Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
MANASLU REGION TREK
DURATION
16 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,160m at Larkya la pass
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Manaslu Trek
SEASON
Mar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Public Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar

About the Trip

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous classic trek to the untouched region of Nepal, offers an immense opportunity to experience the mountain scenery, beautiful landscapes, river falls and forests. Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

  Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola
  • Views of highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Mt. Annapurna II etc.
  • Trek along the BudhiGanadaki River gorge
  • Rich in biodiversity and natural scenery
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Cultural exploration between Hindu’s and Buddhists
  • Possibility of spotting a wild endangered species like Snow Leopard.

Benefits

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

 Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek opened in the year 1992 and it immediately grew in popularity because of its captivating natural essence, the exclusiveness and the untouched beauty. Situated along the border of Nepal and Tibet, we will experience and witness the culture and lifestyle of both Hindu’s and Buddhists. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows.

The Manaslu Trek (or Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a 16-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world (8,156 m). The trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows.

The circular tour around Manaslu counts as one of the truly great Himalayan treks. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants. Less than two per cent of trekkers go to Manaslu. This means that even in the high season you will not meet many trekkers. Manaslu is remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting. The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budhi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges here are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive from to SotiKhola via Arughat which approximately takes the whole day. On the following day, our trek begins to MachhaKhola. During the trek, we will be walking through beautiful forests, climbing onto ridges, walking past rice terraces and crossing suspension bridges. After trekking for about four days, we will be arriving at Deng, which starts to give us appearances of snow peaks. As we continue trekking, we will be crossing a small village then further reaching to Namrung village where it’s an amazing viewpoint for Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7,893m). Trekking a bit further, we will arrive at the highest village in Budi Gandaki valley; the Samagaon village. We will acclimatize at this village the following day and then continue our trek, heading towards Samdo followed by Dharamsala. At this point, we will be rewarded with the astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and the Larkya peak. The challenging trek awaits as we will be trekking around Manaslu crossing the Larkya La Pass (5100m) eventually reaching Bhimthang then to Gho. Further moving to Dharapani we will pass through fields and villages, following the Annapurna Circuit trek in reverse. On the last day, we will drive back to Besisahar then back to Kathmandu to your respective hotels.

The challenging Manaslu Circuit trek is the best choice for an adventurous journey for trekking enthusiasts as it offers not just beautiful scenery of nature and the mountains, but it gives us an insight into two different cultures; Buddhism and Hinduism that bond together.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Manaslu Circuit Trek next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive from kathmandu to Arughat - Distance ( 126.5 km/78 miles ), then drive to Soti Khola (730 m/2896 ft) - Distance ( 36 km/ 22 miles) – about 6-8 hrs

Driving in the Prithvi Highway; occident from Kathmandu, we will be exceeded by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. From Dhading Bensi, we will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. After an early forenoon breakfast, we will be prelude our tour with a scenic drive to Arughat, ensuing to Soti Khola. Arughat being a huge settlement, it is aggregate on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Along the way we will see elegant mountain scenery resembling Mt. In this long drive, we will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 2 -Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m/ 2,965 ft) - Walking Distance (9.7 km/6 miles) – 6 to 7 hrs

A long travel day bides, as we start to travel to Machha Khola. We will be obstructed towards Soti Khola with picturesque views of waterfalls and the tributary. Then we will be peripateticism through the lovesome Sal woodland, successive the climb onto a ridge above the vast rapids of the Budhi Gandaki rivulet on the away to Liding (750m). Passing through the unfeeling track, we reach Khursane. Across BudhiGanadaki are the views of Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange that expect incredibly. Soon after, we will be trekking down rice terraces taking us to Lapresi; a Gurung village. The path captures us where the col uncovered up and the Budhi Gandaki roam among extended perplex bars. The imposition maintains down to the tophaceous death bed of the Budhi Gandaki and we travel down to NauliKhola crossing a suspension bridge and yet inbound at Machha Khola.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 3 -Machha Khola to Doban (1070 m/3510 ft) -Walking Distance (9.5 km/ 5.9 miles) - 4 to 5 hrs

