Manaslu Circuit Trek: 13 Days

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  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • max group size 6
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-25174
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  • Operated in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +12
  • Cross one of the highest passes in Nepal, Larke La (5,125 m)
  • Take in panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including Manaslu (8,156 m)
  • More side-trips than any other trail in Nepal
  • It follows a circuit trail with a new adventure every day
The Manaslu Circuit trek takes you closer to Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. This is one of the more challenging treks in Nepal, but with stunning views of the Himalayan Range, including the Manaslu range, it is also equally rewarding.

This 13-day group trek, offers breath-taking views of the Himalayas, towering hills and dense mountain forests in between culturally rich Gurung settlements. The route passes through numerous suspension bridges across roaring mountain rivers, thick forests with abundant bird species and massive waterfalls.

The trek is one off the beaten path, but it also means that it is cheaper and far less crowded than other more popular ones in the country. Since it is a circuit trek, every day is a new adventure across a new landscape. The trek also offers more side-trips than any other trail. You can choose to venture into different places such as the Manaslu Base Camp, Pungeen Gomba, the Tibetian border and Birendra Lake.

The area is less travelled and a restricted area. You will need a special permit for the trek. Solo trekkers are not allowed, unless you join the group with a minimum group size of two people.

This trek includes two private transportation, all meals, guide, permits and accommodation.
  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (710 m / 2,328 ft)
  • Day 2: Soti Khola to Machhakhola (930 m / 3,051 ft)
  • Day 3: Machhakhola to Jagat (1,410 m / 4,625 ft)
  • Day 4: Jagat to Deng (1,804 m / 5,917 ft)
  • Day 5: Deng to Namrung (2,630 m / 8,626 ft)
  • Day 6: Namrung to Via Lho Gomba Samagaun (3,530 m/11,578 ft)
  • Day 7: Acclimatisation and side trip day around Samagaun
  • Day 8: Samagaun to Samdo (3,860 m / 12,660 ft)
  • Day 9: Rest day at Samdo or visit the Tibetian border (5,100 m)
  • Day 10: Samdo to Larke Phedi Dharmasala (4,460 m/ 14,629 ft)
  • Day 11: Dharmasala to Bimthang Via Larke La Pass (5,160 m)
  • Day 12: Bimthang to Tilije/Goa (1,700 m / 5,576 ft)
  • Day 13: Goa to Dharapani and to Kathmandu (1,860 m)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide, including his food, accommodation and insurance
  • All necessary permits for the trek (ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu special permit)
  • 12 days' full accommodation (only during the trek)
  • 3 meals a day during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Kathmandu-Arughat-Sotikhola by private jeep
  • Dharapani to Besishar on a shared local jeep
  • Besishar to Kathmandu on private car or jeep
  • Sleeping bag and a warm hat for the trip
  • Duffel bag for the luggage (if required)
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets during the trek
  • 1 set of trekking poles
  • USB solar panel for mobile charging during the trek
  • Pulse oximeter for regular oxygen saturation checks (Spo2 and bpm) for better acclimatization
  • All government tax and company service charge (no hidden cost)
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • A private trek
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Porter
  • International flights
  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for the 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days)
  • Airport pickup (Add-on available but it's cheaper if you take prepaid taxi USD 7)
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, beer, soda etc.) not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Wifi, bucket shower, donation and other personal expenses
  • Tips for the guide or a porter (not mandatory but expected )
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
  • Marek
  • On Dec 07 2019
5 - Excellent
Manaslu and Tsum valley trek with NEST & guide Suman
We've just come back from Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek organised by Nest Adventure. Sandip, manager of the company, was very responsive from first contact by email and he answered all our questions before our trip and prepared... Read more
  • Toine
  • On Dec 04 2019
5 - Excellent
Great trek great guide
I could not have wished for a better experience :) My guide Netra was very helpful and dedicated, always trying to get me the best room in each guest house and in general making the trip as great as possible. During the trek I... Read more
  • Johannita Van Beuningen
  • From Hong Kong
  • On Sep 22 2019
5 - Excellent
Stunning Manaslu trek with Harry the best guide ever from NEST
The Manaslu trek is stunning, it is divers, with many different types of scenery, beautiful waterfalls, very friendly people, still toerist unsploiled and quiet. On top very do-able since the ascending goes comfortably in small... Read more
  • Manping
  • On Aug 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Awesome trip with Milan in Manaslu
All in all Nest adventure did a good job. you get all information you need in advance and the price is also nice ;).And Milan our Guide did also a perfect Job. He is a young, motivated funny guide who knows alot about the manaslu... Read more
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Other Practical InformationTransportation: There is a total distance of about 138 km (86 miles) between Kathmandu to Sotikhola. The first half (90 km) of the road is blacktopped (between Kathmandu and Dhading) so your ride would be comfortable. However, after this would be a challenging ride, with dust, mud and very narrow road. During normal traffic, it will only take 67 hour for the private jeep to reach Sotikhola and for the local bus, it may take an hour longer. Trail update: Due to the ongoing road construction on the trail, the first two days (from Sotikhola to Tatopani), the walking times might be longer than a usual. In some parts, because the usual trails are closed, a detour will be required. Accommodation: Basic private rooms with shared toilet are mostly available throughout the trek. However, please expect one night in Dharmasala where you may need to share a room with other trekkers during high season. Beds, blankets, and pillows may be provided. Also, the weather could be very cold so sleeping bags are a must which is included in the package above (or you can also bring your own if you wish) Food: Each tea house has a restaurant/kitchen offering continental food. Dal bhat, the most common Nepali meal, allows you to eat rice as much as you can. Not every camp offers meat (chicken, mutton, and pork). Please also note that beef is almost nonexistent here. If they do, you should check with your guide if this is fresh before you placed the order. Because of the altitude and weather, it is sometimes difficult to raise these animals for consumption. Storing the meat over the winter could also be challenging. Better safe than sorry. Drinking water: Relatively, the water in the mountain is not as polluted as in the city and are usually drinkable. You will see locals and your guide drinking this water with no issues. However, to be safe, please make sure you use water purification drop or drink bottled water. Bottled water is available to buy in each camp (roughly NPR 200 (USD 2) in the lower elevation and NPR 400 (USD 4) in the higher elevation). Majority of trekkers use water purification drop or tablet or water filter to save money. In the package, the water purification tablet and one (empty) water bottle are included. Difficulties: Due to the long days before reaching high altitude, the success rate of Manaslu trek is still much higher than Everest Base Camp or any other trek in Nepal. Based on our experience, around 95% of our groups managed to complete the Manaslu trek with no altitude sickness issues. Trek essentials (What to pack): Detailed trekking essential list will be provided after we received the booking confirmation. Please request us a full PDF check list. Telecommunication in Manaslu Region: Only 40% of the area in Manaslu has cell phone signal, However, most of the camp has a satellite phone for emergency contact. Some lodges in Samagaun and Samdo also offer wifi for an extra charge. Luggage storage: You can store your luggage in the hotel as most of the hotel in Kathmandu offers a free luggage storage facilities. If you are not comfortable to store in the hotel, we will collect your luggage and store it in our office. After the trek, if you decided to go Pokhara, our guide will also help you find the local bus at no extra cost. Please let us know if you travelling any other city after the trek instead of returning Kathmandu. Note that the trip to Pokhara is not included in the trip package.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    There are no quarantine requirements in Nepal for arriving visitors at the moment.

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

  • Do I need a porter?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • Do I require a porter for carrying water?

    On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.

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