Manaslu Circuit Trek

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4.8 Based on 55 Reviews
  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Private and Group
  • age requirement 12-79 yrs
  • max group size 35
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 5219 meters
  • Tour Code BM-362
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English, Nepali
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +13
  • Classic Trek in Nepal.
  • Breathtaking Views of Buddha Himal, Himalchuli including 8000 meter Mount Manaslu.
  • Beautiful Lake Birendra and Manaslu Base Camp.
  • Rich in Buddhism, numbers of monasteries, Sama and Samdo Villages etc.
The Manaslu trek is one of Nepal's best treks. If you have 17 days available for trekking in Nepal, we highly recommend this trek. It is challenging, especially the day of crossing the Larke pass at 5,135 m but if you are in reasonable shape, determined, and able to walk 6 hours a day, you can do this trek.

Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world, bordering the Gorkha and Manang districts in Nepal. It is just 64km East of the previously popular Annapurna treks. Literally, Manaslu is derived from Sanskrit with manasa means “Mountain of the spirit". The Manaslu region encompasses everything from sub tropical foothills to the arid Trans-Himalaya high pastures bordering Tibet.

The Manaslu trek opened only in 1991. Its popularity increased significantly when teahouses become available around 2009. The Manaslu region has no roads or alike and the trekking trails are excellent. This combined with a high variation in altitude starting from around 700 m and getting up to 5,135 m is the reason why the Manaslu trek today is preferred over the Annapurna trek.

After a 6 hours bus ride from Kathmandu, the trek begins Arughat. En-route the trek, you will not only see spectacular mountain scenery but can also visit several monasteries.

If you have 19 days available, you will not regret choosing this trek. If you are in doubt as to physical fitness we highly recommend adding a porter. 1 porter can carry up to 30 kgs and can thus be shared between 2 people.

We are looking forward to taking you on a fantastic trekking adventure.
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to a Hotel
  • Day 2: Stay in Kathmandu for official procedure
  • Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (700m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (950m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1,450m)
  • Day 6: Trek to Dyang (1,850m)
  • Day 7: Trek to Namrung (2,500m)
  • Day 8: Trek to Shyala (3,400m)
  • Day 9: Trek to Sama Gaun (3,500m) visiting Pungyen Gompa
  • Day 10: Rest day in Sama Gaun for acclimatisation
  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3,800m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Larkya Phedi (Dharmasala - 4,450m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Bhimthang (3,700m) via Larkya La Pass (5,219m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2,300m)
  • Day 15: Trek to Shree Chaur (1100m)
  • Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Transfer to airport & departure onward destination
  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu.
  • Pre – meeting before the trek.
  • All transportation: Kathmandu - Soti Khola, and Shree Chaur - Kathmandu via Bensishahar.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 1 professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
  • Well experienced English speaking assistant guide if the group size exceeds 5+ persons.
  • Full board meal during the trek (Main course - breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Manaslu Special trekking permit fee.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area entrance permit fee.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance permit fee.
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • First aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket and duffel bag (to be returned upon your trek completion date)
  • All applicable taxes as pre the government rules and regulations.
  • All organizational requirements.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Private Jeep
  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst trekking).
  • Extra nights hotel in Kathmandu (if needed).
  • Porters to carry luggage (you can add a porter when booking).
  • Bar and beverage bills, tea / coffee / drinking water. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet, battery charger, hot shower etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver.
4.8 - Excellent
Based on 55 reviews
  • Yarin Elmaliah
  • From Israel
  • On Mar 07 2024
5 - Excellent
Amazing experience on Manaslu Circuit
Me and my friend did the Manaslu Circuit trek with this tour company and it was indeed unique! Had an amazing experience with our experienced guide Dev Shrestha. His English is great and he’s full with knowledge. The whole... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review:

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled that you and your friend had a unique and amazing Manaslu Circuit trek with our adventure company. Dev Shrestha is an exceptional guide, and we're glad his expertise and fluent English enhanced your experience.

Ensuring a smooth and wonderful process, even with paperwork and bureaucracy, is a priority for us, and we're delighted that everything went seamlessly for you.

