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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Manaslu Circuit trek, in this classic remote adventure this trek takes you to areas that are off-limits to foreigners. Because of unique trekking permission requirements, only a select number of trekkers are able to visit these areas. From the lower valley to the majestic upper valley of Manasalu, offering extraordinary trekking and stunning views of the Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation region. Whilst in the Manasalu valley we have ever changing vistas of many high peaks including Larky Peak (6219m) and Mt. Manasalu (8153m), the 8th tallest mountain in the world. This route is special not only for it’s views but also for it’s culture and other special interests. Ancient monasteries, fertile framing land, cultural sites and beautiful flora and fauna mean that there is always something of interest. The area is a haven for the wildlife enthusiast as there are highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Red Pandas living in the mountains. Other mammals who call this home include Lynx, Himalayan Black Bear, Grey Wolf, Dhole, Assamese Monkey, Himalayan Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Mainland Serow, Himalayan Goral, Wooly Hare, Black Lipped Pika. There are also over 110 species of bird.

The Manaslu circuit trekking trail proceeds through a mix of settlements of different ethnic dwellers but the overriding culture is that of the, Gurung people and their Buddhist beliefs. This trek is suited to people with a moderate to high fitness level. With a high point of 5216m at Larky La pass, a good attention to acclimatisation practices is essential. A passion for local culture is a bonus. The Manasalu circuit trek offers a fantastic alternative to the more popular Annapurna circuit trek.

As with all our treks including Manaslu trek, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests

Highlights

The classic Manaslu Circuit with spectacular scenery from start to finish

Magnificent close-up views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and nearby Ganesh Himala peaks

Trek through picturesque Gurung, Tamang and Tibetan villages with  full of cultural interest

Perfect acclimatization with rest days before crossing the Larkya La

Chance to sighting of blue sheep, gray wolf, musk deer and Himalayan Thar.

Staying in local family run mountain guest house during the  trek

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2 : Trek preparation and shopping for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3 : Pick up from hotel and drive to Machhakhola [900m/ 2952ft] for 6 hours drive. O/N in tea house

Day 4 : Trek to Jagat [1340m / 4625 4395ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 - 7 hours

Day 5 : Trek to Deng [1,860m / 6103ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 - 7 hours

Day 6 : Trek to Namrung [2630m / 8630ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 7 : Trek to Lho [3180m / 10,434ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 8 : Trek to Samagaon [3520m / 11,550ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 9 : Rest, hiking around Birandra lake Samagaon, O/N in tea house : Approx 3.5 hours

Day 10 : Trek to Samdo [3,875m / 12,713 ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 - 5 hours

Day 11 : Trek to Dharamsala [4,460m / 14, 635ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4-5 hours

Day 12 : Trek to Bimthang [3590m / 11,780ft], via Larkya la [5,106m] pass day, O/N in tea house : Approx 9 hours

Day 13 : Trek to Goa [2515m / 8252ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Dharapaani [1400m / 4,593ft], and drive to Besi Shahar (760m / 2493ft). Same day drive back to Kathmandu, O/N in Hotel: Approx: 10 hours

Day 15 : Final departure; as per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and 3 times meal during 15 days Manasalu trekking period
    • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary, insurance
    • Porter salary, equipment’s and insurance
    • Transportation to Machhakhola and and back to Kathmandu from Beshishahar
    • Transportation from Shyege to Besishahar
    • Standard hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu
    • ACAP+ MCAP permit
    • Manasalu restricted area permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu
    • Trip route map
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gears
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense such as WIFI internet,  data pack, telephone calls, bar and beverage bills bottled drinks including (cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water, laundry)
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff

Map

Additional Information

Manaslu circuit trekking route follows through majestic Manaslu conservation area. From beginning to end majority part of the trail are well for walking, from lower Machhakhola 900m, Jagat 1310 to high pass of Larkey La 5106m, you should be prepared to walk for approximately 7-8 hours each day. On average, you can expect to cover a distance of around 10 kilometers per day. The route involves forward walk, steep ascend and descend through dense pine trees, meadow and rough pebble, icy terrain. As you make your walk higher up, you walk slow and take rest to have enjoyable trekking experience and ensuring safety. Acclimatization is crucial in the increasing altitude, in order to adapt to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. It allows your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels and reduces the risk of any health complications during the trek. Additionally, there will be rest day in Samagaun will also give you the opportunity to explore the local culture and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including Mt Manasalu 8163m. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the journey. With their expertise and assistance, you can focus on creating unforgettable memories and achieving your travel goals. The important thing is to have a willingness to challenge yourself and push your limits. Whether you’re just starting out or have been hiking for years, there will always be opportunities for growth and improvement. Hiking and walking since couple of month of this trek is a great way to improve your physical health and build endurance over time.

It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking. This information is crucial for us to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the event. So that, we can make necessary arrangements and provide appropriate support if needed.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: 3 stars Deluxe hotel with bed and breakfast on twin sharing.

On trek: 12 days twin sharing in a mountain tea house with 3 meals, (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks Tea/ Coffee) each day. The tea houses along the trekking route provide basic but comfortable accommodations, with twin sharing rooms available. These tea houses also offer a variety of delicious home cooked meals to keep you energized throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, you can enjoy hot drinks such as tea or coffee to warm up after a long day of trekking.

Travel insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt/ Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are insured locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.

When is the best time to do Manaslu Trek

While Nepal can be visited all year, the best times to go walking and trekking to Manasalu Circuit trek are in the spring (late February – May) and autumn (late September-Mid December).

Autumn; The best time of year to do Manasalu Circuit trek is supposedly in the autumn. With dry weather and crisp, clear skies, the mountain views are at their best. Since the summer monsoon, the countryside has been lush and green.
Spring; As the weather warms up in late February and May wide variety of trekking options become available. The gorgeous magnolia and rhododendron will be in bloom, even though the skies may be cloudier than in the fall. If you want to trek in Nepal in the both fall and spring time, the trails can get crowded during this time and tea house accommodation fill up fast. During this time of year, Manasalu Circuit Trek delivers the best alternative trekking options that will get you off the beaten track and away from the crowds

Winter; Generally, winter brings bright, dry days, though the evenings are bitterly cold at altitude and snow can block certain path. Winter can be an excellent time to visit Nepal and to do this trek, because there are fewer tourists. Even though incase of blizzard weather, heavy snow trekking to Manasalu might not be feasible during this season due to snow the high passes such as Larke la 5106m can be blocked and tea house are closed.

Required gears check list for Manaslu Trek

Having the right gear ensures that you are prepared for adventure and all challenges or emergencies that may arise during your mountain adventures. From proper clothing and footwear to essential tools and safety equipment, your gear provides the necessary support and protection needed to navigate through rugged terrains and unpredictable weather conditions.
Below we present you a basic complete packing list suitable for trek,

Hiking gears
Day bag – 1
Dry Bag – 1
Walking pole – 1
Water bottle – 1
Head light – 1
Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear
Down jacket – 1
Sleeping bag – 1
Light warm hiking trouser – 2
Warm liner – 2
Towel – 2
Warm and sun hats – 1/1
Fleece / jacket and pants – 1
Windproof jacket – 1
Long and half sleeve hiking shirt – 3
Buff for (neck and head) – 1
Walking boot – 1
Gloves / mittens – 2
Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 4
Gaiter – 1
Flip flap/ Sandal – 1

Sun protection, health hygiene and water
Sun cream – 1
Sun glass – 2
Sun hat – 1
Lip guard – 1
Tooth brush – 1
Face wash soap – 1
Sanitizer – 2
Prescription medicine
Water bottle / Camel bag – 1
Water purifier tablet / lightweight filter
Toilet paper
Menstrual product

Personal belonging items
Passport
cash
Visa / credit card
Cell phone Power bank backup and charger
Camera / Gopro

Reservation cancellations policy

There will be no fees associated with cancellations made more than 45 days prior to departure.
A penalty of 30% of the total trip cost will apply for cancellations made between 30 and 44 days prior to departure.
60% of the total trip cost will be lost for cancellations made between 15 and 29 days prior to departure.
If a cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure, there will be no reimbursement.

Additional specifications
When making your reservation, please let us know about any special needs you may have so that we can make responsible efforts to accommodate your requests and special requirements, as long as the locations and resources allow.

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • GradeTrip Grade :   Moderate
  • Duration Trip Durations :  12 Days From Kathmandu
  • Point Highest Point :  5,160m / 14,324ft
  • Season Best Season :  Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec - Mar to June
  • Meal Plan Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathamandu and Full board on Trek

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