• Last Updated on May 20, 2024

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with the Manaslu Circuit Group Trek, where breathtaking landscapes, authentic cultural experiences, and a challenging 17,000-foot (5,100 m) Himalayan pass crossing await. Trust in our experienced local partners to expertly organize weekly group departures during the prime trekking seasons of spring and fall, or customize your journey with a private trek that can be arranged for any date between February and June or September to November.

Nestled in the heart of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Group Trek offers a truly unparalleled experience for trekkers looking for a challenge and a breathtaking view. This 14-16day trek will take you around the Manaslu Conservation Area, where you'll be greeted with stunning vistas of the eighth-highest mountain in the world.

If you're looking for an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, the Manaslu Circuit Nepal Trek is a perfect choice. It offers a remote and less-crowded experience, as it typically sees fewer trekkers than other popular routes. The trek starts at Soti Khola, ends at Beshi Sahar, and can even be extended to 22 days with an additional side trek to the Tsum valley.

Flanked by the majestic Annapurna's to the West and the Ganesh Himal to the East, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a true gem among the 8000-meter giants. The trek is physically demanding, culturally enriching, and scenically uplifting, making it an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever. So, gear up and take the journey of a lifetime with the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

It is a journey through the lush terraces of rice and millet in the steamy lowlands to the majestic gorges of the Budi Gandaki, where the turquoise waters flow and the waterfalls cascade. The suspension bridges along the Manaslu trek are extraordinary in length and height. However, the yearly monsoon often presents challenges as it washes away minor bridges, leaving trekkers to traverse semi-submerged rocks.

Limited to only 400 trekkers in 1992, the Manaslu circuit trek offers a true pioneering experience. For those looking to relive the trekking of the 1980s, this trek is a visual feast from start to finish, but be warned, it requires a level of fitness to enjoy fully.

As you traverse the circuit, the path leads you North toward the snowbound Larkya La Pass, perched next to the Tibetan border. The altitude may present a challenge, but it is quickly forgotten as the views of Manaslu take your breath away. Standing at 5,167 meters/16,952 feet, the Larkya La pass is often snow-covered and icy, necessitating micro crampons on the descent. To reach the pass, a 3 am start is required to reach the highest point before the winds pick up, typically around mid-morning.

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Where is Manaslu?

Cradled amidst the majestic peaks of the Mansiri Himal in the heart of Nepal, Mt. Manaslu is majestically the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Rising to a staggering 8,163 meters above sea level, this formidable peak is surrounded by the likes of Himalchuli and Ngadi. To the North, the renowned Larkya La, one of the longest passes, connects the remote villages of Bimthang and Dharamshala, adding to the allure of this natural wonder.

Mt. Manaslu is a true gem of the Himalayan range, boasting a latitude of 28.549444 degrees north and a longitude of 84.561943 degrees east. Though located a mere 119 km from Kathmandu, the trek to its summit begins with a scenic road drive up to Soti Khola.

Mount Manaslu stands tall as the highest peak in the region, located a majestic 64 km/ 40 mi east of Annapurna. This majestic mountain is a sight to behold, boasting a topographic isolation of 106 km/ 66 mi. 

In 1997, the government embarked on the Manaslu Conservation Area project, with the primary objective of preserving and sustainably managing the delimited area of Manaslu. Manaslu was officially added to the Manaslu Conservation Area in December 1998 under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act. The area is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) of Nepal, spanning an impressive 1663 sq. km/ 642 sq mi. 

Manaslu circuit trek Difficulties

The Manaslu circuit trek is considered a strenuous grade, making it challenging for beginner trekkers. However, with proper preparation and guidance from expert guides, anyone with a basic fitness level can conquer this trek. The trail has been improved since the 2015 earthquake, with new paths developed and teahouses now available at high camp. But the trail must still be commercialized, so proper gear and preparation are necessary. Distance, altitude, and weather conditions should also be considered when assessing this trek's difficulty level.

Manaslu circuit Trek Difficulty In Distance:

Spanning a total distance of 177 kilometers, this trek offers a diverse range of terrains, from its lowest point of 228 meters to the 8,163-meter summit of Mt. Manalsu, the world's eighth-highest peak. The standard 16-day tour itinerary includes 10-12 days of walking, with an average distance of 15-20 kilometers per day. The trek can be customized to suit individual needs and preferences and is easily accessible from Kathmandu city. The first few days on the trail can be difficult, as the Budhi Gandaki Gorge is steep and rocky, requiring physical and mental preparation. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,213 meters, a test of endurance that requires no technical skills. 

Manaslu circuit trek Difficulty in Altitude:

Beginning at a low altitude of 700 meters and reaching a high altitude of 5,213 meters, the major challenge of this trek is adjusting to the high altitude. Crossing the Larkya La Pass is the most difficult part of the trail, as the trail becomes steeper, with fewer trees and more exposure to harsh elements like snow, sun, and cold wind. Altitude sickness is a potential risk for all trekkers, regardless of experience or fitness level. Consult a doctor before embarking on the trek and take necessary precautions such as walking slowly, taking regular rest breaks, and staying hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

Manaslu circuit trek Difficulty in Weather:

The trek is affected by weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, freezing nights, hot sun, and strong winds. Pack clothing accordingly for the season in which you plan to travel. Winter is tough due to heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, while the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and slippery, muddy trails. Spring and autumn are:

  • The best seasons for trekking.
  • Offering clear weather.
  • Stunning views of snow-capped mountains.
  • The opportunity to see rhododendron blossoms.
  • Planning your trek during these seasons helps reduce the overall difficulty level.
     

Manaslu circuit trek Difficulty in Training:

The Manaslu Circuit trek is a moderately strenuous and challenging journey that requires proper physical and mental preparation. Even if you consider yourself fit, we recommend training for long-distance walking, especially at higher elevations with basic facilities. 

