Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Trip Style: Trekking and Tour
Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel + Tea House Lodge
Group Size: 2
Max Elevation: 5106 m
- Trek through the untouched area of Manaslu to Annapurna
- Enjoy the beautiful conservation area and cross 5106 m Larke pass
- Take a view of the Nepal Himalayan range with the eight tallest mountains Manaslu
- Scenic drive to Arughat & trek through the Buddhist village Bhimtang & Samdo
- Explore the unique set of cultural diversity of those remote villages
The Manaslu circuit trek is another challenging and popular trekking route in the Manaslu region. Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best and most amazing trekking trips as you will have an opportunity to explore Manaslu (8,163 m.) the eight highest peaks in the world, located in Nepal, and also have an opportunity to pass through the snow-capped peaks called Larke la to pass 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) from where you will have a range of mountains located in Manaslu and Annapurna trekking region.
Manaslu circuit trek region area was opened in 1992 for outsiders basically to have trekking and some other sorts of tourism exercises. From that point forward, the trekking to Manaslu, alongside the Larke pass district has been well known fundamentally to have inconceivable scenes of one of kind scenes, regular miracles of snow-topped and rough slopes, have marvelous perspectives of the scope of mountains situated in the Manaslu locale. The term Manaslu implies the soul mountain which stands to be a big-hearted and solid god in the neighborhood vernacular. The trekking to Manaslu circuit trekking offers you a scope of great perspectives of the grand mountains. You will likewise be astounded by the mix of culture, novel ceremonies, and ways of life of assorted ethnic gatherings living along the trail go through the snow-topped pinnacles, and icy masses; these are plain as day, why Manaslu locale trekking is the cherished and requested trekking. Correspondingly, you will likewise undertake to the snow-topped pinnacles, and ice sheets, and go through rough slopes, these highlights sufficiently express how enterprise and prevalent trekking goal.
The challenging Manaslu circuit trek is the best decision for an adventurous journey trekking aficionados as it offers not simply a delightful view of nature and the mountains, however, it gives us an understanding of two distinct societies; Buddhism and Hinduism that bond together. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is an awesome trekking experience in the isolated Manaslu area of the Nubri valley of the Himalayas.
Manaslu Base Camp (4848m)
Manaslu base camp is the most exciting side trip of Manaslu circuit trekking which will take you to the base of the world's eighth-highest mountain Mt. Manaslu. On the day of acclimatization at Sama Gaon, you can walk out of Sama village and walk through forests and the sharp climb takes you to Manaslu Base Camp at 4848m marked by a lot of prayer flags to the top. You can face difficulty in breathing due to altitude. Thus, you need to maintain body hydration and walk slowly. You can get the best view of Mt. Manaslu and its vicinity from the base camp.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit Cost
The Government of Nepal has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) as a restricted area to control mass tourism in this region. The trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit before heading on the trek. As a result, independent trekkers are not allowed to trek in the Manaslu region and there must be a minimum of two trekkers in a group, accompanied by a local guide to the process for the permit. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. A freelance guide cannot issue the necessary permits for Manaslu Circuit.
To trek to the Manaslu region, you will need to have three kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.
A. Special restricted area permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
- The Manaslu RAP is required from Jagat until you cross Sama Gaun. Once you cross the village of Sama you need another entry permit (ACAP). The permit cost for the Manaslu trek depends on the month and the number of days you will spend in this region between Jagat and Dharapani. The last checkpoint for MRAP is in Sama Gaun.
- Manaslu trek permit costs USD 100 per person for the first seven days and USD 15 per person for each additional day during the month of September to November
- Manaslu trek permit costs USD 75 per person for the first seven days and USD 7 per person for each additional day during the month of December to August.
B. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
- This Manaslu trek permit is required from Philim, where the Manaslu conservation area starts. The entry fee for SAARC Nationals is USD… and for other Nationals is USD 30 per person throughout the year. A printed photograph and passport copy is required for the MCAP permit.
C. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
- ACAP trek permit is required from Dharapani until you exit ACAP in Beshi Sahar. The entry fee for SAARC Nationals is USD…. Per person and for other Nationals is USD 30 per person throughout the year. Similar to MCAP, a printed photograph and passport copy is required for the ACAP permit.
Serang Gompa (3100m) in Manaslu Circuit Trek
Serang Gumba is a small paradise on the foot of Shringi Himal which you should not miss during the Manaslu Circuit trek. The Serung valley is considered to be one of the four bells hidden among the Himalayas of Asia as identified by Guru Padmasambhava. Also, it is believed that he has meditated here.
Hinang Gumba (3100 m) in Manaslu Circuit Trek
Hinang Gompa, located in Hinang village, is one of the most beautiful gompas you will come across during your Manaslu circuit trekking. It sits with a backdrop of Mt. Himalchuli and a yellow pine forest in the background. Gautam Buddha is the main idol of this gompa with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) on the right and Guru Karmapa on the left. Hinang Gompa is also a lama school and student studying a move to Namobuddha in Kathmandu during winter.
Birendra Lake (3620m) in Manaslu Larke Pass Trek
Birendra Lake is a glacier lake formed from the melting ice of Mt. Manaslu. It is the most popular and the easiest side trip of the Manaslu circuit just about half an hour away from Sama village. Most people spend their acclimatization day here in this lake enjoying the serene beauty of this emerald lake and an open field where Dzopkyos and yaks will be grazing.
