Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

12 Days

Trip Facts

  • Jeep/Bus-Car
  • 5106 meters/16748 feet
  • Lodge
  • 2 to 8
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • Remote Trek
  • In Person
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 12
  • 75

Rapid Manaslu Trek is a fastest itinerary to do Manaslu circuit trek. Manaslu is one of the famous trekking in restricted region of Nepal. Trekking in Nepal Himalaya is always been a matter of crowd of trekkers with beauty of Nature. But Manaslu is a region where you find peace and abundance beauty of nature and inspiring life of simple people residing there from centuries.

Manaslu conservation area protects the nature and local culture of the region. Places like Samdo & samagaun still keeps the real culture and tradition among people. Visiting many monasteries during Manaslu Circuit trek; passing by antique Manne wall, walking by centuries old chhortens & stupa is an amazing attraction of Manaslu Circuit trek.

What attracts one to do Manaslu trek?

Sighting wild animals like blues sheep, deer, snow leopard, common Langur, Pangolion, Ghoral, Wild boar, barking dear can be precious moment of Manaslu trek. Natural beauty of river valley remains in Manaslu trek – all the way from the beginning of trek to the very end.

Simply inspiring village life and antique culture and tradition of the village like; samagaun, samdo, Tiliche, Lapu Bensi and many other can be a life changing trip to Nepal. View of horny mountain Manaslu from samagaun and the same mounain changes the face from Dharmashala and changes by far more at Bhimtang.

On the top of it Stunning views of Manaslu, Larkey peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal,Gyaji Kang, Nemjung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II is admiring key of Short Manaslu circuit trekking.

Suggested itinerary  of  Short Manaslu trek “The spirit mountain”  trekking demands your good physique so; regular runner, gymer, swimmer, trekker will have no problem in this trek but still it is doable for first timers (if you work out at least 2 weeks before the trip).

During winter, trekking is tricky with snow in Larke pass and will challenge your stamina to find the right trail over the pass. Our guide and porter will be always with you for any kind of help.

Below is our guide’s suggested itinerary, but looking at your holiday and physical condition (stamina) it can be customized.

Short 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.

If you are still thinking on what i should do with Manaslu Circuit trekking, this article might be helpful to you.

Download detailed itinerary of Short Manaslu Circuit Trekpaf itinerary for trevelers to Nepal

Cost of Manaslu trek– Nepalgram Adventure

Luxury All InclService
Cost (in USD $) Details2180870450
Licensed Guide 
Accommodation during trekStandardPrivateShared
Transportation to trek start pointPrivate JeepSharedBus
Bus terminal Shuttle servicePrivateShared×
Hotel at Pokhara5 StarStandard×
Food on trek(BLD)Unlimited Meal3 Meal×
DesertFrom MenuFresh Fruit×
Soft drinkunlimited1×
PorterPrivateShared×
Company Cap & T-shirt×
Dawn Jacket & Sleeping – bag to be returned×
Hard drinkLocal Brand××
Warm up hike √××
Farewell party/dinner √××
Buffer day for trek √××
Food in the city×××

Note – Minimum people in group must be 02 so as to apply above price range.

Overview

Restricted trekking route which is being exploited very soon by new road construction is a pristine beauty of nature and antique culture by far. Larkey pass being the longest pass of the world has magnificent view and the villages we walk in lower altitude will greet with interesting way of life and charming people.

Are you wondering on which trek to choose among few remote treks in Nepal or in your second time in Nepal? Manaslu in our itinerary will surely meet your expectations.

Major things to see in Manaslu Trek

  • Village trekking experience
  • Infinite mountain range before and after the pass
  • Changing face of Mt. Manaslu from different villages
  • Antique architecture of Mountain Villages
  • Night at Dharmashala; very near to the Glacier
  • World’s Longest Pass, the Larkey Pass
  • Antique and inspiring life style of People
  • Sunrise from the pass
  • Glacier lake of Birendra Taal / Manaslu Base Camp / Yak shed / Hiking to Monastery
  • Numerous Suspension Bridges
  • Deep and Narrow River Valley

Price & cost Details of Short Manaslu circuit trekking packages with Nepalgram

All Inclusive package

Price for All Inclusive Package = USD $870 per person – for Min 2 people in the group

“All inclusive package is a common package offered by all most all the trekking agencies in Nepal.”

COST DETAILS OF ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek – All inclusive package

  • All your accommodations & meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking; with fresh fruits after every dinner.
  • Transportation for  Dharapani to Kathmandu, Bensisahar to Sotikhola & bus for Bensisahar to Kathmandu respectively.
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP and MCAP) entry permit& Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people)
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oximeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide, with regular check up of oxygen saturation (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All government taxes and office expenses.

