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Moderate, 5106 m
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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Excursion around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters)
  • Easy to challenging trekking trail throughout the venture with a maximum time of around 8 hours of trekking (as per itinerary)
  • Exploring the developing yet remote areas of Nepal
  • Passing through one of the restricted areas of Nepal
  • Reach and cross one of the highest passes in Nepal, Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters)
  • View of high sky-touching mountains such as Mount Manaslu, Annapurna, Larkye Peak, Himlung, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, Shringi Himal, Nirekha, Saula, Cho Peak, Panbari, Khayang, and many more
  • Walkthrough the settlement areas of Gurungs and Nepali-Tibetan people residing in the areas and chance to interact with them
  • Crossing all the villages via forests, monasteries, gorges, suspension bridges, cascades, rivers, streams, and settlement areas of local inhabitants
  • Short breaks for lunch and snacks on attractive spots of the area
  • Having a bath at a natural hot water spring in the area, Tatopani
  • Camping experience in the Nepalese Himalayan areas
  • Taste Nepali-styles foods and local drinks

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

Manaslu circuit trek is one of the challenging yet admirable trekking in Nepal. With this trekking journey, you will be able to witness the serenity of high mountains, remote and restricted areas of Nepal covered with dry lands, forests, monasteries, water springs, rivers, cascades, streams, gorges, suspension bridges, high passes, and so on. You will also get in touch with Tibetan-Nepalese and Gurung communities with their own unique culture and lifestyle.

12 days of circuit trekking to Manaslu offers the sight of high mountains such as Mount Manaslu, Annapurna, Larkya Peak, Himlung, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, Shringi Himal, Nirekha, Saula, Cho Peak, Panbari, Khayang, and many more. Walking through the high and low lands, you will be accompanied by these mountains during the whole journey.

Manaslu circuit trekking route

Circuit trekking to Manaslu includes both vehicle drives and walking for hours in a day. Here is the approximate time is taken to complete the distance between the stopping points amid Manaslu circuit hiking.

  • Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola: 8 hours approx.
  • Soti Khola to Machha Khola (River): 5 hours approx.
  • Machha Khola to Jagat: 6 hours approx.
  • Jagat to Deng: 6 hours approx.
  • Trek From Deng to Namrung: 6 hours approx.
  • Namrung to Sama Gaon: 5 to 6 hours approx.
  • Sama Gaon to Samdo: 4 hours approx.
  • Samdo to Dharmasala: 4 hours approx.
  • Dharmasala to Bhimtang: 7 to 8 hours approx.
  • Bhimtang to Dharapani: 6 to 7 hours approx.
  • Dharapani to Kathmandu: 7 to 8 hours approx.

The time frame indicated above may vary as all the trekkers will not have the same pace of walking and acclimatization capacity. Though these are the estimated time for an average walker.

Manaslu circuit trek 12 days operates throughout the year. Still, the main reasons for this trek in Manaslu Nepal are autumn and spring. These seasons cover the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November in Nepal. During these months, the sky remains clear and the views remain pristine most of the time.

Enjoy this circuit trek to Manaslu at the best-guaranteed price and modifiable itinerary. We recommend you to be prepared for any kinds of changes like weather changes, road jams because of landslides, and other uncertain situations, as nothing can be predicted exactly while planning and booking the trek. Feel comfortable contacting us for answers to any kinds of questions regarding the trip.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola

Today is the first day of your Manaslu circuit trip. Here, you will drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat. Early in the morning, our team members will pick you up from the hotel and take you on this road trip. It will take around 8 hours to reach Soti Khola from Kathmandu. En route, you will be passing through different hills, settlement areas, rivers, and concrete bridges with the sight of mountains and greenery. Stay overnight at a hotel in Soti Khola.

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Machha Khola is approximately 24 kilometers away from Soti Khola and it will take around 5 hours to complete the distance for an average walker. Walking through the villages like Khursane, Lapubesi, and Naulikhola, you will conclusively reach Machha Khola village. Enjoy the beautiful view of cascades, waterfalls, rivers, forests, bridges, a settlement area of around just 30 to 40 houses, and so on. Similarly, you can have the sight of landslides around the area. Stay overnight at camps in Machha Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

There will be the permit checking in the police checkpoint at first, and then you will continue your further trek of the day. The distance between Machha Khola and Jagat is around 23 km and the walk of the day will be of around 6 hours. En route, you will have the sight of a natural hot water spring (Tatopani), a Cantilever bridge (this bridge is known as the first bridge in Nepal), forests, river-side pathways, stone-paved ways, and settlement areas, etc. You can also have a break on Tatopani with a short sauna bath. After crossing the cantilever bridge, you will get a glimpse of Jagat and with a further walk, you will enter the village. Stay overnight at a camp in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng

After the permit check at upper Jagat, you will continue the trail of the day. It will take around 6 hours to complete the trekking of the day as Deng is around 21 kilometers away from Jagat. En route, you will cross the villages like Salleri, Sirdibas, Philim, Chisapani, Naykphedi, Pewa, and finally, reach Deng village. You will see the amazing attractions such as hydropower, milky water flow in the river, and suspension bridges, alongside the pristine view of the mountain named Siring (7239 meters). Stay overnight at camps in Deng.

Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung

Wandering through the villages such as Rana gaon, Bihiphedi, Gap, Suksum, you will finally reach Namrung. Namrung is around 20 kilometers in distance from Deng and it will take around 6 hours to reach there. Major attractions of the day remain crossing dense forests and rivers, uphill and downhill walks, dead trees, and rivers, along with the mesmerizing view of mountains like Himalchuli range and Saula Himal. Stay overnight at a local tea house in Namrung.

Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaun

Samagaun is one of the popular places in the Manaslu region of Nepal as it falls on the way to the base camp expedition and is the trade center of the area. Samagaun is around 20.5 kilometers away from Namrung and it will take around 5 to 6 hours to complete the distance. En route, you will cross the villages like Banjam, Lihi, Sho, Lho, Sayla, and finally, reach the destination of the day. Passing through these villages, you will have the view of majestic mountains like Ganesh Himal, north Himchuli, Naike peak, north Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli Manaslu, north Manaslu, Saula Himal, Siringi Himal, and so on. Alongside the natural allures like mountains, rivers, and hilly pathways, you will be gratified with the overview of monasteries, and rearing and grazing of yaks. Stay overnight at a local tea house in Samagaun.

Day 07: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun

Today is the acclimatization/rest day for this circuit trekking journey in Manaslu arene. On this day, you will have three options for exploration - Visit Birendra Tal (lake), Manaslu base camp, or Pungen monastery and base camp. Birendra Tal is around 3 hours away and the base camp is about 5 hours away from Samagaun in walking distance. You can explore any of the places and get the best view of the natural Himalayan yet dry area of Nepal. When you are on an excursion, you will witness the mountain peaks and ranges like Manaslu Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal, and more. Otherwise, you can also stay at the tea house and rest for the day. Stay overnight at a local tea house in Samagaun.

Day 08: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo

With the easy and simple hike and a few minutes of uphill walk, you will reach the destination of the day. It will take around 4 hours to reach Samdo from Samagaun as the distance between these places is around 16.6 km. En route, you will cross the birch and juniper forests, suspension bridges, tea houses, rivers, and settlement areas with the supporting view of mountain peaks and ranges such as Saula Peak, Manaslu Himal, Himal Chuli, Larke Peak, Naike Peak, west and north Himchuli, and Cho Peak. Upon arrival at Samdo, you will see a running micro Hydro Project that provides electricity around the area. Stay overnight at a local tea house.

Day 09: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala

Dharmashala is also known as Larke Phedi as it is the base of Larke Pass. The walking distance is approximately 11.7 kilometers between these two places and it will take around 4 hours to complete the journey for average walkers on normal days (with no climatic circumstances). On the trail, you will pass through Larkya Bazar (seasonal Tibetan market in the arena) and Salka Khola Valley. The up-hill and down-hill trails, forest ways, bridges, and local settlements are the main attractions of the day. Similarly, there is a chance of seeing a blue Sheep. Stay overnight at Dharmashala.

Day 10: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang

Today is the most challenging day of the Manaslu circuit trekking as you will start the hike at around 3 AM and pass the highest point of the area, Larke Pass, at an altitude of 5160 meters above sea level. The extent between Dharmashala and Bhimtang is around 25 kilometers and the walking of the day will be of about 7 to 8 hours. On the trail, you will witness mountains like Mount Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Single Himal, Kanguru Himal, Cho Peak, Larke Peak, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and so on. Similarly, a scenic view of sunrise on the high Himalayas is another magnificence of the day. Crossing the natural landscape with varying flora and fauna, glacial lakes, settlement areas, valleys, and rivers, you will reach Bhimtang. Stay overnight at a local tea house.

