Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Region
    Manaslu
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Transportation
    Drive
  • Max Height
    5160m.
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Lodge
  • Group Size
    Mini. 2 Pax
  • Best Season
    Sep-Dec & Mar-May
  • Meals
    B.L.D.
  • Start / End Point
    Arughat to Beshi Sahar

Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a picturesque and undoubtedly off-beaten journey in Nepal. It is probably the most underrated trekking route and one of the most popular restricted Treks in the Manaslu Region of Nepal. The 14 Days Manaslu Trek is an enthralling destination after Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang. Interestingly, this is among a few trekking regions where single solo trekkers are allowed as there should be two people in a group. Trekking must be headed by the Nepal Government Licensed Trekking Guide with a special permit and ACAP permit too. Mount Manaslu (8163 m ) is the world’s 8th tallest peak and it’s a major attraction of the Manaslu region.

Off-Beaten Restricted Trekking Trail in Nepal

The Manaslu Trekking Region is an extremely beautiful restricted trekking trail in Nepal. It includes the fascinating Tsum Valley and spectacular Larkya La Pass 5106m with local native cultures of mountains. Where you can explore the hidden culture and beauty around the Manaslu region. As the Manaslu region is a restricted area, you’ll need to obtain the following permits.

  1. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: This permit is issued by the Government of Nepal and is required to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.
  2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Since the Manaslu Circuit Trek ends in the Annapurna region, you’ll need an ACAP permit as well. This can be obtained either in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

MCAP is the Manaslu Area Project and ACAP is the Annapurna Area Conservation Project. There are a plethora of villages, forests, lakes, landscapes, and side trails. Therefore, a guide with experience and astute navigation skills is the topmost priority. Moreover, the trail is in a landslide-prone area. It requires meticulous planning and trip organization.

Daring & Enchanting Larkya La Pass (5106 m)

Throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the Larkya La Pass 5106 m is the most challenging and thrilling high pass in the Himalayas of Nepal.  On the top of Larkya La, you will have to explore the captivating scenarios of Manaslu and Manaslu North, Samdo Peak, Naike Peak, Larke Peak, and Cheo Himal. The Larkya Pass lies between Dharmasala and Bimtang. Furthermore, it would be the highest elevation during the trek. The top of Larka La Passes it’s extremely beautiful and surrounded by the massive Himalayas. In the winter season very difficult to cross the Larkya La pass due to heavy snowfall and the trail would be blocked near the Larkya La.

Nepal High Trek & Expedition has local crew members and an experienced team that has been leading the various holidays around the Himalayas of Nepal. We have different multi-package treks for the Manaslu region in 2024/2025. The trek itinerary is customized according to your preferences plan and holiday length as well. We send the local government license holder trekking guide from the Manaslu region. Therefore, even in such conditions, our success rate is high. This restricted trekking journey is undoubtedly the most scenic one. It is the journey to the abode of the world’s 8th tallest mountain Mt. Manaslu (8163m). However, some popular destinations around the valley easily extend your holiday.

The 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the major trekking trails in Nepal. If you enjoy the rural environment, tranquility, serenity, wilderness thrill, and multiethnic community in your holiday then it is an ideal choice.

14 Days Manaslu Trekking Cost & Porter

Porters are the backbone of trekking around the Himalayas in Nepal. The porters are the major heroes in completing the treks. They are very strong and easily adjust to high altitudes. It’s surely helpful when you hire a porter to trek in the Manaslu region. A porter carries a maximum of 25 kg and per porter, the cost would be US$ 20 per day. We highly recommend hiring a porter for trekking in Nepal. Without a porter, it would be very complicated to complete the whole trip.

Customized Manaslu Trek Itineraries For 2024/2025

We don’t have any specific Manaslu Circuit Trek itineraries because we do customize the itinerary according to trekkers’ holiday schedules, preferences plans, and budgets. We have been operating various treks around the Manaslu region you can do also any preferred treks in Nepal. Let’s resume your postponed trips to Nepal in 2024 with the local expert team. It’s a favorable time to discover the world’s 8th tallest mountains and fascinating local cultures.

