Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 13 Days

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At a Glance
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Duration13 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5,106m
Group Size2-12
StartsMaccha Khola
EndsBesisahar
Travel StyleTrek
Best TimeSpring & Autumn

The Manaslu Circuit truly earns its name as the best wilderness trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal in comparison to other largely commercialized treks such as Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang, as the Manaslu region that the circuit trek falls on was just recently opened for trekkers in 1991.

The whole Manaslu region upholds the ultimate pristine nature and culture amidst the Himalayas that otherwise might have long perished like the other popular trekking routes of Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the Langtang Valley Trek due to the increasing influx of trekkers on these trails.

While the Manaslu Circuit expedition is a holistic trekking experience that rounds the eighth-tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), which is renowned amongst the adventurous as the killer mountain, the overall trek here is considered a raw Himalayan endeavor, challenging and rewarding just like the two sides of a coin.

Hence, often trekkers prefer to call this Manaslu Circuit trek one of the most balanced experiences that comes with an extreme sense of adventure along with the cultural, historical, and natural savor of the region to set on for 13 days to brew the warming memory of a lifetime in the chilly mountains of the Manaslu. 

This 13-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek is precisely crafted by the Ammonite Adventure and Treks P. Ltd guaranteeing the most achieable adventure around the Manaslu Restricted region of Nepal. Join us on our fixed departing dates in 2024 with our professional local mountain guides!

Highlights

  • Venture to the best and most off-beaten Manaslu Trekking path.
  • Experience the first-hand culture and hospitality of the unique Nubri and Tsumba tribespeople.
  • Lay your footprints in the naturally wealthiest Manaslu Restricted Conservation Area (MRCA).
  • Take in all the serenity of the Himalayas, including its dense, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, etc.
  • Get stunned by the heavenly backdrops of Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal ranges.
  • Scenic landscapes and adventurous, rugged terrain
  • Crossing of the longest mountain pass in Nepal, Larkya La Pass, at an elevation of 5,106m.
  • Indulge yourself in the mesmerizing lives of locals and get to collect extensive knowledge on their authentic culture, heritage, and lifestyle.
  • An exclusive opportunity to watch very rare wildlife such as the Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, blue sheep, and others.

What to expect at the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2024?

Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2024 is a sublime feat that features never-ending mountains and deep valleys mostly covered in completely white snow that lets you explore the lower picturesque lands with green forests to the real dense woods of oak, rhododendrons, pines, and other varieties of plants.

This Manaslu Circuit Trek falls within the two major distinctive conservation areas of Manaslu and Annapurna, where you will get to see some of the notable species of flora coherently existing with the unique cultural values and traditions of the prominent ethnic group of the region, the Nubri people. To sum it up, you will get the opportunity to gather the immaculate trekking experience of a lifetime on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with:

The eye blinding smiling mountains in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

What could be more fascinating than observing the towering peaks of Nepal right after beginning the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2024? Not only of one but more than thirty of them, including two of the eighth thousanders of the world: Mt. Manaslu at 8,163m and Annapurna at 8,091m above sea level.

Along with the striking vistas of these mountain beauties during your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will get to step into the raw wilderness of the Himalayan trails filled with the ultimate serenity of luscious jungles in the rugged hills. There the full speed of glacial rivers adds immensely to the pristine nature of the Himalayas, creating a next level of spiritual ambiance to leave all sufferings behind and march forward to the almighty mountains of the Manaslu region.

These all come together to form an otherworldly, heaven-like natural symphony in its entirety that captivates the soul and memory of each mountain, nature, and adventure lover in the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Distinctive culture and traditions of native Nubri in the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

Besides the indigenous tribe communities of Himalayan-dominated Gurung and Tamang, the Manaslu Circuit Trek route is inhabited by Nubri as well. They carry distinctive cultural identities and dialects and follow a certain customary life guided primarily by Vajrayana Buddhism and Animism.

