20 days
Duration
Demanding
Trip Level
2
Group Size
5300 m
Max-altitude

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a 14-day adventure that promises not only to challenge but also to captivate your senses. As you traverse the circuit, you’ll reach the pinnacle of excitement at Larkya-La, the trek’s highest point, offering an adventurous and remarkable experience you’ll cherish forever.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an ode to nature’s grandeur, presenting you with spectacular scenery and breathtaking views of towering peaks, including the majestic Mount Manaslu and its sister peaks. Each step of your trek is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the high mountains.

For the adventurous at heart, a side trip to Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp, or the serene Birendra Lake from Sama Gaon unveils hidden landscape treasures and allows for proper acclimatization. These detours are not just pathways to scenic spots but are gateways to understanding the heart of the Himalayas.

Trekking around Mount Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest mountain, is more than a physical journey—it’s a spiritual and cultural odyssey that offers an unparalleled connection with the high Himalayas. So, gear up for an extraordinary escapade that will leave you with unforgettable memories and stories to tell for years.

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Quick facts

Explore bio-diversities – a trek is the best combination of walking through the subtropical to the arid high Himalayan alpine meadows within the Manaslu Conservation Area.
Friendly people, a rich culture, and the region comprising Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.

Larkya-La is the highest place of the trek that feels more adventurous, admirable, and a lifetime experience.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek allows spectacular scenery and breathtaking views of the high mountains, including Mount Manaslu and other sister peaks.

A side trip to Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp, or Birendra Lake from Sama Gaon – discover hidden treasures and help you acclimatize properly.
Trekking around Mount Manaslu (the world’s 8th highest mountain) and its Base Camp allows witnessing the high Himalayas.
Manaslu Circuit Trek at a glance
Min. Duration  14 days
Max. Altitude 5218 meters
Trek starts/ends  Arughat/Bensi Shahar
Difficulty Demanding
Accommodation Tea houses/Lodges
Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

14 Days Manaslu Trekking Itinerary

Days Destination Altitude in Meters Walking Distance
1. Drive to Soti Khola 710 7h00 drive
2. Machha Khola 1000 5h00
3. Jagat 1400 6h30
4. Deng 1680 7h00
5. Ghap 2370 7h00
6. Lho Gaon 3130 4h00
7. Sama Gaon 3530 4h30
8. Acclimatization day!
9. Samdo 3860 3h40
10. Dharma Shala 4460 4h00
11. Bhimthang via Larkya pass (5218 m) 3800 8h00
12. Dharapani 1960 7h30
13. Bensishahar 920 3h30 drive
14. Kathmandu 6h00 drive

We recommend adding a side trip to the Tsum Valley, which is even more off-beat than the main Around Manaslu Circuit Trek trail. The Tsum Valley trek is a bit further than the main Manaslu trek trail, but the Tsum Valley trek route is fascinating.

If you plan to travel around Nepal, you should include the comprehensive guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek in your lists. It has everything you’d want to see on a trip, from viewpoints to monasteries and gompas. So, a trek on Manaslu Circuit should be on your travel bucket list.

Are you involved in this trip, or do you want to know how it can be tailored to suit your needs? We can also organize a private trek for you and your travel partners. Please get in touch here to start planning a private tour.

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Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.
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Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu Valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing, where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information
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Day 3: Kathmandu – Maccha Khola (910 m) 8h00 drive.

Gear up for an exhilarating escapade today! After indulging in a delightful breakfast at your Hotel, we’ll get you aboard a comfortable vehicle en route to the captivating Macchakhola.

The journey begins quickly, gliding on smooth, untouched asphalt until we arrive at Dhading Besi. Beyond this juncture, the adventure truly begins. Ready yourself for an unpredictable and thrilling path ahead. It’s a chance to stretch out and welcome the bumps and bounces that come with navigating through the untamed trails on our way to Macchakhola. The rugged journey comes with a silver lining – a series of stunning, raw glimpses into the heart of Nepal’s countryside allure.

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Day 4: Maccha Khola – Jagat (1400 m): 6h00 walk.

After enjoying our breakfast, we embarked on an exhilarating journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Manaslu in Nepal. Our trail begins with the peaceful crossing of Maccha Khola, followed by a leisurely climb to the charming Khorla Besi. There, we take a moment to relax in the comforting warmth of Tatopani’s natural hot springs.

Moving on from the rejuvenating Tatopani, we are enveloped by a verdant forest aisle. We tread quietly through this tranquil haven, making our way to Doban, and then we master the art of ascent on meticulously laid stone steps to Thado Bharyang. After switching to the west side of the lively Budhi Gandaki, we climb a ridge that leads to a delightful path hugging the riverbank, guiding us towards the hospitable village of Jagat, where new experiences await.

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Day 5: Jagat – Deng (1,804 m): 6h00 walk.

Today, we leave Jagat and start an exhilarating climb through lush, pristine pathways. Our adventure unfolds along a flat terrain, stretching endlessly ahead until we encounter a magnificent suspension bridge that arches over the Budhi Gandaki River. We cross this suspension bridge and continue toward Philim.

