Manaslu Circuit TrekManaslu Trek


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US$ 1049

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 16 Days
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Mar-May & Sep-Nov
Per Day Hiking: 4-9
Elevation: 5125m
Accomodation: Lodge and Hotel
Transportation: Car/Jeep/Bus/Van



Manaslu Circuit Trek is a spectacular trek with views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), NgadiChuli (7879m.) or (peak 29), Himlung Himal (7126m.), Cheo Himal (6820m.), Gyaji Kung (7030m.), Kang guru (6981m.) and the Annapurna II (7937m.),Ganesh Himal Range and interesting Tibetan-style Buddhist villages ,protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges.

Manaslu Circuit Trek follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arkhet to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5106m). As you start low, at around 608 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from the green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers. On this trek, you will pass many villages such as Sotikhola, Machhakhola, Jagat, Philim, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo and Tilche Villages etc. Manaslu Circuit Trek is certainly a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. Camping gears are not required unless you go off the beaten track. The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5106m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Dharapani. From Dharapani, we drive back to Kathmandu via Besishahar.

Manaslu Circuit trek is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination. Due to the increasing number of travelers, lodges in the major places are being developed. So, now you can trek by staying on local lodges (tea houses) without camping in this area.

The trek starts in Arughat or Arkhet or Sotikhola and ends in Dharapani, Chyamche or Besishahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek can be made longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days and starting point. You can combine the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley, a beautiful, isolated valley where century-old Tibetan traditions prevail or Annapurna Circuit Trek which is one of the most popular treks in Annapurna region.

What Permit do we need?

This trek is the restricted area, it requires a Manaslu Restricted permit issued by Department of Immigration Nepal, Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card which is arranged by our company and a government certificate holder trekking guide led the group.

Manaslu Trek highlights

  • Manaslu, (peak 29), Himlung Himal, Kang guru, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal 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, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo and Tilche Villages etc.

Short itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).

Day 02: Manaslu Restricted Permit preparation day

Day 03: Drive to Arkhet

Day 04-14: Trekking

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu (1350m).

What are Included?
  1. Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depending on group size.
  2. 3 Nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan.
  3. Kathmandu-Arkhet Bazar and Chyamje -Kathmandu by Bus or Jeep.
  4. All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
  5. One experienced and qualified English speaking guide and trekkers 2: 1 porter.
  6. Manaslu restricted trekking permit fee.
  7. Manaslu / Annapurna Conservation area (MCAP) and (ACAP) permit fee.
  8. First Aids Kit.
  9. Local seasonal  fresh fruit like orange, Pomegranates, apple etc.
  10. Duffel Bag
  11. Fingertip Pulse Oximeter , we use everyday to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body  to minimize high risk.
  12. Nepal Hidden Treks and Expedition T-short.
  13. Farewell Dinner in Nepali Authentic Restaurant in Kathmandu.
  14. 13% government VAT and Official charge.
What are Excluded?
  • International airfare and visa fee (15 days for USD$25 and 30 days for USD$40).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All the drinks such as: 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.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day01 Arriving in Kathmandu (1350m).

    Arriving in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) you will meet with my representative then transfer to hotel by private vehicles then stay at the Hotel and free activities in the evening.

  2. Day02 Manaslu Restricted area Permit

    We need your original passport to prepare your Manaslu Restricted area Permit. It is also the day for trekking gears preparation day. If you have your own gears, it’s okay. But if you do not have, you may buy or rent at Thamel in Kathmandu. Thamel is tourist hub in Kathmandu. All the restaurants, Hotels, Bars, trekking gear shops, Money exchange, souvenir shops etc. are in Thamel.

  3. Day03 Kathmandu - Arkhet Bazaar (620m, 8-9 hours driving)

    Your guide and porter will come to pick you up at your Hotel in the morning and then take a taxi to Bus station. You will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Arkhet. It takes 8-9 hours’ drive by public bus. The bus will stop for Breakfast and Lunch. Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi is nice road. From Dhading to Arkhet is gravel road, overnight at Lodge.

    Optional: If you want, it is also possible to hire a Private Jeep.

  4. Day04 Arkhet Bazar - Machha Khola (869m, 6-7 hours walking)

    Today is first day of the trek. After the breakfast, you will start the trek. Trek from Arkhet Bazar to Machha Khola 6-7 hours walk. The trail is mostly flat and walk on the road. You will pass rice terrace, Soti Khola village, Lapu Besi village, also the view of Siringi Himal snow Peak, overnight at Lodge.

  5. Day05 Machha Khola - Jagat (1340m,7 hours walking)

    You will start the trek after the breakfast. Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (checkpoint) is 7 hours walking. You will follow the Budhi Gandaki River all the way to Jagat. The trail from Machha Khola to Dovan is mostly Nepali flat. From Dovan to Jagat is slowly uphill. We pass Khorla besi, Tatapani (Natural Hot Spring), Dovan, Yaru Khola town. The Jagat is located 1340m, overnight at Lodge.

  6. Day06 Jagat - Deng (1860m, 6-7 hours walking)

    Jagat is entry point for Manaslu Restricted area. Your guide will check in your permit. Trek from Jagat to Deng is 6-7 hours walk. You will pass Sirdibas Philim village during the hike. When you trek little bit further from Ekle Bhatti, there is also the option for Tsum Valley on the right side trail. But you will take left side trail to Deng, overnight at Lodge.

