Manaslu Circuit Trekking-14 days

Trip Highlights

  • Cross one of the highest passes in the world - at Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters.
  • Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard.
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Closely inspect the life of Nuri people- typical denizens of the region.

Trip Introduction

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the best off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal known for its solidarity and untouched natural beauty. Manaslu Circuit trek is an exotic off-the-beaten trail that lets you explore the pristine region of Nepal. It is considered to be a moderate level trekking with cultural, historical and natural tours and a maximum elevation of 5160m at Larkya La Pass. The total length of the Manaslu Circuit trekking is around 177 kilometers. The entire route is adorned with the perfect views of the snow-clad mountains, unique combination of rich cultural heritages and adventure amidst vantage points with incomparable beauty and rare bio-diversity. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu who were members of a Japanese excursion climbed first time on Manaslu on 9 May 1959. The Manaslu Mountain Trail Race is the most adventurous yearly trail race head amidst the mountains in Manaslu region. Runners from around the world gather in Manaslu every year to participate and enjoy the magnificent beauty accompanying them throughout the race.


You can see the influences of Tibetan Buddhism in various places along this trek. The scattered settlement of Nuri people in the Tibetan border and their culture is one of the major things to explore during the trek. Tibetan Buddhism inspired culture and fascinating festivals is one of the unforgettable things to experience in the Manaslu region. The jaw-dropping natural beauty of forests, rivers, waterfalls and flora and fauna of the Manaslu region. The adventure starts through the lush green lower hills inhabited by Indo-Aryan Hindus. Then the middle hills by the Tibetan-Burmese, Magar, Gurung and Tamang people on the Budhi Gandaki River.


Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail passes through several farmlands, bamboo, rhododendron, oak, and pine forests. From lush tropical in lower lands to the scattered alpine up the altitude, your get to cherish everything that the biodiversity of this region has to offer. Manaslu Circuit trekking offers the right combination of rich social legacy, unexcelled degree pleasant heavenliness, and furthermore the interesting Tibetan social order with its wealthy mountain natural different qualities. 


Basically to organize Manaslu Circuit Trekking you need minimum two people in a group. But Nepal Lion Trek can manage your trek as group trip and join other groups by managing Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu Special Permit).

Outline Itinenary

  • Day 01:  Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola [710m, 8 hrs]
  • Day 02:  Trek to Machha Khola [900m, 6 hrs]
  • Day 03:  Trek to Jagat [1410m, 6 hrs]
  • Day 04:  Trek to Deng [1804m, 6 hrs]
  • Day 05:  Trek to Namrung [2630m, 6 hrs]
  • Day 06:  Trek to Lho [3180m, 4 hrs]
  • Day 07:  Trek to Samagaun [3530m, 4 hrs]
  • Day 08:  Acclimatization day – Side Trip to either Pungen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp.
  • Day 09:  Trek to Samdo [3860m, 4 hrs]
  • Day 10:  Trek to Dharmasala [44600m, 4 hrs]
  • Day 11:  Trek to Bhimtang [3720m, 8 hrs] vai Larkya La Pass [5160m]
  • Day 12:  Trek to Tilije [2300m, 5 hrs]
  • Day 13:  Trek to Tal [1700m, 5 hrs]
  • Day 14:  Drive to Kathmandu [8 hrs]


  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola [710m, 8 hrs]

    Your trip for Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Kathmandu. You will start the day early after breakfast. You will take a direct local bus from Kathmandu, Gongabe Bus Park to Soti khola which is 160 Km drive (We can arrange private vehicle as your requirement). You will take a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat on a nice, paved road enjoying the views of hilly areas. From Arughat to Soti Khola is 2 more hour drive where road will be quite dusty and bumpy with the view of Budhi Gandaki river. Overnight at teahouse in Soti Khola.

  • Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola [900m, 6 hrs]

    You will start your trekking journey from today. Despite of uneven road, you will have the most amazing walk on the first day of this trek. Ascending further the rocky trail and then descending, you will reach Gurung village Labubesi. You will pass number of small villages, through Sal forest, rivers and waterfalls to reach Nyali Khola. You will encounter hundereds of mules on the routes. We head down to the river and cross suspension brdge t reach Machha Khola Village. Overnight in Machha Khola Tea House.

  • Day 03: Trek to Jagat [1410m, 6 hrs]

    You will enjoy the warm breakfast at the teahouse at Machha Khola. From Machha Khola you will start walking across the trekking trail on the bank of Buri Gandaki River and suspension bridge. After a few ascends and descends, you will reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After spending a few moments here, you will head to dohan for Lunch. You will reach a small village Yaru from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, where we spend the night.

  • Day 04: Trek to Deng [1804m, 6 hrs]

    From this day, you will be walking in the restricted region where you have to verify your trekking permits at check post. You will leave Jagat on a well paved road and climb up the valley before you reach Sirdabas. You will proceed through forest of Rhododendron and Himalayan pine where the village Philim welcomes you. Finally, you will reach Deng, the final destination of the day. Deng is home to a few Tea houses where you can gather around the fireplace and share experiences with the fellow trekkers before you go to bed.

