Being one of the strenuous treks in the lap of Himalayan region, Manaslu Circuit Trek walks you to the vicinity of Mt. Manaslu (8156m). Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in Nepal. Likewise, it is termed as the mountain of spirit in Nepal. Less explored and untouched off the beaten trekking path in the Manaslu Region lets you observe the traditional Buddhist and Hindus culture. In addition to that, your chance to cross Larke La Pass during Manaslu circuit trek at the elevation of 5160m makes this trek unforgettable trip ever. From the top of Larke La pass, the 360 panoramas of towering Himalayan and natural paradise will be awesome. If you wish for getting pure adventure then Manaslu is the right option. Pristine flowers, wild animals, towering waterfalls, typical home stays, monasteries and the Himalayan landscapes are truly amazing. The part of Manaslu circuit trek falls under Manaslu conservation area. As a matter of fact, Manaslu Conservation Area is the home to 11 types of forests. Likewise, these forests are home to Himlayan Thar, Snow leopard, and Blue Sheep. In addition to that, you’ll walk through traditional villages in Manaslu region. Similarly, you can interact with local peoples whose lifestyle and culture akin to Tibetans. Manaslu circuit trek is the restricted area trekking so, you’ll need a special permit to trek in this region. Similarly, you will need to buy Trekker Permit for Manaslu Circuit Trek if you wish to trek alone otherwise, guide is compulsory while trekking in this region.
The Manaslu Circuit is off-the-beaten-path and less crowed trek than more well-known Everest Region and Annapurna region. However, you will spend night in teahouses in each village along the way you have access to showers, eat great meals in a lodges and teahouses, and can charge your electronics and cameras.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek considers the one of the best treks in Nepal. The trek has all the features you’d except from a best Himalayan trek- off the beaten path , deep lush valleys at lower elevations, breathtaking views of eight thousener peaks, and intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5,100 m Himalayan pass crossing compared to the other popular treks in Nepal. The trek takes you world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu (8,163m).Anyone can join group departures during the autumn (September-October-November) and spring (March-April-May) as well as private treks that can run on any date on your preference.
Travellers in Nepal are allowed to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in group in various sizes. However, the certain trekking regions known as Restricted Areas which are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal hence the independent trekkers are not allowed in Restricted Areas and trekkers are subject to obtain a special entry permit. Interested trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies with a minimum 2 trekkers in a group, accompanied by licensed trekking guide. Additionally, your permit must be processed by registered trekking agency after fulfilling all the necessary formalities. Trekkers need three different permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, and as additional one for Expand to Tsum Valley. Trekkers must follow the conditions of restricted area declared by Nepal Government.
The whole Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done in 12-18 days. This includes 2 days getting to and back from trail. However, longer itinerary include an extra acclimazatin day and side trips including Tsum Valley. The longer itinerary allows you to continuing walk from Aru Ghat rather than taking transport. Now a days many trekkers start from Soti Khola from Kathmandu which save a day and it allows you to spend extra day elsewhere in the trek.The itinerary is customizable according to your time schedule, interests and your previous trekking experience. There are many routes to enter and exit but the shorter itinerary could be rushing and perhaps missing out on some of experience like day trips (Death Lake, Manaslu Base Camp, Pungyan Gompa,Lamjung La, Hinang Gompa and Hiunchuli Base Camp). If you do more leisurely, 14 days is best way to do this trek. If you are flexible, consider a side trip to wonderful T-sum Valley. This will also increase the duration of your treks.
The best time to do trekking in Nepal is Autumn (September-November). Generally, the weather is clear,warm and sunny days and excellent visibility. These time of the year has lower chances of weather related natural disasters which makes sense much safer trekking environment. The Manaslu restricted area permit is $100 per week during this period compared to all other times is just $75per week .It is the busiest time but it’s still less crowed than other treks in Nepal.
The spring season from March to May is also considered the best season for trekking. The weather is generally clear. The flowers are blooming, bluish skies, food sunlight more visibility and green landscapes and transparent mountains driven hundreds of trekkers to the trails here and become one of the busiest period.
Summer is much about rainfall and cloudy season in Nepal. This time known for warm days and wettest weather according to records. The mountains are often behind of clouds however, mountains open up nicely after rainfall and that is great to watch. The trekking trails are slippery, muddy, and wet due to regular rainfall and visibility may extremely poor. Leeches and landslides is also anther problem at time of the year.
