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Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days

Quick Facts
  • Trip Duration14 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 5,160 m/16,929 ft (Larkya La pass)
  • Activity Trek
  • Starts/Ends Sotikhola/Dharapani
  • Group Size 1-16
  • Transportation (Ktm-Soti Khola & Dharapani-Besisahar-Ktm)
  • Best Season Spring & Autumn
Why You'll Love This Trip
  • A two-week adventurous trek in the restricted Manaslu region, offering stunning landscapes, cultural immersion, and the ultimate Himalayan challenge
  • One of the classic challenging circuit treks in Nepal that crosses a high mountain pass, Larkya La
  • Trek through the dense forested trail to vast pastures and glaciers
  • Less crowded trail, unique trekking experience, and intimate encounters with the locals
  • Visit ancient monasteries and stupas along the trail
  • Explore the wild and remote landscapes with breathtaking mountain panoramas, including the views of the eighth-highest peak in the world
  • A challenging yet rewarding experience for all those who dare to take it on
  • Come across suspension bridges, lovely waterfalls, gorges, and beautiful alpine lakes

"Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Manaslu circuit trek - where the beauty of nature meets the thrill of adventure. Book our 14 days Manaslu circuit trek 2024/2025 departure now to get the best price."

The Manaslu circuit trek is an adventure like no other, offering a complete package of awe-inspiring scenery, cultural immersion, and the ultimate Himalayan challenge of crossing a 17,000-foot (5,100 m) pass. As one of the classic treks in Nepal, the Manaslu trek offers a unique and intimate experience with the local people and their ancient culture.

The Manaslu circuit trek is not just any ordinary trek; it's an adventure that takes you through Nepal's wild and remote landscapes, allowing you to explore ancient cultures and breathtaking vistas. With the eighth-highest peak in the world as its centerpiece, this trek offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for all those who dare to take it on.

What makes the Manaslu circuit trek package even more special is that it sees fewer trekkers compared to popular treks like the Everest Base Camp, giving you a sense of exclusivity and allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. The trek starts in Soti Khola and ends at Dharapani, but if you're up for it, you can add an extra side trek to the Tsum Valley to extend your journey.

As you make your way through the trek, you'll encounter suspension bridges, mighty gorges with turquoise waters, and breathtaking waterfalls. The Manaslu circuit trek route takes you from the hot and humid lowlands with their rice and millet terraces to the snow capped Larkya La Pass next to the Tibetan border. The altitude here is challenging, but the mountain panoramas make the journey fruitful.

The Larkya La pass (5,160 m/16,929 ft) is usually snow-covered and icy, requiring micro crampons for the descent and a 3 am start to make it to the highest point before the winds come. But once you're there, the stunning views of the Himalayan mountains like Himlung Himal (7,126m/23,379 ft), Simnang Himal (6,251 m/20,508 ft), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m/25,823 ft), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), Gyaji Kang (7,038 m/ ft), Singri Himal (7,817 m/25,646 ft), etc, along with Annapurna II (7,937 m/26,040 ft), Langtang Himal (7,234 m/23,734 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/14,350 ft), Manaslu Glacier, and Manaslu Icefall.

At Nature Excursion, we understand the importance of providing our guests with the best possible experience. That's why we work with trusted native guides and porters to organize weekly group departures during the spring and fall trekking seasons, ensuring that you can embark on this adventure at a time that suits you.

For those who prefer a more personalized experience, we also offer private Manaslu circuit trek and short Manaslu circuit trek that can be scheduled on any date from February to June and September through November.

Do you need a guide for the Manaslu circuit trek? Can I trek alone?

Yes, you need a guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek as it is a restricted area trek in Nepal, which means that you are required to have a registered guide to obtain the necessary permits to enter the region. The permits are only issued to groups of two or more trekkers accompanied by a registered guide, and a local trekking company like us can only get you the restricted area permit. And no, you cannot do Manaslu circuit trek alone.

Manaslu circuit trek difficulty & altitude sickness

The Manaslu circuit trek is a challenging yet rewarding trekking adventure in Nepal that takes you through the picturesque Manaslu Conservation Area. Covering a distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles), the trek usually takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, depending on your pace and itinerary.

The Manaslu circuit terrain is diverse and ranges from lush forests to rocky terrain and high mountain pass, offering a unique and unforgettable experience for trekkers. You will be trekking on steep uphill and downhill paths. Likewise, the trail also passes through landslide debris and rugged sections.

The Manaslu circuit trekking is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers who are physically fit and have prior high-altitude trekking experience. The trek involves long hours of trekking each day with steep ascents and descents, which can be challenging for even the most experienced trekkers.

Altitude sickness can be a problem on this trek, but our Manaslu circuit trek itinerary will give you ample time to acclimatize as you trek. Our guides also take proper precautions to make sure the guests do not get altitude sickness. He will also ensure that you follow a slow and steady pace and maintain a good level of hydration to prevent altitude sickness.

Manaslu circuit trek preparation

Preparing for the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal requires a combination of physical and mental training to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the trek:

Physical Preparation:

  • Start training at least 3-4 months before the trek to build up your cardiovascular endurance, strength, and stamina.
  • Incorporate exercises such as hiking, running, cycling, and strength training in your workout routine.
  • Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your training as the trek approaches.
  • Practice hiking with a backpack that weighs 5 kg, similar to what you will carry during the trek.
  • Do not neglect your lower body strength, as you will be walking uphill and downhill for several hours each day.
  • Consult a physician and get a medical check-up before starting any exercise program.

Mental Preparation:

  • Trekking in the Manaslu circuit requires mental resilience, as you will be trekking for several hours each day, often in difficult terrain.
  • Prepare yourself mentally by visualizing the trek and imagining yourself successfully completing it.
  • Practice mindfulness and meditation techniques to help you cope with the physical and mental challenges of the trek.
  • Research the trek and the region to familiarize yourself with the culture, customs, and local environment.

Manaslu circuit trek elevation and altitude profile

Manaslu circuit trek begins from Soti Khola (730 m/2,896 ft), which is situated 160 km (99.4 miles) away from Kathmandu. The trail gradually ascends through a number of villages like Machha Khola (890 m/2,965 ft), Jagat (1,410 m/4,625 ft), Deng (1,804 m/5,917 ft), Namrung (2,630 m/8,626 ft), Sama Gaon (3,520 m/11,548 ft), and Samdo (3,875 m/12,713 ft) to Larkya La pass at 5,160 meters (16,929 ft).

From the pass, the trail drops down to Bhimtang (3,720 m/12,205 ft) and continues to Dharapani via Tilije (1,700 m / 5,576 ft), where the trek ends. From the starting point of the trek to the highest point of the trek, you will gain 4,430 meters (14,534 ft).

Manaslu circuit trek package for 2024 spring & autumn

If you're looking for an exciting adventure in the stunning Himalayan mountains, our Manaslu circuit trek package for 2024 spring and autumn departure is now open for booking! This trek is perfect for experienced hikers who are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience.

Our Manaslu circuit trek package includes everything you need for a safe and comfortable trekking journey. In addition to our comprehensive package, we also offer the flexibility to customize your itinerary to suit your needs and preferences. Our team can help you design a trekking itinerary that best suits your interests and fitness level.

If you're looking for an unforgettable trekking adventure in the stunning Himalayan mountains, join us for the Manaslu circuit trek in 2024. Book now to secure your spot and experience the beauty and grandeur of the Manaslu region.

Other adventurous treks in Nepal

We have many adventurous and offbeat trekking packages in Nepal that are ideal for experienced trekkers. These are some of our best picks- Makalu base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek with Tilicho Lake trek, Upper Mustang trek, Upper Dolpo trek, and Kanchenjunga circuit trek.

If you are trekking for the first time in Nepal, check out these packages as they are perfect for beginner trekkers- Mardi Himal trek, Everest view trek, Khopra Danda trek, Mohare Danda trek, Langtang valley trek, etc.

