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Manaslu circuit trek 12 days 'Explore the unspoiled gem in the heart of Himalaya- Manaslu Circuit Trek 12-days'

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Trip Facts

Group Size
+2 People above
Trip Grade
Mountain Lodge
Max. Elevation
Bus and Jeep

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola 730m.
  • Multiple tribe culture and tradition exploration.
  • Ancient settlement ( Philim, Samagaon, Shamdo).
  • Tibetean Bhotia, Nubri tribe in upper provience.
  • Visit sacred Pungen Gompa and Lhogaon Gompa Monastery.
  • Breathtaking view of Mt Manaslu 8163m.
  • Base camp visit of 8th highest mountain Mt Manaslu 8163m.
  • Larkya La pass 5200m crossing.

Trip Overview of Manaslu circuit trek 12 days

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days is a newly introduced exclusive trekking package in order to facilitate our valuable trekker across the globe who likes to explore this unspoiled wilderness and rich culture province. This journey provides you the tremendous opportunity of exploring the Manaslu region which is jeweled by Mt Manaslu 8163m, a sacred monastery, a Beautiful village, lakes, a River, a waterfall, culture, customs, and tradition. Manaslu region lies inside the Manaslu conservation area which was established in 1998 in order to conserve and protect wildlife habitats and nature conservation. This isolated territory was opened to the outside world in 1991 Ad which was banned for foreigners before that.  Analyzing the provision of limited holidays globally we have crafted this short and sweet journey for you.

The Manaslu circuit trek 12 days starts in Kathmandu where we take a bus to Sotikhola 730m where we spend overnight. Sotikhola is a small settlement situated on the bank of the river Budigandaki mostly inhabited by the Gurung tribe people who are one of the major tribes from the Manaslu region famous for their culture, custom, tradition, and way of living. The trail traverses mostly through the bank of river Budhigandaki which originates from Mt Manaslu 8163m. Along the trail, we pass through many villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar people whereas the upper province is inhabited by Bhotia people who are the descendants of Tibetan ancestor who speaks one of the Tibetan dialects. These people are the treasure of this journey while they are very rich in culture, customs, tradition, and way of living. Shamagaun 3500m and Shamdo 3800m are some of the highland settlements from this region which is absolutely worth exploring. The highest elevation of this journey is Larkya La 5200m pass which is the major attraction of this journey as well.

Manaslu Circuit trek 12 days is one of the best trekking journeys through unspoiled territory which is no doubt the best virgin trekking route. For this trekking, the trekking group should be 2 or more and this is a semi-restricted area so the permit should be organized in Kathmandu with a passport. You need to have a permit for the Manaslu conservation area, Semi restricted area permit, an Annapurna conservation area, and a Tims card (Trekker information management system). It is not possible to do this trek independently thus you should buy this trip from a government-registered agency. Tourist link trek is one of the veteran operators with the motto of “Trekking for all” so always appreciate hearing from you.


Introducing the Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days, an exclusive package crafted for global trekkers seeking to explore the pristine wilderness and rich cultural heritage of the Manaslu region. Nestled within the Manaslu Conservation Area, established in 1998 for wildlife and nature preservation, this journey unveils the jewel of Mt Manaslu (8163m), sacred monasteries, picturesque villages, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and vibrant cultural traditions.

The trek commences in Kathmandu, leading to Sotikhola (730m) by bus, an idyllic settlement along the Budigandaki River, predominantly inhabited by the culturally rich Gurung tribe. Traversing the riverbank, the trail weaves through Gurung and Magar villages, ascending to higher provinces inhabited by the Bhotia people, descendants of Tibetan ancestors. Highland settlements like Shamagaun (3500m) and Shamdo (3800m) offer a glimpse into their unique way of life.

The highlight of the journey is the challenging Larkya La Pass (5200m), providing breathtaking panoramic views. As a semi-restricted area, permits for the Manaslu Conservation Area, Semi-restricted area, Annapurna Conservation Area, and a TIMS card are essential and can be obtained in Kathmandu. This trek requires a group of 2 or more and must be organized through a registered agency.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days is a trekking gem, offering a virgin route through untouched terrain. With Tourist Link Trek, a seasoned operator dedicated to "Trekking for all," your adventure into this unspoiled paradise awaits. Contact us to embark on a journey that seamlessly blends nature's wonders and rich cultural experiences.


