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Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days

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  • Transportation: Jeep/Bus
  • Max Altitude: Larkya La Pass ( 5125 m )
  • Group-size: 1-5 People
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
  • Trekking Days: 10 - 15 Days
  • Best Time/Months to Trek: September, October, April, May

Manaslu Circuit Trek is right in the heart of the Manaslu Region. It offers all that you dream for a classic trek in Nepal: Impressive landscape, close experiences with local individuals and their old culture (untouched by modernized Nepal). Mt Manaslu is the 8th tallest peaks in the world and also known as the mountain of spirits in Nepal. The highest altitude of this route is the  Larkya La Pass. It the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas and reaches 5,125m so welcome you with eye-stretching views of snow-capped mountains.

Manaslu Treks starts from Arughat. You can go on bus or jeep to reach Arughat. It takes about 8-10 hours of drive from Kathmandu to Arughat.  We operate Manaslu Circuit trek 12 days throughout the year. However, it is Autumn and Spring (Manaslu Circuit Trek Best Time) i.e. in September, October, November and March, April and May when you can get clear views and can trek easily. The whole trek lies in the restricted area of Nepal. Hence, it costs little more for getting a permit and you should have a guide in compulsion. You must have Restricted Area Permit, MCAP and ACAP as Trek Permits.

Manaslu Circuit is kind of moderate trekking. As we are trekking in Manaslu in just 12 days, Altitudes, Walking Distance, Climatic Conditions, Lack of proper guide, Foods and Accommodation are some common Manaslu Trek Difficulty. Be sure you have good physical fitness and proper trek preparation is done. Well, preparation makes this trip quite easier.

Manaslu – Overview

Manaslu Circuit is made available to everyone since 1992. Since then number of trekkers has witnessed amazing Manaslu Region. Initially, Manaslu Round Trek was famous as Camping trek. However, with the growth of tourist you can find teahouses/lodges for food and accommodation. Although large number of trekkers trek in Manaslu, it is still remote.

During the trek you can enjoy Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons, rivers, nature gifted landscapes and amazing mountains. What you want more?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. We then trek from Arughat to Soti Khola and stay overnight. On the following day, we head towards Machha Khola. We walk through beautiful lush forests, rice terraces and suspension bridges. We trek 6-7 hours in second day to reach Jagat. You can see some white snow peaks from Jagat.There is hot water spring in Jagat on the way to Deng. You can spend some time in natural hot spring. Our continuous trek will take us to Namrung Village. You can see mighty Ganesh Himal views along with Mt. Himalchui. Then we reach Samagoan. It is located at highest point of Budhi Gandaki Valley. Trekking a bit further, we reach Dharamsala for astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and the Larkya peak. You will amazed by the atomosphere around. It’s not over. Next day Larkya La Pass ( 5190m), amazing viewpoint.Views of 8 different mountains: Cheo, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal. Don’t just listen, go and see.

We some down to Tilije from Larkya La. Walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest we reach Tal. From Tal, we trek to Syanje and drive back to Kathmandu. After completion of the trek, we will have a small farewell dinner and we provide you trek completion certificates.


Why you should go Manaslu in 2021?

Experts say Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the best treks in Nepal. Despite the number of tourist trekking here, it is still remote, off-the-beaten-path and untouched from modernized Nepal. For providing a life long memory this trek takes you around Mt. Manaslu (8167m), world’s eighth tallest mountain. If you are searching for the best trek in Nepal this 2021, then go for Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days.

  • Eye-Catching natural beauty decorated by forests, flora and fauna, rivers.
  • Experience unique culture and traditions of Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Jaw-dropping views of Larkya La Pass above 5000m
  • Views of 8 different mountains: Cheo, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal.
  • Faunas like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard.
  • Rich in biodiversity and natural scenery

Starting the trek

The 12 Days Manaslu Trek starts from Soti Khola located in Gorkha District. About 6-7 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu, takes you to Soti Khola. Although we start our trek to Manaslu from Kathmandu, the actual trek starts from Soti Khola. You can hire a Private Jeep or a Public Bus to reach Soti Khola. The public bus is 2-3 hour slow to reach our destination than Jeep. You will be amazed from the starting of the trek.

Related: Manaslu Trekking Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The Manaslu trekking cost is affected by various factors like the days of trekking, services you choose, want to join group or go with private guide and porter. You can directly contact us for inquiry ( Whatsapp – 9851230809 ). However, Ammonite Adventures is operating Manaslu Round Trekking 12 Days just the price of $950/person  with almost every facility included. The cost includes all of your travel expenses like insurance, food, accommodation, travel cost,  guide and porter fees. The cost lowers if you join a group or bring your group. I must say, $950 is nothing in front of such marvellous Manaslu Hike. We just believe in making your good memory in Nepal this 2021. Find details about Manaslu trekking costs.

Cost Includes:

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport
  • Both way transportation Kathmandu – Arughat – Kathmandu in Tourist Bus.
  • Best possible accommodation in Teahouses
  • All standard meals during whole 12 days trip
  • Includes Government Licensed experienced and qualified trek Guide and Porter to carry your luggage.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks along the trip
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, gears.
  • All the required paperworks, local taxes and expense.
  • Trek Completion Certificate.
  • Farewell dinner.

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare Charges
  • Visa Fees to enter Nepal
  • Food and Accommodation before trek starts and after the trek ends
  • Your travel and medical insurance required for trekking
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi etc.
  • Trekking Gears and Equipments ( You can arrange if necessary )
  • Tips for guide and porters is not included ( it is not compulsory, but we recommend )
  • Services not mentioned or not promised in Includes will be regarded as cost excludes

Manaslu Trek Permits

Manaslu is inside a restricted area of Nepal, which means you’ll require a trekking permit to get to this trip. The solo trek is not permitted, where a base gathering size of two individuals is required. You should go with a guide. You need 3 Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits: Restricted Area Permit, ACAP, and MCAP.

  1. Restricted Area Permit
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs USD 100 for each individual for the main week. While you need to pay an extra USD 15 for each individual for every day. This rate holds from the long periods of September to November. From December to August, Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs USD 75 for every individual for the main week. While you pay extra USD 10 for every individual for each day after the initial seven days.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit

As we trek in Manaslu Conservation Area, we should have MCAP. Despite months and the number of days, protection region licenses are the equivalent. The MCAP permit costs Nepali money 200 for SAARC nationals and Rs. 3000 or USD 30 for different nationals.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

While trekking to Manaslu, we do walk in Annapurna Conservation Area. So, we should have Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit as well. ACAP Permit charge NRs 3000 or USD 30 for tourist from other than SAARC countries.

You can get all the permits from the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu by showing your passport. You can checked for the permits anytime in the route. Hence, we recommend you to carry your passport. insurance and these documenst along with you in whole trip. Without permit you cannot go to Manaslu.

Related: Around Manaslu Permits

Best Time to trek around Manaslu

Manaslu Circuit trek is feasible to do throughout the year. Each season has its very own advantages and challenges but simply, Manaslu Trek Best Time is October to May (the dry season) and the worst time is June to August (the rainy season). September to November is the ideal time of trekking as it offers Fresh Air, superb mountain scenery and warm weather. December, January, February is still the good months to visit in Manaslu. However, the cold temperature below 0 degrees may cause some troublesome. During March, April, May, it’s been dry for so long and due to dust, the visibility of mountain may be poor. And you cannot enjoy the mountain views and is compensated by wonderful rhododendron forest.

Autumn(September – October – November)

Autumn is regarded as the best time for trekking in Nepal. Hence, the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Number of tourists visit Nepal during this period. Moderate temperature and low precipitation provide best conditions for trekking in Autumn ( September, October, November ). During Autumn, the temperature is about 12 degree Celsius at day time. However, nights are quite colder. You can enjoy clear moutain views on Manaslu Circuit Trek in September, October, November.  Autumn is the time when the biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar is celebrated in Nepal.

Related: How is Manaslu in October?

Spring ( March – April – May )

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Spring is perfect for the tranquillity and amazing scenery. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. You can see amazing Mt. Manaslu views. It is time when flowers starts to bloom. Basically rhododendron. Different colors of rhododendron makes the forest looks amazing. The temperature drops below zero degree celcuis at night. But, You will have cool day.

