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Manaslu Circuit Trekking (Around Manaslu Trek) – 16 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration16 Days
  • Trek Duration14 Days
  • Best TimeMar to May & Sep to Dec
  • Max ElevationLarkya La at 5135m
  • Trip GradeEasy to Moderate
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle
  • AccommodationDouble/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
  • StyleTea House
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax

Manaslu Circuit trekking has been labeled by the Lonely Planet guidebook as ‘Nepal’s best trek’. It is an off-the-beaten-path trekking route that is wild and far off and takes you for a one complete orbit of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world.

Manaslu Circuit trail follows the Gandaki and Marshyangdi Rivers fed directly by the Himalayan snow and through rhododendron, juniper, birch and fir forests up to the base camp of Mt. Manaslu at 4900m. The highest point of this trek is Larkya La pass (5100m) from where you will experience a heart-stopping panorama of Kang Guru, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Simrang, Larkye peak. Other impressive peaks you will capture on this trek include Himalchuli, Manaslu North, Naike, Siringi, Ganesh Himal and Ngadi Chuli. 

Manaslu Circuit trekking falls within the Manaslu Conservation Area project which protects the valuable biodiversity and history of the region. In the upper reaches trekkers will have a wonderful experience of approaching Manaslu, Larkya and Syacha Glacier, Himalayan frozen lakes including Birendra Tal at 3450m. 

Trekkers will visit Buddhist villages, observe Tibetan culture and customs in Nupri, Lho, and Samdo villages in upper Gandaki valley, and explore Ribum Gompa, Pungyen Gompa as well as Milarepa’s Cave. The ascetic and founder of Kargyupa sect of Buddhism is said to have turned this land sacred by his meditation therein. The trail partly touches the famous salt route that existed between Tibet and Nepal. 

Manaslu Circuit trekking is a restricted area so trekkers are required to obtain special permits to do the trek. Because of the absence of lodges in some areas, camping trek is often recommended. 

Highlights Manaslu Circuit Trekking

● Do a complete circuit of Mt. Manaslu, world’s eighth-highest mountain and hike up to Manaslu Base Camp

● Cross Larkya La pass at 5100m and catch heart-stopping view of Kang Guru, Cheo himal, Himlung, Simrang, Manaslu and Larkya peak

● Trek through Manaslu protected area which is abundant of rare wild animals

● Observe Tibetan culture in Nupri, Lho and Samdo villages

● Visit Ribum Gompa, Pungyen Gompa and Milarepa cave

● Experience Manaslu, Larkya and Syacha glacier and explore Birendra Tal

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.

● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.

● All accommodations and meals during the trek.

● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.

● All Ground Transportation

● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)

● Farewell dinner

● A comprehensive medical kit.

● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) 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.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before you go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.


The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.


Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport and take to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat (815m)

After early breakfast, you will start the 7-8 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Soktihola. The initial journey will follow Prithivi Highway, winding through rivers, green hills and villages before turning off towards Arughat in Dhading district. The rest of the road is not in good condition. Enjoy views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal peaks along the way. Stay overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 3: Trek from Sotikhola to Maccha Khola (930m)

Today your trekking starts after a warm breakfast. The trail passes scenic terraces and villages and follows a suspension bridge hanging on to a cliff. Cross a forested path and then a suspension bridge before following Buri Gandaki river. Stay overnight in Machha khola.

Day 4: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1400m)

The trek leaves Machha Khola and shadows a local stream. Khorlabesi is the first Gurung village you will encounter before arriving at a natural hot spring. The trail then crosses Buri Gandaki River and climbs to Dobhan. Trace the Buri Gandaki river bank up to Jagat where there is a checkpost of Manaslu Area Conservation Project. Stay overnight in Jagat.

Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1810m)

After breakfast you will get back on the trail that ascends a ridge leading you to Salleri. Ahead is Sirdibas village which opens up to a stream which you will cross on a bridge to step to Phillim. Enjoy the sight of waterfalls near Ekle Bhatti and further up through Bamboo forest to stop at Deng village. Stay overnight in Deng.

