Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5106 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 Pax 
  • Meals
    Inclusive 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Nov 
Top Seller
All Inclusive Price: $1,550USD

Trip Overview

If you’ve ever wanted to trek in the Himalayas while enjoying spellbinding, crowd-free views of the eighth highest mountain in the world, consider embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. As one of Nepal’s best-hidden gems, it passes through the wild landscapes of the Manaslu Valley and ascends from lush jungles to high-altitude mountain passes. The unique environment of the Manaslu region is the epitome of pristine natural beauty and biodiversity. The Manaslu Conservation Area is a protected reserve where keen birders can spot more than one hundred different species across multiple forests and alpine habitats. The conservation area is also home to large mammals like the musk deer, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, and notoriously elusive snow leopard. When you add in the spectacular mountain panoramas around every corner, it’s easy to see why the Manaslu Trek is regarded as one of the best hikes in all of Nepal.

The long ridges and glaciated valleys of Manaslu dominate the skyline during this entire two-week itinerary. The Manaslu Trek passes through several villages inhabited by the region’s major ethnic groups: Nubri, Tsum, and Gurung. Soti Khola, Samdo, and Namrung are just a few of the settlements you’ll explore during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Traditionally, residents of these towns have practiced lifestyles based on agriculture and livestock; these days, they also cater to trekking tourism. These villages now make it possible for you to enjoy comfortable teahouse accommodation each night, which will come as a welcome relief at the end of a long day’s trek. Staying in local villages also gives you the chance to get an intimate look at cultural practices that have remained unchanged for centuries.

These authentic personal encounters are still possible can be mainly attributed to the relative obscurity of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. As you trek in the 8,000-meter shadow of Manaslu and round a turn in the path to discover yet another timeless pastoral scene, you may begin to feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. But you’ll need a helping hand to understand this fascinating region fully. By choosing Nepal Hiking Team as your trekking partner, you’ll secure the company of a guide who can help you to get the most out of your experience on the Manaslu Trek. Your guide can interpret local customs and traditions to help you connect with local people and their enduring way of life in these remote mountains.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Enjoy the spectacular vistas of the Manaslu, a Himalayan giant from different trek points, and a high-altitude pass of Larkya La (5000 meters).
  • The access looks out across the peaks of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Explore the villages of Namrung and Samagaon, serving as excellent vantage points.
  • Immerse into your spiritual self in the region’s most well-known monastery, Ribung Gompa. Located in the trailside village of Lho Gaun. You’ll discover a colorful collection of religious artwork
  • One of the lesser explored trails lying on the Tibetan side explores Western Nepal’s beauty in Gorkha and the prevalent Tibetan culture, lifestyle, and way of living.
  • Also popular as a teahouse trek closer to the capital, the course takes you into the off-the-beaten paths as you travel into scenic and cultural trails.
  • A part of the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, the trek offers everything that presents you challenges, fun and rewards you in its way.

Is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficult?

We consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek to be one of the more strenuous packages the Nepal Hiking Team offers. You’ll reach a maximum altitude of approximately 5,106 meters, where the air is much thinner than it is at sea level, and physical exertion becomes difficult. However, our carefully crafted itinerary has built-in all of the time you need to acclimatize to the high elevation of the Manaslu region.

Our professional guides will also ensure that you are trekking at an appropriate pace, resting frequently, and staying hydrated. Before starting this itinerary, you should be in reasonably good physical condition, but you don’t need to be a professional athlete. Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, running, and swimming, will help prepare you for the steep slopes of the Manaslu Trek.

Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Trek

The trekking seasons in Nepal are primarily dictated by the persistent rains of the summer monsoon and the heavy snows of winter. While it’s possible to enjoy the Manaslu Circuit Trek during these parts of the year, most travelers prefer to visit during two of the more comfortable seasons. The first option is to trek during the spring, which runs from March to May. You’ll benefit from pleasant hiking weather and good views; Manaslu itself is especially impressive at this time of year, still cloaked in the snows of winter. Springtime also brings rhododendron blooms to the forested hillsides, transforming the entire trek into a photographer’s delight. A second option is to undertake the Manaslu Trek between September and November during autumn.

Is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Right for Me?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at the town of Soti Khola, is only accessible by road. This means that you won’t have to worry about costly internal flights, and you’ll get a unique glimpse of Nepal’s countryside during the drive from Kathmandu. Once you get started, you’ll quickly discover that this trek is also very much off the beaten path: the region was first opened to tourism as recently as 1991. While you’re sure to see at least a few other trekkers, there’s a real sense of exploring the Himalayas as they have existed since time immemorial.

We’ve carefully developed here at Nepal Hiking Team, your route on the Manaslu Trek is not a loop. This makes you feel new and exciting every day because you’re never obliged to retrace your steps. This is a truly grand adventure, following an old trading route through the remote Himalayas alongside the winding watercourse of the Budhi Gandaki River. If this sounds like your cup of tea, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328 ft.); Distance: 140 km, Duration: 8 hours

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft); Walking Distance: 14.2 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft); Walking Distance: 22.2 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft); Walking Distance: 20 km, Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft); Walking Distance: 19.4 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 08: Namrung to Lho Gaun (3180m/10430ft); Walking Distance: 10.5 km, Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 09: Lho Gaun to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft); Walking Distance: 8.1 km, Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft); Walking Distance: 8.1 km, Duration: 3-4 hours

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4450m/14596ft); Walking Distance: 6.6 km, Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16748ft); Walking Distance: 24.5 km, Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft); Walking Distance: 26 km, Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft); Walking Distance: 19.4 km, Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 16: Drive from Chamje to Kathmandu by Private Vehicle; Distance: 215 km, Duration 8-9 hours

Day 17: Departure

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 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 provision of 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: 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 foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • 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

Trip Route Map

Cost & Dates

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Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Meredith Thurstans, Australia

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.

Martin Van Lonkhuijzen, Netherlands

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

Nicky N Prasad, Australia I had always wanted to do the Everest Trek, and when I finally had the opportunity, I was delighted with enthusiasm! I think I am also fortunate to have been in the company of Nepal Hiking Team because they gave me no reason whatsoever to companion about anything at all. Every service I received was top-notch, and I was always provided the best available services, from the food and guesthouses to the porter and guiding services. My guide was Paban, and he was very proficient at his work. He made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. The trip was terrific, and I am so glad I was with NHT! Their prompt responses, their kind gestures, and the best organization of the trip had me convinced that I was with the professionals from the very beginning. My recommendation goes to Nepal Hiking Team for being one of Nepal's most reliant tour agencies!  
Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"