The picture was taken at Larkya La TopThe picture was taken at Larkya La Top

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days - Cost and Itinerary

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration12 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,160 m/16,929 ft
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Machhikhola - Besisahar
  • Group Size 1 - 16
  • Transportation Local Bus
  • Best Season Autumn and Spring
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • Go over Larkya La Pass, the longest pass in Nepal, which is located at 5,106 m/16,752 ft.
  • Opportunity to explore local communities and get to experience the livelihood of the region very closely. 
  • Embark on a beautiful and lush landscape with towering waterfalls, vibrant hills, etc.
  • Opportunity to see the world's eighth mountain, Mount Manaslu, which stands at an altitude of 8,106 meters.
  • Get to witness the wide range of flora and fauna, including endangered species.
  • You will get to experience the Buddhist religion and its traditions most of the time during the 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek.
  • Travelers can visit Ribung Gompa and Pungyen Gompa during this adventure and also find numerous chortens, prayer wheels, and prayer flags along the route.
  • A traveler can visit Birendra Lake, which is located near Samagaun and stands at an altitude of 3,961 meters.

Introduction to the 12-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek

The trek around the world's eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, which stands at an altitude of 8,156 m, is one of the stunningly beautiful trekking destinations that lies in the northeast of Gorkha. The journey offers the best of the best glimpses of the Himalayan ranges, along with an exquisite landscape and the warm hospitality of local communities, which gives a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for nature excursionists. 

Trekking towards the Massif Manaslu began in the year 1,991 and was only possible for long campaign treks. In those days, there wasn't a proper place to stay or food to eat for travelers. The locals were engaged in their farms, and they didn’t know the value of tourism. Now, people are educated, they know the real meaning of tourism, and they are engaged in the tourism business. Most of them have good teahouses and provide the best services, due to which the Manaslu region becomes more popular for teahouse trekking than campaign trekking, though people still do campaign treks.

While doing the Manaslu Circuit trek, a backpacker will get goose bumps in every single step. The hidden valley displays the  crystal-clear mountain ranges, and the mountains you will encounter during this excursion are Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), Himalchuli (7,893 m/25,896 ft), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m/25,823 ft), Annapurna II (7,937 m/26,213 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/24,786 ft), Shringi (7,187 m/23,579 ft), Lango (6,668 m/21,877 ft), etc.

Trekking to Manaslu Circuit is more famous for the variety of flora and fauna. The region comes under the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and an excursionist will get the opportunity to encounter a wide range of wild and rare species. Red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, langur, rhododendron, juniper, pine tree, oak tree, Himalayan monal, impeyan pheasant, etc. are some of the rear species that can be seen during the Manaslu journey.

Each traveler is pleasantly surprised by the Manaslu Circuit's traditional excursion because of its distinctive beauty, which is a gift from Mother Nature. The lush landscape, towering waterfalls, sounds of birds, green valley, pasture land, prayer wheels, memorials, etc. are more than enough for travelers to embark in the Manaslu region. 

Naturally blessed, Manaslu Valley is inhabited by Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, and Magar at the lower elevation, whereas Sherpa and Tibetan ethnic groups live at the upper elevation. While doing this adventure, backpackers will get to know the mixed culture of local communities very closely and can experience the livelihood of people in the mountains.

The 12-day Manaslu Circuit itinerary starts with the drive to Machhikhola, followed by Jagat, Dyang, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasla, Bhimtang, Dharapani, Besisahar, and back to Kathmandu. The itinerary of Manaslu Circuit is very flexible; it can be stretched to 19 days of Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley Trek or shortened to 12 days of adventure.

How worth it is doing the 12-day Manaslu Circuit adventure? 

The naturally blessed Manaslu valley that passes beneath Mount Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft) is a hundred percent worth it for a real nature enthusiast. The valley combined the magnificent glimpse of crystal-clear mountain ranges, towering waterfalls, lush landscapes, vibrant and colorful hills of rhododendron during spring, the warm hospitality of the locals, immense chortens and gompas, and a quiet and fresh environment in one place. It won’t be wrong if I say, “Heaven is a myth; Nepal is real.

