Overview

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 
  • Best Time: Sept-Nov & Mar-May
  • Max. Altitude: 5160 m

Manaslu Trek - The Last Himalayan Jewel

Manaslu Trek exhibits sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture, and biological diversity. The 16 days Round Manaslu Circuit Trek spans across 600 to 5200 meters elevation - one of Nepal's last Himalayan jewels. It exhibits the unspoiled diverse culture and tradition with the wonderful views of Mt. Manaslu. Undoubtedly this around Manaslu trek suits best those who are looking for the less trodden challenging adventure in Nepal. This is one of the restricted region trekking, done in 2 weeks staying in the local teahouse. Not to miss this trekking route is a part of the Great Himalayan Trail. Also, known as the best alternative to the classic Annapurna circuit.

Round Manaslu Trekking to Explore the Tibetan Culture

We start our Manaslu trek from Lapubesi after the drive from Kathmandu via the Aarughat. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki river, the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the Manaslu Circuit trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates, and Chortens as does the topography changes. This Manaslu trekking region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals. Such as the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and blue sheep - Keep your eyes open!!

Manaslu Circuit with Larke Pass

Larke La pass is the highest vantage point in the Manaslu trek. The classic and tough ancient salt trading route that links the Buri Gandanti with Marsyandri valley literally Manaslu to the Annapurna region. The view from the Larkya pass is simply superb. Himlung, Cheo Himal, Larke peak, Annapurna II, and Mt. Manaslu can be captured from the pass. After the Larke Pass we descent through the beautiful alpine valleys at Bhinthang and Jagat. Furthermore, the route joins the classic Annapurna circuit trekking before driving back to Kathmandu. You simply need 16 days for this Manaslu circuit trek from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.

Trip in Nutshell

  • Less trodden teahouse trekking to the Majestic Manaslu
  • Larke la pass cross - the last Himalayan jewel
  • Majestic Manaslu peak and Tibetan Buddist culture at its best
  • Full board meals and drinking water on the trek
  • Medically trained trek guide with comprehensive first aid kit
  • Responsible trekking 1 Trekker: 1 Porter
  • Special trek permit
  • Required trek gear for the use

Itinerary

We customize airport transportation to all of our Manaslu trekking group members as per their flight.

Make sure to look for the Mountain Monarch clipboard on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Initial arrival information is given and the evening will be highlighted with group Nepal welcome dinner with cultural program. Make sure to have a camera with you at dinner time.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

Half-day world heritage cultural tour in the morning after breakfast.

Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.

Mountain Monarch prepared the special trekking permit for your Manaslu trek today.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Today we take around 8 hrs to drive to Lapubesi via the Aarughat to start our trip to Around Manaslu. The next day we trek along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki to Dobhan and stay a night at the elevation of 1070 meters at the local teahouse.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude1070 m

We enter the Manaslu restricted region and cross several Mane walls indicate we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence.

Cross and recross the suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki River.

We stay a night at Philim ( 1,570 m), Deng (1,860 m) the next day, and then to Namrung (2,630 m)

The trail enters a steep slopes uninhabited gorge and crosses the Iron bridge over Buri Gandaki river where the river is at its narrowest. We stay at local and recently built teahouse at Philip, Den, and Namrung village.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2630 m

We enter the Nupri Region, inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants.

Pass through several villages of Lihi, Sho, and Lho to spend the night at Shyala (3500m) one of the best vantage places to witness the majestic Manaslu peak.

Spectacular views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) are highlights of the day.

Descends onto a rock-strewn moraine and scales across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,520 m).

We take the exploration hike to the Pung Gyan Gompa viewpoint from Shyala as the best acclimatization hike before we head to Sama Goan. 

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3520 m

The trail is at first gentle then gets rougher as it reaches a yak train.

Village Samdo (3,872 m) is nestled behind a ridge. (3-4 hours.) We also explore the Birendra lake coming from the massif Manaslu on the way to Samdo, the last settlement close to the Tibetan border.

