March - May, October - December
Sotikhola- Jagat- Samagau- Bhimtang
- Less crowded trekking route
- Highest pass Larkya La Pass (5106m)
- An authentic culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Gurung natives
- Changing landscapes: sub-tropical-alpine forest
- Ancient Pungyen Monastery
- Magnificent 8th highest Manaslu Mountain
- Lush green forests with diverse flora and fauna
- Lovely views of snow-capped Siringi Himal, Himlung Himal, Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himal Chuli, and Kang Guru
|Person(s)||Price per Person|
|2 Paxes||USD 955.00|
|3 Paxes||USD 935.00|
|4 - 6 Paxes||USD 885.00|
|7 - 12 Paxes||USD 855.00|
|13 - 18 Paxes||USD 795.00|
Manaslu Circuit Trek: Unveiling the Untamed Beauty of Nepal
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a dream trek for all adventure lovers seeking to trek on the off-beat trails. The beauty of this trek is that it is less crowded as it falls under a restricted area. Expect to trek in the tranquility of the least explored trail abundant with natural beauty and a backdrop of endless snow-capped mountains.
Appreciate the warm hospitality from the Gurung natives while staying at family-operated teahouses/homestays. Interact with the locals and get close to learning about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. The authentic ancient Pungyen Monastery, mani walls, Chortens, and prayer flags give pleasant cultural vibes. Stunning views of the world’s eighth highest Mt. Manaslu and other surrounding peaks from the highest pass Larkya La are heavenly.
Trekking in remote restricted land in the vicinity of picturesque trails, and lush green forests with changing landscapes at different altitudes is a surreal experience. A much-needed stay at a beautiful Sama Gaun for acclimatization gives a chance to explore the Manaslu Base Camp. Get amazed by the mules transporting goods comfortably at such elevations. Join us for a better experience of trekking in a group during the best seasons of Autumn and Spring with proper guidance and a professional team of HST. After Manaslu Circuit Trek, You can continue to Annapurna Circuit Trek.
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Day to Day Itinerary
A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat on a local bus for 7 hours. Enjoy a paved road drive till Dhading Besi admiring beautiful landscapes, green vegetation, and lovely villages. After that a bumpy ride on rugged roads to Soti khola. Upon reaching Soti Khola, rest for a while at a teahouse. Visit the nearby places and interact with the locals if you wish to Spend a night at a teahouse. Alternately, one can book a private jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola for a comfortable and hassle-free ride. It takes 6 hours to reach.
Commence the trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. Walking through beautiful lush forests, reach a small village Khursane. Two beautiful waterfalls on the way and passing through terraced fields to reach the Gurung-inhabited Labubesi. Walk on the uneven rocky and narrow trail and encounter mules to reach Machha Khola. Spend a night at Machha Khola.
Walking on a narrow trail ascending and descending, cross the Tharo Khola and step into a small village Khorlabesi. Further ascends and descends to reach Tatopani. A walk on the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and climbing stairs to reach Dobhan. After a few ascends and descends, a steep stair climb to Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over the edge and continue until one reaches Jagat. Stay overnight at a teahouse.
A descending walk through stone stairs witnessing terraced fields to Salleri and walk down to Sirdibas. Admire the beauty of Siringi Himal and continue walking to Ghatta Khola. Cross a suspension bridge to step into a Gurung village Philim and continue walking further. Cross a few rivers and enter the forests of bamboo to the Deng Khola. Spend overnight at Deng village after crossing Deng Khola.
A brief walk and cross the Budhi Gandaki, ascend further to reach Bihi. Walk through beautiful forest trail and mani getting a glimpse of lovely Siringi Himal to reach Prok village. Passing different Gompas and crossing the river several times to enter the dense green forest. A peaceful walk in between the forest trail until ascend to the Namrung village. Spend a night there.
Admire the awesome views of Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal while descending from Namrung. Climb uphill passing the forest to Lihi. Witness the terraces of barley crops, and chortens in Lihi and descend then ascend to village Sho. Climb further to enter the Tibetan village Lho and the first glimpse of Mt. Manaslu, Naike, and Larkya Peak if the weather is clear. One can feel a change in altitude and continue walking till one reach the monastery. Visit the monastery if one wishes to. Ascend for a few hours passing rhododendron and pine forest to enter the Shyala village. Spend a night here.
A gradual and pleasant walk to Sama Gaun. Rest for a while at a teahouse. Appreciate warm hospitality from the Gurung natives and get familiar with their lifestyle and culture. A hike to the beautiful Pungyen Monastery situated behind the Sama village. A vantage point to enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Manaslu and the surrounding peaks. Also, witness grazing yaks and Himalaya Thar nearby. Descend from there and back to a teahouse. Interact with locals and get to know about the place and tradition. Spend a night there and enjoy the local cuisine.
Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun to adapt to the altitude and prevent altitude sickness. A hike to the Manaslu Base Camp passing the trail to Birendra Tal. A beautiful view of a freshwater lake and a gradual walk to the base camp. Witness the Manaslu glacier and panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Naike Peak, Butterfly Peak, and Ganesh Himal. Return to a teahouse and stay overnight. Alternately, one can trek to Birendra Tal or stay at a teahouse for rest.
Trek descend to the side of Budhi Gandaki River and follow the trail linking Larkya La Pass. Passing through the pleasant juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka, a glimpse of yak pastures, and various mani walls, walk downhill. Cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to the White Khani village. Trek further to reach Samdo. Explore nearby places after taking a rest. Spend a night there.
Walk down the trail and cross the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Head towards the Larkya Bazaar and admire the Larkya Glacier en route and step into the Salka Khola valley. Ascend a bit to reach Dharmasala which is a stone-made guesthouse. Dharmasala is a kind of shelter also known as Larkey Phedi. Spend quality time, and have proper acclimatization rest, and relaxation. Stay overnight here.
An exciting day of the trek to walk to the highest pass Larkya La elevated at 5106m. Early wake up and commence a 6-8 hour adventurous hike. Passing across Larkya Glaciers and admiring stunning views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. A gradual ascent on a steep trail to reach the top of the pass. A challenging yet adventurous experience and relish the wonderful views of Himlung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himal Chuli, and Kang Guru of Tibet. Capture the snow-capped peaks, and the surroundings and descend to Bimthang after spending some memorable time. A view of huge icefalls and a glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and surrounding peaks tease in the backdrop while returning to Bimthang. Stay overnight here.
Admiring the lovely mountain peaks, passing Sangure Kharka, climb down and cross a bridge over Dudh Khola. Walk down the trail of the cultivated land of the Karche valley passing through the rhododendron forest. The lovely views of mani wall, chorten, and green vegetation while ascending and descending through the villages of Gho and Thonje reach a checkpoint. Enter into the Dharapani which falls under the Annapurna Circuit Area. Spend a night at a teahouse.
The adventurous Manaslu Circuit Trek comes to an end and returns to Kathmandu from Dharapani. Have breakfast and commence the long day journey on a Local jeep to Besisahar and a local bus to Kathmandu from there. Else, one can book a private jeep and ride from Dharapani to Kathmandu directly if one wishes for a comfortable and hassle-free ride.
- 12 nights Lodge Accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek
- All the standard meals( Lunch,Dinner & Breakfast/The main course) three times a day
- Kathmandu/Sotikhola by public bus
- Dharapani/Bensisahar by Public Jeep
- Bensisahar to Kathmandu by Public transportation
Note: if you ask we can arrange private transportation on extra cost.
- Manaslu restricted are permit
- Manaslu conservation area permit (MCAP)
- Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP)
- One government license holder trekking guide
- Require porters (2 trekker's - 1 Porter)
- Guide's, Porter's food, insurance, equipment, salary etc.
- First Aid kit
- Water purification tablets for drinking water
- Cookies and Seasonal fruits everyday
- Duffel bag
- Sleeping bags if needed)
- Government vat and local taxes
Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek
Accommodation in the Manaslu Circuit Trek is generally in the teahouses/guesthouses. Private rooms with shared bathrooms and basic facilities are typically available throughout the trek. A compulsory sharing of rooms during the peak of seasons at Dharmasala. An additional charge for charging a camera, phones, and a bucket of hot water. A nice idea to have a power bank or solar battery, wipes, and toilet paper for convenience.
Meals in Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu is a remote area. So, expect the meals to be local and simple. Mostly the vegetables are locally grown and organic. “Dal Bhat” with curry is the main dish. A good energy diet for travelers to trek for 7-8 hours. Animals’ meat is difficult to find as raising animals is difficult at that altitude. For one’s good health, it is advisable to eat vegetarian food. If one wishes to eat meat consult with the guide. Meals in Manaslu circuit are healthy and suitable for trekkers. Pack some energy bars and chocolates as the availability of teahouses may not be at all places.
Drinking water for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Bottled waters are available costing from 1-4$ as the altitude rises. Most of the trekkers carry their water bottles and fill up the water at the teahouses. Likewise, one can easily refill water from the water sources directly from the mountains. Perform water treatment by using water purifying solutions. So, carry water purifying drops or tablets. If any doubt, pay some charges and get boiled water from the teahouses.
Phone Network during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Phone networks in the Manaslu region are hard to find. Only 40% of this region has phone signals which may be unstable. But no worries as the facility of satellite phone for emergency contact is there.