Training should include strength and endurance exercises for your back, shoulders, arms, and legs and cardiovascular fitness activities like cycling, swimming, and running. Additionally, preparing yourself mentally for the challenge is important, as mental well-being is crucial in determining how you handle stress and push through the trek. The Manaslu Circuit trek can be an enjoyable and memorable experience with proper preparation.

Manaslu Circuit Guide and Porter Cost

Total Budget For Porter and Guide= $240-$350 approx

Having a licensed trekking guide by your side is the ultimate blessing. Your guide will expertly lead you through the path, ensuring you stay on the right track. They will also take care of all your accommodation and food needs, providing you with delicious meals and comfortable resting places. And while their services come at a cost, it is a small price to pay for the peace of mind and expertise they provide. The average daily rate for a licensed guide on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is around 30 to 35 USD, including food, accommodation, and insurance for your guide.

Hiring a porter can prove to be a lifesaver for those who may struggle with the weight of their backpack and belongings. With a porter on hand, the trek becomes a comfortable and enjoyable experience rather than a challenging one.

Hiring a porter typically ranges from 20 to 25 USD per day, including expenses such as food, accommodation, and insurance. For those looking to make their tour more economical, there is also the option of hiring a porter cum guide. This individual carries your load and guides you along the trek, making the experience even more seamless and efficient. This option typically costs around 25 USD per day.

Types of Guides:

There are four trekking guides to choose from based on their skills, qualifications, and work experience.

Licensed Guide:

These skilled professionals have undergone rigorous training and have been certified by the government, ensuring that you are in safe hands. With fluency in various languages, including English, Mandarin, French, German, and more, you can rest assured that communication will not be an issue. Their enthusiasm and communication skills are a testament to their passion for their profession.

Your Licensed guide works independently or with a trekking agency and is fully insured to provide you with added security. They are also well-versed in the local culture and language, providing a truly immersive experience. A licensed Manaslu trek guide costs around $25-30 daily. Invest in a licensed guide for a truly unforgettable and safe journey.

Guide Cum Porter:

These individuals not only provide essential porter services but also serve as expert guides on the trail. Their exceptional communication skills and knowledge of the terrain make them the perfect companions on your journey. And with an average cost of just $20-25 per day, they are a budget-friendly alternative to professional guides.

These non-licensed guides need insurance coverage to assist in obtaining trek permits. To ensure a safe and legally compliant trek, it is best to avoid these unlicensed guides and opt for a licensed and insured guide cum porter.

Porter cum guide:

Introducing Porter Cum Guides - the ultimate trekking companions who carry your luggage not only easily but also expertly guide you through the picturesque trail. These guides possess a fundamental understanding of English and boast a wealth of trekking experience. They are in the process of obtaining professional guide status, ensuring your trekking experience is exceptional. The cost of a Manaslu trek guide averages $20-25, making them a cost-effective option for small groups. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Without a Guide

Tackling Manaslu Trek without a guide is not viable, as the area between Jagat and Bhimthang has been designated a restricted zone. To guarantee a safe and successful journey, have the accompaniment of a government-authorized guide or porter with a valid license. Independent trekking in this region is strictly prohibited.

A solo journey through the rugged trails of the Manaslu Circuit Trek may seem thrilling. However, understand the inherent risks associated with such an endeavor. To safeguard trekkers from potential hazards, the Government of Nepal has strictly prohibited solo travel within the Manaslu region. Instead, security measures have been implemented through certified Manaslu trek guides and porters, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Manaslu Circuit trek without a guided trek in the majestic Manaslu region is not an option. The only viable solution is to secure the services of a seasoned guide who will ensure your safety and enhance the overall trekking experience. In addition to the mandatory guide requirement for the Manaslu trek, the Government of Nepal has imposed additional regulations. These include:

  • The formation of a group comprising a minimum of two individuals (excluding guides and porters).
  • The procurement of all necessary permits for the Manaslu trek must be conducted through a reputable and authorized local trekking agency in Nepal.
  • Given the unavailability of a guide-less trek, it is imperative to hire a government-licensed guide from a reputable trekking company.

Manaslu Circuit Map

Expertly crafted and quality assured this digital map is your go-to guide for exploring the breathtaking trails of the Manaslu region. Effortlessly navigate through the map with the convenience of the zoom-in and zoom-out functionality, located in the top-right corner with the plus and minus signs, respectively. Designed with simplicity and practicality, this map will elevate your trekking experience to new heights. Discover the region's glaciers, peaks, rivers, and religious sites with unprecedented accuracy. This map is your key to accessing the trek information and details you need for a successful and memorable journey. Make sure to leave home with it.

Our state-of-the-art map boasts an organized selection of visually striking and expertly crafted icons, each uniquely shaped and colored to communicate important information effectively. These symbols represent various features, including International Boundaries, National Park Boundaries, Highways, Main Roads, and Main Trekking Routes. Adventure seekers will appreciate the presence of Secondary Trekking Routes, Peaks, and Glaciers, while those with a spiritual inclination will appreciate the inclusion of Temples, Monasteries, and Chortens. Travelers will enjoy the identification of Airports and Helipads, and all will appreciate the depiction of Rivers and Checkpoints. With so many features included, our map is the ultimate guide for any journey.

The trek takes you through the stunning Tsum, Budi Gandaki, Nubri, and Marshyangdi valleys, each offering its unique beauty and charm.

As you hike along the Tibet border, you will be treated to breathtaking views of the 8th highest peak in the world, Mt Manaslu, as well as the majestic Mt Ganesh, Mt Sringi, and Mt Boudha ranges. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Manaslu Base Camp, a true mountaineer's paradise. For those looking for a side adventure, the Birendra Lake at 3620m and Kalmachum Lake at 3800m are worth considering.

Our Main Trekking Route is expertly marked in a bold blue line on our map. Likewise, our map also features a bold blue line with white dotted lines, representing the driving route for those who prefer to explore the area by car or Jeep. For those looking for a more adventurous trek, we have included a thin blue line representing a secondary route, perfect for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience.

