Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Manaslu, Gorkha
  • Trip Style: Adventure/Active
  • Age Group: 12+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Fully Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5135m
  • Best Season: March-May and Sep-Nov
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Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal

The Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal and a very good alternative to the Everest and Annapurna regions. But before you set off on your Manaslu Circuit trekking adventure you should know this is a challenging trek, not for beginners, and also not one you can do alone. In order to do this trek you need to go with a licensed trekking guide – that is one that is fully qualified, registered, and experienced.

As far as the number of days is concerned, you can do the Manaslu Trek in 12 days or more usually it is a 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Location of Manaslu Circuit Trek

This trek is situated southwest of Kathmandu, with its start point at Soti Khola. Leaving the Kathmandu Valley by bus or private vehicle as if you were going towards Pokhara, you turn off at Dhading. The trekking area falls within the Manaslu Conservation Area with its wonderful flora and fauna. Also falling within a restricted area it means that the wildlife and landscapes are in pristine condition, mainly because access is limited to a certain number of groups joining the Manaslu Circuit Trek every year. If you want to know what it was like trekking in Nepal 40 years ago, here is your opportunity.

Manaslu Circuit Trek –  Best Time

As with most of the treks in Nepal, the best time to go is autumn or spring, that is September/ October/ November and March/ April/ May.

You do not want to go in the winter are the conditions become very harsh and the Larke Pass is closed due to snow. Some of the teahouses may also be closed. If trekking in the spring, keep in mind in the lowland sections, the weather will be very warm by late spring. Autumn is ideal as the temperatures are good, and the sky blue with the white mountains very clear against this backdrop.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

through the lowland areas, the landscape is full of rice terraces, then sal forests, cliffs, rivers, including the Budi Gandaki, and waterfalls. The mountains you will see on this trek are Himlung, Annapurna II, and of course Manaslu. At 8,163m, this is the 8th highest mountain in the world. There is a glacial cirque created by several mountains - Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru. The highest point of the trek is heading over the Larkya La Pass at 5,160m. This is extremely challenging and requires getting up before sunrise. Standing on the top of the pass the views before you will rid you of your tiredness: Himlung (7,126m) lies near Tibet, and Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) lies in the Annapurna Range. Coming down from the Pass there are views of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, including Pongkar Tal (lake).

The people living along this trekking route are mainly Gurung and Ghale. In fact, there are both Nepalis and Tibetan ethnic groups in this area. Some are still herders, guiding their mules along the trails. There are signs of Buddhist culture along the way such as mani walls and prayer flags. As far as wildlife is concerned, although this is Snow Leopard territory, it is extremely rare to have a sighting. Easier to spot are monkeys, Blue Sheep, small mammals, and dozens of bird species.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

Since this is a restricted area, you cannot trek alone therefore must trek through a proper trekking agency with a minimum of two trekkers and one authorized guide. You will find the Manaslu Circuit Trek all-inclusive cost for 14 days, to be around USD 900-1100 per person. This includes accommodation, food, and transport. A guide and porter are also included in this cost. Please note, the inclusive package rate does not include soft and alcoholic drinks, hot showers, or the cost of charging your electronics.

Get a Permit for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Certain permits are required for remote and/ or conservation areas. These are not included in the price of your inclusive package. These permits should be obtained before leaving Kathmandu through your trekking agency. Here are the prices:-

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

Cost: September to November USD100 per person for the first 7 days and an additional USD15 per day onwards. December to August it will cost USD75 per person for the first 7 days and USD10 per day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

This permit is required from Philm onward where the Manaslu Conservation Area starts. The price is USD30 year-round, and for any number of days, you spend inside the conservation area.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

This permit is required from Dharapani until you exit ACAP in Beshi Sahar. It costs USD30 year-round for any number of days you spend inside the ACAP conservation area.

Accommodation on the Best Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are teahouses on this trek which are all quite similar in that they are basic with basic facilities. It is sensible to bring your own sleeping bag. Do not expect an attached bathroom or hot water. If there is hot water, you will have to pay for it.

Food in the teahouses is generally much the same also. Good, filling Nepali/ Indian and Chinese fare. In other words, plenty of rice and noodle dishes. Bring your own snacks for those moments you need something comforting.

Guaranteed Departure Manaslu Circuit Trek with Sublime Trails

If you would like to book this trek with us, Sublime Treks, you can book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Kathmandu via our website. You can also ask any questions you may have.

Meantime, here is the day-to-day itinerary giving you a breakdown of what to expect each day. Do remember this is a rugged, off-the-beaten-track trek with basic facilities in terms of accommodation. It is, however, a very beautiful trek and not as busy as many of the other treks in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)Altitude: 700m/2296ft, Duration: 7 hrs
  • Day 2:Soti Khola to Maccha KholaAltitude: 930m/3051ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 3:Maccha Khola to JagatAltitude: 1340m/4396ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 4:Jagat to PewaAltitude: 1804m/5918ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 5:Pewa to NamrungAltitude: 2630m/8628ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 6:Namrung to LhoAltitude: 2957m/9701ft, Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Day 7:Lho to Sama GaunAltitude: 3530m/11581 ft, Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 8:Acclimatization Day in Samagaun (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)Altitude: 4400m/14435ft, Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 9:Sama Gaun to SamdoAltitude: 3865m/12680 ft, Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 10:Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)Altitude: 5000m/16404 ft, Duration: 8 hours
  • Day 11:Samdo to DharmasalaAltitude: 4460m/14632 ft, Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Day 12:Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La PassAltitude: 5135m/16847ft, Duration: 10 hours
  • Day 13:Bimthang to DharapaniAltitude: 1970m/6463 ft, Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 14:Drive from Dharapani to KathmanduAltitude: 1300m/4265 ft, Duration: 9 hours

What's Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • Tea house accommodation along the way for 13 Nights
  • Local Sharing bus transport from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Sharing a Bus from Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Well-experienced trekking guide
  • MCAP Permit, Acap Permit, and Tims card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Optional Add-Ons: USD 220 For one porter Sharing between two people. Porter can Carry upto 25Kg.

What's not Included

  • Any meal and accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Departure Dates & Price

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Start DateStart: SundayMar 26, 2023End DateEnd: SaturdayApr 08, 2023PricePriceUS$891StatusStatusAvailable


14 Days Itinerary Manaslu Circuit Trek 2023 - 2024

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)

  • Max Altitude700m/2296ft
  • AccommodationTea Hosue
  • MealsBLD

Leave Kathmandu by road to reach Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway. It is easier if travelling by private vehicle (depending on the group size) as you need to change bus here. Reaching Soti Khola, stay overnight.

Day 2:Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

  • Max Altitude930m/3051ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Reaching Machha Khola (river) over a rocky trail, the trail then passes through sal forests, cliffs, waterfalls and rivers. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 3:Maccha Khola to Jagat

  • Max Altitude1340m/4396ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Follow the trails along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and through Gurung shepherd villages. The final part of the trail today is a steep three hour climb and a quick visit to a check post who will ensure you have the right paperwork.

Day 4:Jagat to Pewa

  • Max Altitude1804m/5918ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

This is a strong Buddhist area with several gompas (Buddhist temples) and prayer flags. Cross the Siyar Khola bridge before the junction in the trail. This trek heads to Pewa but the trail on the right goes into the Tsum Valley. You can extend your trek by going into the Tsum Valley, but this is something you need to arrange before heading out of Kathmandu.

Day 5:Pewa to Namrung

  • Max Altitude2630m/8628ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, the trail takes us through bamboo forests to a suspension bridge and a bit of a climb. This is a landslide area, so it is important to pay attention to your guide. It is also an area where you may see monkeys if you are lucky. Zigzag to Numrung village where we stay the night.

Day 6:Namrung to Lho

  • Max Altitude2957m/9701ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Here there are more Tibetan influences to see as well as terraces and forests. Heading on to Lo there are Tibetan-style painted gate arches. Here we have wonderful views of Manaslu and Manaslu North. Being at high altitude now, it is important to watch for signs of altitude illness and report these to your guide.

Day 7:Lho to Sama Gaun

  • Max Altitude3530m/11581 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Still at high altitude, it is good this is a short day with amazing views. Walk easily through rhododendron and pine forests with moss covered gullies. In Sama Gaun the mountain views change to views of yak pastures and local life of the Nubri people.

Day 8:Acclimatization Day in Samagaun (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)

  • Max Altitude4400m/14435ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Over 3000 m elevation, our body might show signs of altitude sickness. It needs time to cope with the increasing altitude and decreasing atmospheric pressure and temperature. So we take the acclimatization break in Samagaon to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. However, we can visit nearby places. You can have a short hike to Birendra Lake, You also can explore the village and explore their culture and lifestyles. You will spend your night in Samagaon.

Day 9:Sama Gaun to Samdo

  • Max Altitude3865m/12680 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Still at high altitude this is a short day through yak pastures, a wide valley and a tree-lined ridge. Plenty of bird life can be seen on the trail to Samdo. Arriving in time for lunch, it is possible to explore Samdo Peak in the afternoon if you would like to.

Day 10:Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)

  • Max Altitude5000m/16404 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

This is another day for acclimatization. But by now you know acclimatization doesn’t mean being lazy so we can hike to the Tibetan border where we can see Tibet and Samdo Glacier in Nepal.

Day 11:Samdo to Dharmasala

  • Max Altitude4460m/14632 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

We walk slowly in the high altitude along a rugged trail to the overnight stop.

Day 12:Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

  • Max Altitude5135m/16847ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today we get up very very early to cross the Larka La Pass. But by the time to get to the top of the pass with its views of Himlung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II you will feel it was well worth it. You may have to wear micro-crampons depending on the ground underfoot. Coming down the other side of the pass there are views of icefalls and mountains as well as Pongkar Tal. A great glacial cirque is seen from here too.

Day 13:Bimthang to Dharapani

  • Max Altitude1970m/6463 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The day starts with a downhill hike through forests till we cross the Dudh Kola (river) and have lunch in Karche village. We begin to see signs of agriculture and tilled fields. Our final night on the trek is spent in Dharapani.

Day 14:Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1300m/4265 ft
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch

Today we take a jeep drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar for 3 hours.  Then it takes around five hours to drive from Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu where we can celebrate having completed this exciting, exhilarating trek.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Packing List

This trek is perfect for those who want fewer distractions and to witness the wilderness of nature isolated from the rest of the world. This also means that you have to carry with you anything that you may want until the trek completes. If you miss something, there is very little chance that you will get to buy it once you have started the trek.

Though some days are shorter and may require you to walk just 4 hours a day, you may even have to walk for 8 hours a day during long days. So, you also have to be careful that you keep the weight of your luggage optimized. A porter shared among two people will carry up to 15 kgs for each person. Any weight except that has to be carried by yourself.

Read the blog below to know what to pack for your Manaslu Circuit trek.

1. Clothing

Manaslu trekking is a strenuous trek that takes you to high altitudes. So, you should be prepared to fight some low temperatures. Though the lower villages are warm and even high altitude trekking is bearable during the day. But, you have to pack warm clothing for late evening and early morning cold, especially during winter. Even if your trekking doesn’t fall in the official winter season, late autumn and early spring are still cold.

You can pack comfortable and light shirts and trousers. During the daytime, it will be hot and may cause sweating, so you may want to pack quick-drying shirts. You should pack layered clothes so that you can wear additional warm clothes when you feel cold.

Manaslu Circuit trekking lasts for 15 days which means you will need multiple clothes as there will be no laundry service during the trek. These are some must-pack clothes:

  • Trekking shirts
  • Trekking trousers/shorts
  • Thermal insulation
  • Fleece, windproof and waterproof jacket
  • A down jacket

2. Footwear

Walking on a rough, off-the-beaten-track takes so much time and energy though you might really enjoy it. So, comfortable footwear matters the most. If your boots are causing problems, the whole trek is going to be full of problems.

Also, make sure you wear the boots/shoes while you are at your home for few times before packing it for the trek. The boots should fit you perfectly with the trekking socks on.

You need a couple of pairs of footwear to wear during different situations. A pair of hiking boots will be used during the trek. A pair of trekking shoes is used while you go exploring the village after reaching the daily destination or while acclimatizing. A pair of slippers can be used while staying at the tea house while visiting the restroom or bathing, etc.

  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking boots
  • Trekking socks (minimum 3 pairs)
  • Slippers

3. Other Essentials

Some things that may not seem important can cause hindrances in your day-to-day activities. These are the things that you may not want to forget to pack for your Manaslu Circuit trekking.

  • Hats, beanies, gloves, scarves, neck gaiter
  • Sports bras (for females), inner-wear (minimum 7)
  • Quick-dry towels
  • Trekking poles, torch, oximeters
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection, raincoat (in monsoon), water bottle, etc.

