Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

Know before you go
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March - April and Oct - Nov
  • Trip Area Manaslu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5160m.|16925ft.

Highlights

  • Trek to the lap of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world
  • Off-the-beaten trekking route that explores the natural wonders of the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Enjoy restricted area trekking that takes you to upper Nubri, a well-protected and preserved Tibetan Buddhist community
  • Get a chance to interact with local communities and experience their ancient culture and traditions
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests, crossing hanging bridges over gushing rivers, terraces, and lovely waterfalls
  • Share the trail with yak caravans and follow a narrow river valley route that goes through picturesque villages 
  • Less crowded trekking route
  • Discover the unspoiled mesmerizing landscapes of the Manaslu region and witness breathtaking mountain panoramas
  • Cross the snowbound Larkya La pass and go on side hikes to Pungen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp, and Birendra Lake

Short Manaslu circuit trek in a summary

The Manaslu Circuit is a challenging and rewarding trek that takes you through the remote region surrounding Mount Manaslu (8,163m.|26,781ft.), the eighth-highest peak in the world. The circuit, which can be completed in 14 days, offers stunning views of the Himalayas and takes you through a variety of landscapes, including forests, alpine meadows, and glacial rivers. 

Along the way, you'll have the chance to interact with local communities and experience the rich culture and traditions of the region. The trek is physically demanding, so it is best suited for experienced hikers in good physical condition. However, the sense of accomplishment and the breathtaking beauty of the region make it a journey that is well worth the effort.

What to expect during the Manaslu trek?

The Manaslu circuit is an off-the-beaten trekking route that explores the natural wonders of the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is a fantastic trekking package for true adventure lovers who want to push themselves and test their endurance. The short Manaslu circuit trek begins at Machha Khola at 900m.|2953ft and gradually goes above the Budhi Gandaki river valley to Larkya La at 5160m.|16925ft. 

If you have already trekked to Everest base camp and done the Annapurna circuit, then the short Manaslu circuit trek should be your next venture in Nepal. It is a restricted area trekking that takes you to upper Nubri, a well-protected and preserved Tibetan Buddhist community. The Manaslu circuit trekking involves lush rhododendron forests and hanging bridges over gushing rivers. You will walk past waterfalls, stupas, chortens, and streams. 

Share the trail with yak caravans and occasionally with other trekkers. Follow a narrow river valley route that goes through picturesque villages and includes frequent steep slopes. On the way, you will be seeing views of many giant Himalayan mountains. At the start of the short Manaslu circuit trek of 14 days, Mount Annapurna (8,091m.|26,545ft.) dominates the west side of the sky, whereas the east part of flanked by Ganesh Himal (7,422m.|24,350ft). 

Gradually, as the trail opens up from dense forests to vast meadows, the mountain views become prominent. Since the opening of the Manaslu circuit trek route in 1992, only a handful of travelers have discovered the unspoiled mesmerizing landscapes of the Manaslu region.

Mount Manaslu (8,163m.|26,781ft.), Annapurna II (7,937m.|26,040ft.), Shringi Himal (7,083m.|23,238ft.), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m.|25,823ft.), Himlung Himal (7,126m.|23,379ft.), Mount Kang Guru (6,981m.|22,904ft.), Gyaji Kang (7,038m.|23,090ft.), and numerous others embellish the skyline with their mighty presence. 

One of the most fascinating places you will come across trekking is the 195 meters long Cantilever Walkway Bridge, built with the latest Swiss technology on the way before reaching Jagat.

As you make your way to the snowbound Larkya La pass, you will come across ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Many locals are either descendant of Tibetans or Tibetan refugees. During the short Manaslu circuit trek, you'll visit ancient monasteries like Pungen Gompa (in Sama Gaon at 3,870m.|12,697ft.). 

Similarly, you will also explore Manaslu Base camp (4,400m.|14,436ft.) from Samdo. We also have an optional hike to Birendra Lake (3,691m.|12,110ft.) in Samdo. 

Near the Nepal-Tibet border, the trail crosses the epic Larkya La pass. One of the most interesting facts about the Manaslu circuit trail is it is part of the Great Himalayan Trail. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Distance

The short Manaslu circuit trek covers approximately 127.5 kilometers in total. On average, you will walk 14 kilometers a day, which means roughly 6 to 7 hours a day. The day begins early. You will be hitting the trail by 8 AM (some days even earlier) to reach the destination by 4 PM - 5 PM. We will take a lunch break on the way and have dinner and breakfast at the tea house we'll spend the night. 

Why short Manaslu circuit trek?  

Our short Manaslu circuit trek itinerary allows you to do this world-class adventurous trek in 14 days. This 14-day itinerary fits travelers who commit to the usual two-week-long treks. The Manaslu trek is led by an experienced guide and supporting porters who will ensure your safety in the mountains. In total, you will be spending 9 days trekking and 2 days driving to and from the starting/ending point of the trail.

Best Viewpoints on the Manaslu trail

There are many spots on the Manaslu circuit trail from where you can witness breathtaking mountain landscapes. The trail is dotted with hills and mountains. Every new village unfolds a brand new scenery. But if we have to pick the best spots, then it will be Shyla (3,500m.|11,480ft.) and Bhimtang (3,720m.|12,205ft.). Both villages offer a stunning mountain panorama. 

Transportation used during the short Manaslu circuit trek

Our short Manaslu circuit trek package covers 7 to 8 hours of jeep ride from the starting and ending point of the trail. As per the group size, we will be booking the four-wheeler. The ride cost is included in our short Manaslu circuit trek cost, so you do not have to pay extra money. 

Likewise, we provide airport pick-up and drop service during your international flights too. 

Permits for the short Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu circuit trek requires three permits, and each of them is covered in our short Manaslu circuit trek package cost. Our team obtains the permit in advance for you. Below are the three permits needed for this trek:

Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit): NPR 3000 per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit): NPR 3000 per person

Similar trekking packages

We have many adventurous trekking packages in Nepal for all kinds of trekkers. Whether you are looking for a beginner-friendly trek or an advanced trek, we got you. And you can customize every package as per your need with us. 

First of all, here are some of our other famous trekking packages in the Manaslu region-  Manaslu circuit trek 16 daysTsum valley trek via Barpak Gurung village, Tsum with Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Lower Manaslu trek 6 days

Likewise, these are some similar treks for experienced trekkers in Nepal- Everest three high passes trekLangtang Gosaikunda Helambu trekLimi valley trekMakalu base camp trek, and Kanchenjunga circuit trek. 

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Our delegate will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. There will be a briefing with the trek guide, who will inspect the gear and trekking clothes and suggest you buy or rent if anything is necessary. In the evening, while touring Thamel's busy streets, you can shop for last-minute items for the hike.

  • 2-star Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Today is the free day before starting the trek to Manaslu. We will meet you at 9 am and take your original passports and two copies of the photos. You can explore the Kathmandu Valley in the afternoon. If you like to go for a day hike like Champadevi Hiking, or Nagarkot Tour, we can arrange that too. At 5 o'clock, the guide will meet you at our office and return your passport. 
Note: The permits are prepared only on the weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) and Friday - half day. So, we suggest you be in Kathmandu according to those days, during Saturday and other public holidays, the immigration office is closed, and we cannot make your permits.

  • 2-star Hotel

The guide will receive you up from your hotel and take you to the bus park. From the bus park, we will head on a magnificent journey of approximately 150 kilometers to Machha Khola. You may see the stunning views, terraces, lush hills, and views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, and Manaslu as you reach the ridge of the Kathmandu Valley. Due to the bumpy road, the road drive is challenging. We will reach Machha Khola, enjoying the local bus ride of Nepal.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 900m.|2953ft.

Following breakfast in the rural area, the route takes us up a rocky trail. We ascend and descend rivers and scale notched trees. Our journey is made delightful by the waterfalls on either side of the Budhi Gandaki River and the chirping sounds of different bird species in the forest. While walking from Machha Khola to Jagat, we ascend to the Gurung village and fields of maize and millet. We can enjoy stunning views of Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Himal Chuli from the narrow valley assembled by the Budhi Gandaki River. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1340m.|4396ft.

Today's hiking concerns the gradual hike up a broad hillside while passing by a waterfall right above us, through a narrow, stunning gorge portion with towering walls, and across a suspension bridge. When the skies are clear, Philim offers spectacular views of the Bhudhigandaki Valley and delightful mountain ranges. Our day travel begins after breakfast and passes through the little town of Ekle Bhatti. We reach the beautiful waterfall named Nyauli Jharana before the main trail junction of the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. To walk towards Manaslu Trail, leaving the Tsum Valley trail, we descend, cross a bridge, and then continue along the river bank via a series of small gorges. We cross the Bhudhigandaki River today a couple of times. The trail skirts the riverbank before arriving in Deng. Lapuchen, Dwijen, and Lumbo Himals are all visible from here.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1865m.|6102ft.

 We hike from Deng to Namrung in 7 to 8 hours, following the trail that leads through a valley, over a bridge twice, and then steeply ascends to the small village. After continuing the hike through pleasant pine forests, we reach Bihi Phedi, where we can see Kutang Himal in the distance. We also see Mani stones, evidence of the tiny Tibetan footholds left behind in high Himalayan locations. Trek through the deep forest, cross the wooden Budhi Gandaki bridge, and gently ascend to Namrung.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2630m.|8626ft.

After having breakfast, we begin the trek that leads to a settlement called Lihi and descends the Lidanda Glaciers to the beautiful hamlet of Sho at an elevation of 3000. The breathtaking vistas of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu itself, on the route to Lho, make for a great afternoon. Lho is a settlement adorned with numerous prayer flags. After Lho, the trail ascends from the Gomba to the picturesque hamlet of Shyala, which offers breathtaking mountain views. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3500m.|11480ft.

The majority of trekkers spend their rest day in Sama Gaon interacting with other tourists, but Nepal Nirvana Trails have designed your itinerary specifically so that you can explore the hamlet and Gombas, a tiny bit of old Tibetan culture and avoid the crowds in this treasured land. After enjoying breakfast in a stunning location, we hike for 2 to 3 hours to Pungen Gumba (3870m.|12696ft.). We take the packed lunch from the hotel while hiking to Pungen Gompa. After a satisfying lunch, we begin our walk towards Sama Gaon.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3870m.|12696ft.

After having breakfast at Sama, we begin our journey for today. We hike either to Birendra Lake or the Mt. Manaslu Base Camp(4,400m). After spending a couple of hours taking in the breathtaking scenery and capturing the views in the photographs, we head toward Samdo. The trail takes us to a stunning mountain landscape where blue sheep can be seen grazing. This might be one of the perfect hiking days of the entire trip.

Note: If we Hike Via Birendra Lake or Manaslu Base Camp it's 3 to 4 Hours longer, 10.1 miles|16.4 km.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3947m.|12949ft.

The path takes us to the former trade route with Tibet via a bridge and up to Larkya Bazaar's marketplaces. After hours of ascent via glaciers and increasingly stunning vistas, and reach Dharamshala, where we enjoy lunch amid breathtaking mountain scenery. Enjoy a more relaxing afternoon and be comfortable because you'll feel the elevation and the cold here. We'll have dinner early to sleep early and get ready for tomorrow's pass-crossing.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4460m.|14633ft.

After breakfast early morning, the trail leads to the northern part of the Larkya Glaciers, from which we can see Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. After around four hours of hiking, we will reach the top of Larkya La (5160m.|16925ft.), from where we can see the Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981m), and the Annapurna II (7937m) from opposite sides. In the direction of Bhimtang, the fall is steep across moraines. We will descend through the treacherous trail reaching Bhimtang. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5160m.|16925ft.

As it descends, the trail passes stony riverbeds, fig and rhododendron tree forts, sloping hillsides, and a few little green towns. We eventually arrive in the huge village of Tilje, whose residents are a mixture of Manang (of Tibetan heritage) and Chettris (Hindus), who has a distinctive architecture, and culture and consume mixed dishes such as buckwheat Dhido, Dal Bhat, Tsampa, and Tibetan salt-tea, after a long but very gorgeous day. At Dharapani, we carry on walking. We notice ahead signs of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) boards at Dharapani on this easy trekking day as we follow the Dudh Khola through bamboo trees. Our current location is the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, a picturesque Tibetan settlement in Thongje with prayer flags flapping at the Gomba.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1930m.|6440ft.

Take a bus or a vehicle for 3 to 4 hours to get from Dharapani to Besisahar. With our leisurely driving, it will take 5 to 6 hours to travel from Besisahar to Kathmandu, so we'll aim to leave early and eat lunch en route. Back within the Nepali hills, it is a completely different world, and the soft light transports us back to Kathmandu, the bustling metropolis of Nepal. Tonight definitely calls for a celebration!

  • 2-star Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

We will encounter you at the hotel, say our last goodbyes, and make arrangements for the car to take you to the airport.

  • Breakfast

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What's Included

  • Airport Pickup and Drop Service 
  • 3-night Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals on the treks (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and tea or coffee 
  • Accommodations during the treks
  • English-speaking Licensed trekking guide and one porter between two trekkers
  • Guide and Porter's Salary, food, equipment, and insurance.
  • All applicable ACAP, MCAP, and MANASLU Special or Restricted permits
  • Private jeep from KTM to MachhaKhola and Dharapani to KTM or Pokhara
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffle Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications tablet
  • Official expenses, all local and government tax, and vat.
  • Assistant Guide for group of 6 and above

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency rescues and evacuations
  • During trekking time, personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled and hot water, WI-FI, hot shower, etc.
  • Gratuities for Guide and Porter

Upcoming Departures

    
Start DateSaturdayFebruary 18, 2023End DateFridayMarch 03, 2023PriceAvailableUS $900
Start DateMondayFebruary 27, 2023End DateSundayMarch 12, 2023PriceAvailableUS $900

Useful Info

Manaslu Circuit Trek Challenges 

The Short Manaslu circuit trek is difficult and not appropriate for first-time trekkers. The rugged terrain, extreme environment, limited facilities, and risk of altitude sickness make this trek quite demanding. The Manaslu circuit trail is not well established like other famous trekking routes in Nepal. The trail has basic tea house accommodation and a few meal options. Hence the trekkers have to adjust and endure a lot. 

The off-the-beaten paths and long walking hours (6-7 each day) ask for fit individuals. The weather is unpredictable even in the peak trekking seasons, so you have to be prepared to face any change in the weather. You will be traversing the remotest foothills and mountain villages. The journey is immersive, adventurous, and life-changing but also demands a lot in return. 

You will trek through narrow cliffs, crossing gushing rivers and landslide areas. Cross thrilling suspension bridges and walk on alpine meadows before traveling the Larkya La pass. 

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness risk is always there on a high-altitude adventure like Manaslu circuit trekking. You can not eliminate it completely, but there are a few things that you can do in order to avoid it. The first thing that matters a lot is the itinerary and whether it has ample acclimatization and a constant pace or not. 

Our short Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is best because you only climb about 500 meters a day and also has acclimatization hikes, which allows trekkers to relax and adjust to the elevation. Be aware of symptoms like vomiting, headache, breathing problem, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, etc, and inform your guide right away. 

You can do the below things to avoid altitude sickness during the Manaslu circuit trek for 14 days:

  • drink plenty of water and do not consume anything that will dehydrate your body, like cigarettes, alcohol drinks, etc
  • do not ascend more than 600 meters a day, and sleep low
  • eat nutritious food and get enough sleep to maintain your energy
  • try maintaining your pace, walk slowly, take your time, and do not rush 
  • inform your guide immediately if you see any symptoms of altitude sickness or if you feel uncomfortable during the trek

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Private|Group

We give our guests two options: to trek in a group or do a private trek with us. If you are a solo traveler, then you can go for any option that is comfortable for you. You can join our short Manaslu circuit trek with a fixed departure for the 2023 spring/autumn and trek with other travelers. 

