About Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek 2023- 2024

Manaslu Circuit Trek 

Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 Days is one of the most popular treks in the Manaslu Region among on off the beaten trek in Nepal. The adventure and challenges you get to find yourself on the trek are fascinating at their very best in Manaslu Circuit Trek. The journey towards the base of the world's eighth highest mountain, Manaslu, puts something extra than traditional treks. Rich culture, underexplored nature, and remote villages constitute the exotic parts of Manaslu Circuit Trek. The 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is an artful depiction of nature and fun lined together. Having been opened in 1992, Manaslu Circuit is yet to be thoroughly explored. There are still some places that need more exploration. You get to find nature in its purest form. You get to encounter tropical, subtropical, alpine, and subalpine vegetation. The impressive sight of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Annapurna II, Chuli, Larke Peak, and several other mountains makes your time on the trek fantastic.

Only a few tourists visit Manaslu Circuit every year, making it less crowded. You will get an off-the-beaten hiking experience in three different variations of Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days, Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days and Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 days are three of the most popular Manaslu Circuit Treks. It doesn't matter which trek you are on. The fun you have on the trip will be mesmerizing in every shape and form. Suppose you are short and still want to explore the Manaslu Region. In that case, the short Manaslu Circuit Trek is another fabulous Manaslu Trekking Package that gives you the best thing about the gorgeous region.

The 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek brings the Tibetan culture blended with the Nepali culture. It makes you feel closer to the ancient culture and traditions. You get to interact with the local Tamang and Sherpa people. Moreover, visiting different monasteries brings a peaceful depiction of life to reality. The colorful prayer flags and the soothing smell of the incense sticks give a whole new persona of religious warmth.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Lying in the northern Himalayan ranges of Nepal, you will trek in trails in one of the most isolated areas in Nepal. The difficulty in walking the trodden paths is common. In addition to this, you have to walk at least 6-7 hours daily, which demands excellent fitness and mentality. However, you will not find that much difficulty in your Manaslu Circuit Trek with a perfect itinerary and good acclimatization facilities.

Trekkers will cover about 175 km on 12/13 days. The first few days of trekking might be difficult as Budi Gandaki Gorge passes. Crossing Larke La Pass can be another strenuous walk in the trek. However, with good travel buddies and a great mentality. You can try a thing so that your tour becomes memorable for all the good reasons.

You can prepare yourself for the trek beforehand to be in the best shape possible. It provides you with even better energy and the mentality to enjoy and complete the tour. Preparing yourself for the Manaslu Trek can be a mammoth task for some. Here is a list of things you can try to make sure you are in the best shape possible for the Manaslu Circuit.

How to train for your next Manaslu Circuit Trek?

  • Have jogging and walking sessions daily
  • Try both uphill and downhill walking
  • Do strength and endurance training
  • Perform cardiovascular training
  • Do cycling and swimming
  • Stay mentally prepared
  • Read books, meditate, and listen to some fantastic music.

Being prepared for the Manaslu Circuit Trek doesn't help you in the trek only. Even after that, you will find your physical and mental ability to do wonders. Another lovely part about going on a tour is knowing when is the best time to go on a particular trek. It showcases how to make the most out of a trip and eventually remember it for a millennium.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

You can go on Manaslu Trek at any time of the year. However, there can be some problems during the trek if you go at unfavorable times. So to dodge the issues and have a pleasant experience, going at the best time is a wise decision. The most favorable time to visit it is generally during spring and autumn. Because of the moderate weather and stable climate, your trekking experience will be no less than magic. The temperature is fantastic, and the landscapes are even more attractive. It is usually not suggested during the winter season. The heavy snowfall makes it hard to walk on the trekking trails.

Moreover, the path becomes slippery. Similarly, the trails become slick and watery in the monsoon, making it hard to grip correctly. The chances of accidents can be high.

So, the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map With or Without Guide? | Can you go on a solo Manaslu Trip?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trek with every feature you need on a classic trek in Nepal. With colorful cultures and different vegetation, you are in line for some fantastic nature supremacy. The northern highlands of Nepal have the Manaslu Region as its flagbearer of nature's beauty packaged in a bundle of joy.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek Map covers Sotikhola, Machhakhola, Jagat, Deng, Ghap, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Dharmashala, Larke La Pass, Bhimtang, and Dharapani. Every place you get to visit during the trek is unique and magical. Larke La Pass is the highlight of the trip, one of the longest passes in the Himalayas of Nepal and the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Most travelers have a big question to ask. Is Manaslu Circuit Trek safe to go solo/ without a guide, or do you need a guide? Please drop the thought already if you plan to go on a solo Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide is completely banned. The area from Jagat to Bimthang is declared a restricted region. So, it's compulsory to hire a guide for the trek if you don't want any problems afterward.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Vs. Annapurna Circuit Trek vs. Tsum Valley Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek are the other two popular treks having their specialties. Manaslu, Annapurna, and Tsum Valley are gorgeous regions located in northern Nepal that bring you the perfect taste of natural beauty blended with cultural spices.

