Manaslu Circuit Trek

15 Days


Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

Are you an avid trekker seeking a challenge in Nepal? If so, the Manaslu circuit trekking in Nepal awaits you. Nestled in the Himalayas, this isolated trek offers unparalleled beauty and challenging trails, yet it remains relatively undiscovered on the global trekking scene.

The Manaslu circuit trek is a gem in the Gorkha district of Nepal, boasting the youngest conservation area in the country. Encompassing 1,663 sq. km, the trek traverses 11 wildlife forests, showcasing diverse flora and fauna. The Manaslu Ecotourism Development Project, initiated in 1997, aimed to protect the Manaslu Conservation Area. Today, local communities actively contribute to its preservation.

While the Manaslu circuit trek remains relatively unknown, its allure is growing. In 2018, 7,000 trekkers ventured into its challenging terrain, drawn by its stunning landscapes and towering peaks.

Standing at 8,163m, Mount Manaslu dominates the skyline, with the trek reaching a maximum altitude of 5,140m at Larkya Pass. This pass, the longest in Nepal, offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif.

Exploring Tsum Valley

For an alternative trek, consider the Manaslu circuit trek via Tsum valley. This route leads to the remote village of Tsum, once a kingdom with remnants of its ancient glory. Immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan culture and architectural heritage of Tsum valley, and partake in vibrant festivals like Lhosar and Dhachyang.

Start your adventure of a lifetime with the Manaslu circuit trekking in Nepal, where every step unveils the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:

  • Spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m.
  • Dudh Koshi River, Budhi Gandaki Rivers.
  • Rhododendron forest, Bamboo forest.
  • Longest Pass Larkya Pass (5,140m).
  • Gurung village and Tibetan culture.


On the first day, we will drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola which will take around 7-7:30 hours. We will stay overnight at Soti Khola. Nice and comfortable hotels are present in abundance at Soti Khola.

On the second day, our trek starts. We will walk from Soti Khola towards Machha Khola. You’ll cross Khursane village, Lapubesi village, and Naulikhola. It will probably take 6 hours to reach Machha Khola. We will stay overnight.

It was an easy trek till now. The trekking trails from Machha Khola to Jagat is a little challenging. Up and down trekking trails encompasses Tharokhola and Khorlabesi. You can enjoy a hot sauna at Tatopani. After a quick walk along the bank of BudhiGandaki river, we ill reach Jagat (1,340m).
It will take us around 7 hours to reach Jagat. You will now enter the protected Manaslu conservation area. Jagat is the first checkpoint in the Manaslu conservation area.

After spending overnight at Jagat, the next day, we will start our trek from Jagat to reach Deng. Our trekking trail will be encompassing Sirdibas and Phillim village. We
will cross narrow suspension bridges, bamboo forests, and Budhi Gandaki river along our path. From Ekle Batti, the trekking trail to Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit trek splits. Within 6 hours, we’ll reach Deng village.

The trek from Deng to Namrung will be more of exploring Tibetan culture. We can witness the Tibetan influence as we’ll come across several Mani walls, chortens, and prayer flags. We’ll visit Ghap village as well. At last, we’ll reach Namrung village.

Trekkers usually face difficulties from the sixth day as the altitude increases to over 3,000m. From Namrung, we’ll trek uphill for only 4 hours. We’ll reach a beautiful Lho village where we will visit local monasteries and observe the stunning landscape of Lho village.

From Lho, we’ll trek up to the highest village in Budhi Gandaki valley and that is
Sama Gaun. Sama Gaun is yet another graceful village with scenic views. Chances
of causing altitude sickness are high at Sama Gaun so be careful.

Our eighth day of Manaslu circuit trek is set apart for acclimatization. We will have
reached a height where we would require to acclimatize with the altitude. During
acclimatization, we will be exploring the Sama Gaun. A popular and artistically
beautiful monastery at Sama Gaun is the Pungyen Monastery. Exploring Pungyen Monastery will be fruitful. We’ll hike to Kharka village which has an
extraordinary landscape to view. We’ll hike uphill to witness Birendra lake and also reach Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight at Sama Gaun.

