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Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trip is Nepal's most famous off-the-beaten-path trek.

per person from USD 1650

Best Season Best Season March to May & August to November
Trip Duration Trip Duration 13 Nights & 14 Days
Trip Difficulty Trip Difficulty Medium to Hard
Accomodation Accomodation Hotel in City & lodge in trekking
 Max. Elevation Max. Elevation 5,160m/ 16,930ft
more Facts
Trekking Days: 11 Days
Total Duration: 16 Days
Arrival City: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: Approximately 5-7 hrs walking
Nature Of Trek: Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Trip Route: Arughat- Jagat - Sama Gaon - Larkya La - Bimtang -Tal - Kahmandu
Attractions: Larkya La Pass 5,100m, Restricted region of Nepal, Less crowded trails

Trip Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola.
  • Experience the world’s eight tallest mountains and the Manaslu Glacier.
  • Views of the highest peaks in the world like Mt.Manaslu(8,156m), LamjungHimal, Mt.Annapurna II, etc.
  • In the surrounding communities, you can see a fusion of Nepalese and Tibetan cultures.
  • “Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft)” is the highest point on the journey.
  • Possibility of seeing an endangered species such as the Snow Leopard in the wild.

Introduction

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded as one of Nepal’s finest treks. Despite its recent popularity, the Manaslu Trek is still isolated and off-the-beaten-path in comparison to Nepal’s more well-known teahouse treks. The half loop leads from Arughat in the Gorkha district up the Buri Gandaki Valley to the culturally Tibetan village of Sama, crossing the 5,100m Larkya La to end at Dharapani on the Annapurna Circuit. There are fine views of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-tallest mountain, and some great side trips to lakes and glaciers. The early stages of the trek were badly hit by the earthquake but lodges have reopened and some sections of the trail have been rerouted.

Itinerary

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  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Kathmandu: (1,300m /4,265ft)

    See for yourself if all that you have read and watched on the internet, about the tranquil beauty of Nepal and warm hospitality of Nepalese. After flying through the beautiful view of this trekkers’ paradise, you will meet our company representative at the airport. You must have an impatient heart for a breathtaking adventure. Get ready to experience Nepal up close and personal. But first, we will transfer you to your hotel.

    If you have an early arrival, you may stroll around the hippest and happening area in Thamel, where you can find restaurants with varieties of cuisine to dine.

    This first night in the country, you will be staying in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, and Preparation Day

    Kathmandu: (1,300m /4,265ft)

    On your second day, you can go sightseeing to some of the famous religious and historical sites of Kathmandu. (Follow the link for more information on sightseeing sites-in-Kathmandu). After exploring this city of temples, you will meet your trekking guide at the hotel. You will be briefed in detail about the trekking adventure. The guide will also assist you with any last-minute shopping that you require for the trek.

    Have a well-rested night at Kathmandu before heading off to the mountains.
    (You can dump the stuff you do not want during the trek at the hotel or our office store.)

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola

    Kathmandu: (1,300m /4,265 ft) Machhakhola: (960m /3,051 ft)

    We can get an early morning private 4wd Jeep from Kathmandu to Machhakhola (130 km). The ride begins on the Prithvi highway, then through the country roads. You pass many suspension bridges on the way to the elevation of 930m in Machhakhola. The highest elevation today will be 1,300 in Kathmandu from where you will drive towards the lower elevation. overall 8/9 hrs drive, overnight at Machhakhola.

  • Day 04: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat

    Machhakhola: (960m /3,051 ft) Jagat: (1,340m /4,396ft.)

    You will start an early morning trek from Machhakhola to Jagat. Beginning from a steep climb, you will walk past Tatopani (hot spring). You walk with the Budhigandaki River on the way to Jagat, the entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area. Overall 7/8 hrs trek, overnight at Jagat.

  • Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Pewa Village

    Jagat: (1,340m /4,396ft.) Pewa: (1,800m /5,905ft.)

    You will descend towards the river to reach a suspension bridge. Passing a couple of beautiful waterfalls on the way, you will get a peek of the beautiful Shringi Himal Range. The trail descends towards the village of Sirdibas (1420m.). with the view of the rhododendron trees on the trail, you will reach Pewa overall 7/8 hrs trek.

  • Day 06: Trek from Pewa to Ghap

    Pewa: (1,800m /5,905ft.) Ghap: (2,100m /6,890ft.)

    It is a steep climb from Pewa. Beautiful Chortens on the way welcomes you to Deng (1,860). From there you walk on the rocky trails and above the Gandaki river to reach Ghap at 2,100m. The overall trek 7 hrs (14km), overnight at Ghap.

  • Day 07: Trek from Ghap to Lho

    Ghap: (2,100m /6,890ft.) Lho: (3,180m /10,433ft.)

    Today you will walk from Ghap to Lho. After Namrung, the high mountains start to dominate the landscape. You will get the view of Ganesh Himal (7,422 m.) and Himal Chuli (7,893 m.). Covering 17 km you reach Lho at the elevation of 3,180 m. from Lho, you should be able to get the first view of Mt.Manaslu at 8,156m.

  • Day 08: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon

    Lho: (3,180m /10,433ft.) Sama Gaon: (3,520m /11,548ft.)

    You start the day with the spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu revealing herself. Today’s trail passes through a variety of landscapes. After about an hour’s walk, you reach a beautiful entrance Chorten that welcomes you to Shyla (3,500 m.) After walking for about 4 hours and covering 10 km, today’s trail ends in Sama Gaon at 3,520 m.

  • Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon

    Sama Gaon: (3,520m /11,548ft.)

