Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu, Samagaun, Nepal
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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating and remote trekking adventure that takes you around the magnificent Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. Located in the western part of Nepal, this trek offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and challenging terrain.

As a restricted area trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through pristine landscapes, untouched by modern development and offering a sense of wilderness that is rare to find in the Himalayas. The trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the diverse ecosystems of the region, from lush lowland valleys to high alpine passes.

The journey begins in the scenic town of Maccha khola and follows a trail that winds through beautiful villages, terraced fields, dense forests, and glacial river valleys. Along the way, you’ll encounter diverse ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Tibetans, and Sherpas, and have the chance to experience their rich cultural traditions.

Due to its remote location and limited number of trekkers, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a quieter and less crowded alternative to more popular trekking routes. This allows for a more intimate and authentic experience, as you can truly connect with the natural surroundings and engage with the local communities.

It is important to note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a special trekking permit and must be undertaken with a registered guide. This is to ensure the preservation of the region’s natural beauty and to support local communities.

Essential Tips for a Successful Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Obtain the necessary permits and trek with a registered guide.
  • Plan your itinerary carefully, allowing for proper acclimatization.
  • Focus on physical fitness and endurance training prior to the trek.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear for varying weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated and carry water purification methods.
  • Take your time and trek at a comfortable pace to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Respect the local culture and traditions of the communities you encounter.
  • Carry sufficient cash as there are limited ATM facilities along the trek.
  • Be prepared for basic teahouse accommodations along the trail.
  • Stay updated with weather conditions and be flexible with your plans if necessary.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety Considerations

  • Obtain necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
  • Prioritize physical fitness and acclimatization.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions and be prepared for changing weather.
  • Follow the guidance of your guide regarding safe trekking practices.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Pack a comprehensive first aid kit and any necessary medications.
  • Be cautious on challenging sections of the trail and use trekking poles if needed.
  • Respect local customs, traditions, and wildlife.
  • Follow safety guidelines and regulations set by local authorities.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a beautiful and tough hiking trail in the faraway parts of the Nepalese Himalayas. It has a mix of interesting culture and stunning views. The trek goes around the impressive Manaslu, which is the eighth highest mountain globally. The journey starts in the busy town of Maccha khola, passing through green areas, stepped fields, and villages with Gurung and Tibetan traditions. As people go up, they see different scenes like meadows, thick forests, and icy valleys.

A highlight of the trek is Larke Pass, at 5,160 meters high, giving amazing views of Manaslu and nearby peaks. Along the way, hikers come across Buddhist monasteries, spinning prayer wheels, and special Mani walls, getting a taste of the rich culture in the area. The trail is not as crowded as the Annapurna and Everest ones, offering a peaceful and quiet experience for those who want to explore a less-traveled path in the heart of the Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost And Itinerary

The Manaslu Circuit Trek has different costs that include permits, transportation, places to stay, food, and guide services. People usually have to get a special permit for the Manaslu area, and this adds to the total expenses. The money for transportation covers the trip from Kathmandu to the starting point in Machikhola and back at the end of the trek. The cost of where you sleep depends on the type of place you choose, like basic teahouses or more comfortable guesthouses.

Food is usually included in the trek, and the price depends on what you like to eat and if you want extra snacks or drinks. The itinerary usually spans around 11 to 18 days, beginning in Macchi khola, passing through culturally rich villages and diverse landscapes, and reaching the highlight of Larke Pass at 5,160 meters. It’s mandatory  to hire a guide and porter inside manaslu region for safety and convenience. The total cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary, Normally start from 1100$ – 1800$ so it’s important to plan for permits, transportation, places to stay, food, and any extra services to make sure you have a well-prepared and enjoyable trek in this interesting part of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Package

