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Manaslu Budget Trek

  • Guesthouse

    Some lodge in maccha Khola starting point of Manaslu trek.

  • Bed of Manaslu teahouse

    Basic teahouse twin bed during the Manaslu circuit trek.

  • summit Larkya la

    Taking rest after crossing Larkya Pass.

  • Way to Larkya la

    Trekkers are near the top of Larkya pass in Manaslu trek.

  • Budi Gandaki River

    Budi Gandaki River, follow this river up to Sama gaun.

  • Way to Larkya la

    Himalayan Advisor Sherpa's carrying luggage in Manaslu trek.

  • Waterfall at Manasu trail

    Beautiful waterfall during the Manaslu trek.

  • Local ladder

    Trail to Manaslu, some part using local ladder to cross cliff.

  • Local water mill

    Local women in the tradition water mill in Manaslu.

  • Bimthang village

    A magnificent view of Bimthang village & Annapurna mountain range.

  • Home made wine

    Local rice wine (Raksi) making in Manaslu area.

  • Mount Manaslu view

    Manaslu view from Loh village, Gorkha.

  • Local

    Local lady from Manaslu region habitat by Gurung community .

  • Arughat - Begin trek

    Suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki river in Arughat.

  • Larkya top

    At the top of Larkya Pass, Manaslu trek.

  • Manaslu

    Mount Manaslu view from Syalla village.

  • Guest house

    Samdo peak view from Larkya Phedi, Manaslu trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Walk along the pristine Budhi Gandaki River valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others
  • Crossing the heights of the Larkya La Pass at 5213m
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people
  • Diversified and unspoiled ecosystems
  • A superb trek that is truly off the beaten path, featuring a diverse and impressive array of flora, fauna and cultivated land

Trip Facts

Trip Code: HA-NP-002
Trek Duration: Arughat - Larkya Pass - Dharapani
Trip Duration: 17 days(s)
Max Altitude: Highest 5,135 meters at Larkya top
Trip Grade: 3
Lodging: Teahouse
Meals: 3 times (B, L, D) in trek, 1 time (B) in city
Transportation: Local bus
Communication: Some part available
Group Size: Min 2 pax - Max 16 pax
Best Season: March/April/May, September/October/November
Per Day Walk: Approx 5-6 hrs per day
Room Included: Standard hotel in city, teahouse in trek
Prices: Standard → USD $ 1,500 P/P


Mt. Manaslu, the eights highest peak in the Earth, is known as the mountain of the spirit. The two week long Manaslu budget trek wraps around Mount Manaslu and offers a complete wilderness experience in the remote Himalayan villages. Along the Manaslu circuit trek, trekkers pass over breathtaking high mountain pass, walk over glacial terrain and explore the unique village lifestyle of the people in Manaslu region.

Although opened to trekkers since 1991, the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) remains less travelled, with only a small number of trekkers visiting the region.The region is considered to be a restricted area and requires an additional permit and the accompaniment of a registered guide to trek.The quieter and remote trails, picturesque villages and stunning mountain views make the Manaslu Circuit trek one of the most wonderful and unspoiled trek.

The Manaslu budget trek begins from a little village of Arughat and passes through bamboo forest and hospitable Gurung villages in the narrow Budi Gandaki Gorge.In the initial days of the trek, the trail ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on a path through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. The trail sweeps through gorges, cross suspension bridges and passes through fields of barley, as it follows an ancient trade  route to Tibet. As we enter the Tibetan villages after crossing the Lho villages, we will encounter a change in architecture and increased number of monasteries, Mani walls and colorful flags along the way. As we get closer to the Larkya- La, the highest point on the trek, we encounter rough glacial moraine, and a final short steeper section of the Pass.

The highest point in the trek, Larkya La Pass, is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas with superb views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains. We continue to trek till we reach Dharapani, from where we will drive to Beshisahar known as a starting point of the famous Annaprna Circuit Trek. Along the trek, we  pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people.

The trail traverses through geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating region, which is often compared to a Classic Annapurna circuit. The trail traverses varied terrain and landscape ranging from lowland to high up to the Tibetan border. With the geographical variation, the ethnic composition of the people living in the area also varies from Brahmins and Gurung in the lowland and Tibetans and Gurung in  the highland.

The trek is most suitable for the one looking for a challenging trek exploring the beauty and wilderness of the remote regions of Nepal. With its remoteness and secluded solidarity, Manaslu Circuit Trek is an ideal choice for those who prefer to become one with nature.

Join the Manaslu Budget Trek from Himalayan Advisor and embark on a journey on the off beaten path to explore the astounding beauty and unique culture of land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys around the Manaslu.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & O/N
Day 02: Permit issue / trek preparation in KTM O/N
Day 03: Drive to Arughat then Soti Khola O/N
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola O/N
Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat O/N
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng O/N
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung O/N
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Lho O/N
Day 09: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun O/N
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun
Day 11: Trek from Sama gaun to Samdo O/N
Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi O/N
Day 13: Trek from Phedi to Larkya La pass to Bimthang O/N
Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani O/N
Day 15: Drive from Dharapani to Beshishahar O/N
Day 16: Drive from Beshishahar to Kathmandu O/N
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu / Extend your holiday
Note: O/N represent overnight at that place.


Service includes

  • All airports pick up / drop & necessary transfer in city by private transport
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner included in KTM
  • 3 nights twin/triple sharing accommodation in Hotel Happy Home or similar in tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha & Beshishahar to Kathmandu return by local bus
  • 1 professional Manaslu circuit trekking guide, 1 porter based on 2 trekkers
  • 13 nights twin/triple sharing accommodation in teahouse/lodge during the Manaslu trek
  • 3 times meals from teahouse Ala Carta menu, 3 cups of tea/coffee included during the Manaslu trekking
  • Manaslu + Annapurna conservation area trekking permit, Manaslu special permit included
  • Sleeping bag + down jacket also provided on request
  • Medical kit bag, T-shirt + company duffel bag included
  • All required insurance for crew members, wages, equipments are included
  • All required local/Govt. taxes

Service does not include

  • All domestic + International airfare, departure taxes
  • Travel insurance for Manaslu trek
  • Lunch / dinner in city besides welcome / farewell dinner
  • Bar / beverage, hot/cold water, batter recharge, hot shower, extra porter etc
  • Tips for Himalayan Advisor crew members
  • Any services which does not mentioned in service inclusive column
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  2. Detail Itinerary

    Arrival in Kathmandu:

    Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be received by our friendly staffs from Himalayan Advisor. You will then be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. After the check in at the hotel, you are free to rest to roam around the frenetic Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic produce and a mystifying blend of people. In the evening, we will savor some delicious Nepali cuisine during a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Permit issue / trek preparation in KTM:

    Manaslu Circuit Trek takes place in the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) which requires special permit for the trek. We prepare and do all the formalities for our permit. After the formalities, we can visit some well-known local part near Thamel. Walk around local market known as ASAN BAZAAR. In the evening, we will sit for an orientation about the trek, which will be very helpful in preparing for the trek. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Drive to Arughat then Soti Khola

    We get ready for the drive to Soti Khola. A ten-hour bus ride leaving Kathmandu at dawn takes us toSoti khola via Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha. We drive through the winding road enjoying the countryside and mountain sceneries. The drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi will be on a paved road, but the road ahead from here will be on the rough road. After reaching Arughat, a major town in Gorkha, we drive further towards Soti khola where we will spend the night. Overnight in Soti Khola.

    Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

    After a hearty breakfast at Soti Khola village, we start our trek to Maccha Khola through beautiful Sal forest. We then climb onto a ridge above the Budi Gandaki River. The rocky trail weaves up and down passing through beautiful waterfalls to gradually descend past through terrace fields in the Gurung village of Labubesi. The trail then opens up to farmland as the valley again opens up to the sandy river bed. We walk along rounded stones and climb over a side ridge to cross a suspension bride leading us to Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

    Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat:

    We start our trek from Maccha Khola following small uphill and downhill climbs to cross Tharo Khora to reach Khorlabesi.  View of Ganesh Himal from here is spectacular. We walk further to reach Tatopani and climb another ridge to cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki. We then continue our walk on a wide stone stairs to cross over another ride to Dobhan. We cross the Yaru Khola and ascend climbing the stone stairs which lead us to Tharo Bharyang. We reach Jagat after crossing another long suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki. Overnight at a teahouse in Jagat.

    Trek from Jagat to Deng:

    After spending a night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. We cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River to reach Philin, a beautiful Gurung village. We then walk on fairly leveled terrain through maize, potato and millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. We then cross the river several times on a suspension bridge to arrive at Nyak. The trail descends from Nyak to Deng with pleasant walk through bamboo forests. We relish beautiful views of Sringi Himal as we settle for the night. Overnight at a teahouse inDeng.

    Trek from Deng to Namrung:

    We start our walk from Deng to Namrung by crossing the Budi Gandaki river. Today, we can observe the change in culture with the change of terrain as we enter the region influenced by Tibetan culture. We can now observe Mani walls and cross several Buddhist Gompas along the trail. We enter the Budi Gandaki valley as we walk through green beautiful rhododendron forest. We take the route through Prok village with stunning views of Sringi Himal. We cross the Budi Gandaki river several times to follow the river through a dense forest. As we walk further the forest becomes less denser and after a steep climb , we reach the beautiful village of Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli. Overnight at a teahouse in Namrung.

    Trek from Namrung to Lho:

    Namrung is a beautiful Village. We can observe the strong Tibetan culture influence as we observe closely packed stone houses sharing a common flat roof and courtyard. We start our trek from Namrung with an ascent alongside a mani wall through terrace fields and Barchham village to reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces.. We continue our climb to Sho village observing the Tibetan styled stone houses clustered together. As we gain altitude, the mountain views become more dramatic with Manaslu, Manaslu North Himalchuli, Saula HImal and Dwijen Himal on view.We pass across a ravine to enter into Lho, an important village withthe famous Ribung Monastery. We can now observe locals in the traditional Tibetan clothing called Chubas. Overnight at a teahouse in Lho.

    Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun:

    We start our walk from Lho by following the right bank of the river relishing the views of Peak 29 ( Ngadi Chuli) ahead. We walk through a shady fir forest and climb up to plateau where lays the village of Shyala. The Shyala Village is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering impressive panorama of Himal Chuli, Naydi Chuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. As  we walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron, we enter  the village of Sama Gaun. Sama Gaun has a beautiful Monastery called Sama. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaun.

    Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun:

    Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun is very important and should be utilized by hiking around the village. We can hike through the forest following a steep ascent and descent onto a moraine to Manaslu Base Camp. We can enjoy stunning views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains. After relishing the stunning views, we retrace our way back to Sama Gaun.

    An alternative to the Manaslu Base Camp can be a shorter hike to Pungyen Gompa and the glacial lake, Birendra Tal. We walk through forest and ridge to reach a grassy plateau. Here We see the reminiscent of the Punyen Gompa destroyed by avalanche. We continue and reach a beautiful turquoise lake, Birendra Tal, situated at the base of a glacier.

    Trek from Sama gaun to Samdo:

    We descend to the Budi Gandaki River and follow the trail with many mani walls. We pass the birch and juniper forests of Kermo Kharka and descend down to cross Budi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge. We steeply climb the reef between the two rivers and enter Kani, the gate to the Samdo village,a town known for its yak herding. Today, we have a short day hiking to allow our body to better adjust to the increasing altitude. Samdo is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow due the high elevation Samdo is at the convergence of three valleys and is only a day walk from Tibet. Overnight at a teahouse in Samdo.

    Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi:

    We start from the Samdo village with a walk down the edge and cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki. We then begin an ascent and cross streams as we see beautiful Larkya Glacier. We contour around the valley of the Salka Khola to climb up to reach Larkya Phedi. The short walk today will allow us plenty of time for acclimatization and rest in the afternoon. Overnight at a Teahouse in Larkya Phedi.

    Trek from Phedi to Bimthang via Larkya La pass:

    Today will be a long and challenging day to Bimthang via the Larkya La Pass. We start our walk early and cross glacial moraine and four icy lakes as we walk towards the pass. We will be able to enjoy the splendid panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Hima, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II from here.After relishing the magnificent views from the pass, we decent down on a trail along a steep path to gradually come to more leveled terrain as we enter a grassy moraine. We continue to descend and reach the village of Bimthang  with Mt. Manaslu looming close by. Overnight at a teahouse Bimthang.

    Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani:

    We walk from Bhimthang as we cross the high pasture and descend to the Burdin khola valley. We then walk pass the Base Camp for the expedition to the west side of the Manaslu from where we have marvelous views of manaslu and Annapurna. We cross Dudh Khola and descend into the rhododendron and birch forest to walk through a narrow valley to Karche. The trail now descends to cross a stream at Tilje, a village known for apple orchard and local wine. After a short walk from Tilje, we cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi River to reach Dharapani. Overnight at a teahouse in Dharapani.

