Manaslu Circuit Trek is less crowded than Annapurna Circuit and Everest Everest Base Camp. Trekking to Manaslu offers the 8th tallest peak along with many other peaks. In 1991 AD, the Manaslu region is opened for trekking. It is the 8th tallest mountain in the World. The upper part of Manaslu is located at the border of Tibet.

Manaslu trail is greeting popular day by day. Throughout the journey, we can see stunning views of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna II, Shringi Himal, and many more mountains which are still unnamed.

OVERVIEW OF (MANASLU CIRCUIT TREKKING)

Trip Name : Manaslu Circuit( Around Manaslu )
Maximum Altitude :  5,125m
Trip Duration : 12 Days
Group Size : 1 to 25 person
Best Time : Autumn/Fall
Difficulty Level : Adventure
Start / End Point : Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Activity : 6 to 7 hrs walking(Approximate)
Nature of Trek : Teahouses/Lodge
Manaslu Trek

PRICE FOR MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK [ Guided Package Cost ]

According to Base Camp Hike Pvt Ltd’s plan, it cost 976 USD per person(double occupancy basis). If you want to get the best price for the package, our offer is for you.

No. of Tourist Price Per Person
1 person(Solo) USD 1320
2 person USD 976
3 person USD 974
4 person USD 898
5 person USD 906
6 person USD 865
7 person USD 873
8 person USD 850
9 person USD 858
10 person USD 840

Here is what is included and what is excluded from the package.

Why do we need to go to MANASLU CIRCUIT?

Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers trekkers a massive Himalayas panoramic view. It is relatively less crowded than Annapurna and Everest Trekking. 

In 1991 AD, Manaslu Region was opened for trekking. Mt. Manaslu is the 8th tallest mountain in the World. Manaslu Circuit is getting more popular day by day like a trek to Mardi Himal. We can see stunning views of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna II, Shringi Himal, and many more mountains.  The upper part of the Manaslu area is located at the border of Tibet.

Many mountains are still unnamed. We can do also the Annapurna Circuit trek upon exit from Manaslu Conservation Area. Hence if you want to include the Annapurna circuit with Manaslu, you can do it with the same permit and at the same time.

What are the Highlights?

  • Experience the Hindu and Tibetan mix of Buddhist culture.
  • Protected Manaslu wildlife.
  • Dozen of peaks that are higher than 6000m are visible on the way.
  • Beautiful Budhi Gandaki River.
  • stunning Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna Ranges
  • Larke Pass( 5,125)
  • Hike to Manaslu Base Camp to see the 8th tallest peak(Mt. Manaslu) in the world (8,156 m)

Around Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Around Manaslu and Tsum Valley is a combination of 2 restricted areas for trekking. In 21 days, we can do Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley trek. Doing these 2 trips allows seeing Mt Manaslu ranges as well as the hidden town Tsum Valley.

How long is this trip?

We can make the Manaslu itinerary in between 12 days to 20 days. The 12 days and 14 days itinerary is for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. Here I’ve made 13 days itinerary. For Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Hiking, 20 days will require.

Manaslu is the highest peak in the Gorkha District. Samagaun (3350M) is one of the famous places on the Manaslu region trek. This village lies just opposite part of Mt. Manaslu (8167m)which is one of the top 14 mountains above 8000-meter height.

If the weather is clear you can see the sunrise on the top of mt. Manaslu and most of the trekkers take 2-day rest in this place so then they can go to the lake near the village called Birendra lake. A minimum of two people need to get permits for Manaslu.

Manaslu Trek Permit

Since Manaslu is the restricted trekking region of Nepal, you need to buy special permits for trekking. At least 2 people must have to get Manaslu Permit. It means solo trekkers can’t get the permit individually. But they can join trekking with other trekkers so that he/she can get a permit.

Trekking to restricted areas is always much more costly than other normal trekking routes. Hence the Around Manaslu Trekking is more expensive than the Annapurna Circuit trekking due to restricted areas permits. For the restricted areas, we have to pay permit charges according to days and seasons.

