Manaslu Circuit Trekking-18 Days

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Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
At a Glance
Duration18 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5106m/16751.97ft
Group Size1 to 10 Pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeAugust to November and March to May

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a popular alternative to the crowded Annapurna and Everest regions, attracting those who wish to explore off the beaten path. This trek takes us to the summit of Larkey La, standing at an impressive 5106m above sea level, nestled at the base of the world's 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Along the way, we traverse through diverse landscapes, including river valleys, rice terraces, countryside, dense forests teeming with flora and fauna, breathtaking Himalayan peaks, enchanting Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa villages, majestic waterfalls, alpine meadows, monasteries, and glacier lakes. Manaslu Trekking offers a variety of routes catering to different preferences and durations, ranging from short to long. The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in the historic city of Gorkha, continues through the picturesque villages of Barpak and Larpak, and finally joins the Manaslu Circuit Trail at the village of Khorla Besi.

Highlights:

  • Explore Kathmandu Valley
  • Kathmandu to Gorkha Dive and visit the famous historical Gorkha Empire
  • Visit the largest Gurung Barpak village, which was destroyed by a massive earthquake in 2015
  • Travel alongside the rushing Budhi Gandaki River, meandering through the verdant forests, where you will catch occasional glimpses of powerful waterfalls.
  • Traverse the suspension bridges that hang high above the deep canyons.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of the majestic Manaslu Peak from various vantage points and continue your journey toward its base camp.
  • Indulge in the tranquil beauty of the pristine glacier lake Birendra, which displays a mesmerizing turquoise hue.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Gurungs, Rais, and Magars as you explore their ethnic villages and discover their unique way of life.
  • Experience the rich local culture and fully immerse yourself in their vibrant traditions.
  • Experience the local cuisine by staying at a nearby residence.
  • The highest pass at Larky La stands at 5106m
  • The trek commences and concludes in Kathmandu

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an altered rendition of the fullManaslu Tsum Valley Trek, which is also referred to as the condensed or expedited Manaslu Circuit Trek or Manaslu Trek. If you have sufficient time during your Manaslu Circut trek, it is worth considering embarking on a one-week sightseeing excursion to Tsum Valley. This presents an opportunity to explore a revered Buddhist region where the ancient Tibetan culture and way of life greatly influence the surroundings. Tsum Valley boasts enchanting monasteries, diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking landscapes, and majestic Himalayan ranges, all while immersing you in a cultural ambiance throughout the journey.

Unlike the conventional treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions, the Manaslu  Round Trek offers a pristine experience for trekkers who prefer to explore picturesque terrain away from the crowds. Our specially designed Manaslu circuit trek allows you to discover the serene beauty of the Manaslu Trekking region, taking you around Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the world's 8th highest summit, renowned as one of the most challenging mountains to conquer among climbers.

Despite the increasing popularity of teahouses since 2010, the trekking route remains remote and off-the-beaten-path, showcasing all the quintessential features of a classic Nepalese trek. From traditional monasteries to breathtaking countryside adorned with snow-capped peaks, and not to forget the thrilling crossings of high suspension bridges, the Manaslu trek has it all.

As you traverse the landscape, be prepared to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring mountain scenery. This trek offers you the opportunity to witness the magnificence of Mt. Manaslu and its neighboring snowy peaks, including Annapurna II, Shringi Himal, Cheo Peak, Kang Koru, Gyagi Kung, and Himlung. With nature's grandeur, charming settlements, and relatively easier accessibility compared to similar treks, it's no wonder that visitors greatly admire the Manaslu trek.

Embark on an awe-inspiring adventure with the Himalayan Trekking Path family as you explore the captivating landscapes of Nepal. The trekking path commences in Bapak, which is a scenic 7/8-hour drive away from Kathmandu. As you make your way alongside the river valley, you will be greeted by picturesque rustic villages adorned with Mani stone-wall carvings, vibrant prayer flags, and enchanting woodlands filled with pine, cedar, birch, junipers, and rhododendron.

While traversing through the Manaslu Conservation Area, trekkers may have the opportunity to encounter various species of fauna, including the endangered snow leopards. Additionally, this journey offers a unique chance to gain a comprehensive understanding of the rich cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of ethnic communities such as Gurung, Rai, Magar, and Sherpa.

The trek towards Lakey La, the highest summit standing at an impressive 5106m, takes you through the charming villages of Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Syalla, Samagaun, Samdo, and Dharmasala. From the summit, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. After crossing the pass, the trail descends steeply towards Bhimthang, offering panoramic vistas of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. Finally, you will trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area from Bhimthang to Dharapani before concluding your journey with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Join us on this mesmerizing expedition and immerse yourself in the wonders and enchantment of this mystical land!

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking Cost Detail:

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is influenced by various factors, which include the range of services provided, duration of the journey, expertise of the guide, type of accommodation, transportation arrangements, food provisions, porter services, and more. Our Manaslu circuit trek package cost varies depending on the size of the group and the specific services included in the package. Please find below a detailed breakdown of the cost for the Manaslu circuit trek.

