Around Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Treks
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
Region Manaslu Region
Distance 177km/109.9Miles
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 12 days
Max. Altitude 5,160m at Larkya la pass
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2 - 6
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Mar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct, & Nov.
Trip Code DWT-AM2
Activity Per Day Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Public Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar
Grade Strenuous

About the Trip

The attraction of the under trekked trails of Around Manaslu (8,156m) and the high mountain scenery is hard for trekkers to resist. The Manaslu trek is a tea house trek which circumnavigates the eighth highest peak in the world, with an unfolding phenomenon of natural and cultural beauty.

Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola
  • Views of highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Mt. Annapurna II etc.
  • Trek along the BudhiGanadaki River gorge
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Cultural exploration between Hindu’s and Buddhists
  • Possibility of spotting a wild endangered species like Snow Leopard.

Benefits

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

Overview

Manaslu Trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal giving an insight of both Hindu and Buddhist cultures(specially Tibetan influence), protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows

It offers to enjoy the diverse range of ecosystems, the remote lifestyle of the local inhabitants, influenced by the Tibetan culture and also the fantastic mountains scenery. Modernization and commercialization have not touched the purity of the environment and since last few years this quite untouched area is gaining huge popularity and offering the finest trekking experience in Nepalese Himalayan, so trek to Manaslu will be a time-travel experience.

Manaslu circuit trek gets really relaxing With beautiful landscapes, rivers fall and forests, It offers superb views of stunning peaks such as Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Annapurna (8,091), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Himalchuli (7,893m) and Ganesh Himal range. Situated along the border of Nepal and Tibet, we will experience and witness the culture and lifestyle of both Hindus and Buddhists up there. A thrilling new route circumnavigating the World's eighth highest peak, Manaslu (8,163m) was officially opened to trekkers in 1991. In terms of challenging, it is comparable with Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. The highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu and the cultural variety.

Our Journey towards Around Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat(126.5km) then to Soti hours Khola which would approximately take about 8 to 9  and on our ride we can see the green mountains and rivers flowing by our side. We will also enjoy the beautiful scene of nature when coming across pleasant alpine meadows and pouring waterfalls. Our First Exciting trek from Soti Khola to Sama Gaon will be an adventurous and a challenging trek full of surprises from nature. Hiking through the beautiful Sal and bamboo forests up there to climb on the ridge above the big rapids of Budhi Gandaki river and spotting the national bird or a grey langur monkey is a stirring experience for every one of us. Tibetan prayer flags, mani stones will be seen along the trail. In fact, in Sama Gaon, We will be spending an extra night to acclimatize our body for future higher elevation by visiting the Manaslu Base camp 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) or the Birendra Lake. Further following our destination we’ll be trekking to Larkya La Pass (5,160m), Our eyes will get a remarkable view of Mt. Manaslu and also the Larkya glacier. After leaving our footprints on the Larkya La Pass summit, a stunning panoramic view of many peaks like Himlung Himal, Kang Guna etc will be waiting for us to give a feast to our eyes. Hiking Ahead  We’ll descend down the trail leading us to a large meadow in Bhimtang then further continuing to Dharapani where we ride the local transportation back to Kathmandu.

Around the Manaslu circuit trek gives you the lifetime experience of viewing panoramic scenes of mountain ranges, glaciers and mostly the chance to see the unique cultural blend of Buddhists and Hindus. For those who want a more relaxing trek, our 16 days Manaslu Circuit trekking  would be ideal.

21 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking

16 Days Tsum Valley Trekking

Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Around Manaslu Circuit trek next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive from kathmandu to Arughat - then drive to Soti Khola (730 m/2896 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours (160km/99.4 miles) -6-8hrs

    Driving on the Prithvi Highway; coincident from Kathmandu, we will be exceeding by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. From Dhading Bensi, we will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. After an early afternoon breakfast, we will prelude our tour with a scenic drive to Arughat, ensuing to Soti Khola. Arughat being a huge settlement, it is aggregated on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Along the way we will see elegant mountain scenery resembling Mt. In this long drive, we will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well.

    • Overnight at “ABC Hotel” with an attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  2. day 2

    Trek from Soti Khola (730 m/2896 ft) to Khorla Bensi (970 m/ 3,182 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 14 km/ 8 miles
    Highest Altitude 970 m/ 3,182 ft
    Trek Duration 7 to 8 hrs

    After a long ride previous days today we’ll be crossing the Soti Khola, we’ll sightseeing the spectacular waterfall, and we’ll have a gentle walk through beautiful sal forests towards Khorla besi which climbs onto a ridge above the huge rapids on the Buri Gandaki. Across the Budhi Gandaki on the towering hillside are views reminiscent of the Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange. The trail goes and passes via rice terraces, then up and around the mountain with a half-hour walk to Lapubesi. A wide path opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Fortunately, We’ll also have a glimpse of Shringi Himal. The route heads down again to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge, eventually the trail traverses beside three isolated chortens together, heralding the arrival in Machha Khola. We’ll continue the route following a serene and pleasant route through lush landscape as we make our way up the picturesque Buri Gandaki Valley. The trail passes Woods, fertile fields, tributary streams and waterfalls and makes a brief climb to Lapu Besi and on to Khorlebesi.In this way, our 2nd day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

    • Overnight at “Ever Green Cottage”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  3. day 3

    Trek from Khorla Bensi (970 m/ 3,182 ft) to Philim (1,590 m/5,217 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 23 km/ 14.2 miles
    Highest Altitude 1,590 m/5,217 ft
    Trek Duration 7 - 8 hrs

    After a long exciting and adventurous trek towards Khorla Besi, We’ll hike up to the ridge above Fast rapids in the Buri Gandaki and continue to Korsani. Hike along Korsani trail now gets a bit more challenging as we climb over a large rock and cross a stream on a single log on bridge, then leaves its way up and down again to the banks of the Buri Gandaki. We’ll continue an upward steeping rocky trail to the Gurung village of Labishe. Crossing the path of the village we’ll reach Machha Khola. We trek through the narrow valley of Buri Gandaki river and are more cultivated than the previous day. The view of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal is just magnificent like nature’s gift. In this way, our 3rd day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

    • Overnight “Manaslu River View”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  4. day 4

    Trek from Philim (1,590 m/5,217 ft) to Ghab (2,250m/7382ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 21 km/ 13 miles
    Highest Altitude 22,50m/7382ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs.

    After a spectacular trek the previous day , Our journey takes us further up the river along the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. Today the path ahead will be much less steeply. We’ll hike towards Chisapani which is less than an hour walk from Philim where trial turns towards north as we can see traverses terraced fields of Ekle Bhatti, we;ll enters a steep George and descends grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees in the woods. After Crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge, we see the large Shar Khola and Tsum valley joining the Budhi Gandaki on the opposite bank. We’ll continue the route which makes its way up the western side Where the valley finally widens, offering us a pleasant walk through bamboo forest to Deng. With all our excitement we’ll climb all the way to Bihi Phedi, crossing the Sringi Khola, heading towards the west up of the Budhi Gandaki valley, climbing steeply and traverse with more ups and downs in forests,we’ll be passing an occasional maniwalls, then contours to Ghap Finally. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings. Culture, lifestyle and Houses are completely alike Tibetan. In this way, our 4th day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

    • Overnight at “Lama Hotel”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  5. day 5

    Trek from Ghap (2,250m/7382ft) to Lho (3,180 m/10,433 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 16.3 km/ 10.1miles
    Highest Altitude 3,180 m/10,433 ft
    Trek Duration 5 - 6 hrs

    After a healthy Breakfast, Today our destination trial passes beneath a large overhanging rock mountains , crossing the Budhi Gandaki, we’ll pass through tree streams in a forest where we can see big firs alive with birds, including the Danphe or impeyan pheasant – Nepal's national bird, a tribe of grey langur monkey, Hiking up through deep forest of fir, rhododendron, and bamboo and enters Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung has a picturesque stretch of buildings From Namrung, we head towards upper Nupri- the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan.With long days awaits for us, We’ll climb past a mani wall, then continue up through forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, passe through a stone orch and enter Lihi-exhibit the unusual architecture of this region. We’ll be blessed with spectacular Manaslu, Manaslu North (7,157m), and Naike Peak(5,515m), which appears at the head of the valley. This trial towards Lho climbs past a small stream to Lho. Lho is a big village with a Gompa, a rough stone archway at the entrance and Tibetan-style chorten and huge mani wall. In this way, our 5th day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

    • Overnight at “Hotel Majestic” with attached bathroom.
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  6. day 6

    Trek from Lho (3,180 m/10,433 ft) to Samagaun (3,530 m/11,581 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 17.2 km/10.6 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,530 m/11,581 ft
    Trek Duration 4 - 5 hrs

    From Lho today we’ll be enjoying the surprising survey of many mountains on the passage. We will be excessively the torpidness gate and a long mani testicle bailey of the clachan as we get to see the Ngadi Chuli; Peak 25,823ft (7,879m), HiunChuli (7,893m) forth of us in Shyala village. From Shyala, the passing takes us up and easily after down to the affluent that originates from the glacier of Pungyen. Following the side moraine of the Pungyen glacier, we vanish through many chortens and monasteries with an enormous prayer compass. The hiking gradually increases and becomes challenging as we cross the crest and trek in and out of the gulch of ThosangKhola. Descending down into a rock-strewn moraine across the defense, we emerge into an edge that examine the widespread fields of Samagaon.

    • Overnight at “Hotel Manaslu” with attached bathroom.
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  7. day 7

    Rest day in Samagaon (3,530m)

    In this long journey, we acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as we are in a higher elevation. We will not stay idle but will explore this village of Buddhist culture. We will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their culture. Additionally, we have other explorations planned as well. The options include to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp or continue to Birendra Lake and then climb the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery is in the south of Samagaon which is about two and half hours’ hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us a tremendous view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunder displays. Samagaon is indeed an interesting place for acclimatization.

    • Overnight at “Hotel Manaslu” with attached bathroom.
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  8. day 8

    Trek from Samagaun (3,530 m/11,581 ft) to Samdo (3,875m/12,713 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.2 km/ 5 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,875m/12,713 ft
    Trek Duration 3 - 4 hrs

    The trek today is comparatively more interesting and pleasant. We will be crossing the pasture areas and ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to forests with juniper and birch where we enjoy the beauty of nature. As we reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, we will be crossing the wooden bridge over it and climb up steeply across the river. We will be getting an amazing view of the mountains, especially Manaslu as we will be reaching Samdo, which is a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, we will also explore the village and the surrounding hills

    • Overnight at “Yak Hotel”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  9. day 9

    Trek from Samdo (3,875m/12,713 ft) to Dharamsala (4,480 m/14,698 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.7 km 7.2 miles
    Highest Altitude 4,480 m/14,698 ft
    Trek Duration 3 - 4 hrs

    With an exciting day ahead, we walk down the edge through fields and old mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the BudhiGanadaki river. We begin walking upward of the valley. We will be noticing the mani walls and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass. After crossing two streams, we will witness the Larkya Glacier which is unquestionably magnificent. As we enjoy the view, we further trek around the valley of SalkhaKhola and climb up again reaching the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house is not a lodge but it is a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. Today’s day would be a gratifying day as we will get an amazing view of the Larkya Glacier and the amazing view of Mt. Manaslu from a great angle. The short trek today gives us plenty of time later onwards to acclimatize and relax.

