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12-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Mountaineering, Nature, Trekking, Climbing, Culture, Adventure Sports, Museum, Sightseeing, Walking, Volunteering, Backpacking, Eco Tourism, Glacier

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language

    English, Nepali


Take one of the most rewarding 12-day trekking trails in the Manaslu region of Nepal for far-reaching wonderful views of the Himalayas. Observe the unique cultures of the Gurung and Tibetan people as you pass through beautiful forest areas and riverbanks.

  • A scenic drive to SotiKhola from the capital city of Kathmandu 
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of the highest peaks in the world like Mt.Manaslu(8,156m),  Mt.Annapurna II, etc.
  • Cross the highest point on the trek "Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft)"
  • Rich in biodiversity and natural scenery
  • A wide range of captivating flora and fauna
  • Cultural exploration between Hindu’s and Buddhists
  • Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu expand_more
    • Reach Tribhuvan International airport and travel to the hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2: Arrival in Arughat from Kathmandu expand_more
    • Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and discover the beautiful landscapes on the way.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 3: Trek to Machhi Khola from Soti Khola expand_more
    • Start trekking from Soti Khola, passing through the beautiful villages and stunning waterfalls on the way.

    • Discover the amazing landscape of Machhi Khola, a local fish stream.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 4: Trek to Jagat expand_more
    • Trek along the Budi river. 

    • Pass the Khola Besi village and visit the natural hot spring on the way.

    • Follow the trail that gently climbs over the bridge.

    • See the beautiful landscapes and awesome mountains view.

    • Arrive at Jagat, a beautiful flagstone village square with police checkpoints.

    • Discover the Manaslu Conservation Area.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 5: Trek to Dang expand_more
    • Climb up to Yaru Beshi and visit the waterfall in this region. 

    • Cross the stream on a wooden bridge.

    • Walkthrough the villages and pass by the local villages.

    • Stroll along the river and reach Dang.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 6: Trek to Namrung expand_more
    • Follow the lower trail across the boulder rock and cross a suspension bridge.

    • Pass through the dense forests of rhododendron, pine, fir and juniper.

    • Arrive at the Namrung village that lies in the middle of the green forest.

    • Travel to the nearby police station for a permit check.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 7: Trek to Samagaun expand_more
    • See the excellent mountain view and scenic landscape of the massif Manaslu Himalayan range.

    • Depart from Namrung village and arrive at a river filled with the waters of Pungyen glaciers. 

    • Walk on the yak pasture and arrive at Gompa, locally known as Ro. 

    • Enjoy the incredible views of the Himalayas and the small valley.

    • Trek to Samagaun for an overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 8: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp expand_more
    • Depart from Samagaun.

    • Follow the trail to the Lake and then arrive at the Manaslu Base Camp.

    Overnight stay at the lodge. 

  • Day 9: Trek to Samdo expand_more
    • Arrive at the base of Mt. Manaslu.

    • Follow the trail leading to the south bank of the river passing through the beautiful landscapes.

    • Cross the wooden bridge and arrive at Samdo, the last village in Manaslu trail before Larkya La Pass.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 10: Trek to Dharamshala expand_more
    • Take a scenic walk up to the Himalayas.

    • Travel through the barren area with beautiful landscapes enjoying the spectacular views of north Manaslu as well as the glaciers.

    • Cross some streams on the way and pass by the popular old market called Larkey Bazaar.

    • Take the southern trail and keep climbing up to Dharamshala.

    Overnight stay at the lodge.

  • Day 11: Trek through Larkya La Pass and Descend to Bhimthang expand_more
    • Begin the trek early morning and ascend nearly 700 m up to Larkya La Pass.

    • See the brilliant golden colour sunrise over the Himalayas. 

    • Descend nearly 1,250 m and enjoy the views of the Himalayan range, glacier and sparkling lake at the middle of the glacier.

    • Reach Bhimthang for an overnight stay at the Lodge.

  • Day 12: Trek to Dharapani and Depart for Kathmandu expand_more
    • Depart from Bhimtang and trek towards Dharapani.

    • Take a jeep at Besishar and drive back to Kathmandu.

