Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Duration

15 Days

Trip Grade

Fairly Hard

Highest Altitude

5160m

Accommodation

Tea House Lodges

Transportation

Private/Shared Transportation

Group Size

1-30

Best Season

Spring (March-May), Autumn (October-December)

Trip Highlights

  • The stunning beauty of the wilderness, rivers, and flora/fauna
  • Amazing people with a rich culture inhabited by both Nepalese & Tibetan ethnic groups
  • Larkya-La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point of the Trip
  • Some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna II

 

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit trek is a stunning 15-day journey that treks around the world’s eighth-highest mountain, beginning in the busy market town of Soti Khola, going up and back along a different path, and ending in Dharmashala. This is a trek for someone who wants something different in Nepal but still offers the most striking and jaw-dropping scenery.

The Manaslu circuit in Nepal is considered to be one of the most popular treks in the whole country. It takes you from the steamy lowlands with terraced rice paddies, high-altitude lakes, and towering snow-clad peaks. The famous Manaslu Lake will amaze you with its turquoise waters and the towering Barun Khola mountain range awaits you with its gorgeous waterfalls. Suspension bridges in Manaslu trek are in a league of their own for both length and height!

This trek takes you through the beautiful lowland vegetation in Nepal. It passes through lush pastures where you can see goats grazing and water buffalo swimming in the water channels.

Manaslu Circuit Trek was closed until the 1990s but later Nepal government opened this route for Trekking lovers, It was first recognized as a camping trek but now it is a Popular tea house route.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Starts from Gorkha district Nepal and ends at Lamjung District, Besishahar which is also the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can also prefer to continue towards Annapurna Circuit after you complete the Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Mountain Overview

Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world also named Kutang. Local people regard this Mountain as the Mountain of the Spirits. The first expedition to the Manaslu happened on 1956 May 9. The person to reach the summit of this Mountain was a part of the Japanese expedition and his name was Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu.

Manaslu is exactly located 40 miles east of Annapurna. Manaslu Region Trekking trail is one of the best in the world. This region offers a Mountain community the best of the Trekking experience.

Geography of Manaslu

Manaslu has six climatic zones: Tropical, Subtropical, Temperate, Sub-alpine, Alpine, and Artic. The alpine zone from 4000-5000 meters is tree less zone so as we go higher. The long ridge and glacier valley make the region much better for Trekkers.

The climate in Manaslu Region

Unlike some other places, there is a permanent snowline above 5000m. The monsoon period in this region extends from June till the end of September. Winter is really scary cold with temperatures in the alpine and arctic zone dropping below minus 30 degrees.

Manaslu Region Eco-system

Exo-system in Manaslu is really mesmerizing. With lots of diversity in Vegetation, Fauna, and People, this place is really worth to visit for at least once in a lifetime.

Vegetation found in Manaslu Region

Vegetation in Manaslu is categorized on the basis of Altitude as Low hill, middle mountain, and high mountain. Rhododendron Forest is much more dominant along with Himalayan blue pine. Medicinal herbs and aromatic plants in different types of forests have been found in the area. This region has overall 19 types of forests and around 2000 different species of plant have been recorded to date.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Preparation

Manaslu Trekking Does need serious preparation from Gear, Insurance to Permit arrangements these are the things that you should consider before heading to Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Packing Lists needed for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging and demanding trek that takes you through the remote and beautiful region around Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. It’s important to be properly prepared and equipped for this trek, as you’ll be spending several days in the mountains and facing a variety of weather and terrain conditions. Here is a list of some of the essential gear you’ll need for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

  1. Backpack for Manaslu Circuit:

You’ll need a good quality, comfortable and sturdy backpack that is large enough to hold all of your gear. Aim for a backpack with a capacity of at least 50 liters.

  1. Sleeping bag for Manaslu Circuit trek:

A warm and comfortable sleeping bag is essential, as temperatures can drop below freezing at night in the mountains. Look for a sleeping bag rated for temperatures of at least -10°C.

  1. Crampons during Round Manaslu Trek:

It is very important to bring crampons with you. Mountain weather changes all the time, so if you have crampons then it will be good use during crossing the Larkye-La pass.