Every year, thousands of travelers visit the 12-day Manaslu Circuit in Nepal to experience the unveiled beauty of nature. The journey surprises you at every single step. Dear adventure seekers, if you are looking for an authentic hiking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal and looking forward to creating memories and happiness, I would highly recommend this adventure and achieving a once-in-a-lifetime hiking experience in the alps of Nepal.

What should I expect during this incredible journey?

The 12-day Manaslu Circuit hike is an off-the-beaten trekking destination that lies in northern Nepal, close to the Tibet border. Culturally, naturally, and historically rich, Manaslu Valley never disappoints a single alpinist, unless the weather gets worse. While doing this venture, an excursionist will have the opportunity to explore the living standards of the locals, the beauty of nature, and the Buddhist religion.

Local communities located around the 12-day Manaslu Larkya La Pass primarily participate in the tourism sector, with less emphasis on agriculture. Locals in the lower part of this journey are involved in both tourism and agriculture. They run a teahouse and grow a variety of crops like maize, barley, corn, potatoes, wheat, and other vegetables. In the upper regions, individuals are involved in hotel operations, farming, and potato cultivation.

The naturally blessed Manaslu Valley offers an eye-catching vista of Mother Nature. The dazzling snow-covered mountain ranges, including the world's eighth-highest mountain, Mount Manaslu, lush landscapes, vivid landscapes, and diversity of flora and fauna, attract trekkers during the 12-day Manaslu Circuit journey.

As you begin your 12-day Manaslu Circuit Odyssey, you will have the opportunity to experience mixed cultures and regions of people in the early days. As the itinerary increases, you will meet people who practice Buddhism and Tibetan cultures.

Trekkers will witness the things described in the preceding paragraphs as they embark on this incredible adventure.

Is there an acclimation day or hike for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit excursion? 

12 Days of Manaslu Circuit is a moderate-to-challenging hiking destination in Nepal. It is an act of hiking in the alps that leads trekkers to an altitude of 5,106 m/16,752 ft over Circuit and requires them to spend the night at 4,460 m/14,632 ft in Dharamsala. So, the acclimation hike or rest days are a prime key for trekkies to avoid altitude sickness and keep the body friendly with the everyday increase in elevation.

On our 12-day Manaslu Circuit itinerary, we will rest at Samagaun. On this day, a backpacker will have a variety of options for how to spend their time. Either take a full rest or do a short hike to Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. However, Pungyen Monastery sits atop Mount Manaslu, providing a breathtaking view of Mansiri Himal. Sitting on the lap of Mount Manaslu, Birendra Lake, which is beautifully decorated, offers immense peace and joy.

Note: On the rest day at Samagaun, alpinists also have the option to do Manaslu Base Camp, but we highly recommend Pungyen Gompa or Birendra Lake for a hike because it is far and there is no lunch place during the day.

Who can join this voyage?

The incredible journey to the 12-day Manaslu Circuit is a moderate-to-challenging nature hiking destination that amazes every traveler with the adorable beauty of Mother Nature and the welcoming gestures of the local communities. Anyone doing this adventure needs to be strong, both physically and mentally. Regularly gaining elevation and walking for 6-7 hours on an uneven, rough, and rocky trail with immense ascent and descent is not a joke. We have clearly illustrated below how to train yourself for this adventure, as well as what the possibilities are if you are differently abled.

Is it possible for differently-abled individuals?

There is a good saying, “When there is a will, there is a win.” Keeping this in mind, Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. will organize this trip with our best team, even if you are physically different from others. We strongly advise you to join this adventure with your close and dear ones, who will never leave you in any situation. We provide an extra team to support you and look after you in difficult situations. We also recommend an easy Manaslu circuit trek instead of a 12-day rapid Manaslu circuit.

Can overweight people join the 12-day Manaslu Circuit Trek?

