Manaslu Circuit Trek 11 Days

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destination Manaslu
duration 11 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

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,290
Pax 2 USD 1,250
Pax 3 USD 1,190
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,150
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,090
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,050
Pax 19 to 24 USD 990
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Manaslu Circuit Trek 11 Days

The Manaslu Circuit Trek will usually see you on the trail for 5 to 6 hours every day. There will be some days where you will trek for between 8 to 10 hours, and at high altitudes it will be more physically demanding with lower levels of oxygen. Despite the physical demands on you, there is an ample reward of being able to view 14 massive peaks of 8000 meters plus.

The mountain views will leave you spell-bound. It is important that you are physically fit and in pretty good health to be able to complete this trek. The Manaslu Circuit trek is in terrain that is unspoiled and affords you magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), also known as “The Spirit Mountain.” The trail circles Mt. Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest mountain. In recent times this destination has become more popular and is now a favourite among trekkers who would normally head out to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna or Langtang.

Sherpa Expedition Teams will take care of all the paperwork, such as permits and will arrange for all meals and accommodation on the trek.

ITINERARY

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This morning at 5:30 am your guide will pick you up from your hotel for our trip to Soti Khola. We then head off an 8-hour road trip to Soti Khola. The first four hours we drive on sealed roads, but after reaching Dhading Bensi (1050m) the road is unsealed and much rougher as it heads to Arughat and Soti Khola, the district headquarters of Dhading district.

After breakfast this morning we hit the trail and trek through the woods heading upriver along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River before having to descend to the riverbed. We then follow a trail across the mountains with numerous views down to the river far below.

This morning on the trail we head to and cross the Machha Khola River and then pass Khorlabesi (920m) before coming to Tatopani, a famous place where people visit for its hot springs. We then pass through a forested area as we make our way to the Dovan Khola (river) and then enter the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Trekking at these higher altitudes you will notice a change in the vegetation right up until we arrive at Jagat Village.

This morning the trail leads us through the valley to Sirdibas Village from where we have a impressive view of Shringi Himal. After we cross the suspension bridge we have a steep ascent to Philim, with many waterfalls cascading down on both sides of the valley. The next villages we come to are Ekle Bhatti and then Pewa Village. We continue along this trail until we emerge from the valley and arrive at Deng Village.

Today is a physical workout as we initially have a steep ascent before heading back down to the Budi Gandaki River. The trail then passes through the valley and several small settlements along the way. As we get nearer to Namrung Village we will see many Mani stones (stones with carved with Tibetan mantras) a clue that we are getting deeper into Tibetan territory. This afternoon we will take a short detour to Prok village (2 hour round trip) and then head back to Namrung.

You will be forgiven if you feel that we have stepped back in time as we walk between the Mani stone walls of Lho Village where little has changed over time. From Lho we have a view of the snow-covered peak of Ngadi Chuli (7871m aka Peak 29). We will also head off on a short detour to the Pungen Glacier for a confronting view of Mt. Manaslu.

This morning we cross the yak and cattle pastures before heading to the valley below, while having some grand views of the surrounding peaks, particularly Manaslu along the trail. We continue on this trail until we come to the out-of-the-way Tibetan refugee village of Samdo, situated very close to the Nepal/Tibetan border. The afternoon is free for you to roam around the village and adjacent hillsides.

On the trail today we cross a wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki and have a gentle ascent until we come to Dharamsala with its green fields, surrounding mountains, and Larkya Glacier. From our accommodation tonight we will have fantastic mountain views.

The trail today brings us to the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Larkya La Pass (5106m). From here you can see Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow-covered Himalayan mountains. The trail from the pass descends quite rapidly and passes a small iced-over lake as we trek along rocky terrain. It can also be quite cold at this altitude, so be prepared to don another layer of clothing. We eventually arrive at Bhimthang.

Today is our last trekking day. The trail is downhill and across a large pasture before crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola. We then follow the trail through rhododendron and oak forests. In springtime the rhododendron forest is radiant with white, pink and red flowers. We then follow the trail for about 6 to 7 hours before until we come to Dharapani in the Annapurna region. At this point the trail crosses 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 head off on a long road trip to Kathmandu. By public bus, it usually takes around 8-9 hours. If we choose to take a jeep it will shorten the trip to 6 to 7 hours. The drive to Kathmandu takes you through lush green hills, past terraced farmlands and on the way you will have some impressive mountain views. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotels in Thamel where you can take it easy and celebrate the completion of this great trekking adventure.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package:

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room) during the trek
  • Government License holder English Speaking Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader,(8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "12 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, 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 condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt 
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s appreciation of certificate 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.

Cost Excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • 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)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • 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.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

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.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Arughat 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 Besisahar 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.

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!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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

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 person.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,290
Pax 2 USD 1,250
Pax 3 USD 1,190
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,150
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,090
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,050
Pax 19 to 24 USD 990
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Per Person

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Our guide Ram was simply outstanding. His knowledge of the trek, the local culture, and his ability to navigate the trail with ease were truly impressive. He went above and beyond to ensure our safety and comfort. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.

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Thanks to the team's efficient logistics, our trek was hassle-free from start to finish. They took care of all the necessary arrangements, including transportation, permits, and accommodations. It allowed us to focus on enjoying the trek without any worries.

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The team facilitated meaningful cultural interactions with the locals, allowing us to learn about their traditions and way of life. It added a unique dimension to the trek and gave us a deeper understanding of the region's rich cultural heritage.

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