The trail we journey today has some ups and downs which often drops onto the gravel bars alongside the stream. The trail does become a little resistant at some point. Soon after, we will be crossing the Tharo Khola which flows in a rocky cavetto reaching Khorla Besi. Peaks like Manaslu Himal and Kuang Himal are seen as they beautifully stand their ground. Khorla Besi is a small beautiful Gurung village and is a part of many trekking routes such as the Manaslu Circuit journey and the Tsum Valley trek. After another steep climb, we will reach Tatopani; hot Spring. Then we climb over a wrinkle, crossing the Budhi Gandaki river over a suspension bridge followed by a wide, well-made staircase over a ridge to Doban. It is a confluence of the ShiarKhola and the SarpuKhola that flows from the eastward and the occident.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 4 -Doban to Philim (1570 m/5150 ft) - Walking Distance ( 13 km/ 8 miles) - 5 to 6 hrs

Our travel age originate with thwarting a delay overbridge successive the eastwards embank scansorial a ragged hard imposition. In approximately, three hours of trekking, we come at Jagat from Doban. Jagat is the item setback item of the Manaslu Conservation Area. As we abide journey, the drag is solemn as it is paved and has unbounded flagstones and mani bulkhead that front flatly fine. This evinces a symptom of the Tibetan Buddhist educate. After we fretful Jagat, the imposition falls us down to the Dudh Pokhari Khola. We will be interrupting the unfeeling abrupt to a ground of Salleri; the fields of rice and millet. Climbing along the occident escarp of the Budhi Gandaki affluent, we will be wonder by a celebrated prospect of the gleam apex of Singri Himal and Langju Himal to its orientate. Shortly, we will expanse the thorp of Sirdibas. In honest approximately forty-five jot up the procession is Philim; another huge Gurung village.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 5 -Philim to Deng (1860m/6102 ft) - Walking Distance (11 km/ 6.8 miles) - 4 to 5 hrs

The trek today from philim tender a pleasant view of the naturalness. The snow-capped trail will be engrossed us with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. As we poll towards the northward, traversing the terraced fields to Ekle Bhatti. We enter a steep, deserted gorge and then we descend down to the grasslike land incline with lofty pine trees thwarting the Budhi Gandaki overbridge. As we travel along the occident bank, we will see the Shar Khola and the Tsum Valley that connect the Budhi Gandaki on the opposite bank. The trail takes us to the occidental side where the valley ultimately widens and we have a pleasing walk through the bamboo sylvan to Deng.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 6 -Deng to Ghap (2250 m/7382 ft) - Walking Distance (11.5 km/ 7.14 miles) - 4 to 5 hrs

Followed by a seasonable morning break one's fast, we will escalade up to Bihi Phedi stepping the Sringi Khola that promontory westward up the Budhi Gandaki. As we attend the imposition upstream of Deng affluent, we will be coming across a little town include four dwellings. As we persevere our travel with furthermore elevated scale and upwards and downs in the woodland, we will care a course with mani partition and chortens that precedence us to Ghap. This is an omen of Tibetan Buddhist educate. The mani partition in Ghap has a richly ornamental sculpture that compels it to seem so delightful and absorbing. The educate lifestyles and the tribe in Ghap are fully selfsame to the Tibetan lifestyle.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 7 -Ghap to Namrung (2660 m/8727ft) - Walking Distance (9 km/5.5 miles)-4 to 5 hrs

From Ghap, our destination for today will be Namrung. We will take the march via the Prok town. This town is a surprising standpoint for a few point such as the SiringiHimal. It gives an astonishing sight and trekkers often restrain in this town for a while to seizure this consideration. We pass underneath a capacious overhanging cliff, and misfortune the Budhi Gandaki a few clocks ensuing the tree radiate in a sylvan that have fledgeling and animals intercept Danphe or pheasant; Nepal’s public fledgeling and a group of grey Langur marmoset. We will also be pedestrian through an unmixed forest of a fir tree, flowering rosebay and bamboos eventually gain Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is an elegant dorp with a graphic struggle of buildings.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 8 -Namrung to Lho (3180m/10433 ft)-Walking Distance (11km/6.8miles)- 5 to 6 hrs

We oblique the stiff overbridge over Budhi Gandaki as we chase the footway lined with a household that is broadcast with cultured fields. As we begin the upper Nupri, the idiom changes to Tibetan. The pursue have mani rampart which a beautifully carven as the Tibetan educate stands out. We journey through the woodland of firs, rhododendrons and oaks, promptly after, exceeding through a stone arch and entering the Lihi exhibit; the extraordinary workmanship of this neighbourhood. As the exaltation grow, our trekking with the appearance of pry like Mt. Manaslu and Naike Peak (5,515m). Shortly, we will cross a small stream that will lead us to Lho. Lho is a major league settlement with a monastery, a rough cobble archway at the entrance and chortens and immense mani wale denoting the Tibetan civilization.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 9 -Lho to Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft) - Walking Distance (17.2 km/10.6 miles)- 4 to 5 hrs

From Lho today we’ll be enjoying the surprising survey of many mountains on the passage. We will be excessively the torpidness gate and a long mani testicle bailey of the clachan as we get to see the Ngadi Chuli; Peak 29 (7,879), HiunChuli (7,893m) forth of us in Shyala village. From Shyala, the passing takes us up and easily after down to the affluent that originates from the glacier of Pungyen. Following the side moraine of the Pungyen glacier, we vanish through many chortens and monasteries with enormous prayer compass. The hiking gradually increases and becomes challenging as we cross the crest and trek in and out of the gulch of ThosangKhola. Descending down into a rock-strewn moraine across the defence, we emerge into an edge that examines the widespread fields of Samagaon.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 10 -Rest Day in Samagaun

In this long journey, we acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as we are in a higher elevation. We will not stay idle but will explore this village of Buddhist culture. We will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their culture. Additionally, we have other explorations planned as well. The options include to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp or continue to Birendra Lake and then climb the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery is in the south of Samagaon which is about two and a half hours’ hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us a tremendous view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunder displays. Samagaon is indeed an interesting place for acclimatization.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 11 -Samagaun to Samdo (3,875m/12,713 ft)- Walking Distance ( 8.2 km/ 5 miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

The trek today is comparatively more interesting and pleasant. We will be crossing the pasture areas and ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to forests with juniper and birch where we enjoy the beauty of nature. As we reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, we will be crossing the wooden bridge over it and climb up steeply across the river. We will be getting an amazing view of the mountains, especially Manaslu as we will be reaching Samdo, which is a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, we will also explore the village and the surrounding hills.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 12 -Samdo to Dharamsala (4,480m/14,698 ft) - Walking Distance (11.7 kilometers / 7.2 miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

With an exciting day ahead, we walk down the edge through fields and old mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the BudhiGanadaki river. We begin walking upward of the valley. We will be noticing the mani walls and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass. After crossing two streams, we will witness the Larkya Glacier which is unquestionably magnificent. As we enjoy the view, we further trek around the valley of SalkhaKhola and climb up again reaching the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house is not a lodge but it is a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. Today’s day would be a gratifying day as we will get an amazing view of the Larkya Glacier and the amazing view of Mt. Manaslu is a great angle. The short trek today gives us plenty of time later onwards to acclimatize and relax.

  • Overnight at “Dormitory /Tent”.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 13 -Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m/16929ft) - Walking Distance ( 24.7 km/15.3 miles ) – 7 to 8 hrs

The exciting part of the journey awaits for us, as we will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). After early morning breakfast, we will leave Dharamsala as it will be a whole day trek. The weather is the most important factor, it will decide if the trek becomes more challenging as strong winds and a storm could possibly occur. We being by crossing the moraine, descending down to a small lake. The trail begins to be rough and unclear as we have to cross the south of steep grassy slope. Our route stays on the moraine to an edge which is marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark that the route is visible so that we can continue trekking. Carefully trekking, we will descend to four frozen lakes then finally climbing a steep trail to the pass. The four frozen lakes look undeniably striking. From the pass, we get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and the great Annapurna II. As we live in the moment and admire the beauty of nature, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making steep, rough bends. We further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As we have descended, the trail becomes easier to walk in and then we reach a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadow, mani walls and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimthang.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 14 -Bhimtang to Gho (2,550 m/8,367 ft)-Walking Distance (10 km/ 6.2 miles)- 4 to 5 hrs

After a Time of a challenging journey, the pursue begins to variegate to the crystal current and the promontory water of the Dudh Koshi river. We will be contradicting the wooden bridge then through a dense pine sylvan where we will get a sight of the blooming rhododendron flowers with a diversity of ensign. This is flower versed at a leap. Wide range of animals and birdwatch are seen in the sylvan as well such as sheep, horses, jackanapes etc. We then trial a landslide making a precipice escalade on to an edge ornamented with prayer flags. Above the Marsyangdi bottom, we can see the culminate of the mountain, Lamjung. After a perambulate to the river bank, we will lastly arrive at Gho.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 15 -Gho to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft) - Walking Distance (6 km/ 3.7 miles) - 3 to 4 hrs

As we have been descendent, the imposition now is basically downhill. We will be trekking through many fields and pastures. We will remark that the beautiful prime rosebay is broadcast everywhere along with oak timber. Soon after, we arrive at Tilje which is an abundant Gurung settlement. This village is famous and well known for Brandy. After farewelling the wick via an insensibility arch, we will cross the Dudh Koshi anabranch following its embank and migration declivous through scrub forest. While journey, the walls of the Marsyangdi valley emerge massive and we follow the course of the Annapurna circumambulate journey but in reverse. We will moderately be securement glance of the inn in Dharapani from a discrepancy. After the last difficulty of crossing the stiff overbridge, exceedingly the chortens and another long stop overbridge, we will reach Dharapan.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 16 -From Dharapani We’ll Drive to Besisahar (760 m/2,493 ft) - Distance (34 km/ 21.1 miles ) – 4 to 5 hrs then drive back to Kathmandu -Distance (190 Km /118 miles) -7 hrs

Today we will be on the road the whole day. After early morning breakfast, we leave from Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus which will approximately take about six to seven hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi river, bhulbhule town a Khudi. According to the schedule, we should be reaching Besisahar at least before 3 pm so that we can catch the last bus to Kathmandu. In case the time is not favourable with us, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, we will be getting the sight of the Marsyagdi river meeting the Trishuli river as we head west in the Prithivi Highway. The drive has many beautiful and natural scenery that pleases our eyes with terraced lands a last few glimpses of the peaks.

  • Overnight at your own selected hotel at Kathmandu.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch ).

  Includes:

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti Khola (trek start) and from Dharapani(trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • All Standard Meals (16 Lunches, 15 Dinners and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Accommodations: Seven nights room with private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun(2N), Bhimtang and Gho. eight nights standard room at Machha Khola, Doban, Philim, Deng, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani(Generally twin Sharing room)- 15 Nights.
  • Government License holder English Speaking Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader,(12 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International flight airfare.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18 kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

COVID - 19 updates and safety precaution for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit, untouched trails of Nepal where you can explore many wonders of Nature which are probably not explored yet. Pandemic has hit us hard but we believe it's not going to last forever. After such a long lockdown, international travel plans was a halt for some time now, we're 100% sure Medical science will come up with a solution sooner or later and again we'll back to exploring and discovering the creation of nature. Manaslu being quite unpopulated place, it makes it easier to decide to hike where you'll be aloft and in natural social distancing for sure. We also need to take certain precautions just to make everything is always in control and for that, we're more than just Prepared.
We also are aware of the risk of Covid-19 for which we're well prepared with everything we're updated and informed by WHO & Ministry of Health of Nepal. Here are a few things which we've in our belt already.
Apart from Geographical safety, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have taken precaution in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
  • We'll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the DWT team assisting you.
  • Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks.
  • Food & Accommodation in the mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.

The beginning of the journey towards Manaslu Circuit Trek

The first day is your arrival day in Nepal. The second day is a must to apply for the restricted area permit to Manaslu. In the meantime, we conduct trek briefing, guide introduction and equipment checklist. The third day, we drive to Sotikhola via Arughat for the start of the trek.