  • Solo trekkers can enjoy the Manaslu Circuit Trek for USD 1700
  • For groups of 2–6 people, the cost per person for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is USD 1500
  • Groups of 7–10 people can experience the Manaslu Circuit Trek for USD 1300 per person.
Itinerary

Embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek from Barpak village, a captivating and unparalleled trekking route that includes exploration of Kathmandu, Gorkha, Barpak, and Larpak Village. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the classical Manaslu Circuit Trek with the Himalayan Trekking Path. Feel free to reserve our exclusive package if this appeals to you. If it doesn't align with your preferences, kindly let us know. We are at your service.

Tour PlanExpand All

We express our gratitude for selecting the Manaslu Circuit Trek with our esteemed company, Himalayan Trekking Path. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our transportation department will be present at the arrival gate outside the terminal, adjacent to the Deluxe Hall, holding a name card with your name and our company's logo. Following the Nepali tradition, we will warmly greet and escort you to the hotel. You will have leisure time to explore the surroundings and visit our company. As a gesture of welcome, we will organize a delightful dinner at a restaurant, and you will spend the night at the hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Upon awakening, you will partake in your first breakfast in Kathmandu, Nepal. Following this meal, our guide and car will accompany you as you explore the many attractions of the medieval city. You will have the opportunity to visit two specific UNESCO World Heritage sites, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture, art, and architecture. After this captivating tour, you will return to the hotel to prepare for the upcoming Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Please provide your original passport for the special permit, which will be returned to you once the process is complete. Enjoy your free evening exploring the surroundings before spending the night at the hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

On the third day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, depart from Kathmandu Valley with a picturesque drive to Gorkha along the Prithivi Highway. Begin the journey after breakfast and finishing packing, then take a taxi to the micro station and enjoy the scenic views from the window during the drive. Although not the most comfortable, it provides an opportunity to experience local travel. You will pass through various terrains, farmlands, marketplaces, river valleys, and catch glimpses of the majestic snow-capped peaks. The journey lasts approximately 5 to 6 hours along the Kathmandu-Pokhara route until Khaireni Bazar, then head north towards Gorkha, covering a total distance of 140 km. Upon reaching Gorkha Bazaar, you will sense a different vibe of culture, history, and nature. Check into the hotel and take some free time to explore the historical palace, museum, and temple, and admire the stunning views of Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal on a clear day. Spend the night in Gorkha.

Max. Altitude: 1000m/3280.84ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Embarking on our journey this morning, we will be heading towards Barpak, enjoying a scenic drive through the lush green valley and alongside the enchanting Daraudi River. The cultivated, stunning terrain and the charming local village set against the majestic backdrop of Mt. Siringi Himal will leave you in awe. To truly immerse yourself in the local experience, we recommend taking a local bus, allowing you to connect with the culture and traditions. However, if you prefer a more personalized experience, a private vehicle is also available for an additional fee. As soon as you arrive in Barpak, you will be greeted with the warm hospitality of the largest Gurung and Ghales communities. Despite the village being devastated by the massive earthquake in April 2015, the Himalayan Trekking Path is dedicated to supporting the victims through tourism, making this route the perfect choice for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Tea houses have been constructed for tourists, offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the snowcapped mountains and the local village.

Max. Altitude: 1900m/6233.596ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Home stay

The fifth day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek via Barpak commences with a nourishing breakfast in the charming Barpak village, as we gear up to journey towards Larpak, another Gurung and Ghales hometown nestled atop a hill at 2200m above sea level, with a delightful 10 km stretch separating the two Gurung territories. Saying our goodbyes to the homestay owner, we embark on an uphill trek to Boshu Kang, passing through pine and rhododendron forests, inhaling the pure mountain air. Pausing to admire the awe-inspiring sights of Mt. Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal, we then descend to Larpak, where we spend the night at a homestay, relishing the flavors of local cuisine.

Max. Altitude: 2200m/7217.848ftMeal: Breakfast, Luncha and DinnerAccommodation: Home Stay

Wake up this morning to the enchanting vistas of Majestic Mt. Manaslu (8163), the world's eighth highest mountain, surrounded by a blend of natural wonders and cultural richness. Indulge in a delightful breakfast of your choice before getting ready for the day. Follow our expert guidance as we trek to the Jarbu Khola River, descending along a scenic trail and then gradually ascending to Singla Village. From Singla, enjoy panoramic views of Laprak, Gumda, and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m). Traverse through farmland and local villages off the beaten path to Khola Beshi (970m), nestled at the riverbed of the Budi Gandaki River. This marks the junction point of the Manaslu Circuit Trail, whether you commenced from Soti Khola or Machha Khola. Spend six nights at a homestay, lulled to sleep by the gentle sounds of the river.