Larke pass (Larkya la) 5106m
Larke pass is the highest elevation in the Manaslu circuit trekking. The steep climb to Larkya pass can be tiring but the mountainous vista of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Kang Guru (6980m), and Annapurna II (7937m) from this pass is breathtaking.
Manaslu circuit trekking begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and then the trail continues through the picturesque valley and alongside Larke pass (5,106 m.) and it, at last, takes you to Mt. Manaslu zone and subsequent to having an entire outing all around, the trail takes you back along the Annapurna great trekking routes to Besishahar and after that, you will get a private or public bus and return back to Kathmandu.
For further experience and trekking packages in the Manaslu region: Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley, and Larkya La Pass Trek
Nepal Adventure Team is booking open for the spring season (March, April, and May) and autumn season in mid-September, October, November, and December 2023.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Getting a visa must be the easiest one though. You just have to go to the Nepalese Embassy/consulate in your country or it can also be obtained upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. To get a visa, you need to bring 2 pp size photos, visa fees, and a valid passport.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days – 125 USD
For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration.
Tel: 00977-1- 4429660 | 4438862 | 4438868 | 4433934
E-mail: [email protected].
Means of Transport
Tourist bus or private vehicle and walking. All the cost is already included unless otherwise noted.
Travel insurance is a must when you travel abroad. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen.
We have arranged for a single traveler to pay for a single trip only. He has to share the accommodation with other people of the same sex though he can also join the other groups.
Foods and Accommodations
All meals are provided during the trek while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Generally, traditional Nepalese(daal, Bhat, curry, and pickle), Tibetan, Continental, Indian and other cuisines are available in the local lodges/teahouses. There will also be a welcome and farewell dinner for guests in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you'll be staying in the best quality standard hotel, on a twin-sharing basis. On trekking, accommodations are simple yet comfortable on-mountain lodges. Toilets and bathrooms need to be shared in some teahouses.
Note: Single room is always available but only on special requests and spending extra bucks.
Health and Fitness Required
No previous experience is required since it's a moderate trek. But you being a healthy person, physically and mentally is very important. It is better if we prepare ourselves a few days/weeks prior to the start of the trek by jogging and running regularly since will be walking a lot of ups and downs in the hills, ridges, villages, and mountains. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions should inform us beforehand.
First Aid Kit/High Altitude Sickness
Nepal Adventure Team strongly suggests that you have your own personal first aid or medical kit. This trip takes you to some high altitudes though not much but the slow walks and regular stops between the walks will help you acclimatize to high altitude saving you from the high altitude sickness called AMS(acute mountain sickness). Gaining altitude without proper consideration of AMS is fatal.
Your Guide and Porter
Since mountain trekking takes you to remote places over high altitudes, the leader should have a piece of significant knowledge in the field so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you there clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nepal Adventure Team can proudly say that our guides are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced, and licensed. They have undergone a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.
Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow a maximum weight of 25kg to be carried by one porter. We make sure that they are well-paid and well-treated.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for trekking the Manaslu Circuit trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) because the weather is warm and moderate while the view and visibility are the best. The winter is also somehow fine but the monsoon is the less frequented time because of the occasional heavy rain and when the roads might be troublesome.
Equipment and Packing Lists
After booking with Nepal Adventure Team, please pack the necessary items as listed:
- Travel documents: passport, visa(if you have one), travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, passport photo (x 2)
- Bank cards or credit cards, travelers' cheques, etc
- Comfortable boots and runners/sports shoes.
- 6-8 pairs of socks woolen/cotton.
- Fleece jacket, Down / Duvet Jacket, and Rain / windproof jacket.
- Gloves- 2 pairs.
- T-shirts 4-6 pcs, shirts(woolen/cotton).
- A cap for the day and a woolen hat or Balaclava for evening/morning wear.
- Short and tracksuits.
- Sleeping bag (4 seasons) with inner liner.
- Large and small towels.
- Water bottle.
- Sun /snow glass.
- Ski / walking poles(optional but useful).
- First Aid/medical kit.
- Duffel Bags(carried by porters or animals).
- Torch / Flashlights with spare batteries.
- Pen knife/ Swiss knife.
- Scarf/mask (for dust and wind).
- Personal hygiene stuff.
- Any other extras you feel are necessary like binoculars, cameras, books, journals, and more.
Trekking has been long established in Nepal, so the itineraries are modified and moderated in such a way that you can take it easy and slow. DO NOT RUSH AND ENJOY. There is plenty of time and the guide will keep track of you all the time. It might be a bit harder or a bit colder but you will get used to it.
Every traveler is different and they spend their own way. Some spend on food and drinks while others on souvenirs. Either way, consider your own spending habits and also tipping, emergency fund ($200), etc before you pack up and leave.
Trip Specific Safety
Your guide is always there for your safety concerns and looking after your valuables. But you have to be equally careful. Carry some sort of wallet or belt for your important documents and money. The hotels have a safety deposit box where the lock is recommended before passing the luggage.
A Couple of Rules
Possession or use of any illegal drugs is totally intolerable. It is because the law respects the local people and their culture. The group will be expelled in such a case.
Nepal Adventure Team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local people and the surrounding environment. Our clients too have an important role to
- Respect the local laws, customs, and beliefs
- Always ask for permission before doing something locally or consult with the leader
- Keep the area the same as you found it, wherever you go, and dispose of rubbish
- Support local skills to encourage positive sides of tourism.
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