A Complete Guide To Manaslu Circuit Trek For 2024/2025

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So, you're considering taking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek? That's a fantastic choice! Among the various treks we've done in Nepal, such as the Annapurna Circuit, Everest Three Passes, Langtang Valley, and Upper Mustang, we believe the Manaslu Trek stands out as one of the best. The landscape is incredibly diverse and impressive. In a time of rapid development, this trek remains quieter and less affected by road construction. Moreover, the higher altitudes are influenced by Tibetan culture, adding a distinct and unique flavor to the experience that sets it apart from other regions.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is among the most sought-after less-traveled paths for trekkers. It's renowned for its challenging and adventurous nature in Nepal. Offering breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak globally at 8163 meters, this trek takes you through diverse landscapes. You'll traverse dense forests of sal and rhododendron, visit ancient monasteries, cross high mountain passes, stroll alongside tropical waterfalls gracing beautiful hills, and pass through scattered Gurung and Magar villages. The popularity of the Manaslu circuit route is increasing due to its thrilling mountain paths, a unique blend of cultures, and variety of ethnicities. The trek spans altitudes ranging from 600 to 5500 meters.

This guide will cover a wide range of important topics, including the best time to go, essential items to pack, organizing your trek, budgeting, accommodations, food, and much more. Interested in learning about the Manaslu Circuit itinerary itself?

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Overview of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Grade: Moderate to Difficult

  • Maximum Elevation: 5160 m / 16751 ft at Larkey Pass

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Region: Manaslu Region

  • Activity: Manaslu Treks

  • Duration: 17 Days

  • Distance: 177 Kilometers/ 110 miles (Soti Bazaar to Dharapani)

  • Group Size: Minimum 02 and Maximum 10 (Private package available for solo trekkers)

  • Nature of Trek: Lodge to Lodge Trekking

  • Best Season: March, April, May, June, September, October, and November

  • Activity Per Day: About 5-6 hrs walking

  • Transportation: Private Transportation (Kathmandu Airport-Kathmandu hotel-Kathmandu Airport, Kathmandu-Soti Khola, Syange-Kathmandu)

  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Local Lodge / Teahouse during the trek

  • Start / End Point: Kathmandu / Kathmandu

  • Required Permits: Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

  • Attractions: Kathmandu (World Heritage Sites), Soti Bazaar, Jagat, Sama Gaun, Birendra Lake / Manaslu Base Camp, Larkey La, Dharapani, Flora and Fauna inside Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Trek through diverse landscapes with stunning views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak.

  • Immerse yourself in rich cultural experiences in Gurung and Magar villages.

  • Cross high mountain passes, including the challenging Larkey La, for breathtaking panoramas.

  • Explore ancient monasteries and religious sites, encountering Tibetan influences.

  • Witness vibrant rhododendron blooms in Spring and colorful autumn foliage.

  • Experience the serenity of remote trails less crowded than popular trekking routes.

  • Engage with local communities, learning about their way of life and traditions.

  • Enjoy the warmth of cozy lodge accommodations along the route.

  • Acclimatize at Samagaun and hike to Birendra Lake or Manaslu Base Camp.

  • Conclude your journey with a sense of accomplishment and unforgettable memories.

 

Manaslu Trek Itinerary

The optimal 14-day Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Barpak in the Gorkha district. The trek progresses through Laprak, Khorla Besi, and Jagat in Budi Gandaki valley, offering striking views of Ganesh and Buddha mountains. The trail then leads from Deng to Lho, continuing to Sama Gaon. Trekking to Samdo and Dharamshala follows, culminating in crossing the exhilarating Larkya La pass for stunning vistas. The journey proceeds through Bimtang, Tilije, and Dharapani, completing the circuit with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Alternatively, you can start in Kathmandu and join the trail at Jagat, taking a different route. This path involves a direct drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat, followed by trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat. This route provides distinct views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountains from the higher Soti Khola and Machha Khola elevations. It also includes a trek through the Gurung village of Labubesi. The trek can conclude at either Dharapani or extend further to Besisahar.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 days

Here is the brief itinerary of the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola(730m)

Day 2: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola(900m)

Day 3: Trek from Machha Khola to Doban(1070m)

Day 4: Trek from Doban to Philim(1570m)

Day 5: Trek from Philim to Deng(1860m)

Day 6: Trek from Deng to Ghap(2250m)

Day 7: Trek from Ghap to Namrung(2660m)

Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Lho(3180m)

Day 9: Trek from Lho to Samagaun(3530m)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaun(3530m)

Day 11: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo(3875m)

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala(4480m)

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m) via Larkya La Pass

Day 14: Trek from Bhimtang to Besisahar (760m) and then drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek - 17 Days

The Manaslu Circuit Trek presents an exhilarating adventure through the stunning Manaslu region. This trek takes you along the historical salt trading path that runs beside the Buri Gandaki river, navigating through challenging steep mule tracks etched into cliff sides, spanning lengthy metal suspension bridges, passing through oak and rhododendron forests, encountering picturesque ethnic villages, traversing verdant hills, witnessing awe-inspiring glaciers, and conquering the formidable Larkya La Pass (5100m) — the highest point of the trek. This journey allows you to immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness and the captivating natural splendor of the area. 

The outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Day

Day 2: Trek Preparation

Day 3: Kathandu to Aarughat(570 m) to Sotikhola (730 m):7 hrs

Day 4: Sotikhola to Tatopani (930m): 6 hrs

Day 5: Tatopani to Philim (1570 m): 7hrs

Day 6: Philim to Chumling (2385m) 7 hrs

Day 7: Chumling to Chhekangparo(3010m) 5 hrs

Day 8: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m): 5-6 hours

Day 9: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m): 3 hours

Day 10: Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Day 11: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours

Day 12: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386m): 5-6 hours

Day 13: Chumling to Philim (1,570m): 6-7 hours

Day 14: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m): 6-7 hours

Day 15: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m): 6-7 hours

Day 16: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m): Walk 2 hours and drive 8-9 hours

Day 17: Farewell

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 Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek- 22 days

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, a fusion of the Manaslu Valley Trek and the Tsum Valley Trek stands out as one of the most extensive and thrilling journeys. This trail follows the path from Aarughat to the intersection of Philim and then continues to Mu Gompa in the Tsum Valley. The primary attraction of this trek is the exciting route leading to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp, offering a spectacular view of the Ganesh Himal range. Furthermore, the Larkya La Pass provides a panoramic vista of snow-covered peaks, including the prominent Mt. Manaslu. This route became accessible for trekking only after 2008, and the secluded Tsum Valley promises an enduring and unforgettable trekking experience.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Day 3: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Day 4: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa

Day 6: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling

Day 7: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling

Day 8: Trek from Chumling to Chhokanparo

Day 9: Trek from Chhokanparo to Mu Gompa

Day 10: Trek from Mu Gompa to Nile

Day 11: Trek from the Nile to Chumling (2,420m)

Day 12: Trek from Chumling to Bi Phedi

Day 13: Trek from Bi Phedi to Namrung

Day 14: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon

Day 15: Rest day in Samagaon

Day 16: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

Day 17: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala/Larkya La Phedi

Day 18: Trek from Dharmashala to Bimthang (3,720m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160m)

Day 19: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije

Day 20: Trek from Tilije to Dharapani (1,860m)

Day 21: Drive to Besisahar, then to Kathmandu

Day 22: Final departure to your onward destination

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route

The Manaslu Trek offers a serene alternative for those seeking to avoid lengthy Himalayan flights. The expedition starts with an 8-9 hour drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 m), also known as Soti Bazaar, via Arughat (608m).

The journey continues the next day to Machha Khola (890m), crossing delicate suspension bridges through picturesque forests, ridges, and rice fields. Progressing upward, we reach Jagat (1340m) on the following day, surrounded by the beauty of nature's creations.

Subsequently, we head towards Deng (1860 m), passing landmarks such as Dudh Pokhari Khola, Salleri, Ghatte Khola, Phillim, Chisopani, Eklo Bhatti, and Pewa. A pivotal junction marks the separation between Tsum Valley and Manaslu. After several more days, we reach Samagaun (3520 m), the highest village in Budi Gandaki Valley, for acclimatization. Optionally, Birendra Lake (3691 m) and Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) provide perfect acclimatization hikes.

Our journey takes us to Samdo (3875 m) the next day, a beautiful spot for a night's rest in proximity to lofty mountains. Thick clothing and warm beverages are recommended due to the altitude. The route proceeds to Dharmasala (Larkey Phedi) (4460 m) before crossing the daring Larkey La (5106 m), granting stunning views of Larkya Glacier and Larkya Peak (6219 m).

