Manaslu Trek
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Manaslu Circuit Trek

19 days

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Spend 19 days discovering Manaslu and nearby peaks on this guided trekking adventure

Discover for yourself why trekking around Manaslu is becoming so popular. This Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through some of the most achingly beautiful scenery in the Himalayas, around Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.

The trail offers great variety in breathtaking landscapes since it begins at lower elevations and allows you to experience how the environment changes with altitude. Surround yourself with majestic mountains as you follow rivers and cross streams through the incredible countryside. Witness the contrast of walking through lush, green forests then along a glacier or over a snowy mountain pass.

You’ll find unforgettable views at Manaslu Base Camp and as you cross the Larke La Pass. While the splendor of this route is making it increasingly popular, it is still a lesser known and therefore far less crowded trail that some other Himalayan trekking options in Nepal. In other words, all the beauty without all the crowds.

As you trek through a variety of villages and stay in local lodges, you’ll experience a rich and intriguing blend of religions and cultures. Encounter native Sherpa, Gurung, and Tibetan people and learn how they are the same, how they are different, and how they live side by side on the top of the world. This 19-day journey through the Himalayas in Nepal is life-changing as each day brings new impressions, experiences and challenges. Don’t miss this Manaslu Circuit Trek!

Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Discover the beautiful region around Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal massifs.
Surround yourself with natural beauty, including alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, sparkling rivers, and impressive glaciers.
Challenge yourself with high elevation trails up to Manaslu Base Camp and across the Larke La Pass.
Visit local Nepali villages where you will encounter a fascinating blend of Buddhist, Hindu, and Tibetan religions and cultures in this border region.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal! Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where an airport representative from your tour will meet you and escort you to your hotel. At the hotel, your guide will brief you with more details about your tour. Enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner to welcome you on your first evening.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Explore Kathmandu

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, experiencing the wonders of this vibrant city. Visit a well-known Buddhist temple called Stupa Swayambunath, which is also called the Monkey Temple. From this point, high on a hill, take in the inspiring view of the mountains and the Kathmandu Valley that surrounds you. Stupa Swayambunath is the oldest and most mysterious shrine in Kathmandu, attracting tourists and Buddhist visitors from all over the world with its distinctive white dome and sparkling gold spire. Next, drive to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple on the Indian subcontinent, and the crematorium beside it. Finally, your tour also takes you to Patan Durbar Square where you can see many notable temples and palaces from centuries past, each an intriguing example of traditional Nepalese architecture.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Distance: As Required
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Transfer to Soti Khola

Leave Kathmandu and take a scenic drive beside the Trishuli River to Arugath Bazar. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful scenery and a glimpse of the lifestyle in this rural area. You’ll also pass through Dhadingbensi, which is the district headquarters of Dhading. The settlement of Arughat Bazar (670 m/2,198’) is clustered on both banks of the Budhigandaki River, with a suspension bridge connecting the two sides. After exploring this popular trading center, continue your drive to reach Soti Khola (597 m/1,959’), where you will spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Soti Khola
Distance: 6-7 hours of Driving
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola

Begin your trek today after breakfast in your hotel. Cross the bridge then follow the trail through the lovely Sal forest. The trail then begins to climb up onto a ridge that overlooks a very large section of rapids on the Budhigandaki River. Pass through several small villages, then climb again behind an outcrop until you come to a broad valley. Here, a tributary river meets the Budhigandaki. Follow the sandy riverbed down to the suspension bridge. When you cross this bridge, you’ll arrive in the village of Machha Khola (825 m/2,707’), where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Machha Khola (825 m/2,707’)
Distance: 12 km, 6-7 hours, 228 m of ascent, 100 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to Jagat

Leave the village of Machha Khola by first crossing a stream that is also called Machha Khola. The trail today is a series of ups and downs, as well as streams and bridges. Follow the trail from Machha Khola to the Tharokhola stream, then cross the stream and continue upstream toward the little village of Khorlabesi. The undulating path then takes you to Tatopani, where there is a natural hot spring. Cross another suspension bridge to continue your trek on the opposite riverbank to your left. A wide staircase then takes you up to Doban, where you’ll find a tea house on the other side of a small forested section of the trail. Cross the Yaru Khola via the suspension bridge, then climb up to the ridge. Follow the river as you climb further to reach Jagat (1,330 m/4,364’). Spend the night in this lovely village.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Jagat (1,330 m/4,364’)
Distance: 11 km, 6-7 hours, 504 m of ascent, 150 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek to Deng

Visit several small towns and villages along your route today. Begin today’s trek by descending a long stone staircase down to the riverbank. Then climb to the other side of a terraced hill to the town of Salleri. From here you can see the peak of Sringi Himal (7,187 m/23,579’) before descending again to the village of Sirdibas. As the valley begins to widen, the trail will reach Ghatte Khola, where a suspension bridge takes you across the river. Once across, the trail climbs steeply up to the large Gurung village of Philam, then on to Chisopani. After Chisopani, an incredible waterfall view awaits you as you cross a hillside, then descend again to grassy slopes before crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. Notice the pine trees in this alpine zone. Follow the river along its west bank, then cross over to the eastern side for a stretch, then cross back to the west again. Pass through a bamboo forest before you come to Deng Khola. When you cross the stream, you’ll find yourself in a small village called Deng (1,860 m/6,102’). Deng is your destination for today.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Deng (1,860 m/6,102’)
Distance: 11 km, 6-7 hours, 530 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek to Namrung

Leaving Deng, the trail descends for approximately 40 minutes then crosses the Budi Gandaki River to arrive in Rana (1,910 m/6,266’). After another hour of ups and downs you’ll come to Bhi, then cross the Serang Khola continue to the west into the Budi Gandaki valley. You’ll see impressive mani stones then enter a forest before turning toward Ghap. The hike from Bhi to Ghap takes approximately 2.5 hours. The village of Ghap reveals a clear Tibetan influence. A different route option takes you through the village of Prok, where you can find a beautiful view of Siringi Himal. Then follow the path of the river upstream as it carves its way through a densely forested area. Enjoy the cooler temperatures as you gain altitude in the shade of the pine and juniper trees. After crossing the river one more time, you’ll arrive at a steep staircase that will take you up to Namrung (2,580 m/8,465’), where you will spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Namrung (2,580 m/8,465’)
Distance: 10 km, 6-7 hours, 720 m of ascent, 150 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Trek to Samagaon

Take time to appreciate the wonderful views of the peaks of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mount Himal Chuli that are available in Namrung, the continue your trek on to Samagaon. As you leave the village, the trail leads through expansive pastures and barley fields. After a steep climb, you’ll come to Lihi village (2,920 m/9,580’). In this picturesque village you’ll see barley terraces and many chortens. Cross the stream that flows down from the Lidanda Glacier to come to Sho village. Here in this Tibetan village you’ll find incredible views of Manaslu and Manaslu North. Next, you’ll come to the village of Lho, which is a larger village full of mani walls, chortens, and an ornate stupa. You can also visit the Ribung Gompa monastery in Lho while enjoying clear and breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu. Continue down the trail to the village of Shyala, which is absolutely surrounded by tall, stunning mountain peaks. To your left will be Himal Chuli and Nagi Chuli (Peak 29). On the right is a collection of snow-capped peaks and Ganesh Himal in the distance. Straight ahead of you is the majestic Mount Manaslu and several glaciers. Continue walking to come to Samagaon village (3,480 m/11,417’), where you will spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Samagaon (3,480 m/11,417’)
Distance: 11 km, 7 hours, 900 m of ascent, 100 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Acclimatization dayhike to Manaslu Base Camp

Spend a second night in Samagaon to help your body adjust to the altitude. This acclimatization day will help you prepare both physically and psychologically for the rest of your journey as your body adapts to the new elevation and climate. It is important to stay active today, so explore the village and the surrounding area. There are thousands of mani stones here with pictures and text that are very meaningful to Buddhists. See the traditional clothing and jewelry of the Sherpa women. You can explore the nearby Sama Gompa monastery and witness spectacular views of the pyramid-shaped Mount Manaslu. Today’s hike takes you to the stunning turquoise lake Birendra Tal, and also to the Manaslu Base Camp (4,500 m/14,764’). Return to Samagaon for the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Samagaon (3,690m / 12,105’)
Distance: 9 km, 7 hours, 1,020 m of ascent, 1,020 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Samdo

