Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance | Day to Day Distance Breakdown

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten-trail treks in Nepal. Unlike the popular Annapurna and Everest Region, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less crowded and unexplored trekking region nestled amid the Himalayas. It is the best way to explore and experience life outside of the luxury of the cities.

Trekking in Manaslu Region means you will be trekking through one of the remote areas of Nepal. Manaslu Trek is located in the western part of Nepal that takes you to the foothill of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the 8th highest mountain in the world. The trek rewards the trekkers with spectacular views of the Himalayas, varied landscapes, magnificent passes, fast-flowing rivers, waterfalls, suspension bridges, and many more. Along with natural beauty, you can explore the cultural insight of the Tibetan locals of the Manaslu region. You will get a truly magical feeling when you get the views Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, etc just in front of your eyes.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderately challenging trekking destination in Nepal. However, as you climb up to the higher altitude, the trek becomes much harder.

Today we will discuss the Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance. Read further to learn more about the Manaslu Circuit trek routes and distance.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance varies depending upon different factors. The distance of this trek can differ depending upon the starting point and the endpoint of the trek. The total Manaslu Circuit trek distance is around 177 km.

This 15 Days Manaslu trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek. Depending on the package or itinerary you choose, the actual starting point differs and so does the total distance of the Manaslu trek.

The starting point of Manaslu Trekking is Arughat Bazar, situated in the Gorkha District. However, there is a motorable road till Sotikhola, so you can either choose to trek from Arughat or drive to Sotikhola and start the trek from there. The trek concludes at Besisahar which is also the starting point of world-famous Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Furthermore, you will have few acclimatization hikes during the trek that will further increase your trekking distance.

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To better understand the Manaslu Circuit Trek distance, here is a day by day breakdown.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance and Route

Distance from Kathmandu (1400m) to Soti Khola (700m)

Sotikhola is the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The total distance from Kathmandu to Soti Khola is around 140km.

It will take us 6 to 12 hours to complete depending upon modes of land transportation.

Distance from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Today is the first day of the Manaslu trekking. The total trekking distance from Soti Khola to Machi Khola is 23.28KM. It will take us around 5 hours to cover this distance. However, the duration can alter depending upon your walking speed.

Thus if you are a first-time trekker and slow walker, then it might take you about 6 to 7 hours to reach Maccha Khola.

Distance from Machha Khola to Jagat

You will have to cover a distance of 23 KM to reach Jagat from Maccha Khola. The trail consists of uphills and downhill and you have to cross some suspension bridge to reach Jagat.

The duration of the trek to cover this walking distance is about 6 to 7 hours. 

Distance from Jagat to Deng

There is a checkpoint in Jagat where you will have to show your Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. After the completion of the permit checking process, we will head towards Deng. The total trekking distance from Jagat to Deng is about 21 KM.

You will be walking along the beautiful rivers of Ghatta Khola and Deng Khola. It will take us around 6 hours to complete today’s trek.

Distance from Deng to Namrung

On this day, you will be walking toward Namrung from Deng which is about 19.4 KM long trekking route. You need to walk for 5-6 hours to reach Namrung from Deng.

As the trail from Namrung to Deng involves steep climbing along with criss-cross routes, it is quite challenging.

Distance from Namrung to Lho

You will have to cover a distance of 11 kilometers from Namrung to Lho. Today we will be crossing the Budhi Gandaki river and walking along the forest.

After walking for around 4 to 5 hours, we will reach the large village of Lho.

Distance from Lho to Samagaon

The total distance you will have to cover from Lho to Samagaon is 18 KM. You will have a short hike of only about two hours towards Shyala village.

You will explore the Pungyen monastery and many Chortens along the trail to Samagaon. And if you want you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp from Samagaon.

Distance from Samagaon to Samdo

Today, you will be heading toward the beautiful Samdo village from where you can hike up to Manaslu Base Camp to get a picturesque view of Mount Manaslu and the surrounding mountain.

You will cover a walking distance of 17 KM to reach Samdo from Samagaon. It will take around 4 to 5 hours of walk to reach Samdo.

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Distance from Samdo to Dharmasala / Larkya Phedi

Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi. The total distance from Samdo to Dharmasala is 12.45 kilometers. You will have to walk for around 3 to 4 hours to reach Dharmasala from Samdo village.

After crossing several Mani walls and prayer flags, a final uphill climb will take you to your final destination at Larkya Phedi.

Distance from Larkya Phedi to Bimthang

Today is the day you will cross the iconic Larkya La Pass. Today you will walk 24 kilometers distance to reach Bimthang from Dharmasala. It is the longest walking day as you have to cover a longer distance. You will have to walk for 8 to 9 hours to reach Bimthang from Dharmasala

Larkya La Pass which is at the altitude of 5160 meters, is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Hence, it is the most challenging trek of this entire trek.

Distance from Bimthang to Tilije

The total distance between Bimthang and Tilije is 26 KM. The trail that you will be walking today is relatively easy as you have crossed the most challenging parts of the trek.

It will take you around 6 hours to reach Tilije from Bimthang.

Distance from Tilije to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar

Today is the final day of trekking. You will be walking toward Dharapani from Tilije which is an 8 KM long trail. After a 3 hours walk from Tilije along with the beautiful villages and Mani walls, you will reach Dharapani. Dharapani is also the starting point of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek.

From Dharapani, you will take a local bus to Besisahar from Dharapani which takes you around 5 hours to cover the distance between Dharapani and Besisahar.

Distance from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Today, your trip concludes. You will be getting back to Kathmandu from Besisahar. The total distance between Besisahar to Kathmandu is 186 kilometers. You can easily get a local bus or Jeep to Kathmandu from Besisahar. It will take around 6 to 8 hours drive to reach Kathmandu.

You will enjoy the scenic views of the Trishuli river, terraced farming, unique landscape, and vegetation on your back to Kathmandu.

Side Trip to Tsum Valley: Distance Added- 55-70 km

Tsum Vally is another popular trek in the Manaslu region that takes you to the remote Tibetan Buddhist land near the Tibet-Nepal border. It is an excellent side trip to the remote and well-preserved region of Tsum.

You need 2 to 3 extra days to complete this Tsum Valley trek along with Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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Tips Reduce the Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance

Soti Khola as your actual starting point

In most of the Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary, the starting point of the trek is Arughat Bazar. However, instead of trekking from Arughat to Soti Khola, you get a local bus to drive to Soti Khola. This reduces a day of trekking and reduces around 13 km from your Manaslu Circuit Trek.

However, if you decide to hire us to manage the trek, then in our itinerary, Soti khola is the starting point of the trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance | Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Is Distance a Major Factor for Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty?

The most common question we get from our clients is “How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?” So, is it really difficult?

Talking about the difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is a moderately challenging trek. One of the most challenging part of this trek is crossing Larkya La Pass which is at an alitude of 5125 meters. Furthermore, the trek consist of many ascending and descending trails and you will be walking along steep and narrow ridges. So, you must be very careful!

Many factors such as duration of the trek, altitude, weather, and temperature determines the Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulties . Besides that the total distance of Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a major factor determining the difficulty of the Trek.

Since Manaslu Trekking is a long distance trek, you will have to walk for a longer period in a day. You will be walking for 6-7 hours daily to complete the Manaslu trek distance.

If you are trekking in Nepal for the first time then trekking distance can be the major challenge for you. However, with proper training and preparation, you can conquer this Manaslu Trek.

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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate to strenuous level trek that take us to the untouched areas of Manaslu region. This Manaslu Circuit Trek distance day to day breakdown follows a standard itinerary. However, the itinerary can be varied depending upon the trekking route you choose, the trekking agency and guide you hire.

If you have any further query or question regarding the Manaslu Circuit trek or any other trek or tour in Nepal, then please feel free to contact us. Or if you are not satisfied with our itinerary, then we can help you personalize your own itinerary as well. Learn more on Manaslu Trek via “Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs