Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Trip Facts

  • Jeep/Bus-Car
  • 5106 meters/16748 feet
  • Lodge
  • 2 to 8
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • Remote Trek
  • In Person
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 12
  • 75

Rapid Manaslu Trek is a fastest itinerary to do Manaslu circuit trek. Manaslu is one of the famous trekking in restricted region of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal Himalaya is always been a matter of crowd of trekkers with beauty of Nature. But Manaslu is a region where you find peace and abundance beauty of nature and inspiring life of simple people residing there from centuries.

Manaslu conservation area protects the nature and local culture of the region. Places like Samdo & samagaun still keeps the real culture and tradition among people. Visiting many monasteries during Manaslu Circuit trek; passing by antique Manne wall, walking by centuries old chhortens & stupa is an amazing attraction of Manaslu Circuit trek.

What attracts one to do Manaslu trek?

Sighting wild animals like blues sheep, deer, snow leopard, common Langur, Pangolion, Ghoral, Wild boar, barking dear can be precious moment of Manaslu trek. Natural beauty of river valley remains in Manaslu trek – all the way from the beginning of trek to the very end.

Simply inspiring village life and antique culture and tradition of the village like; samagaun, samdo, Tiliche, Lapu Bensi and many other can be a life changing trip to Nepal. View of horny mountain Manaslu from samagaun and the same mounain changes the face from Dharmashala and changes by far more at Bhimtang.

On the top of it Stunning views of Manaslu, Larkey peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal,Gyaji Kang, Nemjung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II is admiring key of Short Manaslu circuit trekking.

Suggested itinerary  of  Short Manaslu trek “The spirit mountain”  trekking demands your good physique so; regular runner, gymer, swimmer, trekker will have no problem in this trek but still it is doable for first timers (if you work out at least 2 weeks before the trip).

During winter, trekking is tricky with snow in Larke pass and will challenge your stamina to find the right trail over the pass. Our guide and porter will be always with you for any kind of help.

Below is our guide’s suggested itinerary, but looking at your holiday and physical condition (stamina) it can be customized.

If you are still thinking on what i should do with Manaslu Circuit trekking, this article might be helpful to you.


Restricted trekking route which is being exploited very soon by new road construction is a pristine beauty of nature and antique culture by far. Larkey pass being the longest pass of the world has magnificent view and the villages we walk in lower altitude will greet with interesting way of life and charming people.

Are you wondering on which trek to choose among few remote treks in Nepal or in your second time in Nepal? Manaslu in our itinerary will surely meet your expectations.

Major things to see in Manaslu Trek

  • Village trekking experience
  • Infinite mountain range before and after the pass
  • Changing face of Mt. Manaslu from different villages
  • Antique architecture of Mountain Villages
  • Night at Dharmashala; very near to the Glacier
  • World’s Longest Pass, the Larkey Pass
  • Antique and inspiring life style of People
  • Sunrise from the pass
  • Glacier lake of Birendra Taal / Manaslu Base Camp / Yak shed / Hiking to Monastery
  • Numerous Suspension Bridges
  • Deep and Narrow River Valley

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Drive Kathmandu to Soti khola(710m). Tonight at Soti Khola

• Altitude – 710meters
• Special – Scenery of local village and local people
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Travelling in jeep

For the permit preparation of special trekking region manaslu it takes a day. After the permit work is done, the next day we drive to Soti Khola. Drive is in Prithivi highway in the beginning which is on black topped road. But after Galchi the road to Arughat bazar is mostly off road. It takes around 8 hours to get to soti khola from kathmandu, on 4 wheeler jeep. The bus might take longer. Road is bumpy but the scenery of the rural village, local people on the bus and life of locals is interesting. Paddy field and local farmers working in those terraces looks nicer. We cross several rivers before we get to Soti Khola Bazzar.

Day 2
Hike to Dobhan.

• Altitude – meters
• Special – Pristine landscapes
• Time – 10 hours
• Activity – Walking on different type of terrain

This is your first day hike but will be bit longer than normal hours of walking, although, less than larkey pass day, for about 10 hours. This itinerary is designed for fit trekker with less holidays. Though; other days are as normal as 21 days Mansalu circuit trekking. Do not worry if you have experience of walking loner hours. While walking on different type of terrain, looking at natural formation of pristine landscape will certainly make your walk worthy.
From today, till the last day of the trekking; you will explore village, stay at the local owned tea houses, menu at every eating points from which you will be choosing your lunch dinner and breakfast, which is included if you buy our normal package. You will be with trekking guide, who helps you from choosing food to sleeping warm. You are free to decide on your own but listening to your guide is always wise. Whereas, porter will be carrying your luggage and you need to carry a small day – bag-pack with drinking water, camera, sun screen and your daily usable stuff. Do not worry while traveling with Nepalgram Adventure, but do not forget to eat more and drink enough.

Day 3
Trek from Dobhan to Phillim 1400m; 6 hours approx

• Altitude – meters
• Special – rock fall zone, suspension bridges and villages
• Time – 6 hours hike
• Activity – Walking from the riverside village

Dovan translates to junction of two rivers; this is a small village with few tea houses. We will start hiking from this riverside village to Philim. Today Manaslu Circuit trek passes across the rock fall zone, suspension bridges and few other villages. Rock fall zone comes right after Ekle bhatti village. Philim is a big village and has a school, health post and a police station.

Day 4
From Phillim to Ghap; 6 hours

• Altitude – 2400meters
• Special – Scenery of watterfalls and villages
• Time – 6 hours hike
• Activity – Walking on riverside

Trekking to Ghap is walking on river side, pass numerous villages. Most of the trekkers have their lunch at Chisopani village. Scenery of today are few waterfalls and village seen across the river literally on the cliff opposite to our walking trail. We start our trekking from the village on the side of river and end accordingly. Ghap is on the side of river in a wide open valley.

Day 5
Ghap to Samagaun (3500m)

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – structure of rock morphology from truss bridge
• Time – 10 hours
• Activity – Trekking through jungle

Beginning of the trek passes through the jungle and we will get to the jungle guest house inside the forest. Near to this guest house, there is a truss bridge, from this bridge watch carefully; you will see interesting structure of rock morphology. There is a rock pass across the river; we can say that as a natural bridge. Samagaun is situated at the edge of the narrow valley, once the narrow valley opens wide enough; we will get to the village.
Samagaun has antique village and architecture from centuries ago still exist in this village. Do not forget to walk around to see how simple and inspiring is living here.

Day 6
Acclimatizing day and sightseeing at Samagaun.

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – Samagaun village, birendra lake and manaslu base camp
• Time – 1.5 hour of hike
• Activity – short hike

Samagaun village means village situated in the wide open space. This village is comparatively bigger than other we have passed. Village is nice to see from distance. Main motto of this day is to hike higher and sleep lower so as to acclimatize our body for the pass. We do the same, hike up to Birendra Lake or all the way to Manaslu Base Camp and acclimatize.
Nepalgram tries to find new places to hike around, so far we found a hiking trail toward Yak shed at 1.5 hours away from the village and get into the peace and wilderness. To watch birds, herd of blue sheep and deer on the way is wild enough for Manaslu Circuit trek. Apart from the wilds, we will see yaks grazing all over the meadow; do not tease them, follow your guide’s instruction. If you like glacial lake, choose Birendra lake hiking as day activity; choose Manaslu Base camp if you want to do hardcore trek, or choose hike to monastery or to yak shed if you want solitude. Believe it or not, This choice will make your Manaslu Circuit trek a best trek.

Day 7
From Samagaun to Samdo (3860m); 3 hours

• Altitude – 3860 meters
• Special – view of Manaslu on the trail
• Time – 3 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Because of the altitude change we cannot push further from Smado village today. Go easy and enjoy the nature of the surrounding. Mt Manaslu view disappears today after getting to Samdo village. Samdo is sister village of samagaun.