    Optional: It is possible to extend the trek to Tsum valley

  7. Day07 Deng - Namrung (2630m, 6-7 hours walking)

    From the Deng, you will go down to the river. You will cross the bridge and climb up to Rana gaon. From Ranagaon, you trek to Bihi Phedi. After little bit walk from Bihi Phedi, there is two trail. A trail goes to Prok village on the left side. But you will take right side trail to Ghap. From Ghap, you will trek up to Namrung Village. Namrung is good spot to view Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal. Trek from Deng to Namrung is 6-7 hours walking. Namrung is located at 2630m, overnight at Lodge.

    Optional: It is possible to extend your trek to Prok and Kal Tal or Kal Chhokang Gumpa.

  8. Day08 Namrung - Samagaon (3520m, 5-6 hours walking)

    Namrung has a Check post. Your guide will check in your permit after that you will start the hike. During the hike, you will pass Lihi gaon, Sho Goan, Lho Gaun and Syala Gaon. You will have a nice view of Mt. Manaslu and Himchuli in different angle in different village. Sama gaon is one of the biggest village on this trek. Trek from Namrung to Samagaon is 5-6 hours walking. Samagaon is located at 3520m, overnight at Lodge.

  9. Day09 Rest day in Samagaon

    • Trip to Pungyen Gompa 4-5 hours walk
    • Way to Manaslu Basecamp 5-6 hours walk
    • Birendra Tal and Sama gaon 2 hours walk

  10. Day10 Samagaon - Samdo (3875m, 3-4 hours walking)

    The trail from Samagoan to Samdo is short walk. It takes 3-4 hours walk to Samdo. The elevation high here. So, it is better to take it easy. After the lunch in Samdo, you may do side trip to Samdo Peak. You will have excellent view of Mt. Manaslu and other mountains. The Samdo Peak is higher than Samdo village. It will be helpful to acclimatize your body. The Samdo is located at 3875m, overnight at Lodge.

  11. Day11 Samdo - Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4460m, 4-5 hours walking)

    Today, you will trek from Samdo to Dharmashala/ Larke Phedi. It takes 4-5 hours walk. The trail is all the way slowly up to Dharmasala. You will have nice view of Snow Mountain during the hike. The Dharmasala is located at 4460m, overnight at Lodge.

  12. Day12 Dharmashala - Larkya La Pass 5106m- Bimtang (3890m, 7-8 hours walking)

    You will wake up early in the morning. You will have some hot tea and breakfast, start the hike with pack lunch. The trail from Dharmasala is slowly up to Larkya La pass (5106m). From Larkya La pass, you will have a nice view of Cheo Himal (6820m.), Gyaji Kung (7030m.), Kang guru (6981m.) and the Annapurna II (7937m.). After the Larkya La pass, the trail is all the way downhill to Bimthang. Trek from Dharmashala to Bimtang is 7-8 hours walk, overnight at Lodge.

  13. Day13 Bimtang - Gho (2515m, 5-6 hours walking)

    After the nice view in the morning, you will have breakfast at the Lodge. You will trek from Bimthang to Gho. The Mountain View is still very nice during the hike. The trail is mostly downhill. You will walk on the jungle. It takes 5-6 hours walk. Gho is located at 2515m, overnight at Lodge.

  14. Day14 Gho - Dharapani (1963m) - Beshishahar (830m, 7 hours)

    You will trek from Gho to Dharapani around 2 hours. From Dharapani, you will drive 5 hours to Besishahar by public Jeep. This is last night on the trek. Besishahar is also starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Besishahar is located at 830m, overnight at Lodge.

    Optional: It is also possible to continue Annapurna Circuit Trek from Dharapani.

  15. Day15 Besishahar - Kathmandu

    After the breakfast at the Lodge in Besishahar, drive to Kathmandu by public bus. The bus will stop for Lunch break on the way. You will still see the Himalayas on the way back to Kathmandu in a clear day. It takes 5-6 hours’ drive, overnight at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

    Optional: If you want, it is also possible to hire a Private Car/ Jeep/ Van.

  16. Day16 Departure to your Home.

    Final departure to international airport to fly your home country.


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Travel Info

Trekking gears

  • Trekking boots (If new boots are purchased, “break them in” to avoid blisters) and spare laces
  • Hat (Warm),scarf and gloves
  • Trousers (Warm trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Running shoes, sandals or thongs (To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet).
  • Shorts and trousers
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks and under wear(three pairs)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and long sleeved shirt with collar (long sleeved – shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.)
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+) and lip bal
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Iodine ,water-purification tablets or filter
  • Insect repellent ( for lower elevation)
  • Stuff sacks
  • Earplugs
  • Back pack
  • Sleeping back and silk liner
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight),spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag
  • Crampon
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Camera ,memory card and battery charger( spare batteries)
  • Books and magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • Quick- drying camp towel
  • Day pack (This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet items, cameras, towel, soap, chocolate bar etc.)
  • 2-4 large plastic bags: to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
  • Personal medical supplies

Visa Information

Visa Fee required to obtain Tourist Visa from Nepalese diplomatic agencies and entry points:

  • US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
  • US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
  • US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days.
  • Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with passport from South Asian
  • Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren’t required to pay visa fee for 30 days. However, Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Fee Required To Extend Duration Of Visa Or Renew Visa:

  • US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.
  • Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee as per 2(b), if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period.
  • If foreign visitors that haven’t renewed their visa want to renew their visa, they have to pay additional Nepalese currency equivalent to US 3$ on the regular visa extension fee.
  • Foreign visitors who have overstayed the visa period of 150 days without extension are required to pay visa fee as per provision in 2(c) and punishment as per Clause 10 sub-clause 4 of Immigration Act 2049.
    Regardless of provision stated in 2(a), 15 days is counted as minimum extension period and visa fee is charged accordingly. For extension period more than 15 days, visa fee is charged as per the provision of 2(a).

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