Trip Facts

  • Duration:20 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude:4,450m
  • Min group sizeAny
  • Best TimeMarch to May and September to November
  • Holiday typeTrekking

About Manaslu Circuit Trek

"Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous journey around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu. Manaslu Trekking recently has become the talk of the travel community for its off-beaten trails, remote mountain villages, rich cultural heritage, and some of the most stunning landscapes in the Himalayas."

The Manaslu Circuit Trek Nepal package is designed for true adventure hearts. The package is inclusive of guide, porter, lodging & meals, permits, and all the ground transportation as per our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary. On the track to fame, Manaslu Trek still sees comparatively very few trekkers than the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek explores the Manaslu Conservation Area. You will be traveling in a restricted area in Nepal, which makes Manaslu Circuit very special. The trek begins at Arughat and ends at Bhulbhule. You can extend the Manaslu Trek to the gorgeous Tsum Valley and make the journey even more fantastic. 

Mount Manaslu is one of the eight-thousander giants. In the west of this mountain is the Annapurna range (8,091 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) in the east. Apart from the Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) itself, the Manaslu Circuit Trek route offers heavenly views of other snowy peaks like Himulng Himal (7,126 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Shringi Himal (7,083 m), etc. The terrain is physically demanding and requires previous trekking experience. 

Trekking through the lowlands along with terraced fields, you ascend via Budi Gandaki gorges. The trail crosses long suspension bridges and passes by superb waterfalls. One of the fun facts about trekking in the Manaslu region is that the region got opened for international travelers in 1992. And the same approximately 400 trekkers explored the wonders of Manaslu. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you above the snowy Larkya La pass (5,106 m), located next to the Tibetan border. The top of the pass presents a breathtaking landscape. As a side hike, you will be exploring Birendra Tal (3,691 m) and Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m). Likewise, you also get to visit ancient monasteries, including Pun Gyen Gompa. 

Join our Manaslu Circuit Trek 2022 or book Manaslu Circuit Trek 2023 (spring/autumn). Manaslu Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventurous venture and presents a trekking experience, unlike any other place. Far away from the chaos of modern life, we will be relishing tranquility in the foothills of the Himalayas. 

For more information about the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, contact us anytime.

Why go on Manaslu Circuit Trek with Adventure White Mountain?

We offer an all-inclusive Manaslu Circuit Trek cost with the best price in the market without compromising on anything. Our trips in the Himalayas are well organized and managed. The Manaslu trek is guided by our professional trek guide, who has deep knowledge about the region. 

You can custom create the Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary with us. We are a team of friendly and highly experienced travelers working in the travel & tour industry of Nepal. You will be trekking with a reliable company joining us. 

These are some other adventurous treks in the Himalayas - Everest Three High Passes Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and Gokyo Cho La Pass Trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu
  • Experience off beaten trekking and adventurous terrain with numerous ups & downs
  • Spend nights in the remote mountain villages and come across the rich cultural heritage of the local
  • Visit ancient monasteries like Pun Gyen gompa and many small stupas on the way
  • Go on a side hike to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp
  • Cross the difficult Larkya La pass
  • Less crowded trekking route and spectacular mountain panoramas

Itinerary

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We would like to inform our valued clients that the time duration is depending on the trekker and their physical fitness.
B L D means Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by journey, you can take a short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel. 

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • Altitude1345 Meter

Our tour and trekking plan begins from the second day of your arrival and that is today! You visit Kathmandu—City of Temples—with an experienced English-speaking guide. Primarily, there are four touring destinations in Kathmandu—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa (Monkey temple), and Bouddhanath stupa. All of these places are UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. You can experience the nightlife of Kathmandu. There will be a pre-trip discussion with your mountain climbing Sherpa guides for good preparation for the trek.

  • Accommodation Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude1345 Meter

It takes around seven hours to reach Arughat from the capital. The road is easy and smooth for a few early hours and later it turns to be rough till the destination. We will halt at Arughat for the night.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 Hours Drive
  • Altitude620 Meter

The real fun begins from today. Following the beautiful trail and enjoying green terraced fields and vegetation we proceed ahead. Before arriving at Kyoropani we walk along the Budigandaki River. Walking on descend trail we reach Soti Khola and here we stay overnight. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude730 Meter

 After breakfast, we begin our trail towards Machha Khola. The trail is narrow today. Passing Lapsebesi village and descending to the riverbed sandy path we get to Machha Khola. Here we will take a rest at night.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude930 Meter

Crossing Machha Khola and walking upward brings us to Khola Bensi. There is a hot spring here and you can take a dip here. We move further ahead following the forest path to arrive at Doban. Lauri is our next on the way destination. Crossing suspension bridge will take us to Jagat. Here we put off at night. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude1370 Meter

It is a beautiful walk today. We descend down following a stony rough path and river course. Before arriving at Saguleri we ascend. From here you get an astounding view of Siring Himal. Crossing a few suspension bridges we finally arrive at Deng where we will spend the night. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude1860 Meter

