Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal - 12 Days

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

Around Manaslu Trek Insights

The Manaslu Trek is a tea house trek that circumnavigates the world's eighth highest peak - Manaslu mountain. The whole trek takes place in remote regions through off-the-beaten trails and reaches an altitude of 5,106m (16,751ft) at Larkya La Pass, one of the longest passes in the Himalayas.

Highlights of Manaslu Trek

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Views of the highest peaks in the world - Manaslu,(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)
  • Captivating flora and fauna - including the possibility of spotting endangered species like snow leopards
  • Observe Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • Trek through Manaslu Conservation Area

Benefits of booking Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel on arrival and vice-a-versa on departure in a private vehicle.
  • Free excess luggage storage in our company store during the trek
  • Pulse oximeters to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes to detect early signs of altitude sickness and other 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 jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.

The Manaslu Trek in Nepal (Comprehensive)

Manaslu trek takes place in the remote Nepali Himalayas on a trail that is relatively new and uncrowded. However, you will be able to enjoy what Nepal has to offer - climatic variations leading to diverse flora and fauna, raging rivers and suspension bridges over them, mountain terrain, and hospitable people adjusting to changing environments. 

From the Manaslu trek route, you can get superb views of stunning peaks such as Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Himalchuli (7,893m), and Ganesh Himal range. As this region lies near the border of Tibet, you will be able to experience both Hindu and Buddhist culture. This trek is as adventurous as Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek.

Our journey starts with a bus ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Throughout your bus ride, you will enjoy scenic views unique to Nepal - raging rivers, huge mountains, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Trekking trails begin from the following morning as we head to Khorla Besi. The route passes through spectacular waterfalls, rice terraces, various traditional villages and leads us to Khorla Besi.

On our third day, we will be reaching Philim from Khorla Besi, the road is quite rough, but you will be enjoying the fantastic views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. After our stop at Philim, we trek to Ghab - a Tibetan-style village. The next day you will reach Lho as the path takes you through dense forest consisting of fir, rhododendron, and bamboo. On your way, you might even catch views of Danphe (national bird of Nepal), Langur monkey, and other wildlife.

Our journey continues from Lho and takes us to Samagaun village while providing us stunning views of Ngadi Chuli, Peak, Hiunchuli from the path. We will also be passing Shyala village. We will spend one day in Samagaun for acclimatization. However, you will remain busy as there are several side treks options - like a hike to Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra lake, and Pungyen Monastery. After a day's rest in  Samaguan, we will restart the trek and reach Samdo - a Tibetan refugee village. Throughout the hike, you will be rewarded with great views of mountains, especially Manaslu. 

From Samdo, the next destination for the day is Dharamshala. On our way lies Larkya La Glacier. We are sure that you will not be able to forget the magnificent Larkya Glacier and views of Manaslu that you will be catching on the way. 

On our tenth day, we will be passing the Larkya La Pass (5,106m / 16,752ft) - one of the longest passes in the Himalayas. From Dharamshala, we ascend taking prayer flags as clues to the path forward. 

Larkya La Pass is also the highest trek point in Manaslu Trek and lies between Dharamshala and Bhimtang. From the Larkya La Pass, you will see panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Kang Guru, Choe Himal, and Annapurna II. After enjoying views from the Larkya La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang, where we will be spending the night.

From Bhimtang we will be traveling to Dharapani. The trail will provide us the opportunity to appreciate the views of Phungi, Manaslu, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. Once you approach the long suspension bridge over Marsayangdi, you will know that you have finally arrived at Dharapani.

On the last trek day, we will take a bus from Dharapani to reach Besisahar before 3 pm, because the last bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu leaves at 3 pm. If we miss the bus, you may need to add a day for the trek.

Around Manaslu trek is a long trek, and there are many possibilities for side treks. So, our itinerary is flexible enough to adjust your trek interests. 

We request our valuable clients to arrive in Kathmandu at least two weekdays (office days) before the trek departure date as we need your passport (photocopy does not work) with a Nepal visa to acquire the special trek permit required for the Manaslu Trek. A day before the trip starts, we will hold a trip briefing to brief you about the trek and ensure you have the right things (gear/clothing). This package covers travel by public bus, but, for comfort, you can book a jeep for an extra cost as the road is quite rough.

