Manaslu Circuit Short Trek-16 Days

"Adventure Around the 8th Highest Mountain of the world Crossing High Larke-La Pass"
Good to Know
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5215.00m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Trekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-November

Highlights

  • Adventure around high scenic Manaslu valley and crossing high Larke-La Pass.
  • Explore the restricted region of the Mid-West Himalayas and impressive villages.
  • Traverse from the remote Gorkha district and Manaslu valley to the Manang area.
  • Trek from low warm paddy fields to cooler hills and at the arctic zone of ice, and glaciers.
  • Following the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal/Tibet.

Advantage of booking Manaslu short circuit with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Trip Introduction: Manaslu Circuit Short Trek 2024-2025

Manaslu Circuit Short Trek 2024, 2025 with Trekking Planner Nepal will be an enjoyable and exciting adventure, accompanied by an expert guide and field staff. Followed by strong cheerful porters to carry your heavier baggage, all your needs and requirement will be well-taken care of. From the first arrival to the final departure from amazing Nepal, a country full of Himalayan wonders and colorful cultures.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the restricted areas and very scenic regions of North Mid-West Nepal around the Mansiri Himalaya range. Which was open for outside visitors since 1991, a special permit is a must to enter the high Manaslu valley. Located in the higher areas of the Gorkha district, with some parts after the Larke-La pass falling within the Manang region.

Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s eighth highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet high. First summited by the Japanese Expedition on May 9th, 1956, since then it is climbed by various national expeditions every year.

Manaslu comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ‘Manas’ which means the mind/soul of a god and holy spirit. Similar to Lake Manasarover in Tibet near holy Mt. Kailash, the native calls it Quoting, which translates as a heavenly mountain or abode.

Upper Manaslu is also an Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route from Nepal to Tibet border. Where bartering and trade of goods still exist but in smaller numbers than in the early days. Dharmasala or Larke Phedi/bottom was also a marketplace known as Larke Bazaar in the past years. Where all local villagers from Gorkha, and Manang including Tibetan used to exchange and trade their goods from grains to wool.

At present exists few lodges for trekkers to stay overnight before crossing the high Larke-La Pass to reach the Manang area. Trekking Planner Nepal Manaslu Circuit leads you to all scenic and cultural villages, leaving no stone unturned. The standard itinerary allows trekkers to enjoy and explore around with ample time for acclimatization, before heading towards Larke-La Pass.

Where trekkers can enjoy immersing them as elves with the lovely local culture of age-old heritage interwoven into Buddhism religion. On crossing over the highest point Larke-La Pass is 5,106 m/16, 752 feet high. Trekking Planner Nepal guide, staff will make sure that every person is in good health to cross the pass.

We check and inquire about the coinditons of our clients everyday after the walk, and provide excellent services throughout the journey, taking immense care. This makes Nepal Trekking Planner's every trip successful, as you can witness on this great Manaslu Circuit Short Trek.

How the Manaslu Circuit Short Trek begin and end?

Manaslu Circuit short trek package begins wiith a morning breakfast when everyone should be ready for departure from the hotel. An overland journey on a bus, coach, or car as per the size of a group, drive leads on the main highway. The busy road that connects to Kathmandu from all of Nepal, is an interesting way to observe Nepalese rural farm life.

The slow drive diverts from the main highway towards the Gorkha district and then reaches Arughat, a farm town. From here on the rough dirt road to Maccha-Khola, the starting point of the trek of Manaslu Circuit.

The walk starts on a gentle, gradual path through several farm areas to reach cooler hills, leaving the rice paddy areas. Spending overnights at Machha-Khola and Jagat village, then head towards Dying, as you can notice a change in vegetation and landscapes. The adventure continues towards the beautiful and scenic Manaslu Valley as the walk enters the lovely Ghap, Namrung, and Lo-Gaon villages. Views of Sringi Himal and Manaslu Peak can be seen at a distance. Enjoy your time exploring these wonderful places.

The journey leads to the main village Sama-Gaon, which is en route to Manaslu base camp, Larke-La pass, and to the Tibet border. Spending an extra day for acclimatization, as well to explore the surrounding beautiful area and its interesting village. Where one can visit the viewpoint to catch more stunning scenery of the Manaslu Range of peaks at a close distance. As well as a tour of the village of great cultural interest enriched with ancient heritage similar to its Tibetan predecessor.  Enjoy your lovely day visiting the old monastery closely linked with Tibetan Buddhism and the way of life.

