Embark upon the Manaslu trek, a classic trek in Nepal that offers a variety of experiences including mind-blowing scenery and an adrenaline-pumping climb to an altitude of almost 17,000 feet. You will also enjoy special encounters with the local people and their culture along this spectacular Himalayan Pass crossing.Located amid the picturesque mountains and valleys of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the most remote and off the beaten path expeditions that you can undertake.
The trek lasts about 18 days and takes you through some exotic locales including lush rhododendron and pine forests, green valleys, rivers and rivulets, wild rapids, cozy villages, and quaint bridges. Explore the remotest parts of the country which also stands in sharp contrast with other treks as you will find little tea houses at every junction. You will follow the Buri Gandaki in the first part of your journey, which will take you along a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings. The lower elevations go through sub-tropical jungles across the Himalayan foothills all the way to the cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La high above at almost 5,100 meters above sea level.
Maximum altitude: 5,106m / 16,752ft
Duration: 18 days
Trekking distance: 177km
Trail type: Rocky, steep, and challenging
Rail head: Raxaul and Gorakhpur
Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport
Snow Season: December - March
Service from: Kathmandu
Base camp: Manaslu base camp
Best season: March-May, September-December
Who can participate:
Participants need to be physically fit with good stamina and endurance. You should be able to carry 5-10kg weight on your back for prolonged time without duress and walk at least 5km in 30 minutes without straining
Arrival at Kathmandu
Documents- Passport and visa along with a few photocopies which will be useful in getting permits, and bookings local SIM card.- A few copies of your passport sized photographs- Medical certificate
Clothes- Sun cap that covers the neck- Winter cap- Balaclava or neck gaiter- Inner thermal wear- Fleece or wool jacket- Long sleeved collared t-shirt of nylon or synthetic fabric- Waterproof trekking pants if possible with side zipper- Windcheater- Raincoat or poncho with hood- Woolen Gloves- Waterproof gloves- Woolen socks- Good quality hiking boots that is warm, water proof, and has a good grip- Trekking sandals
Other essentials:- Adequate cash in changes as several places including teahouses and cafes in the Manaslu trail do not accept cards- Headlamp- Sunglasses- Sunscreen- Toiletries- Sleeping bag- Trekking pole- Water bottle - Cutlery
Medicine- Antibiotics- Painkiller- Anti-inflammatory tablets- Anti-diarrhea medicines- Altitude sickness tablets- Electrolytes/ORS- Insect repellant
Kathmandu is the nearest city to the trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit trek. You have to first reach Kathmandu from where you will be driven to Soti Khola which is about 80 miles from here to start your trek.
By Air: You can reach the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport via a direct flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Varanasi.
By Road: An economical option to reach Kathmandu is by availing a bus service from cities like Patna, Varanasi, Darjeeling, and Gorakhpur.