Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 5106m (Larkya La)
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Group Size 2-20
  • Best Season March-May and September-November
Group Discount Prices
  
2 - 3 paxUS$990
4 - 6 paxUS$890
7 - 10 paxUS$845
11 - 15 paxUS$799
16 - 20 paxUS$775
Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights
  • A beautiful and peaceful wilderness trek that feels more secluded than the more popular routes
  • The beautiful panorama and presence of Manaslu 8163 meters/26782 ft.
  • A landscape that is full of dramatic contrasts and changes on a daily basis.
  • The constant presence of the Budhi Gandaki and its raging torrent, its endless feeder waterfalls, and the almost daily adventure and views of the numerous suspension bridges that have to be crossed
  • Astonishing side trip to Pungen Gompa 4000 meters/13123 ft., Birendra Lake 3700 meters/12139 ft., Manaslu Base Camp 4800 meters/15748 ft., and Tibet Border Rui La Pass 4998 meters/16398 ft. 
  • Visiting unique Monasteries, Mani Walls, and Stupas
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself, even if only briefly, in the valley’s traditional Tibetan culture
  • Experiencing the self-fulfillment of reaching the high pass of Larkya La 5106 meters/16752 ft.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

Gaining in popularity by the year and dubbed by many "The New Annapurna" in terms of its overall appeal, the remote Manaslu Circuit Trek remains largely true to its reputation as an outstanding wilderness experience even as tea houses along the trail have made the hike easier in recent years from the perspective of basic food and accommodation needs along the way. Manaslu Circuit Trek remains far less crowded than some of the better-known routes through the Himalayas while offering all the classic aspects of a great trek, from cascading rivers and precipitous trails to stunning views and subtropical forests, glorious mountain scenery, and a gradual ascent to a breath-snatching high pass, and a host of side trips and add-ons that have the scope to turn the experience into an epic journey.

Skirting by the ice-cold waters of the Budhi Gandaki River to its source below Larkya La Pass (5106 meters)—and frequently crossing over the river on a slew of seemingly hair-raising suspension bridges that are sturdy enough for entire mule teams to use—the trek provides fascinating insights into the traditional cultures of the Gurung, Tamang, and Tibetan people living in peaceful coexistence within the valley's confines.

Reigning supreme over the entire region is the majestic Manaslu (8163 meters) and its striking twin peaks, skirted by glacial valleys, pine forests, and the scenic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal range. The trek essentially circles much of the mountain’s circumference until it crests Larkya La and drops into the neighboring valley of Marsyangdi, descending from there through the rock-strewn upper slopes and scenic alpine meadows to Dharapani, the modern trailhead for the Annapurna Circuit.

Getting to the Manaslu Circuit Trailhead

Because the road extension is further than Soti Khola, the Manaslu Circuit Trek commences at Machha Khola after a 9-hour bus ride (150 kilometers) from Kathmandu, rather than staying in Soti Khola and walking on the road the next day. The trek proceeds steadily through densely forested paths and along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki, rarely straying far from the river’s torrid waters. After a few days, the trail veers at Jagat to the north-west and begins a steady climb to higher altitudes, leaving behind the tree line and winding up through picturesque mountain villages such as Namrung, Sama Gaon, and Samdo, with designated rest days at the latter two that allow for exciting excursions to Manaslu Base Camp, Pungen Gompa, and the ancient route to Tibet via Rui La Pass, 4998 meters. Larkya Pass is a mere two days of further hiking from Samdo, after which the trail descends to its conclusion at Dharapani, with the opportunity to pick up the Annapurna route there or visit the incomparable hidden valley of Nar Phu that branches off the trail.

The beauty of the Manaslu Circuit is that, aside from being one of the premium hikes in Nepal, it allows for more rewarding options than just about any other trek. One potential choice is to get even further off the beaten trail by choosing to take the upper Manaslu route, a scenically spectacular and rarely-taken path across the mountain. Another detour is the pathway to the magical Tsum Valley, long locked away from public view and only opened on a restricted basis in recent years. Or you could simply choose to forego the passage up and over Larkya La altogether and focus purely on the delights of Tsum Valley Buddhist Culture and its famed monasteries.

