Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Overview

Welcome to the trail with a thousand waterfalls! Well, too many to count, at least. Quietly nestled away in central Nepal along the Tibetan border, between two of Nepal’s more popular national parks is the protected Manaslu Conservation Area, home to the world’s 8th highest peak, Mt Manaslu (8,163m). Despite being situated above Nepal’s most historic city, Gorkha (origins of Nepal’s first king) and being home to its namesake Himalayan giant, Manaslu, few know the secret beauty of this region therefore it is only beginning to gain popularity for trekkers.

Unlike other more popular trails in Nepal, this trail begins close to sea level in a subtropical climate at 530m! We follow the Budhi Gandaki river upstream into Upper Manaslu via a deep and narrow gorge trail with countless cascading waterfalls that feed into the river in summer and autumn. The trail meanders through traditional Gurung farming villages and dense forests on both sides of the river, so we will cross suspension bridges on the way. As you trek on a warm day, you will be tempted to cool off under an invigorating waterfall, and then just keep on trekking – a magical experience.

We steadily climb into low and high alpine climates, to lands inhabited by Bhotia people (Tibetan descendants). In Sama gaon we take an extra day to acclimatise and explore Pung Gyen monastery or, for those feeling energetic, a day trek to the base camp of Mt Manaslu and a beautiful glacier lake.

We will then make a long traverse of Larkya La pass (5,106m) from which you will enjoy a panoramic vista including Manaslu, Cheo and Himlung. Over the pass, we walk out through the Marshandgi valley, following the Dudh river, now in the Annapurna Conservation Area in Manang, and through Magar villages.

The significant altitude range involved in this trek requires a good level of fitness. Some days include long steep ascents and descents. Prior trekking experience is recommended to join this trip. You won’t be disappointed. This trip is truly magical. Get your friends together and let us know your preferred dates, or join our scheduled departure, and we can make it happen.

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning views of Mt Manaslu
  • Beautiful gorge trek through subtropical forests
  • Buddhist culture of Bhotia tribes
  • Traditional farming villages of Gurung and Magar hill tribes
  • Manaslu base camp and Pung Gyen monastery
  • Crossing Larkya La pass

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 2,150

  • Moderate to Challenging Trekking


    Moderate to Challenging Trekking

  • Duration

    20 Days, 19 Nights

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Trip Start Trip End Group Size Availability INQUIRY
Sep 01, 2018 Sep 20, 2018 Min 2 people Open Book Now
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Difficulty level

Moderate to Challenging Trekking

Moderate to Challenging Trekking

This trip involves medium-challenging trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-10 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own- body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 3-4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2

In Kathmandu

Day 3

Drive to Arughat (530m) -6 hrs

Day 4

Trek Arughat (530m) to Khursani Bari/Liding (860m) -6 hrs

Day 5

Trek Khursani Bari (860m) to Machha Khola (930m) - 6 hrs

Day 6

Trek Machha Khola (930m) to Dobhan (1,070m) -5.5 hrs

Day 7

Trek Dobhan (1,070m) to Philim (1,570m) -6 hrs

Day 8

Trek Philim (1,570m) to Deng (1,860m) -6 hrs

Day 9

Trek Deng (1,860m) to Namrung (2,582m) -6 hrs

Day 10

Trek Namrung (2,582m) to Sama gaon (3,525m) -6 hr

Day 11

Acclimatisation in Sama gaon

Day 12

Trek Sama gaon (3,525m) to Samdo (3,860m) -3 hrs

Day 13

Trek Samdo (3,860m) to Dharmsala (4,460m) -3.5 hrs

Day 14

Trek Dharmsala (4,460m) to Bimthang (3,610m) via Larkya La pass (5,106m) -8 hrs

Day 15

Trek Bimthang (3,610m) to Tilje (2,300m) -4.5 hrs

Day 16

Trek Tilje (2,300m) to Tal (1,707m) -4 hrs

Day 17

Drive Tal to Besisahar -5 hrs

Day 18

Drive Besisahar to Kathmandu - 6 hrs and in Kathmandu

Day 19

In Kathmandu

Day 20

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


Trekking permit fees, 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel equivalent to Hotel Tibet or Radisson (Lazimpat or similar), experienced trekking guides, team transport in Nepal, teahouse accommodation on trek, extensive high altitude wilderness first aid kit, all meals outside Kathmandu plus breakfast in Kathmandu, porters to carry personal/group equipment on trek, plus receive complimentary trekking duffel.


International flights to and from Kathmandu, lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (allow USD $10- 15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, internet, laundry), tips, travel insurance (incl. early departure, evacuation / rescue) and personal trekking gear.

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