Manaslu Circuit Trekking used to be one of the restricted trekking routes. Only a few people have done trekking in that region. This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. It is one of the pristine trekking routes: most of the cultural and religious values are still intact. It follows an ancient salt trading route along the steep-sided Budhi Gandaki river with pine-forests, Buddhist monasteries, different flora and fauna, and endangered animals such as snow leopards and pandas. You can also get a clear view of Manaslu along the way.
The inhabitants of this region are called Nupri, direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress, customs and way of life are almost exclusively Tibetan. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet. Here you can find more products from Tibet than from Nepal; for example, Chinese cigarettes are found more frequently than Nepali cigarettes. The views of the mountains in Nupri are marvellous and the crossing of the Larkya La is one of the most remarkable in the Himalaya.
Trekkers planning to travel to controlled areas in Nepal opened for group trekking need to get trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration under the Home Ministry. The govern-ment has opened following previously restricted trekking areas for the group trekkers. Trekking permits will not be issued to individual trekkers in those trekking areas. Require minimum 2 Pax to do this trekking because it is a restricted area.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m). It takes around 9 hours.
Trek from Soti Khola to Mancha Khola (869m). It takes around 6 hours.
Trek from Mancha Khola to Jagat (1340m). It takes around 7 hours.
Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860). It takes around 6 hours.
Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m). It takes around 6 hours.
Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m). It takes around 4 hours.
Trek from Loh to Sama Gaun (3520m). It takes around 4 hours.
Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (9875m). It takes around 4 hours.
Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m ). It takes around 4 hours.
Trek from Dharmasala to Larkyala pas (5106m ) to Bimtang (3590m). It takes around 9 hours
Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1963m). It takes around 7 hours.
Drive group jeep from Dharapani to Beshisahar (770m). It takes around 6 hours.
Drive from Beshisahar back to Kathmandu. It takes around 7 hours.