With its amazing scenery, rich culture and easy access, The Manaslu Trekking has been increasingly popular as the new trekking destination in Nepal. However, it witnesses less number of trekkers compared with other established trekking routes.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is an amazingly beautiful trek with breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu (8163m) and the Ganesh Himal massifs. Along the trail, you encounter interesting Buddhist villages mixed with Hindu and Tibetan religion and culture. The trail follows the spectacular Budhigandaki River all the way from Arughat till its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m).
You start the trek from low altitude, at around 700 m. As the trail ascends one can enjoy different landscapes ranging from the green countryside, lush forests, to spectacular high altitude landscapes while walking alongside glaciers. The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5125 m) is the highlight of the trek. It can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers along the way make it an unforgettable experience.
The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route for Besisahar.
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Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not too far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places we stay above Samagoun, there is a limited choice of accommodation and all the lodges have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all trips & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 4200m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday so spend many nights before getting to high point.
Here you can find further information about Altitude Sickness.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 12 kgs.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
Find more details about Equipment Checklist.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring small change. Bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport copy to make the necessary permit and arrangement. Please make sure we have this one month ahead of your trip.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist checkup.
Know more about how you can stay healthy in Nepal: Staying Healthy in Nepal.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -1ºC at Larke La Pass. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the Dharmasala or Larke La pass, the night time temperatures may reach –5ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Manaslu Circuit Trek. 1:50,000. Nepal Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Manaslu Trekking.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humor and appetite of adventure and discovery.
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Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
Your first day begins with breakfast at your Hotel. You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After breakfast you will be taken to the scenic drive to Arughat bazaar along the Trishuli river. One can explore scenery and rural lifestyle. You will be driving to Dhadingbensi from Kathmandu. Further you will drive north to Arughat from Dhadingbensi, the district headquarters of Dhading, for few hours. Finally you reach Arughat Bazaar (670m), a clustered settlement on both sides of the Budhigandaki river linked by a suspension bridge. It is the popular trade centre in the region. Drive further towards Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Your day will begin with breakfast at your hotel. After crossing a bridge the trail passes through beautiful Sal forest. Then you climb into a ridge above huge rapids of the Budhigandaki. You will pass a number of small of villages.You will climb further behind a outcrop until you reach a wide valley at the confluence where a large tributary mixes at the Budhigandaki river. You will descend along the wide sandy riverbed. Cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
You will cross a stream named Machha Khola. The trail is full of ups and downs. After crossing the Tharokhola stream you will head upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabesi. After few more ascends and descends you will come across a small hot spring in Tatopani. The route now switches to the left bank of the river through a suspension bridge. Climbing on a wide, well-crafted staircase you will finally reach tea house at Doban after crossing a short section of forest. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, you will climb again over a ridge, trek along the river and ascend towards beautiful village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
You will descend to the river bank through a long series of stone steps. Your trekking will begin by climbing over a terraced hill to Salleri from where you can see Sringi Himal (7187m). You will then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail reaches at Ghatta Khola. At Ghat Khola, you will cross the river through a suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philam. Philam is a large Gurung village. Your next destination is Chisopani. Now you will cross the hillside which offers stunning views of a waterfall. Then descend to the grassy slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki river. This region is alpine zone where you can see pine trees. The trail continues along the west bank of the river for a while, then cross to the east bank and back again. The trial passes through the bamboo forest to Deng Khola. Upon crossing the stream, you will reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
Today you will trek to Namrung from Deng. Descend about 40 minute, cross the Budi Gandaki river to reach Rana (1910m). Climb about an hour up and down to reach Bhi, head west to the Budi Gandaki valley beyond the village by crossing the Serang Khola. The trail passes through the impressive mani stone through forest where you will turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. It will take approximately two and half hours to reach Ghap from Bhi. You can see the Tibetan influence at Ghap village. There is another route as well. You can take that route through Prok village. Prok has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. Trekking will be pleasantly cool as you start to gain the height and enter the alpine forest of pines and juniper. Cross the river again and climb some steep staircases up to the village of Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
Today you will trek from Namrung after exploring Sringi and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt.Himal Chuli in the south. There are extensive barley field and pastures as you trek through the village. Climbing quite steeply, you will reach the picturesque village of Lihi (2920m). It is a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. You will cross a large stream flowing down the Lidanda Glacier and pass through the Tibetan village of Sho. Just about the village you will get a splendid view of Manaslu north and Manaslu itself ahead. Further pass through Lho and Shyala village before reaching Samagaun village. Lho is a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens, mani walls and a very ornate white stupa. You will enjoy extraordinary views of Mt.Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In the Shyala village you will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Nagi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and glaciers straight ahead and other snow clad summits to the right. And at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. You will stay tonight at Samagaun.
Today is a rest day at Samagaun (3520 m). Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatization. Prepare physically and mentally for adaptation in the changed climate or environment. We suggest you to stay active even in the rest day as it is helpful for further journey. You will enjoy thousands of mani stones with Buddhist text and pictures. You will see Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. One can have opportunity to explore the impressive Sama Gompa. Enjoy breathtaking views of the granite pyramid of Manaslu. You will walk to Birendra Tal and also go to visit Manaslu Camp.
Today you will descend to Budhi Gandaki River and follow its course upward. You will have excellent mountain views around. Manaslu, which is now behind you, is particularly impressive from the meadows at Kermo Kharka which also marks the start of the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. After crossing to the east bank of the river you will reach Somdu (3860m). Somdu is the last permanent settlement in the valley. Overnight in Samdo.
Today you will continue your trek walking down the edge. You will cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Again cross the stream which runs down from the Gya la, another pass crossing into Tibet. You will pass another village here known as Larkya Bazaar. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, you will reach Dewang (4450), which is known as Dharmasala. This place is also known as Larkya Phedi which means the “Foot of Larkya” and this is the place where the climb of Larkya La begins. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Today’s trek is the longest during the trip. Initially you will climb to the north to reach the ablation valley of the Larkya Glacier. You will pass small frozen lakes from where you can enjoy views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. You will cross boulder fields and crest several times. You can see the summit cairn and its lines of fluttering prayers flags. You have incredible panoramic views of Himalayan peaks including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. There is steep descent first which is likely to be over snow and then scree to reach the ablation valley trail leading to Dangboche Kharka. It is a good place to take rest before continuing the descent to the welcome lodges of Bimthang (3855m), located in a broad and level ablation valley. A long, hard but ultimately rewarding trekking of the day in the Himalaya. Overnight in Bimthang.
Today is for rest. You can explore Bimthang and its surroundings. You will get extraordinary views of Himlung, Cheo, Kangguru and Annapurna II. You can enjoy the day with beautiful scenery. You can have stunning view of mountains like Mt Manaslu, Mt Kangaru, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Lamjung Himal, Phungi Himal and Poker Mountain etc. Overnight in Bimtang
Today you will descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. You will walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche (2785 m). You will pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. Within a short distance there is the village of Gho where we will take a lunch break and Walk further to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani village.
Today after having an early breakfast, we will further continue our trip to drive from Dharapani to Besisahar in local transport. Here we will stop for our lunch break and continue our trip to Kathmandu in private transport. Enjoy the scenic drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. After reaching in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel and rest.
It’s a leisure time in Kathmandu, where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing or relaxing. This is an extra day in case of bad weather. Free time to explore Kathmandu before setting for the airport.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Aug 23 2016
Having 3 weeks to do a trek in Nepal, and with my heart set on the Manaslu circuit, Trekking Team Group seemed to meet my requirements immediately. After emailing a number of companies from the UK, I received a very prompt reply from Shree confirming I could join with a group leaving a few days after I arrived in Kathmandu. They seemed to be offering a similar package to other companies but at a more reasonable price. Shree answered all of my questions in a friendly and professional manner. I paid a 10% deposit with a view to paying the rest on arrival
The trek itself was absolutely brilliant and I cannot fault our guide Arjun and porter, Mingma. Both were great company, reliable and very trustworthy. Arjun was knowledgeable, providing us with well-timed insights to the landscape, culture and so on, while Mingma was always on hand to help where he could. Arjun selected some excellent lodges, ensuring that we felt safe and well-looked after the entire time. A fantastic service all round and five stars to Arjun, Mingma and Trekking Team Group. Highly recommended.
Nov 03 2014
We trekked the Manaslu Circuit this year and it was awesome - trekking team group were organized, fun , considerate and looked after everything for us. Special mention for our guide Arjun and porter Tashi - they are the BEST!. Looked after us every step of the way - were fun, friendly and made the trip a true pleasure.
A beautiful circuit - get out and do it!
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US.This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.