  • Day 05: Trek to Namrung [2630m, 6 hrs]

    After the sun rises, you will have breakfast at tea house. Today the trail from Deng takes you along a winding path to Rana and crossing suspension bridge to Bihi Phedi. The trail then proceeds to Ghap village through several landslide zones where you should be careful while walking. Passing the Ghap you will trek through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli. Namrung offers you best teashops, restaurant and tea house with Fresh Bakery items, Coffee and Wi-Fi.

  • Day 06: Trek to Lho [3180m, 4 hrs]

    Today the trail enters the Nupri region where you will be blessed with magnificent sight of the mountains. From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forest takes us to Lihi. You will witness some fine painting in the kani as passing to Sho. As you reach Loh you will visit a large moastery known as Ribung monastery. From the place, you can catch the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m).

  • Day 07: Trek to Samagaun [3530m, 4 hrs]

    Following the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier, the trail stretches towards the settlement at Samagaun. You will experiences the breathtaking view of mountains crossing the Shyala village and reach Sama Gaon. From here you will get to witness the amazing views of Mount Mansalu and you can explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Sama Gaon is the principal village of the nurbi peope which holds a large gompa, many tea Houses, shops, Health post, Police station, Heliport, Telephone and WIFI access.

  • Day 08: Acclimatization day – Side Trip to either Pungen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp.

    This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to prevent altitude-related illness. You will take a short hike that leads you to Birendra Taal (3,450m) which lies below the Manaslu Glacier. As on Acclimatization day you have two options for side trip to either Pungen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp.

    If you options for the half day walk, you can experiences Pungen Gompa which is 3-4 hours hiking. Pungen Gompa lies on the east of Nubri Valley where you will see many Himalayan Thars and Yaks grazing.

    Or, you can hike to Manaslu base Camp (4400m) which is on the north of Sama Gaun. Manaslu Base camp hike can be completed in 8-9 hours.

  • Day 09: Trek to Samdo [3860m, 4 hrs]

    Today is the short day trek as you take the trail on the right to Larkya La to reach Samdo which is a small Tibetan refugee village. This village is very close to Tibetan border which is just 4 km away (You can extend one more day at Samdo and go to a short hike to Tibetan Border). Today is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. Once you reach Samdo, you can explore the nearby village or hike to Samdo Peak.

  • Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala [44600m, 4 hrs]

    After Breakfast at Samdo,you will sart our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki river and hike upwards. Today you will trek past grassy slopes with scrub juniper, rhododendron, enjoy with the big old mani stone wall and chorten. The short walk to Dharmasala provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.

  • Day 11: Trek to Bhimtang [3720m, 8 hrs] vai Larkya La Pass [5160m]

    Today you trek for 3-4 hours to ascend 800m to get to Larkya La pass, then descend for 4-5 hours losing 1500m to get to Bimthang. You need to wake up early and leave teahouse for today trek as trek is quite challenging. We ascend the moraines of a glacier enjoying the breathtaking views of Himlung(7126m), Cheo, Kang guru(6981m) and the Annapurna II (7937m). After lunch at small teahouseyou will descend to Bimthang where you will get stunning view of huge cefalls and mountains in all directions, Pongkar tal between the pongkar and salpudanda Glaciers.

  • Day 12: Trek to Tilije [2300m, 5 hrs]

    After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards to village of Gho. We will be walking downlhill enjoying the lush forests full of flora and fauna including rhododendron bushes. Initially you will head towards the small Karcher La Pass and then along the dentle paddy fields on the sidewalk, the trail will take you to tilje. Overnight at Teahouse.

  • Day 13: Trek to Tal [1700m, 5 hrs]

    You will move in a stone paved path passing the dudh khola to reach Thojne. After passing through a police checkpost we make our way towards Dharapani from wehre we enter the Annapurna Circuit. We will then head through fields ouuver a clear stream, past houses and more dields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. We will reach our final destination to the Tal Village.

  • Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu [8 hrs]

    You will have breakfast at Tal then you will take a jeep/Bus ride to Besisahar which will take 3-4 hours. From besisahar you will find local vehicle to Kathmandu for every 1 hours (We can arrange private vehicle as your requirement). You will drive along the Prithvi Highway on banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli river, with refreshing views of the hilly areas. After a 6 hours of Bus/Jeep ride we will reach Kathmandu.

    From Besisahar you have another option for a drive to Chitwan or Pokhara and extend your trip. Check our Chitwan Jungle safari and Pokhara package.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Tilije to Kathmandu vai Public bus.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu Special Permit)
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Tilije to Kathmandu.

Cost Disincludes

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-chargefee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • 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 etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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14 days
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Total Amount
USD 1400

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  • Trip Code

    NLT- MCT-14
  • Trip Duration

    14 days
  • Destination

    Kathmandu/ Manasalu/ Larkey Pass
  • Activity

  • Price

    USD 1400
  • Meal

    Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
  • Transportation

  • Accommodation

    Tea Hous/Lodge
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  • Trip Grade

  • Season

    February-June, September-December
  • Altitude

  • Trip Attraction

    A challenging and adventurous trek, better suitable for adventure seekers. You will find this trekking as one of the most satisfying and engaging trekkings. Multiplicity of landscapes, ecosystem and culture within a short distance. Night camping outdoors, at the altitude of 3,000 metres or above.

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