Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Trip Fact:
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5106m/16752 ft
  • AccommodationGuest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsAll meals during the trekking
  • Trip Start/EndArughat/Besisahar
  • Group Size2-25 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

Explore the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, a fantastic adventure blending nature's beauty with Nepalese culture. This trek is a pilgrimage for passionate trekkers, taking you through the heart of the Himalayas. You can choose to go on this trek with a group or privately to discover Nepal's untouched landscapes. Start your journey in Machhakhola, the entry point to the trek.

During the hike, you'll encounter diverse ecosystems, from Rhododendron forests to vast icefields. Each step offers new sights, from towering snowy peaks to lush vegetation harboring countless plant species. This Manaslu circuit short trek is a chance to immerse yourself in nature and different cultures, fulfilling every trekker's dream.

Led by experienced Sherpa guides, the Manaslu journey celebrates nature's wonders and the excitement of exploration. Whether you opt for a 10-day adventure to Thorong La's summit or a peaceful walk in the conservation area, each moment brings self-discovery and memorable experiences. The trek route passes through remote areas and traditional villages, giving you a glimpse of local communities' authentic lifestyle and rich traditions.

Short Manaslu Trek Highlights

  • Experience the exhilaration of ascending the Lharkey La Pass, standing at an impressive 5,106 meters, a visual feast, offering sweeping views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • Delve into the heart of Himalayan culture in Sama Gaun, a village rich in heritage and traditional practices.
  • Revel in the stunning vistas at Bimthang, where the beauty of the Himalayas unfolds in a spectacular display.
  • Discover spiritual serenity in secluded monasteries and temples, steeped in history and tranquility.
  • Walk along historic trails that have been used for centuries, offering a glimpse into the region's storied past.
  • Encounter a wide array of Himalayan flora and birdlife, enhancing the trek with nature's diverse tapestry.

Route for the Short Manaslu Trek

Take on the Short Manaslu Trek, a less-traveled path full of culture and nature's beauty. Start by hiking through charming villages like Jagat and Deng, where Buddhist and Hindu traditions mix. Then, head to Namrung for peaceful landscapes and Sama Gaun for cultural immersion.

Continue to Dharmashala, a vital stop before climbing Larke Pass for stunning Himalayan views. After conquering the pass, descend to the tranquil village of Bimthang, where you'll find lush greenery.

This trek offers a mix of environments, from villages to mountain passes and valleys, making it a memorable journey through the diverse landscapes of the Himalayas.

Who Can do this Trek to Manaslu?

This Manaslu Trek is perfect for people who prefer trekking in groups, as solo travel isn't allowed as per local rules. It's great for those who enjoy the company and shared adventure of group exploration. This trek is for hikers who are up for the challenges of high-altitude hiking and like the feeling of achievement together.

It's also a good choice for eco-conscious travelers who care about preserving nature and local culture. Plus, it's ideal for those fascinated by the diverse wildlife of the Himalayas. Basically, the Manaslu Circuit is a chance for teamwork in exploring, offering a special and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Permit Requirements for the Manaslu Trek

Before starting the Manaslu Trek, it's essential to get various permits, each serving its own purpose. Along with the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), you'll need a Restricted Area Permit. This permit is crucial for accessing specific protected areas in the Manaslu region, ensuring responsible travel and supporting local conservation efforts.

At Dream Heaven Adventure, we're here to help all trekkers, including solo travelers, with the permit process. If you're trekking alone, we'll handle the paperwork for you, including the Restricted Area Permit, following the group size rules.

For those who prefer joining a group, our fixed departure treks are an excellent option. With a reasonable fee, we take care of all permit arrangements and match you with a group that suits your trekking plans and preferences.

Ready for the Experience Manaslu Adventure?

Ready for an extraordinary adventure? The Short Manaslu Trek invites you to explore a world of discovery and create unforgettable memories. This trek challenges you and celebrates nature's beauty.

Imagine crossing high passes, spotting wildlife, and enjoying mountain views as you gear up. Along ancient trails, you'll discover centuries of history.

This trek isn't just about physical challenges—it's also a cultural experience. You'll meet vibrant communities and learn about their traditions. It's a chance to grow and connect.

If you're up for a thrilling adventure filled with culture and nature, the Short Manaslu Trek is for you. It's a journey into the heart of the Himalayas, offering stunning views and personal growth.