If you are a cleanliness freak, you may also want to take an extra sheet or a sleeping bag. It also becomes useful during cold nights.

Zip locks, maps, backup batteries, headphones, Kindle, etc. are a few optional things that may come in handy during the trek.

4. Bags

To carry with you everything you need for 15 days, you need a durable and comfortable bag. A backpack (40-90 liters) is perfect for carrying your own stuff and a duffel ( about 90 liters) should be chosen for your porter to carry.

If your bags are waterproof or have a bag cover, your important documents and belongings will be safe from water.

On some days, you may want to go out to explore the villages after you reach the tea house. You may also want to do that during acclimatization. A daypack will come handy in such situations. A small daypack enough to carry a water bottle, some snacks, and a camera should be fine.

  • A backpack or a duffel 
  • A daypack

5. Toiletries

You will not find marts and shops to buy cosmetics and toiletries while trekking in a rural area. Even if you find basic things like soaps and toothpaste, you may not find your regular brands. Don’t let these small things ruin your trekking and pack every essential thing like:

  • SPF sunscreen lotion, moisturizers for the body and face (the Himalayan environment is pretty harsh),
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins (for female trekkers) 
  • Toothbrush/paste, shampoo, body wash
  • Toilet paper, sanitizer
  • Deodorants, talcum powder, lip moisturizer

While it's necessary to take your important items, always avoid expensive products and items with fragile and weak packages. Some products need to be kept away from sunlight and moisture. So, pack them accordingly.

6. Medication

You should carry any regular medicines that you are taking as you won’t find them during the Manaslu Circuit trek. Though we acclimatize at Samagaon at 3530 meters, you should look out for any signs of altitude sickness. Manaslu Circuit trek takes you to an altitude higher than 5000 meters and you should carry Diamox tablets with you. Also, consult your doctor and know if it reacts with other medicines that you are taking. Make sure that you pack these items:

  • Water purifying tablets
  • Blister plasters
  • Diarrhea tablets, paracetamol, antacids, Strepsils
  • Painkillers and muscle rubs
  • Diamox tablet
  • Isotonic powder (for electrolyte loss or dehydration)

7. Snacks

3 meals a day are provided to you by the company. Snacks can be eaten during the trek when you’re tired of walking and there are no tea houses around. Pack nutrient-rich, light, and nicely packaged snacks that don’t spill or spoil easily. On higher villages, the food gets really expensive due to tough transportation, you can also save some money with the snacks that you take. Some ideal snacks to pack are:

  • Coffee mixes
  • Cereal Mixes
  • Oatmeals
  • Energy drink powders
  • Energy bars

8. Documents

Your documents should be with you all the time. You will need two extra documents for Manaslu Circuit trekking, a Manaslu Conservation Area entry permit, and a TIMS card. The company will help you get these documents for you.

You may need to withdraw some money and exchange it for Nepalese currency because there will be no ATMs and other services as the trekking begins.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended which covers medical and rescue costs as well as theft of valuable items. Pack the following things with you for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

  • Passport
  • 2/3 passport-sized photos 
  • TIMS card
  • Manaslu Conservation Area permit
  • Insurance documents

Additional Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek Daily Distance

Manaslu Circuit Trek distance is roughly 177 km, and to complete this trek itinerary on time, you have to hike more than 10 km each day on average. Some days, you may have to walk for 9 hours, and some days, you may have to hike for only 4 hours.

With the rising charm of this off-the-beaten trekking destination in Nepal, Manaslu Circuit is finally receiving the trekkers it deserves. The improvement in tea house services improved trekkers' safety and security, and unmatched pristine landscapes are becoming every trekker's dreamy place.

Distance from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar to SotiKhola (710m)

With a total distance of 138 km, a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 10 hours. Arughat Bazar is well known as the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

You'll have the option to hike or take a drive to Soti Khola from Arughat Bazar. From Arughat, you'll take another 13 km road trip to Soti Khola, around two hours of drive time and five hours of hike time, and stop for overnight accommodation.

Distance from Soti Khola (710m) to Machha Khola (900m)

The actual hike on Manaslu Circuit Trek Route starts as you gear up from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. The trek distance between these two is around 14.2 km, and the total hike duration is 6 hours, excluding the resting stops.

Cascading Budhi Gandaki River, Pine forests, an inspiring panorama of hills, and Ganesh Himal make your hike worth it. You'll hike through the settlements like Lapu Besi and Khani Besi. Overnight accommodation at a tea house in Machha Khola.

Distance from Machha Khola (900m) to Jagat (1,340m)

The 20 km long Manaslu Trekking distance between Machha Khola to Jagat takes 7 hours, and it's among the most extended day hikes in this trek. You'll hike through Machha Khola, Khorlabesi, and Hot Spring. You'll also walk on the sandy beach of Budhi Gandaki and the lush forests with vivid landscapes and panorama.

The frequent greetings of Ganesh Himal and Lhakpa will be till Jagat. Overnight accommodation at the tea house in Jagat.

Distance from Jagat (1,340m) to Deng (2,095m)

The total hiking distance from Jagat to Deng is 21 km, and it takes 9 hours to complete the hike. On top, most of the walk will be gaining altitude with gradual ascend, which becomes tiring. Trekkers Check Post at Jagat is where you'll have your Manaslu Conservation Area Permit checked.

Alongside the beautiful scenery, you'll cross some streams like Ghatta Khola and Deng Khola. Furthermore, you'll get mesmerizing glimpses of Shringi Himal, 7,161m tall.

Distance from Deng (2,095m) to Namrung (2,900m)

The trek from Deng to Namrung on the Manaslu Circuit Trek route is only 19.4 km for 6 hours. But it's the highest altitude gain you'll get on a single day throughout this trek.

Hence, you may feel the hike arduous at most parts of the ascent on zigzag trails. Some features of the course even demand you to hike down the steep descent to Budi Gandaki and gradually ascend to several settlements.

Distance from Namrung (2,900 meters) to Lho (2,957 meters)

Lho from Namrung is around 11 kilometers in the distance and takes 5 hours for average hikers. The hike to Lho gives you an in-depth into Tibetan-influenced cultures, prayer flags, and stupas. On top, The clear view of Manaslu and Manaslu North makes your day hike worth it.

Distance from Lho (2,957 meters) to Samagaun (3,500 meters)

Samagaon from Lho is 18 km long and takes around 6 hours for you.

The hike from Lho to Samagaon can be enjoyable because you'll hike past Pungyen Monastery. Also, the chortens and prayer flags on the breeze make the Nubri settlements serene. The terrain also changes from treeline to Yak pasture lands with bushes.

You must be careful about the high altitude en route because you'll be hiking on terrain above 3,000 meters, and Samagaon is at 3,500 meters.

Distance from Samagaun (3,500m) to Samdo (3,865m)

If you wish to hike Samdo via Manaslu Base Camp, it'll take 6 hours to complete the day hike. The trail length also increases to 17 km. But, if you wish to hike Samdo without visiting Manaslu Base Camp, it'll take four hours to complete the 8.1 km long trail.

Samdo, being a Tibetan refugee village, you'll get glimpses of these people's lifestyles. You'll get the best view of Manaslu from Samdo while hiking all day.

Distance from Samdo (3,865m) to Dharamshala (4,450m)

Dharmashala from Samdo is around 13 km away, and it would take about 5 hours for average hikers to complete the hike. En route, you’ll pass through several streams, Larke Glacier, and Mani walls with prayer flags. You’ll stop at a tea house in Dharamshala for overnight accommodation.

Distance from Dharamshala to Bimthang (3,720m) via Larke Pass (5,160)

Crossing Larke Pass at 5,160 meters from Dharamshala and hiking down to Bimthang takes almost a day, nearly 10 hours. It's also the longest hiking day, where trekkers must cross 25 kilometers in a single day.

Larke Pass is filled with snow, and the trail leading to this pass is rocky. The rugged terrain filled with snow becomes mesmerizing in early Spring. You'll see the best glimpses of Himlung Himal, Kang Guru Himal, Cheo Himal, and many from the Annapurna range from Larke Pass and nearby areas.

The descent becomes easier as you can breathe more oxygen again on the grassy moraines. Overnight at the tea house in Bhimtang.

Distance from Bimthang (3,720m) and Dharapani (1,860m)

Dharapani is a descent hike from Bimthang that is 30 kilometers long and takes almost a whole day. Being a 30 km route, you'll enjoy the utmost scenery and beautiful villages like Thonje. This is also one of the longest Manaslu Circuit Trek distances to hike.

Dharapani is a well-sophisticated town where trekkers can enjoy some luxurious accommodations. Overnight at a tea house in Dharapani.

Distance from Dharapani (1,860m) to Kathmandu (1,324m)

Dharapani to Kathmandu is a 180 km roadway that takes around 10 hours. You can get a private jeep or tourist bus for a comfortable ride to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Trek Basic Food Accommodation and Drinks

Meals in Manaslu Circuit Trek are almost identical to what the tea houses in Annapurna and Everest Base Camp Trek offer, but not as broad menu choices as in Annapurna and Everest region. Tea houses in lower regions of Manaslu Circuit offer a more comprehensive range of meals than those at high altitude places. But still, you'll get a sufficient number of meals to choose from for BLD.

Manaslu Circuit is wapping 177 kilometers, and most days, trekkers hike here 14. Hence, to keep up with the itinerary, you, as a trekker, have to walk for multiple hours and more than 10 km each day in Manaslu Trek. It would be best to consume adequate healthy meals to keep the pace and energy levels at the peak. Not only to refill energy but also to escape altitude sickness, the proper meals are a must.

Here in this food and drinks in Manaslu Circuit Trek, we'll cover the types of meals you can expect on this trek. Also, if you find any food outside the list, you can request that your tour agency include additional meal requirements.

We’ll break down the meals menu into three parts, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Breakfast Meals in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Breakfast has to be adequate, and in Manaslu Trek, the tea houses offer various choices of meals for breakfast. The most common breakfast item includes Chapati, Toast with butter and honey, Porridge honey, Muesli, Omelette, Pancakes, and Soups.

Ginger lemon tea, Garlic Soup, Milk tea, black tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are the most available hot drinks on the breakfast menu.

Lunch and Dinner Meals in Manaslu Circuit Trek

The lunch and dinner menu is almost identical, from where you can get multiple choices. The most common meal trekkers consume is the Nepali Dal Bhat, with lentil soup, cooked vegetables, and pickles. Trekkers also prefer plain rice and noodles fried with eggs for the carbohydrate and protein combo.

Pizza, Burger with fries, Pasta with cheese and garlic, Spaghetti w/o cheese/tuna toppings, mashed potato, sandwiches, spring rolls, Sizzlers, Thukpa, Tenduk, cooked vegetables, and salads are the most available meals in Manaslu Trek.

You can expect these items at tea houses at lower altitudes, but these items are not readily available at higher-altitude tea houses.

Drinks in Manaslu Circuit Trek

The temperature in Manaslu Circuit in late Autumn can go as low as -15 degrees, and on a typical day, the temperature can get near freezing at high altitudes. In such conditions, drinking cold water and drinks causes cough and chest infection. Hence, hot drinks in Manaslu Circuit Trek are a must to keep yourself warm and healthy.

In the morning and evenings, drinking hot drinks like ginger lemon tea, black tea, milk tea, and soups can revitalize the body's fluids. Taking hot chocolates and milk as dessert can also help you get better sleep and digestion.

While on a day hike, trekkers must drink 3 liters of safe drinking water not to develop altitude sickness symptoms. Keeping yourself hydrated is crucial to developing waterborne diseases. Hence, you can carry a thermos or hydration bladder for lukewarm water mixed with the electrolytes, ORS solutions, and Chlorine tablets.

You can get cold water at tea houses for free. But, tea houses ask for a certain amount from trekkers when refilling hot drinking water. The average asking price for each liter of war water ranges from USD 5.

The food you should avoid in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Avoiding certain meals at high altitudes of Manaslu can benefit your health.

First, we don't recommend you consume meat and meat products on this trek. Since people here practice Buddhism, they don't kill animals. Hence, meat products at higher altitudes are carried by porters or helicopters. As a result, the quality of meat decreases, and is also not healthy to consume.

Drinks you should avoid in Manaslu Trek

You must avoid certain drinks if you're planning to hike Manaslu Circuit. First, you mustn't consume more coffee and caffeinated beverages as they cause dehydration and lack of sleep.

Furthermore, alcohol, tobacco, and smoking are not items to consume while trekking. Dehydration, shortness of breath, and other issues might develop the symptoms of altitude sickness.

These products only alter sleep schedules and cause issues and AMS. Trekkers need 8 hours of complete sleep for proper rest; avoiding these will be wise.

Best time for Manaslu Trek

Autumn months, starting from September till late November, and Spring months, from March to the end of May, are the two best times for Manaslu Trek. The weather conditions become stable with rain-free days, mild temperatures, and unobstructed visibility, all absolute conditions for high-altitude trekking.

The vibrant colors of Autumn leave decorating the entire Manaslu region till tree lines equal the aesthetic rhododendron bloom and lively greenery of Spring. The greetings of snow-occupied Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and other mountains along the hike on one of the world's highest Himalaya Pass, Larke Pass, ensure your wholesome Manaslu Trek experience.

In this blog, we'll guide you through the best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit and what weather and temperature you can expect here at different times of the year.

Manaslu Circuit in Autumn

Autumn brings trekkers back to Manaslu Circuit after the long hectic, and risk-associated monsoon rain. The rain clears the outlook and washes away the clouds, making the entire landscape visible.

The sky becomes blue with the scintillating Manaslu in front. You'll enjoy the mild temperature throughout the hike with the best glimpses of the panorama. On the other hand, even if you wish to hike Manaslu Circuit in Autumn with a small group, you'll still encounter many trekkers en route. The best time of September till mid-December lures the highest numbers of trekkers in Manaslu.

The temperature starts dropping as Autumn progresses. On average, the temperature in September averages 21 degrees at lower places and seven at high altitude places. Likewise, in October, the temperature drops to 15 degrees in lower altitudes and freezes at high altitudes. The last month favorable for Manaslu Trek is November, and in this month, the temperature drops to -10 degrees.

Manaslu Circuit in Spring

If you're planning Manaslu Circuit, Spring can be your best time. The lively greenery, terrace farmings, and the snow-occupied Manaslu and Larke-La Pass make the Manaslu Trek in Spring the best.

Manaslu Circuit route in Spring can be the best time to cross Larke Pass. Furthermore, you'll also get the ideal weather window to view Manaslu, Nagdi Chuli, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal range, Langpo, and Shringi, all spectacular mountains of the region.

The ideal temperature is the best part of trekking Manaslu in Spring, from March to May. As Spring progresses, the temperature here starts getting warmer. In Spring, the daytime temperature averages around 17 degrees, and the nighttime temperature averages around the freezing point. Also, the rain-free days with utmost visibility make your trek experience sublime.

Manaslu Circuit in Summer

In Summer, especially in late May, the monsoon rain starts in Nepal. Due to this, the risk of floods, landslides, and avalanches increases drastically. Manaslu Trek in Summer can be doable with extra caution, proper trek gears, and expert navigation, but still, it's a highly non-recommended time to trek. But extra caution is a must if you're planning for this trek in Summer.

The rain brings leeches and bugs, which bother trekkers throughout the hike days. Furthermore, the Manaslu region's landslides damage the trekking route and can be troublesome.

Besides these, June, July, and August bring liveliness to the landscapes with greenery and clear sky. The rainfall also prompts the snowfall at high altitudes, making it further exciting. Also, the warmer temperature averaging 18 degrees and longer days in Summer can be ideal for hiking all day.

Manaslu Circuit in Winter

If it snows in early Winter, especially in November, Manaslu Trek can be a headache for you due to the extreme cold. But your Manaslu Trek can be wholesome if the weather remains dry till mid-Winter. And if you're fit enough, you can participate in the Manaslu Trail Race every November.

For the snow-capped mountains and even landscapes past 3,000 meters, snowfall garnishes the terrain mesmerizingly. The total visibility of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other peaks around Manaslu Base Camp is worth your hike in Winter. Also, crossing Larke Pass with crampons and fixed lines can be exciting.

The few drawbacks of Manaslu Trek in Winter is accommodation, as many tea houses remain closed from December to late January. Also, you have to hike on the high-altitude terrain of Larke Pass and hike to Bimthang for nearly 13 hours.

The temperature can go down to -15 degrees and reach as high as 5 degrees in the daytime. You can complete Manaslu Trek in Winter with decent trekking gear and warm clothes. But still, if you can't bear the cold, it's not a recommended time for you.

