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    At a Glance

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      14 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Moderate to Strenuous
    • Activities
      Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Hotel/Lodges
    • Meals
      B.L.D
    • Max.altitude
      5106m.
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • Best Time
      March - May and Setpt - Nov

    Trip Overview

    Embark on the captivating 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trekking, a remarkable adventure that combines stunning natural beauty, challenging terrain, cultural immersion, and a sense of tranquillity. It is a perfect choice for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path trekking experience in Nepal while enjoying the splendor of the Himalayas.

    It takes its name from Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, which is the prominent centerpiece of the journey. This trek offers an exhilarating and off-the-beaten-path adventure, showcasing stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rich cultural experiences.

    Trekkers prefer the Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking for its pristine beauty and untouched wilderness, as it offers a more remote and less crowded experience compared to some of the more popular routes in Nepal. It is known for being a preferred choice among those seeking a serene and secluded trekking adventure.

    Following the meandering trail alongside the enchanting Manang-Gandaki River, this trek unveils pristine valleys steeped in the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Ancient monasteries and Gumbas stand as silent guardians, offering weary trekkers timeless wisdom. As colorful prayer flags flutter in the breeze, a message of peace resonates through the winding paths.

    Moreover, the trail winds through diverse terrain, ranging from lowland villages to high mountain passes, reaching an altitude of over 5,100 meters (16,700 feet) at the Larkya La Pass. The panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu itself, are awe-inspiring and reward trekkers with unforgettable vistas.

    Throughout your journey, vibrant panoramas unfold, dotted with picturesque villages showcasing a tapestry of traditions. Mount Manaslu, also known as "Mountain of the Spirit," is the eighth-highest peak in the world. Its majestic presence commands attention and admiration from trekkers, mountaineers, and nature enthusiasts alike. With an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), Mount Manaslu offers a challenging and rewarding experience for those venturing into its realm.

    Witness the vibrant pageantry of the ethnic Gurung, Bhutia, and Sherpa communities, adorned in their traditional attire. The Himalayas carry within them the ancient traditions of the ethnic people, seamlessly woven into their essence. A good example of this is the name of the mountain itself. The name "Manaslu" originates from the Sanskrit term "Manasa," signifying "intellect" or "soul." It is believed to be the sacred abode of a mighty spirit or deity, further enhancing the mountain's mystique and irresistible charm.

    Unveiled to the world in 1991, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking reveals untouched vistas, preserving the cultural heritage of Nepal's Himalayan communities. For those seeking solace and seclusion, this extraordinary journey becomes a coveted realm of serenity, where tranquility whispers its secrets.

    This remarkable journey harmonizes grace and warm hospitality, ensuring each moment leaves an indelible mark on your spirit. It is a profound display of nature's splendour intertwined with vibrant cultural traditions. Undoubtedly, the Manaslu Trek will etch an unforgettable chapter in the annals of your adventurous spirit.

    Trip Highlights

    • Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Manaslu Peak.
    • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural embrace of the Tsum Valley along the enchanting Gandaki River.
    • Traverse the captivating expanse of the Manaslu Valley, where diverse landscapes unfold before your eyes.
    • Trek through a range of breathtaking terrains, from Himalayan foothills to alpine wonders, lush emerald forests, and rugged mountain bastions adorned with glaciers, rivers, and cascading waterfalls.
    • Enjoy the graceful dance of long suspension bridges as they guide your passage over the flowing Budhi Gandaki River.
    • Embrace the untouched wilderness of the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to over 2,000 species of vibrant flora and a haven for more than 201 species of avian songbirds. Look out for elusive creatures like Musk Deer, blue sheep, Himalayan serow, golden eagles, and snow partridges.
    • Marvel at the breathtaking panoramas of Mount Manaslu, flanked by the majestic Himlung Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna II.
    • Venture through remote ethnic hamlets and small cultural sanctuaries, immersing yourself in the unique traditions of the Gurung, Tibetan, and Tamang communities, witnessing their authentic lifestyles and age-old Himalayan customs.
    • Experience the tranquility of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, offering respite from heavy crowds and providing an off-the-beaten-path journey that allows you to savour the true essence of this remarkable region.

    Route Overview

    During the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, the expedition will kick off from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A representative from Nepal Hiking Team will be eagerly anticipating your arrival, standing with a display board, and assuming the role of your initial guide for the journey.

    As you set off from Kathmandu, you will be journeying through mustard and rice fields toward Maccha Khola while beholding the picturesque countryside life of Nepal unfolding right before your very eyes.

    Similarly, while you explore Sal forests, the trail will wind its way, leading you across charming bridges. It will stretch along small brooks and streams adorned with descending waterfalls. Eventually, the pathway will reveal the hidden treasure of Jagat, a small, scattered village that warmly welcomes travelers with its rustic charm. Along the way, you will encounter small Mani walls and chortens gracing your route.

