Manaslu Circuit Trek


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You need to be in average physical condition, able to walk up to a maximum of 5 hours a day on unpaved trails and track.



Spellbinding, breathtaking, and one of its kind, the Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best-hidden gems in the Nepalese Himalayas. Exhibiting the eighth tallest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8163 m) the trail takes you up close and personal with the peak and the locals living in the remotest parts of Nepal. Being one of the latest regions opened for trekking in Nepal, this region still has the possibility to witness some of the eccentric delights held beside the mighty mountains.

One of the best benefits of doing a circuit is that each day you can enjoy a new adventure. Without the need to retrace your steps Manalsu circuit rounds up to be a bundle of unique and diverse trekking experiences planned just for you. Manaslu can be grueling yet rejuvenating at the same time. The “Mountain of the Spirit” Manaslu never fails to amaze visitors with scenic views, interesting culture, beautiful wildlife & vegetation, fantastic walking trails, and frequent unique adventures. Completing the trek visitors can return with memories and stories of a remarkable journey far from modern amenities nevertheless very close to the heart.

Itinerary Walk-through

A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu Valley takes you to the trailhead for this trek. Your trek to the Manaslu region begins from the small town of Soti Khola. The first segment of the path goes through sub-tropical forests and typical hilly villages. Passing by the terraced farmlands beside the beautiful Buri Gandaki River, you will reach Jagat. From here you will witness a significant change in terrain as well as vegetation with gained elevation. By entering the restricted regions next the trail will be even more beautiful and settlements few and far between. Stopping in the traditional villages you will always have time to visit the monasteries and sometimes take brief side trips. The day of crossing Larkey La pass will push you to your limits. However, the view from the top is one to treasure forever. The trail joins the Annapurna region and the trek will end at Dharapani.

Manaslu region can be that peaceful break you want to experience from your regular life getting to know the nature and culture of the places you mightn’t have imagined before. Taking that extra step defines your life as a traveler and free soul. Manaslu circuit trek is just a click away and you will be able to embrace the Himalayas with it. If this sounds like your kind of adventure reach out to View Nepal Today and let us take care of it.

Why Manaslu circuit could be an ideal trek for you!

  • The trail to complete the Manaslu Circuit is considered one of the best off-the-beaten-track trails in the Himalayas. The teahouse trekking adventure here is top-tier for authentic trek lovers all around the world.
  • Magnificent views of the Mansri Himal range highlighting Mount Manaslu (8163 m, the 8th tallest peak in the world). Every sunrise and sunset would be picturesque for you throughout the trail.
  • A well-rounded cultural experience passing by traditional villages and farmlands on the lower regions of Manalsu. The Ghale, Gurung, and Bhotia communities all have their unique culture and tradition for trekkers to get a close look at.
  • The high elevation trails of the circuit is one of the most unique and remote terrains you can trek at while in the Himalayas. You can enjoy sceneries unlike anywhere else in the world while you are here.
  • Wildlife and vegetation protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area will give the trek a natural closeness for travelers. You can also spot or stumble upon rare species like Snow leopard, Lynx, Himalayan brown bear, Musk deer, and more if lucky during your trek.
  • You can witness an undisturbed lifestyle and the inspiration from Tibetan Buddhism as you head more north during the trek. It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to look at the traditional art of living in the Himalayas.
  • Manaslu circuit trek as of now is perfectly balanced as a popular yet undiscovered trekking region in Nepalese Himalayas. It means you can have an authentic trekking experience whilst also benefitting from the general facilities required for trekkers here.
  • Manaslu circuit, with its unique features can be a good choice for experienced trekkers as well with some fantastic challenging trails to try in comparison to other popular trekking regions of Nepal.

Other Alternative Treks to Consider

Although the Manaslu region doesn’t have as many trails as Annapurna, there are some fantastic treks one can choose for a complete experience here. One of the best-restricted area treks in Nepal, the Tsum Valley trek is in this region. You can combine the Manaslu circuit with the Tsum Valley trek for even better results of trekking in the Himalayas. The standard Manaslu circuit also allows you to include some other side trail options like Birendra Tal, Pungen Gompa, Serang Gompa, Kal Tal, Rui La pass, and Himalchuli Base Camp.

Best Time to do this Trek

The best time for Manaslu Circuit is during the spring season in Nepal through mid-march to May. These months provide the best weather to trek in the high altitude region. The starting segments of the trek will highlight the beautiful rhododendron forest and the clear transition through different climate zones to Larke La pass. Your next best period is the months of October and November covering the autumn season. By planning your trek during the major festivals of Nepal (Dashain & Tihar), you can get to know more of the Nepalese culture and Traditions. Avoid heavy monsoon and extreme winter while choosing to do the Manaslu circuit trek.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journeys.

Day 03: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs

Day 09: Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.

Day 10: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala / Larke Phedi 4,460 m - 04 hrs.

Day 12: Cross Larke la 5,106 m / 16,849 ft and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu via Besisar - 07 hrs.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.

Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our staff who will transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed from jet lag, View Nepal guide/leader will brief on Manaslu Circuit Trek that includes information of hotels, lodges on the route with evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment.

Meal

Dinner

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1,400 m

Starting this wonderful journey around Manaslu Himal area with morning drive on the main road for few hours, and then over Trisuli River to reach at Dhading Besi, a hill town, from here on the dirt / rough road to Arughat Bazaar. From here transfer to another vehicle taking a rough drive on a dirt road to Soti Khola passing several villages and farm areas, with views of Mt. Manaslu driving ups and downs till Soti Khola is reached for the overnight stop.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

600m

From this village, the first-day walk starts on a good trail following Buri Gandaki River, passing farmland and villages, and then crossing a bridge over Nuali Khola with nice views of waterfalls. The walk leads on neat stone steps with another bridge to cross to reach Machha-Khola for an overnight stop, this village is named Machha- Khola which means a Fish streams.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

930 m

Morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding trail to Tatopani “Hot Spring”. At Tatopani time permitting enjoy the refreshing hot bathe, after a fine stop walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following Buri Gandaki River to Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge. Jagat is a nice village with a lodge, shops, and stores that make this village important for travelers to stop for overnight.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

1,410 m

From Jagat continue to walk to a higher area still following Buri Gandaki River, coming across small farm village of Sidibas Bazaar, a lovely neat village with rest here a short climb and downhill to cross a suspension bridge to reach Nagjet. From here climb up to Philim, this is quite a large village with scattered farmhouses, after Philim trek onwards through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb a rocky ridge-top into the bamboo forest to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

1,800 m

After Dyang onward heading to cooler climate into the alpine zone, morning walk continues with descending to a river reaching Bihi Bazaar. A small village near Riverside, villages from here higher up with more Tibetan culture of Buddhist religions, walk leads on a gradual trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village for an overnight stop.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

2,160 m

Morning from Ghap village walk along Budhi-Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat, and millets, and then to Numrung village with of Mt. Manaslu North Face, from here continue walk passing villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, gaining much altitude with an hour up to Shrip village, from here few hours walk to Lo Bazaar for an overnight stop in a nice lodge with local hospitality.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,180 m

After Lo village, feel the altitude with cool temperature, from here onward tree lines disappear for few short juniper bushes and some Willow and Juniper trees, walk on a nice trail with views of snowcapped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Sama-Gaon for two overnight stops, situated on route Manaslu base camp and Larke-la.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,530 m

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher area and over Larke-la pass, on this leisure day explore the interesting village of Sama-Gaon with strong Tibetan culture and custom, this village lies on an old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan route of Nepal / Tibet, where trade and bartering still exist between in smaller number at present.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,530 m

With pleasant and exciting morning facing views of the Annapurna range of peaks, morning leads to a short walk up to reach our main destination at Annapurna base camp, starting our trek heading higher up on grassy hill slopes to reach a small plateau and a level ground. As walk advance towards Annapurna Base Camp, with breathtaking views of Annapurna peaks that surround you within the sanctuary with a giant wall of Mt. Annapurna I. After a good scenic walk reaching Annapurna Base Camp a magnificent spot with a few large lodges, offers incredible views of giant snowcapped peaks that encircle this scenic spot at base camp, afternoon at leisure to enjoy mountain views. Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. The Sanctuary has been christened as "Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

3,860 m

Today a short walk to Larke Phedi or Dharmasala, after Samdo village leading to cross a few streams towards a dry and barren area, the morning walk is not tough except for altitude. Walking with a few short ups and downs and then completing the day at Larke Phedi, means the base of Larke-la pass. The afternoon takes a short hike and explores this beautiful area, where a strong trade market used to take place with Tibetans in the early days.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

4,460 m

Adventure with long daily walks, starting early morning to reach on top Larke-la pass at 5,106 meters, climb leads with amazing views of surrounding hills and valley including Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and of Peak 29. After a hard climb reaching on top, the pass festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after enjoying the views and rest, descend to reach back into the forested area and at Bimthang for an overnight stop after a hard long day walk.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

5,106 m

After a tough and long days walk of the previous day, today is an easy-moderate trek downhill most of the way to Gho, located in the middle of a pristine forested area.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Tea House/Lodge

Altitude

2,560 m

From Gho morning last day walk on a downhill to Telje village by Marysangdi River, after this nice village an hour climb to Dharapani village, a nice large village of alpine climate standing at a junction of Manaslu and popular Annapurna circuit trail of Manang area.

Meal

B-L-D

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1,860 m

Last day in high Himalaya, morning drive leads downhill past nice villages of Syange, Ngadi, Bulbule following the Marysangdi River all the way to a big town at Besisahar, the headquarter of Lamjung district, from here few hours’ a drive to Dumre, located on Pokhara and Kathmandu highway, from here an interesting drive reaches you at Kathmandu after a great mesmerizing time and adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Meal

Breakfast and Lunch

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

760 m

A free and leisure day in Kathmandu for individual activities or shopping, interested people can join in for interesting sightseeing tours around Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan cities, as these city steeped with historical and World Heritage Sites.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel/Lodge

Altitude

1,400 m

Last day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Manaslu Circuit trekking, as per your flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Meal

Breakfast

Accomodation

Hotel

Altitude

1,400 m

What is Included ?

    • All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
    • Three Star (Tourist Standard) hotel in Kathmandu with bed / breakfast basis.
    • A guide who can speak English and government licensed.
    • Porter (2 clients: 1 porter).
    • Food in Trekking (B-L-D).
    • Lodge accommodation during trekking.
    • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card.
    • Manaslu restricted area permit.
    • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems), Manaslu and Annapurna Area Conservation and Special Permit for Manaslu Area.
    • Transportation by bus before and after trek with trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.
    • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
    • Note: We strongly advise you to take out your personal travel insurance from home.

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
    • Drinks items (soft & hard), personal expenses.
    • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
    • Tips for guide and porter.
    • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you. We also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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Preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Your Manaslu trek preparation must start as soon as you have confirmed booking it. Make a list of required gears and equipment and discuss with your guide for the trek to check your packing list. Make sure you have the appropriate items of clothing for the weather conditions in Nepal. Apart from this you can look at the included items and services by the trekking company and make the required changes. Make sure you are both comfortable and ready for the trek.
Manaslu circuit trek falls under the lower scale of difficult treks in Nepal. In some ways, it can be used as the introduction to challenging trails available in the Himalayas. Preparing for the trek requires you to be fairly fit with some prior trekking/hiking experience. Your guides and porters can then make sure that you can complete the trek safely and hassle-free.

Travel and medical insurance

Get reliable travel and medical insurance before beginning your trek. It is highly recommended for anyone trekking in the remote Himalayas. Not only it will let your mind be at ease but it help you with any unforeseen complications during the trek. Your policy should cover delays, postponement or cancellation of the confirmed trek too just in case. Similarly, good travel insurance should also cover Emergency Evacuations and other major expenses throughout the circuit trek. If you are not sure about selection, our support staff will suggest to you some of the best companies out there for the Manaslu circuit trek.

FAQs

How fit one has to be for trekking in the Manaslu region?
You have to be reasonably fit to do complete the trek. One of the major advantages here is that your walking hours per day is managed properly so that you will have adequate distance to cover each day. The fitness will be tested specially for the Larke La pass day.

What are the required permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
This trek will require you to have three different permits. The Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP). All of these can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu.

Why Manaslu circuit trek an alternative to the more popular Annapurna region trails?
The trail to the Manaslu circuit is sometimes preferable to the Annapurna region for a few regions. The first is being less crowded during the trekking season in Nepal. This circuit has more cultural elements for travelers to delve into. And last but not the least, Manaslu circuit tends to be cheaper in comparison to other similar length treks.

Are local guides knowledgeable for the trek? What happens in case of emergencies?
Yes, the guides provided by View Nepal for your trek are both experienced and knowledgeable. They have done the circuit multiple times before and can assure you a great experience with a bonus local flair of their own.

What to pack for this trek going over 5000 meters of elevation?
Make a checklist of necessary gears and equipment for the trek. Depending on your time of visit you might have to add a few more items. It is a good practice to communicate with your guide while packing for the trek.

Can I get more information regarding altitude sickness & acclimatization during the Manaslu circuit trek?
Altitude sickness is an illness faced when your body can't properly adapt to high elevation. It could be of regular to life-threatening scale. The common symptoms are headache, nausea, vomiting, and short-breathiness. Follow your guide’s instruction if you see some of these symptoms and act accordingly.

How customizable is the itinerary for the circuit?
You can add a few days or nearby destinations to your standard itinerary devised by the View Nepal experts. If you have your own plan let us know and we will devise the best plan for the trek.

Are there fixed departures available for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, fixed departures are available for the Manaslu region. As there are multiple times for it, you can ask for their information with our team. Fixed departures are often budget-friendly and you can benefit from travelling with like-minded trekkers to complete the trek.

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