16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking | Manaslu Trek

Starting From $1480.00 per person

Trekking around the Manaslu is an off the beaten trail alternate to the Annapurna Circuit, with great scenery, good mountain views and is a mixed culture trekking tour. You will enjoy strong cultural interest throughout the Manaslu trek at the beginning populated by Gurung Buddhists and go up to old-style Tibetan villages. The variety of the trek, from the Hindu middle hills to the Tibetan high-country dwellers,


The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La (5,134m). Manaslu Circuit Trek is distinctive in that we have side trips up the beautiful valleys including on the way to Manaslu base camp. The Buri Gandaki valley behind the Manaslu is one of Nepal’s most beautiful valleys. The trail passes by waterfalls and through villages surrounded by rice terraces and verdant fields in rich hues of green and yellow.


Manaslu region is remarkably rich in flora and fauna. Special permits are required for this trek as Upper Manaslu and the Tsum Valley are restricted areas due to their proximity to Tibet. These permits will be obtained by Happy Holiday Treks and Expedition and are included in the price of your holiday.

When it comes to trekking in Nepal, Manaslu trek is an off-the-beat trekking activity. It lies in the shadow of the Annapurna region, and so, other more popular treks are considered to be better than Manaslu trekking. Now, this is not necessarily true. Manaslu trek is one of those trekking journeys that offers everything to the tourists that ideal trekking in Nepal destination does. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast, a curious researcher of cultures, or someone who’s just looking for a break from the mundane life in the cities, there is something for everyone in Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek is also known as Manaslu Larke Pass Trek, as it allows the trekkers to cross Larkya La Pass. It is a high altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 5106 m. Larkya La Pass is one of those attractions in Manaslu Larke pass trek that makes the journey exciting. But keep in mind that it is one of the most dangerous sections in the trek, and one needs to be careful while crossing it. These and so many other natural and cultural spectacles make the journey as good as other more preferred trekking trips.

Manaslu Trek is also known as Manaslu Round trek, as the journey takes you around Manaslu region. As a matter of fact, Manaslu Round trek is the best way to explore the Manaslu region. The region is comprised of so many beautiful villages, which are homes to the people belonging to indigenous tribes such as Gurung, Magar, Limbu, Sherpas, Rai, and so on. The region also houses Tibetan Immigrants, who migrated from Tibet to Nepal decades ago. And now, they proudly consider Nepal as their home. Some of the villages that you would come across during the journey include Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Dharamsala, Bimthang, and so on. Manaslu trek occurs in and around Manaslu Conservation Area, which is one of the richest protected areas when it comes to the population of rare and endangered species. During Manaslu trek, you will make your way through the most beautiful forests with Rhododendron and Pine, and if you’re lucky, you might also spot a few of these wild animals. Manaslu trek lasts for a duration of 18 days. However, the trekkers walk only for a period of 11 days.

Manaslu trek difficulty level is marked at challenging, as it has all the elements that make trekking in Nepal difficult. First of all, it takes the trekkers to extremely high altitude, to be specific, as high as 5416 m. Now, this might pose a problem for the individuals who are not used to living at high altitude. The high elevation causes the weather to become unpredictable, generally windy and cold. If the trekkers are not prepared, they might fall sick, and find it hard to continue on with the journey. Manaslu Circuit trek difficulty level is marked tough also because, during the journey, there is a high chance for the trekkers to suffer from altitude sickness. The chances increase once the trekker crosses the height of 3000 m, but in this trek, the tourists remain above 3000 m for 7 days. Because of all these reasons, it is suggested that tourists must consult their doctors and evaluate their health conditions before going for a trek like this.

Manaslu trek was one of those activities that were largely impacted by the earthquake that occured in the year 2015. The number of trekkers coming for a trek in the Manaslu region was already quite low, and because of the earthquake, it went further down. The disaster levelled down the villages that offered food and accommodation facilities to the visiting tourists, and as a result of landslides, the roads got blocked. The drop in the number of tourists also occured because of the perception of the people. For a long time, it was believed that it was risky to trek in the region, mainly because the phase of the aftershocks wasn’t over yet.  Barpak village, which was the epicenter of the earthquake lies quite close to the Manaslu trek route. Despite all these difficult days, currently, Manaslu Circuit trek after earthquake is performing quite well. Manaslu circuit trek after earthquake is quite safe to go for, all thanks to the locals, who rebuilt their villages and cleared the roads with the help of the government. Manaslu trek after earthquake has been receiving more tourists than it ever did. Its popularity has increased greatly.

When it comes to Manaslu Base Camp trek, there are two approaches that you can take. You can either go for a Manaslu Base Camp centered trek, or you can add a few days to your Manaslu Trek itinerary and cover Manaslu Base Camp. Manaslu Base Camp trek is a shortened version of Manaslu Trek. The route to Manaslu Base Camp deviates from Samagaon, which is one of the villages that you come across during Manaslu Circuit trek. When you choose the former option, you walk from Soti Khola to Samagaon, and instead of going to Samdo, you head towards Manaslu Base Camp. The trekkers generally spend one night at the base camp. The next day, they head towards Samagaon, and from there, the same way back to Soti Khola to end the trek. Manaslu Base Camp trek is, therefore, shorter, and still allows you to explore the majority of the Manaslu Region. Manaslu Base Camp is the best attraction of Manaslu Base Camp trek. It takes you as close as you can get to Mount Manaslu, and in the process, offers you excellent views of other significant peaks in the region like Ngadichuli, Himchuli, and so on.

