12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek

Nepal

12 Days

$920

This trip includes

Ground transportation in Nepal

Hotels & tea-house accommodation

All meals except in Kathmandu

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Majestic up-close view of Mt. Manaslu
  • Stunning sights of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Cheo Himal and Ngadi Chili
  • Distinct Himalayan Culture and Lifestyle
  • Alluring snowy landscapes
  • Rushing rivers, Torrential waterfalls, suspension bridges, lush forests, high hills and many more
  • Riveting journey through rugged terrains and challenging trails
  • Tibetan culture and ancient monasteries
  • Great sense of achievement through conquering Larkya La (5,160m)
  • Distinct wildlife species like Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Eagles, Musk-deer, and Himalayan Tahr, along with diverse flora like Rhododendrons, Pine forests, and many more
  • Budhi Gandaki Valley and Manaslu Conservation Area

 

Overview

Being one of the adventurous and prominent trekking sites,  Manaslu Circuit Trek engages your trekking journey with magical sights of the Himalayan range while oozing out a vibrant Himalayan atmosphere. This trek is one of the famous trekking sites of Nepal that presents you with a wonderful and exhilarating experience. Delving into the depths of the Himalayas, sightseeing majestic snowy landscapes, taking adventurous journeys through rip-roaring trails, enjoying the Himalayan lifestyle, and experiencing the local Himalayan culture add charm to the 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek.

This trek takes you through a series of rugged trails, rushing rivers, torrential waterfalls, diverse terrains, elevated hills, remote villages, and distinct Himalayan flora and fauna. Action-packed Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days itinerary takes you to the lap of Mt. Manaslu (8,163), which is the 8th tallest mountain in the world. It is a staggering 13-day long trek filled with riveting moments along the way. With the beginning and departing paths being different, this trek feels incomplete until you catch your ride from Syange to Kathmandu, which offers you an exhilarating experience.

On top of that, Manaslu Circuit Trek is less crowded than other mainstream trekking sites like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek, and this offers you quality time in the Himalayas with mesmerizing views, stunning explorations, and first-class accommodation. You shall dig into the atmosphere of the Himalayas and the Himalayan lifestyle while exploring numerous village settlements in-depth, as it isn’t as busy as other mainstream trekking sites. This further enhances your local cultural immersion, exploration of monuments, and relishing mountainous experiences. The untouched beauty of the Himalayas, the pristine Himalayan lifestyle, and the unique Himalayan culture shall leave you stunned.

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12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek

Day 01

Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola

Day 02

Trekking from Maccha Khola to Jagat

Day 03

Trekking from Jagat to Deng

Day 04

Trekking from Deng to Namrung

Day 05

Trekking from Namrung to Lho

Day 06

Trekking from Lho to Samagaon

Day 07

Acclimatization at Samagaon

Day 08

Trekking from Samagaon to Samdo

Day 09

Trekking from Samdo to Dharamsala

Day 10

Trekking from Dharamsala to Larkya La to Bimthang Village

Day 11

Trekking from Bimthang Village to Dharapani

Day 12

Drive through from Dharapani to Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 01

Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

Maccha Khola Elevation: 900m

Elevation loss: 500m

Drive duration: 8-9 hours

After your arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll begin our trek the next day. Necessary preparations will be done the day before, and we shall continue our Manaslu Circuit Trek with a drive-through from Kathmandu Valley to Maccha Khola. We drive alongside the thundering Trishuli River, relishing the beauty of elevated hills, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, and local village settlements along with distant mountainous landscapes.

After a drive-through of a few hours, we’ll reach Soti Khola of Gorkha District. We’ll continue through dense forests and local settlements with glimpses of the mountain range at a distant location. We pass through Liding, Lapubesi, and Nauli Khola on the way alongside the Budhi Gandaki River before reaching our 1st day’s destination, Maccha Khola, where we will rest our night.

Day 02

Trekking from Maccha Khola to Jagat

Maccha Khola Elevation: 900m

Jagat Elevation: 1410m

Elevation gain: 510m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

The actual trekking begins today after your early morning breakfast at Maccha Khola. We have a long trek to take before reaching Larkya La, the highest point of our trek. This day involves trekking for about 6-7 hours along the rugged trails while also elevating about 500m in altitude. The beginning of the trek fuels your enthusiasm and excitement with magical glimpses of Ganesh Himal (7422m).

On this day, you’ll walk through numerous stopovers and village settlements that shall get you stunning views along with insights into traditional life. You’ll pass through Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dobhan, and Lhakpa alongside the Budhi Gandaki River before reaching Jagat, where we’ll spend our night. Jagat is a small village settlement that is rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage and also serves you panoramic views of the mountainous landscapes and high rugged hills.

Day 03

Trekking from Jagat to Deng

Jagat Elevation: 1410m

Deng Elevation: 1804m

Elevation gain: 394m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

The trekking continues, setting footprints along the trails to Deng through Sirdibas and Salleri. This day, the trek begins through trails of bamboo forests alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. Your heart pumps with the blend of excitement and fear as the thrilling journey magnifies as you’ll have to cross the rushing river through a high-suspension bridge. From there, you’ll pass through terraced farms of wheat and Barley of Philim and Ekle Bhatti. There is a stone stacked entrance gate in Ekle Bhatti to welcome travelers and trekkers to the region.

After leaving terraced farms behind, you’ll cross through a few more suspension bridges along the way. Then, the trek passes through Nyak and Nyak Phedi, where you can see gushing waterfalls, lush green vegetation, and picturesque landscapes along the way. After your rest and lunch at Nyak Phedi, you’ll trek towards Deng with a fresh pair of legs. Deng is a traditional Gurung village and a popular stopover for sightseeing 360-degree views of landscapes.

You’ll gain a sense of the approaching mountain after you reach Deng and catch a majestic view of Shringi Himal (7161m). You can also have some photo sessions in the bank of the roaring river, and explore local village settlements and cultures. Most of the households in Deng are made up of stone and gravel and you’ll spend your night at one of the finest teahouses at Deng.

Day 04

Trekking from Deng to Namrung

Deng Elevation: 1804m

Namrung Elevation: 2630m

Elevation gain: 826m

Trek duration: 6-7 hours

After your breakfast, you’ll continue your trek, passing through trails of lush green vegetation and many Tibetan Mani Walls. Mani walls are walls made up of stones with Buddhist scriptures. It holds the religious importance of Buddhism with Buddhist mantras and prayers. Visiting such places shall invite good fortune into your life along with spiritual blessings. From here, you’ll be passing through trails of oak and rhododendron forests along with relishing the beauty of magnificent waterfalls. You’ll also pass through numerous suspension bridges and numerous places like Rana, Bihi, and Bihi Phedi until finally reaching the famous stopover, Ghap.

Ghap serves you magical views of the mountain range and lush green landscapes and is the famous stopover for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. From here, you can walk along the path while enjoying the beauty of nature. After 3-4 hours of trekking from Ghap, you’ll finally reach Namrung, which serves you a magical view of Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Manaslu. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Namrung village serves you stunning mountainous landscapes, verdant valleys, and gushing waterfalls. Namrung is a traditional village with Gurung people and you shall get insights into the Gurung lifestyle and culture. You’ll spend your night at Namrung at one of the finest lodges, preparing yourself for the next day.

Day 05

Trekking from Namrung to Lho

Namrung Elevation: 2630m

Lho Elevation: 3180m

Elevation gain: 550m

Trek duration: 5-6 hours

We’ll be continuing our journey from Namrung after early morning breakfast. This day marks about 4-5 hours of trek while elevating to about 550m in altitude. Originally, we’d go to Samagaon from Namrung, but as we’ll have to maintain our pace while ascending, we’ll be spending our night at Lho. The trail also passes through landslide-prone areas and it demands careful observation.

Along the way, you’ll pass through trails of Juniper bushes and Lihi village. We’ll enjoy the stunning views of landscapes along the way and finally cross through the stream of Lindanda Glacier. From there, we go along the trails and reach Sho village which serves excellent views of Simnang Himal. We meet our dusk at Lho village, where we’ll stay overnight. Lho is a traditional Tibetan village inhabited by Nubri people and serves outstanding views of the mountainous region. Lho village is rich in Tibetan culture and has many monasteries. One of the famous monasteries of this village is Ribung Gompa, which serves religious and spiritual importance. This site also serves excellent landscapes and aerial views of the region.

