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Hire a Guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Fitness Level:

Moderate & Challenging

Best Month:

Sep to Nov & Mar to May

Max Elevation:

5143 m

Walking hours Per Day:

Approx. 5-6 hours

Trip Duration:

17 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Meals:

BLD During Trek

Accommodation:

Hotel / Lodge / Tented Camp

Group Size:

Minimum 2 & maximum 10 pax

Destination:

Nepal

Hiring a guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wonderful choice to ensure a memorable trekking experience. A guide will help you have a hassle-free trek, making your journey more enjoyable and safe.

Guide is mandatory for the Manaslu region due to government rule. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging and remote trek in Nepal, so guide hiring for the Manaslu Circuit Trek will enhance your trekking experience, ensure your safety, and learn about the local culture and environment.

Manaslu is the name of a mountain, located in the Gorkha district of northern Nepal, is the eighth-highest peak in the world (8163 meters above sea level). East of Annapurna Region, it is roughly 64 kilometers away. One of the most stunning and well-liked hiking routes in the undeveloped areas of western Nepal is the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a beautiful and popular trekking route in remote parts of western Nepal. The route is a restricted area as per the rule and regulations of the Nepal Government. So, you must hire a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek 

The wonderful area remains restricted to conserve the diverse wildlife, natural forest, lakes, alpine forest, water source, and local culture. The Government of Nepal has also listed specific rules for all trekkers. Therefore, the government has made it compulsory to have a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek and that you must hire a guide and have at leasttwo members in your Trekking Group, excluding the guide to issue the trekking permits for the Manaslu trek. 

Besides hiring a trekking guide, you can also Hire a Porter or a Porter cum Guide for this incredible Manaslu trek. Porters or Porter cum guides also help you by carrying your luggage and personal items. Trekking with guides makes the journey more memorable as they are professionals in the field of nature and culture as well as can make something special and hassle-free with depth knowledge and local experience. That is why a licensed trekking guide is an essential part of Manaslu Trek. 

It is not allowed to hire an individual guide because the restricted area permits are issued in Nepal immigration by a registered trekking agency. If you do not contact the trek organizer, you won't be able to get a Manaslu region special trekking permit. 

Advantages of hire a Guide for  Manaslu Circuit Trek 

  • You'll be able to navigate the trail much more easily.
  • Finding a place to stay and something to eat is simple.
  • improved interaction with the people.
  • Briefing and explanation of the locations and items encountered on the trek.
  • a sense of belonging and assistance.
  • Easy to find accommodations at reasonable prices.
  • In case of altitude sickness, assistance.
  • The entire journey has more significance and will be recalled.
  • You receive instructions and assistance from a guide while traveling.

Hire a Guide, Porter Cum Guide and Porter cost:  

Guide Cost US$ 30 per day, including his meals, accommodations, equipment, salary, and insurance. 

Porter cum Guide cost $ 25 per day including his meals, accommodations, equipment, salary, and insurance.

Strong porter Cost US$ 20 per day, including his meals, accommodations, equipment, salary, and insurance. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits cost: 

  • Manaslu special Trekking Permit- cost US$ 100 per week. And after 7 days per day per person is US$ 10, 
  • The TIMS card Permit cost is US$ 20 per person, 
  • The Annapurna conservation entrance Permit cost (ACAP) is US$ 30 per person, 
  • The Manaslu Conservation entrance permit cost (MCAP) is US$ 30 per person. 

Why hire a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek with us? 

Hiring a guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek with High Pass Adventure offers several unique advantages by providing you with safety, support, local expertise, and cultural immersion.

Local Expertise: High Pass Adventure employs experienced guides who are local to the region. They have an in-depth knowledge of the area, including the best trails, accommodations, and cultural insights.

Safety and Support: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek with high altitudes and rugged terrain. High Pass Adventure's guides are trained in wilderness first aid and can provide support and assistance in case of emergencies.

Cultural Immersion: High Pass Adventure's guides are facilitating meaningful interactions with local communities, providing you with a deeper understanding of the culture and customs of the region.

Logistical Support: High Pass Adventure takes care of all logistical aspects of the trek, including permits, accommodations, meals, and transportation. This allows you to focus on enjoying the trek without worrying about the details.

Tailor-made and Customizable Itinerary: We offer tailor-made and customizable itineraries to suit your preferences and fitness levels. Whether you want a shorter trek or wish to include side trips and additional activities for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we can tailor the itinerary to meet your needs.

Is Posible doing Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide?

No, it is not possible to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide. It is mandatory to have a registered guide through a registered trekking agency because the Manaslu region is a restricted area for foreign travelers. To issue the Manaslu restricted permit, you need at least two people booked through a local trekking agency. This rule is enforced by the Nepalese government for several reasons, including safety, conservation, and support for local employment.

Not only is having a guide mandatory, but this rule also helps ensure a safe and enriching experience while supporting local economies and conservation efforts. If you prefer independent trekking, consider alternative routes that allow for solo exploration only in the lower Manaslu region.

