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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 19 days trek to explore the beauty of the spirit Mountain Mt. Manaslu

Explore the Spirit Mountain – MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is also called Manaslu Round Trek. This adventurous trip is possible to do in both styles – Tea House and Camping style, depending on your choice. But nowadays Teahouse is popular because it’s the easiest and cheapest way to manage. On the other hand, camping is a bit expensive and needs more human resources.


Hiking around the world’s 8th highest mountain peak, Mount Manaslu (8163 m), (this giant mountain is also popular as the spirit Mountain) is always a thrilling adventure experience. This trekking trail is one of the less touristy trekking trails in Nepal. Because it’s one of the restricted trekking areas of Nepal and it requires a special permit and is also not allowed to explore this area without a license holder trekking guide and the permit issued by registered trekking companies.


This is the best alternative replacement for the Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna regions trekking trails. This trek has all the features of other trekking destinations of Nepal; beautiful mountain views, dramatic landscapes, typical villages, raging rivers, streams, and amazing waterfalls. Diversity of flora and fauna, scary suspension bridges, and both Hindu and Buddhist religions and their monuments are the best attractions of this trek.



This beautiful trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and follows the Budi Gandaki River and ends in Marsyandi River. Trekking trails on the Budi Gandaki river gorge is becoming easier by improving greatly each time. After the earthquake in 2015, the Nepal government planned to make a road there so that now there is a motor road in the lower part of  Manaslu.



Spring:  March,  April, and mid of May.

Autumn: September, October, and November.

These two seasons are the perfect time to do a hike in Manaslu Himalaya Region; Because in spring, the cold has just left and the dry season begins. Also, the Rhododendron flowers welcome you there. In the autumn, the rainy season just ends and all the greenness, rivers and beautiful waterfalls give you a great time there. If you love to play with snow then in the winter season it is also pleasant to go for the Manaslu Trek.



  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Lodge/ Guest House/ Tea House/  Tent during the trek.



MCAP  Permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit)

Special Permit. (Due to the government restricted area need a special permit)

ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)


The Manaslu conservation area is not only for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Inside here is possible for another trekking which is called Tsum Valley Trek. On the same route but needs to add 7 more days if you want to combine them together.  After the cross, Larke La 5160m, if you want you can continue for more adventure Annapurna Circuit Trek, is there.  Annapurna circuit trek is renowned as Thorong La Pass and the widest trekking pass trek in Nepal.



This itinerary is our tailor-made program for Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek. Days in the trek are always flexible as they can increase or decrease depending on your holiday length schedule and choice. If you are thinking about some changes please email us at

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Trek preparation

Day 3: Drive to Sutikhola (710m/2328ft)

Day 4: Sutikhloa to  Khorlabesi (900m/2952ft)

Day 5: Khorlabesi to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)

Day 6: Jagat to Philm (1700m/5576ft)

Day 7: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft)

Day 8: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)

Day 9: Namrung to Lho Gaun. (3180m/10435ft)

Day 10: Lho Ghau to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)

Day 11: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Day 12: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)

Day 13: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)

Day 14: Dharmashala to Bhimathang (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5106m/16752ft)

Day 15: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m/7544ft)

Day 16: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft)

Day 17: Chamje to Besishahar and Kathmandu

Day 18:  Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Farewell.

Detail Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

You will be greeted by one of our team members in the Airport who will arrange your transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Trek preparation.

Trek preparation day. You will have a free day during morning time while we prepare for trekking permits and necessary documents for the trek and in the evening, you will be briefed by the lead guide about the trek.

Day 3: Drive to Sutikhola. (710m/2328 ft)

You will eat breakfast at the hotel. After finishing breakfast, you will take (Local Bus/ Jeep) depending on what kind of package you chose for the trek together with guide and porters. For the first few hours, you will drive on blacktop road till Dhadang Besi. From there, your real journey starts on bumpy and Jumpy road till Arughat and then Soti Khola. Total drive approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Day 3: Sutikhloa to  Khorlabesi (900m/2952ft)

First day of Manaslu circuit trek for a walk.  After breakfast in Hotel, your trip starts towards Khorla Basi as you walk on the bank of Budi Kali Gandaki river. You will pass terrace farmlands, local villages, a small stream, and waterfalls. You will have lunch on the way together with guides and porters. In this day you just walk around 5 to 6 hours to ascend around 200m to reach Khorla Besi. Along the way, you will find a place called Machhekhola which is quite a big village where you can find some shop and buy some things if you need for the trek. Also, there is a police permit checkpoint where you need to show your trekking permits.

Day 4: Khorlabesi to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)

The second day of the trek is for walking too. Similar like day one of the hike, you will start to walk after finishing your breakfast. Today’s journey to Jagat is also similar like day one pass through local villages, terrace farmlands, suspension bridges over the small steams and Budi Kali Gandaki river. Along the way, you will find natural hot water at a place called Tatopani. Today you will walk around 6 to 7 hours by ascending 400m approximately to Jagat. From Jagat, you need to have a special permit of Manaslu circuit trek so you need to register your permit there.

Day 5: Jagat to Philm (1700m/5576ft)

The third day of the walk on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. After two long days, today will be a short day walk for around 4 to 5 hours. Again, you will follow Budi Kali Gandaki river by crossing some suspension bridges before a little climb to Philm Village. After reaching Philm, you will eat your lunch, prepare your room and explore the village.

Day 6: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft)

After half day rest in Philim, our trek continues to Deng as usual after breakfast in the Guest House. The walk in the right side of the Budi Gandaki river around 500m is sometimes very scary due to the small trail but the beautiful view of the waterfall, the river of course, and landscapes. Before we cross the bridge, there is a trip that goes up for Tsum Valley Trek.

Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)

As days go by, the scenery will change and the difficulty level of walking will grow in the Mountain. We will feel the same when we trek from Deng to Namrung. Although as you walk in the forest, due to the sweat, your energy level will decrease and you might need to rehydrate. Today, you will encounter more Buddhist Shrines (Stupa, Mani wall, Mani stone, and prayers flags) and get a close view of the Mountains.

Day 8: Namrung to Lho Gaun. (3180 m/10435 ft)

The 8th day of the trek will start after breakfast in the lodge in Namrung. Namrung is the place where we need to register our special permit. The trail from Namrung begins with a downhill to the river and then flat for sometimes and few ups and down to reach in Lho Gaun. Similar to other days, you will encounter the Buddhist monasteries, stupas, prayers flags, and typical local villages. Today will be like a half-day walk so that in the evening time we will explore Namrung village and Namrung Monastery.

Day 9: Lho Ghau to Samagaon (3500m/11480 ft)

The Mountain View will come in 360-degree angle including Mt. Manaslu and other associate peaks. To get in Samagaon there are two different ways; one from Monastery and other is normal from Shyala. The trail to  Samagaon will be mostly upped by crossing some suspension bridges, a small stream, Buddhist Monastery, stupas, Mountain views. Today you can observe one of the best Mountain views during this trek.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.

Today we call it a rest but we will visit the Birendra Lake one and a half hours walk from Samagaon. Along the way, we will visit local Monastery to pray for a successful trek. Sometimes some people like to visit the Manaslu Base Camp but visiting the MBC will be very tough. And in the afternoon, we visit Samagaon village and have a good rest for the next day.

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103 ft)

As the other days, our day will start after breakfast to Samdo. Today also we do a half-day walk. We are doing this because of the high altitude and acclimatize to successfully cross the Larke Pass 5106m. The trail goes by flat with the view of Mt. Manaslu and a huge glacier and by the riverside before climbing one and a half hours to reach Samdo. In the evening, we will visit a local village and Monastery in there.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596 ft)

Each day we are walking up high and high. Today we are going to climb around 800m to reach Dharmasala. Dharamsala is known as the Base Camp of Larke pass. And tonight is one of the hardest days to sleep because there is just one guest house with a limited room so we may have to sleep in a tent and eat very basic food.

Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimathang (3590m/11775 ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5106m/16752 ft)

The hardest day of the whole trek. We have to wake up very early in the morning and pack our backpacks, eat breakfast, pack lunch and start our trek to Larke top. Walking up is always challenging and difficult as there will be more difficulties to walk with your flashlight. When the sun hits the land, the view will kill all your tiredness and cold. Along the way, sometimes there will be tea shops where we can have a cup of tea before reaching the top (if we are lucky)  for amazing views and hanging prayers flags for a successful trek and then we finally descend to Bhimtang.

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m/7544 ft)

After a long day we will be very tired but no matter what we have to leave this village to a place called Tilje. We will follow the same routine as the other days. Today, the trail will be mostly down.

Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625 ft)

The trail from Tilje to Chamje is mostly down but after reaching Dharapani, we have to exit our permit of Manaslu and register our ACAP permit. Also, this is the place where some people who like to do Annapurna Circuit Trek after Manaslu Trek can commence the trek. After Dharapani, we have to walk on the road till Taal from where we will walk in the normal ACT trekking trail to reach Chamje.

Day 16: Chamje to Besishahar and Kathmandu

We will eat breakfast quite early and drive to Besisahar and then to Kathmandu.

Day 17:  Rest day in Kathmandu.

You can have good coffee, massage, and shopping for you and your family.

Day 18: Farewell.


√  Airport Pick Up and Drop.

  4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. 2 nights before trek and 2 nights after trek.

  Permits (MCAP Permit, ACAP Permit, TIMS CARD, and Special Permit) and all necessary documents for trek.

  Accommodation during trek besic on twin sharing base best possible lodge/guest house even in tent at Dharmasala.

  Government license holder english speaking guide.

√  Strong and experiences porter. 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

  Road transportation. (Kathmandu to Soti Khola before trek and Jagat to Kathmandu after trek)

This is our guide, accommodation, and transportation provides package also, we offer full board package as well, for that please email us at and Whatsapps/Viber: +9779813914320


×  Food in Kathmandu.

×  Food during trekking.

×  Unexpected cost by act of nature if that happend.

×  Your personal health insurance.

×  Emergency evacuation in need.

×  Monuments entrance fee or donations.

×  Tips for guide and porters.

Equipments list

Here is a recommended Equipment list for Manaslu Circuit Trek. You could bring the ones you already have and rest can be bought even hired and buy in Kathmandu.

  1. Lightweight trekking boots with spare laces
  2. A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet
  3. 4-season sleeping bag
  4. Warm jacket (Fibber or down)
  5. A rainproof jacket with hood or a rain poncho.
  6. Woolen shirts and thick sweaters or fleece.
  7. A pair of lightweight/ heavyweight windproof/ waterproof trousers.
  8. Thermal underwears.
  9. A tracksuit useful for wearing in Lodge in the evening.
  10. 2 pair of loose-fitting long shorts/ skirts.
  11. 1 lightweight long-sleeved –shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.
  12. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night and a sunhat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  13. A pair of gloves.
  14. 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  15. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  16. Mask or other dust protective items (Upper Mustang area is the dry area so a little wind can make difficult during the walk.
  17. Duffle bag to gear while trekking.
  18. Daypack/ rucksack to carry the personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot, etc.
  19. Water bottle.
  20. Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  21. Polyethene plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
  22. Toiletries with large and small towels.
  23. Small headlamp/torch with spare batteries
  24. Snow gaiters essential during winter and all treks going over at other times.
  25. Reading materials, camera, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional).

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