Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

Tour Overview

People Interested

12

Location

Manaslu

Durations

14 Days

Trip Grade

Strenuous

Max group size

12

Best Time

Fall and Spring


Tour Description

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trekking route that encircles around the eighth-highest mountain in the world Mount Manaslu (8,163m/ 26,781ft) which is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal.

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, This Circuit Trek is less crowded and provides the off-the-beaten trekking experience, With a touch of the Tibetan tradition, this Manaslu 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 trekking journey is filled 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 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.

If you are 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 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package.

 

Why Choose Manaslu Circuit for Trekking?

  • You will trek along woodland routes with stunning mountain vistas that highlight the area's biodiversity. Your Manaslu journey will take on a natural aroma if you go over these routes.
  • Between Jagat (1340 meters/4395 ft) and Dharapani (1,960 meters/ 6,430 ft), the Manaslu Area, is a limited area for cultural tourism. As a result, the journey to the specified territory will be filled with delights and thrills with a traditional feel of wilderness.
  • Larkya La Pass, at 5106 meters, is a high-altitude pass, making it itself to be a rewarding trek.
  • Along with our Hiking Bees' trekking professionals, you will visit the Birendra Tal (3,691 meters/ 12,110 ft), a lake within the Manaslu Glacier.
  • We will hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4800 meters) after a day of relaxation in Samagaon (3500 meters/ 11480 ft).
  • Experience the Tibetan culture and lifestyle.

This 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.

 

Ideal Season for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for Manaslu trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most stable and favorable weather conditions for trekking in the region.

 

Spring (March, April, May):

Spring is considered the best time for trekking in Manaslu Circuit. The weather is generally stable, and the temperatures are mild, especially at lower altitudes. The rhododendron forests bloom during this time, adding a colorful touch to the landscape.

The daytime temperature ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celcius making spring the perfect temperature for trekking in the Manalsu Circuit.

 

Autumn (September, October, November):

Another excellent time for the Manaslu Circuit hike is Autumn. The weather is stable, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. The trails are well-defined, and the scenery is stunning. The views of the surrounding peaks are usually crystal clear.

The daytime temperature ranges from 10 to 18 degrees Celcius, providing trekkers a comfortable trekking weather. Additionally, most of the major festivals lie in this season which adds an extra cultural flavor during your trek.

 

Temperatures during the season (Spring, Autumn)

    • Daytime temperatures: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) at lower altitudes, and it can get warmer as you descend.
    • Nighttime temperatures: 0°C to -5°C (32°F to 23°F) at lower altitudes, and it can get even colder at higher elevations.

 

What to expect during Spring and Autumn?

  • Mild temperatures during the day (although it can be quite chilly at higher altitudes).
  • Clear skies and good visibility of the surrounding peaks and landscapes.
  • Good pictures and videos
  • Lesser chance of rainfall or snowfall, reducing the risk of landslides and avalanches.
  • Well-established teahouse accommodations along the trail, make it more convenient for trekkers.

However you need to keep in mind that while these are the recommended times for the Manaslu Circuit trekking, weather conditions can vary, and it's always a good idea to check with local trekking agencies or guides for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, you should be prepared for altitude-related challenges, and it's essential to acclimatize properly during the trek.

 

Permits Required for Trekking

Trekkers must obtain several permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek 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.

 

How challenging is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit is a demanding trekking destination in Nepal. With a total distance of around 177 km in total, you need to walk several hours on uneven surfaces each day. It also includes several suspension bridges and waterfalls which sometimes can be a little intimidating. An experienced hiker can complete this trek without any problem, however some people may have a hard time completing this trek.

The 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 (Larkya La Pass), people can have difficulties in breathing and walking. The Manaslu trek difficulty also depends upon various other factors such as weather conditions, Time of the year, physical fitness, proper gear, etc.