The choices are yours, but whichever direction you choose to take, the staff at Nepal Trekking Experts is standing by to give you all the assistance necessary to get you on the path to Manaslu—it’s home territory for most of them, and we take great pride in showing off the area to the best of our abilities.

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Trek isn't mountain climbing, and it requires no special training or prior experience either. We have successfully organized people ranging in age from 8 to 75. This trek is suitable for beginners, individuals, and family groups. While the landscape is rugged with numerous landslide areas, long-distance hiking, uneven trails, and crossing over the 5106-meter Larkya La, you may encounter difficulties. However, you will gradually build muscle and adapt to the terrain. Because the trek begins at 930 m above Machhakhola, you will gain elevation gradually, which will aid in acclimatization. This is why we recommend trekking, hiking, jogging, gym, cardio, and other physical activities regularly before visiting Nepal. In fact, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is not easy but doable and rewarding.

What is the best time to trek Manaslu?

Nepal has two periods of the year that are considered ideal for trekking: the spring season, which runs from March through May, and the autumn season, which runs from September through November. These two windows of opportunity offer fine weather for trekking, the best conditions and ideal circumstances for making it over the higher passes, a clear sky almost every day, smooth flights and transportation, and better odds for finding trekking partners.

For more information, please feel free to visit our detailed blog the best season to go to Nepal, or contact our staff to discuss the multitude of options.

What are the required trekking permits and costs for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Trekkers required three different permits, such as:

  • Manaslu Special (available from Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara) - It costs $100 from September to November for the first seven days plus $15 for each additional day, and $75 from December to August for the first seven days plus $10 per additional day per person. Also, a minimum of two people and a licensed guide is mandatory to obtain the Manaslu Circuit Trekking permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) (Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, and Pokhara) - It costs 3000 Nepali rupees per person, which can be obtained from the Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) (Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, and Pokhara) - Also, it costs 3000 Nepali rupees per person, which can be obtained from the Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

For further details, go through the Nepal Trekking Permits and Fees Blog.

How Can I book the Manaslu Trek?

To book your trek with us, you have to send a deposit of 10% of the total cost of the trek. Please also forward a copy of your passport, a passport-sized photo, and full flight details if and when available. For your convenience, you may forward the deposit to us online through our website. It is completely safe, and as soon as you make it, you will get an automatic receipt in your inbox. The rest of the payment can be paid upon arrival.

If you have any confusion, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime. We are always ready to assist.

Useful Information

Transportation for the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

As per the package, Nepal Trekking Experts offers transportation by bus (available early in the morning only) from Kathmandu (Gongabu Bus Park) to Machhakhola (9/10 hrs) and Dharapani to Besisahar by a local Jeep (4/5 hrs), then we switch to another bus or van to Kathmandu (6/7 hrs). The bus might be congested, overcrowded (especially if you are traveling during festival time), not tidy, and stop in many villages to pick up and drop off more people en route, but it definitely takes a couple of hours longer than a private jeep to reach the final destination. However, you can take part of the experience and enjoy it as well. Otherwise, we provide private transportation on request, which costs a total of $200 to Machhakhola and $250 from Dharapani to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Meal

Consider that you are in South Asia in Nepal and going through unexplored, very remote areas to experience the country's unspoiled splendor. Typically, the menus at each tea house in the villages are rather similar. Overall, you can choose from a variety of local dishes like Dal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, lentil soup, pickle that can be refilled as much as you like), fried rice, dumplings (Mo Mo Tibetan meal), Thukpa, any style of potato (boiled or fried), spring rolls, or western dishes like pasta, pizza, noodles, any style of egg, porridge, muesli, chapati, Tibetan bread, etc.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Accommodation

The Manaslu Circuit Trek lodging is not as luxurious as in the Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions, despite the fact that the Manaslu region is a relatively isolated, lesser-known, and less-frequented trekking route in Nepal. The tea house trek can be done similarly to other well-known hiking routes. Typically, you have to share a toilet, and bathroom, and each room will have two beds. You may purchase a hot shower for about 3/4 of a dollar depending on where you have been.

Telephone, Internet, and Battery Charging

Telephone

Nowadays, most villages have phone service and mobile reception. NCELL and Nepal Telecom are our two major SIM card providers. Nepal Telecom is recommended by NTE for better reception in the Manaslu region.

