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    Manaslu Circuit Trek

    5.00/5 from 15 reviews

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      16 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Tour and Trek
    • Accommodation
      3 star Standard Hotel in cities & Standard Guest House during the trekking
    • Meals
      Bed and Breakfast Plan (BB Plan)
    • Vehicle
      Private Vehicles and Public Bus
    • Max. People
    Manaslu Circuit TrekMap
    • StartsKathmandu, Nepal
    • EndsKathmandu, Nepal

    About - Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the famous off-the-beaten trekking trails in Nepal, which takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area and provides a breathtaking view of the eight highest mountains in the world - Manaslu (8,156m). This route was opened in 1992 and slowly grew in popularity because of its unrevealed natural beauty, essence, and cultural diversity. You will experience both Hindu and Tibetan culture, tradition, lifestyle, and practices on this trip. This trail is famous for those who want to experience something different than other mountain routes like the Annapurna Region and Everest Region because of its striking and jaw-dropping scenery, terrain, and diverse culture. This route also provides both Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek.

     The Manaslu Circuit Trek began with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola which lies on the bank of the Budi Gandaki river. The trail passes through the beautiful lush green forest, climbing onto the ridges, hiking in the rice terraces, encountering the many donkeys, and crossing the numerous suspension bridges that will take you to the Jagat and Deng. From here, you will start to see the snow-capped mountains, high hills, and exotic mountain life. Next, you will arrive in a small village in the foothill of the mountains which offers an extraordinary view of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and many other neighboring mountains. Trekking a bit further, you will arrive in the beautiful village of Samagaun which lies in Budi Gandaki valley, where you will acclimatize for one day before crossing the Larkey pass.

    On your acclimatization day, you will visit the nearby villages and a short hike to the Manaslu Base Camp via the ridge of Birendra Lake for the stunning views of the Manaslu region and Pungen Gompa. The trails also provide an opportunity to encounter yaks, blue sheep, and other mountain animals. Further, you will continue to trek towards Samdo village and reach Bhimtang via crossing the Larke pass (5,106m), the longest pass in Nepal. Further, you will trek towards Dharapani where you will meet the Annapurna Circuit Trail, further passing through low mountains and villages. On the last day, you will drive back to Besisahar, Lamjung, and then back to Kathmandu. 

    Major Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Explore off-the-beaten trail

    From day one of your Manaslu Circuit trek, you will be surprised by the amazing natural beauties, landscapes, and awe-inspiring scenery of mountains and high hills. This trail offers astonishing views of rivers, lakes, lush green forests, green hills in front of the giant snow-capped mountains, colorful terraces, farmlands, and exotic flora and fauna. The trail is basically perfect for the adventure seeker who wants to experience the Himalayas as they have existed for hundreds of years.

    Experience the mixed culture of Hindu and Tibetian

    The Manaslu Circuit trail is full of cultural diversity and blessings, where you will be treated to the amazing mixture of Nepalese and Tibetian hospitality and cuisine. You get to witness ancient cultures, traditions, and the almost primitive lifestyle of the local people as you trek up north towards the high mountain peaks.  This trail passes through several beautiful villages inhabited by the religions of ethnic groups such as Tsum, Gurung, and Nubri. The residents of these ethnic groups have practiced lifestyles based on agriculture and livestock and these days since tourism is getting more popular, they also cater to trekking and climbing tourism.

    Majestic view of Mt. Manaslu (8,156m)

    The major highlights of this trek are Mt. Manaslu, which is the 8th highest mountain in the world and very popular in the world of the expedition, because of the most accessible 8,000m peaks in Nepal and one of the easier 8,000m peaks. This mountain is also called the mountain of the spirit, which means intellect or soul. The look of the peak point is so attractive for mountain lovers.

    More highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

    • Excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Square.
    • A pristine trekking trail that offers you to circle Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.
    • Exploring the Budhi Gandaki river valley
    • Start the trek through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests
    • Crossing Larkya La over 5,106m
    • Diversified untouched ecosystems
    • Scenic drive to Sotikhola from Kathmandu
    • The jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region.
    • Majestic views of snow-capped mountains such as Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru, Gorkha Himal, Himalchuli, and many more.
    • Exotic wildlife such as Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and Snow Leopard.
    • Rich biodiversity and natural scenery.

    Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

    During peak season ( Autumn- Sep-Nov) and (Spring- March-May) the teahouses and the trail are crowded. Since Autumn and Spring is the best season or best time of the year to trek to the Manaslu Region. You will be using normal teahouse accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain. However, Luxury Holidays Nepal's experienced and professional team is always there to ensure your safety and services all around the year.

    We offer a farewell cultural dinner at the end of the trip. If you want some other options for Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can also go with this package for the Tsum Valley Trek and Short Manaslu Circuit Trek as well. Along the journey, you will relish the wonderful trek, support the local economy, explore your hidden strengths, and make both friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      3-star accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar category) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
    • PERMITS:
      All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Public bus transfer Kathmandu - Soti Khola and  Dharapani-Kathmandu (Can Upgrade to Private Jeep)
    • LUGGAGE:
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
      Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek with breakfast
    • GUIDE:
      Government-licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
    • PORTER:
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter) to and from Basecamp.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles
      Comprehensive medical kit.
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
      Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu and in trekking days
      Optional Add-on for Meals, Hotel upgrades in Kathmandu and Private Jeep Transportation (Kathmandu - Soti Khola and  Dharapani-Kathmandu)
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical kits, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees(NPR 2600 ∼ US $ 22 per person )
      Not included during the trek.
      Please contact us
    • Group and Family Discounts
      Please contact us or send us an email at [email protected]
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

    For the complete Nepal Travel Guide, please click here.

    Dates & Availability

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      - Excellent
      Ms. Erica Nascimento
      Russian Federation (the), Moscow

      Had a wonderful time in Manaslu Trek

      We did the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September 2020, and it was honestly one of the best experiences we have ever had. Our guide Ritesh did an incredible job. He is friendly, and helpful and has  Knowledge about wildlife and the culture of Manaslu trekking.  The food and accommodation were good. We saw and learned a lot of things we had not seen before. The treks were beautiful.LHN is an agency that really cares about its customers and that was what made me so grateful for my experience with them. We will like to come back for another trip with Luxury Holidays Nepal.

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      Mr. Jackson
      Canada, Edmonton

      Incredible !! MANASLU Treak

      We had the most incredible Manaslu circuit trek! It was brilliantly organized by Luxury Holiday Nepal who was incredibly informative and remained unshaken by our endless questions and changes to the itinerary. Our guide was just amazing attentive and supportive. They secure the best accommodation and manage our expectations, checking the food and the kitchen at the tea houses. The trek was more of a challenge than expected and the altitude punishing, but the scenery was spectacular as we climbed from rivers to jungle stunning open plains and the majestic inspiring mountains and the villages, people we met on the trail, mountain mules and Yaks were fascinating: new wonders every day. we loved it!! we will definitely be back and will not hesitate to use Luxury Holiday Nepal again.

      Thank you everyone - you did an amazing job!

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      - Excellent
      Mr. Kiambang
      Canada, Vancouver

      Best Experience

      Last month, we had the best experience of the Manaslu trek with amazing sight-seen of natural diversity. Luxury holidays Nepal provided us with the best Hotels which were quite pretty and luxurious environments. Their teams made a more interesting and fabulous journey. The guide which was provided is very friendly, experienced and energetic. We passed over a breathtaking high mountain pass, walk over terrain and explore the unique village lifestyle of the people in the Manaslu region. It made my dream come true and makes a reality. All the credit goes to Luxury Holidays Nepal and their team for making our trip fantastic and memorable. So, I request all the visitors to visit through this company.

      Thank you!

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    Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs

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    Essential Information

    Trekking Grade for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a fairly challenging journey. It is moderately long trekking that goes into the country's most elevated mountain. So travelers require more energy and the trip is actually tiring which includes 4-6 hrs. (approx.) of walking per day on the rocky edges. It doesn't require previous experience, but you must be physically healthy and better if you do regular exercise. If you love walking at high altitudes, then this trip is for you. (Click here for more information)

    Accommodation during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal provides accommodation in the 3-Star category hotels in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar) and standard Lodges throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket, and pillows. If you want luxury accommodation of 4/5 stars in Kathmandu, please contact us for cost detail.

    Foods during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Travelers take their breakfast and dinner at the tea house where they stay and lunch is taken during the trailing in the local lodge. Lunch and Dinner are not included during the trip and breakfast is included throughout the trip.

    Drinking Water during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the trekking as your body requires more at a higher altitude. (Click here for more information)

    Transportation during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you a private luxury vehicle for an airport transfer, sightseeing and a public bus for Kathmandu - Soti Khola and  Dharapani-Kathmandu(Add on - Private Jeep Available).

    Luggage during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag that will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in the hotel of Kathmandu.

    Group Leader during the Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people. (Click here to see the Guide Profiles

    If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to the availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

    Visa for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    You can get a visa at Kathmandu airport upon arrival. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy.

    On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    For more details please click here.

    Booking your international flight for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.,,
    They usually have good offers.

    When and where should you arrive for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends after the scheduled trip after breakfast.

    You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel. 
    If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected]
    After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.

    Currencies accepted during Manaslu Circuit Trek
    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the trekking. (Click here for more information)

    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip. (Click here for more information)

    Internet and SIM Card for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well. (Click here for more information)

    Vaccinations & Immunization for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunizations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever. (Click here for more information)

    Health Issues for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters.  Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude-related problems usually for people with stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition that might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine. We recommend you take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.

    Insurance/Evacuation for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    We do not hope that there may arise any serious problems for you in your journey, but if you get caught by a serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place during the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance that will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)

    See Mount Everest
    If you want to see a close view of Mt. Everest and the Himalayan peaks, we can arrange mountain flights. You can contact [email protected] to book.

    To know more about Mount Everest Scenic Flight by plane, please click here and Everest Scenic Flight by Helicopter click here.

    Trip Extensions:
    If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan, and Tibet. And other trekking and activities in Nepal like the Everest trek, Annapurna Trek, Langtang Trek, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.

    Tipping for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

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