Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

2 reviewsManaslu Circuit Short Trek
Trip Fact:
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude5123m/16808 ft
  • AccommodationGuest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsAll meals during the trekking
  • Trip Start/EndArughat/Besisahar
  • Group Size2-25 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • Ideal trekking route for trekkers who love to be in the Himalayas with fewer trekkers in the trek route.
  • Spellbinding glimpses of Manaslu, Annapurna range, and Ganesh Himal range.
  • Crossing Larke Pass at 5,106 metres, snow occupied beauty in early Spring and green bushes in early Autumn.
  • Optional hike to Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, Dona Lake, Ponkar Lake, and Larke Glacier.
  • Dreamy hike on the shore of Budhi Gandaki River, terrace farmlands, pine and oak forests, and inspiring alpine landscapes.
  • The locals of Manaslu, most descendant from Tibet, and their timeless lifestyle, culture, and traditions of Nuri.
  • Fully guided Manaslu Trek in Autumn/Spring with Dream Heaven with all-inclusive board service.
  • Handpicked itinerary, 100% safety, experienced trek guides for a wholesome trek experience with us.

Short trek to Manaslu - 10 Days hike on serene and off the beaten landscape of the Manaslu region via Larke Pass at 5,106 metres.

One of the classic, unspoiled, and peaceful trekking, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less traversed but highly praised trekking destination in Nepal. The vertical ridges above Budi Gandaki Gorge and strenuous trekking route make it a challenging grade trek. But, those experienced trekkers who complete Manaslu Circuit short Trek only know the essence of being on a solitary landscape enriched with natural scenery, mountains, spotless Bhutia lifestyle and tradition, and much more adventure.

The 160 kilometres of remote terrain of the Manaslu Circuit short trek route sits in the heart of western Nepal. It encircles the 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu, at 8,163 metres. Moreover, Annapurna to its west and Ganesh Himal range on its east face garnishes the majestic landscape.

There comes a question of Why Trek to Manaslu Circuit, when you have options for comfortable Annapurna Circuit trek and Everest Base Camp trek.

Short Manaslu trek gives you arresting glimpses of Manaslu - North, East, Nagdi Chuli, Samdo Peak, Larke peak, Ganesh Himal, and Naike Peak. These snow-occupied peaks in Mansri Range give you the unmatched viewing of Himalayan giants from proximity.

Your Short circuit trek also give you an idea of the landscape's enriched vegetation in Manaslu. There are nearly 19 different types of forests with 1500-2000 varieties of plant species. Rhododendron forest and Himalayan blue pine are fascinating species that ornate the landscape aesthetically.

Route to Short Manaslu Trek

First, the trekking to Manaslu circuit is ideal for those who wish for solitary trekking routes filled with magnificent natural aesthetics but untouched by skyrocketed commercialization. The spotless cultures, religions, and traditions of people practising Buddhism and Hinduism captivate every trekker's soul. On top, the comely gestures for trekkers by Nuri, the natives, melts your heart.

Second, the less traversed routes in Manaslu Circuit are timeless identities. They're still intact and fresh as they were in 1992 when the first group of Manaslu Circuit trekkers explored them.

The route to Short Manaslu trek follows the standard Manaslu Circuit route that usually starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. From here, you'll trek for four days to Sama Gaun via Jagat, Deng, and Namrung.

Sama Gaun, at 3,530 metres, is the first most amazing place in this short Manaslu circuit trek route. This beautiful hike includes sightseeing Manaslu glacier and ice falls, and the Larke Pass, one of the most beautiful and longest pass in the Himalaya - situated at 5123 m.

Manaslu Trek Permits

As per the rules of Nepal Immigration, it is mandatory to trek Manaslu region in group (at least of 2 members). Nepal Immigration Department doesn’t issue permits for restricted area trekking such as Manaslu trek for single foreign trekker.

However, we Dream Heaven Adventure can easily issue the permit for you but only if you are ready to pay the cost of two trekkers for restricted permit. Otherwise, you can apply for single person booking charge of $ 140 in which we can make you permits available so that you can commence you trek at fixed departure schedule.

Furthermore, you can also trek Manaslu in the group managed by Dream Heaven Adventure. However, if you choose this option you will have to commence you trek as per our fixed departure dates. If not, you can simply ask us for the availability if the mentioned dates don’t fit your schedule. We will try to arrange suitable trekking dates for you.

Manaslu Circuit Short Trek requires additional special permit. To get this permit, we require a full working day (Sunday to Friday) after your arrival. Thus, book this trek as earlier as possible and report us about your arrival date, so that we can arrange your permits easily.

Dream Heaven Adventure provides every departure for the months from February to June and September to December on reasonable price. Thus, consider trekking with us for memorable trekking experience at reasonable cost.

