Manaslu Circuit Trek 

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  • Hotel & Guesthouse
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Private Vehicle
  • Medium
  • 5220 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-16

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

The Manaslu circuit trek is a 14-day trek that encircles the Manaslu Conservation Area in Nepal. The trek to Manaslu Circuit trek is considered an off-beaten-path alternative to the more popular Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Manaslu Circuit trek circles Mount Manaslu the world’s 8th tallest mountain. It offers a perfect blend of Tibetan culture and stunning nature.The Manaslu circuit trail varies depending on the section you choose. Lower Sections is well-maintained and easy to follow. Mid-sections are inclines and have uneven terrain. This trail requires good balance and sturdy feet. High sections can be challenging, with loose Scree, moraines, and snowfields.The Manaslu circuit trek difficulties range from moderate to difficult. The maximum elevation of the Manaslu circuit trek reaches 5160 meters at Larkya La Pass. At such altitudes, altitude sickness can be a major problem. Proper acclimatization is crucial to follow. Medical facilities are limited, so take extra care of your health and be physically prepared. Weather conditions can change rapidly so, be flexible with clothes and gear.The Total Elevation Gain on the Manaslu circuit trek is about 7000 meters. The trail varies as the daily altitude gains have constant ascends and descends. The most challenging climb is probably Larkya La Pass due to its elevation gain.The best time to visit the Manaslu Circuit trek is spring and autumn. The skies are clear with blooming rhododendron flowers. Stable weather, comfortable temperature, and beautiful views of the mountains are the beauty offered by these peak seasons.

Permits costs and regulations of Manaslu circuit trek

The Manaslu circuit trek is not allowed for solo trekkers and must be accompanied by a licensed guide. Camping and Drones aren’t acceptable in the Manaslu circuit trek. Trekking agencies can handle permit applications for a smooth process while you enjoy the trek. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and TIMS Card (optional) are some important permits trekkers must carry.Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP): MRAP is a Mandatory permit due to the trek’s location in a restricted area. Costs vary depending on the routes and seasons you choose.• December-August: $75 for first 7 days, $10/day extra after.• September-November: $100 for first 7 days, $15/day extra after.The permits can be obtained from:• Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara.• Trekking agency (usually included in their packages).Required documents:• Passport copy• Visa copy• Passport-sized photos• Travel insurance details (covering helicopter evacuation)• TIMS card information (optional)

Manaslu trek difficulties 

Manaslu trek altitude reaches over 5100 meters at Larkya La pass. Remember not to rush, take your time, acclimatize properly, and listen to your body. It’s crucial to avoid altitude sickness.This trek to Manaslu isn’t for the faint of heart. Several sections involve steep climbs, and uneven trails, good physical shape and stamina is essential to keep going. Think Stairmaster sessions and hill hikes to starters.Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, throwing rain, snow, and strong winds are a lot more common than you think. Pack for anything, versatile clothes for all conditions, and be prepared to adjust to a thin atmosphere.Remote Beauty Comes with Responsibility makes sure you are physically fit for the trek. Medical facilities are scarce in these remote areas. Make sure you’re physically prepared and aware of altitude risks to have a safe and enjoyable trek.

The best time to visit the Manaslu trek 

Both spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer amazing conditions for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. These seasons are considered peak seasons and probably the most visited seasons. But each season comes with its unique pros and cons:Spring: Compared to the monsoon season and winter, spring sees minimal rainfall and snowfall, reducing trail closures and trail conditions. Lush vegetation and blooming wildflowers paint the landscape in vivid colors, transforming the trek into a visual feast. It is also a major attraction for the spring trek in the Manaslu circuit.

Pros:

• Spring seasons have pleasant and comfortable temperatures.• The trails offer beautiful mountain views and clear skies.• Gaze upon the vibrant landscapes blooming with rhododendrons.• With fewer trekkers, trails, and lodges remain open and available.

Cons:

• It’s a busier season compared to other seasons.• Peak seasons mean more crowds, requiring earlier bookings.• Higher prices for accommodations and other basic facilities as well.Autumn: Unlike the monsoon season (June to August) with frequent rain and landslides, autumn brings clear skies and sunshine. This makes trekking safer and more enjoyable. The scorching heat of summer eases in autumn, offering comfortable daytime temperatures ideal for hiking. Nights can be cool, requiring warm layers but ensuring comfortable sleep.

Pros:

• Stable weather with comfortable temperatures.• Ideal for trekking and enjoying clear mountain views.• Compared to the peak season of spring (March to May), autumn has fewer trekkers, making the trails less crowded and offering a more serene experience.• Several local festivals like Dashain and Tihar fall within the autumn season, offering a glimpse into Nepalese culture and traditions.

Cons:

• Peak season means high tourist volume, similar to spring.• Prices might be higher and availability could be limited.• Occasional rain showers can occur, especially in September. Be prepared for muddy trails and potential flight delays.• High altitude sickness remains a risk, and the rapid climb to Larkya La Pass can be challenging even in good weather.

Highlights Of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Explore the home to diverse flora and fauna, including endangered species like the snow leopard and red panda.
  • Hike up to a high camp for closer views of the majestic peak.
  • Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek, offers panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • A side trip to Tsum Hidden Valley reveals Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditional villages.
  • Experience the warm hospitality and unique culture of the Gurung people.
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries like Pungyen Gompa and Manaslu Base Camp Gompa.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Upon arrival at the airport, a friendly tidy Himalayan staff will greet you and assist you with luggage. A detailed trip discussion will be conducted when you’re ready, followed by a meet and greet with your experienced guide. Rest a night at the comfortable hotel and enjoy your meal for the day.