From Sama Gaon, the adventure gets closer to the high Larke-La Pass and walks to Samdo the last village of Manaslu valley. The journey then reaches Dharmasala or Larke Phedi the base of the pass, which houses a few simple lodges. Herewith time in the afternoon to relax and prepare for an early morning climb to traverse over Larke-La Pass.   

Next early morning before the crack of dawn, having a good breakfast walk takes to a steep climb, heading past the moraine section. Adventure proceeds following the guide, with refreshing stops in between, as altitude gains towards the highest point of the trek. On top marked with a board with the name and height of the pass, festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags.

Enjoy a mind-blowing spectacular panorama of snow-capped peaks that surround you, and views of the whole Manaslu range, with Annapurna and Himlung peaks.

The view includes Ganesh Himal in the east, on achieving great success, where the walk takes you towards Manang district. A long downhill awaits you heading past small icy ponds to reach the other side and base of Larke-La. Back into lush green vegetation and forest of tall rhododendron, pines, and fir tree lines to Bumthang. A beautiful place for overnight rest amidst lovely woods at the end of the long and toughest part of the adventure. From here Trekking Planner's marvelous adventure completes upon reaching the end of the Manaslu Circuit trek at Dharapani village. Located within the Manang area at the mid-way of the Annapurna Circuit and the finishing point of the Manaslu Circuit. From here on the road to Kathmandu conclude the most overwhelming adventure of a lifetime experience.

Optional activities in Kathmandu before or after Manaslu Circuit Short Trek

We do have the best alternatives to choose from during your spare time within the scheduled time frame. It provides you with one of the best opportunities for you to unite with nature, your traditional way of life, and age-old culture. Besides getting an insight into the Himalayan dwellers you can indulge in various activities. You get to visit; an old age home, ethnic cooking classes, attend a yoga session, and be at the orphanage or a community school. An exciting option to get a different perspective and a refreshing experience while trekking in Nepal.

    Best Season for Manaslu Circuit Short trek

    The most preferable season is from the mid-spring beginning of March to the end of May, as well autumn/fall starts from September to early November month. March to May when sunlight is longer, lower areas can be very warm, and on hills with cooler air, as you get higher sunlight is brilliant on an open area. But cooler in the shade and late afternoon time, including night as well as early morning till the sunlight shows. Clouds during the late afternoon can get snow sometimes around higher areas and on Larke-La Pass. Higher above sunlight is strong with UV rays due to thin air.

    Next, the best season is autumn or fall from September to early November, when days are fine with crystal-clear blue skies. But short sunlight hours can be very cold in the late afternoon, night, and morning times. Can get snowed in on a higher region, but mild and perfect temperatures for pleasant walks.

     November is also a fine month for Manaslu Circuit Trek, but most of the lodges and villages will be empty. Where villagers migrate to lower warmer areas to escape the harsh winter cold.

    Best climate & weather for manaslu circuit trek

    Manaslu Circuit Short Trek
    Itinerary
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    The 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek provides with standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

    We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal.

    • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
    • MealsWelcome Dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,430ft

    On reaching at Kathmandu airport via various international airlines. Trekking  Planner guide and staff receives you with warm traditional welcome and then transfer to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city within easy reach to its shops and restaurants.

    Check into your rooms and after getting refreshed from the jet-leg, then meet other members at the hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Manaslu Circuit trek, information on do’s and don’ts, local culture and with other important details necessary to know, to make your holiday in Nepal enjoyable and worth joining on this marvelous Manaslu Circuit trekking.

    Evening enjoy group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurants and get the Pure taste of local cuisine with exciting entertainment of folk cultural program.

    • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
    • MealsBreakfst
    • Max. Altitude/Time1350m/4430ft

    In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of great interest, enjoy your day visiting around Kathmandu best wonderful places and World Heritage Sites, with time for trek preparation.

    •     Kathmandu Durbar Square
    •     Swayambunath Monkey Temple
    •     Boudhanat Buddhist Stupa
    •     Pashupatinath Hindu Temple

    Did you know that the Kathmandu Durbar Square is filled with nice handicraft shops and red cobbled alleys leading from old palaces to incredible architectural temples. Swayambunath is located on top of a hill giving view over the entire Kathmandu Valley, furthermore it’s the home of hundreds of monkeys that reside in the hill side forest. Boudhanath is said to be the Tomb of one of legendary sages who achieved the rank of enlightenment. Pashupatinath is a holly burial site for Hindus and many devotees or Gurus residing here. If you’d like you can request one of these holly men to pose for a picture with you!

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time900m/2,950ft

    An early morning start for long and interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-West, an opportunity to observe Nepalese scenic country farm life.

    Drive follows on main highway past villages and towns to reach district of Gorkha at Arughat farm town. From here transfer to local vehicle suitable on rough dirt road, drive continues to Soti Khola for overnight stop. Soti Khola a moderate size farm village, stands near the bank of Buri-Gandaki River.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time1,410 m/4,626 ft

    Morning from Machha Khola (Fish stream) walk follows to Khola-Besi village and at Tatopani a place with natural 'hot spring', as time permits enjoy refreshing break here. Continue walk as valley meanders into narrow gorge cross over a suspension bridge, then into a small forest to reach at Dovan a small settlement located on high shelf of Buri-Gandaki River.

    Walk proceeds to cross a bridge, and then climb to a high ridge then descend into a valley at Yara Khola (stream), walk for another hour to reach Jagat.

    Jagat, an interesting hill farm village; inhabited by various hill tribes Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahman, to Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) with some Newar people, who runs most of the lodge and shops.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time1,860m/6,100 ft

    On leaving Jagat walk heads towards scattered farm villages with climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley at Philim village.

    Morning walk heads to a rocky ridge top covered in bamboo grooves and then reaching a small place at Eklai Bhatti. After short rest, walk leads higher as direction diverts towards North West to reach Dyang to end the day walks, this is a small nice village of strong Buddhism culture.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time2,160 m/7,087 ft

    Morning walks enters a high cliff walls, and heading towards farm village, where houses and landscape change and then into a country of more Tibetan Buddhism religion. After a steady walks reach at Bihe, a small village, growing buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops.

    From Bihe onward walking into high alpine cooler country, as trail follows series of Mani prayer and stone walls to Ghap, a nice village for overnight stop.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time3,180 m/10,434 ft

    Walking along the Budhi Gandaki River from Ghap village, after a short stroll across the river towards tiny agricultural communities at Numrung village with the best views of Mt. Manaslu's North Face and its range of peaks. Our trek continues via the settlements of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, with height climbs to reach Lo-Gaon for an overnight stay in an hour.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time3,530 m/11,582 ft

    From Lo-Gaon morning starts with gradual up facing views of Peak 29 and Manaslu, after few hours of scenic walk reach Shala, a small farm village with grand views of Phungi, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.

    Walk continues further west towards in the heart of Manaslu valley to reach Sama-Gaon, located right close to towering Mt. Manaslu as well the largest village within high Manaslu valley. Spending two overnights on this nice large village with time to get acclimatize and explore around its lovely view-points.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time3,530 m/11,582 ft

    After days of continues walks a deserving rest day for acclimatization before climb to higher area and over Larke-La high pass. Enjoy the free day at Sama-Gaon exploring around village interwoven with impressive Tibetan culture and visit old Monastery with time to interact with the native and enjoy grand surrounding views of snow-peaks.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time3,860 m/12,665 ft

    Spending a lovely refreshing rest day in Sama-Gaon, adventure begins to reach the end of Manaslu valley. Walk to the last village of Manaslu and Gorkha region at Samdo, altitude gain slowly walking within arid and barren terrain with grand super views of high snow-capped mountains. After some hour of good walk into wide barren terrain then reach Samdo the last and large village of the region for overnight stop in this nice interesting Samdo village. Located on route to Tibet border and towards our next destination Larke Phedi.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time4,470 m/14,666 ft

    Today’s walk takes you to the end of Manaslu Valley, as morning starts leaving the final Samdo village of Gorkha and the high Manaslu areas. A trek of a few hours as a route heads towards the base of Larke-la pass at Dharmasala, a place with few simple lodges for overnight stay. A lovely short day walk on a pleasant gradual path with gorgeous scenery as the walk ends at the base of Larke-La pass for lunch and the last overnight stop around the district of Gorkha.

    At Larke, Phedi afternoon is free for short walks and preparations for the next early morning long climb to the high Larke-La pass and towards the Manang area.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time3,720 m/12,204 ft

    The final Big Day! Starting early morning having good breakfast, and then follow our lead guide as route leads to steep climb over moraine, rocks and boulders around ablation of Larke glacier. Although a long walk uphill but enjoyable overlooking grand views of Cho Danda with near Larke Peak.

    Steady walk with few refreshing stops, as climb continues to reach finally on top Larke-la, the pass marked with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags.  At the top stands a sign board with name of the pass with as well with exact height, time here for some moments to enjoy fantastic views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes views of whole Mt. Manaslu range with Ganesh Himal in the far east horizon.

    After achieving the toughest part of the adventure standing on top of the highest point, surrounded with breathtaking mountain scenery a long descend takes you to the bottom on other side of Larke-la pass at Manang district.

