Manaslu Circuit Trek (17 Days)

Overview


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The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you’d want from a classic trek in Nepal; epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m Himalayan pass crossing. This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging but less trodden trekking in Nepal, this trek is slowly getting popular and becoming the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit due to the road construction in some sections of Annapurna region.

Tusam valley and festivals
A man riding a horse during the local Festival in Tusam valley.

Main attraction of this Manasalu Circuit Trek is Tsum Valley, which opened for trekking in 2007. This Valley, also called “beyul” literally meaning “Hidden valley in which people can take refuge at times of political disturbance and where Buddhism can be practised safely” is yet being explored and the right place to trek for the travelling passionate. This Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Tsum valley is home of some of the unique and historic monasteries, including Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, mani and prayer walls which lie on a pretty highland nestled in the lap of the valley and Gompa Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.

Manaslu Trek
Mount Manaslu, looks so beautiful.

Manaslu Circuit trekking is a well-known and much-loved trekking trail in Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes and the trek offers great views of some of the highest mountains in the world including Mount Manasalu 8,156 m. 

▼ Itinerary overview of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,300 m)
Day 02: Drive to Sotikhola (530 m.)
Day 03: Trek to Machha Khola (930 m. )
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1120 m.)
Day 05: Trek to Deng (1860 m. )
Day 06: Trek to Namrung (2630 m. )
Day 07: Trek to Lho (3180 m. )
Day 08: Trek to Sama Gaon (3525 m. )
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.(3525 m. )
Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3860 m. )
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Samdo. (3860 m. )
Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala (4460 m. )
Day 13: Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bhimthang (3610 m.)
Day 14: Trek to Tilche (2300 m.)
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar (760 m.)
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1300 m. )
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

♂ Trip Cost: 1600 US $ PP
♂ Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10

▼ Cost Inclusive of Manasalu Circuit Trek

01: All the Transport
02: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
03: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with city guide and necessary land transport.
04: Kathmandu Sotikhola land transport by private jeep and on the way back Dharapani to Besisahar by Local public jeep and Besisahar to Kathmandu by private Transport.
05: Manaslu restricted entry permits, including Manaslu Conservation entry permits, Annapurna Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
06: Best available tea house/ lodges accommodation, including all meal, and drinks. (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner)
07: Experience English speaking guide, including his accommodation, food, and salary, insurance.
08: Two In sharing porter, including his accommodation, food, salary, insurance. (Our porters carry 20 to 22KG so we suggest having your backpack 10 to 12 KG each for Porter.
09: Government taxes and service charges.

▼ Cost Exclusive of Manaslu Circuit Trek

01: Nepal entry visa fee (more details please refer to Nepal visa information section)
02: Entrances fee while on sightseeing in Kathmandu.
03: Personal travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
04: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu if staying more than above itinerary suggested.
05: Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu, except breakfast.
06: Personal expenses like drinks while on trek (water) bar bills, laundry, and telephone, personal tips for your 07: Driver, guide and Porter.

♂ Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and Tea House in Mountain during the Trek.

♂ Physical Rating: 5 – Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

♂ Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu airport

    Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1,300 meters/4,245ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Drive to Sotikhola

    We leave early in the morning for Sotikhola via Arughat. We stay on a highway in the morning but most part of the driving is done on the dusty newly built roads. Over night at Sotikhola.

    (Kathmandu Sotikhola land transport by private Jeep) (BLD) (530 m. ) (8 to 9 hours drive) (Teahouse)
  • Day 03

    Trek to Machha Khola

    The trek heads north and follows the Budhi Gandaki River for the whole day. The trek stays close and follows the Budhi Gandaki River all way up to the base of the pass, and crosses and re-crosses the river several times through suspension bridges. The trail undulates through Lapu Beshi, then continues on the sandy banks of the river, and finally reaches Machha Khola.

    (BLD) (930 m. ) (6-7 hours ) (Teahouse )
  • Day 04

    Trek to Jagat.

    The trail stays relatively easy in the morning and goes through Khorlabesi. A brief stop at Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, campsite for the day and is followed by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River.

    (BLD) (1120 m. ) (5-6 hours ) (Teahouse )
  • Day 05

    Trek to Deng

    The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, the biggest village until the pass. The trail steadily loses height and heads into a new valley, leaving the trail to Tsum Valley behind. The path gets steeper for a while and then steadies near Pewa. After Pewa, another uphill walk continues for the rest of the day and ends at Deng. The change in culture can be experienced at Deng. The people, culture and the houses in the villages from Deng are heavily influenced by Tibetans and completely differ with the people and their culture from the people lower in the valley.

