Circuit Trek Manaslu

Join us on the ultimate Manaslu Circuit Trek experience — featuring a detailed itinerary, seasoned guides, and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Himalayas.
Starting point
16 days / 15 nights
Technical level
Fitness level
Mar - May & Sep - Nov
Scale the exhilarating 5106m Larke La Pass for unforgettable sunrise views
Discover ancient monasteries and Tibetan culture in quaint villages
Visit iconic landmarks on a guided Kathmandu City Tour
Trek through lush forests, cross rivers, and marvel at towering peaks
Acclimatize in scenic Samagaon with panoramic mountain views
Experience local hospitality with overnight stays in traditional teahouses
Hiking in Himalayas mountains. Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal
A winding trail along the river that promises new vistas at every turn
Trekker in front of Manaslu glacier on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
Panoramic mountain views of the Himalayas that make every step worthwhile
Manaslu Circuit Trek, Larke pass 5106m, Mt. Manaslu
Conquering Larke Pass
Trekker on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
The snow-capped peaks in the distance, a trekker's ultimate reward
Valley on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
A sweeping valley view that takes your breath away
Trekker on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
Incredible visibility of Mt. Manaslu
Beautiful landscape of Himalaya mountains on Manaslu circuit
Nature's melody in the silence
Trekker on the way to the valley covered with cloud on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
A sea of clouds below you, making the climb worth every step
Birendra lake with mt. manaslu in background, gorkha, manaslu circuit trek nepal
One of the gems on the circuit - Lake Birendra
Trekker rests on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
The joy of a well-earned rest, with panoramic views as your backdrop
Nepal - Manaslu circuit - rice fields in lower valley
There's a unique charm to the hidden valleys of Nepal
Trekker on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
The first glimpse of the summit, where dreams meet reality
A scenic view of the Manaslu mountain range and the colorful foliage in Nepal during the Manaslu circuit trek.
A peaceful walk through lush forests, nature's sanctuary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you’ll be warmly greeted by our representative. A comfortable vehicle will take you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll receive a brief orientation about the trek, including the itinerary and essential information. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant streets of Kathmandu or simply relaxing at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Snow covered chandragiri hill and kritipur city majestic view, 28 Feb, 2019 Kathmandu Nepal
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Your tour guide will arrive to take you on an enriching Kathmandu City Tour. You’ll be provided with a private vehicle and guide for this excursion. The tour includes visits to iconic landmarks like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. Note that we’ll also be using this day to issue your restricted area permit, requiring your original passport. Dinner will be provided. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
Temples at Durbar Sqaure in Patan, Nepal
Stupa in Swayambhunath  Monkey temple ,  Kathmandu, Nepal.
Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola

After breakfast, your journey to Sotikhola begins. Your guide and support team will pick you up from your hotel in a private vehicle. The drive is scenic, passing through small mountains alongside the Trishuli River, popular for rafting, and through lush jungles and local villages. Meals for the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight stay in Sotikhola.

People crossing suspension bridge over Trishuli River, Tupche, Nuwakot District, Province 3, Nepal
View over the Trishuli river near Pokhara, Nepal
A column of 4wd vehicles carrying loads descending a dirt and rock path into a deep canyon lined with a river, Manang Road, Nepal
Day 4: Trek to Machhakhola

Today’s trek will take approximately six hours. The trail winds through forests, quaint villages, streams, and beautiful waterfalls. You’ll eventually reach Lapu Besi, a village predominantly inhabited by Mongolian residents. From there, you’ll continue on a zigzagging path to Machhakhola and then to Khorlabeshi. This area has a small market with a few shops and hotels. Meals for the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight stay in Machhakhola.

Rice fields along Manaslu Circuit trail from Arughat village to Machhakhola village on both banks of Budhi Gandaki river, Manaslu Himal, Ghorka district, Nepal Himalayas, Nepal.
Rice fields along Manaslu Circuit trail from Arughat village to Machhakhola village on both banks of Budhi Gandaki river, Manaslu Himal, Ghorka district, Nepal Himalayas, Nepal.
Day 5: Trek to Jagat

Your trek today starts by crossing the Machha Khola, or Fish Stream, and heading upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail can be challenging in places but offers an authentic trekking experience. After passing through a short stretch of forest, you’ll reach the single teahouse at Doban. From Lauri, you’ll cross the river on a suspension bridge and climb to the fields of Jagat for your overnight stay. Meals for the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight stay in Jagat.

Tatopani/Nepal-11.03.2019:The view of Tatopani village
Kali Ghandaki River and Nilgiri, view from Tatopani
Wegweiser nach Jagat
Day 6: Trek to Deng

Today is a day of awe and wonder as you trek towards Deng. After a nourishing breakfast, you’ll set on a trail that meanders along the enchanting Budhi Gandaki River valley. The air grows crisp, and the scenery more majestic as you pass through forests of rhododendrons and pine. The vibrant colors of the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron, will captivate your senses. As you traverse small valleys and forests, the village of Deng emerges like a gem in the rough, offering a serene end to an exhilarating day. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Deng.

Budhi Gandaki river, a tributary of Gandaki/Narayani river as seen along  Manaslu Circuit trek route from Arughat Bazar to Jagat villages, Gorkha district, Nepal Himalaya, Nepal.
The Himalayan Mountains, Nepal. Flowering rhododendrons.
Deng village, small village in Manaslu circuit trekking route  surrounded by Himalaya mountains range in Nepal
Day 7: Trek to Ghap

Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast and gear up for an invigorating trek to Ghap. The trail takes you upstream along the Deng River through a valley that gradually narrows and steepens. As you ascend, you’ll encounter the village of Lana, adorned with mystical Mani stones. Ghap itself is a treasure trove of Tibetan culture, with chortens and Mani stones dotting the landscape. The day concludes in this tranquil village, where you’ll rest and recharge for the adventures ahead. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Ghap.

Spectacular view of grand snow capped summits of the Himalayan mountain range rising above in background, with rows of colorful Buddhist prayer flags strung along mountain passes in foreground
buddhist mani stones
Day 8: Trek to Lho

Today’s trek is nothing short of a visual feast. After breakfast, you’ll ascend towards Lho, with each step revealing increasingly stunning vistas. The trail offers panoramic views of Rupinala Pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Saula Himal, and Lajing Peak. Along the way, you’ll pass chortens, Mani walls, and fluttering prayer flags, all adding to the spiritual ambiance of the trek. By the time you reach Lho, you’ll be on a natural high, both literally and metaphorically. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Lho.

Manaslu Circuit Trek , Beautiful Lho village with Mt. Manaslu in background
Gompa on the way to Manaslu the spirits mountain
A group of trekkers heading to Lho village on Manaslu circuit with view of Mount Manaslu range (8 156 meters). Himalayas, stone buildings in village, at Manaslu Glacier in Gorkha District in Nepal
Day 9: Trek to Samagaon

Prepare for a day of awe-inspiring beauty as you trek to Samagaon. The trail descends towards Damonan Khola before ascending to the expansive plateau of Shyala. Here, you’ll be greeted by jaw-dropping views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and other towering peaks. Samagaon is a village rich in cultural heritage, with monasteries both large and small awaiting your exploration. The day concludes in this idyllic setting, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Samagaon.

Manaslu (8,156 m) from Lho valley, one of the best view.
Samagaun village, biggest village in Manaslu circuit trekking route, Himalaya mountains range in Nepal
Mani wall decorated with mantras in the Himalayas
Day 10: Acclimatization in Samagaon

Today is a day for your body to catch up with the altitude. But acclimatization doesn’t mean idleness; it’s an opportunity to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Samagaon. After breakfast, you’ll set out to discover the village’s sacred monasteries, Labrang Gompa and Kargya Chholing Monastery. The views here are nothing short of magical, with Mt. Manaslu, Pungyen Glacier, and the Nadi River providing a stunning backdrop. This day is a feast for your eyes and a rest for your legs. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Samagaon.

clean ice river high in himalayan mountains
Beautiful landscape of mountain and river in Manaslu circuit trek in autumn season, Nepal
Spectacular view of Manaslu mountain as seen on Around Manaslu trail from Samagaon village to Samdo village, Manaslu Himal massif, Gorkha district, Nepal Himalayas, Nepal.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo

Fuel up with breakfast because today’s trek to Samdo is a rollercoaster of terrains and emotions. You’ll start by ascending towards Cho Chanda, then traverse a desert-like path and windy trails. The panorama unfolds to reveal a tapestry of peaks like Himlung Himal, Gyagi Kung Himal, Kang Kuru, and Annapurna II. Samdo is tantalizingly close to the Tibetan border, adding an extra layer of excitement to your journey. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Samdo.

