Good to Know
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 5160 m

What To Expect

  • Get the experience of very remote area trekking
  • Uncover the cultures of ethnic people
  • Go ahead through the beautiful forest by crossing the rivers
  • Take photographs of wild animals
  • Circle the eighth of the world's highest mountain
  • Explore the very nearer live views of Manaslu, Annapurna, and the other Himalayas
  • Take a snapshot of the surroundings from the Larke Pass

Manaslu Trek 2023/2024

Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal is strenuous physically, enriching culturally, and beautiful scenically.

Around Manaslu trekking is the most renowned teahouse trekking in the off-the-beaten trail in Nepal compared to other destinations. It is a classic trek that presents the world’s eighth-highest mountain panorama along with ethnic culture, Buddhist architecture, and beautiful epic sceneries including wildlife.

The word Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning meaning "intellect" or "soul". Also, it is known by the name "mountain of the spirit". Trekking to Manaslu in Nepal remained restricted for a long time and opened recently in 1992 to non-natives. It lies in the border region between Nepal and Tibet. It's a less-traded Himalayan trekking zone and is listed as one of the most stylish trekking packages in Nepal trekking.

However, Mt. Manaslu trekking Nepal is gaining popularity day by day due to its charming and untouched naturally beautiful spirit. Most of the trekking agencies are also promoting this destination nowadays as it is the less-explored trekking sector in Nepal. It offers great mountain sceneries and ultimate adventure knowledge. Mount. Manaslu, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru, and other glaciers are the major attractions of the Manaslu circuit in Nepal. 

Manaslu is a protected region. It has been declared the Conservation Area in 1998 by the Nepal government. It preserves the entire Manaslu region. Manaslu conservation area is home to different species and floras. It covers 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas. It is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal.

Walking along the lush sub-tropical forest up to the highest Himalayan zone in the Manaslu region, you can see the splendid forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine. Along with the jaw-dropping mountain scenery, different flowering plants in different altitudes places are grown up there. On the other hand, colorful wild creatures similar as snow Leopard, Paika, Himalayan Black Bear, Deer, and numerous other creatures are set up in this Manaslu Conservation Area.

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Manaslu round trek is a kind of adventure trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. It offers beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu and other peaks. The ethnic culture and tradition are awesome. 

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Crossing the precarious suspension bridges in many places is another distinctive experience. These are wooden bridges used for crossing rivers in the ancient period.

Likewise, the beautiful cascades on the way also make your touring trail fascinating. You get the opportunity to click the photos of captivating flora and fauna against the backdrop of natural scenery.

Besides, the few settlements located in the far distance are another special feature of Manaslu round trekking. Nature allows you to walk with it in peace and calm.

Manaslu circuit trek 2023/2024 is graded under the challenging trekking in Nepal. So, the previous trekking or hiking experience may benefit novice trekkers.

The Manaslu circuit trek of Nepal begins after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the Manaslu region. A trek goes through the Budhi Gandaki River at the beginning and the Marshyangdi River at the end.

The vistas of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Manaslu, Annapurna, Himlung Himal, and further mountain fascination are stirring.

Similarly, heading through the Deng, Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo, and colorful towns lets, you cross the loftiest pass of the trekking- Larke La Pass. It is situated at an elevation of 5,160 meters above sea level.

In the same way, ethnical communities are rich in culture and traditions. Their customs are remarkable. You get astounded to visit those isolated villages and explore the conditioning of the original people.

After descending from Larkya La Pass, the journey encounters the Annapurna round trekking route. It is Tilije, the final destination of your trekking where you can see the nearer views of Manaslu as well as other mountains and glaciers. Then, your journey leads you to go back.

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Although, our Manaslu trek itinerary is formally long. We can make it a bit longer and more audacious by joining this trip with the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. For further details, you can go through the Manaslu Annapurna trek route.

Adding a Tsum Valley trek within the same itinerary would be more beneficial. You can learn more about Tsum inhabitants of the Manaslu region through the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek. Or we can cut off some days and customize the short Manaslu circuit trek as per your requirements.

Likewise, a day hike to Pungyen Gompa on acclimatization day is a rare experience that offers awful views of the surroundings. Although you see the beautiful scripts of the Himalayan ranges from the utmost of the places during this Manaslu circuit trek of 14 days.

Rising Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is a platoon of educated Himalayan leaders. We organize the Manaslu circuit treks in Nepal with our expert team and excellent services. Please, communicate with us for further details.

Note: As you know, the Manaslu region is considered a restricted area in Nepal. So, we need to present your original passport in order to get an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit). So, one day must be reserved for getting Permit cards before your trip starting day. Once you provide your passport, our office will manage everything.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Manaslu Round Trek is a kind of adventure trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. It offers beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu and other peaks. The ethnic villages and their cultures are awesome. This trail can also be joined with the Annapurna circuit trekking.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is a long day trekking trail in the remote area of Nepal. For more information, you can go through our Manaslu Circuit Trek detail itinerary.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude710 m

Today you will have an almost 4-hour drive to Dhadingbesi along the paved road. Then your drive will go up along the rough road and reach Arughat. Then the continuation of your driving will take you to SotiKhola, a trekking starting point.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude869 m

Your trail will take you to Khursanibesi at first and to Lapubesi through the sal forest above the Budhi Gandaki River. Then you will walk ups and downs by passing the tropical waterfalls and reach Gurung Village known as Nyauli. You will take a rest and have lunch over there. If you want, you can do swimming in the natural waterfall. It takes almost 15 minutes to go there from your lunch point. Finally, you will reach Machchha Khola by crossing the suspension bridge.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1340 m

Your trail will be continued to Kharlabesi by crossing the Tharo Khola. Then the continuation of your trail will take you to Tatopani. It is a natural hot spring where you can swim as well. And you will walk on the suspension bridge after ascending a ridge. Then you will reach Dovan. You will have lunch there. Eventually, you will reach Jagat by ascending and crossing another ridge, Yaru Bagar village, and the suspension bridge respectively. From Jagat, you will visit the ethnic tribes only like Gurung and Tamang up to Gap village.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1860 m

Today your trail will go up on the rocky ridge and reach Salleri village. Then you will reach Philim, a large Gurung Village by passing and crossing Sirdibas village and the suspension bridge respectively. From Philim, you will go ahead through the millet fields and walk a slightly upward trail to Chisapani. It is a village where you will have lunch. Then your trail continues to Ekle Bhati and crosses the suspension bridge over the bank of Budhi Gandaki River and takes you to Nyak Phedi. Again, you will walk along the suspension bridge. Then you will find the narrow path which goes through the forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo. Finally, you will reach Deng Khola.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2630 m

Today you are going to Namrung Village, a vantage point for looking at the magnificent sceneries of Mt. Siringi. So, obviously, you need to cross the Budhi Gandaki River almost five times. You can find lots of teahouses ranging from lower to higher cost with full facilities.

After having your breakfast, the trek begins again. It goes along the slightly descending trail in the beginning. After crossing the suspension bridge, the ascending walk starts and ends at Bihi Phedi. It is a village, full of tea shops. So, you can have a cup of tea over there, take a rest, and continue the trekking. From there, the trail seems normal like the plain pathway, but you need to walk carefully because the road is narrow and there may be a chance of stonefalls. You can see lots of mules carrying loads. Then trekking takes you to Gap village where you will have lunch. From this village, you will encounter ethnic groups like Lama and Tamang. After eating lunch, your trekking continues. You will see the many mani walls while walking to Prok Phedi. From there, you need to walk up steeply. It is the harder walking time. You will cross the suspension bridges two times, visit the apple farms on the way, and reach Namrung village for spending a night. 

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3530 m

Your trail will go ahead through the forest area and reach Bhanjan village. From there, you will have almost 30 minutes of ascending walking. Then you will see a big mandala like a welcome gate before barley terraces. It is a Lihi village where you will see a monastery and the numerous Chortens. Then the continuation of your walking will take you to Sho village. From this village, you will start to see the views of Mt. Manaslu, Niky Peak, Samdo Peak, Shoula Peak, Himalchuli peak, Nadichuli peak, and others. Then your walking continues through the forests of birch, pine, and juniper; crosses the suspension bridge, and reaches Lho Village. It offers fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu as well as Ribung Gompa. You can have lunch there.

The trail continues along the plain pathways. You can see the monasteries on the way. Then you will cross the suspension bridge again and the descending route starts. You will walk down for almost fifteen minutes. Then the slightly ascending route occurs. You will walk up for approximately one hour and reach Syala Village. After reaching there, you will enjoy the gorgeous sunset views over Mt. Manaslu.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4400 m

Today you will hike to Pungyen Gompa with an elevation of 4400m (approx.) from where you can see the views of Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu North, Himalchuli Peak, Mt. Bouddha, Nadichuli peak, glaciated moraine, so on.

In the morning after having breakfast, your Pungyen gompa hiking begins. It takes almost five hours to reach there. You will walk on the plain route in the beginning and cross the suspension bridges two times. Then you will reach a junction for going to Sama Gaun and the Pungyen Gompa. You will ascend steeply for approximately two hours and reach Pugyen Gompa. Due to the lack of tea houses, you will have a packed lunch over there in front of the beautiful mountain scenery. In addition, you can even explore a Gumba like a house for meditation and visit the Lamas as well.

After spending some time over there, you will descend by retracing the previous route to a junction and move ahead towards the Sama Gaun along the forest way. En route, you will see the grazing yaks. You may visit a small government school as well. From there, it takes half an hour to reach Sama Gaun. From this village, you will see the real Tibetans. Many of them still do not have Nepalese citizenship. You can the monasteries and the mani walls there too. You can visit the Birendra lake too which is situated within ten minutes of walking distance from Sama Gaun.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3875 m

In the morning after visiting Birendra lake, your trail will go on. It is the shortest walking day compared to other days. You will encounter the route to the Manaslu Base Camp. You will walk along forests of juniper and birch. Then the wooden suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Then you will walk ascendingly for half an hour and reach Samdo. En route, you visit the snow landslide area too.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4460 m

This is a day for acclimatization. It reduces the risk of getting high-altitude sickness. You can spend this day roaming around or go for a hike on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude4460 m

Today you will walk on along the juniper forest. Then you will reach Larke Bazaar. It is a traditional Tibetan bazaar where they used to do shopping at festivals in the ancient period. Then the trail crosses the suspension bridges. The trail goes slightly up and takes you to Dharmasala along the way to the Salka river. En route, you enjoy the views of Larke Glacier, Salka peak, Chiu Peak, Manaslu North, and Larke peak. You will have both lunch and dinner at Dharmasal teahouse.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3720 m

Today, you are going to cross the Larke La Pass over 5000 meters. So, you need to wake up very early in the morning, have breakfast, and begin the journey earlier before the wind comes because the wind causes the stone to fall en route to the pass.

So, you will ascend to the valley at first. It is a beautiful place that offers wonderful views of Cho Danda, Manaslu North, Niky Peak, Cheo Himal, and Larkya Peak. Then you will ascend again across the moraines of the glacier. Then the trail brings you to the last section of Larkya La Pass where you can enjoy closer views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Kangaroo Peak, Pongka Peak, Pongkar glacier, Ponkar lake, and so on. Then you will descend to Phedi village, where you will take a rest and have lunch.

Then your trail goes down across the Pongkar glacier along forests of rhododendron and juniper. Finally, you will reach Bimthang. From there, you will see close-up views of Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu North, Himal Chuli, Bouddha Himal, Himlung Himal, and others.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1970m

Today you will enjoy the outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, and Lamjung Himal from the Bimthang Village in the morning. Then you will go down towards the Kharche through the rhododendron forest by crossing the wooden bridge. After then the continuation of walking will take you to Yak Kharka along the route of the forest. It is a beautiful forest preferable for trekkers. Then your trekking descends continuously and crosses a suspension bridge over Surki river. Then you will reach Surki Khola village where you are going to have lunch. From there, the easy walking trail starts, though, some ascending trail occurs for short time. And you will reach Goa Village, where you can visit the apple farms. From there, the roadways start. But it is not a busy road. So, you can walk along there and reachTilije. From there, it takes almost forty-five minutes to reach Dharapani by crossing a wooden bridge.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsMeals
  • Maximum Altitude1350m

From there, you will have a drive to Besishara and then to Kathmandu. It’s a long hour of traveling. On the way, you will enjoy the views of the river, hillside, mountain landscape, and so on.

    This is the last day of your trip to Nepal so you must go to International Airport almost 3 hours before your flight schedule. One of our representatives will leave you there.

    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary?

    Are you interested in planning a custom trip? Feel free to contact us.

    Inclusions
    Cost Includes
    • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle 
    • Bus tickets (Kathmandu to Aarughat and Dharapani to Kathmandu) 
    • English-speaking, experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable trekking guide during the trip(Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance )
    • Three times food for you in trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner )according to your choice
    • Seasonal fruit during trekking
    • All necessary paper works, permits, and TIMS cards for trekking
    • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary
    • All the government taxes
    • Farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with a traditional dance 

    Note: We may manage a porter on request.

    Cost Excludes
    • Nepal arrival visa fee
    • Travel Insurance
    • Kathmandu Accommodation
    • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks during the trekking
    • All your personal expenses
    • Chocolate and dessert
    • Hot shower, Battery charge, and heater during the trekking
    • Porter
    • Tips for guide
    • Other expenses which are not mentioned in "Trip Cost Includes" 
    Things to Know

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Food and Accommodation

    As it is known, Manaslu trekking lies in the remote region of Nepal. It is a less-explored place. And it is also a kind of tea house trek in the Himalayan sector of Nepal.

    So, tea houses are used as Manaslu circuit trek accommodations. A tea house is like a small hotel or lodge in a mountainous area. It offers basic facilities only in the higher elevation while you can expect more facilities in the lower elevation.

    All the rooms are provided on a twin-sharing basis. But you may get a single room as well in low-altitude places. Hot showering, mobile charging, attached bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi are the basic features of lower-elevation tea houses. But only a twin-shared room, a clean pillow and blanket, sharing traditional toilets, and a charging plug are offered in the higher altitude hotels in the Manaslu region.

    You need to pay a small amount for mobile charging and Wi-Fi. So, we recommend you buy an online data pack from the mobile SIM card and get connected with us and your family.

    Taking a small mobile charging backup may prevent you from wasting money for charging a mobile in upper elevated places in Manaslu trekking.

    Regarding the food in the mountain during round trekking to Mt. Manaslu, you can get Nepali dishes like Daal, Bhat, Tarkari, and pickle mostly in all the hotels. But both Asian and western foods are also served. You can get verities of meals, especially in the lower-elevation tea houses. Normally, lunch and dinner are similar, but you can have a choice.

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    Please, read the following tentative Manaslu trek food chart;

    Breakfast: two boiled eggs/fried eggs, pancakes, porridge, juice, tea, coffee, Tibetan bread, toasted bread with jam, Muesli, fruits, vegetables, cornflakes, and others

    Lunch/ Dinner: Rice, Lentil, seasonal vegetable, pickle, Thendug, Spaketi, Chowmein, Momos, Steak, Sherpa Stew, Macrooni, vegetable soup, non-veg soup, tomato salad, spinach salad, onion salad, mushroom soup, potatoes, Korean Ramen, Papad, Prawn, Rice pudding and apple pie as dessert, soft and hard drinks, and others.

    We highly recommend you have a fresh vegetable soup for your health benefits.

    Around ManasluTrekking Difficulty

    Normally, Manaslu trekking 2023/2024 is considered one of the moderately strenuous trekking destinations in Nepal. Because you are going to cross the Larke La Pass above 5000 meters above sea level. It is very tiring to cross the Pass. But the outstanding Himalayas views, unspoiled natural features, and diverse ethnic cultures encourage you to complete the entire trekking.

    Manaslu circuit trek difficulty depends on some of the factors that appear during trekking. Such as high altitude sickness, long walking distances, unpredictable weather, remote landscapes, and heavily loaded backpacks.

    However, all our guides are Nepal government-certified licensed holders. They are first aid trainers as well.

    Besides, most of our guides and porters belong to the Himalayan region of Nepal. And we always send them on trips related to their living zone because they know technically well about every single trail of their area.

    So, you do not need to be worried. We handle everything. We may even charter the helicopter in case of emergency. But the Helicopter hiring fees must meet your travel insurance policy.

    Manaslu RoundTrek Distance

    The Manaslu circuit trek distance is approximately 160 km from Sotikhola to Dhararpani. The former is the Manaslu treks Nepal starting place whereas the latter is the ending point.

    Similarly, Sotikhola lies in the Manaslu region while Dharapani is located in the Annapurna region. It means, that the Manaslu circuit treks Nepal adjoin the Annapurna zone at the end of trekking. If you want you can even extend your trekking duration and join the Annapurna Circuit Trek as well within a single itinerary.

    It is 14 days of Manaslu trekking in total. You need to walk for almost seven to eight hours per day. We have calculated 2 days for acclimatization.

    If you are physically fit and have a high-altitude trekking experience, you can cut off the trekking days and enjoy the short round trekking to Mt. Manaslu. In the same way, we can even add more days if you require.

    But you have to arrive in Nepal 2 days before your trip starts. Because the Nepal government requires your original passport for making MCAP permit card. As you know, it is a restricted area of Nepal.

    However, we can customize it as per your requirements. So, please know about the distance of trekking before planning the itinerary of the circuit trek to Manaslu.

    Around Manaslu Trek Route

    Our Manaslu trek route includes many different culturally rich villages, pristine Mt. Manaslu, and pure and authentic ethnic traditions. Gurung and the Tsum are the ethnical tribes of the Manaslu region.

    We have designed the Manaslu trek for 14 days including two resting days. The trek begins from Sotikhola and ends at Dharapani.

    Machchha Khola, Jagat, Deng Khola, Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo Village, DharmaShala, Bimthang, and the Tilije are other places included in the Manaslu circuit trek route.

    Larke pass with an elevation of 5,160 meters is the most challenging walking day of the entire Manaslu trail in Nepal.

    Manaslu Round Trek Acclimatization

    Acclimatization is one of the major concerns of every trekking package. Having proper acclimatization prevents you from getting high-altitude sickness.

    So, we have designed this trekking to the Manaslu region concerning those acclimatization factors. We have added 2 more extra days for rest.

    Larke La Pass is the highest pass of Manaslu trekking. It is situated at an elevation of 5160 meters above sea level. It is the hardest point of the entire trekking route to cross. So, you need to be well acclimatized before crossing this Larke Pass.

    However, all our trained guides and porters assist you during trekking. If you get contacted with altitude sickness, our guide will descend you to lower altitude places. If it seems serious, you will be transferred to the Hospital in Kathmandu. We will hire a Helicopter if the situation demands.