Marking the passes on our map are red flags, serving as a beacon to guide you through the rugged terrain and ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. For your information, the Vehicle symbol in blue represents the drive in those areas. You can quickly identify the symbols for peaks, temples, monasteries, and mountains. 

What Are Group Departures?

Our group departures are meticulously planned and executed on fixed dates, ensuring that each journey ends with a minimum of two to three travelers. As the departure date approaches, other like-minded individuals have the opportunity to join the group, with the maximum number of participants capped at 8-12 to maintain an intimate and personal experience. By choosing a group departure, you benefit from shared costs and have the opportunity to connect and share your journey with a diverse group of travelers.

Upcoming Departures for Manaslu Circuit Trek

As you continue your journey with us, we recommend that you arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the scheduled departure date of your fixed departure trek. This will give you ample time to adjust to your surroundings, collect any last-minute essentials, and join the team for an informative trip briefing before embarking on your trek. Furthermore, it will enable us to ensure that all necessary permits and regulations are in place, providing a smooth and seamless trekking experience. So, mark your calendars and plan accordingly for a truly unforgettable adventure.

Start Date

End Date

Duration

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Cost per person

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2025

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Friday, Feb 7, 2025

Friday, Mar 21, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Sunday, Mar 2, 2025

Sunday, Mar 16, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Saturday, Mar 8, 2025

Saturday, Mar 22, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Thursday, Mar 13, 2025

Thursday, Mar 27, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Thursday, Mar 27, 2025

Thursday, Apr 10, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2025

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Saturday, Apr 5, 2025

Saturday, Apr 19, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Apr 10, 2025

Thursday, Apr 24, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Monday, Apr 21, 2025

Monday, May 5, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2025

Wednesday, May 14, 2025

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, May 01, 2025

Thursday, May 15, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Wednesday, May 07, 2025

Wednesday, May 21, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Friday, May 16, 2025

Friday, May 30, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

Saturday, Jun 15, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Jun 5, 2024

Thursday, Jun 20, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Sunday,  Jun 9, 2024

Monday, Jun 24, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Friday, Jun 14, 2024

Saturday, Jun 29, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Monday, Jul 1, 2024

Monday, Jul 15, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024

Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Saturday, Jul 6, 2024

Sunday, Jul 21, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Saturday, Jul 13, 2024

Sunday, Jul 28, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Aug 1, 2024

Thursday, Aug 15, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Saturday, Aug 10, 2024

Sunday, Aug 25, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Aug 15, 2024

Friday, Aug 30, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Monday, Aug 12, 2024

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Thursday, Sep 5, 2024

Friday, Sep 20, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2024

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2024

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2024

Saturday, Oct 19, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Oct 3, 2024

Friday, Oct 18, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2024

Friday, Oct 25, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Saturday, Oct 12, 2024

Sunday, Oct 27, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Sunday, Oct 20, 2024

Monday, Nov 4, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Friday, Nov 1, 2024

Friday, Nov 15, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Sunday, Nov 3, 2024

Monday, Nov 18, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Monday, Nov 11, 2024

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Thursday, Nov 21, 2024

Friday, Dec 6, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Monday, Dec 2, 2024

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2024

15 days

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$890 USD

Sunday, Dec 8, 2024

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2024

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Monday, Dec 16, 2024

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2025

15 days

Available

$890 USD

Manaslu Circuit Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek

Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola, then Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (Drive)

Maccha Khola – 930 m / 3,051 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Maccha Khola to Jagat

Jagat – 1,340 m /4,396 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Jagat to Deng

Deng – 1,804 m / 5,918 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Deng to Namrung

Namrung – 2,630 m / 8,628 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)

Lho Gham – 2,957 m / 9,701 ft – 4-6 hrs

Day 8: Lho to Sama Gaun

Sama Gaun – 3.530 m / 11,581 ft – 4 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Samagaon, Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal 

Sama Gaun – 4,400m / 14,435 ft – 7 hrs

Day 10: Sama Gaun to Samdo

Samdo – 3,865 m / 12,680 ft – 3 hrs

Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4460m)

Samdo – 5,000 m / 16,404 ft – 8 hrs

Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3590m) – climb the Larkya La (5160m)

Larkya Phedi – 4,500 m / 14,763 ft – 6 hrs

Day 13: Bimthang to Dgharapani (1963 m)

Bimthang- 2600 meters/ 8530 ft- 6 hrs

Day 14: Sharing Jeep drive to Beshisahar and Public Bus back to the capital

Beshisahar- 760 m/ 2,493 ft

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft – 10 hrs

Day 15:  Depart Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Details Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the esteemed Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the majestic capital city of Nepal, you will be welcomed by the rich cultural heritage and unique traditions that this ancient city has to offer. Known for its impressive array of temples, palaces, and Malla-era courtyards, the medieval town of Kathmandu is a true marvel to behold.

Our dedicated team of staff and representatives will be on hand to pick you up and transfer you to a luxurious hotel, where they will provide a brief overview of your upcoming tour. As you check in at the hotel, you will be greeted with flower garlands by the friendly hotel staff, setting the tone for a truly memorable experience.

As the day comes to a close, take the opportunity to explore the famous streets of Thamel and immerse yourself in the local culture. After a day of sightseeing, rest and rejuvenate at the hotel, preparing for the exciting adventures that await you on the following day.

Day 2: Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek

We will prepare for our trek into the Manaslu restricted area on the second day of our journey. This included a thorough briefing on the various aspects of the trek, including logistics, safety protocols, and best practices for traversing the challenging terrain. Our experienced guide will provide invaluable insights, ensuring that we are fully equipped and well-informed for the journey ahead. With our preparations complete, we set out with renewed determination and a sense of excitement for the unforgettable experience that lay ahead.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola, then Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (Drive)

Maccha Khola Altitude: 930 m/ 3,051 ft

Overnight: Maccha Khola

Accommodation: Tea House

Driving Hours|:  6-9 hrs

Highest Altitude Reached: 890m / 2,965ft

Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Your tour begins in the bustling city of Kathmandu, where you can take a direct bus at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. from Gongabu Bus Park, which will take you to Arughat. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Dhading or Malekhu on the Prithvi Highway and then take a local bus or jeep to reach your destination.

