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The Manaslu circuit trek stands as one of Nepal’s premier trekking experiences. It guides you through the captivating landscapes of the Manaslu Conservation Area, culminating in a spectacular vista of the world’s eighth-highest peak.

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The Manaslu circuit trek stands as one of Nepal’s premier trekking experiences. It guides you through the captivating landscapes of the Manaslu Conservation Area, culminating in a spectacular vista of the world’s eighth-highest peak.

For those who have already traversed the Annapurna Circuit, this trek offers a splendid alternative. Spanning 13 days, the Manaslu Circuit Trek embarks from Maccha Khola and concludes at Beshi Sahar. Should you choose to embark on an additional side trek to the Tsum valley, the journey can be extended to 22 days.

Bordered by the majestic Annapurna range in the West and Ganesh Himal in the East, Manaslu commands a stately presence among the 8000-meter giants.

In contrast to the bustling Everest Base Camp Trek, frequented by trekkers worldwide, the Manaslu circuit trek tends to be less traversed. It presents a remote and physically demanding expedition, yet one that is culturally enriching and scenically awe-inspiring.

The circuit guides you from the lush lowlands adorned with rice and millet terraces through the formidable gorges of the Budi Gandaki, adorned with its emerald waters and breathtaking waterfalls. The suspension bridges along the Manaslu trek are exceptional in both their span and height, and the annual monsoon often sweeps away smaller bridges, necessitating the use of partially submerged rocks by trekkers.

Having only been accessible to a maximum of 400 trekkers since 1992, this expedition still retains the pioneering spirit. If you seek to experience trekking akin to the 1980s, the Manaslu circuit trek offers a visual extravaganza from beginning to end, though it demands a high level of fitness.

Gradually ascending northward, you approach the snow-clad Larkya La Pass near the Tibetan border. The altitude here poses a challenge, yet is nearly forgotten in the face of the awe-inspiring vistas of Manaslu. Situated at 5,167 meters/16,952 feet, Larkya La Pass is typically blanketed in snow and ice. Micro crampons are often employed for the descent, necessitating a 4 a.m. start to reach the summit before the winds pick up, usually around mid-morning.

As you gaze back from the pass, the path you’ve traversed unfolds in clear view. However, the most breathtaking sight emerges after you’ve descended from the pass and proceeded along a corridor to the west.

A magnificent glacial cirque unfurls before you, featuring a towering wall formed by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru, spilling down a cascade of glaciers, while Annapurna II majestically rises ahead. This singular view alone renders the trek immensely rewarding. Magical Nepal is prepared to organize your all-inclusive 13-day trek, which can be comfortably accommodated in teahouses unless you opt for an off-route adventure, where camping becomes the sole option.


Absolutely, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey through a diverse and stunning landscape. Here are some of the key highlights:

1. Natural Beauty: The trek takes you through awe-inspiring forests, alongside rushing rivers, and amidst diverse flora. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking.

2. Cultural Diversity: You’ll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals from both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic backgrounds. This cultural richness adds a unique dimension to the trek.

3. Larkya La Pass: This pass, standing tall at 5,167 meters (16,952 feet), is the highest point on the trek. The views from here are simply awe-inspiring, showcasing some of the world’s highest peaks.

4. Spectacular Mountain Views: Throughout the trek, you’ll be treated to stunning views of some of the Himalayas’ highest peaks, including Manaslu, Himlung, and Annapurna II.

5. Rich Wildlife: The region is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including Tahr, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and if you’re particularly fortunate, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Snow Leopard.

These highlights make the Manaslu Circuit Trek an unforgettable adventure for any trekking enthusiast.


Your Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary looks well-planned and allows for adequate acclimatization and rest days. Here’s a summary of the key points:

1. Gradual Altitude Gain: The itinerary ensures a gradual increase in altitude, allowing trekkers to acclimatize effectively.