Get ready to be transformed as you explore life, nature, and the world to take on the Manaslu Trek adventure.


From Kathmandu it takes around seven hours of driving to reach Arughat. The journey is smooth up to Gorkha as we go through highways. But, from Gorkha the path is off road until we reach Arughat. Prior to your trek to Soti Khola, you wil take some rest at Arughat. Trekking through lush valleys and rice paddy fields along the Budi Gandaki river is amazing experience. Then you will climb over the Kyoropani and then descent down to the junction of the Budi Gandaki and Sundi khola to reach Soti Khola. Here at Soti khola you can have a refreshing swim. Overnight stay in Soti Khola.

    Today, you will trek narrow trails down through densely forested hill sides, adorned with some small mountain villages.
    From Soti Khola, you will trek tough steep valley sides, pass Lapbesi village and descend down to the riverbed and then follow the wide and sandy path to reach Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

      On 3rd day of your trekking, you will cross Machha Khola, and walk upstream to reach Khola Bensi. You will enjoy a hot spring bath at Khola Bensi and then move along the steep valley sides through the forest path.
      You will stop at Doban for a cup of tea and then continue the trek to Lauri. At Lauri, you will switch back to the right side of river through suspension bridge. A little climb from there, then you will reach amazing Jagat’s field. Overnight stay at Jagat.

        Today, you will trek around seven hours to reach Deng, a village made up of just 4 houses from Jagat. From Jagat, you will descend down the river through the stone steps and then ascend up the Saguleri hill. During your ascend, you will encounter fascinating view of Sringi Himal ( 7187m). Then you will cross few more rivers and ultimately climb up to Deng.

          Today, you will trek around seven hours to reach Deng, a village made up of just 4 houses from Jagat. From Jagat, you will descend down the river through the stone steps and then ascend up the Saguleri hill. During your ascend, you will encounter fascinating view of Sringi Himal ( 7187m). Then you will cross few more rivers and ultimately climb up to Deng. At Deng you will spend overnight in tea house.

            On reaching Samagaun from Namrung, you will pass through Banjam, Lihi, Sho, Cho and Sayla. Before reaching Lho, you will encounter the most famous monastery of the region where about 200 monks are disciple.
            After crossing the steep path from the monastery, you will reach Lihi. During your way to Lihi, you will witness magnificient views of Ganesh Himal, north Himchuli and Naike peak. From Lihi, you will head towards Sho. In the corner of Sho: there are two ways, one leading to Hinayang monastery and another leading to Manaslu Larye Pass.

            From Sho in about one and half hour of trekking you will reach Lho. And from there, after another 2 hours of trekking you will reach Sayla. From Sayla, in about 1 hour of panoramic trekking you will reach Samagaun. During your trek from Sayla to Samagaun, you will see great views of the amazing mountains like Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli Manaslu, North – Manaslu, Naike Peak, Saulo Himal and Siringi Himal. In addition to that, you will encounter real yaks during your trek from Sayla to Samagaun. Samagaun is big village and the popular commerce centre. Overnight at Samagaun.

              Today, we descend down towards Budhi Gandaki River, cross suspension bridge then ascend up to reach Manaslu Base Camp. From here we follow towards Mani walls and Juniper/brich forest forest. We arrive to Samdo after 5-6 hours trekking.

                From Samdo ater about 3 hours of hike on the steep uphill (15 minutes) and flat land, you will reach Dharmasala. On the way to Dharmasala, you can enjoy the views of Sayalu peak, Naike Peak, Manaslu, Himchuli, Larke Peak and Cho Peak. The additional flavor is added by the fascinating west and north- Himchuli village. It is small newly created village at the altitude of 3800m. This place has the electricity facility as it has its own micro hydropower project operating in the area. The path to Dharmasala is simple expect some minutes to steep walk.
                Then our journey starts with a downhill trek to Budi Gandaki River. Then you will have to cross the river and walk up through Larke bazzar and valley of Salka Khola to reach Dharmasala. From Dharmasala, you walk towards Larke Glacier in the north direction. From Larke Glacier, you can witness Larke Peak and Cho Danda. From here you will ascend the trail to reach Larke La Pass, the highest point of our entire trek. It provides the perfect view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Kangguru and massive Annapurna II (7937m). From Larke La Pass, we descend down to reach Bhimthang. After a long day of trekking, you will spend your night here at Bhimthang.

                  Today, you descend down to Dudh Khola and cross the forest of pine and Rhododendron to reach Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.

                    On last day of your trekking, you will catch a jeep from Dharapani and drive to Besisahar. Then after, you will take a bus or jeep and drive along the bank of Marsyandhi river to get back to Kathmandu.

                      Cost Details


                      • Transportation by jeep from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
                      • Local transport from Dharapani to Besisahar and bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu ( Private jeep/car option also available)
                      • 9 nights accomodation ( tea house) in the mountain
                      • Professtional/experience trekking guide ( for your trek)
                      • Strong porter for your trek ( 1 porter for 2 traveler)
                      • Special Restricated area permit for the trek
                      • ACAP and MCAP permit for the trek
                      • Usage of first aid kit
                      • Equipments, insurance and transport for the staff
                      • Necessary paper works and office service charges


                      • Your personal expenses
                      • Travel insurance for the trek

                      Good to Know

                      Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

                      If you're planning a trek in the Manaslu region, the ideal times to embark on this adventure are during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring, which spans from March to May, offers a refreshing and vibrant landscape, making it perfect for hiking and backpacking. This season is favored by trekkers for its mild weather and the stunning bloom of flora.

                      Similarly, autumn, covering September to November, is another excellent time for the trek. During these months, the weather is generally stable and clear, providing spectacular views and comfortable conditions for your ascent and ramble through the mountains. These periods are optimal for trekkers seeking an adventure-filled journey, as the clear skies and moderate temperatures make for an enjoyable and safer trekking experience.

                      Physical Fitness for the Manaslu Short Trek

                      Physical fitness for the Manaslu Short Trek isn't about building six-pack abs or running marathons. It's about conditioning your body to withstand the trek's unique demands, enabling you to fully enjoy this incredible adventure. The right blend of endurance, strength, flexibility, altitude acclimatization, and mental stamina paves the way for a successful Manaslu Trek. So gear up, prepare well, and brace yourself for the unforgettable beauty that the Manaslu Short Trek has to offer.

                      By ensuring you meet these physical fitness requirements, you're not only increasing your chances of completing the trek but also enhancing your overall experience. Remember, the Manaslu Short Trek isn't just about reaching the destination—it's about enjoying the journey itself.

                      Here, we delve into the essentials of physical preparedness necessary for the Manaslu Trek.

                      Getting Prepared for Manaslu's Unique Challenges

                      The Manaslu Short Trek offers a distinct blend of challenges and rewards. Being the eighth highest mountain in the world, the trek to Manaslu is strenuous, making physical preparedness key to a successful journey. Participants must be well-prepared for altitude changes, long walking days, and rugged terrains.

                      Cardiovascular Endurance

                      Cardiovascular fitness is a cornerstone for any high-altitude trek, including the Short Manaslu Trek. Training should ideally commence months ahead. Activities such as jogging, swimming, cycling, or any form of aerobic exercise can build your endurance, making long hiking days less strenuous.

                      Strength Training

                      Your leg muscles, core, and upper body all play crucial roles during the trek. Regular strength training targeting these areas will help you maintain balance on uneven terrains, carry backpacks effortlessly, and minimize injury risk. Leg exercises like squats, lunges, and step-ups can build your lower body strength. Planks, sit-ups, and push-ups can bolster your core and upper body strength.

                      Altitude Acclimatization

                      The Manaslu Short Trek exposes you to higher altitudes, potentially leading to Altitude Sickness. While fitness doesn't guarantee immunity from altitude sickness, being in a good physical condition helps your body adjust better. Practice hikes at increasing elevations can prepare your body for the altitude changes on the trek.


                      Stiff muscles can be your undoing during a trek. Incorporating regular stretching into your fitness routine can enhance flexibility, reduce muscle soreness, and help prevent injuries. Yoga is an excellent way to improve flexibility and balance, both critical for tackling the Manaslu terrain.

                      Mental Stamina

                      Often overlooked, mental endurance is just as vital as physical readiness. The harsh conditions, altitude changes, and the trek's sheer length can take a mental toll. Practicing mindfulness, resilience, and a positive attitude can keep you motivated throughout your journey.

                      Accommodation and meals in Manaslu

                      Short Manaslu Trek is in the Himalayan belt with a difficult geographical situation. Despite that, you can find several teahouses on this trek route.
                      Since the region doesn't have a good infrastructure, you will only find typical Nepali food. Local people are the owners of the teahouses. So they may not have the experience to make international cuisines. You will have an opportunity to savour local cuisine, which has cultural significance.

                      Typical Nepali food, i.e., Daal, Bhat, and Tarkari, will give you the energy to walk this route. You would need many carbohydrates and proteins to step up the hill and down. So, you can also try the famous 'Gundruk' and 'Dhindo,' which is healthy and energy-giving food.

                      Occasionally the teahouses in Manaslu Circuit trek route hire chefs from other areas. So, if you go around that time, you can have different foods than typical Nepali food and 'gundruk dhido.'

                      Teahouses offer food cuisines like Tibetan, Indian, and a few international cuisines. You should try some butter tea that can keep you healthy as you get up in the cold and altitude.

                      One important thing about food is that it is more expensive than at lower altitudes. Since the transportation facilities aren't excellent, porters and animals carry the essential items to the altitude.

                      Requirements of Travel Insurance

                      Travel insurance is a crucial document that covers the unexpected incidents that can happen while you trek in Nepal, especially at high altitudes.
                      Travelling isn't always safe. You don't know what will happen on the way. Trek to Manaslu Circuit (MCT) route is one of the challenging trekking routes as it is in the remote Himalayan region.

                      If you are trekking on this route, you shouldn't forget the travel insurance document. You never know what can happen in the isolated Himalayan belt. This particular document will cover medical and other natural disaster events. At such times, you need helicopter evacuation, and helicopter rescue comes in handy. But the good part of travel insurance is that you'll save thousands of dollars for emergency rescue.

                      If your health status worsens during the trek, it will cover your necessary travel expenditures. They can be medical treatment, trip cancellations, and helicopter evacuation costs. Trust me, and you can need these when you are in a life-threatening situation on this trek.

                      Travel insurance will save your bank balance. It is crucial to solving some trivial to huge health safety issues that occur while you are travelling.   


                      • Q1. Can I trek Manaslu without a guide?

                        Manaslu Trek is in the isolated landscape in central west Nepal. You may find a problematic geographical region there. Also, since it has many restricted areas between the routes, you need a licence holder guide.

                        An experienced and licensed guide or porter will provide you with all the information about the trek. They will also take care of your health while you are trekking. Hence, you can't go on this trek without a proper guide.

                      • The distance might vary with the itinerary, but the whole span covered is around 110 miles (177km). The days it takes to cover the entire trek route are different, according to the trekking company.

                      • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before undertaking the Manaslu Circuit Trek. They can provide personalized advice based on your condition and medical history. It's important to be aware of the potential risks and challenges associated with high-altitude trekking and make an informed decision.

                      • Yes, emergency evacuation services are available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. In case of any serious illness, injury, or altitude-related complications, helicopter rescue services can be arranged. However, it is crucial to have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation to ensure you are financially protected in such situations.

                      • The Manaslu Treks offers cultural highlights as it passes through several traditional villages inhabited by the ethnic Gurung and Tibetan communities. You can experience their unique cultures, visit ancient monasteries and chortens, and witness their traditional lifestyle and customs.

                      • It is not recommended to do the short Manaslu Trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and the increased risk of landslides and difficult trail conditions. The monsoon season generally has poor visibility and may affect your overall trekking experience.

                      • Some essential items to pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a good quality sleeping bag, a backpack, trekking poles, a first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle, and snacks. It is important to pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the trek. Check out our pacling list

                      • Yes, you can hire a porter to carry your backpack during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Hiring a porter can help lighten your load and make your trek more comfortable, especially if you prefer to focus on enjoying the scenery and the experience rather than carrying a heavy backpack. It is recommended to hire a porter through a reliable trekking agency or with the assistance of a guide to ensure fair treatment and proper working conditions for the porter.

                      • Manaslu Trek is 177 kilometres long if you start this trek from Soti Khol and end at Besisahar.

                      • Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk during the short Manaslu Circuit Trek due to the high altitude sections. Proper acclimatization, gradual ascent, staying hydrated, and recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness are crucial. It is advised to consult with a healthcare professional before the trek.

