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Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek
Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek

Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek

From the serene tranquility of rhododendron-filled forests to the heart-pounding challenge of crossing the Larke Pass at 5106 meters, Manaslu Circuit Trek paints an unforgettable picture of contrasts.


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Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek

From the serene tranquility of rhododendron-filled forests to the heart-pounding challenge of crossing the Larke Pass at 5106 meters, Manaslu Circuit Trek paints an unforgettable picture of contrasts.


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Trek Facts

Trip Level
Trip Starts At
Trip Ends At
Max Altitude
Trek Activity
Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Photography
Trek Route
Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Jagat - Samagaun - Larke La Pass - Bhimthang - Dharapani - Besi Sahar
Best Season
September - December & March - June

Trek Overview

The journey is not merely about conquering trails; it's about immersing yourself in the rhythm of the Himalayas, feeling the pulse of life in remote settlements, and sharing stories with fellow trekkers from around the globe.

Manaslu Circuit Trek combines breathtaking scenery, close contact with locals, and an understanding of their rich culture – everything you could expect from a traditional trek in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the top treks in Nepal. In contrast to other teahouse treks which are widely known and frequently visited by tourists, Manaslu Circuit Trek remains distant from mainstream attention and is not as commonly explored, despite experiencing a recent increase in popularity.

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a more secluded and less crowded experience compared to the more established and widely recognized teahouse treks in Nepal.

The trek is a journey where you will walk around Manaslu, which is the eighth-highest mountain in the world reaching a height of 8,163 meters above sea level.

You will be experiencing a variety of cultural influences, people, and their way of life. When you get to the higher parts of the Manaslu area, the people there have a unique way of life. The people there follow Tibetan customs and beliefs, which are connected to Buddhism.

Along the way, you will be treated to amazing views. The scenery will be stunning and awe-inspiring with huge, towering mountains all around you.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a harmonious blend of nature’s beauty and cultural enchantment. Manaslu journey winds its way through a network of pathways that are gracefully shaded by the towering presence of the Manaslu range.

But this journey is not just about cultural immersion; it is also a thrilling adventure that unfolds in the heart of the Himalayas. As you will be ascending and descending through varying terrains, from lush forests to high alpine meadows, you will experience the full spectrum of nature’s beauty.

You will be crossing the Larkya La Pass, located at an elevation of 5106 meters, it is one of the most challenging parts throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu area is a beautiful location with a gorgeous landscape and various terrain.

Throughout the trek, you will find a variety of plants and animals, rivers, waterfalls, gorges, and other natural features. In addition, the trek offers untouched nature, biological richness, traditional culture, unexplored pathways, a sweeping panorama, and unmatched splendor in nature.

Trekking through the wild Manaslu region can be an exhilarating experience. Manaslu Circuit Trek has a lot to offer for enthusiastic and daring trekkers. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the peaceful trekking trails, unspoiled scenic wonders, and its ecosystem.

Manaslu Circuit Trek’s unique and stunning scenery will lead to a few of the most remote communities, several magnificent waterfalls, amazing rivers, and alluring views of the ethereal mountain ranges and lush green countryside.

Otis from Wisconsin said this about the Manaslu Circuit Trek with us:

I have trekked two times with Sujan as our guide, once in 2016 to Annapurna Base Camp and again in 2019 when we did a 30-day trek in the Manaslu and Annapurna regions, including the Tsum Valley He is a fabulous guide: reliable, knowledgeable, flexible, very personable, and has an excellent sense of humor. He always looks out for his clients to ensure they enjoy their journeys, and he has had experience guiding in emergency situations where his skills and experience saved lives. This young man is someone I would highly recommend as a trekking guide.

Gazwell said this about the Manaslu Circuit Trek with us:

I have trekked in Nepal three times, the last two with Sujan as our guide. He greatly enhanced our overall experience with his knowledge, attentiveness, energy, resourcefulness and sense of humour. We consider him a friend and still keep in touch with him. In 2016, a group of us trekked to Annapurna Base Camp, after which four of our party trekked the western leg of the Annapurna Circuit. When one of our party had to return to Canada part way through the trek, Sujan was instrumental in ensuring he got back to Kathmandu quickly and safely while the rest of us finished our trek. In 2019, we did a 30-day trek in the Tsum Valley and Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits. Again, he helped us make the most of a challenging but incredibly rewarding journey. And again, when one of our party had to leave early for health reasons, Sujan's concern and diligence ensured that our friend returned to Kathmandu quickly and safely while we carried on. I confidently recommend Sujan to organize and lead a memorable experience in Nepal.

