Experience the awe-inspiring 18-day journey of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, beginning and concluding in KTM, Nepal. This remarkable adventure encompasses a 15-day trek around the majestic eighth-highest mountain, taking you through the picturesque Gurung village of Barpak and concluding in Dharapani.
Manaslu Circuit Trek, considered one of the Best Treks in Nepal showcases diverse landscapes, ranging from lush subtropical Himalayan foothills to the arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures that border Tibet. If you're seeking a distinctive and captivating experience in Nepal, this trek offers a refreshing change while providing the most striking and mesmerizing scenery along the way.
Visit Himalaya Treks has thoughtfully crafted a 15-day tea house trek itinerary, offering the best price guarantee for this exceptional trek around the world's eighth-highest peak, Mount Manaslu.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a lesser-known, remote, and off-beaten-path trek in Nepal, offering a tranquil and intimate experience away from crowds. Trekkers can explore diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes while gaining insights into Hindu and Buddhist cultures from the warm local communities. The moderately challenging trek rewards adventurers with stunning views of snow-capped peaks.
By choosing this trek, one supports local communities and contributes to sustainable tourism. Proper preparation and acclimatization are essential for a successful journey. The Manaslu Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty and cultural richness.
Birendra Tal and Mt. Manaslu View.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a captivating journey that showcases the diverse landscapes of Nepal, ranging from subtropical Himalayan foothills to arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet. Starting about forty miles east of Annapurna, this trek offers a pleasant contrast of scenery, with narrow gorges transforming into wide pastures, and lush green valleys giving way to glacial moraines. Along the way, trekkers encounter Hindu shrines that transition into chortens and stupas as they delve deeper into the trek.
The trek begins in terraced villages and gradually ascends to alpine meadows and pastures, Around Mt. Manaslu Trek starts from Barpak village that will connect us to Khorlabesi following the Budhi Gandaki River Valley through Jagat, and Phillim. Beyond Phillim, the trek enters the Tibetan Buddhist villages of the Manaslu Region, marked by increasing numbers of mane walls and chortens.
The journey continues through pine forests, pastures, and villages like Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Sama Gaon. Sama Gaon is the largest settlement, which presents opportunities for side trips to Pung Gyen Gompa and Manaslu Base Camp. The trek culminates at the Larkya La Pass (5106 meters), providing breathtaking views of various peaks.
Some of the Experience trekkers add additional 3 – 4 days to the attempted Larke Peak Climbing Trip. Larkya Peak is Located just South of Larkya Pass elevation of 6249 meters which is absolutely worth climbing for Adventure lovers who wanted to gain Climbing Experience.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek concludes at Dharapani Besisahar, offering a captivating experience that leaves trekkers with unforgettable memories.
Additionally, we encourage travelers to go through our blog on Manaslu Circuit Trek A Complete Travel Guide. It definitely gives you a better understanding and get prepared for this trek.
Figure of Manaslu Circuit Trek Route Map of 18 days as tailored by Visit Himalaya Treks
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Barpak village (1915 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Laprak (2100 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Khorla Besi (970 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Jagat. (1120 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Deng. (1860 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Namrung. (2630 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Lho. (3180 meters
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon. (3525 meters)
Day 11: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon.
Day 12: Trek to Samdo. (3860 meters)
Day 13: Acclimatization Day at Samdo.
Day 14: Trek to Dharmasala. (4460 meters)
Day 15: Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bimthang. (3610 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani (1960 meters).
Day 17: After breakfast drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar.
Day 18: Departure.
Rest assured, Visit Himalaya Treks will handle all the necessary permits and arrangements for you.
Before traveling it is always a big question of what to pack, and what to unpack. Especially when you are doing multiday trekking and hiking in the Himalayas. We suggest some gears you will need while trekking and hiking in Nepal. Please visit the given link for gear list details for Manaslu Trek.
During the trek to Manaslu, there are several impressive places to explore. From Prok village, you can take a day hike to Kal Tal, visiting Kal Chhokang Gumba along the way. The round trip takes around 3 hours to reach Kal Tal and 2 hours to return.
Another fascinating destination is Pung Gyen Gompa, Punggen Glacier, and Puggen Tal, offering one of the most beautiful hikes during the Manaslu Trek. You can witness breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu from Pung Gyen Gompa. Additionally, a side trip to Mount Manaslu Base Camp is possible, providing a chance to visit Birendra Tal (Glacier Lake) located at the base of Manaslu Glacier. All these side trips can be done from Sama Gaon.
As you approach Larkya La Pass during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the village of Samdo offers an excellent opportunity for acclimatization. From Samdo, various side trips are available, including a full-day hike to Rui La Pass, the joint border between Nepal and Tibet. Alternatively, you can hike to Pangbuche Peak viewpoint to enjoy the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
After crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters, you'll reach the beautiful valley of Bimthang for an overnight stay. Many travelers are unaware of other hidden gems that can be explored from Bimthang. Ponkar Lake and Nayamlo Lake are stunning viewpoints offering breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal, Manaslu North Face, Larkya Peak, Himlung, and Cheo Himal. These lesser-known side trips add to the beauty and richness of the Manaslu Trek.
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The Manaslu Circuit trek is a challenging and demanding trek, graded as difficult. It spans around 13 to 18 days, taking trekkers to high altitudes, including the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters. We will walk each day for 5 to 8 hours uphill and downhill during the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
The remote terrain, unpredictable weather, river crossings, and necessary permits add to the difficulty. Despite the challenges, the trek offers stunning scenery and unique cultural experiences, making it a rewarding adventure for those well-prepared and accompanied by experienced guides. So, it’s not a big challenging trip but required being physically fit to complete this journey.
At Visit Himalaya Treks, we provide an 18-day Manaslu Circuit Trek package at a rate of USD 1550 per person. Our package includes comfortable 3-star hotel accommodation for our clients before and after the trek in Kathmandu, as well as the best available guest houses along the trek.
However, the trip cost varies based on the chosen level of service, such as the standard of accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek. However, once we embark on the trek, there is minimal difference in cost. Along the trail, the availability and standard of lodges and tea houses are generally similar, offering a consistent experience for trekkers.
Trekking to Manaslu without a guide is not permitted due to the remote and restricted nature of the area. It is mandatory to hire a trekking guide with a government license for this journey. The Manaslu Circuit trail falls within a restricted area, necessitating restricted area entry permits. Only government-authorized trekking companies can organize treks in such restricted regions, and they are the only ones authorized to issue the necessary entry permits.
At VHT, we provide an 18-day Manaslu Circuit trek that begins and ends in Kathmandu. The trek itself spans 15 days, with transportation facilitated through drives. Safety is our top priority, and we carefully design our Manaslu trekking itinerary to ensure our clients enjoy a smooth and hassle-free trekking experience. To aid in acclimatization, our itinerary includes two acclimatization days during which our clients can embark on side trips to enhance their trekking holiday.
Starting from Barpak and ending at Dhapani is about 170 kilometers which is what we walk during our 13-day journeys around Mount Manaslu. Many outfitters start the Manaslu Circuit trek from Arughta or Soti Khola, a driving road is under construction further up to Lapubesi, Machhakhola to connect the local villages. During the dry season land transport excess along Machhakhola from Kathmandu. Avoiding dirt roads and making the trek more interesting we Visit Himalaya Treks start our Manaslu Circuit Trek from Barpak village and end at Dharapani.
As a Solo traveler, it is impossible to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek is located in a restricted area, trekking to Manaslu you will need restricted area entry permits. Restricted area entry permits are solely issued by the Department of Immigration of Nepal through government-authorized trekking agencies. To obtain these permits, a minimum group size of two people is required.
The World’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu elevation of 8163 meters is located in the Mansiri Himal, Part of the Nepalese Himalayas in the West central part of Nepal in Gorkha District. The name is Manaslu means “Mountain of the spirit”. Mount Manaslu was first climbed on 09 May 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of the Japanese Expedition.
The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is from early October to late December, as the monsoon season has passed, ensuring clear skies and stunning Himalayan views. The months of October, November, and December offer excellent weather conditions. Another perfect time for the trek is during the spring season, from March to May. In March and April, the trekking route is adorned with blooming rhododendron flowers, enhancing the allure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your hotel.
