Short Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal - 16 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Highlights:

-Manaslu Circuit trek offers the mega Nature package with waterfall, rivers, lush vegetation, panorama view of the world’s highest mountains and other peaks.

-A pristine place with original culture and traditions with no any advance technology.

-Witness the oldest lifestyle of people still existing in the Manaslu area.

-Once in a lifetime opportunity to get the experience the same as Everest Base Camp without facing any rush hour.

What is the Manaslu Circuit trek?

Manaslu Circuit trek means doing a round trip walking beside the Manaslu Mountain by adjusting yourself with the altitudes. In precise, Manaslu circuit trek means circling the Manaslu Mountain in anti-clockwise or clockwise by taking a long route. You may ask why?

Well, there are direct routes to do Larke-La pass which is the main attraction of Manaslu Circuit trek. Larke-La is the top point of Manaslu circuit trek which is at 5,106m elevation. However, the direct route means risking your life going directly to 5,106m altitude without any acclimatization. Therefore, it means that it is impossible to complete the Manaslu Circuit trek by direct routes. Likewise, there are lots of long routes you can take to complete the Manaslu circuit easily. But, with a minimum of 14 days, you can complete this Manaslu treks.

How long is the Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Manaslu circuit trekking is a moderate level of trekking. With the help of professional guides and the right information, anyone can do this circuit trekking. Similarly, we recommend you to take the least 12-14 days in minimum to complete the Manaslu circuit trek. See the outline Itinerary for short information about how you will complete this Manaslu treks.

Manaslu trekking Itinerary:

Day 01: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & this day for preparation/trekking permits
Day 02: Drive to Soti Khola with 730m altitude.
Day 03: Trekking to Machha Khola with 930m altitude
Day 04: Trek to Jagat-1,410mm
Day 05: Jagat to Dyang trekking-1,800m
Day 06: Trekking to Namrung with 2,630m altitude
Day 07: Namrung to Syala-3,500m
Day 08: Trek to Sama Gaon-3,530m
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon
Day 10: Trekking to Samdo-3,860m
Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala/Lake Phedi-4,470m
Day 12: Larke-La Pass with 5,106m altitude and to Bhimthang-3,720m
Day 13: Heading down to Dharapani 1,860m
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu which is the starting point.

As you can see the Manaslu Circuit Itinerary, all the days are designed with a suitable altitude level for all types of people. The more you climb upward the more you will gain altitude but the process will be slow. There is also an acclimatization day which helps you to adjust the high altitude. That is why this whole trip takes a minimum of 14 days to complete. Similarly, 2 days extra can be added as your arrival day and departure day.

Why choose the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal?

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It is the view from Larke-La Pass

Manaslu circuit trekking is first of all a newly trekking destination in Nepal. Trekking at peak season in Nepal is very tough if you don’t know. Popular places like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp gets crowded at peak seasons. If you visit these places late or booked late then you will face many problems.

Whereas, Manaslu treks is different from other types of treks. This region is beautiful as Everest Base Camp and you don’t have to face any rush hour. You don’t have to get worried about the flight cancelation because there are no flights. It’s only through the vehicle which is easy access. Similarly, this place is a pristine place where you will experience the oldest cultures and traditions. This is the best place to learn how people survived without today’s technology.

During the springtime, there will be lush gardens in front of you including the beautiful Rhododendron flowers. This trek is leveled as moderate type also which makes perfect for all types of adventurers. And during springtime, you will also witness some of the rare species in this region.

Likewise, the panorama views of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang & Kang Guru, and Annapurna II is surely worth it seeing. In short words, this trek means enchanting new spirit in your life. So, it’s worth making it in your bucket list.

Are Accommodations good in the Manaslu area?

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Teas Houses in Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are only tea houses or Lodges as accommodations in Mt. Manaslu. Due to the geographical structure of this area, there are only basic types of the hotel but serves clean bed and food. Similarly, the main income source of this area is also tourists. But due to a lack of promotion about the Manaslu region efficiently there are only a few visits to this region. That is why there is a lack of good hotels.

Similarly, you can find typical Nepali food, Daal-Bhat as well as other foods like Indian, Nepali, Western and Chinese foods. You can find both veg and non-veg meals in this region. But non-veg is only available in the lower region. There will be available for hot water as well as soft & hard drinks. Likewise, there are only limited tea houses and lodges in certain places. Thus, you can say that the accommodations here are a common type with basic foods and beds.

Do I need to take a Manaslu trek guide with me?

No, you can’t do Mount Manaslu trek without a guide. Manaslu trek without a guide means you are not allowed to enter in Manaslu conservation area. The guide is very important while trekking in Manaslu. It is also not possible to get a special permit without a guide which is why it is compulsory.

Similarly, the guides take all the responsibility of your health, stay, foods, medical care including showing you the way. Guides also give you all the information’s regarding your trek. They can also teach you about the cultures and traditions of local people in Manaslu. Therefore, you will need to take a Manaslu trek guide with you while trekking in this region. See our blog about the Nepali guide for more information.

How hard is Manaslu trekking?

Manaslu trekking/circuit trekking is considered as a moderate type of trekking in Nepal. You don’t need any advance gear or technologies to complete this trail. However, you have to be physically and mentally fit as well as you have to visit at the right time. If you visit here in Winter or Monsoon then it can be very risky. That is why you also have to know about the Manaslu circuit weather also. Similarly, guides also play the main role during the trek. They will help to lower the chance of getting altitude sickness, injuries, and other risks.

At the time of the Autumn season and Spring season, Manaslu trek difficulty gets very low. These seasons are very best for its favorable temperature i.e warm and dry as well as lush vegetation. Likewise, we also provide the most essential information about the things you should and shouldn’t do before trekking. We also help to make the Manaslu Circuit trekking a memorable trek. Feel free to ask us anything. We are there for you.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (Can be excluded if you are in Nepal)

As per your information about the flight times, we will be there in International Airport to pick you up. You will have a short drive about 15-20min to reach your hotel in Thamel area. If it’s day time then you will have plenty of time to explore the Thamel market. Thamel market is mostly crowded with tourists. Similarly, you can find a money exchange department, ATMs, restaurants, and many more.

Likewise, if you booking this package while in Nepal then this 1 day will be excluded. The price will also decreased according to these conditions.

Day 2
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & preparation for trekking permits

Today, you will visit many places in Kathmandu including some World Heritage-listed Sites. This day is the most important day because we have to make some trekking permit for Manaslu Circuit trek. Due to the necessity of original passports, the permit can be only made on this day.

Likewise, you will have a pleasant day in Kathmandu which is also the capital city of Nepal. You can buy many interesting products as well as taste different types of foods. We recommend you to taste cultural foods of Nepal.

Day 3
Drive To Soti-Khola with 730m altitude via Dhadingbesi & Arughat- 07HRS.

After everything is ready, we will have a long drive from Kathmandu to Dhading. From Dhading, we will head to Arughat town by following the River Buri Gandaki. If you drive with local bus then you have to change the vehicle after reaching Arughat to reach Soti-Khola. Lunch break will be according to the Local time of Nepal.

Likewise, if you drive with a private vehicle like jeep then it will be a direct route from Kathmandu to Soti-Khola. As for the lunch, you can have any time you want if you go by jeep.

Accommodation:

You will stay in the lodges of Soti-Khola as well as you will get dinner there.

Day 4
Trek to Machha Khola (930m altitude) - 06 HRS.

Today will be your first trek to Machha Khola from Soti-Khola village. After having breakfast, you will soon trek by following the Budi Gandaki/Buri Gandaki stream. It will be a long trek today but you will follow through the lush vegetation.

You will cross many farms in your way as well as waterfalls when you cross Nuala Khola. You will have a lunch break in one of the villages in the way. Finally, you will come to cross the Maccha Khola where you will stay for the night in the village. Maccha Khola also means “Fish Stream”.

Accommodations:

You will stay at one of the tea houses in Maccha Khola. It is good and serves non-veg and veg items.

Day 5
Trek to Jagat 1,410m -06 HRS.

After a wonderful stay in Maccha Khola, you will start your trek after breakfast. You will again follow the beautiful Budi Khola/Buri Khola to reach Khorla Beshi which is a small farm village.

