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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 12 Days

12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Facts

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 12 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Strenuous

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May

Transportation

Transportation Bus/Jeep

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhism

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Tibetan, Magar

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Forest, Village, Lakes, Rivers, Terrace

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Manaslu Region, Gorkha

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5106m./16849ft.

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an uncommon, off-the-beaten-track trekking destination in Nepal. It offers stunning and majestic views of the mountains and the chance for cultural immersion. This trek takes you close to Mount Manaslu, which is at an altitude of 5100m.

Mt Manaslu is the highest mountain in the world at 8163m. Besides Mount Manaslu, you will also see other mountain peaks, like Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Buddha, and Ganesh Himal. Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular because it is easily accessible from Kathmandu’s capital. You will reach your destination within an 8-10 hour drive from Kathmandu.

One major attraction to explore during your Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Manaslu Conservation Area. You can stroll around the amazing Manaslu Conservation Area, where you can find all the rare and endangered species of plants and animals. The area has 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 3 reptiles, and 11 butterflies.

There are a few more amazing places of attraction that you can explore during your trek. You can visit Rupina La Pass, Larkya La Pass, Birendra Lake, and others. Hence, Trekking Manaslu Circuit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you are only familiar with more commercialized treks like Everest or Annapurna Base Camp Trek, then we recommend you try Manaslu Circuit Trek at least once.

Routes of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in Kathmandu, and you drive west from the capital to Arughat. Following the Budhi Gandaki River north, the road trip continues to Machha Khola, where the trek officially begins. The trail takes you through several Magar villages before you stop at Deng. As you continue in the company of Nubri ethnic people, the trail will head west and take you to Namrung. Then, the next trek takes you to Sama Gaon, where you can rest for an extra day and explore. On this day, you can head to the Manaslu Base Camp and soak in the views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). While exploring, you can also head to the Birendra Lake or Pung Gyen Gompa.

After completing the detour to the base camp, you head north towards Dharamshala. Further, the altitude increases to 5160 meters at the top of Larkya La Pass. The top grants surreal sights of the vistas in Manaslu, Annapurna, and Cheo Himal ranges. Then, the descent from the pass will take you to Bimthang. Finally, the trek heads to Dharapani and continues across the Marsayangdi River to reach Besisahar.

Where is Mt. Manaslu Located?

Mt. Manaslu is 8163m above sea level and is located in the western central part of Nepal, in the Mansiri part of the Nepalese Himalayas. The name Manaslu comes from the word “mountain of the spirit.” It is situated on Mount Annapurna’s eastern side and about 64km apart.

Mount Manaslu is the highest peak in the Gorkha district. The stunning peaks and valleys tower around the region, making the surrounding valley look majestic when you climb the ridge leading towards the peak.

Mount Manaslu was first climbed by dual mountain climbers Gyalzen Norbu and Toshio Imanishi on May 9, 1956. At that time, they were part of an exceptional, highly professional Japanese expedition team. Many historians have claimed that Janpaese mountain climbers love climbing Mount Manaslu even more than British people who love climbing Mount Everest.

Can Beginner Trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Yes, beginners can trek the Manaslu Circuit. You don’t need trekking experience or training to climb mountains.

However, you shouldn’t mistake it for an easy trek. It falls under moderate-level trekking for even veteran trekkers. This means that for beginners, this trek will undoubtedly be quite challenging. Certain factors increase the difficulty level during your trek. These factors affect beginner trekkers more adversely than the expert veterans who have been trekking for days.

The factors are Altitude, Best Time, Acclimatization, Drinking Water, Physical Fitness, etc. Understanding these basic factors before heading for the Manaslu Circuit Trek will make the trek less challenging than going there completely blind.

So, preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek by improving your physical fitness and spending time on breathing exercises will make your trek less challenging and more fun. Also, acclimatize as much as you can and listen to your body. Don’t forget to take medication for altitude sickness if you are a beginner in case of emergencies.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The Average Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost is $830 to $1030 per person. (This value is from Nepal Alternative Treks)

If you’re looking for an exciting and affordable adventure, trekking in Nepal could be just what you need. Nepal has a range of trekking options to suit your preferences, from easy to moderate to strenuous. Best of all, it’s a budget-friendly way to explore Nepal’s diverse landscape.

Some treks are expensive, and others are easily accessible and affordable. Manaslu Circuit Trek is affordable, judging by its location, experience, and adventure. There are some of the factors that influence the cost of your Manaslu Circuit Trek, and they are listed below:

  • Guides and Porters
  • The destination of the trek
  • Trekking Activities
  • Mode of transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Length and Duration of Trek
  • Cost of Permits and Documents
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Food and Drinks
  • Trekking Seasons
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  • Amazing cultural riches of the Tsum and Nubri communities
  • Enjoy the delightful panorama of the Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Cross the majestic Larkya La Pass (5160m)
  • Explore the Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gompa and many other locations
January
-10°C to 5°C
February
-8°C to 6°C
March
-5°C to 10°C
April
0°C to 15°C
May
5°C to 18°C
June
7°C to 20°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 20°C
September
5°C to 18°C
October
0°C to 15°C
November
-5°C to 10°C
December
-8°C to 5°C

12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Machha Khola

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

180km Drive to Machhakhola
(Av.10 hours)

Accommodation

Larke Peak Hotel or similar category

Altitude

(690m./2277ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek starts with a drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu. The initial drive starts from Kathmandu as you go through the pitched paved road to Dhading Bensi. Then the road turns upward to Gola Bhanjyang and slopes down to Ankhu Khola. At Arughat, you cross the Budhi Gandaki River and drive further to reach Sotikhola. We continue to drive for two hours to reach Machhakhola. This Ten-hour drive rewards you with scenic villages, rivers, terraced farms, and a good view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh. Overnight in Machhakhola.

Day 2

Trek to Jagat

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km trek to Jagat
(Av.07 hours )

Accommodation

New Mangolian Cottage or similar category

Altitude

(1410m./3990ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The second day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek starts with breakfast. After breakfast, we prepare to trek to Jagat. First, we trek along the Budhi Gandaki River’s bank and ascend through Sal’s dense forests. The trail then takes us to Tatopani, which houses natural hot water springs. You can take a dip in the springs if you like. Then, we continue the trek on Budhi Gandaki’s banks again to reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 3

Trek to Deng

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)

Accommodation

Windy Valley Guest House or Similar category

Altitude

(1960m./6430ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After our permits are approved, we start the trek to Deng. We first trek through the dense tropical forest and continue to trek alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail of this part runs through the forests, which shelter much rare wildlife. We continue to trek through the forests of the Manaslu region and come across many different villages like Bhatti Khola and Philim. We then cross the bamboo forest over Budhi Gandaki to reach Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 4

Trek to Namrung

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
( Av.05 hours )

Accommodation

Namrung Guest House or similar category

Altitude

(2660m./7527ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Deng, we cross a suspension bridge and trek through the uneven trails. The trail leads us to Bihi Phedi. We continue from there to reach Ghap. The trail from Ghap is dangerous as it is prone to dry landslides. After crossing the landslide zone, we go past several Magar villages to reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung

Day 5

Trek to Lho Gaon

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12 km Uphill hike
( Av.04 hours)

Accommodation

Majestic Guest House or similar category

Altitude

(3100m./10230ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we gain altitude, we also start seeing a change in the vegetation and culture. We slowly enter the Tibetan cultured areas as we trek from Namrung. The trail takes us through the Mani walls and stone houses. On the way, we can also see the beautiful view of mountains like Mt Manaslu (8163m). After trekking for 4 hours, we finally reached Lho. Overnight in Lho.

Day 6

Trek to Sama Gaon

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14 km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours)

Accommodation

Manaslu Hotel or similar category

Altitude

(3530m./9989ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Lho, we start our day with a trek towards Sama Gaon. We trek through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) follows us throughout the trail. The trek was challenging, and we gained altitude today. We trek for about five hours to reach Sama Gaon. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 7

Acclimatization day/ Exploring around

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Excursion around

Accommodation

Manaslu Hotel or similar category

Altitude

(3530m./9989ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trekking to a higher altitude may become dangerous if you do not properly rest. So, we rest for a day today in Sama Gaon. After breakfast, we explore the village and interact with the villagers. We will then hike to Pung Gyan Gompa, enjoying the beautiful view of the Manaslu and other mountains. In the evening, you can interact with the locals and try local foods. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 8

Trek to Samdo

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.04 hours)

Accommodation

Zambala Guest House or similar category

Altitude

(3780m./12402ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start our trek after a day of rest and breakfast in Sama Gaon. We first trek through the pine forest, which slowly starts getting sparser. The vegetation disappears, and the land becomes barren. We trek to a remote, isolated part of the trail with the beautiful Mt. Manaslu (8163m) still keeping us company. The trek is about 4 hours along the banks of the reduced Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 9

Head to Dharmashala

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.05 hours)

