Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days

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Manaslu Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 5100 M
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

One of Nepal's best off-the-beaten-path trekking trails is the Manaslu Circuit Trek. A unique trekking adventure that goes through the heart of the isolated Manaslu region of Nepal, the Manaslu Trek marks itself as a remote yet remarkable trekking trail. With the towering eighth-highest peak, Mount Manaslu, looming over the region, the journey is an excellent trip through the ethnic villages of Nepal's secluded areas.

Our 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package offers you an opportunity to experience extraordinary adventure in 2024 and 2025. Taking you on an astounding journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Manaslu region, the Mansaslu Circuit Trekking Package is a prospect to immerse yourself in a wide range of biodiversity, warm hospitality, and Himalayan beauty.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is renowned for its off-the-beaten-path charm, allowing you to experience the pristine beauty of the Himalayas away from the crowds. Furthermore, as the trail lies inside the Manaslu conservation area, this offers you a chance to witness a wide range of flora and fauna along the route.

Catching panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Himlung Himal, and other majestic mountains, is a given during the trip. Other than that, the highlight of the Manaslu trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,160 meters, which offers unforgettable sights and a sense of achievement.

This carefully curated Manaslu package begins in Soti Khola and then takes you through diverse terrain, from lush forests and cascading waterfalls to rugged cliffs and high mountain passes, in 12 days. Along the way, you'll come across traditional villages, gaining insights into their unique culture and way of life.

Ensuring you have a memorable and hassle-free experience in the Himalayas, we have a team of experts to help and guide you throughout the journey of the Manaslu. So, lace up your boots, pack your backpack, and get ready for an unforgettable journey of 12 days through the captivating Manaslu Circuit. Book your adventure with us today and get ready to embark on the trek of a lifetime.

Major highlights of the Manaslu Trek Package

  • Crossing one of the highest passes in Nepal, Larkya La Pass (5135 m).
  • a hassle-free trek into the isolated region of Manaslu.
  • A perfect blend of local culture and unsurpassed views of the Himalayas.
  • Capture the captivating views of the world's 8th highest peak, Manaslu (8156 m), along with other peaks.
  • Explore local attractions like Birendra Tal and visit monasteries.
  • Get away from the crowded trail and enjoy the serene, secluded areas.
  • Witness a diverse range of flora and fauna inside the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Offbeat Adventure: What to Expect on Manaslu Trekking?

As one of the remote and unexplored trekking regions of Nepal, many trekkers get confused about what they can expect from the Manaslu circuit journey. Let us delve into the experiences that this epic 12-day trip offers trekkers.

Embarking on the Manaslu trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path adventure for trekkers seeking a distinct experience in the Himalayas. Unlike other popular trekking trails of Nepal, the Manaslu region remains relatively untouched and less crowded, allowing you to truly connect with nature and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings.

During the trek, you can expect to witness breathtaking mountain vistas, picturesque landscapes, and charming local villages. Along the way, you can encounter traditional Tibetan-influenced Buddhist culture, visit ancient monasteries, and gain insights into the daily lives of the local people.

The trek also involves ascending to high altitudes, including crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at an elevation of around 5,160 meters. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking further offers you the adrenaline rush of walking on rugged trails at high altitudes. Above all, get ready to experience the tranquility, authenticity, and natural beauty of the Himalayas with our 12 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package in 2024 and 2025.

Is the Manaslu Your Perfect Adventure?

The Manaslu Circuit Trip is undoubtedly filled with adventure trails. However, the challenging trails and high-altitude walks might not be everyone's cup of tea.

If you're seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural richness, and a sense of exploration, then the Manaslu Circuit Trek could be your perfect adventure. Trekking is ideal for those seeking a less crowded trekking experience while also exploring the rich cultural heritage of the ethnic communities residing along the trail.

