Manaslu Round Trek
Manaslu Round Trek
Manaslu Round Trek

Manaslu Round Trek

Duration17 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
Maximum Altitude5215M
Group Size1-12
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Manaslu Round Trek in Nepal is the best Trek managed by Nepal Trekking Routes Treks & Expedition. This is because the trekking crew of the company is hailed from the region itself. Witness the staged authenticity while traveling with us to this magnificent region of trekking in Nepal.

Manaslu Round Trek passes by the districts of Dhading, Gorkha, and Lamjung showcasing its wonders on the way of your journey. The Manaslu Mountain in itself is the world’s 8th tallest mountain and being in its foothill could be full of adventure. The trekking starts with the scenic drive to Dhadingbeshi-Aarughat from Kathmandu. Aarughat is a small town lying on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River connecting the Dhading and Gorkha districts of Nepal. The further bus drive to Soti Khola passing by Aarkhet can be very scenic. Once you have started walking from Soti meeting of the unlimited streams and crossing numerous times using the suspension bridge adds the wilderness adventure flavor to your trekking in the Manaslu region.

The word Manaslu is very pristine as it means soul or intellect in Sanskrit. This mountain full of spirit will rub the spirited soul into your intellectual mind and help you get revitalized once you go back to your home country. Almost trekking for 13 days the demanding and scenic snow-covered Larkey La Pass will appear in your trekking trail. The trail leads you to the high camp of Mount Manaslu from where you can view the prolific mountains very near. From this junction the trekking moves towards the Bhul Bule of the Lamjung district from where the bus drive will take you back to Kathmandu.

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Around Manaslu Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around the majestic Manaslu mountain range. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayas, remote traditional villages, and diverse wildlife. Here's an overview of the trek:

Duration: The Manaslu Round Trek usually takes around 14-16 days to complete.

Difficulty level: The trek is considered to be moderately difficult and requires a good level of fitness.

Permits: A special trekking in Nepal permit and a restricted area permit are required to trek in the Manaslu region.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Manaslu region is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons when the weather is clear and dry.

Highlights of the trek: The trek starts from Arughat and takes you through several beautiful villages, including Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, and Samagaon. You'll also get to cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,135m) and see stunning views of the Manaslu mountain range, including Manaslu (8,156m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The trek also offers a unique cultural experience as you get to explore the local lifestyle of the Gurung and Tibetan people.

Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a must-do for those seeking a challenging yet rewarding Nepal trekking experience in the Himalayas.

Manaslu Round Trek difficulty

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to be moderately difficult and requires a good level of fitness. The trek involves several steep ascents and descents and also includes crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,135m), which can be physically demanding. Therefore, it is recommended that trekkers undertake some physical training before embarking on this trek. The altitude can also be a challenge for some trekkers, and it is important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. However, with proper preparation and a positive attitude, the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Manaslu Round Trekking Cost/Price

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary depending on several factors such as the season you're trekking in, the duration of your trek, the type of accommodation and meals you choose, and the trekking agency you choose to trek with.

On average, the cost for the Manaslu Circuit Trek can range from $1,200 to $2,500 per person. This cost usually includes the necessary permits, transportation to and from the trekking starting point, accommodation and meals during the trek, a licensed trekking guide, and porters to carry your luggage.

It's important to note that the cost does not include international flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, and additional expenses such as hot showers, Wi-Fi, and charging electronic devices.

It's recommended to do research and compare prices from different Nepal trekking agencies to find the best price and package for your budget and preferences.

Trip PlanExpand All

On the arrival time, the representative of Nepal Trekking Routes welcomes you at the Kathmandu Airport and escorts you up to the hotel. After taking rest, you can collect some trekking gears required for Manaslu Circuit trek around Thamel, the tourist junction. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you instructions about the trekking itinerary, difficulty, and the nature of landscapes and so on.

After having breakfast, the tour guide of the company takes you around Kathmandu Valley for showing you the sites worthy of visiting. There are seven out of ten cultural, natural and religious sites recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashuaptinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa in the course of Kathmandu Sightseeing tour.

Today, you head towards the gateway to Manaslu Circuit trekking region by roadway transportation. After having  breakfast, you travel in a private jeep along the Prithvi Highway up to Dumre Bazaar, a town below the Queen of Hills, Bandipur. En route, you enjoy the staggering views of the snowy peaks of Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna region. The journey moves ahead along the banks of the Trishuli River and then the Marsyangdi River. After about eight hours driving, you reach the Budhi Gandaki Valley to begin your trekking formally the next morning.