Best Way to Get to the Trailhead of Manaslu

We have only two ways to get to the trek starting point of Mount Manaslu. They are, Local Bus and Private Jeep. The distance from Kathmandu to Sotikhola is around 142km(80 miles). If you wish to go by Jeep, then it will be more comfortable and fast. It takes around 6 to 7 hours for Jeep to reach Sotikhola if there is no traffic jam.

By Local Bus

Public Bus takes around 8 hours. Generally, in Nepal, local buses are often full of passengers. Moreover, if you make a ride during the festival time in Nepal(October to November), it’s hard to get a seat if you don’t book before 3 to 4 days. This type of bus makes stops frequently at bus stop points to pick up and drop off a passenger. So it does take more hours than the private one. Seats are not comfortable(short and have less space to stretch leg) for most international client as it is designed for Nepali People(Asian size). But, it is very cheap than Jeep.

By Private Jeep

Jeep is a more convenient way to get SotiKhola(starting point of trekking). As it is private, you can make a stop whenever you needed. Seats are also suitable for tourists. It cost around 230 USD to USD 270 for the Jeep to SotiKhola.

How to back from MCT?

From Dharapani, you can reserve or hire a Jeep to Besisahar. From Besisahar, you will get Microbus, Car, Local Bus, and Touristbus also to go to Kathmandu.

Best Itinerary For Manaslu Circuit Trekking

You might be amazed that some company has 18 days itinerary, some have 12 days, and so on. Well, it depends on where to end treks and from where to start. 

Till some years ago, Itinerary of the trek to Manaslu would be Around 18 days. Because at that time, there was no road beyond Arughat and also no road from Dharapani to Besisahar. So we should walk  4 days more now date.

Nowadays, we can make 12 days(Trekking starts from Machha Khola and Ends in Dharapani). So we can say the journey to Manaslu is a 2 weeks mountain holiday. Here is 12 days’ BEST ITINERARY.

BASE CAMP HIKE presents 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you have 2 weeks’ holidays and want to go, it is enough to visit restricted Area Manaslu. Here we’ve 12 day Manaslu trip which is the best short version. However, if you want to have more days or less than this, please just tell us. We’ll make a tailored made trip.

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ITINERARY IN DETAIL (MANASLU CIRCUIT TREKKING)

Day 1: Drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu

Today, we’ll drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu early in the morning using the Local Bus. On the way to Machha Khola, you’ll see the beautiful Ganesh Himal Range as well as the landscape.

We’ll have lunch before Arughat. The road structure from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is blacktop but from Dhading Besi to Machhakhola road structure is fully off-road drive.

  • 9-10 hours
  • Lodge at Machha Khola
  • B, L, D
  • 2,920feet/900 m

Day 2: Trek to Jagat

On the 2nd day, we’ll trek to Jagat from Machha Khola. On this day, we’ll make our journey by passing beautiful villages such as Khorlabesi, Tatopani, and Dovan. In the end, we’ll get to Jagat villages where we stay Overnight.

Jagat is the starting point of a Tibetan-influenced village on this route.

  • 6-7 hours
  • Lodge at Jagat
  • B, L, D
  • 4,495 feet / 1,370 m

Day 3: Trek to Deng

On the 3rd day of MCT, we make a journey to Deng. Deng is a Buddhist village on Manaslu Trail. On the way to Deng, you’ll see Shringi Himal(7, 187m) from Saguleri. Not only that, we’ll see the field of Maize, Potato, and Millet.

  • 7-8 hours
  • Lodge at Deng
  • B, L, D
  • 5,919 feet / 1,804 m

Day 4: Trek to Namrung

Today, we will trek to Namrung from the Deng. Around 4 hour’s walk from Deng, we’ll reach Ghap. The Ghap is also a Tibetan village. On the way, you’ll have an impressive view of Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Kutang Himal. Nonetheless, we’ll see several Mani Walls(walls with Buddhist scriptures) onward to Namrung. Upon passing colorful forests of Firs, Oaks, and Rhododendrons, we’ll finally get Namrung. Stay Overnight at Namrung.

  • 6-7 hours
  • Lodge at Namrung
  • B, L, D
  • 8,629 feet / 2,630 m

Day 5:  Trek to Shyala

After breakfast in Namrung, we will leave Namrung and move ahead to Shyala village.

Crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we’ll reach Sho( a Tibetan village of Manaslu). From Sho, we get first views of Manaslu North and then of Manaslu Main. The next station after Sho village is Lho. The Lho village is located at 3150m and here you can see a little monastery and several Chortens and Mani walls. Finally, we stop this day hiking at Shyala. From Shyala, you can see Himal Chuli, Peak 29(Ngadi Chuli), and Manaslu.

  • 4-5 hours
  • Lodge at Shyala
  • B, L, D
  • 11,483 feet/ 3,500m

Day 6: Trek to Samagaun

It takes approximately 5 hours to reach Samagaon from Syala. Along the way to Samagaon, we will have stunning mountain views.

  • 3-4 hours
  • Lodge at SamaGaun
  • B, L, D
  • 11,581 feet / 3, 530m

Day 7: Acclimatization at Samagaun

To make it to Larke Pass, an acclimatization day is required for trekkers. So on this day, we explore Birendra Taal (lake) and Pun Gyen Gompa. From Pungyen Gompa, we’ll see stunning views of Manaslu. After visiting Gompa, we’ll go back to the hotel and take a rest at SamaGaun.

  • NA
  • Lodge at SamaGaun
  • B, L, D
  • 11,581 feet / 3, 530m

Day 8: Trek to Samdu

After breakfast in Samagaon, we move to Samdu. Around 4 hours of easy walk from Samagaun, we reach the picturesque village Samdo. Along the way, you’ll have stunning mountain views. Not only that we reach close to the Tibetan border. We make a stop at Samdu and we use the rest of the time for acclimatization.

  • 4 hours
  • Lodge at Samdo
  • B, L, D
  • 12, 664 feet / 3,860 m

Day 9: Trek to Dharamshala

Upon breakfast in Samdo, we’ll move forward to Dharamshala. It takes around 4 to 5 hours of hike to get to Dharamshala from Samdo. On the way, we walk through a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar. Along the way, you’ll see many traditional monasteries. The Dharmashala is also known as Larke Phedi(base of Larke pass). At Dharamshala, there is only one basic teahouse. Rest of the day we take rest for acclimatization.

  • 4-5 hours
  • Lodge at Dharamshala
  • B, L, D
  • 14, 633 feet / 4, 460m

Day 10: Trek to Bhimthang via Larke Pass

This is the most awaited day of this entire trek. Because on this day, we make our journey to Larke Pass. Early in the morning, we’ll start hiking to Larke La. Around 700m ascent from Dharmasaala, we’ll be in our key spot ‘Larke La(Larke Pass)’.

From Larke La(16, 929 feet / 5,160m), you can see the thrilling views of Larke Peak, Annapurna II, Cho Danda, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Kangaru. From Larke La, we descend to the Bhimthang(approximately 1500m). Stay Overnight at Bhimthang

  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Lodge at Bhimthang
  • B, L, D
  • 11, 778 feet/ 3, 590m

Day 11: Trek to Dharapani

From Bimthang, we can enjoy impressive views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and many more. Upon having breakfast at Bhimthang, we descend further to Dharapani. On this day, we cross beautiful mountain villages such as Goa and Tilje before getting to Dharapani. The Dharapani is a junction of Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit.

  • 7-8 hours
  • Lodge at Dharapani
  • B, L, D
  • 6,102 feet / 1,860m

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

This is the last day of our 12 days Manaslu Trek. On this day, we’ll take a local Jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar. Before reaching Besisahar you’ll see many impressive waterfalls and amazing landscapes. Upon reaching Besisahar, we’ll take a local bus to Kathmandu. All in all, it will be a 9 to 10 hours drive on this day.

  • 8-10 hours
  • Lodge at Thamel, Kathmandu
  • B, L
  • 4429 feet / 1, 350m

INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED IN PACKAGE

Includes in Package

  • Airport Pick Up and Drop off (Arrival/Departure)
  • 1Night Tourist standard Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola by Local Bus (upgrade to private Jeep – $230 total)
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by Sharing Jeep (upgrade to private Jeep – $130 total)
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu by Local Bus (upgrade to private Jeep – $170 total)
  • Meals on Trekking (B, L, D).
  • All Required Trekking Permits
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • 1 strong porter  to carry your bag during hiking (2 Guest = 1 Porter)
  • All expenses of Guide and Porters
  • First Aids Kit with an Oximeter
  • Seasonal Fruits and Cookies each day throughout the trip
  • Trekking Completion Certificate if you want
  • Duffel Bag, Sleeping Bag for Trekking( should be returned after the trip)
  • Nepal Government Taxes, VAT, and official charges.