    Cost

    Manaslu circuit trek cost depends on the size of the groups. More groups offer a low cost while few take a high price. A Manaslu round trek starting spot is reachable over land. You do not need a flight. So, it is a cheaper destination as compared to its peer Everest base camp trek.

    Besides, the services that you want to buy also affect the Manaslu trek cost. For example; if you hire a porter only, the trekking price would be cheaper when compared to hiring a guide.

    Similarly, if you buy a full board Manaslu trekking package with us, then it may cost a bit expensive. But this package offers various facilities. For instance; you can have three times meals. You can get seasonal fruits as complementary during trekking days.

    On the other hand, you can only hire a porter and pay for everything yourself. It costs cheaper for you. You can order food and pay yourself concerning your budget.

    You can also rent a room in comparison ranging from low to high cost. In this way, you may save money.

    Manaslu trekking is possible after getting a special MCAP permit from the Nepal government.

    For more information, please visit our circuit trekking to Mt. Manaslu cost button where you can see the price list and offers. If there is anything to be negotiated, you can contact us at any time.

    Manaslu Round Trek Itinerary

    It is the Manaslu trek 14 days itinerary. However, you will walk only for 13 days including two acclimatization days.

    Another extra day is reserved to make a Manaslu circuit trek permit. To buy MCAP special permit, you need to submit your original passport. And the permit can be bought during office days only. So, please schedule your Manaslu circuit trek itinerary concerning this factor.

    It means you need to arrive in Nepal two days before your Manaslu trekking starts. One day is for arrival and the next one is for trek preparation and permit collection.

    The Manaslu trek in Nepal begins from the place called Soti Khola. It lies in the northern part of Nepal in the Dhading district. You can reach there after almost 6 hours of road drive. It is scenic driving. You can explore the White Water, green forest, towns, and the highway during driving.

    From Soti Khola, the circuit trek to Manaslu embarks on. The trail goes ahead along the terraced farmland, green forest, steep ridges, and suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, you will reach your today’s destination. It is Machchha Khola with an elevation of 890 meters above sea level. You are going to spend your night over there.

    After having your breakfast, the trekking to the Manaslu circuit begins in the morning. It is a fluctuated walking. Because you are going to walk ascending and descending pathways, on the way, you will reach a place, known as Tatopani. It is a natural hot spring place. You can have a bath over there and get a rest. From there, you will cross another suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Then again crossing another precarious bridge, you will ascend steeply on a stone staircase. You can explore the typical Gurung village on top of the stair. Then, you need to cross one more suspension bridge again and will reach Jagat.

    You will leave Jagat after eating breakfast in the morning. You will go up steeply to Salleri and come down to Sirdibas. It goes continuously and crosses a suspension bridge again over the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail takes you to Philim. It is a large Gurung ethnic village in the Manaslu region. You can have lunch there and know them and their culture closely. After having a rest, the Manaslu treks of Nepal continue. From there, you will walk with nature only because of the lowest number of houses established in the far distance. You will walk along the millet fields in Eklebhatti and cross the Budhi Gandaki River again. It moves ahead through the forest of Bamboo and finally takes you to Deng after crossing a small Deng River.

    Today, you are going to Namrung Village for an overnight stay. In the beginning, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and reach Bhi. You will cross this river several times today as well. The trail goes through lush forests, alpine vegetation, and old-fashioned ancient ethnic houses. So, this day is essential for experiencing the cultural sections of the Manaslu region. You see lots of Gompas en route. While walking, you realize the forest becoming thinner to thinnest. After climbing a ridge, you will enter the Namrung Village.

    Today, you enjoy your breakfast in front of the magnificent Himalayas views. You can see the beautiful Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli. After finishing breakfast, your trail starts again. Your Manaslu trek ascends sharply through the forest and reaches the village, known as Lihi. This place is famous for stupas and terraces. Then you will descend. While descending, you can uncover the close-up Mt. Ganesh Panoramas.

    Then you will pass many villages with different mountain views. You can see the majestic Mt. Manaslu vistas from Lho village. You can explore the renowned Ribung Gompa over there.

    Another village is Shyala. It offers extraordinary mountain ranges like Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other neighboring peaks.

    Finally, you will reach Samgaon where you will spend your two nights. It means you will have a day's rest for your proper acclimatization. You can spend your day roaming around the village or go for a short hike to Pungyen Gompa. It is an ancient monastery. You can see the great Manalsu glaciers from there. Besides, you can visit the thousands of Mani walls with Buddhist texts.

    This is one of the easiest trekking days while comparing to other Around Manaslu trekking days. You will go down and cross the Budhi Gandaki River Bridge. During walking, you will pass lots of Mani stones. As you move ahead, you will get closer to the Tibetan border. The trail passes the forests of birch and juniper. Then again cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. And the continuation of your walking takes you to Samdo Village. You will spend two nights in this village as well. Because you are getting into the higher elevated places day by day. And to be well acclimatized is mandatory for reducing the risks of getting high altitude sickness. So, you can spend your rest day visiting the surrounding places or joining hiking to observe the Tibetan border. You can explore the delightful mountain views as well.

