Manaslu Circuit Trek

manaslu circuit trek
Trip Duration

14 Days

Trip Grade


Highest Altitude

Larkya La Pass (5220 m)





Group Size


Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Highlights

  • A trip to a secluded and off-the-beaten-path destination.
  • The eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu, can be traversed on the trek.
  • Breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains, rivers, forests, and villages.
  • Traverse high mountain passes, such as the Larkya La Pass.
  • Meet a variety of ethnic groups, each with its own unique culture and traditions, such as the Gurungs, Tibetans, and Tamangs.
  • Discover historic monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags to enhance the trek’s cultural diversity further.
  • An excellent alternative for the busier Everest and Annapurna regions.


Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ultimate trekking experience in Nepal. The trail may be challenging but exciting. The sight of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), the world’s eighth highest peak, is a pleasant reward. The trek accomplishes every expectation and desire to learn about the various terrains of the Himalayan region.

Trekking in the rough mountain terrains through lush rhododendron forests. Passing through a bustling Gurung and Magar village. Touring old monasteries while listening to waterfalls and seeing other sights. The Manaslu trek is an unforgettable adventure. This trip is ideal for people looking for new experiences and pleasures in Nepal.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is yet another combination of thrilling hiking and cultural exploration. Through the Manaslu Conservation Area, the trekking routes guide to Larkya La Pass. You’ll also encounter the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Ganesh Himal, Himchuli, and many other stunning views along the way.

Foreigners were prohibited from entering the Manaslu Circuit trek area prior to the early 1990s and continue to be so today. This trek has been less crowded than popular treks such as the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The hike is physically demanding and off-the-beaten-path, but it is captivating because of its rich biodiversity and unique scenery.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola
  • Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng
  • Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung
  • Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho
  • Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun
  • Day 08: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo
  • Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala
  • Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi through Larkya La Pass
  • Day 12: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje
  • Day 13: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani and Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu!
When you arrive in Kathmandu and arrive at TIA, our representative will be there to greet you. He will then check you into a hotel in Kathmandu. You now have the opportunity to settle into your accommodation and freshen up. In the evening, we will welcome you with a delectable meal.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola

Your journey starts today. Following your hotel breakfast, you will travel directly from Kathmandu to Arughat by bus from Gongabu Buspark. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Malekhu on the Prithivi Highway and then, depending on your comfort level, a jeep or a local bus from there.

You may find this trip to be rather uncomfortable due to the uneven, dusty roads. Despite this, the window seat will allow you to see the lovely scene. You will arrive in Gurung village after experiencing a few ups and downs and seeing paddy fields.

By stopping for quick snacks during your continuous travel, you may relax. By the time dinner is served, you will have reached Machha Khola.
Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

The distance between Jagat and Machha Khola is 22.5 kilometers today. After leaving Machha Khola, the trail goes through a thick forest. As you cross the suspension bridge, you can observe a number of rivers and waterfalls.

You will arrive at Tatopani, a location with cultural beliefs where you may take a hot shower, on your other walk. When you’re done relaxing, you cross another suspension bridge to get to Doban. You will eventually be able to cross a wooden bridge left over the river once more. By continuing on your path, you will arrive at Yaru, where you will once more cross a lengthy arch bridge before arriving at Jagat, another lovely Gurung village.

The most crucial thing to do after you enter the hamlet is to get your trekking permits checked at the checkpoint because starting that day, you will be walking in a restricted area.
Overnight in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng

Following breakfast, the trek continues on to Deng. After leaving Jagat, you will go over a mountain to the Salleri village. You will next reach Sirdibas after crossing a lengthy suspension bridge. You will next ascend to Philim and cross the hill. You’ll finally reach Deng after a challenging ascent.
Overnight in Deng.

Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung

You are prepared to begin today’s walk once breakfast is finished. Namrung is where we’re going today. You make your way to Deng by passing through the bamboo plants. You will see the swing bridge as you continue on, and you must cross it. White-faced monkeys can be seen traveling to villages in search of food.

The stream then travels through numerous landslide zones. In order to ensure your protection, you should therefore walk more carefully and pay closer attention to your guide’s instructions. You will turn toward Namrung once you have passed the landslip area.

You will hike to the lovely village of Namrung, which is at an elevation of 2260m, after an hour of walking on an unsteady path. Now you can indulge in tea and several other local delicacies.
Overnight in Namrung.

Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho

Today will begin with you getting a glimpse of the locals’ Tibetan-influenced way of life. Finally, you go out on your journey through the garden, passing by buildings that lead to fir, rhododendron, and oak trees. After that, you proceed to Lihi to Sho.

On your second stroll, you’ll observe locals wearing their distinctive traditional clothing, their art, culture, and more. From this point on, take the dirt road before you enter Lho.
Overnight in Lho.

Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun

On this day, you’ll steadily ascend to higher altitudes, so it can take some time for you to adjust. You will be enthralled by the spectacular vista of Manaslu as your trek begins.

You will walk a short distance to Shyapla. Rhododendron and pine trees, which are both lovely, will always be in your path. From Shyapla, it takes an hour to get to Sama Gaun.

Although the views of the mountains might be hazy, Sama Gaun is a charming village where you can observe typical dwellings and yaks grazing.
Overnight in Sama Gaun.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Today is the day to adjust to the rising altitude. The prevention of altitude sickness is essential. You’ll ascend today to Pungyen Gompa, which is located east of Nubri Valley. Now you can carry your meals with you and consume them whenever you want.

Following that, you can gaze towards Manaslu from the hills in awe. You’ll be interested in the nearby yak pastures as well. In addition to hiking to the northern Manaslu Base Camp, you will have another choice. By proceeding on the trail until you arrive the Birendra Tal, you can access the basecamp trail. Take your time today!
Overnight in Sama Gaun.

Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo

You should be more cautious when you stroll to Samdo because you are at a high altitude. A variety of bird species, yaks grazing, and stunning landscape may all be found here.

Along the route, you get to pass the Budi Gandaki Bridge. You then reach White Kani, a nearby settlement to Samdo. You ultimately reach Samdo.
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

The walk is becoming more difficult and exciting as you go to a higher altitude as you near this day. If you want to enjoy every moment of your journey, you must take better care of yourself and stay away from high altitudes.

Before taking a leisurely trip to the Manaslu region, you can amuse yourself with breathtaking views of the Himalayan range while approaching Dharmasala.
Overnight in Dharmasala.

Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi through Larkya La Pass

You’ll climb to your journey’s highest point today, making it the most difficult day of your trek. On this day, you will hike to Larkya La Pass, which is situated at 5160 meters.

When it is snowing, it can be rather dangerous due to the bad weather. You must set out early for this trek in order to traverse Larkya La Pass before the noon.

You will feel more at peace once you are able to stand at the Pass and take in the magnificent views of Himlung, which is close to Tibet. The captivating Annapurna ranges are another thing you may view. You can get to Bhimphedi by walking along the steppe.
Overnight in Bhimphedi.

Day 12: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje

Leave Bhimphedi after a lovely breakfast. You will first proceed in the direction of the little Karcher La Pass. After which the trail will lead you to Tilje along the mellow paddy fields.
Overnight in Tilije.

Day 13: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani and Drive back to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your trip. After a 14-day journey, you are making your way back to Kathmandu while carrying all of your wonderful memories.

Today you’ll hike short on a paved path that leads to Dharapani. Then, you’ll get on a drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani. You can spend the evening the way you like.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure

Today we’ll transport you to the TIA after breakfast. If you have time before the departure time, you can also check out a few local places.

What is included in Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Airport pick-up and drive to the hotel
  • All road transportation
  • 2 nights stay in Kathmandu
  • Internal Flight (where necessary)
  • A certified English speaking Guide for the trek
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Fee
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • Kits such as sleeping bag and puffer jacket
  • Meals as stated above
  • Confirm Booking
  • First aid tools
  • Local taxes

What is Excluded

  • Personal Expense
  • Gear for trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Any kinds of drinks
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Flight

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Let’s look at the seasons and weather patterns that make different times of year better for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This allows you to make an informed decision about when you should go on this incredible Himalayan trek.

