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Manaslu Circuit Trek is a unique cultural trekking adventure that takes trekkers through the heart of the isolated Manaslu region of Nepal. With the towering Mount Manaslu looming over the region, the journey is an excellent trip through the ethnic hallmarks of Nepal's far-off village-scape. The trek is one of the best off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal and offers a wide range of biodiversity, warm hospitality, and a plethora of Himalayan presence.
The 17 Days Manaslu Trek itinerary begins as you head to Soti Khola and continue further to Machi Khola. Your Manaslu trek then involves passing through Jagat, Phidim, and Deng. The foliage changes from sub-tropical jungles in the Himalayan foothills to alpine forests as the trekking trail continues ahead from Soti Khola further up to the village of Namrung, and the Larkya La Pass at 5000 meters. You'll be greeted with the views of various peaks spreading the presence of serenity in the natural domain as soon as you enter the region. The Manaslu region is filled with the silky emerald gossamer of an unspoiled ecosystem where the forests are home to numbers of wild animals and heterogeneous avifauna. Hence, the distinctive flora and fauna of the region are also an integral part of the trekking experience. Along with being an adventure trekking, the Manaslu region also offers a prospect to observe the Gurung and Buddhist cultures up close. As numerous monasteries and diverse places of worship are comprised in the journey. Illuminated by beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful sights of opal mountain peaks, the Manaslu Circuit trek makes the best off-the-beaten-paths trekking in Nepal.
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The Manaslu region is one of the secluded parts of Nepal that has managed to preserve its roots away from the temporary society to date. So, trekking to this part of Nepal is once in a lifetime opportunity for you to explore the unexplored. Commence on the journey and get ready to get amazed by the remoteness and rawness of villages on the trail.
Another main highlight of the trek is, the Larkya La Pass situated at an elevation of 5135m. It is one of the highest and toughest high passes of Nepal. During the trek, you get to experience the adventure of crossing the Larkya La pass and relish the magnificent views of various ranges of mountains from the top.
The breathtaking giant peaks greet you as soon as you trace your foot on the region during Manaslu Circuit Trek. And as you move forward, the trek leads you closer to giant peaks offering some magical views of the World's eighth highest mountain Mt. Manaslu. And with several other mountains like; Manaslu North (7157m), Simnang Himal (6251m), Larke peak (6249m), and Naike Peak (6211m), etc.
The trail during the Manaslu Circuit trek is filled with hidden traditional villages of the ethnic communities. Due to its remoteness, the culture and tradition followed by the community here are antique to date. You get an opportunity to discover and experience the authentic village lifestyle and culture of the Gurung and Tamang people during the trek.
Amongst the several restricted regions of Nepal that are prohibited from trek independently, the Manaslu region is one on the list. The regions are restricted because of their remoteness and challenging trail, and if you decide to commence on the Manaslu Circuit trek, you get to adventurous experience of trekking in a restricted region of Nepal.
Travellers should be comfortable with somewhat-demanding activities.
Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in
this adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy
burocratic thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and
had care of me since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the
power of their experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in
the Nepali lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain
were the vibes are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a
clinical yogi eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was
like a day dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of
organisation so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating
and were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to
answer the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a
very good experience.
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages
with rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic
but everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather
forecast is inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being
constant rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state,
and could have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level
of fitness would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a
taxi drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My
guide, Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about
the area during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The
second day of the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early
climb the next morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the
number of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it
is a great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The
tea houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are
limited menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the
ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway
there. While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I
were to do this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more,
but is so worth it.
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a
huge help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not
the western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So,
make sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next
western-style toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is
much more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a
great job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in
Nepal, and provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and
jeep safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was
very helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all
the activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for
us, without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.
You may arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our staff members. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you can check-in. Our representative will also explain the travel plan further to you.
Meet and greet at the Airport.
Transfer to hotel and trip plan explanation.
Today, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. The tour includes visiting the cultural heritage sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The list includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, and the Pashupatinath Temple. These heritage sites of the city present a wonderful insight into the art and architectural aspects of Nepal that will amaze you with its unique decorations and buildings. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your Kathmandu Hotel.
Things to Lookout For:
Visiting renowned Hindu Pilgrimage; Pashupatinath temple.
Famous site Swayambhunath Stupa.
Stroll and shop around Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Keep in Mind:
Along with the sightseeing tour around the city, today you'll also have a meeting with our guide regarding the trek you're about to begin. They'll explain all the detailed plans of the trek and you can freely question them if you have any confusion regarding the trip.
Early in the morning, we will start our 8 hours drive to Arughat. The long drive is full of scenic landscapes, hills, and winding rivers along with roadside settlements which reflect the typical village lifestyle. From Arughat, we will drive for another 1.5 hours to Soti Khola for sleep. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
Long scenic drive to Soti Khola.
Diverse scenery of landscape and hill along the way.
There is no walk involved in today's journey. A long 8 hours of drive will lead you to the starting point of the trek Soti Khola.
From Soti Khola, the trekking trail mainly goes through amazing woodlands, heading upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River. We will then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river towards Machha Khola. The terrain is quite chartreuse as the land is covered in trans-Himalayan woods that seem relatively untouched by human activities. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Trails alongside Budhi Gandaki River.
Sneak-peek of mountains on the way.
It is a light walk of around 5-6 hours today leading you to Machha Khola. On the way, you can enjoy the serene trail alongside the river and the scenery of diverse landscapes along with sneak peaks of mountains.
After crossing the Machha River and Khorlabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until crossing the Dovan Khola. From here, we will make our way to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. We then head towards Lhakpa and reach Jagat shortly. Jagat is a small village that is surrounded by tall green cliffs. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jagat.
Hotsprings at Tatopani.
Jagat is a small village surrounded by cliffs.
As you are ascending, the trail can get a little tough but the scenery and views along the way make it all worth it.
From Jagat, the trekking trail is relatively easy and undulating. The trail continues to Philim as it winds along the valley to Sirdibas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal (7162m) along the journey. Dropping down to the river, we will cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we can explore the village and its surrounding hillsides. Overnight stay at the tea house at Philim.
Stunning view of Sringi Himal on the way.
Steep ascend to Philim village.
Exploration of Philim village.
The walk today is relatively easy and short compared to past days. Make sure to enjoy the walk as you pass through suspension bridges and rivers along the way.
Moving away from Philim, the trail is laden with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We will pass Eklebatti and head towards the river, crossing it twice over suspension bridges. Then we reach Nyak and continue ahead to reach Deng. Deng is a Gurung village and provides great views of Sringi Himal (7162m). Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deng.
Waterfalls and rivers on the way.
Magnificent views of mountains seen from the village.
The walk today as well is not long or strenuous, take it slow and enjoy the waterfalls and rivers on the trail. You can explore the Deng village and learn about the Gurung culture and lifestyle.
Today, we will trek steeply up onto a spectacular hill trail before descending down again to cross the river. We will pass through some small settlements along the way and then climb to an impressive open valley. After reaching Namrung, if you want- you can take a side excursion to the small settlement of Pork as well – a two-hour round trip. Accommodation at the tea house at Namrung.
Small settlements along the way.
Excursion of Namrung village.
After arriving at Namrung, you can take a short excursion around Prok today if you want which takes a two-hour round trip.
Leaving Namrung, we head towards Lihi. The trail runs through landslide-prone areas to lead to Lho. We can get splendid views of the Manaslu range on the way to Samagaon. The trail follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt. Accommodation at the tea house at Samagaon.
Splendid view of the mountain range on the way.
The popular village of the region, Samagaon.
Today, you can get some stunning views of the mountain ranges on the way as you head to Samagaon. Make sure to take it all in as you enjoy the walkthrough forests and hills.
Today is set for acclimatization and we spend the day on short hikes around the Samagaon region. The hikes provide astounding views of mountains like Manaslu (8163), Manaslu North (7157m), Simnang Himal (6251m), and neighbouring peaks. After completing a day of exploration, we return to Samagaon for sleep.
Free and rest day at Samagaon.
Short hikes around the village.
Today is the first rest day of your trek. You can either choose to rest all day or hike around the village. If you choose to hike, you can get some stunning views of mountains.
The trekking trail crosses pastures and gradually ascends further into the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, loom ahead as we reach Samdo (3875m), a Tibetan refugee village. You can also have a short trek to the Rui La (4,998m). It stands on the border between Tibet and Nepal.
Short and easy walk to Samdo
It is a very short and easy walk today leading to Samdo. On the way, you can get amazing views of mountains and upon your arrival on Samdo, you can have a short hike to Rui la.
After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. It is a fair seasonal Tibetan market and has heavy Tibetan influence. We get views of Larke peak (6249m) and Naike Peak (6211m) on the way to Dharmashala. The village offers stone houses for trekkers. It is the last overnight stay before the pass. Accommodation at the tea house at Dharmasala.
Excursion on Larkya Bazaar.
Sights of Larke peak and Naike peak.
Today you can enjoy the excursion around Larkya Bazaar heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. It is a big day tomorrow as you'll be crossing the pass so make sure to have a good rest.
From Dharmashala, we will trek to Bimthang (3590m), crossing the Larkya La Mountain Pass (5160m). Climbing up to Cho Chanda, we will slowly head uphill towards the steep snow-covered pass. The panorama from the top is truly magnificent. You can see the Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Kang Koru (6981m), and Annapurna II (7937m) from the mountain pass. The descent is steep as we pass through moraines to Bimthang. Accommodation at the tea house at Bimthang.
Magnificent views of mountains.
Crossing Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5160m
It is a day that can be considered as the highlight of the trek. Today you'll be crossing the high pass Larkye La pass. You might feel like the trail is tough in between but don't give up as the view from the top makes it all worth the climb.
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karche La Pass. The trail descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. The trek is filled with views of gorgeous landscapes and an incredible range of biodiversity. You can explore around Tilje to observe the local lifestyle. Accommodation at a tea house in Tilje.
Diverse landscape and ecosystem.
Traditional local lifestyle and culture.
The trail is mostly downhill today through forests and diverse landscapes. You can observe the local lifestyle along the way as you descend to Tilje.
Climbing over a small ridge, we will be trekking on the stone-paved trail as it passes through the beautiful villages of the region. We will then cross the bridge and reach the village of Thonje. We will have entered the Annapurna Circuit section of the trek from Dharapani. Further down, we will come across the Karta village and later cross a bridge over Marsayangdi Khola. From here, it is a short descent to the Chamje village. Accommodation at the tea house at Chamje.
The trail to Annapurna circuit trek.
It is your final day around the mountains before you get back to the city. So, make sure to enjoy the scenery and surroundings while you can.
We have reached the end of the Manaslu Trek and a local jeep will take us to Besisahar. We will then drive to Kathmandu, bidding adieu to the Manaslu Peak. You can explore the local marketplaces and shop for souvenirs. You can also opt to explore around the city as per your preference. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sceneries and landscape along the way.
Evening Dinner with Cultural show.
After arriving in Kathmandu, you can either take a rest for the remaining day or stroll around the market to shop for souvenirs.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our airport will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will depart, hopefully taking with you wonderful memories of the journey.
All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
Kathmandu city tours, including tour guide, and private transportation
3 standard meals a day during the trek
Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
Kathmandu-Sotikhola by Jeep and Beshishar to Kathmandu by Local bus
Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Manaslu Circuit trip.
Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
Required Manaslu and Annapurna Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
First aid medicine kit
Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
Government taxes & office service charge
Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
Personal trekking equipment or expenses
Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.
Best time to trek Manaslu Circuit
The most crucial factor to take into consideration before trekking to any destination is the weather condition of the place. Especially, in the case of Nepal, it is one of the essential factors to determine the trekking destinations. Although it is possible to trek in Nepal throughout the year, there are different perks with the distinct beauty of trekking in different seasons. Spring and autumn are the two seasons considered best to trek in Nepal as these seasons offer a lot to the visitors.
Specifically, as the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the restricted regions of Nepal, it is most secure and visually pleasing when trekked in the spring and autumn seasons. These seasons are the most suitable time to enjoy the diverse range of scenery that the trek offers without much hazard. The spring season offers very delightful weather with clear skies, an average temperature and several plants & flowers along with rhododendrons start blooming during this season. Similar to the spring season, autumn is another perfect season to trek Manaslu Circuit. The weather is very clear with moderate temperatures in the autumn as well. If you want to avoid the crowd while enjoying the distinct sides of nature, you can try trekking in the monsoon and winter as well. But keep in mind that trekking in these seasons can be a little risky because of the weather and temperatures.
Food during Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu region is one of the remote regions of Nepal which is also listed as the restricted region. Thus, the food during the trek is very simple and pure. The menu generally includes traditional village foods that consist of traditional bread, eggs, potatoes, and soup for breakfast while lunch and dinner items include Dal Bhat (lentil soup, rice, and veggies), fried rice, noodles, etc depending on the lodge and destination. Given the remoteness of the region, it is the best you can get.
Accommodation during Manaslu Circuit Trek
Similar to the food availability, the accommodation facility during the Manaslu circuit trek is very simple. At the start of the trek, you may be able to enjoy the hotel rooms with in-room showers, western-style flush toilets, a Free WIFI connection, and in-room plugs to charge your stuff. But as you ascend to a higher elevation, electricity is scarce and there won't be the availability of Wifi connections, and hot water showers. The rooms in higher elevation come with general facilities like warm Beds and washrooms, etc.
Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a difficult grade trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. This level of trekking is also known as adventure trekking which is comparatively harder than moderate level trekking as it involves crossing the high passes. Commonly, this grade of trek requires previous trekking or hiking experience and involves hiking on rough landscapes and glacier crossings. Trekkers are needed to be fitted with high stamina and without any pre-existing health conditions for commencing this grade of the trek. Suitable for trekkers looking for a challenging and inspirational trek of two weeks long in a rugged and remote domain, the Manaslu Circuit trek is an ideal choice.
Unlike other trekking regions of Nepal, there are a few regions that are restricted from trekking independently and require a special permit to enter. Manaslu region is among the restricted region of Nepal. There are a total of three permits you need to issue to the trek Manaslu circuit which is listed below;
Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu
The cost for the restricted area permit is USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards from September to November.
And from December to August, it costs 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 Permit (MCAP)
The price for the permit is the same throughout the year that is USD 30 per person. Likewise, there is no difference in price with a change in the number of days.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
The price for an ACAP permit is the same throughout the year that is USD 30 per person. And, there is no change in price with a change in the number of days.
Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking gears & equipment for Manaslu Circuit Trek, Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment & gear. Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good quality and reliable clothes and footwear as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. Below Here is the packing list for Manaslu Circuit Trek.
• Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer
• General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear
• Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter
• Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters
• Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag
• Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs
• Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight
• Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag
• Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money
• Medications & Toiletries: Water purification tablet, Isotonic powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First aid kit, Sunscreen, Baby wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand sanitiser.
Manaslu Trek is a moderately strenuous trek recommended to trekkers having previous trekking experiences. The trekking route takes you to one of the most secluded parts of Nepal and has a challenging trail with numerous ascents and descents. Likewise, the trek also takes you to high-altitude settlements above 4000 m. Thus, you should be physically fit and healthy with prior trekking experience for the Manaslu Trek.
Several factors determine the length of the Manaslu Trek. It depends on the starting and ending point of the trek, any side trips added to the original itinerary, and your walking pace. But, usually, Manaslu Circuit Trek duration ranges from 13 to 18 days depending on the itinerary.
Likewise to the duration of the trek, cost too depends on the itinerary and any other additional side trips added on the initial itinerary. Compared to other popular trekking regions of Nepal, the Manaslu circuit trek might come off as costly to you as it is a restricted region, and you'll have to issue separate restricted region permits along with other trekking permits. Based on a rough analysis, the cost for the Manaslu circuit trek usually ranges from $ 1200 to $ 2100.
Manaslu circuit trek is situated in the central west part of Nepal taking you on a round trip of the World's eighth highest mountain Manaslu. The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola or Machhakhola. The total distance you travel from Kathmandu to Sotikhola/Machhakhola is 138 km which is 80 miles. From there you pass through several villages, crossing Dharamsala, and Larkya La passes, ending your trip at Besisahar. In this round trip, you cover a total distance of 177km.
To commence on the journey of the Manaslu circuit, you first need to reach the starting point of the trek, which can be Sotikhola or Machhakhola. You can either book a private jeep or catch a local bus early in the morning to reach the starting point of the trek. The drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola takes around 8-9 hours roughly.
Every season offers its perks and charms while trekking in Nepal. But due to uncertainty in weather and slippery trails, it is only safe to trek in the right season. Autumn and spring are the best seasons of the year for the Manaslu circuit trek. Autumn from September to November and spring from March to May, the temperature remains pleasant with a serene atmosphere during these seasons. You most likely won't have to face any trouble and can get some spectacular sights of the Himalayas if you choose to trek in spring or autumn.
As Manaslu Region falls under the restricted area of Nepal, trekking solo in the Manaslu region is prohibited. You will at least require a licenced trekking guide with you and you will have to pay twice for the special permit to trek in Manaslu and we can say "Yes".
No, you cannot trek Manaslu without a guide. Manaslu region is listed as one of the restricted regions of Nepal, which means you obligatorily need to have a guide and a companion for trekking in this region.
Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain with a height of 8,163 m. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal lying in Thoche, Dharapani, and Samagaun Village Development Committee of Manang and Gorkha Districts in the Western Development Region of Nepal.
Yes, you need a total of three permits for the Manaslu trek. the details of the required permits are given below;
Manaslu Restricted region Permit:
The Manaslu restricted region trek permit costs USD 70 for the first seven days and USD 10 extra each additional day from September to November. From December to August, it costs USD 50 for the first 7 days and USD 7 each extra day.
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):
The Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is 200 NPR per person and for other Nationals is 2,000 NPR per person.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):
As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need to issue an Acap permit as well. It costs 200 NPR per person for SAARC nationals and 3000 NPR for other nationals.
As the trek takes you to the high altitude, it can get frigid at nighttime as you ascend to a higher elevation. In the spring season, the temperature ranges from -4 degrees to 18 degrees while in the summer the temperature can rise to 25 degrees in the lower elevation. In the autumn season, the temperature can range from -2 degrees to 20 degrees. During the coldest time of the year, winter the temperature can decrease to -6 degrees.
Manaslu Base Camp is situated in the western central part of Nepal in the lap of the World's eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu.
There are several itineraries for the Manaslu circuit trek ranging from 12-21 days. The best itinerary with the average length for the Manaslu circuit trek is;
Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)
Day 2: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola
Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat
Day 4: Jagat to Pewa
Day 5: Pewa to Namrung
Day 6: Namrung to Lho
Day 7: Lho to Sama Gaun
Day 8: Acclimatization Day
Day 9: Sama Gaun to Samdo
Day 10: Acclimatization Day
Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala
Day 12: Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass
Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani
Day 14: Dharapani to Kathmandu
Mount Manaslu is called the killer mountain by the locals, although it is not the highest and falls on the position of the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is because more than 60 mountaineers have given their lives while summiting this mountain. It is a dangerous and difficult peak to climb.