 

Manaslu Hike Daily Difficulty Breakdown

Here's a daily difficulty breakdown of the 14-day itinerary for your Manaslu Trek

  • On the first day of the trek, you will take a bus ride from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (900 m). While the initial leg of the journey is relatively undemanding, trekkers should brace themselves for a bumpy ride after crossing the Netrawoti River, which might give you a sense of fatigue.
  • As we head on to the second day, this day will be somehow hard for trekkers as this will be their first day of walking. The trek up to Thulo Dhunga is easy but after that, the route is moderately challenging till you reach Jagat (1,340 m).
  • As you commence the third day, you start the Hike from Jagat to Deng (2,095 m). This day is considered moderate-level hiking. For regular hikers it won't be a big deal however beginners may have to push a little bit.
  • On the fourth day, the trek gets challenging. You start to hike from Deng and stay overnight in Namrung (2,660 m).
  • On the fifth and sixth day of the Manaslu Circuit to be easy you hike from Namrung to Lho (3,180 m) and Lho to Samagaon (3,520 m). Trekkers can easily walk without any problem. 
  • You’ll stay in Samagaon for the seventh day as well for acclimatization. As the seventh day starts the difficulty level of the trek starts to increase. This day is also pretty challenging because we will be visiting the Manaslu Base Camp and the trails are tough to reach there.
  • The eighth and ninth days of the trek, these two days are difficult to walk as we are gradually climbing upwards. You will hike to Samdo (3,875 m) by walking along the Budhi Gandaki River. On this day we will be close to the Tibetian border. Some people even may get altitude sickness. At the end of the ninth day, we reach Dharamsala (4,450 m).
  • The tenth day, this is the most difficult part of the Manaslu Circuit. You will pass over the Larkya La Pass (5,160 m). After the pass, the walk will be a little easier as we will be descending to Bhimtang (3,590 m). On this day we will be walking for about 8- 10 hours.
  • On the eleventh day, you will continue declining and the walk gets easier as we descend we will reach Tillije (2,300 m) via Goa.
  • The last day is an easy hike to Dharapani (1,963 m) where your trek ends.

 

Suggested Preparation For Manaslu Circuit Trekking:  

To successfully undertake the Manaslu hike, 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:

Physical Preparation:

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:

  •  Regular exercise: Start doing cardio exercises such as running, cycling, or swimming to improve your endurance and stamina. 
  • Strength training: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg presses to build leg muscles and increase your overall strength. 
  • Altitude training: Manaslu Circuit trek is a high-altitude trekking so, you need to train your body for high altitude by doing stair climbing, hiking, or trekking on nearby hills or mountains. 

Mental preparation:

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:

  • Research: Research the trek route, its challenges, and the culture and customs of the region. This will help you to have realistic expectations and avoid culture shock.
  • Meditation: Meditation helps to calm your mind and improve your mental strength. You can start with short meditation sessions and gradually increase the duration and frequency.
  • Positive Attitude: Having a positive attitude helps you to overcome challenges and enjoy the journey. You should focus on the beautiful scenery and the experience rather than the difficulties.

    Also, check our detailed article on the cost and budgeting plan of Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

 

What to Pack for 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Packing for Manaslu Circuit Trekking can be equally challenging and confusing. Many tourists complain that they bring unnecessary stuff, making the bag heavier. You need to keep in mind that you only take the essential items required for your 14-day Manaslu hiking.

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 on 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.

To help you pack your essential items and make your process hassle-free, Hikingbees has prepared a detailed checklist for the hike.

View the Manaslu Trek Packing List

 

Customized Manaslu Trekking Itineraries For 2024/2025

For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we at Hikingbees pride ourselves on tailoring your journey to the Manaslu region to match your unique preferences, holiday schedules, and budgetary considerations. We offer a range of diverse trekking experiences across Nepal. Now, as we look forward to 2024, it's the ideal time to reignite your travel plans and head on an adventure like no other. Explore the captivating world of the 8th tallest mountains and immerse yourself in the rich experience of local cultures in Nepal.

 

Manaslu Trekking by Hiking Bees

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 trekking routes in the Himalayas. 

Hiking bees promises to provide the Manaslu Circuit Trekking at the best price possible so that everyone can get to experience the magical Manaslu on a Budget. We are providing the 14-day Manaslu circuit trek package for 899 USD per person.

So if you are on a budget and want to trek the Manaslu in the cheapest and best way possible you may schedule your upcoming travel with us straight away!!

Tour Highlights

  • Reach the Manaslu Base Camp (4,8015 m)
  • An energetic journey to some of the wild and unexplored zones of the Nepalese Himalayan range.
  • Witness the beauty of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters), the world's eighth-highest mountain.
  • Explore the highlands with the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package and socialize with the locals to learn more about the Himalayan way of living.
  • Explore the historic Nubri Monastery, Tserang Monastery, and Pungyen Gompa along the trek.
  • Larkya La Pass, one of the most challenging and rewarding passes at an elevation of 5,160m/16,751ft.
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of prominent peaks like Himalchuli (7,893 m/ 25,896 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/ 24,350 ft), and Annapurna II (7937 meters / 26040 ft).
  • Experience a perfect blend of two of the best trekking regions in Nepal ie. Manaslu and Annapurna
  • Enjoy the serenity of the wetlands in the Manaslu region.
  • Visit the enchanting monasteries and accompany the monks for prayers.
  • Tranquil waterfalls and stream views along the trekking route.
  • Taste the variety of flavors of Tibet and Nepal.
  • A local and knowledgeable trekking guide.
  • Rich cultural experience, inhabited by diverse ethnic groups like the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Sherpas.
  • Take a glimpse of the vivid ecosystem of Manaslu's preservation site.

Tour Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop service by private car. (Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel) and (hotel to the Airport on the farewell day)
  • All kinds of transportation services, notably local vehicles.
  • Two nights lodging plus breakfast at a tourist standard Kathmandu hotel.
  • 12 nights of Trekking Lodge (tea house) accommodation throughout the hike.
  • Breakfast, day meal, and supper are all included in the full board hike package.
  • One incredibly skilled, accommodating, and kind guide, and all the staff's meals, lodging, and so on.
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • Charge of the special Manaslu hiking permit because we require special authorization to enter the Manaslu region since it is in restricted territory.
  • Trek guide and Porter insurance.
  • ACAP and MCAP permit.
  • Necessary equipment (Down Jacket, Duffle Bag, Sleeping Bag).
  • Hot bag for a good night's sleep.
  • Assistant Guide for a group with more than 6 people.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • First-aid supplies include an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.
  • Energy Supplements (Cookies, chocolate bar, etc.) once a day.
  • Seasonal fruits as dessert after dinner.
  • Certificate of trek completion along with a Hikingbees t-shirt.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali kitchen.
     

Tour Excludes

  • Your entrance visa (30$ for the first 15 days of arrival) and international travel costs.
  • Meals not listed in the "Daily food Inclusions"
  • Porter ( additional $20 per day )
  • Private Jeep ( additional $450  for round trip )
  • Personalized hiking kit
  • Traveling and Medical insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter.
  • Drinks, snacks, water as well as other individual needs and expenses

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1,400 meters)

Meals : Welcome Drinks

At the Kathmandu International Airport, staff from Hiking Bees will be waiting for you with your nameplate at the arrival zone. Once you arrive, the staff will greet you and take you to your accommodation in Kathmandu by a private vehicle. A brief description of our arrangements and trek itinerary will be described to you in the hotel after you check in.

Trek Distance : 158 km drive
Highest Altitude : 900Meters/2952Ft
Trek Duration : 7-8Hrs drive
Meals : B,L,D

Today is the starting day of the Manaslu trek and a lengthy drive awaits ahead.  Our tour to Manaslu Circuit begins after breakfast at the Kathmandu Hotel.

Our guide will come to pick you up at your stay and you'll be driven to Kathmandu Buspark, and upon reaching the bus park we will catch a local bus to Machha Khola (900 m/ 2952 ft) at 6-8 am. The bus stops at certain points for lunch and toilet breaks. You also have an option of hiring a private jeep to reach There with an additional cost. 

If you hire a private jeep then you can stop wherever you want.

The journey is pleasant to Ankhu Khola (Netrawoti River) 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.

Trek Distance : 22.2Km
Highest Altitude : 1340Meters/4395Ft
Trek Duration : 5-6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

Today we begin our hiking to Jagat after breakfast in Machha Khola.

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.

We will be walking alongside the mighty Budi Gandaki River in the forests. 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).

