Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Facts About Manaslu Circuit Trek

Grade

Strenuous

Max Size

2-20

Altitude

5160m

Transportation

Jeep/ Plane

Accomodation

Lodge/Hotel

Major Activity

Trekking and Climbing

Himalayan Sights

Manaslu Range

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - kathmandu

Duration:

15 Days

Trip Overview

Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • unspoiled beauty with a less crowded route
  • Teahouses, remote villages, and villagers and their hospitality
  • High passes (Larkya La, 5153 m) and subtropical forests
  • Incredible views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and many others
  • Sub-Tibetan people, culture, and lifestyle

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most exciting and adventurous trekking trails located in the Mansiri Himalayan range of Lamjung district. This Manaslu Circuit Trek (8163 m) passing over the Larke Pass is becoming more and more popular as a new trekking destination. Manaslu Circuit Trek is also known as a "virgin" trek because of its unexploited natural beauties. This fascinating trek takes you to the heights of the Himalayas to let you view some of the most amazing views of nature.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking starts from Arughat Bazaar and ends at Besisahar, passing through some of the most beautiful villages and following rivers and streams.The trek takes you to different religious villages and offers you the chance to see authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. Following the trail, this trek passes through the Larke Pass (5160  m), the highest access point of the trek.

Manaslu Trek is a unique combo of an adventurous trekking trail and a cultural visit to some of the old and religious places beneath the high Himalayas. A classic trek with breathtaking mountain views, natural wonders, distinct green land, and wilderness. Also, it will give you a chance to explore the untouched and adventurous trails of the high Himalayas of Nepal. Manaslu Circuit Trek offers you spectacular views of the world's 8th-highest peak, Manaslu (8163), and many higher peaks in Nepal.

This is not a busy trail by any means. The trekking route to Manaslu sees very few trekkers every year. While the Annapurna and Everest trekking routes are being disrupted by new transportation routes (i.e. roads), Manaslu Circuit Trekking provides you with the opportunity to trek to fully remote Himalayas while admiring nature's unspoiled beauty. The trek's main draw is the panoramic views of giant snowcapped mountains and beautiful forests with small villages.

The itinerary below is one of the many possibilities; the trek can be longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail, so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses or guesthouses.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
3 star rated hotel
Elevation
1400

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will meet our office representative on arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport who will transfer you to the hotel. You can relax the remaining time in Hotel. Welcome dinner Hosted by Life Dream Adventure in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Mountain Lodge
Elevation
710

After having breakfast we will drive to Sotikhola on our private vehicle. Enjoying the incredible views of landscapes and passing through the rivers and streams we will reach Sotikhola in about 9 hours. Overnight in Sotikhola.

Day 3 : Trek from Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
901

Today our actual Trek starts. After having breakfast we start our hike crossing the bridges and passing through the beautiful villages. After passing Armala, Liding, Apubeshi, and Khani beshi we reach Machha Khola where will are staying overnight. Various small village of different ethnic groups, waterfalls, rivers, streams, and beautiful forests makes our day really awesome.

Day 4 : Trek from Maccha Khola -Jagat [ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1410

We continue our trek to Jagat after having breakfast in Machhakhola. After some ascends through deep gorge, suspension bridges, waterfalls and beautiful forests we will enter to Manaslu Conservation area in Jagat. Overnight in beautiful Jagat Village.

Day 5 : Trek from Jagat - Deng [5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1804

Today we observe some good views of Shringi Himal. On the trail toward Setibas, we will see beautiful Buddhists Maniwalls. Then we follow the terraced fields, green hills and bamboo forest to reach Nupri valley. After having some ascends and descends and pasing through the suspension bridges, beautiful villages, waterfalls, beautiful forests we reach to Deng for overnight stay.

Day 6 : Trek from Deng - Namrung [8626ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2630

After having breakfast we continue our trek crossing the Budigandaki river and walking toward the Rana village. We will see some beautiful waterfalls on the way and pass through the beautiful Rhododendron forest. We have the great chance to encounter Langur Monkeys in this forest. After a short ascending from there we reach Namrung village which rewards us with the great views of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 7 : Trek from Namrung – Samagaon [11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

Today we will trek to Samagaon which is one of the most fascinating village on our trail. After leaving the Namrung Village, we hike to another beautiful village Lihi which offers the best view of Ganesh Himal. We will also explore beautiful chortens and maniwalls in this village. The trail to Samagaon offers us the beautiful views of several mountains including Manashl and Ganesh Himal. We will also get chance to visit Rimbung Gumba. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 8 : Trek from Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4700

Today we will spend one more night in Samagaon to acclimatize our body in high altitude. The samagaon is a beautiful village in the High Himalaya. Today we have option to visit Pungyen Gompa which takes 7-8 hours for reaching and returning. Pungyen Gompa is a beautiful Buddhists monastery which offers us the best views of Manashlu Himal and peak 29. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 9 : Trek from Samagaon - Samdo 4 - 5 hours
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3860

Today we will have relatively short trek. Trekkingfrom Samagaon to Samdo takes only 4-5 hours. Following the left and right bank of the Budi Gandaki River we will reach Samdo. If we are lucky enough we will encounter Himalayan Blue Sheep on the way. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10 : Rest free Day in Samdo
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3860

Today we will have another rest day to acclimatize in the high altitude. Samdo is a beautiful village which is also a meeting point of three different valleys. Samdo is famous for Yak herding. On the day time we have an option to hike Gya La which is a trending pass with Tibet and offers the extraordinary views of Simrang HImal, Hiunchuli Peak, Nagdi Himal, Larkye peak and many other high peaks. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 11 : Trek from Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya Base Camp (4 - 5 hours)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4460

After a gentle descent to the river we start our climbing. Passing the beautiful Mani Walls and doing some ups and downs we will reach Larkya B.C for overnight stay. Larkya Base Camp is also known as Larkya Phedi.

Day 12 : Trek from Dharamsala - Larkya la ( 5106m)- Bimthang (8 - 9 hours)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3720

Today we will have quiet tough walk. After a short descent to small lake, we will have continuous ascend to Larkya La pass. We will have steep climb on reaching the Larkya La pass. Here we will have some photographs and some glimpses of high mountains than descend to Bimthang for overnight stay.

Day 13 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani : 5 - 6 hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2300

Leaving gorgeous Himalayan Peaks behind, we will descend to Tilje. We will pass through the beautiful Rhododendron forests and reach Karache (2800m). Karache is one of the highest cultivated village of Nepal. After some walk we will reach Gho village and finally the Dharapani village for overnight stay.

Day 14 : Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu 8-9 hrs jeep drive
Food
Breakfast and Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

After Breakfast drive from dharapani to Kathmandu by private 4WD jeep it will take 8hrs drive. The road till Besishahar bumpy off road after good road.

Day 15 : Final departure and Trip END
Food
Breakfast

Today is your last day of Nepal trip after breakfast you will have free time for last munites shoping for your friends and family or walk around the markets. We will drop you in the airport 3hrs before your flight time.

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 night hotel in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Sleeping bags and Duffel bags
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • Manaslu special permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • All other expenses not mentioned in cost include section.

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

When is the best time to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manashlu Circuit can be trekked in all the season throughout the year. But in Monsoon and winter the sky seems to be not clear lacking the views of high mountains and the heavy rains disturb the trek. During winter temperatures are very low and days are short which makes trek tough.
Oct- May is the best time for this trek. During these months the sky is clear and moderate temperature makes the trek best experience. The views of majestic Mountains are extraordinary.

Do I need to be fit to do this trek?

Not that fit. If you don’t bother walking up-stairs and can walk for a few hours at a time, this trek is for you.
That’s not to say, it will be easy each day – you can be exhausted and your legs might get hurt. But if you take slow pace and take some day with acclimatization, drink enough water and listen to your body, you can make it with no major issues.
Engaging yourself in cardiovascular exercise, leg training, aerobic exercise and short hiking few weeks prior the trek would be the wise decision. It boosts up your strength and stamina.
Note: Because of some steep uphill and downhill trail route, rocky paths and rock steps, Manashlu Circuit trekking would not be appropriate for anyone with knee problems or weak ankles. Anyone with the problem of heart or lungs must consult the doctor prior the trek. Be noted that the medical facilities are very basic on the trail.

What is maximum elevation of the trek?

The maximum altitude of the trek is 5200m in Larkya La pass.

How much does it cost to trek Manaslu Circuit?

If you book online, the cost of Manaslu trip ranges around USD 2,000 for an average of 15-17 days trek. The Manaslu trek price includes permits, ground transportation, one way flight (either from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu), accommodations, trekking crew (guide & porter) salary and meals. But the price won’t cover travel insurance, visa fees and trekking equipment.
Everything is pre- arranged and you can head out for trekking on the second day of your arrival at Kathmandu.

Do I find ATMs on the way to Manaslu Circuit?

The answer is No!
You will not find any ATMs on the way to trek. ATMs are available in big cities like Kathmandu.
Note: Everything you buy must be paid in Nepali currency. So, it is wise to exchange money before the trek.

How is the tea house and lodge along the route to Manaslu Circuit?

Manashlu trail routes are well-established and there are numbers of nice, cozy and well-furnished rooms in teahouse with both belly stoves as heating systems, all run by native people office great food menu and hospitality.

Where to say during the night?

You will have enough options of staying in local lodges to tourist standard hotels in some places during the trek. You will have food and accommodation in tea houses.

What to eat during the trek?

You can order from the available menu where you are going to stay. Mostly Nepali food is available in the route. You can buy biscuits, noodles etc in the local Bhattis on the way too.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes you must have travel insurance which can cover the helicopter rescue and medical fee coverage in case of any kinds of emergency. Sometime altitude sickness makes you in difficult situation and need to airlift to Kathmandu. So the insurance need to cover these expenses.

Additional Information

Why Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal, and it is gaining popularity among trekking enthusiasts. It is a remote trek that takes you through stunning landscapes, serene villages, and offers breathtaking views of the Manaslu Himal. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about the Manaslu Circuit Trek, including its itinerary, cost, difficulty, best time to go, and other essential information.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

The Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is one of the most important things to consider when planning for the trek. The trek takes around 15 days to complete and covers a distance of approximately 177 kilometers. The trek starts from Soti Khola and ends at Besisahar.

The first day of the trek is relatively easy, as you will be walking through a few small villages before reaching Machha Khola. The trek continues through Jagat, Deng, Namrung, and Samagaon, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

The highlight of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which is the highest point of the trek. You will spend two days acclimatizing and exploring Samagaon before reaching the pass. From there, the trek continues through Bhimthang, Tilije, and finally ends at Besisahar.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The Manaslu Circuit Trek cost varies depending on the trekking agency you choose and the duration of the trek. On average, the cost of the trek ranges between $1000 to $1500 per person. The cost includes the permit, guide, porter, accommodation, and food during the trek.

It is important to note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a special permit from the Nepal Government, and the cost of the permit is relatively high. The permit cost for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is $70 per person for the first seven days and an additional $10 per person for each additional day.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. The trek takes you through high altitude areas, rocky terrains, and steep ascents and descents. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160 meters.

The trek also requires proper acclimatization, and it is recommended to spend at least two days in Samagaon before crossing the Larkya La Pass. However, with proper preparation and guidance, most people with moderate fitness levels can complete this trek.

Best Time to Go for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is from September to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the mountains.

The monsoon season, which runs from June to August, is not recommended for the trek, as the trails can be slippery and dangerous. The winter months, from December to February, are also not recommended, as the temperatures can drop to below freezing.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Teahouses

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a teahouse trek, which means that you will have access to basic accommodation and food along the trail. The teahouses offer a comfortable place to rest and refuel, and they are an excellent opportunity to interact with the locals and learn more about their culture.

The teahouses on the Manaslu Circuit Trek are basic, with shared bathrooms and dormitory-style rooms. Some teahouses may also offer private rooms for an additional cost. It is recommended to bring a sleeping bag and a warm jacket, as the nights can get cold at higher altitudes.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Having a Manaslu Circuit Trek map is essential for navigating the trail and keeping track of your progress. The Manaslu Circuit Trek map can be obtained from the trekking agencies or can be purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

The map provides detailed information about the route, the villages, and the terrain. It also includes the location of the teahouses, the altitude, and the distance between each stop. It is important to keep the map handy and refer to it regularly to avoid getting lost or taking the wrong path.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit

As mentioned earlier, the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a special permit from the Nepal Government. The permit is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and can be obtained through a registered trekking agency.

The permit is issued on a per-person basis and is valid for a maximum of 30 days. It is important to carry the permit with you at all times and present it at the checkpoints along the trail.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude

The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through high altitude areas, and it is essential to be aware of the altitude sickness symptoms and take proper precautions. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160 meters.

It is recommended to take it slow and spend at least two days acclimatizing in Samagaon before crossing the pass. It is also essential to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and smoking, as they can worsen the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather

The weather on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is unpredictable and can change rapidly. The best time to go for the trek is from September to November and March to May, as the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

During the day, the temperatures can range from 10-20°C, but the nights can get cold, especially at higher altitudes. It is recommended to bring warm clothes and a sleeping bag to keep yourself warm.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Guide

Hiring a Manaslu Circuit Trek guide is highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers. The guide can provide valuable information about the trail, the culture, and the best places to eat and rest.

The guide can also help you in case of an emergency and can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trek. It is important to choose a registered and experienced guide, as they are trained in first aid and emergency procedures.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Solo

Trekking the Manaslu Circuit Trek solo is possible, but it requires a lot of preparation and planning. It is essential to have a good level of physical fitness, as the trek is challenging and requires proper acclimatization.

It is also important to carry all the necessary equipment, including a map, a first aid kit, and a satellite phone for emergencies. It is recommended to hire a guide or a porter to help carry the gear and navigate the trail.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Blog

Writing a Manaslu Circuit Trek blog is an excellent way to share your experience with others and inspire them to undertake this beautiful and challenging trek. The blog can include your itinerary, the highlights of the trek, and your personal experiences and challenges.

The blog can also include tips and advice for other trekkers, such as the best places to eat and rest, and the things to pack. It is important to include photos and videos to make the blog more engaging and inspiring.

Trip Reviews (5)

So great trip

In last April 2015, I've got a great trekking tour to Manaslu Circuit trek by the Life Dream Adventure's tour. The price is very reasonable. The tour guide has experience about the route. The potters are nice. As the earthquake happened, they kept helping us finish the trip. Despite of their family were in danger. The office and house of the company were damaged, but the manager still had been waiting us to return the money for the flight ticket since the flight was cancelled because of the earthquake.

I've been appreciating their kind and responsibility

Nguyen Ha Cam Tu

4th Feb, 2015


Amazing country, Trekking Manaslu

Apr 2022 • Friends

I had opportunity to trek in April with Life Dream Adventures in Manaslu ranges with two amazing guides Sabin and Obi who took best care of our group. I travelled as a fan with Toni Childs and her band and we all had a wonderful time. The Sherpas were brilliant and during the trip the band, fans, Sherpas, guides and locals got to enjoy each others company and listen to band in concert and just have fun hanging out on the trek. Hari made booking easy with prompt efficient replies to my emails from Australia arranging all my accommodation, transfers and domestic transport during my stay in Nepal. He even personally carried my bag from the Hotel to bus station when I was travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara when the taxis were on strike. Thanks Hari till the next time I get to Nepal and do more trekking!

Dnice (USA)

4th Feb, 2022


Manaslu Circuit trekking, so great!”

Apr 2022 • Friends

I have just returned from Nepal with 3weeks trekking Manaslu Circle organized by Hari Bhatta at Life Dream Adventure in Kathmandu.He's a nice guy and honest. Thank you very much to our guide for arranging our trip so efficiently and leisurely. Everything went very smoothly even when we changed our plans slightly. Guide and porters so friendly and helpful.

We highly recommend Life Dream Adventure Pvt. Ltd to anyone interested in trekking and we will be back!

Scor Doan

4th Feb, 2022


"I recently completed the Manasalu Circuit Trek and it was an unforgettable experience thanks to the amazing support and guidance from Life Dream Adventure. From the moment we booked our trek, they were incredibly organized and made sure that all of our needs were taken care of. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and always went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best experience possible. Despite facing some challenges along the way, such as altitude sickness and adverse weather conditions, the guide provided by Life Dream Adventure handled everything smoothly, ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the trek. The accommodations and food provided were also exceptional, with comfortable tea houses and fresh, delicious food at every stop. I highly recommend Life Dream Adventure to anyone looking to trek the Manasalu Circuit. Their commitment to safety, attention to detail, and excellent customer service made this trek a truly memorable experience."

Brett Butler

1st Apr, 2023


Thank you Mr.Hari for helping me to complete the Manasalu Circuit Trek and it was a fantastic experience. This agency was well-organized and made sure that everything was taken care of throughout the trek. Our guide Mr. Sabin was experienced and knowledgeable, and he made sure that we were safe and comfortable at all times. The accommodations provided by the travel agency were comfortable and clean, and the food was delicious and freshly prepared. The agency also made sure that we were well-fed and hydrated throughout the trek. I highly recommend Life Dream Adventure for anyone planning a trek in the Manasalu region. Their expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction made for a wonderful trekking experience.

Kateryna Chorzewski

5th Apr, 2023


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