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14 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Larkya La (5160m)
Min People : 2
Max People : 20+

Trip Highlights:

  • One of the most popular restricted trekking regions in Nepal
  • Need to be organized only with a professional trekking agency, professional guide, and a minimum of two travelers are required for permits
  • Amazing views of Mt. Manaslu (Eighth Highest Mountain in the world), Mt. Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal Range, Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, and different peaks 
  • Larkya La Pass, highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Glaciers 
  • The beautiful Himalayan landscape of Budi Gandaki Valley River
  • Experience the local multi-ethnic community, culture, and lifestyle 
  • Soothing Birendra Lake 

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, associated with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ (5160m) which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Mountains.

It is one of the most restricted trekking regions in Nepal. In which, you need a special permit including Manaslu Restricted Permit, MCAP, and ACAP. This permit can only be made from a government authorized trekking company which has trekking license, a certificate from the central bank of Nepal, Travel Insurance, and others.

Foods & Accommodation:

  • 13 Nights Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • 12 Breakfast, 13 Lunch, and 12 Dinner during the trek 

Best Time

  • Spring (March to May)
  • Autumn (September to November)

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

In total, you need three different permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Permit costs for the trek depends on the different season. Following are the list of permits with the cost that you need:   

1. Manaslu Restricted Permit: 

  • During September to November: USD 70 for the first seven days and USD 10 for each additional days
  • From December to August: USD 50 for the first seven days and USD 7 for each additional days

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):

  • MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 1000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
  • MCAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 3000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

  • ACAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 1000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
  • ACAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 3000 per person (Including Govt. Tax)

4. Tsum Valley Permit (Optional)

  • USD 35 for per person (1 week)

Above permits need to be applied with a minimum of two travelers. If you are planning to come as a solo. We will find the other travelers for you. For that, contact us via email.

Manaslu Circuit Trek: 10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can I trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek independently? 

A. No, you can’t trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek independently or alone. According to Nepal Government, minimum of two trekkers are compulsorily required to make Manaslu Circuit trek permit. You can’t trek alone due to safety and restricted region.

Q. Why Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted? 

A. You are not the alone to ask the question about why Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted. One major reason behind this restricted region is that Nepal Government especially Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned governing bodies where they jointly aim to preserve this place for making it attractive to trekkers from all around the world. Another reason is to ensure security to trekkers while passing open border point – Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass and Tsum Valley which shares the border with Tibet. Hence, Manaslu Circuit Treks is termed as a restricted region in Nepal.

Q. How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek? 

A. To answer this question, you should know your physical fitness level. You should also be able to walk 6-7 hours a day. There is one special day, where you have to walk before sunrise to avoid storm at Larkya La. Because guide has a strict deadline to pass the Larkya La before noon which should be operated according to the itinerary. Similarly, at some point like Larkya La Pass (5160m), there is a step down which makes a little harder to pass due to the icy path. In that case, you can use crampon on boots to pass the icy path to reach Bimthang. Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around Annapurna Region.

If you have a willing power or dedication to complete the Manaslu Circuit trek. Then, it’s not that much difficult. In between the trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination. This will make your trekking a lot more physical friendly.

Q. If I am alone. Can I join with other trekkers for a permit?  

A. Yes, you can join with other trekkers for a special trekking permit. For that, you must be flexible in terms of duration. In peak season, you will easily find another trekker for a permit. Whereas in low season, it’s quite difficult or time-consuming to find other trekkers who are heading to Manaslu for that particular month. If you inform us a month before arriving in Nepal. Then, we may find you another trekker for a permit. Contact us.

Q. How is the transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola start point?  

A. From Kathmandu to Solti Khola start point, you will be traveling to hill-side via Prithvi Highway until Malekhu. After that, you will follow the narrow off-road till to Soti Khola. It’s quite a long off-road journey of about 7-8 hours. You have two options to get Soti Khola start point. The first option is to take four wheels private jeep, which can accommodate 7 people. Another option is to take a morning local bus from New Buspark, Kathmandu. Expect some crowd, local gossips, too many stops and opportunity to make new local friends as well as an adventure while traveling from the local bus.

Q. Do we need a Travel Insurance? 

A. Yes, you need a travel insurance to overcome the unforeseen circumstances such as; Bad weather (Snow, Storm, Landslides and other natural disasters), Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), food poison and physical accident.

Q. What sort of trekking clothing and equipment do we need for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

A. We have listed the trekking clothing and equipment you need for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find here! 

Q. What kind of food and accommodations can be found in Manaslu Trek? 

A. Around Manaslu Trek, there are new as well as old teahouses which were built after the earthquake. So, don’t expect to get luxurious accommodations. You will get a room with a comfortable bed and shared a bathroom with a hot shower facility (private expenses). Nowadays, you can also get connected to wifi from teahouses (private expenses).

Talking about the food types, you can find the fresh local meal which will be made after your order. Expect to get some healthy foods as well as organic vegetables such as; Nepali Dhal Bhat, MoMo, Macaroni, Noodles, Pizza, and others. Don’t forget to take caution before drinking a water. You can refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated around Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Q. Which is the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek? 

A. The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek are March, April, May and the last week in September to mid-December. Peak season is in October. Low season is the monsoon (June to September) due to rain and haze weather. In December to late February to early March, there is a probable chance of winter snow and lodge will be closed mainly in Laryka Phedi, Bhimthang.

Q. What happens If I or my friends get sick while trekking Manaslu Circuit? 

A. If you get sick while trekking, you can ask the guide for normal precautions. If that doesn’t help, try to go to a lower altitude for treating altitude sickness. And, the situation get worse such as; some sort of physical accident then our guide will help you to evacuate from trekking via rescue flight.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8 – 9 hours

After having a hot breakfast, we will catch a bus for a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, enjoying the views of the hilly areas, terraces, fields, and rivers. The drive to Arughat is a little rough one. After 8-9 hours drive, we will reach Sotikhola (710m). Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 3Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m): 6 – 7 hours

After breakfast at Lodge, we will start our trek through the forest, colorful villages, clean streams, wonderful waterfalls and green valley until we reach Lapu Besi. This is a village which has Mongolian inhabitants. After crossing the zigzag path, we will reach to Machha Khola and overnight at Teahouse.

Day 4Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek and cross the Machha Khola and head up to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. This wild trail is quite exposed and challenging. After crossing short forest path. We will reach a single teahouse at Doban and above Doban, the Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat and overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 5Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having a breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. The early part of the trek moves gently uphill and then somewhere through a flat leveled path, we cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before we enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurung community, Small serene monasteries, small stupas and prayer flags fluttering in the sky. After having lunch here, we will trek over a flat leveled path mostly through a forest of pine, and rhododendron. While walking, we cross a few bridges and can see colorful looking brown thatched-roof villages at a far distance. A few houses are also seen at Deng, from here, we can enjoy an amazing waterfall lying at some distance, the Deng is famous for its potatoes, and buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, & spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Later, Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. We begin our trek almost on a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through lush forest. From here, we will enjoy the impressive views of Mt. Manaslu, a green valley, and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine hydro electricity powerhouse, mani walls, small stupas and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. Later, overnight at Teahouse.

Day 7Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m): 6-7 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its stupas and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho and have a lunch. After crossing the Shyala village, we will reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon (wide valley) for the night at a teahouse.

Day 8Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa. Back to Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration

The whole day, we will explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers but only recommended for the fit hikers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We will hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first summit the peaks. After the scenic route, we will get back to Samagaon. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 9Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m): 4 – 5 hours

After a hot breakfast, we will trek slowly uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo, but visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other great peaks. Lastly, overnight a teahouse.

Day 10Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m): 4 – 5 hours

After breakfast at Samdo, we will start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and watching a glimpse of the Larkya glacier. We will hike around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a teahouse called Dharmashala. After lunch, we will take a short walk to Larke Phedi which provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the next day pass. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 11Trek from Dharamsala via Larkya la (5160m) to Bhimthang (3720m): 8 – 9 hours

After a breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek which is a pretty tough as we are going to pass the Larkya La today. Larkya La is the highest elevation for this trek. We carry a packed lunch because there is no any lunch place until we reach Bimthang. From the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, we hike to a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, we will encounter many icy lakes that make you feel cold. We will reach to Bimthang. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 12Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (3560m): 5 – 6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will start our trek enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtan. We then make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tilije. It has better accommodation options and overnight at a teahouse.

Day 13Drive from Dharapani (1900m) to Kathmandu (1320m)

We will drive to Kathmandu following the way of Prithvi Highway. To reach our destination, we need to drive for about 7-8 hours by jeep and 9-10 hours by local bus. On the way, you can view natural waterfalls, rice-field, local house, forest, and streams.

Day 14Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Included

  • 2 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by Local Bus
  • Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu by Local Bus
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP, TIMS, and Special Permit)
  • Medical kit including Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse in high altitude (Carried by Trekking Guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excluded

  • Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Services not indicated in 'Services Includes' section (Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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