If you are willing to see the 8th tallest peak ( Manaslu ) with very close distance along with many other peaks, we have to go trekking to the upper Part of Gorkha District. In 1991 AD, Manaslu Region was opened for trekking. Among the set of trekking in the Manaslu region, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best.
TREKKING TO MANASLU CIRCUIT is less crowded than trekking to Annapurna Circuit and trekking to Everest Everest Base Camp. It is one of the best Circuit trek in Nepal. We can start this trek from Machhakhola and Ends in Dharapani.
Manaslu Trekking is greeting popular day by day. Throughout the journey, we can see stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna II, Shringi Himal, and many more mountains which are still unnamed. Around Manaslu and Tsum Valley is a combination of 2 restricted areas for trekking which you can do within 22 DAYS TIME. Doing these 2 trips allows seeing Mt Manaslu ranges as well as the hidden town Tsum Valley.
OVERVIEW OF MANASLU CIRCUIT TREKKING
|Trip Name :||Manaslu Circuit Trek ( Around Manaslu )|
|Maximum Altitude :||5,125meter ( 16, 814 feet )|
|Trip Duration :||12 Days|
|Group Size :||1 to 40 person|
|Best Time :||Autumn and Fall|
|Difficulty Level :||Adventure|
|Start / End Point :||Kathmandu|
|Activity :||6 to 7 hrs walking(Approximate)|
|Nature of Trek :||Teahouses/Lodge|
Best Itinerary For Manaslu Circuit Trekking
You might be amazed that some company has 18 days itinerary, some of 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 at that time.
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.
ITINERARY of MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK
|Day 1||Drive to Machhakhola from Kathmandu||2,920ft/900m||9 to 10 hr|
|Day 2||Machhakhola to Jagat||4,495ft/1,370m||6 to 7 hr|
|Day 3||Jagat to Deng||5,919ft/1,804 m||7 to 8 hr|
|Day 4||Deng to Namrung||8,629ft/2,630 m||6 to 7 hr|
|Day 5||Namrung to Shyala||11,483ft/3,500m||4 to 5 hr|
|Day 6||Shyala to Samagaun||11,581ft/3,530m||3 to 4 hr|
|Day 7||Acclimatization Day ( Rest Day )||11,581ft/3,530m||NA|
|Day 8||Samagaun to Samdo||12,664ft/3,860 m||4 hr|
|Day 9||Samdo to Dharmashala||14,633ft /4,460m||4 to 5 hr|
|Day 10||Dharmashala to Bhimthang via Larke Pass||11,778ft/3,590m||8 to 9 hr|
|Day 11||Bhimthang to Dharapani||6,102ft/1,860 m||7 to 8 hr|
|Day 12||Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar||4429ft/1,350m||8 to 10 hr|
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Frequently Asked Questions
The total distance Trekking to Manaslu Circuit is approx 177km. In the past, there was no road access to Manaslu 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Though Manaslu ranked 8th tallest peak in the world, an expedition to Manaslu is really Challenging because of its fickle weather. Whilst summiting Mount Manaslu, more than 60 climbers have died on its treacherous slopes. Thus, Mount Manaslu is also known as KILLER MOUNTAIN.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Not everywhere. Only in some of the places you’ll get WIFI.
Sure. If you want to get only a local guide for Manaslu, it is possible from us. Being Manaslu trek is restricted areas, you must have Nepali License Holder Trekking Guide. For the Guide Hire details, you can visit TREKING GUIDE HIRE IN NEPAL. 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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|Departure Dates||Price in USD||Space Left||Booking|
|March 01 - March 12 ,2023||798||4|
|March 04 - March 15 ,2023||798||5|
|March 10 - April 22 ,2023||798||5|
|March 15 - April 26 ,2023||798||5|
|March 21 - April 01 ,2023||798||5|
|March 27 - April 07 ,2023||798||4|
Price US$ 840
USD 798 P.P
|No. of people||Price Per Person|
|1 pax||USD 1067|
|2 paxes||USD 798|
|3 paxes||USD 791|
|4 paxes||USD 754|
|5 paxes||USD 728|
|6 paxes||USD 705|
|7 paxes||USD 707|
|8 paxes||USD 698|
|9 paxes||USD 690|
|10 paxes||USD 685|
|More than 10||Contact Us|
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