Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityManaslu Trek
AccommodationHotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
RegionManaslu Region
Distance177km/109.9Miles
Start / End pointKathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration16 Days
Max. Altitude5,160m at Larkya la pass
Meals IncludedAll Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size2 - 30
Best SeasonMar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Trip CodeDWT-MT-16
Activity Per DayApprox. 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationPublic Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar
GradeChallenging

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), Lamjung Himal, 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-versa on departure. 
  • Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
  • Free extra luggage storage during the trip at the Discovery World Trekking store
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes 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)
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangements if you do not have your own


Online Trip Briefing

The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

The Mesmerizing Manaslu Circuit Trek Comprehensive

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with 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 begins as you 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, you will 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 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, you will 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 you reach Philim, you will notice that Philim is a large Gurung settlement. The Gurungs grow corn and millet in their village.

On your fifth day of Manaslu trekking, you will leave Philim to Deng. The trail is very rewarding, with impressive waterfalls and a few suspension bridges leading you to Euwa, then Deng village. Deng is a Buddhist village that contains holy monasteries and rivers, and from here, you will begin to see the glorious snowcaps. 

Manaslu trek continues to the next day's destination Ghap. At first, you 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 cross a suspension bridge.

The journey continues as the trek takes you 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 next morning, you will start the trek to Lho.

The distance from Namrung is about 11 kilometers, and the path crosses the Budhi Gandaki River, then the forested area. Namrung village is famous for its beautiful views of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7,893m).

From Namrung, we must push ourselves further to reach Lho. After Lho, the next day's destination is Samagaun. At first, you descend from Lho and cross Thusang Khola to reach Shyala Village. All around Shyala Village, you will enjoy the views of Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal.

After enjoying the views from Shyala Village, you trek to Samagaun. Samagaun is a small village with stone-built houses and a monastery. By now, you will have covered a lot of distance, so you will stay at Samagaun for a day for rest and acclimatization.

While acclimatizing, 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, you will start on the trails in vigor to reach Samdo - a Tibetan refugee village. The journey should be pleasant as you cross the pasture areas, ascend to the valley, then continue through birch and juniper forests. From Samdo, you will get gorgeous views of several mountains, including the mighty Mount Manaslu.

By reaching Samdo, you will have covered a lot of distance. You should be glad 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. 

Finally, on your thirteenth day, you will cross Larkya La Pass, 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 can 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, you will 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 see sheep, horses, and jackanapes (a type of monkey).

The last day of the trek takes you from Gho to Dharapani. The trek is mostly downhill to Telje village, which stays by the side of Marsyangdi River. Then, you climb up to reach Dharapani Village. This village lies at the junction of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trails.

On the last day of your trek to the Manaslu circuit, you will take a local bus from Dharapani to Besisahar. On the way to Besisahar, you will pass several beautiful villages, Bhulbhule and Khudi towns. From Besisahar, you will catch a bus to Kathmandu, concluding your Manaslu trek.

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 the Nepal and Tibet border regions, allowing you to experience the culture and lifestyle of both Hindus and Buddhists. The off-beaten trails take us through rich forests full of rhododendrons, pine, cedar, birch, juniper trees, and delightful meadows.

Why Manaslu trek?

The Manaslu trek 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, rhododendrons, several varieties of wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges, gigantic 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. However, very few trekkers visit Manaslu, perhaps, because of the level of Manaslu trek difficulty. Manaslu Circuit Trek is also 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 stunning 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 distance in the remote Nepali Himalayas, so you can alter the itinerary based on your interests. This trip is highly flexible, and we can tailor side trips according to your request.

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 (weekdays) earlier than the trip departure date because we need your original passport with a Nepal visa to apply for the permit. Moreover, if you missed the online trip briefing, it will allow us time to conduct an in-person briefing. Additionally, the trek package includes the cost of public bus tickets, but if you prefer a comfortable ride, we can hire a Jeep for you at an additional cost.

Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    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. day2

    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. day3

    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. day4

    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. day5

    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. day6

    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. day7

    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. day8

    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. day9

    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. day10

    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. day11

    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. day12

    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. day13

    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. day14

    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. day15

    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. day16

    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

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.

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

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • 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)

Toiletries

  • 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

Arrival

You will arrive in Kathmandu at least two weekdays (office days) 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.

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 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, hygienic, 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, Cornflakes, 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 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 hygienic. 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.

Acclimatization

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

Tipping

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.

Feedback

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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Daniel

Written Jan 22 , 2023

You won't find a better trekking company than this one. From the moment you arrive in Kathmandu until it's time to say goodbye, they treat you like family. They provided exceptional services and facilities. The hotels and food they arranged were of the highest quality. When I couldn't carry my own bag, my guide selflessly offered to carry it for me all the way to the pass. Don't have any doubts, just choose them. I highly recommend their services.

 

 

Martin

Written Apr 11 , 2023

I cannot praise Discovery World Trekking enough. It's hard to imagine any other company surpassing their exceptional service. When you embark on a trek in Nepal with them, you become part of a welcoming family.

 

Paul, the head of the company, tirelessly works around the clock to ensure the well-being of his guests. He goes above and beyond, treating you like a family member and ensuring both your enjoyment and safety. As a solo traveler trekking in Nepal, Paul made this journey incredibly easy for me.

 

My guide, Siddhanta, was truly amazing. He possessed extensive knowledge and skillfully ensured the enjoyment and safety of his guests, providing a trip of a lifetime. My porter, Rimchi Sherpa, was incredibly strong, kind, and always eager to assist me. One of the reasons I chose this company was their reasonable weight limit for porters, unlike other companies that often exceed the limits.

 

When I return to Nepal, I am certain that I will choose Discovery World Trekking again. They made the entire trip seamless and memorable. I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude to DWT for the incredible memories and experiences that I will cherish for years to come... until my next visit.

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Brian

Jan 30 , 2024

My parents and I went on to Manaslu Circuit Trek with Discovery World Trekking. This was our first family vacation outside the US. I wanted this to be special. Thanks to Paul Gurung (CEO), my vacation became one of the best memories with my parents. This wasn't just a trek for me—it was a connection I wanted with my parents which I finally got.

From the very beginning, the team at Discovery World Trekking understood not just my desire for adventure, but also my need for healing. They listened with empathy, ensuring every detail of the journey was tailored. Our guide and support team is amazing. Their kindness and understanding lifted my spirits. My parents are very happy. Thank you Discovery World Trekking for this amazing journey.

Kyler

Feb 05 , 2024

Manaslu Circuit Trek was an experience that left me in awe of the natural beauty and cultural richness. I am incredibly grateful to Discovery World Trekking for orchestrating such a memorable journey through the heart of the Manaslu region.

Right from the beginning, Paul and his team impressed me with their professionalism and attention to detail. They provided comprehensive pre-departure information, ensuring I was well-prepared for the adventure ahead. The itinerary was thoughtfully crafted and easy to remember.

Throughout the trek, our guide and support staff demonstrated exceptional knowledge, professionalism, and dedication. Their expertise not only ensured our safety but also enriched the experience. Completing the Manaslu Circuit Trek was a personal triumph, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you DWT.

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Cristopher

GB

Apr 16, 2023

I decided to visit Nepal for hiking for the first time and was suggested this company. The itinerary was customized to suit our requirements. Although the route was challenging, we had a skilled guide and fantastic porters who assisted us throughout the journey, ensuring our safety and preventing any injuries.

 

The tea houses and food surpassed our expectations, making our adventure comfortable and enjoyable. We were fortunate to have mostly perfect weather with sunny days and clear blue skies. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and am already planning to return with my children in the future.

Ray

US

Jun 6, 2023

I highly recommend them. Paul offered a wide range of trekking dates to choose from, which was great. Once again, I had a fantastic experience with a guide from Discovery World Trekking. I felt safe throughout the trek and the daily trekking hours were just right. The weather was excellent, allowing us to see the majestic Manaslu peak from every viewpoint. The guesthouses along the trek provided stunning sunrise and sunset views, and they were well-selected too!

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