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Manaslu Circuit Trek (Larke – La Pass Trekking)

Fact of the Trip:

Trekking mode: Teahouse/Lodge

Trekking Activities: Trekking/Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Max Elevation: 5,240m

Transportation: Flight/Car/Tourist Bus

Group Size: minimum01- maximum15

Best Months: March -May/Sep-Dec

Duration: 18 days

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
  • Service & Trip Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great trek in least-trekked region of Upper Manaslu with rare experience, hiking from sub-tropical, meditarrean, alpine to artic climatic zone and from dense vegetation to barren and arid landscapes crossing scenic Larke –la pass with great view of snowy peaks. 

Manaslu trekking was officially opened in 1992 for foreigner primarily for trekking and any other travel activities. Great alternative to Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu circuit trek has been intact from modernity and the trekking path has remain off-beaten till date. Manaslu in local language means the spirit mountain standing to be benevolent and strong deity.

Trekking to Manaslu Circuit via Larke Pass offers the great mountain scenario with majestic landscapes. The amalgamation of unique culture, ritual and tradition of ethnic group residing along the trail with gigantic mountain range, glacier is self-explanatory, why Manaslu Circuit trek has been popular and most sought trekking destination in Nepal. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek (Larke-La Pass) starts with the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha. The trail continues through the bank of Budhi Gandaki, deep valley, dense forest and alongside of Larke La Pass (5,420m), finally to the wild vicinity of Mt. Manaslu and takes you back along Annapurna circuit trail to Dharapani, the concluding point of the trek.

Manaslu Circuit trek involves walking on rugged trails and demands the capable trekkers with good cardiovascular fitness. It is important to understand that trekking above 3,000m is always demanding on body than hiking at lower elevation. With its relative remoteness and solidarity, it is ideal trek for those seeking to savor ultimate trekking experience in pristine and tranquil natural settings.

We have 18 days Manasalu Circuit Trekking itinerary, this itinerary can be customize from 15 days. For more information about itinerary please contact us.

Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to hotel

Day02: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/8-9 hours trek)

Day03: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/7-8 hours trek)

Day04: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/7-8 hours trek)

Day05: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,904m/7-8 hours trek)

Day06: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2,630m/7-8 hours trek)

Day07: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m/6-7 hours trek)

Day08: Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen Gompa and trek back to Samagaon – 6/7 hours trek

Day09: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m/5-6 hours trek)

Day10: Rest and acclimatization day at Samdo

Day11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmsala/Larkya La Base Camp (4,460m/4-5 hours trek)

Day12: Trek from Dharmsala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass (5,420m/8-9 hours trek)

Day13: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (2,300m/5-6 hours trek)

Day14: Drive from Dharapani to Beshisahar (760m/6 hour drive)

Day16: Drive from Besishar to Kathmandu – 8-9 hour drive

Day17: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu including UNESCO designated world heritage sites and attend fare-well dinner

Day18: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation at Kathmandu on B & B basis
  • City tour by private transportation
  • All ground transportations as per itinerary
  • All necessary paper works, special permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP) and TIMS
  • An experienced and government registered guides and professional porters
  • Guide and porter: salary, insurance, transportation, accommodation and food
  • All meals during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks
  • Besisahar – Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Medical kits
  • All local and government taxes

Cost Excludes 

  • City entrance fee at Kathmandu
  • Tour guide
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Boiled water
  • Personal nature expenses: alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills and more
  • Tipping for guides and porters
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flights

4season Trek offers the customized trekking packages for Manaslu Circuit Trek as per the client’s budget, interest and time-frame. In remote trekking area where lodges are not available, the only alternative is camping.

Here are some of the trekking options offered by 4seaon Trek:

Full Camping

We provide full camping trek for Manaslu circuit trek. In Full camping trek, we provide all the kitchen stuffs, tents and necessary equipment for camping trek. We also provide necessary kitchen supplies with expert cooks and helper.

We use the teahouse for the available part and camp along the route where teahouse are not available.

Full Board Camping Trek

  • All the foods
  • Trekking Permit
  • Entry permit for conservation/National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide
  • Cook
  • Necessary porters
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Sherpa guide
  • All the ground transportation where possible
  • Flight where possible
  • All the meals three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Fruits, Juice, Hot Chocolate, tea, coffee etc.)
  • All the necessary camping equipment – sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuels etc.

Half Camping

“Half Camping Manaslu Circuit Trekking itinerary” offered by 4season treks arranges all the necessary camping gears and the foods are prepared on your preference. We offer you an expert cook and helper who are ready to serve the desired food whenever required. Trekkers need to buy all the foods and beverage; cook is only liable to cook the food you bought. Half Camping Trek to Manasluss Circuit is perfect for those who wish to enjoy the food as their preference and desire.

