Himalayan Forever

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Best Price
17 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge / Tea House during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Machha Khola - Jagat - Deng - Namrung - Sama Gaon - Samdo - Larke La pass - Gho - Dharapani Village - Kathmandu


    • An exciting country walks with boundless beautiful scenery of towering peaks.
    • Explore the high Manaslu villages adorned with impressive heritage cultures.
    • Following Buri-Gandaki River upstream to its glacial source near at Mt. Manaslu.    
    • From low sub-tropical to cooler green hills and towards arctic zone at Larke-LaA
    • adventure from one scenic valley of Manaslu to another beautiful Manang areas.


‘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.

Important Note

Mode of Trekking: In the best available Lodges and Guest-Houses on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous with steep ups and downhill.
Area of Trekking: Far North Mid-West, from Gorkha to Manang districts.
Highest points: On top Larke-La Pass 5,106 m /16,752 feet high.                                           
People and culture: Populated by high Manaslu native with Gurung and Manang tribes of strong Tibetan origin, interwoven to Buddhism religion and cultures.
Trekking duration: 12 Nights and 13 Days (with drives both ways).
Total Trip: 16 Nights / 17 Days from arrival to main departures.
Best Seasons: The best seasons are spring and autumn/fall, the springtime begins from March to May, and autumn from September to November. 
The best time is late spring from April and May when the days a fine, and clear for views and pleasant walks. Enough sunlight hours, however, can get cloudy in the late afternoon, with chances of rain and snow sometimes. Higher above from Deng till Dharapani villages, morning and late afternoon, including night time, will be cold.
The next best season is autumn/fall from September to October when days are crystal clear with full of sunshine. But shorter days hours due to autumn and sunlight hours, much cold morning and night time. Expect snowfall sometime around the higher region, November is good but most villagers migrate to low warm areas to escape the winter cold. Most lodges will be closed for winter from November onwards till mid-March around the high / peak trekking season.

Trip Itinerary

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We have reserved a free day in Kathmandu, where all can relax and enjoy leisure activities. Interested people can join in for exciting sightseeing tour of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur cities, worth a visit.

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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    • All Arrival and Departures transportation on private coach, car as group size from airport to hotel and vice-versa.
    • 3*** (Three Star) Hotels in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast basis. 
    • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with all entrance fees at places of interest, led by expert tour / city guide on private vehicles.
    • Private vehicles to the starting point of trek as well on the way back to Kathmandu, after the trek from Dharapani village.
    • Applicable special permits for Upper Manaslu Restricted Area with MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area) and ACAP entrance fees. (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) on reaching Manang area.
    • Full board on trekking includes accommodation on best available lodges, Includes meals, breakfast-lunch and dinner with after refreshment tea / coffee. 
    • Services of expert guide, porters and trekking staff with daily wages, food and accommodation and medical insurance.
    • Welcome or Farewell dinner before or after the treks.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa, personal Travel and Medical Insurance.
    • Expenses of personal nature, hard / soft drinks, laundry services and gratitude or tipping for driver and trekking staff, porters.
    • Extra snacks and refreshment during trekking, as well for safe drinking water.
    • Personal Trekking gear, including sleeping bags and Down Jackets.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required by fastest means of transportation like using Helicopter Service.
    • Early return from the trek due to personal or medical reasons, have to borne self-expenses. No refund is entertained. Should claim through your insurance, as well for accompanying guide or staff.
    • Using hot showers, charging electronic items on overnight lodges or at lunch time where available.

Extra Ordinary Management

I recently travel in Nepal. I spent two weeks with Himalayan Forever Treks Guide Gakul It was amazing trip with Gakul he has been working many years experience with local nature and culture and best trekking route. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and customer service was above the beyond, owner Prakash was providing extraordinary service.operational management was stunning.

Krishna B

Wonderful Experience

I and my friends had gone to trek to Manaslu. And we can surely tell that this trek was one of the best treks of our lives. The company’s owner was also very friendly and welcoming. He really made our trip an unforgettable one.


