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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip code NNTR-1041
Package name Manaslu Circuit Trek
Duration 13 Days
Max. elevation 5213 m
Transportation private Tourist vehicle / 4w Jeep as per the itinerary.
Accomodation 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Best Available guesthouses during the trek.
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 1,352 per person



Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), also known as Kutang is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himalayan Range in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul.
We, Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub consider the Manaslu Reason among the best trekking reason in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal.

The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters. The Manaslu reason is one of the “Best Kept Secret” trekking areas of Nepal. It is far less crowded than other well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. There are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail.

The trek is wild and remote. The first part of the trail follows the Budi Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridges. As we go higher we will experience the culture of Gurung people living on the lap of the Himalayas. Manaslu has a lot to offers to the trekkers, from the beautiful scenery of the majestic Himalayan Ranges and high altitude glassier lakes to rich biological and cultural diversity as we trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106m/16,752 ft, The highest point reached along the trek route is which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. 

Outline Itinerary

Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 12 days offers most of the great things this trek has to offers to the trekkers. If you have enough time and want to explore more of Manaslu Reason you should definitely need to consider NNTR Tusm Valley and Manaslu Trekking for 21 days, we will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of traveling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make this trek wonderful.

Elevation in Meter & Feet
Trekking / Walking
1Arrival in Kathmandu
1,400m / 4,600 ft
30m Drive
2Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley
1,400m / 4,600 ft
5-6 hr Drive
3Drive to Sotikhola via Aarughat by Private Jeep
730m / 2, 394 ft
6-7 hr Drive
4Trek to Machhakhola
930m / 3,050 ft
5-6 hr Trek
5Trek to Jagat Village
1,370m / 4,494 ft
5-6 hr Trek
6Trek to Deng
1, 830m / 6,002 ft
5-6 hr Trek
7Trek to Namrung Village
2,540m / 8,331 ft
6-7 hr Trek
8Trek to Lho Village
3,180m / 10, 430 ft
5-6 hr Trek
9Trek to Samagaun
3,390m / 11,120 ft
3-4 hr Trek
10Acclimatization and Rest in Sama Gaun
3,390m / 11,120 ft

11Trek to Samdo
3,860m / 12,660 ft
3-4 hr Trek
12Trek to Dharmasala
4,460m / 14, 629 ft
4-5 hr Trek
13Trek to Larkya Pass (5,213m / 17,099 ft) to Bhimtang
3,720m / 12,202 ft
7-8 hr Trek
14Trek to Tilje to Dharapani
1,860m / 6,101 ft
5-6 hr Trek
15Drive to Besisahar to Kathmandu
1,400m / 4,600 ft
6-7 hr Drive
16Departure from Kathmandu

30m Drive

Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Like in other famous trekking trails you can't expect any luxury accommodations in the Manaslu Circuit trek. as the Manaslu is a remote and restricted area for trekking. They have very simple and ordinary teahouses with limited services. Most of the teahouses have shared toilet and washing facilities. you have to make sure to bring a good quality sleeping bag with you.

There is nothing like falling asleep after a long day on the trails to a panoramic display of mountains outside your bedroom window. On the inside, the accommodation is simple, yet clean, cozy, and functional. The rooms usually include single-sized beds with comfortable sheets and pillows. All the Accommodation for your trek and tour is twin sharing basis. If you wish to get a single supplement it will be available in Kathmandu and lower elevation of the trekking area but it might be difficult to get them in higher elevations in peak seasons.

