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10 Nights 11 Days
Availability : Whole Year
Thamel Kathmandu
Manaslu Region
Min Age : 16
Max People : 15

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    Maximum Altitude: 5106m
  • Walking: 5 to 7 hours /day

This Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a really cool adventure in Nepal. You get to explore places that not many people visit. It goes around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The trek is tough, but it’s worth it. You walk through different kinds of places like forests, fields, and meadows with awesome views of snowy mountains.

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a captivating journey that circumnavigates the spectacular Manaslu massif in the Gorkha district of Nepal, providing trekkers with a challenging yet rewarding adventure. Starting in the village of Soti Khola at an elevation of approximately 700 meters (2,297 feet), the trek gradually ascends, taking trekkers through diverse landscapes.

As the trail winds its way through lush subtropical forests and terraced fields, trekkers encounter traditional Gurung and Magar villages at elevations ranging from 800 to 1,200 meters (2,625 to 3,937 feet). Villages like Lapubesi and Machha Khola offer cultural insights and warm hospitality as trekkers acclimate to the increasing altitude.

The trek gains elevation steadily as it progresses, reaching higher altitudes and colder temperatures. Villages such as Deng (1,800 meters or 5,905 feet) and Namrung (2,630 meters or 8,629 feet) provide a glimpse into the unique lifestyle and cultural practices of the local communities residing in these remote mountainous areas.

The highlight of the trek is the formidable Larkya La Pass, standing at an imposing altitude of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Crossing this pass is a challenging but exhilarating experience, rewarding trekkers with awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Manaslu range. The descent from the pass takes trekkers through the alpine meadows of Bimthang at an elevation of around 3,720 meters (12,205 feet), surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks.

Throughout the short manaslu circuit trek, trekkers encounter suspension bridges hanging over rushing rivers at various altitudes, adding a sense of adventure to the journey. As the route transitions from the Manaslu region to the Annapurna region, the landscape changes, offering a diverse range of elevations, from high mountain passes to terraced fields and subtropical forests.

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek stands out not only for its stunning landscapes and physical challenges but also for the opportunity it provides to explore the cultural richness of the region at different altitudes. Trekkers can experience the varied elevations, ecosystems, and cultural nuances that make this trek a truly unique Himalayan adventure.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview
  • Destination: Manaslu Circuit Short Trek
  • Starting point: Kathmandu
  • Ending point: Kathmandu
  • No of Days: 11 days
  • Best Season: Spring season
  • Group size: 1-15 max
 Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights
  • Explore less-trodden regions of Nepal encircling Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak.
  • Trek through lush forests, terraced fields, and high alpine meadows.
  • Visit picturesque villages, experiencing the rich local culture of Gurungs and Tamangs.
  • Enjoy a secluded and authentic Himalayan trek compared to more popular routes.
  • Witness breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and stunning landscapes.
  • Conquer high-altitude passes, including the formidable Larkya La Pass.
  • Experience a rewarding trek that typically takes 11 days.
  • Ideal for those seeking a less crowded and more remote trekking experience.
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m)
  • Day 02: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
  • Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1800m)
  • Day 04: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2660m)
  • Day 05: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun
  • Day 06:  Adaptation Day – Side trip to either Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp (4400m)
  • Day 07: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (3690m)
  • Day 08: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m)
  • Day 09: Trek from Darmasala to Larkya La Pass (5106m) to Bhimthang
  • Day 10: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (1860m)
  • Day 11: Drive to Beshisahar by local Jeep from Dharapani and drive to Kathmandu
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost And Itinerary

The cost of the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek and its itinerary can vary based on factors such as the trekking agency, services included, and the duration of the trek. On average, the cost ranges from $1,099 to $12,00 per person. This typically covers permits, transportation, accommodation, meals, and guide/porter services. The trek itinerary usually spans around 11 to 15 days, beginning and ending in the city of Kathmandu. Below you can find detail itinerary of this trip which give you more clear idea.

The journey takes trekkers through diverse landscapes, quaint villages, and challenging mountain passes, including the notable Larkya La Pass. Along the way, trekkers are treated to stunning views of Mount Manaslu and other snow-capped peaks. The itinerary allows for acclimatization, ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure through the remote and less-traveled regions of the Manaslu Region.

Best Time For Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. The optimal months for this trek are from late September to November and from March to May. During these periods, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Spring brings vibrant rhododendron blooms, adding a splash of color to the landscapes, while the autumn months provide crisp, clear visibility for panoramic mountain vistas. The winter months (December to February) can be extremely cold, with higher chances of snow and challenging trekking conditions, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rain and the risk of landslides, making it less favorable for trekking.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulties

The Manaslu Circuit Trek presents several challenges that trekkers should be prepared for. One of the main difficulties is the high altitude, with the trek reaching its climax at the challenging Larkya La Pass, standing at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Altitude sickness is a concern, and acclimatization is crucial to mitigate its effects.

