Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 14 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Car, Van and Jeep
  • Activity Approximately 6-7 Hours Trekking/Hiking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5160m/16, 924 ft

Highlights

  • Cross over challenging mountain passes, including Larkya La Pass
  • Discover ancient monasteries in the region and immerse yourself in the rich culture.
  • Enjoy the stunning views from Mount Manaslu. It is the eighth-highest peak on the planet.
  • Interact with locals in remote villages
  • Majestic mountains surround the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Trekking trails offer a unique opportunity to observe flora & fauna.
  • After a day of hiking, soak in natural hot springs.
  • Pungyen Glacier is a sight to behold
  • Cheo Himal offers panoramic views of the mountains.
  • This once-in-a-lifetime trek will provide you with unforgettable memories.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking 14 Days Overview 

The Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is a beautiful, less-traveled trek. This trek is not as popular as others but is becoming more well-known. This trek is about 14 days long in the Manaslu Region. This is a good option for those who have already been to Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang but want to try out trekking again. Solo trekkers can be allowed in this region but must have a licensed guide and a permit. Mount Manaslu is the main attraction in this region. It's the eighth tallest mountain on earth at 8163 meters.

Manaslu Trekking Region in Nepal is a beautiful and restricted trekking route. The fascinating Tsum Valley, the spectacular Larkya La Pass (5106m), and local native cultures are all part of this trekking trail. You can discover the culture and natural beauty of the Manaslu area. The Manaslu is a restricted region so you will need the Special Trekking permits.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit issued by the Government of Nepal is required to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area. The Manaslu Circuit Trek ends in the Annapurna region, and you will need an ACAP permit. You can get this permit in Kathmandu or Pokhara MCAP stands for the Manaslu Area Project, and ACAP stands for the Annapurna Area Conservation Project. Both projects have many villages, forests, lakes, landscapes, and side trails. Therefore, a guide with navigational skills and experience is the most important. The trail is also in an area prone to landslides. This requires careful planning and organization.

The Larkya La Pass (5106m) is the highest and most thrilling pass in Nepal's Himalayas. You will see the breathtaking scenery of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Samdo Peak. Also, Larke Peak and Cheo Himal. Larkya Pass is located between Dharmasala Bimtang. It would also be the highest point of the trek. It is beautiful at the top of Larka La Passes, surrounded by the Himalayas. Adventure Club Trek is a local company with a team of experienced and qualified guides who will guide you on your various holiday adventures in the Himalayas. In 2024/2025, we offer various multi-package trekking options in the Manaslu area.

Each itinerary can be customized to suit your needs, plans, and length of holiday. We will send a local trekking guide, a licensed government official from the Manaslu area. So, we have a high success rate even under such difficult conditions. The restricted trek is the most beautiful. This is a journey to Mt. Manaslu (8164m), the highest mountain in the world. However, many popular destinations can extend your trip. The 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is one of Nepal's most popular trekking trails. Imagine you are looking for a holiday to enjoy rural surroundings, serenity, tranquility, and the thrill of the wilderness, and interact with a multi-ethnic group. Then, this is the perfect choice.

Other similar treks in the Manaslu region

When is the best time to do the Manaslu circuit trek?

Pre-monsoon season, from March to May, post-monsoon season, or late September to December, are the optimum times to complete this Manaslu trek. The best months are often considered in October, November, April, and May. September, December, and March are additional suggested months for this walk. The next months are not ideal for undertaking this walk. Crossing the Larkya La Pass in January and February is extremely dangerous because of the high snowfall. It is best to avoid June, July, and August because of the risk of flooding and landslides brought on by excessive rains.

How difficult is the 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek covers approximately 177km/110 mi. On a 14-day itinerary, you'll walk for 10-11 days. This means that, on average, you'll cover 15-20km (9-12mi) daily. Each day. It is difficult to walk the first few days of the trail due to the steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and the uphill and downward walks. The Larkya La Pass is 5,106m /16752ft) high. This trek is the most difficult, with long hikes on snow-covered trails. Altitude sickness is a major challenge you may face on this trek due to the wide variations in altitude. If you are not doing it in the winter, you do not need mountaineering or hanging skills. You must be physically fit and in good shape, even if it is your first time. Strength and endurance training and cardio fitness training are recommended to maintain fitness levels at least three months before starting the trek.

What is the Transportation to Manaslu Circuit Trek like?