After breakfast, we move ahead and cross Lana village. On the way, we get the look of Mani walls. It (Mani rock/wall) is a rock etched with Buddhist prayers. This symbolizes that we are approaching closer to the Tibetan border. Walking for a few more hours we arrive at Ghap and here we stay overnight.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude2450 Meter

Walking for a few hours we cross Budigandaki River. The walk takes us to the alpine territory. We pass through Namrung village. The pasture land and water stream here fascinates trekkers. Passing Sho village we arrive at Lho Gaon and we spend a night here.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3020 Meter

It is a kind of beautiful walk where you will enjoy the mesmerizing view of mountains. The view is so nice that you love to be here on every vacation. We arrive at Sama Gaon and spend some time here enjoying the mountains. Half an hour further walk from here takes us to Sama Gompa where we stay overnight.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time6 Hours
  • Altitude3390 Meter

We will be enjoying today as a rest day. While on trek rest day is essential. It balances your body temperature with the increasing altitude and this si known as acclimatization. Despite being rest day we will be roaming local area of Sama Gaon. We can go to Manaslu Base Camp and enjoy the peaks. We will spend a night at Sama Gaon. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time3 to 4 Hours
  • Altitude3390 Meter

Samdo is close distance from Sama Gaon. The forest in the bordering area of Tibet here is beautiful. You will get a chance to enjoy the local culture here. We will spend a night here. We will halt here at night. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude3690 Meter

To reach Samdo we follow the course of the Budigandaki stream. It is the last village of our trail to Manaslu Base Camp. We arrive at Larkya Bazaar. We move ahead to arrive at Dharmashala. It is located at an altitude of 4,450m. We will spend a night in Dharmasala.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude4460 Meter

 After coming above Dharmasala we get a rewarding view of Larkya Peak. It is truly mesmerizing. The scenic beauty of Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal among other mountains from Larkya La Pass will fascinate you. We cross a few moraines and forests to be at Tanbuche. It is a beautiful spot from a photographic point of view. we reach Bhimgtang. You will see a few Buddhist prayer rocks here. We will spend the night here. 

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time7 Hours
  • Altitude3590 Meter

 We follow descend trail today. The view of Manaslu in the east and Annapurna ll in the west is mesmerizing for trekkers. It is definitely a rewarding walk today. Crossing Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi River will bring us to Goa. Here we put off at night.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsB L D
  • Time5 Hours
  • Altitude2300 Meter

 Goa to Tal is a wonderful walk. Tal is a Nepali word for lake. It used to be a lake previously and now it is a village. We spend a night here in Tal.

     Passing a steep valley and following a long route we walk ahead. The walk-in between Annapurna and Manaslu is spellbinding. We arrive at Ghermuphant and take a rest here at night. 

    • Accommodation Tea House
    • MealsB L D
    • Time5 Hours
    • Altitude1680 Meter

     We cross a suspension bridge. The bridge is built over the Marshyangdi River. We arrive at Bahundada. Following the descending trail, we arrive at Bulebhule. From here you are much released as the course is pretty easy. We arrive at Besisahar and here we put off at night. 

    • Accommodation Tea House
    • MealsB L D
    • Time3 to 4 Hours Drive
    • Altitude760 Meter

     We catch the bus to get Kathmandu from Besisahar. It is a ride of around seven to eight hours. On the way, you get a nice view of the countryside of Nepal. After arriving in Kathmandu you can stroll in the streets of Thamel. Adventure White Mountain will offer you dinner at night. You will spend a night at a hotel in Kathmandu. 

    • Accommodation Star Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast
    • Time6 Hours Drive
    • Altitude1345 Meter

     Here ends your trekking today. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you at the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination.

    • MealsBreakfast

    Trip Map

    Manaslu Circuit Trek map

    What's included

    Included

    • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
    • 3  nights in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
    • 16  nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek with Meals (Breakfast ,Lunch and dinner )
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek
    • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map.
    • All permits and necessary paper work (National park permit, TIMS )
    • First aid kit.
    • All taxes, be it local or government.

    Excluded

    • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters.

    FAQs

    Yes, you can add helicopter return after during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Contact us for further information.

    Manaslu Trek can go anywhere from a minimum of 10 days to 12 days and above 18 days as per your itinerary. Trekking Manaslu Circuit in 10 to 12 days is not recommended because you may have to cut off the acclimatization days, and that can make you more vulnerable to altitude sickness.

    Manaslu Trekking is a challenging trek in the Himalayas because of the Larkya La pass and the isolated trekking route. The trek goes a little above 5,200 meters and crosses gorges, rocky steep paths, etc. Moreover, only a handful of travelers trek in the Manaslu Circuit, therefore all the facilities are very basic compared to the other famous trekking routes.

    It costs around USD 800 and above per person for Manaslu Circuit Trek. You will be trekking in the restricted area, therefore the permits are very expensive. If you add a private jeep ride and a porter, the package cost can rise to USD 1300 and above per person.
     

