Manaslu Circuit Trek

Price

USD 1450

Trip Duration

13 days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5160 meters

Accommodation

Tea Houses, Lodges

Transportation

By Public Bus or Private Vehicle

Group Size

2-15

Best Season

Sep to Dec and March to May

Manaslu Circuit Trek Brief Insight

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 12 to 18-day trip from any drome town in Nepal. Manaslu is a natural beauty, historical, and spiritual attraction of Gorkha. Which is the eighth-highest (8183m) mountain in the world.

Manasalu trek started from MachhaKhola of Gorkha which is situated at the bank of Buddhigandaki. According to time duration, we make a trek from 12 days to 18 days.

We can Pass through the historical Gorkha Bazar, Historical Bhimsen Thapa Gaupalika, Barpak, Laprak, or directly go to Machhakhola.

It is a restricted Trekking zone in the Manasalu region. Manaslu Trek is an enthralling destination after Everest and Annapurna region. This trekking must be headed by an authorized license holder guide and ACAP permit too.

Manaslu Circuit trek at Gorkha is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes you to the Manaslu Conservation Area and experience Himalayan culture.

The real trek starts from Machhikhola and ends at Beshi Sahar. You can be extended from Gorkha Bazar to Barpak/Laprak.

Why Manaslu is Famous?

Mount Manaslu is famous for several reasons, making it a notable peak in the Himalayas. Here are some key aspects contributing to the fame of Manaslu:

Eighth Tallest Peak:

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, standing at an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level. This alone makes it a significant and sought-after destination for mountaineers and trekkers.

Manaslu Circuit Trek:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route that encircles the Manaslu massif. The trek offers stunning views of not only Manaslu but also other prominent peaks such as Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna. The trek is renowned for its diverse landscapes, cultural experiences, and challenging yet rewarding trails.

Cultural Diversity:

The Manaslu region is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups, including the Nubri and Tsum Valley inhabitants. Trekkers have the opportunity to explore traditional villages, and monasteries, and interact with locals, experiencing their unique cultures and traditions.

Less Crowded than Everest and Annapurna:

Unlike the Everest and Annapurna regions, the Manaslu Circuit is less crowded, offering a more peaceful and serene trekking experience. This appeals to those seeking a quieter alternative while still enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas.

Natural Beauty:

The Manaslu region is characterized by breathtaking landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows. Trekkers witness the natural beauty of the Himalayas up close, with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and pristine glacial lakes.

Wildlife and Flora:

The area around Manaslu is rich in biodiversity. Trekkers may encounter various species of flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, red panda, and a variety of Himalayan birds. The diverse ecosystems add an extra layer of allure to the trekking experience.

Challenges for Climbers:

Mount Manaslu presents a formidable challenge for climbers, attracting experienced mountaineers seeking to conquer its slopes. The technical difficulties and unpredictable weather conditions add to its reputation as a demanding climb.

In summary, Mount Manaslu’s fame is derived from its status as the eighth-highest peak, the allure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek with its cultural and natural treasures, and the challenges it poses to climbers, all set against a backdrop of stunning Himalayan landscapes.

Note: Understand that trekking Manaslu without a guide or solo travelers is not allowed due to government restrictions for the region. Ensure a guided experience for a safe and enjoyable journey through the restricted paths of the Manaslu Circuit. If you need any support or a professional guide in this region then please mail or, WhatsApp us.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

The natural beauty of forests, rivers, flora, and fauna in the Manasalu region.

Abundant wildlife, like Thar, Agali, Pika, and sometimes Snow Leopard.

Cooperative people and rich Himalayan culture including Nepalese and Tibetian ethnic groups.

View of picks Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna and cross the Larkya La Pass (5,167m).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Machhi Khola

Trek Distance :

160km

Highest Altitude :

930m

Trek Duration :

9/10 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Start the journey from Kathmandu to Arughat via a bank of Trusuli, Gandaji, and many more rivers.

The distances are 135m to 165m according to different alternative ways.

The way offers stunning views of the Budhi Gandaki River and surrounding Mountains.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 2: Trek from Machhi Khola to Jagat

Highest Altitude :

1340m

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Trek starts from Machhikhola village to Jagat along with the bank of the Buddhi Gandaki river.

The trail from Machhikhola to Jagat through vertical landscapes, including terraced fields, subtropical forests, and traditional villages.

Crossing the suspension bridges over the Buddhigandaki River and passing through a small/unique village.

Teahouses and lodges are available along the route, you get the basic accommodation and food.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

 

Day 3: Trek from Jagat to Deng

Highest Altitude :

1860m

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 4: Trek from Deng to Namrung

Highest Altitude :

2630m

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trail from Deng to Namrung is part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal.

This segment offers stunning views of the Himalayas and a diverse range of landscapes.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 5: Trek from Namrung to Lho

Highest Altitude :

3180 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trail from Namrung to Lho is part of the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal, offering stunning views of the Manaslu mountain range.

This segment typically takes around 4-5 hours to cover, covering a distance of approximately 9 kilometers.

Key highlights of the Namrung to Lho trail include picturesque landscapes, traditional Tibetan villages, and the opportunity to experience the local culture.

Lho, a charming village along the route, is known for its ancient monastery and unique architecture.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Trekking through lush forests and crossing suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River, hikers will gradually ascend to Lho, where they can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

It’s a relatively moderate trek, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the increasing altitude while soaking in the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Day 6: Trek from Lho to Samagaon

Highest Altitude :

3520 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

Encounter with the unique culture and hospitality of the local people, who have Tibetan influences.

En route, you may pass through the village of Shyala, offering panoramic mountain views.

The trail provides opportunities for acclimatization as you ascend gradually.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

 

Day 7: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Highest Altitude :

3520 meters

Meals :

B/L/D

Acclimatization day at Samagaon is a crucial part of trekking in the Manaslu region of Nepal.

Samagaon, situated at an altitude of around 3,530 meters (11,581 feet), provides trekkers with a day to adjust to the higher altitude before ascending further.

During the acclimatization day, trekkers typically engage in light activities like short hikes to nearby viewpoints or exploring the local village.

This allows the body to adapt to the reduced oxygen levels at higher altitudes and helps prevent altitude sickness.

Taking it easy, staying hydrated, and paying attention to one’s body are essential on this day.

Acclimatization days are a common practice in high-altitude trekking to ensure the well-being of trekkers and enhance the overall trekking experience.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 8: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

Highest Altitude :

3875 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trek from Samagaon to Samdo offers breathtaking landscapes as you ascend through lush forests and alpine meadows.

Crossing glacial rivers and passing traditional Tibetan-style villages, the journey provides a glimpse into the local culture.

The highlight is reaching Samdo, a picturesque settlement nestled in the high Himalayas, offering stunning views of surrounding peaks and a taste of remote mountain life.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 9: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi)

Highest Altitude :

4460 meters

Trek Duration :

4/5 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) is a captivating journey in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This segment offers breathtaking landscapes, with dramatic mountain views and diverse terrain.

The trail takes you through picturesque villages, crossing high mountain passes and alpine meadows. As you ascend towards Dharamsala, the anticipation of the challenging Larkya La pass builds.

Dharamsala serves as a vital rest point before the final ascent, providing a surreal setting surrounded by towering peaks. The entire trek is a blend of natural beauty, cultural encounters, and a thrilling high-altitude adventure.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 10: Trek from Dharamsala(Larkya Phedi) to Bimthang via Larkya Lass Pass

Highest Altitude :

5160meters

Trek Duration :

7/8 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trek from Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass is a breathtaking adventure in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This challenging trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, and a cultural experience. Highlights include:

Larkya La Pass (5,160m): A challenging high-altitude pass that rewards trekkers with panoramic views of the Manaslu range, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi): The starting point with basic teahouses, providing a rustic charm and a sense of isolation amid the mountains.

Glide over Glacial Lakes: Trek along glacial moraines and witness the beauty of glacial lakes, adding to the enchanting scenery.

Bimthang Valley: A serene valley surrounded by high peaks, offering a peaceful setting for trekkers to rest and enjoy the natural beauty.

Diverse Landscapes: Experience a variety of landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and rocky terrain.

Rich Cultural Encounters: Encounter local villages and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Manaslu region, with opportunities to interact with friendly villagers.

Wildlife Spotting: The region is home to diverse flora and fauna, providing chances to spot Himalayan marmots, blue sheep, and various bird species.

Remote and Less Crowded: Unlike some popular trekking routes, the Manaslu Circuit offers a more remote and less crowded experience, allowing for a more intimate connection with the natural surroundings.

This trek is a perfect blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural exploration, making it a memorable journey for those seeking a unique Himalayan experience.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 11: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije

Highest Altitude :

2300 meters

Trek Duration :

7/8 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trek from Bimthang to Tilije offers breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, passing through lush forests, alpine meadows, and charming villages.

