Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best choice of alternative hiking trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek as the road construction has threatened its reputation. During the journey the trip pass through dominantly Hindu communities in the first few days and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming lands in lower elevation. From the beginning, we hike along the Budhi Gandaki River taking you through distinct regional scenery of rivers, waterfalls, flora, fauna and above all - mountains. In Higher elevations, we trek through Buddhist influenced Nup Ri meaning "western mountain" area. The people’s language, culture and dresses resemble to Tibetan as they are direct descendant of Tibetan and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage having strong sense of preserving their culture. In the trail, after Jagat we enter to the Tibetan Buddhist influenced villages as we can see people of Shyo, Lho and Samagaun villages are identify them a lot closer with Tibet and have actually been part of Tibet in history.
How long this trek will be?
Manaslu Circuit Trek will be minim 12 days and can be extended up to 18 days depending on how many site and destination we take in in the itinerary. Level of your fitness and your previous trekking experience also affect the itinerary. Our default tour contains 11 days of walking; 2 days drive to/from trekking and 1 spare day in Kathmandu for issuing permits. And this itinerary is for having moderate trekking habits.
Our journey starts from Arughat, reaches its highest point in Larke Pass at the elevation of 5160m (16,324 ft.). The route goes following mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal, Himalchuli Himal, Manaslu (8163m; the 8th tallest mountain in the world), Naike Peak, Larke Peak, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Annapurna range passing through beautiful village of Bimthang among high mountains. The amazing journey also goes through holy sites, most remarkably the oldest ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer wall, stupas and chortens in the region. This trekking route connects to Annapurna and Ganesh Himal sections of The Great Himalaya Trail, The eastern portion of the trek follows the Budhi Gandaki River upstream, to its source near the village of Samdo. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Marsyangdi River. After the pass, at the end of the trek, several options are available: following Marsyangdi river further trek to the proper road and catching a jeep at comfortable tourist bus at Besisahar, or extending the trek toward world famous Annapurna Circuit trek.
Manaslu Circuit is a "teahouse trek," meaning there are mountain lodges and teahouse to eat and stay along the entire route. Clients are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are staying for the night, wherever you trek in Nepal, this is same!
How much does it cost for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The amount you pay for the same trek depends on your selection of travel agency. If you choose an international agency in your home town, they may charge you around USD 1700 – 2300 per person but we offer much lower price of USD 1065 per person on minimum 2 people group size basis for the same service they provide. Some agencies charge for their trademark and brand. Local companies also provide equally satisfying services, almost the same. The package price includes your local guide, necessary porters, meals, accommodation, local transportation and all necessary Manaslu trek permits. It is your choice to pick the agency according to your budget and travel plans however booking with local organization is your direct contribution supporting locals in Nepal.
I found Pradip online and he was quick to respond and answered all my questions. His English was very good which helped a lot. He worked with me to set up a trek which met our compressed schedule. He provided us with a guide who had hiked the circuit many times and spoke some English. Amazing trek 10/10, very glad we selected this trek.