Internet

Certain villages and tea houses like Philim, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Bhimthang, and Dharapani have internet, but consider that sometimes it may not be reliable due to weather and other issues.

Battery Charging

Despite being in a very remote trekking region, most of the tea houses have either electricity or solar power. Each tea house charges a small fee for electricity. A fully charged device costs roughly 2/3 of a dollar in rupees. Carrying a power bank may be useful during the trek in the Himalayas.

Porter

As per the tailored-made packages, porter is excluded. But if you would like to have porters, we will be more than happy to offer them. Normally, we provide a porter for two people, and he carries 20 kilos. A porter makes a massive difference in terms of avoiding carrying a burden of kilos and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. I am pretty sure you are fit enough, but if you ask me, I would recommend a porter since it makes a huge difference on the high altitude, rugged, and uneven trails.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Gear Checklist

  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket and trousers
  • One down jacket or Gore-Tex jacket
  • One down vest
  • Windproof trouser
  • Two pairs of hiking pants
  • One pair of shorts
  • Four pairs of T-shirts
  • One MIT wear/fleece jacket
  • One or two pairs of base layers (Marino wools or similar)
  • Four pairs of hiking socks and a couple of pairs of thicker socks
  • Two pairs of gloves—one light fleece, the other waterproof/windproof
  • Undergarments

Footwear

  • Ankle-supporting, water-resistant trekking boots
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

Other Equipment

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, a sun hat, a woolen or fleece hat/beanie, neck gaiter, a first aid kit, a Swiss army knife (optional), a luggage cover, a headlamp, trekking poles, a gaiter (optional), crampons, water purification tablets or steripen, extra batteries, an adapter, a power bank, water bottles/camel bags/thermos, washing powder or multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, whistle, mosquito spray (optional), earplugs, reading books, playing cards, or chess
  • Sleeping bag rated to minus 10–20 degrees Celsius extreme temperature depending on trekking seasons
  • Backpack (50–60 liters)
  • Daypack (20–30 liters)

Travel Insurance

It is one of the most important things you'll need overseas, particularly when trekking in Nepal. A policy that covers loss and theft, medical and hospitalization, evacuation from high altitude, and adventure activity coverage are among the basics you'll need. A wide variety of policies are available, so make sure to shop for the best possible options. You need to have a policy that's specific to the maximum height on your trek, bearing in mind that several companies place restrictions on that score—look closely at the fine print so that you're sure to get the right coverage, especially in the event of an emergency such as altitude sickness—helicopter evacuations are horrendously expensive.

Also note that most medical treatment and facilities in Nepal, such as hospitals, require payment upfront or approval from your insurance company, so it’s wise to choose a policy that pays the bills directly rather than lumping the burden on you and leaving it till later for the insurer to reimburse you.

Nepalese Currency and Payment

The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Credit and debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in major tourist-class hotels, restaurants, airlines, and larger stores in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara, etc. A surcharge of 3.5% is typically levied on all purchases or payments.

ATMs are also very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara, with Thamel being a particular area of focus for their use. Some ATMs only allow a daily maximum of Rs 10, 000 to be withdrawn, while others allow for as much as Rs 35, 000. A charge of USD 4 is usually applied per transaction, on top of which your bank may also apply a fee of its own.

Can I get an on-arrival visa in Nepal?

On arrival in Nepal, you can obtain the requisite visa at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, or you can choose the alternative of applying for it at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country before departure. The visa is also available at land-based points of entry such as Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Bhairawa, Belhiya, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar. The Kodari Pass is the access point from Tibet where the visa can be obtained.

While you can use different modes of payment at the visa fee counter, we advise you to bring cash in the following currencies: US dollars, euros, Swiss francs, pound sterling, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Singapore dollars, and Japanese yen. Credit card payments are also available nowadays.

As per a recent update, the visa fee costs you the following amounts:

  • Multiple entries for 15 days—USD 30 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 30 days—USD 50 or equivalent
  • Multiple entries for 90 days—USD 125 or equivalent
  • You should also have a minimum of six months of validity remaining on your passport.
  • Visa extensions are available from the offices of Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

For more details, please go through the Nepal Immigration website or contact us.