Manaslu Trek Without Guide

Manaslu trekking Route, opened for foreign trekkers in 1992, in 2022, after 30 years of being accessible to foreigners, comes under Manaslu Restricted Area Project. One of the best off-the-beaten trekking trails with a serene panorama of Manaslu Trek is every trekker's favorite, and they often plan this trek solo. But one should know that the Nepal Government prohibits Manaslu trekking without a guide.

Trekkers often prefer Manaslu Trek as an alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Also, many trekkers want to explore the Manaslu region long before it becomes a commercial route. But still, there are many risk factors that trekkers might involve, and on top, it remains a restricted area.

For various reasons, Manaslu Trek without a guide is not possible. In this blog, we'll take you through why you can't independently hike in the Manaslu region and the benefits of hiring a local agency for Manaslu Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Larke-la Pass Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Trek Difficulty falls in moderate to challenging grades, based on the altitude, time in a year, what you carry, and how well you prepare your fitness for the trek.

Still, in 2022, trekkers consider the trek Route as off-the-beaten trekking in Nepal. While trekking for 14 days in the Manaslu region, crossing Larke Pass at 5,135 meters, and exploring every element the route offers, you'll consider this trek the junket of your lifetime. Nowhere on earth matches your wholesome cheerfulness of the trek.

As the trekking route is arduous at different places with an added long hour hike on the rugged high-altitude terrain, you'll feel tired midway through this trek. Also, when altitude sickness kicks in, you'll have a nightmare. But preparing your body well with regular physical training before joining the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2023 equips you for this adventure of your lifetime.

This blog, Manaslu Trek Difficulty, is a well-detailed blog written with consultation with our experienced trek guides, who have been guiding in Manaslu for a decade now.

Manaslu circuit trek difficulty



  • No, you can not trek solo in this region as it is a restricted area. There must be at least two trekkers and one has to be a licensed guide according to the Government of Nepal.

  • The network condition is not so good in this area. However, the tea houses you will be staying in have satellite phones for emergency contacts. Some tea houses also offer wifi with an extra charge. You can use the data service of Ncell or Ntc the other time.

  • Indeed, the Manaslu Circuit trip requires both an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a special restricted area permit. These licenses are given by the Nepali government and can only be obtained through a certified trekking agency.

  • September through November and March through May are the ideal months to do the Manaslu Circuit trek. The weather is good and the scenery is clear throughout these months.

  • A decent level of fitness and acclimatization are required for the difficult Manaslu Circuit trek. The walk takes you through high altitudes, including the physically taxing passage of the Larkya La Pass at a height of 5,160 meters.


    There are teahouses to stay in all along the Manaslu Circle hike. The teahouses provide simple comforts like a cozy bed, a hot shower, and scrumptious meals.

  • If you take the necessary measures, such as hiking with a certified guide and porter, drinking plenty of water, and properly acclimatizing, the Manaslu Circuit walk is largely risk-free. Trekkers should take appropriate precautions and be aware of any concerns related to high altitude trekking, such as altitude sickness.

Clients Reviews

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    RyanDecember 21, 2022

    A memorable experience

    Had a great time hiking the Manaslu circuit trek.
    The weather during our trip was not ideal so the conditions were challenging but our guide, Ajit, had us feel super safe and comfortable at all times. Ajit made sure we had accommodation even with last-minute changes to the itinerary due to the weather. Will definitely use sublime again when I come back!

  • Jenny Sutton
    Jenny SuttonNovember 15, 2017

    The experience- I would never forget

    The itinerary that Sublime Trails, namely Ram and his team of Porters provided were all that I ever wanted to explore in - trekking on the snowy mountain, homestay on the mountain, visiting Buddhist monasteries, learning the living culture of a Nepal! Being an amateur and a really slow trekker, it was raining and dark on the snowy mountain, I was in awe of appreciation when I saw the Porters walked on the edge of the cold mountain for my best safety!! Every day was ended with a hot bath and a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall...very warm hospitality from the Nepalese indeed! Most of the meals were meat-less, But! Not to worry for meat lovers like me as the resourceful Ram would have a way with all your needs, definitely. We couldn't have completed the 14 days Manaslu trek of the mountain beyond mountain with great Himalayan views without Ram and his Porters, providing 101% of their expertise, patience, commitment and their singing of the Nepalese songs! Thanks, Sublime Trails Team!

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