They worship nature and regard it as its mother, and thanks to them and other ethnic communities of the Himalayas who value the environment they live in, the Manaslu Circuit Trail still retains the tranquility of the true Himalayas, which might seem to be fading away from the more popular destinations such as Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang in recent years due to the increasing numbers in these trekking areas.

The diverse culture present in what particularly looks like a small trekking region in Nepal no wonder is the cultural heritage that has to be protected at any cost, and the Manaslu region falls under the restricted zone of Nepal that compulsorily asks for special permits along with the standard ones required to enter the land.

Trek the hidden trails of the Manaslu circuit in the Manaslu region 

It hasn’t been long since the Manaslu region has received the limelight as one of the best places to be on the planet, with extraordinary solitude and isolated trekking experience in Nepal. It's perfect for those who prefer an authentic and fresh trail to trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the recently opened trekking routes in Nepal as compared to other more famous trekking routes. It offers a more off-the-beaten trekking trail that has a bountiful natural, cultural, and spiritual journey to offer collectively, which is known to only a few real adventure lovers in comparison to other main routes.

Therefore, there is plenty that is yet to be discovered in 2024 in the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Ammonite Adventure & Treks P Ltd., as we are the travel and trekking professionals trained by the Ministry of Tourism, Nepal Mountering Association, and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center.

We have been one of the leading government-licensed trekking agencies based in the tourist hub of Nepal, Kathmandu Thamel, for more than thirteen years, ensuring fulfilling holidays.

The scenic challenge with Larkya La Pass in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Larkya La pass, at an elevation of 5,106 m, is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which offers the challenge and reward of the high himalayan treks in the Manaslu region. Like general high passes connecting Himalayan valleys or another Himalayan region, this Larkya La Pass creates a path from Dharamshala and Bimthang within the region.

Scenic and the most difficult part of the overall Manaslu Circuit Trek to crack, the pass widens the views of peaks such as Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna and its ranges, and Himlung Himal concealed from the rest of the world. This means you will be the one to discover that never-ending, unique, and panoramic chain of mountains in the Manaslu Circuit.

However, it is crucial to expect the unexpected, as the Himalayan weather can challenge you at any time with altitude mountain sickness and sudden outbursts of snow, which shouldn’t be a problem when you are adequately prepared and well-geared.

Awesome side treks on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

When it comes to making your Manaslu Trek more remarkable and incredible, side treks are most definitely to be included. The fun part is that the Manaslu Circuit Trek enables the true exploration of the Himalayas, which has several fantastic major attractions other than the peaks. Which includes:

Side trek to Pyungen Gumba in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu region is also a sacred sanctuary, where Buddhism has prevailed since the very early era and has led to the construction of multiple such monuments that represent the cultural and religious richness of the region.

One such spectacular landmark is Pyungen gumba, where monks live and mediate to obtain liberation, in the east of the Nubri Valley of the Manaslu region, perfect for cultural insight. It is near Sama Gaon and Shyala villages.

In our 13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can have an acclimatization day to Pyungen Gumba in 5–6 hours from Sama Gaon with a gradual ascend and descent when we will have to pack a lunch and water as en route, you will rarely see any tea houses or lodges to fill water or grab lunch.

Side trip to Birendra Taal During the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

The turquoise glacial lake at an hour-flat hill walk from the Sama Gaon through the alpine forest of the Manaslu region is the Birendra Taal, which is a green and blue treat to the eyes and a chance on the Manaslu Circuit Trek to embrace the pristine wind breeze on your cheek.

It is an excellent alternative acclimatization point that is comparatively reachable in a shorter amount of time than Pyungen Gumba. Exceptional scenery to retreat with and get lost in the wonder of nature that we all, at certain corners of our lives, have dreamt of relishing. 

Breathe the spirit of mountains in the Manaslu Base Camp

The name alone of the eighth tallest mountain in the globe, Mt.Manaslu (8,163 m), taken from Sanskrit scriptures, which translates to “mountain with spirit" as “Mansa” derives from “soul” or "intellect,” highlights the spiritual importance of Mt. Manaslu and the region.

Besides its name, the entire region is considered a holy land due to its direct links with the most significant Buddhist Gurus and leaders and their spiritual journeys to meditate and find liberation in the region. 

So, there can not be any better spot than the base camp of Manaslu itself to observe the whole dramatic sacred landscapes arising from the low meadows to the pasturelands to the high barren rugged terrains, which contrast highly with the lush lower lands and bluish sky over the white mountains.

Variable weather conditions in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Typically, the weather in the Himalayas, be it the Manaslu region or Annapurna and Everest, experiences fluctuation throughout the trekking days. So, it is essential to put some consideration into the unpredictable weather conditions and prepare yourself accordingly while you are on the 13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

The spring and autumn are renowned for their stable weather and calm temperatures, making trekking easier. Trekkers usually prefer to avoid the summer and winter to trek the Himalayas regardless of where they are planning to visit because the winter in the Himalayas drops below zero, is extremely frosty, and is comparatively unapproachable without proper gearing and equipment. 

However, while the summer rains gloomily in Nepal, the Manaslu region is an ideal trekking alternative in the Trans Himalayan region, hiding behind the giant peaks is the rain shadow area of Nepal in the north of the Himalayas. 

If you are looking to trek in Nepal during the summer, the Manaslu region trek is just the right one for you, offering dry weather and unobstructed views when other popular trekking regions suffer from mud, slips, and unclear vistas due to rain.

Best itinerary to trek Manaslu Circuit 2024

Usually, the trekking itineraries are determined by several factors, such as the region of the destination, altitude gain during the trek, acclimatization, route difficulties, duration, season of the trek, accommodations, and logistics.

In 2024, if you have made up your mind to trek the Manaslu Circuit, the 13-day itinerary is the most suitable one for you with Ammonite Travels and Treks, which typically commences from the Maccha Khola after an 8–9-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Then this 13-day itinerary trek follows the trail of the Budhi Gandaki Valley, passing through countless traditional villages with terraced fields and farms dotted in between the dense forests connected by suspension bridges over the major glacier river of the Budhi Gandaki River and its tributaries.

During the trek, you will be simultaneously under the warm hospitality of the Gurung and Tamang people. However, if you decide to add a side trek to the Nar and Phu Valley or Tsum Valley in the Manaslu region, you will get the chance to experience the unique culture and lifestyles of Nubri and Tsumbas as well.

While you do so, it automatically adds 1, 2, or 3 extra days to the 13-day itinerary that you will not regret adding, walking through the alpine meadows, landscapes, and barren lands in the foothills of the snowy mountains.

Concerns of altitude sickness may be considered by each adventurer, especially when the trekking involves crossing a high mountain pass, Larkya La, which is also the longest mountain pass in Nepal. The pass can pose concerns of serious altitude sickness when not taken before that time.

Therefore, the 13-day itinerary customized by Ammonite Travels and Trek is the best itinerary to trek the Manaslu Circuit in 2024, which has separated days of acclimatization in Sama Gaon and Samdo to let your body properly adapt to the strenuous mountainous environment right before crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,106 m).

Thereafter, the path descends gradually toward the common ending point of the Manaslu region trekking, Dharapani, to take a ride back to Besishar by jeep that later on swaps to the local bus to the valley of Kathmandu, enjoying the never-ending vistas of sky-soaring mountains and hills of Nepal.

Itinerary

Today, you will depart quite early from your accommodation in a local bus from Kathmandu to Arughat which changes the four-wheelers into jeeps in Arughat.

Then the drive is to the destination of the day, Maccha Khola. In between, you will pass by the Soti Khola, which also functions as the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, passing by paddy fields and farms, rhythmic waterfalls, and the beautifully ornate brown-slated dwellings of the locals.

