Manaslu Circuit Trek

I fly into Kathmandu on 17 April early morning and like to depart towards Manaslu the morning after. I’m looking for someone to split the cost of the mandatory guide. Trekking speed doesn’t matter much, I’m rather flexible both ways (yet altitude might be an issue). I’m an easy-going person who enjoys leaving everything behind for a few weeks each year to dive into other cultures.


Planned internary..

April 17 Kathmandu: get permits/equipment, organize transport
April 18 transport (public bus) to Arughat
April 19 trekking to Khanibesi or Machha Khola – 6.5 hours (depending on transport chosen)
April 20 trekking to Jagat – 5 or 7.5 hours (depending on above days’ trekking)
April 21 trekking Jagat to Chumling – 7.5 hours
April 22 trekking Chumling to Chhokang Paro (Tsum valley) – 7 hours
April 23 day trip from Chhokang Paro further into the Tsum valley
April 24 trekking Chhokang Paro to Deng (back on Manaslu circuit trek) – 7 hours
April 25 trekking Deng to Namrung – 5.5 hours
April 26 trekking Namrung to Lho Gham – 3.5 hours
April 27 Lho Gham to Samdo – 7 hours
April 28 day trip from Samdo (altitude acclimatization; day trip to Tibetan border possible)
April 29 trekking Samda to Larkya Phedi – 4.5 hours
April 30 trekking Larkya Phedi toMay 3 transport from Syange to Kathmandu Bimthang via Larkya La pass – 8.5 hours (tough day but no tea houses in between)
May 1 trekking Bimthang to Tilje – 7 hours (downhill)
May 2 trekking Tilje to Syange – 5 hours (via Dharapani)

/// Costs:

– Annapurna (ACAP) Trekking permits and Tims permits=USD35
– Lower Manaslu Trekking permit and Upper Manaslu special permit=USD160
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses=30*18=USD540*
– Guide insurance.=USD60*
– Agency service charge 10%=USD80*
– Tax 13% =USD103*
– Meals
– Accommodation

*) these costs can be split



9 replies
  1. Hey Frank, are you still planning on trekking Manaslu around this time? I have a similar itinerary and would be interested in the same route

    • Yes, I am! And I’m still looking for a trekking partner to split the cost of the mandatory guide..

  2. PS: You can also contact me by mail (frank.trepte -at- gmail -dot- com) or find me on Facebook as “Frank Trip-Tea” – than my replies come much quicker..

  3. Hi Frank! Me and my friend are coming to Kathmandu on the 9th of April and we stay till the second half of May. We are planning to do the Manaslu circuit trek starting from the 22nd of April. Our timing is bit different from yours, but the route is the same. We cannot start the trek earlier, because we need to go to some village in Lamjung district where I spent a lot of time last year. Have you found a guide already?

    • Hey Olga, I did not start looking for a guide because I first need to get a small group together. I’m now in contact with a few but we still got to check if our plans match. Unfortunately, I have only a narrow time window..

  4. Hi Frank,
    I am staying in Nepal for few months and Manaslu circuit is one of the treks I would love to do roughly in the same dates as you. Also looking for treking partners. If you are still looking for members, we could meet in Kathmandu when you arrive. I know a decent guide here, my friends have been with him on Annapurna. Great kid around 25yrs old, licensed, working for travel agencies. I am sure he could recommend some more guides if necessary, that way no need for agency.

    Take care,

    • Ahoi, yes this sounds perfect!

  5. Hi Frank this trek looks great-I saw you have a narrow window for your trip. I fly in on the night of the 18th, any chance of starting the trek on the 20th?

    • Sorry, I only saw your message now. Check your mailbox 😉