Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • 5 reviews
  • 12 Days
Price per personUS$899
We Offer Group Price
No. of peoplePrice P.P
1 - 1 US$ 1199
2 - 2 US$ 999
3 - 5 US$ 945
6 - 10 US$ 899
11 - 16 US$ 851
23 May, 2022
$1199 x 1 guests:
$1199

Total
$1199
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  • Trip Duration12 Days
  • Difficulty LevelEasy-Moderate
  • Best SeasonMarch - June & Sept - December
  • Max Altitude5180 m

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a journey that introduces the real lifestyle of the mountain people, their unique culture, and diverse nature.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Historical Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Scenic drive to Arughat and Sotikhola
  • Trekking through the beautiful local villages
  • Dazzling mountain vistas of Ganesh Himal, and Manasu ranges.
  • Rich cultural heritage isolated villages
  • Flora and fauna
  • Pass Larke- La ( 5135m)

     

    The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days is an exclusive package that takes trekkers into the unspoiled Manaslu region. 

    It is considered by many guides to be the best all-around trek in Nepal and is a great alternative to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek to beat the crowds.  Though, it should be noted that it is a bit more difficult than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

    What is the trail like?

    The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days combines two regions: the Manaslu region and the Annapurna region. 

    If you look at a map, you can see that the trail circumnavigates Mount Manaslu, which stands high at an altitude of 8156 meters. The trail exemplifies the wonderful beauty of Nepal’s border with Tibet. 

    It is rich in biodiversity, natural beauty, and equally fascinating, cultural fascinations.  Our trail begins along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, next to rice fields, grazing animals, and welcoming villagers.

    Moving on, we climb north towards the higher altitude. We pass through Gurung villages, though as we got higher and higher, the population is completely ethnically Tibetan, and even a different dialect is spoken.

    Local people are Tibetan Buddhist influenced and offer brilliant hospitality.

    A major highlight of our Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Day is the Larke Pass (5135 meters), which offers once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan views.  It is a bit of an adventure to get up there, as the pass is usually covered with snow. 

    The majestic views of the high Himalayas, dense forests down below, and deep gorges make this trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    This trip is suitable for adventure lovers or those who are fit and new to trekking but have a strong desire to become acquainted with the mountains.

    Best Time for Manaslu Trek

    The best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek is between the months of October and December, as they provide the clearest skies.  The next best is from March to May. 

    It is possible to do the trek in other months, but ask us and we’ll give you advice and information regarding those times.

    For more information or customization about your trip, please feel free to Email or Contact Us. Mountain is calling you, come to explore now! Book Online 

     

    What to Expect on Manaslu Trek

    • Free Airport transportation on arrival and departure days (We will pick you up and drop you off)
    • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and walking poles (rental is included if needed)
    • Duffle bag if required (Optional)
    • Souvenir: Trekking route map/browser and printed ART's hiking T-shirt
    • An Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse at a high altitude to find out the accurate health condition while you are trekking in the mountain.
    • WOKI TOKI - for communication during the trek

     

     

    Itinerary 

    Day 1:Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328 ft)

    Today, we set off early in the morning for Sotikhola, you will be picked by your guide at your hotel and you all will be traveling to SotiKhola. During the drive from Kathmandu, we enjoy views of the greenery and some authentic Nepalese countryside along. the bus ride from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi Halfway of today's journey will be on the paved road but drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat/ SotiKhola will be on a rough road for 4 hours something to Sotikhola, upon arrival at SotiKhola, you will be taking a rest at the guest house and stay overnight with the very first mountain food,

    • Hotel
    • 6/7 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 710 m

     

    Day 2:Trek from Soti Khola - Machha Khola (900m/2952 ft)

    We have an easy trekking trail from Soti Khola, passing through beautiful villages, stunning waterfalls with amazing landscapes to Machhi Khola (A fish stream). Overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 4/5 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 1050 m
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    Day 3:Trek from Machha Khola -Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft)

    Today our trek starts after breakfast, along the Budi river of boulder rock on the reviver. We are Passing villages Khorla Besi, natural hot spring on the way than from the hot spring the trails gently climb over a bridge and we see the beautiful landscape and awesome mountains view than finally arrive at Jagat, Jagat is a beautiful flagstone village square in the village has Police checkpoints and we are entering Manaslu conservation area from here, Overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 1410 m

     

    Day 4:Trek from Jagat - Deng (1,804m/5917 ft])

    Today we have a short climb up to Yaru Besi then trails climb on steps to a waterfall. Cross the stream on a crooked wooden bridge then after that you walk through the villages and pass the couples scenic and typical villages and then gently walk on a river then you are in the Deng, overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 1804 m

     

    Day 5:Trek from Deng - Namrung (2630m/8626ft)

    We have a lower trail towering by boulder rock and crossing a suspension bridge, Deng then after crossing bridge short climb up to gentle climb now rails continuously into the dense forest of rhododendron, pine, fir and juniper and rhododendron blooming in March/April. Namrung village’s lies in the middle of the green forest with the police station for permit check, overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 2630

     

    Day 6:Trek from Namrung – Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft)

    Today is an amazing day. We will see the excellent Mountain View closer and scenic landscape, and the massive Manaslu Himalayan range a short walk from Namrung village. After a few hours' walk from the hotel, you reach a river which is followed down from Pungyen glaciers. I will follow the brunch trail reverse of the stream with ascending and then walk on yak pasture to Gompa with an incredible view of the Himalayas and the small valley. After having a packed lunch and taking photographs, we trek to Samagaun, overnight at the lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 6 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 3530 m

     

    Day 7:Aclimatization day, visit Pungyen gompa

    Today we went to visit the large village Gompa, this Gompa is known locally as Ro. The large village gompa is visible in the distance nestled against a wooded moraine at the far end of a valley and then the trails to the Lake then we leave the lake the trails start to Manaslu Base Camp.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 2 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 4200 m

     

    Day 8:Trek from Samagaon - Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft)

    Today we start gradually up on the bottom of Mt. Manaslu, leading on the south bank of the river through shrubs, beautiful landscapes after a short wooden bridge, brings Samdo, the last village in Manaslu trail before Larkya La Pass, Overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 4 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 3860 m

     

    Day 9:Trek from Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m/14, 628 ft)

    The trail will be leading a scenic walk to the Himalayas. It gradually goes up on the barren area with beautiful landscape, spectacular view of north Manaslu as well as glaciers. We are Crossing some streams on the way and passing the popular old market called Larkey Bazaar. Eastern trail leading to the border of Tibet but we take southern trail keep-climbing gradually up to Dharamsala, Overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 4 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 4460 m

     

    Day 10:Ascend to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft)

    Today is one of the most challenging and exciting days of our trek. We started the trek early in the morning, ascending nearly 700m up Larkya La Pass on the rocky. As we walk up we'll see the brilliant golden color sunrise over the Himalayas. Larkya La Pass is a challenging and tough pass but as you climb higher, you will be surprised and impressed by seeing the closest view of the massive Himalayas. At the summit we take photographs, then we descend nearly 1250m with a great view of the Himalayan, glacier, and a sparkling lake in the middle of the glacier. Then as we reach Bhimtang we will have a very good rest in Lodge, overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 7/8 hrs approx
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 5160 m

     

    Day 11:Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1920 m)

    today we are descending, crossing the few villages and more interspersed with rhododendron and oaks forests we walk on the north bank as we trek into the tile, we leave the village and cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment then trails follows through the scrub forests to Dharapani, we are now the junction of the tails and the remainder of the trek follows the first days of Annapurna circuit trek, Overnight at lodge.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 5 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
    • 1920 m

     

    Day 12:Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar by local jeep/ bus

    The final day of our journey, today's drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes all the way to the historical city of Kathmandu. The first part of the drive will be on the bumping road from Dharapani to Besisahar for a few hours. Upon arrival in Besisahar, we will take some time to eat lunch before we make our final journey back to Kathmandu, from Besisahar, the bus ride will be smooth on the paved to Kathmandu enjoying the view of the Mountains along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. on our upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed back to your hotel by our crew and about to celebrate the successful completion of our journey, so, after taking some rest at the hotel then we will have a farewell dinner in the evening all together and remaining of time in Kathmandu will be explored by yourself.

    • Trekking lodge
    • 7 hrs
    • Breakfast + Lunch
    • 1350 m

     

    Trip map

    Manaslu Circuit Trek map

    Trip inclusion

    • International Airport- Hotel- Airport pick up and drop off by private car/Jeep/ Hiace.
    • Meals on the full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
    • Alpine Ramble’s experienced, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
    • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
    • All necessary papers including Manaslu conservation area permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) fee.
    • special Manaslu perits 
    • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, and down jacket on request (optional)
    • Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek 
    • Assistant guide for the group 8 or above
    • Kathmandu- Soti Khola- Kathmandu by bus/ jeep
    • Supplementary snacks: energy bar, crackers, and cookies, etc.
    • Seasonal fresh fruits desert every evening after dinner.
    • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
    • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance
    • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt/  route map and a duffel bag (if required)
    • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
    • Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
    • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health condition (funded by your Travel Insurance)
    • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses
    • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
    • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule (Foods and accommodations before or after the trek) 
    • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic such as Fanta, Coca-cola, sprite, water, beer, etc.
    • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
    • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, WIFI, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a trek.
    • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency rescue evacuation from the high-altitude 
    • Personal trekking equipment for this trek 
    • Tips for guide and staffs (Tipping is expected)
    • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek

    FAQs

    Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for trekking to the Everest region. -your travel insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for individual trekking members, please kindly provide us your insurance to us at the time of booking your trip or later - before your trip get started. Alpine Ramble will help and assist you to buy travel insurance for potential unforeseen events or altitude sickness during the trek.

