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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Elevation 5220m
  • Best Time Mar - May & Sep - Dec
  • Group Size 1 - 30 People


Manaslu circuit trek includes walking around the world’s eighth-highest mountain, Mount Manaslu (8156m). It is an off-beaten trail of the western part of Nepal giving the amazing glimpse of Mount Manaslu along with the side glimpse of Mount Annapurna. For those who are seeking a peaceful trek, the Manaslu circuit trek is best for them as it remains less explored by people as compared to the Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp. However, it is no less than other trekking destinations of Nepal in terms of beauty, mountains, culture, and hospitality. The highest point of this trek is Larkya la Pass with an altitude of 5135m. During this trek, you will also walk through the Manaslu Conservation Area which is home to hundreds of rare flora and fauna. Nevertheless, this is one of the best treks in Nepal which gives you adventure, thrill, and peace at the same time. The Manaslu circuit trek was opened to foreigners in 1991 and it has been very well explored since then.


1- A very peaceful and off-beaten trekking destination in the Himalayas of Nepal.

2- Very isolated culture and customs of the Manaslu region.

3- Witness the most amazing glimpse of mountains like Mount Manaslu, Mt Annapurna, Himalchuli, Ngadi, and many more.

4- Walk through the dramatic landscape, pristine villages, monasteries, and tropical forests where you will get to witness varieties of flora and faunas

5- Great hospitality of Nepalese and Tibetan people with their unique culture and traditions.

Scenes and culture of the Manaslu circuit trek

The Manaslu circuit trek of course makes its way around the world’s 8th highest mountain, Mount Manaslu. This trek is also popularly known as the “New Annapurna Circuit” as it is believed that this place resembles the old Annapurna Circuit trek before it got very busy and overflowed by tourists. Manaslu circuit trek also makes you close to Tibet and Tibetan culture. Yes, here you will see Nepalese and Tibetan people having the same rituals, festivals, languages, food, and traditions as the place is highly influenced by Tibet. Along the way, you will get to see some really amazing old monasteries, including Pungyen Gompa (13,100 ft).

Besides the culture and tradition, you will also see some great wonders of nature. The undying beauty of the Budhi Gandaki river, waterfalls, and cliffs, at the lower altitude and the marvelous beauty of frozen lakes, snow-capped mountains, and the gigantic alpine forests at the higher altitude definitely remain the main highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek.

Food and accommodation in the Trek

Food- Foods, and accommodation in the Manaslu region is relatively less developed than many parts of Nepal. As it is a less explored tourist area, food in this region is very basic. You might have a few options like bread, omelet, oats, chocolate bars, teas, coffee, hot soup, and also authentic Nepali food (rice, lentils, and vegetables). Be aware that as you go higher the options for food and accommodation get narrower. Due to its geographical difficulties, it is however understandable.

Accommodation– The Manaslu circuit trek is a tea house trek. You might not get any luxurious hotels or lodges along the way. Teahouses are basic wooden small houses run by small local people in there as their businesses. They have small rooms, beds, blankets, pillows, and a dining hall. The dining hall and the bathroom need to be shared. It gets very cold at night so a personal sleeping bag is recommended.

Electricity and communication in Manaslu circuit trek

Electricity and WiFi are available in most of the teahouses. It is not very difficult to get in touch with your friends and family. However, they might charge a few extra dollars to use these kinds of services. It is still better to carry a power bank in case of emergencies. They also have satellite phones if you need to talk to your family.

The difficulty of the Manaslu circuit trek

The highest altitude in this trek is 5135 which is already challenging enough to make this trek difficult. The rugged off-beaten trail, the duration of the trek, limited access to food, and unpredictable weather, are some of the major challenges of this trek. Also, if you are trekking in the off-season, there might be more challenges like the slippery trail, the teahouses are usually cold due to bad weather, the heavy rainfall, and the roads might be blocked due to heavy snowfall. You will need proper trekking clothes and gear to trek this place like waterproof jackets, sturdy footwear, and other hiking items. You will obviously need excellent mental and physical strength for this trek which can be gained prior to the trek by doing some exercises and running. You might also get altitude sickness in which case you need to inform your friends or guides. Staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and smoking, eating nutritional food, and walking slowly might be of great help during the trek.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit trek

Like most of the other places in Nepal, the best time to visit the Manaslu circuit trek is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September- November ). The month of March is relatively colder as it comes right after the winter season, the temperature is around -6 to -10 while at night it might fall to -8 to -12. However, in April and May the temperature is favorable around 4-15. The average temperature in autumn during the daytime can be around 14-20 while it might drop to -5 to -10 at night. The month of November is again relatively cold as it is almost winter. These seasons come with fewer challenges and offer the beauty of this region at its peak. The temperature is very bearable, the atmosphere is very fresh with crystal-clear skies. You get to see the beautiful mountain peaks and rhododendron forest all the way to the base camp. The trail during this season is in the best condition and the chances to meet other trekkers on your way are higher. Summer season is not recommended as it receives lots of rainfall and the trail might get slippery.

Guides and porters

Before you make a plan for the Manaslu circuit trek, you need to understand that this is a highly restricted area by the government. You need special permits to enter this region. Also, it is mandatory to have at least two trekkers and one registered guide with you. If you have too many bags or belongings you can also take a porter with you.