We will begin our journey by traveling 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola via Soti Khola. By private jeep, it takes 7 hours, and by local jeep, it takes 8 -9 hours. The entire first day of the trip consists of an off-road adventure ride. After the hike, you will take a Jeep for a six-hour drive from Dharapani before switching to another Jeep or local bus for a seven-hour travel to Kathmandu. Unlike other tour companies, please note that our company transfers you by private vehicle. 

What is the accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek like?

Accommodation on the Manaslu Trek includes clean huts and teahouses. Some places have upgraded guesthouses. The guesthouses have room heaters, en suite toilets and bathrooms, and a heated floor. The lodge owners add new facilities every year to improve the comfort of their guests. We will book the best lodges and guesthouses along the route for the duration of your trek when you book with Adventure Club trek.

How are the Meals during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Trekking will serve all meals on a full-board basis, whereas in Kathmandu, only breakfast is served. Three meals are served daily during trekking from menus of tea houses, lodges, or local homes. We eat breakfast and dinner every day in the same location where we spend the night. Lunch will be served in a teahouse on the way to our destination. The Manaslu area has a different level of tourist infrastructure than exists in the Annapurna and Everest regions (and this is what makes this region so attractive). There will be no variety of food available. Tibetan bread, dal bhat, and tsampa are the main local foods. Adventure Club Trek recommends that we are prepared for a small adventure.

Is There Telephone and WiFi in the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

All of the teahouses where you will spend the night have electricity. Paying a little fee, you can use communal hydroelectricity or solar panels to recharge your phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. We strongly advise bringing backup rechargeable power banks or extra batteries. We do not recommend bringing your laptop because there is no free WiFi along the trekking trail, and the telephone service may be better. Although some teahouses charge for hourly WiFi access, don't anticipate high-speed internet on the inaccessible trails.

What is the drinking water like on Manaslu Circular Trek?

Water available in taps, streams, or river water is detrimental and unfit for drinking. Sadly, large fractions of the Nepalese population in rural and urban areas are deprived of safe and adequate drinking water. We recommend that our travelers drink boiled or purified water by adding purification agents. Although we discourage bottled mineral water, if you have to use it, double-check that the seal is intact and that the top of the bottle has yet to be manhandled. Overall, it is very important to drink adequate water while trekking in Nepal to avoid any threats associated with dehydration and altitude sickness. A liter of mineral water at lower-elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4, so the cost can add up.

Trekking Permits Manaslu Circuit Trek

The government of Nepal has decided to limit tourism in the Manaslu Region, which is the area between Jagat and Dharapani. This means that people who want to trek there alone can't do so. Instead, they need to get a special permit. Also, if you want to trek in this region, you have to be in a group of at least two people with a local guide. You can't just go with any guide; it has to be someone from a registered agency. You'll need three different permits for the Manaslu trek and an extra one if you plan to visit Tsum Valley as well.

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP

The Cost of the Trekking permits 

From September to November: USD 100 per person in the first seven nights and USD 15 extra per person each day after the eighth night.

From December to August: USD 75 per person for the initial seven days, and USD 10 extra per person each day after the eighth.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)  

This permit is required from Philm, where the Manaslu Conservation Area starts. The price is USD30 year-round for any days you spend inside the conservation area.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) 

You will need this permit from Dharapani to exit ACAP at Beshi Sahar. The cost of any day spent in the ACAP conservation zone is USD30.

Experience Required for Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days

During the 14-day trek, you'll walk for about 10 to 11 days, covering an average distance of 15 to 20 kilometers (9 to 12 miles) daily. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is 177 kilometers (110 miles) long. The first few days of the trek can be challenging due to the steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and various uphill and downhill sections. The most difficult part of the journey is crossing the Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet), which involves a full day of hiking on snowy and icy trails. Dealing with altitude sickness and adjusting to high elevations are significant challenges during the trek, as the terrain goes through significant height variations. Technical mountaineering or climbing skills are only required if you undertake the trek in cold weather. However, being in excellent physical condition is important, even if you are a beginner. Maintaining your fitness levels by doing strength, endurance, jogging, and running at least three months before the trek is recommended.

