Manaslu Circuit Trek- Itinerary, Cost and Guide - 16 Days

Travelers are hiking towards Manaslu Larke Pass

Trip Info

Trip Duration

16 Days

Max Altitude

5106 m



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Manaslu Circuit Trek- Itinerary, Cost and Guide Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a relatively new addition to the trekking genre if compared with the most popular Everest and Annapurna regions offering an opportunity to see a more traditional side of life while experiencing a remote side of the Nepal Himalaya. This is off-the-beaten-trail trekking in the Manaslu Region, where the world’s eighth-highest peak, Manaslu (8167m) sits like a crown, shining proudly.  

Moderately difficult but culturally enriching and scenically uplifting, the 16-day Manaslu Circuit Trekking journey provides spectacular mountain views, secluded Buddhist settlements on the Tibetan border, and cultural and geographic diversity, unlike any other Himalayan journey. The 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a great alternative to the well-traveled Annapurna Circuit, owing to its natural beauty and cultural side.

This tea-house trip uniquely combines environment and culture. The natural splendor in the Manaslu Circuit Route is undeniably appealing to trekkers as you will walk through bamboo woods, see stunning waterfalls, and even visit a glacier lake while traversing picturesque pathways with infinite mountain views. 

The Manaslu walk begins in the foothills, among terraced crops and sub-tropical woodlands. The landscape gradually changes to the arid, high-altitude regions for which Tibetan culture is known. As you travel through the villages on the trekking path, you will notice the cultural compatibility of numerous ethnic groups; lower parts inhabit Indo-Aryan Nepalese whereas the upper parts have Tibet origin Nepalese. Along the path, there are several mani walls, Chortens, monasteries, and monastic schools which are the highlights of this trek.

However, the major highlight of the 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary is the Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters, a high remote, and demanding pass, which offers spectacular views of the Himalayas in all directions. We finish this rewarding Manaslu Circuit Trek 16-day trip in the lively settlements of the Annapurna region after crossing the pass. 

Read more: Top Ten Reasons to Trek to Manaslu Circuit!

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Experience the best circuit trekking
  • Opportunity to be at one of the highest passes in Nepal, Larkya Pass, at 5106 meters
  • Relish the wonderful natural and unique cultural beauty of the Manaslu region
  • Spectacular vistas of Mt. Manaslu, Sringi Himal, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Larkya Peak, Annapurna ranges, etc. 
  • Encounter wildlife including Himalayan Tahr, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and Snow Leopard (low chance but if luck is in favor)
  • Mani walls, Chortens, monasteries, prayer flags, etc.
  • Vast visibility in cultural differences yet diverseness as we move from the foothills to the highlands

Difficulty During Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek that begins at 900 meters above sea level and goes up to 5106 meters. The first few days will be pretty straightforward, with daily gains of 300-400 meters across lowland humid terrain. As you gain altitude and the temperature lowers, the true challenge begins. The average walking hours per day is between 5 and 7 hours. 

The highest elevation you gain is 5106 meters at Larkya La Pass, and as elevations beyond 3500m can be difficult, AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) could arise. However, our itinerary has 2 acclimatization days to avoid AMS. For your prevention, we suggest you keep your body hydrated, get enough sleep, and avoid stressing. You can also carry Diamox (medication for AMS). If any symptoms are seen, please inform your guide. 

The day you cross the pass will be the toughest because you will have to begin walking before dawn. This walk does not require you to be an athlete, but it does require a certain degree of fitness. You should have both physical and mental determination. Working on increasing your stamina and endurance before your trek would play a vital role in the success of this Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit trip can be done at any time of year. Every season has its own set of advantages and adventures to offer. But, the optimum time to trek Manaslu is in the spring and autumn, when the temperature is milder and the climate is more stable.

You can trek in monsoon and winter too if you are an adventure seeker and want to try new things. But, these seasons are not recommended because the trails are wet and slippery with possibilities of landslide during monsoon and the trails would be blocked due to snow in winter. The majority of the teahouses on the upper half of the route will be closed during these periods. 

Each season is beautiful in its own way, so the choice is yours. 

Read More on Manaslu Circuit temperature and weather in full detail on our blog page. 

Required Permits to do Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu is designated as a restricted area where independent and solo trekkers are not allowed, hence trekking in this area requires a special permit. Trekkers must book their trek through a local agency and be accompanied by a native guide during the journey. The following permits are mandatory to trek on the Manaslu Circuit Trail. 

1. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

2. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

You shouldn't be concerned about obtaining these permissions because Himalayan Trekkers will handle them. All you need are two passport-sized photos, and we will take care of the rest.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport and complete the arrival formalities, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Trekkers at the terminal. Then, you will be transferred to the respective hotel/resort in the city. Once you are check-in at the accommodation, you can take a brief rest. We will sit in your hotel lobby or at our office to discuss the trekking journey and take a short stroll around the Thamel streets.

Note: If your arrival is made on the (before afternoon/in the afternoon), you will be guided for the sightseeing of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. You will be directed to Boudhanath Stupa. It is Nepal's largest Buddhist pilgrimage site, containing the remains and relics of the Lord Buddha; it is one of Tibet's most important Buddhist sites, and the entire area exudes tranquility; it is designed in the classic Buddhist stupa form.

15 minutes drive from the stupa is one of the 4 most important Hindu sites in the world named Pashupatinath Temple. As you will be guided there during the evening, you will be able to witness the evening aarti ceremony. Every evening, an Aarati ceremony is held on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, followed by a cremation ceremony on the opposite bank.
We then return to Thamel, go to a good site to eat dinner, with a selection of eateries serving both Western and indigenous Nepali cuisine.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour & Trek Preparation
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Start the day with a warm breakfast offered by the hotel. Today, we will explore the other important landmarks of the valley which are also the world heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Stupa. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as the Hanuman Dhoka Palace and Basantapur Durbar Square. This was the historic royal residence and courtyard of the Malla and Shah Kings of Kathmandu, with a plethora of temples, shrines, statues, sculptures, and pathways. The prominent tourist attractions here include Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Big Bell, and Taleju Temple.

Patan Durbar Square is 8 kilometers southeast of Kathmandu city in Patan/Lalitpur (city of beauty). Richly carved shrines, old royal residences, Buddhist monasteries, statues, and temples abound, all of which are excellent specimens of Newari culture and architecture.

Bhaktapur, commonly known as the 'City of Devotees,' is an ancient city located around 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Each monument in Bhaktapur Durbar Square represents Nepal's medieval culture, religion, and customs. The 55-window palace, Golden Gate, Taleju Chowk, Naga Pokhari, Nyatapola, Dattatreya Square, Taumadhi Square, and the famous Pottery Square are all popular tourist destinations here. 

Swayambhunath, (self-sprung in Nepali translation) is also famous as Monkey Temple lies at a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu valley surrounded by high hills from all sides.  It's an intriguing mix of Hindu shrines and Buddhist stupas, two different religions, and architectural forms coexisting. It is a historic and sacred location in Kathmandu and all over Nepal. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Drive to Soti-Khola
8 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 720 M

We rise early in the morning today as we will be embarking on the Himalayan journey. After breakfast, we drive west on the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to the town of Dhading Besi from where we will further ride up to Soti Khola. The route throughout the day takes us through rural areas, little towns, grassy terraces, and lush hilltops. 

The road will ultimately turn into a rutted dirt trail, and we will begin to enjoy the vistas of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal from the southern slopes.
After the long and scenic drive, we will reach today’s destination, Soti Khola in the Budhi Gandaki Valley.  O/N at a local teahouse. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 4: Trek to Maccha-Khola
6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 900 m

The trekking journey starts today after enjoying breakfast and looking at the wonderful landscape. We continue upstream along the Budhi Gandaki following an undulating track through the shady sal forests before ascending sharply uphill along a rocky cliff face. 

The river's white and furious rapids may be seen down from here. The trail eventually descends to Labubesi, a Gurung settlement, and continues along the riverbank until we reach Machha Khola, where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek to Jagat
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1370 M

On the way, there are waterfalls, a fascinating Buddha cliff painting, and hot springs! You can also enter the Manaslu Conservation Area from here.
The trail today includes multiple uphill and downhill. We will proceed up the river, following the gorge and come across Tharo Khola and arrive in Khorla Besi, another Gurung settlement. 

We continue our trek where we will pass by many villages such as Tatopani, Dovan, and Thulo Dhunga before we make it to the day’s destination, Jagat, the first Tibetan Buddhist culture influenced settlement on this route. It is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA). 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Trek to Deng
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1800 M

The day begins with a difficult ascent to Salleri along a rocky ridge, followed by a moderate descent to Sirdibas. Then climb towards Ghatta Khola and cross a long suspension bridge to reach Philim, a big Gurung settlement.

The trail now proceeds north to Ekle Bhatti, passing through millet fields. We go across muddy pastures before crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. The tight trail down the valley opens up once we travel along the riverbank. After there, we will travel through bamboo forests to Deng Khola. We arrive at Deng, after crossing the river. O/N at a local teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 7: Trek to Namrung
6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2630 M

Leaving Deng behind, we start today’s trek by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. We then climb through the impressive valley and pass through some tiny settlements, and countless Tibetan mani walls (intricately hand-carved stone walls with Buddhist teachings) on the way to Ghap village.

From Ghap, we head towards the little settlement of Prok while taking in some spectacular views of Singri Himal along the route. We then walk alongside the river, crossing it several times as we pass through a forest of firs, oaks, and rhododendrons. Finally, we ascend a difficult incline to reach Namrung. Namrung village offers spectacular views of the peaks like Ganesh Himal, and Mount Himchuli along with Singri Himal. 

Note: Throughout this Manaslu Circuit Trek journey, Namrung features some of the best teashops, restaurants, and rest homes. You can find a modern restaurant, hotel and a bakery with Wi-Fi facilities.  O/N at a local lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 8: Trek to Sama Gaon
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3530 M

After enjoying breakfast and the morning views of the Himalayas in Namrung, the trek begins with the continual uphill through the beautiful green forest to Lihi village. With our continuous walks, we will see that the majority of the residents are dressed in traditional Tibetan garb. We will pass through various isolated settlements such as Sho, Lho, and Shyala. 

When we arrive in Lho, we will be treated to a breathtaking vista of Mt. Manaslu, the world's eighth highest peak. Again, we can take in the stunning views of Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier ahead, and Ganesh Himal on the far right, all surrounding Shyala village.

From Shyala, it is over an hour's walk to Samagaon where we conclude our today’s trek. Mountain vistas decrease as you near the village, but the yak pastures and traditional communities will entice you.

Samagaon is perhaps the most beautiful village on the Manaslu Circuit Trek trip. Once here, enjoy the best view of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung monastery if time permits.  O/N at a local lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 9: Acclimatization at Sama Gaon & Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp / Pungyen Gompa
Full Day
Max Altitude: 4750 M

This day is set aside for acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. We have two acclimatization hike options for today; one is to make it up to Manaslu Base Camp, located north of Sama village and the other is to hike to Pungyen Gompa, a historic monastery from where the view of the glacier is spectacular.

You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Manaslu once you reach any of these two places. Many Himalayan Thars and Yaks can be seen grazing nearby or en route.
O/N at a local lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 10: Trek to Samdo
3/4 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3875 M

We start our journey up the valley towards Samdo quite early in the morning. We will cross streams on slick stones and frosty planks, the valley rising slowly but steadily.
The landscape continues to change. The only vegetation with a crown of snowy peaks is tough prickly bushes and dry yellow/green grass. We arrive at Samdo after a few hours and check into our accommodation. We then have our lunch and begin exploring the local houses' winding roads. The stone cottages are brightly colored by billowing prayer flags.
O/N at a local teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 11: Acclimatization at Samdo
Full Day
Max Altitude: 3875 M

This 11th day has been left aside to allow for proper acclimatization. For an acclimatization hike, we will climb up the valley just behind Samdo village.
This hike will take us to one of Tibet's trade passes, where we will be able to see Mt. Manaslu as well as other Himalayan ranges such as Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and probably Kang Guru. 

We pass through many seasonal herding towns known as doksas on our way to these vistas and see some lovely mountain birds such as the Lophophorus/Himalayan Monal (Nepal's national bird), Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. O/N at a local teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4460 M

We leave Samdo behind and travel down the Samdo edge, passing through meadows and old Mani walls before reaching the Budhi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge. We keep continuing ascending and come past the valley of Salka Khola ascend to the Dharmasala after crossing two streams and seeing the Larkya Glacier. O/N at a guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 13: Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass (5106m)
9 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3950 M

The most anticipated day has arrived today. It is the day to cross the 5106 meters Larkya La Pass which is one of the most gorgeous and incredible passes in the world. 
We start the journey before the morning light following the path up through the rocky ground. The route to the pass is marked by prayer flags, which give us a sense of where we are on our trip. 

We carefully descend to four frozen lakes before climbing a hard trail to the Larkya La Pass. Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m), and Annapurna II are a few of those Himalayan peaks we get to enjoy from the Larkya La Pass. 

Continuing from the Larkya La Pass, the trail continues for a few hundred meters along the flat, rocky pass before abruptly descending. As we get closer to a little meadow, the trail becomes easier to walk in. As we approach the huge meadow, Mani walls, and little buildings, it is the signal that we have arrived at Bhimtang for an overnight stay. 
O/N at a local teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 14: Trek to Dharapani
7/8 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 1960 M

Start the day with the sunrise over the magnificent landscape of snowy peaks in misty Bimthang. The trail wound down past beautiful pine and rhododendron forests as we start our adventure, following the ice-blue river. The track follows Dudh Khola, which is milky blue and swiftly flowing. We continue and reach Soti Khola where we will halt for a lunch break. ‘

We carried on through the jungle where we might see langur monkeys and trek past the village of Homuk and Gho. From there, we will trek through many fields and pastures and reach the settlement of Tilije, which is famous for Brandy. We further move, passing Mani walls, passing Thonje Village, and reaching the destination, Dharapani. O/N at a local teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
7/8 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 M

The trekking journey concludes in Dharapani and after breakfast today, we will take a jeep to Besi Sahar. After a short break at Besi Sahar, we will hop on the vehicle and further drive to Kathmandu concluding our Manaslu Circuit Trekking journey. 

