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Introduction

The Manaslu Trek (also known as Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a remote trek around the world’s eighth highest peak, situated in the Manaslu region. With newly developed small tea houses on the trek, Manaslu Trek has now become a lot easier for trekkers to get accommodation and meals without needing to carry meals and tents like in the past. Manaslu circuit Trek explores small villages with the spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, thundering rivers, high passes, wildlife, and different Himalayan flowers including the beautiful rhododendrons. The trek will lead you to the highest land attached to Tibet with some opportunities to experience Tibetan-influenced cultures and faiths.

While the Annapurna Circuit Trek is now disrupted by the ongoing construction of motor roads, Manaslu Circuit Trek is known as the perfect alternative to it. For those who do not want to walk on the dusty roads of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the perfect choice with similar views and similar experiences. This trek is gaining more significance lately. This is a restricted trekking route, you need to use a government-licensed trekking agency with a private guide to obtain the restricted area permit. Independent trekking is not allowed.

For a trekker with more available time, we suggest including the virgin Tsum valley area that gives even better opportunities to experience the Tibetan-influenced cultures. Manaslu Circuit Trek is the premier moderate – difficult grade trekking route left in Nepal in terms of mountains, authentic culture, and scenery. After the latest road construction in Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is now attracting more are more visitors who prefer to avoid walking on the dirt roads.

Since Annapurna Circuit Trek is badly affected by the newly built / ongoing road construction, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best alternative. Manaslu Circuit Trek is similar to Annapurna Circuit Trek in terms of altitude, difficulty, duration and nature

Tour Highlights

  • A beautiful and adventurous trekking route in Gorkha district, best alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Unspoiled and virgin trekking route, falls under restricted area and needs special immigration permit from Nepal Government
  • 12 nights 13 days fully guided trekking in Manaslu region
  • Beautiful villages, valleys, wildlife, culture and traditions observed
  • Crossing of Larke Pass over 5000 meters which is amazingly beautiful and a great adventure
  • The most popular trekking route under restricted area trekking trails

Tour Price Based on Group Size

(Smaller the group higher the price. The price displayed here is without any discounts or coupons if exists / if available)
No of People Price
01 Person USD 1545 / per person (the government requires a minimum of 2 people for restricted area treks. We can arrange permits arranging with other tourists in some cases.)
02 – 05 Person USD 997 / per person
06 – 09 Person USD 946 / per person
10 Person Above USD 910 / per person
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of the Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. We will introduce you to the tour leader and have a short meeting about the tour.

Day 02Free day in Kathmandu, permit preparations

We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. Original passports and visas are needed to collect Nepal immigration permits. You can explore the town on your own. We will have a trip briefing and introductory program with your guide once the permits are collected.

Day 03Drive to Soti Khola

We start our drive early in the morning following the Budi Gandaki River. It’s a beautiful yet thrilling drive through the beautiful Nepalese villages. About half of the road is dirt (not paved) so it’s going to be a bumpy ride. We will stop in Soti Khola before we start walking on the following day.

The drive to Sotikhola through dirt road is going to be a big pain. It is highly recommended to use a private jeep, for quick travel and comfortability

Day 04Trek to Machha Khola

We will cross the bridge then climb to the top of the hill. It is a beautiful day hike through beautiful villages of the region. We will be passing through Armala, Liding, Apubesi, and Khani Besi before reaching Machha Khola. Different villages, towering waterfalls, green hills, thundering Budi Gandaki river, and various rice paddies make this day beautiful.

Day 05Trek to Jagat

Once we reach Korlabesi we will have a steep ascent to the ridge and then descend to a natural hot spring (Tatopani). Soon we cross Budi Gandaki river then continue climbing stone stairs to Dovan. We will continue ascending towards a small place called Duman then we will cross some landslide areas. Continuing several ups and downs will take us to Thado Bhanjyang then continuing further will take us to Jagat.

Day 06Trek to Deng

As we walk next to the cliffs we will have some good views of Shringi Himal. We will descend towards Setibas following some Buddhist Mani Walls. We will continue through terraced fields, green hills, and bamboo forests of Nupri Valley. We have a few ascending and descending as well as have to cross few suspension bridges to reach Deng. We will have walking through various villages such as Salleri, Sirdibas, Phillim, Eklebhatti, Nyak and then finally reaches Deng (Dyang) following the beautiful Bamboo forests of Deng Khola.

Day 07Trek to Namrung

Soon after we leave Deng we will cross Budi Gandaki River and then continue to Rana Village. We continue towards the west following a beautiful waterfall. We will have walking inside the beautiful rhododendron forests guided by white Langur monkeys. We soon do an ascending to reach Namrung for an overnight stay. This village offers some tremendous views of Himalayan peaks including Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli.

