Manaslu Round Trekking - 12 Days

Manaslu Budget Trekking(4.9)11 reviews
Know before you go
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season Mar - May and Sep - Nov
  • Trip Area Manaslu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5160m.|16925ft.


  • Primarily unexplored trekking route 
  • Experience the heartwarming hospitality of the locals. 
  • Participation in local culture and festivals. 
  • Incredible views from Larkya La Pass 
  • Exploration in less crowded trails. 
  • Enjoy the vistas of the Himalayan range from a closer view.

Nepal has fascinating trekking options. Anyone may get dubious because of the numerous trekking routes and locations. You must, among other things, be able to distinguish for yourself following, following your preferences and needs. Some places are so fantastic that you must visit them before leaving. 

Manaslu round trekking is one of the best treks preferable for the trekkers who want to enjoy the beauty of Nepal by walking in less-crowded areas rather than the busier Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Although it is gaining the fame of becoming the unexplored, off-the-beaten trail, Manaslu round trekking offers magical views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna, Mt. Hiunchuli, and Ganesh Himal. We suggest Manaslu Budget Trek for trekkers with physical fitness who can complete the trekking in 12 Days. You can look over Manaslu Circuit 16 Days Trek for the slow trekking.

We have proposed a budget-friendly trekking schedule for those who desire to travel in a short time to the Manaslu Region. You will get the most amazing possibilities to experience the Himalayas and learn about the same as in Manaslu Circuit Trek, but without spending much money on the Manaslu Budget Trek or Manaslu Round Trekking. For any person who thrives on treks to primarily unexplored areas, Manaslu Round Trekking can be a good choice for you.

In 1992, Mt. Manaslu (8163m.|26,781ft.), the eighth-highest mountain in the world, opened its region to tourists. Manaslu has hosted thousands of people during its thirty years of operations, but this number is insignificant to the trekking regions like Everest or Annapurna. Manaslu Round Trekking presents the most beautiful and lush scenery, vegetation, and mountain views from a farsight and even closer up.

Manaslu Round Trek can be a privilege walk as not many people along the way will be found. During your trekking, you will get the rare opportunity of exploring, enjoy the environment, and spend quality time with a low crowd on the off-the-beaten trails.

However, you will be traveling through an area of Nepal that is off-the-beaten and requires special permits to access. There are particular requirements for trekking in the Manaslu region that restrict the number of tourists who can visit the area. There must be two trekkers (excluding the guide and porter), and the guide's name should mention while obtaining the permit.

Major Attractions during Manaslu Round Trekking

Mt. Manaslu 

Mt. Manaslu (8163m.|26,781ft.) is the eighth highest peak on the earth. Mt. Manaslu is situated in the lap of the Gorkha district of Nepal, offering several trekking trails and expedition opportunities. The mountaineers in large numbers visit Nepal for the expedition of Mt. Manaslu as it is generally easier to summit than other peaks in the country. 

Larkya La Pass 

The Larkya La Pass is the highest we could reach during the Manaslu Round Trekking. Larkya La Pass stands tall at 5160m|16925ft from sea level and is considered one of the most challenging passes. The Larkya La pass offers the most thrilling views of the panoramic hills and mountains during the Manaslu Budget Trek.

Views During the Manaslu Round Trekking 

The Manaslu Budget Trek offers the most captivating views from the farsight. You will walk on the trail surrounded by greenery and the landscape beauty of the lower and high hills. When you get to a certain height, you will be entirely welcome by Mt. Manaslu(8163m), Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, Mt. Annapurna(8091m), and many others hills and mountains. 

Interact with the local communities

Manaslu round trekking route includes the cultural villages during the trekking. There are different communities with different cultures and traditions. The Gurung and Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetri, reside close together on the mainlands of the Manaslu trekking zone. You will be delighted by the prayer flags and mani walls in several villages.

There are many monasteries and gumbas along the way to Manaslu that offers warm hospitality and welcoming gesture from the locals and the priests when you visit there. 

Embark on the natural landscape 

Manaslu is about enchanting the cherished and lush nature in between the way, together with the Himalayas. You can explore the communities, and the forests, grazing cattle while trekking. The remote trail slowly rounds towards the straight cliffs. The cliffs and huge rocks will provide photographic opportunities for the trekkers and relishing the alpine, coniferous and subtropical forests and vegetation. 

What Makes Nepal Nirvana Trails Unique?

