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Manaslu Trek

15 Days
  • Bus, Jeep
  • Tourist Hotel
  • 5,106 metres
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Feb, Mar, Apr & May
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, Hindi, Nepali
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-10
  • 15
  • 65

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and less-visited trek in Nepal that circumnavigates the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu. The trek offers stunning landscapes, diverse culture, and a challenging adventure. Here’s a typical itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which takes around 14-18 days to complete:

Highlights

  • Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters or 26,781 feet).
  • Remote and Less Crowded
  • Diverse Landscapes
  • Rich Cultural Experience
  • Challenging High Pass
  • Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Local Cuisine
  • Acclimatization Opportunities
  • Tranquil Environment

Itinerary

- Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat.
- Approximate drive time: 7-9 hours.

- Begin trekking and follow the Budhi Gandaki River.
- Trek through picturesque villages and forested areas.
- Approximate trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Continue following the Budhi Gandaki River.
- Cross several suspension bridges and enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.
- Approximate trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Trek through terraced fields and forests.
- Pass through the village of Philim.
- Approximate trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Trek to the village of Namrung, which offers great views of Mount Manaslu.
- Trek through a mix of forested and alpine terrain.
- Approximate trekking time: 6-7 hours.

- Continue through beautiful alpine scenery.
- Pass through the villages of Lihi and Sho.
- Approximate trekking time: 4-5 hours.

- Trek to the village of Samagaon.
- Enjoy views of the Manaslu Massif and explore the local monasteries.
- Approximate trekking time: 4-5 hours.

- Rest and acclimatize in Samagaon.
- Optionally, take a side trip to the Pungyen Gompa with great views of Manaslu Glacier.

- Trek to the village of Samdo, which is close to the Tibet border.
- Cross the Larkya La route.
- Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours.

- Rest and acclimatize in Samdo.
- Optionally, take a short hike to the border town of Tibet.

- Trek to Dharmashala, also known as Larkya Phedi.
- The trail is relatively short and prepares you for the pass.
- Approximate trekking time: 3-4 hours.

- Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters).
- Descend to Bimthang on the other side of the pass.
- Approximate trekking time: 7-9 hours.

- Trek through rhododendron and pine forests.
- Pass through the villages of Gho, Telam, and Tilije.
- Approximate trekking time: 5-7 hours.

- Continue the descent and join the Annapurna Circuit trail.
- Trek to Dharapani, a familiar point for Annapurna trekkers.
- Approximate trekking time: 5-6 hours.

- Drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar.
- From Besi Sahar, drive back to Kathmandu.
- Approximate drive time: 7-8 hours.

Cost

The Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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  • Professional Local Guide
  • Bus, Jeep
  • Tourist Hotel
  • 5,106 metres
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Feb, Mar, Apr & May
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking
  • All meals during the trek
  • English, Spanish, Hindi, Nepali
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 2-10
  • 15
  • 65