The Manaslu Circuit Trek with package is like an exciting journey through the beautiful mountains of Nepal, especially around the amazing Manaslu peak. The package usually includes everything you need, like permits, transportation, a place to stay, food, and a guide. It’s designed to make things easy for trekkers. You can choose where to stay, from basic teahouses to more comfortable guesthouses. Food is part of the deal, and they think about what you like to eat and if you want extra snacks or drinks its an optional. You can also decide to have a guide and porter with you, which is good for safety and convenience. The total cost can change depending on where you stay and what extra services you pick. But overall, choosing this package makes sure your trek in this amazing part of the Nepalese Himalayas is well-organized and enjoyable.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exciting journey through different heights, giving trekkers a special look at the different landscapes of the Nepalese Himalayas. It starts in the busy town of Macchikhola at around 900 meters high, and then the path goes up through green areas, stepped fields, and traditional villages. As trekkers keep going, they come across different heights like meadows, thick forests, and icy valleys. The highest point of the trek is Larke Pass, a tough part at 5,160 meters high. From there, you can see all around, including the big Manaslu peak. After that, the trek goes down, finishing the journey. The changing heights make the trek physically challenging and show off the diverse plants and beautiful landscapes of the Manaslu area. It’s a great adventure for anyone who wants to experience the Himalayas.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit

Getting the right permits is really important when planning the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It’s part of the overall plan for this Himalayan adventure. People going on this trek have to get a special permit for the Manaslu area. They also need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and (MCAP) because the trek goes through protected areas. The special Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is issue by trekking agencies, and often, trekkers have to be in a guided group to get these permits. These permits help control the number of trekkers in the region, which is good for safety and taking care of the environment. Trekkers should make sure they know about the permit rules and have all the right paperwork before starting the trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather

The weather changes during the year along the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, affecting how it feels to trek there. In the spring months of March to May, the weather is nice, not too hot or cold, and the flowers, especially rhododendrons, make the landscapes colorful. From June to September is the monsoon season with lots of rain and a risk of landslides, so it’s not the best time to trek. Autumn, from September to November, is thought to be the best time for the trek because the weather is clear, the air is fresh, and the views of the mountains are amazing.In winter, from December to February, it’s colder, and there might be snow at higher places. It’s not as popular during winter, but it’s still possible for those who are ready for the cold. Knowing about the different seasons is important for trekkers planning their journey.

Larke Pass Trek

The Larke Pass trek is a part of manaslu circuit trek which is exciting and tough journey through the Manaslu region in Nepal. It gives trekkers a chance to experience the Himalayas up close. The trek begins in the small town of Maccha Khola and goes through different landscapes like fields, villages, and forests, going higher as you walk. The main part of the trek is Larke Pass, a really high place at about 5,106 meters (16,752 feet). Crossing this pass is hard because it needs physical strength and getting used to the high altitude. But the reward is amazing views of snowy peaks, especially the big Manaslu mountain. Along the way, trekkers see the local culture with villages influenced by Tibet and Monasteries. The Larke Pass trek is not just a tough walk; it’s also a chance to enjoy the beautiful Himalayan scenery, learn about the local culture, and feel the excitement of overcoming a challenging mountain pass.