The trekking trails are not crowded on the summer like other season but the travellers walking around the Manaslu due to its religious prospects. Anyone can do the trek to accepting the challenges with greater preparation (consider more days and upgrade your gear and equipment’s)
December to February the country the country records the coldest time of the year. The temperatures in higher altitudes plunge. Snow and ice can make even harder but the views can be stunning after snowfall. The temperatures at higher altitude like sama gaun and Larkela pass is below but its normal during winter.
You can expect snow loaded mountains which look like newly decorated for Christmas.
Manaslu Circuit Trek permit cost are different (trekking permit Fees) applicable as your trekking route and time of your trek. Trekkers must have valid Nepal visa for sufficient number of days covering the trekking schedule.
Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) Manaslu Trek permit is valid from Jagat until cross to Sama Gaun Annapurna Conservation Area starts after cross the Sama Guan then trackers need ACAP permit. The cost of permit depends on the number of days you spend on Jagat to Dharapani and the month (September, October and November) and (December to August) of the year.Here are the details of permit fees quoted in USD but payable in Nepali rupees too.
September, October and November: 100 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 15 USD per person per day from the 8th day onwards.
December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July and August: 75 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 10USD per person per day from the 8th day onwards.
Manaslu Conservation Area permits cost
Manaslu Conservation Area Project starts from Philim and its cost is 30USD per person same throughout the year. There is no restriction in number of days you spend inside MCAP.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit is required from Dharapani to until exit to Besi Sahar. And its cost is 30USD per person same throughout the year. There is no restriction in number of days you spend inside ACAP.
September, October and November: 140 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 7 USD per person per day from the 8th day onwards.
December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July and August: 105 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 7 USD per person per day from the 8th day onwards.
Manaslu is one of the tea houses trekking, each night you will be stay in tea houses run by the local communities along the route. You will sleep in the comfortable bed after long day of hiking. There is a hot water in every teahouse for showers but they will charge you the extra fees.
The tea house is comfortable but basic two bedrooms in each room. The toilets are mostly common and shared outside of teahouse or room. Foods will served in dining area and heating facilities also only available in this area. You will also stay in common community places along the way (Dharmasala). To know more about tea house read our article on What is tea house trekking
You will get authentic Nepalese food as well as common international Cuisine (Tibetan, continental, Indian and Italian etc.) Very common food is Dal Bhat, the combination of Dal (lentils) Veg curry, pickle, rice and vegetables. The Dal Bhat set comes with guaranteed refill of rice, lentils and vegetables and usually the lentils and vegetables varies depending on their garden. Your breakfast and lunch will served from the menu of tea houses or guest house where you stay and lunch will serve in small teahouses along the trail. You can expect porridge, pancakes, omelets, boiled eggs, and various breads like Tibetan, buckwheat bread, chapattis etc.)in breakfast.
Hot drinks are common on the menu at every teahouse and other shops along the way. You will get from regular black tea, coffee masala tea, lemon tea, ginger honey tea, and hot chocolate.
Snacks are not widely available in Manaslu circuit Trek. It’s good to bring From Kathmandu as your preference for whole trek.
To know more about food and manu read our article Food guide on trekking in Himalayas
The trek is physically high so its demand penalty of water. Beginning of the trek at lower altitude can be hot and no need a lot of water. When you cross 2,500m altitudes you might feel less thirsty and drinking lots of water helps your body to acclimatize. You can fill the water directly from tap along the way and teahouses and guest houses. We will provide you the water purification tablets as your necessity.
The toilets facilities are often shared rather than en-suite on Manaslu Region. Some tea houses have inside the main building and sometimes in an outside and someone have western style and some have squat. Things tend to become basic in higher altitude. some of the tea house have hot shower avilable on lower eveletion but when you are in high pass there is no hot shower.
Wifi is available at most of the teahouses at Manaslu Circuit Trek. Some of them charges extra fees for wifi and some of them provide a free of cost but the speed of wifi may be very slow. You can buy the Nepali SIM cards before start the trek which also help you to connect with loves one. Some places like Samagaun, Samdo and Lo have good wifi connection.
