Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular long trek packages in the Himalayas. It involves going around the peak of Mount Manaslu. This eighth highest mountain in the world stands at 8163 meters and is located in the Gorkha District. This trek provides quite a different experience compared to the more popular Annapurna Circuit Trek.
What are the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Highlights?
- Astonishing View of some of the highest peaks in the world.
- Mount Manaslu
- Mount Cheo
- Himlung Himal
- Gyaji Kang
- Kang Guru
- Mount Annapurna and more
- The mesmerizing natural beauty of the green forests, fast-flowing rivers and beautiful scenario of snow-capped mountains
- You can experience the diverse culture, traditions of different ethnic groups of Nepal.
- The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking is Larky La Pass which is at an altitude of 5167 meters.
- Manaslu region is rich in Biodiversity, flora, and fauna.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Video
- Manaslu Circuit Trek Trailer by YATRI.
Overview of the 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary
The short itinerary for the Manaslu circuit trek is listed below:
- Day 1: Arrival at the Airport in Kathmandu
- Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (Optional)
- Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
- Day 4: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola
- Day 5: Soti Khola to Machha Khola
- Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat
- Day 7: Jagat to Dyang
- Day 8: Dyang to Namrung
- Day 9: Namrung to Sama Gaun
- Day 10: Acclimatization at Sama Gaun
- Day 11: Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo
- Day 12: Samdo to Larkya La Phedi 4 hours
- Day 13: Larkya La Phedi to Bimthang
- Day 14: Bimthang to Dharapani
- Day 15: Dharapani to Jagat 6 hours
- Day 16: Jagat to Bhulbhule 6 hours
- Day 17: Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu
- Day 18: Farewell
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit Requirements
Manaslu Circuit region is one of the restricted regions of Nepal.
- You will need a trekking permit for the Manaslu Circuit trek.
- A minimum group size of 2 people is a must for this trek. Meaning that a solo traveler is not allowed for trekking the Manaslu circuit.
- You will need a special Restricted Area Permit.
Note: If you are planning your trek with a travel agency in Nepal, they will manage the permits for you.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Map
Food and Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trekking
The food and accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking will be simple. You will be staying in the local teahouses and guesthouses of local communities throughout the trek. Tea houses will have a common room for having a meal and relaxing. Most of the teahouse will have the facility of electricity, hot water shower, wifi and charging ports.
You can find the typical Nepalese food like dal, bhat, tarkari, momo, noodle etc on the menu of all the teahouses. Dal, Bhat is considered more fresh, healthy and are recommended to have during the trek. The price of the food will increase as you go higher during the trek.
Note: If you are hiking with a travel agency in Pokhara or Kathmandu, their trekking package will include all the food and accommodation.
Manaslu Circuit trek Weather and Best Time to trek the Manaslu Circuit
The weather during the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on the time that you decide to trek. The temperature rises during the summer which is also the wet season. The coldest months in Nepal are January and February. There is heavy snowfall and very cold. Hiking in these months is not recommended.
The Autumn season is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. There is no heavy rainfall, the temperature is also mild with warm days and chilly nights. The months from March to June is the best time for hiking the Manaslu Circuit. The months from September to November are also perfect for the Manaslu Circuit trek.
Video By: McKay Florence
Manaslu circuit Group Trek Vs Solo Trek
Traveling as a SOLO trekker is not allowed in the Manaslu region. So at least a maximum of two people in Manaslu Circuit Group Trek is required. The size of the group can be up to twelve people. Traveling with a travel agency in Nepal is always recommended if you are not familiar with trekking in Nepal. This is where North Nepal Travel and Trek fit to fulfill your travel requirements.
What about your health and safety during the trek with us?
Because of the cold temperature and high altitude, there are always chances of Altitude sickness and cold. For this, we will be equipped with the medical supplies and first aid kit in case something goes wrong due to bad weather or accidents.
There will be rest days so that your body can adapt to the cold surrounding. Also, our Travel Guides are also trained to handle these kinds of situations. Your health and safety will always come first before the trek.
What are the things to carry with yourself for Manaslu Circuit Trekking?
- A backpack
- Smartphone: Smartphones can be really handy for the purpose of navigation using navigation apps, or you can also carry a trekking map.
- Water filters or some water purifying tablets: It can save some money for your travel.
- Sleeping Bag: You should definitely carry a small sleeping bag for you as the temperature at higher altitudes will be very cold.
- Hiking shoes, socks, towel and stick
- Warm and Light Jackets, yoga pants
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, and lotion, Cap, tissues, Sanitizer, and so on.
Why choose North Nepal Travel and Trek for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Our team consists of the local guides who are best trained, certified and have many years of experience. They are easy to communicate with and friendly. You will definitely love their service and friendly nature. They are trained to efficiently handle any bad situation due to any circumstances.
Our travel package can be customized as per your need and the number of days you have for trekking. Our package includes all the charges of food, accommodation, guide, porter, permits, and many more. We will also be taking care of the insurance, food, accommodation and medical care of our guides and porters. Our valuable trekkers’ and our staffs’ satisfaction is our top priority.
More about the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal
A Lesser Known Trail
The trekking route in the Manaslu region only opened in 1991. The trail goes along the historic salt-trading path on the bank of Budi Gandaki River. The trekking route is a part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. It provides a mixture of natural beauty with cultural magnificence and thus has garnered quite a popularity among trekkers. However, fewer trekkers engage in this trek compared to other treks.
Manaslu Circuit Trek follows an off-beaten path that goes through some stunning scenarios and quaint cultural villages. Due to fewer trekkers in the route, the food and lodging facilities are limited. Moreover, the trek has fewer varieties of food due to lack of transportation provisions. However, more and more tea houses are being built, which makes sure that there is no shortage of food. Furthermore, accommodation and food are cheaper in the Manaslu region than in other trekking routes.
Explore the Rich Culture
The trail also entails walking across numerous monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels. Tsum valley is a culturally rich area that enshrines some ancient Buddhist traditions. The Tibetan culture greatly influences the inhabitants in this area. So, this trek offers a sneak peek into the lives of communities living in the Himalayas.
Additionally, Manaslu Circuit Trek is only moderately challenging. However, it is not for beginners so you should not try it if you’re not fit. As it mostly encompasses narrow off- beaten path and steep inclines, we only recommend this to adventurers who have trekked a few times. That being said, it is certainly not among the most challenging treks.
You can combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek for the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek.