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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 the Larkya (Larke) La Pass situated at an altitude of 5160 meters. It is not difficult to cross this high pass and it does not require any technical experience but it is one of the longest trekking passes in Nepal Himalayas. The Manaslu circuit was opened for trekking in 1991 but it is rapidly gaining popularity as thousands of trekkers undertake this trek every year. Manaslu circuit is a beautiful trekking circuit, this trek allows you to circle around the Manaslu mountain. Manaslu (8163 m) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu circuit is in a restricted (controlled) area and a special permit is required to trek, at least two people are required to obtain a permit.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route feels like a never-before-seen piece of heaven. Its geography, culture, natural beauty, wildlife, birds, and poor rural settlements delight the mind. Not only that, but you will also walk through rough terrain and off-the-beaten-path. At every step of your walk, you will get to see different looks of mountains and cultural diversity.

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

The trek always provides 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". Trek through a vast precipitous valley to the opposite world of Sama, crossing the Larkya La pass and descending to Marshyangdi Khola.

Since it is a long journey, you should be in the good physical condition and have extra days for rest during the trek. Sama gaun, before you cross the pass, it is ideal for; You can enjoy a walk to a glacial lake and the Pugen Glacier. There is an alternative walk up to Manaslu Base Camp (4500 m) to get spectacular views of Manaslu, glaciers, and lakes.

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

Manaslu Circuit Trek en route has good availability of teahouse/lodge facilities, provides basic accommodation and hygienic food to trekkers. Almost all tea houses offer twin rooms, two beds in one room. The beds are available very simple and basic with a pillow and cushion sheets for a good sleep.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat and Soti Khola (730m)
Day 04: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 05: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1340m)
Day 06: Jagat trek to Deng (1860m)
Day 07: Deng trek to Namrung (2630m)
Day 08: Namrung trek to Samagaun (3520m)
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Samagaun
Day 10: Samagaon trek to Samdo (3690m)
Day 11: Samdo trek to Dharamshala/Larkya Phedi (4460m)
Day 12: Larkya Phedi trek to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Day 13: Bimtang trek to Tilje (2300m)
Day 14: Tilje trek to Jagat (1300m)
Day 15: Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 16: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 17: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu and Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Soti Khola
Trek End Point: Bhulbhule
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5160m
Duration: 18 Days

The price of the trip depends on the size of the group and the level of service in the cities where you are going to use the accommodation (deluxe, standard, and budget) and the entire trekking can be done with either a normal teahouse or the best available teahouse Or camping (fully tented camp). Better to tell us what you're looking for? Please Click here to request a price.


  • 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 Soti 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 Arughat and Soti Khola (730m) 8/9 hours drive
After breakfast you will be taken to the scenic drive to Arughat bazaar along the Trishuli river. One can explore scenery and rural lifestyle. You will be driving to Dhading Besi from Kathmandu. Further you will drive north to Arughat from Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading, for few hours. Finally you reach Arughat Bazaar (670m), a clustered settlement on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river linked by a suspension bridge. It is the popular trade centre in the region. Drive further towards Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (930m) 5/6 hours
Your trek will begin with breakfast at your hotel. After crossing a bridge, the trail passes through beautiful Sal Forest. Then you climb into a ridge above huge rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. You will pass a few small of villages. You will climb further behind an outcrop until you reach a wide valley at the confluence where a large tributary mixes at the Budhi Gandaki River. You will descend along the wide sandy riverbed. Cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight at teahouse/lodge

Day 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: 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 09: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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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