The Manaslu Circuit Trek ventures into a less explored region of the Himalayas and will be remembered by trekkers for its unspoiled natural beauty, seclusion, and tranquil lifestyles of Tibetan Buddhists with their smiling faces and spirituality.
This is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of suburban lifestyles. Trekking through remote Tamang and Sherpa villages, and watching how villagers’ eek a living in this rugged landscape, will give you a new perspective on life.
The Manaslu circuit trek will take you back in time and leave you with a sense of peace and give you a greater perspective as to the meaning of life. When you look at how people in these remote regions, not only survive hardships and extreme weather but endure and maintain a spiritually rich life.
The trek follows trails that offer regular glimpses of numerous majestic snow-capped peaks, especially the iconic Mt. Manaslu (8163m), literally meaning “Spirit of the mountain” and the world’s 8th highest peak. The trail offers a fantastic variety of photo opportunities, such as glaciers, moraines, exposed barren landscapes, waterfalls, raging alpine rivers and of course a spiritual awakening as you pass Buddhist Gompas (temples), mani stones and ever-present fluttering prayer flags.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek follows the imposing Budi Gandaki River heading north to Deng village. Although firstly it is quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking on elevated paths above the river. Heading north the valley widens while revealing pristine views of alpine meadows and small Tibetan villages at the base of Manaslu's phenomenal north face. Finally, we reach Samagaun, the 3rd largest village in the region. As we head west we cross the Larkya La Pass at (5106m -Larke Pass), a well-known route that links the Budi Gandaki and the Marsyangdi rivers. As we descend we pass through the striking alpine meadows at Bhimthang before connecting with the main Annapurna Circuit route and then we head back to Besisahar.
The trek begins at Soti Khola and traverses through numerous alpine villages throughout the Manaslu region before concluding at Besisahar. A trekking permit is necessary before you can enter this region. Passing through the village of Arughat we head to Soti Khola where we begin our trek to Machhakhola, Jagat, Deng, Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, and Dharamsala. After heading to Larke La Pass (5106m), the highest altitude of this trek we head down to Bimtang and then drive Besisahar before heading back to Kathmandu.
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will take care of all paperwork required for this trek. We have more than 40 years of experience in Trekking and can be trusted to take good care of you and ensure your experience is a memorable one. Your safety is paramount!
The Manaslu Circuit Trek can be tailored to suit your needs and can be from between 18-20 days. The ideal time to do this trek is in spring, from March to May, or in winter, from September to December.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Arughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besisahar we will be traveling by private jeep
We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg (10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.
Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May) when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..
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Based On 33 Reviews
This is my fifth trek in Nepal and definitely my favourite. Happy to have done this before the road is complete as this will change the remote nature of this trek. We had a fantastic group who supported each other, particularly on the day crossing the pass. This trek is more challenging than Annapurna Circuit and Gokyo/Everest. Our guide Ram was simply the best, can’t say enough about him. Also great to have Ram from sherpa Expedition thamel office as my friend. I feel very fortunate to have been on this trek.
We did a 17 days trek around Manaslu, thank to our guide and the agency everything was perfect. The only thing it was clear list of materials to take with so here it is : Passport picture, copy of international assurance policy Warm clothes for the pass (thermo clothes) (temperature under 0) Gloves, scarf, cap Head light Toilet paper Power bank (if you want to charge your phone, they will charge you 200R to charge in tea house) Enough money for the drink (beer can cost around 1050 and tea up to 1500 rupees)
Thanks to the good advice from the team, we went for the Manaslu trek, very well organized. This trek is amazing and not so crowded compare to others. The team were very attentive to our needs and super nice. They made our stay in Nepal super cool.
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