Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

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Manaslu Circuit Trek is right in the heart of the Manaslu Region surrounded by 8 of the tallest peaks in the world and highlights all you’d want from a typical trek in Nepal: Impressive landscape, close experiences with local individuals and their old culture (untouched by modernized Nepal). Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Circuit remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. Mount Manaslu is known as the mountain of spirits in Nepal.

The highest altitude of this route is the  Larkya La Pass which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas and reaches 5,125m.

The best of Manaslu Cicruit can be witnessed during the best season of Autumn and Spring i.e. in the months of September, October, November and March, April and May. The skies are clearer and there is no danger of rainfalls.

Manaslu lies restricted area of Nepal. Hence, it will cost little more for getting a permit and you need to have a guide in compulsion. You must have Restricted Area Permit, MCAP and ACAP. The details about permits required to trek are described below.

Manaslu Cicruit is kinda difficult trekking. Altitudes, Walking Distance, Climatic Conditions, Lack of proper guide, Foods and Accommodation are some common Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty. Be sure you have good physical fitness and proper trek preparation is done.

Why Manaslu?

  • Eye-Catching natural beauty decorated by forests, flora and fauna, rivers.
  • Experience unique culture and traditions of Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Jaw-dropping views of Larkya La Pass
  • Views of 8 different mountains: Cheo, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal.
  • Faunas like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

If you query about the price then we have to ask what services you want, which itinerary you would love to choose and are you in group or individual? The trekking cost is affected by various factor. However, Ammonite Adventures is operating Manaslu Circuit Trekking just the price of $950/person. The cost will include all of your travel expenses like insurance, food, accommodation, travel cost,  guide and porter fees. The cost will be lower if you join a group or bring your own group. I must say, $950 is nothing infront of such marvellous Manaslu trek.

Manaslu Trek Permits

Manaslu is inside a restricted area of Nepal, which means you’ll require a trekking permit to get to this trip. Solo likewise not permitted, where a base gathering size of two individuals is required. You should go with a guide. You need 2 permits at most for hiking in around Manaslu.

Restricted Area Permit

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs USD 70 for each individual for the main week. While you need to pay an extra USD 10 for each individual for every day. This rate holds from the long periods of September to November.

From December to August, Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs USD 50 for every individual for the main week. While you pay extra USD 7 for every individual for each day after the initial seven days.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit

Despite months and the number of days, protection region licenses are the equivalent. The permit costs Nepali money 200 for SAARC nationals and Rs. 2000 or USD 20 for different nationals.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Permit charge for SAARC nationals is Nrs 2000 and NRs 2000 or USD 20 for different nationals.

Manaslu Trek Map Itinerary

Counted as a truly great Himalayan Expedition, Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary starts from Kathmandu after arranging necessary trekking equipment and required permits. The actual route starts from Soti Khola after 7 hours adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Below mentioned 14 days Itinerary is just a suggested route. So, you can change the Manaslu Trekking Route as per your comfort.

Manaslu-Trek-map

Day 1 : Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (Drive)
-> Enjoying the Jaw-Dropping views from the bus!

Day 2 : Soti Khola to Maccha Khola
-> Narrow Path Trekking + enjoy Gurung and Ghale Traditions

Day 3 : Machha Khola to Jagat
-> Explore Gurung Village + Spend good Time in ‘Hot Water’

Day 4 : Jagat to Deng
-> Enjoy Unhabituated George + Walkthrough pine and rhododendron forest

Day 5 : Deng to Namrung
-> Shocking Perspective on Manaslu Conservation area + Vintage view of Siringi Himal

Day 6 : Namrung Sama Gaun
-> Siring View Point + Marvellous views of Simnang Himal, Himal Chuli, Manaslu Glacier and Ganesh Himal

Day 7 : Sama Gaun to Samdo
-> Walk along birch forest + get near to Tibetan Border

