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Trekking the Manaslu Circuit: Complete Preparation and Guide

The stunning mountain vistas 16-day Manaslu trek journey is located in the Gorkha District. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain (altitude of 8163m) in the world, which helps to represent Nepal in the world. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a captivating and challenging trekking route in Nepal. The trek offers natural beauty and unique culture that brings you around the shadows of beautiful Mt. Manaslu. It is also known for its stunning vistas, rich cultural legacy, and hard terrain. On the way, to trip organizations, you’ll reach diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendrons in forest surroundings, wildflowers, even elusive snow leopards, and blue sheep.

Complete Preparation and Guide 1


Our Manaslu Trek 16-day Expedition will help you explore the greenery beauty of the Manaslu. Trekkers assist by route of activities day by day. Manaslu Circuit Trek best alternative trek in Nepal. To begin the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you must first go to Kathmandu. The Manaslu region is accessible from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The trail starts from Mache Kholo or Arughat and ends at Dharapani or Besi Sahar after crossing to Kathmandu. The Manaslu circuit is more challenging than the Annapurna circuit based on the terrain. Manaslu circuit, Larkya la (5106m), the pass on the Annapurna circuit, Max elevation Thorong la (5416m).


During the Manaslu trek route, you can notice Mt.Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Himling Mountain. This is the perfect package trip for single, group team, and family vacations. We are committed to a successful and joyful tour. Ongoing exploring the remote tsum valley first then circling around the peak of the Manaslu Himal. Shyagya is a special traditional festival of the local communities of Tsum Valley people. Tsum Valley is a hidden valley established a long time ago. Their religion is protected by the Buddhist leader.

What to expect in the Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit is a unique less crowded and more popular trek in Nepal. In this region, you can go on an adventure to Mt. Manaslu and Larke Peak. Where You can explore the monastery, and stupa, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region. The Manaslu Base Camp Trek starts from walk Larke Pass (5,106 m./16,747 ft.). It provides a spectacular perspective of the Himalayan landscape. Manaslu is the Eighth-highest mountain in the world 16-day Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is planned. On the way, to the Manaslu circuit trek, you’ll reach diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, wildflowers, even elusive snow leopards, and blue sheep. Crossing Larke La, the path intersects, the world-renowned Annapurna Circuit in Dharapani. People on the Manaslu roundtrip can experience all climatic zones. Tropical climate zone, subtropical zone, temperate zone, sub-alpine zone, and others all have elevations above 4,500 m/4,920. And above the snow line at around 5,000 m. Ready to face the challenge yet because of this stunning view mountain gives lots of good and bad experiences. At last, prepare for an extraordinary adventure trip. That will leave you with a strong appreciation for the raw beauty of the Trip overview.

Complete Preparation and Guide


Why is Manaslu Trek a cultural experience?

Manaslu Circuit Trekking gives you the chance to take in the breathtaking scenery of Nepal. Nepal is renowned for its beautiful Himalayan peaks, kind people, and rich cultural heritage. This national guide provides details about laws, traditions, wildlife, the environment, safety measures, and other relevant subjects for your hike. Gurungs, Tamang, and Tibetan communities belong to the Manaslu Circuit Route. This Community provides to the trekker about traditional and rural living in the Himalayas. You can also learn about their cultural traditions and way of life. You can also reach Buddhist stupas, and see monasteries chortens, and prayer flags in the village. These religious places are important to the local culture and provide information on Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices. Lhosar(Tibetan New Year) is a Celebration with grand. This local festival includes a colorful mix of music, dancing, and religious ceremonies. This celebration offers to exchange of multi-culture and cultural diversity universally in Tibet border. Now, Farm village people follow the old farming methods in Tsum Valley. Land, rainfall, local seeds, and conventional tillage methods to produce crops based on nature’s offer. Men and women equally work in the farmhouse.

Woman sifting corn in field outside Lho on Manaslu Circuit


Physical Fitness Required for this Trek

The Manaslu Circuit trek is difficult for a beginner so we do not offer it for Everyone. You should need excellent physical condition as well as mentally for Mount Manaslu location. It is true, that the Manaslu circuit trek ending point is Larke Pass. Its high altitude makes it difficult for every trekker. During the physical fitness training, you are careful about the altitude sickness. The subject manaslu altitude training is not compulsory but you take help for preparing the body for the high altitudes. You have many benefits from the after-altitude training. From the training Improved acclimatization, Enhanced Endurance and Stamina, and Better Physical Preparedness. Increasing the stamina in the body for the Manaslu region trek. It requires a program that highly includes cardiovascular preparation, strength training, flexibility exercises, and a good diet and fruit.

Physical Fitness Required for this Trek

Preparation Tips:

  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Strength Training
  • Altitude Acclimatization
  • Pack Light
  • Mental Preparedness

Manaslu Trek Temperature/Weather

When you are planning to trek the Manaslu conversion Area. The trekking crews need to understand about weather and temperature of the Manaslu Region. Trekking enjoyment is determined by the there temperature and weather. Manaslu circuit trek weather changes according to the seasons. The best season to go on the Manaslu Circuit trail is from March to May and September to November. Among months the peak season is September to November. During the monsoon season avoid trekking. It brings rains, floods, and landslides which start from June to August. Generally, the climate of the monsoon season is heavy rainfall, high humidity, cloudy skies, and lush vegetation in the Manaslu circuit tour. The winter season also is not good for the trekking journey. In this season high levels of cold in the Himalayan region so the trekkers face high altitude sickness on top of Manaslu Valley. Weather forecasting is the top challenge in Manaslu Himalaya. The weather department just forecasting for short-term duration. There are many affecting factors that may not be able for actual forecasting likewise, mountain terrain, limited metrology stations, and rapid weather change conditions. These challenges minimize the daily Updates and Observe the Sky overview. The autumn season gives stable weather, clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and clear views.



Spring Seasons: It brings a sunny and clear environment. The temperatures in the lower range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to70°F). In the highlands, temperatures range from 5°C to 15° (40°F to 60°F) in hot springs.

Summer Season: The temperatures rise rapidly higher.  This season is best for the Manaslu circuit trek. In the lowlands, temperatures range from 15°C to 25°C (60°F to 80°F). In higher elevations, temperatures range from 5°C to 15°C (40°F to 60°F).

Autumn Season: Temperatures range in autumn seasons from 10°C to 20°C, with lower elevations reaching 50°F to 70°F. In higher elevations, temperatures range from 0°C to 10°C (30°F to 50°F).

Winter Seasons: This is the coldest season. In this season heavy snowfall in the higher elevations and lower temperatures. In lower elevations, temperatures range from 5°C to 15°C (40°F to 55°F). In higher heights, temperatures range from below zero to minus fifteen degrees Celsius (14°F to 35°F).

The weather and temperature is the critical aspect for everyone. In the case of the Manaslu conversion area project which is more dangerous for trekking. The preventive is better than the curative. For a safe and enjoyable hike, you bring seasonal clothing, gear, and equipment.

What kind of Accommodation and Food are available on the Manaslu Trek?


The teahouse and guesthouse provide a variety of meals in the Manaslu circuit trek route. As provides tests of preferences including Chinese, Nepali, and Indian cuisines. The popular Thakli Khana, includes Rice, curry, soup, picked, green vegetables, and papad for lunch. Vegetable dishes are also available based on the order. You have to enjoy hearty meals like momo with veggies chicken, buffalo, and cheese along the route. During the trial, you don’t expect more about the variety menu. This is sure that you get tasty food for dinner,  People are warm welcoming, and hospitality in the Manaslu Hill area. The food costs USD 10-15 per dinner with mineral water. The rates rise at which is the altitude gain.