Marvel at the stunning views of Manaslu and surrounding peaks while descending through diverse terrains. Encounter local culture in Tilije, known for its unique architecture and warm hospitality.

This trek combines natural beauty with cultural immersion, making it a memorable journey in the heart of the Himalayas.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 12: Trek from Tilije to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar

Highest Altitude :

760 meters

Trek Duration :

7/8 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The trek from Tilije to Dharapani offers breathtaking landscapes with lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Crossing the Marsyangdi River, you’ll encounter picturesque suspension bridges and traditional stone-built settlements.

After reaching Dharapani, the journey concludes with a scenic drive to Besisahar. This drive allows you to witness the diverse beauty of the region.

From high-altitude views to cascading waterfalls and quaint villages. The road trip adds a touch of adventure, providing a seamless transition from the trekking trail to the vibrant town of Besisahar.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

Day 13: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Trek Distance :

175 km

Highest Altitude :

1334 meters

Trek Duration :

6/7 hours

Meals :

B/L/D

The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, passing through diverse landscapes and charming villages.

The journey encompasses winding mountain roads, lush valleys, and glimpses of traditional Nepalese life. As you ascend towards Kathmandu, the scenery transforms, revealing the cultural richness of the region.

The drive captures the essence of Nepal’s natural beauty and cultural tapestry in a compact and unforgettable experience.

Itinerary:

  • Meal: B+L+D
  • Accommodation: Lodges
  • Walking/Driving: Walking

What is included in Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Trekkers information management system. (Tims Card)
  • Restricted Area Permit Card.
  • Standard 2-day accommodation in Kathmandu BB plan. (Bed and Breakfast).
  • You’re meals during the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • All Trekking Permit (ACAP) and Local Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking:
  • Experienced Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.
  • One route map

What is Excluded

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All Hot and Cold drinks during the trek.
  • Single Trekker & Solo Trekker (Porters Extra Charge)
  • Special Table Menu/Bakery Cafe
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower
  • On the trekking Wi-Fi
  • Personal expenses of any type
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter.

Trip Map

Comprehensive Guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Difficulty of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Uncover the difficulty of the Manaslu Trek with insights from Third Rock Adventures. It’s a moderately difficult trek suitable for both novices and experienced trekkers, offering a challenging experience for those new to high-altitude treks.

Highest Point of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Bikat Adventures, reaching a maximum altitude of 5110 meters. Discover an offbeat path around the eighth-highest peak, Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters).

Popularity of Manaslu

Learn about the popularity of Manaslu, with the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters contributing to the charm. Experience breathtaking vistas of peaks and valleys on the Manaslu Circle Hike, with Larkya La Pass as the highlight.

Oxygen Requirement for Manaslu Climb

Understand the challenge of climbing Manaslu, an 8,000-meter peak, with insights on supplemental oxygen usage from Summit Oxygen for the summit push.

Safety of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Assess the safety of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, considering factors like altitude, long hiking days, and potentially hazardous terrain. The difficulty varies based on individual fitness, experience, and preparation.

Training for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Prepare for the Manaslu Circuit Trek with a focus on strength training. Strengthen leg muscles, core, and upper body to tackle the challenging terrain during the week-long trek.

Packing List for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Essential Gears:

Backpack:

Choose a durable, comfortable backpack with a capacity of at least 40-50 liters.

Footwear:

Wear sturdy, well-broken-in trekking boots with good ankle support.

Bring moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry.

Clothing:

Dress in layers to adjust to changing temperatures.

Pack a waterproof and windproof jacket.

Have lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing.

Include a hat and gloves for warmth.

Sleeping Gear:

A warm sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures.

Trekking Poles:

Provide stability and reduce strain on your knees.

Headlamp/Flashlight:

Essential for early morning or late-night walks and inside teahouses.

First Aid Kit:

Include basic medications, bandages, blister treatment, and any personal medications.

Water Purification:

Snacks:

High-energy snacks like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits.

Map and Compass:

Toiletries:

Sun Protection:

Rain Gear:

Camera:

Cash:

Carry enough local currency for small expenses, as credit cards might not be widely accepted.