Food in Manaslu Circuit Trek

During the Manaslu  Circuit Trek, you can enjoy traditional Nepali food “Daal Bhaat”, which is a platter of boiled rice, curry, Greens, lentil soup, and pickles is available everywhere, as well as many types of International (Indian, Chinese, Italian, Continental, Tibetan, etc) foods.
For breakfast, you can choose items of bread, eggs, porridge, muesli, pancake, fries, Chapati, etc.
The lunch and dinner menu is the same, which includes items of some vegetables and meats (limited option), spaghetti, pizza, noodles, Soup, momo, etc are common foods. The fruit is rare and you don’t find any seafood items on the menu.
You can also find simple choices of hot beverages that include different types of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot lemon with Ginger and honey, etc. In some places, you can also find a simple dessert menu that includes apple pie, chocolate roll, custard, and pudding. Breakfast and Dinner we will take wherever we stay and the Lunch we will take on the way to our Destinations.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountain scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm.
Manaslu circuit trek can't be done in winter, Trekking trails above Samagaun (3390m/11120ft) Village is usually blocked by heavy snowfall, and all the teahouses above Samagaun are closed.
Manaslu Circuit Trek can be taken during monsoon too, but the Moonsoon cold can be bitter and the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain, you might have to trek all day under the rain without any views and Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.

Our Trekking Team for Manashlu Circut Trekking

Your safety is our first priority. To make your dream adventure come true and successful there will be 1 professional trekking leader/guide, 1 assistance trekking guide (1 assistance trekking guide for every 7 trekkers), and support staff / Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers). These arrangements will make sure that if anybody on the group gets any issue (emergency return, Altitude sickness, physical damage, sickness, etc) in the middle of the trek and can’t continue rest of the group can still go ahead as planned as to the destinations.
For more detail please visit the FAQ section below the package

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring your passport,2 copies of passport size photos, and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent it by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day 2 : sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit the following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

 Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy  Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river. 

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site;  Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes in all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces on to magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you at Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through the narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

Day 3 : Drive to Sotikhola via Aarughat by Private Jeep (730m / 2,394 ft)

Our Journey to one of the best-kept secrets of Nepal began today, after an early breakfast we set up for a Himalayan ride to Soti Khola. We will drive through the countryside of Nepal, Many small towns, Green Hills and Riverside. We can also enjoy the panoramic views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Shringi Himal, and many more. Places like Dhading Besi, Aarughat, Aarkhet will be the small breakthroughs of our 7-hour drive to Soti Khola.

Day 4 : Trek to Machhakhola (930m / 3,050 ft)

Our epic journey begins after breakfast in Soti Khola. Our trek goes Up and Down through various Landscapes including forests, rice fields, a cliff-face ridge, beautiful waterfalls, and rushing Rivers. After crossing the hanging suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River we trek through the green Saal forest. Then we climb up to the ridge above the wild Rapids of Budhi Gandaki River. We will then reach Khursane on a rocky trail. Then we trek up to the picturesque village of Lapubesi. From here continue along the Gandaki river bank to arrive at Machhi Khola.

Day 5 : Trek to Jagat Village (1,370m / 4,494 ft)

Following the Budi Gandaki Gorge, we will ascend and descend through narrow trails. We will pass through small villages like Tharo Khola, Khlorabesi, and Tatopani where they have Natural Hot Spring – a perfect place to take a small break to rest your weary muscles in the hot water. From here we will climb over the ridge to arrive at Dobhan. We continue climbing through the deep forests, we keep an eye out for the Langur Monkeys with some other wildlife and Neat Gurung Village high above the jungle. We will climb over another ridge to arrive at the village of Jagat.

Day 6 : Trek to Deng (1,830m / 6,002 ft)

Today we will make our way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests, Rivers, waterfalls, and small farming villages. We will cross the small farming village like Salleri, Sirdibas, Philim, Nupri/ Ekle Bhatti, etc. we pass through the beautiful trace landscapes growing Maize, Millet, Potatoes,& vegetables. We again trek through an uninhabited Gorge and the trails at the Bank of Budi Gandaki.

Day 7 : Trek to Namrung Village (2,540m / 8,331 ft)

We begin our day by ascending to cross the river and drops down to the Sringi Valley. As we climb up from the valley major peaks of this trek will start to appear in the distance. Along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas, many Mani-lined Walls, and Gumbas, We will trek through Pork village, the vintage point of snowcapped mountains with a beautiful scenario of Gurung village. This is an optional way to Namrung. The trail then follows the river upstream dense forests and leads to the narrow Gorge. We will cross the Budi Gandaki River several times then we take a steep climb at the end to get into Namrung Village.