The trek also involves varied terrain, including steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and potentially icy or snowy conditions, particularly around the pass. Trekkers should be physically fit and mentally prepared for long days of walking in diverse landscapes.

Additionally, the remote and less-developed nature of the trail means that facilities and accommodations may be basic, and trekking days can be demanding. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, with cold temperatures even in the warmer months, and trekkers should be equipped for changing weather patterns.

Departure & Return Location

Thamel Marga Central Thamel Kathmandu  (Google Map)

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • Welcome & farewell cultural dinner.
  • A day three meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) on your choice from the menu during the treks.
  • Standard tea house during the treks.
  • Equipment as like (sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, walking poles, crampons) to be returned after the trip is complete.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Seasonal fruits.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First aid kid box including oximeter & pulse meter checker.
  • An emergency helicopter rescue services, if in case.
  • An achievement certificate.
  • Government tax & service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the phone & camera charging, hot shower, wifi
  • Tips to guide & porter
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, in case if you return earlier from the treks.
  • Lunch & dinner during stay in city.


  • Trekking Pole
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Dawn Jacket
What to Expect During Short Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Explore less-trodden regions of Nepal encircling Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak.
  • Trek through lush forests, terraced fields, and high alpine meadows.
  • Visit picturesque villages, experiencing the rich local culture of Gurungs and Tamangs.
  • Enjoy a secluded and authentic Himalayan trek compared to more popular routes.
  • Enjoy a secluded and authentic Himalayan trek compared to more popular routes.
  • Conquer high-altitude passes, including the formidable Larkya La Pass.
  • Experience a rewarding trek that typically takes 11 days.
  • Ideal for those seeking a less crowded and more remote trekking experience.
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Photos
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Machha Khola

Distance covered: 126km

Travel Duration: 5-6 hrs

Maximum Altitude: 930m/3051.18ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Today your trip begins. After you are done with your breakfast at the hotel, you will take a direct bus to Gongabu Buspark from Kathmandu to Arughat. Other than that, you will have an alternative of taking the bus to Malekhu on the Prithivi Highway, and then you can take a jeep or local bus as per your comfort.

This route can be pretty uncomfortable to you as the roads are dusty and bumpy. Despite this, you will catch the beautiful scenario from the window seat. After a few ups and downs, you will get to Gurung village witnessing paddy field .You can take a rest from your continued travel by taking short breaks for snacks. You will arrive at Machha Khola by the time of dinner. Then you will be taken to your respective teahouse to stay overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 2: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Distance covered: 22.5 km

Maximum Altitude: 1,410m/4625.98ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 5 to 6 hrs.

Today your destination is Jagat which is 22.5 km far from Machha Khola. Once you leave Machha Khola, the trail enters the dense forest. Crossing the suspension bridge you can see various waterfalls and rivers.

On your other walk, you will reach Tatopani, the place with cultural beliefs where you can enjoy hot showers. After you are done easing yourself, you come to Doban by crossing another suspension bridge. After a while, you will again get to travel a wooden bridge left to the river. Following your route, you will find yourself at Yaru, where again you will cross a long arch bridge that will finally lead you to Jagat, which is again a beautiful Gurung village.

Most importantly, after you get into this village, you have to get your trekking permits verified at the check post as from the day you will be walking in the restricted zone.

Today you will have your comfortable night stay at Jagat; enjoy!

Day 3: Trek from Jagat to Deng

Distance covered: 8 km

Maximum altitude: 1860m

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel duration: 6 hrs.

After having breakfast, we will continue our trek. Leaving Jagta, we will cross a ridge that leads us to the village of Salleri. Then we will descend to Sirdibas and cross a long suspension bridge. We will ascend to Philim and cross the hillside. Finally, a steep climb after crossing the river takes us to Deng. You will have some leisure time left in the evening too so you can explore around the village interacting with local people.

Here you can have your best meal and make yourself comfortable staying overnight.

Day 4: Trek from Deng to Namrung

Distance covered: 15km

Maximum altitude: 2660m/8727.03ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs

After you are done with your breakfast, you are ready to start today’s trek. Our destination is Namrung for today. You create your walk through the bamboo trees and reach Deng. Moving forward, you will witness the swing bridge which you have to cross through. On the way, you can observe white-faced monkeys coming to villages in search of food.

The stream then leads to many landslips areas. So, here you should tell me more carefully as you walk and more alert to your guide’s command for your security. After the landslip area, you will head towards Namrung.

After an hour of your walk on an uneven line, you will hike to the beautiful village of Namrung, which is at the altitude of 2260m. You can now enjoy locally available tea, some different cuisines.

You will stay here overnight.

Day 5: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun

Distance covered: 17.2km

Maximum altitude: 3540m/11614.17ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 9-10 hrs

Today is the 8th day of your trek. You may need time to adapt to the altitude as we are climbing high day by day. As your tour starts, you will be fascinated with the magnificent view of Manaslu. You will trek to the easy path leading to Shyapla. The beautiful pine and rhododendron trees will always come your way. After an hour’s walk from Shyapla, you reach Sama Gaun.

Sama Gaun is a beautiful village where you can witness typical settlements and yak grazings; mountain views might fade away.

You will stay overnight in Sama Gaun.

Day 6:Adaptation Day – Side trip to either Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp

Maximum altitude: 4400m/14435.7ft

Today is your adaptation day. As we are climbing higher elevations day by day, we need to prevent ourselves from altitude sickness. That is why we have Adaptation Day. So today, we will hike to Pungyen Gompa on the east of Nubri Valley. Today you can bring your meals and have them when you feel necessary. For two hours, you will walk across the river, which will keep you busy for a while.

Then to the hills, you will get to see the fantastic view of Manaslu. Also, by the side, yak pastures will excite you. As told, you will have an alternative to trek for Manaslu Base Camp, which is on the Northern side. You can also follow the track to the Birendra Tal and turn left to the basecamp path.

Now you will get to climb the stable paths where you can feel altitude sickness like difficulty breathing. For that, you need to walk slow and keep your body hydrated. Beginning slowly, you will hike to Manaslu glacier to basecamp at 14435.7ft and return.

As another alternative, you can also trek to Birendra Tal, which is a short distance from Sama Gaun. This alternative is good if you feel altitude sickness and feel the necessity to rest.

Day 7: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo

Distance covered: 16.4km

Maximum altitude: 3690m/12106.3ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 9-11 hrs.

On your 10th day of the trek, your destination will be Samdo. We need to be more careful on our walk and stroll as we are at a high altitude. Here you witness yak grazing, varieties of birds, and beautiful nature.

On the other walk, you get to cross the bridge of Budi Gandaki. Then you reach white Kani, the neighboring village of Samdo. After a while, you call our destination Samdo. Once you get there, you can tour other nearby towns and trek to Samdo Peak as per your desire. You can also hike to Tibetan border if you have time.

You get a beautiful chance to stay overnight in Samdo

Day 8:Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

Distance covered: 11.7km

Maximum altitude: 4460m/14633ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 8-9 hrs.

Coming to the 12th day of your trek, it is becoming more daring and exciting as you walk into the higher altitude. As you want to enjoy every bit of your journey, you need to take care of yourself to prevent high altitude.

Hence, it would help if you looked after your body postures, signs carefully. You reach Dharmasala by amusing yourself with majestic views of series of Himalayas and trek slowly to the uneven landscape of the Manaslu region.

Day 9: Trek from Dharmasala to Larkya La Pass (5106m) to Bhimthang (3590m)

Distance covered: 11.3km

Maximum altitude: 5106m/16751.97ft

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Travel Duration: 7-8 hrs.

Today is the most adventurous day of your trek as you will climb to the highest altitude of your trip. On this day, you will hike to Larkya La Pass, which is situated at 5160m. If it’s snowing, then it can be pretty daring due to bad weather conditions. You need to be early for this trek as you need to cross Larkya La Pass before the afternoon. Do not forget this is the most daring part of your journey, but if you manage to stabilize yourself during the walk, you can successfully cross the Pass.

After you manage to stand at the Pass, you will feel more soothing as you get to observe majestic views, views of Himlung situated at 7126m near Tibet. Not only that, you too get to watch Kang Guru at 6981m and Annapurna II at 7937m in the beautiful range of Annapurna.

When you are done spending your time with the beautiful views at the Pass, you will now move down three hours watching the views of ice blocks and glaciers to Bimthang and stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani

Distance covered: 12 km

Trek Duration: 7 hrs

Maximum altitude: 1963m

Giving a farewell to Manaslu Region, we will head towards Dharapani. Today is our last day of the trek. We will descend from Bhimthang through the yak pastures. Then we will cross a bridge down the Dudh Khola which takes us down to the rhododendron forest. The trail takes us down to the beautiful rhododendron forest. After reaching Tilije village, we will hike uphill and enter Dharapani.

Dharapani is the major starting point of many treks of this region. Overnight stay in Dharapani

Day 11: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)

Distance covered: 234 km

Time duration: 9 to 10 hrs

This is the last day of your trip. After the long journey of thirteen days, you are returning to Kathmandu, packing all your beautiful memories with you. You can get a direct bus to Kathmandu from Dharapani. You can take snack breaks as per your demand and have a comfortable drive to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek


How long does the short manaslu circuit trek take?

This Short manaslu circuit trek takes 11 days to complete.

What landscapes will I encounter?

You’ll traverse diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and high alpine meadows with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks.

Are there cultural experiences?

Yes, the trek passes through picturesque villages where you can immerse yourself in the rich local culture of ethnic communities like the Gurungs and Tamangs.

What challenges can I expect?

The trek includes challenging high-altitude passes, such as the Larkya La Pass, providing a sense of accomplishment for trekkers.

Is it a popular trekking route?

While gaining popularity, the Manaslu Circuit retains a sense of pristine wilderness, offering a more secluded experience compared to some other well-trodden routes in Nepal.

Why choose the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

It’s ideal for those seeking a remote and less crowded trekking adventure in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

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