Govt. Regd. No: 62248/065/066

Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost includes / excludes


Despite several world famous circuit treks like the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek located in Lamjung district of Nepal is widely considered as one of the most difficult and challenging treks in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit Trek rewards the adventure-seekers with some unparalleled experience of the mountain climbing. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a perfect combination of the rich cultural heritage in the region with the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Himalayan Range. The trekkers can also bear witness of the fascinating Tibetan culture that is still prevalent in the Manaslu region. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8156 meters. It is located along the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is believed that the word Manaslu was derived from thesanskrit word Manasa which means ‘soul’ or ‘intellect’. Hence, Mount Manaslu is also commonly known as the ‘Mountain of the Spirit’. 

Trekking along the Manaslu region is one of the most delightful adventures you can imagine. Manaslu Circuit Trek brings along with it the great opportunity to surpass the traditional villages, past the rivers and tress, past the local people and finally behold the greatest of the views of the Himalayan Mountain Range from a very close distance. The trek might be quite demanding at times as it is physically challenging and strenuous. However, as real excitement lies in challenging situations and conditions, foreign trekkers do not want to miss out on the opportunity of exploring Manaslu region. The real excitement of the trek comes when you reach the Larkya La Pass via the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a challenging trek that requires good physical fitness, stamina and also mental strength.

Manaslu Circuit Trek usually begins from Arughat, a small town in Gorkha district, and ends at Dharapani in the Annapurna region. The Manaslu trek offers a unique but also challenging opportunity to explore the pristine and untouched beauty of Nepal. 

Itinerary outline

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu 

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (700m)

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (815m)

Day 05: Trek to Machhikhola (930m)

Day 06: Trek to Yaru Khola (1330m)

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1590m)

Day 08: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m)

Day 09: Trek to Namrung (2660m)

Day 10: Trek to Sama Gompa (3530m)

Day 11: Rest day in Samagaon 

Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3690m)

Day 13: Trek to Dharmashala (4470m)

Day 14: Trek to Larkya-La Pass (5213m) and down to Bhimtang (3750m)

Day 15: Trek to Tilije (2310m)

Day 16: Trek toTal (1700m)

Day 17: Trek to Syange (1175m)

Day 18: Trek to Bhul Bula (825m)

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"

(We encourage you to extend your views in case if you want to change the itinerary)


Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives and team members will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon your arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Trek preparation and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (700m) 8 hrs 
On the third morning, you will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. First you will be driving until Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, you will be travelling until Arughat for another 4 hours of drive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Arughat.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (815m) 4 hrs
A couple of hours drive further from Arughat and a few hours trek leads us to Soti Khola, a small town located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.

Day 05: Trek to Machhikhola (930 meters) 5 hrs 
On the fourth day, we will be doing mild climbing from Soti Khola. The trail is comfortable and a five hours trek along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki River and across several forests takes us to Machha Khola where we will be staying for the night at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Yaru Khola (1330 meters) 6 hrs 
After crossing Machha Khola, we come across a hot-water spring called ‘Tatopani’. Many trekkers take a dip at Tatopani as it helps to relax the body. Nepali people believe that taking a dip at Tatopani helps in curing several skin-related problems. The trail follows along a dense forest area Tatopani while the raging Budhi Gandaki River still keeps our company. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1590m) 4 hrs 
On the sixth day, we trek for a relatively short period of time. Around four hours of trek past the great looking valleys and the rivers takes us to a wonderful small village called Philim. Also during the way, we come across several suspension bridges that offer great view of the adjoining ambience. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Bihi Phedi (2130m) 5 hrs 
The trail now is undulating with occasional rise and falls. Spectacular waterfalls greet you on the way, so do more suspension bridges. Before reaching Bihi Phedi, we pass the beautiful Eklebhatti village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Namrung (2660m) 5 hrs 
We pass several Gurung settlement areas and valleys on day eight as we move up the fascinating trail. Namrung has many Buddhist monasteries and Gompas that signify that the Tibetan culture is still quite popular in the region. Trail with carved stones can also be new to some foreign trekkers. We will visit the nearby village in Namrung and stay overnight at a guesthouse there.

Day 10: Trek to Samagaon (3530 meters) 6 hrs
On day nine we will be trekking almost 900 meters and by the end of the day’s trek, we will reach Samagaon loacted at 3530 meters of altitude. Samagaon is a wonderful little village which provides great view of Mount Manaslu. There is also a popular Gompa, monastery, in Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization purpose
The next day, we will be spending at Samagaon itself primarily for acclimatization of the increasing altitude and the conditions. However, there are several options on that day as well as we can stroll around the local villages and enjoy the scenery there. Also a half-day’s walk until Birendra Lake is also possible from Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3690m) 3 hrs 
The trail to Samdo crosses several grazing and pasture areas and then gradually climbs up the valley. We can have fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains especially MountManasluand others once we reach Samdo. Samdo is also the last permanent settlement area in the valley and this remote village is just a day's walk away from the neighboring Tibet border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek to Dharmasala (4470m) 4 hrs
After leaving the village of Samdo, we cross a stream and reach now deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago, this village used to be a major trade point with Tibet. But, the village looks sorry these days as the traders have chosen some other places for trade along the Tibetan border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Larkya-La Pass (5213m) and down to Bhimtang (3750m)
On day fourteen, we trek to Larkya-La Pass which happens to be one of the most beautiful Himalayan Pass in Nepal. It is situated at a daunting altitude of 5213 meters and several mountain peaks are clearly visible from this Pass. Himlung Himal (7126 meter), Mount Cheo (6820 meters), Mount Annapurna II (7937 meters) and MountManasluare all visible from the Pass. From Larkya-La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang where we will be staying in a guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek to Tilje (2310 meters) 5 hrs 
Few hours of gentle downhill climbing through several fields and settlement areas takes to a small village called Tilje. While on the way, we come across a massive rhododendron forest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek to Tal (1700m) 4 hrs 
Now, we begin our return trip as we trek to Tal on the sixteenth day. A few hours of mild trekking is enough for the day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Trek to Syange (1175m) 4 hrs
On the 17th day we arrive at Syange, a small village town near Annapurna region, after around 4 hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 18: Trek to Bhul Bula (825m) 4 hrs
Trek further from Syange leads us to Bhul Bula. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu 9 hrs
We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar, the headquarters ofLamjungdistrict, and then drive back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 20th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu ending the 20-day-longManasluCircuit Trek.

Cost includes / excludes

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during trek
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
  • Private transportation for duration of tour
  • Entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters for trekking through Manaslu and Annapurna National Parks
  • English speaking local guide
  • Meals in Kathmandu as listed in the itinerary
  • Map of the route

Cost excluded

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Nepalese visa
  • International flights
  • Scenic Everest mountain flight
  • Tips to porters/local guide

Facts of the Trip

Duration: 20 Days

Seasons: Spring/Autumn

Starting Point: Kathmandu

End Point: Kathmandu

Departure: Upon request

Max. Altitude: 5160 m