    Beyond Jagat, the path will be guiding you to Deng and Namrung. Gompas and Buddhist Mani wall seamlessly merge with the surroundings. On your journey, you may also get the chance to relish the local fermented barley drink in the villages. As you ascend towards the valley hills covered with rhododendrons, you will then be arriving at Lho Gaun and Samagaon for rest and acclimatization. While there, you will have the opportunity to explore the magnificent beauty of the Manaslu Base Camp (4750 meters).

    Furthermore, as you continue your ascent, the trail will keep winding its way to Samdo and Dharmasala. Further ahead, you will be treated to the magnificence of the Larkya La Mountain Pass. Standing at the top of the pass, the entire valley will unfold before your gaze, embraced by the splendid Manaslu Peak. Its presence, like a benevolent guardian, will make the scene truly breathtaking. Beyond the valley, a symphony of peaks will adorn the horizon - Himlung Himal soaring gracefully at 7126 meters, the majestic Cheo Himal at 6820 meters, and the formidable Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, and Annapurna II.

    Similarly, starting from Bhimtang, your journey will continue towards Goa and beyond. With Tilije as the guiding marker, the final stretch will await you. You will bid farewell to the mountains and embark on a drive back to Kathmandu. The trek will then be complete.

    Best Time for the Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    The best time to go on the Manaslu trek is during the spring season (March, April, or May). The ideal time is before the monsoon arrives. As winter fades away, the temperatures gradually rise. The high-altitude lakes start to melt as well.

    During spring, the villagers who had temporarily moved to lower villages to escape the harsh winter return to their homes. The surrounding peaks still have a considerable amount of snow. This adds to the already amazing views and creates a truly dramatic scenery. Hikers can enjoy dry paths, stable weather, excellent visibility, and longer hours for trekking.

    Moreover, during this time, the mountains come alive with an explosion of colorful blooms, making it a truly enchanting sight for visitors.

    One of the highlights of spring in the Himalayas is the blossoming of rhododendron flowers. These beautiful flowers paint the hills and forests in shades of pink, red, white, and purple, creating a breathtaking panorama. In fact, the rhododendron forests in Nepal are renowned for being one of the most diverse in the world.

    Apart from rhododendrons, spring also brings an array of other wildflowers that carpet the meadows and valleys. Primroses, orchids, marigolds, and daisies are just a few examples of the colourful blooms that grace the region during this season. The vibrant hues and delicate fragrances of these flowers create a captivating sensory experience for visitors.

    Similarly, autumn (September, October, and November) is another fantastic season for the trek. Many trekkers choose this time because of the pleasant temperatures and breathtaking mountain views. The warm weather brightens the days and extends the daylight hours, providing ample opportunities for adventurous explorations. Autumn also offers the perfect conditions for conquering the Larkya La Pass.

    After the monsoon season, the skies are clear and the weather is pleasant. The mountain panoramas are awe-inspiring, and there is minimal snowfall. These factors make it an ideal time for trekking.

    Short Manaslu Circuit Trekking Difficulty

    The Manaslu Circuit Short Trek is considered a moderate-to-difficult-level trek. It covers a distance of approximately 177 kilometers (110 mi). Likewise, it also reaches an altitude of 5,165m/16,929ft when crossing the Larkya La pass.

    One of the main challenges faced during the trek is the high altitude, which can lead to altitude sickness. Symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue may occur. That's why proper acclimatization is crucial, including rest days, staying hydrated, and gradually ascending.

    In addition, trekkers face the challenge of coping with the cold weather. This is because the journey takes place in a high-altitude region. Temperatures drop significantly at night.

    The trail itself in the Manaslu region can be demanding, with steep and slippery paths. It's important to walk with caution and wear suitable trekking shoes with good grip. There are also narrow bridges over fast-flowing rivers that require careful crossing.

    Furthermore, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking is known for its remote location, so trekkers should be prepared for limited facilities. Accommodations are basic, and food options are limited.

    Despite these challenges, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers a unique and splendid trekking experience. Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lush green forests await trekkers. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to explore traditional villages that are unlike anything else on Earth.

    To prepare yourself for the trek, here are some effective training methods:

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

    Rest assured that our trekking guides are highly trained and experienced. They will ensure a smooth and enjoyable trekking experience for you.

    Alternate Treks

    If you are interested in exploring more trekking options, we recommend checking out our other recommended trekking packages.

    To begin with, you can consider the 15-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, which showcases the stunning beauty of the Manaslu region and is similar to this current package.

    Another great option to explore is the Tsum Valley Trek. If the previous trek seems too short for your preferences, the Tsum Valley Trek offers a perfect choice for a longer adventure.

    The Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers an unforgettable journey. You can immerse yourself in awe-inspiring nature, rich cultural heritage, and exhilarating experiences during this trek. Don't hesitate to inquire and book your trip now, and embark on an extraordinary adventure.

    Itinerary

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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers.
    • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
    • 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 and one porter (1 porter for 2 people), along with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
    • Manaslu Circuit trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, requiring a special permit to visit this area).
    • TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for the 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 charges.

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Drinks such as 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

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Manaslu Circuit Trekking set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Manaslu Circuit Trekking departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

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