Likewise, our Everest base camp trekand Annapurna base camp trek packages are ideal for both beginner and experienced trekkers. If you have any questions for us, feel free to get in touch with us.

Benefits of Manaslu circuit trek with Nature Excursion

When you trek with us in the Himalayas, you can be assured of experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the region at a competitive price. Our team has extensive experience in guiding groups and individuals through the Himalayan trails, allowing us to offer the most cost-effective trekking packages available.

We offer unbeatable value with top-notch services that ensure your safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction throughout your Manaslu circuit trek. Joining our Manaslu circuit trek 2024/2025 with us comes with many perks. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Free counseling from one of our team members who will answer all your queries regarding the Manaslu Circuit trek and also help you find the perfect trek for you in Nepal
  • Free airport pick up and drop off service as per our itinerary
  • Custom packing list as per your departure season
  • A very experienced and friendly crew (guides and porters)
  • Welcome or farewell dinners
  • Hassle-free trip extension
  • Company's t-shirt and trek completion certificate at the end of the journey
  • Down jacket and duffel bag (to be returned at the end of the trek)
Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days pictures and video

Itinerary

Day1

Our team will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. They will be at the airport as per your flight landing time. You can meet them after completing your visa obligation. We'll use a private four-wheeler to transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and rest. Later in the evening, explore the bustling streets of Thamel and join us for a welcome dinner. We will introduce you to the guide and brief you on the program.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
Day2

The Manaslu circuit trek begins from Soti Khola. We take a long drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat. The road gets bumpy after Arughat. Leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, we will follow the beautiful Trishuli river, enjoying the stunning views of rolling green hills, waterfalls, terraced fields, and small settlements.

With the progress of the ride, mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal will come into our sight. The ride is long and tiring but very scenic.

  • Max. Altitude:730 m/2,896 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:7/8 hours
Day3

From Soti Khola, we begin trekking, following rocky and narrow trails to Machha Khola. The terrain will be uneven and offer a breathtaking countryside view. We will trek through sal forests and walk along rivers, crossing multiple suspension bridges. The beautiful waterfalls and towering cliffs make the scenery even more fantastic. From Nyali Khola, we trek along the rocky edge of the hill and gradually ascend to Machha Khola.

  • Max. Altitude:890 m/2,965 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5/6 hours
Day4

Trekking on a zigzag path, we will follow the Budi Gandaki river and enter the forested trail. We can see monkeys and langurs on the way. The trail goes through sub-tropical forests to Khorlabeshi and further ascends to Tatopani. Here we can take a short break to soak in natural hot springs. Further, crossing a suspension bridge, we will reach Doban and continue trekking past a landslide area to Yaruphant. From here, cross a wooden bridge and ascend to Jagat for the night stay.

  • Max. Altitude:1,410 m/4,625 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6/7 hours
Day5

From Jagat, the trail ascends to Deng, following an uphill trail through lush forests. First, we trek for some time on a flat path and cross a long suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki river. The trail will take us to Philim, a large town with colorful prayer flags, stupas, and monasteries. From here, we trek via dense forests of pine and rhododendron to Deng. On the way, we will come across cascading waterfalls and small streams.

  • Max. Altitude:1,804 m/5,917 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:6/7 hours
Day6

We will leave Deng after a delicious breakfast. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki river, we follow an uphill trail to Rana. Further, the trail ascends and continues west to Budi Gandaki valley. We trek past lush forests and mani stones to Ghap village. From here, we will trek through a village called Prok, relishing a stunning view of Singri Himal. Crossing forests and walking past gompas, we will reach Namrung village for the night stay.

  • Max. Altitude:2,630 m/8,626 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5/6 hours
Day7

The trail from Namrung to Samagaon offers us rich Tibetan-style houses and lifestyles. You will meet with Nubri people. The trail has many mani walls, stupas, and prayer wheels. The trail gradually ascends through lush forests. We will trek past Lihi and Sho villages. After Sho village, we will follow a rocky hillside to Lho village. On the way, we can see stunning views of Mt. Manaslu. From Lho, the trail goes by Shyala village and rhododendron forests to Sama Gaon for a night stay.