Trek Distance : 20km/12.4miles
Highest Altitude : 1,835 m
Trek Duration : 6-7Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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 (1835 m), where we will spend the night in a hotel or guesthouse.

Trek Distance : 19.4Km/12Miles
Highest Altitude : 2900Meters/9512Ft
Trek Duration : 6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 10.5Km/6.5Miles
Highest Altitude : 3180Meters/10430Ft
Trek Duration : 5-6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 8.1Km/5Miles
Highest Altitude : 3500Meters/11480Ft
Trek Duration : 5-6Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

We depart from Lho Gaun on 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.

Trek Distance : 6-7km
Highest Altitude : 3500Meters/11480Ft
Trek Duration : 4Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 8.1Meter/5.03Miles
Highest Altitude : 3875Meter
Trek Duration : 3-5 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 6.6Km/4.10Miles
Highest Altitude : 4450Meters/14596Ft
Trek Duration : 3Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 24.5Km/15.22Miles
Highest Altitude : 5220 meters/ 17122 feet
Trek Duration : 8-10Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

We will pass Larkya La (5,106 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.

Trek Distance : 26Km/16.1Miles
Highest Altitude : 2300 Meters/7544 Ft
Trek Duration : 8-9Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 220Km/133Miles
Highest Altitude : 1860Meters
Trek Duration : 8-9Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

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.

Trek Distance : 5Km drive
Highest Altitude : 1300Meters
Meals : B

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.

 

FAQs Section

Both the Manaslu and Everest treks are considered to be challenging however because of less availability of facilities, luxury lodges, and teahouses Manaslu Trekking is considered more difficult and it also involves more technical paths compared to the Everest and Annapurna trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting popular because it takes you to the base camp and around the eighth-tallest mountain in the world, Manaslu(8,163m). With an extra day, you can even hike up to the Tibetian border.

Additionally, the number of teahouses and facilities on the trail Manaslu trek is increasing every year which makes it some of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking is considered to be a moderately difficult trek. It is an off-beaten path trek that involves long days of trekking, steep ascents and descents, and crossing high mountain passes. 

Yes, all trekkers are required to obtain a special restricted area permit to enter the Manaslu region along with an ACAP and MCAP.

You will also need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. You can obtain these permits through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

Yes, the Manaslu Trek can be completed within 7 days however we don't recommend you to do so as the Manaslu Circuit trekking is already a challenging trek, and trying to complete it within a week doesn't let you have enough time to explore the Manaslu region and there's a high chance of altitude sickness as there won't be any days for acclimatization.

A 7-day Manaslu Trek itinerary would look like this:

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1410m) by local bus.
  • Day 2: Trek from Jagat to Bihi Phedi.
  • Day 3: Trek from Bihi Phedi to Lho.
  • Day 4: Trek from Lho to Samdo (3800m).
  • Day 5: Trek from Samdo to Bhimthang via Larkya La pass (3720m).
  • Day 6: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (1860m).
  • Day 7: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu / Pokhara.

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.

You may not get Wifi and hot showers in some parts of the trail especially on the higher elevations.

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.

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit 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.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for its breathtaking Himalayan scenery, rich cultural experiences in remote villages, and challenging terrain. Larkya La Pass 5,160m/16,751ft. is another main highlight of the trek.

It offers a quieter and less crowded alternative to more popular trekking routes, making it a go-to destination for those seeking an authentic and adventurous trek in Nepal. 

 

For a better idea check out the interesting facts about Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

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.

A standard Manaslu Circuit Trekking route 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.

Packing proper items is very essential for successful trekking. 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

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a scenic and culturally rich trekking route encircling Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. It offers diverse landscapes, cultural experiences, and challenging passes. It's less crowded than popular routes, making it ideal for a secluded adventure.

Yes, the Manaslu region is quite famous for honey hunting in Nepal. You can find some of the best mad honey at high cliffs.

You can also combine the Manaslu Circuit Trek with a honey-hunting expedition. Nimrung Khola located near the Manslu Circuit trail is one of the popular honey-hunting destinations so with the addition of a few extra days you can get the honey-hunting experience along with the trekking.

Although, it's is not mandatory. we highly recommend you to have a travel insurance for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu trek involves very high altitude trekking and lies in the Manaslu restricted area, if in case of emergency heli evacuation and medical expenses will be covered by your insurance making it easier for you financially.

