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Manaslu Circuit Trek


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded as one of Nepal’s finest treks. Despite its recent popularity, the Manaslu Trek is still isolated and off-the-beaten-path in comparison to Nepal’s more well known teahouse treks. The half loop leads from Arughat in the Gorkha district up the Buri Gandaki Valley to the culturally Tibetan village of Sama, crossing the 5,100m Larkya La to end at Dharapani on the Annapurna Circuit. There are fine views of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-tallest mountain, and some great side trips to lakes and glaciers. The early stages of the trek were badly hit by the earthquake but lodges have reopened and some sections of the trail have been rerouted.

Quick Facts

Best Time : March - May & September - November

Duration : 13 Days

Max. Altitude : 5160 M

Commences At : Kathmandu

Ends At : Kathmandu

  • Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola
  • Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat
  • Trek from Jagat to Deng
  • Trek from Deng to Namrung
  • Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon
  • Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon – hike to Manaslu Base Camp
  • Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo
  • Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala
  • Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5,135m)
  • Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Final Departure from Kathmandu


Our team will receive you at Kathmandu airport and assist in transferring you to the hotel. Today is considered a rest day giving you the chance to explore Thamel at your leisure. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.



1) Group transportation from Kathmandu to Machhakhola (trek start point) 

2) Group transportation from Dharapani to Kathmandu. 

3) 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & tea or coffee)

4) Accommodation during the trekking in standard room on twin sharing basis

5) Water purification tablets or liquor for safe drinking water

6) Professional government license holder trekking guide and his salary.

7) Transport, food & accommodation for guide, assistant guide & Porters

8) Backpack off loading (Maximum 12 kg each person)

9) Manaslu Restricted Area Permit 

10) Manaslu Conservation area permit (MCAP) Fee

11) Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit

12) Annapurna Conservation area permit (ACAP)

13) Kathmandu to Machhakhola & Dharapani to Kathmandu transport for porters

14) Insurance for Nepali staffs.

15) Basic medical kit.

16) All government, local taxes and company expenses.


1) International air fare to/ from Nepal.

2) Entry Visa fees - for foreigners.

3) Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

4) Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.

5) Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc.

6) Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

7) Personal gear and expenses.

8) Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to sun are certain factors which necessitate the need to for proper mountaineering equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.


  1. Trekking Boots / Shoes (preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of cotton and woolen socks (at least 5-6 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 3-4)
  4. Thermals ( Top and pant) 
  5. Cotton T-shirts (5 to 6 minimum)
  6. Water proof jacket/windcheater
  7. Down jacket 
  8. 01 Peak Cap + at least 01 Woolen Cap
  9. 02 pair of warm gloves (Liners and outer)
  10. One pair floaters
  11. Sweatshirt/ sweater


  1. Air bag / Duffel bag / Rucksack (No Suitcases during the trek)
  2. Day Back Pack + Drinking Water Bottle 1 Litre
  3. Torch + Batteries
  4. Sleeping Bag (can be rented in Kathmandu) 
  5. Knee / Ankle / Wrist Guards (if required)
  6. Nail Cutter / Pocket / Pen Knife
  7. Cold cream
  8. Hand sanitizer
  9. Chap-stick / Vaseline
  10. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste / Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  11. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band aids, painkillers & Moov/ Iodex, Vics Vaporub, D-Cold etc.)
  12. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  13. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, glucose etc.
  14. Good quality Sun shades.
  15. Sun block (SPF50+)

Note: If you are unable to procure any of the above mentioned items, then suitable arrangements will be made so that the same can be either bought or rented in Kathmandu based upon actuals.

The Trek to the Manaslu circuit is one quite challenging yet among the most beautiful treks in Nepal and requires participants to be in good physical shape to be able to do the trek comfortably. Even though the trek in the region can be steep & strenuous at some places, it does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience neither does it require any technical experience; only that you be in good physical conditioning and be able to hike at a comfortable pace for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and exercises for muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable. Our goal is to climb Kala Patthar at 18,200 feet and walk on broken glacial moraine all the way into Base Camp at 17,500 feet. You will spend 12 days in a land where life is simple, trails are steep and the air is thin. We recommend the following schedule to the participants:
We recommend the following schedule to the participants
  1. Week One: Participants should develop a habit of being able to get up in the morning and run / brisk walk for a minimum of 3-4 Km at least 3-4 days a week. This would represent at least 20-25 minutes of cardio exercise. Though difficult at first, keep at it. You can stop and take breaks as well. During the day, you should get into the habit of avoiding elevators and taking the steps. You should be able to climb at least 4/5 flights of steps daily. (Avoid going down steps too fast as this could result in some knee injuries). If you Don’t enjoy running and are into some other sport like cycling or swimming, spend about 45 mins cycling or about 600 – 800 mts of swimming for at least 4 days a week .
  2. Week Two: Assuming you have successfully survived week one and are consistent with your exercise, you can take up the pace a notch. Increase your distance to 5/6 kms per day and 5 times a week, you can additionally go to a gym. Avoid heavy weight training. Focus more on a core workout. These are your muscle groups that run along the length of your body and helps maintain your posture and sustains you during your long hours of working.
  3. Week Three: In addition to the week Two exercise, one additional feature you should add in Week Three is walking for half an hour during the evenings with a backpack on carrying 3-4 kgs. This could be 2lts of water, some snacks, a jacket etc. This will help strengthen your back and shoulders thus preparing you for the long hours of trekking. If you don’t want to just simply walk, also try increasing your time on climbing flight of steps. As compared to week One, you should aim to be able to climb 10-12 flight of stairs comfortably.
  4. Week Four: Sustenance. Keep up the tempo, sustain the workout. Try avoiding doing anything very rigorous but be consistent with morning and evening walks / runs and climbing flight of stairs.
  5. Week Five: Sustain the workout. Increase only if you feel comfortable. Start doing an additional 10-15 mins of climbing stairs in the morning / evening with a daypack of 2-3 kg; about 20-25 floors once a day should help increase the stamina and Endurance considerably.

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