Must Click Manaslu Circuit Photos

The Manaslu Circuit is a trekker’s paradise that beckons adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers from around the world. The pristine landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and a taste of the Himalayan wilderness provide ample opportunities to the photographers. Here, we present a collection of must-click Manaslu Circuit photos that capture the breathtaking beauty and cultural richness of Manaslu Circuit.

  1. The Majestic Manaslu Peak

The crown jewel of the Manaslu Circuit, the Manaslu Peak, stands tall at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). Capturing this snow-capped giant against clear blue skies or amidst swirling clouds is a photographer's delight. The play of light and shadows on its rugged slopes creates a mesmerizing spectacle. We recommend you capture Manaslu Peak during the morning or late afternoon. Choose the shooting location carefully, most trekkers take Manaslu Peak pictures from Sama Gaun, Samdo, and Lho. Wide-angle lenses can truly capture the vastness of Manaslu and its surroundings.


  1. Suspension Bridges

The Manaslu circuit contains numerous suspension bridges that hang gracefully over roaring river gorges. You can use these architectural marvels to take perfect dramatic shots as you traverse them. Moreover, you can click the pictures of these suspension bridges as people cross them. You will not find such bridges in developed nonmountainous countries. 


  1. Prayer Flags Fluttering

Colorful prayer flags are a common sight along the trail. Legends state that the custom of prayer flags has its origins in Gautam Buddha. The colorful prayer flags come in five colors, representing five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Capturing these flags fluttering in the wind against the backdrop of lush green forests or towering peaks adds a spiritual and vibrant element to your photos.


  1. Traditional villages on the trails

The traditional Himalayan villages that dot the Manaslu Circuit are also very captivating. These remote villages seem like timeless gems frozen in the embrace of the towering peaks. The intricate traditional architecture captures the essence of Himalayan culture. Each narrow alleyway and intricately carved doorway tells a story of resilience and community spirit, making it an irresistible subject for the lens. So, consider capturing these villages through your lenses.


  1. Turquoise Mountain Lakes

There are several water bodies along the Manaslu Circuit, including the famous Birendra Lake.  These pristine bodies of water, reflecting the surrounding peaks, offer a tranquil and photogenic respite along the trail. Birendra Tal is 45-minute trek from Sama Gaon. As you head to cross the Larkya La pass, you will come across four frozen lakes that are stunning. We advise you to capture these water bodies for the future.  


  1. Yaks on the Move



Yaks are the unsung heroes of the Himalayas, carrying essential supplies along the trail. Capturing these gentle giants with their imposing horns against the rugged terrain is a visually rewarding experience for any photographer. These sturdy and gentle giants are integral to the region's way of life and make for stunning subjects in your camera frame. The yaks and their shaggy coats against the backdrop of towering peaks create a dramatic contrast, offering a perfect opportunity for striking landscape compositions. Moreover, photographing the herders with their yaks through the challenging terrain conveys a profound sense of harmony with nature and the resilience required to thrive in this harsh environment. 


  1. Sunrise over Larkya La Pass 

Strong winds make Larkya La Pass almost impossible to cross during the day, so you will be crossing Larkya La Pass in the morning, at the most favorable time to take pictures. As the first rays of the sun kiss the snow-capped peaks, the entire landscape comes to life with a surreal, golden glow. This magical moment offers numerous photographic opportunities, from capturing the imposing silhouette of Larkya Peak against the dawn sky to framing the prayer flags adorning the pass as they dance in the gentle mountain breeze. Your Manaslu Circuit Photos will be incomplete without pictures from Larkya La Pass.


  1. Local traditions

Local traditions and festivals in the Manaslu trek region provide a rich tapestry of cultural experiences you can skillfully capture through your lenses. From the dance performances during festivals to the solemn and spiritual rituals in the ancient monasteries, you can capture countless moments. The colorful attire of locals, adorned with traditional jewelry and textiles, adds a visual vibrancy to the celebrations, making them a photographer's delight. The two most prominent celebrations in the Manaslu region are the Lhosar and Tsum Shagya Centennial Festivals.


  1. The flora and fauna

The Manaslu Circuit trek region offers fantastic opportunities for flora and fauna photography. As you navigate its diverse landscapes, you will encounter lush rhododendron forests in spring, their vibrant blooms painting the mountainsides with shades of red and pink. The dense forests are home to several bird species, making it a birdwatcher's paradise. Keep your camera ready to capture glimpses of Himalayan pheasants, colorful flycatchers, and majestic eagles soaring above. Additionally, the Manaslu Conservation Area is a sanctuary for Himalayan wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep (bharal), and Himalayan tahr. 


  1. The human touch

Finally, do not forget to capture the expressions of awe, determination, and joy on the faces of your fellow travelers as they experience the beauty and challenges of the Manaslu Circuit.  You can also capture the lodges you stay in, the typical food you taste, and interactions with the locals. These candid shots reflect the human spirit in the midst of nature's grandeur.



The Manaslu Circuit is not just a trek. It's a visual journey through one of the most stunning and culturally rich regions in Nepal. Each of these must-click Manaslu Circuit photos tells a story of adventure, culture, and the timeless allure of the Himalayas. So, as you head to Manslu Cricuit, pack your camera, lace up your boots, and embark on a photographic adventure of a lifetime. 

Discovery World Trekking is a responsible trek and tour company with over a decade of experience. If you trek with us, our staff members will remind you about the photographic opportunities as they unfold on the trails. 

If you need help, email us at [email protected] or call/Viber/WhatsApp at +977-9840055491.  


Paul Gurung

Paul has an extensive experience in the tourism industry. Through his blogs, he shares his deep knowledge about the stunning trek regions in Nepal, inspiring trekkers worldwide to explore these regions and enrich their lives. In addition to geography, his writings delve into the human side of the trek regions, including culture, traditions, religions, and etiquette, offering a comprehensive and enriching perspective on the Himalayan trekking and expedition experience.