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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek


Trip Fact

Best Month:

March to May & Sep to Nov

Max Elevation:

5143 m

Trip Duration:

17 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Sotikhola / Besisahar

Trip Grade:

Moderate & Challenging


BLD During Trek


Hotels, Lodge/Teahouse

Group Size:



Manaslu Region of Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an incredible and less crowded trekking route that circles the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. This trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, stunning Himalayan scenery, cultural richness, and a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a thrilling journey that encircles the eighth highest mountain in the world “Mount Manaslu”. As a restricted area trek, it requires a special permit and is less crowded, allowing for a more immersive and off-the-beaten-path experience. This trip offers trekkers stunning views of Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, and authentic local culture. The route takes you through remote villages, lush forests, and high mountain passes, providing a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is less crowed and alternative trekking route of the more crowed Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is located in the western part of Nepal, near the Annapurna region and close to the Tibet border.  The route is famous for its wonderful natural beauty and cultural richness.  This trek has all the features of wilderness trekking in Nepal that includes both Hindu and Buddhist culture, wildlife, rhododendron forest, wildflower, deep valley, raging rivers, and spectacular mountain scenery.

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers the magnificent views of the Mountains like mount Manaslu (8,163m), Himal Chuli (7,890m), Ngadi Chuli (7,870m), Baudha Himal (6,670m), Sringi Himal (7,155m), Larkey Peak (6,250m), Himlung Himal (7,126m), Annapurna “II” (7,837m), Lamjung Himal (6,980m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and many others snow peak.  

It takes around 12 to 18 days to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trekking route starts balmy at an altitude of 800 m, rises to 5,160 m at the highest point. The Highest point is called Larkya La Pass and drops down in next valley. This significant change in altitude and climatic zone makes the Manaslu circuit trek, one of the most diverse treks in the world. Trekking to the Manaslu circuit opened in 1991 it is an opportunity that only few travelers get to have every year because the region is a restricted area in Nepal that requires a special permit to enter. Also the guide is mandatory from a registered trekking company and must need two trekkers in the group (not including the guide and porter).  So the region is one of the most preserved regions in Nepal where people still follow ancient culture and tradition.

The trail will traverse through an ancient salt trading route of Tibet, crossing Budi Gandaki, a long and tough gorge that cuts its way through vast mountains, and discover the splendor of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo forest.  The Manaslu circuit trail is getting popularity, so there is a profusion of tea houses and lodges at the everyday stage of the trek so you don’t have to carry a tent and food. Camping is required if you are following the off-beaten tracks. The unhindered view of the Manaslu range and close insight into the highland tribe are the major highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.  In terms of difficulty, it is more similar to the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. So you need physical strength and stamina to accomplish the trail. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is possible to conduct throughout the year however March-May and the last week of September to mid-December are considered the best season for the trail. It is also possible to trek in winter but you must check the availability of the tea-house beforehand.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route

The Manaslu Trek starts from the Soti Khola after a scenic drive from Kathmandu and heads up to your destinations through beautiful forests, farmland terrace, steep ridges, local settlement and suspension bridges. You will reach Jugat on your third trekking day to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.  There is a permit check post, after checking your trekking permits, the trails again heads up to upper Manaslu Valley through Philim, Deng, Namrung, Lho and get Samagaun.  You have a long distance to reach the Samagaun, so you will have 2 nights there for rest, exploration and acclamations. After exploring the Samagaun village, there are some interesting places to visit such as Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake and Pungyen Monastery.   

After resting and exploring at Samagaun, we head our journey to Samdo for overnight stay and the next day in force to reach Dharamsala (Larkey Phedi). The journey will be enjoyable with observing the mountain views, barren highland, alpine birch and juniper forest.  

Next day from the Larkey Phedi, we will complete our mission by crossing the Larkya La Pass. This is the highest elevation and tough day of our trek. From the pass, you can enjoy the views of Surroundings Mountain and descend to Bhimthang through the glacier, moraine, frozen lake and several yak pastures.  

