Manasalu Circuit TrekkingManasalu Circuit Trekking

Manasalu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

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  • Duration15 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5,160m
  • Activity Trekking and excursion
  • Group Size Minimum 2 pax
  • Accommodation Comfort hotel in KTM and local lodges on trekking
  • Meals Full package at trekking
  • Transportation Overland drive
  • Starts KTM- Machhakhola drive & trek
  • Ends Dharapani-KTM
  • Best Season Sep- Nov, March- May
Trip Highlights
  • Trekking with special al permit at Pristine mountains view, rich in culture and genuine adventure,
  • Geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating landscape,
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition,
  • Wonderful high pass crossing at Larke la 5,160m,
  • The massive view of the world’s eighth- highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163m,
  • Holistic site Pungkar Gomba, glacier, icefall, Lakes and Manaslu Base camp,
  • Old monasteries, stupas, chortens, Lungdars, and yak pastures

Manaslu Round

Manaslu Circuit Trekking has been open only since 1991 for outsider travelers. This trek is a unique opportunity to experience and explore Pristine Mountain View, rich culture, and genuine adventure sum around the "untouched" region of Nepal. Mt. Manaslu 8,163m tall is one of the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. Manaslu is derived from the Sanscrit word “MANASA” which is translated as the mountain spirit. The trek begins from the old, independent kingdom of Gorkha to the Budi Gandaki valley. Distinctively people are Buddhist and their links are transmitted from Tibetan tradition. The flat-roofed houses boast Monasteries with embossed prayer wheels and Chortents guarding the entrances of towns. The Tibetan monks inhabiting sacred monasteries give the joy of Tibetan feeling and spirituality. This area offers a combination of cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity. The Manaslu was climbed in 1956 for the first time by Japanese alpinist. The trek is relatively enriched by flora and fauna, ascending and descending through the alpine forest, Himalayan villages, and landscapes comes to join at Dharapni the main classic trail to Annapurna Circuit route then ending throughout Besisahar by overland drive.


KTM-MaxakholaWe start overland driving along the Prithvi highway till Anbu Khaireni and turn towards Dhading Besi or Gorkah road by seeing the wonderful views of picturesque landscapes, mountains, villages, terraced fields, and lifestyle of different ethnic groups. Lunch break will be somewhere along the road in a good restaurant, who mostly serves  Nepalese famous Daal bhat. The road prevail rough tough everywhere in Nepal so the most bumpier road starts onwards Arughat Bazaar.


The trek frequently follows the rough road along the Gandaki River bank. It does not prevail a big ascend and descend. However, the path is always full of upward and downward walking. Frequently groups of Mules who are doing goods delivery will be encountered along the path. We strongly recommend you stay on the wall side for safety at narrow passes in the mountains whenever you get crossed with animals.

The trek becomes simply the best from today. The trail continuously follows the Gandaki River bank. Today you will see the first view of Mt. Singhi and Ganesh Himal. The landscape, nature, cultural life and tradition, and a glimpse of different crops and animals make your trekking like a deep meditation. Lunch break will be in Chisopani and continue walking to the camp. On the way, you will meet a waypoint that segregates the trail right to the Tsum Valley trekking and left to the Rupinala trekking. You keep always towards the River bank ahead to Pewa. Pewa is not a big village there are only 2 tea houses but a very silent and simple overnight passage.

In the beginning, the trek leads you upwards to Deng village and via Rana village to the other side of the River. Today the trail is narrower than other day's also a slightly dangerous cliff and rock falling but it is a very beautiful walk. You will have a first view of Mt. Manaslu cap today, lunch will be around in Bhi Pedhi, a Buddhist shrine, and symbols prevail more from today. 


It will be like a meditational walk through the Himalayan forest. Sometimes you meet a group of Himalayan white Languor in the forest. Domestic animals like yak, Chauri, horses, cows, goats, sheep, and mules are available all around here. Also, some Himalayan wild animals are visible on the way. The trail does not climb directly but gradually and long ascends via Lihi village. On the way you will frequently see so many different attractive Buddhist traditions; finally, you will arrive at the Lho (a mind-blowing view place). There is a very beautiful monastery so if you arrive on time then make an evening monastery visit during puja otherwise visit the next day during passing towards Samagau trekking. Make an earlier wake up the next day to see the Golden sunrise on Mt. Manaslu, probably the best photos of Manaslu will be from the Lho.


Walking through the forest leads you up to the Shyala village. This village offers you wonderful rounding mountain views. We make tea breaks here for some hours to enjoy the panoramic mountain scenery. 1 hour of easy walking brings you to the central and major town of Samagaun. This village has very unique beauties of Buddhist culture, way of life, monasteries, Mani walls, and Stupas. You will arrive in Samagaun by lunchtime and make a private free walk all around the village.