The case with Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is exactly the same like Manaslu Base Camp trek. Here as well, you have two approaches to choose from. Either you go for a Tsum Valley centered trek, or you can add a couple of days to your Manaslu trek and cover Manaslu Tsum Valley. Though, around 60% of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek route is the same as Manaslu Circuit trek; it has a lot to offer to the trekkers. Tsum Valley is a holy place and a well known pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. It got the holy status in the early 16th century when Milarepa, a prominent Buddhist guru visited the valley, and meditated in the caves around it. Currently, these caves are significant tourist attractions, and are known as Milarepa Caves. Apart from this, you will also come across Mu Gompa and Rachen Nunnery, the two important Buddhist heritages in the region. On the trek, you will come across numerous structures like chortens, mani walls, stupas, and places wrapped in prayer flags that will constantly remind you that you’re in a Buddhist influenced region. Chokang Paro, Nile, Burgi are some of the villages here.

Apart from Manaslu trek, Manaslu region is also popular for Manaslu climb. With a height of 8163 m, Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world. It is also one of the most preferred mountains in Nepal when it comes to climbing. The mountain was first climbed in the year 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. They were members of the Japanese expedition. Since then, Manaslu Mountain has become more of a Japanese peak, as it is generally the first choice of Japanese climbers. The journey that takes you to the top of Manaslu summit is 46 days long altogether. The core climbing lasts for a duration of 28 days, whereas the rest of the time is spent either acclimatizing, sightseeing around significant tourist attractions, or travelling from one place to another. The climbers also tend to trek for quite some time, before reaching the Manaslu mountain and after descending down from Manaslu summit. Overall, the climbers trek for a duration of around 9 days. Manaslu Base Camp trek route is the one that they follow to reach the base camp. The mountaineers can also travel to the base camp on a helicopter.

Happy Holiday Treks & Expedition offers you all kinds of travel and tour related services. We specialize in trekking, like Manaslu trek, and expedition, however, if you’re not quite interested in adventurous activities as such, you could go for the ones like helicopter tour, food tour, cultural tour, pilgrim tour, and so on. The company was established by individuals who’ve spent years working as a professional trekking and mountaineering guides. So, our people know the ins and outs of the journeys that we offer; we know what makes or breaks a vacation. You can be rest assured about having the most amount of fun during the trip. Our itineraries feature the most popular and off-the-beat tourist destinations in countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. What makes our services different from that of others is our focus on client satisfaction. If you’re looking to visit any of these places or try any of these activities during your upcoming vacation, make sure to choose Happy Holiday Treks & Expedition as your travel partner. You’re going to absolutely love our services, and would certainly want to return.

Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu. (1,335m). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 – Drive o Soti Khola (710m). 6-7 hours. Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 03 – Trek to Khorla besi. (980m) 6 hours. Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 04 – Trek to Jagat. (1,350m) 5 hours. Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 05 – Trek to Lokwa. (2,109m) 6-7 hours Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 06 – Trek to Bih Phedi. (2,050m) 4 hours. Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 07 – Trek to Namru. (2,650m). 4-5 hours Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 08 – Trek to Sama Gaon. (3,499m). 6 hours Overnight Tea-House. (Meals:B,L,D)

Day 09 – Trek to Samdo. (3,560m). 3-4 hours Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 10 – Trek to Larkey Phedi. (4,460m) 5-6 hours Overnight Tea-House.

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Day 11 – Cross the Larkey La. (5,134m). Trek to Bhimtang. 7-10 hours. Overnight Tea-House.

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Day 12 – Trek to Tilje (2,335m). 4-5 hours. Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 13 – Trek to Chamje (1433m). 6 hours.  Overnight Tea-House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Day 14 – Drive to Besisahar then to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel. (Meals:B,L)

Day 15 – Half day City sightseeing tour, afternoon free for shopping. Overnight Hotel. (Meals: B)

Day 16 – Departure transfer to International airport to fly back home. 

Trek Services Include: 

  • Manaslu Circuit trek with trek guide, porter/s,
  • Basic but clean and comfortable twin share private accommodation in local lodges,
  • Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek on BB basis.
  • All meals on trek
  •  Road head transport (ex Kathmandu),
  • Trek permit & Park fees,
  • Guide/porter insurance.
  • Sleeping bag

Cost Will Not Include:

  • Personal equipment;
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu;
  •  Tips;
  • Client insurance of any kind;
  • Cost of evacuation (if any);
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks;
  • Nepal visa costs;
  • International flight ticket
  • Other expenses of personal nature.

Meal plan: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals on trek.

Tea Houses: We use good tea houses available, The tea houses we use usually have twin sharing rooms. For a variety of reasons, e.g. size, unreliable communication, it is not possible to guarantee single rooms in advance at tea houses. Additionally, during the trekking season tea houses are very busy, and it goes against the ethos of mountain trekking to turn people away from shelter in lodges.

