Manaslu Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is probably one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.  Having been opened up to trekkers as recently as 1992 and being quite a physically demanding trek, this area sees very few trekkers and retains a ‘pioneer’ feel. It is also in a Restricted Area, which means special permits are required, again keeping the number of trekkers low.  As well as mountains - the Annapurnas to the west and Ganesh Himal to the East, and the majestic Manaslu itself at over 8,000 m – this 14 day trek will take you from the lowland agricultural lands with rice fields cut, seemingly effortlessly into the hillside, through forests, and along the Budhi Gandaki gorge with the crystal waters roaring passed, to over the snowbound Larkya La Pass (5,135 m) near the Tibetan border. Views of Manaslu from here are astounding and literally, in the high altitude thin air, will take your breath away.  As well as natural beauty you will be able to experience the culture of the area.  Climbing higher into the mountains the dominance of Tibetan culture becomes clear. Pass mani walls, prayer wheels, chortens and Tibetan flags fluttering in the wind, sending good prayers and wishes to the heavens.  This area also falls within the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to the endangered snow leopard. Will you be lucky enough to spot one?  What you definitely will spot are glittering sun-kissed mountains: Mount Manaslu of course, but also many, many more. At one point the trail brings into view a towering wall throwing down glaciers from Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru.
If you wish to explore this wilderness further and find hidden valleys, thundering rivers and waterfalls, as well as discovering more Tibetan influenced culture, why not take a look at our Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley

Manaslu Trekking Permit 

The Manaslu trekking permit need to issue for a special restricted area. the main reason behind Manaslu is close proximity to Tibet from Samdo.  So one need to obtain special restricted permits for Manaslu, which depends on season time of year. Lets get some idea about costing details for Manaslu trekking Permit.
September to November : 
From September to November per week per person US $ 70 and after seven
December to August : 
From December to August per week per person

Days                                Day to Day Itinerary         Elevation       Everyday trek hour
   Meter     Feet
1 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat 710m 2,328 ft 7-8 hour drive
2 Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola 930m 3,051 ft 8-9 hours trek
3 Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat 1,410m 4,625 ft 6 - 7 hours trek
4 Trek from Jagat to Deng 1,804m 5,917 ft 6-7 hours trek
5 Trek from Deng to Namrung 2,630m 8,626 ft 6-7 hours trek
6 Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
7 Rest day & side trip to MBC or Bihendra Lake 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
8 Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3,860m 12,660 ft 4 - 5 hours trek
9 Rest day & side trip to Tibitan border, or day hike 3,860m 12,660 ft 8-9 hours trek
10 Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4,460 m 14,629 ft 4-5 hours trek
11 Trek Dharmasala to Bimthang Via Larke pass (5,160m) 3,700m 12,139 ft 8-10 hours trek
12 Trek from Bimthang to Tilije 1,700m 5,576 ft 5-6 hours trek
13 Trek from Tilije to Tal 1,080m 3,542 ft 25-minute flight
14 Drive From Tal to Kathmandu (Jeep, Bus, or Car) 1,300m 4,265 ft 7-9 hour drive

It really depends on how much time you have and the side trips you might be interested in.  But if you are just interested in Manaslu, the ideal option that fits all levels of experience hiker would be the 14-day trek.  Of course, you could still tailor this according to your plans and if you want to stay one more day in some area or villages. If you need further more option with Manaslu trek Itinerary, do not forget to give us quick message. 
Best Season 
(September to December) Manaslu Trek is best during Autumn season mid-September to until mid-December. The most significant number of hikers treks Manaslu during October. To date, roughly 8,000 hikers hike Manaslu every year.  However, the weather is still the best until mid-December and fewer hikers on the trail during November and December. 

(March-May) After Autumn Spring is the best time to trek Manaslu between March-May.  The sky is beautiful and bright during this time of the year. Roderdendrom flower makes Manaslu even more colourful during mid-March and until the last week of April. 

(January and February) Manaslu Trek during winter is still possible, but some of the high camps might be close. You might need to bring your tent if you decided to trek in winter of January and February. 

(June to August) During Monsoon the transportation to Arughat and Sotikhola might be difficult. Also, the trail might be challenging due to the landslide in Manaslu during this time of the year. 
Getting to the trek starting point 
A total distance of about 138 km (86 miles) between Kathmandu to Soti Khola, Manaslu Trailhead is probably the closest from Kathmandu compear to any other trek in Nepal. However, due to the remoteness available transportation is very basic. The standard transportation is a local bus or a private jeep. The first 90km is well-cemented road while the rest is durt and muddy trail. If you choose a local bus, you are required to change another local jeep in Arughat to reach Trailhead Sotikhola. Or a direct private vehicle from Kathmandu might be little too expensive but the convenient way to reach Manaslu trekking starting point.  Detail information available here
Due to the long days before reaching high altitude, the success rate of Manaslu trek is still much higher than Everest Base Camp or any other trek in Nepal.  Based on our experience, around 95% of our groups managed to complete the Manaslu trek with no altitude sickness issues.  Watch this video to learn more  Last Update: 12.01.2019

Manaslu trek itinerary can be as minimum as 10 days to lower Manaslu to a maximum as 22 days Manaslu trek itinerary with Tsum Valley in the upper part of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek area. Since the local bus drive up to soti khola from Kathmandu travelling days around Manaslu region reduced by some days, accordingly some of the of the company also create a 14 days Manaslu trek itinerary. Around Manaslu Base on our experience we specially design 17 days Manaslu trek itinerary that allows trekker’s to see maximum place around Manaslu trekking region. However once in a while Trekking Itinerary was changed due to the massive landslide in Manaslu trek after the earthquake. Here by we would like to present our best itinerary we ever design for the Manaslu trek. 

Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

With dream of fascinating Manaslu Circuit Trek once you land of International Airport of Nepal you are supposed to accomplished certain visa fill up process within arrival terminal. After which our airport representative just out of arrival terminal who will transfer you to hotel in Thamel will receive you and help you on relocating at Thamel. Depending upon arrival of other trekkers in a group and time schedule either same day or next day we will arrange a welcome party with introduction section to crew member.

Day 02 – Kathmandu sightseeing or permit preparation day. 

In order to issue the Manaslu trek Permit we need to submit necessary form along with original copy of passport so either way we need to spent one entire day in Kathmandu, so in order to utilize this extra day we arrange Kathmandu valley sightseeing which will be fully accompanied by tour guide via either private car or jeep depending on group size. This is completely optional and we haven't included in the price as you can choose whether you want to join the group or not. If yes please do let me know in one day in advance.  Entire places within Kathmandu Valley, i.e. 5 places we will explore starting from Patan Durbar Square ending on Kathmandu Durbar Square before we traverse back to Thamel.  After the sightseeing late in afternoon, we will meet again in our office to collect the permit and further discussion about the trek departure with a guide. 

Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat by local bus and Arughat to Sotikhola by local jeep 

Most probably in the morning after breakfast, we will drive toward Sotikhola via Gorkha Arughat, our start point of trekking. Since there are no any tourist buses leaving from Kathmandu to Gorkha option left is either Local Bus or private jeep, This tour comes with a private jeep sharing with 4 other trekkers. Please read more here what to expect from jeep to Arughat

Day 04 – Trek from Sotikhola to Machhekhola

Following through the bank of Budi Gandaki River we will pass via Lapubeshi, although up to MachheKhola  Passing all the way through fertile terrain we will manage to reach Lapubeshi where we will be spending our first night. Small village area mostly inhabited by Gurung and Ghale people.

Day 05 – Trek from Machhekhola to Jagat

Jagat is wide valley type area just next to Budi Gandaki River, which is accompanied by typical local people with a small school in middle, next day we are about to cross ahead toward restricted area right after being checked in at the check post of Jagat. Entire Jagat is divided into two part upper and lower, the one right after crossing the bridge is lower Jagat from where we need to hike up a little bit in order to reach Upper Jagat which is more bigger and more congested with a narrow lane on middle of village and houses on either side of the trail .

Day 06 – Trek from Jagat to Deng

Passing via village of Philim we will head toward Eakle Bhatti encountering with another check post. Philim is another beautiful Gurung village with Japanese donated school with round roof building, which is distinctive from view even from far distance.  Passing ahead from Philim we will reach the trail at y junction from where one goes Tsum Valley from right hand side and left one lead to Manaslu for which we will be crossing a bridge and traverse toward narrow gorge all the way to Deng another small tiny place.

Day 07 – Trek from Deng to Namrung

Namrung is another historic village from where housing trend seem like changed a bit toward Tibetan Style. We might encounter with police who are looking after safety with station in Namrung. Namrung palace can be a side trip if we have enough time, other wise late afternoon we will explore one old monastery in village of Namrung.

Day 08 – Trek from Namrung to Sama Gau

Today’s trail is one of the most beautiful trails in compare to previous day as we pass by Sho, Lho and Shyala Village from where we can view mountain on entire side including gigantic Manaslu. Terrain is completely different with old Chorten as an entrance of the way, typical and different kind of housing, different dress up of people make treks more interesting. Before reaching Sama Gau there will be one small school with big football in front of it, trail will now be gentle to Manaslu. Even for the people who are looking up for expedition then Manaslu is like a support base camp where most of the people store equipment for Manaslu Expedition.

Day 09 – Acclimatization day at Manaslu, we will explore Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Lake

As we are already in elevation of around 3700 m from sea level, we will spend our first day for acclimatization. We will hike up all the way through Manaslu Base Camp passing via Ridge of Birendra Lake. Aerial view of Birendra Lake is magnificent so is the view of Mighty Manaslu, today we can see different face of Manaslu totally from back side which always look more fresh and soft snow on the base.