    • Overnight at “Dormitory /Tent”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  10. day 10

    Trek from Dharamsala (4,480 m/14,698 ft) to Bhimtang (3,720m/12,205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m/16,929ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 24.7 km/15.3 miles
    Highest Altitude 5,160m/16,929ft
    Trek Duration 7 - 8 hrs

    The exciting part of the journey awaits for us, as we will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). After an early morning breakfast, we will leave Dharamsala as it will be a whole day trek. The weather being the most important factor, it will decide if the trek becomes more challenging as strong winds and a storm could possibly occur. We begin by crossing the moraine, descending down to a small lake. The trail begins to be rough and unclear as we have to cross the south of steep grassy slope. Our route stays on the moraine to an edge which is marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark that the route is visible, so that we can continue trekking. Carefully trekking ahead, we will descend to four frozen lakes then finally climbing a steep trail to the pass. The four frozen lakes look undeniably striking. From the Larkya pass, we get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and the great Annapurna II. As we live in the moment and admire the beauty of nature, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making steep, rough bends. We further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As we have descended, the trail becomes easier to walk in and then we reach a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadow, mani walls and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimthang

    • Overnight at “Punkar Guest House” with attached bathroom.
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  11. day 11

    Trek from Bhimtang (3,720m/12,205ft) to Dharapani (1,910m/6,266ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 20 km/ 13.6 miles
    Highest Altitude 3,720m/12,205ft
    Trek Duration 7 -8 hrs

    Todays our destination will be Dharapani, From Bimtang after a early breakfast, we’ll heads towards trail crossing over the side of the moraine and descend to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a wooden bridge, then into pine and rhododendron woods to Hompuk (3,430m) with a rock shelter. We can see the rhododendrons' unique appearance in a wide range of colors, sheep, horses and monkeys fill the forest. The panoramic view of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu north peak, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, are clearly visible on our way. We’ll descend downhill for 30 minute in the forested area to reach the meadow of Sangore Kharka. Then we’ll be crossing a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags making the environmental view like paradise. We again make a descent towards the river bank at Gho(2,575m).The route continues down with a few ups, mostly through fields, but also through some dense pine forest. In Less than an hour walk through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak we’ll arrive at Tilije, a very mixed of ethnic community settlement. After having lil bit of taste of Tilije, we again continue our trek via the village through a stone arch, crossing the Dudh Khola and following along its embankment we’ll be descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Passing through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, we’ll finally arrive where Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

    • Overnight at “Heavan Guest House”
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
  12. day 12

    From Dharapani (1,910m/6,266ft) We’ll Drive to Besisahar (760 m/2,493 ft) - then drive back to Kathmandu .

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours 224km/139miles
    Highest Altitude 1,910m/6,266ft

    Today we will be on the road the whole day. After an early morning breakfast, we leave from Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus which will approximately take about four to five hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi river, bhulbhule town and Khudi. According to the schedule, we should be reaching Besisahar at least before 3 pm so that we can catch the last bus to Kathmandu. In case the time is not favorable with us, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, we will be getting the sight of the Marsyangdi river meeting the Trishuli river as we head west on the Prithivi Highway. The drive has many beautiful and natural scenery that pleases our eyes with terraced lands and a last few glimpses of the peaks.

    Note-If time goes beyond this due to delay by unforeseen or unexpected cause, one day in itinerary is highly recommended. Upon arrival in Besisahar, then after, we make the start by bus on a journey back to Kathmandu. The road follows along the scenic Marsyangdi River Valley and then meets the Trishuli River as we head west along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way we will have good views of the lush scenery and terraced farmland and perhaps even some final glimpses of the mountains.

    • Overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu
    • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch ).

What is Included?

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti khola (trek start) and from Dharapani(trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • All Standard Meals (12 Lunch, 11 Dinners and 12 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Accommodations: Five nights room with private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Lho, Samagaun(2N) and Bhimtang, six nights standard room at Khorla Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani (Generally twin Sharing room)-11 Nights
  • Government License holder English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader guide and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Foot wear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Covid-19 updates & safety precaution for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit is the most remote hiking trail in Nepal, completely untouched with any kind of modern disturbance. Population of the are relatively very low compared to other trails of Nepal which makes Manaslu one of the best trails to go for after covid-19 travel restriction is over. The notable places of the trek is Samdo, Dharmasala which are above 3500 M above sea level,  you'll be around white snow capped mountains forgetting the busy lifestyle of the city for a moment. According to most travellers who have been to Manaslu, it's perfect for most age groups making the trek more worth taking. We also are aware of the risk of Covid-19 for which we're well prepared with everything we're updated and informed by WHO & Ministry of Health of Nepal. Here are a few things which we've in our belt already.


Apart from Geographical safety, Discovery World Trekking has taken precaution in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our Guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
  • We'll have High quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the DWT team assisting you.
  • Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks
  • Food & Accomodation in mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.

The beginning of the journey towards Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

First day is your arrival day in Nepal. Second day is a must to apply for the restricted area permit to Manaslu. In the meantime, we conduct a trek briefing, guide introduction and equipment checklist. Third day, we’ll drive to Sotikhola via Arughat for the start of the trek.

Local Transportation (KTM to Arughat, Soti Khola,then Dharapani to Besisahar back to Kathmandu) is included in package; private jeep is available at an extra cost

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on company pamphlet) by our representative member from Discovery World Trekking, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

Accommodation Details During The Around Manaslu Circuit trek.

12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek includes 11 nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use  the best available lodge and select the best accommodation during the trekking. We provide a five nights room with a private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Lho, Samagaun(2N) and Bhimtang, six nights standard room at Khorla Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani.

Three nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals During The Trek!

Our trek is all over high elevations around the world's 8th highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel (Dalh bhat Power 24 Hour) for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.

There will be 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunch and 11 Dinners provided in the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are -

Twelve breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)


Twelve lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Eleven Dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.

The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shortened. We highly recommend liquid green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

 

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ Lodges or in cafes except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best Time for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

Focusing both on weather and temperature, 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek is preferably best for two seasons from March to May, September to November.

March to May - Spring

This is the best time of the season to trek in 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit Trek. Stunning views of the Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours. Snow during the winter melts away by the end of March to April, clearing the route to cross Larkya La Pass. Daytime temperature in lower land (from Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) reach to 24 degree celsius, and in upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) up to Max 18°C at daytime to min -4°C at night and morning degree celsius.

September to November - Autumn

This is also one of the perfect seasons for 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favorable weather and temperature. Generally, the monsoon ends at the end of August, from mid of September, weather becomes stable and sunny with a clear skies, and  stunning mountains view. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain, Tihar, Chhad. Daytime temperature in low land (from Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) may go up to 25 degree celsius, and in high mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) to 15 degree celcious.  The night time  temperature in high region falls down -6 degree celciou. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow. Lodge at Dharmasal close during this time, Larkya La pass is tough due to heavy snowfall.

The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness in high mountain journeys is a common problem being faced by most trekkers during the trek; its symptom is preventable and needs immediate treatment after being severely affected. It might be a life-threatening situation if its symptom is left ignored. As per the itinerary, from Samagoun3530m/11581 ft, we spend four to five nights over 3500m. Dharamsala 4480m/14698ft, is the highest point of the trek. The symptom of altitude sickness is the most likely to occur only from the elevation of 3500m. Our 12 Days Around Manalsu Circuit Trek itinerary is designed to prevent mountain sickness, starting trek from Sotikhola, 730 m above the sea level, continue hiking up seven days in reaching Samagaun which provides plenty of time to our body to adjust automatically with existing high elevation. Moreover,for a proactive approach, we ascend slowly but gradually, take a day rest in Samagaun and drink plenty of water each and every day. We can make a successful Larkya La Pass without any problem. Your health and safety is the first priority and we guarantee that we will not compromise on it at any cost. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. Also, it is important to know that your group leader has the definitive response to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit is an alternative short trek to 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit. There is no rest day in Samagaun for proper acclimatization. We need to hike 6 to 7 hours each day in lower part starting from Sotikhola to Lho, as the day in low altitude region is shortened/customized, however, hiking per day in upper mountain from Samagaun to Bhimtang follows the exact day to day itinerary to our 16 Days Manaslu Circuit. This trek is designed for those who have the previous high altitude trekking experience, good level of physical fitness, and ability to hike 6 to 7 hrs a day. Novice trekkers are not recommended to join. This is a remote mountain journey, the trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 30 people on the trek -led by a leader guide and a porter for every two trekkers, an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above people.The price of group discount is applied with having your own taxes in your group.We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group . Solo trekkers can take a part in our group joining trek but are not allowed to get an entry special permit for private trek for Manaslu area, at least two people are required to obtain it due to the restricted area. So we do not organize private trips for solo travelers in the Around Manaslu Circuit.

A typical day on the 12 Days Around Manaslu Trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing in the ring scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

On the Around Manaslu circuit Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety purposes.

We'll communicate with all our valuable clients through our leader at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access of connecting.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges at Around Manaslu Circuit Trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill will be provided to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems

Travel Insurance Policy

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficulty as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Around Manaslu circuit trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-118 NPR).

We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having the security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

How Much Luggage can I take during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but you should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essential, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Around Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism in the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Around Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained and licensed with the prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tents with sleeping gear and we also provide them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on for good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.
We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback So We Can Get Better

After completing the Manaslu Circuit trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give your company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

USEFUL INFO ABOUT THE TREK

Around Manaslu trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.
The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

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Great Time on Manaslu Circuit with DWT!

laura
5 - Excellent
03/15/2019

A friend and I did a two-week Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking starting in mid-March. I would not hesitate to recommend the company to other travelers/trekkers, and I would certainly go through them again for any treks requiring a guide. Paul (the owner) is extremely professional and safety-oriented, and he chose a guide (the AMAZING Sundeep) who was perfectly suited to us. Moreover, the trek pricing was transparent, reasonable, and a good value.My friend and I walked into the DTW office in Thamel after searching for a highly-reviewed trekking company online. Paul helped us put our “dream trek” (Manaslu) together with less than 48 hours before we needed to start in order to have enough time for the trek. We had tried to do a lot trek research online, and we felt stressed about permits, transport, etc. I wish we’d just gone straight to DTW, as everything was so much more hassle-free after that.

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Laura
5 - Excellent
11/14/2017

Just arrived home after a 5 week trip to Nepal. We saw much the country but easily our most precious moments are from the trek we did through the Manaslu Circuit with Discovery World Trekking and our incredible guide, Karan, and porter, Kersing. Would highly recommend requesting these guys, as they are kind, patient, professional, deeply knowledgable, and just really fun to be around. My husband, Ben (see his review from a week ago), found Discovery World Trekking through a lot of research and reading of blogs and trip advisor reviews. We wanted to find a trek that was less crowded, with diverse landscapes, as well as a more cultural experience, where tourists are not the major population. Manaslu seemed to be a fit and after much research and communication with several trekking companies, Ben and I chose this company due to it's professional and responsive head, Paul, and the reviews that mentioned the fantastic and well-trained staff. It absolutely necessary to have properly equipped and experienced guides and porters on treks like this. (See below.) From the moment we touched down in Kathmandu, Paul and his staff were helping us with anything and everything we needed. They picked us up at the airport, drove us to our hotel, and scheduled a shopping trip for us to snag some missing gear - flip flops, warm hats (would highly recommend picking these up in Nepal), trekking poles (definitely bring or purchase if you have any knee or ankle problems), rented down jackets (provided by the company), rented sleeping bags (provided by the company - Make sure to bring your own liner/sleep sack). We then headed out after 48 hours in Kathmandu. Karan and Kersing managed our travel, our trek, scheduling lodges, ordering, serving and sometimes COOKING our meals (Karan's Chowmein is SO GOOD), and ensuring that we were safe, aware and prepared for the challenges throughout. Paul was present throughout as well, from Kathmandu, with daily calls to Karan. Everyone involved with this company is invested, positive and deeply hospitable. Would go through them again in a heartbeat. Paul took us to dinner when we returned to Kathmandu and organized transit to our next destination. He encouraged us to call him any time, in case we were ever in a tight spot over our next weeks of travel. While it wasn't necessary, we found much peace of mind knowing that we had a touchstone in the country during our visit. Please check out Ben's review as he gives more info, but here are my additional thoughts. A few things to consider. Transit: Getting to and from Manaslu is an experience of its own. Paul recommended that we rent the personal jeep for $190 extra instead of taking the local bus which is in the packaged deal. We opted against it as we were working with a limited budget, but we are so happy that we had the experience of the local bus. It is kind of dusty (bring doctor's masks) and warm by midday, and while our bus was not super crowded, I'm sure that they can get VERY crowded. Our second bus was absolute insanity. However, as Ben says in his review, it is a beautiful and worthwhile view into local life, and we never felt unsafe, unless you count the sketchy mountain roads. We also talked to other trekkers who took the jeep and they said the jeep ride was equally dusty and bumpy, though I know it was shorter, which definitely can make a difference, and maybe not as crowded. Bring a little dramamine if you get motion sickness, for either option. And either way, get ready for a long travel day on both ends of the trek. Just add a couple hours to what everyone says it will take. ;) Shout out to Karan (Mr. 15 minutes). We chose to spread the Dharapani-Besisihar ride and the Besisihar-Kathmandu ride over 2 days and would HIGHLY recommend it. I read before going to Nepal to approach everything with the spirit of adventure. I think this is an excellent way to approach the travel up to these mountain villages. Safety: The Manaslu Circuit goes through the heart of much of the earthquake damage from 2015, so there is still much rebuilding and some landslide areas, and it is a relatively new trek. There are also deep ravines, donkeys carrying large loads next to you and the deep ravines, and there is always the potential of altitude sickness. Please read Ben's review for his experience with this. It is absolutely essential that whatever company you choose, the guides and porters are experienced, attentive and focused on the safety of everyone in the group. Karan and Kersing almost never left our sides. One of them was almost always with Ben and the other with me - especially in slightly more dangerous terrain. When we were descending from the Larkya Pass, I noticed in our shadows on the ground that Karan was walking with an out-stretched arm near my pack for almost 30 minutes to ensure that I did not go far if I started to slide. There are many tripping and sliding hazards along the way, especially if you're tired, and our guide and porter were entirely focused on getting us home in one piece. They were also well equipped by the company, they had good shoes and warm jackets. Terrain: Be prepared for STAIRS. And lots of ups and downs. Flat is almost non-existent. Don't believe Nepalis when they say 'flat'. It is difficult. TRAIN FOR IT. Every day was so beautiful, and so DIFFERENT! We couldn't believe how much we saw in 2 weeks. The mountains, forests, animals, villages and people are all extraordinary. Hygiene: Just a note about toilets. Expect a squat toilet (Bring TP). Sometimes they are just fine, and sometimes, like in the highest village we stayed in, Dharmasala, they are no fun. Bring lots of hand sanitizer and lean into the adventure. Also bring biodegradable wipes - you don't shower after a certain point - we went 6 days when we got to higher altitudes. Lodges: For the most part, Discovery World Trekking organized fine lodges for us to stay in. We especially loved our quiet rest day in Gho after the Pass. The only one we weren't happy with was the lodge we stayed 2 nights in in Samagaun. There were mice in walls that made it hard to sleep. Note on Samagaun: Take the 5 hour round trip to the monastery on your acclimatization day! The views are unreal. Food and Health: Ben talks about food as well. For the most part, we loved much of the food we ate on the trek. We ate no meat, and pretty much no dairy, and always drank either boiled or treated water. We didn't get sick. Though we both developed wicked colds in Dharmasala. It's a rough night there. Adventure! And the morning of walking the next day is amazing. Note: Make sure everyone has their own bright headlamp. Another Note: Water is NOT included in DWT's budget. This added an additional $80 or so to our budget. You drink a lot of water when you're in higher altitudes. This was a trip of a lifetime. Well worth all the challenges. Discovery World Trekking was wonderful and we hope they get everyone's business! My only complaint is that we had to say goodbye to Karan and Kersing so quickly after we returned and they were off on other treks. We were so sad to say goodbye to them both. Thanks to you guys, we miss you (and your dance moves), and MANY thanks to Paul who was our gracious host - what a fulfilling and memorable experience!!!