What's Included
  • International and domestic airport pick-up and drop off services 

  • Three meals a day-breakfast/lunch/dinner with hot drinks 

  • Experienced and knowledgeable English speaking tour guide

  • Accommodation and transportation

  • TIMS Card-Trekkers Information Management System

  • Trekking equipment such as the sleeping bag, down jacket, etc. 

  • Exclusives First Aid box

  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance

  • Appreciation certificate after the successful trek

  • All the government and local taxes

What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry visa fee

  • Surplus luggage charges for domestic airports

  • Additional costs incurred due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies or strikes 

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips for guide and staffs

What to bring

Recommended Trekking Equipment lists


Sun hat

Warm hat and scarf



Sunscreen +40


Face wipes and towels

List for Hands

Lightweight gloves


Body clothing

Down jackets (rental is included if needed)

Sleeping bag- (rental is included if needed)

2 pairs of hiking t-shirts, preferably quick-drying, possibly thermal tops for the treks

Fleece jacket and sweaters

Poncho and rain jacket

Socks, preferably a cotton –mix

Lightweight cotton trekking pants with folding option

Lists of Footwear

The proper Trekking Boots

socks preferably cotton sports socks but take some extra pairs

crampon (optional)

Essential gear

Day Backpack above the 30 L

Pack covers 

thermos Bottel- hard bottle that can be used for boiled drinking water

Water peals

Umbrella / Poncho 

Walking  pole if you need it

Thick Sleeping bag


Laundry soap

Antibacterial Gel




Personal accessories


Cell Phone

Money wallet with Money


Plastic bag


Sewing kit

Extra p photos and passport photocopies

First-aid Kit

Diamox (acetazolamide)


Elastic bandages


Cotton bandages and band-aids

Lancing needle

Antibiotic eye-drops




Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution


Anti-emetic for nausea (not at high altitude)

Loperamide to control diarrhea

Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhea, other infections

Oral rehydration salts

Know before you go

The most important precondition and the best way of avoiding altitude sickness whilst trekking in Nepal is to increase altitude gradually and systematically. In Nepal, a safe altitude to which you can climb rapidly and straight away is: 2,700 – 3000 metres. The most popular mountain airports in Nepal are located in this altitude range: Lukla and Jomsom. On the day of your arrival, you must definitely spend the night at the same altitude.

Thereafter you must stick to a set climbing regime: 300 – 400 altitude meters a day. Accordingly, every overnight stay must be at an altitude of 300 – 400 metres higher than your previous overnight accommodation. Having climbed a total of 1,000 altitude metres, you must devote one whole day to altitude acclimatization and stay overnight at the same altitude. It is advisable to spend the day of altitude acclimatization doing a little trekking leading up to a short stay at a greater altitude (300 – 400 m) before returning and staying overnight at the previous altitude. In Nepal, you will not find it possible to stick to exactly this climbing regime on all trekking routes in the Himalayas, therefore altitude acclimatization days are individually planned for each trekking route.

2nd altitude acclimatization rule: consume lots of liquids while trekking

In the mountains, atmospheric pressure falls as the altitude above sea level increases and this affects your body. Therefore, when trekking in the mountains it’s very important to consume a lot of liquids by drinking lots of tea, juice, soup, and clean water. You should drink at least 3 -4 liters of liquid a day. You can buy a liter of bottled water in teahouses along all the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. You should avoid drinking too much black tea while trekking, as well as giving the coffee a miss on tough days because these drinks can induce heart palpitations and create additional pressure on your heart.

3rd altitude acclimatization rule: avoid alcohol, smoking and using sleeping tablets

When trekking in the mountains, particularly during your ascent you must categorically avoid the use of alcoholic drinks and sedatives or sleeping pills. Like smoking, sedatives artificially reduce the flow of oxygen to the brain, particularly in mountain conditions in which the concentration of oxygen is already reduced. In turn, alcohol has the heightened effect of depriving the body of water or dehydrating it which is a similarly undesirable process when trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal.

4th altitude acclimatization rule: use preventive medicines whilst trekking

Mountain medicine has discovered a range of medicinal products that improve the altitude acclimatization process and reduce the side effects of altitude acclimatization in the mountains such as sleepless nights. These products are widely used by trekkers on popular trekking routes in Nepal like the Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, etc.

