Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

attractions Attraction
Larky La Pass, Unique Tibetan Culture, Samagaun
nature Accomodation
timer Duration
16 days
restaurant_menu Food
Public Bus and Jeep
Group Size
diversity_1 Group Type
temple_hindu Culture
Buddhist, Tibetan

Manaslu circuit trek overview:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is a captivating and less-traveled adventure that circles around the majestic Manaslu Mountain, the eighth-highest peak in the world. This unique journey offers a chance to experience a variety of landscapes, from lush valleys to ancient alpine forests. It's not just a physical trek; it's also a deep dive into the cultures of the Nubri and Tsum ethnic communities, each with their rich traditions and stories.

A major highlight of the trek is conquering tough mountain passes, the most impressive being the Larkya La Pass. You're rewarded with stunning views beyond imagination as you go up and down these challenging paths. Standing at the top of these peaks, you feel the world's vastness and intimacy, gazing at a landscape that's hard to describe.

But the beauty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek isn't just about the scenery; it's also about the peacefulness of being away from the crowded tourist routes. The fact that it's not heavily traveled provides a sense of calm and isolation that feels like stepping back in time. Amidst this calmness, you can find comfort in the simple teahouses strategically placed along the route. These cozy places offer tired trekkers a spot to rest, recharge, and share stories by a warm fire.

The trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days, and it beautifully combines the stunning Himalayan landscape with the chance to connect with the local people and their history. It's an adventure that has a strong impact, not just in your memories, heart, and soul. It reminds us of the amazing things that exist off the well-trodden path, waiting for those bold enough to explore them.

Trek highlights:

  • Begin trek with a picturesque drive from Pokhara to Soti Khola.
  • Feast your eyes on majestic peaks, including the iconic Manaslu mountain (8,156m) and Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m).
  • Trek along the enchanting Budhi Gandaki River gorge, surrounded by its soothing sights and sounds.
  • Conquer the highest point, Larkya La Pass, standing tall at 5,106m (16,751ft).
  • Immerse in diverse biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes throughout the journey.
  • Delve into the blend of Hindu and Buddhist cultures along the trail.
  • Keep your eyes open for rare creatures like the elusive snow leopard, panda, himalyan blue sheep.

Trip info:

Trek Start:

  • Typically starts in Soti Khola or Arughat.
  • Requires obtaining necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
  • The trail takes you through remote villages and pristine landscapes.


  • Teahouses and lodges available along the route.
  • Private rooms with attached bathroom, where ever available.
  • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.


  • Teahouses offer meals such as Dal Bhat, and rice dishes, while lower altitude also has western food menu.
  • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Carrying energy bars and snacks is advisable.

Typical Day:

  • Begin early in the morning for the best weather and views.
  • Trek for around 6-8 hours a day, with breaks.
  • Reach a teahouse for the night to rest and explore the local culture.


  • Limited mobile network coverage, especially in remote areas.
  • Some teahouses might offer slow and unreliable Wi-Fi.

Electricity and Water:

  • Charging devices may have an additional cost.
  • Hot showers might be available for an extra fee.
  • Carry purification methods for safe drinking water.


  • Tipping is appreciated to show gratitude for good service.
  • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

Trek Season:

  • The optimal time for the Manaslu Circuit trek is during the autumn months of September to November with clear weather and the spring months of March to May with blooming rhododendrons.
  • Winter is colder with potential snowfall.
  • Summer/Monsoon brings rain and landslides, making it less suitable.


  • For Beginners:
    • Requires good fitness levels and preparation.
    • The trail includes various terrains, from gentle slopes to steep ascents.
    • Our guide will support and encourage you, but stamina and endurance are essential for long and strenuous walks.
    • Some sections involve longer and more strenuous walks, especially at higher altitudes, so be prepared.
    • More acclimitization is needed to be safe from altitude sickness in higher altitudes.
  • For Advanced Hikers:
    • For experienced hikers and trekkers, the Manaslu Circuit offers a challenging adventure.
    • The trail presents a mix of terrains, from moderate inclines to steep ascents and descents.
    • You'll encounter remote and less-traveled paths, providing a sense of true wilderness.
    • The journey rewards with pristine landscapes and a deep sense of accomplishment.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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