Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 945 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most well-known trekking routes when it comes to reaching an untouched and preserved areas of Nepal. Apart from Manaslu circuit trek, Manaslu Region combines varieties of unique trekking and hiking destination as per trekkers interest and their duration of holidays in Nepal such as Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek via Upper Route, Tsum valley Trek etc. 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 we 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.

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.

It is so obvious trekkers might have plenty of further query before flying from home which you can kindly visit our Manaslu Trekking FAQs.

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 airport pick up/drop off
  • 2 night accommodation in Kathmandu on Standard Hotel with Breakfast (Twin Sharing Basis)
  • 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 such as cola, mineral water, alcoholic, 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

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Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 14 reviews


Fantastic Trek


We felt very well taken care of by Nepal Trekking Experts. Rajesh was in constant email communication before the trek. He met us at the airport (and we had a quite delayed flight and came in late at night). He answered all of our questions very promptly. He met us at our hotel and we walked to his office. He also brought our guide to meet us the day before the trek. After the trek Rajesh took us to dinner. We had Gakul as our porter and we couldn't have been happier with him. He was constantly cheerful and upbeat and always ready to help us over a tricky section of trail. Binod was our guide and he worked very hard to take care of our needs. He would choose rooms in the tea houses he felt would be most suitable. He constantly checked to see how we were doing. We had fun playing a Nepalese card game in the evenings with Binod and Gakul (and other trekkers). The trek was fantastic (though challenging for us) and we were happy with doing it in May when there were fewer tourists. I completely recommend Nepal Trekking Experts and Rajesh to help plan your trek. Rajesh's generosity with his time was greatly appreciated.

, United States


Great Company. Great Time.


My friend and I booked the Manaslu Circuit in early May with Nepal Trekking Experts and had an unbelievable time! Rajesh, the owner, is a great person and we loved sitting down and getting to know him and his country before and after our trek. Overall he runs a professional and reasonably priced company that works incredibly hard to make sure you are safe, healthy, and happy. He answered my emails promptly and had very helpful information. We got to meet with Rajesh twice before our trek, once to confirm everything and a second time to just talk and meet our guide, Kedar, beforehand which we were happy about. We would recommend trekking with Kedar if you can as well. He has 23 years of experience as a guide and has now done the Manaslu Circuit 4 times. He was very knowledgeable, even knowing what breakfast was the best to order in which tea houses and worked extremely hard to keep us happy and healthy, especially when I was not feeling good because of the altitude. Our porter Thakur was also wonderful and we have great memories of sitting around with Kedar and Thakur playing Dhumbal, a local card game. Our guide Kedar called Rajesh in Kathmandu every day before we woke up to get a weather forecast update to plan our day and upcoming ones accordingly. Our guide and porter went into the kitchens to make sure what we were eating wasn't going to get us sick(a common concern when trekking in Nepal) and even filled our water bottles up out of the spout everyday for us. I would definitely recommend booking with Nepal trekking experts as they pay attention to the details.

, United States


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.

, 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!

, 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!!

, 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!

, United States


A Special Trip


I had traveled to Nepal as a young backpacker 25 years ago and always wanted to return. Fast forward to to 2016 and I finally made it back with my 22 year old son Josh. Raj was recommended to me be a number of happy customers. I worked with Raj in the weeks prior to travel, and he made all the preparations with ease. My son and I completed the manaslu circuit , and we would like to highly recommend our guide Rabin Neupane. Raj organised everything for our trip and provided Rabin as our Guide. Rabin the younger brother to Raj, has been guiding in the region for many years and his english and knowledge was excellent. Over the 2 weeks Rabin ensured we were always safe all our needs were looked after. He become a great friend to my son and I and the nightly card games a highlight!! Manaslu basecamp was a extra bonus on a perfect day. A big thank you to Rabin our guide, Raju our porter and Raj for everything. We will be back soon.

, Australia

Life changing people and experiences!

Life changing people and experiences!


I went trekking with 1 friend in October 2016. I don't Think we were sure of what exactly we had signed up for, but after finishing The trek, we had No doubt That The trek was The most amazing, hard, challenging, beautiul and life-changing few weeks, we have and most likely Ever will experience. The owner of The company, Raj, picked us up from The Airport, made sure we had a hotel and showed us the best places to eat, and invited us over for tea/to chat at his Office every single day. We Met our guide Bikram The first or second day in Kathmandu, and he was a bit shy at first, but as we talked more and more, he opened up, and he is one of The most joking/happy people I have ever Met. He helped us get The last few items before our trek, and helped us pack our stuff properly. During The trek he told us Many amazing stories about himself, hos family and also from his past treks. He was 100% professional when he had to be, had amazing knowledge of the trek itself, and had hundreds of tips for us during our trek and things to be careful of. He would almost always stay behind us, to make sure we would not get lost, and was there to encourage us and give us a small push, when we needed it the most. Raj made sure to help us throughout our entire month stay in nepal. So after trekking Manaslu for two weeks, he helped us from our trip to Chitwan national park, transportation throughout nepal, our bungee-jump, invited us home to meet his family, and literally any problem/thought we had, he would help us... and expect nothing back. Trekking was amazing, but The people behind The Company are twice as amazing. They made sure to do everything, for us to have a Good stay in nepal. Much love to you and your family Raj and Bikram! I miss you and hope we Can meet again in The future. Oscar

, Denmark


Best Agency


Raj and his staff went out of the way to make sure that we were taken care of and looked after. This was my second trip with Nepal Trekking Experts and wouldn't hesitate to return to this agency for another trek! During our manasalu trek we were feeling sick in Dharamsala and our guide Bickash brought us our food from the kitchen so that we were able to dine inside the tent (tent service) Its little things like this that set this trekking company away from the others.

, United States


Manaslu Circuit Trek - just do it, with NTE


Together with my fiancee we spent over two weeks with Rabin and Rajesh (Rabin was our trekking guide). It was not only a Manaslu Circuit trek. It was really a great experience of Nepal's culture, people and places. Extraordinary hospitality, assistance, knowlegde, professionalism and helpfullness make these guys worth to trust in any regard. My message is: when we are back to Nepal, we are coming back to NTE. Thank you guys! It was perfect time with you. Namaste. Good luck.!

, Poland


Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley with Rajesh Neupane in 2016


On our 20-days-Trek in the Nepal Himalayas, we spent 14 days on the Manaslu Trek - and directly afterwards 7 days on the Nar-Phu-Trek. Although August (2016) and therefore middle/end of rainy season, we had a breath-taking trip not only because of the marvellous landscape but also because of the unforgettable insight into the Nepalese and Tibetan culture and daily life of the locals. Through good friends we got a recommendation for a trekking company and especially for a specific guide, which we were very thankful for, for it can be very confusing on the streets of Thamel to find a trekking company that will truly do their best to provide you with a tour fitting your expectations. We were highly pleased with Raj, our trekking guide, who after 20 days had become a companion and friend as well. Having grown up in the Manaslu region, he knew everything about the trek, the landscape, villages and customs there. Due to his translations, it was possible to speak to locals and experience their joys and worries, thus enabling us to connect with our environment on a unique and much deeper level. His excellent English puts him also in a completely different league than the average Nepalese trekking guide. It was no problem to modify the original route depending on our wishes and he as well always provided us with the best accommodations available (one of the good things in rainy season... you’re mostly alone on the trek (we just met 2 other groups in 20 days)). We definitely had a highly valuable and precious time with him and appreciated a lot his efforts, enthusiasm and never-ending energy as well as his great personality. After the trip we even got to know his fabulous family and enjoyed his generous hospitality in Kathmandu. All in all, it was great fun, with countless views on the most impressive mountain ranges of the world, many hours of pure joy and a wonderful time with an exceptional trekking guide, with whom we are looking forward to plan our next trip in Nepal. If you are looking for a highly competent and reliable trekking guide, he is your man. You should be able to reach him via e-mail (It should be one of those 2): or phone (if you managed to get a nepali simcard) ;-) +977 9841917136

, Austria


All with a smile...


In the process of selecting a trekking company for our trip, and being in contact with other companies, it was soon clear that Raj was going to be our guy. He responded immediately to our request, spoke perfect English and offered an unmatched price. But more importantly, Raj understood what we wanted and went above and beyond our expectations. He gave us a feeling of having a home base in Nepal, which is not overrated in busy Kathmandu. We were always welcome for a tea at the office and he gave us a lot of help in navigating Nepal. We were initially planning on only doing the Manaslu Circuit, but after hearing from friends, who also trekked with Raj, about Nar Phu valley, Raj happily arranged for an extension of our trip to include Nar Phu on short notice (including permits, accommodations, guides, etc). We trekked with Rabin (Raj's brother) as our guide and two porters, Suba and Sudip. They made for a great team with lots of experience, also with each other as teammates. This made for a very comfortable atmosphere during the whole trip. Rabin has many years of experience as a guide and was in contact with Raj regarding our progress and satisfaction. Rabin could always answer our questions regarding the local culture and landscape and found the best lodges to eat in and spend the night. He tailored the trip to our wishes along the way regarding side treks and rest days. Everything felt very natural and relaxed and communication was easy. Sudip and Suba were also very cool and added a lot of humor to the experience. Even on hard days, we all held together and pushed on. I don't think I could have enjoyed the experience of being in the Himalaya without having the right team. The Manaslu Circuit is a defined trail along which every trekker hikes. We met other trekkers along the way, who were not enjoying the trek as much as us. It was not because they were disappointed by the landscape or culture, it was because they did not feel understood and did not have a team feeling. Raj and Rabin understood our wishes clearly, did everything they could to realized them and did it all with a smile. I highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to experience Nepal.

, United States


These Guys Are Awesome!


Raj and his team of guides are the best in the business. Not only was he accessible all the time from first contact to the drop off at the airport, but he took care of all details flawlessly. We got to trek with his brother Rabin who was an awesome guide. I plan on going back many times in my life and will never use another company. Keep up the great work guys and I hope to see you soon!

, United States


The perfect guides


I stumbled across Raj when I arrived in Kathmandu. He was brilliant from the off setting me up with two boys with similar interests who wanted to do the same trek as me. He was unbelievably helpful in getting visas and paperwork sorted as soon as possible so that we could get going with no delay. Our wonderful guide Rabin helped to make the experience what we wanted. He listened to and understood our expectations and opinions, make a great leader. We had to make some difficult decisions along the way and he and Raj were able to support us to make our own informed decisions. Raj and Rabin knew the region very well and set us up in great guest houses along the way. Rabin was lovely to have around in the evenings and good company on the walk. My wonderful porter, Koomar (apologies for poor spelling) was equally great company and also knowledgeable about the mountains!

, United Kingdom

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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