Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek

Trekking and Walking

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US$ 649 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    5,106 m (Larke-La) m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Car/Van/Bus

  • Region/Type

    Ganesh Himal & Manaslu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Summer (May,Jun)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

The Manaslu Circuit is a famed adventure trek in Nepal's pristine territory, located in the west-central part of the country. It is a renowned and spectacular trek destination that requires special authorization to organize.

Trekking in the Manaslu region is only accessible through government-registered trekking agencies and requires a minimum of two individuals. After a Japanese crew made the strenuous expedition to the summit of Manaslu in 1956, Manaslu Circuit Trek has been promoted all over the world. 

Hiking around Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), the world's eighth highest mountain is the main theme of Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek. The entire circuit is 126 km (80 m) from start to finish.

Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek route passes through spectacular natural beauty and incredible environment on its way from lowland to highland, earning it the title of Nepal's pristine trekking trail. This is a blend of adventure testing and the capacity to live in a particular culture. Tibet's century-old culture, people's daily lives, beliefs, uncommon fauna and vegetation, monasteries, chortens, Mane walls, and mountain beauty will make your trek unforgettable.

The Larkya La Pass (5,160m) is the most important part of the trek, and the glacier, lakes, and gorgeous natural surroundings make it even more delightful.

This Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek is designed for those trekkers, who wish to be a part of Nepal's remote, pristine, adventurous, and less explored trekking destinations with less expense. This inexpensive trekking package can also be customized in terms of the itinerary and many other features, depending on your needs, availability, and timing.

Trip Highlights

  • Short 14 Days including arrival and departure
  • The best view of mesmerizing Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.
  • In the local villages, you can see a mix of Nepalese and Tibetan traditions.
  • Hike to the highest point of the Manaslu hike, Larkya La Pass.
  • Along the trekking track, you'll come across a variety of untouched habitats.
  • Get magical views of Himalayan peaks & Annapurna Massif counting with Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Larkye Peak, and Ngadi.
  • Explore monasteries, nunneries, Chortens, and other Buddhist traditions including Rachen Gompa (3,700 m) and Mu Gompa (3,240 m).

Best Season For Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek

Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek can be done in every season of the year. 

Autumn and Spring are the best seasons for trekking in the Himalayas. Almost all trekkers and climbers prefer this time of year for their Himalayan adventures. The weather will be very pleasant, fresh, and ideal during these seasons.

Along the walk, trekkers can observe the clear blue sky, rich green forest, and blooming flowers, hear the sound of birds, and see waterfalls and cascades. In these seasons, travelers get spectacular views of Himalayan mountain peaks. Not only trekkers but also photographers, visit the Himalayan region during these two seasons in order to capture the perfect image of nature.

Winter will be chilly, and there will be plenty of snow in the Himalayan region. Trekking in the winter, on the other hand, is an unforgettable experience that everyone should have. During the winter, the trail will be less crowded and more tranquil. Your heart will melt and your spirit will be captured by the mesmerizing view of the snowcapped mountain peak. Wear warm clothing to be safe from the cold and chilly weather. 

Summer and monsoon seasons collide, resulting in hot, sunny days and rain. As a result, the track may be muddy and slippery; therefore, trekking shoes are recommended. Trekkers will need to wear waterproof jackets and tracks. Aside from that, after the rains end, these seasons provide a refreshing atmosphere with wonderful washed and clear views of the valley, mountain peaks, and forest.

Trek Difficulty

Trekking in the Himalayan regions in Nepal is never an easy thing. Travelers might have to face difficulties during the journey to the higher altitudes depending upon various aspects. Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek is considered one of the most strenuous treks in Nepal that takes you through the off-the-beaten track. 

One should consider the distance, altitude, and weather conditions when determining the difficulty level of the Manaslu Circuit Economic Trek. On our 14-day journey, you'll walk for 10 days, covering an average distance of 15-20 km per day and an average walking time of 6/7 hours. And, the highest point you will reach during this trek is 5106 meters above sea level at a beautiful pass, Larke La.

Manaslu Circuit Trek can be accomplished by anyone with a basic level of fitness and determination. Although no prior experience is required for the adventure, it would be advantageous if they did. You can attend mountain trekking-specific training courses or plan daily lengthy walks (uphill and downhill). The goal is to build up your stamina and prepare for the altitude.

Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek Permits

Manaslu Region is a restricted area, so exploring this region need some of the permits and they are given below:

  • Special Restricted Area Permit (Manaslu RAP) It will cost USD 100 from September to November for seven days and after seven days add USD 15 per day per person. And from September to November for the first seven days, the cost will be USD 75 per person, with an extra USD 10 per person each day starting on the eighth day.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) – USD 30 per person
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) – USD 30 per person

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

On the day of your arrival at Kathmandu airport, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will be there to pick up and assist you towards to hotel. Once you reach the hotel and check-in, you can rest & relax. Later you can stroll around at Thamel, where you can find a lot of great restaurants, bar, handcraft arts, and many more. 

