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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.

Local guides for the Manaslu trek

Why choose a local trekking guide?

As written here on the Great Himalaya Trail website:

Local trekking guides can make for a local experience. Whenever you go trekking, it’s always a good idea to see if your trekking crew have a local person on board. It’s not the same as speaking the language, and asking directions. It is more about knowing the place, knowing what and who is around the next corner, what happens where and the stories a place has to tell.

It’s not always easy to find one however! The most able people often leave the hills and head to the city or overseas for work. So it requires some effort – and only by trekkers asking their trekking companies about this, will more consistent, secure work as local guides begin to come about. Supply will follow demand. This in addition to useful training courses which help guides provide better services. (read more)

A list of local trekking guides for the Manaslu Trek

Well, we don’t have one yet! But we’d like your help to build one.

If you have used a guide from Gorkha district who you would like to recommend, we’d be very grateful if you would post information below so that others may use their services.

Here are two Kathmandu based guides who you could also contact:

Or just contact us and we’ll put you in touch with someone who’s free

68 Responses

  1. Sonam Lama said on September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    We have been employing local guides and porters from Tsum and Manaslu so far we have good networks of local guides, please do not hesitate to contact

    • Kostas said on November 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Sonam, your effort for promoting and supporting the locals is apreciated but I do not think it is genuine. For your office it seems to be a marketing tool and nothing more. As you probably remember me (we spent 4 hours at the tourist police) your agency adds hidden charges on the offers you give to candidate trekkers. I can not judge your quality as a guide but I know that your agency is complety unreliable and not trustworth. I want to warn all reviewers here to stay away from you and your agency and if they seem not to believe me but are fooled (like me) by your social resposnible profile of you and your company to contact the tourist police of Kathmandy and ask them for all the reports your agency has against for various complains from trekkers.

  2. Dhawa Gyanjen Lama said on January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    My name is Dhawa Gyanjen Lama from Chhekampar-5 burje, Tsum valley. I work in Tsum Valley Home Stay from 2008 to till as a guide. I lead groups in tsum and manaslu more than 53 groups.

  3. Neville said on January 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Australian couple in their early 50s fit and active looking for two others to share the costs of a guide and permits for a private hike in the Manaslu and Tsum region. We are attempting to find a guide from the local community if possible.
    We intend to start hiking on the 20th April 2012 for 18 to 20 day hike using tea houses where available or camping.
    contact me via email if you are interested.

    • Mary said on March 13, 2012 at 6:49 am


      I saw your post on We are an American-Italian couple in our mid-thirties that also want to do the Mansalu circuit in April 2012. We have 50 days in Nepal, so after that we plan to hook up with the Annapurna trek (going without a guide on that section.) We’d be very interested in sharing a guide and permit costs for the Manaslu if you are still interested. We fly into Kathmandu on April 19th, so ideally we want to start on April 21st however.

      Let us know your thoughts. (We are currently bicycle touring in Laos and China.)


      • John Leatherman said on March 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

        Just a heads up, but one cannot share permit costs. Each person has to purchase their own permits.

        Good luck in finding trekking buddies!


      • Meghan said on March 28, 2012 at 5:12 am

        Hello –

        We are are a Kiwi-American couple in our early-mid 30s keen to share a guide cost as well. We are planning to do the Manaslu circuit hooking up with the Annapurna(no guide on that one) In April as well. As we are coming from India our dates are tentative, somewhere from the 15th of April to the 22nd for starting the trek.

        Let us know if either of you are interested. Also, looking for help on a local guide.


        • richard said on April 6, 2012 at 3:36 am

          hi, we are a kiwi-spanish couple, already in Nepal, interested in manaslu for around mid-april start. will be back in Kathmandu by 11th. Let us know, cheers.

  4. Sonam said on January 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Namaste Neville,
    Glad to know that you are interested to hike in Manaslu and Tsum. can be one of your option, so please check it out!
    Looking forward to hear from you.

  5. John Leatherman said on February 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Tsumvalleyhomestay seems to be on the overpriced side.

    For example, they charge $250 to arrange transport to Arughat. This transport costs $10 and can be done thru a short walk to Balaju bus park by oneself.

    • Dhawa Gyanjen Lama said on February 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      from kathmandu to arughat 140km transportation cost will be 350 nc rupees in local bus per person. tsum valley home stay transportation cost 250$ for privet Jeep and you can travel 5 to 6 person in jeep.from kathmandu to soti khola.165km.
      Dhawa Gyanjen lama

  6. Dhawa Gyanjen Lama said on March 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Up coming 25th April 2012 in Tsum valley.we have got Tsum valley non killing Local Festival in Rachhen Gumba 3100m . i hope it was great time for trekkers. thanks.

  7. Moshe said on September 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Hi to all, I’m planning my trek to Manaslu circuit and Tsum in November 2012, I would like to climb Larkya peak (from BC near the pass). If anybody would like to join me, this is a relatively non-technical peak (equivalent to Island Peak). Please get in touch.

    Also, if anyone knows a local mountain guide, that can make things much easier to arrange.



    • roger ray said on September 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Moshe, what are your dates in Nov 2012?

    • Kana said on September 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm


      We are also going to Manaslu trek on November and looking for a guide. We are in Nepal untill Christmas so all dates are fine for us. We would maybe join you.

      Two Finns

      • Constantin Harrer said on October 18, 2012 at 1:22 am

        Hello there! I am still trying to find partner(s) for Manaslu trek. Unfortunately, I cannot leave before November 15 as I have work to do around Pokhara where I am now.

    • andrew said on October 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Moshe, Two Finns, and Roger,

      I’m thinking of heading into this area, departing early Nov as well, and have some climbing experience (a few trekking peaks in Nepal, and some peaks in N America). Climbing Larkya peak could be fun! I am also traveling solo, so would be happy to link up with a fun group. Feel free to email me: amahlstedt AT



  8. roger ray said on September 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Kana/Two Finns….you should check svrl sites to look for partners…try for companions and….

    if you are interested in contacting me for a Manaslu trek in early Nov email me at Roger

  9. roger ray said on October 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Andrew, 2 Finns, Moshe, I have some info on the mid Nov Manaslu trek, ‘we’ would like one or two more people……….

  10. zzzeeb said on November 20, 2012 at 4:15 am

    I will be heading to Nepal on Christmas Day, hoping to do the Manaslu Trek. I will be solo, or possibly with one other person. Any local guide recommendations? Thanks.

  11. Emily B said on December 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Hello, my husband and I are looking for a local guide for the Manaslu Trek in Feb 2013. Can anyone point us in the right direction?

    • Kate R said on December 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Like Emily, me and my friend also want to do the trek in Feb 2013, and any general advice and local guide recommendations would be really appreciated! Thanks and happy new year!

      • Kristina_Switzerland said on January 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        Hello Emily and Kate,

        I actually wanted to address my comment to you, but I missunderstood and wrote it down.

  12. Tim Dee said on December 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Right direction ? First kathmandu…..go further to the north…….

  13. Anuz Kulung said on January 28, 2013 at 4:13 am

    This Blog is so interesting. I like that. I am anuz kulung from Nepal. I got good experience, views, New about Nepa.
    Actually Nepal is so beautyful place.

  14. Morten Lomholdt said on April 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    We, two lowlanders from Denmark have just returned from the Manaslu trek, having had the pleasure of the services of Palsang Tamangs trekking companyand his fantastic guide Pravin Lama. I am happy to recommend these most reliable and professional people.

    Morten Lomholdt, Roskilde, Denmark

  15. katerina said on August 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Hey, we are a young couple from Czech republic and we are planning to start the Manaslu trek on 22 of september. We are looking for someone to join us and share the expenses.
    We would be happy for any recommendations concerning the guide or the accomodation.
    Thanks a lot!:-) Katerina & Honza

    • Nadine said on August 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Katerina, I was living in the Tsum Valley last summer for about six months were I got to know some local guides. I highly recommend Dhawa Gyanjen Lama, who just opened the first guest house in the upper valley, Phama ki Jinlab in Burji, near the Milarepa Cave. Dhawa has been guiding groups to the Tsum Valley and round Manaslu for five years. His knowledge about the region is outstanding and I am pleased to have him as a research assistant for my PhD. You can contact him at, his English is excellent. I hope this helps! Have a great trek!

  16. Katerina said on August 19, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Dear Nadine, thank you very much! I will contact Dhawa today. Have a nice day, thanks again:-)

  17. Barbara said on August 22, 2013 at 12:08 am


    We are an Austrian student couple who would like to do the Manaslu circuit at the beginning of September (it’s fairly soon because we have just now discovered the Manaslu as an alternative to the anapurna).
    We would like to trek independently more teahouse trek style and not as part of an organised group. However we have come to understand that we will an agency for the permit and a local guide to accompany us.