    Today, you are going to Dharmasala. It is the shortest walking day of entire trekking days. En route to Dharmasala, you will pass the Larke Bazaar. It is a seasonal Tibetan market. You can witness the Larke Glacier while descending the Budhi Gandaki River. After having a short climb, you will reach Larke Phedi. You will have lunch and dinner in the same place. Now, you can take a rest.

    Today, you are going to cross the Larke La Pass. So, you need to wake up early in the morning, have a delicious breakfast and move ahead. It is the most challenging day of the entire trekking day. Because you are going to walk across the moraine glacier. It is steep to steeper walking trails. So, this day is considered a difficult day for trekking to Mt. Manaslu round.

    You need to start your journey very early in the morning before the wind comes. You will cross numerous villages, and see the beautiful valleys, and glaciers. As you walk on Larke Pass, you will be astounded by the gigantic views of Larkya peak and Cho Danda. After crossing the Pass, you will see the outstanding Mt. Himlung, Mt. Cheo, and Annapurna II. Then you will descend toward Bimthang Village.

    In the morning, after having breakfast, the Manaslu circuit trekking Nepal a trek through the Himalayas Kathmandu to Manaslu trail moves on. This is the final trekking day. Today, you will go to Tilije. It lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal. If you want, you can extend your Manaslu trekking to the Annapurna circuit trek. It can be named Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek. A trail continues along the Dudh Koshi River in the beginning. It goes through a forest of rhododendron. It passes some villages and reaches Tilije by walking along the lush terraced fields and climbing a ridge. During walking, you will be surrounded by lots of Himalayan views. Such as Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Cheo Himal.

    In the morning after having your breakfast, you will have a short trek to Dharapani. This is the end of your trekking to the Manaslu region. Today, you will have a drive to Kathmandu. It takes almost 10 hours to reach Kathmandu from Dharapani by private vehicle. This drive offers mountain views, landscapes, and river streams.

    After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek without Guide

    A solo trek to the Manaslu circuit is not possible activity. Because Manaslu is one of the prohibited areas of Nepal. It is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

    To enter this region, you must buy a special Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. And you must hire at least a porter to join the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal.

    So, the trekking to Manaslu region is possible only with a guide. Otherwise, foreigners are not allowed. There are more than two check posts for checking your Around Manaslu trek permit and the guide.

    Therefore, be prepared for hiring either guide or a porter for joining the Manaslu treks in Nepal. It helps to promote this isolated region as well.

    We arrange everything for you including the MCAP permit, guide, and porter according to your wishes.

    Manaslu Round Trek Best Season

    Generally, spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons for trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. So, March to May and September to November are taken as the Manaslu circuit trek's best season.

    March, April, and May are the end of winter in Nepal. So, the temperature gets a little bit higher, but it neither be cold nor hot in the daytime. It would be colder at night in the higher elevation.

    The sky looks clear and the day strengthens longer. As a result, you can see vivid mountain views. You can walk till evening. Besides, it is the time of blossoming the floras like rhododendron in the Manaslu region. Due to the warmer days, there would be a chance of seeing the wildlife as well.

    September, October, and November fall under the autumn season in Nepal. September is the end of the monsoon period. From this month, the festival begins in Nepal till the mid of November.

    As it is the festive period, you can get a deep knowledge about our culture and get the opportunity to celebrate with the locals.

    Likewise, the temperature remains stable during these months. So, trekkers can go ahead with a tension-free mind regarding the weather. The clear sky offers clear Himalayan Panoramas.

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking Gears

    Below are the tentative lists of Manaslu trekking equipment. Please, check the details;

    • Sun Hat
    • Winter Hat
    • Scarf
    • Sunglass
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip care
    • Thermal Gloves
    • Warmer Gloves
    • Inner leg and body Thermal wear
    • Warmer T-shirts
    • Down Jacket for the winter season
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Inner Trouser
    • Warmer Trekking Pants
    • Warmer Socks
    • Trekking Boots
    • Slippers
    • Rain Coats for monsoon
    • Waterproof Jacket and Pants
    • Thermal Bottle
    • Water Purification (will be provided by Rising Adventure)
    • Trekking Pole
    • Head Lights
    • Backpack
    • Sleep Bags (provided by Rising Adventure if needed)
    • Personal Accessories

    You can take other things as well as per your requirements. 

    Manaslu Conservation Area

    Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) was founded in 1998. It covers 1,663 square kilometers. It aims to preserve natural resources and rich cultural heritage. It also promotes ecotourism to improve the livelihood of the local people of the Manaslu region.