Best Months for getting to the Everest Base Camp.

The best times for getting to EBC are between early September to around the middle of  November, before heavy snow begins to cause problems.

An alternate season is between the beginning of March after the snow has begun to melt, and the middle of May. As days get longer and the summer monsoon months begin, clouds will obscure the gorgeous views of distant Himalayan peaks. A benefit of hiking in the spring is seeing the trees begin to bloom.

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#In December 2011, my husband and I did a 3 trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal followed by 3 days at Chitwan National Park with Happy Holidays (Kuman Gurung).  We’re in our mid-sixties and began to question our decision when various friends and family members said that it’d be way too cold and difficult at that time of the year.  Actually November and December are excellent months to trek in Nepal as it is normally dry and sunny.  Kuman is an excellent choice as he did all the planning, gaining of licenses, arranging for lodging and planning of the length of our trekking days.  We liked that he not only planned, but accompanied our group of 6, along with two other wonderful assistants (porter and guide).  One needs to understand that Nepal is a third world country, and electricity and warm water become an issue all over the country.  Our days were very warm---how I wished I’d brought a short sleeved shirt---and the nights are cold.  We hadn’t anticipated that we’d spend much of our time climbing up or down----but Nepal translates to the Himalayas so that’s what you do. (much is rock steps which can be difficult for some)  The vistas make stopping often to rest a treasure,----it is beautiful---so beautiful.  You are remote and everything is packed into the area---your meals come mainly from the gardens and are delicious!  Kuman is willing to tailor the trip’s destination and length to your ability and time frame.  He provides one with a most memorable experience, and you come away with a true appreciation of the country and people.  He also arranged our stays in Katmandu and 3 days in the Chitwan National Park.  You begin and end your trek in Pokhara and we recommend the Temple Tree Resort and the Moon Dance restaurant as a great way to end your trek.  Thank you Kuman for making our adventure in Nepal so perfect!

Charlie and Patty SeeUSA

#Namaste to Kuman and Lokenra, I write as the expedition leader of a team of 6 (3 Canadians and 3 Americans) who recently traveled for 1 month in Nepal and Bhutan using the guiding and coordinating services of Happy Holidays Treks and Expeditions, in particular Kuman and Lokendra.  This was the second expedition which these gentlemen looked after us, the first being in 2010, another month long expedition which featured trekking through the Everest region, a jungle adventure in Chitwan and an extended whitewater rafting trip on the reverred Sun Kosiriver. Our October- November2013 trip featured trekking the Annapurna region, trekking for a week in Bhutan and whitewater rafting 2 rivers - the Kali Gandaki and the BhotoKosi rivers. Needless to say, the care and expert attention provided by Kuman and Lokendra was exceptional.  Every aspect of our trip was handled flawlessly and with good humor and insight of the Nepalese culture and traditions.  Over the last 15 years, I have lead many trekking and rafting expeditions around the world and without any qualification I give the highest marks to both Kuman and Lokendra. Not only did we get full value for our money, but it was done with genuine TLC by both these wonderful gentlemen.  Even when things went off track ( which in the 3rd world - in truly remote environments -  can happen in technicolor - in this case a National Strike of workers) alternate arrangements were undertaken with ease and care - maintaining our schedule and achieving our expedition objectives. I obviously think highly of Kuman and Lokendra and strongly recommend Happy Holidays as 'the go to' trekking/expedition/rafting company in Nepal. In this regard, if you require further amplification of my comments I would be pleased to endorse this recommendation via email or telephone. Clearly, if Nepal offers a Tourism Award for best guides/guiding companies,  Happy Holidays would be a first prize winner!

Temple W. HarrisToronto, Canada

#Dear Kuman, Happy New Year and Namaste.  It has been more than a month since the Team Tim returned home from the experience of a lifetime—organized by you and your company.  It was such an amazing trip with so many different aspects to it.   We started our adventure in Nepal where you and I first met, then quickly off to Bhutan, and eventually back to Nepal and home.  The trip you organized for us contained so many different elements--- hiking, rafting and learning about the cultural aspects of the two countries.  It was an organizational nightmare, but everything ran so smoothly under your direction.  Tim, Viv and I commented about how smooth the transition was between each activity and country.  It really was one of our best adventures. I was so impressed with the way in which the guides took such very good care of us. They were all so happy to teach us about Buddhism, their country and their politics.  I thought it very special how you joined us on the trekking part of the trip. You also went that extra mile when we rafted in Nepal.  You followed our route and met us at each stop along the way to feed us, take pictures, carry our “stuff”, or whatever else our team of 6 needed.  We all became family ----Lakendra, you, and the 3 Canadian and 3 American travellers. I know that you and Tim had thousands of emails between you as you planned this extensive trip.  Tim you knew from his last trip.  He was thrilled that you had opened your own office and that he was able to have you and Lakenda organize and guide the trip respectively. I would be privileged to serve as a reference for you if a potential client requests it. You receive a five start rating from me. Thanks again,

Marlene FogeToronto, Canada