Manaslu circuit trek
Relatively less developed compared to Everest area and Annapurna area but still a great walk in the mountain is Manaslu area. Originally a restricted area now opens to visitor, pay special permit to enter this area. Manaslu Trek is a circuit around the eighth highest mountain in the world. The trail follows Budhigandaki upstream through wild Gurung settlements at the beginning and end downstream in the Marshyanngdi valley. Topography keeps changing, vegetation keeps changing and even culture and religion of the people keeps changing as you go higher in this trek. The main high lights are Manaslu base camp, Larkya Pass, a Buddhist nunnery called Pungyen. At the beginning mostly Hindu villages then mostly Buddhist people and as you make a pass and go down again the settlements of Hindu people. The trek starts at very low elevation as low as 600m., then climb up to Larkya pass (5160m.) then end at Beshisahar less than 800m. of elevation.
Manaslu circuit trek at a glance
Maximum elevation: 5,167 meter
Number of Days: 15 days of walking which include one day for acclimatization
Difficulty level: Strenuous or demanding, walking in high altitude for significant days
Accommodation: Tea house during the trek and hotel in Kathmandu
Transportation: Private transfer for Kathmandu and public bus from Kathmandu to Arughat bazar and from Beshisahar to Kathmandu.
Price: $1250 per person (min 2 persons)
Best time to go: March- May and September-November
Highlight of the Manaslu circuit trek
A daytrip to discover Kathmandu, recover from Jetlag and prepare for the trek,
A unique trek to discover the wide range of landscape as the trek starts at very low elevation and reaches above snowline, as the landscape and elevation keep changing also gives opportunity to observe wide variety of vegetation,
Great view of the eighth highest peak of the world Mt. Manaslu which was climbed by Japanese for the first time,
A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughtat Bazar, Arughat bazar considered the main center to supply necessities in the northern part of Budhigandaki valley,
One of the high pass of the Himalayas Larke-la with an elevation of 5,167 m. is in the trip and Larke pass is the highest point in the trip also, extra ordinary view of surrounding area from the pass,
Observe both Hindu as well as Buddhist communities as the trail passes through Hindu communities at the beginning and pass through Buddhist communities at the higher places where they follow Tibetan Buddhism,
Very rich biodiversity with wide variety of flora and fauna,
Recently developed area for trekking so very less people compared to the famous trails in the Himalayas which gives true sense of walking in the Himalayas as very less western influence,
Contribution for the newly developed route and the societies there, trek for a reason.
As we need to get a special permit to go to Manaslu Circuit Trek we inform all our valuable customers that you have to arrive on weekdays, if you arrive in weekend we are not able to process the permit as Saturday and public holiday our government office will be closed. You can always change your transport from public bus to private jeep on paying the differences. Please feel free to ask us about the difference.
Is there any possibility to make my Manaslu Circuit trip cheaper than the above quoted price?
Yes, especially in dry season the bus can go directly up to Sotikhola and you can save one day with all the cost associated with it. From Tal village after you complete the pass you can take a transport directly to Beshisahar and saving a day there too so we can make a trip little cheaper.
We also recommend checking our Annapurna circuit trek if you are looking for alternatives and Everest Three high pass trek if you are looking for some more adventure.