"The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes recently. More and more tourists are interested in going to this region because of the less crowded and fewer trekkers."
Manaslu Circuit Trek usually requires 5-6 hours of walking every day and some days even up to 8-10 hours- such as in high passes. This combination includes 14th 8000m peaks & many panoramic views of Mountain. So, walking on a high altitude is physically challenging, to join the Manaslu Circuit and to complete it successfully, we must have lots of willpower, ability to tolerate harsh conditions and very high level of fitness and good health.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded as an unspoiled trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu itself. The name Manaslu refers to "The Spirit-Mountain”. According to the local language, it refers to be the generous and strong deity that dwells within. This trek roughly circles the world’s eighth highest Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and has begun to be popular trekking trail for the travelers as other famous trekking trails like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and so on.
Manaslu Larke (Larkye) La Pass (5,106 m) is a challenging and sheer pass and it is among the most chosen trekking destinations. Trekkers can get to learn some special dialects, as it is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The trails offer the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage and incomparable Himalayan beauty. Furthermore, the trail passes through the subtropical foothills of the Himalaya to the parched high Himalayan and to pastures bordering Tibet. Relatively very few trekkers take this trek that is why; the environment is tranquil and still pristine with a true natural flavor. So if you love nature and want to spend long and amazing trekking, this is definitely worth your time.
As Manaslu Circuit Trek trek is quite different to other regions it is expected that this trekking trail will be one of the most popular trekking trails very soon. This trek is getting popular for its range of scenery, cultural variety, and it fledging lodges. Trekkers with enough time can include the Tsum valley area with fewer trekkers, it has remained intact and unchanged for centuries.
The best time for Manaslu Circuit trek is from March to May and last week from mid-September to December. Whereas October is considered as the busiest season, during this time, the sky is blue and view of the snow Peak Mountains are flawless and the weather is neither excessively hot nor excessively frosty. In addition, if you are planning a trip during any other season you will encounter few trekkers. If you are planning a trek in winter, Larkya La Pass will be shut by snow, so you can’t go to Manaslu Base Camp and the Tibetan Boarder.
Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Arughat Bazaar and follows the impressive Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng. Although firstly it is quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking high above the river on spectacular paths. As we tend to walk northwards, the valley opens up again to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan style villages; cluster below Manaslu's dramatic north face. We trek through these villages, with rows of prayer wheels and mani stones. Eventually, we reach Samagaon, the largest village in the region. From here we move towards the west across the Larkya La (5213m), a classic route linking the Budi Gandaki and the Marsyangdi. The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang; before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route, back to the trailhead at Besisahar.
Regarded by many as Nepal’s best trek, the Manaslu circuit offers an Annapurna-like package of spectacular views, increasingly rugged scenery and a high pass crossing at Larkya-La(5100m) but without crowds and apple pies, However, this is no walk in the park. In many places the walls of the Budi Gandaki valley are perpendicular, so there is a huge amount of extra climbing as you hike up and down over ridges or across Cliffside shelves the trail is rough and steep and in a couple of places literally hangs on a bluff high above the river.
The trek is both culturally and geographically fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Budi Gandaki, a region known as Nupri [the western mountains], are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s. In upper Nupri the speech, dress, and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. Nupri actually pairs taxes to Tibet until about 1840 and there is still trade between Nupri and Tibet. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the Larkya la is one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalaya.
Traditionally, most have attempted this trek from the village of Arughat, around 125km northwest of Kathmandu, but it was also possible to start from the village of Barpak, over the Rupina la [4720m], or directly from Gorkha via Barpak and Laprak. However, with the extensive damage caused by the 2015 earthquakes, change may be required to the standard itinerary – it is essential to seek up-to-date information if planning to trek this route.
Before the disaster, the trek was broken down into the following stages, beginning at Arughat. However, the earthquake caused massive damage to aright and the roads linking the village to Gorkha and the Prithvi Highway. The stages beyond Jagat are also reported to be badly damaged by landslides. Until reconstruction work is complete, it is not possible to say which overnight stops are still viable, and which sections are still trekked able via the original route. Check the status of trials and accommodation for all stops before attempting to trek in this region.
Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Eight highest Peak in the world 8,163m from sea level.
- Spectacular views, increasingly rugged scenery and a high pass crossing at Larkya-La(5100m)
- The trekking begins from Arughat Bazaar and follows the impressive Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng.
- Trekkers take this trek that is why; the environment is tranquil and still pristine with a true natural flavor.
- Walking through the tropical green hills covered with pine trees and oak forest at the beginning of the trek.
- The unique culture blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu via public bus.
- All Standard Meals (Lunches, Dinners, and Breakfasts) during the trek.
- Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- during the trek
- Government License holder English Speaking Sherpa Expedition and Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader,(10 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit")
- Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
- Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
- Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
- Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
- All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses
- Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
- Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
- Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
- Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
- International flight airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
- Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
- All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
- Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
- Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
- Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
- All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers and extra batteries)
Good to Know
We offer you a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights). During the trek, you will be accommodated in teahouses or lodge. You can find some of the teahouses with standard accommodation but normally we tend to see basic rooms having a bed, blankets and a pillow. Following the route uphill has less settlement area, you may need to adjust in tents or dormitories ahead from Dharmasala. Attached washroom are rarely found, you have to use shared washing and toilet facilities.
Meals and drinks during the trek
You will be served breakfast in Kathmandu whereas all meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Teahouses of this trek are quite standard and offer you food with taste and variety. We suggest you bring water purifying pills since you will have stream water; however, you have options of buying bottled water.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek suitable for all passionate trekkers who can walk 7-8 hours a day. It might be difficult for beginners as past hiking or trekking experience is required. However, if you are in good health condition with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.
Transports used on Manaslu Trek
In the past, Aarughat used to be the starting point of the trek but these days due to an expansion of the road, we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel through rough roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besishahar we will be traveling by private jeep.
Guide and Porter on the trek
We provide you trained trekking guide and porters, trekking guide handles the logistics, guides you and your team whereas a porter for every two trekkers carry about 20 kg of weight ( 10 kg from each trekker). Saying no to a guide and porter makes your trek more challenging, take it as a necessary part rather than an option.