Manaslu Circuit Trek


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Manaslu trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek Summary

    1. Manaslu Trek Periods: 13 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate difficut
    3. Larkya La High Altitude: 5,106 meters / 16,753 feet
    4. Daily Walk Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Hiking Group-Size: 1 – 14 People
    6. Best time to hike Manaslu: April, May, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Jeep / Bus [Shared]


The Manaslu circuit trek lies 100 Kilometers northwest of Kathmandu in the lap of Manaslu Himal. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world, located in the Mansiri Himal, in the west-central part of Nepal.

The Manaslu Base camp with Larke pass trek became reachable after the trial opened for foreign trekkers in 1991 AD. The Manaslu trek is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) section that offers an opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains.

They are Himal Chuli (7,893m), Annapurna range, Shringi (7,187m) Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), and Ganesh Himal are prime sights of the entire journey. And those Manaslu Himalayan ranges are a source of the Budi Gandaki River, Nubry valley, and gorges.

Hike to Manaslu is still lonely and culturally delightful, many travelers are saying that the trek route is off the beaten path. Locals build guest houses with modern amenities and prepare normal meals for tourists.

Furthermore, along with the journey Lho, Sama Gaun, and Samdo villages are the most culturally famous to make short side trips and in the meantime, you will have incredible views of Mount Manaslu range. Moreover, you can hike the Manaslu base camp and Pungyen Monastery during the Manaslu Larke passes trekking.

Likewise, see an impressive view of Manaslu glacier and Himalchuli with Birendra Lake while hiking to Samdo village.

Manaslu range view

How much is the Manaslu Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Manaslu trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (guides-owned local company) ranges between US$ 815 to US$ 1195. Despite that, the Manaslu circuit trek cost is totally depending upon the group size you are traveling to and the types of transportation service you choose. However, it includes transportation, a guide, porters, hotels and food accommodation and hiking permits, facilities.

The agency also deals with group leader discounts. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (besides you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Manaslu circuit with 50% discounts.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

Trek at Manaslu as given here is the standard trip package price for 2 weeks trek. If you are 2 Visitor for Manaslu circuit trek cost US$ 998 for 13 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and price according to your wish. Here is the price list for the Manaslu treks.

Price Per Person for 13 days hikes in the Manaslu territory.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1195
2 PersonUS$ 998
3 PersonUS$ 998
4 to 6 personUS$ 925
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 875
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 815

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


Manaslu circuit trek itinerary details

Our Manaslu circuit trek budget is classically about 13 nights 14 days itinerary compared to most walks in the Manaslu region. The particular Manaslu trek route is created for World travelers who wish to explore around Manaslu budget trek within a comfortable itinerary. However, if you are planning with limited time-wise? take a look this special itinerary on Manaslu circuit trek – 13 Days is a more appropriate choice.

1 Day Landing in Kathmandu valley

Landing and upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, we will welcome you with private vehicle and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, arrangements for your Manaslu hiking permits. Our representative will brief you on circuit Manaslu Hike package programs information in order to make your Manaslu journey better.

2 DayOverland drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m/2,395 feet), 7/8 hours

Gokyo Agency trek staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning to pick you up. Taking a private taxi, we drive to Dhading Buspark at Macha Pokhari (Balaju) next to Gongabhu Bus Station, Kathmandu. During the drive, the Manaslu trekking guide, and porters will drive together with guests.

Tourists will pass across the majestic valley and hills, hydroelectricity power station, rivers, and tiny hamlets following the Budhi Gandaki River to Soti Khola. There are not many things to do in Soti Khola as the area is located on farmlands, shops, and guest houses. Likewise, Kathmandu to Soti Khola’s distance is 141.3 kilometers (87.7 miles) which takes 7/8 hours.

3 DayMachha Khola trek (930m/3,051 feet), 5/6 hours.

machha khola trekThe nature walk descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to cuts into another side of the river to join Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the walking trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki, an easy trail to Macha Khola.

4 DayJagat village hiking (1,410m/4,626 feet), 5/6 hours.

Jagat village hikeContinue to Machha Khola and Khrola best, there is a natural hot spring called “Tatopani”, follows forested areas towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergo a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check post where they check your trekking permit.

5 DayTrek to Dyang (1,800m/5,906 feet), 6/7 hours.

ngayak phedi After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7,177m). Continue to Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. Stay overnight in a guest house in Dyang village.

6 Day Namrung village hiking (2,660m/8,727 feet), 7/8 hours.

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses with a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. Cross the Budhi Gandaki river and follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namrung, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around.

Manaslu river
7 DaySyala Gaon hikes (3,520m/40,184 feet), 6/7 hours.

At Namrung, there is a police check post across the Hinan river coming from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho village. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774 m), and the magic Manaslu mountain (8,150 m) view are just visible from here.

The Gaon is a small settlement that stays with normal lodges but we continue our journey to Syala Gaon. Hike further passing through the stone gate and stone-long Mani wall of the Lho village with a full view of Peak 29 ahead. Tonight, we stay overnight at a guest house in Syala.

Manaslu circuit trek
8 DaySamagaun trek (3,530m/11,582 feet), 5/6 hours.

Manaslu monasteryAt Syala village, you can enjoy the picturesque landscape and panoramic views of Mount Manaslu (8,156 m). A side excursion to Punggen Glacier from here to get a very close-up view of Mount Manaslu. In the morning, a hike to Punggen gompa offers unbelievable views of the entire Himchuli Mountain, Ngadi chuli, and the Manaslu itself.

Interested hikers can extend their trip by hiking a tent from Shyala to Punggen Gompa to stay outdoors for a night in a wilderness area. It is worth hiking there. The day trek to Pungyen Gompa is beautiful and tranquil with a short ascending up on alpine topography.

Follow a small division route from near to suspension back to Syala Gaon for lunch. Pick your trekking gear and continue your journey to Samagon to stay overnight. Samagaon is the primary settlement of the Nubri people and offers several shops, gompas, health posts, heliport, telephone, and WiFi access.

9 DayManaslu Base Camp Hike or Samdo trekking (3,690m/12,107 feet), 3/4 hours

samdo treks

We spend a couple of hours to visit Birendra Lake in order to acclimatize even though there are many things to do on Manaslu foothills. We have nearly half day time to cover side trips and to acclimatize hiking buddy.

Likewise, you can hike the Manaslu Base Camp for the optional hikes for fit trekkers. Hike the Manaslu base camp is a full-day trip of about 7/8 hours up and down as the distance from Samagaun to Manaslu Base Camp is 5.1 kilometers out of Samagaon’s guest house.

Birendra lake day tour

Although, the Manaslu base camp hiking trail is a thin steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine the view of the Himalayan glacier, turquoise lake, and the mountains from all angles is just magnificent. The highest elevation of the Manaslu base camp is about 4,870 meters, the best place to get a great glimpse of the outstanding view.

Sama gaon lodge trek

All the travel buddy have to prepare their trekking gears and ready for local excursions to visit Birendra lake. Continue to climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of the Budhi Gandaki River to a most remote permanent settlement to Samdo. Samdo is a tiny settlement with 200 people in forty local houses. Samagaon to Samdo trek distance is 16.4 km (10.17 miles) and takes about 3 hours.

Samdo hiking
10 DaySamdo Ridge hiking and to Dharmasala trek (4,470m/14,666 feet), 4/5 hours.

samdo trek About 200 meters hike to Samdo ridge in the morning just for better acclimatize. And we walk with the crew and cross the wooden bridge and begin walking upward, crossing two streams while witnessing the Larke Glacier.

You’ll head to the Salka Khola valley and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Likewise, the distance from Samdo to Larke Bazar is 1.2 kilometers. Tourists can hike at the Tibet border taking 1 more extra day in Samdo because the journey to the border takes almost a full day hike.

Dharmasala Manaslu trek route
11 DayLarke La Cross (5,106m/16,753 feet) and trek Bimthang (3,720 m), 7/8 hours.

way to larke la passA challenging hike goes slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up Larke la pass 5,106 meters above the sea. The hilltop at Larke la pass offers just a Panoramic view of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m), and the Annapurna II (7,937 m).

larke pass trek

The Manaslu trail roughly about 200 meters after the larke la pass is steep descent downhill and difficult part all the way through moraines to the grassy downhill. Some years ago there was not a guest house at Dharmasala, thus, trekkers should hike from Samdo to Bimthang in a single day which is the longest distance day walk in the Manaslu.

From the Larke la about 400 meters downhill the trail is slippery and Rockies. Later on, its grassy rocks to the big open sandy ground to Bimthang. Likewise, the distance from Larke Phedi to Bimthang is 15.1 kilometers (9.4 miles), and takes around 7 hours to complete.

Bimthang lodges
12 DayBimtang to Tilche trek (2,300m/7,546 feet), 7/8 hours.

view from Bimthang The route gets easier walking across the Rhododendrons forest and local Tilche, a Gurung village. Getting to Tilche village in a single day is strong but walking through the Rhododendrons jungle makes it the best walking trail in the Himalayas.

Tilche is one of the biggest Gurung settlements of Manaslu circuit trekking routes. Many trekkers stay overnight at Goh, but there are not many lodges and especially in the high trekking season they are overbooked. The distance from Bimthang to Tilche is 26 kilometers (16.12 miles) and takes about eight hours.

way to surki
13 DayDharapani trek (1,860m/6,103 feet), 1 hour. Drive out to Besisahar, 3/4 hours.

flowersAn easy downhill hiking today to touch around the Annapurna trek. Follow the trail Marshyangdi River downstream, passing through the scattered villages and crossing an iron bridge, we reach Dharapani village. Taking a regular local jeep (passenger Share basis), drive downhill to Besisahar.

14 DayDrive out to Kathmandu city, 7/8 hours

After breakfast, At morning time, we drive back through the scenic countryside to Malekhu highway and to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, the guide will transfer you to the hotel. Trip Finish.

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How much does the Manaslu circuit trek package price?

Larke la pass 13 nights 14 days Manaslu circuit trek package price US$ 998 per person is a standard trekking plan. Trek around the Manaslu Larke la pass is the cheapest package trip that we offer every year.

For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, we add a 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan. Likewise, clean lodge accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom in the possible places en route. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Restricted area of Manaslu circuit trek package price includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer on your arrival with a private Car/Van.
  • Single night double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 13 Breakfast, 13 Lunch, and 12 Dinner for around the Manaslu trek routes.
  • Guest house basis accommodation in Manaslu round trekking days.
  • Fully escorted trek with an English-speaking license holder local guide and every 2 guests 1 Porter basis (each porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos).
  • An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourists.
  • Around Manaslu restricted area trekking (for 7 days permits) cost.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permit fees.
  • Overland Bus transfer from Balaju Bus Park in Kathmandu to Soti Khola (sharing basis).
  • Local jeep transfer from Jagat to Besisahar and Micro Bus to Kathmandu town (sharing basis).
  • Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a dessert after dinner for Manaslu base camp trekking.
  • Insurance, Food and accommodation, and salary of Nepali trekking guide and porter.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Trek completion certificate and updated Manaslu base camp trek map – Keep yourself.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Around Manaslu trekking package price excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Kathmandu World heritage sightseeing transfer with a private vehicle and Guide.
  • Tourist personal trekking equipment .
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks, desserts more than written above, and bar bills.
  • -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize a Manaslu circuit private trekking starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

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05 Apr, 2023 – 18 Apr, 2023Avaiable998
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10 Mar, 2024 – 23 Mar, 2024Avaiable998
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Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.

Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available


Question: Do I need the experience to hike around Manaslu classical trek?

Answer: Hike around the Manaslu classical route is not challenging. It is also the cheapest restricted area trekking in Nepal. Every tourist should walk for around 5 hours daily with a lightweight daypack. If you have some kind of hiking experience or outdoor backpacking, it helps you a lot to complete your trip on time.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight detail and request us for pickup. Our representative will come to pick you up at Kathmandu international airport, Nepal.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: Is the Manaslu trekking area Safe for Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for women travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for women/female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect around the Manaslu trek?

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, the rooms are simply basic with cozy 2 beds with a nice mattress. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu. Common toilets are available and on a sharing basis. Heating is only available in the dining area.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on the Manaslu treks?

Answer: All lodges in Manaslu circuit trekking routes, have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, soups, and vegetables.

Likewise, dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you hike.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along the circuit Manaslu lodge trek?

Answer: Most of the Manaslu guest houses offer warm hot showers on pay.

Question: How much does the Manaslu circuit trek permit cost?

Answer: Around Manaslu trek is a restricted region in Nepal. So, you will need a special restricted area permit that cost USD 100 per person per week. As the place is under a controlled region in Nepal, each and every trekker go through a registered trek agency. If you have booked a trek around the Manaslu as a full board package or partial-service trekking tour, you will have no worries about permits and other legal formalities. Two trekkers are compulsory for the trek but the trekking agency does care for everything.