Day 01) Drive Kathmandu to Sotikhola 730m / 9-hour drive / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 02) Trek Sotikhola to Machhakhola 869m / 5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 03) Trek Machhakhola to Jagat 1340m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 04) Trek Jagat to Deng 1860m / 6.5-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 05) Trek Deng to Namrung 2630m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 06) Trek Namrung to Lhogaon 3180m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 07) Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon 3520m /6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 08) Rest day in Samagaon, Excursion to Manaslu Base Camp 4400m / 6-hour hike / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 09) Trek Samagaon to Dharmashala 4460m / 6-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 10) Trek Dharmashala to Bhimtang via Larkya-La pass 5200m / 8-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 11) Trek Bhimtang to Dharapani / 7-hour trek / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Day 12) Drive Dharapani to Kathmandu / 10-hour drive / Overnight at Mountain Lodge.

Scenic Drive to Himalayas:

Embark on the exclusive Manaslu Trek 12 Days with Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, meticulously crafted for an unparalleled wilderness experience. Commencing with a scenic bus drive from Kathmandu, this journey unveils Nepal's cultural and geographical diversity. The drive traverses diverse terrains—hills, gorges, canyons, and river banks—offering blissful moments on a scenic relaxation trip. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the journey as you witness the changing landscapes and cultural richness, setting the stage for an unforgettable trekking adventure into the unexplored wilderness of the Manaslu region. Secure your spot today for a unique exploration of Nepal's hidden treasures.

Explore Manaslu Region:

Embark on a captivating 12-day journey through the Manaslu region, a sanctuary of towering peaks and vibrant Bhotia culture nestled within the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. This natural wonderland teems with diverse flora and fauna, from Himalayan thars to elusive snow leopards. Immerse yourself in the region's unique customs and ancient traditions, gaining a profound experience of this sanctuary. The Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days, meticulously organized by Tourist Link Trek, promises an elevated adventure, offering unparalleled beauty, cultural richness, and encounters with diverse wildlife. The trek's highlight includes crossing the challenging Larkya-La pass at 5200m, an exhilarating feat that adds to the trek's allure. Venturing to Manaslu Base Camp at 4400m provides an extraordinary opportunity to witness the close-up view of Mt Manaslu (8163m), the world's 8th tallest mountain. Secure your slot today for an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas, where every step unveils the magic of Manaslu's unparalleled beauty and cultural heritage.

Indigenous people and culture:

The culturally rich Manaslu region is home to diverse ethnic groups. The lower reaches host Gurung, Magar, and Tamang communities, while the highlands are inhabited by the Bhotia tribe, descendants of Tibetan origin and followers of Vajrayana Buddhism. This spiritual enclave is adorned with ancient monasteries, prayer flags, Mani walls, and stupas, reflecting centuries-old traditions. Along the trail, a vibrant atmosphere resonates with energy, providing an immersive journey into Buddhist culture, spirituality, and profound customs that weave the breathtaking tapestry of the Manaslu region. Immerse yourself in this cultural odyssey amid the majestic Himalayan landscape.

Ancient Temple and Monastery Exploration:

The Manaslu region, renowned for its sacred temples and ancient monasteries, offers a unique cultural experience during trekking. Inhabited by both Hindus and Bons in the lower part and Buddhists in the upper reaches, the area boasts dozens of temples and monastic sites. Noteworthy stops include Namrung, Lhogaon, and Shamagaon, each hosting significant monasteries. Pungen Gompa stands out as a must-visit, attracting numerous trekkers with its cultural richness. Another gem is Lhogaun Gumba, where young monks diligently study Buddhism, providing an insightful glimpse into the spiritual heritage of the region. Don't miss these cultural treasures on your Manaslu trek.

Observe Mt Manaslu:

Nestled in the heart of the Manaslu region, the majestic Mt. Manaslu, standing tall at 8163m, captivates trekkers with its breathtaking beauty. As the world's 8th tallest mountain, it graces the landscape with awe-inspiring charm. For an intimate encounter with Mt. Manaslu, trekkers recommend vantage points such as Lhogaon, Shyala, and Samagaon, each offering a close-up view of this towering peak. The perspective of Mt. Manaslu evolves with every change in the trekker's location, providing a dynamic visual experience.