By then, you would have made it to the hamlet of Maccha Khola after crossing a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River.

Max. Altitude: 900 mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The trek starting day is finally here, and you would not be able to help yourself from getting all excited after the scenic ride from Kathmandu. So, you will begin to hit the trail right after the nourishing breakfast. 

The first section of this day trek stops at the Thado Khola on the narrow way to Khola Besi, which twists and turns interestingly around the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Savor one of the best views of the mountains of the Manaslu region, whose glimpse you will get to steal while walking by the gorgeous villages to Tatopani.

Tataopani is a natural Himalayan hot spring known for its health benefits and is a great place to let your muscles relax and soothe your tired body. After spending a fulfilling time in Tatopani, you will start to cross the Budi Gandki on several hanging bridges that make their way to Dhoban.

From Dhohan, the continuous hike takes you to Lauri, which leads you to Jagat, at last under the conservation area of Manaslu, in approximately 7 hours.

Max. Altitude: 1,340mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

Jagat is the entry point to the restricted Manaslu Circuit Trek that you will enter today even before the crook of hens in the morning after crossing several suspension bridges by Salleri and Sirdibas decorated with vibrant prayer flags. 

From Sirdabas, you will head for the culturally and historically significant village of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Phillim which is serving as the permit checkpoint of the Manaslu Restricted Area. 

Right after crossing Phillim, the trail again follows the river and its woods filled with the national flower of rhododendron and other trees of pine and oak to later on cross over the hanging bridge of Siyer Khola to call it the day at Pewa. 

In Pewa, you will relish the most awaited delicious local cuisine in the tea house to take the most satisfying sleep reminiscing the diverse landscapes, forests, terraced farms, and scenic villages during the trek from Jagat to Phewa.

Max. Altitude: 1,600mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

Now, you are on the 4th day of your Manaslu Circuit Trek, when you will be hiking from Pewa to Namrung, which takes about 6-7 hours chasing the windy trail along the thick forest of bamboo before Deng. Deng also functions as one of the major stops during the Manaslu region trek then you will skip and head forward to Rana and Bhi Phedi.

From here, you will move further to make it to Ghap overpassing several landslide-prone areas, where you have to remain extra conscious to make it safely to Namrung with some of the amazing teashops, lodges, hotels, and restaurants.  

They are comfortable enough to provide you with a cozy place to take a rest after exploring the beautiful village in the day.

Max. Altitude: 2,630mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

As the trek progresses to the higher altitude region, you will be pumped up for sure for your upcoming destination, which for today is Lho, the charming village with typical Tibetan-style houses, a monastery, and other notable cultural heritage.

In about 4 hours of trekking from Namrung, pursuing the route with attractive terraced fields, religious mani walls, and stunning forests of oak and rhododendron in several places, you will be at Lihi and then steadily to Lho, offering the never-before-seen vista of the crown-like set mountains of Manaslu (8,163m) and others.

As the trek today is comparatively shorter, you will have the rest of the afternoon to discover the hidden cultural and natural beauty of the region. Most of the natives from here love to dress in their own attire, showing a resemblance to Tibet that you will notice throughout the trek of this day while walking through rocky hills.

Max. Altitude: 2,957mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

On this day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will hike from Lho to Sama Gaon which takes about 4 hours moving through the inner Himalayas of Manaslu and its fantastic views pursue an easy trail to Shyapla through the chilly forests of pine and rhododendron. 

From Shyapla, Sama Gaon is just an hour’s walk when you will notice a significant decrement in the vegetation due to the increasing elevation predominantly resided by the Nubri people. 

The village is profound in culture and has some nice shops, health post, and a few other modern amenities along with the beautiful scenery of at least 29 mountains to spend your night on

Max. Altitude: 3,540mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The essential acclimatization day is here, much needed before hoping for further altitude. We take the time to adjust ourselves to the climatic conditions of the Himalayas to avoid mountain sickness and prepare ourselves for other unforeseen circumstances.

