Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 Days 2022/2023

Duration: 15 Days(5)of 20 reviews

Overview

  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5160 Meter / 16929 feet
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Manaslu Region
  • Best Season Autumn & Spring

Highlights

  • Trek within the boundaries of the Manaslu Conservation Area, a restricted area in Nepal for foreigners
  • Fall in love with the western Himalayan mountains of Nepal and witness stunning landscapes
  • Enjoy offbeat walking through dense forests, beautiful valleys, and rocky foothills
  • Explore the bustle of Kathmandu and rejuvenate your soul in the mountains
  • Trek with an experienced mountain guide and enjoy the journey to the fullest while he makes sure you are safe
  • An adventurous trekking route with immersive Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage
  • Cross Larkya La pass and walk by moraines, alpine lakes & steep grassy meadows
  • Hike to Manaslu base camp or Birendra Lake (Ice Lake)

"Hike in the isolated Manaslu region and enjoy nature to its fullest for nine days on our 15 days Manaslu circuit trek. Explore the bustle of Kathmandu and rejuvenate your soul in the mountains. Enjoy a perfect amalgamation of adventure and cultural experience."

Trek within the boundaries of the Manaslu Conservation Area and fall in love with the mountains of Nepal on our 15 days Manaslu circuit trekking. From the rocky hills to lush forests and snow-capped mountains, the Manaslu circuit trek offers a lifetime venture. Beginning in the eccentric city of Kathmandu to the adventurous journey in a restricted part of the Himalayas, we have chosen the Manaslu circuit trekking as the best trekking package in Nepal for 2022 & 2023.

Enjoy the most varied sceneries and come across true wilderness while trekking in the Manaslu region. Escape the crowd of the city and follow an adventurous itinerary designed to take you across verdant hills and picturesque villages. Manaslu circuit is one of the well-known treks in the Himalayas that detours around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m). Following the gorgeous Budhi Gandaki river, you'll walk into hidden gorges and cross a high mountain pass, passing by tiny villages perched on the valley sides.

Join our mountain guides on an alpine hiking trip that goes above 5,000 meters. Witness some of the craziest mountain panoramas and enjoy the most humble welcomes. Trek through tropical forests to rhododendron forests, before going above the treeline and hiking through meadows, pastures, winding streams & glaciers. Not only that, the possibility of wildlife sightseeing makes the Manaslu circuit trekking even more intriguing.

Befriend cold giant mountains and rocky peaks

The Himalayas are home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges on Earth. The Manaslu circuit trail explores the western Himalayas in Nepal. Along the trail, you get a constant company of snow-capped mountains and peaks. You'll witness mesmerizing views of the Manaslu range (8,163 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Siringi Himal (7161 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Langtang Himal (7,234 m), etc.

Our Manaslu circuit trek itinerary involves a short hike during the acclimatization day in Sama Gaon (3,525 m). You'll hike to the Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m) or Birendra Lake (3,691 m, aka Ice Lake). Both options offer fantastic mountain landscapes. The entire trail is packed with diverse landscapes as the elevation rises and falls. The view from the top of Larkya La pass (5,160 m) is probably the most memorable one.

A well-protected area in Nepal- Manaslu region

Manaslu region inhabits numerous flora and fauna, the ancient cultural heritage of the natives, and hidden valleys. In 1992, only 400 trekkers traveled the Manaslu circuit, and today the region sees approximately 2000 travelers every year, which is still a fraction compared to the famous trekking routes in Nepal. The exclusiveness of the region and undisturbed natural beauty make trekking in the Manaslu region very captivating.

Follow an off-the-beaten, less-crowded trail

Located east of the popular Annapurna region, the Manaslu trekking route lets travelers experience off-beat trekking. It is one of the wildest Himalayan trails that ascends to moraines, alpine lakes, and steep green meadows. Because of the difficulty of the trail, less number of trekkers pursue the Manaslu circuit trek, therefore the trail is not crowded at all. You can enjoy peaceful trekking and unwind your thoughts as you gain elevation.

The rich Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage practiced in the upper part of the Manaslu trail

When you have a close view of the Manaslu circuit trek, you'll notice the journey goes beyond adventure and lets you immerse into the culture of the locals & their lifestyle. Hindus and Buddhists reside in the early part of the trail. Once you enter Nupri (after Jagat, 2,340 m), you'll see the region is dominated by Tibetan Buddhism culture. The western mountain area is known as Nupri.

Surrounded by Annapurna in the west and Ganesh Himal in the east, the Manaslu region is located near the Tibetan border. The locals are believed to be the direct descendants of Tibetans, and you can see a lot of similarities in their traditions, practices, values, language, food, etc. They are very attached to their roots and protect their ancient culture.

You'll come across numerous stupas, prayer wheels, prayer flags, chortens, mani walls, and old monasteries, including the Pun Gyen Gompa, Ribung Gompa, etc.

A great alternative to Annapurna Circuit trek

You must have heard about the Annapurna circuit trek or came across it while searching treks in Nepal. Annapurna circuit is one of the most famous treks in Nepal that offers diverse landscapes, yet it is not strenuous as the Manaslu circuit in terms of facilities.

If you have already done the Annapurna circuit trek and are looking to do something more challenging, then we highly recommend Manaslu circuit trekking. You can also extend the trek to hidden Tsum Valley, which has been explored by a very small number of people.

We also organize a short Manaslu circuit trek for travelers who are short on time. You can contact our team at any time for more information.

Benefits of booking Manaslu circuit trek 2022/2023 with us

  • Free airport transfer on your arrival and departure
  • Free extra luggage storage at the time of trekking
  • An experienced and licensed mountain guide who can communicate in your language
  • First-aid box, including pulse oximeters to monitor blood oxygen saturation level while trekking to identify signs of altitude sickness or any other health issue
  • Simple booking and safe payment gateway
  • 24/7 availability and multiple channels (WhatsApp, Viber, email, etc) to contact us
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag given by the company to use while trekking
  • Best Manaslu circuit trek cost with no hidden charge and best group cost

Other trekking packages

Check out these other adventurous treks around the Himalayas- Upper Mustang Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, and Makalu Base Camp Trek.

Itinerary

This itinerary is the perfect and classical route to the Manaslu circuit, If you like to avoid accommodation, sightseeing, and extra days in Kathmandu, we have another short Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary. You may click here or request the customized trip at + 977 9851149890 WhatsApp

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Our staff will be at the airport to pick you up. They will escort you to the hotel. You get the remaining day to rest and unpack. End the day with us having a delicious welcome dinner. You can explore the bustling streets of Thamel.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast only

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. It is a beautiful city, the city of temples, where you can find a small temple on every corner. Exploring all the monuments in Kathmandu is not possible in one day. We'll visit places like Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. A friendly tour guide from our company will guide you during the tour.

After lunch, we'll spend the rest of the day preparing for the trek. There will be a short introduction with the trek guide. We then move on with doing the final packing for the trek in a duffel bag. You'll have time to do shopping as well if you want to purchase or rent any trekking clothing/gear.

  • Altitude: 890m / 2920ft
  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola is quite long. The ride is smooth up to Arughat and can get a little bumpy from here onwards. On the way, we can see outstanding landscapes and views of Manaslu, Langtang Himal, and Ganesh Himal.

  • Altitude: 1,340m / 4396ft
  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Machha Khola, the trail ascends to the Khorla Besi. We then keep trekking toward the natural hot springs in Tatopani. Trekking through lush forests, we pass by Doban and walk on the stone-paved staircase to Thado Bharyang. The trail then crosses the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki river and ascends on a ridge. Further, walking along a beautiful path, we'll reach Jagat.

  • Altitude: 1,865m /6119ft
  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Jagat, we walk uphill through lush forests. The trail soon gets leveled up until we reach a suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river, we enter Philim. It is a big Gurung village. We can see stupas, prayer flags, and monasteries in this village From here, we walk by dense rhododendron & pine forests to Deng.

  • Altitude: 2,630m /8,629ft
  • Duration: 6/7 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail continues via the terraced farms of Deng and crosses a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. Following an impressive route, we ascend to Rana. The trail keeps ascending and continues west towards the valley of Budhi Gandaki. We'll be walking through various forests, enjoying stunning views of Shringi Himal. Further, the trail crosses many bridges and walks past forests & gompas before we steeply ascend to Namrung village.

  • Altitude: 3,525m /11,565ft
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail from Namrung ascends to Sama Gaon. We then climb via the forested path to Lihi. On this part of the trail, you can notice the scenery changing into more alpine. This part of the trail is highly dominated by Tibetan Buddhism. Lihi onwards, the trail leads us to Lho village. From here, we will cross the Shyla village and walk further, relishing the excellent scenery to Sama Gaon, where we'll be spending the night. In Sama Gaon, we'll visit the famous Ribung gompa.

  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We’ll spend a rest day in Namrung village. Namrung is a beautiful village that presents a breathtaking panorama of snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, etc. In the morning, we'll hike to the Manaslu base camp or the Birendra Lake. This lake is also known as the Ice Lake. Later, we'll visit the Pungyen Gompa, situated on a hilltop. These hikes will let you witness jaw-dropping mountain landscapes. The remaining day is well spent relaxing and watching locals doing their daily activities.

  • Altitude: 3,875m / 12,713ft
  • Duration: 3/4 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail ascends uphill, following a deserted path and windy valley. We'll be walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki river and later cross a bridge before joining the trail that leads to Larkya La. The trail then goes by beautiful forests of birch, rhododendron, and juniper. We'll walk past mani walls and occasional stupas. As the trail progresses, we can find ourselves closer to the Tibetan border (only located 4 km away from Samdo. We can see superb views of mountains like Sirmnag Himal, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu, along with icefalls and glaciers from this village.

  • Altitude: 4,480m /14,698ft
  • Duration: 4/5 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We leave Sama Gaon and ascend towards Dharmashala. This place is also known as Larkya Phedi. After a short walk from Sama Gaon, cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail then steeply ascends to Dharamshala. On the way, we can see spectacular mountain views and the Larkya glaciers.

  • Altitude: 5,160m/ 16,929ft
  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

It is a big day and the longest walking day of our trek. We wake up at dawn and get ready to cross the pass. As the day breaks down, the winds get stronger, with a high chance of a storm. So, we'll try to cross the pass as early as possible. From Dharmashala, we walk by a moraine and descend to a small lake. Further, following an unclear rugged path, we cross the southern grassy slope. It's steep, so we have to be careful.

The trail then descends to four frozen lakes and follows an uphill, rocky route to Larkya La. Upon reaching the top of the pass, we get to see jaw-dropping views of Himlung Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna II, Mt. Kang Guru, etc. After enjoying the views, we begin descending to Bhimtang. We'll walk on grassy steep moraines and numerous meadows.

  • Altitude: 1,910m/6,266ft
  • Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

We are at the end of the Manaslu circuit trek. The trail descends to the Budhi Gandak river and passes by forests of rhododendron. From here, we continue trekking to Karche, where the trail opens up. Further, walking alongside a river bank, Gho village arrives. From here, we'll descend via farming fields and pastures to Tilje. Walk past Thonje village before reaching Dharapani.

Today we take Jeep to Besi Sahar 800m, 4-6 hours’ drive by local Jeep or bus. Cross the Marshyandi River catch the Jeep drive to Besi Sahar. If you are interested to walk all the way to Besi Sahar also possible but you need to follow the road so we recommend taking a Jeep to Basi Sahar. If you walk all the way to Shyange (1100m), 5-6 hours and next day directly drive to Kathmandu 7-8 hours, overnight at hotel.

  • Altitude: 1,350m / 4,429ft
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner

Today, we'll drive back to Kathmandu after a delicious breakfast. The trek has ended. The ride is long and beautiful. In Kathmandu, you'll have the remaining day's leisure. Get rest and do some shopping. In the late evening, join us for a farewell dinner and also receive a trek certificate.

Our airport team will take good care of your hotel check-out and airport departure. They will call you to pick you up from the hotel lobby as per your flight departure time.

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Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 Days 2022/2023 map

Cost Details

Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at Arushi Boutique Hotel 
  • All needed surface transfer as per the itinerary.
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, duffel bag, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Restricted Area Trek permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Assistant guide group size above 10 + person.

Excluded

  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Useful Info

Best time of the year to trek to Manaslu Circuit 

Trekking in the right season is as crucial as properly planning & preparing for the trek. The Manaslu circuit trek especially traverses a very remote part of the Himalayas, and you cannot be wrong with the timing. As per Nepal's Himalayan standard, spring and autumn are the perfect months to trek in the Manaslu region. You'll have quite a pleasant journey in these two seasons.

Winter and monsoon/summer are off-season for the Manaslu trek. The bad weather condition, snowfall, and rainfall make the trail prone to avalanches & landslides. The lodges at Dharamsala get closed in winter, making it even more challenging to cross the Larkya La pass. The cold weather and continuous rainfall in the respective season will become more of an annoyance to you.

Spring- March to April

Spring is the ideal time to do the Manaslu circuit trekking. You'll feel the warmth of the upcoming summer season in the air. The climate begins to warm gradually, making you feel cozy amidst towering mountains. The favorable weather and the bright clear sky are all you need to enjoy the best views of the western Himalayan mountains.

