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Manaslu Circuit Trek

The total journey around the Manaslu takes 15 days and involves the crossing of the great Larkya La pass (5106meters)

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    Trip Duration 17 Days

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    Max, Altitude 5106 meters

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Easy


  • The mesmerizing Manaslu peak, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
  • Traverse diverse landscapes, from lush terraced fields to rugged alpine terrain.
  • Immerse in the unique culture and traditions of local Tibetan-influenced communities.
  • Stand at the challenging Larkya La Pass and enjoy the panoramic Himalayan views.
  • Encounter ancient monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags reflecting Tibetan Buddhist heritage.
  • Explore amazing villages and interact with the hospitable locals.
  • Experience the serene beauty of glacial lakes, waterfalls, and dense forests.
  • Witness wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan Tahr.


Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most captivating adventurous treks in Nepal. This thrilling journey wraps around the majestic Manaslu peak, revealing the heart of Nepal’s beauty. Over the course of 18 days, you will be immersed in a perfect blend of amazing natural vistas, uncharted landscapes, and enriching cultural encounters. With a legacy of more than 2 decades as a premier trekking company, we, Himalayan Trekking extend our warm invitation for you to delve into the wonders of the Manaslu region alongside us. 

The Best Time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

The best seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are undoubtedly spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These months offer perfect, stable weather conditions and, of course, clear skies. Additionally, the pleasant temperatures ensure an unforgettable trekking experience.

Difficulty Level of the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderate-to-challenging trek. The trek involves high-altitude trekking, steep ascents and descents, and crossing the Larkya La Pass. Adequate preparation and acclimatization are essential for a successful and enjoyable trek.

Trek Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek:

1. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

The cost of the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) depends on how long you’ll be staying between Jagat and Dharapani. The cost of the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) also varies depending on the time of year. For the months of September to November, the fee is $100 per person for the initial 7 days, with an additional charge of $15 per person for each subsequent day. From December to August, the cost is $75 per person for the first week, and an extra $10 per person for each day thereafter.

2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Similar to the MCAP requirement, obtaining an ACAP is essential when embarking on the Manaslu Trek. The ACAP, or Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, grants you access to the stunning Annapurna Conservation Area through which the journey takes you. This permit holds significance as the expedition traverses a protected site. It is mandatory to present the ACAP at Dharapani, a requirement that remains valid until Besishar. The cost of this permit remains consistent for everyone.

For SAARC Nationals, the ACAP fee amounts to 10 USD, which translates to NPR 1000 per individual. On the other hand, for Non-SAARC nationals, the ACAP fee is set at 30 USD, equivalent to NPR 3000 per person.

3. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

You need this Manaslu trek permit to start from Philim, the beginning of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The cost remains constant at $30 per person for the whole year. Plus, no matter how many days you spend within MCAP, the price doesn’t change, and there are no restrictions.

You will get the Manaslu Restricted Permit from us, Himalayan Trekking Pvt. Ltd., in Nepal. The other two permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or their office in Pokhara. 


Join us, Himalayan Trekking Pvt. Ltd.,on the Manaslu Circuit Trek for a transformative adventure. Experience stunning landscapes, rich culture, and the grandeur of Manaslu Peak. Engage in the local traditions, conquer challenges, and find a different you!

Book now for a life-changing journey with Himalayan Trekking and Tours.

Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive outside the terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by our representative who will drop you off at the hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided tour to the most spiritual and popular attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these attractions are even included in the list of World Heritage Sites. Witness the brilliant Kathmandu Durbar Square, the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the renowned ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and one of the largest stupas in the world-Bouddhanath. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Prepare for the journey as we drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, your trek’s starting point. Experience the shift from city to village life as we head towards rugged trails. This is where your adventure begins.

Begin your trek through terraced fields, riverbanks, and pleasing Gurung villages. Cross thrilling suspension bridges and experience the warm hospitality of the locals.

Cross dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and fascinating rock formations as you make your way to Jagat, a charming village enriched with Tibetan culture.

Experience changing landscapes as you ascend towards Deng. Pass through quaint villages and terraced fields. Dive in the serene surroundings.

Journey through pine forests and scenic landscapes, arriving in Namrung. A place  where stunning views of Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal welcome you.

We make our way from Namrung through a scenic trail with magnificent views of mighty Himalayan giants like DwijenHimal, SaulaHimal, Manaslu Mountain, Rupinala pass, Lajing peak. We also pass through beautiful monasteries as we make our way towards the Lho village. A short walk of a few hours from Lho takes us to Samagaon where panoramic views of the great Himalayan Mountains await us. Overnight at Samagaon.

Today, we explore the surrounding areas of Samagoan for acclimatization. We get to learn about the Sherpa lifestyle and culture while enjoying the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts. We make a visit to the PungyenGompa, an ancient monastery. There we can enjoy great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.

Today, we leave Samagaon and head for Samdo. We first descend to the Budi Gandaki River. We move through the valley to reach Samdo. The village offers beautiful views of Manaslu, Samdo, Nagdichuli and Manaslu glacier. Stay overnight in camp. Overnight in Samdo.