While overweight travelers are interested in hiking around Manaslu Region, we recommend the Easy Manaslu Trek rather than the 12-day Manaslu Circuit. It’s because the 12-day Manaslu Circuit is a rapidly made itinerary that requires a quick gain of height and a walk of 6-7 hours every day. We prepare the itinerary for physically fit travelers who can walk on the rough and rocky path with many ascents and descents for 6-7 hours continuously.

Is the 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek possible for kids and elderly people?

Backpackers with limited time and a good fitness level typically opt for a 12-day Manaslu Circuit itinerary. The hiking route takes you through rough and rocky terrain, featuring immense ascents and descents in the alps. Therefore, we recommend that young and elderly individuals opt for the easier Manaslu Circuit instead of this challenging adventure. The easy adventure will be more reliable and comfortable, and a trekker needs to walk approximately 5–6 hours on an everyday basis, along with a few extra acclimatization or rest days.

How fit do I have to be for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit adventure?

Notably, a good level of physical fitness is very important for the traveler who is planning for the short 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek. The journey includes a number of steep ascents and descents on a narrow path on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, rambling at higher elevations, walking for 6-7 hours every day, and so on.

We strongly advise a trekkie who is planning for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit event to be well prepared before diving in. How could you prepare for it? It can be as simple as engaging in daily jogging, cycling, cardio training, weightlifting, swimming, and yoga. If a trekker completes all of this training a month before the excursion, you will enjoy each moment of your journey.

Can it be done on the rest day at Manaslu Base Camp?

Manaslu Base Camp, nestled in the Himalayas of central Nepal, provides a stunning glimpse of the world's eighth-highest peak, Mt. Manslsu, as well as the valley's beautiful landscape and Birendra Lake. Yes, a trekker can do it on a rest day, but it takes 7 to 8 hours, and there are no tea huts for lunch during the hike.

Hiking to Mount Manaslu's base camp is challenging for hikers because it is rough and steep on a narrow path. During this adventure, we will have a rest at Samagaun. A backpacker has the option to do Pyungen Gompa, Birendra Lake or hike to base camp. All are equally beautiful. People who want to have a rest day will go to Birendra Lake and Pyngen Gompa because they are close by the village. On the other hand, if a trekker feels more comfortable and wants to do the big hike, it will be the best option for them.

What other options are available during the Manaslu round if we want to make our itinerary longer?

On the other hand, the Manaslu Larkya La Pass itinerary offers a high degree of flexibility, allowing for customization upon request. You can tailor the program to span from 12 days to a month. Trekkies with limited time and good physical fitness can do the Short Manaslu Trek. On the other hand, those seeking to unwind while trekking and possessing sufficient time in Nepal can opt for the Easy Manaslu Trek.

Some of our popular trekking itineraries from Manaslu Region include: Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 days; Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek 19 days; Manaslu Larkya La Pass, et cetera. Here are some of our most popular itineraries; we can even make a customized itinerary based on our valued guests' requests.

Why choose Nature Excursion Pvt. Ltd. for our 12-day Manaslu Circuit Odyssey?

At Nature Excursion, we understand that you are traveling to a new zone and seeking an expert travel leader to assist you in making your excursion remarkable and enjoyable. To meet your expectations, we provide a mountain friend (guide) who is more active, energetic, loyal, innovative, and, more importantly, they possesses decades of guiding experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. They never miss an opportunity to entertain you with singing, dancing, and sharing the history of Nepal, ensuring your journey is both entertaining and electrifying.

As our organization is service oriented, we are more focused on customer safety and satisfaction, and we are doing it. Our native leader, who will lead you on a 12-day journey around Manaslu Valley, is good at speaking English and knowledgeable about the valley.

Specifically, we have been based in the trekking and tourism industry in Nepal for the last two decades. So we organize your vacation in such a way that you will enjoy every moment of it. From the day of your arrival, during the trek, and until your departure, our dedicated team will always be there to assist you.

