Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Overview

Trip code
NNTR-1041
Duration
13 Days
Max. Altitude
5213m
Level
DIFFICULT
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Accomodation
3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Best Available guesthouses during the trek.
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and All meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners) during the Trek.
Transportation
private Tourist vehicle / 4w Jeep as per the itinerary.
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Soti Khola-Machhakhola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Lho-Samagaun-Manaslu base camp-Samdo-Dharmasala-Larkya -La Pass-Bhimtang-Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Making the approach to the Manaslu Base Camp and Larke la pass, following in the footsteps of famous mountaineers.
  • Visiting the remote mountain villages. Meeting the people from a diversity of ethnic groups like Gurung Sherpa, Thakali, Rai, etc and experiencing the Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
  • Witnessing the raw beauty of the ice floes. Hearing the crash of the snow avalanches and Roar of running rivers. With a new and more spectacular view day after day!
  • Waking up on a crystal-clear Himalayan day and seeing 8,000-meter peaks towering over you.
  • It is far less crowded than well-known peers of Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. The word is getting out about Manaslu, but there are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail
  • Possibility of spotting a wild endangered species like Snow Leopard and Red Panda.

Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), also known as Kutang is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mansiri Himalayan Range in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul.
We, Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub consider the Manaslu Reason among the best trekking reason in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal.

The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters. The Manaslu Reason is one of the “Best Kept Secret” trekking areas of Nepal. It is far less crowded than other well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. There are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail.

The trek is wild and remote. The first part of the trail follows the Budi Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridges. As we go higher we will experience the culture of Gurung people living on the lap of the Himalaya. Manaslu has a lot to offers to the trekkers, from the beautiful scenery of the majestic Himalayan Ranges and high altitude glassier lakes to rich biological and cultural diversity as we trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106m/16,752 ft, The highest point reached along the trek route is which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. 

Our suggested itinerary starting from Kathmandu and ending at Kathmandu for 12 days offers most of the great things this trek has to offers to the trekkers. If you have enough time and want to explore more of Manaslu reason you should definitely need to consider NNTR Tusm Valley and Manaslu Trekking for 21 days, we will be more than happy to know your preference and or the style of travelling. Just let us know how we can help you to customize and make this trek wonderful.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4428ft)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative from Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will pick you up from the airport. He will be displaying a NNTR sideboard outside the airport terminal. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the afternoon pre-trip meeting will be holding at our office. During this meeting we will introduce your trek and or tour leader/guide, so please make sure that you ask all the questions and concerns. For the meeting please make sure you bring passport,2 copies passport size photos and your travel insurance policy copy (if you haven’t sent by email before).  And sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

Day

2

sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley (1350m/4428ft)

After breakfast, your sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley will start. You will have a professional tour guide with a private vehicle. Today you will visit following cultural wonders of Kathmandu valley:

Swambhunath Stupa/Monkey temple:

Is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The Swayambhunath consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples. A Tibetan monastery, museum and library are more recent additions. And we can see the 360-degree view of Kathmandu valley. This will be a good way to start your day with

Pashupatinath Temple:

 Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important and significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. Located on the bank of the holy  Bagmati River near the airport. The major temple is strictly for Hindus only even though you are not allowed to go inside the main temple you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the other bank of the river. 

Boudhanath Stupa: 

Another UNESCO World Heritage site;  Boudhanath another holiest site of Kathmandu valley. It was built in the 5th century with pairs of eyes on all 4 directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings.

