Manaslu Circuit Trek

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The Manaslu trekking circuit has only been open since 1991, making it a Himalayan adventure well off the so-called beaten path! Those yearning for the unspoilt beauty of pristine wilderness and authentic culture will adore this itinerary, which has been crafted to maximize scenic views and diversity of trekking terrain while remaining manageable for moderately-fit trekkers and avoidant of altitude-related health concerns. Spectacular mountain views and virgin landscapes are yours to discover when you set out along the Nepal/Tibet border. The Manaslu circuit is a restricted route, allowing only groups with special permits to trek its phenomenal paths and passes.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • 15 day trek, all accommodations and meals included 
  • Round-trip surface transport to and from Kathmandu
  • English-speaking, government-licensed guide
  • Porter service 
  • All applicable trekking and climbing permits
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Himalayan Wonders T-shirt
 
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

DAY 1 - KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAY

Nepal welcomes you, and we do as well! We’ll be waiting at Tribhuvan International Airport to pick you up and bring you to your hotel. Enjoy your first glimpses of the Nepalese capital, a city rich in history, culture, and loveliness.

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU: SIGHTSEEING DAY

We'll meet up today bright and early after breakfast for a full morning of sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. The capital and surrounding geographical area contain more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else on Earth, and we'll be visiting some of the highlights. Bring your camera as we tour Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (the “monkey temple”), and Durbar Square. Afternoon and early evening bring a final briefing and preparations for trekking.

DAY 3 - KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT

Your trekking guide will meet you at 7:00am to ensure you catch the bus to Arughat, from where our trek begins. It’s an eight hour drive overland, half of which is over bumpy dirt roads! The pavement ends after DhadingBensi, opening up to the wilderness we'll soon be hiking!

DAY 4 - ARUGHAT TO SOTI KHOLA

We'll walk easily today, logging six hours along the BudhiGandaki River trekking towards its wellspring. En route to the Arkhat River, we'll pass the villages of Morder and Simre, and then ascend gradually in the direction of Kyoto Panibefore stopping at SotiKhola. The river is clean and pure, affording the ideal spot for a refreshing bath!

DAY 5 - SOTI KHOLA TO MACHHA KHOLA

It's a journey between rivers today as we depart the Soti River and climb towards Almara. A wending forest trail alive with colorful blooms brings us to RidenGaon, and the valley of Lambesi. Here, we'll follow the riverbed of the BudhiGandaki before arriving alongside the Machha River where we will spend the night. - five or six hours of total trekking.

DAY 6 - MACHHA KHOLA TO JAGAT

We'll cross the MachhaKhola as we leave camp, and then the KharolaBesi. The Tatopani hot spring, which comes next, is a popular stopping point with trekkers - a soak in the springs is a deliciously reinvigorating treat! The forest trails welcome us again as we walk towards Dovan, and then some raging rapids at BudhiGandaki. The elevation is increasing quickly, and you'll notice the landscape changing accordingly.

DAY 7 - JAGAT TO NGYAK

The terraced hill of Saguleri, with its view of ShringiHimal, is our first challenge as we walk upwards today. SirishGaon is our first landmark as Gandaki valley narrows, and we tackle the precipitous footpaths leading us to Ngyak.

DAY 8 - NGYAK TO GHAP

Following the Deng River will bring us this morning to a miniature village - just four houses! A newly-constructed rock tunnel helps circumvent the steep climb to Ghap, where Tibetan culture is seen everywhere in the chortens and abundance of mani stones around you.

DAY 9- GHAP TO LHO

We'll cross a bridge over the BudhiGandaki this morning, and then drink in the site of a quaint, traditional village and the cultivating fields around it. We’ll make a quick stopover in Namru, and then cross the Hinan River (which originates from icemelt off the Linda Glacier). Sho is the next village, and getting there affords tremendous views of Naike, Manaslu North, and Manaslu. We’ll arrive in tiny Lho tonight, and bed down here.