Itinerary

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A representative of Adventure Club Trek will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. After completing your customs formalities, you will be taken to your Hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. Your trekking leader will give you an orientation during a welcome meal after you have rested at your Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,350m/4,429ft

Early in the morning, we depart on our Journey to Machha Khola. You will be able to enjoy the scenery as you drive. You can view the Trishuli River meandering along the highway at the foot of the lush green hills and scattered settlements. Trishuli River has a reputation for rafting. From Kathmandu, we will drive along a paved road to Dhading Besi Bazaar, where the rough roads begin. Arughat is crossed to reach Macha Khola Khola? Overnight in Macha Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude900m/2952ft

The trail is narrow and ascends and descends before we cross Tharo Khola. We stop at a hot spring popular in Tatopani. A hot spring bath is a welcome relief for travelers. Continue hiking through the forest, crossing a suspension over the Budhigandaki River to reach a confluence. The trail climbs stone steps over a landslide, then crosses a ridge. Crossing another suspension bridge, we climb stairs and descend to the river. We climb the stairs again to Tharo Bharyang. We cross the west side of Budhigandaki again and climb up a ridge. We walk along the river, then ascend towards the village Jagat. Overnight in Jagat

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude900m /2952ft

After breakfast, we hike over a rocky ridge to Saguleri and descend to Sirdabas. We can view Shringi Himal as we descend to a river and cross a long suspension bridge before climbing up to Philim, a Gurung village. On the way, there are several waterfalls to Ekle Bhatti. Further, we descend and cross Budhigandaki, advance along the west bank, cross to the east bank, and back again. The trail passes through bamboo forests taking us to Deng River, which we cross and reach Deng, a settlement. Overnight in Deng.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2095m/6871ft

Today is one of the most important and culturally significant portions of the Manaslu trip. You'll start by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River and ascending to the bridge, connecting with a route that leads from Bhi. Then go west up the valley, passing through verdant forests, alpine greenery, and attractive towns home to Manaslu ethnic groups as the tall peaks emerge in the distance.

You will follow the track via Prok even though there is an alternate path. From this village, one can see the snow-capped Siringi Himal. Take a break here before continuing your journey over the Budi Gandaki, passing through several gompas. The trail finally follows the river upstream through a thick woodland to a tight valley. Continue walking up until the forest gets less overgrown. This rewarding part of the climb is an excellent opportunity to gain a sense of the Manaslu Conservation Area. There is one more difficult rise to climb before you reach Namrung Village. The hike takes seven hours from the early morning departure from your lodging. Overnight in Namrung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2900m/9512ft

From Namrung village, one can see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south and Siring and Ganesh Himal from a decent vantage point. We gradually ascent while traversing woodlands until we arrive in Lihi, a lovely town with several chortens and barley terraces. Ganesh Himal is always around as the trail descends and crosses Simnang Himal's side valley. Before arriving in Sama Village, we still have to walk via Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages. From Lho village, we take in the breathtaking vistas of Mt. Manaslu while touring the renowned Ribung Gompa. High mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and enormous glaciers ahead, additional snow summits to the right, and at a great distance away will all encircle Shyala settlement. High mountains, such as Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), to the left, Manaslu and sizable glaciers ahead, more snow summits to the right, and Ganesh Himal at the far end. Overnight in Samagaun.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

Samagaon is where we acclimatize to the thinner air that comes with higher elevation. We will explore the village to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Other options include hiking to Birendra Lake or Manaslu Base Camp and then climbing to Pungyen monastery. The monastery is located south of Samagaon, and it takes approximately two and a half hours to hike there. The monastery is hidden behind a ridge that faces Manaslu and offers a spectacular view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal, a glacial ice lake located at 3,450m, is also spectacular. Ice blocks are thrown into the lake in thunderous displays.

You can view the following in Samagaon:

This beautiful lake is located at 3,450m. It is located around 3 km away from the Sama village.

Manaslu base camp: It takes about 5 hours to get there. The base camp is located at 4,800m. From here, you can see the Manaslu Glacier and Birendra Taal.

Pungent Monastery: This monastery is 6-7 km from Sama Village. The monastery offers a better view of mountains such as Mt. Manaslu. You can also see thousands of mani stones with Buddhist images and texts. Local Sherpas may be dressed in traditional clothing and jewellery.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

Today, we descend to the Budhigandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. We swiftly move across pastures before elevating gradually. We pass several mani walls on the Larkya la Trail as the valley widens. The easy trail above the river passes through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We cross a wooden bridge over Budhigandaki and ascend the steep headland. You will be amazed by the stunning view of Manaslu as you reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village close to the Tibetan border. Overnight in Samdo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,690m /12,103 ft

It is another day in the Manaslu Circuit Trek for Rest /Acclimatization. But you’ve known by now that acclimatization doesn’t mean sitting idle. We can hike to the Tibetan border to see Tibet and the Samdo Glacier in Nepal Himalaya. Overnight in Samdo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,690m /12,103 ft

Today we make a short but relaxing journey to Dharmasala, called Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp. We hit the trail that crosses the wooden bridge over the Budhigandaki River. From here, we start ascending. Further, we cross streams and pass by Larkya Glacier before we hike around Salka Khola Valley. We make an ascent to the isolated stone guest house, a shelter popularly called Dharamshala, Larkya Phedi, or Larkya Base Camp. Overnight in Dharamsala.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4,450m / 14,596 ft

From Larke Phedi, the trail ascends and offers stunning views of Larke Peak. According to Lonely Planet, "The Larke La is one of the most beautiful pass crossings in the Himalayas." The Manaslu Circuit's highest point is on this day, which is also its toughest. The Larke La Pass, which is only 8 kilometers from the Tibetan border, is the trek's highest point. An early start enables you to cross glacial moraines in the dark. The Larke La Pass is a great location to see the scenery of the neighboring snow peaks.

Before making the difficult, steep descent to the trail that circles Bimthang and follows the glacier moraine below, you have time to soak in the beautiful scenery. Buddhist prayer stones and abandoned homes. The hike will take nine hours from your guesthouse's early morning departure. Overnight in Bhimtang. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1860m / 6,102 ft

The 12th Day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a descent through lush green forest until we cross the Dudh Khola River. Lunch will be served in Karche. Karche, a cultivated region at the top of the Budhi Gandaki Valley, will start to show signs of agriculture. We'll then continue to Dharapani. Dharapani is our final stop on the trek.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude760m

After breakfast, we'll recheck our trekking permits at the checkpoint in Dharapani. This is where the trails leading to Annapurna Conservation Area (Academia Manaslu) and Manaslu Conservation Area (Annapurna Conservation Area) overlap. Then we will drive to Besisahar. After lunch, we will drive back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi highway at Munglin Bazaar.
We then follow the Trishuli River, this time in reverse. You will again enjoy the visual interaction with nature from your vehicle window during this five-hour trip from Beshishara, Nepal, to Kathmandu. You will spend your last night in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude760m

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days end here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested in experiencing other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

NoteYour safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 14 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast. as per the Itinerary. 
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from (Kathmandu – Machha Khola and Dharapani – Kathmandu by Private Jeep/Van).
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for two trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Staff costs include Food, salary, accommodation, transportation, and medicine.
  • Insurance covers all staff, including porters, as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary papers works (Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees, special trekking permit for Manaslu)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 USD)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: TuesdayMay 28, 2024End DateEnd: MondayJune 10, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289
Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJune 13, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1289

All of our scheduled departure dates are guaranteed! But if they don't work with your travel schedule, we will be happy to assist you in choosing another day! You may start planning your tailor-made trips right now, whether you're a solitary traveler, a couple, a family, or a group. For information on prices and other questions, kindly contact us.

 

Useful Info

Acclimatization, and High-altitude sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS), which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, has Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while resting. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker with serious AMS must be taken to a lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid accumulates in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue.

Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand, and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

 

Equipment And Packing List

We advise you to add the things to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, suitable modifications can be made to account for the particular needs, the time of year, and the distance traveled. Adventure Club Trek will supply the things denoted by an asterisk (*) at no additional charge. If you currently own these articles and would rather use your own, you are free to use them. In Kathmandu's Thamel district, one may find many inexpensive hiking supplies; quality varies, with imported goods from China frequently being of higher quality. Additionally, Kathmandu has several upscale stores that sell well-known brands. Please remember that the limit is 15 kg (33 lbs), as our porters will carry your pack.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

 

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport-size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and for purchasing your drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • A bandana or headscarf, also useful in dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat peg

 

Visa And Entry Procedures

All nationals except Indians require a visa for entry into Nepal. For 30 days, citizens of SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan are exempt from visa requirements. Getting a Nepal visa can be a simple process. Tourist visas can be obtained at the airport or official entry points. Travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Cameroon are not eligible for visas on arrival. You will find electronic kiosks at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, that can help you with visa processing. You will need to wait in the immigration line for your visa after completing the form and paying the fee.

