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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Trek
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
Region Manaslu Region
Distance 177km/109.9Miles
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 16 Days
Max. Altitude 5,160m at Larkya la pass
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2 - 30
Best Season Mar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Trip Code DWT-MT-16
Activity Per Day Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Public Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar
Grade Challenging

Manaslu Trek Overview

The mesmerizing trek in Manaslu takes you through a relatively off-the-beaten remote path to the beautiful landscapes, fierce white water river falls, and dense forests to Manaslu mountain (8,156m/26,758ft), the world's eighth highest peak.

Highlights of Manaslu Trek

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Views of the world's highest peaks- including Manaslu mountain (8,156m), LamjungHimal, Mt.Annapurna II, etc.
  • Trek along the Budhi Gandaki River gorge
  • The highest point on the trek - Larkya La Pass (5,106m / 16,751ft)
  • Rich biodiversity and beautiful natural scenery
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Insight into Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • Possibility of spotting wild endangered species like snow leopard

Benefits of booking Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to the hotel during arrival and vice-a-versa on departure. 
  • Free extra luggage storage during the trip at Discovery World Trekking store
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitude to recognize early signs of altitude sickness and other potential health risks
  • Medical kits
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own

The Mesmerizing Manaslu Trek Comprehensive

The Manaslu Trek opened in 1992, and it rapidly grew in popularity thanks to its captivating natural essence, exclusiveness, and untouched beauty. The trek takes place along Nepal and Tibet border region, allowing us to experience the culture and lifestyle of both Hindus and Buddhists. The off-beaten trails take us through rich forests full of rhododendron, pine, cedar, birch, and juniper trees and delightful meadows.

The Manaslu Trek is a 16-day tea-house trek that circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world- Manaslu (8,156m/26,758ft). The trek carries the essence of other Nepali treks - Hindu and Buddhist culture, delightful wildlife, rhododendron, and other wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges, huge mountains, and stunning landscapes. 

Surrounded by the Annapurnas to the west and Ganesh Himal to the east, Manaslu is one of the most graceful 8,000-meter mountains, but only around two percent of trekkers visit Manaslu. Perhaps because Manaslu is remote, physically demanding even though this trip is culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands full of terraced rice and millet fields through the mighty Budhi Gandaki gorge with turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. During the trek, you will be passing through numerous suspension bridges that are very high and often very long.

Manaslu Trek covers a huge trek distance in the remote Nepali Himalayas so you will have various options to alter the itinerary based on your interests. This trip is highly flexible, and we can tailor side trips according to your request.

The Manaslu Trek begins from the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and finally to Soti Khola. It takes an entire day to reach the trekking region. On the second day, the trek truly begins as we leave Soti Khola and hike to Machha Khola (890m / 2,965ft). The journey will be delightful as you pass beautiful forests, steep ridges, terraced fields, and suspension bridges.

After a refreshing trek to Macha Khola, we head to Doban (1,070 m/3510 ft), passing the Tharo Khola, which flows in a rocky cavetto reaching Khorla Besi - a traditional Gurung Village. We continue trekking ahead from Khrola Besi to Tatopani and then cross a suspension bridge above Budhi Gandaki to reach Doban. Doban is the Nepali name for the confluence of two rivers.

The next day we leave Doban for Philim. The path is quite rugged and ascends and descends. From the trails, you will get fantastic views of Sringri Himal. When your reach Philim, you will notice that Philim is a large Gurung settlement. The Gurungs grow corn and millet in their village fields.

On our fifth day, we leave Philim to Deng. The trail is very rewarding with impressive waterfalls and a few suspension bridges leading us to Euwa and then Deng village. This Buddhist village contains holy monasteries and rivers, and from Deng, you will begin to see the glorious snow caps. 

Our Manaslu trek continues the next day's destination is Ghap. At first, we descend from Deng and then ascend to Rana Bridge. From this region onwards, you will be entering the Buddhist settlements, which you can sense from seeing Mani walls and stone statues from the path. Just before reaching Ghap, you will be crossing a suspension bridge.