    Can anyone recommend us an agency for the permit? And most importantly, would anyone be able to recommend us a nice local guide?
    Our email is babs_
    Many thanks in advance!
    Best, Barbara

  18. Roshan said on September 8, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Dear Sir,
    Can someone share with me if we still have lodging house at DHamasala?? I was just planning for how many days i might need
    Could you please share if we have any stay house at Dhamasala???
    Would be a great support
    Thank you in advace


    • admin@manaslu said on September 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Yes – there is now at place to sleep and eat at Larkya Phedi at 4400m before crossing the path. You can reach there from Samdo in about 3-4 hours.

  19. roger ray said on September 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Stayed at Dharamsala around Dec 1, 2012, late in the season….the owner of the ‘lodge’ actually much better than I was led to believe, was as Samdo but when our small group came up he went up to Dharamsala and opened up for us….

  20. admin@manaslu said on September 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I can recommend Wangdi – very nice and capable guy: or

  21. Christine Tschetter said on November 26, 2013 at 10:25 am


    My partner and I just trekked the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley in late October 2013, and we would highly recommend our guide Udaya Lamichhane (pronounced Uday). His village is just at the beginning of the circuit in Manglatar (you walk past when you start from Arughat). He speaks good English and also speaks some Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. He is a registered guide through Osho Vision Treks, has all necessary certifications and insurance. As of our trip, he had trekked the Manaslu Circuit 10 times, and has been to Tsum Valley once (with us). He was very outgoing, resourceful, and maintained a good relationship with the locals. Of all the guides we met on the circuit, we always felt as though Udaya was the best!

    Osho Vision Treks provided us with an incredible daily rate for the guide, and also helped arrange our permits and transportation, should you require. We dealt with the owner, Dinesh Lamichhanne, and had a very pleasant experience. The office is located in Thamel.

    If you’ve any questions, feel free to email me at

  22. Mark said on January 10, 2014 at 3:31 am

    My wife and I are planning on trekking the Manaslu Circuit in March/April. Any advice as to when would be best during this time in terms of rhododendron bloom, clear skies, temperature and clear passage over the Larkya La?

  23. brittonruss said on February 21, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Hey there, looking for any info on Manaslu Circuit as far as permits. Couple of main ?s

    – Does this need to be arranged prior to coming to Nepal? Could we spend a day haggling with agencies and getting the permit in katmandu and have time to get it done?

    – Any recommendations for an agency to get our permit and secure a guide? We don’t want a full service trip, just paperwork and a guide.

    – What’s a fair price to expect to pay an agency for this service?

    Thanks in advance for any info!

    -Britton Russell brittonuss at gmail

  24. Katharina Linka said on July 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm


    We are a German couple (27 / 29) and are planning to do the Manaslu in the biginnig of August (10-30th). We are looking for someone to hike with us to share the costs of a guide.
    Is there anyone, who would like to join us?

    Please contact us: doctrin[at]


  25. Bhuwan Tiwari said on August 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Hi everyone,
    Is and if there is anyone planning to trek Manaslu circuit in December, please do let me know so that my friend could share the permit cost.

    Please do mail me if anyone is out there to feel the cold but see beautiful area.

    • admin@manaslu said on August 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      better give a departure date if you can…

      • Bhuwan Tiwari said on August 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

        We will be starting on the 11th of December with my friend named Sanjay.

        Thank you Admin for you date suggestion.

  26. Guillaume Laurier said on January 19, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Here’s how you can contact him:
    mobile number 00977 9841 917136

    I have been twice to Nepal and can assure you he’s good.

  27. Lee Keiser said on February 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    My partner and I just trekked the Circuit and Tsum Valley in late October 2014, and we would highly recommend our guide Prakash Khanal.
    His village is at the beginning of the circuit in Arughat. He speaks English very well and also speaks some Russian, Japanese and Mandarin. He is a registered guide and has all necessary certifications and insurance. As of our trip, he had trekked the Manaslu Circuit 10 times, and has been to Tsum Valley as well.
    Prakash’s organization provided us with an incredible daily rate for the trek and efficiently arranged our permits and transportation.
    Prakash is very outgoing, resourceful, and he was even generous enough to teach us Nepali in the evenings.
    Contact Prakash and make your trekking dream real.