Day 10 – Trek from Sama Gau to Samdo

Almost at the same elevation Samdo is around four hour walk from Sama Gau, trail is more flat and gentle we will be loosing the view of Mount Manaslu slowly as we are heading toward Samdo. Passing via large Chorten we can found settlement of Samdo, another village that is similar to Sama Gau.

Day 11 - Acclimatization day in Samdo

We will hike up all the way through Tibetan Border, which is still trade route for most people from Manaslu area as it will be easier and cheaper for them to buy goods from Tibet because of its close proximity and transport service of yak. On the way w can view national bird of Nepal, although long trip almost whole day we will be carrying some pack lunch, name of pass is Gya La that lies on North of Samdo that used to be trade route and still being used at trade route. Overnight we will be back to Samdo before heading toward Larke Pass.

Day 12 – Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

Not a descent hotel, just small stoned lodge for overnight accommodation is really a support for traversing Larke Pass, as we cannot cross Larke Pass directly from Samdo which will be really long. So we will be spending a night in Dharmasala. We will walk around to witness Larke Glacier and share your experience with other fellow trekkers who might have cross Larke Pass from next side from Bimthang.

Day 13 – Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larke Pass

Right after short climb we will be in north sided valley of Larkya Glaciers from where we can view Larkya Peak, one famous climbing peak in Manaslu Trek Route. With view of Annapurna II we will farewell Mount Manaslu and descend to Annapurna section at Bimthang. One beautiful village at the ending of Manaslu Circuit Trek is second last overnight stay in restricted region of Manaslu Trek.

Day 14 – Trek from Bimthang to Tilije

Again from ridge of Bimthang we can again view Mt. Manaslu, passing via high pasture and Rhododendron forest and land of highest cultivated area at elevation of 2785 meter. Passing via Gho village depending upon circumstances and level of tiredness we might spend at Gho otherwise we will head toward Tilije where better lodges are located.

Day 15 – Trek from Tilije to Tall or Jagat

Descending down toward elevation on 1300 m we will first encounter Dharapani from where Annapurna Circuit Trek will ascend upper, whereas on other hand we will be descending toward Jagat, do not get confused this is separate Jagat not the one from where our restricted area was started. Being all downhill trails it will be easier for us to trek down. We might feel bit crowded as lots of hikers are hiking toward Annapurna Circuit.

Day 16 – Trek from Jagat to Beshisahar and Kathmandu. 

Since this trek is more crowded and dusty we will be looking for jeep to drive down to Beshisahar. We will be driving all the way back through Prithivi Highway toward Kathmandu. Since we will be starting after breakfast we will mostly about to have lunch near Manakamana Temple. Onward which will be a direct drive to Kathmandu and hopefully arrive in the afternoon. Later will be and feedback section where we will be collecting feedback, a suggestion as well as your experience of Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Day 19 – Farewell, International departure or on your own.

The final day of your Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal our transport department will take care of your international departure schedule and arrange necessary ground transfer from Thamel to International Airport. While on other hand if you are about to stay in Nepal for couple of more days then just let our transport depart know who will take care of your proper transport for final departure.

Just to give you a clear idea of the itinerary we break down day by day you need to alert. But please make sure the package only cover in the mountain during 14 days trek Anything you do in Kathmandu this is gonna be optional. Please view our including and excluding section for 

Feb 25, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018
Mar 01, 2018 - Mar 14, 2018


  • English Speaking professional gov. licence Guide for 14 days including his food, accommodation, and insurance. 
  • Trekking porter 2:1 (One porter for 2 guests) maximum up to 22kg (11kg per client)
  • All necessary permits for the trek (ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu Especial permit)
  • 14 days accommodation in the mountain
  • 3 times food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along the way 
  • Kathmandu Arughat Sotikhola by private jee
  • Dharapani to Besishar by local jeep
  • Besishar to Kathmandu Private jee 
  • Sleeping bag for the trip 
  • Water bottle and purified water during the trek
  • Duffel bag for the luggage 
  • 1 set of trekking pole 
  • Warm hat 

Not included 

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa
  • Kathmandu Hotel and food 
  • any kind of drinks on the mountain 
  • Wifi, Bucket shower, donation 
  • Tips for the guide
  • Anything which hasn't mentation in the email. 

Equipment for the Manaslu Trek 

Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.

So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at

Information for the Manaslu Trek

As per arrival
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
Meals and drinking water
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
Visa Requirement
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
International flight to Nepal
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
Currency and foreign exchange rate
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
Travel Insurance
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
High altitude sickness
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 1010 USD
Duration: 14 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 5160
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Hard / High altitude Trekking Pass
Trip Departure: February /March / April / September /October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking


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