Our journey continues as our trek takes us from Ghap to Namrung. The path passes through the town of Prok - a famous standpoint for viewing Siringi Himal. After staying in Namrung for the night, the following morning, we start our trek to Lho. The distance from Namrung is about 11 kilometers and includes crossing the Budhi Gandaki river and then walking along the forest. Namrung village is famous for its beautiful Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7,893m) views.

This trek is quite long, and we must push ourselves further each day. After Lho, the next day's destination is Samagaun. At first, we descend from Lho, cross Thusang Khola to reach Shyala Village. All around Shyala Village, you will get to enjoy the views of Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. After enjoying the views from Shyala Village, we trek to Samagun. Samagun is a small village with stone-built houses and a monastery. By now, you will have covered a lot of distance so we will be staying at Samagun for rest and acclimatization. You will be exploring the Samagun village and nearby areas - the places of interest are Birendra Lake, Pungyen Monastery, and Manaslu Base Camp.

After resting for a day at Samagaun, we start our trek in vigor to reach Samdo - a Tibetan refugee village. The journey should be pleasant, as we cross the pasture areas and ascend to the valley as the journey takes us through birch and juniper forest. From Samdo, you will get gorgeous views of several mountains - including the mighty Manaslu. 

At this point of the trek, you will have trekked a lot. You should be glad that you are just a day away from crossing Larkya La Pass (5,160m / 16,929ft). The excitement will build up as we leave Samdo for Dharamsala. On the side of the trails, you get to see Mani walls and prayer flags. Another interesting sight is that of the Larkya glacier. We trek around the Salkha Khola valley and ascend to reach Dharamsala, also known as Larkya La Phedi. 

And finally, on our thirteenth day, we will be crossing Larkya La Pass, which is also the highest elevation of our trek. We start early in the morning through the Larkya Glacier moraine route, crossing a few frozen lakes. Larkya La Pass is one of the longest passes in the Himalayas. From the pass, you get to enjoy the views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, and Kanguru. We cross the Larkya La Pass and pass through several yak pastures to arrive at Bhimtang.

By reaching Bhimtang, we have circled Manaslu mountain. Now the return trip begins. We leave behind Bhimtang and trek south to reach Gho. This day's walk is easier compared to the previous day. As we pass through dense pine forests, you may be able to see sheep, horses, and jackanapes (a type of monkey)..

The last day on the trek takes you from Gho to Dharapani. The trek is mostly downhill to Telje village that stays by the side of Marsyangdi River. Then we climb up to reach the alpine village of Dharapani. This village lies at the junction of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trail.

On the last day, we take a local bus from Dharapani to Besisahar. On the way to Besisahar, we will be passing several beautiful villages, Bhulbhule and Khudi towns. From Besisahar, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu, Manaslu trek concludes.

Please note that the Manaslu Circuit trip requires a special permit from the Nepal government's immigration office. To acquire this permit, you must arrive in Kathmandu at least two office days (weekday) earlier than the trip departure date because we need your original passport with a Nepal visa to apply for the permit. Moreover, this will also provide you time to attend the trip briefing. During the trip briefing, we will recheck if you are carrying the appropriate gear/equipment/clothing and also inform you of the details about the trip. Additionally, the trek package includes the cost for public bus tickets, but if you prefer a comfortable ride, we can hire a Jeep for you at an additional cost.

Trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive from Kathmandu via Arughat to Soti Khola (730m / 2896ft)

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

    The trek starts from a drive from Kathmandu on Prithvi Highway that follows the Trishuli River. The views on the road are unlike anything you have ever seen -traditional villages, terraced fields, white water rivers, lush forests, giant mountains - including Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal. We will continue our bus ride until we reach Soti Khola. Soti Khola is the gateway to the Manaslu trek.  We will be spending our first night in the trek region at Soti Khola.

