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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 13 Days

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Facts About Trip

Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge during trek
Height: 5140m
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Grade: Moderate
Activity: Trekking, sightseeing
Transportation: Private Car, bus
Treks Type: Tea house
Group Size 2 - 14 person

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a fantastic trek in Nepal that takes you through the beautiful Manaslu Conservation Area, offering beautiful views of the world's eighth-highest mountain.

This trek is a great choice if you've already done the Annapurna Circuit. It lasts for 13 days, starting in Maccha Khola and ending in Beshi Sahar. You can extend it to 22 days by adding a side trip to the Tsum Valley.

Manaslu is a beautiful 8,000-meter peak located between the Annapurnas and Ganesh Himal.

Unlike the crowded Everest Base Camp Trek, this route is less crowded, remote, challenging, culturally rich, and incredibly scenic.

The journey takes you from the lower, humid regions with terraced rice fields through the impressive gorges of the Budi Gandaki River with its showering waters and waterfalls. The trek features long and high suspension bridges, although some may get washed away during the annual monsoon.

This trek was opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992, so it still retains an adventurous spirit. It's like experiencing trekking from the 1980s but requires a high level of fitness.

You'll gradually climb northward to the snowy Larkya La Pass near the Tibetan border. The altitude is a challenge, but the beautiful views of Manaslu make it worth it. The pass is often icy, so you'll need micro crampons for the descent. You typically start your day around 4 a.m. to reach the pass before strong mid-morning winds.

As you move westward from the pass, you'll encounter a magnificent glacial cirque with a colossal wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru. This view alone makes the entire trek worthwhile.

Holliday Planner and Treks can arrange a 13-day trek that can be done in teahouses, but if you want to explore off the beaten path, camping might be the only option.

Highlights of the Manslu Circuit Trek

  • Towering Mountain Views: You'll be amazed by the incredible vistas of Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth tallest peak, and other beautiful mountains during the trek.
  • Peaceful and Less Crowded: Unlike some popular treks, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is serene and not crowded, allowing you to enjoy the untouched natural beauty.
  • Rich Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the local culture, including Tibetan-influenced villages, monasteries, and the warm hospitality of the people.
  • Thrilling Larkya La Pass: Challenge yourself by crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,160m/16,929ft) for stunning panoramic views and a sense of achievement.
  • Diverse Scenery: Experience a variety of landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to glacial lakes and dramatic gorges, making the trek even more fascinating.
  • Relaxing Hot Springs: After trekking, unwind and recharge your muscles in natural hot springs at Tatopani.
  • Unique Wildlife: Encounter different plants and animals, including rhododendron forests, Himalayan blue sheep, and if you're lucky, even the elusive snow leopard.
  • Authentic Himalayan Experience: Enjoy the simplicity of teahouse accommodations, taste delicious local food, and meet fellow trekkers from around the world for a genuine Himalayan adventure.

Cost of Manslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek costs US$ 1450 per person and includes everything you need for a fantastic adventure. This price covers permits, skilled guides and porters, comfy places to stay, tasty meals, and transportation. The trek offers beautiful mountain views, peaceful trails with fewer people, interesting local cultures, and diverse landscapes. It's a great investment for a nature and adventure experience that's truly worthwhile. Discover the natural beauty of Manaslu, learn about local cultures, and make lasting memories on this incredible trek.

Furthermore, during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you'll feel a great sense of achievement as you conquer the tough Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). The views from this pass are beautiful and make the journey even more special. This trek also offers a chance to relax in natural hot springs at Tatopani, which can ease your tired muscles and lift your energy. Along the route, you might even spot Himalayan blue sheep, and if you're really lucky, the elusive snow leopard. This adventure combines the excitement of trekking with cultural experiences and natural beauty, making the US$ 1450 cost per person a worthwhile investment in an unforgettable journey.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Maccha Khola







Your adventure on the Manaslu Circuit trek begins in Kathmandu. You can start by taking a direct bus at 6 am or 8 am from Gongabu Bus Park in Kathmandu to Maccha Khola. Another option is to take a bus to Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway and then switch to a local bus or jeep to reach Maccha Khola.

The road might be a bit rough and dusty, but the good part is that you'll get to enjoy some amazing views of the landscape from your bus seat. Along the way, you can stop at rest areas for short breaks and meals. Your first night will be spent at one of the teahouses in Maccha Khola.

Day 2 : Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat







The next day, you will walk beside the winding road next to the Budi Gandaki River, and you might see monkeys and langurs in the forest. You will also pass through Gurung villages like lower Khorlabeshi, where shepherds wear brown capes called Bokkhu.