An experience to remember!

mel
5 - Excellent
10/11/2019

Yesterday my partner and I arrived back in Kathmandu after trekking 12 days around the Manaslu Circuit organised by Discovery World travel. My partner dealt with the booking and couldn’t have been happier with the service he was provided. Paul was always in contact ensuring we were well prepared for our trip and was always quick to reply to any queries we had. The kind of professionalism that puts your mind at ease.As this would be my first ever Trekking holiday it was very important we selected a company where our well being and safety was their number one priority and this company never fell short of that. Every night our guide would measure our oxygen levels and heart rate to ensure we were healthy enough to continue climbing in altitude, which we never saw any other company do along the way. Although this extra may seem quite small it kept myself and my partners mind at ease knowing we where able to continue our trek without the risk of altitude sickness.Now to our guide Dil and Porter Kaji! Without these to superstars our trip would not have been as memorable as it was.Dil was charismatic, knowledgeable and had a real sense of responsibility for our safety. Dil went to all lengths to ensure we were well fed, comfortable and entertained throughout the trip. Kaji his first ever portering job and boy are we glad we got to experience that! Kaji made us laugh every day always bringing a smile to the breakfast table which made us forget about our aching legs of lack of sleep! He climbed trees hanging over 20ft cliffs to ensure we could taste the local fruit. Both the boys taught us what Nepalese they could and taught us their napalese card games which may I say we gave them a run for their money once we got the hang of the “rules”.Happiness is what Discovery World travel wants to achieve and happiness is all we feel! Thank you to Paul for having a great eye for staff and staying true to your vision. When we return to Nepal we will not need to consider any other company as your exceeded our expectations!

FAQ’s

Is trekking to Manaslu Circuit difficult?

No, basically you do not need any ropes or ice picks. Moreover, there is no vertical climbing. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike few uphills, Discovery World Trekking will guide you to reach Manslu Circuit trek.

How safe is Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees 3S for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Discovery World Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Discovery World Trekking have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

Which is the best time of the year to Manaslu Circuit trek?

Spring (March to May) and Fall (October to November) are the best seasons to trek Manaslu Circuit trek to explore clear view of Himalayas. The temperature is cold between December and February but the visibility is still good. Trekkers choose this season because there are few tourists on the trails. Admittedly, Discovery World Trekking can make it happen in any season you want with all the safeties and fun.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit trek?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. 
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. 
  • Trek slow.
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms shows up). 
  • Drink Garlic Soup.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek to Manaslu Circuit

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

Do I need any permits before starting the trek to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek in Manaslu Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members. You should provide it to us before you start your trekking.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

What is the weather condition at Manaslu Circuit trek?

MonthTemperature Weather and Nature 
January Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning Coldest month 
February Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Mild and humid, good visibility 
March Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue and pink rhododendrons 
May Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning Warmest month 
June Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Wettest month 
August Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense and gorgeously green but quiet slippery 
September Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning Fresh and pleasant climate 
October Max 15°C at daytime to min -2°C at night and morning Stable weather condition and best month to trek 
November Max 13°C at daytime to min -3°C at night and morning Cold and dry weather 
December Max 12°C at daytime to min -8°C at night and morning Driest month 

What documents do I need for trekking to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via email.

  • A copy of passport,
  •  Passport size photos, 
  • Flight details, 
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What is the accommodation on the trails of Manaslu Circuit trek?

For the Manaslu Circuit trek, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. The toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the places.

Is meal easily available on the trek to manaslu Circuit trek?

the meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meal in special areas for its clients.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommends trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Is the drinking water safe in the trek to manaslu Circuit?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in manaslu region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

Do I need to bring medicines for trekking to manaslu Circuit trek?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, Discovery World Trekking will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s tour packages for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommends you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Is tipping necessary for porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Can I buy the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Is internet access available in manaslu Circuit trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge

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