Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • 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

Highlights

  • Embark on Manaslu Circuit Trek through the off the beaten and untouched area of Manaslu to Annapurna
  • Enjoy the beautiful conservation area and cross 5106 m Larke pass
  • Take a view of Nepal's 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. Trekking to manaslu 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 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 trek to Manaslu, alongside the Larke Pass district, has been well known fundamentally to have inconceivable scenes of one of the kind scenes, regular miracles of snow-topped and rough slopes, and 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 trek 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 that 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 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 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 off beaten trails

The Manaslu round trek is the most recommended treks for those seeking stunning locations and the essence of the Himalayas. Contrary to spectacular and known treks like the Everest or the Annapurna area, the Manaslu circuit has only a relatively small number of visitors and thus offers a great opportunity to discover Nepal's exotic and culturally fascinating sides. The trek is done along trekking trail passes, which offer wavy forests, streams and waterfalls, stark high-altitude trails, and valleys. The dominating notes are indeed those that reflect the silvery song of birds. And the countryside that you get to explore is mostly that of age-old villages, and the people are simple and courteous.

However, there is another significant point of interest regarding Trek to manaslu: it is fairly off the beaten track. You might not find busy pathways such as the populated trails or those large tea houses popular with many visitors. Rather, there is a sequence of reinforced experiences that makes the feeling of being a part of the actual culture. A place for the traveller, the possibility to grasp the greatness of the Himalayas more deeply and strongly. Trekking is a great chance to become closer to people, learn something new about their lives, and turn the tide of their hospitality. You will be greeted with lovely, friendly smiles. The food and drink taste surprisingly plain and simple but incredibly delicious, and the overall atmosphere gives you a living and surviving feel that seems to sum up the essence of life in many of these regions.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an appealing portrayal of nature's adventurous charm by inviting tourists to Nepal. This trek is well concealed like a precious gemstone buried deep. When it unveils itself, what it reveals is awesomeness, complicated incline, and that indescribable essence of pursuing one's passion. It is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks that anyone can embark on. It also can fatigue the senses and make such deep and indelible impressions that can only be described as a haul. This is not only a physically straining trek; it is an incredible spiritual journey that affords a sufficient amount of time to become involved with the spirit of the Himalayas and to discover the beautiful creations of nature in Nepal.

Must-See Places Along the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, located in the middle of the Nepal Himalayas, is an unforgettable chance to immerse in a stunning nature and culturally interesting and physically challenging experiences. Mount Manaslu, or Kunti Kesh, is also one of the most enchanting sights on this trek of 8,163m, the eighth tallest mountain in the world. The mesmerising view of this massive mountain, particularly for those who begin their trek from Lho or Samagaun, is something that would human beings wonder at the creation of nature. These villages also make a splendid viewing platform and give a feel for the indigenous people whose way of life has been dominated by the Tibetan culture, with monasteries and stone houses typical of the culture dominating the area.
Another incredible site of the Manaslu Circuit is the thrilling Larkya La Pass, which substantially touches an altitude of 5135M. This high mountain pass is best known for its scenic topographical features, including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and the Annapurna ranges. While the crossing of the pass offers wonderful sightseeing and is not technically difficult, it is the most rewarding experience on the trek because it is the highest point reached by the walkers, and many of them feel a sense of triumph alongside the beauty of the surroundings. It combines many facets of Katadin, such as the glacial terrains, snow-capped slopes, and steep valleys, which makes it an exciting trip.
This hike also offers stunning views of the beautiful village of Samdo, which lies at the border of Tibet. Samdo is the lodge of the last stop before the beginning of the Larkya La trekking. This lodge offers a chance to experience the life of the people living at such an altitude. The village is native to descendants of Tibetan refugees in terms of its traditional living culture, monasteries, and yaks. The cultural journey of Samdo itself, along with hosts partnering with local people of the region, offers trekkers profound cultural saturation.
Finally, the Manaslu Circuit Trail, with stunning mountains and lakes, includes Birendra Lake, located near the village of Samagaun. The glacial lake of B Gone is surprisingly beautiful, and we spent the day here resting and enjoying the view of Manaslu and the mountains beyond. The peaceful setting of these areas contrasts the challenging terrains and difficult roads, which will be covered on the treks; thus, trekkers get to have some moments of rest to marvel at the beauty of their surroundings. These varied and intriguingly pictured sites along the Manaslu Circuit Trek form an engaging and breathtaking trek in one of Nepal's remote and stunning corners.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, known as one of the most beautiful treks of the Manaslu region, is possible in the pre-monsoon or the post-monsoon period. March through May is the beginning of spring, and the area's climate is generally favourable. However, there might be occasional showers, and the flowers, especially rhododendrons, give the trails a spectacular burst of colour. This period has relatively mild climates, thereby making it suitable for trekking. It also prizes some of the best views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Manaslu. It is much more active, with vibrant foliage and flowers, adding real beauty while on the trails of the trek.
Another good season for the Manaslu round treks and other treks in Nepal is during autumn, which is in September, October, and November. The monsoon rains wash away dust and pollutants, thus offering pristine air and splendid views of the looming mountains. The climates are relatively moderate to warm, and most of the time, the weather is favourable for trekking with not many dangers of extreme terrains or paths. It also coincides with major festivals in Nepal, including Dashain and Tihar, so that one can get a real feel of the cultural tour in addition to trekking. The first of these seasons is ideal to appreciate the natural beauty and cultural heritage that the Manaslu Circuit offers its visitors.

 

Accommodation Options During Your Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers two distinct accommodation options: tea houses and camping, each with unique charm and benefits.
 

Tea Houses on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tea houses, or guesthouses or mountain lodges, are the most utilised and popular accommodations in the Manaslu Circuit. These are comfortable accommodations at locations along the route that offer a place to eat, rest, or communicate with the trekkers. Tea houses at destinations like Jagat, Lho, Shyala, Samagaon, and Samdo provide better lodging and fooding facilities. At the same time, other places do not offer much infrastructure and provisions. Nevertheless, all the tea houses in the region are outfitted with basic accommodation necessities in the form of bedding and beds, toilets, baths, and dining. Staying in these establishments puts you in a true Nepali setting with friendly Nepalese people, making you and your party feel at home.
 

Camping on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

For trekkers who do not want to stay at tea houses, the Manaslu Circuit trek allows the campers to spend their night with the open sky above. Traditionally, the Manaslu trail was a camping trail; if hiking during camping is allowed, one can carry his or her camping equipment. Nonetheless, a camping trek on the Manaslu Circuit costs more than the tea house trek. During camping treks, trekkers carry all their necessities like tents, kitchen utensils, fuel, stoves, and personal belongings. In addition, you will always be accompanied by a support crew, a professional kitchen team of cooks, and a helper. They will make sure to pack fairly heavy meals so that the whole experience is quite comfortable and fulfilling. However, if one's focus is on the experience of natural surroundings – the real, wild feel with few to no man-made structures in between – then camping in the Manaslu region is ideal.


Assessing Difficulty Levels and Anticipating Challenges

Assessing the difficulty levels and challenges on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is crucial for a successful journey. When planning and preparing for the trek, it is essential to determine how challenging it will be and what kind of obstacles hikers will encounter on the Trek. This trek, lasts for 12 days, is one of the most interesting treks in Nepal, as it entails several physical and logistical tests that need to be prepared for. These trails involve steep slopes up and down and some rough terrains; thus, some level of physical fitness and endurance is required. Moreover, the elevations while the trek goes higher than 5,000 metres at the Larkya La Pass are quite dangerous for sudden attacks of altitude sickness. Accommodations should be made accordingly, and one should know the signs for safe trekking.

Furthermore, trekking in the Manaslu region entails hot and dry conditions, especially during high-altitude treks. A drastic decrease in the temperature is expected, with heavy snowfall and strong winds, mostly in the area of Mount Manaslu. Clever dressing, appropriate footwear, and good trekking poles are necessary to overcome these obstacles. There is also a lack of health services, rescue services, and other facilities, so it is necessary to have a good first aid kit and travel insurance.

Nevertheless, embarking on one of the most visually stunning and historic trails in the Manaslu area is worthwhile. During the trek, one gets to see the majestic Mount Manaslu, the wildlife unique to the Himalayan region, and the ways of living of the Tibetan people. If specific precautions are taken, challenges are known, and the standards of high altitudes are honoured, then the Manaslu Circuit Trek has infinite beauty and is thrilling to behold.


Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit required and 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. 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)

  • 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 from 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 from 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 NPR 1000 and for other Nationals is USD 30 per person throughout the year. A printed photograph and passport copy are required for the MCAP permit.

C. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • ACAP trek permit is required from Dharapani until you exit ACAP from Beshi Sahar. The entry fee for SAARC Nationals is NPR 1000 Per person and for other Nationals is USD 30 per person throughout the year. As per MCAP, a printed photograph and passport copy are 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 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 encounter 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 to 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 Round Manaslu trek. The steep climb to Larkya Pass can be tiring but the mountainous vistas of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Kang Guru (6980m), and Annapurna II (7937m) from this pass are 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 after having an entire outing all around, the trail takes you back along Annapurna's great trekking route to Besishahar and after that, you get a private or public bus and return to Kathmandu.

Further experience and trekking packages in the Manaslu region: Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, ,Manaslu Tsum Valley and Larkya La Pass Trek

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival at the Kathmandu (1350m) via respective airlines.
  • Day 02Arrangement day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 03Drive to Machha Khola (930m) by means of Arughat (600m) 7-8 Hours.
  • Day 04Trek to Jagat (1,410m) - 06 hours.
  • Day 05Trek to Dyang (1,800m) - 06 hours.
  • Day 06Trek to Namrung (2,630m) - 04 hours via Ghap (2,160m) - 05 hours
  • Day 07Trek to Samagaon (3,530m) - 5/6 hours
  • Day 08Samagaon for Acclimatization.
  • Day 09Trek to Samdo (3,860m) - 04 hours
  • Day 10Trek to Dharamsala / Larke phedi (4,460m) - 05 hours
  • Day 11Cross Larke la (5,214m) and to Bimtang (3,720m) - 08 hours.
  • Day 12Trek to Tilje (2300m) -7 to 8 Hours
  • Day 13Trek to Dharapani (1930m) – 1 ½ to 2 hours and drive to Bensi Sahar (825m) - 2 / 3 hours
  • Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m) – 07 hours.
  • Day 15Depart From Kathmandu (1350m)
  • Day 01 Arrival at the Kathmandu (1350m) via respective airlines.

    At the arrival of Kathmandu International Airport, representative from Nepal Adventure Team will_pick up at airport & transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu / around Thamel – the interesting part of Kathmandu. After some time for tea and snacks our guide/pioneer will give brief information about hotels, Nepali cultures and your Mansalu and Larke pass trekking with welcome dinner in a Nepali typical restaurant along with cultural program.

    • Meals: Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350 m
  • Day 02 Arrangement day in Kathmandu.

    We schedule this day for the structuring of the entire mode of transport. All the plans regarding the trekking will be spelt out to one, what will be seen and also how it can be more exciting, the packing list as well. It can be highly significant for the majority of people before beginning the journey of the given day. When if intended, Kathmandu Sightseeing tour is also optional In this way, you can visit few world heritage recorded sites.

    • Meals: Breakfast,
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350 m
  • Day 03 Drive to Machha Khola (930m) by means of Arughat (600m) 7-8 Hours.

    Morning is a great long drive, through the curved roads towards the Gorkha region, in the mid-western part of Nepal to start this wonderful trip. Ride makes the temperature rise as the glossy areas pass through many homesteads town or towns for a while following Trisuli stream and then turns off the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway to Arughat on the broken road to reach to Machha Khola with Budhi Gandaki River alongside.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Machha Khola
    • Altitude: 930 m
  • Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1,410m) - 06 hours.

    Morning walk occurs to take after Budhi Gandaki upstream to get to Khorla Beshi, a bit farming community. From here on the wonderful winding way begins the destination of Tatopani, known as the “Hot Spring,” where people get a chance to take a hot bath. If time allows it, the walk continues by passing through the village of Dovan and the cross the river Yaruphant and continue up to Jagat village after adequate rest.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodege
    • Place: Jagat
    • Altitude: 1410 m
  • Day 05 Trek to Dyang (1,800m) - 06 hours.

