Manaslu Circuit Trek, 13 Day Itinerary
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Manaslu Circuit Trek, 13 Day Itinerary

Do you know what the sound of forest whistling, waterfalls singing, and Monal (Nepal’s national bird) chirping all at once sounds like? Can you imagine what a place with great mountain views and an alpine meadow would look like? The picturesque landscapes on terraced farmland and several suspension bridges are just a few of the hundred perks of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s classic and off-the-beaten trails. It passes through the border between Nepal and Tibet. This route has been popular since its emergence in 1992. The trail is among the best treks in Nepal that take you around the world’s 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu, a mountain peak at an elevation of 8163 meters.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Hike near the world’s 8th highest peak, Manaslu Base Camp
  • A much less crowded trail is located in the territory of Mansiri Himal.
  • A short yet wonderfully scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat/Maccha Khola
  • Panoramic views of dozens of giant Himalayas, such as Manaslu, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal
  • Pass through Budigandaki Gorge.
  • Chance of encountering strange flora and fauna, including snow leopards
  • Explore the fantastic local cultures while exploring the monastery, which dates back over 200 years.
  • Trek to the Tibetan border from Samdo Village

Manaslu Trek: A Short Insight

While all mountain treks in Nepal are immensely pleasing, the walk to Manaslu is by far the most peaceful and pleasing one. Although it opened nearly three decades ago, this Manaslu Trek is less crowded than Everest Base Camp (EBC) or Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

So, where do you start your Manaslu Circuit Trek? First, fly to Kathmandu from your home country, and we will be there with you right from the airport. After a night in Kathmandu, we hop on an early morning drive to Arughat or Sotikhola. From here, we move on the trail from Jagat to Deng to Namrung to Sama Gaun. On the 6th day of the trip, we stopped at Sama Gaun, visiting some local places there. Then we moved to Samdo to stop there for one more day before we hiked to Dharmashala, our highest stop for the trek. Then we proceed to Bhimtang, Gho, and finally to Dharapani. From Dharapani, we get a jeep that drives us back to Kathmandu. This might be a lot of information in one paragraph, so we break down the day-to-day Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary below. For further details, you can also read the Manaslu Trek Guide. 

Important note: Road Construction in Manaslu and ways to avoid it

Over the years, the route of the Manaslu Circuit Trek has somewhat changed due to road construction. Before 7 to 8 years, the trip would start from Aarughat, and you would need to walk for 3 to 4 days to reach Maccha Khola. You can get Jeep rides up to Maccha Khola and shorten your trip. So make sure that your itinerary includes driving up to Maccha Khola and that you do not walk on the dusty road.

Even after that, you must follow the muddy trail from Maccha Khola to Tatopani. Road construction in the Manaslu Circuit Trek started in 2010 when China committed to building a road connecting India, Nepal, and China via Tsum Valley. While this is excellent news for the community, the trekking route seems to be affected. The good news is that you can avoid the road construction and follow a new path to the Manaslu Zone.

The classic route before was Soti Khola-Maccha Khola-Korlabesi-Tatopani-Dobhan.

Now, you can avoid the route via Soti Khola-Nuban Kharka-Kashigoan-Kerauja-Khorlabeshi-Dobhan. This new route might be a longer detour, but it adds some new villages to explore.

Alternatively, you can jeep to Maccha Khola and walk to Kejaura, Khorlabeshi, and Dobhan. This way, you only walk in the construction area for a few hours and still complete the trek in a shorter time.

Well, this is just for the first two days of the trek. After that, the trail is the same, and you do not need to worry about road construction.

Benefits of Manaslu Trek with Himalayan Masters 

  1.  Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off by private transport. 
  2. Local experts (All the trek leaders who led the trip to Manaslu Circuit were born and raised in the Manaslu region.)
  3. Online trip briefing after booking confirmation, if needed. The Himalayan Masters will properly brief you about the Manaslu trek before departure. You will get a briefing from the Himalayan Masters Co-Founder, Sandip, or Adventure Experts, Raj.
  4. 100% fixed departure guaranteed 
  5. Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Viber, zoom, telegram, Zoom)
  6. 24/7 phone communication: +9779823636377 for WhatsApp and +9779851329447 for local and international calls. 
  7. Easy Payment system
  8. A complimentary arrangement of Himalayan Masters Brand Sleeping bags, down jackets, water bottles, and trekking caps
  9. Free excess luggage storage at the Himalayan Masters store during the trek
  10. Himalayan Masters-brand waterproof duffle bags will be provided for the porters. (You can take the duffle bags home; there is no need to return them.)

Note: Solo trekking is not allowed in the Manaslu Circuit Trek route, and if you are coming to Nepal Solo, you must do Manaslu circuit Trek group joining.

Important note about the fixed departure: 

Your departure from the Himalayan Masters trek to the Manaslu Circuit is 100% assured once you have signed up for it. They will have to pay USD 210 for a single supplement if there is no indication on the date that only single trekkers remain, and the departure will be 100% guaranteed.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola via Soti Khola (930m)

Soon after breakfast in the hotel, we arrange your drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. About a four-hour drive west of Kathmandu, along Trishuli River, we reach Dhading Besi, the district headquarters. This might be an excellent place to stop for lunch and some shopping. Now, the ride will be in the northern direction, and on a relatively straightforward day, we might see mountains on the way.

Upon arriving at Aarughat, you will find yourself exploring one of the beautiful towns of the district. After a short stop here at Aarughat, it’s a final rush to Soti Khola and then to Machha Khola.

Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours (146 km)

Day 02: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340 m)

The initial trekking days are exquisite as we move along the Budhi Gandaki River to witness the stunning scenery. Initially, we crossed a thick forest before moving to Khorlabesi. Be alert in the forest, as you will find langurs and monkeys chattering at you from the top of the tree.

In a few hours, we move to a place called Tatopani (which means “hot” and “shower”). You are looking at a hot shower in a natural spring. Then, a long suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River connects Dovan. While you can also choose to stay in Dovan, we plan to cross Thulo Dunga and reach Jagat. This beautiful, made-up cultural town at 1340 meters is our first place to witness the Himalayan Buddhist culture.

Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking) 18 km

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Deng (Dyang) (1860 m)

Hike to Manaslu
Hike to Manaslu

This is the second day of your Manaslu Circuit Trek, and you have to go over at least 12 km out of your 19 kms Manaslu Circuit Trek distance. Today’s walk on the rocky ridge. It is accompanied by the most amazing views of Sringi Himal (7187 m). Along with rocky ascend, you shall also encounter the farmland of locals that grow maize and potatoes. In the  Manaslu Conservation Area (1998), you might find a few beautiful wildlife’s. After a series of walk via the bamboo forest, there’s Deng village for our rescue. It is a small, beautiful village that most trekkers choose for their overnight stay.

Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking

Day 04: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2660 m)

After a good breakfast at Deng, we head towards the village of Namrung. A few hours into the trek, our first stop will be the colourful woodlands called Ghap. While Ghap does have some good tea houses for our night’s stay, it’s our destination only for lunch. After Ghap, a suspension bridge connects us to Rana, and in a short time, we are at Bihi Phedi. One might see many free-roaming monkeys on this dangerous path to Namrung. At 2660 meters, Namrung village has some reasonable accommodation for the night.

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Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking (19 km)

Day 05: Trek from Namrung to Shyala Village (3420 m)

Culture of Manaslu Region
Culture of Manaslu Region

As the Manaslu Circuit Trek advances, we are closer to the mountains and Tibetan culture. On our way to the villages of Lihi and Who, we can see many Mani Walls and colourful flags. Also, the forested trail has terraced fields and colourful wildflowers. From Lho, the views of Manaslu (8163 m) and Manaslu North (7157 m) are very distant. Lho can be a good stop for the night’s stop, but moving further north to Sama Gaun (3520 meters) will make our 6th day of the trip. However, if you are experiencing unease, we might also stop at Lho.

Meal : Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking

Day 06: Trek to Samagoun (3540 meters) via Pungen Monastery

Well, after trekking for four days at the lower elevation for the first time, you will walk over 3400 meters. On that day, our team will wake up with a beautiful panoramic view of Shyala village, and once finished with breakfast, you will start your journey. The first side trip on the Manaslu Circuit is to Pungen Gompa, the oldest monastery in the Manaslu region. Pungen Gompa is the best viewpoint in the Manaslu circuit trek, from which you can see the best view of Mount Manaslu and many other peaks. Getting to Pungen monastery from the Shayla takes 2 hours and some time in the Pungen Monastery; we will trek to Sama Goun, where most trekkers will stay for two nights for acclimatization. We highly recommend doing this side trip to Pungen Monastery.

