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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

Key Information

Duration:

16 Days

Grade:

Classic / Easy

Best Season:

Feb, March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec

Maximum altitude

5100 m

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Discover the hidden gem of Nepal with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, a picturesque and off-the-beaten-path adventure that promises unparalleled beauty and cultural immersion. Often overlooked but undoubtedly captivating, this trek ranks among the most popular restricted routes in the Manaslu Region, following in the footsteps of renowned trails like Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang.

Unlike many trekking destinations, the Manaslu Circuit welcomes solo adventurers, making it a unique opportunity for independent travelers seeking the thrill of exploration. However, trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed Nepal Government Trekking Guide and secure special permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

At the heart of the journey lies Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth tallest peak, drawing trekkers with its majestic presence and unparalleled beauty. The region also boasts the enchanting Tsum Valley and the challenging Larkya La Pass, offering a rich tapestry of landscapes and indigenous cultures waiting to be explored.

As a restricted area, navigating the Manaslu Circuit requires careful planning and preparation. Our experienced guides, familiar with the terrain and local customs, ensure a safe and unforgettable journey through this remote Himalayan paradise. From navigating landslide-prone areas to conquering the daring Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters, our team is committed to your safety and enjoyment.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we offer customizable itineraries tailored to your preferences and schedule. Whether you're seeking a challenging adventure or a leisurely exploration, our team will create a trekking experience that exceeds your expectations.

Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek include breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu, the iconic Larkya La Pass, and encounters with diverse ethnic communities along the trail. From serene monasteries to cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages, every step unveils a new wonder waiting to be discovered.

Extend your adventure by exploring nearby attractions like the Ganga Jamuna Waterfall, Barpak Village, and Tsum Valley, or combine your trek with the Annapurna Circuit for a truly epic journey through the Himalayas.

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is during the autumn and spring seasons when the weather is clear and favorable. Whether you prefer the lush greenery of autumn or the vibrant blooms of spring, the Manaslu region offers a captivating backdrop for your adventure.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we prioritize your safety and comfort, providing experienced guides, quality services, and warm hospitality throughout your journey. Join us for an unforgettable trekking experience in the heart of the Himalayas and create memories that will last a lifetime. Contact our travel planners today to book your Manaslu Circuit Trek and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

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Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our friendly team members from Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks will be there to extend a warm welcome. You will be transferred to your hotel, where you'll have the evening to rest and recover from your journey. The night will be spent in the comfort of your hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan, allowing you to get ready for the exciting days ahead.

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1400

Today is dedicated to preparing for the trek ahead. Our team will conduct a thorough briefing about the journey, provide essential trekking information, and ensure that you have all the necessary gear. You can also explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, filled with culture and history, as you make final preparations for the adventure.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
900

Embark on an exhilarating 8 to 9-hour drive to Maccha Khola, situated at an elevation of 900m. Along the way, you'll witness the changing landscapes and immerse yourself in the beauty of rural Nepal. Overnight accommodation will be provided in a cozy lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1410

The trek begins with a 6 to 7-hour journey to Jagat, nestled at an altitude of 1,410m. Traverse through picturesque landscapes, crossing rivers, and encountering local villages. Spend the night at a lodge, enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1920

Continue your trek to Deng at 1,920m, a 6 ½ hour journey that unfolds the natural beauty of the region. The trail takes you through lush forests and charming villages, providing a glimpse into the local way of life. Rest for the night in a comfortable lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2700

Today's trek of 6 to 7 hours leads you to Namrung at an altitude of 2,700m. As you ascend, witness the changing terrain and enjoy breathtaking views. The night will be spent in a lodge, preparing for the higher altitudes to come.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3180

Embark on a 5 to 6-hour trek to Lho at 3,180m. This village offers a unique cultural experience, with its traditional architecture and warm hospitality. Enjoy the evening in a lodge, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Manaslu region.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

A 6 to 7-hour trek takes you to Sama Gaon at 3,530m, a pivotal point in the journey. The village is nestled beneath towering peaks, offering a taste of high-altitude living. Overnight accommodation is provided in a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

Take a well-deserved acclimatization day in Sama Gaon, including a hike to the mesmerizing Manaslu Base Camp. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and return to Sama Gaon for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3780

