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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

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 percent 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 Budi 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 wash minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding

Only opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992 it still has the feel of a pioneering expedition. If you want to know what trekking the 1980’s was like then Manaslu is a visual feast from start to finish, but you better be fit. Slowly you wind your way North to the snow bound Larkya La next to the Tibetan border. Altitude here is a problem but almost forgotten with the jaw dropping views of Manaslu. At 5167 meters Larkya La pass is usually snow covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 3 am start in order to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid morning. From the pass looking back the way you have come gives a clear view but by far the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and waked along a corridor to the west.

Suddenly a great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, casts down a stream of glaciers, while Annapurna II rises ahead. This view alone makes the trek worthwhile. Magical Nepal can arrange your all inclusive 15 days trek. The trek can be done on a teahouse basis unless you want to go off route where camping is the only option.

Day 1Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)700 m10 hrs
Day 2Soti Khola to Maccha Khola930 m6 hrs
Day 3Maccha Khola to Jagat1340 m7 hrs
Day 4Jagat to Deng1860 m6 hrs
Day 5Deng to Namrung2630 m6 hrs
Day 6Namrung to Lho2957 m4 hrs
Day 7Lho to Sama Gaun3530 m4 hrs
Day 8Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp600 m7 hrs
Day 9Sama Gaun to Samdo3865 m4 hrs
Day 10Day trip to Tibet Border5100 m8 hrs
Day 11Samdo to Dharmasala4460 m4 hrs
Day 12Dharmasala to Bimthang3590 m10 hrs
Day 13Bimthang to Tilije2300 m6 hrs
Day 14Tilije to Tal1669 m4 hrs
Day 15Tal to Kathmandu (Drive)760 m9 hrs

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Restricted Area Permits
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola (starting point of the trek) by private jeep
  • Tal (ending point of the trek) to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 15 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 14 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 15 x breakfast, 15 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Manaslu?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Manaslu. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 20kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 16kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding