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Manaslu Circuit Trek-17 Days

 Best Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal

Manaslu circuit trek takes place in the once restricted area of Manaslu. This trek revolves around the mighty Manaslu Mountain which locals consider a holy deity. From the giant soaring mountains to the diverse wildlife and amicable hospitality of the locals, Manaslu has so much to offer.

It is a classic trek and is considered to be the best of its kind by experts. There are many mysteries that the Manaslu region quietly covers in its shadows. Manaslu Circuit trek is a less tourist and remote area of Himalayan Nepal. We Highly recommended traveling, and trekking in the Manaslu region.

Our 17-day Manaslu circuit trek begins as you arrive in Kathmandu. We spend a day in Kathmandu sightseeing some major UNESCO world heritage sites. Also, we will need to get a restricted area permit before we leave for the Manaslu region. The following day, we drive to a village named Arughat in the Gorkha district. A private vehicle will take us there through the beautiful Prithivi highway with a dazzling view of rivers, forests, and many picturesque villages.

On the same day, we start our trek to reach Soti Khola for a night’s stay. Cross Lapubesi and you will find yourself in the vicinity of Maccha Khola. Rest for a while in Tatopani and after some heavy climbing, you will reach Jagat. With the extreme isolation and influence of Tibetan Buddhism, you proceed toward Deng. Move past Mani walls and prayer flags to reach the quaint settlement of Namrung.

Breathe in the Tibetan culture and admire the tranquil scene of the Himalayan Mountains like Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to reach the stopping point Samagaon. The Manaslu circuit trek trail takes a steep turn to the Manaslu base camp, which is simply magical. Observe the Himalayan panorama and find yourself hiking to Samdo.

As you hike on the banks of the Budi Gandaki River, we reach the stone cottage called Dharmashala. Rest here for a day and finally head out to conquer the Manaslu Larkya -La Pass. The downhill path now takes us to Tilije via the Dudh Khola River. The road leads us to Shyange and from there; we take a bus that leads us to Kathmandu where this trip will end.

Ace Vision Nepal has been organizing treks to Manaslu Circuit Trek and many others for the past long time. Our experienced tour guides will brief you completely during the tour and ensure you have a pleasant tour. We offer quality service at a genuine cost.

In the lower Manaslu section 2015 April Earthquake, it was affected but it was rebuilt. There are not any problems with Accommodation and meals. This area is totally safe for trekking.

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Trip Highlights:

  • Immensely beautiful landscape of Manaslu makes it the best trek among its kind.
  • Forests, mountain, lakes, passes, and glaciers all add up to the beauty of this region.
  • Cultural and historic place. Gumbas that are 500-600 years old is present here.
  • Legend says Guru Rinpoche once traveled through this region promoting the Tibetan culture.
  • Larkya La Pass, the highest point in the trek offers the view that you will remember for a lifetime.
  • Serang gompa and Pungyen gompa are two major highlights of the trek. These places have serenity like nowhere else.
  • Excellent panoramic Mountain view


On your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Ace Vision will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You can rest for the day and enjoy your own time. In the evening, we will enjoy a group dinner to amplify team-bonding. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Manaslu circuit trek takes you to the Manaslu Conservation Area in Nepal. This restricted area as declared by the government of Nepal. You will need a special permit to visit this area. We start our day with an early morning tour to Boudhanath. We visit some UNESCO world heritage sites inside the Kathmandu valley. Visit places like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. By the end of the day, we will have our permits ready for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

We drive out early from the Kathmandu valley following the road alongside Trishuli River. View of rivers and lush forests with beautiful villages will ease your eyes. The drive is comfortable at first and a little bumpy towards the end of 7-8 hours journey. We drive to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district, which resides right next to the raging Budi Gandaki River. We gather our necessities and begin the trek to Sotikhola. Overnight in Sotikhola.

The trail from Soti Khola to Machha Khola is a well-maintained trail that goes through the fine forests with varieties of flora and fauna. The road takes us to Khursane and past two waterfalls that cling on a rocky cliff. As we proceed forward, we take a quick rest in the Gurung village of Lapubesi. The trail meanders through the rice terraces and it later gives way to the Maccha Khola. Overnight in Maccha Khola.

