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    Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      15 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      Bed and Breakfast Plan (BB Plan)
    • Mx.altitude
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicles and Public Bus
    • Max. People
    Manaslu Circuit TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Manaslu Circuit Trek


    Here are the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek that encapsulate the unique experiences and scenic beauty trekkers can expect on this incredible journey:

    • Stunning Panoramas of the Himalayas: Experience breathtaking views of Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, along with a range of other spectacular peaks throughout the trek.

    • Rich Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the local culture as the trek passes through traditional villages inhabited by ethnic groups such as the Gurungs and Sherpas, offering a glimpse into their daily lives and customs.

    • Diverse Ecosystems: Traverse through a variety of ecosystems, from lush subtropical forests in the lower reaches to the stark, arid landscapes in the higher altitudes near Larkya La Pass.

    • Larkya La Pass: Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass, one of the trek's highest points at 5,106 meters, which provides dramatic panoramic views of the Himalayas.

    • Manaslu Conservation Area: Explore the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to diverse flora and fauna, including endangered species such as the snow leopard and the red panda.

    • Ancient Monasteries and Gompas: Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas, including the historic monastery in Samagaon, which offers insights into Tibetan Buddhist culture.

    • Remote and Less Crowded Routes: Enjoy the peace of a less crowded trekking route, which provides a more solitary and introspective experience compared to more popular treks like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit.

    • Spectacular Waterfalls and Rivers: Witness the beauty of cascading waterfalls and the vigorous flow of rivers such as the Budhi Gandaki, which accompanies the trek for several days.

    • Authentic Teahouse Experience: Stay in traditional teahouses run by local families, providing a unique opportunity to support local communities and enjoy authentic Nepalese hospitality.

    • Acclimatization and Exploration Days: Benefit from planned acclimatization days in beautiful locations like Sama Gaun, where you can explore the Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa, enhancing both your trekking experience and adaptation to high altitudes.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek for 2024 and 2025

    No. of Pax Booking Together

    Starting Price (pp)


    2 Person

    USD 949


    3 - 5 Persons

    USD 749


    6 - 10 Persons

    USD 699


    10 + Persons

    USD 649


    Add-ons & Options

    At Luxury Holidays Nepal, we've been pioneers in Manaslu Region Treks for decades, continually innovating to enhance your trekking experience. We're thrilled to offer a variety of exclusive add-ons that will take your Manaslu journey to the next level!

    Accommodation Upgrades in Kathmandu:

    • 4-Star Hotel Upgrade (Twin Share) - USD 85 per person (Hotel Mulberry, Kathmandu)
    • 5-Star Hotel Upgrade (Twin Share) - USD 275 per person (Kathmandu Marriott Hotel)
    • 5-Star Hotel Upgrade (Twin Share) - USD 550 per person (The Dwarika's Hotel)

    All meals During Trekking - USD 300: Opt for a complete meal plan to fuel your trek.

    How to Get Add-ons?

    1. Select your departure date.
    2. Add the number of travelers.
    3. Click 'Book Now'.
    4. Choose your desired add-ons from the list provided.
    5. Proceed to payment.

    Embrace our tailored add-ons and discover the majesty of the Manaslu region in style. We go the extra mile, so you can ascend to new heights! Book your adventure today and turn each step into a remarkable story of achievement.

    Note: Please note that our standard itinerary may vary slightly due to factors beyond our control such as flight delays/cancellations, adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, changes in government regulations, political unrest, health issues among trekkers, and other unforeseen events. We will assess the situation and make adjustments based on the best available alternatives to ensure the continuation of the trek. Your cooperation and flexibility in these situations are greatly appreciated.

    We recommend arriving a day before your trek starts to allow for rest, last-minute shopping for trekking gear, and buffer against potential delays with your international flights. Additionally, consider scheduling extra days in Nepal both before and after your trek to accommodate any unforeseen changes in flight schedules. You also have the option to customize your trip with add-ons like a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, other adventure sports, or day trips around the country.

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is renowned for its remote and majestic route that circumnavigates the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu. This trek offers an exceptional blend of spectacular natural scenery and cultural richness, making it one of the most rewarding high-altitude treks in the Himalayas. The journey traverses diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and alpine meadows to stark, rocky terrains, providing a vivid showcase of Nepal's natural beauty.

    Starting from the town of Soti Khola, the trek gradually ascends through the Budhi Gandaki Valley, surrounded by cliffs and vibrant villages. Trekkers pass through numerous Tibetan-influenced villages where they can witness traditional architecture and the daily lives of the Nubri and Tsum people. The route provides ample opportunities to explore ancient monasteries and learn about local customs, enhancing the cultural immersion of the trek.

    One of the major highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,106 meters. This high pass offers stunning views of the Manaslu, Himlung, Cheo Himal, and other surrounding peaks. The trek concludes in the village of Dharapani, where it intersects with the popular Annapurna Circuit route. Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less-trodden path that offers solitude, adventure, and an in-depth experience of the Himalayan environment and culture.

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    Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Basic Option: Only from Day 2 to Day 14 (Trekking Only)
      Standard Option: 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar) on a double/twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Deluxe Option: 4-Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Mulberry or similar) on a double/twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Luxury Option: 5-Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Kathmandu Marriot Hotel or similar) on a double/twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Premium Option: 5-Star Accommodation in Kathmandu: 5-Star Hotel in Kathmandu (The Dwarika's Hotel) on a double/twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary paperwork, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
      Medical and emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Private transportation throughout the trip.
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
    • LODGING:
      The best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Comprehensive medical kit.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and all meals in trekking days
      Optional Add-on for Meals, Hotel upgrades in Kathmandu and Private Jeep Transportation (Kathmandu - Soti Khola and  Dharapani-Kathmandu)
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical kits, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      Not included during the trek.
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    • Group and Family Discounts
      Please contact us or send us an email at [email protected]
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

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      Mr. Jennifer Martin
      United States of America (the), Texas

      Adventure at Its Best!

      An unforgettable trek with breathtaking views and excellent guidance from Luxury Holidays Nepal. The perfect blend of adventure and cultural immersion. I can't wait to go back!

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      Mr. Michael Brown
      United States of America (the), New York

      A Memorable Experience!

      Absolutely incredible! The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the accommodations were comfortable. Every day presented a new, awe-inspiring landscape. Highly recommend this trek!

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      Mr. Henry Lefebvre
      United States of America (the), Texas

      Exceeding Expectations at Every Turn

      From the majestic views to the luxurious lodges, everything about this trek was exceptional. Luxury Holidays Nepal ensured a memorable and comfortable journey.

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    Essential Information

    Packing List For Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Backpack & Duffel Bag: 50-65L backpack and a duffel bag for porters to carry.

    Sleeping Bag: Rated for -10°C to -20°C.


    • Base layers (thermal tops and bottoms)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Insulated jacket
    • Waterproof jacket and pants
    • Trekking pants and shorts
    • Long-sleeve shirts


    • Sturdy trekking boots
    • Sandals or comfortable shoes for evenings
    • Thermal socks and regular socks


    • Sun hat
    • Woolen hat
    • Buff or neck gaiter


    • Lightweight gloves
    • Insulated gloves

    Personal Equipment:

    • Trekking poles
    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp with extra batteries

    Personal Hygiene:

    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap)
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Hand sanitizer


    • Water bottles or hydration system
    • Water purification tablets or filter
    • Snacks and energy bars
    • First aid kit
    • Maps and compass
    • Camera with extra batteries

    This list covers essential items to ensure comfort, safety, and preparedness on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

    How High is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek reaches its highest point at Larkya La Pass, which is located at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet). This high mountain pass offers trekkers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Manaslu itself, which stands as the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The trek begins at a much lower altitude, starting from around 710 meters (2,329 feet) at Arughat or 700 meters (2,297 feet) at Soti Khola, and progressively ascends through diverse ecological zones, providing trekkers with a gradual acclimatization experience.

    Accommodation During the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek primarily consists of basic teahouses and lodges. These facilities offer simple rooms with basic amenities, typically with twin beds and shared bathroom facilities. As the trek is less commercialized compared to more popular routes like the Everest or Annapurna circuits, the teahouses are smaller and provide a more rustic and authentic experience. It's important for trekkers to set expectations accordingly, as luxuries are minimal, but the hospitality and warmth of the lodge owners greatly enhance the trekking experience.

    Kathmandu Accommodation for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Before and after the Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers can choose from a variety of accommodation options in Kathmandu, ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels. Depending on the trek package chosen, accommodation can vary. Luxury Holidays Nepal offers several options as part of their trek packages:

    • Standard Option: 3-star hotels such as Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar.
    • Deluxe Option: 4-star hotels like Hotel Mulberry.
    • Luxury Option: 5-star accommodations such as the Kathmandu Marriott Hotel.
    • Premium Option: Top-tier hotels like The Dwarika’s Hotel. These accommodations provide comfortable stays with amenities that are perfect for relaxing before and after the trek.

    Attached/Toilet Bathroom Facilities During the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Attached or private bathroom facilities are not commonly available in the teahouses along the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Most lodges offer basic shared bathroom facilities that are functional but very simple. However, as the popularity of the trek increases, some teahouses have started to offer rooms with attached bathrooms, especially in larger villages or lower elevations. It's advisable for trekkers to check the availability of these facilities when booking their trek, particularly if preferring a bit more privacy and convenience.

    Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    To embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers are required to obtain several permits due to the trek's location in a restricted area. The necessary permits include:

    • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This is required for conservation and maintenance of the area.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Since the trek crosses into the Annapurna region, this permit is also required.
    • Restricted Area Permit (RAP): This is needed because Manaslu is classified as a restricted area, aimed at controlling access to protect the environment and culture of the region. The cost and requirements for the RAP vary depending on the season. It's important to note that these permits cannot be obtained individually and must be processed through a registered trekking agency along with a government-registered guide.

    How Safe is it to Embark on Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is generally considered safe for well-prepared trekkers. However, it involves crossing high-altitude passes and trekking in remote areas, which come with inherent risks such as altitude sickness, sudden weather changes, and challenging terrains. The key to a safe trek involves:

    • Hiring an experienced guide and porter through a reputable company.
    • Ensuring adequate preparation and fitness.
    • Having proper gear and supplies.
    • Being aware of and prepared for altitude sickness and other potential health issues. The local guides are invaluable as they have extensive knowledge of the route, weather conditions, and safety protocols.

    How to Prevent Altitude Sickness During Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Preventing altitude sickness is crucial on high-altitude treks like the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Key strategies include:

    • Acclimatization: Include adequate rest days in your itinerary, especially at critical heights.
    • Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the trek.
    • Ascend Slowly: Increase altitude gradually to give your body time to adjust.
    • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking: These can exacerbate the effects of altitude.
    • Diamox: Some trekkers choose to take this medication to aid acclimatization, after consulting with a doctor. Recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness and responding promptly is also critical, which includes descending to a lower altitude if symptoms worsen.

    What is the Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    The best times to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and the best visibility, enhancing the overall experience. The temperatures are also more moderate, making the trek more comfortable. These seasons also coincide with blooming flowers in spring and vibrant colors in autumn, adding to the scenic beauty of the trek.

    Drive to Maccha Khola

    The journey to Maccha Khola, which marks the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, begins with a drive from Kathmandu. This drive typically takes about 7-8 hours, covering a distance of approximately 130 kilometers. The route initially follows well-paved roads up to Dhading Besi, after which it transitions to rougher, often unpaved tracks as it winds through the scenic hillsides and rural landscapes of central Nepal. The road conditions can be quite challenging, especially after rainfall, making it a bumpy and adventurous start to the trek. The drive provides trekkers with their first glimpse of the rural Nepalese countryside, characterized by terraced farming landscapes and small villages.

    Travel Insurance for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    When planning for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, securing appropriate travel insurance is crucial. Here are key points to consider when choosing a policy:

    • High Altitude Coverage: Ensure the insurance covers up to the maximum altitude of the trek (over 5,100 meters at Larkya La Pass).
    • Emergency Evacuation: Coverage for helicopter rescue and emergency evacuation services, which are vital in remote and high-altitude areas.
    • Medical Expenses: Comprehensive medical coverage that includes treatment for altitude sickness and other trek-related injuries or illnesses.
    • Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Protects your investment in case you need to cancel or cut short your trek due to unforeseen circumstances.
    • Gear and Personal Belongings: Coverage for loss or damage to your trekking gear and personal belongings.
    • Repatriation: In case of a severe emergency, the policy should cover the costs to return you to your home country.

    It’s advisable to read the fine print and confirm that the specific risks associated with high-altitude trekking are fully covered. Consulting with a travel or insurance expert to find a policy that suits your specific needs is also recommended.

    Tipping Tips for Your Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Tipping is a customary way to show appreciation for the services provided by guides and porters during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Here are some guidelines:

    • Guides: A general rule of thumb is to tip about 10-15% of the total cost of the trek. For guides, this can translate to about $10-$15 per day.
    • Porters: Porters typically receive slightly less than guides, around $5-$10 per day.
    • Group Tipping: If trekking in a group, pooling tips together can simplify the process. Ensure equal contributions and distribute the amount evenly among the staff.
    • Consider the Service: Always consider the quality of service received when deciding how much to tip. Exceptional service might warrant a higher tip.

