About The Trip
The outlying terrain, rugged paths, thundering waterfalls, unique culture, soaring Himalayan prospects are some of the things that make the Manaslu Circuit Trek overwhelming & worthwhile. The trail passes around Manaslu massif and passes down to the Annapurna region. The trek takes you to the foot of Mt. Manaslu, the world's 8th highest mountain at (8,156 m/26,758 ft.).
Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a classic off the beaten path with pure wilderness and the mystifying beauty of nature. Arranged along the border of Nepal and Tibet, you will insight and eyewitness the way of life of both Hindu and Buddhists. The panoramic views of majestic Himalayas alongside an encounter of an admirable merger of natural beauty and flourishing ancient culture are the special features bestowed by the trek that is bound to swipe away your heart.
The sublime experiences you enjoy in the Manaslu Round Trek are unlike any other you would ever imagine. The wealth of beautiful nature in the Manaslu Region stuns the imagination and gripping in you. You will get an opportunity to get a close view of the 8th highest mountain in the world Mt. Manaslu and cross the real paradise of Larke La Pass which offers a 360-degree range of Himalayan ranges. Including Manaslu, you will also get a chance to observe Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal Range, Himal Chuli, and many other mountains. The circuit trek takes you from humid lowlands with terraces of rice and millet through canyons of Budi Gandaki with turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls.
Manaslu Circuit Trek will help to refresh your tired eyes and also fills the bracing energy-giving spirit when you will immerse in nature. Manaslu Trek takes you through verdantly amusing jungles of flowering rhododendron, alpine woodlands like pine, cedar, birch, juniper, and delightful meadows. During the trek, you will get an opportunity to cross 2 conservation areas i.e. Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area. These conservation areas are also the home to wild animals like snow leopard, brown bear, red panda, and many more. It is also the home of varied endangered floras and faunas. You will be amazed to hike through beautiful woods up there to climb on the ridge above the big rapids of the Budi Gandaki River. Spotting the national bird of Nepal, Dhanfe, or grey langur monkey up in the cliff is a stirring experience for every one of us.
In spite of its beautiful nature, Manaslu also shares much of its culture with the neighboring Tibet. So, in most cultures, the lifestyle of the local folks here is Tibet-influenced. Manaslu Circuit Trek gives you the wonderful opportunity to witness traditions that are ancient in nature and surprising superstitions the folks believe. Central hills are dominated by Gurung ethnic groups, Bhotias are dominated in the upper part of the Manaslu Region. Despite tough, cold, and harsh weather conditions those local people will welcome you with a warm heart.
Manaslu is a fabulous trail and notable for the natural diversity of landscapes that it traverses. However, the prospects we witness don’t come easy; the paths are rock-strewn and sometimes steep. It also includes unsteady bridges and slippery rocks – this is all part of adventure into the wild.
Around Manaslu Circuit Trek gives you an experience of rural Nepal, panoramic views, and glaciers which make memories for a lifetime. For those who have more time and want to explore more Manaslu Region, our Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek and Tsum Valley Trek may be best for you. So, sign up with The Himalayan Odyssey to make your trek free from irrelevant worries.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Route
Around Manaslu Circuit Trek route begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola around (137.5 km) would approximately take an 8 to 9 hours ride. During this adventure ride along the green hills, you can see the beautiful mountains and rivers flowing by our side. Our trek from Soti Khola to Sama Gaon will be an adventurous and challenging trek full of surprises from nature. You will enjoy the beautiful display of nature when coming across pleasant alpine meadows and pouring waterfalls. Immersing into the beautiful Sal and bamboo forests, big rapids of Budhi Gandaki River, and spotting the national bird or a monkey is a lively experience for every one of us. Fluttering prayer flags, mani stones, and chortens will be seen along the trail. As you reach Sama Gaon, we spend an extra night to acclimatize our body for the future and you can see an amazing view of Mt. Manaslu from here. During the rest day, you can visit Birendra Lake or Pungyen Monastery.
Further following our destination will be more adventures which leads you to Larkya La Pass (5,106 m/16,751 ft.). We will perceive a striking view of Mt. Manaslu and also the Larkya glacier. After leaving our footprints on the Larkya La Pass summit, a stunning panoramic view of peaks like Himlung Himal, Kang Guna, Annapurna II, etc. will be waiting for us to give a treat to our eyes. Descend down the trail leading us to a large field in Bhimtang (3,720 m) then further proceeding to Dharapani. From there we ride the local transportation back to Kathmandu.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty
The trek begins from sub-tropical to tundra climatic zones, whereas crossing six different climatic zones. The trekking altitude is diverse, it spreads from 715 m to 5,218 m and goes through the Budi Gandaki valley, which is surrounded by Mt Manaslu. It is challenging due to its gradual altitude and walking into thin air. The Manaslu Trek is perfect for people who have the good physical condition and are keen to walk at high altitudes. Trekking in Manaslu is moderate to strenuous.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather
Nepal contains a diverse landscape with different geographical conditions. This is the main reason to visit Nepal throughout the year. Nepal boasts all tropical as well as alpine weather conditions. So, if you are thinking of visiting Nepal you can schedule throughout the year. There are generally four seasons a year and fit destinations as their attraction.
Winter Season (December to February)
During the winter season, there will be moderate to heavy snowfall at high altitudes occasionally. So, it is best not to trek such a high altitude as Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Himalayas during the winter. There may be the risk of a slippery road due to the snow and danger with cold weather. But some adventure seekers dare to trek Manaslu Circuit during winter too. It is best to trek to lower altitudes like the Terai region as the days are better in this season.
Spring Season (March to May)
Spring is the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek and more crowded too. The views of mountains and other natural sceneries are mesmerizing. During this season, the trials and forest are decorated with wildflowers which makes your trek more attractive. It feels delighted with singing birds, beautiful views, wildflowers, and mountains in the background. You will get an opportunity to capture the perfect nature with a clear sky, beautiful faces of mountains, and attractive nature. At higher elevations the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is moderate even at night.
Summer Season (June to August)
This season is best to avoid any trekking as the heavy rain makes the trial more dangerous. Trekking will be unfordable with muddy trials and full of leech during the trek. And Nepal has a high risk of landslides mainly in a hilly region. But if you are vegetation and wild species of flora lover then you are most welcome to Nepal. This season is blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and grasslands blossom with wildflowers and lush vegetation. Manaslu Circuit is not suitable however places like Mustang, Manang, and Dolpo are located in a rain shadow. So, those areas will be best as the temperature will be mild and the weather is not so tough.
Autumn Season (September to November)
Autumn is another best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek. This season is best for excellent weather and tantalizing views of mountains. This is the boon season as you can find many tourists on the trekking trail. The weather in this season is clear with mild to warm days and little cold nights. It will be safe in Nepal to trek as there are very low possibilities of slippery trials and bad weather. In this season, you will also get an opportunity to experience Nepalese main festivals like Dashain and Tihar.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost
When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Manaslu Circuit, there will be lots of factors to take into consideration like route, best time, how fit do we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, “How much does Manaslu Circuit Trek cost?”
Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is important to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.
On average Manaslu Circuit, the trek will be generally 15-20 days and the cost is generally somewhere between USD 1800 to USD 1785. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Manaslu Circuit Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.
Manaslu Trek Permit Cost
The permit cost for Manaslu Trek depends on the seasons and the number of days you will spend in this region. To trek to the Manaslu region, you will need 3 kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.
Manaslu Restricted Permit
- Manaslu trek permit costs $100.00 for the first 7 days and USD 15.00 each additional day from September to November.
- Manaslu trek permit costs $75.00 for the first 7 days and USD 10.00 each extra day from December to August.
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
The entry fee, for SAARC USD.10 per person, and for other Nationals USD.30 per person.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
The entry fee person, for SAARC USD.10 per person, and for other Nationals USD.30 per person.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude
Photo: Altitude Chart