Manaslu Circuit Trek

13 Days

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek (Manaslu Trek) is one of the most adventurous trekking trails. It provides amazing mountain views, rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, and natural diversity.

The name Manaslu means “the spirit mountain”. The local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within.

Manaslu Region opened for recreation only in 1992. Until then, it remained a restricted area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is gaining its popularity and is also known as the next Annapurna Circuit Trek (another popular Trek).

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Budhi Gandaki River Valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m)
  • Diversified ecosystems

Equipment List

Manaslu trekking route traverse through different terrain. The trek starts from 710 m and ends at 5,210 m altitude above sea level. With the change in altitude, temperature also changes.

Thus, according to different weather and climate you have to choose the right clothes,other gears, and equipment.

Here is a recommended packing list of items that you’ll need in your Manaslu Circuit Trek. This list will help you to make your journey successful and fun-filled.

General

  • 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece after trek it must be returned)
  • Duffel Bag
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)

Clothing

  • Full and half sleeve T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)
  • Breathable underwear
  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Hiking shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Windproof trousers
  • Casual Pants

Head and Hand

  • Sun Hat
  • Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck Warmer
  • Scarf / Balaclava
  • Fleece/woolen gloves
  • Waterproof gloves

Foot

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Camp Sandals / Sneakers
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Light hiking socks
  • Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
  • Sock liners

Personal Equipment

  • Water Bottle / Bladder
  • Water Purification Iodine Tablets
  • Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
  • Lip balm (SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
  • Pee Funnel

Other Travel Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Diamox for altitude sickness
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, memory card, and spare batteries

Since the region is not travelled by many like the popular Everest Base Camp Trail or Annapurna Base Camp Trail, the trek consists of beaten trails offering an adventurous experience into the wilderness. Not to mention, Manaslu circuit trek is the most demanded trekking destinations among tourists who come in contact with the Himalayas On Foot.

The adventure takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the earth.

Mt. Manaslu is one of the most challenging yet untouched treks. The cultural and natural beauty of the region is untouched by the modern-day world. Thus, the trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the Manaslu Region.

Manaslu Region is a restricted trekking region, so it requires a special permit to trek in. Organized trekking groups need special permits from any government registered trekking company to enter the Manaslu trekking region.

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular viewpoints of the highest peaks in the world, including Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and Mt. Manaslu. The highest point on this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas.

The trek is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the Tibetan culture. You will come across several Mani wall in almost all the villages along the journey.

If you are looking for a thrilling adventure through the serenity of the White Mountains, then Manaslu Circuit trek is the ideal option.

Outline Itinerary: Manaslu Circuit Trek 13 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu to Machha Khola drive (9hrs dirve; 870 meters )

Day 02: Machha Khola to Jagat (  8 hours; 1290 m)

Day 03: Jagat to Pewa (7 hrs; ,1860 meters)

Day 04: Pewa to Namrung ( 6 hours; 2630m)

Day 05: Namrung to Lho ( 4 hours ; 3180m)

Day 06: Lho to Sama Gaun  (7 hours;  3500m)

Day 07: Rest day and hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m )

Day 08: Samagaun to Samdo (5 hours ;3,875m)

Day 09: Rest day and visit nearyby place or Tibet Border (3,875m)

Day 10: Samdo to Dharamashala (5 hrs ; 4480m)

Day 11: Dharmashala to Bimtang via Larke pass (9 hours; 3720 m)

Day 12: Bimthang to Dharapani ( 9 hours; 1,963m)

Day 13: Dharapani to Besishar to Kathmandu by drive (8-10 hrs drive; 1400m)

13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

Travel Hours: 7- 8 hours

Max Altitude: 1,400 m, Kathmandu

Kickstarting your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will drive toward Machha Khola, the starting point of this trekking adventure, leaving Kathmandu after breakfast. You will drive the drive on the Prithivi Highway, following the scenic trails alongside the Trishuli and Marshyangdhi Rivers.

Moving alongside the soaring rivers, you will traverse across charming waterfalls, high hills, lush forested areas, and beautiful settlements, enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayan peak on the right corner. After crossing the Dhading Besi, your driving trail will head toward the Arughat at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, following the northwest trail.

