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    • Duration14 days
    • AccommodationMountain lodge
    • Start | EndKathmandu
    • ActivityTrekking
    • Max Altitude5106 meter
    • DifficultiesModerate
    • Best SeasonSep - Dec | Feb - May
    • Group Size1-20 pax
    • Meal13 B | 14 L | 14 D
    Introduction

    Less crowded and an alternative to Everest base camp trek, Manaslu Circuit trek is an adventurous trekking route that takes you to Manaslu Base Camp and goes over the Larkey pass at an altitude of 5106m. Trek costs USD 1650 including transportation, all measl, permit, guide, porter, gears and accommodation.

    Manaslu Larke pass trekking is an alternative to Annapurna and Everest trekking regions. Trek itinerary partly touches the Annapurna circuit trek giving you the best of both the trekking trails. The Larke pass trekking offers spectacular views of Kangaru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji kung, Larke Himal etc. Other peaks seen from Manaslu Base Camp trek are Manaslu, Peak 29, Himanchuli, Manaslu North, Naike Peak Saula peak and Pankar Himal among others.

    Manaslu trek passes through Manaslu Conservation Area which is home to such rare species as Musk Deer, Ghoral and Kalij. As you move higher and closer Tibetan border, you will find many villages inhabited by Tibetan people who still follow medieval culture and lifestyle. Since this is a Tibetan Buddhism land, you will encounter many Buddhist monasteries including the biggest Puggen Gompa.

    This Manaslu circuit trek is less crowded and is a favorite among adventure and culture lovers. The trek is best approached during Spring (Mar-May) or Autumn (Sep-Nov).

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK ITINERARY

    Manaslu circuit is being an alternative trekking destination of Mt. Everest base camp. Because of its popularity and beauty, number of tourists are increasing in this route. Kinldy find the relaxed much balanced Manaslu circuit trek itineray below starting from Sotikhola to Machikhola then uphill to Larkey Pass and back to Kathmandu from Besisahar

    • Day 1: Kathmandu - Sotikhola (730m).
    • Day 2: Sotikhola - Machikhola (930m).
    • Day 3: Machikhola - Jagat (1342m).
    • Day 4: Jagat - Dyang (1860m).
    • Day 5: Dyang - Namrung (2660m).
    • Day 6: Namrung - Lho Gaon (3180m).
    • Day 7: Lho Gaon - Sama Gaon (3530m).
    • Day 8: Acclimatize in Sama Gaon.
    • Day 9: Sama Gaon - Samdo (3690m).
    • Day 10: Samdo - Dharmashala (4470m).
    • Day 11: Dharmashala - Bimtang (3720m).
    • Day 12: Bimtang - Gho (2560m).
    • Day 13: Gho - Besisahar (760m).
    • Day 14: Besisahar - Kathmandu (1300m).

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK HIGHLIGHTS

    Manaslu Circuit Trek 13 days 12 nights is the most popular trekking trail in the world cost. Here are the some highlight of this trek.

    • Stunning view of highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna II.
    • Crossing through the challenging Larkey Pass.
    • Experiencing the diverse culture and lifestyle.
    • Geographically and culturally close to Tibet.
    • Less crowded due to remote surrounding.
    • Home to endangered species as snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, etc.

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK COST

    Trekking package cost USD 1650/pax includes all required services such as ground transportation, permit, accommodation, food, guide and porter, all documentation, staff insurance etc. There is simply no hidden cost. 

    If more than 2 persons in a group, the price per person will be lower. For solo trekker, a supplementary charge will apply on top of the standard rate given above.

    What is included in the tour price ?

    • Documentation - No hidden charges (All necessary paper works, government and local taxes & company service charges)
    • Permit(Restricted area permit, Manaslu conservation area permit, Annapurna National Park entrance fee & Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card)
    • All land transportation on a private vehicle as per the group size (car, jeep, van or a bus)(Day 1: Kathmandu - Sotikhola & Day 14 Besisahar-Kathmandu)
    • Accommodation during the trek (13 nights accommodation on clean mountain lodges on sharing basis)
    • Meal - Full boardWarm and fresh meal during the trek(13 Breakfast | 14 Lunch | 14 Dinner)
    • Trekking gears (Sleeping bag, duffel bag, trekking poles, water bottle & rain poncho)
    • 1 X English speaking Trekking guide(Experienced, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained)
    • Porters - Strong, experienced and honest (01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 16 kgs luggage per porter)
    • 1X Assistant Guide (Service of assistant guide for groups of 8 trekkers and above)
    • Arrangements for trekking staffs(All meals(3 times a day), salary, accommodation and insurance)

    WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

    • Personal nature expenses (All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, hot and cold drinks during rest, lunch and dinner, laundry)
    • Charging electronic devices (If electricity is provided by solar power, charging devices such as Mobile, tablet and laptop will be charged.)
    • Insurance(Your travel insurance)
    • Tipping / gratis for guides, porters and drivers(Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.)
    • Unexpected expenses (Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Eyes on Nepal such as natural calamities, mishaps or accident)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellation policy is only applicable to package tariffs. The cancellation charge will be against the total package cost after deducting non-refundable expenses such as permits, transportation costs, airfare expenses that have been paid as part of the trip.
    • If you cancel your trip 30 days prior to the program start date, 15% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charged.
    • Any cancelation made 15 days prior to the program start date, 30% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • If you cancel your trip 1 week prior to the program start date, 50% cancellation fees of the total package cost will be charge.
    • cancelation made less than one week prior to the program start date, it will be deemed as no show and hence no refund will be made.
    • You must notify us about cancellation through writing via email.

    Impact Footprints

    "Leave nothing but foot prints, take nothing but photos & memories"
    • We suggest to stay in locally-owned lodges or tea houses
    • Waste management (We request to bring back all the waste materials you have carried on your way)
    • Kindly respect local culture and dress code.

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK PHOTOS

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK MAP

    There are two different routes to make this Manaslu Circuit trek- Clockwise and anti-clockwise. But, preferred approach to the Manaslu circuit trek is anti-clockwise route starting from Sotikhola to Machikhola then uphill to Larkey Pass and back to Kathmandu from Besisahar is probably the best one.Please find the  route map below.

    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK Itinerary in detail

    The moderate level beautiful Annapurna basecamp trek is one of the must do trek in Nepal. Here is the day do day details itineracy for Annapurna Base camp trek 7 days 6 nights from Pokhara.

    Day 1Drive from Kathmandu - Sotikhola

    Early morning at 7am drive to Sotikhola via Arughat. There are three routes to follow: Benighat, Gorkha Bazaar and Dhading Besi. The driving duration is about 8 hrs with lunch offered en route, usually in Arughat. Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna mountains are visible on the way.

     
    Duration

    8 hrs.

     
    Altitude

    730M

     
    Meals

    L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 2Sotikhola - Machikhola

    Today you will start your trek from Sotikhola. The trail follows the upper section of Budi Gandaki River passing by Lakubesi and Nauli Khola villages. Just before Nauli Khola, you will catch the view of Sringi Himal. Machikhola is a small village with majority Gurung inhabitants. Lunch and dinner in Machikhola.

     
    Duration

    9 hrs

     
    Altitude

    930M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 3Machikhola - Jagat

    The trail follows the gravel road till Dovan. The first village you will come upon is Khorlabesi followed by Tatopani, a natural hostspring, and then Dovan. It takes 3 hrs to reach Dovan where you will have your lunch. Thereafter we trek to Yuro Bagar or Phat by carefully crossing a steel ledge carved in cliff. In one a half hour from here will arrive in Jagat where your permits are checked. Jagat population is a mix of Gurung and other ethnic groups.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,342M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 4Jagat - Dyang

    This is one of the longest trekking days. Our lunch is in Eklebhatti (1600m) and to reach there you have to cross Salleri and Phillim villages. After lunch we continue 3 and a half hours trek to Dyang via Nyak Phedi and Pewa. This section of the trail separates from the regular path to Tsum Valley. Dyang is a popular Gurung village.

     
    Duration

    8 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,860M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 5Dyang - Namrung

    We continue to follow Budi Gandaki River as before. Leaving Dyang the trail enters Pine forests. Within one and a half hours you will come to Rana Gaon and Bihi Phedi and then to Ghap where lunch is served. After lunch the trail will lead you to Jungle Hotel. Nearby you will witness an impressive sight of Budi Gandaki river carve a hole right through a boulder. You will use the same rock to cross the river and within one and a half hours arrive at Namrung. There are good resorts in Namrung with facilities of bakery, massage, sauna, wifi etc. Saula peak and Pankar Himal is easily seen from Namrung.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,600M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 6Namrung - Lho Gaon

    The route from Namrung to Lho Gaon is heavily forested with chances of seeing Musk Deer, Ghoral, Kalij etc. From Namrung it is one and a half hour uphill trek to Li Gaon and another one hour to Syo Gaon. The trail from Syo Gaon to Lho Gaon offers you the first glimpse of Manaslu. Lho Gaon hosts a monastery that features musical instruments and antique weapons. Lho Gaon is itself a scenic place.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,180M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain lodge

    Day 7Lho Gaon - Sama Gaon

    Make an uphill climb to Syala Gaon (3520m), one of the most popular viewpoints to see Manaslu, Peak 29, Himanchuli, Manaslu North, Naike Peak and a passing view of Manaslu Base Camp. The trail consists of several Yak shelters. After lunch at Syala we head towards Sama Gaon. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited by Tibetans featuring Buddhist chorten and monastery.

