathmandu City Tour: After breakfast, we can visit some of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city, including:Pashupatinath Temple: One of the most sacred Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kathmandu City Tour: Boudhanath Stupa: A magnificent Buddhist stupa and one of the largest in the world.Swayambhunath Stupa: Also known as the Monkey Temple, it offers panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square: A historic square with ancient palaces, temple.

Day 3 Kathmandu to Machhakhola

After enjoying breakfast in the morning, we will begin our journey to Machha Khola, which serves as the starting point for our trek. The initial part of the drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi takes around 2 to 3 hours . Dhading Besi to Machha Khola can take anywhere from 5 to 7 hours, However it depends.

Day 4 Trekking  Starts from Machhakhola To Jagat

After Breakfast in 4th day of your Trek Start by crossing the Machhakhola River and trek through a forested area. We then Pass through villages and rice terraces to reach Khorlabesi (5-6 hours).Continue trekking with ups and downs to reach Tatopani, where you can enjoy hot springs (6-7 hours).Trek uphill through terraced fields and forests, crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, reach the Gurung village of Jagat (6-7 hours).

Day 5 Trekking From Jagat to Deng

On the fifth day of your Manaslu Circuit trek, you will trek from Jagat to Deng. The trail takes you through forests, terraced fields, and small villages. You will pass through Philim before reaching Deng, a Tibetan village. 5 to 6 hours of Trek for a Day

Day 6 Trekking From deng to Nemrung

After breakfast in Deng, we begin the trek ascending through rhododendron and pine forests. Enjoying stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Manaslu.Pass through charming villages, observerving local life, and witness beautiful waterfalls and terraced fields. After approximately 5-6 hours, we then reach Namrung, located at an elevation of around 2,630 meters (8,626 feet).Explore Namrung, visit monasteries, and immerse yourself in the local culture.Overnight stay at tea house in Namrung.

Day 7 Trekking From Nemrung 2,660m to Lho 3,180

After Breakfast we Start trekking from Namrung, ascending through beautiful landscapes and forests then we Cross Through suspension bridges and enjoy stunning mountain views, including Mt. Manaslu. Passing through traditional villages, observing the local culture and architecture. Trek for approximately 4-5 hours to reach Lho.Lho offers panoramic views, traditional stone houses, and Buddhist monasteries.Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house in Lho.Your guide From Shivalaya Holidays will be there to support you throughout the trek, ensuring your safety and providing valuable insights.

Day 9: Trekking from Lho 3,180m to Samagaun 3,530m

On the ninth day of the trek, After Breakfast we will hike from Lho to Samagaun. around 4-5 hours. We will pass through a forest and reach the picturesque village of Shyala. From there, we will cross a small stream and continue to the flat village of Samagaun, which is the closest village to Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 10: Rest Day Acclimatization  in Samagaun

 This day will be a rest day in Samagaun to acclimatize to the higher altitude. We will take the opportunity to explore the village and immerse ourselves in the local culture. There are several options for activities, including a hike to Manaslu Base Camp, a visit to Birendra Lake, or a trip to Pungen Monastery. Pungen Monastery is hidden behind the ridge and offers stunning views of the glaciers. Overnight  Stay at samagaun.

Day 11: Trekking from Samagaun 3,530m to Samdo 3,875m 

On the 11th day of Trek , we will trek from Samagaun to Samdo. The trek will take approximately 3-4 hours, covering a distance of 8.2km. We will pass through pasture areas and ascend to the valley. The trail will lead us through forests. As we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, we will cross a wooden bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains, especially Manaslu. Finally, we will reach Samdo, a Tibetan village, where we will explore the village and its surrounding .

Day 12: Trek from Samdo 3,875m to Dharamsala 4,480m

The trek on this day will take us from Samdo to Dharamsala. The duration of the trek will be around 3-4 hours, covering a distance of 11.7km. We will walk down the Samdo, passing through fields and old Mani walls. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we will continue along the Larke River, encountering more Mani walls and prayer flags. Along the way, we will be treated to magnificent views of the Larkya Glacier and Mt. Manaslu. We will reach Dharamsala, also known as Larkya La Phedi, a stone guest house situated at 4,450m.

Day 13: Trekking from Dharamsala 4,480m to Bhimtang 3,720m via Larkya la Pass 5,160m

 The highlight of this day is crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,160m). We will start early in the morning from Dharamsala for a long trek of 7-8 hours, covering a distance of 24.7km. The weather conditions play a crucial role in the difficulty of this trek, as strong winds or storms can make it more challenging. We will cross the moraine, descend to a small lake, and then make our way through rough and unclear trails. The pass offers panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. After descending from the pass, we will reach Bhimtang, passing through the beautiful landscape of the valley, meadows, Mani walls, and small houses.

