Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Duration:20 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Grade:Fairly Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Transportation: Private Vehicle/Public Transport

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To pass over the Larya la.
  • To view the Manaslu Mountain.
  • To view numberous other Himalayas in the region.
  • To expereince the real Bussist Culture and lifestyle of the locals.
  • To have cultural sight seeing in Kathmandu valley.

The Manaslu Trekking is hike into virgin territory where the remote wilderness displays a mirage of natural beauty unimaginable virtually, Manaslu is yet one untouched trekking trail that wades into real virgin territory where only a few dare to venture into in Nepal’s vast Himalayan terrain where beauty even sometimes has its price in some unpredictable tragic circumstances where it would be better not to comprehend…but even then, this does not deter the bold & the brave who thirst for the wild.

Manaslu region is located in the western part of Nepal; Mt. Manaslu at [8163m] is the eight highest peaks in the world which opened its routes for trekking only in 1992, A, D, The Manaslu region is located near to the border of Nepal alongside Tibet. The name Manaslu literally means "The spirit-mountain"; the local jargon refers it to be the compassionate and strong deity that mysteriously dwells within its domain. This is a well-known and much loved trail in Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes, which provides great views of some of the highest mountains in the world, giving this area a heady mix of rich cultural heritage, a genuine outing in the outback, incomparable beauty and biological variety that’s amazing. It is no doubt that the trekking in the Manaslu Himalaya region is one of those delightful adventure treks in Nepal where along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks that’s literally gratifying to the soul, despite the taxing drills of this trip. Mt. Manaslu located in the east of Annapurna Himalaya range and trekking within the Manaslu circuit is a controlled & government regulated issue because it’s a restricted trek area as well. Consequently, permission must be taken prior to organizing treks in this region. Trekking in the Manaslu area has been considered to be one of the finest adventure destinations in Nepal for those looking for the unusual experience in sublime territory where one can enjoy breathtaking views of the imposing Himalayas stretching beyond horizons, & as we hike our routes we come across cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude dreamy glacier lakes and enthralling floras and faunas, which inherently make up all the features when trekking in this unspoiled less trodden Region.

We at Escape Nepal have designed 20day itinerary for the Manaslu circuit trek including your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a cultural day tour in Kathmandu, the real trekking to Manaslu begins from Arughat (7 hour drive from Kathmandu) along the Larkya pass at (5420 m.) after passing the Pass; we continue trekking to the Annapurna trails for our return to Bhulbhule & then drive back to Kathmandu through a scenic highway. ``

The Manaslu trekking used to be organized in camping style however, tea house/lodges are beginning to take shape along the route, and so small groups can do the trekking in this region tea house style as well. We organize both styles for those who want camping & a feel for the true wild & also offer options for the rough & tough tea house lodges for those who are happy with basic facilities & more focused on the wonders of the wilderness.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters): transfer to hotel: You will be met by our airport representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel and your evening is free and overnight at hotel, (A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley: After having breakfast at hotel, we proceed for our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa and return to hotel and you will have some free time to shop trekking equipment if you need and overnight at Hotel, (A, B).

Day 03. Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m) - 7 Hours: After an early b/fast, we start our drive along the Kathmandu - Pokhara High way for the first part of our surface journey & then we will drive through many vibrant villages and irrigated terraces to Arughat & this gives you your first experience of Nepal’s rural landscapes and overnight at Guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 04.Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m) - 6 Hours:  After having breakfast at lodge and the trek goes over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills and you are almost surrounded by lush green forest with bushy foliage. Today, we take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies mid way to Soti Khola which is the best place to relax and we can enjoy swimming to ease your limbs from the grueling hikes and overnight at lodge, (A, B, L, D).