The road to Jagat takes us across the Tharo Khola and stops at Khorlabesi. The elevated trail takes us to Tatopani, where we can relax for a while. You need to climb well-crafted staircases to reach a ridge that overlooks Dovan. Gradually you make your way up Dovan until you arrive at Tharo Bharyang. Finally, cross the western bank of Budi Gandaki to reach the stopping point for today, Jagat. This is a famous resting point for travelers on the road to the Manaslu circuit. Overnight in Jagat.

Today we trek through the sub-tropical forest of oak, birch and pine trees which is home to many different species of bird here. This region is ideal for bird watching. We also pass through some villages namely Salleri, Eaklibatti, Nyak, and some others. Suspension bridges every now and then over the beautifully bluish Budigandaki River add to the beauty of the journey. We stay overnight at the village of Deng after 6-8 hours of walk. This small village is home to people that follow Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Deng.

We start walking early after breakfast. The trail is steep initially but gets easy as we go ahead. We cross the Mani walls before reaching the gorgeous village of Ghap. From Ghap we move further ahead following the road through Prok village. Pork is an amazing viewpoint for the Siring Himal. The trail meanders along with the dense forests. Passing the deep intense bamboo forests, we reach Namrung. Take some time to admire the dramatic scenery that engulfs this majestic village. Overnight in Namrung.

The trek on this day is comparatively easy. The distance we cover is 17.7 km. But, the significant gain in altitude makes it a little tough. We pass through villages like Lihi, Sho and Lho village. Mani walls and prayer wheels add beauty on the trail. The culture here seems to be highly influenced by Tibetan culture. But still remains untouched and uninfluenced from the modern world. We can get unblemished views of mountains like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna along the way. After 5-6 hours of walk, we reach Samagaon for the night stay.

This is the day when we explore some side trips and hike to Manaslu Base Camp. Early in the morning, we hike to the base camp. The journey to base camp is extremely satisfying with views unlike anywhere. Majestic Manaslu with its striking shape shines in glory right in the front, this is serene. It normally takes 3 hours to reach the base camp. You might also enjoy the side trips to Birendra Tal: a glacial lake on the base of Manaslu peak, Pungyen Gompa: a divine religious institution with amazing serenity. Overnight in the same tea house.

The walk is pleasant from Sama Gaon to Samdo on this day. We cross suspension bridges passing through birch and rhododendron forests walking up and down the hills alongside the Budi Gandaki River. The view on the way is soul-satisfying. Samdo is known for its striking view of Manaslu. After crossing the Kermo Kharka, we arrive at Samdo. Tibetan culture prevails here and can be seen in the lifestyle of locals. Overnight in Samdo.

Today is an easy day comparatively. Crossing a wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki River, we start our walk for the day. Mani stones and prayer flags add beauty on the trail. After crossing a few streams, along the trail, we get a stunning view of Larkya Glacier. Further up a little, we reach a stoned-guest house named Dharamsala. We walk for 4-5 hours this day which provides us plenty of time to rest and acclimatize.

On day 12 th , we cross the famous Larke La pass. This is the highest point in our trek taking us up to an altitude of 5160m. From here, the view is out of the world. Mountains surrounding us in all directions, glacial lakes adding colors to the view are all stupendously beautiful. Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Kangaroo Himal, Manaslu, and many more peaks are all around this giant formation. The trail this day mostly passes through moraines. We trek down crossing the pass walking through grassy moraines. Overnight in Bimthang.

From this day, the trek gets easy gradually. Crossing a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi River takes us to Sangure Kharka and we will walk into a dense pine and rhododendron forests. Expect to see some Langur on your way through. We walk through the banks of the river. Passing villages like Gho we continue our walk to Tilije. Tilije is a village for brandy produced here locally. Overnight in Tilije.

We descend from Tilije walking over stone-paved trails. Mani stones and Chortens can be seen down the way up to Thorge village after crossing the Dudh Koshi River. We checkout from Manaslu Conservation Area and check in to Annapurna Conservation Area. Leaving Dharapani behind, we continue our walk till the village of Taal. Taal is an absolutely picturesque village by the banks of Marsayangdi with waterfalls and beautiful colored guesthouses and houses. Overnight in Taal.

Today we trek for about 7 hours by walking down through beautiful natural stairs. Crossing a suspension bridge over Marsayangdi River, we reach Chamje village. Walking down the forest of rhododendron trees we reach Jagat. Wonderful encounter with waterfalls is frequent. A little further ahead is the village of Syange where we stay for the day. Overnight in Shyange.

On the 16 th day, we will two options to get back to Kathmandu. Depending on your will we may decide to extend our trek or leave for Kathmandu from Shyange.

A representative from Ace vision Treks & Tours will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


  • Accommodation: Basic tea house accommodation during the trek. Deluxe accommodation for 2 nights in Kathmandu, in Tourist Hotels on twin/king basis with breakfast included.
  • Food: Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek, & Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Airport transfer by private vehicle. Kathmandu -Arughat by Local bus, Besisahar-Kathmandu by tourist bus, (If wish, Private Jeep can be arranged on additional Charge.)
  • Documents: Trekking permit of Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, Manaslu Special permit.
  • Human Resource: A professional & experienced English Speaking Guide & one porter (20/22 kg) per two trekkers. All expenses (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insurance) of the Guide & Porters are covered.
  • Tax/Service Charge: we assure you of no hidden charges later in the day. Fees, service charges, & taxes are fixed.


  • Beverage (Cold drinks, Bottled mineral water, Alcoholic drinks etc.)
  • Food bought at will.
  • Personal expenses (battery-charging fees, hot shower, Photography, Wifi, Laundry, Phone calls etc.)
  • Tips for Guides and porters.
  • Travel insurance and Nepal visa fee.
  • All expenses not mentioned in inclusions.

FAQ Question for Manaslu Circuit Trek

How difficult is Manaslu circuit trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the unique treks in Nepal. This trek is a newly open hiking trail which is fewer tourists than in other trekking regions. Manaslu Trek is also known as a cultural trek where you can trek up to the Tibetan border. As well as, beautiful mountains of Mt. Manaslu Himalayan ranges, Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Annapurna Himalayan, etc. Likewise, Hike along the Budi Gandaki River. Manaslu circuit trek we are going to pass the Larke- La 5106 m, As well as, Pungain Gompa is excellent Mountain Viewpoint.
Some people used to say in the guide book and the lonely planet that Manaslu trek is very difficult but it’s not so much difficult as people describe. Manaslu trek is off the beaten trail and also famous for a cultural trek of the Manaslu region.

Where is the starting and ending point of Manaslu trek?

Normally Manaslu circuit trek starting from Arughat around 6 to7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu but nowadays there is access to road conditions up to Soti Khola. So some people start the Manaslu trek from Arughat and some people begin from Soti Khola, Dhading. Starring from either Arughat or Soti Khola and ending at Besishar which is around 6 hours’ drive back to Kathmandu.
There is good road condition from Kathmandu to Arughat nowadays as compared to the past. You will drive either bus or jeep up to the Arughat or Soti Khola and you will start the trek.

Do I need Manaslu trek permits if need how do I get it?

Manaslu Trek is a restricted area trek so you have to need a different trek permit by joining from authorizing trekking company and have to take a guide.

What type of Food and Accommodation available during MANASLU Trekking?

Accommodations are the key point for any trekkers in Nepal. However normal trekking lodge is available during the MANASLU trek. Manaslu circuit trek offers budget accommodation during the trial.
Hotels / Lodges accommodation in Nice hotels are available in the city and lodges accommodation on a trek it all depends on the budget.

What about the internet and battery charge during Manaslu circuit trek?

For the battery charge, most of the place does not have electricity maybe somewhere a solar system. So the price of mobile charge can be variable from $ 1 to $5 per full battery charge. And for the internet most of the place has internet. While you go more upper part price will be the higher than a lower place. If you have the local sim card you can use the mobile internet if no problem mostly place has a connection.

Do I need travel insurance for Manaslu trek?

Travel insurance is the main thing for any traveler while traveling in a different place. So you are trekking to Manaslu round travel insurance is most necessary for your own safety. Similarly, your travel insurance should cover your helicopter charter, accidental and medical coverage. There is much international travel insurance they do regular travel insurance for the Manaslu circuit trek. So even travel insurance is more safe and reliable in this case.

What is the best time to do MANASLU trek?

Especially Nepal has 4 major seasons. They are spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Among them, spring, winter, and autumn are the best season to do Manaslu Circuit Trekking. On the other hand, summer is a low trekking season normally monsoon but still, some people visit there.
Spring (March, April, May)
Summer (June, July, August)
Autumn (September, October, November
Winter (December, January, February)
The best Season are autumn and spring but trekking can also do in another season too depends on weather condition

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