Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Private and Group
  • age requirement 10+ years old
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 5160 meters
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +12
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  • Trek the Manaslu trek, one of the best treks in Nepal.
  • High altitude variation giving different landscapes
The trek around Manaslu was officially opened to tourists in 1991. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and well-preserved. This trekking region has well preserved nature, great trekking trails and is thus an ideal trekking destination in Nepal if you have 17 days available.

The trek will be started from Arughat, a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Arughat lies at an altitude of 700 meters. The highest and hardest day of the trek is the day of crossing the Larke pass at 5100 meters. The fact that the trek has such a high variation in altitude also means that you will be passing through lots of varying landscapes.

The Manaslu trek will provide you with great mountain views, many cultural inputs, unrivalled beauty and rich bio diversity. Mt Manaslu at 8,156m is the highest mountain in the area and the eight highest peak in the world. It is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet.

The Manaslu trek is challenging but if you are able to walk up to 6 hours a day, are determined and in reasonably good shape, you can do this trek. If in doubt, we recommend to a porter while booking. That will relieve you of the weight of your backpack which normally amounts to 13-15 kgs.

The Manaslu trek is a restricted trekking area and can only be done by 2 people or more.
5 - Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
  • Thuc Dang
  • From Vietnam
  • On Jul 16 2019
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From UK
  • On Nov 21 2018
5 - Excellent
Amazing all-round trek
“I highly recommend the Manaslu circuit. Great variety of landscapes and decent accommodation along the way (it was possible to see plenty more being built so if you want to beat the crowds to this superb area it may be worth going now rather than later!). The trek had a good level of challenge; very doable for those with good fitness but certainly not a walk in the park.”
  • Mike Vier
  • From USA
  • On Oct 10 2018
5 - Excellent
Manaslu Circuit trek - 13 days
“Beautiful and varied scenery with chance to experience the unique Nepali culture.
Moving experience reaching Larkhe pass.”
  • George Smith
  • From England
  • On Oct 09 2018
5 - Excellent
A fantastic adventure!
“My friend and I, both in our 30s, booked a Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Eco Adventures and quite frankly we absolutely loved it.

Before the trek, Chatra, the founder, was clear and friendly in his emails to us, and on arrival in Kathmandu he was even easier and more charming to deal with - not least because his English is exceptional. He answered all our questions about our trek to put our minds at ease, and he was flexible enough to adjust the dates of our trek to fit around our travel commitments. Really good guy.

For the trek itself it'd probably be a euphemism to say it was challenging. The first few days of the trek are 10 to 12 hours over tough terrain, with steep inclines, rocky trails and lots of exciting but slightly trouser-darkening steel rope bridges. The pictures we took during those days were incredible, but if you're afraid of heights you're going to have to give yourself a stern talking to to get through.

Beyond that, things start to get easier as you get higher up, as you need time to adjust to the rising altitude. The trekking time per day drops to around 3 to 4 hours, and it means you have plenty of time to play some cards or have a beer with other trekkers in the evening.

From there, around day 10 or 11 you're onto the summit walk, and some truly breathtaking views of 8,000m peaks, blue glaciers and expansive frozen lakes. You'll have earned them too, and the scenery from the larkye pass all the way down to Bhimtang to Dharapani are a stunning reward for your efforts.

The teahouses you'll stay in throughout the trip are basic, and you'll hear this word a lot in the run up to the trip. But the reality is they're okay and certainly better than staying in a tent. There's often a mattress, good food and a toilet you can use, and electrical plugs for charging phones and cameras. If you're very lucky there's occasionally a hot shower and Wi-Fi and even a seated toilet as well, but don't hold your breath. Except when you're in one of those toilets, that is.

For our trip we were assigned Arun Karki as our guide and we couldn't have hoped for a better companion for our trip. Everything we asked for he could find for us, and if he couldn't find it he'd be really straight and honest about why. He was always pro-active in his thinking about what we would need, and took time out every day to tell us about the flora fauna and culture of Nepal as it passed us by. He took great pictures of us too and was happy to share them with us which was fun. He was able to joke around with us and have a laugh while never taking his eye off the ball of our needs and wishes. A really great guy who we have no hesitation in recommending.

Overall the manaslu trek is a real treat. Tough, but rewarding, and from everyone we spoke to on the way a much better route to take than Annapurna or Everest Base Camp. The reason is there are just so many fewer people on the trekking days and at times it really feels like you're the first Europeans to be seeing this scenery, it's so private. So if that's the kind of trek you're after, and you feel fit enough to deal with the teahouses and the longer days, the Nepal Eco Adventures company is an absolutely stellar choice.”
  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola(710m).
  • Day 2: Trek to Machhakhola (870m).
  • Day 3: Trek to Jagat (1410m)
  • Day 4: Trek to Deng(1860m)
  • Day 5: Trek to Namrung (2630m).
  • Day 6: Trek to Lho (3180m).
  • Day 7: Trek to Samagaun (3500m).
  • Day 8: Acclimatization day at Samagaun.
  • Day 9: Trek to Samdo (3860m).
  • Day 10: Trek to Dharamasala (4480m).
  • Day 11: Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek to Bimtang (3720m)
  • Day 12: Bimtang to Tilije (2300m).
  • Day 13: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m).
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) including fresh fruit in the evening.
  • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Shared Jeep to Sotikhola and regular bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
  • Shared Jeep from Dharapani- Beisishar.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure Sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag (If you don't have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt cap as souvenir, after trek complete Adventure certificate.
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
  • Trekking Route map of Manaslu region.
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Airport pick up
  • Airport drop
  • Nepal visa fees (USD $40 for 30 days)
  • Meal and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flight tickets to Nepal.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (i.e.. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • Desserts, sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Porter to carry your gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tip is expected)
  • Airport pick up and drop.
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Other Practical InformationEssential Equipment for Manaslu circuit trek Warm backpacking sleeping bag comfort temperature up to -15 degree Celsius. Comfortable hiking boots. Make sure they are tried and tested before you go. Spare boot laces. Lightweight trainers/shoes for wear in lodges. Waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers. Fleece jacket. Down jacket. Fleece/sweater Light-weight fleece or wool vests. Long or short-sleeved shirt; often more comfortable to wear than a fleece vest or T-shirt. Warm hiking trousers. Underwear. Warm hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds). Wide rimmed sun hat. 2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks. Warm gloves or mitts. Large rucksack or Duffel bag. (55 to 70 liters) Rucksack liner or thick bin bag. Day sack. (25 to 40 liters) Dark sunglasses. High factor sun-cream. Lip balm preferably with sun bloc. Ear plugs. (Walls in lodges are very thin) Head torch/torch and spare batteries. 1 liter 2 water bottle. Water purification kit. (On trek you will need to drink 3 – 4 liters of fluids each day) Toiletries. Small hand towel. (Do not bring large towel. They are bulky and heavy) Toilet paper. (You can buy poor quality paper along the route) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Non essential but recommended Equipment. Walking or hiking pole(s). Light-weight windproof jacket. Neck warmer. Sleeping bag liner. Wet wipes Length of string or para-cord. (12 feet) Half a dozen clothes pegs. Safety pins. (For attaching wet washing to rucksack to dry while trekking) Plastic bags; shop carrier bags. These come in handy for a myriad of uses. Shorts. Camera. (Can recharge batteries for a small cost in lodges) Binoculars. Book/games/cards etc. Travel diary. Hand cleansing gel. After-sun/moisturizer.
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.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.


  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

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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