Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Best views of Himalayas range. Views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal and Larkay Peak.
  • Manaslu was first summited in 1956. by Japanese  and Trek through ethnic communities.
  • Mani walls and civilizations are best for cultural exploration Here are various views of bio-diversity and natural scenery.

Trip Overview

Manaslu Region Trek, a popular trekking destination in recent years holds unique natural and cultural heritages. Manalsu is a name of the mountain, which is the eight highest mountains in the world with the height of 8,156m. Introduced as one of the best trekking destinations in the world, Manaslu region presents trekking routes like Manaslu circuit, Tsum valley. In this region inhabited by mostly an ethnic group. People from the region follow traditionally Tibetan Buddhism. Most people from this region are depending on farming and some are in tourism like runners of lodges.


The paths of Manaslu region holds enthralling landscapes, panoramic vistas of grand mountains, and nineteen wooded areas holding rhododendron and bamboo trees as well as home for diverse floras and faunas. Larkya La pass lying 5220 m high is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek. you will be rewarded with eye-catching mountain views like the tenth highest mountain Annapura I in the world at 8,091 meters (26,545ft) above sea level, and was the first of the Eight-thousanders to be climbed. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) I is the seventh highest mountain in the world and the highest mountain within the borders of a single country. Manaslu (8,156m), an elevation of 8,156 meters (26,759 ft) the world’s eighth highest mountain and Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna.

This view alone makes the trek advisable. High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 15 days teahouse trek. you need to have a special Restricted Area Permit which costs $70 per week and trekkers must travel in a group of two with a licensed guide requires special permit for trekking.

In addition, Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) fee and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) fee for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail.



Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700 m lodge
Day 2 Soti Khola to Machha Khola 940 m lodge
Day 3 Maccha Khola to Jagat 1640 m lodge
Day 4 Jagat to Deng 1600 m lodge
Day 5 Deng to Namrung 2640 m lodge
Day 6 Namrung to Lho 2967 m lodge
Day 7 Lho to Sama Gaun 3540 m lodge
Day 8 Acclimatization Day – Side Trip-Manaslu Basecamp/ Birendra Tal 4400 m lodge
Day 9 Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m lodge
Day10 Sama Gaun to Dharamasala 4460 m lodge
Day 11 Dharmasala- Bimthang vai Larkya La pass (5160m) 3570 m lodge
Day 12 Bimthang to Dharapani 1700 m lodge
Day 13 Bimthang to Kathmandu vai Besi Shar 1300 m lodge
Day 14 Internationale flight

Detail Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu:

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the manaslu  trek each day program. O/n at hotel.


Day 2: Exploration Day in Kathmandu & trekking preparation:

A government registered city guide will take you on a ride through several World Heritage Sites inside Kathmandu which include Pashupatinath Temple Complex, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swayambhunath Stupa. The tour on the second day concludes with a visit to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square premises which holds sites like Basantapur Museum and home of Living Goddess- Kumari. O/n at hotel.


Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (940m): 9-10 hours.

Away from the Kathmandu, you will set Long to drive to Soti Khola with an altitude of 530 m, after crossing the thin trail through the rustic village, along with terraced fields of Budhi Gandaki. The trail will go off at the back of Budi Gandaki, passing complicated land, the plentiful waterway at the core of the village. O/n at hotel.


Day 4: Soti khola to Machha Khola (890m): 6-7 hours.

On the following day, you will move to Machha Khola (890m), after spending a night in Soti Khola. You will stumble upon numerous stars and descend. Then, Moving to the direction from the valley the trail will take you to downward, onto the banks of the river to the village of Machhakhola where you will get to view the Ganesh Himal. O/n at hotel.


Day 5: Machha khola to Jagat (1,650m): 6-7 hours.

On the following day, you will move into the forest of a miniature section, you will turn up at the demanding tea house placed at Doban. It is a benefit to experience the rapids at Budhi Gandaki. You will cross the suspension bridge over the river at Lauri and then get prepared to  put off upon a renowned trail to the lowland of Jagat (1,650m). O/n at hotel.