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

    Trek from Soti Khola (730m / 2896ft) to Machha Khola (890m / 2,965ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.7km / 6miles
    Highest Altitude 890m / 2,965ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    This will be the first day on the trails. We wake up at Soti Khola, prepare for a long day trek, and head to Maccha Khola. The path itself is stunning, with waterfalls crossing our way. You need to be careful as the path has sharp ascents and descents. We will also be passing through Sal forests, walking by the side of towering cliffs, and at times you might encounter mules on the path. Our path will take us through Khursani village and to Lububesi Gurung settlement and finally to Machha Khola. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Everest View
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Machha Khola (890m / 2,965ft) to Doban (1,070m / 3510ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.5km / 5.9miles
    Highest Altitude 1,070m / 3510ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    We have not gained much height, which you can tell from the sub-tropical vegetations lying around the trek. However, be prepared to traverse some ups and downs. You will be crossing two major rivers- Tharo Khola and Machha Khola. After crossing Machha Khola on a suspension bridge, we will be entering Tatopani, but we continue on our path that passes through forests and finally to Doban. Doban means the confluence of two rivers in Nepal, and sure enough, Doban lies at the confluence of Shari Khola and Sarpu Khola.

    • Overnight stay at Doban Guest House
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Doban (1,070m / 3510ft) to Philim (1,570m / 5,150ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13km / 8miles
    Highest Altitude 1,570m / 5,150ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    After breakfast at Doban, we continue through our journey to reach Philim by the end of the day. The trek starts with a sharp climb to Louri and continues until Thado Bharyang below Jagat. Then we cross a river to reach Jagat - a Tibetan-style settlement, and we cross another river to reach Philim - another Gurung village.

    • Overnight stay at Manaslu River View
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Philim (1,570m / 5,150ft) to Deng (1,860m / 6,102ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km / 6.8miles
    Highest Altitude 1,860m / 6,102ft
    Trek Duration 4-5hrs

    We continue our trek northwards through terraced millet fields eventually reaching Ekle Bhatti. Our path becomes steeper, passing through sharp gorges and crossing Budhi Gandaki River. We continue on the banks of Budhi Gandaki and then through bamboo forests that lead to the Deng Khola river. Then, we cross this river to reach Deng - our destination. 

    • Overnight stay at Windy Valley Lodge
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Deng (1,860m / 6,102ft) to Ghap (2,250m / 7382ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11.5km / 7.14miles
    Highest Altitude 2,250m / 7,382ft
    Trek Duration 4-5hrs

    Our journey continues after a hearty breakfast intending to reach Ghap. The route takes us through Bihi Phedi and Bihi, but it starts as a short descend followed by a sharp ascend that leads to Rana Bridge. We continue further through the pine forest and cross a bridge to reach Bihi Phedi. As soon as you cross the bridge, you will realize that you have entered a Buddhist region by seeing Mani walls and other portraits of different gods and goddesses. You will cross another suspension bridge before you finally make it to Ghap. 

    • Overnight stay at Lama Hotel
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Ghap (2,250m / 7,382ft) to Namrung (2,660m / 8,727ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9km / 5.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2,660m / 8,727ft
    Trek Duration 4-5hrs

    From Ghap, our next destination will be Namrung. The route takes us through dense fir, rhododendron, oaks, and bamboo forest, past steep ascends, suspension bridges, and stone stairs to Namrung. Around Namrung, you will get to see large barley fields. 

    • Overnight stay at Namrung Guest House with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Namrung (2,660m / 8,727ft) to Lho (3,180m / 10,433ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 11km / 6.8miles
    Highest Altitude 3,180m / 10,433ft
    Trek Duration 5-6hrs

    We continue on our journey after having breakfast, intending to reach Lho. Our path takes us through the beautiful Lihi village, and then we will cross a stream that originates from Lindanda Glacier to reach Sho while enjoying the views of Simnang Himal (6251m). However, we will be pressing ourselves ahead to reach Lho - a culturally rich village adorned in prayer flags, Mani Walls, Chortens, and other stupas.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Majestic with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

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

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

    From Lho, we start the trek early morning and head to Samagaun. Our path passes through a forest and reaches Shyala village. The Shyala village sits surrounded by agricultural fields and has several wooden resting places. As we move ahead, we will be crossing a small stream that drains the Punggen glacier and reach a flat village called Samagaun. Samaguan is the closest village to Manaslu Base Camp.  

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Manaslu with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Rest Day in Samagaun

    During this trek, we acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as we would have reached a higher elevation. We will not stay idle but will explore Samagaun. Sure enough, you will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their culture. Moreover, there are other options such as a hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake or visiting Pungyen Monastery. 

    Pungen Monastery lies in the south of Samagaon and is about two and a half hours hike away. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and provides tremendous views of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunderous displays. Samagaon is indeed an interesting place for acclimatization.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Manaslu with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

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

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.2km / 5miles
    Highest Altitude 3,875m / 12,713ft
    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. As we reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, we will cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and climb up steeply across the river. We will be getting amazing views of mountains, especially Manaslu, as we reach Samdo - a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, we will also explore this village and the surrounding hills.

    • Overnight stay at Yak Hotel
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

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

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

    We walk down the Samdo edge through fields and old Mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. We will walk past Athahra Saya River and then along the Larke River. You will be noticing the Mani walls, and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass.

    Then comes Larkya Glacier, which is unquestionably magnificent. As we enjoy the view, we further trek around the valley of Salkha Khola and climb up again to reach the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house is not a lodge, but it is a kind of community dormitory better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. This day would be a great day as we will get amazing views of the Larkya Glacier and Mt. Manaslu. 

    • Overnight stay at Dormitory / Tent
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

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

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

    The exciting part of the journey awaits us, as we will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit, crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). After early morning breakfast, we will leave Dharamsala as it will be a long trek. The weather is the most important factor as the weather decides if the trek becomes more challenging due to strong winds or storms.

    We begin by crossing the moraine, and descending to a small lake. The trail begins to be rough and unclear as we cross the south of a steep grassy slope. Our route stays on the moraine to an edge, marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark the route giving us a sense of trek direction. We descend carefully to four frozen lakes, then finally climb a steep trail to the Larkya La Pass. 

    From the pass, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II. The marvelous trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heads west, and makes steep, rough bends. We further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As we descend, the trail becomes easier to walk in, as we arrive at a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadow, Mani walls, and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimtang.

    • Overnight stay at Punkar Guest House with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Trek from Bhimtang (3,720m / 12,205ft) to Gho (2,550m / 8,367ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude 3,720m / 12,205ft
    Trek Duration 4-5hrs

    Last day's trek must have been tough, but you can wake up assured that today's trek will not be very taxing. You start by descending to Budhi Gandaki River and cross it to enter the rhododendron forest that opens to Karche - a cultivated area near the top of Budhi Gandaki valley. You continue along the river bank to reach Gho.

    • Overnight stay at Nirvana Guest House with attached bathroom
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Trek from Gho (2,550m / 8,367ft) to Dharapani (1,910m / 6,266ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles
    Highest Altitude 2,550m / 8,367ft
    Trek Duration 3-4 hrs.

    This will be the last day on the trails. After waking up at Gho, we head to Dharapani. The route descends so the trek should be easy. You will be trekking through many fields and pastures and arrive at Tilje - a large Gurung settlement. This village is famous for brandy. However, we continue forward passing several Mani walls to reach Thonje village and then enter Dharapani village. 

    • Overnight stay at Heaven Guest House
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 16

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

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

    Today, we will be our last day on the road. After early morning breakfast, we leave Dharapani to Besishar on a local bus, which will approximately take about six to seven hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi River, Bhulbhule town, and Khudi. We should be reaching Besisahar before 3 pm to catch the last bus to Kathmandu. If we are late, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. 

    After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, on our way, we will see the Marsyagdi River meeting the Trishuli River, as we head east on the Prithivi Highway. The drive allows you to appreciate beautiful and natural scenery - including the terraced lands and high peaks.

    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included in this Trek package?

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola (trek start) and from Dharapani (trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus
  • All standard meals (16 Lunches, 15 Dinners, and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Accommodations. Total 15 nights. Seven nights room with private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun(2N), Bhimtang, and Gho. Eight nights standard room at Machha Khola, Doban, Philim, Deng, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani (Generally twin Sharing room)
  • Government licensed English speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (One assistant guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers) and porter(s) to help trekkers luggage. (one porter for every two trekkers. Each trekker luggage limit is 9 kg.)
  • Guides and porter wages, their meals, insurance, lodging, transportation, and equipment cost)
  • Manaslu Special Permit with Conservation Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek
What is excluded?
  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport (paid in cash)
  • Excess baggage charges (limit is 9 kg per trekker)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival/late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, bottled water or boiled water, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance has to cover emergency helicopter high-altitude rescue, and evacuation along with medical costs (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslides, bad weather, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "What is included in this Trek package?" will be counted as excludes.

