Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

18 Days Manaslu Region Moderate Trekking

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great Tea-House Trek and often called as the best all-round trek in Nepal. The trek takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area and leads to a breathtaking view of the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu.

Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is less crowded but it is equally beautiful. It is remote and physically demanding yet culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

“The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you’d want from a classic trek in Nepal: Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass crossing.”


Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Activities


  • Trip Grade


  • Starting Price


  • Accommodation

    Tea House / Lodge

  • Max. Altitude

    5150 meters

  • Best Season

    Sep-Dec, Mars-May

  • Active Hours

    6/7 Hours/Day

  • Group Size

    04-15 Person

Highlights & Attractions

  • The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at everyday stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
  • Diverse landscapes ranging from subtropical forests to the high Himalayan passes.
  • Visit two big villages of Gorkha (Barpak & Laprak) which was the epicenter of earthquake in 2015
  • Discover the timeless culture and lifestyle of the Manaslu region, buddhist monastry at Lho and Sama gaon village.
  • Experience the exemplary cantilever bridge.
  • Enjoy the stunning mountain sights as this trek offers glimpses of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Larke Himal.
  • Crossing over Larkya La Pass (5,135m), the highest elevation point on the trek.
  • Pass on the way of Classique trek of annapurna circuit trek
  • Discover rare and abundant wildlife (Thar, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, if lucky Snow Leopard). Manaslu is home to 33 different species of mammals, 110 species of birds, and 211 species of butterflies.
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Trip Itinerary

Flight to Kathmandu from different cities

Arrival at Kathmandu airport (usually in the afternoon) already marks our entry into another world... Customs formalities, baggage collection and welcome by our local French-speaking guide. Crossing the city to the hotel already offers a first discovery of the bustling and colorful capital of Nepal. Buses, trucks, bicycles and sacred cows crisscross in a friendly chaos... Depending on the arrival time, visit the surrounding area or simply settle in and rest at the hotel before your dinner at the hotel.
In case of early arrival in Kathmandu, lunch will be included in the program.


Free time 

Departure by bus/jeep to up to Barpak, depend upon the number of groups. Around 4 hours of road is better one and the second part of the road may be in poor condition after heavy rainfall.We pass by Mugling Bazar (center city of Nepal) which seperate the road of south of Nepal and Pokhara. After 20 minutes from Mugling Bazar, we leave the road to Pokhara and turn towards the Gorkha Bazar (the old capital of Nepal). We can see lots of villages, cultivation of rice and mountains like Boudha Himal, Himal chuli and Ngadi Chuli. If we arrive at time at Barpak village. We visit the village which is very clean and big one. We can see the people of Gurung and Ghale on theirs traditional dress.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Private vehicle, between 7h to 8h of road



We start to climb by passing the school, big football ground and visit small Buddha park, from where we can see the view of Barpak village. And then the day begins to climb with a steep of stones to reach Mamche Danda, where we can take a tea break. We pass by Pushu Danda located at 2800m which is the highest point of the day. On a clear day, superb view of Buddha Himal,Ganesh Himal and Shiringi Himal. We lunch at new smart new village of Laprak which was built after earthquake. We then descend to the Gurung old village of Laprak where we spend the night.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 5h and 6h
Accommodation : in lodge
Height differece : +800m/-600m

Long camp by passing Singla village (2300m). The objective of the day is to reach the right bank of the Budhi Gandaki khola and the gateway of Manaslu circuit trek at korla bensi, from where we can see lots of tourists. There are two trekking routes which pass from Barpak village and Sothi Khola. The route by sothi khola is destroyed by roads. From Laprak we go down to join the Maccha Khola river which we cross by a suspension bridge. We then go up to the village of Singla (2300m). Wonderful view of Ganesh Himal ranges from Singla village. From there, a long descent with many steps through rice fields and millet fields allows us to reach Khola village and after 1h and 30 minutes of descent, we arrive at korla Bensi at our camp.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 6h and 7h
Accommodation : in lodge
Height differece : +500m/-1700m

We walk on the george of Budhi Gandaki river a river that we follow it's source. We pass naturally hot spring source (Tatopani). The path changes banks and, after a slightly steep climb, We lunch at Yaru Phant before lunch, we pass by through big landslides. And then we reaches the very beautiful and clean village of Jagat (1330m) covered it's streets by stones. From Jagat we enter in the restrication zone of Manaslu conservation Area. We continue up to Salleri (1345m), small, slient and clean village of stone houses, surrounded by cultivated fields.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 6h and 6h30
Accommodation : in lodge
Height differece : +970m/-480m

