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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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14 days
Max. Elevation
Group Size
Min 1
Private Transport and Local bus
Best Season
March to May and Sep to Dec
Hotel and Guesthouse
Breakfast in city & BLD during the trek
Starts at
TIA, Kathmandu
Ends at
TIA, Kathmandu
Trip Route


  • The highest altitude village of Manaslu Region Samdo is located near to the Tibetan Border.
  •  The Culture Preserve by Tibetan Tribes and the valley is renowned as a holy place.
  •  Many Carving Stones (Mani) and Oldest Gompa/ A monastery on the trail.
  • Eight Highest Mountains in the world which is known as the killer mountain also.
  • It offers the best scenic view like another trekking trail of Nepal.  Encounter the flora and fauna like rare Blue Sheep, Subtropical Jungle.
  • In comparison to Annapurna Circuit and Everest base camp this trail is Off – The – Beaten – Trail only a few trekkers make their way to this trail, also the Tea house is well managed and easy to get food and accommodation in Peak Season and Fall Season.
  • This holy trekking trail offers you the experience of remoteness, the resident of the mountain people can be seen and observe.
  • This trail offers the wild walk to the dense forest and ascends to challenging trans- Himalayan cliff, and the Thrill of Larke La Pass while crossing it.
  • Best experience of walking Beside the Budhi Gandaki River, deep George of River, bypassing many Suspension bridges and Beautiful Villages which is Surrounded by the big Hills and the highest mountains.
  • You will encounter the beautiful Birendra the lake which is under the Manasalu Massif, the base camp of Manasalu and a holy blue lake on the way to Larke la Pass.


Manasalu Circuit Trek is one of the holy trails, in comparison to another Famous trail like ABC, Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp, this trail is one of the remote trails of Nepal. The natural beauty and the Highest Mountain attract Trekkers to Lure. This trail is getting popular and it attracts many Novice trekkers as well as experienced trekkers too because of the remoteness and the extreme adventure.

Climate Of Manaslu Circuit Trial
Due to the diverse geography and variation of altitude, there are different climatic zone. Trekking in Manaslu Circuit will start from the tropical zone which is 710 meters above sea level and ascends through passing subalpine, alpine and Arctic Zone which covers the range of 4500 meters. Manasalu Region is located in the central west part of the Himalaya.

Weather is always unpredictable at high altitude; the climate and weather vary throughout the year from sunny to cold and dry to wet.

The month of January is the coldest month, however, the temperature drops below 0 degrees at the high altitude of the Manaslu region.

September to November is the month of autumn which offers the best climatic weather, the walk under the clear crisp skies and stable temperature will be exotic.

June, July, and August is the month of summer and monsoon, the weather will be challenging due to the significant rainfall.

So, the best season is the best time to explore the Manasalu circuit trek. Spring and autumn are the best seasons that offer significant views of stunning mountains and a stable climate.

Manasalu Circuit Trek In The Month Of Spring Season
March, April, and May are the months of the spring season. This season is classified as the perfect season which means the best time to trek and climbing. To explore with the best memory and soulful experience trekkers choose the season.

This season the trail will be busy and you will meet a lot of fellow trekkers on the way but not so busy as the Everest region and Annapurna Region. Pre-monsoon is the best time, it is a time of fresh bud bloom and nature will be so attractive with the colorful wildflowers and rhododendron.

Highlights Of Spring Season In Manaslu Region
  • Low risk of Climatic hazard and Landslide, this is the safest season to trek Manasalu Circuit.
  • The trekking route offers you to walk down to clear blue skies across the colorful forest.
  • The temperature will be mild and stable it means easy to walk on the trail.
  • Clear view of stunning Mountain
Manasalu Circuit Trek In The Autumn Season
September, October, and November are the months of Autumn Season, it offers the warm temperature and chilly during the night.

This is the peak season which means the trekking and climbing season. Enthusiast trekkers choose this season because the best climate will make easy to ascend to the higher altitudes and offers the best views.

The end of monsoon will bring pleasant weather and the season starts with a fresh climate which is perfect for the trekkers to trek. The season offers a stable temperature during the day and chilly at night.

At the high-altitude, a lower temperature is normal and common. October and November are dry most of the time so the trail will be clear and the risk will be zero.

Highlights Of Autumn Season
  • Trail will be clean and dry
  • Low risk on the trail
  • Weather will not be so challenging, but the extreme change in the weather of trans-Himalaya is common
Manasalu Circuit Trek In Monsoon/Summer
June, July, and August are the months of Summer and Monsoon. This is the time of frequent downpours in the Manasalu region. Manasalu is considered as the king of rain. during this season, the country receives 80%of rainfall. It brings more challenges and thrills during trekking to the Manasalu circuit. The extreme change in weather may bring many difficulties in the various section of the trekking trail.

The monsoon season is classified as the offseason for the trekkers, the weather will be mostly dark and cloudy. This season denies the sparkling view of the mountain. However, the continuous rainfall and difficulty on the trail add more adventure while trekking.

After the mid of June, the rain will gradually start and the temperature will be humid, so, it is better to start the trek on the first week of June, only if you are planning to trek in this season

This season the trail will be muddy and slipper also the trail will be isolated because of the offseason.

Highlights Of Monsoon Season
  • Less crowed on the trail
  • Discounts on food and accommodation
Manasalu Circuit Trek In Winter
December, January, and February are the months of winter. This is the season of extreme challenges in the Manasalu region. The heavy wind will dare you but the views will be sophisticated. The weather will be cold and dry, the skies will be clear but the trail will be fully covered with thick snow.

During day time the temperature will be warm but the wind will be cold, however, in the evening temperature will significantly drop to -20 degrees.

Till early December, the weather will be similar to last of Autumn, the winter will arise constantly so it is possible to trek till December.

Once the trail will again be isolated. The local people from the high altitude will descent down to the city. January will be the coldest month of the year, only a few adventure seekers will make their way to this trail.

Highlights Of Winter Season
  • Extreme adventure
  • Majestic mountain views
How Much Distance Will You Cover In Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The starting point of the Manaslu circuit is Arughat village of Gorkha district. And the ending point is Besisahar village of Lamjung District, the Annapurna Region. During Manaslu Circuit, you will have to cover a distance of 177 km in total.

The highest point of the Manaslu circuit is Larke La Pass, which is at the altitude of 5106 meters above sea level. This trek makes the circuit bypassing the challenging Trans Himalaya from Manasalu Conservation Area to Annapurna Conservation Area.

The average walk per day will cover the distance of 15-20 kilometers.

Special Permit Requirement For Manasalu Circuit: Restricted Area
Manasalu region is the restricted area because it touches the Tibetan border. Individual trekkers are not allowed to trek in Manaslu Circuit solo; it needs a minimum of two a person in a group or you can join with another group. To do this trek you need to hire an authorized guide and it is compulsory. Permits will be issued by the department of Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu. Permits detail are as follow:

  • RAP (Restricted Area Permit)
  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) special Permit to check-in
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) to check out
  • September to November the permit cost USD 100 per person per week and USD 15 Per Person Per day beyond one week.
  • December to August the permit costs USD 75 per person per week and USD 10 per Person Per day beyond one week.
You need 2 passport size photos, a copy of Passport and insurance document to apply for the permit.

For more information on permits, click here.

Trip Itinerary

Bharal Airport Representative will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The trip details and itinerary will be discussed. You can enjoy the clamor of Thamel in Evening.

This day we'll buy the equipment's and necessary thing for the trek as well as we also need original passport for making special permit. So , it might take a day for making  Manaslu special permit. 

At first we will cross to Akhu Khola after that we will pass to Arughat through Dhading district, The journey continues along the Budhi Gandaki River and the trail is sandwiched between two gigantic hills. The route encompasses waterfalls, forests, terraced farmlands and villages. The short uphill climbing will take you to Lapubeshi eventually towards Machha Khola.