Manaslu Larkya La Pass

Day 06

Trekking from Lho to Samagaon

Lho Elevation: 3180m

Samagaon Elevation: 3530m

Elevation gain: 350m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

The trek begins the next day from Lho to Samagaon. It takes around 4-5 hours of trekking to reach Samgaon. You’ll maintain your pace while trekking, and you’ll only be ascending by 350m this day. The trek serves to be easy and enjoyable as you’ll be catching beautiful sights of the mountainous range. You’ll be trekking alongside the Budhi Gandaki River and finally reaching Shyala village. Shyala village is a small settlement that is surrounded by towering Himalayan Peaks and is rich in nature and agricultural fields. This place serves scenic views of the surrounding mountains along with Mt. Manaslu. From there, we’ll walk along the trails and finally reach Samagaon, where we’ll spend our night.

Day 07

Acclimatization at Samagaon

This day marks a rest day of your trekking journey. As we’re ascending in altitude, acclimatization is crucial to let our body adapt to the changes in atmospheric pressure and oxygen level. Though it’s a rest day, you’ll be exploring the local village and nearby settlements on this day. You’ll be presented with the optional choice of visiting Birendra Taal or Pung Gyen Gompa on this day. Both are located near Samagaon and offer spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu. Whether visiting the lake that is located in the heart of the mountain or visiting a beautiful Buddhist monastery in the lap of the Himalayas, you’ll be rewarded with stunning sights and marvelous experiences.

Day 08

Trekking from Samagaon to Samdo

Samagaon Elevation: 3530m

Samdo Elevation: 3860m

Elevation gain: 330m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

After proper acclimatization, you’ll begin your trekking journey toward Samdo. Today’s trek will be comparatively easy and pleasant. We’ll walk along the upstream of the Budhi Gandaki River and finally through Juniper and Birch forests. After 4-5 hours of trekking while elevating more than 300m in altitude, we reach Samdo village. Samdo village is a beautiful village with local culture, traditions and numerous monasteries and provides stunning mountainous sights. Along the way, you’ll encounter numerous Mani walls encrypted in prayers and mantras. Samdo is a Tibetan village inhabited by the Bhotia community. It offers majestic sights of the Himalayas and has modest accommodations in the finest teahouses and lodges.

Day 09

Trekking from Samdo to Dharamsala

Samdo Elevation: 3860m

Dharamsala Elevation: 4460m

Elevation gain: 600m

Trek duration: 4-5 hours

This day marks a thrilling trekking journey as you’ll be crossing the Budhi Gandaki River through a wooden bridge and ascending higher compared to other days. This shall enhance your trekking experience while adding magical glimpses of mountains to your sight. This day, you’ll pass through Athahra Saya River and Larke River while observing many Mani walls along the way. It takes around 4-5 hours of trekking through trails to reach Dharamsala, which is also known as Larkya La Phedi. Larkya La Phedi presents you with outstanding views of Larkya Peak and Naike Peak. Along with that comes the astonishing Larkya Glacier, which is located along the way before reaching Dharamsala. We’ll be spending our night at Larkya Rest House in Dharamsala. Dharamsala offers you a beautiful close view of Mt. Manaslu.

Day 10

Trekking from Dharamsala to Larkya La to Bimthang Village

Dharamsala Elevation: 4460m

Larkya La Elevation: 5160

Elevation gain: 700m

Bimthang Elevation: 3720m

Trek duration: 8-9 hours

This is the day we have been trekking for days to reach. Today, we’ll be resuming our trek after our early morning breakfast at Dharamsala. The day also marks challenges along the way as we’ll be reaching the highest point of this trek, i.e., Larkya La which is at an altitude of 5,160m. You’ll be walking along the moraines of Larkya Glacier and the icy trail while elevating until you reach Larkya La Pass.

From there, you’ll catch the phenomenal views of Mt. Manaslu up very close. Along with that, you’ll behold the panoramic snowy landscapes of the neighboring mountains like Annapurna (7937m), Himlung (7126m), Larkya Peak (6249m), Ratna Chuli (7035m), Cheo Himal and Kang Guru (6981m). After relishing the majestic beauty of the mountainous range, we further walk along the moraine to the grassy moraine and start to descend towards Bimthang village. After a long day of trekking through uphill and downhill, you’ll be spending your night at Bimthang village.

Day 11

Trekking from Bimthang Village to Dharapani

Bimthang Elevation: 3720m

Dharapani Elevation: 2300m

Elevation loss: 1420m

Trek duration: 7-8 hours

As the Manaslu Circuit Trek is leaning towards an end, we’ll start descending towards Dharapani. After early morning breakfast, we walk along the Rhododendron, oak, and pine forests, leaving behind the Himalayan vistas, Hampuk and Yak Kharka, and reach Kharche. From there, you’ll pass through Gho, which is the local village settlement of the Gurung community. Along the way of descending, you’ll cross Tilije and Thonje and finally reach Dharapani. You’ll spend your night at Dharapani at one of the first-class lodges. Dharapani is one of the beautiful villages that serve magnificent views of the Himalayas and if you have ample time, you can also consider Annapurna Circuit Trek right after Larkya La Pass.

