Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a breathtaking excursion that takes you around the world’s eighth highest peak, starting in the bustling market town of Soti Khola and concluding in Syange. This is a trek for those looking for something a little different in Nepal, but still want to see some of the most stunning and jaw-dropping landscapes the country has to offer. Many compare the Manaslu Circuit Trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek before it became popular! It is located in a region that was closed to outsiders until the early 1990s and where tourism remains restricted. It’s also not quite as high as the Annapurna Circuit, but it’s a beautiful and less-traveled route.

The wide Himalayan landscape from the high-altitude pass of Larkya La is one of the most stunning views on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The pass, which is almost 5,000 meters high, offers views of the Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II peaks. For many trekkers, this is the real and metaphorical pinnacle of their entire journey. There are, of course, more breathtaking views along the way; the villages of Namrung and Samagaon, in particular, offer excellent vantage points. However, the Manaslu Circuit Trek has more to offer than just mountain views. The most well-known monastery in the region, Ribung Gompa, is located near the trailside settlement of Lho village. A vivid array of religious artwork could be found inside. You could even be able to observe young monks in their lessons. These are only a few highlights from your Manaslu trek, but they exemplify the unique blend of natural beauty and cultural vibrancy that characterizes this fascinating region of Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Gorgeous Himalayan landscape of Himlung Peak, Cheo Peak, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II peak from Larkya La pass, which is located at almost 5000 meters high.
  • Ribung Gompa monastery at Lho village which offers a vivid array of religious artworks.
  • The beautiful villages of Namrung and Samagaon, which are the excellent vantage points by themselves.

Do check out the detail itinerary of one of the most famous trek in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trek.


Kathmandu is nestled in a fertile valley surrounded by mountains and hills. Arriving in Kathmandu is sure to be an unforgettable experience. When you fly to Kathmandu, our representative will be waiting for you at the airport terminal to greet you warmly. He will greet you and transport you to your hotel, where he will assist you with check-in.
There are no activities scheduled for today. You can relax and recharge your batteries before embarking on your further trip.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

This morning, have a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation before heading on a cultural tour of Kathmandu. This is one of the world's great historic capitals, with a strong sense of history pervading every architectural and ecclesiastical marvel. In Kathmandu, beautiful palaces, precious art, and antique sculptures can be seen everywhere. Today, we'll visit the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath and the ancient royal palace at Kathmandu Durbar Square, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. You'll also have the opportunity to see the massive Boudhanath and Swayambhunath stupas, which are revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike. Make time to purchase for handmade handicrafts and last-minute trekking supplies at several of the local marketplaces. You'll return to your hotel to spend the night when you've completed visiting the city.

Breakfast is included for the day.

On today's cross-country trip to Soti Khola, you'll have an early start. Your guide will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. to begin your magnificent journey, which will take around eight hours to complete. As you ride over paved roads alongside terraced fields and forested hillsides, you will get a better look at Nepal's diverse landscapes. You'll continue on an unpaved route to the village of Aarughat after reaching the Dhading District headquarters. This is a wonderful spot to take a break and stretch your legs before continuing on to Soti Khola, which takes another hour and a half. Before settling down to dinner, take advantage of the remaining daylight to take in the breathtaking views from Soti Khola's steep slopes. Today's dinner are is included in your stay at a local guesthouse.

The walk begins today by gradually undulating through lush forest, carrying you upstream alongside the Budi Gandaki River. This river flows down from Manaslu, and you may climb a peak above its raging waters for a spectacular perspective of the entire river valley. You'll return along a wide, sandy riverbed before joining a winding mountain trail that overlooks the river. With verdant rice paddies and cascading waterfalls, the view is exceptionally beautiful. Continuing on, you'll pass through Labubesi, a Gurung town, before arriving at your destination for the day i.e. Machha Khola. You'll stay in a local guesthouse tonight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Today is a day filled with numerous river crossings. Following a narrow trail and across the Tharo Khola, you'll leave Machha Khola after breakfast. The trail ascends and falls alternately on the other side of the river before crossing past the settlement of Khorlabesi and arriving at the Tatopani hot springs. A short hike up a forested slope leads to a suspension bridge that spans the Budhi Gandaki from here. Your next river crossing will be a suspension bridge across the Yaru Khola, which will be reached via a steep set of stairs on the opposite bank. You'll cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki and continue the stream to the Jagat village after crossing this bridge and ascending another stairway. You'll notice how the environment changes considerably as you gain height along the journey. You'll spend the night in one of Jagat's comfortable guesthouses.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Before leaving the peaceful small village of Jagat, have an early breakfast. There's a lot of ground to cover on today's agenda. Your walk ascends a valley to Sirdibas, a charming village with picturesque lanes lined with traditional stone-built dwellings. From here, you may also obtain a magnificent view of the Sringi Himal range, which includes the highest peak, Chamar. After taking in the scenery, descend to the Budi Gandaki and cross a lengthy suspension bridge to reach the Philim path. This is a huge Gurung settlement with gorgeous terraced fields surrounding it. As you travel through Philim, you'll pass past beautiful waterfalls as you wind your way along the river valley. You'll return to the Budi Gandaki shortly after passing through Ekle Bhatti and cross the river twice more through suspension bridges. You'll pass through Pewa village and continue into the valley via a tiny campsite before arriving at your goal for the day i.e. Deng. This is a little village with beautiful vistas and friendly people .You will spend the night in a guesthouse here.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