Embark on a 5-hour trek to Samdo at 3,780m, where you'll experience the thrill of trekking at higher altitudes. Samdo offers unique insights into mountain life, and you'll spend the night in a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4480

A 4-hour trek takes you to Dharamsala at 4,480m. This is a crucial step before the challenging Larky-La Pass. Spend the night in a lodge, preparing for the ascent to come.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5100

Today's adventure involves crossing the formidable Larky-La Pass at 5,100m, followed by a descent to Bhimthang at 3,700m. The 7 to 8-hour journey is challenging but rewarding. Rest in a lodge, surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayas.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2300

Embark on a 5 to 6-hour trek to Tilje at 2,300m. Witness the landscape changing as you descend to lower altitudes. Spend the night in a lodge, reflecting on the incredible journey.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1290

Continue your descent with a 6 to 7-hour trek back to Jagat. Enjoy the familiar trails and relive the memories of the trek. Overnight accommodation is provided in a lodge.

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

The final leg of your journey involves a 7 to 8-hour drive back to Kathmandu. Check into your hotel and spend the night in comfort on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan. Take this time to reminisce about the unforgettable adventure.

Bid farewell to the Himalayas as you depart from Kathmandu, filled with memories of the Manaslu Circuit trek. The experiences of the diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and the achievement of conquering high mountain passes will stay with you as you head back home. Safe travels, and until next time in the mountains!

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport Transfers: Enjoy hassle-free arrivals and departures with complimentary pick-up and drop-off services.
  • Ground Transportation: Experience seamless travel with all ground transportation arrangements included throughout the program.
  • Meals: Indulge in three delicious meals a day during the trek, featuring hearty breakfasts, satisfying lunches, and fulfilling dinners, along with refreshing cups of tea or coffee to fuel your adventures.
  • Accommodation: Rest easy in cozy guesthouses (Lodges) or provided tents, carefully selected to enhance your trekking experience as per the specified trek type.
  • Kathmandu Stay: Luxuriate in three nights' accommodation in a stellar hotel in Kathmandu, ensuring a comfortable and rejuvenating start to your journey.
  • Experienced Guide: Explore confidently with the guidance of our English-speaking trekking guide, equipped with extensive knowledge of the region.
  • Porter Services: Travel light as we provide necessary porterage support at a ratio of 1:2 (one porter for two guests), ensuring your comfort throughout the journey.
  • Government Taxes: Relax knowing that all government and local taxes are included in the package, freeing you from any additional financial obligations.
  • National Park Fees: Gain access to majestic landscapes, which include fees for entry into the Manaslu National Park (MACAP).
  • Trekker’s Management System: Navigate smoothly with all necessary registrations and paperwork covered, including the Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Equipment and Insurance: Ensure the well-being of our guides and porters with comprehensive insurance coverage and provision of general equipment essential for their comfort and safety.
  • Guide and Porter Services: Appreciate the dedication of our team, with salaries, insurance, and additional services provided to meet guest demands, ensuring a memorable and worry-free trekking experience.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking Equipment: Personal gear such as trekking equipment is not included, allowing you the flexibility to bring your preferred items tailored to your needs.

  • Personal Expenses: Take advantage of leisure time with personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services, giving you the freedom to personalize your experience.

  • Emergency Insurance: While we prioritize your safety, emergency rescue and travel insurance are excluded. We strongly advise obtaining comprehensive coverage to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances before embarking on your adventure.

  • Tips: While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary to express appreciation for exceptional service. Feel free to reward our dedicated team based on your satisfaction with their assistance throughout the journey.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs

You can book your trek to the Manaslu Circuit with Himalayan Adventure Intl by contacting them directly through their website or by reaching out to their office for inquiries and bookings.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a renowned trekking route in Nepal that encircles the majestic Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world.

The trek typically takes around 14 to 16 days to complete, depending on the route and the pace of the trekker.

The best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is favorable and the views are clear.

Yes, a special trekking permit along with a restricted area permit is required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, as it passes through the restricted Manaslu Conservation Area.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging. Trekkers should have a good level of fitness and be prepared for long days of hiking at high altitude.

The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Larkya La Pass, which sits at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet).

Yes, there are tea houses and lodges available along the trekking route, providing basic accommodation and meals for trekkers.