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Combined

For a more immersive experience, consider combining the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley Trek. Delve into the unique Tibetan-influenced culture of the Tsum Valley, characterized by ancient monasteries, traditional villages like Chhokangparo, and warm hospitality from the locals. This combination adds cultural depth to your Himalayan adventure.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the eighth highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu.
  • Remote and off-the-beaten-path trekking experience.
  • Diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, terraced fields, and glacial river valleys.
  • Cultural immersion and interaction with ethnic communities such as Gurungs, Tibetans, and Sherpas.
  • Crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters) with panoramic mountain views.
  • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer wheels, and sacred sites.
  • Limited number of trekkers, providing a quieter and more intimate experience.
  • Pristine and untouched natural beauty.
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities, including Himalayan Thar and various bird species.
  • A sense of adventure and accomplishment in completing a challenging trek in a remote Himalayan region.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Machha Khola.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes and rural villages.
  • Arrive at Machha Khola and settle in at the teahouse.
  • Overnight stay in Machha Khola.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin the trek from Machha Khola, following the trail along the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Trek through terraced fields, bamboo forests, and several suspension bridges.
  • Pass through villages such as Khorlabesi and Tatopani.
  • Arrive at Jagat and rest for the night.
  • Overnight stay in Jagat.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek from Jagat, ascending through a lush forested trail.
  • Cross the Budhi Gandaki River multiple times over suspension bridges.
  • Pass through Philim, a large Gurung village with traditional houses and terraced fields.
  • Trek further to reach Deng, a small village with stunning mountain views.
  • Overnight stay in Deng.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through a beautiful forested trail with occasional glimpses of mountains.
  • Pass through quaint villages like Ghap and explore their unique culture.
  • Ascend gradually and reach Namrung, a picturesque village with stunning views of Manaslu.
  • Overnight stay in Namrung.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek through rhododendron and pine forests.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Pass through the village of Lho with its ancient monasteries and prayer flags.
  • Trek further to Sama Gaun, a traditional Sherpa village with impressive views of Manaslu.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Spend the day at Sama Gaun for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Take a side trip to either Pungyen Gompa, an ancient monastery with magnificent views, or hike to the Manaslu Basecamp for closer views of the mountain.
  • Immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of the surroundings.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume the trek and follow the trail through alpine landscapes.
  • Ascend gradually, passing through grazing areas and yak pastures.
  • Reach the village of Samdo, situated near the Tibetan border.
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain views and explore the local culture.
  • Overnight stay in Samdo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through rugged terrain, crossing streams and moraines.
  • Ascend to Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi.
  • This is the base camp for the Larkya La Pass.
  • Rest and prepare for the challenging pass ahead.
  • Overnight stay in Dharmasala.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin early in the morning to cross the Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek.
  • Ascend steeply to the pass, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.
  • Descend carefully on the other side of the pass to reach Bhimthang.
  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes and relax after a challenging day.
  • Overnight stay in Bhimthang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the descent from Bhimthang, following the trail through rhododendron forests.
  • Pass through picturesque villages like Gho and Tilije.
  • Reach Dharapani, a popular village on the Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Bid farewell to the Manaslu region and join the Annapurna Circuit trail.
  • Overnight stay in Dharapani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a local jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar.
  • From Besisahar, drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive and bid farewell to the mountains.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Rest and relax after the long journey.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

Durations

11 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. It is known for its remote and untouched landscapes, stunning mountain views, diverse ecosystems, and cultural immersion.

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on your starting point and the specific route taken. On average, it takes around 12 to 17 days to complete the trek. This duration allows for acclimatization and ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Yes, a special trekking permit called the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is required to trek in the Manaslu region. Additionally, you need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) since the trek connects with the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The best time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. However, treks during the winter and monsoon seasons are also possible, but with additional challenges due to snowfall and rain.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves challenging terrain and high altitudes, so having some trekking experience, physical fitness, and basic outdoor skills will enhance your overall trekking experience.

Yes, it is mandatory to hire a registered guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This regulation is in place to ensure your safety, support the local economy, and preserve the environment. A guide will also provide valuable insights, navigation assistance, and help with permits and logistics.

Accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is primarily in teahouses or lodges. These provide basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and meals. The teahouses are often run by local communities and offer a warm and friendly environment for trekkers.

Some essential items to pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, a backpack, a water bottle, trekking poles, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications. It is important to pack light and carry only necessary items.

While communication facilities may be limited in some parts of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, most teahouses and lodges offer Wi-Fi or have satellite phones for emergency use. However, it is advisable to have alternative means of communication such as a satellite phone or a local SIM card for better connectivity.

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Make sure your insurance policy covers trekking activities at high altitudes and includes emergency medical evacuation. It is important to carefully review the coverage details and carry a copy of your insurance policy with you during the trek.

The difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary, but it's generally considered a challenging trek. The trail includes steep ascents, descents, and some sections with high altitudes. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and have some prior trekking experience.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek reaches altitudes of over 5,100 meters (16,732 feet) at its highest point, the Larkya La Pass. It's important to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness and ensure a successful trek.

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Manaslu, Samagaun, Nepal

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Lisa Leeon
12/26/2023

Europe to asia journey at nepal manaslu trek

I am on my journey from denmark to nepal. I love this country culture and tradition i have done manaslu circuit trek and visit pokhara and kathmandu city. Manaslu was amazing trek remote with full of excitement and natural beauty.i book this trek through this company they are professional and provide all support during trek. Our guide lakpa so kind and helpful person. See you again guys on next visit
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Lee
08/24/2023

Best trek Manaslu circuit

Finally dream come true one of the best trek of nepal complete.Amazing destination with different world experience local teahouse with local food man vs wild feeling . Thank you pathfinder and our guide suman tamng .

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