Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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Total Duration:17 Days


Trip Grade:Challenging

Meals:Refer to Itinerary

Transportation:Public Transportation

Accommodation:Hotel/Guest House

Max. Altitude:5160 Meters

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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing and cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like Bouddhanath (Buddhist Stupa), Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple (Hindu Shrine).
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu-Arughat and Besisahar-Kathmandu.
  • Magnificent sight of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himlung, Himal Chuli, Larke Himal, Ngada Chuli, Shringi, Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri massif and Mt. Manaslu peaks.
  • Observing the lifestyle of ethnic Gurung, Sherpa and Tamang communities.
  • Trekking experience through the beautiful forest, river, passes and grassland of Manaslu region.
  • Trekking through two beautiful conservation areas namely Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the trekking route to the base camp of 8th highest peak in the world. The Manaslu Base Camp trekking which is now popular as Manaslu circuit trekking is also compared to the famous Annapurna region trekking due to the diversity in culture and landscape. Manaslu circuit trekking route leads through Manaslu Conservation area and concludes at Annapurna Conservation Area.  Manaslu circuit trekking growing its visitors in the recent years for having the virgin territory with diversified culture. Manaslu trekking route was opened only after 1991 for the foreign visitors and it lies under the restricted region trekking route in Nepal.

The beautiful circuit trekking route begins at Arughat or Soti Khola. We perform trekking along the Budi Gandaki River originated from the Manaslu glacier. Manaslu trekking trail passes through many suspension bridges, villages, rivers, lakes, monasteries, landscapes and offers awe-inspiring view of Himalayan ranges. The different Himalayas to be observed during the Manaslu circuit trekking are Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himlung, Himal Chuli, Larke Himal, Ngada Chuli, Shringi, Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri massif and Mt. Manaslu. The trekking route is often called as the alternative to Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal for having the diverse cultural and biological beauty. The culture and lifestyle alters along with the change in topography. The lowlands have the abundance of Hindu communities and the uphill trekking route shows the predominance of Gurung and Sherpa inhabitants. The cultural practices ranges from traditional Hindu culture to Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture along the trekking trail.

The highest point of the Manaslu circuit trekking is Larke La Pass (5373m). The pass is the ancient salt trading route in Nepal and associates Manaslu region with Annapurna region. After Passing Larke La Pass the trekking route goes through Bhimthang village and fuses with Annapurna trekking trail from Dharapani. Manaslu circuit trekking route was affected by the disastrous earthquake on April 2015 but is now reconstructed and is safe to perform trekking. Lovely Nepal Tours and Travel is dedicated in providing best travel experience in different trekking regions of Nepal.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing tour and trekking preparation.

Day 03:Drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu.

Day 04:Trekking from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola.

Day 05:Trekking from Maccha Khola to Jagat.

Day 06:Trekking from Jagat to Deng.

Day 07:Trekking from Deng to Namrung.

Day 08:Trekking from Namrung to Samagaon.

Day 09:Acclimatization day at Samagaon and side trip to Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 10:Trekking from Samagaon to Samdo.

Day 11:Trekking from Samdo to Larke La Phedi (Dharamshala).

Day 12:Trekking from Lake La Phedi to Bhimthang via Larke La Pass (5160m).

Day 13:Trekking from Bhimthang to Tilije.

Day 14:Trekking from Tilije to Taal.

Day 15:Drive from Taal to Besisahar.

Day 16:Drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar and enjoy farewell dinner.

Day 17:Departure.


  • Pick up from airport on arrival and drop to airport in final departure.
  • Accommodation at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • All accommodation in lodges/ Guesthouses during the trek.
  • Your standard meals during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works and trekking permit.
  • Transportation by local bus from Kathmandu-Arughat and Besisahar-Kathmandu.
  • Transportation by local jeep from Arughat-Soti Khola and Tal-Besisahar.
  • An experienced, Helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance of the guide and porter.
  • Lovely Nepal sleeping bag, down jacket and duffle bag if necessary.
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant before the day of departure.
  • All our government taxes and services charges. 


  • Nepal entry visa which you may easily issue upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport. You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
  • International airfare.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).Upon your arrival at the international Airport at Kathmandu, our representative would pick you up and transfer to a hotel. A short briefing about the next day activities is provided and overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing tour and trekking preparation.After breakfast you are guided out for the sightseeing tour of different UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We visit different culturally significant locations such as Boudhhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu durbar square and Pashupatinath. We prepare for trekking and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03Drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu.Early morning we drive towards Soti Khola. The picturesque drive offers beautiful glimpses of Himalayas, countryside villages, hills and rivers. The long ride passes through plastered road up to Dhading Besi and is followed by unpaved and bumpy drive. We pass through Arughat along Budigandaki River and finally arrive at Soti Khola. We stay overnight at a guest house in Soti Khola.

Day 04Trekking from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola.We perform trekking along the beautiful forest with uphill and downhill trekking trails. We trek along the Budigandaki River through the waterfalls and observe beautiful Annapurna massif on the way. We trek throughvillages like Riden Gaon, walk through terraced fields and across suspension bridge over Budigandaki river. We finally arrive at Maccha Khola and stay overnight at a local guest house.

Day 05Trekking from Maccha Khola to Jagat.We ascend uphill after enjoying our breakfast at Maccha Khola. We elevate towards Tatopani through Khorlabeshi village crossing Maccha Khola (river). The trail after the hotspring at Tatopani goes through forest and scenic sight of rivers changes to sight of Himalayas on further ascent. We reach Jagat after few hours of uphill trekking by crossing some suspension bridges. Jagat is the entry check point of Manaslu conservation area. We spend our night at a local guest house in Jagat.

Day 06Trekking from Jagat to Deng. Early morning after the breakfast we continue our trekking. We walk slightly uphill and follow a plain path and arrive at Philim village. The village has the abundance of Gurung inhabitants, monasteries and prayer flags. From Philim village the trekking route is further uphill. We walk through terraced fields, gorges and thin pine forest. After few hours of trekking through the rhododendron forest we can have the view of houses with the thatched brown roofs. We can also see Tsum valley and we walk further more to arrive at the Buddhist village Deng. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07Trekking from Deng to Namrung.We trek through the beautiful green forest ascending uphill from Deng. We arrive at Namrung through stone paved trails leaving behind the beautiful rhododendron forest and chirping of birds. Namrung provides beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu, Siring, Himrung Himal, Himal Chuli and other Himalayas. The Buddhist Village is decorated with chortens and prayer flags. We stay overnight at a tea house in Namrung.

Day 08Trekking from Namrung to Samagaon.After thr breakfast we walk uphill, pass through the green forest and terraced fields to arrive at a Buddhist village Lihi. We descend further passing through the villages like Lho and Shyaula. Lho is a big village decorated with chortens, prayer flags and mani walls. We explore around the famous Rinbung monastery at Lho. Shyaula village offers panoramic view of Himchuli, Peak 29 and Mt. Manaslu. After short uphill walk from Shyaula we descend towards a river originated from Pungyen glacier. We arrive at Samagaon village and end today’s trekking. We spend the night at a guest house in Samagaon.

Day 09Acclimatization day at Samagaon and side trip to Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp.Today we spend our day at Samagaon and perform an exploration trip either to Pungyen Gompa or climb towards the Manaslu Base Camp. We walk around the Sherpa village Samagaon and onserve their lifestyle. We trek towards the ancient Pungyen Gompa which lies on the hill behind Mt. Manaslu. From Pungyen Gompa we can enjoy the vista of Glaciers and Himalayas. We return back to Samagaon and stay at the guest house in Samagaon.

Day 10Trekking from Samagaon to Samdo.We walk through the flat meadows initially and cross the wooden bridge over Budigandaki River. We climb uphill through the Larke La pass trail after crossing the river. The trail marked by mani walls lead us to Samdo village which lies behind a ridge. We can have glimpses of Larke glaciers along the trail. We stay overnight at a local tea house in Samdo.

Day 11Trekking from Samdo to Larke La Phedi (Dharamshala).Early morning we begin our trekking with a downhill walk towards Budi Gandaki River. We cross a wooden overpass and elevate uphill through the mani wall marked trail towards Dharamshala. We cross few small rivers and observe beautiful Larke glacier on the way. We pass along Salka valley and ascend further towards Larke La Phedi. We prepare ourselves for the next day trekking to Larke La pass and stay overnight at Dhramshala.

Day 12Trekking from Lake La Phedi to Bhimthang via Larke La Pass (5160m).Today we cross the highest point of the trekking trail. This is toughest and longest trekking route of Manaslu circuit trekking. We ascend uphill early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful sight of Larke peak along the way. We walk through the wet glaciers and moraines and climb steeply to reach the highest point of the trek. Larke La Pass (5160m) offers stunnighg vista of Cheo, Himlung, Kanguru, Menjung and Annapurna II peaks. We proceed further for a long day trekking to Bhimthang. We walk through the meadows and forest and arrive at Bhimthang late in the evening. We rest and stay overnight at a local tea house in Bhimthang.

Day 13Trekking from Bhimthang to Tilije.We enjoy the great vista of Himalayas from Bhimthang early in the morning. We descend down through Sangurey kharka village. Further walking downhill we arrive at Dudh Koshi River and walk across a wooden overpass. We trek through pine and rhododendron forest and ascend uphill from Karche valley. We reach to Gho village after a steep climb over a hill decorated with prayer flags. We walk further through Gho enjoying the awe-inspiring panorama of Lamjung peak crowning the Marsyangdi valley. We arrive at the Gurung village of Tilije through oak and rhododendron forest and stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 14Trekking from Tilije to Taal.After the breakfast we start our trekking by climbing over a small hill. We walk through the stone paved path and we arrive at Dudh Kola (river). We walk through the mani wall surrounded path and reach a police check post. We pass through the checkpoint and arrive at Dharapani after few trekking hours. We enter the Annapurna circuit trail from Dharapani and walk further towards Karte village. After few hours of trekking across mani walls and a bridge over Marshyandi River we arrive at the village of Taal. Taal is located below the beautiful waterfall. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Taal.

Day 15Drive from Taal to Besisahar.We enjoy our breakfast and we leave Taal for Besisahar. We travel on a local jeep or bus which is about 5-6 hours of drive through powdery road. We pass through several villages and towns and drive along the Marsyangdi River. We arrive at Besisahar and check into a guest house and stay overnight.

Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar and enjoy farewell dinner.We drive through beautiful locations and enjoy the sight of hills and mountains on our way back to Kathmandu. We drive along the bank of Marsyandi and Trishuli River and pass through beautiful terraced farms on either side of road. We arrive at Kathmandu after about 8 hours of drive and move into a hotel. We enjoy our farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant and observe Nepalese cultural dance. We stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17Departure.Thank you for performing Manaslu Circuit Trekking with Lovely Nepal Tours and Travel. Our representative will drop you to the airport for your final departure to the future destination.

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