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The Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area and leads to a breathtaking view of the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East, it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants.

This trek usually sees fewer people along its route. It is remote and physically demanding, but also culturally enriching and scenically enchanting.

The circuit takes you from the lowlands of rice and millet terraces through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges on this trek are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away, leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

The Manaslu circuit trek is a visual feast from start to finish. It is suitable for experienced trekkers, and extremely fit individuals.


About the area:

Manaslu is the highest peak in the Gorkha District and is about 64 km (40 mi) east of Annapurna. It is in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. The name Manaslu means “mountain of the spirit” and is derived from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.


Expected Weather: 

  • Chances of Rain/ Hail – Mild drizzles
  • Temperatures- Afternoon upto 20 degrees, Nights around zero degrees

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Check into hotel.
Meet fellow trekkers. Briefing in the evening.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (930 m / 3,051 ft)
Distance: 160 kms; Time: 8 hours
Overnight stay in tea house at Machha Khola

Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,340 m /4,396 ft)
Distance: 20 kms; Trek Time: 8 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Jagat

Day 4: Jagat to Pewa (1,804 m / 5,918 ft)

Distance: 19 kms; Trek Time: 7 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Pewa

5: Pewa to Namrung (2,630 m / 8,628 ft) 
Distance: 18.3 kms; Trek time: 6 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Namrung

Day 6: Namrung to Lho (2,957 m / 9,701 ft) 

Didtance: 10 kms; Trek time: 4 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Lho

Day 7: Lho to Sama Gaun (3.530 m / 11,581 ft) 

Distance: 09 kms; Trek time: 4 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Sama Gaun

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa (4,400m / 14,435 ft)
Distance: 14 kms; Trek time: 7 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Sama Gaun

Day 9: Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,865 m / 12,680 ft)

Distance: 08 kms; Trek time: 4 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Samdo

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Day Trip to Tibet Border (5,000 m / 16,404 ft)
Distance: 3.5 kms; Trek time: 8 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Samdo

Day 11:
 Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460 m / 14,632 ft)
Distance: 11 kms; Trek time: 4 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Dharmasala

Day 12: Dharmasala to Bimthang (3,590 m / 11,778 ft) via Larkya Pass

Distance: 21 kms; Trek time: 10 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Bimthang

Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani (1,970 m / 6,463 ft)

Distance: 18 kms; Trek time: 8 hrs
Overnight stay at tea house in Dharapani

Day 14: Dharapani to Kathmandu 

Drive time: 13 hrs
Trek ends on reaching Kathmandu

Day 15: Buffer day



Day X

Your Plan

Trip Includes:

  • Stay in Kathmandu on Day 1.
  • Accommodation (On twin or triple sharing basis) for the duration of the trek.
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola & from Dharapani to Kathmandu. 
  • All National park entry and forest permit fee.
  • Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent and sleeping bags.
  • Guide and Expertise charges
  • A high altitude medical kit which includes oxygen cylinders, Oxymeters, BP meter and Medicines.

Trip Excludes:

  • 5% GST
  • Stay in Kathmnadu on last day.
  • All meals and drinking water for the entire duration of the trek.(Hot water is payable in Nepal) 
  • Rentals for personal gear (You are expected to get your own personal gear – Refer the things to get)
  • Flight/train till Kathmandu.
  • Buffer day charges.
  • Backpack offloading charges. You are expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service accordingly.
  • Trek insurance (mandatory)

We recommend each trekker take his/her individual travel insurance from India (own country) itself. The travel insurance in Nepal is very expensive. To be on a safer side and for a strong mind set, having an individual travel insurance that covers medical emergencies is recommended specially when one undertakes outdoor expeditions such as trekking and mountaineering.

Yes, If you're flying into Nepal you need a passport to show at the airport in Nepal

Please note, Nepal does not accept Aadhar card or Indian Driving License as a valid identification document. Nepal only accepts Indian Voter's Id as valid identification document.

You can arrive in Kathmandu on day1 till 5 pm (latest) and leave from Kathmandu on last Day (after considering buffer day) by noon (12pm)

We will be staying at tea houses for the entire duration of the trek. Some tea houses will have two-in-a-room accommodation, and as we go higher, due to space constraints, it may be three to four trekkers in one room.

The tea houses will have indian style washrooms on shared basis (no attached washrooms with rooms).

Yes, the tea houses will have electric points to charge your phones and cams. Some tea houses charge for the usage of electric points for charging. This will be an additional cost borne by the trekker.

No, the tea houses will not have heating facilities. For sleeping, the tea houses have blankets which serve well for keeping warm.

Wifi is available in most tea houses. If you want to communicate back home, there is an SAT phone available in tea houses which takes a little bit of extra money to make a phone call back home. Local telephone hardly works on this trek. Nepal Telecom has better coverage than Ncell in the Manaslu region.

Yes. Indian currency in the form of 100 rupee and 500 rupee notes works in Nepal. You will have SBI ATMs in Nepal

On a trek one is expected to carry your own backpack. Trekkers unable to do so can opt for a porterage service accordingly. The charges for this are 1000 INR per day per bag

you will travel 160 km / 99 miles from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola via SotiKhola from Kathmandu. It takes 7 hours by Private Jeep. The journey is an adventure off-road ride. End of the trek, you will be driving 6 hours from Dharapani in a Jeep and Changing it to another Jeep for a 7 hours drive to Kathmandu.

Tea houses will be very basic, with two single beds. Toilets are mostly shared and can be outside of teahouses. Heating is only available in the dining area. Foods are available in teahouses. You will stop in teahouses for lunch during the trek.

Approximately 700NPR for hot water (per day) Approximately 1500NPR-2000NPR - for 3 meals (per day)