Permits for the Manaslu circuit trek

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)- The RAP is $70 per week plus $10 for each extra day; the price drops slightly outside peak season

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit- This permit costs 30$ per person.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit- This permit too costs 30$ per person.

Travel insurance- insurance is always a good idea especially when you are traveling a risky places like mountains. However, it has been mandatory for tourists to visit Nepal. This insurance of course will cover your emergency medical treatment including Covid-19. This will also help you with emergency rescue and also a safe return to your home country. The cost of travel insurance depends on your destination, duration of the trip, number of travelers, age of traveler, and the benefits included in the plan. That is why, remember to mention all these things to the authorized person before having insurance.

Packing list of Manaslu Circuit trek.

  • Trekking trousers
  • Money/cash
  • Trekking shocks
  • Torch lights
  • Trekking boots
  • Medicines
  • Waterproof pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Water proof jackets
  • Beanies and gloves
  • Warm shirts and t shirts
  • Thermal tops and bottoms
  • Toiletries
  • Underwear
  • Wash kit
  • Fleece jacket
  • Safety kit
  • Down jacket
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Trekking pole
  • Water bottles and water purifier
  • Raincoats
  • Trash bag and tissue papers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Charger/adapters
  • Duffel bags
  •  Power banks
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Raincoats
  • Cooking gas
  • Cooking utensils


Welcome to Kathmandu. One of our representatives will cordially welcome you at the airport and help you transfer to your hotel. Trip briefings and meet up with the guide. Overnight stay at the hotel

Today, you guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 7AM in the morning. The drive to Machha Khola begins shortly. In the first four hours of the drive, you will reach Dhading Besi via a smooth pitched road. The drive further from Dhading Besi gets bumpy and rougher up to Machha Khola. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

The trek for today crosses the Machha Khola River at the very beginning followed by Khorlabesi. You will be passing by the natural hot spring at Tatopani. The trail then goes to a forested area until Dovan. From here, you will head towards Budhi Gandaki river valley. At this part of the trail, you will notice a drastic transformation in vegetation along with the elevation. You will reach Jagat for the night. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today you will be headed for Deng from Jagat. You will leave Jagat on a well paved road and climb up the valley before you reach Sirdabas. From here, you will be able to look at the Shringi Himal. For the nest part, the trail drops down to the river crossing a long suspension bridge and then gradually climbs up to Philim. From Philim to Ekle Bhatti, beautiful waterfalls will meet you as you pass by the village towards a suspension bridge that takes you to Deng. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

The trail today reaches steeply up at the beginning before dropping to a river crossing. Past the river, the trail again goes uphill across small settlements decorated with Mani walls giving a vibe of Tibetan territory. Once you reach Namrung, you will move further to the Prok village for a round trip and get back to Namrung for the night. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

The hike today will bless you with magnificent sight of the mountains. A long stone Mani wall will mark your presence in the village of Lo Gaun. You will take a detour to the Pungen Glacier were the sight of Manaslu is impeccable. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Following the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier, the trail stretches towards the settlement at Samagaun. This is one of the most beautiful villages you will encounter during the trek. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today you will spend the day for acclimatization at Samagaun (3500m). If you like to hike full day for acclimatization, you will head for the Manaslu Base Camp (4750m). This round trip can be completed in about 7-8 hours. If you opt for the half day walk, you can go to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. You will get back to Samagaun for the night. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today, the trail will swiftly move across pastures before elevating gradually. Keep your head up for stunning sight of the Manaslu as you reach Samdo which is a small Tibetan refugee village. This village is very close to the Tibetan border. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

From Samdo, you will be crossing a couple of streams before reaching the village of Larkya Bazaar. After a steady climb from there, you will arrive at the lodge in Dharmasala. You’ll prepare for the big pass climb tomorrow. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today is going to be a long day. Leaving Dharmasala, you will gradually climb towards Cho Chanda and further up to the Larkya La Pass. The sight of Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, and Kang Koru (6981 meters) and Annapurna II (7937 meters) are remarkable from the pass. Walking along the steppe, you will reach down to Bhimphedi for the night. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Today is another long day of walking from Bhimphedi down to Tilje. Initially you will head towards the small Karcher La Pass and then along the gentle paddy fields on the sidewalk, the trail will take you to Tilje. Overnight stay at the guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

The little walking today will be done on a paved path reaching Dharapani. From Dharapani, you will catch a private vehicle back to Kathmandu. The little walking includes trail at the ridge of Dudh Koshi River Valley. Overnight stay at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch included.

Thank you for trekking with us. Our representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your scheduled flight. Have a safe flight back home. Hope to see you again.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • First aid medical kit with provision of Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water etc.
  • snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost and Date

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Avability Book
02/10/2023 15/10/2023 1280 Guranteed


I had Sujan as my guide (and his brother as my porter) on trip to Nepal for the Manaslu trek a couple of years ago and they were both extremely reliable, trustworthy and took excellent care of me from start to finish. Nepal is a beautiful country and this trek is a fantastic way to experience it.

Ciara ,