This will surely lower the per-head cost and allow you to mingle with travelers worldwide. Our group is small, with 6 to 10 people. Or, if you have a budget, you can do a private trek with us. 

Because the Manaslu circuit trek explores a restricted area in Nepal, there are a few regulations that we have to strictly follow, and one of them is there have to be two travelers at minimum in the group. You can trek with your friend, or we'll help you find a like-minded travel companion for you. 

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Best Time

Nepal has four seasons: winter (December to February), spring (March to April), summer/monsoon (May to September), and autumn (October to November). Among these four seasons, spring and autumn is the best time for the short Manaslu circuit trek. The other two seasons are off-time. 

Spring & Autumn 

Spring and autumn provide great weather and climate conditions for trekking in the Himalayas. The daytime has a suitable temperature for trekking, and the scenic view along the way makes walking incredible. The weather fluctuates less, allowing us to trek safely and enjoy the journey. You may not face avalanches, landslides, or any other weather-related hazards in these two seasons. 

The beauty of the Manaslu region in spring and autumn is exceptional. The lower part of the trail is abundant in seasonal vegetation and flowers. Whereas the upper part of the trail is much calmer and more soothing. The crystal clear sky allows you to witness panoramic landscapes. 

Off-season Manaslu circuit trek

One thing that the off-season brings is the low cost of restricted area permits. You can get the permit for almost half the cost. However, the offseason also brings unstable weather, not suitable climate, and a high risk of landslides & avalanches. 

Depending upon the season, either the trail will be muddy & slippery or covered with a thick layer of snow. The visibility gets poor, and you need to be extra careful. The mountain views are not clear all the time. 

Accommodation & Food

Manaslu circuit trek is a tea house trek with a simple accommodation service and meals. There are not many services available in the tea houses. Apart from bed and breakfast, most of them will cost you additional money, so we recommend our guests have a daily USD 15 to USD 20 budget in Nepali rupees. For instance, charging your device, Wi-Fi, hot shower, additional beverages or snacks, etc., is not covered in the short Manaslu circuit trek package cost. 

We book the accommodation for you in advance as there are not many tea houses available on the way, and most of them get pre-booked in the peak trekking seasons. The rooms are small and provided on a sharing basis. Single rooms are not available most of the time, and we only book them if you inform us at the time of booking. A Sleeping bag is recommended. 

Among all the food options, dal bhat will be your constant companion. This flavourful meal will keep you filled, healthy, and energized. Other dishes like momo, chowmein, Tibetan bread, thukpa, dhido, sandwiches, pasta, porridge, soup, eggs, etc., are also available. For drinks, you can get milk tea, coffee, lemon tea, ginger honey tea, etc. We advise you to bring bars and snacks of your choice to munch while trekking. 

Travel Insurance

Trekking without travel insurance is very risky, and we do not recommend it. As of now, you must have understood what the Manaslu circuit trek is like. Manaslu is a remote region without any hospital or mode of ground transportation. 

If anything happens during the trek and we have to leave the trail immediately, then travel insurance covering emergency helicopter rescue is the quickest sort we got. 

Therefore, you have to buy travel insurance and provide the documents to us before starting the trek. If you insist on trekking without travel insurance, then the company will not be responsible if we are not able to provide quick medical assistance in times of crisis. 

Travel Tips (electricity, internet, ATM, luggage, tipping, personal expenses)

Charging: If you need to charge your device, you can ask the staff at the tea house to help you. They may charge a small fee for this service. Alternatively, you can bring extra batteries or a solar charger with you.

Internet: WiFi is available in tea houses at a lower altitude, although the connection may not always be stable. There is a charge for using the WiFi at the tea houses. Alternatively, the cellular network lets you use the internet in the mountains as well. Our team can help you get a suitable data plan.

