About Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's best trekking routes. It maintains a sense of seclusion and being off the beaten road. This trek takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area, deep into the Himalayas, where you may marvel at the stunning vista of Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8163 meters. The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa," which means "Intellect" or "Soul." More so, the circuit trek in the Manaslu region maintains a sense of solitude and isolation from the rest of the world.
This trek can be a wonderful alternative to the Annapurna Circuit if you've already completed the Annapurna Circuit. The 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek that starts at Soti Khola and ends at Dharapani! Manaslu is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants, flanked to the west by the Annapurnas and to the east by the Ganesh Himal.
Unlike the Everest Base Camp, which attracts trekkers from all over the world, the Manaslu region attracts way fewer people! It is remote and physically challenging, but it's also culturally enriching and scenically pleasing.
Despite its success in attracting attention and curiosity, it remains unaffected and untouched by the overall number of travellers who visit the area. The Manaslu trek is rich in its beauty due to the inclusion of lonely and off-beaten trails, as just a few people elect to complete the trek every year. The fact that there are fewer people on the trail adds to its exclusivity.
The trek circuits the sweltering lowlands with their rice and millet terraces to the majestic Budi Gandaki gorges with their turquoise streams and stunning waterfalls. The Manaslu region’s suspension bridges are unparalleled in length and height, and the yearly monsoon frequently washes out minor bridges, forcing trekkers to rely on semi-submerged rocks.
This journey, which was only open to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992, retains the sense of a pioneering expedition. The circuit trek to Manaslu is a visual feast from start to end if you want to see what trekking was like in the 1980s, but you'll need to be in decent form.
The circuit trek begins in Sotikhola and continues through Arughat. Arughat is a small town between the Gorkha and Dhading districts of Nepal. The trail begins along the Budhi Gandaki River and winds its way around and up to the Nupri area. The Tibetan impact on customs and traditions becomes more pronounced as we progress upward. Many endangered wild creatures, such as the Snow Leopard and Musk Deer, can be found in this region. The "Larke La pass," which stands at 5,106 meters and is regarded as one of the most difficult routes traversing the Himalayas, is the highest point on this trek. Pungyen Gumba (4,400m) is another landmark of the trek.
Slowly, you make your way north to the Larke La Pass, which is snowbound and close to the Tibetan border. The altitude is a challenge here, but the breathtaking vistas of Manaslu make it virtually unnoticeable. On the descent, micro crampons are frequently utilized. The trek to the pass must begin at 3 a.m. to reach the highest point before the winds arrive, which normally arrive around mid-morning.
While Annapurna II rises ahead, a magnificent wall formed by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru throws a stream of glaciers. The view alone is reason enough to make the Manaslu Trek a reality. Looking back the way you trekked from the pass provides a clear perspective, but the most incredible vista occurs after you leave the pass and continue along a corridor to the west.
Outfitter Nepal has extensive experience leading hikes in Nepal's Himalayas. With our 14 days package for trekking in the Manaslu region, you'll be able to embark on the most exciting experience of your life. Join us on one of our trek departure dates, or get in touch with us to tailor a Manaslu trek tailored to your specific needs. Enjoy this breathtaking adventure knowing that our qualified, experienced guides and porters will be there to assist you at every stage.
At Outfitter Nepal, we go to great lengths to ensure that all of your trekking fantasies are accomplished. We look forward to aiding you in creating lifelong memories throughout your vacation, which can be tailored to your specific requirements.
Outfitter Nepal has meticulously planned your 14 Days circuit trek to the Manaslu region! Join us on one of your departure dates for this exciting adventure and receive the best service possible. We guarantee that you will enjoy every minute of your journey with us. In addition, our knowledgeable guides will give you an overview of each location and its significance, as well as the sights and sounds you'll encounter on the circuit trek. Doesn't it sound like a good deal?
It is quite challenging to convey everything there is to know about the Manaslu region and its beauty in a single package. However, we have tried our best in this regard. Here are some of the reasons why you should join us on our 14 days Manaslu Trek.
The fairly new and off-the-beaten trekking trail
The Manaslu region is an off-the-beaten-path excursion, which explains why there are fewer people here. Another reason there are fewer trekkers on this trekking path is that the government has designated it as a restricted territory.
The trek is also remote and it is not as well-equipped as the Annapurna base camp or Annapurna circuit trek. This is what makes the trekking route space unique from other trekking counterparts! Homestay trekking is still available, and the folks are fairly traditional, so everything tastes authentic. As a result, it is considered one of the most remote and off-the-beaten-path walking pathways.