    To adjust to the higher elevation, we will acclimatize here in Sama Gaon. You will not be heading towards another destination but exploring around Sama Gaon. We suggest you stay active for the rest day. You can visit to Birendra Tal and then to Manaslu Base Camp (4,500 m). You can also explore the Sama Gompa, and return back to Sama Gaon.

  • Day 10: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo

    Sama Gaon: (3,520m /11,548ft.) Samdo: 3,690m /12,106ft.)

    The trail today heads toward the Tibetan village, Samdo. It is a short walk compared to the other days. After covering 4 km, you reach Samdo at an elevation of 3,690 m.

  • Day 11: Acclimatization Day in Samdo

    Samdo: 3,690m /12,106ft.)

    To adjust to the alpine climatic condition, before heading towards Bimthang, we suggest you take a rest day. Despite being on a rest day, you will be active throughout the day. You can explore the villages around Samo. You should gain higher altitudes but should sleep in the lower altitude to acclimatize. You can also hike up to Samdori Hill or take a trip to the Tibet border. Return back to Samdo and overnight there.

  • Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala

    Samdo: 3,690m /12,106ft.) Dharmasala: (4,460m /14,632ft.)

    On this day, you descend and climb towards the Larkye la pass. You will start the trek by crossing the bridge over the Budi Gandaki River. Covering 4 km, you reach Dharamsala where you will spend the night. On the way, you will get to see Larkya Glacier. Overnight at Dharamsala at 4,460 m.

  • Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5,135m)

    Dharmasala: (4,460m /14,632ft.) Larkya La: (5,135m /16,847ft.) Bimthang: (3,590m /11,778ft.)

    On this day, you will climb towards the highest point of the trek Larkye La (5,160 m), and descend towards Bimthang. The trail starts rocky and heads through the moraines of the glacier. With the view of Himlung, Cheo, Kanguru, and Annapurna II on the way, you reach Bimthang and call it a day, 8/9 hrs trek.

  • Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tal

    Bimthang: (3,590m /11,778ft.) Tal: (1,699m / 5,574ft.)

    Through the lush forest, you will climb down towards Tal. On this last day in the Manaslu region, You will walk across Dudh Khola, to reach Tal. After about 9 hours of walk, you spend your night in Tal at the elevation of 1,699 m.

  • Day 15: Drive from Tal to Kathmandu

    Tal: Tal: (1,699m / 5,574ft.) Kathmandu: (1,300m /4,265 ft)

    Bidding goodbyes to your wonderful and adventurous trip in the Himalayas, you drive back to Kathmandu by private 4wd Jeep.

  • Day 16: Final Departure

    Kathmandu: (1,300m /4,265 ft)

    We will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule.

    Trekkers Paradise hopes to take you on another exciting trek soon !!

Cost Includes

  • All necessary airport arrival departure as per the itinerary.
  • 3-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private transportation for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Private 4wd Jeep from Kathmandu to Machhakhola for member & staffs
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in the itinerary.
  • Tea, or coffee during the trek.
  • 12 nights at best available nice room in twin sharing basis
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and his salary.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, transportation, flight, and other necessary equipment.
  • Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • Private return 4wd Jeep from Tal to Kathmandu for member & staffs
  • Welcome/ Farewell dinner
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Trekkers Paradise’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

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Train Yourself

Qualification/Training

Best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, it can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, biking in your daily base training.

Basic further experience and strength required for Trekking

  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry 8 kg themselves on a backpack for preparation.
  • We suggest you run about 4/5 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
  • Regular swimming, biking, rowing is also a good way to maintain your physical strength.

FAQs

  • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?

    Yes, the Trekkers Paradise representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Trekkers Paradise name card with your name on it. You will be moved to the pre-select Hotel after that.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

    All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

  • What is the cost of the visa application process and Visa? Should we apply for a visa from our home country or will we get it at Nepalese Airport? Which documents are important that I should bring with me?

    After landing, you can obtain a visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, furthermore, it will be easier if you are filling up the visa form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present are $ 30 for 15 days, $ 50 for 30 days, and $ 125 for a three-month visa on entry to Nepal.

    You should bring the following essential documents on the trip:

    • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
    • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of the insurance paper to Trekkers Paradise before you start the trek.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s bank, insurance, family contacts.
  • When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

    The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

  • Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or are we supposed to be carrying it alone?

    Our porters, who are honest and experienced, will look after your luggage while on the trek. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like a camera, water bottle, sun cream, money, etc. Normally, we assign one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers.

  • What type of Permit do I need for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    • Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • How long does it take to trek Manaslu Circuit Trek?

    The trek can be completed within 10 to 14 days however the length of the trek depends on the weather, the trekker’s ability to walk, how long they take to acclimatize, whether they want to take side trips to famous places nearby like Tsum Valley, Annapurna Circuit.

  • Is Manaslu Circuit safe to trek?

    The only potential hazard during the trek is the possibility of altitude sickness to reduce the chances of it we suggest a single day for acclimatization. You will also be guided by an experienced trekking guide and assisted by local porters, who are there to take care of you during your trek.

  • What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?

    In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incise of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

  • Is Manaslu Circuit Trek difficult?

    This trek is a moderately difficult trek. The physical condition of the trekker has a lot to do with the Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty. This trek is one of the challenging treks in Nepal that takes you through the remote villages of the Himalayan region of Manaslu & Annapurna.

  • How many miles is the Manaslu Circuit?

    Around 110 miles, the total distance of the Manaslu Circuit is 177 kilometers.

  • Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?

    Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

  • What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

    • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
    • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
    • Taking photographs inside most temples are considered illegal
    • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
    • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel
  • Are Trekkers Paradise’s staff insured?

    Yes, all the staff of Trekkers Paradise including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

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