Therefore, to utilize this day, you will either hike up to the Manaslu Base Camp or go on an alternate trek to Pungyen Gompa, which enables the splendor of Mt. Manaslu and Ots Base Camp from the hilltop, along with the spotting of some rare Himalayan wildlife such as Himalayan tahrs and yaks.

While the Manaslu base camp is on the north side of Sama and is a steep hill climb maintaining a stable pace and continuous exertion, it is a must to trek to truly prepare yourself for the upcoming ascent.

Alongside the physical pros of the side trek to the Manaslu Base Camp from Sama on acclimatization day, the base camp provides the finest views of Samdo, Nagadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, and the glaciers of Manaslu, together with the most intimate encounter with the world’s eighth tallest mountain, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m).

Max. Altitude: 3,540mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The trekking day begins with an early morning breakfast to reach the village of Tibetan refugees, Samdo, winding in the deserted path for around 4 hours to cover almost a complete ascent of 325m that must be hiked slowly and thoroughly without rushing the steps.

Although at the initial phase of today’s trek, you will be walking along the pasturelands of yak above the valley with elongated mani walls. The tree line ends at Kani, which was used as a summer settlement by herders, and you will start to encounter the barren lands before you arrive at Samdo in no time from here.

Since the Tibetan border is just a regular morning walk four kilometers away from Samdo, you will be thrilled to explore the village and its viewpoint when the whole valley altogether is an excellent vantage point for Mt. Manaslu and other peaks to enjoy while you take a rest for the night in the same village.

Max. Altitude: 3,865mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The village of Samdo is in close proximity to the Tibetan border. Even though visitors are not allowed to cross the border, you will seize this opportunity to observe Tibet from as close as possible.

From here, the sight of Tibet and Nepal looks surreal, including the potential encounter of a yak caravan on your lucky day altogether with the gorgeous scenery. It is like a dream-come-true acclimatization day that lets you witness the beauty of some of the world’s best places to be in 2024: both Tibet and Nepal, in the span of a single day.

The excursion calls it a day in Samdo to spend the second night.

Max. Altitude: 5,100mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The trek again begins after a finger-licking Tibetan morning breakfast through the seasonal local market of Larke, passing by quite a lot of breezy wooden bridges and two river streams over the Larkya glacier.

Making sure to keep your walk slow and steady wins the race as it is a high-altitude hike where you must listen to your body, which will surely enjoy the far-extending Himalayan ranges and their serene nature.

Max. Altitude: 4,460mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

Like usual, you will set early from Dharamsala after a hearty breakfast to Bhimthang via the major challenge of the overall Manaslu Circuit Trek, Larkya La Pass (5,106m) as you pass through numerous bucolic villages and viewing glaciers the wide variety of Himalayan biodiversity. 

Once you make it to the Larkya La Pass, the completely white-washed snowcapped peaks captivate the heart of every naturalist including the valleys and its scenery below. After spending a fulfilling amount of time in the Pass, you will take a conquering walk down through the mysterious grassy lands leading to Bhimthang. 

Throughout this long trek day, you will be in the constant gaze of Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and some of the predominant ranges of Annapurna as the ultimate reward you could ever think of.

Max. Altitude: 5,106mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

This day, you will have a relatively short, sweet, and slow walk down to Tilchie, as you are almost at the end of the 13-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, walking through the closely compact forests of rhododendron.

Manaslu, Lamjlung, Himlung, and Cheo above these dense woods seem like the heavens from the fairy tale come true as you keep on descending from the high pasture land that meets the hamlet of Budhi Koshi River.

After the highly farmed fields of Kharche, you will make a steep climb over the ridge and continue the trek till you reach the stopover of the day, Tiliche.

Max. Altitude: 1,900mMeal: Breakfast, lunch, and dinnerAccommodation: Tea houses and local lodges

The trek today is a pleasant one that pursues the route that connects the very popular Annapurna Circuit to the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Maybe you like Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek.

In around one hour, you would have already reached Dharapani from Tiliche and taken a four-wheeler jeep to Besisahar, which later changes into the local means of transportation, the bus.

In the time span of 4-5 hours of driving, the local bus drops you off at Besishar to take a return ride to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Max. Altitude: 3,590mMeal: Breakfast and lunchAccommodation: Standard Hotel
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Trip Service Details
Included
  • Three-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Convenient lodging during the trek as per the itinerary
  • Local bus/ private jeep/ car fare used during the trek
  • Three meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner while trekking.
  • Trekking map and guide
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Garbage deposit and other necessary fees.
  • All permits, such as the Manaslu Conservation Area and Manaslu Restricted Area.
Excluded
  • International flight tickets to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • High-altitude travel insurance that has coverage for any accident, medical emergency, or any other sort of emergency incurred. 
  • Lunch, dinner, and extra-night accommodation in Kathmandu are outside of the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, souvenir shopping, phone calls, and internet. 
  • Guide and Porter Trek tips are much appreciated.
  • Porter that can be shared between two trekkers carrying a maximum weight of 25kg.
Dates & Availability
Starts:July 01, 2024Ends:July 13, 2024
PriceUS$997
AvailabilityGuaranteed
Additional Info

When is the best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

There is hardly any argument that autumn and spring are the best times to trek in Nepal, including the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The autumn weather is stable and convenient for the trek, with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees Celsius to 20.

The skies at this time are usually calm and clear, offering excellent visibility of the surroundings along with the mountain view. In the same way, the spring also provides extra-ordinary, unobstructed mountain vistas and a moderate temperature.

In both seasons, the trekking trails are normally dry, and hence the post-monsoon and pre-monsoon are considered the best times to trek the Manaslu Circuit in the months of September, October, November, March, April, and May.

However, it is good to know that the Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit treks fall under the rain shadow areas, and the monsoon trek is on the bucket list of many adventurers in the summer, also known as the monsoon of Nepal.

What sort of diet is available on the Manaslu Circuit?

The menu of the Manaslu Circuit Trek serves a broad range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian local, traditional, and some international dishes along the teahouses and lodges on the trail. However, it may be easiest to stick to the vegetarian option as much as possible. 

The freshness of meat products at higher elevations is sometimes questionable and can cause stomach issues at times. Therefore, for treks like the Manaslu Circuit that involve physical exertion at high altitudes, it might be best to follow the vegetarian diet available at the tea houses throughout the route. 

The typical foods cooked in the tea houses are the better option as they are high in carbs and protein, which generally cater to traditional Nepali lunch, Dal-Bhat-Tarkari and Achar (lentil soup, rice, vegetable curry, and pickles), and other local Tibetan foods, full of nutrients which might be exactly what you need for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Must you book the accommodation in advance to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

Adequate rest and comfortable sleep are also important factors in determining the trek difficulty on the Manaslu Circuit. Since the Manaslu region is one of the recently highlighted trekking destinations, it consists of a relatively low number of tea houses and lodges.

So, booking accommodation before the trek is a wise idea to ensure your cozy nights in the Himalayas that could be shimmering in the tents in the inability to find lodges and tea houses right at the moment in the peak trekking season of spring and autumn.

What are the permits required to trek the Manaslu Circuit?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek rounds up Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) and under the restricted conservation area of Manaslu, a special permit is mandatory to enter the area, which will cost you USD 100 per person for the first week, and USD 15 extra in each added day from September to November.

From December to August, the special restricted Manaslu Circuit permit comes at the price of USD 75 per person per entry and adds USD 10/day after the first seven days. While the standard Manaslu Conservation Area permit costs USD 30 for each individual entering the land, regardless of the season, it can vary depending on the nationality of the trekkers.