The journey will be continued through the terraced farmlands and end up near the Tatopani (natural hot water springs). Once you have enjoyed this delightful gift of nature the overnight will be in Jagat for this day’s trekking.

The trip then climbs further upwards along the Budhi Gandaki River Valley. The forests of the rhododendrons and pines will be on trail while the magnificent village of Pewa waits us for the overnight sleep.

Again on this day also the journey continues amidst the jungle of unique vegetations however the shape of forests starts to change. While climbing the trail you will be enlightened by the mere view of Shringi Himal. Once you have reached the Buddhists village of Ghap you will be amazed to see how the cultural differences exist in Nepal in just a day’s walk.

While hiking from Ghap we reach Namrung at first after walking around 3 hours . Namrung village  has breathtaking views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Singri Himal. These are the views from where breakfast is served. We take a difficult trail through a forest as we head towards Lho and arrive at Lihi. The mountain vegetation makes way to more significant Buddhism as we proceed. The area ahead of Namrung is occupied mostly by Tibetans. Before arriving at Lho village we will reach at  Lihi, which offers stunning chortens, barley-filled areas, and views of Mt. Manaslu. After reaching at Lho village, you stay the night at a hotel.

After witness the spectacular views of the Mountains the trekkers trek towards Samagaon. The Tibetan influenced villages that you see on the way have one thing in common as the village gate called Kanis. The trekking descends down and cross the Damonan River and then take uphill climbing to plateau at Syala. This place offers the breathtaking mountain views as well. The view of Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ngai Chuli etc can be seen very clearly. The village is referred as Samagaon because of the monastery present in it.You can stroll around the thousands of the Mani with Buddhists scripts as well as pictures. You can explore the Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. Ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. We see women wearing a nice silver spoon as jewelry at Sama Gaon.. Sama Gaon, the closest village to Manaslu base camp. 

Descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, we follow the trail leading to Larkya-La passing through several Mani walls and juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We descend down across the Budhi Gandaki through a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river. A white Kani is visible from a stone arch which we will pass through to get to Samdo.

The journey then heads towards Dharma Sala or Larkya La Phedi. The first place trekkers reach is Samdo. The terraced farmlands, wooden bridge on Budi Gandaki River and the valleys will be passed before making towards the Dharmasala. You can have the outstanding view of the Larkya Glacier from this place. Take proper rest for the daunting trekking and crossing of the high altitude pass tomorrow.

You should be extremely careful during this time of the trekking. As it is very challenging because of the possibility of storms and windy conditions trekkers are take very early to cross the pass. The trip starts with the subtle crossing across the moraine. When trip descends to Lake it becomes rugged rough and vivid towards the steep grassy slopes on south. You will descend and cross about four frozen lakes and finally make the pass. From the tip of the pass you will be rewarded with the remarkable views of the Mountains like Himlung, Cheo, Kangguru, Menjung and others. The journey then reaches the small meadow and as you move forward it becomes large. Bimthang is the village for the day’s trek stop point.

From this beautiful village Bimtang trip continues towards the tilije along the Dudh Khola. The crossing of the wooden bridges, rhododendron forests and villages of the Gurung community make the trip thrilling experience again. The beautiful Marshyandi Valley looks larger and then the houses of the tilije area starts to appear.

Along the Prithvi Higway the journey then heads to Kathmandu. You can see the highway lifestyle of the people on the way as well.From Dharapani the adventurous jeep drive will take you to the Besisahar of Lamjung district. You will have good hotel or lodge in Besisahar for the relaxation.

The amazing Nepal trekking ends once we bid farewell. Our Airport Representatives will take you to Airport and with promise to meet again we bid farewell. Bharal Adventure is always there for the best arrangement of your holidays.