Major Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • Mount Manaslu (8163m) is the World’s 8th Tallest Peak
  • Larkya La Pass (5106 m) – A challenging & beautiful pass
  • Two iconic touristic regions of Nepal (Manaslu & Annapurna)
  • Rivers, Waterfalls & Suspension Bridges
  • Diverse Vegetation (Temperate to Tundra)
  • Visit Nubri Monastery & Pungyen Monastery.
  • Monasteries, Chhortens & Mane Walls, Birendra Lake
  • Multiethnic Villages (Brahmins, Chhetris, Dalits, Gurung, Sherpa & Tibetans)
  • Local Diverse cultures along the trail
  • More than 2 Dozen Mountain Vistas
  • Local Crew Members – A Complete Guide Cost
  • Customized itinerary and blog

Alternative Treks Around the Manaslu Region

There are plenty of places where you can go from this trail. The major activity is for you to relish. However, you can extend your trekking by adding 1-2 days. By doing this you can make this trekking even more satisfying. Manaslu circuit trail combined the Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking 12 Days , the lower Manaslu scenic trek, the Manaslu base camp, and the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Ganga Jamuna Waterfall, Barpak Village (Epicenter of the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal), and Tsum Valley are the major side treks that you can do. Tsum Valley is in our trekking package as well. Please check out all the trekking routes available in the Manaslu region of Nepal. You can either choose to do Tsum Valley Trek only or combine it as well to make Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek.

Larkya La pass is the highest point on this trek. The panoramic view of the mountains seen from the top is incomparable. Once trekkers cross the Larke La Pass they enter the magnificent Annapurna Circuit Region. If you prefer to do Manaslu Trek as well then you will complete the middle portion of the Great Himalayan Trail too.

When is an ideal time to Trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Usually, the autumn and spring season is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit and around the valley. The weather would be clear and favorable in these seasons. From September to October, the weather has been clear and more greenery with less dust. The fascinating scenarios are breathtaking and the weather would be warm till mid-October.

The spring season definitely warmer than autumn. It would be a more favorable time for trekking, hiking, and climbing. During this season various wildflowers such as wonderful rhododendrons, golden flowers, and anemone polyanthus. If you are an enthusiast of trekking and climbing the popular trekking peaks and expeditions in Nepal we would highly endorse March to May.

Lastly Remember, trekking in the Manaslu Himalayas requires physical fitness, proper gear, and adequate preparation. It’s always recommended to consult with experienced trekking agencies or local guides for detailed information and assistance before embarking on the Manaslu Trekking. Book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal with us. We assure you of great hospitality as well as quality services throughout your trekking journey. Manaslu region is a very graceful place to create unforgettable memories. The tranquil and serene atmosphere of the area helps you get an outstanding trekking experience in your life. Feel free to contact our travel planners. 

Details Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome. The guide will brief with full information about the trek and include a welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.

Today we must drive to Machha Khola through the Arughat and Soti Khola. It takes a 9-hour drive and offers various scenarios of villages, hills, rice farms landscapes, and rivers. The Machh Khola lies in the Gorkha district of Mid-West Nepal. The drive leads to warmer areas passing many farm villages and towns following the Trisuli River and Budi Gandakii River too. Overnight at a local guest house with a beautiful valley.

After an overnight at Macha Khola morning leads Buri Gandaki River upstream, to reach at Khorla Beshi a small farm village. The ways go on a pleasant winding path to reach Tatopani “Hot Spring,” here with a wonderful opportunity for hot bathe time permitting. After a nice break with a rest walk, carry’s on to Yaruphant, following the river to reach Jagat village. After then crossing a short suspension bridge, this is a moderately sized farm village with shops and stores.

From Jagat, the journey continues to higher encountering many small farm villages of Sidibas Bazaar, which is a pretty village, after rest then a short climb with downhill crossing over the suspension bridge to reach Nagjet, then climb up to Philim, a large village with scattered farmhouses, from Philim trek onwards through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our an overnight stop at Dyang village.

From Deng, pass by the beautiful forest and numerous Tibetan mani walls. (intricately hand-carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures), weaving in and out of canyons. The trail is mostly gradual up and walks into the open valley. Enter into a colorful forest of firs, oaks, and rhododendrons before arriving in the settlement of Namrung for an overnight stay. (19.5km)

After Lo Goan, feel the altitude gain with a much cooler temperature. The trail goes here tree lines fades for a few short juniper bushes and willow trees, walking gradually on a nice trail with views of snow-capped peaks. Finally reaching Samagaon a large mountain village located on the route Manaslu base camp and Larkya-la pass including the way to the Tibet border.

