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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      15 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate to Strenuous
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
      Breakfast in KTM | Full Board Meals on trek
    • Mx.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • Best Time
      March - May & Sept - Nov

    Trip Overview

    The beguiling 15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek lies in the ethereal realm of wanderlust. It is a journey of transcendent allure, beckoning intrepid souls to venture where few have trodden. Walk the secluded path towards the sanctuary of Mount Manaslu. The majestic peak, soaring with regal grace, ascends the Himalayan throne as the eighth highest in the world.

    Winding through the ravine of the Manang-Gandaki River, this trek weaves amidst pristine valleys. These valleys are home to a tapestry of Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Throughout the journey, ancient monasteries and Gumbas present trekkers with timeless wisdom. Similarly, colourful prayer flags flutter and spread the ethereal message of peace across the winding paths. 

    The journey, likewise, unfurls the vibrant panorama of small villages; its inhabitants adorned in traditional garb that trekkers cannot find anywhere else. The age-old rhythm of prayer wheels spinning in the breeze compliments the serenity throughout the journey. Here, every step you take presents a cultural pageantry of the ethnic Gurung, Bhutia, and Sherpa populace.

    Moreover, Mount Manaslu, or the "Mountain of Spirit," graces the skyline. Nestled some sixty-four kilometers east of the revered Annapurna peaks, Mount Manaslu’s presence adorns the landscape with its tributary ridges and glaciers.

    Unveiled to trekkers as recently as 1991, the Manaslu Circuit Trek presents unspoiled sceneries. The journey also offers preserved cultural traditions of Nepal’s Himalayan diaspora. For seekers of solitude, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a coveted passage - a path less trodden, where serenity and tranquility beckon.

    You will journey along the ancient salt-trading route and wind your way to the Budi Gandaki River. Additionally, splendid vistas of Manaslu, the Sringi Himal Range, and the Ganesh Himal Range unfold like an artist's masterpiece. To boot, ancient monasteries and Stupas arise amongst the wilderness, adorned with fluttering prayer flags.

    This voyage, a symphony of grace and hospitality, is finely orchestrated to unveil the best at every turn. Every moment is etched with an indelible display of interwoven splendor of both nature and culture. No doubt, the 15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek will be an epic chapter in the annals of your adventure! Enthusiastic trekkers must simply do this unforgettable journey at least once in their life.

    Trip Highlights

    • Witness ethereal views of the Manaslu Peak, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
    • Immerse yourself in the cultural embrace of the Tsum Valley along the Gandaki River.
    • Traverse the enchanting expanse of the Manaslu Valley
    • Trek through the diverse landscapes that range from Himalayan foothills to alpine terrains to lush emerald forests to rugged mountain bastions adorned with glaciers, rivers, and cascading waterfalls.
    • Visit Kathmandu Valley’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath temple, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
    • Enjoy the elegant dance of long suspension bridges that will guide your passage over the flowing Budhi Gandaki River.
    • Embrace the untouched wilderness of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Here, more than 2,000 species of flora unfurl their vibrant hues. Moreover, more than 201 species of avian songbirds grace the skies. In addition to the avain species, elusive animals like the Musk Deer, the blue sheep, the Himalayan serow, golden eagles, and snow partridges also call this sanctuary their home.
    • Take in breathtaking panorama views of Mount Manaslu, flanked by the Himlung Himal, the Ganesh Himal, and the Annapurna II.
    • Venture through remote ethnic hamlets and small cultural sanctuaries.
    • Experience the unique Gurung, Tibetan, and Tamang culture, their authentic lifestyles, and age-old Himalayan customs.
    • Perfect for trekkers looking for an off-the-beaten-paths journey as the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers respite from heavy crowds.

    Route Overview

    The journey of the 15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek will begin from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Awaiting your arrival, a Nepal Hiking Team representative will stand with a display board. He will be your introductory guide on the expedition.