Day 14: Trek from Bhimtang 3,720m) to Gho 2,550m

On this day, we will trek from Bhimtang to Gho. The trek will take around 4-5 hours, covering a distance of 10km. We will start by descending to the Budhi Gandaki River and crossing it. Then, we will enter a rhododendron forest and pass through the cultivated area of Karche. Continuing along the river bank, we will reach the village of Gho. Overnight stay at Gho


Day 15: Trek from Gho 2,550m  to Dharapani 1,910m

 On the 15th day of the Trek from Gho to Dharapani. The duration of the trek will be around 3-4 hours, covering a distance of 6km. We will descend through fields and pastures, passing by Tilje village, Mani walls, and Thonje village before reaching Dharapani. Dharapani is a beautiful village known for its scenic beauty and Gurung settlement..

Day 16: From Dharapani 1,910m to Besisahar 760m, then drive back to Kathmandu

This is the final day of your Trek , For onward journey  from Dharapani to Besisahar by road and then drive back to Kathmandu. The driving distance is approximately 224km, and the highest altitude reached will be 1,910m.

Day 17 final day

After having Breakfast Our Representative will Assist You to Tribhuwan international Airport for final departure making end of 16N17 days Of Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Equipment List


  • Lightweight and quick-drying trekking pants
  • Long-sleeved shirts/T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket for warmth
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated hat and gloves
  • Thermal base layers for colder days/nights
  • Hiking socks and sturdy, comfortable trekking boots

Gear and Equipment:

  • Backpack (40-50 liters) to carry your belongings
  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  • Trekking poles for stability and to reduce strain on knees
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Water purification tablets or filter
  • Basic first aid kit with necessary medications

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Travel towel
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Camera and extra batteries/charger
  • Portable power bank for charging electronic devices
  • Duct tape and ziplock bags for quick fixes and storage

Permits and Documents

  • Valid passport with Nepalese visa
  • Trekking permits and restricted area permit
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Emergency contact numbers and local currency (Nepalese rupees)

Cost Included

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • First aid medical kit with the provision of an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost not Include

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water, etc.
  • snacks and other personal expenses


Is it Difficult To Trek Manaslu­?

Answer: The Manaslu trek is considered to be moderately to highly difficult. It involves long days of hiking, steep ascents and descents, high altitude, and challenging terrain. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.


How long is the Manaslu Circuit?

Answer: The Manaslu Circuit trek is typically around 177 kilometers (110 miles) in total. The duration of the trek can vary depending on the route taken and the individual’s pace, but it generally takes about 14 to 18 days to complete.


cost to trek Manaslu Circuit?

Answer: The cost of trekking the Manaslu Circuit can vary depending on several factors, such as the duration of the trek, the services included, and the season. On average, the cost ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 per person. This cost usually covers permits, transportation, guide and porter services, accommodation, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses.


How far is Manaslu from Kathmandu?

Answer: Manaslu is approximately 64 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Kathmandu.


 How do I get from Kathmandu to Manaslu?

Answer: To reach Manaslu from Kathmandu, you can take a bus or hire a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek, which is typically the village of Soti Khola or Arughat. The journey takes around 7 to 9 hours by road. Alternatively, you can also opt for a domestic flight from Kathmandu to the town of Pokhara and then continue by road to the trek’s starting point.


What is best time to trek in Manaslu?

Answer: The best time to trek in Manaslu is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. However, it’s important to check weather forecasts and consult with local authorities or trekking agencies for up-to-date information before planning your trip.


Can you trek in Manaslu without a guide?

Answer: No, it is not currently allowed to trek in the Manaslu region without a registered guide. The Nepalese government has made it mandatory to have a licensed guide and to obtain a special trekking permit to ensure the safety and well-being of trekkers.


Where is Manaslu?

Answer: Manaslu is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal, in the western part of the country. It is part of the Nepalese Himalayas and stands at an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The region is known for its stunning mountain scenery, including the majestic Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth highest peak in the world.


Do I need a permit for the Manaslu Trek?

Answer: Yes, a special trekking permit is required to trek in the Manaslu region. In addition to the trekking permit, you also need to obtain a restricted area permit, as the Manaslu Circuit falls under a restricted trekking area. These permits are issued by the Nepalese government and can be obtained through authorized trekking agencies.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:17 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 5106 m
  • Best Time: Mid Feb to May and Sep to mid Dec.
  • Trip Mode: Lodge & Camping trek.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above

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