Manaslu Circuit Trek can be the best alternative for the Annapurna trekking. Located inside the Manaslu Conservation Area, the circuit trail passes through the base of the 8th highest mountain, Manaslu. The circuit accounts for a lengthy and arduous trek. Formerly, a camping trip, it can now be completed through tea-houses en route.

The region opened as early as 1991 for the tourists; and it follows an old salt-trading route along the Budi Gandaki river. Few of the sections were destroyed during the major earthquake of 2015; however, the trail has now been repaired and is fully operational. The trek commences at Arughat, Gorkha. The 13 days trekking passes through many uneven terrains and varying geographical conditions. The highest elevation you will reach is at Larkya La Pass at the sheer height of 5,160 meters. It concludes at Syange village.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best longest treks in the world. It receives a lesser amount of tourists in a year compared to the Everest and Annapurna region, hence, the trail remains wide open for exploration. Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) is the highlight of the trek which offers a rare glimpse of mid-western flora and fauna. You would be required to obtain a permit to enter the region.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation 3-4 hours
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha 5-6  hours
Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola 890 m (2,920) 5-6 hours
Day 5 Trek to Jagat 1,350 m (4,429 ft) 6 hours
Day 6 Trek to Deng 1,860 m (6,102 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Namrung 2,660 m (8,727 ft) 6 hours
Day 8 Trek to Lhogaon 3,180 m (10,434 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 9 Trek to Samagaon 3,525 m (11,564 ft) 5 hours
Day 10 Rest day in Samagoan
Day 11 Trek to Samdo 3,860 m (12,664 ft) 5 hours
Day 12 Trek to Larkya La Phedi 4,460 m (14,633 ft) 4 hours
Day 13 Trek to Larkya La Pass 5,160 m (16,929 ft) 8-9 hours
Day 14 Trek to Tilje 2,300 m (7,545 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 15 Trek to Tal 1,700 m (5,577 ft) 4 hours
Day 16 Trek to Syange and Drive Back to Kathmandu 7-8 hours
Day 17 Depart from Kathmandu

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • (B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Special Restricted Area Entry  Permits
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • 1 Duffel  Bag and Company T-shirt
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


Everest trek proved to be a challenge for me. I never had trekked to such great height before, however, the proper acclimatization and sound health helped me reach the base camp at no time.

Thanks to the team of Caravan Outdoors, specially to Hom Rana, for making the trip successful. The tea-houses were clean and standard, likewise the hotel in Kathmandu. Fabulous trip and well organized overall. ~Rob Ellington (NSW, Australia)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Kathmandu Sightseeing & trek preparation Kathmandu is the main cultural hub of Nepal and the historical city. The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tourist guide of the town will offer you a chance to visit Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal. After the exploration of Pashupatinath you will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. After a heavy lunch, the tour will advance to the Patan Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists and shows the historical side of the Malla kingdom and Newari lifestyle. The tour will end with a serene trip to Swayambhunath, the most important landmark of Buddhism in Nepal.
  3. Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat The drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola is a full seven hour ride. The road passes through the historical city of Gorkha and Arughat. You can get a close view of Ganesh mountain range from the Arughat. Soti Khola is a small village, and the tea-houses here are up to the standard.
  4. Trek to Machha Khola The first day of the trek goes along the Budhi Gandaki River. The current of the river increases to the dangerous level during the monsoon rain. A short stop is made at Lapubesi, a Gurung Village. After few hours, you’ll reach to Machha Khola (River of Fish).
  5. Trek to Jagat The trail makes a big drop down the stony staircases towards Budhi Gandaki River. You have to cross the river through a suspension bridge. After few hours on the trail, you’ll be rewarded with the view of the Northeast face of Ganesh Himal. You can make a brief stop and enjoy your lunch at Dobhan. After Yaru Bagar (1256 m), you may cross a few small wooden bridges and a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. After half an hour of trek, you will reach Jagat.
  6. Trek to Deng The trek leads towards the Salleri and again the Budhi Gandaki River. You have to cross Sirdibas, a beautiful Gurung village which demonstrates the first sign of Buddhist Culture with a stupa at its entrance. Walking almost two hours beyond Philim, the road separates into two trails. The right trail leads to the Tsum Valley, and the other one takes you closer to the Manaslu. The day will end at Deng
  7. Trek to Namrung The trail leads upwards the stretches of Deng River leading to Ghap. It is a traditional Buddhist hamlet with myriads of Mani stones and Chortens that manifest the influence of Tibetan Culture in the region. The day ends at Namrung; a beautiful highland village with abundant traces of Buddhist cultures and relics
  8. Trek to Lho You may have to cross the Hinan River that originates from Linda Glacier. The trail remains above 3,000 meters. Throughout the trail, you’ll find mesmerizing views of Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal and Lajing peak. Lho is a culturally and historically important place for the Buddhists.
  9. Trek to Sama Gaon Today, you begin the trek crossing the stone gate with series of colorful mani walls. You trek up to Pungen Glacier from where you can savor the majestic views of Manaslu. Finally, you may chase the trail along the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier and arrive to Sama Gaon.
  10. Acclimatization Day You have trekked for more than a week, therefore, you must acclimatize well before heading towards the Larkya La Pass at 5,100 meters.
  11. Trek to Samdo You gradually climb uphill all the way to Samdo along the deserted trails of windy valley. After 3-4 hours of pleasant walk you arrive to Samdo; a small settlement located close to the Tibetan border.
  12. Trek to Larkya La Phedi The trail ascends upwards. Larkya La Phedi is located at the base of Larkya La Pass and is above 4,000 meters.
  13. Trek to to Larkya La Pass Larkya La Pass is the highest elevation you can reach during the trek. From Larkya La Phedi, you will start a short hike towards Larkya Glacier. The area around the glacier offers beautiful vista of the Cho Danda as well as Larkya Peak. After few hours of uphill hike, you will reach the Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters. From here, the mountain peaks such as Cheo Himal, Annapurna II, Kanguru Himal and Himlung Himal can be seen. After a while you can start descending towards the Bimthang village.
  14. Trek to Tilje You will descend through the forests of rhododendron, bamboo and pine on trail. After a couple of hour of hike you will reach Tilje.
  15. Trek to Tal You will cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola as you exit the Tilje and arrive at Tonje. You have to continue descending further towards the Dharapani and Karte, and arrive at Tal.
  16. Trek to Syange Today is the last day of the trek and you will trek along the lowest points of Annapurna Circuit Trek and arrive at Syange. From Syange, you can drive back to Kathmandu.
  17. Departure from Kathmandu You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trip Length 17 days
Trek Length 13 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 5,160 meters (16,929 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)
Meal Full board on trek
★★★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu) Standard BB Lodges on Trail
Transportation Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus
Best Month February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Group Size 2-10 Persons
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