Question: How cold is Manaslu hiking in December?

Answer: Roughly a trek around Manaslu during December is a quiet adventure as the temperature can get as low as -8.8 degrees C in Samdo village. If you trek higher up, the temperature gets as low as -16 degrees in Larkya La pass which is almost white mountains. So check the latest Manaslu weather forecast and you should pack all the necessary gear. Book an experience mountain trek guide if you want to make your December trek to Manaslu a successful ascend.

Question: How do I get drinking water on a lodge basis Manaslu circuit trek?

Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Therefore, we advise you to buy aqua tablets to purify the normal water. The normal water is available on local taps, streams, and rocks en route.

Question: Is tipping a must for porters and guides?

Answer: Your hiking team is a central motivation behind why you got an opportunity to feel something not many can have. Aside from managing and conveying your necessities and being aware of your health, they need to see you joyfully succeed more than anybody like family, and help you effectively complete the trek securely. Along these lines, your tips reflect appreciation towards them. A tip is a prescribed culture for guides, and porters in Nepal as a motion of gratefulness.

Question: Would I be able to purchase trekking gear in Nepal?.

Answer: Gokyo Treks and Expedition organization will acquaint with many shops auctioning knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can likewise trade those gears at the knock-off spots however be certain you keep the receipt securely. In addition, you can lease the required gear on the off chance that you would prefer not to get them.

Question: Can I use credit cards in the short Manaslu trek?.

Answer: No! So, far for the trek. You need to have cash Nepali rupees to maintain your daily expenses.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to adjust last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 15% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: On the lodge trek, there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Are there any communication facilities on express around the Manaslu tent trek?.

Answer: Sometimes, you can get telephone services. we recommend you buy a local NTC sim card.

Question: Who will carry my luggage around the Manaslu trek?.

Answer: We do provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12-kilogram luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: The distance you walk every day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to say specific distances on each day, however, you need to prepare to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Is it possible to hire a trekking guide for the Manaslu round trek? how to hire a Manaslu trek guide?

Answer: Yes of course you can hire a Manaslu circuit trek guide and required porters with Gokyo trek company. If you are not happy to book the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. We can also help with documentation to obtain the necessary permits if you wish. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your details travel inquiry.

Question: Do I need walking poles for Manaslu round treks?

Answer: It is better to hike with outdoor walking poles. Learn how to use light trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: Is internet access accessible around the Manaslu trek?

Yes. Better to purchase a sky SIM CARD before your departure from Kathmandu. You can utilize 3G Internet nearly up to Sama gompa. Furthermore, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a little charge.

Question: How much additional money do I need daily?.

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Manaslu trek distance

Roughly about 2% of travelers who visit Nepal, hike around Manaslu. Even in high season, you will not see many travelers en route. Basically, Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Arughat Bazaar in the Gorkha district but now people can drive further to Soti Khola and Macha Khola. Likewise, Besisahar is the finish point of the Manaslu hike and is the foothill of Lamjung Himal. Besisahar is a gateway to explore the popular Annapurna trekking and Tilicho pass. The total length – of the Manaslu trek distance is 177 kilometers roughly can cover in two weeks.

Ethnic groups, culture and tradition

faces in Nepal

Larke La pass is one of the highest elevations of around Manaslu treks located at the end of Nubri Valley. Trek to Manaslu Larke pass is rich in cultural heritage and wildlife. The Gurung ethnic groups dominate the central hills of the sector where the Bhutias (also called Bhotias), close to Sherpas are in the vicinity of Tibet. They have flat-roofed houses, ancient monasteries, mani walls, and other Buddhist indicators along the trek.

Best Manaslu trek difficulty

Larke pass of Manaslu trek difficulty stays with soft to moderate adventure grades. Trekking in the Manaslu circuit is also best for beginners because of its smooth ascending. The physical condition of the trekker should be fit to face Manaslu Circuit Trek’s difficulty. It is a popular hiking route of Manaslu Trek one of the challenging treks around the Manaslu region in Nepal that takes you through the remote – tiny villages. It is one of the off-beaten treks in Nepal Himalayas.

