Best Manaslu Circuit Trekking
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Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Overview

  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeSeptember to December & March to June
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Max Altitude (5220m/17122ft)

Highlights

  • Scenic Mountain Drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola and Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Less Touristic Trek 
  • The unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Pristine Budhi Gandaki River valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people
  • Diversified unspoiled natures and trekking trail
  • Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek

Explore the hidden valley of the Himalayas.

Extending its horizon in the beautiful Manaslu region, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the boon for those aesthetically pleased travel enthusiasts. The Manaslu Valley Trek is more isolated and magnificent than many, with rough steep tracks and relatively economic accommodation with limited luxury. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Budi Gandaki and the Tsum Valley and even has the Larkya La Pass as a difficult trial. The panoramic views of Mt Manaslu (8,156m/ 26,759 ft), the eighth highest mountain in the world, it is spectacular and astounding. 

Manaslu Circuit trek is not a popular trek such as Everest Base CampandAnnapurna Base Camp.  If you are looking for a trekking experience where you can find truly the Himalayas ' lives with breathtaking Mountain vistas and Valleys, the Manaslu Circuit trek would be an Ideal Trip for You.

As denoted in Sanskrit the “Manaslu” refers to Manas the Holy Spirit the journey in itself is mythical. Eon Milarepa caves and valley offers a great understanding of Tibetan culture. Tsum Valley Trek is the tranquil region, a favored Himalayan antiquated valley in the northern locale of the Gorkha region of Nepal. It is such an excursion in remote Nepal that ought not to be missed at all. This is one of the totally highlighted trips with solid, benevolent, friendly individuals, living Buddhist culture and untamed life which is conceivable in views of Buddhist denials on chasing. The way of life of individuals living here is conventional and genuine.

The remarkable culture of the Tsum Valley has stayed in place. The tenants of this range are immediate relatives of Tibetan who are foreigners and they settled here amid the sixteenth century. Hence, their discourse, method of dressing, and traditions are precisely like Tibetans in the North of Nepal. Tsum Valley is the home of special notable religious communities which incorporate Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, Mani, and prayer walls. The tribes here observe Buddhist celebrations; perform rituals by burning the juniper sense to purify the air, put petition banners for the satisfaction of all the aware living creatures. These are the most astonishing things that you can witness nowhere else in the world.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Vs. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Comparing Manaslu and  Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will find more dramatic mountains and landscapes in Annapurna Circuit Trek. In contrast, Manaslu offers you a more fantastic and unique cultural experience along with adventures. Along with various similarities, various points make Manaslu Circuit Trek different from Annapurna Circuit Trek. You cannot go for an independent trek in Manaslu Circuit; you will need a licensed guide with you. Being a restricted area, the Manaslu Circuit Trek needs some extra permits for the entrance. Manaslu Circuit is less crowded and has a lot to be explored. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers you a more spectacular scenery of mountains. Manaslu region gives you a cultural intact with Himalayan views. The number of trekking days is slightly less in Manaslu Circuit Trek. The route has no access to flights, and you will barely find the medical facilities. 

Everything You Should know before doing Manaslu Circuit Trek here https://www.scenicnepaltreks.com/blog/manaslu-circuit-trek

Experience requirements for Manaslu Circuit Trekking 

Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered as one of the beautiful trek as well as a bit challenging too. In terms of everyday walking, from one camp to another Camp distance is quite longer than as usual trekking of Nepal. So you need to be very physically fit as well as an experienced hiker. We would suggest you do a few hiking before you come to Nepal. Please do inform us if you have any pre-existing long-term diseases such as Asthma and heart problems etc. 

 

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Nepal Airport, Our Scenic Nepal Treks will greet you and pick up you to your hotel. After your refreshment, we will give you a brief description of your Manaslu hiking journey. 

Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsNone
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Today we make special Permits for Manaslu. We need your Orginal Passport. You have a free day in Kathmandu.

Optionally you can do world heritage sightseeing. Kathmandu City is the capital city of Nepal where we can examine the several heritage sites of this City. Early in the morning afterward having breakfast we will visit one of the oldest and biggest monuments Baudhha Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa which is under the religion of Buddhists, also observe the Holiest place of Hindu Religion Pashupatinath temple which is constructed by Pagoda Style. Correspondingly, you will explore “Hanuman Dhoka Durbar” which is called Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Early sunshine in the morning after having breakfast, we will take a taxi to Local Bus Park from where we will drive toward Sotikhola by Local bus around 9 hours. On the way, you will entertain by the windows sight view of landscapes, villages, forests, and waterfalls.

At the night we will stay in the lodge including your dinner.

Note: Optionally, you can have a Private Jeep with an Aditional Cost of US$ 190. 