Patan durbar square:

City of Fine Arts Patan; The ancient royal palace of Patan faces on to magnificent Durbar Square. This concentrated mass of temples is perhaps the most visually stunning display of Newari architecture to be seen in Nepal. The historic monument which describes the oldest architecture of Nepal is Patan durbar square, Temple construction in the square went into overdrive during the Malla period (14th to 18th centuries),

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

After finished sightseeing in Patan on the way to your hotel, our driver will drop you to Kathmandu Durbar Square (only if you are staying at Thamel) from where you can walk back to Thamel through a narrow and oldest open street market of Asan. In Kathmandu durbar square you can see the following: 

  • - Pagoda style temples which were made twelve to eighteen centuries
  • - An ancient royal palace with museum
  • - Kashthamandap (which named to the city as Kathmandu)
  • - Living Goddess Kumari
  • - Black Bhairava (God of death)

Day

3

Drive to Sotikhola via Aarughat by Private Jeep (730m/2394ft), 6 to 7 hours

Our Journey to one of the best-kept secret of Nepal began today, after an early breakfast we set up for a Himalayan ride to Soti Khola. We will drive through the countryside of Nepal, Many small towns, Green Hills and Riverside. We can also enjoy the panoramic views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Shringi Himal and many more. Places like Dhading Besi, Aarughat, Aarkhet will be the small breakthroughs of our 7-hour drive to Soti Khola.

Day

4

Trek to Machhakhola (930m/3050ft), 5 to 6 hours

Our epic journey begins after breakfast in Soti Khola. Our trek goes Up and Down through various Landscapes including forests, rice fields, a cliff-face ridge, beautiful waterfalls and rushing Rivers. After crossing the hanging suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River we trek through green saal forest. Then we climb up to the ridge above the wild Rapids of Budhi Gandaki River. We will then reach Khursane on a rocky trail. Then we trek up to the picturesque village of Lapubesi. From here continue along the Gandaki river bank to arrive Machhi Khola.

Day

5

Trek to Jagat Village (1370m/4494ft), 5 to 6 hours

Following the Budi Gandaki Gorge, we will ascend and descend through narrow trails. We will pass through small villages like Tharo Khola, Khlorabesi and Tatopani where they have Natural Hot Spring – a perfect place to take a small break to rest your weary muscles into the hot water. From here we will climb over the ridge to arrive Dobhan. We continue climbing through the deep forests, we keep an eye out for the Langur Monkeys with some other wildlife and Neat Gurung Village high above the jungle. We will climb over another ridge to arrive at the village of Jagat.

Day

6

Trek to Deng (1830m/6002ft), 6 to 7 hours

Today we will make our way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests, Rivers, waterfalls and small farming villages. We will cross the small farming village like Salleri, Sirdibas, Philim, Nupri/ Ekle Bhatti etc. we pass through the beautiful trace landscapes growing Maize, Millet, Potatoes,& vegetables. We again trek through an uninhabited Gorge and the trails at the Bank of Budi Gandaki.

Day

7

Trek to Namrung Village (2540m/8331ft), 6 to 7 hours

We begin our day by ascending to cross the river and drops down to the Sringi Valley. As we climb up from the valley major peaks of this trek will start to appear in the distance. Along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas, many Mani lined Walls and Gumbas, We will trek through Pork village, the vintage point of snowcapped mountains with a beautiful scenario of Gurung village. This is an optional way to Namrung. The trail then follows the river upstream dense forests and lead to the narrow Gorge. We will cross Budi Gandaki River several times then we take a steep climb at the end to get into Namrung Village.

Day

8

Trek to Lho Village (3180m/10430ft), 5 to 6 hours

We wake up earlier today to encounter the beautiful sunrise view over the Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal. The village of Namrung marks the beginning of the region of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Passing through forests, villages, many stupas and barley Farm the trail drops and crosses the side of the valley of Simnang Himal, with Ganesh Himal in another side. The first stunning glimpse of Manaslu gets visible once we arrive at Lho village where we stay overnight; hear you enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from your Guesthouse window.

Day

9

Trek to Samagaun (3390m/11120ft), 3 to 4 hours

It’s not a big day, but a busy day! The Extraordinary views of Manaslu, visiting the famous Ribung monastery, Shyala Village, Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Ganesh Himal with beautiful Hanging Glacier will make you busy to embark them and take many photos. Once we arrive at Samagaun we can see women weaving wool into the gowns or Chinese brandy on sale. About more than 500 years of settlement in this village of Samagaun will give you the idea of how these people are surviving nowhere on the lap of the giant Mountains for a long time! We can take a small walk above the village where they have a monastery, on the way back we can see the lifestyle of the locales!

Day

10

Acclimatization and Rest in Sama Gaun with Side Trip to either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Basecamp or Birendra Tal.

After a few days of a significant gain in altitude, you'll take today off to relax and acclimatize. There is an optional walk up to the ridge below to Manaslu Base Camp (4500m) or Pungyen Gumpa and Birendra Tal on the lap of Manaslu Massive offering great views of Hanging Glassier and 8000-meter peak towering above you.

Day

11

Trek to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 3 to 4 hours

After the acclimatization day up in Sama Gaun, you'll be ready to hit the road to Larke La Pass again. As you leave Sama Gaun, you'll catch an outstanding glimpse of the Himalaya, we will descend down to Budi Gandaki again then we climb up to the small village of Kane. We will pass several Mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It’s an easy trek to Samdo, the village of 200 permanent Residents, also known as for traditional yak herding and its represent traditional Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, Breeding sheep and goats, training horses and planting barley.

Day

12

Trek to Dharmasala (4460m/14629ft), 4 to 5 hours

We Begin our day after breakfast at Samdo. Crossing the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki we come across the Larkya Glassier, Long the way we will see many Mni Walls and Monastery with a stunning view of mountains. We will head around the valley of Sala Khola and climb up again to Dharmasala. The base of Larke La pass, where we take shelter for the night.

Day

13

Trek to Larkya Pass (5213m/17099ft) to Bhimtang (3720m/12202ft), 7 to 8 hours

Finally, it’s a day to cross a Larke La pass, which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. a short climb will lead us to the north side of Larkya Glassier. The trail upwards is very gradual but we will trek slow and steady to avoid the altitude. It takes about 5 hours to kick the pass, The spectacular mountains scenery on the west is something you will never forget- Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The strenuous descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually, we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and it’s an easy trail that continues to Bimtang.

Day

14

Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje (2300m) then to Dharapani (1860m/6101ft), 5 to 6 hours

It’s another scenic day of our trek. Views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below are again spectacular. From Bhimtang, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho and Tilje, Where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but we will continue walking until we get to Dharapani for the night.

Day

15

Drive to Besisahar to Kathmandu 7 to 8 Hours

After the morning breakfast, we will take the best available public jeep to get back to Beshisahar, by the time we arrive here our private tourist vehicle will be waiting for you. You will take a small break here then we will drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to the selected hotel. In the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey farewell dinner will be served in the traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Day

16

Departure from Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)

Your adventure to Nepal comes to the end today! It’s time to say goodbye to Nepal until the Next Time! Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu, a city stroll, and-or souvenir shopping. NNTR representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. On the way to your home, you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful land of the mystic Himalayas.

Inclusions

What is included?

  • All Airport hotel transfer by private vehicle
  • 3 nights 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu
  • The farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola by Private Jeep
  • Dharapani to Beshishar by Public sharing Jeep
  • All the accommodation during the trek
  • All the meals (Breakfast, Tea break, Lunch and Dinners) with seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS and Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit)
  • All government and local taxes
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide, 
  • Assistant trekking guide (1 assistant trekking guide for every 5 trekkers)
  • And Support staff/Sherpa porters (1 support staff for every 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport food and lodging

What isn't included?

  • Nepal visas fee (Lowest fee available for 15-days visa costing $30/person)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess luggage charges
  • Extra night accommodating in Kathmandu (if in case early return from mountain then the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, personal drinks, battery charge, bottle or boiling water, hot shower, wifi and or internet etc)
  • Tips for guide and porters
    Note: Items in 6 & 7 are paid in Nepali Rupees (cash). Exchange from Euro (€), pound (£) US ($) to Rupees (NRP) can be obtained at the airports and exchange offices along the streets or you can tell organizer to exchange once you arrive in Kathmandu.
    It is estimated that approximately an amount of 1,000 Rupees per day per person (ca.10 US$) will be spent on miscellaneous expenses. 

