Manaslu Circuit Trek
Explore the Beauty of Himalayas

Manaslu Circuit Trek -18 days


  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeSeptember to December & March to June
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Max Altitude (5220m/17122ft)


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a breathtaking adventure that offers a multitude of highlights for trekkers. Here are some of the key highlights you can expect on this remarkable journey:

  • Mount Manaslu: The trek revolves around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. Marvel at its grandeur and be captivated by its towering presence throughout the trek.
  • Spectacular Mountain Views: Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including peaks like Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and many more. The vistas of snow-capped mountains against the clear blue sky will leave you in awe.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through a diverse range of landscapes, from terraced fields and lush forests to alpine meadows and glacial valleys. The ever-changing scenery adds excitement and visual delight to your trekking experience.
  • Larkya La Pass: Challenge yourself with the crossing of Larkya La Pass, located at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). This high-altitude pass rewards you with mesmerizing views and a sense of accomplishment as you conquer its rugged terrain.
  • Remote and Less Crowded: Compared to other popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is relatively less crowded, providing a serene and tranquil atmosphere. You'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature.
  • Cultural Immersion: Encounter the rich cultural heritage of the region as you pass through traditional Tibetan-influenced villages. Interact with the locals, witness their unique customs, and explore monasteries and prayer wheels along the way.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area: Trek through the Manaslu Conservation Area, a protected region that showcases diverse flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as Himalayan blue sheep, snow leopards, and a variety of bird species.
  • Tea Houses and Local Hospitality: Experience the warm hospitality of the local people as you stay in tea houses and lodges along the route. Enjoy their delicious traditional cuisine, warm beverages, and cozy accommodations, providing a comfortable resting place during your trek.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure: The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a sense of adventure and exploration as you venture into a less-trodden path. Discover hidden gems and remote corners of the Himalayas, creating an authentic and unforgettable trekking experience.
  • Natural Hot Springs: Soothe your tired muscles in natural hot springs located in Tatopani. Take a well-deserved break and relax in the therapeutic waters, surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey that combines natural beauty, cultural encounters, and physical challenges. With its awe-inspiring highlights, this trek is bound to leave you with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for the wonders of the Himalayas.

"Discover the Majestic Beauty: Manaslu Circuit Trek - A Journey to the Himalayan Wonderland."

Welcome to the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a mesmerizing journey through the majestic mountains of Nepal. Located in the scenic Gorkha district, this trek offers an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts and avid trekkers.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is renowned for its stunning landscapes, remote trails, and rich cultural experiences. The highlight of the trek is Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, standing tall at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). As you traverse this awe-inspiring route, you'll witness panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal, creating a backdrop that will leave you in awe.

Embarking on this 14 to 16-day trek, you'll begin your journey in the charming village of Soti Khola. From there, you'll follow a trail that winds through diverse terrains, taking you through lush forests, picturesque valleys, and enchanting alpine meadows. The Manaslu Conservation Area, a protected region, provides a sanctuary for a variety of flora and fauna, offering nature lovers a unique opportunity to witness the region's biodiversity up close.

One of the trek's highlights is the challenging Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Crossing this pass requires endurance and proper acclimatization, but the breathtaking views and the sense of achievement make it all worthwhile. As you ascend and descend through the rugged terrain, you'll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. Passing through traditional Tibetan-influenced villages like Samagaon and Samdo, you'll witness the lifestyle and traditions of the warm and hospitable locals.

Throughout the trek, comfortable tea houses and lodges provide a place to rest and refuel. These accommodations offer basic amenities, allowing you to recharge for the next leg of your adventure. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag and essential supplies to ensure your comfort during the trek.

To embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you'll need to obtain special permits. The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit are required for all trekkers. Additionally, it's essential to be part of a registered trekking group with a licensed guide, ensuring your safety and adherence to local regulations.

The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and optimal visibility, enhancing your trekking experience.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure as you trek through the pristine landscapes of the Manaslu region. The Manaslu Circuit Trek promises a blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and personal accomplishment. So lace up your boots, embark on this incredible journey, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 For more information regarding Manaslu Circuit Trek cost and itinerary, Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty  and preparation, check out our useful information section.

Contact us anytime to book this adventurous trip. Also check out Island Peak Climbing and Mera Peak Climbing, perfect for beginner climbers.

