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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit trek
Overview

The Manaslu circuit trek or Manaslu larke pass trekking tour lies in 100 Kilometers northwest from Kathmandu in the lap of Manaslu Himal. Mount manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world.

The around Manaslu trek is very popular the last couple of years especially after the Earthquake disaster n 2015. The Manaslu Base camp with larke pass trek became very famous after the trail opened for foreign nationals in 1991 AD.

Majestic and mystical adventure around Manaslu trek offers an opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains such as Himal Chuli (7,893m), Annapurna range, Shringi (7,187m) Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) and Ganesh Himal. And those Manaslu Himalayan ranges are a source of the Budi Gandaki River.

Roughly about 2% travelers who visit Nepal, hikes around Manaslu, because of this even in a peak season, you will not see many travelers.

Hike to Manaslu is still loneliness, many travelers are saying that the trek route is off the beaten path. The guest houses are growing with modern amenities but they prepare a normal meal. Hiking above low village stays a beautiful monastery where the travellers can go for meditation for a while.

Further more, along with the journey Lho, Sama Gaun and Samdo village are the most culturally famous to make short side trips and in the meantime, you will have incredible views of mount Manaslu range. Moreover, you can hike Manaslu base camp via Pungyen Monastery. You can see an impressive view of Mt. Manaslu glacier and Himalchuli with Birendra Lake. Besides that, there are some pristine lakes (Dud Kunda Lake) along the Larke la pass in around manaslu journey.

According to gokyo treks agency travel expert, manaslu circuit trek cost is totally depending upon the months that you visit. Visit Manaslu in March/April/May will have the cheaper tour cost because of Manaslu trek permits. Additionally, if you make a plan to manaslu circuit visit in September/October/December, then Manaslu royalty is a little bit more expensive but the weather stays perfect with blue sky and the sun shining.

How to go Manaslu – Transport for Manaslu Trek

Beginning of the journey

Your travel roughly about 160 kilometers far away from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. You must go through the overland drive because there is not an airport in Arughat Bazaar. Traveling as backpacking can choose a local bus ride from Kathmandu which takes roughly 8 hours.

Those who travel with an overland drive with private jeep transfer from Kathmandu to Soti Khola is possible to drive in 7 hours. The Bus ride is an adventure but offers a great scenery makes your journey super beautiful.

End of the trekking

You can drive with the regular local jeep ride from Dharapani to Besisahar bazaar. As you reach Besisahar, take a regular Micro Bus back to Kathmandu. The journey today takes about 10 hours in total.

Nepal manaslu trekking map

Before you plan to explore around manaslu circuit, kindly take a look manaslu trekking map in google as given here. So you will get all the travel plan, daily itinerray as giben link here.

Larke pass Manaslu trek difficulty stays with soft to moderate adventure grades. Trekking in the Manaslu circuit is also best for beginners because of smooth ascending. Book an experienced mount Manaslu trek guide to making your trip safe and unforgettable. Nepal manaslu trek without a guide is not possible because nubry valley section is totally protected area under the Government of Nepal.

Samagaon is an interesting place for manaslu base camp day trip. It takes about 4 hours roughly to ascend to reach at basecamp and 3 hours descend to the lodge. Manage your little time to prepare your Manaslu holiday reading manaslu trek blog as describe.

Watching these Himalayan ranges and descend to the Beautiful village of Bhimthang and Dharapani where you met the main Annapurna trekking trail. Manaslu round trek or Around Manaslu trek is possible to complete in any time (except winter Late December, January, and February) throughout the year.

Itinerary

Manaslu circuit trek itinerary details

Our Manaslu circuit trek is a classical about 15 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular Manaslu trek route is designing for World travelers who wish to explore around Manaslu within relax manner itinerary. However, if you are planning with limited time wise than take a look this special itinerary on Manaslu circuit trek – 13 Days which would be a more appropriate choice.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information around Manaslu trek programs.

Day 2 Kathmandu World heritage sites tour, 6 hours !.

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip. After lunch, we explore this medieval city includes Boudhanath stupa (known as the tallest stupa of Nepal), Pashupatinath Temple (recognized as a holy temple of Hindu) where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square then walk to the hotel through the oldest markets.

Day 3Overland drive to Arughat – Soti Khola (775m/2,534 ft), 9 hours

Trek staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning to pick you up. Drive to Bus park to get a coach to Arughat Bazaar (640m/2,093 ft). Our guide will search a local regular either bus-jeep transfer follow the Budhi Gandaki River towards Soti khola.

