Manaslu base camp circuit trek

In the heart of the Himalayas, the Manaslu Base Camp Circuit Trek stands as a hidden gem, promising trekkers remote journey through picturesque landscapes and rich cultural tapestries. If you’re seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure with breathtaking views and cultural immersion, the Manaslu Base Camp Circuit Trek is your ticket to the extraordinary.

Manaslu base camp circuit trek
Manaslu Base Camp Circuit Trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

    Situated in the Gorkha district of central Nepal, the Manaslu Base Camp Circuit Trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity. The highlight of the trek is undoubtedly the mesmerizing views of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. The trek typically required 16 days, taking adventurers through remote villages, lush forests, and challenging mountain passes.

    Manaslu base camp circuit trek Highlights

    • Trekking around the awe-inspiring Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, creating a stunning backdrop throughout the trek.
    • Experience the thrill of trekking on a less crowded trail, providing a sense of solitude and a genuine connection with nature.
    • Conquer the Larke Pass at 5,160 meters (16,930 feet), a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
    Manaslu base camp circuit trek
      During the Manaslu circuit trek , we can see the 2 horned to domed mountain view of Mt Manaslu .   
    • Reach the sacred Manaslu Base Camp, a high-altitude of the trek, surrounded by towering peaks.
    • Interact with the friendly locals in traditional villages like Deng and Namrung. Many chances in gaining insight into their daily lives, customs, and rituals.
    • Experience the typical Nepali hospitality in rustic tea houses and lodges, where local cuisine and cozy accommodations await your tired legs.
    • If timed, enjoy your trek to coincide with local festivals, for a chance to witness traditional dances, rituals, and celebrations.

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    Permits for Manaslu base camp circuit trek

    However, before setting foot on the trails that circumvent the eighth-highest mountain in the world, it’s crucial to understand the trekking permits required to ensure a smooth and legal journey.

    Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RRP): During the Manaslu Base Camp Circuit Trek, special permits is mandatory because this is that part of Nepal which is still preserving unique culture, ecological and geographical significance.  This permit is essential for all trekkers wishing to enter the Manaslu region. The permit is issued by the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or through registered trekking agencies in Nepal. You cannot obtain this permit as an individual; you must be accompanied by a licensed guide. The cost of Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RRP) is USD 150/-

    Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This permit is required for entry into the Manaslu Conservation Area. You can obtain this permit in Kathmandu or at the entry points of the conservation area. The cost of Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) is NPR 3000/-

    Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): The Annapurna Conservation Area is a protected region, and obtaining an ACAP is essential for trekking in this area. ACAPs can be obtained at the entrance of the Annapurna region or in Kathmandu through the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) or the ACAP office. The cost of Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is NPR 3000/-

    Manaslu base camp circuit trek
    In Manaslu trek , we can see many fancy lodges and tea house. But no indoor heating !!!!

    It’s advisable to contact the trekking agencies in Nepal or the Nepal Tourism Board for the most up-to-date information on permits and regulations for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

    Outline Itinerary for Manaslu base camp circuit trek

    • Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Day 2 – Kathmandu valley sightseeing/preparing for trekking leave in next day/ collect permits.
    • Day 3 – Kathmandu to Sotikhola
    • Day 4 – Trek to Machchha Khola
    • Day 5 – Machhakhola to Salleri
    • Day 6 – Trek to Deng, 6-8 hours
    • Day 7 – Trek to Namrung Village, 7 hours
    • Day 8 – Trek to Lho Gaun.
    • Day 9 – Trek to Sama Gaun
    • Day 10 – Rest/Acclimatize and explore Manaslu base camp/Birendra Glacial lake/Pungen Monastery.
    • Day 11 – Trek to Samdo
    • Day 12 – Trek to Dharmashala
    • Day 13 – Trek to Bhimtang.
    • Day 14 – Trek to Goa
    • Day 15 – Trek to Dharapani & drive to Besisahar, Overnight at Bensisahar
    • Day 16 – Drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu

    This itinerary allows for gradual acclimatization, includes rest days at crucial points, and takes you through diverse landscapes and cultural experiences. Always remember that individual trekking abilities and preferences may vary, and it’s important to be flexible with the itinerary based on your needs and conditions on the trail. Additionally, hiring an experienced guide and allowing for extra days in case of unforeseen circumstances is advisable for a safe and enjoyable trek.

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    About Author

    I grew up in the mountains & got university education in Kathmandu to become an engineer. But with homely environment of mountains interest me to become a trekking & tour guide, by passion. I have been 6574 meter to the highest & fortunately got chance to explore most of Nepal and bit of abroad.

    Eventually, passion converted to profession and here i am on behalf of Nepalgram - a Trekking agency in Nepal.

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