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip)
    • Namaste Nepal’s duffle bag
    • Namaste Nepal’s T-shirt
    • Trekking map
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip)
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kit containing vital medications
    • Oximeter

Date & Price

Upcoming Departure Dates

Start Date End Date Offer Price Status
1st Oct, 2022 13th Oct, 2022 USD 1,352 Limited Book now
1st Mar, 2022 13th Mar, 2022 USD 1,352 Guarenteed Book now
5th Oct, 2021 17th Oct, 2021 USD 1,352 Guarenteed Book now
1st Sep, 2021 13th Sep, 2021 USD 1,352 Guarenteed Book now
3rd Apr, 2021 15th Apr, 2021 USD 1,352 Guarenteed Book now
1st Mar, 2021 13th Mar, 2021 USD 1,352 Guarenteed Book now

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I need to leave/cancel the trek early?

Anything can happen anytime during the trek. If you need to leave your trek on the middle of the trail we will provide maximum effort to make sure your safe return to Kathmandu. And we will assist with your travel arrangements for your home. you have to know that we will not be able to refund any money to you.

Do I need to get Trekking Permits for Manslu circuit trek?

Yes, it’s our job – Leave it to us! every trekker who wants to trek in around Manashlu's reason of Nepal needs to get 3 different permits. 1. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP) September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. 2) Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP Permit) will cost 30 us dollars for foreigner and 2 us dollars for SAARC Nationality. 3) Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit(ACAP) will cost 30 us dollars for foreigners and 2 us dollars for SAARC Nationality.

When is best time for Manasalu Circuit Trek?

Normally Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November) are the best months for High altitude treks in Nepal. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rain, is crystal clear, stunning mountains scenery, and the weather is still comfortably warm. Although many trekking trip in to the lower altitude can be taken during winter and monsoon too, but the cold can be bitter and dangerous at the high altitude, trekking trails above 4000 meters is usually blocked by the heavy snowfall. And the trails can be slippery due to the monsoon rain, Nepal’s famous Juka (leeches) are an un-pleasant feature of the wet season, but with the care, trekking can still be possible and there are certainly fewer trekkers on the trail.

Will the porter/Support staff carry my bag-pack? and how much can he carry?

Yes, we will organize the support staff to carry your backpack. Every single trekking package on our website includes a 1 support staff for every 2 trekkers. He can carry max 25 kg for 2 trekkers. Trekking in The Himalayas is challenging and even very harder if you are carrying your backpack by yourself. It will be much easier and enjoyable if you take support staff to carry your backpack. You can only worry about your day pack with you and enjoy every single moment of your Himalayan day with stunning scenery.

What happens if there any medical emergency and or I get altitude sickness?

Anything can happen anytime during the trek. All of our group leaders, guides and assistance guides are trained for first aid, High altitude risk Management, and are prepared to deal with most common problems or injuries you may get on a trek. Apart from that in the case of any emergency or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), your guide will let us know immediately. Namaste Nepal Trekking & Research Hub will be there for you to assist your Rescue if needed. In a few places, There are health posts which have been serving by foreign doctors and local professionals. We will help you to get there to get treatment and get back to the capital. NNTR trekking team are ready to ensure your safety anytime during the trek even to carry you down to a safer place.

Are there any extra costs that I have to prepare on top of the package price?