The journey may be bumpy and dusty, but the views from your window seat will make it all worth it. Take short breaks and indulge in delicious meals at the various rest stops along the way. You reach Soti Khola after a few hours of driving. From here, your journey toward Maccha Khola begins. As you make your way through the winding roads, you will come across rivers, waterfalls, and towering cliffs and may even encounter a few of the local Gurung and Ghale inhabitants. You will reach Machha Khola, where many teahouses await to provide a comfortable night's stay.

Day 4: Maccha Khola to Jagat

Jagat Altitude: 1340 m/ 4,3961 ft

Overnight: Jagat

Accommodation: Tea House

Distance:- 22.2 kilometers / 13.7 miles

Highest Altitude Reached: 1340 m/ 4,3961 ft

Trek Duration: 5-7 hrs

Your next day begins as you traverse the winding path along the Budi Gandaki River. As you venture into the forest trail, be prepared to be mesmerized by the playful antics of the monkeys and langurs that inhabit the area.

As you progress, you will come across the picturesque Gurung villages, such as lower Khorlabeshi. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the shepherds dressed in their traditional smoke-browned cape, Bokkhu.

After a while, you will reach Tatopani, a place known for its hot water springs, where you can soothe your tired muscles with a warm shower. Cross the new suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki River to reach Doban, where you will be greeted with breathtaking views.

Navigating through the landslip and Yaruphant, you will cross a wooden bridge on the left of the Buri Gandaki river, avoiding a grueling 3-hour climb up the Gurung village trails. As you follow the flow of the river, you will notice it flattening out at Yaru, where you will cross a long cantilever bridge to reach the charming and well-maintained Gurung village of Jagat. Upon entering the town, verify your trekking permits at the check post, as you will be joining a restricted region.

Day 5: Jagat to Deng

Deng Altitude: 1,860 m/ 6,102 ft

Overnight: Deng

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Distance: 19.9 kilometers / 12.3 mile

Highest Altitude Reached: 1,860 m/ 6,102 ft

As you embark on your journey the following day, you will be greeted by the picturesque village of Deng. The village boasts an array of ancient gompas and colorful Buddhist prayer flags, adding to its serene charm. Along the way, you can take a break and indulge in the local alcohol at various stopovers, adding a unique cultural experience to your trek.

The trail leading to Deng is truly mesmerizing, with its unique sculptures etched on the boulders along the river bank, formed over time by the flowing river water. As you venture further, you will pass through the breathtaking rhododendron forests and Himalayan pine, with the towering peaks looming overhead. These natural highlights add to the splendor of the trail.

As you cross the Khola Bridge, you will reach a junction marking your progress toward the day's final destination. Finally, you will arrive at Deng, a small village that offers only two teahouses for basic food and accommodation. However, this village is renowned for its delicious Dal Bhat, made with the local Shilong Acha.

In the evening, you can gather around the fireplace and share your experiences with fellow trekkers and locals, creating memories that will last a lifetime. As the night draws to a close, you can retire to your cozy bed, looking forward to the next day's adventure.

Day 6: Deng to Namrung

Namrung Altitude: 2,630 m / 8,628 ft – 6 hrs

Altitude Sickness: Moderate

Overnight: Namrung

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Distance: 12.1 miles (19.5 km)

Highest Altitude Reached: 2,630 m / 8,628 ft

After the sun rises, you will have breakfast and start the day’s trek. Before ascending the winding trails, you will walk across the bamboo forest to reach your destination. Moving further, you will cross a suspension bridge to climb to Rana and Bihi Phedi. On the trail, White Faced monkeys visit villages looking for a free feed.

The trail then proceeds to Ghap through several landslide zones. At this point, you must be extra careful as you walk. Plus, you must be attentive to your guide’s instructions to maintain physical safety. After the landslide zone, you will follow the trail up to Namrung.

After about 1 hr on the uneven trail, you will climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m). The place has some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses on the trek. A local businessman worked for over a decade in Hong Kong, then returned to Namrung and built a modern restaurant and hotel with Cappuccinos and WiFi.

Day 7: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)

Lho Gham – 3,180m / 10,433ft)-   4-6 hrs

Altitude Sickness: Moderate-High

Overnight: Lho Gham

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Highest Altitude Reached: 3,180m / 10,433ft

Your day begins with the captivating landscapes of Nubri, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of the Tibet-influenced local lifestyle. Your adventure begins as you traverse through the picturesque terraces and mani walls of Banjam and make your way through lush fir, rhododendron, and oak forests.

As you continue your journey, you will be greeted by locals dressed in traditional Tibetan attire and have the opportunity to marvel at the intricate paintings adorning the Kani gate arches. Your path will lead you through rocky hillside routes, ultimately leading to the breathtaking destination of Lho, where you will be treated to stunning views of the majestic peaks of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m).

It is important to remember that this day will take you to high altitudes, so it is crucial to take it slow and pay attention to your body's signs to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Day 8: Lho to Sama Gaun

Sama Gaun – 3.530 m / 11,581 ft – 4 hrs

Altitude Sickness: High

Overnight- Sama Gaun

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

Distance- 17.2 km/ 106 mi

Highest Altitude Reached- 3,180m / 10,433ft

Your journey the following morning starts, and the breathtaking vista of Mt. Manaslu will accompany you on your stroll. Traversing the picturesque trail to Shyala, you will pass through a picturesque gully of pine and rhododendron trees adorned with moss and crystal-clear streams. As you continue on your journey, you will reach the charming village of Sama Gaun after a leisurely hour-long walk from Shyala.

