Trek the Manaslu Circuit

Trek the Manaslu Circuit, including the 5160m high Larkya La Pass, experiencing Nepali culture off the beaten track. 16 days.

16 Nights

A spectacular alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit or Khumbu region, the dramatic landscape of the Manaslu Circuit is quite the hidden gem. This trek will let you marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, and take in the local heritage and biological diversity that the region has to offer. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’, widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes in the Himalayas. This off-the-beaten-track adventure includes:

  • 13 days of trekking
  • 14 nights of accommodation along the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking guides
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Experienced hikers who want to avoid the tourists and experience dramatic views you can’t find on just any old trail.

For those short on time, check out the 15 day express trek.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a maximum of 12.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable.)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 8 hours a day, averaging 10km per day and gradually ascend from 700m to 5160m. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, however there are some parts which are more challenging.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

When you trek in the mountains, there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

From October to December and March to May the weather is general warm at 10 - 15°C but as you climb higher, the temperatures will drop significantly.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley are best trekked from September to December and March to May, in order to miss both the monsoon and colder seasons. Any time between these months is a good time to go on this trek!

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

You will be provided with a local English-speaking guide, private vehicle and all of the entry fees to the sites and attractions.

The tour includes: - The Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site; - The Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for the devotees of Shiva; - Kathmandu Durbar Square which lies in front of the royal palace of the former Kathmandu Kingdom; - The historical Bhaktapur monument.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottle (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

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The Manaslu Circuit is a Tea House trek on the Great Himalaya Trail, and widely seen as one of the best all-round treks in Nepal, due to its wide natural diversity interspersed with traditional Nepali communities.

You’ll also visit Kathmandu, famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

Your adventure begins at Kathmandu Airport (KTM) with your private airport transfer. Private transfers are included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

Finish point

Kathmandu Airport - anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

At Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you head to Soti Khola tomorrow!

Day 2: Drive to Soti Khola

After breakfast, you will set off on a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu towards Arughat. You won’t need to play I Spy, the landscape en route will keep you awake as it is some of the most beautiful around outside of the mountains.

Once you arrive in Arughat, you will take further local transport to Soti Khola where you’ll stay for the night.

9-hours driving

Day 3: Soti Khola to Machha Khola

With your hiking boots happily strapped on, the trek starts from Soti Khola and will see you trek the ups and downs of the rocky trails through the forests before reaching the Budhi Gandaki river.

From here you will traverse along the river to the Machha Khola village (869m) for your first night in the tea houses.

6 hours of hiking

Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat

Start the hike today by crossing streams and rocky ravines until you reach the Khola Besi, a natural hot spring. After a quick dip, we will continue over the suspension bridges and into Doban.

Get those camera lenses polished up, today you’ll pass one of the most picturesque treks from Doban to Philim, including a spectacular view of Shringi Himal (7187m). Finally, you will ascend a steep climb and one more suspension bridge before reaching Jagat (1340m), our accommodation for the night.

7 hours of hiking

Day 5: Jagat to Deng

After breakfast in Jagat, you will begin by walking across the Manaslu Conservation Area, before descending towards the Budhi Gandaki.

From here, trek along the Shar Khola river before starting the ascent into Sho village. The village has exquisite views over mountains like Manaslu, Himalchuli, Saula Himal and Dwijen Himal that will take your breath away.

We shall continue on, past schools, monasteries and the forest before finally ending up in the village of Deng (2630m).

8 hours of hiking

Day 6: Deng to Namrung

Our sixth day begins with a trek across the river and an uphill trek to Rana. From here, you’ll be wandering through a dense forest where you might be lucky enough to spot some monkeys and hear the impressive birdsong. Climb through the waterfalls in the forest, before you reach Namrung (2630m).

7 hours of hiking

Day 7: Namrung to Lho.

With the view of beautiful stone houses behind us, you will leave Namrung and head to Lho (3180m). The climb through the fields is surrounded with stunning views of the mountains that will stay with you until you enter Lho. Here, you’ll be able to visit the monastery and Lama school before tucking into a well deserved dinner and a solid night’s sleep.

4 hours of hiking

Day 8: Lho to Samagaon

After the night in Lho, you’ll continue your adventure towards Samagaon where Mount Manaslu and Himal Chuli will begin to dominate the landscape.

Our accommodation for the night, Samagaon (3520m), is a classic Lama village with beautiful monasteries that epitomises Tibetan culture.

4 hours of hiking

Day 9: Acclimatisation day at Samagaon

It’s necessary to take some time to acclimatise at the high altitude levels, so you can spend the day exploring and hiking to Pung-Gyen Gompa. You’ll be able to meet locals and immerse yourself in their daily life.

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo

Today, you’ll move on from Samagaon to the Manaslu base camp and Samdo Village (3875m). Samdo is a well-established community with Tibetan backgrounds, and will provide our accommodation for the night.

4 hours hiking

Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala

You will begin the day by crossing the Budhi Gandaki for the last time and trekking up to the Larkya La glacier viewpoint. You will spend the night in a camp at Dharamshala (4460m) as there is no local guesthouse or hotel nearby. This highest point in our journey will be the next day’s Larke-La Pass (5160m).

5 hours hiking

Day 12: Dharmasala to Bhimtang via Larke-la Pass

This morning, the trek starts early to avoid the winds which can reach gale force after midday. From Dharmasala, it is a difficult climb to the glacial lakes before the Larke-la pass but once you reach the peak, the views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna ll will make every step worthwhile.

8 hours of hiking

Day 13: Bhimtang to Tilije

The toughest part of the trek is now behind you as you begin the descent into the pine and rhododendron forests.

After a 6-hour trek you will arrive at Gho village and enjoy a traditional Nepali meal, before continuing onto Tilijet (2300m) where you will spend the night.

6 hours of hiking

Day 14: Tilije to Chyamche

Leaving the Tilijet village behind you, you will cross to the Eastern side of Dudh Khola and meet the Annapurna Circuit trail. The day’s hiking will finish in Chyamche (1430m) for your penultimate night.

6 hours of hiking

Day 15: Chyamche to Nadi Bazaar

The final day of hiking begins with a walk to Nadi Bazaar where you will walk through the forests and waterfalls. You’ll pass the Holy Marsyandi River before spending the last night in Nadi Bazaar (930m).

7 hours of hiking

Day 16: Drive from Nadi Bazaar to Besisahar

Today local transport will pick you up and take you from Nadi Bazar to Besisahar.

After reaching Besisahar, private transport will take you back to Kathmandu for a celebratory dinner after a successful trek.

8-hours of driving

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.


Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the thriving city.

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