Day 12

Drive through from Dharapani to Kathmandu

Dharapani Elevation: 2300m

Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

Elevation loss: 900m

Total duration: 8-9 hours

This is the last day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, and it’s time to bid farewell to the beautiful Manaslu region. You’ll catch a private jeep for heading back to Kathmandu directly from Dharapani. This facility is arranged for you through our packages while saving you extra time and energy. The journey was exciting and amusing, and while the Manaslu region may yearn for you, the beauty of the Manaslu region will pertain in your memories, and you shall rejoice in the nostalgic vibe of the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

What To Expect?

What's included

  • Meals on the entire board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the whole trekking
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola –  Dharapani  to Kathmandu Private Jeep up to your request
  • Trekking map
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes and tourist service charges

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking,
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
  • Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking ( 2 person 1 Porter ).
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipment

Offering Group Discounts!

No. of Tourists Price Per Person in USD
1 Paxes $1250
2 -10 Paxes $920

Review

I did a trek with My Everest Trip and Puru Thapaliya, who's a very nice guy and super helpful. I did a three weeks trek and for the Manaslu trek. the whole trek was very well organized and the guide very good.....but the scenery along the way was breathtaking! Thanks a lot!

Mark
London, United Kingdom

I challenged my two buddies to do this trek with me. We are so competitive and always come up with something we must do. We were well prepared when we arrived in Nepal because we had a long correspondence with Puru, who gave us good advice. Meeting him and our guide in his office for the last details was like meeting a friend. We were grouped up with two guys from Switzerland, and that was cool; always lovely to meet new friends. For this trek, you must be in good shape. We are young, muscular guys, but we struggle occasionally. Some of the terrains we walked were rough, and sometimes we didn’t talk much, but the porters were singing! These guys are so strong, even though they look small. This trek takes almost two weeks, and because of the big difference in altitude (710 m to 5160m), you walk through different climate zones; this adds so much to the experience of seeing how the landscape changes from the lower parts to the icy trails to Larkya La Pass. Some days we walked for only 4-5 hours, but the day we walked to Larkya La Pass was almost 9 hours, but reaching the top gave a big reward. Our guide pointed out prominent peaks like Manaslu, Annapurna II, and Kang Guru. Our guide was great; he knew so many things and had excellent knowledge about the culture, villages, and gompas. Because this is a challenging trek in the remote part, it’s not as crowded, and you feel part of the greater universe. So three guys from Holland asked for a challenge, and we got exactly what we asked for, thanks to Puru and his professional team. On top of this, we have two new friends in Switzerland and several new friends in Nepal. Last, I recommend My Everest Trip to everybody who wants to travel to Nepal. They have many activities, and Puru shows great integrity and insight. I understand why his clients return to him if they revisit  Nepal.

Peter
Holland

FAQs

Do I need permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through several important areas, and you need to acquire the required permits before heading for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Here are the lists of permits required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

  • Manaslu restricted permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Your trekking agents will issue permits for you.

“Note: Tsum Valley permit is only required if you’re going to Tsum Valley”

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu circuit trek is moderate in terms of difficulties. It covers roughly 177 km in total distance and is 12 days trek. You may find this trek challenging with its steep ascents and descents, but with time, you’ll get used to it, and it turns out to be thrilling and entertaining as you catch glimpses of majestic mountains. While this trek demands strong physical strength and mental resilience, it is necessary to perform lightweight exercises 3-4 weeks prior to your trekking.

What is accomodation like in the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Though the Manaslu region is deprived of standard facilities, it doesn’t back from providing you with delicious food and warm sleeping nights. The accommodation in the high Himalayan region of Manaslu is mainly Teahouses and Lodges along with some guest houses. The teahouses offer single rooms with associated bathrooms at lower altitudes. However, the facilities get fewer as you ascend. Along with that, Camping is also available during Manaslu Circuit Trek however, you will need to hike with workers who have camping gear and cooks who can prepare meals for you while you’re camping.

Does Manaslu Circuit Trek have access to Electricity and Wifi?