Excludes in Package:

  • All types of Drinks and Dessert foods
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
  • Meals behind our itinerary (Foods/Meals before or after the trek)
  • All types of Personal nature expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Additional costs by out of management control due to the landscape, weather conditions, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, physical condition, etc.
  • Travel Insurance(not compulsory but better to have)Tip for Guide (Tipping is expected but not Compulsory)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned on the list of INCLUDED

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Manaslu trek?

The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit is approx 177km. In the past, there was no road access to Manaslu Hiking Areas as well as Annapurna Circuit ( Dharapani to Besisahar).
So at that time, we should do the whole Manaslu Circuit. It’s called Classical Manaslu Circuit. The duration of the CLASSICAL MANASLU Circuit is 17 days which starts from Aarughat and ends at Besisahar.
Nowadays you can do customized routes. In 13 days, ( Starts from Sotikhola, and Trek Ends at Dharapani). But in 14 days you can end the trek at Chamje.
Rest days and side trips make a trip long on MT.

When is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Since we should pass Larkya La(5,125) to do Manaslu Trek, it’s wishful to choose the best time. If you’re wondering about when to go to Manaslu Trek then your answer is the following.
During winter time From Samagauon to Bhimthang, you’ll find it difficult to trek due to cold temperatures.
So expect wintertime, we can do the Manaslu trek but for the best weather, March to April and September to December is the best season for Manaslu Hiking.
Manaslu Hiking in December:
December is the winter season in Nepal. Even though there is no snow on the trail in December, cold temperatures make the trek hard. In the morning and evening when you’re in the hotel, you’ll feel very cold in December at Mt.Manaslu Hiking.

How difficult is the Manaslu trek?

For beginner’s trekkers, it is difficult to do Larkey La(5,125m). 3 nights above 4000m, which is not an easy trek. But if you are an experienced hiker, you can do this hike.

How much does the Manaslu Permit cost?

From September to November(peak season), USD 100 for the first 7 days and will add 15 USD for additional days(80$ from 8 days). Similarly, from December to August(low season), USD 75 for the first 7 days and will add 10 USD after 7 days.

Can we get Vegetarian food or non-vegetarian food?

Every 3 to 4 hours walk, you’ll get a launch spot. You can order meals according to your wish which is available on the menu. Vegetarian and Nonvegetarian are both types of meals, you’ll get on Around Manaslu Hiking.

If you use water purification then it will be a great contribution to making a plastic-free environment.

What types of hotels can we get?

At the beginning phase of this trail, it is compulsory to Camping trek. Because there was no Teahouse. But slowly local people made teahouses. Nowadays you can get a room with two single beds. In some places, they also made rooms with inside toilets. It looks simple but it is neat and clean.
Before sleep, you can sit in a warm dining hall. Hotel to firewood heating system to make the dining hall warm.
Nowadays they are improving their teahouse. Hotel owners are concerned to improve the quality of Teahouses.

Can we get WIFI?

No. Only in some places, you’ll get WIFI.

Do we need a guide for Manaslu Trek?

Yes, you must have a local license holder guide.

Can I get only a guide for Manaslu Trek?

Sure. If you want to get only a local guide for Manaslu, Base Camp Hike Pvt Ltd is always welcome to you. Being Manaslu trek is restricted areas, you must have Nepali License Holder Trekking Guide.
Sure, you can do Manaslu Guide Hire. The best thing about us is we have some local expert guides of the Manaslu Region. If you wish to have MCT local expert guides then contact Base Camp Hike.

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With a group of 3 people, we did the Manaslu Circuit in 13 days. Jayaram with his agency( Base Camp Hike) gave us all the necessary permits, the jeep for transport to Machhakhola, a great guide, and the strong porters. The service was punctual and efficient. I highly recommend Base Camp Hike.

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