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Manaslu Trek - 15 Days

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Trip Facts
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Group Size 2 to 20
  • Max. Elevation 5106m / 16752ft
  • Start/End Sotikhola / Besisahar
  • Best Time Sep to Dec and Mar to May


  • Majestic view of the world’s 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu, 8163 m/26782 ft
  • Exploring the typical lifestyle, culture, religion, and tradition of local people.
  • Crossing many different villages and their lifestyles.
  • They are the main farmers; they grow many crops and vegetables.
  • Very religious area of Buddhism.
  • There are many male and female Buddhist monasteries.
  • There are lots of Buddhist monuments, such as monasteries, stupas, Mani walls, tsortens, etc.
  • Samagaon is the base of Mt. Manaslu and a resting place for acclimatization.
  • Larke Pass, 5130 m/16930 ft, Adventure High Pass in Manaslu Trek
  • There are some lakes, such as Birendra Lake, Ponkar Lake, etc.
  • It seems many attractions are white snow peaks.
  • Trails follow along two big rivers: before Larkya, pass Budi Gandaki, then pass Marshyangdi River in the Annapurna Circuit part.
  • Wilderness beauty and an authentic adventure trek
  • Wildlife, animals, flora, and fauna
  • A well-managed tea house facilitates
  • 15-day perfect Itinerary at region-able cost
  • We need to issue Manaslu special and conservation permits.

Overview of Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek is off the beaten track, with a perfect 15-day itinerary. Mt. Manaslu, at 8163 m, is situated in Gorkha District. It is the 8th highest mountain in the world. It is reconnoitering the local people’s lifestyle as mountain people. They look like Tibetan influence, with their typical culture and religion of Buddhism, such as monasteries, Mani walls, and stupas. You will see the closest view of Mt. Manaslu. It has spectacular views of many white-snow mountains.

Manaslu trekking requires special permits, including MCAP and ACAP permits. They required a minimum of two people in a group. Trekking starts from Arughat Bazar, or Sotikhola, along with the Budigandaki River bank and many typical villages. You should cross many suspension bridges and wooden bridges. You will see many attractions, including nature scenes, wildlife animals, and flora and fauna. Not only that, but you are walking along lush forests and terraces. There are many community villages. They are farmers and grow some fresh vegetables and crops. They use it for hygienic foods and serve them to their clients.

Samagaon is a nice village for a rest day to acclimatize. It is a big village at the base of Mt. Manaslu. Larke Pass is a 5106-meter-high adventure pass. It is a naturally, culturally, and religiously very beautiful trek and a very combination trek. You can explore a lot on this trek. After crossing Larke Pass, the track goes downward along Bimatang, Goa, and Tilje and joins the eminent trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit in Dharapani. Then, you can catch a vehicle to Besisahar, Kathmandu, or keep walking for a few more days until Besisahar. It is a beautiful trekking destination in Nepal.

Manaslu Trekking is a wilderness elegance, authentic adventure, naturally and culturally beautiful, and very religious area in Nepal. Mt. Manaslu, 8163 m, is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Exploring the lifestyle, culture, and religion of local people. Most of the people are Buddhist, and they have male and female monasteries. Wildlife animals, flora, and fauna such as yaks, mountain goats, sheep, many kinds of birds, etc. Crossing many beautiful villages such as Arughat, Sirdibas, Philim, Lho, Smagaon, Dharapani, Taal, etc. Following two huge rivers, the Budigandaki and Marshyangdi rivers, and crossing many suspension bridges. We need to issue special permits and MCAP and ACAP permits to visit Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry permits. It is a 15-day perfect itinerary.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking starts with landing at Kathmandu Airport and staying at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. You need to stay an extra day because we need to issue your special Manaslu permit with your original passport. Then, the next day, early in the morning, catch a local bus or private Jeep. Kathmandu to Arughat and a bit further till Sotikhola or Machhikhola Then, your special trekking will begin along beautiful villages and the Budigandaki river bank. You will cross many villages, such as Machhikhola, Jagat, Philim, Namrung, and Lho, where there is a big monastery and many students of monks, as well as a school of monastery and learning.

About Samagaon Village 

Samagaon, where we recommend taking a rest day for great acclimatization to the high pass of Larke La (5106 m/16752 ft). Samagaon has a beautiful old monastery, a typical village, and a tiny lake called Birendra Taal. You can do a day excursion and especially rest here. The most people are Lama and Gurung, who are very religious in Buddhism, and they have many Buddhist monuments such as Monasteries, Mani walls, Stortens, Stupas, etc. They have their own culture and tradition; they respect guests with warm hospitality. Dharamsala is the highest altitude to stay overnight before crossing Larke La Pass.

About the High Pass of Larke La Pass (5106m)  

Larke Pass is an adventure-high pass in Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is 5106 m (16752 ft) above sea level. It is an open viewing area with a splendid view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and many more peaks. Pass day, ascending is approximately 450m and takes (3 to 4 hours. We make an easily successful trip by customizing your trip itinerary perfectly, which means taking you slowly. You get enough time to adjust to high altitude per our itinerary, including an extra day in Samagaon for acclimatization.

Larke La pass is long walk; you should start early in the morning, around 5 a.m. It is mostly ascending and descending. Ascending is 3 to 4 hours, and descending is also the same at 3/4 hours. Then, trekking downtown along Bimtang, Goa, and Tilje, Dharapani joined the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail. And catch a vehicle to Besisahar along Tal, Chyamje, Jagat, Syange, Ngadi, Bulbule, Khudi, and Besisahar. Then, the next day, return to Kathmandu by comfortable bus or private vehicle such as a car, Jeep, or HiAce. You will stay overnight at a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Unique Nepal Adventure provides excellent, dedicated, and professional trekking guide and helpers. He will brief you every evening after your dinner about the next day's program and share some information about Nepal and relevant news. Both the guide and the porters are extremely friendly and trustworthy. They provide excellent services and help you so much in difficult situations. You can ask a lot of questions without hesitation, and he will elaborate on his knowledge, ideas, and information. Our motto is to make our clients satisfied, and we would like to provide first-class services and make delightful trips.

The lifestyle of Local People and their culture, tradition, and Religion in Manaslu Trek

Most of the people are of mixed races, such as Lama, Gurung, and others. They have their own culture, traditions, customs, language, dress, and festivals. The people in the mountain area are very religious; they are Buddhist, and every village has Buddhist monasteries. They are farmers; they grow lots of crops and vegetables.

Crossing many beautiful villages in Manaslu trekking

There are many beautiful community villages that you will cross.

Arughat, Sotikhola, Machhikhola, Jagat, Sirdibas, Philim, Deng, Bihi Phedi, Ghap, Namrung, Shyo, Lho, Samagaon (3390m) resting place, Samdo, Dharamsala (4600m) the highest sleeping place, Larke Pass (5160m) Bimtang, Tilje, Dharapani, Taal, Jagat, Ngadi, Bulbule, and Besisahar return to Kathmandu.

How about lodging and food facilities in Manaslu Circuit Trek?

They have well-managed lodges and neat and clean rooms with beds. They are farmers and grow so many crops and vegetables. Furthermore, they provide local, organic, and hygienic meals with warm hospitality.

How about transportation in Manaslu Round Trek?

You need to use vehicle transactions before starting your trek and after ending your trek, as mentioned below.

  • The airport picks up and drops off a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and a bit further till Sotikhola by local bus or private jeep, as you wish.
  • After ending your trek, drive from Dharapani to Besisahar by local jeep.
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu by comfortable bus or private vehicle
  • We arrange according to your required private or public vehicle.

Attractions Mountain View in Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are many crystal-clear white snow peaks in the Manaslu circuit trek.

  • Ganesh Himal 7422m / 24350ft.
  • Shringi Himal 7161m / 23495ft.
  • Himalchuli 7893m / 25895ft.
  • Nadichuli (Peak 29) 7871m / 25824ft.
  • Mt. Manaslu 8163m / 26782ft.
  • Buddha Himal 6772m / 22218ft.
  • Annapurna-II 7937m / 26040ft.
  • Himlung 7126m / 23380ft.
  • Larkya Peak 6249m / 20502ft.
  • Lamjung Himal 6983m / 22910ft.

How about Lakes and Rivers views in Manaslu Circuit Trek?

There are two lakes and two rivers in the Manaslu trek. The trekking is followed first by the Budi Gandaki River, then, after Larke Pass, by the Marshyangdi River in the Annapurna region. You will see two beautiful lakes, Birendra Lake and Ponkar Lake, and the huge glacier of Manaslu.

Do we need to issue any entry permits for the Manaslu Trek?

Yes, we must issue some permits to visit the Manaslu roundtrip. You need to issue a Manaslu special permit to a minimum of two people in a group, and the Immigration Department of the Nepal Government issues it. We need your original passport with passport-size photos. Anyway, we arrange a single permit as well. If you don’t issue the permits, they will not allow you to visit there. Don’t worry; we are here to assist you. We issue all permits and arrange everything, and our guide will manage it during the trek. After the trek ends, your trek guide will give you all your permits. Here are the needed permits:

  • Manaslu Special Permit – Dec to Sep US$ 75 and Oct and Nov US$ 100. 
  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project): – Nrs. 3000/-
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project): – Nrs. 3000/-
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System): – Nrs. 2000/-

When is the best time to visit Manaslu Trek?

Manaslu trekking is one of the authentic adventure high passes for exploring the local lifestyle, culture, tradition, and religion. We can say the best time is autumn, and spring always has the best weather and temperature, with crystal clear, open views. The monsoon is mostly cloudy and rainy, with no good visibility, but trekking can be possible and sometimes open. Winter is too snowy and cold, and most of the mountain people drop out. The lodge will be closed; that’s why we don’t recommend January and February.

  • Autumn Season: September, October, November, and December.
  • Main Winter: January and February: heavy snow and closed the lodges
  • Spring Season: March, April, and May—always fine weather.
  • Monsoon Season: June, July, and August—rainy and cloudy.

Cost of Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trekking cost $999 per person for the full board of the package from your arrival to departure. If you find your Kathmandu hotel yourself, the price will be $850 each, and the service will be the same except for Kathmandu Hotel. Feel free. 

We provide a full-board package with excellent services. We need at least two people in a group. If you are a single visitor, the cost will be a bit more. For further information, feel free. Thank you.

  1. The full-board trekking package plus three nights in Kathmandu hotels costs US$999 each.
  2. If you want to book the Kathmandu Hotel yourself, the cost is $850 each, and the trekking package will be the same.
  3. Above the mentioned price, we need a minimum of two people in a group. They required two people to issue a special permit.
  4. You should send us your passport photocopy, passport-size photo, and an advance of 25% of the total amount.

15 days is the perfect itinerary, from arrival to departure. If you would like to do more days of the Manaslu trek, please feel free. We customize your trip according to your requirements.


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15-Day Perfect Itinerary of the Manaslu Trek If you would like to do more or less days of the Manaslu Trek, please feel free. We will customize your Itinerary according to your requirements.

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu by private vehicle. The manager will brief you about trekking and check your trekking packing list. Stay at a nice Hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 3** Hotel
  • 20 minute drive
  • 1300m / 4265ft

We should make your special Manaslu entry permit with your original passport. You are free the whole day, and if you like to do sightseeing at an ancient heritage site, you can do it at one of the sites below. We provide expertise, a city guide, and a vehicle, but the cost will be extra. We check your trekking equipment, clothing, and other needed things. We will go over all of the trip's details with you.Sightseeing Places - Ancient Heritage Sites

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • SwayambhuNath (Monkey Temple)
  • Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Pashupatinath (Hindus Temple)
  • 2** Hotel
  • 4/5 hrs. Sightseeing
  • 1300m / 4265ft

Early in the morning, catch a vehicle; it is a long drive by a local bus. If you take a private Jeep, it will be much more comfortable and a bit shorter. It is 7/8 hours of driving, but they stop at some places for lunch and a break. It is a beautiful drive with beautiful scenery. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs. Drive
  • 700m / 2296ft

After a yummy breakfast, the trek starts around 7:30 a.m. It is a smooth, gradual trail along the huge Budi Gandaki River bank and crosses many beautiful villages, often crossing suspension bridges in the Budi Gandaki River. There are some tea houses on the way for a lunch break. Machikhola is a nice place to stay overnight.

  • Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs
  • 900 m / 2953ft

The trek starts early in the morning after breakfast. It is also approximately 7 hours of walking along many beautiful villages, such as Tatopani Hot Springs, Khorlabari, and Dovan. There will be a lunch spot somewhere, and we will arrive at a nice camp in Jagat. Here is the main checkpoint for Manaslu Conservation Area. If you don’t carry a Manaslu special permit or MCAP permit, they won’t allow you to visit there. Stay at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 1350m / 4430ft

It is smoothly walking along many beautiful villages and crossing many suspension bridges, such as Sirdibas and Philim Big Gurung village. Not that many uphills, but gradual ones. Between Philim and Deng, there is a trail for the hidden Tsum Valley. Stay at a nice Lodge here.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs Walking
  • 1860m / 6103ft

It is beautiful walking along many villages, such as Bihi Phedi and Ghap, with nice terraces, and arriving at the beautiful place Namrung with its dense forest. You will also see some mountain scenery here. Most of the trailheads are nice, but some parts are uphill. You will see mesmerizing views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, etc., and stay at a nice Lodge here in Namrung.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 6/7 hrs. Walking
  • 2650m / 8695ft.

It is wonderful walking along many typical villages, such as Shyo, Syala, and Lho, which have huge monasteries, and arriving in the beautiful village of Samagaon. It is approximately 7 hours; there is a nice place to stop for lunch and explore Lho Monastery. Samagaon is a beautiful and large village. You will see some spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ngadi Himal, etc., and stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Comfortable Lodge
  • 7 hrs. Walking
  • 3530m / 11582ft.

No rush; you can get up slowly, take a nice breakfast, then visit Birendra Lake, a typical Sama village, and take a good rest for acclimatization. It is short activities and long rest. Optional for many adventure lovers, a day excursion to Manaslu base camp (5–6 hrs) or walking or visiting Pungyang Monastery takes 3–4 hrs. And stay overnight at the same lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • Few hours walking
  • 3530m / 11582ft.

It is a short walk; you will get lunchtime and not any lodges between Samagaon and Samdo. It is smooth walking along open landscapes. Furthermore, it's also a big village. It is way to the Tibet border as well, easily accessible. There was a Tibetan refugee camp as well. Nice and open valley, a special Yaks pasture area, and stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs Walking
  • 3875m / 12714ft.

It is a wonderful trail to get to Dharamsala; there is not much uphill, but it's really altitude, and we need to walk slowly. Dharamsala is situated at an elevation of 4460m. It is the last day of Adventure Night. You will get lunch. It is altitude; stay connected with your guide and be confident. Wonderful viewing of Manaslu, Larke Himal, and many more. Open view as a mesmerizing view. Well-managed mountain lodge. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Lodge
  • 4/5 hrs. Walking
  • 4460m / 14633ft.

Tough, adventure-filled days pass, and you need to be ready early in the morning. Get up and take some breakfast, then start your trek and gradually ascend (3/4 hrs) to get to the top. You must walk slowly. It is something like 500m you must ascend then, a long way descending. There is no lunch spot; you need to carry a packed lunch. After a successful high pass, the trail heads steeply downward and will see the huge Ponkar Lake and many silver-clear, white snow mountains such as Annapurna II, Himlung, Kangaru, Larkya Peak, etc. After dropping an hour’s trail, it gets better and better as Yaks graze and you easily arrive at a beautiful place called Bimtang. Stay overnight at a nice lodge.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7/8 hrs Walking
  • 5160m / 16930ft

After success, the adventure high pass of Larkya La trail is heading smoothly downward. It is easy going along Goa, Yak Kharka, where you will take your lunch, and then easily arriving at Tilje, a typical Gurung village. It takes around 7 hours, including lunch and breaks. Stay overnight at a nice lodge. You will sleep much better than on previous nights.

  • Nice Lodge
  • 7 hrs Waking
  • 2300m / 7545ft.

Tilje or Dharapani to Besisahar by a local jeep (3 hours drive), then after taking lunch in Besisahar, catch a public bus back to Kathmandu. It is a long drive, but you will arrive in Kathmandu late in the afternoon. Stay at a nice Hotel.

It is your last day with your trekking crew as guides and porters. You can share your happiness with them by giving them good tips. If you like, you can celebrate dinner together with them. It would be a wonderful happy ending and will stay memorable for a lifetime.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 8 hrs Driving
  • 1300m/4265ft

A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle. We don't say goodbye; we say have a safe flight back home and see you again.

  • Flying to Sweet Home
  • 20 minute drive
  • 1300m/4265ft

Trip Map

Manaslu Trek - 15 Days map

Cost Details

What's Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle
  • All Meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, and breakfast)
  • Accommodations in comfortable lodges
  • One English-speaking government-trained license holder and a well-informed trekking guide
  • You needed porters to carry your luggage.
  • All expenses for guides and porters, such as meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation, etc.
  • Needed transportation as
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and Sotikhola by local bus or private vehicle
  • Returning, Tilje Dharapani to Besisahar local sharing Jeep
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle
  • Needed Permits as below-mentioned
  • Manaslu Special Permits
  • MCAP Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit
  • ACAP Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Government and local area taxes, where applicable.
  • Seasonal fruits such as Apples, bananas, etc.
  • Some snacks, such as cookies and nuts,
  • First-aid kit bag

What's Excluded

  • Nepalese entry visa fee You can obtain a visa easily at the Kathmandu airport.
  • Travel insurance, emergency helicopter rescue coverage for altitude sickness, or any accident case
  • Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
  • All kinds of drinks, such as soft, hot, and alcoholic drinks such as tea, coffee, mineral water, hot water, coke, Fanta, beer, spirits, etc.
  • Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits, dessert, etc.)
  • Hot water, a hot shower, a heater charge, a battery charge, phone calls, and laundry service
  • Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots, toilet paper, etc.).
  • In the case of natural calamities, i.e., political unrest, cancellation of flights due to weather, or landslides, extra charges will be borne by the travelers themselves.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Hotel is optional in cost. How do you like to feel free?
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guides and porters, donations, and personal expenses

Good to Know

Packing List of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

It is a packing list of Manaslu Circuit Trekking, Plz prepares it according to the below-mentioned for the safety, warmth, and success of your trip. If you don’t have something, you can buy or rent it in Kathmandu.


  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sun hat, insulating hat
  • Warm hat, Scarf-Beany


  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Hand sanitizer
  • Light gloves
  • Warm gloves
  • Windproof gloves

Clothing for Trekking

  • Warm enough Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Trekking T-shirts Few pairs
  • A couple of Trekking paints
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Under long fleece
  • Breathable underwear
  • Thermal layer
  • Gore Text Windproof Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Clothing for City

  • You can pack any clothes that you prefer to wear in the city.


  • Trekking Boots
  • Sports shoes/Sandals
  • Thin & Thick Woolen socks
  • Trekking socks
  • Gaiter and crampons


  • Duffel bag
  • Day pack
  • Rucksack
  • Rain cover

Essential Gear

  • 2-liter water bottle
  • Water purification as tables or drops or stereo pen
  • Trekking pole
  • Swiss knife
  • Warm enough Sleeping bag around -15
  • Watch or Alarm clock
  • Cellphone and charging cables


  • Quick dry towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Shampoo and soap
  • Deodorants
  • Female hygiene products
  • Moisturizer
  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet paper

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Camera
  • Passport, photocopy
  • PP size Photos

Extra items

  • Notebook and pen
  • Earplugs
  • Energy/Protein bar
  • First aid kit

Client Reviews

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  • Klaudia
    KlaudiaPoland,January 18, 2024

    Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Me and my husband did Manaslu Circuit Trek with Sonam who is one of the Jay’s guides. It was amazing experience. It took for us 12 days. Sonam was extremely helpful and nice. During those days he was always there for us but also gave us needed space. We crossed the pass easily without any troubles. I highly recommend this company


  • Mikolaj B
    Mikolaj BPoland,November 21, 2023

    Great and comfortable adventure

    We did the Manaslu Circuit trek on November 2023, organized by Jay from Unique Nepal Adventures. Our guide was Sonam. We had a wonderful time. Jay informed us about everything before going, and Sonam was the best guide you could imagine. He cared for our health, comfort, and budget, :) He knows when to give you some space and when to chat. We could just focus on enjoying the trek. We arrived at Larke Pass well-acclimatized and with minimal difficulty. If we had any issues, we just asked Sonam for help. Both Jay and Sonam were very flexible to whatever change we wanted to make before and during the trek. Can recommend the company for any adventures



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