Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 895 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most well-known trekking routes when it comes to reaching an untouched and preserved areas of Nepal. The Manaslu region is less explored by trekkers as it was opened for trekking only since 1991. Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) is the highest peak in the region and it is the eight highest mountains in the world, located in the western-central region of Nepal and was first climbed by a Japanese expedition team in 1956. Because of the few visitors, the journey offers less trodden paths with a pure natural environment, rich bio-diversity, breathtaking views of the Himalaya mountains and authentic Buddhist culture and tradition. It requires minimum 2 trekkers to obtain special permit, government registered trekking agency like Nepal Trekking Experts and a license holder guide to enter the majestic Manaslu circuit which is protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project helping to preserve the wide varieties of flora & fauna. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an opportunity to experience not only the ever changing and spellbinding natural environments but also a look into the lives and unique cultures of the traditional Gurung, Tamang and Tibetan  societies in this magical region of Nepal.

The 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to be a strenuous trekking level. The main activities of Manaslu Trek is trekking and hiking with cultural, historical and natural diversities reaching a maximum elevation of 5160m. The trek commences with a drive to Soti Khola from where the trail will proceed through numerous local settlements and changing Eco-systems ranging from rugged landscapes, jungle, pine forests and spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks. The biggest challenge as well as experience of the Manaslu Circuit Trek will be the crossing of the snow covered Larke La (5160m), only a mere 8 km from the Tibet border. From here you get the stunning view of Larke peak (6249m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kang (7038m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). From Larke La the trek is descending rapidly to Bhimthang known for its excellent accommodation and stunning view of the snow-capped mountains once again. The remaining of the trek will take us along the Dudh Khola river (Milk river), passing through beautiful forest of pine, juniper and rhododendron before finally reaching Dharapani from where it is possible to join us for another adventure of Annapurna region or driving back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. The best time for Manaslu circuit trek is March to May and September to November. For further detail please feel free contact us and visit our Manaslu region blog.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Permits

 Manaslu trek is part of restricted region of Nepal where minimum two trekkers are required to obtain special permits from Nepal Immigration along government registered agency like Nepal Trekking Experts. The special permit costs $70 from September to November for a first 7 days and $10 per additional day and $50 from December to August for a first seven days and $7 per additional day per person. Also trekkers should have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permits from Nepal Tourism Board which costs per person 2260 Nepali Rupees including 13% vat of each different region. For more detail please do not hesitate contact us.

Trip Highlights

  • Numerous beautiful waterfalls, flora & fauna etc.
  • Dramatically changing landscape every single day
  • Great opportunities of exploring authentic Tibetan culture, religion, communities etc.
  • Eight highest peak of the world Mt. Manaslu and various towering mountain vistas surroundings
  • Experience with Home stay and magnificent side trips such as: Kal Tal, Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp, Tibet border etc.
  • Adventure of the Larke La and 360 degree amazing mountain vistas
  • Peace and less crowded trek
  • Great opportunity exploring with local guide and spending your few days of life in such a natural paradise

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Sotikhola by public bus (7/8 hrs, 700m)

Day 04: Soti to Machhakhola.(869m, 7hrs)

Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat(1340m, 7hrs)

Day 06: Jagat to Deng(6/7hrs,1860m)

Day 07: Deng to Namrung(2630m, 7hrs)

Day 08: Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4hrs)

Day 09: Loho to Sama(3520m, 3hrs).

Day 10: Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.

Day 11: Sama to Samdo(3860m, 3hrs)

Day 12: Hike to open and interesting ancient trading Tibet border called Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight (8 hrs) (8hrs).

Day 13: Samdo to Dharmasala(5hrs, 4460m)

Day 14: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then Bhimthang overnight(3590, 8hrs).

Day 15: Bhimthang to Dharapani(1960m, 7/8hrs).

Day 16: Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by drive.

Day 17: Leisure day

Day 18: Join with different program or farewell

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complementary all airports pick up drop
  • 2 night accommodation in Kathmandu on Standard Hotel with Breakfast (Twin Sharing Base)
  • Welcome dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with guide
  • All necessary trekking permits like Manaslu special, Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna conservation area.
  • 3 times meals a day such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking period.
  • All accommodation during mountain.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by public bus
  • Complementary duffel bag/agency T-shirt (for your trekking equipment if needed)
  • Government registered, English Speaking professional local guide with medical kit
  • Staffs insurance, well paid salary, meal, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc..
  • Rescue arrangements if needed
  • Certificate of achievement if needed
  • Agency service charge and government tax/vat
  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance, personal expenses,Laundry, Hot shower, Lost and theft etc.
  • Temple/monastery entrance fee
  • All drinks, chocolate bar, dessert etc.
  • Tip to Staffs 

Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Welcome at Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.

