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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip code
Package name Manaslu Circuit Trek
Duration 16
Max. elevation 5106 m
Level Moderate
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at
Trip route Kathmandu - Machha Khola - Jagat - Deng - Namrung - Sama Gaon - Samdo - Larke La pass - Gho - Dharapani Village - Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,450 per person



‘around world’s eight highest peaks in the heart of Mt. Manaslu’
Manaslu Circuit Trekking with Himalayan Forever Treks leads you to an exciting adventure, exploring beautiful scenic areas and cultural villages. 
Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a great wonderful walk that leads you from low farm villages to cooler high green hills. The adventure follows the raging Buri-Gandaki River upstream right near its glacial source around Upper Manaslu Valley.
The trek starts after an exciting long drive from Kathmandu, this is one of the best ways to experience; Nepal's rural farm life. The overland journey takes you on the main highway and then diverts towards Nepal Mid-West reaching Gorkha district. Reaching warm low farmland at Maccha-Khola, as the walk begins heading higher green hills to Jagat village. 
The entrance point to the Upper Manaslu region falls within the Restricted Area of Nepal. The upper parts of Manaslu were closed to outside visitors which was opened from 1991 onwards. 
But still, the region controls the flow of trekkers, and a special permit is required to enter the Upper Manaslu from Jagat village. It is also an old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route between Nepal and Tibet. 
Where a caravan of yaks, and mules laden with goods from both sides passed through Manaslu valley. The trade still exists but is smaller than it was in the early days before Tibet was annexed by mainland China. 
The adventure continues following ups and down through interesting farm villages of Philim, Deng, and Namrung. As the walk heads higher amidst beautiful rhododendron and pine tree lines entering high Manaslu valley at Lo-Gaon. Situated beneath the towering North Face of Mt. Manaslu with adjoining snow peaks Sringi and Ganesh Himal in the east direction. 
The trail from lovely Lo-Gaon leads to Sama-Gaon, the main village of Upper Manaslu. Located en route to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp, as well as to the Tibet border and towards our destination at Larke-La Pass. 
At Sama-Gaon is a perfect place for rest and acclimatization days before reaching higher ground towards Larke-La pass. Enjoy a pleasant day at Sama-Gaon exploring the ancient culture of Tibetan Buddhism in the shade of a towering snow mountain range. After Sama-Gaon on the high trail, walking on windswept dry, arid landscapes to Samdo the last village before Dharapani.
The walk continues following a river bed to the base of Larke-La at Dharmasala, the bottom of Larke-La pass. A small settlement having few simple lodges for an overnight stop before the big climb to Larke-La.
Truly a dramatic location surrounded by towering Larke Peak, Cheo, Ngadi Chuli with Nemjung and Kang Guru Peaks. Next, early morning start a steep climb close to Larke glacier and moraine, the long undulating uphill reaches Larke-La pass.
Stand on the tallest point of the adventure at above 5,106 m high, facing an outstanding and incredible mountain panorama. Encircled by giant snow peaks of Manaslu Himal with Annapurna, Larke peak, and Cheo Himal as far towards Ganesh Himal. After a strenuous tough climb, a long descent takes you to the Manang area at Bhimthang amidst beautiful coniferous woods.   
The last and final day trek of the adventure takes you downhill to nice Dharapani village, located on a motorable road. Which is also on the route of the famous and popular Annapurna Circuit treks, Dharapani for overnight halt. The next early morning taking a drive back to Kathmandu following the winding dirt tracks to Bhesisar town. From here on the main highway to Kathmandu, after a most memorable adventure and great experience on Manaslu Circuit Treks.

Off-Beaten Restricted Trekking Trail in Nepal

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, a hidden jewel in the realm of Nepalese trekking, takes pride in being an off-beaten and restricted trail. Far from the bustling routes of Everest and Annapurna, this trek immerses adventurers in serene landscapes and cultural riches less explored. The trail's remoteness ensures an intimate connection with nature and a unique cultural experience unaltered by mass tourism.

