Manaslu Circuit Trek: Cost, Map and other Essentials

Manaslu (8,156 m/26,759 ft) Alpine PD+, also known as “Kutang” or “Mountain of the Spirit,” is the Eighth Highest mountain in the world and one of the Eight-Thousander. The first ascent of Manaslu was made on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, from a Japanese expedition.

It is said that “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain.”



Manaslu Circuit Trek (Traverse trek) is one of the popular treks enjoyed in the Himalaya. Primarily, located in the historical Gorkha district of Nepal, the sightings of high mountains, canyons, wild ponies and ethnic villages is common. Some even call it the best all-round trek in northern Nepal. Manaslu circuit trek can certainly be a great alternative to Annapurna circuit trek. The trek advances through the beaten tracks providing tea-houses along the trail, making the camping optional.

ethnic tamang village manaslu

Ethnic Tamang village inside Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) (1,663 km2 /642 sq mi), est. 1998, is a protected area founded in the Mansiri Himal range in Gorkha District. Mt. Manaslu lies inside the park, along with the base camp.

The area is home to 33 species of mammals including Snow leopard, Musk deer and Himalayan tahr . There are over 110 species of birds and three species of reptiles and over 1,500-2,000 species of flowering plant.

~Trek Map & Seasons~

Trek seasons nepalManaslu Circuit can be accessed mainly in two different seasons, namely; Pre-monsoon/Spring (Mar-June) or Post-monsoon/Autumn (Sep-Nov). During these time of year, the weather remains moderate and dry. Attempting to trek the circuit during monsoon can prove to be fatal due to wet and slippery path and minor landslides.


Day 01: Kathmandu to Arughat (550m/1,804ft), 8-9 hrs drive
Day 02: Trek to Liding (860m/2820ft), 5 to 6 hours walking
Day 03: Trek to Korlabesi (970m/3181ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 04: Trek to Salleri (1,360m/4460ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 05: Trek to Deng (1,860m/6100ft), 6 – 7 hours walking
Day 06: Trek to Ghap (2,380m/7806ft), 3 – 4 hours walking
Day 07: Trek to Lho (3,180m/10430ft), 4 – 5 hours walking
Day 08: Trek to Samagaon (3,450m/11316ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3,860m/12,660ft), 3-4 hours walking
Day 11: Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14,628ft), 3 – 4 hours walking
Day 12: Cross the Larkya La (5,135m/19,842ft), trek to Bimtang (3,590m/11811ft), 7 – 8 hours walking
Day 13: Trek to Tilje (2,300m/7,544ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 14: Trek to Chamje (1,430m/4,690ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 15: Trek to Nyagdi (9,20m/3,017ft), 5 – 6 hours walking
Day 16: Trek to Khudi, (7,90m/2,591ft), 5-6 hours walking
Day 17: Drive from Khudi to Kathmandu, 7-8 hours drive


~Gear and Equipment~

  • Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
  • Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
  • Lightweight knapsack – It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag – Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • Fabric band-aids – Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.

~Costs & Permits~

It is a restricted area, whereas, MCAP is highly protected, therefore, requiring permits prior trekking in the region. Trekking permit can be registered through a reliable trekking agency. A minimum of 2 travelers is needed for a group.

  • Permit fee for Manaslu: USD $10 p. day.
  • Permit fee for Tsum Valley: USD $35 for 8 days.

In addition, there are entry fees needed to be paid:

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project fee of 2000 Nepali Rupees (Approx. USD $21)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) fee of 2000 Nepali Rupees (Approx. USD $21), since the Manaslu Circuit ends in the Annapurna region.

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7 thoughts on “Manaslu Circuit Trek: Cost, Map and other Essentials

  1. Awesome travel guide here!! I envy your trek. Have always, ALWAYS wanted to go to Nepal.
    Very useful information.

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  5. would it be possible to find the group to Manaslu trek in coming September? Me and my husband would like to join the group.

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