Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek - 14 Days

  • Duration:14 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate to Challenging
  • Max. Altitude: 5106m
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Time: March-May and September- November
Highlights
  • Takes you to the foot of the eighth-highest peak in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781 ft)
  • Though it is one of the best treks, it is less crowded than other treks such as Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp.
  • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass above 5,106 m/ 16,752 ft.
  • Trek through important historical sites in Nepal – Gorkha district from where the expansion of modern-day Nepal occurred, residents of which are the brave Gurung soldiers and Tsumbas from the idyllic Tsum Valley.
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Insight into Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • Possibility of spotting wild endangered species wild Animals

Manaslu Circuit budget Trek is one of the best treks Nepal has to offer and takes you around this magnificent mountain. The Manaslu trek was permitted by the Government of Nepal only in 1991 AD and is quite remote following an off-beaten path.

Located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, mount Manaslu known as Kutang is the eighth-highest peak in the world with an altitude of 8,163 m (26,781 ft). 

So, unlike crowded treks such as the Annapurna and Everest Base Camp Trek, it is far less crowded and remains relatively unexplored.

The highest elevation in this trek is 5,106 meters (16,747 feet). You can trek this beautiful trial year around but the best time for this trekking is autumn and spring season.

Manaslu trek falls under the challenging category. Because of this prior experience, an experienced guide is needed for the Manaslu trek. Solo trekking is prohibited. But Contact us for a single supplementary to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Manaslu Trekking route

The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes 14 days to complete and starts with an 8–9-hour ride from Kathmandu to Machhe Khola. The actual leg of the journey begins with a trek to Jagat and over a couple of days you will pass through Deng, Namrung, and Sama Gaon as you make your way to Manaslu base camp.

The hiking trail goes alongside the Budhi Gandaki and through densely forested areas. A day of relaxation and discovery is planned in Sama, where you can visit the nearby Birendra Tal, Pungain Gompa, and Manaslu Base Camp.

The Larkya-La Pass, at 5,106 m/16,749 ft, is the highest point of the trek and is located two days from Samdo. Then you descend passing through Bimthang, Goa, and Tilje, and finally arrive at Kathmandu passing through Besisahar.

Manaslu Region's  Best Places to Visiting

The best places to visit in the Manaslu Region are Lho, Syala, Sama, Dharamsala, and Larkya La Pass.

Sama is a beautiful settlement in itself made more beautiful as you visit Birendra Tal, Pungain Gompa, and Manaslu Base Camp. Birendra Tal is a crystal-clear lake in the Himalayas.

Likewise, Larkya La Pass one of the breathtaking passes in Nepal at 5,106 m/16,747 ft is the highlight of the trek providing stunning views of Cheo Himal (6,820 m/ 22,375 ft), Himlung Himal (7,126 m/ 16,818 ft), Annapurna II (7,937 m/ 26,040 ft), among many others.

 Manaslu Circuit Budget Trekking Prepare

The Manaslu Circuit budget Trek is a challenging trekking route in Nepal rated moderate to hard. Commitment is needed to complete it, especially during peak season.

Proper acclimatization and physical conditioning are necessary. Specific muscles like legs and core muscles should be strengthened for walking and carrying supplies. Exercises like jump squats, hip rolls, and step-ups can help. Elevation training at small hills and aerobic activities like running or cycling can also prepare your body for the trek. Remember not to rush and take your time and share your health conditions with your trekking guide.

Additionally, altitude sickness is a looming threat, so it's important to inform your guide and group about your health and descend immediately if you experience any symptoms. Visit us for our guidelines to avoid Altitude sickness during your Nepal trekking.

Manaslu Circuit lies in a remote region and access to health facilities is quite limited. However, emergency rescue operations are available. You need to calm down and listen to your guide should there be an adverse situation.

Likewise, you should pack light but that is not to say you should start the trek without proper hiking shoes, a "down jacket, warm trousers, and a good sleeping bag". Even though the teahouse provides blankets having a sleeping bag of your own provides a better night's sleep. This is essential as you are up all day trekking through the difficult terrain of the Manaslu Circuit.

Manasalu Trek Tips for Beginners

For beginners,  exercises, acclimatization, packing, and more. Exercise frequently and do aerobic exercises to prepare physically. Acclimatize correctly by rising gently and giving yourself time to acclimate.

A local guide or porter increases security and enjoyment. Pack layered, lightweight clothing and only the necessities. Be mindful of the erratic weather and show respect for the way of life there.

Likewise, drink plenty of water, eat healthily hygienic local foods, and take snacks. Enjoy the drive at your own pace while taking your time to take in the landscape. Besides, reduce alcohol consumption as much as possible because it makes it easier to become sick when you are not in your prime state.

Beginners take on the Manaslu Circuit budget Trek with the help of these suggestions and enjoy an unforgettable Himalayan trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal! "Atithi Devo Bhava" means guest is god. Nepalese people treat guests with the utmost respect and are very friendly. This is embedded in our culture. Our representatives will pick you up from the airport, Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for some much-needed rest and action-packed days lay ahead. 

  • Max. Altitude:1,300m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

Today is the first day of the trek where you will first spend around 9-10 hours driving to Machhe Khola.

To get to Arughat Bazaar and ultimately Machhe Khola, the drive passes through Dhading Besi. Despite the lengthy ride, the scenery is quite beautiful. A small portion of rural life in Nepal is visible.

  • Max. Altitude:930m
  • Time:9/10 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Distance:151 km / 93.7

After crossing Thado Kholo to reach Khorlabensi, you will continue your walk today's ascent along the Budhi Gandaki river's banks until you reach Tatopani.
Tatopani means hot water is where you will find natural hot springs. You can pause and appreciate what nature has to offer. To reach Jagat, you must once more climb upwards to Dovan.

  • Max. Altitude:1,410m
  • Time:6/7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

For today's journey, you will be traversing riverbanks and moving through dense sub-tropical forests. The trail features many suspension bridges and a thing about suspension bridges is that they sway giving a bit of a thrill as you cross them. 

Bamboo forests are also passed along the way. With tall bamboo trees towering over you the rustling of leaves will provide a soothing atmosphere.

  • Max. Altitude:1,800m
  • Time:6/7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

As you ascend to the Rana and Bihi Phedi communities, you will cross a suspension bridge that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trail then takes you away from the landslide region and heads in the direction of Ghap.

Along the way, you'll come across several small streams and waterfalls that provide refreshing breaks. As you finally arrive at Namrung by crossing the Ghap, you'll be greeted by the warm hospitality of the locals who will gladly offer you a taste of their delicious local cuisine.

 

  • Max. Altitude:2,660m
  • Time:6/7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail today passes through lush forests, suspension bridges, and small villages. And upon reaching Lho, you'll be greeted by the majestic Mount Manaslu. Here you will also explore the village's Tibetan-style houses and Ribung Gompa monastery. 

  • Max. Altitude:3,160m
  • Time:4/5 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today you will witness a change in scenery from meadows to rocky alpine settings. All along the way views of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ganesh will entice you. Finally arriving in Sama Gaon offers sweeping mountain views and a look into traditional Tibetan life. 

  • Max. Altitude:3,530m
  • Time:5/6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

You will be able to spend today exploring Samagaon and all of its wonderful attractions. Make sure to visit the Pungain Gompa and Birendra Tal. These two attractions offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and take in the beauty of the surrounding Best panoramic mountain peaks with the landscape.

If you wish to see the best view for Mountains Day Pungain Gompa is best. You can also trek to Manaslu Base Camp and get closest to Mt. Manaslu. The journey to the base camp is a bit challenging but worth it.

    Today's trek involves a gradual ascent in altitude as you make your way toward Samdo. The picturesque meadows offer a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Likewise, several Mani Walls and prayer flags dot your path. Once you have passed the tree line, you will come across a wooden bridge that leads to the ridge at Kani.

    From here, you can take a moment to soak in the stunning views of the valley before continuing your trek to Samdo. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, consider climbing Samdo Peak, which offers a breathtaking view of the Larkya La Pass and the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

     

    • Max. Altitude:3,690m
    • Time:3/4 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    The trek to Dharamsala is an unforgettable journey that follows the Budhi Gandaki River, offering amazing views of the Manaslu mountain peak. The surrounding landscapes along the trek are also breathtaking, with lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and majestic mountain ranges that will leave you in awe.

    Additionally, the town of Dharamsala itself is a haven for nature lovers, with various trails and paths that lead to secluded spots where you can experience the tranquil beauty of the Himalayan region.

    • Max. Altitude:4,470m.
    • Time:4/5 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    On this particular day, hikers can look forward to one of the most highly anticipated experiences of the trek: a journey through the highest point on the trail, the Larkya La Pass, which sits at a breathtaking 5,106 m (16,929 ft).

    Although it may be challenging, the reward is more than worth it as hikers are treated to an unparalleled view of the entire Manaslu Valley. From the summit of the pass, hikers can also take in stunning vistas of the mighty Himlung Himal, the majestic Cheo Himal, the towering Annapurna II, and other magnificent Annapurna ridges.

    After crossing the pass, hikers can continue their journey to the picturesque village of Bimthang, which offers its unique charm and beauty to visitors.

    • Max. Altitude:3,720m
    • Time:7/8 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    The trail takes you through stunning landscapes, descending through forests and passing villages and terraced fields. You'll enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and encounter yaks and local shepherds along the way.

    Goa, a picturesque village, offers a glimpse into the local culture with traditional houses, monasteries, and prayer flags. It's a tranquil setting where you can rest and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

    • Max. Altitude:2,560m
    • Time:5/6 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    Today you will trek from Goa to Tilje before embarking on an 8-9-hour scenic drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar. The trek from Goa to Tilje takes you through picturesque landscapes, crossing bridges, and passing by charming villages. Tilje welcomes you with traditional houses and warm hospitality.

    The drive from Tilje to Kathmandu offers breathtaking views of the countryside. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you conclude your memorable adventure in the Himalayas, filled with remarkable landscapes, cultural encounters, and a sense of accomplishment from completing the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek.

      The trek has now concluded. You'll be driven back to the airport today. Check your cameras to see if you can relive this experience again after having a lifetime of memories and experience. 

        Cost Details
        What is Included

        Manaslu Restricted Area Permits

        Manaslu Conservation Area permits

        Annapurna Conservation Area Permits

        English-speaking license holder Team leader 

        Guid's Salary, meals, and Insurance

        Trekking map

        Kathmandu to Soti by Sharing Public Bus

        Dharapani to Besishar by Sharing Jeep

        Besishar to Kathmandu by Public Bus

        Government tax and VAT

        What is not Included

        Your Nepal visa fee

        Kathmandu Hotel

        Meals and Accommodation During Treks

        Tiping for local staffs 

        Your Travel Insurance

        Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

        Personal trekking Equipment

        Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the price include sections

        Useful Information

        Manaslu Trekking Permits

        Three different permits—the Manaslu Special Restricted Area Permit (Manaslu RAP), the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) are required for the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek.

        ACAP is necessary because the route also crosses a section of the Annapurna Conservation Area. A licensed entity must distribute Manaslu RAP. The same authority may issue both MCAP and ACAP permits.

         Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) offices and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat, located in Kathmandu and Pokhara, respectively also sell them. Or you might buy them from the entrance of the conservation areas as well.

        Manaslu Trekking Transport

        The transport facility is available at the start of the trek as you make your way from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Throughout the trek, the trail mostly follows unpaved paths called mule paths. You can only travel the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek on foot.

        Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek

        Along the Manaslu Trek, there are a lot of teahouses where you may lodge. This suggests that you are not required to pack any camping gear.

        Commonly, rooms are shared accommodations. Some places provide private room amenities for an extra fee.

         Manaslu Circuit Budget Trekking meals

        There are several different food items available throughout the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trekking. They contain traditional cuisines like rice, lentils, and curries.
        Western food like spaghetti and pizza are also available in different areas but not in all villages where you will pass. There is no shortage of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Snacks including cookies, chocolate, and fast noodles are also offered.

        Manaslu Region's  Weather and Temperature

        Manaslu lies in the Himalayan region but there are great variations in temperature in different seasons. In the spring, daytime highs are between 7 and 18 °C and nighttime lows are between -6 and 6 °C.

        The average temperature in autumn is between 8 and 20 °C, but the nights can get rather chilly, with lows of approximately 0 °C. Overall, during these seasons the weather is not adverse and remains pleasant most of the time.

        In the summer ranges between 12 and 25 °C during the day and 8 °C at night. Heavy rainfall also occurs during summer. Days in winter are often cold, with temperatures between 4 and 12 °C. Particularly in January, the nights are bitterly cold with lows as low as -10 °C.

        What are the best seasons for the Manaslu Trek?

        The best times to go to Manaslu Circuit Trek are from March through May in the spring and from September through November in the fall.

        The weather is pleasant at this time of year and provides the best views of the mountains. In the summer season which falls in June, July, and August the trail becomes slippery and difficult because of heavy rain.

        While the winter season which is December, January, and February, there will be difficulty because of snow.

