Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu, Samagaun, Nepal
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12 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people



About this tour

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating and remote trekking adventure that takes you around the magnificent Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. Located in the western part of Nepal, this trek offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and challenging terrain.

As a restricted area trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through pristine landscapes, untouched by modern development and offering a sense of wilderness that is rare to find in the Himalayas. The trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the diverse ecosystems of the region, from lush lowland valleys to high alpine passes.

The journey begins in the scenic town of Soti Khola and follows a trail that winds through picturesque villages, terraced fields, dense forests, and glacial river valleys. Along the way, you’ll encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Tibetans, and Sherpas, and have the chance to experience their rich cultural traditions.

Due to its remote location and limited number of trekkers, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a quieter and less crowded alternative to more popular trekking routes. This allows for a more intimate and authentic experience, as you can truly connect with the natural surroundings and engage with the local communities.

It is important to note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a special trekking permit and must be undertaken with a registered guide. This is to ensure the preservation of the region’s natural beauty and to support local communities.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route

The trek unfolds along the Manaslu Circuit, taking you through pristine landscapes, charming villages, and challenging mountain passes. Begin your journey in the quaint village of Soti Khola, gradually ascending through the lush greenery of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley. Follow the river, crossing suspension bridges and passing terraced fields, as the snow-capped peaks of Manaslu and neighboring ranges dominate the horizon.

Manaslu Trek Itinerary

Crafted for both adventure enthusiasts and culture seekers, the Manaslu Trek itinerary unfolds over several days, offering a perfect balance of trekking and cultural exploration. Highlights include visits to Pungyen Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and the challenging Larkya La Pass, where panoramic views of the Himalayas await.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

As you plan your Manaslu Circuit Trek, it’s essential to consider the cost and itinerary. The trek cost varies based on factors such as permits, guide and porter services, accommodation, and meals. A well-organized itinerary ensures a smooth journey, allowing you to fully absorb the beauty of the region.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Package

Opting for a Manaslu Circuit Trek package provides convenience and a comprehensive experience. Packages often include permits, accommodations, meals, transportation, and experienced guides, ensuring a worry-free and enjoyable adventure.

Essential Tips for a Successful Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Obtain the necessary permits and trek with a registered guide.
  • Plan your itinerary carefully, allowing for proper acclimatization.
  • Focus on physical fitness and endurance training prior to the trek.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for varying weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated and carry water purification methods.
  • Take your time and trek at a comfortable pace to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Respect the local culture and traditions of the communities you encounter.
  • Carry sufficient cash as there are limited ATM facilities along the trek.
  • Be prepared for basic teahouse accommodations along the trail.
  • Stay updated with weather conditions and be flexible with your plans if necessary.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety Considerations

  • Obtain necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
  • Prioritize physical fitness and acclimatization.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions and be prepared for changing weather.
  • Follow the guidance of your guide regarding safe trekking practices.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Pack a comprehensive first aid kit and any necessary medications.
  • Be cautious on challenging sections of the trail and use trekking poles if needed.
  • Respect local customs, traditions, and wildlife.
  • Follow safety guidelines and regulations set by local authorities.

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Combined

For a more immersive experience, consider combining the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley Trek. Delve into the unique Tibetan-influenced culture of the Tsum Valley, characterized by ancient monasteries, traditional villages like Chhokangparo, and warm hospitality from the locals. This combination adds cultural depth to your Himalayan adventure.


  • Breathtaking views of the eighth highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu.
  • Remote and off-the-beaten-path trekking experience.
  • Diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, terraced fields, and glacial river valleys.
  • Cultural immersion and interaction with ethnic communities such as Gurungs, Tibetans, and Sherpas.
  • Crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters) with panoramic mountain views.
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer wheels, and sacred sites.
  • Limited number of trekkers, providing a quieter and more intimate experience.
  • Pristine and untouched natural beauty.
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities, including Himalayan Thar and various bird species.
  • A sense of adventure and accomplishment in completing a challenging trek in a remote Himalayan region.


  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • A strong porter (2:1) one porter carrying two member’s bags including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • Government tax & service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips to guide & porter


  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Meet and greet by our representative.
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Rest and relax after your journey.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Machha Khola.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes and rural villages.
  • Arrive at Machha Khola and settle in at the teahouse.
  • Overnight stay in Machha Khola.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin the trek from Machha Khola, following the trail along the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Trek through terraced fields, bamboo forests, and several suspension bridges.
  • Pass through villages such as Khorlabesi and Tatopani.
  • Arrive at Jagat and rest for the night.
  • Overnight stay in Jagat.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek from Jagat, ascending through a lush forested trail.
  • Cross the Budhi Gandaki River multiple times over suspension bridges.
  • Pass through Philim, a large Gurung village with traditional houses and terraced fields.
  • Trek further to reach Deng, a small village with stunning mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in Deng.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through a beautiful forested trail with occasional glimpses of mountains.
  • Pass through quaint villages like Ghap and explore their unique culture.
  • Ascend gradually and reach Namrung, a picturesque village with stunning views of Manaslu.
  • Overnight stay in Namrung.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek through rhododendron and pine forests.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Pass through the village of Lho with its ancient monasteries and prayer flags.
  • Trek further to Sama Gaun, a traditional Sherpa village with impressive views of Manaslu.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Spend the day at Sama Gaun for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Take a side trip to either Pungyen Gompa, an ancient monastery with magnificent views, or hike to the Manaslu Basecamp for closer views of the mountain.
  • Immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of the surroundings.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and follow the trail through alpine landscapes.
  • Ascend gradually, passing through grazing areas and yak pastures.
  • Reach the village of Samdo, situated near the Tibetan border.
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views and explore the local culture.
  • Overnight stay in Samdo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through rugged terrain, crossing streams and moraines.
  • Ascend to Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi.
  • This is the base camp for the Larkya La Pass.
  • Rest and prepare for the challenging pass ahead.
  • Overnight stay in Dharmasala.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin early in the morning to cross the Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek.
  • Ascend steeply to the pass, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.
  • Descend carefully on the other side of the pass to reach Bhimthang.
  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes and relax after a challenging day.
  • Overnight stay in Bhimthang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the descent from Bhimthang, following the trail through rhododendron forests.
  • Pass through picturesque villages like Gho and Tilije.
  • Reach Dharapani, a popular village on the Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Bid farewell to the Manaslu region and join the Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Overnight stay in Dharapani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a local jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar.
  • From Besisahar, drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive and bid farewell to the mountains.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Rest and relax after the long journey.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.


12 Days



Frequently asked questions

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. It is known for its remote and untouched landscapes, stunning mountain views, diverse ecosystems, and cultural immersion.

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on your starting point and the specific route taken. On average, it takes around 12 to 17 days to complete the trek. This duration allows for acclimatization and ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Yes, a special trekking permit called the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is required to trek in the Manaslu region. Additionally, you need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) since the trek connects with the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The best time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. However, treks during the winter and monsoon seasons are also possible, but with additional challenges due to snowfall and rain.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves challenging terrain and high altitudes, so having some trekking experience, physical fitness, and basic outdoor skills will enhance your overall trekking experience.

Yes, it is mandatory to hire a registered guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This regulation is in place to ensure your safety, support the local economy, and preserve the environment. A guide will also provide valuable insights, navigation assistance, and help with permits and logistics.

Accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is primarily in teahouses or lodges. These provide basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and meals. The teahouses are often run by local communities and offer a warm and friendly environment for trekkers.

Some essential items to pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a water bottle, trekking poles, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications. It is important to pack light and carry only necessary items.

While communication facilities may be limited in some parts of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, most teahouses and lodges offer Wi-Fi or have satellite phones for emergency use. However, it is advisable to have alternative means of communication such as a satellite phone or a local SIM card for better connectivity.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Make sure your insurance policy covers trekking activities at high altitudes and includes emergency medical evacuation. It is important to carefully review the coverage details and carry a copy of your insurance policy with you during the trek.

The difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary, but it's generally considered a challenging trek. The trail includes steep ascents, descents, and some sections with high altitudes. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and have some prior trekking experience.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek reaches altitudes of over 5,100 meters (16,732 feet) at its highest point, the Larkya La Pass. It's important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness and ensure a successful trek.

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Manaslu, Samagaun, Nepal


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Best trek Manaslu circuit

Finally dream come true one of the best trek of nepal complete.Amazing destination with different world experience local teahouse with local food man vs wild feeling . Thank you pathfinder and our guide suman tamng .

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