An important rest or free day for good acclimatization before heading to high areas and to Larkya-La pass, on this free day explore the villages with a short hike around. Today you have an optional choice to hike to Birendra lake or the Tibet border. You will extremely soak into the hidden nature of the Manaslu region.

Today walk for about 4/5 hours, heading towards the last village at Samdo which is close to the Tibet border. The Samdo village is the largest beautiful and highest village before Lakrya La Pass. Where you can explore the local culture, traditions, customs, monastery with a mesmerizing scenario of the Manaslu Himalayas. This village has combined the Tibet border where you can find many Chinese goods.

A short day to Larkya Phedi or Dharmasala, after a nice stop at Samdo village, crossing an icy stream then heading towards drier barren area, trek today is not that hard except for rapid altitude gain and then with few short ups and downs to complete the morning walk at Larkya Phedi, meaning the base of the hill or pass, afternoon free at leisure for a short hike.

Starting early morning to reach at the top of Larkya-La pass at 5,135 m, a strenuous and long climb overlooking awesome scenery of surrounding hills and valley with Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli, and of Peak 29, after a steep climb reaching the top of the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and stunning views, after a rest enjoying the scenery, along descend reaching the forested area to Bimthang for overnight stop after a hard day walk.

After a tough walk on the Larkya-La pass, today will be a pleasant walk on the gradual downhill to reach our overnight stop at Gho. The place is located in forest surroundings, from Bimthang walk enters through pristine woodlands full of rhododendron, pines, and oaks tree lines passing several farm shades to reach at Gho.

From Gho morning walk is much easier on the downhill path most of the way to the Manang area at Telje village by the Marysangdi River. Dharapani is a large village with many fine lodges on the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. The Manaslu circuit trekking trail combines the world-popular Annapurna circuit trail. If you have ample time you can towards the Annapurna circuit after completing the Larkya La pass. Dharapani is one of the most beautiful villages and where you will have spend the last day in the mountains.

After having breakfast we will head to Besisahar by local sharing jeep and it takes 2/3 hours to get to Besisahar. After that, we will drive back to Kathmandu, and approximately 6-7 hours to get to Kathmandu. Besides local vehicles, we highly recommend to take a private vehicle from Besisahar to Kathmandu. Our memorable adventure will be terminated in Kathmandu.

last day in Nepal an amazing country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time leaving your hotel. Where our staff drops you at the airport. After a great memorable adventure with an enjoyable time on Nepal Trip.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup & drop off by private car.
  • During the trek three times full board meals (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by deluxe bus.
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing jeep.
  • Three times hot tea per day.
  • During the trek fresh fruit.
  • Government register expert and knowledgeable trekking Guide (Including Salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance)
  • Twin sharing private room throughout the trek.
  • Adventure Certificate of Nepal High Trek.
  • Nepal High Trek’s  down jacket, sleeping bag, trekking pole and duffle bag (if required)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).

Cost Exclude:

  • Your Travel insurance.
  • A Porter costs US$20 per day.
  • Per way, a private jeep costs US$250 (Kathmandu-Sotikhola)
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate and high-pass trek in the Manaslu region. The trek is restricted and wilderness trek in Nepal. If you choose the best time or seasons for the Manaslu region treks you can easily complete without arduous. Before hiking around the Manaslu region you must do well prepared mentally and physically.

We are pleased to inform you that we have multi packages trips for the Manaslu region. we have been offering multi packages such as a Guide service package, Budget package, Standard Package, and full board package. Also, services depend on the trekking packages if you choose like standard or full board packages it’s included everything. However, we would like to recommend the standard or full board packages. Moreover, We can make a package according to your budget, desire, and plan.

You will be picked up by Nepal High Trek’s staff and he will be standing at the gate with your name board. Before landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu a crew of NHTE will be at the airport.

March to May and September to December would be the best months to trek around the Manaslu region. March to May is into spring season and September to December are into the autumn season. The spring is quite warmer than autumn and so most of the expeditions operate in the spring season.

Yes, you can use normal internet services throughout the Manaslu trek but it wouldn’t be high speed. The internet service is not available for free so if you needed you can buy internet service. Somewhere, Mobile coverage as 4g works but it depends on the weather.

