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The Manaslu Circut Trek circles the Manaslu massif. Mt. Manaslu is the eight highest mountain at 8,156m.  For many years the Annapurna Circuit trek enjoyed the status of the world’s best trek. But the allure of the Annapurna Circuit trek diminished when a jeep track was built connecting Besi-Sahar to Manang. Furthermore, now with better lodging facilities, trekking around Manaslu has taken over as the best trek in the Himalayas and perhaps the world. Trekking in the Manaslu region is fairly long but the rewards are well worth the commitment.

The Manaslu region is beautiful, remote and culturally fascinating. Brahmin, Chhetris and Gurungs inhabit the sub-tropical lower Buri Gandaki region. And the Nubriba’s inhabit the sub-alpine and alpine parts. The Nubriba’s are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1,600’s. The crux of the Manaslu Circuit trek is the high pass of Larkya La (16,700ft). This is one of the most dramatic pass-crossing in the Himalaya. Since Manaslu is a restricted area, trekking in the Manaslu region requires both a conservation area permit and a restricted area permit.


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a lodge trek. Consequently you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges in the Manaslu region are not comparable to those on the Everest trek but are getting better every year. Additionally, meals are also quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on treks in Nepal.


Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for the trekking in the Manaslu region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). It is NOT recommended to do this trek in Winter months of December, January and February. But you could come in late monsoon in September.

Read about the effects of the post-monsoon rains on treks in early October.


The Manaslu Circuit trek is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at the Larkya La pass (16,700 ft) and the highest overnight elevation is at Dharamsala (14,700 feet). There are two acclimatization days and a couple short days to allow for proper acclimatization. And average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours with one long day of around 8-9 hours. Regardless of the rating, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.


All our Manaslu Circuit Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services. And all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in the cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. Most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. Moreover, with over 30 years of experience, we employ the most professional and friendly staff.

We are also proud to give back to our community through 3 Summits For Nepal managed by Crystal Mountain Treks staff. Contact us to learn more…

Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary (Manaslu Circuit Trek)

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,200ft
Day 2 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,200ft
Day 3 Kathmandu to Arughat. Drive onward to Macchi Khola (8 – 9 hours) Machhi Khola 910m/2,950ft
Day 4 Machhi Khola to Jagat (6 – 7 hours) Jagat 1,410m/4,625ft
Day 5 Jagat to Deng (6 – 7 hours) Deng 1,800m/5,900ft
Day 6 Deng to Namrung (6 – 7 hours) Namrung 2,630m/8,750ft
Day 7 Namrung to Lho (5 hours) Lho 3,200m/10,500ft
Day 8 Lho to Samga Gaon (3 hours) Sama Gaon 3,530m/11,600ft
Day 9 Acclimatization day in Sama Gaon Sama Gaon 3,530m/11,600ft
Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3 hours) Samdo 3,860m/12,700ft
Day 11 Samdo acclimatization day Samdo 3,860m/12,700ft
Day 12 Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4 hours) Larkya Phedi 4,460m/14,700ft
Day 13 Cross Larkya pass (16,700ft) to Bimthang Bimthang 3,720m/12,300ft
Day 14 Bimthang to Gho (6 hours) Gho 2,300m/7,500ft
Day 15 Gho to Tal (7 hours) Tal 1,700m/5,600ft
Day 16 Drive to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,200ft
Day 17 Sightseeing in Kathmandu Kathmandu 1,340m/4,200ft
Day 18 Final departure    
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Detailed Itinerary (Manaslu Circuit Trek)

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet.


Day 2Exploring Kathmandu

Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicateed to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you’ll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.

Then drive to Bhaktapur, the city of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city inn the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. In the evening, back at the hotel, make final preparations for your Manaslu Circuit trek.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.


Day 3Drive to Arughat. And ownard to Maccha Khola

Board a chartered bus to Arughat. We follow the Trishuli river on paved highway for about three hours and then head north to Dhading Besi. From Dhading Besi we start on a jeep track to Arughat which is a good size settlement on the banks of the Budi Gandaki river. Here your permits will be checked at the police station. Continue for another couple hours to Macchi Khola. The total drive can take up to 9 hours.

Overnight Lodge.


