- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration 15 days
- tour type Private
- tour_type Private tour
- minimum participants 2
- age requirement 5+ years old
- Chance to trek around world’s 8th highest Himalaya, Mt. Manaslu
- Experience restricted area trekking at Manaslu Conservation Area
- Cross exciting high altitude Larkya La Pass with excellent views of snow capped mountain
- Explore the rural cultures, traditions and lifestyle far from modernization at remote ar
Along with the trekking experience, you can also feel the diversity in topographical terms. Trek through tropical green forest vegetation at lower elevations to alpine surroundings at Larkya La Pass from where a superb view is seen, which includes Himal Himlung (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,981m), Annapurna II (7,939m), and Manaslu (8163m).
Manaslu Circuit Trek initiates after we arrive at Arughat which is the starting point of this adventure. Crossing through culturally rich villages, local settlements, forests while enjoying stunning Himalayan vistas, landscape views, the valley opens up to alpine surroundings where Buddhist villages at Nepal - Tibet border can be found.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that exposes you to rough terrains, off the beaten paths with rewarding Himalayan views and rich cultural insights. Our itinerary is well designed to allow the best possible acclimatization but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek.
The best time to trek around Manaslu Circuit is March to May and September to November. Going on this trek on colder months is not recommended because Larkye La pass is dangerous during extreme snow conditions.
Please refer to the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
You will see different views... the first day maybe is the hardest one, always going up and down in the middle of the forest... but once in the kanjing ri point (4800 meters more or less) you will see that it worths the effort.
Some tea houses are very basic but you will be provided with the necessary to assure your personal hygiene... even if they dont have hot shower you can always ask for a bucket of hot water and wash yourself every day. I suggest you to take with you an disinfectant spray for the tea houses bed clothes; some of them have bugs that can go inside your sleeping bag.
Maybe the most difficult thing is the toilet, if that is important to you... normally a latrine not so clean as you may expect, but remember that you are in an adventure so try to see it this way.
You will cross lots of porters in your way.. remember to give them priority in the way... they hard work deserves our respect and recognition... they are persons like we are.
And just one more suggestion: please be careful with the trash... I saw some empty cookies packets, empty bottles of water, cigarettes packets, sweets packets on the way (even sanitary pads)... so keep the trash with you until you find a bin... if we go there its because the nature is important to us so its our duty to protect it.
I wish you a good and safe trekking and really hope that you will be so happy as I was over there.”
The first two days consist of walking up to Ghorepani via a series of tiny hamlets. In the sun it can be very hot, despite it being winter. The pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill was one of the hardest parts of the entire journey, mainly because it is done before breakfast and I felt quite weak and faint. I didn't think I would make it but I did in the end. The views at the top are beautiful. It wasn't freezing cold but gloves and a hat were handy. I borrowed a knock-off down jacket and used it during this climb and on a few other evenings but I could have done without it I think.
After Poon Hill was one of the most beautiful legs of the trek, walking through pine forests along the ridge of the mountains with spectacular views and then later alongside a stream until we reached Tadapani. After this there were a number of days where we didn't really ascend much but of course there were lots of steps up and down while we gradually skirted around the hills until we reached the valley which leads to MBC. Expect to see more hamlets, some villages, lots of cows and mules and goats, some flowers, plenty of trees and of course from time to time, the mountain peaks.
The final two sections from Bamboo to Deurali (3200 metres) and from Deurali to ABC (4100 metres) were very, very tough for me because I began to get out of breath due to the altitude. I was panting like I was running at top speed on the tread mill! My advice is simply to walk very, very slowly when climbing there. Try to take a breath for every step you take. (I was carrying 12kg on my back and it would definitely have been easier with a porter).
On the way down it was much quicker. It took me 2.5 hours to get from MBC to ABC, but on the way down, walking at brisk pace, I did the same distance in just 40 minutes. So my walking speed going up was 3 or 4 times slower than coming down.
I only stayed at ABC for an hour. The views are wonderful because you are surrounded by mountains and you can see (and hear) the glaciers. There are semi-frozen streams and huge boulders everywhere. I reached ABC on December 12th and it wasn't too cold but apparently I was lucky with the weather and in previous years it has been snowing at that time. That would have made things a lot more difficult.
One of the problems I had was washing clothes and drying them because there was so little sunshine, especially as we got higher. In the morning shade persisted until well after 10am and then the sun would go behind the peaks by around 3 or 4pm. At ABC the sun disappeared at 1.52pm!
A few items I brought with me which were very useful included a mini water filter (it paid for itself by the end), zip lock bags (to go to the toilet at night instead of walking outside in the freezing cold!), a portable clothes line (I dried my clothes in my room at night), oat bars (for a welcome snack and energy boost - these things aren't available in the trek), a high capacity power bank and a solar charger (you have to pay for electricity after Ghorepani), a microfibre towel (a normal towel would never dry!) and finally sunscreen spray (it gets very hot in the day).
I wish I had brought more liner socks (I had only two pairs, four would be better). Four hiking socks were enough. I also brought far too many chargers for my cameras and batteries and those weighed me down a bit. I also forgot to buy a sunhat which would have been useful. I had my own sleeping bag and a thermal liner and I was never cold at night. During the day I relied on trekking pants and a long-sleeved lightweight base layer. If the sun disappeared I either added a wool-based layer or my fleece. I had a thin rain jacket as well and that was very handy for keeping the wind off, though it wasn't very windy really and it never rained.
You can see the photos of my trek here: http://tinyurl.com/jlhyprp
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via Twitter @njstone9
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu - Arughat (600m) - Soti Khola (700m)
Day 2: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2,854ft)
Day 3: Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/4,395ft)
Day 4: Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6,100ft)
Day 5: Deng to Namrung (2,630m/8,626ft)
Day 6: Namrung to Lho (3,180m/1,0430ft)
Day 7: Lho to Sama Gauon (3,520m/1,1545ft)
Day 8: Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gauon
Day 9: Trek to Samdo (,3875m/1,2710ft)
Day 10: Trek to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi -4,480m)
Day 11: Cross Larkya La (5,160m) to Bimthang (3,590m)
Day 12: Bimthang to Tilje (1,965m/6,445ft)
Day 13: Tilje to Tal (1,700m/5,576ft)
Day 14: Tal to Syange (1,100m/3,608ft)
Day 15: Drive Syange to Kathmandu
- Ground transportations from Kathmandu to Arughat and Syange to Kathmandu in public bus
- Restricted area permit, Manaslu Conservation Area permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
- Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader including his salary, food, equipment, insurance, transportation, etc
- Local teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
- Porter Porter (1 porter for two trekkers) including his salary, food, equipment, insurance, transportation, etc
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
- Complimentry: Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map
- First aid medical kit
- All government taxes & office service charge
- Nepal visa, airfares, travel insurance
- Accommodation, meals and activities in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
- All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters
- Personal equipments and clothing
- Tips for guide and porters
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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.