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About Manaslu Circuit Trek

An adventure high pass trekking inside the restricted area is the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal. It is an alternative trail to the Annapurna circuit because the length of these two treks is similar and natural feelings also the same. It starts from a subtropical temperature and gradually ascends to high alpine elevation and cold temperature.

After a road construction on the Annapurna trail, the trekkers are focusing on this trail. For the adventure people who look forward to enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas in a calm environment and fewer crowed, Manaslu circuit trekking can be one of the best options.

This trail had opened for the visitors in 1,992 but used to be limited visitors until a few years back. After the motors started driving on the Throngla trail, the popularity of this route increased rapidly. The charming mixed natural beauty of low land and high Himalayan territory bewitch the travellers on this trip.

On the way to Samdo

Manaslu circuit trek takes place in the Gorkha district close to the Tibetan border. Starting from the lower Hindu region, it brings to the high Himalayan Tibetan Buddhist areas. The Larke La pass trek is a 14-days mountain action from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, but it can be shorter or longer according to the trekker's time and physical footing.

The restricted area begins from Jagat and is dimensional to the Larke top. The region is overcast by the Annapurna massif in the west and Ganesh Himal in the east. The Manaslu is a bonnie mountain higher than 8,000 meters, but just around 2% of trekkers total who come to Nepal globally visit this route. Probably, because of less advertisement, Physically challenging and remoteness. Although, the Larkey La pass trek is florid with nature and culture.

The Adventure Manaslu circuit trek trail leads following the Budhigandaki river keeping rice and millet fields on the sides in the lower region. Different suspension bridges along the way connect beautiful traditional towns. Some of them swing ad quite long in length.

Manaslu trek begins from Kathmandu with a drive to Arughat or Soti Khola through the hillside road. It is about a 7-8 hours drive on a pitch highway and ends with a bumpy road. Walking through rice fields and cedar forest with steep ascending trails, you reach Machhakhola (8,90m) on (the second-day fr trip) or the first day of the hike.

After the first night's stay in Machhakhola, the next destination will be Jagat. On the way, you pass a hot spring, where you can have a short break. Jagat has an entry poping to check Manaslu restricted permit. Then, you go further to Deng, Namrung, Samagaun, Samdo and Dharmashala before crossing the Larke La pass.

Looking backwards from the top in the direction you walked earlier, It offers incredible views of the edges, but the front line where you are going comes with far better looks. A vast astonishing glacier exists on your right while descending from the Larke La pass. The trail steeply descends, so you need to be careful if there is ice on the path.

An hour walk on a tiny zigzag path takes you to Bhimtang, right after this lofty descends. Miraculous mountain views such as Gyaji Kang, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Kangguru, Cheo and Himlung Himal unleash the glacial stream, which meets in Marsyangdi river in Dharapani. Likewise, an alluring Annapurna II (7,937m) erects in front. These views make the Manaslu trek meaningful to visitors. 

Frolic Adventure is operating Manaslu circuit trek at resonable cost in safety-oriented. We arrange your trip with reasonable cost and safety rules. You can contact us for the customized trekking itinerary, so we always are happy to provide you with the best offer and services as per your interest, time, and physical conditions.

Manaslu Trekking Route

Our regular Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is for 14 days for the trek, but t can be shorter or longer according to your time, ability and interest. It starts with a long drive to Sotikhola from Kathmandu on the first day. After that, you walk to Machhakhola for the second stop, and the third day is Jagat during the Manaslu trek.

Likewise, you hike further to Deng, Namrung and Samagaun on the fourth, fifth and sixth day of this trip. The seventh day is your rest day for altitude practice in Samagaun. You will Hike to Manaslu base camp and Birendra lake or Pungyen Gompa on the rest day in Samagaun. After that, the rest two days to Samdo and Samagaun are shorter compared to other trekking days. The tenth day is challenging with Larke La pass. After crossing this big hill, you reach Bhimtang and feel relaxed.

People reach Dharapani from Bhimtang in one day, but it is better stoping in Tilje because you might be tired from Larkey. You can end the trek with a drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani on the 12th day of the trip or keep walking for two more days to Bhulbhule or Besishahar.

Trekking Cost for Manaslu Circuit

The Manaslu circuit trek is competitively cheaper than the Everest region because you do not need to have a costly fight. Lodging and food costs are very reasonable, but entry permits make slightly expensive. The price for the trek depends on the service you choose or what a company offers.

Our 14 days Circuit trekking package to Manaslu is all-inclusive, and we offer this trip for 999 USD per person. The price we are bidding for a group of 2 travellers in a single booking, but we afford in less cost if you have more than 2-people for a single trip booking. And for that, you need to contact us with your detail.

We can make the Manaslu circuit trek shorter or longer according to your time and altitude experience for the Manaslu trek. Also, You may pay just for a guide, porter and the permits rather than taking a full-board trip. But, the total expenses of the trip come the same as our all-inclusive package cost in the end.

Manaslu Trekking Permits

The trekkers for this region need to obtain 3-different entry permits. It is a restricted zone, so Nepal immigration issues a special permit, which costs 70 USD for the first seven days, and 10 USD for every additional day from September to November. Likewise, 50 US dollars for a week and 7 American dollars per day extra in the other months.

During this adventure mountain trip, you will walk inside Manaslu and Annapurna conservation areas, so also you need to have those permits. Each preserve region permit costs 3,000 NPR for you. We arrange all essential entry legal papers in Kathmandu one day earlier than the trip starting date. Detailed information about Manaslu region permit costs...

Accommodation, Food and Drink in Manaslu Circuit Route

Getting accommodation while you are trekking to the Manaslu circuit is easy. There are plenty of guesthouses along the way. The rooms are private with twin sharing beads, and it is clean and comfortable. You will get an extra blanket and soft pillow on each bead. The bathrooms are clean everywhere, but there might not be sitting toilets in each lodge.

You will get a menu with mixed items of the Nepalese and western dishes during the trek. The foods are hygienic, and you can see the same meals at every stop. Sometimes, you might be bored seeing the same course continuously.

You can buy bottled mineral water everywhere during the trip. Also, you can drink regular tap water filling into your bottle, but you need to use purification medication or sterilizer before drinking.

Trekking Gear for Manaslu Curcit

It is an adventure high pass trek and conveys to the cold region. Of course! It is better to pack nice and warm equipment for the trip. It starts snowing in November to the beginning of spring. Due to the freezing temperature, icy snow makes the trail slippery in the higher region. Crampon and trekking gaiter helps you to walk on this kind of surface. Check the list of regular hiking gear for the Manaslu trek below:

  • Warm woollen or fleece hat
  • Thermal layers
  • Long and short sleeves t-shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • A pair of thick gloves
  • High neck sweater
  • Buff
  • Windproof trouser
  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking boots
  • Few pairs of trekking socks
  • Sports shoes for the camp
  • Water sandals
  • Rain gear
  • Sun hat, lotion and glasses
  • Trekking rukshak or duffel bag
  • Daypack for your valuables, water and snacks
  • Quick drier towel
  • Moisturizers and lip balm
  • Wet napkins
  • Trekking pole
  • Powerbank to charge phone and camera
  • Sleeping bag

Besides listed things, you can pack a first-aid kit, toiletries, extra shoeless and the daily uses things for the Larke pass trek. You may meet some trekkers who snore while sleeping, and it may disturb you. It is good to have earplugs for the Manaslu circuit.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit 

From mid-September to November and from March to mid-May are the best times to trek to the Manaslu circuit. The Autumn season offers clear visibility even from a far distance, and the spring season will have hazy days in lower areas. But it is nice and clear in the higher region. The months from spring are warmer compared to the autumn.

December to February is considered winter in Nepal, and it will be freezing at this time. December is doable with warm gears, but not in January and February. If you like to visit Manaslu in a less crowded, begging of December can be the best time, and the weather will be superb.

The summer brings lots of rain and offers poor visibility. The trekking trail will be slippery, so going to the Larkey La pass during monsoon can be risky and not worth it.

