Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 5106m
Highlights
  • A scenic country road drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Magnificent walk via dense rhododendron and other diverse vegetations
  • Awe-inspiring rural landscapes and valleys
  • Historical and holy caves and monasteries
  • Picturesque ethnic settlements and their unique culture
  • Core wilderness among the giant mountain summits
  • Thrilling Larkya La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world
  • Unique dialects, blend of Tibetan and Nepal culture and civilization
  • Stupendous mountain panorama including Annapurna Massif, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and some other majestic summits on the Tibetan side

Mount Manaslu (8163m.) is regarded as one of the eight tallest mountains in the world. This mountain is entitled as 'killer mountain'. Manaslu Trek is an adventure trekking to see Mt. Manaslu.  It is trekking into a restricted area in the most remote area of Nepal. During Manaslu Trek, trekkers will have a chance to experience the most off the beaten trails and the remote lifestyle and ancient civilization of the people of this region. Manaslu trekking area is still distinct since it is not much spoiled and facilitated as other trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang. Despite being remote and restricted area trekking in Nepal, it has successfully been fascinating thousands of tourists for years.
Since around Manaslu trekking or Manaslu Circuit Trek is strenuous trekking in Nepal, it may not fit for the people of all the groups and ages. It demands a high level of stamina and sound physical fitness. Besides, prior trekking and hiking experiences will be very beneficial for this trek. Manaslu trek takes the trekkers to the most remote area of the Manaslu region and offers you the stupendous view of mount Manasalu along with other snow-capped peaks on the horizon. The local tradition and the organic diversity of this region really please the tourists.
The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely known to be one of the most dramatic and high passes crossing in the Himalayas in Nepal. However, we ensure you the proper acclimatization and the topmost safety of the trekkers on the mountain during your Manasalu Circuit Trek. The trek is thrilling but on your victory, the Manaslu circuit trek excellently satisfies the adventure enthusiasts with an excellent experience of adventure and a wide range of snow-fed mountains, flora, and fauna, age-long heritages, glaciers, beautiful landscapes, and the like.
Obtain a special area permit for Manaslu Circuit Trek since it is a restricted area. Your travel partner or you yourself can obtain it. Trekkers are not allowed to enter Manaslu Protected Area without a company an authorized guide or a porter.
The best time of the year for Manaslu Circuit Trek is Autumn( Sep-Nov). People will have the finest weather of the year during Autumn in Nepal. Optionally, they can undertake this trek in Spring ( Mar-May) too.
Trekkers will be using basic teahouse accommodation during their Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is impossible to find modern hotel accommodation for an overnight stay for your Manaslu trek since the trail is not facilitated by modern hotels and restaurants yet.
“Embark on a remote restricted area trail with us where the wilderness is awaiting you with a giant Mt. Manaslu and other alluring snow-fed mountain panoramas.”

Itinerary

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Day 01:Pick Up From The Airport in Kathmandu and Transfer to the Hotel.

The very first day that you step in Nepal for the trip. Our team member will be at the airport holding your name to pick up you from the airport. And then, you will be transferred to the hotel. It is around 30 mins drive from the airport to the hotel. There may some hassles like offering a taxi or hotel or something like that. Do go with them. And sometimes, in international flight, your luggage may be missing. Be very careful. We hope it will not disturb your trip.

After your arrival at the hotel, you will get refreshed and we will have a short orientation meeting regarding the trip. We will introduce a guide or trip leader. For this, be with 4 pieces of recent pp sized photographs, a copy of passport, and copy of travel insurance. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

This drive commences early in the morning after breakfast. You drive along the Prithvi Highway till you get Malekhu and the way divides to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarters of Dhading district. Till Dhading Bensi you will drive along the concrete smooth road. Then, we begin to drive in the country road which is rough and bumping in someplace till we get Arughat. On the way, we will see country lifestyle and settlements and also mountain view including Manasalu and Ganesh Himal. Then, our further drive from Arughat takes us to Sotikhola. Overnight at Soti Khola.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Soti Khoa
  • 710m

Today’s trek commences after your breakfast. First, you cross the bridge, then our pleasant trekking begins via a beautiful Sal forest. After climbing up a huge ridge on the Budhi Gandaki, we reach a place named Khursane. You begin to view some cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. The further walk takes you to the terraced fields and finally takes you to Gurung village of Labubesi. The new descend down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Again we have to put our effort forward. After crossing a suspension bridge, you eventually get Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Maccha Khola Gaon
  • 930m

The trail today is blended of ascends and descends. Some of the places you get on the trail are Tharo Khola Khorlabesi. After that, we again have to face some ascends and descends which leads us to a small Hotspring in Tatopani. After passing a ridge, you cross a suspension bridge of Budhi Gandaki. Then the trail will let you trek on a well-crafted staircase. Finally, we climb towards the village named Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Jagat
  • 1410m

Still, you have trek many ascents and descents. The trail sometimes takes you along the sandy bank of Budhi Gandaki river and you will pass through suspension bridge too. After we get the place named Ekle Bhatti, we begin to experience millet fields and other types of vegetations and some beautiful terraced fields too. The trail along the bank of Budhi Gandakitakes us to Nyak. Overnight in Nyak.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Nyak
  • 2340m

After Nyak the first village we get is Deng through a dense bamboo forest. After a short walk beyond Deng, we pass the Budhi Gandaki and ascend to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we hike up a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then move west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. We also passe through forests and Mani where we move towards a corner that eventually takes us to Ghap. Overnight in Ghap

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghap
  • 2160m

Today, we, the first encounter with Prok village which offers us a magnificent view of Siringi Himal. We start trekking upstream via dense forest which is a pleasant walk. After we pass a narrow gorge and we climb the steep hill which takes us to Namrung. Then our further walk passing beautiful village Namrung further offers some fabulous views of Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village, one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli. Today, we also make an exploration of holy Ribung Gompa. Mt. Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and some glaciers will be prime highlights of today’s trekking. Today’s trekking ends at Samagaon.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Samagaon
  • 3530m

This day is for acclimatization and exploration of Samagaon and the premises. You will be familiar with Sherpa culture. Thousands of Mani stones will fascinate you around the village. The Buddhist inscriptions are carved in Mani. You will go to visit Sma village where an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa) will offer you numerous views of glaciers. Fundamentally, you spend the day entirely for exploration of Buddhist culture and holy monasteries with some mountain views. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Samagaon
  • 3530m

Today, first we descend to the bank of Budhi Gandaki river then the trail leads us to Manasalu Base Camp. Then the trail goes through juniper and birch forest. Crossing a wooden bridge of Budhigandaki river we arrive at Samdo. Samdo is a vantage point that offers a magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu which is the eight highest peaks in the world as well as behind the pass also get a view of the Himalayas like Larke Peak, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Cheo and Possibly Kang Guru. Samdo and its premises are considered to be a habitat for the Lophophorus (national bird of Nepal). Our further walk crossing two streams, we get a view of Larkya Glacier, and then we reach a stone guest house. This is actually not a lodge. It is called Dharmasala. Dharmasala is also called Larky Phedi. Overnight in Dharmasala.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dharamsala

After a short climb, we get a beautiful valley which offers a great view of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. Then, we get a walk across moraines of the glacier. The trails then gradually become steeper and eventually, you will get Lrakya La Pass. Larkya La Pass. You will witness breathtaking views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the huge Annapurna II.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Larke Pass
  • 4470m

From Larkya Pass, you begin to walk through low pasturelands. It is, actually, a pleasant walk to witnessing Mt. Manasalu closer up in the skyline. It is an awe-inspiring experience for the trekkers till you get Bhimtang. Overnight in Bimthang

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Bhimtang
  • 3720m

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can witness splendid views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. Our further descendand cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola offers us another flavor of pleasant hiking till we get Dharapani. Before we get Dharapani, we get Tilije then passing the police checkpoint, we eventually get the village Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dharapani
  • 1860m

This is trekking through first Katre village and beautiful terraced fields, Moreover, we also see traditional settlements of various ethnic groups. The further trail passes through pine and rhododendron forest till you get Jagat.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Jagat
  • 1300m

From Jagat, you begin your drive after breakfast. It is around 8-9 hours drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar. Driving along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river experiencing a beautiful country lifestyle will be another flavor of this trekking. You also will enjoy some hill and mountain landscapes on the way to Kathmandu. You will enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

According to your flight schedule, you will be dropped to the airport for the onward flight towards your country or next destination.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop.
  • 2 Night Hotel with Breakfast at Kathmandu.
  • 12 Night Hotel with full board meals during trek.
  • All necessary documents like TIMS and permit
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • English-speaking experienced trekking guide.
  • Porters according to the requirement.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenditure like Hard and cold drinks, Laundry, telephone etc.
  • Guide Tips.