    Before embarking on the trek, however, the trip includes enjoying Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Thus, you will have a sightseeing day of the city, venturing to the capital’s sacred sanctuaries - the revered Pashupatinath Temple, the majestic Boudhanath Stupa, the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the timeless Swayambhunath Stupa. Each of these sites bears witness to Nepal’s history and architectural stories.

    Then, the journey will commence. Departing from Kathmandu, you will be traversing through mustard and rice fields to Maccha Khola. Journeying along a rugged, dirt-laden road, you can witness the idyllic countryside life of Nepal unfold before your very eyes.

    Similarly, venturing through Sal forests, the path meanders, leading the way across quaint bridges. The path similarly spans along small rivulets and streams and is decorated with cascading waterfalls. Finally, the trail unveils the hidden gem of Jagat, a small, scattered village. This place welcomes travelers with its rustic charm and warm embrace. Small Mani walls and chortens also grace your path throughout.

    Beyond Jagat, the steps will guide us to Deng and Namrung. Inconspicuous Gompas and Buddhist Mani walls blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Along the way, you may also savor the local barley-fermented alcohol in the villages. Ascending towards the rhododendron-covered valley hills, you will then reach Lho Gaun and Samagaon for respite and acclimatization. While here, you can explore the celestial splendor of the Manaslu Base Camp (4750 meters). 

    Furthermore, resuming your ascent, the path meanders to Samdo and Dharmasala. Further ahead is the grandeur of the Larkya La Mountain Pass. As you stand atop the pass, the entire valley unfolds before your eyes, embraced by the resplendent Manaslu Peak. Its presence, like a benevolent guardian, renders the scene nothing short of awe-inspiring. Beyond the valley, a symphony of peaks graces the horizon - Himlung Himal soaring gracefully at 7126 meters, the regal Cheo Himal at 6820 meters, and the mighty Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, and Annapurna II.

    In like manner, from Bhimtang, your journey will continue to Goa and beyond. With Tilije as the guidepost, the final leg will await. You will bid farewell to the mountains and take a drive back to Kathmandu. The circle of your trek will then be complete.

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek, a tapestry of enchantment, will forever dwell in your souls. It is an eternal testament to the spirit of adventure and the allure of the mountains.

    Best Time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The ideal season to embark on the Manaslu trek is during spring (March, April, or May), prior to the monsoon season. In fact, Nepal experiences its beautiful spring season during the months of March, April, and May. This period is considered one of the prime times to embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Spring arrives immediately after winter, bringing a gradual rise in temperatures. As the season progresses, the high-altitude lakes start to thaw as well, adding to the enchantment of the trek.

    Moreover, during this time, villagers who had sought refuge in lower villages to evade the harsh winter begin to return to their homes. The surrounding peaks also still retain a considerable amount of snow. This enhances the already awe-inspiring views. It also creates a truly dramatic spectacle. During this period, hikers can enjoy dry paths, consistent weather, excellent visibility, and extended trekking hours.

    Similarly, the autumn season (September, October, and November) is another excellent time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The region attracts a multitude of trekkers owing to its mild temperatures and breathtaking mountain vistas during this period. Additionally, the warm weather not only brightens the days but also extends the daylight hours. This provides ample opportunities for adventurous explorations. Furthermore, autumn presents the ideal conditions for conquering the Larkya La Pass. The post-monsoon phase offers clear skies, pleasant weather, breathtaking mountain panoramas, and minimal snowfall. These features render it a favorable time for trekking.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as a moderate-to-difficult-level trek. The journey covers an approximate distance of 177 kilometers (110 mi) and reaches an altitude of 5,165m/16,929ft when crossing the Larkya La pass.

    One of the primary hurdles faced during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the high altitude. Trekking at such heights can lead to altitude sickness, where headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue can take over. Thus, proper acclimatization is crucial, involving rest days, hydration, and gradual ascent.

    Likewise, another challenge lies in coping with the cold weather. Since the trek takes place in a high-altitude region, the journey exposes trekkers to significantly dropping temperatures during the night.

    Moreover, the trail itself in the Manaslu region can be demanding, with steep and slippery paths. Vigilance while walking is crucial, along with suitable trekking shoes featuring a good grip. In certain sections, trekkers may encounter narrow bridges spanning fast-flowing rivers. This necessitates careful crossing.

    Additionally, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is characterized by its remoteness. Thus, it demands trekkers be prepared for limited facilities. Accommodations are basic, and food options are rather limited.

    Despite these challenges, however, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a truly unique and splendid trekking experience. The journey treats trekkers to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, and traditional villages, unlike anything on Earth.  

    Here are some effective methods to train yourself:

    • Enroll in a gym and focus on strength training.
    • Incorporate HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) into your workout routine.
    • Add cardio exercises to your daily regimen, such as walking, running, or jogging.

    Additionally, you can rest assured that our trekking guides are extensively trained. They possess the valuable experience to ensure a seamless and enjoyable trekking experience for you.

    Alternate Treks

    There are alternate options to the 15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek that you can choose from. Firstly, we present the 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, which covers the same route as the 15-day package. However, it does present one exception - it omits the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Apart from this difference, both packages follow identical routes.

    Secondly, for those seeking longer trekking days and a deeper immersion in the Buddhist culture of the valley, the Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek is the ideal choice, spanning 20 days. This exceptional package incorporates a trek to the scenic Tsum Valley, enhancing the overall journey with its cultural significance.

    In conclusion, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an unforgettable adventure, combining breathtaking natural beauty, cultural richness, and thrilling experiences. Inquire and book your trip now to start your adventure in the Nepali Himalayas!


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
    • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people), and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
    • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
    • First aid medical kit with the provision of an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat
    • Government taxes and office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel Insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water, etc.
    • snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    September, 2023

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      5.003 ratings
      • Incredible adventure on the Manaslu Circuit

        Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

        We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

        The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent! It did get cold but we had blue sky every day and no rain. There were three of us in our group and we only bumped into a few people along the trail. It was incredibly serene and this was a big reason we chose the Manaslu Circuit over Annapurna. We started our trek with a long drive to Machha Khola (which avoided some road sections if we had started in Soti Khola) and finished in Dharapani. In total, we did ten days of actual trekking which was really enjoyable.

        Our guide was Ram and porters Namaraj, Sabin and Samir. They were all very professional, capable and polite. They made sure we had a good experience. It’s not the sort of trek where you are provided with lots of information about Nepal along the way, but Ram was always happy to answer questions and share information when we asked. Prior to departing on the trek Ganga had organised a day tour around Kathmandu where we learned about Nepalese culture and it’s well worth doing.

        We were impressed by the communication and organisation of NHT during the booking process and our actual trip. Ganga was extremely helpful in answering all our questions and also assisted us to tailor our itinerary as we wanted to travel to Bandipur and Chitwan after the trek. We were collected from the airport we met Ganga and our guide the day before the trek which was nice. He even organised our transport back to Kathmandu airport a good two weeks after we finished the trek which we hadn’t expected but really appreciated.

        We were happy with the accomodation before the trek (Woodapple Hotel) and we chose to stay there where we returned to Kathmandu. On the trek you stay in tea houses. The quality of tea houses on the trek varied but for the most part were very nice. We enjoyed most of the food, it’s best to eat the vegetarian Nepalese/ local options rather than western choices - they are delicious, especially the Dahl baht and momos. Our favourite tea houses were in Namrung, Lho and Samdo (the hot shower at Samdo for 500 baht was money well spent) and our least favourite were Samagaun (a shame as you spend two nights there) and Dharamasla. You won’t get much cell/wifi coverage (which is quite nice) but you can buy a warmish shower at most tea houses for between 250 and 500 rupee. We brought our own warm sleeping bags and pillows which we appreciated as the cleanliness of extra blankets and pillows in tea houses was often lacking (Nepal Hiking Team can also supply a sleeping bag and down jacket but we chose to bring our own).

        Overall we loved our experience. We would be happy to book with Nepal Hiking Team again and 100% recommend the Manaslu Circuit as an incredible adventure.

        Tips: I’d suggest bringing your own food (eg that you can add hot water to) for the tea house at Dharamasla as it was extremely basic and you don’t want to risk food poisoning the night before the Pass. Biodegradable wet wipes, toilet paper, a life straw, water sanitation tablets and plenty of hand sanitiser are also suggested! Drink lots of water to help with acclimatisation.

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        - Excellent
        Ms. Jules
        AU   |   19th Dec 2022
      • Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Hiking Team

        We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Nepal Hiking Team. They were very professional and helpful from the first email enquiry sent to them. Every question we had was answered promptly and courteously.

        We missed our connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur through to Kathmandu, and were delayed by a full day. Ganga and his team rescheduled our trip without any problem to us at all. They were amazing. Every time we ended a trek we were met by Ganga, regardless of the time of day.

        The guide we had for our Kathmandu tour, was extremely knowledgeable and informative and there were certainly a lot of interesting things to see and do in Kathmandu.

        We then proceeded on our Manaslu Circuit Trek with our guide Bim and our 3 porters. I can't recommend Nepal Hiking Team highly enough. The guides and porters were informative, helpful, observant, and fun as well. The trek was definitely an experience of a lifetime; I would highly recommend it. The Larkya La Pass was at times strenuous, but Bim and our porters made sure that we were safe, had no altitude sickness and we were able to complete this challenging feat.

        After our Manaslu Circuit trek, we spent a day traveling back to Kathmandu and then headed off to our Everest Panorama Trek. Once again, Bim our guide accompanied us, we certainly could not have negotiated our way through the ticketing and confusion of Kathmandu airport and upon our arrival we were greeted by our new porters. Our trek in the Everest region was wonderful, although more touristy than Manaslu.

        The efforts of our guide and porters were definitely appreciated, they certainly helped in every way that they could, even helping us sterilize water through a mechanical filter. They were very flexible with our accommodation and every request however small was accommodated with a smile. Our guide was an experienced trekker, had a really great sense of humor, and an in depth knowledge of the areas that we were trekking in.

        Nepal Hiking Team come with my very highest recommendation.

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Meredith Thurstans
        AU   |   20th Apr 2020
      • Unforgettable Manaslu Trekking thanks to NHT

        My wife and I cannot thank enough the team and members of Nepal Hiking Team for one of the best treks and fun times we had! From the first contact till the last farewell at the airport, everything was just so comfortable and amazing. The manager of the agency- Mr. Ganga, was precise and fast with the services, and great at solving any problems on the spot. He was always in contact with us throughout the trip, and made everything so easy by sharing lots of ideas. But the most praise that the agency deserves is on the aspect when my wife got sick during trekking. Mr. Ganga and our guide- Gokarna, acted fast and showed proper care and attention. They arranged a helicopter pick up, which arrived fast, and when my wife and I arrived in Kathmandu- Mr. Ganga was there waiting with the ambulance to take her to the hospital. It is my belief that only once you get sick and need help, that is the time you learn weather or not you are with a good travel agency or not, and surely we had the very best! 

        Furthermore, the whole Manaslu Trek (beside my wife getting sick), was just as fantastic and lovely- thanks to our trusted guide Gokarna and the porters that we had. Gokarna was extremely helpful and made sure that we were comfortable all along the way at all times. Our porters were also simply the best- always smiling and cheery and happy to be there with us. Gokarna as well as the guide were really the ones who added a touch of homeliness to the trip, and made us feel like we made the right choice going with Nepal Hiking Team. It was a great and unforgettable trip that I would definitely recommend and go with again myself in the future. The attentiveness and the care that we were shown and the services we received were nothing short of the best! 

        Nepal Hiking Team is a company that really shows their care and concern for the customers in the services that they provide and the treatment of the customers like family rather than just paying tenants. My experience with them was a heartfelt experience and both me and my wife are thankful to everyone at the company for making us really enjoy our stay and for giving us the help when my wife got sick. All in all, Nepal Hiking Team is the #1 Travel Agency in Nepal

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        - Excellent
        Mr. Martin Van Lonkhuijzen
        NL   |   11th May 2018