Day 8 : Spend a day in Samdo
-> Undescribale view of sun striking mountains + chance to see Munal

Day 9 : Samdo to Dharmasala
-> Pass wooden bridge + witness Larkya Glacier

Day 10 : Dharamsala – Larkye La Pass
-> Wonderful sight of Cho Danda and Larke Peak + glacier lakes

Day 11 : Trek to Tilije
-> Great mountain views + walking in rhododendron forest

Day 12 : Tilije to Tal
-> Visit Mani wall + Thonje Village

Day 13 : Tal to Syanje
-> Cross Chamje Village + Pine Lush Forest

Day 14 : Bus to Kathmandu
-> Riding in the bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and celebrate your trek completion

You can find the highlights of every day trek in the itinerary menu.

Best Time

This trip is feasible throughout the year. Each season has its very own advantages and challenges.

Put simply, Manaslu circuit Trek Best Time is October to May (the dry season) and the worst time is June to August (the rainy season).

Manaslu Cicruit Trek in October

September to November is the ideal time of trekking as it offers Fresh Air, superb mountain scenery and warm weather.

December, January, February is still the good months to visit in Manaslu. However, the cold temperature below 0 degrees may cause some troublesome.

During March, April, May, it’s been dry for so long and due to dust, the visibility of mountain may be poor. And you cannot enjoy the mountain views and is compensated by wonderful rhododendron forest.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Circuit is a moderately challenging walk however you need to have a good level of fitness and experience is strongly advised.  Anybody with a fundamental wellness level and assurance can trek effectively. Before making a decision about the Manaslu circuit expedition, you ought to consider the realities like the distance, height, foods, accommodation and climate conditions

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Distance

As we will be walking ups and downs for 14 days at the pace of 5-7 hours a day, imagine how fit you should be. If you do not have a walking habit, we recommend doing minor exercises prior to the course.

Altitude

Altitude Sickness is the main problem of first-time trekkers. You may feel difficulties in breathing. As we will be walking above 3500m altitude, you should be aware of it. Keep yourself hydrated and walk slowly, don’t force if you cannot walk.

Weather

You should choose the best month to trek in Manaslu. Otherwise, you may not be able to walk properly and enjoy the views. In high altitudes, there is a danger of snowfalls as well. So, be sure you are trekking at the right time and check the weather before.

Accommodation during Manaslu Round Trek

Every night, you’ll be remaining in teahouses kept running by the nearby networks along the Manaslu trek. Most teahouses are very essential yet agreeable, with two single beds in each room. Teahouses and Lodges are simple extensions of the old houses. Nevertheless, it’s better to take a sleeping bag with you. There is a typical territory for suppers and unwinding, which is an extraordinary spot to remain warm around the flame during the evening.

Food during Trek

As mentioned, Manaslu is a remote trek. You can only have typical Nepali food for Lunch and Dinner. Generally, dal bhat tarkari (commonly called – dal bhat power 24 hour). In addition, you can also have eggs, omelettes, pieces of bread, fruits. Please don’t expect restaurant dishes here at Manaslu. Before complaining about the price of foods, coffee, beers please think a while, how long they have to carry these to provide you. They have to come down and up just to serve you.

Guides and Porters

Guides: Government of Nepal have made compulsory to take a guide to trek in Circuit Trek of Manaslu or other restricted area routes. Before hiring a guide, talk with him about his experience. It’s always good to have a companion. Else, you may be lost in bushes. The guides will assist you in finding good hotels, foods and taking you safely.

Porters: If you cannot carry a backpack or do not want to carry then hire a porter. He will carry your bag up to 20kg. So, you can walk freely. You may have to carry foods, bags and other trekking equipment. So, we recommend to trek with a guide and porter who will be a great companion during your trip.

Money

There are neither money exchange office nor ATM on Trekking route of Manaslu Circuit. So it’s better to carry sufficient cash with you. Keep some extra money if in case you love to give tips and donations.

Books and Maps

Books and Maps are easily available in Pokhara and Kathmandu Book Stores. Trekking with Ammonite Adventures, we will provide free maps if you need. Generally, you can find maps of all regions of Nepal produced by Himalayan Map house which costs you only Rs.400-500.

Day 1
Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (Drive)

Drive: By Bus ( 10 hrs)

Altitude: 700m

Accommodation: Tea House

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Enjoy Village Side on Bus

Day 2
Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

Trek: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 900m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Rocky and Narrow path trekking

2. Amazing countryside views

3. Enjoy waterfalls, rivers, high cliffs

4. Gurung and Ghale Inhabitants’ Culture and Traditions

Day 3
Trekking to Jagat

Trek: 8 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 1370 m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Cross Budhi Gandaki Suspension Bridge

2. Spend Time in ‘Hot Water’ Tatopani

3. Explore Gurung Village

Day 5
Trek to Deng

Trek: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 1804m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Enjoy dense sub-tropical

2. Climb rocky bridge to Salleri

3. Enjoy unhabituated George

4. Walk through rhododendron, Himalayan pine forest, and hanging rocks. Cross Siyar Khola Bridge

Day 6
Trek to Namrung

Trek: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 2630m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Enjoy Manaslu Conservation Area

2. Vintage view of snow-capped Siringi Himal

3. Dense Lush Forests

Day 7
Trek to Sama Gaun

Trek: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: TeaHouse

Altitude: 3530m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Lihi Village – Explore Stupas and Barley Terraces

2. Siring Viewpoint

3. Extraheartening views of Simnang Himal, Himal Chuli, Manaslu Glacier and Ganesh Himal

Day 8
Sama Gaun to Samdo

Trek: 4 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 3875m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Descend to Budhi Gandaki River

2. Mountain Views and get close to Tibetan Border

3. Walk along Birch Forest

Day 9
Spend a day in Samdo

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 3875m

Visit: 5-6 Hours

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. See Lophophorous (National Bird of Nepal)

2. Magnificent views of Manaslu along with Hiunchuli, Cheo, Ngadi, Simrang and more

Day 11
Samdo to Dharmasala

Trek: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 4460m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Seasonal Tibetan Larke Bazar

2. Pass wooden bridge

3. Witness Larke glacier

Day 12
Dharamsala – Larkye La Pass

Trek: 7-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 5160m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Beautiful view of Cho Danda and Larke Peak

2. Glacier Lakes

3. Wide range of flora and fauna

4. Awesome valleys to capture

Day 13
Trek to Tilije

Trek: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 2300m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Great mountain views

2. Cross Dudh Khola

3. Walk in rhododendron forest

Day 14
Trek to Tal

Trek: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 1700m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Pass Mani Wall

2. Visit Thonje Village

Day 15
Tal to Syanje

Trek: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Altitude: 1080m

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Attraction:-

1. Cross Chamje Village

2. Framing terraces on both side on the road

3. Walk in Rhododendron and pine forests

Day 16
Bus to Kathmandu

Drive: 7-8 Hours

Attraction:-

1. Travel in bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers

2. Drive by beautiful villages

3. Shopping and Departure or Extend holidays

Trek Cost Includes

  • The cost of the Manaslu Round trek is about $950. This price includes the following services. Your cost of trekking depends upon the services you choose.
  • Get or Drop-off administration from and to Airport(in our very own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Nourishment up and down the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and some espresso or tea) and housing amid the trek in lodgings with family condition
  • Transportation, nourishment, convenience and protection of Guide amid the outing
  • Down coat, all-season portable bed, duffel pack and trekking map(in case in the event that you don't have your own. Down coat, camping bed and duffel pack must be returned after fruition of the outing)
  • Emergency treatment Medical Kit(Your guide will convey the Medical Kit however we additionally encourage to bring yourself for your very own utilization, beyond what many would consider possible)
  • All the required licenses and desk work

Cost Excludes

  • Universal Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Lodging Expenses(In Kathmandu, a few bundles do incorporate inn costs)
  • Your movement and therapeutic protection
  • Individual Expenses, for example, shopping, bar bills, hot shower, phone, clothing, titbits and so on
  • Sustenance and lodging in Kathmandu
  • Administrations not referenced or not guaranteed by the operator/office
  • Crisis costs, for example, costs on sanctioned helicopter.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is Manaslu?

Manaslu is moderately difficult Trek. You should have a good level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience for this trek. Its difficulty is rated 7.5 out of 10.

How long is Manaslu Trek Distance?

The Trek starts from Arughat and ends to Syanje. During this trek, you will cover about 177 KM. We will make a full circuit (or circle) to Manaslu Himal.

What are Major Attraction of Trek?

The main reasons to make Manaslu Circuit Trek are Eye-Catching views of the Himalayas, Challenging Larkye La Pass, Remote Lifestyles, High elevation freshwater, and lakes, restricted area, Manaslu Conservation Area and more.

How is the day in Larkye La Pass?

Start of Larkye La Pass is quite cold. However, It gets hot as we go inside the pass. It is clear. But, there is deep snow which may make your walk difficult.

How were the accommodation in Manaslu? Were you able to get your own room?

Yes, you will get always a personal room in your trek. Due to restricted are trekking, there will be really less number of tourists. So, you will get good accommodation and a private room during the trip.

Where do you start and end this trip?

This circuit trek actually starts from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. However, the actual trek begins from Jagat and ends in Syanje.

Annapurna Base Camp vs Manaslu Circuit, which one is better?

Better? Depends upon your criteria like Budget, Time, Altitude, Scenery, Adventure, Difficulty Level, Danger and more. Manaslu is quite hard but less crowdy. Manaslu is more adventurous than Annapurna BC. Moreover, the Manaslu Circuit Trek costs much cheaper than ABC. Manaslu is a good alternative to Annapurna Base camp. However, Annapurna is rich in glandular views than Manaslu.

Do I need a porter?

Whether you want to hire a porter or carry your own gear is entirely up to you. Generally, porter charges $20/day. If you have a budget it’s better to hire a porter, you can enjoy a trek freely.

These are the basic Manaslu Circuit Trekking gears everyone should carry. These are compulsory. You can either buy or rent it in Thamel, Kathmandu. But be sure these trek equipment are with you.

  • Trekking Pole
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Sunscream
  • Trekking Boots and Socks
  • Trekking Trouser
  • T-Shirts
  • Gloves
  • Tissues and Toilet Rolls
  • Torch Light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Underwear and Inner Wears
  • Water Bottles etc.

Trip Reviews
5 stars
- based on3 reviews
  1. Lifetime Experience
    Julie R Corman2nd September, 2019

    Great experience with Ammonite Adventures. Bishal was a perfect guide. Mny thanks for everything, all discussions and hospitality. Everything went correct as we discussed. Again thanks for making my trip memorable.
  2. Best Service Ever Got
    Jessie Ryder2nd September, 2019

    I was in search of the best Manaslu Trek providers and google suggested me Ammonite Adventures. Later I searched more about Ammonite and thought to book a trip with them seeing their beautiful reviews in TripAdvisor. I trekked with guide Jerry and he was really interesting guide. The price was nominal and service was great. Thank you Krishna for making my trip to Nepal wonderful!
  3. Best Price, Better Service
    Albert Guisan2nd September, 2019

    This trek with Ammonite Nepal was really amazing. They gave me wonderful services at nominal price. They were very comfortable with the itinerary. I recommend all to get served from Ammonite, you won't regret.

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Trip Facts

  • Bus
  • 1-12 People
  • 5125 m
  • Strenuous
  • 12 - 22 Days
  • September, October, April, May