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Manaslu circuit trek 14 days

Manaslu circuit trek 14 days

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Manaslu circuit trek Larke pass 5,106 m

Trip Facts

Duration : 14 Days Max-Altitude : 5,160M Program Type : Tea House Best Season : March to jun - sep to dec Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

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1 Pax $1100
2 Paxes $820
2-4 Paxes $790
4-6 Paxes $780
6-10 Paxes $750
10-15 Paxes $740
15+Paxes $740

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Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 days Package Itinerary

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of Nepal’s most exceptional restricted area trekking adventures. This 14-day Manaslu trekking journey starts at Machha Khola and ends in Dharapani, taking you through the stunning Larkya La Pass in the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). Along the way, you’ll witness the majestic Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth-tallest peak at 8,156 meters (26,759 feet). This trek offers an unparalleled experience of remote mountain landscapes, diverse cultural encounters with Tibetan and Nepalese communities, and various flora and fauna unique to the region.

Cultural Immersion and Community Engagement

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique opportunity to engage with local communities and involve yourself in their distinct cultures. You’ll interact directly with Gurung, Tibetan, and Tamang people as you pass through traditional villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. These interactions will help you understand their customs, traditions, and hospitality, enriching your trekking experience and creating lasting memories. This cultural immersion, combined with the breathtaking natural beauty of the landscape, makes the Manaslu Circuit Trek an unforgettable adventure.

Challenging Yet Rewarding

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is challenging and requires a high level of physical fitness and the ability to acclimate to high altitudes. The trek’s highlight is crossing the formidable Larke La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Successfully crossing Manaslu Circuit Larkya la pass is a genuine testament to your bearing, rewarding you with breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Himal Chuli.

Enriching Side Trips Guide

Enhance your Manaslu Circuit experience with a side trip from Sama Village and Samdo Village. Hike to Pungyen Gompa for wonder-inspiring views of Manaslu Mountain, visit the Manaslu Base Camp, and trek to the Tibetan border from Samdo Village for beautiful scenery. These additional excursions offer deeper exploration and enrich your journey with stunning vistas and meaningful encounters with local traditions and landscapes.

Diverse Culture and Delicious Food

Explore the diverse cultures of the region, like visiting Tibetan monasteries and enjoying the friendly welcome from the locals. Try delicious local dishes such as dal bhat, momos, and Thukpa, which showcase the area’s flavors and customs. These food experiences not only offer a tasty break from trekking but also help you connect more deeply with the local culture and way of local life.

Best Time to Trek Manaslu Circuit

The ideal time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is stable, the skies are clear, and the landscapes are picturesque. Avoid trekking in winter (December to February) due to cold and snow, and the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rain.

Unique Aspects of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an authentic and less-crowded experience in a remote part of Nepal. You’ll enjoy stunning views of peaks like Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Himal Chuli, and diverse landscapes from lush forests to high mountain passes. This trek also provides cultural immersion with Gurung, Tibetan, and Sherpa communities.

Farming in the Manaslu Region

Farming is the main economic activity in the Manaslu region, vital for the survival of local communities. The fertile soil and favorable climate allow for the cultivation of various crops, including buckwheat, wheat, barley, millet, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and beans. These crops are crucial for the local diet and economy, reflecting the region’s dependence on agriculture​

Physical Preparation

To undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers need to be physically fit. It is recommended to run for at least an hour a day for 10 to 15 days before the trek to build hiking stamina. This preparation helps in acclimatizing to the high altitudes and ensures you are ready for the demanding terrain of the trek, including the challenging ascent of the Larke La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet).

Trek Distance

The Manaslu Circuit Trek 14-day itinerary covers approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles) from Machha Khola to Besisahar, intersecting with the Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. This extensive route offers trekkers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush lowlands to high mountain passes, culminating in the challenging Larke La Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). The journey through this remote and culturally rich region of Nepal provides an unforgettable adventure.

Trekking Regulations

The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a licensed guide due to its status as a restricted area. You must obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) through a registered trekking agency. This permit ensures adherence to regulations and supports the conservation efforts in the region. Trekking with a licensed guide not only enhances safety but also provides valuable local knowledge and cultural insights, enriching the overall trekking experience.

Permit Costs

  • Manaslu trek permit: USD 100 for the first seven days, USD 15 for each additional day (Sept-Nov); USD 75 for the first seven days, USD 10 for each extra day (Dec-Aug).
  • MCAP Permit: USD 15 for SAARC nationals, USD 30 for other nationals.
  • ACAP Permit: USD 15 for SAARC nationals, USD 30 for other nationals.

Accommodations

During your Manaslu Trekking, you’ll stay in teahouses or lodges that offer basic yet comfortable accommodations with twin-bed rooms and simple bedding. Shared toilets and common dining areas are standard, and meals typically include dal bhat, noodles, and vegetables. It’s advisable to bring a sleeping bag for extra warmth, especially at higher altitudes. To ensure availability, pre-book accommodations during peak seasons. These arrangements provide a cozy resting place after a day of trekking and an opportunity to enjoy local hospitality and cuisine.

Conclusion

The Manaslu Circuit Trek indeed presents a captivating journey through the heart of the Himalayas, offering a blend of cultural encounters and awe-inspiring vistas. With the Nepal Wilderness Trekking PVT expert guide team, you’re not just embarking on a Manaslu trek; you’re delving into a rich tapestry of traditions, guided by experts who understand the terrain intimately. From the terraced fields of lower valleys to the rugged, snow-capped peaks, every step reveals the grandeur of nature and the warmth of Nepalese hospitality. It’s more than just a trek; it’s an unforgettable odyssey.



The Manaslu Conservation Area is a biodiversity hotspot, providing sanctuary to a wide range of flora and fauna. This area is ideal for nature enthusiasts and conservation advocates, showcasing impressive wildlife and plant life diversity.

Mammals: The Manaslu conservation area is home to 33 mammal species. The elusive snow leopard stands out, known for its majestic presence. Notable mammals also include the endangered musk deer, valued for its musk scent, and the agile Himalayan tahr.

Reptiles: While reptiles are less commonly seen, the Manaslu Conservation Area hosts three reptile species.

Birds: With 110 bird species, this area is a haven for birdwatchers. Bird enthusiasts can spot vivid pheasants, eagles, vultures, and other high-altitude birds.

Vegetation: The vegetation in the Manaslu Conservation Area is incredibly diverse, with 1,500 to 2,000 flowering plant species. This vibrant flora includes various rhododendrons, orchids, and alpine plants, adding bursts of color to the landscape.

As a conservation area, significant efforts are made to preserve the natural habitat and protect the wildlife. This commitment ensures that future generations can enjoy the rich ecosystem of the Manaslu region. Manaslu circuit trekking visitors can witness the natural wonders of the Himalayas, experience its biological diversity, and contribute to conservation efforts.

Note: All published dates are guaranteed departures. If these dates don’t match your travel plans, we are happy to create a trip for your desired dates. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and we will help make your dream destination a reality.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Depart from Kathmandu and drive to Arughat Bazaar by bus. From Arughat Bazaar, take another bus to Machha Khola (930m). Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 02: Trek from Machha Khola to Dobhan (1000m). Trekking distance: Approximately 18 kilometers. Elevation gain: 70 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 03: Continue trekking from Dobhan to Philim (1590m). Trekking distance: Approximately 14 kilometers. Elevation gain: 590 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 04: Trek from Philim to Deng (2360m). Trekking distance: Approximately 18 kilometers. Elevation gain: 770 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 05: Trek from Deng to Ghap (2165m). Trekking distance: Approximately 16 kilometers. Elevation gain: 205 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 06: Trek from Ghap to Lho (3180m). Trekking distance: Approximately 16 kilometers. Elevation gain: 1015 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon (3525m). Trekking distance: Approximately 8 kilometers. Elevation gain: 345 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 08: Rest day in Sama Gaon. Explore the surroundings, visit Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, or Pungent Gompa.
  • Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3850m). Trekking distance: Approximately 8 kilometers. Elevation gain: 325 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m). Trekking distance: Approximately 11 kilometers. Elevation gain: 610 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimdhang via Larke La Pass (5160m). Trekking distance: Approximately 18 kilometers. Elevation gain: 700 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 12: Trek from Bhimdang to Gowa or Tilje (2300m). Trekking distance: Approximately 12 kilometers. Elevation loss: 2860 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 13: Trek from Gowa or Tilje to Dharapani. Trekking distance: Approximately 10 kilometers. Elevation loss: 1000 meters. Overnight stay at a lodge.
  • Day 14: Depart from Dharapani and drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar.

Cost Included

  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chosen by Menu)
  • Clean accommodation on the Lodge during the trekking.
  • One experienced, educated, well-trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, and familiar guide, from the same area and specialized in Manaslu trekking region and government-authorized trekking guide.
  • Guides accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation, and types of equipment.
  • Kathmandu- Soti Khola and Dharapani Besisahar by sharing jeep and Besi Sahar to  Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Manaslu area special permit
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and MCAP( Manaslu Conservation Area Project) permits
  • First aid medical box.
  • Trekking equipment as a sleeping bag and down jacket etc. if you don't have your own
  • Complementary Trekking Certificate of Completion.