While navigating through the region, trekkers are treated to a panorama of stunning peaks, including Himalchuli (7893m), Bauddha Himal (6672m), Chhachung (5996m), Lapuchung (5969m), Saula (6235m), and Himlung (7126m). The symphony of these magnificent mountains adds an extra layer of allure to the trek, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness the grandeur of the Manaslu region.

Cross Larkya-La pass 5106m

In an exhilarating 12-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, the pinnacle of adventure unfolds with the awe-inspiring traverse of the famed Larkya-La pass at 5106m. Breaking dawn witnesses trekkers ascending gradually for 3 hours to conquer this historical height. The panoramic reward from Larkya-La is a visual feast, offering a 360-degree spectacle of snow-capped magnificence, notably the captivating Himlung Himalaya glacier. The descent unveils the picturesque Phunkar Lake, a charming gem nestled amidst the rugged terrain. As trekkers make their descent, the glacier's beauty unfolds, etching an unforgettable chapter in their journey through the pristine landscapes of the Manaslu region.

Flexibility for customization:

Embark on your Manaslu Circuit trek with confidence, guided by Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, a premier trekking company boasting 1.5 decades of invaluable experience. Our seasoned expertise ensures a seamless and memorable adventure. With a commitment to personalized service, we offer a unique customization facility for your 12-day trek, tailoring the experience to meet your specific needs and preferences. Trust in our proficiency to enhance your journey through the captivating landscapes of the Manaslu region, where every step is a testament to our dedication to providing unparalleled trekking experiences. Choose Tourist Link Trek & Expedition for a trek that reflects your individual spirit and preferences.

Experienced Guide:

At Tourist Link Trek & Expedition, as a seasoned trekking company, we prioritize delivering the best guides for an unparalleled experience. Our trekking guides are not only professional, skilled, and equipped but also possess extensive knowledge and a down-to-earth approach. We give precedence to professional local Sherpa guides, born and raised in the Himalayan highlands. Having a seasoned guide is a crucial advantage, ensuring a trip free from disruptions caused by inexperienced guides. All our guides undergo thorough training in guiding, first aid, and emergency scenarios, ensuring our clients have a seamless and secure trekking experience with us.

Booking Information:

For booking please contact us via e-mail and WhatsApp. Contact details are given below.

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Email: touristlinktreks@gmail.com

Please feel free to ask your questions, queries, and curiosity.

Safety & Logistics:

Visit our website's FAQ section for detailed insights on safety and logistics. Discover essential information, from safety measures to recommended trekking gear, weather details, and emergency protocols. Your safety is paramount, and our comprehensive FAQ is designed to prepare you thoroughly for your trek. Delve into this resourceful section for valuable insights, and don't hesitate to reach out for any additional assistance. We are dedicated to ensuring your journey to the Everest region is both secure and enjoyable.


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Conclusion & Farewell:

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with Tourist Link Trek & Expedition to Everest Base Camp, where we redefine adventure with unparalleled comfort. Enjoy plush accommodations featuring warm, cozy rooms, relish delectable meals, and receive support from our dedicated guide and porter. At Tourist Link Trek and Expedition, we prioritize service quality, earning a reputation for excellence and positive client feedback. Join us for a journey led by professional, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth guides, providing an in-depth exploration of Everest Base Camp and a lifetime of adventure. Your comfort and satisfaction are our priorities as we strive to make your trek an unforgettable experience.

Why Tourist Link Treks & Expedition:

  • Run by a Nepali local expert.
  • Local Sherpa guide with professional service.
  • Contribute to charity inside Nepal.
  • Tourist Link Trek & Expedition supports orphan kids with education and 10% of its revenue goes toward charitable works.
  • Endorse eco-friendly tourism.
  • To create less carbon footprint.
  • Benefit local Nepali operator.


Start your day at Machhapokhari for a scenic bus journey to Sotikhola, traversing picturesque hills and diverse cultures. The bus pauses several times, offering glimpses of the vibrant local life. Midway, delight in a delicious lunch break at Jimire. Embark on this unforgettable adventure, where every stop unveils the beauty of Nepal's diverse landscapes.

Embark on our trek at 8:00 am after a hearty breakfast. The trail, tracing the Budhigandaki River, unfolds breathtaking cliffs and verdant forests. Enchanting small villages dot our path, their cheerful residents accompanying us with warm smiles. The lively Budhigandaki River, a constant companion, adds vibrancy to our journey. A rejuvenating midpoint awaits at Lapubesi (884m) for a delightful lunch break. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature, smiling faces, and the rhythmic flow of the Budhigandaki, making every step a memorable experience on this unforgettable trekking adventure.

Begin your journey with a hearty breakfast, tracing the Budhigandaki River and crossing a suspension bridge. The trail meanders through a stunning cliff gorge, passing small Gunung and Magar settlements. A refreshing stop for lunch awaits at Dovan, near the confluence of Budhigandaki and Dobhan Khola rivers. Reach Jagat, the gateway to the Manaslu region, a sizable village rich in Gurung culture, customs, and traditions. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of nature and heritage on this memorable trek.

Embark on our journey after a morning breakfast. Traverse the enchanting Budhigandaki river gorge, enveloped by lush green forests. Marvel at the majestic snowcapped peak of Shringi Himal (7151m) dominating the horizon. A riverside lunch break at Pewa offers a scenic pause. Beyond Pewa, the gorge widens, uplifting your spirits. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of nature, with the ever-changing landscape creating a mood-enhancing trek. Discover the allure of Shringi Himal and the tranquility of the Budhigandaki on this picturesque adventure.

Commence the day after breakfast. The scenic walk to Namrung (2630m) unfolds picturesque villages—Magar gaon, Bhi, Prok, and Kwap—home to indigenous Bhotia people. The final stretch leads through a lush green forest, offering a high chance to spot musk deer and monkeys. Namrung, a medium-sized village, marks the widening of the valley, unveiling heightened scenic beauty. Explore the charm of local communities and the natural allure of the landscape on this tranquil journey.

Embark on the journey after breakfast, surrounded by surreal snowcapped mountains. Witness local life as villagers engage in their livelihoods. Lunch stop at Sho (2880m) by a monastery offers breathtaking views of towering Mt Manaslu (8163m) and adjacent peaks. The trail's left side traverse enhances the pleasant trek, revealing the natural beauty of the valley. Immerse yourself in the serene landscapes and local activities on this picturesque trekking adventure.

Commence the day with breakfast, trekking along a relatively flat trail, enjoying stunning views of Mt Manaslu. Explore a monastery en route, savoring the tranquil surroundings. Traverse a lush green alpine forest before a mild ascent to Shyala (3500m), where a leisurely lunch break awaits. The trail widens after Shyala, leading to Samagaon (3520m) in the evening—an expansive village inhabited by Tibetan-descendant Bhotia people. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the landscape and the rich cultural tapestry of Samagaon on this delightful trekking adventure.

At Samagaon, our 'rest' day isn't a pause but an exhilarating acclimatization. After breakfast, embark on an excursion to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m). The hike unveils an aerial panorama featuring Samagaon village, Birendra Lake, Shambo, and Tibetan territory. The close-up encounter with the majestic Mt Manaslu (8163m) at the base camp is nothing short of breathtaking. Packed lunch fuels our journey. This day is not just about acclimatization but a captivating exploration of the stunning landscapes and the imposing presence of Mt Manaslu. Immerse yourself in the natural grandeur and mountainous wonders.

Begin early, fueled by breakfast, trekking through a stark valley embraced by snow-capped peaks. Cross a wooden bridge over the river, reaching the village of Samdo (3875) for a midday pause. Progressing, we cross a steel bridge, catching glimpses of the trail to Tibet frequently used by locals. The path ascends gradually, passing through Larkya Bazar, culminating at Dharmasala (4460m). This picturesque journey unfolds the raw beauty of the Himalayas, providing a unique blend of culture and terrain. Immerse yourself in the serenity of this mountainous trek.