Here are the advantages you will get from joining us:

  • Free airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Get a down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag (you need to return after the trip).
  • T-shirt
  • An appreciation certificate is given upon the completion of the journey.
  • A native mountain leader with decades of guiding skills and experience
  • In case of an emergency, we will provide you with immediate helicopter evacuation and medical assistance (involving charges payable by your travel insurance company).
  • During the trek, an oxymeter and first aid kit are essential.
  • We offer free luggage storage at our office.
  • We had a farewell dinner after the end of the trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days - Cost and Itinerary pictures and video



Our team will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport gate with your name on it. He will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Upon reaching the hotel, check-in, get refreshed, and be ready for the briefing for your trip. After the briefing, you can explore the tourist hub (Thamel).


  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft.
  • Accommodation:Hotel

Today, we will take a drive from Kathmandu to Machhikhola in a local bus early in the morning, and that will take 7-8 hours in total. The drive to Machhikhola offers a splendid glimpse of terrace fields, countryside, beautiful landscapes, vibrant hills, and white snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, etc. 

You will get to experience the authentic culture of the Neplese community during the drive. After the long drive, you will reach Machhikhola and spend the night here with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:890 m/2,965 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:7-8 hours

On this day, we will take our breakfast early in the morning at seven and start up for the next camp in Jagat. From here, we will start our real hiking for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek. The distance between Machhikhola and Jagat is 22.2 kilometers (13.7 miles), which takes 6-7 hours on a rough and rocky trail. 

The hike led you through beautiful countryside, a natural hot spring, a waterfall, a dense forest of pine, oak, rhododendron, etc. If you are lucky enough on this day, you will get to witness the Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Langur, Bear, Danphe, Munal, etc. After a long walk, you will reach Machhikhola and spend the night with the included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:1,410 m/4,625 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours6-7 hours

This is our second day of hiking. We will take our breakfast early in the morning and set off for our next destination. From this point, our special permits start, and we need to finish the Larkya La pass within seven days. After breakfast, the team leader will go to check in our permits, and then we continue our hike. Today we will walk 19.9 kilometers (12.33 miles), and it takes approximately 6-7 hours, depending on your hike.

In addition, the hike will lead you through beautiful villages like Salleri, Philim, Akla Bhatti, Chisapani, Nyak village, Yaru Phedi, and Dyang. Today, you will get to see the pleasant vista of Mount Siringi from Salleri. The snow-capped mountains, towering waterfalls, vibrant hills, terrace fields, and crossing over suspension bridges again and again make your hike more amazing. After long hours of hiking, you will get tired and take a rest at Dyang with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:1,804 m/5,917 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours

Leaving Dyang, we will walk through a rhododendron and fir forest. Crossing the Budi Gandaki river, the trail leads you through a steep ascent to the northern ridge and a descent to the Budi Gandaki river. Today, there are many ascents and descents and a long day, which takes 7-8 hours. The total distance is 19.5 kilometers (12.1 miles).

The hike offers breathtaking views of beautiful meadows, landscapes, giant hills, suspension bridges, etc. After walking for 7-8 hours, you will reach Namrung Village, where you will spend the night with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:2,630 m/8,626 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:7-8 hours

Today, we will have our breakfast early in the morning and continue for the Lho. The trail continues with a flat and gradual uphill in between pin, fur, and rhododendron forests in the beginning hours. On this day, you will get to encounter the Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Mount Manaslu reaching upon Lho. Also diversity of flora and fauna.

You will have a short day today, which covers 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles), and that takes 4-5 hours. You will reach Lho Village for lunch. After lunch, explore the Ribung Gompa and village


  • Max. Altitude:3,180 m/10,433 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4–5 hours

With a hot and delicious breakfast, we continue towards our destination. Samagaun is our camp today, which takes 4-5 hours and covers 8.1 kilometers (5 miles). We start our hike gradually uphill up to Shyala and on a flat trail, enjoying a breathtaking glimpse of Mount Manaslu on the left. After a few hours of hiking, we will reach Samagaun and spend the night with included meals.