 

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[710m/2,328 ft]

Today in the morning we will enjoy having breakfast with beautiful landscape Scenery at SotiKhola. Then we will begin our hiking journey from the stone pathway and upstairs toward Maccha Khola. Overnight at the hotel.

 

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[900m/2,952 ft]

After having breakfast we will hike throughout the Budi Gandaki river across the bridge, we will pass several Gurung and Tamang villages. There you will notice several blooming flowers in front of their house, agricultural land.  Furthermore, we will walk in the tiny forest where you can have a chance to see a monkey, Chimpanji. Walking around 6-7 hours we will reach Jagat village. Overnight we will stay at the tea house/lodge.  

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[900m/2,952 ft]

This morning after having breakfast we will begin our hiking journey by exploring different Buddhist Flags, Monasteries, and high hills. On the trails, you will enjoy seeing the villagers’ lifestyle and culture and move across the wooden bridge in some waterfalls to reach Deng. At night we will stay there including our dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[1,804m/5,917 ft]

The next morning after having breakfast, our trail will start upwards at in high altitude. The trail proceeds toward the eye-catching spot of mountain peaks which will make us feel accessible to walk on the way. There you can catch a glimpse of a picture for your future memory. Overnight we will stay at Lodge of Namrung including dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea house Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[2,630m/8,626ft]

After having breakfast, you will walk along with the village. There you will see the different restaurants to get local milk, curd, with seasonal vegetables and fruits during your meals. Subsequently, you will learn the cultures and religions of the villagers on your trails. Overnight at Lodge. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3180m/10430ft)

Early in the morning after having breakfast at Loh Gaon, we will move a step towards Samagaon. Throughout the walking period, you will pass the zigzag way and climb up several hills and reach Pungyen Gompa for the rest and having lunch.  Later on, we start our trail for Samagon where villagers are welcoming us with their religious flag. The remaining time we will explore and observe the Samgon village .overnight we will stay there having dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3500m/11480ft)

Today Sunshine in the morning, we will get a chance to witness the breathtaking view of Manaslu Himalaya(8163) altitude. It is such a wonderful experience to stay in a peaceful environment with having our morning breakfast. Our short trek day heads toward this clear day with a pleasant view of mountain peaks and cool clear weather Samdo. At night you will love to experience having a fireplace with sharing other trekkers and local villagers within a pleasant environment including your dinner at the Tea house.

 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3690m/12103ft)

The next day in the morning you will notice the Tibetan dress style, food, restaurant, and modern lifestyle including your morning breakfast.  There you will hike to Samdo peak and in the remaining time, you will get a chance to rest and enjoy yourself with local villagers. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3690m/12103ft)

After having breakfast we will hike to witness the several peaks all over the way to reach Dharamsala. At Dharamsala, you will get some relief and relax including your dinner at night.  

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4450m/14596ft)

Today is going to be a tough and long day. This is the day we are about to cross the mountain Pass Larke La. Early in the morning after having breakfast will walk toward the highest point Larkya la(5220m/17122ft). From Larkya La you will see the eye-catching spot Himlung (7,126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) in the Annapurna range. After watching that beautiful scenery we will move slowly downwards to reach Bimthang. Overnight at Tea house. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[3,720m/12, 201 ft]

After having breakfast, we will walk through flora and fauna including the agricultural land of the farmers and we left the Manaslu region to reach Tilije. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2300m/7544ft)

Afterward having breakfast, we will begin our journey for the trails to Chamje we will cross the rocky hillside and walk along the side of the Dudhkoshi river. Finally walking around 5-6 hours we will reach Chamje to get a rest at the night including your dinner.

Overnight at Lodge. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1410m/4625ft)

After sunrise up in the morning, we will take our breakfast. That adventurous scenery makes it more beautiful to walk on the way where we can explore a lot of environmental constraints. Optionally you can take Jeep Ride. 

At night we will stay at Syange including dinner.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude[1,080m/3,542 ft]

Early in the Morning, after having some breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu around 8-9 hours by local bus. Have a good shower and rest for a while. Scenic Nepal Treks hose you a Nepalese Cultural Dinner tonight where you get to see Nepalese Cultural dances and try different Nepalese dishes. 

Overnight at Hotel. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]

Today is the final day of your trip. One of the representatives from Scenic Nepal Treks will transfer you to Kathmandu Airpor. Please note that you will reach at Airport before your 3 hours departure time.

We look forward to welcoming you again in near future for another adventure in Nepal. Til then Namaste!

