Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Via Larke Pass
At a Glance
  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Manaslu/Annapurna
  • Max Altitude 4,460m/14,632ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Machhakhola
  • Ends Dharapani
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Manaslu Circuit Trek Via Larke Pass Trip Highlights

  • The early departure from Kathmandu hotel to Machha Khola, an 8/9 hours’ drive through the unfamiliar narrow highway and countryside roadway is out of the ordinary with an enormous landscape view at the backdrop.
  • Manaslu trek being remote and basic it’s less trodden where anyone can experience the thrill of being in the wilderness trekking from the subtropical region to the alpine.
  • Due to its remote location, the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a sense of isolation and tranquility that's hard to find on more popular routes.
  • Walking into the deep-cut gorges of Budi Gandaki River with ample suspension bridges and a gigantic landscape setting with sky-high rock faces and cliffs to your sides is more of an adventure.
  • Walking on the ancient salt-trading legendary route through the longstanding classic Gurung villages with their exceptional culture is way more stunning than anything.
  • The close view of the magnificent extensive green hills, the Tibetan-Buddhist culture, and the territory of the rustic lifestyle from the very first day is charismatic.
  • Getting closer to the 8th highest mountain in the world and a visit to a holy Birendra lake on your 10th and 11th day is sure to add more excitement to your holiday.
  • Going over the challenging but very rewarding Larke Pass is a different experience that offers you a handsome opportunity to walk over the outstanding ancient salt trading valley with stunning mountain views.
  • Eventually descending down to the most beautiful valley of Bhimthang - The Paradise on Earth
  • Shortly, joining the classic Annapurna Circuit valley in the vastness of the Himalayas is worthwhile.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Via Larke Pass Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers anyone the opportunity to walk into the less-trodden enchanting deep valleys. This region of Manaslu is the main epicenter for the tragic 2015, 8.2 Magnitude earthquake. Then, trekkers were of the notion about Manaslu not being a safe destination which is simply a lack of true information.

Though the earthquake has undeniably brought about a transformation on the regular trekking trails nevertheless, Manaslu is very safe. Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek which is part of a Great Himalayan Trail.

Furthermore, it is less trodden and offers anyone a variety of trekking options. Starting from the District of Gorkha we eventually finish our trek in a Different district of Manang completing a distance of 177 km / 109 miles.

We don't recommend the Manaslu Circuit Trek during the winter season starting from December to February. It's pretty challenging if you want to know the difficulty level of Manaslu Trek. However, the ascent is very gradual which on the other hand provides enough acclimatization time for everyone.

Manaslu being a restricted area Trekkers are not permitted to trek alone without a Local Guide. All foreigners must be affiliated with a local company, obtain special permits, and be accompanied by a local guide.

“Climb mountains not so that the world can see you, but so you can see the world”

Mt. Manaslu and its Legends - Traditional Stories

Mt. Manaslu: The 8th Highest Peak in the Mighty Himalayas.

Nestled in the heart of Nepal's Gorkha district stands the formidable Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). This revered peak in the western Himalayan range presents climbers with tremendous challenges thanks to its technical climbing routes and notoriously fickle weather.

However, the risks have not deterred intrepid mountaineers from attempting to ascend this "Mountain of the Spirit," as Manaslu's name translates to in the local dialect. The mountain holds deep religious and cultural significance for both Buddhist and Hindu faiths in the region. According to ancient legends, Manaslu was once a goddess who transformed into her current, towering form to protect local villages from malevolent spirits.

There are further many legends about Mt. Manaslu according to both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. These stories give the mountain a divine meaning.

In Hinduism, the stories say that the Hindu deities often visit the peaceful, beautiful mountain to enjoy its views and receive its sacred blessings.

In Buddhist tradition, Manaslu is named one of four especially holy mountains. Myths tell that the Bodhisattva of Compassion lives on Manaslu.

So in both Hinduism and Buddhism, Manaslu is seen as a holy place where gods and saints reside. These rich legends add to the mountain's sense of wonder and mystery for both local Nepali people and traveling visitors. With all these legends, summiting Manaslu becomes a spiritual journey through a sacred landscape.

Today, the Manaslu Conservation Area, a popular trekking destination in its own right, preserves the area's stunning alpine ecology. Endangered species like Snow Leopards, Himalayan Red Panda, and Musk Deer roam the region under the watchful presence of the mountain's divine spirit.

Since its first successful ascent in 1956 by a Japanese climbing team, Manaslu has gained global recognition as a climbing challenge for the most experienced mountaineers. Climbers must obtain special permits and work closely with knowledgeable local guides to have any chance of reaching the summit and returning safely. Proper technical skills, physical conditioning, and provisions are an absolute must.

Still, Manaslu continues to draw intrepid climbers wishing to test their skill and grit against one of Nepal's divine peaks, which watches over this corner of the Himalayas just as its goddess form did ages ago according to the enduring myths. Those successful in their summit quest are forever changed after confronting the Mountain of the Spirit.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Trip Profile:

The region of Manaslu is still a RESTRICTED area. The Government of Nepal permitted trekkers to Manaslu Circuit only in 1991. Manaslu is also the region of the Suspension bridge and the sky-high cliffs. Despite its popularity and the construction of new tea houses in the region since 2010, the Manaslu Trek however is very remote and basic. In comparison to other tea-house treks in Nepal, Manaslu still needs progression. 

Though we need a special permit to get through, the picturesque beauty of the Manaslu region cannot be denied.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for its stunning mountain views, diverse flora and fauna, and cultural diversity. Usually, the Manaslu Trekking trail starts from Arughat and passes through several remote villages and dense forests, with the highest point of the trek being the Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,160 meters. The trek provides an opportunity to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the local people, who are mainly of Tibetan origin.

If you are looking for an extended version of Manaslu Trek it's good to opt for the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek combination.

Larke Pass 5106 m/16,751 ft is the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit trek. Moreover, this is a classic and tough ancient salt trading route that links the Manaslu Valley with the Annapurna Valley. The view from the Larke pass is simply Terrific with Chuli, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Larke Peak, Himal Chuli, Annapurna II, and Mt. Manaslu.

After the pass, the valley opens up in a very paradise-like setting. We will stay overnight at Bhimthang. Moreover, this village is uniquely located in a Himalayan meadow at the lap of Manaslu and Himalchuli which is simply incredible. Soon we enter the tree line area with lush green woodland and cruise towards the famous Annapurna circuit trail followed by spectacular views.

Toss aside your guidebooks and Trek to the mystical lands of Manaslu.

For more details on the beauty of significance of Manaslu Circuit Trek check this Blog Post: 10 Beautiful Reasons To Do Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4,593 feet) / hotel accommodation.
  • Day 02:Cultural Sightseeing tour and trek Briefing / Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 03:Drive to MachhaKhola (870 m/2,854 feet) overnight stay
  • Day 04:Trek to jagat (1340 m/4,396 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Phillim (1517 m/4,977 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Bihi phedi (1,990 m/6,528 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Namrung (2,630 m/8,628 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Lho (3,180 m/10,433 feet)
  • Day 09:Trek to Samagoan (3,520 m/11,548 feet)
  • Day 10:REST DAY - Hike to Birendra Lake OR Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (OPTIONAL)
  • Day 11:Trek to Samdo (3,875 m/12,713 feet)
  • Day 12:Trek Larke BC or Dharmasala (4,460 m/14,632 feet)
  • Day 13:Cross Larke Pass (5,106 m/16,751 feet) and Bhimthang (3,700 m/12,139 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Dharapani (1960 m/6,430 feet)
  • Day 15:Drive to Beshisahar (760 m/2,493 feet) and and further drive to Munglin overnight stay
  • Day 16:Early morning drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 17:Transfer to the International Airport.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive in the Kathmandu airport your Trekking group leader will receive you and transfer you to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal undoubtedly has a strong appeal with vigorous activities around. Relax and take pleasure cruising through the unfamiliar roads to the hotel.

Highlights:

  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader - the hotel is in the Center City of Thamel - the main Tourist Hub
  • Short preliminary briefing.
  • Explore Kathmandu in any case if you have to arrive early.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, to access restricted mountain areas like Manaslu, we require your original passport and passport-sized photos to swiftly secure the Special Trekking Permit. It is a golden ticket to unseen vistas and untouched valleys away from the maddening crowd. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

  • Altitude: 1400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Today: it’s an exploration day. Your leader will introduce you to our professional city tour Guide who is an expert and will guide you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places that are listed in the world heritage sites. He is a professional and will shed light on the entire mysticism of its existence.

Highlights:

  • Fabulous Breakfast in the hotel itself.
  • Meet up at 9 am for the tour.
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
  • Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Welcome Dinner at Thamel Restauring and getting to know one another.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast/Welcome Dinner
  • Transport: City Tour

4 wheel drive to Machhakhola via Aroghat is a beautiful experience. Leaving Kathmandu we drive through an adventurous twisting roadway with so much to see on the way. Despite the slender roadway, the view of lush vegetation will surely make your day.

Highlights:

  • 9/10 hours’ scenic drive.
  • Early drive to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
  • Fabulous scenery and mountain view at the backdrop as you cruise through these new roads.
  • Lunch stop in a beautifully located village with an excellent choice of food.
  • After lunch, you drive through the jagged countryside road is another fascination.
  • Once we get to the beautiful town of Aroghat we further further drive to our destination, Machhakhola.
  • Overnight stay in this small but interesting settlement. Fabulous dinner and briefing from your group leader.
  • Altitude: 870 m/2,854 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 9/10 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We have termed Manalu as the “Land of the Suspension Bridge” and today you will realize why. Leaving Machchakhola we walk through the earthquake rehabilitation shelter area that will eventually take us to the big village of Khorlebesi. After the effortless hour's walk, we get to the village of natural hot springs, Tatopani. The next uneven trail lands us to the village of Dovan for lunch. After lunch, we walk the valley and cliff trail crossing multiple bridges and beautiful villages to Jagat.

Highlights:

  • Fabulous walk along the valley of Budi Gandaki with so much to see and learn.
  • Crossing an ample suspension bridge is exciting.
  • Today you would also cross one very unusual cliff bridge which is a highlight.
  • We take a small break at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot spring.
  • Walking over the few landslide trails that exists after the 2015 earthquake is interesting.
  • All the Chorten and prayer wall on the way and in villages gives you the sense of Tibetan Buddhism influence.
  • Altitude: 1340 m/4,396 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.5 km

To acclimate well for the pass we take is slow in gaining elevation. To make your adventure not very fatiguing we walk a short destination today. Leaving Jagat we cross a suspension bridge with a view of beautiful waterfall. Furthermore the valley starts opening today and this beautiful countryside trail takes you to the prosperous town of Phillim.

Highlights:

  • Delightful walk with stunning views.
  • Today's short walk goes through a number of beautiful settlements.
  • The ancient setting of the village GhatteKhola is an attraction where a small break is worth taking.
  • The view of vibrant hills and deep gorges provides you with a soothing charm.
  • Lunch at Phillim and afternoon activity of village exploration OR hot shower and relax.
  • Altitude: 1517 m/4,977 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Leaving Phillim we walk an effortless trail crossing suspension bridges and through the beautiful pine forested trial to Nayak Phedi. Today's walk offers a great mountain view. It is more into the woodland trail of bamboo, ferns, pine, oak, Magnolia, and ample suspension bridges. Gradually we get to the village of Dyeng for lunch and eventually to the settlement of Bihi Phedi for an overnight stay.