2. Acclimatization Days: Both in Sama Gaun and Samdo, you’ve allocated acclimatization days. This is crucial for adjusting to the high altitudes and reduces the risk of altitude-related issues.

3. Day Trip Options: Offering the option of a day trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa from Sama Gaun allows trekkers to explore these remarkable sites.

4. Challenging Pass Crossing: The trek over Larkya Pass is appropriately placed after the acclimatization days. It’s followed by a restful night in Bimthang, which is a good strategy.

5. Final Descent: The itinerary concludes with a gradual descent from Bimthang to Dharapani, providing a more comfortable end to the trek.

6. Drive Back to Kathmandu: The return journey by road from Dharapani to Kathmandu is factored in, ensuring a safe and efficient way to conclude the trek.

Overall, this itinerary is well-balanced and considers the physical demands and challenges of the trek. It also prioritizes safety and acclimatization, which is crucial for high-altitude treks like the Manaslu Circuit.


Day 1Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (Drive)

Your journey on the Manaslu Circuit commences in Kathmandu. Initially, you have the option to board a direct bus departing at either 6 am or 8 am from Gongabu Bus Park, Kathmandu, destined for Maccha Khola. Alternatively, you can opt for a bus heading to Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway, and then proceed with a local bus or jeep.

While the road may be characterized by its dusty and uneven terrain, you’ll be treated to splendid landscape views from your window seat. Along the way, you’ll find numerous rest stops for brief respites and meals. Your overnight accommodation awaits at one of the teahouses in Maccha Khola.

Day 2Maccha Khola to Jagat

On the subsequent day, your journey continues along the winding path adjacent to the Budi Gandaki River. As you enter the forested trail, you’ll have the chance to observe numerous monkeys and langurs.

Beyond the forest, you’ll traverse through Gurung villages, such as lower Khorlabeshi. Here, you’ll notice shepherds donned in the distinctive smoke-browned cape known as Bokkhu.

Continuing on, you’ll arrive at Tatopani, aptly named for its ‘hot water’, offering you the opportunity for a rejuvenating warm shower to soothe your weary body. Following this relaxing interlude, you’ll cross a newly erected suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki River, leading you to Doban.

After passing through a landslip and Yaruphant, you’ll cross a wooden bridge to the left of the Buri Gandaki river, avoiding a challenging 3-hour ascent on the Gurung village trails.

Following the undulations of the terrain, you’ll notice the river gradually flattening out at Yaru. From here, a lengthy cantilever bridge takes you to Jagat, a charmingly paved Gurung village. Upon entering the village, you’ll need to validate your trekking permits at the check post. It’s from this point onward that you’ll be journeying through the restricted region.

Day 3Jagat to Pewa

The following day, your trek leads you to Salleri, followed by a descent to Sirdibas. This village extends a warm welcome with its numerous gompas and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags. Along the route, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the local alcohol at various stops before you reach Phillim. Here, your permits will be duly checked, after which you’ll continue along the western bank of the river.

The path unfolds with captivating features, including distinctive sculptures adorning the boulders along the riverbank, shaped by the flowing waters over time. Venturing away from the river, you’ll traverse through rhododendron forests, stand amidst Himalayan pine, and pass by the towering peaks adorned with overhanging rocks. These natural wonders lend a remarkable charm to the trail.

Continuing onward, you’ll cross the Siyar Khola bridge and arrive at a junction where the trail diverges, leading to Tsum Valley on your right.

Finally, you’ll arrive at Pewa, marking the day’s final destination. In this region, there are only two teahouses that offer basic fare and a comfortable night’s rest. Pewa is renowned for serving the finest Dal Bhat in Nepal, complemented by the delightful Shilong Acha.

As the evening descends, you can gather around the fireplace, exchanging stories and experiences with fellow trekkers and locals before retiring for the night.

