The Manaslu Trek (or Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a 14-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world (8,156 m). The trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery.
The trek is much easier than it used to be with greatly improved trails along the Budi Gandaki river gorge. In terms of difficulty, it is comparable with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. It's highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu.
Just over 2,000 people complete the trek per year with more than half visiting in October. This is substantially fewer than visiting Annapurna, Everest or Langtang. There are two main reason for the fewer numbers.
The first reason is that the trek used to require camping, as there were too few tea-houses along the trail. In particular there was no lodge below the Larkya La (a pass at 5135m) requiring an enforced night of camping. This is no longer the case. Since 2010 there is a tea-house below the pass and all the way up from the starting point. A few of the tea-houses are still basic compared to counterparts on the Annapurna Circuit, but most are comfortable.
The second reason is that the trek has restricted area status. This means it requires a special permit (see below), that the group have two or more members and that a registered trekking guide accompanies the group. In 2011, for Nepal Tourism Year, the permit fee was reduced to US$50 per week.
These two factors together have made the trek affordable for budget travellers and it is now being referred to as The New Annapurna Circuit.
It is also possible to start from Gorkha Bazaar which is quicker to reach from kathmandu on a smoother road. You can find onward transport to Barpak, where there is accommodation, and continue via Larpak to join the main trek. A side trip to Tsum Valley is also possible, but this also requires camping or pre-arranged homestays. Itineraries can be as short as 10 days, excluding rest days, or as much as 21 days, taken at a relaxing pace with plenty of exploring.
It is also entirely possible to combine with the Annapurna Ciruit: from Dharapani, continue to Manang and over the Thorung La at speed having already acclimatized. Then fly or bus out from Jomson to Pokhara. Others are including the trek to Nar and Phu, taking advantage of their trek-earned acclimatisation and fitness.
Manaslu Trek Itinerary
Day1 : Drive to Gorkha 1143m and to Arughat. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day2 :Trek Arughat to Sotikhola (could be done by jeep)
Day3 : Trek Sotikhola to Machhakhola 890m.
Day4 : Trek Machhakhola to Jagat 1350 m.
Day5 :Trek Jagat to Philim 1700 m.
Day6 :Trek Philim to Deng 2095 m.
Day7 :Trek Deng to Namru 2900m.
Day8 :Trek Namru to Lhogaon
Day9 : Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon 3450m.
Day10 : Rest Day at Samagaon for acclimatization.
Day11 :Trek Samagaon to Samdo 3900 m.
Day12 : Trek Samdo to Larkya La phedi 4400m.
Day13 : Trek larkya La Phedi - Larkya La pass 5135m. - Bhimdakothi 3350m.
Day14 :Trek Bhimdakothi to Tilje.
Day15 : Trek Tilje to Jagat 1800 m.
Day16 :Trek Jagat to Ngadi. 850m.
Day17 :Trek Nagdi to Beshisahar.
Day18 : Drive back to Kathmandu.
Manaslu Trek Quick Highlight
Trip Name: Manaslu Round Trek
Duration: 18 Days
Trip Type: Tea House/Camping
Price: Contact Us
Trekking Grade: Challenging
Best season: September to November & February to May (however we arrange this trek throughout the year )
Transportation: Land or Flight
Accommodation: Hotel/ Resort in Kathmandu & Pokhara, tea house during the trek or camping
Highest access : Larke la pass 5213 meters
Culture:Newar, Chettries, tamang, gurung, tibetain
Please contact us for cost details
Trip Cost Includes
All surface transfers as per itinerary
Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara in twin sharing , BB basis
Fooding, lodging, insurance and other expenses of the trekking staff
Fooding (3 meals a day ) and lodging for the clients in trek days
Necessary permit and national park fees
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Trip Cost Excludes
Single supplement charges (if required.)
Departure tax from Kathmandu ($24 approx) and internal airport tax of USD 3
Personal equipments and clothing
International airfare and your insurances
Cold drinks and beverages
Personal expenses and tips to the crew
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara