14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek -Itinerary, Cost, Difficulty, Route


Manaslu Trek (14 Days) 2024 /25

Treks Highlights

  • Walk through typical mountain village with beautiful rhododendron forest.
  • Visit the famous town Gorkha.
  • Long walk up through the Budi Gandaki Valley.
  • Charming views of Manaslu and surrounding Himalayan range.
  • Long walk up through the Budi Gandaki Valley.
  • Traditional village lifestyle and unique culture.
  • Terraces of crop fields.
  • Breathtaking views of the Glaciers, The Mountains,and
  • Manaslu Base Camp.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola

Trip Details

Manaslu(also known as Kutang) is one of the famous and eighth highest mountains in the Gorkha District in Nepal as well as in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above the sea level. This region has recently been de-restricted and opened to international tourism.Located in the central Gorkha district bordering Tibet and also the renowned part of the Nepalese Himalaya’s. The meaning of this mountain comes from its name, which means “Mountain of the spirit”, originates from the Sanskrit word Manaslu, implies “intellect” or “soul”. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu who were members of a Japanese excursion climbed first time on Manaslu on 9 May 1959. That is why some British consider that Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain. It is one of the enthralling trekking mountains and also it is extremely rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage.It offers a variety of adventure trekking options for trekkers. We start the trek from the fascinating old city of Gorkha, the antique kingdom of the Shah Dynasty that has a mixed Buddhist and Hindu culture. On the way, tourists will get chance to visualize some breathtaking peaks they are namely, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Shringi, Langpo,andSaula,including the majestic Mt. Manaslu. Not only this, they will also see its glacial lakes, Waterfalls, Floras,and Faunas. The most interesting things about this trek are close interactions with the locals and ethnic groups living around the routes which provide a great opportunity to augments multi-cultures for tourists.

 Manaslu trekking permit cost for 2024 ?

Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit. The areas and required fees are as follows: Manaslu Region, From September to November US$ 70 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August US$ 50 per week per person

How much Manaslu guide and porters cost per day ?

A guide can cost : $25 per day, a porter upwards of $18 per day and there including on price Guide and Porters ( food , accommodations, salary, insurance , trekking gear ,all tax vat for guide and Porters )

How long is the Manaslu Trek Starting point ?

The trail head of the Manaslu Circuit trek / hike is the closest to Kathmandu of the major Nepalese treks and hikes. That said, it’s still an adventurous 126 km (80 miles) drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, which takes about 6 hours by jeep (recommended) or 8+ hours by public bus.

How long is the Manaslu Circuit Trekking ?

Manaslu Circuit Trek / Hike : Distance. The Manaslu Circuit trek/ hike begins from SotiKhola of Gorkha district. The final point of the trek is Jagat or Besisahar, the ending point of the popular Annapurna Circuit trek. The total distance cover during the trek is 165 km.

How high is Manaslu?

Manaslu is the eighth-highest Himalayan mountain peaks / passe by elevation (8,163 m). The top 10 Himalayan  high mountain peaks and passes are: Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna I.

What type of mountain is Mt.Manaslu?

Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The name was later changed to Manaslu, which is derived from the Sanskrit word Manaslu and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit. The first ascent of this peak was in 1956 by T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japanese expedition).


1) Kathmandu
2) Sightseeing ,Trekking pemit and Trekking gear per pear
3) Kathmandu to Sotikhola By bus or jeep
4)Soti Khola (800m) to Machha Khola (890m)
5)Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
6)Jagat to Deng (1800m)
7)Deng to Namrung (2660m)
8)Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)
9)Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
10)Samagaon (rest day) option to trek to Manaslu Base Camp (8hrs)
11)Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)
12)Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m)
13)Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m)
14)Bimthang to Tilje (2300m)
15)Tilje – Chamche (1410m)
16) Back to Kathmandu by bus or Jeep
17) Shoping in Morning and back to Home

Detail Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive in Kathmandu

Warmly, welcome to Kathmandu, charming and glamorous city which is immersedin primeval temples and traditions. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of the spice sellers and traders, Kathmandu city with its exhilarating attraction will captivate you and you won’t forget it ever and never! You’ll be met with Nepal Guide info (Nepal Planet Treks) at the airport and he/she will guide you and moved you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the free streets and markets in Thamel. It depends on the area where you will stay and in the evening we’ll have a delicious dinner at a native restaurant thatrepresents Nepalese culture.

Day 2- Kathmandu Valley Tour    

The next day, you need to be well-prepared for the trek. Before going for thetrek you need to make your special permit for a Manaslu conversation trek and famous places of Kathmandu valley so you should give your original passport to your tour guide. He/ She will make it and will take you around Kathmandu Valley to show its background, history, religious temples, monasteries and many more major places of the valley.

Day 3-Jeep to SotiKhola (800m) 8-9 hour drive

Your travel starts from thethird day you need to take a private vehicle like Jeep or local bus and drive fromKathmandu to Gorkha region of Nepal. You need to continue around 8 to 9 hours’ drive through small villages and bustling bazaars, then you will arrive in the settlement of SetiKhola in the BhuriGandaki Valley. There you will spend a night in a tea house with aguide, guest,and Porters.

Day 4- SetiKhola to MachhaKhola (890m)

In the 4th day, you will start your trek fromBhuriGandaki River towards its point of origin. Then you will pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach beautiful Arkhat River. From this river, you will slowly drive towards the wonderfulGurung Village of Labubesi and through along the Seti River (an ideal place to take a fresh water bath), until we reach the village of MachhaKhola. There you will spend overnight in a local guesthouse.This guest house will provide you a good hospitality.

Day 5- MachhaKhola to Jagat (1410m)

In the fifth day, early in the morning after having breakfast, you will follow the gorge and continue up the river. On the way, you can see and enjoyLangur monkeys usually playing above in the jungle.Finally, you will reach the large Gurung villages and stay over there whole night in the famous JagatGuesthouse and have a culturalGurung food.

Day 6- Jagat to Deng (1800m)

After having a pleasing night in the Jagatguesthouse, your journeywill begin to climb a rocky ridge from where you can view wonderful Sringi Himal (7187m). And then you will Continueyour trekthrough gorgeous fields of maize, potato, and millet before entering the Nupri ( the Western Mountains) through bamboo forests you will reach Buddhist Village.Then in the sixth night, you will stay in Deng guesthouse of this village with amazing local dinner.

Day 7 Deng to Namrung (2660m)

In the seventh day, you will get chance to see numerous stunning Tibetan mani walls which are knottily hand-carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures. You will continue your trek by weaving in and out of canyons then you will enter into anunimaginative colorful forest of firs, oaks, and rhododendrons ( national flower of Nepal) before reaching in the Namrung. Finally, in the 7th night, you will stay at Namrung which place is very famous for best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himalchuli.

Day 8- Namrung to LhoGham (3180m) 

You will continue your trek and during your journey, you will see a first stunning glimpse of Manaslu and also many locals dress in traditional Tibetan clothes called chubas.Then you will stay overnightin the best and famous guest house of Lhogham.

Day 9- Lhogham to Samagaon (3,530m)

In the 9th day, you will have a short trek that allows you to enjoy the spectacular mountain views and you will be refresh with gully of mosses and rhododendron flower over the mountain. Samagaon is situated at the altitude of 3530m.you will reach in the Samagaon and you will spend thewhole night over there.

Day 10- Accommadation Day atSamagaon

Samagaon is the perfect place for the rest because of its wonderful altitude. And also Manaslu Base Camp and Pungent Gompa are the wonderful places for the magnificent views of the glacier,lake and awesome mountain from all viewpoints. In this day, you will start your Trekking early in the morning, during your journey you will get chance to enjoy greenery forest.You need to walk around 4 to 5 hours to reach Manaslu Base camp. During your journey, you will see Glacier Lake and Birendra Tal where you will enjoy with the fresh ice water in the Birendra Tal and you will also enjoy snow capped peaks and finally, you will reach a large beautiful village of Samagaon.Then after you will make a short trek throughout the beautiful forest where you will get an opportunity to discover the Gompa that was destroyed by the avalanche during the winter of 1953. Then you will stay in Manaslu Base camp whole day and night for the purpose of rest.