    This region is home to different floras and faunas. Almost 2000 sorts of plants, 11 kinds of forest, and 50 useful plants are grown up there.

    On the other hand, more than 30 mammal species, 110 species of birds, 3 kinds of reptiles, and 11 species of butterflies can be found in this conservation area of the Manaslu region.

    Please, step gently into the fragile Himalayan land of the Manaslu region and follow some rules for maintaining the natural and cultural heritage. They are;

    • Do not disturb the wildlife and their habitats
    • Do not damage or remove any plants
    • Do not purchase animal parts and antiques
    • So not light open fires
    • Support the local economy in a possible way
    • Use and encourage alternative energy sources for firewood
    • Make sure that you and your trekking support crews do not burn firewood for heating
    • Dispose of rubbish things properly at the proper sites
    • See that your trekking support staff does the same
    • Carry out all other non-biodegradable and toxic rubbish
    • Use a water purifier instead of plastic mineral water bottles
    • Ask permission to Photograph people
    • Do not give anything to the beggers
    • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection
    Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs
    • As we mentioned above, the Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the toughest. To submit, this trek one must have to take help from others. To navigate off-trail and understand the culture of the village on your way you must need a guide. Thus the Manaslu circuit cannot be done by the rural guide. Similarly, without a guide is not allowed because of its ruralness. Not only have you remembered that a freelance guide can't help you in obtaining the permits required for this trek. Thus, hiring a government-licensed guide before embarking on the trailhead will help you a lot.

    • Nepal is more than a mountain, the food, and culture of the Nepalese people are one of the major attractions of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Like other parts of Nepal, here in this region, you can get food variety like Porridge, momo, soups, dal bhat, porridge, momo, soups, thukpa, think, Tibetan bread, veggies, toast, pasta, curry (veg/non-veg), sandwiches, chapati, etc. Likewise, no need to worry about boiled drinking water, they offer as much as water you need during the trial. Also, carry water purification tablets for extra safety.

    • As we talked a couple of times before, the Manaslu region is very remote trekking. Thus, the question of the internet and communication is mostly asked about the Manaslu trek. Adding to that the Manaslu circuit trekking route has 40% of the place where the cell phone signal is available if you want to use cellular data, then get a Nepali Sim with a data package to use while trekking. Similarly, there are several villages including Samagaun and Samdo where you can get Wi-Fi service, the service might provider may ask you for a few extra bucks. However, during trekking, many travel company provides a satellite phone that will keep you connected with them during the trip.

      • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [2328 ft/710m] (8-9) hours
      • Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [2952 ft/900m] (6-7) hours
      • Day 03: Trek from Maccha Khola -Jagat [4625 ft/1410m] (6-7) hours
      • Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng [5917 ft /1,804m] (6-7) hours
      • Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung [8626ft/2630m] (6-7) hours
      • Day 06: Trek from   Namrung to Samagaon [11,578 ft/3530m] (6-7) hours
      • Day 07: Exploration day Samagaon to Pungyen gompa or MBC – Samagaon (6-7) hours
      • Day 08: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [12,660 ft/3860m] (4-5) hours
      • Day 09: Exploration Rest Day in Samdo
      • Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala [14, 628 ft/4460m] (4-5) hours
      • Day 11: Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la [16,924 ft /5160m]-Bimthang [12,201ft/3720m] (8-9)
      • Day 12: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije [7544ft/ 2300m] (5-6) hours
      • Day 13: Trek from Tilije to Tal [3,542ft/1,080m] (4-5) hours
      • Day14: Drive From Tal to Kathmandu or Pokhara by (Jeep, Bus, or Car) [4,265ft/ 1,300m] (7-9) hours
         
    • To trek in Manaslu, you ought to have a guide. The trails are not well marked. The guide will help you through navigation, during emergencies, and for negotiations. The porter will carry your baggage for you. You can enjoy long walks without having to carry heavy burdens.

    • Along with the beautiful scenery, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers mesmerizing trails and one of the less crowded, and mountain views. During the trail, you will experience rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and diverse vegetation. Compared with the Everest and Annapurna circuit trek this Manaslu is less crowded, wilder, and more remote. Here is a list of some highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek are:

      • Tibetan culture of the Nuri people bordering Tibet and Nepal
      • Mountain drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu
      • Exotic Budhi Gandaki River valley
      • Fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
      • A lot of insights into Tibetan and Nepalese people
      • Unspoiled nature and culture
      • Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing, one of the highest passes in the world
    • The 14-day Manaslu trek starts at Soti Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar. The day can be extended to 22 days with an additional side trek to the Tsum valley. Besides that, there is another itinerary that starts from Arughat Bazar and ends at Syange at 1,080 meters. From here, it takes another 8 to 9 hours of scenic drive to reach Kathmandu.

