Manaslu Circuit Trek On A Heli

12 Days
4 - Excellent
( Based on 3 travel reviews )
an adventure from air and on land around beautiful Manaslu valley

Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek Highlights

  • A great way to start an adventure around Manaslu on a panoramic Heli flight
  • Enjoy stunning views of massive Manaslu Himalayas from air and on treks.
  • Explore the lovely traditional mountain villages enriched with immense cultures.
  • Walk from green forested hills to arid windswept terrain on high Manaslu valley.
  • Crossing from one scenic valley to another beautiful areas via Larke-La Pass.

Trek Short Profile

  • Hotels in Kathmandu and in local lodges
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • At Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet
  • Exciting tour, scenic flight on Heli, and wonderfultreks with interesting drive at the end of trek
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • 08 Nights & 09 Days with drives both ways
  • 11 Nights & 12 Days arrival to departure
  • 2 - 15

Short Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek Itinerary

Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek is one of the best ways to explore the wonders of Manaslu Himalaya region. The Heli flight serves you with a thrilling experience along with a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Himalaya range.

An adventure around Nepal Far North-West around both beautiful areas of massive Manaslu Himalayas, accompanied by a professional guide. As well with trekking staff with our strong porters to carry the heavier baggage, not exceeding more than 25 kgs. The limit that porters are allowed to carry as per the PACT (Porters Act Protection Law).

The trek begins with luxurious features includes 5-star hotel services in Kathmandu, and 4 WD Jeep for Off-Road and luxury tourist vehicle for the city, unlimited tea/coffee/seasonal fruits, oximeter, and much more.

Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek, an adventure taking the service of a chopper.
One of the best way to start the trek to high Manaslu valley, as well shortens the duration of walks. On landing at high hills of Manaslu region at Namrung village, where walk proceeds towards Lho and Sama Gaon villages.

Entering into a wide scenic Manaslu valley on reaching at lovely village of Lho-Gaon, located beneath majestic Mt. Manaslu. At Lho Gaon having pleasant time exploring the village and monastery of great cultural interest.

Adventure continues towards higher terrain on leaving the green forest behind reaching mountainous terrain and high village of Sama-Gaon.

While Manaslu helicopter tour, Sama Gaon is one of major and large village within the heart of Manaslu valley as well route to various destinations. The gateway to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp and Bhirendra glacial lake and towards Larkya-La Pass. Interesting about Sama-Gaon where an old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal & Tibet passed through this village. The trade still exists between the borders, but in smaller ways than in early good times before 1960.

An extra free day in Sam-Gaon a perfect location and right height for acclimatization, and to explore scenic areas. After an enjoyable time at Sama-Gaon, walk leads further west past the last village of Samdo. Reaching at the foot of Larkya La Pass at Dharmasala or Phedi, a small settlement having few simple lodges.

Next early morning a big steep climb on rocky slope to the top of Larke-La Pass.
The highest spot of the adventure at 5,106 m, rewards stunning panorama of surrounding mountain range. Overlooking views of Manaslu Himalaya range with close Larke Peak, Cheo Himal with peaks of Annapurna Himalayas.

From the pass a long descend to Bhimthang, back into forest of rhododendron and pines on reaching around Manang area.

After completing the toughest and longest days of walks, a pleasant trek into lovely woods to Dharapani village. A nice large village, located on a road-head on route to popular Annapurna Circuit trail and to higher Manang valley.

At Dharapani our wonderful adventurous walks ends taking an exciting drive back to Kathmandu, after a memorable experience on Manaslu Circuit Trek with heli.

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Day 01:         Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:         Trek and Climb Preparation day & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar
Square, Swayambhunath Stupa.
1,350 m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) Meals: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03:         Fly to Namrung on a Helicopter.
Altitude: 2,630 m. / 8,626 ft. Approx. 1 hour flight.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 04:         Trek to Lho-Gaon.
Altitude: 2,957 m / 9,698 ft. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05:         Trek to Sama Gaon.
Altitude: 3,530 m/ 11, 582 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06:         Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Day Hike either Manaslu Base Camp, Bhirendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa.

Day 07:         Trek to Samdo.
Altitude: 3,865 m/ 12,677 feet. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 08:         Trek to Dharmasala.
Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09:         Trek to Bhimthang via Larke-La Pass.
Altitude: 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet at Larke-La. Bhimthang at 3, 700 m/ 12,201 feet.
Approx. 8 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10:         Trek to Dharapani.
Altitude: 1, 800 m / 5,904 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11:         Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisar.
Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu. Drive approx. 8-9 hour sharing jeep or Bus. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 12:         Final International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound.
Meals: Breakfast only

Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight at Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Welcome Dinner in a nice typical Nepalese Restaurants.

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 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.

Meal Included: Breakfast only. Overnight at 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 the wonderful Manaslu Circuit Trek on a Heli.

Altitude: 2,630 m. / 8,626 ft. Approx. 1 hour flight.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

As per the flight time depending upon weather condition, depart from the hotel
to Kathmandu domestic airport. After checking in board in a small helicopter with comfortable seating, enough leg rooms. As pilot in the front seat, as the chopper swirls high above Kathmandu city and the valley. Enjoy the breath-taking panorama of Himalayan peaks of Langtang, Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya range.

The chopper heads west with much closer views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, facing Annapurna towards west. Slowly the Helicopter follows the Budi-Gandaki River upstream and above rolling green hills to land at Namrung village.

Landing on a wide farm field, where our guide and team of trekking staff receives you and then transfer to a nice lodge. Afternoon free to explore the village and marvel the views of snow-capped peaks.

Altitude: 2,957 m / 9,698 ft. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Adventure today leads into the high Manaslu valley on entering one of the prettiest and charming village of Lo Gaon. Having goof breakfast, then setting off for the long enjoyable scenic trek to Lo-Gaon. As 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 Lo-Gaon.

Lo-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.

Altitude: 3,530 m/ 11, 582 feet. Approx. 7 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Enjoy the morning picturesque scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks, as the walk continues heading due 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.

Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.
Day Hike either Manaslu Base Camp, Bhirendra Tal, or Pungyen Gompa.

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 Bhirendra 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. Approx. 4 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

Adventure gets more exciting on reaching the high scenic Manaslu valley, from Sama-Gaon walk get interesting.

The route follows 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 Larke-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 Larke-La Pass and to the Tibet border.

Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. Approx. 4 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Walk today a short and pleasant day reaching the highest overnight stop.
The route leads to the end of Manaslu valley and the last of the Gorkha district at Dharmasala or Larke Phedi. The base of Larke-La pass from the Manaslu side of the valley, a place with few huts that serve as lodge and guest-house.

In 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 Larke 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 arriving at lunchtime, and for an overnight stop.
Rest of the afternoon relax and prepare for the adventure climb to Larke-La Pass.

Altitude: 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet at Larke-La 3, 700 m/ 12,201 feet at Bhimthang Approx. 8-hour walk. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

The last final highlight of the adventure, after an early breakfast, and carrying pack lunch for the long day’s walk. Start the climb before break of dawn, heading towards a high slope on rocky gravel path above the lodge of Dharmasala.

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

Every hard effort rewards you with an astonishing 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 Larke-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. Approx. 7 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

Enjoy the last final trek of the Manaslu Circuit adventure, although a long walk to end the trek at Dharapani village. But an easy 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 route, 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 feet at Kathmandu.
Drive approx. 8-9 hour sharing jeep or Bus. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

Final day around the Himalayan hills of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas, an exciting drive to Kathmandu. Having a good breakfast, board on a local vehicle, depending upon the size of a group.

A long overland journey but interesting winding downhill to 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 and Larke Peak Climb.

Meal Included: Breakfast Only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trek on a Heli. Our staff transfer you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

Manaslu Circuit Heli Trek Cost


  • 5 starts hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Helicopter from Kathmandu to Namrung.
  • Luxury transport during trip. 4WD Jeep in Mountain & in City luxury tourist vehicle.
  • Bottles of Mineral water during trek/ unlimited tea/ coffee & seasonal fruits.
  • Our porter carry Couple of bed cover sheets & pillow cover from Kathmandu. (If weather is changes the owner of Lodge people can’t washing bed seats regularly).
  • Room freshener.
  • Oximeter.
  • Hot bag (In the night your guide fill up the hot water in the bag & you keep in bed while you sleeping).
  • Attached bathroom room if possible in trekking area.
  • Hot Shower.
  • Nepali Sim Card with 16 GB Internet Data pack.


  • All kind of beverage.
  • 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"

Major Information

Types of Helicopter:

In Nepal with two types of helicopters currently operating in the private sector: AS 350 B series of helicopters which are manufactured by Eurocopter, France and are very popular all over the world. It is regarded as one of the most versatile helicopters and is suitable for mountain flying and all types of helicopter missions. Following are its features:

Fail Safe Design, Comfortable Seating Arrangements, 5 seats excluding Pilot, Suitable for all types of helicopter missions, Can fly up to an altitude of 16,000 feet and above 5,000 meter high.

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trekking on a Heli, 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.

From Namrung villages 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 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 1991 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.

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Overall Company Rating:

Overall Company Rating:
4 - Excellent
( Based on 3 travel reviews )
Very Good
  1. Wonderful Adventure
    (3 years ago)
    What a wonderful way to enjoy the adventure Manaslu Circuit Trek taking the comfort on a spacious Helicopter. The best way to enjoy the Himalayan peaks from air as well from the ground. It was a great experience thanks to Manaslu Circuit Trek for organizing the marvelous trek and saving time.
    Bill William Macbeth
  2. fascinating along with expert guide
    (5 years ago)
    A marvelous and great flight on a Helicopter, the trek was equally fascinating along with expert guide and trekking staff. It was a wonderful and most memorable trip and an adventure of a lifetime experience. Thanks to whole team of Manaslu Circuit Trek Company, will be back in Nepal for more adventure.
    Eric Thomas Tilman
    from United Kingdom (UK)
    (6 years ago)
    Highly recommendable for trekkers with limited time using the service of Helicopter saving few days of trekking. Enjoyed the fantastic ride and landing at lovely Namrung village it was great. Thanks to MCT for arranging such a wonderful trip and the trek was awesome.
    Patrick Jonson
    from United States (US)

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