Manaslu Circuit Trek Package

16 Days
5 - Excellent
( Based on 3 travel reviews )
an exciting adventure around world’s 8th highest mountain range

Manaslu Circuit Trek Package Highlights

  • Enjoy the adventure from lower to higher areas of Manaslu Himalayas.
  • Exciting walks of great bio-diversity from vegetation, landscapes to culture.
  • Walk amidst lovely forest of tall rhododendron, pines, oaks and fir trees.
  • Interesting local cultures of hill village’s changes on daily exciting walks.
  • Crossing high, scenic Larkya-La pass facing spectacular mountain views.
  • Constant scenery of beautiful ever present views of snow-capped peaks
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and in best available local lodges on treks
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • At Larkya la Pass at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet
  • Exciting tour, interesting drives, scenic trek
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • 12 Nights & 13 Days with drives both ways
  • 15 Nights & 16 Days arrival to departure

Short Outline Itinerary

Ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Join us on the Manaslu Circuit Trek package and experience the beauty of the Himalayas like never before. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself and witness stunning landscapes, unique cultures, and unforgettable moments. Book your trip Manaslu trek package now and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Like the name Manaslu Circuit Treks (MCT), indeed a professional local company of Nepal, where all staff and guides. Born and raised on the high hills of Manaslu Himalaya around Nepal Mid-West.

A great way to experience the Manaslu trek package with expert guides and staff, who knows the area in-depth. Although Manaslu Circuit is gaining much popularity among trekkers, due to its remote and scenic location.

Where visitors can enjoy a wide range of delightful moments from the start to the end of the adventure. Package of Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with an exciting long drive from Kathmandu heading Mid-West, following the main highway, and then reaching mid-hills. Finally reaching the first overnight at Soti-Khola, where our adventure begins, on leaving low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas. Reaching high cooler hills around the lovely villages of Jagat, Philim, and Namrung then enters toward a strong culture of Buddhism.

The walk leads to the heart of scenic Manaslu Valley, facing majestic views of Mt. Manaslu, Sringi, and Buddha Himal. Includes an array of snow-clad peaks throughout the walks from Lho-Gaon onwards. 

The Manaslu trek package offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural diversity of Nepal and witness the traditional lifestyle of various ethnic groups. The region is home to different communities, such as Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Bhotia, Hindu Brahmin, Chettries, Newar, and Tibetan refugees.

Trekkers can explore the traditional villages and experience the age-old heritage cultures and customs of the native people. The Manaslu region is known as Kutang in the 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.

The Manaslu trek package offers not only scenic views but also an opportunity to witness the local lifestyle of the people. The native people are Tibetan descendants who migrated some 400 years ago and are known as the Bhot people. The old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route runs close to the border of Nepal and Tibet, which adds historical significance to the region.

The trek also offers an opportunity to visit old Buddhist monasteries on the route, such as Namrung, Lo, and Sama-Gaon villages. These monasteries reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region and provide an insight into the traditional lifestyle and beliefs of the native people.

Overall, the Manaslu circuit trek package is a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity, offering an unforgettable experience to trekkers who seek adventure and cultural exploration.

Read more: Manaslu Trek in 2023: Everything you should Know

Adventure heads further north-west from the last village of Samdo, where a walk leads to the bottom of Larkya-La Pass. A small settlement with few lodges for travelers, as well the final overnight around Gorkha and Manaslu region. Next early morning a big climb towards Larkya-La Pass top festooned with prayer flags at 5,106 m high.

Certainly! The Manaslu Trek package is an incredible adventure that offers stunning mountain scenery, authentic cultural experiences, and challenging trekking routes. If you’re interested in booking a package for this unforgettable journey.

Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

To trek in the Manaslu region, trekkers must obtain the following Manaslu trek permits:

  1. Restricted Area Permit (RAP): The Manaslu Trek falls under the restricted area, and a RAP is required for all trekkers. The permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency, and the fee is US $100 per person for the first seven days. An additional fee of US $15 per person per day is charged for each additional day.
  2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): The trek also passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, and an ACAP permit is required. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from the checkpoint in Jagat. The fee is NPR 3,000 (around US $30) per person.
  3. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): The Manaslu region is also a conservation area, and an MCAP permit is required. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from the checkpoint in Jagat. The fee is NPR 2,000 (around US $20) per person.

It’s important to note that trekkers are required to travel with a licensed guide and a minimum of two trekkers per group. Solo trekkers are not allowed in the restricted area. The permit fees and regulations are subject to change, so it’s important to check with a registered trekking agency for the latest information.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.
Meals Include a Welcome group dinner.

Day 02: Trekking Preparation Day & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa.
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. (Soti Khola)
Approx. 8 hours drive. 
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola.
Altitude: 930 m/ 3, 050 feet. (Machha Khola)
Approx. 6 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat.
Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. (Jagat)
. 6 hours walks.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Pewa.
Altitude: 1,625 m / 5,330 feet. (Pewa)
Approx. 6 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Namrung.
Altitude: 2,630 m / 8,626 feet. (Namrung)
Approx. 6 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Lho-Gaon.
Altitude: 2, 957 m. / 9,698 feet. (Lho)
Approx. 4 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Sama Gaon.
Altitude: 3, 530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Approx. 5 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.
Altitude: 3,530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Acclimatization hike. Manaslu Base camp, Birendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Samdo.
Altitude: 3,865 m / 12,677 feet. (Samdo)
Approx. 5 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala / Larkya Phedi.
Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. (Dharmasala)
Approx. 4 hours walks.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek to Bhimthang via Larkya- La Pass.
Altitude: 5,160 m / 16,924 feet at Larkya-La and 3,700 m / 12,201 feet at Bhimthang.
Approx. 8 hours walks. Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Dharapani.
Altitude: 1,800 m / 5,904 feet. (Dharapani)
Walk approx. 7 hours.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu via Besisar.
Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Approx. 08 hours sharing jeep or bus.
Meal Includes Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: International Departure Homeward Bound.
Meal Includes Breakfast only.

This itinerary typically takes around 16 days, but the duration of your trip may vary depending on your specific package and preferences. It’s always a good idea to acclimate to the altitude and take rest days as needed, so make sure to listen to your body and adjust your itinerary as necessary.


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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu. Meals Includes: Welcome group dinner.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg. Then join in with other members of the group, for the trek briefing at meeting halls or garden.

Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast. Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Moring after a hearty breakfast, as per the time informed by our guide and staff our tour guide will meet. A short drive and walk in the heart of Kathmandu city, where the famous old Durbar Square located. An ancient palace and courtyard of earlier kings from Malla to former Shah Period. Interesting areas adorned with temples and old palace, as well with resident of famous Living Goddess the Kumari. Includes a temple of Kasthamandap, where Kathmandu name derived from, meaning a temple built from the wood of a single tree.

The temples and monuments of Durbar Square, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour, a short drive leads west of the city to another famous landmark of Nepal. The Swayambhunath Stupa of Buddhist monuments, located on a hillock, one can enjoy views of Kathmandu city and the valley.

The Stupa one of the oldest in Nepal and probably in the world of more than 2,600 years of history. After an impressive morning tour back to hotel, rest of the day preparation for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. (Soti Khola) Approx. 8 hours drives.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner. Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

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

Located Nepal 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 Soti-Khola for an overnight halt.

Soti-Khola a small farming area slowly growing into a town, as the motorable road has been connected.

Altitude: 930 m/ 3, 050 feet. (Machha Khola)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Start the first-day trek of the adventure, heading due north following the Buri Gandaki upstream. The morning walk leads to a short climb for a few hours past smaller farm villages then end the day at Machha Khola.

A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. (Jagat) approx. 6 hours walks.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, the second-day walks lead to cooler hills. On leaving the low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas, the route follows slow ups and downs. Walking through a patch of forest reaching Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, enjoy the refreshing bathing as time permits.