Visitors can apply online for a visa within 15 working days of their arrival in Nepal. You must upload a passport-sized digital photo and your Nepal hotel address to the online form. You will need to print the confirmation page after submitting the online form. This must be presented at the Immigration section of the Kathmandu Airport along with your passport and the visa fee.

Tourists may also apply for a Nepali Visa at their home country's local Nepali Consulate or Embassy. They can also mail their application to the nearest visa office, but they should do this in advance to allow processing time. Nepal Visa Information for travelers of all categories and the cost of correspondence can be extremely useful. For more information and the contact details for the Nepali Embassy and Consulate in your area.

You will receive a visa for 15/30/90 days, depending on how you enter Nepal. The Nepal visa fee for multiple entries on arrival is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.

 

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first-aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and Land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expeditions or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

A successful and satisfying experience on any team depends on mutual respect and consideration. Since our porters are essential to every trekking team, they are paid fairly and given good care. After your tour, you'll realize how much they merit your respect and appreciation. All hikers are requested to carry at most 40lbs/22kgs of luggage. Adventure Club Trek is dedicated to giving our porters the appropriate clothes, tools, and lodging. They receive the same care as the rest of the trekking crew if they are seriously injured or unwell. We might even foot the bill for their helicopter evacuation. We back the IPPG, which seeks to maintain and enhance the working conditions for our porters.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Communication on trek

On the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses. However, as we reach high altitude, the communication will be via phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader to ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly contact you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the network before the high altitude. We can provide you with a separate local SIM card for a better network upon your request. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition

We always form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team, ensuring members are comfortable with one another.

FAQs

  • Q1. Why Choose Adventure club trekking?

    Adventure Club Trek is one of the leading trekking agencies in Nepal. We have been organizing all kinds of trekking tours in Nepal. We also operate tours in neighboring countries like Tibet, Bhutan, and India since 2008.

    • Over the years, the Adventure Club Trek has acquired the trust and confidence of clients.
    • All our professional and locally trained guides have field experience of over ten years.
    • As we have gained a reputation in trekking and touring, we always conduct guaranteed departure.
    • During the trip, we provide all our clients with hygienic food and accommodations at a reasonable price.
  • Arriving in Kathmandu two days before the trek starts will enable us to obtain special permits for Manaslu. Additionally, you'll have sufficient time to buy trekking equipment and overcome any jet lag. It's crucial to allocate a few extra days after completing the trek to accommodate any unforeseen issues and ensure a smooth transition to your international flight.

  • Yes, A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and also see you off at the airport during the departure.

  • Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons. However, during the off-season, we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures. Once you make the deposit, we will organize the trek for you. Your departure can also be scheduled.

  • Before departing on the trek, you can pay the balance with a credit card or cash (we accept all major currencies). This is to inform you that we charge a 3.5% fee for credit card payments. So, it’s up to you to choose the modes of payment.

  • It is sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or stop the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case, please understand that we cannot offer refunds for unused trek days. Please understand that our costs are the same as we must pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

  • We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (with a little extra cost), and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

  • The 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek covers a total distance of about 150 km/95 mi. You will be walking for 11 days. Each day you will walk an average distance of 15 to 16km. For some travelers, the first few days could be difficult due to the steep trail going uphill and downhill. Crossing the Larkya La Pass 5,106m /16,752ft is the most challenging part of this trek, with a strenuous long day hike on trails covered with snow and ice. Apart from altitude, another difficulty you could face during the Manaslu trek is altitude sickness, depending on your ability to adjust to the high altitudes. It does not need mountaineering and rope-climbing skills if you do not attempt it during the winter. However, it would help if you had a good physique. Cardiovascular fitness training is recommended even for beginners to maintain their fitness level for at least one or two months before this mountainous trip.

  • Altitude sickness has been a major setback in most high-altitude treks in Nepal. Although there are no major risks involved, here are a few tips tried and tested by our professional trek leaders and travel planners to avoid high-altitude sickness during the trek:

    • Slow ascend with proper rest and enough acclimatization.
    • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated at all times.
    •  Eat a healthy balanced diet sufficiently during the entire trek and sleep well.
    •  Avoid alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco products on the trek.
    • Be headstrong and mentally prepared.
    • Train your body to cope with uphill hikes with enough cardiovascular or gym workouts at least three months before the trek.
  • Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently and with your friends, families, and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenience for any number of people (minimum of one and maximum of 16 at a time). The cost for private trips is fixed based on group size, trek area, duration, and kind of trek, and it is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it a solo trip. We assign local guides and porters whom you can trust with your life.