Day 04Maccha Khola to Jagat

As you gain elevation, the fields slowly change to wheat and buckwheat fields near the hot-springs at Tatopani (930m/3,051ft). You are welcome to spend some time soaking in the hot-spring before heading out to Dobhan (1,000m/3,280ft). Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, the trail climbs high above the river and then descends through a huge gateway that opens out into a wide valley where the river is calm again. Continue on to the campsite below Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft).

Jagat is a beautiful stone-paved village with a rudimentary trekker’s hotel, shops, and a customs office. Jagat is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, an area where the concept of integrated conservation and development is being implemented to achieve conservation and sustainable development objectives. There is also an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office here where your permits will be checked.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 16.09 kilometers/10 miles
ASCENT: 2,880 feet/878 meters
DESCENT: 1,340 feet/402 meters

Day 05Jagat to Deng

Cross the Buri Gandaki again over a long suspension bridge at Ghatta Khola, then follow the route ustream. Climb up a steep incline to reach Philim (1,590m/5,216ft). Philim is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The hillsides become steeper beyond Philim until Aga.

Trek through a narrow, dramatic gorge with towering walls, and past a thundering waterfall. Cross the river on locally-built bridges and then leave the gorge to climb to the small village of Deng (1,800m/5,905ft). The ‘Nupri’ region starts here at Deng. Nupri translates to “the Western Mountains” and the people of Nupri are direct descendants of Tibetans immigrants who settled here in the 1600s.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 17 kilometers/10.6 miles
ASCENT: 2,490 feet/1,064 meters
DESCENT: 1,750 feet/533 meters

Day 06Deng to Namrung

Cross the Buri Gandaki again into the north bank and climb to the village of Rana (1,980m/6,496ft). Here, you will start observing Mani walls (stones carved with prayers on their surface and stacked to form a wall) – a sign of Tibetan Buddhism being practiced in the area. The trail is level, then climbs and drops and climbs again to the village of Ghap (2,110m/6,922ft). Here you will also walk through a kaani – an archway over the trail decorated with paintings or carvings on the inside. The mani wall in Ghap has elegant carvings said to have been made by a family of stone carvers from Bhi, hig on the hillside above the village. Many of the carvings depict the Buddha in various meditative poses, and others are of Milarepa – The Tibetan hermit who traveled and meditated in this valley.

Walk through barley fields lined with mani walls and continue towards a fir forest, where you might catch sight of the Danphe – impeyan pheasant which is also Nepal’s colorful National bird. Continue climbing into a dense, rhododendron-fir forest and enter Namrung (2,660m/8,727ft) through a stone kaani arch.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 15.5 kilometers/9.6 miles
ASCENT: 4,180 feet/1,275 meters
DESCENT: 1,730 feet/527 meters

DAY 07Namrung to Lho

Beyond Namrung, the trail enters upper Nupri where the residents are of Tibetan origin. Climb past a mani wall and the many fields and houses of Barsam, then up through a fir-rhododendron-oak forest. The trail passes through another stone kaani and enters Lihi (2,900m/9,514ft). Lho is a closely-packed village with unusual architecture: the stone houses are grouped together into units of five or six that share a common roof and courtyard. Most roofs are made of heavy wood shingles.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 15.1 kilometers/9.4 miles
ASCENT: 4,350 feet/1,325 meters
DESCENT: 1,400 feet/426 meters

Day 08 and Day 09Lho to Samagaon (3,530m/11,580ft.)

Head towards Sho (2,960m/9,711ft), whose closely-packed houses you can see on the ridge ahead. From Sho, the views of Ngadi Chuli are spectacular. From here onwards, you will also encounter who may hassle you for shim shim- i.e. sweets or candy. From Sho onwards, and towards Lho (3,180m/10,433ft), you will also start viewing Manaslu. Manaslu north (7,157m/23,480ft) and Nalike Peak (5,5515m/18,093ft).

Samagaon – or Ro, as the locals call it – sits in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to high peaks. There are two gompas (monasteries) here with unique architecture. The residents of Samagaon are Tibetan descendents, and they continue to maintain an active trade with Tibetans across the border. A lay over day is planned at Samagaon during which you can trek towards the Manaslu Base Camp.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 15.1 kilometers/9.4 miles
ASCENT: 4,350 feet/1,325 meters
DESCENT: 1,400 feet/426 meters

DISTANCE: 12.8 kilometers/8 miles
ASCENT: 4,300 feet/1,310 meters
DESCENT: 4,300 feet/1,310 meters

DAY 10 and Day 11Samagaon to Samdo (3,680m/12,660ft.)

Trek to Samdo. Another layover day is planned at Samdo for exploration and acclimatization.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 9.1 kilometers/5.7 miles
ASCENT: 1,300 feet/396 meters
DESCENT: 300 feet/91 meters

DAY 12Samdo to Larkya Phedi

Trek to the base of Larkya la pass. This is a short day of around 3 hours. Retire to bed early to prepare for an early and long pass crossing day. Since very few rooms are available at Larkya Phedi, it is possible that you may have to sleep at the semi-permanent tents set up by the lodge owner. Camp is at 4,480m/14,700ft.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 4.8 kilometers/3 miles
ASCENT: 2,120 feet/646 meters
DESCENT: 200 feet/61 meters

Day 13Cross Larkyala Pass (16,700 ft.) to reach Bimtang (3,720m/12,200ft.)

Wake up early to begin the crossing of Larkya la (5,100m/16,700ft). The guide will decide the exact time but most groups being at 3 – 4 am. The climb is long but gentle and mostly follows the moraine. Prayer flags and a large sign board mark the top of the pass. The descent begins with a steep descent on loose gravel but slowly becomes more gradual. The valley widens as you cross several meadows ending at a large meadow at Bimthang. This is a long strenuous day and can take anywhere between 7 to 10 hours.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 15.5 kilometers/9.6 miles
ASCENT: 2,380 feet/725 meters
DESCENT: 4,750 feet/1,460 meters

DAY 14 and 15Bimthang to Tal (1,700m/5,570ft)

Descend through Rhododendron and oak forests to the Gurung village of Tilje. The trail joins main Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani. And we continue our descent through Tal where the trek ends.

Overnight Lodge.


DISTANCE: 18.5 kilometers/11.5 miles
ASCENT: 740 feet/225 meters
DESCENT: 5,240 feet/1,957 meters

Day 16Drive to Kathmandu

A chartered 4 x 4 will bring you to Kathmandu. The section from Tal to Besi-Sahar is on jeep track through bumpy winding roads that follow the Marsyangdi River southward. From Besi-Sahar, it is a small paved road until Dumre from where you join the main highway in Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar.


Day 17Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Full day exploration of the sights, sounds and pleasant chaos that is Kathmandu. Visit Bodhnath which is a sacred destination for Buddhists from all over the world. Circum-ambulate the sacred monument with devotees, spin the prayer wheels along the stupa walls, and immerse yourself in the experience of Bodhnath.

Then drive to Patan. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum which houses ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar (Palace) Square. The medieval architecture of Patan is the finest with stunning architectural designs of palaces and temples including the Krishna Mandir. Return to hotel. Free evening to prepare for your Ultimate Everest trek.

Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 18Final departure

Transfer to the airport for final departure.


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Cost Information (Manaslu Circuit Trek)

Per person price (valid until December 31, 2024) 

2-4 participants: US$ 2,850 per person

5 – 7 participants: US$ 2,550 per person

8 or more participants: US$ 2,350 per person

Single Supplement: US$300

Please inquire for quote in GB£ or Euros.

  • US$ 200 per person discount on late Autumn treks (10 November onwards). All our treks are private treks for two or more participants and can be arranged for a date of your choosing.

Payment policy:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
  • Balance is payable a week prior to departure or on arrival in Kathmandu.

Cancellation policy:

  • Deposit is non-refundable. But if you cancel a month prior to trek start date, your deposit will be applied to any trek you undertake with us anytime in the future.
  • No refunds for unused services once trek begins.

Price Includes

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information 
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff 
  • All airport transfers 
  • 2 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu as in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments 
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu 
  • Chartered 4 x 4: Kathmandu to Macchi-Khola and Tal to Kathmandu 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Three meals a day on the trek
  • Boiled water for your bottles three times a day 
  • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals 
  • Guide and staff insurance 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee 
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Fee 
  • Manaslu Restricted Area permit 
  • Gamow Bag or supplemental oxygen

Price Excludes

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature
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This 19 day Manaslu Circuit trek program is our standard itinerary. But, for a party of two, we would be more than happy to organize a faster-paced program and reduce the total days to 17 days.

It is also possible to combine this trek with the Annapurna Circuit trek at Dharapani from where you would ascend to Manang and over the Thorung La pass instead of descending to Jagat. This would add around 6 days to the trip.

Also, do consider combining your Nepal trip with a trip to Bhutan or India.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit trek?

There are two preferred seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek: Spring (April through May) and Fall (October through November). Since this trek involves crossing a mountain pass, we recommend beginning the trek a little later in the Spring as the snow may still be a factor at the pass. (Note: other Spring treks begin in March). Also, we do not recommend doing this trek in December as storms can dump snow at that time.

The trek begins at low elevations with sub-tropical climates and day time temperatures can reach the 80’s in humid conditions. Once you get a little higher, day time temperatures range in the 50’s and 60’s (10 to 15 Centigrade) while night-time temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s (0 to 5 Centigrade). Expect night time temperatures of below Freezing past Sama Gaon. And expect some late-afternoon showers in the Spring which is the season for rhododendrons and magnolias. October is historically regarded as the best month to trek with clear skies and better views of the mountains.

How fit do I need to be to do the Manaslu Circuit trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek but anyone who is reasonably fit and can hike 8 miles a day can do this trek with relative ease. Allowing for optimal acclimatization is the key. This is a roller coaster trek with some steep ascents and descents. So the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the trek. While this trek does not involve any technical climbing, expect ice on the ascent to and/or descent from the pass. Gaiters and Yaktrax (https://yaktrax.implus.com/products/traction/)
or micro-spikes are a good idea.

It is advised that anyone with a pre-existing condition consult their doctor before signing up for a trek.

We rate the Manaslu Circuit Trek a 5 on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging).

Check out our article on training for treks.


Can a beginner do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

There are two aspects to completing and enjoying a trek: Physical and Mental. The daily mileage covered on a moderately-paced Manaslu Trek isn’t too challenging for anyone in good physical shape as you would only have to walk up to 8 miles per day (slightly longer on the pass day). But on the mental side, it’s a good idea to establish that you like hiking and don’t mind basic conditions, so that you can actually enjoy the experience when you do it.

What kind of food should I expect on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Meals on the Manaslu Circuit trek are slightly more basic compared to that on the Everest Base Camp Trek. In general, expect porridge (Oatmeal), toast, eggs (any style), muesli, hash browns etc for breakfast. And sandwich, pizzas, momos, noodles (dry and with soup), rolls, fried rice, Indian bread with vegetables etc for lunch and dinner. Nepali dal-bhat (rice-lentils with vegetables and/or meat) is a staple at all the lodges.

Ours is an OPEN menu. Meaning we allow our clients to order anything from the lodge menu besides bottled beverages, specialty coffee and packaged snacks. We also don’t limit the number of items per meal as long as you aren’t wasteful. When choosing your trekking company, ask if meals are fixed or if you are only allowed to order one item from the menu. If this isn’t the case, costs can add up over 15/16 days.

Check out our article on food options for vegetarians.

What gear do I need for the trek? Can I purchase/rent some in Kathmandu?

Layering is key. And it’s always recommended to trek with good branded gear. A good pair of hiking boots that’s been broken in is very important. Good top and bottom base layers, a mid layer (fleece or capilene), and an outer layer (Gore-tex or other material). If you tend to get cold quickly, bring a down parka especially for the evening at the lodge. On most days, you’d be hiking in a convertible hiking pant that can be converted into shorts and one or two top layers.

if you’re trekking with Crystal Mountain Treks, we provide a sleeping bag (rated to 0 degree F or -17 degree C), duffel bags, down jacket and Steripen for water purification to our clients for no charge.

It is possible to buy cheap and relatively functional gear in Kathmandu – convertible pants, down jackets, fleece, Gore-tex jackets. But remember, you get what you pay for. Wool gloves, hats, socks are available too.

There are quite a few branded stores too. North Face, Moutain Hardwear, Marmot and Sherpa. If you’re coming from Australia or Europe, items in these shops are probably cheaper than back home. But if you’re coming from the US, it’s better to buy branded gear at home.

