Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 1 - 16
  • Max Elevation: Larkya La Pass (5106m)

Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola.
  • Explore Budhi Gandaki Valley.
  • Cross Larkya La pass 
  • Explore the culture of Tibetan Buddhism in this region.
  • Mesmerizing views of the Annapurna Range and Mt. Manaslu.
  • Walk in the serenity of the Manaslu region.
  • Visit Kargyu-Pemba Chholing Gompa, Labrang Gompa, Pungyen Nunnery etc
 

Description

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal. The peace and solitude in this trek are unlike any other destination in Nepal. The scenic views of Manaslu and other mountains including the Annapurna range are wonderful in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

The Manaslu Circuit Trek lies above the foothills of the Gorkha District. You will encounter people of various ethnicities like Brahmins, Chhetris in the lower regions. But as you trek to the high altitude regions, you will meet Gurung people. The Gurungs of this region are adherents of Tibetan Buddhism.

You can see the influences of Tibetan Buddhism in various places along this trek. During your trek, you will get to various monasteries like Kargyu-Pemba Chholing Gompa, Labrang (Lama’s Place) Gompa, Pungyen Nunnery, etc. These monasteries let you explore the Buddhism of this region. These monasteries are also set beautifully amidst the mountains surrounding this region. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek by Mount Mania starts after a scenic drive through the hills surrounding Kathmandu valley to Arughat and finally to Soti Khola. The trekking trails then take you along the gushing waters of Budhi Gandaki river.

The trail passes through several farmlands, bamboo, rhododendron, oak, and pine forests as you trek to the highest point of this trek in Larkya La pass. This pass is set at an altitude of 5125 meters. The pass is one of the best vantage points to view several mountains like Pawar Peak (6,620m/21,720ft), Cheo Himal (6,820m/22,376ft), the Himlung pyramid (7,126m/23,380ft), Gyaji Kung (7,030m23,065ft), Kang Garu (6,981m/22,905ft) plus Annapurna II (7,937m/26,041ft). 

Are you Planning Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

One of the best places during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the village of Samagaon. You will spend a day acclimatizing to this village. Exploration of this wonderful place includes the visit to the various Gompas as well as mountain viewing spots.

After crossing the Larkya La pass, you will descend into the dense forests of the Manaslu Conservation Area. You will cross some picturesque villages along the way like Samdo and Bimthang before finally getting to Dharapani. From Dharapani, you will take a bus ride to Kathmandu. You can also extend this trip to Tsum Valley.

14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek: Private Guide & Jeep Itinerary

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  • Altitude: 710m
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  • Altitude: 3525m
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  • Altitude: 1860m
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  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Distance: 234km / 9-10 hrs
  • Altitude: 1320m,820m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (13 Breakfast, 14 Lunch, and 13 Dinner) during the trek
  • Private jeep (Kathmandu to Soti Khola)
  • Private jeep (Dharapani to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Strong helpful Porter 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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

Optional

  • Kathmandu Hotel Per Night Twin Sharing On BB USD 60$

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
23 Jul, 2024 - 05 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUS$1400
31 Jul, 2024 - 13 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUS$1400

Useful Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

The total length of the Manaslu Circuit trek is around 177 kilometers. You will be trekking for 10 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 5,213 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.

FAQs

How can I obtain a visa for Nepal?

Getting a visa for Nepal is relatively straightforward. You can obtain a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at land border crossings. Alternatively, you can apply for a visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate in your home country. Ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-sized photo, and the required visa fee in USD.

How challenging is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered challenging, suitable for trekkers with good physical fitness and some trekking experience. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and the crossing of the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters. Proper acclimatization and preparation are essential to handle the demands of this trek.

What services are included in the Manaslu Trekking package?

Trekking packages for the Manaslu Circuit typically include:

  • Airport transfers

  • PublicTransportation to and from the trailhead 

  • Accommodation in tea houses during the trek

  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

  • Licensed trekking guide and porters

  • Necessary permits (Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)

  • First aid kit

Is travel insurance required for trekking in the Manaslu Region?

Travel insurance is mandatory for the Manaslu Region Trek. The insurance should cover high-altitude trekking, emergency evacuation, medical expenses, and trip cancellation. Ensure your policy includes coverage for altitudes up to 6,000 meters.

Who will pick us up from the airport?

Our Mount Mania representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

What is the best time to trek to Manaslu?

The best times to trek the Manaslu Circuit are during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons. These periods offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and excellent views of the mountains.

