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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Manaslu region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Larkya La (5213m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the popular off-the-beaten-path treks done in the remote area of Nepal. The trek goes to the restricted area in Nepal where a special trek permit is required. Mt. Manaslu (8163m) is the eight highest mountains in the world which can be clearly spotted with all it’s majesty during the trek.

Trekking to Manaslu involves crossing over high mountain pass like Larkya La pass at 5,213 meters taking you to the northern border of Nepal with Tibet. Larkya La counts in as one of the challenging passes and popular in the Himalayas. Spectacular views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,980m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) can be witnessed from the pass.

Mt. Manaslu is believed to the abode of gods which literally means “the spirit mountain”. As you trek along the off the beaten remote tracks the landscapes change from sub-tropical foothills of the Himalayas to the arid trans-Himalayan pastures bordering Tibet. The valley opens up as you head to north with fascinating alpine meadows and giving way to Tibetan style village right below the mammoth North face of Manaslu.

The trek typically starts from the town of Machha Khola after a scenic drive from Kathmandu and follows the Budi Gandaki River through a series of challenging ascents and descents. You will pass through various ethnic villages such as Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho and finally to Samagaon. These remote mountain village gives full insight of it’s unique culture and lifestyle of the local people living in the Himalayas for ages.

With a brief exploration and acclimatizing at Samagaon you will head to crossing over Larkya La Pass a 5,106 meters which provides majestic panorama of surrounding mountain and glaciers. The trail then descends after the pass through the beautiful Marsyangdi Valley to conclude the trek in the town of Dharapani.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trekking adventure offering a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Explore the fascinating, Budi Gandaki River Valley.
  • Relish the scintillating mountainous panorama of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Mt. Manaslu as you anchor at the village of Shya.
  • Explore the remote settlements Samagaon and Samdo.
  • Hike to the daunting mountain pass, Larkya La (5213m) to witness stunning panorama of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,980m) and Annapurna II (7,937m).
  • Witness the harmonious blend of Tibetan and Nepali culture.



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (900m/9 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,300m/5-6 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6-7 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2900m/7-8 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/4-5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3520m/4-5 hrs)
Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun (3520m)
Day 09: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3875m/4-5 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m/4-5 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5,106m/8-9 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Bhimtang to Gho (2,515m/5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Gho to Dharapani (1860m/4 hours)
Day 14: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar (1400m/9 hrs)
Day 15: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your designated hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel and after that we have a quick pre-trip meeting to discuss on the necessary formalities and the trekking itineraries. You may then check in to your room and freshen up. In the evening, you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel to get a superficial glimpse of this great city. Of course, you will know Kathmandu better, when you head out for a sightseeing tour tomorrow. 


We have to go through Arughat and Soti Khola on our way to Machha Khola today. The nine-hour drive offers a variety of scenery, including rivers, hills, villages, and rice farm settings. The Machh Khola is located in Mid-West Nepal's Gorkha district. As one travels into warmer climates, they pass by numerous farming communities and cities along the Trisuli and Budi Gandakii rivers. Spend the night in a nearby guest home overlooking a stunning valley. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today’s trail follows the course of the Buri Gandaki River. The route necessitates us to traverse up and down the ridges. Eventually the river valley widens and then we proceed for a pleasant walk along the easy trail to Jagat (1300m), a compact village with a beautiful flagstone square. We camp slightly below the village at the vicinity of Bhalu River.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

This is the day that you will encounter multiple settlements. You will first ascend a valley to arrive to Sirdibas settlement. Enjoy the top of the Shringi Himal hills from here. Philim is the next village you will come to. Here, keep an eye out for the terraced fields. Proceed on foot towards Chisapani, our typical lunch stop.


The majority of the villagers are Tibetan native people, whose primary means of subsistence are agriculture and animal husbandry, with oats and nuts serving as fruits and barley and maize as crops.


Afterwards, you will hike through Pewa hamlet and on into the valley, passing a small campsite before arriving at Deng, the little town that is your destination for the day. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The hike will begin early from Deng and take you across a river and up a hill. Mani stones can be seen in the little settlements along the trail as it continues.


Every stone bears a Buddhist mantra, signifying that you are approaching an area influenced by Tibetan culture. Today, we journey through several villages, including Ghap, Ghapsya, Bihi Phedi, and Rana Gaun. Savor the customary lifestyle and communities.


With the sounds of insects and mules, the road continues into the deep woodlands. It will take a few hours to arrive at Namrung. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You will be treated to a breathtaking view of the mountains during today's climb, including Himalchuli, the Shring Range, Mount Manaslu, and others. We hike through Sho Gaun and Lihi.


Ultimately, the settlement of Lo Gaun will recognize you thanks to a lengthy stone Mani wall. We set up a lunch camp today along with a quick hike. You could climb to Ribung Gompa in the afternoon. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trip begins from Lho Gaun and travels along a trail to the 3500-meter-high Shyala hamlet, which offers breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu.


The path continues in the direction of Samagaun's village. Throughout the walk, this is one of the most picturesque settlements you will come across. free this afternoon.  

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

You will spend today at Samagaun getting used to the altitude. You will go to the Manaslu Base Camp (4800m) if you would like to hike for the entire day to acclimate. You can finish this round-trip in roughly seven or eight hours. If you choose the half-day hike, you can reach Birendra Tal or the glacier that spans the valley. You'll spend the night back in Samagaun. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail will quickly pass fields today and then progressively climb. When you arrive in Samdo, a tiny Tibetan refugee settlement, keep an eye out for the breathtaking view of the Manaslu. This community is quite near the border with Tibet. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast in Samdo, there's a Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar, which is open during specific seasons.

After that, you'll descend to the Budi Gandaki River and over a wooden bridge. Next, you'll hike up and see the breathtaking views of the Larkya Glacier while walking across two streams. Next, you will circumnavigate the Salka Khola valley and ascend once more to arrive to Dharamsala, also called Larke Phedi. You will be preparing for the major, exhausting day—the climb to the Larke-La pass—tomorrow. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It's going to be an exhausting day. After departing from Dharmasala, you will progressively ascend to Cho Chanda and then continue on to the Larkya La Pass.


From the pass, there are spectacular views of Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981 meters), and Annapurna II (7937 meters). You will arrive at Bhimtang for the night by walking across the steppe. 

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today will be a delightful walk on the steady downward to reach our overnight destination at Gho, after a strenuous climb up the Larkya-La pass. The location is surrounded by forests; to get to Gho, walk from Bimthang through immaculate forests with rhododendron, pine, and oak tree lines, passing by various farm shades.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It is much simpler to walk in the morning from Gho to the Manang region in Telje village along the Marysangdi River, as the trip is mostly downhill. On the Annapurna Circuit walking circuit, Dharapani is a sizable community with a multitude of exquisite resorts. The internationally renowned Annapurna circuit path is combined with the Manaslu circuit trekking trail. Once the Larkya La pass is completed, if you have enough time, you might head towards the Annapurna circuit. You will have to spend your final day in the highlands in one of the most picturesque settlements, Dharapani.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will travel to Besisahar by local shared jeep after breakfast; the trip takes two to three hours. We will then travel back to Kathmandu, which will take about six or seven hours. We strongly advise taking a private vehicle from Besisahar to Kathmandu in addition to using local transportation. We will end our amazing journey in Kathmandu.

Breakfast/Lunch included

Today is your final day in Nepal. A representative of Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours to your flight schedule. As we reluctantly wave goodbye to each other, let’s make a wish to stumble upon one another very soon. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Machha Khola & Dharapani/Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).

Route Map



1. What is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular and adventurous trekking route in Nepal that takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, and opportunities to explore local cultures and traditions

2. How long is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and days for acclimatization.

3. Is the Manaslu Circuit Trek difficult?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderately challenging to difficult trek. It involves crossing high mountain passes, trekking through remote and rugged terrain, and dealing with varying weather conditions. Previous trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended for this trek.

4. What is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The best time to do Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons, which are from March to May and September to November. During this time of the year, the weather will be stable with clear mountain views.

5. Are there teahouses or lodges along the Manaslu Circuit Trek route?
Yes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek route is well-serviced with teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the trail. However, compared to popular treks like Everest and Annapurna, the teahouses might be less developed and basic in some sections.

6. What is the highest point reached during the trek?
The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Larke Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet) above sea level.

7. Is a permit required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, a special trekking permit called the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is issued by the Government of Nepal.

8. Can I trek the Manaslu Circuit independently?
No, trekking the Manaslu Circuit independently is not allowed. It is mandatory to trek with a registered and licensed trekking company due to the restricted area regulations.

9. What type of physical fitness is required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be prepared for long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and changing weather conditions. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training are recommended to prepare for the trek.


Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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