  • Max. Altitude:3,520 m/11,548 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3–4 hours

Acclimation hikes are very important to minimize or avoid altitude sickness while doing such a daring adventure in the alps of Manaslu Region. Today, we have the option to do a day hike at either Pyungen Gompa, Birendra Lake, or Manaslu Base Camp. All three are equally beautiful, but Manaslu Base Camp is quite far as well as difficult with its rough and narrow path. After exploring the valley, we returned to the lodge and spent the night with meals included.


  • Max. Altitude:3,520 m/11,548 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:2-3 hours

After spending two nights at Samagaun, we will continue towards Samdo, which is close to the Tibet border and the last village before the Larkya La Pass. It will be a short and easy day that covers 8.1 kilometers (5.3 miles). The trail leads you through the plain and barren land bank of the Budi Gandaki River. While hiking, you will get to witness the pika, blue sheep, mountain goat, Himalayan thar, etc. 

You will reach Samdo very early today. Reaching Samdo, take a side walk to acclimate yourself and explore the village. 


  • Max. Altitude:3,875 m/12,713 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3–4 hours

After having a hot and delicious breakfast, we step towards our next destination, Dharmasala (also called Larkya Phedi). Today is a short day, so expect it not to be hard, but due to the rapid gain of altitude and thin layer of oxygen, our hike will be difficult. The trail leads you through gradual ups in the barren land. The hike covers a distance of 3 kilometers (1.86 miles). You will have more chances to see blue shoop close to the lodges. Tonight you will have the coldest sleep during your entire trip to Dharmasala.


  • Max. Altitude:4,480 m/14,698 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3 hours

The hard work you have put into walking up and down steep hills is finally paying off today. Upon reaching the top, you will witness a jaw-dropping glimpse of Larkya Peak, Annapurna II, Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, etc.

Today, we will start very early in the morning—around four in the dark—with the help of a headlight. The day starts with walking uphill in the first hour and continues with a small falt, gradual up, and steep uphill. It will take 4-5 hours to reach the top (known as Larkya La Pass), standing at an altitude of 5,160 m/16,929 ft, and a steep descent all the way to Bhimtang, facing four frozen lakes, which takes another 4-5 hours and covers 24.7 kilometers (15.3 miles). You will be tired of walking a long distance for hours. You can take a rest and prepare for the next day.

  • Max. Altitude:5,160 m/16,929 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:9–10 hours

With a hot and delicious breakfast at Bhimtang and an eye-catching glimpse of Mount Manaslu and Buddha Himal,. After having it, we will descend towards Tiliche, between dense forests of pine, fur, rhododendron, etc. Today, you will get to see red panda (very rear), langur, bear, mountain goat, Himalayan thar, etc. After walking for 5–6 hours, you will reach Tiliche and spend the night with included meals.

  • Max. Altitude:2,300 m/7,545 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6-7 hours

We end our hiking here and take a drive to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will take a drive to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar offers towering waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, countryside, terrace fields, etc. Upon reaching Besisahar, we will take our lunch and change our bus to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, your guide will take you to your hotel, take a rest, get refreshed, and be ready for a farewell dinner with us.


  • Max. Altitude:1,400 m/4,600 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:8–9 hours

We will send our private vehicle to your hotel for the YIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) drop-off. Have a safe return home. We hope to see you again for your next adventure in Nepal. Take care. Bye.

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Cost Details
  • We provide airport pickup and drop-off services on both arrival and departure dates.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Machhi Khola by local bus (trek start point), from Tiliche (trek end point) to Besisahar by shared jeep, and to Kathmandu by local bus
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Thamel Park)
  • All accommodations (tea house or lodge) during the trek
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner—the main course from the menu) during the trek
  • Government-licensed English-speaking Nature Excursion’s experienced trek guide
  • Sherpas/Porter to help with luggage (the luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekker).
  • An assistant guide group of 8 or above trekkers
  • Guide and porter cost: his meal, accommodation, insurance, salary, and other necessary equipment.
  • All applicable Manaslu Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and fresh seasonal fruit every evening after dinner, as per availability
  • All arrangements for the rescue operation in case of health-related emergencies (funded by your travel insurance company)
  • Souvenier Company T-shirt
  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA): (15 days: $25–30, 30 days: $40–50, and 90 days: $100–110)
  • Excess luggage charges (limit: 10 kg per trekker)
  • Extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses: hot and cold drinks, alchol, hot shower, laundry, wifi, battery recharge, extra porters, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses that are not listed in the included section
  • Travel insurance, which must include coverage for emergencies involving high-altitude rescue and evacuation, is mandatory.
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, like landslides, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, weather conditions, illness, changes in government policies, and strikes
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver (expected)
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Clients Reviews

  • Manaslu Trek

    My wife and I together with another couple joined Raju pre-pandemic to experience the Manaslu trek. From the greet at the airport to the fairwell this trip remains top of the chart. From hotel accommodations, to trekking permits to everyday logistics of food and sleep in the tea houses Raju does it all. We had 2 porters hand picked by Raju who were also trained chefs. Every night they would enter the kitchen of whichever tea house we landed in and prepared tasty and hygienic meals. They were always keeping an eye out for food they did not trust for our North American stomachs. Weather, physical fitness, culture and more means that the unpredictable is unavoidable. You need a guide who can turn on a dime and Raju did it for; the initial bus breaking down and organizing jeep relief, adjusting itinerary for someone having to abandon the trip, making showers or cleaning facilities available as much as possible and managing the speed and needs of different people.
    There are those experiences that come and go like an all inclusive beach get away that are most often forgettable, then there are those that will remain with you for life and that makes this one unforgettable.
    Many years later we still keep in touch with Raju and his beautiful wife Punam and through WhatsApp have been part of them becoming parents through the arrival of Pranishna. 🙏 Namaste
    p.s. looking forward to Ruby Valley trek in the near future.

    Richard Perron
    Richard PerronCanadaAug 14, 2023
Useful Information

Dear nature enthusiasts, here is some useful information if you are doing the 12-day journey around Manaslu. It will be 100 percent fruitful if you know all these things before leaving for this incredible adventure.

Which is the best time for the 12-day Manaslu Round excursion?

The iconic Manaslu Trek is one of the most popular and demanding hiking destinations for trekkers in western Nepal. In contrast, while planning such an incredible adventure in the alps, it is important for trekkers to know the perfect timing to travel there. The valley is suitable during autumn and spring. In the meantime, the weather remains perfect, with its clear skies offering vibrant hills, outstanding landscapes, and eye-catching snow-capped mountains.

Is the spring the best time to do 12 days of the Manaslu Circuit trek?

Spring, which falls from March to May, is the ideal time for trekkies to go hiking around the Manaslu Valley. In the downtime, the surroundings decorate herself with the newly grown greenery along with a variety of colorful flowers, including a rhododendron, and she presents herself beautifully. 

In addition, the weather remains pleasant and humid during the Manaslu Larya La pass excursion, neither too hot nor too cold. Early in the morning and evening, it becomes cold, but as the sun rises, it gets warm. Normally, the temperature persists between -6 and 30 degrees Celsius, depending on the term and altitude.

Due to the crystal-clear skies and the pleasant weather conditions, spring is the perfect time for hiking in the Manaslu region and all over Nepal.

Why is autumn considered one of the most pleasant times for hiking in Nepal?

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to go hiking in the alps of Nepal. During this period, numerous backpackers travel here to encounter the virgin nature. Generally, the weather remains outstanding and offers a clear blue sky, along with snow-capped mountains, lush landscapes, vibrant hills, etc.

Surprisingly, in the meantime, the weather around the Manaslu valley remained fantastic. The day starts with a cold temperature and gets warmer as the sun rises. The temperature ranges from -8 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius, depending on the weather conditions and altitude of the places. More importantly, autumn is the season for Nepali festivals; it adds extra attractions and makes your travel more interesting and beautiful.