Nele has to say this about the Manaslu Circuit Trek with us:

We went on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in April 2023. Before the Trip, Sujan was always available via WhatsApp and answered our questions quickly. He also organized our trekking permits beforehand so we did not have to stand in line anywhere. Our guide had to cancel due to Family issues the night before we were supposed to leave, but Sujan stepped in immediately. Well organized transfer to and from our hike with a private Jeep. He also organized a very nice porter. Additionally, as a professional photographer, Sujan took his very good camera on the trip, so we will even get very nice pictures from the trekking. Thanks a lot for everything Sujan, especially for spontaneously stepping in!

When is the best time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is from March to May (Spring Seasons) and from September to November (Autumn Season).

Since the weather is stable over this time, trekkers can fully appreciate every spectacular feature of the expedition. Along with the pleasant weather, one may see the stunning scenery of Mt. Manaslu and other spectacular natural settings.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Spring Season

Spring brings new beginnings, as blossoms start to bloom, offering a cool and pleasant atmosphere filled with nature’s fresh perfume. Mornings begin chilly but gradually warm up during the day, making it an exciting time to explore.

The beauty of the routes and the breathtaking mountain scenery are unparalleled, despite the chilly weather. This is the perfect moment to travel and experience everything at its finest.

Lower elevations remain comfortably cool, while higher altitudes can be quite cold. Everywhere you look, vibrant greenery dominates, from flower buds ready to burst open to the lush pigments of tree leaves.

Spring season is prime time for enjoying mesmerizing mountain views and exploring lesser-known hiking trails. It’s like a glimpse of paradise.

Nature truly flourishes with vibrant blooms and majestic mountain vistas during this season. The spring Manaslu Circuit Trek is particularly special, allowing you to witness mountains glistening under the clear blue sky.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Spring Season offers an enchanting experience and all the elements of a class adventure.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn Season

Autumn Season is undoubtedly the perfect time to plan and embark on the Manaslu Circuit journey. The sky is clear and serene, while the scenery remains as breathtaking as ever during Autumn.

When it comes to experiencing the Manaslu Circuit Trek, autumn is the ultimate choice due to the ideal weather conditions for the adventure. Specifically, the months of September, October, and November mark the autumn season.

Autumn arrives after the rainy season, bringing its own beauty to the landscape. It’s a splendid time for outdoor activities, and the Manaslu Circuit Trek truly shines during the season. The allure of this trek lies in its captivating beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

As you embark on the journey, you will be greeted by panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, rolling hills, and picturesque lowlands.

The trail takes you through scented, pristine forests, creating a delightful walking experience. When you reach the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit climb, you will be treated to a spectacular display of fall foliage.

This vantage point also offers unobstructed views of neighboring hills, majestic mountains, and lush valleys. Along with the stunning scenery, the upcoming autumn festivities and activities promise to keep you thoroughly entertained.

Embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and distinct way of life of the Buddhist people.

You will have the chance to learn about their prominent festivals-Dashain and Tihar-along with their intricate customs and observances. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Circuit Trek might pose challenges for beginners who lack physical stamina and determination. Various issues such as harsh weather and difficulties in ascending to higher altitudes could arise during the journey.

Thus, it’s crucial to adhere to proper safety procedures before embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Keep in mind that the Manaslu Circuit Trek and its associated itineraries don’t include luxurious accommodation. Given that this region is one of Nepal’s most remote areas, you’ll find basic comforts like teahouses as your lodging options.

While choices might be limited, once you begin your trek, these accommodations might become less of a concern.

Dealing with altitude sickness is a significant challenge during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The risk of encountering altitude sickness, as well as conditions like HAPE and HACE, significantly increases at altitudes above 3500 meters.

Additionally, you’ll need to cross the Larkya La Pass, which sits at 5106 meters. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to take thorough safety precautions.

Permit Required for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Embarking on the breathtaking and exhilarating Manaslu Circuit Trek comes with certain essential requirements, and obtaining permits is a crucial step.

Exploring the Manaslu region necessitates specific permits to ensure a seamless journey. The permits you’ll need are as follows:

  1. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP)
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  4. Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

To acquire these permits, there are specific steps you must follow. Once you have successfully obtained these permits, you’ll be all set to embark on the pristine Manaslu Circuit Trek, creating unforgettable memories along the way.

It’s important to note that these permits not only facilitate your adventure but also contribute to the preservation of the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. These measures ensure that both trekkers and the environment are well taken care of during this remarkable journey.


What should I pack for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

There are things to take and things to leave once you begin backpacking for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Himalayan Connections has curated a list for you to learn more about Packing List for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Trek Map

Key Highlights

The Manaslu region is known for its stunning natural beauty, including towering peaks and serene valleys.
You can explore hidden places by taking less-traveled off-road trails.
Witness the customs and traditions of different Nepali ethnic groups, giving you a taste of local life.
Encounter unique wildlife and explore various types of landscapes.
Visit special places with mani walls, chortens, and prayer flags, which bring a sense of peace and reflection.
Enjoy breathtaking vistas of Mount Manaslu and the Annapurna range.
Take leisurely strolls through calm villages and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Explore ancient monasteries, known as Gompas, to learn about their cultural significance.
Experience different types of landscapes, including rivers, hills, waterfalls, and quiet paths.
Take on the thrilling adventure of crossing the 5,106-meter-high Larkya la Pass, offering unmatched views.

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Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Himalayan Connections representatives will be at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) to welcome you to the Beautiful Himalayan country of Nepal. They will guide you to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Trek Preparation

We have Kathmandu Sightseeing Program this day, where we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

We will meet your Trekking Guide in the evening and discuss the Manaslu Circuit Trek one more time before you leave for your dream trip!

Day 03: Drive to Machha Khola (930m) 7- 8 hrs. Jeep Ride

Camp: Machha Khola

Altitude: 930 m./3050ft.

Time: 8 – 9 hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

On this day, we will leave Kathmandu for our adventure trip to Manaslu Circuit Trek. We will drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m). It will take about 6-7 hours to reach the beautiful heaven Machha Khola.

During the jeep ride, you will be able to experience the local lifestyle, beautiful landscapes, rivers, mountains, forests, cultivating fields, waterfalls, deep valleys, and more.

After a long ride, you will reach Machha Khola which is located beside the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1410m) 5-6 hrs. walk

Camp: Jagat

Altitude: 1410 m./4625ft

Time: 5 – 6 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast, we will leave Machha Khola behind and we begin our trekking from here. 

After a few minutes, we cross a small stream and get to the jeep trails which are currently under construction. Walking beside the rivers will make you feel amazing with the cool breeze. 

The sound of rivers, deep rocky valleys, greeneries, friendly local people, and small local villages will make you feel ecstatic. 

After walking for a couple of hours, we will reach Tatopani (natural hot spring). 

Sometimes, you will see people making local wine just beside your trails, and you can smell the flavor of local wine free of charge! They might even offer you a taste of the flavor. 

Around halfway, we will stop for lunch at Dobhan. After we cross Dobhan, we will come across a big landslide area which recently happened. We have to cross the landslide area, so we need to be a bit careful on that part of the trek. 

Our Experience 

On our last trip to Manaslu Circuit Trek, we were crossing that landslide when it was raining heavily, and the landslide was also huge, and the way was too narrow with a big hill above and a deep river below. 

We were walking in a group in the middle of the landslide. As the road was narrow, we were walking on our hands and knees.  

We came across a group of women who were crossing directly towards us, and they were bamboo baskets (doko) over their heads.  They were running across the landslide which was a very surprising sight. 

After crossing the landslide, we can see the first cantilever bridge in Nepal from a small village. The bridge was damaged by the flood in the Budhi Gandaki River a couple of years ago.  

After walking along the banks of Budhi Gandhi River, we will reach Jagat, that’s where we will be staying that day. 

Day 05: Trek to Deng (1800m) 6-7 hrs. walk

Camp: Deng

Altitude: 1800 m / 5904 ft

Time: 6 – 7 hours walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast, we set out from Jagat, ready for another day of beautiful hiking. We will follow the newly constructed jeep road for a couple of hours, eventually crossing the Budhi Gandaki River.

Our path will then lead us uphill until we reach the charming Philim village. Here, a checkpoint for the Manaslu Conservation Area and a Restricted Area entrance permit awaits us.

Once our documents are checked, we will resume our journey towards our destination. About 30 to 40 minutes of walking will bring us to Ekle Bhatti, where we will pause for a satisfying lunch.

We will continue from there to stumble upon a stunning waterfall and take a delightful break to relish its beauty.