    (BLD) (1860 m. ) (7-8 hours ) (Teahouse )
  • Day 06

    Trek to Namrung

    A quick drop down to the river is followed by a steep climb until the village of Rana. The trail yet again drops and gradually ascends to Bihi Phedi and then undulates into the valley and finally reaches Ghap. The trek continues gradually gaining more height through the forest following the now much smaller Budi Gandaki River. A steep climb through the forest until the village of Namrung ends the day.

    (BLD) (2630 m. ) (7-8 hours ) (Teahouse)
  • Day 07

    Trek to Lho

    From Namrung onwards, the trek now enters into the higher altitude. After a brief walk on an easy terrain, the trail starts to go uphill until the village of Shyo. View of Manaslu (8163 meters) appears towards west as the path drops into a river and yet again gets uphill until it reaches Lho.

    (BLD) (3180 m. ) (4-5 hours ) (Teahouse)
  • Day 08

    Trek to Sama Gaon

    The trail once again drops into a river and yet again, is followed by a climb. The climb ends at Shyala and the valley starts to open up with the trail turning into an easy walk through the pasturelands.

    (BLD) (3525 m. ) (4-5 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 09

    Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.

    The options at Sama Gaon are a short hike to the nearby beautiful lake named Birendra Taal or a full day hike (6 hours) to the Pungyen Gomba, Pungyen Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp.

    (BLD) (3525 m. ) (5-6 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 10

    Trek to Samdo

    The trail gradually climbs through the valley and continue to follow the river. The path then gets steeper at the end of the day and reaches the village of Samdu, with Samdu Ri (6335 meters) towering on the east direction.

    (BLD) (3860 m. ) (3-4 hours ) (Teahouse)
  • Day 11

    Acclimatization day at Samdo.

    The best option from Samdo is to hike towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo. This hike also provides spectacular view of a towering Samdu Ri (6335 meters).

    (BLD) (3860 m. ) (Teahouse )
  • Day 12

    Trek to Dharmasala

    The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards towards the Larke Glacier. The path becomes easier and ends at the start of the next day’s climb at Dharmasala.

    (BLD) (4460 m. ) (3-4 hours) (Teahouse)
  • Day 13

    Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bhimthang.

    An early start and a gradual ascend into the Larke Glacier only ends at the top of the pass. The top rewards with the views of Himlung, Annapurna II, Kangguru and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. A steep drop starts on the snow and later on, the glacial moraine continues for the rest of the day. The descent finally ends with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground.

    (BLD) (Larke La 5106 m., Bhimthang 3610 m.) (7-8 hours ) (Teahouse)
  • Day 14

    Trek to Tilche

    The trail quickly drops in and out of a glacier and then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. The path once again follows the river by its banks and finally passes through Surki Khola and Goa while consistently losing more altitude. The path continues to get downhill and finally ends at Tilche.

    (BLD) (2300 m.) (6-7 hours ) (Teahouse )
  • Day 15

    Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar

    Short walking lead us to Dharapani we connected popular Annapurna Circuit trail, not trails are much more busier then Manaslu part because driving road is accessing now from Dharapani. Now take local Jeep land transport take us to Besisahar and stay overnight at Besisahar. About 4 hour’s durt road drive to Besisahar.

    (BLD) (760 m.) (4-5 hours) (Teahouse )
  • Day 16

    Drive to Kathmandu.

    After Breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu with our private Car along the Marshyangdi river valley. Following the Prithivi high way and enjoy the afternoon in Kathmandu.

    (Public Bus ) (BL) (1300 m. ) (5-6 hours drive ) (Hotel )
  • Day 17

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Breakfast ) (1300 m.)
  • Note:

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Gear list

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

♂ You must bring the following items:

1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22 Warm jacket (down)*

♂ Basic First Aid Kit including:

A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

♂ Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

FAQ's

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

Environment:

» It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
» Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
» Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

♂ Culture:

» Before you buy souvenirs.
Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

» Food & Taboos
0nce you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

» Right or Left? Mmm… Right!
The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

» Right hand & Manners.
To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

» Keep Calm.
The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

» Think before you take pictures.
It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

» A conservative country.
Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

» Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

» Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street.
The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

» Avoid showing affection in public
Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

» Ancient and sacred sites
there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

» When visiting temples
Respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

» Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

» Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

» If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

» If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

» Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

» Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

» Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

» The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

» Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

 

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  17 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2-12
  •  Price:  From 1600 US $
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Sep. to Nov. & March to May

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