Max. Altitude: 970m/3182.41ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

Typically, our day commences with a warm breakfast and a cup of tea or coffee, all while being serenaded by the natural sounds around us. After breakfast, we prepare for the day ahead and set off towards our destination along the Budigandaki River. The journey used to be arduous, but now it's much more manageable due to the newly constructed road. As we traverse through the steep valley, we must remain vigilant for potential landslides and falling rocks. Following a gradual path, we reach Tatopani Village, a natural hot spring where locals cleanse themselves on special occasions. Continuing our trek, we cross a suspension bridge and navigate through a landslide area to reach Dovan. Descending and ascending, we eventually reach Yaruphant (1170m). Crossing another suspension bridge over the Budigandaki River, we arrive at a flat valley before Jagat, where we spend the night.

Max. Altitude: 1340m/4396.325ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

After our usual morning routine of breakfast and packing, we will embark on our journey to the next destination, nestled deep within the Manaslu conservation and restricted areas. Along the way, we will pass through a diverse range of well-preserved local villages, such as Salleri (1353m) and Sirdibash (1420m), before crossing a bridge that leads us to Philim (1570m) and Ekle Bhatti (1600m). During this leg of the journey, we will be treated to breathtaking sights, including a science waterfall, lush cultivated farms, and picturesque mountain views. Following a satisfying lunch, we will have the opportunity to marvel at the longest waterfall in the region before continuing our trek towards Nayak, surrounded by bamboo forests. As we make our way alongside the Budigandaki River, we will eventually reach Deng (1860m), where we can relish in the awe-inspiring views of the Mani Wall and Siringi Himal. Our overnight stay will be at the finest tea house in town.

Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102.362ft)Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Awaken to the mesmerizing sight of the verdant green valley, complemented by the majestic Siringi Himal in the distance. Prepare yourself for a delightful mountain breakfast before commencing a day hike to Namrung (2630m). Continuing our journey towards the north, we will surpass the quaint settlement of Ranagaon (1,980m) and arrive at Bihi Phedi (1,985m), where we will be treated to remarkable panoramas of the Budhi Gandaki gorge. Eventually, we will reach the charming village of Prok (2380m), characterized by its traditional houses, expansive fields, warm-hearted inhabitants, and a gompa. Descending towards Ghap, the trail will lead us through a dreamy woodland and across wooden bridges spanning the splendid gorges of the Budhi Gandaki river until we finally reach Namrung (2,630m). This picturesque village offers captivating vistas of Himalayan peaks, including Himal Chuli (7,893m) and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m).

Max. Altitude: 2630m/8628.609ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Once we have finished our breakfast, we set off towards Shyalla, accompanied by the magnificent monasteries, Tibetan village, juniper, pine forest, and the awe-inspiring snowcapped peaks of the Manaslu range and Himalayan flora and fauna. Our journey takes us across the charming Bhanzam plateau, where we can explore fields of barley and traditional stone houses. Our next stop is Lihi Village, where a small flat area on the right offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. After crossing Hinang Khola, we continue our trek and pass through Sho village before reaching Lho. As we make our way through a serene pine forest, we finally arrive at Shyala (3,500m), the enchanting town of the Manaslu region. From here, you can enjoy a mesmerizing vista of the Manaslu Ranges and Monasteries.

Max. Altitude: 3500m/11482.94ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Start your day by waking up early to experience the captivating sunrise over the majestic Manslu Ranges. After a delightful breakfast and packing, we will make our way to Pungen Monasteries, ancient religious sites nestled at the base of the towering Manaslu (8163m) mountain. Along the way, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the Pungen Glaciers and the nearby mountains. Take your time to appreciate the scenery and take some steps at the foothills of Manaslu before we trek back to Sama Gaon, one of the largest Tibetan villages in the region. You will have a free day to either explore the enchanting Birendra Lake or simply relax and rejuvenate.

Max. Altitude: 4200m/13779.53ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Today, we will be taking a well-deserved break in the village of Samagoan. This village is the closest to Manaslu Base Camp and other captivating tourist attractions such as Birendra Lake. We will have the opportunity to explore these places before returning to the village. Depending on your fitness level and specific requirements, you can discuss various options with your guide. Birendra Tal is a mesmerizing turquoise lake situated at the foot of the Manaslu glacier. You can take a refreshing dip in its pristine waters and soak in the breathtaking scenery. If you have the desire to set foot in the foothills of an eight-thousander, you can embark on a hike to Manaslu Base Camp. As you make your way towards the Base Camp, the landscapes become increasingly magnificent as the elevation rises. With a turquoise lake below, the glacier nearby, and snow-capped mountaintops stretching as far as the eye can see, the views are truly awe-inspiring.