food and accommodation manaslu trek in september


The lodging options access warm and clean guesthouses and teahouses by local families While the walk is less established than more popular routes. You may still have accommodations with basic comforts like which is need for a day likewise beds, blankets, and pillows. Some guesthouses even have adjusted restrooms with hot showers, however with limited amenities. The restaurants also charge an additional cost for electricity, phone call access, and Wi-Fi (internet service). Rooms are often furnished with twin beds arrangements with many beds per room. The cost of accommodation is USD 10-15 around Per night But It is depending on the seasonal charge. During the peak season booking for accommodation is required otherwise it’s not necessary for pre-booking to trekking agencies. If you have a guide, they will assist with accommodation and food which you can afford. Only a Government license holder trekker is permitted as a guide. Manaslu Base Camp offers limited luxury accommodations. The luxury accommodations are Boutique lodges and Homestay. The boutique lodges provide more comfortable accommodation compared to available teahouses. It includes a private room with attached bathrooms, a hot shower a comfortable bed, and a dinner that serves a variety of amenities. The homestay also provides a unique cultural experience and personalized service. The standard package is also available who want a comfortable journey to a different destination.

Accommodation and Food in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Will I Suffer from Altitude Sickness on the Manaslu Trek?

Mountain sickness is a major issue for trekkers at high –altitudes. The trek starts point 5000 meters above, the air is thin and oxygen levels are low. The uphill section increases as sure of dangerous level is fixed. As the basis of age, gender, and physical fitness affect altitude sickness for everyone. Symptoms of altitude sickness are Headache, Nausea and vomiting, Fatigue, and shortness of breath. These many problems Can reduced and you can be safe and enjoy Manaslu Base Camp altitude.

altitude sickness

The subject altitude training is not compulsory but you need help for preparing your body for the high altitudes. You have many benefits from the after-altitude training. The training Improved acclimatization, Enhanced Endurance and Stamina, and Better Physical Preparedness. Increasing the stamina in the body for the Circuit trail. It requires a program that highly includes cardiovascular preparation, strength training, flexibility exercises, and a good diet. You can reduce if you work out on the Stay hydrated, Proper nutrition, Consider packing altitude sickness, medication, and Morning walk. Guides are well-known about Manaslu Trek’s altitude sickness. In emergency cases, the Expert team follows the preventive method, fast response protocol, and evacuation support as needed and also manages the emergency Helicopter service from expertise. The topic of the Manaslu trek goes to over 3000m – 3500m and can make feel altitude sickness so you need to make a pre-plan mention of the above activities.

How to get to Manaslu Circuit Trek?

To begin the Manaslu Base Camp, you must first go to Kathmandu town, The Manaslu region is accessible from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The entire driving distance from Kathmandu is around 150 kilometers, and from Pokhara is 165 kilometers. The bus journey from Pokhara and Kathmandu takes approximately 8-9 hours. if you are starting the journey at Katmandu and Pokhara can take many transportation by public bus, private jeep, car, and also helicopter. The flights are often delayed due to the weather in Nepal. There are many buses, jeeps, and tourist buses that can reach Soti Khola by bus. By bus, for 8-9 hours, and by flight for approximately 1-2 hours you get start point a majestic view of the wilderness thrill in the Annapurna Circuit Region, Manang. The cost of the flight is expensive. The cost of a local bus is NPR 600-1,000 (USD 5-8) per person, a Tourist bus is NPR 1,000-1,500 (USD 8-12) per person, Private jeep NPR 20,000-25,000 (USD 160-200) per vehicle and sharing jeep NPR 2,500-3,500 (USD 20-28) per person. The travel cost during Manaslu trekking regions is also dependent on the convenience of the journey. You have many options for choosing the vehicle. The Manaslu route map walk concludes in Dharapani, in the Annapurna area, Manang. After Dharapani, we take a Jeep to Besisahar. You can stay overnight in Besisahar and drive to Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus, or you can directly drive from Dharapani to Pokhara/Kathmandu, to shorten a day depending on your itinerary planning. This itinerary provided facilities including the Tsum Valley trek. If you are feeling too tired after hiking Tum Valley, instead of Dharapani, we can take a jeep ride from Tilche.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking


Equipment and Gear Checklist for Manaslu Trek

As per the rules weight of the package is comfortable in your body. The bag weight journey of the Manaslu trek package depends on personal preference, the distance of the journey, and the trek day. Actual needed clothing and gear are not fixed but you can pack basic equipment as follows a trekking experience. As you should pack additional clothes and gear as the basis of requirement and preference. We are highly recommended for packing sleeping bags due to the warmth, hygiene, and comfort. Another hand you completely avoid Heavy and Bulky Items, Unnecessary Toiletries, Jewelry and Valuables, Books and Heavy Reading Material, Overabundance of Clothing, and Cotton Clothing. The whole list of tools you’ll need is shown below:equipment

Small Personal Equipment

  • Backpack
  • Trekking Boots
  • Hiking Socks
  • Headlamp

Personal Prescriptions

  • Personal Pharmacy
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • First Aid Kit

Gear and Clothing

  • Base Layers
  • Insulation
  • Outer Layer
  • Trekking Pants
  • Gloves
  • Hat

Cost and the Visa Process for the Manaslu Trek

Nepal visa

Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months. Most visitors to Nepal must have a current visa to enter the nation. At other border crossings or the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, From the Nepal government, you can obtain a visa. Since visa requirements and prices sometimes change, you can get the most recent information from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home nation. This is important to note, that a valid passport, clear passport-size photo, completed visa application, and visa charge bill are necessary documents for visa application in Nepal. SAARC Countries citizens get free visas a stay up to 30 days. Where SAARC Countries means (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter and stay in Nepal. The last updated visa charge is as follows:

Money exchange in Nepal

(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR).

Visa fees

USD 30: 15 Days

USD 50: 50 Days

USD 125: 90 Days

Tourist Visa

Tourist visas are also available at Tribhuwan International Airport. They are also accessible at Nepalese embassies and consulates overseas before your journey. Somewhere, If you want to stay in Nepal for a day to explore the beauty of nature. You can apply soon for a visa extension department in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The maximum extension day is 15 and more additional extensions up to a total of 150 days.

Banking Transaction information

Nepal’s banking system is fully converted into a modern banking system. Banks provide Mobile, internet banking, Debit cards, Credit cards, remittances, SWIFT, and exchange facilities. The joint venture Bank is also situated in Kathmandu. Exchange facilities are only provided by banks and authorized foreign exchange dealers. Trekkers can exchange money at a foreign exchange counter at Tribhuvan International Airport. Banks are open from 9:00 am end 6:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday banks open same time but close at 1:00 pm. The bank is fully closed on Saturday and Public holiday.

ATM provides 24-hour service. The foreign card withdrawal maximum of 25000 Rupees and a Minimum of 500 Rupees. You cannot meet any ATM along the Manaslu Circuit Trek route. The trails are located in remote and hilly areas so the banking service is limited. You should carry sufficient cash for the trekking package and personal expenses.

Other information:

If, you hire a guide for the convenience of money exchange and banking transactions. You will pay money in terms of conditions. You know about the mother language of Nepal. You should be concerned cultural customs of the trek. During the Circuit Trekking trail, you will stay connected with friends and family from the many electric devices likewise local SIM cards, and Phones, and connect to Wi-Fi at the teahouse (messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp). You can choose which is useful for yourself.

How High Will I Go on the Manaslu Trek?

Mt. Manaslu is known as Mt. Kutung in Tibet. This summit is roughly 64 kilometers east of Mount Annapurna. Even though multiple expeditions to Manaslu had previously occurred, they were only legally unlocked in 1991.