    Phone and Gadgets Charging

    During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, charging opportunities for phones and other gadgets are available but can be limited. Here’s what to expect:

    • Teahouses: Many teahouses along the trek offer charging services for a small fee. However, the availability can vary, and power outages are common.
    • Solar Chargers: Some teahouses use solar power, which means charging capability depends on weather conditions.
    • Portable Power Banks: It’s advisable to carry a high-capacity power bank to charge devices multiple times during your trek, especially on days when solar charging might not be possible.

    Trip Extensions

    After completing the Manaslu Circuit Trek, many trekkers choose to extend their trip to explore more of Nepal. Popular extensions include:

    • Tsum Valley: This serene and spiritual valley offers a peaceful trekking experience with rich Tibetan culture.
    • Pokhara: Known for its serene lakes and stunning mountain views, Pokhara is a great place to relax after a strenuous trek.
    • Chitwan National Park: Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, offering jungle safaris to see rhinos, elephants, and possibly tigers.
    • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing: Explore the historical and cultural sites around Kathmandu, including temples and heritage sites.

    Food Options During Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Food along the Manaslu Circuit Trek is typically basic but nourishing. Here’s what you can expect:

    • Local Cuisine: Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, vegetables, and pickled condiment) is the staple meal and provides a balanced diet for high-energy days.
    • Variety: Other common dishes include noodles, soup, momo (dumplings), and chapati.
    • Beverages: Tea houses offer a variety of beverages, including tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
    • Special Diets: Vegetarian options are always available, though vegan and gluten-free choices may be limited. It’s best to inform your guide or the teahouses in advance if you have specific dietary requirements.

    Can a Beginner Trek Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered challenging due to its high altitude, remote location, and length of the trek. Here are some considerations for beginners:

    • Physical Fitness: It’s essential for participants to be in good physical condition. The trek involves long trekking days and steep climbs.
    • Previous Hiking Experience: While not mandatory, having some prior hiking experience can be beneficial.
    • Acclimatization: Paying attention to proper acclimatization can help mitigate the risks of altitude sickness.
    • Guided Trek: For beginners, joining a guided trek with a reputable company not only enhances safety but also ensures logistical support and guidance.

    While the trek is challenging, with the right preparation and support, beginners who are physically fit and mentally prepared can successfully complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

    Beginners Guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a demanding high-altitude trek that circles the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Here are some essential tips for beginners:

    • Preparation: Begin training several months in advance, focusing on cardiovascular fitness, strength training, and endurance.
    • Gear: Invest in good quality trekking boots, a warm sleeping bag, and appropriate clothing for varying temperatures.
    • Hiring a Guide: A knowledgeable local guide is crucial for navigation, safety, and gaining insights into the local culture and environment.
    • Acclimatization: Plan your itinerary to include sufficient days for acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.
    • Travel Insurance: Ensure your insurance covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation.

    Internet & Wi-Fi Availability During the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Internet and Wi-Fi services are available but limited on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Some villages have teahouses that offer paid Wi-Fi services, and the connectivity can be spotty and weather-dependent. It’s advisable for trekkers to prepare for minimal access and consider purchasing a local SIM card with a data plan for areas with cellular coverage.

    Extra Expenses for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    While the basic trekking package typically covers accommodation, food, permits, and guide fees, trekkers should budget for additional costs:

    • Tips: For guides and porters, customary tipping is expected.
    • Drinks: Alcoholic and bottled beverages are extra.
    • Snacks: Extra costs for buying personal snacks or special meals outside the standard menu.
    • Wi-Fi and Charging: Charges for device charging and Wi-Fi usage in teahouses.
    • Hot Showers: Some teahouses charge for the use of hot showers.
    • Unplanned Stays: Additional days due to acclimatization needs or weather delays.

    Drive and Trekking Distance from Maccha Khola to the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in earnest at Maccha Khola after an approximately 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. Maccha Khola itself is around 130 kilometers from Kathmandu, and the road includes a mix of paved and rough tracks. From Maccha Khola, the trek progresses upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River. The total trekking distance from Maccha Khola to the circuit's end at Dharapani is roughly 110 kilometers, traversing diverse terrains and crossing several high-altitude passes, including the challenging Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters.

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