The internet connectivity in the Manaslu region can be only found in a few places. One can get a Wi-Fi facility at Sama Gaun and Samdo by paying extra charges. Likewise, purchase a 4G sim card with an internet package to use the internet facility.
Transport for Manaslu Trek
Manaslu Trekking is adventurous as mostly the trails are off-beat. Public transportation is the best way as there is no means of airways. A drive on a local vehicle from Kathmandu to Arughat. Then on a local jeep from Arughat to Soti Khola. One can also book a private jeep and drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Reaching the starting point of Manaslu Trek
Soti Khola is a beautiful small village abundant with natural beauty and the flowing Budhi Gandaki River nearby. Soti Khola is the starting point of Manaslu Trek. A ride on a public vehicle from Kathmandu to Arughat and on a jeep to reach Soti Khola. For a comfortable ride, book a private jeep and ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek
Permits are mandatory while trekking in any region of Nepal. Manaslu is a restricted area of Nepal and three permits are required to trek here. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) both cost USD 30 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC nations respectively.
Manaslu Restricted Permit is quintessential and the price varies in (Sep-Nov) and (Dec-August) months. For the September to November month, per person is USD 100 for the first week with an additional USD 15 per day individually afterward.
For the months between December and August, per person is USD 75 for the first week with an additional USD 10 per day individually afterward.
Travel Insurance plays a key role and acts as a safety shield from unanticipated events. For all travelers/trekkers, a safety net against travel-related expenses. Make sure that an altitude above 4000 meters is covered along with all medical expenses, luggage loss/ theft, flight cancellations, and emergency evacuations. Tie up with a trusted travel insurance company before the travel.
Extra personal expenses during the trek
Trekking in the mountains means dealing with lots of uncertainties. Thus, a high chance of extra expenses during the trek. Also, access to ATMs and banks is difficult here. It is requested to carry extra cash for the following purposes:
- For your Travel Insurance.
- Extra or personal porter.
- Hot showers, internet access, battery charging, laundry, and other extra services in the mountains.
- Flight cancellation due to extreme weather conditions
- Emergency evacuation cost.
- Souvenirs from the Himalayas, such as medicinal herbs, paintings, and other things.
- Any kind of drinks, energy bars throughout the trek, tips to the guides and porters at the end of the trek.
Luggage limitation for Porter
Porters are one of the key people in the trekking journey. They carry the luggage on their back with the help of a strap and ascend and descend on the rugged, slippery, twist and turn trails. They perform commendable work which amazes the trekkers, as well as, respect grows for them. Mostly porters carry luggage more than their body weight. But, concerning all factors like health, and difficulty level the maximum luggage limitation is 66 pounds which are approx. 20 kg.
The trekking trip with HST is in safe hands as the guides are well-trained, professional, seasoned adventurers with over one decade of experience. They are experts in their fields and are technically competent, friendly in nature, and have proven safety performances with no casualties. Trekkers’ safety is topmost priority. Thus, personal protection equipment and first-aid kits are readily available with guides. The itinerary is designed in consideration of proper acclimatization to accomplish the trek. One most important piece of advice while traveling to the Manaslu region is to stay on the side of a wall while mules are transporting goods. A chance of mules pushing causing mishaps and to prevent it, it is advisable to let the mules pass and stick to the side of the wall. It's mandatory to hire a guide for the Manaslu Trek and solo travel is prohibited. The guide makes your trip journey smooth and safe. HST is always giving its best to meet the diverse needs of international clients and wishes our clients to have safe, satisfying, exciting, and extraordinary experiences.
How tough is Manaslu Trek for trekkers having various experience levels?
Manaslu Trek Nepal is moderately difficult. A perfect adventurous trek for trekkers who love challenges and are passionate to explore and can walk at least 6-8 hours a day. Anyone with good physical fitness, excellent health, and strong determination with a positive attitude can accomplish the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. A trekker with no experience can also complete this trek. Before that, it is suitable to participate in cardiovascular exercises (running, jogging, push-ups, and pull-ups), build core strength, and hike on hills under different weather conditions before a few months of this trip. Inform us before confirming a trip, if one has health-related issues.
Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization at Manaslu Circuit Trek
Altitude sickness is common in the mountains over 3000 meters elevation. Our HST team has strategically planned the acclimatization stopover at Sama Gaon. It helps trekkers to adapt to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. Headache, nausea, breathlessness, vomiting, loss of appetite, and in extreme cases hallucinations and unconsciousness are primary symptoms of altitude sickness. Only a few percent of trekkers suffer and a proper caution can let you be safe here. It is advisable to let the guides know if you have any of the primary symptoms. Some key points to avoid altitude sickness are:
- Do warm-up hikes and stretching before starting the journey for the day.
