Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 18 Days   |   Based on 3 Reviews

Manaslu Circuit trek also popularly known as Manaslu Base Camp trek is a tea-house trek, yet, still being remote, this area is a comparatively less trekked region in Nepal. Unfortunately, the Manaslu region does not involve flights and the roadways haven’t reached the trekking trails yet. Manaslu 8160 m, stands isolated without crowds of people surrounding it. Comparable in many respects with the Annapurna trekking, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes place in the lower traffic Valley. With the recently built lodges on the trails that lead to Manaslu, this trek has slowly become famous, familiar and popular among adventurers. As you get towards a natural setting of an amphitheater, the Gompa monastery of Sama which is at the foot of Manaslu marks the entry into Buddhist territory. Larkya La passes 5135 m, the highlight of the route has a gentle ascent, before diving sharply deep to reach the lower valleys. Beautiful panoramas of mountain peaks and vistas, villages inhabited by a variety of ethnic groups are few of the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world, it lies proud and high close to the border with Tibet, some 120 km northwest of Kathmandu. Only after a few years into the nineties, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were open for foreigners to visit. The Manaslu circuit trek sees relatively few trekkers compared to the established trekking routes, however, the whole circuit of Manaslu over the Larke La pass is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination in Nepal. The Manaslu Circuit trek commences either in the town of Arughat Bazaar or Gorkha Bazaar and ends in Besisahar, which also happens to be the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.

The Manaslu Circuit trek is an amazing trek bestowing you with breathtaking views of the Manaslu, as you walk through authentic Hindu and Tibetan – style villages inhabited by indigenous villagers. We start at a rather low elevation, trekking through green countryside’s, and passing by villages inhabited by Hindus. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages, which cluster aesthetically beneath Manaslu’s sweeping north face. Eventually, the trail takes us to Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From this point on, the trail heads towards the west and crosses the Larke la pass 5160m, a classic and tough route linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsayangdi valley. A number of descents pass through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang, before joining the main Annapurna circuit route and heading to the trail's end at Besisahar.

We have carefully put together a tailor-made itinerary below, which is one of the many possibilities. Upon your request, the trek can be longer or shorter, depending on the length of your trekking days. We can organize the Manaslu Circuit trek by either camping or doing it as a tea-house trek. Hence, feel free to choose whether you want to camp or stay at the local tea-house/ guesthouses.

Book this trip or make an inquiry

For INSTANT BOOKING or QUICK ENQUIRY, please call us now +977 9851036844 (Ram Kumar) 24 hours available on WhatsApp or send us an email at alpineecotrek@gmail.com for the best price and detailed itinerary of the trek. 

Highlights

  • Embark on a classic trek around Mount Manaslu, explore less less trekked area, alpine meadows and Tibetan-style villages and cross Larke La pass
  • Enjoy the less crowded trek that does not involve flights and the road has not yet affected trails

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1,350m):
  • Day 02Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or free day on your own:
  • Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), 8 to 9 hours:
  • Day 04SotiKhola – Macche Khola (900m), 6 to 7 hours:
  • Day 05Macche Khola – Jagat (1,420m) 6 to 7 hours:
  • Day 06Jagat – Deng (1,805m), 6 to 7 hours:
  • Day 07Deng – Namrung (2,640m), 6to7 hours:
  • Day 08Namrung – Samagoan (3,525m), 6 to 7 hours;
  • Day 09Samgaon – Pungyen Gompa – Samagaon, 6 to 7 hours:
  • Day 10Samagaon – Samdo (3,860m), 4 to 5 hours:
  • Day 11Rest Day in Samdo:
  • Day 12Samdo – Dharamasala – Larkya Base camp (4,450m), 4 to 5 hours:
  • Day 13Dharamsala – Larkya la (5,160m) – Bimthang (3,720m), 8 to 9 hours:
  • Day 14Bimthang – Tiliji (2,300m), 5 to 6 hours:
  • Day 15Tilije – Tal (1,700m), 5 to 6 hours:
  • Day 16Tal – Syange (1,080m), 6 to 7 hours:
  • Day 17Syange – Kathmandu (1,350m), 8 to 9 hours:
  • Day 18Final Departure:
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • All airport-hotel transfers by a private vehicle.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guest house or local lodges accommodation during trekking in the mountains.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • All necessary staff with experienced guide and porters (one porter for two trekkers basis) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • All necessary paper works; special trekking permits for Manalsu and M CAP fees.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking Map (Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Exclusive Medical Kit bag.
  • Our service charge and all government taxes.
     