Day 06 - Trek from Deng to Ghap (2150m)

You will continue to follow Buri Gandaki River stopping briefly at Bhi and Bhijam villages. Enter through a forest for a while and appear in Buddhist village of Prok on the other side. Another 1 hr hike from here will reach you Ghap. Enjoy the beautiful view of Sringi Himal from here. Stay overnight in Ghap.

Day 07 - Trek from Ghap to Lho Gaon (3150m)

Today you head up to Lho village, which is a Tibetan settlement. The trail goes back and forth of the Buri Gandaki River, in between passing through rhododendron and fir forests and one Namrung village. In another hour’s trek you will arrive at Nupri village which is a habitat for pure Tibetan stock of people. Here you will find culture and customs similar to that of Tibet. Enroute passes through villages of Lho and Sho with a backdrop of Himalchuli, Ganesh and Manaslu range. Explore Ribum Gompa in the evening. Stay overnight in Lho.

Day 08 - Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon(3520m)

You will reach another milestone on your trek today by reaching Sama or Sama Gaon. The trail goes steadily along a rather arid landscape abruptly stopping at Shyaula village. The views of Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal appear on the horizon. Stay overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 09 - Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon

This is the day you will utilize for acclimatization. You can either hike to Pungyen Gompa or for a longer option a trek to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp at 4900m). Stay overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 10: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3860m)

The trail from Sama initially descends to Samdo for about 1 hr. The route passes through birch forest and approaches near Tibet border. Samdo is marked by a traditional archway called Kani. The stunning view of Manaslu will leave you spellbind. Stay overnight in Samdo.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Samdo

Another day for you to acclimatize in Samdo. On this day you can hike up the side valleys to capture splendid views of Manalsu range, Larkye peak, Kang Guru among others. Stay overnight in Samdo.

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4470m)

The trek from Samdo to Dharmasala climbs steeply. Observe beautiful chortens en route along with a massive view of Manaslu and Larkya glacier. Stay overnight in Dharmasala.

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang (3700m) via Larkya La (5135m)

Today is the most challenging and rewarding day for you. Early morning you will head up to Larkya La pass at 5100m. This is a long trek and is pretty dangerous as you walk on moraine and rugged landscape. The pass offers magnificent views of Annapurna II, Larkya Peak, Larkya Glacier, Himlung Himal, Kang Guru and Cheo Himal. After taking in the view, climb down all the way to Bimtang (3700m) and Tal. Stay overnight in Bimtang.

Day 14: Trek from Bimtang (3700m) to Syange (1860m)

The trail further from Bimtang descends and crosses Marsyangdi Khola. Walk past rhododendron and oak forests to arrive at Syange. Stay overnight in Syange.

Day 15: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu (1340m)

Following breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive back to Kathmandu. Take a private vehicle at Syange and follow Prithivi Highway winding through rivers and green hills. By late afternoon you will arrive in Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Final Departure

According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.

Route Map of Manaslu Circuit Trekking


1. Is Manaslu Circuit Trekking Safe?

Manaslu Circuit trek is an adventurous and remote trekking trail in Nepal. It is a restricted area so very few trekkers trek here every year. There are very few lodges and hotels in upper elevation and internet and mobile network might not exist. Follow the instruction and guidance of a licensed and experienced trekking guide.

2. How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

Manaslu Circuit trekking is graded moderate to slightly strenuous. This trail makes a complete circuit of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. You will cross high passes, tread on snowy and glaciated path, negotiate through rugged path, river banks, meadows and ridges. Visit Makalu base camp at 4400m and make a crossing of Larkya La pass at 5160m altitude.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

It is a prerequisite for trekkers to have excellent physical stamina and endurance. Experience trekking for long hours, navigating through some of roughest mountain path. It is great if you have previous trekking experience in Himalaya otherwise prepare yourself at least 2-3 months in advance by developing your endurance skills.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs.

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.

7. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.