The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a recently opened trekking trail in Nepal. The 13-day route starts from the village of Soti Khola in the Gorkha District and reaches an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet) at Larke La Pass.
The regular trek is moderately difficult and typically takes around 9 to 17 days to complete, covering an average distance of 15-20 km per day.
Along the trail, hikers can enjoy views of the Manaslu 8,163 meters| 26,781 Feet, Annapurna 8,901 meters| 26,540 feet, Ganesh 7,429 meters| 24,370 feet, and Lamjung 6,983 meters| 22,907 feet.
The region is known for its stunning mountain views and unique cultural mix of Nepali and Tibetan lands.
The trek requires permits and a guide, and the area has some requirements for permission due to its restricted status. The trip is relatively cost-effective, making it accessible to a wide range of travelers.
Manaslu Region has more budget-friendly options available too.
Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is best experienced during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Both seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions for trekking, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures.
During autumn, the skies are clear, providing breathtaking views of the mountains in the Manaslu region. The weather is stable, with comfortable temperatures during the day and chilly nights, making it the ideal time to cross the challenging Larke La Pass (5,106 meters | 16,751 feet).
During spring, there will be mild temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and vibrant landscapes making it the optimal trekking conditions.
Autumn and spring provide a unique and enriching trekking experience, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures. However, we advise you to choose the hiking trail before it becomes too crowded, like the Everest Region.
13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek: Is It right for me?
The trek is considered moderately difficult and requires a Moderate level of physical fitness. It involves long, steep ascents and descents, high altitudes, and rugged terrain.
To undertake this expedition, one needs the physical capability to walk for long hours and cover distances of approximately 10 to 12 kilometers each day. It is important to assess your fitness level and consult with a healthcare professional before attempting this hike. Mental preparation is also important, as travelers need to be prepared for long durations of trekking, changing weather conditions, and unexpected situations. It is also important to have a medical kit, including basic medicines and a few prescribed ones.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek 13-day is suitable for both novices as well as experienced trekkers. But it is best to start preparing for the trek 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the journey. Strength endurance training, elevation training, and aerobic conditioning are necessary.
Licensed guides and porters are also compulsory. For adventurers seeking a new adventure this 13-day itinerary is the best choice of option.
13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek: Permits and Guides
The Manaslu Trek became accessible to international trekkers in 1991. It is still considered a restricted area but permits can be obtained to explore this region. The trek requires three essential permits:
- The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) costs $100 for the first 7 days and $15 per day for additional time from September to November. It cannot be issued for solo travelers and requires a minimum of 2 individuals associated with a trekking agency and its guide.
- The Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) costs $30 per person and can be obtained once you arrive in Nepal with a passport copy.
- The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is also priced at $30 per person. The permits can only be obtained in Kathmandu, not at checkpoints along the hiking trail.
Manaslu Circuit Trek 13-day: Cost Breakdown
This trip price ranges from $950-$1250. The budget is broken down based on the individuals, days of stay, food, accommodation, and transportation. There will be an extra charge if you are a solo traveler, which will require you to find a group or partner to join. Solo trekking has currently been banned in Nepal recently so, plan according to it.
Book this trip
To book a spot for the 13-day long Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can contact the tour operator via phone at +977-9851083619 (Ramkrishna Timalasina) on WhatsApp or through their email at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can directly book the trip using the following link.