Waking at 4:00 am, we start towards Larkya La (5200m) after breakfast. The trail, laden with gravel and boulders, passes small lakes en route. Celebrating at the summit, we marvel at the amazing and breathtaking views to the west. A packed lunch fuels our descent, revealing the stunning Phunkar Lake from Larkya Hill. The day concludes at the beautiful village of Bhimtang for an overnight stay. This challenging yet awe-inspiring journey showcases the grandeur of the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Larkya La and the tranquil Bhimtang village.

Embarking early, we descend through lush alpine forests, enjoying surreal scenery and glimpses of Mt Manaslu's southwestern face. Passing quaint villages with locals engaged in daily activities, the long journey is eased by the captivating landscapes. The picturesque beauty of the trail mitigates any strains, making the trek truly rewarding. Our day concludes with an overnight stay in Dharapani (1963m). Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the alpine surroundings and the cultural richness of the local villages on this memorable journey.

Commencing with a morning jeep ride from Dharapani to Besisahar, our scenic journey spans nearly 4 hours on gravel roads. After lunch in Besisahar, a 6-hour bus journey takes us to Kathmandu, completing a 10-hour total vehicle drive. Upon arrival, participate in an evening dinner meeting organized by Tourist Link Trek and Expedition. Reflect on the trek's memories and share experiences in a convivial atmosphere. This comprehensive journey ensures a seamless transition from the mountains to the vibrant capital city.

What's included?

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Transport Bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Bus from Besishahar to Kathmandu.
  • The best available twin-sharing bed lodge during the trek.
  • Three daily meals (Breakfast, Launch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced highly skilled, government-authorised English speaking guide.
  • Porter during trekking including his salary, and insurance. Two trekker gets one Porter.
  • Snacks and seasonal fruit during the trek.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag ( To be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • All necessary paperwork including Manaslu restricted area permit, Mcap permit, Acap permit, and Tims. ( Please bring 3 passport-size photos )
  • All local government fees and all office service charges.
  • Medical supplies ( First aid kid )
  • Arrangement of Emergency helicopter (Expenses should be paid by your insurance company )

What's not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and other expenses
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Hot showers during the trek except when in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation if required
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

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Essential Information

Manaslu circuit trek 12 days what you need know?

When to go?

March to May and mid-September to November are ideal times to go on trekking in Nepal. However, you can do the trek throughout the year, excluding harsh winter and heavy monsoon period for better experiences.Read more...

Gear Checklist

Gears and equipment assure your safety and smooth trekking experiences as you enter the Himalayas. With essential equipment, you can add some of the other specific ones which most probably will come handy in the trek. A reliable preparation from your side is a positive step for successful trekking and climbing expedition.Read more...

Food, drinking water and accomodation facilities

The menu for everyday foods gets slimmer with a significant rise in altitude. One can always find a warm tea and basic local staple in the lodges or teahouses operating here. Natural drinking water sources, as well as Drinking water taps, are available throughout the trail. Accommodations might lose even some of the basic facilities as we move higher up in the trails of Himalayas. Read more...

Trip Permit

To enter and trek the protected and restricted segments of Nepal, you will have to take special permits from the government of Nepal for the sole purpose of preserving the people and nature of these areas. Read more...

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the primary concern while trekking in the areas of higher altitude. You must be prepared and act quickly if the symptoms appear during the trek. Using some prevention techniques, you can slow down and minimize the symptoms of Altitude sickness up to some extent. Read more...

Physical condition and experience requirements

Different types and levels of trekking might require a certain minimum fitness level to accomplish. With the guides, you can make up for the segments of lacking experience of trekking. Nepal also offers a lot of different varieties of the trek which the trekkers of any age or physical condition can do. Selection of optimal trekking program is best for both parties. Read more...


Weather in the Higher Himalayas is always unpredictable. Regular monitoring and contact help us to be safe from any unforeseen change of weather in most cases. With the presence of a licensed guide, you can take correct destinations and make the most of the trek. Read more...


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Anais Barbier

Very professional, helpful, and qualified. Recommend 100000%

My mum and I did 2 treks with Tourist Link Trek & Expedition: Langtang and Manaslu circuit. Both experiences were amazing. First we planned everything with Hom directly at the Read More ...

Anaelle Hsch

Very good aventure !!

Thanks to Hom and our great guide Nabin! We left at 2 with a guide to do the Manaslu larke pass. Hom had organized everything for us: - lodges -Visa Read More ...
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