Acetazolamide or Diamox®

Of all the medicinal products use to aid altitude acclimatization and treat altitude sickness the most popular is Diamox, whose active substance is Acetazolamide. On the Everest Base Camp trek, Diamox is widely on sale without a prescription in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar. One strip of Diamox contains 10 x 250 mg tablets and in Nepal, you can buy it for 150 – 200 rupees.

Possible alternative names (trademarks) for Acetazolamide include: Acetamox, Acetazolam, Ak-Zol, Apo-Acetazolamide, Atenezol, Cidamex, Dazamide, Defiltran, Dehydratin, Diacarb, Diakarb, Diamox, Didoc, Diluran, Diuramid, Diureticum-Holzinger, Diuriwas, Diutazol, Donmox, Duiramid, Edemox, Eumicton, Fonurit, Glaupax, Glupax, Natrionex, Nephramid, Nephramide, Phonurit, Storzolamide, and Vetamox.

Before trekking it is advisable to start using Diamox 24 hours before your ascent and once you’ve started trekking you should use Diamox twice a day in doses of 125 – 250 mg depending on your body weight in the late morning and in the evening. Kids should be administered a Diamox dose of 2.5 mg per kg of body weight twice a day. It’s important to take Diamox before going to bed, because it deepens the depth of inhalation during sleep, thus improving the body’s supply of oxygen. Diamox is an effective means of preventing pulmonary oedema.

It’s true that Diamox can cause some side effects of which the most common are light tingling of the hands and finger tips, blurred vision, etc. Diamox can also induce allergic reactions; therefore it is recommended that you consult your doctor before use. According to some sources, you should stop taking Diamox on the second or third day after reaching the maximum height on your trekking route, while others say that it is not recommended to use Diamox for longer than 3 -5 days in a row. Based on my own experience during the Everest Base Camp trek, I would recommend starting to think about using Diamox upon reaching Namche Bazaar (3,440 m).

In traditional medicine, Acetazolamide is also used to treat epilepsy and glaucoma.

Ginkgo biloba extract

Studies of the effectiveness of Ginkgo biloba extract during the altitude acclimatization process and of its impact in mountain conditions are still continuing, but experiments have shown that it is effective in helping to reduce symptoms of altitude sickness during trekking. Ginkgo biloba functions as an antioxidant, reducing stress and the supply of oxygen to the brain.

It is recommended that you start using Ginkgo biloba extract at least five days before climbing in doses of 80 – 120 mg twice a day and that you continue using it in the mountains.

Ginkgo biloba extract is a natural product made from ginseng and may be used for prophylactic purposes to improve the functioning of the brain and not just in mountain conditions. It can be bought in pharmacies as a nutritional supplement without prescription.

Garlic soup

One of the best natural recipes for aiding altitude acclimatization that is often recommended by trekking guides in Nepal is garlic and the popular garlic soup served in Nepal’s trekking lodges and teahouses. At first it is likely to taste quite strange, but as you get used to it – you’ll begin to get a taste for it. Garlic soup is also widely available along the Everest Base Camp trek route.

5th altitude acclimatization rule: avoid overexertion from carrying overly heavy rucksacks whilst trekking

Bearing in mind the physical strain and changes in mountain conditions, whilst trekking you would be well advised to avoid overexertion and leave the carrying of your heavy bags to bearers. This doesn’t cost much and you can hire a Sherpa to carry your bags on almost any stage of the Everest Base Camp trek starting from Lukla right through to Pheriche or Dingboche. If you still plan to carry your own rucksack; optimally its weight should not exceed 10 -12 kg.

6th altitude acclimatization rule: don’t go trekking alone

You should always take a guide with you when trekking in the mountains. Altitude sickness symptoms can induce panic or wild behavior so you must have somebody alongside you who can help you at any time you find yourself in trouble. Typically, altitude sickness symptoms get worse at night due to problems acclimatizing to the new altitude reached during the day. If symptoms of altitude sickness force you to depart and descend at night, you simply must have your guide with you at all times!

