Manaslu Circuit Trek

I am looking to complete the Manaslu Circuit in early May. I arrive in Kathmandu on the 28th of April so am looking to leave around the 1st of May.
I don’t have any trekking experience for the distance or duration but am very fit and have done many weekend trekking trips. My pace would be fairly moderate.

I am in contact with a few experts from the area and they have given me a quote of around $650-750 per person, includes transport, permits, accommodation in teahouses every night, but not food). For a rough idea of the itinerary, here’s a standard 15-day route that can be customized to 14 days (maybe less), to suit preference:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and Arughat to Soti Khola
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Macha Khola
Day 03: Trek from Macha Khola to Jagat
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng
Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung
Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho
Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gau
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Sama Gau (Side trip to Manaslu Base Camp)
Day 09: Trek from Sama Gau to Samdo
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Samdo (Side trip to Tibetan Border)
Day 11: Trek Samdo to Dharmasala
Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang
Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije
Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Tal
Day 15: Drive from Tal to Beshi Sahar and Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu



62 replies
  1. Hi! how are you? I’m from Spain, but I’ve lived in Nepal for a couple of years, and now I’ll go back for trekking. I’m thinking of doing Manaslu trekking, but I heard is needed to go with a guide, do you know if that information is actual?
    What is your plan? I speak a bit nepali and I already know some of their customs.

    • Hi Naya, are you still interested in doing the trekking?

  2. Hi Naya,

    I am arriving in Kathmandu on the 28th of April and was looking to leave for the trek around the 30th of April and finish on the 13th of May. My dates are flexible though. Yes you do need a guide and you need a two person minimum for the permit so I am looking for one or more partners. I have a company which has given me a quote for everything including
    -Restricted permit for two person in Manaslu, ACAP and MCAP.
    -Accommodation (tea house) throughout the trek
    -Local professional guide and his salary, accommodation, food, insurance
    -Porter with his salary, accommodation, food, insurance
    -Bus transportation to/from Kathmandu
    for $650 per person.

    Is this something you are interested in? I have one man who was wanting to join me but he may not be able to come anymore so would love it if you wanted to come along. It would definitely be a help with your experience with the country and customs. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Hi Tahli & Naya! I’m also interested in doing the Manaslu circuit trekking in the beginning of may. I’m doing volunteering work until the end of April so the 1st of may is the earliest i can start trekking. I’ve already done the ABC trekking with a guide who i would like to recommend. He is a very nice man who gives a lot of information about the mountains and culture of Nepal. His price is also 650usd (without food and transportation) if we are with more people we can split his salary and permits so it becomes cheaper. I prefer to carry my own backpack so i don’t need a porter. Let me know what you think!

    • Hi Lise,

      Hi Lise,
      I am happy to wait until the 1st of May if that means you have someone to go with ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yes I was quoted around $700 with a porter but was not sure if I needed one? This is my first big trek i usually only go on overnight hikes so didn’t know if it was easier to have a porter. I am pretty fit and don’t think I will be taking a large amount of items anyway.

      I am flexible and open to using your guide if you were happy with his services.

  4. Would very nice to go together ๐Ÿ™‚ yes i was really happy with this guide! I asked his final price when all is included and it was 725usd each. Its quite expensive because manaslu is the most expensive area for trekking. I have to look at my finances if this is possible ๐Ÿ™‚ otherwise i might go to langtang… But my first choise is manaslu because everyone who did this trekking was really enthusiastic about it! I will let you know as soon as possible. Are there any other people interested?

  5. And about the porter, i don’t think its necessary but that is my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ you don’t need to take a lot of stuff indeed. I didn’t miss a porter during ABC trekking. I only took a sleeping bag, shower stuff, warm clothes and a book with me. Maybe you can,make your bag at home and see how heavy he is so you can make your decision?

  6. The company I am speaking with said it would be best to pay as we go with accommodation because it is hard to secure separate rooms (I was previously going with another man so asked for separate rooms) and they said with everything included: permits, transfers, guide and porter their price was $520 USD per person. I have just asked him for a quote for 3 people with no porter so it will be cheaper than that.. I will get back to you with his final price

  7. So 520$ is without accommodation and food?

  8. Sorry it’s $328 per person if we get 3 people. Then we only need to pay for food and accommodation. I think food and accommodation would only be about $25 a day? Maybe less? Which would be $650 all up. Is this within your budget ?

  9. And what is the name of the company? Naya, are you still interested in doing the trekking in may?


    Is the website for the itinerary and the company

  11. De guide i know (Fatha), also said he could do the trekking for 328usd each (3persons). It includes guide, transportation and permits. Food and accommodation is not included. Would you like to go with this guide?

  12. Yes I am happy to go with him. Hopefully Naya can come too. How much would it be if it was just the two of us?

  13. I asked him but still no response ๐Ÿ™‚ i also asked if his company can find other people te join us so we are with a bigger group.

    • Ok the other company has been contacting me asking me if I want to go with them. Can you let me know once you hear back from your guide? Are you happy to go just us two if he can’t find anyone else?

    • Fatha is now on trekking in Annapurna and will ask his company when he is back (18april). I also want to go with the 2 of us ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t want to miss this great trekking!!

    • Forgot to mention that Fatha can go with us on this trekking. So if you agree to go with him you can tell the other company that we already have a guide?

  14. Hey Lise and Tahli!

    I’m really interested in this trek and am planning to do this or EBC from the 7th – 21st of May (EBC if I have no partner). Unfortunately, my dates are not very flexible at all with work, but if yours are, I’d love to join in!

    I’m from California, but on a project in New Delhi for work that’s wrapping up in May. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Unfortunately my dates are not that flexible as I have to be in India afterwards but good luck with your travels i hope you find someone ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi jen! Nice to hear you are also interested. But i really want to leave at least the 2nd of may because rain season is coming… If you are able to start the 2nd also, you,are more than welcome to join us!

  15. Hi Tahli,

    I will stay in Nepal between 30th April and 16th May

    First I thought doing the EBC but now Iโ€™m considering Manaslu because itโ€™s considered the best one for a lot of Nepal visitors. And EBC with Gokyo Lakes is usually more than 18 daysโ€ฆ.and without Gokyo Lakes I donโ€™t if itโ€™s really worth of is.

    Do you have good references about this trekking company? I didnโ€™t see reviews on the tripadvisor. I believe for this trek is required camping.

    Probably I will still choice the EBC without Gokyo but Iโ€™m still open for alternatives.


    • Hi Jose, 14 days is the maximum i want to trek so I don’t know if the Gokyo lakes would be possible with our amount of time. More than happy for you to join though if you are happy to compromise.
      Lise has done a trek with Fatha (the guide) and recommends him. At the moment it looks as if we will be going with him as I trust her choice and he has given us a good deal.

    • Thanks Thali,

      I still wondering to choice Manaslu or EBC trekking (the lakes are in EBC). Probably I will choice EBC and I see apparently this group is only girls (correct?) and this could be uncomfortable ๐Ÿ™‚ .

  16. Hi,

    Could I join you guys?

    Iยดm already in Nepal with a friend, and I really really want to do the Manaslu trek ๐Ÿ˜€ But my friend doesnยดt, so it would be so awesome if I could join you?

    Iยดm pretty fit, as fit as you can be when living in Thamel ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I do need a porter though, ยดcause I had a operation in my back. I did the Langtang+Helambu without, but just to be sure, I think Manaslu is a little harder ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hi Mette,

      I don’t mind getting a porter if you want one? Would be a shame if you missed out on a trek while you were there. Let me know if you are interested as soon as possible as we will probably book the guide in the next week or so and can enquire about the porter for you. We are going to organise accommodation once we get to each tea house at night and pay for our own food as we go to keep the cost down for everyone.

  17. Hey! I don’t know if you already have enough people, but I’ve heard good things about the manaslu trek and would be keen to join. I’m pretty fit and have done lots of tramping in NZ. Anyway, no pressure, but would be good to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah sure Annelise haven’t organised payment or anything yet so you are more than welcome to join if you can make these dates? Will be leaving on the 1st or the 2nd of May depending on what Lise wants to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey awesome thanks! Ive actually had a couple of changes to my plans which might mean I need to leave earlier.. but I will confirm them in the next few days and let you know whether I can still join. When would you want to know by?

  18. Hi Mette & Annelise! You’re more then welcome to join us! If you agree i would like to leave the 2nd of may so i have 1 day to prepare we will arrange the guide this week. Today he is back from trekking so i can call him tomorrow. So we only pay him for permits, transportation and guiding service. Accommodation and food we pay when we arrive. Mette, you would like to have a porter?

    • I found another trek ๐Ÿ™ But the guide did say that Manaslu is the best right now, and Iยดm missing out. So you have something to look forward too!

  19. The guide works for treknepal

  20. Tahli, if we go just the two of us it would cost 375 usd each.
    I would like to arrange the trekking this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Annelise, could you confirm one of the coming days?

    • Great so would the dates be 2nd till 15th? Do we just pay when we get there or does he want a deposit. Do you have hiking boots or are you going to buy some/hire some? Do you have Facebook so I could inbox you?

    • Hi Lise. Sorry I haven’t had access to internet! I think I am going to leave on a trek earlier now so I won’t be able to join you sorry. Have an awesome trek and thanks for being willing for me to join ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. hi guys! i’m a swiss girl with some trekking experience.. i’ll be in nepal on the 25th of april and would be very happy to start trekking on your suggested dates! could i still join your group?