The Chellenges of Manaslu Circuit Trek 

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek. It requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance due to the challenging terrains and high altitudes encountered along the route. Here are some factors that contribute to the trek's difficulty:

  • Altitude: The trek involves reaching high altitudes, including the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Altitude sickness is a potential risk, and proper acclimatization is crucial to minimize its effects.
  • Length and Duration: The trek typically takes around 14 to 16 days to complete, covering a distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles). This requires long hours of walking each day, and some sections involve steep ascents and descents.
  • Remote and Isolated Trails: The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through remote and less-developed areas of Nepal. Facilities and services along the trail may be limited compared to more popular treks, adding to the sense of adventure but also requiring self-sufficiency.
  • Weather Conditions: Weather conditions can be unpredictable in the Himalayas. You may encounter extreme cold, snowfall, and strong winds, particularly at higher elevations. Being prepared for changing weather conditions is essential.
  • Trail Conditions: The trail consists of rugged and uneven terrain, including rocky paths, moraines, and occasional river crossings. Trekking poles can be beneficial for stability and support.

Despite the challenges, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is highly rewarding, offering stunning mountain views, rich cultural experiences, and a sense of accomplishment. Proper physical preparation, acclimatization, and choosing an experienced guide or trekking agency can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.


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Upon your arrival at Nepal Airport, Our Scenic Nepal Treks will greet you and pick up you to your hotel. After your refreshment, we will give you a brief description of your Manaslu hiking journey. 

Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsNone
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Today we make special Permits for Manaslu. We need your Orginal Passport. You have a free day in Kathmandu.

Optionally you can do world heritage sightseeing. Kathmandu City is the capital city of Nepal where we can examine the several heritage sites of this City. Early in the morning afterward having breakfast we will visit one of the oldest and biggest monuments Baudhha Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa which is under the religion of Buddhists, also observe the Holiest place of Hindu Religion Pashupatinath temple which is constructed by Pagoda Style. Correspondingly, you will explore “Hanuman Dhoka Durbar” which is called Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Early sunshine in the morning after having breakfast, we will take a taxi to Local Bus Park from where we will drive toward Sotikhola by Local bus around 9 hours. On the way, you will entertain by the windows sight view of landscapes, villages, forests, and waterfalls.

At the night we will stay in the lodge including your dinner.

Note: Optionally, you can have a Private Jeep with an Aditional Cost of US$ 190. 


  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[710m/2,328 ft]

Today in the morning we will enjoy having breakfast with beautiful landscape Scenery at SotiKhola. Then we will begin our hiking journey from the stone pathway and upstairs toward Maccha Khola. Overnight at the hotel.


  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[900m/2,952 ft]

After having breakfast we will hike throughout the Budi Gandaki river across the bridge, we will pass several Gurung and Tamang villages. There you will notice several blooming flowers in front of their house, agricultural land.  Furthermore, we will walk in the tiny forest where you can have a chance to see a monkey, Chimpanji. Walking around 6-7 hours we will reach Jagat village. Overnight we will stay at the tea house/lodge.  

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[900m/2,952 ft]

This morning after having breakfast we will begin our hiking journey by exploring different Buddhist Flags, Monasteries, and high hills. On the trails, you will enjoy seeing the villagers’ lifestyle and culture and move across the wooden bridge in some waterfalls to reach Deng. At night we will stay there including our dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[1,804m/5,917 ft]

The next morning after having breakfast, our trail will start upwards at in high altitude. The trail proceeds toward the eye-catching spot of mountain peaks which will make us feel accessible to walk on the way. There you can catch a glimpse of a picture for your future memory. Overnight we will stay at Lodge of Namrung including dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[2,630m/8,626ft]

After having breakfast, you will walk along with the village. There you will see the different restaurants to get local milk, curd, with seasonal vegetables and fruits during your meals. Subsequently, you will learn the cultures and religions of the villagers on your trails. Overnight at Lodge. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3180m/10430ft)

Early in the morning after having breakfast at Loh Gaon, we will move a step towards Samagaon. Throughout the walking period, you will pass the zigzag way and climb up several hills and reach Pungyen Gompa for the rest and having lunch.  Later on, we start our trail for Samagon where villagers are welcoming us with their religious flag. The remaining time we will explore and observe the Samgon village .overnight we will stay there having dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3500m/11480ft)

Today Sunshine in the morning, we will get a chance to witness the breathtaking view of Manaslu Himalaya(8163) altitude. It is such a wonderful experience to stay in a peaceful environment with having our morning breakfast. Our short trek day heads toward this clear day with a pleasant view of mountain peaks and cool clear weather Samdo. At night you will love to experience having a fireplace with sharing other trekkers and local villagers within a pleasant environment including your dinner at the Tea house.


  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3690m/12103ft)

The next day in the morning you will notice the Tibetan dress style, food, restaurant, and modern lifestyle including your morning breakfast.  There you will hike to Samdo peak and in the remaining time, you will get a chance to rest and enjoy yourself with local villagers. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3690m/12103ft)

After having breakfast we will hike to witness the several peaks all over the way to reach Dharamsala. At Dharamsala, you will get some relief and relax including your dinner at night.  

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4450m/14596ft)

Today is going to be a tough and long day. This is the day we are about to cross the mountain Pass Larke La. Early in the morning after having breakfast will walk toward the highest point Larkya la(5220m/17122ft). From Larkya La you will see the eye-catching spot Himlung (7,126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) in the Annapurna range. After watching that beautiful scenery we will move slowly downwards to reach Bimthang. Overnight at Tea house. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[3,720m/12, 201 ft]

After having breakfast, we will walk through flora and fauna including the agricultural land of the farmers and we left the Manaslu region to reach Tilije. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2300m/7544ft)

Afterward having breakfast, we will begin our journey for the trails to Chamje we will cross the rocky hillside and walk along the side of the Dudhkoshi river. Finally walking around 5-6 hours we will reach Chamje to get a rest at the night including your dinner.

Overnight at Lodge. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1410m/4625ft)

After sunrise up in the morning, we will take our breakfast. That adventurous scenery makes it more beautiful to walk on the way where we can explore a lot of environmental constraints. Optionally you can take Jeep Ride. 

At night we will stay at Syange including dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[1,080m/3,542 ft]

Early in the Morning, after having some breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu around 8-9 hours by local bus. Have a good shower and rest for a while. Scenic Nepal Treks hose you a Nepalese Cultural Dinner tonight where you get to see Nepalese Cultural dances and try different Nepalese dishes. 

Overnight at Hotel. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Today is the final day of your trip. One of the representatives from Scenic Nepal Treks will transfer you to Kathmandu Airpor. Please note that you will reach at Airport before your 3 hours departure time.

We look forward to welcoming you again in near future for another adventure in Nepal. Til then Namaste!

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]
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What’s Included


  • 3 Nights Twin sharing Good Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • Your International Arrival and Departure by Car 
  • Transfer by local bus from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting point and from Ending point to Kathmandu 
  • Every day Three meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek as per the menu
  • Basic Tea House Lodge during the trek ( Twin sharing Room unless you are solo hiker)
  • An Experienced Sherpa Guide with all his expenses. 
  • All necessary documents and Special permits for trekking
  • Conservation Fees of Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation 
  • Insurance for our Staffs 
  • Sleeping bags/ Duffel Bag by Company  ( Need to return at the end.)
  • Basic First Aid Kits ( Medicine are recommended to have your own)
  • Trekking Maps and Adventure Certificate by Scenic Nepal Treks


  • Early Arrival or Late departure Accommodations in Kathmandu and Mountain due to Flight delayed or cancellation
  • Personal Travel/Trekking insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks including water, Your Tea & Coffee during the Trek 
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Wi-Fi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Porter for Solo hiker 
  • Single room in the mountain
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Useful Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek. Several ups and downs along the steep, rugged routes make the trek challenging. This trek is not for beginner trekkers. Previous trekking experience and strong physical fitness are necessary to go on Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Likewise, you will be crossing Larkya La, which is full of hurdles. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty may vary from one person to another. Trekkers' endurance, emotional stability, and determination also play a huge role to determine the difficulty level of this trek. It is an off-beat trek. Many parts of the route are slippery, rock-strewn, and sloppy. The trekkers have to walk 8 to 9 hours daily, which is a big deal and not for everyone. 

For your information, the Manaslu region is one the most isolated parts of Nepal that have barely seen any modern development. Everything is super basic, from accommodation to meals. No modern facilities and stable communication channels. So, apart from physical fitness, you also have to think about these factors before joining the trek. 

