Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Area: Manaslu, Gorkha
  • Trip Style: Adventure/Active
  • Age Group: 12+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Fully Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 5135m
  • Best Season: March-May and Sep-Nov
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Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal

The Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal and a very good alternative to the Everest and Annapurna regions. But before you set off on your Manaslu Circuit trekking adventure you should know this is a challenging trek, not for beginners and also not one you can do alone. In order to do this trek you need to go with a Manaslu Circuit trek guide – that is one that is fully qualified, registered and experienced.

As far as number of days are concerned, you can do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 12 days or more usually it is a 14 day Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Location of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

This trek is situated south west of Kathmandu, with its start point at Soti Khola. Leaving the Kathmandu Valley by bus or private vehicle as if you were going towards Pokhara, you turn off at Dhading. The trekking area falls within the Manaslu Conservation Area with its wonderful flora and fauna. Also falling within a restricted area it means that the wildlife and landscapes are in pristine condition, mainly because access is limited to a certain number of groups joining the Manaslu Circuit Trek every year. If you want to know what it was like trekking in Nepal 40 years ago, here is your opportunity.

Manaslu Circuit Trek – the Best Time

As with most of the treks in Nepal the best time to go is autumn or spring, that is September/ October/ November and March/ April/ May.

You do not want to go in the winter are the conditions become very harsh and the Larke Pass is closed due to snow. Some of the teahouses may also be closed. If trekking in the spring, keep in mind in the lowland sections, the weather will be very warm by late spring. Autumn is ideal as the temperatures are good, and the sky blue with the white mountains very clear against this backdrop.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

through the lowland areas, the landscape is full of rice terraces, then sal forests, cliffs, rivers, including the Budi Gandaki, and waterfalls. The mountains you will see on this trek are Himlung, Annapurna II, and of course Manaslu. At 8,163m, this is the 8th highest mountain in the world. There is a glacial cirque created by several mountains - Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru. The highest point of the trek is heading over the Larkya La Pass at 5,160m. This is extremely challenging and requires getting up before sunrise. Standing on the top of the pass the views before you will rid you of your tiredness: Himlung (7,126m) lies near Tibet, and Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m) lies in the Annapurna Range. Coming down from the Pass there are views of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, including Pongkar Tal (lake).

The people living along this trekking route are mainly Gurung and Ghale. In fact, there are both Nepalis and Tibetan ethic groups in this area. Some are still herders, guiding their mules along the trails. There are signs of Buddhist culture along the way such as mani walls and prayer flags. As far as wildlife is concerned, although this is Snow Leopard territory, it is extremely rare to have a sighting. Easier to spot are monkeys, Blue Sheep, small mammals and dozens of bird species.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

Since this is a restricted area, you cannot trek alone therefore must trek through a proper trekking agency with a minimum of two trekkers and one authorized guide. You will find the Manaslu Circuit Trek all-inclusive cost for 14 days, to be around USD 1,000 per person. This includes accommodation, food, and transport. A guide and porter is also included in this cost. Please note, the inclusive package rate does not include soft and alcoholic drinks, hot showers or the cost of charging your electronics.

Get a Permit for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Certain permits are required for remote and/ or conservation areas. These are not included in the price of your inclusive package. These permits should be obtained before leaving Kathmandu through your trekking agency. Here are the prices:-

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

Cost: September to November USD100 per person for the first 7 days and an additional USD15 per day onwards. December to August it will cost USD75 per person for the first 7 days and USD10 per day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

This permit is required from Philm onward where the Manaslu Conservation Area starts. The price is USD30 year round, and for any number of days you spend inside the conservation area.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

This permit is required from Dharapani until you exit ACAP in Beshi Sahar. It costs USD30 year-round for any number of days you spend inside the ACAP conservation area.

Accommodation on the Best Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are teahouses on this trek which are all quite similar in that they are basic with basic facilities. It is sensible to bring your own sleeping bag. Do not expect an attached bathroom or hot water. If there is hot water, you will have to pay for it.

Food in the teahouses is generally much the same also. Good, filling Nepali/ Indian and Chinese fare. In other words, plenty of rice and noodle dishes. Bring your own snacks for those moments you need something comforting.

Guaranteed Departure Manaslu Circuit Trek with Sublime Treks

If you would like to book this trek with us, Sublime Treks, you can book the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Kathmandu via our website. You can also ask any questions you may have.

Meantime, here is the day-to-day itinerary giving you a breakdown of what to expect each day. Do remember this is a rugged, off-the-beaten-track trek with basic facilities in terms of accommodation. It is, however, a very beautiful trek and not as busy as many of the other treks in Nepal.

Itinerary

Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek 2022, 2023, 2024

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)Altitude: 700m/2296ft, Duration: 7 hrs
  • Day 2:Soti Khola to Maccha KholaAltitude: 930m/3051ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 3:Maccha Khola to JagatAltitude: 1340m/4396ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 4:Jagat to PewaAltitude: 1804m/5918ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 5:Pewa to NamrungAltitude: 2630m/8628ft, Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Day 6:Namrung to LhoAltitude: 2957m/9701ft, Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Day 7:Lho to Sama GaunAltitude: 3530m/11581 ft, Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 8:Acclimatization Day in Samagaun (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)Altitude: 4400m/14435ft, Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 9:Sama Gaun to SamdoAltitude: 3865m/12680 ft, Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 10:Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)Altitude: 5000m/16404 ft, Duration: 8 hours
  • Day 11:Samdo to DharmasalaAltitude: 4460m/14632 ft, Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Day 12:Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La PassAltitude: 5135m/16847ft, Duration: 10 hours
  • Day 13:Bimthang to DharapaniAltitude: 1970m/6463 ft, Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 14:Drive from Dharapani to KathmanduAltitude: 1300m/4265 ft, Duration: 9 hours

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)

  • Max Altitude700m/2296ft
  • AccommodationTea Hosue
  • MealsBLD

Leave Kathmandu by road to reach Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway. It is easier if travelling by private vehicle (depending on the group size) as you need to change bus here. Reaching Soti Khola, stay overnight.

Day 2:Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

  • Max Altitude930m/3051ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Reaching Machha Khola (river) over a rocky trail, the trail then passes through sal forests, cliffs, waterfalls and rivers. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 3:Maccha Khola to Jagat

  • Max Altitude1340m/4396ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Follow the trails along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and through Gurung shepherd villages. The final part of the trail today is a steep three hour climb and a quick visit to a check post who will ensure you have the right paperwork.

Day 4:Jagat to Pewa

  • Max Altitude1804m/5918ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

This is a strong Buddhist area with several gompas (Buddhist temples) and prayer flags. Cross the Siyar Khola bridge before the junction in the trail. This trek heads to Pewa but the trail on the right goes into the Tsum Valley. You can extend your trek by going into the Tsum Valley, but this is something you need to arrange before heading out of Kathmandu.

Day 5:Pewa to Namrung

  • Max Altitude2630m/8628ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

After breakfast, the trail takes us through bamboo forests to a suspension bridge and a bit of a climb. This is a landslide area, so it is important to pay attention to your guide. It is also an area where you may see monkeys if you are lucky. Zigzag to Numrung village where we stay the night.

Day 6:Namrung to Lho

  • Max Altitude2957m/9701ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Here there are more Tibetan influences to see as well as terraces and forests. Heading on to Lo there are Tibetan-style painted gate arches. Here we have wonderful views of Manaslu and Manaslu North. Being at high altitude now, it is important to watch for signs of altitude illness and report these to your guide.

Day 7:Lho to Sama Gaun

  • Max Altitude3530m/11581 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Still at high altitude, it is good this is a short day with amazing views. Walk easily through rhododendron and pine forests with moss covered gullies. In Sama Gaun the mountain views change to views of yak pastures and local life of the Nubri people.

Day 8:Acclimatization Day in Samagaun (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)

  • Max Altitude4400m/14435ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Over 3000 m elevation, our body might show signs of altitude sickness. It needs time to cope with the increasing altitude and decreasing atmospheric pressure and temperature. So we take the acclimatization break in Samagaon to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. However, we can visit nearby places. You can have a short hike to Birendra Lake, You also can explore the village and explore their culture and lifestyles. You will spend your night in Samagaon.

Day 9:Sama Gaun to Samdo

  • Max Altitude3865m/12680 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Still at high altitude this is a short day through yak pastures, a wide valley and a tree-lined ridge. Plenty of bird life can be seen on the trail to Samdo. Arriving in time for lunch, it is possible to explore Samdo Peak in the afternoon if you would like to.

Day 10:Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)

  • Max Altitude5000m/16404 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

This is another day for acclimatization. But by now you know acclimatization doesn’t mean being lazy so we can hike to the Tibetan border where we can see Tibet and Samdo Glacier in Nepal.

Day 11:Samdo to Dharmasala

  • Max Altitude4460m/14632 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

We walk slowly in the high altitude along a rugged trail to the overnight stop.

Day 12:Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

  • Max Altitude5135m/16847ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

Today we get up very very early to cross the Larka La Pass. But by the time to get to the top of the pass with its views of Himlung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II you will feel it was well worth it. You may have to wear micro-crampons depending on the ground underfoot. Coming down the other side of the pass there are views of icefalls and mountains as well as Pongkar Tal. A great glacial cirque is seen from here too.

Day 13:Bimthang to Dharapani

  • Max Altitude1970m/6463 ft
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

The day starts with a downhill hike through forests till we cross the Dudh Kola (river) and have lunch in Karche village. We begin to see signs of agriculture and tilled fields. Our final night on the trek is spent in Dharapani.

Day 14:Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu

  • Max Altitude1300m/4265 ft
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch

Today we take a jeep drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar for 3 hours.  Then it takes around five hours to drive from Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu where we can celebrate having completed this exciting, exhilarating trek.

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What's Included

  • Meals: 
    14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 14 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    All Permits and Entrance Fees
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries

What's not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Accommodation

Lodges in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Lodges in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Lodges Room - Manaslu Circuit Trek

Lodges Room - Manaslu Circuit Trek

Departure Dates & Price

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Start DateStart: MondayDec 12, 2022End DateEnd: SundayDec 25, 2022PricePriceUS$990StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStart: ThursdayDec 15, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayDec 28, 2022PricePriceUS$990StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStart: SundayDec 18, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayDec 31, 2022PricePriceUS$990StatusStatusAvailable
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FAQs

  • No, you can not trek solo in this region as it is a restricted area. There must be at least two trekkers and one has to be a licensed guide according to the Government of Nepal.

  • The network condition is not so good in this area. However, the tea houses you will be staying in have satellite phones for emergency contacts. Some tea houses also offer wifi with an extra charge. You can use the data service of Ncell or Ntc the other time.

Clients Reviews

5.0based on 3 reviews
  • Jenny Sutton
    Jenny SuttonNovember 15, 2017
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    The experience- I would never forget

    The itinerary that Sublime Trails, namely Ram and his team of Porters provided were all that I ever wanted to explore in - trekking on the snowy mountain, homestay on the mountain, visiting Buddhist monasteries, learning the living culture of a Nepal! Being an amateur and a really slow trekker, it was raining and dark on the snowy mountain, I was in awe of appreciation when I saw the Porters walked on the edge of the cold mountain for my best safety!! Every day was ended with a hot bath and a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall...very warm hospitality from the Nepalese indeed! Most of the meals were meat-less, But! Not to worry for meat lovers like me as the resourceful Ram would have a way with all your needs, definitely. We couldn't have completed the 14 days Manaslu trek of the mountain beyond mountain with great Himalayan views without Ram and his Porters, providing 101% of their expertise, patience, commitment and their singing of the Nepalese songs! Thanks, Sublime Trails Team!

  • Laura Dejoni
    Laura DejoniApril 20, 2017
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    3rd Time Manaslu Circuit Trek

    I had trekked with Sublime Trails in the Annapurna Region and the Everest region before. As I love trekking in solitude to really remote places, I asked them for a beautiful trekking destination where there are not many travelers. That is when they suggested the Manaslu Trek for me.

    With very few trekkers in the region, the trails were as fresh as they could be. Modernity had not touched this region. Therefore it felt like I was having a good time in the wilderness of nature. The villages had maintained their authenticity and preserved their ancient culture as well.

    My experience of trekking helped as the Manaslu trek was a tad more difficult than the EBC or ABC trek. The government also requires you to have a guide with you compulsorily. As Sublime Trails told me that this trek is strenuous, I also took a porter with me. Both of them were gentlemen with great trekking experience.

    My stay was arranged in the best lodges in this region. The food was also great. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I am looking forward to go to other peaceful destinations in Nepal in the future with Sublime Trails. If you are interested in trekking in Nepal, I’m sure you will fall in love with the services of Sublime Trails.

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