Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 22 Days

Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trekking takes you to for the circumambulation of the 8th highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,156m) and the exploration of the challenging trail in a remote region in the vicinity of Nepalese Himalayas. Presence of Hindu and Buddhist culture, conserved wildlife and rare floral diversity, stunning mountain vistas, raging and perennial rivers, vertiginous bridges and authentic rural lifestyle that has preserved the aura since ages. A quaint trekking trail, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is at par with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the trek to Everest region in terms of difficulty, diversity, scenery and heritages. Join this trek, in a restricted trekking region, to explore the remote areas close to Tibet with full of wilderness, moderate strain, spectacular geography, culturally fascinating areas, challenging pass of Larkya La (5123m) and superb view of the snowy peaks including Annapurna II (7939m), Kang Guru (6981m), Himlung Peak (7,125m), Cheo Peak (6820m), besides the majestic Manaslu Peak. You will just enjoy the adventure here!

The adventure in the un-trampled trail of Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins all the way from Arughat and traverses through the bamboo forests and Gurung settlements along the gorge of Budi Gandaki River. Navigating through several rural settlements of Soti Khola, Almara and Machha Khola, dense forest, past scenic landscape and waterfalls, viewing the snowcapped mountain and encountering the ups and downs of the trail, we reach to Jagat. En route we also stop at the natural hot spring, called Tatopani in local language. The ascent along the trail continues, as we trek through narrow valleys, small settlements including Gha and Lho, pass the Mani stones and hike to the lateral moraines of the glacier and ancient Gompa to reach settlement of Samagaon. Through the wide grassy valleys, terraced hills and settlements with unique arrangements, we trek to the settlement of Dharmashala, a stoppage before conquering the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,215m). After enjoying spectacular view of the towering peaks including Mt. Manaslu, we shall descent through moraines to Bhimphedi and through small pass, some settlements, terraced fields and cultivations to join the major trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek at the Gurung settlement of Tal. The journey continues to the lower elevations through the settlements of mid-hills such as Bahundanda and Besi Sahar following the down streams of mighty Marshayngdi River. We shall then drive back to Kathmandu and have a full day exploration of the medieval cultural, historical and religious heritages of the buzzing city before concluding the adventure of Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants decorated by colorful prayer flags, monasteries and Mani walls, and the cultural diversities mark some of the highlights of this trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a moderately strenuous trekking experience and thereby needs the trekkers to posses above average fitness level; previous trekking experience is an added advantage. Larkya La Pass is challenging for some experienced trekkers as well. Trekkers should be able to endure an average of 6-7 hours of trekking per day with a light backpack and passion for exploration of remote areas. March to May and September to November is the preferred season for trekking; winter and monsoon season may be dangerous, especially while crossing Larkya La Pass. We bring to you carefully planned itinerary, professional service and experienced trekking team. Dare to explore the remote areas around Manaslu Peak!

Outline Itinerary;

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )-Hotel (D)

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu -Hotel (B/B)

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (570m/1870ft) 6-7 hrs drive -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2395ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3051ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1410m/4626ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 07: Trek to Ngyak (2340m/7677ft) about 6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2160m/7086ft) about 6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 09: Trek to Lho (3180m/10433ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 10: Trek to Samagaon (3530m/11581ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek to Lela Kharka (3650m/11975ft) 4-5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3690m/12106ft) 3-4 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 13: Acclimatization day in Samdo -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 14: Trek to Dharamashala (4470m/14665ft) 3-4 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 15: Cross Larke La (5215m/17110ft) and trek Bhimphedi (3790m/12434) 6-7 hrs -Lodge (B/L/D)walk

Day 16: Trek to Tilje (2300m/7545ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 17: Trek to Tal (1725m/5659ft) about 5 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 18: Trek to Baundanda (1250m/4101ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 19: Trek to Bes Sahar (830m/ 2723ft) 5-6 hrs walk -Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) 7 hrs drive -Hotel (B/B)

Day 21: Full day in Kathmandu -Hotel (B/B)

Day 22: Final Departure – (B)

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Detail Itinerary

“Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan.”

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

Up on arrival in the international airport in Nepal you will pick up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel you will pick up for short day guided sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later on the evening you will have short brief about your tours with cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing tours to Swayambhunath stupa (known as monkey temple), Patan Durbar square (city of living arts), Pashupatinath Temple (holy Hindus temple) and Bouddhanath stupa (one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world). Back to hotel and make final preparations for the trip.  Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (570m/1870ft) 6-7 hrs drive

