• Duration:15 Nights 16 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 5213m
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Activity: Hiking & Trekking
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

About Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the ultimate hiking and trekking adventure in the Himalaya of Nepal. This exciting trek leads into a hidden valley of unsurpassed natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. You are not likely to meet other tourists on the Manaslu Circuit Trek as it was opened only in 1991 and still is practically unheard of staying in rustic lodges in stone-house villages is part of the fun. The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at Arughat, Gorkha, a full-day drive from Kathmandu. The first few days we follow the steep gorge of the Budhi Gandaki River. This may well be the most difficult part of our trek as the trail is not as good as some of the well-travelled trekking trails. Countless streams and waterfalls plunge into the Budhi Gandaki River. When the trail enters the Manaslu Conservation Area just before Jagat, a cultural shift is visible. Below this point Nepalese Hinduism prevails, while beyond here, Tibetan Buddhism is predominant and from here on the villages give you the feeling of being in Tibet.

Deeper into the valley there are fewer and smaller villages, often perched on the steep valley sides. Small terraced fields are farmed with ancient methods and hard labor by farmers who scarcely notice the remarkable panorama of peaks like the magnificent Manaslu and the Himalchuli Massif on the Nepal-Tibet border. This stunning scenery is part of the harsh reality of life for the inhabitants of this rugged land. Manaslu Circuit Trekking gradually acclimatizes by climbing fewer hours per day as we approach the rough glacial moraine. We stop to admire the green glacial lake of Birendra before crossing into mystic Samdo, a village close to the Tibetan border where Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. The view of the Tibetan plateau against the stark white Himalaya makes this a truly spiritual place.

Crossing Larke La Pass, 5,106m on snow is a test of stamina. The scenery is outstanding with major peaks on all sides: Himalchuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. These mountain peaks tower above us as we descend from alpine into tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, waterfalls and blue-green lakes bordered by white beaches. At last we reach the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River until we meet up with the popular Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. From here on we will meet other trekkers enjoying the fantastic views of the Annapurna range. This three-week trek around the Manaslu Circuit will leave you with a sense of awe and respect for the cultural and ecological wonders of Nepal.

Attention all adventurers!

We have two confirmed trekkers for Manaslu Circuit Trek on March 25th, 2024!

We are pleased to announce that Miss. Sylvie and Mr Frederique will be doing the Manaslu Circuit Trek starting on 25th March 2024. If you've dreamt of reaching new heights and testing your limits, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. This is your chance to join the challenge and conquer one of Nepal's most incredible Treks.   

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The Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit Trekking:

The best seasons for Manaslu trekking are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).

Temperatures on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking:

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is Tea House Trek:

 Teahouse rooms are typically shared, with two or three beds per room. They are basic but clean, with mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Some teahouses also have private rooms available, but these are more expensive.. It is an excellent way to get acquainted with the locals and learn about their ways of life.

Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking:

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.

Fitness/Health:

The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.

Safety:

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Travel Insurance:

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
 

Why do the Manaslu Circuit Trekking via Larke La with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 15 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

Planning to do Manaslu Circuit Trekking in 2024 and 2025

We have guaranteed departure for Manaslu Circuit Trekking during spring and autumn season. There are trekkers really eager to do the Trek. They would like to join a group of 4 - 6 trekkers. If you are interested in joining this group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • remote and offbeat region where few trekkers venture
  • ancient trading route with Tibet
  • tibetan-Buddhist culture
  • majestic Himalayan scenery of mountains on Nepal-Tibet border
  • view from Larke La Pass, 5106m: Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal
  • optional side trip into Tsum Valley, home of the indigeonous Tsumba community

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1,300 m/4,265 ft

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be staying before commencing the trip.

  • Hotel

The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

We advise driving straight to Machhakhola rather than stopping in Soti Khola and walking on the road the following day because the road has been extended past Sotikhola. We set out from Kathmandu for the lengthy (150 km) trip to Machhakhola, passing through Arughat and Sotikhola along the way on the dusty route.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

We pass through a forested area as we approach Dovan. From the trail, you will be able to see the huge rapids at BudhiGandaki - a hot-spot for avid rafters. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a completly transforms from forests to alpine highlands. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb through the terraced fields to Saguleri. This spot offers stunning views of Sringi Himal, 7187m. The trail crosses the river again at GataKhola where the path splits. We head to the Ganesh Himal and continue upstream passing through a steep gorge section with towering walls. We cross over the river and approach the village of Ngyak.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

