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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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18 Days

Max. Elevation


Group size

Min 2pax

All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
March to May, September to December
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
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Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Soti khola - Samdo - Dharamsala - Larkya La - Beshisahar - Kathmandu


    • Ethnic communities and their culture
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project: natural diversity
    • Follows the Budi Gandaki River
    • Technical Larke Pass
    •  Views of Mt. Manaslu and its neighboring peaks

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The route was opened in 1991 AD as a restricted area trekking that requires a special trek permit and its recognition got a higher degree of significance since 2010 after tea houses were built. It made the trip comfortable and exciting. Walking through the ethnic settlements, raging rivers, crossing shaky bridges, you eventually cross the technical Larke pass (5160m).

The wonderful combination of nature and cultural vistas enticed trekkers from different parts of the world. Manaslu trek begins from the sub-tropical part that is dominated by the lush forests. It is all the way following the Budi Gandaki River that leads to the high pastures and fantastic light at the base of the Himalayas. Manaslu Conservation Area includes six different climatic parts. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and its surrounding vistas can be explored from the Larke Pass (5160m), which is the highest point of this trekking. Higher than 5000 meters, the landscape mostly remains snowy. The Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditional values, and architectures flourish in these parts. Jagat, Namrung, Sama Gaon and Samdo are some of the culturally loaded villages, inhabited by the ethnic Gurung people. Culture and rituals are similar to those of the Tibetan highlands. Crossing the Larke pass, you join to the Annapurna circuit trail and trek down gradually.

If you're looking for a unique and adventurous excursion, Vertex Holiday recommends Manaslu Circuit Trekking. The best times for the Manaslu trekking are October/November and April/May. Please, feel free to contact us to customize your interesting itinerary and any further details.

Trip Itinerary



Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking leaders. The evening is reserved for dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with  Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.



After breakfast at the hotel,we set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu which includes UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture including Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.



After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Aarughat through the Prithvi Highway and later through the bumpy road. The  sceneries of green hilly terraced farming villages can be seen during the road trip  . We drive further to Soti Khola and conclude the days travel. Overnight at lodge.



 After breakfast, our hike commences following the trail at the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. The trekking ascends to the forest and walk through it and again descend to the bank of the river. Numerous suspension bridges are on the trail which spices up the hiking journey.Our days walk concludes on reaching Machha Khola . Overnight at lodge.



Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, we cross the stream and head to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach to Tatopani (natural hot spring). We can enjoy the natural hot bath, which helps in removing all the tiredness from the trekking . The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest, descends to the River and reaches the juncture, known as Dobhan. Walking a short time through the bank of the river, we ascend to Jagat and stop. Overnight at lodge.



From Jagat our trekking continues straight uphill walk to Saguleri. From the ridge, we can view the Sringi Himal. Then we hike to Sirish Gaon and continue the trek through the narrow Budi Gandaki canyon and precipitous rocky wall. Gradually, we reach to Deng and halt. Overnight at lodge.



From Deng, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, cross the bridge and ascend to Rana village. After a gentle climb, our trek heads towards the west to the Budhi Gandaki River valley. Passing the Mani walls, we reach to Ghap and then to Prok village. Walking ahead, we pass through the dense woods. In some of the places, there are tiny Gompas. Crossing the River, we climb to Namrung and rest. Overnight at lodge.



Our today's trek begins early in the morning as it is a lomg walk today . On the way, we pass Syala, a picturesque village. We stop for a short break. Then we continue our walk, enjoying the green hill sceneries and the Himalayan views at the backdrop.The beautiful Sama Gaon is the cultural center of the local people . Overnight at lodge.



Today is reserved for acclimatization and exploration. There are Various Buddhist prayers scripted stones, Chhortens and monastery are located in the village. The ancient Pungyen Gompa is our hiking destination today. The Himalayan Buddhism is still alive and intact in this region.The Gompa was once destroyed and later rebuilt. After exploring the Gompa, we go back to Sama Gaon and rest. Overnight at lodge.



After breakfast, we trek down to the River and take a north trail. Crossing the stream, we ascend and reach the juncture. One of the trails leads to the Manaslu base camp. Splitting the trail, our trekking goes through  the widening trail to Samdo. On the way, we pass several Chhortens and Mani walls. Walking through the birch forest, we descend to the River, cross it and climb to Samdo via Kani. Overnight at lodge.



Another day for acclimatization is in Samdo. We set out our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go for shopping in Tibet. It is a form of trade exchange. The views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchui, Simrang, Kang Guru, Larke peak and others can be explored. As the altitude is nearly 4000 meters, this hiking helps us to acclimatize properly. Overnight at Samdo.



After breakfast, we descend to the River and cross over the wooden bridge. Our trekking trail leaves the river and ascend , where we cross a couple of glacial streams. The Larke Glacier is visible from here. Passing the Salka Khola valleys, we see a stone guest house which is known as Dharmasala, located at the bottom of Larke La. We prepare for the grand excursion for the following day. Overnight at lodge.



This is a big day for us to cross over the Lrkya La pass. We get up early in the morning, pack our belongings and have breakfast. Due to the altitude and Himalayan surroundings, the morning is usually chilling. Leaving Dharmasala, we approach the technical ascend. With a hard climb, we reach the top and the picturesque Himalayan sceneries make us anesthetized that we forget the tiredness. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and the surrounding snow-covered peaks are extremely mind-blowing. Our day packed lunch is a source of our energy. After taking photographs, we continue descending to Bimthang. Overnight at lodge.



After breakfast at Bimthang,  our tired feet will feel relieved with a gentle descend.  The excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forest dominate the trail. With a relaxed hike through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach to Tilije. Overnight at lodge.



After breakfast, we follow the stone-paved trail and pass few  small Himalayan settlements. Gradually down, we cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Here we meet the Annapurna round trail. Leaving the Manaslu region, we walk in the Annapurna region and steadily walk to Dharapani. Walking through the bank of the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal, beautifully located beside the wonderful waterfall. Overnight at lodge.



After breakfast, we continue descending to Syange from Tal after passing the checkpoint of ACAP. The trail is fine and in many sections with stone paved steps. Sattale, Chamje, Jagat, and Srichaur are some of the villages we pass. Though there is a wide road extension in the Annapurna region, we take a drive on the following day from Syange. Overnight at lodge.



Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.



Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your  departure.


    • All airport\hotel transfers by private vehicle
    • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours- including all entry fees, one professional tour guide, and tourist vehicle
    • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing accommodation during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Best available seasonal fruit during the trek in the mountain
    • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people max weight 25kgs) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance
    • All Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by bus and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep. Similarly transport from Beshisahar – Kathmandu by bus
    • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
    • TIMS Fee- [Trekkers' Information Management System] (Please bring 2 passport size photos for Permit and TIMS)
    • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation are fees
    • First aid medical kit
    • Government taxes and office service charge
    • Lunch and dinner in the city
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: for more, you can see in travel info button
    • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
    • Personal ordered food
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Rescue charge
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Gratuities and Tips for trekking staff


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