Day 4Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2,943 ft), 5.30 hours.

The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki.

Day 5Trek to Jagat village (1340m/4,382 ft), 6 hours.

After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a natural hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit has to check.

Day 6Trek to Ngyak phedi (2,310m/7,554 ft), 6 hours.

After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7,177m). we continue towards Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls.

Day 7 Trek to Ghap village (2,100m/6,867 ft), 7 hours.

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around.

Day 8Trek to Lho village (3,200m/10,464 ft), 7 hours.

Cross Budhi Gandaki river and follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namrung, across the Hinan river coming from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho village. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774 m) and Manaslu (8,150 m) magic view are just visible from here. Lho Gaon is a small settlement stays with normal lodges where we stay overnight.

Day 9Sama gompa trek (3,500m/11,445 ft), 6 hours.

Hike further passing with the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Mount Manaslu. Walk further following moraine and glacier excursion towards sama gau. From Samagau village, it takes another 20 minutes to walk further to reach Sama Gompa for night halt.

Day 10Samagaon exploration. Samdo trekking (4,500m/14,715 ft)

We spend a half day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air and also for light hiking to visit Birendra lake – glacial lake. You can also hike to visit Phungen Gomba to visit one of the oldest gompas of Manaslu area.

we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement to Samdo. Here amid the most severe conditions of nature live some 200 in forty houses check-by-jowl.

Day 11Samdo Ridge hiking and trek to Dharmasala (3,590m/11,775 ft), 4 hours.

After breakfast in Samdo, you can hike about 200 meters up to Samdo ridge. Returning at the lodge, walk with the crew and cross the wooden bridge and begin walking upward, crossing two streams while witnessing the Larkya Glacier. You’ll head around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the route, you’ll see many traditional monasteries. Today’s shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

Day 12Cross Larkya La (5,215m/17,053 ft) and trek Bimthang (3,590 m), 8 hours.

A chellenging hike goes further Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up Larke la pass (5,215 meters or 17,053 feet) above sea. The hill top offers just a magical Panorama view of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937 m). The trail roughly about 200 meters after the pass is steep descent downhill and difficult part all the way through moraines to the grassy downhill. After the grassy rocks, your trip is safe to travel downhill to the big open sandy ground to Bimthang.

Day 13Tilje village trek (3,900m/12,753 ft), 8 hours.

The route gets easier walking through Rhodondrons forest and local villages to reach Tilje. Tilje is a one of the biggest Gurung village of Manaslu circuit trekking routes. Many trekkers stay overnight at Goa, but there are not many lodges and especially in the peak season they are overbooked.

Day 14Trek to Dharapani (1,930m/6,330 ft), 1 hour. Drive out to Besisahar, 5 hours.

An easy downhill hiking today to touch Annapurna circuit trek. Follow the trail Marshyangdi River downstream, passing through the scattered villages and crossing the iron bridge , we reach at Dharapani village. Taking a regular local jeep (passenger collection basis), drive downhill to Besisahar.

Day 15Drive out to Kathmandu city, 7 hours

After breakfast, At morning time, we drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for lunch in Malekhu highway. Drive another 4 hours to reach to Kathmandu city. On arrival at Kathmandu, the guide will transfer to the hotel and rest or we drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your further flight. Trip Finish.

Cost

How much does the Manaslu circuit trek cost?

Larke la pass – manaslu circuit trek 14 days cost is USD 1,050 per person. In this price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu and of course, the trip price will vary according to group size.

For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know the new quote. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Manaslu circuit trek cost includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights in Twin sharing basis Tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Guest house basis accommodation while you are on trekking days
  • Around Manaslu special trekking permits USD 70 per person per week
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
  • World heritage sites seeing transfer by private vehicle with Guide.
  • Local Bus transfer from Balaju Bus Park in Kathmandu to Soti Khola passing Arughat bazaar
  • Local jeep transfer from Jagat to Besisahar and Micro Bus to Kathmandu.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Around Manaslu trek cost excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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We can organize private trip about Manaslu circuit trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Trip Date

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Sept 10, 2019 – Sept. 25, 2019

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USD 1,050

Sept 15, 2019 – Oct 01, 2019

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USD 1,050

Sept 20, 2019 – Oct. 05, 2019

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USD 1,050

Sept. 30, 2019 – Oct. 15, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 05, 2019 – Oct. 20, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 10, 2019 – Oct 25, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 15, 2019 – Nov 30, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 18, 2019 – Nov 02, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 20, 2019 – Nov 05, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 25, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019

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USD 1,050

Oct. 30, 2019 – Nov 14, 2019

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USD 1,050

Nov 05, 2019 – Nov 20, 2019

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USD 1,050

Nov. 10, 2019 – Nov 25, 2019

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USD 1,050

Nov. 15, 2019 – Dec 01, 2019

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USD 1,050

Feb 15, 2020 – March 02, 2020

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USD 1,050

Feb 20, 2020 – March 07, 2020

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USD 1,050

Feb 25, 2020 – March 10, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 05, 2020 – March 20, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 10, 2020 – March 25, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 15, 2020 – Mar 31, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 20, 2020 – April 04, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 25, 2020 – April 10, 2020

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USD 1,050

Mar 30, 2020 – April 15, 2020

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USD 1,050

April 10, 2020 – April 25, 2020

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USD 1,050

April 25, 2020- May 10, 2020

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USD 1,050

April 30, 2020- May 15, 2020

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USD 1,050

May 10, 2020- May 25, 2020

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USD 1,050

May 15, 2020- May 31, 2020

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USD 1,050

May 20, 2020 – June 05, 2020

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USD 1,050

May 25, 2020 – June 10, 2020

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USD 1,050

Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.

Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

FAQ

Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu

Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.


Question: Do I need the experience to do around Manaslu trek

Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Manaslu circuit trek

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, the rooms are simply basic with the cozy 2 beds with a nice mattress. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu. Common toilets are available and on sharing basis. Heating is only available in the dining area.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Manaslu circuit trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).

The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Manaslu circuit lodge trek

Answer: All the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How much is the Manaslu circuit trek permit cost?

Answer: Around Manaslu trek is a restricted region in Nepal. So, you will need a special restricted area permit. As the place is under the controlled region in Nepal, each and every trekker go through registered trek agency. If you have booked your manaslu circuit trek as a full board package or partial service trekking tour, you will have no worries about permits and other legal formalities. Two trekkers are compulsory for the trek. The trekking agency does care for everything.

Question: How do I get drinking water on lodge Manaslu circuit trek

Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip

Answer: On lodge trek, there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on express around Manaslu tent trek

Answer: Sometimes, you can get telephone services. we recommend you to buy a local NTC sim card.

Question: Can I use credit cards in manaslu circuit trek

Answer: No! So, far for the trek, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage in around Manaslu trek

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Is it possible to hire a local guide for Manaslu? how to hire a Manaslu trek guide?

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: Do I need walking polls

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Nepal Manaslu circuit trek highlights

  • Manaslu 8163m trek offers picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges with nice waterfalls.
  • Manaslu has a unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepali people, and their daily life
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people, Diversified unspoiled Eco systems
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others, Larkya La pass (5,153m).

The magic Manaslu circuit trek notice!

As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template what we provide you. However, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

“What makes Manaslu circuit trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Moreover, we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

Manaslu circuit trek review

Manaslu circuit – Larke pass trek review

100% 5 star based on – 249 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

We (a group of 3) recently completed a two week Manaslu circuit trek with Gokyo Treks and Expeditions. Our trek was absolutely wonderful!

Ammar helped us to plan the trip and was informative and easy to communicate with both in the lead-up and once we had arrived in Nepal. Everything was taken care of which meant we could really enjoy the journey rather than spending time on logistics. There was also flexibility in our itinerary which we really appreciated.

Our guide Bhupal was excellent as was our kind and helpful porter Bikash. We never felt rushed and learned a lot about the country, environment, and culture from both our guide and porter.

Bhupal was knowledgeable about the area, professional, reassuring and had a good sense of humor! He always had useful tips and advice and it was clear that he had our best interests in mind. Bhupal was a great company from start to finish- we were sad to say goodbye at the end of the trek!

The Manaslu circuit itself is beautiful with a diverse range of scenery. We’d highly recommend this company if you’re considering trekking in Nepal! !!! – Anna Rathe, New Zealand.

Trip Price : USD 1,050 Per Person

    1. Duration of trek: 15 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 5,215m /17,105 ft
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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