Cost Excluded

  • Kathmandu hotel
  • all beverages, Soft and hard table drinks such as coke, beer,  Fanta, mineral water, hot shower, dessert, etc.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Rescue operation charge.
  • A Porter costs US$22 per day.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

The equipment you'll need for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal will depend on the time of year you plan to go, the weather conditions, and your personal preferences. However, there's a general equipment list to consider:

Clothing:

  1. Lightweight and moisture-wicking base layers
  2. Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket, or synthetic insulated jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
  4. Waterproof and breathable pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
  5. Trekking pants (convertible or non-convertible)
  6. Long-sleeve trekking shirts
  7. T-shirts
  8. Thermal underwear (for colder months)
  9. Warm hat or beanie
  10. Sun hat or cap
  11. Gloves or mittens
  12. Buff or neck gaiter
  13. Socks (moisture-wicking and warm)
  14. Underwear

Footwear:

  1. Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots
  2. Gaiters (optional but useful for keeping debris out of your boots)

Backpack and Accessories:

  1. Trekking backpack (40-60 liters)
  2. Daypack (for daily essentials during the trek)
  3. Rain cover for your backpack
  4. Dry bags or stuff sacks (to keep your gear dry)
  5. Trekking poles (optional but recommended)

Sleeping Gear:

  1. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (0°F/-18°C or lower)
  2. Sleeping bag liner (for added warmth and hygiene)
  3. Sleeping pad or insulated mattress

Camping Gear (if teahouses are unavailable or crowded):

  1. Lightweight tent
  2. Cooking stove and utensils
  3. Food and supplies

Accessories:

  1. Sunglasses with UV protection
  2. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  3. Water purification tablets or a filter
  4. Water bottles or a hydration system
  5. Trekking map and compass or GPS device
  6. First-aid kit with essential medications
  7. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, wet wipes, toilet paper)
  8. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  9. Insect repellent
  10. Pocket knife or multi-tool
  11. Camera and spare batteries
  12. Travel wallet or money belt
  13. Personal identification and permits (passport, visa, TIMS card, Manaslu Restricted Area Permit)
  14. Trekking insurance (including evacuation coverage)

Optional:

  1. Reading materials or entertainment (book, e-reader, or playing cards)
  2. Snacks and energy bars
  3. Trekking poles (helpful on steep and uneven terrain)
  4. Earplugs (useful in teahouses if you're a light sleeper)