    Mr Prakash Kahnal

  28. Guillaume Laurier said on February 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    If you are looking for a guide for the Manaslu circuit, we highly recommand you Rajesh Neupane from Touch the Himalaya. We did a 21 day trek of the Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit with a day trek to the Manaslu basecamp (which we highly suggest you to do). Being from the Manaslu area, he is very knowledgable about the trek. He has being very welcoming from the moment he picked us up at the airport to the moment we left the country. The agency took care of all the details concerning the permits for the trekking so the organization of the trek was very easy for us. During the treck, we could see that the other guides would rely on him for advices most of the time. He always try to find you the best places to eat and sleep. Also, since he is fluent in english, the communication was easy. The only thing is that he is very popular so make sure in advance he is available for your trek. Don’t hesitate to hire his as your guide, you won’t regret it!

    Here’s how you can contact him:
    mobile number 00977 9841 917136

    Guillaume and Émilie from Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada

  29. Julie West said on March 3, 2015 at 9:48 am

    We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids 15years & 10years). We are heading to Nepal in Sept 2015 for 6weeks. We are interested in trekking the Manaslu Trek with maybe Tsum as well. We ideally would like to go it alone but we need a guide. Does anyone know how much you should pay a guide, permits etc? Im just starting my research so not sure on anything except the wonder of Nepal.Is this trek ok for pretty chilled out cool kids? Thanks for any advice in advance. Julie

  30. Johannes Schneider said on July 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm


    I’m a student from Germany and I would like to do a Manaslu Circuit in October/November. Date is completely flexible from 15th of october. I am looking for other people also doing the track at that point who I could join or organise the treck together with a local guide mentioned on this site.

    Kind regards

    • Denise said on July 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I woulds say if you are 2 people do it yourself and do not join a group. Just hire a guide (~$20/day for a guide porter…I heard people paying $18/day as well). We used Hari from OshoVision and he was an amazing guide. We hired him as a guide porter so he carried some of my bag for me, which was great for the steep down on the pass. Have fun!!!!

  31. Hamish Grant said on September 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I would like to recommend my guide Manoj Bhattarai for the Manaslu or any other treks in Nepal.

    He was brought up in a small village called Mangaltar (close to Arughat) near the beginning of the Manaslu Trek. Hence he is very knowledgeable regarding this particular trek and the associated history. I have used Manoj three times now and I actually consider him a friend and he is a more than capable guide for both English and Russian speakers.

    You can contact him by email (
    or his cell number(+977_9849494425)

    Hamish Grant
    (New Zealand Trekker)

  32. Patrick Symann said on October 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    yo we 2 germans mid 20 will do manaslu and rejoin annapurna circuit until jomson from there with mountainbike to pokhara. start 10th okt. duration 21 days. if u want join 2 morons just msg me on facebook: patcher patrick

  33. Michael Connolly said on November 9, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Hoping to do Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley starting around November 15. Prefer to trek alone but would like to share the cost of the guide in order to obtain the necessary permits.

  34. Richard O'Connell said on November 20, 2015 at 3:44 am

    My son and I recently completed the manaslu circuit , and we would like to highly recommend our guide Rabin Neupane.
    As commented on earlier post by Guillaume in February, we worked with Rajish Neupane, and he organised everything for our trip and provided Rabin as our Guide. Rabin the younger brother to Raj, has been guiding in the region for many years and his english and knowledge was excellent. Over the 2 weeks Rabin ensured we were always safe all our needs were looked after. He become a great friend to my son and I and the nightly card games a highlight!!
    Rabin’s details
    email :
    phone: 00977 9849210637
    Facebook; Manaslu Trekking

  35. prakash lamichhane said on November 20, 2015 at 9:13 am

    hello every body, i am looking for manaslu share permit november-25th if some one like to join lets us know,

  36. Natalia Lalala said on November 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    HIMALAYA HUB PROVIDED US with an incredible daily rate for the guide and also helped arrange our permits and transportation should you requir. We deal with puru rimal boss of that compani. The office is in the centre of Thamel.
    if you ask me something, you write me ;

  37. roger said on January 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    try posting on for a partner

  38. Thakur Khanal said on February 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Any one Interested to join trek 8 days Nar Phu/ Rolwaling/ Upper mustang trek? We have an American client who is coming in end of June, He is fit and fine and have done trek in Nepal many time. you can join trek with or just share for permit. It is Up up to you. We arrange all permits and necessary Transport to and return.

  39. Thakur Khanal said on February 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Any one Interested to join trek 8 days Nar Phu/ Rolwaling/ Upper mustang trek? We have an American client who is coming in end of June, He is fit and fine and have done trek in Nepal many time. you can join trek with or just share for permit. It is Up up to you. We arrange all permits and necessary Transport to and return. Or He is also interested to Visit Barpak, EP center of The mad earthquake 25th April 2015. Same time He is wandering to Visit up Renjo la pass at Manaslu Trek area.

    • Thakur Khanal said on March 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Any one interested trek Deluxe trip to Tsum vally with Manaslu Larkya pass 20 Days trip with other 2 client, most welcome to contact us. we have other two client from US. Start trek from 1st of May to 20th may Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Any one willing to join for full trip you can contact us.

  40. Jana said on April 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    We did the Manslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek in March and it was just wonderful. Our guide Rabin Neupane was really great. He is kind, funny and his english is really good. He knows the region very well as he is from there and has done the trek many times. He made sure we were always staying at the best lodges, had everything we needed and were safe. We enjoyed playing cards with him and having lots of conversations during our trekking. His older brother Rajesh Neupane organized everything for us beforehand. He is owner of Touch the Himalaya Expeditions and is really well organized, answers all your requests really fast and we would use his services again any time. Highly recommended!!!
    You can contact him via Facebook: Rajesh (Himalayan Sherpa) or Rabin (Manaslu Trekking)

    • Denise said on May 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Jana, Can you tell me the daily rate you paid for your guide? We are thinking of returning next year and want to estimate how much we will need to save. Also how many days did it take for you to complete the trek with the Tsum Valley included? Thank you!!

  41. Carmen Martinez said on May 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    We have recently finished the Manasalu +Tsum valley trek .We were a group of 8 person . I would like highly recommended to anyone thinking on doing this incredible trek Apart from being an excellent professional guide, our guide Ramesh Bhattarai , his house was in Mangaltar close to Arughat .he is a young guide that took care of any single detail during the trek to ensure a great experience also he is a register guide from Government . He is a charming guy. We had funny moments with him. He has a fluent English and also speaks little bit Chinese. He is very knowledgeable regarding this particular trek and associated history and culture. You can contact him at his personal Gmail:

    • Martin Franklin said on December 12, 2016 at 2:44 am

      Hi Carmen I have contacted Ramesh on the basis of your recommendation. He seems very keen and professional and we are very likely to trek with him. He is offering what seems like a very cheap price including accommodation in Kathmandu, jeep, etc. So I just thought I’d double check with you that he really is good. I hope you don’t mind. Namaste Martin

  42. Nawaraj Lamichhane said on November 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I am looking for Manaslu circuit trekking to share permit March-16th 2017, if anyone Interested to join please let me know by email at

  43. Prakash Lamichhane said on August 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Hi there everyone. I would like to tell about my self and I do have my own trekking company in Nepal seance 5 year we are spacial in Manaslu organise company please if anyone interested about Manaslu region feel free to contact us we will offer handsome price with holder licence guide…..

  44. Deepak Simkhada said on April 24, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Dear Guest ,
    Namaste ! and warm regards we are really happy to be well come you in our beautiful country for all kind of trip you are looking and Manasalu is our home town where we grown up .. our child hood was in there ..

  45. Tobias Kovats said on May 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm


    we are two austrian students planning to start the trek around 19th of August. We are looking for others to join us to simplify the organisational aspects regarding hiring a local guide etc.. Contact me here:


    Tobi and Flo

  46. Anton Rohan said on February 19, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I am looking for a guide and porter for 2 of us to do a month long trek of Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Annapurna circuit and sanctuary. We will start at Soti Khola, go into Tsum Valley and explore Torogumba glacier valley during the return, continue on Manaslu circuit and enter Annapurna circuit and hike till Muktinath. We want to then travel via bus/Jeep to Tatopani and proceed to do Annapurna sanctuary. We have 4 weeks to do this hike.
    We are looking for a guide who is from the Manaslu area and can engage and enlighten us on the history and culture of the Tibetan folks who live in Tsum Valley. I know this is a restricted area and we need a guide to do the trek but we are looking for the right guide for this. We don’t need a person to show us the way but rather take us to the monasteries, help us to communicate with the local Tibetan people, learn their rich culture ect.
    I have already done EBC, AC and AS and Lang tang hikes. I am very familiar with the tea house hiking in Nepal. Time of this trip will be Spring or Fall of 2021. Ideally we want to do this in March-April of 2021 when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.


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