Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Manaslu trekking has been open since 1991, it provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is now a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to venture round its spectacular circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek is growing in popularity as next Annapurna circuit Trek.

Manaslu has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in bio diversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.

We have two options for continuing Manaslu Circuit Trek.

OPTION 1: The first option is to trek further to Jomsom at Kali Gandaki river valley crossing which is another high and adventure hike through Thorung La pass at 5,416 meters. (Optionally, Nar Phu Valley Trek) and conclude the trek by flying down to Kathmandu via Pokhara, or you can also avoid a flight by walking down to Pokhara from Jomsom following the Annapurna trail in 4 – 5 Days. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks.

OPTION 2: The second option is to continue descending along the Marshyangdi river valley through the rhododendron and oak forests and finally conclude the trek at Chamje and Drive to Kathmandu. Any physically fit person can do this trip anytime from Mar to May (spring season) and Sept to Nov (Autumn season).

Choose the best option for you to enjoy the Manaslu Circuit Trek!

Manuals Circuit Trek Difficulty

For trekkers seeking adventure, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best choice. This trek is a moderately hard trek. The trekker’s physical condition has a lot to do with the difficulty of Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Trek is one of Nepal’s challenging treks that take you through the Himalayan region’s remote villages. It’s one of Nepal’s off-beaten treks. This trek will take you around Mt. Manaslu, 8 highest mountain worlds at 8,163 m (26,781 ft). And is gaining popularity as the new Himalayan trekking jewel in the crown.

Also a good tea house trek is the Manaslu Circuit trek. Some call it even Nepal’s best all-round trek. It’s definitely a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

It’s much less crowded than other classic Nepal treks. The spectacular crossings of the suspension bridge and a 1500 meters (17,000 ft) Himalayan pass are absolutely exciting.

Getting Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek trailhead is the nearest of the main Nepalese treks to Kathmandu. That said, it is still a 126 km (80 miles) adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, which takes about 6 hours by jeep (recommended) or 8 + hours by public bus. If road conditions are challenging (which is often the case in September at the trail end of the monsoon), you may have to start walking in Arughat, add an extra day.

Best Time to Trek Manaslu Circuit

Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek Manaslu Circuit. During Spring March, April and May are the best months for trekking, as the weather will be clear and calm in these months, as well as the opportunity to see high mountains including Manaslu with all the snow. Spring is the perfect season for the blooming of rhododendrons; you can see all the forest of rhododendrons turning into a lovely garden.

For Manaslu Circuit Trek, another perfect season is autumn. September, October and November are the ideal hiking months after the monsoon in Nepal. During these months you can get a clear majestic view of the Himalayas and experience their culture as you can be part of Nepal’s biggest festivals during autumn. With the phenomenal natural view, trekkers can experience local culture throughout this season.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1400 meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Arughat (640 meters) 8 hours.

Your Trekking staff will come to your hotel early in the morning at 7.00 AM to pick you up, from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi for 3.30 hours is comfortable drive after which there is a 4 -hour bumpy and winding off road to Arughat. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4
Trek to Lububesi (880 meters), 5 hours.

Today, after breakfast we drive to Khursapani by Jeep. After taking our lunch in Khursapani, we start our trek to Lububesi. The trail goes slow up along Budi Gandaki river. After ascending around 3 hours, we finally arrive in Lububesi and Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Trek to Khorlabesi (970 meters), 5 hours.

Today, after breakfast we start our trek. The valley is narrow at the beginning. We pass small villages and descend s to sandy riverbeds. We then ascend to Machhakhola for the lunch and further one hour walk bring us in Khorlabesi, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Trek to Jagat (1,370 meters), 5.30 hours.

Today, we start our trek with easy walking to Tatopani, a place with natural hot spring. From here we cross the Budi Gandaki River through suspension bridge and continue our walking. Today it is slow ascending all the way to Jagat village, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Trek to Deng (1,920 meters), 6 hours.

Today, we continue our trek along the Budigandaki river through flat way to Philim village and to Eklebhatti village where we take our lunch. From Ekle Bhatti we cross the river again and enter to dramatic section of the gorge high above the river. The trail goes up to west side of the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the village of Deng, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8
Trek to Namrung (2,250 meters), 6 hours.

Today, we enter the area influenced by Buddhism. Walking few ups and downs through forests, we arrive at Ghap. On the way well preserves paintings and elegant mani wall is interesting. From here valley becomes steeper and we go long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Lho-Gaun (3,180 meters), 3.30 hours.

We have short walk, today we go through typical Tibetan village. Which consists Tibetan style entrance gates, mani walls and Buddhist gompas.We also have view of Manaslu and Gorakh himal before we arrive in Lho-Gaun, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10
Trek to Samagau (3,450 meters), 3 hours.

Today, we start our trek with view of Peak 29. It is steep up way through the forest for couple of hours to bring us Shyala. From here we have superb view of Manaslu and Himalchuli. From here, easy walking through the forest bring us at Samagau. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11
Acclimatization / Discover Samagau.

Today is the Acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. If you feel good, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp through Birendra lake or make a short hike Sama monastery and relax at the village, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12
Trek to Samdo (3,780 meters), 3.30 hours.

Today, we have pleasant walk to Samdo. The trail goes gradual up following Kali Gandaki River. Passing several mani walls, we also have magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu and other major peaks throughout the day. We cross the Kaligandaki River and clime for 15~20 minutes before to reach Samdo, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 13
Trek to Dharmasala (4,460 meters), 4 hours.

We start our trek passing fields and old mani walls. After we descend to River and cross the wooden bridge to arrive Larkya bazaar. Larkya bazaar is used to be very famous bazaar but now there is nothing remain.From here we go through another mani walls marks, where the trails start to climb with view of huge Larke Glaicer ahead. A final push over with steep climbing closed the Larke Glacier and to reach Dharmasala, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 14
Day 14: Cross Larke La (5,210 meters), and trek to Bhimtang (3,630 meters) 7- 8 hours.

Today, we star early in the morning with pack lunch for the day. It is steep up for about 4 hours to the Larkya top. From here, we have great panoramic view of Mt. Himlung, Kang guru, Annapurna II and more. From here the trail descend all the way for about 3 hours. Depending on the condition, crampons and ice axe are advisable to have as the trail might be covered by the snow, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 15
Trek to Tilje (2,240 meters), 5 hours.

We start our trek by crossing the pastures of Bimthang. Now the trail drops to a glacial stream at the origin of Dudh Khola. After crossing a wooden bridge, we descend into pine and rhododendron forest. We walk further ups ans down, prayer flags and terrace fields follow the way, bringing us a Large Gurung village Tilje, Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 16
Trek to Shyange (1100 meters) 5 hours.

We walk through the lush forest to the river on an undulating trail and cross another suspension bridge leading to Chamje. Chamje is an atmospheric,’ wild west’ tea town, often packed with saddled local horses. From here, the road-building is full-on, so we will continue to hop in our jeeps as far as we can. But before then we have another hour of descent along the new dirt road, looking across the river to large waterfalls, to reach the (once) beautiful paved village of Jagat, located on a shelf that extends into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. We continue through the rhododendron and pine forests down to Syange. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 17
Drive from Shyange to Kathmandu approx. 7-8 hours

Today we’re driving back to Kathmandu. Try to get your vehicle left to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces while driving. In the evening we’ll have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performance.

Day 18
Fly to home.

The trip concludes! We will drop you to the airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • Hot drinks, (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
  • All your meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works, (ACAP, a special permit for Manaslu trek).
  • Trekking information management system (TIMS) permit.
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat by 4WD/local bus.
  • Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by local bus/ jeep.
  • Helpful and strong, the required number of staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Walking stick (if, it is required).
  • All our government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show.

Price Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111,

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trek of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  •  Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  •  Trekking Guide Training
  •  Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  •  English Language
  •  Conservation & Biodiversity
  •  Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • 17 Days
  • Moderate to Demanding
  • Min. 2 to Max. 14 Persons
  • March, April, May, September, October, November.
  • 5,210m.
  • 4 to 6 hours.
  • Arughat/Besisahar
  • Manaslu/Annapurna

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”


MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”

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