    • Yeah for sure the third person just changed their dates so your welcome to join ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Yes, would be great! So we are with 3 people now? Can i confirm our trip to the guide (Fatha) from treknepal? It’s 328 usd each (permits, guiding service ans transportation). Accommodation and food we pay when we arrive.

  23. You agree starting the 2nd of may?

    • Dear Tahli & Lise,

      I’ve had a change of plans – a friend is coming with me to nepal, so we’re changing our itinerary slightly.. this means I won’t be able to join you after all. sorry! I hope you have a great trek and lots of fun!!

    • Ok. no problem. have fun!

  24. Tahli, can if confirm Fatha that we’re going just the 2 of us?

  25. Hey Thali!

    I’ve just arrived in Kathmandu and have my heart set on the Manaslu trek. If you’re still looking for people to join up with them let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be around in Kathmandu or perhaps the surrounding areas over the next few days. Like you, I’m not much of a trekker but amnfit enough for this one.



  26. Yep I’m happy with that Lise. Do you need a deposit ?

    • Hi Tahli and Lise!
      Me and my girlfriend would love to join you guys on the Manaslu circuit. We arrive on the 27th, so timing is perfect as we are heading to India around the 20th again.
      We are reasonably fit, but Himalaya new bees (except for our travels in North India but that was on a motorbike). Let us know if you guys feel like some more company. Also it’s probably a way to split the costs some more?!?
      Cheers Sindy & Herman

  27. Hello Tahil!
    I was planning for this trek during the same period you are visiting, from 1st to 14th. Can I join with you people?

    I have visited Nepal twice and completed ABC and Gosaikunda trek without Guide or porter.


  28. Hi Meherun, Sindy and Herman!
    Nice to hear you are also interested in doing this trek! You’re all welcome to join us! We will leave monday the 2nd of may. We were planning to do the trekking with treknepal. Fatha would be our guide, i know him from a previous trekking, he is a really nice guy and knows a lot of the mountains! If we were with 3 persons it would cost 328usd each (this includes transportation, guide service and permits. Food and accommodation we will pay when we arrive in the teahouses to keep the cost down). But i don’t know the price for 5 persons. I will ask Fatha. When could you meet up for booking this trip? The office of treknepal is in Thamel. I was planning on going this friday or sunday. When is possible for you?

    • We arrive in Kathmandu tomorrow, so Friday is just fine!! Looking forward to it.

  29. Ok! Hope Tahli & Meherun can join us friday!

  30. Sorry everyone it’s been a crazy few days I’m at the airport en route to Nepal as we speak. Friday sounds great just let me know where to be ๐Ÿ™‚ look forward to meeting you all.

  31. Hope you had a good flight! It would be 320usd each and we get an assistant guide because we are with 5 persons, in case anyone would get sick. When we go to the office friday we all have to take our passport and 3 photos with us for the permits. It’s ok for you to meet in the afternoon? I have to be in school for volunteeringwork until 1.

  32. Yeah that is fine with me let me know what time you can meet. I’ll have to get the photos done in KTM coz I forgot to bring some with me

  33. Hi everyone! Fatha suggested to come to my hostel friday afternoon to do the payment. I will stay in 327 Thamel. Could you also come over there? Or if you have another suggestion where we could meet… let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Hi everyone! Can you all meet at 2 p.m. at 327 Thamel hostel?

  35. Yes sure Friday 2pm at the hostel. I may have found one more girl to join if that is ok?

  36. Made it to Kathmandu! sorry for the late reply, we had a full day of traveling yesterday. No problem to meet at your hostel. Too bad the price is not going down ๐Ÿ™ but hey maybe with the 6th person (if you guys agree)? Either case, we are definitely in!! Looking forward to it. Do you know if we can pay by credit card (maybe in the office) or that we need to get the dollars in cash?? CU all tomorrow.

  37. The price went from 328 to 320 usd. One more person is still welcome. Maybe the price will go down a little bit more indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ let’s hope. Fatha will come to the hostel i will stay, 327 Thamel, at 2pm. So we have to pay cash (USD or NPR is also possible i think) if you don’t mind.
    I’m also looking forward to meet you all!

  38. I just called with fatha and he Said we better meet at 10am. The office for permits will be closed in the afternoon and sunday also because it is a holiday. Sorry for this last minute change! Hope you are all able to come at this time! Don’t forget to bring your passport, 3photo’s and cash money ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 10am Friday? I had plans in the morning with a friend and I need to get my photos hopefully I can get it done and meet you in time, Lise can you please confirm when you get this that its Friday 10am. Thank you

  39. Yes its friday

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