During the off-season, can I travel around Manaslu Circuit?

Yes, you can also travel around the Manaslu Larkys La pass during the off-seasons, but there are more risks and difficulties. Firstly, the monsoon is the rainy season. In the meantime, there will be heavy rain, which increases the risk of landslides and floods. The whole area and the hiking trails get wet and slippery in the monsoon, so we do not recommend this adventure during this period.

Secondly, winter is another off-season for trekking around the Manaslu Circuit as well as all over Nepal. In winter, temperatures drop to -20 degrees or more at higher elevations, as does heavy snow. Larkya La Pass on the Manaslu Circuit is at an altitude of 5,106 m/16,752 ft. In winter, the temperature drops and heavy snow blocks the trail. During the winter, it is not convenient for trekkers.

If you are ready to take such risks and challenges, we can organize this adventure with our special team, but you have to be responsible for yourself if any incidents occur during the journey.

Which are the permits required for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit?

The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and the Annapurna Converstation Area Project (ACAP). It is also a restricted area, so a trekker needs to have three permits for this adventure, and they are ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu Special Permit.

How much does it cost for a 12-day Manaslu-Larkya-La Pass excursion?

However, Manaslu Valley is a restricted area and touches the ACAP and MCAP, so a trekker needs to have three permits and a TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System). The cost of the permits and TIMS is as follows:

  • ACAP Permit: The ACAP permit costs USD 30.
  • MCAP Permit: The MCAP permit costs USD 30.
  • Special Permit: The special permit cost USD 100 during the months of September to November and USD 75 from December until August.
  • The TIMS Card is priced at USD 10.

What are the daily wages for guides and porters during the Manaslu Circuit's 12 days?

The guides and porters are the real heroes of the mountains. They assist travelers in making their years of dreams come true. Your leader or guide, who will lead you on your 12-day Manaslu trek, is a well-experienced and licensed Nepali government holder after completing training. Porters assist you in moving your belongings from one camp to the next.

The following is a list of the daily wages for the guide and porter during the 12-day Manaslu Circuit journey:

  • Guide fee: USD 30 per day.
  • An assistant guide costs USD 28 per day.
  • Porter Guide Cost: USD 25 per day
  • Porter's cost: USD 24 per day

What is altitude sickness? How do I minimize the risk?

Rapid altitude gain or quick ascent of the heights can cause altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), in individuals. Samagaun, at an elevation of 3,520 m/11,548 ft above sea level, typically experiences altitude sickness during the 12-day Manaslu Hike.

While doing the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the following are the symptoms of altitude sickness that can be seen:.

  • Looseness of apatite
  • Nousea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dirrhoea
  • Dizzyness
  • Feeling lazy and fatigued
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleeping problems, etc.

Typically, the level of oxygen at high altitudes is comparably less than the lower elevations. So a trekker must be careful while hiking in the Himalayas of the Manaslu Region. To minimize the risk of altitude sickness during the hike, do the following:.

  • Do not run or walk fast; walk slowly, which makes you more comfortable.
  • Drink enough (3–4 liters every day).
  • Take hot drinks (ginger tea, ginger lemon tea, ginger lemon honey, etc.).
  • Take garlic soup.
  • Do an acclimation hike on a rest day.
  • Strictly follow the guidelines of your guide.

Moreover, while hiking in the alps, the chance of altitude sickness is very high. The smell of the mountain flowers, along with the density of oxygen, is very low, due to which a trekker has more chances of getting altitude sickness. If you strictly follow your leader's guidelines while doing such an adventure in the Himalayas of Manaslu Region, it won't create any serious issues, and you will be fine.

Do I need travel insurance for the 12-day journey around Manaslu?

Yes, it is an important weapon for you as a traveler. It protects you from heavy losses or risks during the trek due to accidents, injuries, or altitude problems. While doing such events in the alps of Nepal with us, it is mandatory for travelers to have it for their own safety. 

