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Manaslu Circuit Trek

16 Days
5 - Excellent
( Based on 3 travel reviews )
an exciting adventure around world’s 8th highest mountain range

Manaslu Circuit Trek Package Highlights

  • Enjoy the adventure from lower to higher areas of Manaslu Himalayas.
  • Exciting walks of great bio-diversity from vegetation, landscapes to culture.
  • Walk amidst lovely forest of tall rhododendron, pines, oaks and fir trees.
  • Interesting local cultures of hill village’s changes on daily exciting walks.
  • Crossing high, scenic Larkya-La pass facing spectacular mountain views.
  • Constant scenery of beautiful ever present views of snow-capped peaks
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and in best available local lodges on treks
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • At Larkya la Pass at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet
  • Exciting tour, interesting drives, scenic trek
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • 12 Nights & 13 Days with drives both ways
  • 15 Nights & 16 Days arrival to departure

Are you up for a lifetime experience? Embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek package with us and be presented with an extraordinary kind of Himalayan magic.

Don’t miss the chance to conquer one of Earth’s greatest high-altitude hikes. Witness magnificent scenery – breathtaking landscapes will captivate you at nearly every turn. You’ll also encounter diverse cultural aspects that will leave you in awe.

Reserve your Manaslu Circuit trek package now and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Like the name Manaslu Circuit Treks (MCT), indeed a professional local company of Nepal, where all staff and guides. Born and raised on the high hills of Manaslu Himalaya around Nepal Mid-West.

A great way to experience the Manaslu Circuit trek package with expert guides and staff, who knows the area in-depth. Although Manaslu Circuit is gaining much popularity among trekkers, due to its remote and scenic location.

Where visitors can enjoy a wide range of delightful moments from the start to the end of the adventure. Package of Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with an exciting long drive from Kathmandu heading Mid-West, following the main highway, and then reaching mid-hills. Finally reaching the first overnight at Soti-Khola, where our adventure begins, on leaving low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas. Reaching high cooler hills around the lovely villages of Jagat, Philim, and Namrung then enters toward a strong culture of Buddhism.

The walk leads to the heart of scenic Manaslu Valley, facing majestic views of Mt. Manaslu, Sringi, and Buddha Himal. Includes an array of snow-clad peaks throughout the walks from Lho-Gaon onwards. 

The Manaslu trek package offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural diversity of Nepal and witness the traditional lifestyle of various ethnic groups. The region is home to different communities, such as Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Bhotia, Hindu Brahmin, Chettries, Newar, and Tibetan refugees.

Trekkers can explore the traditional villages and experience the age-old heritage cultures and customs of the native people. The Manaslu region is known as Kutang in the Tibetan origin language, which means a promising land for harvesting high-altitude crops and raising livestock. The word Manaslu comes from ancient Sanskrit, which means the mind or soul of a god, similar to the holy Lake Manasarover in Tibet near Mt. Kailash.

The Manaslu trek package offers scenic views and an opportunity to witness the local lifestyle of the people. The native people are Tibetan descendants who migrated some 400 years ago and are known as the Bhot people. The old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route runs close to the border of Nepal and Tibet, which adds historical significance to the region.

There is also a chance to see some of the old Buddhist monasteries on this trekking route including Namrung, Lo, and Sama Gaon villages. These monasteries pull out the cultural legacy of this place, and those who live here do believe in these huge religious groups.

In all, the Manaslu Circuit Trek package is a fine combination of natural scenic beauty and cultural diversity which presents an unparalleled trekking adventure to tourists who lust for real thrill along with culture.

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Adventure heads further north-west from the last village of Samdo, where a walk leads to the bottom of Larkya-La Pass. A small settlement with few lodges for travelers, as well as the final overnight around Gorkha and Manaslu region. Next early morning a big climb towards Larkya-La Pass top festooned with prayer flags at 5,106 m high.

Certainly! The Manaslu Trek package is an amazing adventure that provides breathtaking panorama of the mountains, true cultural presentation and challenging trekking trails if you want to experience this unforgettable journey.

It’s important to note that trekkers are required to travel with a licensed guide and a minimum of two trekkers per group. Solo trekkers are not allowed in the restricted area. The permit fees and regulations are subject to change, so it’s important to check with a registered trekking agency for the latest information.

Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu. Meals Includes: Welcome group dinner.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg. Then join in with other members of the group, for the trek briefing at meeting halls or garden.

Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast. Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Moring after a hearty breakfast, as per the time informed by our guide and staff our tour guide will meet. A short drive and walk in the heart of Kathmandu city, where the famous old Durbar Square located. An ancient palace and courtyard of earlier kings from Malla to former Shah Period. Interesting areas adorned with temples and old palace, as well with resident of famous Living Goddess the Kumari. Includes a temple of Kasthamandap, where Kathmandu name derived from, meaning a temple built from the wood of a single tree.

The temples and monuments of Durbar Square, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour, a short drive leads west of the city to another famous landmark of Nepal. The Swayambhunath Stupa of Buddhist monuments, located on a hillock, one can enjoy views of Kathmandu city and the valley.

The Stupa one of the oldest in Nepal and probably in the world of more than 2,600 years of history. After an impressive morning tour back to hotel, rest of the day preparation for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. (Soti Khola) Approx. 8 hours drives.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner. Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Early morning depart for wonderful adventure Manaslu Circuit Short Trek, taking a private car, comfortable tourist standard bus, or coach. As per the size of a group, a long drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley towards the Gorkha district.

Located Nepal Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of low and mid-hills, heavily cultivated farm areas. The drive follows Nepal’s main busy highway for some hours and then diverts heading north to Arughat town.

Arughat town is situated on low farm areas close to the raging Buri Gandaki River, from here another few hours of drive on the dirt country road to Soti-Khola for an overnight halt.

Soti-Khola a small farming area slowly growing into a town, as the motorable road has been connected.

Altitude: 930 m/ 3, 050 feet. (Machha Khola)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Start the first-day trek of the adventure, heading due north following the Buri Gandaki upstream. The morning walk leads to a short climb for a few hours past smaller farm villages then end the day at Machha Khola.

A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. (Jagat) approx. 6 hours walks.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, the second-day walks lead to cooler hills. On leaving the low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas, the route follows slow ups and downs. Walking through a patch of forest reaching Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, enjoy the refreshing bathing as time permits.

Walk to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a nice farm village for a short refreshing stop and continue the climb. As the day ends reach a nice moderate size hill village at Jagat for an overnight halt.

At Jagat, with time a short walk around to observe the local cultures, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Altitude: 1,625 m / 5,330 feet. (Pewa)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

After a pleasant overnight at Jagat, from here onwards starts the Restricted
Area of Upper Manaslu.

Where all foreign visitors need to obtain a special permit to enter Upper Manaslu till Dharapani villages if reached. The walk leads to climbing and then crossing a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages, a lovely farm area.

The route leads past the neatly tended farm terraces reaching a cool shade of the forest on reaching Deng.

From here onwards into strong Buddhism culture, as walk follows higher past the village of Deng. Slowly the long day trek comes to an end on reaching a small village of Pewa, for an overnight stop.

Altitude: 2,630 m / 8,626 feet. (Namrung)
Approx. 6 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

On leaving Pewa, morning climb leads to a forested ridge lined with tall rhododendron, pine, and fir trees.

A slow and steady downhill to Bhi Bazaar, situated near the riverside, after a pleasant stop. The walk continues heading towards farm areas with nice cultivated terraces of millets and barley and then reaching Namrung. After checking into the best available lodge, enjoy the grand views of Mt. Manaslu North Face with an array of peaks.

Altitude: 2, 957 m. / 9,698 feet. (Lho)
Approx. 4 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Adventure today leads into the high Manaslu valley on entering one of the charming village of Lho Gaon. Having goof breakfast, then setting off for the long enjoyable scenic trek to Lho-Gaon. The walk follows to a slow gradual climb, and within cool shade of forest lined with pine and rhododendron trees.

Trek heads high above the Buri Gandaki River, and then on winding up past few summer settlements of cattle herder. Then finally ending the enjoyable pleasant day walk on reaching at nice large village of Lho-Gaon.

Lho-Gaon is a beautiful village within the shadow of majestic Mt. Manaslu with a contrast of green forest and white snow peaks. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks.

