Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek - 18 days

18 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
2 Pax
Private Care and Public Bus
Best Season
September to December and March to June
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
  • 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Basic tea house Lodge during the trek.
Starts at
Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Arughat-Jagat-Samagaun-Larke Pass-Bhimthang-Tilje-Chamje-Beshisahar-Kathmandu


    • Start with exploring Kathmandu city- the city of cultures, arts, and history. 
    • Take a scenic drive to Soti Khola through the small settlements. 
    • Explore the enriched Buddhist cultures, traditions, and the living style of the locals of Manaslu. 
    • Collect the best views of the Himalayas including Mount Manaslu. 
    • Get the best views of diverse landscapes. 
    • Explore some of the best Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas. 
    • Create a lifetime memory with Adventure A1 Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Trek is a wonderful adventure around the world's 8th highest mountain. The fascinating trip is the perfect combination of cultural and natural aspects. Manaslu Trekking is the range of high peaks including Manaslu and exploration of traditional villages of the area combined with Tibetan Buddhism religion and the culture is awesome. Manaslu trek is very popular for adventure lovers.
The walk from the warm sub-tropic areas to the cool alpine forests and to the arctic ice and glacier zone is the best part of the adventure. The inclusion of Larke Pass adds fun and excitement to the trek. Sought as the best alternative to the Annapurna circuit trek, the Manaslu circuit trek is getting a wide range of popularity in a short time.
The restricted area trekking, the Manaslu trek can not be done individually. This means, the trekker has to trek through a Nepal government-registered company and has to have a minimum of two trekkers. The permits needed for the Manaslu circuit trek are restricted area permit, Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP), and Manaslu conservation area permit (MCAP). 
Trekking in Nepal is a seasonal adventure activity. Like other treks, Manaslu is also the same. The best time to trek the Manaslu circuit trekking is in the months of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). Tripping Manaslu in the months of winter (December to February) is doable. But trekking to Manaslu in the months of monsoon (June to August) is not recommended due to the heavy rain. 

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Trekking is one of the popular trekking in Nepal. Manaslu Trek Difficulty is generally considered moderately challenging. Trekkers will need to pass through taxing terrains to achieve their goal of completing the Manaslu Circuit. The rugged and remote landscapes of the Manaslu region require a long Duration of the walk. But nowadays you can get a Public bus to some close distance to the mountains. 
Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Best choice for Trekkers seeking an Adventure. This Trek is a moderately Challenging Trek in Nepal. Nepal trekking takes you through the remote villages of the Himalayan region. It is one of the popular off-beaten treks in Nepal. It is Located in The Gorkha district. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is also Great Tea house trekking. Manaslu circuit trek is known as the best all-around Trekking in Nepal. It is certainly a great alternative to The Annapurna Circuit Trek. Manaslu Trek shows you the eighth-highest Manaslu 8,163m mountain in the world.

Manaslu Trek Distance

Manaslu Trek lies in the northern Himalayan range, the west-central part of Gorkha District. Manaslu Trekking is about one hundred seventy-seven kilometers (177) in total distance. This Trek is widely varied as the territories range from its lowest point to the 8,163m of the world’s eighth-highest mountain Manaslu. This Trekking standard is 16 a day trek itinerary. 
You will be walking tentatively for 12 days with an average Distance. Every day Approximately 15 to 20 kilometers which can be pretty hectic for you. The beginning of the Manaslu Trek trail follows Budhi Gandaki Gorge is a distressing Steep up. Trekkers will walk through breezy trails and cross suspension bridges above the Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing Larke-La pass at an altitude of 5,213m is challenging walking down to Bhimthang and heading to Dharapani which is a route to Annapurna Circuit Trail. Finally, your trip is to come to end. From there you can take a Jeep drive to Beshisahar and head up to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Manaslu Trek and Permit Cost:

The Manaslu Trek permit cost USD $70/- for the first seven days and an extra day will cost $10/- per day from September to November. For another month December to August for the first Seven days and USD $7 for an extra day. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit for SAARC (South Asian Association regional Countries) is Two Hundred Rupees per person and for other nations is 2 thousand per person. 
While you enter to Manaslu trek after crossing to Larke Pass then you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area. So, you need to take a permit from Annapurna Conservation. Annapurna Permit Cost is Rs. 3400/- per person. All together your Stay in Nepal, Manaslu Trekking, Food, a porter, a Guide, a two-night Hotel in Kathmandu, transportation, and a shortlist of packages included in our plan are beginning from USD $1355/- per person. If you want to take more Luxury Services the price will be increased.