These are all beautiful areas to visit and have the time of your life. However, some differences help you choose your perfect holiday destination.

Manaslu Circuit Trek provides you with a culturally and mentally refreshing experience bringing you closer to the wildlife and vegetation. Meanwhile, Annapurna Circuit has spectacular views best for a less seasoned traveler. It doesn't mean that Manaslu Circuit Trek doesn't provide you the magnificent mountain vistas. It's just that Manaslu Trip is more of a mentally peaceful experience than ABC Trek. Also, Manaslu Circuit is not that popular. After being opened in 1992, it has not been explored like the Annapurna Circuit- one of Nepal's most popular areas to trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a shorter trek than the Tsum Valley Trek. Tsum Valley is a new place to explore in the Manaslu Region, highly influenced by Buddhism. Most travelers who want to experience a perfect Buddhism retreat like to go on a Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek. It is the blend of both Manaslu and Tsum Valley Treks. If you have enough time for traveling, this is the trek you should not miss out on.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits

Manaslu is a restricted vicinity in Nepal. Therefore, trekkers/ hikers want a restricted region issued through the Immigration Depart of Nepal, which a local trekking  company in Nepal for doing the trek in Manaslu. Besides limited permits, hikers want ACAP and other documents. 


  • Off-the-beaten trekking experience
  • Excellent scenery throughout the trek
  • The perfect blend of Tibetan-Nepali culture & traditions
  • Stunning views of snow-capped mountains,
  • Shining glacial lakes, and diverse flora & fauna
  • Come across wildlife like Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle, Kalij, Himalayan Griffon
  • Witness magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna II, Mt. Chuli, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Larke Peak
  • Wonderful time in the underexplored area of Manaslu which has been open from 1992

Day to Day Itinerary

Meet by our Himalayan Asia Treks representative in airport and transfer to the hotel. Our representative assists to check in hotel process and give short brief about Manaslu Circuit Trek program. You can take rest and fresh. You can walk in evening in Thamel (tourist hub of Kathmandu).
Overnight in Kathmandu.  

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

After taking breakfast, we will do city tour Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. We need to apply of issuing permit in Manaslu Area with your original passport.
Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

After fresh up , you can take breakfast and bag pack your luggage. At 08:00 am, your guide and other staff will come to your hotel with private transport and transfer towards Soti Khola. On the way, you can see small greenery mountain, Trishuli River and small town.

Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Soti Khola.
  • Altitude: 730m.

Today trekking will take about six hours after breakfast in Sotikhola. The meandering path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley’s until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly occupied by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market hereabouts with a few shops and lodges.
Overnight in Machhakhola.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Machhakhola.
  • Altitude: 825m.

You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you overnight. Overnight in Jagat.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Jagat.
  • Altitude: 1330m.

Breakfast in Jagat, we start our trek towards Deng. Today, we walk along the Valley of Budhi Gandaki River. We pass rhododendron forest (national flower of Nepal) and pine trees. After passing small forest and small valley, we will reach a beautiful village Deng.
 Overnight in Deng.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Deng.
  • Altitude: 1800m.

Breakfast at Ghap, we start our trek towards Ghap. We walk upstream of Deng river. The valley is still steep. We cross to the village of Lana and see some Mani stones. In Ghap, we found Tibetan culture with Mani stones and chortens all around.
 Overnight in Ghap.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Ghap
  • Altitude: 2160m.

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Lho. Today , you can enjoy with beautiful mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing Peak and other mountains. On the way , you pass small chorten, mani walls and prayer flags and monasteries.
Overnight in Lho.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Lho.
  • Altitude: 3180m.

After taking breakfast, we start our trek towards Samagaon. We go down towards Damonan Khola and up towards fantastic plateau of Shyala. From here also , we can see some views of Manaslu, Himalchuli and more others. In this village, you can see some big and small monastery. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Samagaon.
  • Altitude: 3530m.

After taking breakfast, we start our trek towards Samdo. We start our trek with climbing up towards Cho Chanda. We walk through desert path and windy path. From here , we can see magnificent view of Himlung Himal, Gyagi Kung Himal, Kang Kuru , Annapurna II , Cheo Himal, Simnang Himal, Ngdi Chuli and other peaks also. From this village , Tibet boarder is very near. Overnight in Samdo.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Samdo.
  • Altitude: 3690m.

After breakfast, we will hike around Samdo. We will hike towards Nepal - Tibet Boarder with amazing view. 

Overnight in Samdo.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Samdo.
  • Altitude: 3690m.

After taking breakfast, we start our trek towards Dharmashala. We walk towards Dharmashala through walk down the edge through some fields and can see old Mani walls. We cross the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki and climb gradually up the valley.

Overnight in Dharmashala.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Dharmashala.
  • Altitude: 4470m

After taking breakfast, we start our trek towards Bhimtang via Larke La passes. We leave Dharmashala early morning as it is longest part of trekking around Manaslu area. In starting , we walk steep descent path until Larkya La through rocky and windy path. We can see sunrise view from Larke peak and more peaks from here. On the way, we can see small ice lakes. After reaching at Bhimtang , we take rest .

Overnight in Bhimtang.

  • Meals: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Bhimthang.
  • Altitude: 3270m.

After taking breakfast, we start our trek towards Dharapani. We descend the valley towards Burdin Khola . From this way , we can see excellent view of Manaslu, Annapurna. We find rhododendron and pine forest on the way. We pass Tilje village , where you found apple orchard and available local wine. It is our last day of trekking.

Overnight in Dharapani.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Lodge / Tea House.
  • Location: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1860m.

After taking breakfast, we start our drive towards Kathmandu. We took jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar drive towards Kathmandu. 

Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

Today is the final day of Manaslu Circuit Trek so Himalayan Asia Treks staff will pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport as per your flight schedule for your onward destination. 

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Location: Kathmandu

What's Included

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu.
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
  • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu sightseeing place.
  • Three times meals at trekking route.
  • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
  • Restricted Area Permit.
  • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Any type of flight fare.
  • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
  • Tips.
  • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
  • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation.

Useful Information

Things to know before Manaslu Circuit Trek

Before embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, here are some important things to know:

  • Trekking Permits: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted area trek in Nepal, so you'll need to obtain several permits. The two main permits are the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). You must trek with a licensed trekking agency, and a minimum of two trekkers is required to obtain the permits which is issued by Government of Nepal through local trekking company in Nepal - Himalayan Asia Treks.
  • Trekking Season: The best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most stable weather conditions, clear skies, and better visibility of the stunning mountain scenery.
  • Physical Fitness: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that reaches high altitudes, with the highest point being the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). It requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Prior trekking experience at high altitudes is beneficial, but not mandatory.
  • Itinerary and Time: The typical duration for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is around 16 days, depending on the specific itinerary and acclimatization days. The trek covers a distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles). It's important to allow for acclimatization days to adapt to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Accommodation and Facilities: The teahouse (lodges) along the Manaslu Circuit Trek have basic facilities, including rooms with beds and shared bathrooms. However, the availability and quality of accommodation can vary. It is recommended to carry a sleeping bag and consider booking accommodation in advance during peak seasons.
  • Food and Water: Most teahouses offer a variety of meals, including local Nepali dishes and international cuisine. The food options may become more limited as you gain altitude. It's advisable to stick to hygienic and well-cooked meals. Regarding water, it is recommended to drink purified or boiled water. You can bring water purification tablets or use a water filter.
  • Altitude Sickness: The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves gaining significant altitude, and there is a risk of altitude sickness. It's essential to acclimatize properly, ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. If symptoms become severe, it may be necessary to descend to a lower altitude.
  • Guides and Porters: Hiring a licensed guide is highly recommended for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. They provide valuable local knowledge, assist with navigation, and ensure your safety. You can also hire porters to carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with a lighter load. You need book with local trekking company for issuing different permit and other things like guide and porter.
  • Safety and Insurance: Trekking in remote areas involves certain risks, so it is important to have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and trekking activities. Follow safety guidelines, stay updated on weather conditions, and be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.
  • What do I need for Manaslu Circuit Trek?/ Packing list :


  • Trekking Gear: Make sure you have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy trekking boots, warm and layered clothing, a down jacket, a good quality backpack, a trekking pole, a hat, gloves, sunglasses, and a headlamp. A comprehensive gear list can be obtained from your trekking agency or online.

-Day pack (rucksack)
-Light weight and warm trousers.
-Sun hats and gloves.
-Full- sleeves t shirt.
-Warm jackets.
-Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
-Light weight cotton clothing.
-Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
-Knee supports.
-Sun glasses.
-Sun cream and lip protector.
-A one liter hard Water bottle.
-Flash light
-Down jacket
- Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return.
-Trekking shoes or boots.
-A pair of sandals.

Remember to consult with a reputable trekking agency for the latest information, detailed itineraries, and personalized advice based on your fitness level and preferences. Enjoy the incredible natural beauty and cultural experiences that the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers