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The Ultimate Guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek beckons adventure enthusiasts to explore the remote and pristine landscapes of the Nepalese Himalayas, revolving around the majestic Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain globally. Standing tall at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), this trek offers an immersive journey through untouched terrain and a glimpse into Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.

Spanning 14 days, the trek commences in Arughat or Soti Khola and concludes in Besisahar. A moderately challenging expedition, it encompasses rugged terrain, high-altitude passes, and a secluded location. The pinnacle of the journey is the traverse of the awe-inspiring Larke Pass at 5,106 meters (16,752 feet).


  • Larke Pass:The trek’s crown jewel, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks and the mesmerizing landscape.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area:Trekkers get to explore the biodiversity-rich conservation area home to several endangered species like the snow leopard and the red panda.
  • Traditional Villages:The trek routes through several authentic Himalayan villages, like Samagaon and Samdo, offering insights into the local lifestyle, customs, and traditions.


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola

  • Altitude: 900 meters (Machha Khola)
  • Activity: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (approximately 8-9 hours).

Day 2: Machha Khola to Jagat

  • Altitude: 1,370 meters (Jagat)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours.

Day 3: Jagat to Deng

  • Altitude: 1,860 meters (Deng)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours.

Day 4: Deng to Namrung

  • Altitude: 2,630 meters (Namrung)
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours.

Day 5: Namrung to Samagaon

  • Altitude: 3,530 meters (Samagaon)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours.

Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Samagaon

  • Altitude: 3,530 meters (Samagaon)
  • Activity: Acclimatization hike, exploration.

Day 7: Samagaon to Samdo

  • Altitude: 3,860 meters (Samdo)
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours.

Day 8: Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi)

  • Altitude: 4,460 meters (Dharamsala)
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours.

Day 9: Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larke Pass

  • Altitude: Larke Pass at 5,106 meters, Bimthang at 3,720 meters
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours.

Day 10: Bimthang to Tilije

  • Altitude: 2,300 meters (Tilije)
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Tilije to Tal

  • Altitude: 1,700 meters (Tal)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours.

Day 12: Tal to Besisahar

  • Altitude: 760 meters (Besisahar)
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours.

Day 13: Besisahar to Kathmandu (Drive)

  • Altitude: 1,400 meters (Kathmandu)
  • Activity: Drive back to Kathmandu (approximately 5-6 hours).

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

  • Final departure


Required Permits and Regulations

  • Restricted Area Permit: Required for trekking in the Manaslu region.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit: Mandatory for entering the conservation area.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: Necessary if the trek is combined with the Annapurna region.

Best Time to Trek

The best seasons to embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek are during the post-monsoon period of September to November when the skies are clear, and the visibility is excellent, and during the pre-monsoon season of March to May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom, adding a burst of color to the trails.

Challenges and Preparation

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is challenging due to its high-altitude climbs, variable weather conditions, and remote location. Adequate physical preparation, including regular cardio exercises, strength training, and hiking experience, is crucial for a successful trek. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and nutrition are equally important to avoid altitude sickness and maintain energy levels throughout the journey.


The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a rewarding and enriching experience, blending thrilling adventure with cultural immersion. It’s a less-trodden gem in the Himalayas, attracting trekkers seeking solitude, unspoiled nature, and authentic Himalayan culture. While the journey is challenging, the stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rich cultural encounters make it a truly unforgettable experience for those who venture into the shadows of the majestic Manaslu.

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