Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 5219 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • Venture the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Explore the less-trodden trekking Manaslu Circuit in Nepal.
  • Witness the ultimate allure of the top mountains in the world such as Manaslu and Annapurna.
  • Cross the high mountain pass, Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,106m.
  • Get awe due to the unexplainable mythical views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best, less frequented treks in Nepal. Rarely heard off the beaten route of the Himalayas in the raw and pristine grace of Baudha, Gorkha, and Chuli Himal in the remote valleys of the country known for hills and mountains that combine two significant trekking regions, Annapurna and Manaslu, which provides the trekker with an opportunity to grasp all the highlights of both trekking areas cost-effectively.

The trekking circuit area of Manaslu is bordered by two main river systems in Nepal: Budhi Gandaki to the east and Marshandi Khola to the west, which quench the thirst for a wide variety of wildlife in both protected lands, which heavily cultivate paddies and winter crop orange in the rolling terraced hills as you progress from the subtropical jungle at the lower level to the seemingly arduous and frosty foothills of the Himalayas, Larkya La Pass above 5,100 meters from sea level.

Coherently, the niche of the Manaslu Circuit is dominated by the indigenous Gurungs and Tamangs. While, in the majority of the upper Himalayas, you will encounter ethnic communities whose practices and customs resemble more those of the Tibetans, each dressed in their traditional attire and varying way of regulating life. Even a slight interaction with the extremely hospitable and rich culture locals of Manaslu during the trek can provide you with a great insight into the interesting hardships and prosperity of the people from the center of the Himalayas.

Therefore in our 15-day itinerary underrated trek to Manaslu Circuit, you will get to relish all the epic scenery of the classic trek in Nepal that embraces the authentic culture, traditions, and architecture of the unspoiled Himalayas, including the natural beauty around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu, at an altitude of 8,163 (26,781 ft), which can be physically demanding and challenging due to a lack of prior preparedness due to the risk of altitude sickness regardless of age and past experiences.

The trekking route starts from Gorkha, which follows the rugged gorge of the tributary river of the Gandaki, Budhi Gandaki, through the picturesque settlements of native Gurungs and several ancient Buddhist monasteries such as Ribung Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Pung Gyen Gomps that showcase the Tibetan Buddhism influence in the Manaslu Circuit and offer an eye-opening glimpse into the spiritual and religious practices of the region.

On the other hand, while you pass by several diverse inhabitations of ethnic communities in the pure wildness of Manaslu, you will get to observe the uncanny series of changing vegetation, from tropical species to temperate stands of forest that include the trees of oak, beech, and rhododendron, where barking deer, Himalayan marmots, and alpine birds, as well as a group of ravens and other avians, play hide and seek.

To sum it up, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is an underestimated adventurous trekking experience in Nepal that lets you explore the mythical what seems like a heaven in the Himalayas of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges that lead you to the typical mountain valleys where you can live the local way of Himalayan life in the homestays and tea houses of Nepal for a truly unforgettable trekking acquaintance of life.

Getting into the trekking trail of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The trekking trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit is one of the closest routes from Kathmandu, accessible by road to the central-western part of the country, northwest of the capital city, which belongs to the Gorkha district. In the past, Arughat, the district headquarters, used to be the starting point to begin the trek to the Manaslu Circuit, which has changed to Soti Khola due to the expansion of roads in recent years.

Yet, there is no direct transport to the Soti Khola from Kathmandu. So, trekkers and travelers first have to make transit by Arughat, which is around 136 km, a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu valley, usually via asphalt-coated roads, till Dhading Besi, which can be bumpy and grueling in the section between Arughat and Soti Khola that you will cover with the help of a jeep arranged by the Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks for a convenient trekking accomplishment.

However, one must always be prepared for a possible hike to reach the Soti Khola if you are planning to trek the Manaslu Circuit in the monsoon seasons due to frequent showers of rain that increase the probability of the road seeing landslides and flooding when the trail becomes muddy and slippery. Nonetheless, it is unlikely to hamper the set itinerary and budget considerations if you begin the ride early in the morning from Kathmandu.

In addition, if you are seeking a more comfortable and favorable drive option, you can arrange a private vehicle or leave the burdensome arrangement process to the hands of reputed travel and trekking organizers from Kathmandu, including Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. Although there may be an increase in the trekking expenses for the Manaslu Circuit, you will be granted greater flexibility and comfort.

What to expect in the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu region is the most iconic trekking destination in Nepal and offers the natural and cultural enthusiast a surreal journey to the not only naturally but also culturally fascinating paradise of the Himalayas, involving spectacular Himalayan panoramas, verdant hills, and forests, serene water streams, and falls, and riveting rivers as you pass through several settlements of the natives from the highlands where Buddhism and Hinduism coexist in perfect harmony.

At every entry point of the stopping places and villages of the Manaslu circuit, you will be welcomed by the Chorten and Mani walls. In the same phase, you will be in the peaceful ambiance of aromatic monasteries adorned with colorful prayer flags, where you can hear the enchanting holy mantras by the monks and Buddhist practitioners rhythmically with the shimmeringly flowing glacial water of the Budhi Gandaki river.

Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is an excellent trekking experience that balances the adventure, offering a mesmerizing fusion of natural and cultural immersion in the Manaslu region in a descent customizable itinerary and costing provided by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks for a unique and memorable voyage to add to your journal of life in the heart of the Himalayas of Nepal. Here is a brief explanation of why the Manaslu Circuit Trek stands out among all the trekking destinations:

Striking mountain scenery seen in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous among true mountain and nature lovers, no wonder for its jaw-dropping majestic Himalayas. Along with the eighth-highest peaks of the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,795 ft), the popular trekking Manaslu region boasts about the closer embracement of Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Shringi Himal (7,165 m), Ngadi Chuli (97,871m), Buddha Himal (6,692m), Cheo Himal, Samdo Peak, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other unnamed giants in 15 days.

Inclusive of these predominant ranges, you will pass through the diverse scenic landscapes, terrains, alpine meadows dotted with wildflowers and multiple colored rhododendron blooms in the spring, last but not least deep gorges, and several goosebumping suspension bridges ready to be photographed, which can be appreciated from the very beginning of the Manaslu Circuit Trek while the mountain views are more clear and unobstructed from the Samagaon.

Off-the-beaten Manaslu Circuit Trekking route

Despite the major growth in popularity of the 15-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is still considered an off-the-beaten adventure in comparison to the bustling Annapurna and Everest Base Camp routes. Trekking here began only in 1991 and hence receives a comparatively smaller number of visitors.

This particular trekking region of Nepal falls under the restricted territory of the government to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the nation, which is also one of the major reasons that Manaslu has earned fame as the hidden treasure in the remoteness that takes you away from the haphazard city.

Overall, the Manaslu circuit is a tea house trek that comes at an affordable and reasonable cost that lets you enjoy the true country life in the hills and Himalayas retained by its various indigenous communities like Gurung, Tamang, and Sherpa, along with the Tibetan refugees.

Adrenaline rushing expedition in the Larkya La Pass in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

What could be the most challenging part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek other than the mountain pass, Larkya La Pass, at an elevation of 5,160 m or 16,930 ft? Undoubtedly, this is the section of the trek where your determination and physical fitness will be put to the test, which is equally rewarding with a sense of achievement once you conquer the pass with a 360-degree complete view of the surrounding mountain vistas.

As you will be crossing the high mountainous zone of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is important to consider the weather, as it can vary simultaneously in a single hour. So, it is essential to cross the pass as early as possible to prevent snowfall and storm encounters in the afternoon.

Cultural engrossment in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Throughout the trekking route to the Manaslu Circuit, you will visit several villages of Gurungs, Tamangs, Tibetans, and Bhotia communities in 15 days. Gurungs are considerably greater in number, while Tamang is another prominent ethnic group in the area, which provides a greater chance to witness the never-before-seen cultural and traditional aspects of the locals.

In spring and autumn, anticipate the local festivals that often involve cultural dances, religious rituals, and grand processions while you savor the emblematic Tibetan and Nepali cuisines, usually Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (lentil soup with a heap of rice and seasonal vegetables), momo (Nepali infamous dumplings), and Thukpa, or noodles, etc., in tea houses or homestays.

Customizable Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itineraries

Much to the delight of trekkers, the Manaslu Circuit Trek itineraries are customizable according to your preferences and budget planning, i.e., you can extend or reduce the itinerary as per your time constraints and cost flexibility, and they are adjustable depending upon your level of physical fitness.

However, for a better trekking experience in the most untouched part of the Himalayas, it is good to include as many extra rest days as possible and side trips in your Manaslu Circuit Trek that grant you ample opportunity to acclimate, which is one of the most crucial factors of the high Himalayan trek that determines your overall trekking acquaintance in Nepal.

In addition, you can customize the Manaslu Circuit Trek by choosing different endings and starting points, such as Arughat, Dharapani, or Lapubesi. So, deciding on the itinerary to trek the Circuit area of Manaslu might get complicated, but don’t worry, we have the perfect 15-day itinerary set for the Manaslu Circuit Trek to save you from unnecessary hassles on what to choose from the nonspecific itineraries.

The Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks have been operating a wide variety of treks around the Manaslu Trekking region, including the circuit trek, and are offering a precisely tailored 15-day itinerary that involves a free day in Kathmandu and Samdo to explore the true beauty of Nepal, the Nepalese hills, and the eight tallest mountains, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) preserving the ancient local cultures for centuries.

15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost 2024/2025

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking cost can vary significantly based on numerous factors, such as the specific route of your preference, the duration of the trek, the type of trekking package, and the accommodations you wish to spend the nights in, as well as whether you wish to hire a guide and porter or not.

Since the 15-day itinerary Manaslu Circuit is a moderately challenging tea house trek that offers basic accommodation and nourishing meals required for a convenient trekking experience, the cost of the package, specially customized by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks for 2024/2025, ranges from USD 1,025 to USD 1,325, offering a discount on the group price. Which is basically:

  • USD 1,325 for 1 pax
  • USD 1,175 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1,125 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 1,075 for 7–10 pax

This package cost includes all the expenditures related to the several prerequisites of the trek, including food, accommodation, permits, transportation, guides, and porter fees. Even though you can do solo trekking in the Manaslu Circuit, it is mandatory to be at least accompanied by a guide for a better trekking experience that assures the safety of the trekkers and makes your trek more responsible as of April 1, 2023.

Local guides born and brought up in the Himalayas possess comprehensive expertise in the terrain and are experts in navigating for successful trekking in the circuit area. They are worth hiring to enhance cultural immersion as they fill the language barrier between the locals and the trekkers.

It is also good to know that, by hiring a guide that will cost you approximately USD 20 in 2024/2025, you will contribute largely to the conservation project of the Annapurna and Manaslu, which could leave a positive impact on the hardworking natives for generations, along with the project itself in the long run to uplift the living standard of the whole region.

But, if you are considering trekking solo in the Manaslu Circuit, make sure you have obtained the special trekking permits required for entry into the region. You will need the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), including the restricted area permit.

How much the trekking permits are going to charge you depends on your nationality and you have to make a separate payment to it which generally comes around at the price of USD 30 per person per entry in each conservation area, while the permits cost around NPR 1,000 only for citizens from SAARC countries.

Likewise, for FITs (fully independent travelers), the arrangement of transportation can be a hectic experience, and the whole trek can be more expensive than an organized trek by an authorized travel and trekking company. So, it is advisable to take service from one of the locally reputed travel and tour operators in Nepal.

What to pack to Trek the Manaslu Circuit?

Many adventurers must be aware of the importance of the right day packing with appropriate gearing to avoid any sort of unwanted complications on the Manaslu Trek to ensure a comfortable, safe, and overall enjoyable trek in the Manaslu region while you round up the circuit.