  • The weather in the Manaslu region is unpredictable. From Arughat to Larkhya La (Pass), there are six climatic zones — tropical, subtropical, temperate, subalpine, alpines, and arctic. The extreme climatic variations within 100 km.


    Be prepared for the quickly changing weather, humidity, rain, and strong winds during the trek, sometimes all of these on the same day. The trail between Arughat to Samdo is associated with tremendous differences in elevation; from 1,000m up to 2,000m, the average summer and winter temperature range between 31 to 34°C and 8 to 13 °C, respectively. In the zone between 2,000m and 3,000m, summer temperatures range from 22 to 25°C and winter temperatures from -2 to 6°C.
    Frosts and snowfall are common during winter (January and February). Snowfall occurs in the region between 3000m and 4000m for about four to six months (December to May).


    The winter has biting cold temperatures; even in summer, the temperature is not high, with a mean annual temperature of 6 to 10°C. The alpine zone between 4000 and 5000m is mostly open meadows. The Arctic climatic zone lies at elevations above 4500m. The snow line is at about 5000 m. Precipitation is in the form of snow, and the temperatures drop far below freezing. The monsoon occurs between June and September, providing about three-fourths of the total rainfall. The post-monsoon period (October to November) and winter (December to February) are usually dry.

  • Electricity is available in all teahouses where you will be spending the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or other electronic gadgets from solar panels or community hydroelectricity by paying a nominal charge. We strongly recommend bringing extra batteries or rechargeable power banks for backup. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail, and the cellphone coverage could be better, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses offer paid Wi-Fi services hourly but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

  • Being situated at remote locations, most places on the trekking route do not have cell phone coverage, and communication is only possible if a satellite phone is available. However, at certain segments on the trek, you may need a stronger phone network. The secluded trails on this route comprise deep valleys, and the northern-facing geographical landscape disrupts phone reception. Buy a SIM card in Kathmandu before your trek so you can use it wherever there is a strong network. At teahouses where phone reception is weak, you can use the lodge’s phone service at a small extra charge.

  • In emergencies at higher altitudes in Manaslu Circuit Trek, Emergency helicopter rescue can be arranged if the weather is favorable for flying. Most sections on the Manaslu trek route are not accessible by road, especially after crossing Soti Khola. The Adventure Club Trek will arrange to airlift you to an international standard hospital in Kathmandu for your rehabilitation and necessary medical attention. When the airlift is not possible in adverse weather conditions, our crew members will carry you to the nearest health center. The operation team from Adventure Club Trek always remains in contact with the trekking crew members round the clock to undertake any emergencies that may occur during the trek.

  • Ensure you keep all the items in your carry-on during the flight. If your luggage is delayed, you want to be with important documents and medication. It would be best if you carried these in your day pack on the trek as well.

  • This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek, please ask us in advance how this might be arranged, and we will do our best to find a good solution.

  • Most of the porters understand basic English but do not speak it.

  • Our Manaslu Circuit 14 days trekking packages include two nights hotel in Kathmandu, and we can arrange extra nights for $45 (single) or $60 (double room). Please let us know in advance if you need extra nights so they can be reserved. You can pay for extra nights when you arrive at the hotel. Sometimes you will find cheaper rates online for these hotels. However, the advantage of having us make the arrangements, we can shift or cancel the reservation at no extra cost.

  • Yes, have medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for the Manaslu Circuit trek. It would be best if you were careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal, as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you need clarification about the insurance, please inform us, and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.

  • The main guide will lead the group that is walking fast, while the assistant guides will accompany the slowest member of the group. Remember that high-altitude trekking is not all about speed. You will always have a destination in mind. It doesn't matter if you arrive there early or late. The slower you travel, the more you will acclimatize. Manaslu Circuit Trek has more to do than just being the fastest. It's about going slowly, taking time, and enjoying an incredible journey. The best adventures aren't the ones you rush through or ignore; they are those where you take your time, stop and look around.

  • Yes, all of our staff at the Adventure Club Trek are insured against sickness and injury.