After reaching the Bhimthang, the next day the trail drops down to Tilche village for overnight stay through dense pine forests and Ghoa village. Next day you will trek 2 hours to Dharapani and catch a vehicle to reach Kathmandu. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:

  • Circuit the Manaslu mountain range 
  • Wonderful Budi Gandaki and Marsyangdi River
  • Stunning panoramic Mountain Views of Mt. Manaslu range, Mt. Ganesh Himal Range, and Mt. Annapurna Range
  • Adventure Larkya La Pass (5160 m)
  • Old Buddhist monasteries in the region
  • Beautiful Wildlife (Wild goat, Blew Sheep, Pika, Marmot, deer, etc)
  • Old local Villages (Namrung, Sho, Lho, Samagaun, and Samdo) with their culture and lifestyle
  • Wonderful Nature and perfect Culture

Groups and solo trek to Manaslu Circuit!

Manaslu Region is a restricted area as per the rule and regulations of the Nepal Government due to protect the nature and culture. Therefore, the government has made it compulsory to have a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek.  That means you must hire a guide through a registered trekking agency and have at least two members in one group excluding the guide to issue the trekking permits for the Manaslu region trek. We also welcome the solo trekkers in Nepal but cannot organize for Manaslu Circuit Trek. It means the minimum needs 2 people and maximum 10 people or more in a group. If there are more people in one group, you can get more discounts but if we collect the people in a group, you will not get a discount.  

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit Trek 

If you are planning a trek to Manaslu Circuit, you have to choose the best time and season to explore the wonderful Manaslu region. All the trekkers have derived the common question, "when is the best time to Manaslu Circuit Trek” before planning the trip. So, you must know the best time to easily complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek.  The best time provides you with an excellent trekking experience in travel life.  Generally, trekking to a high altitude area is not an easy walk every month of the year because it is difficult to know the weather, temperature and direction above 3500 meters from sea level. The weather is quickly changeable during the summer and winter season in the mountain region, which makes it terrible to get to the target on time due to landslides and snow falls.
There are two main trekking seasons for Manaslu Region. Autumn trekking season (September to November) and spring trekking season (March to May) are the best trekking seasons in Nepal including Manaslu Circuit Trek. Even though the beginning of September to the end of November and March to May months are very good times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek because the weather is favorable for walking and the skies are clear to offer the magnificent views of the surrounding mountain. The temperature is suitable and ranges from 1 to 20 degrees Celsius which is perfect temperature and can drop to -8 in the night time.  So, the weather is perfectly sunny and warm with wonderful mountain views, clean air and no rain and snow compared with other trekking seasons. 

If you want and wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can do this trip during the winter (January and February) but you may face some potential hazard like the trails may be covered by snow, which makes it challenging to find the right target as well as raise risk of avalanches.

You can do trek in the summer season (June to August) but not good visibility due to rain but the best time for nature lovers. Summer season is also called the monsoon season in Nepal because it usually has heavy rainfall in the region. Heavy rainfall makes trails muddy and slippery and increased risk of landslides 
That’s why you have to choose the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trekking depending on your Vacations.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulties

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and exceptional cultural experience. However, it is also known to be a challenging trek, primarily due to its high altitude, remote location, and rugged terrain. These challenges are important for trekkers to be aware of:

High Altitude: The trek reaches high altitudes, with the highest point at Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters or 16,752 feet). Altitude sickness can be a concern, so it's important to acclimatize properly and be aware of the symptoms.

Remote and Isolated: The trek is more remote and less developed than some other popular treks in Nepal. Facilities such as lodges and teahouses can be basic, and you may need to be self-sufficient at times.

Weather Conditions: Weather can be unpredictable, especially at higher altitudes. Trekkers should be prepared for cold temperatures, snow, and changing weather conditions.
Long and Challenging Days: Some days on the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be long and challenging, with steep ascents and descents. Physical fitness and stamina are important.

Permit Requirements: The Manaslu region requires a special restricted area permit, and trekkers are required to trek with a licensed guide. This adds to the cost and logistics of the trek.

Despite these challenges, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is an extremely rewarding adventure, offering stunning mountain vistas, matchless cultural encounters, and a reflective sense of achievement for those who undertake it. This trek is best suited for experienced trekkers who are in good physical condition, have previous experience trekking at high altitudes, and are prepared for the rigors of remote and rugged terrain. Sufficient preparation, including physical conditioning, acclimatization, the guidance of an experienced licensed guide, and appropriate gear, is essential for ensuring a safe and enjoyable trek. 

Why Manaslu Circuit Trek with us (High Pass Adventure)? 

Choosing High Pass Adventure Trekking agency for your Manaslu Circuit trekking experience ensures a memorable and fulfilling adventure with expert guidance, personalized service, and a focus on safety and sustainability. 

