Manaslu Circuit Trek

13 Days
  • Machha Khola
  • Dharapani
  • Public Bus
  • 5167m
  • Teahouse


Embark on an awe-inspiring journey through the heart of the Himalayas with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a hidden gem among Nepal’s trekking adventures. Nestled in the shadows of the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, this trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and challenging terrain. As you traverse through lush forests, remote villages, and high mountain passes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek promises an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Discover the allure of pristine landscapes, encounter diverse ethnic communities, and witness breathtaking panoramas of snow-capped peaks. Join us as we delve into the details of this extraordinary trek, providing insights, tips, and everything you need to know to make the most of your Manaslu Circuit adventure.


Scenic drive through the picturesque countryside.
Reach Machha Khola, a starting point for the trek.

Trek through terraced fields, suspension bridges, and charming villages.
Enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Ascend through dense forests.
Cross the Deng River and reach the village of Deng.

Trek through picturesque landscapes with views of Mount Manaslu.
Pass through Prok village and enter the Nubri Valley.

Continue through the Nubri Valley.
Visit the ancient monastery in Lho and enjoy panoramic mountain views.

Trek through stunning landscapes with views of Manaslu.
Explore ancient monasteries and reach the Tibetan-influenced village of Samagaon.

Acclimatize with a short hike to Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp.
Explore Samagaon and interact with the locals.

Trek towards the Tibetan border.
Cross the Budhi Gandaki River and reach the village of Samdo.

Rest and acclimatize in preparation for higher altitudes.
Optionally hike to the border or explore the surroundings.

Ascend through barren landscapes.
Reach Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi.

Early morning ascent to Larkya La Pass.
Enjoy panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, and Manaslu.
Descend to Bimthang for a well-deserved rest.

Trek through lush forests and charming villages.
Descend to Dharapani, a junction point for the Annapurna Circuit.

Drive back to Kathmandu.
Rest and celebrate the successful completion of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Additional Tips:

  1. Permits and Documentation:
    • Need to permits for the Manaslu Conservation Area and the Annapurna region. This includes the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
  2. Physical Fitness and Acclimatization:
    • The trek involves challenging terrains and high altitudes. Prior physical conditioning is recommended. Take acclimatization days seriously to adapt to the increasing altitude, reducing the risk of altitude sickness.
  3. Trekking Gear:
    • Invest in quality trekking gear, including a comfortable backpack, sturdy trekking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and a good sleeping bag. Layering is key to adjust to varying temperatures.
  4. Weather Considerations:
    • Be prepared for unpredictable weather, especially at higher altitudes. Carry a waterproof jacket, rain cover for your backpack, and be ready for temperature fluctuations.
  5. Water and Hydration:
    • Bring a reusable water bottle and purification tablets or a water filter. Staying hydrated is crucial, but avoid using single-use plastic bottles to minimize environmental impact.
  6. Cash and Local Currency:
    • Carry enough Nepali Rupees in cash, especially in rural areas where credit cards may not be accepted. It’s advisable to have a mix of small and large denominations.
  7. Local Customs and Etiquette:
    • Respect local customs and traditions. Ask for permission before taking photographs of people, and be mindful of cultural sensitivities. Learn a few basic Nepali phrases; locals appreciate the effort.
  8. Pack Snacks:
    • Pack energy bars, trail mix, and other high-energy snacks to keep you fueled during the trek. Local teahouses may not always have a variety of snacks available.
  9. Insurance:
    • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes, including emergency evacuation. Check the policy details to confirm coverage for trekking activities.
  10. Communication:
    • Local SIM cards are available in Kathmandu, providing a cost-effective way to stay connected. However, be prepared for limited or no phone signal in remote areas.
  11. Teahouse Accommodations:
    • Accommodations in teahouses along the trail are basic. Carry a sleeping bag liner for added warmth and consider bringing a small towel for personal hygiene.
  12. Environmental Responsibility:
    • Practice Leave No Trace principles. Carry a reusable garbage bag and dispose of your waste properly. Minimize the use of single-use plastics.
  13. Emergency Contacts:
    • Save important local contact numbers, including your embassy or consulate, local emergency services, and your trekking agency’s contact information.
  14. Flexible Itinerary:
    • Be prepared for unexpected changes in the itinerary due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. Flexibility is key in mountain trekking.

Remember, trekking in the Himalayas is a unique and rewarding adventure. These tips can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable experience on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek