Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trek Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the very best treks in Nepal. Almost unheard of by most visitors to the country, it is a hidden gem and will blow you away with its raw beauty. The trip around Manaslu (8156 meters / 26,758 feet) is a challenging one, though exceptionally rewarding for those who brave the path. Stay in beautiful villages, cross suspension bridges over rushing rapids, and traverse high passes in this adventurous trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek joins the Annapurna region with the Manaslu region, and you truly get the best of both. Many guides say the trail is comparable to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but with fewer tourists. The amazing scenery never stops. From the forests, teeming with life, at the beginning of the trail, to the barren, rocky landscape above the clouds, you will constantly be in awe. Free your mind for a bit on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.  Your biggest worry will be ‘where is the next best view?’

After hoping out of the car, the beauty of Manaslu greets us. Pass through Gurung and other ethnic villages and experience their warm hospitality. Because so few trekkers take the Manalsu Circuit Trek, we are welcomed with open arms. There is a saying ‘Guest is God,’ and in these area, the residents truly practice this phrase.

As we climb higher and move closer to the Tibetan border, the population is nearly all ethnically Tibetan and a different language is even spoken. It does not take long to realize that half of the appeal of trekking in the Himalayas goes beyond mountain views. The rich culture of the hills and mountains is invaluable. You will look at your own life differently after spending a few weeks in the various teahouses and homestays along the trail.

Beginning from Soti Khola (700 meters), the trail is almost a continuous climb up the Budhi Gandaki River. At certain points, we must zig-zag up the vertical cliffs that guide the river. The area is home to a number of wild animals, including the musk deer, and even the snow leopard higher in the alpine territory.

At last, we reach the Larkya La (Pass). At 5135 meters / 16,847 feet, it’s the highest point of our trek as well as the most mesmerizing for most people. To reach it, we walk by four frozen lakes. At the top, feast your eyes on Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyaji Kung (7030 meters), Annapurna II (7937 meters), and many rugged peaks. It’s a moment you’ll never forget! From here, we descend to Dharapani and then Besisahar. Soon, we’ll be back in Kathmandu for the farewell dinner.

Best Time to Trek Manaslu Circuit

Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  During the monsoon season, though, there are fewer tourists. Each season has its perks. The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires moderate fitness or acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. 

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Trip Highlights

  • World Heritage Sites Visit in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive and a short hike on world’s best trek trail Annapurna Circuit.
  • Exploring Rivers / Waterfalls/ Landscapes.
  • Typical Nepalese lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhism, and Monasteries.
  • Amazing Mt. Manaslu and the other Himalayas. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day01 Arrival, Check in Hotel. Evening Welcome Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Lunch,
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola.
    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 710 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Soti Khola - Maccha Khola.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 900 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Maccha Khola -Jagat.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1410 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day06 Jagat - Deng.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1850 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Deng - Namrung.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2630 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Namrung trek to Samagaon.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3530 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Samagaon - Samdo.
    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Rest Day in Samdo
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C.
    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4460 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Bimthang - Tilije.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2300 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Tilije - Tal.
    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1700 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day15 Tal - Syange.
    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1080 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day16 Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1350M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day17 Final departure.
    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods N/A
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation N/A
  • Day01 Arrival, Check in Hotel. Evening Welcome Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Dinner
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day02 Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Lunch,
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day03 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola.

    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 710 M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day04 Soti Khola - Maccha Khola.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 900 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day05 Maccha Khola -Jagat.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1410 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day06 Jagat - Deng.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1850 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day07 Deng - Namrung.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2630 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day08 Namrung trek to Samagaon.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3530 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day09 Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2800 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day10 Samagaon - Samdo.

    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day11 Rest Day in Samdo

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 3860 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day12 Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C.

    • Walking Hour 4-5
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 4460 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day13 Bimthang - Tilije.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 2300 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day14 Tilije - Tal.

    • Walking Hour 5-6
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1700 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day15 Tal - Syange.

    • Walking Hour 6-7
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1080 M
    • Accommodation Lodge
  • Day16 Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

    • Walking Hour 8-9
    • Foods Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Altitude 1350M
    • Accommodation Hotel
  • Day17 Final departure.

    • Walking Hour N/A
    • Foods N/A
    • Altitude 1300 M
    • Accommodation N/A

Cost Includes:

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during trek (local lodge).
  • Government registered English speaking local expert guide, porters.
  • Annapurna / Manaslu Conservation park fees.
  • Manaslu trekking permit.
  • Farewell dinner in city
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Private & transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek (depends on price)
  • First Aid Kit Comprehensive
  • Manaslu Trekking Map for Each Member
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other then mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc...
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), telephone etc….
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews
  • noimage
    Austria

    “Amazing Manaslu circuit trek”

    Rating:

    A big thank you to Nirajan and his team for making my manaslu trek such an enjoyable one. Had a fantastic time in a wonderful country with such nice people!  

Trip Note

  • What is the best itinerary for Manaslu Trek?

17 days From Kathmandu circuit trek Kathmandu

  • Is Manaslu Larkya La Pass trek difficult?

Larkya La Pass, not that extremely difficult like mentioned in Lonely Planet, all is about to acclimatization. On this trek there will be acclimatization days but yeah you have to be physically fit.

  • What kind of food can I expect on Manaslu trekking?

Again it's not like which is mention Lonely Planet and another book now there are nice lodges/tea houses and you can order food from the menu.

  • Can I trek myself to Manaslu Circuit Trek routes?

Some trekkers often buy an extra permit for a ghost Trekker and then go along with a guide but according to the rules, you must trek as a group at least 2 and accompanied by a government registered guide. Government registered trekking company only can issue Manaslu trekking permit.

  • What is the best time to Trek Manaslu Circuit?

March to May and mid-September to mid-December is the best time.

  • What about group trek price for Manaslu Circuit?

We offer groups price and above 10 people 1 pax will free, and get the best offer from Rugged Trails Nepal.

  • Is it possible to customize the Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary?

Yes, it's possible but if you have previous hiking experiences above 3500 M.