We go forward to join the chief village of this area Philim, where is check point for the permits, police control with big school and some lodges. We cross on of the long suspension bridge. We walk on the balcony way with big waterfall. We start to see the change of vegetation. There are several hamlets and immense Himalayan pine forests. The georges are narrow and lunch at Nyak phedi just after the seperating way of Tsyum valley and Manaslu circuit trek. There is one border to go to Tibet. Tsyum valley is nealy opened valley to do the trek with tibetain culture. The one famous way to do the business of himalaya salt and wool by exchanging on rice from down area. We change banks several times to follow the course of the Budhi Gandaki which slopes towards the west. We arrive at Deng (1875m), the first village where the Tibetan Buddhist influence is present.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 6h and 6h30
Accommodation : in lodge
Height differece : +1150m/-600m

The morning walk after breakfast is very pleasentfull. We see the Shringi himal (718m). We cross the bridge and steep climb and we start to see some tibetan villages follow one another with their “manis” (engraved stone walls) and prayer wheels, signs of cultural change. After lunching at Ghap (2200m) we cross the humid forest with big and tall trees of pines, where we can see some monkeys and wild animal. We climb really Steep climb before reaching Namrung (2615m),There are apple farm. There are apple farm. a beautiful typical tibetain village with its stove built in the middle of the main street and women work to make tissues for the souvenir for tourists. The people do business with Tibet.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 6h30 and 7h of walk
Accommodation : in lodge
Height difference:+1350m/-620m


This day allow us to see the 8th highest mountain of the world. We cross some villages. These villages do cultivation. We can cross some Buddhists monuments like Monastery, Stupas, Manis with prayer wheels. The people practice Buddhist by their heart. We start to climb towards Lhi gaon, just after passing Syo gaon, we start to see Naike Peak (6211m), Manaslu North (7157m) and Manaslu (8163m). We lunch at Lho village (3110m), where we can see big stupa. We cross Lho gaon which is a beautiful dry stone village surrounded by barley fields, with a view of the monastery built on its heights. We then reach to Sama Gompa, where we do one day of rest for acclimation. The most important village in the valley, located on a vast grassy plateau. There is old and new village at Sama goan.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 6h and 6h30
Accommodation : in lodge
Height differece : +1350m/-975m

Day off after lunch break. (Acclimatization day)
The most beautiful day of the trek for the view. We climb up to 4000m altitude for acclimatization. We go up on the Pungen glacier path to see the glacier. After reaching 4000m altitude, we can see the part of Manaslu with different big mountains in 360 degrees. Return to camp by the same route and free time after the lunch break to visit the villages, rest and do the laundry service.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Walking hours: 4 hours
Accommodation: in lodge
Height difference + 500 m/-500 m

We go up Lake Birendra and then go down the valley due north on a gentle slope. After following an immense mani more than 150m long, a short but steep climb takes us to the traditional village of Samdo (3860m), the last one before Tibet. Walk through its streets, where we can come across a few women on their loom. Possible stop at the village monastery.

For the ''courageous'', possibility of going up in the afternoon to the north of the village where goats generally graze (elevation difference +100m/-100m): breathtaking view of Himal Chuli (7893m) to the south.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 3h and 3h30 of walk
Accommodation : in lodge
Height difference:+530m/-240m

Easy walk and cross the river which comes from Tibet border and start to climb up by passing manies. We take rest at the separation of two ways to go to Tibet and Dharmsala where we sleep. We climb up gradually. There are 2/3 steep part to arrive camp. We do lunch camp in the same place and after lunch break, we climb around 100m for acclimation.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 3h and 3h30 of walk
Accommodation : in lodge
Height difference:+650m/-60m

Departure early in the morning to avoid the wind at the top summit of the Larkya La pass (5150m). We cross in the morraine, the way is not so hard but long way walk in the morraine. We climb up gradaually up to top. We climb of pretty steepy part just before the summit. Magnificent panorama of the peaks of Larkya Himal, Cheo, Kang Guru, Ratna chuli, Ponkor Himal, Annapurna 2. Steep descent to a small lake (very slippery in case of snow on the slopes). We lunch at another base camp (4200m). After lunch around 2 hours of descents up to Bimtang (3720m) at the bottom of the valley. We change the valley and district. We enter in Manang district which is famous for annapurana classique trek.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Between 7h and 8h of walk
Accommodation : in lodge
Height difference:+770m/-1650m

Almost 360 degree view of the mountains from Bimtang with Ponkar glacier. We start to descent by passing rhododendron (in flower in spring) and pines forest with super views of Manaslu, Ngadi Himal, Himal Chuli and the north face of Phungi Himal. This day is one of the beautiful and pleasant day for the hike. We go back down to the plain, following the river to the village of Tilije (2245m) with high stone walls, a sort of ''border'' mixing Hinduism and Buddhism. Tilije is Gurung village. Possible to walk more 1 hour more to arrive Dharapani (1900m), (center point to join the Annapurna Classique trek).


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

between 6 am and 6:30 am
Accommodation : in lodge
Height difference:+340m/-1700 m


We walk to Dharapani where we join the Marsyangdi valley and therefore the “classic” Annapurna tour. We then join Ngadi then Bhulbule or Bensishar via the jeep track.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

between 1h to 1h30 of walk
Accommodation: in lodge
Height difference:+150m/-380m

Private vehicle, between 4h and 4h30


We take private bus which takes us around 8 hours to arrive up to Kathmandu.


Breakfast and lunch included.

Accommodation ; in hotel
Private vehicle, between 7h30 and 8h

Departure for the destination.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Arrival at the destination (end of the trip)

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Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the mountains (dinner, breakfast and lunch)
  • 2 nights city accommodation (Kathmandu) with breakfast.
  • All transportation, including airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Trekking permit in the national park (Specious permit - 100 dollars, Manaslu conservation N.P, Annapurna Conservation N.P)
  • French-speaking guide, assistants guides (1 assis. for 4 guests), Porters (1 porter for 2 customers)
  • First aid medical kit (Your guide will carry the medical kit but we also advise you to bring it for your own use)
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese team insurance
  • Welcome dinner & Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa at immigration at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) (approximately 50 USD) per person per month.
  • Location of trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, etc.
  • Shower, Wi-Fi, cell phone pill charging and device
  • Unexpected costs due to health, flight cancellation, weather conditions, etc.
  • All kinds of drinks and snacks.
  • Tips for the guide and porter after the trek.
  • insurance
  • International flight

Where does Manaslu lies?

Northern Nepal
The eighth highest mountain in the world. Mt. Manaslu lies on the border between Gorkha and Manang districts in northern Nepal and 64 km east of Annapurna. The Manaslu region encompasses the sub-tropical foothills of the Himalaya to the arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet.

What is Manaslu known as?

Manaslu is also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “Mountain of the Spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.

How difficult is Manaslu Circuit trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote region trek that takes you to the foothills of the Himalayas. The trails of this stunning journey are pretty challenging. The difficulty increases significantly as untraversed, off-the-beaten landscapes along the route

How do I prepare for Manaslu circuit trek?

How do I train to Manaslu Circuit Trek? You will be walking with your gear the whole trail. So, you must train your body by doing strength endurance training, elevation training, and aerobic conditioning. Strength endurance training is doing more repetitions with less weight than strength training.

Do you need a guide for Manaslu Circuit?

Nepal Government restricts solo trekking of the Manaslu Trek without a guide or porter. The trails of the Manaslu region are off the beaten path. Hence, you will need a guide to help you navigate the routes. Trekkers will likely get lost or injured along these trails.

Is Manaslu a restricted area?

A Restricted Trek to Manaslu Region - Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost
The Nepalese government has placed certain restrictions on trekking in the area to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region. The Manaslu Conservation Area is a protected area and the government has implemented a system of special permits and regulations for the trek.

What is the total distance of Manaslu Circuit trek?

About 177 kilometers
The Manaslu Circuit trek begins from Arughat of the Gorkha district. The final point of the trek is Besisahar, the starting point of another most popular Annapurna Circuit trek. The total distance cover during the trek is about 177 kilometers.

Which flora is found in Manaslu Conservation Area?

Among these, 17 species (6.15%) of climbers, 178 species (64.49%) of herbs, 58 species (21.01%) of shrubs and 23 species (8.33%) of trees are found.

Is Manaslu Circuit trek safe?

Yes, it is safe. Let's look at the logical and paramount reasons that make the Manaslu Circuit trek a safe adventure. It is mandatory for a trekker or a group to hire a certified guide to embark on the Manaslu Circuit trek. Trekking with guides and porters can provide an extra level of safety.

Is Manaslu Circuit harder than Annapurna Circuit?

Overall, the pass on the Manaslu Circuit, Larkya La (5106m), is more challenging than the pass on the Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La (5416m). There are a few reasons that contribute to the Manaslu Pass being more challenging. In the two days leading up to Larkya La, there is a large jump in altitude.