The hike starts with a river crossing and a hard rise through thick vegetation. You'll see sweeping valley views and pass through a few small communities as you go west. As the pathway progresses, mani stones will appear along the way. Each stone is etched with a Buddhist mantra and serves as a sign that you've arrived in a Tibetan-influenced area. Consider stopping for lunch in Prok, a small village with spectacular views of the Sringi Himal. After lunch, cross the Budhi Gandaki a few more times and continue down the river to Namrung village. When the dense woodland begins to thin out and the trail begins its final ascent to Namrung, you'll know you're coming near. You'll be staying in a guesthouse here for the night.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

On a clear day, Namrung offers spectacular views of the Sringi Himal and Ganesh Himal, so you might be tempted to stay for breakfast. To the south, you might see Himalchuli, one of the Mansiri Himal range's most powerful peaks at over 7,000 meters. After leaving town, you'll travel via a woodland trail to Lihi, a lovely village. The hamlet is bordered by terraced fields and pine-clad hills sprinkled with chortens and colorful prayer flags, making it a wonderful place to stop for a rest. After passing through Lihi, continue ascending through the forest to the settlement of Lho Gaun. Lho Gaun is well renowned for its mountaintop monastery, Ribung Gompa, but it also has spectacular views of Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. A short excursion from town to the adjacent Pungen Glacier will reward you with breathtaking views of Manaslu. You'll return to Lho Gaun and stay in a local guesthouse for the night.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

Ascending steeply from Lho Gaun to a plateau where you'll come across the settlement of Shyala, you'll be rewarded with wonderful mountain vistas. Cross a hill before descending to Pungen Glacier through a rocky moraine. From here, your journey leads to Samagaon, a pastoral settlement. Samagaon's slate-roofed, stone-built buildings are packed beneath some of the region's tallest peaks, making it the most attractive village on the entire Manaslu Circuit Trek, according to many trekkers. The settlement has spectacular views of Manaslu when the weather is clear. This small village has a few pleasant guesthouses, and you'll be staying at one of them for the next two nights.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

Today is acclimatization day; as you ascend to higher altitudes with less oxygen in the atmosphere, your body requires time to adjust. Our itineraries are also structured to follow a well-known trekking maxim: ascend high and sleep low. There are, however, a few intriguing places to explore in the Samagaon area that will easily keep you occupied for the day. A visit to the Pungyen Gompa, a monastery in the village of Sama, is one alternative. You can also climb past Sama to Birendra Tal, a turquoise-colored glacier-fed lake. Milarepa, the Buddhist master and saint, is reported to have meditated in a cave north of the lake. You can ask your guide to assist you in finding it.

If you're looking for a more strenuous hike, a full-day trip to Manaslu Base Camp is an option. The camp is at 4,750 meters, and the travel from Samagaon takes about seven or eight hours round trip. Of course, you may always relax in Samagaon and take everything at your own pace. It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon watching the town's traditionally dressed people go about their daily business against a backdrop of mani walls and chortens. You'll return to your guesthouse for the night this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

As the sun rises over the spectacular peak of the Mansiri Himal, have a farewell breakfast in Samagaon. You'll traverse wide pastures and gradually drop to the Budi Gandaki river valley below town when you're ready to start your morning stroll. As you trek through birch and juniper woodlands, you'll come upon a lot of mani walls. Mountain views are especially spectacular on this section of the trail, as you near the settlement of Samdo, Manaslu looms directly ahead. Tibetan refugees live in this remote village, which is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. You'll spend the night at one of the village's guesthouses, but you'll have plenty of time to explore before retiring. Ascending the highlands behind Samdo rewards you with a spectacular view of the Himalayas of Hiunchuli and Ngadi Chuli, among many others.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

The trek begins by crossing the Budi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and then climbing, crossing a handful of smaller streams near the enormous Larkya Glacier. The seasonally lively tiny community of Larkya Bazaar can be found here. The town was previously a key center of trade and commerce between Tibet and Nepal due to its proximity to the border. You'll arrive at Dharmasala after going past the village and commencing a steady climb along the Sarka Khola valley. Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi, is little more than a simple guesthouse and a smattering of campsites—but it does have a few fascinating mani walls and unbeatable views of Larkya Peak and Manaslu. You'll spend the night in the guesthouse here after viewing the scenery. Make sure you get plenty of rest tonight; tomorrow you'll reach the highest point on the entire Manaslu Trek.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

You'll start the most spectacular day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek this morning. Your aim is to reach Bhimphedi village by crossing Larkya La, a high-altitude pass that should take you about eight or nine hours to traverse. You'll start by hiking a ridge, which will provide you with spectacular views of the valley. From this vantage point, Larkya Peak and Cho Danda are particularly beautiful. As you continue hiking, you'll come upon the Larkya Glacier's moraines. This road will take you straight to the breathtaking Larkya La. The pass itself is located at an elevation of roughly 5106 meters. From here, you can see many 7,000-meter mountains in the distance. A few of the snowcapped giants seen from the pass include Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Annapurna II. After you've had your fill of seeing the amazing scenery, you'll begin the steep descent from Larkya La. Your descent will take you through more moraines before arriving at lower-altitude pastures, where the settlement of Bhimphedi may be found. The settlement, which is also known as Bimthang, is located on a flat meadow surrounded by tall mountains. You'll stay in a guesthouse here for the night.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

You'll begin today's journey by descending through vast fields to the Dudh Khola's riverbed after enjoying breakfast with sunrise views of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, and Lamjung Himal. Before reaching Karche La, cross the river via a wooden bridge and the trail immediately begins to ascend alongside terraced paddies. This mountain pass may not be as beautiful as Larkya La, but it does provide wonderful views of the path you'll be following soon. The Marsyangdi river may be seen far below, running through a forested valley. As you descend from Karche La, you'll travel through a rhododendron and fir forest. The settlement of Tilje, situated against a steep mountain, will be seen soon. You'll stay in a guesthouse here for the night.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek's final day of hiking begins with a climb over a small hill just past Tilje. The trail is paved with stones and brings you through a lovely settlement. You'll cross the 'Dudh Khola' river on a bridge, then pass under a chorten-shaped archway and follow a mani wall to Thonje village. After crossing the Marsyangdi River, your track will merge with the conventional Annapurna hiking circuit in the settlement of Dharapani. Before continuing on through the nearby settlement of Karta, you'll need to register with a police checkpoint. After passing through town, you'll need to cross the Marsyangdi one more time before arriving in Tal, another village. Tal, which is located at the base of a big waterfall and is surrounded by mani walls, is a beautiful area to stop for a rest; in fact, many trekkers choose to spend the night here. Instead, you'll continue a little further to Chamje village, where you'll be able to avoid some of the crowds. In Chamje, you'll spend the night in a guesthouse.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the package.

Your wonderful Manaslu Trek trip has come to an end. You'll be taken to Besisahar after breakfast in Chamje. Because this bustling town serves as a trekking entrance to the Annapurnas, expect to see a lot of fresh-faced hikers getting ready for their own adventures. You'll be driven back to Kathmandu in a private car from Besisahar. This path follows the Marsyangdi River Valley till it meets the main road linking Kathmandu and Pokhara. It should take about eight or nine hours to complete the journey, and it's a terrific way to see Nepal's timeless rural landscapes one last time. When you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and unwind with a nice shower and a well-earned siesta. This evening, you have one last chance to see Kathmandu's restaurants and marketplaces.

Today's breakfast and lunch are included in the package.

Say your goodbyes to Kathmandu and make your way to the airport. To ensure that you arrive on time for your trip, you will be transported to the international airport. If you like to extend your stay, please inform us, and we will assist you in further planning your trip to the Himalayas.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation, including airport transfers, is provided by private vehicle
  • Stay at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast
  • All entry costs, a tour guide, and a private car are included in Kathmandu city tours
  • During the trek, full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • During the trek, the best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation
  • One highly skilled guide, one porter (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, lodging, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance
  • Fee for Manaslu Trekking Special Permit (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Fee
  • Manasalu conservation fees
  • Taxes levied by the government and charges for office services

Cost Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Beverages
  • Snacks, and other personal expenditure
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Gratuities and tips for trekking guides and drivers


How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Larkya La Pass, which is over 5200 m and has be crossed, which makes the Manaslu Circuit Trek a difficult trail. Descending from the top of the pass is difficult because we need to hike over loose rocks on a steep trail. Furthermore, in comparison to tea houses on other popular treks, the accommodation and food on this trek are minimal, adding to the roughness of the experience.

What's the distance between Manaslu and Kathmandu?

Mount Manaslu is located around 123 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu. The trek begins approximately 120 kilometers from Kathmandu.

What is the best way to get from Kathmandu to Manaslu?

There is no airport on Manaslu, thus the only way to get about is via car. The alternative is to take a local bus, which would take approximately 8 hours, or a private car, which will take approximately 6 hours, including breaks.

Is it possible to trek without a guide in Manaslu?

No. In Manaslu, you must trek with a guide. Any trek in the Manaslu Area requires a minimum of two trekkers and a guide, according to government regulations.

What's the temperature like in Manaslu?

The climate is subtropical at the start of the trek. Throughout the year, temperatures will range from 10 to 25°C. In the winter, though, temperatures in the highest reaches of the trek can drop to -20°C or below.

Is a permit required for the Manaslu Trek?

Yes. Permits are required. For Manaslu and the Annapurna Circuit, you’ll need a special restricted area permit and a Conservation Area Permit (As the trail passes through the Annapurna Region too)


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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Private Car
  • 5,106 m / 16,752 ft (Larkya La pass)
  • 3-star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & twin sharing lodge during the trek
  • Aerobic fitness
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn - September, October & November
  • English

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