Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 19 Days

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best, if not the best trek in all of Nepal. Many guides deem it as their number one favorite trek, which ought to tell you something. It has the charming hillside villages and cultural wonder, sweeping mountain views and an unforgettable high pass. The 19-day package is for lovers of adventure and Himalaya-philes. If you identify with either of those, take on this rugged trail and have the time of your life! Many people compare it to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, often listed among the top trails in the world, but without the crowds and luxuries of the popular Annapurna region.

The epic journey circumnavigates the peak of Manaslu (8156 meters), the 8th tallest peak in the world. Your jaw will drop at the splendor of this mountain wonderland. Traverse the long, steep ridges and glacial valleys that drop from this glorious mountain. 

The trail starts in Arughat and continues along the banks of the pristine Budhi Gandaki River, which guides us up and north for much of the trek. Trek through verdant forests, teeming with life. It is a pleasant feeling to know that other animals, like birds and langurs, are sharing the forest with us. From Namrung, the scenery and culture starts to shift. We enter the upper Nupri area, where people are ethnically Tibetan, and have a much different way of life than those in the lowlands. They follow Tibetan Buddhism. Their chortens and gompas add a pleasant spiritual ambience to the trail.

On Day 14, we ascend the Larkya La Pass at 5100 meters. It is a day that you will never forget. We get an early start to make sure we get the best views and clearest skies. Depending on the time of the year, the pass is typically covered in snow, adding a whole new level of adventure. Become awe-struck by the expansive view of Himalayan peaks. Take some photos to try and remember this moment, while also remaining in the present. The view is unfathomable, you must see it for yourself! 

After the pass, we descend for several days through gorges, forests, and villages to Dharapani. The beauty never ceases of this wonderful trek. By the end of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you might already be planning your next Himalayan adventure! Cool down after the trek with some relaxation time in Kathmandu. Book the Manaslu Circuit Trek today!

Take the Manaslu Circuit Trek all throughout the year. Though the trek is available anytime, certain seasons provide the best weather. In the springtime (March to May), the rhododendrons are blooming and scenery is lush. During autumn (September to November), skies are clearest and mountain views are best. Summer (rainy season) and winter do not provide the best trekking conditions, but on the other hand, you can enjoy more solitude on the trail. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Trip Highlights

  • One of the top treks in Nepal – a guide’s favorite
  • Wide diversity of cultures and landscapes throughout the trail
  • Traverse the high Larkya La Pass (5100 meters) for an unforgettable Himalayan panorama
  • Cross numerous thrilling suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River
  • Unpopulated trail that gives you more solo time and closer interactions with the locals

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Day 03:Take care of permit formalities.
  • Day 04:Drive to Arughat (570m), 7 hours.
  • Day 05:Trek to Machhakhola (930m), 8 hours.
  • Day 06:Trek to Jagat (1370m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 07:Trek to Deng (1860m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 08:Trek to Ghap (2380m), 3-4 hours.
  • Day 09:Trek to Lho (3180m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 10:Trek to Sama (3400m), 3-4 hours.
  • Day 11:Rest Day in Sama.
  • Day 12:Trek to Samdo (3690m), 2-3 hours.
  • Day 13:Trek to Larkye Phedi (Dharamsala) (4480m), 2-3 hours.
  • Day 14:Trek to Bimtang (3720m) via Larkya La Pass (5100m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 15:Rest day in Bimtang.
  • Day 16:Trek to Dharapani (1920m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 18:Relax day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 19:Departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. A representative of Roar Himalaya Adventure heartily welcomes you at Tribhuvan International Airport and takes you to your hotel. Take a rest or wander around the winding streets of Kathmandu. In the evening, we give you the lowdown on your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing.We guide you through the process of getting permits quickly and without any stress. Then, we take you on a full sightseeing tour around Kathmandu’s most famous and beloved heritage sights. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 03:Take care of permit formalities.After spending a day sightseeing, we spend another day acquiring the necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. We need to get a restricted area permit, ACAP permit, MCAP permit, and the TIMS Card. Today also allows you to get more used to the time difference. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 04:Drive to Arughat (570m), 7 hours. We head off early today for Arughat. During the drive, soak in the views and become introduced to the rural way of life with mountain views in the distance. The road from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is paved. Dhading Besi is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), and we can stop for a break here before driving on a bumpy road from Dhading Besi to Arughat. Overnight in guest house.