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude[1,300m/4,264 ft]
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What’s Included

Included

  • 3 Nights Twin sharing Good Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • Your International Arrival and Departure by Car 
  • Transfer by local bus from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting point and from Ending point to Kathmandu 
  • Every day Three meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek as per the menu
  • Basic Tea House Lodge during the trek ( Twin sharing Room unless you are solo hiker)
  • An Experienced Sherpa Guide with all his expenses. 
  • All necessary documents and Special permits for trekking
  • Conservation Fees of Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation 
  • Insurance for our Staffs 
  • Sleeping bags/ Duffel Bag by Company  ( Need to return at the end.)
  • Basic First Aid Kits ( Medicine are recommended to have your own)
  • Trekking Maps and Adventure Certificate by Scenic Nepal Treks

Excluded

  • Early Arrival or Late departure Accommodations in Kathmandu and Mountain due to Flight delayed or cancellation
  • Personal Travel/Trekking insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks including water, Your Tea & Coffee during the Trek 
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Wi-Fi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Porter to Carry your Bags ( US$ 390 for a Porter- 1 porter can be shared by Two Person)
  • Single room in the mountain
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Useful Info

Trekking Guides:

In general, this trek will be a Private trek because the Manaslu Circuit trek is not popular as other trekking trails such as Everest Base Camp Trek. it means you will be walking with our trekking Sherpa Guide and Porter is optional for you. If you have your own group, the max number can go up to 15 People in a group. The number of Guides on the trip will be confirmed as per the Number of People in a group. Normally, if the number of Pax goes over 6, we will apply for an Assistant Guide. 

Best time to do this hike:

Manaslu Circuit Trek and other Nepalese Trekking, we have mainly two seasons. Beginning from September to December and March to June is the most popular time to do this hike.  We must say that every season and time of the year has different excitement. Some people love snow and some people love to hike in dry. So the choice is yours. Please do consult with our Expert while cooking your trip.  

Accommodations & Meals:

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers you very basic Accommodation during trekking.  In some places, you may have to adjust with Local House as well which is very Speciality of Manaslu Circuit Trek.  You will be accommodated at the basic Tea House lodge which offers you Twin sharing bedrooms unless you are a solo hiker. You will have to share a basic Toilet outside of your Room. Please bring a Towel and Toiletries by yourself.  You will be provided 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) every day by menu. You can have Western, Indian, and Nepalese dishes such as Fried Rice, Fried Noodles, Rice Curry ( Dal Bhat), etc. 

While in Kathmandu, You will be staying at a Good hotel at the Center of Thamel. We will provide Twin sharing Room with Breakfast. 

Porter to carry your bags:

Our Safety is our main concern. While on the trip, you will be guided by our Experienced Sherpa Guides and Porter ( Optional). POrter is optional for you which is US$390 for a Porter. One porter can be shared by 2 people ( Max weight to a porter is 25 kg in total.)

Trekking Insurance:

The Insurance for your trekking is one of the major factors to the success of your trip. Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the moderate hikes. For your safety and unforeseen expenses of you such as Emergency Evacuation by Helicopter and Medical, we suggest you have good Insurance. 

Equipment & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.  

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag  ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you) 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

FAQs

Q1. What kind of Fitness level do I need to have to this Hike?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the strenuous Trek in Nepal. You need to have strong mental preparedness as well as Physically fit. Get ready yourself to hike 7 to 8 hours each day. 

We suggest you do some hiking before you come to Nepal. With Good Packing List and physical fitness, you can do this hike. 

The best time to do this hike is Summer and Spring. 

The main purpose to do this Manaslu Circuit Trek is to avoid the busy trekking Trails of Nepal, explore the beauty of less touristic Tibetan Buddhist villages and breathtaking Himalayas Views. 

We can not do any comparison between this Manaslu Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. Both of them have their own specialty and beauty. But compare to EBC and any other trek, Manaslu Trek has still hikers and You need to have special Trekking Permits. 

During your trek, you will be staying at Tea House Lodge. Lodges have basic Twin sharing Beds with Sharing bathroom outside of your Room. At some places, while you will be in higher areas, you may have to share your rooms with a few other tourists as well. They do have very limited rooms.

Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you sleeping Bags.  

Yes but only at some places. You need to purchase from Lodge which costs you around US$ 2- $3 unlimited. Alternatively, We also suggest you buy a Local Sim Card with internet Data packges. It does not work at every place but we can say it better than using Wi-fi. 

Yes, most of the Lodge offers you Hot Bucket Shower with a certain amount between US$2-US$3, depending on places where you are. When you go higher, the price will go higher too. 

Your safety is our main concern while doing Hike with Scenic Nepal Treks. Every day we will be in touch with your Guide. In case of emergency, depending on your condition we take decisions. If you are too serious, we need to evacuate you to the city. We will contact your Insurance Company for rescue. So please make sure you have made good Insurance that covers Emergency rescue and medical before you come to Nepal. We need your Insurance copies while our Briefing hour at Kathmandu on your arrival day. 

Every day you will be provided 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) by menu. You can have Western, Indian, and Nepalese Dishes. Fried Rice, Noodles, Rice and Curries, Spaghetti are the popular course.

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