Can I drink tap water on the trek? How/Where can I get safe drinking water?

Nepali tap water is NOT safe to drink. Even if you see the locals drinking water straight from the tap, never drink water before boiling or sterilizing. Bring water purifying tablets or other water purifiers. At higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to buy boiled water from teahouses. If you plan to use a STERIPEN, bring wide mouth water bottles. You would need at least 2 one-liter water bottles for the trek. Even if you plan to bring a hydration pack, bring 1 one-liter water to sterilize the water before pouring into your hydration pack.

Crystal Mountain Treks will provide you with a Steripen to use on the trek for no charge.

Do read our blog on safe drinking water options: Hydration on treks in Nepal

How should I prepare for the trek?

The more physically fit you are, the more you will enjoy the trip. There are three aspects to training for any trek.

1) Cardiovascular Training will make your body more efficient in using oxygen. Running, walking, swimming or biking, or any combination of these are great for cardiovascular conditioning.

2) Strength Training by either using free weights or machines at the gym will build hiking strength. Walking stairs, especially with a pack will simulate the hiking environment. We also recommend practicing squats. Trekkers will encounter low hanging obstacles to duck under, and many toilets are at ground level, which requires a low squat.

3) Endurance Training is where you build endurance in the months leading up to your trek, slowly increase your length of training sessions. By the time you are 2 weeks from the scheduled trek date you should be able to ascend 3,000 ft. in a 3-4 hour period.

In the end, the more your training simulates a trek, the better off you will be. So hiking 4-5 hours outdoors, uphill and downhill, about once or twice a week in addition to other cardio vascular training at the gym or at home will greatly benefit and prepare you for the trek.

What are the toilet facilities like on the trek? Will I have a chance to take a shower?

Most tea houses have a common toilet. Some tea houses, especially those at the beginning of the trek, have en suite rooms. While squat toilets are more prevalent, newer lodges have Western style toilets.

It is possible to shower in almost all the lodges. And hot shower usually means a bucket of boiled water. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $2-$5 for this service.

Which vaccinations are required for trekking in Nepal?

No vaccinations are REQUIRED. There are some that are recommended. Check out websites of the following for immunization that are recommended:

1) CIWEC hospital in Nepal

2) CDC (Center for Disease Control)

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Sarah Sentz

Group Traveller

Crystal Mountain Treks provided comprehensive pre-trip information. Staff was incredibly well cared for with appropriate gear. We experienced the 7.8 magnitude earthquake after crossing Larke La Pass on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Many other trekkers were left to figure out logistics on their own, whereas Crystal Mountain staff remained with us. There was little available information following the earthquake, but staff was able to communicate with other Nepalis to figure out our safest plan. We are forever grateful to Crystal Mountain for an incredible adventure and for surviving an intense experience together. Rajbeir, Sune, Khadga, and Padum were constantly professional through our entire trek.

June 17, 2015

Ralph Oberg

Group Traveller

The staff and porters were all skillful, knowledgeable, cheerful and
friendly. They went to great lengths to make sure we were safe, comfortable
and well fed with varied and delicious meals. For a first-time, 60 year old
neophyte trekker like me, their professionalism, equipment , attention to
detail, and enthusiastic desire to serve our needs quickly put any
insecurities I had to rest. I know, without a doubt, which company I will
go with, when I can succumb to the inevitable desire to return.

October 5, 2011

Lee Stroncek

Group Traveller

Hi Jwalant,

Just want to reiterate how much I enjoyed the spring trek on the Manaslu circuit with the Ganesh and Tsum valley extentions. After several Autumn treks in Nepal, my first spring trek more than met my expectations. The diverse scenery, flora and fauna were all glorious, especially the rhododenron in bloom. The cultural diversity encountered on this trek was also fascinating.

The entire crew provided by CMT was first-rate in all respects They were always eager to please, and in several instances provided service above and beyond the call of duty; ever watchful of our welfare and safety.
I must also say that our Head Cook (Manju Rai) proved exemplary in the culinary department, providing hearty and tasty meals.

From wake-up tea in my tent in the morning to goodnight tea in the dining tent each evening it was always “service with a smile”.

CMT is a well-run, well-organized company that charges reasonable fees for it’s services. I would recommend them to anyone interested in Asian treks and tours.

October 5, 2011