Manaslu region has comfortable and facilitated teahouses where you can get electricity facility, but you’ll have to pay a minimal charge for it. All teahouses have electricity where you can recharge your electronic gadgets. Though you’ll be treated to an electricity facility, it is recommended to bring along powerbanks and extra batteries for backup.

Regarding the wifi, the remoteness of the Manaslu region doesnot hold a Wi-Fi facility, and cellular data won’t work either in such a high Himalayan region. While some teahouses do charge you hourly for wifi services the connection won’t be that smooth and fast. Therefore, pack your required items, be disconnected from the world for a while, and relish the beauty of Manaslu Circuit Trek.

How high is Manaslu?

Mt. Manaslu being the 8th tallest mountain in the world, stands tall like its peaks wandering towards heaven with a height of 8,163m. Manaslu Circuit trek takes you through a series of ascents and descents until reaching the highest point of the trek, Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160m.

What documents should I carry for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

You’ll need to be careful to bring these items along with you for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Passport size photos
  • Travel Insurance
  • Valid Visa of Nepal
  • Manaslu regions permit

Is there a refund policy if I cancel my trek?

Yes, you do get refund if incase you cancel your booking. You may visit the terms and conditions of our page or contact us directly.

Do I need Oxygen Cylinders during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

You’ll be ascending upto the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek, Larkya La Pass, which is at an altitude of 5,160m. This trek can be done without the need for oxygen cylinders. Also, the trek is carried out by maintaining a steady pace and acclimatizing enough to not suffer from changes in atmospheric pressure and decreased oxygen level. Moreover, you’ll be trekking with an experienced guide and porters which shall shove your trek smoothly. However, you can bring along an oximeter to measure your oxygen level at such an altitude.

Can I Manaslu Trek Solo?

No, you are not allowed to Manaslu trek solo. According to the rules, you’ll need two people in a group along with an experienced guide and porters. Moreover, you’ll have to trek through registered Nepali trekking agents as they are the only ones who can get you permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek offers you breathtaking views of Himalayan Vistas along with stunning snowy landscapes. It presents you with a magnificent up-close view of Mt. Manaslu, along with magical glimpses of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chili, Himalchuli, and many more. Since the beginning of Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll engage in sightseeing elevated hills, gushing waterfalls, soaring rivers, charming village settlements, and lush valleys. Moreover, the beauty of this region shall be enhanced by two or three when the clear day summons naked picturesque snow-capped mountains. The trails take you through dense pine forests, rhododendrons, diverse landscapes, tranquil alpine lakes and high mountain passes while offering you splendid views of the Himalayan range.

Mesmerizing views

The beauty of the 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is immeasurable as this trek takes you to the Larkya La, which is the tallest point of this hike and is situated at a level of 5,160m above sea level. The scenic beauty from Larkya La leaves you in a tranquil state and quenches your thirst through the pristine mountain range. It serves a stunning view of the gigantic Mt. Manaslu itself, along with magnificent landscapes of the surrounding mountains. Moreover, other viewpoints like Samdo village, Deng, and Dharmasala offer you the mystical beauty of the Himalayan region along with insights into the Himalayan Lifestyle and local culture.

Cultural Immersion

The captivating views of the high Himalayas of the Manaslu region invite numerous trekkers, visitors, and mountain climbers. Being a thrilling adventure, Manaslu Circuit Trek infuses your experience with a riveting journey. While people seek the mountain’s beauty and travel to the Manaslu region, their experience is doubled by the warm hospitality of local villagers and the distinct culture of the region. This takes you to the heartland of the diverse communities like Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetans. The region is blended with Hinduism (lower region) and Buddhism (Upper region). Many festivals like Lhosar, Mani Rimdu, Tsum Shagya Centennial, and others are celebrated majestically, showing enthusiasm and respect for each other cultures.

They share the same space and live under the same cold breeze of the Himalayas. Different ethnic groups have their own culture, customs, and traditions, while all communities support and respect each other culture. Along the way to Mt. Manaslu, you’ll encounter numerous villages with ancient monasteries and prayer flags. Mainly, Sama and Samdo village holds numerous monasteries and tibetan practices that shall enlighten your spirituality. The fusion of the cultural variation and natural beauty of the Manaslu region has been a major attraction for people all around the world. It provides you with stunning Himalayas beauty, gives insights into traditional lifestyle, and lets you relish the scenic views while immersing in diverse cultures.