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 2: Drive to Soti Khola

🕑 8/9 Hrs

Max Altitude: 700 m

After having our morning breakfast, we begin our day with a scenic drive of around 8/9 hours to the lovely village of Arughat. We relish the sights of a fast-flowing white river, Nepalese countryside, natural landscape, and mountain scenery during our ride. We'll travel on paved roads from Kathmandu to DhadingBeshi, then off-road from DhadingBeshi to the stunning Arughat Valley. After that, we take a picturesque drive to Soti Khola, a lovely village. Staying in a teahouse in Soti Khola for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 3: Trek to Machha Khola

🕑 6/7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 940 m

We will begin the trek with a gentle walk after enjoying a delicious morning breakfast. We'll travel to Khursane via lovely forests and along the Budhi Gandaki's riverbank, passing through some rugged trails. 

The trek will lead us to stunning terraced farms and waterfalls as it ascends to Labubeshi, a Gurung settlement. To get to the Machha Khola, we continue walking down the riverbank and cross the suspension bridge. Staying in a teahouse in Machha Khola for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 4: Trek to Jagat

🕑 7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,340 m

After warm breakfast, we will head towards Jagat. The Budi Gandaki gorge is small, with towering cliffs on both sides, and the morning's walk follows a cliff path along the east bank before reaching hot springs at Tatopani and crossing the Dodan Khola. Hike up Gurung village trails by crossing a wooden bridge to the left of the Budi Gandaki River after a landslip and Yaruphant.

The river flattens at Yaru, where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a nice flag-stoned Gurung settlement, by following the waves. When you get to the settlement, you must check your trekking permits at the checkpoint. You will begin walking in the restricted area on this day.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

05: Trek to Deng

🕑 7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,650 m

After enjoying the morning breakfast, we'll begin our trek this morning by descending several stairs to the river, from whence we'll begin climbing a terraced hill to Aguilera. The Sringi Himal may be seen from the top of Aguilera Hill (7,187 m). The path separates after a short distance, with the right-hand branch proceeding towards Ganesh Himal while crossing the river at Gata Khola. We'll hike upstream, past the gorge and steep rocks. After a 7-hour walk, we arrive at Deng, where we will spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 6: Trek to Namrung

🕑 5/6 Hrs

Max Altitude: 2,630 m

The day continues with a steady ascent to Rana along the Budhi Gandaki River's east bank. The trial trekking then leads us to the Bhi village, through the forest, and up the difficult ascent back to the Ghap. We continue in and out of canyons after lunch at Gho, and we can also take a different route through Prok village to see the stunning views of Siringi and Ganesh Himal. 

We also came through a number of Gompas and Mani walls en route to the Budi Gandaki. The trail next leads us through a magnificent Rhododendron woodland before crossing the riverside carefully. Then we continue our delightful stroll gently till we arrive in Namrung, a charming settlement. Spent the night in Namrung. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 7: Trek to Sama Gaon

🕑 6/7 Hrs

Max Altitude: 3,530 m

Following the right bank of the river after breakfast, with views of Peak 29 ahead, you leave the settlement of Lhogau. We continue down the river's right bank, with views of Peak 29 ahead. We take a detour to the left at a fork in the trail, which leads up to Honsansho Gompa and the Punggen Glaciers, with a spectacular view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. Continue on the main trail until you reach the Sama Gaon fields, 3520m, 6/7 hours. Overnight in Sama Gaon. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 8: Spare Day at Sama gaun

Max Altitude: 3,530 m

Today is an acclimatization day, so take it easy and sleep in. After a delicious breakfast, relax at Sama gaon for the rest of the day. There is an optional day hike that exposes some fascinating Sherpa culture for those who wish to go exploring. 

Thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist writings, as well as pictures of Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothing and decorations, may be seen. You can locate an old Gompa—Pungyen Gompa—a monastery with magnificent views of the glacier if you go up a little hill near the Sama hamlet. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 9: Trek to Samdo

🕑 4 Hrs

Max Altitude: 3,865 m

You'll descend to the Budi Gandaki River after breakfast in Sama gaon and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. As the valley widens, you'll come across additional Mani walls. The scenery along this path is spectacular, and it takes you near the Tibetan border.

In Kermo Kharka, there is an easy hike on a cliff above the river that passes through juniper and birch trees. Climb steeply to a point between two streams of the river, then descend to a wooden bridge crossing the Budi Gandaki river. Continue trekking until you reach a stone archway, where you will find the settlement of Samdo. Staying overnight in Samdo.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 10: Trek to Dharamshala

🕑 4 Hrs

Max Altitude: 4,460 m

Our day begins with a leisurely stroll down a large trail beyond Samdo. Then we cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge and continue walking upwards. To get to the Salka Khola valley, we have to traverse streams, tight paths, and the spectacular Larky glacier. Then we make our way to Dharamsala, a collection of stoned shelters and stone-built buildings.