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek offers accommodations that are usually basic in terms of facilities. The facilities include twin sharing beds in a room, meals, shared toilets, etc. The tea houses will provide you with a blanket. But it is important to carry a sleeping bag with you for extra warmth, especially while crossing the Larkya La pass at a high altitude.

  • Adventure Club Trek is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal. We have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who care about the fragile environment, know Nepal better, and empathise with porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training, Etc., to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature, and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. They all have years-long trip-leading experience and high dedication to rendering qualitative services. Many of them have work experience in international adventure travel companies.

  • Yes, our guides are well-trained and qualified in fluent English. Some of them have also conversational skills in other European languages.

  • We ensure the travel safety of all our male and female trekking guests. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have long-standing, 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.

  • Generally, one must be physically and mentally fit to do all mountain trekking above 4,000m (13,123ft.). On this trek, you will start trekking from 800m (2,624ft.) to 5,106m (16,752ft.). It means that you must be very fit and prepare well before attempting this trek. You will cover a total distance of about 120 km (75 mi.) on the trek comprising mostly uphill walks on varied terrains. Although you don’t need to be extremely experienced, you must surely be physically and mentally fit and fully prepared.

  • If any problem occurs, it will be dealt with as suits the group. If the group is in a hurry, we will split the group, and one English-speaking guide will remain with (or descend with) the person while the rest of the group continues with the other English-speaking guide. If the group is on time, they can wait a day or two while the person acclimatizes. Our guide carries a first aid kit which includes Diamox, the drug used to treat altitude sickness. Suppose there is a case of severe altitude sickness or any other emergency. In that case, we will call for an emergency helicopter pickup (paid for by your insurance company), and the person can be taken to the hospital in Kathmandu, usually accompanied by a friend, or if they're travelling alone, an English-speaking guide.

  • Your gear will be divided into two packs — you will carry your daypack every day during the trek. In contrast, porters will carry your duffle bag between tea houses. All extra luggage can be left at the hotel before you begin your trek. Your porters will carry your duffle bag to the next tea house every morning. It will not be easy to assess your gear from your duffle bag until you arrive at the next tea house in the evening. That is to say; you must include the gears you use daily in your day pack. You may keep your daypack as light as possible to make trekking easier. We advise you to carry the essentials, including water, snacks, a poncho, a headlamp, a camera, sunscreen, lotion Etc.

  • Previously, the Manaslu Circuit Trek used to be an 18-day trek. However, with the construction of roads in the lower part of the conservation area, you can access 3 or 4 destinations by vehicle. That’s why the Adventure Club Trek has designed and customized the trek to 14 days.

  • The Manaslu trek is becoming increasingly popular since another popular Annapurna Circuit Trek is getting shorter yearly due to road construction. Consequently, trekkers seek an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, the world's most popular circuit trek in the Himalayas. Currently, the trekking circuit of Manaslu, which has been open since 1991, has remained the highland with few travelers compared to other regions. It requires a special permit to trek and explore the beauty of the untouched wilderness in the remote and secluded area near the Tibetan border.

  • No, you don’t need crampons for Manaslu trek. You will just need a pair of good quality hiking boots and hiking poles for extra support and stability. However, if you are willing to trek in the months of January or February, then you might need crampons depending on the intensity of the snowfall, especially in the Larkya La Pass section.

  • We will lend you the sleeping bags and down jackets which will be enough for you. But if you want extra, you may get them at a rent of US Dollar 2 per day.

  • Spring and autumn are the best seasons for Manaslu Circuit trek. Usually, weather remains clear and calm during Spring March, April and May. In these months the high mountains including Manaslu are clearly visible with the full of Snow. You will see the hills and forests blooming with rhododendron.

    Secondly, the autumn season (September, October and November) is the best time for trekking anywhere in Nepal. The weather remains clear and favorable offering astounding views of Himalayas. The temperature starts dropping during autumn. The autumn season also coincides with the major festivals of Nepal. The travelers can experience and assimilate the culture.

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    SistlaUnited StatesDate: April 10, 2019

    Once in a lifetime experience!

    If you ever want to embark on a trip that will change your life, I strongly suggest that you pick Birendra and the Adventure Tours to make that happen. Effortlessly cool and inspiring, Birendra organized an amazing trip that I will cherish for years to come.

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    d_nielk944HungaryDate: December 08, 2016

    Manaslu circuit trekking

    It was a well-organized, fantastic trek. With a nice guide, everything was put in place. I can recommend it!

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