From Khorla Beshi, it’s short path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,”. It is a natural hot spring which recover tiredness and recharges your spirit.

After a short rest in Tatopani, we will walk-on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach Jagat for overnight stops. Jagat village is a moderate size farm village with shops and stores facility also.

Accommodation:

Good lodges with shops and stores facilities.

Day 6
Trek To Dyang with 1,800m -06 HRS.

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages. It’s a short climb and downhill including crossing a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim. It is a large village with spread-out farmhouses.

After reaching the Philim we will walk through the farm terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley. The scenery of this place looks paradise which can’t be resisted. Then from there, it’s a short climb on the rocky ridge into the bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Accommodations:

Good lodges with clean bed and food.

Day 7
Trek To Namrung 2,630m - 04 HRS.

Today will be the short trek to Namrung. It will only take 4 hours at minimum whereas you can have plenty of time to rest.

Our morning walk will begin from Dyang with an elevation of 1,800m to 2,630m elevation. You will feel the place even cold as well as you will feel a slow rise in altitude. But after reaching the destination you will have plenty of time to acclimatize.

Similarly, on entering the Himalayan alpine region, you will walk downhill to a riverside to reach Bihi Bazaar. It is a small village near the riverside. From here onwards, you will encounter even more villages influenced with Tibetan cultures. At last, after a short steep up and descend, we will reach Ghap village. From here you will have another short uphill to Namrung where your trekking ends for today.

Accommodations:

Tea houses/Lodges with moderate foods.

Highlights:

You will have your first panorama view of Mt Manaslu including other peaks.

Day 8
Trek To Syala 3,500m -06 HRS.

After a wonderful day in Namrung with panorama views, we will have again a long day to trek. Our walk will continue passing a few villages of Banham, Lhi, and Sho. Today also, you will feel some low oxygens because you will gain high altitudes. It is recommended to walk slowly and drink lots of water.

Similarly, after an hour of trekking, it’s a short walk to Lo Gaon where you will stop at Syala for an overnight.

Accommodations:

Tea houses/Lodges with moderate services.

Day 9
Trek To Sama-Gaon 3,530m -05 HRS.

Today will be a short trek from Lho-Gaon to Sama-Gaon about 5 hours walk. You will be already in the lap of the Mountains so the trek will be amazing. There will be a panorama view of peaks including the 8th world’s highest mountain, Mt Manaslu.

It’s a short trek through the lush forests of pines, Rhododendron with a cool breeze. You will also come across some gompas after you entered the village. Sama-Gaon is facilitated with wifis, telephone as well as health post.

Day 10
Rest Day in Sama-Gaon For Acclimatization

Today will be the acclimatization day in Sama-Gaon. Acclimatization day is very important because pushing forward can be dangerous for health. This day is for adjusting your body with the altitude to overcome the altitude of Larka-La pass in the future.

On this day you can go hiking to Birendra Tal also if you want. It’s best to do some activities at acclimatization day.

Accommodation:

Lodges/Hotels

Day 11
Trek To Samdo 3,860m- 05 HRS.

Today’s walk will lead to the last village of the Manaslu area at Samdo which lies close on the route of Tibet border. The villagers of this area have a long history of trading with Tibet. So, you will feel like you are in Tibet. Still, the trade continues as you can find many Chinese goods around the village shops and stores. Similarly, it is recommended you to walk slowly and drink lots of fluid.

Accommodations:

Lodges/Tea houses

Trekking to Samdo is also not so hard and can be completed within 5 hours. If you

Day 12
Trrek To Dharamsala / Lake Phedi 4,470 m- 04 HRS.

Again today, it’s a short day walk to Larke Phedi or Dharmasala after a nice overnight at Samdo village. Our morning walk will lead towards a more dry and barren area. We will head straight to Larke Phedi which will take up to 4 hours. Even though it’s a short time, it will be a little hard due to high altitudes.

If you got any signs of Altitude sickness then please tell the guide. And always walk slowly and drink lots of water.

Accommodation:

tea houses available

Day 13
Cross Larke-La 5,135m and to Bhimthang 3,720 M - 08 HRS.

Today is the moment of your life to successfully cross the highest pass of this trip or not. Similarly, today will be a great and tough day also. Larke-La pass is at 5,135m of altitude. That is why it will be a long climb with views of surrounding mountains i.e.Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29.

We will start early in the morning today. It will be an 8 hours trip today so it will be little lard today.

slow and steady is the main tip for you to successfully reach the summit. Likewise, from the top of Larke-La, you can catch the astounding view of Himlung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

On the same day, we will head back to Bhimthang which will take up to 3 hours.

Accommodation:

Tea houses

Day 14
Trek to Dharapani 1,860m - 05 HRS.

After a long journey, you will now head back to the starting point. It will be a short trek to Dharapani about 5 hours of walk. You can say this destination as the ending destination you will have in Manaslu Circuit trek.

Day 15
Drive Back to Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel

Today will be the final day where you will head back to Kathmandu from the same route. It will be a long day drive. You will be transferred to your hotel after your arrival in Kathmandu. However, at night there will be a short dinner party from us.

Day 16
Departure day

As per your flight time, Pristine Nepal guide and staff transfer you to the airport after a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal, a country of Himalaya.

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How to Get a Visa in Nepal?

For most countries of the world a Visa On Arrival can be obtained at the airport.
All you have to bring is a credit card or some cash to pay the visa fee:

15 Days = 25 USD
30 Days = 40 USD
90 Days = 100 USD
There is no longer a picture required as there are now computer kiosks which will take a picture of you digitally.
It will ask for your home address and some additional data, especially a first address in Nepal.
So the only thing you really have to prepare is having an address you intend to stay, a valid passport and enough money to pay the fee and you are ready to get your visa!

As regulation can change or be different regarding the nationality, please always double-check1 with the Nepal Immigration.

If there is any question left or you want to have more details or you need support with your Visa for Nepal – contact us!

Stay safe and enjoy discovering Pristine Nepal!

Where will I live when coming Nepal?

First, you will be landing in Nepal International airport which is near Kathmandu. Being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is full of highly facilitated places like Thamel, Lazimpat, New Road, Basbari, Naxal & many more. These places are packed with 5-star hotels, restaurants, lodges, cafes & bars & many more.

Among all these beautiful places in Kathmandu alone, Thamel is the most buzzing, hottest-spot for tourism. It contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater specifically to western tourists. It is the city’s main nightlife zone. Besides this, there are lots of things this place has to offer you. Many roads in Thamel have been declared vehicle-free zones to avoid crowd and traffic havoc. So this is the best place for you to live in.

Will I get Altitude sickness?

Well, most of the people living in the sea level area have a fear that; will they get altitude sickness? So, if you are physically fine then there’s a low chance and people age 70 also have trekked in this area safely. Therefore, it’s a rare chance to get altitude sickness here if you are physically fine.

What if I get sick or any other physical damage?

First of all, we will have a medical kit with us every time for minor causes. All the medicine will be based to cure for trekkers mostly. But if you get serious health problems or any major physical damage then you will be rushed to the Hospital through Helicopter. Similarly, you have to buy travel insurance before coming to Nepal.

Is there any hidden charges?

Absolutely not. There are no hidden charges included in this trip as well as you can check the cost section for inclusion and exclusion. Similarly, please read the tables because there is also the price included for groups and single. For a single person, supplement charge will be added and for groups, the price will be discount. The more you come to trek the more discount you will get.

Conclusion

This trek is very long but worth it; without any guides and porter’s it will be very hard for you because even if you know the route you will not know the rules and regulations. You will be provided all the right equipment from us as well as the best guide. The best season is also listed in the table. Good luck.

Cost Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Public bus from Dharapani to Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Taxi to and from the bus park
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card,
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permits
  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna conservation area project)
  • And Special permit for Manaslu
  • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu on the basis of twin sharing with breakfast
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, tea/coffee per meal in a cup during the trekking
  • Fresh fruits with dinner
  • Water purification
  • Experienced trekking guide (Their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging)
  • One porter is provided for two people (Porter salary, insurance, food, accommodation)
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • All your personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and hotels in early return from the trek

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