Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 12 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Views of the eight thousand meter peak Mount Manaslu
> Crossing the Larkya La (5,106m)
> Experience Tibetan culture

Join us on this great alternative to the Annapurna circuit and escape the masses on this less touristic trek. The Manaslu Circuit offers stunning views on snow-plastered mountains, high altitude glacier lakes and a fascinating flora and fauna along this route.

The circuit passes many cultural heritages including traditional Tamang and Sherpa settlements, which gives you the chance of experiencing the unique mountain culture. With a height of 8,163m Mount Manaslu is the highest peak in this area and also the eight highest in the world. In other words, a perfect challenge for every adventurer out there.

The Manaslu Circuit is one of the best treks known for its solidarity and preservation. This restricted region sees very few visitors so that the trails are less trodden. This makes your journey a peaceful, natural and beautiful experience perfect for those seeking a getaway from their everyday busy lives. The route is not just the raw natural beauty: the traditional Tamang and Sherpa settlements with their unique cultures are another highlight of the trip. The entire route is adorned with perfect views of the snow-clad mountains, unique combination of rich cultural heritage, endless vistas and the most beautiful flora and fauna. The standard circuit trek begins at Arughat and ends at Besishar and requires a trekking permit to travel all the way through the Manaslu area. We provide this permit.

The duration of our Manaslu Circuit Trek is 12 days. It is considered to be a moderate level trek with cultural, historical and natural highlights and a maximum elevation of 5106m. The best time to visit the region is from March to May, in Spring, and September to November during the autumn.



Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola

On the first day of your 12-day Manaslu Trek, you depart from Kathmandu after breakfast, heading towards Machha Khola. Along the Prithivi Highway, with the Marysyangdi and Trishuli Rivers on your side, enjoy scenic views of valleys, hills, and distant mountains. After reaching Dhading Besi, the route becomes a bit rough as you follow rocky trails along the northwest side of the Budhi Gandaki River. Continuing, you'll pass Soti Khola, the starting point for Manaslu trekking adventures. After traversing a number of Gurung and Magar settlements, you'll reach Machha Khola where you spend the night.

Machha Khola

Machha Khola

Trek to Jagat

Duration: 07:45 h
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 730 m
Descent: 250 m
The next day, from Machhakhola we follow a narrow trail that takes us to Tharo Khola and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few ascents and descents, we reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. We will spend some time here and can enjoy the natural sauna in the hot -spring and relieve all our tiredness and stress of the trek. We climb another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki via another suspension bridge. After this, we climb a staircase and then cross a landslide and a ridge to reach Doban. After crossing yet another suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some steps again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.



Trek to Deng

Duration: 08:30 h
Distance: 18.4 km
Ascent: 910 m
Descent: 370 m
Today we will reach Salleri after climbing a rocky ridge and then we continue our way towards Sirdibas. We trek onwards to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim. From the lower points of the village, the trail turns north and through leveled trails amidst maize fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch. We then continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we shall spend the night.


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  • Pick up and transfer to and from airport

    If needed, your transfers from and to the airport are included.

  • Transfers

    All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, flights, etc.) as described in the programme are included.

  • Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek

    During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

  • English speaking guide and a porter

    One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

  • Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter

    The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

  • Coffee and Tea

    Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

  • Permit and TIMS

    The total amount includes costs for the permits needed for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags

    In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

  • T-Shirt & Route Map

    We also have a t-shirt and a route map for you. Not only are they ideal for trekking, but they are also beautiful souvenirs.

  • Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People

    If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit

    The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

  • Bus Kathmandu – Arughat and Bhulbhule – Kathmandu

    We will take a bus from Kathmandu to Arughat and from Bhulbhule back to Kathmandu. This is included in the total price.


  • Visa for Nepal

    Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

  • Flights to and from Nepal

    The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

    Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

  • Personal expenses

    All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Travel Insurance Including Repatriation

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

  • Tipping

    Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. 10% of the total amount is an excellent target price, but the final amount is up to you.

  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi

    Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.


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