17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights
- Crossing one of the longest passes in Nepal Himalaya, Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,167 meters
- Astonishing views of some of the highest peaks of the world including Mt. Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II
- Explore the great combination of culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Nepalese and Tibetan people
- Walkthrough the dense forest and come across through rough and off-beaten terrain
- Abundant wildlife including Himalayan Thar (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots
About the 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek takes to one of the most isolated landscapes in the western region of Nepal. The adventurous trek reward with the grand magical views of Mt. Manaslu (Mountain of the Spirit). It is the eighth tallest mountain in the world at an elevation of 8,163 m.
Unlike the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu trek usually sees fewer people on the trail. Thus, it is more remote, and the trail is peaceful even during the peak trekking seasons. Being isolated and physically demanding, yet it is culturally enriched and scenery wise mind-blowing.
Manaslu trek takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is declared as one of the restricted areas by the Nepal government. And this conservation area is home to several rare wild species like snow leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan Thar.
The Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Arughat Bazaar of the Gorkha district. The final point of the trek is Dharapani, and the total distance covered during the trek is 177 km. The highest point of the Manaslu trek is Larkya La Pass- one of the dramatic passes in the Himalayas. To cross this point is quite challenging, but at the end of the day, you will be rewarded with the magnificent views of snow-capped Himalayas.
Brief Itinerary: 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek
Itinerary: 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu
Once you land at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you and transfer to the respective hotel. On this day, you can either rest or stroll around the nearby places like Thamel or Durbarmarg. In the evening, you can enjoy traditional Nepalese cuisine in one of the restaurants.
Day 2 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On this day, we’ll explore the vibrant colourful Kathmandu city. There are several ways to spend a day around the Kathmandu Valley. We will get a chance to visit different UNESCO World heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
After a short tour around the Kathmandu valley, we will return back to the hotel. After some refreshment, we will have a small meet up where our tour guide will give a short brief about the upcoming trek. During this orientation program, we will get a chance to meet your trekking guide and other fellow trekkers. Finally, in the evening, we can stroll around the nearby hotel area, and if you have forgotten to bring any trekking gear you can buy over there.
Day 3 - Kathamndu - Sotikhola
On this day, after having breakfast, we will drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway towards the village of Soti Khola. After a few hours of drive, we will pass through small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides and reach Dhading Besi.
From here, we will continue our journey to Arughat Bazar. Here the roads are a little bumpy and rough. Throughout the drive, we get to see the fantastic views of snow-capped peaks like Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range. Finally, after a few hour’s drive, we will reach Sotikhola where you will spend a night.
Day 4 - Sotikhola - Machha Khola
On this day, we will begin our Manaslu Circuit Trek from crossing Soti Khola. After that, we will continue our walk through the dense Sal forests and reach a ridge above the huge Budi Gandaki river. After walking through rocky trails, we will reach Khursane.
Further, we will continue our trek down to the rice terraces to Lapubesi, a Gurung village. After a few hours of a walk along the sandy river beds of Budhi Gandaki, we will trek down to Naulikhola. Here we will cross a river through a suspension bridge and reach Maccha Khola village for an overnight stay.
Day 5 - Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat
Today’s walk will be quite challenging as you have to do some ups and downs hill walk on the trail. After a few hours of walking, we will reach Khorlabesi, which is another small beautiful Gurung village.
The continuous walk leads to Tato Pani, a hot-spring site where you can spend some time enjoying the bath in a small hot spring. Later, we will climb over another ridge and cross the Budi Gandaki through the suspension bridge. We will continue our walk and reach Dobhan. Further walking about 6-7 hours we will reach Jagat village for an overnight stay.
Day 6 - Trek from Jagat to Deng
On this day, we will have an early morning breakfast in the village of Jagat. After that, we will start our trek through various dense subtropical forests. We will come across multiple small settlements before we reach the final destination of the day.
In the first half of the trek, we will climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. As we continue our walk, we will cross a long suspension bridge to reach Philim, a beautiful and large Gurung village.
Later we will head north towards the Ekle Bhatti, where we will see a steep gorge. After descending to the grassy land slopes, we will finally cross the Budi Gandaki bridge. As we continue our trek, the trail then widens through the valley and passes through bamboo forests; you will come across Deng Khola. Here we have to cross a river to reach the tiny yet beautiful village of Deng.
Day 7 - Trek from Deng to Namrung
On this day, we will again start our trek by crossing the Budi Gandaki river. After a continuous climb for a few hours, we will join the trail from Bhi. From here, we will then head west and pass through the dense forest. After a few hours of walking, take us to the Prok village where we will get a fantastic view of snow-capped Siringi Himal.
After taking a small break, we will continue our trek and cross the Budhi Gandaki river several times. Along the way, we will pass through several gompas. The trail follows the river upstream and leads towards lush green forests and narrow gorge. Further walking we will reach our destination Namrung Village.
Day 8 - Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon
On this day, we will enjoy the hot breakfast with the amazing view of Siring, Ganesh, and Him Chuli Himal. After having breakfast, we will continue our trek with the first climb and pass through forests to reach Lihi, a village with many stupas and terraces field.
Further, we will pass through the village of Sho, Lho, and Shyala before reaching Samagaon. En route, we will enjoy astonishing views of Mt. Manaslu. We will also get a chance to explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village, we will get surrounded by the high snow-capped peaks like Himchuli, and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) on the left side and Manaslu and massive glaciers straight away. Other snow-capped mountains can be seen to the right side as well. Today’s trek ends once you reach Samagoan for overnight stay.
Day 9 - Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon
This day is our first acclimatization day at Sama Gaon. It is a great place to explore the local culture and lifestyle of the Manaslu region. Here we will visit the oldest monastery called Pungyen Monastery, which will take about two and a half hours hiking from Sama village. Apart from this, Birendra Taal, a glacier lake, is also a great place to visit. After exploring the community, we will return to the Sama Gaon for an overnight stay.
Day 10 - Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo
On this day, we will begin our trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo via Manaslu Base Camp. Today, we will first cross the suspension bridge, which leads to the forest of birch and juniper.
The trek continues by crossing another bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. Enjoying the magical view of Mt. Manalsu, we will reach the Samdo village, a Tibetan refugee village. Once we reach Samdo, we will explore the nearby places or hike to Samdo Peak. Here we will get enough options for tea houses to spend a night.
Day 11 - Acclimatization Day in Samdo
Today is the second acclimatization day of our trek at Samdo, where we will go for a side trip to the Tibetan border. From the border, we will get to see the division of Tibet and Nepal. If we are lucky enough, we may witness some Yark caravan passing through the border.
From here, we will also get the view of Samdo Glacier on our south side. Here we can take photos of marvelous views of the glacier with blue sheep, picas, and marmots in the frame.
Day 12 - Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala
On this day, after having breakfast in Samdo, we will start your trek with the visit to a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar. After exploring this bazaar for a while, we will descend to the Budhi Gandaki river. We will cross the wooden bridge and continue our walk upward and again cross streams with the magnificent view of Larkya Glacier.
We will head towards the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the way, we will also get a chance to visit several old traditional monasteries. Today’s trek is short, and we will get enough time for acclimatization and relaxing around the teahouses.
Day 13 - Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La Pass
On this day, we will walk to the highest point of the trek and cross Larkya La Pass (5,135 m). But we need to be aware of the bad weather and snow, which may cause our walk quite challenging, yet it is doable. We have to cross the pass before the afternoon, so we need to wake up early. This day is the challenging part of the trek, but with the slow and steady walk, we can make it to the pass.
After a short climb, we will head toward the north side of the Larkya Glacier from where we will enjoy the fantastic view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Walking along moraines of the glacier, we will make a gradual ascent, and we need to be careful as it will become steeper at the final section of the pass. From the top of the pass, we will get jaw-dropping views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and the massive Annapurna II. Today we will complete our trek with a rewarding view of Mt. Manaslu while descending towards Bimtang.
Day 14 - Trek from Bimtang to Tal
On this day, after having breakfast in Bimthang, we will visit the nearby bridge to enjoy grand views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. From here, we will descend and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola.
Further, we will continue our walk through a forest of rhododendron and follow the trail until we reach the highest arable land of the village of Karche. We will make a steep climb and en route; we will notice many signs of a glacial flood. The trail descends to Gurung Goa, the first real village in the Manaslu trail. And after walking for several hours, we will pass through Tilije and Dharapni village, a popular starting point of classic Annapurna trail. Finally, we will continue the trek along the Marsyangdi river trail and reach Tal village for an overnight stay.
Day 15 - Trek from Tal to Syange
On this day, we will follow the trail that leads to the village of Chyamje crossing the magnificent Marsyangdi Khola through a suspension bridge. We will pass through the same terrace fields and see the villages clung to the side of the high-hill. Again the trail descends through the rhododendron and pine forests to the village of Syange for overnight stay. If we get time, we can explore Syange’s splendid waterfall.
Day 16 - Drive from Syange to Kathmandu
On this day, we have to wake up early in the morning, and after enjoying breakfast, we will take a bus to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar. We will get an opportunity to enjoy both the hill and mountain landscape. Along with this, the beautiful Marsyangdi and Trishuli river will also accompany us throughout the drive. Finally, after a 6-7 hours drive, we will reach Kathmandu, and our trek ends. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 17 - Depart Kathmandu
On the very last day, our representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International airport for your flight. We will wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again for the next adventure in Nepal.
Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
Airport pickup and drop off services
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
Two way private transportation between hotel & TIA Airport
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
Nepal Immigration Permits
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
Personal clothing and gear
All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu region experiences four distinct seasons. Each season has its own perks and unique appeal & drawbacks. However, Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek Manaslu because of the moderate weather and stable climate the season offers.
