Trekking and Walking

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Durtation: 23 Days

Price: US 1,799 All Inclusive

Manaslu Circuit is one of the most popular and adventurous trekking trails in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit trekking trails offer the opportunity to observe rich cultural heritage, biodiversity, stunning beauty awe-inspiring peaks, and incredible looking green landscape views of the Manaslu region, also preserved as Manaslu Preservation Zone.

Established in 1998, Manaslu Preservation Zone covers an area of 1663 sq. km and lies in the northern part of the Gorkha district whereas the altitude variation is from 600 m to 8156 m.

The view of beautiful peaks like Ngadi, Chuli and Buddha Himal can be seen to and fro the Manaslu circuit trek trail. Additionally, the scenic view of the spectacular landscapes aids in adding the beauty of this region.

Wildflowers and rhododendron forests are the main vegetation found here. The region is blessed with beautiful sceneries, majestic Himalayan ranges with ten mountains above 6500 m, high elevation glacier lakes, and rich biological and cultural diversity.

Several ancient Buddhist monasteries like Shringi, Mu and Rachen gompas are in this region which thus getting most of the Tibetan Buddhist followers.

As of now, many teahouses are built on the trails for the convenience of travelers. The popular valley Nupri has been providing trekkers with teahouse facilities in recent days. Apart from teahouses, one can also experience camping here in the peaceful surrounding.

You can also combine a popular valley - Tsum valley which gives you more adventure on one single trip saving time and budget.

You can even have an amazing and memorable experience of Homestay tours in this region. Far from commercialization and modernization, this region is often less traveled & the direct influence of Tibetan culture can be experienced here in terms of lifestyle, language, food, habit, and tradition.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • The main attraction is the magnificent views of Mount Manaslu (8063 meters)
  • Is among Nepal's most extensive treks, but peaceful and relaxed in comparison to some of the country's busier trekking trails.
  • Navigate the off-beaten and tranquil trekking trails of the trek.
  • Explore the Manaslu region's lesser-known and secret valleys.
  • Explore the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region.
  • Breathtaking views from Larkya La Pass (5135 meters), countless cascades, and tumbling water of the Budhi Gandaki.
  • Captivating views of Himal ranges and Annapurna mountains including Mt. Manaslu, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak.
  • The astounding Buddhist culture of the Manaslu region, which also introduces you to several monasteries, nunneries, chortens, and unique Buddhist traditions.
  • Frozen lakes and thundering waterfalls.
  • Mu Gompa (3700 meters) and Rachen Gompa (3240 meters)
  • Numerous side trips are available, including trips to Gumpa Langtang, Ganesh Himal Base Camp, Kal Tal, the Tibetan border, Pungen Gumpa, and Manaslu Base Camp.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route

We will drive from Kathmandu to reach Arughat - a road trip and our actual trekking start from Arughat. Next, we will head towards Sundi Khola and then trek to Maccha Khola (river) enjoying the beauty of nature, walking along the riverside to reach Jagat and then Deng.

In Deng, we get the amazing views of Sringi Himal and continue hiking towards the way of Ganesh Himal crossing the river at Gata Khola. At Dhap, our trial could be a bit of change due to climate.

Next, we head towards the Lho village, then Sama Gaun, then Larkya Lodge from there you will feel surrounded by the magical mountains. You can get some amazing views of Mount Manaslu from here. Next, we continue towards Tanbuche from where we can see the beautiful Larkya Glaciers with the amazing views of Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, and many others.

Next, we will walk downhill to Karche, Bagarchhap, Chame, and then to Pisang, where you can see the magical sunrise view over the Lamjung Himal.

Then we will walk towards the Manang Village. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Nepal with the view of Tilicho peak then we trek to Thorung Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom and fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu.

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit

You can do the Manaslu Circuit trek all the seasons of the year. However, many trekkers and travelers mostly prefer the Autumn and spring season for trekking in Himalayan areas because the weather in these two seasons is very pleasant and nature also blooms with their beauty.

But if you are a snow lover then Winter is the perfect season to do trekking in the Himalayan as it offers the glorious views of mountains covered with white shining snow and the beautiful trails covered with snow.

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

Manslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Manaslu circuit trek is a perfect trekking destination for adventure and pure nature view. This trek is a moderately difficult trek to do. This is also known as one of the challenging trekking destinations of Nepal. Although its difficulty level differs depending on numerous factors such as your age, trekking routines, physical fitness, the itinerary you select, and the weather of the season you are trekking in.

These factors determine whether the trek will be easier or challenging hence, you are required to have a certain level of physical fitness because it plays a major role to complete this journey.

Manaslu circuit trek will take you through the amazing remote villages of the Himalayan area with some unique off-beaten trekking trails. This trekking offers you an amazing view of Mt. Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8163m. 

Permits

Manaslu region is one of the restricted areas of Nepal, which means you definitely need permits to explore this Himalayan region. 

Manaslu Restricted Permit

The Manaslu restricted permit cost USD 70.00 for the first seven days and for an additional USD 10.00 per day for other days.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

The Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is NPR 200 per person and NPR 2,000 per person for the other Nationals. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

You will be entering the Annapurna Conversation Area, so you will need ACAP permit as well. Nrs.3000 per person for Foreign national and Nrs. 1500 per person for SAARC countries.   

Travel Insurance

Trekking in the Himalayan area requires all the necessary preparations because high mountain areas are not the place where we can visit casually as many serious sicknesses can happen unexpectedly.

And travel insurance is also a major part of your adventure trip before started. Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation is essential for all trekkers. Mountain trekking insurance has now become accessible from different travel insurance agencies all over the world.

Please make sure your travel policy covers potential hazards before heading to the Himalayan area. Before embarking on a mountain walk, notify your insurance provider and the embassy of your home country.

Read More on Top Ten Reason to trek to Manaslu Circuit 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkersand transfer to Hotel. 

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

BB

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Arughat

7-8 hrs

535 m

You will have a scenic drive to Arughat after your breakfast. After reaching the Arughat bazar, you can explore around.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Teahouse/Lodge

Day 4

Trek to Sundi Khola

4-5 hrs

720 m

We will start after breakfast crossing the Budi Gandaki, and take a short climb to Kyoropani and descend till Sundi Khola. It won’t be a long walk today as we hike slow. If you wish you can take time to swim in the river.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 5

Trek to Maccha Khola

5-6 Hrs

900 m

We will walk past small settlements and hill until we reach the widening of the valley, from where on the opposite side you can see a big tributary of Budi Gandaki meeting each other. Further walking ahead we will reach Lapbesi. We will continue uphill for a couple of hours and reach Machha Khola for overnight camping.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 6

Trek to Jagat

6-7 Hrs

1,370 m

Today we will trek from Machha Khola to Jagat for 7 hours. The trail is a bit narrow in some places and is challenging as well. After a short walk, we will reach a small forest and cross it to reach Doban. Another couple of hours from Doban take us to the fields of Jagat where we will set the camps for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Deng

7-8 Hrs

1,804 m

We will start our trek today morning descending down many steps to the river from where we will start climbing a terraced hill to Aguilera. The hill of Aguilera offers an impressive view of the Sringi Himal (7187m). After going a bit ahead the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the river at Gata Khola. We will walk upstream through the gorge and high cliffs. After walking for 7 hours, we reach the village of Deng for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 8

Trek to Dhap

4-5 Hrs

2,100 m

We will start walking the most impressive valley today. We will walk past the village of lama where we can see numerous Mani walks. After walking for around 4 hours, we reach the village of Dhap for overnight camping. There's a perceptible change in the climate and culture.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Lho village

5-6 Hrs

3,100 m

Today most of the walk will be through the alpine territory and increasing mountain views crossing the Budi Gandaki - we pass the permitting place. We will continue gently up until we reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m from sea level. We get to see Manaslu North and then of Manaslu from this beautiful village. After walking for around one hour from Sho, we reach Lho, a beautiful village at 3100 m, where we can see lots of Mani walls, monasteries, and small chortens.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 10

Trek to Sama Gaun (Village)

4-5 Hrs

3,530 m

Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m for overnight camping.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 11