    • Many people are curious about this question as Nepal is known as Mount Everest. Yes! You can see the beautiful majestic Mount Everest from the Koma-La pass, which is on the way from the Manaslu circuit summit. From there you will not only see only Mount Everest you can also see other mountains. Apart from the mountain, you will get to see a different culture, village, local people and national park as well.

    • Before the beginning of the trek, everyone needs to be aware of the things that they need while trekking. While trekking towards the Manaslu circuit trekking you will have to carry a perfect size trekking bag or a daypack with all your personal belongings including gloves, hat, snacks, sunscreen, camera, documents, money, water bottle, and other items that you will need during the day time. Similarly, you will need a sleeping bag, layering clothes, and basic other things that you need at night time. Thus, before the Manaslu circuit trek backpack remember that all of this equipment will help you during the journey.
       

    • The snow-covered beautiful Manaslu is located at 8,163 meters high above sea level. Moreover, the highest point during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is Larkya La (pass) at 5,106 meters.

    • The beautiful Manaslu Circuit can take you to a lifetime experience. To witness heaven on earth one must first reach the land of Gorkhali. The local people of Nepal and the Khumbu region will welcome everyone with their bright smiles. Getting back to the Manaslu circuit trek it usually costs around US$1,350 a person. It means you should plan to spend an average of US$25 to US$30 per day on the trip. The cost includes your cost for transportation, food, accommodation, and trekking equipment.
      Apart from that, you have to pay extra for the permit which costs you around $70.00 for the first seven days and USD 10.00 for each additional day from September to November. Similarly, for the first seven days, it will cost USD 50.00 and USD 7.00 for each extra day from December to August. The total costs depend upon you who is traveling. In the market, several trekking agencies provide different packages. Please select one of them looking at your necessities. Before selecting that remember that travel insurance, tips, international flight fares, personal expenses, etc, are not covered by the package cost.

    • To travel to any part of Nepal one must have an entry permit. Similarly, in the case of the Manaslu region, it is a restricted area in Nepal, therefore the trekkers have to take a special Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the government of Nepal to trek in this region. Not only that you will also need Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.

    • However, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the most challenging but it is also possible with a strong crew (guide and porters). As we said before the trail is very remote, thus previous trekking experience, endurance, and fitness also matter. Thus, pack properly and design an itinerary including ample rest days to make the trip smooth and safe.

    • Manaslu Circuit Trek is a vigorous trek counseled to experienced trekkers only. Talking about the difficulty of the trek, it is generally considered moderately challenging. The trails have uncountable descents and ascents along rocky and forested paths. Thus, it is regarded to be one challenging and explores a remote area where everything is limited.
      Not only that the Manaslu is at an elevation of more than 8000 above sea level. Thus, it might be not shocking to say that acute mountain sickness, long walks, accommodation facilities, etc., are some of the significant difficulty factors. Unpredictable weather and the trekking season also play an essential part in the difficulty level. However, there are numerous events you can take to diminish the difficulty level of this trek.
      To complete the trek one must have to remain fit and have a basic level of stamina. As they need to prepare themselves with rigorous training before the journey, first-time trekkers will find this trek to be quite challenging. Similarly, the trekkers have to survive on bare minimum services and confront high altitudes.

    • Before planning Manaslu Circuit trekking, knowing the seasons is always helpful. Like other parts of Nepal, this region also experiences 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Among them, March to May and October or November are the most crowded season for trekking in this region. During this time, the sky remains clearer, nights are warm, the average temperature, and views will be mesmerizing.

    • Normally, compared to other trekking areas of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek is considered to be a longer trek. The trek can be completed in around 15 days. Also, the total distance of the Manaslu circuit is 177 kilometers (110 miles). However, the distance may vary depending on the itinerary. In the market there are several trekking companies, some of them start from Arughat Bazar and others only start at Soti Khola.

    • Towering above the pine forests of Nepal's Budhi Gandaki river valley, there is a beautiful snow-capped mountain named Mount Manaslu. Termed the mountain of the spirit, local people call Manaslu the “Killer Mountain of the World.” It’s because more than 60 climbers have given their lives while summiting the eighth-highest peak.
      Despite not being the world's tallest mountain of the world, it is regarded to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb. While climbing the mountain each step may give you a thrill. To submit successfully one must have good training experience and a great technical approach. In general, many people climb mount Manaslu before Everest to experience what it’s like to trek at a high altitude. 

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      Wonderful trekking to Manaslu circuit

      Nikolaj, United KingdomTrip Date: October 31, 2022

      Manaslu circuit is indeed a remote, strenuous level trek. It is absolutely worth it since you get mind-blowing mountain views every single day. The teahouses we’ve stayed better beyond our expectations. We got really colder weather for about 3-5 days at the higher altitude places. So, I recommend joining the Manaslu circuit trek during spring.

      Rising Adventure is completely recommendable. 

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