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 hours trekking

Day 07: Rest at Samagoun/ Trip to Manaslu Base Camp

This is your time to rest in the mountains and enjoy a vacation. Alternatively, you can go for an adventurous hike to the Manaslu Base Camp, which lies close to Samagaou. On this 3 to 4 hour uphill hike, you can witness the spectacular mountains at a very close distance. Being at the base of one of the tallest mountains in the world is itself a very exciting moment of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Also, you have the opportunity to visit places such as Birendra Taal and the big Buddhist monasteries.

Meal : Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accomodation : Tea House

Walking / Driving : 4-5 hours trek

Day 08: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (3860 m)

Trek to Manaslu Base Camp
Trek to Manaslu Base Camp

This is another relaxing short-day tour after a fun day in the mountains. As you move higher, the forest becomes a large pastureland; if lucky, you can see some yaks. Otherwise, it’s just alpine grassland for the day. You might also spot a typical Nepalese bird called the Danphe and other rare wildlife along the Manaslu Trek trail.

Before the final climb to the village of Samdo, you shall cross the Budhi Gandaki River. In a few hours, you will enjoy a cup of coffee in Samdo.

Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 6 hours trekking

Day 09: Rest Day at Samdo (3860 m) (Acclimatization Hike to Tibet Border)

Since we have had much rest, we can take another day off at Samdo and spend an extra night here. You can either spend a whole day taking pictures and eating hot soup or go for a fun hike nearby. Do you know that you can hike near the Tibetan border and click some pictures on Manaslu’s Tibetan side before returning to Samdo?

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Meal : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking (9 km)

Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharamasala (4480 m)

This is a tough day of hiking to Dharamsala, and you must be prepared with all the food and blankets you might need. On the Budhi Gandaki River, we cross a dangerous wooden bridge and head toward the alpine meadow. Taking enough rest, we stroll via the path of Mani walls and prayer flags to reach a wide valley named Salha Khola. While enjoying the beautiful view of Larkya Glacier, we continued to a stone-built guest house in Dharamsala.

This Stone Guest House is the most spacious accommodation we can find. It accommodates 50 travellers and operates only in peak season. You will get a mattress and need your sleeping bag, the thrilling experience during Manaslu Region trek.

Meal : Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking (12km)

Day 11: Trek from Dharamasala to Bhimtang (3750 m) via Larke Pass (5160 m)

Trek to Larke Pass
Trek to Larke Pass

Ready for the longest and most challenging day of the 13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary? We hiked for more than 9 hours on a hazardous trail, covering more than 25 km, especially the big rocky hills today. However, the best part of the day was exploring and taking beautiful pictures of the four frozen lakes. Today is also the day we climb to 5160 meters, our highest destination.

The spectacular views of Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6820 m), Gyaji Kung (7030 m), Kang Guru (6981 m), and Annapurna II (7937 m) can be seen from the well-known viewpoint of Larkya La. From there on, the trail is primarily downward until you reach Bhimtang, where you will spend the night.

And, from here, your roaming around Manaslu Conservation Area will end.

Meal : Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 8 hours trekking

Day 12: Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje Village (2550 m).

After a long day, this is a short and relaxing walk. As we have already walked to the lower altitude, the oxygen gets thicker, and walking becomes more accessible. However, since this is a somewhat downhill climb, you can get cramps in your knees. The frequent landslides might roughen the route, so be careful about tripping. After a few hours, we returned to the rhododendron and pine forest route, which felt like heaven in the blooming season. The trail then descends to the Dudh Khola (Milk River). You continue to trek through vat farmland until you reach the village of Gho. You will be spending the night in one of the fine lodges in Gho village during our Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Also read: Detailed Manaslu region guide.

Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accomodation : Tea house

Walking / Driving : 5 to 6 hours trekking (25 km)

Day 13: Drive from Beshisahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara


This is the day to say goodbye to the Himalayas. Utilize your last few minutes to share your experiences in the Himalayas with any locals. The last day of your trip begins with a 5-hour drive in a local jeep from Dharapani to Beshisahar and then another 6-hour bus drive to Kathmandu.

It is mandatory to rush a little in the morning to catch at least the last bus to Kathmandu from Beshisahar. If you cannot get the bus to Kathmandu, you will probably need to wait till the next day. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will be invited to a fine restaurant’s last farewell dinner party. You will probably be provided with some Nepali cultural dances and special performances.

Note: If someone wishes to travel to Pokhara instead of Kathmandu following the trek, the Himalayan masters will assist you in arranging transportation to Pokhara. Also, you might be interested in Helicopter Tours to Nepal. 

Meal : Breakfast and lunch

Walking / Driving : 7 hours drive (175 km)

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Trip Cost Includes

  1. Airport pick-up and drop-off service by private car
  2. 12 nights Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 13 days of trekking
  4. Three hot drinks a day (Tea and Coffee)
  5. Kathmandu to Maccha Khola by Local bus
  6. Dharapani to Besi Sahar by public sharing jeep
  7. Besi Sahar to Kathmandu or pokhara by Tourist bus
  8. Guide for 13 days
  9. Trekking permits: Annapurna conservation permit and TIMS Card
  10. Manaslu Conservation Area permit
  11. Manaslu restricted area permit
  12. All Local and Government taxes and administrative charges

Complementary services from Himalayan Masters

  1.  Himalayan Masters Brand 25-degree sleeping bag during the trip
  2. Himalayan Masters Brand -25 Down jacket during the trek
  3. and a pulse oximeter for monitoring your oxygen saturation and heart rate at high altitudes.
  4. Himalayan Masters brand water bottles and purification tablets
  5. First aid kit box
  6. Seasonal fruits for dessert
  7. Himalayan Masters Brand Duffle Bag for the Trek (If you hire a porter)
  8. Himalayan Masters Brand Trekking T-Shirt and Cap
  9. The guide keeps a bottle of oxygen on hand in an emergency.
  10. Manaslu trekking maps

Trip Cost Excludes

  • accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Porter for the trek (One porter for 13 days, USD 220)
  • Private Transport
  • Tips for guide  and drivers (tipping is expected)


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Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance

The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit trek is 151km from Maccha Khola to Jagat. If you start the trek from Soti Khola, this distance increases by 15 km and becomes almost 166 km. The new road construction around Manaslu has caused the trek to become longer, adding 5 to 10 kilometres to the entire trip. You will walk for 6 to 8 hours daily, covering about 18 to 19 km.

Day 1: Kathmandu to MachhaKhola distance 143 km
Day 2: MachhaKhola to Jagat distance: 22km
Day 3: Distance from Jagat to Deng: 19.9 km
Day 4: Deng to Namrung distance 19.5 km
Day5: Namrung to Shyala village 9.7 km
Day 6: Shyala village to Samagaon 8.2km
Day 7: Samagaon to Samdo distance: 16.4 km
Day 9: Samdo to Dharamsala distance: 12 km
Day 10: Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larkya La pass distance: 24.7 km
Day 11: Bimthang to Gho distance 14km
Day 12: Gho to Dharapani distance: 5km
Day 13: Dharapani to Kathmandu distance: 118km

Manaslu Circuit Trek elevation and altitude

Manaslu Circuit Trek altitude
Manaslu Circuit Trek altitude
Manaslu Circuit Trek elevation
Manaslu Circuit Trek elevation



Weather at Manaslu Circuit Trek

The weather plays a vital role in determining the ease and comfort of your trek. Learning about the temperature and climatic conditions before you plan the tour is essential. Although the weather in the mountains is relatively unpredictable, we can say that Manaslu experiences four distinct weather variations every year. 

 March, April, and May mark the spring season in Nepal. March begins at -6 degrees Celsius at night but rises to 6–12 degrees in the late afternoon. The mountains are pretty warm at the end of May, even at night. Autumn is a time of celebration and fun. After the post-monsoon, the weather in September, October and November, is relatively stable and dry. Days are pretty warm, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 15 degrees in the Manaslu region. These are the best seasons for Manaslu treks in Nepal.