Acclimatization or Free day

2-3 hrs

3,530 m

Today is a free day for rest so that you get acclimatized. You can explore and walk around the village in the afternoon for some time.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 12

Trek to Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)

5-6 Hrs

4,460 m

During your trek today - you will find yourself surrounded by mountains, especially the view of Mount Manaslu is very impressive. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably, this village thrived as a trading point, with Tibet lying over the Gya La. The commerce seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlers. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 13

Trek to Tanbuche

7-8 Hrs

3,900 m

We will walk uphill for half an hour to reach the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. This spot offers an impressive view of the Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across the glacier, descend gradually for some time, which gets steeper and steeper as you go down the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanggaru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screen, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further on, a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 14

Trek to Karche

5-6 Hrs

2,785 m

We will cross the fields of pasture and start descending the Burdin Khola. Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west look very impressive as we reach a ridge. We will follow a narrow trail into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the Karche (2785 m) for overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 15

Trek to Bagarchhap

6-7 Hrs

2,160 m

Today we will join the Annapurna Circuit trail. We will walk through the Karche La pass and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. We arrive at Bagarchhap, a Tibetan village with prayer flags where we stay overnight at tented camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp

Day 16

Trek to Chame

5-6 Hrs

2,300 m

After breakfast, we will start walking through forests of pine & oak and pass through Dhanakyu. When walking past the steep incline - we will continue through the forest of rhododendron to Ratamron. After walking a couple of hours through the forest area, we will reach the hamlet of Kotho from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains.

Walking for fifteen more minutes we will come across a fir and pine forest, walk through it and reach Chame, or overnight destination.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 17

Trek to Pisang

4-5 Hrs

3,190 m

We wake up with the sunrise over the Lamjung Himal (6893 m) and head towards Pisang out overnight destination for today. We will walk through the barley fields, mountain passes, apple orchards, and small settlements until the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. We will follow the trail further with splendid views of Annapurna II for 3 hours and arrive at the village of Pisang.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 18

Trek to Manang

5-6 Hrs

3,540 m

We will observe the beautiful view of Manang valley and the Tilicho peak (7132 m) as we descend through Manang's airstrip. After trekking for some time  - we reach a vantage point from where we can see the north-east face of Annapurna III. We will further walk ahead through the Sabje Khola Valley & witness the Annapurna IV, which stands 7525 m.

Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us after which we enter the village of Mungji. We continue downwards until we reach Manang with the panoramic view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134 m) in the background of the trail.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 19

Trek to Thorung Phedi

6-7 Hrs

4,500 m

Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 20

Trek to Muktinath

8-9 Hrs

3,800 m

Today is the most exciting day of the trek as we will be crossing the Thorung La (5416 m) - the highest mountain pass. We will start early for the climb and the following descent. The trail is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by locals.

The trek is uphill and hard for the next four hours until we reach the place with prayer flags and a small stupa/ chorten. From the top, we can see the majestic snow-capped mountains, hills of mustang and the valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest, we start descending downwards to Muktinath (3800m). We will walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 21

Trek to Jomsom

5-6 Hrs

2,700 m

After the short descent in the morning - you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries that give the opportunity to witness the interrelation and similarity of Tibet to this area. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail. We will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the Mustang district, Jomsom.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house

Day 22

Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara

20 - 30 mins

1,350 m

We will take an early morning flight to Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu on an afternoon flight from Pokhara. After reaching Kathmandu, you can comfort yourself by taking rest or spa, massage. Overnight at the hotel.

BB

3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 23

Departure from Kathmandu

30 mins

Add an extra adventure on your existing trek with activities like Bungee Jumping, mountain flight or similar if your thirst hasn't be quenched yet! Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you at the airport at the scheduled time.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.

Breakfast

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Customize Your Trip

Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • All ground transfers in a private vehicle
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu 
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Local English speaking trekking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • All special trekking permits & fees
  • Surface and aerial transportation (domestic) from and to Kathmandu
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with a cultural dance show
  • All government taxes, tourist service charges, and Vat
  • Official expense

Whats Not Included

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Any other expense not mentioned in the Includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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