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  • 3 Days Drive
  • 9 Days Trekking
Best Season
  • Mar-May
  • Sep-Nov
  • 12 Breakfast
  • 12 Lunch
  • 11 Dinner
  • 11 Nights Lodge



USD 949 899

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Manaslu Circuit Trek embodies the topographical amusements of western Nepal. Standing at a staggering altitude of 8163 meters is Mt. Manaslu which is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It neighbors the Annapurna massifs to the west and Langtang ranges to the east. Traversing through narrow alleyways cut by Budhi Gandaki River gets you to the serene domain of this mountain.

Trip Highlights

  • Manaslu (8163m) Larkya Peak (6249m), Kang guru, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal ,NgadiChuli (7879m.) or (peak 29), Himlung Himal (7126m.) Boudha Himal (6672m,) and others.
  • The highest point of this trek, Larkya La Pass (5106m)
  • Tibetan-style Buddhist villages, protected wildlife, and wildflowers,
  • Raging Budhi Gandaki Rivers, precarious bridges.
  • Sotikhola, Machhakhola, Jagat, Philip, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo and Tilche Villages etc.
  • Farm terrace and Beautiful waterfalls
  • Gurung, Nubri people, and other tribes ' styles, cultures, festivals, etc.

12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek

Gorkha district lies in the western territory of Nepal. The northern reach of this district is bordered by a picturesque Himalayan vista including Mt. Manaslu. The area residing in and around this mountain is filled with natural enriches not to be found elsewhere. The region surrounding this massive Himalayan peak is filled with deep gorges, high passes, Buddhist heritages, Tsumba people, raging white water rivers, densely lush forests, and shimmering mountains.

These 12 days Manaslu Circuit Trek provides an unmatched experience in Himalayan geology. We pierce deep into the hidden flatlands located amid the Manaslu mountains and traverse the high pass of Larkya La at 5106 meters. Mountain vistas surrounding the Manaslu range make this trek one of a kind and immensely pleasing. As you traverse along the Budhi Gandaki river basin, you will reach the flat surfaces at Samagaon. As you approach this quaint village, an envious mountain range surrounds you. This area is filled with shimmering peaks including Mt.Manaslu(8163m), Naike Peak (6121m), Himalchuli Peak(7893m), Ngadi Chuli(7871m), Bouddha Himal (6672m), Peak 29 or Nyadi Peak (6670m) and Cheo Himal(6820m).

Interesting Sites in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Larkya La Pass:
Larkya La pass scales 5106 meters as the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This pass provides a surreal view of Manaslu massifs and an amusing ambiance. Your trek towards Larkya La Pass begins on Day 9 from Dharmashala.

Birendra Lake:
The pristine lake, Birendra Lake, is situated right after the village of Samagaon. This lake is one of the most renowned water bodies of the Manaslu region. It has been named after the Late king of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. This lake portrays turquoise water that originates from Manaslu Mountain.

Sama Gaon:
SamaGaon stands as a densely inhabited hamlet in the Manaslu area. Heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism you will see traces of Buddhism all over at Samagaon. Your whole Day 7 will be spent in Samagaon as an acclimatization rest.

Manaslu Base Camp:
Manaslu Base Camp sits at the foot of Mt.Manaslu. This base camp is the initial stopover for climbers on an expedition to the summit of Mt.Manaslu. The base camp elevates to 4800 meters. It takes about 4-5 hours hike to reach here from Samagaon.

Temperature and Weather in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

The temperature scale varies in the Manaslu circuit trek based on what time of the year it is. Summer months are characterized by increased temperature all over while winter temperature remains below freezing. The table provided hereby gives the estimate of the temperature you can expect at various stopovers during your Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Stopover Spring
Arughat (600m) 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F) 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F)
Machhakhola (710m) 16°C to 26°C (61°F to 79°F) 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F)
Jagat (1340m) 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F) 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F)
Deng (1860m) 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) 12°C to 22°C (54°F to 72°F)
Namrung (2630m) 8°C to 18°C (46°F to 64°F) 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)
Samagaon (3530m) 3°C to 13°C (37°F to 55°F) 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F)
Samdo (3860m) 3°C to 13°C (37°F to 55°F) 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F)
Dharamsala (4460m) -2°C to 8°C (28°F to 46°F) 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
Bimthang (3720m) 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) 3°C to 13°C (37°F to 55°F)
Tilije (2515m) 8°C to 18°C (46°F to 64°F) 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)

Note: Temperatures during the night time are cold, reaching below 0°C in places above Namrung. Your tea house provides a quilt for sleeping but you might need a sleeping bag if it gets cold.

Kathmandu Hotel

For the flexibility of different categories Hotel, desire nights to stay in Kathmandu. Our package does not include a Hotel in Kathmandu. If you want to include a Hotel in Kathmandu, it is possible to include it at an extra cost.

Manaslu Permit Issue Day

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a controlled area trek. You need a restricted area permit to trek here. We need your original passport with visa details to process this permit. And it takes an extra day in Kathmandu.


Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Machhakhola

Day 02: Trek Machhakhola - Jagat

Day 03: Trek Jagat - Deng

Day 04: Trek Deng - Namrung

Day 05: Trek Namrung - Samagoan

Day 06: Rest day

Day 07: Trek Samagoan - Samdo

Day 08: Trek Samdo - Dharmasala

Day 09: Trek Dharmasala - The highest point Larkya La Pass (5106m) - Bhimthang

Day 10: Trek Bhimthang - Tilche

Day 11: Drive Tilche - Dharapani - Beshisahar

Day 12: Drive from Beshisahar - Kathmandu

Travel Map
12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Daily Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depending on group size.
  • Kathmandu-Machhakhola and Besishahar -Kathmandu by Bus .
  • Tilche- Besishahar by public Jeep.
  • All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
  • One experienced and qualified English speaking guide and trekkers 2: 1 porter.
  • Manaslu restricted trekking permit fee.
  • Manaslu / Annapurna Conservation area (MCAP) and (ACAP) permit fee.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Local seasonal fresh fruit like apple and Pomegranates etc.
  • Duffel Bag.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to minimize high risk.
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • 13% government VAT and Official charge.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fee (15 days for USD$25 and 30 days for USD$40).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu.
  • All the drinks such as: tea, coffee, coke, beer, mineral water etc.
  • Your Trekking Gears and Personal shopping.
  • Hot Shower, Battery charge, Boiled water, WIFI etc.
  • Your travel insurance which should include emergency rescue.
  • Tips for the staffs.

Trip Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 2 Review

Manaslu Circuit Trek

The whole Manaslu trek was a Wonderful experience! We enjoyed it thoroughly. Our guide Om an our porter Ram were just pefect in assisting, organizing and telling us everything we wanted to know. The weather at the beginning of October was also perfect. Not to forget Harka, who organized everything very well from Kathmandu. I can highly recommend Himalaya Trip ! Rainer Goetzelman

, October 26, 2018

Manaslu circuit trek and Tsum valley

Harka provided us a confident and great guide for the Manaslu circuit trek and Tsum valley. We were 23 days in the mountains which was amazing. our guide was very reliable and helped with the meals and homestay accommodation. We also found him fun and a good companion for the journey. Overall we highly recommend Manaslu circuit and Himalaya Trip

U.K, August 23, 2016
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Essential Infos

Duration of Manaslu Circuit Trek

The duration of the Manaslu trek differs based on various factors. The first one is the starting point of the trek. Most trekkers drive to Machhakhola and start from there. If begun from Machhakhola it is a 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek to reach back to Kathmandu. Some trekkers take the classic trail beginning from Arughat which adds 2 more trekking days. Others begin their trek from Barpak and head straight towards Jagat which shortens the trekking duration. Email us your travel plans and schedule and we at Himalaya trip will design an itinerary suited for your needs.

Lodges and Tea House in Manaslu Trekking

The trail leading to Larkya La Pass and the descent journey is dotted with tea houses in between. You will find several villages scattered along the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Trail. These teahouses replicate mountain lodges of the Alps and provide basic accommodation facilities for the trekkers. The houses built in this region are of wooden structure, usually multi-storeyed. The ground floor is separated as a kitchen and dining while the upper stories are kept as rooms for the guests. These rooms have a basic bed with a foam mattress. The teahouse provides blankets and pillows.

Additionally, teahouses are equipped with Wi-Fi facilities but it costs extra. Hot showers are available with solar power or electric power which also costs extra ($1-$2). Apart from these, these teahouses have a range of confectioneries, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, and alcoholic beverages that you can buy.

Foods in Manaslu circuit Trek

During your Manaslu trekking , you will have the chance to savor a wide variety of culinary delights. Teahouses on the trekking trail offer an assortment of Nepalese and Continental dishes, allowing you to experience the flavors of the region. A beloved favorite among locals in Nepal is Dal Bhaat, a nourishing meal comprising rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and pickles. This dish not only provides nutrients but also leaves you feeling content. Dal Bhaat is typically served for both lunch and dinner; however, if you desire something different, teahouses also offer alternatives like pasta, noodles, pies, or other delightful treats.

Tea houses provide an abundance of breakfast options to kickstart your day on a high note. You can indulge in Tibetan bread or choose from soup porridge pancakes or any other morning delicacy that catches your fancy. If you have any specific dietary requirements for Meals during the 12-day Manaslu Circuit Trek , it's important to communicate them with your guide beforehand so that they can make necessary arrangements with the teahouse kitchens.

Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Areas of treks that border Tibet are restricted area treks in Nepal. Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo, Tsum Valley, Kanchenjunga, and Limi Valley stand as popular restricted area treks. Policy level permission and authorization for restricted treks are not similar to normal treks like the Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Similarly, the Manaslu circuit trek is a restricted area trek with its northern border as Tibet.

Blog: A Complete 12 Day Manaslu Circuit Trek Guide

Manaslu Circuit trekking permit has been advocated as provided below:

  1. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP)

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit embodies the stretch between Jagat and Bhimthang. The cost of MRAP is charged on a per-day basis. It pertains, to the longer your stay, the higher the permit fee.

MRAP Check Post is located at Jagat.

Cost for Manaslu Restricted Area Permit(MRAP)

Last of December until the End of August:

  • For the first week of trekking: US Dollars 75 per pax
  • 8th day afterward: $ 10 per day

First of September until Last of November:

  • For the first week of trekking: US dollars 100 per pax
  • 8th day afterward: $ 15 per day

Note: We need your original passport for the Manaslu restricted area permit and it takes a day.

  1. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
    Manaslu Conservation Area Project encapsulates major areas of the Manaslu region. USD 30 is a charged MCAP permit. This permit allows for one-time access to the MCAP until your trek ends. Two photographs are paramount to obtaining an MCAP permit. Authorities will demand your MCAP permit at checkposts located in Machhakhola, Jagat, Philim, and Samagaon. This permit can be obtained at Kathmandu via your trekking agent.
  2. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

From the stretch down from Larkya La Pass, another protected area begins, known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Entry to ACAP charges payment of a single access permit fee of USD 30 and submission of a printed photograph. Your entry to ACAP will begin from Dharapani throughout your return journey.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Guide

A government-approved trekking guide is essential for trekking Manaslu. Trekking guides are paramount while traversing in Nepal. Mountain guides ensure safety, provide local expertise, navigate, and communicate. In case any unforeseen events occur, your mountain guides will take control of the situation. Since Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide is not possible, inquire with Himalaya trip if you require a hands-on guide to trekking.

Solo Manaslu Circuit Trek

The stretch from Jagat to Bhimthang as per your Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is secluded as a restricted area. Nepal has separate provisions for access in restricted areas. Anyone willing to trek to Manaslu is required to obtain this permit and must be accompanied by a government-registered trekking guide. Additionally, you will have to plan your trek via a trekking agency. FITs are not permitted for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Unlike other treks, the Manaslu Circuit Trek solo is not possible due to the area being a restricted one.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Having a detailed map can be beneficial for trekkers during Manaslu Circuit Trek. 12 days Manaslu Circuit Trek Mapwill have detailed insight into the geography, landscape, route, points of attraction, and stopovers along the route. A proper map will help you plan your schedule and itinerary. You will be prepared for the terrain to come and can act in accordance. A handy map will also include Manaslu Circuit Trek tips which provide information about teahouses, landmarks, landslides, river crossings, and other factors.

Trek Difficulty of Manaslu Circuit

High altitude, rocky terrain, and secluded location make Manaslu Circuit Trek a challenging traverse. Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty is relative to your physical condition and endurance capacity. Since the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is at Larkya La Pass(5106m), you are likely to experience symptoms of AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness) beyond Samagaon. Also, the Manaslu region is one of the remotest places in Nepal. Due to the lack of road access, there are cellular connectivity and power connection issues in most parts of this area. The trail leading to Larkya La Pass is uneven and rocky with a small ascent. It requires a lot of effort for this traverse. It is recommended that you get into a fitness regimen at least 1 month before your trekking date.

Manaslu Trek Route

The route circumnavigating the Manaslu highlands is filled with diverse geographical features. Your typical trek to Manaslu begins from Kathmandu. It first takes the Prithvi Highway headed to Dhading Besi. From here the roadway diverges and heads for Arughat. After Arughat, the road turns into a dirt trail following along the Budhi Gandaki River. The roadway makes its access to Machha Khola. Your trekking journey begins from Machhakhola and follows through the white water river. It progresses via small villages located on the riverside. Jagat, Deng, Samagaon, and Samdo before traversing through the popular Larkya La Pass.

Manaslu Conservation Area

The area encompassing the Manaslu range of mountains is even more lively with diverse flora and fauna found in the area. Manaslu Conservation Area sits in the middle of Manaslu region encapsulating a diverse range of plants and animals. The dense forests located in the Subtropical and Tropical stretches of the Manaslu trek are enriched with biodiversity. Alongside various Himalayan herbs, this conservation area savors Rhododendron, pine, oak, Juniper, and Caterpillar fungus in abundance. Also roaming the wildlands of the area are Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Monal, Golden Langur, Musk Deer, and several species of birds.

Water Bodies in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Originating from these high mountains are small streams and glacial lakes that are spread across the region. Budhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi rivers originate from the Manaslu mountain range. Both of these rivers are tributaries of the Saptagandaki River system. Alongside, the higher ridges are filled with pristine glacial lakes. These lakes serve as the origin of the raging Himalayan rivers. The mountains surrounding the Manaslu range include several deep lakes like Kalo Tal, Birendra Lake, and Ponkar Lake. The water bodies located in the area provide a holistic natural experience.

When Is The Best Time To Do This Trek?

We organize this trek every day for a whole year. But if you are planning to do this trek at the best time. We recommend the following time.

  • Winter (December – February): This is the coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because there will be heavy snow. There is a high chance of closing the trek during this time.
  • Spring (March–May): This is the best time to trek on the Manaslu trek. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperatures. You will also have a chance to see the Rhododendron flowers.
  • Summer (June – August): This is a monsoon in Nepal. There is a chance of rain every day and it will be cloudy and risk of landslide. A rain poncho or rain jacket is needed.
  • Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the rainy season. It will be fresh and clear weather will appear. It will be warm temperature.

Food Menu for Manaslu Circuit Trek ?

The Lodges have a Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like city food. Non-veg food is not recommended. It is not fresh and hygienic.

  • Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item has-brown potato, toast or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge, etc.)
  • Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam, Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo: Mo or dumplings, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries, etc.
  • Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam, Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macaroni, Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo: Mo or dumplings, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries, etc.
  • Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.

Note: All the drinks soft, hot, and hard drinks are not included.

Packing List for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

The 12-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the adventure treks in Nepal. You need proper gear with you. After the Larkya La Pass, the trail is very steep downhill with ice. The Trekking Poles and Crampons are recommended for this trek. Kindly go through this link Manaslu Circuit Trek packing List.

Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.


Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.


When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free lagguge store services. It is more convinent to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Trained guide
  • Local or reasonable price
  • Small group private Trip


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have extra time in Kathmandu, you have different kinds of activities which can be done around Kathmandu. They are; 1. Nagarkot Sunrise tour with a 3-4 Hour hike to Changunarayan Temple or a 5-6 hour hike to Dhulikhel. 2. Everest experience flight by plane or Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour 3. Kathmandu World Heritage Tour 4. 2 nights / 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour 5. Bunjy Jump 6. Trishuli or Bhote Koshi river rafting

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