Nepal Nirvana Trails has the personnel and expertise who can help our valuable clients with their every trip and trekking plans making it hassle-free. You will get a knowledgeable trekking guide who will help you to learn the culture and traditions of the people, mountains, and hills along the way.

These are some of the similar trekking packages for you to check out: Everest Budget Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Poonhill Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and many more packages.


Day to Day Details

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Today, we begin our trekking tour of Manaslu. Because the road has extended further than Soti Khola, Nepal Nirvana Trails recommends driving straight to Machha Khola rather than stopping in Soti Khola or walking the route the next day. We pass through the towns of Arughat and Soti Khola on our long, dusty journey from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. Machha Khola is on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, which serves as our companion and guide through the Manaslu valley and whose source we will finally touch as we climb to the Larkya La crossing.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 900m.|2953ft.

The adventure begins after a hearty breakfast. We will cross a suspension bridge that connects the route to the Budhigandaki River's shore. The pathway wound through a deep valley with cliffs. We will pass through a few small towns inhabited by the Gurung and Magar tribes. We will stop for lunch in Dovan, near the confluence of Budhigandaki and Dovan Khola. The tranquil settlement of Jagat serves as the region's entry point. The Gurung tribe, which has a rich culture, heritage, and customs, can be seen here.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1340m.|4396ft.

We will ascend a rugged hill to Salleri before descending to Sirdibas on this day's journey. The basin widens as the path climb to Ghatta Khola. We will continue upstream to Philim, a large Gurung settlement with a large suspension bridge. Following a reasonably flat path through millet fields to Ekle Bhatti, the pathway takes a sharp turn to the north just above the community's lowest dwelling. The trail now descends into a deserted canyon. We now proceed to the meadow terrain slopes, crossing the Budhi Gandaki, then following the western banks for a while before returning via the east bank. As we continue down the route, the valley expands, and we pass through bamboo groves before arriving at the Deng Khola. After crossing the Khola, we arrive at the small settlement of Deng.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1865m.|6102ft.

After breakfast in Deng, we'll begin one of the most important and culturally significant sections of the trek. Cross the Budhi Gandaki and walk up to the bridges, from which we will continue climbing to connect a route from Bihi. Then turn west and ascend the valley, passing through verdant forests, alpine plants, charming ethnic groups, and tall peaks beginning to appear in the distance. Prok village provides breathtaking views of the snow-covered Siringi Himal. Walking further passing through Ghap, we will reach another settlement of Namrung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2630m.|8626ft.

From Namrung, enjoy breathtaking mountain views as the valley unfolds before us. The temperate forests gradually give way as the pathway ascends higher, the rich greens of the lowland valley giving way to the faded browns and grays of its Himalayan topography, and the bright blue skies are experienced at altitude. We arrive in Lho, a picturesque settlement with a magnificent view of Manaslu and the tranquil Rebung Gompa monastery perched close to a mountain. We may as well encounter a few yak caravans transporting the timbers while walking through the forest until Shyala.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3500m.|11480ft.

We will visit the Pungen Gompa carrying out a packed lunch. The drainage slopes of the Pungen glacier cross as we continue on the route until we reach the pleasant flat region inhabited by the charming settlement of Sama Gaon. During the Manaslu climbing expedition season, Sama Gaon, the closest accommodation to the Manaslu Base Camp and appropriately positioned homes with lovely courtyards and pastures on both sides of the village, is active.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3520m.|11549ft.

Sama Gaon is our resting place for the day, and our bodies adjust to the altitude. The village offers a variety of day excursions, such as a short hike to the nearby Birendra Tal (lake), the incredibly rewarding and dramatic hiking to Manaslu Base Camp, or an alternative walk to Pungen Gompa and its peaceful setting amid the mountains.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, the route to the settlement of Samdo makes a northerly bend along the upper reaches of the Budhi Gandaki River. Ascending gradually, we reach the town of Samdo after passing past the confluence of the Larke River and the river created by the Samdo Glacier, which is also the source of the torrent Budhi Gandaki. Before that, on our left and in front of the point where we diverge from the route to Manaslu Base Camp, we walk through the lovely Kermo Kharka juniper and birch forests. We continue across wooden bridges and ascend steeply towards the Samdo, where we can see a huge white Kani. We get to our destination after the Kani.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3875m.|12713ft.

Our hiking journey from Samdo to Dharamshala is relatively short. We follow the path as it passes through the Athahra Saya and Larke rivers. As we travel along the route, we gently ascend, passing through Taka Choeling Gumba with views of Naike and Pangboche Peak. We cross a bridge, walk through the Mani walls with stone houses, and then turn left to reach Larkya Bazaar, a small town with lodging. We arrive at Dharamshala or Larke Phedi, the highest point before the Larke Pass, where buildings and tents can be erected. We may see lichened stones, grazing pasture, beautiful trees, and the Syacha Glacier along the way.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4460m.|14633ft.

Prepare for a physically demanding day as we travel to Bhimtang via the Larkey La Pass (5160m). We began our long walk early this morning. We arrive at the northern end of the Larkya Glacier after a short ascent and enter a valley with breathtaking views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We continue marching through the moraines, first slowly and then more steeply toward the end of the Larkey-La pass. The pass's summit offers views of Samdo Peak and other peaks bordering Tibet, the Larkya Peak to the south, the Annapurna area and several other mountains, and Annapurna II to the west.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5160m.|16925ft.

We leave Bhimthang through yak meadows to the first signs of the Dudh Khola's sources trickling down the hill, with views of Manaslu and Annapurna to our left and right, respectively. After crossing a bridge, we gradually leave the alpine temperature behind as we descend through well-known rhododendron woods to a small valley with lush greenery and patchwork crops. We arrive in Tilje, a small and charming town, before ascending to Dharapani, the main hiking junction in the area and a modern starting point for trekkers embarking on the Annapurna Circuit.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1930m.|6440ft.

After breakfast in the early morning, we board a jeep from Dharapani and travel to either Kathmandu or Pokhara. The drive will take more or less 8 to 9 hours. After arriving in Kathmandu, we will get our backpacks and move toward our hotel or hostel.

  • Breakfast and Lunch

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Route Map

Manaslu Round Trekking - 12 Days map

What's Included

  • Standard meals on the treks (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • A cup of tea or coffee with meal
  • Accommodations during the treks 
  • English-speaking Licensed trekking guide 
  • Guide Salary, food, equipment, and insurance. 
  • All applicable ACAP, MCAP, and MANASLU Special or Restricted permits 
  • KTM to Machha Khola and Dharapani to KTM or Pokhara Bus or jeep sharing
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications tablet 
  • Official expenses, all local and government tax and vat. 

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
  • Food and hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara 
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency rescues and evacuations
  • During trekking time, personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled and hot water, WI-FI, hot shower, etc.
  • Porter Cost $260
  • Private transport jeep KTM - Machhakhola $230 and Dharapani - KTM $290 

Upcoming Departures

Start DateWednesdayMay 22, 2024End DateSundayJune 02, 2024PriceAvailableUS $709
Start DateSaturdayMay 25, 2024End DateWednesdayJune 05, 2024PriceAvailableUS $709
Start DateMondayMay 27, 2024End DateFridayJune 07, 2024PriceAvailableUS $709
Start DateThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateMondayJune 10, 2024PriceAvailableUS $709

Useful Info

Altitude Sickness in Manaslu Round Trekking

The altitude during the Manaslu Round Trekking route ranges from 900 meters to 5160 meters from sea level. This height difference allows embarking on the fascinating natural and landscape differentials. We will venture on the low hills to the thrills of the snowy Himalayas. 

The attitude disparity might bring the risk of altitude sickness. Our Manaslu Round Trekking itinerary offer enough adapting and acclimatization opportunities. However, altitude sickness can happen to anyone and anywhere during high-altitude trekking, so you must be cautious. 

Manaslu Round Trekking Difficulty 

Trekking in the Manaslu region is related to your physical endurance and fitness. If you are physically and mentally fit, then you can endure the journey easily. Manaslu Round Trekking is relatively easy when we walk to the lowlands of Manaslu, but as we ascend to high altitude, the difficulty will increase. Higher Manaslu's remote trail, which features mountainous terrain and rough rocks, is challenging.

Manaslu Round Trekking Solo 

You cannot trek to the Manaslu region alone. You need to have a group of at least two people, excluding the guide and a porter. You cannot get the permit if you don't have a registered guide.

Manaslu Round Trekking Permit Fees 

We have to take different permits for the Manaslu trekking. We should obtain Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permit(MCAP), and special restricted permit area(RAP) 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit costs: NPR 3000 per person 

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit costs: NPR 3000 per person 

Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP) costs vary in different seasons. There are different permit fees for September to November and different permit fees for December to August. 

SRAP for September to November costs: $100 for the first 7 days and $15 per day. 

SRAP for December to August costs: $75 for the first 7 days and $10 per day.