Day 8
Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4480m); 5 hours

• Altitude – 4480 meters
• Special – glacier and landscapes
• Time – 5 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Dharmashala is base camp for Larke pass. Manaslu Circuit trek is famous for the world’s largest pass and today you will be spending night at the base camp of this pass. Dharmashal is really near to the glacier and the landscape is too much of wilderness. Enjoy your night watching stars. As you are trekking in the mountains cold is not the issue to talk, but at Dharmashala; drink enough sleep as more as you can and eat enough for the hike tomorrow.

Day 9
From Dharmashala to Bhimtang, Today we cross the Larke pass (5213 m) Trek down to Bimtang (3720 m); 8-12 hours

• Altitude – 5213/3720 meters
• Special – Larke Pass
• Time – 8/10 hours
• Activity – Crossing through larke pass

Main day of Manaslu Circuit trek, larkey pass is the awaited attraction of the whole trip to Nepal. It is longest pass of the world; feel proud to walk longer today. We will start early in the morning, after breakfast at the local guest house of Dharmashala. Main aim of walking early is to watch sunrise from higher possible. We will be able to blue sheep really near to us. We will pass by lakes, walk on the glacier, step on the rocks, walk close to the mountains; do not forget to feel the nature beyond your imagination.
Believe it, this is a great day you hiked ever, hard but lifetime memorable. Interesting thing about this pass is, views of the mountain before and after the pass are not comparable to any other landscape you have seen. Scenery gets even better with high mountains and deep glaciers on the other side of the pass. But this pass sometimes gets really windy, to avoid this nature, start descending as soon as you finish the celebration at the top of the pass. We will have pack lunch for this Larkey pass day.

Day 10
Bhimtang to Tiliche

• Altitude – 2300 meters
• Special – View of Sunset
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Celebration on success

Today the trekking ends, generally trekkers celebrate the day in a team, share the experience during the circuit trekking. This day will bring guest and guides closer in a celebration vibe. This probably will be the last day in your mountain for this trip.
Bhimtang has great sunset view and sunrise is coolest on the planet. You will see Mt. Manaslu from the opposite prospective, imagine; samagaun is just behind the giant Manaslu.

Day 11
Trek from Tiliche to Dharapani and Drive to Besisahar

• Altitude – meters
• Special – View of river and small village
• Time – 1 hour hike and 4 hours drive
• Activity – short hike and drive

After breakfast at Tiliche we will hike for 1 hour to get to Dharapani. Dharapani is on the side of river, small village with road access towards Manang.
Interesting to know, this village is connection point of Manaslu Circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek. After getting to Dharapani, we will take jeep to Besishar. The Manaslu Circuit trek ends here. Cheer !

Day 12
Drive back from Besisahar to Kathmandu, tonight at Thamel.

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from the bus
• Time – 6.5 hours
• Activity – Travelling in bus

Besisahar is a small town and a starting point of world famous round Annapurna trekking trail.
We take bus back to kathmandu from Bensisahar in the morning. Getting back to Thamel, time has come to farewell you with promise to see you again. Have a safe travel ahead.

Cost of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek - General Inclusions

  • All your accommodations & meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking; with fresh fruits after every dinner.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu, Dharapani, Bensisahar to Sotikhola, Bensisahar, Kathmandu respectively.
  • Bus from kathmandu to soti khola and back to kathmandu and Shared jeep from Dharapani to Bensisahar
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP and MCAP) entry permit& Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if u need.
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide, with regular check up of oxygen saturation (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All government taxes and office expenses.

Cost of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek - General Exclusions

  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport - Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.

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Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek
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per Person for Service Trip
From $ 1,160.00
per Person for All Inclusive Trip
From $ 1,400.00
per Person for All Comfortable Trip (Free Cancellation and Transferable)

Trip Info of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Jeep/Bus-Car
  • 5106 meters/16748 feet
  • Lodge
  • 2 to 8
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • Remote Trek
  • In Person
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 12
  • 75



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