If you are physically fit with good health conditions and the ability to walk for a few hours each day, then nothing can stop you from completing the trip. This Manaslu Trekking Package of 12 days is more suited for those who wish to challenge themselves physically and want to experience the authentic trekking life in the Himalayas of Nepal.

A glimpse into Trekking Life: What a typical day of hiking looks like during the Manaslu Circuit trekking?

A typical day of hiking during the Manaslu trekking begins with an early wake-up call as you prepare for the day's adventure. After having breakfast, you set off on the trail, surrounded by diverse landscapes and breathtaking mountain views.

The trekking route follows a well-marked path, passing through vibrant traditional villages, terraced fields, and dense forests for 12 days. Along the way, there are teahouses and lodges where you can rest and have your lunch and meals, which provide much-needed energy for the journey.

As you continue hiking, you'll witness the changing landscapes, from lush green valleys to rugged terrain and high mountain passes. The trail offers you mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, and gushing rivers, with each step bringing you closer to your destination.

The evenings are usually spent relaxing, savoring delicious meals, and embracing the serenity of the mountains. As for the acclimatization days during the trek, you will spend the day either exploring the villages and relaxing or going on some short hikes to further adjust to the altitude. Overall, a typical day of hiking during our Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package of 12 days offers you a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural meetings, and personal satisfaction.

Understanding the Difficulty Level of Manaslu Circuit

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a difficult-grade trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This level of trekking is also known as adventure trekking, which is comparatively harder than moderate-level trekking as it involves crossing high passes.

Commonly, this grade of trek requires previous trekking or hiking experience and involves hiking on rough landscapes and glacier crossings. The Manaslu trek involves steep ascents and descents on rocky paths and several high mountain passes to cross throughout the 12 days of the journey. Altitude sickness can be a major concern as you reach higher elevations, which adds to the overall challenge of the trek.

Trekkers are needed to be fitted with high stamina and without any pre-existing health conditions for commencing this grade of the trek. The trek is most suitable for trekkers looking for a challenging and inspirational trek of around 12 days in a long, rugged, and remote domain.

Essential Steps for a Successful Adventure on Manaslu Trek

Embarking on the Manaslu Trek requires detailed planning and preparation to ensure a successful adventure. One of the major preparations you should focus on is your physical fitness and training.

The Manaslu Circuit trekking is a challenging adventure that includes long hours of walking in changing terrains and altitudes for 12 days. Thus, you should start engaging in regular physical exercise and endurance training to build strength and stamina. It is highly recommended to experience hiking and trekking in rugged terrain before the journey.

Packing wisely is another important step. It is essential to bring the necessary trekking gear for the successful completion of the trek. As the trek takes you to high altitudes, it is also important to plan your itinerary according to your walking pace and take a rest in between.

Above all, being mentally prepared is a must to embark on this journey.

By following these essential steps, you can set yourself up for a successful and rewarding adventure on the 12 days of Manaslu Circuit in the year 2024–2025.

Safety Measures and Acclimatization for a Successful Manaslu Trek

As Manaslu trekking is a challenging journey that takes you through rugged trails at a high altitude, taking proper safety measures to ensure a safe trek is essential.

Here at Himalayan Recreation, we keep the safety of clients as our top priority, and keeping that in mind, we have curated a 12 days Manaslu Trek Package with one rest or acclimatization day. The trek takes you to the highest altitude of about 5000 m, which increases the chances of altitude sickness. Thus, having acclimatization days is extremely important; it helps your body adjust to the higher altitude.

It is further important to ascend gradually, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude, and walk at your own pace. We can further customize the package according to your walking pace. We also encourage trekkers to listen to their body's signals and stay hydrated throughout the journey. Our guides and team are there to assist you all through your 12-day journey to the Manasu Circuit and ensure that you have a safe and successful trip.

Exploring the Restricted Area: Manaslu Circuit Trekking in 2024 and 2025

Embark on a thrilling adventure in 2024/2025 by exploring the restricted area of Manaslu Circuit Trek. This off-the-beaten-path trek takes you through rugged terrain, untouched landscapes, and remote villages, providing an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

As you traverse challenging mountain passes and witness the rich cultural heritage of the region, you'll encounter breathtaking natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and have the opportunity to engage with the warm local communities. Now is your time to immerse yourself in the serenity of the mountains while challenging yourself physically and mentally to create memories that will last a lifetime on the 12 days of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2024/2025.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost Breakdown for 2024 and 2025

Cost is one of the most essential factors for any trek. When planning for the trek, it is important to consider the cost breakdown to have a clear knowledge of the expenses involved. The Manaslu trek cost can change depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the size of the group, and the services included in the package.

On average, the cost of a 12 day Manaslu Circuit Trek can range from $849 to $1099 per person. The main elements of the cost include permits and fees, accommodation and meals, transportation, guide and porter services, etc. The cost can be further increased or decreased according to the services and facilities you desire to add.

We highly recommend you carry extra cash for miscellaneous expenses during the trek. It is important to give a cost for miscellaneous expenses such as water, snacks, personal equipment, and tips for the guide and porter. Keep in mind that these costs are inexact and can vary depending on individual preferences.

Group Trip Package

Joining a group trip for the Manaslu circuit trek can be an effective option. If you prefer traveling in groups, then you can join any of our fixed departure dates for 2024 or 2025.

The cost of group trips is usually lower compared to the cost of other trips. By sharing the expenses with fellow trekkers, the overall cost can be significantly reduced. Himalayan Recreation offers group trip packages for the Manaslu, providing you with an opportunity to connect with like-minded adventurers and share the experience together.

The overall cost of a group trip varies depending on the group size, services included in the package, and duration of the trek. You can further get in touch with us for more inquiries.

Private Trip Package

If you prefer to travel in small groups or privately, then we can organize a private trip for you. The private trip allows for more flexibility and a personalized experience during the Manaslu circuit trek.

While this option may have higher costs compared to a group trip, it provides you with the freedom to form your own pace and itinerary. We offer private trip packages tailored to individual preferences, ensuring you a customized trekking experience. The cost of a private trip depends on factors such as the duration, services included in the package, and any further customizations.

Do not hesitate to contact us to get detailed information about the cost of a private trip to Manaslu.

Solo Trip Package

Embarking on a solo trek to Manaslu offers a unique and rewarding experience for independent trekkers. It allows you to travel at your own pace and have a personalized itinerary.

The cost of a solo trip can be higher compared to joining a group, as you will have all the facilities and services to yourself. We offer solo trip packages for the Manaslu circuit trek, providing personalized attention and support throughout the journey. The cost of a solo trip can differ depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, the services included in the package, and any further demands you may have.

It is recommended to contact Himalayan Recreation for detailed information about the solo trip options and the related costs for the years 2024–2025.

Female Trip Package

If you are a sole female traveler looking to trek Manaslu Circuit, Himalayan Recreation is here to guide you through the Manaslu trails. We can also organize female-only trips for the trek.

Providing a safe environment for female trekkers, our packages are designed to cater to the needs and preferences of each trekker. If you prefer traveling in a group, then you can join any of our 2024 or 2025 fixed departure dates for the trek. If you join the group, the cost of the trek significantly decreases; however, if you decide to go solo, the cost can be expensive.

The overall cost also depends on various other factors, like duration and the services you require. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for further inquiries and information.

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Note: Remember that the prices listed above apply to bookings made together or at the same time by a group. Kindly Email us or WhatsApp us if you require any additional information about the prices, services, guides, and itinerary.

Reasons to embark on the Manaslu Circuit trip with us

  • We have trained and knowledgeable guides with years of experience in leading the trip to the Manaslu region.
  • We have a safety-focused approach, always keeping our client's safety at the top.
  • All our packages can be customized according to each trekker's time and preference.
  • We focus on small group sizes for personalized attention.
  • We have strong local connections to provide you with an authentic trekking experience.
  • We give high emphasis on sustainable travel practices and environmental sustainability.
  • We have a competitive package and provide value for money.
  • We offer 24/7 customer support during the trek.
  • We give pre-trip online and offline briefings.