Related: Manaslu Treks during Spring Season

Winter ( December – January – February )

Winter is not famous time for trekking. The route along the 12 days Manaslu Circuit trek will be extremely cold during Winter.In Jan, Feb there is chance of heavy snowfall at high altitudes. It will make surround damn cold. However, days are warm and you can see clear sky. Manaslu Hike is in challenging itself and in case of Winter snow makes this trek more tougher. This is kind of extreme adventure and only recommended for experienced trekkers.

Summer ( June – July – August )

Summer is also regarded to be not good time for Manaslu treks. As there is rainfall during these months, your route can be slippery and wet. The trek can be dangerous and we can not reach to beautiful Larkya La. However, with proper trekking equipments and good experience, you can conclude Manaslu Circuit in Summer as well. But start of summer (June) can be good time to trek, just before the rain starts.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu moderately challenging trek. You need to have a good level of fitness and experience before trekking. However, anybody with a fundamental wellness and assurance can trek effectively. Generally Manaslu is long trek. You ought to consider the realities like the distance, height, foods, accommodation and climate conditions


As we walk-ups and downs for 12 days at the pace of 5-7 hours a day, just imagine how to fit you should be. Walking non-stop in Manaslu for 12 days is quite tiring. So we arrange a trip giving you proper rest. If you do not have a walking habit, we recommend doing minor exercises before the course. This makes you habitual to walk and there is less chance of muscle pain.


Altitude Sickness is the main problem of first-time trekkers. You may feel difficulties in breathing. As we hike above 3500m altitude, you should be aware of it. You may feel difficult to breathe, nausea, dizziness. if felt so, stop walking and descend back. To be away from it, keep yourself hydrated and walk slowly, don’t force if you cannot walk.


You should choose the best month to trek in Manaslu. Otherwise, you may not be able to walk properly and enjoy the views. In high altitudes, there is a danger of snowfalls as well. So, be sure you are trekking at the right time and check the weather before.


Every night, you’ll be remaining in teahouses kept running by the nearby networks along the trek. Most teahouses are very essential yet agreeable, with two single beds in each room. Teahouses and Lodges are simple extensions of the old houses. Nevertheless, it’s better to take a sleeping bag with you. There is a typical territory for suppers and unwinding, which is an extraordinary spot to remain warm around the flame during the evening.


As mentioned, Manaslu is a remote trek. You can only have typical Nepali food for Lunch and Dinner. Generally, dal bhat tarkari (commonly called – dal bhat power 24 hour). Also, you can have eggs, omelettes, pieces of bread, fruits. Please don’t expect restaurant dishes here at Manaslu. Before complaining about the price of foods, coffee, beers please think a while, how long they have to carry these to provide you. They have to come down and up just to serve you.

Guides and Porters

Guides: Government of Nepal have made compulsory to take a guide to Manaslu Trek in 2021 or other restricted areas. Before hiring a guide, talk with him about his experience. It’s always good to have a companion. Else, you may be lost in bushes. The guides assist you in finding good hotels, foods and taking you safely.

Porters: If you cannot carry a backpack or do not want to carry then hire a porter. He carries your bag up to 20kg. So, you can walk freely. You may have to carry foods, bags and other trekking equipment. So, we recommend to trek with a guide and porter who are a great companion during your trip.

[ Manaslu Trekking Challenges and Tips to trekking in the circuit ]

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days Itinerary

Counted as a truly great Himalayan Expedition, Manaslu Trek itinerary starts from Kathmandu after arranging necessary trekking equipment and required permits. If you are searching for best itinerary to trek around Manaslu in 2021, then this is best designed 12 days itinerary for you. The trek starts from Soti Khola after 7 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. It is just a recommended itinerary. Hence, we are comfortable to customize itinerary as per your interest.

Day 1Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (Drive)

Drive: By Bus ( 10 hrs)
Altitude: 700m
Accommodation: Tea House
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Rocky and Narrow path trekking
2. Amazing countryside views
3. Enjoy waterfalls, rivers, high cliffs
4. Gurung and Ghale Inhabitants’ Culture and Traditions
5. Scenic views from bus

Day 2Machha Khola to Jagat

Trek: 8 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 1370 m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Cross Budhi Gandaki Suspension Bridge
2. Spend Time in ‘Hot Water’ Tatopani
3. Explore Gurung Village

Day 3 Jagat to Deng

Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 1804m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Enjoy dense sub-tropical
2. Climb rocky bridge to Salleri
3. Enjoy unhabituated George
4. Walkthrough rhododendron, Himalayan pine forest, and hanging rocks. Cross Siyar Khola Bridge

Day 4Deng to Namrung

Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 2630m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Enjoy Manaslu Conservation Area
2. Vintage view of snow-capped Siring Himal
3. Dense Lush Forests

Day 5Namrung Sama Gaun

Trek: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: TeaHouse
Altitude: 3530m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Lihi Village – Explore Stupas and Barley Terraces
2. Siring Viewpoint
3. Extraheartening views of Simnang Himal, Himal Chuli, Manaslu Glacier and Ganesh Himal

Day 6Sama Gaun to Samdo

Trek: 4 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 3875m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Descend to Budhi Gandaki River
2. Mountain Views and get close to Tibetan Border
3. Walk along Birch Forest

Day 7 Samdo to Dharmasala

Trek: 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 4460m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Seasonal Tibetan Larke Bazar
2. Pass wooden bridge
3. Witness Larke glacier

Day 8Dharamsala – Larkye La Pass

Trek: 7-8 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 5160m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Beautiful view of Cho Danda and Larke Peak
2. Glacier Lakes
3. Wide range of flora and fauna
4. Awesome valleys to capture

Day 9Trek to Tilije

Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 2300m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Great mountain views
2. Cross Dudh Khola
3. Walk-in rhododendron forest

Day 10Tilije to Tal

Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 1700m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Pass Mani Wall
2. Visit Village

Day 11Tal to Syanje

Trek: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 1080m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1. Cross Chamje Village
2. Framing terraces on both side on the road
3. Walk-in Rhododendron and pine forests

Day 12Bus to Kathmandu

Day 14: Bus to Kathmandu

Drive: 7-8 Hours
1. Travel in the bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers
2. Drive-by beautiful villages
3. Shopping and Departure or Extend holidays

Manaslu Circuit can also be done in 10 days. Click here for details about 10 days Manaslu Trek.

Trekking Gears

These are the basic Manaslu Trekking gears everyone should carry. These are compulsory. You can either buy or rent it in Thamel, Kathmandu. But, be sure these trek equipment are with you. Books and Maps are easily available in Pokhara and Kathmandu Book Stores. While trekking with Ammonite Adventures, we provide free maps if you need. Generally, you can find maps of all regions of Nepal produced by Himalayan Map house which costs you only Rs.400-500. It’s 2021 (Manaslu after Lockdown), be sure to get some discounts!

  • Trekking Pole
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking Boots and Socks
  • Trekking Trouser
  • T-Shirts
  • Gloves
  • Tissues and Toilet Rolls
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Underwear and Inner Wears
  • Water Bottles etc.
Around Manaslu Trek Route Map



Q1Is there facility to charge batteries?

Yes, most of the places in Manaslu have power. You can charge your mobile or camera batteries. You have to pay some amount to charge. And you should carry a charger by yourself.

Q2Are there ATMs along the trip?

No, there are no ATMs after Arughat. You have to change your foreign currency to Nepalese. You can only change cash in Kathmandu. However, can use ATM in Arughat and Dhading.

Q3Is it necessary to hire Guides?

Yes. Manaslu lies in the restricted area. You can not get permits to Manaslu without a guide. You should hire a guide. Guides fees range from $25 to $30 per day.

Q4How many trekkers will be in my group?

The number of trekkers varies in a group. In maximum, we only take 6 trekkers at a group with a guide. However, you can hire a private guide too. Trekking in the group will be cheaper than hiring a personal guide and porter.

Q5Where can I exchange money in Manaslu Trek?

You can exchange money only in Kathmandu. There is no way to change your money in Manaslu Region and places around.

Q6Is there weight limit of luggage?

Yes. If you join a group. 2 trekkers will be assigned a porter. Shared porter can carry only 10kg of weighing each. In total 20kg. You can hire a personal porter as well who can carry 25kg of your personal luggage. You can leave unnecessary items at our office. It will be kept safe.

Q7Do I need Travel Insurance before trekking in 12 days Manaslu Circuit?

There is no compulsion for insurance. However, we recommend you to make travel insurance. It will cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses in case of an emergency. Who knows, anything can happen. But, our guides are well trained to take and return you back safely. In the case of extremities, insurance will be helpful.

Q8Is it safe to do Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Ammonite Adventures promises to safety, security, and satisfaction. Our members will carry the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. They are well trained for basic first-aid use. We try to provide safe trekking in Manaslu. In the case of the route, there is no danger to death except Larkya La Pass.

Q8Which is the best time of the year to trek around Manaslu?

Autumn and Spring are the best time of year to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. During these months, weather and temperature remains moderate, there is no chance of rain and you can enjoy the clear mountain views.

Q9How long should I trek each day?

You have to walk about 5-7 hours a day. The route is up and down. So, having sound physical fitness is must.

Q10Should I have permits before starting the 12 days trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Yes. You can not trek in Manaslu without a permit. You should have the following permits before trekking:

Restricted Area Permit
Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Q11Do you provide pickup/drop from/to Airport?

Unlike other travel agencies, we believe in providing a memory. We will come to welcome you at airport and take care of you until we drop you to airport.

Q12Are porters and guides insured?

We have done insurance of our porters and guides. We take care of our employees and their safety.

Q13How is accommodation in Manaslu Circuit like?

Since Manaslu is remote trek, you will have a tea house as accommodation. Teahouses offer two single bed in a room. Room is shared. Toilets are outside the room. You can not get a hot shower. However, wifi and power is available. You have to pay extra amount for charging your devices or using wifi.

Q14Is drinking water along the Manslu trail safe to drink?

You can see a number of places for drinking water. However, they may or may not be safe to drink. We carry a water purifying tablet. You can use that to drink water. In teahouses, you can get boiled water as well. Boiled water charges you some extra charge.

Q15Can I buy trekking gear in Nepal?

Yes, you can buy trekking gear in Thamel, Kathmandu. You can either buy or take them in rent. Our staff can take you to either places as per your interest.

Q16How is the temperature in Manaslu like?

The temperature of Manaslu varies from time to time. In Spring, the temperature is 4 to 18-degree Celcius. In Autumn, it is -2 to 10-degree Celcius. The winter offers the coldest temperature below 0 degrees Celcius.

Q17How to avoid altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit trek?

There is danger of Altitude Sickness in Manaslu. You can:
– Walk Slowly
– Keep Yourself hydrated
– Drink Garlic Soup
– Avoid Alchohol
to be away from Altitude Sickness. If felt symptoms, please stop and do not climb up.

Q18How much extra money should I take?

Ammonite Adventures try to include all the expenses during the trek. However, you may like to do shopping, charge your device, take hot showers or use wifi. These charges are not included. If you want all these services. It’s better to take 200$ extra for such charges and things you may like to buy. However, you can complete whole trip with 0$ extra amount.

Q19What is Resticted Area Trekking?

Manaslu lies in the restricted area of Nepal. Restricted areas are remote trekking trails to visit where you should have special permits and documents. It is not totally forbidden. There are some historical and religious places that should be kept safe and routes are remote. So, going to such a place you need special permits and can not trek alone.

Q20Is Manaslu Best for Visit Nepal 2021?

Manaslu Trek in 2021 will be a lifetime experience. You can enjoy unique cultures, traditions, witness mesmerizing views of mountains.

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I was in search of the best Manaslu Trek providers and google suggested me Ammonite Adventures. Later I searched more about Ammonite and thought to book a trip with them seeing their beautiful reviews in TripAdvisor. I trekked with guide Jerry and he was really interesting guide. The price was nominal and service was great. Thank you Krishna for making my trip to Nepal wonderful!

December 11, 2019
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