No, the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires trekkers to be accompanied by a licensed guide, and it is not permitted to trek independently in this area.

It is advisable to pack warm clothing, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and other essentials for high-altitude trekking.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the high elevation of the trek. Trekkers should acclimatize properly and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Yes, side trips to Tsum Valley or the base camp of Manaslu are popular alternatives for trekkers looking to explore more remote areas.

Yes, the duration of the trek can be customized according to the preferences and fitness level of the trekkers.

The Manaslu Conservation Area is home to various species of wildlife including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, and various species of birds.

Yes, porters can be hired to carry your belongings during the trek, allowing you to trek with less weight on your shoulders.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Additional Information

Nepal, the land of towering peaks and rich cultural heritage is a haven for trekkers seeking adventure off the beaten path. While the Annapurna and Everest regions often steal the spotlight, there's another gem waiting to be explored: the Manaslu Circuit. Tucked away in the western part of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique and less-crowded alternative for those craving a pristine mountain experience.

The Enigmatic Manaslu Trekking

  1. Introduction to Manaslu: The Manaslu region is named after Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. This remote and restricted area was opened to trekkers in the early '90s, and since then, it has been gaining popularity for its unspoiled natural beauty and cultural richness.

  2. Permit and Restricted Area: Unlike some other trekking destinations in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit falls under the restricted area, requiring a special permit. This restriction has helped preserve the region's unique culture and environment, making it a pristine destination for intrepid travelers.

Trekking Highlights

  1. Mountain Majesty: The star attraction of the Manaslu Circuit is undoubtedly Mount Manaslu itself. As you traverse the circuit, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of this majestic peak, along with other towering summits like Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

  2. Diverse Landscapes: One of the remarkable aspects of the Manaslu Circuit is its diverse landscapes. From lush green forests and terraced fields in the lower regions to alpine meadows and barren landscapes at higher altitudes, every day brings a new visual feast.

  3. Cultural Encounters: The Manaslu region is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups, including the Nubri and Tsum people. Along the trail, trekkers have the opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, interact with locals, and immerse themselves in the unique traditions and rituals of the region.

The Trekking Itinerary

  1. Soti Khola to Samagaon: The trek begins in the village of Soti Khola, and the initial days involve crossing lush forests and quaint villages. As you ascend, the landscape transforms, and you'll find yourself in the charming village of Samagaon, surrounded by towering peaks.

  2. Manaslu Base Camp and Larkya La Pass: The journey continues to the breathtaking Manaslu Base Camp, offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The trek culminates in crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet), providing trekkers with a sense of accomplishment and stunning vistas.

Practical Tips for Trekkers

  1. Physical Preparation: Due to the high altitude and challenging terrain, adequate physical preparation is essential. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training can help trekkers build stamina and endurance.

  2. Packing Essentials: Given the varying climates and altitudes, packing strategically is crucial. From warm layers to a good pair of trekking boots, being well-prepared ensures a comfortable and enjoyable trek.

  3. Local Guides and Teahouse Accommodations: Hiring a local guide is not only a practical choice for navigation but also an opportunity to learn about the local culture. Teahouse accommodations along the route offer a chance to connect with fellow trekkers and share stories.

The Future of Manaslu Circuit Trek

As more adventurers seek alternatives to the crowded trails of Everest and Annapurna, the Manaslu Circuit is poised to become a premier trekking destination. However, with great privilege comes great responsibility. Sustainable trekking practices, responsible tourism, and respect for local customs are vital to preserving the pristine beauty and cultural integrity of this enchanting region.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek beckons those who yearn for a genuine Himalayan adventure. With its stunning landscapes, cultural richness, and the thrill of conquering high mountain passes, this trek is a testament to the allure of Nepal beyond its more famous counterparts. Embark on the journey, and let the magic of Manaslu unfold before your eyes.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Reviews

Sennebogen W

Sennebogen W

Germany

1st Feb, 2023

Experience in a lifetime

For those who are nature wanderers or lovers Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most beautiful scenic trekking one would experience in a lifetime You can fill your lungs with the purest air on earth with the gigantic view which is amazing as you move closer to Manaslu Words cannot explain the beauty entrapped in the trip You need to experience it. The view from Salle is another feather to the trip.


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