Next, we have a short descend on a wide trail to the river and then begin the climb toward the Larkye La. Spectacular view of Samdo peak, Larke peak, and Manaslu Northwest is simply the best highlight of the day. Keeps eyes open on blue sheep on the Himalayan slope. We stay at a nomadic type of very basic shelter / tented camp at 4460 meters with a basic facility in our preparation to climb the Larke pass the next morning.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4460 m

Today we cross the Larkya La (5,160 m) is the highest point of the Manaslu trek.

Views are tremendous: Himlung Himal (7,125 m/23,373′), Cheo Himal (6,820 m/22,370′), Kang Guru (6,980 m/22,898′), and Annapurna II (7,940 m/26,041′).

Drops steeply and traverses scree slopes to another grassy moraine down to a large meadow and camp at Bhimtang (3,700 m), situated in a huge valley surrounded by high peaks. About 9 hours walk.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3700 m

Today we descend to Gho for a present walk through the rhododendron forest. We see the different faces of the majestic mountain Manaslu. We stay at a local teahouse and they have hot shower facilities there ( weather permits). The next day we take a drive to Besishar via Dharapani. Besisahar is the trek starting point of a classic around the Annapurna trek.

  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2520 m

Around 6 hours drive to Kathmandu and stay a night at a hotel.

Browsing the internet and shopping in the Thamel area or exploration of sights and sounds in your rest day in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsLunch & Breakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

Today is the last day in Kathmandu, as per your flight details we will make sure to drop all of you at the Kathmandu international airport for your way back home after this adventure being lifetime to around Manaslu trek.

  • MealsBreakfast

Manaslu Trekking Itinerary:

Round Manaslu Circuit trekking itinerary in the Himalaya: Check out the walking hours, sleeping elevation, places of interest and major highlights including the majestic peaks

What's Included

Manaslu Trekking Cost:

  • Customize airport arrival & departure transfers.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary with the Around Manaslu trekking group.
  • Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Accommodation on teahouse while on around Manaslu trekking.
  • Full board meals with drinking water, tea, and coffee while on the Manasalu trek.
  • Mountain Monarch Trip Gears - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, and rain poncho for use on the trek.
  • Supplementary Oxygen Tank or Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life-saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Professional and experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid and his supporting trek crew with wages, accommodation, food, required gear, and porter insurance
  • Responsible Trek Policy of 01 Trekker: 01 Porter thus porter carry less weight at high elevation
  • Manaslu region Special trek permit.
  • complimentary Mountain Monarch T-shirts, trek Duffle bag, trek map
  • TIMS / Trekking permit, Conservation entry fees
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind while on Manaslu trekking.
  • International airfare
  • All drinks and main meals in cities
  • Tips and Items of personal expenses like a hot shower, battery charge, telephone calls, beverage drinks

Dates & Availability

Manaslu Trek Departure Dates

We offer the fixed departure group joining trip departure dates with an all-inclusive package trip cost. Check below the Manaslu trek departure dates for 2022and 2023

FAQs

  • Q1. Level of physical fitness for this Manaslu hike?

    Manaslu circuit trek which started as a camping trek and where tea house trekking is in progress very recently is by far the most beautiful trekking destination which once served as a fundamental trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu circuit is quite demanding, though the trek rises to an altitude of 5106 meters / 16,751 feet the daily altitude gain is very gradual which prepares challenging grounds for going over the Larke La pass. Anyone with reasonable fitness can join because the altitude is a major issue than the level of fitness. However, our itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing and ample time for acclimatization strategy. It's indeed heaven for keen walkers.

  • Manaslu is a restricted area for which a company and a local trekking guide are a must since you would be needing Special trekking permits, MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) permit, and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and a TIMS trekking permit. However, with Mountain Monarch, it's all set this all trekking permits for you.

  • Since Gorkha, a district under which Manaslu circuit falls was indeed an epicenter for the 2015 earthquake in Nepal that has undeniably brought about a transformation on the regular trekking trails with abundant aftermath landslides yet the safety of trails and settlements are undaunted. Trekkers have and are still doing elegant Manaslu trek even after the 2015 earthquake. There have been rumors about the Manaslu circuit coming to an end after the earthquake but it's all fictitious. Risk assessment has been done and it's fully functional.

  • Records till now show that Manaslu Circuit trek has been busiest during October and it's not as active as the commercial Annapurna circuit or Everest. However, April to mid-June during spring and September to November during autumn is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit when the view of the world's 8th highest peak, its neighboring mountains, beautiful gorges, and startling landscapes are at its best state.

    Doing/starting the Manaslu trek as early as December is still fine. We don't encourage do to this trek in late Dec, Jan and Feb. Doing the Manaslu trek in mid-winter could be pretty complicated because most of the settlements before and after the Larke La pass may be vacant as people tend to leave their lodges and head out further to a lower elevation due to the fear of increasing chill factor, fewer visitors and possibility of heavy snow.

  • Manaslu Circuit is a strenuous trek with longer hours of walking. Since the altitude gain is very gradual it is suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. However, anyone with knee, ankle, heart, or lungs pre-medical history needs to seek medical consent before considering the Manaslu Circuit trek. Though Mountain Monarch itinerary is so designed that the walks are challenging but not very exhausting yet some pre-training is a must figure out how many hours or how much weight you can handle. With some physical preparation, anyone can be ready to benefit from the paradise-like setting of the Manaslu trek.

  • Though the around Manaslu trek has very gradual ascent yet altitude sickness has been reported among many trekkers. Altitude sickness is something we get when we do rapid ascent and our body fails to adapt to the thin air environment. Our itinerary is so designed making the ascent very steady and enjoyable. Furthermore, we provide medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders with regulator, and oxygen chamber bags to deal with any altitude-related ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines to get away with altitude sickness, and as well there are multiple things you can do as precautions to ward off AMS eg taking Diamox etc. so far there has not been any record of fatal altitude sickness misfortune with mountain monarch groups.

  • Usually 6 to 7 hours on Manaslu trek excluding lunch. However, it also depends on your pace though we allow you enough time to set up your own pace to make everyday more entertaining. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

  • The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible only in few settlements because the 2015 earthquake has totally disrupted the electricity facility in the Manaslu region and it is sure to take a while to fix everything from trails, bridges, settlements, and electricity. Some have solar charging facility which may not be very reliable. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may suggest you not having the shower in high elevation regarding the health issues.

  • Other than your group leader you will have assistant guides in your group. Your leader will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the slow walking people being at the tail of the group making this Manaslu trek a strenuous hike. Nevertheless, your leader would be counseling everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

  • Mountain Monarch provides you with a very warm sleeping bag and feather duvet jackets which people have used even while climbing peaks which is the mother of all warm clothing. We also provide you with a Duffle bag to fit all your gears in and a very warm fleece liner that goes into your sleeping bag to keep you warm and cozy during night chill.

  • Since tea house trekking in Manaslu Circuit trek started very recently the accommodation facility is quite basic with twin bed sharing rooms with clean common toilets and occasional rooms with attach toilet bathrooms. Since advance booking is not possible sometimes these tea houses during peak season provide you with a dormitory facility or dining hall with a heated chimney. However, we have always given our best to accommodate our group in rooms available. You have a variety of choices for the food and in Manaslu circuit trek yet we send one of your cooks to assist the lodge owner in preparing foods that are there in their menu. So far there have not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

  • With no hidden costs our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening because of environmental concern we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. We suggest you bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. Besides the hot water, we fill up in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack which you can use in your sleeping bag and can still drink in the morning when it's still warm.

  • Manaslu is restricted region trekking in Nepal and traveling with a registered trekking company is a must as the Nepal government rule. Trekkers must have a trekking guide to do this trek to the Manaslu region. In cases of emergency, the necessary prompt assistance will be available only if you are affiliated with a reputed company. Furthermore, if you are looking for a hassle-free holiday in terms of issuing permits, hotels, flights, and transportation etc it's best to go with a reputed company that offers you leaders who are knowledgeable and professionals. Reputed companies are there to provide you with quality service at a very competitive price and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater to you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailment or any weather mayhem.

