Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Trip Duration: 17 Days
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5100m
  • Best Time: Sep-Nov/Mar-May
  • Trip Mode: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Group Size: 2-10


If you are looking forward to experience trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal and seeking for a trek that takes you away from the crowds and commercialization by immersing yourself in the culture of local people, then this trek is right for you. Manaslu circuit trek is a great tea-house trek and often considered a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. This trek takes you to the base camp of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), the eighth highest mountain the world. We trek around Manaslu region passing through amazing landscapes, traditional bridges, scintillating scenery of snowcapped peaks, picturesque local villages and much more.

Summary of Manaslu Circuit Trek Journey 

The first day is scheduled for us to drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola from where we start our trek the next day. From Soti Khola, we trek through the beautiful Sal forest, rocky trails, amazing valleys and Gurung village of Labubesi passing views of stunning landscapes, cascading waterfalls on a steep, rice terraces, etc to reach Maccha Khola village where we stay overnight that day. From Maccha Khola, we trek to come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani and then cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge and trek to reach the village of Jagat. Then, we continue our trek to reach the tiny village of Deng. From there, we pass through the forest and trek to reach Namrung village from where we can enjoy outstanding views of peaks like Siring, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli. We continue our trek to reach Samagaon passing through several local villages on our way. Spending a day at Samagaon village for rest and acclimatization, you get an opportunity to immerse yourself in Tibetan culture and visit Pungyen Gompa, an old monastery resting on a little hill near the village from where you can enjoy great views of the glacier. From Samagaon, we can witness an amazing close-up view of the mountain. We trek to reach Samdo where we spend a day and continue our trek the next day to reach Dharamsala where we stay overnight. Dharamsala (also called Larke Phedi) is not a lodge but a traditional stone guest house. From there, we trek through Bimthang, Tilije, Tal, Syange and we finally reach Kathmandu passing through several villages enjoying the views of peaks, glaciers, and stunning landscapes. It takes 5 days for us to reach Kathmandu from Dharamsala on the trek. After reaching Kathmandu, we celebrate the success of our journey and you will depart the next day.

Best Time to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best season to trek Manaslu is October / November or March until May. If you want to enjoy a less crowded and a unique trek, you should consider Manaslu Circuit as long as it is not commercialized. For sure Manaslu Circuit will face a continuous increase of tourist within the next 2 – 3 years.

    Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be warm welcome by our airport representative and escort to your hotel. Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we continue for our visit to Kathmandu Valley which incorporates Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. If it’s not too much trouble take note of, these landmarks are UNESCO announced world heritage destinations that speak to a brilliant blend of Hinduism and Buddhism that appears to have gotten on well since the antiquated times of this medieval city, your visit will go with an expert authorized guide and come back to the hotel and you will have some idea to shop your trekking gear on the off chance that you require. Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    These day you will drive to Soti Khola via Arughat which will take about 9 hours. The drive is alienated into two parts. Our first drive will take you to the Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading district, (4hours drive). From there, it’s another 4 hours to Arughat and then another hour to Sotikhola. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    We begin our trek in the wake of eating at the hotel; the wandering way goes through woodland, brilliant village, clean streams, pretty waterfalls and green dales until we reach Lapu Besi, this is a village for the most part occupied by Mongolian occupants, now, we again cross a crisscross way to reach MachhaKhola.Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    Subsequent to eating at the lodge, we begin our trek and cross the MachhaKhola and make a beeline for the minor village of KhorlaBensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steep until they are blocked and the course then changes to one side bank by a method for a suspension bridge, the trail is very uncovered and testing in a few spots and this is the magnificence of nature. After a short segment of timberland way we achieve a solitary teahouse at Doban, the Budi Gandaki plunges on a noteworthy arrangement of rapids. Past this precarious segment, the waterway is a great deal more tranquil, winding over a wide rock bed. At Lauri, we cross the stream on a suspension bridge, and after that jump on a high way to the fields of Jagat. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    In the wake of eating at a cabin, we begin our trek today, the early piece of the trek moves tenderly tough and after that someplace through a levelled way, we traverse BudhiGandaki before we enter Philim. Philim is a major village principally possessed by the Gurung community people, Small quiet cloisters, chortens and petition banners rippling in the sky, alongside graves and commonplace mountain shanty however strong houses will be seen around hereabouts and after having lunch, we trek over a levelled way for the most part through woods of pine, rhododendron and fir, while strolling. A couple houses are likewise observed at Deng. From here, we can appreciate a lovely falling waterfall lying at some separation, the Deng is acclaimed for its potatoes, and buckwheat, grain, wheat, cabbage, and spinach as individuals are for the most part required in agribusiness here. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    After having breakfast, we begin our trek. Today we start our trek practically on a levelled way and afterwards, the trail moves tough the distance to Namrung through lavish backwoods. We can see the perspectives of Mt. Manaslu, beautiful landscapes, a green glen and edges. The Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are cloisters, a water turbine hydropower control house, Mani dividers, Chortens and petition banners can be seen vacillating in the sky whispering tributes of supplications to the divine beings for the left souls on the pinnacles of Manaslu. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    We begin our trek in the wake of eating at the cabin. Today, we trek over a winding way which travels through the internal Himalayan range and in transit, we will appreciate mountain perspectives of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, DwijenHimal, SaulaHimal, Lajing crest, and numerous other silver dim mountains and pinnacles. As we go up the vegetation diminishes because of the expansion in elevation. Toward the evening, this part turns out to be very blustery and nippy. While strolling, we go over mani dividers, chortens, petition banners and religious communities. Before we reach LhoGaon, we pass a Tibetan village and LihiGaon and subsequent to eating at Lhogaun, we continue trekking to Samagaun, we take after the correct bank of the stream, with perspectives of Peak 29 ahead. As we proceed on the fundamental trail, we soon achieve the fields of Sama Goan. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    We will rest at Sama Gaon for acclimatization and give our exhausted appendages some break from the extreme climbing, this additionally permits us to rest our lungs so that our respiratory frameworks would modify with the changed rise. Encompassed by mountains in a tranquil backwoods, we chill out to adjust and unwind. We can climb to Manaslu Base Camp for superb perspectives of Samdo, Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu ice sheet, Manaslu ice fall and we can see BirendraKunda which is an ice lake adjacent the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    After breakfast in the lodge of stunning environment nearby, we trek tenderly tough the distance to Samdo through a forsake way and breezy valley. The Tibetan outskirt is only four kilometres far from Samdo. There is a Tibetan cultural village community at Samdo. This is a great viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo, Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu icy mass, Manaslu icefall and a few other great pinnacles. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    We begin our trek in the wake of having our breakfast at the hotel, the trail is rough and crisscrosses the distance to our goal for now, before we reach Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (showcase) where regular fairs are held for the nearby people and individuals convey merchandise from Tibet to offer it here. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    We begin our trek in the wake of having early breakfast at the hotel, and today is a truly intense bring in this piece of our trek as we will pass the Larkya La today, at a young hour in the morning we start to trek a precarious way until Larkya La through a rough and winding trail. We convey a pressed lunch since this zone would be hard to set up our eating camps. From the top, we will appreciate the perspectives of Larkya pinnacle, dawn, Mt. Manaslu, Ratnachuli, Cheo Himal and numerous other snowcapped mountains and pinnacles. Crossing this pass, we climb to a lofty downhill way through shake and ice. In transit, we will experience numerous frosty lakes that make you feel nippy; the Bimthang is a wide and level removal valley with various Mani dividers and abandoned houses. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    After sendoff Bimthang and relishing the astonishing views of the surrounding hills, mountains, descend and cross a high pasture before walking through the attractive rhododendron forests and small settlements before arriving at the small settlement of Tilije. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    When leaving Tilje, the path crosses the Dudh Khola River and follows the embankment, dropping down through forests until Dharapani (1960m). Then we joins our path with Annapurna Circuit in reverse and badges the Marsyangdi River. After a sudden rocky staircase we reach Tal (1700m). We can examine the Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. There, a steady descent follows the valley, later crossing Marsyangdi River over afore arriving at Chamje. Stay Overnight at Guest Houses.

    Today is the last day of our trip in the Manaslu Foothills. From Chamje, we will drive to Kathmandu in our private vehicle. On the way you will have the opportunity to enjoy the hill and the mountain landscapes as you follow the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers.  Upon arrival Hotel, We will take relax and take a moment to think about all that you’ve just attained.  Stay Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.

    Sadly today your journey to Nepal ends. Our office representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead

Included & Exclude

Cost Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Kathamandu Guest House (KGH) in Kathmandu (Thamel)
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola by private jeep
  • Return to Kathmandu from chance by public jeep or bus transportation
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Three times full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly trekking guide
  • Strong and experienced porter
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a 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
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffel bag use while trekking
  • Manaslu trekking map
  • First aid medical kit

Cost not Include

  •  Meals in  Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water, etc.
  • snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment


Airport Pick/ Drop

Himalayan Friendly offers assistance with airport pick and drop. Our concierge will be happy to arrange suitable transportation (Private Car) for you(Guests) around the clock.

Accommodation in Kathmandu

We have one of the best hotels with a 5-star rating and service available there. Kathmandu Guest House or the same category hotel for relaxing before and after your trek. Kathmandu guest house provides different sorts of facilities with enough parking available, AC rooms, clean room with the attached bathroom. It also offers hot and cold shower facilities. It has an attractive garden with plenty of space available for rest. It offers 5-star service with located in the central point of Thamel.

Kathmandu to Sotikhola

We also offer a 4×4 jeep for the drive to Sotikhola which is known as the Starting trekking point of Manaslu Region. It bounces you more of a fortuitous of getting over the unforgettably last kilometers of the road from Dhading Besi. The journey is only 7 to 8 hours’ drive. We will arrange lunch stop, toilet stops and occasional short photography breaks during Drive. Provide us your Travel detail and we will try to hook you up for a more affordable ride.


You will found extensive ranges of meals. Three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). The meals include noodles, soups, handmade bread, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, and potatoes. All the meals will be served in lodges. Generally, dinner and breakfast are served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full possibilities or choices to choose your favored stuff from a minor menu provided by the lodge.

The Manaslu region can be considered the best region for trekking in Nepal in terms of accommodation as we will manage the best accommodation for you(Our Guest). We can find some hotels having basic rooms, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets with electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.  Nowadays in the new constructions, we can find involved bathrooms as well. Mostly the lodges in Manaslu have a small room with 2 Single Beds.

Equipment List

Himalaya Friendly Treks has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum


Trekking boots, trekking socks, and sandals.


Down jacket, waterproof jacket, and trousers, trekking trousers, long sleeve shirts, microfleece, mid to heavyweight fleece, sleeveless or body warmer type fleece, thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic), fleece pants,


fleece gloves warm mittens and/or gloves.

Headwear: Sun hat, wool or fleece hat, scarf, head torch and extra batteries for incase, and sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:

Day backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing, stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized, two water bottles (Nalgene wide-mouth bottles are the best), sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF, insect repellent, water purification tablets (Pristine, Box Aqua or Aqua Mira), iPod and cards etc., trekking poles, camera with spare batteries and memory cards, insurance certificate.

Personal first aid kit:

Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light), Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids), 1 skin-blister repair kit Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-headache pills, Cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant, Water purification tablets or water filter, 1 set of earplugs, Extra pair of prescription glasses and contact lens supplies.

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