Today, we rest and acclimatize. We will also explore areas surrounding Samdo. We get to choose between two options – Hike up to a valley directly up Samdo and back or take a trip to Gya La. We recommend the first option. The hike leads us to one of the trade passes to Tibet where marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simran, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo can be seen.  We also can spot the Lophophorus, Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin en route. The other option of hiking to the Gya La, a more regularly used trading route to Tibet, is longer and can be exhausting. Overnight in Samdo.

We descend from Samdo village, cross a bridge over the Budi Gandaki and climb upwards while enjoying views of the Larkya Glacier. We make our way around the valley and then climb up towards Dharmasala. Overnight in Dharmasala.

We set off early from Dharmashala towards the base of Larkya La Pass. After an arduous climb, we reach to the summit of Larkya La Pass. The summit offers extraordinary views ofHimlung Mountain, Annapurna II Mountain, Kangurung and Cheo Mountain. From the summit, we descend towards Bhimtang where spectacular views of Manaslu and Lamjung Mountains await us.

After a good breakfast, we move down towards the Surke River. We then ascent on a trail through pine forest, to reach the Dudhkoshi River. We move further moving in and out of Dharapani, passing through Gho village to ultimately reach the Tilje village. Overnight in Tilje.

We leave Tilije climbing a small ridge on a stone trail passing through a pretty village. We make our way up to a bridge overDudhKhola. After crossing the bridge we pass a mani wall to reach Thonje village. From here, we continue towards Dharapani, pass throughKarte village and after a brief walk across a bridge over MarshyangdiKhola. We reach Tal passing through a mani wall en route. Overnight in Tal.

We cross the MarshyangdiKholafollowing the trail to Chyamje. We soon find ourselves descending through rhododendron  and pine forests to reach Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Today, we head back to the capital via Besisahar. A short walk from Syange through Bulbule and Khudileads us to Besisahar. From here we begin our drive to Kathmandu. A farewell dinner is arranged to celebrate your successful trip in the Manaslu region. Overnight in Kathmandu.

This is it, your last day in Nepal. It’s time to say goodbye, but we hope we’ll meet again! Our representative will escort you to the airport.

Note Price Info

The above price is based on services we provide for this trek. The price is always negotiable if you have more number of groups. So Please contact us with detail.

Price includes

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 3 nights in a 3- star hotel in Kathmandu  with breakfast
  • Private Transportation to Arughat and from Jagat to Kathmandu
  • 14 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu inclusive of Entrance fees, guide and car
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara  because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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Trip Essential Information

  • A valid passport (6 months) is required to enter Nepal. You can easily obtain your visa at the airport in Kathmandu or you can apply the visa online


  • Nepal Money called Rupees in short Rs. start from 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and you can exchange money here in Kathmandu specially in Thamel. Also you can exchange at the airport but exchange rate is lower.


  • We give you a free duffel bag and Sleeping bags for the trekking. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.


  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk


  • For your daily expenses for cold drinks, drinking water, shopping, battery charging, alcoholic drinks, You should carry $150 to 200 extra cash with you.


  • You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or  at our office. We will keep it safely. Please kindly informed to our team for valuable items



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Manaslu Circuit trek covers a distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles) in total. It usually takes around 15 days to complete, including both the ascent and descent, with each day offering new landscapes and cultural experiences.

The Manaslu Circuit trek is considered challenging. The trail involves varying terrain, high-altitude sections, steep ascents and descents, and crossing the Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,160 meters. Prior trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended to fully enjoy this trek.

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit trek package can vary depending on various factors, such as the duration of the trek, the type of accommodation, and additional services. On average, the cost can range from $1200 to $1800 USD per person. This typically includes trekking permits, accommodations, meals, transportation to and from the trailhead, and the services of experienced guides and porters.

The 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek is an amazing journey that takes you around the majestic Manaslu peak in Nepal. This trek covers approximately 177 kilometers and includes breathtaking landscapes, encounters with local cultures, understanding their way of life in such remote places on earth, and the exhilarating experience of crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available in most villages along the Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, the infrastructure is less developed compared to the popular Everest and Annapurna regions.

Preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a mix of  physical readiness, mental preparation, and proper gear. Stay active with cardio, strength training, and hiking to boost endurance. Keep a positive mindset for tough terrain and high altitudes. Follow the itinerary with acclimatization days, which is very essential! Pack key gear: layers, sturdy boots, a comfy backpack, a warm sleeping bag, trekking poles, and personal first aid. Learn about altitude sickness and its signs. Train for altitude hikes, and ensure insurance covers trekking. Respect local customs and have an experienced travel partner (guide) along with you. With these preparations, you’re set for the unforgettable Manaslu Circuit adventure.

To enjoy the Manaslu Circuit trek safely, having the right gear is essential. Begin with suitable clothing. Sturdy boots with ankle support are yet another important thing to pack, along with extra socks. A comfortable backpack with hip and chest straps evenly distributes weight. Carry a warm sleeping bag for higher aaltitudes,and consider using trekking poles for steep sections. A headlamp is useful in low light. Bring a personal first aid kit with medications and blister care, and ensure you can purify water for drinking. Remember sun protection: sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Also, don’t forget permits, Nepali currency, and a camera. With these essentials, you’re set for an amazing Manaslu Circuit adventure.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek starting from Soti Khola which is height of 710meters and 2328feet and the trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River The highest point reached along the trek route is Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft) which is the highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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