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Are you interested in discovering a whole new world beyond the one we now live in by traveling to exotic hills and experiencing magical times? If so, you should definitely consider our Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package.
The Manaslu range is home to some of the world's most remote hiking destinations, offering a variety of adventurous hiking routes and Himalayan explorations. Unlike the EBC Trek, The Manaslu Circuit is less crowded and provides the off-the-beaten trekking experience, With a touch of the Tibetan tradition, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking journey leads you to some of the most remote settlements, the Base camp of Manaslu mountain (8,163m/26,781ft), breathtaking mountain ranges, stunning waterfalls, and captivating monasteries. The Manaslu Circuit trek route is approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles) long. This measurement may slightly vary depending on the specific path you choose and any additional side excursions you undertake along the way.
Considered one of the best trekking destinations, This circuit hiking may emerge as an excellent choice for you if you appreciate Buddhism, as the trail not only showcases the captivating natural beauty but also accentuates the artistic facets of the religion. The journey is adorned with stupas, vibrant prayer flags, and intricately crafted miniature stone Chortens, offering a vivid tapestry of Buddhist culture and spirituality.
The overall circuit is located within the Manaslu region's conservation zone, which so far has preserved nature, wildlife, and habitat. The native tribes have learned to live in harmony with ecology and all of its aspects.
Although the standard itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek trek is 14 days, The duration can range from 10 to 20 days, depending on personal fitness levels and various conditions. If you have a shorter time frame available, we can customize the itinerary accordingly to suit your needs. Please let us know your preferred duration, and we will create a tailored plan for you.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek brings you to isolated regions of Nepal with breathtaking sceneries and delivers all that Manaslu has to offer. Here are several reasons for taking a walk to the Manaslu Circuit:
Manaslu Circuit Trek is full of interesting facts and landscapes, trekking through isolated settlements, mountain passes, and stunning waterfalls will give you a wonderful taste of rural living in the high area. These areas are in their native shape and have not been as much urbanized.
When heading for a Manaslu hike, you need to be mindful of the seasons and what exactly time of year is ideal for Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Hiking Bees advises you to reserve this excursion for the fall and spring seasons.
Through splitting these seasons further, spring lasts from March to May. These are pleasant hiking months because of the milder weather. During this season, the flowers are in full bloom, and the pathway is lined with petals and leaves.
Spring, which lasts from September to November, is the second-optimal season. These months are characterized by vibrant clouds and a refreshing atmosphere.
Trekkers must obtain several permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in order to get entry at the entry point of the trail (Jagat). The most critical is the Restricted Area Permit (RAP), which controls trekker numbers in the sensitive border region.
During the peak season (September to November), the RAP costs USD 100 per week and USD 75 per week during the off-peak season. You can secure it through a trekking agency or the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.
Additionally, the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), costing approximately NPR 3,000 for foreign trekkers, is essential for conservation efforts and covers the entire Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Tsum Valley. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is also required as the trek briefly overlaps with the Annapurna Circuit. It costs around NPR 3,000 and is valid for both regions.
Lastly, the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, TIMS card costs about USD 20. These permits ensure a legal and well-supported trek, preserving both the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region. It's advisable to obtain them in advance to save time and streamline your journey.
The Manaslu Circuit is considered a demanding trek. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this hike, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. First two or three days may be a little bit hard to walk but after that, with proper acclimatization, you will get used to it. The 9th, 10th, and 11th day can be a little bit harder than usual day because these days include high-altitude trekking but as harder the trekking gets you will be rewarded with even better landscapes which will make it worth the walk. As this is a high-altitude trek where you will be reaching up to 5167 meters with unpaved roads, people can have difficulties breathing and walking.
No matter the difficulty level of the trek, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Regular Walks, Meditation, Yoga, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym, and so on.
To successfully undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is important to possess a sufficient level of physical fitness and stamina. A normal physically fit person can easily complete this trek with a proper guide and acclimatization however, commencing preparations for the trek at least 2-3 months in advance is highly advised. Here are some suggested preparations:
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is known for its physical demands, necessitating a good level of fitness and stamina. Initiate your preparations a few months ahead of the trek. Some of the physical preparation you can do include:
Mental preparation is equally essential as physical preparation, especially for the Manaslu Circuit. You should be mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek and be positive and determined throughout the journey. There have been times when beginner trekkers with strong willpower and dedication have completed this trek easily. To be mentally prepared for the Manaslu trek you need to do the following:
Packing for Manaslu Circuit Trekking can be equally challenging and confusing. Many tourists complain that they bring unnecessary stuff, making the bag heavier.
You should plan your trip with warm clothes and comfortable boots for a pleasant hike along with raincoats or umbrellas as the weather in the Himalayan regions is mostly drizzly. When in the journey, we are here to ease your hike with the availability of guides, who will give you directions and porters, who will carry your luggage and oxygen cylinders.
In order to help you pack your essential items and make your process hassle-free, Hikingbees prepared a detailed checklist for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
View the Manaslu Trek Packing List
Hiking Bees is a professional Nepalese trekking company with a team of well-experienced guides, who efficiently run a variety of treks and tours. Locals from the region where you will be hiking serve as our guides and carriers. They are knowledgeable in hike routes and schedules and have received extensive training.
Manaslu Circuit Hiking is unquestionably a fantastic, ideal location for trekkers. For individuals with a specified timeframe, this 14-day journey would be perfect. We also suggest the 23-day Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek or Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek With Thorang La Pass if you're searching for a longer, more demanding alternative with additional tourist routes in the Kathmandu hills.
Hiking bees promises to provide the Manaslu Circuit Trekking at the best price possible so that everybody can get to experience the magical Manaslu on a Budget. We are providing the 14-day Manaslu circuit trek package at a price of 899 USD per person.
So if you want to trek the Manaslu in the cheapest and best way possible you may schedule your upcoming travel with us straight away!!
Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,400 meters)
At the Kathmandu airport's arrival zone, staff from our service will be waiting for you with your nameplate. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu. A description of our arrangements will be provided to you by the hotel when you check in.
Day 2 : Drive to Machha Khola (900 meters/2952 feet)
Prepare yourself for a lengthy drive ahead. Following breakfast at the accommodation, you'll be driven to Kathmandu Buspark, upon reaching the bus park we will catch a local bus to Machha Khola (900 m/ 2952 ft).
Up to Ankhu Khola (Netrawoti River), the journey is pleasant over a blacktopped concrete road. However, after the Netrawoti River, the journey becomes challenging with bumpy roads. Still, the journey will provide some iconic panoramas of Nepal's remote villages and nature. Then, we'll be spending the evening at a lodge in Machha Khola.
Day 3 : Hike to Jagat (1340meters/4395 feet)
The Manaslu area of Nepal is where we begin our hiking experience after breakfast. After crossing the Maccha Khola, we steadily climb to the little town of Khorla Besi (970m) and continue on to the Tatopani (990 m). Following Tatopani, we proceed through a wooded region to Dobhan(1,050m), where we then climb a flight of stone-paved stairs to reach Thado Bharyang.
Our next step is to cross the Budhi Gandaki's west shore and mount a hill. Eventually, we arrive in the settlement of Jagat after taking a lovely route that runs by the river. We will show our ACAP permit at the checkpost of Jagat, We then spent that night at a guesthouse in Jagat (1,340m).
Day 4 : Hike to Deng (2095 meters/6871 feet)
After leaving Jagat, we hike a smooth trail until we reach a substantial bridge all across the Budhi Gandaki River. We proceed over the bridge and continue on to visit the Gurung settlement of Philim (1,570 m), which is dominated by Buddhists. You will also see the Mani walls during your hike to Deng.
From Philim, we travel through thick rhododendron and pine woods to Deng (2095 m), where we will spend the night in a hotel or guesthouse.
Day 5 : Hike to Namrung (2660 meters)
We pass the Budhi Gandaki River and proceed past the village of Deng and its farms. In order to reach Rana (1,910m) and proceed westward into the Budhi Gandaki valley, we climb up to a picturesque route.
On our way to Ghap, we travel through woods and Mani rocks. Following that, we make our way to Prok village (2,397 m) while soaking in some amazing sights of Singri Himal (7,161 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429 m). We now travel along a track that runs beside the river, crossing it often as we pass through the woodland and gompas. To reach Namrung (2,660 m), we must eventually ascend a challenging hill. And we finally spend that evening at a Namrung lodging.
Day 6 : Hike to Lho Gaun (3180 meters/10430 feet)
At Namrung, we have breakfast with a backdrop of beautiful mountains. We travel in the direction of Lho (3,180m) while admiring these mountains' magnificence. Then, we hike a steep trail through a jungle to reach Lihi (2,920m). The flora will begin to alter and become more alpine as you get through Namrung. The area before Namrung is densely populated by Tibetans. Captivating chortens and barley-filled fields are visible in Lihi. Here, you'll catch a sight of Mount Manaslu (8,163m) and the Lho settlement. We'll be visiting a hostel in Lho tonight.
Day 7 : Hike to Samagaon (3520 meters/11480 feet)
We depart from Samagaon (3,520 m) this day and continue our hike. On our trek to Samagaon, we pass via the settlement of Shyla(3,500 m). Today's walk travels through some magnificent scenery with some undisturbed and vivid sights of Mount Manaslu and Naike Peak. We can visit Samagon's renowned Ribung stupa. We then spend that night at a guesthouse in Samagaon.
Day 8 : Refreshment Day at Samagaon (3500 meters/11480 feet)
We don't carry on with our journey today and stop by to sightsee the beautiful landscape of Samagaon. We are resting here to adjust to the increasing elevation as we are currently at a steep altitude and are further traveling to a higher altitude location.
The Manaslu campsite, Pungyen Stupa, and Birendra Lake are our alternatives for the day. You can interact with the locals and share their culture. We make our way back to Samagaon at dusk to spend the night at the same guesthouse.
Day 9 : Hike to Samdo (3875 meter)
We ascend to Samdo(3,875 m) in the early hours after breakfast over a lonely trail. We take a route that goes to Larkya La (5,160 m) by following the Budhi Gandaki River and crossing a bridge. We continue on and climb to Samdo, which is only 4 kilometers away from the Tibetan borderline. Here, we may observe a Tibetan refugee community and enjoy some stunning views of Simnang Himal (6,251 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), and Mount Manaslu (8,163 m) from Cho Danda.
We spend the night in a teahouse in Samdo.
Day 10 : Hike to Dharamshala (4450 meters/14596 feet)
Today, we pass the Budhi Gandaki River and begin our trek towards Dharamshala (4,450 m). We have a stunning peek of the Larkya glacier on the route. When we reach our destination, we have our brunch and then trek to Larkya Phedi to get ready for the trek ahead.
We stay at a lodge in Dharamshala and spend our night there.
Day 11 : Hike to Bhimtang (3590 meters/11775 feet) through Larkya La Pass (5220 meters/ 17122 feet)
We will pass Larkya La (5,160 m) today, the highest peak of our journey, making it the most awaited moment of the Manaslu Circuit Hike. Larkya La is difficult to reach, but if we make a true effort to climb the steady trail, we can make it to the summit. We may take in some beautiful panoramas of mountains including Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Himlung (7,126 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), and others from the summit.
Following a worthwhile ascent to the Larkya La, we return back to Bhimphedi (3,590 m) for walking for almost three hours with some spectacular scenery of icefalls and mountains. Then, we'll be spending the evening at a homestay in Bhimphedi.
Day 12 : Hike to Tilije (2300meters/7544feet)
The route declines to the grasslands after leaving Bhimphedi and proceeds onto a bridge across the Dudh Khola River. We walk across the bridge and resume to walk past farms, valleys, and trees. After that, we swiftly climb to the settlement of Goa (2,515 m).
We carry on with the hill till we arrive in Tilije (2,300 m). Today we stay at a homestay in Tilije.
Day 13 : Hike to Dharapani (1,963 m) and drive back to Kathmandu
After early breakfast, we begin our trek to Thonje village (1,850 m) by descending a stone-paved route alongside a small settlement. On our trip to Dharapani (1,963 m), the junction of the Annapurna Circuit path, we pass through a security check. We board a vehicle (sharing jeep) from Dharapani and are dropped off at Besisahar (760 m).
We catch a different vehicle (local bus) at Besisahar and return to Kathmandu. Then you'll be taken to a hotel in Kathmandu where we will have a farewell dinner and after that, you can spend your own time.
Day 14 : Departure from Kathmandu
This is the day of farewell where you accomplish the journey and leave for your home. Three hours prior to your boarding time, our staff will receive you from your hotel and drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.
We really enjoyed hosting you. Many thanks for having us and safe travels returning home.
How challenging is Manaslu Circuit Trekking?
The Manaslu Circuit is a demanding as well as exciting walk based on the trekking trails and feedback from hikers. Experienced trekkers won't struggle on this walk, but newcomers may encounter some challenges. As this is a high altitude trek with unpaved roads, normal people can have difficulties in breaking and walking. However, there is always a workaround. Beginners may get ready for this hike by adding these practices to their daily routine: Walks in the dusk and at the dawn, Meditation and Yoga, Nutritional diets, Jogging, Going to Gym and so on.
