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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Manaslu Trek Itinerary – 14 days

The trek from Arughat to wherever the jeeps can reach above Besisahar takes around 14 days, but can be done more quickly, or more slowly (better), and with side trips to Tsum Valley, from Syabru Besi or even continuing to Jomsom on the Great Himalaya Trail. Itineraries are totally up to you, but here is something to get started with.

Day Walking time Altitude Accommodation
1 6h (Drive) KTM -> ArughatMany good lodges here 550 View Manaslu Resort, Hotel Third Step, Hotel Manaslu. Tel: 9741193195 Uday Shrestha
2 5h Arughat – Soti Khola (or Arket), basic lodges 720 Satkar Guest House, Samjhana G.H. & ABC G.H. Tel: 9808571935 Gorkarna Adhikari
3 5h Soti Khola – Machha Khola, good lodges here 930 Tsum Valley Resort, Everest Guest House Tel: 989746037107 Pradip Gurung
4 6h Machha Khola – Jagat, good lodge (25 rooms, 50 pax) 1440 Jagat Guest House.
5 6h Jagat – Deng, good lodge (20 rooms, 40 pax) 1860 Manaslu Trekkers Home.
6 6h Deng – Namrung, reasonable lodges 2560 Thakali hotel, Tharpu Guest House Tel: 994640011 Tsering Bista Lama
7 4h Namrung – Shyala, basic lodge (or Lho, reasonable) 3500 Peak 29 Guest House Tel: 994640014 Kunsang Dorje
8 2h Shyala – Samagaon, good lodges. Optional rest day in Sama – Manaslu Basecamp excursion. 3500 Samagaoun Guest House, Mt. Manaslu Hotel (Tel: 993644005 Bir Bahadur Lama), Norbu Guest House.
9 4h Sama – Samdo, via Manaslu Basecamp, reasonable lodges in Samdo 3800 Hotel Yak
Hotel Twin Tibetan. Tel: 993640005 Kunsang Tsering
Chez Kelsang
10 4h Samdo – Larkye Phedi, good lodge now (60 pax) 4460 Larke Rest House
11 8h Larkye Phedi – Bimthang, good lodges 3700 Hotel Pungkar, New Tibetan Guest House (993664542), Bimthang Cottage House
12 6h Bimthang – Tilje, good lodges 2300 Many lodges.Mobile phones working from here
13 6h Tilje – Sirichaur, good lodges 1150 Many lodges.
14 6h (Drive) Sirichaur – Besisahar – KTM

On this itinerary you can save one day of acclimatisation on either days 8 or 10. And obviously you can add extra days for rest, or make half days to stay in different villages.

  • Larkya peak, Panbari, Samdo Himal, Nirekha, Saula, Khayang and other peaks can be climbed.
  • Do visit Manaslu basecamp and the Manaslu glacier which is incredible up close.
  • Wonder what Tibet is like? You can gaze into Tibet from the border point which is short trek from Samdo.
  • Ancient Gompas along the trail. Not big but often frequented by Rinpoches due to the relative accessibility of Nubri Valley.
  • From Larkya La you can see four glaciers converging above amazing views to Lamjung Himal and the Annapurnas.
  • It sounds cliché, but Manaslu is an authentic, Nepali trekking experience. It really is like the Annapurna Circuit way back when.

20 Responses

  1. Sujoy Das said on October 19, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Thanks very much.. plan to do this trip soon!

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  2. Chris said on February 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Is December to late to do the Manaslu circuit, or is it to risky getting over the pass?

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  3. Shrestha Chelsea said on February 21, 2012 at 6:27 am

    This itinerary looks good. I will visit very soon. Can you tell me the average per day expenses for Nepalese?

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    • admin@manaslu said on February 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

      if you eat dal bhat it might be 50% of the cost for foreigners, simply because dal bhat is dal bhat. So that would range from around Rs. 130 to 250. Other items will be the same for anyone else as per the menu.
      Accommodation from 100 to 300.

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  4. Manas Banerjee said on April 1, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Sir, We 3 friends r planning to go Manaslu circuit in May 19,2012. Pls help us giving some information.
    1st: We’re going from Thonje, Bimtang side & end to Sotikhola. Is it possible? Is it ideal time?
    2:– Can it be possible to return from Samagaon to Sotikhola in 4 days(as we have less time at hand)?
    3:-Is it true that there is bus service from sotikhola to Arughat? Is it available in the afernoon?
    4:- What r the permit fees for the Indians?

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  5. Manas Banerjee said on April 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you sir.

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  6. Manas Banerjee said on April 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Well , I read this. Reverse is possible. Still, Need the remaining information. Pls help.

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  7. HEMANTA GC said on May 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

    It is good season for manasalu circuit now but you should be aware of avalanche , go enjoy and be careful about your trip……….

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  8. LynnLeng said on October 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hi,
    My husband and I have been refered to your website by Richard Ball. We are looking at doing an itinerary on 8th November or so. We have allocated maximum 14 days for the itinerary. We are comparing between Langtang trail and Manaslu Circuit. As i am a novice with no running or long distance tracking background, what would you recommend for a layman like me? Is the trail trecherous? Please advise. Thank you.

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    • Sadeep Dhungana said on October 28, 2012 at 2:52 am

      Hi Lynna,
      Its nice to read here that you are interested to trek in Nepal. my friends (5) are going to trek in Manaslu from this month last. I am going to trek in Annapurna Base camp myself too. if you are willing to trek around in Annapurna and Langtang please feel free to let me 🙂

      regards,
      Sadeep

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  9. gyanesh basnet said on May 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Dear Admin,
    Thank you for such wonderful pieces of infos here..
    I am planning to trek around manaslu this October with 2-3 friends but we only have 12days in hand(join office at the 13th day)..we have to start the trek frm kathmandu and return kathmandu within this time frame..we have been hiking frequently and don’t have problems walking long hours(I guess 10-12hrs a day)..I need some suggestions regarding the itinerary..and what would be the approx budget for this period excluding guides??
    Feel free to advise the pros and cons….
    Regards,
    Gyanesh

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    • admin@manaslu said on May 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Hello,
      Now that it is possible to take transport from Dharapani, then you should easily be able to complete the circuit in 9 days with proper acclimatisation.
      I suggest you buy a map in Kathmandu and develop an itinerary from there. See http://www.hitt-initiative.org/mla/?page_id=261

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  10. Gregor Frigelj said on February 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Dear!

    In October I planning to come in Nepal and make Mansalu trek and maybe also Mustan.

    Can you make mi some offer for this trip? How long time will take and how will cost me trip around Manaslu?

    Thank you,

    Gregor

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  11. Katelyn said on February 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hi,
    I am looking at a 12-14 day trek. I will arrive in Kathmandu March 23rd. Is there a Manaslu tour available for this date?
    Thanks

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  12. Sergey said on March 13, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    We plan to go to Manaslu trek from 24 May to 7 June. Do you have any ideas about possible weather on this route? If you consider weather there in this time bad could you please offer us any other high and beautiful trek with good view to snowing peaks?

    With best regards,
    Sergey.

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  13. Paul Anderson said on May 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Hi all! Just wanted to report that we just completed a 21-day trek and climb around Manaslu and can report that the circuit is definitely “open for business”! Earthquake damage was less than we thought one year on, and teahouses and homestays are open throughout the route. It’s a wonderful trek with a lot of variety, and very different from the Khumbu region. The only thing missing were the tourists! There weren’t a lot of people on the route.

    We did the Manaslu Circuit (from Soti Khola to Dharapani), the Tsum Valley side-trip (up to Mu Gompa and back), and successfully summited 6,249m Larkya Peak near Larkya La pass (a two-day effort from Base Camp on the glacier at 5,000m, we set up a High Camp at 5,600m, put in some fixed lines and climbed to the summit from there).

    I recorded our entire route (including the climb) with my inReach device and you can view the GPS track at https://share.delorme.com/anderson. Happy to share more info if anyone has some questions. Cheers!

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    • Melissa said on June 14, 2016 at 4:21 am

      Hey Paul,

      It’s good to hear the track remains relatively unchanged, with the bonus of few tourists. I’m slated to spend September-November trekking in Nepal, and the Manaslu Circuit is one that has caught my eye.

      I’m fairly fit, and enjoy long days of walking (8-10 hours/day). I’ve seen quite a few reports showing 15 days. Is that too few in your opinion? Did you stay at teahouses? Did you take a jeep or bus to Arughat? is a guide required? How much ($USD) did you spend? Any other tips would be much appreciated.

      Thanks in advance!

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  14. Sinu lama said on May 11, 2016 at 11:41 am

    hello

    I want to trek to Manaslu plz could you provide me cheap rate. We are family with 4 people. Please tell me good price

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  15. Sudipta Datta said on May 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I would like to participate in Manaslu circuit trek in October end this year. What is the cost per person in a 4-men team? What is the permit fee in this trek per person? Should we have to stay at Kathmandu for arranging permit?

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