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

The Manaslu is the 8th highest peak on earth and is located in Nepal. It incorporates the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a tough trek. It combines the snow-capped mountains’ mind-boggling views such as Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Kang Guru. The presence of rocky paths and glaciers make it a fatal yet equally adventurous trek. So, proper acclimatization is mandatory for the Manaslu circuit trek. A tea house trek is well-known among travelers and accompanied by the warm hospitality of the locals. However, tourism has blossomed alongside this trip, and the Manaslu circuit trek doesn’t require any camping.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is truly the most amazing trek in Nepal! From the scenic views of Annapurna to the majestic views of Manaslu to the thrill of climbing up to Larkya La Pass, this trek is an absolute must-do in your lifetime. Not only will it give you the chance to experience the beauty of both the Annapurna and Manaslu regions, but it will also allow you to take the opportunity to climb to the top of the highest peak of the world – Manaslu.

If you are a little more adventurous, you can even climb Larkya Peak and experience the breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range and the Manaslu. What’s even better is that you can do all this during the trekking season. So grab your hiking boots and your passport and let’s begin the exciting journey of Manaslu Circuit Trek!

The whole region is mainly Buddhist and is beautifully adorned with prayer flags. But Hindus also reside here in perfect harmony with the Buddhists. The trek can be completed without any trouble and with full contentment with the help of acclimatization.

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 both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.

Larkya – La is the highest place of the trek that feels more adventure, admirable, and a lifetime experience.
The Manaslu 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 Trek trail. The Tsum valley Trek is a bit further than the main Manaslu trek trail, but the Tsum valley trek route is really fascinating.

If you’re planning to travel around Nepal, then you should definitely include Manaslu Circuit Trek in your list. 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 want to see 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 greet and welcome 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 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 – Arughat (710 m) 8h00 drive.

The day of the departure to the Arughat is by local bus. A regarding drive through the countryside of Nepal will enjoy the mountain scenery, forests, beautiful landscapes, and villages and get Arughat in the late afternoon.
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Day 4: Arughat – Labubensi (900 m): 6h00 walk.

On the First Day of the trek, walking through the new construction rough road to Sotikhola. Then we cross a bridge trek through the forests along the Budi Gandaki River, passing by several villages, rice fields, and waterfalls, and get Labu Bensi.
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Day 5: Labubensi – Khorla Bensi (970 m) 6h00 walk.

After breakfast in the morning, we head to Khorla Bensi, passing by rocky trail, descend to Budi Gandaki river bank, walk along the sand, then climb aside and down to cross a suspension bridge to reach Machhakhola and some up and down get Khorla Bbensi.
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Day 6: Khorla Bensi – Jagat (1400 m)

The trail goes along the Budi Gandaki River Bank few more ascends and descends come to a small Hot spring in Tatopani. After crossing a suspension bridge, take over another ridge and get Dovan and Yaru Phant. We cross a suspension bridge of Yaru Khola then climb up the well-managed stone stairs. Finally, we get Jagat in the lap of the river.
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Day 7: Jagat – Deng (1,804 m): 6h00 walk.

After checking the entry permit, the trail goes to Deng traversing several villages, settlements, waterfalls, and crossing suspension bridges along the trail.
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Day 8: Deng – Namrung (2630 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual, like other days, we head to Namrung. After a short walk, crosses a suspension bridge in Deng crossing over small settlements Rana and Bihi and pleasant walk to Ghap. We further cross Budi Gandaki River several times; it comes across many monasteries on the trail. Finally, cross over a bridge a little walk to climb up to get Namrung.
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Day 9: Namrung – Samagaon (3530 m) 6h00 walk.

Early morning, after breakfast, we left the Namrung, an important 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 as well as massif views of Manaslu en route.
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Day 10: Samagaon – Acclimatization day!

Samagoan is an ancient Tibetan village, where we spend a day for rest and acclimatization. The village is enriched in culture and typical settlements. This village is considered the first base camp for the Manaslu expedition. This day you allow exploring Birendra Lake, Pungen monastery, and village.
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Day 11: Samagaon – Samdo (3860 m): 4h00 walk.

Today, we walk along the Budi Gandaki River in Tibetan Plateau, passing by several mani walls en route. Finally, we get Samdo.
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Day 12: Rest Day in Samdo.

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 13: Samdo – Dharamsala (4460 m) 4h00 walk.

Exploring the wilderness of Tibet border, we continue to walk to Larkya Base Camp and known as Dharamshala also. Today is a short day trek to Dharmashala enough time for acclimatization. There is the stone that made the house not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmashala.
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Day 14: Dharamsala – Bhimthang (3800 m) 8h00 walk.

A short climb after we enter a valley on the north side of Larkya Glacier. Horizontally, walk along the alpine valley leads Larkya – La at 5,218 m reward pristine mountain scenery of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal range, then long descend to Bhimthang.
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Day 15: Bimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual, like other days, we start our trek in the early morning. Once, enjoy with great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Himlung Himal. We descend towards Tilje, passing through the high pasture, rivers, and rhododendron forests. Finally, get to Tilije.
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Day 16: Tilije – Tal (1700 m) 6h00 walk.

After exploring the upper Manang villages that lead you to join to Annapurna Circuit Treks part at Dharapani passing by beautiful villages, stones paved trail, mani walls, and Chhortens, then take a trail along Marsyangdi River to Taal.
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Day 17: Taal – Bahun Danda (1340 m) 6h00 walk.

After crossing a suspension bridge, come across Chamje. And the trail goes along the Marsyandi River valley, which opens beautiful landscapes, villages, and dense forest of pines to Shyange. Then once across a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River, take a trail in the Marijuana field at Ghermu Phant continues to walk through the small villages, waterfalls, steep climb vertical rock-face getting Bahun-Danda.
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Day 18: Bahun-Danda – Bensishahar (900 m) 6h00 walk.

On the last day of the walk that leads Bensi Shahar passing by the small village of Ngadi in Marsyangdi Valley get to Bulbule and walk along the road to Beshishahar.
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Day 19: Bensi Shahar – Kathmandu (1350 m) 6h00 drive

This is a scenic drive passing through several villages, rice fields, vegetation, the river as well as beautiful mountains and gets in Kathmandu in the afternoon.
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Day 20: 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
Manaslu circuit trek
manaslu circuit sama gaon
manaslu view from Lo gaon
Tips for Manaslu Trekking

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