Book an experienced mount Manaslu trek guide with us and make your trip safe. Nepal Manaslu trek without a guide is not possible because the Government of Nepal protected the Nubri valley section for flora and fauna.

Samagaon is an interesting place for a Manaslu base camp day trip. It takes about 4 hours roughly to ascend to reach base camp and 3 hours to descend to the lodge.

Watching these Himalayan ranges and descend to the Beautiful village of Bhimthang and Dharapani where you met the main Annapurna trekking trail. The top Manaslu round treks or Around Manaslu trek is possible to complete at any time (except the winter months) throughout the year.

Manaslu trek difficulty

Nepal Manaslu circuit trek highlights

  • Mountain Manaslu 8163m trek offers picturesque villages and turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
  • Manaslu has an extraordinary ethnic blend of Tibetan and Nepali people and their everyday life.
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people, Diversified unspoiled Ecosystems.
  • Fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others, Larkya La pass (5,153m).

How to go Manaslu – Transport for Manaslu Trek

Beginning of the journey

Your travel is roughly 160 kilometers far away from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. You must go through the overland drive because there is no airport in Arughat Bazaar and further. Traveling as backpacking can choose a local bus ride from Kathmandu which takes roughly 8/9 hours. The Bus ride is an adventure but offers great scenery making your journey splendid.

Make a concrete plan for either 12 Days Manaslu or Manaslu circuit 11 days trek. But they are completely tough even for youth trekkers. 12 Days Manaslu is best without transfer in and out. Basically, the Guide for Manaslu Trek is necessary according to the Nepal government rules to protect Manaslu wildlife and nature conservation.

cultivation Manaslu region

Those who travel with an overland drive with a private jeep transfer from Kathmandu to Soti Khola possible to drive in 7 hours. A small group of tourists can also take a shared jeep service from Kathmandu to Sotikhola or to Macha Khola.

End of the trekking

You can drive with the regular local jeep ride from Dharapani to Besisahar bazaar. As you reach Besisahar, take a regular Micro Bus back to Kathmandu. The journey today takes about 10 hours in total.

Top Recommended Side Trips in Manaslu Trek

To be honest to write you Manaslu circuit trek is not possible to complete within 13 nights 14 days trip as there are several side trips which are hidden on the main classical trek. Many trekkers capture the best shots of main spots and just follow the Larkya la but some of them want to explore the entire hidden side trips.

Journey at Manaslu takes you to the enchanting monasteries, the best mountain views, winsome lakes at high altitudes, and lonesome villages accommodating hospitable people. Thus, here are some key things to know before going to the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

1. Manaslu Base Camp (4,850m/15,913 feet)

Hike the Manaslu base camp (MBC) is one of the most exciting but tough side trips that take almost seven hours hike to go up a 4,850-meter viewpoint and return to the guest at Sama Gaon. The trail encompasses forests, barren lands, and sharp climbs so brace yourself. At the top is a small chorten with a lot of prayer flags that marked Manaslu Base Camp as awesome.

2. Serang Gompa (3,100m/10,171 feet)

Serang Gumba is a small paradise of Bhi village on the foot of Shringi Himal. It is one of the top things to see, as the valley surrounding Serang (Kyimolung trail) is considered to be one of the four bells hidden among the Himalayas of Asia as identified by Guru Padmasambhava. It is believed that the Guru Padmasambhava had meditated in this place in ancient times. The Shringi Himal behind the gumba is an attractive mountain with great religious significance.

3. Kalmachum / The Black Lake (3,800m/12,468 feet)

Kalmachum (Kal Tal) or the black lake is another top side trip a day’s hike from Prok village. The hike to get to Kal Tal is completely under the Pine and fir trees with many langurs. En route, you arrive at Pari Gompa where monks work during the day in their fields and come to sleep here at night. The journey offers a great landscape and a beautiful entire valley.

4. Hinang Gomba (3,100m) and Himalchuli Base Camp (4,020m/13,190 feet.)

Lihi village is a gateway to explore Hinang Khola and takes you to the large Hinang Gompa. The monks there are welcoming and it is possible to sleep in the Gompa. Continue the journey to the place to get a better Himal Chuli range. The mountain views are spectacular, and you can visit the highly recommended Hinang glacier.

5. Phunggen Gompa (4050m/ feet.)

The journey at Punggen gompa is another top side trip on your journey possible to discover after Syala Village. The Gompa is located at the end of a vast grassy plateau surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This is one of the best places to get the top sights of Mount Manaslu and its surroundings, but again – the effort is worth it only on a clear day. The Gompa includes a small prayer hall and some monk dormitories built into the mountain.

6. Birendra Lake (3,620m/11,877 feet)

Birendra Lake is a melted glacier lake situated in the Manaslu foothills. It is one of the easiest side trips possible to reach in forty-five minutes of a hike from Samagaon Lodges. As you walk straight past the gompa and you will come to an open field where dzopkyos and yaks are grazing.

7. Rui La, Nepal – Tibet border (4,998m/16,398 feet)

Rui La is a high pass of Manaslu a border between Nepal and Tibet. The Rui La pass is a “classic” “U” shaped mountain pass. Prayer flags mark the pass and a border stone marks the border between Nepal and “Dzong Who” – China. Many Tibetans who migrated to Budhi Gandaki valley migrated from Tibet when there was a war.

The Rui la is the leading trade route to Tibet that goes over 4,998 meters north of Samdo village in 4/5 hours of each direction. The nearest Tibetan village is only a day’s walk through this route, and a motorable road on the Tibetan side is two days walk.

Notes for the magic Manaslu circuit trekkers!

The information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you. However, the Manaslu round trip is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

As Manaslu is a restricted area or a controlled area, solo trekkers are not allowed. If you are a solo trekker, need to make permits on a group join basis because to get Manaslu special permits, we need a minimum of 2 trekkers with the same trek itinerary at the same time.

Despite that, as soon as you have all the special trekking permits, you can hike solo trips by hiring a guide or within a group package trek. Traveling within a group can share your trekking package prices which means you travel cheaply.

Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during the trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

“What makes Manaslu circuit trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over the planet Earth. You just need to know where to find them. Gokyo Treks Nepal agency trusts in quality service and our guide is familiar with the high altitude mountain sickness. As a pioneer trekking agency in Nepal, our prime goal is your safety first and success.

We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who also know the destination better than others. Moreover, we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

Manaslu Trek Review

Manaslu Trek with Bharat Guide

Rated 5 out of 5
April 29, 2022

We did the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley included in September. Our guide, Bharat, is always helpful and aware of our needs and knows the whole area and customs of its people. We have enjoyed this hard but beautiful hike through wonderful landscapes, following the course of Budhi Gandaki to the Larke Pass, a mountain pass at 5160 meters high.

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Ildefonso Luna, Spain.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Ildefonso Luna for your time to review Tsum valley Manaslu trekking in Nepal.

Highly recommend Gokyo Treks To Everyone

Rated 5 out of 5
April 16, 2022

Completed the trek around the Manaslu route with Rajesh as our guide. He was a highly experienced and friendly guide made for an amazing experience. Ammar was a friendly and professional trek operator who responded our all questions very quickly.

His prices were also reasonable. If we return for next trip to the Himalayas, we definitely use his service again

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James Faul, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you James faul for your time to review us about the Manaslu circuit trek service.

Epic experience with Gokyo on the Manaslu circuit trek

Rated 5 out of 5
March 23, 2022

Trekking with Gokyo Treks & Expedition agency was a great experience from conceptualizing and customizing our Manaslu circuit trek with Ammar (kind, professional, and helpful) to trekking with Rajesh (not only a great guide but also a great friend!). 100% would recommend Gokyo agency and will be trekking with them in the future.

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Christopher Fitzgibbon, Toronto City, Ontario, Canada

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Christopher Fitzgibbon for giving us an excellent review about your Manaslu trek in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Rated 5 out of 5
December 30, 2019

We were in Nepal for the first time. We decided to have a tour around one of the highest mountains in the world. The organization of that agency was perfect.

Rajesh, the guide that have the tour with us, was very careful about what we needed and about what we wanted to do: during the trek we decided to go to the Manaslu High Camp also. Despite the fact that it was not included in the program, but it was not a problem to change the itinerary.

It was one of the most amazing experiences of our life. There was a porter with us also, Krishna, Altogether we walked for more than 100 km in the heart of the Himalayas in a not entirely known trek, across rain forests, and Nepalese villages with unbelievable views and the Larkya La.

We suggest it !!! And Tibetan bread also 😉

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Mr dutin Luke, Turin, Italy

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you so much dear Dutin Luke.

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