Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu Circuit trek offers majestic view of Himalchuli (7,893 m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Sarangi Himal (7,161 m), Ganesh Himala II (7,118 m) and other several peaks. Manaslu Circuit Trek also involves the crossing of one of the most dramatic high passes, Larkya La pass.

Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened for trekking in 1991 A.D.

Larke Pass-Manaslu circuit Trek
Larke Pass

Manaslu Circuit Trekking permit

Since, this region is isolated region, all the trekking activities are looked after by Government of Nepal. Trekkers will have to have permits to trek in this region. The permit and the cost for it depends on the number of days you will stay in this region. Trekkers should have four permits for Manaslu Trek.

  1. Manaslu restricted permit
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit(MCAP)
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP)
  4. Tsum Valley Permit(TSP) ( Only if you are going to Tsum Valley )

Cost to trek Manaslu

Permit Cost

1. Manaslu restricted permit.

During September to November: This permit costs USD 70.00 for first seven days and USD 10.00 each additional day.

During December to August: This permit costs USD 50.00 for first 7 days and USD 7.00 each extra day.

2. Manaslu Conservation Area permit(MSAP)

Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Rupees 200 per person and for other

Nationals is Rupees 2,000 per person.

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Rupees 200 per person and for other Nationals is Rupees 2,000 per person.

4. Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley)

If you want to continue the trek to Tsum Valley trek, it will cost you USD 35 for each person per week.

Transportation Cost

Trek begins at Arughat or Soti Khola. You can either hire a private jeep which is expensive than taking a local bus. Hiring a jeep will cost you USD 150–200 on each way. While taking a local bus is much cheaper at the cost of USD 10 per person.

You can catch the local bus to Arunghat from the capital city at around 7:00 AM.

Guide Cost

Since, this region is restricted and protected we don’t see solo trekkers in this region. Trekkers normally trek in groups accompanied by a guide.

According to Government policies you should be accompanied by authorised trekking guide. This can be arranged by your hotel or by any trekking company.

A professional guide will usually cost you USD 20–25 per day.

Porter Cost

If you are considering a porter instead of a guide, they will charge you around USD 18–22 inclusive of food and accommodation.

Porters will carry all your load and charge you per kilo. You can either take a guide and carry all your load by yourself or take a porter or both.


As manaslu region is an isolated area you won’t be able to find lavish hotels there. But there are a lot of tea house in this region where you can sleep and have simple Nepali meals. Tea house charge USD 6 to 10 for each nights.

Food Costs

Since, it is an isolated region the food will cost more in this region than in any other trekking route of the country. The food here may cost you USD 5 for each meal.

A cup of tea or coffee could cost you USD 1.5 — USD 4 and USD 2 — USD 4 respectively. A bottle of beer will cost you about USD 2 — USD 5. A bottle of water or soda will cost you around USD 0.5 — USD 4.

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Best time to trek Manaslu

The Manaslu circuit trek is one of the major attraction for trekking in Nepal. Like most of the trekking routes in Nepal it cannot

Spring and Autumn are the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek. During Autumn, the best months to trek is October , November , December. You can also trek in January.

During Spring, March, April and May is considered as the best months.

During these seasons the weather is perfect and you can view the mountains range clearly.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itenerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Elevation of 1,300m/4,264 ft

Day 2: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola

   Elevation of 710m/2,328ft

             (9 hours drive)

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola

  Elevation of 900m/2952ft

            (6–7 hours trek)

Day 5: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat

  Elevation of 1,410m/4,625ft

            (6–7 hours trek)

Day 6: Trek to Jagat to Deng

Elevation of 1,804m / 5,917 ft

          (6–7 hours trek)

Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung

   Elevation of 2,630m / 8,626 ft

              (6–7 hours trek)

Day 8: Trek from Namlung to Samagaon

  Elevation of 3,530m/11,578ft

            (6–7 hours trek)

Day 09: Exploring Pungyen gompa

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon — Samdo

    Elevation of 3860m/12,660 ft

              (4–5 hours trek)

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo

Day 12: Trek from Samdo — Dharamsala/Larkya B. C.

    Elevation of 4460m/14, 628 ft

              (4–5 hours)

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala — Larke la

    Elevation of 5160m/16, 924 ft — Bimthang 3720m/12, 201 ft

               (8–9 hours)

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang — Tilije

    Elevation of 2300m/7544ft

              (5–6 hours)

Day 15: Trek from Tilije — Dharapani (3–4 hours) and drive to Besishar

    Elevation of 825m

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

              (5–6 hours)

Day 17: Final departure

How fit do you need to be to trek the Manaslu Circuit Trail?

Talking about difficulties this trek is a demanding trek. But with certain level of fitness, willingness and a bit of preparation anyone can make this trek a success. We have seen trekkers of various age groups trekking in Manaslu Circuit area. You should be prepared to walk at least 5 hours a day. There are a lot of tea houses in this trekking route, so if you feel like you need a rest you can always rest there.

The trail takes you through the remote villages, lush green forest, rivers, waterfalls, and breathtaking mountain vistas. You will get to witness striking view of some of the highest mountains. Like Mt.Himalchuli, Mt.Ganesh, Mt.Manaslu, and many more.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek map
Manaslu circuit map

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  1. Steve Rogers

    Great article. I loved your post and thanks for sharing this. Keep it up! Frolic Adventure

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