Leave Samagaon today and work your way down to the Budhi Gandaki River, then follow the river up again. Along your walk you will be surrounded by exceptional mountain views. When you reach the Kermo Kharka meadows, where the trail to Manaslu Base Camp begins, turn around and experience yet another incredible view of Mount Manaslu. The trail is easy for a while as it crosses above the river along a shelf. Here you’ll walk through the Kermo Kharka forests of birch and juniper trees. Eventually you’ll leave the shelf, returning down to the Budhi Gandaki River and crossing it via the wooden bridge. Here there is a promontory that is between two forks of the river that will require a steep climb. Cross to the eastern side of the river to reach the last permanent settlement of this valley, Samdo (3,860 m/12,664’). Stop for the night in Samdo.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Samdo (3,860 m/12,664’)
Distance: 8 km, 6 hours, 385 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Trek to Dharmasala

From Samdo, the trail returns down to the Budhi Gandaki River, crosses it on a wooden bridge, then begins to go up again. You’ll also cross a stream that runs down from the Gya La Pass, which is a pass that crosses into Tibet. Pass the village of Larkya Bazaar and continue on toward the Larkya glacier, you’ll come to a village with many names. It is called Dewang, or Dharmasala. Because of its location at the base of the Larkya La pass, it is also called Larkya Phedi (“Foot of Larkya”). Spend the night here in Dharmasala (4,470 m/14,665’).
Overnight Location: Lodge in Dharmasala (4,470 m/14,665’)
Distance: 8 km, 6 hours, 605 m of ascent, 200 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

Be prepared for a long and challenging day today. Begin by climbing northward until you come to the Larkya glacier’s ablation zone. Here there are frozen lakes and great views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. Cross the boulder fields. You will crest multiple times. Notice the lines of prayer flags from the summit cairn as they flutter in the wind. Here at the top of the Larkya La Pass (5,125 m/16,814’) you’ll find awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Himalayas. You can see well-known peaks such as Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Kang Guru, and even Annapurna II. Leaving the summit, the descent down the other side of the pass is steep and likely snow-covered. Cross the screen and join the ablation zone trail that leads to Dangboche Kharka. You can rest here before continuing on to today’s destination of Bimthang (3,855 m/12,648’), a village in the wide, flat ablation zone. Great job completing this challenging but very rewarding trekking day.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Bimthang (3,855 m/12,648’)
Distance: 19 km, 10-12 hours, 665 m of ascent, 1,385 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Rest Day in Bimthang

Enjoy a well-deserved rest day today, exploring the village of Bimthang and the surrounding area. Expect beautiful scenery and stunning mountain views. From this amazing location, you can see the peaks of Cheo Himal, Himlung, Kanguru, Lamjung Himal, Poker Mountain, Phungi Himal, Annapurna II, Mount Manaslu, and many more.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Bimthang (3,855 m/12,648’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to Tilije

Continue your descent today. From Bimthang, cross the Sangure Kharka high pasture, then come to a bridge over the Dudh Khola River. The trail leads you through a lovely rhododendron forest then down the narrow valley to Karche (2,785 m/9,137’) where you’ll find the highest area of cultivated land in this valley. Cross these fields then climb steeply to cross over a ridge. Coming down off of the ridge, the trail makes a wide and sweeping arc that returns to the riverbank (2,580 m/8,465’). Walk to the nearby village of Gho then continue to Tilije village (2,255 m/7,398’) to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Tilije (2,255 m/7,398’)
Distance: 8 km, 5-6 hours, 1,485 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to Chyamche

Leave Tilije and follow the trail over a ridge. The trail here is paved with stones as you walk through a pretty village. Return to the Dudh Khola River and cross the bridge. Then you will climb up again, pass under an arch-shaped like a chorten, and walk by a mani wall before coming to the village of Thonje. Continue your descent past the village of Karte then cross the Marshyandgi Khola River by bridge. You will soon come to the village of Chyamche (1,430 m/4,692’), where you will stop for the night.
Overnight Location: Lodge in Chyamche (1,430 m/4,692’)
Distance: 9 km, 6 hours, 825 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Chyamche – Ngadi Bazar

After breakfast, leave Chyamche and trek for about 6 hours to reach Ngadi Bazar. The scenery along the way is beautiful and you’ll pass a picturesque village that you may want to explore. Enjoy a peaceful hike today then spend the night in Ngadi Bazar (930 m/3,051’).
Overnight Location: Lodge in Ngadi Bazar (930 m/3,051’)
Distance: 9 km, 6 hours, 500 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 Trek to Besisahar, Transfer to – Kathmandu

Finish your trekking adventure today with a walk to Besisahar, the Lamjung district headquarters. From Ngadi Bazar, walk for about 4 hours with amazing mountain views. Pause to explore the lovely village you pass along the way. Your trek ends in Besisahar (760 m/2,493’), then take a wonderful scenic drive back to Kathmandu.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Distance: 6 km, 4-5 hours, 170 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 Explore Kathmandu on your own

Enjoy a relaxed day in Kathmandu with no set itinerary. This extra day is included in your schedule in case bad weather delays your travel. If everything has gone according to plan, today is free to explore Kathmandu as you wish. Your guide can recommend points of interest or shopping areas that you haven’t yet seen, or you can choose to just rest and relax today before your journey home.
Overnight Location: Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 Departure Day

Sadly, your Manaslu Circuit Tour has come to an end. On this departure day, you are free to explore as you wish until it is time to return to the airport. You may enjoy souvenir shopping or exploring more cultural sites in this special city. When it’s time to go, an airport representative will escort you to the airport and help with any final details. Have a pleasant journey!
Overnight Location: N/A
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided Mansalu Circuit trekking tour depends on whether you choose to join an existing group on a specific date or if you prefer a custom tour for your group only.

This tour is available year-round, though the best time to travel to Nepal for this trek is during the pre-monsoon season from March through early May, or post-monsoon in October and November. Monsoon season typically lasts from late May through September.

Prices for Private Guided Manaslu Circuit Trekking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided group of 2-5: $1,780 USD
  • Guided group of 6 and more: $1,699 USD

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Accommodation on Manaslu Circuit Trekking Tour

This tour is based in trekking lodges, also called tea houses, along the trek. These accommodations are simple, since there is no road access to reach them, but they are also friendly and full of atmosphere.

Most lodges have dining areas that are heated, but the bedrooms are typically unheated. Wooden beds with foam mattresses are provided, but you will need a sleeping bag. Washing and toilet facilities are shared, and some have solar showers available for an additional charge.

Before and after your trek, stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $275 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up, where possible. Private rooms are not available in the trekking lodges.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu ★★★★

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

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Trekking Lodges (Tea Houses) along the trekking route

These lodges are simple but full of atmosphere. The rooms in these lodges are not heated, but some have heated dining areas. Toilets and washing facilities are shared.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu ★★★★

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

What’s included in the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Tour?

Meals

18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for all 18 nights are included. Along the trek, stay in simple trekking lodges (tea houses). Before and after the trek, stay in a 3.5-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation, as described in the itinerary, is included. Airport transfers between the Kathmandu Airport and your hotel are also included.

Also Included

  • An experienced, insured, and equipped English-speaking guide
  • Porter (Insured and equipped according to IPPG rules)
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fees in Kathmandu
  • TIMS permit
  • Annapurna Conservation and Manaslu Conservation Fees
  • Special Manaslu permit

Not included

  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Visa to enter Nepal
  • Meals not listed as included (lunches and dinners in Kathmandu)
  • Personal drinks / alcohol
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, flight/itinerary changes
  • Tips for guides and other trekking staff
  • Personal costs such as charging batteries or hot showers

Frequently Asked Questions about Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trekking Team Group is a Travelife and FTA certified tour operator creating trips in the Himalayas since 1991. They are consistently highly-rated online and garner impressive word of mouth recommendations.

Trekking team focuses on a sustainable method of operation. They work with highly professional guides and offer clients flexibility and 24/7 service.

The company uses local guides, serves local food, and makes use of local homes and lodges to give back to the community. They support the local environment and in turn see many repeat customers.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, but at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about trekking at high altitudes. Specifically the day across Larkya La Pass is very challenging, and on its own is a 5+ day.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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