Half Camping Trek

  • Trekking Permit
  • Entry permit for conservation/National Park
  • Accommodation during the trek
  • Accommodation in star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide
  • Cook
  • Necessary porters
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Sherpa guide
  • All the ground transportation where possible
  • Flight where possible
  • All the meals three times a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Fruits, Juice, Hot Chocolate, tea, coffee etc.)
  • All the necessary camping equipment – sleeping tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuels etc.

Guide and Porters Hire Service

“Guide & Porters” package offered by 4Season Trek is best for those who wish to trek independently but wants to accompany an experienced guide & porters to lead their trip. We can help you find the best guide and porters with years of experience in the Manaslu trekking route.
We can also manage all the accommodation, transportation and camping gears upon your request.


Manaslu Circuit Trek in Different Season

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers unrivalled natural and cultural beauty. Manaslu circuit trek takes you from 700m elevation to 5,160m at Larkya Pass – an enormous range of altitude, temperatures and micro-climates!

Trekking seasons in Nepal is high at spring and autumn. But it is not impossible to trek Manaslu during monsoon or winter; however it is going to be far more challenging. Below is the detailed information on the condition of Manaslu trek in different season:

In Spring

Spring is one of the peak season to trek Nepal. It lasts from March to May. Sky becomes clear and temperature is mild ranging from warm to moderate: best time for trekking. All the flowers are in state of bloom; making the trek very pleasant.

Spring follows winter; so all lodges which were closed in winter may not have opened in March. However, the weather is good – neither too hot nor too cold at the heights.

Spring is known as the season best season after autumn to trek Nepal and is less-crowded. So it is for anyone who seeks a quitter vacation.

In Monsoon

Monsoon brings greenery. Verdant forest and flowers greets you along the Manaslu trail. But continues rainfall creates a lot of problems. Leeches, landslide risk, slippery trail and dark cloud are common problem during the trek.

Monsoon generally starts from June and lasts till August. If you are keen botanist and okay with rain, I would say monsoon would be prefect for you. You can see the stunning mountains early in the morning.

Weather is quite unpredictable so it is wise to accompany a professional guide even if you are seasonal hikers.

In Autumn

Autumn is the best season to go for Manaslu round trek. This season is most crowded, which is still less when compared to Annapurna Base Camp or Annapurna circuit trek.

(September – November) are the best time in autumn. Though the first two weeks of September might receive some downpours. Light clouds might obscure the view. Head in October of possible. Views are completely insane. You can see golden paddies and orange covered trees in October.

It starts to get bit chilly in late November: but not in extreme level. The sky will be crystal and so will be the views.

In Winter

Mountains are in their best outfit in winter and the sky turns completely blue. However, winter is extremely cold in high altitude. So cold that even locals migrate in search of warmth place. All the lodges will be closed so teahouse trekking is not possible.

Trekkers need to pack extra clothes and gears but all the preparation is nothing if Larkya La Pass becomes impassable due to ice and snow storms. This is high possibility to trek back step. You need to carry crampons and might need some climbing skills and assistance of experienced guide. Fun & adventurous but quite risky!!!!

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Manaslu round trek is one of the challenging high altitude trek in Nepal. The trial passes through the green forest, rivers, streams, villages and crosses Larkya La Pass: a perfect amalgamation of adventure, culture, nature and breath-taking views.

Difficulty of Manalsu trek is in the legs and mind of the hikers. Most of trail enters in the village pathways but the remote terrain and frequent ups and downs might create some difficulty. Crossing the Pass is challenging; in fact it is an endurance test. Sometimes excess snow makes the pass impassable and crevasses on the approaches might create some risk. You have to hike with an experienced team of guide.

Teahouses along the route is very basic (but improving). Don’t expect luxury accommodation and facilities!

Permits and rules

Manaslu region is restricted for trekking in Nepal so it is mandatory to obtain permits for the trek.

The checkpoint-in is in Jagat and Checkpoint-out is in Dharapani. Once you cross the village of Dharapani, you need another entry permit (ACAP). The price for Manaslu (RAP) depends on the number of day you spend on trek: between Jagat – Dharapani.


  • September – November: USD 70 per person for the first seven day and USD 10 per person for each additional days.
  • December – August: USD 50 per person for first seven days and an additional USD 7 per person for each additional days.
  • MCAP & ACAP permits Rs 2,000 each


  • Trekkers must be in at least 2 in a group and accompany registered guide to apply for the permit. Permit must be applied via local travel & trekking agency.

          If you are along, then you still need a second permit of a “ghost” trekkers. This needs a vailed passport to get, so it is not easy.

  • 4 PP size Photos
  • NO TIMS card required

Tsum valley Permits

If you are interested to trek Tsum valley, it is mandatory to buy another permit for the trek.

  • September – November – USD 35 for first 8 days
  • December – August – USD 25 for first 8 days


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