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"The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increasing in popularity since teahouses were..."
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Oct 11th 2017

The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increasing in popularity since teahouses were built here in 2010. The Manaslu trek features all the great aspects of a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings and a 5100m (17,000-

Trip organized by Sanjib 

The Manaslu one of the classic treks is the 8th highest mountain in the world.It is also known as Kutang.It is also the highest peak in the gorkha district.Manaslu offers the variety of trekking option to the travellers.Nowadays it is also known by the great teahouse trekking.This trekking has been open since 1991.


Our trek starts from Arughat where we find bamboo forests.BudhiGandaki village is also the residence of Gurung,Magar and Tamang.Through this trek we can also enjoy the view of pine forest,Rhododendron forest and also beautiful Mountain.This area has the unique environment.So that this region is one of the finest tourist destinations.ManasluCircuit Trek provides opportunity to learn about the culture and its features for all the trekkers.


The weather in this region is unpredictable. At night it is cooler but the days are generally warm and dry.During the month of December to February we can see the snow there.



Fast facts

Min. duration    13 days

Max. elevation  5,106 m / 16,752 ft

(Larkya La pass)

Start/finish         Soti Khola/Besisahar

Difficulty              Challenging

Trek style            Teahouse

Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

Want to join a small group? Our local specialists have scheduled group departures in March April May Sep October and November 2018.  (Nepal Planet  Treks and Expedaition )


Why trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the  Top highlights of this trek include:

•             It is far less crowded than its more well known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. The word is getting out about Manaslu, but there are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail

•             The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at every day stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.

•             The trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights.

•             The first part of the trail follows the Buri Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings

•             The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you'll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.

The village of Gho - Photo by Louis fiorello - March 2016

Crossing the snow covered Larkya La in October 2016 - Photo by Rohan Delhikan

View from Bimthang, near the end of the trek - Photo by Rohan Delhikan - October 2016

Cloud cover giving way to views of the Manaslu Range - photo by Michael Freel - September 2016

Getting to the trailhead

The trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit trek is the closest to Kathmandu of the major Nepalese treks. That said, it's still an adventurous 126 km (80 miles) drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, which takes about 6 hours by jeep (recommended) or 8+ hours by public bus. If road conditions are challenging (which is often the case at the tail end of the monsoon in September) you may have to start walking in Arughat, which adds an extra day.


You need a trekking permit for the Manaslu Trek. Solo trekkers are not allowed, a minimum group size of 2 is required.

Detailed itinerary (13 days)

Larkya Pass - highest point of the Around Manaslu Trek - March 2016, photo by Karyn Anderson

Day        Destination         Altitude

Day 01   Kathmandu - Soti Khola (by jeep)             775m

Day 02   Soti Khola - Machhakhola             900m

Day 03   Macchakhola - Jagat       1300m

Day 04   Jagat - Deng       1860m

Day 05   Deng - Namrung               2560m

Day 06   Namrung - Lho  3180m

Day 07   Lho - Samagoan                3580m

Day 08   Acclimatization day around Samagoan    4400m

Day 09   Samagoan - Samdo         3875m

Day 10   Samdo - Daramashala    4460m

Day 11   Daramashala - Bimtang (via Larke Pass 5160m)   3590m

Day 12   Bimtang - Darapani          1963m

Day 13   Darapani - Kathmandu (by jeep)



Included in the Cost

•             All airport/hotel transfers

•             Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

•             Accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Holyhimlaya or Hotel Nepalaya ) in Kathmandu with breakfast

•             Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains

•             Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trek

•             All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles

•             All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

•             All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)

•             Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Planet Treks duffel bag, Nepal Planet Treks  t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)

•             Travel and rescue arrangements

•             Welcome and farewell dinner

•             Exclusive Medical Kit Bag by Nepal Planet Treks log

•             All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

•             Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

•             International airfare to and from Kathmandu

•             Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

•             Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen

•             Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

•             Travel and rescue insurance

•             Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)

•             Optional trips and sightseeing if extended

•             Tips for guides and porters

The Trekking Group

For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). Other helpers will be served as per necessity depending upon the group size. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run this trip for at least a group of two to a maximum of twelve people which we believe is an optimum range for a successful trip. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve visitors together, Nepal Guide info can arrange this too.


The Tsum Valley Extension (19 days)

If you have the time, we highly recommend extending your trek for another week by adding the side trip to Tsum Valley to your itinerary. Tsum Valley is even more remote than the main Manaslu trail, and has amazing views, including the famous view point above Mu Gompa pictured below.  

View point above Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley with view on backside of Ganesh Himal - Photo by Alex Treadway

Day        Destination         Altitude

Day 01   Kathmandu - Soti Khola (by jeep)             775m

Day 02   Soti Khola - Machhakhola             900m

Day 03   Macchakhola - Jagat       1300m

Day 04   Jagat - Phillim     1590m

Day 05   Phillim - Chumling            2360m

Day 06   Chumling to Chhokangparo         3010m

Day 07   Chhokangparo to Nile    3361m

Day 08   Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m) and Chhokangparo 3361m

Day 09   Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa          2240m

Day 10   Lokpa to Ghap   2160m

Day 11   Ghap to Lho       3180m

Day 12   Lho to Samagaon             3580m

Day 13   Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp 4400m

Day 14   Samagaon to Samdo       3875m

Day 15   Climb Samdo Ri or take a day trip to Tibet border              3875m

Day 16   Samdo to Dharamsala    4460m

Day 17   Dharamsala to Bimtang (via Larke Pass 5160m)   3590m

Day 18   Bimtang to Dharapani    1963m

Day 19   Dharapani - Kathmandu (by jeep)            1400m

Nepal Mountain Guide Teams ( Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.)

GPO: 4453 Paknajol, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: +977-1-4252196

Mobile: +977-9841613822 (Sanjib)

Fax: +977-1-4252196


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