Trek to Sama Gaon
Altitude: 3, 530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Approx. 5 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Morning with breakfast enjoy the glorious scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks, as the walk starts towards west.

Adventure follows on gradual uphill trail around Upper Manaslu through a number of farm villages and Yak herder camps. An interesting walk on high Manaslu valley, enclosed by high rocky cliff and snow peaks.

The view of Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal remains constant for some hours as walk finally comes to an end on reaching at Sama-Gaon.

Sama-Gaon, the main village of high Manaslu valley as well one of the highlights of the adventure. Check into a nice lodge, with time to browse around the village and witness the local fascinating culture of Buddhism.

Altitude: 3,530 m / 34,233 feet. (Sama Gaon)
Acclimatization hike. Manaslu Base camp, Birendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

A free day as well to support acclimatization, a perfect height at 3,550 m for a local short hike. Several best places for interested and eager trekkers and adventurers, one can enjoy a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp.

A long full day walk of more than 6 hours both ways, the best hike is to Birendra Tal. A glacial pond on route Manaslu base camp, a walk of a few hours uphill facing grand views of Mt. Manaslu.

One can enjoy the rest day with a leisure walk exploring the village and visiting the old Pungyen Gompa.

Altitude: 3,865 m / 12,677 feet. (Samdo)
Approx. 5 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From here onwards, adventure gets more exciting on reaching the high end of Manaslu valley, on leaving Sama-Gaon for interesting walks.

The route follows on windswept terrain, where tree lines disappear for high-altitude shrubs and bushes.

The valley gets narrow as the trek leads towards a mountainous country facing grand views of wonderful landscapes. A short half-day walk to Samdo but taking it slow due to the rise of altitude.

After a pleasant trek of some hours and then a short steep up to Samdo for lunch and overnight halt. Samdo is the last village before reaching the other side of Larkya-La Pass to the Manang areas.

The village with more than forty houses with typical Tibetan style for more than two hundred inhabitants.

Rest of the afternoon explore this last village of Samdo located on route Larkya-La Pass and to the Tibet border.

Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. (Dharmasala)
Approx. 4 hours walks. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

A short walk and pleasant day to the highest overnight stop at Dharmasala and Larkya Phedi. The route leads towards end of Manaslu valley and Gorkha district at Dharmasala or Larkya Phedi.

The base of Larkya-La pass from the Manaslu side of the valley, a place with few huts that serve as lodge and guest-house. During high times, of trekking season this place is crowded with trekkers. Where some groups have to spend on tented camps provided by the lodge owners. In the early days, it was known as Larkya Bazaar, where the market was held with buyers and sellers. Merchants, and traders from across the country as far from Tibet and Manang region used to sell and exchange their products.

At Dharmasala reaching by lunchtime, and for an overnight stop.
Afternoon relax and preparation for the long day walk the next early morning to cross over high Larkya-La Pass.

Altitude: 5,160 m / 16,924 feet at Larkya-La
and 3,700 m / 12,201 feet at Bhimthang. Approx. 8 hours walks.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

Enjoy the final highlight of the adventure, having breakfast and carrying pack lunch for the long day’s walk. An early start before break of dawn, as climb leads on a rocky gravel path above the lodge of Dharmasala.

The climb contours on winding steep uphill path, after hours of strenuous climb reaching Larkya-La Pass. The top is adorned with prayer flags and a signpost with the name of Pass and heights.

For all the hard effort rewarded with a stunning panorama of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Includes views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru, as far as Ganesh Himal Far East direction.

After a tough climb, a long downhill takes you to the other side of Phedi at Bhimthang for an overnight stop. A long descent through moraine and Larcia glacier then reach Tambuche, the base of Larkya-La Pass on Manang side.

From the bottom walk to Bhimthang overnight after a long, hard day, a lovely spot amidst green forest surroundings.

Altitude: 1,800 m / 5,904 feet. (Dharapani)
Walk approx. 7 hours. Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge / Guesthouse.

From Bhimthang, another long day walk to Dharapani village. But easy with pleasant downhill trek compared to the previous tough day, start early having a good breakfast.

Walk heads towards a forested path with a few short ups and down to a small settlement of Gho. After a refreshing stop, continue to walk into the cool shade of the dense forest to Tilje, a nice village above Masrsyangdi River. Stopping at Tilje for a possible lunch break, the last phase of the walk with a short climb over a bridge. Afternoon walk to a bridge and then a short climb to our final overnight destination at Dharapani village.

Located on the famous and popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit routes, a lovely village for the last day. Dharapani offers many good lodges with nice rooms, having a comprehensive food menu to enjoy the last day party.

Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Approx. 08 hours sharing jeep or bus.
Meal Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

The final day around Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas, an early morning start for the exciting drive to Kathmandu. Having a good breakfast, board on a local vehicle, depending upon the size of a group.

A long exciting overland journey leads to winding downhill around low warm farm areas of Lamjung district. As drive stops for short while at Besisar, the headquarters town of Lamjung. From Besisar on a good road, then joining on the main Pokhara and Kathmandu highway at Dumre town.

Drive more than four hours from Dumre town on winding uphill to the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Finally drive ends on reaching your hotel, arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Meal Includes: Breakfast only.
Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after an enjoyable adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trek. Our staff transfers you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell guide and staff. As depart for smooth flight homeward bound.

Includes

  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 03 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 12 nights twin sharing accommodation during trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu. (Entrance Fee Extra)
  • Local Transportation Jeep/ Bus Kathmandu –Soti Khola & returning back to Kathmandu.
  • (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time.
  • MACP/ ACAP & Manaslu special trekking permit as well.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide. His food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Welcoming Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with culture performance.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Local taxes.

Excludes

  • All kind of beverage.
  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Porter Service, Do you need a porter? Ask to our trek expert.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

Best Season

The best seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are:

  • Spring (March to May): Offers longer days, pleasant temperatures, and beautiful blooming flowers. However, there’s a higher chance of encountering snow at higher altitudes.
  • Autumn (September to November): Boasts clear skies, ideal for breathtaking views, but with shorter days and colder temperatures, especially in the mornings and evenings.

Here are some additional points you might consider mentioning, depending on the audience:

  • Shoulder months (March, April, September, October): Offer a good balance between weather and crowds, ideal for those seeking a less crowded experience.
  • Experience level: Spring might be preferable for beginners due to warmer temperatures and less snow.
  • Festivals: Research potential festivals during your chosen season, as they can impact fees and availability.

Remember, the best season ultimately depends on your individual preferences and priorities.

Culture, Religion and History

Diverse People and Traditions:

The Manaslu region boasts a diverse population, with various ethnic groups residing in different areas. In the lower and warmer Gorkha district:

  • Gurung, Magar, Hindu Brahmins, Chettries, and Newars form the majority.
  • Some Bhote people, descendants from the higher Manaslu and Tsum valleys, also reside there.

Religion and Cultural Blend:

  • In these lower areas and up to mid-hills near Jagat and Philim villages, a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism is evident in both culture and religion.
  • Moving beyond Jagat towards the higher Manaslu valley and Dharapani in ManangBuddhism becomes the dominant religion.

Tibetan Influence:

  • The region shares strong cultural ties with Tibet due to its proximity to the border.
  • The higher Manaslu inhabitants, known as Bhotia (meaning Tibetan descendants), follow ancient traditions similar to their Tibetan predecessors.
  • Monasteries, prayer walls, and spinning prayer wheels are frequently seen in villages like Namrung and beyond, reflecting the strong Buddhist influence.

Historical Significance:

  • The Manaslu region was once part of the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route connecting Nepal and Tibet.
  • Yaks carried goods between the regions, and the base of Larke-La pass (previously known as Larke Bazaar) served as a bustling marketplace for traders.

Manaslu’s Name and Significance:

  • The name “Manaslu” comes from the Sanskrit word for “soul or mind,” signifying its spiritual significance for the local people.
  • Locals also refer to it as “Kutang,” meaning “land blessed for raising livestock and agriculture.”

Climbing History and Conservation:

  • Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet).
  • The first successful climb was in 1956 by a Japanese expedition with the crucial support of a Nepalese guide, Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.
  • After remaining closed for decades, the region opened for trekking in 1992.
  • Due to its restricted status, special permits are required for trekking.
  • The Manaslu Conservation Area Project safeguards the region’s pristine environment and regulates responsible tourism practices.

Duration and Flexibility:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek spans 15 nights and 16 days, offering a flexible itinerary that allows for ample acclimatization, crucial for high-altitude hikes.

Physical Demands:

While catering to a variety of individuals, please note that certain days, particularly the Larkya-La pass crossing, can be physically demanding. Participants should be in good physical condition and possess sound health for this trek. We carefully plan the itinerary to ensure a manageable and enjoyable experience.

Unique Tented Camping Experience:

Opting for tented camping provides a distinct adventure compared to traditional lodges. You’ll enjoy the privacy of trekking your own path while our dedicated team manages all camping equipment.

Culinary Delights on the Trail:

Our dedicated kitchen staff, led by an expert chef, prepares delicious and diverse set menus for lunch and dinner, ensuring a satisfying culinary journey throughout the trek. We use fresh, local ingredients to create a variety of healthy and hygienic dishes.

Responsible Hydration:

Safe drinking water is readily available through boiling or filtration at local shops and lodge restaurants. We actively discourage plastic bottled water to minimize waste and uphold our commitment to eco-friendly practices and responsible tourism. However, for emergency purposes, you may choose to purchase bottled water if necessary.

Safety and Security on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

General Travel Safety:

While Nepal is generally considered a safe country for travelers, it’s always recommended to:

  • Check your home government’s website or consult relevant authorities for the latest safety and security information before your trip.
  • Stay informed about potential demonstrations or protests and avoid them if they occur.

Personal Safety on the Trek:

  • Practice good security habits: Keep valuables out of sight and take sensible precautions. Your trekking company can often store your valuables securely in their office lockers.
  • Be aware of natural hazards: While the chances of encountering landslides, avalanches, floods, or earthquakes are low in the Manaslu region, it’s crucial to follow your guide’s instructions in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Communicate any health concerns: If you don’t feel well or experience any health problems during the trek, immediately inform your guide so they can take necessary measures and offer appropriate assistance.

Transportation Options for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Travelers have several options for reaching the starting and ending points of the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

From Kathmandu to Soti Khola/Maccha Khola:

  • Private Jeep: This comfortable option takes approximately 7 hours and costs between USD 200-250, though prices may vary depending on negotiation.
  • Local Bus: A more economical choice, the local bus takes 8-9 hours and can be crowded.

From Dharapani to Kathmandu:

  • Jeep: Enjoy a comfortable 6-hour ride by jeep, with prices ranging from USD 150-200 depending on negotiation.
  • Local Bus: Opt for a cheaper option with a local bus, though the journey takes at least 7 hours and may not be as comfortable or spacious.

Important Note: Road conditions in Nepal can be challenging, especially during monsoon season (June-August). Choosing a reputable and experienced driver is crucial for a safe journey.

Contact:

Our tour package is completely customizable, allowing travelers to freely adjust and modify the trip, including adding activities that interest them. Everything else is already planned by our travel experts, from trekking permits to accommodation options. Embark on this unique trekking experience in Nepal with our customizable package. We offer affordable options without compromising quality.

For further inquiries or bookings, please contact us through our official email address or call us directly at +977 9851179975.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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How long does Manaslu Circuit Trek take?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes 15 nights and 16 days, including acclimatization days. These days are crucial for adjusting to the high altitude and minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. The average daily walking time is around 4-5 hours.

The total trekking distance is approximately 177 kilometers (109 miles), with a mix of challenging sections involving steep ascents and descents. The highest point on the trek is Pavagada La Pass at an altitude of 5,216 meters (17,113 feet).

It’s important to note that the exact duration can vary depending on several factors:

  • Route variations: Different routes or side trips may add additional days to the trek.
  • Rest days: Some trekkers may choose to take additional rest days beyond the built-in acclimatization days.

Therefore, it’s always best to consult with a trekking company to get a precise itinerary based on your specific preferences and needs.

How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is generally considered moderately challenging. It’s a multi-day expedition lasting 14 to 20 days, covering approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles), not millions of kilometers.

Physical fitness is essential due to the demanding terrain with steep climbs, descents, and high-altitude sections. The trail can be challenging from the beginning, with ups and downs throughout the journey.

However, the effort is rewarded with stunning scenery, including breathtaking views of over 10 peaks exceeding 6,500 meters (21,325 feet) in elevation.

How to book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal?

To book the Manaslu Trek in Nepal, there are 3 options that MCT offers, they are:
1. Online Booking
2. Wire Transfer
3. Cash on Arrival
Note: Go through our Booking Policy before you proceed with booking.

Do I need Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits?

To trek in the Manaslu region, trekkers require three permits:

  • Restricted Area Permit (RAP): This permit is mandatory due to the region’s protected status. Obtain it through a licensed trekking agency. Fees are:
    • USD 100 for the first seven days.
    • USD 15 per person, per day beyond the first seven days.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit allows entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is obtainable from:
    • The Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
    • The checkpoint in Jagat.
    • Costs NPR 3,000 (around USD 30) per person.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This permit allows entry into the Manaslu Conservation Area. Obtain it (TIM card) from:
    • The Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
    • The Jagat checkpoint.
    • Costs NPR 2,000 (around USD 20) per person.

Additional Notes:

  • Trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed guide.
  • Solo trekking is not permitted in this restricted area.
  • Fees and regulations are subject to change. Contact a licensed trekking agency for the latest information.

What is the best time for Manaslu Trek in Nepal?

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are widely considered the best times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek due to several favorable factors.

While both spring and autumn have their advantages, the choice ultimately depends on your preferences:

  • Spring: Ideal for those seeking warmer temperatures and colorful scenery.
  • Autumn: Perfect for those prioritizing crystal-clear views and fewer crowds.

It’s important to note that:

Winter (December-February): Avoid winter due to heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures.
Monsoon (June-August): Avoid monsoon season due to wet, slippery trails and increased risk of landslides.

Can I trek in Manaslu without a guide?

No, it is not possible to trek in Manaslu without a guide. The regulations set by the government mandate that a minimum of two trekkers and a guide must accompany any trek in the Manaslu region.

Where is Mount Manaslu?

Manaslu is situated in the northwest region of Kathmandu, Nepal. It shares its borders with Annapurna to the west and Langtang Ganesh Himal to the east.

How cold is it in Manaslu Region?

The high altitude of the Manaslu region contributes to its cold climate. While temperature can vary based on the time of year and specific location, it’s important to be prepared for colder temperatures throughout your trek.

Seasonal Variations:

  • Spring and autumn (March-May and September-November) offer the most favorable trekking conditions, with average daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to level ground.
  • However, temperatures can drop significantly at higher elevations, especially at night and early mornings, reaching lows of -15°C to -20°C (-5°F) in high camps and passes.

Essential Gear:

Due to the potential for cold weather, trekkers venturing into the Manaslu region are advised to pack warm clothing and essential gear to help them cope with the colder temperatures.

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  1. What an adventurous holidays
    (1 year ago)
    It was more than expectations overlooking grand views of towering stunning snow mountain range. Amazing to find a good fine lodge on world’s highest mountain range with comprehensive food menu. What an adventurous holidays to experience with the company of expert guide. Thanks to Manaslu Circuit Trek, organizing such a marvelous holidays with great companion of the staff.
    Gregory McKeon
    from United States (US) Minor Outlying Islands
  2. Adventurous walk on the high altitude
    (1 year ago)
    Quite a tough walk on the high altitude, but every moment was well worth the views of towering snow peaks. Along with lovely dramatic scenery on daily walks to Manaslu Region. The only hard bit was crossing over Larkey-La with cold packed lunch, but enjoyed the adventure and I did it. Thanks to the guides and staff of Manaslu Circuit Trek, for the wonderful adventure.
    Lucy Lou Lee
    from Singapore
  3. A great marvelous adventure
    (2 years ago)
    A great marvelous adventure to Manaslu crossing over Larkey-La Pass. One of the best of my holidays, thanks to all staff of MCT for the wonderful services throughout the trek. An enjoyable walks from the start to the end of trekking, as well with interesting time in Kathmandu. Thanks to Manaslu Circuit Trek and its team staff for a perfect and hassle free holidays in Nepal.
    Jimmy Clarkson
    from United States (US)

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Manaslu Circuit Trek
Group Discount Available 36% Off
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/ Adult
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