Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal
Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal
Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

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Overview for Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

  • Trip Code: CT-10043
  • Package: Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal
  • Duration: 16 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,160m./ 16,924 Ft.
  • Trip Level:
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 - Max. 12
  • 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

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful natural landscapes of Manaslu region
  • The rich flora and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • The rich cultural diversity of Manaslu region
  • Larky La Pass, highest point of our trekking expedition
  • Amazing Himalayan Ranges including Manaslu, eighth highest mountain peak in the world
  • Rare wildlife such as Himalayan Marmots and Snow Leopards. 


One of the best beaten paths in Nepal that are gaining its popularity among the adventure seekers, the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal is fairly a new trekking route in the Himalayas of Nepal. It has only been opened for travel purpose since 1991 because of which the beauty of the pristine wilderness is vastly unspoiled. The Manaslu Mountain is also the eighth highest mountain peak in the world as the Manaslu peak height lies at an elevation of 8,163 meters. The Manaslu Circuit trek is an amazing and exotic trek in Nepal that takes travelers through the Manaslu Circuit as well as some parts of the Annapurna Circuit.

The solitude and wilderness that travelers can immerse themselves into is one of the specialties of the Manaslu trek. The off the beaten trails and the lack of infrastructural facilities for the Manaslu expedition has actually preserved the originality and cultural aspects of the Manaslu region. This trekking to Manaslu circuit also gives travelers an opportunity to experience the spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges of Manaslu region as well as other surrounding mountain peaks of Nepal such as the Cheo Peak, Kang Koru, Shringi, Himlung, and some parts of the Annapurna Mountain range. The Manaslu Circuit trail also leads through the Larkya La Pass that sits at the elevation of 5,220 meters.

The Manaslu Circuit exploration is filled with rich bio-diversity. The Manaslu Conservation Area, which is a part of our trekking trail to Manaslu, is home to much wildlife as well as the diverse flora. One of the rarest animals found in Nepal is the Snow Leopard that is found in the Manaslu Conservation area. The trekking trail to Manalsu Base Camp in Nepal passes through some verdant forests consisting of rhododendron trees and the alpine woods such as pine, birch, cedar, and junipers. The trail to Manaslu is really a beautiful travel experience in Nepal filled with nature's serene art and the trails look even more fascinating during the autumn season as the trees changes its color and makes the trail even more enchanting.

The other specialty of this trekking in Nepal is the cultural diversity of Nepal and experiencing its uniqueness during the whole journey. There are diverse ethnic groups and villages scattered all over the region such as the Gurung, Rai, Magar, and Limbu community. There are also some Sherpa villages as well as some Tibetan refugee villages we'll be encountering during our Manaslu Circuit expedition which has their own unique flair and traditions. We'll also be exploring some Tibetan settlements and witness the lifestyle of the Sherpa people who live close by the Nepal Tibet border. There are also many old Buddhist monasteries of Nepal that we'll be encountering during our trek to Manaslu circuit.

The trekking to Manaslu area is pretty challenging because of its remoteness and high altitude regions of Nepal. Nepal Manaslu trekking is also a restricted area in Nepal and travelers need special permit for trekking in Manaslu Conservation Area. The Manaslu trek in Nepal permit can be received after sending a request to the Government. The travel agencies in Nepal handle all the permits and travel arrangements that are required in order to travel Manaslu Circuit. Travelers also need another special permit for Annapurna Circuit trek which is also a part of the Manaslu Circuit trek. So as a whole, travelers need two special permit from the Immigration office and one normal trekking permit for their travel to Manaslu Conservation area that is provided by the trekking agencies of Nepal. The cost of Manalsu trek is higher than other treks in Nepal that fits into same criteria based on duration because of its remoteness and permits but it is one of the best trekking experiences available in Nepal.

Trip Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu

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

A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.

Meal Included: No Meals. 


