Manaslu Circuit Trek, located in the northwest area of the country, is a world-class journey into the Himalayas. Some consider it the best all-around trek in Nepal, and it is a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is truly one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal and the fact that it is not heavily populated by other trekkers is a huge bonus. The path joins two different regions: the Manaslu region with the Annapurna region. It follows a strenuous trail that circumnavigates the magnificent Manaslu(8156m) – the 8th tallest mountain in the world. Manaslu and the surrounding jaw-dropping peaks all around us soar high above the clouds.
At the beginning of the trek, we pass through ethnically Gurung villages. Reaching higher altitude, the population is almost completely Tibetan, and a different dialect is spoken. Throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we are offered brilliant hospitality. They are kind and open-hearted. Much of the allure that comes with trekking in the Himalayas goes beyond the high alpine landscapes and snow-capped peaks. The warmth of the villagers is unlike anywhere else in the world.
The trail begins from SotiKhola (700m), along with the banks of the turquoise Budi Gandaki River. The area is home to rice fields, waterfalls, and fresh air. You are sure to find water buffalo roaming around, and keep a lookout for the dozens of other mammal species including the musk deer and in the higher elevation, you may catch a glimpse of the evasive snow leopard.
From here, we climb continually north and toward higher altitude. High in these mountains, we may share the path with yak caravans. A major highlight of the trip is the Larkya La Pass(5135m), where trekkers are exposed to awe-inspiring Himalayan views. The pass is usually covered in snow, which makes it a bit more of an adventure. We are eye-to-eye with these massive peaks, which make us feel humbled to be in their presence. The majestic views of the high Himalayas, dense forests, deep gorges and the scattered mixed and ethnic settlements is not to be missed. Two days after the pass, we arrive in Dharapani, take a two-hour drive to Besisahar, and stay for the night. The following day we say our tearful goodbyes to the mountain and return to Kathmandu.
Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Package includes accommodation at the cost. This accommodation is included during the set itinerary. While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you. During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be a twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.
Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time. During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. On this trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. For Manaslu Circuit teahouse trek, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.
Guide & Porters
A government-licensed guide will lead the trek. All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry. Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one. If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it. Your safety is our number one priority. For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.
As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude. Our Manaslu Circuit treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness. The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek. On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial. Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness. More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek.
We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek. We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control. In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance. You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country. Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.
Best Time to Travel
The peak seasons for traveling in Manaslu Region are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November). These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season. It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures. It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.
Please be assured that Breeze Adventure manage our treks to the highest standards. Your safety and satisfaction are our priority. We will support you to the best of our abilities with any issues that may arise. We will work with you to ensure you get the most from your trek and visit Nepal.