Manaslu Circuit Trek – 12 Days

Panaromic view of Mt. Manaslu
Country Nepal Max-Altitude 5,165m/16,929ft
Trip StartKathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Group Size Min 4, Max 15
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board meals during the trek
Accommodation 3 nights in deluxe 4-star hotel in Kathmandu, 8 nights in a tea house lodge during the trek
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    Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you off-the-beaten path to a beautiful and rarely visited part of Nepal. Walk under the foothills of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, and get close to the Tibetan border. Experience authentic Nepali hill culture as well as Tibetan culture. As the trail meanders near the border with Tibet, you will feel the crossover of the Tibetan traditions in the Manaslu region.


    Manaslu Circuit is less crowded and less commercialized than the Everest or Annapurna trails, where the tourist traffic is heavier. With fewer tourists on the trail, you can enjoy your surroundings in solitude and interact with the locals.


    Your trip begins with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. After exploring the city's cultural landmarks, you will fly to Jagat via helicopter. Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area, is the trailhead of your trek.


    Starting from Jagat, you walk through a trail that weaves past lush sub-tropical jungles and picturesque Gurung villages in the Budi Gandaki River valley. As you ascend higher, you get closer to Tibet. Buddhist prayer flags, mani stones, chortens, and prayer wheels adorn the villages.


    Explore ancient gompas sitting atop vibrant and beautiful villages flanked by the snow-dusted Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Singri Chuli, and other giants. The grueling crossing of the Larkya La, one of the longest mountain passes in the Himalayas, is the highlight of your trek. Your trek ends once you descend to the alpine meadow of Bhimthang.

    Why Do Trekkers Like You Love This Itinerary?

    • Complete the Manaslu Circuit in just 12 days
    • Off-the-beaten-path, less crowded, and less commercialized
    • Walk on the foothills of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world
    • Opportunity to experience authentic Nepalese village life and Tibetan culture
    • Transfers to the trailhead and to Kathmandu via helicopter, thus skipping the tedious eight to twelve hours drive on a dusty and bumpy road
    • Diverse and dramatic landscape – sub-tropical jungles, waterfalls, and wild gorges at the lower reaches and alpine valleys with frozen mountains, lakes, and glaciers at the higher reaches
    • High altitude crossing of Larkya La(5165m), one of the longest mountain passes in the Nepal Himalaya
    • Meals and accommodation at local teahouses. No need to carry heavy camping gear.
    • The support staff is made up of experienced local guides and porters

    When Is The Best Time To Go?

    Spring from March to May and autumn from September to November are the ideal seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trekking. During these seasons, the weather remains stable with clear skies and warm days.

    Is This The Right Trip For You?

    • You should be physically fit and able to cover long distances on foot
    • You enjoy hiking on wild trails and can survive without creature comforts
    • On average, you will be walking 5-6 hours each day on an up and down trail
    • The paths are usually in good condition. No technical skills are required.
    • The highest elevation you will reach is 5165m at Larkya La Pass
    • The ascent and descent of Larkya La requires strength (physical as well as mental) and a high level of endurance

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Airport transfers to/from the hotel in private comfortable vehicles
    • Three nights Deluxe 4-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Eight nights tea house lodge accommodation during trekking
    • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Farewell dinners
    • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
    • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
    • One Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers: 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
    • Porterage service during the trek (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Helicopter/Chopper expenses as per itinerary
    • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, T-Shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip)
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, MCAP & Restricted permit of Manaslu)
    • All taxes payable to central and state governments
    What's Not Included
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • Extra night accommodation, if required (in Kathmandu)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Any optional activities other than above included the ones during the free time
    • International flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for staff
    • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.
    • Lodging and food in Kathmandu, in case of early arrival than the scheduled date from the trek

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    Detailed Itinerary

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    Note: Extollo Adventures reserves the right to amend the itinerary in case of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, flight delays and cancellations, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will, and can make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible, if required.

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    Accommodation and meals

    During your travel, you will follow two styles of accommodations. You will spend 3 nights in 4-star deluxe Hotel Shanker while in Kathmandu and 8 nights in standard teahouses and lodges during the trek. All accommodations for Manaslu Circuit Trek will be on a twin-sharing basis. A single supplement will be provided on request, which will cost you an additional amount (490 USD). However, a single supplement may not be feasible all the time, especially at higher elevations.

    During our Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouses or from a lodge menu where you spend the night, whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking whereas only breakfast will be available while in Kathmandu. There will also be a Farewell Dinner hosted by Extollo Adventures upon your return from the successful excursion.

    Frequently asked questions about this trip

    Who can go?

    You will be trekking in the mountains only for 6-7 days in our Manasalu Circuit Trek. You need to be in good shape and have the ability to walk 5 – 6 hours uphill and downhill. This is a moderate and short trek with good itinerary offering ample time for acclimatization. It is suitable for easy going and beginner trekkers as you will not walk all the way up to the base camp but instead fly on a helicopter. However, excellent health and strong determination will be required because the main challenging factor here is the altitude. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.

    There is no official age limit for trekking in the Himalayas as long as our participants are healthy and mentally committed to complete the adventure. We are experienced in operating treks for families with kids as young as 9 years old and elderly trekkers in their 80s. This is a moderate short trek with a well-acclimatized and carefully crafted itinerary. We advise our trekkers to have good physical fitness, exercise regularly, and have a positive attitude and strong determination in addition to having excellent health for a successful Himalayan trek.

    Best time and weather

    The best time to trek to the Manaslu Circuit Trek is Spring (March to May), and Autumn (September to November). The temperatures are moderate during these seasons and guarantee fantastic views throughout the trip. During these seasons, the weather remains stable, Beautiful bright blue sky and incredible views of different species of flowers and various Himalayan peaks are best experienced during these seasons.

    Yes. A representative, preferably the guide along with driver will be there at the airport’s arrival sector to meet you and escort you up to your hotel room. We include all airport pick-ups and drop-offs as a part of your travel program. We will be with you the entire time of your stay in Nepal.

    Leaders and staff arrangements

    All our guides are proficient in English, government licensed and professionally certified. They are local, Nepali mountain experts with multiple years of expertise in the mountains. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains and their minute details. Our staff gets constant training and understands the way of running quality trips that exceed expectations. Our guides are selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, impeccable judgment, and their friendly demeanor. They are well trained in first aid and personal protection equipments. Our guides practice Responsible Tourism in the trek guided by the principles of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We train them in the following major courses:

    Intensive Wilderness First Aid

    KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

    Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.

    Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)

    English Language – KEEP

    Conservation and Biodiversity – KEEP

    Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

    For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant guides (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). The arrangement has been made in such a way that even if anyone within the group falls sick or cannot continue with the trek due to some reason, the trip can still go on as planned.

    Equipment and packing list

    To help you pack for your adventure, we have listed equipment and a pack list below. Please note that the listed items may vary according to the different seasons. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

    • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
    • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
    • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
    • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.


    • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
    • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
    • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Prescription sunglasses (if required)


    • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece Windstopper jacket or pullover
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *
    • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


    • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
    • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
    • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


    • Non-cotton underwear briefs
    • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
    • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
    • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
    • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


    • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
    • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
    • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
    • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
    • Cotton socks (optional)
    • Gaiters (winter only), optional


    • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
    • 1 large duffel bag *
    • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
    • Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags
    • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


    • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
    • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    • 1 skin-blister repair kit
    • Anti-diarrhea pills
    • Anti-headache pills
    • Cough and/or cold medicine
    • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
    • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
    • Water purification tablets or water filter
    • 1 set of earplugs
    • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies


    • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
    • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
    • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
    • 1 alarm clock/watch
    • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
    • large Ziplocs
    • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
    • 1 small folding knife
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


    • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
    • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Female hygiene products
    • Small mirror


    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash


    • Reading book
    • Trail map/guidebook
    • Journal and pen
    • iPod
    • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
    • 1 modest swimsuit
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
    • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
    • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
    Health and safety

    Our well-trained and dedicated guides will determine the intensity of your sickness and decide what needs to be done. He will provide on-site emergency assistance with first aid medical kit to begin with. If needed, your guide will bring you about 500 m below the altitude so that you feel better. In case of extreme difficulties, he will help to evacuate you using a helicopter under your covered health/travel insurance. If you can and want to stay there and recover, our Sherpa assistant will be there with you. If your condition is not too critical, or you feel you cannot afford helicopter rescue, then you may think of a pony rescue, or you may even walk down slowly.

    As the altitude goes up, the oxygen density gets lower affecting your cardiac and pulmonary systems. Our bodies must adjust to avoid mountain sickness, thus we arrange our treks and day-to-day itinerary to incorporate with required acclimatization days. At different points of our trip, you may either choose to take a rest or have short hikes.

    Your safety is our paramount concern; we are always there to help travelers in an emergency. We are available 24/7 at any of our following contact numbers:

    Headquarter-USA: +1-855-986-5623

    Regional Office-Asia: +977-985-105-5684

    Food and accommodation

    We provide luxury deluxe four-star hotel with breakfast while you are in Kathmandu before and after the trek. During the trek, all accommodations will be on a twin-sharing basis in Tea House lodges to meet your required level of comfort.