A crucial day follows, featuring the challenging Larkey La pass, encircling Mt. Manaslu. After conquering Larkey La, we reach Bimthang (3590 m) after over 8 hours of trekking. Descending mainly, we reach Dharapani (1963 m), the origin of the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Continuing along the classic route of the Annapurna Circuit, we descend to Syange (1100 m), marking the conclusion of the epic Manaslu Trek. From Syange, a vehicle transports us to Kathmandu (1350m) via Bensishahar (760m) for international departures.

In summary, the Manaslu Circuit Trek route spans from Kathmandu to Arughat, then Soti Khola (trek commences), Machha Khola, Jagat, Ekle Bhatti, Deng, Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, Larkey Pass, Bhimthang, Tilje, Dharapani, Tal, Syange (trek concludes), Bensishahar, and finally Kathmandu.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The optimal seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May), each offering distinct advantages and favorable conditions. During these periods, trekkers can enjoy stunning mountain views and clear skies, with about 5-7 hours of daily sunshine that warms even the higher altitudes. The landscape is adorned with blooming seasonal flowers, lush greenery, and snow-capped peaks, creating a picturesque environment.

In Spring, the trek is particularly popular as it showcases snow-covered peaks, colorful hills, and valleys adorned with blooming rhododendron and other spring flowers. The absence of rainfall and the lengthening daylight hours facilitate unhindered progress to destinations. The mild weather and temperatures make it suitable for day hikes and exploration.

Autumn, another prime season, features dry trails after the monsoon season, resulting in clear blue skies and excellent mountain vistas. The stable weather and comfortable temperatures create favorable trekking conditions. Festivals like Dashain and Tihar add cultural richness to the experience, with vibrant decorations and a festive atmosphere in the local villages.

On the other hand, Winter (December to February) and Monsoon (June to August) are considered off-season due to challenging weather conditions. Winter brings heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, which can disrupt the trek and make certain sections impassable. In Monsoons, heavy rain leads to slippery trails, potential landslides, and river blockages, making the journey hazardous and uncomfortable.

What conditions are applied to issue Manaslu Trek Permit?

The government does not allow an independent trekker to visit Manaslu, and trekkers are subjected to obtain a special entry permit to get access to trekking in Manaslu. Moreover, the restriction has been intensified by making the rule of a minimum of two trekkers in a group accompanied by a local guide. However, the freelance guide can not issue permits. The permit can be issued through a local trekking operator only.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

RAP often called a Special permit, is the first thing that is a must to trek in Manaslu. Trekkers need a special permit from Jagat village until they cross Samagaon as it is the last checkpoint of this permit. As you cross Samagaon, you need another permit called ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). The cost of RAP depends on the number of days you spend inside a restricted area i.e. in between Jagat to Samagaon.

  • September to November: It is charged USD 100 for one week’s permit, and after 1st week, an additional 15 dollars per day will be charged onward.

  • December to August: It is charged USD 75 for one week’s permit, and after 1st week, an additional 10 dollars per day will be charged onward.

Note: A scanned copy of the photograph is needed to obtain a restricted area permit.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

To undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek, several permits are required, each contributing to the conservation and maintenance of the region. Below is the permit information along with the associated costs:

Manaslu Special Permit

Cost: $100 from September to November (first seven days), with an additional $15 per day beyond the initial period. From December to August, the cost is $75 for the first seven days, plus $10 per day thereafter.

Note: This permit is issued by Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Requirement: A minimum of two trekkers and a licensed guide are mandatory to obtain this permit.

 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit:

Cost: 3000 Nepali rupees per person.

Issuing Locations: Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit:

Cost: 3000 Nepali rupees per person.

Issuing Locations: Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

It's important to note that the permit fees and regulations may change, and it's advisable to check with the respective authorities for the most up-to-date information before embarking on your trek.

 

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu trek is categorized as a moderate to difficult-level trek. The level of difficulty varies based on factors such as trek duration, maximum elevation, season, climate zones, and terrain. This trail in Nepal demands a good level of physical fitness.

