Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Manaslu Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate, Strenous
  • Max Elevation:5135 m
  • Total Duration:17 days
  • Group Size:2-10

Intro – Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek comes to a blessing for you who are looking forward to experiencing the rough side of the Himalayas and capture nature in its wildest state.

It is a relatively unexplored and unspoiled and untamed wilderness. So far, there are limited numbers of an established route that gives lots of opportunities for exploration for most of you who are seeking extreme adventure. It seems very few trekkers thus if you like trekking in quiet areas then this one is surely designed only for you. You can try the beaten track – however, you have to be well-equipped and physically tough.

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Manaslu region will open up magnificent views of the great Himalayas including Manaslu (8165m), Annapurna massif (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8170m) peaks, and other mountains like Mt. Boudha, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Ganesh Himal ranges. Rapidly gaining recognition as one the alternative to Annapurna Circuit trekking, the Manaslu region trekking is also receiving thousands of visitors – adding up each year.

The name Manaslu means “The Spirit-Mountain” in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within. Manaslu conservation area has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in biodiversity. Bayside that trek to Manaslu base camp is a really delightful adventure. Bounded by Budi Gandaki and Marshyangdi rivers, the terrains of the trek are roughs and steeps and often run through high cliffs with roaring rivers downhill giving an adrenaline thrill and mesmerizing sensation with the spectacular geography at the same time.  

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The upper Budi Gandaki River region is also known as Nupri (The Western Mountains), are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants so their language, dress, customs are exclusively Tibetan. Beyond this the Mountain View from Nupri are sensational and the crossing of the Larkey (5135m) is one of the most dramatic of any pass in the Himalaya.

The trekking in the Manaslu area has been considered to be one of the finest adventure destinations in Nepal. If you are looking for an unusual experience in the sublime territory, the Manaslu is for you. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the imposing Himalayas stretching beyond horizons as you trek the routes.  You will also come across cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude dreamy glacier lakes and enthralling floras and faunas. There features inherently make up all when trekking in this unspoiled less trodden Region of Manaslu.

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Are There Possibilities of Any Customizable Package for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Of course, there is a customizable package for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Customize your package here. First of all, we need to analyze your requirements and the feasibility of the plans, then we can give the surety about the custom package.  We are always willing to serve you. Give us a chance to make this trip of Manaslu circuit trek memorable together. Please feel free to contact us for this exciting adventurous trek to Manaslu.


Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive to Arkhet, Trek to Sotikhola
  • Day 04: Trek to Machha khola
  • Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410 m
  • Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160m
  • Day 08: Trek to Lho 3,180m
  • Day 09: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m
  • Day 10: Rest day at Samagaon for short hikes and acclimatization.
  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m
  • Day 12: Trek to Larkya phedi at Dharamsala 4,460 m
  • Day 13: Crossing Larkya -la at 5,200 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m
  • Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560m
  • Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Departure Day
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines at the airport terminal meet our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 03: Drive to Arkhet, Trek to Sotikhola

We will begin the journey with long scenic drive to Arkhet on the main highway to Malekhu and diverting over the Trisuli River to Dhading – Besi and then on the dirt road to the first overnight camp at Arkhet village. Then we trek to Sotikhola which follows Buri Gandaki River upstream then into thick forest of Sal trees here onwards for few days in warmer areas, as the trek progress with fabulous view of Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV- 7,104 m. Trek continues on the riverbank passing Arkhet Bazaar, then climbing to a small settlement for overnight stop at Soti Khola.

Day 04: Trek to Machha khola

We descend from Soti khola village towards Machhakhola. Then through Nauli-Khola and to Khanigaon, we cross bridge over Machhakhola and finally uphill trail reaching at Machha Khola for overnight stop.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410 m

Our journey continues to a small Khorla Beshi village and towards Tatopani with natural hot spring from here trek through Dovan and Yaruphant village, then following the Buri Gandaki River and over the bridge coming at a large village at Jagat for overnight stop.

Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m

We head towards Dyang village and reach Sidibas Bazaar. Then climbing uphill and crossing a small suspension bridge at Nagjet and reaching the Philim village and pass through rocky ridge. We pass bamboo forests and climbing to reach Deng village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160m

From Dyang village a slow descend along the riverbank reaching at Bihi Bazaar. The area is near to the Tibetan border, as one can observe a Tibetan influence traditions and culture on this area and beyond of upper Manaslu and Gorkha region, walking for few hours to overnight halt at Ghap village.

Day 08: Trek to Lho 3,180m

We start early to cross Budhi Gandaki river and passing by few small settlements with terraced fields then reaching at Numrung village with superb views of Mt. Manaslu North Face with other tall peaks, Pass through Shrip and then towards overnight atop at Lho Bazaar.

Day 09: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m

We proceed on towards higher Manaslu at Samaagoan and further to Larkya phedi. We head towards Samagaon passing through rhododendron forest, as the walk leads higher terrain one can observe change in landscapes and sparse vegetation. Walking for few hours on debris of Phungen Glacier then finally reaching at Samagaon village for overnight stop.

Day 10: Rest day at Samagaon for short hikes and acclimatization.

A complete free day on this high area for acclimatization and short walk around this interesting village with Tibetan Buddhist religions and culture with old traditions

Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m

After a wonderful time in Samagoan morning walk starts towards Samdo passing traders coming from Tibet with yaks laden with Tibetan and Chinese goods, walk continues following the stream to reach our overnight stop at Samdo village from here it is close to the Tibetan border.

Day 12: Trek to Larkya phedi at Dharamsala 4,460 m

Today, we will take a short walk to the base of Larkya-la at Phedi. Our adventure leads a straight reaching a small settlement at Larkya Bazaar then couple of hours walk from here leads to the overnight stop and for lunch at Dharamsala beneath bottom of Larkya pass.

Day 13: Crossing Larkya -la at 5,200 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m

We start the long day with early morning walk - a steep climb and towards four frozen glacial ponds walk continues to the top of Larkya La Pass at 5,200 m highest spot of this adventurous journey. The pass offers captivating panorama of Larke peak6,249 m, Manaslu North 7,157 m and of Salpudanda Glacier the pass is festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after a great moment here at the top descend towards a magnificent green valley surrounded by rhododendron and pine trees at Bhimthang for overnight stop after a vigorous 8 hours trek.

Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560m

After breakfast on this beautiful spot trek leads crossing a glacier stream and with a climb over moraine then descending on pleasant path through meadows and forest of pine and rhododendron trees reaching at Gho for overnight stop, this small settlement surrounded by enchanting forest.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m

A leisure day walk on the downhill trail to Dharapani passing the Tilche village by Marshyangdi River, around this area are the Manang people rich in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and culture. From this village walk is easier with short uphill climb to large village of Dharapani for overnight stop check into the lodge with opportunity for hot showers as this place is popular on the Annapurna circuit trekking route.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel where you either have leisure time or you may catch the last moments exploring the missed sights. There are opportunities of shopping for gifts to your nearest ones. In the evening, we have a celebration dinner together.

Day 17: Departure Day

As it is the last day, we have to bid goodbye to the guest as visit in Nepal comes to the end for this time. If you have time enough, you can have sightseeing and purchasing the token of love from Nepal. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, our representatives will take you to the TIA. We hope you will be planning for another adventure-trip while you are on returning back to your homeland. You can extend your Nepal stay if you have time and money too. 

  1.  Airport pick and drop.
  2. All meals during trek (not in city).
  3. Accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  4. Trekking permits.
  5. English speaking local expert guide, porters.
  6. National park fees.
  7. Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS Card).
  8. Transportation .
  9. Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  10. Insurance for all staff & porters.
  1. Nepal visa
  2. Lunch & dinner during the stay in the hotel.
  3. Hot shower battery charges.
  4. Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc).
  5. Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness.
  6. Extra baggage charges.
  7. Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  8. Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking.
  9. Your Travel insurance.
  10. Emergency evacuation charges, if required.

★★★ NOTICE ★★★
★ The given itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and needs. Trekking price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size so if you provide details about it we will be pleased. please fell free to asked .★

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Nepal Reliable guide, Highly Recommended

My husband and I did the Langtang-Gosaikund -Helambu trekking with Narayan Pandey, a guide from Gorka. It was our third trip to Nepal. We had a wonderful time mainly thanks to Narayan. He’s a very professional, intelligent and trustworthy guy , speaks very good English and is good fun, always smiling and in a good mood. When there was a sudden change in the weather, he adapted our schedule accordingly. We never experienced the slightest headache due to the altitude since Narayan made sure we never climbed more than 500m a day. At places were accommodation was tight, he sent along a porter to secure a room for us. We intend to go trekking with him again.We very much recommend Narayan to other travellers because we think he can really make a difference!


Panta , Raju , Nicole 

Nicole &  Danny 

Nicole Sierens &Danny Gysen,
Brussels Belgium

Everest Base Camp Trekking Best Guide

As a single woman trekking in Nepal, I was a little concerned that I might not find a reliable or trustworthy guide. Luckily I found Machhendra.

In November/December 2008 I trekked with Machhendra in the Annapurna region for 18 days. It was a trip of a lifetime, and mostly due to Machhendra's guidance. Each day of our trip held new wonders, pointed out by his keen eyes and kind heart. We toured temples most trekkers might have missed had they been on their own, or with a guide of less experience. Even when temples were closed he would seek out the caretaker to open the doors and give us a tour.

Our pace while trekking was perfect, not too fast to miss the sights and not too slow to arrive after dark. There are many ways to trek through Nepal, but none better than with an experienced and caring guide like Machhendra. I am planning to return to Nepal and when I do, I will most certainly hire Machhendra as my guide, my friend, to tour the Everest region.  

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Kelly Byron,

Reliable and responsible trekking company and Guide 

Feb. 19, 2011.

To Whom it may concern,

Having trekked in Nepal on several occasions and used the guiding services of Machendra Tamang,  form the SAN TREKKING we wish to recommend him to prospective clients. Machendra's vast experience, professionalism, knowledge, familiarity with the region and his care for his clients is exceptional.

Trekking in Nepal is always something of a spiritual journey for us, but it is made even more special by experiencing the genuine friendship and companionship Machendra shared with us. We encourage prospective clients to utilize his services and ensure continuing employment for him. We believe that your enjoyment of Nepal will be maximized if Machendra is your guide.

On our most recent trek, our small group of four also used the services of Machendra's brother Changba and brother-in-law Kimba. Both of these porters were delightfully cheerful company who voluntarily attended to our every need.

On our latest trek in the Solu Khumbu, we travelled in a clockwise direction from Lukla to Namchee, Thame, across the Renjo La, Gokyo, across the Cho La, Dhzongla, Gorak Shep (Kalla Patthar and EBC), Dinboche to Lukla with many side trips while acclimatizing. This involved crossing a number of high passes and peaks between 5 000 and 6 000 metres. However, Machendra's careful planning ensured excellent acclimatization where no-one experienced even a minor headache. Machendra is highly attuned to the abilities of clients and balances that with the altitude to tailor a sensible pace and ensure everyone's safety. This includes carrying a client's pack if they are struggling on a particular day.

If necessary, Machendra will organize everything including internal flights, permits, accommodation, side tours, visas, etc, and he does so without any commission. He is a highly principled man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question. He has a great depth of character and an absolutely delightful nature and his wonderful sense of humour is another bonus. His dignity and sensitivity is displayed in a quiet, caring manner while he goes about the business of guiding, communicating and negotiating, always in a very unobtrusive manner. Everything on the trek works smoothly because of the efficiency and diplomacy that characterizes him.

Machendra is especially alert, observant and attentive to your condition and he shows a genuine, heartfelt concern for your comfort and welfare. Always, he ensured our needs (meals, lodging, warmth, security, etc.) were met first before he attended to his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he communicated his ideas readily and showed flexibility in discussing alternative agendas as they arose. Machendra is an experienced cook and if lodges are busy at meal times, he also cooks excellent meals.

It was a privilege for us to once again enjoy the genuine friendship and sincerity Machendra so readily established with us. Because of his forthright honesty and integrity, we developed a very strong attachment and respect for him. He is an absolute credit to the Trekking Industry of Nepal and we recommend him to you most highly. Without a doubt, when next we visit Nepal, we will ensure that Machendra is our guide.

Thank you again Machendra, for your friendship, efficiency and care. The trek was wonderful but your company added to the enjoyment and the grate memories of Nepal.

Best wishes,

Your Friends,

Everest View Trek
Peter & Kim Cook,

Best Trekking Guide & Agency Ever.

 From the SAN TREKKING  agency Narayan took me on a fabulous trek in the hills of central Nepal; "off the beaten track" is an understatement. Everything about it was wonderful, the accomadations, food, but most of all the people in this idyllic place. I found Narayan to be very knowledgable, friendly, capable, and he also speaks very good English. If you want guide you can rest assured to be trustworthy, you will not go wrong with Narayan. When I go back to Nepal he will definately be the guide that I will look up.

Dean Engle ,
Hawaii, U S A

Very Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Experienced guide

Narayan Pandey is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced guide. If you're looking for a personal guide or a guide for your group to the Himalaya mountains of Nepal then you can not do any better than this man. Narayan Pandey with SAN TREKKING.
Tracey Quinn,
Sydney, Australia

Very Experienced Guide

I would like to recommend Narayan, a travel and mountain guide in Nepal, with who I had the chance to travel, had a great experience and after the years has become a good friend to me.

He is definitely someone you can trust with, I still remember coming out of Kathmandu airport the first time in 2011, and he was there waiting for me and treated me very nicely. I did touring in the city and a trekking in Nagarkot. And back in 2018 also did city touring.
He guides both in the cities as in the mountain doing trekking. He is also very knowledgeable, very intelligent and looks after his travellers.

Definitely a high asset for your trip.

Thank you Narayan

Yaiza Ibañez,
Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

Spent about a month in Nepal last year with San trekking. It was such a beautiful experience. Trekking in Pokhara in the Annapurna region and mountain flight was just out of this world. Their team took great care of us. Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

John Smith,
United Kingdom

Annapurna Round Trekking

Marco and I went for the Anapurna Trekking in February and March 2009. We decided to search for ourselfs in different office places and agencies. We were told that we had to be careful and precisely with choosing guides. At the end we came at an office where we met the guide Tilak. He was working at the office as a guide, together with the office manager Narayan Pandey. When Marco saw him, he melted, and we decided to take him with us to join our planned trekking.
We had an amazing time. Our choice was really remarkable. Narayan Pandey is a very honest gentleman. He did not only carry our bags, but he was curious, really interested in someone, warm, intelligent and became feeling like a friend. It was also very nice and handy that he could speak English with us, which makes the conversations much easier. Learning and speaking English also does say something about someone in Nepal!
Life is hard in Nepal, and so he showed us too. We wish him all the good luck and he deserves all the best recommends of past travellers! And off course of us!
From Holland
Maura &Marco ,
Amsterdam, Holland

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