Spring Season (End of march- May)
Spring is the peak and second-best time of the year for Manaslu Circuit Trek. In this season the route of Manaslu Circuit Trek is beautiful, the atmosphere will be pleasant and chilling, the hills and landscapes will be colorized by new buds and blooming flowers. The temperature has been getting warm since March begins, the weather also positive throughout till the end of May. The weather starts with chilly temperature and it gets warmer by the end. It is neither too cold nor too hot. The cool temperatures and bright days are perfect for treks. You can expect some occasional rainfall and snowfall during late May. During spring, Landscapes showcase great pictures with a clear blue sky. Mountains are covered with snow and views of the peaks over the green hills and range will be so precious.
Summer Season (June-August)
Summer in the Manaslu region is hot but it comes with monsoon also. Manaslu Circuit Trekking in summer is one slightly unsuitable. Because the rains are already starting, the path will be slippery. Most of the time in the late summer, peaks are covered by clouds and views are not at its prime beauty. In the days where it doesn’t rain, you get clear blue skies and long, bright days. The trails and tea houses are also not crowded. This gives an intimate experience with the locals which is not possible during the peak seasons.
Autumn Season (September-November)
Autumn is no doubt the time for trekking in Manaslu region of Nepal, it is because Autumn offers pleasant weather and temperature. The weather will be good with open blue sky and temperature also around 20-25 Degree Celsius in the day and still positive in the night as well. It is neither hot nor too cold in the Manaslu region during the autumn season. The skies are almost clear with the perfect visibility of the snowy mountains. As autumn is the peak season for trekking, it attracts more trekkers to the Manaslu region. So, you will have many trekkers throughout the trail during this peak season.
Winter Season (December- February)
During winter most mountain terrain temperature goes negative or hits the negative point also possible to have heavy snowfall in hilly areas. Most of the parts of the route are covered with snow. Extreme cold, heavy snowfalls, and bad weather makes lots of difficulties in trekking in the winter season in the Manaslu region. Most of the tea houses in the area do not have in-house heating services. Make sure you come prepared for the cold. During winter or fall, almost every trekking route is off. No one wants to trek in this extreme cold. Although short hike and short trekking of lower altitudes are possible.
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the Manaslu region. Along the way to Manaslu trail, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the Dolpo trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western style toilets. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits needed for 17 Day Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trekking in the Manaslu region is a restricted area trekking destination in Nepal. Solo trekking is not allowed, you must have a group of minimum 2 or more trekkers with expert guides to trek around the Manaslu region. Manaslu trek requires three different kinds of a permit, which are:
- Special Restricted Area Permit
- Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
Special Restricted Area Permit
The cost of the restricted area permit varies with the number of days that you spend at the restricted areas. Also, the cost of the permit is different for trekking at different times of the year.
- For all tourists September to November – USD 100 per person per week, and USD 15 per day per person in case of more than 7 days.
- For all tourist, December to August – USD 75 per person per week, and USD 10 per day per person in case of more than 7 days
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
This Manaslu trek passes through some areas of the Manaslu Conservation Area. So, you will need the MCAP permit, unlike for restricted area permit, there is no time restriction or additional costs.
- It cost USD 30 or NPR 3000 for foreigners
- It cost USD 10 or NPR 1000 for SAARC region
- It cost NPR 100 for local Nepali Tourist
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
Just like the Manaslu Conservation Area permit, you will also require the Annapurna Conservation area permit during your Manaslu trek.
- It cost USD 30 or NPR 3000 for foreigners
- It cost USD 10 or NPR 1000 for SAARC region
- It cost NPR 100 for local Nepali Tourist
NOTE: If you are willing to trek Tsum Valley side-trip during Manaslu trek then it required 1 week’s additional restricted permit. and It will cost USD 40 per person for the first week and an additional USD 7 per day beyond that in between (September to November). Between December to August, It will be USD 30 per person for the first week and an additional USD 7 per day beyond that.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty Level
It is classified as moderately challenging, which means you need to be physically fit for the successful completion of the trek. As you have to walk for about 6-7 hours per day where you have to cover 12-15 km daily, you need to prepare yourself physically as well as mentally. Since Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to a high altitude over 5,000 meters, there is a chance of altitude sickness. But with enough acclimatization day, slow walk, taking regular rest, and drinking plenty of water will help to keep you safe from altitude sickness.
Well, prior trekking experience could be beneficial. But, if you don’t have trekking experience, you can do some regular exercise like jogging, running, cycling, and swimming before trekking, which will help to boost your physical as well as mental endurance.
17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the highest altitude of Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek doesn't go higher than 5160m.
How many hours a day do we walk?
On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?
Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.
Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?
You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is Manaslu Circuit Trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack
What is the accommodation like?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.
What kind of food can I expect on this trek?
During the tea house trek, lodges will prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarians such as Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, Daal Bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetable variety depending on the season.
How much luggage can I take during my trek in Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilet in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I need Insurance?
100% Yes! Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide traveling insurance for foreigners and the trekkers need to get traveling insurance from one of the international insurance companies.
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travelers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends traveling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?
There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.
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