Even with all the challenges, the views and trekking experience you will get during the Manaslu Circuit Trek are unlike any other treks. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Preparation

Preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires careful planning and adequate preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Here are some essential trip preparations to consider:

  • Physical Fitness: The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves long days of walking and challenging terrains, including high-altitude sections. Prior to your trek, engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, such as hiking, jogging, or cycling, to improve your stamina and endurance. Strengthen your leg muscles through exercises like squats and lunges. Consult with a healthcare professional to ensure you are in good physical condition for the trek.
  • Trekking Permits: Obtain the necessary permits for the trek, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These permits are required to enter the Manaslu region and contribute to conservation efforts. Ensure that you have the required documents and fees for the permits. Scenic Nepal Treks provide you complete package.
  • Trekking Agency or Guide: Consider hiring a reputable trekking agency or guide for your Manaslu Circuit Trek. They will assist with logistics, provide experienced guides, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. Trekking with a guide also offers cultural insights and enhances your overall experience.
  • Travel Insurance: Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities at high altitudes. Ensure that your insurance policy includes emergency medical evacuation and covers potential risks and injuries during the trek.
  • Packing Essentials: Prepare a comprehensive packing list based on the duration and season of your trek. Some essential items to pack include:
  • Clothing: Layered clothing suitable for varying temperatures, including thermal base layers, insulated jackets, waterproof and windproof outer layers, hiking pants, and warm hats and gloves.
  • Footwear: Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support, suitable socks, and trekking sandals for rest days.
  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack to carry your essentials during the trek.
  • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for the temperatures you'll encounter during the trek.
  • Trekking Gear: Trekking poles, headlamp with extra batteries, sunglasses, sun hat, and a water bottle or hydration system.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a well-stocked first aid kit with essential medications, blister plasters, and personal medical supplies.
  • Other Essentials: Sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, toiletries, quick-drying towel, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves high-altitude sections, including the Larkya La Pass. Acclimatization is crucial to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Plan your itinerary with rest days at appropriate intervals to allow your body to adjust to higher elevations.
  • Training and Familiarization: If you have limited trekking experience or are unfamiliar with hiking at high altitudes, consider participating in shorter treks or training hikes beforehand. This will help you gauge your fitness level and get accustomed to trekking conditions.
  • Weather and Season: Understand the weather patterns and seasons in the Manaslu region. The spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons are generally the best times for the trek, as they offer stable weather and clear skies. Be prepared for colder temperatures at higher altitudes, and pack accordingly.
  • Hydration and Water Purification: Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking plenty of water. Carry a water purification system or water purification tablets to ensure safe drinking water during the trek.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Respect the local culture and traditions. Familiarize yourself with basic Nepali customs, and dress modestly when visiting villages and religious sites. Seek permission before taking photographs of locals.

By taking these preparations into account, you'll be well-equipped for an unforgettable and safe Manaslu Circuit Trek. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, immerse yourself in the local culture, and embrace the challenges and rewards of this incredible adventure.

Acclimatization and Altitude Sickness

Acclimatization and altitude sickness are the two major factors you have to look for to make sure the trek goes smoothly. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary has ample rest days at the most scenic spots to make it pleasant. 

We always recommend our guests to not compromise on rest days during the trek to avoid altitude sickness. You may think, reducing one day may not have a prominent effect, but sadly it does. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from 700 meters and goes above 5,000 meters, which is a significant altitude difference. We have maintained a constant increase in elevation that helps a lot until you read Samdo, where we take a day off and hike to nearby places to acclimatize our bodies. 

Symptoms of altitude sickness:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of appetite and insomnia
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness

The safety of guests is the topmost priority at Scenic Nepal Treks. During the trek, you will be accompanied by our professional and experienced guides who are well trained to tackle any emergency in the Himalayas and knows first-aid, remote survival, etc. 

While trekking with us, you can relax and focus on enjoying the views. Our team will take care of everything else. We guarantee a safe venture in the Himalayas with us, and our customer satisfaction rate speaks for it.

Preventive measures of altitude sickness

  • Ample rest days and a constant increase in elevation during the trek are necessary to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Drink at least two liters of water every day. Include dal bhat at least in one meal. It is the most nutritious and delicious meal option you will get during the trek. 
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks and smoke as it will dehydrate your body. 
  • If you see any symptoms, inform the group leader and follow his advice. Do not push yourself and take proper rest. If the symptoms get severe, you may have to return. The team leader will decide as he is responsible for your safety.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Solo/Private/Group

Unfortunately, you cannot do Manaslu Circuit Trek solo. As per the rules of the government of Nepal, there have to be two trekkers in the group, not including the guide or porter, to get the Manaslu Circuit Trek to permit. 