If you do not have travel insurance for the 12-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, we strongly advise you to get it before embarking on this journey. While buying it, read all the policies carefully because they should cover all the losses or damages to your personal property, including gear and trip cancellations or interruptions. This will give you extra peace of mind during the journey.

Moreover, as you are participating in such a daring adventure, the risks are very high. Altitude sickness, injuries, and unexpected accidents are some of the unforseen circumstances that might occur during your journey. It protects you from heavy losses or damages that might occur in the future, so it is very important for travelers to have travel insurance while trekking in Nepal, which gives you peace of mind.

What is the difficulty level of the 12-day Manaslu Circuit journey?

Trekking the 12 days of the Manaslu Circuit is a moderate-to-challenging hiking destination that lies in the western part of Nepal. The journey involves long hours of hiking every day on a rough and rocky trail with an immense amount of steep ascent and descent. Before jumping into it, a backpacker should prepare themselves both physically and mentally to make this adventure more interesting and fun.

In light of this, the 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek is challenging. A traveler should do the following exercises: cardio training, walking on steps, cycling, swimming, jugging, etc. It boosts your stamina and maintains your fitness. If you practiced on a regular basis for one month before departing on your adventure, it will make your trip more fun, and you will enjoy every single moment.




  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Wear a winter hat, an insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Headlamp with an extra battery


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton trousers
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool).
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jackets (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers


  • Hiking boots
  • Take an extra pair of thick wool shocks.


  • Backpack or day back (The size depends on whether you take a porter or not.)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (a -20-degree sleeping bag is best for high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable soap bar
  • Nail clippers


  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


  • First aid kit
  • We provide additional passport photos and photocopies.
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days - Cost and Itinerary FAQs

  • Mount Manaslu is also called the “Mountain of the Spirit," which is derived from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or "soul”.


  • Manaslu Circuit Trek is the most iconic hiking destination in Nepal, covering approximately 180 kilometers and 110 miles.

  • During the Manaslu Circuit trek, we wake up early in the morning and step towards our next destination after having breakfast. Normally, hiking will take 6-7 hours on a daily basis. We start early in the morning, trying to reach our next camp on time before getting dark. Poeter will help us transfer our luggage from one camp to the next.

  • While doing the Manaslu Circuit trek, a backpacker required three permits: a special permit, an ACAP permit, and an MCAP permit. A special permit costs USD 100 for one week and 15 dollars per extra day; an MCAP permit costs USD 30; and an ACAP permit costs USD 30.

  • The maximum height during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is 5,160 m/16,929 ft at Larkya Pass.


  • Manaslu Circuit Trek comes under the Manaslu Converstation Area Project (MCAP), and the government of Nepal has also imposed specific rules. So travelers are not allowed without a guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek. It is also a restricted area.

  • The highlights during the 12-day Manaslu Circuit trek are:

    • Crossing over Larkya La Pass (5,160 m/16,929 ft)
    • Birendra Lake
    • Pungyen Gompa
    • Eye-catching glimpses of Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Buddha Himal, etc.
    • Jaw-dropping views of amazing landscapes, meadows, towering waterfalls, a variety of flora and fauna, etc.
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate-to-challenging nature hiking destination in Nepal. Every day of 6-7 hours of hiking on a rough and rocky trail, and equally the altitude after Samagaun. Especially on the day of Larkya La Pass, walking for 9–10 hours with a steep ascent and descent on a rough and rocky trail above 4,500 meters to 5,116 meters is comparably challenging. 


  • If you are planning a Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, we highly recommend the autumn (september–november) and spring (March–May). During the period, the temperature remains stable, the weather gets clear enough most of the time, and you can witness the crystal-clear mountains. 


  • The cost of the Manaslu Circuit trek depends on the trek itinerary and service provided by the agency. In general, the cost of the Manaslu Circuit is USD 1,150. But the cost of Manaslu Circuit varies from USD 800 to USD 2000 or more, depending on the services and their comfort.

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