You can find some of the best insurance companies online by doing some research, some even include trip cancellation fees along with other extra benefits.

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 can be completed within 12-18 days depending upon the trekkers' preference and pace.

No, you cannot complete thisTrekking 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.

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How much does the Manaslu Circuit trek cost?

The cost of trekking the Manaslu Circuit can vary based on several factors. On average, the cost can range from $900 to $2,500 per person for a 14 to 16-day trek. Here's a breakdown of the expenses:

  1. Permits and Fees: The Manaslu Restricted Permit costs around $70 to $100 per week, depending on the season. Additionally, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required, which costs around $20.
  2. Guides and Porters: Hiring a licensed guide can cost approximately $25 to $30 per day. A porter's daily wage is around $20 to $25, and you may choose to hire one to carry your belongings, especially if you're not accustomed to trekking with a heavy load. A porter can carry up to 20 kilos of baggage.
  3. Accommodation: Teahouse or lodge accommodation costs around $10 to $20 per night. Some packages include accommodation in the overall cost.
  4. Meals: The cost of meals varies, but on average, expect to pay about $20 to $30 per day for three meals. The prices can be higher at higher altitudes due to the logistical challenges of transportation.
  5. Transportation: The cost of transportation to and from the trek's starting and ending points, as well as to and from Kathmandu, can add another $50 to $100.
  6. Miscellaneous Expenses: This includes expenses like snacks, water, hot showers (which can be more expensive at higher altitudes), and any unforeseen costs. You need to budget around $100 for miscellaneous expenses.
  7. Trekking Gear: If you don't have your own trekking gear, you might need to rent or purchase items like trekking poles, sleeping bags, and clothing. This can add another $50 to $100 to your expenses.
  8. Travel Insurance: Since the Manaslu hike is a high altitude trekking, It's highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation. The cost varies based on your coverage, but it's generally around $50 to $100.

Remember that these are approximate costs and can vary based on the choices you make and the services you opt for. Researching and booking through a reputable trekking agency is advisable 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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Short Manaslu Circuit 10-Day Hike Itinerary

For people with limited time, you can also follow this alternate route for the Manaslu Circuit Trekking instead of the 14-day itinerary. The itinerary mentioned below is a little fast-paced and can be difficult for some people, as this doesn't include any days for acclimatization. However, if you want to cover most of the Manaslu within 10 days, then this is the best itinerary for you.

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola
  • Day 2: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 3: Trekfrom Jagat to Bihi Phedi
  • Day 4: Trek from Bihi Phedi to Lho Gaun
  • Day 5: Trek from Lho Gaun to Shyala
  • Day 6: Early morning hike from Shyala to Sama Gaun via Pungyen Gompa
  • Day 7: Trek from Sama Gaun to Dharam Shala
  • Day 8: Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass
  • Day 9: Trek to Dharapani
  • Day 10: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu / Pokhara

 

Transport for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Trekking begins with a thrilling journey covering 160 kilometers (approximately 99 miles) from the vibrant city of Kathmandu to the charming destination of Maccha Khola via SotiKhola. If you opt for a private Jeep, the ride will take you approximately 7 hours. Alternatively, if you choose the local bus option, you can expect a travel time of 8 to 9 hours. The first-day drive of your Manaslu trek promises an exhilarating off-road adventure.

As you conclude your trek, you'll enjoy a scenic 6-hour drive from Dharapani in a comfortable Jeep. From there, you can transition to another Jeep or a local bus for a 7-hour journey back to the heart of Kathmandu. This journey allows you to savor the stunning landscapes of Nepal while returning from your memorable trekking experience.