The summer in the South Asian region marks a prominent monsoon. The rain starts to fall in the second week of June and lasts for almost a month. As December approaches, the high mountains’ temperature drops to -8 degrees Celsius. But the snowfall begins after mid-January and lasts until mid-December. At this time, the nighttime temperature is almost -10 to -6 degrees. Even if the temperature reaches zero,

When should I trek to Manaslu?

Thankfully, the Manaslu trek is open for hiking at any time of the year. Sadly, the winter trek is challenging as the tea houses in the upper sections of the hike are closed. However, if you don’t want to miss the best mountain views covered in a thick white blanket, you can arrange the tour even in the winter.

Also, the monsoon is considered a low season due to its slippery path and leaches. But since it’s the best time to visit for keen botanists, you can head for the trek with the proper preparation.

The best season for the Manaslu trek is from March to May, when the temperature is bearable, and the rhododendron blooming is seen everywhere. Or, you might trek in another peak season, i.e., October to December, when the sky is clear, the trail is busy, and the locals are vibrant. After farming is completed in the monsoon, a time comes for a big celebration, such as the Dashain and Tihar festivals. You might have to pre-book the lodges because the trails are very busy.

Accommodation on the Manaslu Trek

On the trek, we will stay in the tea houses that the local families own. The lodge has a central dining area with a big stove for heating the room. The room mostly has two or three beds. They provide you with mattresses, a small blanket, and pillows. You might need to use sleeping bags for the night. They offer a hot shower on additional request, but the infamous “drop” toilets might be your most significant difficulty. Thankfully, a handful of newly constructed tea houses have a flush system.

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Food for Manaslu trekking 

Regarding the food in Manaslu, you can have any meal of your choice while you stay in Kathmandu. We only provide you with breakfast (along with a welcome or farewell dinner) so you can choose to eat whatever and wherever you want.

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During the trek, all three meals of the day are included. You can have a pancake, bread, dairy, juice, etc. The tea houses also have muesli and oats as options. The popular Dal Bhat with additional supplies is the best choice for lunch and dinner. However, you can also pick from noodles, momo, rolls, roti, and some curry. Some continental options, like pizza and burgers, are also available in the lower altitudes. Do try local foods such as tulpa and butter tea. 

Transportation During Manaslu Trek

Regarding the accommodation, we will predominantly travel in a private tourist vehicle. The vehicle size differs as per the group. Airport pick-up and drop-off will also be done in a private car. This particular tour does not have the option of a flight. So, most of the travelling is done by road.

Culture and festivals of the Manaslu region

Manaslu area is probably the most culturally diverse section of Nepal. In the lower chamber, we can witness village settlements with Chettri, Brahmin, and Newar people, whose lives are guided by Hindu values. Then, as we shift to the upper section, we witness the Tibeto-Burmans and Mongoloids, who mainly belong to the Rai, Magar, Gurung, and Tamang castes. 

Their culture includes beautiful monasteries, mani walls, rotating wheels, and prayer flags. In places like Mu gumba, Gumba lungdung, and Rachen gumba, you can see many nuns, especially younger ones, practising the ancient art of meditation and medicine. 

 People also celebrate different festivals that bind them in a commonplace. Lhosar and Bouddha Jayanti are celebrated with much joy. Explore the unique clothing of Manaslu and be a part of their festivals. You will have enough time to interact with the people and learn about their local culture. 

People in Manaslu TSUM Valley

If you combine the Manaslu Circuit trek with the TSUM Valley trek, you get to meet the Tsumbas, who are the residents of Tsum Valley. Tsum Valley has a total population of 2,700, most of them being farmers. These people who claim to have met ’Yeti’ are of Tibetan origin and have their own unique dialect called Tsumke or Tsumba. Although it might sound very weird to the world, the Tibetans in TSum Valley still follow the polyandry system.

What kind of permits are required for the Manaslu Trek?

Manaslu area limited area permits, Manaslu conservation area permits (MCAP), Annapurna conservation area permits (ACAP), and Trekkers Information Management Systems Card (TIMS) are the four types of permits required for trekking in Manaslu. You need these four licenses to accomplish the Manaslu Trek.

Know more about the permits.

What is a tea house like?