DAY 10- LHO TO SAMA GOMPA

We bid farewell to Lho by passing through a stone gate and the mani stone walls of the village. Peak 29 looms ahead! The Pungen Glacier is an outstanding side trek from here, affording outstanding views of Manaslu in its snow-capped glory! We follow the lateral moraine of the glacier for about six hours today to reach the village of Sama, and then a bit longer to get to our campsite at SamaGompa.

DAY 11 - SAMA GOMPA TO STONE HUT

Humans can adapt to the most inhospitable of climates, and that's proven in the small village of Stone Hut. High, tiny, and remote, this village of about two hundred inhabitants is crammed into forty stone houses (as the name suggests!), living in one of the most severe permanent settlements on the planet.

DAY 12 - STONE HUT: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY

You'll have the chance to learn more about the people and culture of Stone Hut as we linger here for another day. The air is thin at this altitude, and a day of acclimatization is necessary to stave off altitude sickness. Rest, write, or explore the small village.

DAY 13 - STONE HUT TO LARKYA LA, BHIMPHEDI

We trek eight hours today on what is arguably the hardest day of our entire adventure! We climb from Stone Hut towards Cho Chanda, and then head steeply uphill towards the Larkya La, which is a snowed-over pass. The harsh conditions will be worth it for the panoramas of HimlungHimal, CheoHimal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru and Annapurna II. Lest you think the descent will be simpler, know that it is steep and frigidly cold as well, skirting glacial moraines en route to stay at the village of Bhimphedi.

DAY 14 - BHIMPHEDI TO TILJE

Our trek is finally starting to get easier again! The road is more forgiving today, starting from a modest climb through rice paddies to the Karcha La pass. The way down is scenic as we cross rhododendron forests and groves of fig trees to attain the village of Tilje.

DAY 15 - TILJE TO TAL

The Marshyangdi River will be our guide for the next two days. We follow it downstream today, wending our way along a path that crosses several small villages. The village of Tal is our destination tonight, and we’ll arrive after about five hours' walk.

DAY 16 - TAL TO JAGAT

We trek for five hours today, walking downstream of the river. The path is easy and the trekking is pleasurable - even more so given the views of Chamje village and Himalpani.

DAY 17 - JAGAT TO BAHUNDANDA

We kick off the day with an ascent, but it's quite reasonable. Right afterward, the trail heads downward on just as gentle a grade to the village of Sanjee. After that, it's uphill to GhermuPhant, and onward to stay atatBahundanda.

DAY 18 - BAHUNDANDA TO BESISAHAR

The walking is pleasant and easy again at this point, with the trail winding downstream of the village of Naadi. We’ll follow the bank of the Marshyangdi River past the town of Bhulbhule, and then onward to Besisahar.

DAY 19 - BESISAHAR TO KATHMANDU

Our entire party - trekkers, guides, porters, and staff - will hop a bus this morning for the long, bumpy ride back to the capital. Your journey is done, and all that's left is reflection and a bit of leisurely fun. We'll bring you to your hotel in the city, and take our leave so you can indulge in a hot shower for the first time in a couple weeks!

DAY 20 - KATHMANDU: LEISURE DAY

There's nothing like some rest and relaxation after a long trekking trip. You completed your journey, and now it's time to shop, dine, and play in the city! You'll of course want to pick up souvenirs and some small tokens of remembrance, or maybe you want to revisit some UNESCO sites - or see new ones! If you haven't quite had your fill of mountains, booking an aerial tour of Everest is a great way to come close to Earth's highest peak without engaging in serious climbing! In the evening, we'll come together one last time for a quintessential Nepalese dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 21 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAY

Farewell from all of us at Himalayan Wonders! It's our pleasure to bring you to the airport in time to catch your flight home, or bid you bon voyage as you depart for new adventures.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.


Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

    Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch


    Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket


    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants


    Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


    Hands

  • Gloves


    Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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FAQ

The basics

What is trekking?

