Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration16 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Country Nepal
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude 5106m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Trip Type Tea-House
  • Group Size 2-20
  • Guiding Method English
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn

The Manaslu Circuit Trek beckons those in search of a challenge in a secluded and unspoiled enclave. This trek presents an extraordinary fusion of cultural richness against the backdrop of awe-inspiring mountain panoramas, promising an exhilarating adventure. Nestled in the western reaches of Nepal, Mount Manaslu (8163m) stands as the eighth highest peak globally, offering a formidable ascent yet an unforgettable journey for impassioned trekkers. Locals revere 'Manaslu' as the spirit-mountain, a benevolent and potent deity residing within them.

Regulated by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), the trekking region imposes controlled access, necessitating special permits obtainable exclusively through government-registered trekking agencies with authorized licenses. The meticulously crafted itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek ensures ample time for trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude while immersing themselves in the grandeur of the high Himalayas.

Commencing from the town of Arughat (760m), accessible by road, the trail meanders through rhododendron, pine, and oak forests, traversing quaint Gurung villages. Ascending the Budhi Gandaki Gorge provides breathtaking mountain vistas and a cultural tapestry featuring Newari, Gurung, Brahmin, and Chhetri influences. The Nupri region, inhabited by Tibetan immigrants, showcases vibrant prayer flags, mani walls, monasteries, and distinct elements of Tibetan culture. The apex of the trek is the 'Larkya La Pass' at 5160m, lauded as one of the most spectacular pass crossings in the Himalayas, offering sweeping views of Kangguru, Annapurna 2nd, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larkya Peak, and Ratna Chuli.

The journey towards Dharapani, merging with the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Beshisahar, adds another layer of excitement. The Manaslu Circuit Trek stands out for its fusion of cultural immersion and natural splendor, exposing trekkers to diverse microclimates and pristine landscapes.

The remoteness and challenging terrain of the Manaslu Circuit Trek make it an enticing choice for your next adventure. At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we tailor an 18-day Manaslu Trek itinerary to meet the needs of our travelers, collaborating with you to create a schedule that suits your preferences. We provide comprehensive support to ensure that the Manaslu Circuit Trek becomes a cherished memory for a lifetime.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit trek promises stunning vistas of towering mountains, breathtaking scenery, and unforgettable experiences. However, selecting the appropriate season is crucial for trekking in the Manaslu region.


  • February: Signifying the end of winter and the onset of spring, February offers a delightful trek with the challenging winter weather subsiding. Colors start to emerge in the Everest region towards the month's end.
  • March-May: As temperatures rise in March, nature awakens from its winter slumber. Spring, from March to May, presents a moderate climate and pleasant weather, facilitating a more comfortable trek.


  • September-November: Autumn provides an ideal time for trekking in Nepal, marked by minimal rainfall. The favorable climate and temperature make this season conducive for trekkers, ensuring a smooth and joyful experience in the Manaslu region.
  • November: However, as winter sets in by late November in the Manaslu region, trekking might become more challenging. It's important to note that early winter conditions could make late November tougher for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

Nevertheless, the mantra is "Nepal for all seasons." With ample preparation and steadfast determination, the Manaslu Circuit trek remains feasible throughout the entire year.

Physical and Experience Requirement

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as a moderately challenging route, catering to enthusiastic hikers capable of walking 6-7 hours daily on uneven mountainous terrain. Certain segments of the Manaslu trek may pose endurance challenges. Prior to embarking on the journey, participants are encouraged to partake in cardiovascular exercises and short hiking excursions to bolster their physical strength and stamina. While prior hiking experience would be advantageous for the Manaslu Circuit trek, it is not obligatory.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Altitude Challenges at Larke La:

Larke La is situated at an elevation of 5160m, posing unique challenges for trekkers. Coping with altitude variations during the trek may present difficulties.

Winter Chill:

The winter season brings extremely cold temperatures, making winter trekking a formidable task. Enduring the severe cold becomes challenging, and heavy snowfall can potentially block the Larke pass.

Monsoon Hazards:

Trekking in the monsoon exposes adventurers to slippery trails, heightened by constant rainfall. Negotiating these wet paths presents risks of physical harm due to accidents.

Altitude Sickness Awareness:

Ascending to higher altitudes increases the likelihood of altitude sickness among trekkers. Symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, and nausea may manifest. Swift action is crucial—descend to lower elevations, rest, and, if symptoms persist, seek immediate medical assistance.


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A Himalayan Joy Adventure representative will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and provide transportation to your hotel. After checking into your room and refreshing, our HJA representative will describe the details regarding your trek. Then, you can visit the tourist hub in Thamel. There are many places to shop for trekking gear and souvenirs. In the evening, Himalayan Joy Adventure will host a welcome dinner at the typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural dance. After dinner, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in hotel.

    After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

      On the third morning, embark on an 8-9 hour jeep journey from Kathmandu to reach Machha khola. While traversing the ridges of the Kathmandu Valley, marvel at the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal, along with terraced landscapes and lush green hills. The route continues through Dhading Bensi and leads to the picturesque Arughat village, situated on both sides of the Budigandaki River.

      Arughat Bazaar, characterized by its size, cleanliness, and prosperity, boasts hotels and shops offering a variety of goods, including clothing, food, and hardware. The road has been extended from Arughat Bazaar to Sotikhola (12.9km) and further to Machhakhola (13km) accessible by local jeep or bus, requiring approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours of travel on a gravel road. The scenic journey follows the Budhigandaki River, providing captivating views along the way. Conclude the day with an overnight stay at a tea house in Machha khola.

      • Max. Altitude: 930 m
      • Duration: 9 hrs

      From Machhakhola, you begin the trek to Khorlabensi the ascending to Tatopani. Tatopani has a natural hot spring where you can relax in a natural hot water. You will then continue your trek and cross the Budhi Gandaki River. After passing through several streams, waterfalls, and villages, you will stop at Thulo Dhunga for lunch. From there, you continue your trek for the day until you reach Jagat.

      • Max. Altitude: 1340m
      • Duration: 7 hours

      From Jagat, you start your trek towards Deng on the seventh day which takes about 4-5 hours. You will cross Gandaki River and then continue your trek. The trek is rewarded with breathtaking views of Siringi Himal. After having your lunch, you continue your trek until you arrive at the small village of Deng. Deng is located at 1860 meters

      • Max. Altitude: 1860m

      Most part of today’s trek is uphill. After your morning breakfast, you begin the uphill climb to Rana Village. You pass through several teahouses and view the amazing landscapes on the way. You will reach Ghapsya after about 5-6 hours of walk.
      Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ghapsya.

      • Max. Altitude: 2397m
      • Duration: 6-7 hrs

      Today, you walk through the trail that passes through rhododendron forest for about two hours. You then reach Namrung, a beautiful village where many trekkers prefer to stay. The village provides you with breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal. The village also has some other attractions including a monastery and a hydro-power. Namrung also has the permit check post. From Namrung, you continue the uphill climb to reach Lho. You can get the stunning view of Manaslu from Lho.
      Overnight in Lho.

      • Max. Altitude: 2800m
      • Duration: 7 hr

      The journey from Lho to Samagaun takes approximately 3 hours on foot. This provides you with ample opportunity to stroll at a leisurely pace and take breaks along the way. Enjoy a pleasant walk alongside a river leading to the quaint village of Syala. Take a break for tea in Shyala. Nestled at the foot of Manaslu, Sama Gaon is a charming village adorned with a handful of lodges and a primary school. Upon reaching Sama Gaon, take the time to unwind and discover the gompa situated just above the village.

      • Max. Altitude: 3525m
      • Duration: 3-4 hrs

      Today is the acclimatization day. You can spend the day resting and acclimating your body. You can have a side trip to Birendra Tal that offers you a majestic view of Manaslu. The icy blue water lake just below the Manaslu looks so pristine and beautiful. You will see so many stacked rocks on the way.

        On this day, embark on a four-hour trek to reach Samdo. Your journey will take you alongside the scenic Budhi Gandaki River, passing through lush meadows, Mani walls, and tranquil yak grazing areas. Pause for a delightful break with a cup of tea enriched with yak milk. Throughout the trek, relish the panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains surrounding the path. In the final stretch, a brief ascent will lead you to the charming village of Samdo, characterized by its modest size and scattered farming plots.

        • Max. Altitude: 3875m

        Altitude: 4460 m
        Trek Hours: 3-4 hours
        Prepare for a three-hour trek to Dharmasala, covering a total distance of approximately 8 kilometers. Along the way, you'll pass through Larkya Bazaar at an elevation of 4090 meters, historically a crucial stop on the salt trader’s route. As you ascend towards Dharamshala, relish breathtaking views of mountains and meadows. Keep an eye out for wildlife, particularly large groups of blue sheep. Be prepared for chilly temperatures upon reaching Dharamshala, situated at 4460 meters.

        • Max. Altitude: 4460m
        • Duration: 3-4hrs

        Max Altitude: 5106m
        Trek Hours: 8-9 hours

        Today has been an extended and exhausting day, commencing with an early rise in the dim morning. The journey involves an ascent of over 650 meters to reach the challenging Larkya-La Pass, followed by a descent to Bhimthang. Progress at such high altitudes may resemble the slow movement of a snail. Approximately two hours into the walk, you'll encounter a teashop where you can take a break, savoring a comforting cup of hot tea before continuing.

        Upon reaching Larkya La Pass, a sense of accomplishment accompanies the realization that this is the pinnacle of your trek. Subsequently, the descent towards Bhimthang ensues. Navigating through the rockfall area, you can indulge in a well-deserved break with a cup of tea or even a satisfying lunch at a tea stand. Finally, upon arriving in Bhimthang, allow yourself a much-needed and proper rest after the arduous and lengthy expedition.

        • Max. Altitude: 5106m
        • Duration: 8-9 hours

        Trek Hours: 6 hours

        Today's trek entails easy walking through the enchanting pine and rhododendron forest. Following a delightful morning in Bhimthang, your journey will involve descending towards a river, traversing through rhododendron and pine forests. The trails will then guide you through the lush woodlands of the region, offering breathtaking views of Manaslu, Larke, Nadi, and Chuli Himal. Descending further, you'll reach Karcher via Sangura Kharka and Hompuk, passing through fields and ascending to Gho.

        Continuing along the trail, you'll make your way to Tilje, passing teahouses and meadows, eventually reaching Kharche for a nourishing lunch. Afterward, the trek progresses to the picturesque Gurung village of Goa before concluding the day in Tilje for an overnight stay.

        • Max. Altitude: 2515m
        • Duration: 5-6 hrs

        Embark on a journey to the quaint Dharapani village, where you'll connect with the renowned Annapurna Circuit trail. Following your time in Dharapani, a scenic off-road jeep ride awaits, leading you to Beshishahar along the picturesque Marshyangdi river. Conclude your trek with a memorable final night in Beshishahar.

          Following a delightful breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Kathmandu via jeep or car. Revel in the picturesque drive, passing through charming small towns and villages. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and the Annapurna range. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel in Kathmandu.

            We will drop you at the airport for your further destination. We hope that you had an incredible time in the Manaslu circuit trek and encourage you to share your experiences with us on Trip Advisor or email. We welcome all feedback and hope that you had an experience of a lifetime with us! Have a safe flight!

              Service Details

              What's Included
              • Airport picks up and drops by Private Vehicle.
              • 3 nights Hotel (3 star) in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis on BB plan
              • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu
              • Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) and Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the trek
              • Fresh fruits every evening
              • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat
              • Transportation from Beshisahar to Kathmandu.
              • English speaking guide
              • Porter (One porter for two people)
              • Insurance for Himalayan Joy Staff
              • Himalayan Joy Adventure T-Shirt and Duffel bag
              • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
              • Special permit
              What's not Included
              • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation (Most Required)
              • International airfare and airport departure tax 
              • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
              • Cold drinks such as Mineral water, Cola, Beer etc.(Mineral water will cost per liter from Rs. 100 till Rs.500 and if you bring water purifying tablet is best idea cause you will help to save nature from not using plastic bottles and also its much cheaper then mineral water )
              • Bars bill such as Mars, Sneaker, Bounty chocolate etc
              • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
              • Tips for trekking staffs and driver
              • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

              Useful Information


              Every day, the global challenge of environmental pollution persists, and Nepal is no exception. Our field staff is highly conscientious about environmental issues, and we actively promote awareness. We recommend to our guests the use of boiled water or water purification pills instead of purchasing bottled water. This choice not only helps in avoiding the use of plastic bottles, which take a considerable amount of time to decompose, but also contributes to minimizing waste.

              While trekking, consider ordering the same food items as a group to reduce fuel consumption. Furthermore, it is essential to note that making a campfire is strongly discouraged. We advocate for responsible travel practices, urging travelers to leave only footprints on the trail and ensure the removal of all non-biodegradable items brought along. Let's collectively work towards preserving the environment for future generations.

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