Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:
- Stunning views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world
- Challenging Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5135 meters
- Unique culture and lifestyle of Tamangs and Gurungs
- Remote Tibetan-style villages like Samdo and Lho
- Beautiful landscapes and lush forests
- Endangered species like snow leopards, Himalayan tahrs, and musk deer
- Ancient monasteries and gompas
- Rhododendron forests, waterfalls, and natural hot springs
- Opportunity to experience the rich cultural traditions and customs of the locals
- Panoramic views of the Annapurna range and other surrounding mountains
- Clear, spectacular weather during the autumn and spring seasons
- Physical challenge and opportunity for adventure and personal growth.
Manaslu Circuit Treks 13 Days Cost, Best Season For 2023/2024
13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the perfect Journey for exploring Nepal's captivating Manaslu Region. This beautiful trek is an excellent alternative to the busy Annapurna Circuit. Over 13 days; you will witness the breathtaking magnificence of the Himalayas, leaving you awe-inspired. Prepare yourself for a remarkable adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of Manaslu.
Our Manaslu Circuit Trek commences in Kathmandu, where we begin our scenic drive to Machha Khola, the starting point of our trek. Along the trail, you'll traverse lush green valleys and encounter charming villages, providing a glimpse into the local culture, traditions, and way of life. One of the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass, situated at a staggering 5,160 meters (16,930 feet) above sea level. As you ascend, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of snow-capped mountains, including the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak on Earth. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Snow Leopard and the vibrant Himalayan Monal, among other fascinating wildlife.
Prepare to be enchanted by the surreal landscape adorned with towering peaks, deep canyons, and ancient Buddhist temples. As you pass through various settlements, you'll experience a captivating blend of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian cultures. Indulge in delicious local cuisine and witness colorful religious rituals, all while forging connections with friendly locals. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is physically demanding due to high altitudes and steep ascents, so good physical condition is essential. It's advisable to undertake this trek in spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November).
This unique 13-day adventure promises a rewarding experience like no other. From conquering challenging terrains to immersing yourself in the wonders of Manaslu, every step of the Journey will leave an indelible mark on your memory. The warmth of the local people and the sense of achievement upon reaching the Larkya La Pass will stay with you forever.
For more incredible treks in the picturesque Manaslu region, Consider the other options offered by Adventure Club, such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which includes16 days,17 days, 14 days, and 12 days. Each option offers a unique adventure in the wonders of Manaslu.
How Difficult is the 13-Day Manaslu Trek?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is approximately 177km long (110 mi). It takes 13 days on average to complete. You'll hike for 10-11 consecutive days and average a daily distance between 13-16km (7-10mi). The steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and the uphill and downward sections of the trail can make the initial stages of the trek challenging. Larkya La Pass is at 5,106m (16752ft), the highest point on the trek. This section is the most difficult and involves hiking on long snow-covered trails. Altitude sickness is a major challenge you might face during the Manaslu Circuit Trek due to the significant changes in altitude. If you do the trek in a different season than winter, then no mountaineering skills or technical knowledge are required. Even for novice trekkers, it is essential to maintain a good level of physical fitness. To maintain fitness, it is recommended that you engage in strength- and endurance training as well as cardio-fitness exercises at least three months before starting your trek.
When Is the Best Time For Manaslu Trek?
The ideal time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These periods offer the best weather and optimal conditions for a successful and enjoyable trekking experience.
During autumn, the weather is generally stable with clear skies, providing magnificent views of the surrounding peaks, including Manaslu, which stands at 8,156 meters (26,759 feet). The moderate temperatures make it comfortable for trekking, and the trail is typically dry and easily passable.
The landscape comes alive in spring with colorful rhododendron blooms and lush vegetation. The weather remains pleasant, and the clear skies allow for stunning vistas. The temperatures gradually rise, melting the winter snow and ensuring safer passage across high-altitude sections of the trail.
What is the accommodation like on the Manaslu Trek?
We ensure that you are comfortable on the Manaslu Trek when you choose Adventure Club Trek. Accommodations are in clean teahouses and huts. Upgraded guesthouses are available at some locations. The guesthouses have room heaters, bathrooms and toilets en suite, and heated floors. Lodge owners are constantly improving their facilities for the benefit of our guests. When you book through us, we guarantee that the best lodges and guesthouses will be available for your trip.
What are Meals like on the Manaslu 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 daily 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.
Are Telephone and Wi-Fi Available on the Manaslu Trek?
All the teahouses where you will be staying overnight during the Manaslu Circuit Trek have access to electricity. You can pay a nominal fee for communal hydroelectricity or solar panels to recharge your phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. It's recommended to bring backup rechargeable power banks or extra batteries in case of any power outages. However, we advise against bringing laptops as no free Wi-Fi is available along the trekking trail, and the telephone service may be more reliable. While some teahouses may offer hourly Wi-Fi access for a fee, don't expect high-speed internet due to the remote location of the trekking trail.
Trekking Permits For Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Government of Nepal has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) a restricted area to control tourism in the region. That is to say, independent trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu, and trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit. Forming a group of at least two trekkers accompanied by a local guide is mandatory. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. Freelance guides cannot issue the necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit. Three different permits are required for the Manaslu trek and an additional one for Tsum Valley, if your trekking package covers the valley as mentioned below
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.
How Is Drinking Water On Manaslu 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.
What is the cost of the Manaslu Trek?
The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek varies depending on several factors, including the trekking route, duration, and overall quality of the services provided. The average cost ranges from $1,200 to $1,500 per person for a 13-day trek with a reputable guide and porter. This cost usually includes lodging, meals, permits, and transportation. The cost may be higher or lower depending on the number of individuals in the group, the season, and the level of comfort required. Additional expenses may include travel insurance, gear rentals, and tips for guides and porters. Booking the trek with a government-registered agency is recommended to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
13 Days Manaslu Trek Experience Requirement
During the 13-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.