- Drink an adequate amount of water. Keep rehydrating at regular intervals. It is best to drink a liter every hour you've walked then. Set yourself to urinate further throughout the day and night.
- Get plenty of rest & sleep. Don't push yourself too much while walking. The key is to ascend slowly and gradually. You should trek slowly and gradually.
- You need to have an applicable balanced diet throughout the journey. Avoid too-much salty food and alcohol throughout the trek.
- If necessary take the capsules for Altitude sickness by consulting with your guide. If you feel too uncomfortable descend immediately.
Best time to visit Manaslu Circuit Trek
Autumn (mid-September-October-November) and Spring (mid-March-April-May) are considered the best seasons for the Manaslu Trek. The perfect weather, fully-operated teahouses, better roads (compare to rainy and winter seasons), and hours of daylight make the trekking remarkable. Manaslu region is likely to have lots of rain during the rainy season making it tough to trek. Likewise, a lot of snow during the winter season makes it difficult to trek. Off-season trekking by experienced trekkers can be done but it is still considered risky. Trekkers are requested to do organized planning and medications before venturing the Manaslu trek.
Equipment checklist for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trekking on the off-beat path is an extraordinary experience. To make it more remarkable proper equipment is required. Thus, our HST representative provides you with the necessary equipment checklist and mostly preferred lightweight and they are mentioned below:
Upper Body: -
- A long-sleeve thermal base layer
- Trekking shirt
- Insulation layer
- fleece jacket
- Warm Down Jacket
- waterproof jacket
- T-Shirt lightweight
- Beanie and ear warmers
- Sunhat & Scarf
- Headlights with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Dust Masks
- Lip Balm
- Face /Body wipe
legs & Boots: -
- Trekking Pants two pairs
- waterproof jacket
- Trekking boots
- Sport Shoes
- Crampons (If snow or Ice)
- Thermal Leggins
- Underwear & thick Socks
Essentials Gear: -
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag
- Water bottle
- Backpack or Day pack
- Quick drying towel
- Toilet paper
- Small mirror
- Nail cutter
Personal accessories: -
- Power bank
- Extra batteries for the Camera
- Diary & Pen
- Extra Passport copy and Photos
- Firsts Aid Kits
Note: The above list can be customized as per the seasons and necessity of the trekkers.
Tipping in Nepal
The tour operators of HST are members of the government-registered Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. You may wish to tip the guides and porters and it is completely your personal choice. You may tip about 10% of the trekking cost or more than that.
Benefits of Choosing Hillary Step Treks (HST)
- Our experienced team of over one decade has accomplished treks in Manaslu Treks and other treks too.
- Our guides are fluent in English, and Nepali dialects. They know the terrain, culture, people, and the Manaslu region through & through.
- HST provides you with the best value services for your money. No hidden cost, every step with HST is transparent and clear. We value our clients over profit any day.
- Your safety is the top priority while trekking with the HST team. Thus, in case of an emergency first-aid kit or provision of rescue teams as a requirement.
- We are a government-registered company providing you with real care services at the best reasonable rate.
- Our company also has 70% repetitive clients over the years which shows their trust in us.
- We go the extra mile to assure you of a complete trekking experience in Nepal. HST is your ideal choice for trekking in Nepal.
FAQs of Manaslu Circuit Trek
1, Is there Bank, ATM & Money exchange available during the Manaslu circuit trek?
No, there isn’t Bank, ATM & Money exchange during the trek. You have to take enough Nepalese rupees from Kathmandu for your extra expenses.
2, Can I use Private transportation instead of public transportation?
Yes, you can use private transportation instead of using public transportation it will be hassle-free travel.
3, What is the Luggage limit for Porter to carry?
Hillary Step Treks will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry a combined 20 Kg of Luggage (10Kg for each trekker)
4, What permit is required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek (MCT) trek?
Manaslu Circuit is a restricted area so we need to buy a special permit from Immigration There are 3 permits required. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) & Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). For the Restricted Area permit, immigrants require an original passport
5, Do guides and Porters have Insurance?
All, Hillary Step Treks Guides & Porters are covered by Insurance as well as Salary, Meals, Accommodation, equipment, etc. during the trek.
6, Can I trek Manaslu circuit solo?
No, You can't travel solo as Manaslu Circuit is restricted area they require minimum 2 person to Apply permit.
7, What documents do I need for the Manaslu Circuit trekking?
You need to submit the following documents by WhatsApp or Email after the advance deposit.
- A Copy of Passport copy
- P.P size Photos
- Flight details (Arriving and Departure date)
- Travel insurance which should include emergency evacuation
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