High Pass Adventure Treks offers unique experiences and advantages for you visiting Manaslu region:

Expertise and Experience: High Pass Adventure treks will provide experienced guides and staff who are knowledgeable about the region, its culture, and the trekking routes. This expertise will enhance the overall experience, providing valuable insights and ensuring safety throughout the journey.

Safety Measures: High Pass Adventure likely prioritizes safety, providing proper equipment, trained guides, and emergency protocols to ensure trekkers' well-being during the challenging trek.

Eco-friendly Practices: High Pass Adventure will focus on eco-friendly practices to minimize the impact on the environment. This is including waste management, responsible camping, and supporting local conservation efforts.

Customized Itineraries: High Pass Adventure will offer flexible itineraries tailored to the preferences and abilities of their clients. This could include variations in the route, accommodation options, and side trips to explore the local culture and natural beauty.

Supporting Local Communities: Trekking with High Pass Adventure will involve initiatives to support local communities along the route, such as staying in locally owned teahouses, hiring local guides and porters, and contributing to community development projects.

Quality Services: High Pass Adventure offer quality services, including comfortable accommodations, nutritious meals, and reliable transportation arrangements, ensuring trekkers to focus on enjoying the journey without worrying about logistical challenges.

Small Group Sizes: High Pass Adventure will also prioritize small group sizes, allowing for a more personalized experience and better interaction with guides and fellow trekkers.

Positive Reviews and Reputation: Positive reviews and a good reputation in the trekking community is indicating that High Pass Adventure has consistently delivered memorable experiences for its clients, making it a reliable choice for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Important Note for the trip:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you in Nepal at the airport outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan international airport (TIA). Our person will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest and fresh up and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.


After enjoying the first breakfast in Nepal, you’ll get ready for the tour of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu with a well-experienced guide. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath,which are the 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. The tour begins with a ride in a private vehicle followed by a walk. You’ll get to explore the fascinating insights of Buddhism and Hinduism’s ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour, you will visit the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.


After Breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel, we leave for the Arughat-Sotikhola, about 8-9 hours by bus or a private jeep through the beautiful landscape and bumpy roads. 

Guest House.

The trek starts at Khorla Besi through Khorsane settlement, Saal forest, and Machhakhola. The trekking trail is very easy, following the well-constructed road along the riverside.  We will walk and enjoy pleasant views of the surrounding jungle, occasional waterfalls, and a suspension bridge adding the best to the hike. 

Guest House.

The trekking trail leads to Jagat through Tatopani, Dovan, Bklebhatti, Yaruphat, and lower Jagat. We will be able to see the small natural hot spring at Tatopani and after crossing the few bridges of Budi Gandaki River and we will be able to observe the culture and lifestyle of the local people. Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.


Our trekking day starts with a walk through subtropical rainforest and a series of small local villages such as Salleri, Philim, and Eklebhatti. These villages are beautiful settings with the terraced field. You will get a chance to see big Sringi Mountain before reaching Philim Village and crossing a suspension bridge along the way. Furthermore, the trail arrives at the junction of Tsum Valley and Larke La Trek and heads northwest to Deng through a green bamboo forest. 


It’s a perfect trekking day because we will see the first real views of the major mountains like Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal, and other peaks. Also, we will observe the real highland people’s culture and lifestyle and different landscapes.  


From Namrung, the trekking trail climbs up a bit and passes through the green forest to Lihi village which is popular for its Chortens, Barley Terraces, and apple farm. After crossing the village we get to the Sho village and reach the Lho Village. After our half-day hike to Lho, there will be plenty of time left over to observe the gorgeous views of Manaslu and a few snow peaks and visit Rebung Gompa on the hillside of the Lho Village. 


After a two hour hike up, we will cross the Shyala village through the pine forest and continue heading to reach Sama village. Shyala village is a fantastic place to see the spectacular vistas of Manaslu, north Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Chuli, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, and Pangbuche Himal. The day has a quite small hike time for the Sama Village and leaves enough time for the visit of Monasteries and Birendra Lake. 


When we get above 3,000 m in height, we need to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. The main attractions of that day are Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp, and a short hike to Birendra Lake. We can also decide about exploring those areas. 