At the beginning of the trek (lower altitude), the climate remains more on the hot side. In the high mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, Bhimtang), it's neither cold nor hot. The temperature ranges from 18°C to -4°C. The trekking route gets bloomed with beautiful rhododendrons and other vegetation. The forests once again get lively with seasonal flora & fauna.

Autumn- September to October

Autumn is another great time of the year to enjoy trekking in the Manaslu region. The perfect climate and stunning mountain panorama with rejuvenating mountain air make Manaslu trekking incredible. As the monsoon has just ended, you'll feel a distinct freshness in the air. The region gradually begins to get colder. The temperature varies from 20°C (in the daytime) to -6°C (in the upper part of the trail).

Autumn is all about festivity in Nepal. Some of the biggest and most vibrant festivals are celebrated in autumn in Nepal. It doesn't matter where you are in Nepal, there's a high chance you get to experience at least one of the festivals. October and November are the busiest seasons, but in a good way.

Manaslu region Flora & Fauna

The Manaslu Conservation Area has six climatic zones, ranging from tropical to arctic. It is home to many species of flora & fauna. The conservation area inhabits 110 species of birds, 33 species of mammals, 11 species of butterflies, and 3 kinds of reptiles.

Likewise, there are approximately 11 types of forests, 2000 species of plants, and 50 species of useful plants. While trekking, there's a high chance you may get to animals like the Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, snow leopard, marmot, etc, and one of those 110 species of birds.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu circuit trek is marked as an off-the-beaten trek. It means the trail is steep, rugged, and uneven mostly. Likewise, the isolation of the Manaslu region from other parts of the Himalayas gives a new edge to the trekking experience. It is a high-altitude trek with lots of hurdles and difficulties. You'll cover approximately 180 km on this trek in the span of a handful of days.

The trail ascends and descends through steep forests and rough foothills. You'll walk on pastures and moraines. Similarly, crossing Larkya La pass is strenuous too. The slippery slopes make climbing very tough. The descending part is as difficult as ascending, so do not take it lightly. As the elevation increases every day, you also have to face thin air pressure, which makes the walk even more exhausting.

There are risks of altitude sickness, and limited facilities on the way add up to the challenges. Our expert guide will help you with any difficulty, but you also have to be self-aware and take care of your body while trekking.

Accommodation during Manaslu Round Trek 

In Kathmandu, you stay in a three-star hotel. All the modern amenities are available in the hotels. Manaslu circuit involves tea house accommodation. It is the most common accommodation facility in the Himalayas. The tea house rooms are shared between two trekkers. We only book single rooms on request at the time of booking.

The double occupancy room comes with two separate beds and clean blankets. There's no heating system in the rooms, so you have to carry a sleeping bag with you for extra warmth. The toilets can be common or private in some places. There are not many services available in the tea houses along the trail. Anything additional, like a hot shower, wifi, etc will cost you surplus money.

Meals on Manaslu Trek

The meals during the Manaslu circuit trekking are simple too. You can expect Nepali and Tibetan dishes mostly on the menu. The flavors will be unique to you but fresh and appetizing for sure. Breakfast is usually toast and eggs with soup, tea/coffee. You'll get roti tarkari, porridge, thukpa, oats, etc, too.

For lunch & dinner, you'll generally have dal bhat, the staple Nepali meal. You can choose a veg or non-veg option as per your wish. It's a complete meal with all the nutrients. Likewise, you'll also get dhido, Tibetan bread, curries, mashed potatoes, boiled sweet potatoes, boiled corn, etc.

Water & Beverages on Manaslu Circuit Trekking

We use water purification tablets to double purify the drinking water if needed. You can refill your water bottles with boiled water in the tea houses free of cost. Do not drink water from a stream or tap. It may give you an upset stomach. Likewise, buying plastic water bottles will only increase your waste and will be very expensive.

Beverages like tea, coffee, Tibetan tea, local drinks, soft beverages, etc are available along the trail. Many tea shops sell a range of local alcoholic drinks too. We advise you to not drink alcoholic drinks while gaining elevation. It'll dehydrate your body and make you vulnerable to altitude sickness.

Manaslu Trek Permits & Fees 

Manaslu circuit trek explores the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is also a restricted area in Nepal. Likewise, towards the end of the trek, the trail also enters the Annapurna Conservation Area. Therefore, you'll need the following permits for Manaslu circuit trekking:

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

  • September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards
  • December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) & Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

  • permit cost: USD 30 per person
Note: You do not need a TIMS card.

 

Fitness Level & Preparation for the Trek

You walk for a minimum of 6 hours a day straight for 8/9 days on a rough Himalayan trail during the Manaslu circuit trek 15 days. Your fitness for Manaslu circuit trekking should be strong. The trail also requires you to be mentally fit to endure all the limitations. You should be able to walk on an uphill route and tolerate elevation changes.

Overall, any fit individual with previous trekking experience can do the Manaslu circuit trek. To prepare for the trek, we recommend you work on building your stamina, leg muscles, and core body strength. You can do activities like cycling, swimming, or hiking to upgrade your stamina. Likewise, you can train at the gym to build your endurance.

To prepare yourself mentally, go without modern facilities like the internet and have simple meals. You have to understand it's a remote trek that demands you to leave modern conventional things behind and get uncomfortable.

*Note: Get used to your trekking boots. Do not wear brand-new trekking boots while walking.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek for Beginners

Manaslu circuit trek is not ideal for beginners. It is a very demanding trek. The trail is strenuous and can put a lot of pressure on beginner trekkers. The Manaslu circuit trail does not have infrastructures like the famous Everest base camp trail or the Annapurna base camp trail, which make the journey even more challenging. In every aspect, the Manaslu trekking route is lacking.

Previous trekking experience and awareness of high-altitude are necessary. The trekkers have to be physically and mentally strong. The Manaslu circuit trek also crosses a high mountain pass over 5,000 meters called Larkya La, which is too much for beginner trekkers.

We understand your wish to do the most adventurous treks in the Himalayas, but you have to know that the Himalayas demand patience and perseverance. You cannot just reach the top of the world on your first day. You have to make yourself worthy of standing at that point, and that costs a lot of dedication & respect for yourself; for nature.

These are some adventurous treks that you can embark on as a beginner trekker- Mardi Himal trek, Tilicho Lake trek, Langtang Valley trek, Khopra Danda trek, Gosaikunda Lake trek, etc.

How Safe are Solo Female Trekkers in Manaslu?

In terms of safety and security, solo female trekkers are very safe in Nepal and its mountains. However, in a new place, it's always best to be mindful of your surroundings. Learn about the culture and people of the places you are traveling to. Learn their ways of greeting each other and saying thank you. This will help you connect with them and show your respect.

As the Manaslu region is a restricted area, you cannot trek solo or with a guide (being a single member of the group). There have to be at least two trekkers in the group (not including the guide & porter). You can trek with your friend or join our group departure. If you want, we can also arrange a single traveler to join the group with you. Either way, you will be guided by a licensed, experienced guide in the mountains.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu Trek 

You cannot join the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal without travel insurance. The trip entails the risk of altitude sickness and unpredictable events, such as a sudden drastic change in climate, trail blockage because of an unexpected landslide, etc. In an emergency like this we can only give you a prompt rescue if you have travel insurance.

Likewise, if any medical emergency occurs that is not treatable with first aid, the only option left is to air evacuate you to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu. And again, we can only arrange a quick rescue operation if you have travel insurance. Without travel insurance, you have to show proof that you can pay the expenses, and it may cost a lot of time to make a deal with the rescue party.

Therefore, get yourself a well-covered travel insurance that has emergency air evacuation and medical bills coverage. Given the high altitude of the trek, we recommend you include rescue assistance up to 6,000 meters. You can also add other things like flight cancellation, loss or theft of luggage, etc, in the travel insurance. Make sure to double-check all the clauses in the travel insurance.

Communication & Internet

The team leader carries a satellite phone to use in the blackout zones to stay connected with the office team. The WiFi in the lodges at lower elevations comes with an additional service charge, which is not paid by the company. Once you go above 3,500 meters, there's no WiFi.

We recommend you buy a Nepali sim card with ample data to use the internet while trekking. The network will not be stable on the upper part of the trail, but you'll get a chance to connect with your friends & family now and then.

Charging & ATM

You can charge your cell phone and camera by paying a few extra bucks in the teahouses. For long treks like the Manaslu circuit, we highly recommend getting spare batteries or a solar charger. This is your personal expense and not covered by our Manaslu circuit trek cost, so make sure to carry money with you while trekking.

With that being said, there's no ATM on the Manaslu circuit trekking route. You can only withdraw money in Kathmandu or exchange it. You cannot use foreign currency or a card on the trail.

What should you pack for Manaslu Circuit trekking?

The below-packing guidelines will help you pack for the Manaslu circuit trek 15 days. You have to pack as per the season you are traveling in. In the mountains of the Manaslu region, everything is scarce, so it's better to pack small things like toilet paper, toothpaste, etc.

Be mindful that you do not need to bring everything with you to Nepal for the trek. There are many gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu, that sell high-quality trekking clothes & other gear at the best rate. You can also rent some of it.

  1. Head & Hand: Wool/Fleece Hat, Sun Cap, Lightweight Synthetic Liner Glove
  2. Upper Body: Short-Sleeved Shirts/T-shirts, Lightweight Top/Thermo Coat, Synthetic or Fleece Jacket, Down Insulated Jacket
  3. Lower Body: Underwear, Trekking Pants, Warm socks
  4. First Aid Kit: Water Purification Tablets, Sinex, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Aspirin, Anti-Diarrhea Capsule/Eldoper, Brufen/Ibuprofens, Diamox, Eye Drops, Lodine, Strepsils, Tincture, Antibiotic, Paracetamol
  5. Toiletries: Wet Tissues, Baby Wipes or Wet Towels, Hand Sanitizers & Hand wash, Laundry Soap, Bath Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste/Toothbrush, Moisturizers, Garbage Bag, Zip-Lock Bags, Sunscreen (-50 Spf), Lips Guard (-20/-50 Spf)
  6. Miscellaneous: Swiss Knife, Trekking Poles, Sandals, Lightweight Hiking/Trekking Boots, Pocket Torch, Rucksacks (45 - 55 Ltr.), 1 Duffel Bag, Water Bottles, Pee Bottle, Umbrella/RainCoat, Pack Towel, Solar chargeable power bank (optional), Book/Board Game, Journal/Pen, Bars & Snacks, Spare batteries, Waterproof Stuff Sacks
  7. Travel Documents: Valid Visa, Valid Passport, Insurance Paper (Medical & Rescue), 4 PP Size Photo & Contact Address, Family/Company Contact Number & Address, Credit Card

FAQs

  • Q1. Do I need special training for exploring the Manaslu region?

    You do not need any special training for the Manaslu circuit trek. But you have to make sure to be fit enough to face all the hurdles of this trek.

  • We cannot guarantee whether you'll get altitude sickness or not during the Manaslu circuit trek. It depends on your body and how it reacts to the change in elevation. However, we'll make sure everything is perfect to help you avoid altitude sickness at all costs.

  • No, foreigners are not allowed to apply for the Manaslu circuit trek individually. Likewise, no independent guide can help you get a Manaslu permit.

  • The starting point of the Manaslu circuit trek is Soti Khola, and the ending point is Dharapani. Kathmandu is located 8 to 9 hours away from both places.

  • The average group size of the Manaslu circuit trek is 2 to 12 people. We also organize this trek for bigger groups

  • Yes, with our experienced crew, you can do Manaslu circuit trekking smoothly. Of course, the difficulties will not get any less, but our team makes sure the journey is safe and hassle-free.

  • No, you do not need a TIMS card for the Manaslu circuit trek. The Manaslu circuit needs Manaslu restricted area permit (MRAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

  • Yes, you can customize the Manaslu circuit trek itinerary or anything on the trip with us.

  • As we said earlier, a tea house is the most simple accommodation found on the Himalayan trails. The accommodation has small rooms with twin shared beds and clean blankets. The toilets are shared between the guests. And the meals are prepared by the hosts.

  • The Manaslu circuit trek is usually 16 to 18 days long. Our itinerary is 15 days long and also combines your arrival and departure from Kathmandu. During trekking, you'll cover around 180 km.

  • A rest day or an acclimatization day is an additional day you spend in the same village, exploring nearby hills to adjust to the elevation. Acclimatization days are important during the high-altitude journey as it keeps you away from altitude sickness.

  • The followings are the symptoms of altitude sickness- loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing, headache, vomiting, nausea, etc.

  • Yes, you can store your extra luggage in your hotel's locker room free of cost during the trek. It will be safe.

  • Manaslu is located in the west-central part of Nepal, close to the famous Annapurna region.

  • To go to Manaslu, you have to first commute to the starting point of the trail, which is Soti Khola. It is situated 126 km away from Kathmandu. You can take 6 hours long ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola in a public bus/jeep.

  • Yes, you mandatorily need a guide for the Manaslu trek. You can't do the Manaslu circuit solo.

  • Manaslu circuit trekking is the most difficult trek in the Himalayas. The trail is highly demanding and steep. This trek is only for experienced trekkers.

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