Style Teahouse Trek
Best Season March-May, Sept-Dec
Price Range
Max. Elevation 4460 m.
Trip Start Aurughat
Trip Finish Syange
Guide Required

Dubbed the "New Annapurna Circuit", the Manaslu Circuit Trek has seen a rise in popularity since 2010 when it officially became a 'teahouse' trek. Prior to that, it was camping.

Given its dramatic valleys and mountain views that rival that of any trek in Nepal - but without the crowds (for now) - this is currently one of the most popular treks in Nepal.


Notice: A minimum of two trekkers and a guide are required for the Manaslu Circuit.

Required Permits USD Nepali Rupees
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) $30 Rs. 3000
Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP) $30 Rs. 3000
Manaslu Special Permit $10/day

The guide can begin preparing your permits if they have a photocopy of your passport and 4 passport-sized photos. When they go to pick up your permits from the Ministry of Immigration they will, however, need your Nepali visa number and your original passport.

If your applications have been prepared in advance, allow at least 3 hours in Kathmandu for the guide to get your permits. Otherwise, you'll need a full day in Kathmandu.


*Itineraries vary.
Day Destination Duration Altitude
00 Kathmandu - 1400 m.
01 Aarughat 6-7 hours 570 m.
02 Lapubeshi 5-7 hours 880 m.
03 Tatopani 5-7 hours 990 m.
04 Jagat 5-7 hours 1340 m.
05 Ekle Bhatti 4-5 hours 1600 m.
06 Bihi Phedi 5-7 hours 1985 m.
07 Namrung 5-7 hours 2660 m.
08 Lho 4-5 hours 3180 m.
09 Samagaon 3-4 hours 3530 m.
10 Rest Day (Visit Manaslu Base Camp) - -
11 Samdo 3-5 hours 3800 m.
12 Rest Day (Tibetan Border Walk) - -
13 Dharamshala / Larkya Phedi 3-5 hours 4460 m.
14 Bimtang (via Larkye La) 5-7 hours 3720 m.
15 Gowa 5-7 hours 2560 m.
16 Tal 5-7 hours 1700 m.
17 Syange 5-7 hours 1100 m.
18 Kathmandu 6-7 hours 1400 m.


Route Mode One-Way
Kathmandu Arughat Local Bus $6/person
Dharapani Besisahar Shared Jeep $15/person
Besisahar Kathmandu Local Bus $6/person


  • Guidebook
  • Shirts (2-3)
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Light-weight trousers (preferably quick-dry)
  • Light down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Trekking boots
  • Sun glasses
  • Small Towel (preferably quick-dry)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bags
  • Personal items (toiletries, medications, etc.)
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottle
  • Sandals
  • Maps/note book/sweets/snacks

Side Trips

Tsum Valley Trek 8-Days

Tsum Valley opened for trekking in 2007, is a popular extension to the Manaslu Circuit which branches off to the east. At the head of Tsum Valley lies the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Mu (affiliated with FPMT) where you can spend a night.

The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal. The Tsum Valley'stsum valley acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work 'Tsombo', which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and seak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.

The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of there mountains. Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chuksum', which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remotemness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.