Manaslu Region

Manaslu Circuit - 13 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Breathtaking Mountain views of Mt. Himalchuli (7,893 m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Shringi Himal (7,161 m), Ganesh Himala II (7,118 m).
  • Wide variation of scenery, culture and wildlife, ranging from subtropical jungle to Larke pass (5,100 m).
  • Comparatively remote and less commercialized than other trekking trails.
  • Options to do epic side trips like Manaslu Base Camp, Tsum Valley, etc.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    138 km
  • Highest Altitude
    5,135 meters
  • Elevation Profile
  • Start location
    Arughat/ Soti Khola
  • Finish location
    Chyamche
  • Permits
    ACAP, MCAP, Restricted Area Permit
  • Best Season
    Anytime Except Jan/Feb and May-Aug

DESCRIPTION

Manaslu Trek is the ultimate trek with a perfect blend of sceneries, culture, adventure, wildlife, and what makes it extra special is the isolated touch to it! During this trek, you will circuit World’s eighth highest mountain ‘Manaslu’ (8163m), experience the local culture through the remote villages, cross the high Larke pass (5100 m), walk across crazy suspension bridges along Buri Gandaki river and countless waterfalls, enjoy scenic mountain views and encounter diverse range of flora and fauna all along. Certainly a great alternative to Annapurna Circuit trek, with so much similarity and less commercialization.


Best time to go: : Anytime except Jan-Feb and May-Aug.


Getting to the start point: Your entry point is the Newar town of Arughat. You can get to this place either by jeep (6 hours) or bus (8 hours). This is the best place where you can sort your last minute problems like banks/ ATM for cash, equipment’s (batteries), stationeries, toilet papers and other tidbits that you have missed out. You can also catch a bus from the far end of the town to Soti khola to save a day. This is the next town which is a day hike away. Buses will be available from early morning up to 2 in the afternoon.

The exit point for Manaslu Trek is Dharapani (the roads from Annapurna Circuit merges here)/ But you can choose to walk up to Besi Sahar (3 more days) and end it there as well. Jeep service is also available from this point on which can take you to Besi Sahar in about 3 hours.


Permits:

  • 1.Restricted Area Permit: US$ 70 per week (was $50 in 2011) + $10 per day extra. First check is at Jagat and last check Dharapani. You’ll probably need more than 7 days to get from place to place.

  • 2.Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)

  • 3.Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) per: US$10mit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)

You cannot do this trek alone. The rule suggests a minimum of 2 people and a guide/porter. If you need help with selecting experienced guides, see our guide listing: https://honeyguideapps.com/guides


Accommodation: The trek is completely a tea house trek now, with an exception that you might have to sleep in a tent in Dharamshala (which is managed b the tea house there itself). The lodges are run by local communities and the rooms are pretty basic with a decent toilet. Please do not seek for luxury lodges as you will not find one. Lodges have hot shower facilities available but you will be charged some extra bucks for it.


Network Information: If you are wondering which network kicks off well in the Manaslu trek, CDMA networks are preferred over NTC and NCell. Most locals use CDMA phones. One thing you should know is that CDMA networks cannot be accessed through all mobile phones. If this is the case for you, then you will have to buy a phone in Kathmandu itself as it comes very cheap.


Other things to be careful about:

  • 1.Altitude can be a risk factor. Please make sure you take necessary precautions, stay hydrated and acclimatize after each 1000 meters elevation gain.
  • 2.The road construction has started to connect with the borders of China, so that might mean dusty roads and some not so fun sight.
  • 3.The trails aren’t very well marked. Be careful. So, do not travel alone.The trails can be tricky when wet or when there is snow, good boots suggested. There are several landslide and rockfall areas in the trail. Not all places have charging facilities for phones. Carrying a power bank or solar charger for cell phones is highly recommended.
  • 4.Sanitation is not too amazing. Water Filters will be great to have.
  • 5.It is a good idea to call in advance to make a booking, the lodges are few and far and can get real crowded real fast.

Also, Read this blog about 8 things to know before going to Manaslu Trek for more information: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/8-things-to-know-before-going-to-manaslu-circuit-trek


Best Side Trips:

If the time permits, here’s a list of amazing side trips that you can do during Manaslu Trek for a better experience.

1. Tsum Valley

2. Manaslu Base Camp (4848 m)

3. Serang Gompa (3100 m)

4. Hinang Gumba (3100 m)

5. Birendra lake (3620)

6. Kalmachum Lake (3800 m)


Read this blog o Best Side trips of Manaslu Circuit Trek to know more about these side trips: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/best-side-trips-of-manaslu-circuit-trek

Notes: If you wish to go on this trek, please fill the inquiry form and we will help you plan your trek according to your preference: https://honeyguideapps.com/onboarding-form

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