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  • Max Altitude:710m
  • Time:8-9 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport:Local Bus

This is the very first day of the journey to the Manaslu Circuit. The day begins with a scenic Jeep drive from Kathmandu towards the village of Soti Khola. Soti Khola is the starting point of the Manaslu from where you will begin walking.

As you leave the bustling city behind, you will get to see the change of scenery to rural landscapes, passing through terraced fields, vibrant villages, and spiraling roads. The ride takes around 8-9 hours until you finally arrive in Soti Khola. Upon reaching the village, you will be able to enjoy the rural environment. Overnight stay in Soti Khola.

  • Max Altitude:900m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, you will start the walk as you follow the trail along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and head to MachhiKhola from Soti Khola. The path takes you through lush forests decorated with colorful wildflowers and plants. 

Moving ahead, you will cross suspension bridges that swing above the river's gushing waters. The trail follows several ascends and descends along the way offering you stunning views of waterfalls and small villages. After walking for around 6 hours through the forests and small settlements, you will finally reach Machhikhola. Overnight stay in Machhikhola.

  • Max Altitude:1340m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The trek today continues to Jagat from Machhikhola. Continuing alongside the trail of the Budhi Gandaki River, you'll encounter several traditional villages and terraced fields along the way. As you pass through those villages, you will get a chance to witness the local lifestyle and culture. 

The trail then gradually ascends offering you breathtaking sights of landscapes and surrounding hills. You will continue walking and cross a few more suspension bridges before arriving at Jagat after a long walk of 6-7 hours. Overnight stay in Jagat.

  • Max Altitude:1860m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will be tracing your steps to Deng from Jagat today. The trail today takes you through diverse terrains as you ascend and descend through stony paths and forested trails. The trail passes through enchanting villages, where you get an opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and learn about their culture. 

Resuming the walk, the trail further takes you through terraced fields and suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River. Moving ahead, after an exciting walk of 6-7 hours, you'll reach Deng. The village offers you spectacular sights of the mountains as it is nestled in between giant peaks. Overnight stay in Deng.

  • Max Altitude:2630m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As you leave Deng behind, the trail today leads you to Namrung. Gradually climbing through forests of pine and rhododendron, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains on the way. 

The walk today is filled with the serene environment of cascading waterfalls and lush landscapes. Before reaching Namrung village, you will walk past several other traditional villages of the Manaslu region. After 6-7 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at Namrung, which is a scenic village offering majestic views of the Manaslu range.

  • Max Altitude:3530m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's trek takes you to Samagaun from Namrung. Offering you awe-inspiring views of the mountains, the trail today passes through dense forests. 

You can get glimpses of wildlife and serene natural surroundings on the way. You can also visit the Buddhist monasteries and experience the rich local culture as there are few monasteries along the trail. Upon arriving in Samagaun, you will get to enjoy the stunning sights of the majestic mountains. It takes a walk of around 6 to 7 hours to reach Samagaun. Overnight stay in Samagaun.

  • Max Altitude:4100m/3530m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is the first acclimatization day of your trek. It is a day dedicated to rest and acclimatization to give your body much-needed rest and prepare for the higher altitudes. You can explore the village of Samagaun, interact with the locals, and learn about their traditional lifestyle. 

As an optional trip, you have the opportunity to hike to Around Manaslu, which offers breathtaking views of the wide range of majestic mountains. The hike will further help you to adjust to the higher altitude. After the hike, you will descend to Samagaun for an overnight stay.

  • Max Altitude:3860m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After having rest for one day, today you will continue the trek leaving Samagaun and heading to Samdo. You will descend towards the Budi Gandaki River and cross a suspension bridge. 

The trail then gradually ascends, offering you a magnificent view of Manaslu and the surrounding peaks. The walk today is comparatively shorter than other days, and you will arrive in Samdo after a walk of around 4 to 5 hours. It is a remote village near the Tibetan border. Overnight stay Samdo.

  • Max Altitude:4460m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's trek takes you to Dharmasala from Samdo, gaining a significant altitude. As you begin to walk through rugged terrains and barren landscapes, you will be rewarded with views of snow-capped mountains getting closer and closer. 

As you continue ascending, you'll witness the difference in landscape and the difficult state of the higher elevations. After walking for around 4-5 hours, you will finally reach Dharmasala, which is also known as Larkya Phedi. Overnight stay in Dharmasala.

  • Max Altitude:5160m/3720m
  • Time:8-9 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is one of the most challenging and rewarding days of the entire trek. You will start walking early in the morning as you leave Dharamsala and trace your steps to cross the challenging Larke Pass, located at an altitude of 5,160m. 

Although walking up to the pass is challenging with ascending on rugged trails, the view it offers is worthwhile. You will be able to witness a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding peaks from the pass and after spending some time relishing the majestic sights, you will begin descending toward Bimthang. It takes a few more hours of walking to finally arrive in Bimthang where you can take the much-needed rest. Overnight stay in Bimthang.

  • Max Altitude:1960m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Bimthang, today you will descend to Dharapani. The trail today takes you through lush forests, and several rivers along the way. You will also pass through charming villages like Tilije, where you can experience the local culture. 

As you keep descending, the trail offers a diverse landscape, with magnificent views of the mountains. It takes a total walk of around 6 to 7 hours for you to arrive in Dharapani, where you'll spend the night.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:9-10 hours
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This is the final day of your journey as you begin the day early in the morning with a ride on a private jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar. The road up to Besisahar is rugged and off. Once you arrive in Besisahar, you will switch the vehicle to the local bus that goes up to Kathmandu. During the drive, you will be able to enjoy the final views of the rugged landscapes, and some glances at the mountains and remote villages along the way. 

After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel where you can take the much-needed rest. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Route Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • 3 standard meals a day during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Kathmandu-Sotikhola by Jeep and Beshishar to Kathmandu by Local bus
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide during the trip
  • Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff, which include food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicines,
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Manaslu and Annapurna Permit fee and TIMS Fee: Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First-aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show in a fine restaurant on the second last day.
  • Government taxes and office service charges
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation,
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Thursday Jun 27, 2024
Ends:Monday Jul 08, 2024
Price US$899
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Know Before You Go

Modes of transportation during the trek

The starting point of the Manaslu trek is Soti Khola and to reach the starting point, you will start from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

From Kathmandu, you can either take a private vehicle or a public bus to reach the town of Soti Khola. It takes a drive of around 8 to 9 hours to arrive in Soti Khola from Kathmandu.

Our trekking package includes transportation facilities from Kathmandu to Soti Khola on a private jeep to ensure your safety and comfort. From Soti Khola, you will begin your walking journey.

The best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The most crucial factor to take into consideration before trekking to any destination is the weather condition of the place. Especially in the case of challenging treks like Manaslu Circuit, it is one of the essential factors to consider.

Trek to Manaslu in Spring (March to May)

This is considered the best time for Manaslu Circuit trekking, with pleasant weather, clear skies, and blooming rhododendrons. The temperatures during the spring are moderate, making it comfortable for trekking. However, be prepared for occasional showers in the lower elevations, and you might come across several other trekkers as this is one of the most popular trekking times.

Trek to Manaslu in Autumn (September to November)

Another ideal time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is autumn. Similar to spring, this season brings stable weather conditions, clear skies, and beautiful views. The temperatures are moderate, and the trail is usually less crowded compared to the spring season. You can further get crystal-clear views of the mountains in this season. You can join us for our 2024–25 autumn group trip to Manaslu Circuit.

Trek to Manaslu in Monsoon (June to August)

Trekking to the Manaslu Circuit during the monsoon season is not considered the best time. It is possible, but it comes with challenges. The region receives heavy rainfall, leading to slippery trails and the possibility of landslides in the monsoon. However, the bright side of trekking Manaslu in the monsoon is that the landscapes are lush and vibrant, and you can enjoy the solitude as there are fewer trekkers during this time.

Trek to Manaslu in Winter (December to February)

Completing the Manaslu Circuit trekking during the winter is possible, but it comes with several challenges and is not recommended. It requires proper gear and experience with cold weather conditions. The temperatures can drop significantly, especially at higher elevations, and there may be blockage of the trail due to heavy snowfall.

However, the views are breathtaking, and you can experience the peacefulness of the region with fewer crowds.

Comfort in the Mountains: Accommodation Options During the Manaslu Trek Package

During the Manaslu circuit trekking, the accommodation facilities you will get for the 12 days of the journey are simple yet comfortable. At the beginning of the trek, in places like Soti Khola or Machha Khola, you can expect basic guesthouses or teahouses with amenities such as in-room showers and even WIFI connections.

However, as you ascend higher into the Manaslu region, the accommodation facilities become more basic due to the remoteness of the trek. In places like Deng, Namrung, and Samagaon, you can expect teahouses with cozy common areas, shared bathrooms, and comfortable beds. While there may not be electricity throughout the day, some teahouses offer limited charging facilities for your electronic devices at an extra cost.

The accommodation during the Manaslu trekking is quite affordable as it is an off-beaten trail. The teahouse room typically ranges from USD 10 to USD 20 per night, depending on the location and the facilities included.

Dining with a View: Food during the Manaslu Circuit

Similar to the accommodation facilities, when trekking in the Manaslu region, you can expect simple meals that provide the energy needed for your walking. The food options available during the Manaslu trek are mainly traditional village cuisine, offering a taste of the local flavors.

Breakfast typically consists of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and a warm cup of tea or coffee. It's a hearty meal that fuels you for the challenges ahead. For lunch and dinner, the common dish you will come across is Dal Bhat, which is a combination of lentil soup, rice, and a variety of vegetables. In addition to Dal Bhat, you may also find options like fried rice, noodles, or even some local delicacies, depending on the teahouse or lodge.

Considering the remote nature of the Manaslu circuit, the availability of food options may be limited. Overall, the food during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package is simple yet delicious, providing you with the necessary energy for your exciting 12-day adventure.

Your Trustworthy Guides for the Manaslu Trip

For your Manaslu adventure, we are here to ensure a safe and memorable journey. Himalayan Recreation is your trustworthy partner, offering expert guides who are well-trained and have detailed knowledge of the Manaslu region.

Our guides have extensive knowledge of the Manaslu Circuit trekking route, having guided its trails countless times. They are familiar with the landscape, weather patterns, and altitude challenges that you may encounter during the trek.

With Himalayan Recreation, you can trust that you will have the time of your life during the trek. As our package can be further customized according to your needs, our entire team is always on standby to help and guide you in creating a truly remarkable 12-day Manaslu trip.

Permit Guidelines for Trek Manaslu

Unlike other trekking regions of Nepal, there are a few that are restricted from trekking independently and require a special permit to enter. The Manaslu region is among the restricted regions of Nepal. There are a total of three permits you need to issue for the Manaslu circuit trekking, which are listed below:

Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu

The cost for the restricted area permit is USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards from September to November. And from December to August, it costs USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP): The cost of the MCAP permit is the same throughout the year, which is USD 30 per person. Likewise, there is no difference in cost with a change in the number of days.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): The cost for ACAP permits is the same throughout the year, which is USD 30 per person. And there is no change in cost with a change in the number of days.

Manaslu Trekking Packing Guide: Essentials for a Comfortable Trek

For an off-beaten trail like the Manasu Circuit trek, it is essential to know what to pack. Here we have prepared a list of all the necessary trekking gear and equipment for the trek. Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu.