Stupa in Nepal
Beautiful landscape of Himalaya mountains range view from top of Samdo Ri view point, Manaslu circuit trekking route in Nepal
Samdo valley
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala

Today’s trek to Dharmashala is a crescendo in your high-altitude symphony. After breakfast, you’ll set off on a trail that takes you through ancient Mani walls and across the Budi Gandaki River. The ascent is steady but rewarding, with each step taking you closer to the sky. Dharmashala serves as your gateway to the Larke La Pass, offering a moment of reflection before the grand finale. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Trekking trail to Dharamsala camp in Manaslu circuit trekking route, Himalaya mountains range in Nepal
Way to Dharmasala, manaslu
Camping and mountain
Day 13: Trek across Larke La Pass to Bhimtang

Brace yourself for the most challenging yet rewarding day of your trek. You’ll leave Dharmashala in the early morning to conquer the Larke La Pass. The initial descent is steep, followed by a rocky and windy ascent to the pass. The sunrise from Larke Peak is a spectacle you’ll remember for a lifetime. After soaking in views of numerous peaks and small ice lakes, you’ll descend to Bhimtang for a well-deserved rest. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Bhimtang.

Larkya La Pass, Manaslu Larke Pass Trek, Nepal
Trekker goes down fron Larke La pass on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal
Yak skull on the ways to manaslu
Day 14: Trek to Dharapani

Today is bittersweet as it marks the last leg of your trekking adventure. After breakfast, you’ll descend through the valley towards Dharapani. The trail offers a final encore of natural beauty, passing through forests of rhododendron and pine. You’ll also traverse the village of Tilje, known for its apple orchards and local wine. The day concludes in Dharapani, where you can toast your incredible journey. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Dharapani.

Small wooden bridge to cross a stream on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit.
Manaslu Trek Abstieg nach Dharapani
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar

The trek may be over, but the adventure continues. After breakfast, you’ll board a local jeep for a drive to Besisahar. The journey offers one last chance to soak in the stunning landscapes of Nepal. Upon reaching Besisahar, you’ll switch to a bus for the final leg of your journey to Kathmandu. The city welcomes you back with its bustling energy, a stark contrast to the tranquility of the mountains. Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

A tourist jeep carries tourists and their backpacks in a certain mountainous area, during trekking in the Upper Mustang of Nepal.
Vehicle road from Besisahar to Manang. New road, on the Annapurna circuit, blasted into a step cliff next to Marsyangdi river. Hikers highlight the impressive cliff.
Green rice field terraces around Bhulbhule and Ghermu. On the eastern part of the Annapurna circuit.
Day 16: Departure

All good things must end, and today marks the conclusion of your Manaslu Circuit Trek. After one last breakfast in Kathmandu, our representative will escort you to the airport for your onward journey. As you board your flight, you’ll carry memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
Snow covered chandragiri hill and kritipur city majestic view, 28 Feb, 2019 Kathmandu Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek cost includes

Kathmandu accommodation with breakfast
Private ground transport (airport transfers & sightseeing)
Daily meals on trekking route
Trekking lodging (tea house or lodge)
Licensed English-speaking guide
Porter services (1 porter for 2 people, 15 kg limit)
Required permits and TIMS card
Travel and rescue coordination
24/7 office support
Farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant
Kathmandu meals
Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees
Insurance of any kind
Flight expenses
Personal expenses (bar bills, beverages, shower, laundry, Wi-Fi in trekking route)
Unforeseen costs (natural disasters, flight cancellations, etc.)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a hidden gem in the Himalayas, offering an authentic experience away from the crowds. Unlike the more popular Everest and Annapurna treks, the Manaslu Circuit remains relatively secluded, providing a sense of adventure and closeness to nature within the hidden Nepalese valleys.

The hike revolves around Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, and offers a rich blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. You’ll discover the world of Sherpas and their way of living from up close in the most authentic way possible.

Why Choose Manaslu Circuit Trek

If you’re looking for a less well-known adventure that combines awe-inspiring landscapes with cultural richness, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is your perfect match. This trek offers an unparalleled view of the Himalayan ranges, including Manaslu, Himlung, and Annapurna II. And let’s not forget about the jaw-dropping natural scenery of the lower lands, with lush forests, rivers, and waterfalls, as well as the turquoise waters of the Budi Gandaki River.

Trekker on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

The Manaslu Circuit Trek reveals a route that takes you across terraced fields and traditional Nepalese villages. What sets our guided tour apart is the personalized experience and years of experience used to craft the perfect Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary. Our guides are locals who can offer an insider’s perspective, making your trek a deeply enriching experience.

What to Expect on Manaslu Circuit Trek

When you opt for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’re signing up for a visual and cultural feast. The Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is meticulously planned to offer a balanced mix of natural beauty and cultural exposure. The trek takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area, leading to breathtaking views of the mountain ranges.

Trekker on the way to the valley covered with cloud on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

You’ll also interact with the local communities and experience their way of life. With our guided tour, you’ll have the added advantage of a well-thought-out itinerary that ensures you don’t miss out on any of the trek’s highlights.

How to Prepare for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Preparing for the Manaslu Trek requires a multi-faceted approach. Being physically fit is key, especially when building your leg strength and endurance. While it’s also good to work on your upper body strength, flexibility, and heart health, don’t lose sight of the main goal: to be capable of hiking for long periods at high elevations, all while carrying a heavy backpack with relative ease.

Two Hikers along the way to Larkya Pass during Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Logistically, there are several permits you’ll need, including a restricted area permit. Our guided tour ensures these logistical challenges aren’t your concern, allowing you to focus on the trek and working on your fitness level.

Safety Measures

Safety is a paramount concern when trekking in remote areas. The Manaslu Circuit includes challenging terrains and high altitudes, especially at the Larkya La Pass, which reaches above 5000 meters of altitude. Acclimatization is crucial, and our itinerary includes built-in days for this purpose.

Trekker rests on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

If not, you might start experiencing symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness anywhere from six to 24 hours after you’ve ascended past 2,400 meters. While these symptoms can vary, they often include headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. In more serious cases, you could even face life-threatening conditions such as fluid buildup in your lungs or brain.

We also provide information on what to do in emergencies and ensure you have all the necessary contact numbers. It’s advisable to have comprehensive travel insurance, and our team will provide you with the best options that cover trekking and emergency evacuation.

Accommodation & Food on Manaslu Circuit Trek

Accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit is generally in the form of teahouses, which offer basic but comfortable facilities. These teahouses also serve as dining areas where you can enjoy a variety of meals, from traditional Nepali food to more familiar international dishes. Our guided tour ensures that your accommodation is pre-booked, and we also cater to any dietary restrictions you may have.

Nepal Trekking Regulations

Recent changes in Nepal’s trekking regulations have made it mandatory for all trekkers to have a licensed guide. Starting from March 31, 2023, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) announced that all trekkers must obtain a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card through authorized trekking agencies registered with the Nepali government.

Trekker on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in fines or even deportation. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose a reputable trekking agency or guide registered with the Nepali government. In light of this, opting for our guided Manaslu Circuit Trek ensures that you’re in compliance with the new regulations and provides you with the added benefit of a professional support system.

Trek the Manaslu Circuit with us!

In summary, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure. We’ve taken care of every detail, from permits to safety measures, allowing you to focus on the breathtaking landscapes and transformative journey ahead. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure — book your Manaslu Circuit Trek with us today and experience the Himalayas like never before!

Manaslu Trek Map

Things to know

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking route situated in Nepal’s Himalayan region. This challenging adventure offers breathtaking views of Manaslu Mountain, the world’s eighth-highest peak, along with surrounding mountains. The trek navigates through quaint villages, lush forests, and high-altitude terrains, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the region’s unique culture and natural splendor.

Typically, the Manaslu Circuit Trek spans 14 to 18 days, depending on the specific itinerary you choose. The trek covers an estimated distance of 177 kilometers and includes crossing the Larke Pass, which sits at a lofty altitude of 5,106 meters.

The most favorable time for undertaking the Manaslu Circuit Trek falls between March to May and September to November. These months usually offer dry, clear weather and moderate temperatures, ideal for trekking. Conversely, the winter months from December to February bring heavy snowfall, making the trek more challenging.

To embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll need two essential permits: the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These permits are mandatory for trekking in the Manaslu region and ensure that you are trekking legally and responsibly.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as challenging and demands a robust level of fitness and endurance. The trek features steep climbs and descents, high-altitude passes, and long trekking hours on uneven terrain. However, with adequate preparation and conditioning, individuals with a sound fitness level can successfully complete the trek.

A good level of physical fitness is crucial for this trek. The trail involves strenuous climbs and descents, often at high altitudes. To prepare, it’s advisable to engage in cardio activities like running, cycling, and swimming, as well as going on short hikes to build stamina.

Accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek mainly consists of tea houses and lodges. While basic, these options offer the essentials — a warm bed and a hot meal — making them a cozy retreat after a strenuous day of trekking.

On the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of local foods. Options include traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat, as well as momos, pasta, and a range of soups. These meals are both delicious and energy-boosting, perfect for your trekking adventure.

For a successful trek, pack essentials like warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, a down jacket, a waterproof jacket, a hat, gloves, a headlamp, a water bottle, a first aid kit, toiletries, and personal medications. Portable chargers and power banks for your electronic devices are also recommended, along with sunscreen and insect repellent.


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