Manaslu trek or Manaslu circuit trek is one of best trek route of Nepal. Trekkers have considered the Manaslu circuit trek as an alternative of Annapurna circuit route. Annapurna circuit get’s more tourist so the trekkers who would like to walk on peace go to Manaslu trekking. The trek named from the killer mountain Manaslu 8,153 meter which is at the border of Manag and Gorkha District. According to different stats, less than two % of trekkers go to Manaslu. So there will be less tourist as compare to other popular trekking routes yet this one is the best in terms of natural scenery, the massive mountains, diversified landscape, flora and fauna of Manaslu conservation area project. The Manaslu trek is a best rewarding trek of Nepal which circles the Mt. Manaslu 8,153 Meter, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Buddha Himal, Cheo Himal and many other countless peaks of the Manaslu region.
What it looks like to do Manaslu Trek
Manaslu trek/hiking can be done around 17 days from your arrival to departure at least. If you wish to extend your time then there are a lot of options for a sight trip in Manaslu. The trek is quite challenging for most of you but once you start the trek, slowly you will be able to catch the rhythm of the trek. The trekking trail of Manaslu is not that easy and often full of ups and downs with the challenging mountain terrain. Trails are very wide and easy but many ups and downs. Trekkers will frequently encounter the donkey who carries the luggage of the Manaslu Nubri valley. It is quite a humid temperature to trek in lower parts when you go above the Jagat you will be alright. Acclimatization has been placed on the itinerary so you can acclimatize enough for the Larke la pass 5106 Meter.
What will you see on Manaslu circuit trek?
The manaslu circuit is less crowded than other treks, so you will first see the less tourists around the trekking trail. The trek slowly moves through the mighty Budhi Gandaki River where you see the local settlements of the different ethnicc groups and their unique cultures. The people around the trails are very friendly. Crossing the several george, waterfalls, chorten, mani walls and monastery you will reach to the Lho Gaun. From here you will see the magnificent view of the Manaslu. Siringi Himal 7,165 m (23,507 ft), Himal Chuli 7,893 m (25,896 ft), Buddha Himal (6692m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli 7,871 m (25,823 ft), Manaslu 8,153 Meter, Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke peak, Himlung Himal are the mountains you will see during the trek. Numerous glaciers and the mountains like birendra lake are there to explore. Larke pass is the ultimate goal.
How does the Manaslu circuit trek go?
Manaslu circuit trekking starts from the Arughat or Soti Khola. Slowly the valley becomes narrow and steeper as you gain the altitude. The landscape changes very drastically into the rocky hills around the valley and you will start to see the Alpine forest from Namrung. Before Namrung the trails are full of ups and down with the local settlements along the trails. The altitude starts from Lho then you will reach Samagaon next day and spend 2 days for acclimatization. There are many sight trips like Manaslu base camp and Phungen Gompa Hike which you can do. Next day, you will go to Samdoo and consequently after Dharamsala before the Larke la pass. You will cross the larke la pass then arrive at Bhimthang which is located in Manag. Trekking 1 more day to Dharapani, you will join the Annapurna circuit trek trails then arrive at Jagat then the trek is over.
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Manaslu trek permit is require before the trek because the trekkers need the special permit from the Nepal Immigrations. To make the permits we need to have a original passport with visa for manaslu special permits
Government permit charge
Gorkha Manaslu Area Chumnubri Rural Municipality (All areas of ward nos. 1,2,3 and 4)
September – November USD 100 per person / week USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week) December – August USD 75 per person / week USD 10 per person / day (beyond 1 week)
Manaslu conservation Area Project permit
This is Manaslu conservation cost 30$
Annapurna conservation Area Project permit As you arrive to Manag, which is part of Annapurna
Annapurna conservation project permit 30$
Manaslu circuit trek
Manaslu trek is a Manaslu circuit trek because of the trek circles the Mt.manaslu 8153 meter and reach to the Marshyandri river valley. The Marshyandri river comes from the Annapurna mountain ranges. The trek starts from the Budhi Gandaki river valley and ends at Besisahar. You start your trek from the Arughat and ends at Besisahar that is the reason it is a Manaslu circuit trek
Manaslu trek highlights
Manaslu trek highlights include the following things that we mentioned here below
Walking through the beautiful Budhi Gandaki valley which crosses the dense forest, countless waterfalls, beautiful local villages, suspension bridge, technical walking through the rough trekking trails.
Friendly local people and their Buddhist culture, you can see the Chorten on the trekking trails in each and every village. The main walls which are left from the local ancestors crafting the summary of their religions.
Manaslu circuit trek is the most scenic hiking trails of Nepal which gives the immense view of the Siringi Himal 7,165 m (23,507 ft), Himal Chuli 7,893 m (25,896 ft), Buddha Himal (6692m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli 7,871 m (25,823 ft), Manaslu 8,153 Meter, Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke peak, Himlung Himal and many other peaks
Manaslu circuit trek is less touristy and less crowded as compared to other trekking trails of Nepal, you will see few tourists on the trekking.
Interactions and observations of the local lifestyles in the villages of Lho, Shyla, Samagaun and Samdo.
Splendid view of Mt Manaslu and the Birendra lake at Samagaon and the countless yak hurdles grazing in the high Himalayas.
Adventure Larke la passes 5106 Meter and reaches the Bhimthang.
Trekking down through the Annapurna circuit trekking trails.
Manaslu trek duration:This is 14 Days trek duration plus 4 days so it is 18 Days total journey, upon your arrival and to departure to your country, 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu. So this is 14 days trek and 3 Nights/4 Days in the Kathmandu city
Manaslu trek 14 days is for the trekkers who wish to explore one of the beautiful trek valleys of Nepal in norther Gorkha district. This is a quite Challenging trek, where you have to walk 6-7 hours accent, and the walk until 5310 Meter. This allows you to explore all the things around the Manaslu valley. You can see the local Tibetan people and their culture and vivid range of Nature beauty as well as very diversified landscape. Below here, we have kept Manaslu trek 14 days itinerary, this can be modified as per your time and interest. This is the minimum time frame itinerary, if you want to make it longer you can either go to Manaslu Tsum valley. Another option is you can start the Annapurna circuit when you arrive at Dharapani. If you want to reduce the trek days, this is what we don’t recommend. you can reduce but, Reducing the trek maximize the chance of Altitude Mountain Sickness. If you have short time go for Another trek. Mention your time on this form so we can give you more options. go to
Manaslu circuit trek Max. Altitude: larke la pass 5310 Meter
Trek Grade: Adventure
Manaslu trek fixed departure: Nepal Trek Hub can offer you This trek any time of the year. You should manage your time in your appropriate time. But Keep things on your mind that you have to be at least 2 people to go to Manaslu We can not give you guarantee that we always find people, but we try. If you are 2 people we easily can make your own plan on your dates and wish. we can specially tailor your holiday to make it lifetime memorable.
Manaslu trek gear list/ Equipment: Nepal Trek Hub Pvt.Ltd gives you a list of gear for Manaslu trek on the time of booking. You can prepare yourself like this. If you can not complete gear/equipment or could not manage due to time we are here to help you. You can get gear in Kathmandu, buy or rent both are possible
Rucksack/Duffel bag: To put and carry your daily luggage while you are on a trek, you should bring a rucksack or duffel bag with you. This will be carried by your porter during the trek. Please bring the rain cover to protect rain or dust. Usually, porter don’t have protection cover for bag
Transportation: Kathmandu to Arughat there is local bus regularly but this will be a nightmare experience for the tourist. Often these buses are always packed and they often stop for the passenger comes in goes out. As a road construction is going on you might get a lot of dust which can make you sick. As a result, you can not complete the tour. We recommend you to take the Tourist Jeep, Even it is quite expensive this is very beneficial for you We try to find the people if not that is ok. This is not so expensive like your trip
Manaslu trek best time
Certainly, October and November month are the best seasons to trek here in Manaslu. but this is not always possible for all trekkers. Managing your time there are other months as well which is also beautiful to trek here. It is always good to know in which moth the weather becomes what. Here is the short information of best time to Manaslu trekking
September 15 to December 15
This is a first best trekking season in Nepal. Weather is very pleasant and the environment is green, the temperature is sunny not too hot, not too cold. The mountain is very visible because at this time there is not so fogs, with long-range you can see very far because that time visibility is very good. This is the main tourist season in Nepal, Adventure tourism such as trek and mountaineering main season. But due to weather is always unpredictable because of Global warming. Sometimes whole December can be very sunny, sometimes from the mid of November cloudy
March, April, May
This is the second-best time of year to trek. This time weather changes from cold to hot. Down in the valley, it is quite hot and humid. Generally this time the weather is also very good. But due to summer days, the weather in down in the valley is really hot. In a mountain region the Flowers like rhododendron, magnolia flowers blossom.
June, July, August and September 15
This is a monsoon season in Nepal. Monsoon basically starts from mid of the June till September it stays. We recommend you to not to do trek this time if you wish you can do but you are responsible for yourself on your travels matter. You can not see the good view and also there will be a problem of leeches and floods
January and December
This is a winter and snowy season in Nepal. High Himalaya gets snow so the weather might be cloudy so you need to bear all the risk of snowfall and bad weather. Sometimes avalanches also come. We advise you to do your plan for not this season
Manaslu trek preparation
Manaslu trek preparation is the things the needed to be done before you start the trek. This is a quite challenging trek, you need to do some planning before you come to trek. There are so many things which can be very important for the successful trip. There are some certain thing you need to brainstorm, what do should you need to prepare? What information should you need to obtain? We hope this page will help you to get all the answer. if not please give us a
Step-1: Determine how many days will you do trek?
At the first stage of your Manaslu trek preparation, you need to calculate your time frame, how many days trek you can do as per your time frame? how many days in Kathmandu. You need to spend at least one day in Kathmandu before you start your trek because of Permit work. The immigration office only issues the permit after validation and seeing your original passport. One day it takes generally or even during the day you can start and stay at Arughat by Jeep
Step-2: Know more about Manaslu Trek
It is always very good to get the pre-information as much as you can before your trek, Nepal Trek Hub presented some information which might be very important for you.
Trek Grade: This is quite challenging type of trek, you need to know more about your trek grade, get some information regarding
AMS: Altitude Mountain Sickness is always a concern who do the trek in the mountain. This can be very dangerous if people don’t care. There are two types of AMS. Ultimately they impact very badly on the human body. Before it gets worst you need to be careful. Get More Information About altitude mountain sickness, This Trek has a lot of chances of Altitude mountain sickness. Read about the for more information and be prepare for your trip
Nepal Visa: Most of us have a question to get the Nepal visa. It is very simple to get visa. If your city does have a Nepal embassy would be very easier for you. if not you can get here in Nepal as well. If you need more information regarding Nepal Visa Please go through Nepal Immigration official website Nepal Immigration or you can also go through our website
Gear list This trek requires a good gear list, You need to bring gear to do the trek with very easily. The gears play a very vital role in the success of your trek. Please try to get all gear from your country which makes you easier. insufficient gear you may also find in Kathmandu as well. If you are willing to hire a sleeping bag or other stuff, you can hire in Kathmandu, We will help you to hire the stuff without deposit in the shop. Get some information to prepare yourself
Manaslu trek map
There is so many types of Manaslu trek map in the market of Manaslu Trek. These maps are published by the different publisher of Nepal. The map is may different as per publisher, Some Manaslu trek map has much information while others may have less. You can get a map in online shopping platform as well. If you want to buy the map in Kathmandu there are Himalayan Map, Nepal map house. If you want to get the big scale with details map which cost is more than the normal map. You can choose as per your wish but make sure that the proper information you seek is in the map, Such as distance in KM, Time in Hours. We advise you to take the float-able map which can go anywhere in the bag or even in a pocket. You can get Manaslu trek map free from us if you book the trip with us. When you arrive in Kathmandu, we give this map on your trek preparation day. For Trekkers who are planning to trek, we have made the google map regarding Manaslu trek. Please visit Manaslu trek map
Manaslu Trek itinerary
Manaslu trek itinerary is below here, which is basic plan we can modify the itinerary as per your wish
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu 1350m/4428ft.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you’ll be pick up me or my colleagues. We go to the hotel together then talk about trekking and preparation for the trekking, such as a buying and renting the stuff for trekking
Day 02:Sightseeing day at Kathmandu
we do sightseeing in Kathmandu. There is a place like Pashupatinath where you can see Hindu culture. Another spot is Kathmandu durbar square, where you can see the history of Nepal. Boudhanath and Swaymbhunath is a Buddhist pilgrimage site. we do sightseeing there as well. all this mentioned place are UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the same time today, your permits for the trekking would be ready for tomorrow.
Service Included: Transportation, Guide
Day 03:Kathmandu to Arughat 640 M/ 2093 FT, 8 Hours
Early in the morning today you would be Pick up from the hotel. Together you go to Kathmandu bus park to catch the local bus to Arughat. It takes roughly 8 hours to reach Arughat. The driving to the Arughat is half blacktop road and half Bumby road. there is enjoyable scenery which you can see while we drive Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 04:Arughat to Soti khola 775 M/ 2542 FT. 6 Hours
Today is the first day of our trek. there is a local village which we need to go pass through. local cultures and custom you can see while you are walking towards Sotikhola. the trail is today. you don’t need to climb stairs. most of the time you walk along the road. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 05:Soti Khola to Machha Khola 900 M/ 2952 FT. 6 Hours
After breakfast, we start our trek. this is also an easy day. we can see Gurung inhabitants in Labubensi village. There is a beautiful landscape we can see. We will walk through the bank of Budhi Gandaki River today. Machhakhola is a small inhabitans Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 06:Machhakhola to Jagat 1340 M/ 4397 FT. 7 Hours
The narrow trail goes ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends there is Hotspring/Tatopani. From Tatopani, we continuously climb the stairs along the bank. Crossing the river two-three times we would reach the Yaruphant. Yaruphant is flat land. there is Nepal fir’s cantilever bridge. We need to walk further one and half hour to reach the Jagat village. Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu trek Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 07:Jagat to Deng 1804 M/ 5917 FT 7 Hours
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. Now we need to cross the long bridge to reach the Philim. Philim is a large Gurung village. The trail turns north-west towards Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 08: Deng to Namrung 2630 M/ 8626 FT, 7 Hours
today leaving the Deng village we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. The trail then passes through forests, mani walls and Chorten where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. from Ghap the trails enter to the forest. this is a very nice trail. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot. we climb slowly accent towards Namrung through the Rhodrodendon and walnut forest. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 09:Namrung Lho village 3300 M/ 10498 FT. 5 Hours
Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi village. In Lihi village there are some chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. We need to walk furthermore to get Lho village. There is gompa we go to explore gompa in the evening. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 10:Lho village Samagaun 3500 M/ 11483 FT 6 Hours
Walking from the low we need to climb around 2 Hours to get Shyala village. From Shyala we can see the close view of Manaslu. Form Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left. From Shayla our trail is very easier. We need to go down slightly. in between trail to Samagaun, there is 1 School. Samagaun is the big Tibetan inhabitants village Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 11:Samagaun Exploration day 3500 M/ 11483 FT Whole Day
We spend our day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. We just do the small hike up to Birendra lake. It is a very nice lake. while we climb we can see the beautiful Samagaun village. there are small monasteries as well. we would also explore this monastery. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 12:Samagaun to Samdo 3860 M/ 12664 FT. 3 Hours
We slowly descend to the Budhi Gandaki Riverbank, after walking 1 hours we left Manaslu mountain behind us. The Larkya la pass Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. We will see some pasture where you can see the yak grazing. Now we can see the forest becomes smaller. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. Climbing some more steeps we would reach to Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 13:Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 M/ 14632 FT 5 Hours
Today first we walk for a half-hour to the Budhi Gandaki river. After crossing the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go to Dharamsala(4450 m). In Dharamsala, there is one community lodge we have to spent the night over here. Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 14:Dharmasala Bhimthang 3720 M/ 12204 FT 9 Hours
We need to climb up from Dharamsala. the trail goes slowly up towards Larke La pass. it takes about 4 hours to get the top. During the trekking, we can see great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. When we are at the pass we would spend a few times over there. From the pass, you can see the views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 15:Bhimthang to Dharapani 1860 M/ 6102 FT. 7 Hours
From Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. Then we go descend to Dudh Khola. We walk through oak, rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We continuously go down to Tilche through the Goa village. Tilche is a big Gurung village. From Tilche to Dharapani it just takes a half hour. Stay overnight at Dharapani Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 16:Dharapani Syange 1080 M/ 3542 FT. 7 Hours
We follow the trail of Annapurna Circuit. There is a road, we need to walk along road mostly. crossing the river several times we will reach Syange. During the descends down we will see a different landscape. Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 17:Drive to Kathmandu
Today we drive from Syange to Kathmandu by public transport or private transport which takes 9 Hours Service Included: Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 18:Back to your own country
Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast, Accommodation
Manaslu trek cost includes
Airport Pick up and drop service
3 night’s twin sharing on tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
tea house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days
Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis
Manaslu special control region permit
First Aid Box
Domestic airport pick up and drop off itinerary
Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs
Any meal in Kathmandu
Any kinds of battery charges, wifi charge, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.(tea, coffe, water, beer, alcohol, wine)
Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
Any other things which are not mentioned above
Manaslu Trek Cost
Nepal Trek Hub Manaslu Trek Cost 1150$. The service cost may vary as per the service you want to take. The permits cost is around 160$ per pax and the guide porter cost will be shared on the 2 trekkers. As Manaslu is a special control region you need to be at least 2 trekkers. That is why a single solo person can not trek to Manaslu. We have calculated the cost of talking the local transportations, local bus. if you take the private jeep then the cost would be higher.
Manaslu trek FAQ
Below we have presence some frequently asked questions of Manaslu trek, This faq might be helpful to answer your some question, If you still have question regarding Manaslu circuit trek, let’s us know by email
Which is the best time to Manaslu trek?p
Without any doubts, September to November are the first best season to trek. The second best season is March – April to trek in Everest. This time you can see the rhododendron flowers in lower land of Himalaya. In this both season the view is spectacular. However you can do also in other time but depends on your luck to see the Himalayas.
how many days is manaslu trek?
Generally it is 18 days plan from arrival to departure, if you are fast walker you can finish it quite earlier, but there is risk of AMS. You can extend your trip as much as you want
How long distance is Manaslu trek?
It is quite longer hike, each day you need to hike around 15KM-20KM
so would be around 200 KM more or less.
What kind of accommodation in Manaslu trek?
There are basic tea houses/lodges around the trek route. They provide a basic room for guest. For hot shower, they provide a bucket hot shower to the guest by charging.
Is there wifi on manaslu trek?
There are WIFI in some certain places such as Samagaun, Samdo, lho, Namrung, Deng and some other places. The wifi is quite slower but it is ok to talk with your family and friends
Can I do shower on Manslu Trek?
Yes, You can do hot shower paying for shower, They charge you some money.
Is there enough hotels in Manslu trek?
generally each village there are around 4-5 Tea houses. If there is busy season sometimes there might be a problem. Your guide will manage this things properly
What is the drinking water on Manaslu trek?
Yes, There is a availability of Mineral water, every tea houses. It is always not good to drink the mineral water, first it is quite costly to traveler, secondly it is damaging the Eco-system, the water company using a lot of plastic bottles. In a mountain mineral water bottle are a real threat to the environment. We can use the water purifier or water purification tablet and become a responsible traveler
Transportation to Manaslu trek
You can take the Jeep from kathmandu to Arughat and Dharapani to besisahar, From Besisahar you can use the public bus as well.
What is the maximum elevation of Manaslu trek?
Larke la pass 5310 Meter is the Maximum elevation of the manaslu Trek. this is on the way to bhimthang.
what permit for manaslu trek?
There are 2 National park permit you need to take. Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit and Special permit for Manaslu restricted area. Manaslu Restricted area project permit for 1 week is about 70$ per week person.
Can I do trek with child
If the child can walk for 6-7 hours, then you can trek with child too. otherwise you need to extend your trek days
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