Max. Altitude: 4800m/15748.03ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Situated deep within the valleys of the Himalayas, our expedition takes us through predominantly flat terrain adorned with glaciers, juniper, and pastures. As we continue our journey towards the north, the trekking trail leads us to the higher region of the Budhi Gandaki. Gradually ascending, we reach the charming settlement of Samdo (3,860m), which is graced by the awe-inspiring Samdo peak (6,335m) and the frozen Samdo Glacier. Just before entering the village, we encounter the convergence of Larke Khola and the river originating from Samdo Glacier, marking the beginning of the Budhi Gandaki. Samdo, located a mere 8 kilometers away, offers a perfect spot for lunch and overnight camping. During our free time, we can embark on a hike to the nearby hill, ensuring we are well-prepared for the adventures that lie ahead after our meal.

Max. Altitude: 3690m/12106.3ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

Embarking on a short day hike from Samdo, we will make our way towards Dharamsala, nestled in the lap of the magnificent Larkey Peak. This hike covers a distance of only 6.6 km and can be completed in approximately 4 to 5 hours, as we traverse along the breathtaking glaciers. Leaving behind the charming village of Samdo, we will cross the Athahra Saya Khola and continue our trek alongside the enchanting Larke Khola. Gradually ascending, we will eventually reach Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi, situated at an elevation of 4,450m. Dharamshala offers a vast and moderate mountain slope, featuring a campsite and a lodge that provides numerous double rooms and a well-equipped kitchen. Disregard any negative anecdotes you may have heard about this place in the past, as Dharamshala is currently the perfect spot to unwind and prepare oneself for the ultimate challenge of this exhilarating adventure.

Max. Altitude: 4450m/14599.74ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

The trek from Dharmasala to Bhimthang via Larkey La, covering a distance of 24 km, is known as one of the most challenging days on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. We will begin our ascent towards Larke La before sunrise, embarking on a strenuous and demanding journey. The path becomes increasingly difficult as we navigate through rocky glacial moraines, surrounded by hills and snowy ridges. Along the way, we will pass by several small lakes before reaching the prayer flags at the top of the pass. Our descent will take us towards the Salpudanda Glacier Moraine, eventually leading us to Bhimtang, nestled between the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Enjoy the picturesque scenery during your stay in this village.

Max. Altitude: 5106m/16751.97ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

The journey from Bhimthang to Dharapani covers a distance of approximately 23km and takes around 7 to 8 hours of walking within the Annapurna Conservation Areas. This particular section of the trail is known for its lush and vibrant scenery. As we make our way, we will have the opportunity to witness the majestic Bhimtang glacier and its elegant surroundings. The landscapes adorned with prayer flags will captivate us, offering breathtaking views of the mountains, particularly the Manaslu Range to the south-east. Continuing our trek, we will pass through enchanting fir woods until we reach Yak Kharka. Moving beyond the woodland, we will arrive at the charming settlement of Gho (2,560m). After passing the picturesque village of Tilche (2,300m), the trail leads us over the Dudh Khola via a long suspension bridge, eventually reaching Thonche, which marks the official end of the Manaslu trail. Finally, we will cross the bridge spanning the Masryangdi River to reach Dharapani (1,960m).

Max. Altitude: 1960m/6430.446ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

You will embark on an exhilarating journey from Dharapani to Kathmandu, experiencing the wonders of science along the way. Our trekking adventure concludes in Dharapani, which serves as the starting point for the renowned Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Dharapani, you will travel to Besishahar in a shared Jeep, and then continue your journey to Kathmandu by bus. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can conveniently take a cab to your hotel. Enjoy some leisure time and indulge in shopping for your loved ones.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.13ftMeal: Breakfast, LunchAccommodation: Hotel

The final day of your extraordinary journey on the Manaslu Circuit Trek has arrived. As outlined in your planned itinerary, we will ensure that you are promptly taken to the airport for your departure. If you find yourself with some spare time, we extend a warm invitation to partake in additional activities such as the chitwan safari or pokhara tour. Our experienced local team sincerely hopes that you have cherished your mountain retreat, and we eagerly anticipate the possibility of reconnecting with you in the future.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.13ftMeal: Breakfast
Cost Details
Included
  • Our services include transportation to and from the airport in a private vehicle, following the Manaslu Circuit itinerary and package.
  • You will have two nights of accommodation in Kathmandu before starting the Manaslu Circuit trek, as well as one night after the trek. The accommodation in the city includes breakfast.
  • Included in the cost is a half-day tour in Kathmandu, which comprises a knowledgeable guide, a private vehicle, and the entrance fees.
  • Kathmandu to Gorkha Bazar and Then Barpak in a Public Bus 
  • Accommodation in Gorkha Bazaar with full board meal
  • During the trek, you will stay in mountain lodges as per the itinerary.
  • All your meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided.
  • A professional local guide who is licensed by the government, well-trained, and fluent in English will accompany you.
  • We will provide porter service, with 2 trekkers assigned to 1 porter. The maximum weight for a porter is 15 to 18 kg.
  • All expenses for our staff, including their food, insurance, accommodation, equipment, and a fair salary, are covered.
  • A daily provision of fresh seasonal fruit, along with 3 cups of tea or coffee, accompanied by cookies, nuts, and a chocolate bar.
  • Trekking poles, a company-branded T-shirt, a duffel bag, and a map.
  • All necessary permits, including the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System), Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees and special Permits 
  • A government tax of 13% and company service fees.
  • Dharapani to Besishahar in a Sharing Jeep and from Besishahar to Pokhara and Kathmandu in a public bus
  • Experience and appreciation certificate
  • A well-equipped first-aid box.
  • Rescue service is available solely for emergencies.
Excluded
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • Private transport (Kathmandu to Machha Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu)
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking gear
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 21, 2024Ends:Jun 07, 2024
PriceUS$1400
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Starts:May 25, 2024Ends:Jun 11, 2024
PriceUS$1400
AvailabilityGuaranteed