Though the mountain views may fade as you enter the village, the picturesque yak pastures and traditional settlements will captivate your attention. Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people, boasting a grand gompa, an array of shops, a health post, and modern amenities such as a heliport and telephone/wifi access. Experience the unique culture and beauty of this mountain village and its people.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Samagaon, Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal 

Manaslu Base Camp– 4800m/ 15748 ft, Pungyen Gompa- 4000m, 13127 ft, Birendra Tal- 3,691 m/ 12,109 ft

Altitude Sickness: High- Extreme High

Overnight- Sama Gaun

Trek Duration: 6-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea House

The highest Altitude Reached- 4800m/ 15748 ft

Today is an acclimatization hike to Sama Gaon. Our destination is Pungyen Gompa, located east of the Nubri Valley. As we ascend, we encourage you to take a packed lunch to sustain your energy levels.

Upon reaching the hilltop, we are greeted with breathtaking views of Manaslu. The surrounding area is home to an array of Himalayan Thars and Yaks grazing peacefully.

Alternatively, for those seeking a more challenging hike, we invite you to join us on a trek to Manaslu Base Camp, located north of Sama Gong. We will follow the trail past Birendra Tal and turn left onto the base camp track. The ascent may prove challenging, as the altitude may cause difficulty in breathing. Therefore, we encourage you to maintain hydration and proceed slowly. The hike will take us north of the Manaslu glacier to basecamp at an elevation of 4,400m / 14,435 before we make our descent.

For those who prefer a shorter hike, we also offer the option to trek to Birendra Tal, a short walk from Sama Gong. This is suitable for those who may feel the effects of altitude or need rest.
 

Day 10: Sama Gaun to Samdo

Samdo – 3,865 m / 12,680 ft 

Overnight- Samdo

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Highest Altitude Reached- 3,865 m / 12,680 ft

Distance- 5.1 km/ 3.1 mi

Altitude Sickness- High

As the sun rises on this new day, your journey to the picturesque destination of Samdo begins. Nestled in a high altitude, this trek may be shorter in duration, but it is no less awe-inspiring. Take your time as you navigate the broad valley, surrounded by lush yak pastures and adorned with intricate mani walls. The melodic chirping of various birds will serve as your soundtrack as you make your way through this serene landscape.

As you leave the tree line behind, cross the wooden bridge of Buri Gandaki and ascend to a ridge leading to the quaint village of White Kani. This charming village is dedicated to yak herding and offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the region.

Upon reaching Samdo, the possibilities for exploration are endless. Take a stroll through the neighboring villages or hike to the summit of Samdo Peak. The Larkya La trail awaits, beckoning with its stunning views of the valley and the main track for Tibet that winds its way over the Larjyang La, creating breathtaking slopes on the Larkya La trail. Whatever you choose to do, let the beauty of Samdo captivate your senses and make for an unforgettable experience.

Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4460m)

Larkya Phedi – 4,500 m / 14,763 ft

Overnight- Larkya Phedi

Trek Duration: 4-7 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Highest Altitude Reached- 4,500 m / 14,763 ft

Distance- 12.45 km/ 7.7 mi

Altitude Sickness- High- Extreme High

On the twelfth day of our journey, we set out from the picturesque village of Samdo. We embarked on a trek towards Larkya Phedi, a breathtaking destination at an elevation of 4,460 meters (14,763 feet). The trek typically lasts between 4-7 hours and offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for hikers of all skill levels.

As we make our way through the rugged terrain, we are greeted with stunning vistas of the Himalayan mountain range. The air becomes thinner, and altitude sickness becomes more prevalent, reaching extremely high levels. However, the sense of accomplishment and the unparalleled beauty of the surroundings make it all worth it.

Upon arriving at Larkya Phedi, we will be welcomed by the warm and hospitable staff of the local teahouse, where we will spend the night. This accommodation option offers comfortable and cozy rooms, delicious meals, and a chance to interact with other trekkers worldwide.

The distance covered on this day is 12.45 km (7.7 mi), and the highest altitude reached is 4,500 meters (14,763 feet). As we prepare for the next leg of our journey, we reflect on the incredible experience we have had thus far and look forward to future adventures.
 

Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3590m) – climb the Larkya La (5160m)

Bimthang: 3,590m/ 11,778 ft, Larkya La: 5,160m/ 16,929 ft

Overnight: Bimthang 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Teahouse

Highest Altitude Reached- 5,160m/ 16,929 ft

Altitude Sickness- High- Extreme High

Today marks a momentous occasion as you tackle a journey to the pinnacle of the trail. The Larkya La Pass (5,160m / 16,929 ft) awaits your arrival, and while the trek may prove to be a challenging endeavor amidst inclement weather and snow, it is a feat that can be accomplished. To ensure a successful climb, it is imperative to rise early (3 am), fortify yourself with breakfast, and depart the teahouse promptly.

As you make your ascent, the breathtaking views that await you will make the journey worth it. You will be able to take in the majestic sights of Himlung (7,126m/ 23,379 ft) near Tibet, Kang Guru (6,981m /22,903 ft), and Annapurna II (7,937m / 26,040 ft) in the Annapurna Range.

After taking in the splendor of the pass, you will descend approximately 3 hours toward Bimthang for an overnight stay. As you make your way down, you will be treated to the breathtaking views of towering icefalls and mountains in every direction, including the Pongkar Tal between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers.

Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani (1963 Meters)

With outstanding views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below, the descent from Bimthang crosses over high pasture land, Dudh Khola, and rhododendron forest. Karcher, 2785 meters is the highest cultivated land in the area which leads to a steep climb over a ridge. The village of Gho is a rest option though better lodges are available at Tilje. After crossing a bridge and a stone-paved trail, we pass through a beautiful village. Tibetan settlements can be seen along the way. We descend into the Marsygandi Valley and Dharapani. we will meet up with the classic Annapurna trail.  Overnight at Lodge Dharapani.

