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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an amazing and adventurous trek in Nepal Himalayas. The main objective of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is to cross Larkya (Larke) La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,160 meters.

It is not difficult to cross this high pass, and it does not require technical experience, but it is one of the longest trekking passes in Nepal Himalayas. The Manaslu Circuit was opened in 1991 for trekking purposes but is becoming increasingly popular, with thousands of trekkers making the trek every year.

The Manaslu Circuit is a beautiful trekking route that allows you to go around Manaslu. Manaslu (8,163 m) is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu Circuit is in a restricted (controlled) area and requires a special permit to trek, a minimum of two people are required to obtain the permit.

The route of Manaslu Circuit Trek feels like a piece of heaven you have never seen before. Its geography, culture, natural beauty, wildlife, birds, and poor rural settlements delight the mind. Not only that, you will also trek through rough terrain and off the beaten path. At each stage of your trek, you will experience different looks of mountains and different cultural diversity.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers a unique opportunity to experience the relatively "untouched" region of Nepal. It is also connected to the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). A diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail physically closer to Tibet than any other trekking in Nepal. People in the Manaslu region travel to Tibet to buy essentials such as rice, clothing and Tibetan beer, which are cheaper than in the Nepalese market.

The trek always offers amazing views of Mount Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks in the background. The trek follows an altitude of 570 to 5160 meters. Manaslu, known as the "Three Peaks". The trek leads through a wide steep valley to the opposite world of Sama, over the Larkya La Pass and down to the Marshyangdi River.

As this is a long trip, you should be in good physical condition and allow extra days for rest during the trek. Sama Gaun before you cross the pass is ideal for: You can enjoy a hike to a glacial lake and the Pugen Glacier. There is an alternative hike to Manaslu base camp (4500 m) with spectacular views of Manaslu, glaciers and lakes.

Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Soti Khola or Machha Khola. Most of the road from Kathmandu between Soti Khola and Machha Khola is off-road, so it would be nice to use a four-wheeler jeep. The trek ends at Bhulbhule or Besi Sahar. If you have limited time, it is also possible to drive off-road from Dharapani to Besi Sahar in a single day except in monsoon. Traveling from Bhulbhule or Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by public bus would be fine.

18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek includes 12 days trekking (14 days from Kathmandu) and one day sightseeing and one day rest in Kathmandu, two days for arrival and departure from Kathmandu.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Trekking in a restricted (controlled) area with a special permit.
  • Trekking in remote and less crowded areas compared to popular trekking routes.
  • Cross the challenging Larke Pass (Larkya La Pass) at an altitude of 5,160 meters.
  • The panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains is truly impressive.
  • Witness breathtaking view of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, and other peaks
  • The trek through various ethnic villages inhabited by Gurungs, Magars and Tibetans.
  • Experience rich cultural traditions, including unique festivals, rituals and traditional architecture.
  • The trail is adorned with Buddhist monasteries, chortens and mani walls that add to the cultural and spiritual richness.
  • Visit monasteries and stupas that reflect the religious and cultural influences of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The trek passes through the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Encounter wildlife such as Himalayan tahr, snow leopards, red pandas, and various species of pheasants.
  • Allows for a more peaceful and authentic hiking experience, especially for those seeking solitude and a deeper connection with nature.
  • The teahouses along the trail offer hikers comfortable accommodation and local meals and allow them to socialize with other hikers.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit trekking package depends on various factors. These include the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.

The Alpine Adventure Club announces the cost and some fixed departure dates for the Manaslu Circuit Trek for groups joining in 2024 and 2025, the cost includes the standard service. If you wish to participate in a private trek, the cost will be different.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Machha Khola (930 m)
Day 04: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1,340 m)
Day 05: Jagat trek to Deng (1,860 m)
Day 06: Deng trek to Namrung (2,630 m)
Day 07: Namrung trek to Samagaun (3,520 m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Samagaun
Day 09: Samagaon trek to Samdo (3,690 m)
Day 10: Samdo trek to Dharamshala/Larkya Phedi (4,460 m)
Day 11: Larkya Phedi trek to Bimtang (3,590 m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5,160 m)
Day 12: Bimtang trek to Tilje (2,300 m)
Day 13: Tilje trek to Jagat (1,300 m)
Day 14: Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840 m)
Day 15: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 16: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu and Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Machha Khola
Trek End Point: Bhulbhule
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouses / Mountain Lodges
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5,160 meters
Duration: 17 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room in a 3-star standard hotel)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola transportation by private vehicle
  • Bhulbhule to Kathmandu transportation by public bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Manaslu special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Adventure Club who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and if time permitted visit our office to pay the rest of bill, collect the information and signup the trip agreement or not enough time office authorize person come to your hotel to collect the payment. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Pashupatinath temple (The biggest Hindu temple), Boudhanath (the biggest Buddhist stupa), Swayambhunath known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar square then drive back to hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Machha Khola (930 m) 8/9 hours drive
If you prefer to take private transportation to Machha Khola, the guide will arrive at your hotel around 8 am to pick you up, but if you plan to go by public bus, he will come earlier. You drive towards Machha Khola, and the first stage will take about five hours. The road is smooth and paved, and after about 125 km you will reach Arughat. The further you get from Arughat, the more uneven and rugged the road becomes until you reach Machha Khola. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1340m) 5/6 hours
Today you will cross a stream named Machha Khola. The trail is full of ups and downs. After crossing the Tharokhola stream you will head upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabesi. After few more ascends and descends you will come across a small hot spring in Tatopani. The route now switches to the left bank of the river through a suspension bridge. Climbing on a wide, well-crafted staircase you will finally reach tea house at Doban after crossing a short section of forest. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, you will climb again over a ridge, trek along the river and ascend towards beautiful village of Jagat. Overnight at teahouse/lodge

