Duration 10 Days
Fitness Level Demanding & Challenging
Max Elevation 5167 m / 16752 ft
Meals Full Board Meal
Accomodation Basic Mountain Lodges and Tea Houses
Best month Spring (March- May) / Autumn (September- November)

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu region is one of the isolated trekking locations that offers exhilarating mountain treks and adventures all over the world. While on their trip, tourists will be captivated as they pass beautiful Buddhist landmarks and local settlements. Thanks to the breathtaking mountain peaks, ice lakes, glaciers, and high mountain passes, this exhilarating journey will be an unforgettable adventure! The circuit travels counterclockwise around the Manasalu Conservation Area and the eighth-highest summit. The Short Manasalu Circuit Trek is regarded as the best substitute for the Anapurna Circuit Trek. The entire trail is protected within a conservation area for the Manaslu region, which has so far protected the local flora and fauna.

You will take a trail that passes via Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trip (5,106m). As you walk along the trail, you'll surprise yourself by how close some of these enormous peaks seem as you cross glaciers. Mountains like Mt. Himalchuli (7,893 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) seem to be right in front of you and within striking distance. We will spend many days acclimatizing at lower elevations in order to get ready for the higher altitudes.

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About This Trip
  • This trip is completely customizable.
  • Have a large group? We can assist you.
  • We work with you to make it affordable.
  • Choose your own departure dates.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01:      Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola | Altitude: (715m/2344ft) | Drive: 7-8 Hrs
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola | Altitude: (900m/2953ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs
Day 03: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat | Altitude: (1410m/4626ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng | Altitude: (2095m/6871ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs 
Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung | Altitude: (2540m/8333ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs 
Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaun | Altitude:  (3500m/11480ft) | Trek: 5-7 Hrs
Day 07: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo | Altitude: (3860m/12664ft) | Trek: 5-6 Hrs
Day 08: Trek from Samdo to Bhimthang | Altitude:  (3720m/12, 201 ft) | Trek: 9-10 Hrs
Day 09: Trek back from Bhimthang to Dharapani | Altitude: (1860m/6102ft) | Trek: 7- 8 Hrs
Day 10: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu | Drive: 9- 10 Hrs


Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Detail Itinerary Expand All

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola | Altitude: (715m/2344ft) | Drive: 7-8 Hrs

From Kathmandu, it takes about seven hours to go to Arughat. The initial portion of the drive is pleasant as we go on a highway. The path is difficult from Gorkha, though. Before setting out on our trail from Arughat, we rest for a while. We set out on foot, passing through verdant valleys and rice paddies. We go downstream to the confluence of the Budi Gandaki and Sundi Khola after following the Budi Gandaki Khola (River) and ascending over the Kyoropani. Camp here for the night and have a nice dip. In Soti Khola, spend the night.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola | Altitude: (900m/2953ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs

This will be our first day of hiking, and we'll travel a distance of about 22 kilometers due to the trail's lower height. We'll pass through Sal forest before climbing the Budhi Gandaki ridge to get to Kausani. We will eventually arrive at the Gurung settlement of Labubesi by descending through a rice field. We shall eventually reach the Budi Gandaki's bank as we continue to ascend the rugged terrain. To get to Machha Khola, we hike along the sand-filled riverbed and then climb the adjacent ridge. Spend the night in Machha Khola.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 03: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat | Altitude: (1410m/4626ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs

Today's trip takes us through Khorlabesi (920m), across the Machha Khola River, and finally to Tatopani, a hot springs destination. Then, as we move toward the Dovan Khola (river) and the Budhi Gandaki Valley, we pass through a forest. You'll notice a shift in the foliage as we hike to higher elevations up until we reach Jagat Village.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng | Altitude: (2095m/6871ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs

As we leave Jagat, we head toward Deng. The distance to Deng village, which has only four households, is around seven hours on foot. From Jagat, we descend stone stairs towards the river before ascending to Saguleri, where we pause for a while to take in the breathtaking panorama of the Sringi Himal (7187m). We eventually ascend up to Deng, where we set up camp for the night, after a few more river crossings.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung | Altitude: (2540m/8333ft) | Trek: 6-7 Hrs

This morning, before returning to the Budi Gandaki River, we climb steeply to exercise the lungs. After that, the trail takes us through a valley and a number of tiny towns. You'll see a lot more Mani stones (stones with Tibetan mantras etched on them) as we approach closer to Namrung Village, which is a sign that we're entering more Tibetan country. This afternoon, after a brief detour to Prok village (a two-hour round trip), we'll head back to Namrung.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaun | Altitude:  (3500m/11480ft) | Trek: 5-7 Hrs

From here on, we will go over an open trail with less vegetation to reach Nepal's actual Himalayas, giving us breathtaking vistas of the mountains. In Namrung, we will savor our breakfast while gazing at Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mount Himal Chuli. We keep going uphill through the forest to the small Buddhist settlement of Lihi. Lihi is a well-known Buddhist community with numerous Chortens. We move downhill toward Simang Himal valley after passing Lihi, getting closer to Ganesh Himal. We will arrive at Sama Gaun, a popular acclimatization location to explore Manaslu Base Camp(4900m), after continuing our journey with the magnificent vista.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo | Altitude: (3860m/12664ft) | Trek: 5-6 Hrs

We walk down the trail that leads to the Budi Gandaki River, cross a bridge over a temporary stream, and then climb a little higher to get to the trail that leads to the Manaslu Base Camp. We hike along the trail as it widens toward the juniper and birch woodland of Kermo Kharka, passing by Mani walls the entire way. The trail leads to the Larkey La Pass. We now descend into the Budi Gandaki River, which becomes narrower as we go higher. We cross a wooden bridge over the river and continue on the stony trail to Samdo.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Samdo to Bhimthang | Altitude:  (3720m/12, 201 ft) | Trek: 9-10 Hrs

Today, we travel to the trek's highest point, Larkya La Pass (5106m). Views of Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks can be seen from the crossing. We descend steeply from the pass on a very rough trail and pass a frozen lake. At this high altitude, it is, as one might think, much cooler. After there, we keep traveling till we reach Bhimthang.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 09: Trek back from Bhimthang to Dharapani | Altitude: (1860m/6102ft) | Trek: 7- 8 Hrs

We'll proceed to descend the hill along the river. We will pass through a pine and rhododendron forest along the way, and it will be more enjoyable to explore the jungle where we can observe monkeys, musk deer, leopards, jackals, mountain goats, and other wild species. After stopping for lunch at Surki Khola, we will continue our ascent to the Gho village and descend to the Dharapani Village, where we will spend the night at a lodge.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu | Drive: 9- 10 Hrs

After breakfast, we go from Besishar to Dharapani via local bus or jeep. It will take around 4 to 5 hours to drive from Chamje to Besishar, going by the lovely Marshyandi River and the villages of Jagat, Shyange, Bhulbule, and Khudi. We will take the mini or bus to Kathmandu. As we head west along the Prithivi Highway toward Kathmandu, the road winds through the picturesque Marsyangdi River valley before meeting the Trishuli River. We will enjoy excellent views of the verdant surroundings and terraced farmland while driving.
Meal: Breakfast

What's Included?

  • Bus transfer- Kathmandu/Soti Khola/Dharapani/Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by local jeep transfer sharing with other people
  • Trekking permit-TIMS cards, ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu  Valley Restricted Area Permit.
  • English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation, and transfer
  • 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trekking
  • All the government taxes and company service charges.

What's Not Included ?

  • Travel insurance in case of emergency for the rescue helicopter and other medication.
  • Upgrade accommodation like a room with a private toilet.
  • Expenses of personal nature like internet, telephone, WiFi, Laundry, hot shower, etc
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • All the costs not mentioned above in cost includes.