Manaslu trek Itinerary

  1. day 1

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

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

    We start with a bus drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, the bus follows Prithvi Highway. Along the highway, you will be seeing huge mountains, pretty traditional villages, fast-flowing rivers, varied vegetation, and terraced fields. After you pass Dhading Besi, the road starts getting rough as we get nearer and nearer to the trekking zone. 

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

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

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

    After a long last day's bus ride, we start our trek from Soti Khola to reach Khorla Besi. We start by crossing Soti Khola, followed by sal forest, and then crossing Budhi Gandaki. 

    The trail continues through rice terraces, then up and around the mountain to Lapubesi. Then a wide path opens as Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel. From the route, you can get glimpses of Shringi Himal. As you move ahead, you will reach Lapu Besi and then finally to Khorla Besi.

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

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

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

    This day you will be hiking up to the ridge above fast rapids in the Budhi Gandaki and continue towards Korsani. The trail is fairly challenging as it climbs up to a large rock and takes us across a single log bridge and back to Budhi Gandaki. Further, our route takes us to Labishe Village and then to Machha Khola, eventually taking us to Philim. While on the trek, you will be enjoying the views of Ganesh and Shringi Himal. 

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

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

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

    The journey takes us further up the river along the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. Compared to the last day, the path is less steep, and within an hour of hiking, we will reach Chisapani village, but we continue on our route, north through terraced Ekle Bhatti village fields to grassy slopes dotted with pine trees. 

    We will then be crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge, and from the path, we will see the Shar Khola and Tsum Valley. You will then cross a bamboo forest to reach Deng. From Deng, the route ascends and descends several times until we reach Ghap - a Tibetan-style village. At Ghap, you can notice elegant carvings on Mani walls. 

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

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

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

    Today's path will consist of be passing below a huge overhanging rock mountain and forests full of different species of animals like langur monkeys and birds - including Danphe, the national bird of Nepal. You will be passing through a stone archway and entering Namrung - famous for its typical houses.

    From Namrung, we climb past the mani walls and enter a forest continuing the hike. Slowly, you will get to enjoy the glorious views of Manaslu North (7,157m) and Naike Peak (5,515m). Once you cross a small stream, you will reach Lho. Lho is a comparatively large settlement full of Tibetan-style chortens and gigantic mani walls. 

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

    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 - 5 hrs

    From Lho, we descend to streams and then ascend once more. Around two hours of the hike takes you to the Shyaula plateau surrounded by Ngadi Chuli Peak (25,823ft / 7,879m), Hiunchuli (7,893m). From Shyala, our path slightly ascends and then drops down to a river - that originates from Pungyen Glacier. Then we pass several chortens and gompas to reach Thosang Khola. After Thosang Khola, we descend into a rock-strewn moraine, and little ahead lies Samagaun. 

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

    Rest day in Samagaon (3,530m)

    We acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air due to higher elevation. However, we will not stay idle but explore this village and learn about the lifestyles of the locals and their Buddhist culture. We have other options - hiking to the Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake (Tal) and then climbing the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery lies south of Samagaon and takes about a two-and-a-half-hour hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us tremendous views of the glaciers. Similarly, Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunderous displays. 

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

    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

    Today's trek is comparatively more pleasant because you will be trekking at flatlands. You will be passing through pasture areas and slowly ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to juniper and birch forests and reaches down the Budhi Gandaki river, which you will cross on a wooden bridge over it. From the route, you will be getting amazing views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, as you reach Samdo - a Tibetan refugee village.

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

    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 start our walk down the edge of fields and old mani walls, then cross the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river to reach a valley. Then we hike past the Athahra Syar river, followed by Larke River. While on the route, you will be witnessing several Mani walls and prayer flags. 

    After crossing two streams, you will get the view of 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), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. 

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

    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

    Today will be an exciting day as we trek around the Manaslu crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). We leave Dharamsala and start crossing the moraine. Then we will descend 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 provide us the direction to our trekking as we descend to four frozen lakes. The trail climbs up once again leading to the Larkya La Pass. The Larkya La Pass (5,160m), thanks to its altitude, provides panoramic views of several mountains - Himlung, Cheo, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II. 