A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
After breakfast we start our drive journey to Barpak village in Gorkha district. Leaving the KTM city behind We will drive through the rural settlements along the Prithvi high way, crossing the Marsyangdi river, we enter to Gorkha district. Just before Gorkha Bazaar, from Barah Kilo we follow the newly constructed road to Barpak village that will lead to us lovely and biggest Gurung village in Gorkha district of Nepal. This hillside area is the epic point of the deadly earthquake that shocked Nepal on 25th April 2015. Reaching at Barpak village, we will stay at Local tea house, Lodge that will helps to local revive the local economy. (About 7 -8 hours’ drive)
After breakfast we trek to Laprak village, day start with moderately climbing up hill through the forest. Ascending to Bhosu Kang hill 2800 meters provide a super view of Ganesh Himal, and Boudha Himal views. From here, downhill trail lead us to Laprak village via Gupsi Danda. We will stay overnight at Newly constructed local house; homestay stay overnight at Laprak village. 4 -5 hours trek.
After breakfast we trek to Khorla Besi, gently downhill trail lead us to Singla village, now from Singla village uphill trail lead to Khorla village. Now we connected with Budhi Gandaki valley which we will follow our 2 weeks journey up to Larkya La Pass. Arriving at Khorla Besi we stop here for a night stay overnight at Tea house about 7 hours trek.
After breakfast we will trek along the Budhi Gandaki via Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, campsite for the day and is followed by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. (5-6 hours)
The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, the biggest village until the pass. The trail steadily loses height and heads into a new valley, leaving the trail to Tsum Valley behind. The path gets steeper for a while and then steadies near Pewa. After Pewa, another uphill walk continues for the rest of the day and ends at Deng. The change in culture can be experienced at Deng. The people, culture and the houses in the villages from Deng are heavily influenced by Tibetans and completely differ with the people and their culture from the people lower in the valley. (7-8 hours)
A quick drop down to the river is followed by a steep climb until the village of Rana. The trail yet again drops and gradually ascends to Bihi Phedi and then undulates into the valley and finally reaches Ghap. The trek continues gradually gaining more height through the forest following the now much smaller Budi Gandaki River. A steep climb through the forest until the village of Namrung ends the day. (7-8 hours)
From Namrung onwards, the trek now enters into the higher altitude. After a brief walk on an easy terrain, the trail starts to go uphill until the village of Shyo. View of Manaslu (8163 meters) appears towards west as the path drops into a river and yet again gets uphill until it reaches Lho. (4-5 hours)
The trail once again drops into a river and yet again, is followed by a climb. The climb ends at Shyala and the valley starts to open up with the trail turning into an easy walk through the pasturelands. (4-5 hours)
The options at Sama Gaon are a short hike to the nearby beautiful lake named Birendra Taal or a full day hike (6 hours) to the Pungyen Gomba, Pungyen Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp.
The trail gradually climbs through the valley and continue to follow the river. The path then gets steeper at the end of the day and reaches the village of Samdu, with Samdu Ri (6335 meters) towering on the east direction. (3 hours)
The best option from Samdo is to hike towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo. This hike also provides spectacular view of a towering Samdu Ri (6335 meters).
The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards towards the Larke Glacier. The path becomes easier and ends at the start of the next day’s climb at Dharmasala. (3 hours)
An early start and a gradual ascend into the Larke Glacier only ends at the top of the pass. The top rewards with the views of Himlung, Annapurna II, Kangguru and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. A steep drop starts on the snow and later on, the glacial moraine continues for the rest of the day. The descent finally ends with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground. (7-8 hours).
The trail quickly drops in and out of a glacier and then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. The path once again follows the river by its banks and finally passes through Surki Khola and Goa while consistently losing more altitude. The path continues to get downhill at Tilche. Now Short climbing hill up lead us to Dharapani we connected popular Annapurna Circuit trail stay overnight at Dharapani. 8-9 hours.
After Breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar with our private Jeep along the Marshyangdi river valley. Following the Prithivi high way toward to Kathmandu about 9 hours’ drive brought to Kathmandu stay overnight at Kathmandu.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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We had a very great experience with the agency, we did the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which was our first trek in Nepal. Raj greeted us in a very warm and welcoming way, and we did a short and very helpful briefing regarding the logistics of the trek.
Our guide, Aila Tamang, was very experienced and took very good care of us, allowing us to have the best time during the trek. He arranged everything regarding the logistics of the meals and the hotels. He was also very nice and available to introduce us to the local culture and religion of the villages we visited during the trek.
