Manaslu Trek

Trip Duration 16
Max Altitude 5135M
Group Size 2-20
Best Time for Visit March-May and Sep-Nov

Trip Overview


The Manaslu Trek is an awe-inspiring Himalayan adventure that encapsulates the sheer beauty of Nepal landscape, culture, and trekking challenges. Circumnavigating the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, this trek offers an exceptional blend of natural splendor and cultural immersion. Spanning around 14 to 18 days, the trek is a moderate to strenuous journey that leads trekkers through diverse terrains – from lush lowlands to high alpine passes. The trail ventures through charming villages, inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, including the hospitable Gurungs and Tamangs. These encounters provide a genuine glimpse into the traditional mountain lifestyle, as well as opportunities to experience local cuisine, customs, and architecture. The trekking route scales through the tranquil Budhi Gandaki Valley, traversing suspension bridges and terraced fields. Ascending steadily, trekkers treat them with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls. The challenging Larkya La Pass, standing at an altitude of 5,160 meters, is a highlight of the journey, demanding stamina and determination but rewarding with breathtaking panoramic views. Nature enthusiasts spoiled with the chance to observe an array of flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and a variety of bird species. The stark contrast between the subtropical zones and alpine landscapes adds a unique charm to this trek. The Manaslu Trek's remoteness and lower traffic compared to more popular treks like Everest and Annapurna Circuit create an unspoiled trekking experience, perfect for those seeking tranquility and authentic adventure. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are vital for a successful journey due to the elevation and demanding terrain.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Manaslu Trek encapsulates the essence of Nepal's natural beauty and cultural diversity. This immersive journey offers trekkers a chance to forge unforgettable memories as they navigate through ever-changing landscapes, interact with warm-hearted locals, and conquer challenging altitudes while being surrounded by the towering grandeur of the Himalayas.

 Trip Highlight

  • The jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region
  • Friendly people, and rich culture of the region, which includes both Nepalese & Tibetan ethnic groups
  • Larky La Pass (5,167 m / 16,952 ft), the highest point on the trek
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Mt. Manaslu,, Peak 29, Lamjung Himal, Siringi, Simnang, Kang Gurum, etc
  • Abundant wildlife, including Tahr, Agali, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and if lucky, Snow Leopard
  • Birch, juniper, and rhododendron forests accompany the trekking trail.
  • Trekking trail that traverses through beautiful villages, valleys, and suspension bridges.
  • Trek to the heartland of Manaslu and its base camp.
  • Mount Manaslu, the world’s 8th-highest peak.


Today, upon your arrival Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives from Friendship World Trek will welcome you and transfer to the hotel

Max Altitude700m/2296ft

AccommodationTea House


You’ll embark on a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. If you choose to travel by local bus, you’ll first take a bus to Dhading or Malekhu along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. You’ll then take another bus or jeep to reach Soti Khola. You can also choose to go by private vehicle, in which case the ride becomes a lot more convenient.

We’ll pass through rural villages and green hillsides as the road mutates into a bumpy dirt path. You’ll get views of the southern dial of Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal. After a 7-hour drive, you’ll reach Soti Khola just in time for a much-needed break from traveling and dinner.

Gateway to the Manaslu region, Soti Khola is a village settlement with semi-urban housing. The settlement is encapsulated by green hills and Soti Khola (river)

Max Altitude930m/3051ft

AccommodationTea House


Trekking begins after a nourishing breakfast. The trail traverses through muddy pathways, suspension bridges, colossal waterfalls, and small creeks. You’ll leave your footprints through the mystic Sal forests and the cross-bridge over the rushing Budhi Gandaki River.

You’ll witness steeper cliffs in the backdrop as you trek through beautifully crafted stone steps. The trekking trail to Maccha Khola isn’t too lonely – you’ll still see villages (Khursani Village and Lububesi, a Gurung settlement) and the locals busy with their daily chores. The settlement of Machha Khola is similar to Soti Khola but with a more rural setting.

Max Altitude1340m/4396ft

AccommodationTea House


At daybreak, you’re already set to start your trek along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. You might occasionally share the stone steps with mules. The natural hot spring at Tatopani is a good place to take a break.

After a relaxing dip in the hot spring, you’ll cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and follow the trail that leads to Dobhan. In Nepali, Dobhan means confluence, and sure enough, the place is marked by the confluence of Shari Khola (river) and Sharpu Khola.

The trail throughout the day is fairly undulating, however, the final part is a steep three-hour climb. Before finally resting at Jagat, a quick visit to a check post will ensure you have the right paperwork. From this day onward, we’ll be trekking into the restricted region.

The houses in Jagat are made of stone and have a more rural look. Tourism, service, agriculture, and animal husbandry are the primary occupations. People raise mules, sheep, and Himalayan goats.

Max Altitude1804m/5918ft

AccommodationTea House


Jagat is a Buddhist stronghold with several gompas (Buddhist temples) and prayer flags. You’ll first head to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. Manaslu Circuit Trek Nepal permits are checked at Phillim.

We’ll cross the Siyar Khola bridge before the junction in the trail. This trek heads to Pewa but the trail on the right goes into the Tsum Valley. You can extend your trek by going into the Tsum Valley, but this is something you need to arrange before heading out of Kathmandu.

We finally reach Pewa, a small settlement with fewer teahouses. One of them will be waiting for you with warm hospitality, delicious food, and a cozy bed.

Max Altitude2630m/8628ft

AccommodationTea House


After breakfast, the trail takes us through bamboo forests to a suspension bridge and a steep hike. The valley widens as you tread your way to the Ghatta Khola River.

You’ll reach Deng, a place popular among some tourists as a stop for the day. But we will go further and cross a suspension bridge to Bihi Phedi.

If you’re fateful, you will also get glimpses of the langur monkeys that roam the area. The trekking trail is embellished with lush green forests and alpine vegetation with mountain views visible in the backdrop. Specifically, the Prok Village serves as a viewpoint for the (Mt.) Siringi Himal.

You’ll follow a zigzag trail and one last steep trek to reach Namrung village where we’ll stay the night.

Max Altitude2957m/9701ft

AccommodationTea House


This is one of the most significant days of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. You’ll trek along the stone mani walls after breakfast to the beautiful Lihi village. This day will showcase a different personality of the Manaslu area, with locals dressing in Tibetan clothes called chubas.

You’ll cross a stream that originates from the Lindanda glacier and reach Sho, a settlement that features elaborate views of the (Mt.) Simnang Himal.

Lho is a distinct settlement with prayer flags, Tibetan-style painted gate arches, mani walls, chortens, and stupas. There’s a large Gompa where children get primary education and are taught under Buddhist philosophies.

The overall trekking trail today is energizing with glimpses of Peak 29, Mt. Manaslu, and the Twin Fistail Peaks. However, you’ll be gaining significant altitude on this day, and some trekkers start to get their first symptoms of altitude sickness. Always be mindful to keep your guide informed of any difficulties.

Max Altitude3530m/11581 ft

AccommodationTea House


You’ll get a more accessible and picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu today, along with views of (Mt.) Himal Chuli. The first part of the trek comprises an easy hike through pine and rhododendron vegetation to Shyla. Shyla is a settlement distinct by its farming fields and numerous wooden resting stops.

We’ll then cross the Numla Khola (river) over a suspension bridge. This is followed by a 1-hour trek to Sama Gaun with delightful mountain views on the trail. As you reach the valley, the mountain view fades away and is replaced by soothing views of yak pastures and village settlements.

Sama Gaun is inhabited by the Nubri people, descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived here almost 500 years ago. It is also the closest village to Manaslu Base Camp. The village has a large Gompa, numerous small shops, a health post, and a helipad. You’ll also get access to electricity and wifi, which is always good.

We’ll stay overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaun.

  • Max Altitude4400m/14435ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

You’ve already gained significant altitude throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, so this day is crucial to let the body acclimatize and prepare for the upcoming journey. You can sleep in and relax throughout the day, enjoying the flavorful breakfast, lunch, and dinner of your lodge.

If you still have the energy for more adventure, you can either take a detour to the Pungyen Gompa or hike to Manaslu Base Camp – it’s not like you must sit idle on acclimatization days. However, note that either of these destinations takes almost a day to reach and return, so you’ll have to choose between the two.

Located at a 2.5 hrs hike to the south of Sama Gaun, Pungyen Gompa offers splendid views of the glacier and Mt. Manaslu. You may also see Himalayan Tahrs and Yaks grazing in the pasturelands.

Meanwhile, the Manaslu Base Camp is to the north of Sama Gaun, past Birendra Tal. You’ll slowly proceed to the north of Manaslu Glacier to reach base camp. If you’re too exhausted on the trail, you can return from Birendra Tal.

  • Max Altitude3865m/12680 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The trekking trail today passes through mani walls, extensive yak pastures, and beautiful forests of birch and juniper until Kermo Kharka. After breakfast, we’ll descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. You’ll then leave the treeline behind to ascend to a ridge across a wooden bridge of the Budhi Gandaki River.

The trail also introduces you to Kani, a beautiful village dedicated to yak herding.

Arriving in Samdo on time for lunch, it is possible to explore Samdo Peak in the afternoon. Samdo is a small village with Tibetan influence, as the inhabitants are believed to be descendants of Tibetan immigrants.

Samdo is the convergence of 3 valleys and is a day’s walk from Tibet. You might see traders with Chinese and Tibetan goods on the trail.

Max Altitude5000m/16404 ft

AccommodationTea House


This is another day in the Manaslu Circuit Trek Nepal itinerary for acclimatization. But you’ve known by now that acclimatization doesn’t mean sitting idle. We can hike to the Tibetan border to see Tibet and the Samdo Glacier in Nepal.

Max Altitude4460m/14632 ft

AccommodationTea House


The trekking trail first passes through icy streams and then to drier barren lands. You’ll get to visit Larke Bazaar, a seasonal Tibetan market set up by local traders. You’ll be crossing two streams as you lay eyes on the Larkya Glacier.

Expect to pass through monasteries and mani walls on the journey. We’ll trek to Salka Khola and ascend towards Dharmasala.

Max Altitude5135m/16847ft

AccommodationTea House


The trek today is on challenging terrain, requiring us to make an early headstart. You’ll trek through valleys and villages along trails marked by prayer flags and carefully descend to the four frozen lakes.

You’ll reach the north side of the Larkya Glacier which also features stunning views of Cho Danda (hill) and Larkya Peak. The terrain is progressively steep en route to Larkya La Pass as you make your way across glacial moraines.

Coming down the other side of the pass there are views of icefalls and mountains as well as Pongkar Tal (lake). A great glacial cirque is also seen from here. We’ll cross the moraines and descend to gentler meadows via a steep gully. The widening valley, mani walls, and sight of human settlements signal the arrival of Bimthang.

The overall trekking trail is embellished with spectacular views of peaks like Himling Himal (Mt.), Cheo Himal, Bouddha Himal, Kang Guru, the great Annapurna II, and the mighty Mt. Manaslu itself.

Max Altitude1970m/6463 ft

AccommodationTea House


The 13th day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary starts with a downhill hike through lush green forests till we cross the Dudh Khola (river). We’ll have lunch in Karche village. You’ll start to see signs of agriculture and tilled fields as Karche is a cultivated area at the top of the Budhi Gandaki valley.

We’ll press forward through more mani walls to Thonje village and then to Dharapani. Our final night on the trek is spent in Dharapani.

Max Altitude1400m/4,600 ft

MealsBreakfast and Lunch

Today, we’ll take a 3-hour jeep drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar for 3 hours. It then takes around five hours to drive from Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu. It’s finally time to celebrate after having completed this exhilarating trek.

Today, after having breakfast, we will accompany you to the airport for the returning flight. We bid you farewell at the airport hoping to see you again!

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • All Standard meal during the trek (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
  • Twin sharing along with Tea house accommodations along the way for 15 Nights
  • Local Sharing bus transport from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Sharing a Bus from Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Well-experienced trekking guide
  • MCAP Permit, Acap Permit, and Tims card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and the Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Optional Add-Ons: USD 220 For one porter Sharing between two people. Porter can Carry upto 25Kg.
  • English Speaking Local Guide who holds Government License
  • Required Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (needs to be returned after the trek)
  • All surface transfers from and to Kathmandu
  • All Official Expenses
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the Trek

Price Excludes

  • All Lunches and Dinners whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as other major cities
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft, or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • And, any other expenses which are not mentioned on Price Included section

Gears And Equipment

Trip Essential Information

Tourist Visa Information

Trekkers willing to do the Manaslu Trek 16 Days require a tourist visa. Foreign citizens in Nepal get tourist visas upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

If you want to avoid the visa queue during peak travel seasons, you can also get a visa from the Nepalese Diplomatic Mission in your country.

At the airport, you’ll have to fill in the arrival card and the tourist visa form. The tourist visa form can also be filled out online before your arrival. Just make sure you have a flight to Nepal within 15 days of filling out this form online (or you’ll have to refill it at TIA.)

Nepal grants tourist visas valid for 15, 30, or 90 days. Here’s the up-to-date visa fee for 2023-2024:

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

The visa fees center at TIA accepts various payment methods. However, the Department of Immigration website recommends travelers bring cash to stay safe.

Packing List

This trip is perfect for those who want to witness the grandeur of the Manaslu region with fewer distractions. Apart from semi-urban settlements (at the start of the trek) and rural settlements during the rest of the trek, this trekking trail doesn’t have too many hindrances of modernization.

However, this also means that you’ll have to carefully consider all personal requirements beforehand. Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, for example, this trekking trail doesn’t have a stop like Namche Bazaar which gives you a second chance to buy essential amenities and gear. Read our ultimate packing guide to make sure you include the right things on your packing list.

Note that Friendship World Trek provides one porter for every two trekkers. A porter shared between two trekkers will carry 20-25 kgs of baggage.

This means that a single trekker can look forward to having him carry 10-12 kgs of personal baggage. Any baggage beyond that will have to be carried by trekkers themselves.

Best Time for Manaslu Trek

Spring and autumn are the best times for the Manaslu Trek but other months also offer their unique benefits.

Like the rest of Nepal, this region experiences four seasons: spring, autumn, summer, and winter.

In Nepal, spring is in March, April, and May, and summer is in June, July, and August. Autumn is in September, October, and November, while winter is in December, January, and February.

Spring and autumn feature clear mountain views and beautiful rhododendron blooms along the trail. Furthermore, they are also the safest time for the trek as there are little to no chances of avalanches or landslides along the path.

Meanwhile, summer experiences plenty of rain, especially in the lower parts of the region, and hence the trail can be muddy and slippery. There are also greater chances of the trail being obstructed because of occasional landslides. On the flip side, summer gives birth to otherwise nonexistent streams and further embellishes the gushing rivers along the way.

Finally, winter is snow-time in the Manaslu region and the peaks seem even more beautiful with more layers of white. Unlike summer, winter offers clear skies on most days. The challenge, however, is biting cold.

Manaslu Trek Permit

The region from Jagat to Dharapani has been declared a restricted region. As such, there are special requirements when you trek to the region. Specifically, there are three permits needed for the Manaslu Trek: the MRAP, MCAP, and ACAP.

Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) are also not allowed to trek in restricted areas. You must appoint an authorized trekking agency with a licensed guide. If you trek with Friendship World Trek, we will process and apply for all your permits so you don’t have to worry about them.

Note: Although the permit fees below are mentioned in USD, they are payable in Nepalese rupees, preferably in cash.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP)

The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) is required from Jagat until you reach Sama Gaun. The permit is valid for 7 days, with extra fees for each additional day between Jagat and Dharapani.

  • September – November: US $100 for 7 days, additional $15 per day per person for an extended stay.
  • December – August: US $75 for 7 days, additional $10 per day per person for an extended stay.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

The Manaslu Conservation Area starts from Philim. The cost for this permit is a flat US $30. Furthermore, this permit has no expiry date hence there are no additional fees for extended stays.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

You need this permit for the second half of the trek. This permit is required during your trek from Dharapani to Besi Sahar since it falls in the Annapurna Circuit. Like the MCAP permit, the ACAP permit costs a flat US $30 and has no expiry date.

How Difficult is the Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Trek in Nepal is a moderately challenging trek. Some advise that only trekkers who have prior experience trekking to 4,000m+ altitudes take on this challenge.

However, it’s not like the region is totally unwelcoming to first-timers. With good planning and advice, you can finish this journey successfully.

Nevertheless, you should know that the journey requires long hours of trekking through challenging terrain. The total trail length is 177 km, and you’ll reach the highest altitude of 5,106 m at Larke Pass.

Trekking days can stretch to as long as 9 hours of (breaks included) treading through forests, uneven terrain, and sloppy/icy pathways.

Because this region is thankfully still in its natural state and not commercialized like the Everest Region, one drawback is the comparable unavailability of services. You will stay at modest teahouses and savor Nepali and Tibetan-styled foods.

The staple trekker’s diet generally includes the classic Nepalese Dat Bhat (Rich, Pulses, and Curry) and Tibetan noodles.

Additionally, weather and altitude add to the Manaslu Trekking challenge like in all high-altitude trek routes. You should be careful of altitude sickness and prepare to combat the mountain cold, especially during mornings and nights.

Depending on the season, time of day, and exact location, the temperature can range from -6°C to 22°C.

Difficulty Overview

Trip Difficulty Grade Moderately Challenging
Trail Length 177 km (110 miles)
Terrain Rugged, Off-the-Beaten-Path, Sloppy and icy at some places
Altitude Range 700m to 5135m
Temperature Range -6°C to 22°C
Daily Trekking Time 4 to 9 hours

Manaslu Trek Accommodation

On the Manaslu Circuit trail, you will sleep in modest guesthouses, also called teahouses. These are mostly operated by the locals themselves.

All guest houses provide a pillow and a blanket but you should pack a sleeping bag nonetheless. Generally, each room has two single beds and rooms will have to be shared. The bathroom is shared, and you’ll rarely find attached bathrooms per room. Expect to find Western-style toilets or squat toilets as you move up in altitude.

Although not guaranteed, these teahouses will mostly have a firewood-heated dining room, allowing you to rub shoulders with fellow travelers.

While teahouses at the start of the trek might offer hot shower facilities, do not expect the same service as you go up the trail. Fuel is transported through mules in the Manaslu region, and a hot shower is the least important of its utility. You’ll be using wet wipes throughout most of the teahouse stays and be able to have a hot shower only at Dharapani.

Food and Drinks

In all honesty, food options are limited in the Manaslu region trekking compared to other trekking trails in Nepal. But if you find solace in savoring Nepalese and Tibetan tastes, this shouldn’t be a problem.

However, you do get pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and other Western cuisines on the menu at some establishments.

Breakfast Options

Tibetan bread, buckwheat bread, chapatis, porridge, omelets, eggs, pancakes, etc.

Lunch/ Dinner Options

Nepalese Dal Bhat (with rice, lentils, spinach, curry, pickles, etc.), various rice dishes, momo dumplings, noodles, Tibetan dishes, pizza, sandwiches, etc.


Biscuits, noodles, chocolate bars, and everything else that you manage to buy in Kathmandu (you don’t get many choices on the trail.)


Hot chocolate, tea (black, lemon, masala, milk, ginger honey) and coffee, etc.

Manaslu Trek Route Map



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