From there, the trail stretches toward the Soti Khola (730m/ 2,896 ft), moving past the beautiful Gurung ad Magar villages of Khursani and Lububesi, you will finally arrive at your destination Machha Khola.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 1,410 m, Jagat

The trail is narrow and crosses the Tharo Khola. It then reaches Khorlabesi. We will also come across a hot spring along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki, we will climb a well-crafted staircase, and then head towards Dobhan.

Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will climb the stone stairs and then descend towards Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will enter Jagat Village. Overnight in Jagat.

Travel Hours: 7 hours

Max Altitude: 1,860 m, Pewa

Moving along your trekking trail on Day 3 of your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you wil leave Jagat behind heading toward Pewa. Passing through the charming sub-tropical vegetation area of the Himalayan region and lush rhododendron, fir, and pine forest, you will make your way toward the Philim village, moving past Salleri and Sirdibas during the first part of your trek.

After taking a break at Philim, you will proceed along with your trekking route and cross the suspension bridge, Siyar Khola Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges of this expedition. The inclining trail from the suspension bridge stretches all the way to the Pewa; you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the summit of the gigantic Manaslu peak for the first time in this day’s adventure.

Travel Hours: 6 hours

Max Altitude: 2,630 m, Namrung

It's another day’s scenic trekking adventure today; on Day 4 of your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will leave Pewa behind after breakfast. You will follow the windy ascending trail from the Pewa Village heading toward the Deng as you move across the lush bamboo forested area. Proceeding further in your trekking route, you will cross a suspension bridge from Deng heading toward Rana and Bihi Phedi.

Moving along in this day’s trekking trail, you will cross several landslide zones and beautiful forested areas; about an hour of zigzag route will finally lead you to the Namrung Village. This beautiful high-altitude settlement houses some of the finest teahouses and restaurants; you can even enjoy the cappuccinos and wifi services in this region. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Travel Hours: 4 hours

Max Altitude: 3,180 m, Lho

The trekking adventure on Day 5 of your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking is rather short but not any less exciting than any other day’s adventure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Namrung, you will move past the green terraced farming areas and spiritual mani walls before you switch trails to the lush forested areas of rhododendron and oak forests.

Continuing with your trekking trail, you will pass through the Lihi and Sho Villages, and then the rocky trail on the hillside from Sho will finally lead you to the Lho Village. In today's trekking trail, you will be able to experience the cultural side of the region; you will move across beautiful chortens, monasteries, mani walls, kani (gate arches), and beautiful settlements heavily influenced by the Tibetan culture. After arriving at the Lho, you will settle in for the night in the spiritual ambiance of the region, enjoying the incredible views of the Manaslu and Manaslu North.

Travel Hours: 7 hours

Max Altitude: 3,530 m, Sama Gaon

Day 6 of your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking is another short day’s trekking adventure; today, you will leave the spiritual realm of the Lho village, heading toward the Sama Gaun. Moving along the moderately easy trekking trails, you will move toward Shyapla during the first part of the trek, traversing across the lush pine and rhododendron forests.

From Shyapla, it will take only about an hour for you to reach the Sama Gaun, although after entering the village, the views of the mountain will fade, the wide pasture lands and the typical summer herder settlements will bring a change of scenery in your adventure. Generally, the Nubri people reside in this beautiful high Himalayan settlement, and it houses many shops, teahouses, a large gompa, and a health post.

Max Altitude: 4,400 m, Manaslu Base Camp

As you have gained a significant altitude in your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, Day 7 will be the acclimatization day in your expedition. You will use this day to properly acclimatize at the rising altitude before proceeding further with your trekking route. As physical activities are recommended for an effective acclimatization procedure, you will do a short hike to the Manaslu Base Camp on this day.

Starting your hike early in the morning, you will follow the trail to the northern side of the village and move along the ascending trails to the Manaslu Base Camp. As the elevation gain in this hike to the base camp is significantly high, you are recommended to take it slow and stay hydrated throughout the adventure.

After returning from the Manaslu Base Camp, you can explore the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of this beautiful high Himalayan settlement. Or, move along with other hiking options like Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal, which are popular among trekkers.

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

Max Altitude: 3,690 m, Samdo

We will trek for about 4-5 hours to Samdo. The route will descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya la Trail passes through several mani walls. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki via a wooden bridge, we will head towards Samdo.

Overnight in Samdo.

Max Altitude: 3,690 m, Samdo

We will spend the day in Samdo for acclimatization. We will explore the village. We could hike up the valley. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.

We will also encounter some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Overnight in Samdo.

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

Max Altitude: 4,460 m, Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp

On this day, we will trek towards Dharamshala. We will cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and cross two streams. We will see the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola The walk is short and pleasant. It is useful for acclimatization. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Walking Hours: 7-8 hours

Max Altitude: 5,160 m, Larkya La Pass

We will reach a valley after a short walk. This valley offers great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The trail heads through moraines of the glacier. The pass is an outstanding viewpoint of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II.

It will take us about 8-9 hours to reach Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

Travel Hours: 9 hours

Max Altitude: 3,720 m, Bimthang

After concluding your exhilarating 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, it is time to move along with your return route. You will move along with your descending trail, passing the lush rhododendron, pine, and fir forests heading toward the Dudh Khola. From here, you will cross a wooden bridge pushing for the Hompuk; moving further in your trekking trail, you will re-enter the lush forested areas and follow the route that stretches all the way toward Sangore Kharka.

Then, you will cross the landslide-prone area, moving along the steep ridge that drops all the way down to the bank of the Gho River. Proceeding further in this long day’s trekking adventure, you will overcome several ascending and descending segments before arriving at the charming Gurung village of Tilje. After a break at Tilje, you will continue your trek alongside the banks of  Dudh Khola and move past the scrub forest as you enter the Marsyangdi Valley.

During the last stretch of this day’s trekking adventure, you will pass through Thonje over a wooden bridge and cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to finally arrive at Dharapani. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Travel Hours: 8- 10 hours

Max Altitude: 1,963 m, Dharapani

It's finally time to bid farewell to this iconic Himalayan expedition; on this day’s adventure in your 13 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will spend the whole day on the road. After breakfast, you will board a convenient vehicle and drive from Besisahar heading toward Kathmandu. Enjoying the scenic beauty of the lush, diverse landscapes, Himalayan vistas, and charming settlements alongside the Marsyangdi River, you will drive toward Bhulbhue Town.

Then, after reaching Besisahar, you will follow the driving trail on the Prithivi Highway, moving alongside the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers; you will move past lush forest, high hills, and vibrant settlements, enjoying the views of the sparkling peaks on the left corner as you head back to the capital. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transported back to your respective hotels; you can get some rest and stroll around the bustling city, exploring cafes and restaurants during the evening.

Thank you for trekking with the Himalayas on Foot. Have a safe journey back home!

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek. Yet with a moderate level of fitness, little bit of preparation, and enough determination this trek will be a success.




The trail takes you through the remote villages, lush green forest, rivers, waterfalls, and breathtaking mountain vistas. You will get to witness striking view of some of the highest mountains. Like Mt.Himalchuli, Mt.Ganesh, Mt.Manaslu, and many more.




The Manaslu Circuit trek is great for those who want to explore the isolated region. This is a novice as well as peaceful trail in the Himalayas.




You cannot do solo trekking in this region because it is a restricted region. So, you must hire a licensed guide or a porter to accompany you on the trail.




However on the bright side, there are many new trekking trails and tea houses opened. This has helped a lot in making the trek easier.




All in all, Manaslu trek is great to those who opt for an authentic, adventurous, and true remote region experience.




Allow us to help you make your personal decision on whether the Manaslu trek is going to be difficult for you.



Distance



The Manaslu trek is widely varied in terms of altitude. It takes you through landscape and terrain that range from the lowest Soti Khola (710m) to the highest point at Larkya La Pass (5213m).




It lies in the northern Himalayan range, the west-central part of Gorkha. The Manaslu Circuit trek is about 177 km in distance.




On a standard 17 day itinerary, you will be walking approximately 15-20 km each day for 10- 12 days. Other days are for resting and acclimatization.




The trail leads you towards Budhi Gandaki Gorge which is a harrowing steep. Thus the first couple of days is difficult. Plus you have to walk a lot of uphill and downhill.




Some days you even have to walk across windy trails and cross suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki river.




In places where there are no suspension bridges, you have to cross a temporary wooden bridge (logs) to cross the thrilling river.




The most challenging part of the trek is crossing the Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5213m. This challenge will definitely help you in recognizing your strength and capabilities.




To take the Manaslu trek, you need to prepare both mentally and physically. Since you have to cover many kilometers it can be quite hectic for your body.




The rocky trails and uneven terrain can be problematic for those who are physically unfit. Thus, it is important that you take necessary physical training prior to the trek.



Duration



Manaslu Circuit Trek duration depends on the package you choose. It can be anywhere from two weeks or even to a month.




You can add or reduce the number of days according to your preference and suitable schedule.




You will walk through many villages, suspension bridges, forests, rivers and so on.




You will walk for approximately 5 to 7 hours daily excluding the rest days. If you are not someone who normally walks a lot, walking for many hours can be tough on your body.




So for that, it is important that you train yourself before the trek by hiking for 3 or 4 hours daily and by climbing stairs etc.




What you need to focus on mainly is building stamina and preparing yourself for the higher altitude.



Weather and temperature



The weather plays a huge role in determining the Manaslu trek difficulty.




The Manaslu trail leads you through six climatic zones. The tropical and sub-tropical zone, the temperate zone, the subalpine zone, the alpine zone and, the arctic zone.




Heavy rainfall, freezing nights, blazing sun, and chill winds are all possible within your trekking duration.




The days are generally warm and dry while the nights are freezing. So, it is important to pack well for the cold evenings and nights. Dress in layers so that you can put on and take off your clothes whenever you want.




Nepal experiences 4 seasons- Spring, summer, autumn, and winter.




In winter, trekking in Manaslu can be quite a challenge. The day time temperatures are warm but significantly decreases as the sun sets.




Thus, the temperature easily drops down to -20 degree Celsius during the nighttime and early morning. Due to heavy snowfall during this time, the Larkya La pass and tea houses remain closed.




Summer season, followed by monsoon experiences heavy rainfall. This results in the slippery and muddy trail with leeches. Added, during this time the Larkya La Pass is challenging. The trail would be difficult and risky too.




The Spring season is favorable for trekking. The weather is clear with blue skies and you will get to witness the striking snow-capped mountains. It is also the time when the rhododendron blooms adding colors to the forest.




Another season that is favorable for trekking beside Spring is Autumn. Autumn is the most loved season and the peak time for trekking. The climate is pleasant with stable temperature and HD views of the mountains.




Hence, planning your trek during Spring and Autumn can reduce the trek difficulty caused by weather.

Altitude sickness



Altitude sickness or Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is ever present in any high altitude trekking.




Manaslu trek is an adventurous trek due to its great variation. Thus, one of the major difficulty during Manaslu trek is your ability to adjust to high altitude.




The trek starts from the lower altitude of 700m i.e Soti Khola and reaches to a higher altitude of 5213m, the Larkya Pass. And, with the increase in altitude the risk of altitude sickness also increases.




Everyone is at risk of altitude sickness irrespective of age, gender and fitness level. Thus, being well informed about altitude sickness can ease your trekking difficulty.




Some of the early signs and symptoms of altitude sickness are a headache, fatigue, loss of appetite etc.




When you have mild symptoms such as these it is best to rest until the symptoms go away.




Resting and acclimatization are very important while trekking at higher altitude. It is never a good idea to speed up your trek or continue your trek while having early symptoms.




Doing so can worsen your health and can lead you to a more severe condition. HACE, High Altitude Cerebral Edema can lead to unconsciousness or even death.




The other condition is HAPE, High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and the symptoms are short of breath, severe cough and tiredness etc.




When you have one of these, descending is the only option. Thus walking slowly, taking regular breaks and drinking plenty of water are some of the ways that can help you stay away from Altitude sickness.




Also, drinking alcohol is a big No. It boosts the risk of altitude sickness.




Always reach out for help from the guide, porter or the team leader if you have any symptoms of AMS.




This will help you in taking the necessary precautions to overcome it before it gets fatal.

What is the best trekking time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time for the Manaslu region trek starts from March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn).




During March, April, and May the weather is clear and calm. You’ll also get a wonderful view of the snow-capped mountain. Spring is the season of beautiful colorful flowers which makes the forest trail more beautiful.




Autumn season is another best season to trek in Manaslu region. After monsoon, September, October, and November are the perfect months to get there. You’ll see the phenomenal view of high mountains covered in snow.

What about accommodation facilities during Manaslu Trek?

Accommodation is not a big issue during Manaslu Trek. There are ample tea houses for accommodation in Manaslu region. Normally, the rooms are simple and cozy. Only a few teahouses have a private room with a shared toilet.




Also, kindly note during the peak trekking season, you may need to share a room with other trekkers especially in Dharamsala. Although the tea houses provide blankets it gets very cold especially at night so sleeping bags are essential.

What type of food do I get during Manaslu Trek??

On the Manaslu trail, almost all tea houses serve most common Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat”. Normally, vegetables served in tea houses are produced from their own field. This is usually organic which is good for your health.




Manaslu region is located in the remote area of Nepal. There is problem of proper transportation so it’s difficult to supply food materials. Thus, on the Manaslu trail, continental foods are costly and limited

What about altitude sickness during the trek?

It’s impossible to predict who gets affected by altitude. Altitude sickness is caused by thin air at the high altitudes starting from 3,000 m upward. The highest point of the Manaslu Trek is 5,120 m above the sea level. So, you should give enough time to acclimatize, while trekking in Manaslu region.




The main precaution while trekking is not to go up too high and too fast. If you suffer from symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite then descend to a lower elevation immediately and seek medical help.

Q6. Do I need a permit to trek for Manaslu Trek?

Yes, you need special trekking permits while trekking in Manaslu region. This region lies in a remote and restricted area under the Manaslu Conservation Area. The permits and the trekking costs details are mentioned below:




Manaslu Restricted Permit: USD 70 for first seven days and USD 10 each additional day during September to November. USD 50 for first 7 days and USD 7 each additional day during December to August.




Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): For SAARC Nationals is USD 2 per person and for other Nationals is USD 20 per person.




Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): For SAARC Nationals is USD 2 per person and for other Nationals is USD 20 per person.




Tsum Valley Restricted Permit: USD 35 per person per week

Do I need a TIMS Card for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

No, you don’t need a TIMS card until you have a side trip after Manaslu like as Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Jomsom Muktinath Trek. As long as you hold restricted trekking permit, TIMS card isn’t required in any restricted trekking region in Nepal.

Can I trek Manaslu Circuit solo?

No, you can’t trek solo. Nepal Government has declared Manaslu as a restricted area to preserve the natural beauty and the culture of the region. As a result, individual trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu.




You must hire a licensed professional guide or a porter guide. While trekking in Manaslu region there must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide and porter).

If I hire a guide or porter should I tip him? If yes, how much?

Tipping is not compulsory in Nepal. But people expect you show gratitude to them. There is no any hard and fast rules for tipping so if you’re satisfied with their service you can tip them as per your interest.

Do I need to get insured before trekking in Manaslu region?

Yes, travel insurance is very necessary and you must insure in your respective home country. Your travel insurance policy must cover emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, and medical treatment. This insurance is for your personal security and easy trekking.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola by bus ( Jeep Optional cost 240$)
  • Dharapani to Kathmandu by bus ( Jeep Optional cost 240$)
  • Professional trekking guide with government license with his insurance and food
  • Full Board Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House / Lodge Accommodation during the trek
  • Manaslu Restricted Permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system card)
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (return after the trek)
  • Well-equipped first aid kit and oximeter
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance

Cost Excludes

  • All meals in Kathmandu.
  • Porter's Cost not included (Hireable with additional cost)
  • All Drinks during trekking (Hard and soft drinks)
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Rescue & Evacuation service
  • International airfare, visa fee and tax.
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Any special upgraded Accommodation at Kathmandu

