Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 12 Days   |   Trip Photos  |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Max Elevation: 5210m

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an incredible choice for off-the-beaten-path lovers. It is the best alternative for those who want to avoid the ever-crowded Everest and Annapurna Regions of Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit trek takes you around the exquisite Manaslu Region, the home of the world’s eighth tallest peak. The route was opened for foreigners in 1992.

Manaslu Circuit TrekYes, Mt Manaslu, with a staggering height of 8,163m, is the main highlight of the trek. But we bet that’s one of many highlights. Manaslu Region is home to distinct civilizations, varied landscapes, glaciers, lakes, dense vegetation, sacred sites, majestic peaks, electric rivers, and more. Whether you love nature or culture or both, Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days is a complete package for all sorts of trekkers.

Manaslu lies around 132km away from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The adventure of Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Soti Khola via Arughat. The bus ride is just the start. Once the trip reaches Soti Khola, the trek commences onwards. Following the banks of Budhi Gandaki River, the walk progresses gradually.

As it goes further, beautiful things start to happen. You will enter the land of diverse people such as Gurungs, Tamanags, Brahmins, and other ethnic groups. It lets you experience diversity. Nature also becomes more appealing as you see mountains, dense woods, lofty hills, glaciers, lakes, grasslands, terrace fields, and others.

The major stops of the trek, like Larkya La Pass(5,125m), Birendra Lake, Manaslu Base Camp, Samagaon, and Pungyen Gompa, will come along. Each of these sites will leave you amazed. Yet, the best thing about the trek, or the ultimate thing, is the Larkya La Pass. The mountain pass allows you to enjoy the vast panorama, including peaks Pawar Peak, Himlung, Gyaji Kung, Kang Garu, Annapurna II, Manaslu, and more.

After taking a round excursion of the Manaslu Region, the trek brings you to Dharapani. That is the ending point of the Manaslu Circuit trail. By the time you reach the ending point, you’ll have unforgettable memories, experiences, and pictures for life. Top of everything, you will experience and explore this less-frequented region in peace.

If you long for a peaceful trekking experience in the Himalayas, there is no better option than this. Don’t think twice; 12 days of Manaslu Circuit Trek is alright.

Why Choose Manaslu Region for the Trek?

The Manaslu Region has beautiful landscapes that are ideal for all travelers. There is a Himalayan vista that you can observe from various viewpoints. Moreover, you can also get a scenic view of the natural terrains of the region, including waterfalls, forests, hills, streams, rivers, and others.

The trek trails pass through numerous off-the-beaten trails. You will pass through virgin territories that have not been extensively trekked before. The beautiful pristine natural landscapes have unique natural beauties. Trekkers will have the best opportunity for the region’s natural and cultural exploration.

The trails of this scenic trek also pass through the homes and settlements of the local people. You will experience the local people's traditions, heritage, and lifestyle in the rural landscapes. Hence, for these reasons, you should choose the Manaslu region for the trek. Take an Idea of Manaslu region Map.

When is the Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Spring season

The spring season is quite famous for its beautiful weather all around. There are stable weather conditions, with temperatures at moderate levels. Wildflowers like rhododendrons are blooming all around the hills.

Travelers will get to observe the beautiful Himalayan vista in blue skies. Moreover, you will pass through forested trails, including pine and fir trees. There is less rainfall, snowfall, and other weather challenges.

Autumn season

Autumn is a beautiful time in the Manaslu region. This autumn season has great weather and a scenic Himalayan view. There are moderate temperatures and a pleasant atmosphere in the region. Autumn is also a festive time, meaning you can explore the cultural aspect and celebrate the local festivities.

Offseason Treks

Winters are aesthetically pleasant at the high altitude but also bring heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures. In the summers, there are hot and humid conditions. There are weather-related challenges in these seasons which makes the trek difficult. Check the best time on more details...

beautiful glacier lake Manaslu circuit trek

How Difficult is the Manaslu Trek?

In the high-altitude region, you will find challenges like unpredictable weather, rugged terrains, and extreme frigid conditions. The trekking experience will also determine the difficulty level of the trek. If you have trekked at a high altitude, you will find the hike less challenging. However, amateur trekkers will find the walk to be quite strenuous.

