Manaslu Circuit Trek

manaslu circuit trek
Trip Duration

14 Days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

Larkya La Pass (5220 m)

Accommodation

Hotel/Teahouse

Transportation

Bus/Car/Flight

Group Size

2-20

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Highlights

  • A trip to a secluded and off-the-beaten-path destination.
  • The eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu, can be traversed on the trek.
  • Breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains, rivers, forests, and villages.
  • Traverse high mountain passes, such as the Larkya La Pass.
  • Meet a variety of ethnic groups, each with its own unique culture and traditions, such as the Gurungs, Tibetans, and Tamangs.
  • Discover historic monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags to enhance the trek’s cultural diversity further.
  • An excellent alternative for the busier Everest and Annapurna regions.

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ultimate trekking experience in Nepal. The trail may be challenging but exciting. The sight of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), the world’s eighth highest peak, is a pleasant reward. The trek accomplishes every expectation and desire to learn about the various terrains of the Himalayan region.

Trekking in the rough mountain terrains through lush rhododendron forests. Passing through a bustling Gurung and Magar village. Touring old monasteries while listening to waterfalls and seeing other sights. The Manaslu trek is an unforgettable adventure. This trip is ideal for people looking for new experiences and pleasures in Nepal.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is yet another combination of thrilling hiking and cultural exploration. Through the Manaslu Conservation Area, the trekking routes guide to Larkya La Pass. You’ll also encounter the Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Ganesh Himal, Himchuli, and many other stunning views along the way.

Foreigners were prohibited from entering the Manaslu Circuit trek area prior to the early 1990s and continue to be so today. This trek has been less crowded than popular treks such as the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The hike is physically demanding and off-the-beaten-path, but it is captivating because of its rich biodiversity and unique scenery.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola
  • Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng
  • Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung
  • Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho
  • Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun
  • Day 08: Acclimatization Day
  • Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo
  • Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala
  • Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi through Larkya La Pass
  • Day 12: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje
  • Day 13: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani and Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu!
When you arrive in Kathmandu and arrive at TIA, our representative will be there to greet you. He will then check you into a hotel in Kathmandu. You now have the opportunity to settle into your accommodation and freshen up. In the evening, we will welcome you with a delectable meal.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola

Your journey starts today. Following your hotel breakfast, you will travel directly from Kathmandu to Arughat by bus from Gongabu Buspark. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Malekhu on the Prithivi Highway and then, depending on your comfort level, a jeep or a local bus from there.

You may find this trip to be rather uncomfortable due to the uneven, dusty roads. Despite this, the window seat will allow you to see the lovely scene. You will arrive in Gurung village after experiencing a few ups and downs and seeing paddy fields.

By stopping for quick snacks during your continuous travel, you may relax. By the time dinner is served, you will have reached Machha Khola.
Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

The distance between Jagat and Machha Khola is 22.5 kilometers today. After leaving Machha Khola, the trail goes through a thick forest. As you cross the suspension bridge, you can observe a number of rivers and waterfalls.

You will arrive at Tatopani, a location with cultural beliefs where you may take a hot shower, on your other walk. When you’re done relaxing, you cross another suspension bridge to get to Doban. You will eventually be able to cross a wooden bridge left over the river once more. By continuing on your path, you will arrive at Yaru, where you will once more cross a lengthy arch bridge before arriving at Jagat, another lovely Gurung village.

The most crucial thing to do after you enter the hamlet is to get your trekking permits checked at the checkpoint because starting that day, you will be walking in a restricted area.
Overnight in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng

Following breakfast, the trek continues on to Deng. After leaving Jagat, you will go over a mountain to the Salleri village. You will next reach Sirdibas after crossing a lengthy suspension bridge. You will next ascend to Philim and cross the hill. You’ll finally reach Deng after a challenging ascent.
Overnight in Deng.

Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung

You are prepared to begin today’s walk once breakfast is finished. Namrung is where we’re going today. You make your way to Deng by passing through the bamboo plants. You will see the swing bridge as you continue on, and you must cross it. White-faced monkeys can be seen traveling to villages in search of food.

The stream then travels through numerous landslide zones. In order to ensure your protection, you should therefore walk more carefully and pay closer attention to your guide’s instructions. You will turn toward Namrung once you have passed the landslip area.

You will hike to the lovely village of Namrung, which is at an elevation of 2260m, after an hour of walking on an unsteady path. Now you can indulge in tea and several other local delicacies.
Overnight in Namrung.

Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho

Today will begin with you getting a glimpse of the locals’ Tibetan-influenced way of life. Finally, you go out on your journey through the garden, passing by buildings that lead to fir, rhododendron, and oak trees. After that, you proceed to Lihi to Sho.

On your second stroll, you’ll observe locals wearing their distinctive traditional clothing, their art, culture, and more. From this point on, take the dirt road before you enter Lho.
Overnight in Lho.

Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun

On this day, you’ll steadily ascend to higher altitudes, so it can take some time for you to adjust. You will be enthralled by the spectacular vista of Manaslu as your trek begins.

You will walk a short distance to Shyapla. Rhododendron and pine trees, which are both lovely, will always be in your path. From Shyapla, it takes an hour to get to Sama Gaun.

Although the views of the mountains might be hazy, Sama Gaun is a charming village where you can observe typical dwellings and yaks grazing.
Overnight in Sama Gaun.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day

Today is the day to adjust to the rising altitude. The prevention of altitude sickness is essential. You’ll ascend today to Pungyen Gompa, which is located east of Nubri Valley. Now you can carry your meals with you and consume them whenever you want.

Following that, you can gaze towards Manaslu from the hills in awe. You’ll be interested in the nearby yak pastures as well. In addition to hiking to the northern Manaslu Base Camp, you will have another choice. By proceeding on the trail until you arrive the Birendra Tal, you can access the basecamp trail. Take your time today!
Overnight in Sama Gaun.

Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo

You should be more cautious when you stroll to Samdo because you are at a high altitude. A variety of bird species, yaks grazing, and stunning landscape may all be found here.

Along the route, you get to pass the Budi Gandaki Bridge. You then reach White Kani, a nearby settlement to Samdo. You ultimately reach Samdo.
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

The walk is becoming more difficult and exciting as you go to a higher altitude as you near this day. If you want to enjoy every moment of your journey, you must take better care of yourself and stay away from high altitudes.

Before taking a leisurely trip to the Manaslu region, you can amuse yourself with breathtaking views of the Himalayan range while approaching Dharmasala.
Overnight in Dharmasala.

Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi through Larkya La Pass

You’ll climb to your journey’s highest point today, making it the most difficult day of your trek. On this day, you will hike to Larkya La Pass, which is situated at 5160 meters.

When it is snowing, it can be rather dangerous due to the bad weather. You must set out early for this trek in order to traverse Larkya La Pass before the noon.

You will feel more at peace once you are able to stand at the Pass and take in the magnificent views of Himlung, which is close to Tibet. The captivating Annapurna ranges are another thing you may view. You can get to Bhimphedi by walking along the steppe.
Overnight in Bhimphedi.

Day 12: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje

Leave Bhimphedi after a lovely breakfast. You will first proceed in the direction of the little Karcher La Pass. After which the trail will lead you to Tilje along the mellow paddy fields.
Overnight in Tilije.

Day 13: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani and Drive back to Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your trip. After a 14-day journey, you are making your way back to Kathmandu while carrying all of your wonderful memories.

Today you’ll hike short on a paved path that leads to Dharapani. Then, you’ll get on a drive to Kathmandu from Dharapani. You can spend the evening the way you like.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Final Departure

Today we’ll transport you to the TIA after breakfast. If you have time before the departure time, you can also check out a few local places.

What is included in Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Airport pick-up and drive to the hotel
  • All road transportation
  • 2 nights stay in Kathmandu
  • Internal Flight (where necessary)
  • A certified English speaking Guide for the trek
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Fee
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • Kits such as sleeping bag and puffer jacket
  • Meals as stated above
  • Confirm Booking
  • First aid tools
  • Local taxes

What is Excluded

  • Personal Expense
  • Gear for trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Any kinds of drinks
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Flight

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Let’s look at the seasons and weather patterns that make different times of year better for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This allows you to make an informed decision about when you should go on this incredible Himalayan trek.