Distinct Flora and Fauna

Manaslu region is rich in diverse flora and fauna with the presence of Manaslu Conservation Area, the home to many species of plants and animals. This trek gives you insights into the diverse plant species of the Manaslu region, as you’ll be trekking through dense forests of rhododendrons, pine, and bamboo trees. Moreover, this trek encompasses sights of different species of bird, including the Himalayan Monal (the National bird of Nepal). Along with that, Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary presents you with magical glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Red Panda, Himalayan Tahr, Monkeys, Musk Deer, and Snow Leopard. This trek gives you an opportunity to explore more of the biodiversity of the high Himalayan region.

Rip-roaring Adventure

You’ll be navigating through rugged trails, challenging terrain, dense forests, and high mountain passes during your Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek demands your attention and trekking skills as you’ll be facing challenging paths along the way. Crossing the soaring rivers through high suspension bridges, passing through rocky trails while elevating, and spending 13 days in completely remote areas pump your adrenaline and awards you with a riveting journey. Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating journey from beginning to end, as the returning route is different from the starting route. You’ll be encired by alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and gigantic mountains and the dynamic weather of this region makes your journey awe-inspiring and rip-roaring.

Less Crowded

Compared to other mainstream trekking sites like Everest Base Camp Trek and Langtang Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is less traveled. Though the beauty of the majestic mountains and snowy landscapes awaits, due to its remoteness, it is less traveled than others. This summons enthusiastic trekkers who really want to relish the beauty of the Manaslu region while experiencing its thrilling adventure. This trek takes you to the lap of mountains, and being less crowded, it provides you with a peaceful and silent time with the high Himalayas. On top of that, you shall get insights into the Himalayan lifestyle and immerse yourself in local cultures and customs. Furthermore, this eradicates competition in acquiring first-class accommodation facilities and opens a wide range of exploration sites.

Remote experiences

12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through different villages and settlements to the extreme altitude of Larkya La. The high Himalayan region of Manaslu region is deprived of standard city facilities, which makes your trek more adventurous and gives insights into the traditional way of living and nature-dependent lifestyle. Staying out of mobile phone and internet for days in the presence of the Himalayan breeze is truly an amazing experience. The sense of remoteness of the Manaslu region allows you to immerse yourself in the local practices and delve into mesmerizing views of mountain ranges. It enhances the overall trekking experience as you’ll be relishing the raw beauty of nature. Being disconnected for days and trekking to the lap of mountains through different villages, forests, rivers, and waterfalls with just basic supplies and facilities is truly astounding. Moreover, it gives you insights into environmental adaptation, distinct cultures, and ancient ways of living.

Himalayan Lifestyle

Living under nature, the lifestyle of the Himalayan region is nature-dependent. The economic sources of the Himalayan people are tourism, agriculture, local farming, and animal husbandry. Their crop cultivation includes potatoes, barley, maize, buckwheat, and many more. Their domestic species include Yak and Sheep. You shall get insights into the nature-dependent lifestyle during your trek to the Manaslu region. Moreover, the people of the Himalayan region are warm-hearted and shall welcome you with warm hospitality.

The Himalayan lifestyle is truly captivating. It is stepping into the areas of nature that are composed of stunning landscapes and rich cultures and traditions. The lifestyle of the Himalayan people enlightens one’s peace of mind and develops a deeper connection with nature itself. Without a doubt, Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to a series of lifestyles connecting different places and their ways of living, ultimately presenting you with a wonderful experience.

Challenges of Manaslu Circuit Trek

High Altitude

Although Manaslu Circuit 12 Days Trek  is a safe and secure trekking journey, there are minor challenges along the way. This is a 12-day trek to the lap of Mt. Manaslu, and along the way, there are Himalayan challenges like Altitude sickness and extreme coldness. The trekking route is thrilling and takes you to an altitude of 5,160m. Ascending in altitude results in changes in atmospheric pressure and oxygen level, and this needs proper acclimatization along your trekking journey. If your body can’t adapt to such changes in atmospheric pressure and oxygen level, it may suffer from Altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It causes severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ranges from mild to extreme along with its types like high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). While you won’t be affected by HACE and HAPE during your Manaslu Circuit Trek, its still important to take necessary measures regarding this. It is important to stay hydrated and maintain a steady pace while ascending in altitude. Furthermore, you can also carry Diamox (medicine for altitude sickness) in case you are suffering from Altitude Sickness.