Usually, mountain and river water would be very clear around the Himalayas. We cannot convince you to drink the running water. You can get easily boiling water and bottled mineral water on the trek. Moreover, you can use a water tablet or water pill too.

Around the Manaslu region no access to credit cards. So we highly inform you that better to carry enough Nepalese rupees cash for the trek. Before starting the trek you can withdraw the cash in Kathmandu.

Mount Manaslu (8163m) is the tallest peak in the Manaslu region and its 8th tallest mountain in the world. The peak was first climbed on May 09, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu and they were Japanese expedition.

Larkya La Pass is one of the delightful adventure pass in the Manaslu region and it’s situated at 5160m above sea level. The pass is not too high but If there is a lot of snow opposite side, it will be very tough to cross the pass. When there is heavy snow on the pass, it is very difficult to recognize the road and the road is very slippery. Nepal High Trek ensures to you guaranteed Manaslu trek that we have well-trained trekking crews and available necessary gears too.

No, you are not allowed alone to do a trek around the Manaslu valley because the Manaslu region is a restricted area that should be a minimum of 2 people in a group. A single person is unable to issue a special permit.

Manaslu Region Trek permit is required from Jagat until you cross Sama Gaun. Once you cross the Larkya La pass you need another entry permit (ACAP) Annapurna Conservation Area of Project! The price for a special Manaslu permit depends on the number of days you spend between Jagat and Dharapani. The Sama Gaun is the last checkpoint of Restricted Area Permit.
Cost of Manaslu Trekking Permit:
September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and should pay an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day ahead.
December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD per person per day from the eighth day ahead.

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Client Reviews

George Hauger

Austria (27/04/2024)

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Strong Recommendation for Suraj, Trek Guide at Nepal High Trek Agency

I am writing to wholeheartedly recommend Suraj as a trek guide for any future adventurers aiming to explore the Manaslu Circuit Trail. During our trek, Suraj proved to be an invaluable asset, consistently going above and beyond to ensure our journey was not only safe but also incredibly enriching.

Suraj possesses an impressive breadth of knowledge about the local history, culture, and geography, which he conveyed with enthusiasm and clarity. His insights into the local communities and their traditions greatly enhanced our understanding and appreciation of each location we visited.

Furthermore, his supportive and attentive approach to guide duties ensured that all members of our group felt comfortable and confident, regardless of their trekking experience. Suraj was always prepared and responsive, addressing any concerns with professionalism and care.

Suraj’s expertise and passion for trekking are evident in his dedication and respect for both the natural environment and the local communities. It is clear that he is a true asset to the Nepal High Trek Agency.

I strongly recommend him to anyone looking to undertake a trek in Nepal; he is truly a top-tier guide who will enhance your experience with his depth of knowledge and genuine kindness.

Guided by: Suraja Tamang

Elea Maria

France 26/04/2024)

Manaslu Tsum Valley Via Larkya La Pass Trek

We did the Manaslu circuit including the Tsum Valley, it was wonderful every day! The views were amazing, the lodges very nice all along the Trek, the food was delicious and the portions were huge (I didn’t finish my plate most of the days). Our guide Surya took care of everything every day, we just had to walk and enjoy! The three nights at 3500 m.high and the day hikes are good for acclimation. In the Tsum valley the walks are easy and not so long, a little more on the Manaslu Circuit but it was never too exhausting (except maybe the Larke Pass day but you feel like a (tired) winner the evening!)
Elea

Guided by: Surya Tamang

Tabea Fian

Austria (25/04/2024)

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Our Manaslu Circuit Tour with our guide Suraj was absolutely great. Everything was perfect from the very start in Macha Khola to the very end in Dharapani. Every evening, Suraj would brief us for the next stage on the following day. He estimated our walking time precisely. Also, Suraj would adapt our initial plan so that we were able to climb up to Pungen Gumba and Manaslu Base Camp without needing an additional trekking day. The Himalayan scenery along the trek is insanely great. The temperatures during the day were perfect, the nights chilly but sleeping bag and down jackets provided by High Nepal Trek very comfy. Food was delicious.
Thank you Suraj and High Nepal Trek for making our first visit to Nepal unforgettable (four Austrian visiting Nepal and doing some trekking for the very first time – we could not have had a better experience). Highly recommend!!!