Manasalu Trek Route:

Manaslu Trek route starts from Sotikhola which lies in the Hilly part. Then head to Machhakhola- Yaruphant- Philim- Behiphedi- Namrung- Lho Gaun- Sama Gaon- Samdo- Dharmashala- Larke pass- Bhimthanag- Tilje- Chamje and Drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu. it depends on your plan.


Important Note

  • Customize Itinerary as you need.
  • Take a Small 15/20 liter bag for your personal belongings.
  • If your thought does not meet, in this Itinerary and Budget,  please talk with us in what's App or email us. 

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, you will be welcomed by our representative. You will be then transferred to the hotel. Later, you can take a good rest or can walk around the local market in your free time. 

  • Accommodation at: 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis.

The full-day Kathmandu valley sightseeing is dedicated to exploring four of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. The sites that are covered are Pashupatinath temple, Soyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square. During the sightseeing, you will get insights into the historical, cultural, and religious aspects of the valley. after finishing the tour you can prepare trekking gear and (Preparation of Trekking permit).

The overland journey starts after breakfast. The route heads towards the mid-west zone from Dhading to Gorkha. You can collect wonderful views of green hills and the occasional views of the mountains along the way. The exciting journey also includes driving via Trishuli and Budi Gandaki river to reach Soti Khola for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

On the starting day of the trek, from Soti Khola, you walk following the Budigandaki river upstream crossing several farm villages and fields. With the views of nice waterfalls and villages, you continue your walking to cross a stream to reach Machha Khola. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

Following the Budigandaki upstream you will be first reaching Khorla Besi, which is a small farm village. There onwards following the winding path you will reach Tatopani village- the literal meaning of Tatopani is hot water and this village has a natural hot spring. You can take a hot bath in the hot spring. You will then continue of trek passing Dovan village to reach Yaruphant for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse at Yaruphant. 

The journey resumes after breakfast. The first village you will get to today is Jagat. The walk from Jagat continues heading to the higher areas through some small farm villages. The locals working on the farms and the typical local style of the houses are interesting to watch. Upon crossing the suspension bridge, you will be reaching Philim. Philim is a large village with scattered farmhouses. You will be spending your night at a local lodge. 

After spending a wonderful night at Philim, the day starts with a good breakfast. The first section of Philim to Deng is an easy section. Deng, onwards you will enter the cooler area and you will then start entering the Himalayan alpine region.  With the four hours of walking, you will be reaching Behi Phedi for the overnight. You will be staying at a local teahouse.

Grab the delicious breakfast and start the journey towards Namrung. The first place you will be getting today is Ghap village, which is a beautiful village with people who followed Tibetan Buddhism. From that onwards, you can see the true local cultures and the traditions which are highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Then following the Budigandaki river then crossing it, you will trek through the small farm villages and cultivated farm fields to reach Namrung village for the night. 

Namrung village offers excellent views of Mt. Manaslu's north face and adjoining peaks.  You will be staying overnight at a local lodge at Namrung. 

After collecting the views of Mount Manaslu, the walk continues to Banjham village. The walk continues passing a few more villages of Lhi and Sho. The altitude gains with an hour up to Shrip village and then to Lho Gaon for overnight. You will be spending your night at a local teahouse at Lho Gaon.

Start the day with breakfast. Lho Gaon onwards, you will be now entering the alpine region as the tree lines fade away. You will find short juniper bushes and some willow trees on the route. As the walk progresses on the nice path with wonderful views, the barren landscapes themselves look fantastic. With a few pushes, you will be reaching Sama Gaon for the night. It will be actually two nights stop for you. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse.