Weather conditions

The high Himalayan region’s weather has no guarantee and fluctuates in time. It is necessary to be mindful of the weather conditions of the region before heading for the weeks-long trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to extreme altitudes, and there are climatic challenges along the way. Fluctuating weather may impose rainfall, snowfall, and windstorms that further invite challenges like slippery trails and snowy tracks. Changeable weather introduces you to a sunny day at one moment and snowstorms the moment after. Changing weather also reduces visibility along your trekking journey, summoning foggy weather that conceals clear and transparent scenes of mountain ranges. Along with that, climatic conditions pose risks of landslides and floods along your way, and it is crucial to be attentive during your trekking journey. Moreover, it delays or postpones your trekking journey, leading to a less enjoyable experience in the lap of mountains.

Therefore, it is important to consider the climatic conditions of the Himalayan region and plan your trek at a suitable time. Planning your trek at a suitable season won’t impose fluctuations in weather and challenges that come along with it. Furthermore, you can enjoy clear and unobstructed views of mountainous landscapes and stunning sunrise and sunset during favorable weather. Even if you are planning your trek at a suitable time, it is important to be mindful of uncertain changes and pack your clothing accordingly. Bring along waterproof jackets and a wind sweater along with you to enjoy the epic adventure to the Manaslu region. Also, checking the weather forecast and communicating with guides and local villagers shall give you insights into any changes coming along.

Challenging Trails

The Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days itinerary takes you through challenging terrain, steep ridges, and rocky trails. Along the way, you’ll encounter numerous minor obstacles as trekking to the Himalayan region demands strong determination and physical strength. You’ll be trekking through forests and rugged trails while also ascending in altitude and this may cause you extreme fatigue and minor injuries if not given careful attention. Steep ascents and descents also may impose challenges along your way and it demands careful footing. You’ll be crossing the river through many suspension bridges and it also demands precise observation and careful footing. Therefore, it is important to bring along an adjustable pair of Trekking poles and Trekking boots. This shall help you a lot during your trekking journey and shall provide you with a comfortable and secure journey.

Limited services

The high Himalayan region lacks standard city facilities. The lifestyle of the Manaslu region is nature-dependent and doesn’t have outstanding facilities compared to other mainstream trekking sites. While you’ll be presented with basic and suitable accommodation facilities, there also come challenges with competing and acquiring the best facilities. Services like electricity and internet connection may also be limited, and it is crucial to carry along a powerbank and extra batteries. While minor injuries and sickness can be dealt with no issues, there are no medical centers and healthcare services in the upper region of the Manaslu area. Therefore, it is important to bring your first aid items along with you in case of need. Though the Manaslu region is deprived of many facilities, it contributes to your immeasurable and outstanding experience through peaceful time with nature and embracing the simplicity of the trek along with the Himalayan lifestyle.

Physical difficulty

The challenging trails of the high Himalayan region impose challenges along the way. Rocky trails and steep ridges can make it difficult to trek during your journey. This journey demands mental resilience, physical endurance and strong determination to succeed as this trek takes you through uphill and downhill. The trek demands the body’s flexibility, and if not flexible, this can impose back pain, leg pain, joint pain, and extreme fatigue. On top of that, the extremely remote area of the Manaslu region doesn’t have access to a wide range of facilities, including health services. Therefore, it is important to practice lightweight exercises 3-4 weeks prior to Manaslu Circuit Trek. This lets you develop the precise strength and endurance needed during your trek. Exercises like pushups, squats, pullups, crunches, Single leg deadlifts, and planks shall help you develop strength, while exercises like running, walking, jogging, and swimming shall help you develop endurance. Along with that, be certain to practice yoga and stretching to build flexibility. These exercises shall aid in your trekking journey while letting you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Influence of 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek in your life

Sense of Achievement

Manaslu Circuit Trek fuels your enthusiasm through the exciting trekking journey and presents you with a marvelous experience. Trekking to the lap of mountains and Larkya La Pass demands physical strength, mental resilience, and navigating skills. You’ll have to pass through navigating rugged terrain, challenging trails, and other numerous forthcoming challenges along the way to the high Himalayan region, and after completion of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you’ll be rewarded with a great sense of achievement.

On top of that, discovering various cultures, religious insights, and historic monasteries, taking part in local customs, catching a glimpse of pristine mountainous ranges, and scaling rough high mountains can help you appreciate the wonders of nature while also providing insight into self-reflection and a great sense of accomplishments. You shall be infused with pride after exploring a hidden treasure through conquering numerous forthcoming challenges.

