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Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek

Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek

Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek - Overview

Key Information

Trip Starts:

Kathmandu

Trip Finishes:

Kathmandu

Trek Difficulty:

Moderate

Destination:

Manaslu Region

Highest Elevation:

5110 M

Trekking Hours:

5-7 Hrs

Accommodation:

Lodge/Guest House

Trip Duration:

12 Days

Number of Pax:

Min 2

Trip Highlights

  • Peaceful and remote area trekking
  • Explore ancient rural culture
  • Trek over the Larke La (5,213m)
  • View of Mt. Manaslu (8,156m) – the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Trek through peaceful river and mountain valleys
  • Cultural heritage tour in Kathmandu

There are many exciting trekking options in Nepal, which can make it hard to choose. One trek that stands out is the Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek is a great alternative to the busier Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek offers beautiful views of mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, and Ganesh Himal. It is known for being less crowded and off-the-beaten-path. The 13-day trek is designed for those who want to experience a quieter area in a short time.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a lovely tea house trekking tour around Mount Manaslu. Like the Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang treks, it is becoming popular with foreign travelers looking for remote and restricted areas of Nepal. The trek starts in Soti Khola and goes through places like Lho, Samagaun, and the Larkya La pass at 5,200 meters, eventually connecting to Bimthang, Dharapani, and Besishahar. Along the trail, you’ll encounter mule trains, villagers, and fellow hikers, and you'll walk through riverbeds, landslide zones, and stone steps. This 13-day budget trek is special because it offers great mountain views, challenging passes, and authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cultures at a reasonable cost.

Since it opened in 1992, Manaslu has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over the world. Each year, more people visit, but it is still considered underrated and less crowded because it is a newer trekking route. On these off-the-beaten-path trails, you can enjoy the scenery and connect with nature in a unique way.

However, the trek goes through a remote part of Nepal that requires a special permit. Fewer people can travel to the Manaslu region because of these permit restrictions. Trekkers must be accompanied by a guide, whose name and insurance details must be included when applying for the permit. There must be at least two trekkers (excluding the guide and porter).Tripadvisor

 

Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary Expand All Close All

After breakfast we leave the busy frenetic Kathmandu behind and set off west along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards the village of Soti Khola. It’s a lovely drive passing through rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides on the way. We turn off the main highway toward the hilltop village of Dhading. The road eventually becomes a rutted, dirt path and around here we start to get views of the southern slopes of AnnapurnaManaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.

We reach Soti Khola, located in the Bhudi Gandaki Valley, in time for dinner.

Transport:  public bus  (if you want to Private 4×4 jeep it will cost extra) 

Driving time: 8-10 hours (88 miles / 141.3 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
730

In Soti Khola we begin our journey it’s a great start trekking through various landscapes including forests, rice paddies, a cliff-face ridge, a rushing river, and several beautiful waterfalls. Soon in we cross a bridge, before a trek up through a forest, then climb onto a ridge above the wild rapids of Budhi Gandaki River. We then follow a rocky trail to Khursane passing two cascading waterfalls as we steadily make our way on the trail that clings to the cliff. We need to descend past a few rice paddies and continue up to the lovely picturesque Gurung village of Labubesi.

From the village we follow along a rocky outcrop,its around here the valley opens up next to the river which flows more peacefully now. We head down to the river bank and follow it for a while before climbing over a side ridge. Then back down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach our overnight destination Machha Khola. Great introduction today.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
900

After breakfast in Machha Khola, we follow the gorge and continue up the river. The trail is narrow at first with a few gentle ups and downs before eventually crossing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After more ascents and descents, we arrive at a small hot spring in Tatopani—where we take a break!

From here we need to climb over another ridge before crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Soon after we have a stone staircase to negotiate and then head over another ridge to Dobhan and yet another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, staircases all the way today we have another one to climb and then drop to the river and yet again more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Keep an eye out for neat Gurung villages in the jungle high above, as well as Langur monkeys, which roam the region.

Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. At last no more staircases or suspension bridges but a great and very varied day none the less.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Trekking distance: 13.7 miles (22 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1410

On the sixth day of the Budget Manaslu Circuit trek, embark on a journey from the starting point in Jagat at an elevation of 1,410 meters, with the ultimate destination being Dang, situated at an impressive altitude of 4,620 meters. The day unfolds with a departure from Jagat, tracing the trail that meanders alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. Traverse through charming villages, immersing yourself in the cultural tapestry of the region. The trek involves a gradual ascent through diverse landscapes, encompassing verdant forests and expansive open terrain. As the day progresses and Dang draws near, take a moment to marvel at the awe-inspiring mountain vistas, notably the majestic Manaslu peak. Upon reaching the high-altitude destination of Dang, revel in the stunning panoramic views and soak in the serene atmosphere at 4,620 meters. The evening offers an opportunity to explore the surroundings and make preparations for the adventures that lie ahead in the trek. It is crucial to note that trekking conditions, distances, and altitudes may vary, necessitating preparedness, proper hydration, and mindfulness of one's physical well-being. Always stay informed by checking the latest updates and consulting with local guides for accurate and up-to-date details on the trail.

Starting Point: Jagat (1410 m)

Ending Point: Dang (1860m)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1860

After breakfast in Deng today is a day for getting more involved with mountain culture First cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge, where we soon meet the trail to Bi. We head west up the valley passing through lush forests, alpine vegetation, and quaint villages that house the ethnic groups of the Manaslu region and then very slowly the major peaks start to appear in the distance, magic!

We take a break at the village of Prok with a great view of snow capped Siringi Himal. We move on to cross the Budi Gandaki several times today passing several gompas along the way. We follow the river upstream through a dense forest that leads to a narrow gorge. The forest eventually becomes less dense. This is wilderness, a magnificent way to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area. We have one last steep climb to the village of Namrung.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Trekking distance: 12.1 miles (19.5 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2630

There is a good viewpoint in Namrung, of SiringGanesh Himal, and also Mount Himal Chuli to the south. Back on the trail we first climb steadily passing through forests to reach Lihi, a beautiful village with many stupas and barley terraces. The trail then drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by.

We pass through the village of Sho and on to Lho here there are great views of Manaslu with time to explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Continuing on there is a true high mountain feel at Shyala village surrounded by Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead of us. Other snow capped peaks can be seen to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Our journey today ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. Another great day among many so far!.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours

Trekking distance: 10.9 miles (17.7 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

We take today off helping our bodies adjust to the altitude. There’s an optional day hike which should really be done,it provides some rich Sherpa culture. Thousands of mani (prayer)stones with texts, as well as Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. We can hike up to a little hill near the Sama village where there is an old gompa—Pungyen Gompa—a monastery with great views of the glacier.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

After breakfast in Samagaon, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and then follow it to a bridge over a side stream. Yet more mani walls, these people are intensely religious. As the valley begins to widen, the mountain views are amazing we are now very close to the Tibetan border.

The trail levels on a shelf above the river, we pass juniper and birch forests in Kermo Kharka. and then drop down and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge, before climbing steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. We come to a stone archway and continue walking until we reach the village of Samdo. Nice short day.

Trekking time: 4 hours

Trekking distance: 10.1 miles (16.4 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3875

After breakfast in Samdo another fascinating day awaits first we pass a colourful seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar before descending to the Budi Gandaki River. Crossing it over the wooden bridge and begin to follow upward, crossing two streams while the Larkya Glacier keeps us company on our way. We skirt around the valley of the Salka Khola then climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the route we pass many traditional monasteries.

Today’s shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Trekking distance: 7.2 miles (11.7 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4460

A long and sometimes testing day that can take many people out of their comfort zone. so a hearty breakfast in Dharamsala is needed. it’s definitely more challenging today but with many rewards as we go.We encounter a number of rustic villages, we pass clear glacier lakes, trek through beautiful valleys with a wide range of flora and fauna, not to mention some stunning snow capped peaks.

After a short climb to the north side of the Larkya Glacier there are some awesome views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Tough going as we walk across the moraine of the glacier, making a gradual ascent at first which becomes a lot steeper in the last section of the pass. From the pass it is just amazing there are outstanding views of Himlung HimalCheo Himal, and the massive Annapurna II. With the hard bit over our reward is a walk down into the misty low pastures in the early evening with Mount Manaslu looming in the distance.

Trekking time: 7-9 hours

Trekking distance: 15.3 miles (24.7 km)

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3590

The trail descends along the fig tree and rhododendron fortes, through the rocky riverbed and sliding hillsides to several small green villages. Eventually, after a long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje, inhabitants of a mix of Manang is (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture and eat mixed foods - Dal Bhat, buckwheat Dhido, Tsampa, and Tibetan salt-tea. It's an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests about 1½ to 2 hours walk down, we see ahead marks of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) board at Dharapani. Now we are in Annapurna Circuit Trekking main trail, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering at the Gomba in Thongje. We will stay overnight at the tea house.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1860

In Dharapani, the Manaslu Circuit Trek program concludes as you travel through the beautiful countryside to Kathmandu. A direct route from Dharapani to Besishar may require a four-hour journey. From Besishar onward, the road is paved. After a hearty breakfast, we will thank our porter and guides before boarding a private Jeep to go to Kathmandu. We will follow the trail and travel to Kathmandu via the Prithvi highway

Food
Breakfast
Elevation
1400

Trip Cost Includes

  • Basic lodge accommodation during the trek
  • A professional trekking guide 
  • Special Manaslu permits 
  • TIMS
  • Manaslu Conservation Permit 
  • Annapurna conservation permit
  • Road transportation by public bus 
  • Emergency rescue arrangement (Make sure your insurance will cover it]
  • Insurance for guide that includes their emergency evacuation 
  • First aid kits

Trip Cost Excludes

  • All meals 
  • Alcohol and any drinks on the trip
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • All expenses of a personal nature e.g. toilet paper, medicines, and confectionery etc.
  • Porter in needed 
  • Private transport if needed
  • Any other cost raised by unforeseen circumstances

Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

When’s the best time to visit Nepal?

The main seasons for trekking are the spring (Mar to May) and autumn (Sep to Nov) when you’ll have clear skies and superb mountain views. The winter (Dec to Feb) is also a great time to visit— these months offer a unique experience and fewer crowds but lower altitude treks are better at this time of year as its cold at night.

What’s it like during the monsoon season?

During the monsoon season (Jun to Aug), most of Nepal experiences heavy rain for a few hours each day. It’s humid, wet, and the trails in the lower regions (Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Langtang, etc) can be quite muddy. If you don’t mind the rain you’ll have the trails to yourself, the skies often clear up in the morning, and certain treks offer stone-paved trails that drain the rain and make for easy trekking. Also, certain regions, like Mustang and the upper reaches of Everest, lie in the rainshadow of the Himalaya and receive little rain but views however are still likely to be restricted.

What’s the difference between private and group tours?

Private tours are tailor-made itineraries built by us around your travel dates and personal interests, whereas group trips are pre-packaged and depart on specific dates. Group trips are also open for others to join, whereas private trips are just for you. You will find a list of fixed departure dates on our website.

How do I get my visa for Nepal?

For most nationalities, you can your visa on arrival in Kathmandu. It takes around 45 minutes and is the most convenient way to get your visa you will need passport size photos.. You can also apply for a visa in advance from a local Nepali consulate in your country if you’d like to have everything arranged in advance. Cost15 Days – 25 USD / 30 Days – 40 USD / 90 Days – 100 USD

How much luggage can I take on domestic flights?

For mountain flights, you’re allowed 5 kg. carry-on to the plane and 10 kg. for checked-in luggage. For non-mountain sector flights, the check-in allowance increases to 20-25 kg.

How many days should I spend in Nepal?

If you’re mainly looking to experience Nepal’s cultural and natural highlights, you can have a great experience in 5-9 days, where you can visit two regions (likely Kathmandu and Pokhara perhaps go on Safari at Chitwan). If you intend to go trekking consider at least 10 days (more is better) to have enough time to reach higher altitudes and safely acclimatize if need be.To undertake one of the longer, classic treks in Nepal or to combine multiple regions and activities into one visit, think about 14-20 days and more if possible.

Are hotels included in the tour price?

Himalaya Heart organises complete tours, meaning everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive in Nepal to the moment you leave, including all of your accommodation in a three star Hotel. If you require better accommodation please let us know and we can arrange this and adjust the tour cost accordingly. Each of our tour pages shows clearly what is and what is not included in the tour price.

Are there any extra expenses not included in my tour price?

Personal expenses (tips, soft drinks, bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, donations, and extra snacks, etc) are not included in your tour price. When checking a particular trek page on our website we have clearly stated what is and what is not included. If you’re going trekking, the only things you’ll need to pay for out of pocket are wifi and battery charging (when available), extra meals outside of what’s included, alcohol, and soft drinks and perhaps hot showers.

Useful Information

Can we go for Manaslu Circuit trek without guide ?

If you're thinking of trekking in the Manaslu Circuit in Nepal, you might wonder if you can do it without a guide. Well, here's the deal:

Trekking in the Manaslu region is a bit different. Usually, you need a special permit to trek there. Plus, you're required to have either a registered guide or a porter-guide with you.

Why?

  • Safety: The Manaslu area can be tricky to navigate, and having someone who knows the terrain can keep you safe. They can also help if there's an emergency.

  • Environment: Trekking can impact the environment, and guides can make sure you follow the rules to protect it.

  • Experience: Guides can enhance your trip by sharing local knowledge, culture, and traditions. It makes the journey more meaningful.

So, while it might be possible to trek the Manaslu Circuit without a guide, it's recommended to go with one. They'll make sure you're safe, follow the rules, and have an incredible trekking experience.

Remember to check the latest regulations and guidelines from the authorities for the most accurate information.

If you're planning to trek in the Manaslu region, consider hiring a local guide or joining a reputable trekking agency. They'll help you have a fantastic and safe adventure in this beautiful part of Nepal.

Trip Cost

USD 970 680 per/person

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