Day 4Pewa to Namrung

As the sun graces the horizon, you’ll indulge in a hearty breakfast to fuel the day’s trek. Before ascending the winding trails, you’ll meander through a bamboo forest, eventually arriving at Deng. Continuing on, you’ll cross a suspension bridge, making your way to Rana and Bihi Phedi. Along the path, curious white-faced monkeys may pay visits to villages in search of a free meal.

The trail then leads to Ghap, taking you through several areas prone to landslides. At this juncture, it’s crucial to exercise extra caution as you tread. Additionally, it’s imperative to heed your guide’s instructions to ensure your physical safety. Following the landslide-prone section, the trail ascends to Namrung.

After approximately an hour on the uneven terrain, you’ll embark on a zigzagging ascent from the river to the well-maintained village of Namrung (2660m). This locale boasts some of the finest teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses along the trek. A local entrepreneur, having spent over a decade in Hong Kong, returned to Namrung to establish a modern eatery and hotel offering amenities like Cappuccinos and WiFi.

Day 5Namrung to Lho

Embarking on a new day, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the distinctive way of life of the Nubri people. As you delve into their Tibet-influenced customs, you’ll traverse past numerous mani walls, verdant terraces, and traditional homes, progressing through Banjam and entering a forest adorned with fir, rhododendron, and oak trees before ascending to Lihi and onward to Sho.

The locals you encounter along the way will likely be adorned in traditional Tibetan attire, offering a vivid glimpse into their cultural heritage. As you venture further, you’ll come across intricately adorned paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before reaching Sho. Crossing rocky hillside routes, you’ll ultimately arrive at Lho.

From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). Given the increase in altitude on this day, it’s imperative to proceed at a measured pace and be attuned to your body’s signals. This mindful approach ensures a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Day 6Lho to Sama Gaun

As the morning sun graces the landscape, the picturesque silhouette of Mt. Manaslu accompanies your awakening. You’ll embark on an easy-going trail leading to Shyala, meandering through a pine and rhododendron-laden gully, alongside a moss-covered forest floor and a crystal-clear stream. After leaving Shyala, you’ll proceed for nearly an hour before arriving at Sama Gaun.

Upon entering the village, the grandeur of mountain vistas may recede, but the allure of yak pastures and characteristic settlements will capture your attention. Sama Gaun serves as the central village of the Nubri people, boasting a prominent gompa, numerous shops, a health post, a heliport, and facilities such as telephone and WiFi access. This thriving settlement is a hub of activity and amenities amidst the rugged terrain.

Day 7Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)

Today is dedicated to acclimatization in Sama Gaon, a crucial measure to guard against altitude-related issues. For this purpose, you’ll embark on an acclimatization hike towards Pungyen Gompa, situated to the east of the Nubri Valley. It’s advised to bring along a packed lunch for this excursion.

Upon reaching the hilltop, you’ll be rewarded with captivating views of Manaslu. In close proximity, you’ll likely spot many Himalayan Thars and Yaks leisurely grazing.

Alternatively, you have the option to hike to Manaslu Base Camp, located north of Sama Gong. This route leads you past Birendra Tal, where you’ll veer left onto the base camp track. The ascent involves steady trails, but the higher altitude may pose breathing challenges. It’s imperative to maintain proper hydration and proceed at a deliberate pace. As you progress northward along the Manaslu Glacier, you’ll eventually reach the basecamp at 4,400m / 14,435, before making the return journey.

For those seeking a more leisurely option, a hike to Birendra Tal, just a short distance from Sama Gong, provides an opportunity for rest or respite from the altitude if needed. It’s important to listen to your body’s signals and choose the option that aligns best with your comfort and acclimatization needs.

Day 8Sama Gaun to Samdo

Setting out on this new day, your destination is the recently reached Samdo. Given the high altitude, it’s essential to maintain a deliberate pace, making this a relatively short day’s trek. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by sprawling yak pastures in a broad valley, adorned with extensive mani walls, and accompanied by a diverse array of birdlife.

As you continue, you’ll ascend to a ridge after crossing the wooden bridge over the Buri Gandaki, eventually arriving at White Kani. This charming village is in close proximity to Samdo and is predominantly dedicated to yak herding.