Autumn (September to November)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is especially popular during this time of year. The sky is clean and stable, with little rain. The temperatures are pleasant, making it excellent for trekking. The spectacular autumn color enhances the attractiveness of the terrain, and unobstructed views of the Manaslu mountain are more possible.

Spring (March to May)

The trek is best done in the spring. As the temperature warms, the snow begins to melt, resulting in spectacular rivers and waterfalls. The slopes are covered in vibrant wildflowers, and the clear skies provide excellent mountain vistas.

Summer (June to August)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not recommended during the summer. This season in the region relates to Nepal’s monsoon season, which brings considerable rainfall, especially in July and August.

Because the trails can become slick and at risk of landslides, trekking can be difficult and potentially deadly. The persistent rain can often hide the spectacular mountain views that visitors come to witness.

However, if you don’t mind the rain and want to see the lush flora and fewer people, you can make the walk in early June. However, be prepared for wet weather and unexpected inconveniences.

Winter (December to February)

Winter can be fairly hard for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, and it’s often not the greatest time to go. The trek’s high-altitude portions encounter harsh temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the paths difficult to navigate and potentially dangerous.

Many teahouses and lodges along the route may close, and locals may relocate to lower elevations. It is possible to complete the trek if you are an experienced trekker who enjoys winter experiences.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is best done in the autumn and spring seasons. During these seasons, the temperature is milder, the trails are in their prime, and the region’s natural beauty is simply breathtaking. These seasons offer the most secure and enjoyable trekking experience.

Gear List for Manaslu Circuit Trek


  • Down Jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Warn woolen socks
  • Quality trekking boots with gripping soles
  • Muffler/ scarf
  • Warm trouser


  • Trekking poles
  • Headlights
  • Sleeping bag
  • U-lock
  • Oxygen
  • Survival blankets
  • Insect repellent, etc.

  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Torch
  • Headlight
  • Headphone/earphones, etc.


  • Dry foods
  • Trekking map
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Water bottle, etc.

Important Details

Why Opt for Our Manaslu Circuit Trek Experience?

  • A trek that is not commonly taken is the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal.
  • An incredible adventure across beautiful landscapes and complex cultures can be had on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a hidden jewel in the Himalayas. 
  • Its pristine beauty, off-the-beaten-path experience, varied topography, and cultural immersion distinguish itself as a singular journey.
  • For lovers of plants and wildlife, the area is a paradise. Many species, such as the Himalayan tahr, red panda, and the elusive snow leopard, can be found in the Manaslu Conservation Area. 
  • Numerous ethnic groups, including the Nubri and Tsum Valley people, who have long maintained their distinctive cultures and customs, can be found in the Manaslu region.
  • The Manaslu Trek is renowned for its varied landscape, which varies from high alpine meadows to subtropical woods.
  • A glimpse into Tibetan culture can be gained via a variety of monasteries, Tibetan communities, and panoramic views of Tibet and its mountain ranges

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu Trek is categorized as a moderately challenging trek. There will be many ups and downs on this physically taxing trek. The walk is taxing since there are numerous switchbacks and river crossings. The trail is dangerous in parts since it passes through landslip-prone zones. It does not, however, involve technical climbing. There are well-trod paths for easy strolling. 

Some trekkers may get altitude sickness when attempting the Manaslu Circuit Trek because it reaches a maximum elevation of 5,160 meters at the Larkya La Pass. Headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms that can be caused by altitude sickness. 

When disorders like high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) or high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) develop, it can be fatal. By taking break days and progressively increasing your elevation, it is advised that you acclimatize to the higher altitudes gradually. Furthermore advised are consuming lots of water and maintaining hydration.

In the Manaslu region, there is always a chance of significant precipitation and snowfall, making the weather unpredictable. As such, the Manaslu region’s climate and weather can present a number of challenges to hikers.

Being one of Nepal’s more remote treks, the Manaslu Circuit Trek has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage of the trek’s isolated location is that you’ll be far from the bustle of the city and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. However, it can also be very difficult at times. You might not come across many other hikers or even locals since the walk passes through isolated communities and untamed landscapes.

Preparing yourself for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The entire trail will be covered on foot with your equipment. Thus, strength endurance training, elevation training, and aerobic conditioning are the necessary ways to exercise your body. Compared to strength training, strength endurance training involves performing more repetitions with a lower weight.

Mental Preparation

Maintaining a good outlook and mental resilience is important because the walk can be mentally and physically taxing. Reading up on the hike’s difficulties and mentally preparing yourself for the lengthy hiking days and the possibility of altitude sickness can be beneficial.

Physical training

To help you on this quest, you will need to strengthen specific muscles. For the duration of the walk, your legs and core muscles need to be strengthened. You may carry your goods more easily with this. Their shoulders and lower back need to be strengthened for endurance.  

Building your stamina and endurance requires frequent physical activity, such as cardio workouts and strength training. One way to replicate the conditions of the walk is to hike with a rucksack on slopes or stairs.

Packing and apparels

The trek requires the right equipment and supplies. Trekkers should pack appropriate weather gear, warm clothes (such as thermal layers and a down jacket), a hat, gloves, and sturdy hiking boots. Additionally, useful items include a sturdy sleeping bag, trekking poles, and a backpack.

Travel Insurance

Having travel insurance that includes helicopter emergency evacuation is required. Before you go, please make sure you have read over your insurance and coverage.

Food During Manaslu Circuit Trek

Having a good meal is one of the most important aspects of visiting Nepal’s Manaslu Circuit. The local cuisine defines your recollections and determines your journey. Walking uphill and downhill for an extended period of time uses a lot of energy in your body. For this reason, a good meal is essential to an adventure. As you hike in Nepal, you must also have a healthy lunch that will keep your body going till the next day.

While at Manaslu Circuit, you won’t have as many options as you would in larger towns, but you will still be able to find plenty of tasty, sanitary, and healthful food. Oatmeal, chapati, pancakes, cornflakes, muesli, muesli with milk, toasts, hot beverages like tea, eggs (various omelets, boiled and scrambled eggs), and so on are available for breakfast on the Manaslu trek.

Dal Bhat is the primary meal in the majority of the areas in the Manaslu region. It’s the Nepalese recipe that has always been a hit. In addition, every household knows how to make it, and it’s a favorite food.

Similar to Dal Bhat, the second main course meal is called Gundruk Dhindo. Millet, buckwheat, corn, or wheat flour are used to make dhindo, a porridge. People in Nepal’s mountainous regions used to eat dhindo as their major meal back then. Yet, it is currently regarded by people worldwide as a gourmet diet.

Accommodation During the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Himalayan region of Manaslu is a secluded area. There are very few facilities along the trekking path because it lacks the tourist infrastructure of Everest and the Annapurna region. You’ll have comfortable accommodation for the night as well as delectable meals to keep you going.

The best hotels and lodging choices are available in Kathmandu, depending on your interests and budget. In the Manaslu region, tea house lodging is well-known. There are tea houses along every Manaslu trekking route. In the Himalayas, it is among the most popular kinds of lodging. 

Not very many years ago, the only way to complete the Manaslu journey was by camping. To accommodate the trekkers, however, a number of tea houses were erected along the trekking routes as the area gained popularity and saw a high volume of hikers. As a tea house trip, the Manaslu trek is well-known nowadays. Camping is also an option at the same time.

Typically, tea houses offer shared rooms that might range in size and have many beds. Some tea houses do include single rooms, but they are sometimes more expensive and scarcer than communal lodgings.

Altitude Sickness on Manaslu Circuit Trek

The ability to adapt to the altitude is one of the primary worries that visitors have before committing to a Manaslu Circuit Trek. To successfully complete Thorong La requires a great deal of adventure and hardship. Numerous health problems and difficulties are experienced by many people when trekking. In Manaslu Circuit Trek, altitude sickness is one of the most prevalent medical issues.

  • Altitude sickness comes in a mild form called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). When moving from a lower to a higher height, it is the most frequent type of altitude sickness. After ascending to a greater height, symptoms typically appear 12 to 24 hours later. With enough sleep, the body adjusts and returns to normal in a day or two. 
  • A more severe form of altitude sickness than altitude sickness (AMS) is called high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). It results from an accumulation of extra fluid in the lungs’ many air sacs. As a result, breathing becomes difficult. Ascending quickly to higher altitudes can cause this life-threatening type of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. 
  • Acute cerebral edema at high altitudes, or HACE, is the most severe but uncommon type of altitude sickness. At 6000 meters or higher, it usually affects travelers at high altitudes. If the early signs of AMS and HAPE are disregarded, mistreated, and ascend to greater elevations, HACE may result.

Travel Insurance

Trekking requires travel insurance, which should include coverage for avalanches, natural calamities, and adequate medical facilities. Therefore, it is essential to start a journey. If trekking trails in Nepal weren’t situated in secluded, desolate areas, they wouldn’t exist. True enough, most of Nepal’s trekking paths are secluded from the colony and quite neuter. A helicopter rescue may be necessary when a traveler has a significant medical emergency. 

Make sure your trekking insurance covers all of your planned adventure activities, including those at your intended greatest altitude, by reading the fine print before making your purchase. Make sure the policy you select includes emergency medical repatriation coverage. 

Safety Guidelines

Trekking the Manaslu circuit is a dream destination for many daring tourists from around the globe. But you could ruin your Himalayan trip if you don’t make any preparations before climbing Manaslu’s steep terrain. Gaining the required health and guidance advice is essential to guarantee a pleasant and safe walk.

  • Still, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best trekking conditions because of their clear sky and low rainfall. Given the weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas, it’s important to plan your trek at the appropriate time.
  • Drink lots of water and get neutered.
  • There are a number of suspension bridges that you may come across, some of them looking more solid than others. Exercise extreme caution because a slip on a flimsy bridge could result in fatalities or serious injuries.
  • Keep up your speed. Enter in a comfortable manner.
  • Steer clear of alcohol and tobacco.
  • Recognizing that the Himalayas are prone to landslides due to seismic activity is important. The 2015 earthquake serves as a clear reminder of the risks and emphasizes the importance of being vigilant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need special permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, multiple permits are required to trek in the Manaslu region. These include the Manaslu RAP (Special Restricted Area Permit), the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit).These permits must be obtained and carried with you throughout your journey. Please verify with a local trekking agency for the most recent authorization required to guarantee compliance with current regulations.
How long does it take to complete the trek?
The Manaslu Circuit trek normally takes 14 to 18 days, depending on your beginning and ending point, the pace of your journey, and optional side visits.
Is it a difficult journey?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is somewhat difficult. The walk includes hard ascents, descents, and high altitudes, so acclimatization is essential. It is advised that you have good physical fitness and some trekking experience.
What are the accommodation and food options like during the trek?
There are teahouses and lodges along the road where you can stay and eat. These provide simple yet pleasant rooms as well as a choice of local and international cuisine alternatives. Because the quality of facilities can vary, it's a good idea to be flexible in your expectations.
Is trekking in the Manaslu region safe?
Trekkers can feel comfortable in the Manaslu region. However, like any Himalayan journey, there are natural risks, such as altitude sickness and weather variations. It is critical to trek with sufficient preparation and pay attention to safety requirements.
Is prior trekking experience required to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
While prior trekking experience is not required, it can be quite beneficial. Because the walk includes some difficult terrain and high altitudes, prior familiarity with multi-day treks might make the journey more pleasurable. Beginners can accomplish the trek with sufficient planning and a fair degree of fitness.
How do I acclimatize during the Manaslu Circuit Trek to prevent altitude sickness?
The trip schedule includes acclimatization days at crucial sites such as Sama Gaun to prevent altitude sickness. Sticking to this timetable and gradually ascending to acclimate to greater altitudes is critical. Staying hydrated and identifying altitude sickness symptoms are critical for a safe ascend.

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