Your recommendation means a lot to us, and we're grateful for your trust in Unique Adventure International Pvt. Ltd. for your trek. If you ever plan another adventure, we'll be here to assist you. Thank you for choosing us!

  • Ruth Flanagan
  • From Ireland
  • On Apr 21 2023
5 - Excellent
We had a fantastic time on our Manaslu circuit trek with our guide Raju. It was really easy and straightforward to book our trek, the company provided us with lots of information beforehand and were very responsive to our... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review:

It sounds like you had an amazing experience on your Manaslu circuit trek with Raju as your guide! I'm glad to hear that the booking process was easy and that the company provided you with lots of information beforehand. It's wonderful that Raju was able to accommodate any changes to the itinerary and ensure that you had a great time each day.

Trekking in the Manaslu region can indeed be challenging, especially with high elevations, so it's great that Raju was able to help with acclimatization and adjustments to the itinerary. Having good communication with your guide and discussing the itinerary beforehand is definitely important.

It's also good to hear that you had some luck with the weather and got to enjoy great mountain views. And thank you for sharing your tips about altitude sickness and the conditions of the guesthouses.

Overall, it sounds like you had a fantastic trekking experience, and I'm sure your recommendation will be helpful for others considering a similar trip with this local travel specialist and Raju as their guide!

  • Shahhaziq Bin Shahari
  • From Malaysia
  • On Nov 07 2022
5 - Excellent
Difficult trek with excellent company
Everything about this trip was great! Mr Khum was very responsive to all of my questions. Puran and Megendra were so helpful during the trek. Especially on the day we crossed Larkya Pass. The ascent was not too difficult but the... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review: Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you had such a positive trekking experience with us. Providing excellent service and support to our clients is our top priority, and we're delighted that our team went above and beyond to ensure your safety and comfort, especially during challenging moments like crossing Larkya Pass. Your kind words mean a lot to us, and we truly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next Nepal adventure! If you ever need assistance or have any questions while planning your next trip, please don't hesitate to reach out. Safe travels, and see you soon for another unforgettable journey!
  • Minh Nhat Nguyen
  • From Vietnam
  • On May 21 2022
5 - Excellent
Authentic Tibetan culture experience and amazing Manaslu circuit trek.
The trekking offers fantastic views of the best Annapurna and Manaslu region. It takes you through a relative off-the-beaten remote path, escape the masses, and see the beautiful landscapes, snow-capped mountains, high glacier... Read more
A Bookmundi Travel Expert Khum Subedi responded to this review: The Manaslu Circuit Trek truly offers a unique and authentic experience, allowing trekkers to explore the stunning landscapes and cultural heritage of the Nepalese and Tibetan communities. It's a fantastic alternative to the busier Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp treks, providing a more off-the-beaten-path adventure with fewer tourists. The route boasts breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu regions, including snow-capped mountains and high glacier lakes, while also immersing trekkers in the rich local culture. Overall, it's an unforgettable journey that combines natural beauty with cultural immersion. Thank you for choosing us to experience the wonders of the Manaslu Circuit Trek!
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Other Practical InformationRecommended Gear Lists: 01.) Good wind/rain jacket 02.) Warm fleece jacket or jersey 03.) Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots 04.) Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu) 05.) A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband. 06.) Fleece jacket or pullover 07.) Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 08.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 09) Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 10.) Lightweight gloves 11.) Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 12.) Sun hat or scarf 13) Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 14.) Sunglasses with UV protection 15.) T-shirts 16.) Underwear 17.) Hiking shorts 18.) Lightweight cotton long pants 19.) Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 20.) Fleece or wool pants 21.) Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 22.) Thin, lightweight inner socks 23.) Thick, warm wool hiking socks 24.) Hiking boots with spare laces 25.) Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Other necessary equipment: 1.) Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 2.) Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 3.) Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter) 4.) Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 5.) Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 6.) Water bottles (2 bottles recommended) 7.) Toiletries 8.) Small wash towel COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • An average group size of maximum 8 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented per local government advice. Frequent disinfection of regularly touched surfaces is highly encouraged. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be ensured in our accommodations and also during transportation.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travelers safe.
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.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.

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