Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations of the Annapurna region. The trail is new and presents gorgeous sceneries yet it is visited by the only handful of trekkers every year, which makes this trail less crowded. This trek takes you to the base of the world's eighth highest mountain where you will get to witness captivating sceneries and several other snow-capped mountains. The trail is wild, adventurous, and isolated yet you will find teahouses at every elevation that allow trekkers to not carry tents and food making the journey light and more fun. Moreover, the cost of the services and goodies are even more affordable than other classic treks. You will get to see panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Ganesh Himal (7,429 m), and Langtang Himal (7,234 m).
Manaslu Circuit TrekDuration: 18 Days
- Destination: Nepal
- Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
- Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
- Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
- Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
- Group Size: Minimum 1 pax
- Max Altitude: 5,125m/16,814ft
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and picked up by one of our representatives. He will take you to your hotel. You can rest for the day, and in the evening, you will meet with rest of the crew members and go on a welcome dinner along with cultural dance. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
After having breakfast, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath. All of these landmarks are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and present you unique form of art and architecture.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar.
Today, we will wake up early and have our breakfast. After that, we will leave for a long drive toward Arughat via Dhading Besi, headquarter of the Dhading district. The drive will be scenic and present us beautiful views of lush green hills along with small settlements. Upon reaching Arughat, we will check-in our guesthouse where we will be staying for the night. Arughat is one of the main towns of this region, and it is also divided into two parts.
Day 04Trek from Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola.
After having breakfast, we will begin our trekking towards Soti Khola. Crossing a bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we will continue our trek following a stone-paved path through the bazaar. On the way, we will pass through a hydroelectric power plant and fields of rice & millet and reach Mangaltar. From here, the trail goes through a forest and take us to Shanti Bazaar. Further, the trail becomes steeper and more challenging as we cross Arkhet Khola. Crossing Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, we will descend towards a high cascading waterfall and then ascend steeply to Kuerepani. We will then descend to Soti Khola where we are going to stay overnight.
Day 05Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola.
We will begin trekking after crossing a bridge. Walking through a beautiful sal forest, we will ascend towards a ridge. The trail will include a few ascends & descends, and lovely waterfalls. After reaching the top of the ridge, we will descend through a few rice terraces and reach Labu Besi. Further, we will ascend and then descend to reach a sandy river bed. From here, we will again ascend to a ridge and descend down to a river. The trail from here will take us to Machha Khol our last stop for the top.
Day 06Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat.
We will begin trekking on a narrow trail and cross Tharo Khola. From here, we will trek following a rocky ravine and reach Khorla Besi. After a few ascends and descends, we will pass by a hot spring and reach Tatopani. Further, we will ascend and cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. We will then walk on a staircase, cross a landslide area and reach Dobhan. From here, we will cross a suspension bridge over Dobhan Khola and ascend to the Budhi Gandaki. Crossing a few more bridges, we will ascend all the way up to the Jagat where we will stay overnight.
Day 07Trek from Jagat to Deng.
We will descend on long stone steps to the river, and from there, we will ascend through a terraced hillside to Saguleri. On the way, we will get to see a view of Shringi Himal (7,187 m) at a far distant. We will then cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and ascend to reach Philim village. From here, we will go through several other villages and reach Deng where we will stay overnight.
Day 08Trek Deng to Namrung.
We will trek and reach Ghap village. Before reaching Ghap, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki River again and ascend past waterfall. From Ghap, we will cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and enter into a forest. We will trek through the forest and ascend towards a big rock. Further, we will trek through dense rhododendron and fir forest to reach Namrung. to 08 hours.
Day 09Trek Namrung to Sama Gaon.
We will trek on a winding path, which goes through the inner Himalayan range along with the gorgeous views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Gorkha Himal, Lajing peak, and many other peaks. Further, we will ascend through fir, rhododendron & oak forests and several Buddhist villages. On the way, we will also see numerous chortens, monasteries, mani walls, and colorful prayer flags. We will reach Sama Gaon where we will stay overnight.
Day 10Rest at Sama Gaon for Acclimatization.
Today is our rest day at Sama Gaon to get acclimatized with the increased altitude. We will go on a short hike to the Manaslu Base Camp from where we can witness superb views of Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, and Samdo. We also have another alternative to trek to Punggen Gompa, which is located in peaceful forests surrounded by mountains.
