Manaslu Circuit Trek -14 days

Things to Know
  • Duration14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Altitude 5,106m at Larkya la pass
  • Trip Type Trekking | Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Mar-May, Sep-Nov
What You’ll Do
  • Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Views of the world's highest peaks- including Manaslu (8,163 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Mt.Annapurna II (7937 m) etc
  • Trek along the Budhi Gandaki River Gorge
  • The highest point on the trek - Larkya La Pass (5,106 m/16,751ft)
  • Visiting Ancient Monasteries, Mani Walls, and Stupas
  • Manaslu Circuit offers a quieter and more remote experience. Trekkers can enjoy the tranquility of nature and the wilderness, away from the crowds
  • Amazing landscapes and stunning mountain views
  • Diverse climate, topography and vegetation
  • Walking between the borders of Nepal and Tibet


Manaslu Circuit Trek was explored and promoted as an alternative to the busy Annapurna Circuit Trek, which was shortening with the construction of roads on both ends. But the trek has developed its own identity today. It offers superior mountain views, and crosses a high Himalayan pass Larkya La is one of the longest passes in the Himalaya of Nepal, situated at 5,106 metres (16,752 ft) above sea level, and passes through remote villages, terraced lands, thick woods, and glacier walks. The region is home to Gurungs, which Tibetan Buddhism heavily influences. Mani walls, Kani, chhortens, and monasteries show the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the area. The main attraction of the trek is Mount Manaslu -- the eighth-highest peak in the world. The trek offers the closest possible view of this beautiful mountain climbed for the first time by the Japanese. The region is home to different wild species like Blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan chamois, clouded leopards, snow leopards, Himalayan Black bears, and Himalayan Griffin Vultures.

The Manaslu Trek is a 14-day tea-house trek that circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world- Manaslu (8,163 m). The trek carries the essence of other Nepali treks - Hindu and Buddhist culture, delightful wildlife, rhododendrons, and other wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges, massive mountains, and stunning landscapes. Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, flooded with trekkers worldwide, the Manaslu circuit trek usually sees fewer people along its route. It is remote and physically demanding yet culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

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  • Altitude1,400m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time2-3 hours

Upon arrival, one of our officials will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. We will take you to the hotel in our private tourist vehicle. You can explore the kathmandu valley if your flight is early. The remaining time is free for independent activities.

  • Altitude9,30 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time8-9 hours

Today, we will drive to the starting point of our trek. After the morning breakfast, we leave for Machhi Khola. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is a 3 to 4-hour comfortable drive on a concrete paved road. After this is a bumpy and winding dirt road to Machha Khola which takes from 5 to 7 hours depending on the traffic and road condition.

  • Altitude1,340 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

Our trek begins today. After breakfast, we cross the Machhi Khola River and walk toward a small settlement of Khorlabesi. From here, we continue northward passing through the natural hot springs at Tatopani. After a short walk through the thick woods, we reach a village called Dobhan. We continue our walk for a while. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge we reach the beautiful village of Jagat.

  • Altitude1,860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6-7 hours

After Jagat, we walk down to the river and follow its course on the trail that passes through beautiful terraced fields. Passing through the village of Sulleri, we see Philim far in the distance. A walk of about two hours from here will take us to Philim. Philim is comparatively a larger settlement on the trail. Leaving Philim, we continue on the main trail. The walk is pleasing and you will be rewarded with the view of waterfalls cascading down in Budhi Gandaki on both sides of the trail. We cross the river many times and sometimes go high above it. After a walk of around four hours from Jagat, we reach our first Kani -- a stone arch -- of the trek. Deng is the next settlement that we see in the trial.

  • Altitude2,630 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time7 hours

We continue the walk after having breakfast at our lodge. The walk is more or less similar. Descend to the river, cross it, and climb high above the river. After nearly three hours of trek, we reach a village named Ghap. Take some time to look out for the beautiful Kani as well as the mani wall. From here, the trail is through thick woods of pines, rhododendrons, and bamboo. Look out for monkeys. The village of Namrung welcomes you once you are done with the forested trail.


  • Altitude3,500 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6 hours

The first settlement that we come across today is Lihi Gaon. This village has numerous chhortens and intricately woven mani walls. Take some time to observe these ancient artworks. If the weather is good, you can get a clear view of Mt. Manaslu and other neighbouring peaks today. From here, we stop at Sho, which offers stunning views of Manaslu. We continue our walk northward. After crossing another bridge, we reach the village of Lho. After leaving the village, Ngadi Chuli emerges right ahead of us. The settlement of Syala is not so far.

  • Altitude3,530 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time4 hours

The walk is shorter today. Leaving Syala, we follow the moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama Gaon. On the trail, we can enjoy amazing landscapes and excellent scenery. There is a beautiful monastery in the village. The monastery offers stunning views of Manaslu and other peaks. After lunch, we will explore the village.


  • Altitude3,530 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time7-8 hours

We stay today at Samagaon for acclimatization and take this time to explore around. We can either visit Pungyen Gompa and glacial Lake Birendra Tal (4-5 hours) or we can take a walk to Manaslu Base Camp and return back to Samagaon (7-8 hours).

  • Altitude3,865 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hours

Today, we climb to a terraced hillside on the other side of the Budhi Gandaki  River. Continuing further, we reach Samdo. Samdo is a small remote settlement of about forty houses. This is one of the highest all-season settlements in Nepal. 

  • Altitude4,460 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hours

Leaving Samdo, we walk down until Gyala Khola. After crossing the river, we climb to a ridge overlooking the once-thriving Larke Bazaar. We cross a few streams before we reach Larke Glacier. Dharamshala is also known as Larke Phedi. There is one small stone guest house here which gives the basic facility of fooding and the lodging will be in dormitory-styled rooms.

  • Altitude3,590 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time10 hours

We will start early in the morning today as we will be crossing a high pass today. We make a gradual climb to Cho Danda. From here, the trail is steep uphill toward the pass. Fluttering prayer flags indicate that you have reached the pass. The view from the pass is magnificent. We get a clear view of Himlung Himal (7,126m,) Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyaij Kang, Kang Guru (7,010m), and Annapurna II. After taking photographs and spending some time at the top, we start descending toward Bhimthang. It’s a long and steep downhill from here to Bhimthang.

  • Altitude1,970 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time7 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. After resting at Tilije, we continue our trek crossing the Dudh Khola, and following along its bank, we descend through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger, and, finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Passing through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, we arrive at Dharapani after crossing a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

  • Altitude1,400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time8-9 hrs

We hop onto a 4WD vehicle to reach Kathmandu via Besisahar. The road is rough and bumpy up to Besisahar and smoother from then. Enjoying the sceneries of hills and rivers along the highway, we reach Kathmandu after 8 to 9 hours of drive.

    Departure day! Our representative will drive you to the airport three hours before your flight time so that you do not have to rush through customs and immigration formalities. You will have plenty of time to plan your next trip as you return to your home.

    Iconic holiday Nepal standard itinerary might differ slightly due to unpredictable happenings. Factors such as flight cancellation/delay, unfavorable weather, natural calamities, newly implemented government rules, political affairs, trekkers’ health conditions, etc., are possible. In these times, we look for your cooperation and flexibility. While on the trip we get to marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region.

    The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas. 

    Trip Map
    Manaslu Circuit Trek -14 days map
    Trip Cost Details
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
    • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
    • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek in the Manaslu region
    • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including seasonal fruits
    • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Machha Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu by bus
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Restricted Area fee for trekking
    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, guide
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
    • Iconic Holiday Nepal  trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes
    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
    • International flight fare and airport departure tax
    • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
    • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
    • Tips to trekking staff and driver
    • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)  More information about visa
    • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
    Useful Info

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

    Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide is not possible for any foreign trekker. Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal, which compulsory requires trekking with a guide. Similarly, you cannot just hire an independent guide because a local trekking company like ours can only help you obtain the restricted area permit. So, in short, you can only do Manaslu circuit trekking with a registered Nepali trekking company. 

    Trek Difficulty 

    It is one of the most difficult treks in Nepal, set amidst high terrain that presents a rewarding challenge for trekkers. The Manaslu Circuit Trek covers approximately 177 kilometers and involves 6 hours of walking each day. As you embark on this adventure, you'll witness the harmonious blend of ancient traditions and trodden paths. The trail begins its ascent along the Budhi Gandaki River, meandering through picturesque rolling green hills, verdant valleys, traditional villages, and terraced farmlands. Along the way, you'll traverse the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to a huge number of exotic flora and fauna. The landscape gradually changes from lush green forests to drier, more arid terrain as you trek higher. As it is a tea house trek, the tourist infrastructure is very poor, demanding high endurance from the travellers. Likewise, the elevation increases every day and takes you above 5,000 meters, adding altitude sickness risk to the journey. 

    Locals Of The Manaslu Region

    The local inhabitants of the region are primarily of Tibetan descent, following Tibetan Buddhism. The trail has numerous mani walls, chortens, ancient monasteries, prayer wheels, and stupas. The locals of this region are very attached to their roots and still live a not-so-modern lifestyle. They are pretty welcoming and friendly. For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience, extending the trip to Tsum Valley is highly recommended. Tsum Valley is a hidden valley and offers a glimpse into ancient spiritual sites, further enriching the Manaslu circuit trek.

    Why should you do the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal?

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek holds a special place among the top treks in Nepal. Despite its increasing popularity, it remains remote and less crowded compared to the more established treks in the country, like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. The trek revolves around the majestic Mount Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), standing tall as the world's eighth-highest mountain in the world. Situated between the majestic Annapurna range to the West and the imposing Ganesh Himal range to the East, the Manaslu circuit trail unveils the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal. Mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Shringi Himal (7,155 m), Himlung (7,126 m), and many others are seen during the trek. The highlight of this expedition includes a visit to the Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m) and Birendra Lake at 3,691 meters (12,110 ft). Likewise, Pung Gyen Gompa (3,980 m) and Pung Gyen Glacier are two other highlights of the trek. 

    Join the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Iconic Holiday Nepal

    Experience the thrill of offbeat trekking following our Manaslu circuit trek itinerary, a journey that will change your life forever. Join us on our 14-day adventure with a carefully crafted itinerary, designed to showcase the best of this remote region. Our all-inclusive Manaslu trek package for 2024 and 2025 ensures that you have a seamless and worry-free experience with complete services provided. Our expert local guides will lead you through the magnificent trails of the Manaslu region and offer their extensive knowledge of the area. They will ensure your safety throughout the journey. You'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality of the locals residing along the trekking route. As part of our comprehensive package, we take care of all the necessary permits and paperwork required for the trek, so you can focus on enjoying the journey. We understand the importance of providing you with the essentials. Therefore, we ensure that all your needs are met, including accommodation, meals, transportation, and any other necessities during the trek.


    For detailed information regarding trekking permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, please visit the following link: Manaslu Permit. If you require any assistance or have inquiries, our dedicated team is available 24/7 to help. Feel free to reach out to us at +977-9851328431 (WhatsApp / WeChat)



    • Manaslu circuit trek difficulty is challenging. The terrain is rough and steep and crosses a high pass. Larke La Pass (5,106m) is one of the world's longest Himalayan pass.  Likewise, the region is very remote, and the high elevation makes the journey more difficult. This trek is only for experienced trekkers or individuals who are very fit. 

    • The Manaslu Circuit trek goes from 14 to 18 days, depending upon the itinerary. Our itinerary is 14 days long. We also organize short manaslu circuit treks for travellers with limited time. This trek encircles the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu, in the Nepalese Himalayas. The trek offers stunning views of the mountains, diverse landscapes, and a chance to experience the local culture of the region.

    • The highest point during the Manaslu circuit trek is Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) above sea level. For more information click the link Larkya La Pass.

    • The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and finally to Machha Khola. which is situated 160 KM from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you can take a bus ride to the starting point of the trail. It takes an entire day to reach the trekking region. On the second day, the trek truly begins as we leave Machha Khola, The Manaslu circuit trek begins from Machha Khola.

    • Yes, it is advisable to carry a sleeping bag for the Manaslu Circuit trek, as you will be staying in teahouses along the route, especially in the higher altitudes. While teahouses do provide basic bedding, having your own sleeping bag ensures that you are warm and comfortable, especially during colder nights at higher elevations. Make sure your sleeping bag is suitable for cold weather conditions, as temperatures can drop significantly, especially at night.

    • Internet access during the Manaslu Circuit trek can be limited and unreliable, especially in the remote mountainous regions. While some teahouses and lodges along the route may offer Wi-Fi services, the connections are often slow and may not be available consistently. Many trekkers opt for local SIM cards with data plans before starting the trek, but be aware that the coverage may still be spotty in the mountainous areas.

    • Charging facilities are available in most teahouses along the Manaslu Circuit trek, but they usually come at an extra cost. You can charge your electronic devices such as phones and cameras, but it's advisable to bring a portable power bank to ensure you have power during the trek, especially in case there are limited charging outlets. Hot shower facilities are also available in many teahouses, but again, they often come at an extra cost. Some teahouses may use solar heaters for hot water, so the availability of hot showers can be influenced by weather conditions and the time of day. These expenses are not covered in our package cost, so carry some extra Nepali cash with you while trekking.

    • Nepal’s Government has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Sama Gaun) a restricted area to control tourism in the region. As a result, independent trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu, and trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit. The government rules also state there must be a minimum of two trekkers in a group, accompanied by a local guide. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. Three different permits are required for the trek.
      1. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
      This permit is necessary while travelling from Jagat to Sama Gaun. The area from Jagat to Sama Gaun and the villages in between are restricted.
      September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
      December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
      2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit): This Manaslu trek permit is required from Philim, where the Manaslu Conversation Area starts
      The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside MCAP.
      3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit): Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is required from Dharapani until you exit to ACAP in Beshi Sahar. The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside ACAP.

      Note: If you want your trip to extend to Tsum Valley, you will need a Tsum Valley permit as well. This permit will cost USD 40 per person for one week from September to November. From then on, it costs USD 7 per person per day. Moreover, This permit will cost USD 30 per person for one week from December to August. From then on, it costs USD 7 per person per day.
      Note: TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) Card is a must for foreign trekkers in Nepal. However, you do not require that permit on Manaslu Trek. The ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu Restricted Region Permit are enough for the Manaslu Region.
      Note: For a Manaslu restricted area permit you need an authorized trekking agency and it is obtained from the Department of Immigration. Manaslu Area Conservation Project (MCAP) Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board Office at Bhrikutimandap.

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