Walk to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a nice farm village for a short refreshing stop and continue the climb. As the day ends reach a nice moderate size hill village at Jagat for an overnight halt.

At Jagat, with time a short walk around to observe the local cultures, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Altitude: 1,625 m / 5,330 feet. (Pewa)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

After a pleasant overnight at Jagat, from here onwards starts the Restricted
Area of Upper Manaslu.

Where all foreign visitors need to obtain a special permit to enter Upper Manaslu till Dharapani villages if reached. The walk leads to climbing and then crossing a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages, a lovely farm area.

The route leads past the neatly tended farm terraces reaching a cool shade of the forest on reaching Deng.

From here onwards into strong Buddhism culture, as walk follows higher past the village of Deng. Slowly the long day trek comes to an end on reaching a small village of Pewa, for an overnight stop.

Altitude: 2,630 m / 8,626 feet. (Namrung)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

On leaving Pewa, morning climb leads to a forested ridge lined with tall rhododendron, pine, and fir trees.

A slow and steady downhill to Bhi Bazaar, situated near the riverside, after a pleasant stop. The walk continues heading towards farm areas with nice cultivated terraces of millets and barley and then reaching Namrung. After checking into the best available lodge, enjoy the grand views of Mt. Manaslu North Face with an array of peaks.

Altitude: 2, 957 m. / 9,698 feet. (Lho)
Approx. 4 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Adventure today leads into the high Manaslu valley on entering one of the charming village of Lho Gaon. Having goof breakfast, then setting off for the long enjoyable scenic trek to Lho-Gaon. The walk follows to a slow gradual climb, and within cool shade of forest lined with pine and rhododendron trees.

Trek heads high above the Buri Gandaki River, and then on winding up past few summer settlements of cattle herder. Then finally ending the enjoyable pleasant day walk on reaching at nice large village of Lho-Gaon.

Lho-Gaon is a beautiful village within the shadow of majestic Mt. Manaslu with a contrast of green forest and white snow peaks. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks.

Trek to Sama Gaon
Altitude: 3, 530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Approx. 5 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Morning with breakfast enjoy the glorious scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks, as the walk starts towards west.

Adventure follows on gradual uphill trail around Upper Manaslu through a number of farm villages and Yak herder camps. An interesting walk on high Manaslu valley, enclosed by high rocky cliff and snow peaks.

The view of Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal remains constant for some hours as walk finally comes to an end on reaching at Sama-Gaon.

Sama-Gaon, the main village of high Manaslu valley as well one of the highlights of the adventure. Check into a nice lodge, with time to browse around the village and witness the local fascinating culture of Buddhism.

Altitude: 3,530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Acclimatization hike. Manaslu Base camp, Birendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

A free day as well to support acclimatization, a perfect height at 3,550 m for a local short hike. Several best places for interested and eager trekkers and adventurers, one can enjoy a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp.

A long full day walk of more than 6 hours both ways, the best hike is to Birendra Tal. A glacial pond on route Manaslu base camp, a walk of a few hours uphill facing grand views of Mt. Manaslu.

One can enjoy the rest day with a leisure walk exploring the village and visiting the old Pungyen Gompa.

Altitude: 3,865 m / 12,677 feet. (Samdo)
Approx. 5 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From here onwards, adventure gets more exciting on reaching the high end of Manaslu valley, on leaving Sama-Gaon for interesting walks.

The route follows on windswept terrain, where tree lines disappear for high-altitude shrubs and bushes.

The valley gets narrow as the trek leads towards a mountainous country facing grand views of wonderful landscapes. A short half-day walk to Samdo but taking it slow due to the rise of altitude.

After a pleasant trek of some hours and then a short steep up to Samdo for lunch and overnight halt. Samdo is the last village before reaching the other side of Larkya-La Pass to the Manang areas.

The village with more than forty houses with typical Tibetan style for more than two hundred inhabitants.

Rest of the afternoon explore this last village of Samdo located on route Larkya-La Pass and to the Tibet border.

Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. (Dharmasala)
Approx. 4 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

A short walk and pleasant day to the highest overnight stop at Dharmasala and Larkya Phedi. The route leads towards end of Manaslu valley and Gorkha district at Dharmasala or Larkya Phedi.

The base of Larkya-La pass from the Manaslu side of the valley, a place with few huts that serve as lodge and guest-house. During high times, of trekking season this place is crowded with trekkers. Where some groups have to spend on tented camps provided by the lodge owners. In the early days, it was known as Larkya Bazaar, where the market was held with buyers and sellers. Merchants, and traders from across the country as far from Tibet and Manang region used to sell and exchange their products.

At Dharmasala reaching by lunchtime, and for an overnight stop.
Afternoon relax and preparation for the long day walk the next early morning to cross over high Larkya-La Pass.

Altitude: 5,160 m / 16,924 feet at Larkya-La
and 3,700 m / 12,201 feet at Bhimthang. Approx. 8 hours walks.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Enjoy the final highlight of the adventure, having breakfast and carrying pack lunch for the long day’s walk. An early start before break of dawn, as climb leads on a rocky gravel path above the lodge of Dharmasala.

The climb contours on winding steep uphill path, after hours of strenuous climb reaching Larkya-La Pass. The top is adorned with prayer flags and a signpost with the name of Pass and heights.

For all the hard effort rewarded with a stunning panorama of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Includes views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru, as far as Ganesh Himal Far East direction.

After a tough climb, a long downhill takes you to the other side of Phedi at Bhimthang for an overnight stop. A long descent through moraine and Larcia glacier then reach Tambuche, the base of Larkya-La Pass on Manang side.

From the bottom walk to Bhimthang overnight after a long, hard day, a lovely spot amidst green forest surroundings.

Altitude: 1,800 m / 5,904 feet. (Dharapani)
Walk approx. 7 hours. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From Bhimthang, another long day walk to Dharapani village. But easy with pleasant downhill trek compared to the previous tough day, start early having a good breakfast.

Walk heads towards a forested path with a few short ups and down to a small settlement of Gho. After a refreshing stop, continue to walk into the cool shade of the dense forest to Tilje, a nice village above Masrsyangdi River. Stopping at Tilje for a possible lunch break, the last phase of the walk with a short climb over a bridge. Afternoon walk to a bridge and then a short climb to our final overnight destination at Dharapani village.

Located on the famous and popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit routes, a lovely village for the last day. Dharapani offers many good lodges with nice rooms, having a comprehensive food menu to enjoy the last day party.

Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Approx. 08 hours sharing jeep or bus.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

The final day around Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas, an early morning start for the exciting drive to Kathmandu. Having a good breakfast, board on a local vehicle, depending upon the size of a group.

A long exciting overland journey leads to winding downhill around low warm farm areas of Lamjung district. As drive stops for short while at Besisar, the headquarters town of Lamjung. From Besisar on a good road, then joining on the main Pokhara and Kathmandu highway at Dumre town.

Drive more than four hours from Dumre town on winding uphill to the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Finally drive ends on reaching your hotel, arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Meal Includes: Breakfast only.
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 bidding farewell guide and staff. As depart for smooth flight homeward bound.


  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 03 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 starts hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 12 nights twin sharing accommodation during trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu. (Entrance Fee Extra)
  • Local Transportation Jeep/ Bus Kathmandu –Soti Khola & returning back to Kathmandu.
  • (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time.
  • MACP/ ACAP & Manaslu special trekking permit as well.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide. His food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Welcoming Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with culture performance.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Local taxes.


  • All kind of beverage.
  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Porter Service, Do you need a porter? Ask to our trek expert.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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How difficult is Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and rough terrain, which can make it a difficult experience for some trekkers. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which is situated at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet), and requires a long day of walking at a high altitude.