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

Permit and Regulation:

Because of the Restricted trekking route, the Permit of this region is different from the normal trekking region like Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. According to the Government Regulation, the Permit of Manaslu trekking region is quoted Offseason and Peak season. The rate of the permit in the Peak season starts from March to May and Sep to November is 70 U.S dollars for 7 days. The rate of the permit for the offseason is quoted 50 u.s dollars for 7 days. To process the permit you need to have at least 4 passport sizes Photo and on arrival, you need to show an original passport to the government to grant the Permit. The Tims card is not necessary but it is compulsory to take MCAP ( Manaslu Conservation Area Permit ) and ACAP ( Annapurna Conservation Area Permit ). Individual trekkers and travelers are not allowed in this trekking route so for the permit, there must be at least 2 groups of trekkers with a government register guide and their Travel insurance is compulsory.

When is the Best Season For Manaslu Trek:

Even though the best trekking season in Nepal is March to May and Sep to Nov. We like to give some hence to the trekker to choose their month of Adventure. Since the trek starts from the Low altitude Arukhet 700m to the High altitude Larke Pass 5160m definitely there will change the range of temperature of the climate. Find some hence of the weather condition.

January And February: The wintertime in Nepal. Most trekkers said Few people and very quiet during trekking and it is cold and icy and the sky is clear. In this month Changing weather patterns is difficult to say. So there is a need for Crampons for descending the Pass. Need to bring a tent to some places.

March: Good weather not too cold at high up and not too warm at down below. The beautiful Rhododendrons can see from Deng up to Shyala.

April: Getting Hot in the weather in Lower. The beautiful Rhododendrons can see from Deng up to Shyala.

May: The month is hot and sweaty. The last of the Rhododendron's bloom can be seen.

June and July and August: Start Moonsoon no trekker can be seen and very few lodges are in activities.

September: The end of Moonson but still the possibility of Haze and rain. Begin to start good weather for trekking from the mid of September.

October: Best time and Magnificent for the Trekking Time.

November: It is cold higher up but still the best month for trekking.

December: Getting cold but best view with the clear sky.

Different travelers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travel. Accordingly, considering such different preferences of traveling according to their budget and time frame, this trip program also can be customized.

Teahouse trekking:

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water:

We don’t recommend you to drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

  1. Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
  2. Drinking ginger and lemon tea reduce the need for water consumption.
  3. Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chloride tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to a higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standard policies cover you trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website is correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.

What is your cancellation policy:

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance with the following schedule:
75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 14 days prior to the original departure date.
50% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing your trip.

How will I get rescued if I am critically ill during the trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trek where the elevation starts from 1350m to 5106m. Altitude sickness mainly occurs after you head above 2500m. You will not get altitude sickness symptoms below 2500m. Some of the altitude sickness symptoms are Nausea, Headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Acclimatization is the main thing that helps to prevent altitude sickness. But you can still prevent altitude sickness by drinking more water, avoiding strenuous exercise for 24 hours, and by having a rest day every 600m-900m you go up. However, one out of 10 people may catch altitude sickness even with all the preventions. We can take DIAMOX if we suffer from altitude sickness. But if the condition does not get well even after taking the Diamox, the guide will immediately inform the travel company. If you will be ill at any point of the trek you will be slowly taken to the lower elevation.  Then you will be seek basic medical where our guide will help you, and then if it’s necessary or emergency you will be immediately sent to Kathmandu by emergency helicopter service. This is how you will get rescued if you will be critically ill during the trek.

 

The importance of insurance in Manaslu Circuit Trek

Travel insurance plays an essential role. The right travel insurance will protect you from the unique risks while traveling to Nepal or Climbing to Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find the best policies that cover all the necessary events associated with Manaslu Circuit Trek or other trekking areas. There will not be a relaxed trip without travel insurance. It is very necessary to be careful while choosing policies because some insurance companies do not include adventure trekking. Mostly many of the travel insurance covers only up to the elevation of 3000m but the Manaslu Base Camp trek will go beyond 3000m standing at the highest point which will be above 5000m. We suggest you choose Your travel insurance that covers up to 6000m which you will be covered for the entire trek and shouldn't be worried about evacuations or medical assistance costs. Before buying your insurance, your insurer should be aware of the Itinerary of Magic Expedition and Tours. If you are planning for trekking in the Himalayas, Your insurance should cover emergency air service Helicopter and should include all the medical expenses. The emergency helicopter service would be very costly so If you have your insurance done you wouldn’t be worried. Your travel insurance should cover the cancelation policy because if you have to cancel a paid trek due to weather conditions, They can cover this expense. You should double-check that it is included on the top of the standard hospitalization cover. Some of the Travel insurances that are recommended are:-

 

 

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