Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal | 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek Package

Duration 18 Days Difficulty5160 m

Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular long trek packages in the Himalayas. It involves going around the peak of Mount Manaslu. This eighth highest mountain in the world stands at 8163 meters and is located in the Gorkha District. This trek provides quite a different experience compared to the more popular Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What are the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Highlights?

  • Astonishing View of some of the highest peaks in the world.
    • Mount Manaslu
    • Mount Cheo
    • Himlung Himal
    • Nemjung
    • Gyaji Kang
    • Kang Guru
    • Mount Annapurna and more
  • The mesmerizing natural beauty of the green forests, fast-flowing rivers and beautiful scenario of snow-capped mountains
  • You can experience the diverse culture, traditions of different ethnic groups of Nepal.
  • The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking is Larky La Pass which is at an altitude of 5167 meters.
  • Manaslu region is rich in Biodiversity, flora, and fauna.


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Overview of the 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary

The short itinerary for the Manaslu circuit trek is listed below:

  • Day 1: Arrival at the Airport in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (Optional)
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
  • Day 4: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola
  • Day 5: Soti Khola to Machha Khola
  • Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 7: Jagat to Dyang
  • Day 8: Dyang to Namrung
  • Day 9: Namrung to Sama Gaun
  • Day 10: Acclimatization at Sama Gaun
  • Day 11: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo
  • Day 12: Samdo to Larkya La Phedi 4 hours
  • Day 13: Larkya La Phedi to Bimthang
  • Day 14: Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Day 15: Dharapani to Jagat 6 hours
  • Day 16: Jagat to Bhulbhule 6 hours
  • Day 17: Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Farewell


Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit Requirements

Manaslu Circuit region is one of the restricted regions of Nepal.

  • You will need a trekking permit for the Manaslu Circuit trek.
  • A minimum group size of 2 people is a must for this trek. Meaning that a solo traveler is not allowed for trekking the Manaslu circuit.
  • You will need a special Restricted Area Permit.

Note: If you are planning your trek with a travel agency in Nepal, they will manage the permits for you.


Manaslu Circuit Trekking Map

manaslu circuit trekking map
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Map




Food and Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

The food and accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking will be simple. You will be staying in the local teahouses and guesthouses of local communities throughout the trek. Tea houses will have a common room for having a meal and relaxing. Most of the teahouse will have the facility of electricity, hot water shower, wifi and charging ports.

You can find the typical Nepalese food like dal, bhat, tarkari, momo, noodle etc on the menu of all the teahouses. Dal, Bhat is considered more fresh, healthy and are recommended to have during the trek. The price of the food will increase as you go higher during the trek.

Note: If you are hiking with a travel agency in Pokhara or Kathmandu, their trekking package will include all the food and accommodation.


Manaslu Circuit trek Weather and Best Time to trek the Manaslu Circuit

The weather during the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on the time that you decide to trek. The temperature rises during the summer which is also the wet season. The coldest months in Nepal are January and February. There is heavy snowfall and very cold. Hiking in these months is not recommended.

The Autumn season is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. There is no heavy rainfall, the temperature is also mild with warm days and chilly nights. The months from March to June is the best time for hiking the Manaslu Circuit. The months from September to November are also perfect for the Manaslu Circuit trek.


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Manaslu circuit Group Trek Vs Solo Trek

Traveling as a SOLO trekker is not allowed in the Manaslu region. So at least a maximum of two people in Manaslu Circuit Group Trek is required. The size of the group can be up to twelve people. Traveling with a travel agency in Nepal is always recommended if you are not familiar with trekking in Nepal.  This is where North Nepal Travel and Trek fit to fulfill your travel requirements.


What about your health and safety during the trek with us?

Because of the cold temperature and high altitude, there are always chances of Altitude sickness and cold. For this, we will be equipped with the medical supplies and first aid kit in case something goes wrong due to bad weather or accidents.

There will be rest days so that your body can adapt to the cold surrounding. Also, our Travel Guides are also trained to handle these kinds of situations. Your health and safety will always come first before the trek.


What are the things to carry with yourself for Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

  • A backpack
  • Smartphone: Smartphones can be really handy for the purpose of navigation using navigation apps, or you can also carry a trekking map.
  • Water filters or some water purifying tablets: It can save some money for your travel.
  • Sleeping Bag: You should definitely carry a small sleeping bag for you as the temperature at higher altitudes will be very cold.
  • Hiking shoes, socks, towel and stick
  • Warm and Light Jackets, yoga pants
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, and lotion, Cap, tissues, Sanitizer, and so on.


Why choose North Nepal Travel and Trek for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Our team consists of the local guides who are best trained, certified and have many years of experience. They are easy to communicate with and friendly. You will definitely love their service and friendly nature. They are trained to efficiently handle any bad situation due to any circumstances.

Our travel package can be customized as per your need and the number of days you have for trekking. Our package includes all the charges of food, accommodation, guide, porter, permits, and many more. We will also be taking care of the insurance, food, accommodation and medical care of our guides and porters. Our valuable trekkers’ and our staffs’ satisfaction is our top priority.


More about the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal

A Lesser Known Trail

The trekking route in the Manaslu region only opened in 1991. The trail goes along the historic salt-trading path on the bank of Budi Gandaki River. The trekking route is a part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. It provides a mixture of natural beauty with cultural magnificence and thus has garnered quite a popularity among trekkers. However, fewer trekkers engage in this trek compared to other treks.

Manaslu Circuit Trek follows an off-beaten path that goes through some stunning scenarios and quaint cultural villages. Due to fewer trekkers in the route, the food and lodging facilities are limited. Moreover, the trek has fewer varieties of food due to lack of transportation provisions. However, more and more tea houses are being built, which makes sure that there is no shortage of food. Furthermore, accommodation and food are cheaper in the Manaslu region than in other trekking routes.

Explore the Rich Culture

The trail also entails walking across numerous monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels. Tsum valley is a culturally rich area that enshrines some ancient Buddhist traditions. The Tibetan culture greatly influences the inhabitants in this area. So, this trek offers a sneak peek into the lives of communities living in the Himalayas.

Additionally, Manaslu Circuit Trek is only moderately challenging. However, it is not for beginners so you should not try it if you’re not fit. As it mostly encompasses narrow off- beaten path and steep inclines, we only recommend this to adventurers who have trekked a few times. That being said, it is certainly not among the most challenging treks.

You can combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek for the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek.

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  • Duration 18 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • Best time to visit Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Max-Altitude 5160 m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Tour Type Private and group tour

After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up in a car and take you to your hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a briefing program about the trek.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We begin early as we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and then enter a branch road at Malekhu. Then, we travel across colourful villages and farmlands for a total of 7 hours to reach Arughat Bazaar.

After having breakfast, we begin our trek along a flat path on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail mostly consists of villages and farmlands as you walk for about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola.

We start our trek in the morning after breakfast. We hike through more verdant forests and vibrant villages. We will reach Lapu Besi, which is a village inhabited by Gurungs. From there, we walk further along the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola after 6 hours.

We begin early and start hiking upstream towards the small village of Khola Besi and then to the hot springs at Tatopani. We then cross a suspension bridge to the other side and walk through a forest. After crossing Doban and reaching Lauri, we will cross another bridge and start climbing uphill. Finally, we will reach Jagat after 7 hours of hike.

After breakfast, we begin our hike and cross yet another suspension bridge before reaching Philim. Gurung communities mostly inhabit the village. Filled with traditional houses, serene monasteries, and chortens, it provides stunning insights to the rich Gurung tradition. After crossing more bridges, we will reach the village of Dyang, which is famous for its agriculture.

We hike through a flat trail and then ascend to Namrung through a green forest. With views of Manaslu along with ridges and valleys, we will enjoy our way to Namrung. It is a Buddhist village with several monasteries, chortens, and Prayer Flags.

We trek along a winding path with some magnificent views of the Gorkha Himal, Lajing Himal, Saula Himal, and Manaslu, among others. As we go further ascending uphill, the air becomes thinner and colder. Moreover, the vegetation changes gradually with the rhododendron forests turning into pasture grasslands. We also walk through the Tibetan-style village of Lhogaun before reaching Sama Gaun.

We will rest in Sama Gaun for the day for acclimatization. The place is surrounded by some breath-taking views as well as verdant forest. So, it is an ideal place to take a rest and relax.

After spending an entire day in the beautiful village, we will start climbing uphill through a mostly desert path to Samdo. It is merely 4 kilometres away from the Tibetan border. Moreover, the village also has a Tibetan refugee camp.

We traverse through more zigzag path to reach the Larkya La Phedi.

We begin early after breakfast and head up to the Larkya La Pass. It is moderately difficult climb as we hike through winding rocky trail. At the Pass, we will enjoy some stunning views of the snow-clad mountains like Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and Manaslu. Then we descend downhill and encounter some icy lakes, before reaching Bimthang.

We begin by walking across the pasture land and descending to the valley of Budhi Khola. We walk further crossing the river and walking through the rhododendron forests. After a couple hours of hike, we reach Tije, where there is an apple orchard. Also, Tije is famous for its wine. We trek for another hour to reach Dharapani.

From Jagat, we follow the well-known trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We descend along the bank of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi River. We pass through the beautiful village of Taal before finally reaching Jagat.

We further descend in the Marshyangdi valley for about 6 hours to reach Bhulbhule.

After breakfast, we take the 7-hour bus drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu.

Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.



  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
  • 13 nights accommodations while you are on trekking.
  • 3 times meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking.
  • Private Jeep to SotiKhola from Kathmandu.
  • Public Jeep from Chamche to Besisahar.
  • Private Jeep from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurence Company.
  • Sleeping bag and trekking Sticks, if necessary ( return after the trek).
  • All special trekking permits for Manaslu region.
  • ACAP entry permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
  • MCA permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project).
  • All Government taxes, VAT and service charge.
  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel Insurance(Compulsory).
  • Your Personal expenses, entrance fees and & personal expenses
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

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