  1. Clothing for Manaslu Trek:

It’s important to dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly in the mountains. You’ll need a base layer, mid layer, and outer layer, as well as a waterproof jacket and pants, a warm hat, gloves, and a good pair of hiking boots.

  1. Headlamp required during Larkey La Pass:

A headlamp is a must-have for any trek, as it allows you to see in the dark and can be very useful in the event of a power outage.

  1. Water bottles or hydration system:

You’ll need a way to carry and drink water while on the trek, so bring a water bottle or hydration system.

  1. Trekking poles for Manaslu Circuit:

Trekking poles can be very helpful in providing balance and support while hiking, especially on steep or uneven terrain.

  1. First aid kit to bring during Manaslu Trek:

It’s always a good idea to bring a small first aid kit on any trek, including basic items such as band-aids, blister pads, and pain medication.

  1. Sunscreen and sunglasses must to bring in Manaslu:

Protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays with sunscreen and sunglasses.

  1. Snacks and energy bars will be helpful during you walk in Manaslu:

It’s important to stay fueled while on the trek, so bring along some high-energy snacks and energy bars to keep your energy levels up.

This is just a general list of some of the essential gear you’ll need for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It’s always a good idea to consult with a trekking company or local trekking guide for a more detailed packing list and recommendations.

Insurance required for Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This type of insurance can protect you in case of any unexpected events or emergencies that may occur during your trip, such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and natural disasters.

Some of the specific types of coverage that may be useful for the Manaslu Circuit Trek include:

  1. Medical coverage: This can help cover the cost of medical treatment or evacuation in case of injury or illness.
  2. Trip cancellation coverage: This can help reimburse you for any non-refundable trip costs.
  3. Emergency evacuation coverage: This can cover the cost of evacuating you from the trek in case of an emergency. such as a natural disaster or injury are emergency conditions.
  4. Personal liability coverage: This can provide protection in case you are held responsible for any damages or injuries caused to others while on the trek.

It’s important to carefully read the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to understand what is and is not covered. Be sure to purchase your insurance from a reputable provider and keep a copy of your policy with you while traveling.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Trekking is a moderately hard trek. You need lots of energy and willpower to do this trip. High Altitude and less oxygen levels make this trip much harder to accomplish. During this trip, you might get a lot of difficulties. Sickness, Lack of willpower, strong winds in high altitude, less appetite, and changing weather in the mountain, all these are the difficulties you might face doing Manaslu Circuit Trek.

We strongly do not recommend Manaslu Trekking to those who have medical conditions.

Acclimatization required for Manaslu Trekking

Acclimatization is an important aspect of trekking in the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas, such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The process of acclimatization allows your body to gradually adjust to the lower levels of oxygen found at high altitudes, reducing the risk of altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition that can occur when you ascend to high altitudes too quickly. It is caused by the reduced availability of oxygen at high altitudes and can cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. In severe cases, it can lead to more serious conditions such as high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). This can be life-threatening if left untreated.

To reduce the risk of altitude sickness, it is important to allow your body sufficient time to acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. This can be achieved by following a few key tips:

  1. Take it slow: It’s important to pace yourself and allow your body time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Avoid making rapid ascents and instead, take your time and allow your body to gradually adjust to the altitude.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated is key to helping your body acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can increase the risk of dehydration.
  3. Get plenty of rest: It’s important to give your body time to rest and recover while trekking at high altitudes. Make sure to get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to allow your body to rest and recover.
  4. Listen to your body: Pay attention to your body and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent the condition from worsening. This may include descending to a lower altitude, taking medication, or seeking medical attention.

By following these tips and allowing your body sufficient time to acclimatize, you can greatly reduce the risk of altitude sickness and enjoy a safe and successful trek on the Manaslu Circuit.

Best Time to do Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on your personal preferences and what you hope to get out of your trek. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding when to go:

  • Weather: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from hot and sunny to cold and snowy. The best time to trek depends on your comfort level with these conditions.

The spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are generally considered the best times to trek, as the weather is typically dry and stable with moderate temperatures.

The winter (December to February) can be colder and more unpredictable, with the possibility of snow and ice on the trail. The summer (June to August) is typically hot and humid, with the possibility of rain.

  • Trail conditions: The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves crossing high-altitude passes, some of which may be covered in snow and ice during certain times of the year.

The best time to trek depends on your comfort level with these conditions and your experience with high-altitude hiking. If you are not comfortable trekking in snowy or icy conditions, it may be best to avoid the winter and early spring seasons.

  • Crowds: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is becoming increasingly popular, and the trail can get crowded during the peak trekking season. If you prefer a more peaceful and less crowded trek, it may be best to avoid the peak season and opt for the shoulder season (either before or after the peak season).

Physical Fitness required to do Manaslu Trek

You should be really fit enough to do this trip. It is advised to do at least a month of exercise before you start Manaslu Trekking. Traveling to a different country to do the trekking is really a hard thing as a change of water, air, temperature, and geography, all are factors that might affect you physically or mentally. So you need to be well prepared not only physically but also mentally.

Normal physical fitness is well enough to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Can children and Pregnant women do Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Children with good health can do this trip with the support of the Guide and Porters. Before taking Children to do these kinds of Trips, parents are advised to check their medical condition, as getting higher in altitude, and in case children become sick then it might get difficult both for you and for us.

We do not recommend pregnant women do these kinds of adventures. It is a risk to send pregnant women to this kind of Mountains.

Manaslu Trekking Permits

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit is a document issued by the Ministry of Tourism (Nepal) for the clarification of its route and regulation. In it, the Government has mentioned all rules regarding the trekking activities in this area. The applicants need to obtain 3 permits from different offices in Kathmandu: Restricted Area Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP). The cost of each permit depends on the month and the days spent in Manaslu Trek; however, it is around USD 100 for the first 7 days and then USD 15 per day thereafter from September to October and March to May. For Details on the Manaslu Trekking Permits.

Modes of Transportation During Manaslu Circuit Trek

To reach the starting point of the Manaslu Trek you need ground transportation and after finishing Manaslu Circuit Trek you will again require Transportation for this Travel Away Have different arrangements. Depending upon your budget we do have both Local Bus and Private Vehicle recommendations. You can choose any of them that suits you.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek will depend on a number of factors, including the length of your trek, the season you choose to go, and the type of accommodation and transportation you prefer. Here are some estimates of the costs you might expect to incur while trekking the Manaslu Circuit:

  • Permits: You will need to obtain a permit to trek the Manaslu Circuit. As of 2021, the cost of the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) is NPR 3,000 (about $30) for the first week, the Restricted Permit for 100USD, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) for 3000NPR. You will also need to obtain a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card, which costs NPR 1,000 (about $10).
  • Guide and porter fees: It is required to hire a licensed guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The cost of hiring a guide will depend on the length of your trek and the number of people in your group. A guide typically costs between $35 and $60 per day, and you won’t need to pay for their food and accommodation. If you choose to hire a porter, the cost will depend on the number of porters you need and the length of your trek. Porters typically cost between $25 and $40 per day.
  • Accommodation: The cost of accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek will depend on the type of accommodation you choose. If you choose to stay in lodges or teahouses, you can expect to pay between $5 and $25 per night for a basic room. If you choose to camp, you will need to bring your own tent and camping gear, and pay a fee to use the campsite. Camping fees typically cost between $2 and $5 per night.
  • Transportation: The cost of transportation to and from the Manaslu Circuit will depend on where you are coming from and the mode of transportation you choose. If you are flying to Nepal, you will need to pay for flights to and from Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you can take a bus or jeep to the starting point of the trek in SotiKhola, which costs between $20 and $200.

In total, you can expect to spend between $1200 to $2500 for a 2-week-long trek on the Manaslu Circuit, depending on the above factors. It’s a good idea to budget for extra expenses, such as beverages, souvenirs, and any unexpected costs that may arise.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Drive to Soti Khola and overnight in Sotikhola
  • Day 3 : Soti Khola to Maccha Khola
  • Day 4 : Maccha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 5 : Jagat to Pewa
  • Day 6 : Pewa to Namrung
  • Day 7 : Namring to Lho
  • Day 8 : Lho to Samagaon
  • Day 9 : Acclimatization Day
  • Day 10 : Sama Gaon to Samdo
  • Day 11 : Acclimatization Day
  • Day 12 : Samdo to Dharmasala
  • Day 13 : Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass
  • Day 14 : Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Day 15 : Dharapani to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal, Kathmandu. It is your First day of arrival you will be greeted upon arrival by our representatives at the Tribhuwan International Airport. And then transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. Later on Trek Preparation.

Day 2 : Drive to Soti Khola and overnight in Sotikhola

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

It is an 8-hour drive to a Place called soti Khola which is also a starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Even though the highway will be a little bumpy, you are going to catch up with all the breathtaking views of the landscapes, rivers, and local villages. This day trip still gonna be one of the most amazing ones you have had in your life as it will be unique to travel in with such landscapes in Nepal

Day 3 : Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

In the morning you will be greeted with a beautiful warm breakfast in the tea house of the Soti Khola. After breakfast, you will be ready for the first day of Trek. Today’s walk is going to be around 5-6 hours walk. Unlike other trails, today’s road will be rocky and a little narrow but you will have an enjoyable walk as you will pass through the forests, rivers, hills, and local settlements. Evening stay will be on the tea house at the Maccha Khola.

Day 4 : Maccha Khola to Jagat

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s walk will be around 5-6 hours. You pass through the snaky road from the bank of the Budi Gandaki River and enter the dense forest where you will encounter wild Monkeys.

Today’s Highlights will be:

a) Hot spring at Tatopani

b) Pass through the Local Gurung Village

c) Trekking Permit Check Point

Day 5 : Jagat to Pewa

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s walk is around 4-6 hours. Accommodation will be a Tea House.

Today’s Trip Highlight:

a) Buddhist Gombas and Buddhist prayer flags

b) Suspension bridge of Siyar Khola which separates Tsum Valley from the Manaslu Circuit trek

Day 6 : Pewa to Namrung

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s walk is around 5-6 hours walk.

Today’s Trip Highlights:

a) Crossing a Steep dangerous hill which is also at a landslide risk.

b) White-faced monkeys

c) crossing 2500 m altitude and reaching 2660m at Namrung.

Day 7 : Namring to Lho

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today’s walk is a 3-4 hour walk.

Today’s trip highlights:

a) Encountering the Tibet-styled typical Nubri People

b) Can have the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) at Lho

Day 8 : Lho to Samagaon

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You will be hiking slowly so your body can recognize the high altitude pressure and within 3-4 hours you will reach Samagaon. Talk with a guide in case of any physical discomfort as you will gain very much from the Altitude.

Day 9 : Acclimatization Day

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You will acclimatize to the high altitude, but there is still something for you today. Optional day trip for you choose any one of the following:

a) Hike toward the Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) North of Manaslu Glacier

b) Short Hike to the Birendra Tal (Lake).

Day 10 : Sama Gaon to Samdo

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

It is a 2-4 hours Hike.

Day 11 : Acclimatization Day

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Rest day or You can just simply visit around and go for a day trip to the Tibetan border. Can also rarely witness the Yak caravan passing the Tibet border.

Highlight: Samdo Glacier

Day 12 : Samdo to Dharmasala

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today is a 3-5 hour hike to Dharmasala. Be careful with your physical conditions, and enjoy the Manaslu region terrains.

Day 13 : Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

It’s a long hike today with the difficult and highest pass at the elevation of 5160m. Today you need to wake up early, Guide will wake you up. The pass is Longer, It will take you around 9-10 hours to hike crossing the Larkya Pass and hiking downwards Bimthang. At Pass, you can have stunning views of the Himlung (7126m), Kang Guru (6981m), and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range.

Day 14 : Bimthang to Dharapani

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

7 hours hike

Highlights:

a) Lush Forests of Rhododendron

b) Stunning view of Glacial Flood

Day 15 : Dharapani to Kathmandu

Meals :

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Around 10 hours drive back to Kathmandu after your delicious morning breakfast and this would be the end of your stunning Manaslu Circuit Trek

What is included in Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • All the accommodations in mountain teahouses
  • Guide for 14 days
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu Local Bus
  • Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permits
  • 14 times breakfast, 14 times lunch, and 13 times dinner while on the trek

What is Excluded

  • Your Insurance
  • Any extra nights
  • Guide/Porter Tipping
  • Hot drinking water/ wifi/ charging/ hot water shower/ beverages and drinks
  • Porter USD 250 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD 440 (Optional)

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