Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration 18 Days Difficulty5160 m

Trip Highlights

  • Experience unique cultures and traditions of the people embedded in the beguiling landscape of Manaslu
  • Panoramic views of the mountains accompanied by the natural luster of the terrain
  • One of the most exciting travel packages that you can undergo

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the greatest long treks in the Himalayas. It involves going around the peak of Manaslu. The 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.

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 make sure that there is no shortage of food. Furthermore, the accommodation and food are cheaper in 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. You will find the detailed itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek here.

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  • Duration 18 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Kathmandu
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 5160 m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Tour Type Private and group tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges.

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 Insurences(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 on including section.


  • An insight into Tibetan culture can be acquired through various monasteries and Tibetan settlements along with views of Tibet and mountain ranges. Bathing pools, lakes, and waterfalls surrounded by alpine and tropical forests are abundant as you pass through tea houses and enjoy home stays.
  •  The magical/mystical view of the mountains along with balanced ecosystems, rich culture and genuine adventure for trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manaslu makes the trek very special.
  •  Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (trek start point) and Chamje (trek end point) to Kathmandu
  •  Imaging views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others
  •  Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing
  •  Tibetan culture of Nuri people
  •  Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office.; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get a free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Nepal. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 25,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, a tip is an accepted and honoured way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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