Itinerary
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

Welcome at the Airport and transfer to your Hotel. Introduce the program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 Star Hotel

Free day for trekking preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.

  • Max. Altitude:930m/3051ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Because the road extension has gone further than Soti Khola, Nepal Trekking Experts recommend driving directly to Machha Khola rather than staying in Soti Khola and walking on the road the next day. We leave Kathmandu for the long drive to Machha Khola, passing through Arughat and Soti Khola along the way on the dusty road. Machha Khola is located on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, our companion and guide through the Manaslu valley, the source of which we will eventually touch on as we ascend to the Larkya La pass.

  • Max. Altitude:1340m/4396ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

We ease through Khorlabesi during the early part of the day and make our way to Tatopani, famed for its natural hot springs. A steep climb takes us up to Dobhan as we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

  • Max. Altitude:1860m/6102ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Our day begins by walking through subtropical rainforests and a series of small hamlets, traversing a couple of suspension bridges along the way, the last of which leads us into the village of Philim and its beautiful setting amidst terraced fields overlooking the river. Further along the trail we arrive at the junction for Tsum Valley and Larkya La and take the path heading northwest towards Deng.

  • Max. Altitude:2630m/8629ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The first real views of the major mountains at hand come into view, with Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal, and other peaks making their presence known as we make our way up the valley. Lush vegetation greets us as we hit the trail and head west through more quaint villages like Prok and their scenic outlooks, then on and up the last steep stretch that ushers us into Namrung.

  • Max. Altitude:3500m/11482ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Today is the day when we hit the jackpot for spectacular views of the mountains as the valley opens up with our approach to the scenic village of Lho. The lower temperate forests give way steadily as the trail breaks free of the tree line and climbs higher into the mountains, the lush greens of the lower valley giving way to the muted browns and grays of the Himalayan terrain and the vivid blue skies one only experiences at altitude. After our half-day hike to Lho, we enjoy lunch and continue to our final destination, Shyala. The reason we are choosing your overnight stay in Shyala is just because of its incredible Himalayan scenery. Wherever you turn your camera, you will have only 360-degree, imposing mountain views.

  • Max. Altitude:3520m/11549ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

From Shyala, we hike to the equally impressive view point and one of our trip highlights, Pungen Gompa, which offers spectacular vistas of Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Peak, Kutang Himal, and a beautiful glacier, then descend steadily through yak pasturelands to Samagaun.

  • Max. Altitude:3520m/11549ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Samagaun is our temporary home for the day as we give our bodies time to acclimate to the altitude, and the choice is a fine one as the village provides multiple choices for day excursions, including a short hike to the pretty lake of Birendra Taal nearby or the highly rewarding and dramatic hike to Manaslu Base Camp. If the trail is clear, there is good weather, and you are fit, then go to the Manaslu Base Camp. Just for your kind information, Manaslu Base Camp is quite a challenging hike but offers breathtaking scenery. You may enjoy the 360-degree Himalayas, including the 8th-tallest mountain, Manaslu, its glacier, Birendra Lake, and the deep Tsum Numbri Valley.

  • Max. Altitude:3860m/12664ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Onward and up is the motto of the day as we put our heads down determinedly with the goal of Larke La ever nearer. The trail leads us on a short and gradual climb alongside the river then begins to steepen as it leads us up to Samdo around midday. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to explore and perhaps hike to a higher altitude briefly to help in the process of acclimatization.

  • Max. Altitude:3860m/12664ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Another rest day to help acclimate, with the rare option to spend the day on a hike to the border with Tibet at the pass of Rui La (4998m). The views of the Himalayas and Fukang Glacier add another level to the day's journey.

  • Max. Altitude:4460 m/14632ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House
Samdo to Dharmasala
On the way from Samdo to Dharmasala

Our trek to the high-altitude camp of Dharmsala brings us to the very threshold of Larke La, with snow more evident and the air feeling thinner with each step towards our destination. Another brief hike to higher ground is recommended to help our bodies get used to the altitude and sleep better during the night.

  • Max. Altitude:3590 m/11778 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

The typical method for crossing Larkya La is to head out before daybreak, our head-mounted lights bobbing in the dark as we clamber up the path in the cold morning air, our breath apparent in the glow of the lamps.  The trail to Larkya La is a deceptive one of constant switchbacks, promising everything one minute and snatching it away the next as one false ridge leads to another. Finally, we catch a glimpse of the first prayer flags and our goal is finally attained as we stumble wearily to the marker and pose proudly for our cameras to mark the achievement. After pausing to luxuriate in the accomplishment and take in the magnificent views we begin the descent to Bhimthang and put our trekking poles to good use to spare our tired legs and knees from the steep descent to the arid valley below.

  • Max. Altitude:2515 m/8251 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

With views of Manaslu to our left and the Annapurna ranges to our right, we descend from Bhimthang through yak pastures to the first signs of the Dudh Khola's headwaters trickling down the slope. A bridge across leads to a path that gradually leaves behind the alpine climate and takes us down through familiar rhododendron forests to a narrow valley of terraced fields and patchwork crops. We reach the small and picturesque village of Goa overnight, where you will have the best accommodation, a hot shower, wifi, and delicious meals for the entire trek.

  • Max. Altitude:760 m/2493 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea House

Short and pleasant hike to Dharapani, where we take lunch and drive to Besisahar by a shared jeep.

  • Max. Altitude:1400 m/4593 ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast & Lunch

Driving by bus to either Pokhara or Kathmandu, as you prefer.

    Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two nights' accommodation in Kathmandu, including breakfast.
    • All necessary trekking permits for Manaslu Special, Manaslu Conservation Area, Annapurna Conservation Area, TIMS card, etc.
    • All accommodation during the trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • A cup of tea or coffee with the meal
    • If and when available, fresh fruit should be eaten every day.
    • Complimentary duffel bag or agency T-shirt, trekking map, and four-season sleeping bag, if needed.
    • Professional English-speaking government-registered and first-aid-trained guide
    • First-aid kit
    • Kathmandu to Machhakhola by bus
    • Dharapani to either Pokhara or Kathmandu by bus
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements, if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax or VAT
    • Certificate of achievement, if needed
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Porters to carry your backpacks (we provide porters on request)
    • Personal insurance, personal expenses, loss of property, theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc.)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, WiFi, etc.
    • Tipping for staff
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    Dates & Availability
    Start:SundayApr 28, 20242 people confirmed
    End:TuesdayMay 14, 2024
    PriceUS$990
    StatusGuaranteed

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    FAQs for Manaslu Circuit Trek
    • The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins 155 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu at Machhakhola village, Gorkha.

    • It depends on your time frame, fitness, and interest. The fastest you can do it is within 10 days from Kathmandu, but you may miss the beautiful side trips like Ribung Monastery, Pungen Gompa, Birendra Lake, Manaslu Base Camp, Tibet Border, etc. If you have the time, we recommend traveling from Kathmandu to Kathmandu for 13–14 days at least.

    • It stands 5106 meters (16752 feet) tall.

    • While the Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal, you must have a government-registered guide.

    • A professional local person who speaks good English and is government-certified, first-aid, leadership, and rescue-trained.

    • Since we have such a challenging landscape, spend many days walking long distances, and need to hike over 5000 meters, I would definitely recommend a porter. Normally, a porter will be provided for two people, and he carried 20 kilos. A porter makes a big difference in terms of avoiding the burden of kilos and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

    • NTE does not recommend drinking directly from the tap. You can buy bottles of mineral water, boil water, use purification tablets, a steripen, or a life straw as you like.

    • You should have Nepali rupees with you during the trek. There are no ATMs or banks, and credit cards are not accepted.

    • Obviously, walking at a high altitude for many days won’t be easy. But since it is not a mountain expedition and you are just walking on the trail, you can definitely do it. However, we recommend hiking, jogging, cardio, going to the gym, etc. regularly before visiting Nepal.

    • The trek requires a minimum of two people, a government-registered agency, and a guide. For more details click here.

    • Trekkers cannot obtain the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Permits on their own. So, only updated trekking agencies can obtain them for you.

    • As per the government's rules and regulations, we need a minimum of two people to trek such a region. However, you can pay for a ghost trekker permit and trek on your own too. Or we can get a sharing permit with a group and trek solo too.

    • We recommend negative 15-degree (extreme temperature) sleeping bags to handle all the conditions you might come across during the trek.

    • Yes, you can store the unnecessary stuff with us in Kathmandu.

    • You can pay by USD, Euro, British pound, rupees, or card as you like. But if you pay by card, then it costs 4% more of the total amount.

    • Yes, high-altitude coverage is essential, and it's also recommended that you pay close attention to the details to ensure that trekking is covered by the policy, as well as hospitalization and medical evacuation.

    51Travelers' Reviews
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      The best trekking company in Nepal

      My GF and I just finished the Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Trekking Experts (NTE) and can not recommend them enough. Request Ram (guide), Santos (guide/porter) & Shiva (porter). If you are deciding between the many trekking companies out there, go with NTE. They are a locally founded & operated company. From start to finish, everything about the trip exceed our expectations. Here is a bit about our experience:

      Inquiry, booking & arrival: We were recommended NTE by a friend who connected us with Raj. Corresponding and booking with Raj was very easy, all done over WhatsApp. When we arrived in Kathmandu, NTE had someone waiting for us at the airport just outside the gate to bring us to the hotel for the first night before the trek. Because our group was 6, Raj recommended we take a private jeep to the start of the trek vs. the public bus. The jeep was a far nicer experience than the bus and probably saved us 3-4+ hours of driving time. Highly recommend doing this if it’s offered.

      Guides/porters: Spending time with Ram, Santos & Shiva was one of the highlights of the trip. From a guiding perspective, they handled all of the logistics (booking transport, housing, adjusting schedules for weather, etc.) in expert fashion allowing all of the customers to just enjoy the trek. They were all extremely knowledgable about the region & Nepal. All 3 (and all of NTE as I understand it) are from the Manaslu region so have intimate knowledge of the area, seem to know everyone! and know the little details that make a big difference. Because of this we were always booked in the best guest houses (best views & best food) and in the best rooms, and we were always treated very warmly by the guest house owners.

      Just as importantly, they were just really great people to spend 2 weeks with. It felt like we were trekking with friends (who also happened to do all of the logistics/work every day). We would often be the last ones in the dining hall each evening playing cards and enjoying tea. You meet many other groups from different companies during the trek, our entire group felt like we were extremely fortunate to be with Ram, Santos & Shiva.

      Note on porters: We did not plan to hire a porter for the trip as we normally will carry our own things. We ended up splitting the cost of a porter with another couple from the group who asked to on briefing day and were glad that we did. It was nice to have a bit of a lighter load to better enjoy the hiking & scenery and it was worth it just to have Santos/Shiva as part of our team.

      Trek: The scenery and trek are awe inspiring. The scale of things in the Himalayas is just different from other places in the world. The itinerary with NTE is very well planned to ensure everyone adjusts to the increasing altitudes. There are multiple acclimatization days where you will hike high and sleep lower to prepare for going over Lakre Pass (17k+ ft). One of the highlights of the trip was our visit to Pungen Gompa which is a high altitude Monastary with incredible views of Mt Manaslu and surrounding peaks. Many of the groups we met who were trekking with other companies didn’t have Pungen Gompa included in their itinerary, another reason NTE was excellent.

      We were fortunate to have a personal recommendation to use NTE as it can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort through all of the trekking companies online. Consider this your personal recommendation, you cannot do better than Nepal trekking experts & request Ram/Santos & Shiva if you can!

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      Ned SApr 20, 2024United States
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      Fantastic Experience Trekking Manaslu Circuit

      This was our first time trekking in and visiting Nepal. It made a spectacular impression on us! We had a superb experience working with Nepal Trekking Experts-- from booking and planning, through the trek itself. Rajesh and his colleagues are tremendously helpful, knowledgeable, responsive, patient, trustworthy, kind, and welcoming. They provide top-tier service and support, making for a really excellent and memorable experience.

      Our guide Prakash did a fantastic job leading us through the Manaslu Circuit, while also sharing his knowledge and teaching us about local culture. Our porter Ramesh brought great energy and high spirits to the trek. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best possible time.

      To anyone looking for a trekking agency in Nepal, look no further-- Nepal Trekking Experts are the best!

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      Daniella KApr 18, 2024United States
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