With renewed spirits, we will move forward. We will encounter a fork in the road – opting for the left path will lead us to Manaslu Circuit. We will follow it and find a bridge. We will require patience to cross it, because occasionally there will be herds of donkeys will be waiting their turn to cross the bridge.

After several hours of walking through serene woodland, we will arrive at Dong, where we will be staying the night.

Day 06: Trek to Namrung (2660m) 6-7 hrs. walk

Camp: Namrung

Altitude: 2660 m. / 8725 ft

Time: 6 – 7 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

After breakfast we will embark on another day of hiking, making our way towards Namrung. Throughout this day, we will pass through numerous quaint villages, and the villagers will be welcoming us with warmth and hospitality.

The trails present us with a series of gentle inclines and decline to navigate. Amidst the terrain, we will encounter and cross several charming villages, which will lead us to Ghap Village (2160m), where we will pause for a satisfying lunch.

We will continue our trek towards captivating Namrung village after lunch. Our path will meander through lush rhododendron forests, creating an enchating atmosphere.

This part of the trek offers us the opportunity to spot various wild animals, colorful birds, and the refreshing sight of crystal-clear streams.

Walking amidst the tranquility of the jungle never fails to be an awe-inspiring experience.

Day 07: Trek to Syala Gaun (3520m) 5-6 hrs walk

Camp: Syala Gaon

Altitude: 3530 m. / 11446 ft.

Time: 5 – 6 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Welcome to another day of remarkable hiking and exploration. As we set out, we'll journey through captivating old villages, traverse cultivated fields, and encounter the intriguing presence of Mani walls and rocky hills that add a unique character to our path.

One of the highlights of this day is the first glimpse of the majestic Manaslu mountain (8163m) as we reach Sipgaon, near Lho Gaon. The sight of this towering peak is sure to leave you awe-struck.

We'll pause for a delightful lunch break at Lho Gaon, a truly enchanting spot. Enjoy your meal while taking in the breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu from the dining hall, adding an extra layer of flavor to your experience.

After our satisfying lunch, we will bid farewell to the charm of Lho Gaon and continue onwards to Syala Gaon. Atop a small hill in Lho Gaon, you'll find a beautiful monastery, a serene testament to the area's spirituality. The region is primarily inhabited by the Gurung ethnicity.

The journey from Lho to Syala Gaon, a roughly 2-hour walk through the jungle, brings us to the bottom of the mountains, offering a picturesque setting. This is the heart of the Manaslu Circuit trek, where the closest and most magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu awaits you.

While it's not typical for tour agencies to arrange an overnight stay at Syala Gaon, we personally recommend a night's stay here due to its exceptional beauty and the unparalleled view of Mt. Manaslu.

The distance from Syala Gaon to Sama Gaon is merely an hour, making it a convenient transition for the next leg of our adventure.

Prepare to be captivated by the natural splendor and mountain vistas that define this leg of our journey. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the wonders of the Manaslu Circuit.

Day 08: Acclimatize Day: Hiking To Pungen Gompa (4742m) & Trek to Samagaon (3530m)

Camp: Samagaon

Altitude: Pungen Gompa 4742 m. / 15554 ft.

Time: 7-8 hrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Today marks a truly special highlight of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, offering the best and closest view of the magnificent Mt. Manaslu. Set your alarm early, for witnessing the sunrise over this colossal peak is a sight of unparalleled beauty and tranquility.

If you're a photographer, seize this golden opportunity to capture the breathtaking moments in the frame of your camera. The interplay of light and shadow during sunrise creates a captivating spectacle that's sure to be a cherished memory.

(Note: As a trekking guide and photographer, I had the privilege of experiencing this mesmerizing moment with a group of clients from Germany. During this trek, I stayed awake through the night, eager to capture the perfect shot of Mt. Manaslu as the weather cleared. The excitement was palpable, and my camera became my trusty companion, capturing the mountain's majestic beauty as the dawn unfolded. - Sujan Pandey)

After relishing the beauty of the morning, we gather for a satisfying breakfast and prepare for an enriching acclimatization hike to Pungen Gompa. The journey to Pungen Gompa is a wonderful experience that takes approximately 4 hours.

The initial 2-hour stretch involves an uphill ascent, followed by a mix of mild inclines and flat terrain. This captivating hike offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, with Mt. Manaslu standing even closer and more splendid.

Pungen Gompa, a sacred spot important to Buddhists, rests at the base of these majestic peaks and carries a history spanning a century.