Day 05.Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) - 7 Hours:  After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the meandering trekking path passes through forest, colorful villages, clean streams, pretty waterfalls and green dales until we reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly inhabited by Mongolian inhabitants and now, again we traverse a zigzag path to reach Machha Khola, over night at guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 06.Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m) - 7 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek, we cross the Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places & this is the beauty of the wild. After a short section of forest path we reach a single teahouse at Doban. 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 guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 07.Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m) - 3 Hours: After having breakfast at guest house, we start our trek and today, our trekking will be pretty short & likeable, 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, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, along with graves and typical mountain shanty but sturdy houses will be seen around hereabouts as we begin to get upfront ideas of what its like in these remote outposts where the local folks have become grossly hardened to the harsh conditions of the environments that they’ve been living in for centuries, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Trek from Philim to Deng (2095m) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and trek over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and fir. 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 a pretty cascading waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, & spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area, overnight at guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 09.Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at guest housel we start our trek and 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, rock hillocks, a green glen and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine hydro electricity power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky whispering odes of prayers to the gods for the departed souls on the peaks of manaslu, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m) - 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, we trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range, On the way, we will enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other silver grey mountains and peaks. As we go up the vegetation decreases due to the increase in altitude & the thin air. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy & chilly. While walking, we come across Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before we reach Lho Gaon, we pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named Chon on a ridge and also a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks, overnight at guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 11.Trek Lhogaon to Sama Gaon (3390m) - 4 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek by leaving the village; we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, overnight at guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 12.Rest at Sama Gaon for Acclimatization: We will rest at Sama Gaon for acclimatization & give our weary limbs some respite from the intense hiking. This also allows us to rest our lungs so that our respiratory systems would adjust with the changed elevation. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a breather to acclimatize and relax. We can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and we can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 13.Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) - 4 Hours: After b/fast amidst our lovely surroundings, we trek gently 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 view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other awesome peaks, overnight  at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 14.Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m) - 3 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to our destination. Before we reach Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 15.Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m) - 8 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today is a pretty tough call in this part of our trek as we are going to pass the Larkya La today, early in the morning we begin to trek a steep ascended path until Larkya La through a rocky and winding trail. We carry a packed lunch because this area would be difficult to set up our dining camps. From the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, 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 chilly. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day16.Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m) - 7 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and Cross this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down we cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, we trek about another hour to reach Dharapani, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 17.Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m)-6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, we trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, we walk through pleasant villages such as Taal which is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and we can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, we come across Jagat which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley, overnight at guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 18.Trek from Jagat to Bhulbhule- 6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today, we more or less to end part of our trail in our wonderful tryst with these massive mountains, where we spend our last day. These mountains have been home to us all of these days. A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley al the way to Bhulbhule. Today calls for a celebration with our crew whom we’ve got close to over the weeks. They cook up some delicious meals & snacks & taste some ‘’chang’’ {local mountain brewed beer fermented with rice} & do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps. It’s been a merry end to a wonderful lifelong experience in the wild. We retire to bed for a blissful sleep under moonlit starry skies, overnight at lodge, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 19.Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu- 7 Hours: It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of the road, overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu, ( A, B, L).

Day 20.Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure: You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home. Escape Nepal has taken pleasure in serving you all of these weeks; you counted on us & we didn’t let you down because we know how hard you’ve worked to enjoy this holiday. Meeting you was an immense pleasure & we do hope you will remember us down the years with memories of the time you’ve spent in this amazing country that’s Nepal, A safe BON VOYAGE home…take care!!! ( B).

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Airport picks up and drop service.
  • Guided sight tour in Kathmandu as per the above itinerary.
  • Three night accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel including breakfast as per the above itinerary.
  • Transportation By bus Kathmandu-Arughat and Bhulbhule -Kathamndu and as per the above itinerary.
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits, manument entrance fees, restricted area permit and TIMS permit.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Guide and porter for the trekking.
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide/porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary and duffel bag.
  • All the government Tax, VAT and Service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passports Size photos, Nepal Visa info.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Food ( Lunch and Dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
  • The entire bar bills.
  • All the Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.
  • Any thing not mentioned in the included section.

Trip Note

Itinerary for the Manaslu Trek: The itinerary given for the Manaslu Circuit Trek  is standard itinerary that we offer however if you have any special interests on your holiday or if the given itinerary is not suitable for you and if you would like to add or remove any places from the itinerary then we are flexible with itinerary and we offer you tailor made itineraries according to your time and desire.

Price for Manaslu Trek: The price given is per person on twin share basis for the Small group travel for fixed departure and we offer Group discounts for the booking of two or more than two person and group of 10 or more people will have maximum discounts with one person (tour leader) travel free in Nepal (land only) and if you even have maximum number of people even more than 10 people then contact us for the further discussion about the discounts and those want to travel in group and want to have private room ( where possible) on our holiday then that cost you extra single supplement cost, we have given the single supplement cost on our package however if you could not find it then please write us for the further information:

Extension after the Manaslu Trek: If you have time and are interested to take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara tour  or  Lumbini Tour, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.


We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.


Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of trekking and  holidays reasonably demanding trekking and you are required to have experience of trekking in mountain, at the same time you need to have physical fitness and strong desire to go.  These treks also involve several nights stay above 4000m. These trek holidays includes some trek on Everest Region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region regions plus some village trekking and adventure trek holidays and some 4+ grade River Raftings:

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