I contacted several trekking agencies, and it was Pradip Tamang of Wilderness Excursion, who was not only quick in replying, he was the only one flexible with my requests on how I would like my travel itinerary be organized. Throughout, Pradip was always patient with my many questions, and we always felt very assured with his advice. His guide, Rahul and porter, Pulba, were just as patient, always smiling and took care of us extremely well during our trek. Excellent service! I would highly recommend Wilderness Excursion to anyone wishing to trek in Nepal. E-mail:email@example.com
Manaslu-Trek 2015: From “Namaste“ to “Tashidelek “ - and even beyond! As trekking “rookies” of the Nepal region, equipped with high cultural affinity and staking out eco-friendly claims we intended to trek the Manaslu circuit in October 2015. As known, that region unfortunately got hit very hard by several earthquakes in April and May that year, the peak season for treks in that specific region. Unsure about the latest developments onsite, actual trek conditions, ethical and moral considerations with respect to the local people (we wanted to avoid any crisis tourism relatedness) and surely safety concerns for the entire team (guide, porter and us) we were almost about to postpone our trip. Luckily, only a few weeks before we initially planned to set off, we came across Pradip Tamang from Wilderness Excursions Pvt. Ltd – the best thing that could have happened to us and our trip! Pradip is not only very knowledgeable of the region and its specific characteristics and requirements, trekking in general and in very much detail (very important when it comes to e.g. altitude sickness), local flora and fauna or relevant cultural aspects of the various diverse people along the trek. Furthermore he is very well connected and was hence well informed about the conditions of the trek and always very honest with us on what is possible and what not or where some flexibility would be needed from our side. We very much appreciated this consultative procedure, his transparency and even more his ambitions to always meet our individual needs during the trek: To explore the cultural and natural diversity and manifold of the area while leaving a minimal ecological footprint and considering the current limitations of the region. By any chance, we wanted to avoid the typical touristy spots and adjustments and instead be as close as possible to local life and conditions. Whatever we asked for Pradip made it happen: Being accommodated in home stays as often as possible given the local conditions of some villages still, mutual cooking ofdhal baat, individual momo-cooking lessons or enjoying a good and well-deserved dudh chiya (milk tea) at the wood-burning fire in the local kitchen of our host after completing our again very exciting daily trek section. We enjoyed it all and have gathered a much better understanding of the life in Nepal and specifically the challenges around the Manaslu in general. And after all we simply had a fabulous and absolutely fantastic time – also personally - with Pradip and his much valued assistant Rahul and are looking very much forward to another exciting trekking episode (possibly in Dolpa) soon. About Pradip in short, who is not only guiding you along the trek but also explains and forges links: • Has very much knowledge about treks in Nepal, its flora and fauna, culture and customs • Offers an open communication & transparent and honest services • speaks very well English and can even cover the professional jargon • Is always approachable, very ambitious and eager to meet your individual needs and requirements while considering actual local conditions • Is very experienced and well-connected
It was an absolutely wonderful life time experience. Pradip as our guide is great and very enthusiastic and informative. I trekked ‘Mystique Manaslu Trail Trekking’ with my mom, cousin sister and her husband. We booked our trip with Pradip Tamang, An independent trekking guide. He made our trip special and remarkable. It was my seventh visit to Nepal and I never get enough of travelling to Nepal and hiking Himalayas, Shangri-La, a country of ultimate destination. Definitely, I will come back soon and do some more trekking in Nepal.
Although the months of September – November and March – May are suggested as the best time to trek to Manaslu, you can till trek in December as well. The weather is sunny and warm during the day time with breath stopping views. If you would like to avoid crowds and enjoy less crowded time with nature then you could trek in winter (Dec - Feb) and it is still warm during the daytime and cold in the morning and nights. The temperature is -2 to -7 degree Celsius in Manaslu Circuit during the winter However, the weather condition in Himalaya is associated with Indian Ocean. Trekking in the summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. We may have to camp for one night as the Dharmasala hotel remain close during mid-December to January.
About difficulty about Manaslu Circuit Trek, this trek will be challenging for you if you are first time trekkers in Nepal but if you have earlier hiking experiences then this journey is moderate compared to other adventure treks such as Everest Three High Passes, Ganjala Pass, Tashi Lapcha Pass etc.
Getting There Away
Local Buses leave to Arughat every morning , sometimes it is overloaded and there are local people with baskets of vegetable and chickens in the bus. Local buses take 7-8 hours to get there. Yet there is no tourist bus to Arughat from Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion can arrange 4WD private jeep to Arughat on request which cost U$ 200.00 to drop off to Arughat from Kathmandu.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits costs USD 70.00 for 7 days per person and after 7 days USD 10.00 per person in the months of September-November. USD 50.00 for 7 days per person and after 7 days USD 7.00 per person in December-August. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Entrance Permit. NPR. 2000.00 per person. MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) Entrance Permit. NPR. 2000.00 per person any season any moths.
For modified trek package as per your interest; please kindly provide us details like group size, nationality, mode of hotels in Kathmandu and transportation you would like to use. The Manaslu Circuit Trek Package cost we have offered online includes 3 nights deluxe twin/double room with breakfast in 3 star…
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