We’ll cover quite a distance on a ninth day. We’ll be walking only 4 hours uphill to
reach Samdo village. While trekking from Sama Gain to Samdo, you’ll see a chain of
yaks on the path. Samdo village is known for yak herding. Stay overnight at Samdo.

We’ll leave this day for acclimatization. We’ll try to reach an altitude of 5,100m to adjust with the elevation. We’ll hike towards Tibetan Border. Within 8 hours, we’ll get back to Samdo village.

We’ll trek up to Dharmasala which is located at the foot of Larkya Pass. We’ll achieve a height of 4,460m on his day.

The 12th day of our Manalu circuit trek is going to be hectic. Get ready to trek for a
massive 9 hours. We’ll leave early morning from
Dharmasala. We’ll reach the
highest altitude of the Manaslu circuit trek today.
Crossing the longest Larkya Pass (5,140m) can be dangerous and tricky at times.
Stay with the guide. The guide will make sure you’ll cross the dramatic Larkya Pass with less risk and more thrill. Observe the stunning view of Mount Manaslu in the
vicinity from the altitude of 5,140m. Alongside the view of Mt. Manaslu, you’ll get a
bonus view of other high peaks like Annapurna II, Namjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Kang Guru, Lamjung Himal, Gyaji Kang, Pang Phuchi, and so on.

After spending once in a lifetime moment at Larkya Pass, we will be returning. We’ll hike down to Bimthang where we’ll stay overnight.

From Bimthang, we’ll descend towards Tilje village. We’ll cross the Dudh Koshi river
and dense rhododendron forest. You can explore the Tilje village which is a Gurung
village. Exploring the Gurung culture here will be exciting.

It is the last day of our Manaslu circuit trek. Descending from Tilje to Jagat will be scenic as the trekking trail will be
continuously accompanied by the beautiful scenario of the mountain ranges and dense forest. We’ll stay overnight at Jagat.

We’ll drive back to
Kathmandu from Jagat. After an 8 hours long drive to Kathmandu, we’ll rest at a nice hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop Airport-Hotel-Airport in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and, Dinner with Tea/ Coffee) during the trek.
  • Accommodation of Lodges, Guesthouses in Twin sharing bases during the trek.
  • Trekking Permit (Conservation Area Entry Fee).
  • Necessary staff during the trekking period with experienced guide and porter
  • 20kg luggage free per person during the trekking with porter.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment for all trekking staff.
  • Group medical supplies (First Aid kit).
  • All hotel Accommodation with BB plan in Kathmandu.
  • Farewell Dinner before departure.
  • Service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls,
  • internet, phone charging, battery charging.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if required
  • such as personal accident insurance or
  • Helicopter rescue.
  • International flight tickets, date change or re-issue if required.
  • Nepal visa fee, Visa issuance is easy upon arrival.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Hot shower.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
How is the weather at Manaslu circuit trek?

Trekkers should consider the weather of Manaslu circuit trek while embarking into
this isolated Manaslu circuit trek. The best time for Manaslu circuit trek is considered to Spring and Autumn season. You can choose the Manaslu circuit trek during March-May & September-November. Avoiding Manalsu circuit trek during winter is highly recommended. Crossing Larkya Pass during winter can be risky. Heavy
snowfall is encountered during winter which makes trekking difficult.

How difficult is the Manaslu circuit trek?

Manaslu circuit trek, being a high altitude trek with long and rough trekking trails, is considered as a difficult trek. Due to the high level of difficulty, trekkers are required
to achieve a certain level of physical fitness without which this strenuous trek is near to impossible. This trek demands well experience in trekking. Beginners are not recommended for the Manaslu circuit trek.

Is Solo Trekking possible in Manaslu circuit trek?

No, solo trekking is not possible in Manaslu circuit trek. A group of minimum two or more trekkers are required. Solo trekking is prohibited in Manaslu circuit trek.

What are the required permits for Manaslu circuit trek?

The mandatory permits for Manaslu circuit trek are (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) ACAP, (Manaslu circuit Area Project) MCAP. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (MRAP) is required if you choose to visit Tsum valley.

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