Useful Information

Manaslu Trek Government Provision:

In 1991 AD, trekkers were prohibited from entering Nepal's Manaslu Region. However, due to a rise in interest in the Himalayas worldwide, the Nepalese government withdrew the restriction, subject to a few conditions. This comprises:

  •  A certified trekking guide must accompany hikers.
  • The minimum number of trekkers is 2 people.
  • Trekkers into the Manaslu region must trek only with a registered trekking agency.




Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Departure dates and price

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Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Last year, I enjoyed a wonderful winter hike to Manaslu Base Camp. Even though most of the teahouses were closed for the winter, the trip was absolutely amazing and we had a comfortable place to stay.

- Manny K. ( )
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Monsoon Trek to Manaslu

I and the buddies went on a monsoon trek to Manaslu last year with AAT. The trek was perfect even though it was raining all day. This trek gave us a unique Experience.  

- Neru K. ( )
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Short Trek to Manaslu Circuit

Traveled to this region of Nepal for the first time. It was my first trek in the Himalayas of Nepal and absolutely loved it!! The landscape and the beauty of those giant mountains are unspeakable. ..

- Manis A. ( )
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Off Season Trek

We did an off-season trek to Manaslu past year and it was way more enjoyable than we thought it would be. The tracks were fresh with snowfall and mild rain. Many of the teahouses were closed so we had to stay in a tent by ourselves but the journey was awesome.

- Ranjeet D. ( )
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Festival trek to Manaslu

The region during the month of October is full of joy as this time of the year is the festival season. People who are outside of the country also return to their hometowns to celebrate this festival. So we went to the region to experience this festival and it was simply amazing. The culture, special items prepared for the fest and Ping was something I haven't experienced in my lifetime. 

- Jose M. ( )
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Greatest Achievement

I always had a dream to visit Nepal and reach the base of one of the tallest mountains and this trip made that dream come true. The journey was challenging and full of adventures. 

- Hardy B. ( )
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Dream Come True

Brian and I got married during the pandemic and our honeymoon trip was never completed. So we decided to go someplace quiet and adventurous and chose the Himalayas of Nepal. It was both of our dream to trek together holding hands up to the Base Camp and we did it. Thanks, Alpha Adventure for arranging everything according to our needs.

- Arpana B. ( )
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One of the Tallest Mountains in the World

The trek to Manaslu Circuit Via Larkya Pass was one of the greatest adventurous trips I have ever taken. We had to go through some of the toughest paths, up hills, and slippery trails. The result after the hard climb was wonderful though.

- Barbara H. ( )
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Tsum Valley Trek 15 Days

We went on a trek to Manaslu Region last year. The trek to Tsum valley and Ganesh Himal Base Camp was absolutely amazing. Even though the trek was long but it was worth the shot. 

- Anis A. ( )
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Winter Trek was Awesome !!!

I went on a winter trek to Manaslu Base Camp last year and it was great. Although most of the teahouses were closed for winter, we had a comfortable place to stay and the trip was just WOW!!. 

- Romi D. ( )
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Festival Trek to Nepal

I and the guys went on a festival trek to Manaslu Region and enjoyed it to the fullest. We got to experience the unique tradition of the time and tried some of the greatest dishes made during the festival. The path was less crowded and the environment was at its best. 

- Neil C. ( )
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Off Season Trek to Manaslu

I including a group of other friends went on a trek to Manaslu last December, we were able to reach the Base Camp, but the path was very challenging and slivery as it was covered with snow. We had a trained guide from AAT which made us very easy to cross the path and complete our trip comfortably. 

- Sean M. ( )
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Trek after the Pandemic

I went on this trek right after the lockdown was lifted. The path was fresh as it had been closed for almost 2 years. People there were amazed to see me there. Overall the trek was a very interesting and unique experience. 

- Farid M. ( )
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Trekking right before the Monsoon Season

I and my husband had an amazing time in this region. We had gone trekking right before the rainy season and WOW!! The environment and weather were so satisfying. Clouds running in the sky, chill Wind blowing white giants standing, It was the best decision ever made. 