After having breakfast, you begin the epic trek around Manaslu region through the rugged trail until you get to Machha Khola. You will walk past some gurgling rivers, natural springs and the paddy fields in the course of trip. Similarly, you go across a few suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki Valley. You move along Lububesi, a typical Gurung Village that has kept its unique culture and tradition intact for ages.


Today’s trekking track continues along a few pastoral Gurung Villages of Manaslu trekking region. You also go across a few suspension and wooden bridges over the mountain rivulets like the Tharo Khola and the Yura Khola. After following a stone stair, you reach Khorlabesi Village and a natural hot water waterfall. You can play with the hot water while taking a short pause here. Moving further, you come across some Gurung ethnic hamlets with their traditional housing pattern, lifestyle, art and architecture. Finally,  you reach Jagat where you spend the night at a teahouse that serves you local organic food as per your appetite.

Walking past some lush subtropical forests, pastoral villages and cultivated fields, you reach Deng for the night stay. The villages you have to  go across are Salleri and Sirdibas before you cross the suspension bridge over the Ghatte Khola. Then, you walk past Philim, one of the largest Gurung villages in Manaslu Circuit and then, Ekle Bhatti (meaning only one inn for the travellers). By walking through the bamboo forests and wide valley behind, the trail takes you to Deng.


It is quite interesting trekking today as you go past some dense forests, alpine vegetation and a few villages having rich culture and tradition. While continuing along the trail, you enjoy the enchanting vistas of the major peaks of Manalsu region. You can reach Namrung by following an alternative way via the village Prok that offers you the wonderful view of the Siringi Himal. You have to cross the Budhi Gandaki River several times by using the suspension bridges while moving further. This alternative trekking trail of Manaslu region takes you through Manaslu Conservation Area, an in-situ for wildlife and vegetation.


Moving ahead towards Lho village, you can enjoy the typical lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhist influence in the Nubri Valley. Nubri Valley and Tsum Valley are the two major valleys in Manaslu region. Nubri Valley is occupied by the Gurung ethnic communities and the majority of people are in foreign employment. Until you reach the mani walls of Lho Village, you continue along the tush forests of rhododendron and oak, deep valley and terraced land with variety of crops. On the way, you come to see the enthralling view of the Pungen Glacier that originates from Peak 29 of Manaslu area. Here, you can enjoy the eye-catching sights of the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu region.


Lho village serves you with a beautiful sunrise view of Mt. Siringi, Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Himalchuli. Therefore, don’t forget to take a short visit to Ribung Gompa before leaving Lho Village. Then, you follow the trail that leads you through Lihi which is a beautiful village with monasteries and terraced fields beautified by various crops. Thereafter, you walk past three other villages naming, Sho, Lho and Shyala from where you see the alluring outlook Manaslu region peaks. The enchanting view of Peak 29, Himal Chuli, Mt. Manaslu and large glaciers accompany you while moving ahead. In the end, you reach Samagaun, which is a naturally and culturally attractive village and rest point throughout Manaslu Circuit trek.


Samagaun is the best place to have an acclimatization day as there are a few interesting sites to visit to make your trekking more memorable. You can take side trip to Pungyen Gompa (also called Sama Gompa), which takes about two hours’ walking distance from here. From the monastery location, you can enjoy the stunning vistas of the Manaslu Glacier, the largest glacier in the entire Manaslu region. While roaming around the gompa, you come to see hundreds of Sherpa women wearing their cultural attire, ornaments. The chortens and mani walls bejeweled with the prayer flags give you a real peace of mind and soul.

Alternatively, you can take another hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m) that rewards you with the heart touching scenery of the Manaslu valley and Himalayas around. On the way, you come to see the Birendra Lake which is one of the freshwater lakes in Manaslu Himalayan region. Spread in about 3 sq. kilometers, Birendra Lake is formed due to the deposit of the Manaslu Glacier. Nowadays, it has become more and more popular among the domestic as well as international trekkers to Manaslu Circuit.


After having breakfast, you follow the trail that ascends towards the Budhi Gandaki River banks and then, a few suspension bridges and mani walls. You walk past some villages reflecting Buddhism in the Himalayas taking you very close to Nepal-Tibet border. This is the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet before other routes were not developed and you can find such practices even today. By walking through juniper and birch forests, you reach Samdo  by leaving Kermo Kharka village behind. Overnight stay at a teahouse.


You continue the journey today after taking breakfast. On the way, you will walk past a seasonal Tibetan market of the region, also known as Larke Bazaar. Then, you ascend to the Budhi Gandaki River relishing the stunning view of Larkya Glacier. Again, crossing the Salka Khola valley, you end at Dharmasala after walking for about four hours. You are going to cross the highest point of the entire Manaslu Round trekking itinerary the following morning. Therefore, we recommend you to take side trips around Dharmasala to prepare yourself for crossing 5,160m high pass.

You are going to cross the most challenging but memorable high Himalayan pass of Manaslu region trekking. After having breakfast, you move ahead by keeping your determination quite higher. On the way, you enjoy the captivating sight of snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, pastoral hamlets and diverse flora-fauna. Walking through the Larkya Glacial Valley rewards you with the miraculous sight of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Walk slowly but steadily to avoid altitude sickness to reach the top of the high pass. Once you reach the top of Larkya La Pass (5,160m), you can have an unforgettable memories of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal and Annapurna II. While moving downhill towards Bimtang, you can have a distant view of imminent Manaslu Mountain in the early sunset. Overnight stay at a teahouse at Bimtang by enjoying the cuisines prepared and served by the Sherpa people.


After having breakfast at Bimtang, you begin your trekking today by walking along a ridge having a wonderful mountain view. You come to witness majestic view of snow-clad peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung, Himlung and Cheo until you cross the Dudh Khola River. Then the trail penetrates through a lush rhododendron forests and then cultivated land of Karche village. Walking along the rugged trail that moves uphill now and downhill then, you reach Tilche (Tilje) for the night rest.


Today is the last day of trekking in Manaslu Circuit, so, you begin the voyage after breakfast. The trekking route that goes past Thonje village walking along the stone-paved staircase to reach Dharapani. You meet Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail from Dharapani walking for about three hours. Taking a short break here, you catch a private jeep to drive to Beshisahar, the gateway to Annapurna region trekking. You can celebrate the successful completion of Manaslu Circuit trek with the fellow trekkers to make this journey a lifelong memory.


After having breakfast at the hotel, you begin the retreat travel to Kathmandu driving along the same route you used two weeks earlier. By using a private jeep, you set off to the Capital City of Kathmandu enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding landscapes and trade centers. After you arrive Kathmandu, the team member leaves you at the hotel. In the leisure time, you can visit around the tourist center, Thamel to purchase some tokens of love to gift your people back in the hometown. In the evening, the agency organizes a farewell dinner at a cultural café or restaurant as a part of hospitality.


Today, you have come to the end of Manaslu Circuit trek 17 days’ itinerary. So, the crewmember of the company accompanies you up to the Kathmandu Airport according to your flight schedule.

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop off service .
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and accommodation during the trekking
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional nepali resturant
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out iteniry)

The Manaslu Round Trek is a popular hiking trail in Nepal that takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is known for its breathtaking mountain views, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences.

The trek typically takes around 14 to 16 days, depending on your itinerary and the pace you choose. This duration includes acclimatization days and allows you to fully experience the beauty of the region.

Yes, the Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal, and you need a special trekking permit to enter. You also need to trek with a licensed guide. Make sure to check the latest regulations and obtain the necessary permits before starting your trek.

The Manaslu Round Trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced hikers. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and rugged terrains. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

Yes, there are tea houses and lodges available along the trekking route. However, the facilities may be more basic compared to popular trekking regions like Everest or Annapurna. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag and be prepared for limited amenities.

The best time to do the Manaslu Round Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. Winter and monsoon seasons are generally not recommended due to harsh weather and increased risks.

No, trekking in the Manaslu region requires a licensed guide, and you must be part of a group of at least two people. The restrictions are in place to ensure safety and support sustainable tourism practices in the area.

You need three permits for the Manaslu Round Trek: Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. The trek includes rest days at certain points, such as Samagaon and Samdo, to allow your body to adapt to the increasing altitude. It’s important to drink plenty of fluids, take it slow, and listen to your body throughout the trek.

Some essential items to pack for the Manaslu Round Trek include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, a trekking pole, a water purifier or water purification tablets, a first aid kit, and high-energy snacks. It’s also recommended to bring a camera to capture the stunning landscapes along the way.

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