Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal
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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Days 15
Trip Rating 4.8/5 4 Reviews
From $1450 USD $1610

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

  • Trip Code: CT-10043
  • Package: Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Duration: 15 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,160m./ 16,924 Ft.
  • Trip Level:
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Public Bus | Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Guest House | Hotel
  • Best Season: March- April- June- July- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov.
  • Trip Route: Soti Khola- Macha Khola- Jaget- Namrung- Lho- Sama Gaun- Manaslu Base Camp – Samdo- Larkya La Pass- Bimthang- Dharapani- Kathmandu

Manaslu Circuit Trek 2023

  • Beautiful dramatic landscapes of rolling hills and snow peaks
  • Manaslu Conservation Area is enriched with exotic flora/fauna.
  • The rich heritage diversity of the Manaslu region has immense cultures.
  • Crossing Larkya-La Pass, the highest point trekking facing amazing views.
  • The spectacular panorama of the Himalayan Ranges with the world's 8th high Mt. Manaslu.
  • The country of rare endangered wildlife, home of Snow Leopards and Thar.

Manaslu Circuit Trek leads to one of the best off-the-beaten paths around the Nepal Himalayas. Slowly gaining popularity among adventurers, and trekkers in search of new fresh destinations, which one can find on the Manaslu Circuit trek.

The Upper Manaslu Valley has been closed and forbidden for outside visitors but opened for travelers since 1991. Where trekkers can enjoy and immerse in the beauty of the unspoiled wilderness and its pristine surroundings. Mt. Manaslu rises high as the world’s eighth highest peak at 8,163 meters and stands between Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.

The Manaslu Circuit trek is an amazing and exotic trek in Nepal, taking you through wonderful places. Crossing high Larkya La pass, then reaching lovely Dharapani village around Manang district, where the famous, popular Annapurna Circuit route joins.

The solitude and wilderness where trekkers can immerse themselves are one of the highlights of the Manaslu trek. The off-the-beaten trails and the lack of infrastructural facilities for the Manaslu expedition have actually been preserved. The originality and cultural aspects of the Manaslu region and its pristine environment make the trek more exciting.

Manaslu circuit also provides an opportunity to experience the spectacular views of the Himalayas of the Manaslu range with surrounding peaks. Includes views of Cheo Peak, Kang Koru, Sringi, and Himlung with some peaks of the Annapurna Mountain range.

The Manaslu Circuit trail leads to the highest point of the adventure on top of Larkya La Pass.
Which is at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet, forms the boundary of Gorkha district, Manaslu between Manang districts.

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking takes you around to witness the country’s rich biodiversity. The Manaslu Conservation Area covers all of the Manaslu trekking trails all the way to the high Larkya-La Pass. Then Annapurna Conservation begins, the conservation is the perfect home to mountain wildlife with various exotic flora. One of the rarest animals is the Snow Leopard, which dwells around the Manaslu Conservation area.

The Manaslu Circuit trek passes through verdant forests of rhododendron, pine, birch, cedar, and juniper trees. The trail to Manaslu is well-defined and scenic to experience, filled with natural beauty, and will be more fascinating. During the spring when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, as well in autumn times. The trees and vegetation around mid-hills change their color and make the walk more interesting and enchanting.

The other specialty is the cultural diversity of Nepal and experiencing its uniqueness during the whole journey. Where one can witness diverse ethnic groups and villages scattered all over the region. Such as the Gurung, Magar, Tamang, and Bhotia communities of the Upper Manaslu and Manang areas. The lower areas with mixed tribes of Hindu Brahmin, Chettries, and Newar also with few Tibetan refugees migrated recently.

Trekkers will have time to explore the traditional villages enriched with age-old heritage cultures and customs. For the native the country and Mt. Manaslu is known as Kutang of Tibetan origin language, which means a promising land. For harvesting high-altitude crops and raising livestock, the word Manaslu comes from ancient Sanskrit. Which means the mind or soul of a god similar to the holy Lake Manasarover in Tibet near
Mt. Kailash. 

Manaslu circuit trek not only for scenic views but as well to explore Tibetan-style villages and witness the local lifestyle. Where the native is from Tibetan descendants migrated some 400 years ago, as they are known as the Bhot people. Where the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route runs close to the border of Nepal and Tibet.

Enjoy visiting old Buddhist monasteries on route Namrung, Lo, and Sama-Gaon villages on this exciting Manaslu circuit trekking.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate walk with some challenging steep climbs due to high altitude and arid terrains. The upper Manaslu from the village Jagat onwards to Dharapani in Manang areas falls within restricted areas in Nepal. All foreign travelers need a special permit to enter as well obtaining a Manaslu Conservation Area entrance ticket.

The Manaslu trek in Nepal permit can be received after sending a request to the Government at the concerned department. Travel agencies in Nepal like CoreTreks provide all the permits and travel arrangements, required for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost: A complete cost breakdown

Travelers also need another special permit for the Annapurna Circuit trek which is also a part of the Manaslu Circuit trek. As it ends around Manang areas at Dharapani village after crossing the high Larkya-La Pass.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 02 Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 03 Kathmandu to Soti Khola 700 m/ 2,296 ft. (Soti Khola)
Day 04 Machhe Khola to Jagat 1,340m/ 4,395 ft. (Jagat)
Day 05 Jagat to Pewa 1,625m/5,330 ft. (Pewa)
Day 06 Pewa to Namrung 2,630m./ 8,626 ft. (Namrung)
Day 07 Namrung to Lho 2,957m./ 9,698 ft. (Lho)
Day 08 Lho to Sama Gaun 3,530m./ 34,233 ft. (Sama Gaun)
Day 09 Acclimatization at Sama Gaun
Day 10 Sama Gaun to Samdo 3,865 m./ 12,677 ft. (Samdo)
Day 11 Samdo to Dharmasala 4,460m./ 14,628 ft. (Dharmasala)
Day 12 Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La pass 5,160m./ 16,924 ft.(Larky la) 3,700m/ 12,201 ft.(Bimthang)
Day 13 Bimthang to Dharapani 1,800m./ 5,904 ft. (Dharapani)
Day 14 Dharapani to Kathmandu via BesiSahar 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 15 Departure

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff from Core Treks will receive you at the airport on arrival for a short transfer to your hotel. The hotel accommodation of three-star standard or above is based on the preference of the clients. We will have a short briefing session at our office or in the hotel lobby and meeting rooms, regarding the trip and travel details. Please feel free to ask questions during the briefing session. After a bit of walking around the streets of Thamel, we will wrap up for the day.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Day 02

Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu

Our guide will brief you regarding the trip on this day. Requires original passport to obtain a needful permit for the trek. After completing the paperwork, then depart for a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. The tour leads around two world heritage sites located in Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening free at leisure for trek preparations.

Maximum Altitude: Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast,
Day 03

Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Early morning depart for a wonderful adventure Manaslu Circuit Short Trek, taking a private car, comfortable tourist standard bus, or coach. As per the size of the group, a long drive takes you beyond Kathmandu Valley towards the Gorkha district. 

Located in Nepal's Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of low and mid-hills, heavily cultivated farm areas. The drive follows Nepal’s main busy highway for some hours and then diverts heading north to Arughat town.

Arughat town is situated on low farm areas close to the raging Buri Gandaki River, from here another few hours of drive on the dirt country road to Machha Khola. A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name, Machha Khola means Fishing stream.

Maximum Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 ft. (Soti Khola)
Drive Approx.: 7
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 04

Machhe Khola to Jagat

On this day we'll begin our journey by passing through the hot springs at Tatopani. Our trail follows through a winding trail by the bank of Budi Gandaki River, then later enters a foretasted trail filled might see some monkeys of languor species. A walk leads towards Yaru and then crosses a long bridge to Jagat. The village with mixed hill tribes of Gurung, Newar, and Manaslu Bhotia with Hindu Bharamins and Chettries. At Jagat with a checkpoint allowing travelers to enter with special permits for higher Manaslu as well for Manaslu Conservation Area.

Maximum Altitude: 1,340m/ 4,395 ft. (Jagat)
Walk Approx.: 6
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 05

Jagat to Pewa

The morning walk leads to Salleri from where the trail descends to Sirdibas. The Sirdibas village is a village of a Buddhist community that consists of a few Gompas. From here walk towards Philim as the climb starts on a steep trail uphill after crossing a long suspension bridge. Then walk leads alongside facing beautiful waterfalls on both sides of the valley. Later cross the Siyar River and reach a junction where the trail separates Tsum valley on our right. As our route heads towards Pewa our overnight destination.