Autumn (September to November)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is especially popular during this time of year. The sky is clean and stable, with little rain. The temperatures are pleasant, making it excellent for trekking. The spectacular autumn color enhances the attractiveness of the terrain, and unobstructed views of the Manaslu mountain are more possible.

Spring (March to May)

The trek is best done in the spring. As the temperature warms, the snow begins to melt, resulting in spectacular rivers and waterfalls. The slopes are covered in vibrant wildflowers, and the clear skies provide excellent mountain vistas.

Summer (June to August)

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not recommended during the summer. This season in the region relates to Nepal’s monsoon season, which brings considerable rainfall, especially in July and August.

Because the trails can become slick and at risk of landslides, trekking can be difficult and potentially deadly. The persistent rain can often hide the spectacular mountain views that visitors come to witness.

However, if you don’t mind the rain and want to see the lush flora and fewer people, you can make the walk in early June. However, be prepared for wet weather and unexpected inconveniences.

Winter (December to February)

Winter can be fairly hard for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, and it’s often not the greatest time to go. The trek’s high-altitude portions encounter harsh temperatures and heavy snowfall, making the paths difficult to navigate and potentially dangerous.

Many teahouses and lodges along the route may close, and locals may relocate to lower elevations. It is possible to complete the trek if you are an experienced trekker who enjoys winter experiences.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is best done in the autumn and spring seasons. During these seasons, the temperature is milder, the trails are in their prime, and the region’s natural beauty is simply breathtaking. These seasons offer the most secure and enjoyable trekking experience.

Gear List for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Clothes: 

  • Down Jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Cap
  • Gloves
  • Warn woolen socks
  • Quality trekking boots with gripping soles
  • Muffler/ scarf
  • Warm trouser

Equipment:

  • Trekking poles
  • Headlights
  • Sleeping bag
  • U-lock
  • Oxygen
  • Survival blankets
  • Insect repellent, etc.
Electronics:

  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Torch
  • Headlight
  • Headphone/earphones, etc.

Others

  • Dry foods
  • Trekking map
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Water bottle, etc.

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need special permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, multiple permits are required to trek in the Manaslu region. These include the Manaslu RAP (Special Restricted Area Permit), the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit).These permits must be obtained and carried with you throughout your journey. Please verify with a local trekking agency for the most recent authorization required to guarantee compliance with current regulations.
How long does it take to complete the trek?
The Manaslu Circuit trek normally takes 14 to 18 days, depending on your beginning and ending point, the pace of your journey, and optional side visits.
Is it a difficult journey?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is somewhat difficult. The walk includes hard ascents, descents, and high altitudes, so acclimatization is essential. It is advised that you have good physical fitness and some trekking experience.
What are the accommodation and food options like during the trek?
There are teahouses and lodges along the road where you can stay and eat. These provide simple yet pleasant rooms as well as a choice of local and international cuisine alternatives. Because the quality of facilities can vary, it's a good idea to be flexible in your expectations.
Is trekking in the Manaslu region safe?
Trekkers can feel comfortable in the Manaslu region. However, like any Himalayan journey, there are natural risks, such as altitude sickness and weather variations. It is critical to trek with sufficient preparation and pay attention to safety requirements.
Is prior trekking experience required to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
While prior trekking experience is not required, it can be quite beneficial. Because the walk includes some difficult terrain and high altitudes, prior familiarity with multi-day treks might make the journey more pleasurable. Beginners can accomplish the trek with sufficient planning and a fair degree of fitness.
How do I acclimatize during the Manaslu Circuit Trek to prevent altitude sickness?
The trip schedule includes acclimatization days at crucial sites such as Sama Gaun to prevent altitude sickness. Sticking to this timetable and gradually ascending to acclimate to greater altitudes is critical. Staying hydrated and identifying altitude sickness symptoms are critical for a safe ascend.

Client Reviews