Continuing on your journey, you'll reach Tatopani, a place known for its hot springs. Here, you can take a warm shower to relax. After that, you'll cross a new suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki River to get to Doban. You'll avoid a tough 3-hour climb by crossing a wooden bridge after facing some challenging terrain like a landslip and Yaruphant. As you follow the river, it becomes calmer at the peaceful village of Yaru. You'll cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, where you'll need to show your trekking permits at a checkpoint. This marks the beginning of your journey in a restricted area.

Day 3 : Trek from Jagat to Pewa


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The next day, you will go to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas, a village with gompas and Buddhist flags. You can try local alcohol on your way to Phillim, where your permits will be checked, and then you'll continue along the river.

The path will be decorated with unique boulder sculptures created by the river, and it passes through rhododendron forests, pine trees, and stunning rock formations, making your trek even more beautiful.

Further along, you'll cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a point where the path to Tsum Valley splits off. Finally, you'll arrive in Pewa, where you'll find two teahouses serving basic food and providing comfortable accommodation. Pewa is famous for its tasty Dal Bhat and Shilong Acha.

In the evening, you can gather around a fireplace, share your trekking experiences with fellow travelers and locals, and get a good night's rest.

Day 4 : Trek from Pewa to Namrung


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After sunrise, you will have breakfast and begin your trek for the day. First, you will pass through a bamboo forest on your way to Deng. As you continue, you will cross a suspension bridge and make your way up to Rana and Bihi Phedi. Along the path, you might come across white-faced monkeys occasionally visiting villages in search of food.

The path then takes you to Ghap, passing through areas prone to landslides. It's important to be extra careful here and follow your guide's advice for safety. Once you've passed these landslide areas, you'll proceed with your trek until you reach Namrung.

After about an hour on a somewhat rugged path, you'll climb up a zigzag path from the river to the well-organized village of Namrung, which is located at an altitude of 2,660 meters. This village offers some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and guesthouses along the trek. Interestingly, a local entrepreneur who had spent more than a decade in Hong Kong returned to Namrung and set up a modern restaurant and hotel with conveniences like Cappuccinos and WiFi.

Day 5 : Trek from Namrung to Lho


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Your day begins with a fascinating glimpse into the way of life of the Nubri people. You'll walk through their Tibet-influenced culture, passing by many mani walls, lush terraced fields, and traditional homes in Banjam. Moving on, you'll enter a forest with fir, rhododendron, and oak trees as you head to Lihi and then Sho.

As you start your trek, you'll notice that most locals are dressed in traditional Tibetan clothing. Along the route, you'll encounter beautiful paintings on decorative gate arches called Kani before you reach Sho. While navigating rocky hillside paths, you'll eventually reach Lho.

From this point, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). This day involves gaining some notable altitude, so it's important to take it slow and be mindful of any signs your body may give you.

Day 6 : Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun


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The next morning, you will wake up to a beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu. Your journey continues along an easy path to Shyala, where you will wank through a forest with pine and rhododendron trees, alongside a clear stream surrounded by moss. Afterward, it's about an hour's walk to reach Sama Gaun.

As you enter the village, the beautirul mountain views might not be as prominent, but you'll be charmed by the sight of yak pastures and traditional homes. Sama Gaun is the main village for the Nubri people and offers essential facilities like a large Buddhist monastery (gompa), various shops, a health post, a heliport, and access to telephone and wifi services.

Day 7 : Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)


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This day is all about acclimatization in Sama Gaon to help your body adjust to the high altitude and avoid altitude-related problems. You can choose to go on an acclimatization hike to Pungyen Gompa, east of the Nubri Valley, and it's a good idea to bring a packed lunch for the trip. When you reach the hilltop, you'll be treated to fantastic views of Manaslu, and you'll also see Himalayan Thars and Yaks in the area.

Another option is to hike to Manaslu Base Camp, north of Sama Gaon. Follow the trail past Birendra Tal and turn left to get on the path leading to the base camp. While going up, the high altitude might make breathing a bit challenging, so it's important to stay hydrated and take it slow. You'll trek northward along the Manaslu Glacier to reach the base camp at 4,400 meters (14,435 feet) and then return.

If you feel the need for a more relaxed day due to the altitude, you can also consider a shorter walk to Birendra Tal, which is near Sama Gaon.

Day 8 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo


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Today, you'll head to the next place, Samdo, but remember, you're at a high altitude, so it's important to go slowly, and this trek is relatively short. On your way, you'll pass through wide valleys with lots of areas where yaks graze, and you'll see long rows of stone walls with inscriptions. You might also spot different kinds of birds.

As you keep moving, you'll go up to a hill after crossing a wooden bridge over the Buri Gandaki River. Finally, you'll get to White Kani, a village close to Samdo, which is known for its beautiful scenery and yak herding.