Highlights:

  • Beautiful view of Siringi Himal and Boudha Himal.
  • Trekking over the cliff trail is very stirring.
  • A most enchanting walk through a woodland trail of bamboo, ferns, pine, oak, and Magnolia.
  • Despite a little distant walk, lunch at Dyang, a very basic village settlement is worth it.
  • Overnight at Bihi Phedi, a small but beautiful place to stay.
  • Altitude: 1,990 m/6,528 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we walk an effortless undulating trail that takes us to the small village of Bhijan. Today's walk is basically into the trail of a beautiful forest setting with huge pine and coniferous trees. Gradually we walk over the suspension bridge, cliff trail and the beautiful framing pastures that take us to yet another attractive village if Gap. Before Namrung you would be walking into the new trail that is there after the earthquake. Despite being new it’s awesome- feel the difference.

Highlights:

  • Today is a short walk once again giving you ample time for acclimatization.
  • The view of beautiful farming pastures is simply incredible.
  • Ample small cultural settlements in this hidden valley are another attraction.
  • Being in this pretty landscape, deep valley, cliff trail, and soaring cliffs are magical and very serene.
  • After lunch, you have a free afternoon for hot showers and setting up your tomorrow's plan.
  • Altitude: 2,630 m/8,628 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Lho gives you the most awaited view of the world’s 8th-highest mountain Manaslu at its best. This is yet another short walk to arrange ample ground for acclimatization and to prepare for the soon-coming challenging Larke pass. Leaving behind the deep valley and cliff trail today we walk more into the wide Himalayan meadow trail. Progressively walking through multiple small villages the trail will eventually connect to the path that leads to Himal Chuli Base camp.

Highlights:

  • The walk to Lho is incredible with several charming cultural villages en route.
  • The view of snow-capped mountains like Himal Chuli and Nayke Peak is awe-inspiring.
  • Enjoy your enchanting walk in the wide Himalayan meadow-like trail.
  • Feel the serenity of the region that is peacefully calm and soothing.
  • Witness the Tibetan Buddhism influence with numerous Chortens and Prayer walls on the way.
  • Lunch at Lho itself and a free afternoon for self-exploration.
  • The grandiose view of Manaslu – the spirit mountain and the world’s 8th highest.
  • Altitude: 3,180 m/10,433 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5 km

Leaving Lho we ascend to the ridge of the village with a huge Prayer wall with an amazingly built Stupa. Once again we enter into the forested trail of pine providing you with soothing shade against the scorching sun. Passing the solitary but beautiful hydro-plant building we get to the extended village of Shyala which has a phenomenal primeval setting. Pass the village we walk the wide version of the Himalayan trail with pine and juniper tree which eventually takes us to the handsome-looking village of Samagoan.

Highlights:

  • Short walk to Samagoan with a free afternoon.
  • Being in the valley with a dramatic landscape and forest setting is astonishing
  • Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of Manaslu and its neighboring range.
  • The old Samagoan gives you the feeling of primitiveness and the village setting itself has a very ancient setting.
  • Free afternoon to relax and feel the thin air.
  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.5 km

ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE:

  • Samagoan offers several options for excursions.
  • Morning 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization to Birendra Lake.
  • The grandiose view of Manaslu, its base camp, and the expedition route to the summit.
  • Afternoon can be utilized exploring the old village of Samagoan which is sure to be an incredible experience.
  • With the close view of the magnificent mountain, and extensive green hills, the Tibetan Buddhist culture is charismatic
  • A Free afternoon where you can do several other activities including self-exploration.

Acclimatization Hike: TO MANASLU BASE CAMP - 8 km 5 Hours (both ways) (4700 m / 15,419 feet)

THIS HIKE IS OPTIONAL - 

After an early morning breakfast, we will embark on a hike to Manaslu Base Camp. Our journey begins through a green pine forest, leading us to the stunning Birendra Lake. This enchanting alpine lake is a haven of tranquility, and we will take some time to soak in its serene beauty. After capturing some memorable photographs, we will continue our ascent towards Manaslu Base Camp.

The uphill climb takes approximately 3-4 hours, and the breathtaking panoramic views will reward our efforts. Upon reaching Base Camp, we will be surrounded by the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, an awe-inspiring sight that will leave us speechless.

We will spend some time here, enjoying the tranquility of the mountains and capturing countless pictures to cherish this unforgettable moment. As the day winds down, we will retrace our steps back to Sama Gaon, where we will rest for the night in a cozy lodge.

  • Altitude: 4700 m / 15,419 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Soon after breakfast today we start with a beautiful walk in the wide valley trail with an impressive view of the show peak. We continue with an effortless trail toward the valley that is closer to the Tibetan border. Though a short walk, the temptation of stopping every now and then to take mind-boggling pictures can’t be denied. Samagoan and the trails onward propose so many opportunities for great pictures.

Highlights:

  • A short walk into the extended Himalayan meadow is simply unbelievable.
  • Offers anyone with a dramatic view of the mountain and the valley.
  • So much opportunity for photography – where you need not have to be a professional.
  • A very rewarding moment that is very tranquil with no rush since it’s a short day trek.
  • Slow walking is recommended for health safety; listen to your leader for guidance regarding altitude pressure.
  • Free afternoon for short exploration and card game.
  • Altitude: 3,875 m/12,713 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today we enter into the Alpine away from the tree line area. With absolutely no urgency to reach our destination today, we take it very slow and easy. We take it easy as today is a short day trek and secondly, the altitude matters. Intake of adequate fluids, multiple breaks, and thousands of photos is highly recommended. The enchanting walk today takes you into the basin literally enclosed by the majestic mountains. This valley of Shangri-La is breathtaking and finally takes you to the very basic yet exhilarating settlement of Dharmasala.

Highlights:

  • Walking into the valley of Shangri-La.
  • You get very close to the mountains including a grand view of Manaslu and its summit.
  • Wonderful view of the glacier and the alpine terrain.
  • Being at the very Basic settlement of Dharmasala – also known as Larke Pass Base camp is thrilling.
  • Explore the alpine terrain of the base camp and feel the high altitude chill factor.
  • During your free afternoon, you may prepare for tomorrow's Big Day.
  • Altitude: 4,460 m/14,632 feet
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5.5 km

We start very early today to get over the pass as quickly as possible and to skip the wind chill factor at the summit. The Larke Pass trail is considered one of the longest but not as technical as most high passes in Nepal. Usually, it is impressive to see the line of people with their lights cruising into this deep mountainous valley. Gradually with the coming of the morning sun, you would find yourself on the moraine-glacier trail offering you with magnificent view around. After the pass trekking down the gravelly trail is quite tricky but being at the Paradise like Bhimthang is the greatest reward of all.

Highlights:

  • Starting early with so many other trekkers over the brightness of the head torches is fascinating.
  • Going over the daring LARKE PASS (5106 m/16,751 ft) the highest point in the Manaslu circuit trek is a great accomplishment of a lifetime.
  • Walking into this very untouched alpine trail has so much to offer in terms of adventure and scenery.
  • Descending to Bhimthang, with a grand view of numerous peaks and Ponker Lake is awe-inspiring.
  • Overnight stay at Bhimthang, a place with a paradise-like setting that is surrounded by magnanimous snow-capped mountains.
  • Altitude: 5,106 m/16,751 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14 km

After breakfast, we start our walk with a reasonable descent and get to the tree line area. This valley walks into the woodland of pine and coniferous is fascinating. Anyone would be very amazed to witness this diverse face of Manaslu which is entirely different from what we have done so far. It’s a great combination of mountains, hills, forests, and rivers with beautiful villages. Gradually we get to the village of Goa for lunch and eventually reach the beautiful settlement of Dharapani.