The day is a bit easy to hike to Samdo Village but it is difficult due to the significant increase in altitude. The trekking trail follows the Budi Gandaki River through an alpine forest to the suspension bridge of the river. After crossing the bridge, the trail continues heading to Samdo. The places are a bit windy and we can observe some Himalayan views. 


We start our trip by crossing a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike up to the northwest in Larke bazaar. There used to be a successful market in the past but nothing remains nowadays.  We may feel some difficulties in breathing due to the shortage of oxygen in the areas because of the high altitude of Larke Phedi through the juniper forest. This day consists of a short walk to Larke Phedi and provides enough time for acclimatization for the further trek


This day entails a challenging tough walk over the Larkya pass at a spectacular 5160 m altitude. From Larkya Phedi, we must cross a glacial moraine and past frozen lakes to make the way to the pass. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to get to this pass but we will walk slowly and listen to our bodies. As we gain altitude some may feel nauseous or suffer from headaches. From here you can see unbelievably amazing views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyaji Kung (7,030m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), and Annapurna II (7937 m). From the top trekking trail, we drop down to Bhimthang along a steep gorge. This day entails a longer and tougher walk than the other days until we reach the guesthouse. 

Guest House.

After breakfast with the splendid views of the mountains, we descend towards a high pasture and gradually leave behind the alpine climate through familiar pine and Rhododendron forest.  We also can get a chance to see wildlife and birds before reaching Tilche village. 


We will leave the beautiful Gurung village in Tilche and cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Khola then follow the lower valley to Dharapani. Dharapani is the checkpoint of the Manaslu circuit trek permit and Annapurna circuit trek permit. After our permit gets checked, we take a jeep or bus to Besisahar for about a 3-4 hours drive and have lunch at there. After having lunch at Besisahar we drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, valleys, and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a 5 hour drive, we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night of the journey in Nepal. 

Guest House.

This is the last day of your trip to Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure time. If you wish to take an extra trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities.


What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Arughat and Besisahar-Kathmandu (private/ public vehicle)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea or coffee with per meal
  • Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner  
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking- (basic twins sharing room)
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Special Manaslu Trekking Permits  
  • All trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP, TIMS)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, food accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Use of down Jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, to be return after the trip is completed).
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt and warm hat as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

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Booking and payment process for the trek is a very easy system with us. After choosing the trip, please click the booking form for the final trip booking and reserve the trip date.  The payment process requires you to deposit 15% of the full trip cost in advance by bank transfer or western union  and the remaining cost you can pay after arriving in Kathmandu. 

Yes, you can easily get an arrival visa at the airport but you have to fill up the online visa form before arriving at the entry point with all your information. You have to have a valid passport for six months and need 3 / 4 PP size pictures and they accept  the following currency such as Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen to pay the visa charge. The visa charge is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days and $125 for 90 days.  For all information click this our website. 

After issuing the Nepal visa, you will exit the airport terminal building. There will be our staff holding your name and our company name (High Pass Adventure) display board. You can easily find him and he will welcome you. Then, he will be guiding you to bring the hotel by private vehicle and help you check in. 
If incase you don’t find him or get any difficult, you can make a call in these numbers, +9779-841142217 (Purna), +977-9841044533 (Sundar) or +977- 9851132128 (Ganesh). We can immediately help you as soon as possible. 
Please be aware of unknown people because they may offer to help you with your luggage or transportation and charge high costs. So, be careful with them and wait for our staff to pick you up. 

There are many types of hotels around Thamel in Kathmandu. We will arrange the best accommodation as per your requirements.  Or, we can suggest you with a selection of luxurious hotel options to choose from you and assist to reserve the accommodation. 
Can I choose my own departure date for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, you can choose your own departure date on your suitable holiday but it requires a minimum of 2 people. We have also fixed the departure date to Manaslu Circuit Trek but that might not match on your holiday program.  So that  we help to create the best private itinerary on your own time frame.

Yes, you can pay by either credit card or cash.  We recommend you to pay in cash for the remaining trip balance because the payment by credit card charges you 4 % extra service charge by bank. 

If you want to cancel the trip and refund the advanced fund, these policies are very clear and simple. First, you have to send us an email about trip cancellation and then we process the cancellation of your hotel and guide. About the refunds, 15% of the advance deposit that was your booking confirms the trip, it will be considered a cancellation fee. That’s why, you can postpone the trip to a later date or recommend to others friends or family to use this fund. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Manaslu Circuit Trek. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather. 

Manaslu Circuit trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. Manaslu Circuit is not safe due to rainfall in summer and snowfall in winter season. At that time the trekking trail will be slippery and icy due to landslides and avalanches. High Pass Adventure is always with you to assist all emergencies during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Yes, you need travel insurance for Nepal trekking because it is compulsory. You have to make sure that it should cover the highest elevation of your trek for the emergency evacuation. If you need to recommend travel insurance companies, please check out the recommended list of the travel insurance companies.

Yes, the trekking insurance of the guides and porters are necessary during the trekking in Nepal. So all staff of High Pass Adventure have life insurance for trekking in Nepal.  Furthermore, the daily wage, Meals, accommodation, insurance and required equipment cost are also included in your total cost. 

It means a lot to choose High Pass Adventure because of our many years of experience operating the trekking in Nepal with best service to clients. Our guides also provide the best service and they bring friendship, fun, convenience, adventure, and most importantly safety. We have clear transparency for the cost with service. We have a 99% success rate from all trips in Nepal, and many repeat clients. 

The difficulty level of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is moderate and challenging because you have to walk uphill and downhill in the higher elevation, also you have to cross Larkey (5200m) Pass which makes it tough to walk.  Our guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

The weather condition of Manaslu region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Manaslu Trekking. Summer (June to August) season is not recommended for Manaslu trekking due to the rain. The rain makes walking difficult and we have to face some potential hazards.  Winter (December to February) season is also not a good season due to heavy snowfall around the higher elevation. That makes it difficult to cross the Larkey Pass.  

Yes, you can buy or hire all the trekking gear in Kathmandu. There are many shops offering the best price of trekking gear, sell and rent. We can assist to show the best shopping center to buy the trekking and climbing gear in Thamel.  

5200 meters high is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a Larkey Pass top, which is the wonderful and best view point of surrounding mountains. 

The height of Manaslu Base Camp is 4,800 meters above sea level. This is the starting point for climbers to summit Mount Manaslu. 

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 16 nights 17 days trip from arrival and departure date to Manaslu Circuit trekking package cost can range from USD 800 to 1600 per person.  

It depends on your trekking package like you are doing package trek or just hiring a guide through a trekking agency. So, if you are doing a package trek with a trekking agency, you do not have to carry much cash but you do have to carry a few of cash for your personal expenses. We advise you to carry cash approximately USD $ 25 to $35 per day. It can cover your personal expenses such as Wi-Fi, bottled water, charging mobile phones and cameras and  hot showers in a few places. 

Yes, all trekkers need permits to enter the Manaslu Region because the route is a restricted area as per the rule and regulations of the Nepal Government. So you have to need a special Manaslu trek permit, Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) fees, Manaslu Conservation Area Project entrance fees, Annapurna Conservation Area Project entrance fees. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek does not require technical climbing skills so you don’t need special training for trekking.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and preparation to easily complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, swimming practices are beneficial in preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, blanket and pillow. So, I recommend bringing a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.
The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but option will be limit compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa etc. 

The weight limit for porters is normally set by the Government of Nepal, local authorities and trekking associations of Nepal.  Local porters can carry more than 50 kg but maximum luggage weight for the trekking porter is 30 kg during the Nepal trekking including Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the Nepal trek including Manaslu Circuit trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not enough medical facilities.
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 14 days to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.

The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way of Manaslu Circuit Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the way to Manaslu trek but no strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics in a lodge but you have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and power during the busy trekking season especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your power bank to charge your mobile and camera. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Manaslu Circuit in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. At that period, there will be many trekkers, porters, yaks and donkeys along the trails.  

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 10 hours a day during the Manaslu Circuit trek. 

Yes, you need to carry a bottle for the Manaslu Circuit Trek because you have to buy water or refill your bottle from a natural spring or water tap. If you want to buy drinking water, the cost is 100 to 500 Nepali rupees per bottle. So we recommend you to use the water purification tablets or drops for drinking water during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Guide and porter are expecting the tipping and they appreciate it after receiving it.  Porter and guides are part of the hero to successfully complete the trek and your tipping is a compulsory to appreciate their service to you. 

Traveller Useful Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek location

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal, within the Manaslu Conservation Area. This area is known for its rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. The trek circles the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), along with other famous peaks like Himal Chuli, Nagdi Chuli, and Boudha Himal, crossing the Larke Pass at 5,106 meters.

