Manaslu Circuit Trek-9 Days

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  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,106 m. | 16,751 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Gorkha, Manaslu
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn


  • Explore the less explored trekking trail of Nepal within 9 days
  • Trek through the Gurung and Tibetan Village in Gorkha Region
  • Hike alongside the Manaslu
  • Conquer the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,106m), the highest point of the trek
  • Challenge your fitness by doing one of the shortest Manaslu Trek avoiding acclimatization

The 9-day-long Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the underrated trekking trails in Nepal. This journey starts walking from a small village in Gorkha District called Machhakhola. The trail then extends up to the altitude of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet) at Larke La Pass. 

Manaslu Short Trek has been open for international travelers only since 1991. Thus, it is a wise decision to choose the hiking trail before it’s too crowded like the Everest Region

To start the trek you need some permits and a compulsory guide along with you which needs to be managed with a proper cost. This is still a restricted area for travelers so there are a few formalities you need to do before hopping on the journey.

Along the trail, you can also see the giant mountains Manaslu, Annapurna range, Ganesh, and Lamjung.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for a 9-day short Manaslu trekking is from March to June and September to December. However, the middle time of both Spring and Autumn is the best time to walk up to Larke Pass.

As this region is still under development, many construction works are going on in the region. Thus, you should avoid the monsoon season, especially for the trip.

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9-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek: Is It Right For Me?

This journey can start from anywhere between 9 days to 17 days. Thus, depending on the fitness level, time availability, price, and plan, the trekking in the Manaslu region can be decided. 

As this 9-day trekking avoids acclimatization, you need to be physically fit to perform the journey. This is because for the unfit people without acclimatization reaching the Larke La pass at 5,106 meters is risky.

Thus, if you are an avid trekker with good physical fitness and less time, this short journey is the right choice.

trekker helping porter

Permits and Guides for Manaslu Circuit Trek 9-Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek opened for international travelers only in 1996. Thus, it is still considered a restricted zone. However, you can get permits to trek in this place and see the amazing Manaslu throughout the trail.


For doing the 9-Day short Manaslu Circuit Trek you need 3 different permits.

I. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP): For the MRAP you need to have a Visa issued on your passport first. Once the Visa issuance is confirmed, then only you can get the permit. This means, that until and unless you arrive in Nepal, your MRAP cannot be issued. The MRAP cost is $100 for the first 7 days and $15 per day for additional days from September to November. Remember, you cannot issue this permit if you are a solo trekker.

Thus, you need to be associated with a trekking agency like us and its guide. Also, the trekking permit cannot be issued for a single traveler. You need to be 2 trekkers at least. 

Additionally, the MRAP fee is $75 for the first 7 days and  $10 per day for additional days from December to August.

II. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): The MCAP can be easily issued once you arrive in Nepal with a Passport copy. This will have a fee of $30 per person.

III. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): The ACAP is also similar to the MCAP. This will cost $30 per person.


For issuing the MRAP you already need to have a Licensed Guide. Thus, you need to have booked the trekking with a renowned trekking agency. This way you can easily set off the trail. 

The guide generally charges $35 per day for the journey. This charge is inclusive of his/her salary, food, transportation, and accommodation.

9-Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost Breakdown

The Manaslu Circuit Trek cost generally ranges from $850-1100 per person. The budget of the total expedition varies depending on the number of trekkers, food, transportation chosen, accommodation, and number of days. Do not worry if you are a single traveler. With around a $150 single supplement charge, you can still join many groups who are on the way to the circuit.

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Book this Trip

To book the 9-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can contact us via our number at +977-9851083619 (Ramkrishna Timalasina) WhatsApp. Additionally, you can keep in touch with us via our e-mail or book the trip directly from this link.


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We get up early in the morning and have breakfast as we will be starting our journey. The guide will pick us up and begin our travel to Machhackhola on a private vehicle or a public bus. The journey goes through the west Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Machhakhola crossing Dhading Besi and Arughat. After we reach Machhakhola, this will be the place we stay overnight.

Today we start our actual hike toward Jagat. After having an early breakfast we start our walk crossing MachhaKhola, and Khorla passes to reach a popular destination Tatopani; which is famous for therapeutic hotsprings. Again passing by this place we walk crossing, Dovan Khola and Budhi Gandaki valley till we reach the destination for today Jagat.  where we will stay overnight.