In Samdo, you can choose to explore nearby villages or take a hike up to Samdo Peak. You'll see the trail leading to Larkya La on your left, higher up in the valley, and you will notice the main path to Tibet through the Larjyang La, which shapes the landscape along the Larkya La trail.

Day 9 : Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)


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You'll take a break and stay in Samdo for the day, with a chance to go on a day trip to the Tibetan border. At the border, you'll see parts of both Tibet and Nepal, and if you're lucky, you might see a group of Yaks crossing.

When you're at the border, look south towards the Samdo Glacier for some fantastic photo opportunities, especially a big chunk of ice near the top of the glacier. You might also spot Blue Sheep, Picas, and Marmots during the right season.

Day 10 : Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala


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This is another exciting day at high altitude, so it's crucial to pay close attention to how your body is feeling. As you take in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, you'll make your way gradually across the challenging landscapes of the Manaslu region until you reach Dharmasala.

Day 11 : Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass


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This day is truly special because you'll be heading to the highest point on the trek, Larkya La Pass, standing at 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). It can be a tough trek, especially if the weather is bad or there's snow, but it's doable. To cross the pass by the afternoon, you'll need to start early, waking up at 3 a.m., having breakfast, and leaving the teahouse.

This part of the trek is demanding, but if you maintain a steady pace, you can reach the pass successfully. Once you get there, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views. You'll be able to see Himlung (7,126 meters/23,379 feet) near Tibet, Kang Guru (6,981 meters/22,903 feet), and Annapurna II (7,937 meters/26,040 feet) in the Annapurna Range.

After spending some time at the pass, you'll descend for about 3 hours until you reach Bimthang, where you'll spend the night. During the descent, you'll be treated to views of massive icefalls and mountains all around, with Pongkar Tal located between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers.

Day 12 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani


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This is the last day of your journey in the Manaslu region. You'll hike through lush forests with diverse plant and animal life, including colorful rhododendron bushes. After crossing the Dudh Khola again, you'll head to Karche for lunch. In the next hour, you'll come across signs of a glacial flood, with scattered tree trunks and eroded riverbanks, making the path more challenging. The path then descends to Gurung Goa, which is the first village you've seen since Samdo.

The valley becomes more farm-filled and green, with fields and groups of oak and rhododendron trees. You'll stay on the north bank until you reach Tilije. From there, your journey will take you to Dharapani.

Day 13 : Dharapani to Kathmandu (Drive)


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You'll take a jeep from Tilije to Beshi Sahar and then ride a vehicle back to Kathmandu. It's about a 6 to 7-hour drive from Beshi Sahar, and once you arrive, you can unwind in one of the comfortable hotels in Kathmandu.

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Cost Includes

  • welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
  • Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle
  • Private transportation (Jeep) to  Sotikhola and return from Besisahar to Kathmandu by bus
  •  Chamje to  Besisahar by Jeep(sharing)
  • Two night’s accommodation in Kathmandu  with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
  •  Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek are provide
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc.
  • special   Permit for   Manaslu
  •  Trekking Route map.
  •  All required local and government tax

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  •  All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control
  • Monument entrance fees

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How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

he Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a challenging trek due to its high altitude and rugged terrain. It requires a good level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience.

Do I need a permit for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Yes, you need a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to trek in the Manaslu Circuit area, along with a Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card. These permits help manage and regulate trekking in the region.

How long does the Manaslu Circuit Trek take?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 14 to 16 days, depending on the itinerary and your pace. It's important to allow enough time for acclimatization and to fully enjoy the trek.

What is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear views, and favorable trekking conditions.

Are there teahouses or lodges along the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the trekking route. However, the infrastructure is less developed compared to popular treks like the Annapurna Circuit. It's recommended to carry some basic necessities and be prepared for basic accommodations.

Is it possible to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek independently?

No, the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a licensed guide and a minimum group size of two trekkers. This is to ensure safety and to comply with the regulations of the restricted area.

What are the altitude sickness risks on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Altitude sickness can be a concern during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, especially when crossing the Larkya La Pass. It's important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your body. A slow and steady pace is key to avoiding altitude sickness.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet) above sea level.

Are there any age restrictions for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

There is no specific age restriction for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, it is recommended for trekkers to be in good physical health and have prior trekking experience, as the trek can be physically demanding.

Are there any side trips or additional activities available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Yes, there are side trips and additional activities that can be included in the itinerary, such as a visit to the beautiful Birendra Lake or a detour to the Tsum Valley. These can add extra days to the trek and provide unique cultural and natural experiences.

Are there any rescue or emergency services available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

There are rescue and emergency services available in the Manaslu region. It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Can I hire a porter for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Yes, hiring a porter is possible and can help lighten your load during the trek. It is important to ensure that the porter is properly equipped and treated fairly.