Lho Village
Harvesting time at Lho village (3520 Meters above the Sea Level )


There are two options for acclimatization in Samagaun (1) visiting pungent gomba. (2) Is visiting Manaslu basecamp with Birendra Taal.  I recommend Pungen Gomba: take a packed lunch and make a Pungen Gompa visit. Pungen Gompa is a famous deity in this region. This Deity is believed as the ruler of good or bad weather/ fortune or spirit and Manaslu means the peak of spirit or soul. It may take 3 hours of climbing up to the bottom of the Mt Manaslu glacier. When you get up to the temple at Glacier. The surrounding Circumstances, views, glacier, ice fall, blue sheep, yaks, a monastery, a stupa, rocks, and a glance of avalanches will make it like a paradise hiking.  You will arrive at the camp by 3 PM and then get free time with tea and a hot shower. 

Samdo Villlage
Samdo and Samagaun Village View from Samdo Hill.

The trek starts after breakfast. Make a short visit to the oldest monastery by the side of the trail and then keep walking along the legendary way with full panoramic views of the mountain. The trail is easy to inflate along the Sama Valley, Himalayan pine, birch, bamboo, rhododendron, and fir forest making nature a wonderful sight. You will arrive at Samdo by lunch time and make some hours of climbing up to Samdo ri for better acclimatization. Getting at higher and sleeping at lower places should be applied. Samdo provides very simple lodges than Samagaun however you get very good and fine sleeping rooms. 

Your trek begins after lunch. The destination is not far but due to the altitude, it takes a longer time. The trail climbs gradually up head with fantastic views of Manaslu north, Larke Peak, Samdo Peak, etc….. Food and rooms in Dharmasala are very simple and basic standards, sometimes we must sleep in a dormitory room with several other people. You arrive at the camp by the lunch and again make a hiking up to the Dharmasala ri for height gain.

You have to start your trek around 3:00 AM due to the wind. If you arrive late at the pass then it is very windy so most of the trekkers begin earlier. The trail is not strongly steep but gradually upwards and very long to the pass. After the pass, it descends to the Manang Valley with mind-blowing views of different mountains. It is quite an enjoyable trail to descend however takes a very long time to get to Bhimtang. The destination seems closer however it is quite long and tough walking until you arrive at the place. The hotel offers a very nice and clean room with a very comfortable warm dining hall.


Today the scenery and landscape are also quite beautiful, this valley or trekking reminds you of the European Alps trekking except for the high mountain views. The trail descends always downwards to the beautiful place via beautiful landscape and Tibetan-looking villages to the Dharapani.  Dharapani is a point you meet for the legendary Annapurna Circuit trail. Overnight at very nice hotels with fantastic hot showers and food.


Take a local jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar and then drive back to Kathmandu by private vehicle along to classic road to Pokhara.

Route Map
Manasalu Circuit Trek - 15 Days map
Cost Details

The cost of this trip depends based on accommodation in the city, group size, transportation usage, and level of services. We provide special discounts for larger groups, relevant travel companies, partners or agents, and non-profit organizations.

We offer every trip on the very best price basis, contact us for further cost information by mentioning your group size, expecting services on trekking, and accommodation standards in the city.

Useful Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit Cost Details:

1. Manaslu Restricted Permit Fee: 

Manaslu trek permit from September to November (autumn) will cost USD 100 for the first seven days and USD 15 for each additional days Manaslu trek permit from December to August (winter, spring, and summer) will cost USD 75 for the first seven days and USD 10 for each additional days

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit Fee: 

MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NRs.1000 per person
MCAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NRs. 3000 per person

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit Fee (ACAP): 

ACAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NRs. 1000 per person
ACAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NRs. 3000 per person

If you choose Tsum Valley as a side-trip, then you need to add one more permits – Tsum Valley permit. It will cost USD 40 per person for one week.

Whereas, you can also continue Annapurna Circuit Trek or Annapurna base camp route. You need to apply for the TIMS card. It will cost USD 30 per person.

Manaslu Trekking Permits Terms and Conditions:

  • For children under 10 years of age, no need to apply for permits
  • Trekkers need permits for MCAP and ACAP
  • An entry permit is non-refundable as well as non-transferable and valid for the single entry only
  • The person entering the Conservation Area shall abide by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S. (1973) and the Regulations made under this Act
  • Entry Permits will not be issued from any check posts along the trekking routes of the Conservation Areas. It is only available from Kathmandu and Pokhara tourism board office
  • Entry permits must be carried during the entire trek and should be shown in checkpoint
  • Above Manaslu trek, permit cost include 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other government taxes
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