Manaslu Trek

  • Duration: 16 Days


  • Difficulty LevelStrenuous
  • Trip ModeTea House
  • Best TimeSept-Nov & Mar-May
  • Max Altitude5,160m

Manaslu Circuit Trek - The Last Himalayan Jewel

Manaslu trek exhibits the sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture and biological diversity. This 16 days Manaslu Circuit Trek spans across 600 to 5200 meter elevation - one of the Nepal's last Himalayan jewels. It exhibits the unspoiled diverse culture and tradition with the wonderful views of Mt. Manaslu. Undoubtedly this around Manaslu trek suits best to those who are looking for the less trodden challenging adventure in Nepal. This is one of the restricted region trekking, done in 2 weeks staying in the local teahouse. Not to miss this trekking route is a part of Great Himalayan trail. Also know as the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit.

Manaslu Circuit Trek to the Tibetan Buddhist region

We start our Manaslu trek from Lapubesi after the drive from Kathmandu via the Aarughat. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki river, the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the Manaslu Circuit trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaces by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates and Chortens as does the topography changes. This Manaslu trekking region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals. Such as the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar and blue sheep - Keep your eyes open!!

Manaslu Trek with Larke Pass

Larke la pass is the highest vantage point in the Manaslu trek. Classic and tough ancient salt trading route that links the Buri Gandanti with Marsyandri valley literally Manaslu to Annapuran region. The view from the Larkya pass is simply superb. Himlung, Cheo himal, Larke peak, Annapurna II and Mt. Manaslu can be captured from the pass. After the Larke pass we descent through the beautiful alpine valleys at Bhinthang and Jagat. Further more the route joins the classic Annapurna circuit trekking before driving back to Kathmandu. You simply need 16 days for this Manaslu circuit trek from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.

Manaslu Trekking Itinerary:

  • 1 Day
    Arrival in Kathmandu / welcome diner / stay at hotel.
    • Hotel
    • Welcome Dinner
    • 1340 m
    • Car
    • Airport pickup

    We customise the Airport transportation to all of our Manaslu trekking group members as per their flight.

    Make sure to look for the Mountain Monarch clip board on your arrival in Kathmandu.

    Initial arrival information given and evening will be highlighted with group Nepal welcome dinner with cultural program. Make sure to have camera with you on dinner time.

  • 2 Day
    Cultural Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
    • Hotel
    • Tour @ 9 am
    • Breakfast
    • 1340 m
    • Hiace
    • City tour & Trek Breifing

    Half day world heritage cultural tour in morning after the breakfast.

    Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.

    Mountain Monarch prepared the special trekking permit for your Manaslu trek today.

  • 3-4 Day
    Drive to Lapu Besi (885m) via Aarughat and trek to Dobhan (1,070m) next day.
    • Teahouse
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea & Coffee
    • 1070 m
    • 4 w Jeep
    • Drive & start hike

    Today we take around 8 hrs drive to Lapubesi via the Aarughat to start our trip to Around Manaslu. The next day we trek along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki to Dobhan and stay a night at the elevation of 1070 meter at local teahouse.

  • 5-7 Day
    Trek to Namrung (2,630m) via Philim and Deng.
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2630 m
    • Trekking

    We enter the Manaslu restricted region and cross several Mane walls indicate we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence.

    Cross and recross the suspension bridge over Burigandaki River.

    We stay a night at Philim ( 1,570m), Deng (1,860m) next day and then to Namrung (2,630m)

    The trail enters a steep slopes uninhabited gorge and cross Iron bridge over Buri Gandaki river where the river is at its narrowest. We stay at local and recently built teahouse at Philip, Den and Namrung vilalge.

  • 8-9 Day
    Trek to Shyala (3,500m) and Sama gaun (3,520m).
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3520 m
    • Trekking

    We enter the Nupri Region, inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants.

    Pass through several villages of Lihi, Sho and Lho to spend the night at Shyala (3500m) one of the best vantage place to witness the majestic Manaslu peak.

    Spectacular views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) are highlight of the day.

    Descends onto a rock-strewn moraine and scale across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,520m).

    We take the exploration hike to the Pung Gyen Gompa viewpoint from Shyala as a best acclimatisation hike before we head to Sama Goan. 

  • 10-11 Day
    Trek to Samdo ( 3,875 m) and then Phedi (4,460m).
    • Tea house
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 4460 m
    • Trekking

    Trail is at first gentle then gets rougher as it reaches a yak trains.

    Village Samdo (3,872m) is nestled behind a ridge. (3-4 hours.) We also explore the Birendra lake coming from the massif Manaslu on the way to Samdo, the last settlment close to the Tibetan boarder.

    Next we have short descend on a wide trail to the river and then begin the climb toward the Larkye La. Spectacular view of Samdo peak, Larke peak and Manslu North west simply the best highlight of the day. Keeps eyes open on blue sheep on the Himalayan slope. We stay at nomadic type of very basic shelter / tented camp at 4460 meter with basic facility in our preparation to climb the Larke pass next morning.

  • 12 Day
    Cross the Larkye La 5,160 meter and trek to Bhimthang 3,700 m.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 3700
    • Cross Larke pass @ 5160 m

    Today we cross the Larkya La (5,160m) is the highest point of the around Manaslu trek.

    Views are tremendous: Himlung Himal (7,125m/23,373′), Cheo Himal (6,820m/22,370′), Kang Guru (6,980m/22,898′), and Annapurna II (7,940m/26,041′).

    Drops steeply and traverses scree slopes to another grassy moraine down to a large meadow and camp at Bhimtang (3,700m), situated in a huge valley surrounded by high peaks. About 9 hours walk.

  • 13-14 Day
    Trek to Gho (2,520m) and then to Besisahar via Tilje and Dharapani.
    • Teahouse
    • B, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
    • 2520 m
    • Jeep
    • Trekking & Drive

    Today we descend to Gho a present walk through the rhododendron forest. We see the different face of majestic mountain Manaslu. We stay at local teahouse and they have a hot shower facilities there ( weather permits). The next day we take a drive to Besishar via Dharapani. Besisahar is the trek starting point of classic around Annapurna trek.

  • 15 Day
    Drive to Kathmandu / stay at hotel.
    • Hotel
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    • 1340
    • Hiace
    • Driving / rest

    Around 6 hours drive to Kathmandu and stay a night at hotel.

    Browsing internet and shopping in the Thamel area or exploration of sights and sounds in your rest day in Kathmandu.

  • 16 Day
    Manaslu trekking ends / Airport transfer.
    • Breakfast
    • Car
    • Airport transfer

    Today is the last day in Kathmandu, as per your flight details we will make sure to drop all of you to the Kathmandu international airport for your way back home after this adventure being lifetime to around Manaslu trek

Trip Inclusion

  • Customise airport arrival & departure transfers.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary with Around Manaslu trekking group.
  • Half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Accommodation on teahouse while on around manaslu trekking.
  • Full board meals with drinking water, tea and coffee while on Manasalu trek.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket and rain poncho etc for the use on trek.
  • Supplementary Oxygen Tank or Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid and his supporting trek crew with wages, accommodatoin, food, required gear and porter insurance
  • Responsible Trek Policy of 01 Trekker: 01 Porter thus porter carry less weight at high elevation
  • Manaslu region Special trek permit.
  • Complementaty Mountain Monarch T-shirts, trek duffle bag and Manaslu region trek map
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees and all taxes.
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind while on Manaslu trekking.
  • International airfare
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities .
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephome, beverage drinks etc.

Cost and Dates

Manaslu Trek Departure Dates

We offer the fixed departure group joining trip departure dates with all inclusive package trip cost. Check below the Manaslu trek departure dates for 2021

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
20 Mar, 202104 Apr, 2021AvailableUS$1690
27 Mar, 202111 Apr, 2021AvailableUS$1690

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Client Reviews

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Manaslu circuit trek which started off as a camping trek and where tea house trekking is on progress very recently is by far the most beautiful trekking destination which once served as a fundamental trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu circuit is quite demanding, though the trek rises to an altitude of 5106 meter / 16,751 feet but the daily altitude gain is very gradual which prepares challenging grounds for going over the Larke La pass. Anyone with reasonable fitness can join because altitude is the major issue than the level of fitness. However our itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing and ample time for acclimatization strategy. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.

Manaslu is a restricted area for which a company and a local trekking guide is must since you would be needing Special trekking permits, MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) permit and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and TIMS trekking permit. However, with Mountain Monarch it's all set this all trekking permits for you.