                      • The starting cost of Manaslu Trek is between USD 750 to USD 1300. However, your preferences for meals, transportation, trek guides, and porters may affect the price.

                      • The Manaslu Short Trek is considered a moderately difficult trek. It involves crossing high mountain passes, steep ascents and descents, and varying trail conditions. Adequate physical fitness, acclimatization, and preparation are necessary for a successful trek.

                      • While previous trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended to have a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves long walking days, challenging terrain, and high-altitude sections, which can be physically demanding.

                      • There are no specific age restrictions for crossing the Larke Pass, the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, it requires physical fitness, proper acclimatization, and experience in high-altitude trekking. It's advisable to assess your abilities and consult with trekking professionals before attempting the pass, especially for elderly individuals or those with limited trekking experience.

                      • It is not recommended to drink tap water during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is advisable to consume only bottled or purified water to prevent waterborne diseases. Boiled or filtered water is also available at teahouses and lodges along the route, which is a safer option for hydration.

                      • While it is not mandatory, it is recommended to book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in advance, especially during the peak trekking seasons. This ensures the availability of necessary permits, accommodations, and reliable trekking agencies or guides. Booking in advance also allows for better planning and preparation for a smooth trekking experience.

                      • Yes, it is possible to extend your visa in Nepal if you decide to extend your trek or stay longer. You can visit the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or the Immigration Office in Pokhara to apply for a visa extension. It is important to check the current visa regulations and requirements before making any arrangements.

                      Client Reviews

                      • Danielle Williamson
                        Danielle WilliamsonUnited States |May 31, 2023

                        Great trek to Manaslu with Dream Heaven Team

                        Our group of seven individuals from the USA went on an extraordinary adventure with this Dream Adventure while trekking to Manaslu. It was an unforgettable experience, and we were genuinely impressed with the level of service provided by the team.

                        Right from the initial communication before our departure, we knew we were in capable hands. The agency's efficiency and responsiveness made the pre-trek preparations smooth and hassle-free. Upon arriving at the destination, we were met with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing the agency's commitment to delivering a top-notch trekking experience.

                        Our guides, Dipak and porter Sandesh, played an integral role in making this journey truly remarkable. Their expertise, guidance, and support were invaluable, especially during the challenging snowy conditions at Larkya La pass. With their assistance, we felt safe and confident throughout the trek, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Manaslu region.

                        Every step of the way, Dipak and Sandesh went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. Their cheerful demeanor and camaraderie added a special touch to the entire trekking experience, forging a bond that we will cherish forever. We are immensely grateful for the memories created and look forward to future adventures with your outstanding outfit.

                      • Alex Friedrich
                        Alex FriedrichItaly |March 31, 2023

                        Short trek to Manaslu 10 Days

                        We did 10-day Manaslu Circuit Trek in March 2023, which was a magnificent adventure. The planning and execution by Dream Heaven Adventure made it a hassle-free journey. Starting from airport pickup to the completion of the hike, everything was perfectly aligned. Suman was swift in replying to my pre-trip queries, which I found helpful.

                        Dipak, our guide, was experienced and ensured we were comfortable throughout, even when the trail disappeared under the snow. His commitment extended to dining with us, unlike other guides. The lodging on the trek was comfortable, with a wider food menu than anticipated. Dipak’s daily debriefings fostered a strong bond within our team. Sitaram, our porter, was extremely attentive to our luggage and companionable.

                        I highly recommend Dream Heaven Adventure for treks in Nepal, particularly with Dipak as guide and Sitaram as a porter, as they made our trip memorable with their expertise, assistance, and jovial spirit.

                      • F
                        FarinapferdeGermany |May 30, 2018

                        Wondeful Experience with Dream Heaven Adventure !

                        I Chose the Dream Adventure Trek and i think it was totally worth it. Suman helped me to organise all the things and provided me with good services. Our guide Shyam help me a lot with the trek as he know everything in the mountains there was never a problem. If I come To Nepal I will surely choose again, Thank you for the service and everything. very much Recommended !

                      • R
                        Rajat CMalaysia |April 24, 2018

                        Amazing Trek Experience

                        I did the manasalu trek with dream heaven adventure.It was a wonderful experience. They provided me with good guides who could speak English, and help me buy the materials. Even we were not so lucky with the weather, the Himalayas were awesome. Thank you for the kind service and gesture. Highly recommended !

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