Short Manaslu Circuit Trek -10 Days

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Overview

  • Duration 10 Days
  • Max. Altitude 5106 m. | 16751ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu- Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Manaslu
  • Best Season Spring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Breathtaking Views: Experience awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and pristine landscapes during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich local culture as you interact with friendly villagers and visit ancient monasteries along the trek. 
  • Larkya La Pass: Conquer the challenging Larkya La Pass, located at an altitude of 5,160 meters, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan range. 
  • Serene Mountain Villages: Explore picturesque mountain villages, such as Samagaon and Samdo, and get a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the locals. 
  • Flora and Fauna: Encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, rare wildlife, and the chance to spot the elusive snow leopard. 
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: Escape the crowds and enjoy the tranquility of the Manaslu region, known for its pristine beauty and unspoiled trails. 
  • Budget-Friendly: Experience an affordable trek with reasonable accommodation options and local cuisine, making it accessible to a wide range of trekkers.

 

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“A trek to remember, a beauty to worship.”

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, known for its awe-inspiring beauty, is a must-do hiking adventure in the captivating Manaslu region of Nepal. Offering a blend of natural wonders and cultural immersion, this route is perfect for all enthusiasts. 

This trek lets you immerse in the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, explore picturesque mountain villages, and conquer the legendary Larkya La Pass.  

With affordable accommodation options and experienced guides, the short Manaslu Trek is an unforgettable journey for both beginners and experienced trekkers.  

This 10-day trek takes you through the breathtaking Manaslu region, where the majestic peaks of Manaslu (8,163 m. | 26,781 ft.), Himlung (7,126m | 23,379ft.), and Annapurna II (7,937 m. | 26,040 ft.) will surround you. 

The travel starts from Kathmandu on the first day. This budget-friendly trek offers an incredible experience, immersing you in the beauty of the mountains while keeping costs in check. 

With its diverse landscapes and captivating vistas, this short trip is perfect for adventurers seeking an affordable yet awe-inspiring hiking experience. 

These towering giants create a breathtaking backdrop as you navigate the trails, providing numerous photo opportunities. Additionally, the trek offers a unique chance to explore the Birendra Lake (Ice Lake) and/or Manaslu Base Camp.

Embarking on the short Manaslu Circuit hiking is a fantastic way to experience the wonders of the Himalayas without breaking the bank. This 10-day adventure offers a budget-friendly option for those seeking to explore the beauty of the Manaslu region.

Whether you're a seasoned trekker or new to the world of hiking, this trek is an excellent choice to immerse yourself in nature, discover local traditions, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for this short trek is during autumn and spring, ensuring the most favorable weather conditions. In autumn (September to December), the skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains in the Manaslu region. The weather is stable, with comfortable daytime temperatures and chilly nights.

Spring (March to June) is equally delightful, with mild temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and vibrant landscapes. These seasons provide optimal trekking conditions, making them the best time to embark on the trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 10-days: Is It Right For Me?

This journey is a captivating adventure suitable for various trekkers, provided they are properly prepared. The walk presents a moderate to challenging difficulty level, requiring a certain level of physical fitness and endurance. However, with proper training and preparation, individuals of different age groups can easily accomplish this remarkable journey.

If you are someone who is fit and has undergone sufficient training, this circuit trip to Manaslu can be an excellent choice. The route is open to trekkers who have 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. With the right mindset, preparation, and determination, trekkers can conquer the challenges and revel in the awe-inspiring landscapes.

Permits Requirements for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Before embarking on the Manaslu short Trek, it's important to understand the permit requirements for this restricted region. The trail falls under two conservation areas: the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Manaslu Conservation Area. To hike in these areas, you will need the following permits:

1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit allows entry into the Annapurna region and is mandatory for the trek. It aims to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This permit is specified explicitly for hiking in the Manaslu region. It supports the preservation of the unique flora, fauna, and cultural diversity found in the area.

3. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP): As Manaslu is a restricted region, you need one special permit as well to travel here i.e. MRAP. You will get the MRAP in Samagaun. However, the cost of this permit differs according to the season of your travel.

For the MRAP from September to November, the cost will come to $100 per person. There is also an additional fee of $15 per person per day on an additional stay in the region after 7 days.

The MRAP from December to August will cost you $75 during the first 7 days of the stay in the region. After that, you will have to pay the additional fee of $10 per person per day if you choose to stay longer.

It's important to note that the Manaslu Trek requires a minimum of two individuals as per the regulations. Solo travelers are not permitted in the region.

We will make sure you get all the necessary permits from the relevant authorities before you set off. This will ensure you're following the rules and helping to protect the environment.

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Itinerary

If your next holiday trip is to Manaslu then knowing the details about the places, altitudes, and the trail is important. You can make your trip easier by reading the Masalu Circuit Detailed Itinerary. The itinerary has information about the altitude, trails, and accommodations, foods you will be provided during the trek, and many more.

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On the first day of our trek, we will embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. The journey approximately will take around 8 to 9 hours. You can choose between a private vehicle or a shared one, whichever suits your preference.  

 

Throughout the drive, make sure to secure a window seat for the best views of the breathtaking landscapes along the way. As night falls, we will find accommodation in a cozy teahouse in Machha Khola. 

On the second day, we will set off from Machha Khola and make our way to Jagat. As we walk along the Budi Gandaki river bank, we will pass through charming Gurung villages, including the picturesque lower Khorlabeshi. Don't forget to admire the locals' traditional Bokkhu clothing.  

 

Along the way, we will come across Tatopani, where you can indulge in a relaxing hot water bath. Afterward, we will cross the Budi Gandaki River again via a suspension bridge and continue until we reach Dobhan.  

 

A few hours of hiking will lead us to the quaint village of Jagat. It's important to note that Jagat marks the beginning of the restricted area, so make sure to obtain the necessary trekking permits from the check post.

Day three of our trek takes us from Jagat to Deng. The trek, which lasts for about 6 to 7 hours, offers beautiful views and exciting terrain.  

 

As we progress, we will cross a river and make our way to Philim. The path becomes steeper, and we will pass through stunning gorges along the way. Walking alongside the banks of the Budi Gandaki River and through bamboo forests, we will eventually reach Deng Khola.  

 

After crossing the river, we will arrive at our destination for the day, Deng. We will spend the night in a cozy teahouse in Deng, where we can rest and rejuvenate.

On the fourth day, our trek from Deng leads us to Namrung. The journey takes around 7 to 8 hours to complete. To reach Namrung, we cross a suspension bridge and ascend to Rana and Bihi Phedi.  

 

Along the trail, keep an eye out for adorable white-faced monkeys. As we proceed, we pass through Ghap, where it's important to be cautious due to several landslide zones.  

 

Following the trail, we eventually arrive at Namrung. After about an hour of walking, we reach this charming village, known for its excellent teashops and guest houses, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

On the fifth day of our trek, we will journey from Namrung to Sama Gaon. This leg of the trek covers a distance of approximately 15.5 kilometers or 9.63 miles and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete.  

 

As we ascend, we will gradually reach an altitude of 3,520 meters. The trail offers captivating views of the surrounding landscapes. During this hike, you can see the beautiful Manaslu and Manaslu North. 

 

Trekking further we will pass several Tibetan villages like Shyo, Lho, and Shyala. Passing through the beautiful villages we will reach Sama Gaon. This is our destination for the day which is a picturesque village nestled in the mountains. Here, we can immerse ourselves in the local culture, interact with friendly villagers, and enjoy the breathtaking mountain vistas.

Today, we will have an important acclimatization day in Sama Gaon.  

 

There are two options for a day trip: the stunning Pungyen Gompa to the east of the Nubri Valley or the remarkable Manaslu Base Camp located north of Sama Gaon. During the trip, you may spot majestic Himalayan Thars and Yaks grazing in the area. 

 

 If you choose the base camp, follow the trail to Birendra Tal and then turn left onto the base camp track. Remember to stay hydrated and walk at a slow pace to prevent altitude sickness. As you walk north, you will eventually reach the magnificent Manaslu Glacier and Base Camp.  

 

Afterward, take your time to return to Sama Gaon and rest for the remainder of the day.

We will make our way from Sama Gaon to Dharamsala today. This scenic trek takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete.  

 

As we continue our journey, we enter the land of yaks and encounter numerous playful marmots along the way. Due to the high elevation, only crops like barley and potatoes can grow, and we eventually reach an area above the tree line.  

 

After 2-2.5 hours of walking, we will arrive at Samdo, a village known for its thriving yak herding. Located just three days away from Tibet, Samdo attracts traders from both China and Tibet.

As we move forward, we will cross the path alongside the Budi Gandaki River once again. Along the way, we will reach the magnificent Larkya Glacier and ascend to witness the breathtaking view of the surrounding gorges. Our destination for the day is Larkya Phedi, also known as Dharmasala, where we will find accommodation for the night.

Today, we embark on the longest walk of our journey from Dharamshala to Bhimtang. This challenging yet rewarding trek takes around 8 to 9 hours to complete.


As we make our way towards the Larkya La pass, we will cross the glacial moraine and pass by four frozen lakes. Along the route, be prepared to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
After reaching the pass, we start descending through an area of grassy moraine until we reach Bhimtang, where we will rest for the night.

On the ninth day of our trek, we begin our journey from Bhimthang towards Dharapani.


As we progress, the trail gradually descends through the picturesque village of Karche, and the surroundings start to open up. We continue our descent, following the Budi Gandaki riverbank, until we reach Gho. From there, we descend further, passing through lush farming fields, until we arrive at Tilje.


Continuing on, we walk past the charming village of Thonje and finally reach our destination, Dharapani. We will take some time to rest and rejuvenate in Dharapani.

Today, on the final day of our trek, we bid farewell to the mountains as we make our way from Dharapani to Besisahar. This stretch involves a scenic drive that takes approximately 8 to 9 hours.


Once we reach Besisahar, we have the option to continue our journey by either driving to Kathmandu or Pokhara, depending on our travel plans. The drive back offers a chance to reflect on the incredible trekking experience we have had in the Manaslu region. We will be cherishing the memories of breathtaking landscapes and the warm hospitality of the local communities.

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Trip Map

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Cost Details

Included

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek
  • Accommodations in trekking lodges (Tea Houses) shared with other trekkers
  • All necessary permits, including ACAP, MCAP, and restricted area entry permits
  • Shared local bus transportation from Kathmandu to Machhakhola and from Dharapani back to Kathmandu
  • English-speaking guide with salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance
  • A porter one each for two trekkers, with food, accommodation, transport, insurance, and salary
  • Availability of a medical kit with a first aid kit
  • Inclusion of government taxes and official expenses
  • Use of an oximeter to monitor pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily for safety during the trek
  • Accident insurance for all staff
  • Trekking map, Trekking Hat, duffel bag, and trip achievement certificate
  • Government taxes & office service charge
  • Severe case Evacuation Management

Excluded

  • Private Transportation
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • Your personal expenses are not covered
  • Single Supplement- $350
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are not included
  • Tipping for guide, porter, and driver

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Useful Info

Gear Requirements for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

 

Preparing the right trekking gear is essential for a successful Manaslu Circuit Trek. The right gear ensures your comfort, safety, and enjoyment throughout the journey. Here is a list of gear you should consider for the trek:

  •  Sleeping Bag: Carry a warm and compact sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures. 
  •  Rain Gear: Include a waterproof jacket and pants to protect yourself from rain showers. 
  •  Water Bottle and Purification Tablets: Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. 
  •  Sturdy Trekking Boots: Choose comfortable and waterproof boots with good ankle support. 
  •  Backpack: Opt for a spacious and durable backpack to carry your essentials. 
  •  Layered Clothing: Pack lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing layers for varying weather conditions. 
  •  Trekking Poles: Use trekking poles to provide stability and support while navigating the trails. 
  •  Headlamp: Carry a headlamp for hands-free illumination during early morning or late-night walks. 
  •  First Aid Kit: Pack a basic first aid kit with essential medications and supplies.

Preventing Altitude Sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Altitude sickness can pose a challenge during the trip, but taking preventive measures can help ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Here are some tips to prevent altitude sickness in the mountains:

  •  Gradual Acclimatization: Allow your body time to adjust to the increasing altitude by taking rest days at higher elevations. 
  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated throughout the trek by drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol. 

  • Slow and Steady Pace: Maintain a slow and steady pace while trekking to give your body time to adapt to the changing altitude. 

  • Proper Nutrition: Eat nutritious meals to fuel your body and aid in acclimatization. 

  • Medication: Consider consulting with a healthcare professional about medications like acetazolamide to prevent altitude sickness. 

By following these precautions and listening to your body, you can significantly reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Food and Accommodation in Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

During the trip, you will find various options for food and accommodation in the mountain region. Teahouses, lodges, and hotels are available along the trail to cater to trekkers' needs.  

These accommodations offer shared rooms with basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and sometimes internet access. Bathrooms are typically shared and may consist of squat toilets or Western-style toilets.

In terms of food, teahouses and lodges serve a variety of meals, including local and international dishes somewhere during the trip. You can expect hearty meals to replenish your energy after a day of trekking. The food options may include rice, noodles, soups, curries, and snacks.  

It's important to keep in mind that the availability of specific food items may vary, but you can always find satisfying meals to refuel and enjoy.

Guide Requirements for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek 

When embarking on the journey, it is essential to comply with the guide requirements set by the Nepal Government since the trek started in 1991. According to the regulations, it is now compulsory to have a licensed guide accompanying you during the trek.  

Additionally, it is important to note that for this trek, a minimum of two trekkers is required. This ensures a buddy system and enhances safety measures throughout the journey.

Having a licensed guide by your side during the trip offers numerous benefits. They possess valuable knowledge about the region, trails, and local culture, enriching your trekking experience. Guides provide guidance on navigation, and safety precautions, and can help in case of emergencies. 

Moreover, they can help facilitate interactions with local communities, enhancing cultural immersion. With a licensed guide, you can trek with confidence, knowing that you have professional support throughout the journey.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

The budget circuit trek of Manaslu offers a moderate to challenging level of difficulty, requiring proper preparation and physical fitness. Most days involve walking distances of 15 to 20 kilometers, averaging 6 to 8 hours of walking each day. The trails can be steep, particularly as you ascend above 2,500 meters. Therefore, it is crucial to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the trek.

To tackle the challenges of the trip, it is recommended to engage in regular exercise and endurance training. Prioritize hiking, walking, and cardio exercises to build stamina and leg strength. Additionally, acclimatization plays a vital role in managing altitude and reducing the risk of altitude sickness. 

Take the time to acclimatize properly during the trek, allowing your body to adjust to the changing elevations. With adequate preparation and a positive mindset, you can overcome difficulties and embrace the breathtaking beauty of the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek.

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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