Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

Manaslu Trekking is a 16 days long trek which explores the off-beat trails in the Manaslu region. It is a difficult trek which heads to the foothills of the Mt. Manaslu. Likewise, the trek covers a large portion of the Manaslu Conservation Area and offers an amazing display of flora and fauna. Along with the views of the Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), the trek is also an introduction to the culture of the Nubri and Tsum ethnic groups.

The Manaslu trek is within a restricted region of Nepal, meaning you’ll need a trekking permit to access this route. Solo trekkers are also not allowed, where a minimum group size of two people is required.

  • It is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. The word is getting out about Manaslu, but there are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail
  • The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at everyday stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
  • The trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights.
  • The first part of the trail follows the Buri Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings
  • The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you’ll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.

Day 1
Welcome to Kathmandu!

Day 2
Explore Kathmandu City Tour

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (2,362 feet / 720 m)

Day 4
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (2,920 feet / 900 m)

Day 5
Trek to Jagat (1370m)

Day 6
Trek from Jagat to Deng (5,917 feet / 1,804 m)

Day 7
Trek from Deng to Namrung (8,626 feet / 2,630 m)

Day 8
Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (11,578 feet / 3,530 m)

Day 9
Rest day in Samagaon, Optional Day Hike

Day 10
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m)

Day 11
Rest Day in Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m)

Day 12
Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m)

Day 13
Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (11,778 feet / 3590 m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m)

Day 14
Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (7,546 feet / 2,300 m)

Day 15
Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5135m)

Day 16
Trek from Tal to Syange (3,543 feet / 1,080 m)

Day 17
Drive from Syange to Kathmandu

Day 18
Final departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • 5,160m/16929ft
  • 2-12 people
  • Drive in / Drive Out
  • Manaslu Trekking
  • March - May / Sept - Dec