Accommodation

Larke Peak Guest House or similar category

Altitude

(4200m./13780ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day of the 12 days of Manaslu Circuit Trek is here, and today is very important. We trek west along with the views of Naike and Pangbuche peaks. After breakfast in Samdo, we cross a suspension bridge and continue through the uneven, rocky trail. You get a beautiful view of mountains in Manaslu and Himal Chuli range on the route to Dharmashala. After five hours of trekking, we reach Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 10

Trek to Bimthang

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)

Accommodation

Punker Cottage House or similar category

Altitude

(4200m./7218ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we trek through one of the most challenging and exciting trails of the Manaslu region.. We will trek through the barren and remote part of the Manaslu region. The trek provides us with a beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The trail ascends to the top of the Larkya La Pass (5160m) across the rough and snowy trails. From the top, you can relish the views of the Larkya, Mansiri, Cheo, and Himlung Himal ranges. Later, you descend from the pass with a panoramic view of the mountains and glaciers. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 11

Trek to Dharapani

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Avg. 7 hours)

Accommodation

Hotel Gurkha's inn or similar category

Altitude

1992m./6535ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the last day of our trek as we move towards the end of the Manaslu Circuit Trek adventure. After breakfast in Bimthang, we start our trek towards Dharapani. Today’s trek is more comfortable compared to the last few days. We will descend through the pine and rhododendron forests of the Manaslu region. On the way, the beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains follows us. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 12

Drive to Besisahar - Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

190km Drive to Kathmandu(Av.10 hours)

Altitude

( 1290m./4273ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch

The last day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is upon us. After breakfast in Dharapani, we embark on a jeep that takes us to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar is about four hours. We drive through beautiful villages and hills. You get a lovely view of terraced fields and typical Nepali houses on the way. After driving for about 3 hours, we arrive at Besisahar and board the bus to Kathmandu. Driving from Besisahar, we get a splendid view of paddy fields and beautiful settlements. After driving for about an hour, we join the Prithvi Highway and drive alongside the Trishuli River. The drive from here is about four hours. You will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport )  in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation (Twin share basis) will be provided during the trekking.
  • One experienced, well-trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Manaslu trekking region and government authorized trekking guide and required porters ( One porter for two persons)
  • Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation, and equipment.
  • Overland transport as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Manaslu special permit, ACAP ( Annapurna conservation area project), and MCAP ( Manaslu conservation area project).
  • A trekking map, duffel bag, Oxygen saturation checkup every day, water purification, first aid medical, company t-shirt, and trekking company certificate.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

What's Not Included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, battery charge, boiled water , phone bill and laundry. .
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters. ( Highly suggested ).

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $1,030.00 PP $830.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $1,010.00 PP $810.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $990.00 PP $790.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $970.00 PP $770.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $950.00 PP $750.00 PP
Group of 21 - 25 $930.00 PP $730.00 PP

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Traveler Reviews

We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. We spent a great time in the beautiful mystery tsum valley and the great nature of Manaslu. We had a very good guide with Nauser, good accommodation and good food. We enjoyed to avoid the crowd of this trek. Thank you Tej and Nauser for Everything !

5.0

Lea odermatt

Huebboden 9, ch 6370 cberdaf, Switzerland

‘Manaslu Circuit Trek’ Tarpan Mukherjee, October 25, 2016 Krishnagar, West Bengal, India. Two out of six of us have just completed our 15 day long Manaslu Cercuit Trek from September 29 to October 13 with Nepal Alternative Trek. From the experiences of email exchange with Tej I was very confident that we are in good hands. All my queries, worries and suggested plans has been responded in good sprites. Tej arranged permits, hotel accommodations, bus tickets, guide and porters for us very professionally. Thanks Tej for an excellent organization. The road condition is worst and horrible from Dading Beshi to Soti Khola. The bus got stuck in mud several times. Bus staffs and passengers work hard every time to get the bus through. It was 22 km before Arughat our bus finally surrender to mud. We hired a truck from Arughat with the help of local people and at last

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5.0

Tarpan Mukherjee

India

ESSENTIAL INFO

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

One of the best times for trekking the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Spring season. The spring season in Nepal lasts from March to May. As the winter season ends, Spring begins. Early spring months are still chilly, but as the days pass, the temperature gets cooler, and the weather is very clear. Another stunning part of trekking in the Spring season is the blooming rhododendron forests along the trails. Due to the exceptional trekking conditions, the major problem in trekking in the spring season is the overcrowding of trails and tea houses. Furthermore, due to more demand, the cost of trek also increases.