    The journey then progresses towards the higher altitude along the Budhi Gandaki River, passing quite a few small and clean farm houses. After that have a rest then a trek with a short ascend and descend to Nagjet then ascend to a beautiful village of Philim and then walking through farm terraces of golden grains of wheat and barley until reach to a rocky ridge top. There are many tourist spots in kullu valley but this voyage devotes one night in Dyang village.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Dyang
    • Altitude: 1800 m
  • Day 06 Trek to Namrung (2,630m) - 04 hours via Ghap (2,160m) - 05 hours

    As indicated before, time has come to enter the high Manaslu Himalaya area. The morning walk again moves gradually down towards a river bank to reach Bihi Bazaar, a small village. Specifically starting from here we can see more of the incongruities that are distinctly of the Tibetan culture and people. You then proceed on the easy route along the gradual track up to Ghap village before reaching Namrung village where one spends the night with astonishing view of Mount Manaslu.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Namrong
    • Altitude: 2630 m
  • Day 07 Trek to Samagaon (3,530m) - 5/6 hours

    Henceforth, tree lines end and the vegetation more degraded with few stunted juniper bushes. Reach the huge village of Samagaon by walking on a gradual trail and enjoying the views of the Manaslu base camp. Continuing the trip to ‘Birendra Lake’ along we can climb up to take a beautiful view of the place for 45 minutes in the afternoon. Overnight in Samagaon.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Samagaun
    • Altitude: 3530 m
  • Day 08 Samagaon for Acclimatization.

    Essential for getting used to the high altitude and for reaching the Manaslu base camp at this altitude.. Once satisfied with breakfast prepare your packed lunches to begin hiking to Manaslu base camp which takes about 3 hours (4895 m) and you will be able to move around taking pictures.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Samagaun
    • Altitude: 3,530 m
  • Day 09 Trek to Samdo (3,860m) - 04 hours

    Then follow the amazing landscape back and up again to finally reach Samdo which has got basic lodges for an overnight stay. Himi, Samdo is the initial village nearest to the Tibet border by people of Tibetan origin who are still involved in cross-border trade with Tibet for centuries.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Samdo
    • Altitude: 3860 m
  • Day 10 Trek to Dharamsala / Larke phedi (4,460m) - 05 hours

    It requires crossing the ice of the river several times and then moving on to a country that is all barren at that time; but a morning march is not arduous on the gradual ground on which there are few up and down movements. After the trekking to the Larke Phedi (base of Larke la) has been accomplished, one will have the afternoon free after lunch to have a short hike. The geographic location of the viewpoint of Larke Peak is in the Himalayas.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Dharmasala
    • Altitude: 4460 m
  • Day 11 Cross Larke la (5,214m) and to Bimtang (3,720m) - 08 hours.

    A Big Day! Begin very early in the morning to get on to the Larkya-La pass in the morning from where we can see a fine view of the surroundings. This walk is sometimes tiring, strenuous and lengthy but the views of surrounding hills, valleys and mountains including Mt. Manaslu, K-gam La pass, Larke Peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and Peak 29 is very appealing. Some of them rest while others head for Bimtang for spending a night in the village.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/house Lodge
    • Place: Bimtang
    • Altitude: 3720 m
  • Day 12 Trek to Tilje (2300m) -7 to 8 Hours

    Relative to Other day, today trip will be a moderate trek with most of the slope absolutely, through the captivating forest of rhododendron, pines and oak from Gho to Tilche. The village is a Gurung one ever blessed with most traditional values.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tea/House Lodge
    • Place: Tilche
    • Altitude: 2300 m
  • Day 13 Trek to Dharapani (1930m) – 1 ½ to 2 hours and drive to Bensi Sahar (825m) - 2 / 3 hours

    It is possible to use it and make a one-day trek from Kathmandu to Dharapani where the altitude is lower and it is located on the route of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Thus, we will travel in jeep to go for Beshisahar for the night halt. Lamjung is one of the districts of Nepal, being situated in the western part of the country and Besishar is the largest town and the district headquarters. It will also take the driver through several villages Syange, Nagdi and Bulbule along the Marsyangdi river which flows down to Bensisahar.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Bensishahar
    • Altitude: 1930 m
  • Day 14 Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m) – 07 hours.