Why hire a guide or porter to trek the Manaslu Circuit in 2024?

The era of solo trekking in Nepal finally said goodbye on April 1, 2023, as the government of Nepal banned independent trekking in Nepal, which was proposed for the safety of the travelers and their overall trekking experience.

Hence, along with the compulsion of the Nepalese regulation, which mandates at least hiring a guide or porter to trek in Nepal, if you are looking for an enriching travel acquaintance in Nepal, it is the best idea to hire a government-licensed guide or porter in 2024.

Internet Access (Wifi) and Telephone in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit route has been within the telephone coverage area of Nepal since 2021. The majority of the lower parts of the Manaslu region provide stable internet and network connections that use Ncell and Namaste (NTC) sims, which are available nationwide.

Although the service can get very limited in the higher Himalayan zone, a series of tea houses and lodges do facilitate wifi en route at a certain additional cost, which cannot be estimated until you begin to ascend more altitudes.

The sim networks during the trek also cannot be guaranteed at all; connections do fluctuate, yet they usually are reliable enough to connect you with your loved ones and convey your safety. Hence, we request trekkers to get themselves an NTC or Ncell SIM in Kathmandu before beginning the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

FAQs

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit can vary depending on various aspects such as the precise route, starting and ending points, side treks of your preferences, and your trekking pace which generally can be completed in a 13-day itinerary of Ammonite Adventure & Treks p. Ltd. Classically the Manaslu Circuit Trek covers approximately 177 kilometers around 110 miles distance in 12-18 days

The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you into the closer embracement of the eighth-highest mountain on the earth, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), via the locally trodden route. Though they are rugged and contain steep ascents and descents, they are not too precarious as they don’t involve any rock climbing or peak summiting.

Trekking in the Manaslu region is considered moderately difficult due to the equally challenging and rewarding nature of the routes, including the Manaslu Trekking Trail.

When the terrain, landscapes, and altitudes are arduous in some portions of the trek, then there are some easy-going parts as well.

Yes, amateur trekking aspirants without any permanent health issues who are physically fit even in the absence of prior technical skills can absolutely go for the Manaslu Circuit Trek under the careful guidance of authorized guides or porters.

Not at all; the Manaslu Circuit Trek falls under one of the forbidden regions of Nepal, where trekking is allowed only when permitted. If you are planning to trespass on the region without a permit, it would be a criminal offense, and you might have to pay double the permit cost.

Yes, if you prefer to trek the Manaslu circuit alone. You can get hold of it by following the one necessary term effective in Nepal since April 1, 2023, that is, you must be guided by government register guides or porters.

However, fully independent trekkers (FITs) are completely prohibited in Nepal due to safety and environmental concerns.

Usually, sharing a room is a cost-effective way to spend nice evenings on the Manaslu circuit en route. Barely a few tea houses or lodges facilitate single rooms and aren't easy to access at all.

However, at Ammonite Adventure & Treks P. Ltd., we can arrange the best room for you. Yet, you have to note that accommodations with shared amenities in a common room are the budget-friendly way to trek in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, with an extra spice of tales of the group members and memories.

In spite of the fact that the water in the natural sources such as rivers, streams, ponds, and waterfalls are the melted glaciers from the Himalayas of the Manaslu region and tends to appear consumable, you mustn’t intake without purifying.

They are often contaminated and can lead to stomach problems during the trek. In case you are obligated to drink it make sure you have used water purifying tablets or do not forget to refill hot water in different stopovers which may charge you some extra cost but is totally worth it! 

No, the Manaslu Circuit takes place in the western part of Nepal, while Mt.Everest is situated in the northeastern part of the Himalayan ranges of the country, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be devoid of the mountains such as Mt.Manaslu (8,163m), Himchuli (7,893m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), Ganesh Himal ranges and subranges, Baudha Himal, Shringi Himal (7,187m), Cheo, and Himlung.