Official Map & Route of the Trek

Route Map

Lists of Equipments for the Trek

The exact clothing/equipment/gear you need for the trek varies according to season. However, here is our recommendation list. Please bring only the essentials, the rest you can leave in our company store for free.


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


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


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof 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 pills
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable 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

Cost, Accommodation, Best Time & Info of the trek

Why should I consider going on this trek?

Manaslu trek takes you through the relatively new and unexplored remote Nepal region. The settlements are few and far between, so you will mostly spend your time being at peace with nature far from the daily grind.

The Manaslu Circuit Journey Start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at least two weekdays (office day) earlier than the trek departure day. This is essential because it will take one day to acquire a restricted area permit to Manaslu, and to apply for this permit, we need your passport with your visa. We will also use this day for trek briefing. During the trek briefing, we will recheck your luggage to ensure that you have the right essentials. We will also use this time to provide vital information about the trek.On the trip departure date, we drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat - from where the trek route begins. 

Local transportation (KTM to Arughat to Soti Khola, then Dharapani to Besisahar, and back to Kathmandu) is included in the package. We can arrange a private jeep for an extra cost.

Free airport pick-up/drop service

We offer a complimentary Tribhuvan International Airport airport pick-up and drop-off service. Upon your arrival, you will find a Discovery World Trekking representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. As a welcome gesture, they will present you with a garland flower or a khada. Then, they will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

After completing your trip, as you return home, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The Manaslu Circuit itinerary includes fifteen nights lodge to lodge stay at best lodges in trekking regions. We provide seven nights' stay at rooms with a private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun(2N), Bhimtang, and Gho. You will be spending eight nights at the standard room at Machha Khola, Doban, Philim, Deng, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani.

Three nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek may be required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and tastes. 

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available in trekking regions and come with extra cost.

The Meals During the Manaslu Trek

This mesmerizing trek in Nepal takes you through high elevations near the world’s 8th highest peak, which means your body needs enough nutrition. You will get enough tasty, hygenic, and nutritious food, but you will not have all the choices that you would get in large cities.

There will be 16 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 15 dinners in the trek regions.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Sixteen breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot Drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Sixteen lunches - - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Fifteen dinners - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Raman, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc 

Menus at trekking regions consist of local, Asian, and western cuisine, but as we climb up menu gets shorter. 

We highly recommend you to take fresh vegetables and enough liquids (green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, garlic soup (compulsory), and ginger tea) for health benefits.

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available at trek regions, we do not recommend them because the meat in such areas may not be hygenic. Similarly, we suggest you avoid alcohol, hot chocolates, caffeinated items, dairy including cheese items.

All personal bills (Alcoholic drinks, hot (tea/coffee), and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ Lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best time for the Trek

This is a trek that is easy at certain seasons. Discovery World Trekking only conducts Manasu Circuit Trek from February to June and August to December.

March to May and September to November is the best season for the Manaslu trek. Heavy snowfall in the winter season from December to February closes the lodges at Dharamsala, making it hard to cross Larkya La Pass. 

June to August is the rainy season and is prone to landslides and slips. So, we do not recommend trekking in the winter and rainy seasons to anyone.

Manaslu Trek - March to May (Spring)

This is the best season to trek Manaslu Circuit. The weather is very favorable, and you will get stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and regional glaciers. 

Temperatures starts to increasing from mid-March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their best. In April & May, low lands start getting hot. The temperature in the high mountains is neither cold nor hot. Nighttime is comparatively colder. Many trekkers trek during this season. From the route, you will enjoy the rhododendron blooms in different colors. In the upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) temperatures can reach 18°C in the daytime and drop to -4°C at night. 

Manaslu Trek- September to November (Autumn)

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Manaslu trek in Nepal that attracts many trekkers. As the monsoon slowly retreats a perfect trekking climate ushers in. The temperature goes up to 20°C in the daytime and falls to - 6 °C at night. 

As this season sets in, the skies become clear and allow amazing views of the mountains. Many trekkers trek during this season to experience the festive mood. Two of the biggest Nepali festivals - Dashain and Tihar- fall during this season. 

November is the busy season because of clear skies and sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant letting you enjoy the landscapes - including high snowcaps. From December, the temperature starts to get cold, and it begins to snowmaking the trek almost impossible.

The weather in the mountain region is unpredictable and changes quickly.


Altitude sickness in high mountains is common among trekkers and is preventable, but if it is severe, it requires immediate treatment. Altitude sickness symptoms mainly occur at elevations over 3500m. From Samagaun (3530m / 11581ft), we spend four to five nights at trek regions with altitudes over 3500m. Dharamsala at 4480m (14698ft) is the highest point of our trek. 

We have designed 16 days Manalsu Circuit Trek to prevent mountain sickness. Starting from Sotikhola (730m), we continue hiking for seven days to reach Samagaun, which provides plenty of time for our body to adjust automatically with high elevation.

Moreover, we will be ascending slowly and take a day's rest in Samagaun. In addition, we will be drinking plenty of water every trekking day to prepare for crossing the Larkya La Pass successfully. 

Your health and safety are crucial for us, and we guarantee that we will not compromise your safety - at any cost. In case you are severely affected, we will descend immediately. The trek leader has the authority to decide whether to descend or continue on the trails taking into consideration the interest of the whole team.

Manaslu Trek Trip Grade: Fitness level | Medical Advice & Health Requirements

Manaslu Trek Trip grade is a challenging yet rewarding trek. You will be trekking between 5 to 7 hours in the high lands as trekking in high elevation is difficult. To cross Larkya La Pass at 5,160m, you need to be physically fit and should be able to walk 4 to 6 hours per day.

Previous trekking experience would be an additional advantage. Fit novice trekkers can join and complete this trek. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy this trek. We recommend you to take part in stamina-building exercises such as cycling, swimming, or gym regularly at least one month before the trek. 

Trekking at the destinations is reasonably comfortable, as we take regular breaks to admire the mountain views. 

The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and forward trails in the rocky paths and forests. We do not recommend this trek for those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung diseases.

Manaslu Trek in Group | Private Tours in Manslu Region

We conduct Manaslu Circuit Trek for a minimum of two trekkers. Our licensed trek guide will be leading the group. For a group of 12 or more, we assign an assistant guide. The bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. However, if Discovery World Trekking assembles the group, you will not get discounts. 

Manaslu Trek takes place in a restricted area, and due to the nature of the trek, special permits are issued only to a group of at least two trekkers. However, we welcome solo trekkers to our group but cannot organize solo Manaslu Circuit treks. 

A typical day on the Manaslu trek

Each day takes you to new places through scenic landscapes and vegetation. You will be enjoying the fantastic Himalayan scenery, taking pictures, exploring local villages, tasting new dishes, viewing high-altitude wildlife, and lifestyles. 

Throughout the trek, our guide/Sherpa will be along with you showing you places and providing you with information about the places you will be visiting. We will assign porters to carry your luggage. 

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee and after wholesome breakfast, we start on the trails between 7 to 8 am based on the length and nature of the trek. After trekking for three to four hours, you will be having your lunch, which is followed by an hour of rest. Then we continue on our path, the afternoon walk will generally be shorter. Once we reach our destination, we snack on extra dietary food. Before it gets dark, you will have time to explore nearby places. At around 7 pm, you will have dinner.

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 you about the next day’s plan. After the briefing, you can read books, learn Nepali words from the crew, watch mountaineering documentaries, or play games like monopoly or cards.

Communication during the Trek

During the trek, you can use the internet at the lodges we will be staying on for an extra service charge, but once we reach high altitudes, we will communicate on our phones.

Discovery World Trekking will contact all of its trekking teams at least once a day via the trek leader. You can buy local sim cards in Kathmandu, but the mobile signals may not be strong enough in all trekking regions.

Wi-Fi is available in lodges in the trekking regions but comes with an additional cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Our package includes most expenses during the trek, but it does not cover all expenses. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients. Kathmandu has lodges/hotels to suit every type of cost and taste.

You will need personal spending money to cover costs that include - accommodations in Kathmandu, visa processing fees, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc 

We recommend you bring cash (Major currencies), which you can exchange for Rupees. Trek regions only accept Nepali currency.

Electricity, water during trek

During the Trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost in all the lodges we will be staying in. 

Similarly, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges or en route shops. You can also fill your water bottle with boiled water at lodges. We can also provide you with purification pills to make water drinkable. 

We advise you not to drink water from rivers, taps, wells up in the trekking regions because water might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance Policy

Manaslu trip grade is challenging as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events - including sudden climate changes. So travel insurance for this trek is compulsory.

All trekking members must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. Your policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes (up to 6000m).

We can recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experience to help you, but we do not sell insurance policies. Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. 

In case of emergencies, 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 your insurance policy covers the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest trek elevations.

Before you buy travel insurance, make sure you call them and recheck if they have heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Do not just rely on what insurance companies say on their websites.

Nepal Tourist Visa information for Manaslu Trek

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries (Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Srilanka) will receive free visas. 

You can get an on-arrival visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The visa application will require a passport with at least 6 months validity, a visa fee, and a passport-size photo. The current visa fee is USD 50 for 30 days, which you can pay in cash.

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive an on-arrival visa, so they will have to contact their local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange | USD to NPR

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-118 NPR approx).

You can exchange major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel.

Legal money exchanges display ongoing exchange rates publicly. Only INR (Indian Rupees) notes of 100 and 2000 are legal in Nepal. Despite travelers' cheque's security advantage, we prefer cash exchange so that you can avoid lengthy processes and high bank commissions. 

You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu. There are several ATMs in Kathmandu that are open around the clock. The maximum ATM withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using a foreign card. 

Major banks in Asia do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes, so make sure you have new crisp notes.

How much luggage can I take during the Trek?

Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and we do not allow our porters to carry more than a combined weight of 18 kg. 

We suggest our valuable clients to carry only the essentials. You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free. 

During the trip briefing, we will recheck your luggage to make sure, you have the right luggage for the trip.

Responsible Travel in Manaslu Circuit

We are aware that tourism might affect trekking regions negatively, which will eventually hurt the tourism itself. So, we try hard to leave only the footprints in the remote trek regions. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that benefit both travelers and local communities in trekking regions.

Discovery World Trekking Manaslu Trekking Team

During the Trek, our well-experienced, government-licensed guides/Sherpas will accompany you in addition to porters who will carry your luggage. The combined weight luggage limit is 18 kg per trekker. However, if you require, you can hire more porters.

Our crew members were born and raised in remote high Himalayas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is phenomenal. All our staff members are valuable to us, they are well paid, and we pay their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. Our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We make sure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. Our team members have

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Government-authorized Trekking Certificate
  • Fluency speaking English and another major language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock climbing experience


Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as proof of great service. However, tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service provided. We encourage you to tip collectively at the end of the trip. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized and bonded trekking and touring operator in existence for more than a decade. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). So, feel 100% confident about booking trips with us.

We require a 10% advance for trip booking payable using bank transfer, western union, or online from our website. You can pay the remaining trip cost after arriving in Nepal. Again, you can pay in cash or by bank transfer or credit card. We will also email you payment details along with modes of payment.

Please send us other necessary documents - including passport copy, passport-sized photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking a trip. 

Last-minute booking

It is best to book in advance. However, for those who cannot Discovery World Trekking provides a last-minute booking provision. In the case of last-minute bookings, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 48 hours before the trip departure date.

We try our best to operate a trek at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delays due to circumstances out of our control - such as lodging unavailability or bad weather. Viber/WhatsApp/Phone at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us [email protected] for details.

Trip extension

After completing the trek, you might want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. During this time, we can arrange activities such as sightseeing in and around Kathmandu, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing, etc. for you.


After completing the trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with a physical trek achievement certificate, and you will also get a chance to give us your feedback. 

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Company Reviews

Discovery World Trekking

An experience to remember!

5 - Excellent

Yesterday my partner and I arrived back in Kathmandu after trekking 16 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!