Local Transportation (KTM to Arughat, Soti Khola, then Dharapani to Besisahar back to Kathmandu) is included in the package; private jeep is available at an extra cost.

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on company pamphlet) by our representative member from Discovery World Trekking, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

Accommodation

16 Days Manaslu Circuit trek includes fifteen nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation during the trekking. We provide seven nights room with private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun(2N), Bhimtang and Gho. eight nights standard room at Machha Khola, Doban, Philim, Deng, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani.

Three nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotel for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near the world’s 8th highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.

There will be 16 Breakfasts, 16 Lunch and 15 Dinners will be provided in the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

sixteen breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc).

sixteen lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Fifteen dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.

The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Weather and temperature are the most important factors to take into consideration the best season trekking in Nepal. March to May, September to November is the busiest season for Manaslu trek.
Heavy snowfall in the winter season from December until February closed the lodge at Dharamsala, makes it difficult to cross Larkya La Pass.  From June to August is the rainy season. We do not recommend trekking in winter and rainy season to anyone.

March to May - Spring

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather is very favourable through the trek. Stunning views of the Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. In April & May, low land start getting hot, high in the mountain is neither cold nor hot in the daytime. Nighttime is comparatively colder than daytime. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition at this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours. in upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) up to Max 18°C at daytime to min -4°C at night and morning degree celsius.

September to November - Autumn

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Manaslu Circuit trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to - 6 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Manaslu Circuit trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar. As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Manaslu region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.

 Acclimatization

Altitude sickness in high mountain journey is a common problem being faced by most of the trekkers during the trek; its symptom is preventable and needs immediate treatment after severely affected. It might be a life-threatening situation if its symptom is left ignored. As per the itinerary, from Samagoun3530m/11581 ft, we spend four to five nights over 3500m. Dharamsala 4480m/14698ft is the highest point of the trek. The symptom of altitude sickness is the most likely to occur only from the elevation of 3500m. Our 16 Days Manalsu Circuit Trek itinerary is designed to prevent mountain sickness, starting the trek from Sotikhola, 730 m above the sea level, continue hiking up seven days in reaching Samagaun which provides plenty of time to our body to adjust automatically with existing high elevation. Moreover, for a proactive approach, we ascend slowly but gradually, take a day rest in Samagaun and drink plenty of water each and every day. We can make successful Larkya La Pass without any problem. Your health and safety is the first priority and we guarantee that we will not compromise on it at any cost. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. Also, it is important to know that your group leader has the definitive response to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.

Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

Our 16 Days Manaslu Circuit is a challenging yet rewarding trek. Per day hiking in low land ranges from 5 to 7 hours, in high land from 3 to 4 hours. Hiking in high elevation is difficult than low elevation due to altitude. To cross 5,160m Larkya la pass is challenging, proactive preparedness regarding physical fitness is required-the ability to walk 4 to 6 hours a day. Previous trekking experience would be an additional advantage. Normal fit and novice trekkers can join and achieve this trek. However, the fitter we are, the more enjoyable experience we will have during the trek. We recommend doing morning walk, cycling or gym etc at least 30 minutes a day on a regular basis for a month before joining this trip. Trekking on the destination is reasonably comfortable, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 14 people on the trek -led by a leader guide and a porter for every two trekkers,  an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above people. The price of a group discount is applied with having your own paxes in your group. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. Solo trekker can take a part in our group joining trek but is not allowed to get entry special permit for private trek for Manaslu area, at least two person is required to obtain it due to restricted area. So we do not organize private trip to a solo traveller in Manaslu Circuit.

A typical day on the Trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing in the ring scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on the Trek

On the Manaslu circuit Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.

We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on Trekking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal try to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trek

Throughout the lodges at Manaslu Circuit Trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Manaslu circuit trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of the insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive a visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel.

Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock.

The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with the prior experience they have spent years trekking. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and Payment Process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 per cent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last Minute Booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.
We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.

Trip Extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Manaslu Circuit trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide you with a digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

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