Indulge in the most scenic trekking trail in Nepal
The Manaslu region is Nepal's most scenic trekking trail, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. There are numerous peaks, and you'll be trekking through the bottom or base of those high mountain peaks. Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trekking are the two sections of the Manaslu trek. Siring Himal 7,165 m (23,507 ft), Himal Chuli 7,893 m (25,896 ft), Buddha Himal (6692 m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli 7,871 m (25,823 ft), Manaslu 8,153 meter, Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other summits can be witnessed. The landscape is especially fascinating because of the geological characteristics that make it distinct.
The valley is steep and narrow until you reach Lho, and you can't see the mountain very well, but once you reach Samagaun, the valley opens up and gets calmer. When you're at Samagaun, you can glimpse the mountains in all their glory. Other features of the Manaslu circuit walk include the lush forest and local communities, which is why the Manaslu circle trek is the best to do.
Larke La Pass and the challenge you must overcome!
The circuit trek offers spectacular mountain vistas and a fascinating cultural experience. The Manaslu Larke La Pass trek is a part of the Nepalese way of life. The Larke La Pass trek is becoming increasingly popular among trekkers.
The "Larke La pass," at a height of 5,160 meters, is the highest point of the trek and is considered one of the most gruelling crossings traversing the Himalayas. The Manaslu trek allows you to have some of the most thrilling Himalayan experiences of your life!
Experience the unique cultural experience that Manaslu has to offer
In the Manaslu region, you will get a unique cultural experience because you will pass through villages with their unique cultural identities. Buddhists and Hindus coexist here. You will learn about Hinduism at the trekking start point, then you will explore Buddhist culture as you progress higher.
The chorten at every village entry, as well as the numerous Mani walls, will astound you! You'll see that the locales are fairly traditional in their attire. During the circuit trek, you can witness large monasteries in the Manaslu region where monks study Buddhism. You can learn more about the culture there!
Several monasteries can be visited during the adventurous trek to the Manaslu region, the largest of which is Mu Gompa, where you can appreciate the warm hospitality of the local people and also explore the cluster of hallowed caves where the great master Milarepa meditated.
Enjoy solitude in low foot traffic
Manaslu receives fewer tourists than other trekking trails in Nepal, such as Everest base camp trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna circuit trek, and poon hill trek. This is due to government restrictions and low popularity.
Getting around a lot of people can feel a bit frustrating when all you want is a fun vacation! The circuit trek is perfect for trekkers who prefer to be calm and explore the untamed outdoors in a peaceful manner. You will also get a lot of opportunities to interact with the locals!
Witness the best kind of local hospitality
We feel that visitors are gods in Nepal, which is why Nepalese people strive to provide the best hospitality to visitors and all Nepalese are extremely welcoming. Likewise, the folks on the trekking trails are quite pleasant and cheery.
As soon as they see you, they greet you and smile. That is why people enjoy going to the site. On the trip, you will encounter numerous people, but the majority of them will greet you with Tashi Delek, which means "joyfully meet you."
Embark on a paradise-like journey
Another reason people enjoy the Manaslu trek is that many enjoy walking on snow in Nepal's High Himalayas and crossing glaciers while in Nepal. It feels like a piece of paradise, as they say. On the circuit trek, you will very certainly have to make the journey through moving glaciers and walk through the snow. The Larke La Pass is covered with snow for the majority of the year. Thus, circuit trekking in Manaslu is an excellent choice for your journey towards tranquillity.
Unparalleled natural landscape
People here, unlike in the city, still wear traditional Nepalese attire and engage in agriculture, animal husbandry, and tourism. The trek allows you to explore the region's quiet villages. The circuit trek across the Himalayan foothills is sure to transport you back in time. You can immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of a variety of ethnic groups and communities in these distant settlements.
The Manaslu circuit stands out among all the other treks accessible in the country because of the entire natural symphony, cultural values, and wild discoveries that provide the best opportunity to gather a once-in-a-lifetime experience of this immaculate trek.
This remote trail circuits its way through Manaslu's tiny cliffs. The trails wind through a lush forest that provides spectacular photographic opportunities for subtropical, alpine, temperate deciduous, and moderate coniferous forest types.
Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit
Our 14 days Manaslu trekking itinerary package is carefully curated so that we deliver the best with the least amount of physical work! The itinerary we have created is based on years of our experience working in the trekking sector, thus, we guarantee the best from our side!