  • Day 05:Trek to Machhakhola (930m), 8 hours.Today, the foot journey begins. We walk on level trail along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Zig-zagging through terraced fields, numerous villages, and cascading waterfalls, we reach Sotikhola after about 6 hours of walking. Have a rest or snack before crossing the bridge to leave the village. Continue through rich forests, and climb onto a ridge above the flowing Budhi Gandaki. We reach Khursane, where the well-trodden trail reaches two waterfalls along the side of a cliff. Afterwards, trek down via terraced fields to the ethnically Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcropping to a majestic open valley. We hike down to the river and traverse another suspension bridge to reach Machhakhola village. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 06:Trek to Jagat (1370m), 6-7 hours.Have breakfast and start along the narrow trail. A little while after leaving, we cross the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After several more ascents and descents, we come across a small natural hot spring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, and cross the Budhi Gandaki via suspension bridge. At this intersection, we climb on a wide, well-maintained staircase then hike over a ridge to Doban. We descend and once again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Moving to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and reach the village of Jagat. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 07:Trek to Deng (1860m), 6-7 hours.After a filling breakfast, we climb over a rugged ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens as the path proceeds up to Ghatta Khola. We continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail stays even as it moves through millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, desolate gorge. At this point, we descend to some grassy hills, along the Budhi Gandaki, and then trek along the west bank for a while. The valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests along the Deng Khola, which lieads us to the small settlement of Deng. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 08:Trek to Ghap (2380m), 3-4 hours.Today’s journey leads us along the ever-present Budhi Gandaki River. Most of the day we ascend along its guidance. At the end of the day, the trail makes one descent to our destination. Enjoy the sweet landscape and lovely people along today’s journey. Much of the area was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, though it has recovered for the most part. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 09:Trek to Lho (3180m), 5-6 hours.Begin today with a hearty breakfast, full of energy. Trek above the Tum Khola and enter a refreshing forest of fir and rhododendron trees. The sounds of swinging langurs and chirping birds makes for an interesting soundtrack to the day. After about 3 hours, we reach Namrung, a popular place to stay. However, we trek further towards Lho. After Namrung, we enter the upper Nupri area and you will notice a change in the demographic. People here are of Tibetan descent and speak a different language. The views get better and better throughout the day. See peeks of Manaslu, Naike Peak, and more from the village of Sho. After passing some gompas and show-stopping mountain views, we reach Lho. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 10:Trek to Sama (3400m), 3-4 hours.It’s a short, but memorable hike today as we move past gompas, valleys, and small settlements to Sama, also known as Samagaon. Soak in the scenery and love the positive vibes of the Himalaya! Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 11:Rest Day in Sama.Today, take some time to acclimatize and rest your body. Still, though, the adventure does not stop. We can check out the gompa at Pungyen (4070m), check out Manaslu Base Camp (4900m), and more. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 12:Trek to Samdo (3690m), 2-3 hours.Today is a mellow walk filled with exciting landscape. Also, the biodiversity in this area is incredible. Stop halfway for a delicious lunch. Arrive to Samdo in the early afternoon with plenty of time to discover its beauty. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 13:Trek to Larkye Phedi (Dharamsala) (4480m), 2-3 hours.Begin the day after breakfast. Cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin walking higher. After crossing a couple of streams and visiting the massive Larkya Glacier, we walk around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up to Dharamsala, also known as Larkye Phedi. Overnight in teahouselodge.
  • Day 14:Trek to Bimtang (3720m) via Larkya La Pass (5100m), 7-8 hours.Have breakfast and hit the trail. A quick climb takes us to a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier, where we get spectacular views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, and gradually reach the pass. There are excellent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the magnificent Annapurna II peak. It is a long and strenuous day, but being constantly exposed to the amazing scenery distracts us from the difficulty. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 15:Rest day in Bimtang.After the pass, a rest day is well-deserved. Bimtang is a perfect place to spend it. Before many years, Bimtang was a major trading point along the Tibetan salt trade route. There are some awesome day hikes in the area that we can take advantage of. At the end of the day, head back to Bimtang for a delicious dinner. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 16:Trek to Dharapani (1920m), 7-8 hours.Today, the trail exits the Manang area, where the famous Thorong Pass Bridge in between Manang and Mustang lies. Now, we cruise through the lush green area all the way down up to Dharapani. Also, the restricted region of Manaslu ends in Dharapani. Most of the trails lies in a jungle area. Pass through the settlement of Gho and Tilje to reach Dharapani, where we begin to see more trekkers and signs of civilization. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu.The scenic drive back to Kathmandu takes about 7-8 hours by Besi Sahar, though the time flies as we look out at the terraced hills, soaring mountains, and quaint villages along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day as you wish. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 18:Relax day in Kathmandu.Today is yours! Spend the day however you want. If you would like us to arrange activities for you, we can do that as well. Enjoy the cultural richness of Nepal’s capital city. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 19:Departure from Nepal.Before your flight, we take you to the airport to say farewell. We hope you had a blast with us and we appreciate you choosing Roar Himalaya Adventure as your trekking guide! Looking forward to seeing you again.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport transfers before and after trek
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (on Bed & Breakfast basis) as per itinerary
  • Transportation to and from the trailhead as per itinerary
  • Accommodation at local teahouse lodges during the trek
  • All necessary permits
  • Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters
  • Insurance and wage for guide and porters
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • First Aid Kit
  • Service charge and government taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Insurance (must cover rescue evacuation in case of emergency)
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)
  • Personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Trip Fact

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse/Lodge
  • Max Elevation: 5100 meters