Permit and Documentation for Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • Passport and Visa

Frequently Asked Questions

Manaslu vs. Everest Difficulty
Climbing Manaslu and Everest are both challenging and demanding endeavors, and the difficulty can vary based on individual experiences and conditions during expeditions. However, some general aspects can be considered when comparing the difficulty of climbing Manaslu versus Everest:Altitude:Everest, standing at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), is the highest peak in the world. The extreme altitude poses a significant challenge, leading to altitude-related issues like acute mountain sickness, high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE).Manaslu, at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), is also at a very high altitude but is lower than Everest. Climbers still face altitude challenges, but they may be slightly less severe compared to Everest.Climbing Routes:Everest's standard South Col route is heavily trafficked, especially during the primary climbing season. The Khumbu Icefall, South Col, and Hillary Step are notorious sections that require technical skills and pose various risks.Manaslu has multiple routes, but the northeast and southeast ridges are the most common. The terrain includes crevasses, seracs, and icefalls, making it challenging but generally less crowded and less technical than some sections of Everest.Climbing Conditions:Everest's harsh weather conditions, including unpredictable storms, extreme cold, and high winds, add to the difficulty of the climb. The weather window for summiting is limited, and climbers often face harsh conditions at high altitudes.Manaslu experiences challenging weather conditions as well, but climbers may have a more favorable weather window due to less crowding and fewer restrictions on summit attempts.Crowds and Regulations:Everest faces issues of overcrowding, particularly during the main climbing seasons. The popularity of Everest has led to challenges in managing large numbers of climbers, creating bottlenecks, and increasing the risk of accidents.Manaslu has fewer climbers, and there may be a more relaxed atmosphere on the mountain. However, this can also mean fewer resources and less infrastructure, requiring climbers to be more self-sufficient.Technical Difficulty:Everest has sections that require advanced technical climbing skills, such as the Khumbu Icefall, Lhotse Face, and the Hillary Step.While Manaslu also demands technical climbing skills, it may be considered less technical overall, with fewer objective hazards in certain sections.In summary, while both Manaslu and Everest present formidable challenges, Everest is generally regarded as more difficult due to its higher altitude, technical climbing sections, harsh weather conditions, and issues related to overcrowding.Manaslu, however, should not be underestimated, and climbers should still be well-prepared for the challenges it presents. The choice between the two peaks ultimately depends on individual preferences, experience, and objectives in mountaineering.
Manaslu Circuit vs. Annapurna Circuit Differences
Both the Manaslu Circuit and the Annapurna Circuit are popular trekking routes in Nepal, offering stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and challenging trails. While they share some similarities, there are notable differences between the two.Manaslu Circuit: Remote and Less Crowded:The Manaslu Circuit is considered more remote and less frequented compared to the Annapurna Circuit. Restricted area permits are required, and the trek is relatively untouched, providing a more secluded and pristine experience.Cultural Diversity:The trek around Manaslu takes you through a variety of ethnic villages, including Gurungs, Tibetans, and Nubri people. You'll encounter traditional villages with unique customs, monasteries, and ancient Gompas.Restricted Area Permits:To trek in the Manaslu region, you need a special permit, and trekking must be done with a registered guide. This helps in controlling the number of trekkers and preserving the environment.Mountain Views:The trek offers breathtaking views of Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, as well as other peaks like Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.Challenging Passes:The Manaslu Circuit includes the challenging Larke Pass (5,106 meters), which adds a significant level of difficulty to the trek.Annapurna Circuit: Teahouse Trekking:The Annapurna Circuit is well-developed for teahouse trekking, offering a range of accommodation and dining options along the route. This makes it more accessible for independent trekkers.Cultural Exploration:The trek takes you through diverse landscapes and villages, including the culturally rich areas of Manang and Mustang. The villages on the Annapurna Circuit have a blend of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures.Thorong La Pass:The highest point on the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters), which is a challenging high-altitude pass. The views from the pass are spectacular and include Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks.Variety of Landscapes:The Annapurna Circuit offers a diverse range of landscapes, from subtropical forests and terraced fields to alpine meadows and arid desert-like areas in Mustang.Accessibility:The Annapurna Circuit is more accessible in terms of transportation to and from the starting and ending points, making it a convenient option for trekkers.In summary, both the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit offer unique trekking experiences. The Manaslu Circuit is known for its remote and less-traveled trails, cultural diversity, and challenging passes.On the other hand, the Annapurna Circuit provides a well-established trekking route with diverse landscapes, cultural exploration, and the opportunity to visit the iconic Thorong La Pass. The choice between the two depends on your preferences, trekking experience, and the kind of adventure you seek.
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