Another best season for trekking the Manaslu Circuit Trek is autumn. The autumn season in Nepal starts in September and lasts until November. Autumn starts in Nepal right after the summer/monsoon season ends. For the first few weeks, you will be getting some rainfall in the lower altitudes of the region. October is the peak Autumn season in Nepal when the weather gets beautiful, and the temperature is ideal for trekking. The views of the skies and mountains are also very clear, making it an amazing season to click on some majestic photos.

The least two ideal times for trekking in the Manaslu region are either monsoon or winter. The winter season brings immense cold, harsh temperatures, and dynamic weather. The weather changes quickly from hot, sunny days to blistering winds to cold, snowy nights. During winter, the temperature of the Manaslu Circuit falls well below the freezing point.  On the other hand, during monsoon season, rainfall is relentless at lower altitudes. Constant mild to heavy rainfall makes trekking trails wet, slippery, and full of insects and leeches. Nepal has a higher chance of floods and landslides during monsoon season, so be careful if you are even considering trekking now.

How Difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The difficulty level for the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on how fit, experienced, and prepared a person is. Trekking can be challenging because of the high altitude, long hours of walking, and possibly dangerous paths.

Completing the trek usually takes 14 to 20 days, with an average of 5 to 10 hours of daily walking. The climb up and down the Larkya La pass is particularly challenging, but it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks.

There are a few factors that make Manaslu Circuit Trek challenging:

Altitude: Manaslu Circuit Trek is at an altitude of 5610m, which means there is a huge risk of altitude sickness. The chance of altitude sickness increases around 3000m, so the risk of falling ill is high when trekking above the altitude of 4000 to 5000m.

Distance and Duration: Trekking long distances for many days makes the trek challenging. You will soon get tired if you are not physically fit and lack stamina. Being fatigued during the 14-day Manaslu Circuit trek always led to severe health issues. So be sure to be physically fit by performing exercises months before going on a trek.

Rugged Terrains: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not easy regarding terrain and trails. The terrain changes constantly during this trek. In the lower altitudes, you will pass through tropical jungles and vast grasslands; as you pass through, you will come across valleys and snow-capped mountains.

Is Travel Insurance Required for Manaslu Trek

If you plan to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which reaches an altitude of 5610 meters, you should be aware of the risk of altitude sickness. To avoid costly helicopter rescues, get travel insurance covering extreme adventures and submit it to your trekking agency. This will help ensure a smoother process.

Required Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: During your trek to Manaslu Circuit Trek, you must pass through Annapurna Conservation Area from Dharapani until you exit Besi Sahar. Hence, you must issue an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Cost of ACAP: NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): Manaslu Conservation Area starts from the Philim village you will explore during this trek. So, you need to issue a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit as well.

Cost of MCAP: NPR 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: You need a special permit since Nepal’s Manaslu region is restricted. Only a qualified trekking agency can issue your Manaslu Restricted Area permit.

Cost of Manaslu Restricted Permit: USD 100 Sept – Nov for 1 week and USD 15 per day beyond 1 week
: USD 75 Dec-Aug for 1 week and USD 10 per day beyond 1 week

Note: Children below 10 years are free

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner During Our Manaslu Trek

During your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner in local tea houses or guest houses. There are a few recipes for breakfast, like tea, coffee, bread, chapatis, soups, stews, cornflakes, etc.

For lunch and dinner, the primary food items are local Nepali food. Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari, known as Lentils, Rice, and Vegetable curry, are the go-to food for lunch and dinner.

A few tea houses also serve Western foods for lunch and dinner, like pizzas, burgers, dumplings, steaks, soups, etc.

Accommodation Available at Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers several accommodation options, ranging from simple teahouses to more comfortable lodges. Teahouses provide basic amenities such as beds and shared bathrooms, while lodges offer private rooms and attached bathrooms in some cases. However, it’s important to note that accommodation in remote areas may be basic and rustic.

Fitness and Experience requirements

You must be physically fit for the Manaslu Circuit Treks; however, you don’t need any major experience in mountain or peak climbing. You can participate in training exercises that help you build your physical fitness.

Some methods for the improvement in physical fitness are:

  • Strength Training
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Simple Hiking Training

Safety and security

We are very concerned about the safety and Security of our trekkers. Similarly, while trekking in Manaslu, we carefully check every route. So, don’t worry—you will be safe with us. We also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers at the lodges and during the trek. Therefore, you should feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek. You should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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