Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek: 12 Days

Key Information

  • Duration:12 Days
  • Primary Activity:Trekking
  • Group Size:2-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Difficult
  • Meals:All Included
  • Accomodation:Teahouse
  • Max-Altitude:5153 m.
  • Transportation:As per itinerary
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Tibetan

Manaslu Circuit Trek: 12 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek is measured as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. This trek opened up to foreign trekkers in 1992 and rewards the adventurous with an incomparable alpine experience.

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a perfect combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan beauty, and a rich mountain biological diversity. Manaslu Circuit Trek requires trekkers to have trekking experience and be in excellent physical condition. The trek ascends through Budhi Gandaki River to Larkya La Pass (5213m) with attractive views of Himalchuli, Manaslu (8118m,) Ganesh Himal and other mountains. The landscape throughout the trek is varied and unique with different flora and fauna. Shorter duration treks are also possible in Manaslu Area Trekking.

Manaslu is located east of the Annapurna range. Recently opened to tourists, Manaslu’s unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for visitors to Nepal. You will soon understand what inspired Eric Valli to create his world famous documentary, “Honey Hunter of Nepal”.

The inhabitants of the Upper Buri Gandaki region are known as the Nuri. Their language and dress are quite similar to their neighboring Tibetans. These local Himalayan people still earn their living by operating with Tibet. The mountain views from Nupri are sensational and crossing the Larke La pass is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of the Himalayas.

Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. As a result, this circuit sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled.

Manaslu region has an exclusive environment, which is exceptionally rich in bio diversity that has made this region one of the best tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in Manaslu area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude, glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna. All the features in this region has made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.


Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (7-9 hours)

Our journey starts today with the drive from Kathmandu to Arughat which will take around 7-9 hours of drive. The first part of the journey is smooth along the highway. But, from Gorkha or Dhading, the path is rough (there are two ways that go to Arughat). After having some rest, we continue our journey from Arughat to Soti Khola. It is approximately 13 km away from Arughat. On the way, you will get beautiful views of the Himalayas like Mt. Annapurna on the left view, Manaslu range in the middle and Ganesh Himal on the right.

Day 1

Day 02: From Soti Khola to Machha Khola (5-6 hours)

From Soti Khola, Machha Khola is 15km away and it will take around 5 hours to reach there. From Soti Khola, we will pass an army camp and reach a place named Khursani Baari. (Khursani Baari means green chili field). After seeing and taking pictures of the huge 100m lengthy waterfall from Khursani Baari, we will continue our trek to Machha Khola. Along the way, you can see the shocking aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, with shocking landslides along the mountains in this area. The village makes up around 20-30 houses in the whole area. Stay overnight at camp in Machha Khola.

Day 2

Day 03: From Machha Khola to Jagat (7-8 hours)

After having our permits checked at the police checkpoint in Machha Khola, we start our trek towards Jagat. On the way, you can see natural hot springs along the steep valley sides. An hour before reaching Jagat, you can see breathtaking views of the famous suspension bridge (Cantilever Bridge) from Yaru Bagar (This bridge is 158 m long and is considered as the first bridge in Nepal). Jagat is about 22 km away from Machha Khola and will take approximately 7 hours to reach there. Stay in an overnight camp.

Day 3

Day 04: From Jagat to Deng (6-7 hours)

We continue our trek to Deng early in the morning after the permit check at upper Jagat. It will take around seven hours to walk to Deng village which is made up of just 4 houses and 3 hotels. After 40 minutes of walk, we will pass the village of Salleri, and head to Sirdibas where you will be greeted by the local Gurung people, as you take in the overwhelming view of Mountain Siring (7239m). After crossing a bridge and walking about 15 to 20 minutes, you will reach the town of Philim. From Philim, we trek to Chisopani. After having lunch in Chisopani we take the path towards Naykphedi and further to Pewa which will take about one and half hour to reach. In Pewa, you will cross two suspension bridges. From Pewa, it will take 45 minutes to Deng. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 4

Day 05: From Deng to Namrung (6-7 hours)

Early in the morning after breakfast, we start our trek downhill to Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to Rana Gaon the views of the beautiful landscape and rivers. From Rana gaon, we will reach Bihiphedi after 45 minutes of walking. From Bihiphedi, we head towards Gap, the lunch place, which will take about 2 hours to reach there. After lunch, we walk for one hour through the dense forest before reaching Suksum. From there, we climb uphill to Namrung which will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. In Namrung you will be greeted by the Tibetan people and will be offered the option to stay in a resort. If you want to stay there, it will be approximately 35$ US for room and food. Mesmerizing views are of Saula Himal and the Himalchuli Range await you in Namrung.