     
    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3530M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 8Acclimatize in Sama Gaon

    Today we have plenty of options for side trips.

    1. Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)

    It takes 8 hrs to reach Manaslu Base Camp from Sama Gaon and back.

    1. Hike to Puggen Gumba

    Puggen Gumba located in the lap of Manaslu is an old monastery. It is also the best viewpoint to watch Manaslu, Peak 29, Himalichuli and Himalchuli West. The journey is about 5 hrs consisting of 1 hr steep uphill climb.

    1. Visit Birendra Lake

    This is the easiest option. The trip lasts about two and a half hours.

     

    Duration

    7 hrs

     

    Altitude

    4,400M

     

    Meals

    B | L | D

     

    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

     

     

     

     

    Day 9Sama Gaon - Samdo

    The trail follows the banks of Buri Gandaki and pine forests. It is a total of 3 and a half hours journey. Samdo is the last point on the transit route between Nepal and Tibet.

     
    Duration

    5 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,690M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 10Samdo - Dharmashala

    The trek from Samdo to Dharmashala is about 4 hrs. There is an old Tibetan trade route that connects directly with Samdo. Avoiding this ancient trade route, we take alternate path and within 30 minutes we arrive at Larke Bazaar. Thence it is another 3 and a half hrs trek to Dharmashala, also called Larke Phedi, from Larke. You are likely to encounter Himalayan Blue Sheep on the trail today.

     
    Duration

    5 hrs

     
    Altitude

    4,470M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 11Dharmashala - Bimtang

    Today is the toughest and longest day of our trek. We will be crossing Larke La pass (5106m) en route. At around 4am, after breakfast, we carry pack lunch and water and make an uphill trek to Larke pass. After 4 hrs of climb we will reach Larke pass which offers view of Kangaru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji kung, Larke Himal etc. Right after crossing the pass we will get the view of Puskar Lake. It is all a downhill trail to Bimtang for three and a half hours. Bimtang is itself a vantage point to see Manaslu, Punging Himal, Nidichuli (Peak 29), Himalchuli, Himlung, Puskar and some portion of Puskar Glacier.

    Note: Larke Pass is a longest pass often troubled by fierce winds. The risk of suffering high altitude sickness is high over the pass so trekkers are advised to carry enough food and water.

     
    Duration

    10 hrs

     
    Altitude

    3,720M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 12Bimtang - Gho

    The trail from Bimtang goes downhill for 3 hrs all the way to Chauri Kharka (2940m)- a good point to watch Purdi Himal- and another 1 hr to drop down to Surki Khola (2500m). Stop over at Surki Khola for lunch. It is a matter of another one hour hike to reach Gho.

     

    Duration

    6 hrs

     
    Altitude

    2,560M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

    Day 13Gho - Besisahar

    We will enjoy an easy downhill trek from Gho to Besisahar. After 1 hr of leaving Gho we get to Tilche and another hour to Dharapani, which rejoins main Annapurna Circuit route. In Dharapani we will take a jeep to Besisahar, a ride of around 4 hrs.

    Option 1: Those who like to extend the trek can continue from Dharapani to Tal, which takes around 2 hrs. The trek can be prolonged for another 3 days. Please consult with your guide for trek extension.

     

    Duration

    7 hrs

     
    Altitude

    760M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    Mountain Lodge

     

    Day 14Besisahar - Kathmandu

    After breakfast start drive back to Kathmandu. To cover the distance of 170km takes nearly 8 hrs. Lunch will be en route at a popular place called Malekhu. After arrival in Kathmandu, you will be dropped to your hotel. In the evening we will get together for celebration over farewell dinner and drinks.

    Do you have time and interest for Annapurna Circuit trek after Manaslu circuit trek? If so, consult with  your guide after the Larke Pass for timely arrangement.

     

    Duration

    10 hrs

     
    Altitude

    1,300M

     
    Meals

    B | L | D

     
    Accommodation

    N/A

     

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    MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK Packing List

    This checklist helps you decide what to pack for your trip. Smart packing makes travel fun.

    Packing list Summer season

    During summer, the temperature in the day is about 20 degree Celsius and 5 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to 0 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts (Quick dry)
    • Multi-uses neck warmer
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Down jacket (0 DC)
    • Socks
    • Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • Head light
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Books (during road journey)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)

    Packing list winter season

    During winter, the temperature in the day is about 15 degree Celsius and 0 degree Celsius in the morning/evening however it is a bit chilly early morning. Sometimes due to unexpected weather, the temperature drops to -5 degree Celsius. While trekking you should travel as light as possible so we advise to carry less gadgets and belongings. Below is a list of items you need to include:
    • Day backpack
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun Hat
    • T-shirt (quick dry)
    • Multi-uses Neck warmer
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Full sleeve shirt
    • Sweat/cotton pants
    • Thermal wear
    • Down jacket (-10 DC)
    • Socks
    • Waterproof Gloves
    • Poncho
    • Towel
    • bed liner
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Head light
    • Crampon
    • Reading book
    • Waterproof jacket (wind stopper)
    • Waterproof Trekking boots
    • International travel plug (to charge your gadgets)

    EYES ON NEPAL PROVIDES

    Eyes on Nepal provides some essential and common gears that can be use again and wont charge for it.
    • Sleeping bag
    • Water bottle
    • Trekking poles
    • Duffel bags
    • Rain Poncho
    • First aid
    • Down Jacket(Not suggest due to hygiene & size)

    INFO

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best selling Nepal trek package. We always suggest our guest to know some must know things about this trip. Here are some important information about this trip.

    Nepal visa info(UPDATED)

    Nepal Visa Fee
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD
    Visa fee for travelers of SAARC Countries and China is fully waived. Indian nationals require no visa to enter into Nepal. Visit here for more info

    I’m a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

    The displayed rate is based on two persons. If you are travelling alone, you need to bear the all sharing cost by yourself. So, there will be an extra single supplement charges. More numbers of participant will decrease the trip fare.

    Is Manaslu Circuit Trek 13 Nights 14 Days hard ?

    Manaslu Circuit trek is a bit challenging trek in comparison to the other trekking options such as Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek and Annapurna Base camp Trek. If you are physically fit enough, then this trek should be very easy for you. For some trekkers who have never done high-altitude treks, this trek could be a bit challenging to undertake as the route has several steep descents and ascents.

    Because of vegetable on its trek, there is sufficient level of oxygen that makes trip easier.

    Do I get refund if I cancel the trip?

    Eyes On Nepal offers a lifetime deposit policy that allows you the flexibility to transfer your deposit to anyone or any other trip. If it is must to to cancel your booked trips, certain cancellation charges apply. Please visit our booking terms and conditions for detailed clarification and information.

    Who are my trekking staffs?

    Eyes on Nepal provides very experienced guides and porters who are local and can communicate very will in English. Guides are well train and have deep knowledge of the mountains, people, culture hygiene and safety.

    We have specially trained and instructed our guides and porter to respect our guest most specially children and women.

    What should I pack for this trip?

    We suggest you to travel light but it is must of have all necessary things. Kindly read the packing list for more information.

    How fit should I need to be?

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is moderate level trek. This trek does not demand very tough physical fitness. A person with normal physical fitness level can make it. A normal physical fitness level of walking about 6 hours is required for this trek.

    FAQS

    MEALS DURING THE TRIP

    Hygienic, fresh and warm meal will be provided everyday. Guide will inspect the kitchen before every meal. Most of times, you will have vegetarian meal. 

    Rice, curry, Chapati, noodles, spaghettis, pasta, pizza, Momos common dishes for lunch and dinner. Tibetan bread, muesli, cornflakes, porridge are served on breakfast with hot drinks. Tea, coffee, hot lemon and juice are served with breakfast.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Clean and comfortable accommodation is available during this Manaslu Circuit trek. Because of less number of hotel and availability, you may need to sleep on tent also. 

    Note: In some places solar tube hot shower is available during your trip. Because of bad weather and high altitude, you may not get regular hot shower. In this case you need to purchase gas boiled water in want to take shower.

    HEALTH & SAFETY

    Hygiene food, proper rest, well plan itinerary, schedule and balanced diet will help trekkers to keep their bodies fit and healthy. It is must to drink over 3 liters of water during your trek. We suggest you to drink well boiled water. Boiled water is available in lodges.

    Trekkers have very rare chance of having high altitude sickness during this trek as maximum height of this trek is 4470 meter at the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

    BEST SEASON FOR THIS TRIP

    Spring and Autumn are considered the best season for Annapurna Base Camp trek. Pre-monsoon and after monsoon is the ideal time for this trek. September to mid-December and February to mid-may consider the best moths for this trek. Although this trek can be complete in all seasons.

    Because of risk of avalanche during month of December-January and land slide and muddy trail in rainy season, this trekking is less popular.  Trekkers may have less chance to see good view of mountain everyday during the monsoon time as well.

    If you are looking for playing with snow, then December and early February is the best time to make Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    We had excellent Manaslu circuit trek with Eyes on Nepal. Everything was perfect from beginning. Although it was not our plan to make Manaslu circuit trek but because of the Bad weather in Everest region, we decided to go for Manaslu. But, I am very happy to tell that we made right decision. Trek was fantastic. Our guide Krishna and porter Ganesh were very helpful and friendly. View was nice, food were tasty. Everything were great.