    From the base of Larke-la on Manang side, an easy walk into green forest and tall trees to Bhimthang also called Bhimphedi for overnight stop after a long tough day. Bhimthang, situated amidst beautiful forest surrounding on a wide green field with many good lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time2,560 m/8,399 ft

    From Bhimthang rest of the journey is pleasant on downhill as altitude lose every hour and then, feeling at your best on completing our goal a lovely walk within cool shade of coniferous with few short climb, but more or less the path descend to Gho for overnight stop.  A small settlement with few simple lodge around this cattle herders grazing place.

    • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time1,860 m/6,102 ft

    The last day walk of the adventure, starts with easy downhill into cool dense forest to reach a nice village at Telje, situated on a shelf of Masrsyangdi River that flows from Manang and Annapurna Himalaya and Chulu glaciers.

    At Telje stopping for lunch, afternoon a short climb after crossing a bridge to reach Dharapani for overnight stop, a lovely moderate size village. Located on a motorable road, at the junction of popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route.

    • Accommodation3 star Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and farewell dinner
    • Max. Altitude/Time1,350m/4,430ft

    Morning from Dharapani taking a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu as ride takes you  around low warm farm country, heading further down towards Lamjung area. Drive continues on a long winding downhill to the bottom of a hill at Syange, from here following Masrsyangdi River to reach Besisar, a large town and the headquarter of Lamjung district. From here change of transport, where drive takes you on good smooth road to Kathmandu. Journey follows on good road to Dumre town. From here on main highway to Kathmandu by late afternoon time or in the evening. Check into your hotels, rest of the evening at leisure for individual activities with group farewell dinner.

      Enjoying great wonderful adventure and experience in Nepal with exciting memorable time on ‘Manaslu Circuit Trekking’, on your last day in Nepal, our Trekking Planner staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.

      Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

      Trip Map
      Manaslu Circuit Short Trek-16 Days Map
      Inclusions
      What's Included
      • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
      • Three night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
      • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicles in Kathmandu (ENTRANCE FEES EXTRA).
      • Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu by public bus (if you want both ways private vehicles are also available at additional cost).
      • ACAP and MCAP Permit and Special permit for Manaslu trek.
      • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
      • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
      • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
      • Two guests and one porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
      • We provide assistance guiding his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
      • Safe drinking water
      • Welcome dinner in an Authentic Restaurant.
      • First aid kid box.
      • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
      • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
      • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
      • All applicable government and local taxes are as per the itinerary.
      What's Excluded
      • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo).
      • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights).
      • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu.
      • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
      • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in the city because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
      • Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
      • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
      Departure Dates
      • Manaslu Circuit Short Trek departs every day of the year privately.
      • For a sharing basis, pre-booking is required, as there need to be arrangements for a sharing basis.
      • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your needs.
      • This trip is available on a fixed departure and a private group basis.
      • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo, privately, or with family. Have a big group? We can help as per your needs. We can help you make it fit your budget.
      • We accept instant booking and online payment.
      • If the given date is not appropriate for you, please get in touch with us; Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience.
      • (Call or email now for a private trip: [email protected], mobile +977-9851071767 (24 hours)WeChat, WeChat, and Viber—so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.
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      Essential Info

      Equipment and Gear List

      trekking iconGeneral

      • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
      • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
      • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

      HeadUpper Body

      • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
      • warm woolen hat
      • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
      • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
      • Polarized sunglasses

      TorsoTorso

      • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
      • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
      • Fleece jacket or down jacket

      PantLower Body

      • thermals inner
      • Hiking pants at least 3
      • Comfortable pants for teahouses
      • Waterproof, windproof shell
      • Hiking shorts

      GlovesHands

      • Woolen gloves for the tea house
      • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

      FeetFeet

      • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
      • Hiking socks
      • Liner socks
      • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
      • Crampons (For passes)
      • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
      • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

      UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

      • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
      • Sports bras (women)
      • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

      MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

      • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
      • Lip balm or Vaseline
      • ointment cream
      • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
      • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

      (Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

      Other essentialsOther Essentials

      • Passport
      • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
      • Reusable water bottle
      • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
      • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
      • water bladder for the day bag
      • small towel for personal use
      • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
      • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
      • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
      • Power bank or extra batteries
      • Cameras and mobile phone
      • Cards/book
      • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
      • Trekking poles
      • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
      • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
      • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
      • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
      • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
      • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
      • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
      • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
      • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
      • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

      Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

      FAQs
      • Manaslu Circuit Trek is not difficult, but it involves steep climb for some hours, which is natural on Himalayan landscapes with much ups and downhill. Where most trekkers are well prepared for this kind of terrain, the only hardest and tough day is crossing over Larke-La Pass, a steep climb with long descend.

        A tiring day for just one day, rest of the walk is moderate of 5 to 6 hours, the longest walks is on crossing over a pass to Bhimthang of more than 8 hours.

      • It is less of two week duration walks, but with drives both ways makes up to 14 days as per our standard itinerary. Which includes rest day for acclimatization and to explore around this beautiful Manaslu valley.

      • Without guide you cannot enter upper Manaslu region, as it is a restricted area where all trekkers needs to book with local agents, accompanied by guide and porters which is necessary on this trek to Manaslu.

      • Once you are booked with local agents in Kathmandu, like Trekking Planner the trek is based on tea-house / lodge trek, no need to carry tents or camping gear.

        As for mattress it is provided by the lodge, however one can carry a thermal inflatable light mattress for your own extra comfort.

      • Most places till Sama-Gaon and at Samdu, with hydroelectricity power, where some places like Dyang and Dharmasala have solar power, which you can charge your electronic gadgets on paying a fee for charging each items, as per the lodge rules.  

      • Most large main villages do have Wi Fi available, till Samdo rest is at Dharapani on the last overnight stop of the trek.

      • When you book with Trekking Planner all accommodation and meals are included, the only extra expenses is personal, how you spend it like for drinking water, soft drinks or snacks as well for hot shower, which is at extra cost. Including your interest on buying souvenirs. One can carry local currencies equivalent to US$ 100 to 200, it should be in smaller bills as in villages it is hard to change bigger bills. You can exchange the money while you are in Kathmandu, or at Besisar on the end of the trek. As there are no banks and ATM, on this trek maybe it will happen in near future like at Jagat, Lo-Gaon or Dharapani villages. Sometimes the lodge owner might exchange the money if necessary. 

      • March to May and September to early November months, from mid-November most village and lodge will be closed, as they migrate to lower warm area to escape the winter cold.

      • You can store at the hotel or with Trekking Planner for safe keeping as well some valuable which you do not need on trek.

      • There are various types of symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the main normal are headache, nausea, lack of appetite and sound sleep. For severe AMS one needs to be brought down or immediate evacuation by any means of fast transportation.

      • Important to have travel and medical insurance, for your own safety and to be on the safe side, one never knows of unfortunate incidence that might occur.

      • Not possible, as mentioned above one must join a proper reliable local company like Trekking Planner where you will be trekking with guide and porters.

      • Your guide will provide safe drinking water in every overnight and lunch stops, it is not safe to drink from water spout, taps. It must be treated with purify tabs or liquid like iodine. One can buy from the lodge boiled and filtered drinking water which is very safe. To buy bottle water can be quite expensive as you reach higher villages, since we are committed to Eco-Trekking or Responsible Tourism where plastic bottled water creates extra waste, unless it can be re-cycled.

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        I really enjoyed everything about this trek! The surroundings, the itinerary and most of all: our wonderful guide Binod and porter Suman. Binod made sure we felt safe all the time, understood our needs, and we had a lot of fun. Thanks SO MUCH for making this trip unforgettable!! We will definitely return to do another trek and we will ask if Binod and Suman could join us again :). We would recommend this company to all our friends. The owner Dipak was really helpful with booking the trek, and was very responsive.
        Thanks all!!

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        Emma KranendonkGermany,May 17, 2024
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        Manaslu Circuit

        Booked with Trekking Planner to do the Manaslu Circuit on the recommendation of a friend who did Annapurna Base Camp with them last year and had a brilliant time. We were met at the airport and transported to our hotel where we were met by the owner Dipac who had as briefed and sorted with kit in short order. We had the same guide, Binod who is a lovely and cheerful man. Very knowledgeable, very perceptive and always ready to offer help and advice when needed. He keeps a sharp, but low key eye on his group and will slow the pace to suit all of the party members or move a little quicker if all is going well. He had plenty of excellent advice on preparing for altitude and he was thorough with the blood O2 checks. He is very well known on the circuit and was greeted cheerfully wherever he went. Paperwork and chekpoints were all handled smoothly and professionally. His support of the group at the end of each day was great too and the evening card games were a highlight for me. I learned and got thrashed at 3 new games! We had 2 excellent porters, Thaman and Aitaman who were also amazing and always ready with a cheery greeting and a smile. They handled the baggage with care and made sure it was there to greet you in your room at the end of the day. It was nice to have them join in the card games in the evening as well and made for a very included and intimate experience all round. I cannot recommend the company enough if you a thinking of visiting Nepal.

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        Andre RGermany,Apr 16, 2024
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