- Darlene K. ( )
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One of the Greatest Trek Ever

We had a group of 4 while taking this trek, we chose AAT for the trip and were amazed at the level of professionalism they have. The trek was one of a kind. Loved the view.

- Saru K. ( )
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Great Trek Experience

We did Manaslu Circuit Trek during the Winter (Mid-November) and were stunned by the view and landscape. I would like to enjoy the scenery in the spring so will be going with AAT next time too.

- Sami D. ( )
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Definitely Travelling Back to Nepal

We did Manaslu Circuit Trek during the Winter (Mid-November) and were stunned by the view and landscape. I would like to enjoy the scenery in the spring so will be going with AAT next time too.

- Sandy T. ( )
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Manaslu Circuit Trek Experience

Manaslu Circuit Trek via Larkya Pass was great with amazing landscape and snow-covered mountains on the way. Was amazed by the hospitality and accommodation at that height. 

- Salim E. ( )
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My first Trekking Experience with AAT

I never had trekking experience in Nepal. I got to know about Alpha Adventure treks from a friend, They prepared me well and provided an experienced guide. Had a great time in the Himalayas. 

- Gyan G. ( )
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Great Trek Great Experience

Had a great experience trekking with AAT. The guide was super friendly and helpful. Definitely Travelling with them during my next trip.

- Victor J. ( )
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Short Trek to Ghandruk !!

We recently returned from a vacation to Nepal, where we participated in a five-day Ghandruk trek with Alpha Adventure Treks. They contributed to the success of our trip by offering a secure and trustworthy platform via which we could connect with a fantastic team, make secure payments, and communicate efficiently before, during, and after the trip. We had a great day seeing the cultural Gurung villages and taking in the breathtaking views of Annapurna. AAT and their staff come highly recommended by us for anyone planning a trip to Nepal.

- Danny K. ( )
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Amazing Poon Hill Trek !!

We went on the Poonhill trek as a group. With Alpha Adventure Treks, we experienced the most incredible trek. With a variety of grades, scenery, and vegetation, the walk was enjoyable. We stayed at a lovely teahouse. Overall, I can't say enough good things about this agency. Great journey advice from the office and excellent expert guides.

- Archie J. ( )
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Loved the beauty of the landscape

This is one among Nepal's most well-known trekking destinations. After arriving in Pokhara, it begins either at Naya Pool or at Phedi. There are only a few sites on the planet that have such a diverse range of natural beauty as the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region. 

- Roonie H. ( )
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Great Experience of Lifetime

I was awestruck by the daybreak, which was so beautiful that I was able to watch nature at her finest. This journey was beyond anything I could have anticipated. The scenery was breathtaking during the journey. The mountain's eye-catching laps when the sun shone down on it were huge. I could witness the best of nature's handiwork. My companions and I were also fortunate to have Alpha Adventure Treks as our tour organization. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. This location will live on in my mind for the rest of my life.

- Yogi J. ( )
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Definitely my next time trek company !!

It was my first trip with them going to Manaslu circuit Trek and was really nervous as i was travelling solo. After landing in kathmandu I was amazed with their hospitality and care towards me including the team I was going with, During the trek the guide was very kind and helpful. I am definitely traveling with them on my next trip to Nepal. 

- Anthony II ( )
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Alpha Adventure Treks Provided a Very Smooth Once In a Lifetime Experience

My hiking partner and I could not have had a nicer time in Nepal. As we prepared for our trek, Purushottam offered us with good, fast, and precise information, which was especially beneficial as the COVID landscape in Nepal changed. Arriving at the airport was a breeze, as we were greeted by our guide and then met with Purushottam to discuss the walk. Saroj was our guide, and he was a joyful and knowledgeable authority on the trip, having completed it over 50 times. Of course, the mountains on our trek were massive and breathtaking, and we were glad to experience this area before it became overdeveloped. Alpha Adventure Treks made the trip go as smoothly as possible, focusing on making it the once-in-a-lifetime experience we had hoped for.

- Johnathan S. ( )
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