Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit trek is probably the best trek in Nepal. Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain(8163m) in the world.  Mt.Manaslu lies in the Gorkha district. Normally, very few people have visited the Manaslu region. The Manaslu region trekking is also known for its remoteness. The Manaslu trekking trail is difficult in trekking grade comparison to other renowned trek routes. The Manaslu region is under the conservation zone.

Manaslu Circuit trek provides you the breathtaking views of the unexplored beauty of mountains and the area around it. You can see the amazingly beautiful views of Mt.Ganesh, Mt.Sringi, Mt. Lamjung, Mt.Himlung, and many others. The entire trekking trail lies under the conservation area.

You can also find different types of birds if you are a bird lover. 110 species of birds are found in this trekking region. Besides birds, 36 species of animals like snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr are common in Manaslu. And regarding the plants, 1800 species of plants are found in the Manaslu region.

Manaslu Circuit Trek- Facts

Location  Nepal
District Gorkha
Trek Grade Low difficulty
Transportation Private vehicle
Trekking Max Altitude 3590 m.
Trek Accommodation Tea house
Food Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Walking 7-8 hours
Trek Duration 16 days

You can be among the best people and cultures in the Manaslu region throughout the trek. You can enjoy the nature in Manaslu Circuit Trek closely being in its lap during the trek. Though the trail is difficult it is considered as the safe trekking route.

Manaslu circuit trek can be completed in every season. All the seasons have their own beauty to offer. But during the mid-winter seasons in the month of late December to February, Larkya La pass is closed because it is impossible to pass because of heavy snow.

Best Season For Manaslu Trek: March, April, May, September, October, November are the months we highly recommend for the trek in the Manaslu region. These month’s falls in pre-monsoon and post-monsoon time so this the weather and temperature remain calm and clear.

And June, July, and August are the months which falls in Monsoon. You also can go for a trek in these months. You can see the greenery and waterfalls in these months. The rain makes your trek in the Manaslu region quite tougher compared to other months.

For Manaslu circuit trek an individual should pay entry permit fees. A single trekker is not allowed to trek in the Manaslu region. You must be in a group of at least 2 to 3 people. The permit cost differs as per the season. It costs US$ 70 to a single person for a week after seven days per person per day US$ 10.

From December to August it costs US$ 50 per person per week and after seven days per person US$ 7. The entry permits should be issued before entering the Manaslu conservation area. The entry permit for Manaslu circuit trek can be issued at Nepal Tourism Board, BhrikutiMandap, Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipment-Manaslu Circuit Trek

  1. A down jacket, thermal tops
  2. Shade hat, Gloves, Wool hat, T-shirts(quick drying), Shorts, Wind stopper
  3. Trekking shoes, sandal
  4. Trekking pants, pairs of warm socks
  5. Water bottle, Torchlight, A towel
  6. Medicine and First Aid Kits (waterproof tape, Jibanjal, anti-infection ointments, band-aids, Diamox for altitude sickness)
  7. Additional (hand sanitizer, lip balm, water purification iodine tablets, Soap, toilet paper, Sun’s cream) 
  8. Durable pouch bag for money and other documents

Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trekking accommodations is the tea house and guest house in most. You will be staying in the same nature as the hotel/tea house during the trek. We will offer a private room as possible however there will also be the chances to share your room with another stranger on some occasions or places.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative from the Vivaan Adventure Pvt Ltd will pick you up and drive to the hotel.

Day 2
Sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Next day after having your breakfast in the hotel, you can visit Swyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and other nearby places. You can also buy or rent a trekking bag, boots, trekking sticks and other essential gear at Thamel.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola(700m)

The road after Arughat is very rough. It will take around 9 hours to reach SotiKhola from Kathmandu. You can see the beautiful views of landscapes and forests during the trip. You will be traveling through the private jeep. You will stay at a tea house in Soti Khola.

(Gongabu bus park-Arughat-SotiKhola)

Day 4
Soti Khola to Machha Khola(900m)

From today, your trekking will start. You have to trek around 6 hours today. The trail is rocky and has an uneven road. You will be trekking through many rivers, forests, waterfalls, and cliffs along with the small villages. You will be staying at a tea house in Machha Khola.

(Soti Khola – Gurung/Ghale village – Nyali Khola – Machha Khola)

Day 5
Machha Khola to Jagat(1,340m)

Today, you will be trekking through the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. It will take around 8 hours trek to reach Jagat. At Tatopani, you can shower on hot water which is very relaxing. You will be crossing a cantilever bridge to reach Jagat. While entering Jagat, you have to show your permits to the government officials.

(Machha Khola – Gurung village – Tatopani – Doban-Yaruphant – Cantilever bridge)

Day 6
Jagat to Pewa(1,600m)

From Jagat onwards, you have entered the conservation area. It will take around 6 hours trek to reach Pewa. You can see many Buddhist prayer flags and Gompas after reaching Sirdibas. Again at Philim, you will be checked your permits. The trail leads towards the beautiful Rhododendron forests. You have to cross the Siyar Khola bridge to reach Pewa. There are only tea houses here.

(Jagat-Salleri – Sirdibas – Philim – trail junction to Pewa)

Day 7
Pewa to Namrung(2,630m)

The trail is windy. You have to trek around 7 hours to reach Namrung. You have to trek through a bamboo forest and cross a suspension bridge. The trail to Ghap is a landslide zone where you have to be very careful. At Namrung you can have the best tea house with Wifi.

(Pewa – Deng – Bihi Phedi – Ghap – Namrung)

Day 8
Namrung to Lho(2,957m)

Today you will be trekking through the Rhododendron and oak forest. You can see many Mani walls and can explore the Tibetian lifestyle. You can see local people in Tibetian dresses. You will be walking across the rocky hills route to reach Lho. You have to trek around 4-5 hours to reach Lho. From Lho you can see the Manaslu.

(Namrung – Lihi – Sho – Lho)

Day 9
Lho to SamaGaun(3,540m)

From today, you can see the view of Manaslu on the trail. You will be trekking through the Rhododendron forest. You can see Yak Pastures in the SamaGaun. SamaGaun has large Gompas, health post, telephone and wifi facilities. SamaGaun is the major village of Nubri People.

(Lho-Shyala-Sama Gaun)

Day 10
Acclimatization day

Today you will be staying at SamaGaun to be favorable to the upper climate. In option, you can hike to Pungyen Gompa. You can either rest and prepare for the further trek. You can also hike to Manaslu Basecamp through Manaslu Glacier. And you can also hike to Birendra Tal near SamaGaun.

Day 11
SamaGaun to Samdo(3,865m)

As you are in high altitude, you need to walk slowly and keep your body hydrated. You will be trekking around 4-5 hours to reach Samdo. Samdo is a very beautiful village dedicated to Yak habitation according to the local people. You can see Yak Pastures, long Mani walls and different varieties of birds. You can hike to Samdo’s peak and explore near villages after reaching Samdo. You will be staying overnight at Samdo.

(SamaGaun – Budhi Gandaki – Kani – Samdo)

Day 12
Samdo to Dharamsala(4,460m)

You have to walk slowly through the rough and rocky trail. This is the high altitude, you have to know what your body is capable of. On the trail, you can see the very beautiful views of chain Himalayas. You have to walk around 4-5 hours to reach Dharamsala.

Day 13
DharmaSala- Larkya La pass(5,160m) to Bimthang(3,590m)

This is the challenging part of the trek to cross Larke la pass. You have to wake up early and have to complete the pass before noon. You have to trek around 10 hours today. You can see the breathtaking views of peaks like Himlung, Kang Guru and Annapurna second. After enjoying the view from the pass, you have to walk down around 4 hours to reach Bimthang. You can see the mesmerizing views of huge icefalls and mountains in all the directions. You can also see the Pongkar Tal.

Day 14
Bhimthang to Tal(1,700m)

You will be coming down through the dense forests where you can see many flora and fauna. You have to trek around 8-9 hours to reach Tal. You will be walking across the Dudh Khola.

(Dudh Khola – Karche – Gurung Goa – Tilije – Dharapani – Tal)

Day 15
Tal to Kathmandu

After 10-11 hours drive, you will reach Kathmandu from Tal. You will be staying overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 16
Final departure

The private vehicle will drive you to the Tribhuvan International airport from your hotel.

Cost Includes: Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Airport transfer
  • Hotel in Kathmandu  including breakfast
  • A day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Meals on trek
  • Ground transportation
  • Accommodation on trek/lodges
  • Required trekking permit and fees
  • A guide, porters, sherpa
  • Sleeping bag, duffel bag (if needed)
  • Permit charge of entering National park

Cost Excludes: Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Your personal expenses
  • Telephone, Laundry, Internet charge, Hot shower
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Entrances fees of Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver - OPTIONAL

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