This package, you will find that most of the things are included. However, we suggest you estimate $ 10 to $15 per person per day as your miscellaneous expenses. Following are the major expenses they are extra on top of the package price. Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu and or before start the trek: Except the welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu, your lunch and dinners are not included, from the day you start the trek everything will be included, check your quote to see which meals are included. Drinking-Water: drinking water for your entire trip is not included in our package. We are Eco-friendly Trekking Company, we encourage you to keep mountains safe from garbage and use the reusable bottles and water purification tablets. Other Drunks: Every meal included in the itinerary comes with a cup of tea or coffee, Apart from that any of your hot/cold drinks will be your own. Overweight backpack: NNTR provides 1 support staff for every 2 trekkers, if one of your backpacks weighs more than 15 kg, you will need to pay a bit extra to compensate your porter or get another porter. Tips for your guide and support staff: Optional extra expenses on your guesthouses: Nowadays most of the famous trekking trails of Nepal have got the internet and electricity asses, it is normal for guesthouses to charge extra for wifi and battery charging, most of the guesthouse offers hot showers (or hot buckets), you will have to pay extra for the shower too.

Do I need to get travel and rescue insurance?

Yes, you need to get a good travel and rescue insurance. Your safety is our major concern, we strongly recommend you to buy comprehensive travel insurance for trekking in Nepal. Your policy should cover your trek, tour, and the extra time you are going to spend in Nepal including helicopter evacuation. Trekking in Nepal can be really dangerous, especially in high altitudes. If you get any emergency we will be able to act fast when you have a good insurance policy. It’s easy to request fast for emergency assistance.

Is there any medicine to avoid AMS?

Yes, they have medicine for altitude sickness. It called Acetazolamide. It’s well known by its trade name Diamox. It’s used for prevention and the treatment of altitude sickness. As it is a prescription medicine, we are unable to provide this herein Nepal. Please talk with your doctor before you leave home. During the trek, there is some local medicine as well be available to prevent yourself for altitude sickness. Ginger Lemon Honey Tea, Garlic Soup, and Hot water are the one we believe the local medicine which can help you to avoid altitude sickness. The best medicine is to acclimatize your body and climb slow. If there any symptoms stop climbing and descend immediately. Please read our full Faq for more details about the Altitude Mountain Sickness.

What is the Altitude of Larkya Pass ?

The altitude of Larkya Pass is 5213 meters/17103 feet above the sea label.

What if I cancel the trip? What is your cancellation policy?

We know unexpected things happen at unexpected times. If some unfortunate happens and you need to change your plans you can simply write us an email or message us. If you give us enough time we will try our best to assist your unfortunate. We can normally postpone your trip and apply your advance payment for any time in the future. The fund transfer process from Nepal to another country takes a long time because we need to prepare all the documents and take permission from the Central Bank of Nepal. That’s the main reason we encourage all of you to Postpone the trip and use the credit in the future. If you need to cancel your trip completely, we, unfortunately, are unable to give you a full refund. You will be charged by 30% of the package price as a cancellation charge.

Could you give me some information about the Group Leaders/Trekking Guide?

Trekking in the land of the mystical Himalaya is a big deal for many people around the globe. Choosing the right company and a right guide is also the big challenge you put your complete trust in a Stanger Guide for your biggest adventure. It’s not the decision to be taken lightly. We have been there and understand how important it is to have a professional and best trekking Leader or Guide for your Adventure in Nepal. We are very careful for that your guide needs to speak good English, Knowledgeable, very experienced in the field, friendly and good discussion maker. All of our group leaders and guides are highly experienced, professional and have been selected based on their technical proficiency proven safety recodes, good judgment, patience and awesome personalities. They easily acclimate themselves to the high altitudes with nil difficulty this is why they can provide batter services without becoming a casualty themselves. All of our guides have had many kinds of different pieces of training to be a professional Guide. Among them some of they are: • Trekking Guide Tanning • Tour Guide Training • First-Aid Training • Mountaineering training • High Altitude Risk Management Training • Bird Watching Training

What is the highest point of the Manasalu Circuit Trek?

The highest point of the Manasalu circuit trek is the Larky La Pass (5213 m/17099 ft), But Dharmasala (4460m/14629ft), is the highest place where you spends the night.

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