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  •  Airport pickup, dropout and drive to hotel
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transfer from Kathmandu – Machhakhola (5-6 hrs) by private jeep
  • Transport from Tiliche – Besisahar by public jeep and Besisahar – Kathmandu by private car
  • Sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion only if required )
  • Bharal adventure’s trekking /duffel bag and t-shirt free as a souvenir   
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation Permits fees
  • First aid medical kit (Guide will carry it throughout the trek)
  • Certificate of Trip Achievement by Bharal Adventure (if you required )
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek after dinner 
  • Farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant in before your departure from Nepal
  • Free luggage stored at Bharal Adventure Store During the Trek
  • Emergency  rescue operation assistance will be arranged in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • Government taxes and office service charge
  • An airport transfer service for your final departure
  • Doesn't Include

    • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary 
    • Travel insurance
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot and cold drinks, shower, etc.)
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipments
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you would like to take a porter to carry your stuff it will cost you USD 240 each porter, who can carry maximum 22 KG)
    • Tipping and Gratitude to the guides and staff (Recommended by Nepali culture )


    Manaslu und Tsum Valley Trek mit Herz und Verstand

    Ich habe mit Arjun die Treks Manaslu und Tsum Valley gemacht und bin sehr zufrieden. Ich kam in Kathmandu an und war sehr krank, Arjun hat es möglich gemacht den Treckstart um 5 Tage zu verschieben, ohne Mehrkosten. Das ist nicht selbstverständlich. Als es mir wieder besser ging hat er mich mit viel Elan und Wissen durch die wunderbaren Bergwelten Nepals geführt und mir Kultur und Natur nähergebracht. Auch während des Tracks waren kleinere Anpassungen kein Problem, stehts wurde ich hervvoragend untergebracht und verköstigt und beim abendlichen gemeinsamen Kartenspielen hatten wir viel Spaß. Eine absolute Empfehung die professionelle Unterstützung beim Abendteuer Nepal brauchen. Die Schönheit und Einsamkeit der nepalesischen Bergwelten sollte jeder Mensch einmal gesehen haben, im Schatten des Manaslu fühlt man sich demütig und frei zu gleich. Viel Spaß an alle die sich auf diese Erfahrung einlassen werden. LG Sebastian

    Sebastian S
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    Equipment List

    This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

    Important documents and items
    • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
    • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
    • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
    • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
    • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
    • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
    • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
    Upper Body
    • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket
    • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
    • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
    • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
    • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
     Lower Body
    • Non-cotton underwear briefs
    • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
    • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
    • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
    • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
    • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
    • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
    • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
    • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
    • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
    • Cotton socks (optional)
    • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
    • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
    • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
    Rucksack and Travel Bags
    • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
    • 1 large duffel bag *
    • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
    • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
    • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
    • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
    • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    • 1 skin-blister repair kit
    • Anti-diarrhea pills
    • Anti-headache pills
    • Cough and/or cold medicine
    • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
    • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
    • Water purification tablets or water filter
    • 1 set of earplugs
    • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
    Practical Items
    • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
    • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
    • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
    • 1 alarm clock/watch
    • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
    • large Ziplocs
    • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
    • 1 small folding knife
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
    • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
    • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Female hygiene products
    • Small mirror
    Personal Hygiene
    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash
    • Reading book
    • Trail map/guide book
    • Journal and pen
    • iPod
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
    • 1 modest swim suit
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
    • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
    • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trekking route that circumnavigates the Manaslu massif in the Gorkha district of Nepal. It is known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and close-up views of the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu.

    Challenges include the high altitude, the Larkya La Pass crossing, and the remoteness of the region. Trekkers should be physically fit, well-prepared, and have some experience in high-altitude trekking.

    Yes, acclimatization is crucial for trekkers to adjust to the high altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The itinerary typically includes rest days for acclimatization.

    The Manaslu region is culturally rich, with diverse ethnic communities such as the Nubri and Tsum people. Trekkers have the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, interact with locals, and experience traditional ceremonies.

    Yes, trekkers need both a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to undertake this trek. Additionally, a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card is required.

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