- duration 13 days
- tour type Group
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- 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 sidetrips than any other trail in Nepal
- It follows a circuit trail with a new adventure every day
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.
We had very experienced local guide KP and two amazing and funny porters Krishna and Amrit, who worked very hard to make our trek enjoyable. Thanks again guys, dhanyabatt.”
The trek itself is stunning, especially from Namrung onwards. I ended up doing the trek in nine days (including two days of transport) and I am really glad I did so. It's certainly possible if you're a reasonably experienced hiker. The advantages: less days away, a more demanding trek (it can be disappointing to only walk a couple of hours on a day) and you can skip Dharamsala, where you sleep with 4 people in a small room and in general it looks quite scruffy. I also don't know how much the acclimatise days make a difference: some people take a couple and still become sick at the Larke pass, while others take none and are fine. I would recommend doing it in November when it is much quieter and it's still not that cold at night (if you're used to Dutch winters). During the day it can be quite hot even above 4.000m, definitely bring good sunscreen and something to protect your head against the sun.
The company itself was very responsive and lend me a great sleeping bag. If I come back to Nepal and would need a guide or permit, Nest would be my choice again!”
And Milan our Guide did also a perfect Job. He is a young, motivated funny guide who knows alot about the manaslu area. He is also very helpful when it comes to health problems.I got knee problems after 4 or 5 days and Milan care about me very well. Many thanks to you man.
So all in all i really recommend the Manaslu circle trek, so beautiful and still not to crowded as Annapurna or everest.
I would like to thank Sandip, Milan and other NEST team for well organising the manaslu trek.”
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)
- A private trek
- 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- 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 )
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Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.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.
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.
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?
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.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.