Day 08Trek to Samagaon

Soon after leaving Namrung, we will arrive at Lihi where we will have fine views of Ganesh Himal. This village has a lot of chhortens, mani walls, and barley fields. We will continue towards Samagaon following Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages. This is a beautiful day with several viewpoints that offer stunning views of various Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Peak 29. We will also have the opportunity to visit Rimbung Gomba (Lho Monastery).

Day 09Trek to Samdo

Trek from Samagaon to Samdo takes about 3 to 4 hours. We will follow the Budi Gandaki river throughout the day. On a lucky day, we will also have an opportunity to see Himalayan Blue Sheep. The trail is comparatively easy and wide. Walking through the left and right of the Budi Gandaki river eventually, we will reach Samdo for an overnight stay.

Day 10Rest and acclimatization day in Samdo

Samdo is a meeting place of three different surrounding valleys and situated behind a ridge especially known for yak herding. We will second another night in Samdo for acclimatization. We can hike up to Gya La which is a trending pass with Tibet. This place offers excellent views of Simrang Himal, Hiunchuli Peak, Ngadi Himal, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and Kang Guru Himal.

Day 11Trek to Dharmashala

Before we start our climbing we will walk on the flat before making a cross of the river. We will be passing along a glacier followed by a beautiful Gorge. Continuing through several Mani walls we will be reaching Larke Phedi for an overnight stay. Larke Phedi has only three lodges for basic accommodation of the trekkers. This place is also known as Larke Base Camp.

Day 12Cross Larkya Pass (5,125M / 16,814FT) and trek to Bimthang (Can take many hours depending on shape and weather conditions)

This is a challenging day. We will start early in the morning and start the gentle climbing to the ridge, a very short descending to a small lake and then make final ascending to the Larke Pass. The last section of the pass is slightly steeper. Soon after reaching the summit of the pass, we will stop awhile for taking some photographs before descending to Bhimtang. We will have gorgeous views of several Himalayas including Manaslu Peak, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, and Kangguru Himal.

Day 13Trek to Tilije

We will leave beautiful Himalayan peaks behind and start descending to Tilje for the upcoming night. Continuing further through rhododendron forests will take us to Karache (2,800M); one of the highest cultivated villages of Nepal. Continuing further will take us to Gho village where few lodges are available for accommodation. Continuing one more hour will take us to Tilije village for an overnight stay as Tilije village has better accommodation options comparing to Gho village.

Day 14Trek to Tal, drive to Besishar

Descending from Tilje we will reach the Marshyang valley and meet the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tal is a popular stop place on the Annapurna circuit route having several lodges available for meals and accommodation. We may take a quick lunch and start our thrilling drive to Besisahar on a dirt road. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15Drive to Kathmandu

We will take a quick breakfast and then catch our microvan to Kathmandu. It’s beautiful countryside driving on the bank of different rivers that make an end to our unforgettable Manaslu Larke Pass Trek. Relax and rest in the hotel, have a good shower, and try a good cuisine in a good restaurant in Kathmandu before making the preparation for the departure.

Day 16Drive to airport, end our our services

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again!

Costing

What is included in the tour price?

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek(2 airport transfers for international arrival and international departure)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast(Hotel Thamel Park or similar)
  • Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Tal - Kathmandu transfers on a public vehicle(A private transportation is highly recommended and can be arranged at additional costs if requested)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek(15 Breakfast, 13 Lunch, 13 Dinner)
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses / lodges as per the itinerary during the trek(Twin sharing accommodation in a lodge from Day 03 to Day 13)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) entry permit
  • Nepal Immigration restricted area entry permit issued by Department of ImmigrationOriginal passports / visas are required to obtain restricted area permits except in exceptional cases
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(Our guides are minimum 7 years experienced)
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance(1 porter will carry maximum 25 kilos in total even if shared by 2 or more people)
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide / American medical association approved Oximeter(Ax Oximeter will help to find Oxygen saturation level in your body, it's important to find with altitude sickness)
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges(No hidden fees, no surprising prices)
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional](1 complementary dinner in Kathmandu will be provided either before or after the trek as per your choice)

What is not included in the tour price?

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation(Nepal via fees; 15 days - USD 30, 30 Days - USD 50, 90 Days - USD 125 | Visa extension - USD 3 per day, Late fine - USD 5 per day)
  • Personal nature expenses(All alcoholic and non-alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower - USD 5 - 8 / per shower, WiFi, battery charging, tidbits etc)
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control (weather problems, airline issues, unforseen circumstances)(Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if not mentioned in the itinerary)(It is not included also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary whether it's voluntarily or due to unforeseen circumstances))
  • Tipping / gratis for guides / porters / assistant guides(Tipping is expected at the end of the tour)
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section(Please ask us if you are confused about any services)
ALTITUDE CHART
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Meals and Accommodation: Manaslu Circuit Trekking is complete tea house based route hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. However, in Kathmandu we provide 3 star category hotel accommodation with only breakfast. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet (depending on availability).

