Short Manaslu Circuit Trek- 11 Days

Duration: 11 Days


  • Duration 11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,160 meters | 16,751 feet
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Gorkha, Manaslu
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn


  • Encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, rare wildlife, and the chance to spot the elusive snow leopard.
  •  The trip is budget-friendly, with reasonable accommodation options and the local cuisine of the Tibetan Family.
  • The adventure provides cultural immersion opportunities, allowing you to interact with the friendly villagers of Gorkha and visit ancient monasteries along the trail.
  • Reach Larkya La Pass which is a challenging ascent located at an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet).
  • The trek takes you through serene mountain villages, such as Samagaon and Samdo, where you can get a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the locals.
  • Walk on the off-the-beaten path, which is not so crowded in recent times.

The 11 days long Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less visited trekking trail in Nepal. This trek starts from the village of Machhakhola in the Gorkha District and reaches an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet) at Larke La Pass. 

This trail has been open to international travelers since 1991. It is less crowded compared to the Everest Region and Annapurna Region.

To begin the trek, some permits, and a guide are required, and the area has some formalities due to its restricted status. Along the trail, trekkers can enjoy views of the mountains such as Manaslu 8,163 meters| 26,781 Feet,  Annapurna 8,901 meters| 26,540 feet, Ganesh 7,429 meters| 24,370 feet, and Lamjung 6,983 meters| 22,907 feet.

The general walk is considered moderately difficult and typically takes around 9 to 17 days to complete. This covers an average distance of 15-20 km per day with a hiking time of around 6-8 hrs. The region is known for its stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Considering the experience this journey cost is also reasonable.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for the 11-day Manaslu Circuit Trek is during autumn (September to December) and spring (March to June). These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions for trekking, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures.

During autumn:

  • The skies are clear, providing breathtaking views of the mountains in the Manaslu region.
  • The weather is stable, with comfortable daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
  • Ideal time to cross the challenging Larke La Pass (5,106 meters) with lesser snowfall.

During spring:

  • Mild temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and vibrant landscapes.
  • Optimal trekking conditions, make it the best time to embark on the trek.

Both seasons provide a unique and enriching trekking experience, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures. Choosing the hiking trail before it becomes too crowded, like the Everest Base Camp is recommended.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-day: Is It right for me?

To perform the 11 days of the Manaslu trek, you need to have the physical capability to walk for long hours and cover distances of approximately 12 to 18 kilometers each day. 

Assessing your fitness level and consulting with a healthcare professional before attempting this hike is important. The trek is considered moderately difficult and requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be able to hike for several hours each day, carry a light daypack, and be able to handle steep and rocky terrain.

It is recommended to start preparing for the trek 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the journey, with strength endurance training, elevation training, and aerobic conditioning. Mental preparation is also important, as travelers need to be prepared for long days of trekking, changing weather conditions, and unexpected situations.

The short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and demanding adventure, and it is recommended to have a medical kit, including basic medicines and a few prescribed ones. The trek is well-documented, and there are several different Manaslu Circuit itineraries. Licensed guides and porters are compulsory, and it is important to make sure your body can handle all the challenges that lie ahead on the trail.

Permits and Guides Requirements for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened to international travelers in 1991 and is still considered a restricted area. However, foreigners can obtain permits to explore this area and witness the stunning Manaslu throughout the trail. 

The Manaslu Trek requires several permits for trekking in the region. Here are the details for each permit:

I. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP):

  • This permit costs $100 for the first 7 days and $15 per day for additional days from September to November.
  • It cannot be issued for solo travelers.
  • The Hiker must be associated with a trekking agency and its guide.
  • This trip requires a minimum of 2 individuals.

II. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):

  •  The cost of this permit is $30 per person.
  •  This can be easily obtained once you arrive in Nepal with a passport copy.

III. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

  • The permit costs $30 per person and is similar to the MCAP.

Please note that the permit fees include Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes. The permits can only be obtained in Kathmandu, and not at checkpoints along the hiking trail.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-days: Cost Breakdown

The Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-day cost usually ranges from $850-$1150 per person. The budget range is calculated depending on the number of travelers, days of stay, food, and accommodation.

This hike is a premium price because, in the Manaslu region, a single person will never be able to get a permit. So, to find another fellow traveler for a permit is a must which needs extra charges. 

Book this trip

To reserve your spot for the 11-day short Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can contact us via phone at +977-9851083619 (Ramkrishna Timalasina) on WhatsApp. You can also contact us through our email at or directly book the trip using the following link.


The 11-day Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary includes the following:

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After the early breakfast, our guide will pick us up from the hotel to start our journey. Today we drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola through Dhading Besi, Arughat, and reach the district headquarters of Dhading, Soti Khola, and stay overnight.

Today we start our actual hike from Soti Khola after having breakfast. Our trail follows up the Banks of river Budigandaki. Along the way, we will pass by the woods and mountains with plenty of scenery to look for, to reach Machha Khola. The destination for the day and our place of Guesthouse for a night stay.

On this third day of our hiking, we cross Machha Khola and pass Khorlabesi(920 m.\3,018 ft. ) to reach Tatopani. It's a famous destination for its natural hot springs to relieve fatigue and rest. After passing a forested area to Dovan Khola, we reach Budhi Gandaki Valley. From here we will see changes in vegetation till we reach Jagat village, where our overnight stay is. 