Day 11- Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m)

In the 11th day, early in the morning, after having breakfast, you will start your trek from Samagaon to Samdo which is located near a Tibet border. Samdo is situated at the altitude of 3,860m. You need to walk around 5 hours to reach there. During your trek, you will see long Mani wall and Chorten at Kermokharka then you will move down to the Budi Gandaki, where you will see some different animals such as; goats, sheep,and Yaks over there. Most of Samdo resistant are Tibetian traders where you can see some Chinese and Tibetan goods, if you like some goods then you can get them as well. Throughout the journey you will view some of the stunning peaks and then finally you will stay overnight in the beautiful Samdo hotel with traditional food.

Day 12- Samdo to LarkyaPhedi or Dharmshala (4480m)

In this day, your destination will be to Larkya Phedi or Dharmshala which is situated at the altitude of 4,480m. You will need to walk around 4 hours to reach the peak of LarkyaPhedi or Dharamshala. From where you will get chances to views wonderful CheoHimal(6820m), Kang Kuru (6981m), HimlungHimal (7126m), Gyagi Kung (7937m), and the greatest Annapurna(7937m). With the pleasing glimpses of different mountains, you will stay overnight in the LarkyaPhedi with special food.

Day 13 – LarkyaPhedi to Bhimthang (3,720m) – Climb the Larkya La (5,100m)

In 13th day, you will start your trek early in the morning before having breakfast because it will be your longer and challenging trek. Even though you will enjoy thescenic environment with fresh air throughout your journey, not only that, you do get chances to see clear and close Himalayan views. When you will reach in the pick of Larkya La, then you will view wonderful Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyajj Kung, Guru and beautiful Annapurna II.After your awesome sightseeing, you will again return back to Bimthang and you will stay whole night in the best tea house of Bimthang.

Day 14- Bumthang to Tilje (2,300m)

In the 14th day, you will have a breakfast early in the morning and you will start your trek down toward Tilje, where you will pass through a spectacular forest of impressive pin trees, and beautiful Rhododendrons flowers along with numerous minor villages. There you will also see Manaslu views and then you will continue your trek down towards Dudh (milk) Khola, where you will see more agricultural landscape until you will reach the village of Tilje. Finally, you will stay the14th night of your trek in the village of Tilje.

Day 15- Tilje – Chamche (1,410m)

On this day, you will trek From the Tilje to Chamche which is situated at the altitude of 1,410m and finally, it is your last trekking day. During your trek, you will cross a bridge of DudhKhola and you will continue your treks throughout the Karte Village with the beautiful scenario. And then you will head towards Dharapani, there you will enjoy in the Marsyandi Khola which is one of the most famous Khola of Nepal and finally you will end your trek by making your last way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. Then you will stay overnight in the Tiliji hotel and celebrate your success of completing the Manaslu Circuit.

 Day 16- Jeep or Local Bus drive to Kathmandu

Unfortunately, it is the ending day of your adventure trek. In this day,you will have a breakfast early in the morning then you will hire a private Jeep or a local bus in which you will feel comfortable, then you will make your way to the Kathmandu with the beautiful experience of Manaslu circuit.

Day 17- Depart for Home

When you will arrive in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal Guide info (Nepal Planet treks) group will provide you all the services and prepare for the final departure. A representative will help you to reach the final destination.


All airport transfers by private car or van depending on group size.

2 Nights deluxe room in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
1 Well experienced, government registered, English speaking local guide. 1 Assistant guide to take care of the group and porters as per group size. 1 Sharing porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack (weight limit 25kg per porters  because this trek liter harder then others treks in Nepal  
All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek
Nepal Planet Treks LOGO t-shirt
All ground transportation, group first aid kit and water purifier.
Neat and clean mountain lodge accommodation during the trek.
Food, accommodation salary of your guide and porters.
Manaslu special Trekking permit and MCAP permit.
Office service charge, government tax and vat etc. TIMS Card, ACAP Permit and all transportation.
Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepal Restaurant.