Maximum Altitude: 1,625m/5,330 ft. (Pewa)
Walk Approx.: 6
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 06

Pewa to Namrung

Having breakfast, we make our way towards Deng as we trail ascend across the bamboo forest. Then crossing over a suspension bridge to climb towards Bihi Phedi. Walking through some villages lined with Mani Stones carved into wayside rocks. After a couple of hours, reaching Namrung for an overnight halt.

Maximum Altitude: 2,630m./ 8,626 ft. (Namrung)
Walk Approx.: 6
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 07

Namrung to Lho

Today we'll be trekking through some Tibetan-influenced villages will be a great experience.

The trail then takes us through a forest filled with rhododendron, oak, and fir trees. From here on witness the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture and customs, walk across some rocky routes on a hillside and make our way to Lo-Gaon, village. The Lo-Gaon presents us with some amazing views of Mt. Manaslu along with other ranges of snow peaks.

The altitude gradually increases so we'll also keep it in mind to take slow but with continuous progress on walks to Lo-Gaon village for an overnight halt.

Maximum Altitude: 2,957m./ 9,698 ft. (Lho)
Walk Approx.: 4
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 08

Lho to Sama Gaun

The trek today will be relatively short, where one can take it slowly on a gradual uphill trail as the altitude gains every hour and then. Walk across the mighty North Face of Mt. Manaslu, on arid dry landscapes prevalent than the previous day. Slowly walk and reach Shyapla for a short refreshing rest. From here, walk further for an hour or so to reach Sama Gaon the main village of Upper Manaslu Valley. Check into a nice simple lodge for two overnight stops.

The lovely village of Sama Gaon is a prime location for Nubri the native of the high Manaslu region, the place consists of significant numbers of monasteries or Gompas, shops, with a helipad.

Maximum Altitude: 3,530m./ 34,233 ft. (Sama Gaun)
Walk Approx.: 4
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 09

Acclimatization at Sama Gaun

This day has been set apart as part of acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness on the climb on high Larke La Pass. Enjoy the hike to Pungyen Gompa, located on the eastern side of Nubri Valley. Reaching the hilltop near Pungyen Gompa, bestowed with breathtaking views of the Manaslu Himalaya range of peaks. A great way to support acclimatization hiking around on rest days.

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 10

Sama Gaun to Samdo

Today’s walk leads towards a dry windswept valley, heading further northwest past some pasture fields. A walk leads to ascending towards a valley but is comparatively shorter taking time, due to high altitude. The trail heads through a few short tree line and then climb to a ridge before reaching Kani. This tiny village offers wonderful scenery of the Himalayan ranges.

From here walk to Samdo village our overnight destination. Samdo village is close to route Tibetan border, which is also one of the Tibetan refugee settlements and nice villages of the region.

Maximum Altitude: 3,865 m./ 12,677 ft. (Samdo)
Walk Approx.: 3
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 11

Samdo to Dharmasala

Today we'll ascend further from Samdo village onwards to Dharmasala or Larke Phedi, after having breakfast. The trek is shorter, however, takes time due to the high altitude be cautious not to walk fast, taking it slowly. After a few hours of good walk reaching the old areas of Larke Bazaar, a trading village in Tibet during the early days before China annexed Tibet in the mid 1950s.

From here, a steady climb to Dharmasala a small settlement with few guest houses and lodges. Dharmasala or Larke Phedi can get crowded with trekkers in high peak seasons of trekking.

Maximum Altitude: 4,460m./ 14,628 ft. (Dharmasala)
Walk Approx.: 4
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 12

Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La pass

On our final day of the tough trekking reaching the highest point of the adventure. It will be quite challenging in snow conditions, start the morning climb following the expert guide. Staying close to other members of the group and staff if help and support are needed on this tiring strenuous climb.

Finally, after much effort reaching on top Larkya-La Pass, marked with stone cairns and prayer flags. The top offers a breathtaking panorama of surrounding peaks with Himlung, Kang Guru, and Manaslu ranges with peaks of Annapurna. After spending some time on the highest spot then descend for long hours until Bhimthang is reached. A nice settlement with a number of lodges and guest houses amidst beautiful forest surroundings.

Maximum Altitude: 5,160m./ 16,924 ft.(Larky la) 3,700m/ 12,201 ft.(Bimthang)
Walk Approx.: 8
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 13

Bimthang to Dharapani

Another long day walks to Dharapani but quite easier on downhill, to complete our final walk of the adventure. Start the last day trek on downhill through lush, verdant rhododendron and pine forested path. The trek today takes near about 7 hours and though it is long. But with a difference in losing altitude every hour on walks downhill. The walk leads past Goha a small settlement and then reaches the lovely village of Tilje.

From here a short climb and across a bridge over the Masrsyangdi River to reach Dharapani village. Our last overnight halt around the mountain village, Dharapani located within the Manang district, where the famous Annapurna Circuit route joins. Enjoy the final day of Manaslu Circuit before heading back to Kathmandu the next early morning with a long exciting drive.

Maximum Altitude: 1,800m./ 5,904 ft. (Dharapani)
Walk Approx.: 7
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 14

Dharapani to Kathmandu via BesiSahar

Depart from Dharapani Lodge for Kathmandu in, the early morning to have breakfast. The drive takes nearly 8 to 9 hours to Kathmandu depending on the road traffic on the main highway of Nepal. From Dharapani drive heads down to Besisar a large town, from here change of transport after driving on a jeep. From Besisar on a regular tourist standard bus to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, transfer to respective hotels, after a long and tedious journey.

Core treks will host a dinner where all trekking members will enjoy the traditional Nepali cuisine along with some cultural dance as entertainment.

Maximum Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Drive Approx.: 8
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Day 15


Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after an enjoyable adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trek. Our staff transfers you to the international airport terminal and then bids farewell to guide and staff. As depart for smooth flight homeward bound.

Meal Included: Breakfast,
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost Mentions

Trip Includes

  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin-sharing accommodation during the trek. (12 Nights).
  •  Kathmandu – Soti Khola & Dharapani– Kathmandu by local transport. (If you want both ways private vehicle is also available at an additional cost).
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Manalsu Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport-size photos).
  • Special permit for Manaslu region.
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes

  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, and hot shower during Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to the crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

It's important to note that AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a risk when trekking in high-altitude areas like the Manaslu Circuit. Symptoms of AMS can include nausea, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. More severe symptoms can include confusion, difficulty walking, and shortness of breath at rest. 

The severity of symptoms can increase as you ascend to higher altitudes, and it's important to take precautions to prevent AMS. Guides are trained in scoring systems to determine the severity of AMS and are experienced in providing immediate treatment. 

Preventative measures include gradually acclimatizing to the altitude, staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and taking it slow and steady while trekking. If you experience symptoms of AMS, it's important to communicate with your guide and descend to a lower altitude if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to be a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and experience with high-altitude trekking. The trek involves hiking through remote and rugged terrain, with steep ascents and descents, and crossing the high-altitude Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,160 meters. 

The trek is usually completed over a period of 14 to 16 days and involves trekking for an average of 6 to 8 hours per day. The terrain can be rocky and uneven, and the trail can be exposed to high winds and cold temperatures at higher elevations. 

Altitude sickness can also be a concern on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, as the trek takes you to a maximum elevation of 5,160 meters at Larkya La Pass. It's important to acclimatize properly and to be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

Overall, while the Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to be a challenging trek, it's also incredibly rewarding, offering stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, unique cultural experiences, and a sense of adventure that's hard to match.


Yes the Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal is completely safe. However, there is always a chance of unforeseen circumstances hindering the journey. For that our mountaineering guides will provide information about emergency actions and your duties during the trekking. 


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging and rewarding trek that takes you through some of the most stunning natural landscapes and cultural sites in Nepal. Here are some additional things you can expect during the trek:

  • Stunning mountain views: The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers spectacular views of the Manaslu mountain range, which includes several peaks over 7,000 meters tall. You'll also get to see other notable peaks like Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Ngadi Chuli.
  • Diverse flora and fauna: The trek takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including rare wildlife like the Himalayan marmot and snow leopard.
  • Rich cultural diversity: The Manaslu region is home to several ethnic groups, including the Gurung, Nubri, and Tsumba people. Along the trek, you'll get to experience their unique customs, traditions, and lifestyles.
  • Larkya La Pass: At an elevation of 5,160 meters, Larkya La Pass is the highest point of the trek and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Remote and rugged terrain: The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through some of the most remote and rugged terrains in Nepal, which can make the trek challenging but also incredibly rewarding.

Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique and unforgettable trekking experience that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a challenging adventure.


During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can expect to find a variety of accommodation options, ranging from basic teahouses to more luxurious lodges. The quality and availability of accommodation can vary depending on the season and the specific location.

In the lower elevations, you can expect to find teahouses that offer basic accommodation, usually consisting of a simple room with a bed or two and shared toilet facilities. As you gain elevation, the facilities may become more basic, and you may need to share a room with other trekkers.

In terms of food, most teahouses along the trek offer a similar menu, with a mix of Nepali and Western dishes. Typical Nepali dishes include Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), and noodle soups. Western dishes like pizza and pasta are also commonly available, although the quality can vary.

As you move higher into the mountains, the menu may become more limited due to the difficulty of sourcing fresh ingredients. It's always a good idea to bring some snacks or energy bars with you to supplement your meals.

Overall, while the accommodation and food may be basic, the experience of trekking through the stunning Himalayan landscape more than makes up for it.


To book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.


No, trekking in the Manaslu region without a guide is not permitted by the Nepalese government. Since it is a restricted region, travelers need to acquire special permits and be accompanied by a licensed guide. Additionally, the region has a reputation for challenging terrain and unpredictable weather, so it is recommended that trekkers have a local guide with them to ensure their safety and enjoyment of the trek.


The temperature in the Manaslu region can vary depending on the season and altitude. In general, the temperature decreases as you gain altitude. During the autumn and spring trekking seasons, which are the most popular, daytime temperatures in lower elevations can range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to around 0°C to -10°C (32°F to 14°F).

At higher elevations, temperatures during the day can be around 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F), while at night they can drop to -10°C to -20°C (14°F to -4°F). In the winter season, temperatures can be significantly colder, dropping below -20°C (-4°F) at high altitudes. It's essential to pack appropriate warm clothing to protect against the cold weather.


The cost of trekking the Manaslu Circuit can vary depending on several factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of service you require, and the season you plan to visit. 

On average, the cost of a 14-day trek with a licensed guide, including necessary permits, food, accommodation, and transportation, can range from $1200 to $2000 USD. Here by CoreTreks offers you this trek at above mention price.

However, if you opt for a more luxurious trek with higher-end accommodation and meals, the cost can increase significantly. Additionally, if you plan to hire a porter to carry your backpack, this will incur an additional fee.

It's important to note that prices can vary depending on the trekking agency you choose, so it's advisable to research and compare prices before booking.


The starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually the town of Soti Khola, which is about 160 km (99 miles) away from Kathmandu. 

The most common way to reach Soti Khola is by road transport, either by private jeep or local bus. Private jeep hire is more expensive, but it is faster and more comfortable. It takes around 7 hours to travel by private jeep and around 9 hours by local bus. 

Alternatively, you can take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to the town of Pokhara, and then take a bus or jeep from there to Soti Khola. This option is more expensive, but it is faster and more comfortable than taking a bus directly from Kathmandu. 

It's important to note that road conditions can be challenging and unpredictable, particularly during the monsoon season (June to September). It's also recommended to hire a local guide or trekking agency to arrange your transport, as they can ensure your safety and help you navigate any challenges that may arise during your journey.

Additional Information


At the beginning of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, transportation involves a 160 km / 99-mile journey from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola via Soti Khola. This can take 7 hours by private jeep or 8 to 9 hours by local bus. The first day of the trek involves an off-road adventure.

At the end of the trek, a 6-hour jeep ride from Dharapani is required, followed by a change to another jeep or local bus for a 7-hour journey back to Kathmandu.


To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.


To trek the Manaslu Circuit, you will need to obtain a special restricted area permit, which can be issued by a local company. Additionally, you will also need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP). It's important to note that at least two trekkers are required for the trek.

Read: Manaslu Trekking Permit In Nepal


A teahouse is a basic guesthouse found on mountain trails that provides accommodation, meals, and social space for trekkers. Accommodations are simple, consisting of twin rooms or dormitories with shared toilets and bathrooms that may have either Western-style or squat toilets. Showers typically have only cold water, and hot water showers may be available for a fee. 