ATMs: There are ATMs available in Kathmandu, where you can withdraw money using your international card. There is no ATM on the short Manaslu circuit trekking route. 

Tipping: Tipping is a common practice in Nepal, and our guides and porters expect a tip at the end of the journey. You can tip them as much as you feel comfortable with. Don't feel awkward or hesitate to tip them.

Luggage: The heavy luggage (duffel bags) is carried by our porters at the time of trekking. You only carry a backpack on you for essentials. Each trekker has a 10 kg duffel bag weight limit and a 5 kg backpack weight limit. If you have any surplus luggage, you can store it in the locker room of our office free of cost. 

FAQs

  • Yes, you can customize the Manaslu circuit trek with us. Our travel consultants will help you custom design the trip as per your budget and requirements. For more information, get in touch with us.

  • If you have previous trekking experience or if you have already trekked famous trekking routes in Nepal like Langtang valleyAnnapurna base campAnnapurna circuit, Everest base camp, etc., then your next endeavor must be the Manaslu circuit trek of 14 Days. 

    It is a challenging trek that sees less number of tourists and offers an adventurous venture to the authentic Tibetan villages and around the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu. 

  • The best time to do the short Manaslu circuit trek is during the spring and autumn seasons run from March to April and October to November, respectively. You will get the ideal weather conditions and climate in these months to do the Manaslu circuit trekking

  • Manaslu circuit trek is a challenging trek in one of the restricted areas in Nepal. You will be following an offbeat trekking route. The terrain has many steep sections and passes by landslide areas. You will cross a high mountain pass and explore a remote area. The lack of adequate facilities along the Manaslu circuit trail also makes the overall journey very demanding.

  • The Manaslu circuit trek can go from 12 days to 22 days. Our Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is 14 days long, including your arrival in Kathmandu, preparation day, and departure from Kathmandu. The 14-day itinerary begins from the day, you arrive in Nepal and ends when you return to your Home country or other destination. 

  • Yes, you'll need a guide for the short Manaslu circuit trek. The trail from Jagat to Bimthang is a restricted area, so you cannot enter the region without a guide. One other thing you should know is that only a registered Nepali trekking company like us can organize treks in restricted areas in Nepal, including Manaslu. So, the only way you can do this trek is with a guide. Not even, an independent license guide can help you get the restricted area permit. 

  • The Manaslu circuit trek cost can vary from USD 900 to USD 2000 per person. The cost of the package can go above USD 2000 depending upon the travel company and the services included in the package cost. 

    At Nepal Nirvana Trails, you will get the best Manaslu circuit trek price that covers all the necessities, permit fees, expenses of the guide & porters, and all transportation as per our itinerary. You can customize the short Manaslu circuit trek as per your budget too with us. 

  • If we talk geographically, Manaslu and Annapurna are two different regions in the western Himalayas of Nepal. The Manaslu circuit explores around the eighth-highest mountain in the world, whereas the Annapurna circuit explores around the tenth-highest mountain in the world. 

    Annapurna circuit is an iconic trekking route visited by hundreds of adventure seekers. The trail has better services than the Manaslu circuit and is less offbeat. However, the Manaslu circuit sees fewer travelers and is much more demanding in every aspect.

  • Yes, Manaslu circuit trekking is harder than the Everest base camp trekking. EBC trek route is well established and offers very good facilities to travelers in the region. However, the short Manaslu circuit trek route does not have accommodation and meal services like the EBC trail. Manaslu circuit trek is rather very remote, difficult, and isolated. 

  • To prepare for Manaslu circuit trekking, you can go on a regular long walk. Better if you do it with a backpack weighing a few kg. You can go on short hikes and do cardio activities like swimming, cycling, running, etc. Likewise, you can train your body in the gym. You have to improve your core strength, stamina, and leg muscles. 

  • 40% of the Manaslu circuit trail has mobile network coverage. You can use a Nepali tourist sim (our team will help you get one, additional charges apply) to use data while trekking. The network will not be that great or stable all the time. Villages at the lower elevation may offer you paid WiFi service. Do not hope for high-speed internet at all. 

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