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Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • 18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation: Private Car/jeep/hiace
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Guest House in the trek
  • Max. Altitude: 5160 M.
  • Group Size: 2-12 people
  • Walking Hours: 5 -7 hours
  • Best Months to Trek: March to May, September to December,
The Manaslu circuit trek is for anyone seeking a challenge in a remote and pristine region. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an incredible combination of cultural diversity with fantastic mountain landscapes and invigorating adventure. Mount. Manaslu (8163m), located in the western part of Nepal, is the eighth highest peak in the world. It is a challenging mountain to climb but provides an incredible experience for passionate trekkers. 'Manaslu' means the spirit-mountain, and the locals refer to it as a compassionate and strong divinity that dwells within them. The Manaslu trekking region is protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (Mcap), therefore trekking is controlled and trekkers are required to obtain special permits that are only available through government registered trekking agencies with authorized licenses. Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary has been designed with sufficient time for our Trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the high Himalayas.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from the town of Arughat (760m) which is accessible by road.  Once we arrive, you will begin on a trail that passes through rhododendron, pine, and oak forests leading to many small Gurung villages. As you ascend up Ravine Budhi Gandaki Gorge, you will have spectacular views of the mountains and experience Newari, Gurung, Brahmin and Chhetri culture. You will also pass through the Nupri region which is inhabited by Tibetan immigrants. This area has many colorful prayer flags, mani walls, monasteries, and unique elements of Tibetan culture. The highest point on this trek is the 'Larkya La Pass' at 5160m. This is widely said to be one of the most spectacular pass journeys in the Himalayas with incredible views of Kangguru, Annapurna 2nd, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larkya Peak, and Ratna Chuli. En-route to Dharapani is an exhilarating experience as the trail merges with the Annapurna Circuit Trail to Beshisahar. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is unique because it combines a cultural experience with incredible beauty. Throughout the trek, you will experience a variety of microclimates and pristine landscapes. 
The remote location and challenging terrain of the Manaslu Circuit Trek make it a wonderful option for your next adventure! At Himalayan Joy Adventure, we create 18 Days
Manaslu Trek itinerary that fit the need of our travelers and works with you to make a schedule that will work for you. We offer all the necessary support to make the Manaslu Circuit Trek a memory of a lifetime.
The Manaslu Circuit trek offers you beautiful sceneries of massive mountains, dramatic scenery, and mesmerizing experiences. But you must choose the right season to trek in the Manaslu region.
February: It is the end of the winter season and the beginning of the spring season. The challenging winter weather is gone. You will have a beautiful trek in February. Spring brings colors in the Everest region by the end of February.
March-May: Temperature begins being warmer by March. The beautiful nature awakens after long winter sleep. March to May is spring season in Nepal. In spring is a moderate climate and pleasant weather that makes your trek easier. 
September-November: Autumn is a pleasant time for trekking in Nepal. This is the time with the least probability of rainfall. The perfect climate and temperature encourage trekkers. Thus, you will have an easy and joyful trek in the Manaslu region.
November comes the winter season in the Manaslu region. So, in cases when winter starts earlier, late November might be harder for the Manaslu circuit trek.
However, there is a slogan: “Nepal for all season”. With enough preparation and proper determination, the Manaslu Circuit trek is possible throughout the year.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is rated as a moderately difficult trail; this trek is suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for 6-7 hours a day on rugged mountain terrain. Some parts of the Manaslu trekking trail might test your endurance capacity. Travelers can engage in cardiovascular exercise and shot hiking trips prior to commencing the journey to enhance their strength and stamina. Past hiking experience would be an asset for Manaslu Circuit trek but not mandatory for this trek.
Altitude: Larke La is located at a 5160m altitude. While trekking, you might find some difficulties while coping with the altitude variations.
Extreme cold in winter: The temperature is very cold during the winter. So, if you decide to trek in winter, you might not be able to stand the extreme cold.  The Larke pass might be blocked due to heavy snowfall.
Slippery trails in Monsoon: Trekking in the monsoon through the wet and slippery trails is not easy. Due to frequent rainfall, there are risks of physical damages due to accidents in the wet trails.
Altitude Sickness: It is common in most of the trekkers while ascending to the higher altitudes. Symptoms like vomiting, headache, nausea, etc are seen. As soon as you have any signs of altitude sickness, you must descend down to lower temperatures and take rest. If the symptoms still persist, seek medical help.

What You Can Expect

  • Breathtaking views of Manaslu
  • Visit Birendra Taal
  • Stay at beautiful villages like Smagaon, Samdo, and Jagat
  • Cross Larkya La Pass
  • Tibetan-influenced culture

Outline Itinerary

01 Days Arrival in Kathmandu

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.

Trip Map

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops by Private Vehicle.
  • 3 nights Hotel (3-5 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
  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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.

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 2 reviews

Manaslu Circuit


Wir hatten geplant, den Manaslu Circuit als Tea House Tour zu machen. Während der Suche nach einem Guide wurde uns die Agentur empfohlen und können die Agentur auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen.  Wir waren mit unserem Guide Tika Rai sehr zufrieden. Auf der Tour haben wir gesehen, was wir an ihm hatten. Er hat alles bestens für uns organisiert, er kannte alle Tea Houses und hat, dort wo es überfüllt war vorab reserviert. Er kümmerte sich wirklich rundum, achtete auf die Zubereitung unseres Essens, informierte uns über Kulturelles und gab uns eine kleine Einführung in den nepali Lifestyle.  Er ging gut auf unsere Wünsche ein, so konnten wir an manchen Tagen unser Laufpensum ausweiten. Er organisierte dann problemlos alternative Tea Houses für uns. Unser Treck war nicht ganz einfach, da es fraglich war, ob wir den Larke Pass passieren können, nachdem es eine Wintereinbruch gegeben hatte. Wir entschieden gemeinsam, dass wir das probieren wollten und kamen schließlich gut über den Pass. Ein großer Dank an Tika, der uns eine tolle Zeit am Manaslu ermöglicht hat.

, Germany

Manaslu Circuit Trekking


Cholandra is an amazingly fit person. I’ve seen him balancing on one foot in the middle of a rushing river carefully setting stoes so we could cross. He never once slipped doing this long task. His sweet caring personality was always refreshing.

, United States

Trip Note


Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradables which you had.    

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