Manaslu Lodge Circuit

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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +11
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Magnificent offthebeatentrack circular trek around Manaslu
The "Manaslu Lodge Circuit" tour starts from and ends in Kathmandu. It is a walking trip that takes 18 days taking you through Tilje, Jagat, Samdo and 10 other destinations in Nepal. "Manaslu Lodge Circuit" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

This spectacular and isolated circular trek skirts around the eighth highest mountain in the world, the formidable Mount Manaslu (8,163m). We follow the mighty Buri Gandaki River as it narrows into a spectacular gorge, passing through tiny villages perched on the valley sides. Eventually the gorge opens out into alpine meadows which are inhabited by a cluster of Tibetan communities below Manaslu's north face. Crossing the Larkya Pass (5,130m) we see the snow-capped peaks of Himalchuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, before descending through forest to join the main Annapurna Circuit route.
5 - Excellent
Based on 20 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 10 2019
5 - Excellent
Walking the quieter circuit brings its own reward.
“This is a fantastic trek through scenery varying from: farmland, forests of pine trees, walking along river gorges beside foaming rivers, through villages full of character and smiling children and finally beside amazing snow clad high mountain peaks. All of which we did with very few other trekkers.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 28 2019
5 - Excellent
Highly recommend this trek.
“This is my fifth trek in Nepal and definitely my favourite. Happy to have done this before the road is complete as this will change the remote nature of this trek.We had a fantastic group who supported each other, particularly on the day crossing the pass.This trek is more challenging than Annapurna Circuit and Gokyo/Everest.Our guide Keshar was simply the best, cant say enough about him. Also great to have Zoe from Exodus London office as my roommate. I feel very fortunate to have been on this trek.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Manaslu Lodge Circuit
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  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 13 2018
5 - Excellent
Do it while you can
“This is a slightly tougher trek than say EBC or Annapurna Circuit, but you cover all the usual habitat zones via stunning valleys and incredible panoramas that I had no idea existed.I had a smile on my face every day from little children saying 'Namaste' to use as we walked by, and my mouth open at jaw-dropping views, particularly on the pass crossing and descent the following day.You cover quite some distance on a few days, but others are shorter as you get higher giving you plenty of time to admire the views, acclimatise and explore.It's a beautiful and quiet place, so if you're tempted, the I'd recommend doing it sooner rather than later before the road changes things too much.”
  • Day 1: Start Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Drive to Arket Bazaar; trek to Soti Khola
  • Day 3: Trek through forest and fields to Lapu Besi and on to Machha Khola
  • Day 4: Follow the Buri Gandaki River to Jagat
  • Day 5: Ascend through small villages to Philim; climb to Deng (1,870m)
  • Day 6: Cross the river and ascend via a magnificent valley to Ghap (2,110m)
  • Day 7: Continue to Lho (3,170m), offering fantastic views of Manaslu
  • Day 8: Climb to Samagaon (3,530m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Samdo (3,860m)
  • Day 10: Ascend to Dharamsala (4,480m)
  • Day 11: Cross the Larkya La (5,130m); descend to Bimthang (3,700m)
  • Day 12: Daywalk to Pongkar Lake or spare day as required
  • Day 13: Spectacular walk to Tilje (2,240m)
  • Day 14: Trek to the remote Nache; descend to the main Annapurna Circuit trail
  • Day 15: Descend to Chyamje and Jagat; from Syange climb to Bauhundanda  
  • Day 16: Walk to Ngaddi; transfer to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 18: End Kathmandu
  • 3 nights standard hotels, 13 nights teahouses and 1 night fixed tent
  • All breakfasts included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Morning bed-tea on trek
  • Welcome drink at each overnight lodge
  • Full porterage throughout trek
  • Exodus kitbag Trekking map (provided locally)Trekking permit and national park fees
  • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Manaslu Lodge Circuit tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Manaslu Lodge Circuit tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 15 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Manaslu Lodge Circuit tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Manaslu Lodge Circuit tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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