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Manaslu Circuit Trek

(1 Review)
  • 17 Days
  • Difficulty : Streneous
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 5106m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • The trek offers spectacular views of the Manaslu mountain range.
  • Pass by several beautiful villages, home to diverse ethnic groups, including the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetans.
  • Get to the Larkya La Pass which is the highest point on the trek.
  • Travel through the diverse landscapes, including beautiful forests, waterfalls, and high mountain passes.
  • The untouched and remoteness of the region offers a true wilderness experience.
  • The trek route is less commercialized than other popular treks in the region.

Overview of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Are you ready to take on an adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a stunning trekking route that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. With soaring peaks, lush forests, and rich cultural heritage, this trek is an absolute must for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

At an altitude of 8,163 meters, Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest peak in the world, and the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a thrilling journey around this towering mountain. The trek takes you through pristine forests, remote villages, and high mountain passes, providing stunning views of the Himalayan ranges.

Trekking in the Manaslu region is a unique experience as it is relatively untouched by modernization, offering a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Nepalese people. The trekking route passes through several small villages where you can interact with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions.

The trek starts in the town of Arughat, which is a scenic seven-hour drive from Kathmandu. From there, the trail takes you through the villages of Soti Khola, Machha Khola, and Jagat, before reaching the village of Deng. Along the way, you will cross suspension bridges over raging rivers, walk through terraced fields, and enjoy breathtaking views of waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.

The trek then continues through the villages of Namrung and Lho where you get a chance to witness the unique architecture and culture of the region. The trail then ascends to the high-altitude village of Samagaon, where you can explore the local monasteries and enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

One of the highlights of the trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass, which is one of the highest mountain passes in the world at an altitude of 5,135 meters. The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Furthermore, the feeling of accomplishment upon reaching the summit is truly exhilarating.

After crossing the pass, the trail descends through the villages of Bhimthang, Tilije, and Chamje, before ending in the town of Besishahar. The entire trek takes around 14-16 days, depending on your itinerary and fitness level.

When trekking in the Manaslu region, trekkers should be prepared for the challenging terrain and altitude. Proper acclimatization, physical fitness, and appropriate gear are crucial to ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. It is recommended to go with a licensed and experienced guide who can provide support and guidance throughout the trek.

In conclusion, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and challenging trekking. With its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, it is no wonder that this trek has become increasingly popular among trekkers from around the world. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey of a lifetime in the majestic Manaslu region of Nepal!

Trek Cost for Manaslu Circuit

Various factors can affect the trek cost for Manaslu Circuit. The trek duration, route, transportation, season, level of customization, group size, personal expenses, etc are some of the factors. Adventure Walkway provides the ideal package for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It includes everything from transportation as per itinerary, accommodations, meals, trekking permits, guide, and porter (porter for two clients).

However, trekkers should carry extra cash with them during the trek. As you ascend to a higher altitude, the accommodations can charge extra for hot showers, internet, and charging. These expenses are personal and not included in the package. Similarly, other personal expenses are also not covered. If you want to save some money, you can rent equipment instead of buying them.

Adventure Walkway package provides the best value for your money. We are committed to providing the best experience at reasonable pricing. If you have further inquiries, feel free to contact us!

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, where you’ll get settled in your hotel. After freshening up, meet the company representatives to discuss further the upcoming 16-day trek. After the discussion, you can either stroll around the city or rest for the time being. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Trek preparation day and Kathmandu sightseeing

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gear and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu’s UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive to Soti Khola (710m)

After breakfast, you will take a private jeep to Soti Khola. The drive takes around 8-9 hours and passes through scenic landscapes and small villages.

Day 4Trek to Machha Khola (900m)

Today, you will begin your trek to Machha Khola. The trail passes through beautiful forests, rice paddies, and small villages. You will cross the Budhi Gandaki River several times and pass through a few small waterfalls before reaching Machha Khola.

Day 5Trek to Jagat (1410m)

Today’s trek takes you through a narrow gorge and past several waterfalls. You will cross the river again and again before reaching the village of Jagat.

Day 6Trek to Deng (1804m)

The trail today follows the Budhi Gandaki River and passes through dense forests and beautiful landscapes. You will cross the river several times and pass through the village of Philim before reaching the village of Deng.

Day 7Trek to Namrung (2630m)

Today’s trek takes you through beautiful forests and past several small villages. You will pass through the village of Prok before reaching the village of Namrung.

Day 8Trek to Lho (3180m)

Today’s trek takes you through the village of Lihi and past several chortens and mani walls. You will have stunning views of the Manaslu range as you make your way to the village of Lho.

Day 9Trek to Samagaon (3530m)

Today’s trek takes you through beautiful forests and past several small villages. You will have stunning views of the Manaslu range as you make your way to the village of Samagaon.

Day 10Rest day in Samagaon

Today, you will take a rest day in Samagaon. You can explore the village and visit the nearby Birendra Lake, which offers stunning views of the Manaslu range.

Day 11Trek to Samdo (3860m)

Today’s trek takes you through beautiful landscapes and past several small villages. You will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and make your way to the village of Samdo.

Day 12Trek to Dharamsala (4460m)

Resume our trekking through high-altitude landscapes and past several small villages. You will have stunning views of the Manaslu range as you make your way to the village of Dharamsala.

Day 13Trek to Larkya La Pass (5135m) and Bimthang (3590m)

Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you cross the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5135m. After crossing the pass, you will make your way to the village of Bimthang.

Day 14Bimthang to Dharapani

The day starts with a descent from Bimthang towards the Dudh Khola river. You will cross a wooden bridge and pass through a beautiful forest before reaching the village of Karche (2785m). the trail passes through beautiful fields and forests before arriving in the village of Dharapani(1860m).

Day 15Drive to Besisahar from Dharapani

Today, after breakfast, we will begin our journey by driving towards our destination. Our goal for the day is to reach Besisahar, a town located at an altitude of 807 meters (2,493 feet).

Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu

Head back to Kathmandu via a scenic drive. Freshen up, have your breakfast, and if you want, explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley.

Day 17Final Departure

After 16 days of hiking experience, our journey comes to an end. It’s time for you to head home or off to your next destination.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Sep 23, 2023

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Mar 27, 2023

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Additional Information

Weather and Climate of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Accommodations and Meals

The weather and climate of the Manaslu Circuit Trek vary according to the season. There are four seasons in Nepal, i.e., spring, summer, autumn, and winter. It can also vary depending on the elevation. The weather conditions of the higher elevations are unpredictable. So, trekkers are advised to be prepared for unpredictable weather changes. Take a look at the general overview of the weather conditions during each season:

Spring (March to May)

The March to May months are great times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The temperature is mild and the sky is clear. The trails are well-defined so it is safe for trekkers. The daytime temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the temperature of the higher elevations ranges from 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. The temperature can drop further during nighttime.

Spring is also the season of flowers. The rhododendron forests along the trail fully bloom in red, pink, and white. Similarly, trekkers can also enjoy the Himalayan wildflowers in full bloom. The spring also falls on pre-monsoon seasons. Hence, there are low chances of rainfall and landslides. It is the best time for nature enthusiasts to trek.

Summer (June to August)

The summer season falls from June to August and it is monsoon season. During monsoon most of the regions including the Manaslu Circuit experience heavy rainfall. It makes the trail muddy and slippery. Likewise, the visibility is poor and there are risks of landslides. The temperature ranges from 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius. The summer season is, therefore, not recommended for trekking.

Autumn (September to November)

September to November is another best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek. These months fall during the autumn season which has stable weather and favorable climate. The daytime temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the higher elevations’ temperature ranges from 0 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius.

Since the season falls in post-monsoon, the visibility is excellent. The air is also crisp with clear skies. Furthermore, most of the big Nepali festivals fall in autumn. So, it is the best way to experience the trek in a festive atmosphere.

Winter (December to February)

The winter season is really cold in the higher elevations of the Manaslu region. The temperature at lower elevations can range from 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the temperature at higher elevations can get to the sub-zero temperatures. It is possible to trek during the winter season but it is important to prepare proper equipment, gear, and clothing for the cold temperatures. Also, consult with the trekking agency before planning the trek.

The accommodations along the Manaslu Circuit Trek are run by local families. There are tea houses, lodges, and homestays available. These accommodations provide basic facilities. As trekkers move to higher elevations, the availability of amenities is limited. The rooms are generally on a twin-sharing basis. Similarly, it is common to find shared bathrooms and a communal dining area with a stove in these accommodations.

The meals during the Manaslu Circuit Trek generally consist of the Nepali staple meal, Dal Bhat. It is an energy-rich dish that consists of rice, lentil soup, and a variety of vegetables, and sometimes includes pickles and non-veg items. It is the perfect meal that provides energy for a long and physically draining trek. The breakfast may consist of bread (Tibetan or chapati), porridge, pancakes, eggs, tea, or coffee.

Likewise, you can find menus like noodles or local specialty dishes while on Manaslu Circuit Trek.

The Adventure Walkway package for Manaslu Circuit Trek includes accommodation on trekking trails. The rooms will be on a twin-sharing basis. Similarly, three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are also included in the package. Other personal expenses are to be borne by the trekkers by themselves.

FAQs

Is it possible to get a visa on arrival in Nepal?

Yes, you can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. The visa fee cost differs depending on the length of your stay. It costs USD 30 for a 15-day multiple-entry visa. Similarly, it costs USD 50 for a 30-day multiple-entry visa. And it costs USD125 for a 90-day multiple-entry visa.
Note that countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Swaziland, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Liberia, Palestine, Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and refugees with travel documents cannot get visas on arrival.

Do I need permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Trekkers will require three different permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It includes TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit), and MCAP (Manaslu Restricted Area Permit).

Can I do the Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide?

The government of Nepal has listed the Manaslu region as a restricted area. Hence, independent trekking without a guide is not permitted. Likewise, the government of Nepal has made it mandatory to hire a guide for all trekking routes in Nepal. Adventure Walkaway’s Manaslu Circuit Trek package includes a government-registered, English-speaking guide.

How difficult is the Manaslau Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is classified as a strenuous trekking route. The trail is rugged and rocky. There are steep ascending and descending sections. Similarly, trekkers may have to cross river suspension bridges. The highest elevation point is Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,135 meters. It can lead to the trekkers suffering from altitude-related sickness.

Are there internet and Wi-Fi connectivity at the Manaslu Circuit Trek route?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek goes through remote areas so the internet and Wi-Fi connectivity is limited or non-existent. The accommodations may provide internet but they can charge extra. But the internet connectivity is poor and the phone signals may also not work properly. It is not suitable for doing heavy data-intensive work.

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Paul clarke

Couple Traveller

I have trekked with Dipendra and his team on numerous expeditions and treks and most recently completed the Manaslu Circuit.

It’s tough trek but AW planned and executed the trek with professionalism and an expertise as they normally do. All the travel arrangements were very good , jeeps etc the booking for the trek was also very good.
I would recommend connecting with Dipendra at AW for his expertise and advice for a trek anywhere in Nepal

December 30, 2022
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