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time however Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number and the tastes might not be similar to the actual item; pizza may not taste like pizza.

Best Season for the Trek: Spring and autumn are considered better for Manaslu Trek. The best time to trek is usually during the dry season, from September to early December and mid-March to early June. In the winter and spring, there is a chance of snow on Larke Pass and it might be inaccessible, while rainfall can make parts of the trail impassable in monsoon even though the trek can be tried in the monsoon / rainy season. Autumn ensures a clear and dry high-mountain pass with a good chance of a clear view towering Himalayan peaks.

The best months for Manaslu Circuit Trek are mid March, April, May, early June, September, October, November, and early December. The Spring Season begins in March and runs until May, while the Fall season runs from September through November. The main reason for having a narrow window is that the mountains on each side of the valley will be filled with snow and ice and can prove treacherous for trekkers. The Larke pass might be closed in mid winter season.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

The prices are different based on the number of people traveling together. The larger the group size, the lower the price will be. For example, the price for 1 person will be higher than the price per person based on 2 people. Similarly, comparing to the prices per person for 2 – 5 people traveling together will be higher than the prices per person for 6 – 9 people traveling together. However, the prices you will see at the time of the booking will be final regardless of price changes in the future.

As per the government rules, we require minimum of 2 people to run the Manaslu Trek. If you are alone then we can find someone to buy the permits. If you want to go alone then you have to buy permits for the second person as well

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

When is the best time to travel? What is the best season?

Mid March – early June, and September – early December are considered the best months for this trek. It’s possible to try to trek in mid-winter, even though the Larke Pass might get closed at that time (depending on snowfall/snow level). June – August is monsoon season so there might be some rain showers making it uncomfortable to trek. The roads between Kathmandu and Arughat sometimes become inaccessible during monsoon season as the road is not paved.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 60 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 60 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees of the total tour price.

How are the meals and accommodation on the trek?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 2 to Day 15 breakfast). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwiches, burgers, etc. are available. Meat is available in few places and it’s highly recommended to avoid it due to hygiene reasons.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room or twin sharing rooms however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone).

Do I need to be physically fit?

Yes, this is a difficult trekking route. You need to have a good fitness level and should be able to walk 6 – 7 hours every day. If you have previous trekking experience / high altitude visiting experiences then it will be very helpful.

Can I / we do this trek with kids?

Yes, you can do this trek with kids above 12 years old. The trek is not suitable for the kids below 12. Make sure your kid is active and fit to join the adventure, we also recommend additional 2/3 additional days to make it more comfortable.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are the Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by the Nepal Government.

Gear List
  • Waterproof trekking boots / Flip Flops
  • Socks / Undergarments
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Fleece (Lower / Upper)
  • Rain / wind jacket
  • Down jackets
  • Backpack / Day Pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles or camel bag / purification
  • Sunscreen / moisturizer
  • Hat or balaclava
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper / Tissue paper
  • Quick dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Headlight / Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Light / heavy gloves
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Soap or Bath gel
  • Female hygiene products
12 Reviews
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Aidan Foley

Couple Traveller

Excellent

10 April, 2020

Kim Niddery

Couple Traveller

We had a great time on this trek. The organization was solid, the guide (Raju) and the porter (kaju) made us feel lucky to have signed on with this company. The trek itself we highly recommend, and this company seemed to do their best to make this trek the best experience possible.

26 October, 2019

Vasil Vasilev

Couple Traveller

Excellent

9 October, 2019

Anonymous

Couple Traveller

It was a lot better than we expected as we were traveling in the monsoon season. We knew we were traveling in monsoon season but fortunately, it didn’t rain much and we were fine. The lodge in Dharmashala was closed so we had to walk 2 days plan in 1 day, it was tiring but fortunately, the views were great in the Larke pass.

20 June, 2019

Frank

Couple Traveller

We had a great trip. The hike was very beuatiful and quite, since we started the trek at the beginning of March. Not many tourists were on the trek which made it perfect. We had a great time with Harry (guide) and Kishna (Porter) who were always in for jokes and good game of carts.

Only downside was that we couldn’t cross the pass, there was to much snow. The upside was we had one day in Shala completely alone, the whole village was empty. We even helped the only local there to make his lodge snow free for us. This was an awesome day since the views were stunning and it was completely quite.

Thanks Harry and Kishna for the great trip!

Thank you

5 June, 2019
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