Electricity is available to charge you gadgets. You don’t have to pay at lower altitude but when you go up you will need to pay up to 4$ to charge your power banks, cameras, and phones. The higher altitude tea houses use solar power to charge your gadgets. Keeping the high power bank allows you to charge everything from power banks and it also saves your cost.
Three things can play a bigger role on multiday trekking. Your shoe, back pack and the cloths play the key role for comfort. Your back pack must be less than 20kg. Avoid packing the unnecessary things may help you to lighter back pack. All of your things should fit in max.60L. You don’t need to sleeping bag as there are enough blankets in each teahouse and you can also wear layer of down jackets. If you still don’t feel enough then ask guide for sleeping bag he/she must have.
Here is the list of Essentials for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You’ll start your journey to Manaslu region today. All the plans and preparation would already have been discussed the previous day. The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat would be around 6 hours via Prithivi Highway. The scenic drive will offer you the beautiful view of Trishuli river, Budi Gandaki river, traditional Nepalese villages and terraces used for farming. Overnight stay in a guesthouse in Arughat.
Today, you’ll trek from Arughat to SotiKhola. While trekking through Arughat to Sotikhola you will get the scenic view of landscape, villages, river, Mt Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Likewise, you’ll have your breakfasts and launch in the tea houses on the way. It will be around 6 hours trek. Overnight stay in Guesthouse in Sotikhola. Alternately, most of the trekkers now extends their drive from Arughat to Sotikhola the previous day and start trekking from Sotikhola.
After early morning breakfast, you’ll leave Sotikhola. Right after that, you’ll cross the suspension bridge and trek through Sal forest. Then the trail walks you through the ridge alongside the Budi Gandaki river. Crossing two tropical waterfalls, following the rocky trail, walking along rice terraces you’ll reach Gurung village Labubesi. Hiking for a while, the valley opens up and the Budi Gandaki river curls among wide gravel bars. Finally, on crossing the suspension bridge you’ll reach Machhakhola. It will be around 6-7 hours trek. Overnight stay in Machhakhola.
After the minor ascends and descends, the path crosses Thado Khola and you’ll reach Khorlabesi. Later, the path finally ends up and down and you’ll encounter a little Hotspring in Tatopani. From there, you’ll climb over another ridge, then cross the span over Budhi Gandaki. At this juncture, you’ll mount up wide and well-crafted stairs, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing another span over the Yaru Khola, you’ll climb the stone stairs. Later, you’ll drop to the stream. And eventually a delicate climb on additional stone stairs leads you to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the western bank of the Budhi Gandaki, you’ll climb over a ridge, trek on the stream and then climb towards the village of Jagat. night long stay in a guest house in Jagat.
Early on the morning, after breakfast you’ll start your trek by climbing over the rocky ridge and reach Salleri. Later, from Salleri you’ll descend to Sirdibas. After that the trail passes to Ghatta khola and the valley opens a bit. Further on continuing the trek, you’ll walk upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. And then the trail turns north leading you to Ekle Bhatti. The trek route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge from where you’ll descend to the grassy land slopes. And then you’ll cross the Budhi Gandaki river. The route then walks you along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As you continue through the trail the valley widens and you’ll pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Finally, upon crossing the Khola, you’ll reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in guesthouse in Deng.
On your 6th day of Manaslu circuit trek, a brief walk beyond Deng, you’ll cross the Budhi Gandaki and ascend up to Rana at 1910m.And then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail then walks you through forests and mani stones where you’ll turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Leaving the alternative route behind, you’ll follow the route through Prok village which offers the beautiful view of Siringi Himal. Further you’ll cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompa on your trekking route.The trail then follows the river upstream and cross through dense forest. After crossing the stream at a formidable spot where it thunders down a slender gorge, the forest becomes less dense and therefore the path is fine again. The trail then continues and after a last steep ascend you’ll reach Namrung. Overnight stay in guesthouse Namrung.
Today, the trekking distance from Namrung to Samagaun is 17.7 Kilometers/ 10.9 Miles. You’ll walk through Li, Shyo, and Lhogaon. Samagaun lies at the elevation of 3530m. While trekking through Namrung to Samagaun you’ll observe several Mani walls and prayer wheels. Samagaon is the place where you’ll spend two nights for acclimatization during your manaslu circuit trek. Overnight stay at Samagaun.
Today, you’ll spend your day at Samagaun for acclimatization. You’ll either visit Manaslu base camp or Punggen Gompa. We suggest you to visit the Manaslu base camp because it normally take about 5 hours to reach base camp and return back to Samagaon. Even though the time is normal, for this adventurous journey one need to have adequate physical aptness. Trek to Manaslu Base Camp at the altitude of 4400 meters above sea level is the real adventure. Overnight stay at Samagaun.
Spending a day for rest at Samagaun, you’ll continue your Manaslu circuit trek to Samdo. Today, you’ll trek slowly to Samdo since, the elevation gain will be rapid. The trekking distance from Samagaon to Samdo is short still altitude gain makes it slower to accomplish. As a matter of fact, Samdo id the last village before Thorang La pass. Ovenight stay at teahouse in Samdo.
Larkya La Phedi is also known as Dharmashala lies at the elevation of 4470 meters above sea level. Today, you’ll cover 6.5 Kilometers trekking distance from Samdo to Dharmashala. You’ll start your trek on a wild Himalayan trail, cross Gayala khola and ascends over the ridge and finally reach Larkya La Phedi. Today, on your trek you’ll explore Buddhist monasteries, hanging glaciers, Mani walls and prayer flags on the way. Ovenight stay at Tea house in Dharmashala.
Today, you’ll be crossing the highest elevation in your Manaslu circuit trek Larke La pass at an altitude of 5160 Meters. The longest and challenging trekking part will start with a early morning breakfast. After you reach Larkya La pass you’ll witness beautiful Mountains like Humlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II. Descending from Larkya La pass you’ll finally reach Bimthang. Overnight stay at Bimthang.
After the challenging trek the previous day, you’ll continue your trek from Bhimthang to Tilche. You’ll first cross the wooden bridge and the trail walks you through pine forests. Your trail passes above the Marsyangdi valley and you’ll be witnessing the peak of Lamjung himal. Following the trail along the river bank you’ll reach Gho village. Similarly, a short walk from Gho village, you’ll finally reach Tilche. You’ll stay overnight in Tilche and enjoy local brandy as well.
Today, from Tilche you’ll heads south to Jagat. After passing few villages, a roaring river will be accompanying you for a while. Later you’ll reach to Dharapani. Continuing your trail from Dharapani you’ll finally reach Jagat. At Jagat you might see more trekkers on the way since, Jagat en route Annapurna circuit trek. Overnight stay at Jagat.
You’ll start your trek from Jagat and cross Marshyangdi river on the way. Later, you’ll ascend to Bahundanda at the elevation of 1300 m. Finally, a descend and you’ll reach Bhulbhule. Overnight stay at Bhulbhule.
The 7 Hours drive from Bhulbhule and you’ll reach Kathmandu. The drive will be via Beshisahar where the trail on the way joins to Prithivi Highway in Bandipur. After you reach Kathmandu you can take rest or roam around Tourism hub in Thamel. At the evening you’ll join us for a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in hotel in Kathmandu.
Our airport representative will leave you to Tribhuvan international airport and wave good bye. As for you, all those beautiful trekking days are now over leaving the best memories for you to share with your friends back in states.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded one of Strenuous trek in Nepal. You should have good level of physical fitness to complete this trek. There you may have problems of altitude sickness, bad weather, lack of proper accommodation and food (in case you go alone, Nepal Trail Finder can arrange this). We recommend you to do some physical exercises prior to the trek, so that you can cut off Manaslu Trek Difficulty.
Manaslu Trek is Restricted area trekking. Hence Guide is compulsory to visit this region. You should have Manaslu Circuit Trekking Permit to enter in Manaslu Region. The permit cost varies time to time. The permit cost from September to November per week per person US$ 100 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10. Whereas in other season from December to August the permit costs US$ 75/week per person and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7.
Are you planning to visit Manaslu and wondering when is the best time to do Manaslu Circuit Trek? Spring and Autumn are considered as the best season to trek Manaslu. During Spring(March-April-May) and Autumn(September-October-November), weather is moderate and stable climate which leads to the beautiful scenic views and clear sky.
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