Having soaked in the spiritual ambiance of Pungen Gompa, we retrace our steps back to Samagaon. Our trail leads us through a blend of flat paths, downhill stretches, and more level ground until we reach the embrace of Samagaon.

This ancient village, the largest on our trekking route, is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides. It's also the final settlement for those embarking on the ascent of Mt. Manaslu. As we enter the village, a mandatory checkpoint requires us to register our permit card.

Today's journey offers a blend of natural wonders, spiritual insights, and captivating views that will etch themselves into your memory.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and the vibrant culture that thrives among them.

Day 09: Trek to Saamdo (3690m) 3-4 hrs. walk

Camp: Samdo

Altitude: 3690 m. / 12103 ft.

Time: 4 – 5 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Prepare for a day of relaxed yet enriching trekking. Following a hearty breakfast, we set out on a journey to Saamdo village. The trail stretches for about 3-4 hours, offering a manageable and enjoyable hike.

As we make our way, keep an eye out for the remarkable glacial lake known as Birendra Taal. A short 20-minute detour from the road to Saamdo village will lead you to this serene gem.

If you're interested, it's a perfect opportunity to spend some delightful moments by the lake.

During the hike to Saamdo village, you'll be treated to the charming sight of herds of donkeys and goats grazing peacefully in the lush pastures beneath the towering mountains. This natural scene adds an extra layer of enjoyment to our journey.

After a leisurely few hour of walking, we arrive at the picturesque village of Saamdo. This village holds a special distinction as the final settlement on the Manaslu trek.

Upon our arrival, a delicious lunch awaits us in the welcoming embrace of Saamdo Village.

Post-lunch, consider joining us for a short acclimatization hike to the nearby hill. From this vantage point, a stunning panorama unfolds before you. Take in the view of the charming Saamdo village, the meandering river valley, and the majestic mountains that encircle the area.

This moment offers an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Today's journey strikes a balance between leisure and discovery, providing a chance to soak in the scenic wonders of the region while preparing for the exciting days that lie ahead.

Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala (4470m) 4-5 hrs. walk

Camp: Dharmasala (Last camp before pass)

Altitude: 4470 m. / 14662 ft.

Time: 3 – 4 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

As the sun graces the morning sky, we set off for Dharmasala after a hearty breakfast. This stop marks a pivotal point in our journey, serving as our lodging for the night just before reaching the renowned Larke Pass.

Keep in mind that Dharmasala is home to a limited number of teahouses, a mere three in total. This leads to a bustling atmosphere during the peak trekking season, underscoring its popularity among trekkers.

Despite the relatively short distance, the altitude presents its own set of challenges as we traverse the path. The thin air might slow our pace, but the rewards are worth every step.

The initial half-hour takes us on a horizontal path, guiding us to Larke Bazar. Nestled along the way, the sight of mongoose herds grazing in the fields adds an extra layer of joy to our journey.

Upon reaching Larke Bazar, we encounter a solitary teahouse amidst the serene landscape. Here, the trail diverges into two paths—one leading to the Tibetan border and the other guiding us toward Dharmasala.

We ascend towards Dharmasala, our destination for the day. The altitude may present challenges, but the majestic mountains that grace the horizon imbue the journey with an exhilarating spirit.

Gazing across the fields, you might even spot the graceful presence of blue sheep, adding to the scene's natural allure.

After a few hours of uphill trekking, the splendid panorama of Dharmasala comes into view, a rewarding sight that promises rest and shelter. As we approach our destination, our anticipation grows for the coming day's adventure: the crossing of Larke Pass.

This crucial juncture marks the night before our passage, and due to the limited number of teahouses—only three, to be exact—sometimes we must rely on tents for our accommodation.

As we prepare for a good night's rest, we set our sights on an early departure the following morning. Larke Pass, with its long and windy terrain, demands an early start to ensure a safe and successful crossing beyond 9-10 a.m.

The journey is one of both physical and mental strength, a testament to our determination and the breathtaking landscape that surrounds us.

Day 11: Larke Pass (5106m) and Bhimthang (3720m) 8-9 hrs. walk

Camp: Bimthang

Altitude: Larkya la pass ( 5106 m / 16748ft ) / Bimthang 3720 m. / 12202 ft

Time: 8 – 9 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Today stands as the pinnacle of the Manaslu Circuit trek—a day of immense significance as we ascend to the highest point of our journey, standing tall at an elevation of 5106 meters. This achievement, the dream of countless trekkers, signifies a monumental accomplishment.

However, it's important to brace for a long, chilly, and challenging day, prompting an early morning departure.

In the pre-dawn darkness, we set out on a path that stretches before us. As the day breaks, headlights illuminate our way, akin to stars twinkling in the night sky.

These small lights collectively create a celestial panorama along the trail—a unique sight that accompanies us during the early hours of our journey.

After hours of determined trekking, a welcome teashop emerges on the horizon. This respite offers a chance to recharge and marvel at the line of trekkers steadily progressing, framed by the glistening mountains that encircle us.

It's an experience that infuses the journey with an added layer of beauty and camaraderie.

Throughout the ascent, the conversations of fellow trekkers become a delightful backdrop—a chorus of foreign voices sharing their admiration for Nepal and its awe-inspiring mountains.

Their descriptions of the landscape add a special dimension to the journey, connecting cultures and creating lasting memories.

After 3-4 hours of unrelenting effort, we finally arrive at Larke Pass (5106m). Here, we pause to celebrate our achievement and capture the moment with photographs that will forever remind us of this monumental feat.

As we bask in the glory of our accomplishment, we commence our descent toward Bhimthang.

The path ahead is a descent, leading us first to Tanbuche Kharka (3930m), where we halt for a well-deserved lunch. Following this rejuvenating break, we will resume our journey toward Bhimthang. The landscape unfolds before us, revealing the majestic expanse of the Manaslu mountain range from a new vantage point.

With each step, the arduous journey draws us closer to the welcoming embrace of Bhimthang. After overcoming the challenges of the day, the village emerges in view—an oasis of rest and reprieve.

Here, a deep and fulfilling sleep awaits, a just reward for our determination and the unforgettable experiences that defined this remarkable day.

Day 12: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) 7-8 hrs. walk

Camp: Dharapani

Altitude: 1860 m. / 6101 ft

Time: 7 – 8 hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

A delightful shift in scenery welcomes us today after days of traversing the dry and lofty Himalayan desert region. Our path now leads us through enchanting green jungles, where each breath of air feels invigoratingly fresh.

As we immerse ourselves in this lush landscape, a vibrant symphony of elements unfolds—the rich rhododendron forests, the melodious calls of birds, the commanding presence of mountains, the meandering rivers, and the picturesque settlements of the local villagers.

This transformation imbues today's journey with a sense of rejuvenation and wonder.

The majority of today's route guides us downhill, allowing us to relish the effortless descent. Along this path, we find ourselves embraced by the captivating beauty of the Gho village—a perfect spot for a midday break and a fulfilling lunch.

Having re-energized, we will continue our journey, moving through a string of picturesque villages that punctuate the landscape. These quaint settlements gradually lead us to Dharapani, our destination for the day.

Dharapani holds a unique distinction—it marks the convergence of the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This blending of trails adds a sense of unity and shared adventure as trekkers from different paths come together.

However, it's important to note that a portion of this otherwise charming settlement faced the challenges of nature a few years ago when floods wreaked havoc.

Despite this, Dharapani continues to serve as a meeting point for journeys and a testament to the resilient spirit of these regions.

Today's journey not only envelops us in the tranquil beauty of the lush jungle but also bridges the gap between two iconic trekking trails.

As we reflect on the varied experiences of the past few days, we prepare for the adventures yet to come.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 9-10 hrs. drive

Camp: Kathmandu

Altitude: 1400 m. / 4592 ft.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Time: 5 – 6  hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and a special farewell dinner with a typical Nepali cultural show.

As we bid farewell to Dharapani, a final administrative step awaits us. Before departing, we ensure that our permits are in order, and we properly exit the Manaslu Restricted area. Simultaneously, we will obtain the necessary Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit, marking our entry into a new phase of our journey.

With the incredible memories of the Manaslu Circuit Trek firmly etched in our minds, we embark on a scenic drive that leads us back to Kathmandu. Our route traces the path beside the Marsyandi river, offering glimpses of the remarkable tapestry that makes up the Nepalese landscape.

Along the way, a visual feast awaits us—charming villages, cascading waterfalls, deep river valleys, fertile cultivating fields, and even the intriguing sight of wild honeybee hives suspended from cliffs.

Our journey is a mosaic of sights and experiences. We traverse numerous cities, bazaars, and valleys, each contributing its own distinct flavor to the adventure.

