Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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.

This trek can be a great alternative if you’ve already been to the Annapurna Circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 13-day trek that starts at Maccha Khola, ends at Beshisahar, and can be extended to 22 days with an additional side trek to the T-sum valley.

Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East, Manaslu is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants.

Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, which is flooded with trekkers from around the world; the Manaslu circuit trek usually sees fewer people along the route. It is remote and physically demanding yet culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their rice and millet terraces through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges in the Manaslu 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.

This treks opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992, this trek still feels like a pioneering expedition. If you want to know what trekking in the 1980s was like, the Manaslu circuit trek is a visual feast from start to finish, but you better be fit.

Slowly, you wind your way north to the snowbound Larkya-La Pass next to the Tibetan border. The altitude here is a problem but almost forgotten with the jaw-dropping views of Manaslu. At 5,167 meters/16,952 feet, Larkya-La Pass is usually snow-covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 4 a.m. start to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid-morning.

From the pass looking back the way you have come gives a clear view, but by far, the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and walked along a corridor to the west.

A great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru casts down a stream of glaciers while Annapurna II rises ahead. This view alone makes the trek worthwhile. Dream Adventure Treks, can arrange your all-inclusive 13-day trek. The trek can be done on a teahouse unless you want to go off-route, where camping is the only option.


Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will meet a Dream Adventure Treks representative and be transferred to your hotel.

    Your tour to Manaslu Circuit begins from Kathmandu. To start, you can take a direct bus at 6 am and 8 am from Gongabu Bus Park, Kathmandu, to Maccha Khola. Or, you can take the bus to Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway and take the local bus or jeep thereafter.

    Although the road is dusty and bumpy, you will catch the best landscape views from your window seat. En route, you can stop at many rests stops for short breaks and meals. Overnight at one of the teahouses in Lapubesi.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7 hours Drive

    The following day, you will start walking across the twisting road on the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. You will witness many monkeys and langurs as you enter the forest trail.

    After the forest, you will walk to the Gurung villages, like lower Khorlabeshi. In the village, you will notice the shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bokkhu.

    On walking further, you will reach Tatopani ‘hot water’, where you can take warm showers and relax your soaring body. After hot water relaxation, you cross a new suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki River to reach Doban.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 hours

    After Breakfast continue the trek from Dovan, a landslip after arriving in Yaruphant, you cross a wooden bridge to the left of the Buri Gandaki river and avoid a torturous 3-hour climb up Gurung village trails.

    Following the waves, you will find the river flattening at Yaru, from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a neat flagstone Gurung village. Upon entering the village, you will have to verify your trekking permits at the check post. From this day, you will be walking in the restricted region.

    After checkpoint, you will walk to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. The village welcomes you with several gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. You can also try the local alcohol at many stopovers on the route before you reach Phillim. Overnight here.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 hours

    Next day At Phillim, you will have your permits checked with police, and then you will continue along the western bank of the river.

    The trail is beautiful, with unique sculptures over the boulders on the river bank formed due to river water. Leaving the riverbank, you proceed through rhododendron forests, Himalayan pine, and the overhanging rocks on the towering peaks. These highlights beautify the trail.

    On proceeding further, you cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right.

    Finally, you will reach Pewa, the final destination of the day. There are only two teahouses in the region where they serve basic food and a night of cozy sleep. Pewa has the best Dal Bhat in Nepal with the Shilong Acha. After the sun rises, you will have lunch at Pewa and start the afternoon trek to Deng. Before ascending the winding trails, you will walk across the bamboo forest to reach Deng.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 hours

    After the sun rises, you will have breakfast and start the day’s trek. Moving further, you will cross a suspension bridge to climb to Rana and Bihi Phedi. On the trail, white-faced monkeys visit villages looking for a free feed.

    The trail then proceeds to Ghap through several landslide zones. At this point, you must be extra careful as you walk. Plus, you must be attentive to your guide’s instructions to maintain physical safety. After the landslide zone, you will arrive at Ghap.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:5-6 hours

    After breakfast about 1 and 30 hr on the uneven trail, you will climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m). The place has some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses on the trek. A local businessman worked for over a decade in Hong Kong, then returned to Namrung and built a modern restaurant and hotel. We can stop for nice organic coffee then continue trek to Lho.

    Witnessing the lifestyles of the Nubri people, you will start the day. Exploring their Tibet-influenced typical lifestyle, you will walk past several mani walls, lush terraces, and houses through Banjam to enter the fir, rhododendron, and oak forest before climbing to Lihi and then to Sho. As you start walking, you will see most locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress. As you start further, you will notice some fine paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Walking across the rocky hillside routes, you will finally reach Lho.

    You can catch stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the place. You will gain a high altitude on this day, so you must walk slowly and check your body signs.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:4 hours

    The next morning, on walking, the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu accompanies you. You will walk across the easy trail to Shyala, passing through pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. From Shyala, you will walk for almost an hour to reach Sama Gaun.

    Once you enter the village, mountain views fade; however, the yak pastures and typical settlements will attract you.

    Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people, which holds a large gompa, many shops, a health post, a heliport, telephone/wifi access, etc.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:3-4 hours

    This is the day of acclimatization at Sama Gaon to prevent altitude-related illness. And, as an acclimatization hike, you will walk to Pungyen Gompa east of the Nubra Valley. On this acclimatization hike, You have to take a packed lunch.

    Once at the hilltop, you will get enticing views of Manaslu. Nearby, you will see many Himalayan Thars and Yaks grazing.

    Or, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp north of Sama Gong. You can follow the trail past Birendra Tal and turn left onto the base camp track.

    You will climb the steady trails. However, the altitude may cause breathing difficulty. So, you need to maintain body hydration and walk slowly. Proceeding slowly, you will walk north of Manaslu Glacier to base camp at 4,400m / 14,435, then return.

    Or, you can hike to Birendra Tal, a short walk from Sama Gong. This is an option if you feel the need for a rest or if you are finding the altitude difficult.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7 hours

    On this new day, you will reach the newer destination i.e. Samdo. But, as you are in a high altitude, you need to walk slowly so this is a short day trek. You will notice extended yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, with a variety of birds.

    From there, you will leave the tree line and climb to a ridge across the wooden bridge of Buri Gandaki before you reach white Kani. It is a neighboring village to Samdo, a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding.

    Once at Samdo, you can explore the nearby villages or hike to Samdo Peak. The Larkya La trail is on the left above the valley. You can also see the main track for Tibet over the Larjyang La forming slopes on the Larkya La trail.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:2 to 3 hours

    As a day for rest, you will stop at Samdo where you will go for a day trip to the Tibetan border. From the border, you can also see parts of Tibet and Nepal. If lucky, you can also witness the Yak caravan passing the border.

    Once at the border, if you look towards the south of Samdo Glacier you will get excellent photos with a huge serac near the top of the glacier. You can also frame Blue Sheep, Pica’s, and Marmots in season.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:8 hours

    This is another adventurous day in the high altitude. So, you must watch your body signs properly. Enjoying the scenic views of the chain of the Himalayas, you will walk slowly across the rugged terrains of the Manaslu region before you reach Dharmasala.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:8 hours

    This is a special day as you will walk to the trail’s highest point. On this day, you will walk to Larkya La Pass (5,160m / 16,929 ft). The walk could be quite challenging in bad weather and the snow, yet; it is doable. You will cross the pass before the afternoon, so you must wake up early( 3 a.m.), have breakfast, and leave the teahouse early. This is the challenging part of the trek, but if you walk steadily, you can walk to the pass successfully.

    The stunning views you will witness once you stand at the pass make the trip more enlightened. You will catch views of Himlung (7,126m/ 23,379 ft) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6,981m /22,903 ft), and Annapurna II (7,937m / 26,040 ft) in the Annapurna Range.

    Spending your particular time at the pass, you will walk down for around 3 hours toward Bimthang for an overnight stay. On descending, you will get views of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, Pongkar Tal between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:8-9 hours

    This is the final day you will be walking on the trails of the Manaslu region. On climbing downhill, you will walk through the lush forests full of flora and fauna, including rhododendron bushes.

    Walking back across the Dudh Khola, you will walk to Karche for lunch. In the next hour, you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming rough. And the trail drops to Gurung Gaun, the first village since Samdo.

    The valley becomes more agricultural and lush as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north (true right) bank until Tilije. From there, you will continue your stroll toward Dharapani.

    • Accommodation:Tea House
    • Time:7 hours

    One hour's walk to Dharapani then check your permit, and then you will take a local jeep from Dharapani to Beshi Sahar. From there, you will take a ride back to Kathmandu. After the 6 to 7 hours drive from Beshisahar, you will get to rest in one of the best hotels in Kathmandu

    • Time:1 hour trek and 7-8 hours drive

    Today we shall go sightseeing in Kathmandu city (Pashupatinath, Baudhanath, and Soyambhunath)

      Today our Dream Adventure Treks representative will take you to Tribhuwan International Airport in time for your onward flight. Should you stay longer in Nepal or have a late flight, please note that the hotel check-out time is 11 am.

        Cost Details

        Local transportation airport arrival and departure

        Three times meals with hot drinks and Accommodation during the trek (14 days treks)

        • Government-licensed English-speaking trek Guide. For more than 6 trekkers, 1 assistant guide
        • Porter to help trekker luggage. 2 trekkers will share 1 porter, The maximum weight limit for a porter- is 25 kg (13 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non-essential items in your hotel.
        • Covers guides' and porters' wages, their meals, insurance, lodging, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment
        • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
        • Seasonal fresh fruits every day
        • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
        • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
        • Dream Adventure Treks, Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek
        • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek
        • Trekking permit.
        • Kathmandu - Lapubesi by tourist bus
        • Dharapani- Besishahar by public Jeep and Besishahar - Kathmandu by Tourist Jeep
        • Guide and porters: all the meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, flight ticket etc.
        • First Aids Kit.
        • Duffel Bag.
        • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body to minimize high risk).
        • Dream Adventure Treks T-shirt.
        • Three night's Hotel In Kathmandu (Kathmandu Guest House or Similar)
        • All the official charges and 13% Government VAT.
        • International flight costs
        • Nepal Entry Visa Fees
        • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 15 kg per Person) on the trek
        • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
        • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, or early return from the trek.
        • Personal expenses ( snacks, boiled bottled water, cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery recharge fee, extra porters, during in treks, etc.
        • Personal clothing and gear
        • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
        • Tips for guides and porters (recommended)
        • Additional costs incurred due to causes beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.