The journey will begin with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola in the Budhi Gandaki Valley. You can drive (141 miles) or take a local bus to Soti Khola (eight hours) (10 hours). You'll be staying on the trek route for 12-days according to this itinerary. The itinerary allows you to pass over several settlements, ascending and descending towards Larke La Pass and finally to Dharapani. Dharapani is the final destination of the circuit trek. From Dharapani, you can take a jeep to Besisahar, then switch vehicles to return to Kathmandu.
We recommend you take at least 2 days of extra days with yourself. This is because you require at least a day to get all of your trekking permits approved. At Outfitter Nepal, we arrange all the trekking permits for you without any hassle! Similarly, with two days on your hand, you can easily take a rest day after the trek or enjoy some sightseeing around the city. We also manage the day-tour services for you at Outfitter Nepal!
Cost for the 14-days Manaslu Trek Package
At Outfitter Nepal, we have put a lot of effort into preparing an itinerary that would give the best experience at the least amount of cost possible. We have made sure to include all the plans in the package that you must experience when it comes to trekking the Manaslu region. With the services we provide, the cost of the trek will feel like a fair deal to you. Trust us, there is no ripping you off from us!
We are a trustworthy trekking company with more than a decade of trekking experience, thus, we have made sure to pour in our trekking experience while preparing the trekking cost and itinerary! Having said that, the total cost of the 14-day trek package is US$ 825 for a group of 9/12 people. However, the cost can range from US$ 875 to US$ 935 if you want to have a solo trek or a small group.
Nonetheless, we can tailor your trekking package based on your needs and extend your days to cover more regions. This would change the package cost! Do contact us without any hesitation to talk to us about plans!
What is the diet for trekking in the Manaslu Circuit?
Your body will require enough carbohydrates and proteins because we'll be trekking at high altitudes around the world's tallest peak. The food we offer on this trek is simple and sanitary! We encourage people to consume local cuisine and delicacies since they are far more hygienic. It's easier than having frozen foods that take days to get to the trails.
We handpick the best hotels, resorts, and restaurants, ensuring that the food is fresh, healthy, and delicious. We recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese cuisine that provides enough carbohydrates and protein for your body. You'll get plenty of protein from the lentils, beans, and pulses soup. Local garlic soup can help you adjust to the altitude! Seasonal vegetables will also be served in the guest's house, providing your body with essential nutrients.
Other menu items include Momo (dumplings), locally grown Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, and Corn Roti (Bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery products, tea, coffee, and more. Buckwheat, millet, and barley are high-fibre cereals that are also nutritionally dense. Noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, pizza, lasagna, various curry dishes, and fried rice are just a few examples of cuisines that may be prepared with minimal effort.
We propose liquids such as green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (which is a must) as well as fresh vegetable products at high heights. Even though there will be many non-vegetarian options, we would not suggest them because the meat in such spaces may not be as sanitary.
Do you have to book hotels in advance for accommodation for the Manaslu Region?
It’s a good idea to have a good night's sleep in advance or a few days before visiting the village. You might speak with the owner of the location where you spent the day before, and they would provide you with the contact information for lodges for the following day. You should also be aware that before reaching the Larke pass, you will pass through Dharmashala.
The only issue with Dharamshala is that there is just one lodging. Pre-booking is available for about eight rooms. Otherwise, you'll have to sleep in tents for the night. However, if you plan your Manaslu trek with Outfitter Nepal, we assure you need not struggle with the accommodation and we give you the best cost deals!
What kind of accommodation will you get via Outfitter Nepal for your Manaslu Trek?
We can also assist you in finding a high-end hotel and teahouse that fits your cost in your budget. In addition to modest hotel and lodge accommodations, our circuit trekking includes luxury and premium hotels and lodges in certain locations.
The tea-houses offer comfortable mattresses with cushions, electric blankets, hot and cold showers, free Wi-Fi (in locations where it is available), and other amenities. The rooms are usually small and shared by two people. The room has a mattress, blanket, and pillow, as well as a few pieces of furniture. If you're like to spend your night by yourself, we can also arrange for separate lodgings for you.
Are a guide and porter required for Manaslu trekking?
Yes, a guide is required for trekking in the Manaslu region since you cannot trek alone; at the very least, you must be accompanied by one government-licensed guide or porter. Our Professional Local Trekking Guides are well-educated and fluent in a variety of languages, including widely spoken English. The guides are well-trained government license holders, while the porters are physically robust due to the high altitude. We take trekking to the Manaslu Region very seriously, while also making it a fun endeavour!
How difficult is trekking in the Manaslu Region?
The trekking in the Manaslu Region is fairly strenuous. The trekker's physical condition determines the difficulty of trekking in the Manaslu Region. Make sure you have some physical exercises before starting the trek! Increase your core strength by cardio workouts or jogging or maybe dancing too! The Manaslu Trek, which takes you through remote Himalayan communities, is one of Nepal's most difficult walks. It is an off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.
Why Manaslu Circuit and not Annapurna Circuit trek?
The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most beautiful treks in the world. When walking in Nepal's Annapurna Sanctuary, provides you with all you need. The Annapurna Circuit, on the other hand, is well-known, and you will most likely not be alone on the trails. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is Nepal's most popular trek, second only to the Everest Base Camp 14 Days. The Manaslu Circuit is comparable to the Annapurna Circuit but offers a more authentic trekking experience.
How to get ready for trekking in the Manaslu region?
It will be difficult to prepare your legs for greater elevations if you do not reside near the Himalayas. After all, there aren't many places on the planet that are higher than Nepal. This is why we must be upfront: Unless you have previously trekked at a higher altitude, it will be difficult to be completely prepared for your excursion. If it seems frightening, take heart in the knowledge that you don't have to be 100 per cent prepared.
You are not attempting to climb K2 or Mount Everest, nor are you competing in a mountain race. This is what trekking is all about. You’re advised to take it easy on yourself. When it comes to preventing altitude sickness while hiking in Nepal, the rule of thumb is to take it easy. It makes no difference how fit you are; once you're out on the trails, you must go at your own pace. Of course, the more fit you are, the more you will be able to enjoy your days. Get in shape!
The Manaslu trek is fairly strenuous. So, even if you have no prior expertise, everyone who is physically fit can participate in our adventure. If you're going on a longer trek, we recommend doing some physical training beforehand, such as running, swimming, or climbing. Similarly, you should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare yourself. Then go ahead and do it for as long as you dare!
Any concern about AMS during circuiting the Manaslu region?
Before trekking the Manaslu Circuit, you should be aware of how your body reacts to high altitude. It's almost certain that you'll have one or more symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) when trekking to Larke la Pass. At elevations of 3000 meters or higher, the human body isn't built to survive, and you'll find that it demands more oxygen.
Some of the symptoms include headaches, a loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, blurry vision, nausea, difficulty breathing, a rapid heart rate, and weariness. If your symptoms intensify or persist, take a day off or relocate to a lower-altitude hamlet until your body adjusts.
Note: This information is offered solely for educational purposes so that you are prepared for trekking in the Manaslu region. It is not to be used for diagnostic applications. It is the trekker's responsibility to do some research on altitude sickness and how to avoid it before heading into the mountains.
When is the best time to go on a Manaslu Trekking?
March to May and the last week of September to mid-December are the main trekking seasons for Manaslu Circuit. You will encounter a few trekkers if you plan a trip during any other month. While October is the busiest month, the sky is blue, the views of the snow-capped mountains are perfect, and the weather is neither overly hot nor excessively cold. However, if you hike in the winter, the Larke La Pass will be closed by snow, preventing you from reaching Manaslu Base Camp and the Tibetan border.
Can you do trekking in the Manaslu region solo?
The Manaslu Circuit is not accessible to anyone who prefers to travel alone. You may have to save your Alexander Supertramp enthusiasm for another journey. A solo trekker has been limited by the authorities. A minimum of two people must be in a group with a guide. If you want to go the opposite way, you'll need a 'ghost' trekker permit (which will still require a foreign passport) and a guide (obviously). Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit are the other permissions you'll require.
Why Outfitter Nepal is a perfect choice for you?
At Outfitter Nepal, we offer the most affordable prices for fully inclusive trips with no hidden costs. We promise your safety, happiness, and lasting memories of your adventure. We take great pride in being an eco-friendly trekking company. We make sure that the trekkers taking our package to the Manaslu circuit region do not litter around the trekking trail. We also try to minimize our carbon footprint and go as local as possible to reduce our carbon footprint.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Map
The circuit map is meant to provide you with a visual representation of the trek. On the map, you can see where you'll be stopping and what kind of route it is. You can also get a hard copy of the map to take with you on the trek; click here to access the trek map.