Since Gorkha, a district under which Manaslu circuit falls was indeed an epicenter for 2015 earthquake in Nepal that has undeniably brought about a transformation on the regular trekking trails with abundant aftermath landslides yet the safety of trails and settlements are undaunted. Trekkers have and are still doing elegant Manaslu trek even after the 2015 earthquake. There have been rumors about the Manaslu circuit coming to an end after the earthquake but it's all fictitious. Risk assessment has been done and it's fully functional.

Records till now shows that Manaslu Circuit trek have been busiest during October and it's not as active as the commercial Annapurna circuit or Everest. However, April to mid June during spring and September to November during autumn is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit when the view of worlds 8th highest peak, its neighboring mountains, beautiful gorges and startling landscapes are at its best state.

Doing / starting the Manaslu trek as early as December is still fine. We don't encourage do to  this trek in late Dec, Jan and Feb. Doing the Manaslu trek in mid winter could be pretty complicated because most of the settlements before and after the Larke La pass may be vacant as people tend to leave their lodges and head out further to lower elevation due to the fear of increasing chill factor, less visitors and possibility of heavy snow.

Manaslu Circuit is strenuous trek with longer hours walking. Since the altitude gain is very gradual it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart or lungs pre medical history need to seek medical consent before considering Annapurna Circuit trek. Though Mountain Monarch itinerary are so designed that the walks are challenging but not very exhausting yet some pre training is must to figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. With some physical preparation anyone can be ready to benefit from the paradise like setting of Manaslu Circuit trek.

Though the around Manaslu trek has very gradual ascent yet altitude sickness has been reported among many trekkers. Altitude sickness is something we get when we do rapid ascent and our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Our itinerary is so designed making the ascent very steady and enjoyable. Furthermore, we provide medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with altitude sickness and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking diamox etc. so far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.

Usually 6 to 8 hours on Manaslu trek excluding lunch. However, it also depends on your pace though we allow you enough time to set up your own pace to make everyday more entertaining. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible only in few settlements because the 2015 earthquake has totally disrupted the electricity facility in Manaslu region and it is sure to take a while to fix everything from trails, bridges, settlements and electricity. Some has solar charging facility which may not be very reliable. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may suggest you of not having the shower in high elevation regarding the health issues.

Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making it utterly non strenuous. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

Mountain Monarch provides you with very warm sleeping bag and feather duvet jackets which people have used it even while climbing peaks which is the mother of all warm clothing's. We also provide you with duffle bag to fit all your gears in and very warm fleece liner that goes into your sleeping bag to keep you warm and cozy during night chill.

Since tea house trekking in Manaslu Circuit trek started very recently the accommodation facility is quite basic with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Since advance booking is not possible sometimes these tea houses during peak season provides you with dormitory facility or dining hall with heated chimney. However, we have always given our best to accommodate our group in rooms available. You have variety of choices for the food and in Manaslu circuit trek yet we send one of your cook to assist the lodge owner in preparing foods that are there in their menu. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

With no any hidden costs our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening because of environmental concern we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. We suggest you to bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. Besides the hot water we fill up in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack which you can use it in your sleeping bag and can still drink it in the morning when it's still warm.

Manaslu is restricted region trekking in Nepal and traveling with a registred trekking company is must as the Nepal government rule. Trekkers must have a trekking guide to do this trek to Manaslu region.

In cases of emergency the necessary prompt assistance will be available only if you are affiliated with a reputed company. Furthermore, if you are looking for hassle free holiday in terms of issuing permit, hotel, flights, and transportation etc it's best to go with a reputed company that offers you leaders who are knowledgeable and professionals. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailments or any weather mayhem.

Yes as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the Manaslu Circuit trek but that may add up more hours walking and long hours drive to Beshisahar. Depending on your time schedule you can always come up with necessary inquiries to which we will be more than happy to get back to you with required additional alternatives. Mountain Monarch has always been successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.

Depending on your level of fitness nothing is unattainable and camping groups have done it several times setting up an advance camp before the Larke pass yet we hardly recommend Manaslu Circuit doing the reverse way around. If you are doing a tea house trek then from Bhimthang (the base camp before pass) to Larke La you are ascending 1400m / 4,593 feet in one go which obviously means you are undertaking great physical risk. A very well acclimatization approach is must for doing Manaslu clockwise.

We suggest you to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your back up for just in any case.

Any sort of vaccination is not mandatory while visiting our country. But we strongly suggest for a personal medical consent before you sign up for Manslu Circuit trek if you have any pre medical history.