The rest day is dedicated to acclimatization. On a free day, you can explore the wonderful village of Sama Gaon, which is so much similar to Tibetan. Tibet much influences the cultures, traditions, and living styles.

With two wonderful days in Sama Gaon, today you will be trekking to Samdo, which is the last point before crossing Larke La pass. Distance-wise the walk is not much but the high altitude and the thin air make the trekking bit slower.  Samdo is a beautiful village with rich cultures and traditions which is solely influenced by Tibetan culture. You will be staying overnight at a local tea house.

The walk from Samdo leads to more barren areas, as the adventure continues crossing the Gyala Khola, then ascending to the ridge to get to the village of Larke Bazar. You will then continue your walk to Dharamshala for the night. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse.

One of the best and the longest day of the trip, the walk from first takes you to Larke Phedi then a gradual walk to the top of Larke La. Then the gradual winding uphill leads towards the highest point of the pass. The further you will be crossing the pass to make the final descent to Bhimtang for the night. The pass offers greater views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse at Bhimthang.

An easy trek, you will be trekking to Tilje today through the thickly forested area of pines, and rhododendron trees with greater views of the Himalayas.  You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse.

The final day of the great adventure. You will be heading southward, following the man trail by Marsyandi river downstream to get to Tal Besi. From Tal, the easy and descending route with wonderful views of the waterfalls takes you to Chamje. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge.

You will be taking a scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Chamje this day. In Kathmandu, you can have a good rest. In your free time, you can do some last-minute shopping.

After a wonderful time in Nepal, today you will be transferred to the Kathmandu international airport to catch your returning flight back home. Namaste!

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    • Airport transportation Pick up and Drop
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel on a twin/double sharing basis
    • A full Day sightseeing Tour guide  and Private Car with Air Conditioning 
    • Transportation (Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Chamje to Kathmandu) by a local bus
    • An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses during the trekking
    • One porter for two trekkers including their all expenses during the trekking
    • Permits (Restricted area permit, ACAP, and MCAP permits) plus TIMS cards
    • Meals (breakfasts, lunch, and dinners) during the trekking
    • Accommodation at a local teahouse on a twin/double sharing basis
    • All the government taxes and the company service charge

Doesn't Include

    • International airfare, Travel insurance, Nepal visa fees 
    • Food in Kathmandu.
    • Beverages, laundry, Wi-Fi, Telephone, Desert, and any other personal expenses during the trek. 
    • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver.


    • Manaslu Trekking Map
    • Welcome and welfare Dinner in Nepali Authentic restaurant.
    • A1trek company logo print T-shirt.
    • Trekking Certificate of a1trekking company name with a stamp.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Manaslu is a controlled Area of Nepal since it was opened for outside visitors in 1991 onwards. For several motives, the upper Manaslu region remains a restricted area. The first cause it is close to Nepal / Tibet-China border, and the other is to control the main flow of trekkers. To conserve its pristine environment as it were for hundreds of centuries.

Mt. Manaslu turrets are high as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m / 26, 781 feet, located in Nepal North Mid-West. Which is around Mansiri Himalaya range, in between Annapurna, Lamjung, and Ganesh Himal.

It is like any other trek around the Himalayas more uphill climb, with a downhill at the end of trekking. The difficult and hard walk is the climb to Larke-La pass at above 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet high. One of the longest passes to cross with a steep downhill to another side of the pass.

Manaslu is also called Kutang by the local native of Upper Manaslu valley which comes from Tibetan origin language. The name Kutang is for prosperous land for animals to graze, as well as to yield high-altitude crops. Like Buckwheat, barley and wheat, and other vegetables. Manaslu's name comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ‘Manas’, which means the mind or soul of the god and mountain spirits.

The trek to Manaslu Circuit normally starts from Sotikhola a small farm village but slowly turns into a town. Located around the district of Gorkha, within low warm, and heavily farmed areas. The trek ends at Dharapani village in Manang district, where the popular Annapurna Circuit trail joins.

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