Manaslu Circuit Trek blog

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular Nepalese Himalayan trek that circles Mount Manaslu. It is the world’s eighth highest peak. This manaslu circuit trek blog will read you along a variety of landscapes, including lush green forests, remote villages, and high-altitude passes, with breath-taking Himalayan scenery along the way of manaslu trekking.

Manaslu Circuit Trek usually begins at Soti Khola and ends at Dharapani. Short itinerary of manaslu circuit takes 12 days to complete, however can be shorter depending on the trekker’s hiking pace.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Picture – Mt Manaslu seen in early light – Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trek in the Nepalese Himalayas that circles Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world.

With several steep ascents and descents and a maximum altitude of 5,160 meters (16,929 feet) at the top of Larkya La Pass, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately difficult trekking in Nepal. To avoid altitude sickness, it is recommended to have a good level of physical stamina with pre trek preperatio and that you acclimate properly during the trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek provides a unique cultural experience, as it passes through several traditional Gurung and Tibetan villages; allowing trekkers to learn about the local culture and way of life. Furthermore, the trek provides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing, with the chance to see rare species such as the Himalayan Tahr and Snow Leopard.

How long is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is 12, 14, 16, 18 or 10 days depending upon the itinerary and hiking pace. All the trekking trips in Nepal can be shortened or extended depending on the trekker’s preferences and physical ability.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Picture of trekkers passing wooden bridge on the tail of Bhimatang Valley – In manaslu trek , hikers crosses the varieties of bridges while exploring beautiful scene all around

The trek is approximately 179 kilometers (111 miles) long and passes through remote mountain villages, forests, and high-altitude passes, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters/26,781 feet), the world’s eighth highest mountain.

Why Mt manaslu is called the killer Mountain ?

The term “Killer Mountain” was given to Mount Manaslu, due to the significant number of fatalities that have happened there over time during Mt Manaslu expedition/climbing. Do not get confused with Manaslu trekking.

Fatality I am talking here is actual peak climbing accidents. Manaslu is one of the tough climbing peak above 8k, however Mt Annapurna expedition is the hardest of all.

It is one of the most hazardous summits to climb in Nepalese mountains. Due to a combination of its tough topography, erratic weather patterns, and severe climbing conditions even a famous mountaineers find it hard to summit the top of Manaslu.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Picture – Stunnig view of mt. manaslu captured from samagaun village

The summit’s standing as a horn shaped iconic mountain has also been bolstered by its remote location and lack of well-established rescue and support infrastructure.

Keep in mind – Manaslu circuit trekking is a restricted trekking route of Nepal – hence imagine the difficulty of actual climbing to the summit of Manaslu.

The rocky beauty and secluded environment of Mount Manaslu continue to draw skilled mountaineers and trekkers, despite its difficulties.

Is Manaslu Circuit Trekking difficult ?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek can be regarded as a difficult trek, although the degree of difficulty can change based on a trekker’s physical condition, ability to acclimate to high altitude, and level of preparation prior to manaslu trekking.

The voyage can be demanding, requiring many days of hiking at high altitudes with steep ascents and descents, rugged terrain, and unpredictable weather of Nepalese mountain, especially in the highest altitude (at the lareky pass, Samdo, Dharmashala etc) of the trail.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Picture – view of glacial lake near Bhimtang valley. Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult in monsoon season due to heavy rainfall causing landslides & slippery trekking trails. This is normally in the lower parts of the trekking trail.

However, the Manaslu Circuit Trek Journey has been successfully completed by many individuals with average levels of fitness, and they consider it to be a tremendously satisfying and beautiful trek. It’s critical to be well-prepared, gradually acclimate to the high altitudes, and carry the required equipment and supplies to ensure a successful and pleasurable climb.

Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepalgram adventure can be an adventurous; that you will never forget with careful planning and a positive outlook.

Is it possible for Manaslu Circuit Trek without guide ?

No, The Manaslu Circuit Trek can technically be completed without a guide, although both the Nepalese government and regional trekking organizations strongly advise against it.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek travels through a prohibited area, and the Nepalese government mandates that all trekkers travel in groups (min 02 people) and with licensed guides from Nepal. This rule is in place for trekkers’ safety as well as to support the preservation of the area’s natural ecosystem and native culture.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Picture – View of Mt Manaslu seen from Shyala Village – The Manaslu Circuit Trek provides a unique cultural experience, as it passes through several traditional Gurung and Tibetan villages

While it may be tempting to make the walk alone, it’s crucial to be aware of the risks and weigh your options.

However the lower circuit of manaslu can be done without guide as well. Manaslu Circuit Trekkers must be self-sufficient and prepared to handle unpredictable weather, altitude sickness, and other hazards because it is a difficult and remote trip. Trekkers without a guide may also have trouble locating the trail, interacting with the local population, and securing the required permits and TIMS card. But Nepalgram can help in these situations. Feel free to reach out to me.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary-12 Days

  • Day 1 – Drive Kathmandu to Soti khola(710m). Tonight at Soti Khola
  • Day 2 – Hike to Dobhan.
  • Day 3 – Trek from Dobhan to Phillim 1400m; 6 hours approx
  • Day 4 – From Phillim to Ghap; 6 hours
  • Day 5 – Ghap to Samagaun (3500m)
  • Day 6 – Acclimatizing day and sightseeing at Samagaun.
  • Day 7 – From Samagaun to Samdo (3860m); 3 hours
  • Day 8 – Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4480m); 5 hours
  • Day 9 – From Dharmashala to Bhimtang, Today we cross the Larke pass (5213 m) Trek down to Bimtang (3720 m); 8-12 hours
  • Day 10 – Bhimtang to Tiliche
  • Day 11 – Trek from Tiliche to Dharapani and Drive to Besisahar
  • Day 12 – Drive back from Besisahar to Kathmandu, tonight at Thamel.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek cost

    The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary widely depending on the cost of accomodation, transportation, food, and other essentials while hiking. However the permit cost for Manaslu circuit is same for all season.

    As of 2022 Nepalgram sold packages for about following ranges.

    Price for All Inclusive Package = USD $870 per person – for Min 4 people in the group

    Price for Guide+B/B Package (service Package) = USD $450 per person – for Min 4 people in the group

    Price for luxury package = USD $1610 per person – for Min 4 people in the group

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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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