Day 05: Jagat trek to Deng (1860m) 7/8 hours
After breakfast in the village of Jagat, you'll make your way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests, as well as small rivers and rustic villages to get to your final destination. Begin the trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues to the Ghatta Khola river. You'll continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. From here, the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge where you'll descend to the grassy slopes, and then cross the Budhi Gandaki river. Trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank before you return to the west side again. The trail widens through the valley and you'll pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola river. Upon crossing, you'll reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Deng trek to Namrung (2630m) 6/7 hours
Today you will trek to Namrung from Deng. Descend about 40 minute, cross the Budi Gandaki river to reach Rana (1910m). Climb about an hour up and down to reach Bhi, head west to the Budi Gandaki valley beyond the village by crossing the Serang Khola. The trail passes through the impressive mani stone through forest where you will turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. It will take approximately two and half hours to reach Ghap from Bhi. You can see the Tibetan influence at Ghap village. There is another route as well. You can take that route through Prok village. Prok has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. Trekking will be pleasantly cool as you start to gain the height and enter the alpine forest of pines and juniper. Cross the river again and climb some steep staircases up to the village of Namrung. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Namrung trek  to Samagaun (3520m) 6/7 hours
Today you will trek from Namrung after exploring Sringi and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt.Himal Chuli in the south. There are extensive barley field and pastures as you trek through the village. Climbing quite steeply, you will reach the picturesque village of Lihi (2920m). It is a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. You will cross a large stream flowing down the Lidanda Glacier and pass through the Tibetan village of Sho. Just about the village you will get a splendid view of Manaslu north and Manaslu itself ahead. Further pass through Lho and Shyala village before reaching Samagaun village. Lho is a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens, mani walls and a very ornate white stupa. You will enjoy extraordinary views of Mt.Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In the Shyala village you will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Nagi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and glaciers straight ahead and other snow clad summits to the right. And at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Sama Gaun
Today we acclimatization in Sama Gaun. Walk to Pung Gyen monastery (Gompa) 3870 meters or day hike to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp, it is nice day trip from Sama Gaun. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Samagaon trek to Samdo (3690m) 4/5 hours
Today offer incredible mountain views, past craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route we pass the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the "kane" entrance of Samdo. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we can visit during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Samdo trek to Dharamshala/Larkya Phedi (4460m) 4/5 hours
Today we follow the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation to cross the Larkya La Pass (5160m) tomorrow. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Larkya Phedi trek to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5160m) 8/9 hours
After a short climb above the Dharamsala , we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, often through the snow, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II, equally stunning from both sides. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. We'll lunch below the pass on smooth rocks before continuing the descent, still three hours to go to our campsite. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bhimtang. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 12: Bimtang trek to Tilje (2300m) 6/7 hours
Enjoying some great views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m) and Mt Manaslu from the ridge at Bimthang, we descend to a huge pasture and walk past it to cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola (river). We now move ahead through the pine and rhododendron forests. The trail follows the narrow valley to the settlement of Karche (2785m). Walking across the fields, we make a steep climb from to a ridge. The trails now drops down from a ridge to a river bank until we arrive at the village of Gho. The trail descends into pine and rhododendron forest before following the Dudh Khola river. We continue trek through fields to Tilje, a large Gurung village. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 13: Tilje trek to Jagat (1300m) 7/8 hours
We begin by crossing the Dudh Khola and make a steep descent towards the Marshyangdi Valley to arrive at Thonje. The trail goes up to join the Annapurna trail over the Marsyangdi river into Dharapani. The walk ahead is filled with numerous ups, downs and high cascading waterfalls just before you reach the plains of Tal. Onward, we first climb on to a ridge before negotiating a steep descent to eventually reach a small village of Sattale. A steep climb along a small path brings us to Chamje. From Chamje about an hour's walk you reach Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840m) 5/6 hours
This day we will walk for about 7 hours. On the way we will cross Marshyangdi River. Walk up to Bahundanda (1300 m) and walk downhill towards Bhulbhule. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 15: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1350m) 7/8 hours drive
This day we will drive by private vehicles 6 hours and local bus 8 hours to reach Kathmandu. Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu, It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road. Drive through the Besi Sahar, Dumre, Muglin, Malekhu, Naubise and Thankot then reach at Balaju bus stop from where take another vehicle to go your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 16: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at Hotel

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip
We will drop you at the airport by our private vehicle according to your airport time. It is recommended to reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

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