Experience the Manaslu circuit trekking package with the convenience of a fixed departure date that suits your schedule. Join a group through our platform and avail yourself of exceptional offers at a highly reasonable price. We guarantee 100% confirmation for our fixed departure. Even if there are no other individuals on the mentioned departure date, rest assured that we will still provide the same departure at no extra charge.

Additional Info

The Himalayan Trekking Path is dedicated to providing you with detailed information about our trekking packages. We understand the importance of comprehensive information to ensure a well-prepared and unforgettable experience on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Our package includes extensive details on what is included, excluded, and the availability of services. You will find information on what to pack for the trip, the best season to embark on this journey, the delicious food options available, modes of transportation, accommodation choices, permits and formalities, as well as the availability of experienced guides and porters. We invite you to carefully review our package, and if you are looking for a reputable company, do not hesitate to choose our comprehensive Manaslu Circuit Trek for a lifetime experience. Explore the detailed information about the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Package.

Booking Confirmation Process:

The recently popular Manaslu Circuit Trek provides an exceptional experience for those seeking adventure in the Himalayas. If you wish to reserve our Manaslu Circuit Trek package, feel free to get in touch with us. You can contact us through email, our website, WhatsApp, or other preferred means for booking confirmation. A non-refundable deposit of 10–20% is required at the time of booking, along with a copy of your passport for preparation and flight information for airport transfers. The remaining balance must be settled upon arrival.

Payment Terms

We understand that settling your outstanding balance and making a deposit can be a hassle, which is why we offer a highly convenient solution for you. When it comes to paying for your trip, we provide you with a variety of options to choose from. You have the option to either make the payment at the time of booking or upon your arrival. To ensure your convenience, we offer multiple payment methods, such as online transfer, credit card, or cash. However, if you choose to pay by card, please note that a 4% bank service charge will be applied to the total price. On the other hand, if you prefer to pay by cash, you can use the local currency or any other currency accepted by the Nepal government, such as USD, AUD, EURO, CAD, RMB, and more.

Trip Cancellation Policy:

We acknowledge that plans can occasionally change unexpectedly, which is why we provide complimentary cancellations for bookings made up to 30 days prior to the trip. However, please be aware that your deposit is non-refundable, even if you decide to cancel at any time after the booking confirmation. It is important to note that cancellations made after this specified period are also non-refundable. Trekking entails the coordination of various components, including accommodations, transportation, flights, guides, porters, mountain lodgings, and permits. We suggest exploring our packages and services, and if they do not meet your requirements, customization is always an option. Once your booking is confirmed, we kindly request that you refrain from canceling, as we initiate preparations for a seamless experience shortly after. Our company values its reputation, and canceling may have an impact on our relationship with local stakeholders and the quality of our services in the future. In order to uphold our reputation in the tourism industry, we kindly ask that you refrain from canceling once the booking is confirmed. However, we can accommodate date changes if necessary.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Best Season:

Experience the magic of the Manaslu Circuit Trek all year round with the Himalayan Trekking Path. Our team is committed to tailoring the trek to suit your personal preferences. However, if you are looking for an extraordinary adventure during the perfect time, we provide a range of options for you to choose from. Please let us know your preferred season to begin an unforgettable expedition. The optimal seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are autumn and spring.

  • Autumn Season (Sep to Nov): Autumn in Nepal is the ideal season for embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, just like in many other parts of the country. The reduced rainfall allows travelers to enjoy sunny days, showcasing the lush greenery at lower altitudes and stunning landscapes. The weather is generally pleasant, with warm temperatures and stable conditions. This time of year offers a wonderful opportunity to admire the majestic Himalayan peaks and appreciate the beauty of the green valleys, including those shaped by rivers. Due to the high number of tourists, tea houses along the trail can get fully booked, so it is advisable to secure accommodations in advance. There may be some congestion along the route at times. If you are planning to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek, be sure to plan ahead and book a comfortable stay at the tea houses.
  • Spring Season (March to May): Spring emerges as the second most sought-after season for trekking in Nepal, particularly for the Manaslu circuit trek. Setting off on this journey during spring promises an unforgettable experience, characterized by longer daylight hours, favorable weather conditions, and pleasant temperatures that provide the perfect backdrop for exploration. Throughout the trek, you will be captivated by the enchanting beauty of spring, from vibrant flowers and melodious bird songs to lush green landscapes at lower levels and breathtaking mountain views as you ascend to higher elevations.
  • Winter Season (December to February): The winter season, encompassing December, January, and February, is generally not advisable for high-altitude treks like the Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, if luck is on your side, you might encounter favorable weather conditions. Despite the chilly temperatures, with the appropriate gear, you can still relish the journey and encounter fewer fellow trekkers along the way. While we cannot guarantee a successful crossing of the Larky La Pass (5106m) due to snowstorms, our team is available to provide assistance if you are willing to take on the challenge. Typically, the weather during this season is unpredictable and prone to frequent fluctuations. Snowfall, storms, and avalanches are common occurrences. Nevertheless, we offer an exceptional winter trekking experience, with only a few exceptions. Perhaps early December and late February could be considered for this trek.
  • Monsoon Season (June to August): It is recommended to avoid doing the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the rainy months of June, July, and August. However, if luck is on your side, you may still have an amazing trekking experience. While the rain may pose challenges, having the right gear can help make the trek more manageable. At times, landslides, cloudy weather, or heavy rainfall may obstruct the trail or disrupt transportation due to road closures from landslides, leading to reduced visibility. If you are thinking of taking on this adventure during this season, we are here to assist you. Please note that the success of the trip is not guaranteed at all times. Nonetheless, after mid-August and early June, the trek should be trouble-free.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty Level:

The Manaslu Circuit trek takes 18 days to complete and begins in Kathmandu. The trek includes various scenic spots such as the Gorkha Palace, Barpak, and Larpak. The journey takes you through different climatic zones, including sub-tropical, temperate, sub-alpine, alpine, and tundra, all the way to the top of Larkya La (5106 m). After crossing Larkya La, the trip descends to Bhimthang and Dharapani before returning to Kathmandu. The trek covers a distance of 177km over 12 days. During the trek, you will spend four nights above 3500m from Syalla to Samdo and one night above 4450m in Dharmasala. Each day, you will have to walk about 15 to 20km on challenging terrain, which makes the Manaslu Circuit Trek moderately difficult. Therefore, good physical fitness and preparation are essential before embarking on this trek.

Manaslu Trek Requires Permits, Cost and Documents:

Four different types of permits are necessary before undertaking the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The cost of these permits is already included in the package; however, you will need to provide a copy of your passport, a passport-sized photo, and a valid visa. The required permits are as follows:.

  • TIMS: The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is implemented for safety purposes, and the fee for obtaining a TIMS permit is Rs. 2000 per individual.
  • MCAP: To access the Manaslu region, it is mandatory to obtain the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), which costs Rs. 3000 per person.
  • RAP: The Manaslu Trek falls within a highly preserved area, and therefore, a special permit known as the Restricted Areas Permit (RAP) is required from Jagat to Larkey La. The cost for this permit is USD 75 per person for a week from December to August, with an additional USD 10 per day. From September to November, the RAP fee increases to USD 100 per person for a week, along with an additional USD 15 per day. A minimum of 2 trekkers is needed per group; otherwise, the permit must be shared with other travelers.
  • ACAP: Once you cross Larkey La, you will enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, where the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is mandatory. The cost of this permit is Rs. 3000 per person.

Mode of Transport:

The comprehensive Manaslu Circuit Trek package encompasses all ground transportation needs as per the itinerary. Should you seek detailed information regarding transportation arrangements for the renowned 18-day Manaslu Circuit Trek, please kindly refer to the details provided below.

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop: As part of our Comprehensive Manaslu Circuit Trek, we are delighted to offer you a complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off service in private vehicles. The type of vehicle, whether it's a car, Jeep, Haice, or minibus, will be determined based on the size of your group. We assure you that this service will be hassle-free and provide the utmost comfort during your trip.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing: During the second day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will be able to explore the ancient city of Kathmandu for a brief period in a car. This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse culture, art, architecture, and traditions of Nepal.
  • Kathmandu to the Trail Head: On the third day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, during the early morning hours, you can opt to take a taxi to the bus station. From there, you can catch a local bus to Gorkha Bazar and eventually Barpak, which serves as the starting point for the trek. The cost of the local bus ride is already included in the package. However, if you prefer a more comfortable and faster mode of transportation, you have the option to hire a private Jeep. The Jeep can accommodate up to 5 or 6 people and comes at an additional cost of USD 250 per jeep.
  • Dharapani to Kathmandu: For your journey from Dharapani to Besishahar, you can opt for a shared Jeep. Once you reach Besishahar, you have the option to continue your journey to either Pokhara or Kathmandu by local bus. However, if you prefer a more comfortable mode of transportation, you can choose to hire a private Jeep at an additional cost of USD 250 per Jeep.