Food and Accommodation 

There are many teahouses for accommodation and food services available on the trail. The service is swift but moderate. Since it is a very remote area, modern amenities are difficult to supply. The service you get during Manaslu Round Trekking gives satisfactory quality benefits so tourists and trekkers can rest well. You can get hygienic food with the open menu. Meanwhile, your accommodation will be the best service available during the trekking. 

Best Time for Trekking to Manaslu 

Manaslu Budget Trekking is open every season of the year. So, you can trek to the region in any season or month you prefer. Nepal Nirvana Trails will always be ready to make your trekking successful with your required services. However, being experience-centric, we recommend you choose the best seasons (April and Spring) for a better experience and uninterrupted memories with a crowd of people.

Spring Season (March-May)

Spring is one of the better seasons to trek in Nepal. Likely so, the Manaslu trekking region also provides a better view and landscape magnificence in Spring. The greenery starts covering the hills, and the flowers bloom after the gloomy winter. The temperature is best for trekking purposes, and there will be a very low possibility of rain or snowfall at the height. 

Autumn (September - November)

Autumn is probably the best season to take a trip to Nepal. The temperature is perfect for trekking and the festive season makes the environment of settlements even more beautiful. If you get the chance, you can participate in the local festivals during the season with the locals. It will add a magical experience for you on your Nepal trip. 

Last Minute Booking 

Nepal Nirvana Trails offers its valuable clients' pre-booking as well as last-minute booking options. We accept your last-minute booking at least 3 days before the scheduled departure. For further information, kindly mail us at or directly communicate via Whatsapp at +9779841380469. 


  • Manaslu Round Trekking is the best preference for adventure seekers. Trekking is difficult, as it ends in 12 Days, and the physical condition of the trekker has a lot to do with the Manaslu Round Trekking difficulty. The trail gets more rugged and steep when you climb to more height.

  • The costs can differ on the service you get and the days you spend at the destination. This plan of Manaslu round trek for 12 days is a budget trek, suitable for a fast trekker. The trip cost is around $650 - $900.

  • Yes, travel insurance is necessary when you are trekking to higher altitudes. We suggest you have travel insurance covering emergency rescues and evacuations above 4500 m. You have to make sure and get the best travel insurance plan.

  • You might want extra items excluded from the trip cost, like alcoholic beverages, buying local goods, tipping (recommended), etc. So, you will need extra money. But you need to exchange the amount to Nepalese Currency in Kathmandu as the locals in the trekking area only accept Nepalese rupees.

Client Reviews

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    MariaColombiaDecember 16, 2023

    Manaslu Circuit dream experience

    The experience was simply amazing. It was one of the most beautiful and challenging things I have ever done in my life. I am grateful for the way KP prepared us for the trip, he gave us good advice and positive vibes, which constantly came back to me in the most challenging parts of the trek.
    KP treated us like family from the beginning and was so helpful with our needs and requests. I am so happy he encouraged us to do the Manaslu trek, as I experienced the most beautiful landscapes and offered insights into the rich culture of the Nepali mountain communities as we got closer to the Tibetan border.
    On the other hand, our guide was so kind to us, and he was always ready to set up the food and the accommodation everywhere we went. He was helpful and very patient, as we wanted to look at everything, which took us extra time every day. But he was always there to wait and help us as we needed. I am so happy that we found the Nepal Nirvana agency, thank you so much for this transformative experience! <3

    Dear Maria, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the Nepal Nirvana Trails team! We are thrilled to hear that the Manaslu Circuit Trek was a wonderful experience. We hope many more people will have an equally positive experience as yours! Wish to see you again for more adventurous trekking.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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    NoraGermanyDecember 02, 2023

    Manaslu - a great trip with a funny and nice guide

    We had an amazing trip! The trip was well organised and our guide Raj was very supportive and helpful. We had many laughs, good accommodation and every extra wishes, like going to Lake Ponkar, were no problem. The time just flew by, the views were amazing, the hosts were very friendly and the food was good.
    Nepal nirvana trails helped us getting good equipment, you can lent almost everything for low money. They charged a very fair, low price...I am totally satisfied and recommend this company and our guide Raj to everyone who wants to go for an Himalaya Trek.

    Dear Nora, Namaste!
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Manaslu Circuit Trek via TripAdvisor. We’re very pleased you enjoyed the trek with guide Raj. Thanks for your thoughts on the trek with our Nepal Nirvana Trails team and for recommending our service. We wish to see you again soon for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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