Trekking is an adventure! For the uninitiated, this active pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails. The terrain is usually fairly steep, and we will likely encounter snow at higher altitudes (those above 5,500m/18,000ft).

Is trekking for me?

We like to think trekking is for everyone who is physically fit, patient, and loves the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily? I've trekked/hiked/camped before - can't I guide myself?

While it is not a legal requirement, we cannot overstate the importance of trekking with a licensed, experienced guide. You'll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter. Additionally, our guides are experts in Himalayan treks with an average of over 15 years trekking experience. No matter how confident you feel in your skills or knowledge, it is almost certain that we can help enhance your experience.

Who can go?

Are there any age limits for Himalayan trekking?

Nepal law requires that children under age 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian while trekking. There's no upper limit on our adventures, as long as participants are healthy and willing!

How difficult is trekking?

It depends on the specific trek, and, to some extent, on the preferences of those trekking. We offer all sorts of treks, ranging from easy to difficult.

Is previous trekking experience really necessary?

In theory, no. Anyone with robust cardiovascular capability and good stamina should be able to cope with higher elevations and lower oxygen density. Trekking or hiking experience anywhere in the world is strongly recommended for maximum enjoyment of your Himalayan adventure, however.

Preparation

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?

The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. Unless you are trekking in rain shadow areas such as the Upper Mustang, trekking during monsoon season is going to be a very wet event. Winter isn't the optimal trekking season either, as very cold temperatures and heavy snowfall may impede crossings of high passes (treks that maintain lower elevations are accessible year-round).

Are any permits required for trekking?

Again, it depends on your specific trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

About the trek

How long do treks last?

Most of our Himalayan treks range from two to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?

Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometers depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.

Room and board

What kinds of accommodations will we utilize?

Unless you signed up for a camping trip specifically, most treks include lodge or guest house accommodation. A small minority of trekking areas may not have lodges available, and accommodation in these places will involve sleeping in tents.

What is teahouse trekking?

Teahouse trekking is a type of accommodation unique to mountain treks, in which lodging and meals are set up at local teahouses or lodges on a full-board basis.

What is camping trekking?

Camping trekking involves sleeping in tents. We provide you with full board on these treks, with meals being prepared by professional trekking cooks in a mobile camp equipped with a kitchen and adequate support staff.

Where will our drinking water come from?

Bottled water is available everywhere on established trekking routes, and most villages on the way will have locally-purified water as well. The teahouses or camping crew will supply boiled water for drinking.

Where do we eat our meals?

The most frequently-traveled Himalayan circuits feature lodges and guesthouses. Continental menus are generally available, along with soups and dishes of noodles or rice. Other routes will include more limited choices. On the most remote routes, only traditional dal bhat, curry, or instant noodle soups will be available.

Health and safety

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

How will we deal with altitude acclimation?

At higher altitudes - the kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara for medical attention.

Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?

We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Practical matters

What should I pack?

Your specific trek and the time of year during which you depart will greatly impact your packing list. A recommended outline of clothing and equipment is listed with each trek. In general, a down jacket, a warm fleece jacket, thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, and sturdy boots are recommended to wear, and a thermal sleeping bag, backpack, and camera are recommended for your kit. If you take any medication, this should obviously be a packing priority. Utilize common sense - you don't want to end up short-handed on the mountain, but overpacking is undesirable. It's worth noting that just about anything you need in the way of trekking clothing and/or equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu when you first arrive.

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

How much can a porter carry?

Porters' ability to carry baggage depends to some extent on the trekking route and altitude in question, but the average trekking porter carries between 15 and 25kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. One porter is typically assigned per every two travelers.

Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?

While not mandatory, tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $20 a day is reasonable for these extras.

What communication options exist while trekking?

It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage, however. Most trekking routes feature local VHF phones, but on the more remote trails, a satellite phone is the only option.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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