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    Manaslu Circuit Trek Detailed Info
    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaJan 8th 2024

    The magnificent trail with its delightful Himalayan vistas has made the Manaslu Circuit Trek extremely popular for adventure lovers around the globe. With the availability of the lodge (tea house) accommodation, the trek has become much more accessible for the trekkers in terms of cost. It begins from the Budi Gandaki River valley and ends at the Marshyangdi River valley of the Annapurna region. The Larke La Pass over 5000 meters connects these two regions, which is a challenging Himalayan chain pass in Nepal.

    The sceneries go on changing from the beginning point-from forest and terraced hillside and jaw-dropping rocks to the glacial landscape and the grassy alpine meadows. The River Valley scene changes into the Himalayan settlements with far-fetched cultural auras in the lap of Mt. Manaslu. But the region is covered by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), which is a restricted region in Nepal that requires a special trekking permit.

    If you love the less trafficked routes with the remote trail and the diversities in natural and cultural sceneries, do not hesitate to grab the trekking Manaslu Circuit Trail that guides you through the pristine landscape and across the technical Himalayan pass.

    Manaslu Trek requires acclimatization rest on the trip as you will be walking in the alpine zones for several days, which is pretty much tough. If you are planning for this trekking, we recommend you experience the easy and lower altitude trekking that will offer you confidence and helps you to adapt to the altitude.

    Based on your schedule, Manaslu Trekking can be adjoined with the Tsum Valley Route which becomes exclusively brilliant trekking. Nepal Kameleon Holidays is prepared to guide you throughout the trekking routes in the Manaslu region.


    Attractions/Highlights of the Round Manaslu Trek in Short

    Comparatively isolated and eye-catching trail in the Himalayan lap
    Diversities in the scenery-a wonderful combination of Himalayas, hills, streams, and woods
    Ancient Tibetan Buddhist cultural practices, colorful monasteries, chhortens, and mani walls
    Crossing the technical Larke La Pass over 5000 meters that connects the Annapurna region with Manaslu
    The Himalayan views include the 7th highest height. Manaslu (8156 meters), Himlung, Annapurna, Kang Guru and more…

    What is the Best Time for the Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking?

    ·         Basically, we recommend two major seasons:

    ·         Spring (March, April, and May)

    ·         -Best views, clear weather, the blooming of rhododendrons and wildflowers, hot days and cold nights, easy for acclimatization

    ·         Autumn (September, October, November, and December)

    ·         -amazing weather, festive season, cultural time, magnificent Himalayan sceneries, clear sky


    Best Suitable Itinerary Shortly Customized for You

    ·         Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

    ·          Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 03: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 04: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Deng. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 06: Trek from Deng to Namrung. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 07: Trek from Namrung to Samagaun. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 08: Rest and Acclimatization. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 09: Trek from Samagaun to Dharmashala. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 10: Trek from Dharmashala to Bimtang. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 11: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani. Overnight at lodge/tea house.

    ·         Day 12: Drive to Besisahar and connect the drive to Kathmandu by jeep/bus. Overnight at hotel


    What are the paperwork/Permits Required for the Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

    Restricted Area Trekking Permit by the immigration department of Nepal 
    Fee: 70 USD for the first 7 days and USD 10 per day thereafter (applies for autumn and spring)

    Fee: USD 50 for the first 7 days and USD 7 per day thereafter (applies for off-seasons)

    Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Permit (by agency)
    Minimum 2 trekkers required in 1 group with the guide

    Cost: USD 30 (3000 nrs for foreigners), Nrs. 300 for SAARC citizens

    Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (by agency)
    Cost: USD 30 (3000 nrs for foreigners), Nrs. 300 for SAARC citizens


    Food/Meals and Accommodation Facility on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

    What do you prefer to eat? Typical Nepali, Indian, or Continental? They serve Dal Bhat (rice, lentil, and curry with pickles and salad. Chapati, noodle soup, chowmein, pizza, and many more items are served by tea houses and restaurants. They also serve American Breakfast, porridge, boiled eggs, garlic soup, chapatti omelet, and many more. Meals with soup are highly recommended. Meals are hygienic.

    About accommodation? No need to worry. There are lodges, also called tea houses on the Manalu Circuit Trail, but they are basic. Being basic too, they offer clean accommodation. Single room, double or three bedrooms? Depends on your group size. If you feel it is pretty cold, you can ask for an extra blanket.

    Besides this, you need to pay extra for a hot shower and wifi.


    Manaslu Circuit Trek in Technicality: Is it too Difficult?

    As aforementioned, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is pretty much a tough excursion in the alpine altitude, especially for about a week. The beginning section is just a gradual uphill trail but as the altitude range goes on increasing, the thin air region prevails. Thus, we strongly recommend an acclimatization day.

    Located almost at 5200 meters altitude, the Larkay La Pass is the technical Himalayan high pass on the route of Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Some of the sections are tricky and slippery. So, you need to know the high pass crossing techniques (the guide of Nepal Kameleon Holidays will explain to you beforehand). Early morning starting with confidence, drinking plenty of water, and walking with care can escort you across this Himalayan pass and not let you feel the high altitude sickness.

    Doing Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, is Acclimatization Necessary for Me?

    Acclimatization is almost mandatory (not written but for your safety) for the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. What we know is you will feel the altitude of thin air region above 3000 meters. As the ultimate altitude of Larkay La Pass is almost 5200 meters, we strongly recommend acclimatization for your successful trip. We suggest you not underestimate acclimatization. Your safety is the first and foremost priority.

    Besides acclimatization, you should have the physical strength and confidence that you will face the slippery trail. However, our guide will assist you all the way.


    What sort of equipment should I have for the Manaslu Trek?

    Check out the equipment list for the high-altitude trek:

    General, head, body, and Leg

    Down sleeping bag
    Duffel or Rucksack bag
    Rain and windproof cheater and trousers.
    Trekking boots, light shoes, and sandals.
    Thin and thick socks.
    Trekking Gaiters
    Cap and ears covering hat.
    Down Jacket
    Hand gloves
    Flish liner
    Light and weight thermal tops.
    Light jacket.
    Wind and rain jacket.
    Long and short hiking pants.
    Rain and windproof trousers.
    Walking poles
    Water bottle with purification tablets
    Lip Guard
    Sun block cream
    Head torch
    Glacier glasses
    Toiletry kits: hand wipes, liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

    Medicines and First Aid Kits

    Nepal Kameleon Holidays' guide will carry the first aid kit, but medicines for your personal use that need a special recommendation from a doctor should be carried by you.

    Headache and fever medicine.
    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
    Burnt cream.
    Immodium or Peptobismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss this with us before starting to take this medicine.
    Blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plasts, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.


    Passport and extra passport photos.
    Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money, and passport.
    Pocket knife.
    Chocolates and energy bars
    Use waterproof plastics or a rucksack to keep the stuff

    Drinking Water on Manaslu Circuit Trek

    There are several stations each day where you will get purified water that you can fill in your bottle by paying. It will be about 0.5-1 USD per liter. You can fill the hot water instead from the tea houses by paying instead. We recommend you bring purifying tablets fill your bottle with nature and purify it with the tablet.


    Weather on Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    Spring and autumn remain amazing times to trek on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. However, carrying a light raincoat, windcheater, rain cover for a bag, and wearing good trekking boots are recommended. The alpine section weather can be changing frequently. But these seasons are best to trek in Manaslu.


    What are the Altitude Symptoms?

    High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. When you walk at a high altitude level, the symptoms of altitude sickness can appear. It is not a great problem at the beginning, but underestimating it can be a severe problem. Generally, altitude sickness may appear above 2700 meters. Dizziness, vomiting, sleepiness, insomnia, and others are the common symptoms. If you feel it, you should try some way-outs that are easy. You should stop ascending, better to descend. Drink a lot of water, drink hot garlic soups, and stay warm. 

    Bhanu Khatiwada
    Bhanu KhatiwadaJan 8th 2024

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