However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, the trek is achievable for most trekkers. It’s important to train before the trek, build up your endurance, and be prepared for the challenging terrain. Taking regular rest days to acclimatize to the altitude is also crucial to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Overall, while the Manaslu Circuit Trek is challenging, it is also an incredibly rewarding experience that offers stunning mountain views, unique cultural experiences, and the chance to explore one of the lesser-visited regions of Nepal.

How long does Manaslu Trek in Nepal take?

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is of 11 days and 10 nights. The days include acclimatization time and an average of 4-5 hours of trekking every day.

This includes acclimatization days to help adjust to the altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles) and involves challenging terrain, steep ascents and descents, and high altitude. The duration of the trek can vary depending on the route, side trips, and rest days included in the itinerary.

Do I need permits for Manaslu Trek in Nepal?

Yes, you will need permits to trek in the Manaslu Conservation Area. There are two permits that are required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

1. Restricted Area Permit (RAP): This permit is required for all trekkers who wish to enter the Manaslu Restricted Area. The RAP costs USD 70 per person for the first seven days and USD 10 per person for each additional day.

2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is required to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is a part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The ACAP costs NPR 3,000 (approximately USD 30) per person.

Both permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or from the immigration office in Soti Khola or Arughat, which are the starting points of the trek. It’s important to note that you must obtain the permits through a registered trekking agency and with a licensed guide as independent trekking is not permitted in the Manaslu area.

How to book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal?

To book the Manaslu Trek in Nepal, there are 3 options that MCT offers, they are:
1. Online Booking
2. Wire Transfer
3. Cash on Arrival
Note: Go through our Booking Policy before you proceed with booking.

What is the best time for Manaslu Trek in Nepal?

The best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, making it ideal for trekking. The temperature is also moderate during these seasons, and the views of the mountains are spectacular.

In the spring season, the trek is adorned with beautiful flowers in full bloom, including rhododendrons, while in the autumn season, the skies are clearer, and the mountain views are more stunning.

However, it’s important to note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that involves high altitude and rough terrain, so you should be physically fit and mentally prepared regardless of when you trek. It’s also essential to be aware of the weather conditions and check the weather forecast before setting out on the trek.
The autumn season is considered the best time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek as it offers crystal clear views of the surrounding mountains, including Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal. The weather is dry, and the trails are less crowded, making it perfect for trekking.

The spring season is also a great time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, as the region is blooming with rhododendrons and other colorful flowers. The weather is mild and dry, and the trails are less crowded.

It’s important to note that during the winter season (December to February), the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be challenging due to heavy snowfall and low temperatures. The monsoon season (June to August) is also not recommended for trekking, as the trails are slippery and prone to landslides.

Overall, the autumn and spring seasons are the best time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, offering excellent weather, clear views, and a comfortable trekking experience.

Can you trek in Manaslu without a guide?

No, it is not possible to trek in Manaslu without a guide. The regulations set by the government mandate that a minimum of two trekkers and a guide must accompany any trek in the Manaslu region.

Where is Manaslu?

Manaslu is situated in the northwest region of Kathmandu, Nepal. It shares its borders with Annapurna to the west and Langtang Ganesh Himal to the east.

How cold is it at Manaslu?

Manaslu experiences cold temperatures due to its high altitude. The exact temperature can vary depending on the time of year and the specific location within the region. In general, during the trekking seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), the daytime temperatures at lower elevations can range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). However, as you ascend to higher altitudes, particularly during the nights and early mornings, the temperatures can drop significantly, often below freezing. At the higher camps and passes, temperatures can reach as low as -15 to -20 degrees Celsius (5 to -4 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s crucial to be well-prepared with warm clothing and appropriate gear to cope with the cold conditions in Manaslu.

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How much does it cost to travel to Manaslu?

Manaslu circuit trek price can vary depending on several factors such as the trek duration, season, and trekking agency. On average, a complete Manaslu Circuit Trek can cost around USD 1,500 per person, excluding visa fees, international airfare, and personal expenses.

The cost generally covers accommodation, meals, transportation, trekking permits, guide and porter fees, and other miscellaneous expenses. However, the cost can vary based on the level of luxury, services, and amenities you choose.