Guided by: Suraj Tamang

Jackson Toet

United State

Manaslu Circuit Trek in December

We traveled as a group of three from California in Dec 2023 and had an awesome journey in Nepal. While generally considered “off-season”, we booked our Manaslu circuit trek on a whim with Nepal High Trek just a few months before the trek. The Budhi Gandaki valley was indeed amazingly beautiful with clear skies, comfortable temperature in the day when we were hiking (it was cold at night though), and certainly no crowds. The weather was perfect and the blue sky throughout the trip.

We were able to make quick decisions to go with the trek all thanks to Anjan (CEO of Nepal High Trek), who was superbly quick in responding to the tour package (which was at a very reasonable price) and to our multiple queries which helped with our planning. He was flexible in our itinerary planning so we could make the best out of the limited days we would be in Nepal. Anjan is also a generous boss who catered to our requests.

Overall a positive experience with the trekking staff, led by Pawan, who navigated us through the challenging terrains. Pawan took good notice of our preferences and needs (eg food) and ensured we had a good experience. Tareje was our most admired porter who managed our combined 25kg duffel throughout the trek effortlessly.

Recommend to contact Anjan at Nepal High Trek when planning your next adventure up the Himalayas Nepal in near the future!

Guided by: Pawan Tamang

Jullian Kate

Sydney Australia

Unforgettable journey with Nepal High Trek Team

The Manasli circuit trek was great – the snow-capped mountains were breathtaking in more more ways than one.  It was a memorable journey and exceptional services with expert crews. We were well taken care of by our experienced guide and porter, who ensured that we got through the journey safely. Meals, accommodation, airport transfers, and transportation from Kathmandu to the trek start point and back were all included, so it was all very convenient. Highly recommend Nepal High Trek!

Guided by: Pawan Tamang

Stephanie Collin

Canada

Manaslu Circuit Trek

My husband and I did an unforgettable Manaslu Circuit Trek in December 2023 with the Nepal High Trek team. We had an amazing time and explored the various activities within a short period! Nepal High Trek was helpful to all our questions from the start and attended to all our queries. When we made changes to the Trek dates, Anjan was patient and accommodated all the changes.

We did our Trek with Suraj and Surya, who made an exceptional team! They were so kind, patient, and friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable by checking on our needs consistently. Even when I fell sick during the Larkya La pass Suraj helped me with my day pack on top of his bags. He explained a lot during the  Manaslu Trek about Nepal’s history and geography too. He made sure we had ample tea breaks and consistently checked on us. For Surya, I’m also very thankful as he was carrying our backpacks, yet timely, he guided me down the descent whenever I needed help. He even went the extra mile to pack our sleeping bags in the morning as we needed help. We can safely say that they made a huge difference to our Trek as we were in safe hands!

Overall, we enjoyed our Trek so much and returned home with so many beautiful memories and rate this trek 10 out of 10 stars. We’re planning to do another Trek and will definitely book Nepal High Trek again with no hesitations! If you’re planning to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek highly recommend to book with this brilliant team.

Guided by: Suraj Tamang

Lina Bopin

Germany

Manaslu Circuit Trek

After a long plan, we had an unforgettable time on the 11 Days Manaslu circuit trek in April 2022. The weather was fabulous and I saw spectacular views along the way. We found the Manaslu trek was completely unique, authentic, culturally and more natural trail to hike around the charming valley. Despite the beauty, the Larkya la pass an amazing and superb view from the top. Our guide was a Tenzing Sherpa, he is very experienced, knowledgeable and helpful. He explained very well about the  flora and fauna. Our manaslu trek was booked with Nepal High Trek & Expedition and genuinely, they were very professional and helped to explain everything before booking the trip. The trek package included everything and also it was an affordable package and customized program too. They took us very safely and I would highly recommend Nepal High Trek & Expedition Team to those who are planning to hike around the Manaslu area. Thank you so much team and for a beautiful adventure trip.

Guided by: Tenzing Sherpa

Rondald Dave

United Kingdom

Manaslu Circuit Trek

My friend and I booked the 14 days Manaslu Circuit Trek before the pandemic but finally, we have done the trek with Nepal High Trek in May 2022. We got an affordable package and customize itineraries too. The Nepal High Trek was very helpful during the booking process and in the weeks before doing the trekking, they also came to at airport to pick up and drop off. However, they were honest and explained every detail of the trip.

Guided by: Pawan Tamang

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