  • Max. Altitude:3,520 m/11,548 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4-5 hours
Day8

We’ll spend an acclimatization day in Sama Gaon. In the morning, we will hike to Pungyen Gompa, located on a hilltop in the east. We can see Himalayan Tahrs and Yaks grazing in the surrounding area. Similarly, we have another hiking option to Birendra Tal, followed by Manaslu base camp. This hiking trail is a bit trodden and steep but also offers stunning views of mountains and glaciers. After the hike, we will return to Sama Gaon to spend the remaining day.

  • Max. Altitude:3,520 m/11,548 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:2-3 hours
Day9

Today, we will trek to Samdo. The trail gradually ascends along vast pastures and a broad valley with long mani walls. We will leave the tree line behind and ascend to a ridge, crossing a wooden bridge on Buri Gandaki. The trail takes us to white Kani, a small village before Samdo. From here, we trek to Samdo.

As today is a short trekking day, we have the option to go on a hike to Samdo peak. Samdo village offers a striking view of Simnang Himal, Ngadi Chuli, and Mt. Manaslu, along with Manaslu glacier & Manaslu Icefall.

  • Max. Altitude:3,875 m/12,713 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:3/4 hours
Day10

The trail descends to Samdo's edge through fields and old mani walls. We will cross a wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki river and continue trekking past the Athahra Saya river. The trail then follows the Larke river to Larkya glacier. On the way, we will see mani walls and prayer flags. Enjoying astonishing mountain and glacier views, we will trek around the Salkha Khola valley and ascend to a stone guesthouse at 4,480 meters, which is known as Larke Phedi or Dharamsala. The view of Mt. Manaslu is fantastic here.

  • Max. Altitude:4,480 m/14,698 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:4/5 hours
Day11

Today, we will be crossing the Larkya La pass. We will have our breakfast and pack our stuff to leave Larke Phedi early in the morning. It is going to be a long trekking day. The trail descends and goes through a moraine. We then keep walking downhill to a small lake and follow a rugged unclear track to cross the south steep grass slope.

The prayer flags mark the route, which will help us to follow the right direction. We gradually descend to four frozen lakes and then begin ascending along a steep trail to Larkya La pass. Upon reaching the pass, we can see panoramic views of mountains like Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Mt. Kang Guru, Cheo Himal, etc.

After enjoying the views, we begin descending from the pass, following a steep and rough track. Crossing a moraine, the trail drops to another grassy moraine at 4,450 meters. From here, we walk down to a small meadow. The valley begins to open up as we approach Bhimtang.

  • Max. Altitude:5,160 m/16,929 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:8/9 hours
Day12

We will have a warm breakfast and get ready for the day. Leaving Bhimtang, we will follow a downhill trail that further goes through pastures. Crossing a bridge over the Dudh Khola river, we will cross the bridge and walk past lush rhododendron forests, river valleys, and farmlands. The trail then ascends to the village of Gho and continues until we reach Tilije for the night stop.

  • Max. Altitude:1,700 m / 5,576 ft
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Duration:5/6 hours
Day13

Today is our last day of trekking. We will descend via a stone-paved path that goes along Thonje village. Crossing a police checkpoint, we will reach Dharapani. This place connects the trail to Annapurna Circuit. From Dharapani, we will hop on a local jeep and drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. The drive will offer us beautiful landscapes. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the guide will drop you at the hotel. You have the remaining day in Kathmandu to rest and do some shopping. We'll meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:8/9 hours
Day14

Today, you will fly back to your home. It is time to say goodbye to each other. Our representatives will drop you at the airport and help you with your luggage. Do not forget to give us your feedback. We hope you will have a safe flight.

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Cost Details
Includes
  • Airport pickup and drop off services during arrival and departure date. 
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Soti khola by local bus (trek start point), and from Dharapani (trek end point) to Besisahar bysharing jeep and to Kathmandu by local bus
  • 2 nights Hotel in kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Thamel Park)
  • All accommodation (tea house/lodge) during the trek
  • All standards meals (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner- main course from the menu) during the trek
  • Government licensed English speaking Nature Excursion’s experienced trek guide
  • Sherpas/Porter to help luggage ( luggage weight limit is 10 kg per trekkers)
  • An assistant guide group of 6 or above trekkers
  • Guide and porter cost- his meal, accommodation, insurance, salaryand other necessary equipment
  • All applicable Manaslu Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks(cookies) and fresh seasonal fruit every evening after dinner as per availability
  • All arrangement for the rescue operation in case of health condition emergencies (funded by your travel insurance company)
  • Souvenier- Company T-shirt
  • Nature Excursion trek achievement Certificate
  • Farewell diner in Kathmandu at Nepali Cultural Restaurant, end of the trek
Excludes
  • International flight cost
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) – (15 Days-$25-30, 30 Days-$40-50 and 90 Days-$100-110)
  • Excess luggage charges (limit is 10 kg per trekkers)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu, due to early arrival, late departure or in case early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses- hot and cold drinks, alchol, hot shower, laundry, wifi, battery re-charge, extra porters etc
  • All the cost and expenses which are not listed in include section
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergencies high altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Additional cost due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control like- landslide, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, weather condition, illness, change of government policies and strikes
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (Expected)

Clients Reviews

  • Manaslu Trek

    My wife and I together with another couple joined Raju pre-pandemic to experience the Manaslu trek. From the greet at the airport to the fairwell this trip remains top of the chart. From hotel accommodations, to trekking permits to everyday logistics of food and sleep in the tea houses Raju does it all. We had 2 porters hand picked by Raju who were also trained chefs. Every night they would enter the kitchen of whichever tea house we landed in and prepared tasty and hygienic meals. They were always keeping an eye out for food they did not trust for our North American stomachs. Weather, physical fitness, culture and more means that the unpredictable is unavoidable. You need a guide who can turn on a dime and Raju did it for; the initial bus breaking down and organizing jeep relief, adjusting itinerary for someone having to abandon the trip, making showers or cleaning facilities available as much as possible and managing the speed and needs of different people.
    There are those experiences that come and go like an all inclusive beach get away that are most often forgettable, then there are those that will remain with you for life and that makes this one unforgettable.
    Many years later we still keep in touch with Raju and his beautiful wife Punam and through WhatsApp have been part of them becoming parents through the arrival of Pranishna. πŸ™ Namaste
    p.s. looking forward to Ruby Valley trek in the near future.

    Richard Perron
    Richard PerronCanadaReview Date: Aug 14, 2023
    TripAdvisor
  • I highly recommend a Himalayan trek with Raju!!

    This was a travel highlight for my husband and I in large part because of the excellent service we received from Raju. Raju made sure we stayed in comfortable accommodations, ate well and were able to take full advantage of the spectacular vistas of the Himalayas. We highly recommend a Himalayan trek with Raju!!!

    Traveler688456
    Traveler688456CanadaReview Date: Jun 13, 2023
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Useful Information

Manaslu circuit trek last-minute booking

To book the Manaslu circuit trek at the last minute, please get in touch with usat our provided number or via mail. Manaslu circuit is a restricted area, and we have to obtain a special permit for this trek. We will only take a booking at the last minute if we can get all the permits and reservations, so we assure you of a fixed departure.

To book the Manaslu circuit trekking at the last minute, we will need full payment for the package. And this amount is not refundable if the trip is canceled by the guest because of any reason.

Best time to trek to the Manaslu circuit

The Manaslu circuit trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 m). The weather and temperature in the Manaslu region can vary greatly depending on the season you choose to go in. In general, it is best to trek during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, as these offer the most favorable weather conditions.

Manaslu circuit in spring

Spring is the most popular time for the Manaslu circuit trek 14 days due to the favorable weather and moderate temperatures. During this season, the temperature ranges from 8°C to 20°C at lower altitudes and from 0°C to 10°C at higher altitudes. The skies are generally clear with low levels of precipitation, making it a great time for trekking.