Here’s a breakdown of the cost for a Manaslu circuit trek:

  1. Trekking permits: The Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) costs USD 30 per person per week, while the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) costs USD 30 per person. In addition, you need a restricted area permit (RAP) that costs USD 70 per person per week.
  2. Transportation: The cost of transportation includes the cost of getting to the starting point of the trek and returning from the endpoint. The cost of transportation can vary depending on your choice of transportation, such as private jeep, public bus, or a flight.
  3. Accommodation: Accommodation on the Manaslu circuit trek ranges from basic teahouses to luxury lodges. The cost of accommodation varies depending on the type of accommodation you choose.
  4. Food and drink: The cost of food and drink can vary depending on the type of meals you choose, such as local or western cuisine. You can expect to spend around USD 20 to USD 30 per day on food and drink.
  5. Guide and porter fees: Hiring a guide and porter is mandatory for the Manaslu circuit trek. The cost of hiring a guide and porter can vary depending on the season and the trekking agency you choose. On average, the cost of hiring a guide and porter is around USD 25 to USD 30 per day.
  6. Miscellaneous expenses: Miscellaneous expenses include things like snacks, drinks, and tips for the guide and porter.

In summary, the cost of a Manaslu circuit trek can range from USD 1,200 to USD 2,000, depending on the level of luxury, services, and amenities you choose. It’s important to research and compare the prices of different trekking agencies to find the best deal that suits your budget and preferences.

Read more: Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost: A complete cost breakdown

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trekking, is in spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours. Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, the temperature drops in the early morning and night times. During springtime, the hills are bright with wild flowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But days are much short due to sunlight hours, pleasant and peak times for trekking around the Himalayas. Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district where Manaslu high valley is located, are of mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars with some Bhot migrated from high Manaslu and Tsum areas. The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Jagat and Philim villages. But from Jagat village onwards the native of higher Manaslu valley till Dharapani in Manang are interwoven to strong Buddhism religion.

Follows the ancient heritage and culture similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the border to Tibet is at a mere distance.  The people of higher Manaslu are known as the Bhotia people, which means descendent from Tibet. Most villages around higher Manaslu from Namrung onwards have a monastery, with many rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels.

The Manaslu region, where the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route passed to and from Nepal / Tibet. Yaks and pack animals laden with goods from the good side of the country. The base of Larke-La pass at present known as Dharmasala or Phedi in the early days was called Larke Bazaar. Where traders, merchants from Tibet, Gorkha, and Manaslu as far from Manang use to visit on the market day.

The Manaslu name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning Soul or mind of the god or holy spirits. For Manaslu natives calls Kutang means land that has been blessed, to raise livestock and a good farm field.

Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet, the first ascent by Japanese Expeditions. Which was conquered on May 9th, 1956 with the support of Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa. Since then it remained closed for outside visitors and flung its door open from 1992 onwards. Trekkers can enter and enjoy the walk around Manaslu, on obtaining a special permit, as Manaslu is a restricted region.

Due to its close border with Tibet / China, as well as to control the main flow of trekkers. As well to retain and preserve the country’s pristine environment, the area is under the protection of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

Additional info:

Our tour package is completely customizable thereby enabling travelers to freely adjust and modify the trip. The Manaslu Circuit Camping Trekking is the classic way of enjoying the adventure. Feel free to add a few activities that you might be interested in.

Everything else is already planned by our travel experts from trekking permits to accommodation options. Book now to experience the once-in-a-lifetime trekking in Nepal without hurting your pocket. For further inquiries feel free to contact us through our official e-mail address or call us directly at +977 9851179975.

Manaslu Circuit Trek total duration of 15 nights and 16 days, a flexible itinerary leaving room for acclimatization. Especially walking at high altitudes, where trekkers should be in perfect physical fitness with sound health. Some days are tough and tiring going over Larkya-La pass, but a pleasant walk on the final day to Dharapani village. We have set and planned this program for all types of people to enjoy the walk.