    After admiring the natural beauty from the Larkya La Pass, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making steep, rough bends. Then, the descent begins, and the trail becomes easier to walk in and opens to a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadows, mani walls, and small houses, which indicates we have reached Bhimtang.

     

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

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

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

    From Bimtang, after an early breakfast, we start our trail by crossing over the side of the moraine and descending to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, which we cross on a wooden bridge. We continue through the pine and rhododendron woods to Hompuk (3,430m). 

    From the route, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu north peak, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal. We descend downhill for 30 minutes in the forested area to reach Sangore Kharka meadow. Then we will be crossing a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge followed by a descent towards the river bank at Gho(2,575m). The route is filled with ups and downs, passing mostly through the fields but occasionally through dense pine forest. Less than an hour walk through the fields, and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak trees take us to Tilije, a multi-ethnic community settlement.

     After resting at Tilije, we continue our trek crossing the Dudh Khola, and following along its bank, we descend through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger, and, finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Passing through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, we arrive at Dharapani after crossing a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

    • Overnight stay at Heaven Guest House
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    From Dharapani (1,910m / 6,266ft) drive 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 on the road the whole day. After early morning breakfast, we leave Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus. The scenic drive past typical villages, Marsayangdi river, Bhulbhule town will take four to five hours.

    To be on schedule, we should be reaching Besisahar before 3 pm to catch the last bus to Kathmandu. If we cannot catch a bus on time, we need to extend our trip by a day. The bus will move along the Prithivi Highway following the Marsyandi and Trisuli rivers and continue to Kathmandu, where your journey had started. 

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

What is included in my Manaslu trek Package?

  • Transportation from Kathmandu via Arughat to Soti Khola (trek start) and from Dharapani (trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • All standard meals (12 Lunches, 11 Dinners, and 12 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Accommodations total 11 nights. Five nights room with private attached bathroom at Soti Khola, Lho, Samagaun(2N), and Bhimtang. Six nights standard room at Khorla Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani (Generally twin sharing room)
  • Government Licensed English speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced trek leader (guide) and porters to help trekkers luggage. (1 porter for every two trekkers, luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.)
  • Guide and porters cost - their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu Special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • Rescue arrangements during emergencies (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - company's 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 Person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, 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, which has to cover emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation in addition to medical expenses (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to circumstances beyond our control - including landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included in my Manaslu trek Package?" will be counted as excludes

Manaslu Trek Map Official Route

Route Map

Equipment list for Manaslu Trek

We recommend you to carry only the basic clothing and accessories for the trek. Though things you need for your trek might differ according to weather and your preferences, here is our list for your consideration. 

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 pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

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

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toiletpaper
  • 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 passport photocopies
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Manaslu trek Map, Height, Best Time - Package Info

Safety precaution for the Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek takes you to a remote hiking region almost untouched by modern advancements. However, due to remoteness, rough trails, and high elevations, we need to keep an eye on safety. Discovery World trekking takes the safety and security of our clients very seriously. Therefore, we will be taking the following precautions to ensure safety.

  • Our guides are Intensive Wilderness First Aid trained
  • We will enhance your determination and encourage you to for a successful trek.
  • We use high-quality masks & gloves along with sanitizers for everyday use. 
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience 
  • We recheck food & accommodations in trekking regions for extra hygiene

Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking

You need to arrive in Kathmandu two office days before the trip departure date because we need your original passport and visa to acquire a special permit for Manaslu Trek. A day before the trip departure, we will conduct a trip briefing to check if you have the right luggage and mentally prepare for the trip. On the trip departure day, we will drive to Sotikhola via Arughat - from where the trek starts.

This package includes local Transportation (KTM to Soti Khola, then Dharapani to Besisahar back to Kathmandu). However, the roads are rough so, for comfort, you can rent a private jeep for an extra cost.

Complimentary airport transfer service

We offer free Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick-up and drop-off service. Upon your arrival, our company representative will be there at the airport holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. During departure transfer, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport.

Accommodation Details During Manaslu Mountain Trek

The Manaslu Trek package in Nepal includes 11 nights stay at the best lodges in the trek regions. We provide five nights room with a private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Lho, Samagaun(2N), and Bhimtang. Six nights standard room at Khola Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani.

You might require three nights hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but it is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels that caters to your wallet and tastes.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at trekking regions for an extra cost.

The Meals During The Trek

Manaslu Trek takes you to remote high elevations in the Himalayas, therefore requires enough nutritious food. You will get enough hygenic and nutritious food in trek regions. However, as you climb up menu gets shorter. 

We will provide you - 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners during the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Twelve 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.)

Twelve 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

Eleven 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 

We select lodges that serve fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. The menu offers local, Asian, and western cuisine, but as you climb up, the menu gets shorter. We recommend you take fresh vegetables along with plenty of liquids (green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must), etc.)

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available in trekking regions, we do not recommend them for hygiene concerns. We also highly encourage you to avoid dairy items, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, and hot chocolates at high elevations.

All personal bills - alcoholic drinks, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks in tea houses/ lodges/ cafes except standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time for the Manaslu Trek

Due to weather conditions and keeping safety in mind, Discovery World Trekking conducts Manaslu Trek from February to June and August to December only. Here is a brief weather description in high trek regions during spring and autumn.

March to May (Spring)

It is the best time to trek to Manaslu as you can get stunning views of Mt. Manaslu along with several glaciers in the regions. Temperatures start rising from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look at their best. 

The path looks welcoming - with rhododendron flowers blooming in several colors. By the end of March, the winter snow melts away and the route to cross Larkya La Pass becomes trekkable. Daytime temperatures in lower lands (Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) reach up to 24°C, and in upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) daytime temperatures can reach up to 18°C, and it can fall to -4°C at nights.

September to November (Autumn)

Autumn is also a perfect season for the 12 Days Manaslu Trek. Favorable weather and temperature bring many trekkers to the Manaslu. Generally, the monsoon retreats at the end of August, and from mid-September, the weather becomes stable with clear skies revealing stunning mountains views. 

Tourists in this season are also attracted by two main festivals of Nepal- Dashain and Tihar. Daytime temperature in low lands (Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) may go up to 25°C, and in high mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) it can rise to 15 °C. The night time temperature in high regions can fall to -6 °C. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow. Lodge at Dharmasla closes during this time and, Larkya La pass crossing is almost impossible due to heavy snowfall.

The weather in the mountain regions is unpredictable and change quickly.

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness in high mountain journeys is common among trekkers and is preventable, but it requires immediate treatment if it is acute. 

From Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft), we spend four to five nights over 3500m. Altitude sickness is the most likely to occur over 3500m. We have designed the Manaslu Trek itinerary to prevent mountain sickness, starting the trek from Sotikhola, 730 m above the sea level, continue hiking up seven days in reaching Samagaun, which provides plenty of time for our body to adjust with high elevation. 

Moreover, we ascend slowly but gradually, take a day's rest in Samagaun. We also advise you to drink plenty of water every day. With precautions, we are sure that you can cross Larkya La Pass without any problem. Your health and safety are very important for us, and we will not compromise when it comes to your wellbeing. If a trekking member falls sick, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue forward or descend, taking into account the interest of the team as a whole. 

The Manaslu trek difficulty | Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

The 12 day Manaslu package in Nepal is an alternative short trek to 16 days Manaslu trek. You need to hike 6 to 7 hours each day in the lower trek regions starting from Soti Khola to Lho. However, the trek in the upper trek regions from Samagaun to Bhimtang follows the same itinerary as the 16 Days Manaslu package.

This trek is for those who have previous high-altitude trekking experience, a good level of physical fitness, and the ability to hike 6 to 7 hrs a day. Manaslu trek difficulty is above average and is a remote mountain journey that involves long climbs, steep descents, and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and forests. 

We do not recommend this trek to those who suffer from medical conditions such as heart or lung diseases.

Manaslu Trek Cost | Group, Single & Private Treks

This trek requires a minimum of 2 trekkers to acquire special permits. If you are a solo traveler, we can arrange a group for you. Discovery World Trekking can handle all group sizes, and if you have your group, the bigger your group is, the more discounts you will get. We add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers. 

A typical day on the 12 Days Manaslu Trek

Every day you will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the trek, our experienced and friendly Sherpas will accompany you, and they can also provide you with information about the places you will be traveling. We assign porters to carry your luggage, but you need to carry a small backpack for your essentials. 

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, we will stop for lunch followed by an hour of rest. 

The afternoon walk is generally shorter -about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food and explore nearby places before it gets dark.

Communication on trek

During the Manaslu Trek in Nepal, internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the lodges. At high altitudes, we will communicate through mobiles.

Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all valuable clients through our trek leader at least once a day. You can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu, but the signals in high altitudes may not be strong enough. 

Wi-Fi is available in lodges but comes with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses

Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves, as all kinds of hotels/lodges are available in Kathmandu to suit your budget and tastes. In addition, all our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks, hot (tea \ coffee) and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (major currencies), which you can easily exchange for Rupees in Kathmandu.

Trek regions accept Nepali Rupees only.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges at Manaslu Trek region, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost. 

Similarly, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill boiled water into your water bottle at an extra cost. If required, we can provide you water purification pill. 

We advise you not to drink water from rivers, taps, or wells in trekking regions for health concerns.

Travel Insurance Policy

Manaslu is a challenging trek with a possibility of high altitude sickness and other unforeseen events such as landslides. So travel insurance is compulsory. 

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

We can recommend insurance companies, but we do not sell insurance policies. 

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information after trek booking. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and informational documents to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, etc. 

Before buying travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance companies and recheck if they have heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m. Don't just rely on the web content of insurance companies.

Tourist Visa Nepal

All foreigners except Indians require a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival Visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport. For a visa application, you will need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport size photo, and a visa application fee. The current visa cost for 30 days is USD 50 that you can pay in cash. Visa rules can change without notice. For the latest information, please visit www.immigratiion.gov.np.

Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. Citizens from certain countries - including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive on-arrival visas. So citizens from these countries need to contact their local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange | USD to NPR

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

(1 USD = ~120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display their rates visibly. Please note that only Indian Rupee Notes of 100 and 2000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite having the security advantage of a traveler's cheque, we recommend cash exchange for you to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and high bank commissions. 

You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using a foreign card. If you use the money exchange facilities at banks and financial institutions, the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

Most established Asian banks do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

How much luggage can I bring to the Manaslu Trek?

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we assign one porter, and their combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgsYou may need to carry your backpack for your valuables and important documents. 

Please carry what is essential. You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free.

We will recheck your luggage during the trip to ensure that you have the right essentials.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that we must protect trekking regions from the negative effects of tourism. So, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectation of both travelers and local communities in trek regions.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, our well-experienced, government-licensed guides/sherpas will accompany you to make your journey more comfortable and memorable. Porters will carry your luggage. Two trekkers will be assigned one porter. If you require, we can also assign one porter per person. 

Our crew members are local people from the 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 take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We always make sure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. Our crew have

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Authorized Trekking Guide Training Certificate
  • Fluency speaking English and other major languages
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. Tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect service rendered. We recommend you to tip at the end of the trek and do so as a group. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized, bonded trek and tour operator in operation for over a decade. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book treks with Discovery World Trekking with 100% confidence. We require 10% of the trip cost for booking confirmation. You can pay through bank transfer, western union, and online payment from our website.

You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash or by bank transfer or credit card after arriving in Nepal. Furthermore, we will email you modes of payment and payment details. 

After the booking, please email us your necessary documents - passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure details within a week of booking. 

Last-minute booking

It is best to book in advance, but for those who are unable to book beforehand, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of a last-minute booking to Manaslu Circuit, you need to make a 100% percent trip payment within 48 hours of the trip departure date.

We do our best to operate treks at any time. However, in case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather, unavailability of lodging. 

Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us at [email protected]

Trip extension

After the Manaslu trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. We can arrange activities for you - such as exploring in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing during this time. 

Feedback

After completing the Manaslu trek, Discovery World Trekking will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. During dinner, we will present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also the best time to provide us with trip feedback.

USEFUL INFO ABOUT THE TREK

This Manaslu trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review your departure dates if they do not suit your schedule, then let us know we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline. Please be advised that it might be necessary to modify itineraries due to external factors beyond our control - including but not limited to unstable weather, unavailability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental decrees, trail, and ecological conditions. 

Although highly improbable that itinerary changes will occur, we cannot be held accountable for changes due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event of an itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the lead guide will 
decide based on the interest of the trek group as a whole. 

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Around Manaslu - Magical, challenging, extraordinary team of people

Laura
5 - Excellent
11/14/2017

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

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Laura
5 - Excellent
11/14/2017

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

Around Manaslu Trek

Paige
5 - Excellent
11/10/2019

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. With only 12 days to make the Manaslu trek Paul made a modified itinerary for us and we had our own private tour with (guide) and Milan (porter). Both Dol and Milan were very very friendly, knowledgable, and fun to be around. They were always on point with service, making sure we were comfortable, interpreting, and making the trip safe and enjoyable. I would highly recommend asking for them! Paul explained everything before we departed, and even picked us up from the airport when we arrived to Kathmandu so there was no hassle.The hotel that he provided (Tibet Guest House) for the first two nights before the trek and the last night after returning was in a great location in Thamel and had excellent included breakfast (ask for the Norbu special!) and comfortable air conditioned rooms. Only two blocks from his shop, and next to all the shopping and restaurants.Getting to the first town was our only real complaint: There was a little confusion regarding transportation, and I must confess we did not like taking the 'local' bus 8 hours to the first town because it was dirty, crowded, and seemed very unsafe-so don't expect a luxury private tour bus with a bathroom if you go on this trek! Transportation on the way back was slightly better-a jeep to the first town and a mini bus back to Kathmandu (also not private, but much better than local bus). Kathmandu is a big, dirty, overcrowded city with tons of pollution-so that was definitely a culture shock. Thamel is more charming than the surrounding areas though.The trek itself was incredible- very little tourists compared to EBC or Anna Purna, and we wereoften the only guests at the Tea Houses. Again, do not expect luxury on this trek. Some of the tea houses were very simple, if not slightly shabby. But all served excellent food, and some of the newer ones had more clean and comfortable rooms and beds. They are in the process of building lovely new wooden houses all along the trek though, so this time next year things should be more upscale.The Nepalese are very friendly and accommodating, and anytime we ordered food on the trail they never failed to offer us more and make sure we were well fueled for the day ahead. I loved that they all had gardens on site and literally picked our lunch when we ordered it.The views were stunning; a real photographers paradise-so long as the rain and clouds were not obstructing the views. Morning time was the best for viewing, but we came at the end of monsoon season (middle September-early October) so I'm sure the rain/clouds would have been less of an issue had we come a few weeks later. Also, a landslide fatally injured a group of Trekkers just one day ahead of us-so I strongly recommend not coming during monsoon season when these natural events are bound to happen. Dil was always stopping and questioning locals and making phone calls to keep abreast of any hazards or set backs, so we felt safe in his hands.The trek itself was physically laborious, and my boyfriend and I are both avid gym goers and hikers who are in excellent condition. The temperature changes and altitude are not to be taken lightly, and we saw many sick or exhausted Trekkers extricated daily by helicopter who were not in shape enough or who were not as careful about what they ate or drank. So please be aware that this is not just a walk in the park. I confess that the 10 hour day going over Larke Pass was one of the hardest days of my life! Totally worth it though, don't get me wrong.Paul took us to dinner and made customized certificates for us when we returned from the trek, and helped us with bartering for goods on our last day in Kathmandu. He was very receptive to any feedback or concerns we had, and is a very professional business man who treats his clients and employees like good friends. I would definitely recommend using D.W.T. for any treks in Nepal!

FAQ’s

Is trekking to Manaslu trek difficult?

No. Manaslu Trek does not need any ropes or ice picks. There is no vertical climbing. Even if you're new to trekking, as long as you are reasonably fit and can walk for 5-6 hours a day, you can complete this guided trek. 

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. 

Which is the best time to hike in Manaslu?

For safety, Discovery World Trekking conducts Manaslu Trek from February to June and August to December only. The best seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November). 

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

How long do I need to walk per day during my Manaslu Trek?

The average hiking will be 5-7 hours a day. If you are reasonably fit and can walk at a steady pace, it is just a long hike that provides you with fantastic views of the Himalayan terrain. 

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?

MonthTemperature Weather and Nature 
January Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning Coldest month 
February Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Mild and humid, good visibility 
March Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue, and pink rhododendrons 
May Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning Warmest month 
June Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Wettest month 
August Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense, and gorgeously green but 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.

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