Are there any restrictions or guidelines for responsible trekking in the Manaslu region?

Yes, there are guidelines for responsible trekking in the Manaslu region. These include respecting local customs and traditions, preserving the environment by not littering, and supporting local communities by staying in teahouses and purchasing locally-made products.

What are the transportation options to reach the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually Soti Khola, which can be reached by road from Kathmandu. Private jeeps or buses are commonly used for transportation.

Additional Information

Trekking Gears and Equipment

Trekking gear includes essential equipment and clothing that you need to stay safe and comfortable while trekking in different landscapes and weather. Here's a list of basic trekking gear for your adventure:

  1. Backpack: A strong and comfy backpack with good straps to carry your gear.

  2. Trekking Boots: Tough and waterproof boots that support your feet on uneven terrain.

  3. Moisture-Wicking Socks: Quality socks that keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.

  4. Trekking Pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants suitable for trekking. Convertible pants that turn into shorts are handy.

  5. Trekking Shirts: Breathable shirts that wick moisture and protect you from the sun.

  6. Insulating Layers: Depending on the trek's altitude and weather, carry warm layers like a fleece jacket or down jacket.

  7. Rain Jacket: A waterproof and breathable jacket to shield you from rain and wind.

  8. Hat and Gloves: A wide-brimmed hat for sun protection and gloves for cold weather.

  9. Trekking Poles: Light, adjustable poles that offer support and ease strain on your knees during descents.

  10. Headlamp/Flashlight: A reliable light with extra batteries for night trekking or power outages.

  11. Sleeping Bag: A warm and high-quality sleeping bag suitable for expected temperatures during the trek.

  12. Trekking Towel: A small, quick-drying towel for personal hygiene during the trek.

  13. Water Bottles/Hydration System: Use reusable water bottles or a hydration system to stay hydrated.

  14. Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm with UV protection to safeguard your skin.

  15. First Aid Kit: A basic kit with essentials like bandages, wipes, pain relievers, and blister treatments.

  16. Personal Toiletries: Bring biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal hygiene items.

  17. Camera and Binoculars: Optional but great for capturing memories and wildlife observation.

  18. Trekking Map/GPS: A detailed map or GPS to help you navigate the trails.

  19. Reusable Trash Bag: Carry a reusable bag to pack out any waste and minimize environmental impact.

It's crucial to pack light and choose good-quality gear that suits your specific trek's conditions. The type of gear needed may change based on the trek's difficulty, altitude, and climate. Consult with your trekking agency or guide for a customized packing list that suits your trekking destination.

Cost and Expenses for Manaslu Circuit Trek: A Comprehensive Guide by Holiday Planner Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal, where you'll be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the majestic Manaslu mountain. To make the most of this adventure, it's crucial to understand the costs involved. In this guide from Holiday Planner Trek, we'll break down the expenses for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, ensuring you have a memorable and budget-friendly experience.

Trekking Permits and Entry Fees:

Before you start, you'll need permits for the restricted area, including:

  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: USD 100 for the first seven days and USD 15 for each extra day.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): About USD 30.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card: Approximately USD 10.


You'll stay in teahouses or lodges along the way, offering basic amenities like a bed, blanket, and shared bathrooms. Costs vary, but you should budget around USD 15 to USD 30 per night.


You'll find meals at teahouses or lodges, and the prices depend on the location and menu choices. Plan on spending roughly USD 20 to USD 35 per day for meals.

Guide and Porter Fees:

While you can trek independently, hiring a guide is recommended for safety and insights. Guides typically charge USD 25 to USD 30 per day. If you need a porter to carry your backpack, expect to pay around USD 20 to USD 25 per day.

Travel Insurance:

Don't forget travel insurance, covering medical emergencies, evacuations, and cancellations. Costs vary based on coverage and trip duration.

Cost Breakdown for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Cost Component Estimated Cost
Trekking Permits and Entry Fees USD 125
Accommodation USD 210 - USD 420
Meals USD 140 - USD 245
Guide Fees USD 200 - USD 240
Porter Fees USD 160 - USD 200
Travel Insurance Varies


As you get ready for your Manaslu Circuit Trek, it's important to know what it will cost. The table gives you estimates for the major expenses, but remember that prices can change because of things like currency exchange rates and different times of the year. For the most up-to-date and accurate pricing, it's a good idea to contact Holiday Planner Trek directly.

Prepare yourself for an amazing adventure in the beautiful landscapes of the Manaslu region. You'll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and get to experience Nepal's rich culture. With Holiday Planner Trek's help, you can be sure that your Manaslu Circuit Trek is well-organized and budget-friendly, creating memories you'll treasure.

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