Another difficulty factor of the Manaslu region trek is altitude sickness. Acute mountain or altitude sickness is quite a challenge in the high-altitude region. It is due to the inability of the body to adapt to the changing high altitude conditions.

Hence, acclimatization is essential to tackle this problem. You can take the trek gradually, acclimatize at regular intervals, rest properly and drink lots of water. These steps will help you tackle the altitude sickness symptoms along the trail. Read More...

Can You Do This Trek?

Anyone with proper exercise and preparation can take this trek in the Manaslu region. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is ideal for trekkers of all ages, sizes, and skill levels. All you need is proper physical fitness to tackle the rugged terrains of the region.

There are numerous challenging aspects that you might face during the trek. Mental strength is also an essential part of the trekking journey. Hence, you must prepare well for the trek with proper nutrition, packing, and training.

How to Prepare for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a high-altitude trek that takes you above 5000m. Therefore, prepare well for the trip considering various aspects. Some of the essential tips on how to prepare for the trek are as follows:

  • Trek early as soon as the sun rises for a comfortable trekking adventure.
  • Trekking early will also lead you to your destination in time.
  • Acclimatize well during the journey.
  • Trekkers should also hydrate at regular intervals to tackle altitude sickness
  • Train well ahead of the trek with proper exercises
  • Only pack the items that are essential for the trekking journey
  • Book all your accommodations and meal in the tea houses, especially if you are traveling during the peak seasons
  • Carry water purification tablets to safeguard the drinking water in the region
  • You can also carry snacks like protein bars, chocolate bars, and others
  • Carry a power bank, solar charger, and extra batteries along the trail

Is This Trek Suitable for the Beginners?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is ideal for beginners. The beautiful trek passes through the natural terrain that is long but not technically challenging. So you can quickly complete the tour with ease if you prepare well. Packing the right gear and equipment is also necessary for emergency conditions.

Why is Acclimatization Necessary?

Acclimatization is a must for all trekkers. Even if you have trekked the region, you must acclimate every time. Acclimatization is an essential aspect that helps you tackle altitude sickness. It is essential as it will help you adapt to changing conditions. You will also need to hydrate regularly with proper water intake and avoid alcoholic products.

mountain view during Manaslu Circuit trek

Side Trek with Manaslu Circuit Trek

There is also an extension to the beautiful destination of Tsum Valley for the trekking journey. This side trek makes the tour even more enchanting. The side trip option is ideal if you want to travel on a unique journey through the serene trails. It will allow you to observe and experience the ancient landmarks of the Tsum valley.

The trek also provides trekkers with an outstanding travel experience in the cultural landmarks of the region. The ancient tribal settlements date back to the medieval period. There are caves in the Tsum Valley where Milarepa and Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated.


  • Scenic mountain vista of the Manaslu region
  • Passing through the diverse natural terrains
  • Cultural exploration of the local settlements of the region
  • An option of an extended trip to Tsum Valley
  • Exploring the unique flora and fauna
  • Staying at the local tea houses and lodges
  • Tasting the delicious cuisine of the locals

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola

    MachaKhola altitude: 870m

    Drive duration: 7-8 hrs

    Overnight: Machhakhola

    The trip starts from Kathmandu. After having breakfast, you will take on a private vehicle on the Prithvi Highway. From the capital city of Kathmandu, you will pass through the scenic hilly regions to finally arrive at the destination of Arughat.

    The journey passes through the settlements of Dhading Besi and other accommodations. The area has natural terrains, including green hills, terrace-farmed hills, water streams, rivers, and others. From the settlement of Dhading Besi, the roads get pretty rugged.

    While driving through the scenic landscapes along the Budhi Gandaki River, you will reach Machhakhola. Stay overnight at the teahouse in Macchakhola and take a well-deserved rest.

    • Day 2 Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1350m).