Day 6: Jagat to Deng (1,800m): 5-6 hours.

Crossing the summit of a spectacular gorge and incoming the mostly not in use area of pine trees proceeding to drop to a trail associating at New Bridge, you will subsequent the trail towards the left Ghap, the Budhi Gandaki and after that in going into its thin gorge on the variable trail crossing the river. After a suspension bridge, the trail comes in a bamboo forest and soar up to the village of Deng (1,800m), taking 5 hours. O/n at hotel.


Day 7: Deng to Gho (2,490 m): 4-5 hours.

Leaving Deng you will move to Gho with an altitude of 2,490 meters. From Deng you will be taking go up and the trek will take almost 4 hours. O/n at hotel.


Day 8: Gho to Lho gaon (3,180m): 4 -5 hours.

Ascending steadily from the earlier trek today you will start to Lho Gaon. Lho gaon is positioned at an altitude of 3,180 meters taking only 4 hours. O/n at hotel.


Day 9: Lho gaon to Samagaon (3,360m) :4-5 hours.

On the following day passing the bridge above the Numla Khola which exhausts the Pungyen Glacier from the Manaslu, it demonstrates the way to Pungyen gompa. The central element of Samagaon is formed all through the two rows of houses fascinating 4 hours. Samagaon is to be found at an elevation of 3,360 meters. O/n at hotel.


Acclimatization day: to Adjust your body with height: 

We spent this day fully exploring the main place of Samagaon for best views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal & Dhaulagiri mountains range, also we will spend our time with their local people. hiking around the hill and visit the monastery. O/n at hotel.


Day 11: Samagaon to Samdu (3,780m): 3 hours.

This is the day allocated for Samdo (3,780 m). So, after breakfast, you will head towards it. In the afternoon, you will able for the perspective on the Pana Danda. You can even move to Samdo Peak, to be found in the Northeast, presenting gracious peak of Manaslu. O/n at hotel


Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4,390m): 4 hours.

From Samdo you will go in the following way to Dharmasala. From Dharmasala you can be seen the lofty mountains like Cheo Himal, Annapurna II, and Himlung. Stay overnight at a tea house. O/n at hotel.


Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya la pass(5140m) to  Bhimthang (3,660m): 9 hours.

Bimthang with an altitude of 3,660 meters is a village which can be used for taking rest. Beneath the Larkya pass, you will trek to Bimthang which is, in fact, a widespread value all the way through plentiful numbers of stone walls and unfilled houses. Trek to Bimthang is not as simple trek if we consider 9 hours of broad trek. O/n at hotel.


Day 14: Bhimthang to Dharapani (2,100m): 7-8 hours.

On the following day, you will shift to Trek dharapani(2100m) with 7 hours of delightful trek. and almost to the end of the trek. O/n at hotel.


Day 15: Dharpani to kathmandu vai Besi shar

From Dharapani we take a long scenic drive to Kathmandu vai Besi Shar. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. kathmandu you can indulge in some shopping or earn some well-deserved rest. O/n at hotel.


Day 16: Departure to international airport :

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

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Equipment List

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.



1. Sun hat or scarf.

2Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.

3Sunglasses with UV protection.


Upper Body:


5Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

6. Fleece jacket or pullover.

7Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional.)

8Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

9Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary.



10Lightweight gloves.

11Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.

12Fleece liner gloves.


Lower Body:

13Underwear. ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

14. Hiking shorts.( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

15Lightweight cotton long pants.

16Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.

17Fleece or wool pants.

18. Gore-tex jacket.

19. Gore-tex jacket trouser.



20thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip).

21.Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip).

22. Hiking boots with spare laces.

23Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp.



24Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fc. [Can rent in Kathmandu]

25Headlamp and batteries.

26. Basic First Aid Kit.

27. Day pack.

28Water bottles (2)oiletries.

29Small wash towel.

30Swise nkife.

31. Leap gurd 30spf.

32Sun cream 50spf.

Before You Go



What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa guide will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of manslu trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Manaslu conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

– For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage – 2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid – 10.

6. Dressing tape – 1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.




8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-Manaslu trek
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Tourist Bus

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