Sleeping rooms are equipped with beds and blankets, but it is recommended to bring your own sleeping bag. Single rooms are rare, and sharing a room is normal. There is no heating in the sleeping rooms, but the dining area is usually warmed by a stove. Light is provided by solar power, and teahouses may charge for the use of outlets to charge electronic devices. 

Breakfast and dinner are communal, with trekkers gathering around tables to discuss their journeys. The menu may offer a variety of food, and boiled water is usually available for a fee. It is recommended to bring your own water sterilization tablets or life straw.


During the Manaslu Trek, the teahouse menus may not be as extensive as on more established and busy trekking routes due to the restricted area and the limited number of trekkers allowed each year. However, the food provided is still hearty and hot. In Namrung, there is a guest house with a more modernized restaurant that even offers cappuccino, but bringing snacks is still recommended in case it is not open.

For breakfast, typical options include a spicy Nepali omelet with chili, onion, and tomatoes or piping hot porridge with milk, toast or Tibetan bread with jam or honey, and Nepali spiced tea, salty Tibetan tea (in some settlements), or coffee (if available).

Lunch at a small teahouse on the trail may consist of Dal-Bhat (rice, curry, lentils) or noodles, along with Nepali tea or a soft drink.

For dinner at your overnight teahouse on the Manaslu Trek, expect a variety of soups such as garlic soup, Tibetan bread (when available), momos (packets of vegetables or meat Tibetan style, when available), fried noodles with vegetables, Dal-Bhat, fried rice, rice pudding, and soft drinks and beer, and Nepali tea.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Reviews

Peaceful and full of diversity

From: Norway | On: 15 Mar, 2019

Honestly, I never expected the country to contain this much diversity within this small area. The people in Nepal really are living in harmony. I can see why many monks respect this country. Especially because Nepal is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.


As I said, the country is really peaceful and a great getaway from modern life hassles. Kathmandu is one crowded city full of traffic. But as we headed away from the city towards Manaslu region, it was chilling and peaceful. I’m glad on the accomplishment of our trip to one of the highest mountain in the world.


Huge thanks to the team members at CoreTreks for helping us through almost everything while our stay in Nepal. They are really professional with what they do and focused on customer service. If you are looking forward to visit in Nepal or even trekking, I recommend that you book your trip via CoreTreks. I’m glad I put my trust to them, you can too.

Must visit Nepal

From: Germany | On: 25 Oct, 2019

Nepal is a place that you should definitely visit once in your lifetime. I’m glad that we chose Nepal for trekking, especially Manaslu region. The spine chilling views of the Himalaya range is something that I will remember forever in my lifetime.

We got to explore the vegetation of Manaslu Conservation Area which was really exciting. I encourage people to definitely visit Nepal once in their lifetime. It will be worth your time and effort, trust me.

Anyway, thanks to CoreTreks for booking our trip and making sure that we were in comfort. They really do take your safety seriously. The professionals know what they are doing and are really great in it. I could not recommend CoreTreks enough for you trip to Nepal.


Fully satisfied with the service

From: United States | On: 22 Oct, 2018

After having a good trek of about 15 days, I have to say that I am fully satisfied with CoreTreks and the whole team. We went trekking to Manaslu region. It went great, as expected when there was a team of professionals dedicated for our safety and service.

I loved the difference in vegetation in Manaslu Conservation Area, it was something I admired the most about the whole trip. We then proceeded to trek up to the foothill of the eighth highest mountain peak in the world. We were really lucky to encounter Snow Leopards along our way. Really enjoyed the trip.

Again, thanks to the team at CoreTreks for planning and guiding us throughout the whole trip. They were really patient with us and focused on our needs in order to provide services that we craved for. Definitely recommended to anyone looking to visit Nepal.

Looking forward to visit again

From: Australia | On: 12 Apr, 2017

The country is really beautiful with a lot more to explore than what we usually see. It was a great opportunity for me and my team to explore the rich flora and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The country is really diverse in culture and the people are really welcoming.


We trekked up to the Larky La Pass, the highest point of our trekking expedition. I have to say that three weeks was really short time to explore everything Nepal had to offer. We are planning on returning with a lot more free time in order to enjoy and relax for the holiday.


I highly recommend CoreTreks if you plan on going for a vacation in Nepal. They are a team of professional, highly dedicated to the safety and satisfaction of their clients. They guided us throughout our trip and really were amazing companions.

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