The trek begins at Soti Khola or Machha Khola, which is approximately an 8-9 hour drive from Kathmandu by public vehicle. The trek ends at Dharapani or Besisahar, followed by a 6 to 10-hour drive back to Kathmandu. This trek offers adventurers an exciting and less crowded alternative to the more popular treks in Nepal.

Information on Manaslu Conservation Area Project

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is a protected area of Nepal and is located in the north center of Nepal it covers 1663 square Km in the Mansiri Himalayan range in the Gorkha District.  It has established in 2055 B.S. (1998 A.D.). It is bounded by the Tibet border in the north and east, the Budi Gandaki River in the south, and the Annapurna Conservation area is the west border. The area took in mountains, glaciers, water sources, and forest in an elevation from 1400 m to 8,156 at the mount Manaslu 

This project was initiated by National Trust for Nature Conservation (the king Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation) a non-government organization and donated by many international trusts. Nowadays, this project is conserved by National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and the local people community from the local area. 

This conservation is worthy of flora and fauna because this conservation is home to 33 species of mammals including Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and Black Beers as well as over 100 species of birds, three species of reptiles, four species of frogs and over 1500 to 2000 species of flower and plant. 

How to go the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is situated in the Manaslu region. To reach the starting point of the trek, you can drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola or Machhakhola by private jeep or public bus. The road condition is quite smooth with a blacktop surface until Taribesi. However, there is an off-road section between Dhading Besi and Taribesi. From Taribesi to Soti Khola or Machhakhola, the road remains rough, and you should expect a bumpy ride. This section can be particularly tough and challenging during the rainy season.

The trek begins from Soti Khola, following the Budhi Gandaki River through various villages and terrains before crossing the Larkya La Pass. The route then descends towards the Annapurna Conservation Area, from where you will travel back to Kathmandu.

Requires Permits and Permits cost for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted area trek situated in the Manaslu Region within the Manaslu Conservation Area. It was opened for trekking in 1991 A.D. and is known for its remote sector with simple accommodation and food. The Manaslu Region is protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and all trekking activities are controlled by the government of Nepal. Therefore, you will need permission to trek in this region.

The permit cost for trekking in the Manaslu region depends on the number of days and the time of year. You will need different kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal because, after crossing the Larke Pass, you will enter the Annapurna Conservation Area. The required permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are as follows:

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP): The cost varies depending on the season and the number of days.

  • Cost:  USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 each day from December to August and USD 100 for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 each day from September to November for all nationality

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): Required for trekking within the Manaslu Conservation Area.

  • Cost: SAARC Nationals' entry fee is 1000 (one thousand)  Nepali Rupees per person and 3000 (three thousands) Nepali Rupees for others nationality.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Required after crossing the Larke Pass and entering the Annapurna Conservation Area.

  • Cost: SAARC Nationals' entry fee is 1000 (one thousand) Nepali Rupees per person and 3000 (three thousands) Nepali Rupees for others nationality.

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit 

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost USD 40 first seven days and an additional USD 7 each day from September to November.

Tsum Valley Trek Permits cost USD 30 first seven days and an additional USD 7 each day from December to August. 

All of these permits are compulsory for your trek to Manaslu Region and your Trekking agency helps to issue all trekking permits. 

Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are enough accommodations and restaurants along the Manaslu Circuit trekking trail for room and food, as new houses and rooms are added for trekkers every year up to Samdo Village. So, you can easily find comfortable accommodation until Samdo Village. However, at Dharmasala, there are limited teahouses, each with limited accommodations like dormitory-style rooms controlled by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. During peak season, it can be difficult to find the best accommodations, so advance booking is recommended, which your guide can arrange for you. Almost all teahouses strive to provide the best service for travelers.

Normally, lodges have private rooms (2 beds per room) with shared indoor bathrooms, except at Dharmasala where the accommodations are similar to dormitory rooms. There are no luxury lodges like those found on the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp treks, but after crossing the Larke Pass, you will find fancier accommodations. Teahouses also offer hot showers for an additional fee. Charging electronic devices is usually available for a fee as well, but it's recommended to carry a power bank.

Food in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Food during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is primarily provided by the teahouses along the trail. Every teahouse has a food menu, and the food items are almost the same at every teahouse in each location. You can choose food from the menu based on your requirements. Most of the teahouses grow fresh vegetables in their gardens and serve them to customers, especially at lower altitudes.