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Overall Trip Rating:
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  1. chew
    Mukti was very responsive to my enquiries and managed to accommodate my requests. It was an awesome trek and our guide,Raj, and assistant guide(Deepak) & all porters were excellent. We were a slow group but with Raj guidance and assistance from rest of his team, 7 of us managed to complete the circuit. One had to turn back from Larke Pass with the assistant guide due to health reason. Mukti was able to arrange the helicopter evacuation on the same day and arrived in Kathmandu safely. If I ever go back to Nepal for trekking again, Himalayas On Foot will be my 1st choice
  2. Still nursing a month old sprained ankle and a terrible sore throat with fever, I was apprehensive as to whether I should continue my journey to Manaslu Circuit. I was not sure of the level of service the trekking company will be able to offer. I went instead and to my surprised I was so well taken care of by Raj, Dipak and the porters. Raj and Dipak were so patient and Dipak kept me entertained by his lovely serenade. I was threading the trail slowly in order not to aggravate my almost healed ankle (I definitely do not want to spoil this trip with another sprained ankle) and sore throat. In short, I was the last trekker among the 8 of us (my mantra during this trip was - If you need to stop, do so and if you are the last to reach the end point, who cares? I was definitely walking at a slow and steady pace, like a tortoise). On one or two occassions, when I was too tired and Raj had to rushed ahead to ensure the rest of my trekking buddies checked into the rest house, he asked one of the porter to accompany me. I am touched that I was not made to feel like a burden. Raj, the head guide and Dipak, the assistant guide never rushes me. They took care of our welfare so well - make sure we eat and drink well (our favourite drinks, of course) and sufficiently, have blankets to keep us warm, so pampered...Raj and Dipak and our four porters went the extra miles to ensure we are safe and enjoy the trip. If I have been a burden, I apologised...but I have never enjoy a trekking trip like this one until now and will definitely recommend Himalaya on Foot to my friends.
  3. SiewFong
    They handed everything well from the beginning till the end... I rate Himalayas On Foot perfect 10 for their services and guidance thru out the 14 days of trekking. Mr Raj, our guide always make sure we are well and kept us warm most nites with extra blankets.. Meals n drinks are served hot and enough at all times.. Back at the office, Mr Mukti was always there to offer us tip top service of any kind we requested... Many thanks to you and your good responsible staffs, including the potters for making my 1st hiking trip in Nepal so enjoyable and memorable... Keep it up...!!! You guys are the BEST..!!
  4. I would like to recommend this agency, but especially their guide, Ramesh. Most agencies offer similar packages but what I greatly appreciated is that Himalayas On Foot went the extra mile to make my trek possible. Where others tried to add things I didn't need, they let me customize my trip, they came up with good suggestion and they delivered what they promised. That being said, I had to reject the first guide that was assigned to me due to his poor English, but they quickly proposed another one, Ramesh, which really helped me during the entire the trek. The best thing about Ramesh and the Himalayas on Foot that you won't easily find with others is their flexibility. I changed the plan from day one as I found myself in good physical condition and they adjusted with no problem. I added more stops and they agreed to that too. The price was also one of the best I could find after receiving more than 15 quotes from different agencies. So all together I recommend them and I would organize my trek with them again.
  5. I have a 14 days Manaslu Circuit trek with Himalayas on Foot just me alone. It was a great adventure!. Starting from the airport transfer, nice hotel before and after the trek and the trek itself. Deepak - a young guide was very caring and he was looking after me very carefully. I had a wonderful experience thanx to him - he was very flexible regarding the plan, so we could do it according to my level of tiredness. I recommend to everybody also the Manaslu Circuit route - the view are amazing, and there were several days that I have not met any single person o the way. So, peace and quiet!
  6. anneke-v
    Summary (for the time poor and/or those who don't want to read an extended review): I had a wonderful time trekking the Manaslu Circuit with Himalayas on Foot. A great, tailored, reliable and hassle free service from start to finish. They are genuinely focussed on providing clients with a great trekking experience and enjoyable stay in Nepal. My guide, Raj, was very experienced, friendly, caring, knowledgable and spoke great English. Highly recommended company and trek. Extended review: Unlike some of the more popular treks in Nepal (e.g. Everest Base Camp and ABC) the Nepalese Government will only allow people to do the Manaslu Circuit trek with a registered guide. I organised the trip at very short notice - a week out from the trip - and due to work commitments had very specific on limited dates I could trek. A big draw card for me was the flexibility and responsiveness of Himalayas on Foot. There are heaps of trekking companies is Nepal so I did a bit of research (blogs, TripAdvisor, reaching out to friends who've trekked in Nepal, etc) and contacted quite a few companies. Most companies responded saying they could only confirm departures for groups of two or more people and suggested that I either change the dates of my trip (not possible) or contact them again with a group of two or more (I have a great friends who enjoy trekking, but none able to come to Nepal at a week's notice!). Upon receiving my website enquiry Mukti (the company director) organised a Facebook messenger chat with me to discuss my desired trekking objectives, dates and logistics. While I was at first skeptical about it (I've definitely never had any business communications via messenger in Australia!) it was actually a very efficient way to get a lot of questions answered quickly. I had a couple of minor follow up questions after the call, which Mukti answered promptly via email and messenger. The chat helped me determine whether I'd picked an appropriate trek for my desired outcomes (natural beauty, cultural insights, moderate to hard trekking), was appropriate to my level of physical fitness, and to discuss the benefits of smaller versus larger groups, etc. It also helped me get a feel for what the company was able to offer me. Mukti assured me there would be a way to make a trek happen, even if that meant him reaching out to help me find another company in order to make a combined group. The approach to doing business and organising the trip was less formal than what I'm used to (e.g. initial response by Facebook, no lengthy explanatory material or disclaimers provided, and few formal confirmation/reminder emails). However, Mukti was reliable and took care of everything as discussed (e.g. airport pick ups and organising permits) and without a hitch. He was even able to organise the permits before I arrived, which meant we could leave a day earlier for the trek and it allowed me to add on an additional side trip to the Manaslu Base Camp - yay! In the end, the trek was just me and my guide, Raj - who was excellent. Raj was experienced, knowledgable, friendly, accommodating, caring and spoke very good English. Having met some other guides and their small groups along the trek (four other groups in total); Raj was by far the most experienced guide, with the best English. In fact, many of the other trekkers soon started deferring to him for advice along the circuit! Raj also gave great insights into Nepalese culture and norms. His good relationships with many of the locals along the circuit meant I was often able to gain better insights about them and the areas we trekked through. Raj patiently interpreted conversations for me too. This all made for a richer experience. Raj is very flexible in his approach and has a can do/"it's possible" attitude, which makes life on the trek very easy and relaxed. He was fun and interesting - was happy to hang out and have a chat in down time, and equally good at giving me space to do my own thing (wander, read, chill out with other tourists, etc) as desired. Raj gave helpful practical tips along the way. This included letting me know the best days to charge my phone (important for me since it was also my camera for the trip), places in which it was safest to eat meat/eggs (due to freshness and quality), where to stop for the best dal bhat along the trek, days to shower and wash clothes (it can get really cold at times and access to hot showers is limited/non-existent in most locations), and suggestions for adjusting my walking style to make life easier in different terrains and conditions. As a solo female traveller on this trip, the guide's demeanour and attitude was particularly important to me. I felt very comfortable with Raj as my guide. He was always professional, caring and looked out for me. I used my own equipment so cannot comment on the quality of optional equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket) that was offered as part of the trip. Mukti and Raj have been in the business for a long time and seem to be in it for the right reasons. They were focussed on providing me with a great experience trekking and making sure I had a nice time in Nepal. Even on returning from the trek, they provided helpful suggestions for things to do in Nepal and were available for any further questions. All in all I had a very good experience with Himalayas on Foot! I wish I was still out trekking with them now! I will defintely get in contact with them again the next time I visit Nepal.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek
Group Discount Available
From $880
/ Adult
No. of person Price
1 - 1 US$ 1020
2 - 6 US$ 920
7 + US$ 880
  • 13 Days
  • 5,106 m / 16,752 ft (Larkya La pass)
  • Challenging
  • Basic Teahouse
  • Soti Khola/Syange
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Basic
  • 2-20 PAX

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