    • Ascend Slowly
    • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
    • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
    • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
    • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
    • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

    Yes, you could choose to own your departure dates according to your time and schedule if the published Departure dates are not suitable for your travel plans, we will help you to customize the trip Itinerary on your own time and preferences. 

    Yes, The trekkers should have to have registered trekking permits of Special, Manaslu conservation area, and TIMS (Trekker's Management Systems), they are all helped and provided by Alpine Ramble Trekks- it's all are included on our package program.

    Of course, yes, you can!  This trekking tour can be done by anyone from 8 years young to 75 years old with a reasonably fit by physical and mental. However, this trekking tour will be guided by a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide who helps you to accomplish the trek with great help and support thoroughly.

    Yes, Our Guide and Porters are all insured and they have trekking climbing insurances for trekking to any mountain in Nepal.

     

    The highest point of this trek is Larke -La (5,106 meters) 

    Yes, on upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you’ll be received and welcomed by one of our Alpine Ramble crews and transfer to the respective hotel

    Yes, almost every teahouse has Wifi offer with a little charge 

    Yes, we will help you to exchange your current very easily 

    The best season of the year for this trek is Autumn ( Spe- Dec) and Spring ( March-May) with the clear sky and great views- the temperatures are moderate, you can also do the trek in other months as well with less crowded. 

    The travelers need to be paid 10% of the full trip cost in advance and remaining of the funds for trekking can be made on arrival in Kathmandu. For the booking of your trip please go through the section of "BOOK YOUR TRIP" and click there to make your reservation, it's instant booking confirmation. 

    Yes, Three meals of a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek in the mountain and foods you will be eating as per menu- offers a wide verity of meals including local and western continentals. 

    • Ascend Slowly
    • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
    • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
    • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
    • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
    • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

    Yes, We have a safe and sound place to store where you can be easily stored your luggage at our Hotel or office. 

    Reviews

    • Clare naido - September 12, 2018

      From the outset our experience with Alpine Ramble was excellent: before we had even departed our home countries, Dil Gurung was a communication superstar: he responded promptly to emails and took great care in trying to assist us and plan the perfect Manaslu and Tsum Valley 21 day Itinerary. 

      Though we had never before met, I was warmly greeted at the airport by Dil and our guide with a Nepalese flower garland (mala I think it is called).

      Dil went over and above what I expected from a tour co-ordinator - he helped me at the hotel, changing money and finding bits and pieces I needed prior to the trek. He took time helping our group organize gear hire and explaining the itinerary in detail.

      Once on the trek, our group realized that we were trekking at different paces. This was not a problem for the Alpine Ramble team, who ensured that we could all trek at our own pace, enjoy the beautiful surrounds, and arrive safely at our destination each day.

      Dil did not trek with us but was always able to be contacted by Whatsapp, text or calls wherever we had internet/mobile reception (which admittedly wasn't often in the Manaslu/Tsum Valley area - the remoteness is one of the best features of this trek!). When we did get in touch with Dil he responded immediately and was extremely helpful.

      We were lucky to have two amazing porters. In particular, Sujal Gurung was outstanding: he was one of the most helpful and humble people I have ever met. Unfortunately, I had not realized just how tough the trek would be on my knees and I struggled with knee pain from about the second day. This slowed me down greatly, but Sujal walked with me every day, ensuring that I was never alone. He let me have breaks where needed and even tried to give me knee massages to ease the pain. I spent more time with Sujal than with our guide and, despite being employed as a porter, Sujal was able to teach me many things about Nepali culture. His love for Nepal is infectious, as is his personality! Sujal was happy to help with everything - not just carrying bags, but helping with the small things like bringing us our meals, finalising packing, getting hot water for drink bottles at night, even taking my drink bottle out of my bag so I didn't have to remove the whole backpack to take a drink! No job was too big or too small for Sujal, and he did everything with a smile. We were even privileged enough to enjoy his musical entertainment - singing Nepali songs throughout the trek!

      The trek itself was harder than I had anticipated, with every day involving steep rocky paths up and down (even if the final destination for the day was 200m higher than the starting point, there would be both steep ascents and descents)! 

      We got to see some very beautiful and isolated places, as well as traditional Nepalese villages. The highlight of the trip for me was staying at a nunnery with two Tibetan nuns near Mu Gompa. We couldn't speak Tibetan with the nuns but they were kind, keeping us warm by the fire and cooking for us...and allowing us to sleep in a beautiful and very isolated temple overnight. 

      Dharapani was a challenge - not only was it freezingly cold at night (the water in my bottle froze and my tent did not zip up properly), the toilets were disgusting (I strongly urge against using the provided toilets...you might slip on something undesirable while trying to squat.

      On the hardest day, the day we crossed Larke Pass, Sujal was like an angel for me: I was freezingly cold and tired, walking very slowly (far behind the rest of my group) and seriously considering whether exhaustion and cold were a good enough reason to call a rescue helicopter. Sujal didn't let me give up, and at times showed more faith in me than I had in myself. He walked slowly with me, reassuring me that we would go bistari (slowly) and we would be successful at Larke Pass. All the other travelers attempting the pass that day seemed to have passed me and I could hardly believe this was true. Despite my doubts, Sujal did not ever despair, even carrying me where I felt I could walk no longer. In the end Sujal's faith in me won out: we successfully reached Larke Pass (maybe 6 or 7 hours after we departed) , and I was overcome with tears of relief, happiness, and gratitude: in a strange country where I knew no one, a stranger had treated me with such great care and shown so much faith in me, making me feel as though I was on a journey with a friend of many years or a family member who had complete faith in me - and was right! It is hard to describe the feeling in words, but please know that it was this feeling of trust, feeling like I was cared for/about, the positive bouncy energy of Sujal's youth and his incredible strength that got me up and over the pass. 

      Back in Kathmandu Dil arranged for a tour of the city for me - unfortunately, it was very quick, as I was soon flying back home. The guide was extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Nepalese culture, history, and religion. He had piqued my curiosity and made me want to learn and understand more - perhaps by returning to Nepal one day. 

      I am so grateful to both Dil and Sujal for making my trip to Nepal a happy one. They both exhibited a sense of warmth, care and humility that is not common, especially in the competitive tourism market. These are things that can't really be quantified in monetary terms, and it was this, perhaps more so than the majesty of the Himalayas, that made my trip truly special and made the goodbye at the airport extremely difficult and sad for me. Hopefully, though, it is a 'see ya later' rather than a 'goodbye', as I would love to return to Nepal and see my Nepalese family again. 

      I can only hope that those of you reading this review choose Alpine Ramble and have the same wonderful experience as I did.

    • Myriam Leonardy - December 10, 2017

      We had an amazing and very authentic experience hiking through this remote and breathtakingly beautiful part of the country. The Alpine Ramble team was ever so attentive to our every need. The team that guided us through the trek was well supported by the team in Kathmandu. Overall, a great adventure and experience.

    • VIvian Read - November 12, 2017

      We heard this walk was not for the faint-hearted and it isn't but we enjoyed immensely the 21-day trek through spectacular valleys with dramatic mountain views crossing high- energy raging rivers staying in remote local villages, some shared with yaks due substantially to the high-level skills and experience of the Alpine Ramble team.
      I have walked twice before with Dil. As previously, his skills in arranging the walk were exceptional. And as always, he was a pleasure to work with.
      Krishna was an outstanding guide with many years of experience. He also proved a good cook. He was compassionate and thoughtful, providing strong leadership when required.
      Sujal was cheerful and patient in his assisting guide roles. Sumir and Annil were heroic in heavy-lifting the effort then happily pitching in with other trekking roles. They were all great company - we walked as a family.

      I highly recommend the Alpine Ramble team for any serious remote treks in Nepal.

    • Louise Carbone - April 10, 2017

      We recently returned from this epic trek in Nepal.with Alpine Ramble Treks. Our group spent 21 days trekking in this wonderful Himalayan landscape, a big thank you to Dil and his team who took great care of us. This adventure exceeded my expectations and was enhanced by the attentive care taken by Krishna, Sujal, Samir and Onnil, our guides and porters. I would recommend Alpine Ramble Treks for their support and professionalism. Thank you for showing us your beautiful country and culture.

    • Griffin H - October 13, 2015

      Alpine Ramble is very professional and Dil is incredibly kind and helpful. Our trek in Manaslu and Tsum Valley was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend Alpine Ramble!

      Griffin

      USA

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