  • Yes, as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness you can always modify the Manaslu Circuit trek but that may add up more hours walking and long hours drive to Beshisahar. Depending on your schedule you can always come up with necessary inquiries to which we will be more than happy to get back to you with required additional alternatives. Mountain Monarch has always been successful in organizing customized trek for the clients as per their requirements.

  • Depending on your level of fitness nothing is unattainable and camping groups have done it several times setting up an advance camp before the Larke pass yet we hardly recommend Manaslu Circuit doing the reverse way around. If you are doing a tea house trek then from Bhimthang (the base camp before pass) to Larke La you are ascending 1400 m / 4,593 feet in one go which obviously means you are undertaking great physical risk. A very well acclimatization approach is a must for doing Manaslu clockwise.

  • We suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your backup for just in any case.

Customer Reviews

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    Rick Thomas 5.0CanadaPublished December 20, 2016

    Awsome experience on the Manaslu trek

    Text can’t entirely describe my experience on the Manaslu trek because it’s how I felt on the inside that made it feel so worthwhile as each day passed. It was awesome and so different from the other 2 treks I have taken with Mountain Monarch, which was in the Everest region in 2010 and 2014 and which I both loved as well. What I really loved about this trek was the fact that there were fewer people on this circuit compared to the Everest region. Most of the trekking days were spent by the beautiful river where the sound of raging rapids filled the air. The sound of water while going to sleep was calming.

    Larke pass was a long and tough day but a rewarding one. 5,106 meters and every breath means something as you push on and reach that final flag. And a big highlight for me personally happened one night around 3 am when I went outside and for a minute just stared at the magnificence of Mt Manaslu before me bathed in white alongside the night sky awash with all of the major stars of our universe. At that moment all I thought was just maybe I was the only one on earth looking at it during that very moment in time. Felt great.

    As for the staff, Netra our main guide was so knowledgeable and great to talk to. Pimba our assistant guide did an impeccable job as well. Our porters, all young guys were a joy to be with. I and my fellow trekkers were more than happy with the complete service provided. If I go back to Nepal ( which I am sure I will) Mountain Monarch will be my first choice again.

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    Francois 5.0CanadaPublished December 03, 2016

    Excellent organisation

    Great and Safe custom trek around Manaslu and Annapurna in 17 days with our guide Yam. Thanks, Mountain Monarch for the trip of a lifetime.

  • A
    Anthony And Belinda Ryan 5.0AustraliaPublished July 11, 2015

    Simply Fantastic trekking experience

    We have done several treks with Mountain Monarch with our first trek being the Annapurna Circuit in January 2006. It was an amazing trek where we were totally looked after from being picked up at the airport to being dropped off at the airport some 3 weeks later. Our trekking crew (Subash, Dana & Santa) got us over Throng La, around the circuit & back to Kathmandu with a minimum of fuss. The views were stunning as we walked in valleys under the giants of the Himalayas.

    Along the way, the boys also helped locals & other independent trekkers where needed. Our second trek was the Langtang trek that we did over Christmas 2007 with CP, Purba & Ram. This trek was different from our first trek as it had wide-open views of the mountain ranges that unfolded in front of us. Again we were well looked after with the boys preparing one of the most delicious meals (chicken Nepali style) we have ever had on the last day of our trek.

    In February 2015 we did the lower Manaslu trek reuniting with our original crew of Subash, Dana, Santa & many others. This was a camping trek which was completely different from the other treks we have done. We were in a remote area that seldom sees trekkers, walking through forests, terraced fields & villages. We saw amazing views of the nearby ranges & were fortunate to see locals going about their daily lives. Each of these treks was different from each other & we are currently researching our next trek with Mountain Monarch to another new location in this beautiful country.

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