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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Transportation: Jeep/Bus
  • Max Altitude: Larkya La Pass ( 5125 m )
  • Group-size: 1-5 People
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult
  • Trekking Days: 12 Days
  • Best Time/Months to Trek: September, October, April, May

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you inside the dense forest, encountering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, jaw-dropping landscapes, and finally close experiences with local individuals, and their old culture (untouched by modernized Nepal). Manaslu is right in the heart of the Manaslu Region. It offers all that you dream of for a classic trek in Nepal. You can encounter the tallest mountain, Mt Manaslu, the 8th tallest peak in the world and is also known as the mountain of spirits in Nepal. The highest altitude you reach in the trek is the  Larkya La Pass. It is the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas and reaching 5,125m.

Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Arughat. You can go by bus or jeep to reach Arughat. It takes about 8-10 hours to drive from Kathmandu to Arughat.  We operate the Manaslu Circuit Trek throughout the year. However, it is Autumn and Spring i.e. in September, October, November, March, April, and May when you can get clear views & best weather to enjoy the trek. The whole trek lies in a restricted area of Nepal. Hence, you must have a Restricted Area Permit, MCAP, and ACAP as Manaslu Trek Permits. You should also have a guide for trekking around Manaslu Area.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a kind of moderate trekking. As we are trekking in Manaslu in just 12 days, Altitudes, Walking Distance, Climatic Conditions, and Lack of proper guide, Food, and Accommodation are some common Manaslu Trip difficulties. Be sure you have good physical fitness and proper trek preparation is done. Well, preparation makes this trip quite easier.

Exploring Manaslu Round Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begin with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. We then trek from Arughat to Soti Khola and stay overnight. On the following day, we head towards Machha Khola. We walk through beautiful lush forests, rice terraces, and suspension bridges. We trek for 6-7 hours on the second day to reach Jagat. You can see some white snow peaks from Jagat. There is a hot water spring in Jagat on the way to Deng. You can spend some time in the natural hot spring.

Our continuous trek will take us to Namrung Village. You can see mighty Ganesh Himal views along with Mt. Himalchui. Then we reach Samagoan. It is located at the highest point of Budhi Gandaki Valley. Trekking a bit further, we reach Dharamsala for astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and Larkya peak. You will be amazed by the atmosphere around you.

It’s not over. Next day Larkya La Pass ( 5190m), an amazing viewpoint.Views of 8 different mountains: Cheo, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. Don’t just listen, go and see.

We come down to Tilije from Larkya La. Walking through the beautiful rhododendron forest we reach Tal. From Tal, we trek to Syanje and drive back to Kathmandu. After completion of the trek, we will have a small farewell dinner and we provide you with trip completion certificates.

 

Why you should go to Manaslu in 2023?

Experts say Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the best treks in Nepal. Despite the number of tourist trekking here, it is still remote, off the beaten path, and untouched by modernized Nepal. For providing a lifelong memory this trek takes you around Mt. Manaslu (8167m), the world’s eighth tallest mountain.

  • 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 above 5000m
  • 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.
  • Rich in biodiversity and natural scenery

Manaslu Trek Cost

The Manaslu trekking cost is affected by various factors like the days of trekking, the services you choose, want to join a group or go with a private guide and porter. You can directly contact us for inquiries ( Whatsapp – 9851230809 ). However, Ammonite Adventures is operating Manaslu Trek for just the price of $950/person with almost every facility included. The cost includes all of your travel expenses like insurance, food, accommodation, travel costs, guide, and porter fees. The cost is lowered if you join a group or bring your group. I must say, $950 is nothing in front of such a marvelous trip. Find details about trekking costs.

Cost Includes:

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport
  • Both-way transportation Kathmandu – Arughat – Kathmandu in Tourist Bus.
  • Best possible accommodation in Teahouses
  • All standard meals during the whole 12 days trip
  • Includes Government Licensed experienced and qualified trek Guide and Porter to carry your luggage.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks along the trip
  • Coverage of guides and porter’s meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and gear.
  • All the required paperwork, local taxes, and expenses.
  • Trek Completion Certificate.
  • Farewell dinner.

Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare Charges
  • Visa Fees to enter Nepal
  • Food and Accommodation before the trek starts and after the trek ends
  • Your travel and medical insurance required for trekking
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Trekking Gears and Equipments ( You can arrange if necessary )
  • Tips for guides and porters are not included ( it is not compulsory, but we recommend it)
  • Services not mentioned or not promised in Includes will be regarded as cost excludes

Manaslu Trek Permits

Manaslu is inside a restricted area of Nepal, which means you’ll require a trekking permit to get on this trip. The solo trek is not permitted, where a base gathering size of two individuals is required. You should go with a guide. You need 3 Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits: Restricted Area Permit, ACAP, and MCAP.

  1. Restricted Area Permit
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Restricted Area Permit

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs USD 100 for each individual for the main week. While you need to pay an extra USD 15 for each individual every day. This rate holds from the long periods of September to November. From December to August, Restricted Area Permit costs USD 75 for every individual for the main week. While you pay an extra USD 10 for every individual for each day after the initial seven days.

Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit

As we trek in Manaslu Conservation Area, we should have MCAP. Despite months and the number of days, protection region licenses are equivalent. The MCAP permit costs Nepali money 200 for SAARC nationals and Rs. 3000 or USD 30 for different nationals.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

While trekking, we do walk in Annapurna Conservation Area. So, we should have Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit as well. ACAP Permit charge NRs 3000 or USD 30 for tourist from other than SAARC countries.

You can get all the permits from the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu by showing your passport. You can check for the permits anytime on the route. Hence, we recommend you carry your passport. insurance and these documents along with you during the whole trip. Without a permit, you cannot go to Manaslu.

The trekking permits of Manaslu are the same for either 7 days Manaslu Trek or 12 days Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Related: Around Permits

Manaslu Trek Best Time

Manaslu trek is feasible to do throughout the year. Each season has its very own advantages and challenges but simply, October to May (the dry season) is best and the worst time is June to August (the rainy season). September to November is the ideal time for trekking as it offers Fresh Air, superb mountain scenery, and warm weather. December, January, and February is still good months to visit. However, a cold temperature below 0 degrees may cause some trouble. During March, April, and May, it’s been dry for so long, and due to dust, the visibility of the mountain may be poor. And you cannot enjoy the mountain views and are compensated by wonderful rhododendron forest.

Autumn(September – October – November)

Autumn is regarded as the best time for trekking in Nepal. Hence, the best time for Circuit Trek. A number of tourists visited Nepal during this period. Moderate temperature and low precipitation provide the best conditions for trekking in Autumn ( September, October, and November ). During Autumn, the temperature is about 12 degree Celsius in the daytime. However, nights are quite colder. You can enjoy clear mountain views in September, October, and November.  Autumn is the time when the biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, and Tihar are celebrated in Nepal.

Related: How is Manaslu in October?

Spring ( March – April – May )

Circuit Trek in Spring is perfect for the tranquillity and amazing scenery. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. You can see amazing Mt. Manaslu views. It is time when flowers start to bloom. Basically rhododendron. Different colors of rhododendron make the forest looks amazing. The temperature drops below zero degrees Celcius at night. But, You will have a cool day.

Related: Manaslu Treks during Spring Season

Winter ( December – January – February )

Winter is not a famous time for trekking. The route along the 12 days of Manaslu treks will be extremely cold during Winter. In Jan, Feb there is a chance of heavy snowfall at high altitudes. It will make surround damn cold. However, the days are warm and you can see the clear sky. Manaslu Hike is in challenging itself and in case of Winter snow makes this trek more tougher. This is a kind of extreme adventure and is only recommended for experienced trekkers.