Day 02Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 03Kathmandu to Sotikhola by public bus (7/8 hrs, 700m)

Day 04Soti to Machhakhola.(869m, 7hrs)

Day 05Machhakhola to Jagat(1340m, 7hrs)

Day 06Jagat to Deng(6/7hrs,1860m)

Day 07Deng to Namrung(2630m, 7hrs)

Day 08Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4hrs)

Day 09Loho to Sama(3520m, 3hrs).

Day 10Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.

Day 11Sama to Samdo(3860m, 3hrs)

Day 12Hike to open and interesting ancient trading Tibet border called Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight (8 hrs) (8hrs).

Day 13Samdo to Dharmasala(5hrs, 4460m)

Day 14Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then Bhimthang overnight(3590, 8hrs).

Day 15Bhimthang to Dharapani(1960m, 7/8hrs).

Day 16Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by drive.

Day 17Leisure day

Day 18Join with different program or farewell

Departure Detail

Manaslu circuit trek 2 person has confirmed.

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
21 May, 2018 07 June, 2018 US $895 Limited Book Now
08 August, 2018 25 August, 2018 US $395 Limited Book Now
03 September, 2018 20 September, 2018 US $895 Available Book Now
10 September, 2018 27 September, 2018 US $895 Available Book Now
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Read Reviews


Super professional trekking outfit made our experience effortless


We first reached out to Rajesh @ Nepal Trekking Experts more than 6 months before our intended trek and he did everything possible to accommodate us and was always prompt and responsive with his replies. My friend and I have a lot of solo trekking experience and aren’t used to having a guide (which is currently required on the Manaslu Circuit) so we were worried how that would play out. Turns out that we didn’t need to worry. Our guide, Binod, was attentive and read us well. He was around when we needed him, but not under foot if we didn’t, and In addition to his experience, he was also just a really good guy with a wealth of knowledge who modified our trek on the fly to suit our needs, while still making sure we ended on time. I highly recommend these guys and will not hesitate to contact them for my next trekking experience in Nepal.

Bajeje, United States


Manaslu Circuit Trek with Guide Rabin (Feb/Mar 2018)


I trekked the Manaslu Circuit at the end of February 2018 as a couple with Rabin as a guide. We had a really great experience. The organisation was perfect from the beginning to end. Rajesh, who runs the office in Kathmandu, picked us up from the airport and brought us to our guesthouse. We felt welcome from the first moments in Nepal. Rajesh explained everything to us, took take the necessary permits, helped us with shopping in Kathmandu and even organized the transport of our luggage from Kathamandu to Pokahara (where we ended our trek). Rabin was a perfect guide. Nice, calm, good english and knows the area by heart. We even stayed at this family place the first night of the trek, which was a great experience. The price for the trek is also reasonable. Overall, I can highly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts and especially Rabin as a guide!

Nora, Germany

Magnificent Manaslu

Magnificent Manaslu


Namasté! Me and my friend did the amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek with our guide Rabin, the brother of Rajesh. Rajesh planned our trip from Kathmandu and it was clear that he did a great job, as we had the best rooms in the lodges and that both Raj and Rabin are very well-known and liked by the locals, which just made the trek even more amazing! We had some tough days and some easy days all together adding up to a lifechanging experience. I will definetly be back for a new adventure with these guys and I will recommend you to do the same!!

Victor Skou Rolighed, Denmark


Amazing Adventure


We couldn't have been happier with our experience trekking the Manaslu circuit with our amazing guide Dalgit. The company was very professional and able to quickly adapt to extenuating circumstances such as the spontaneous national holiday on the day they needed to get our hiking permits. Dalgit is the best guide we've used anywhere in the world - kind, thoughtful, and patient, while strong, adventurous, and willing to go the extra mile. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area around Manaslu that he grew up in and generous in sharing his insights on Nepalese culture and history. Thank you for sharing this adventure of a lifetime with us!

Siddhartha Rathod, United States

Useful Info

  • Proper trekking gears and acclimatization are very essential to hit the goal
  • Slow and steady is the best way of hiking
  • Kindly take permission while taking photos of locals
  • Respect the local culture
  • Take a wall side or safe side while passing donkeys on the way
  • If you are on the landslide area please heads up around and pass without delay
  • Better to avoid alcohol or smoke above 3000 m.
  • Drink more than 3 liter of water per day
  • Be aware with altitude symptoms
  • Minimum 2 trekkers require to obtain special permits



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