Know more about Ground Transportation For Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley

 

Is Travel Insurance Mandatory for Manaslu Circuit Trek

While travel insurance is not mandatory for Manaslu Circuit 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 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:

  1. High-Altitude Trekking: You must make sure your policy explicitly includes coverage for high-altitude trekking.
  2. Medical Coverage and Evacuation: Comprehensive medical coverage is non-negotiable so, you need to look for policies that offer quality medical benefits, including heli evacuation from restricted areas.
  3. Trip Cancellation and Interruption: Especially in the Manaslu Trekking unforeseen events can disrupt your tour, That's why coverage for trip cancellation or interruption is required to safeguard your investment.
  4. Baggage and Personal Belongings: Valuable items like cameras and gear are crucial for capturing Manaslu's beauty. Good travel insurance can protect your belongings from loss, theft, or damage. 
  5. Adventure Activities Inclusion: One thing you need to verify within your insurance is that trekking is covered, as some policies exclude certain high-risk activities. Manaslu, being a challenging trekking it requires specific coverage.

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 Circuit

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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Reviews (6 reviews)

An Unforgettable Trek
07 Aug 2023

Resham is the unequivocal GOAT. A hilarious and genuinely kind individual with a heart of gold. We chose an itinerary in the Manaslu Region over Rupina La  that fell through due to inclement weather and a very unstable snowpack, but Resham salvaged our itinerary and we completed the standard circuit from Machikhola in double time. Resham's positive and level-headed approach to each hardship thrown our way was unwavering, and we made it over the immensely beautiful Larkya La under beautiful sunny skies.

On the logistics end, Bishow managed the itinerary nuances with much professionalism, and everything went flawlessly (sans crazy unseasonable weather). Hiking Bees is the only company I'll recommend to anyone seeking a trekking experience in Nepal. Thank you, Resham, Panchanga, and Bishow!

- Ian Roth
An Incredible Adventure
07 Aug 2023

Hiking bees is a great company! We did a version of the Manaslu trek with them which was incredible. We came to them with an ambitious itinerary, and Bishow found us the perfect guide for the trek, Resham. He is by far the best and most experienced guide I have ever met. He is also a hilarious and genuinely good human. I think that going with any other trekking company in Nepal would be a huge waste of time and money. I will recommend this company to anyone who wants to do any type of trek in Nepal.

- SJ Durand
The trekking agency you need in Nepal
14 Aug 2023

My partner and I went (from Argentina and Chile) to the Mansalu Valley with Hiking Bees and the experience was wonderful!! Bishow was a great guide for us, super attentive, friendly, and concerned. I recommend it 100%

- Antonella H.
Best Manaslu Trekking
05 Sep 2023

I recently did the Manaslu Circuit Trek with my friends and had an absolute blast with Hiking Bees! This adventure was hands down the best Manaslu trek experience we could have ever asked for. we did 12 days manslu trekking although the package was of 14 days. Hikingbees carefully customized our itinerary and made it possible in no time.

From the moment we connected with Hiking Bees, their team made us feel like we were in good hands. Their expertise in organizing treks in the Himalayas shone through as they guided us through every step of the journey.

Our guides were knowledgeable about the trail and the stunning landscapes and incredibly friendly and easy-going. They shared fascinating insights into the local culture, enriching our trek. The accommodations and food they arranged at these teahouses were top-notch, ensuring we were comfortable and well-fed throughout the trek.

The trek itself was nothing short of awe-inspiring. The rugged terrain, suspension bridges, and high mountain passes tested our endurance, making each day an adventure to remember. And of course, the jaw-dropping views of Manaslu and the surrounding peaks were simply breathtaking.

But what truly made this trek stand out was the relaxed and friendly atmosphere fostered by Hiking Bees. It felt more like an epic journey with friends than a commercial trek. We laughed, we shared stories, and we created memories that will last a lifetime.

So, if you're looking for the best Manaslu trek experience that combines adventure, culture, and camaraderie, I wholeheartedly recommend Hiking Bees. They know how to turn a trek into an unforgettable adventure with a personal touch that sets them apart. Thanks to them, our Manaslu Circuit Trek was an absolute highlight of our lives!

- Lena Bennett
Manaslu Trek with our guide Bhoj!
30 May 2024

We highly recommend hiking bees and the Manaslu Circuit Trek! Our guide, Bhoj, was very considerate and made everything happen smoothly with his knowledge and relationships along the trail.

We can say the landscapes, people, and comfort surpassed expectations and we were able to make the most of every moment. Bhoj was a pleasure to hike with and was incredibly helpful when we didn’t feel at our best and we are so grateful!

- Kaea Robinson

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