Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days

Trip Overview

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a thrilling journey that explores one of the best off-beaten routes in Nepal. Trekking through the Manaslu Conservation Area, the journey gently rides the highs and lows of the foothills around the Manaslu Himalayas. The Tibetan lifestyle and magnificent bio-diversity will offer surreal company as you head towards the Larkya La Pass (5160m). Additionally, it is a shorter and better version of the classic circuit around the mountains in Manaslu range.

Short Manaslu Circuit trek starts with a long drive from Kathmandu begins the adventure as you head to Soti Khola. Exiting the Kathmandu Valley to the west, the drive joins the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River. For the final part of the drive, the Budhi Gandaki River will run along the road to Soti Khola. Continuing along the Budhi Gandaki River, you walk on fairly even trails towards Machha Khola. As the altitude increases quite rapidly, the trek heads to Jagat. Entering the western skirt of the Tsum Valley, you march through the Manaslu Conservation Area. As the Tibetan influence begin to increase, the adventure settles at Namrung. The Himalayas in Ganesh and Manaslu ranges seem clearer as you make way to Samagaon. Here, you can explore the village and nearby monasteries. Destinations like the Birendra Lake and Pung Gyen are also ideal for acclimatization. Moreover, they also help you to understand the ancient culture that dictates the lives of the people in these regions. The trek continues as you make your way to Dharamsala. After preparing yourself for the climb, the ascent to the Larkya La Pass (5160m) culminates the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. The view of the Cheo, Himlung, and Manaslu ranges is surreal from the highest point on the trek. Gradual descent to Bimthang and a drive concludes the adventure. The Short Manaslu Trek is best for travelers who want to trek around the Manaslu Himalayas in a short time and limited budget.

We, at Amazing Nepal Trek, are known for our expertise and experience in organizing trips around Nepal. Our member staffs including the guides and porters are extremely friendly. Our services also include transportation, accommodation, and other facilities. We allow you to customize the trips that you choose to take.

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the Manaslu Conservation Area and its wide bio-diversity
  • Witness the views of the Manaslu, Cheo, Shringi, and Himlung ranges
  • Cross the Larkya La Pass (5160m), one of the highest passes in Nepal
  • Explore the villages decorated by Tibetan culture

Additional Information

If the suggested itinerary is not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at  info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m/2395ft) by private jeep |6-7 Hrs Drive
Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3051ft) from Soti Khola | 5-6 Hrs
Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m/4265ft) |6-7 Hrs
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m/6102ft) |7-8 Hrs
Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2540m/8333ft)| 5-6 Hrs
Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3390m/11122ft) |6-7 Hrs
Day 07: Rest and acclimatizing day in Samagaon
Day 08: Trek from Samagaon to Dharamsala (4460m/14632ft) |7-8 Hrs
Day 09: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590m/11778ft) via Larkya La Pass (5160m/16929ft) |8-9 Hrs
Day 10: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (760m/2493ft) |8-9 Hrs
Day 11: Back to Kathmandu (Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing jeep and Besisahar to Kathmandu by public bus) (1300m/2395ft) |8-9 Hrs

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m) by private jeep |6-7 Hrs Drive 

The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a drive to Soti Khola. Leaving the valley, the drive heads west along the Trishuli River. The drive reaches Arughat and begins to head north. The road from Arughat follows the Budhi Gandaki River to reach Soti Khola. After arriving Soti Khola, you can rest and explore around the village.

Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola (930m) from Soti Khola | 5-6 Hrs

The trail heads out of the village along the Budhi Gandaki River to follow a rather level land. You reach Lapubesi after continuing on an ascending trail and reaches Khursane. You cross the Budhi Gandaki on multiple occasions. As the beautiful surroundings keep you a warm company, you follow the stone steps to reach Machha Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m) |6-7 Hrs

The trek continues in similar fashion along the stony trails. The trek on this day sees an increase in difficulty as you ascend to Jagat. The trails lead you to Khorlabensi and reach Tatopani. Here, you can relax at the natural hot springs which relieve you of any pain and body aches. Thereon, the trek leads you to Jagat after you pass Dobhan on the way.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m) |7-8 Hrs

As you leave Jagat after breakfast, you continue to head north. The trail leads you to Salleri and makes a slight descent to Sirdibas. The tracks on this day continue along the Budhi Gandaki River upstream to reach Philim. It is one of the largest villages as you head further to the remote region around the Manaslu Himalayas. Crossing Ekle Bhatti, the trek settles at Deng.

Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2540m)| 5-6 Hrs

As the stone trails exit Deng, you make way into the Manaslu Conservation Area. After your permits are checked, you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding as you head to Rana village. The trails lead you through a number of small settlements to reach Ghap. From Ghap, you ascend to a hill-top and walk along the ridge to arrive at Namrung.  

Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3390m) |6-7 Hrs

Namrung offers great views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Himal Chuli (7893m), and other mountains. While the trail zigzags and crosses numerous ups and downs, the trek heads to Lihi. As the Tibetan culture begins to thrive, the villagers are mostly Tibetan descendants. The trek passes Lho and heads to Samagaon. The Mt. Manaslu (8163m) ensures a glorious company as you explore Samagaon.  

Day 07: Rest and acclimatizing day in Samagaon

Samagaon is an exceptional destination to rest and acclimatize. Observing the culture and lifestyle of the Tibetan people are an entertaining way to spend the day. The Pung Gyen Glacier and an esteemed monastery by the same name. Birendra Lake with the backdrop of the Manaslu Himalayas is also a magnificent destination to hike to. If you want a greater taste of adventure, the Manaslu Base Camp at 4,400 meters is an exciting affair. Enjoy the Tibetan culture in the company of the Manaslu Himalayas.

Day 08: Trek from Samagaon to Dharamsala (4460m) |7-8 Hrs

The trek is a rather difficult one as you follow the smaller Budhi Gandaki River. As the forests begin to thin out, the trek reaches Samdo. The trek passes a few small Tibetan settlements and reaches the Larkya Glacier. As you trek along the glacial moraines, you make steep ascents to reach Dharamsala. It is also known as Larkya Phedi and has stone lodges for the trekkers to rest.

Day 09: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m) |8-9 Hrs

This day is one of the most interesting ones on the entire trip. As the trekking trail heads west, you continue along the Larkya Glacier and trek through steep sections on a few occasions. The Himalayas and beautiful surrounding landscapes make up for most of the scenery. A difficult ascent concludes at the top of the Larkya La Pass (5160m) which houses a sublime panorama of the Himalayas like Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Himlung (7126m), and Cheo Himal (6829m). From the pass, you begin on a descending trip towards Bimthang. 

Day 10: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (760m) |8-9 Hrs

The trail on this day descends for a great distance and heads south. Crossing Sangure Kharka, the trek passes Kharche and reaches Tilije. Continuing towards Gho, the trip begins to make its way along the Marshyangdi River. The trek enters the Annapurna Conservation Area and reaches Thonje. As the trail crosses Chamje, the descending journey stops at numerous viewpoints. 

Day 11: Back to Kathmandu (Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing jeep and Besisahar to Kathmandu by public bus) (1300m) |8-9 Hrs

As you leave the company of the Himalayas, you head to Besisahar by sharing jeep. You can shop for souvenirs at Besisahar before making final preparations to head back to Kathmandu. You take a public bus and continue along the Prithvi Highway to arrive at Kathmandu.

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Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers 
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Private Jeep transport from Kathmandu to Soti Khola  
  • Sharing Jeep transport from Dharapani to Besishar and private transport to Kathmandu
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Restricted Area permit, Conservation area Permit, and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (2 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot shower and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Manaslu Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Manaslu region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Manaslu region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you in every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.


After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.


Trekking to the Manaslu Circuit is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch


  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)


  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers


  • Gore-tex gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days
Kim Geerts, Australia

Amazing Nepal Trek handled the entire trek, including permits, transportation, accommodations, airport transfers, etc. Our guide, Rajan was always a step ahead and made real time adjustments to the schedule, stops, etc. to be sure we considered weather, elevation, other groups and such. Our entire group of 9 people successfully completed all 11 days. The Asst Guides and Porters were always happy, in good spirits and as helpful as they possibly could be. They provided quality sleeping bags, waterproof duffel bags, and down coats if needed. The quality was so good, many of us purchased the same products for future use. Amazing Nepal definitely knows what they are doing and goes out of their way to make sure you have the best experience possible. 5 stars and a huge thumbs up for the entire operation!!!

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days
Kelsey P, Melbourne, Australia

What an amazing experience! Have just returned from a 11 day Manaslu trek with Amazing Nepal Trek and can honestly say it was an experience of a lifetime. The trek itself is stunning and so much variety as you walk from lowlands up into the alpine area of the Larkye La then down again, but what made it super special was undoubtedly the personality, attentiveness and leadership of our guide Kami and porter Hari and Dev. Had so much fun with this crew and felt extremely safe, well organised, well informed and really appreciated learning so much about Nepal and the Nepalese way of life. I would recommend this trek and company to anyone wanting to do Manaslu. Kami managed our group of 4 trekkers extremely well; in our group 3 of us are over 50 and we had one 16 year old so were a little apprehensive about our physical fitness and ability to acclimatise, however under Kami’s guidance and care we all completed the circuit comfortably and in good health and had a fabulous time because of it. Highly recommended!!

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days
Nadia Herde

A group of 6 friends decided to go with Amazing Nepal Trek for our trip to the Himalayas and we certainly have no regrets.

We were greeted at the Kathmandu airport by Mr. Tej Karki who turned out to be our guide for the duration of our hike. He was the most helpful guide one could ask for, from advising us on what clothes we should have to negotiating prices for us in Kathmandu, from ensuring we pace ourselves to avoid altitude sickness to literally keeping one of our buddies safe as he struggled with the cold during the trip. 

Overall, it was an eye opening enjoyable experience and I'm glad we chose Amazing Nepal.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days
Jordan Jeffrey, Australia

Raju, my guide, was incredibly kind and knowledgeable about the entire trek. Always happy to answer all the questions that I had. A great, hardworking, and trustworthy guide who helped me achieve the trip of a lifetime. We had a best trek ever, making it all the way over Larkya-La. I highly recommend Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition for your trekking in Nepal. They are professional, respectful, and really good at what they do. 

They also do a fantastic job at making you think that the days won't be as absurdly difficult as they are, which helps morale, especially at 17,000 feet!

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 11 Days
Saskia, Nederlands

We went with the 2 of us end of April until half May. 
We had a great trekking with guide Lakpa and porter Sonam. The scenery is just stunning! Also, teahouses and food is pretty good up there. 

We originally booked Manaslu circuit with tsum valley (around 21 days). But as time went we decided to not go to Tsum valley. They told us there was a dangerous part at that time in Tsum valley, so we didn't feel confident enough. (just know that the paths in Tsum valley are not as developed as the paths around Manaslu as we were told be other tourists). It would be nice if we would have known that beforehand. Since we didn't have a lot of experience. We even would say some parts of Manaslu can be 'adventurous!! But this is where you need your guide for :):):)

After we decided not to do tsum valley we took it slowly and had some easy days of walking. Lakpa was really flexible so I think we changed our itinerary daily;).

We had an amazing experience and got more confident every day as Lakpa and Sonam were helping us at the difficult moments.
Definitely would recommend this agency! Just let you inform wel about tsum valley. The mountains change all the time.


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