Summer ( June – July – August )

Summer is also regarded to be not a good time for treks. As there is rainfall during these months, your route can be slippery and wet. The trek can be dangerous and we can not reach beautiful Larkya La. However, with proper trekking equipment and good experience, you can conclude Manaslu Circuit in Summer as well. But the start of summer (June) can be a good time to trek, just before the rain starts.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu moderately challenging trek. You need to have a good level of fitness and experience before trekking. However, anybody with fundamental wellness and assurance can trek effectively. Generally, it is a long trek. You ought to consider the realities like distance, height, food, accommodation, and climate conditions

Distance

As we walk ups and downs for 12 days at the pace of 5-7 hours a day, just imagine how fit you should be. Walking non-stop in Manaslu for 12 days is quite tiring. So we arrange a trip giving you proper rest. If you do not have a walking habit, we recommend doing minor exercises before the course. This makes you habitual to walking and there is less chance of muscle pain.

Altitude

Altitude Sickness is the main problem of first-time trekkers. You may feel difficulties in breathing. As we hike above 3500m altitude, you should be aware of it. You may feel difficulty breathing, nausea, and dizziness. if felt so, stop walking and descend back. To be away from it, keep yourself hydrated and walk slowly, don’t force yourself 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

Every night, you’ll be remaining in teahouses kept running by the nearby networks along the 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

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 hours). Also, you can have eggs, omelets, pieces of bread, and fruits. Please don’t expect restaurant dishes here at Manaslu. Before complaining about the price of food, coffee, and beers please think for a while, about 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: The government of Nepal has made it compulsory to take a guide to restricted areas. 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 assist you in finding good hotels, and food and take you safely.

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

[  Trekking Challenges and Tips to trekking in the circuit ]

Manaslu Trek 2023 Update: NTB has made it compulsory to take a guide to Trek in the Manaslu Region of Nepal along with other trails for the safety of travelers and responsible tourism. Read More

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days Itinerary

Counted as a truly great Himalayan Expedition, the Manaslu Trek itinerary starts from Kathmandu after arranging necessary trekking equipment and required permits. If you are searching for the best itinerary to trek, then this is best designed 12 days itinerary for you. The trek starts from Soti Khola after 7 hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. It is just a recommended itinerary. Hence, we are comfortable customizing the itinerary as per your interest.

Day 1Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (Drive)

Drive: By Bus ( 10 hrs)
Altitude: 700m
Accommodation: Tea House
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
5. Scenic views from bus

Day 2Machha Khola 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 3 Jagat 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. Walkthrough rhododendron, Himalayan pine forest, and hanging rocks. Cross Siyar Khola Bridge

Day 4Deng 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 Siring Himal
3. Dense Lush Forests

Day 5Namrung 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 6Sama 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 7 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 8Dharamsala – 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 9Trek 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 10Tilije to Tal

Trek: 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Tea House
Altitude: 1700m
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Attraction:-
1. Pass Mani Wall
2. Visit Village

Day 11Tal 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 12Bus to Kathmandu

Day 14: Bus to Kathmandu

Drive: 7-8 Hours
Attraction:-
1. Travel in the bank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers
2. Drive-by beautiful villages
3. Shopping and Departure or Extend holidays

Trekking Gears

These are the basic Manaslu 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. Books and Maps are easily available in Pokhara and Kathmandu Book Stores. While trekking with Ammonite Adventures, we 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.

  • Trekking Pole
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking Boots and Socks
  • Trekking Trouser
  • T-Shirts
  • Gloves
  • Tissues and Toilet Rolls
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Underwear and Inner Wears
  • Water Bottles etc.
Trek Route Map

Manaslu-Trek-map

FAQ

Q1Is there facility to charge batteries?

Yes, most of the places in Manaslu have power. You can charge your mobile or camera batteries. You have to pay some amount to charge. And you should carry a charger by yourself.

Q2Are there ATMs along the trip?

No, there are no ATMs after Arughat. You have to change your foreign currency to Nepalese. You can only change cash in Kathmandu. However, can use ATM in Arughat and Dhading.

Q3Is it necessary to hire Guides?

Yes. Manaslu lies in the restricted area. You can not get permits to Manaslu without a guide. You should hire a guide. Guides fees range from $25 to $30 per day.

Q4How many trekkers will be in my group?

The number of trekkers varies in a group. In maximum, we only take 6 trekkers at a group with a guide. However, you can hire a private guide too. Trekking in the group will be cheaper than hiring a personal guide and porter.

Q5Where can I exchange money in trek?

You can exchange money only in Kathmandu. There is no way to change your money in Manaslu Region and places around.

Q6Is there weight limit of luggage?

Yes. If you join a group. 2 trekkers will be assigned a porter. Shared porter can carry only 10kg of weighing each. In total 20kg. You can hire a personal porter as well who can carry 25kg of your personal luggage. You can leave unnecessary items at our office. It will be kept safe.

Q7Do I need Travel Insurance before trekking?

There is no compulsion for insurance. However, we recommend you to make travel insurance. It will cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses in case of an emergency. Who knows, anything can happen. But, our guides are well trained to take and return you back safely. In the case of extremities, insurance will be helpful.

Q8Is it safe to do Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Ammonite Adventures promises to safety, security, and satisfaction. Our members will carry the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. They are well trained for basic first-aid use. We try to provide safe trekking in Manaslu. In the case of the route, there is no danger to death except Larkya La Pass.

Q8Which is the best time of the year to trek around?

Autumn and Spring are the best time of year to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. During these months, weather and temperature remains moderate, there is no chance of rain and you can enjoy the clear mountain views.

Q9How long should I trek each day?

You have to walk about 5-7 hours a day. The route is up and down. So, having sound physical fitness is must.

Q10Should I have permits before starting trek?

Yes. You can not trek in Manaslu without a permit. You should have the following permits before trekking:

Restricted Area Permit
Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Q11Do you provide pickup/drop from/to Airport?

Unlike other travel agencies, we believe in providing a memory. We will come to welcome you at airport and take care of you until we drop you to airport.

Q12Are porters and guides insured?

We have done insurance of our porters and guides. We take care of our employees and their safety.

Q13How is accommodation there?

Since Manaslu is remote trek, you will have a tea house as accommodation. Teahouses offer two single bed in a room. Room is shared. Toilets are outside the room. You can not get a hot shower. However, wifi and power is available. You have to pay extra amount for charging your devices or using wifi.

Q14Is drinking water along the Manslu trail safe to drink?

You can see a number of places for drinking water. However, they may or may not be safe to drink. We carry a water purifying tablet. You can use that to drink water. In teahouses, you can get boiled water as well. Boiled water charges you some extra charge.

Q15Can I buy trekking gear in Nepal?

Yes, you can buy trekking gear in Thamel, Kathmandu. You can either buy or take them in rent. Our staff can take you to either places as per your interest.

Q16How is the temperature like?

The temperature varies from time to time. In Spring, the temperature is 4 to 18-degree Celcius. In Autumn, it is -2 to 10-degree Celcius. The winter offers the coldest temperature below 0 degrees Celcius.

Q17How to avoid altitude sickness?

To avoid Altitude Sickness you can:
– Walk Slowly
– Keep Yourself hydrated
– Drink Garlic Soup
– Avoid Alchohol
to be away from Altitude Sickness. If felt symptoms, please stop and do not climb up.

Q18How much extra money should I take?

Ammonite Adventures try to include all the expenses during the trek. However, you may like to do shopping, charge your device, take hot showers or use wifi. These charges are not included. If you want all these services. It’s better to take 200$ extra for such charges and things you may like to buy. However, you can complete whole trip with 0$ extra amount.

Q19What is Resticted Area Trekking?

Manaslu lies in the restricted area of Nepal. Restricted areas are remote trekking trails to visit where you should have special permits and documents. It is not totally forbidden. There are some historical and religious places that should be kept safe and routes are remote. So, going to such a place you need special permits and can not trek alone.

Q20Is Manaslu Best in 2023?

Manaslu Trek will be a lifetime experience. You can enjoy unique cultures, and traditions, and witness mesmerizing views of mountains.

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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!

December 11, 2019
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