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
02 Jan, 2021 - 19 Jan, 2021Available$1180 USD
06 Jan, 2021 - 23 Jan, 2021Available$1180 USD
12 Jan, 2021 - 29 Jan, 2021Available$1180 USD
18 Jan, 2021 - 04 Feb, 2021Available$1180 USD
23 Jan, 2021 - 09 Feb, 2021Available$1180 USD
26 Jan, 2021 - 12 Feb, 2021Available$1180 USD
Request a Private Date

Useful Information

The Manaslu region has a variety of trekking options. One of them is the Manaslu circuit trek which begins at the Arughat Bazaar and ends two to three weeks later in Besisahar, which also happens to be the starting point of the Around Annapurna trekking (also known as Annapurna Circuit trek). Until recently the trek in this region required camping, but recently built tea-houses allow trekkers to spend the night at these tea houses. The trek requires a special permit which must be issued by a trekking company like us.

What is the best season for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Standing tall as the eighth highest mountain in the world Mt. Manaslu is becoming more and more popular amongst trekkers in Nepal. Alpine Eco Trek organizes an amazing Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal highlighting this incredible Himalayan Mountain. For those who are wondering what the best season for the Manaslu Circuit trek is. Spring and autumn are it for clear skies and views. The trails are most accessible and the mountain pass of Larke La is open. 

Do you want to do the Manaslu Circuit trek during autumn or fall?

One of the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal will be autumn. Starting from somewhere mid-September and ending late December the autumn season is perfect for the Manalsu Circuit trek. Although a bit colder than the spring season, the days are still warm and excellent for trekking. Heading on higher towards the Larke La mountain pass it gets colder so keep that in mind while trekking the Manaslu Circuit trek. Do you want more info about the autumn trekking season in Nepal? Don’t hesitate and contact our Alpine Eco travel team at alpineecotrek@gmail.com.

Do you want to do the Manaslu Circuit trek during the spring season?

A perfect time to explore around the Manaslu region will be in spring. The months' March, April, and May give perfect views of the Himalayas and the entire region is lush green and full of life! During this incredible Manaslu Circuit trek, we visit also the local villages, and spring season is ideal as the farmlands are filled with wheat and give that real out of city feel. 

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal?

With the highest point of the trek being Larke La at 5,160 meters, the Manaslu Circuit trek is categorized as moderate to difficult. While not advisable to do as your first trek, if you want to do the Manaslu Circuit trek, serious altitude training is strongly advised. With daily elevation gains of over 500 meters, AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is the most difficult part of this amazing trek in Nepal. With rocky slopes and strenuous climbs, our Alpine Eco trekking team also advises doing some endurance training one month before undergoing the Manalsu Circuit trek. This way you get to enjoy the best of the trek and experience the Himalayas around Mt. Manaslu. Do you need more info about the Manaslu Circuit trek difficulty, then don’t hesitate and contact our Alpine Eco travel team at alpineecotrek@gmail.com.

What type of fitness do I require to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Alpine Eco Trek strongly advises having built-up stamina to fully enjoy the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal. Being a more difficult trek than the famous Everest Base Camp trek, we do recommend to practice some kind of altitude training. As a novice trekker, it is possible to do the Manaslu Circuit trek but be sure to increase your fitness and be in good shape.

What is our accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

In Kathmandu:

Starting off in Kathmandu with an educational sightseeing tour, our accommodation will be more luxurious then during the trek. We stay at the standard hotel in Thamel, the tourism center point of Kathmandu. Amazing hotels, great service, and peaceful gardens. With nice rooms and comfortable beds Alpine Eco Trek books you on BB bases during your stay in Kathmandu. This way you get to enjoy the delicacies of the surrounding restaurants in the evenings and in the morning relaxing at the hotels' peace garden with a hearty breakfast. 

During the Trek:

As we head to a remote area we will be staying in local guest or teahouses, this provides sustainability to the area and helps to improve the development of the region. The Manaslu region is mostly populated with Tibetan style cultures and staying in the local villages increases that Himalayan experience. During the Manaslu Circuit trek, we leave the comfort of the cities behind and get ready for a Himalayan adventure. The guest houses are clean, simple and with a sharing bathroom. Alpine Eco Trek does recommend bringing a sleeping bag with you for extra hygiene. All meals are included in the Manaslu Circuit trek.

What type of meals can I expect during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

During the Manaslu Circuit trek, all meals are included. With a standard breakfast in the morning, a packed lunch during the trek and a delicious dinner at the guesthouse in the evening. During the trek, we spent the nights and mornings in local guests or teahouses. Fresh food will be prepared and usually consists of a traditional Nepali dish. Rice, vegetables, lentil soup, and a spicy pickle sauce. Although it is also possible to order from the menu in the guesthouses, we do recommend not ordering any meat items during the trek as conservation facilities are not up to the norm in the remote areas. For gluten-free meals, you can always pack some items before leaving Kathmandu to be prepared during the trek.