Dharamsala, also known as Larky Phedi, is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Blue Sheep, also known as Himalayan Thar, can be seen in this area. The short trip to Dharamsala today gives you plenty of time to rest and enjoy your free day. Staying at a teahouse in Dharamsala for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 11: Trek to Bimtang via Crossing Larkya La Pass

🕑 8/9 Hrs

Max Altitude: 5,106 m Pass & 3,590 m Bimtang

After filling us with a delicious breakfast for the longer trek. Though it is a more difficult trail, you will pass through several rustic villages, pristine glacial lakes, lovely valleys, and a diverse range of flora and wildlife, as well as several significant snowcapped summits.

After a short trek, you'll reach a valley on the Larkya Glacier's north side, from where you can observe Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. You'll hike across glacier moraines on a gentle rise that gets steeper in the final stretch of the pass. 

The Himlung Himal, Chap Himal, Kang Guru, and the massive Annapurna II can all be seen from here. You'll finish with a delightful early sunset stroll through misty low fields with Mount Manaslu rising in the distance. Night stay in Bimthang.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 12: Trek to Taal

🕑 9 Hrs

Max Altitude: 1,700 m

Our day starts with a cup of tea with breakfast in the morning. We carefully down the mountain, taking in the stunning scenery, people's traditional lifestyles, culture, mountain settlements, and calm landscape. We continue on towards Tilije village, passing by terraced farms and a lovely green Rhododendron forest. We can enjoy the stone paved trail by climbing up and down in a tiny rigid. 

Then we cross the Dudh Khola Bridge and descend through a pine grove to the Marshyangdi valley. We follow the Mani walls and prayer flags to Thonje village, where we will be joining the famous Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. 

After some time we will pass the police checkpoint and continue the trek towards Taal and even further to Dharapani if favorible.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar

🕑 9/10 Hrs Drive

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

After breakfast, we will head back towards Kathmandu. The drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar provides views of both hill and mountain scenery, with the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers typically in direct view. Along the way, you'll pass through some lovely villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. After reaching Kathmandu you can rest and make your body tired less. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Tourist/Travelers Standard Hotel

Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Airport

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

It's time to bid Nepal farewell. Our company representative will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to the airport for your return flight. We hope to see you again in Nepal for another amazing trip.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Pick up and Drop on a Private vehicle
  • Tourist Standard Twin-sharing accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Daily breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola transfer by Scheduled Bus
  • Besi Sahar to Kathmandu transfer by scheduled Bus
  • Twin-sharing Tea house, Guesthouse, or Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Daily Breakfast at Guesthouse/Tea house during the trek
  • Special Restricted Area Permit (Manaslu RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • An experienced English speaking guide 
  • All Wages, Fees, Travel, and Medical Insurance for Guide
  • All Logistic Documentations
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All Government Taxes

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • Airfares to/from Kathmandu
  • Meals, Lunch, and Dinner in Kathmandu and trek days
  • Any kind of beverages
  • Porter
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, travel insurance, laundry, room service, and other extra activities beyond mentions
  • Any cost occurred from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, political conditions, and issues, some kind of illness, landslide, etc. 
  • Travel Insurnance
  • Tips of guides or driver

For budget treks/tours, Himalayan provides travelers with tourist standard hotels or other accommodations during their stay in the capital, Kathmandu, or any city area. 

Travelers are likely to spend their night at a teahouse along the trail as Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best teahouse treks, providing basic amenities like a twin sharing room, a shared toilet/bathroom, and a charging station. Many hikers choose to stay in teahouses since they are more convenient. It is also possible to embark on a camping excursion if you wish. 

Meals in Manaslu Circuit Budget Trek

Breakfast will be served every day. Lunch and dinner are not included in the cost. 

Kathmandu has hundreds and thousands of eateries. We can recommend one of them according to your preference, taste, and budget.

Along the trail during your trekking days, you won't find pizza or burgers or alternatives as in other parts of the country, but the authentic and delicious food, warm greetings, and breathtaking scenery are the main draws! Menus and cuisines can be found in the lower elevations. The number of dietary options diminishes as altitude rises. In the higher areas, you will only find a few types of food such as Dal Bhat, noodles, egg products, mo: mo, Tibetan bread, soups, and so on.

Regarding the drinking water, every following destination has drinking water. With increasing altitude, the cost of bottled water may rise. That is why trekkers should have a modest water filtration system or tablet with them to purify the tap, stream, or river water.

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