Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
Trip Style: Active Adventure
Transport: Public Vehicle
Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
Group Size: 2-16
Max Elevation: Larke Pass (5106m)
- Exploring the diverse ethnic communities of the Manaslu.
- An opportunity to view the 8th highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu and many other mountain ranges such as Ganesh Himal, Mount Himalchuli, Mount Annapurna and Larkay Peak & Himlung himal.
- Crossing the Larkya La pass, the highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek.
- Following the trails of Budhi Gandaki River, one of the deepest rivers of Nepal.
- Wild and remote trek where you will find less number of trekkers along the route.
- The Manaslu Conservation Area.& Annapurna Conservation Area
- Spectacular views of the Mount Manaslu glacier and Birendra lake ( ice lake).
- Cross the Larke pass (5106m)
Short Manaslu Circuit Trek 9 days is becoming more popular like Annapurna and Everest trekking these days. This trek will take you to the high landscapes and beautiful mountain ranges of the Himalayan region. The breathtaking views of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri will amaze you as you trek to the Manaslu Circuit.
It is a challenging trek where you will get a chance to explore the biodiversity and rich global heritage of the Manaslu region. Larkya La Pass is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek which is at the altitude of 5160 meters. It is one of the most dramatic passes crossing the mountains.
The Manaslu is a restricted trekking area. You will need special trekking permits to trek the Manaslu Circuit such as Manaslu Restricted Permit, MCAP, and ACAP. It is necessary to take the permission of the trek before organizing the trek. Mount Mania can arrange such trekking permits if you want
What to Expect
- Airport Pickup and Drop
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Three meals a day (9 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, and 8 Dinner) during the trek
- Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu to Machha Khola)
- Local Bus Ticket (Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara)
- English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
- All Trekking Permits (ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu Special Permit)
- Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
- Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
- A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude)
- All Government and Local taxes
- International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
- Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
- Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers
Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty
The total length of the Manaslu Circuit trek is around 177 kilometers. You will be trekking for 9 days covering a distance of 15-20 kilometers every day.
Another factor that determines the difficulty of this trek is the uphills and downhills you will encounter along the way. Many times as you trek along the Budhi Gandaki river, the trek can be harrowingly steep. The trek up to Larkya La Pass is also quite challenging.
Guide on Manalsu Circuit Trek Difficulty
Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to the highest altitude of 5,106 meters in Larkya La Pass. The altitude is high enough to incite altitude sickness. The trails also can get quite breezy making the trails quite cold.
Taking all of these things into consideration, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek. As a result, you will have to be quite fit in order to complete this trek. 2-3 months of physical preparation will be necessary for you to complete this trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Best Time
Autumn (September, October, and November) is the most popular time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Autumn offers the most beautiful views of Manaslu as well as other mountains in the Annapurna Range.
Spring (March, April, and May) is the second most popular time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The rhododendron forests of the Manaslu Conservation Area light up beautifully in this season. The low rainfall in this season is another reason for the popularity of the spring season.
As you will trek to an altitude of more than 5000 meters in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the trek can be quite cold in the winters (December, January, and February) with temperatures going as low as -20 degrees C. In the summer season (June, July, and August), the trails can be quite wet with the monsoon. So you will have to pack and prepare extremely well to trek in these two seasons.
How should I apply for Manaslu Trekking Permit?
Manaslu Trekking permit must be applied through the professional trekking agency which must be legally registered under the Nepal government act.
Can I apply for Manaslu trek permit individually?
This is one of the most common questions that most of the trekkers’ ask. But, you can not apply individually for Manaslu trekking permit. Minimum of two trekkers is required to apply for Manaslu special permit from one of the professional trekking agency.
Note: If you are planning Manaslu Trek individually, contact us we will find out other trekkers to join.
Do we need a guide and porter for Manaslu trekking?
As we know, the Manaslu region is located in the restricted area, the Nepal government and concerned authorities have made compulsory to have one licensed holder professional guide. Whereas, taking porter is optional.
Another major reason behind taking guide is for easy communicating with the local people in a village. The guide will also provide information about the authentic culture around Manaslu region.
How difficult is Manaslu Trekking?
The difficulty level depends on your physical fitness. During the trip, you should be able to walk 6-7 hours a day. Sometimes, we need to walk longer, so be prepared for that. Similarly, at some point like Larkya La Pass (5160m), there is a step down which makes a little harder to pass due to the icy path.
In that case, using crampon on boots to pass the icy path to reach Bimthang would be recommended. As you know, Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around the Annapurna Region.
If you are motivating from the first day then completing the Manaslu Circuit trek is not that much difficult. In between the trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination. This will make your trekking a lot more physical friendly.
What is the total cost for the Manaslu Trek and Tsum Valley Special permit?
Manaslu Circuit Trek Total Special Permit Cost:
Winter, Spring, and Summer Season: USD 110 per person. USD 7 for each additional day
Autumn Season: USD 130 per person for 7 days. USD 10 for each additional day
Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley Total Special Permit Cost:
Winter, Spring, and Summer Season: USD 145 per person. USD 7 for each additional day
Autumn Season: USD 165 per person for 7 days. USD 10 for each additional day
When is the best time to trek in Manaslu?
Like many other treks Manaslu is best between mid September and mid December, and between end of March to end of May. Some trekkers do undertake this trek in the monsoon between June and September but very few would choose the winter. The reason being sometimes the pass cannot be crossed due to snow.
What's the weather look like in Manalsu?
At the start of the trek the climate is subtropical. Overall you can expect somewhere between 10 to 25 Celsius throughout the year. However in the upper parts of the trek the temperature will fall to -20 or below in the winter.
Feel free to contact us, if you are a planning a trip to Manaslu Trek, we will help you to create a customized itinerary on your specified month and cost.