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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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Highlights
  • A thrilling adventure in crossing the highest point in the whole Manaslu circuit trekking. Larke La pass
  • Exploring the Buddhist and Tibetan cultures in different valleys and settlement areas
  • Learning about the Nepal and Tibet trade culture
  • Panoramic view of mountains, including Mt. Manaslu
  • Transverse from Gorkha district to Manang areas

 ‘An adventure around the world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu with Larke-La Pass’

Are you looking for an adventure clairvoyant to explore the wilderness among the raging rivers and gigantic mountains to find the essence of Hindu and Buddhist culture? If yes, then Manaslu Circuit trekking is the ideal option for you. This trek circumnavigates you to the eighth-tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu ( 8163 m).

Despite the fact that the Manaslu area was open for trekking in 1991, the area still falls secluded and remote in the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. However, the hidden beauty of Manaslu is being uncovered these days by national and international trekkers.

After feasting your eye with picturesque beauty unraveling the rivers and dramatic landscapes engulfed by stunning snow-capped peaks, you will come across a frigid zone surrounded by remorseless landscapes of ice and glaciers at Larke La pass. The trails are en route Nepal and Tibet border, accepting the cultural significance of both sides in harmony.

So, if you want to elucidate the puzzle of Manaslu, why not come along with Explorer Adventure to make your voyage more meaningful and exciting?

Itinerary

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff members will extend the gesture of warm welcome to you. You will be transferred to your designated hotels, where you can rest for a while. In the evening, you will join the welcome dinner organized by our company at an authentic Nepalese restaurant.

During the dinner, you can interact with other fellow trekkers who are going to accompany you in 16 days of Manaslu circuit trekking. Our guides will spend a few moments of your time to provide you with a briefing that includes all of the required information regarding the trek. Dont worry; they won't bore you with their speech. To compensate for the briefing time, you will be provided a cultural show while enjoying the dinner.

    Don't you think it will be a total waste of your time if you spend the second day of your trek surrounded by the four walls of hotel rooms? Considering this factor, we have organized a sightseeing program for you. Early morning, after having breakfast, you will stroll around the bustling Kathmandu valley.

    You can visit different places with cultural and religious essence, like Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Pashupatinath, or you can explore the intricate alleyways of the Durbar squares to learn about the historical aspects of those places. Moreover, filling your stomach just by tasting different varieties of foods is a must.

    After spending about half a day sojourning the valley, you will return to the hotel to make essential preparations for the trek.

      Kathmandu Elevation: 1400 m

      Maccha Khola Elevation: 930 m

      Drive Duration: 7 to 8 hours

      In the initial stretch of your journey, you will take a comfortable bus ride leaving Kathmandu to reach Maccha Khola. The total distance to be covered during this bus ride is almost 160 km, which will take about 6 to 7 hours. You may think that the override trip will be boring, but this 7-hour-long journey is going to be one of the most exciting parts of your Manaslu circuit trekking.

      You will be directed toward the northwest from Kathmandu Valley to Gorkha district on Prithvi highway. The long Trishuli River will accompany the highway, flowing at its pace to connect with other rivers. Moreover, you will be enchanted by the views from your bus as you come across the terraced fields, lush forests, and giant mountain ranges sparkling by dominating the sky.

      Crossing those scenic places in the mid-hills, you will arrive at a small Arughat town on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. After a short break in the town, you will continue your journey by covering a few miles to reach Seti Khola, a gateway to the Manaslu trek.

      Now, you will head to Machha Khola, where your real trek will begin. The road to Maccha Khola is breathtaking, with numerous waterfalls and dense Sal forest. Likewise, steep ascents and descents along the path will make the ride more exciting. After making your way through different villages and settlement areas alongside the sandy river bed, you will reach your trekking point.

      After a few hours of trekking, along with glimpses of Shringi Himal, you will finally reach Khorla Besi. Today was a very long journey, so you will end your day with a heavy dinner in a teahouse.

      • Max Altitude:970 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Khorla Besi Elevation: 970 m

      You must be happy today as you finally get to hike after such a tiring bus ride. Leaving behind the teahouse, you will hike along the trail etched into the face of massive stones and jagged cliffs right above the Budhi Gandaki River. With a steep wall on one side and a sharp drop to the river on the other side, you have to tackle the challenging part of the trail.

      Moreover, mules carrying heavy weights are also walking on the trails, so make sure you walk on the side of the wall. Subsequently, you will reach Tatopani, commonly known as the hot spring. Now, it turns to cross the fast-flowing Budhi Gandaki River with the help of a hanging suspension bridge. The path of the forest waits for you to connect you to Doban.

      Doban is the term used to denote the junction of two rivers, and this place is also a confluence of Shari Khola and Sarpu Khola. After watching the beautiful bond of rivers, you will continue the steep hike, passing Louri until Thado Bharyang to reach Jagat.

      • Max Altitude:1340 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Jagat Elevation: 1340 m

      Starting the day with a hearty breakfast, you will descend through the stone steps and take a climb to reach Saguleri. Crossing various hanging bridges, you will arrive at a huge Gurung settlement, Philim. That village area has numerous stupas and monasteries representing their cultural beliefs and identities.

      From Philim, you will hike northwards alongside the rhododendron forest and cross Lokwa and Ekle Bhatti village. The trail will become steeper, with sharp canyons leading to the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River and linking with the Bamboo forest. After crossing the Deng Khola, you will arrive in Deng, where you will see the considerable Tibetan influence.

      • Max Altitude:1860 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Deng Elevation: 1860 m

      The initial stretch of the day kicks off by taking a short ascend followed by a steep ascend towards Rana Bridge. After crossing the bridge and walking alongside the coniferous pine forest, you will take a little break by taking a good look at Kutang Himal at Bihi Phedi. Immediately after crossing the bridge, you will get an ambiance of the Buddhist region with many prayer flags and mani walls.

      Subsequently, making your way through gorges, followed by various ascents and descents, you will walk through lush forest and make a quick trip to Kal Tal before finally reaching Ghap.

      After crossing a suspension bridge, you will finally arrive at your destination and rest for a night at the teahouse.

      • Max Altitude:2250 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Ghap Elevation: 2250 m

      As slowly the altitude gains, the route leads you to the dense forest with fir, oaks, and rhododendron trees, followed by steep ascends. You have to cross several suspension bridges and walk on the stone stairs to reach Namrung. The cultivation land in Namrung is filled with plants of barley and millet. Ensuring the undulating green fields of Barcham, you will stroll through Lihi village and cross a stream that was formed by the Lindanda Glacier to reach Sho while taking in the views of Simnang Himal.

      This trail also allows you to explore the remote region of Nubra Valley, guiding you towards your final destination of today, Lho village. This village is quite a dense Tibetan settlement area under the care of Ribum Gompa.

      • Max Altitude:3180 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Lho Elevation: 3180 m

      Taking an overnight rest at Lho village, you will hike towards Sama Gaon today. After striding along the rhododendron and pine forest, you will enter Shyala village. Lands covered with agricultural fields, the settlement area is surrounded by Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) on the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier up ahead, and Ganesh Himal to the far right.

      Moving ahead from Shyala village, you will need to cross a small stream flowing from Punggen glacier and reach the closest village to Manaslu Base camp, Sama Gaon.

      • Max Altitude:3530 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Today is the first and last acclimatization day in your Manalsu circuit trekking. As you have trekked to enough high altitude, you need to give a break to your body so that it can adapt well to the falling oxygen level.

      In order to acclimatize your body, you will take short hikes within Sama Gaon and explore the area. There are tons of options for you to entertain yourself in this interesting area. You can either hike to Manalsu base camp or visit the hidden treasure, Pungyen Monastery. Additionally, you can stroll around Birendra Lake and witness how ice blocks tumble with a thunderous sound into the lake.

      • Max Altitude:3530 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Sama Elevation: 3530 m

      As you have got enough rest the previous day, your body will feel light and today's hike will be pleasant for you. Crossing the yak pasture land after leaving Sama Gaon, forests of juniper and birch will welcome you. Traversing those forests, you will reach down towards the Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing the wooden bridge over the river, you will continue the journey and hike to tackle the steep uphill.

      Finally, you will reach the Tibetan refugee village, Samdo, which offers you an extremely beautiful and serene view of Mt. Manaslu and other different peaks. Upon arriving at the village, you can explore the beauty of the area with the remaining time in your hand.

      • Max Altitude:3875 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Samdo Elevation: 3875 m

      Filling your stomach with a light Tibetan-influenced breakfast, you will set off for today’s hike. The hike stretches from walking at the edge of Samdo village to crossing the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. As you further proceed, you will come across two more streams, Athahra Saya River and Larke River. As you make your way through these streams, you will notice mani walls and prayer flags hinting that you are close to Larkya La Pass.

      Here comes the highlight of today: Larkya Glacier standing stationery surrounded by snow-capped mountains. After enjoying the breathtaking view of the glacier, you will walk with long footsteps, passing Salka Khola Valley to reach the stone guest house. This guest house is not particularly a lodge but more like a community dormitory commonly known as Dharmashala or Larkya La Phedi.

      You will take an energizing rest overnight at Dharmashala to prepare yourself for tomorrow's immense trekking.

      • Max Altitude:4480 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Dharamshala Elevation: 4480 m

      Larke la pass Elevation: 5106 m

      Finally, today is the day when you will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit. Are you all set for today’s adventure?

      You will start the day super early in the morning because today you will have to cross Larke la pass. This is one of the longest passes in Nepal and marks the highest altitude in your whole Manaslu Circuit trekking. It is crucial to hike early in the morning since strong winds blow across the pass during the day, making the trek more difficult and occasionally impossible to accomplish.

      Facing the magnificent view of Larke Peak, the trail will lead you to cross the moraine and bring you towards the steep slope after a descent towards a small lake. There are prayer flags all along the trail to inform about the right direction. The prayer flags provide a sense of direction over the moraine to an edge from where you will have to descend the four frozen lakes and push yourself to take a steep uphill to make it to the top of Larke La pass.

      Climbing the intense steep uphill with great effort and enjoying the panoramic views of various summits, including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II, will give you a sense of accomplishment. This will make you realize that great hard work results in fantastic and satisfying results.

      Reaching the top of the moraine, you will head towards the west and take a rough, steep descent to come across another grassy moraine. Now, the trail onward will be a bit easier after that descent. After walking for a few hours, you will finally meet with the expansive valley of Bhimtang full of small houses, stupas, and mani walls.

      Today was definitely a long day, so you will end your day with a heavy meal reflecting on your effort and results.

      • Max Altitude:5106 m
      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Gho Elevation: 2550 m

      After a long, tiring day prior, today will be a short trek from Bhimtang to Gho. You will walk through the trails that cross the food of Bhimtyang glacier amidst lush vegetation. You can have a perfect southwest view of Annapurna II and Mt. Manaslu.

      Subsequently, you will make your way through the forest of fir that opens a cultivated area named Kharche. After walking for a few hours along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki River, you will finally arrive at Gho.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Dharapani Elevation: 1910 m

      The trail to reach Tal Besi comprises a few ups but mostly descent, including fields and pastures. After less than an hour's walk from Gho, you will reach the Gurung settlement area Tilje. After crossing the Tilje village which is famous for Brandy, you walk through Thoje village, following the walls of Marsyangdi Valley loom, and finally reach Dharapani.

      However, you have to walk some uphill and gradual path to reach Tal Besi. This overnight stay lies in the tail of Manang district with a scenic view of waterfalls.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Besisar Elevation: 760 m

      Kathmandu Elevation: 1400m

      Today will be the last day of your Manaslu Circuit Trekking. You will pass many villages and towns, including Bhulbhule and Khudi, alongside the Marsyangdi river. After arriving at Besisahar, you will take a bus ride to Kathmandu. The bus will head east on the Prithvi Highway, accompanied by an encounter of the Marsyangdi River with the Trishuli River.

      With eye pleasuring views of western Nepal alongside the highway, you will return back to bustling Kathmandu city. You will be transferred to your designated hotels, where you will spend your last night in Nepal.

      • Accommodation:Tea Houses/Lodges
      • Meals:BLD

      Carrying all the amazing memories, you will bid farewell to Nepal and catch an international flight that will take you home.

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        Route Map

        Manaslu Circuit Trekking map
        What's Included
        • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
        • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B
        • Transpiration from KTM to KTM by tourist bus.
        •  Note: if there is more then 3 people in the group then will provide private transport.  
        • Government license holder guide 
        • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
        • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
        • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
        • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek
        • TIMS Trekking information manage System   
        • Manaslu Specail permit 
        • Annapurna Conservation permit ACP
        • Manaslu Conservation Permits 
        • Government taxes and official expenses
        What's not Included
        • All food pay your self  during the trek  
        • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
        • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
        • Nepal Visa ($50)
        • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
        • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
        • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
        • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

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        Trip DateApr 20, 2024 - May 05, 2024
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        Trip DateApr 23, 2024 - May 08, 2024
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        Difficulty Level of Manaslu Circuit Trek

        Difficulty Level of Manaslu Circuit Trek

        If you are planning to explore the off-the-beaten area of western Nepal, then you must be wondering about the difficulty level of this trek. Manaslu circuit trek is categorized as a moderately difficult or strenuous trek.

