About Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek an off-the-beaten-track trek in Nepal. It lies in the western part of the country. Despite not being as popular Annapurna Base Camp or Poon Hill trek, Manaslu offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains of the Himalayas.

Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. It stands at an altitude of 8163 meters. It is often referred to as the “mountain of spirit” as the Sanskrit translation of the word means “soul’ or ‘intellect’.

Manaslu Circuit was opened for trekkers only in 1991. It also is one of the restricted treks in Ne[al. So it is not visited by tourists as much as other treks around this reason. This is one of the reasons why Manaslu Circuit Trek has been able to retain its natural beauty and authentic village lifestyle.

Manaslu Circuit Trek only sees around 1000 trekkers per year due to governmental restrictions. Most of the trek takes place inside the premises of Manaslu Conservation Area. The region has a beautiful landscape, wonderful weather, and local culture that have been preserved for a long period of time.

The route of the Manaslu Trek starts after a ride from Pokhara to Soti Khola. From there, you will head out to various villages like Philim, Namrung, Samagaon, and Samdo. The highest point along the trek is Larkya La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5213 meters.

During the trek, you are likely to encounter various plants and animals of this region while walking through dense forests of Manaslu Conservation Area. It is home to various animals like snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer amongst others.

Manaslu trek is a difficult trek to undertake. No trek that is higher than 5000 meters is easy. So you should prepare extremely well physically to complete this trek.

Like most other trekking routes in Nepal, the best season to trek in the Manaslu region is in Autumn - the months of September, October, and November. Spring (March, April, and May) is the second most popular season for trekkers in the Manaslu region.

Manaslu trek lasts 17 days in total. You will be able to experience glorious views of Himalayas in the central-western part of Nepal like Himlung (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Larkye Peak (6249m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Manaslu (8156m) during the Manaslu trek.

To trek in the Manaslu region, you will need to have a partner because a single trekker is not permitted to trek in the Manaslu region. You will also need to arrange a guide for your trek as a guide is mandatory for trekking in Manaslu region.

If you are looking for enjoying a trek in the remoteness and solitude the Himalayas of Nepal and want to experience a rich culture that has been preserved over time, Manaslu Circuit trek is a fantastic choice. 

Outline Itinerary

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Our representatives will be at the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel. You will need to rest after a long and tiring flight. Later in the evening, you will enjoy the vibrant tourist known as Thamel, which is located in Kathmandu. Enjoy the food and you will be staying at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu.
On the second day of the trek, we will head to Soti Khola. It is a total of 8 hours drive and as we pass through Arughat. You can enjoy the bus ride as it offers you the view of village fields and farmlands along with a picturesque scenery of terraced farm fields. We will find pitched road up to Dhading Besi and then it turns off-road after that. Off-road is an indication that we are reaching the remote areas of this region. After driving a total of 8 hours, we will finally reach Soti Khola. We will spend the night in Soti Khola which is located at an altitude of 700 meters.
The trekking on this day does not demand much physically. There will be few moderate climbs as we head out from Soti Khola. We will walk past a forest trail and will encounter many suspension bridges. We will come across several pasture lands and fields on the edge of the forest trails. After walking for about 5-6 hours, we will finally reach Machhikhola where we will rest for the night at a humble guesthouse.
On the fourth day of the trek, we will be crossing the 1000 meters mark and reach a total of 1330 meters in altitude. We will head through forest trails and small settlements which are occupied by ethnic groups. The highlight of this day is that before we head to Yaru Khola we will enjoy the natural hot springs. We can spend some quality time here, relaxing our muscles after a long day of walk and helping our body recuperate to carry on for the rest of the days. The locals believe that these hot springs have the capacity to rejuvenate your body as the water of these hot springs have minerals. We will spend the night in Yaru Khola.
We will go easy this day as we will just be walking for a total of 4 hours. We will head to Philim after our breakfast. The landscape of the region will still be the same as we walk through the forest trail. We will also come across few suspension bridges while we are on our way to Philim. It will get a bit colder and we will also be crossing the 1500 meters mark as Philim is located at an altitude of 1590 meters. We will spend the night in Philim.
On this day we will head to Bhim Phedi. There will be occasional climbs coupled with downhill paths. It gets a bit tricky at times but it is all part of the trek. We will pass through some sensational waterfalls and our trail will also take us to Eklebatti village which is quite a popular stop for tourists. After walking for about 5-6 hours, we will finally reach Bhim Phedi(2130 meters) where we spend the night at a guesthouse and take a well-deserved break.
On the seventh day of the trek, we will be crossing the 2500 meters mark as we reach Namrung which is located at an altitude of 2660 meters. On our way to Namrung, we will come across spectacular trails that will give an idea about the things to come and how exciting and challenging this trek is going to be.
We will also cross several villages in which the ethnic group called the Gurungs live. There are a few gompas and monasteries in this region. You will realize how naturally and culturally beautiful this region is. We will walk a total of 5-6 hours on this day.
The trail now becomes more challenging as we head towards the 3500 meters mark. On this day the increase in altitude will be about 900 meters, quite challenging but we will also be able to see Mount Manaslu which will be a treat after about 6 hours of walking. Samagoan is quite popular simply for being the stop where you can have an unobstructed view of the mountains. Samagaon is situated at an elevation of 3530 meters. This naturally blessed place would be a perfect spot for trekkers to spend the night.
On the 9th day, we will take rest in Samagaon. We need to let our body relax after the number of days we have walked. We should also rest because we need to let our body acclimatize to the thinning air. This will help us avoid altitude sickness which can be quite dangerous. We can have a short hike up to Birendra Lake. You can also opt to explore other parts of this village and interact with the locals. We spend the night in Samagaon.
You can wake up early in the morning to catch a view of Mount Manaslu in all its beauty. We will then leave for Samdo. This trail from Samagaon to Samdo is fairly easy. We will come across vast pasture lands where yaks graze. We will also be able to catch the view of other mountains. We will walk a total of 3-4 hours and will rest in Samdo which is at an altitude of 3690 meters.
On the eleventh day of the trek, we will cross the 4000 meters mark and reach a total of 4470 meters when we reach Dharamsala. The trail to Dharmasala is beautiful and you will be accompanied by the spectacular view of the mountain ranges.
Dharamsala was an important trading village but now it is very quiet here. Now it has become a stop for trekker who wants to cross the sensational Larke La Pass. On this day we prepare ourselves for the cross of Larke La Pass. we go to bed early so we can leave early next morning.
This day is the most important day of our trek. We will be crossing the Larke La Pass which is the highlight of the trek. This legendary pass boasts an altitude of 5213 meters. It is quite challenging but a rewarding experience. We will be witnessing some spectacular view of the mountains such as Himlung, Annapurna II, Cheo Manaslu among others. After crossing the majestic pass we will head to Bhimthang which is located at an altitude of 3750 meters. On this day we will walk a total of 6-7 hours.
On this day we will take a downhill trail and so the altitude decreases. We will pass through trails that are laden with rhododendron forests. The trail will again take us through farmlands and small villages until we get to Tilje. Tilje is located at an altitude of 2310 meters so the altitude we descend on this day is 1440 meters. We will spend the night in Tilje after walking a total of 5 hours.
On this day we will head to Taal. the trail gets simpler and less challenging. We will come across few spectacular waterfalls. We will also come across few small settlements. After about 4 hours of walking, we will reach Tal which is located at an altitude of 1700 meters.
The decline in altitude continues as we head to Syange. We will now be walking on the trail of another famous trekking route - Annapurna Circuit trek. This will be the final day of trekking for us. We will walk a total of 4 hours this day. We will rest for the night in Syange and try the local cuisine. On this day, make sure you mingle with your trekking crew members and thank them for the support. Syange is located at an altitude of 1175 meters.
We head back to Kathmandu on this day. The bus ride will be about 9 hours. We spend the night in Kathmandu and go around Thamel which is tourist hub in Kathmandu and enjoy the night.
Time to head back to your home and share your wonderful experience in Nepal with your family and friends. Also, if you decide to extend your stay in Nepal, you can inform us. We at Sublime trails would be honored to be at your service. We provide various tour services. If you also want to trek in another region, we would be happy to guide you.
Detail Itinerary


  • Pick up and drive from airport.
  • Accommodation for two nights in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Your standard meals-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner- during the trek.
  • Transportation by bus Kathmandu-Arughat and Syange-Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, conservation entry permits and restricted area permit.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary. These items should be returned to Sublime Trails after the trek.
  • All government taxes, VAT and Service charge.
  • Any meals other than breakfast 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 get a personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • All alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and Drinking water during the trip.
  • Chocolate, dessert, and sweet items.
  • Your entry visa fee to Nepal.
  • Tipping for the sublime crews.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews
  • 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!

    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…

  • I had trekked with Sublime Trails in the Annapurna Region and the Everest region before. As I love trekking in solitude to really remote places, I asked them for a beautiful trekking destination where there are not many travelers. That is when they suggested the Manaslu Trek for me. With very few trekkers in the region, the trails were as fresh as they could be. Modernity had not touched this region. Therefore it felt like I was having a good time in the wilderness of nature. The villages had maintained their authenticity and preserved their ancient culture as well. My experience of trekking helped as the Manaslu trek was a tad more difficult than the EBC or ABC trek. The government also requires you to have a guide with you compulsorily. As Sublime Trails told me that this trek is strenuous, I also took a porter with me. Both of them were gentlemen with great trekking experience. My stay was arranged in the best lodges in this region. The food was also great. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I am looking forward to go to other peaceful destinations in Nepal in the future with Sublime Trails. If you are interested in trekking in Nepal, I’m sure you will fall in love with the services of Sublime Trails.  

    I had trekked with Sublime Trails in the Annapurna Region and the Everest region before. As I love trekking in solitude to really remote places, I asked them for a…

  • I went to Manaslu trekking in October 2016 with my two friends, where I had a fantastic experience. The whole sublime team were really helpful and flexible in organizing, managing a trip. they are really friendly, resourceful and competent. Special thanks to Mr Ram a manager, Mr Shiva a guide and porters. Hope to see you again guys.

    I went to Manaslu trekking in October 2016 with my two friends, where I had a fantastic experience. The whole sublime team were really helpful and flexible in organizing, managing…

Departure Notes

This is Scheduled departure dates and joining for permit sharing Because for Manaslu region solo traveler cannot issue the entry permit. If you are more than 2 people please Contact us, we always operate your trip.

Departure Dates

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20 Nov, 2018 - 06 Dec, 2018 Available $990 USD
30 Nov, 2018 - 16 Dec, 2018 Available $990 USD

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