Cost Excludes of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek – All inclusive package

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee in the morning are included with breakfast.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).



Guide+B/B Package OR Service package

“Service package comes with all arrangement for your trek except food and accommodation in the cities – which you can do by yourself on this modern era.”

Price for Guide+B/B Package (service Package) = USD $450 per person for Min 2 people in the group

COST DETAILS OF SERVICE PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek for Guide+B/B Package

  • All necessary paper works (ACAP and MCAP) entry permit& Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • Transportation for  Dharapani to Kathmandu, Bensisahar to Sotikhola & bus for Bensisahar to Kathmandu respectively.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oximeter.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost Excludes of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek for Guide+B/B Package

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • All food and accommodation
  • Anything not illustrated on the inclusion section



LUXURY PACKAGE

“Luxury package comes with comfortable trip possible in the Himalayan circumstances and inside Nepal. Every service we use for your Luxury package will be best available.”

Price for luxury package = USD $1610 per person for Min 2 people in the group

COST DETAILS OF LUXURY PACKAGE

Cost Includes of Rapid Manaslu Circuit Trek for Luxury Package

  • 5 star Hotel in Pokhara (according to the itinerary), B/B (bed and breakfast)
  • Best available accommodations with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with all drink during the trek
  • All necessary paper works (ACAP and MCAP) entry permit& Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • Transportation for  Dharapani to Kathmandu, Bensisahar to Sotikhola & bus for Bensisahar to Kathmandu respectively.
  • A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for one trekker).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit). And regular oxygen saturation check up by oximeter.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value – (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap – to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • All the non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks, tea or coffee.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver.

Cost Excludes of Annapurna Base camp Trek for luxury package

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $50 dollar.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

• Altitude – 710meters
• Special – Scenery of local village and local people
• Time – 8 hours
• Activity – Travelling in jeep

For the permit preparation of special trekking region manaslu it takes a day. After the permit work is done, the next day we drive to Soti Khola. Drive is in Prithivi highway in the beginning which is on black topped road. But after Galchi the road to Arughat bazar is mostly off road. It takes around 8 hours to get to soti khola from kathmandu, on 4 wheeler jeep. The bus might take longer. Road is bumpy but the scenery of the rural village, local people on the bus and life of locals is interesting. Paddy field and local farmers working in those terraces looks nicer. We cross several rivers before we get to Soti Khola Bazzar.

• Altitude – meters
• Special – Pristine landscapes
• Time – 10 hours
• Activity – Walking on different type of terrain

This is your first day hike but will be bit longer than normal hours of walking, although, less than larkey pass day, for about 10 hours. This itinerary is designed for fit trekker with less holidays. Though; other days are as normal as 21 days Mansalu circuit trekking. Do not worry if you have experience of walking loner hours. While walking on different type of terrain, looking at natural formation of pristine landscape will certainly make your walk worthy.
From today, till the last day of the trekking; you will explore village, stay at the local owned tea houses, menu at every eating points from which you will be choosing your lunch dinner and breakfast, which is included if you buy our normal package. You will be with trekking guide, who helps you from choosing food to sleeping warm. You are free to decide on your own but listening to your guide is always wise. Whereas, porter will be carrying your luggage and you need to carry a small day - bag-pack with drinking water, camera, sun screen and your daily usable stuff. Do not worry while traveling with Nepalgram Adventure, but do not forget to eat more and drink enough.

• Altitude – meters
• Special – rock fall zone, suspension bridges and villages
• Time – 6 hours hike
• Activity – Walking from the riverside village

Dovan translates to junction of two rivers; this is a small village with few tea houses. We will start hiking from this riverside village to Philim. Today Manaslu Circuit trek passes across the rock fall zone, suspension bridges and few other villages. Rock fall zone comes right after Ekle bhatti village. Philim is a big village and has a school, health post and a police station.

• Altitude – 2400meters
• Special – Scenery of watterfalls and villages
• Time – 6 hours hike
• Activity – Walking on riverside

Trekking to Ghap is walking on river side, pass numerous villages. Most of the trekkers have their lunch at Chisopani village. Scenery of today are few waterfalls and village seen across the river literally on the cliff opposite to our walking trail. We start our trekking from the village on the side of river and end accordingly. Ghap is on the side of river in a wide open valley.

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – structure of rock morphology from truss bridge
• Time – 10 hours
• Activity – Trekking through jungle

Beginning of the trek passes through the jungle and we will get to the jungle guest house inside the forest. Near to this guest house, there is a truss bridge, from this bridge watch carefully; you will see interesting structure of rock morphology. There is a rock pass across the river; we can say that as a natural bridge. Samagaun is situated at the edge of the narrow valley, once the narrow valley opens wide enough; we will get to the village.
Samagaun has antique village and architecture from centuries ago still exist in this village. Do not forget to walk around to see how simple and inspiring is living here.

• Altitude – 3500 meters
• Special – Samagaun village, birendra lake and manaslu base camp
• Time – 1.5 hour of hike
• Activity – short hike

Samagaun village means village situated in the wide open space. This village is comparatively bigger than other we have passed. Village is nice to see from distance. Main motto of this day is to hike higher and sleep lower so as to acclimatize our body for the pass. We do the same, hike up to Birendra Lake or all the way to Manaslu Base Camp and acclimatize.
Nepalgram tries to find new places to hike around, so far we found a hiking trail toward Yak shed at 1.5 hours away from the village and get into the peace and wilderness. To watch birds, herd of blue sheep and deer on the way is wild enough for Manaslu Circuit trek. Apart from the wilds, we will see yaks grazing all over the meadow; do not tease them, follow your guide's instruction. If you like glacial lake, choose Birendra lake hiking as day activity; choose Manaslu Base camp if you want to do hardcore trek, or choose hike to monastery or to yak shed if you want solitude. Believe it or not, This choice will make your Manaslu Circuit trek a best trek.

• Altitude – 3860 meters
• Special – view of Manaslu on the trail
• Time – 3 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Because of the altitude change we cannot push further from Smado village today. Go easy and enjoy the nature of the surrounding. Mt Manaslu view disappears today after getting to Samdo village. Samdo is sister village of samagaun.

• Altitude – 4480 meters
• Special – glacier and landscapes
• Time – 5 hours
• Activity – Trekking

Dharmashala is base camp for Larke pass. Manaslu Circuit trek is famous for the world’s largest pass and today you will be spending night at the base camp of this pass. Dharmashal is really near to the glacier and the landscape is too much of wilderness. Enjoy your night watching stars. As you are trekking in the mountains cold is not the issue to talk, but at Dharmashala; drink enough sleep as more as you can and eat enough for the hike tomorrow.

• Altitude – 5213/3720 meters
• Special – Larke Pass
• Time – 8/10 hours
• Activity – Crossing through larke pass

Main day of Manaslu Circuit trek, larkey pass is the awaited attraction of the whole trip to Nepal. It is longest pass of the world; feel proud to walk longer today. We will start early in the morning, after breakfast at the local guest house of Dharmashala. Main aim of walking early is to watch sunrise from higher possible. We will be able to blue sheep really near to us. We will pass by lakes, walk on the glacier, step on the rocks, walk close to the mountains; do not forget to feel the nature beyond your imagination.
Believe it, this is a great day you hiked ever, hard but lifetime memorable. Interesting thing about this pass is, views of the mountain before and after the pass are not comparable to any other landscape you have seen. Scenery gets even better with high mountains and deep glaciers on the other side of the pass. But this pass sometimes gets really windy, to avoid this nature, start descending as soon as you finish the celebration at the top of the pass. We will have pack lunch for this Larkey pass day.

• Altitude – 2300 meters
• Special – View of Sunset
• Time – 7 hours
• Activity – Celebration on success

Today the trekking ends, generally trekkers celebrate the day in a team, share the experience during the circuit trekking. This day will bring guest and guides closer in a celebration vibe. This probably will be the last day in your mountain for this trip.
Bhimtang has great sunset view and sunrise is coolest on the planet. You will see Mt. Manaslu from the opposite prospective, imagine; samagaun is just behind the giant Manaslu.

• Altitude – meters
• Special – View of river and small village
• Time – 1 hour hike and 4 hours drive
• Activity – short hike and drive

After breakfast at Tiliche we will hike for 1 hour to get to Dharapani. Dharapani is on the side of river, small village with road access towards Manang.
Interesting to know, this village is connection point of Manaslu Circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek. After getting to Dharapani, we will take jeep to Besishar. The Manaslu Circuit trek ends here. Cheer !

• Altitude – 1380 meters
• Special – Scenic view from the bus
• Time – 6.5 hours
• Activity – Travelling in bus

Besisahar is a small town and a starting point of world famous round Annapurna trekking trail.
We take bus back to kathmandu from Bensisahar in the morning. Getting back to Thamel, time has come to farewell you with promise to see you again. Have a safe travel ahead.

Question answers for short Manaslu circuit trekking itinerary

How hard is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The normal Manaslu Circuit Trek is generally considered moderately challenging. But this short itinerary is harder than normal itinerary. Cutting one day at Lho village and hiking longer hours is challenging but still easily doable for outdoor people. Trekkers will need to trek through glacial terrains to get to the Manaslu Circuit top at Larkey pass. The rugged and remote landscapes of the region require a long duration of the walk in peaceful area through jungle and barren lands.
For short Manaslu specifically – you have to be physically prepared by cycling, running, gym, football, long walks, hiking or any sort of activity,

Why Manaslu is called Killer Mountain?

Mt. Manaslu is called Killer Mountain because more than 60 people have died on its treacherous slopes at once. Even till date – the success rate of Mt Manaslu expedition is low than other mountains like Everest. However – Manaslu is not the dangerous of all the expedition in Nepal – Annapurna expedition is the deadliest climb so far.
But now a days – people are paragliding from the top of Mt Manaslu.

Can you see Mt Everest during Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Big NO. Manaslu range is not any close to Mt everest region. Manaslu lies in Mansiri Himalaya range whereas Mt everest is in Khumbu himalaya range. You dont see any of the moutnains from Everest range during manaslu circuit trekking. But as the Manaslu circuit trekking trail passes many Nepalese mountains cultural heritage sites, including traditional Tamang and Sherpa settlements which are very close to settlements in the Mt everest region. Cultural & traditional aspect are close to Everest but the Mountains are far from Each other.

What is the highest of Mt Manaslu? What is the highest altitude we get during Manaslu circuit trekking trip?

Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world standing at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above sea level.
And, Larkey pass at 5106 meters is the highest altitude we get while doing manaslu circuit trekking trip.

Is Manaslu difficult?

Manaslu climbing is by no means an easy climb. But trekking to Manaslu is not hard as you would imagine. For this short itinerary – this trek can be bit challenging but for physically fit people it is not hard at all.
For climbers to have a previous high altitude of at least 6000M – 7000M+ climbing anywhere in the world is required for climbing Mt Manaslu.

How old is Manaslu circuit trekking trail?

Manaslu is one of the new trekking trail of Nepal. Trekking to Mt Manaslu – the eighth-highest mountain on the earth at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) is opened in 2011 A.D. as a restricted trekking trail of Nepal. It is located in Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalaya region, in the west-central of Nepal. But as a expedition groups entrance to Manaslu region started from early 19th century.

As in the past – there was no such thing as trekking. Everything was just about climbing and were called expeditions in Nepal. But camping trekking in Manaslu region started from 2000AD and tea house trekking started from 2011AD.

What to pack for short Manaslu circuit Trekking?

Generally, the packing list is comprised of base layer as breathable clothing, down jacket, windproof/waterproof clothing pieces, hat/beanies, gloves, socks, trekking shoes, leisure shoes/slippers, trekking pole, sleeping bag, headlamp, toiletries (sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush, comb, soap, tissue paper, etc), first-aid kit, snacks, etc. For more detailed information on packing list for trekking to Manaslu; please follow the link – https://nepalgram.com/blog/equipment-pack-list-items-for-nepal-trekking/

Is there electricity in tea houses to charge my camera and cell phone?

Yes. Mots of the tea house has electricity – either hydro electricity or solar. You can charge your camera and cell phone. Some people also carry solar panel with them and charge from their own solar panel while trekking during the sunny day.

You have to pay small amount of money so as to charge your camera or phone. Do carry extra batteries for your convenience.

How busy is the Manaslu Circuit trek compared to the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous treks in the Himalayas and sees more than 10,000+ trekkers from all around the year each season – thus it is considered as a busy trekking route in Nepal. Whereas; Manaslu Circuit Trek sees a handful of trekkers (around 2000) every year. The above numbers are only seen during the peak trekking seasons.
Manaslu needs special permit to trek whereas Annapurna circuit trekking is normal route and has been destination for many trekkers from all around the world.
Manaslu circuit trekking trail sees less traffic than the Annapurna circuit trekking route.

How do I prevent altitude sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

To prevent altitude sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you can take the following measure:
-Drop to the lower altitude and spend the night.
-Closely monitor the symptoms and only proceed further if the symptoms go away.
-Carry prescribed altitude sickness medicine.
-Drink plenty of water and other fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
-Do not drink alcohol or smoke as it will dehydrate your body and result in altitude sickness.
-Eat nutritious food and get enough sleep.
-Prepare your body and mind to cope with the difficulties and high elevation.
– Read this blog – https://nepalgram.com/nepal-travels-altitude-sickness-information/

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Short Manaslu Circuit Trek
From $870
/ person for All Inclusive Package
From $450
/ person for Guide+B/B Trip
From $2,180
/ person for Luxury Package

Trip Info of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Jeep/Bus-Car
  • 5106 meters/16748 feet
  • Lodge
  • 2 to 8
  • Somewhat Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • Remote Trek
  • In Person
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 12
  • 75

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