Manaslu Circuit Trek 10 Days

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destination Manaslu
duration 10 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Manaslu
max altitude 5,106m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

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No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,150
Pax 2 USD 1,090
Pax 3 USD 1,050
Pax 4 to 6 USD 990
Pax 7 to 12 USD 950
Pax 13 to 18 USD 890
Pax 19 to 24 USD 850
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Manaslu Circuit Trek 10 Days

This 10 day Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to an unspoiled region of the Himalayan Mountains. Manaslu is known locally as "The Spirit-Mountain”. The trail circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the 8th highest mountain in the world and is now becoming more popular and is slowly gaining in popularity compared to the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang treks. This more remote region certainly has enough on offer to tempt those trekkers wishing to wander away from the more busy trekking routes.

Larkya La Pass (5,106 m) is the highest point reached on this trek and is physically demanding, especially at these higher altitudes. The trail takes you close to the Nepal/Tibetan border where you will see constant reminders of the Tibetan Buddhist influence in the houses and villages in this vicinity. Along the trail you will frequently be reminded of the Tibetan influence by the constant fluttering Tibetan prayer flags, Mani stones (engraved in Sanskrit mantras) and chortens. The trail passes through the subtropical foothills of the Himalayas and up to the more harsh rocky terrain at the pass. One of the highlights of this trek is the prospect of witnessing the unique and simple lifestyle of the villagers in these out-of-the-way mountainous regions.

You can also add to this trek with a side-trip to the Tsum Valley, where time has stood-still and century-old Tibetan customs persist to this day. This is the ideal trek for nature lovers and for those who want to get off the more busy trails in the Himalayas.

Sherpa Expedition Teams will take care of all permits, meals and accommodation on the trek. All you need is a reasonable standard of fitness and a fully-charged camera.

ITINERARY

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At around 5:30 am your guide will pick you up from your hotel. We will then have an 8-hour road trip to Soti Khola. The first four hours are on sealed roads, but from Dhading Bensi (1050m) the road is unsealed and a little rough as it heads to Arughat and Soti Khola, the district headquarters of Dhading district.

This morning we hit the trail and pass through the woods and head upriver along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, and then descend to the riverbed and follow a trail across the mountains with numerous views down to the river below.

Along the trail today we come to and cross the Machha Khola River and pass Khorlabesi (920m) before arriving at Tatopani, famous for its hot springs. We then head through a forested area as we make our way to the Dovan Khola (river) and into the Budhi Gandaki Valley. As we trek to higher altitudes you will notice a change in the vegetation right up until we come to Jagat Village.

This morning we follow the trail through the valley to Sirdibas Village where we have a grand view of Shringi Himal. After crossing a suspension bridge we have a steep ascent to Philim, with numerous waterfalls cascading down on either side of the valley. The next village we come to is Ekle Bhatti and then to Pewa Village. We continue on this trail until we come out of the valley and arrive at Deng Village.

This morning we give the lungs a workout on a steep ascent before we head back down to the Budi Gandaki River. We then follow the trail and pass through the valley and several small settlements. As we get closer to Namrung Village you will notice the many Mani stones (stones with carved with Tibetan mantras) a hint that we are getting further into Tibetan territory. This afternoon we will take a short detour to Prok village (2 hour round trip) and then return to Namrung.

You may feel that we have time-traveled to the past as we walk between the Mani stone walls of Lho Village. From Lho we can see the snow-covered peak of Ngadi Chuli (7871m aka Peak 29). We will take a short detour to the Pungen Glacier for a close-up view of Mt. Manaslu.

This morning we head across the yak and cattle pastures before descending to the valley below, while having some grand views of the surrounding peaks, particularly Manaslu. The trail continues and we come to the remote Tibetan refugee village of Samdo, very close to the Nepal/Tibetan border. The afternoon is free for you to wander around the village and adjacent hills.

Today we head to Larkya La Pass (5106m), the highest point on the trek. At the pass, you can take in the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal and other snow-covered Himalayan peaks. From the pass, we have a steep descent along a fairly rugged trail and pass an iced-over lake. As expected, it is much colder at this high altitude. We then continue along the trail until we arrive at Bhimthang.

Today we head downhill across a large pasture and then cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Khola and then through rhododendron and oak forests. In springtime, the rhododendron forest is alive with white, pink and red blossoms. We have a long trek of about 6 to 7 hours before we reach Dharapani in the Annapurna region. At this point the trail intersects with the Annapurna trail and if you wish you can extend your trek to include the Annapurna trek. We finally arrive at Dharapani.