        During the 2015 earthquake, the trails of the Manaslu area were destroyed. But dont worry, the trials are now developed with wider and clearer paths. Moreover, new trails are also developed to offer more chances to explore different areas. The trek will bestow the delight of the lush forest, suspension bridges, flowing streams, cultured settlement areas, and waterfalls during the journey while achieving the highest altitude of 5106 m, Larke la Pass.

        Trek Duration

        You will be required to cover a total distance of about 180 km(11 miles) during these 16 days. However, the distance may vary as per the itinerary and highlights you have chosen.

        In these optimal days, you will have to hike for about 6 to 8 hours daily to cover about 9 km per day.

        Some Factors that make this trek strenuous

        Remoteness

        As you are already aware, this 16-day trek will lead you to the more remote and undisturbed area of the Manaslu region, so the services and infrastructures are not well developed. The teahouse accommodations and meal facilities are basic, but you may not get network reception or Wifi services everywhere you go.

        So, if you cannot adapt to sudden change, then it might create discomfort for you. Therefore, it is better to keep expectations low when you are trekking in remote areas.

        Route

        Manaslu circuit trek offers you the peace and calmness of the secluded Himalayan region, but to conquer this feat, you will have to overcome the rugged terrains, glacier moraines, loose soil, and steep ascents and descents.

        So, if you come to this trek with inadequate equipment preparations and an underprepared body, then this trek can be more taxing for you.

        Weather

        Despite the fact that Manaslu circuit trekking is open for all seasons, the off-season can be more challenging due to weather factors. Especially during monsoons, high downpours increase the probability of landslides and floods in the area. This can result in even halting or postponing the trek. In case the trek goes as per the schedule, the trails will be muddy and slippery, causing accidents or mishaps.

        Similarly, in the winter season, the trails and valleys will be covered with snow and temperature can be changed unpredictably, falling to minus. Moreover, the teahouses at higher altitudes can be closed as the owners will shift from higher altitudes to lower altitudes to avoid the freezing cold.

        Altitude Sickness

        The Manaslu Circuit Trekking for 16 days will elevate you to a higher altitude, so altitude sickness is definitely a concerning and alarming factor.

        Starting the trek with an elevation of 850 meters at Maccha Khola, the trek escalates to an altitude upto 5106 m in Larke La Pass with different carrying points like Lho (3,180 meters), Samagaun (3,520 meters), Bhimtang (3,720 meters) and Dharamsala (4,450 meters).

        So, there is a high possibility for trekkers like you to suffer from symptoms of altitude sickness like headache, shortness of breath, lack of appetite, fatigue, and dizziness.

        Travel Insurance

        Your package for 16 days of Manalsu circuit trekking does not include travel insurance. So, you need to make sure to get insured by the policy that covers all the medical costs, air ambulance, hospital bills, and evacuation expenses.

        Most travel insurance does not include cancellation expenses in case of bad and unforeseeable circumstances. Hence, you can take cancellation insurance that will mitigate the prepaid cost of accommodations, flights, etc, in case you have to cancel the trek due to personal or other reasons.

        Guides and porters

        The main priority for us is to make your trek comfortable and safe. So, to make our objective come true, you will be accompanied by our guides and porters in your Manaslu Circuit Trekking for 16 days. The experienced and professional guide will lead the trek and make sure that you are fine during the whole trek. Moreover, they can offer expansive knowledge about the region as they have sufficient and appropriate information about the history, culture, and geography of the nooks and corners of those areas.

        Furthermore, our guides must be well-trained in simple first aid and medical conditions like AMS, evacuation process in case of emergency, etc. So, in case you are feeling the symptoms of AMS or discomfort, you need to inform our guides immediately.

        According to the recent changes made by the government, no solo trekkers are allowed to trek in the restricted area without a guide. Additionally, the guides should be government-licensed, not freelancers.

        At the same time, you will meet with our friendly and cheerful guide once you end the bus ride and start the actual trek. One porter will carry a maximum of 15 to 20 kg of weight of 2 trekkers like you. They are well compensated and looked after by our company, including the facilities of meals and accommodations during the trek.

        Best time for 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek

        If you ask us when is the best time to trek to the Manaslu circuit, then we will recommend the months of spring and autumn season. March to May is the perfect time if you want to enjoy the fragrance of the blooming wildflowers and rhododendrons. Moreover, the skies are often clear, and the weather temperature is pleasant, making the trek more easy and comfortable.

        Likewise, from September to November, you can enjoy the foliage turning into bright orange. The chances of precipitation and mist are generally very low, so you can fully enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. Additionally, the fall season is the festive season in Nepal, which offers you an opportunity to experience how the centuries-old Hindu culture has perfectly blended with Buddhism and other Tibetan cultures.

        Furthermore, the days are longer in both seasons, which adds extra time for you to explore the area. However, the objective of trekking for every individual can be different. In case you are a botanical or environment enthusiast, then trekking to the Manaslu circuit in monsoon season will help to widen your horizon on flora and other different species of plants. In case you love winter and want to explore the region during winter, it is possible, as trekking in Manaslu is open all year around.

        What to Pack for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

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        Do you know that packing can impact your whole trekking journey? The right packing will help to keep you comfortable and protected during the whole trek, while the wrong packing will just keep you in trouble and a sense of discomfort.

        So, here is the reference for you in case you do not miss the essentials and are overloaded with unwanted stuff.

        Clothing

        • Moisture-soaking base, layered top and bottom
        • Insulating layers of fleece or a down jacket
        • Waterproof and windproof outer shell of a jacket and pants
        • Convertible trekking pants and shorts
        • Long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts
        • Sun hat, woolen beanie
        • A couple of pairs of socks and underwear
        • Pair of gloves
        • Buff or neck gaiter
        • Extra pair of socks and underwear

        Shoes

        • Sturdy and waterproof-fitting boots with good ankle support
        • Comfortable sandals or shoes for evenings

        Equipment

        • Trekking poles
        • Duffle bag, packing sack
        • Backpack
        • Binoculars, camera
        • Sleeping bag (four seasonal sleeping bags recommended)
        • Headlamps and extra batteries for it
        • UV-protective sunglasses
        • Reusable water bottles
        • Water-purifying iodine tablets or filters
        • Power bank, solar charger
        • Universal charging cord
        • Reusable water bottles
        • Thermos flask
        • Crampons
        • Ice axe

        Toiletries and personal hygiene

        • Toothpaste, toothbrush, facewash, Hand sanitizer
        • Sunscreen, body lotion, and lip balm
        • Soap, shampoo and conditioner
        • Quick dry towels, toilet paper, Wet wipes, and face towel
        • Deodorants
        • Foot powder
        • Personal medication (if any)
        • Water purification solution or tablets
        • Small first aid kit with all basic medications

        Are the services at Manaslu Circuit Trek good?

        Though the trek is famous for its off-the-beaten journey, providing solidarity among the Himalayas, the trek has a moderate level of services and facilities.

        Accommodations

        Along the trail, there are a number of lodges and teahouses providing lodging facilities. However, you may not be able to find luxurious hotels with upgraded services throughout the trek.

        You will be provided with a twin-sharing room where you can find bunk beds in some of them. The bathroom can be of Western style in some lower altitude areas while you hike to higher altitude, it can change to traditional squat style.

        Foods

        The teahouse and lodge owners will offer you an expansive menu comprising the foods to suit your palate. You can taste regional food, Nepalese food, Indian and Tibetan cuisines, and even foreign specialties.

        Breakfast

        1. Cereals
        2. Cornflakes
        3. Pancakes
        4. Pudding
        5. Soups or congee
        6. Toast
        7. Tea, coffee
        8. Roti Tarkari
        9. Selroti and many more

        Lunch and dinner

        1. Traditional daal bhaat tarkari
        2. Dhindo
        3. Roti Tarkari
        4. Thakali khana set
        5. Momo, Dumplings
        6. Spaghetti
        7. Rildok and many more

        You can have access to different cold, hot, and even hard drinks in these teahouses. However, this package does not include a 3-time meal facility and drinks (bottled and bar drinks), so you will have to pay for food and drinks from your own pocket. The food and drinks will cost about $20-30 per day.

        Other services

        It is very obvious that you will have to charge your devices or use wifi to inform your loved ones back home. These teahouses do have the facilities of wifi, charging, and hot shower. But you will have to pay them extra cost about $2 to $5 dollar to access these services.

        Precautions and Safety Measures

        After knowing about the difficulty level, you may be worried thinking whether you can do this moderately challenging trek. Don't worry; you can do this trek without a doubt. However, you have to be prepared beforehand and take necessary precautions and safety measures to make this trek more easygoing and comfortable.

        In case you are a novice trekker, then you can try some physical exercises to increase your strength so that you do not get easily exhausted while climbing those rugged and steep paths. Since this trekking leads to a higher altitude, it is better to go for some high-altitude hiking.

        Furthermore, our package includes the acclimatization day at Samagaon. So during that time, you need to make sure that you acclimatize properly to adjust the body temperature with falling oxygen levels. Anyone can fall prey to altitude sickness above 2500 m sea level, so in case you notice the symptoms of altitude sickness, you have to immediately inform our guide, who will help you in your vulnerable time.

        Moreover, the altitude sickness can be resolved in 1 to 3 days. Hence, take your time to rest and walk at your pace with enough breath. Additionally, make sure you stay hydrated and eat your meals properly without skipping to energize yourself.

        Can trekkers complete this trek without permits?

        Can trekkers complete this trek without permits?

        When trekking in Nepal, you cannot simply enter the area and begin your hike. Permits are necessary, which will be scanned by specialized authorities in that region, and then only access into that region is permitted. Likewise, the Manaslu circuit trek also demands some permit licenses.

        The region from Jagat to Dharapani is declared a restricted area by the government of Nepal to control the tourist inflow. So, the first permit that will required to complete Manalsu circuit trekking is a special restricted area permit. (Manaslu RAP)

        This permit applies from Jagat, and its last checkpoint is Sama Gaon. Moreover. the applicability of Manaslu RAP depends on the days you spend between Jagat and Dharapani. For the month of September to November, the cost of a restricted area permit will be USD 100 per person for the first seven days. From the eighth day onwards, you will be charged an additional cost of USD 15 per person per day.

        Similarly, from the month of December to August, the cost of this permit will be USD 75 per person for 7 days. But you will be charged an additional cost of USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

        Since the Manaslu circuit trekking falls under the Manaslu conservation area, you must acquire a Manaslu conservation area permit. This permit will come into use from Philim, where the conservation area starts. Regarding the cost of this permit, it will be USD 30 per person with no time constraint. Additionally, this cost is not variable and will be constant throughout the year.

        The last permit that will be required to complete this trek is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit. Unlike the restricted area permit, the ACAP permit will be the same throughout the year with no time restriction, costing USD 30 per person. This permit will be applicable in the conservation area from Dharapani until you exit Besi Sahar.

        Manaslu Circuit Trekking FAQs

        • Manaslu circuit provides the ambiance of solidarity among the Himalayan regions due to its off-beat, challenging path and less crowded areas. Moreover, the area falls under a restricted area, so anyone cannot pack their bag and come for the trek. Additionally, the region is more remote, wild and isolated in comparison with Everest and Annapurna.

        • No, it is not possible for you to go on a solo trek in the Manaslu circuit. As this area falls under a restricted area, only a government-licensed guide can accompany you on the trek not even an independent or freelancer guide can help you. Moreover, the guide must have two trekkers with them.

        • There are various routes that you can take to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. However, our company is providing you with the route that starts in Machha Khola and ends in Besisahar.

        • The two permits among three permits, i.e., MCAP and ACAP, can be obtained on your own, but to obtain the restricted area permit, you will need a licensed traveling agency or guide.

        • Manaslu circuit trekking has a high success percentage of about 98%.

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        • Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 2022

          What do we usually hear about the Manaslu Circuit trek: - the most beautiful - the least crowded - very basic accommodation conditions Now I can appreciate how true this is: - the most beautiful - definitely yes! Giant waterfalls, beautiful forests, picturesque valleys, snowy peaks, charming villages. Do not repeat my mistake - take pictures with a good camera, not a smartphone. - the least crowded - not at all! Well, this is not Everest Base Camp trek. But don't expect seclusion. - very basic accommodation conditions - not at all! Maybe this is the merit of our guides, but the lodges are even better than what I had on the track to Everest Base Camp. Electrical sockets, wifi, and even a shower in the room are fairly common options. The shower, however, is only cold (or does not work at all). And the doors do not close, as the latches are uneven. But who cares when you have a fantastic view outside the window)) I am very grateful to our Nepalese team - porters and guides. Bam and Amrit are highly professional and experienced guides. Their knowledge, helpfulness and sense of humour made a great atmosphere in the team and keep us in the spirit of exploration. It's priceless to have such people. Guys, thanks a lot for the unforgettable adventure!

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          Alena MSingapore,May 22, 2022
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        • Manaslu Trek

          We had an amazing time on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This was a challenging hike for us, but well worth it. We saw lots of animals, including monkeys, waterfalls and spectacular views . Bam was a wonderful guide. We learned so much from him about the area and Nepalese culture. We would definitely go with him again.

          Virginia Bowers
          Virginia BowersUnited States,November 20, 2018
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