Day 14: Sharing Jeep drive to Beshisahar and Public Bus back to the capital

Beshisahar- 760 m/ 2,493 ft

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft – 10 hrs

Overnight: Kathmandu

Distance: 110 km/ 68.3 mi

Accommodation: Hotels

On the 16th day of our adventure, we will continue on an exciting journey to the charming town of Beshisahar, located at an elevation of 760 meters (2,493 feet). The drive to Beshisahar will be a  thrilling experience as we traverse through picturesque landscapes surrounded by lush greenery and majestic mountain ranges.

After a day of exploring Beshisahar, we hopped on a public bus that will take you back to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu, which stands at an altitude of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). The journey back will take approximately 10 hours, but the stunning views and cultural immersion made it worth the trip.

You will spend the night in Kathmandu, resting and preparing for the next leg of your journey. The total distance covered during this day was 110 kilometers (68.3 miles). It will be filled with memorable experiences and unforgettable moments that we will cherish forever.

Day 15:  Depart Kathmandu

Kathmandu – 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

On the seventeenth day of our journey, you will bid farewell to the vibrant and bustling city of Kathmandu. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet), this ancient city has served as the gateway to the Himalayas for centuries. As we depart, we will reflect on the memories and experiences we have gained during our time here. From the intricate architecture of the temples and shrines to the colorful markets and friendly locals, Kathmandu has left an indelible impression on us. We depart with heavy hearts but with the knowledge that we will return to this magical city again.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

Total Budget for Manaslu Circuit Group Trek: $890-$1990

The cost of this trek varies depending on the type of operator you choose.

Suppose you choose an international operator. The trek costs between $2290 USD and $2990 USD. This includes all necessary permits, accommodation, and transportation.

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option, local travel agencies and operators offer the trek between $890 USD and $1000 USD. This option includes all necessary permits, accommodation, and transportation.

If you're looking for a more personalized experience, hiring a guide and porter would cost between $1100 USD and USD 1300.

For those who want to experience the trek in luxury, the Manaslu Circuit Luxury trek ranges between USD 2090 to $3590 USD

The standard trek cost for the Manaslu Circuit group trek ranges between $1390 USD to $1990 USD.

For those on a tight budget, the Manaslu Circuit group trek Budget trek ranges between $ 890 USD and $1300 USD. This package includes all necessary permits, accommodation, and transportation.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique and challenging experience for adventure seekers, and the cost of undertaking this trek can vary depending on the facilities and services preferred. The trek can range from US$1,000 to US$1,200, with luxurious hotels and suites costing more than the average accommodations. However, standard lodging options are also available at a more economical price point.

One cost-effective option for trekkers is to hire a local Sherpa with ample experience and knowledge of the route. However, the charges will be higher if you recruit foreign guides for the climb. Additionally, the cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek may fluctuate based on the season.

Trekking during the off-season can result in lower costs due to fewer visitors, while climbing during the prime season may result in higher prices for accommodation and food. Discounts and negotiations are not typically available during the spring, but the trek cost during winter is significantly less.

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit group trek can vary greatly depending on the type of operator you choose, but there is an option for every budget. Whether you're looking for a luxury experience or a more budget-friendly option, the Manaslu Circuit trek is an unforgettable adventure that should be noticed.

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek in March 2025

March is ideal for those seeking to experience the serene beauty of the great outdoors. The cool temperatures and bright days make for a perfect setting for trekking and exploring nature's splendour.

As the month progresses, temperatures in higher altitudes can reach a comfortable range of 2-8 degrees Celsius. In comparison, lower altitudes are graced with clear blue skies and warm days, making it possible to enjoy walks in just a T-shirt and shorts.

Additionally, as the month progresses, the thawing of frozen lakes, the filling of streams, and the sprouting of new buds add to the picturesque landscape, providing the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs. Furthermore, the safety of a trekking expedition is of the utmost importance, and March offers the added benefit of low risk for hazards such as avalanches and landslides. This makes it the perfect season for those looking to embark on a trekking adventure.

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

Mar 02, 2025

Mar 16, 2025

15 days

$890

Mar 08, 2025

Mar 22, 2025

15 days

$890

Mar 13, 2025

Mar 27, 2025

15 days

$890

Mar 22, 2025

Apr 05, 2025

15 days

$890

Mar 27, 2025

Apr 10, 2025

15 days

$890

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek in April 2025

As the spring season blossoms, April emerges as the premier month to embark on a journey along the Manaslu Circuit. The weather during this time presents optimal visibility and stability, making it the ideal window for summit endeavours. With an average temperature of 6 degrees, the trails come alive with the energy and excitement of professional and experienced mountain climbers. It is the perfect time for expeditions and summit climbing in this region, offering a truly enriching and unforgettable experience.

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

Apr 02, 2025

Apr 16, 2025

15 days

$890

Apr 05, 2025

Apr 19, 2025

15 days

$890

Apr 10, 2025

Apr 24, 2025

15 days

$890

Apr 21, 2025

May 05, 2025

15 days

$890

Apr 30, 2025

May 14, 2025

15 days

$890

 

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek in May 2025

As the Spring season draws to a close, May marks the final month before the onset of the summer and monsoon seasons. With the weather becoming progressively hotter as the month progresses, it is considered the most desirable of the three.

Despite the sweltering temperatures, May remains a popular time for trekkers to embark on the Manaslu trek. The clear sky and breathtaking views make the challenging hike well worth it. The sun rays filtering through the trees provide a serene and picturesque setting.

As one journey through the trek, the last blooms of Spring can be observed along the hillside. The lower regions tend to be hotter than the upper elevations, but the windy weather at higher altitudes provides a refreshing respite.

The challenging walks are rewarded with stunning views of peaks, landscapes, and valleys, making the Manaslu trek an unforgettable experience. The lack of crowds only adds to the serene and peaceful ambience.

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

May 01, 2025

May 15, 2025

15 days

$890

May 07, 2025

May 21, 2025

15 days

$890

May 16, 2025

May 30, 2025

15 days

$890

May 24, 2025

Jun 07, 202515 days$890

May 29, 2025

Jun 12, 2025

15 days

$890

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek in September 2024

Journey through the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September is an experience like no other. The breathtaking landscapes and picturesque surroundings are genuinely awe-inspiring, enveloped in the warm glow of autumn. The rustling of leaves and the vibrant fall colors adorn the hills creating a truly magical ambiance.

The trek not only offers a chance to witness the natural beauty of the region but also provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich culture and traditions of the Himalayan people. The festive season in September adds to the experience, with trekkers having the privilege of observing the locals’ customs and rituals firsthand. The tranquility and serenity of the wilderness, combined with the wildlife shows, make for an overwhelming and unforgettable experience.

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

September 6 2024

September 21, 2024

15 days

$890

September 11, 2024

September 26, 2024

15 days

$890

September 16, 2024

October 1 2024

15 days

$890

September 19, 2024

October 4, 2024

15 days

$890

September 24, 2024

October 9, 2024

15 days

$890

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek in October 2024

October is a prime month for embarking on the Manaslu Trek, as the weather conditions are exceptional. The sky is a brilliant blue, and the mild climate provides the perfect conditions for a leisurely trek. The nights are also much more comfortable in the Manaslu region during this time, making for a delightful journey.

One of the highlights of trekking the Manaslu Circuit in October is the beautiful weather. The absence of cold temperatures, snow, and rain means that you can fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and take in all the region has to offer.

October is a dry month, and it boasts lower humidity levels than other months, making for a more pleasant and manageable trek. The steady weather conditions contrast with the unpredictable weather patterns of additional months, making October the ideal time to embark on your journey.

As a bonus, October also allows you to immerse yourself in the local Nepali festivities, adding an extra layer of cultural immersion to your trekking experience.

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

October 3, 2024

October 18, 2024

15 days

$890

October 6, 2024

October 21, 2024

15 days

$890

October 9, 2024

October 24, 2024

15 days

$890

October 12, 2024

October 27, 2024

15 days

$890

October 20, 2024

November 4, 2024

15 days

$890

Group  Join Manaslu Circuit Trek November 2024

As the leaves begin to fall and the days grow shorter, November marks the epitome of the trekking season for outdoor enthusiasts. The Manaslu Circuit Trek, in particular, shines during this time as the average temperatures provide optimal conditions for hiking and trekking. The previous monsoon season has also had the added benefit of rejuvenating the environment, leaving the air crisp and clear.

Embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in November offers many advantages, one of which is the reliable weather and temperatures. The clear sky provides a stunning backdrop for the snow-capped mountains, making for an unforgettable experience. The morning and evening hours are characterized by a gentle breeze, adding to the serene atmosphere of the trek. As we approach the end of November, trekkers may experience a slight drop in temperature as winter approaches. However, this only adds to the challenge and reward of the experience.

Date

Trip Start

Trip End

Duration

Price

November 2, 2024

November 2, 2024

November 16, 2024

15 days

$890

November 8, 2024

November 8, 2024

November 22, 2024

15 days

$890

November 13, 2024

November 13, 2024

November 27, 2024

15 days

$890

November 17, 2024

November 17, 2024

December 1, 2024

15 days

$890

November 23, 2024

November 23, 2024

December 7, 2024

15 days

$890

November 27, 2024

November 27, 2024

December 13, 2024

15 days

$890

Group Join Manaslu Circuit Trek Accommodations Options

Total Budget for Manaslu Circuit Group Trek Accommodations- $100-$300

The Manaslu Trek offers cost-effective accommodation options, ranging from $3 to $5 at lower elevations and $7 to $8 at higher elevations. During the off-season, when tourism is at a lower level, it is possible to find rooms for under $5, even at higher elevations. Utilizing bargaining skills may also prove beneficial in securing lower prices for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

While the cost of rooms may be relatively low, additional charges may apply for amenities such as hot showers, Wi-Fi, and electricity. These additional costs may contribute to a higher overall expense for the Manaslu Circuit trek.

The Manaslu Trek offers a wide range of accommodation options for trekkers, from guesthouses in small villages to more luxurious tea houses in larger settlements.

As you venture from Kathmandu, your first stop will be the picturesque village of Soti Khola, where you can find popular guest houses such as ABC Guest House, Fulabari Guest House, and Green Valley/Tsum Valley Guest House.

As you continue to Maccha Khola, a small village in the Manaslu area, you will find accommodations such as Tsum Valley, Larkey, Everest, and Hilltop. Another essential stop on the trek is the relatively large settlement of Jagat, where you can find guest houses such as Jagat, Himalayan Tourist, Manaslu Santi, and Rubii Nala Guest House.

As you proceed to Namrung, you will find impressive guest houses such as Namrung Thakali, Namrung Guesthouse, and Nubri Four Seasons Resort. In the restricted area of Manaslu, you will find limited accommodations in Deng, such as Windy Valley, New Manaslu, and Shangrilla Cottage.

The small village of Lo is another essential stop on the trek, with guest houses such as Majestic Manaslu, Tashi Dalek Guest House, Namaste Guest House, and Lama Guest House. The trek's final stop, Sama Gaun, offers better facilities than Lo, with more than half a dozen guesthouses.

As you move towards the more remote areas of Manaslu, including Samdo, Dharmasala, and Bimthang, you will find tea houses with varying amenities, such as Wi-Fi and hot showers. Once you cross the Larke La Pass, you will find better tea houses with more amenities. In Dharapani, the final destination of the trek, you will find a variety of great tea houses with rooms that even have attached bathrooms.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost- Wifi

At Manaslu Guest Houses, guests can enjoy the convenience of wireless internet access in all accommodations. Despite being situated in a remote location, travelers can stay connected to their loved ones without interruption. However, internet speed in the Manaslu region is relatively slow, making it suitable for basic tasks such as calls and texts but not for streaming high-definition videos. Additionally, wifi access costs range from $1 to $3. 

