11 - 22 Days



Max Altitude

5,318 M


The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating journey that takes you through the remote and rugged terrain of the Manaslu region in Nepal. This trek provides an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the local communities as you walk through picturesque villages and encounter stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. The trail winds through lush forests, terraced fields, glacial rivers, and high mountain passes, culminating in a visit to the base of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. This trek is a challenging but rewarding experience that provides a true taste of adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.

Departure Seasons
2023 March - May September - November
2024 March - May September - November
We also do custom private trips according to your time and availability.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek over the Larky La Pass is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets. Following remote trails which are little touched by the modern world and which see relatively few visitors throughout the year, it offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range, with the magnificent Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world almost in the palm of your hand. 

The trek begins in a small stone-paved village called Arkhet Bazar on the banks of the river Budhi Gandhaki and continues following the river upstream, through small villages and settlements of different Himalayan ethnic groups, from Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Magar, Gurung, and Tibetan. Just as diverse as the ethnic population, so too the scenery varies from the lush, low-elevation valleys growing rice and bananas, inhabited predominantly by the Hindu ethnic groups of Indo-Aryan origin, through rhododendron and bamboo forests, where you begin to encounter communities of Tibeto-Burmese origin who practice Hinduism, Buddhism or a mixture of both. Heading northwards from the starting point, the Budhi Gandhaki Valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows, lush rhododendron, bamboo jungle, and small, typical Tibetan villages in the Nubra Valley, which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face. The trek passes small villages with rows of prayer wheels and spectacular mani stones and prayer flags, which mark the passes and religiously important sites. After a few days' walk, the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From there we head west and cross the Larky La Pass at 5,100m, one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas.


We walk along a classic but tough trail linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, where we reach the old salt routes, which still operate as the main trading routes between the Tibetan plateau and little settlements on Nepal’s side of the great mountain range.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
  • Day 2: Trek briefing and preparation
  • Day 3: Bus or jeep to Arugath, change jeeps to Arkhet (760m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Lapubesi (884m), approx 4hrs
  • Day 5: Trek to Tatopani village (930m), approx. 5/7hrs
  • Day 6: Trek to Jagat (1,410m), approx. 5/8hrs
  • Day 7: Trek to Philim (1,590m), approx 3 hrs
  • Day 8: Trek to Deng (1,800m), approx 4.5 hrs
  • Day 9: Trek to Namrung (2,660m), approx 7/8 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek to Lho (3,180m), approx 4.5hrs
  • Day 11: Trek to Samagaun (3,530m), approx 4hrs
  • Day 12: Rest day with optional day hikes
  • Day 13: Trek to Samdo (3,860m), approx 3hrs
  • Day 14: Trek to Dharmasala (4,480m), approx 3hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to Larky La Pass (5,100m) and descend to Bhimtang (3,720m), approx 9hrs
  • Day 16: Trek to Tilije (2,300m), approx 7hrs
  • Day 17: Trek to Jagat (1,300m), approx 6hrs
  • Day 18: Drive Jagat to Besi Sahar, approx. 3 hrs and continue to Kathmandu approx. 5hrs
  • Note:
    * In order to preserve the remote nature of this trek, it is limited to a maximum of 12 trekkers.
    * In order to obtain your Manaslu restricted access permit, we need your original passport at least 2 working days before departure. 


Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.


T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

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