Day 11Trek from Samagaon to Samdo.
We will ascend all the way up to the Samdo through desert trail and windy valley. Further, the trail goes through birch & juniper forest and take you to Kermo Kharka. From here, the trail climbs gradually towards Samdo and before reaching the Samdo village, we will pass by a point from where the Budhi Gandaki River begins, at the confluence of Larke Khola and the river coming from Samdo Glacier. Again, we will get to witness amazing views of Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, Mt. Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, and other mountains.
Day 12Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi.
We will descend through numerous fields to a large mani wall and stone archway. From here, the trail is rugged and zigzag all the way up to your destination for the day. We will ascend along the gorgeous Buri Gandaki River, and further crossing the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement of the valley, Smadu. From here onwards, we will cross a stream and trek through the isolated village, known as Larkya Bazaar and reach Larkya La Phedi.
Day 13Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La Pass to Bimthang.
We will ascend on a rocky trail along a moraine and reach the impressive turquoise lake that reflects the surrounding snowy mountains. As we ascend, the trail will become more strenuous includes rocky hills and snowy ridges. We will ascend up to the Larkya La Pass located at 5,213 meters. From here, we will descend down on a slippery trail to reach Bimthang. Bimthang will welcome us with captivating views of Annapurna II (7,937 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Gyaji Kung (7,030 m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), and Cheo Himal (6820m).
Day 14Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani.
We will descend down to the Dudh Khola, and further trekking through rhododendron & pine forests, we will reach Gho village. On the way, we will see Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley. From here, we will trek through villages like Tilje and Thonje and join the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek to reach Dharapani where we will stay overnight.
Day 15Trek from Dharapani to Jagat.
We will trek on the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and descend down to the Marsyangdi River. We will then cross a suspension bridge and ascend through a flat valley to a small village. From here, the trail will take us to Jagat, which is our last destination of the day.
Day 16Trek from Jagat to Bhulbhule.
Trekking through terraced fields and small villages, we will descend down to Bhulbhule, a typical Nepali village where we will stay overnight.
Day 17Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu.
After having breakfast, we will take a private car/jeep from Bhulbhule and drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be long and presents us beautiful landscape, hills, forests, rivers, terraced fields, and small settlements. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel. Later, in the evening, we will have a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel
Day 18Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure home.
After having the last breakfast of the trip, we will move to the Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight back to our home.
- Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
- Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast as per itinerary
- Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
- All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
- An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
- Porter service
- Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
- Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (MCAP, TIMS)
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Other official expenses
What's not included
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal trekking gears
- Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
- Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include part
Tradition & Culture in the Manaslu Region
Along the trail, you will get to experience authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages resided by several different ethnic groups. You will get to see their tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, chortens, temples can be seen everywhere. People living here are kind and big-hearted. They love to share their stories and interact with tourists so don't feel shy.
We will be staying in 2 or 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we will stay in teahouse. The teahouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On a special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations.
Please understand that the services in the teahouse will be very basic and also all the guesthouse does not come with attached washrooms.
Meals & Drinking Water
In Manaslu Circuit Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Beside that you can find bread, cookies, butter tea, bars, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu, you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.
Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle every time it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness
As a matter of difficulty level, the trail can become pretty difficult for a novice trekker as we need to trek around 6 to 7 hours each day. We are required to be in good shape to go on this trek. The most challenging part of this trek is crossing Larkya La Pass situated at 5,135 meters but, again, we will get the most splendid view of the entire trek from this pass. Anyone with good physical fitness can go on this trek. Previous trekking or hiking experience are not required but, if you have one then that will be beneficial.
Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.
Best Time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek
Autumn (September to November) is the best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is also the most crowded during this time, which is also less then ABC Trek. Similarly, Spring (March to May) is another best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit
Manaslu region comes into the restricted region of Nepal, which requires special permit from the Nepal government to trek. Besides that, you also need to take Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
Following is the list of permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Manaslu restricted region permit costs: USD 70 for first 7 days and USD 10 each day thereafter
MCAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
MCAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)
ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)
ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)
*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.
* These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.
Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Manaslu Circuit Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. Our specially designed Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary give you all of the Manaslu Circuit Trek experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.