Spanning a duration of 13 days, you'll typically trek for about 5 to 6 hours daily. Some days may involve up to 9 hours of walking, while others may require a minimum of 3 hours. The paths through the Budhi Gandaki Valley and Nubri Valley are particularly challenging, characterized by winding trails with gravel tracks and stone steps. Frequent ascents and descents can be tiring. The trek traverses six distinct climatic zones, transitioning from sub-tropical to tundra climates over the 177 km Manaslu circuit.

The trek starts at a minimum elevation of 970m/3,183ft at Khorla Besi. The highest point, Larkya La Pass, stands at 5,165m/16,929ft, which can pose difficulties for those prone to altitude sickness. Due to the remote nature of the route, tea houses are scarce along the path. Emergency assistance might be challenging to access.

The trek is best suited for individuals over the age of 12 who are physically fit. Young adults and adults with prior experience in shorter treks at high altitudes are well-prepared for this adventure. Nonetheless, even if you're relatively fit and follow the recommended itinerary, this trek is achievable. Optimal seasons for the trek are Spring and Autumn, avoiding winter when higher altitudes can have heavy snowfall. As trekking solo is not permitted, a guide will be with you to assist whenever required.

 

 WHY IS MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK A MUST-EXPERIENCE?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek stands out as a must-experience journey, known for its popularity and challenge within Nepal's restricted area treks. For those wondering why to choose the Manaslu Circuit Trek amidst other renowned options, the reasons are compelling. This trek presents a unique combination of towering snow-capped mountains exceeding 8,000 meters and the exhilarating passage over 5,000-meter passes. Such a combination is a rarity on our planet, making this trek an exceptional adventure.

Demanding Pass: The Larke La Pass in the Manaslu region is renowned for its challenge, drawing trekkers to this popular destination. The pass offers breathtaking vistas of towering snow-capped peaks, an abundance of cultural heritage, unparalleled Himalayan magnificence, captivating landscapes, and a diverse range of mountain ecosystems.

Tranquil Trail: While the Manaslu Circuit Trek ranks among Nepal's sought-after trekking destinations, its trail remains less crowded compared to the trails of the Everest and Annapurna regions. The trek provides an opportunity to savor each step in serene solitude, accompanied by the beauty of Himalayan flora and fauna. The remote villages encountered along the way add to the allure. Although October experiences a higher number of trekkers, as it marks the peak season in Nepal, the trail still maintains a peaceful ambiance.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Despite encountering fewer fellow trekkers on this route, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is tailor-made for those who seek to explore off-the-beaten paths, embracing tranquility and seclusion. This trek appeals to individuals desiring an escape from the touristy and commercialized areas, opting for an authentic and less-trodden adventure.

In essence, the Manaslu Circuit Trek promises a remarkable blend of challenge, natural splendor, and cultural richness, all set against the backdrop of towering peaks and peaceful landscapes.

Scenic Mountain Views: Embarking on the Manaslu trek treats you to captivating vistas of majestic peaks such as Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna Ranges, Ganesh Himal, and more. The ever-changing landscapes, Himalayan flora, and fauna enhance each step of your journey, creating an immersive experience where you feel like you're walking through the most picturesque scenes.

Larkya La Pass and Mountain Panorama: A highlight of the trek is the enchanting Larkya La Pass, the highest point, and a breathtaking viewpoint. From here, you're treated to unparalleled and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains, leaving you captivated by their grandeur and beauty.

Exploring Remote Lifestyles: The Manaslu circuit offers a diverse array of ecosystems, allowing you to delve into local cultures, traditions, and the remote way of life influenced by Tibetan culture. This region remains untouched by modernization and commercialization, preserving the purity of the environment. This creates a time-travel-like experience, immersing you in an authentic, untouched world.

Affordable Adventure: The blend of towering mountains and off-the-beaten paths makes the Manaslu circuit a beloved destination for adventure enthusiasts worldwide. Despite its popularity, the trek is relatively budget-friendly. While accommodation and food costs rise with altitude, they remain cheaper than other treks, offering great value for your experience.

Enriching Cultural Encounters: Throughout the journey, you'll encounter the resonances of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures. The locals have safeguarded their distinctiveness amid the absence of modernization, keeping their environment pure. Monasteries dot the region, providing insight into sacred teachings. The Tsum Valley, often called the hidden valley, offers an unfiltered experience of the local culture.