Upon reaching Samdo, you have the option to explore the neighboring villages or embark on a hike to Samdo Peak. The trail leading to Larkya La veers left above the valley. Additionally, you’ll be able to discern the main route to Tibet, marked by the Larjyang La, creating slopes along the Larkya La trail. The surrounding terrain offers a visual tapestry of routes and peaks, inviting further exploration.

Day 9Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)

Taking a well-deserved day of rest, you’ll spend your time in Samdo, where you’ll embark on a day trip to the Tibetan border. This excursion offers the unique opportunity to catch glimpses of both Tibet and Nepal from this vantage point. If fortune smiles upon you, you may even witness a Yak caravan making its way across the border.

At the border, if you direct your gaze towards the south of Samdo Glacier, you’ll be treated to excellent photo opportunities, especially with a substantial serac situated near the glacier’s apex. Depending on the season, you may also have the chance to capture images of Blue Sheep, Pica’s, and Marmots, adding to the richness of your visual experience.

Day 10Samdo to Dharmasala

Indeed, this day promises another adventure in the high altitudes, and it’s crucial to closely monitor your body’s signals. As you savor the awe-inspiring vistas of the Himalayan range, you’ll proceed at a deliberate pace across the rugged terrain of the Manaslu region, eventually arriving at Dharmasala. This prudent approach ensures a safe and enjoyable journey amidst the challenging altitude.

Day 11Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass

This day marks a truly special milestone as you make your way to the highest point along the trail, the Larkya La Pass (5,160m / 16,929 ft). While the journey may present challenges, especially in adverse weather conditions or snow, it is entirely achievable. To ensure you cross the pass before afternoon, an early start is imperative. Setting out at 3 a.m. after a hearty breakfast will be essential. This section of the trek is undeniably demanding, but with steady progress, you’ll successfully reach the pass.

The breathtaking panoramas that greet you at the pass are nothing short of awe-inspiring. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to views of Himlung (7,126m/ 23,379 ft) near Tibet, Kang Guru (6,981m /22,903 ft), and Annapurna II (7,937m / 26,040 ft) in the Annapurna Range.

Taking your time to soak in this extraordinary experience at the pass, you’ll begin your descent towards Bimthang, a journey that will take approximately 3 hours. During this descent, you’ll be treated to views of colossal icefalls and mountains in every direction, with Pongkar Tal nestled between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers adding to the majestic scenery. This leg of the trek promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.

Day 12Bimthang to Dharapani

This marks the final leg of your trek through the captivating Manaslu region. Descending from the high altitudes, you’ll find yourself immersed in lush forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna, including vibrant rhododendron bushes.

Crossing back over the Dudh Khola, you’ll make your way to Karche for a well-deserved lunch break. Over the next hour, you’ll come across numerous signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks strewn about and riverbanks eroded, making the trail more rugged. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Gurung Goa, the first village since Samdo, marking a shift in the landscape towards a more agricultural and verdant setting, adorned with fields and clusters of oak and rhododendron. You’ll continue on the north (true right) bank until you reach Tilije. From there, your journey will persist as you make your way towards Dharapani, concluding your trek through the enchanting Manaslu region.

Day 13Dharapani to Kathmandu

After reaching Tilije, you’ll transition to a jeep that will take you to Beshi Sahar. From there, you’ll embark on a ride back to Kathmandu. Following the 6 to 7-hour drive from Beshi Sahar, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and unwind in one of the sophisticated hotels in Kathmandu, bringing a comfortable conclusion to your remarkable trekking adventure through the Manaslu region.

  • 12 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Guide for 13 days
  • Kathmandu Maccha Khola, Dharapani Kathmandu Local Bus
  • Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • 13 x breakfast, 13 x lunch and 12 x dinner while on the trek
  • One Porter for 13 days USD 231 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD 440 (Optional)

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