You can either buy or rent the equipment and gear, where the cost of renting differs according to season and time. Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good-quality and reliable clothes and footwear, as you will be facing very cold conditions for the trek. Below is the packing list for Trek.

  • Clothing: -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking Shorts; -Waterproof shell jacket and Trousers; Underwear
  • Headwear: -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear and Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bags and backpackers: -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear: sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles and Headgear: -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories: -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories: Camera, portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand Sanitizer

Alternative for the Manaslu Trekking

For those seeking an alternative to the Manaslu Circuit trek, there are several other alluring trekking packages we offer. One favored alternative is the Annapurna Circuit trek, which is a journey circling the Annapurna region. The trek can be completed in around 10 to 16 days.

Another option is the Langtang Trek, known for its diverse landscapes and cultural richness. You can further choose the classic Everest Base Camp Trek which is also a renowned alternative to the Manaslu Trek, allowing you to embark on a journey to the base camp of the world's highest mountain.

If you're looking for a shorter and easier option, then you can go for the Poon Hill Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Each trek offers its own unique charm and rewards, and we can further customize every package according to your time and preference at Himalayan Recreation.

Practical Tips and Facts for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Choose the right season for the Manaslu trek, which is spring or autumn when the weather is clear with stable temperatures.
  • Make sure to carry appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, and a first aid kit.
  • Carry a water bottle, purifying tablets, or a water filter to ensure a safe and sufficient water supply throughout the trek.
  • Walk at your pace and ascend gradually to higher altitudes.
  • Take rest in between the walks as much as you need.
  • Respect the local culture and be mindful of your behavior toward local communities.
  • Carry sufficient cash, which should be in Nepali currency, for the entire trek.
  • Stick together with your trekking group and follow the instructions of your guide to ensure safety.
  • Carry snacks and energy bars to keep yourself fueled along the trail.
  • Practice responsible trekking by disposing of waste properly and following leave-no-trace regulations.
  • Carry a portable charger and power bank to charge your electronic devices along the trail.
  • Make sure to train yourself physically before the trek to increase stamina and endurance.

Significance of Travel Insurance for the Manaslu Trek

Having Travel Insurance is of the highest importance when embarking on treks in Nepal. Especially if it is a remote and challenging trek like Manaslu Circuit. As the rugged and remote trail of the trek carries certain risks, including altitude sickness, injuries, and unexpected emergencies, having travel insurance is crucial.

Travel insurance provides coverage for medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and baggage loss or theft. It offers you financial protection and peace of mind. Before starting your trek, make sure to get comprehensive travel insurance that particularly covers high-altitude trekking in remote regions like the Manaslu Circuit.

As our Manaslu Circuit trek package does not include the cost of travel insurance, you must provide a copy of the comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate during the booking process.

Tipping During the Trek

Tipping is a usual culture while trekking in Nepal, and during the trek, trekkers tip guides and service providers to show appreciation for the services and support provided. It is normal to tip depending on the quality of service and individual preference.

It is also a way to express gratitude for their hard work in making your trek memorable. The tip entirely depends on your personal choice, according to the services you received.

Last-Minute booking of the Manaslu Package with Himalayan Recreation

It is best to book the Manaslu Circuit Package in advance, as it is a remote trek that requires a lot of preparation. Booking in advance ensures an easy and hassle-free process for the journey. However, if you are unable to book in advance due to any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation, offer last-minute booking as well.

In the case of a last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings, there can be unavoidable circumstances out of our control. Make sure to reach out to us as soon as possible for the last-minute Manaslu trek booking by Call or Email.

Sustainable Initiatives for the Tour with Himalayan Recreation

Himalayan Recreation is committed to promoting sustainable travel practices with every trek. We give high emphasis on responsible travel and follow eco-friendly practices such as waste management, using reusable and biodegradable materials, and supporting local communities.

Our trekking packages aim to minimize environmental impact while also enhancing your trekking experience. As a traveler, we encourage you to take part in responsible and sustainable travel practices during the trek. There are several ways to do it, such as not littering the places you visit, taking part in community-building activities, buying souvenirs from locals, and leaving nothing but a footprint along the route.

By choosing Himalayan Recreation for your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will be contributing to the sustainable development of the region and helping preserve natural beauty.

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days FAQs

  • Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team's representatives or Guide at the airport (please note our Company name Plate Himalayan Recreation Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd in the terminal. He/she will then assist you to the hotel in Kathmandu, where you will meet with your trekking Group and Company Tour Manager. If you do not see our representative or nameplate in the airport, Please reach us at +977-9851101413 (24/7). 

  • The visa can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or through an online application before your arrival. For more detailed information regarding the Visa policies.

  • Yes, you can leave your luggage in Kathmandu with us before starting the Manaslu Circuit trek. We will keep all your things safe until you get back to Kathmandu after the completion of the trek. 

  • Yes, it is possible to upgrade to a private vehicle for the ride from Kathmandu to SotiKhola. Private vehicle arrangements can be made according to your choice, but please note that this may incur additional charges. 

  • The Manaslu Circuit Trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal, which lies in the northern part of the country and borders Tibet.

  • Although Manaslu Trekking is considered a challenging trek, beginners with a good level of fitness and preparation can complete it. It is important to acclimatize and take the required precautions during the trek.


  • Whether the trekking is right for you depends on your fitness level, trekking experience, and personal preferences. If you are physically fit and seeking a remote trail then, the Manaslu trek is perfect for you. 


  • Manaslu Trek is a moderately strenuous trek recommended to trekkers having previous trekking experiences. The trekking route takes you to one of the most secluded parts of Nepal and has a challenging trail with numerous ascents and descents. Likewise, the trek also takes you to high-altitude settlements above 4000 m. Thus, you should be physically fit and healthy with prior trekking experience for the Trek. 

  • Manaslu circuit trek is situated in the central west part of Nepal taking you on a round trip of the World's eighth highest mountain Manaslu. The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola or Machhakhola. The total distance you travel from Kathmandu to Sotikhola/Machhakhola is 138 km which is 80 miles. From there you pass through several villages, crossing Dharamsala, and Larkya La passes, ending your trip at Besisahar. In this round trip, you cover a total distance of 177km.

  • To commence on the journey of the Manaslu circuit, you first need to reach the starting point of the trek, which can be Sotikhola or Machhakhola. You can either book a private jeep or catch a local bus early in the morning to reach the starting point of the trek. The drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola takes around 8-9 hours roughly. 

  • As Manaslu Region falls under the restricted area of Nepal, trekking solo in the Manaslu region is prohibited. You will at least require a licenced trekking guide with you and you will have to pay twice for the special permit to trek in Manaslu and we can say "Yes".

  • No, you cannot trek Manaslu without a guide. Manaslu region is listed as one of the restricted regions of Nepal, which means you obligatorily need to have a guide and a companion for trekking in this region. 

  • Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain with a height of 8,163 m. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal lying in Thoche, Dharapani, and Samagaun Village Development Committee of Manang and Gorkha Districts in the Western Development Region of Nepal. 

  • As the trek takes you to the high altitude, it can get frigid at nighttime as you ascend to a higher elevation. In the spring season, the temperature ranges from -4 degrees to 18 degrees while in the summer the temperature can rise to 25 degrees in the lower elevation. In the autumn season, the temperature can range from -2 degrees to 20 degrees. During the coldest time of the year, winter the temperature can decrease to -6 degrees.

  • Manaslu Base Camp is situated in the western central part of Nepal in the lap of the World's eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu. 

  • Mount Manaslu is called the killer mountain by the locals, although it is not the highest and falls on the position of the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is because more than 60 mountaineers have given their lives while summiting this mountain. It is a dangerous and difficult peak to climb.

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