Do I require travel insurance for the Manalsu Circuit Trek?

Whenever you undergo an adventure activity such as trekking in Nepal, travel insurance is an absolute must. As the trek is safe and good guided by our Alpine Eco Trek team accidents can happen. Being in remote areas without road access the only means of emergency evacuation will be by helicopter and without any type of travel insurance will become very expensive. Furthermore, during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it happens that trekkers are grounded due to Acute Mountain Sickness and evacuation is required. Being still in development Nepal does not yet have travel insurance facilities for foreigners. That’s why we do advice to get your insurance before departing to Nepal and leaving a copy with your next of kin just to be safe. Make sure the insurance policy covers at least emergency helicopter rescue and any other activities involving trekking in high altitudes.

Are there any safety measures while doing the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Safety is one of the main focus points during any trek organized by Alpine Eco Trek. Before departing to our trekking start point a detailed trekking briefing will be held in Kathmandu explaining all the safety rules during the trek. With over 20 years of experience in the field, our dedicated team takes great care of you and your safety during the Manaslu Circuit trek. Holding an acclimatization day before heading to the Larke La Pass and trekking on your pace with ample rest stops on the way is how we operate to prevent AMS. The trails during the Manaslu Circuit trek can get rocky and steep but with the help of our team and following our safety regulations we are sure to make this a memorable trek in Nepal for you.

What is the normal group size during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Up to 20 persons will be the normal group size during the Manalsu Circuit trek with Alpine Eco Trek. Having the policy; smaller groups, better service, we take great care in not overloading our trekking team. This gives room to provide an even better service to every individual trekker. With a minimum of 2 to a maximum 20 trekkers per group, our guides can easily handle everybody’s needs and give assistance without disturbing the entire group. This way everybody can fully enjoy this incredible Manaslu Circuit trek. With the option of trekking in a private group or choosing our group joining options, all our trekkers can get their own experience.  

Private Trips or Group Joining

Private groups’ means not being put with random strangers to fill up one trekking group. Instead, you get to trek with only your booking and experience the Manaslu Circuit trek with only familiar faces. You can fill up your own group from 2 to 20 persons with one guide and assistant guides depending on your group size. Got interested to trek privately just prompt for the private option during your booking of the Manaslu Circuit trek.
Another great way of experiencing this exciting Manalsu Circuit trek is to do group joining. With various departure dates set we can let you join up with trekkers from over the world to fill up one group. This is a great chance to meet new people and make lifelong friends while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. Group joining is ideal for any age category and during your booking you can let us known if you want to join a girls or boys only group or mixed. Have look at our fixed departures and dates during your booking of this amazing Manaslu Circuit trek.

How is a trekking day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek filled?

As stated in the above section, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a bit more difficult than some other treks in Nepal. With average daily trekking hours from 5 to 8 hours, most days will be filled with trekking from morning to late afternoon. To provide an even better service during this trek our Alpine Eco Trek team gives a daily wake-up call between 6 am and 7 am. This allows you to wake up in peace and enjoy your breakfast while our porters start packing. Heading out as early as possible is important to get even better views as in the afternoon it can get cloudy. Lunch will be taken on the way to designated spots with great views. After arriving at the guesthouse during dinner our Alpine Eco Trek guide goes with you over the next day plan. Being well informed about tomorrow we end the day with a good night sleep to get ready for our next day of trekking.

What type of guide do I require during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Alpine Eco Trek provides government licensed and fluent English speaking trekking guides during the Manaslu Circuit trek. As the area is mostly inhabited by Tibetan villages with their own cultures and traditions being well informed during the trek is always a better way to enjoy and understand the Himalayan lifestyles. Our trekking guides have many years of experience and take great care in guiding you safely through the Manaslu Circuit.

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

Normal trekking gear will be sufficient to successfully complete the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal. Alpine Eco Trek does advise bringing some warm clothes and jackets for our crossing of the Larke La Pass. Traversing through snowy trails can get cold without proper clothing! For the rest of the trek good and comfortable trekking shoes, a water bottle, sleep bag, and trekking sticks are advised to bring with you. Most gear or equipment can be found in Thamel from where we depart to start our amazing trek.

Additional Information

Alpine Eco Trek is always available for any type of inquiry related to trekking in Nepal. For more info about Tourist Visa, you can also visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa the official website to apply. Need any other type of assistance or additional information about on arrival instructions, making your holiday longer, passport rules and regulations, latest permit updates please feel free to contact us at alpineecotrek@gmail.com.

Client Reviews

Ram Kumar Adhikari
Talk to Leader
Mr. Ram Kumar Adhikari

+977 9851036844 (Call/Whatsapp/Viber/skype)