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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.


This website was made simply to provide up to date and interesting information about the Manaslu Circuit Trek – and Tsum too! It is a wonderful trek, and the people of the area will benefit more if more tourists use local accommodation and services i.e. tea-houses.

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15 Responses

  1. Thomas said on January 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I like to do a tea-house treck with my partner in spring. For budget purpose i like to know approx. cost for accomodation and meals.
    Can any body help?
    Thanks Thomas

  2. Bob Travels said on July 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Any news about lifting the restricted area for this trek?

    • admin@manaslu said on July 6, 2012 at 5:24 am

      Hi Bob,
      If you have been following the news of Nepal, you’ll know the political situation stalled and elections will be called in a year’s time I think. I don’t know what decisions the government can make in this interim period, but I guess decision like this will be low priority if they can be decided at all.
      I’ll post back if more news comes.

  3. Sadeep Dhungana said on October 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Hi there,
    i am looking for 10 to 12 days Manaslu circuit trek itinerary ( lodge ). Could you please kindly let me know the details of walking distance, hours, facilities and name of lodges as soon as possible? would be so much great if you can provide me day by day description !

  4. Bob Travels said on October 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I have just completed this trek. I will be posting a short summary of how I found it in the next few days.

    To answer your question.

    Each day you will be walking between 4 to 8 hours.

    There are just a few lodges in each village with the exception of Sama (Samagoan), where there are at least 10 lodges, presumably to support the Manaslu climbers and their teams.

    Lodges are basic, menus all the same.

    As you will be with a guide (government requirement) he will show you the lodges.

    All the itineraries are pretty much the same, plus minus extra days in Sama and Samdo.

  5. Laura Henkel said on January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm


  6. Laura Henkel said on January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Hi there,
    I left a comment earlier. We are hoping to do Manaslu circuit mid-December this year. We are a family of four…two boys age 12 and 16. Strong and experienced hikers at altitude. Are we nuts for considering this in December? Having done a few teahouse treks in Nepal we love the aspect of other people we meet enroute. Sounds like December pretty quite and we may not even see any other trekkers?
    Just soliciting feedback. And will the lower elevations be pretty chilly as well? I’m guessing so. We have trekked in March in the past but have to do this when it is logical for school kids.
    Thank you,

  7. Bob Travels said on January 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    1. Nuts: No.

    2. Meeting other people? I did this trek in the peak period and hardly met anybody else except in Samagoan, where the climbing teams were hanging out, and Daramasala, where a whole bunch of people appeared from nowhere. In December you will probably be on your own…. One issue might be whether Daramasala will be open at that time. To trek from Samdo over the pass in one day is a long long day.

    As in my report, I would not do this trek again due to the extra permits and the requirement to take a guide. If they ever drop that, then I would go again.

    To meet lots of other people I would stick to the Annapurna or Khumbu regions.

    • Laura Henkel said on January 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks so much Bob. Funny we usually try to avoid the more popular/tourist season etc. However, Manaslu does sound pretty desolate…
      I understand Daramasala will most likely be closed…and thru this website have some ideas. We did the Annapurna and Langtang 22 years ago and Gokgyo/Khumbu regions 17 years ago…was hoping to experience a new area. The road encroachment on the AC I fear has changed things..but perhaps we could do more sidetrips.

      I appreciate your feedback.


      • Bob Travels said on January 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        Hi Laura,

        I would not be put off by the road in AC. It is still a great trek. And anyway you can avoid the road with a bit of research on the internet.

        Maybe you could consider Jiri to Chukung Ri and then around to Kala Patar? Or, if time does not allow, start at Lukla.

        I did this trek two years ago and would do it again. Awesome views.

        This year I am planning Stok Kangri in India, but that is a different story….

        Have fun.

        • Laura Henkel said on January 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm

          Good thoughts. We flew into Phaplu and hiked to Chukung and then up to Goyko one trip…agree views are fab. We considered also flying into to Timlinger (sp) which is another valley approach to Lukla and beyond and maybe trying to get back up to Goyko if that is possible or Tengboche. I need to review the maps again…
          I seem to have misplaced all the things I’ve printed out. Will definately take a look at your suggestions.

        • Laura Henkel said on January 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          Okay. The area I meant to say was the Arun Valley. Flying into Tumlingtar and hiking into Gokyo and flying out of Lukla as we are limited on time. I believe you can do this independently. Your India trip sounds interesting. We have spent a good 6 months in India ourselves…did a short Kanchangunga overlook trek out of Darjeeling pre-tea houses and just asking around villages for places to stay. Oh to be 20 years younger!


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