The cooks are generally trained, but the taste of the food might be a bit different from Western cuisine. Fresh meat is difficult to find in the Manaslu region due to the Buddhist population living there, so it is advisable to be vegetarian during the Manaslu Circuit trek until you reach Bhimthang.


  • Porridge:Oatmeal or other grain-based porridge.
  • Bread:Tibetan bread, chapati, or toast with jam, honey, or peanut butter.
  • Eggs:Boiled, scrambled, fried, or in an omelet.
  • Pancakes:Often served with honey, Jam or chocolate spread.
  • Tea/Coffee:Local tea, black tea, green tea, or instant coffee.

Lunch and Dinner:

  • Dal Bhat:A traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentil soup (dal), vegetable curry, and sometimes meat. It is highly recommended due to its balanced nutrition and energy content.
  • Noodles:Fried noodles, noodle soup, or Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup).
  • Rice Dishes:Fried rice or rice with curry.
  • Momos:Nepali dumplings filled with vegetables or meat, served steamed or fried.
  • Pizza:Basic pizza, often with a thick crust and limited toppings.
  • Pasta:Simple pasta dishes like spaghetti or macaroni with sauce.
  • Soups:Various soups, including garlic soup (recommended for altitude sickness prevention), vegetable soup, and tomato soup.


  • Dal Bhat Power:As the saying goes, "Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!" It's a nutritious and filling option that provides sustained energy for trekking.
  • Hydration:Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water, tea, and soup.
  • Energy Boosters:Carry high-energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, and dried fruits to maintain energy levels during the trek.

Drinking water in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Safe drinking water is an important factor during the trekking in Himalayas as Manaslu Circuit Trek. Staying hydrated is essential for successfully completing the trip, especially at high altitudes. Bottled water is available in teahouses and shops along the trek, but prices increase as you ascend, typically ranging from NPR 100 to NPR 500 per liter.

We normally recommend that all trekkers bring a water bottle due to the high environmental impact of plastic waste in the mountains. Teahouses provide boiled water for an extra fee, typically ranging from NPR 200 to NPR 400 per liter. Therefore, bringing a water bottle is highly recommended for all trekkers.

There are natural water sources available, such as streams, rivers, and tap water in many places along the trek, but this water should always be purified before drinking. For water purification, you can use water purification tablets, water filters, or UV purification. You can also ask your guide for information about safe drinking water during the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek for a 12-13 day itinerary, including an additional 2 nights in a Kathmandu hotel, varies based on factors such as the level of service, group size, and trekking agency. However, our charge ranges from USD 900 to USD 1200 per person. This total cost includes 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, public transport as per the itinerary, guide and porter salaries, and three meals per day with one cup of tea or coffee per meal. However, please note that the overall cost may be higher than the base price due to additional expenses for extra food, drinks, hot showers, Wi-Fi, and other unforeseen costs.

If we breakdown the detailed cost, the total cost will seen very expensive than our base price because the overall cost is combined all together.  

Communication in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is becoming a popular trekking destination in Nepal due to its cultural and natural beauty. There are good mobile network services around the Manaslu Circuit trekking area, though there are some spots with no coverage. Internet service is available throughout the region, but teahouses and lodges provide it for an extra charge.

If you do not have a Nepali SIM card for communication with your family and do not use the internet service, our guide can assist you in passing messages. Our guides always carry a cellular phone and regularly contact our Kathmandu trekking office to update them on the trek and your health condition. We are prepared to help with any problems during the trek.

Traveling is an important part of life, and we ensure you stay safe and healthy during your trekking in Nepal. Nowadays, you can get a local SIM card at Kathmandu airport upon arrival to use 3G and 4G internet services, as most trekking routes in Nepal have mobile network service. If you need a Nepali SIM card, we can provide it to you for your trek; just let us know before you leave for the trekking.

Acclimatization for Manaslu Circuit Trek

High altitude sickness is a common issue in the high Himalayan areas, such as during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It can develop quickly, but its symptoms are preventable. If you have previous high-altitude trekking experience, it can be beneficial. However, if you are new to trekking at altitudes above 3,000 meters, it is crucial to take precautions to prevent altitude sickness.
To prevent altitude sickness, follow these guidelines:

  • Walk Slowly: Maintain a slow and steady pace.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: Stay well-hydrated throughout the trek.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Refrain from drinking alcohol as it can worsen symptoms.
  • Ascend Gradually: Go higher in elevation gradually and sleep at lower altitudes.
  • Acclimatization: Spend 2 nights at every 500 meters above 3,500 meters to help your body adjust.

All our trekking itineraries are flexible, including acclimatization days, and we prioritize your health and safety to ensure you complete the trek without problems. We provide basic medicine to support emergency situations if necessary.
It is important to inform your guide or leader about your health condition every day. They will assess your overall health and decide whether to continue the trek or return if needed.

Tipping information 

The guide, porter, driver, and all the supporting staff who contribute to the successful completion of your trek expect tips as a gesture of appreciation. Tipping is a way to acknowledge their efforts and is typically given at the end of the trek. It is customary for travelers to tip around 10% of their total payable amount, but you can adjust this based on the quality of their services.

The High Pass Adventure team, who will be taking care of you throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, is motivated to provide outstanding service and ensure you have an inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your tips help to recognize their hard work and dedication.

Trip extension 

If you have extra time after completing the trek, you can do different activities or different short treks in Nepal. We have many short tour packages and adventure activities such as Chitwan National park and Bardiya National Park for Jungle safari tours. You can visit Pokhara city, Nagarkot Hiking, and Dhampus on hiking or day Rafting trips in the Trisuli River. 

Adventure activities are paragliding, canoeing, Ultra light flight, Bungee Jump, and Mountain Biking. All packages are extra activities as optional tours and are not included in your package cost. If you will do these activities after the trip with us, we arrange them at a reasonable cost and we give you a good discount. 

Trekking Gear List 

Travel equipment is necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to other countries but some are the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel. 

These general equipment are for all seasons while trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different seasons and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.


  • Passport and 4 passport-size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation, if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)


  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)


  • Trekking boots: one pair of lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for the body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu


  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones, and ear plug (who knows some people in the group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgene bottles best.

General Toiletries

  •  Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit/duffel bag
  • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Client Reviews

Jacob Dexter

Jacob Dexter

New Zealand

Perfect Guide for our Trekking

14th June, 2023

Purna was a guide for a customized marathon near month-long trek along the Manaslu, Annapurna and Nar Phu valleys, including Manaslu Base Camp and three high passes (Larkya La, Kang La and Thorung La passes).

Gosia Wlosek

Gosia Wlosek


Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek

11th July, 2023

I have recently returned from an amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek. I found the High Pass Adventure to be really well-organized with informative communication from first contact to till I got home. Purna always quickly answered all our questions which made us feel very secure and easily prepared. The guide spoke excellent English as well as the guide and porter were of the highest quality with suitable equipment. I would highly recommend the High Pass Adventure to all my relatives, family, and colleagues as well as to anyone looking for well-organized trekking in Nepal.

Daniel  Francis

Daniel Francis


Best trekking experience with High Pass Adventure

11th July, 2023

My boyfriend and I did the Manaslu Circuit Trek in April 2019 with High Pass Adventure. This is our third time traveling Nepal but first time with Purna, and it was one of the best experiences we've ever had. Purna, owner of the High Pass Adventure was great and he helped us to prepare and answered any question we had really quickly with helpful advice. . We felt that it was very hard to complete the Manaslu circuit trek but they were well- equipped for safety and the guide took care of us every second. The Trek itself is absolutely surprising and we really had a wonderful and memorable trek with them. Again I will come to Nepal for my next trek and use a High Pass Adventure trekking agency.

Thomas and Charlotte

Thomas and Charlotte


Excellent company, don't hesitate.

15th March, 2024

Very professional company who provide all needed info and guidance. No surprises. Booked after a quick whatsapp call with the actually guide we were assigned (Gyan). Prices are very competitive and their website has a lot of info. Meet 2 of the 3 managers personally and had a chat with the 3rd one who was trekking himself elsewhere, but still had time to give hints.

Weather was a bit dodgy but our guide helped take the right decision to be able to complete the Manaslu Circuit and Larke Pass. Gyan acted as porter cum guide but stood out as sometimes a better guide than the "real guides" I meet assigned to other travelers from various countries. Excellent English and friendly, willing to share about his life and Nepalese habits and customs. 

Great trip, good advice from before trip and all the way to the finish line....
Would gladly book with them again if ever in Nepal.

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