Altitude Sickness in Manaslu Circuit

The trekking itinerary for the Manaslu circuit trek starts from a low elevation and then gradually ascends, so it is no need to worry about mountain sickness during the trek. The journey begins from below a thousand meters from sea level and slowly goes to above 5,000m to Larke La pass.

Also, you will have an altitude practice rest day in Samagaun. Visiting Pungen Gumba or Manaslu base camp this day for an acclimatization hike helps to minimize the AMS. In the higher region, you will have short distance camps. It also helps to prevent mountain sickness for the trekkers.

Internet, Phone and Battery Charging in Manaslu Circuit Route

It is becoming a more popular trekking trail among adventure trekkers after the road construction in the Annapurna circuit trek. The facilities of communication in the region are still developing. Lower areas from starting the trip and after the pass have NTC cell phone services. You can call from SAT phone from this region if needed.

Most of the places have wi-fi, which you can get for free or need to pay some amount. You can charge the camera and other gadgets during the trip, but you might need to pay for the charging. The power supply in the Manaslu region is solar and micro-hydro.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • The celestial natural combination of Mountains, rivers, dense forests, waterfalls, culture, religion, flora and fauna
  • Mixed feelings about the Hindu and Buddhist cultures and belives
  • Friendly locals, rich in culture with Nepalese and Tibetan fusion
  • Experience of climate changes from a warm region to a freezing temperature
  • Traditional settlements with the local artistic carvings
  • Religious monasteries and other monuments
  • Tranquil high Himalayan glacial lake
  • Lovely wildlife including blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, Pika, Marmot, Agali and Snow leopard (if lucky)
  • Cultural and religious actions like the festival, offerings and more


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Our representatives will be awaiting your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will be taken directly to your hotel. After refreshments, you will be introduced to the guides and other members of the company after which you are free to travel around the city indulging in the local delicacies, sights and sounds. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: According to the arrival time

Today, we journey to witness the spellbinding locations around the valley. The tour begins with the Buddhist heritage at Swayambhunath overlooking the Kathmandu valley from the top of the hill before heading towards the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath often referred to guardian god of the nation. Deviating from the religious heritage we head towards the historical sights of Kathmandu Durbar Square. The tour ends at Boudhanath with calming views of the sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 9:00 am

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins as we make our way out of the valley through its windy twisty roads towards the mesmerizing views waiting at Soti Khola, Gorkha. Heading out of Kathmandu, we soon find ourselves in midst of a comfortable ride through the Prithvi Highway. The thrashing Trishuli River soon joins us adding beauty to the landscapes which in its own right is captivating. Crossing the town of Arughat we bring the ride to a close reaching Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Soti Khola
  • Altitude: 710m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Public Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
We begin the day by crossing a bridge over Soti Khola heading towards the Sal forests on the opposite end. Accompanied by Budhi Gandaki thundering beneath, we continue on the Manaslu Circuit trekking which soon gives way to the village of Khursane and Lapubesi. The valley opens in front of us as we make our way through well-built stone tracks to reach Machha Khola over the bridge and toward the village. Overnight stay at Machhakhola.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Machha Khola
  • Altitude: 869m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we head towards the picturesque city of Jagat making our way through the gorge up the river. The trail winds up and down through the hilly landscape crossing Tharo Khola and heading to Khorlabesi. From Khorlabesi, we make our way to Tatopani where a warm and relaxing hot water baths await us. The trail in the Manaslu Circuit Trek map follows the Budhi Gandaki River and crosses path with it on multiple occasions to reach Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1340m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we trek to the hilly village of Deng and the trail is brightened by the stunning landscapes, dense sub-tropical forests and small rivers. The trail climbs onto a rocky ridge heading to Salleri continuing to Ghatta Khola crossing Sirdibas. Chasing the trail through fairly levelled millet fields and pathways we reach Ekle Bhatti and head along Budhi Gandaki River before finally settling down at Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Deng
  • Altitude: 1860m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The trail begins with a crossing over Budhi Gandaki River our constant companion for the past few days to reach the hamlet of Bihi. We also enter the Manaslu Conservation Area today and the forested trail filled with exquisite floras and faunas provides a testament to the captivating beauty the region boasts of. We head to Prok enjoying the mesmerizing views of Serang Himal (7,161m) up and over the forests landing at the base of the hill leading to Namrung.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Namrung
  • Altitude: 2630m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
This day is guided by the majestic Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Himalchuli (7,863m) looming on the back ground as we head towards the quaint hamlet of Lihi crossing several small passes and patches of lush green forests. The trail winds down to Lho through seas of prayer flags and stone cairns continuing to Shyala. We get our first peek at the majestic Manaslu Himal (8,163m) as the journey ends at Samagaon. Overnight stay at Samagaon.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Samagaon
  • Altitude: 3520m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The journey begins on a rocky trail heading past stone cairns and rocky ridges towards the towering Himalayas on the distance. The paths are often travelled by pilgrims singing their traditional songs and also by trekkers seeking to acclimatize. The gompa itself belongs to the older generation home to Buddhist artefacts, teachings and is blessed with captivating views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) and Ngadi Chuli (7,871m). We descend back to Samagaon for the night.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Samagaon
  • Altitude: 3520m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
One of the easy days of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we make our way to Samdo today. The journey begins with a steep descend towards the thrashing Budhi Gandaki before making its way towards the ever-widening valley. Guided by the stunning mountain vistas, the trail dives deep into alpine forests before clearing at Kermo Kharka. The trail once again dwindles to the familiar Budhi Gandaki beyond which the rugged trail leads to Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Samdo
  • Altitude: 3860m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we trek to Dharmasala which also houses the base camp for Larkya La Pass. The journey out of Samdo heads towards the Larkya Bazaar a famous Tibetan trading place in the ancient times. Once again, the trail descends down to the familiar Budhi Gandaki we reach the majestic Larkya Glacier. The journey takes us towards Salla Khola before finally heading out of the valley and reaching Dharmasala for the night.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Dharmasala
  • Altitude: 4460m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today is the day we cross the Larkya La pass (5160m), widely known as perhaps the most dramatic adorning the Himalayas? A long day of travel boasting dazzling views the world's largest Himalayas. The journey begins with a steep ascent towards the northern end of the Larkya Glacier. With the rising altitude, the trail gets steeper and steeper before finally giving way to Larkya La Pass at 5,160m and the views do not hold back. The sight of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Samdo (6,335m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) and countless peaks stretching over 6500m is something beyond words could describe. We descend to Bhimthang for the night.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bhimthang
  • Altitude: 3720m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 5:00 am
The long way back home begins today as we continue our descent from Bimthang towards Tilije. For the final few times, we once again descend to Budhi Gandaki heading towards Sangure Kharka beyond which the picturesque hamlet of Kharka awaits. The final stretch of the journey takes us past terraced farmlands and towards Gho beyond which lies Tilije. Overnight stay at Tilije.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tilje
  • Altitude: 2300m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
Today, we head towards Chyamche which falls under Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail winds up towards the stony ridges adorned by the Mani stones and seas of prayer flags and towards Thonje. Taking mental notes in awe of the local way of life we continue our journey to reach Dharapani. The trail winds towards the Marshyangdi River before reaching Tal beyond which a steep descends takes us to Chyamche. Overnight stay at Chyamche.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chyamche
  • Altitude: 1430m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the Manaslu circuit Trek today; we descend to the trailhead at Bhulbhule. The journey begins alongside the banks of raging Marshyangdi through lush green forests filled with oak, juniper and Sal trees. Enjoying the pleasant landscapes surrounding us, we head towards Bahundanda. As the valley closes behind us, we cross the quaint hamlet of Lampata before reaching Bhulbhule. Overnight stay at Bhulbhule.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bhulbhule
  • Altitude: 840m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Walk
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am
The final day of the Manaslu Circuit trekking; we head back to Kathmandu from Bhulbhule crossing the hustling and bustling town of Besisahar on our way. The journey begins on the familiar bends of Prithvi Highway surrounded be pleasant landscapes before for the final time Trishuli River joins us. A grand farewell dinner with Frolic Adventure awaits us as we head back to our hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m.
  • Mode of Transportation: Public Bus
  • Departure Time: 7:00 am
The final day of the 17 days Manaslu Circuit Trek and the curtain on our Himalayan adventure comes to a close. You will once again drive back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home. Best Wishes on your next adventure and we pray we too will be a part of it.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Place: Home
  • Mode of Transportation: Private Car/Van/Bus
  • Departure Time: 3 hours earlier from the departure flight time

Cost Details

  • Airport/hotel/airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus.
  • 3 nights Accommodation in tourist standard hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary twin sharing basis.
  • Private car/van/bus and a guide for the cultural tour 
  • All ground transportation during the trip.
  • Your standard meal BLD during the trek with a cup of hot tea/coffee for breakfast
  • Fresh fruit after every dinner in the mountain
  • All necessary papers works, special trekking permits, conservation area entry permits, and monument entrance fees
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • The arrangement of an emergency helicopter service will be paid for by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffle bags if you don't have
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Frolic Adventure invites you to farewell dinner last night.
  • All government taxes (Gst) and Stationery expenses.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan international airport  (Kathmandu). 
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • All entry fees for heritage sites.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. 
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

Useful Info

Good to Know About Manaslu Circuit

  • Walk freely on a less crowded trail compared to the other busiest routes like in Everest base camp or more commercial regions
  • The entire region during the Larke pass trekking offers a remote feeling for the visitors, but there are plenty of guesthouses at each stop, and you do not need to bring tents and foods
  • The first few days' hikes follow the Budhi Gandaki river with its deep and long gorge and numerous swing suspension bridges to cross
  • The journey begins with a subtropical climate and then gradually ascends to the higher alpine cold temperature, so you should not worry about altitude sickness
  • We organize a full-board trip but do not forget the Nepalese currency to the mountain for your drinks. You can exchange foreign money in the mountain, but you might not get a fair exchange rate
  • Do not expect a fancy accommodation and western bathrooms because you are going to the remote region

You Must Have a Guide for Manaslu Trek

A guide is compulsory for the circuit trek in Manaslu because it is a restricted region. The forbidden area is from Jagat to the top of Larkey La. Not only this trip, upper Mustang, Dolpo, Nar Phu and Kanchenjunga are also the controlled sectors.

We provide government licence holders English speaking guide and a helpful assistant for your ramble. The leader to lead you is knowledgeable and helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions About Manaslu Circuit (FAQs)

When is the best time to trek to the Manaslu circuit?

September to November and March to May are the best times to go on a trip to the Manaslu trek. Autumn has the clearest visibilities, and colourful rhododendron in the forest makes the trail attractive.

What is the fastest itinerary for the Manaslu trek?

According to the altitude safety, 12 to 14 days is good, but if you are an adventure trekker and have visited the higher elevation many times, you can finish it in 10 days.

How hard is Larke pass and how difficult is it?

The most difficult section of the trek is crossing the Larke pass. It takes around 7-8 hours from Dharmashala to Bhimtang, but it may take even longer for some people. The elevation of Larkey La pass is 5,160m ASL.

How many hours do I have to walk each day during the Manaslu trek?

Well, it depends on the altitude. You will have a 6-7 hours walk in the lower elevation and 3-4 hours in the higher areas.

Why do I have to start very early morning to cross Larke La pass?

There will be a big wind on the top of Larke la pass after the sun heat, that is why you need to start early morning from Dharmasala (Larkey Phedi). Also, it is a long day, and it can be dark to reach Bhimtang if you begin late for this high pass.

Can I trek without a guide in the Manaslu circuit?

No, it is impossible because of restrictions. You must have the government licence holder trekking guide for the Manaslu region trekking.

Can a free individual trekker get the permit for the Manaslu circuit?

No, only a trekking company can arrange the permits for the Manaslu trek, and a minimum of two trekkers in a group can get the restricted permit.

Is there a motor road on the Manaslu circuit trail?

No, there is no road for motors, but if you start the trip from Arught or Sotikhola, the first 2 days will be on the road. Also, from Dharapani to Bhulbule after the pass will be a road again sometimes.

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