Get up early and be ready to be picked up by a reliable guide from the hotel. Take a short but beautiful drive to Machha Khola. The first four houses will be smooth until you reach Dhading Besi. Embark the exciting bumpy adventure as the road winds through the Breathtaking Landscapes towards Machha Khola.

Step over the gushing Machha Khola and embark on your trek. Follow the trail past Khorla besi and soak in the warmth of Tatopani's natural hot springs. Immerse yourself in lush forests until Dovan, and then descend into the majestic Budhi Gandaki river valley. Witness a dramatic shift in vegetation as you climb, reaching the charming village of Jagat for the night. Relax in guesthouses and savor delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) after a day of captivating discoveries.

Get ready for another journey; follow a well-marked road and gradual climb until you reach Sirdabas. A breathtaking panorama of Shringi Himal will unfold before your eyes, capture this moment in your heart. The trial takes a thrilling turn as you descend towards the suspension bridges. You will notice majestic waterfalls and mountainsides along the way till you reach Deng. Passing through several villages, you finally reach Deng. Rest your legs in a cozy guesthouse in Deng, savoring delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) as you recount the day's adventures with fellow travelers. Tomorrow, new landscapes and experiences wait.

Today's trek gives both physical challenges and cultural delights. Get ready for a steep climb at the outset, but the breathtaking views from the top will motivate you. After conquering the incline, you'll descend towards a refreshing river. The trail introduces you to stone walls and Tibetan heritage. Soak in the unique atmosphere as you make your way to Namrung, a picturesque village nestled amidst the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and traditions of this remote community. As the sun begins to set, retrace your steps back to Namrung relax your muscles, and savor delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Brace yourself for breathtaking lush Himalayan landscapes and a magnificent sight of the towering mountains as you arrive in Lo Gaun. A long, impressive stone Mani wall in Lo Gaun, offers its own unique and deep-rooted spiritual traditions of the region. Feel the serenity beauty and deep connection of local people with nature. For an extra dose of adventure, you'll embark on a detour to the awe-inspiring Pungen Glacier. Witness the raw power and beauty of this natural in every step. Get ready to be mesmerized by the unparalleled sight of Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. As the sun sets, you'll return to Lo Gaun, where a cozy guesthouse awaits with delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Today's journey takes you along the Pungen Glacier offering an intimate encounter with this awe-inspiring natural wonder. Witness the raw power of nature shaped in the rugged landscape, and keep your eyes peeled for glacial melt water streams. As you follow the trail leads you towards the enchanting village of Samagaun village nestled amidst towering peaks. The gem of the Manaslu region promises to captivate your senses. As the sun paints the sky with hues of orange and pink, settle into your comfortable guesthouse for the night. Savor delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Breathe in the fresh mountain air at Samagaun (3,500m) and focus on getting used to the altitude with either a full or half-day activity. Embark on a challenging but rewarding hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4,750m). This round trip takes 7-8 hours, offering stunning glacier views and epic mountain panoramas. Explore the nearby glacier across the valley or visit Birendra Ta. Return to Samagaun for a cozy night and delicious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Today's trek offers panoramic views and cultural immersion. Enjoy the hike across scenic pastures with Manaslu in sight. Upon reaching Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village near the border immerses you in the unique culture. Rest & and refuels (meals included) at your guesthouse for tomorrow's adventures.

Today’s trek leads you closer to the big climb and stands face-to-face with majestic mountains. Cross streams and ascend steadily from Samdo village. After hiking for several hours you finally reach Larkya Bazaar and continue climbing to Dharmasala Lodge. Be prepared for tomorrow's challenging Larkya La pass climb. Rest & and refuel (meals included) before conquering the pass.

Brace yourself for a challenging journey that takes you to the majestic Larkya La pass, the highest point of your Manaslu Circuit trek. The climbs begin after bidding farewell to Dharmasala, steadily ascending towards Cho Chanda and onwards to the pass. Feel the thrill of pushing your limits with every step. Enjoy the stunning views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, and the mighty Annapurna II. Descent towards Bhimphedi and celebrate your accomplishment with fellow trekkers.

Another long day of walking from Bhimphedi to Tilje lies ahead of us. First, the trail heads toward the little Karcher La Pass. After that, it leads you to Tilje across the sidewalk's soft paddy fields. Spend the night at the guest houses. Meals: Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Today's brief stroll will be along a paved trail that leads to Dharapani. You will return to Kathmandu by private vehicle from Dharapani. The short walking route goes along the Dudh Koshi River Valley's ridge. Spend the night at the hotel. Meals: Included were breakfast and lunch.

We appreciate you hiking with us. You will be dropped off at the airport by our representative about three hours before your scheduled flight. I hope you have a safe return trip.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • First aid medical kit with provision of Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water etc.
  • snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Packing list of Manaslu Circuit trek

  • Trekking trousers
  • Money/cash
  • Trekking shocks
  • Torch lights
  • Trekking boots
  • Medicines
  • Waterproof pants
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof jackets
  • Beanies and gloves
  • Warm shirts and t-shirts
  • Thermal tops and bottoms
  • Toiletries
  • Underwear
  • Wash kit
  • Fleece jacket
  • Safety kit
  • Down jacket
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Trekking pole
  • Water bottles and water purifiers
  • Raincoats
  • Trash bags and tissue papers
  • Sleeping bags
  • Charger/adapters
  • Duffel bags
  •  Power banks
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Raincoats
  • Cooking gas
  • Cooking utensils

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