We continue to follow the trail to the village of Deng where we will pass through a newly built rock tunnel. Ghap is a peaceful Tibetan village adorned with Mani stones and chortens.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

After crossing the wooden bridge over BudhiGandaki, the trail passes through numerous cultivated fields dotted with tiny houses. We check in at the police checkpoint in the village of Namru. On our way to Lho, we get stunning views of Naike peak 6416m, Manaslu North, 7774m and Mount Manaslu, 8150m.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

After we leave Lho, we make a side excursion to the base of the Pungen Glacier for a fantastic view of Manaslu. The trail then follows the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward the village called SamaGaon. We can walk up to the Sama Gompa monastery in the afternoon, 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

A day to relax or take leisurely walks in the area. We can walk up to the Sama Gompa monastery in the afternoon or take a short hike to the Manslu Base Camp. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Today, we follow the terraced BudhiGandaki River valley to the region’s most remote permanent settlement called Samdo. Here in this harsh terrain, is a village of about forty houses where some 200 villagers live. We will stay here tonight and enjoy the warm hospitality of the community.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

We descend on a wide, gentle trail to the river and then begin the climb toward the Larkya La Pass. We climb in and out of a huge gorge before we reach a rest house at Larkya Phedi from where we get excellent views of the Larkya Glacier. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Today, we climb toward the snow covered pass at Larkya La. The hard work reaching this point will be rewarded with an amazing view from the pass. You will be able to see Himlung Himal, 7126m, Cheo Himal, 6820m, Kang Kuru, 6981m and Annapurna II, 7937m. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Today we enjoy a gentle climb through paddy fields toward the small Karcha La Pass. Then we will descend through rhododendron and fig-lined forests to the village of Gho. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea House / Lodge

Sit back and relax on your way back to Kathmandu. The view from the road is amazing! Pull out your camera and enjoy the natural spectacle.

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Hotel

Our staff will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your journey with Annapurna Foothill Treks!

  • Breakfast

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trekking map

What's Included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 Nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Accommodation during Trek ; Local Lodges/ Tea House 12 Nights (With twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder)
  • One Porter for two Trekkers 
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies; Snickers, Mars, Bounty etc
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Manaslu Conservation entry permit 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit 
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits and all required permits or Official Documentation
  • Ground Transfers Kathmandu - Machha Khola by Local Bus 
  • Ground Transfers Dharapani – Besi Shar – Kathmandu by Sharing Jeep Or Local Bus 
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging Helicopter rescue operations (24/7) in case of complicated health conditions or any other emergencies (should be covered by your Travel Insurance)

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee

  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants

  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone

  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary)

  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services

  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary

 

Departure Dates

FromToStatusPrice  
Start Date24 Sep, 2024End Date09 Oct, 2024AvailableUS$ 1400

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.


The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Manaslu Circuit is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.

Useful Info

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Packing List:

Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalayas of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking and trekking experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning your Manaslu Circuit Trekking are spring and autumn. During these seasons, the maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. The weather during spring (March–May) and autumn (September – November) is likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevations. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Manaslu Circuit Trek is a must for a lifetime memorable trekking experience in Manaslu area of Nepal.

Here is the complete packing checklist for Manaslu Circuit Trekking or any other similar teahouse trekking in the captivating Himalayas of Nepal.

Upper Body:

Warm beanie hat

Tubular Headwear (buff)

Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)

Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection

Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries

Sunscreen with factor 50+

Upper Body (Core body):

3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops

3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts

1 Fleece Jacket

1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)

1 Down Jacket

Lower Body:

2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)

2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.

1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)

1  Fleece Pants

4 Under wears (merino)

Hands:

1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves

1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)

Feet:

3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)

3 Pairs of liner socks

2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks

2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges

1 Steel Wire Rubber Crampons ( Not climbing Crampons )

Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)

Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses

Accessories:

1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters

2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)

Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)

A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole

Camera with extra battery

Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)

Sleeping Bag liner

Ear Plugs

Portable Solar Charger

Smart Trekking Watch

Personal First Aid Kit:

Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

Personal Medication

Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)

Paracetamol Tablets

Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)

Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)

Water Purification tablets or drops

Blister kit / Zinc Tape

Hand Sanitizer

Dressing Gauze

Antibiotic Cream

 

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