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The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you on an unforgettable journey around the world's eighth highest peak through spectacular mountain views, colourful rhododendron forests, ancient monasteries and charming villages. Originally a salt trading route following the Burhi Gandak River, the trek is packed with adventure, taking you along rugged trails, through high passes and across suspension bridges. Manaslu is located in beautiful Nepal and climbs 8,163 metres above sea level (with the trek taking you to a maximum of 5160m). Found in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, it is in the west-central region of Nepal at coordinates 28°32?58?North and 84°33?43?East.
Manaslu is a conservation area, protecting a diverse range of plant and animal life as well as a rich cultural heritage. Among these are 2,000 species of plants and 11 different types of forest. It is home to many rare animal species including the snow leopard, grey wolf and the Himalayan Tahr. Local culture is centred around the main religion of Buddhism and the trek includes the chance to experience the peace of a Buddhist monastery first hand. As you begin to ascend, you will find that many of the villages are more Tibetan than those lower down, so you can see the changing culture and appreciate the uniqueness of each one.
Baseri is the point where your trek begins and from there you will progress through beautiful forests, Gurung villages and arrive at Maccha Khola. Travelling over some steep terrain, you will have the chance to appreciate many natural and cultural points of interest whilst passing through the Budhi Gandaki river, ridges and villages of Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaon. From the panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayas, Kangaru, Chio Himal and Himlung Himal at highest point of the trek at Larkya La Pass to the waterfalls, forests, villages, pastures and terraced farmland of the lower regions of Tilije, Tal and Syange as you descend, each day of your mountaineering trip will be special.
Starting with the chance to tour the sights in Kathmandu, other expeditions will take you to the monastery of Pungyen Gompa, set in a lovely landscape and rich in nature, culture, and tradition. You will also have astounding views of glacier moraines as you follow the banks of the Budi Gandaki River upwards. After spending the evening and night immersed in the culture of the local villages or camping out under the stars, wake up to a different view each morning; breathtaking mountain peaks, magical forests and rushing rivers.
The trek is a rewarding experience, however, you will need a certain level of fitness to get the most out of your peak climbing adventure. You will be trekking many hours each day, much of which is at higher altitudes, therefore you should be physically fit, with some experience of walking or trekking to cope with this strenuous trek. Our professional guides at Nepal Mountain Trekkers will ensure that acclimatisation and all other health and safety measures are in place. As well as stout walking boots and warm, comfortable clothing, it's a good idea to bring water purification tablets and toilet roll with you as accommodation is either in basic tea houses or tent-camps.
The cost of your trip includes the Manaslu Conservation Area fees, a Manasalu Special Permit, an Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS card.
The best time to undertake the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the spring season is between March and late May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. In the autumn, the best time is between early September and late November when the forests are green and there is very little chance of rain. The Manaslu Circuit is a must for serious mountain trekkers on the lookout for a very special experience.
While you are on Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Manaslu Circuit Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Manaslu Circuit Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron, Pine and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at there are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, two varieties of dazzling Pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, Raven, Chough, Himalayan Marmots and Deer etc.
The Manaslu Trekking region lies to the east of the Annapurna region, the culture, traditions and lifestyle of local inhabitants are particularly Tamangs, Gurungs and people of Tibetan origin at higher elevations.
Yes, since you would be passing by Annapurna Conservation Area and because the Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail comes under a restricted area, you would be requiring Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card.
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. As well as, the restricted area is not allowed to trek solo without a certified person with you so it is not possible to go for solo trekking in Manaslu region.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
First Aid Kits
Personal Regular Medicines
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than 2 decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with Nepal Mountain Trekkers only.
During Manaslu Circuit Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall and extreme cold, it is not recommended to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek during winter. Instead, autumn and spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations.
Of course, it is safe to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek because the impacts of Earthquake don’t exist anymore in the trails of this trek after the recovery and reconstructions. Well, the locals are still having some trouble to rise again after the devastation but for the trek, it is safe and fine now.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is somehow physically demanding due to high altitude walks and off-the-beaten trail. You ought to walk 6-7 hours every day and you must be physically fit as well as well prepared before you embark on this trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wonderful opportunity to encircle the world’s eight highest peaks (Mt. Manaslu) and explore the rugged trails along with spectacular views of Himalayas and cultural insights. The trekking trail was an ancient salt trading route that lets us pass through beautiful rhododendron forests. And at the same time, we explore local Buddhism, visit monasteries embracing magical landscape views while making our way through high passes of Larkya La Pass.
We did a 2 weeks Manaslu trek with Min and Rojan, and it was a truly fantastic experience. Min was professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Min shared a lot about Nepal history and went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, well acclimatised, and not to mention, very well fed! If you are looking for a best in class trekking guide in Nepal, this is the right company to do it with.
We had an enjoyable 14-day trek with Min as our guide and Rojan as our porter.
Special mention to Min who went out of his way - he was helpful and responsive during the planning of the trek and when we started the trek, he took great care of us both in terms of safety and comfort (he knows the teahouses with great food!). Through him, I learnt alot about the mountains and the history of Nepal - some of the many topics that Min is knowledgeable on, which makes me appreciate the trek even more. As both my friend and I were doing a high-altitude trek for the first time , I also appreciate Min setting a good pace and providing great advice on how to deal with the high altitude.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the trek and will definitely recommend Nepal Mountain Trekkers with Min as a guide for a Nepal trekking trip.