Day 11: Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani

Today is the last day of trekking on this 12-days journey in the Manaslu region. Passing through the villages like Karche, Goa, Mane, and Tilche, you will accomplish the stopping point of the day, Dharapani. Dharapani is around 15.9 kilometers away from Bhimtang and it will take about 6 to 7 hours to complete the distance. Major attractions of the day are Dudh Koshi River, river-side pathways, 8 to 10 colored rhododendron forests, suspension bridge, lush green and brown hills, and settlement areas with hotels, lodges, and tea houses. Stay overnight at a hotel in Dharapani.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani

Today is the last day of your Manaslu Circuit Trek as you will be driving to Kathmandu from Dharapani via Besisahar. You will reach Besisahar from Dharapani on a public jeep and from Besisahar, you will drive to Kathmandu on a public bus enjoying an astonishing view of Marsyangdi river, green forest, settlement areas, shops and tea houses, huts, and so on. When you arrive in Kathmandu, our team members will drive you to your hotel where you can rest for the day.

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off service
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project ( MCAP Permit)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • Manaslu Special Restricted Area Permit (a minimum of 2 people in the group is required)
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • All the road transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Accommodation in camps, hotels, tea houses, and lodges on a twin-sharing basis (Extra costs will be applied for the travelers seeking private rooms and camps)
  • Professional, experienced, and dedicated trek guides, porters, and drivers
  • First aid kit for usage in case of emergency

What's not included?

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (Minimum of 100,000.00 covering medical and emergency evacuation)
  • Any kinds of meal not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any charges for extra facilities like hot shower, internet, hot water, alcohol, etc
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers
  • Charges for any kinds of changes/modifications in an itinerary than the mentioned ones

Essential Information

FAQ for Manaslu circuit trekking

What is the height of Larkya pass that is the highest point we reach during Manaslu circuit trekking?

The height of Larkya La pass is around 5,160 meters. It is the maximum altitude that you reach during this trekking. On the day you walk through Larkya pass, you should be prepared to walk for around 7 hours on the high altitude.

What is the altitude of Mount Manaslu base camp and Mount Manaslu?

The altitude of Mount Manaslu base camp is 4,800 meters and the altitude of Mount Manaslu is 8,163 meters. It is one of the highest eight-thousanders in the world.

What is the best time for Manaslu circuit trekking?

The best time for Manaslu circuit trekking is the months of September, October, November, mid-December, March, April, and May. However, this trek runs throughout the year when temperature and weather conditions remain favourable.

Will I get altitude sickness during circuit trekking to Manaslu?

Altitude sickness begins from the altitude of 3,000 meters. In this trekking journey, you will reach the height of 5,160 meters, so there is a chance that you get altitude sickness. Thus, if you get any symptoms like nausea, breath shortness, fatigue, lesser appetite, inform the guide immediately and s/he will assist you with an appropriate action.

Clients Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 3 Review

Circuit trekking in the Manaslu region

We went for circuit trekking in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It was the remotest area that I had ever seen in my life. Although, there were facilities for basic needs like food, drinks, and accommodation. It was the best encounter in a simple yet thriving area of Nepal, the Manaslu region. I truly enjoyed the trekking parts and of course, the camping parts. One must go to the Manaslu at least once in a life. Read More ...

Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal was an amazing experience for me and my boyfriend. We needed some alone time for ourselves so we booked this tour and went to the Himalayas. It was the best adventure of our life. Going through the highs and lows of the mountains helped us know a lot about the Himalayan world. Thank you guys, for this extraordinary trip organisation in Nepal. Read More ...

Larke Pass trek in Manaslu, Nepal

I did the Larke Pass Trek in Manaslu, Nepal. It was the toughest day of the trek but was worthwhile and full of excitement. This circuit trekking to Manaslu made my days in Nepal more fruitful as I got to see lots of mountains, interact with local people, and also walk through high hills, forest, and riverside ways. It was a perfect blend of diverse beauties. Highly recommended! Read More ...
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