Manaslu circuit in summer/monsoon

Summer/monsoon season is the least recommended time for the Manaslu circuit trek. During this season, the temperature ranges from 10°C to 23°C at lower altitudes and from 0°C to 15°C at higher altitudes. This season is characterized by heavy rainfall, slippery trails, and the risk of landslides. However, the trek can still be done with proper equipment and precautions.

Manaslu circuit in autumn

Autumn is the second-best time for this trek. The temperature during this season ranges from 6°C to 18°C at lower altitudes and from -5°C to 10°C at higher altitudes. The weather is generally dry, with clear skies, making it an ideal time for trekking. The views are phenomenal, and the seasonal vegetation decorates the trail.

Manaslu circuit in winter

Winter is the least popular time for the Manaslu circuit trek due to the harsh weather conditions. The temperature during this season ranges from 0°C to 10°C at lower altitudes and from -10°C to -20°C at higher altitudes. The trails may be covered in snow and ice, making it challenging to trek. However, if you are an experienced trekker, the trek can still be done with proper equipment and precautions.

Accommodation

The Manaslu circuit trek offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from basic tea houses to comfortable lodges. The availability of accommodation depends on the season and the elevation, with more options available during the peak trekking season. We will mostly use tea houses or lodges during the trek as per the availability.

  • Tea houses: Tea houses are basic lodges that offer budget accommodation for trekkers. They provide a bed in a shared room, basic toilet facilities, and a common dining area. Tea houses usually serve basic Nepali food, such as dal bhat (rice and lentil soup), noodles, and soups.
  • Lodges: Lodges are more comfortable than tea houses and offer private rooms with attached bathrooms. They provide more paid amenities than tea houses, such as hot showers, western-style toilets, and a wider range of food options, including international cuisine. Lodges also provide more comfortable beds and blankets to keep you warm during cold nights.
  • Homestays: Homestays are becoming increasingly popular among trekkers who want to experience the local culture and lifestyle during the Manaslu circuit trek. Homestays are usually operated by local families who offer a private room in their home and provide meals made from locally sourced ingredients. Staying in a homestay is a great way to immerse yourself in the local community and learn more about their customs and traditions.

Food

During the Manaslu circuit trekking, you can expect to find a variety of meals ranging from traditional Nepali cuisine to international dishes. The availability of food depends on the season and the location of the tea house or lodge you are staying in.

For breakfast, you will get a range of options, including porridge, muesli, pancakes, and eggs cooked to your preference. Bread and jam are also available. For lunch and dinner, options like dal bhat, momo, noodles, thukpa, Tibetan bread, curries, roti, thenduk, etc are available.

You can also buy additional snacks and beverages as per your wish from the tea shops along the trail. Boiled drinking water is available in all the tea houses to refill your water bottle. You can use a water purification tablet to double-purify the water.

Travel Visas and Permits

Nepali travel visas are available at all entry points for citizens of most countries. Check your visa status for your country before leaving for Nepal. If you are not eligible for an on-arrival visa then you have to get it from your nearby Nepali Embassy or consulate office. It takes less than 15 minutes to obtain an on-arrival visa upon reaching Tribhuvan International Airport or any land entry point.

Manaslu circuit trek requires Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit). All these permit costs are added to our package cost.

Restricted Area Permit cost:

  • September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
  • December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit cost: USD 30 per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit cost: USD 30 per person

Things you should know about our Manaslu Circuit trek package

  • Airport Pickup/Drop: Our Manaslu circuit trek package includes airport pickup and drop-off services. Our team will assist you with your luggage and ensure that all airport services are provided according to the itinerary.
  • Charging: Charging facilities are available throughout the Manaslu circuit trail but will incur an additional cost. We recommend bringing spare batteries or a solar charger to minimize this expense.
  • Communication/Internet: Manaslu region is a very remote and secluded part of Nepal. You may get WiFi service in some of the tea houses along the trail at a small cost, but there is no guarantee of a good network all the time. Another alternative available is a sim card. Our team will help you buy a tourist sim card with ample data to use during the trek.
  • Luggage: The duffel bag weight limit is 10 kg per person, and our porters will carry them. Guests can bring a day pack with essential items, and the weight limit for the day pack is 5 kg per person.
  • Tip: In Nepal, tipping is a customary part of travel culture. We do not include tips in our Manaslu circuit trek package cost. We request our guests to tip our on-field crew (trek guide, drivers, tour guide, and porters) at their discretion at the end of the service.
  • Travel Insurance: Since the Manaslu circuit trek is a high-altitude trek in a remote area, we strongly recommend that our guests obtain travel insurance with air evacuation coverage in case of an emergency. We use air evacuation in case of medical emergencies or any other situations that require it.
  • ATM: We recommend getting Nepali cash in Kathmandu to use during the trek. Additional money is required for services such as hot showers, charging, WiFi, etc, during the trek. It is not included in our Manaslu circuit trek cost. There is no ATM along the Manaslu circuit trek route.

Manaslu circuit trek safety

To ensure the safety of our clients during the Manaslu circuit trek, we offer a certified and experienced guide for the journey. Our team of guides are highly trained and has extensive knowledge of the trekking routes, local culture, and the surrounding areas. They are also skilled in handling emergency situations and providing first aid.

We also provide our guests with comprehensive safety equipment, such as oxygen cylinders, first-aid kits, and emergency communication devices, to ensure that they are always prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. We ensure that our guides and porters are well-equipped and well-prepared for the trek.

Our team also conducts regular health checks on our guests to ensure that they are acclimatizing well and are in good physical condition to continue the trek. We advise you to follow the guidelines of our guides and to inform them of any physical discomfort or medical conditions that may require attention.

Equipments

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra battery

FACE

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face and body wipes
     

HANDS

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight winter gloves

BODYY

  • Hiking shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pant

FOOTWEAR

  • Hiking boots
  • Thick wool shocks (take an extra pair of thick wool shocks)

ESSENTIAL GEARS

  • Backpack or day back (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-20 degreis sleeping bag is best in high altitude trekking)

TOILETORIES

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers

PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

EXTRA ITEMS

  • First aid kit
  • Extra password photos and photocopies of password
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days FAQs

  • Our Manaslu circuit trek is 14 days long that also includes your arrival and departure from Nepal. You can customize the itinerary to make a short Manaslu circuit trek or extend it as per your wish. Usually, the Manaslu circuit trail covers 177 km (110 miles).

  • The Manaslu circuit trek is challenging. The terrain is offbeat and crosses a high pass. You will need good physical fitness to do this trek because the trail is rugged, remote, and involves high elevation.

  • The best seasons for Manaslu circuit trekking are spring and autumn. Summer/monsoon and winter make the trek more challenging because of unfavorable weather and bad climate conditions.

  • Yes, the Manaslu circuit trek is harder than the famous Everest base camp trek. The Manaslu circuit trail does not have a good tourist infrastructure like the EBC trail has, and the terrain is also challenging.

  • The highest point of the Manaslu circuit trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet).

  • You should pack warm and comfortable clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a good quality sleeping bag, a backpack, and other necessary items like sunscreen, water bottles, and a first-aid kit.

  • You can expect a variety of local and international cuisine on the Manaslu circuit trekking, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, and vegetables.

  • The cost of the Manaslu circuit trek varies depending on your itinerary, trekking agency, and the level of comfort you desire. It usually ranges from $1,500 to $2,500.

  • No, you cannot do the Manaslu circuit trek solo. You must trek with a registered trekking agency and have a minimum of two trekkers in your group.

  • Yes, it is necessary to have travel insurance that covers trekking in high altitudes and emergency evacuation for the Manaslu circuit trek.

  • Yes, you can extend the Manaslu circuit trek itinerary to include other treks in the region, such as the Tsum Valley Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

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