The comfort of tented camping is different from others in many ways having private ways of trekking. Carrying all camping equipment, having a separate unit of a kitchen with an expert chef to cook and serve hot delicious meals. Different set menu every day for lunch and dinner, making every client satisfied, having sumptuous varieties of foods.

All foods are healthy and hygienic. Safe boiled and filtered drinking waters are available in each village’s shops and lodge restaurants. But we do not encourage plastic bottled water as it created waste and garbage. As we are committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism, one can buy only for emergency purposes.

Safety and Security in Nepal and on the Manaslu Trek

In general, Nepal is considered a safe country for travelers. However, it is always advisable to check your home government’s website or consult with relevant authorities for the latest safety and security information before traveling. It’s important to stay informed about any potential demonstrations or protests and avoid them if they occur.

While theft is uncommon in Nepal, it’s still a good practice to keep your valuables hidden from sight and take necessary precautions. If you choose to trek in Manaslu, you can leave your valuables securely in the office locker provided by your trekking company.

Although unlikely, natural hazards such as landslides, avalanches, flooding, or earthquakes can occur in mountainous regions like Manaslu. It is essential to follow the instructions and guidance of your experienced guide in such situations. They will have the necessary knowledge and expertise to ensure your safety. Additionally, if you feel unwell or experience any health issues during the trek, it is important to inform your guide so that appropriate measures can be taken. Your guide will be able to assist you and provide the necessary support.

Transport for Manaslu Circuit Trek

For the Manaslu Trek, there are different modes of transportation available to get to the starting point of the trek and back to Kathmandu after completing the trek.

From Kathmandu to SotiKhola/Maccha Khola:

  • Private Jeep: It takes around 7 hours to reach SotiKhola/Maccha Khola from Kathmandu by a private jeep. The cost may vary depending on the negotiation, but it could be around USD 200-250.
  • Local bus: It takes around 8 to 9 hours to reach SotiKhola/Maccha Khola from Kathmandu by a local bus. The cost may be cheaper than a private jeep, but it can be crowded and uncomfortable.

From Dharapani to Kathmandu:

  • Jeep: From Dharapani, it takes around 6 hours to reach Kathmandu by jeep. The cost may vary depending on the negotiation, but it could be around USD 150-200.
  • Local bus: From Dharapani, you can take a local bus that will take around 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. The cost will be cheaper, but the journey can be uncomfortable and crowded.

It’s important to note that road conditions in Nepal can be challenging and unpredictable, especially during the monsoon season (June to August). It’s recommended to hire a reputable and experienced driver to ensure a safe and comfortable journey.

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  1. What an adventurous holidays
    (1 year ago)
    It was more than expectations overlooking grand views of towering stunning snow mountain range. Amazing to find a good fine lodge on world’s highest mountain range with comprehensive food menu. What an adventurous holidays to experience with the company of expert guide. Thanks to Manaslu Circuit Trek, organizing such a marvelous holidays with great companion of the staff.
    Gregory McKeon
    from United States (US) Minor Outlying Islands
  2. Adventurous walk on the high altitude
    (1 year ago)
    Quite a tough walk on the high altitude, but every moment was well worth the views of towering snow peaks. Along with lovely dramatic scenery on daily walks to Manaslu Region. The only hard bit was crossing over Larkey-La with cold packed lunch, but enjoyed the adventure and I did it. Thanks to the guides and staff of Manaslu Circuit Trek, for the wonderful adventure.
    Lucy Lou Lee
    from Singapore
  3. A great marvelous adventure
    (1 year ago)
    A great marvelous adventure to Manaslu crossing over Larkey-La Pass. One of the best of my holidays, thanks to all staff of MCT for the wonderful services throughout the trek. An enjoyable walks from the start to the end of trekking, as well with interesting time in Kathmandu. Thanks to Manaslu Circuit Trek and its team staff for a perfect and hassle free holidays in Nepal.
    Jimmy Clarkson
    from United States (US)

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