Day 5

Day 06: From Namrung to Samagaun (7-8 hours)

To reach Samagaun from Namrung, we will pass through the villages of Banjam, Lihi, Sho, Lho, and Sayla. On the way, before reaching Lho, there will be a monastery that is home to more than 200 boy monks. The path towards Lihi is steep, with views of Ganesh Himal, north Himchuli and Naike peak. We continue our trip towards Sho where we find two ways – one leads to Hinayang monastery and the other leads to Manaslu Larkya pass. From Sho, it will take 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Lho and from Lho we trek for 2 hours to reach Sayla. From Sayla, it will take 1 hour to reach Samagaun. From here, there are panoramic views of north Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli Manaslu, north Manaslu, Nike peak, Saula Himal, and Siringi Himal. Samagaun is the biggest village in this area which originated about 200 years ago from Tibet. It is the popular place for commerce and is the route to Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 6

Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun

Today, we will rest and acclimatize to the altitude. You can either spend the day relaxing with a cup of masala tea as you soak in the panoramic views, or you can hike to the surrounding areas. If you want to hike, you will have three options. You can visit Birendra Tal (3 km from Samagaon), Basecamp or Pungen monastery. Base Camp is 6 km far and will take 5 hours to reach there, with an elevation of 4800m. From here, you can see Manaslu glacier and cross it using a bridge that will take you to a beautiful campsite area and a hidden cave. Pungen monastery is 6-7 km far from our acclimatization spot and gives gorgeous views of the Himalayan mountains. Stay overnight in Samagaun.

Day 7

Day 08: From Samagaun to Samdo (3-4 hours)

After 3 hours of hiking uphill, we will reach Samdo. On the way, you can see Syaula Peak, Naike Peak, Manaslu, Himchuli, Larke peak, and Cho peak. Samdo is the small rural village, at the height of 3800m. For the rest of the day, you can relax, explore and meet some of the locals in the village.

Day 8

Day 09: From Samdo to Dharmashala (4-5 hours)

Our journey starts in the morning with a downhill trek to Budhi Gandaki River where we cross a river to get to Larkya Bazaar and the valley of Salka Khola. Onwards from here, we will reach Dharmasala where we will be staying overnight.

Day 9


Day 10: From Dharmasala to Bhimtang (8-9 hours)

We start early this morning at about 3 am to watch the sunrise above Himalayan mountains such as Annapurna II, single Himal, Kangaroo Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cho Himal. From here, we trek through the village of Larkye, where you will able to see Cho and Larke peak.

Day 10

Day 11: From Bhimtang to Dharapani (6-7 hours)

Our last day of trekking will be to Dharapani, which extends from Gorkha to Manang district. we pass through the villages of Karche, Goa, and Tilche before finally reaching Dharapani. During the trek, you will come across Dudh Khola (milky river), which you will cross before descending through the pine jungle. Descend is followed by lunch in Surkhi. After lunch, we move uphill for about 10 minutes and again downhill to the peaceful village of Goa. After walking for about 20 minutes, you will reach a bridge crossing which will lead to Mane, and finally to Tiliche and Dharapani after 30 minutes of further trekking. Stay overnight at Dharapani.

Day 11

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani (8-9 hours)

From Dharapani, we will return to Kathmandu via local jeep through Besisahar. From Besisahar, we will drive on the bank of Marsyangdi River to reach Kathmandu while enjoying beautiful views of greenery forest, villages with small houses and huts, bridges, and a fast-flowing and alluring Marsyangdi River. We are expected to return to Kathmandu in the evening.

Day 12

Special offers for group

  • 1

    Person    :   USD 1,180 per Person

  • 2 – 5

    Person    :   USD 1,120 per Person

  • 6 +

    Person    :   USD 1,060 per Person

Service Included

  • Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
  • Manaslu Special Restricted Area Permit ( Which required minimum 2 people in the group)
  • Manaslu Conversation Area Project ( MCAP Permit)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • All necessary ground transportation ( Local Bus ride to Soti Khola, Local Sharing Jeep till Besishahar and Public Bus to Kathmandu) as per itinerary
  • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • An experienced licensed holder Trekking Guide
  • Foods, transportation, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters
  • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team)
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available on a hire
  • Trekking Map

Service Excluded

    • Hotels and Food in Kathmandu
    • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum.
    • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking
    • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service, and cart meal.
    • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
    • Nepal entry visa fees

Single Person Booking Cost

  • Normally we accept 2 people booking at a time. If you book it for an individual, the single supplementary charge is $100 compulsory. The Manaslu Special Permit is only issued when there are 2 or more people in a group. Though you are travelling single, extra $ 100 will guarantee your trip.

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