Especially in the monsoon and winter, the packing needs extra consideration and suitable clothing. Nonetheless, here are some essentials to include in your packing to prevent yourself from carrying an unwanted load that could hinder your trekking participation:

Clothing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Moisture-soaking base, layered top and bottom
  • Insulating layers of fleece or a down jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell of a jacket or pants
  • Convertible trekking pants and shorts
  • Long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • A couple of pairs of socks and underwear
  • Pair of gloves
  • Buff or neck gaiter

Footwear to trek in the Manaslu Circuit

  • Sturdy and waterproof-fitting boots with good ankle support
  • Comfortable sandals or shoes for evenings
  • Warm woolen pairs of socks

Gear and trekking equipment for the Manaslu Circuit

  • A light yet warm sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamps and extra batteries for it
  • UV-protective sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Water-purifying iodine tablets or filters
  • Torso-fitting duffel bags or dry bags

Why is the Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks a perfect choice to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is a government-registered, licensed, and fully credentialed travel and tour organizer based in the heart of Nepal, Kathmandu, who has been actively operating tours, travel, and trekking in the most alluring parts of our country, Nepal, as well as Bhutan, Tibet, Singapore, and India, for more than 20 years. We feel honored to be one of the eco-friendly trekking companies promoting the environmental sustainability of the fragile Himalayas while we lead our clients to their dream destinations, including the Manaslu Circuit.

We value the ultimate satisfaction and safety of our clients without any hidden cost policies and are offering the 15-day Manaslu Circuit Trek at the most affordable price in 2024/2025 while making sure to provide a hand in the Himalayan encompassment to forever hold its pristine nature and reduce carbon footprints. Further, the team at Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is an expert in customizing the itinerary as per the personal preferences of our clients and can go to greater lengths to cater to your interests and time constraints.

Join us for an amazing adventure in the Manaslu Circuit in 2024/2025 to make the most of the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal with the most qualified and experienced local Sherpa guides and porters of our management!

Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at the terminal gate of the only international airport in Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by the representative of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks and transferred to the hotel via private transportation. 

After the evening refreshment, you will attend a briefing session about your upcoming trek with our local guide or tour leader. Any sort of questions or doubts about your trip should be cleared by this time, and you will stay overnight in the standard hotel. 

about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

  • Accommodationthree star Hotel
  • Mealsnot available
  • Max. Altitude1,340 m

There might be a significant difference between the climate of your hometown and that of Nepal, so a spare day in Kathmandu is necessary to get used to the weather conditions of the valley. For that, you will have options for what to do. 

If you are exhausted from the flight, you can take a rest at the hotel. If not, you are free to explore the city of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swywambhunath, and Bodhnath, along with the blend of three ancient palaces, including the Patan Durbar Square, famous for the fine arts. 

Whatever you do during the day, you will be meeting your trek guide in the afternoon for last-minute packing and other necessary equipment and spending the night at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,340 m

Today, the trek to the Manaslu circuit officially begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by bus and jeep. The road to Dhading has asphalt, while the road from here can be quite impassable in the monsoon season due to heavy rainfall. 

In such an occurrence, you will have to walk for 3–4 hours to reach Arughat Bazar, which is a small market town on the river side of the Budhi Gandaki River, and take a jeep to Soti Khola to stay overnight in the local tea house. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude870 m

Starting from the Soti Khola, the trekking course repeats ascents and descends up to a beautiful village on the flank, Almara. Moving forward after traversing the forest area gradually leads you to the rocky terrain.

Then, you will come across the river that makes its way down and pass several rice terraces to arrive at the Gurung village of Lapubesi and eventually to Maccha Khola for the night. 

 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude869 m

The trek to the restricted area typically begins this day along the slope with rice paddies and farm fields, and the valley starts to become wider with several glimpses of Sringi Himal, also known as Chamar, at an elevation of 7,187 m.

The trekking path then descends to the shores of white sand that moves forth to numerous tiny settlements and reaches Kholabesi, where you will leave behind and continue the trek, following the narrow path till the natural hot spring of Tatopani and afterward Jagat. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,340m

The trek today is to meet Deng who first initiates after crossing the suspension bridge and passing through the thickly forested area. From here, you will pursue the trail carved in the rock to arrive at Doban.

Soon after crossing the village and suspension bridge in Doban Khola, the route keeps ascending and descending till you make it to Deng to call the day in a tea house.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,860 m

Now, you will leave Deng village and make a small ascending traverse that goes down the river bank, offering a pleasing trek, then onwards through the forest of bamboo to the Deng Khola. 

The path goes all the way down to the riverside to continue to the valley surrounded by cliffs and moves forward to pass more forest area, cross a few wooden bridges over the Budhi Gandaki, and reach the destination of the day, Namru village, after a steep walk. 

By then, the Tibetan border will be only a few kilometers to the north! 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,630 m

On the 9th day, you will trek through several villages and cross the Hinna Khola to reach a large village with packed houses and fine historical gompas, Lho with stunning views of Naike Peak, Manaslu North Peak, and Manaslu with widely farmed fields on the gentle hills.

The overall view from the valley of Lho is so breathtaking that you will take it all in while you cross the Pungen glacier, which opens up the relative villages further. Moving forward, you will see several chorten, and the continuity of the trek from one chorten to another leads surprisingly to Sama. 

The major Gompa is on the top of the hill, which provides the most spectacular views of the surrounding area. It is worth a visit to relax at the tea house in Sama Gaou. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,520 m

By overpassing the magnificent Manaslu Glacier, you will pass the trail that heads off to the base camp of Manaslu and enter the woodland sheltering marmots in the bushes of juniper and birch. 

With the last steep ascent, you will have arrived at the lovely village of Samdo with a well-established community of Tibetan refugees, while Tibet is only a morning’s walk away from Samdo. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,790m

The much-needed acclimatization day is here before we hope for further elevation gain in the higher Himalayan land. So, you will utilize this buffer day by exploring the naturally and culturally rich Samdo to adapt to the precarious mountainous weather when you do not acclimate properly.

Basically, on this rest day of the 15-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will venture to the scenic Samdo village, relish its traditional Tibetan culture and architecture, and take a leisurely walk to visit ancient monasteries with antique artifacts. 

To make your trek extra special, you can engage yourself in interaction with the hearty locals, take pictures of their day-to-day lives with their consent, including the extraordinary landscapes and mountains, or enjoy the day catching up with your journal in the tranquility of the Himalayas. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,790m

The journey today starts early in the morning as an easy first section of the trek with a downhill walk up to the Budhi Gandaki River, which gradually rises through the Larkya La Glacier fleeting via the juniper and tundra.

Then the trekking trail marches upward to the Dharamsala, which will take you around 4 hours in total to cover 7 km on a normal day that resides at the Spartan Larkya Guest House. 

through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier.  Climbing further, we arrive at the Spartan Larkya guest house.  

  • AccommodationSpartan Larkya Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,450m

It is one of the majorly highlighted days of the Manaslu Circuit Trek when you will cross the high mountain pass above 5,106, Larkya La, with the most panoramic sight to behold, all festooned with numerous Buddhist vibrant prayer flags at the highest point of trekking. 

So, you will begin in pre-dawn to avoid the anticipated heavy storm in the afternoon at the top of the pass that has the heavenly beauty of some of the top mountains of Nepal, such as Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru, along with the Mani walls.

At the moment, you will encounter the four shimmering frozen lakes just below the head of the moraine at an elevation of 4,700 m to spend some conquering time and bid farewell with a descent into yak pasture to finally reach the group of summer settlements called Kahrakas named Bhimthang. 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,129m

The trekking trail of the 13th day is easier than the previous one through the meadows and forest of pine and rhododendron until Hampuk, from where the route levels off, following the bank of Dudh Khola. 

Crossing the suspension bridge over the steam fed by the snow of Kichke Himal, you will be at Kharche and the village of Gho, where you will revisit the menu that involves rice in the Nepalese Dal Bhat. 

Keeping completely to the west bank of the river throughout the afternoon with a gradual descent to the Gurung settlement of Tilije, which again descends to Thonje and crosses the famous Marshyandi river to reach the final destination, Dharapani, to stay overnight in a guest house. 

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,700m

The drive of this day is a long one with a full day of traveling. It sounds arduous, but the classic scenery along the way makes up for it.

Watch out! A few hours of riding are likely to be bumpy, which lets you enjoy the pleasurable natural beauty on the way to Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast- Farewell dinner

You are at the end of the 15-day Manaslu Circuit Trek when you will take the last glimpse at all the mighty towering hills and mountains of Nepal and head for your hometown. 

So, 3 hours before your flight, our representative will transport you to the airport. 

Thank you for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. We hope you enjoy your trip with us and look forward to seeing you again!

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 11 nights and 12 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arught bazar by bus and jeep to sotikhola
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Special restricted permit for Manaslu region
  • Annapurna Conservation permit (ACAP)
  • MCAP permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project)
  • Tourist service charge, VAT
  • Three nights’ accommodation with three star category Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Nepali cultural dance
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 50 (duration 30 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu valley
  • Extra accomodation and meals outside itineraray.
  • Tips for Trekking guide and trekking porter
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayJun 13, 2024PricePriceUS$1175StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Do you need special permits to trek the Manaslu region?

Yes, since the Manaslu region is a restricted area and the circuit trek is around the highly confined zone by the government of Nepal, you must obtain the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) along with the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or various authorized agencies in Kathmandu or the trek starting points.

You will be asked to present the necessary permits at various checkpoints along the trek, which include:

  • The primary Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) costs you USD 100 per person for the initial seven days and USD 15 per person per day for each extra day after the first seven days.
  • General Manaslu Conservation Area Permits (MCAP) cost you according to your nationality, which is USD 30 per person per week for foreigners except for tourists from SAARC countries. As for SAARC national, the mCAP costs just around NPR 1,000, or 9 USD per person per week.

Physical preparedness to trek the Manaslu Circuit

The Manaslu Circuit Trek involves crossing one of the high passes, Larkya La, in Nepal, where physical strength plays a major role in handling the overall high altitude, including the mountain pass and varied high terrains of the region. Where there aren’t actual physical requirements in terms of trekking the circuit, it is always good to be in the best shape. Hence begin:

  • Hiking, running, or swimming to increase your stamina and endurance.
  • Do squats, lungs, planks, and weight training to strengthen your legs, core, and upper body.
  • Involve some exercise to increase your flexibility and prevent muscle cramps and injuries.

Starting with advance preparedness a month before is always considered the best method for a successful trek indulging around the Manaslu Circuit, along with mental preparedness and determination, which can be challenged in every step as you move forward to the high Himalayan zones of Nepal, closer to the Himalayas.

Which is the best season to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

Different seasons enable different unique aspects of the Manaslu Trekking region. Each season has its distinctive charm. Therefore, which season is best for you to trek the Manaslu circuit depends highly on your preferences.

However, it is good to know that the autumn and spring, the post-monsoon, and the pre-winter have the most stable and clear visibility of the surroundings with the mountain vistas. The weather at this time is mostly moderate and offers the most convenient time to trek the Manaslu Circuit.

Watch out for the night, though! It can get quite chilly as you proceed to the more remote and alpine areas. The winter season in Manaslu can get freezing to the next level and the summer rains cats and dogs.

Often in the winter, the humidity obstructs the Himalayan panorama and the natural scenery in the same ways that the rain makes the trail slippery and muddy, while the sights are mostly hindered due to frequent rains in the summer season.

Therefore, despite the treks being possible in the Manaslu region even in the winter and summer seasons with the help of proper gear and experienced mountain guides and porters from reputed travel and tour operators, the months of September–November (Autumn) and March–May (Spring) are considered the best times to trek the Manaslu Circuit.

Food and accommodation in the Manaslu Circuit Trekking

In the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will get to experience the varying accommodations and food options in the form of tea houses or lodges with basic facilities. The rooms usually come with twin beds and a common bathroom and dining hall.

Blankets are usually provided, but that might not be enough for extra warmth. So, carrying your sleeping bag is a great choice. Similarly, there are also varying food options in Manaslu Circuit Trek that normally contain Nepali and Tibetan menus. In some places, you can relish the international dishes as well.

Please note that as you ascend higher to the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Trail, the prices for accommodation and food tend to go higher, while the menu might get limited. Therefore, make sure to stick to Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, which is not only budget-friendly but also filling and nourishing, essential for achieving trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Are there any alternatives to trek Manaslu Circuit?

Yes, there are numerous alternatives to one of the most popular and rewarding Manaslu Circuit Treks. If you are looking for one of those, here is what you can consider adding to your list for a more thrilling experience and challenge:

Where to hire a guide to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

Along with the special trekking permits, hiring a guide is also essential to trekking in the Manaslu region because it is one of the major restricted zones in Nepal, and trekking without a guide is not allowed as it can lead to serious mishaps while you embark on the high Himalayan lands.

So, with the Nepalese government's intent to protect the delicate Himalayan ecosystem for the upcoming adventurers and ensure the safety of the trekkers, from April 1st, 2023, it is mandatory to be associated with a licensed guide in Nepal to trek any remote and restricted areas or protected lands.

You can hire guides and porters to trek the Manaslu Circuit from various sources, including the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, common entry points of the trek such as Soti Khola, several online platforms and websites of reputed and authorized trekking companies, guide and porter associations, and last but not least, many trekking and tour operators based in Kathmandu or other different parts of Nepal.

If you are looking for one to hire right now, we (Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks) have the best Sherpa guides in the competitive market of tourism and are hireable at USD 20 per day, covering all their expenses of food, accommodation, and travel insurance. We are multilingual, have great communication skills in the English language, are extremely reliable, and possess extraordinary navigating knowledge based on years of experience.

Client Reviews
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    We had a blast trekking with Purna as our guide on the Manaslu Circuit!
    This trek is a memory we'll take with us forever. Purna putted us at ease straight away, giving tips along the way as he's very experienced, and caring about how we feel. We couldn't be more happy to have him as a guide as he made sure we stayed healthy, in body, mind and heart. Thank you Purna-dai!
    As for the Circuit, it is a magnificent trip and we highly recommend going to the Tibetan border from Samdo, if you have energy to spend on your rest day

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    mcoolenBelize,May 20, 2024
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  • Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    Everything, from our first email communication, the generous welcoming dinner, to the last farewell at our hotel, before we were driven to the airport, run in the best possible way. The main course has been the amazing Manaslu circuit, a ten days adventure of driving and trekking in the valleys, through the villages and over the impressive Larke La pass around the 8th heighest mountain in the world. Bonus an incredible extension hike up to the beautiful Pungyen Gumpa with the stunning view of the whole mountain, from its base to the top. It was a great experience. Our guide Rudra and our porter Kantsa did an absolutely great job, ensuring every day that our trek would be safe, fun and (given the circumstances) comfortable, while they gave us a nice insight into the Nepali mentality, culture and way of life.

    An issue, which we communicated with them on spot as well, is the waste managment in the mountainous areas and villages. We know that the living conditions up there are really harsh and difficult and we know, of course, that this is obviously not a fault of the company and staff involved in the operation of this trek, but rather a deeper structural and educational issue. But, we think that the situation is a disrespect to the unique nature that the country is blessed with and which is a main attraction for its visitors and to the visitors themselves, especially since some hoteliers and accomodation owners/staff very simply place the facility's garbage in front of guest's rooms doors and windows. We furthermore think that some organised action on behalf of the trekking agencies, guides and relevant associations would possibly achieve some goals in this direction and we hope for a wind of change to the better in the future.

    Summarizing, we would like to thank Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks, mr. Rana, Rudra and Kantsa for this great experience. Keep the good job! Eat Dal Bhat! Till the next time..

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    DionysiosKGreece,May 14, 2024
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