As we head east on the Prithivi Highway after getting a bus back to Kathmandu, we will pass by the Marsyagdi River meeting the Trishuli River. The drive allows you to take in the natural beauty of the area, which includes terraced lands and towering hills.

Once in the bustling capital, you can freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel market and rejuvenate your tongue with the spices, foods, and drinks of your choice.  O/N at a hotel/resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

With the end of the journey, the departure day has come. You will be transferred to the airport from the hotel by a representative from Himalayan Trekkers, a few hours before your scheduled flight. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Airport Transfer by Private Vehicle as itinerary
  • All Ground Transfers in a Private vehicle as per Itinerary
  • Twin/ Double Sharing Basis 3* Standard Category Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Guided City Tour in Kathmandu 
  • Heritage and Monuments Entrance Fees
  • Best available local Teahouse/Lodges/Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
  • Meals - Breakfast Lunch & Dinner During the Trek
  • An Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide and Require Number of Porters as per group size
  • All Wages, Salary, Equipment for Guide and Supporting Crew
  • Manaslu Conservation Fees
  • Annapurna Conservation Fees
  • Special(Protected) Immigration Permit for Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes


  • International Airfare & Departure taxes
  • Nepal Visa Fees
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, hot showers, internet, etc.
  • Any bar/beverage bills (alcoholic/non-alcoholic/soft-drinks)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Expenses are caused by unforeseen expenses such as bad weather, natural disasters, political issues, etc. 
  • Any other expense not mentioned in the Includes section


Accommodations during the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Our pre-and post-trek lodging is all located in Kathmandu where category hotel/resort on a twin/double sharing basis is provided. During the Manaslu trek journey, our lodging will be local teahouses and lodges on a twin/double sharing basis which are fairly modest, consisting of two wooden bench beds with mattresses per room, as well as communal toilet facilities.

Meals During the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Breakfast in Kathmandu will be included at the Hotel in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinners are not included in Cities As Trekkers can go to any one of the several restaurants as per their time, interest, and budget.

However, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) will be provided during the trekking journey. Dinner and breakfast are served in the same location where we spend the night each day. And we eat our lunch on the way to the destination at a tea house en route. The food will be available according to the menu of those teahouses and lodges. As the Manaslu Circuit Trek route is less developed than other popular trekking routes such as Annapurna or Everest, a wide range of foods will be unavailable. Dal Bhat (rice & lentil soup with side vegetables) combination will be the most served item along with local Tibetan foods as we get higher.

Customer Review

5.00 4 reviews
Review by Alisha


IndiaDec 22, 2019

Buxomy Services

We had a wonderful trip of Manaslu Circuit Trek...The trek is not as difficult as the summit climb but is very exciting and adventurous... Great week of activities. our guides were very knowledgeable .Was great to have a lot of support with Himalayan Trekkers.. very much appreciated...

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Review by Zitka & Tomas

Zitka & Tomas

Czech RepublicJan 14, 2020

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Ahoj, moji přátelé a já jsme odletěli v polovině října 2018 na cestu kolem Manaslu, takže hledáme nějaké informace. Obzvláště kontakt s nějakou agenturou, ale zdá se, že jsou velmi drahé a jen málo z nich nebylo spolehlivé informativní. Dobré reference jsem našel na  napsané Zdenou o místní agentuře Raj z Kathmandu . Raj na začátku za plánování, informace a cenu odvedl skvělou práci. Cena, kterou nám nabídl, byla přesně to, co jsem chtěl. Děkuji Raj a Guide Sujan za skvělý manaslu trek Uvidíme se příště pro Gokyo Trek.

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Review by Marie


UkraineFeb 8, 2020

Memorable Experience With Himalayan Trekkers

Had a unforgettable time and memorable experiences on Manaslu Circuit Trek . Fantastic Views and breathtaking mountains. A special thanks to my marvelous guide Pasang and Deepak ... I can't wait for my next trip with Himalayan Trekkers... Thank You Dear

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Review by Mateo Allen H.

Mateo Allen H.

CanadaSep 1, 2021

With the assistance of Himalayan Trekkers, we finished a beautiful trek around Manaslu Circuit. We happen to explore the cultural highlights of Kathmandu and began the trekking adventure at a height of 700 meters.

Traveled through villages and witnessed Nepalese daily life. Had plenty of time to acclimate, staffs were friendly and attentive. 

Highly recommend.


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