Day 8 : Trek to Lho Village (3,180m / 10,430 ft)

We wake up earlier today to encounter the beautiful sunrise view over the Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Buddha Himal. The village of Namrung marks the beginning of the region of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Passing through forests, villages, many stupas, and barley Farm the trail drops and crosses the side of the valley of Simnang Himal, with Ganesh Himal in another side. The first stunning glimpse of Manaslu gets visible once we arrive at Lho village where we stay overnight; hear you enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from your Guesthouse window.

Day 9 : Trek to Samagaun (3,390m / 11,120 ft)

It’s not a big day, but a busy day! The Extraordinary views of Manaslu, visiting the famous Ribung monastery, Shyala Village, Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Ganesh Himal with beautiful Hanging Glacier will make you busy to embark them and take many photos. Once we arrive at Samagaun we can see women weaving wool into the gowns or Chinese brandy on sale. About more than 500 years of settlement in this village of Samagaun will give you the idea of how these people are surviving nowhere on the lap of the giant Mountains for a long time! We can take a small walk above the village where they have a monastery, on the way back we can see the lifestyle of the locales!

Day 10 : Acclimatization and Rest in Sama Gaun with Side Trip to either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Basecamp or Birendra Tal.

After a few days of a significant gain in altitude, you'll take today off to relax and acclimatize. There is an optional walk up to the ridge below to Manaslu Base Camp (4,500m / 14,763 ft) or Pungyen Gumpa and Birendra Tal on the lap of Manaslu Massive offering great views of Hanging Glassier and 8,000-meter peak towering above you.

Day 11 : Trek to Samdo (3,860m / 12,660 ft)

After the acclimatization day up in Sama Gaun, you'll be ready to hit the road to Larke La Pass again. As you leave Sama Gaun, you'll catch an outstanding glimpse of the Himalayas, we will descend down to Budi Gandaki again then we climb up to the small village of Kane. We will pass several Mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It’s an easy trek to Samdo, the village of 200 permanent Residents, also known for traditional yak herding and it represents the traditional Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, Breeding sheep and goats, training horses, and planting barley.

Day 12 : Trek to Dharmasala (4,460m / 14,629 ft)

We Begin our day after breakfast at Samdo. Crossing the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki we come across the Larkya Glassier, Long the way we will see many Mni Walls and Monastery with a stunning view of mountains. We will head around the valley of Sala Khola and climb up again to Dharmasala. The base of Larke La pass, where we take shelter for the night.

Day 13 : Trek to Larkya Pass (5,213m / 17,099 ft) to Bhimtang (3,720m / 12,202 ft)

Finally, it’s a day to cross a Larke La pass, which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. a short climb will lead us to the north side of Larkya Glassier. The trail upwards is very gradual but we will trek slow and steady to avoid the altitude. It takes about 5 hours to kick the pass, The spectacular mountain scenery on the west is something you will never forget- Himlung Himal (7,126m / 23,379 ft), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m / 22,903 ft), and Annapurna II (7,937m / 26,040 ft) and many more. The strenuous descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually, we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and it’s an easy trail that continues to Bimtang.

Day 14 : Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje to Dharapani (1,860m / 6,101 ft)

It’s another scenic day of our trek. Views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below are again spectacular. From Bhimtang, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho and Tilje, Where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but we will continue walking until we get to Dharapani for the night.

Day 15 : Drive to Besisahar to Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,600 ft)

After the morning breakfast, we will take the best available public jeep to get back to Beshisahar, by the time we arrive here our private tourist vehicle will be waiting for you. You will take a small break here then we will drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey farewell dinner will be served in the traditional Nepali restaurant with a cultural program.

Day 16 : Departure from Kathmandu

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.


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