Accommodations: What is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Package Offer?

The Himalayan Trekking Path offers detailed information on our Classicla Manaslu Circuit Trekking packages, with accommodation being a crucial component. We offer two types of accommodations: city and mountain. The quality of accommodation plays a significant role in shaping the overall trekking experience. We kindly ask that you review the accommodation arrangements that will be included in your trip with us.

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu: Experience a delightful and family-friendly journey through the Manaslu Circuit Trek while enjoying the charming cities of Kathmandu. Immerse yourself in the cozy and comfortable ambiance of our handpicked hotels, such as Hotel Simal, Hotel Buddha, or a similar option in Kathmandu. These accommodations offer modern amenities to enhance your overall experience. If you have any specific requests, kindly inform us, and we will make every effort to accommodate them within the package.
  • Mountain Accommodation: Experience the captivating Manaslu Circuit Trek, where you will come across a diverse range of tea houses and homestays that offer comfortable bedding and a welcoming atmosphere. The trail is meticulously maintained, ensuring immaculate bedding and beautifully decorated rooms. However, as you approach Barpak, the accommodations become more modest and may require some adjustment compared to Kathmandu and Gorkha. Many tea houses even provide cozy campfires in their dining areas, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The lodges along the route provide essential amenities with limited services, including warm blankets and fresh bedding. Therefore, there is no need to carry a tent, but we suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for added comfort.

Travel Insurance:

When embarking on trekking or adventure activities in Nepal, it is essential to have travel insurance. This is not only important but also mandatory, as it is a requirement for obtaining trekking permits. Moreover, travel insurance can prove to be invaluable in emergencies, providing coverage for medical expenses and lost belongings. To ensure a confident, joyful, and enjoyable journey, we strongly advise selecting a suitable insurance policy. Although insurance is not included in our package, we are more than willing to offer recommendations if necessary. There are numerous insurance providers that specialize in adventure and high-altitude trekking coverage, such as World Nomads, IMG, and Seven Corners. You can either visit their websites or directly contact them to inquire about coverage options for your specific trek or climbing expedition.

Trekking Guide:

The  Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a complimentary professional trekking guide who is fluent in English and holds a government license. Your guide will accompany you throughout your entire trek along the Nepal Himalayas trail, from the moment you arrive until you depart. This package covers all expenses for the guide, including salary, insurance, meals, accommodation, and transportation. Additionally, the package includes a climbing guide who is equipped with food, insurance, salary, accommodation, and gear. Our dedicated guides go above and beyond to ensure your trip is successful and enjoyable. We are confident that you will have an amazing experience with our guides.

Porter service:

The Manaslu circuit trek package includes a complimentary porter service to enhance your trekking experience. Our package provides you with a porter to assist you along the challenging and less-traveled paths, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey. By utilizing the porter's services, you can reduce the weight of your daypack and have more time to savor the stunning views along the trail. Each trekker is assigned one porter for every two trekkers, with a maximum weight limit of 18 kg. The package covers all expenses related to the porter, including charges, salary, insurance, food, and accommodation.

Packing Lists:

Proper preparation is essential for a successful Manaslu Circuit Trek adventure. To ensure a fantastic trekking experience, we have compiled a comprehensive packing list that you must prepare before embarking on the renowned Manaslu Trek.

  • Essential Gear: Prepare a backpack or daypack (40L) depending on whether you will be using a porter. Remember to bring a 2-3-liter water bottle, trekking poles, a water purification method, and a sleeping bag with a liner (consider a -20-degree capacity for winter treks).
  • Headwear: To protect yourself from the sun, you can choose between a sun hat or a scarf. In colder climates, it is recommended to wear a winter hat or a wind-brimmed hat that is designed to shield you from the winter elements. Additionally, it's always wise to carry a headlight with spare batteries to ensure you have adequate lighting in any situation.
  • Face Protectors: When it comes to safeguarding your skin, don't forget to include sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and face and body wipes in your daily routine. These items play a vital role in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays and keeping it clean and refreshed.
  • Handwear: Lightweight gloves offer comfort and flexibility, whereas heavyweight winter gloves provide superior insulation for extreme cold conditions.
  • Body Requirements: For a successful hiking experience, it is important to have the appropriate clothing. This includes hiking shirts made of synthetic fiber, long-sleeved shirts, a hooded rain jacket, a fleece jacket, lightweight cotton pants, polypropylene underwear, a down jacket for winter treks, and waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Footwear: The footwear options include waterproof hiking boots, thick wool socks, and sports shoes or sandals for relaxation during trek-off time.
  • Toiletries: When going hiking, make sure to pack a fast-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shower gel, washing powder, nail clippers, and a compact mirror.
  • Rain Protection: When preparing for rain, it is important to remember to bring windproof gear in addition to rain protection. This includes rain jackets or ponchos and bag covers, as well as crampons for the icy and slippery trail.

Meals: 

Throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, our package includes breakfast in the city and full-board meals in the mountains. You will have the opportunity to indulge in a diverse range of culinary delights, from local delicacies to international cuisine. Whether you have specific dietary requirements, such as gluten-free or allergies, or if you follow a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or vegan diet, we have various options available to accommodate your needs. In the mountains, our team ensures that there is an ample selection of food, but if you find it insufficient, we suggest considering alternative items. It is recommended to consume meals with a higher calorie content during the trekking journey. We kindly ask that you carefully review the food choices provided both in the town and on the mountain.

  • Breakfast: As part of the Manaslu trek package, you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Kathmandu, accompanied by comfortable accommodation. In the city, you will have an extensive breakfast spread to choose from, including eggs, meat, vegetables, fresh fruit, juice, bakery items, cereal, cheese, tea, coffee, and a wide array of local and continental dishes. Additionally, in the mountainous regions, a delightful breakfast menu awaits you, offering options such as eggs, bread, paratha, set breakfast, champa (a local porridge), porridge, muesli with milk, hot beverages, fruit salad, and warm noodle soup.
  • Lunch and Dinner: During the Manaslu Circuit Trek Package, you can enjoy a comprehensive meal plan that includes full-board meals in the mountains and a farewell dinner in Kathmandu before your departure. The meal service commences after leaving Kathmandu and continues until Dharapani, offering a range of meal options to cater to different dietary preferences. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian, there are plenty of choices available. From local delicacies like Dal Bhat to international cuisines such as Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes, you will have a diverse selection to satisfy your taste buds. Expect to indulge in popular food items like noodles, momo, roti or bread, curry, soup, spaghetti, fried rice, chicken roast or grilled, pizza, spring rolls, French fries, and more.

Mountain Amenities

Kindly note that the mountain amenities mentioned, such as wifi and internet access, mobile phone and recharge services, hot showers, drinking water, and charging facilities, are not included in our package. These services are available at an additional cost. Please be informed that you can avail of these amenities by paying an extra fee.

  • Drinking water:Hydration is essential for all trekking and adventure journeys to prevent mountain sickness. In the context of Manaslu Circuit Trekking, it is recommended to drink 3 to 4 liters of water daily. There are various options to access clean water during your expedition, including using filters or purification tablets for spring water. Alternatively, you can buy bottled water or boil water for consumption. If you desire hot water, remember to bring appropriate containers. The price of a one-liter bottle can vary from Rs 150 to Rs 350, depending on the altitude.
  • Hot Shower: It's important to get a good night's sleep to recharge after a long day of hiking, and a refreshing shower can help with that. Unfortunately, hot showers are not part of the package, but they are available at most teahouses and homestays nearby for an additional fee. These showers are powered by either gas or solar energy. As you begin your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can enjoy a hot shower at a reasonable cost. The price per person per shower typically ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400. It's a good idea to have some Nepali currency on hand to cover the cost of this service.
  • WiFi and reception: While embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Adventure, you will have access to wifi at all teahouses. In locations with good reception, you can opt for a local SIM card with data, except for specific areas. Nevertheless, if you choose to utilize the teahouse wifi, there will be a charge of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per teahouse. It is important to note that internet service may not be available during unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Laundry Service: When embarking on a lengthy journey, utilizing the laundry service can be an excellent way to reduce the number of belongings you have to pack. In areas with mountains, there are laundry services offered at a reasonable cost, but you also have the choice to wash your clothes yourself. To do this, make sure to bring washing powder or soap and clean your daily-use items. Afterwards, hang them near a wood fire or on the balcony of the tea house, utilizing the wind to ensure they dry quickly overnight.
  • Charging Facility: During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will have access to a charging facility for your electronic devices. The hydroelectricity service extends up to Samdo, ensuring the availability of essential amenities. Additionally, each tea house is fitted with multiple outlets for your convenience. To prepare for unforeseen circumstances like inclement weather or power failures, it is advisable to bring a power bank. Please keep in mind that there may be a small fee ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 300.

Tipping Culture:

Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry in Nepal. When utilizing airport transportation services, it is customary to leave a tip for the driver. Similarly, when dining for lunch or dinner, it is expected to show appreciation by leaving a tip for the staff. This practice also applies to trekking guides, tour guides, climbing guides, and porters. The amount of the tip is discretionary and should reflect your satisfaction with the service received.

Farewell 

On behalf of the  Himalayan Trekking Path Company, we are delighted to invite you to a farewell dinner in honor of your upcoming departure. This special occasion will also serve as an opportunity for us to present you with an appreciation certificate and engage in a conversation about your trip, allowing us to gather your valuable suggestions and reviews. Your kind feedback holds great significance for our company.