Personal Growth

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through a series of challenging trails, traditional villages, rugged terrains, suspension bridges, and high altitudes. The Manaslu Circuit Trek exposes you to the marvels of nature while forcing you to step outside of your comfort zone. You will be able to finish this voyage with your tenacity and determination, which will ultimately advance your personal development. It fuels your enthusiasm, and as challenging as the route is, it rewards you with a personal reflection. Manaslu trek is less crowded and offers you a peaceful time with nature itself. It boosts your connection with nature while you breathe in the crisp breeze of the Himalayas. Furthermore, you shall delve into Buddhist practices, visit numerous Mani walls along the way, and enlighten spirituality.

Physical Fitness

The trek takes you through a series of trails, passing through forests and climbing uphill and descending. This demands strong physical health and boosts your physical strength after the completion of the trek. It trains your muscles and builds your strength and endurance. As this trek covers around 177 km in just 12 days, this shall reward you with personal development and physical fitness after completion of this trek.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days Itinerary

When it comes to trekking in the high Himalayan region, it is important to consider climatic conditions and plan your trek during a suitable time. The steady climate enhances the trekking experience by two or three, ensuring you a clear and unobstructed sight of the mountainous range. Moreover, this ensures you a safe and secure journey to the lap of mountains without any issues along your way.

The perfect time for you to plan your trek to the Manaslu is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During this time, your trekking journey shall be enhanced by double through the ideal weather. This season gives you access to the clear sky with warm and dry weather. Clear and sunny days invite magical views of naked mountains along with stunning sunrises and sunsets. Moreover, this ensures your trekking journey is on time without risks of any delays or postponement. The exquisite weather summons outstanding sights and provides you with a stunning experience. On top of that, you shall immerse yourself in Nepali cultures and festivals during Autumn. Autumn encloses many main festivals of Nepal, like Dashain, Tihar, and Mani Rimdu. Planning your trek during this time shall let you have a quality experience and insights into Himalayan culture and lifestyle.

Planning your trek during Spring and Autumn will provide you with a clear view of mountain vistas, and moderate temperature reduces extreme coldness and its risks like hypothermia and frostbite. In addition to this, you will be able to witness the breathtaking dawn and sunlight penetrating the mountainside. Also, Spring and Autumn have low risks of rainfalls, snowfall, and windstorms, which ultimately contribute to your overall experience of trekking to the mountain region. Furthermore, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers you the chance to witness and engage with local farming, agriculture, and animal husbandry, along with the Himalayan lifestyle.

To put it briefly, Spring and Autumn are important months in terms of local culture. It is the perfect time when you can take in the happy vibes along with spiritual significance.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days Cost

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on various factors, like the duration of your trek, transportation preferences, the level of comfort you seek, and hiring extra porters. In general, the cost for Manaslu Circuit Trek ranges from 930$ to 1500$. This package includes permits, guides, accommodation, and food, while your personal expenses and shopping are upto you. Accommodation in teahouses is more affordable, but if you desire supreme treatment, we have deluxe packages for you as well. You may also like to tip guides and porters if you wish.

Some helpful tips for Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Be mentally prepared for the trek and practice some lightweight exercises
  • Stay hydrated all the time and also carry oral rehydration solution (ORS)
  • Take your time and pack the necessary clothes and gear for your trekking
  • Carry along a pair of adjustable trekking poles and gaiters
  • Get enough rest
  • Walk in groups, and don’t head anywhere alone
  • Intake balanced diet
  • Bring along cash to the Manaslu region, as there won’t be any ATMs in that region
  • Hire experienced guides and porters
  • Be mindful of altitude sickness, maintain a steady pace and acclimatize twice and also carry along Diamox
  • Bring along waterproof jackets and wind sweater
  • Plan your trek during the suitable time, i.e., Spring and Autumn
  • If you have ample time, join Tsum Valley Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Seek the professional trekking company
  • Respect local culture and tradition and explore numerous monasteries

Why US

MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for over a decade, traveling with hundreds of travelers worldwide.

With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planners, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal to ensure that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.

So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.

Customize Your Itinerary:

We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the needs and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so we can arrange the rest.

Our Expert Guide:

Although all travel agencies claim to have a good guide, many are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. We can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal upon special request.

Fair and reasonable Cost:

MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked.

Your safety is our priority:

Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have their insurance. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trips have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.

Responsible and Eco-Friendly

MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes

  • We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
  • We cover all the places promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged).
  • All our guides and porters are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
  • We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry it back with us and send it to the municipality
  • We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal where we stay.

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