• Duration17 Days
  • Diffculty-LevelStrenuous
  • Max. Altitude5,160 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn

Overview

The frequently changing scenery, ancient Tibetan cultural heritage, off-beat track, and soaring Himalayan mountains make Manaslu Circuit Trek 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.

For your information, foreigners are not allowed to do 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. 

Besides the adventurous part, Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a very 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 that offers breath-taking 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 trekking during the Manaslu Circuit Trek best season, 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. To know more about Manaslu Circuit Trek cost or Manaslu Circuit Trek cost for Nepali, you can contact us anytime. 

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 Mardi Himal Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek.


Useful information
Booking Terms & Conditions, Health fitness & requirements, Nepal Travel adviser.

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

Itinerary & Map

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  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome dinner

One of our airport representatives will welcome you to the airport and guide you to the hotel. You can enjoy the rest of the day as per your wish and traverse the surroundings. In the evening, we have arranged a welcome dinner for you, during that you will meet with the rest of the team members.

 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only

An extra day in Kathmandu to 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.

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:700 m

 

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.

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:900 m

Enjoy a warm breakfast in Soti Khola and begin the trek following a rocky and narrow path. The trail offers heart-warming countryside views. The trail further goes through lush sal forests 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.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,340 m

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.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,600 m

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 Siyar Khola bridge, you will reach a junction and trek towards Pewa. 

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,630 m

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, trekking through many landslide zones, you will reach and continue walking towards Namrung on a zigzag track to spend the night.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,957 m

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.

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,540 m

 

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 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.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:Pungyen Gompa 4,400 m, Manaslu Base Camp 4,800 m & Birendra Tal 3,640 m

A rest day to give you a break and let your body adjust with 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 locals.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,865 m

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.

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:5,100 m

Another rest day, is important to acclimatize 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.

 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:4,460 m

 

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

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner
  • Altitude:5,160 Larkya La Pass & 3,590 m Bimthang

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.

 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only
  • Altitude:1,860 m

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.

 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast ,lunch, farewell Dinner
  • Altitude:1,300 m

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. Enjoy a farewell dinner later in the evening organized by the company.

  • Meals:Breakfast only

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

Cost Details

Includes
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner 
  • Kathmandu City Sightseeing, 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
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
  • 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
  • farewell dinners
  • Airports Departure
Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and 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)

Departure Dates

If you are an experienced trekker, then you can also do Manaslu Circuit Trek in a relatively short time. For private departure and tailor-made Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary, get in touch with us anytime. 

 

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Start DateSaturdayOctober 01, 2022End DateMondayOctober 17, 2022StatusStatusLimitedPricePriceUS$1775

Additional Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek Terrain & Difficulty 

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 itinerary has enough rest days and a constant pace that will allow you to take plenty of rest.

You can learn more about altitude sickness and its symptoms here.


Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit

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 take 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 guide/porters. 

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

Manaslu Circuit Trek needs three permits- Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit, and 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


Best Time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek

Spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) is 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 to pack for every weather. The night and morning can get quite chilly in comparison to day time.

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 accommodation 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.


Tips to make the journey smooth

  • Make sure to double-check all the trekking gear and clothing before leaving for the trek. Do carry a little pocket knife, torch, and lighter. 
  • Buy water purification tablets and carry a reusable water bottle to save your 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 a few extra bucks to use charging booths.
  • Withdraw cash in the city to use on the trail as there are no ATMs.
  • You may not get WiFi everywhere, so Nepali SIM will come in handy to use cellular data.
  • Stick to your group and do not wander far alone.

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is Manaslu Trek?

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas because of the trodden trekking route and remoteness of the region. The terrain is difficult and steep. You have to be physically fit and possess some sort of previous trekking experience. This trek is not for beginner trekkers.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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 Everest and Annapurna region. 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. 

     

  • No, you can not 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 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 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 of drive to reach from Kathmandu. Likewise, Tal is the ending point of the trek, and it takes 9-10 hours of drive 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.

     

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