Daring & Enchanting Larkya La Pass (5106 m)

At the heart of the Manaslu Circuit Trek lies the exhilarating Larkya La Pass, standing tall at 5106 meters. This challenging ascent and descent offer more than a physical test; it presents a canvas of awe-inspiring beauty. Trekkers conquer heights while capturing the enchanting panoramas of Manaslu, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal, creating memories etched in the grandeur of the Himalayan landscape.

Alternative Treks Around the Manaslu Region

Beyond the iconic Manaslu Circuit, the region offers alternative treks that beckon the curious explorer. The Tsum Valley, with its rich cultural tapestry, and the Ganesh Himal trek, showcasing a different facet of the Himalayas, provide diversity in experiences. These alternative routes promise varying landscapes, cultural encounters, and a more profound connection with the region.

Why Trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The allure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek lies in its harmonious blend of nature and culture. Trekkers traverse through untouched landscapes, from verdant forests to arid terrains, witnessing the diverse ecosystems that define the region. Coupled with cultural encounters in remote villages, this trek offers an immersive experience that transcends the ordinary.

Ready to Start Planning Your Manaslu Circuit Trek?

For those poised to embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, meticulous planning is the first step. From selecting the ideal season to assembling the necessary gear, preparation is key. As you ready yourself for this adventure, anticipation builds for the myriad experiences that await along the trail.

Getting to the Trailhead

The odyssey of the Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with the journey to its trailhead. Typically initiated from Kathmandu, trekkers traverse through captivating landscapes, rural villages, and winding roads to reach the starting point at Arughat or Sotikhola. This initial leg of the journey sets the stage for the adventure that unfolds in the Himalayan wilderness.

Required Permits

Access to the Manaslu Circuit requires securing essential permits. Trekkers must obtain the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. Beyond regulatory compliance, these permits contribute to local conservation efforts and community development. Planning ahead ensures a seamless acquisition of these permits through authorized channels.

Accommodations during the Trek

Accommodations along the Manaslu Circuit Trek offer a blend of comfort and cultural immersion. From charming teahouses in remote villages to well-equipped lodges in trekking hubs, trekkers find solace amidst nature's grandeur. Each night's stay becomes an integral part of the journey, providing a warm and welcoming respite after a day of trekking.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not merely a journey; it's an odyssey that unveils the distinctive beauty of Nepal's Himalayas. With its off-beaten trails, daring mountain passes, and alternative trek options, this trek promises an unforgettable adventure for those seeking an authentic connection with nature and culture.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge. 

Day 2 : In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swyambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history.  A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for Manaslu Circuit trek.

1. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Nestled within the bustling streets of the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square stands as a living museum of Nepal's royal history. As the former royal palace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an array of palaces, courtyards, and intricately carved temples. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Hindu and Nepalese artistry, with pagoda-style structures, ornate windows, and detailed wooden carvings that showcase the country's cultural diversity. Visitors can explore the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (the Living Goddess's residence), and numerous shrines that bear witness to the city's royal past. The vibrant atmosphere, with street vendors, local artisans, and traditional performances, immerses visitors in the authentic charm of Kathmandu.

2. Pashupatinath Temple:

A short distance from Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple emerges as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines globally, nestled along the banks of the Bagmati River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO-listed site draws pilgrims and tourists alike with its spiritual aura and stunning architecture. The temple complex encompasses a series of shrines, ghats, and courtyards, each contributing to the religious ambiance. The main temple, adorned with silver and gold, features intricate carvings that narrate Hindu mythology. Visitors can witness the solemnity of cremation ceremonies along the riverbank, a profound experience that underscores the cycle of life and death in Hindu tradition.

3. Boudhanath Stupa:

A beacon of Buddhism in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa is an imposing structure that commands attention with its colossal mandala. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it serves as a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The stupa's whitewashed dome is adorned with prayer flags, while the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha gaze serenely in all four cardinal directions. Pilgrims and visitors alike circumambulate the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and chanting mantras, creating a rhythmic and meditative atmosphere. The surrounding area is dotted with monasteries, shops selling traditional Tibetan artifacts, and rooftop cafes that offer panoramic views of the stupa and its vibrant surroundings.

Day 3 : Drive to Machha Khola 900 m / 2,952 feet approx. 07 hours.

An interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-Western Nepal, the drive leads on the main highway for some hours. Then our route diverts heading towards Gorkha district, reaching the mid-hills and down to low warm farm country.

After an exciting journey reaching Arughat town and then on dirt tracks to Machha Khola for overnight stop. A small farm village slowly turning into a town due to the construction of motorable road.

Day 4 : Trek to Jagat 1,340 m -06 hours.

After a long drive from Kathmandu, having a pleasant overnight in a nice local lodge at Machha Khola farm village. A long day walk but interesting, after breakfast, start the first day trek heading north. Follow the Buri-Gandaki River for some hours, as the trail leads through spread-out farm villages. Entering a serene forest of Sal and pine trees to a small settlement of Tatopani, a place with natural hot-spring. Having short refreshing break continue walk past Khorla Besi village.

The trail leads on steep uphill for few hour, reaching Jagat a nice large village with mixed race of hill tribes. Check into a nice lodge for overnight stop after a long days walk, with time to browse and observe the village life. The villagers of both Hindu and Buddhism religions and cultures.

Day 5 : Trek to Deng 1,860 m via Philim village-06 hours.

From Jagat morning walk follows to a short climb into a forest of pines trees and bamboo grooves. As trail heads higher air gets cooler facing lovely scenery of landscapes, then reach another lovely farm village at Philim.

A possible lunch stop time permitting, from Philim on the high trail overlooking grand views of beautiful green hills. After few hours of steady walk reaching our overnight halt at Deng, a small farm village with nice simple lodges.

Day 6 : Trek to Namrung 2, 900 m-05 hours.

Enjoy the morning walks on leaving Deng, from here onwards with strong Buddhism religion. As you can notice every houses adorned with prayer flags with Mani stone walls. The trail leads to a climb and down to a tributary stream of Buri-Gandaki River. From the river side head for a steep climb within forest of pines and rhododendron trees. The altitude gains gradually as walk leads to Namrung for overnight halt in the comfort of nice lodge. Namrung a moderate size village, with views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range of peaks. 

Day 7 : Trek to Lo-Gaon 3, 180 m-05 hours.

After an enjoyable overnight stop at Namrung village, start the morning with steep climb into dense forested trail above Buri-Gandaki River.  The walk follows short down with more ups and on winding path past few small settlements with shops smaller tea-houses. Slowly the day completes reaching a nice village at Lo-Gaon, offers many good lodges. Located beneath majestic North Face of Mt. Manaslu facing views of Sringi and Boudha Himal.  A charming village to explore with an old monastery of great cultural, religious Interest worth a visit. 

Day 8 : Trek to Sama-Gaon 3, 500 m /11, 480 feet-06 hours.

From Lo-Gaon onwards enter the scenic Upper Manaslu valley, the trail follows through several smaller settlements. Walking past summer camp of cattle herder beneath the mighty Mt. Manaslu and adjoining peaks. The walk is pleasant with slow rise in altitude, overlooking fabulous views of peaks on both side of the valley. The trek continues on gradual ups to Sama-Gaon, a lovely large village with nice lodges for overnights stops.

Sama Gaon the major village around Upper Manaslu, the main route to Manaslu base camp. As well to the border of Tibet and towards Dharmasala and Larke-La Pass.

Day 9 : At Sama-Gaon rest day for acclimatization and excursion.

At Sama-Gaon rest day for acclimatization before heading towards our final highlight of the adventure. A perfect place and altitude to have leisure time for short hike to view-points. Enjoy a short day hike on route to Manaslu base camp where beautiful glacial pond called Birendra Tal situated. Rest of the day explore the village of immense Buddhism culture.

Day 10 : Trek to Samdo 3,690 m -05 hours.

After a pleasant rest day at Sama-Gaon, leaving the lovely village on windswept high terrain. Walk leads to Samdo the last village of Gorkha and Manaslu valley,the trail follows on gradual ups. Enjoy the grand beautiful views of snow-clad peaks, as walk continues, a short steep climb leads to Samdo village.Located on a wide small plateau, a moderate size settlement of more than forty houses for near two hundred inhabitants.

Day 11 : Trek to Dharmasala 4, 450 m /14, 596 feet-04 hours.

Morning, on leaving the last Samdo village of Gorkha and Upper Manaslu valley, walk leads on a wide river valley. Overlooking views of giant snow peaks with Mt. Manaslu also called Kutang in native language of Tibetan origin language.

The trail follows to cross few streams and then reaching Dharmasala or Larke Phedi. Which means the base of a hill or pass, the name Dharmasala for rest house or shelter for travelers. After checking into simple room, having lunch afternoon free for short walk, and preparations for early morning climb to cross Larke-La pass towards Manang areas.

Day 12 : Trek to Bhimphedi 3, 590 m via Larke-La Pass 5,106 m -08 hours.

Start the day, early morning having breakfast, and carrying packed lunch for the long hours. From Larke Phedi the path leads to steep climb over moraine of rocks and boulders, following north of Larke glacier. Facing view of Cho Danda and Larke Peak.

Slowly the undulating climb reaches on top of Larke-La Pass, the highest point of the adventure. The pass is festooned with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags and rock cairns as a marker of Larke-La top. Although a strenuous climb rewards you with glorious morning views of surrounding Himalayan range. Includes views of Larke Peak, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna-II includes all of Manaslu Himal range.

From the top enter the Manang district, a long descend past a small settlement of Tambuche. Finally the downhill ends reaching the bottom of Larke-La other side base at 3,900 m. From the bottom few hour walk brings you at Bhimphedi also called Bhimthang for overnight stop after a long day walks.

Bhimthang a lovely spot, amidst a green wide meadow surrounded by tall trees of rhododendron-pines and oaks. This nice settlement provides good lodges and food menu to enjoy after a vigorous walks of the day.

Day 13 : Trek to Gho 2,535 m- 04 hrs.

From Bhimphedi or Bhimthang, a short and pleasant day walk heading downhill as altitude get lower. The trail leads into dense tree lines with few small climb but more or less downhill to reach Gho for overnight stop. Gho a small settlement with few nice lodges, situated in the midst of lovely woodland.

Day 14 : Trek to Dharapani village 1,820 m -05 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight halt at Gho, enjoy the last day trek of the adventure, heading down to Dharapani village. An exciting leisure walk to Tilje, a nice village, located on the shelf of Marsyangdi River. At Tilje for refreshing break or for lunch stop, from Tilje a short climb to cross a bridge towards Dharapani.

Enjoy the last overnight stop at Dharapani village, located on motorable road Which is also on route of famous and popular Annapurna Circuit trek. At Dharapani transfer into a nice lodge, the accommodation are much better standard than other previous overnights.

Day 15 : Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel -08 hour’s journey.

Start early morning for a long interesting drive to Kathmandu, an exciting journey following the Marsyangdi River downstream. Reaching low warm farm villages of Syange and Bulbule to Bhesisar a big town, headquarter of Lamjung district.

From here either transfer to another vehicles or carry on chartered four-wheel drive, heading on the good highway. As drive follows through several town and villages, then uphill to enter the Kathmandu valley and city area. 

Finally the long drive ends reaching Kathmandu and back to your hotel by evening or late afternoon.

Day 16 : International departure for homeward bound.L

Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.


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