        Internet and Telephone in Manaslu Region

        On the trek, there are numerous teahouses with internet access. But to use it, you'll have to pay extra. To use the Wi-Fi, you will need to spend around USD 2 or USD 3. The reliability of Wi-Fi is impacted by altitude. More dependable Wi-Fi is available at  Sama Gau and Samdo, and there is no fee to use at Dharmasala. But Mountain wifi is slow and doesn't aspect fast internet service while you are in the Manaslu Region.

        Some locations have mobile service, while others do not. You will receive coverage as you ascend to Samagaon. After this, there is no more coverage. You can only get it back at Goa, a day's hike from Larkya La pass.

        You'll need a local SIM to make use of the mobile network. Nepal Telicom and Ncell are two popular telecommunications company provide sims for use. These are not expensive as well normally costing USD one. Buying data packages through your sims might be easier on the road as well. Nepal Telicom is best coverage in Manaslu region.

        How difficult to trek in Manaslu Circuit?

        The Manaslu Circuit hike is a challenging trek and is moderate only during autumn and spring due to predictable weather. The trails are difficult and steep in some spots.

        The Larkya-La pass is most challenging part of the journey. The grueling 8-10 hours hike which has to be traveled in a day has difficult terrain.

        The overall trek will take a toll on you if you do not allow a day to unwind and adapt to the elevation changes. Achieving physical conditioning through proper activity and maximizing the period of acclimatization are both critical.

        Is Manaslu Trek a good alternative to visiting the Annapurna Circuit?

        You truly appreciate the breathtaking scenery and take in the peace of rural settlements, if there are fewer other hikers around. The walk also offers a rich cultural experience, enabling you to take in the unique customs and way of life of the area.

        Both hikes have breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, but the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a more genuine and distinctive perspective because it is more rural and remote. Hence, compared to the more popular trekking routes such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Manaslu Trek offers a less congested and quiet experience.

        Is Manaslu Circuit Trek for You?

        Manaslu Trek is a challenging trek owing to its difficult terrain. Especially, the Larkya-La pass is the toughest part of the hike. Even normally 6-8 hours of trek is necessary and especially passing the Larkya La Pass will require 10 hours. So, trekkers should be in prime physical health to undertake this journey.

        However, this is not to say that senior citizens cannot undergo this trek. With proper training, a experience guide, plenty of rest time for acclimatization, and appropriate time for trekking senior citizens should also be able to undertake Manaslu trekking.

        Manaslu Region's Culture and People

        The Manaslu region, the birthplace of the Shah dynasty previous monarch dynasty of Nepal, is home to various ethnic groups.

        The largest group, the Gurung, are known for their bravery and are renowned as soldiers in the British and Indian armies since the 19th century. They migrated from Tibet and eventually converted to Tibetan Buddhism, a mixture of Buddhist teachings and animistic rituals.

        Likewise, there are also the Tsumbas who are descendants of Tibetan immigrants and arrived in the 16th century in Nepal. They practice Buddhism and have taken a vow of nonviolence, which prevents them from engaging in any nature-harming act.

        Best Altitude Chart of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

        Kathmandu                                   1300m/4, 264 ft

        Machhe Khola                               930m/3, 050 ft

        Jagat                                             1,410m/4, 624 ft

        Deng                                             1,800m/5, 904 ft

        Namrung                                        2,660m/8, 724 ft

        Lho                                                 3,1680m/10, 430 ft

        Sama Gaon                                    3,530m/ 11, 578 ft

        Pungain Gompa                              4,060m/13, 316ft

        Samdo                                             3,690m/12, 103 ft

        Dharamsala                                     4,460m/14, 628 ft

        Larkya La Pass                                5,106m/16, 747 ft

        Bimthang                                          3,720m/12, 201 ft

        Goa                                                  2,560m/8, 396 ft

        Kathmandu                                      1,300m/4, 264 ft

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        Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek Outline Itinerary

        Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

        Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Machhe Khola

        Day 3: Hike from Machha Khola to Jagat

        Day 4: Hike from Jagat to Deng 

        Day 5: Hike from Deng to Namrung 

        Day 6: Hike from Namrung to Lho 

        Day 7: Hike from Lho to Sama Gaon

        Day 8: Visit Pungain Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp

        Day 9: Hike from Sama Gaon to Samdo

        Day 10: Hike from Samdo to Dharamsala 

        Day 11: Hike from Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

        Day 12: Hike from Trek from Bimthang to Goa

        Day 13: Hike from Goa to Dharapani and Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar

        Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

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