Manaslu Circuit Trek

The View of Manaslu Range
Duration17 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5,106 m
Group SizeAny
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleManaslu Trek
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

Overview

The frequently changing scenery, ancient Tibetan cultural heritage, off-beat track, and soaring Himalayan mountains make Manaslu Circuit Trek 2024 one of the most adventurous and excellent treks in the Himalayas. The trek takes you around Mt. Manaslu, the Mountain of the Spirit, and lets you relish its magnificent beauty. The less-crowded trail and unspoiled views make Manaslu Circuit Trekking a great alternative to the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. The total Manaslu circuit trek distance you will travel is 177 kilometers and takes 16 days to complete. 

For your information, foreigners are not allowed to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek solo. You can learn more about it in our useful information section. If you want to become part of this marvelous venture, then you have to be in good physical fitness and have previous trekking experience. The trail winds through the tropical zone to the Arctic.

During the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, you will pass by dense forests, waterfalls, and terraces, crossing several thrilling suspension bridges and remote villages. These are the main reasons behind the Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty, besides Manaslu Circuit Trek altitudes. Manaslu Circuit Trek weather varies according to the seasons. Spring and autumn are considered the best seasons to click on some stunning Manaslu Circuit Trek photos. 

Besides the adventurous part, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a culturally enticing journey. You will visit ancient monasteries and get to see the lifestyle & culture of people from the Nurbi community. Trekking in the Manaslu region was opened in 1992 to 400 trekkers, and the strict travel rules imposed over the region by the Nepali government have successfully preserved the cultural heritage of the locals to this date.

While staying overnight in Sama Gaun, you will have the option to go on a hike to Pungyen Gompa (4,400 m), Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m), or Birendra Tal (3,640 m). Similarly, as per our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary, you will hike to the Tibetan border during your acclimatization day in Samdo. The trail leads to the top of Larkya La Pass, which offers breathtaking scenery. 

Himalayan mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Himlung Himal (7,140 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), and many other mountains will become your constant companion. Even when trekking during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you have to be well-prepared and guided by professional guides for maximum satisfaction. 

Check out our Manaslu Circuit Trek map for more information about the trek route. There are many helpful Manaslu Circuit Trek blogs out there that offer extensive information about the trek. You can call us anytime to know more about Manaslu Circuit Trek Price or Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost for Nepali. 

We also organize Manaslu short Trek and private trips. Overall, the Manaslu trek is a once-in-a-lifetime venture that every adventure lover should try once. Also, see our famous Manaslu Circuit with Tsum valley trek. To learn about tailored itineraries like the Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 days or the Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days, get in touch with our company's representative.

YOU'LL SEE AND EXPERIENCE

  • guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek
  • Trek through six climatic zones and get to see a range of vegetation
  • The trail ascends through dense forests and waterfalls, crossing numerous suspension bridges and remote villages
  • Get to see the unique lifestyle and culture of people from the Nurbi community
  • Visit ancient monasteries along the way
  • Go on a hike to Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, or Birendra Tal 
  • Explore Tibetan border
  • Cross-challenging Larkya La Pass
  • Witness breath-taking scenery and stunning mountain panoramas

WHY CHOOSE MYSTIC ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS FOR THE MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK?

3S: Safety, Success, and Satisfaction

Booking a Manaslu Circuit Trek package with Mystic Adventure Holidays offers superior service and benefits. Here's why:
Planning your trip with Mystic Adventure Holidays means paying the lowest cost with no commission fees. Additionally, you'll benefit from:

  • Client Safety: Our trips are organized with the utmost safety in mind.
  • Best Price Guarantee: Ensuring you get the best value.
  • Free Transfers: Complimentary airport-to-hotel and return transfers in a private vehicle.
  • Expert Guides: Trained, government-licensed local guides with extensive route knowledge.
  • Support for Locals: Helping local communities earn a living through tourism.
  • Health Monitoring: Oximeters to monitor oxygen levels during high-altitude treks.
  • Medical Preparedness: Guides equipped with medical kits to handle any situations that may arise. 
  • Essential Gear: Arrangements for sleeping bags and down jackets.
  • Free Storage: Secure storage at our office for extra luggage during your tour.
  • Convenience: Duffel bags for transferring items to be carried during the journey.
  • Porter Service: A free porter to help carry your heavy bags.

By choosing Mystic Adventure Holidays, you ensure a safe, successful, and satisfying adventure in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

At Mystic Adventure Holidays, our intention is always to follow the Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary. However, due to the nature of travel, we may need to make slight changes because of unforeseen circumstances such as weather-related cancellations or delays of domestic flights, natural disasters like landslides, newly enacted laws, political unrest, or trekkers' health issues, including altitude sickness. While the itinerary is brief and fixed, it also includes flexible areas. Therefore, we advise travelers to allow a few extra days in Nepal.

We highly recommend that you arrive one day before the trip starts to rest and purchase any necessary clothing, gear, and equipment for the hike. You can also use this extra day for a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, acclimatizing, or rescheduling international flights in case of potential weather delays or domestic flight cancellations.

We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to providing you with an unforgettable adventure!

It is our regular day-to-day itinerary if you are looking for a customized itinerary. Don't hesitate to contact us.
 

Trip PlanExpand all

Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city, is in a valley surrounded by picturesque green hills on all sides. Assume you enter through the flight (Airways). The Mystic Adventure Holidays representative will be in the airport terminal with our company flag. Nepali CultureThe traditional greeting is to press one's palms together in front of the chest and utter "Namaste" (which means "I greet the god within you"). Depending on the level of the person you are welcoming, you may greet them with a nod of the head or a bow, as well as khadas (Buddhist shawls) or garlands and a crimson tika (tilak) on your forehead. Garlands and tilaks are used in Nepal to signify honor when someone comes.to wish you a hearty welcome. After welcoming you, our representative will drop you off at your hotel and assist you with the check-in process. If you come by road, our representative will greet you at your location.

There will be no activities scheduled for you. You can relax, and if you wish to explore, you may do so on your own. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Before visiting Nepal, you may have learned how to greet someone with a 'Namaste' or thank someone with a 'Dhanyabad'. However, it's important to note that Nepal is an ancient civilization with its own set of ideologies and mannerisms. Here are some social etiquettes specific to Nepal that can help you avoid being disrespectful or humiliating in public. Nepal's roads are unpredictable. Roads are usually congested, resulting in numerous traffic backups. Most places lack traffic lights, forcing drivers to rely on hand gestures from police officers. Visit religious places and UNESCO-listed places.

  • Swoyambhu Nath Stupa
  • Boudhnath Stupa,
  • Pashupatinath Temple,
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square,
  • Patan Durbar Square
Max Altitude: 1350m Meals: Welcome dinnerAccommodation: Apsara Boautique HotelDuration: 30-45 mDistance: 6 km

An extra day in Kathmandu will introduce you to the Nepali lifestyle and culture and also give you time to do final preparation for the trek. The day begins early, and you will go on a guided tour of Swayambhunath, the famous Monkey Temple. 

From here, the tour guide will take you to the holy Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath Stupa. Both of these temples hold significant religious values for Hindus and Buddhists. You will end the tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, visiting the palace and courtyards.

Later in the afternoon, we will introduce you to the trek guide, who will give you a short briefing about the trek and help you with the final preparation for the trek.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Meals: Breakfast onlyAccommodation: Apsara Boautique HotelDuration: Full day

The starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is Soti Khola, which takes a long drive to reach. The drive begins from Gongabu bus park to Arughat. From here, you will drive towards Dhading and continue the ride on a bumpy road to reach Soti Khola.