Trip Cost Excludes

Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
All bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water and laundry service.
Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
Personal travel insurance, Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver. 

Equipment List

Manaslu Trekking Equipments & packing list on the blow :

Nepal Planet Treks ( Nepal Guide info )has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 16 KG.
You must bring the following items:
• Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
• Trekking trousers
• Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
• Base layer shirts
• Fleece jacket
• Sunhat and Woolen hat
• Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
• Sunglasses
• Gloves
• Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
• Water bottles 1 Litres
• Antibacterial hand wash
• Small towel
• Daypack (25-30 Liters)
• Trekking poles
• Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
• Down Jacket
• Personal First Aid Kit

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu.

We will provide you the complete equipment list details with include/ excludes in confirmation of the Trekking route and the season you are trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment list will not vary much but need some additional precaution to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the trekking holiday in Nepal Namaste 
Nepal Guide info (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition ) Health and Insurance advice for 2024
Traveling in the desolate mountainous regions is always a risky job. Weather usually remains unpredictable in these regions and the risk of avalanche and natural calamities always prevails. It is equally likely that you might be the victim of High altitude sickness. Also, there exists the chance of physical injuries while following the difficult route. In these cases, you will have to bear the cost of expensive emergency treatment and rescue if you have not already made travel insurance with any of the secure travel insurance companies. Major costs that will be covered by travel insurance include helicopter rescue cost and treatment costs.
So, Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition (Nepal Guide Info) advise you to get insured before joining the trekking package. Read well all the terms and conditions of the insurance company that is offering travel insurance and notify them of the trekking itinerary and activities that we are offering at Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition ( Nepal Guide info ) so that complication may not arise in future if in case you need to claim your insurance. Your insurance should cover emergency helicopter rescue and medical expenses if you are taking the climbing and expedition package. If you are intending to join the trekking in urban areas, insuring for helicopter rescue will not be compulsory. Since Helicopter Rescue is impossible in Tibet, you need not insure yourself for helicopter rescue while trekking in Tibet. It is better if your insurance policy covers such conditions like trip cancellation because your deposits will not be refunded in case of cancellation.
Remember to bring the insurance certificate along with you if you are insured.
Although we do not provide insurance service, we have mentioned some of the leading travel insurance companies from across the globe below:
For Travelers from USA and Canada:
Online Global Health insurance www.onlineglobalhealthinsurance.com
Insure My Trip.com www.insuremytrip.com
Access America www.accessamerica.com
HCC Medical Insurance Services www.mnui.com
Good Neighbor Insurance www.gninsurance.com
Travel Assist www.travelassistnetwork.com
For Travelers from England:
First Assist Services Limited http://firstassist.co.uk
Harrison Beaumont www.hbinsurance.co.uk
Buy cheap travel insurance www.insureandgo.com
For Travelers from Europe and Slovenia:
Assistance CORIS www.coris.ci
For Travelers from Australia and New Zealand:
Cover More Travel Insurance www.covermore.com.au
CGU Insurance Limited www.cgu.com.au
World Care Travel Insurance salesw@worldcare.com.au
For Travelers from South Africa:
Travel Insurance Consultants Pty. Ltd www.tic.co.za
What about Manaslu Trekking ?
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. Its 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 reasons 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.
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2017-03-30 04:44:39

‎Scott Mccrae‎ says:

“Incredible Manaslu Trekking Experience!” Our time in the Manaslu Conservation Area was incredible due to the fantastic team at Nepal Guide info team. We did a 15-day circuit trek of Manaslu with a guide and porter and both our guide, Sanjib, and...

2017-03-26 15:43:31

Noraini Ani says:

“Great experience on the manaslu circuit trek” Manasalu circuit and we have enjoyed every minute of it. We booked on to the trip from a recommendation of friend and we glad we did. We have been expertly guided by Sanjib who's calm easy going friendl...

2016-12-18 15:10:58

Christoph says:

Manaslu Trekking With Best Guide and Company in Nepal My girlfriend and I trek the Manaslu circuit this previous November (2016). All in all it took us about 14 days to complete the entire trek and it was incredible! Our guide was Ram Shrestha , a...

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