Thank you to the entire team for an unforgettable experience!

I recently completed the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Himalayan Forever Treks and it was an absolutely incredible experience. From start to finish, the team at Himalayan Forever Treks went above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of the trek was seamless and enjoyable. The communication before the trek was excellent, and the team was always available to answer any questions and provide guidance. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we were greeted warmly by our guide and provided with a thorough briefing on the trek. Throughout the trek, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. He provided insightful information about the culture and history of the region, and ensured that we were comfortable and safe at all times. The porters were also fantastic - always cheerful, friendly and incredibly hardworking. The accommodations and meals provided by Himalayan Forever Treks were excellent, even in the remote areas of the trek. We were impressed with the variety and quality of the food, and the accommodations were always clean and comfortable. Overall, I highly recommend Himalayan Forever Treks for anyone looking to do a trek in Nepal. The level of professionalism, expertise, and personal attention that they provide is second to none. Thank you to the entire team for an unforgettable experience!

John Adams
United States

A Majestic Journey Manaslu Trek with Himalayan Forever Treks!

My experience with Himalayan Forever Treks on the Manaslu Trek was truly extraordinary! From start to finish, they exceeded my expectations. The knowledgeable guides ensured our safety and shared captivating stories about the region. The breathtaking landscapes, serene villages, and towering peaks left me in awe. The well-organized itinerary, comfortable accommodations, and delicious meals made the trek even more enjoyable. I highly recommend Himalayan Forever Treks for an unforgettable Himalayan adventure!

Ellie Parker

Incredible Trekking Adventure

I recently completed the Manaslu Trek, it was our first trekking trip with Himalayan Forever Treks and it was truly unforgettable! From start to finish, the team's professionalism and expertise were evident. Manaslu Trek has amazing landscapes and breathtaking views, challenging trails, and warm hospitality made this journey an absolute delight. Special thanks to our knowledgeable guide Gakul who ensured our safety and comfort throughout. Highly recommend Himalayan Forever Treks for an incredible Trekking adventure!

Shri I
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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending upon the starting point of the trek till the end at Dharapani village, from Machha-Khola. Covering the walking distance approx. 160 k.m. / 100 miles, average 5-6 hours of walks with a distance of more than 10-12 k.m. per day.

Not counting the rest day at Sama-Gaon and side hike or excursion, the longest walks is from Machha-Khola to Jagat about 15 k.m. The other long walks is from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi or Bhimthang crossing over Larke-La approx. 18 k.m. 

The trek overall is not too tough or difficult, the trail is well defined leading to strenuous ups facing with great views. The rise in altitude makes the walk tiring and tough. But taking slowly and having rest will overcome the difficultness as well stopping to enjoy the surrounding views.

For several reasons the Upper Manaslu from Jagat village onwards (Day 04) remains as restricted area. Due to its close border with Tibet-China, the other reason is to preserve its pristine country with limited number of trekkers.Where individual / solo trekkers are not allowed has to travel with minimum of 2-3 pax, using the service of a Government Registrated guide and porters.

Every villages and settlements have hydroelectricity or solar power, where trekkers can charge electronic items. A fee is charged for each gadgets as per hour basis, the price differs from one place to another.

Manaslu region is slowly gaining popular, every villages offers best lodge accommodation. Only at Dharmasala the lodge accommodation are simple and basic, with common bath and toilets.

But all lodges restaurants provides comprehensive food menu to choose from, with options for overnight accommodations from budget, moderate to standard rooms. Trekkers can enjoy having rooms with attached bath / toilets, or using common bathe and toilets around big villages and at Dharapani village. 

Foods are served in a large warm dining room, the foods served as per the menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali. Some lodge restaurants also serves fresh homemade bakeries products.

The most famous and popular is Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled or steam rice, served with various lentil soups, vegetable or meat mild curry, includes pickles of choice).

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