Monasteries and Traditions: Explore various monasteries, including the largest and oldest, Mu Gompas. Engage in warm hospitality and observe the local lifestyle. Delve into sacred caves, collecting cherished memories. The Buddhist culture is prominent in this region, evident through monasteries and practices. The area's culture is influenced by its neighboring Tibet, and the Budhi Gandaki and Marshyangdi rivers mark cultural highlights.

In summary, the Manaslu Circuit Trek delivers a unique amalgamation of awe-inspiring mountain panoramas, cultural encounters, remote exploration, and affordability. This trek is not just a physical journey but a transformative adventure that immerses you in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas and the communities that call this region home.

 

Typical Day On Manaslu Circuit Trek

A typical day during the Manaslu Circuit Trek involves starting with tea or coffee at your accommodation, followed by a hearty breakfast. The trek begins around 6-8 am, with longer days for Larkey La pass, which may start as early as 3-4 am due to its length and weather conditions. After 3-4 hours of walking, a lunch break is taken at a local lodge or restaurant. Resting for an hour, you continue to your destination. Upon arrival, you check in, refresh, and have time to explore local shrines and landmarks. Dinner is typically served around 6-7 pm, followed by interactions with fellow trekkers and relaxation around the fireplace. This routine provides a balance of trekking, exploration, and rest, enhancing your overall trekking experience.

What to expect in Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Trek forms a circular route, commencing from Arughat and concluding in Besisahar, traversing two distinct districts from Gorakha to Manang. The journey encompasses altitudes ranging from 700 meters to 5,165 meters. Initially, the altitude gain between successive camps is approximately 1,000 meters, while above 3,000 meters, the ascent averages 500 meters each day.

Each village features an entry gate, a common sight on the restricted Manaslu trail. These gates symbolize entry into individual communities and are a characteristic aspect of the region's culture.

The trek offers diverse encounters including a rich array of flora and fauna, a spectrum of river valley sizes from narrow to expansive, the presence of deep gorges, towering mountain peaks, vibrant forests, a variety of wildlife, and the invigorating rush of white-water rivers. This assortment of experiences facilitates smoother acclimatization compared to other trekking routes in Nepal.

 

Food During Manaslu Circuit Trek

During the Manaslu Circuit trek, the food options available on the menu are carefully selected to ensure they are not only fresh and nutritious but also maintain hygienic standards. The menu itself comprises a delightful blend of local and Western dishes, catering to a variety of tastes. However, it's important to note that as you ascend to higher altitudes like Samdo, Dharamsala, and Bhimtang, the range of items offered on the menu might become more limited due to logistical challenges.

When trekking at significant altitudes, especially in locations like Samdo, Dharamsala, and Bhimtang, it's advisable to opt for items that are warm and liquid-based, such as tea and soup. These choices not only help in maintaining body warmth in the colder temperatures but also aid in keeping you properly hydrated, which is crucial at higher elevations to combat the effects of altitude.

While the teahouse lodges along the route do provide options for non-vegetarian meals, it's recommended to exercise caution when considering such choices, as the remote locations might not ensure optimal food safety conditions. Therefore, refraining from consuming non-veg items in these areas is advised for the sake of your health.

In addition, it's prudent to avoid certain items that might not be suitable for high-altitude trekking. Caffeinated drinks, hot chocolate, alcohol, and dairy products are best minimized or avoided altogether, as they can potentially contribute to dehydration and other discomforts associated with altitude.

In essence, prioritizing warm, liquid-based foods, maintaining hydration, and making mindful food choices that align with the demands of high-altitude trekking will contribute to a healthier and more enjoyable experience during the Manaslu Circuit trek.
 

ACCOMMODATION ON THE MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

During the trek, accommodation is typically arranged in local lodges and tea houses, which are managed by families from the area. However, for those who prefer it, the option of tent accommodation can be arranged. These lodges feature a central communal space equipped with a stove, while the bedrooms are unheated and usually consist of two beds along with mattresses and pillows. Carrying a suitable sleeping bag, usually a 3-season one, is recommended. In case of additional warmth, lodges can provide blankets. Showers in these lodges operate using gas and restroom facilities primarily including the prevalent 'drop' toilets, although some places have transitioned to flush systems.

The Manaslu region stands apart from the busier Khumbu or Annapurna areas in terms of population and connectivity, which is part of its allure. This remoteness contributes to its distinct appeal, but it also means that access to phones and the outside world might be less frequent or could be separated by several days. Unlike other regions, you won't find an array of pizza or burger options here; instead, the focus is on authentic, flavorful food. The warm hospitality of the locals and the breathtaking landscapes form the major draw of this region, making it a unique and enriching experience for trekkers.

 

PACKING LIST FOR MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

Here's a version of your Manaslu Circuit Trekking Gear Checklist:

Clothing:

  • Raincoat, poncho, or a jacket and trousers combo

  • Down jacket or Gore-Tex jacket

  • Windproof trousers

  • Two pairs of hiking pants

  • One pair of shorts

  • Three pairs of T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket

  • One or two pairs of base layers

  • Two to three pairs of hiking socks and a few thicker socks

  • Two pairs of gloves—light fleece and waterproof/windproof

  • Undergarments

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots with ankle support and water resistance

  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or lightweight sneakers

Other Equipment:

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, woolen or fleece hat

  • First aid kit

  • Swiss army knife (optional)

  • Luggage cover

  • Headlamp

  • Trekking poles

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Crampons

  • Water purification tablets or SteriPen

  • Extra batteries

  • Adapter

  • Power bank

  • Water bottles, CamelBak, or thermos

  • Washing powder or multi-purpose soap

  • Shampoo

  • Small towel

  • Antiseptic hand wash

  • Toiletries

  • Female hygiene products

  • Wet wipes

  • Whistle

  • Mosquito spray (optional)

  • Earplugs

  • Reading materials, playing cards, or a chess set

Sleeping Gear:

  • Sleeping bag rated for minus 10–20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking season

Backpacks:

  • Main backpack (50–60 liters)

  • Daypack (20–30 liters)

Having the appropriate gear is crucial for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Make sure to consider the weather conditions, altitude, and duration of the trek when packing your gear.

 

Key Considerations for the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Professional Trekking Guide: The rugged and remote landscapes of the Manaslu region offer an incredible trekking experience, but the trails present challenges that necessitate a professional guide with a government license. These guides not only ensure your safety but also help you immerse in the local heritage and lifestyle. If carrying heavy luggage isn't feasible, you can also hire a porter or a porter-guide for combined assistance.

Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness is a common concern, especially in high-altitude treks. Acclimatization and proper hydration are crucial in tackling its challenges. Altitude sickness can lead to serious conditions, especially for those new to high-altitude conditions. Adequate acclimatization points should be identified before the trek, and both professional guides and porters should aid trekkers in managing altitude-related concerns.

Trek Permits: Obtaining necessary permits is an integral part of any trek in Nepal. The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires various permits for traversing different routes and conservation areas. These include local area permits, national park permits, and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards. These permits can be obtained from the Nepal tourism board's office in Kathmandu.

Physical Fitness: High-altitude trekking demands optimal physical fitness and endurance. A well-rounded training regimen involving physical exercises and cardiovascular activities like cycling, jogging, hiking, and swimming is crucial preparation. Acclimatization is equally important, ensuring that your body and mind are well-prepared for the challenges of trekking at high elevations.

Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is a vital aspect of any trekking adventure in Nepal. This coverage extends to accidents, medical emergencies, loss or theft of belongings, and more. In some cases, emergency helicopter evacuation might be required, which can incur substantial costs ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Therefore, securing appropriate travel insurance is essential to mitigate these potential expenses and ensure a safe journey.

Embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek entails addressing these key considerations to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and rewarding experience amidst the stunning Himalayan landscapes and unique cultural encounters.

 

How Much Does Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost?

The cost breakdown for the Manaslu Circuit Trek encompasses three main components. Firstly, there's the fee payable to the trekking company, which encompasses various services like transportation, accommodation, meals, guide, and porter charges. This amount covers the essential logistical aspects of your trekking journey. Secondly, there's the expenditure associated with obtaining the necessary trekking permits, which allow you to access the designated routes and conservation areas.
 
Lastly, miscellaneous expenses form the third category, covering discretionary costs like indulging in beer or snacks, availing hot showers, recharging electronic devices, and offering gratuities to your guide and porter for their assistance. These costs collectively provide a comprehensive picture of the financial considerations involved in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, ensuring that trekkers are well-prepared for their journey while factoring in both essential and optional expenses.

 

 

 

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