This morning we will have a long road trip to Kathmandu. By public bus, it will take around 8-9 hours, but if we choose a jeep it will shorten the trip to 6 to 7 hours. The drive to Kathmandu will take you through the lush green hills and past terraced farmlands. You will also have some pretty good mountain views. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotels in Thamel.

SERVICES

Costs Include In Your Package:

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • All standard meals - 3 meals a day (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Best possible teahouses, lodge accommodation (generally twin share rooms)- during the trek
  • Government licensed holder English speaking trek leader (10 or more trekkers an assistant guide) and porter to help carry your luggage. 
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Guides and porters provided by Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit to travel within  the Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health conditions such as altitude sickness (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir -  Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions t-shirt 
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s certificate of appreciation & completion after the successful trek
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Costs Exclude

  • International airfares
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters (recommended in our culture – and well deserved too!)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by events beyond our control, for example, landslides, severe weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies & strikes.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "costs include" will be counted as exclusions.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Physical fitness

Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.

Best season to travel

 The Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May)  when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Bensisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Aarughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besishahar we will be traveling by private jeep

Guide and Porter on the trek

We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg ( 10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.

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Yes, you can. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphills, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream into reality.

The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

ATM services are not available only during the trekking. SO be sure you carry enough cash with you.

You can have WiFi a few places such as Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, Dharapni, etc.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. Our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

As Manaslu has recently gained popularity among trekkers, not many facilities are available on the trails. Due to its isolation and off-road trails, the region is not yet connected to the outer world via proper roads. So, you will need to take local buses or hire a private jeep to reach the starting point of the trek to Arughat or Sotikhola. A local bus would cost around US $10 per person whereas a jeep would cost between $150 and $200 each way but is worth the convenience than the packed buses. If you are traveling in a group, the cost can be shared by all and would be around $30 per person. The same rate would apply to your return trip from Tal or Besisahar to Kathmandu.

We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

It takes 6 to 21 days to complete Manaslu Trek depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.

Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Manaslu trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

Spring and autumn are the best season for Manaslu Circuit trek. Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best months for trekking as weather will be clear and calm. Also you can get opportunity to view High mountains including Manaslu with the full of Snow.

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. Also, the storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.

If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.

During the Manaslu trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Manaslu trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.

Most of the teahouses on the Manaslu Trekking trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing trekkers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Do not expect full bath or daily showers while on the Manaslu trek. If you insist on taking a hot shower daily, spare a lot of money for that. For hot water showers in the trek, you have to pay a few dollars at a time.

Accommodation is not an issue in Manaslu Trek as trails are usually less crowded and new and improved tea houses are opening up all the time. The tea houses and lodges are ready to serve trekkers.

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

No, there is no age limit for the trek to Manaslu Trekking but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.

The permit cost depends on the month and number of days you will spend in the Manaslu region. You will need three kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.  Manaslu Restricted Permit Manaslu trek permit costs USD 100.00 for the first seven days and USD 15.00 each additional day during September to November Manaslu trek permit costs USD 75.00 for first 7 days and USD 10.00 each extra day from December to August.  Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 3,000 per person.  Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 3,000 per person.  Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley) If you choose the Tsum Valley trek, it costs USD 40 for each person per week.

Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 3 USD per hour.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,150
Pax 2 USD 1,090
Pax 3 USD 1,050
Pax 4 to 6 USD 990
Pax 7 to 12 USD 950
Pax 13 to 18 USD 890
Pax 19 to 24 USD 850
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Gabriel Storti

Austria

November 29, 2023

A Fortunate Experience - Grateful for this Trek!

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I feel incredibly fortunate to have been on this trek. The remote and untouched nature of the trail, coupled with the support of an amazing group and a fantastic guide, made it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore this hidden gem.

Kaliyan Jake

Netherlands

November 8, 2023

A Trek of Contrasts - Remote and Changing Landscape!

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One of the highlights of this trek was experiencing the contrasts in the landscape. As we moved along the trail, we witnessed the changing scenery, from remote and untouched areas to sections affected by road construction. It made me appreciate the remote nature of the trek even more.

Jacek Giersz

Australia

October 31, 2023

Sherpa Expedition Thamel Office - A Great Support System!

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The team at the Sherpa Expedition Thamel office, particularly Ram, provided excellent support before and during the trek. Their professionalism and attention to detail were commendable. It was great to have them as friends and rely on their expertise.

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