Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu circuit trek 17 Days US$1250

About Manaslu circuit trek Nepal

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great way to explore the beauty of Himalayas. It offers breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes and a chance to explore the unspoiled culture and lifestyle of the region’s ethnic communities. Around Manaslu Trek takes you on a 177 kilometer (110 miles) journey through the Manaslu Conservation Area start from soti khola. trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River and climbs up through subtropical forests, terraced fields, and rugged gorges to reach the remote Larkya La Pass.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous, high-altitude trek that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging but rewarding adventure that takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes and cultures in Nepal. It’s a great alternative to the more crowded Annapurna and Everest regions, offering a true wilderness experience. If you’re up for the challenge, this trek will surely leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Fact


Manaslu, Nepal


17 Days


Moderate to fairly challenging

Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

Larkya la 5160 meters / 16, 924 feet

Best time

Autumn and Spring season


Trekking & Sightseeing


Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Drive & Trekking

Start from

Kathmandu to Sotikhola

End at

Tal to Kathmandu

Manaslu circuit trek overview

Gorkha, Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal is the combination of sensual Himalayan panoramas, enchanting cultures, luxuriant biological diversity, and vivid geographical set up. It is best and finest way to explore the hidden mystical natural and cultural possession of one of the most celebrated Manaslu trekking region of Nepal. Manaslu circuit trail unfolds the dramatic profile of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 meters / 26,781 feet, the eighth highest mountain of the world.

The trail is most often off the beaten and genuinely adventurous alternative of Annapurna circuit. Opened since 1991 for trekking, the Manaslu circuit trek has been growing tremendously popular among the trekking fanatics for the excitement and adventure it boasts.Around Manaslu Larkya pass trek or Manaslu circuit trekking via Larkya La

Is Manaslu circuit trek route right for you?

Being a restricted region independent trekking is not allowed. This trek requires special permit from the authorized government body. Travelers have to have a guide, support staff & permit to go throw local trekking agency Nepal.

After road construction manaslu trek commences from Machha Khola in Gorkha district to plunge you into the remote and alpine wilderness of the region. As you ascend up along the Budhigandaki River, the unspoiled and verdant landscapes unfold in front of your eyes.

The green meadows, aquamarine glaciers lakes, rich biodiversity, and spectacular views welcome you during this journey. You will also have an opportunity to explore the beautiful valleys of Gandaki and Marsyangdi, relish the adventure on Annapurna trail, and take up the challenge of Larke pass.

The splendid panorama of mountains like Himal Chuli, Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna and possibly other ornaments the trail to make it more rewarding and gratifying. The trail is largely dotted with monasteries, Chhortens, and Mani walls that stand as the representation of Buddhist religion of the region.

The details of the itinerary to Manaslu trek Nepal have been outlined in the section below. However, we are open to make any necessary changes to it as per your request. We are dedicated to make your travel, with us, one of the most rewarding and memorable moments of life. So, please contact us for booking and any information on Around Manaslu circuit trek guide. Manaslu trekking route is a controlled for foreign, not allowed trekking without guide and need to book through the local trekking agency Nepal.

The Manaslu Circuit trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offers a unique opportunity to witness the Himalayan wilderness, stunning views, culture and lifestyle. Mount Manaslu circuit trekking via larke pass Nepal provides an opportunity to discover hidden Shangri-La of high Himalayan region.

Manaslu circuit trek highlights

  • Enjoy the glimpse of Mount Manaslu 8163 meters / 26781 feet the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
  • Explore the unique culture and lifestyle of Manaslu region, feel the challenge on a thrilling Manaslu circuit route.
  • Wander through ancient Buddhist monasteries, Chorten, Mani stones, prayers flags and age old villages.
  • Hiking in a less-crowded walking trail of Manaslu region compared to other popular treks in Nepal.
  • Get the peaceful and authentic travel experience in Manaslu conservation area of the Himalayas.
  • Experience challenging hiking in diverse terrain, like steep ascents and descents, suspension bridges, and rocky paths.
  • Visit diverse flora and fauna, including snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, and blue sheep etc.
  • Traverse through exotic Larkya la pass 5,106 meters enjoy mesmerizing views of Annapurna and Manaslu range.

Manaslu circuit trek itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

After arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA) Nepal, our representative will welcome you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.

Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

After breakfast guide take you to Swayambhunath stupa, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square for sightseeing. Kathmandu city has rich cultural and historical heritage. it offers many opportunities for sightseeing and exploration. Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu covers most popular travel spots like famous Temple, stupa, monasteries, people and culture of Nepal. After exploring major sights of Kathmandu, we will drive back to Hotel and discuss about upcoming programs. You spent rest of the time for gear shopping, packaging, exploring streets of Thamel and try local cuisine.

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Today we will transfer you to airport 3 hours before scheduled flight to depart from Kathmandu or back home after amazing trip to Himalayas. “Have a safe journey! hope to see you again in future”

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arkhet bazaar trek start point
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Tea houses accommodation during Manaslu trekking period
  • Professional English speaking guide trained by government of Nepal
  • Experience trekking staffs (2 guest = 1 porter basic) to carry your backpack
  • All necessary paperwork, special permits, TIMS and local taxes
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require
  • Private transportation from Tal to Kathmandu after Manaslu trek
  • Drop you to airport by private vehicle to depart Nepal


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Hotel, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Where is Manaslu located?

Mount Manaslu located in Mansiri range of Himalayas in Gorkha district of Nepal, near the border of Tibet. Mt. Manaslu 8,163 meters / 26,781 feet above sea level is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The first summit of Mount Manaslu was made in May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. Mount Manaslu known as Kutang also. Manaslu trekking region is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering decorated with stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity. It covers the sub-tropical foothills of Himalayas to the arid Trans-Himalayan high meadows bordering with Tibet of China. It is not easy to reach the mount manaslu and its base camp but worthy to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

How to go to Manaslu Nepal?

The main way to go to Manaslu Nepal is by driving to Soti Khola then hiking to Mount Manaslu base camp Nepal. It takes about 6 hours by jeep and about 8-9 hours by local bus to reach Machha Khola (trek start point). After Machha Khola, all you need to trek for 6- 8 days to reach the Larkya La Pass 5,106 meters/16,752 feet the highest point of Manaslu trek Nepal. Whether you are mountaineer or trekking enthusiast, the view of majestic mountain and its surrounding landscapes will leave you in awe.

Why Manaslu circuit trek Nepal?

Manaslu trek is to see the eighth highest mountain in the world its nearby scenery. Manaslu circuit trekking trail is a clockwise loop that pass through a variety of landscapes, including forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife and stunning scenery high mountain pass Larkya La. Another reasons to embark on Manaslu circuit journey are Cultural Diversity, off the be Beaten path of Himalayas.

How much is Manaslu circuit trek package cost?

Average cost of Manaslu circuit trek package start from US$ 1000 to 2500per person. It depends on various factors like service quality, accommodation, transportation, guide, porters, permit and trip duration. This trek allows you to experience a more pristine and authentic side of Nepal without the hustle and bustle of more touristy area.

How difficult is Manaslu circuit trek?

Manaslu circuit trek is one of the moderately challenging route of Himalayas. The highest point that trekkers reach during trek is Larkya La pass at 5,106 meters / 16,752 feet above the sea level. Manaslu region is less developed, so there are fewer villages and amenities along the way. We advise all travelers to prepared for all types of weather conditions and elevation gain.  Information about Manaslu circuit trek difficulty level, itinerary and cost helps all trekkers to plan their trip by budget.

How long does it take to do Manaslu circuit trek?

Typically, Manaslu Circuit trek takes minimum 12 to maximum 16 days to complete including trekking and rest days for acclimatization. The first few days of the trek are relatively easy, but the difficulty gradually increases as you get closer to the Larkya La Pass. After crossing the pass, the trek descends to the village of Bhimtang and Dharapani to Kathmandu.

Which season is best for Manaslu circuit trekking?

The best season for Manaslu circuit trek are autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May). During this months, the weather is mild and sunny, with clear skies and stunning views of mountains. Enjoy the stunning scenery and the unique culture of the Manaslu region!

What permits are required for Manaslu circuit trek?

Restricted area permits “RAP”, Manaslu conservation area permit “MCAP” and Annapurna conservation area permit “ACAP” are three essential permits to go for Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal.

Where does Manaslu circuit trek start?

After road construction Manaslu circuit trek start from Machha khola a small village of Gorkha District in Nepal. From there trek follows the Budhi Gandaki river valley crossing through several villages, waterfalls, pine forests, alpine meadows and glaciers.

Is it possible to do Manaslu circuit trek without guide?

Manaslu region is a restricted area of Nepal, in this way not possible to trek without a guide. All trekkers must be escorted by a licensed guide and organize trip through reputed trekking agency in Nepal. Guide and support staff ensure safe and enjoyable experience in Himalayas.

What is the total distance of Manaslu circuit trek Nepal?

Manaslu circuit trek distance depends on trek stare and ending points or as per itinerary. Total distance of regular manaslu circuit trek is 165 kilometers from Machha khola to Dharapani.

How much is Manaslu circuit trek permit fees?

Nepal government declared two types of fee to visit the restricted manaslu region of Himalayas. From the September to November USD 100 per person / week and USD 15 per person / per day beyond 1 week.
From the month of December to August USD 75 per person / week and USD 10 per person / per day from the 8th day onwards.
Manaslu conservation area fee NPR 3000 per person per entry.
Annapurna conservation area fee NPR 3000 per person per entry.

What is the highest point of Manaslu trip?

The highest point of Manaslu circuit trek is Larkya La Pass situates at an elevation of 5,106 meters / 16,752 feet above sea level.

Is Manaslu trek harder than Everest trek?

Difficulty of Manaslu circuit trek or Everest base camp trek will depend on the individual’s fitness level, experience and acclimatization ability. Manaslu trek is harder because of its higher altitude, steeper terrain, and extreme weather conditions but success rate is higher than Everest. However, Everest base camp trek is also a challenging hike. It is important to be well-prepared for both treks in Nepal Himalayas.

Is it possible to do Manaslu circuit trek solo?

No, Nepalese government has prohibited the Manaslu circuit trek solo. Because of its isolation, safety reason, to preserve the local culture and environment of restricted area. We advise all travelers to book trip through reputed agency and travel with the support of guide and support staff to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

How much is Manaslu conservation fee?

Manaslu Conservation Area entry fee is NPR 3000 per person per entry. beside that travelers need to obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Permit also, (ACAP) permit fee is NPR 3,000 per person per entry.

How much is the permit for Manaslu and Tsum valley trek?

Manaslu circuit trek permit fee depends on the season. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) fee during the peak season (September to November) is US$100 per person for first week and US$15 for each additional day after one week.
During the off-season (December to August), Manaslu restricted area permit fee is US$ 75 per person for first week and US$10 for each additional day beyond 1 week.

Why is Manaslu so popular?

Manaslu region is a popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers to discover Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Beside that less crowded trails, natural beauty, diverse cultures, Buddhist monuments, flora and wildlife attract the attention of travelers.

What is food and accommodation like on Manaslu circuit trek?

Manaslu circuit trek takes travelers very close to Mount Manaslu 8,163 meters’ peak, the eighth-highest mountain in the world and its base camp. Tea house facility available in Manasalu trekking route. Most of the tea houses in this route offer verity of Nepali and western foods for travelers. The food on the Manaslu Circuit trek is simple but fresh and nutritious. Local family run lodges provide neat and clean bed room with foam pad, pellow and blanket as well as a common dining area. Note that the quality and variety of food can vary from lodge to lodge.

Some tea house provides private room with attach bathroom but most of the teahouse of high elevation provide private room with common bathroom in very reasonable price. It is highly recommended to bring your own sleeping bag to iensure that you stay warm enough at night. Each tea house has one large communal hall with a wood / cow dung burning stove at the center to warm up the dining room. Where one can spend quality time, relax, meet other trekkers, share feelings, and sip tea or coffee in the evening.

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Erving Walker

August 22, 2023

An epic Manaslu adventure, crossing Larkya La Pass

I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on the Manaslu circuit trek. It’s not just a physical journey; it’s a soul-stirring experience that connects us to nature, culture, and our own inner strength. Our professional guide Sagar takes us through charming villages inhabited by various ethnic groups, each with its own distinct customs and traditions. He described us about the Manaslu circuit trekking route, terrain, culture, safety measure, people, culture and lifestyle nicely.
Our Manaslu trek expedition starts from Soti khola following Budhi Gandaki River. As the trek gradually ascends, the landscapes transform dramatically, leading to encounters with lush forests, roaring rivers, and charming settlements. Final ascends to cross Larkya La Pass 5,106 meters / 16,752 feet, which offers stunning views of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and more. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a truly unforgettable experience.

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