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Manaslu Circuit Trek: Experience the Majestic Himalayas

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Experience the Majestic Himalayas

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
02-12
Region
Gorkha
Trip Duration
16 days
Activities
Trekking and Hiking
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu & full board (B/L/D) during trekking
Accommodation
Hotel / Lodge
Max Elevation
5100M
Best Month
March - May & September -November
Trip Grade
Moderate
Trek Starts / Ends
Machhakhola / Dharapani
Transportation
Private /local vehicles

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with sightseeing tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu before embarking on an exhilarating trek through the stunning Manaslu region. This adventure offers awe-inspiring views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, along with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local heritage and diverse biological ecosystems of the region. One of the trek's highlights is the dramatic crossing of the Larkya La Pass at 5,100 meters, renowned as one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Himalayas. Himalayan Dream Team ensures that all itineraries include adequate time for acclimatization, making this trek accessible to those with good cardiovascular fitness, though it's important to remember that trekking at high altitudes requires more physical endurance than at lower elevations.

The remoteness and tranquility of the Manaslu Circuit Trek offer a stark contrast to the more crowded Annapurna region, making it an ideal choice for nature enthusiasts seeking solitude and a deep connection with the environment. The trek encompasses everything you'd expect from a classic Nepalese trek: epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture, and the challenge of a high Himalayan pass crossing. With its pristine mountain trails and breathtaking landscapes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable adventure, positioning it as a premier trekking destination for those who want to experience the true essence of Nepal's natural beauty and cultural richness. Join Himalayan Dream Team for this extraordinary journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip highlights:

  • Less Crowded: Experience the tranquility of the Manaslu Circuit, which has about ten times fewer trekkers compared to the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit.
  • Teahouses Available: Enjoy a wild and remote trek with the convenience of teahouses at every stage. This eliminates the need to carry tents and food, making the trek more accessible and affordable.
  • No Domestic Flights: Reach the trailhead overland, avoiding the hassle and cost of domestic flights.
  • Stunning River Gorge: Follow the Buri Gandaki River through a deep, long gorge with numerous suspension bridge crossings in the initial part of the trail.
  • Diverse Scenery: Trek through Nepal's varied landscapes, from subtropical jungle at lower elevations to the Himalayan foothills, culminating in the high, cold, and challenging crossing of the Larkya La Pass at over 5,100 meters.
  • Spectacular Ridges and Glaciers: Walk along breathtaking ridges and cross stunning glaciers.
  • Majestic Peaks: See the 8,156m high Manaslu, as well as Ganesh and Sringi Himal.
  • Authentic Tibetan Villages: Encounter authentic Tibetan villages and meet ethnic tribes along the way.
  • Ancient Trade Route: Follow the ancient Tibetan trade route and cross the Larkya La Pass at 5,100 meters.


Why trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among one of the tops must visit trek is Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote, and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain at 8,163 meters. Why Trek the Manaslu Circuit?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered by experts to be one of the top must-visit treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off the beaten path compared to the more well-known teahouse treks like Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit. This trek offers an unparalleled adventure around Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain, standing tall at 8,163 meters.

Choosing the Manaslu Circuit Trek means immersing yourself in breathtaking landscapes, diverse biological ecosystems, and rich cultural heritage. The trail is less crowded, providing a serene and intimate trekking experience. You'll traverse high mountain passes, including the dramatic Larkya La Pass at 5,100 meters, and enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas. With its combination of epic scenery, cultural encounters, and challenging yet rewarding trails, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the perfect choice for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers looking to explore Nepal's hidden gems. Join us for this unforgettable journey and discover why the Manaslu Circuit is a must-do trek in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Required Permits

To trek the Manaslu Circuit, you'll need to secure a trekking permit due to its location in a restricted region of Nepal. Solo trekking is not permitted; a minimum group size of two people is required to embark on this adventure. Ensure you have the necessary permits and travel with a group to explore the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Manaslu region.

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Experience the Majestic Himalayas Itinerary

Details Outline

Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport in kathmandu for your transfer to the hotel. As a welcome you will have a typical Nepalese dinner with some of the staff members. Learn about momo's and Dal bhat and do not forget to try our typical Nepalese drink with great mood of cheers.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast, we'll take you on a tour of Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square offers insights into the lives of royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple holds great significance as a pilgrimage site for Hindus. Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest stupas, are both iconic landmarks.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Your Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola. After breakfast, pack your bags and prepare for the journey. We'll start our drive along the Prithvi Highway, passing through Malekhu and following the Trishuli River to Dhading, about 30 km away.

The route includes bumpy roads and highways, offering incredible views of snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu. Passing through Arughat and Gola Bhanjyang, you'll reach the beautiful settlement of Soti Khola. After another 1.5 hours of driving, we'll arrive at Machhakhola.

In the evening, explore the area and enjoy the stunning mountain views before resting at the lodge. Dinner will be provided, and you'll spend the night at the lodge, ready to begin your trek the next day.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
930 m
Walking Hours
8/9hrs

Today our trekking day starts with a steep descend via the hundreds of stone stairs to the BudhiGandaki. We cross it by a spectacular suspension bridge. Again we follow the river that allow us to see the beautiful river valley and at the horizon the snow capped mountains like Buddha himal and SirangiHimal. On this day we formally enter the Mansalu Conservation area and end up in our overnight destination, Jagat. 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
1330 m
Walking Hours
6/7

Today we climb over the rocky ridge to reach Salleri then head towards Sirdibas and continue the trek passing a long suspension bridge to reach Philim where we must entry our special permits in the check post. Crossing the fields, we will reach Ekle Bhatti where we will have lunch. After lunch we will see long and high suspension bridge.Then you pass through the bamboo forest and cross a stream to reach Deng.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1800 m
Walking Hours
4/5

After breakfast we follow the trail upstream of the Deng River – and come across a tiny village of just four houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thereby avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture starts influencing our trail by many Mani stones and chortens all around. Mani stones are stone plates, rocks and/or pebbles, inscribed with the six syllabled mantra of Avalokiteshvara (Om mani padme hum, hence the name “Mani stone”), as a form of prayer in Tibetan Buddhism.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
2100 m
Walking Hours
4/5hrs

Today is an especially wonderful trekking day; after passing through the seemingly deserted seasonal village of Nambachhe, planted with fields of barley and lined with mani walls, we ascend through a dense, cool forest for an half an hour. Again we will be crossing the Budi Gandaki once more on a wooden bridge, to Namrung, at 2540 meters, where we will stop for a cup of tea at a lodge run by a Tibetan family. Above this village the valley opens out and gives us colorful, wide panorama’s. A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2840 meters, which is a substantial altitude gain. From here our climb will be gently, crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers. We are heading for the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000m, where we stop for lunch. Look for the bear claw on the upper deck of the house, and across the river to the ruins of an old Tibetan fort. From Sho, the views of Himal Chuli are spectacular, and further on, towards Lho, we are finally treated to views of Manaslu itself; quite an impressive afternoon! We set up camp in Lho, a lively village adorned with many prayer flags, in the yard of a small lodge. Here we will really be rewarded with a magnificent sunset and sunrise

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3200 m
Walking Hours
5/6hrs

After a hopefully clear view with breakfast we start walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the Tibetan settlement of Shyla, where the villagers are often out in the fields working( From Shyala we have the best view of Manaslu). Another few hours of trekking through this alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements to Pung Gyan Gompa, and then Sama Gaon, or Ro, as the locals call it. Sama Gaon is situated in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to the high peaks, with colorful mani walls, a small gompa and tightly packed rows of houses at the lower reaches of village. The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago, and the two gompas that date from this time, both having unique architecture and built of wood. The Tibetan villages here have entrance gates which are very distinctive from the Tibetan ones, and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet (notice the Chinese brandy and beer on sale). If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool (baal) from Tibet into gowns – which are then traded back to Tibet. Taxes were actually paid to the Dzongka Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940’s until it was taken over by the Gorkas in the late 19th century. Later, after 1959, the region was home to Tibetan guerillas, and thus closed to trekking until 1992.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3500 m
Walking Hours
4/5hrs

Today we have rest day to get adjusted to the high altitude. If you prefer difficult hike we can do Manaslu Base Camp(From the base camp, you get a wonderful view of Mt Manaslu (8156m)) else we have easy hike to Birendra Tal. After spending some time at the base camp, you return back to Samagaon for the overnight stay

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3500 m

Today after breakfast we first follow an easy three hours route. En route we pas the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the ‘kane’ entrance of Samdo; look back down valley for great views. The villagers of Samdo came across the border from the village of Riu after 1959 and built their new village here, at their old herding settlement. Samdo village is a collection of houses and lodges at 3850 meters, and most trekkers miss the heat of a week ago as we huddle around the stove and a wind from Tibet batters the windowpanes. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
3850 m
Walking Hours
3/4

Today we will follow the ancient trade route to Tibet and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After two hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You’ll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm on this high altitude. 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Highest Altitude
4460 m
Walking Hours
4/5

A breathtaking moment awaits us today as we go to the highest point of the trek! After a short climb above the campsite, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about three hours to crest. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. If there is fresh snow, we may see Snow Leopard prints from the evening before; it’s also blue sheep (Bharal) and Tibetan Snow Cock territory. The views from the top at 5.215 meters (!) of the pass are truly unbelievable. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, and yelling ‘Ki ki so so lha gyalo’ (may the Gods be victorious), get ready for a steep, ankle straining drop to a trail following the glacial moraine, very slippery if covered in snow so have your ‘Yak tracks’ ready if you’ve brought them, and definitely use trekking poles. It is a longer day then usual to our overnight stay at Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it’s an experience not to be missed. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, down to Bimtang. 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3590 m
Walking Hours
6/7hrs

After a well-deserved rest, we start our day from a ridge in Bhimtang, enjoying stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend through high pastures (Sangure Kharka) and cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola. The trail takes us through a rhododendron forest and a narrow valley, reaching Karche at 2,785 meters, the highest cultivated land in the valley.

We pass fields and make a steep climb over a ridge, descending in a sweeping arc to the riverbank at 2,580 meters. A police checkpoint marks our approach to Dharapani, a town on the Annapurna Circuit. Here, we can observe the snow-capped mountains and stay overnight.

 

Food
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1930 m
Walking Hours
7/8 hrs

On the final day of your Manaslu Circuit Trek with Himalayan Dream Team, you'll take a scenic drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu. After a hearty breakfast, we'll tip our guides and porters, then board a private Jeep for the journey. The drive from Dharapani to Besishar takes about 4 hours on a direct road, transitioning to a paved road from Besishar onward.
Following the Prithvi Highway, you'll pass through diverse landscapes including green hills, mountain valleys, meadows, and deep gorges. The entire drive takes around 7-9 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you'll stay overnight at a hotel, where you can relax and reflect on your incredible trekking adventure.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
7/9 hrs

Today you can visit Thamel for some last day shopping of souvenirs which are plenty if you look well and take those pieces with you that reflects your adventure in the mountains.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast we will transfer you to the international airport or you leave your luggage at the hotel for a later flight and enjoy a little bit more of Kathmandu before we transfer you

Food
Breakfast

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international airport in Kathmandu
  • Authentic Nepali-style welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast provided in Kathmandu
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including seasonal fruits
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP and special permit for Manaslu)
  • Porter (s) during the trek for luggage carrying (1 porter for every 2 clients)
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International flight
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa, easily acquired upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (USD 50 for a 30-day visa)
  • Travel and rescue insurance (*please make sure your insurance covers emergency transport from mountains)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Tips for staffs (Driver, Guide and Porter)
  • Extra costs in case of unforeseen changes in the planned program (e.g. weather conditions)
  • All others that is not mentioned in the Include section

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Experience the Majestic Himalayas Altitude Profile

Route Map

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FAQs

What is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trek around Mount Manaslu in Nepal, reaching an altitude of 5,106 meters at the Larkya La Pass. It combines incredible Himalayan scenery with rich cultural heritage, traversing through remote villages and varied landscapes.

The trek usually takes about 14 to 18 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and pace, as well as weather conditions and acclimatization needs.
 

This trek is considered challenging due to its duration, altitude, and the physical demands of crossing high mountain passes. It requires good physical fitness and some trekking experience.
 

Trekkers typically stay in teahouses, which are small guesthouses that offer basic accommodation and meals. The facilities are more rustic compared to those on more popular treks like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit.

The best times to undertake the trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) months when the weather is generally stable and clear, providing good conditions for trekking and excellent views.
 

Essential items include warm clothing, waterproof gear, trekking boots, sleeping bags, a backpack, water purification tablets, a first-aid kit, and snacks. Don't forget to bring a map, compass, or GPS device.

Yes, a guide is mandatory for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The region is remote and less developed, making a knowledgeable guide invaluable for navigation, safety, and cultural interactions.
 

Trekkers need a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) if continuing to Annapurna, and a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) due to the trek's proximity to the Tibetan border.

The teahouses along the trek offer basic meals typical of Nepali mountain cuisine, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, potatoes, and occasionally simple western dishes.

Preparation should include cardiovascular exercises like running, swimming, or cycling, as well as strength training. Hiking or walking on inclined surfaces can be particularly beneficial.

Electricity is available in some villages along the trek, but it may be unreliable. It’s advisable to bring additional batteries or a solar charger.

The trek passes through diverse ethnic communities, including Nubri and Tsum, where trekkers can experience unique local cultures closely related to Tibetan traditions. Many monasteries, mani walls, and chortens enrich the trek.
 

The highest point is the Larkya La Pass, which reaches an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet), offering dramatic views of the Manaslu and surrounding peaks.

The region is home to diverse wildlife, including the snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, and various species of birds. The forests and alpine meadows are rich in biodiversity.

Respect local customs by dressing modestly, taking off your shoes before entering homes or temples, and using your right hand to eat and greet. Always ask for permission before taking photographs of people.

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