Max Altitude: 700 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 8 hrsDistance: 145 km

Enjoy a warm breakfast in Soti Khola and begin the trek following a rocky and narrow path. The trail offers heartwarming countryside views. The trail further goes through lush sal forest and passes by rivers and waterfalls. From Nyali Khola, you will ascend and descend many times on a winding route to reach Machha Khola for the night's stay.

Max Altitude: 900 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 6 hrsDistance: 14 km

Leaving Machha Khola behind, you walk on a zigzag route along the bank of the Buri Gandaki River. The trail then enters a forest, where you can see many monkeys, langurs, and birds. You will reach Khorlabeshi and walk towards Tatopani. Here, you can take a short break to enjoy the natural hot spring and continue trekking, crossing a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki River to reach Doban. The trail goes through small villages and crosses multiple wooden & cantilever bridges before reaching Jagat.

Max Altitude: 1,340 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 7-8 hrsDistance: 22 km

Trek to Salleri and drop down to Sirdibas. Further, the trail takes you to Phillim, where you will register the permits and continue trekking along the western bank of a river. You will then walk through lush forests of rhododendron and pine. Crossing the Siyar Khola Bridge, you will reach a junction and trek towards Pewa. 

Max Altitude: 1,600 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 6-7 hrsDistance: 20 km

From Pewa, the trail ascends and goes through a bamboo forest to Deng. You will cross a suspension bridge and ascend to Bihi Phedi. Further, after trekking through many landslide zones, you will reach and continue walking towards Namrung on a zigzag track to spend the night.

Max Altitude: 2,630 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 6.5 hrsDistance: 19 km

The trail today goes through Tibetan-influenced villages and lush terraces. You will trek through lush forests of oak and rhododendron to Lihi and further ascend to Lho. On the way, you can see fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu.

Max Altitude: 2,957 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 4 hrsDistance: 10 km

Today, the trail is short, which means you will get lots of time to rest and catch your breath. Enjoying the company of giant Mt. Manaslu, you will walk to Shyapla. From here, trek through a pine and rhododendron gully and a stream. It takes around an hour to reach Sama Gaun from Shyapla. In Sama Gaun, you will meet with people from the Nubri community.

Max Altitude: 3,540 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 4 hrsDistance: 9 km

A rest day will give you a break and let your body adjust to the elevation. To make the day exciting, we will go on a hike to either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, or Birendra Tal, as per your wish. Likewise, you will also get to explore Sama Gaun and spend more time with the locals.

Max Altitude: Pungyen Gompa 4,400 m, Manaslu Base Camp 4,800 m & Birendra Tal 3,640 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: Full day

Leaving Sama Gaun, you will gradually ascend through yak pastures and leave the tree line behind. The trail climbs to a ridge across a wooden bridge and takes you to White Kani. A small, beautiful village. From here, a short trek will lead you to Samdo.

Max Altitude: 3,865 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 4-5 hrsDistance: 16 km

Another rest day is important to acclimate to the altitude. We will spend the day hiking to the Tibetan border. Along the way, you may get to see the yak caravan. The views will be fantastic.

Max Altitude: 5,100 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: Full day

It is going to be another high-altitude trek day. You have to be careful and watch for any signs related to altitude sickness. From Samdo, the trail gradually ascends, following rugged terrain to Dharmasala for a night's stay.

Max Altitude: 4,460 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: TeahouseDuration: 4-5 hrsDistance: 12 km

Today is going to be a long and challenging day. The trail crosses Larkya La Pass. You will begin trekking early in the morning to cross the pass before the afternoon and avoid any adverse weather. The trail gradually ascends to the top of the pass, from where you can see jaw-dropping views of Mt. Himlung, Mt. Kang Guru, Annapurna II, and many Tibetan ranges. From the pass, you will walk on a downhill path to Bimthang.

Max Altitude: 3,590 m Meals: Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinnerAccommodation: HotelDuration: 9-10 hrsDistance: 25 km

It is the last day of trekking. The trail descends through lush forests and Dudh Khola. Take a small break at Karche for lunch and descend through villages. Further, the trail passes through fields of rhododendron & oak. Trekking along the north bank of a river, you will reach Tilije and continue dropping down to Dharapani and Tal.

Max Altitude: 1,860 m Meals: Breakfast onlyAccommodation: HotelDuration: 7-8 hrsDistance: 19 km

Today, you will drive back to Kathmandu. It is going to be a long, scenic ride. Spend the evening in Kathmandu strolling on the vibrant streets of Thamel and doing window shopping. Later that evening, take part in a farewell dinner that the company has organized.

Max Altitude: 1,400 m Meals: Breakfast ,lunch, farewell DinnerAccommodation: Apsara Boautique HotelDuration: 9-10 hrsDistance: 346 km

Today, you will leave for your home. Our airport representative will drop you off at the airport with our last good wishes.

Max Altitude: 1400 m Meals: Breakfast onlyDuration: 30-45 minDistance: 6 km
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Included
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner or Farewell Dinner
  • Kathmandu Valley Excursion, Tour Guide, and private vehicle 
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on private vehicles from Kathmandu to Shoti Khola
  • Dharapani to Besisahar: Sharing Jeep 
  • Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter) or if you want single, as per your requirements, minimum have two pax client
  • Staff costs, including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • At Mystic Adventure Holidays, we provide a duffel bag to carry your things and a trekking map. (Note: The duffel bag needs to be returned after the completion of the trip.)
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays' T-shirt, trip completion certificate, trekking map, and a cup as a souvenir from the company.  
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • An achievement certificate, Mug, and company souvenir
  • Airports Departure
Excluded
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) Rental
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), 10% of You Pay and driver(s)
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Dates & Availability

If you are an experienced trekker, then you can also do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in a relatively short time. For private departures and tailor-made Manaslu Circuit Trek itineraries like Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 days, Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days, and Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days, get in touch with us anytime. 
 

Essential Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty & Terrain

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an off-beat trek, which means the journey is difficult. This trek is known as one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas because of its trodden terrain, remoteness, and several climatic zones. You will be crossing the high Larkya La Pass (5,160 m). The trek requires you to walk 6-7 hours daily. Therefore, good physical fitness and previous trekking experience are needed for this trek. 

The trail goes through remote villages and barren areas. The services along the trail are the bare minimum, which may not suit many trekkers. Likewise, as the elevation increases, the chances of high-altitude sickness will also increase. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek package has enough rest days and a constant pace that will allow you to take plenty of rest.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit Cost

Manaslu region (between Jagat and Dharapani) is a restricted area. It is done to control the tourism flow in the region and prohibit independent trekkers. To trek in the Manaslu region, you have to get a special restricted area permit from the government of Nepal, and only a registered Nepali trekking company can help you get the permit. Similarly, as per the rules, there have to be two trekkers in the group, not including the Manaslu Circuit Trek guide/porters. 

*Note: Independent guides cannot help you issue the necessary permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek needs three permits: a Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP), a Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit, and an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

  • Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (From Jagat till Sama Gaun) 

Cost: September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (From Philim)

Cost: USD 30 per person

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (From Dharapani)

Cost: USD 30 per person

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Best Time To Go On

Spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) are the best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trekking because of the stable weather and mild climate. The Manaslu Circuit Trek route goes through six climatic zones: the tropical and subtropical zone, the temperate zone, the subalpine zone, the alpine zone, and the arctic zone.

You may face different weather conditions, even in the spring and autumn. Therefore, we recommend you pack for every weather condition. The night and morning can get quite chilly in comparison to the daytime.

Trekking in winter and monsoon is not recommended. The temperature can get below -20 °C and heavy snowfall/rainfall can block the trail. While trekking in spring, you can witness rhododendron blossoms. The trail gets very beautiful in the spring season. Likewise, you may get to see and be part of some of the biggest festivals in Nepal if you are on time in the autumn season.

Food & Accommodation During Manaslu Circuit Trek

The food and accommodations during the Manaslu Circuit Trek are very basic. You will stay in a simple teahouse during the trek that usually offers twin-sharing beds and a common washroom. The services in the teahouse are limited, and you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use a hot shower.

The meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. You can get oats, porridge, soup, toast, eggs, rice, curries, veggies, meat, pasta, momo, noodles, Tibetan bread, thukpa, tea, coffee, etc. As the elevation increases, the menu will get limited, with mostly Nepali and Tibetan dishes. We highly suggest you carry snacks and bars to munch on the trail.

High Altitude Sickness 

The Manaslu Circuit trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime memory for adventure lovers. The high altitude trekking brings many obstacles and one of them is high altitude sickness. You need to drink water to stay hydrated as it helps to avoid altitude sickness. If you experience any of these symptoms like nausea, fatigue, sleep disorder, or insomnia, then you are more prone to altitude sickness. You need to report this to your trekking leaders and guide as soon as possible.

We recommend ginger soup, as it protects you from colds and avoids altitude sickness. Bring Diamox in case you suffer from altitude sickness. If you suffer from a severe case, you will be taken to hospital via helicopter, so you must have medical insurance which will cover the helicopter rescue. 

 Trekking Grade

The high-altitude trekking to the Manaslu circuit takes you right into the mountain with rugged terrain. It is quite a strenuous grade of trekking in the Himalayas and you have to walk more than 6 hours a day to complete the trek. Some regular exercise and practicing walking uphill and downhill will help you adapt while trekking in the Manaslu region.

Weather 

The weather fluctuation is more common in higher-atitude regions like Manaslu Circuit Trek. The peak season for Manaslu Circuit Trekking is in the spring, which starts from mid-September to November, and in the autumn, which starts from the beginning of March until the end of May. The mornings are bright and clear, while in the afternoon, you may see cloud formations. The clear, bright skies at night are perfect for stargazing with your partner. 

Transportation

We will start transporting you as soon as you step into the Kathmandu valley. At first, our representative will pick you up at Tribhuwan International Airport and drop you off at your hotel in a private bus or taxi. Then, we will visit the UNESCO site located in the Kathmandu Valley via private taxi. We will take you to Aarughat in a jeep or public bus and return to Kathmandu via Beshisahar similarly. 

Electricity, Telephone, and Internet 

The Manaslu circuit is a remote area of the Himalayas. So, only a few hotels and teahouses provide full-time service electricity, and telephone. Some hotel counters provide internet passwords to guests at an extra charge, while most of the hotels suggest enjoying nature instead of being engaged in the digital platform. They charge you an extra fee for charging your battery and mobile phone; make sure to bring your data cable. Due to high altitude and sudden weather fluctuations, there will be power cuts, which will make the locals depend on solar energy.

The electricity produced from solar has a limited supply, so we advise you to bring extra batteries for the camera and a power bank to charge your mobile phones. The telephone network is available in the Manaslu circuit only if you have local SIMs like NTC and NCELL. The NTC has full network coverage in higher altitudes and you can also use the internet by buying a data pack. 

Drinking Water

You can buy bottled water for drinking along the trail unless you reach the last village. We suggest you bring your own bottle and refill the water of your choice in hotel and tea houses to reduce plastic waste on the trekking trail. Sometimes you have to walk in a deep forest where there are no tea houses At that time, you need to use free-flowing water for drinking, so bring iodine or water-purifying medicine for safe drinking water. 

Luggage & Bathroom Facility

While trekking in the Himalayas, a porter will carry your luggage, but you must carry your backpack by yourself. The toilet and bathroom facilities in the city area come in an attached room. As soon as you start your hike, most of the tea houses have common bathrooms for all the guests but some teahouses and lodges provide rooms with attached bathrooms for an extra charge. 

Group Leader and Crew

We, Mystic Adventure Holiday, provide a certified and experienced guide along with local Sherpa staff. If we have more than 8 guests for the trip, we arrange for a porter to carry your luggage, and 1 porter will carry the bag of 2 guests. 

Trekking Equipment 

All the necessary equipment and gear are available at reasonable rates in the streets of Thamel. So, we advise you to buy the gear here, which will help you avoid extra costs for heavy luggage in the airfare. 

Trekking Days

While trekking in the Himalayas, you can enjoy the view of beautiful scenery, wildlife, vegetation, and mountains. In addition to this, you can also enjoy your trip chitchatting with the guide porters and another trekker. It is necessary to plan the routine of the following days with the guests, which will make them ready to hike at the exact time.

We start the day by waking early in the morning and starting the hike after having a hot breakfast. We will stop in tea houses to have lunch at midday and continue hiking until we reach the destination of the day. Sometimes we complete our hike in the early evening and you can explore the nearby places or stay in your comfort zone. 

Customize your itinerary and trip extensions 

We provide customized trips for those travel enthusiasts who couldn’t book a suitable date for our planned package. Make sure to mention your scheduled time and date we will organize a private trip to the Manaslu Circuit trekking.

In addition to Manaslu Trekking, Mystic Adventure Holidays can organize trips to Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, Mustang Trekking, Mountain Flight, water rafting, Jungle Safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan or Lumbini), Homestay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet Tour, Bhutan Tour, or India Tour Extension as per your time limit.

Tips to make the journey smooth

  • Make sure to double-check all the trekking gear and clothing before leaving for the trek. Carry a little pocket knife, a torch, and a lighter. 
  • Buy water purification tablets and carry a reusable water bottle to save money and the environment.
  • Don't forget to pack your favorite snacks and bars. We suggest you do not rely on tea shops to buy things. 
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and avoid altitude sickness.
  • Carry extra batteries or a solar charger to charge your electronic devices. Some places may ask you for a few extra bucks to use charging booths.
  • Withdraw cash from the city to use on the trail, as there are no ATMs.
  • You may not get WiFi everywhere, so a Nepali SIM will come in handy to use cellular data.
  • Stick to your group, and do not wander far alone.
     
FAQs

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is 17 days long, including arrival and departure. You can also tailor-make the itinerary as per your requirements and time availability.

No, you cannot do Manaslu Circuit Trek solo. As per the rules of the Nepal government, there have to be two trekkers in the group, not including the guide/porters. Moreover, you can only get a restricted area permit with a licensed trekking agency. 

To go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you not only have to prepare your body physically but also mentally. You can start preparing for the trek 3 to 4 weeks before the beginning of the journey. To prepare, you can exercise, focusing on core strength and increasing stamina. Swimming, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. are also great ways to prepare for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Likewise, you also have to prepare yourself to survive in the bare minimum facilities and adjust to a very simple lifestyle during the trek.

The trail is strenuous. You have to walk 6–8 hours a day on a rough, steep path. There will be nonstop ascending and descending throughout the trek.

Soti Khola is the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which takes around 8 to 9 hours to reach from Kathmandu. Likewise, Tal is the ending point of the trek, and it takes 9–10 hours of driving from Tal to reach Kathmandu.

You can get bottled water in the house, but we don't recommend buying it every time because it will cost you a lot of money and increase unwanted litter. Water in the mountains is relatively cleaner than in the city and can be used to drink. You can carry a reusable water bottle and refill it every time it gets empty. For extra safety, you can carry water purification tablets.

The most unique thing about Manaslu Circuit Trekking is that the route does not follow a similar path even while descending. This means every day will bring new experiences and views. The trail is less crowded than in the in the Everest and Annapurna regions. The views and the cultural heritage in the Manaslu region are unspoiled, and very few people traverse it every year because of all the challenges. 

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