    Manaslu is around 123 kilometers far away from Kathmandu. It's the aerial distance. Whereas, the starting point of the trek is approximately 126 kilometers away from Kathmandu.

    From Kathmandu, you have to drive to the starting point of the trek. There's no fight option. You can take a local bus or jeep.

    No, you cannot do Manaslu Circuit Trekking without a guide. The government rules require international tourists to trek in a group of two people, which do not include the guide & porters. An independent guide cannot help you obtain the restricted area permit, so you have to trek with a locally registered trekking company.
     

    Manaslu is located northwest of Kathmandu and bordered by Annapurna in the west and Ganesh Himal in the east.
     

    Yes, you will need a special restricted area permit for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trek also requires a Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

    The trek begins from a subtropical area and gradually joins the alpines. The temperatures vary from 10 to 25-degree Celsius and fall below -20 degrees Celsius in winter.

    Useful Information

    Best time of the year to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The best time to do Manaslu Circuit Trek is from March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn). Manaslu Circuit Trek in spring lets you enjoy diverse flora and vegetation. The trail is gorgeous in spring because of all the flowers. Likewise, the climate is perfect for the trek, with stunning views of the snow-capped mountains.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek in autumn is the second peak time of the year. The hint of chilliness in the air with stable weather and clear landscapes make the trek excellent. You may also get to see the snowfall at a high altitude if you are on the trail in the late autumn or early winter. 

    Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty

    Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty is marked strenuous by the professional trekkers. This trek is not suitable for beginner trekkers and demands strong physical fitness. As the trail explores a very remote part of the Himalayas, untouched by tourist infrastructure, the trek also requires you to get mentally ready for the journey.

    You will be trekking at a high altitude, living a basic lifestyle. There are numerous steep, rugged sections along the way. Every day is a 6 to 7 hours walk. Constant stamina and core body strength play a huge role to keep pushing you. So while preparing for the Manaslu trekking, work on that. 

    Similarly, you have to know about altitude sickness. Even though our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary has ample acclimatization days, don't forget to follow the rules to avoid altitude sickness. 

    The below information will give you deeper insight into the symptoms and prevention of altitude sickness: 

    Symptoms of altitude sickness

    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Headache
    • Loss of appetite
    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty in sleeping

    Preventive measures

    • Acclimatize your body as the elevation rises
    • Drink plenty of water and other fluids like dal, soup, etc
    • Alcohol and smoking make your body vulnerable to altitude sickness, so do not consume them
    • Take good rest and eat nutritious meals as much as you can
    • If you see any early symptoms of altitude sickness, drop to lower elevation and rest until the symptoms fade away

    Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

    If you want to do a short Manaslu Circuit Trek, then let us know. Depending upon your previous trekking experience and fitness, we can custom create a short Manaslu Circuit Trek. The short Manaslu Trek ranges anywhere from 14 to 18 days, including your arrival and departure. 

    Electricity and Charging Facilities 

    There is electricity and charging facilities along the Manaslu trekking route, so don't worry. To charge your mobile phone or camera batteries, you have to pay a few extra bucks to the teahouse owner, which is not covered in the package cost. Buy a solar charger if you think you will need to frequently charge your device or carry spare batteries.

    Sim Card and WiFi

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking route is very remote. Wifi & cellular data both are unstable at higher altitudes. There will be points you may not get any network for an entire day or multiple days. So, brace yourself and get ready to survive without the internet. We can help you get a Nepali sim card in Kathmandu at your request.

    Luggage

    Pack all your heavy luggage in the duffel bag provided by us, and keep light essentials in the day pack. The weight limit of the duffle bag for each trekker is 10 kgs, so do not go beyond it. Our porters will carry heavy duffel bags. Do not overpack, and make sure to pack all small things. 

    Child policy

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is not recommended for kids. The trial has high difficulty standards and may not be appropriate for small children. Get in touch with us, for further information regarding the Manaslu Circuit Trek child policy. 

    Tipping to crew members

    Tip our crew members after the trek ends. The tips are not covered in the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost, therefore we request you to tip the team by yourself. You can tip any amount. The best number is USD 5 to the driver, USD 10 to the tour guide, and USD 100 to the trek guide/porter from each member of the group.

    Personal expenses 

    Anything you buy while trekking apart from offered meals is not covered in the package cost. Likewise, charges for internet, charging, hot showers, shopping, etc, are also counted as personal expenses, and the company will not be responsible for it. Budget a few extra dollars for each day on the trek and withdraw cash in Kathmandu. There is no ATM on the trekking route. 

    Insurance, Rescue, Evacuation

    In any emergency, we will contact your insurance provider and arrange an immediate air evacuation to the nearby hospital. The Manaslu Circuit Trek route is secluded and explores the high altitude terrain, therefore travel insurance is necessary. In case of small injuries, our well-trained team will give you first-aid. If the situation escalates, then we will need to use travel insurance.