What is the best time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The best time to go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is clear, and the views of the mountains are stunning during this time.
How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trekking?
The Manaslu Circuit Trekking is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. It involves long days of trekking, steep ascents and descents, and crossing high mountain passes. Trekkers need to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the trek.
Do I need a permit for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, all trekkers are required to obtain a special restricted area permit to enter the Manaslu region. You will also need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. You can obtain these permits through a registered trekking agency.
Is it safe to trek in the Manaslu Circuit?
Yes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is generally considered safe. However, like any other trekking route, there are certain risks involved. Trekkers need to be aware of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions. It is also important to follow the instructions of your guide and stay on the designated trail.
What is the accommodation like on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route?
Accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit ranges from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges. The teahouses provide basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, and common toilet. The lodges offer more amenities such as hot showers, attached bathrooms, and Wi-Fi.
Can I customize my itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, you can customize your itinerary according to your preference. However, it is essential to consult with your guide and factor in acclimatization days to avoid altitude sickness.
Typically, Manaslu Circuit Trek can be completed within 12-18 days depending upon the trekkers' preference and pace.
Can I do the Manaslu Circuit trek solo, without a guide?
No, you cannot complete the Manaslu Circuit Trekking alone because it's a restricted area trekking and at least two trekkers are required along with a licensed guide.
on the other hand, according to the new regulations of the government in Nepal, trekking to most of the popular trekking routes now requires a guide compulsorily.
Is fishing possible during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Yes, fishing is possible in the Manaslu Circuit Trek region in Nepal. The Budi Gandaki River, which flows through the Manaslu region, is known for its Snow trout (Asala), and other freshwater fish species. Aside from Budi Gandaki, you can find various other rivers along the route like Machha Khola, Chhote Khola, Yaru Khola, Nauli Khola, and Hulchuk River However, it's essential to be aware of local regulations and permits required for fishing in the area, as well as to practice responsible and sustainable fishing practices to preserve the natural environment.
Additionally, you may want to bring your fishing gear or arrange for a local guide who can provide you with equipment and guidance for fishing during your trek.
What is Manaslu Circuit Trek famous for?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for its breathtaking Himalayan scenery, rich cultural experiences in remote villages, and challenging terrain. It offers a quieter and less crowded alternative to more popular trekking routes, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking an authentic and adventurous trek in Nepal.
For a better idea check out the interesting facts about Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
What should I pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
You should pack warm clothing, trekking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first aid kit, and snacks. It is important to pack light and only carry essential items.
checkout our detailed packing list for Manaslu
How long is Manaslu Trek?
A standard Manaslu Circuit Trek is about 177 kilometers (110 miles) long, and takes 14 days to complete but can be customized according to the trekker's preferences and situations.
What is Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The cost of trekking the Manaslu Circuit can vary based on several factors. On average, the cost can range from $900 USD to $2,500 USD per person for a 14 to 16-day trek. Here's a breakdown of the expenses:
Remember that these are approximate costs and can vary based on the choices you make and the services you opt for. It's advisable to research and book through a reputable trekking agency to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Also, consider that tipping guides and porters are customary in Nepal and are not included in the initial cost estimate.
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While travel insurance is not mandatory for Manaslu Trekking, we at Hikingbees recommend you get one before arriving in Nepal. High-altitude trekking in the Manaslu region is a thrilling experience, but it comes with its share of challenges. From steep terrains to unpredictable weather, being prepared for unforeseen circumstances is very essential during the trek. Travel insurance acts as your safety net, offering financial protection and peace of mind throughout your journey.
Some of the benefits of having travel insurance are:
While travel insurance may not appear to provide significant benefits when not in use, it proves invaluable in numerous ways when you find yourself in need of it, especially in high-altitude treks like Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Solo Trekking in the Manaslu Region is strictly prohibited in Nepal. Since the Manaslu Circuit Trek route lies in a restricted area, you need to obtain special trekking permits with at least two people along with a guide. This rule was implemented by the government of Nepal to ensure the traveler's safety, given the challenging and remote nature of the trek.
So unfortunately for those who like to travel on their own, this Manaslu Circuit Trek may not be the best option for you, although having a travel partner and a trekking guide comes with its own unique benefits and can make your journey remarkable.
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