Is there internet service available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Internet service is available in some tea houses along the Manaslu Circuit, but it can be slow and unreliable. It is advisable to inform your family and friends that communication may be intermittent during the trek.

Is it safe to drink running water on the Manaslu Trek?

You should not drink untreated running water on the Manaslu Trek. Bottled water is available, but it is recommended to use water purification tablets or filters to treat water from local sources to reduce plastic waste and ensure safe drinking water.

Can I use credit cards in the Manaslu Region?

No, you can't used credit card in the Manaslu Region. It is advisable to carry enough cash (Nepalese Rupees) to cover your expenses during the trek, as ATMs are scarce along the trail.

What is the highest peak in the Manaslu Region?

The highest peak in the Manaslu Region is Mount Manaslu, standing at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). It is the eighth-highest mountain in the world.

Is Larkya La Pass very difficult for beginner trekkers?

The Larkya La Pass is one of the most challenging sections of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is difficult for beginner trekkers due to its high altitude and steep ascent. Adequate preparation, acclimatization, and physical fitness are crucial for crossing the pass safely.

Can I trek in the Manaslu Region alone?

Solo trekking in the Manaslu Region is not allowed. Trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed guide and be in a group of at least two people, excluding the guide. This regulation ensures safety and supports local tourism.

What is the cost of permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The cost of permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek includes:

  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: USD 70 for the first seven days and USD 10 for each additional day (from September to November); USD 50 for the first seven days and USD 7 for each additional day (from December to August)

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit: USD 30 per person

  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: USD 30 per person

What is the highest altitude we will reach during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The highest point reached during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). This altitude requires careful acclimatization and preparation to avoid altitude sickness and ensure a successful trek.

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. Contact us to apply fo Special permit.

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.

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. 

Customer Reviews

  • My partner and I had the most amazing experience on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in April 2024. We can't thank Mount Mania team enough for taking us on this truly unforgettable adventure. Over 14 days, we journeyed through the Nepalese Himalayas and crossed over the Larke Pass at an elevation of 5106 meters!

    The trek had some of the most stunning landscapes we have ever seen. Each day brought new vistas even more breathtaking than the last. The panoramic views from the Larke Pass were a highlight, offering an unparalleled sense of accomplishment and awe. One of the most enriching aspects of the trek was the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture. The teahouses provided a cozy and authentic experience, with delicious home-cooked meals and a chance to learn about the local customs and way of life.
    The trek was challenging but incredibly rewarding. The trail was varied, with some steep ascents and descents, river crossings, and suspension bridges. And let's not forget our mountain friends - the beautiful mules, we passed many on this trek. The gradual acclimatization was well-planned, ensuring we were well-prepared for the high altitude of the Larke Pass. Our guide, Ganesh, was knowledgeable and supportive, providing us with invaluable information about the region and ensuring our safety and comfort throughout.

    Tips for Future Trekkers:
    • Physical prep: Make sure to be in good physical condition before attempting the trek. The altitude and duration require a reasonable level of fitness.
    • Packing: Pack light but ensure you have essential gear for cold weather, particularly for the higher altitudes. A good pair of trekking boots is a must.
    • Acclimatization: Take this process seriously to avoid altitude sickness. Listen to your guide and your body.
    • Guided vs. Independent Trekking: We highly recommend going with a guide. Mountain Mania are a wonderful team and their knowledge and support are invaluable, particularly in remote areas.

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek was a life-changing adventure that exceeded our expectations. The combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and the sense of achievement made it an experience we will cherish forever. If you're looking for a challenging yet incredibly rewarding trek in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit should be at the top of your list!

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    Jiri_Jana
    Czech Republic

    In love with Nepal

    What a great experience. Thank you to Mount mania - since I decided to do the trek just a week before the start and I had just 7 days to do it, I sent a request to Mount mania. Rupak was very helpful via whatsapp and the wish came true. The trek itself is perfect combination of Nepalese - tibets culture and nature. Old villages with not easy but happy life, colourful nature of rododendrons woods, alpine flowers and wild animals (marmots, mountain goats,...). The trek is demanding while doing in 7 days, but the guide Balu was very professional and planned accordingly to the situation. Balu recommended the best tea houses, traditional food (yes, mostly the Dal Bhat and the Mo-Mos are the must :). Thank you Balu, my friend, for showing the best of Nepalese heritage - kind and friendly man.

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