Manaslu Circuit Trek- 21 Days

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ultimate trekking adventure in Nepal. This exciting trek leads into a hidden valley of unsurpassed natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.  You are not likely to meet other tourists on the Manaslu Circuit Trek as it was opened only in 1991 and still is practically unheard of.  Staying in rustic lodges in stone-house villages is part of the fun.The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at Arughat, Gorkha, a full-day drive from Kathmandu. The first few days we follow the steep gorge of the Budhi Gandaki River.This may well be the most difficult part of our trek as the trail is not as good as some of the well-travelled trekking trails. Countless streams and waterfalls plunge into the Budhi Gandaki River. When the trail enters the Manaslu Conservation Area just before Jagat, a cultural shift is visible. Below this point Nepalese Hinduism prevails, while beyond here, Tibetan Buddhism is predominant and from here on the villages give you the feeling of being in Tibet.

Deeper into the valley there are fewer and smaller villages, often perched on the steep valley sides.  Small terraced fields are farmed with ancient methods and hard labor by farmers who scarcely notice the remarkable panorama of peaks like the magnificent Manaslu and the Himalchuli Massif on the Nepal-Tibet border. This stunning scenery is part of the harsh reality of life for the inhabitants of this rugged land.Manaslu Circuit Trek gradually acclimatize by climbing fewer hours per day as we approach the rough glacial moraine. We stop to admire the green glacial lake of Birendra before crossing into mystic Samdo, a village close to the Tibetan border where Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. The view of the Tibetan plateau against the stark white Himalayas makes this a truly spiritual place.

Crossing Larke La pass, 5213 m on snow is a test of stamina. The scenery is outstanding with major peaks on all sides: Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. These mountain peaks tower above us as we descend from alpine into tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, waterfalls and blue-green lakes bordered by white beaches. At last we reach the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River until we meet up with the popular Annapurna Circuit trail. From here on we will meet other trekkers enjoying the fantastic views of the Annapurna range. This three-week trek around the Manaslu Circuit will leave you with a sense of awe and respect for the cultural and ecological wonders of Nepal.


Trip Highlights


  • remote area where few trekkers venture
  • ancient trading route with Tibet
  • Tibetan-Buddhist culture
  • majestic Himalayan scenery of mountains on Nepal-Tibet border
  • view from Larke La Pass, 5213m:  Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal
  • optional side trip into Tsum Valley, home of the indigeonous Tsumba community (see Trip Notes)

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Arughat, 640m: 8 hrs

Day 4 : Treks to Soti Khola, 775m: 6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola, 900m: 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Treks to Jagat, 1340m;

Day 7 : Trek to Ngyak, 2310m: 6-7 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Ghap, 2100m: 4 -5 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Lho, 3200m; 7-8 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Sama Gaon, 3541m, 5-6 hrs

Day 11 : Acclimatisation day at Sama Gaon, 3541m

Day 12 : Trek to Samdo, 3872m, 4-5 hrs

Day 13 : Acclimatisation day at Samdo

Day 14 : Trek to Larke Phedi, 4500m, 4-5 hrs

Day 15 : Cross Larke La Pass, 5215m and decend to Bhimphedi, 3590m: 8-9 Hours

Day 16 : Trek to Tilje, 3900m: 5-6 hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Jagat, 1300m: 5-6 hrs

Day 18 : Trek to Bhulbule, 1314m: 6hrs

Day 19 : Drive to Kathmandu 1300m: 7-8 hrs

Day 20 : Free day in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 21 : Departure from Nepal

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Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 March, 2018 30 March, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
28 March, 2018 17 April, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
15 April, 2018 05 May, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
21 April, 2018 11 May, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
03 May, 2018 23 May, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
20 May, 2018 09 June, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
14 September, 2018 04 October, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
02 October, 2018 22 October, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
12 October, 2018 01 November, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
20 October, 2018 09 November, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
28 October, 2018 17 November, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
08 November, 2018 28 November, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now
15 November, 2018 05 December, 2018 USD 1550 per person Available Book Now

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 16 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • International round-trip airfare.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer).
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

If you are interested in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is well worth considering visiting the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek.  The Tsum Valley is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as Tsumbas, and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south. 

Why do the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek

The best seasons for Manaslu trekking are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).

Temperatures on the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C.  You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Manaslu Circuit via Larke La is a Tea House Trek

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.  Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.  Due to the low volume of trekkers passing through this region, the guest houses are simpler than on the popular routes, but cozy and welcoming.  It is an excellent way to get acquainted with the locals and learn about their ways of life.

Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.


The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 21 Days

Price : US $1550 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5213m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- MayMarch- May and September- November

Permits:Special Permit

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 16 nights

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