    Drive from Dharapani to Beshishahar:

    Today we will take a drive from Dharapani to Besishahar along a rough and dusty road. We can enjoy the view of the Nepalese country side as we drive past beautiful villages, terrace farmlands and green forests. After a long driver, we reach Beshishahar known to be the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight at a teahouse in Beshishahar,

    Drive from Beshishahar to Kathmandu:

    Today, we take a seven hour drive back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We can enjoy splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages along the road. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we check in at our hotel to relax after wonderful but exhausting adventure in the Himalaya. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Departure from Kathmandu:

    The last few weeks of adventure in the Himalayas was filled with wonderful experiences. We can extend our holidays with some other short trek or some fun and relaxing Jungle Safari in Chitwan. If we are planning to keep the other fun activities for your next trip to Nepal, we will be escorted to the airport for our flight to our next destination. Himalaya Advisor will be happy to serve you with wonderful trekking and tour packages in the beautiful Himalayas in future.

    Trip Extention:

    You can always opt to extend your holiday in Nepal with activities like trekking, rafting and jungle Safari in Chitwan. Please let us know if you would like to extend your tour days or add up some destinations or some fun activities in Nepal to the tour. We would love to serve you for your optimum satisfaction during your visit in Nepal.
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    When is the best time to trek the Manaslu circuit?

    March to May and September to November is considered to be the best season to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. The monsoon season in Nepal is a period of relentless rain that drowns the region from June through August. The frigid Himalayan winter also makes visiting the region miserable, if not impossible, during the winter.

    How hard is Manaslu Circuit Trekking? Can I do it?

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking is graded moderate to strenuous.  The trek involves 6 to 8 hours of walking in an uneven terrain at high Altitude. Crossing the Larkya La pass at the height of 5213 meters is one of the most challenging parts of the trek.  The trek requires a high level of physical and mental endurance. Although the trek does not require any technical training, it is highly recommended that  you have previous experience of trekking in Nepal before you attempt the trek. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability.

    What is the maximum altitude of the trek  and how is the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness?

    The maximum altitude during the trek is at the Larkya la Pass at the altitude of 5,213m from the sea level. The Manaslu Circuit Trek does carry significant risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and requires precautionary actions. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Advisor.  Our treks are designed to lower the risk of Altitude sickness by enabling everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected.

    What are the clothing and equipment requirements during the Trek?

    The Himalayas are rather unpredictable where we could be exposed to bad weather at any time, so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. The key to staying comfortable during the trek is by layering. Get versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  We provide you with a detailed packing list on your  registration. We are always available if you need advice.

    What type of Accommodation do I expect during the trek?

     Manaslu Circuit was recently opened in the year 1991 and it is still under the restricted area and requires a special permit. Due to this reason, the trail sees very few trekkers every year. A few years prior, it was only possible to do a Manaslu Circuit trek in camping style. Now many teahouse has opened to serve the growing demand of the trekkers.  The teahouses in the region are decent with basic facilities. You can expect a basic room with two beds, thin mattress, a pillow and a blanket for each. Bringing a sleeping bag is advisable as a blanket provided in the teahouse will not suffice. Most of the teahouse has squat toilet. The accommodation in the cities is at decent 3 star hotels with standard facilities.

    What type of food can I expect during the trek?

    Most teahouses along the Manaslu trail cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian food. The menu in the teahouses is varied, ranging from traditional Dal Bhat, Momo and noodles to some western delicacies. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu which assists with acclimatization in the higher altitude.

    What happens if there is an emergency?

    Your safety and health is of paramount concerns to us. In case of emergency, we provide backup staff and helicopter rescue services. All our guides and leaders are well trained in first aid and mountain rescues. Any safety concerns are speedily dealt with.

    Environmental Concerns:

    Himalayan Advisor is highly concerned about the environment it operates on. We believe in protecting our natural environment and take utmost care that our actions do not harm the environment. We actively participate in environmental protection and preservation campaign and encourage everyone to do so. Our crew members are trained by Kathmandu Environmental and Education Project (KEEP)  for making our tours and trekking packages environment friendly for sustainable tourism in Nepal.


Departure Dates
Group: Manaslu Budget Trek itinerary is designed based on group joining. To run restricted area trip it must require minimum 2 persons. If you want to private group trip that also available.

Dates: Start date means your arrival day in Kathmandu and end date means final departure date from Kathmandu. This is group joining date but you can ask your private date. You can extend your time before or after the trip complete if necessary.

Price: The publish price are fixed per person and in group joining basis. If you prefer single accommodation US$ 100.00 will be extra on the given cost.

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