A pristine trekking circuit, this trek allows you to circle around Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak. Trek along the less travelled trails through rural Nepal with epic views that have to be seen in all their glory. With few visitors encountered along the way, this region offers a very different experience from treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions which receive the largest number of trekkers.
Manaslu (8,152m) is an opportunity to enjoy a quiet time trekking in pure bliss away from the noisy trappings of the modern world. The trek on an ancient trail along which you enjoy authentic Nepali culture and hospitality promises breathtaking views of Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks always on the background. You get to witness ancient cultures and the almost medieval lifestyle of the people as you trek up north towards the peaks.
Shielded from modernization and commercialization, the local people’s lifestyle has changed little over the centuries, thus retaining their purity. So your trek to Manaslu will be akin to time-travel.going back in time. The trail has teahouses along the way for a night halt, but one could There is internet access, and phones as well as other electronic devices can be charged at the teahouses along the trail. The trek makes for a great photo opportunity so you will have something to take back home to reminisce about. All you need is a decent camera.
Manaslu shares much of its culture and history with its neighboring territory, Tibet. Buddhism is a major religion here as showcased by the Buddhist monasteries, the architecture, and traditions all the way.
opt for a camping trek and sleep under the stars. The region, which was officially opened to foreign tourists only in 1991, falls in the Restricted zone and tourist must acquire a Trekking permit from the Department of Immigration in addition to the TIMS card to enter this region.
Why trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).
Top highlights of this trek include:
- It is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. The word is getting out about Manaslu, but there are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail
- The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at everyday stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
- The trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights.
- The first part of the trail follows the Buri Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings
- The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you’ll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.
Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-
In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.
For clothing, you will require the following-
Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.
Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.
Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.
Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.
First Aid Kit– Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.
Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.
Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.
Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.
Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat Sotikhola 815m
Day 2 Trek from Sotikhola to Maccha Khola Maccha Khola 800m
Day 3 Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat Jagat 1370m
Day 4 Trek from Jagat to Philim Philim 1570m
Day 5 Trek from Philim to Deng Deng 1865m
Day 6 Trek from Deng to Ghap Ghap 2165m
Day 7 Trek from Ghap to Lho Lho 3180m
Day 8 Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon/Ro Sama Gaon 3525m
Day 9 Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon Sama Gaon 3525m
Day 10 Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3850m
Day 11 Acclimatization Day in Samdo Samdo 3850m
Day 12 Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala Dharamsala 4460m
Day 13 Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5135m) Bimtang 3590m
Day 14 Trek from Bimtang to Dharapani Dharapani 1860m
Day 15 Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu Kathmandu 1340m
Day 16 Depart Kathmandu