You can join one of our Manaslu Circuit Trek departures dates and trek with travelers from all around the world. Or, if you have your own group, then you can go for a private trek option. The maximum number of people we are taking at the moment in a group is up to 30. The trek will be led by the leader guide, along with assistant guides and a porter for every two trekkers.  Feel free to contact us anytime if you want to have a private trek or group trek with us. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek best season

Weather does determine the success and comfort of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. The season you choose to trek to the Manaslu region will define your trekking experience. March to April and October to November is the best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek.  

These months have the most stable weather and fantastic views. The crystal clear sky and moderate climate make the trek excellent. 

Spring and Autumn

The temperature ranges from 18°C to -4°C in Spring (March to April) and 20°C to -6°C in autumn (October to November). In spring, the rhododendrons and other beautiful flowers decorate the trail. Likewise, the snowfall of the winter makes the mountains look very pretty. The climate slowly begins to warm and offers a very cozy trekking experience. 

Whereas in autumn, the hint of crispness in the air and freshness of monsoon rain makes the trek pleasant. You may also get to observe some of the biggest Nepali festivals celebrated in the autumn. The air has a more peaceful and festive vibe in it. 

Winter & Monsoon

January to February (winter) and May to September (monsoon/summer) are the off-season for Manaslu trekking. Most of the lodges along the route get closed because of heavy snowfall and extreme cold. Local drop down to lower elevation to spend the season, and trails get blocked. The weather remains unstable, and views are not clear. We do not recommend going on Manaslu Circuit Trek in these two seasons. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit

Manaslu Circuit Trek needs three permits- Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit). 

Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal, which means trekkers are not allowed to trek along in the Manaslu region. Similarly, as per the rules, there should be two trekkers in the group, not including the guide or porter. FYP- independent trekkers cannot issue the permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek, therefore you have to trek with a registered local trekking company like We Scenic Nepal Treks. 

  • Special Restricted Area Permit cost September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and USD 15 per day per person thereafter
  • Special Restricted Area Permit cost December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and USD 10 per day per person thereafter
  • Manaslu Conservation Area permit cost: USD 30 per person
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit cost: USD 30 per person


The first thing we want you to know is that the accommodation along the Manaslu trek route is very basic, unlike other famous trekking regions in Nepal. There is no luxury option at all (besides camping), and you will spend the night mostly in the tea houses that offer small twin-shared rooms with an attached washroom.

At some places, you may have to do with the common washroom. The rooms do not have a heating system or anything like that, so make sure to carry a nice sleeping bag to keep yourself warm in the morning/night. 

Food during the trek

Food options are scarce and expensive in the Manaslu region because of no proper transportation access. Especially in the villages at the higher elevation, you will mainly get Tibetan & Nepali dishes, a very different palate than most of the people are used to. 

Our package includes three meals during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. You will get breakfast, lunch & dinner. You are free to carry or buy snacks along the route on your own. In Kathmandu, you will get breakfast along with a farewell dinner.

This is what the menu looks like on the trail. French toast, oatmeal, porridge, soup, eggs, bread, Tibetan bread, muesli, pancakes, sandwich, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, etc are usually available for breakfast. Likewise, for lunch and dinner, you can expect dal bhat, curries, stir-fried veggies, chapati, steak, momo, pasta, noodles, tenduk, thukpa, etc. 

Trek Responsibly 

We live by our company's core value to not harm nature in any way during our treks and tours. Our trips are composed and organized sustainably. And not only that, but we also actively work to uplift the local mountain economy and give back to society in whatever way we can. 

At the same time, we also believe that as a traveler, you also have the responsibility to make sure your presence does not hurt nature in any way. We will play our role to protect nature, and we want you to play your role to preserve it. 

Below are the few things you can do from your side as a responsible traveler:

  • Say no to purchasing plastic water bottles on the trail. Instead, get yourself a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets to keep refilling it. 
  • Do not throw away trash on the trail. If it is not biodegradable, you can store it in a trash bag, and our team will help it decompose properly at the proper place. 
  • Use local and sustainable products during the trip.
  • Buy souvenirs from small vendors and give back to the local community.
  • Respect locals and their culture.

Trekking Insurance for Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas. The trek has a high altitude, off-the-beaten route, and bare minimum tourist infrastructure, which increases the chances of potential unforeseen events like climate change, altitude sickness, accidents, etc. Therefore, well-covered travel insurance is essential to book Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Travel insurance is a significant part of booking Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 days with us. You have to provide us with a copy of the insurance certificate as a document to confirm the booking. And your travel insurance must cover air evacuation (up to 6,000 meters) and medical bills.

