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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 days

 Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/MCT-16
Destination: : Nepal
Trekking Duration: 10 days
Trek Type : Teahouses & Camping
Maximum Elevation : 5,160M.
Avg. hours of walk / day : 6 hours
Best Month of the Year : April, May, October and November
Hotel Accommodation : 4-nights, 4 star hotel twin sharing BB basis
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Introduction to Manaslu Circuit Trek

The word Manasalu is derived from a Sanskrit word  'MANASA' which means the spirit of Mountains. This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, which offers a unique opportunity to experience the relatively “untouched” region. This epic trip circumnavigates the entire massif with an insight into the cultures of ethnic Nepalese tribes and peoples of both Hinduism, Buddhism religion, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La (Pass) looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8,163m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as "JapaneseMountain" much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers including peripatetic Hugh Swift managed to obtain a trekking permit for the region but otherwise, this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expedition. 

Manaslu Round Trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating Peak 29 (7,871m) Himal-Chuli (7,893m) and Boudha (6,672m). Much of this trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence. We cross the Larkya- La (5,160m) and descend to the MarshyangdiRiver and further trek down to Besisahar from where we will drive back to Kathmandu. 

Manaslu is a restricted area and there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit. Manaslu trek has mercifully light trek and even at the best time of the year, you will be meeting smattering of groups. Since 2010 this has become Nepal's newest 'tea-house' trek with the building of a lodge below the Larkya La pass (5,160m). Some lodges are currently still a little basic, so it remains for the adventurous. Though, without the need to camp, it's a fine trip for those seeking an unspoiled, tranquil Himal. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek - Journey

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from the Arughat, Dhading, the lush green lower land and then passing through many villages inhabitant by various ethnic groups along the Buri Gandaki River. The trail goes behind the Mt.Mansalu and Himculi to cross Larkya La pass (5,213 m) and Rupina La (14,450').

The landscape becomes more barren; topography resembling the Tibetan landscape. The trek is rewarded by descent into the Marshyandi valley with a delightful walk along the river and villages and concluding our trip at Beshishar nearby the LakeCity of Nepal, Pokhara. The trek is the only type that physically puts you closer to Tibet and its remote people.


  • Boudha Himal (6,672m) etc
  • Himal-Chuli (7,893m)
  • Larkya La Pass (5,213m) and stunning views of Peak 29 (7,871m)
  • Mt.Manaslu (8,163m),


Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and trek briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the ManasluCircuit Trek itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crew members and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

City sightseeing, Packing & Preparations

In the morning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour will be organized during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.

Day 3

Drive to Jagat via Arughat (1340m) - 12 hours

Leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, we will head west. It takes 6 hours of drive to reach Arughat from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We will head northwest from Dhadingbesi and take another 35km of drive to reach Arughat Bazaar which is separated into two flanks by Budhi Gandaki River. Now the dirt road starts from Aarughat along the western bank of River, we will make it to Soti Khola (River), continue driving beside the Budhi Gandaki River which will take us to Doban and to Jagat, the final destination of the Jeep drive, Stay overnight in a local teahouse.

Day 4

Trek to Philim (1,570m) - 3 hours / 6.5km

As its short trek day so we take it easy and start late morning only, We need to show our trekking permit at the office in Jagat before we can enter Manaslu Conservation Area. Moving through the conservation area, we will reach Salleri from where we will descend to Sirdibas before climbing to Gurung village of Philim. Stay overnight in Philim.

Day 5

Trek to Deng (1,860m) - 5 hours / 13.5km

The trail drops down from Philim. We will follow the stone steps down to the river. We will climb from the river bed to Saguleri which greets us with distant view of Sringi Mountain (7187m). After going through series of ups and downs, we will make it to the bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. Moving further, we will cross another bridge over Ghata River and climb uphill to pretty tiny villages of Aga and Lokwa. Lowering down from Lokwa, we will reach Eklaibhati existing close to Shiar River. We will enjoy the views of Pangsing and walk through forest and the eastern edge of river take you to the Deng village. Stay overnight in Deng.

Day 6

Trek to Namrung (2,630m) - 6 hours / 18km

Settlements afterwards Deng have strong Tibetan influence. Buckwheat is the staple crop grown in this region. Moving in and out of dispersed settlements, we will reachBih. Another couple of hours of walk through this amazing valley will take us to Ghap village. After lunch at Ghap, we will walk past the colourful alpine forest and meadow full of lush green vegetation. Crossing the river with its origin at Lidana glacier, we will be greeted with views of KutangMountain range,Saula Mountain (6235m), Manaslu Mountain, Simang Mountain range and other peaks and mountains. The trail escalates uphill from here on to the farm village ofNamrung. Stay overnight in Namrung.

Day 7

Trek to Shyala (3,500m) - 5 hours / 12km

Crossing the river, we will follow the path through forest and gorge. The trail takes us through steep path to Namrug. Climbing steadily, we will reach Lihi. Enjoy the close-up view of Ganesh Mountain and Simnang Mountain. Moving further, we will reach Sho village. This village allows soaring view of open valley. Climbing through the steepest section, we will reach Lho where we can stop for lunch and continue for about 2.5hrs through the beautiful forest and slightly uphill takes you to the Shyala village where we stay in a teahouse.

Day 8

Hike to Pung Gyen Monastery and to Sama Goan (3,520m) - 5 hours / 12km

Early in the morning, first we hike up to Pung Gyen Monastery, the best view point to look over Mt. Manaslu and other peaks, the hike will be about 3 hours and we get down to the main trail to go Samagoan, we will follow the scenic path with picturesque view of valley to Sama Gaon. This is a large village with an ancient monastery, chortens and Mani walls. Building chortens is believed to keep the evil spirits out of the village. Close-up view of Manaslu can be seen from Samagaon village. Samagaon is one of the biggest village of this region where people grow crops like buckwheat and potatoes as staple food. Visit Sama Gompa Monastery to learn about the culture. Stay overnight in Sama Gaon. 

Day 9

Hiking to Birendra Kunda & towards Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m)

Taking rest at Sama Gaon helps in acclimatization. We can walk towards Birendra Kunda/lake which is an ice lake located below to Manaslu Base Camp. Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp is not for everyone due to high altitude problem but we will try to go all most the halfway to the base camp to have better acclimatization. So, we will return to our camp in Samagaon for overnight stay and enjoy the afternoon to explore the sama village.

Day 10

Trek to Samdo (3,875m) - 3 hours / 7.8km

The gompa is located half an hour far from Samdo village which is located near to the Tibetan border. The trail continues through the dry and windy valley to Samdo. Samdo is located just 4km far from Tibetan border. Enjoy the views of Manaslu, Nagdi Chuli Peak and Manaslu glacier. Stay overnight in Samdo.

Day 11

Trek to Larkya Rest House (Dharmasala) at (4,460m) - 4 hours / 7.5km

After an early morning tea, we will walk along mani wall to the river. Crossing the river over wooden bridge, we will follow the ascending path to another river. The area allows sweeping view of Larkya Glacier. Walking through the valley, we will reach Salka River from where we will reach the stone rest house known as Dharmsala. This region is also known as Larkya Phedi.  Stay overnight in Dharmasala.

Day 12

Trek over Larkya La Pass (5,160m) and to Bimtang (3,630m) – 8-10 hours / 14km

Today is the hardest and a kind of summit day so we start very early morning about 3.30am from Dharmasala, we will take long and gentle climb through moraine. Enjoy the views of Cheo Mountain and Larke peak. Walking through the Larkya glacier, we will reach the northern edge of Larkya Glaciers. Moving further, we will make slow climb to the top of Larkya Pass. Enjoy the views of Himlung Mountain (7120 m), Cheo Mountain (6820 m), Kangguru Peak (6680 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m) Mountain.  After brief rest, we will lower down to Phedi and continue to the Bimtang. Stay overnight in Bimtang.

Day 13

Trek to Tilje (2,300m) - 7 hours / 18.5km

From Bimtang, we will follow the path along glaciated river to the wooden bridge. Crossing the high pasture, we will lower down to Burdin River valley. Climbing the ridge, at 4150 m, we will be rewarded with soaring view of Manaslu Mountain, Annapurna II Mountain and other peaks and mountains. Lowering down through Dudh River, we will walk past rhododendron forest. Lowering down through the narrow valley, we will reach Karche valley. Walking along the river bank, we will advance through rhododendron forest to Tilje. Stay overnight in Tilje.

Day 14

Drive to Kathmandu via Beshishar – 4+7 hours

We will leave Tilje early morning on a local jeep drive on a dirt road, its about 4 hours drive to Beshisahar and there to Kathmandu is another about 6/7 hours drive. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15

Kathmandu, free and easy day, shopping etc.

This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. Upon your interest, we can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.  

Day 16

Int’l departure for onward flight to home

You will be transferred to the Airport as per your flight schedule. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
Start Date
End Date
Start Date
8th Oct 2024
End Date
25th Oct 2024
USD 1,850
REMARKS : If you have private team (+2 persons team) for Teahouse trek and (+4 persons team) for Camping trek, Plz contact our sales person for customized date and special group based discounted cost


  • Down jacket (450 grams down) - USD 2.5 per/day 
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degree rated) - USD 3 per/day 


  • Manaslu area special trekking permits
  • Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes
  • 4 (four) nights 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • KTM – Arughat and Nadi - KTM by private vehicle (Jeep/Bus)
  • Trek duffle bag/luggage weight, maximum of 15kg per trekker
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private vehicle
  • An experience Sherpa Trek Guide
  • Support Sherpa staffs
  • Required number of porters to carry member’s trek luggage
  • All meals of high quality and hygienic food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, boiled & treated drinking water)
  • Medical Oxygen with mask set
  • First aid box
  • Porter’s equipment
  • Local staff insurance
  • Half-day world heritage sites tour in Kathmandu
  • Farewell celebration dinner


  • Personal trek gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, Toiletry items etc.
  • Bottle water, soft drinks, beers etc.
  • Tips to the local staff

Fitness Requirement for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate. You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However, at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue, etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with a daypack.

How Crucial is Trekking and Hiking Experience?

If you have any previous experiences of similar grade trek would be helpful, but if you don’t have is also not a really important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to high altitude trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions, and local people.
Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.


16 days
Price 2024 : USD 1850 Price 2025 : USD 2050
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