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Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days

Price Start
USD 999  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking ?

Group Size
2+20
Trip Code:
NLT-MT-12
Accommodation:
Tea house/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5106 Meters
Season:
February-May/September-December
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation.
Destination:
Nepal/Manaslu Region
Duration:
12
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Bus/Publice Jeep
No of People Price
1 1050
2+4 999
5+10 875

Trip Highlights

Manaslu Circuit Trek: A Journey of Exploration and Adventure

 

Nestled in the heart of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek beckons adventurers to embark on a 12-day odyssey filled with extraordinary experiences.

This captivating journey offers a unique blend of natural beauty,  diversity, and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Here’s an in-depth exploration of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, inspiring you to uncover its hidden treasures.

Larkya La Pass and Majestic Mt. Manaslu

The pinnacle of the trek is Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters. As you stand on this high mountain pass, you’re rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world at 8,163 meters.

The sight of this towering giant against the Himalayan backdrop is nothing short of breathtaking.

Geographical and Cultural Diversity

The Manaslu Trek is renowned for its ability to showcase the geographical and traditional diversity of Nepal.

You’ll embark on a remarkable journey that takes you from the lush green lower hills, inhabited by Indo-Aryan Hindus, to the middle hills, where Tibetan-Burmese, Magar, Gurung, and Tamang communities thrive along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River.

Adventure Amidst Suspension Bridges

The trek is punctuated by thrilling crossings on suspension bridges. These amazing architectural achievements offer excitement to your travel to acting as necessary river crossings.

The Beauty of Natural Wonders

Your path meanders through a tapestry of landscapes. From emerald-green meadows to the enchanting depths of sub-tropical forests and the ethereal beauty of cascading waterfalls, the scenery is ever-changing, creating a visual feast for trekkers.

Cultural Experiences and Rich Heritage

The influence of Tibetan Buddhism is palpable along the trail, with monasteries, prayer flags, and chortens scattered throughout. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with local communities, including the Nuri people living near the Tibetan border.

The region’s vibrant festivals, the Tibetan New Year celebration (Lhosar), allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions.

Historical Significance

The trek is steeped in history, as it was the stage for the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu on 9 May 1959. This achievement adds a layer of historical depth to your journey.

Annual Trail Race

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not only a trekking destination but also the backdrop for an adventurous annual trail race.

Runners from around the world gather in Manaslu every year to participate in this unique event, allowing them to experience the region’s stunning beauty in a different light.

Flora and Fauna

The trek unfolds as an ecological journey. You’ll transition from the lower tropical landscapes to dispersed alpine regions, each offering a unique range of vegetation.

From bamboo to rhododendron, oak, and pine forests, the landscape showcases nature’s adaptability.

The biodiversity of the region supports various wildlife, making it a haven for birdwatchers and a potential sighting ground for Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and even the elusive snow leopard. Click here for Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days Tour.

Conservation Efforts

The trek operates within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). These projects play a crucial role in preserving the environment and maintaining responsible trekking practices.

Trekking Requirements and Permits

To organize your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll need a minimum of two people in a group. Alternatively, trekking agencies like Nepal Lion Trek can help you join other groups and manage the necessary paperwork and permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and the Manaslu Trek Special Permit.

Al Last

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an invitation to explore a pristine corner of Nepal, a place where the echoes of history and traditional resonate in harmony with nature’s exquisite beauty.

It’s an extraordinary journey that celebrates the richness of the human spirit and the splendor of the natural world. Embrace the call to adventure and discover the magic of Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

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Itinerary

Your trip for Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Kathmandu. You will start the day early after breakfast. You will take a direct local bus from Kathmandu, Gongabe Bus Park to Soti khola which is 160 Km drive (We can arrange private vehicle as your requirement). You will take a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat on a nice, paved road enjoying the views of hilly areas. From Arughat to Soti Khola is 2 more hour drive where road will be quite dusty and bumpy with the view of Budhi Gandaki river. Overnight at teahouse in Soti Khola.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
710m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will start your trekking journey from today. Despite of uneven road, you will have the most amazing walk on the first day of this trek. Ascending further the rocky trail and then descending, you will reach Gurung village Labubesi. You will pass number of small villages, through Sal forest, rivers and waterfalls to reach Nyali Khola. You will encounter hundereds of mules on the routes. We head down to the river and cross suspension brdge t reach Machha Khola Village. Overnight in Machha Khola Tea House.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
900m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will enjoy the warm breakfast at the teahouse at Machha Khola. From Machha Khola you will start walking across the trekking trail on the bank of Buri Gandaki River and suspension bridge. After a few ascends and descends, you will reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After spending a few moments here, you will head to dohan for Lunch. You will reach a small village Yaru from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, where we spend the night.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1410m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

From this day, you will be walking in the restricted region where you have to verify your trekking permits at check post. You will leave Jagat on a well paved road and climb up the valley before you reach Sirdabas. You will proceed through forest of Rhododendron and Himalayan pine where the village Philim welcomes you. Finally, you will reach Deng, the final destination of the day. Deng is home to a few Tea houses where you can gather around the fireplace and share experiences with the fellow trekkers before you go to bed.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1804m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

 

After the sun rises, you will have breakfast at tea house. Today the trail from Deng takes you along a winding path to Rana and crossing suspension bridge to Bihi Phedi. The trail then proceeds to Ghap village through several landslide zones where you should be careful while walking. Passing the Ghap you will trek through bamboo, rhododendron and oak forests. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli. Namrung offers you best teashops, restaurant and tea house with Fresh Bakery items, Coffee and Wi-Fi.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2630m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Today the trail enters the Nupri region where you will be blessed with magnificent sight of the mountains. From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forest takes us to Loh. As you reach Loh you will visit a large moastery known as Ribung monastery. From the place, you can catch the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). You will experiences the breathtaking view of mountains crossing the Shyala village and reach Sama Gaon. Sama Gaon is the principal village of the nurbi peope which holds a large gompa, many tea Houses, shops, Health post, Police station, Heliport, Telephone and WIFI access.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3530m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to prevent altitude-related illness. You will take a short hike that leads you to Birendra Taal (3,450m), which lies below the Manaslu Glacier. On Acclimatization day, you have two options for a side trip to either Pungen Gompa or Manaslu Basecamp.

If your option is for the half-day walk, you can experience Pungen Gompa, which is 3-4 hours of hiking. Pungen Gompa lies east of Nubri Valley, where many Himalayan Thars and Yaks graze.

Or, you can hike to Manaslu base Camp (4400m), north of Sama Gaun. Manaslu Base camp hike can be completed in 8-9 hours.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3530m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Today is the short day trek as you take the trail on the right to Larkya La to reach Samdo, which is a small Tibetan refugee village. This village is very close to the Tibetan border, which is just 4 km away (You can extend one more day at Samdo and go on a short hike to Tibetan Border). Today is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls, juniper, and birch forests. Once you reach Samdo, you can explore the nearby village or hike to Samdo Peak.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3860m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

After Breakfast at Samdo,you will sart our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki river and hike upwards. Today you will trek past grassy slopes with scrub juniper, rhododendron, enjoy with the big old mani stone wall and chorten. The short walk to Dharmasala provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
4470m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Today you trek for 3-4 hours to ascend 800m to Larkya La pass, then descend for 4-5 hours, losing 1500m to Bimthang. You need to wake up early and leave teahouse for today’s trek, as the hike is quite challenging. We ascend the moraines of a glacier, enjoying the breathtaking views of Himlung(7126m), Cheo, Kang guru(6981m), and the Annapurna II (7937m). After lunch at a small teahouse, you will descend to Bimthang, where you will get a stunning view of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, Pongkar tal between the poker and salpudanda Glaciers.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
5160m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards to village of Gho. We will be walking downlhill enjoying the lush forests full of flora and fauna including rhododendron bushes. After passing through a police checkpost we make our way towards Dharapani from wehre we enter the Annapurna Circuit. We will reach our final destination to the Dharapani and overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1900m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

You will have breakfast at Dharapani, then take a jeep/Bus ride to Besisahar, which will take 3-4 hours. From Besi Sahar, you will find a local vehicle to Kathmandu every 1 hour (We can arrange a private car as your requirement). You will drive along the Prithvi Highway on the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli Rivers, with refreshing views of the hilly areas. After a 6-hour of Bus/Jeep ride, we will reach Kathmandu.

From Besisahar, you can drive to Sauraha or Pokhara and extend your trip. Check our Sauraha and Pokhara packages.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,400m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Price & Dates

Book your trip now and get the opportunity to enjoy the Manaslu Trekking. Below are the fixed departing treks. Just choose your suitable date and join the group.

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September 13, 2023 September 24, 2023
$ 999   $ 899.1 / Per Person
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March 9, 2023 March 20, 2023
$ 999   $ 899.1 / Per Person
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April 1, 2023
$ 999   $ 899.1 / Per Person
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April 10, 2023 January 21, 2023
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What's Included

  • Airport picks up & drop by private vehicle to hotel.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Tilije to Kathmandu vai Public bus.
  • Necessary paperwork and Trekking Permits fee (ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu Special Permit).
  • Accommodation during trek and Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea).
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking Friendly trekking guide.
  • Coverage of Guides including their Meals, Insurance, Salary, Lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary.
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company).
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary).
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region.

Optional Addons

  • Porter (We can arrange porter for your trek).
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Tilije to Kathmandu.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.
  • Personal Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-chargefee).
  • Accommodation, Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner. Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter.
  • 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 etc.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Manaslu Cross one of the highest passes in the world - at Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest peak in the world.

The first people to climb Mt. Manaslu were Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu.

Manaslu region consists of Nepalese-Tibetan culture.

Larkya-La Pass is a relatively tricky trekking pass due to its long walk and high elevation.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Permit and details

The area around Manaslu is restricted, so each party must obtain a permit, register with a trekking agency, and be accompanied by a licensed guide. A minimum of two people are required to obtain the trekking permit via the area. 

For the first seven days of the special permit in September to November, you pay $100 plus $15 for each additional day, and for the first seven days in December to August, it costs $75 plus $10 for each other day per person. 

 

Trekkers must have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permit from the Nepal Tourism Board at the cost of Nrs 3000 per person, including 13% vat for each region. 

Road Transportation for Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Nepal Lion will arrange public transportation for your trip. Starting with a morning bus from Kathmandu to Machhakhola, a 9-hour-long ride, we will switch to a carrier by Jeep to Besisahar. Again, we will return via public transportation (bus or Hiace) while returning to Kathmandu. 

Note: Public transportation might get congested if you travel during the festive season. However, you can book a private vehicle, paying extra fees according to the group size. 

Manaslu Circuit Trekking best Accommodation

While in the urban area, the accommodation will remain luxurious; however, it will decline as we approach the rural area. Manaslu is a relatively isolated trekking route compared to Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna. So, you might have to share bedrooms, bathrooms, and toilets. You can also purchase a hot shower for $3-4.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Meal and choosing Menu Tea houses

While in the city area, you can order several foreign dishes. However, once we enter the rural areas, we will only get the local ethnic food of this region. You will be fascinated by the mouth-watering delicacies of this region.  The menus at each tea house in the villages are similar. Overall, you can choose from a variety of local dishes like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, and pickles that can be refilled as much as you like). Moreover, there are Tibetan dishes like Momo (Tibetan Dumplings), Thukpa, noodles, and many more.

Telephone, Internet, and Battery Charging

Telephone

Since we will be traveling to an isolated region, you might be worried about mobile reception and phone services. Despite being a rural area, Manaslu Region has good reception, with Ncell and Nepal Telecom being two major sim-card providers. Moreover, NTE recommends Nepal Telecom for better reception in the Manaslu region.

Internet

Many villages and tea houses like Philim, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Bhimthang, and Dharapani have internet in the Manaslu Region. However, sometimes it might get cut off or have a weak connection depending on the weather and other technical issues. 

Battery Charging

There is charging available in tea houses, where they charge a few dollars for electricity, and a fully charged device might cost roughly $2-3. However, we suggest you carry a power bank for your convenience. 

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