Day 02
Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu

We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to do this trek in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

Day 03
Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 ft. (Soti Khola) 
Drive approx. 7 hours

After having your breakfast, we'll be picking you up from your hotel and we'll be driving towards Soti Khola. The drive will take us about 8 hours long to reach to Soti Khola. Until Arughat the path is okay but after that it could be a bit rough. We'll be staying overnight at Soti Khola and prepare for our trek next day onwards.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 04
Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Altitude: 9,30 m/ 3.050 ft. (Machha Khola)
Walk approx. 6 hours.

Our trekking begins from this day as we make our way through rocky and narrow trails after having our breakfast. The trails are uneven but it is fun. We'll be walking through the pine forests along with some few waterfalls, rivers, and streams. Later we'll be following the Budi Gandaki river trail and make several uphills and downhills across the winding trail. Upon reaching Machha Khola we'll be done for the day.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 05
Machhe Khola to Jagat

Altitude: 1,340m/ 4,395 ft. (Jagat)
Walk approx. 6 hours.

On this day we'll begin our journey passing through the hot springs at Tatopani. Our trail follows through the twisting road on the bank of the Budi Gandaki river and later enters a forest trail which is filled with wildlife such as monkeys and langurs. We then head towards Yaru from where we'll be crossing a long bridge to reach the Gurung village of Jagat. The village is also the checkpoint where we'll be verifying our special trekking permits as we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 06
Jagat to Pewa

Altitude: 1,625m/5,330 ft. (Pewa)
Walk approx. 6hours.

Our trail leads us to Salleri from where we'll be descending towards Sirdibas. The Sirdibas village is a village of Buddhist community which consists of few gompas as well. From here we make our way towards Philim as we climb steep hill after crossing a long suspension bridge. Our trail leads us alongside some beautiful and breathtaking waterfalls on the either side of the valley. Later we cross the Siyar River and reach to a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on our right. Then we head towards Pewa which would be our destination for the day.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 07
Pewa to Namrung

Altitude: 2,630m./ 8,626 ft. (Namrung)
Walk approx. 6hours.

Upon having our breakfast, we make our way towards Deng as we ascending the trail and trek across the bamboo forest. We'll be crossing a suspension bridge to climb to Bihi Phedi and we might encounter some monkeys while trekking through this route. We'll be walking through some villages which are also filled with Mani Stones carved into wayside rocks. After couple hours, we reach to Namrung where we'll be spending overnight.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 08
Namrung to Lho

Altitude: 2,957m./ 9,698 ft. (Namrung) 
Walk approx. 4 hours.

Today we'll be trekking through some Tibetan influenced villages which are a unique experience in itself. The trail then takes us through a forest filled with rhododendron, oak and fir trees. We'll begin to witness the unique Sherpa lifestyle of the Himalayan people with their isolated settlement and traditional costumes. We'll be walking across some rocky routes on the hillside and make our way to Lho village. The Lho village presents us with some amazing views of the Manaslu Mountain along with Manaslu North. The altitude gradually increases so we'll also keep it in mind and make slow but continuous progress.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 09
Lho to Sama Gaun

Altitude: 3,530m./ 34,233 ft. (Sama Gaun) 
Walk  approx. 3 hours.

Our trek today will be relatively short as we want to take things slow and make a gradual progression as we begin to retain high altitude region. We'll be walking across the mighty Manaslu mountain through the similar topography that was prevalent the previous day. We'll then reach to Shyapla where we'll rest for a bit. From here, we walk further for about an hour or so and reach to Sama Gaun village. This village will be our stop for the day. This beautiful Sama Gaun village is a prime location for Nubri people which also consists of significant numbers of gompas, shops, and also a heliport.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 10
Acclimatization at Sama Gaun

This day has been set apart as part of acclimatization process which helps trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. We'll however hike to Pungyen Gompa that is located on the east side of the Nubri valley. From reaching the hilltop near to Pungyen Gompa, we will be bestowed with breathtaking view of the Manaslu range.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner


Day 11
Sama Gaun to Samdo

Altitude: 3,865 m./ 12,677 ft. (Samdo)
Walk approx. 3 hours.

Today we cross the pastures and ascend towards a valley. The trek will be comparatively shorter because of the higher altitude trail. We'll be going through a tree line and then climbing to a ridge before reaching Kani. This tiny village has some wonderful scenery of the Himalayan ranges. From here we'll be heading to Samdo village which is our destination for the day. This village is close to Tibetan border as this village is also one of the Tibetan refugee villages of this region.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 12
Samdo to Dharmasala

Altitude: 4,460m./ 14,628 ft. (Dharmasala)
Walk approx. 4 hours.

This day we'll be ascending further from Samdo village towards Dharmasala upon having our breakfast. The trek however is still at the higher altitude so be cautious of your body as well. After some time we'll be arriving at Larkya Bazzar, a trading village to Tibet. From there, we'll be making some steady climb finally reaching to the Dharmasala village.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 13
Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La pass

Altitude: 5,160m./ 16,924 ft.(Larky la) 3,700m/ 12,201 ft.(Bimthang)
Walk approx. 8 hours

On this day, we'll be reaching the highest point of our trek. It will be challenging, even more if the weather is cold and it's snowing but it is doable. Furthermore, our experienced trekking guides will be always by your side to help you overcome these challenges. We'll be starting our trek early in the dawn as we look forward to cross the pass before afternoon. The view from the highest point of the pass however makes this difficult and challenging task totally worth it. We can see the mountains such as Himlung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna range from this point. After spending some time here, we then descend down for couple hours until we reach the Bimthang village. We'll rest for the day since we'd be feeling pretty tired after trekking through the difficult trails of the Manaslu region.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner


Day 14
Bimthang to Dharapani

Altitude: 1,800m./ 5,904 ft. (Dharapani) 
Walk approx. 7 hours.

We're almost at the end of our journey as this day would be the last day of our trekking expedition. For the most part we'll be walking downhill and later we walk through some lush and verdant rhododendron and pine forests. The trek today would take us about 7 hours and though it is long, the trails are much easier than the previous trails. We later reach to Dharapani village where we'll be spending overnight. We'll enjoy the Manaslu region for one last time since we'll be heading back to Kathmandu the next day.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner

Day 15
Dharapani to Kathmandu via BesiSahar

Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) 
Drive approx. 8-9 hours.

We leave for Kathmandu in the morning after having breakfast. The drive will take us about 8 to 9 hours to reach Kathmandu depending on the traffic. from Dharapani to Besisahar we provide off-road jeep then we will take regualr bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. Upon arriving at Kathmandu, we will be taking you to your respective hotel(s) and you can rest and relax yourselves after the long and tedious journey. Core treks will host a dinner later in the evening where guests will be able to taste the traditional Nepali cuisine along with some cultural dance at the venue.

Meal Included: Breakfast,Lunch &  Farewell Dinner


Day 16

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.

Meal Included: Breakfast,

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 trek. (12 Nights).
  •  Kathmandu – Soti Khola & Dharapani– Kathmandu by lcoal transport.(If you want both ways private vehicle also available on 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 kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to 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"



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek that requires little to no prior mountaineering experience. Our travel experts will provide a brief training session on safety precautions and information about the location that we will be traveling to. 


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. 


During the Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal, expect to experience the beautiful natural landscapes of Manaslu region, the rich flora and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area, the rich cultural diversity of Manaslu region, Larky La Pass, the highest point of our trekking expedition and some rare wildlife such as Himalayan Marmots and Snow Leopards.


The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided (unless needed) during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal.


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

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

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

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Additional Information

Useful Links: 

Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:

  1. Travel Insurance
  2. Trek Packing List 
  3. Responsible Tourism 
  4. Free Travel Guide (New)

CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions. 

Altitude Sickness: 

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go. 

The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions: 

  • Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust 
  • Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day 
  • Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily 
  • Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms 
  • Do not skip acclimatization days 
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency 

Safety and Security 

A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety: 

  • Secure your belongings 
  • Do not flash cash or jewelry 
  • Have an emergency plan 
  • Do not trek alone 
  • Only choose authorized trekking agencies 

Trekking Equipment 

CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek. 

Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek. 

Walking Hours 

On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day. 

Hiring a Porter/Guide 

An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals. 

All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience. 


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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