Philim emerges as a lively Gurung hamlet, pulsating with the rhythms of Buddhist traditions. The dance of colorful prayer flags in the breeze, the sacred aura of the stupas, and the serene monasteries bring joy and peace to all who visit. Departing from Philim, our path meanders through dense pine forests and past vibrant rhododendrons, leading us to Deng. There, a stunning waterfall creates a breathtaking backdrop, perfectly encapsulating the beauty of our journey.

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Day 6: Deng – Namrung (2630 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual, like other days, we head to Namrung. After a short walk, cross a suspension bridge in Deng, crossing over small settlements Rana and Bihi, and a pleasant walk to Ghap. We cross the Budi Gandaki River several times and encounter many monasteries on the trail.

Finally, cross over a bridge and walk a little to climb to Namrung. Namrung offers splendid views of the Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal, and if the skies are clear, you might even catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Mt. Himalchuli.

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Day 7: Namrung – Samagaon (3530 m) 6h00 walk.

After breakfast, we left the Namrung early morning, an essential viewpoint for Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal in Nupra Valley. The trail leads to Samagaon, passing by several Tibetan villages with their primitive culture and peoples, Chhortens, monasteries, and massive views of Manaslu en route.
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Day 8: Samagaon – Acclimatization day!

Samagoan is an ancient Tibetan village where we spend a day for rest and acclimatization. The town is enriched in culture and typical settlements. This village is considered the first base camp for the Manaslu expedition. On this day, you can explore Birendra Lake, Pungen monastery, and the town.
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Day 9: Samagaon – Samdo (3860 m): 4h00 walk.

Today, we walk along the Budi Gandaki River in the Tibetan Plateau, passing by several mani walls en route. Finally, we get Samdo.
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Day 10: Rest Day in Samdo.

On your rest day in Samdo, set up your proper acclimatization. The day allows you to discover the desert valley on the Tibet border and hiking opportunities above the village.
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Day 11: Samdo – Dharamsala (4460 m) 4h00 walk.

Exploring the wilderness of the Tibet border, we continue walking to Larkya Base Camp, known as Dharamshala. Today is a short day trek to Dharmashala—enough time for acclimatization. The stone made the house not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmashala.
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Day 12: Dharamsala – Bhimthang (3800 m) 8h00 walk.

A short climb after we enter a valley on the north side of Larkya Glacier. Horizontally, a walk along the alpine valley leads Larkya – La at 5,218 m, rewarding the pristine mountain scenery of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal range, then a long descent to Bhimthang.
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Day 13: Bimthang – Dharapni (1960 m) 7h00 walk.

Your journey takes you back over the milky waters of the Dudh Khola, leading to Karche, where a delightful lunch awaits. Shortly after that, the landscape bears the scars of a glacial flood: shattered tree trunks and eroded banks are a testament to nature’s raw power, making the path ahead more challenging. Following this, the route descends to Gurung Goa, a welcome sight as the first village since leaving Samdo.

As you venture further, the valley unfolds into a tapestry of agriculture, with verdant fields and shaded groves of oak and rhododendrons. You’ll keep to the north (true right) bank to Tilije.

Today is your final day wandering the picturesque trails of the Manaslu region. As you descend, let yourself be enveloped by the lushness of thick woodlands teeming with wildlife interspersed with radiant rhododendron blooms.

Your trail leads you once more across the creamy currents of the Dudh Khola towards Karche, where a delicious lunch beckons. Not long after, evidence of glacial fury transforms the landscape: the chaos of snapped branches and carved earth is a stark reminder of nature’s untamed strength, presenting you with a more demanding route. The way forward then eases as you reach Gurung Goa, a sight for sore eyes as the first village since departing from Samdo.

Further on, the valley reveals itself as a mosaic of farming life, with lush plots and canopies of oak and rhododendrons providing cool respite. You’ll continue along the northern (true right) bank up to the village of Tilije, your journey harmonizing with the serene rhythm of rural life.

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Day 14: Dharapni – Kathmandu (1700 m) 6h00 walk.

Set off on an adventurous drive in a sturdy jeep departing from Dharapani, destined for the charming little town of Beshi Sahar. The adventure takes a leisurely turn when you arrive as you embark on a picturesque drive back to Nepal’s vibrant capital, Kathmandu.
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Day 15: Final Departure

A representative from Himalayan Exploration Treks will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN  Kathmandu International Airport.
DEPARTURE Please report at least 3 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Gratuity for Guide and Porter

Prices are quoted and payable оnӏу іn (US$ dollars). Aӏӏ prices published оn our websites, brochures, and marketing materials are set as low as possible. Thе trip prices may vary at any time subject to government actions, numbers оf travelers, duration of holidays, standard hotel. An increase in transportation costs due to hike fuel prices before we have accepted your booking. But, we guarantee our prices which have already signed up for your tour. Please consult us to get a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Manaslu Trek. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
The porter en route Manaslu
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manaslu view from Lo gaon
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