Trip Overview

Trip Name : Manaslu Circuit Trek (14 Days)
Maximum Altitude :  5,125m
Trip Duration : 14 Days
Group Size : 1 to 15
Best Time : Autumn/Fall
Difficulty Level : Adventure
Start / End Point : Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Activity : 6-7 hrs walking(Approx.)
Nature of Trek : Teahouses/Lodge

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers trekkers a massive Himalayas panoramic view. It is relatively less crowded than Annapurna and Everest Trekking.

In 1991 AD, Manaslu Region was opened for trekking. It is the 8th tallest mountain of the World. The upper part of Manaslu is located at the border of Tibet.

Manaslu Circuit is getting popular day by day like trek to Mardi Himal. We can see stunning views of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna II, Shringi Himal, and many more mountains.

Funny things:

There are lots of mountains which are still unnamed till today. When you exit from Manaslu Circuit Area, you can do also Annapurna Circuit trek.

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is a combined trek of 2 restricted areas trekking. In 21 days, we can do Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek. This trek gives the opportunity to see Mt Manaslu ranges as well as the hidden town Tsum Valley.

Getting there and away

The distance of Kathmandu to Sotikhola is around 142km(80 miles). To Pass this distance you can choose private Jeep or Local Bus. If you wish to go by Jeep, then it will be more comfortable and fast reach to our destination. It takes around 6 hours by Jeep to reach Sotikhola if there is no traffic jam or road construction. You can stop the jeep as you want on the way.

But the Public Bus takes around 8 hours and it will go only Arughat. They make a break someplace for Food and toilets. On the bus their will more local people than tourist.

How to back from MCT?

From Dharapani, you can reserve or hire a Jeep to Besisahar. There will be lots of vehicles to come back to Kathmandu. You can get Microbus, Car, Local Bus and Touristbus also.

Manaslu Circuit Itinerary

We can make the Manaslu itinerary in between 12 days to 21 days. The 12 days and 14 days itinerary is for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. Here I’ve made 12 and 14 days itinerary. For Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Hiking, 21 days will require.

Manaslu is thehighest peakof the Gorkha District. Samagaun (3350M) is one of the famous places on the Manaslu region trek. This village lies just opposite part of Mt. Manaslu (8167m)which is one of the top 14 mountains above 8000-meter height.

If the weather is clear you can see the sunrise on the top of mt. Manaslu and most of the trekkers take 2-day rest in this place so then they can go to the lake near the village called Birendra lake.Minimum two people need to get permits for Manaslu.

Manaslu Trek Permit

Since Manaslu is the restricted trekking region of Nepal, you need to buy special permits for trekking. At least 2 people must have to get Manaslu Permit. It means solo trekkers can’t get the permit by individually. But they can do join trekking with other trekkers so that he/she can get a permit.


What are the Highlights?

  • Experience the Hindu and Tibetain mix of Buddhist culture.
  • Protected Manaslu wildlife.
  • Dozen of peaks which are higher than 6000m visible on the way.
  • Beautiful Budhi Gandaki rivers.
  • stunning Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapuran scenery
  • Larke Pass( 5,125)
  • Hike to Manaslu Base Camp to see the 8th tallest peak(Mt.Manaslu) of the world (8,156 m)

Cost Includes:

Cost Excludes

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Manaslu trek?

The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit is approx 177km. In the past, there was no road access to Manaslu Hiking Areas as well as Annapurna Circuit ( Dharapani to Besisahar).
So at that time, we should do the whole Manaslu Circuit. It’s called Classical Manaslu Circuit. The duration of CLASSICAL MANASLU Circuit is 17 days which starts from Aarughat and ends at Besisahar.
Nowadays you can do customized routes. In 10 days, ( Starts from Sotikhola and Trek Ends at Dharapani). But in 11 days you can ends trek at Chamche.
Rest day and side trips make a trip long on MT.
Here is the shortest itinerary.
10 days (Kathmandu-SotiKhola-Dharapani-Kathmandu )
11 days (KTM-SotiKhola-Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu )
Choose 3 of 1 Manaslu route which is more suitable for you.

Can we do it in 12 days?

Here is a 12 days long itinerary of MCT.
1st Day: Kathmandu to Soti Khola
2nd Day: Maccha Khola
3rd Day: Jagat
4th Day: Deng
5th Day: Namrung
6th Day: Samagaon
7th Day: Samagaon to Pungyen gompa. Stay at Samagaon
8th Day: Samdo
9th Day: Dharamsala
10th Day: Dharamsala to Bhimthang vai Larke La
1th Day: Dharapani
12th: Dharapani to Kathmandu by Drive

When is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Since we should pass Larkya La(5,125) to do Manaslu Trek, it’s wishful to choose the best time. If you’re wondering about when to go Manaslu Trek then your answer is the following.
During winter time From Samagauon to Bhimthang, you’ll find it difficult to trek due to cold temperatures.
So expect wintertime, we can do Manaslu trek but for the best weather, March to April and September to December is the best season for Manaslu Hiking.
Manaslu Hiking in December:
view from birendra lake manaslu
December is the winter season in Nepal. Even though there is no snow on the trail in December, cold temperatures make the trek hard. In the morning and evening when you’re in the hotel, you’ll feel very cold in December at Mt.Manaslu Hiking.

How difficult is the Manaslu trek?

For the beginner’s trekkers, it is difficult to do Larkey La(5,125m). 3 nights above 4000m, which is not an easy trek. But if you are an experienced hiker, you can do this hike.

Can we get Vegetarian food or nonvegetarian food?

Every 3 to 4 hours walk, you’ll get launch spot. You can order meals according to your wish which is available on the menu. Vegetarian and Nonvegetarian both types of meals, you’ll get on Around Manaslu Hiking.

If you use water purification then it will be a great contribution to make a plastic-free environment.

What types of hotels can we get?

At the beginning phase of this trail, it is compulsory to Camping trek. Because there was no Teahouse. But slowly local people made teahouses. Nowadays you can get a room with two single beds. Some places they also made rooms with inside toilets. It looks simple but it is neat and clean.
Before go to sleep, you can sit in a warm dining hall. Hotel to firewood heating system to make the dining hall warm.
Nowadays they are improving their teahouse. Hotel owners are concerning to improve the quality of Teahouses.

Can we get WIFI?

No. Only some places you’ll get WIFI.

Do we need a guide for Manaslu Trek?

Yes, you must have a local license holder guide.

Can I get only a guide for Manaslu Trek?

Sure. If you want to get only a local guide for Manaslu, we Base Camp Hike Pvt Ltd is always welcome to you. Being Manaslu trek is restricted areas, you must have Nepali License Holder Trekking Guide.
Sure, you can do Manaslu Guide Hire. The best thing about us is we have some local expert guides of the Manaslu Region. If you wish to have MCT local expert guides then contact Base Camp Hike.


Wonderful Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 days!!

Rated 5 out of 5

With a group of 3 people, we did the Manaslu Circuit in 12 days. Jayaram with his agency( Base Camp Hike) gave us all the necessary permits, the jeep for transport to Machhakhola, a great guide, and the strong porters. The service was punctual and efficient. I highly recommend Base Camp Hike for MANASLU TREK.


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