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 of 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, climbing up to a higher altitude makes the Trek much more complicated.
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 varies depending upon different factors. The distance of this Trek can differ depending on 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 Trek from Arughat or drive to Sotikhola and start the Trek. The Trek concludes at Besisahar, the starting point of the world-famous Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Furthermore, you will have a few acclimatization hikes during the Trek, further increasing your trekking distance.
There is a day-by-day breakdown to understand the Manaslu Circuit Trek distance better.
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, it might take 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 bridges 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 completing 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 a 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 pretty 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 walking to reach Samdo.
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 an 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, an8 KM long trail. After a 3-hour walk from Tilije and 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 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 quickly 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.
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 is around 13 km from your Manaslu Circuit Trek.
However, if you decide to hire us to manage the Trek, then Soti Khola is the starting point for the Trek in our itinerary.
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 challenging?
Talking about the difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is a moderately challenging trek. One of the most challenging parts of this Trek is crossing Larkya La Pass at 5125 meters. Furthermore, the Trek consists 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 the Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a significant factor in determining the difficulty of the Trek.
Since Manaslu Trekking is a long-distance trek, you will have to walk for a more extended 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, trekking distance can be a significant challenge. However, you can conquer this Manaslu Trek with proper training and preparation.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate to strenuous level trek that takes us to the Manaslu region’s untouched areas. This Manaslu Circuit Trek distance day to day breakdown follows a standard itinerary. However, the itinerary can vary depending on the trekking route, the trekking agency, and the guide you hire. Please contact us if you have any further queries regarding the Manaslu Circuit trek or any other trek or tour in Nepal. Or, if you are not satisfied with our itinerary, we can help you personalize your itinerary. Learn more on Manaslu Trek via “Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs.”