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From Kathmandu it takes around seven hours of driving to reach Arughat. The journey is smooth up to Gorkha as we go through highways. But, from Gorkha the path is off road until we reach Arughat. Prior to your trek to Soti Khola, you wil take some rest at Arughat. Trekking through lush valleys and rice paddy fields along the Budi Gandaki river is amazing experience. Then you will climb over the Kyoropani and then descent down to the junction of the Budi Gandaki and Sundi khola to reach Soti Khola. Here at Soti khola you can have a refreshing swim and overnight camp. Overnight stay in Soti Khola.

    Today, you will trek narrow trails down through densely forested hill sides, adorned with some small mountain villages.
    From Soti Khola, you will trek tough steep valley sides, pass Lapbesi village and descend down to the riverbed and then follow the wide and sandy path to reach Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

      On 3rd day of your trekking, you will cross Machha Khola, and walk upstream to reach Khola Bensi. You will enjoy a hot spring bath at Khola Bensi and then move along the steep valley sides through the forest path.
      You will stop at Doban for a cup of tea and then continue the trek to Lauri. At Lauri, you will switch back to the right side of river through suspension bridge. A little climb from there, then you will reach amazing Jagat’s field. Overnight stay at Jagat.

        Trek from Jagat to DenToday, you will trek around seven hours to reach Deng, a village made up of just 4 houses from Jagat. From Jagat, you will descend down the river through the stone steps and then ascend up the Saguleri hill. During your ascend, you will encounter fascinating view of Sringi Himal ( 7187m). Then you will cross few more rivers and ultimately climb up to Deng. At Deng you will spend overnight in camp.g (1,800 m) 6 ho

          Today, you will trek around seven hours to reach Deng, a village made up of just 4 houses from Jagat. From Jagat, you will descend down the river through the stone steps and then ascend up the Saguleri hill. During your ascend, you will encounter fascinating view of Sringi Himal ( 7187m). Then you will cross few more rivers and ultimately climb up to Deng. At Deng you will spend overnight in camp.

            On reaching Samagaun from Namrung, you will pass through Banjam, Lihi, Sho, Cho and Sayla. Before reaching Lho, you will encounter the most famous monastery of the region where about 200 monks are disciple.
            After crossing the steep path from the monastery, you will reach Lihi. During your way to Lihi, you will witness magnificient views of Ganesh Himal, north Himchuli and Naike peak. From Lihi, you will head towards Sho. In the corner of Sho: there are two ways, one leading to Hinayang monastery and another leading to Manaslu Larye Pass.

            From Sho in about one and half hour of trekking you will reach Lho. And from there, after another 2 hours of trekking you will reach Sayla. From Sayla, in about 1 hour of panoramic trekking you will reach Samagaun. During your trek from Sayla to Samagaun, you will see great views of the amazing mountains like Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli Manaslu, North – Manaslu, Naike Peak, Saulo Himal and Siringi Himal. In addition to that, you will encounter real yaks during your trek from Sayla to Samagaun. Samagaun is big village and the popular commerce centre. Overnight at Samagaun.

              Today, we descend down towards Budhi Gandaki River, cross suspension bridge then ascend up to reach Manaslu Base Camp. From here we follow towards Mani walls and Juniper/brich forest forest. We arrive to Samdo after 5-6 hours trekking.

                From Samdo ater about 3 hours of hike on the steep uphill (15 minutes) and flat land, you will reach Dharmasala. On the way to Dharmasala, you can enjoy the views of Sayalu peak, Naike Peak, Manaslu, Himchuli, Larke Peak and Cho Peak. The additional flavor is added by the fascinating west and north- Himchuli village. It is small newly created village at the altitude of 3800m. This place has the electricity facility as it has its own micro hydropower project operating in the area. The path to Dharmasala is simple expect some minutes to steep walk.
                Then our journey starts with a downhill trek to Budi Gandaki River. Then you will have to cross the river and walk up through Larke bazzar and valley of Salka Khola to reach Dharmasala. From Dharmasala, you walk towards Larke Glacier in the north direction. From Larke Glacier, you can witness Larke Peak and Cho Danda. From here you will ascend the trail to reach Larke La Pass, the highest point of our entire trek. It provides the perfect view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Kangguru and massive Annapurna II (7937m). From Larke La Pass, we descend down to reach Bhimthang. After a long day of trekking, you will spend your night here at Bhimthang.

                  Today, you descend down to Dudh Khola and cross the forest of pine and Rhododendron to reach Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.

                    On last day of your trekking, you will catch a jeep from Dharapani and drive to Besisahar. Then after, you will take a bus or jeep and drive along the bank of Marsyandhi river to get back to Kathmandu.

                      Cost Details


                      • Transportation by jeep from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
                      • Local transport from Dharapani to Besisahar and bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu ( Private jeep/car option also available)
                      • 9 nights accomodation ( tea house) in the mountain
                      • Professtional/experience trekking guide ( for your trek)
                      • Strong porter for your trek ( 1 porter for 2 traveler)
                      • Special Restricated area permit for the trek
                      • ACAP and MCAP permit for the trek
                      • Usage of first aid kit
                      • Equipments, insurance and transport for the staff
                      • Necessary paper works and office service charges


                      • Your personal expenses
                      • Travel insurance for the trek

                      Good to Know

                      Accommodation and meals in Manaslu

                      Manaslu Trek is in the Himalayan belt with a difficult geographical situation. Despite that, you can find several teahouses on this trek route.
                      Since the region doesn't have a good infrastructure, you will only find typical Nepali food. Local people are the owners of the teahouses. So they may not have the experience to make international cuisines. You will have an opportunity to savour local cuisine, which has cultural significance.

                      Typical Nepali food, i.e., Daal, Bhat, and Tarkari, will give you the energy to walk this route. You would need many carbohydrates and proteins to step up the hill and down. So, you can also try the famous 'Gundruk' and 'Dhindo,' which is healthy and energy-giving food.

                      Occasionally the teahouses in Manaslu Circuit trek route hire chefs from other areas. So, if you go around that time, you can have different foods than typical Nepali food and 'gundruk dhido.'

                      Teahouses offer food cuisines like Tibetan, Indian, and a few international cuisines. You should try some butter tea that can keep you healthy as you get up in the cold and altitude.

                      One important thing about food is that it is more expensive than at lower altitudes. Since the transportation facilities aren't excellent, porters and animals carry the essential items to the altitude.

                      Requirements of Travel Insurance

                      Travel insurance is a crucial document that covers the unexpected incidents that can happen while you trek in Nepal, especially at high altitudes.
                      Travelling isn't always safe. You don't know what will happen on the way. Trek to Manaslu Circuit route is one of the challenging trekking routes as it is in the remote Himalayan region.

                      If you are trekking on this route, you shouldn't forget the travel insurance document. You never know what can happen in the isolated Himalayan belt. This particular document will cover medical and other natural disaster events. At such times, you need helicopter evacuation, and helicopter rescue comes in handy. But the good part of travel insurance is that you'll save thousands of dollars for emergency rescue.

                      If your health status worsens during the trek, it will cover your necessary travel expenditures. They can be medical treatment, trip cancellations, and helicopter evacuation costs. Trust me, and you can need these when you are in a life-threatening situation on this trek.

                      Travel insurance will save your bank balance. It is crucial to solving some trivial to huge health safety issues that occur while you are travelling.   


                      • Q1. Can I trek Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide?

                        Manaslu Circuit Trek is in the isolated landscape in central west Nepal. You may find a problematic geographical region there. Also, since it has many restricted areas between the routes, you need a licence holder guide or porter.

                        An experienced and licensed guide or porter will provide you with all the information about the trek. They will also take care of your health while you are trekking. Hence, you can't go on this trek without a proper guide.

                      • The distance might vary with the itinerary, but the whole span covered is around 110 miles (177km). The days it takes to cover the entire trek route are different, according to the trekking company.

                      • The starting cost of Manaslu Trek is between USD 750 to USD 1300. However, your preferences for meals, transportation, trek guides, and porters may affect the price.

                      • Inexperienced trekkers rate the Manaslu trek route as a strenuous grade trek route. However, for experienced trekkers, it's one of the most comfortable hiking routes. The dreamy landscapes, mountains, alpine terrain, and crossing of Larke Pass gives real adventure.

                      • Autumn, from September to late November and spring, from mid-March to early late May, are the best times for Manaslu Trek.

                        During these months, the weather becomes more apparent, the temperature becomes mild, and the landscapes look spectacular.

                      • Yes. Decent travel insurance covering helicopter evacuation and medical costs during emergencies is necessary while trekking to Manaslu Circuit Trek.

                      • Tea houses and lodges are the accommodations in Manaslu Circuit Trek. Wifi, hot showers, satellite telephones, decent beds, and decent meals characterise the tea houses here.

                      • You'll get nutritious and healthy meals along the trail in the Manaslu region. You can find continental, Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines at lower altitudes. However, at the highest heights, you'll only get basic meals.

                      Client Reviews

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                        FarinapferdeGermany |May 30, 2018

                        Wondeful Experience with Dream Heaven Adventure !

                        I Chose the Dream Adventure Trek and i think it was totally worth it. Suman helped me to organise all the things and provided me with good services. Our guide Shyam help me a lot with the trek as he know everything in the mountains there was never a problem. If I come To Nepal I will surely choose again, Thank you for the service and everything. very much Recommended !

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                        Rajat CMalaysia |April 24, 2018

                        Amazing Trek Experience

                        I did the manasalu trek with dream heaven adventure.It was a wonderful experience. They provided me with good guides who could speak English, and help me buy the materials. Even we were not so lucky with the weather, the Himalayas were awesome. Thank you for the kind service and gesture. Highly recommended !

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