Remember that it's essential to pack efficiently and keep your backpack as light as possible while ensuring you have all the necessary gear to stay safe and comfortable during the trek. Additionally, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast for the specific time of your trek and adjust your clothing and gear accordingly. Always consult with the Nepal wilderness trekking agency for the most up-to-date information on what to bring for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered to have a moderate to challenging level of difficulty. The trek involves traversing a variety of terrains, including rugged trails, steep ascents and descents, and crossing high mountain passes. The altitude also adds to the challenge, as some parts of the trail reach elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). Key factors contributing to the trek's difficulty: Altitude: The trek takes you to high altitudes, which can lead to altitude-related challenges such as altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial. Length and Duration: The trek spans around 14 to 18 days, covering a significant distance and requiring a good level of stamina and endurance. Weather Conditions: Weather in mountainous regions can be unpredictable. It's important to be prepared for varying conditions, including cold temperatures, snow, and rain. High Passes: Crossing high passes like the Larkya La Pass requires physical fitness, mental resilience, and the ability to trek at high altitudes. Remote and Limited Services: Some sections of the trek pass through remote areas with basic facilities. This can require self-sufficiency and careful planning. Trail Conditions: Trail conditions vary from well-maintained paths to more challenging rocky terrain and narrow paths. While the Manaslu Circuit Trek is accessible to trekkers with a good level of fitness and preparation, it's recommended to have prior trekking experience and to be well-prepared physically and mentally. Trekking with a licensed guide is advisable, as they provide essential support, safety, and guidance throughout the journey.
On the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can generally expect to walk for around 6 to 7 hours per day. The duration can vary based on factors such as your walking pace, trail conditions, weather, and the specific itinerary planned by your trekking agency. Some days might involve shorter walks, while others could be longer, especially on days that involve crossing high mountain passes. It's important to be prepared for varying walking times and to follow the guidance of your trekking guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.
The accommodation type on the Manaslu Circuit Trek primarily consists of teahouses or lodges. These are basic yet comfortable guesthouses located along the trail, providing shelter and meals to trekkers.
The network service for mobile phones and internet connectivity in the Manaslu Circuit Trekking area can be limited and inconsistent, especially in more remote sections. While you might find some areas with mobile signal reception, there could be stretches where there is no signal at all. Internet access might also be sporadic and slower in certain places. It's advisable to inform your loved ones about potential communication challenges and plan accordingly.
In case of an emergency during the Manaslu Circuit Trek: Guides and Porters: Your licensed guide and porters are trained to manage emergencies, provide first aid, and seek assistance. Satellite Phones: Guides often carry satellite phones for communication in areas with poor network coverage. Helicopter Evacuation: Agencies offer helicopter evacuation for serious emergencies, transporting you to medical facilities. Local Help: Local communities can provide assistance if you're near a village. First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essentials and personal medications. Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive insurance covering medical needs and evacuations. Prioritize your safety and preparation for a secure trek on the Manaslu Circuit.
The best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. Spring (March to May): This season offers mild temperatures, clear skies, and blooming flora, enhancing the trekking experience. Rhododendrons and other flowers are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. The weather is generally stable, making it an ideal time to enjoy the scenery. Autumn (September to November): The autumn season is also popular for the trek. The weather is clear and stable, offering excellent visibility of the stunning Himalayan vistas. The temperatures are pleasant, and the post-monsoon conditions make the trails more accessible and less muddy. Both of these seasons provide comfortable trekking conditions, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the Manaslu region. Keep in mind that the weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable, so it's always advisable to be prepared for changes.
For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you need several permits due to the trek's location in a restricted area of Nepal. The main permits required are as follows: Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP): This permit is mandatory for entering the Manaslu Conservation Area and the restricted Manaslu region. It's issued by the Government of Nepal and is obtained through registered trekking agencies. You cannot obtain this permit individually; you must be part of a trekking group with a licensed guide. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Since the Manaslu Circuit Trek converges with the Annapurna Circuit Trek at certain points, you will also need the ACAP. This permit is available at the entry points of the Annapurna Conservation Area. TIMS Card: A Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card is required for trekkers in Nepal. However, for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the TIMS card is usually not necessary, as it's covered by the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit. It's crucial to obtain these permits through registered trekking agencies and ensure that you're in compliance with all necessary regulations. Trekking with a licensed guide is a requirement for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which simplifies the permit process as the agency typically handles the paperwork on your behalf.
Yes, it is a restricted trekking area.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a range of unique experiences and sights to explore: Breathtaking Mountain Views: Get awe-struck by panoramic views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, along with other majestic peaks like Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli. Cultural Immersion: Interact with local communities including Gurung, Tibetan, and Sherpa people. Visit traditional villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to gain insights into their way of life, traditions, and hospitality. Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan tahr. Birdwatching enthusiasts can spot a variety of avian species along the route. Challenging Passes: Test your trekking skills by conquering high mountain passes, most notably the Larkya La Pass. These challenging sections offer a sense of accomplishment and stunning views. Diverse Landscapes: Traverse diverse landscapes including lush forests, terraced fields, glacial moraines, and alpine meadows. Each day brings a new and captivating environment. Local Cuisine: Indulge in local cuisine like dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), momos (dumplings), and Thukpa (noodle soup). Experience the flavors and sustenance of traditional Himalayan dishes. Cultural Traditions: Witness traditional rituals, festivals, and customs of the local communities if your trek coincides with their events. Natural Hot Springs: Relax and rejuvenate in natural hot springs like Tatopani, providing a soothing break from the trek. Remote and Less Crowded: Enjoy the tranquility of less-crowded trails and off-the-beaten-path locations, immersing yourself in nature's beauty. Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique encounters to create lasting memories. The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a holistic experience that combines nature, culture, and adventure, making it a rewarding journey for trekkers seeking a diverse and unforgettable adventure.
On the day of crossing the Larkya La Pass during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it's generally recommended to start early in the morning to make the most of the daylight hours and avoid any potential challenges posed by changing weather conditions in higher altitudes. Usually, trekkers start their ascent towards the pass very early in the morning, often before sunrise, around 4:00 AM to 5:00 AM. This early start allows you to reach the pass and begin the descent before the weather conditions become more unpredictable in the afternoon. Keep in mind that the timing can vary based on factors like your trekking pace, weather forecasts, and the recommendations of your trekking guide. It's crucial to heed the advice of your guide and stay updated about any changes in the plan due to weather or trail conditions. Always prioritize safety when planning your trekking activities.

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