Highlights:

  • Effortless walk with the grand view of Manaslu, vibrant landscape, and lush forest.
  • Sensational adventure into the river valley and woodland with so much deadwood around that has been conserved for ages.
  • Lunch at Goa is very deserving of its exquisiteness.
  • Getting back to the tree line is pleasurable.
  • We further walk to the village of Tilje and stop for tea.
  • Eventually, we get to Dharapani - Enter the district of Manang and join the famous Annapurna Circuit Trail
  • Altitude: 1960 m/6,430 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 22 km

We take a 4-wheel drive to Beshisahar and further drive to Munglin. Enjoy a great drive along with an amazing view and a very delicious local organic lunch in between your drive.

Highlights:

  • Entering into a different district and having an opportunity to be in the legendary trail of the Annapurna circuit is priceless.
  • Driving into the Marshyangdi valley is exceptionally overwhelming.
  • Organic lunch in one of the beautiful villages en route.
  • Getting to Beshisahar, the prosperous town of the British Gorkhas is very entertaining.
  • We further drive to Mungling for overnight Stay
  • Being it a last night party and staff tipping follows.
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: Private jeep

Drive back to Kathmandu, back to the capital city.

Highlights:

  • End of your trekking days
  • 4/5 hours’ drive.
  • Early morning drive to Kathmandu to skip any uncertainty of traffic jams.
  • Fabulous scenery and Mountain View at the backdrop as you navigate through this new roads.
  • Lunch stop in one of the highway restaurant with its excellent food choices.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.

    The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

    What's Included
    • PERMITS: All Essential permits and SPECIAL PERMITS required to legally trek in the region are procured before arrival.
    • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
    • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
    • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
    • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
    • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
    • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
    • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yaktrax, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
    • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
    • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
    • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
    • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
    • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
    • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
    • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
    • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
    What's Excluded
    • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
    • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
    • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
    • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
    • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
    • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
    • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
    • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
    • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
    Essential Trip Information

    Manaslu Base Camp (4700 m / 15,419 feet) - 8 km - 5/6 Hours (both ways) 

    Upon reaching the base camp, trekkers are greeted by the sheer magnificence of Mount Manaslu, standing tall at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) above sea level. The serene ambiance and the towering peak create an unforgettable setting of beauty. It’s an exciting moment where trekkers feel a growing sense of anticipation as they get closer to the spiritual mountain Manaslu. 

    Manaslu Base Camp stands tall at an elevation of 4,700 m / 15,419 feet. During the peak climbing season, Manaslu Base Camp becomes a bustling hub of activity, with tents and climbers filling the area. As word spreads about the incredible beauty and challenge of climbing Mount Manaslu, more and more adventurers flock to the base camp to embark on this exhilarating journey.

    The number of climbers and their support teams steadily increases, resulting in a significant increase in the number of tents that dot the landscape. These tents serve as temporary shelters for the climbers, providing them with a place to rest, eat, and prepare for their ascent. The base camp transforms into a vibrant and dynamic community, buzzing with excitement and anticipation.

    The presence of numerous climbers brings a sense of companionship to the base camp. People from different backgrounds and cultures come together, united by their passion for mountaineering and the desire to conquer the mighty Manaslu. The base camp becomes a melting pot of stories, experiences, and aspirations, creating an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement.

    As climbers set up their tents and make themselves at home, the base camp takes on a unique character. The campsite is alive with activity, with climbers organizing their gear, cooking meals, and engaging in conversations with fellow climbers. The air is filled with a mix of languages and accents, as climbers from around the world converge at this remote location.

    The base camp becomes a self-reliant mini-city, providing essential services and support for the climbers as they prepare for their ascent.

    Despite the crowded nature of the base camp, there is a strong sense of respect for the environment and the mountain itself. They follow the principles of Leave No Trace, ensuring that the base camp and its surroundings are left pristine and undisturbed.
    The air is filled with a feeling of energy and excitement as climbers get closer to the highest point of their journey. As they continue along the trail, the view gradually reveals itself, creating a breathtaking picture.  

    The sheer size and beauty of this enormous mountain, covered in snow and surrounded by the endless blue sky, leave trekkers speechless. It is not just the physical effort of the climb that makes their hearts race, but also the sheer magnificence of the view. It is a moment that allows trekkers and climbers to fully appreciate the incredible beauty.

    Surrounded by other beautiful peaks, the view from Manaslu Base Camp is like a perfect painting. The peacefulness of the surroundings, combined with the powerful presence of the mountains, creates an almost unreal atmosphere.
    At Manaslu Base Camp, the views don't just captivate the eyes; they touch the soul, leaving an indelible mark that transcends time—a treasure trove of memories that endure long after the descent has begun.

    Important Information

    Complimentary Equipment:

    During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a complimentary waterproof Duffel Bag, buff (neck gaiter), 2 Toilet Rolls, a Map, and a Baseball Cap. The duffel bag will serve as a means to pack all your necessary trekking supplies for your upcoming adventure.

    Your Daypack:

    In addition to the duffel bag, it is essential that you have your own daypack with a waterproof cover. This daypack will be used to carry your daily necessities such as cash, important documents, water supplies or rehydration bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, and extra clothing.

    The equipment we Provide:

    Besides the complimentary equipment, WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COST, we provide you with PrimaLoft wind stopper jackets, a Warm Down Sleeping Bag with liners, a Walking Stick if required, and Yak-Track (mini crampons where required). However, When trekking at altitudes above 4,000 m, it is crucial to have your personal lightweight down jacket and warm fleece Jackets or hoodies. 

    Drinking Water Supply:

    In our commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible trekking practices, we wholeheartedly discourage the use of single-use mineral water bottles along the trekking route. To minimize plastic waste and protect the pristine Himalayan environment, our dedicated staff ensures a constant supply of safe, boiled drinking water throughout your journey. We kindly request that you carry reusable water bottles and rehydration bladder to stay well-hydrated. Together, we can make a positive impact on the delicate ecosystem of the Annapurna Circuit.

    Assigning Porters:

    To ensure your comfort and convenience, we assign one porter between two trekkers. The porter will be responsible for carrying the duffel bag throughout the entire trek. It is important to note that the weight of your duffel bag should not exceed 10/11 kg as the weight limitation for porters is 25/30kg max and if you are flying to any high mountain airports in Nepal your overall weight limitation including your duffle + daypack is only 15kg / 33 pounds.

    Your Extra Luggage:

    For your convenience, you can store all your extra luggage, and suitcases at the hotel SAFETY STORE in Kathmandu. This way, you can travel light and have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.

    Tipping Tips:

    Tipping is a gesture of appreciation, a heartfelt way to express gratitude for the incredible journey you've embarked upon and the dedication of the remarkable individuals who have been your guiding stars throughout your trek. The practice of tipping, at 10% of the trip cost, is a tradition that allows you to give back, acknowledging the extraordinary efforts of your guides, porters, and the entire team who make your adventure possible. It is a way to honor their dedication, hard work, and the stories they've shared around the campfire, deepening the bonds formed in the heart of the mountains.

    Caution at the Airport on Arrival:

    Upon arrival, we strongly advise against entrusting your bag to anyone other than our trusted office representatives. Unknown airport porters taking your luggage for a few seconds and claiming for TIPS is a very common incident at the airport. Our team is there to ensure that your belongings remain safe and that you can embark on your adventure with confidence. Your safety and peace of mind are our utmost priority.

    We hope this information clarifies the important details regarding your trip. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at mail@nepalpyramids.com. We want to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal. Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trekking:

    Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs

    • Manaslu circuit trek which which once served as a significant trading route between Nepal and Tibet is quite challenging. However, the gain in elevation is very gradual starting from 700 m/2296 ft to an altitude of 5106 m / 16,751 ft which eventually makes an easy on acclimatization strategy. Anyone with sound fitness can join the trek. Nevertheless, it is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knee, heart, or lung problems - a necessary check-up and consent from your doctor is a must.

    • Manaslu being a restricted area you need to be affiliated with the Local company and local guide and the permits required are:

      • Special permit for M.C.A.P (Manaslu Conservation Area Project),
      • A.C.A.P permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and
      • T.I.M.S (Trekking Information Management System).

      Prior to your arrival Nepal Pyramids arranges all the required permits. 

    • Yes with Nepal Pyramids everybody reserves the right to customize their trip as per their requirements. However, with the Manaslu Circuit trek we suggest to refer with Nepal Pyramids for the most convenient itinerary. This is because we don’t want to make it strenuous and next, we don’t want to give away with Larke pass owing to any health issues. We together can come up with a remarkable plan.    

    • We don't personally recommend Manaslu during winter. From mid-December till late February People from this region tend to escape the winter chill which results in the closure of tea houses along the way. Due to the heavy snowfall and the extreme chill factor people especially from the settlements before and after the pass would head down to the warmer region temporarily abandoning their tea houses. So trekking in winter would result in much longer distance walking, and the chances of the lunch place being closed is probable. 

    • Manaslu Circuit is more than a moderate trek. With a tightly scheduled itinerary, it can transform into a strenuous trek as well. However, the Nepal Pyramids itinerary is planned for a very slow altitude ascent which anyone with sensible fitness can join.  Anyone with a medical history and under-prescribed medication, weak lungs, heart, knee, or ankle needs to seek medical consent before considering the Manaslu Circuit trek. Some physical training is a must to prepare grounds for the ultimate trekking experience and fun. 

    • Nepal Pyramids provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attached hoods. We also provide you with a Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gear in, a plastic bag to separate your clean clothes from the dirty ones.
      Furthermore, there are takeaway items like - a Nepal Pyramids T-shirt, a duffel bag, a Trekking map, and buff headwear.

    • Excluding Lunch BUT including multiple breaks that we take during our trek we usually walk around 6/9 hours. Since the Manaslu circuit is feasible counterclockwise walking hours are longer also because there is more of the gradual up-walking trail. However, our Manaslu itinerary is designed to make your walk more relaxing in the serene beauty than making it exhausting. You have the freedom of a free stroll (under your leader's supervision) and we set enough space for you the enjoy your trip.

    • Accommodation in Manaslu is reasonably basic due to the once unpopularity of the region. Only a few years ago Manaslu wasn’t as popular as it is now. Until then it was more of a camping trek where tea houses started lately. Manaslu doesn’t yet provide the luxury that most popular destinations in Nepal do. Sharing rooms and Dormitory facilities can be a typical story at Manaslu trekking. However, Nepal Pyramids always give our best to accommodate you in the best available tea houses.

      You have a variety of choices for the food and so far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House.

    • Acute mountain sickness is something more of a reaction that materializes in our body under the lower rate of oxygen level. It’s a mountain ailment that is fatal. It’s hard to predict who of what age and physical fitness can actually get of A.M.S. However, Nepal Pyramids delivers professionals who are well equipped with medication and oxygen cylinders to deal with A.M.S. Besides, there are ample preventive strategies to deal with any mountain sickness. Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, and stomach problems are other very common mountain ailments that can be nightmarish than the A.M.S.

      So far with us there haven't been any reports of Altitude sickness casualties in Manaslu. The trek has a very gradual ascent and all our high-altitude itineraries are designed for proper acclimatization. 

    • After the 2015 earthquake that caused an enormous effect in the Manaslu region, the charging facility may not be possible everywhere. It is always wise to carry some extra batteries or fully charged power bank batteries to charge your devices - besides, your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold. 

      Over trivial cost, all tea houses provide you with basic hot showers that include solar showers, gas showers, or Bucket showers.

      As for the WiFi - you need to be very well prepared to get going without internet for the next 2 weeks as there is less or no chance of WiFi in the Manaslu region.

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