Today an early morning after breakfast you will start day scenic countryside drive to Arughat Bazaar with trekking staff. Arughat is a starting point of this trekking which is situated bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2395ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River with few up and down to the Soti-Khola. Today walk pass through the several villages with nice view of the mountain and waterfall. Local people are very friendly from this area, there are mixed communities in this area. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3051ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The trail begin descends slowly for about one hrs than again ascend along the ridge of the mountain to the Almara. From here to get to the Riden Gaon we have to cross the forest with few up and down. The valleys here divide on two sections by the Budhi Gandaki which is very nice to see. From Lambesi the trail descends to sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki, the area call Machha Khola (Fish Khola) where we suppose get local Fish. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1410m/4626ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Today we walk through the Hot Spring (Tatopani) where we can stop for hot bath for a while. After breakfast we cross Machha Khola over the suspension bridge than walk through forest along the Budhi Gandaki. After refreshment at Hot Spring the trail leads through the forest with few up and down to Dovan where you will able to see huge rapid of Bhudi Gandaki River. From here the trail ascend slowly with scenic view to the Jagat, this is a big town where we have to enter our trekking permit. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Trek to Ngyak (2340m/7677ft) about 6 hrs walk

The trail ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and from where we will have fantastic view of Sringi Himal (7177 m). The walk continues toward Ngyak through the narrows valleys. Today we have big and long ascended with such a lovely view of the mountain and Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2160m/7086ft) about 6 hrs walk

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Trek to Lho (3180m/10433ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon – a small village. Stay overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 10: Trek to Samagaon (3530m/11581ft) 5-6 hrs walk

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here we have a very close view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa. Stay overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Lela Kharka (3650m/11975ft) 4-5 hrs walk

After wonderful time in Samagaon, we start day trek with gradual path along the river. Today the trail is very gradual up and down with nice view of the mountain. The valley is fantastic, where we are able to see several animals own by the local. We pass several small settlement and yak pasture area. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3690m/12106ft) 3-4 hrs walk

Today the trail is very gradually up hill through the wide grassy valley. After breakfast, we settle our day with nice view of the mountain. We walk along the Budhi Gandaki River with few up and down; we have Fantastic Mountain from every minute which gives us energy to trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.    

Day 13: Acclimatization day in Samdo

Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement – Samdo. Here amid the most sever conditions of nature live some 200 villagers in forty houses check-by-jowl. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Trek to Dharamashala (4470m/14665ft) 3-4 hrs walk

The trail ascends for while than again back to gradual up and down along the Bhudi Gandaki through the valley. We have magnificent views of the Mt. Manaslu and many smaller peaks. We have to make a slow pest because altitude getting higher and higher. After about 4 hrs walk you will get to the camp side. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Cross Larke La (5215m/17110ft) and trek Bhimphedi (3790m/12434ft) 6-7 hrs walk

We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top we have panoramic view of the; Himlung Himal , Cheo Himal , Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru  and the Annapurna II and many more smaller peaks. Than the trail steep descent all the way, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Tilje (2300m/7545ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fig tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje with nice view of the mountain. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Trek to Tal (1725m/5659ft) about 5 hrs walk

Today we get back to major trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit .Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the several small villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. Tal is a small Gurung settlement which is a border of Manang and Lamjung District. Here you can visit small Gumpa and fantastic waterfall. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18:  Trek to Baundanda (1250m/4101ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After short descend we have long ascends all the way to Sanjee village pass through the Chamje and Jagat village. You have such a nice and big waterfall the other side of the Chamje. The trail follows downstream of Marshyangdi River through the narrow valley. After crossing the Marshyangdi River on the suspension from Sanjee the trail goes up for 15 minutes to Gharmuu Phant. From here we have about 2 hours easy walk and 30 minutes up hill walk through the nice scenery passing several settlements you will get to Bahundanda from where you will have such a nice view of the valley and mountain. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek to Bes Sahar (830m/ 2723ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

The trail quick drop down for about 01 hrs and gentle walk down to the Naadi village, from here the trail is very easy and soft along the Marshyangdi River passing through the Bhulbhule and Khudi. We will have lunch break at Khudi from here we have easy walk to Besi Sahar from where our trekking going finish.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) about 07 hrs drives

Today after breakfast we have day scenic countryside bus drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 21: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have free day in Kathmandu for shopping. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Final Departure

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to the international airport by our office representative for your next destination

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”

We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Include Exclude

Cost Includes:

  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 04 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and Besisahar to Kathmandu by public bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
  • ACAP and MCAP Permit and Special permit for Manaslu trek for 10 days
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.

Cost Exclude:

  • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Equipment List

Equipment for this trip

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Trekking stick.
  • Sun Hat, cap
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle.
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Sun cream.


Can you provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipe. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses don’t have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.

At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatize while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Trekking Poles are necessary while Trekking. isn’t it?
Of course, Trekking poles is taken as a necessary while trekking which help to balance the walking and makes eay to walk.

Do the bottle water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.

What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.

In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

Before You Go

Difficulties rating of Manaslu Circuit Trek
A trekkers have to pass Larka pass so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 5215m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on Manaslu Circuit Trek

Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Extra Advice for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute ballons, chocolates, money and pens as many trekkers has feit same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask to every trekkers.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not left any thing anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anythings outside at night.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

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Trekking Planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal. You can see photos of legal documents in about us section. We accept your booking under following terms and conditions:

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