    It will take 3-4 hours to drive from Dumre, which can easily be reached within few hours of drive from Beshisahar At the Pokhara /Kathmandu high way to give you a memorable time in the high mountains of Manaslu region before driving back to Kathmandu.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1350 m
  • Day 15 Depart From Kathmandu (1350m)

    It is the last day set aside for your astonishing tour in the beautiful country of Nepal. Some free time up to the departure: Accommodation, meals, and leisure up to the final departure to the international airport. This is your guide – team leader hoping that you enjoyed your time in the Manaslu Circuit Trekking and please do consider us again for your next trek.

    • Meals: Breakfast

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Larke La Pass (5,106 m) map

What's Included

Included

  • All transportation local buses and cars for airport pick up and drop
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola drive by local bus and local Jeep.
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu on a BB basis (bed and breakfast)
  • 12-night tea house lodge accommodation in the mountain
  • Full meal during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea/coffee)
  • An experienced and English-speaking guide, his food, travel, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Strong porter (2 people will be sharing one) his food, travel, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Manaslu Special Trekking region Permit (USD 100 for a week) 
  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) permit, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System) fees 
  • Dharapani to Beshisahar by Local Jeep and to Kathmandu by local bus
  • Nepal Adventure Team's T-shirt as a gift and certificate of appreciation
  • First Aid Medical Kit Bag and Trekking map 
  • All government VAT and Local Taxes

Excluded

  • Nepal visa fee
  • International flight (airfare)
  • Personal expenses such as phone bill, chocolate, bakery, drinks, battery charge, laundry
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide and porters

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesStatusPriceNote  
14 Jul, 2024 - 01 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 1185
21 Jul, 2024 - 08 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 1185
28 Jul, 2024 - 15 Aug, 2024GuaranteedUS$ 1185

Useful Information

Manaslu Circuit Trek permit


To get the insight one has to expect before embarking on a trek in Nepal, it is important to know that several regions have varying types of permits. These permits include local permits, restricted area permits, TIMS Cards, and National Park Permits appropriate for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This article provides detailed information about the required permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek and where to get them.

The Manaslu circuit trek was initiated in 1991 for international tourists. However, the Nepalese government has declared Tsum Valley and other villages in the Manaslu region restricted trekking zones. Therefore, arriving at the territories listed above, independent travellers are prohibited from hiking alone.

For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will need three permits: The three important permits to climb the Manaslu base camp are the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. These permits are required, and hikers who wish to trek must organise their trek through a local tour operator or hire the service of a government-authorised guide. Also, it is important to note that at least two trekkers are needed to get those permits.

 

Required Documents

Passport

For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you always have to have your original passport with you. It should ideally be valid for at least six months from the date of your entry into Nepal. This document is essential when applying for any permit and for the identification process.
 

Visa

A Nepal visa is required while in Nepal, especially for those taking Nepal treks. This type of visa can be granted upon arrival at the country's airports, specifically Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or at any of the country's border crossing points. However, they may try to obtain the visa at a consulate or embassy of the Nepalese Republic in their home country before the journey.

Permits
 

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is provided by the Department of Immigration of Nepal. For this permit, you are required to have a valid passport/visa, your itinerary of your holiday, including the trekking company details, and two passport-size photographs. To access the restricted area, a person must also indicate the dates to enter and exit the area.
 

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

The Nepal Tourism Board accredits the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. For this permit, you must provide a passport, visa, or other immigration document with a recent photograph of yourself. This permit helps protect wildlife in the Manaslu area.

Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Another important card to obtain for trekking in Nepal is the TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System). The card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) which requires a valid passport/visa for the Himalayan country and one a passport-size photograph. Safety and security will also assist in tracking trekkers on the move.

Trekking Arrangements

To trek in this area, you need to be with an organised group and have a confirmed booking with a local trekking agency since independent trekking is prohibited in the Manaslu region. Furthermore, you will require proof that a licensed guide will guide you throughout the trek. The activity must be with a group of at least two trekkers to qualify for the permits.

Additional Documents

There should be travel insurance for such eminent treks with added features like high-altitude trekking or emergency evacuation. Always ensure that you have several people to call in case of emergency, and the telephone numbers of the agency that you engaged for the trekking services.

Where to Obtain Permits

Permits can be obtained from the Department of Tourism, NTB, which is located in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The Restricted Area Permit is an official document issued in Kathmandu by the Department of Immigration. The permits required largely depend on the choice of trekking destination, and your trekking agency will help with the acquisition of the necessary permits as well as with preparations for the trek.

Budgeting and Cost Considerations for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

As with the preparation and planning of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is essential for hikers to prepare a cost estimate to cover various expenditures. Foreseen costs include accessing means of transport, accommodation, food and beverages, permits, and guide fees.

Transportation

Although it is a faraway area, arrangements for travelling to and from the starting point of the trek and for returning to Kathmandu will cost you a lot of money. There are two main options for transportation: private jeeps and local buses.

Private Jeep

Choosing a private jeep means high comfort and the opportunity to adjust the timetable to one's needs. It can transport a group of trekkers and their equipment in a single go and also helps to directly enter the location where the trek begins. It is even more costly than public transportation, but the convenient and relatively faster way of transport make it reasonable in the long run. The cost of a private jeep transfer from/to Kathmandu to the starting/ending point of the trek is _______, accordingly.

Local Bus

However, it is better for cost-conscious tourists to take a local bus for transportation during their travels. Public transport, like buses, is easily available from Kathmandu up to the starting point of the trek. While this option is comparatively cheaper, it can be less comfortable and time-consuming due to halts at several intervals and crowded coaches. The cost of a local bus ticket for the journey from Kathmandu to the starting point and back has been stated as________

Food and Drinks

Food expenses are another important necessity that needs to be taken care of. Food served in the tea houses ranges from local to international meals such as dal bhat, noodles, and soups, among others that are prepared in Western style. Transportation issues also contribute to the high cost of food because the further up you go, the higher the price of food. It is imperative that one plans on spending up to ________ to ________ on each meal. Also, beverages like bottled water, tea, and coffee are sold at an unspecified price between ____ and ____ based on various factors.

Permits

As mentioned, several permits are required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: $ 75 for April, March and May and $100 for August, September and October

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): NRP 3000 Per Person and NRP 600 for SAARC countries.

TIMS Card: NRP 2000 Per person and NRP 1000 for SAARC countries.


Guide and Porter Services

A licensed guide is required, and sometimes, a porter might be hired to carry personal luggage and belongings. It is always helpful to know that there are competent guides who offer information concerning the route, culture, and other safety measures to be taken into consideration. Not to mention that those individuals who want help transporting their belongings can hire porters. The cost of the services of a guide per day per individual ranges between _________and _________, whereas that of the porter ranges between ___________ to __________ per day. You should be able to budget for their wages, meals, and accommodations when organising for the team.

Alternative trek to Manaslu circuit trek

If a person gets tired of the Manaslu Circuit, he or she may find several other treks in Nepal to do, which are equally exciting in their ways. A well-known option is the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which covers various territories and cultural points of view. This trek offers you sublime sights of the vegetation, such as the subtropical forests, terraced fields, and alpine meadows, and a trial of crossing the Thorong La Pass, which is 5,416 metres above sea level. En route, one gets a view of the cultural flavours of 'Gurung,' 'Thakali,' & 'Manangi' people, making the entire trekking expedition very colourful. Nevertheless, the Annapurna Circuit has advantages in the form of permits and better trekking facilities; thus, it is preferable for different types of tourists.

Another best option is the EBC Trek or The Everest Base Camp Trek, which presents an opportunity to follow the routes of famous climbers. This wonderful trail offers breathtaking prospects of the world's tallest summits – Mount Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The tour goes through the darkest Sherpa area,. With the scenic towns of Namche Bazaar and Tengboche; trekkers can get to know the local population and visit temples over 200 years old. The EBC Trek is associated with plenty of teahouses, making it a very comfortable and challenging regardless of altitude.

For those seeking a destination that isn't filled with as many people you can go for the Upper Mustang Trek, which leads you into the hidden kingdom of Mustang. This trek stands out because the landscape is barren, dusty, and occasionally rocky, with eroded cliffs, natural springs, deserted caves, monasteries, etc. The people of this region are almost Tibetan, and the area is not heavily influenced by modern civilization. Giving trekkers an excellent first-hand look at the lifestyle of the indigenous population. The Upper Mustang Trek costs more and requires a special permit. Still, the experience of exploring a less-frequented area and meeting culturally significant monuments is more than compensation for the money spent.

Besides, for those who cannot climb a high Himalayan peak or have less time to trek, the Langtang Valley Trek is shorter and comfortable. Located in the Central Region of Nepal and north of Kathmandu, the Langtang Valley boasts fire zones, alpine meadows, and mountain snow. It also features cultural stages as there are scenarios to stop at the local Tamang and Tibetan settlements to explore the cultures and customs of Himalayan folk. The Langtang Valley trek is comparatively easier and can be done in limited days. It is suitable for trekkers who don't have much time for the trek or those not interested in going for a rigorous trek.
 

Packing Essentials: Gear Guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Gearing up for the journey, the Manaslu Circuit Trek could only be embarked on after careful preparation, especially in what to pack. This means that there is a variety of options regarding the terrain, climate, and geography, meaning that the right equipment is necessary for safety and efficiency.

Clothing

Base Layers

Insulating Layers

Outer Layers

Trekking Pants and Shirts

Warm Hat and Gloves

Trekking Socks

Footwear

Trekking Boots

Camp Shoes

Gear and Equipment

Backpack

Daypack

Sleeping Bag

Trekking Poles

Headlamp

Water Bottles or Hydration System

Accessories

Sunglasses

Hat and Sunscreen

Buff or Scarf

Personal First Aid Kit

Multi-tool or Knife

Dry Bags

Personal Items

Toiletries

Towel

Snacks and Energy Bars

Travel Documents

Camera or Smartphone

Covid 19 Guidelines

Before Your Trip

Vaccination: Ensure full COVID-19 vaccination.

PCR Testing: Get a PCR test before departure; carry negative test result documentation.

Travel Insurance: Confirm COVID-19 coverage, including medical treatment and evacuation.


Entry Requirements for Nepal

Health Declaration Form: Complete online before arrival.

Visa: Obtain a visa with necessary COVID-19 documentation.

PCR Test: Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before your flight.

During the Trek

Hand Hygiene: Frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

Health Monitoring: Daily check for symptoms; isolate and inform your guide if symptomatic.
 

Accommodation and Dining

Teahouse Protocols: Choose places that follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Meal Hygiene: Ensure food is hygienically prepared; prefer cooked meals.

Personal Utensils: Carry your reusable utensils, cups, and plates.

Interaction with Locals and Other Trekkers

Minimise Contact: Limit physical contact; avoid handshakes and hugs.

Support Local Health Protocols: Follow local health guidelines and those from your trekking agency.

Emergency Procedures

Isolation Protocols: Know isolation protocols and nearest medical facilities.

Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local health services, your embassy, and your trekking agency.

Returning Home

Testing Requirements: Check return journey and home country testing requirements.

Quarantine: Be prepared for quarantine upon return if required.

 

Insider Tips for a Memorable Manaslu Circuit Trek Experience.

To have the most incredible experience on your trek to Manaslu Circuit, you should opt for an experienced local guide who understands the area's social and cultural background. Travel lightly, but do it smart so that you do not overlook items that would be necessary in case of fair or cloudy weather. It's important to acclimate well and not cover too much ground in the first few days since altitude sickness could be a big problem here. Immerse yourself in the local culture by enjoying meals and talking to the locals in the tea houses that you will be staying in during your trek. For breathtaking scenery, it is best recommended to trek during the spring and autumn when the trekkers' traffic is low. Finally, it is necessary to take care of the place with kindness and act according to the traditions and customs that will help keep the region's natural beauty.
 

Why Trek Manaslu circuit with the Nepal Adventure Team?

When trekking the Manaslu Circuit with the Nepal Adventure team, you make an unforgettable journey to this stunning area. The Nepal Adventure Team is a group of young and creative local people who truly love their country and its nature. Everything about your trek is under careful planning and organisation to get all the necessary permits. We also aim to provide for the right and professional guides and porters who are well conversant with the physical geography and etiquette of the area.

We understand that security is crucial during the trip; thus, our team will ensure that all clients are safe and comfortable. We respect nature, our guides are sensitive to the local culture and ensures that our treks do not harm the environment . When deciding to take a trek with us, you are not only going out on a memorable experience but also supporting the local people. Follow us on this journey through Manaslu Circuit to showcase a genuine and insightful trekking adventure that is carefully crafted to introduce you to the authentic beauty of Nepal.

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    Rating Review by: KIng Daniel, Canada

    Wonderful Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking

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    Thanks for Best Trek

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    Manaslu Larke Pass / Circuit Trek

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