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The Manaslu circuit trek is a challenging route in Nepal. Tibetan border crossed on a day. You can go the highest point at the Larky La Pass in this trek which is 5167m/ 16952 ft. You can stay a night at the height of 4460m/ 14632. This is the most dangerous night but you can prepare by the trek itinerary. You will have two acclimatization days and will be far into your trek, so your body will accustomed to the high altitude. The Larkya La pass is one of the highest in the world. This is the primary highlight of the Manaslu circuit trip. This pass is the primary factor that makes the journey more exciting and worthwhile. You may also enjoy a stunning natural view of some of the world’s tallest mountains. It is covered in snow and shines brightly when the sun’s rays contact the white snow. You can combine this journey with Larkya La Pass to make a Manaslu circuit by Larkya La Pass journey.

Manaslu circuit trekking is difficult?

The answer to the trek is a difficult measure of the many factors. The major factors are the high altitude, weather, length and duration, and  Experience in remote areas, and fitness level.

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High altitude: Manaslu is the top eight highest mountain(5106 meters) in the world. The destination was completed to reach 5106 meters (16,400 feet) at the Larkya La pass. Altitude sickness is a critical problem of during trekking time so Proper acclimatization and a slow ascent are critical to reducing the risk of altitude sickness.

Length and Duration: When you are ready for the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal. The trekker daily climbs uphill area for physical fitness. The daily walk takes around 14 to 18 days to complete. The Manaslu circuit trek itinerary and routes fixed to plan your day also extend the itinerary day.

landscapes and track Conditions: The track traverses a variety of landscapes, from lush forests to stony slopes and glaciers. Some sections may be steep and difficult, necessitating a high level of physical fitness and hiking experience.

Weather: The trekker must understand about weather and temperature of the Manaslu Region. The best season to go on the Manaslu Circuit trek is from March to May and September to November. Avoid the monsoon season for the trekking. It brings rains, floods, and landslides which start from June to August.

At last, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult. It provides unrivaled natural beauty and cultural contact with Indigenous populations. Difficulties can be overcome by preparing properly, including physical training, and altitude acclimation. Selecting a skilled guide or trekking service.

Are Health and Safety Essentials for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu tour package comes with many health risks due to the high altitudes, challenging terrain, and location & Geography. Mountain sickness is a major issue for trekkers at high –altitudes. Symptoms of altitude sickness are Headache, Nausea and vomiting, Fatigue, and shortness of breath. These many problems can be reduced and you can be safe and enjoy a trek trip.

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You can reduce if you are working out on the Stay hydrated, Proper nutrition, Consider packing altitude sickness, medication and Listen to your body. There are no specific vaccinations prescribed by the medical department for Manaslu Circuit Trek. For safety, you will take certain vaccines to protect against various diseases and health risks. Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, influenza and Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc. Manaslu circuit is located in remote areas so you don’t nervous about the wild animals during the route. On the trail, you find the Himalayan Black Bear, snow leopard, Red panda, Monkey, and Various Bird Species. Here are some tips for personal safety.

Prevention of Health risk

  • Altitude Sickness Medications
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water Purification

Prevention of wildlife Animal

  • Stay informed:
  •  Respect Wildlife
  • Secure Food and Waste

Sustainability and Responsible Tourism

During the trekking time, you have to create many waste of things. The main responsibility is the manage waste thing for the safety of environmental pollution. The trash should be collected in reusable bags. All trash disposal is properly for preserving the beauty of nature.  It is not only harmful to the environment. It negatively affects on whole Ecosystem. Never leave your waste of things behind the trek. Our Earth is a common home so our main responsibility is to preserve Earth.

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Before the trip

  • Respect and Research
  • Pick Ethical Operators
  • Pack with Thought

During the trip

  • Respect local culture
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Energy and Resource Conservation

After the trip

  • Exchange Knowledge
  • Think and Learn