7th altitude acclimatization rule: don’t climb higher even if you are only suffering from mild symptoms of altitude sickness

If, after reaching a new altitude on your trekking route, you begin to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness, you must not climb higher under any circumstances! You must remain at your current altitude and monitor your symptoms. Usually, altitude sickness symptoms begin to appear 6 -12 hours after reaching a new altitude. Symptoms start appearing in the form of a mild headache which may disappear in a few hours, or, on the contrary, get worse, accompanied by panic, loss of appetite and nausea. Trying to fall asleep you experience wild dreams and mild hallucinations.

During this period, even though you’ve lost your appetite, it’s very important to drink a lot of fluids and to eat, if you haven’t already done so. Garlic soup is recommended as well as Diamox or some headache tablets which liquefy blood and improve blood flow: Paracetamol, Aspirin, Tylenol or Ibumetin.

A real example of inadequate altitude acclimatization was that which I personally experienced during my Everest Base Camp trek. The first altitude acclimatization day (a rest day usually occurs at Namche Bazaar, but we skipped it and next day continued climbing to stay overnight at Khumjung (3870 m) which is 400 m higher than Namche Bazaar. We completed that day’s trekking at about 16:00 and stopped at a Khumjung teahouse. Gradually I began to feel a light all-encompassing pressure at the top of my head which left me feeling as if I was wearing a swimming cap.

Gradually the pain grew stronger in my forehead, but at about 22:00 when I was getting ready to fall asleep, I was overcome by a feeling of alarm that I’d never felt before and a slight case of nausea. It was as if I was short of air. I took some Diamox, drank a lot of fluids and headed to the teahouse’s big bedroom to sleep because it was cooler there. I struggled with sleeplessness and nightmares for another few hours and only fell asleep towards morning. The next day I ate breakfast and felt a lot better again. We continued trekking because the planned altitude regime along the route favored the continued altitude acclimatization process.

It was a mistake to climb higher without a full day’s altitude acclimatization at Namche Bazaar.

8th altitude acclimatization rule: descend immediately if your altitude sickness symptoms get worse

If the usual painkillers used to treat headaches (Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibumetin, etc.) don’t help and your headache doesn’t pass, this indicates that the altitude sickness is getting worse. In the event that upon reaching a new altitude along the trekking route the symptoms of altitude sickness don’t pass and get worse; the most effective treatment is to descend without delay to a lower altitude. You must descend without delay even at night. You must be accompanied by your guide and take everything with you that you need for the journey. Under no circumstances should you descend alone. At the Himalayas Khumbu region Machermo HRA Medical Point, I heard a story about a trekker who died at night after falling into a gulley from a narrow or icy hill path whilst suffering from altitude sickness resulting in a loss of balance and sense of disorientation.

In such circumstances you should reduce your altitude to at least the altitude at which you made your previous overnight stay where you didn’t notice any signs of altitude sickness and, if possible; descend even lower. You will feel the benefits after reducing your altitude by 500 – 1,000 altitude metres. You should use medicines, additional oxygen, and your compression bag or Gamow Bag if you have them available.

9th rule: never leave anybody alone with signs of altitude sickness

Never leave a person showing signs of altitude sickness alone. He could begin to experience rapidly deteriorating altitude sickness symptoms and it may be necessary to urgently evacuate him to a lower place.

10th acclimatization rule: dress warmly when trekking and don’t overexert yourself

You should keep warm at all times when trekking and prevent your body from cooling, particularly during the first stage of altitude acclimatization. Check to make sure that your clothing is always dry. In the mountains the air is dry and it’s usually windy.


As sweat evaporates, it increasingly cools the body, narrowing arteries and reducing the supply of blood and oxygen reaching your organs, thus creating conducive conditions for altitude sickness to get worse. Special technical clothing has been invented for trekking in the mountains, which ensures that the body breathes and gets rid of sweat as effectively as possible.

By observing all of these rules, trekking in Nepal, especially the Everest Base Camp trek will be a fun experience and you’ll arrive home with fantastic memories and impressions of your time in Nepal and the Himalayas.

If you have any specific questions about altitude acclimatization along Nepal’s trekking routes, please feel free to write to me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Meeting Point

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

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