The route on the 4th day takes us through the valley to reach Sardibas Village, from where we can overlook the beautiful Shringi Himal. After crossing the Suspension Bridge on our way to Phillim, With waterfalls hanging on both sides of the valley. After that, we cross Ekle Bhatti, Phewa village, till we reach Deng Village.

Today, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and climb the pass through some tiny settlements and countless Tibetan mani walls on the way to Ghap village. From Ghap, we will head towards the little settlement of Prok and walk alongside the river, crossing it several times as you pass through a forest of firs, oaks, and rhododendrons. Finally, you will ascend to Namrung village, which offers spectacular views of the peaks like Ganesh Himal and Mount Himchuli along with Singri Himal.

The trek follows the green-hilled forests to reach the Lho village, a village influenced by Tibetan Culture. We will see various Mani stone walls and a picturesque view of Snowcapped Ngadi Chuli (7871m. | Peak 29). From Shyala, Samagaon is an hour's walk from where we will conclude our walk for the day.

Today, we pass by yak and cattle Pastures before moving towards the valley below. With the front view of surrounding peaks. Continuing along the trail we reach the Tibetan refugee village of Samdo. This will be our last destination for today.

Our day begins with a gentle trek over a wooden bridge lying across the Budi Gandaki River. We then embark on a gradual climb that leads us to Dharamsala, a village nestled in the verdant fields and framed by majestic mountains. 

The awe-inspiring Larkya Glacier sparkles in the distance, and as evening falls, we settle into our accommodation, rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

This day is considered the toughest day as you will be reaching Bhimthang via Larkey La Pass (5106m/17,121 ft). Before reaching there, you first have to climb Cho Chanda to the pass high altitude from where you can see many snow-capped mountain peaks. You will then descend a steep slope and trek across the rocky mounds/moraines until you reach Bhimthang.

Today is the final hike day, You will come downhill crossing the Dudh Khola River on a suspension bridge. Throughout the route, you will head from Rhododendron and Oak forests till you reach Dharapani, which is also known as the common Annapurna circuit gateway in the Annapurna region. You will stay in Dharapani for the night.

We drive towards Kathmandu today, with a journey through winding roads and breathtaking landscapes. We'll hop on a local bus (an 8-9 hour scenic adventure) or a speedy jeep (6-7 hours for those on a tighter schedule). Passing by hills cloaked in emerald green, terraced fields climbing the mountainsides, and jaw-dropping mountains along the way. Finally, we'll roll into the vibrant heart of Kathmandu and deliver you straight to your cozy hotels.

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Cost Details


  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek
  • Accommodations in trekking guest houses in Twin Sharing
  • All necessary permits, including ACAP, MCAP, and restricted area entry permits
  • Shared local bus transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and from Dharapani back to Kathmandu
  • Government-licensed 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 
  • 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 the inclusion

Useful Info

11-Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

This trek is a moderate difficulty trek, starting at a comfortable 900 meters and gradually climbing up to a breathtaking 5,160 meters | 16,751 feet. You won't have to worry as the gradual ascent makes acclimatization a breeze for most trekkers.

You will walk for 4-7 hours each day, traversing diverse terrains from humid forests to chilly mountain passes. The changing conditions can be tough, but remember, the views are worth it!

The problems that you will face in this journey can be divided into simple ways:

Altitude mountain sickness: As you approach Larkey La Pass, you should be mindful of altitude sickness. Stay hydrated, wear warm clothes, and consider taking Diamox medication if you experience any symptoms.

Pace yourself: Listen to your body and take breaks whenever you need them. The slower you go, the better you'll adapt to the altitude. There will be plenty of rest on the way.

This trek is a challenge but it's also an incredible experience. With careful planning and preparation with us, you'll be sure to have an unforgettable adventure.

Note: Pack layers of clothing so you can adjust to the changing temperatures. 

Physical Requirement

This hike does not fall under the difficult category still, you will need to develop your strength and stamina if this is your first time. The best way to increase the strength and stamina is by doing cardio. 

Running, swimming, jump rope, and Brisk walking can be done and you can use weights to help you increase the intensity of training.

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 2 weeks or 3 before you plan on trekking. For frequent trekkers, this journey will not be difficult but still, you have to be prepared physically and mentally. 

Preparing yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake is advisable before traveling to Nepal, especially considering the potential impact of altitude sickness on the body.

Food and Accommodation 


During your stay in Kathmandu, your hotel provides all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will also be supplied during your journey. In the mountainous regions, staple foods include potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. At higher elevations, there is a limited choice of food, with many potato dishes available, as potatoes are high in carbohydrates and an excellent source of energy at high altitudes.


During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be provided accommodation in a minimum of a 3-star hotel. Throughout the trip, you will stay in lodges or teahouses, with the quality of teahouses being better at lower altitudes. However, it's important to note that the higher the altitude, the lower the quality of accommodation, with more basic rooms.

For instance, you may find comfortable and better-quality teahouses at lower altitudes, but at higher altitudes, the accommodation may offer more basic rooms with only the bare necessities.

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