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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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$1,264 USD 835

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Duration

12 days

Max. Elevation

5120m

Group size

2+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicle, Public bus tickets
Best Season
March-may, September-November
Accomodation
Tea house Lodges during the trek
Meals
Three meals such a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and cup of tea) during the trip
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Sotikhola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Lho-Samagaon-Samdo-Bhimtang-Dharmasala-Larke LA Pass-Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Take in panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including Manaslu (8,156 m).
  • More side trips than any other trail in Nepal.
  • It follows a circuit trail with a new adventure every day. 
  • Scenic drive Kathmandu / Arughat via mountain terrain.
  • World’s eight tallest mountain experience & Manaslu Glacier.
  • Explore some of the highland villages.
  • Exploring Budhi Gandaki River valley.
  • Experience the Nepalese and Tibetan mixture culture.
  • Crossing Larkya-La passes over 5215 meters.
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people.
  • Diversified unspoiled ecosystems.
  • Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek.

Overview

Manaslu circuit trek is known as one of the best treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes you to the land of Gorkha in the Manang-Gandaki Zone and offers you the view of the eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu at 8163 m. Also known as the Mountain of Spirit, Manaslu lies peacefully in the untrammeled trails of Gorkha.

The Manaslu circuit is known best for the awestricken natural beauty surrounding the Manaslu region. The rich culture of the diverse ethnic tribes of Nepal and Tibet residing in the wanderlust of the Manaslu region under majestic mountains Manaslu, Cheo, Himlung, Nemjung, Gyanji Kang, Kang Giri, and Annapurna II, will keep you astonished throughout the trek.
 
Even the abundance of flora and fauna like Thar, Blue Sheep, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and luckily enough Snow Leopards will have you excited to the tips of your toes. To add further adventure to the unraveled Manaslu Circuit is the Larke LA Pass at an elevation of 5167m which stands as the highest point of the trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Machha Khola and heads towards Jagat. Eventually, you Deng, Nemrung, Sama Gaon, Lho Village, and Samdo which show you the real culture of the Nepalese and Tibetian people. From Dharmashala, you lead to Bhimtang through the Larke La Pass and then Gho Dharapani, Besi Sahar, and end the trip to Kathmandu. To experience this raw and mesmerizing beauty of Nepal, hop on for the net adventure to the Manaslu Circuit trek here in Nepal.

How Long is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

 It is also at a distance of 177 kilometers where you start your trek and where you end the walk, it is different, on the other hand, Nepal is the country where trekking distance is measured in days. The Manaslu circuit trek is usually 11-18 days. If you include more side visits, it will take more days. A side trip to Tsum Valley Trek requires an extra week, and there are many other day-long destinations such as Kal Lake (Death Lake), Hinang Gompa, Himalchuli Base Camp, Manaslu Base Camp, Pungyen Gompa, Lajung La, etc; Travel schedule is determined according to your time, your interests and your previous trekking habits and physical fitness. Our 11-day pre-scheduled trip is a short version of the Manaslu trek that meets the budget and deadline for moderate hikers. For customized travel, please contact us.

Food and accommodation at Manaslu Circuit Trekking:

Food and accommodation will be simple during Manaslu circuit trekking. You will stay at local teahouses and guesthouses of local communities throughout the trek. Tea houses will have shared rooms for eating and relaxing. Most tea houses will have electricity, a hot water bath, WiFi, and a charging port.

Pulses, rice, vegetables, momo, noodles, etc. You can find simple Nepali food on the menu of all tea houses. Pulses and rice are considered fresher, and healthier and are recommended to eat during the trek. The price of food increases during trekking.

What about your health and safety while trekking with us?

Due to the cold temperature and high altitude, there is always the possibility of altitude sickness and cold. For this, we will be equipped with medical supplies and first aid kits in case of any breakdown due to bad weather or an accident.
There will be rest days so that your body can adapt to the cold around it. Also, our travel guides are trained to handle such situations. Your health and safety will always come first before hiking. you are joining the trip with the hiker Himalaya treks company our first priority is your safety. 

What is the best time of year for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

In the four seasons of autumn, winter, spring, and summer in Nepal, autumn is the best time of the year for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Autumn covers September-November of the year. While walking on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Trail in Nepal, we can enjoy the best weather of the year in autumn. We will be amazed to experience the most pleasant atmosphere of the year in Nepal in autumn. We are mesmerized by the magnificent mountain views with clear skies. The temperature is also mild which makes our Manaslu circuit trek more convenient in autumn.

However, the spring season also is the best time for the Manaslu circuit trek, second, go with the spring because they like the fun environment with greenery on the trekking trails. Waterfalls on the horizon and snow-capped peaks bloom along the way, making the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal more attractive in the spring.

Drinking Water in Manaslu Circuit Trek:

In the Manaslu trekking trails, there are springs and tap water where you can easily refill the water bottle but it is not recommended to drink it without purification. Hence, Hiker Himalaya Treks provides water purification tablets to all our customers before starting the trek from Kathmandu. A water bottle should be carried with you. We recommend you bring two water bottles (minimum of one liter). You can also buy mineral water at the tea house. But we advise all our customers and local people not to use plastic bottles due to environmental concerns.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Equipment and Packing list:

The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 16 kg or 34 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you to pack only what is necessary during the walking time.

Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.

For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.

For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket

For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.

For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.

Other Useful Items: one sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).

Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.

Important Note

  • As Short Manaslu Trek requires a special permit we need one full working day to organize the permit so please manage your arrival accordingly. 
  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, itinerary, or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, services, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from the city of Kathmandu to Machha Khola. You can either take a private jeep which will take around 7-8 hours, or you can take a public bus which will take about 9-10 hours. You will stop for lunch on the highway and head towards Dhading Besi.

The road to Machha Khola is bumpy and dusty Salintar to Machha Khola is between the road, but the mesmerizing views of Langtang range and Ganesh Himal from a distance will cover up the ride. cross-bridges while following the Budi Gandaki River. You can also take a bath on the river bank to feel fresh.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner, (Breakfast Kathmandu Hotel)
Accommodation: Teahouse Machha Khola (Kathmandu Hotel,- we will manage if you request it)
Distance: 150 Kilometers

Day

2

On this day, After having breakfast you will take a 6 to 7-hour walk to reach Jagat from Machha Khola. After having your lunch in Dovan you can enjoy the natural hot springs in Tatopani. The path will then cross six suspension bridges and a cantilever bridge until you reach Lower Jagat. It is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation Area where you have to show a permit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Machha Khola
Distance: 22 Kilometers

Day

3

After breakfast, you will head on for a 6-7 hour walk from Jagat to Deng, having your lunch at Chisapani. You will then cross Philim, which is a village inhabited by the Gurung community, and take a special permit at the check-post there. After crossing six suspension bridges on the way, you will also spot small Chortens, and enter a forest with rhododendron and bamboo planted everywhere. Deng, a lovely village has around three tea houses. Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal are visible throughout the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Deng
Distance: 20 Kilometers

Day

4

Reaching Namrung from Deng takes around 6 to 7 hours. Along the way, you will pass the lush pine forest and be blessed with the fantastic views of Sringi Himal, Lopchan Himal, Rani Peak, and Syaula Himal. You will be crossing seven suspension bridges to reach Namrung after having lunch at Ghap. If you are not tired enough, then you can visit the famous Namla Gompa. Namrung is a developed area in the Manaslu region; so you will find tea houses and even a resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Namrung
Distance: 19 Kilometers

Day

5

On this day, after having breakfast you will begin your trek from Namrung crossing Lho village to reach Sama Gaon which will take about 6 to 7 hours. The village is situated at an elevation of 3100m where the views of the Nike peak, Himalchuli, North are amazing. You will then get the up-close and panoramic views as you reach Shyala at an elevation of 3520m. While there, you should visit the Ribung Gompa since it is a famous tourist attraction. You will then cross six suspension bridges to Sama and stay at a tea house for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Sama Gaon 
Distance: 18 Kilometers

Day

6

On this day, you will stay at Sama to take a rest and visit the nearby areas.  You can either go to the Manaslu Base Camp which is at an elevation of 4800m or can visit the Pung Gyen Ghompa at 4200m. Both the treks will be long, but you can make it to the Birendra Lake in an hour from Sama no matter which hikes you want to take. Going to the base camp takes around 8 to 9 hours while Pung Glen takes 4 to 5 hours. Stay overnight at Samagaon for lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Sama Gaon

Day

7

On this day you will take a gentle walk on flat terrain for almost 3 hours to reach Samdo village. The mesmerizing views of Manaslu North, Nike peak, and Samdo peak are incredibly overwhelming. On the way, you will cross two wooden bridges where you may spot mountain goats and yaks grazing on the field. You can stay in the nearby tea houses in Samdo.

Descending back to Budhi Gandaki and crossing a small bridge, we climb to 'kane', the entrance to Samdo. A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, Samdo is known for traditional yak herding and it depicts the traditional Tibetan lifestyle—rearing sheep and goats, training horses, and planting barley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Samdo
Distance: 9 Kilometers

Day

8

On this day you will head from Samdo to Dharmasala. Dharmashala is the highest point of the trek where you will be sleeping at 4460m. After crossing the suspension bridge, you will spot two different routes to reaching Dharmashala. You can either take the path that passes from the Tibetian border from Larkey Bazar or take the one which is mentioned here.

The availability of tea houses becomes thin, and there aren't many rooms, which means that you will have to do some sharing. On the way, you will spot Mountain Goats, Marmot, and some yaks grazing peacefully in the field.  Dharmashala is the starting point of the Budi Gandaki River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Dharmashala
Distance: 8 Kilometers

Day

9

You will be crossing the Larke pass on this day, which is why the trek is challenging. It is a 10 hours hike from Dharmasala to Bhimtang. You will have to wake up early before dawn to reach Larke la pass since the winds are dominant at the pass in the daytime. Throughout the way, you will not find a single tea house or stop, so be mindful of carrying some dry food and water.

The hike towards Larke La from Dharmasala takes around 4 to 5 hours, but the majestic views of Peri Himal, Larkey peak, Choyo, Himlung, Ratnachuli, and Annapurna II peaks make up for all the hard work and effort. Then, you will have to trek to Bhimtang from Larke. On the way, you will see the beautiful glacial lake Ponkar Tal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Bhimtang
Distance: 24.7 Kilometers

Day

10

After breakfast, you will head on to Gho, taking about 5 to 6 hours. After lunch at Suki Khola, you will walk amidst the forest of rhododendron and pine. The views of Lamjung Himal and Putang Himal will follow you all along the way. Follow the Dudh Koshi River on the road and cross one suspension bridge and two wooden bridges to reach the tea houses in Gho for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse Gho
Distance: 18 Kilometers

Day

11

On this day you will take a short trek to Dharapani from Gho. From Dharapani you will be heading towards Besisahar which will take two to three hours along a bumpy road. If you have the time and the energy, then you can also visit the Chimchay waterfall and Syange waterfall which are equally mesmerizing. On the way, there are check posts to show the permit.

Upon reaching Besi Sahar, which is the headquarter of the Lamjung district, you will see a line of Lodges and hotels throughout the way. You can even stay in the homestays if you want to have a real experience of the lifestyle of the ethnic people living there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Distance: 54.2 Kilometers

Day

12

The drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar takes anywhere from 6 to 7 hours drive. After lunch on the highway, you will revert to Kathmandu. You can even plan for your next tour in Nepal after the excellent Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Kathmandu or Pokhara:
Drive time: 5 to 6 hours
Distance Besisar Kathmandu 178 kilometers
Distance: Besisar to Pokhara 106 kilometers
Accommodation: we will manage if you request it
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Inclusions

  • Airport pick-up drop services by private vehicle.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Pieces of Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • 11 night’s accommodations while you are trekking.
  • 3 meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch dinner, and Three times a cup of tea).
  • Public bus transportation Kathmandu to Machha Khola and return Dharapani to Besi Sahar sharing jeep & Kathmandu public bus transportation.
  • All special permits for the Manaslu region.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation area permit.
  • Tourists’ service charge, VAT.
  • International airfare & visa fee.
  • Accommodation hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/wifi included (we will arrange if you request it)
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 guests)
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu to Macha Khola and return Dharapani to Besi Sahar-Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, trekking person equipment, etc...)
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Complimentary

    • Farewell dinner Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during a Manaslu trek. (to be returned after the trip completion).
    • Manaslu area trekking map.
    • Seasonal Fresh fruit each day.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Higher Manaslu valley, which was closed for outside visitors and opened in 1991 remains one of the restricted trekking areas. All trekkers require a special permit to enter the Manaslu higher region from Jagat village onwards.

The best time is in spring from March to May, when days are longer with sun-light hours with fine days for pleasant walks and views of high snow peaks. The other time is autumn, from September to the early month of November, most days are clear and fine but cold morning and night time. Chances of snow sometimes on higher areas but days are fine with the clear starry night sky.

Nearly all lodges on routes do have hydroelectricity power, around remote areas with private solar power, where all can re-charge electronic items needs to pay fees for per items as hour basis. The price differs from one place to another for charging your gadgets.

On this trek, the lodge accommodation is nice and cozy with twin sharing rooms having twin beds. In larger villages like Jagat, Lo, and Sama-Gaon one can find a choice of standard, budget lodges, and Inns. Around remote temporary settlements like at Dharmasala or Phedi away from main villages. Where lodges are simple and basic, but clean with nice rooms but most places have common bath and toilets, due to high cold terrain.

Foods are of good quality, where small lodges have limited food menu bigger villages with nice lodges provides a long list of food menu. Where one can choose from set meals to La Carte, from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Tibetan and Nepalese. Some lodge restaurants have fresh bakeries also, all meals are cooked safely and hygienic.

The charm and highlight of Manaslu Circuit Trek is its picturesque scenery of rolling green hills, and valleys facing views of the high Manaslu Himalaya range of peaks includes views of Annapurna peaks and Chulu as far to Damodar Himal from high Larke-La Pass. 

The other charm is villages on route enriched with the immense culture of age-old heritage, visiting the monastery of great religious interest. Walking uphill and overlooking grand dramatic views of grand Himalayan peaks on daily walks, enchanting forest with scenic views of rolling hills and valleys.

Manaslu Circuit Trek as per the standard itinerary, normally of 14 nights and 15 days, but one can extend for a few days more on request.

The area since it was opened for foreign visitors in 1991, hardly few groups were aware of its existent. But since last decades of time slowly gaining popularity where more lodges have been built to cater to the needs of trekkers. At present drawing more trekkers each season of the year. Restricted areas with special permits make it expensive for budget trekkers, but still gaining popularity over the years.

Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m / 26, 781 feet high, the first ascent by a Japanese expedition on May 9th, 1956, with Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.

As you trek each day where altitude gains slowly support acclimatization spending overnight at certain heights. Rest day in Sama-Gaon at 3,525 m high for acclimatization before heading towards the big climb to Larke-La Pass.

Larke-La passes at 5,106 m / 16,752 feet high, which forms the boundary of Manaslu and Manang valleys. Located North West of Gorkha district and far end from Manaslu valley, and North East from Manang district.

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