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek package cost does not include travel insurance, nor do we directly deal with getting one. So, you are requested to get the travel insurance on your own. 

*Note: Do call and double-check with the insurance company whether their travel insurance covers heli rescue and evacuation up to 6000 meters or not. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

We are professional at what we do. We have a strict protocol that ensures the safety of the travelers and crew members on the trail. At Scenic Nepal Treks, we guarantee the high satisfaction and security of our guests. 

From the moment you book Manaslu Circuit Trek with us, our representative will guide you through the preparation and packing process. We'll assist you with a workout routine to increase your stamina depending upon your trekking experience and physical fitness. 

Likewise, you will be informed about the trekking route and the difficulties it holds to help you prepare mentally too. Everything will be double-checked, before the beginning of the trek, and during the trek, our professional team leader will keep you safe. 

Last Minute Booking for Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is best to book Manaslu Circuit Trek a couple of months before the beginning of the trek and have adequate preparation time on hand. Moreover, Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 days requires a restricted area trekking permit from the government, which may take some time to obtain. 

If you want to book this trek at the last minute, then you have to pay 100% of the package cost within 24 hours of confirmation of the trip from us. We will try to make all the arrangements at the last minute, however, if any delays or cancelation occurs beyond our control, then the company will not be responsible for it. 

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

  • You can get WiFi at the lodges and teahouses in lower elevation with some additional charges. We recommend you get a Nepali SIM with data to use the internet on the trail. The connection may not be stable all the time. 
  • You will get electricity to charge the electronic devices along the route. Usually, the teahouse/lodger owners charge a few extra bucks for this service. 
  • We offer a 10 kgs weight limit to each trekker. Porters carry the duffel bag during the trek. You can leave extra luggage in the hotel's locker rooms free of cost. 
  • Our Manaslu Circuit Trek package cost does not include personal expenses like shopping, snacks, drinks, etc. Similarly, the package cost does not involve visa fees, travel insurance, international flights, etc. You can check out our cost includes and excludes section for more information. 
  • Tipping is your choice. It's like saying thank you for your hard work. If you like the service of our crew members, feel free to tip them as per your wish. This is general info over how much you can tip- USD 100 guide/porter, USD 5 to tour guide, and USD 2 to the driver by each member of the group.
  • There is no ATM along the trekking route, and you'll need cash to buy services. So, withdraw enough cash (Nepali currency) in the city.

Equipment & Packing list for Manaslu Circuit Trek:

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.  

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


  • 1 sleeping bag (Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag  ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you) 


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies


  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash


Q1. What kind of Fitness level do I need to have to this Hike?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the strenuous Trek in Nepal. You need to have strong mental preparedness as well as Physically fit. Get ready yourself to hike 7 to 8 hours each day. 

We suggest you do some hiking before you come to Nepal. With Good Packing List and physical fitness, you can do this hike. 

The best time to do this hike is Summer and Spring. 

The main purpose to do this Manaslu Circuit Trek is to avoid the busy trekking Trails of Nepal, explore the beauty of less touristic Tibetan Buddhist villages and breathtaking Himalayas Views. 

We can not do any comparison between this Manaslu Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. Both of them have their own specialty and beauty. But compare to EBC and any other trek, Manaslu Trek has still hikers and You need to have special Trekking Permits. 

During your trek, you will be staying at Tea House Lodge. Lodges have basic Twin sharing Beds with Sharing bathroom outside of your Room. At some places, while you will be in higher areas, you may have to share your rooms with a few other tourists as well. They do have very limited rooms.

Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you sleeping Bags.  

Yes but only at some places. You need to purchase from Lodge which costs you around US$ 2- $3 unlimited. Alternatively, We also suggest you buy a Local Sim Card with internet Data packges. It does not work at every place but we can say it better than using Wi-fi. 

Yes, most of the Lodge offers you Hot Bucket Shower with a certain amount between US$2-US$3, depending on places where you are. When you go higher, the price will go higher too. 

Your safety is our main concern while doing Hike with Scenic Nepal Treks. Every day we will be in touch with your Guide. In case of emergency, depending on your condition we take decisions. If you are too serious, we need to evacuate you to the city. We will contact your Insurance Company for rescue. So please make sure you have made good Insurance that covers Emergency rescue and medical before you come to Nepal. We need your Insurance copies while our Briefing hour at Kathmandu on your arrival day. 

Every day you will be provided 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) by menu. You can have Western, Indian, and Nepalese Dishes. Fried Rice, Noodles, Rice and Curries, Spaghetti are the popular course.

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