Wir waren mit unserem Guide Krishna im April 2019 auf dem Manaslu Trek unterwegs. Auf Vorschlag des Agenturchefs Ramesh konnten wir die ersten Tage auf einer Alternativroute abseits der Touristenströme unvergessliche Einblicke in das Dorfleben gewinnen und im Gegensatz zur Hauptroute im Tal tolle Ausblicke auf Manaslu, Himalchuli und Ganesh Himal genießen. Während des Treks hat uns Krishna mit viel Humor und Kompetenz begleitet und ist zum Freund geworden. Auch der Passübergang klappte dank Krishnas Gespür für Wetter und Timing bestens. Es waren für uns unvergessliche drei Wochen in Nepal. Bei unserem zweiten Besuch in Nepal hatten wir Dank Ramesh und Krishna den Eindruck, das Land erstmals wirklich kennengelernt zu haben. Wir werden unseren nächsten Trek sicher wieder von nepalmountaintrekkers organisieren lassen und können die Agentur nur wärmstens empfehlen!
An absolutely terrific trekking experience. We did a 12 day trek in the Manaslu conservation area in Oct 2018 organised by the always-smiling Ramesh at Nepal Mountain Trekkers, and led by our trusty guide Min (Sanjeep). Right from the start, Min took care of everything and gave us a tremendous and care-free two weeks in the mountains. It was my second trek with Min (having also done the Annpurna circuit in 2011) and like last time, his local knowledge, warm temperament and great organisational skills meant we had a hugely successful trip. He secured us accommodation in all villages, guided us through the acclimatization process and ensured we passed safely over the 5,100 Larka La High Pass. Our porter Sukman was also a delightful young man, and was well treated. Would not hesitate to recommend this agency.
In Kathmandu angekommen wird man gleich von einem Mitarbeiter der Nepal Mountain Trekkers empfangen und ins Hotel gebracht. Ich ruhe mich aus und der Staff legt gleich mal los, alle Papiere fürs Trekking vorzubereiten. Zeit ist kostbar. Da ich Kathmandu schon ganz gut kenne, habe ich es vorgezogen am Sightseeing Tag erst mal Freunde zu besuchen. Und am nächsten Tag ging es in aller Frühe los nach Baseri. Schon auf Weg wurden mir alle Fragen beantwortet. Erst mal landen und am nächsten Tag gehts weiter. Daljit ist ein wahrer Gentleman. Mein Rucksack war schwerer als seiner, also haben wir einfach mal getauscht. Juhu, ich konnte mich der Aussicht und dem Weg widmen und musste mich nicht mehr um schweres Gepäck sorgen. Teilweise sah es schon etwas wackelig aus, aber dafür hatte ich ja Daljit, der mir gezeigt hat, wie ich mich vorwärts bewegen muss. So bin ich ganz gut durch gekommen. Wine Wahre Augenweide sind die Rhododendron Wälder und natürlich immer wieder der Blick auf den Schnee bedeckten Gipfel. Super fand ich den Besuch der Pungyen Gompa. Und natürlich auch die lieben und herzlichen Menschen auf der Strecke. Ich muss sagen, das ganze Team hat mir einen unvergesslichen Trekk organisiert. Selbst am Ruhetag in Samdo wurde ich nicht einfach alleine gelassen. Mein Guide war immer für mich da. Auch bei dem Ansieg nach Dharamsala, Wo ich trotz des Ruhetages arg an meine Grenzen gekommen bin. Hat Daljit mich nicht aus den Augen gelassen und natürlich seinen Rucksack auch noch getragen. Danke noch mal dafür. Auch bei der Auswahl der Teehäuser und der Rastplätze hat sich das gute Händchen der Agentur bewährt. Einfach ein klasse Team. Ich konnte auf der Rückfahrt im Bus schlafen. Musste mir nie Sorgen um mich und meine Sachen machen. Wieder zurück in Kathmandu wurde ich nach einer ausgiebigen Dusche noch zum Abendessen eingeladen. Wir waren in einem tollen Tamang Restaurant. Vielen Dank an das gesamte Team der Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
Vor mehr als drei Jahren habe ich zufällig Ramesh Dhakal kennengelernt, als ich auf der Suche nach einem Hotel war; Ramesh war Teilhaber einer Trekkingagentur in den Räumen des Hotel "Horizon" (auch dieses ist sehr zu empfehlen!). Ramesh hat mich mit seinem Mitarbeiter Krishna zusammengebracht, der mich auf einer zweiwöchigen Tour durch Helambu und Langtang begleitet hat: Ein wunderbares Erlebnis und ein sehr entspannendes Wandern. Bisher war ich - sechs Mal in 38 Jahren - immer nur allein im Himalaya unterwegs gewesen. Nun wurde ich rundum von Krishna versorgt; Ramesh hatte die Tour auch perfekt vorbereitet. Deshalb war es auch keine Frage für mich, dass ich die nächste Tour wieder mit diesen Freunden mache. Schon von Deutschland aus habe ich angefragt; Ramesh hat dann mit seiner neuen Agentur Nepalmountaintrekkers, deren Inhaber er ist, alles vorbereitet: Mein alter Guide und Träger Krishna hat mich schon am Flughafen abgeholt, alles war geregelt und zusammen sind wir diesmal um den Manaslu gewandert: Alles wieder perfekt organisiert und durchgeführt: Kompetent, zuverlässig, freundlich - kann ich sehr gerne weiterempfehlen und wünsche der Agentur Nepalmountaintrekkers und den Mitarbeitern alles Gute!
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