Manaslu Circuit March 2018

5 - Excellent

Recently returned from a 14-day excursion on the Manaslu Circuit with Discovery World Trekking. My friend and I were a last-minute walk-in to the office in Kathmandu and I only had a little more than two weeks before my return flight to Canada. Paul was great, listening to what we were most interested in doing and quickly providing us with a possible itinerary and quote for the time-frame we had available. Our visit was on a Saturday when government offices are closed (i.e. permits could not be obtained that day), but everything was ready to go by Monday morning. The afternoon before leaving we were requested to come to the office with our packs to go through our gear. I was really pleased by this - it helped eliminate a few unnecessary items and keep my pack lighter, but more importantly, it really demonstrated to me that safety is top-of-mind for this company as they made sure that the equipment we were bringing was adequate for the temperatures and wear that we'd be experiencing. The trek itself was a fantastic experience! Such a stunning place, made all the better by our guide, Sundeep! He was a perfect fit for our group - professional, knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and a lot of fun!! His insights on the cultures and natural history of the area really enhanced the trip. And as someone who teaches environmental education, I also appreciated that he wasn't afraid to admit if he didn't know the answer to one of our questions (made me trust that when he shared information he knew what he was talking about!). I also might not have made it the last bit to the top of the pass without his help! Always felt like we were in good hands. Thanks for taking care of us and being a friend! Overall, an amazing experience - thank you, Discovery World Trekking!

16-day Manaslu Circuit - Magical, challenging, extraordinary team of people

5 - Excellent

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!!!


How safe is this trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees clients' safety and security. We are always prepared to face any situation - by carrying necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our crew members have completed extensive first aid training. We also carry oximeters to monitor oxygen levels at high altitudes.

If a trekker falls sick at a high altitude, the trek leader will decide whether to continue the trek or descend taking into consideration the interest of the group as a whole. In emergencies, Discovery World Trekking deploys a rescue helicopter (funded by insurance) to bring you back from the higher elevation. 

How to avoid altitude sickness during the trek?

You can take the following steps to decrease the risk of altitude sickness.

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic, and tobacco. 
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day 
  • Trek slow at your own pace
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). 
  • Drink garlic soup

Do I need any permits before starting the Trek?

You require Manaslu Special Permit along with Conservation Area Permit, in addition to Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork so that you are at peace.

Do I need travel insurance to trek in the Manaslu region?

Travel insurance is compulsory and must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest altitudes.

What about the insurance of guides and porters?

All Discovery World Trekking staff members have insurance coverage, and in addition to salary, we also cover their meals, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment costs during the trek.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry combined 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). 

What is the weather condition at Manaslu region?

Month Temperature  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 quite slippery 
September  Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning  A 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 this Trek?

You need to email us the following documents after the advance deposit.

  • A copy of your passport
  •  Passport size photos 
  • Flight details
  • Copy of travel insurance (Insurance must cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What are accommodation arrangements during the trek?

You will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing rooms and healthy local foods. The toilets in squat forms are often outside the room or the house. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most lodges.

Is meal easily available during the Trek?

The meal on this trek is very convenient, but options are limited compared to cities. Along with western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, and thukpa will be available. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meals in special areas for its clients.

Is the drinking water safe in Manaslu trekking regions?

Bottled water is easily available at a low cost, but you can not use plastic bottles in the Manaslu region. So, you need to bring a water bottle and fill it with filtered or boiled water. It is better to use water purification drops (or tablets), which you can bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purification pills.

Do I need to bring medicines for the Trek?

If you are allergic, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own medicine during the trek. Our team also carries medical kits for safety.

I am a vegetarian. Will I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking does not recommend non-veg items at trekking regions because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We also strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese items along with alcohol. So, our packages are suitable for all - vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians.

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

What are the booking and payment methods for the Trek?

For booking confirmation, we require a 10% advance, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

Is tipping necessary for porters and guides?

Porters and guides form a big part of your successful trek. So tipping is a way to appreciate their service to you. However, it is totally at your discretion. 

Can I buy the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking can introduce you to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. Moreover, you can rent the gear if you do not want to buy them. Similarly, you can purchase equipment in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Is internet access available during the Trek?

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

What is Manaslu Trek difficulty level?

Guided Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal is fairly a simple trek. It doesn't require any ropes or ice picks. The trek difficulty is graded as challenging.

What is the best time for Manaslu Trek?

 We conduct guided Manaslu Trek from February to June and August to December.

How long is the Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an approximately 117 km (110 miles) long hike. The highest point is at Larkya La Pass (5,160m). It may take anywhere between 10 to 21 days to hike.

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