On this 3rd day, the journey starts to Ascend gradually to Salleri along the rocky ridge towards Sardibas.  Where fantastic views of Shringi Himal will be on full display. Then we follow the trail toward Ghatte Khola to reach Philim by crossing a suspension Bridge. Next, we move towards Ekal Bhatti and Cross the Budi Gandaki River to reach the last destination for today, Deng.

After Leaving Deng behind, we start today’s trek by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. We then climb the pass through some tiny settlements, and countless Tibetan mani walls (intricately hand-carved stone walls with Buddhist teachings) on the way to Ghap village.

From Ghap, we head towards the little settlement of Prok. We then walk alongside the river, crossing it several times as we pass through a forest of firs, oaks, and rhododendrons. Finally, we ascend to Namrung village which offers spectacular views of the peaks like Ganesh Himal, and Mount Himchuli along with Singri Himal. 

Today's trek follows the green-hilled forests to reach the Lho village, a village influenced by Tibetan Culture. You will see various mani stone walls and a picturesque view of Snowcapped Ngadi Chuli (7871m | Peak 29). To the left is  Mt. Manaslu and its glacier ahead, and Ganesh Himal on the far right, all surrounding Shyala village. From Shyala, Samagaon is an hour's walk from where we conclude our today’s journey.

To reach Dharamsala from Samagaon, we cross several rivers to reach Larkya Bazaar, named after Larkya Glacier. From here, we climb a steep path till we reach Dharamsala where will be staying for the night.

This day counts as the toughest day as we will be reaching Bhimthang Via Larkey La Pass (5106m/17,121 ft). Before we reach there, we first have to climb Cho Chanda to the pass high altitude from where we can see many snow-capped mountain Peaks.  We then descend a steep slope and trek across the rocky mounds/Moraines until we reach today's destination, Bhimthang.

From Bhimthang, we come downhill crossing the Dudh Khola River on a suspension Bridge. Throughout the route, we will head from Rhododendron and Oak forests till we reach Dharapani. Which is also known as the common Annapurna circuit gateway in the Annapurna region. We will be staying in Dharapani for the night.

This is the final day of our 9-day Manaslu Circuit trek. After crossing the river we drive back to Besishar and then back to Kathmandu where you will be staying.

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Cost Details


  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek
  • Accommodations in trekking lodges (Tea Houses) in Twin Sharing
  • All necessary permits, including ACAP, MCAP, and restricted area entry permits
  • Shared local bus transportation from Kathmandu to Machhakhola and from Dharapani back to Kathmandu
  • English-speaking guide with salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance
  • A porter one each for two trekkers, with food, accommodation, transport, insurance, and salary
  • Availability of a medical kit with a first aid kit
  • Inclusion of government taxes and official expenses
  • Use of an oximeter to monitor pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily for safety during the trek
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map, Trekking Hat, duffel bag, and trip achievement certificate
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Severe case Evacuation Management


  • Private Transportation
  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • Your personal expenses are not covered
  • Tipping for guide, porter, and driver
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion

Useful Info

9-Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

This is a moderate-difficult trek, which begins from 900 meters and reaches up to an altitude of 5160m. Even though the Altitude seems high enough most don't fall victim to acclimatization due to its gradual ascend.

The Average walk per day for the trek is 5-7 hours, the changing humid terrains and lower temperature may pose some difficulty but nothing to get discouraged over.

While passing Via Larkey La Pass you need to consider Altitude mountain sickness. So, we recommend you keep your body hydrated and warm enough. You can also take medicine (Diamox). In case you find any symptoms. 

Physical Requirement

To be ready for this trek if you are a beginner, you must develop your stamina. The best way can be by doing cardio such as: running, Brisk walking, Jumping rope, and swimming. 

You need to start training a week or 2 before you plan on trekking.

Some days can be challenging and you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking for this journey. But if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it will be a bonus for you.

The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.

Food and Accommodation 


While in Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the journey as well. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are very high in carbohydrates which is also an excellent source of energy at high altitudes.


You will be accommodated in at least a 3-star hotel while in Kathmandu. During the trip, you will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better-quality teahouses at lower altitudes. But it should be kept in mind that higher altitude means lower the quality of accommodation, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

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