Total Budget: $1-$30

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost- Electricity

Certain amenities, such as electricity, may not be readily available in certain regions. Places at lower altitudes, such as Soti Khola, Bhimthang, and Dharapani, may offer electrical outlets in the rooms for your convenience. However, if this is not the case, guests at Hotel Manaslu can charge their electronic devices in the dining hall. The owner of the tea house or the receptionist will assist with charging your phone, but there may be an additional cost for this service. Trekking in the Himalayas is not a budget-friendly endeavor and various amenities, such as hot showers, wifi, and electricity, may not be included in your Manaslu trek package. Therefore, we recommend inquiring about these details with your travel agency in Nepal before booking.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Food Cost

Manaslu, a remote and secluded region of the country, poses challenges regarding transportation and accessibility. The poor road conditions and lack of reliable transit make transporting goods, including food supplies, to the area easier. As a result, the cost of food in Manaslu is significantly higher than in the capital city of Kathmandu, and the menu options are limited. Budgeting around USD 10-15 per meal is advisable, resulting in a daily total of USD 25-35. 

Despite these challenges, the region offers a unique culinary experience. The vegetables served in local restaurants, and tea houses are typically organic and freshly harvested, adding a special touch to every meal. A typical breakfast in Manaslu consists of steamed rice, lentils, seasonal vegetables, and pickles, providing a healthy and satisfying start to the day, especially for those embarking on a trek.

Total Budget: $10- $40 per day

Manaslu Circuit Trek Drink Cost

Total Budget- $5-$20 per day

The cost of beverages such as tea and coffee are comparable in the mountainous region, with a slight decrease in price at the Manaslu region due to its lower altitude. The pricing range for these drinks in the Manaslu region is as follows: Tea at USD 2.5 to USD 4, Coffee at USD 3 to USD 5, Water and Soda at USD 2 to USD 5, and Beer (600ml) at USD 5 to USD 8. Additionally, the cost of drinking water in the Manaslu region is relatively affordable, with prices ranging from NPR 200 (USD 2) at lower elevations to NPR 400 (USD 4) at higher elevations. The water in the mountains is typically sourced from natural springs, making it clean and pure. However, carry water purification tablets, drops, or a water filter to ensure optimal water quality. This will not only ensure that you are consuming clean water but also save you money in the long run.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Transportation Cost

Total Budget- $100-$300

Accessing the remote and rugged terrain of the Manaslu region presents a unique challenge for travelers. The roads in the area need to be fully developed, and the lack of infrastructure and off-road trails make it difficult to connect with the outside world. Despite these obstacles, there are still two main ways to enter the region.

One option is to take a local bus. This mode of transportation is adventurous and cost-effective, with fares averaging around NPR 100 (USD 10) per person for a one-way trip. The exact price applies for the return journey from Besisahar to Kathmandu.

Alternatively, travelers can opt for a private jeep. This option is best suited for those who prioritize comfort over adventure. The cost of private jeep ranges from NPR 15,000 to NPR 20,000 (USD 150 to USD 200). While the price may seem high, it can be shared among travelers, making it a more cost-effective option.

Choosing between a local bus and a private jeep depends on the individual traveler's preferences and priorities. Both options offer unique experiences and provide access to the stunning Manaslu region.

Manaslu Circuit Group Trek Permit

To embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, trekkers must obtain three essential permits:

  • The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit
  • The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit
  • The Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

Each of these permits serves a unique purpose and is required for different aspects of the trek.

The ACAP and MCAP permits can be applied for and collected by trekkers from offices in Kathmandu, Pokhara, or Besisahar. However, the RAP permit is restricted and can only be issued via a licensed trekking agency in Nepal. This is because the Manaslu trekking trail was opened as a restricted area in 1992 and has maintained this status ever since. As such, independent and solo trekking is not allowed in Manaslu.

Obtaining these permits is mandatory for all trekkers interested in embarking on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Please do so to avoid being denied entry to the trekking trail or facing penalties. By working with a reputable trekking agency, trekkers can ensure they have all the necessary permits before setting off on their journey.

Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu

Obtaining a Manaslu trek permit is mandatory for all trekkers from Jagat to Sama Gaun. Once you have traversed the picturesque village of Sama, an additional entry permit, known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), is required. The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) cost is determined by the number of days spent between Jagat and Dharapani. The final checkpoint for obtaining the RAP is located in Sama Gaun.

From September to November, the cost for the Manaslu RAP is USD 100 per person for the initial seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day for each day after that. From December to August, the cost is reduced to USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. Please note that a printed photograph is not required for the Manaslu RAP, as it will be uploaded online and published on the permit.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

The starting point for acquiring this permit is in Philim, where the MCAP officially begins. The permit cost remains consistent throughout the year, with a standard fee of USD 30 per person. Furthermore, there are no variations in pricing based on the number of days spent within the MCAP.

In addition to the standard fee, a printed photograph is also required when obtaining the MCAP permit. This serves as a means of identification and ensures that the correct individual is granted access to the conservation area. Failure to provide a printed photograph may result in the denial of the permit. Therefore, it is crucial to have this documentation readily available when applying for the Manaslu trek permit.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traversing the route from Dharapani to Beshi Sahar. The permit fee remains constant throughout the year at USD 30 per person. There are no variations in the price, regardless of the duration of time spent within the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP).

In addition to the Manaslu trek permit, a printed photograph is required for the ACAP permit. Once both the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and these two conservation area entry permits have been obtained, there is no further need to acquire a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card unless your journey takes you to the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani.

Dipak Pande

Dipak Pande

Dipak starts to step up from potter, guide, and trekking leader to the company owner. Sometimes he share his experience with others as well as wrote in local travel news. Most of time he spend his time on mountain and his company.