If we ever come back to Nepal, we will definitely contact this agency again.
Alice Audisio & Viola Del Vescovo
Date – Oct 05 – 19-2023.
Great trekking with our guide Hari!!!Manaslu Circuit Trek.
This was our first ever trek with a guide, usually we do everything on our own and we were a bit worried about how it would work out. However we really wanted to trek in Manaslu region so we decided to give it a try... and Visit Himalaya Treks couldn't have done it any better :) We met Rajan in their office and discussed our plan in a relaxed atmosphere, he was not pushy at all and this is what convinced us. They organised the permits and the guide within one day. Concerning our guide Hari, we couldn't have found any better than him, not only a truly professional guide with great knowledge but also an excellent trip companion. We had many great talks and laughts together. We hope we will be back trekking in Nepal and if we need a guide, we go directly to Visit Himalaya Treks. We are happy with the service we got and grateful for the experience. Hari, Rajan, Himal, we wish you all the best! April – 2019.
Highly Recommended! Two week Manaslu Circuit Trek
We did the two-week Manaslu trek with Visit Himalya Treks in November 2018 and can't recommend them highly enough. We organised our trek at extremely short notice (less than 1 day) and Himal sorted everything within hours! Our guide (Hari) and porter (Nima) were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and really knew the area (which came in handy after a 2ft snowfall setting off in complete darkness!). Hari always seemed to have contacts at every village and could always find the nicest tea house to stay in. Amazing experience, and will 100% book through them again. November 2018.
Well organized trek with excellent guide!
We had a great first trek in Nepal with Visit Himalaya! We initially chose the company from reading reviews online, and noting that many people had returned as repeat customers. We arranged our Manaslu Circuit trek over e-mail with Himal, who was easy to communicate with and answered all of our questions promptly. From the airport pickup to our departure, everything was very well organized.
Our guide, Guru, was fantastic. He was friendly, easy to talk to, and very experienced. He made sure we always felt safe, and was especially attentive and helpful when we had to descend some steep icy sections on the backside of the Larke La Pass. He always went out of his way to find us a good guesthouse, and helped us find what we thought was the nicest tent at the rougher outpost of Dharamsala :) A great guide makes all the difference on a weeks-long trek, and we felt fortunate to be guided by Guru. Overall, we highly recommend Visit Himalaya, and would definitely use them again if we return to Nepal! April – 2018.
Unforgettable Winter Manaslu Circuit trek with teenage children
A truly unforgettable experience. Taking on the three-week Manaslu–Tsum Valley Circuit and 5100m Larke La pass in sub-zero midwinter with a 12-year-old boy seemed an ambitious undertaking, especially as a solo mum trekking for the first time in the Himalayas, joining my sister and her family. However, from beginning to end Himal and Visit Himalaya Treks were unfailingly conscientious, kind and supportive in their organisation of our trek. Our itinerary was planned in detail from arrival to departure, communication was prompt and thorough, and we were beautifully looked after by a group of very able, knowledgeable and always charming guides and porters. I cannot speak more highly of our guide, Ishwah, Sambhu (assistant guide and inspired cook) and the three ‘Herculean’ porters (Ramesh, Subash and Deepak). Ishwah’s English is excellent and we had a lot of fun with Sambhu swapping English and Nepali phrases.
Although trekking through a relatively remote part of Nepal with often-rustic trekking facilities in the middle of winter is not without its challenges, my son had the time of his life and I think the trip will represent a pivotal moment in his young life. Our visit to the Tsum Valley was a highlight of the trek, not only for the majestic mountain vistas opening up around every corner but for the magical glimpse of a fast-disappearing, very traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. People were unfailingly warm and welcoming to us, on more than one occasion inviting us to share their hearth and eat a home-cooked meal.
As a somewhat anxious parent, safety was a major concern of mine, and I cannot fault Visit Himalaya with the care they took, particularly of the kids, to ensure we all got safely over the high-altitude pass and to the end of the trek. The company specialises in trekking to more remote areas and they combined careful planning with quick-thinking flexibility when their best-laid plans occasionally went awry due to the off-season timing of our trip. While not easy, I would recommend trekking Manaslu in winter as for much of the time we had the circuit almost to ourselves.
We are already thinking about the next trip. Thanks guys! December 2017.
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
→ An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store at the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.
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