After hours of travel, we will finally reach the bustling city of Kathmandu. Here, we take the much-needed time to rest and rejuvenate, allowing the journey's experiences to settle.

As we reconvene, a special evening lies ahead—a farewell dinner that offers a taste of authentic Nepali culture. The ambiance comes alive with a cultural show that encapsulates the essence of Nepal's vibrant traditions.

This gathering is a poignant moment to reflect on the journey's challenges and triumphs, to celebrate newfound friendships, and to bid farewell to a remarkable adventure.

Day 14: Departure to Home

As the journey of the remarkable Manaslu Circuit Trek concludes, it's time for us to bid each other farewell. Our dedicated representative will accompany you to the international airport, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free departure process.

The memories created, the challenges conquered, and the beauty witnessed during the trek will stay with you as cherished reminders of this unforgettable adventure.

We hope that this experience will leave a lasting impact, inspiring you to continue exploring and embracing the wonders of the world.

May your onward journey be safe, your heart full of fond memories, and your spirit ready to embrace new horizons. Until we meet again, take care and safe travels!

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Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek

Experience Nepal's Best-Kept Secret: Manaslu Circuit Trek Equipment Checklist

For Head/Face


For Body

Fleece Jacket
Down Jacket
Light and Warm Thermal (set)
Hiking shorts ( pant )
Light gloves
Hiking Boots
Thick wool shocks


Toilet Papers
Oil or cream for dry protection
Multipurpose soap
Anti bacterial hand wash


Rapid Test Kit
Thermal water bottle
Water purification drop
Sleeping bag
Cell Phone
Ear plug

Cost Includes

Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Tea-house accommodation during the trek.
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
Professional registered guide.
One porter for Two guests.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits ( ACAP, TIMS ) ( MCAP ,TIMS ) and all government and local taxes.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).

Cost Exludes

Nepalese visa fee
International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Excess baggage charges
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Any kind of beverage
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Manaslu Circuit Trek with Himalayan Connections?

When it comes to embarking on the extraordinary journey of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, your choice of a reliable companion can make all the difference. We are Himalayan Connections—a seasoned guide in the realm of trekking adventures, promising to transform your experience into a seamless and unforgettable odyssey.

With a deep-rooted understanding of the trails, the local communities, and the delicate balance of nature, we offer you more than just a trek; we offer you a curated adventure.

Our experienced team ensures your safety and comfort at every turn, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas. From meticulously planned itineraries that blend challenge with comfort, to expert guides who share their wealth of knowledge about the region, we craft each aspect to cater to your desires and curiosity.

As we traverse the trails together, you'll find that our passion for these mountains and our commitment to responsible trekking practices shine through.

At Himalayan Connections, we invite you to step beyond the ordinary, to explore landscapes that ignite your soul, and to foster connections that transcend borders. Join us on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, where

nature's grandeur meets local culture, and where each moment is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the beauty of our planet.

Choose Himalayan Connections—for a journey that leaves an indelible mark on your heart and a legacy of responsible trekking for generations to come.

When is the best time to visit the Manaslu Circuit trek?

March, April, May, September, October, and November are the finest months to trek the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. These are the best months because the sky is clear, there are no clouds in the sky, the flowers are in full bloom, and we can completely appreciate how beautiful nature is.


When is the best season to visit Manaslu Circuit and trek?

The Spring and Autumn seasons are considered to be the best seasons to trek the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek. They are one of the mesmerizing and most beautiful seasons of all, offering views of the snow-covered mountains and other natural beauties in crystal-clear, breathtaking details.


How hard is it to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek falls under strenuous grade trek and requires better physical fitness and if possible a prior trekking experience.


What is the highest elevation of the Manaslu Circuit trek?

The highest elevation point is Larkya La Pass which is situated at an elevation of 5,106 m. It is one of the longest passes in the Himalayas of Nepal.


Can I expect high-grade amenities along the route of anaslu Circuit Trek?

Comparatively, you cannot expect such high grade-amenities as it falls under one of the remote areas of Nepal. You can expect normal accommodation facilities along the trail.



Can a beginner complete the Manaslu Circuit trek?

Yes, a beginner might complete the trek, but it is best advised to go to the trek who has prior trekking experience. It is because the Manaslu Circuit trek is a strenuous grade trek and some difficulties might occur for novice trekkers.


Where is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal which falls under the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is one of the off-beaten trails of Nepal which is gaining quite popularity nowadays.



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