What do you imagine a house in the most challenging mountain terrain looks like? The tea house in Manaslu looks like a small hut, mostly made of wood or mud. Every tea house has a central dining area with a big wood burner. The fire is supposed to keep the room warm while you rest after a long day. Then, there will be two or three single beds with a thin mattress and blanket. Well, bedsheets might not always be very clean (it’s safe to carry your bedsheets), and blankets are not warm enough (that’s why we recommend sleeping bags). 

Let’s talk about the most important topic here: the bathrooms. Still called toilets in Nepal, there might be western or Indian pan restrooms that are provided in sharing basic. There are hot showers in almost all hotels in Manaslu, but you must pay extra for that. 

We often talk about electricity or charging in Manaslu Circuit Trek. The rooms in tea houses don’t have any plugs for charging, and you must give your mobile or camera in reception. They assess your devices for a couple of extra bugs. 

The tea houses offer some suitable varieties, but Nepalese Dal Bhat is always the best option. Do you want to know more about foods in Manaslu? Just get to the article here. 

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What is a day on the Manaslu Circuit Trek actually like?

You know what we are discussing if you have been on any other high-altitude trek in the mountains. If it’s your first time, read carefully. Every trek day will be different, and difficulty adds up as you gain altitude, but a general outline can be made. 

Each day, the Manaslu Circuit trek begins after breakfast in a teahouse around seven to eight in the morning. You need to wake up quite early, freshen up before breakfast is served, and then we will start the walk. Following the trail led by our guide, we enjoyed the view along the route. When you are tired, signal, and the guide will stop. We cross a couple of kilometres before the guide takes us for lunch. You will spend almost an hour in the hotel here before moving ahead. You might have to take a packed lunch sometimes, but we mostly eat fresh lunch prepared in the tea houses. 

After lunch, we walked for a couple of more hours. You might want to stuff juice, chocolates, or snacks in your small bag. Depending on the distance we covered, we reached our destination somewhere between three and seven o’clock in the evening. The guide finds you a tea house where you shall crash for the night. Manaslu Circuit Trek beginners must read. 

Things to do after a Manaslu Circuit Trek

Although a trek to Manaslu will rejuvenate your soul, it might be physically tiresome. When you return to Kathmandu, a long spa session might be the best thing to do. And for the ladies, you might need a facial and a hair care day after that. Give yourself a day or two to let that muscle relax. Short tours to Kathmandu Valley or Nagarkot might be an excellent finish for your Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Where can I meet Himalayan masters?

You can contact us via email or WhatsApp provided on the site. We will be available to pick you up at the Tribhuwan International Airport and transport you to the hotel anywhere in Kathmandu. Do note that our package begins from the day we move for the trek to Manaslu, so any accommodation costs before that are not covered. If you are already in Kathmandu, we will pick you up from the hotel. 

The Himalayan Masters believe in flexibility and comfort. We will provide you with the contact details of your client and the driver, just in case you need to ask anything. 

Here is a quick tip on Travel insurance for Manaslu 

Unfortunately, our Manaslu Trek cost doesn’t include travel insurance for our clients. It would help if you get foreign travel insurance covering high-altitude rescue from your home country. 

Manaslu Trek Packing List by Himalayan Masters

Our expert leader made this complete packing list, so please look at the Manaslu Trek packing list.

Head :

  1. Sun hat or scarf (Himalayan masters will provide the trekking caps)
  2. Winter hat, insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  3. Headlights with extra batteries

Face :

  1. Sunscreen, lip balm, and lip guard
  2. Sunglasses with UV protection
  3. Face/body wipes

Hand :

  1. Lightweight gloves
  2. Heavyweight winter gloves

Body :

  1. Hiking shirt
  2. Long-sleeved shirt
  3. Hooded rain jacket
  4. Fleece jacket
  5. Lightweight cotton pants
  6. T-shirt (lightweight wool)
  7. polypropylene underwear
  8. Down jacket (-20 is the best at high altitude trekking / is complimentary by Himalayan Masters)
  9. sweater
  10. waterproof jacket and pants
  11. walking trousers


  1. Trekking boots (Goretex ones)
  2. Thick wool socks (take the extra pain of thick light socks)
  3. Flip flops/sandals
  4. Crampons

Essential gear:

  1. Backpack/daypack (size depends)
  2. Thermal bottle
  3. Water purification (is complementary to Himalayan Masters)
  4. Trekking pole
  5. Sleeping bag (-20 is the best for high-altitude trekking / is complimentary by Himalayan Masters)

Others :

  1. Hand sanitizer (if needed)
  2. Antiseptic cream or spray
  3. Personal medicine
  4. Toilet papers
  5. Wash bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, etc.)
  6. Rain cover
  7. Waterproof trousers, jacket, and gloves
  8. Compass/trekking maps


This was my husband’s and my first time hiking in Nepal. We have done several multi-day hikes before but none at this altitude. Himalayan Masters quickly became our first choice because of the reviews and Sandip’s excellent customer service. He was always very responsive and we could tell he was just a fun and nice guy. We chose the Manaslu circuit trek because it sounded quieter than the others and less on the road, and we were really happy with the hikes.

Our group consisted of three other people, Raj our guide, and Pitanbar our porter. Raj was a really great guide and he knew how to interact with everyone and have a lot of fun. The pit was also very kind and hard-working. Our group came upon some unfortunate weather later in the trek and it was always unsure whether we would actually be able to make the Larke pass due to storms. Raj was pretty open with us regarding the weather and being flexible with staying in certain places and seeing how things go.

On the day that we planned to complete the pass a storm hit. All of the groups that were at the beginning camp (Dharamsala) ended up completing the pass despite the weather which risked everyone’s safety. Multiple guides and porters afterwards stated that it was the worst weather they had ever seen in their lives. It was shocking to me that every single group chose to take the risk of crossing despite the terrible weather. We are thankful that everyone is safe now and that Himalayan Masters were open to listening to our concerns and implementing changes. Sandip agreed that having GPS tracking for each guide will need to be the norm in order to ensure the safety of everyone and he promised to implement the changes by next year. After having this serious discussion with Himalayan Masters I would feel confident booking a tour with them again. They were very respectful and good listeners, and they helped to make sure that this experience would not negatively impact our trip, and not happen again.

Amanda WUSA 🇺🇸

This local agency is excellent and I would highly recommend anyone to book their trip through them, they will take care of almost everything and make you feel safe throughout the trip. Our Guide was Ram and he was by far the best, most caring and kind Guide we could have wished for. He helped us through the most difficult and dangerous passages of the trek and always checked on us to make sure we were feeling well. One note of caution: the Manaslu Trek is much more difficult than it seems. The trails are consistently very steep, making the long days very exhausting and particularly when the weather turns bad it may be too dangerous to cross the lake pass, in which case you will have to turn back.

SarahGermany 🇩🇪
I recently completed a 22-day hike in at Tsum Valley and the Manasalu circuit and it was all possible due to Sandip and the amazing team at Himalayan masters! Our wonderful guide Dipak and three lovely porters constantly went above and beyond to ensure our every need was met! They created the trip of a lifetime for myself and 5 other group members and I can’t wait to get back to Nepal to be able to do it all again with the great, supportive team!

Ashlee Finch Australia

Good experience with Himalayan masters.
Clear and quick communication beforehand with Sandip. Everything was organized by the time I arrived in KTM. Flexible and reasonable organization.

Surjie, the porter-guide on this trip, is a very caring, kind and happy person. He took care of all practical matters during the trekking.

SeppeBelgium 🇧🇪

Travelling with Himalayan Masters and doing the 12-day Manaslu circuit trek has been a fantastic journey.
The owner, Sandip, has been very professional and has provided us with all the information we needed to travel in safe and comfortable conditions. He has arranged all the details (picking us up and dropping us off at the airport), and has always been very prompt in replying to all of our questions prior to our incoming flight, which was very valuable and made us feel fully accompanied. Also, the price was quite fair for all the services provided.
Our guide Dipak, and our two porters, Ramesh and Sujan, were very professional, cheerful and caring at all times. We felt constantly safe with Dipak who has a valuable mountain experience, and we trusted him with everything. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, we could not go up to the Manaslu base camp, but we made it to the Larke Pass successfully and we will never forget it! I strongly recommend Himalayan Masters!

Jo travelFrance 🇫🇷

I’ve visited Nepal several times and have to say the trek with Himalayan Masters was the best experience I’ve had with trekking companies in Nepal. Very professional staff, from the organisers to guides to porters. Sandip organised our Manaslu Circuit trek which was such a great experience and really went out of his way to make sure we had a great time in the mountains. Our guide Surje was really helpful and kind, and overall would highly recommend Himalayan Masters to anyone looking for a reliable trekking company for any of the awesome trips throughout the country and beyond- you won’t regret it!

Olley Gasper Australia 🇦🇺

We did the Manaslu circuit with HM. No complaints at all. Our guide Gobinda was really good. He and our porter Dinis did a great job. Happy to recommend this company

RhonaUnited kingdom 🇬🇧

Manaslu Circuit Trip with Himalayan Masters:
For the fall of 2020, we planned a trip to Nepal and weren’t sure whether we should book it through a german agency or with a local one. Needless to say, we are 100% satisfied that we booked the trip through Himalayan Masters. The communication was professional from the very beginning and from the moment we were picked up at Kathmandu airport we were taken care of perfectly.

Nepal is beautiful and especially the Manaslu area. But since travel experiences are not (just) made by the places you visit but also by the people that you meet, here is to our guide Dipak and all the wonderful people we met along the way who have been so welcoming and sincere with us! Without exaggeration, this trip has been the purest experience of our lives. And if the trip is measured in friends rather than miles, we must say this trip was as good as it gets!!

Our guide Dipak left nothing to be desired, shone with perfect local knowledge and took care of us so touchingly at any time that a regular thank you seems way too little. Dipak is not only a guide you can rely on 100% but also extremely empathetic, amiable and was always there when we needed him. We had so much fun together, that only after a few hours the trip almost felt like trekking with a good friend. Since we are both relatively fit and also coped well with the altitude, Dipak kept suggesting additional excursions and routes into our original planning so that we got to see the most beautiful spots such as the Pungyen Gompa Monastery or even Manaslu Base Camp (highly recommended!). In retrospect, this was an unbeatable advantage compared to one of the big tour providers with large and inhomogeneous groups – we were flexible at all times and could shape the tour according to our wishes. In this way, a clear recommendation to travel to Nepal with the Himalayan Masters! Many thanks to our guide Dipak, our porter Suren and of course to Sandip for the great organization! Nepal will definitely remain in our memories, but most of all in our hearts!

Filip FGermany

I’ve visited Nepal several times and have to say the trek with Himalayan Masters was the best experience I’ve had with trekking companies in Nepal. Very professional staff, from the organisers to guides to porters. Sandip organised our Manaslu Circuit trek which was such a great experience and really went out of his way to make sure we had a great time in the mountains. Our guide Surje was really helpful and kind, and overall would highly recommend Himalayan Masters to anyone looking for a reliable trekking company for any of the awesome trips throughout the country and beyond- you won’t regret it!

Olly GasparAustralia 🇦🇺

I can just thank you! 🙏

Had an incredible experience. Sandip and Dipak did the best possible job I can imagine.

Sandip organized the trip to Manaslu to our needs. Quick response and perfect planning.

Dipak was our guide and well-informed about the area because it is his home area. Always made us very comfortable and gave us the best rooms and free wifi (normally you have to pay for that!).

Can recommend both from my heart.

Daniel KGermany 🇩🇪


Why trek to Manaslu Circuit with Himalayan masters?

The Manaslu Trek is a remote, restricted trekking area with many unexpected physical and legal issues. This is why you need the experts at Himalayan Masters for the following advantages:

We provide you with an experienced guide who is very useful in coping with every difficulty in the Manaslu trekking route

Experts have designed our itinerary to keep you safe and avoid hectic walks; it’s easily achievable.

We offer the cheapest Manaslu trek packages, the best offers among Nepalese local trekking companies.

Himalayan mastermasters who lead Manaslu treks Most of them are from the Manaslu region and are highly familiar with the area.

We accommodate you in the best available hotels throughout the trekking route.
Our travel packages cover all necessary costs for the tour (other than those mentioned in our policy) without any hidden charge.

We always prioritize our travellers’ health, safety, and comfort; the team will help you during any emergency.
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