      Jagat altitude: 1350m

      Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

      Overnight: Jagat

      The trail on this section of the trek passes through the beautiful terrains to arrive at Jagat. The lovely tour then takes you through the serene trails of the hilly region. There are incredible natural terrains that you can observe along the trails. The course of the trek starts from Machhakhola, as you trek along the narrow path.

      The trails then lead you to Tharo Khola, and we will continue our journey to Khola Besi. The tracks then ascend the beautiful region to finally arrive at the Tatopani hot spring. The serene trails will then climb up the ridge to eventually reach the Budhi Gandaki river, which we cross on a suspension bridge.

      The beautiful trails climb up the stony staircase and cross the landslide area. The ridge will take you to Doban, crossing a suspension bridge. Hard staircases pass down the river to finally arrive at the settlement of Thado Bharyang.

      The Budhi Gandaki rivers are beautiful settlements on the west bank. There we will climb a ridge and then take alongside the beautiful river. The beautiful trail will lead you to the village settlement of Jagat. You will have dinner, rest, and spend the night at the teahouse.

      • Day 3 Trek from Jagat to Deng (2130m)

        Deng altitude: 2130m

        Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

        Overnight: Deng

        At the beautiful settlement of the region in Jagat, we will have breakfast and then continue our journey to Deng. The trail then continues along the steep gorge along the tracks, from where you will finally cross the steep valley and then goes downhill to the grasslands.

        Slopes along the trail will eventually lead you to the Budhi Gandaki river, where you will cross the east bank of the Budhi Gandaki river. Then the trail leads you to the forested bamboo trails and arrives at the Deng Khola. There is a small Deng village where you will find a teahouse to stay for the night.

        • Day 4 Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m)

          Namrung altitude: 2630m

          Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

          Overnight: Namrung

          The trail from Deng takes you through the serene trails to arrive at the destination of Namrung. The beautiful course provides you with the best views of the entire region from various viewpoints along the route. The trail crosses the stunning Budhi Gandaki river and climbs up the hill to arrive at Rana.

          From this point, you will continue your journey through the challenging trails. The beautiful serene trails then lead you through the Budhi Gandaki valley’s west side. The tracks then pass through an area with many mani stones and Buddhist heritage and landmarks before arriving at the settlement of Ghap.

          The trail then takes you to the Prok village, providing outstanding views of the Siring Himal. Multiple rivers are crossing in the courses you will pass through the forests of bamboo trees. You can also find Gompas, monasteries, and other Buddhist heritages along the trail.

          We will cross the gorge, after which the trails turn flat and smooth. We will finally climb uphill and then reach Namrung, where we will spend the night. It is great to view the beautiful Himalayas vista of Ganesh Himal, Siring, and Mt. Himal Chuli.

          • Day 5 Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m)

            Lho altitude: 3180m

            Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

            Overnight: Lho

            On this trek section, you will trek from Namrung to Lho on a steep uphill climb to a forested area. Numerous natural green trails lead you to the village of Lihi. There are multiple villages with many chortens and barley terraces. We will cross the Simnang valley and pass through the settlements of Sho before finally arriving at Lho, where we will spend the night at the teahouse.

            • Day 6 Trek from Lho to Samagaun (3500m)

              Samagaon altitude: 3500m

              Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

              Overnight: Samagaon

              The trek from Lho starts with a walk to Shyala village. The scenic trails will lead you to the town of Sama, where you can get sweeping views of Mount Manaslu. There you can also find the Ribung Gompa, an essential religious viewpoint. The views of the snow-clad mountains, glaciers, and others will enthrall you along the trail.

              • Day 7 Acclimatization day at Samagaun

                On this day of the trek, you will acclimatize at the village settlement of Samagaon. The beautiful trails of this trek will take you through incredible trails where you can explore the natural terrains of the region.

                The area around the village is ideal for exploring and acclimatizing to the region. The religious site of the Pungyen Gompa is a main acclimatization point in the region. There are also stunning glaciers that you can view from the viewpoint on top of a hill. After exploring the gompa and monastery area, you will return to the Samagaon, where you will spend the night at the teahouse.

                • Day 8 Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)

                  Samdo altitude: 3860m

                  Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

                  Overnight: Samdo

                  The section of the trek takes you from Samagaon to Samdo. The Budhi Gandaki trail then leads through a water stream you will cross on suspension bridges. The tour will lead you to Larkya la on a comfortable path passing through mani walls.

                  There are juniper and other forested areas. There is Budhi Gandaki river along the trail. Trekkers can also find a stone arch, from where you can observe a sweeping Himalayan vista dn then reach Samdo, where you will spend the night at a teahouse.

                  • Day 9 Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m)

                    Dharamsala altitude: 4480m

                    Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

                    Overnight: Dharamsala

                    On this trek section, you will continue your journey through the beautiful terrains to arrive at Dharamsala. There are various wooden bridges that you need to cross over the Budhi Gandaki River. We will generally hike upwards in the region to cross multiple water streams.

                    The Larkya glacier is another highlight of the trek that you can observe along the trail. Finally, after trekking for a while, you will arrive at the Dharmashala. This trek allows you to explore the journey and acclimate along the trail.

                    • Day 10 Cross the Larke pass (5106 m), trek down to Bimtang (3720 m)

                      Larke pass altitude: 5106 m

                      Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

                      Overnight: Bimtang

                      The trail of the trek on this section of the tour will take you to the region of Bintang. In this section, you will cross the majestic Larke la pass. The trekking journey also passes through the numerous valleys, cliffsides, and ridges to the north side of the Larkya glacier. From there, you can get the sweeping vista of the Larkya peak.

                      The trail then climbs uphill to the moraines on top of a glacier. The last section of the trek to the pass is quite steep; hence, you must traverse these terrains cautiously. The sweeping vista of the entire Himalayan landscapes of the region, including the Annapurna, Himlung, Kanggru, Cheo, and others, is quite enchanting.

                      After trekking for long hours, to arrive at low pastures before finally arriving at the Bhimtang. The sweeping vista of Mount Manaslu is a highlight of this section of the trek.

                      • Day 11 Trek from Tilche to Dharapani, Take Jeep to Besisahar (1430m)

                        Dharapani altitude: 1669m

                        Besisahar altitude: 1430m

                        Walking duration: 6- hrs

                        Drive duration: 3-4 hrs

                        Overnight: Besisahar

                        You will trek through the beautiful trails with spectacular views of the entire region. There are high pasture lands in the region as you pass through them. Then, cross the Dudh Khola over a suspension bridge. There are forests, with rhododendron trees that you will pass through beautiful trails to arrive at this destination. There Aae narrow fields and ridges that climb uphill to the river bank to Gho. We will climb uphill to Tiliche and continue to Dharapani.

                        The beautiful trek trails pass through stony rugged paths and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola. Many walls and prayer flags will greet you in the village of Thonje. The beautiful trails then lead you to the police checkpoint, where you can show your permits before continuing along the route to Dharapani.

                        This section of the trek lies in the Annapurna Circuit. Trekkers will pass through the forested areas, mani walls, and village to arrive at the large waterfall, Tal. After trekking for around 1-2 hours, we will finally arrive at Dharapani. After arriving at Dharapani, you will take the jeep drive to Besisahar.

                        The scenic drive will continue through the banks of Marsyangdi Khola. The route opens up to broad valleys, pastures, and towns. The gentle route finally arrives at the downhill settlement of Besisahar. There you will spend the night at the tea house.

                        • Day 12 Drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar

                          Kathmandu altitude: 1400m

                          Drive duration: 5-6 hrs

                          We will take on this drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar Pass through the beautiful hilly highways. The beautiful trail passes alongside the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River banks. There are many rice fields, terraced farmed hills, rivers, waterfalls, valleys, and another scenic vista along the journey. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will continue to rest and stay overnight at the hotel.

                          What to Expect

                          • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                          • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
                          • Government license holder guide 
                          • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                          • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters 
                          • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
                          • Fresh fruits every night after dinner
                          • All land transportation as per itinerary
                          • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
                          • ACAP and MCAP entry permits
                          • Special restricted area Manaslu permit
                          • Comprehensive first aid kit with oximeter to measure your oxygen level daily
                          • All government taxes and official expenses
                          • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, down jacket and walking poles for the trek
                          • International airfare and taxes
                          • Nepal entry visa fee
                          • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
                          • All the expenses of a personal nature
                          • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
                          • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

                          PRICES & DATES

                          Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
                          15 Aug, 2024 - 26 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
                          26 Aug, 2024 - 06 Sep, 2024GuaranteedUSD 1175
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                          Useful Information

                          How challenging is Manaslu Circuit?

                          Manaslu Circuit is a moderately challenging trail. It takes you on a complete adventure along remote and rugged terrains of the region. First-time trekkers may find it difficult to traverse these challenging trails. It is essential to train well ahead of this trek so that they can at least trek for 6 to 8 hours on switchback trails. Besides that, the higher altitudes have many risks, such as altitude sickness.

                          When is the best time for this Manaslu Circuit Trek?

                          Manaslu Circuit is ideal all around the year. But if you want to trek in peak seasons, you should choose the Spring and Autumn seasons. These seasons provide stable weather conditions all around Nepal.

                          What are the off seasons for Manaslu Circuit?

                          Manaslu Circuit’s off-seasons are Winter and Monsoon. There are unpredictable weather and high snowfall in the Winter. The Monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and slippery and muddy trails.

                          What are the permits required for this Manaslu Circuit Trek?

                          Manaslu circuit permit includes Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP), and Restricted Area Permit (RAP).

                          Where can you obtain these permits?

                          You can go to the Nepal Tourism Office Board’sBoard’s office to get these permits in Kathmandu. The permit cost also depends upon seasons as it costs higher in the peak season of Autumn and Spring and lowers in off-seasons. MCAP and ACAP are conservation area permits, whereas RAP is the permit for restricted areas in the Manaslu Region.

                          How to prepare for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

                          The strenuous high altitude trekking journey moves uphill and downhill a lot through rugged and remote terrains. Hence, a proper training regime is essential to prepare for this trek. That must include physical exercises, cardiovascular training, and mental preparation that will build your stamina and help you gain the endurance required for this trek.

                          What is the training regime for the trek?

                          Activities like hiking, swimming, running, cycling, and gym are ideal for trek training. Trekkers should start this training regime 2 to 3 months before the trek to trek without hassle. Physical, cardiovascular, and mental exercises are a must.

                          Is Travel insurance required for Manaslu Region Trek?

                          Travel insurance is necessary, especially in high-altitude trekking like the Manaslu circuit trek. It will cover all details, including medical injuries, accidents, thefts, loss of property, and others along the trail.

                          Ensure that your travel insurance covers 4000m and above and includes emergency helicopter rescue. Getting altitude sickness or any accident that does not let you trek further is essential.

                          What are the accommodation facilities in this Manaslu Circuit Trek?

                          Manaslu Region is a remote region hence facilities in these regions are basic. Hence, you will stay in local tea houses during this trek. So the accommodation includes a twin bed, mattress, pillow, and blanket. Toilets are generally shared; however, some tea houses also offer attached bathrooms. Hot showers, wifi, electronic charging, and other facilities are available at an added cost. These facilities are only available in lower regions.

                          What are the food facilities along the trail?

                          Food along the Manaslu circuit is generally served as Dal bhat, a typical Nepalese dish. You can also have other cuisine, including Indian, Chinese, and others. All of the food is generally well-cooked and provides you with enough energy required for this trek. Besides that, you will also get tea, coffee, garlic soup, Porridge, Pizza, Noodles, Dumplings, Tibetan Bread, and others.

                          What are the facilities for drinking water in the Manaslu Circuit trek?

                          You can either take bottled Mineral Water or use tap water for drinking. Bottled water, but they will cost you significantly more as you move up along the trail. Therefore, what you can do to save costs is to carry water purification tablets. You can get water from taps along the trail and use these water purification tablets.

                          Are a guide and porter essential?

                          A guide will keep you company along the trail and look after you in case of any emergency conditions. They will navigate confusing trails and protect you from injuries, accidents, and other emergencies. Porter carries your luggage so that you can trek hassle-free.

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