Important Note for the trip:

  • During your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu, we provide you with a free T-shirt and a warm cap (beanie), as well as a refundable duffel bag for packing your trekking gear.
  • We assign one porter for every two trekkers, so the duffel bag should weigh around 10 to 12 kg, which is carried by the porter throughout the trek. Additionally, we can arrange other working team members according to your requirements.
  • You must have your own special daypack with a waterproof cover for carrying your daily necessities things like cash, necessary papers, a water bottle or bladder, sunglass, mobile phone, power bank, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, lip guard, a notebook, light clothing, etc. 
  • The guide will check your trekking gear and give you suggestions on what to pack and what not to pack. Any unnecessary items (non-trekking items) can be stored at the hotel or our office in Kathmandu.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag are required for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. The sleeping bag should be rated for temperatures between -10 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the trekking route. If you don't have either of these items, you can rent them in Kathmandu for USD 2 per day. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to pay the cost of USD 100 per item.
  • Every day, the guide will brief you about the walk, nature, food, accommodation, culture, and other aspects of the trek. It's important to listen to and follow the local rules and guidelines provided by the guide.
     

Hire a Guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to the hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest, freshen up, and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After enjoying the first breakfast in Nepal, you’ll get ready for the tour of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu with a well-experienced guide. You will be visiting Swayambhu Nath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath, and Boudha Nath, which are the 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. The tour begins with a ride in a private vehicle followed by a walk. You’ll get to explore the fascinating insights of Buddhism and Hinduism’s ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, and culture of the people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour, you will visit the office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After Breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel, we leave for the Arughat-Sotikhola, about 8-9 hours by bus or a private jeep through the beautiful landscape and bumpy roads. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
715

The trek starts at Khorla Besi through Khorsane settlement, Saal forest, and Machhakhola. The trekking trail is very easy, following the well-constructed road along the riverside.  We will walk and enjoy pleasant views of the surrounding jungle, occasional waterfalls, and a suspension bridge adding the best to the hike. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
1080

The trekking trail leads to Jagat through Tato Pani, Dovan, Bklebhatti, Yaruphat, and lower Jagat. We will be able to see the small natural hot spring at Tato Pani and after crossing the few bridges of Budhi Gandaki River and we will be able to observe the culture and lifestyle of the local people. Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
1400

Our trekking day starts with a walk-through subtropical rainforest and a series of small local villages such as Salleri, Philim, and Ekle Bhatti. These villages are beautiful settings with the terraced field. You will get a chance to see big Sringi Mountain before reaching Philim Village and crossing a suspension bridge along the way. Furthermore, the trail arrives at the junction of Tsum Valley and Larke La Trek and heads northwest to Deng through a green bamboo forest.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
1860

It’s a perfect trekking day because we will see the first real views of the major mountains like Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal, and other peaks. Also, we will observe the real highland people’s culture and lifestyle and different landscapes.  

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
2630

From Namrung, the trekking trail climbs up a bit and passes through the green forest to Lihi village, which is popular for its Chortens, Barley Terraces, and apple farm. After crossing the village, we get to the Sho village and reach the Lho Village. After our half-day hike to Lho, there will be plenty of time left over to observe the gorgeous views of Manaslu and a few snow peaks and visit Rebung Gompa on the hillside of the Lho Village. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3175

After a two-hour hike up, we will cross the Shyala village through the pine forest and continue heading to reach Sama village. Shyala village is a fantastic place to see the spectacular vistas of Manaslu, north Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Chuli, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, and Pangbuche Himal. The day has a quite small hike time for the Sama Village and leaves enough time for the visit of Monasteries and Birendra Lake. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3550

When we get above 3,000 m in height, we need to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. The main attractions of that day are Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp, and a short hike to Birendra Lake. We can also decide about exploring those areas. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3550

The day is a bit easy to hike to Samdo Village, but it is difficult due to the significant increase in altitude. The trekking trail follows the Budi Gandaki River through an alpine forest to the suspension bridge of the river. After crossing the bridge, the trail continues heading to Samdo. The places are a bit windy, and we can observe some Himalayan views. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3860

We start our trip by crossing a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike up to the northwest in Larke bazaar. There used to be a successful market in the past, but nothing remains nowadays.  We may feel some difficulties in breathing due to the shortage of oxygen in the areas because of the high altitude of Larke Phedi through the juniper forest. This day consists of a short walk to Larke Phedi and provides enough time for acclimatization for the further trek.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4460

This day entails a challenging tough walk over the Larkya pass at a spectacular 5160 m altitude. From Larkya Phedi, we must cross a glacial moraine and past frozen lakes to make the way to the pass. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to get to this pass, but we will walk slowly and listen to our bodies. As we gain altitude some may feel nauseous or suffer from headaches. From here you can see unbelievably amazing views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyaji Kung (7,030m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), and Annapurna II (7937 m). From the top trekking trail, we drop down to Bhimthang along a steep gorge. This day entails a longer and tougher walk than the other days until we reach the guesthouse. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3880

After breakfast with the splendid views of the mountains, we descend towards a high pasture and gradually leave behind the alpine climate through familiar pine and Rhododendron Forest.  We also can get a chance to see wildlife and birds before reaching Tilche village. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
2300

We will leave the beautiful Gurung village in Tilche and cross a suspension bridge over Dudh Khola then follow the lower valley to Dharapani. Dharapani is the checkpoint of the Manaslu circuit trek permit and Annapurna circuit trek permit. After our permit gets checked, we take a jeep or bus to Besisahar for about a 3-4 hours' drive, and we will spend the last night of the trek there. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
760

After having breakfast at Besisahar we drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, valleys, and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a 5-hour drive, we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night of the journey in Nepal. 

Food
BL
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This is the last day of your trip to Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventure staff will take you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure time. If you wish to take an extra trip to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India, High Pass Adventure will help you for your next trip and adventure activities.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure trekking agency has the best guides and porters for working in the trekking field. We are providing excellent service to our customers staying in Nepal. All our costs are net and very clear on the cost include and exclude section with details. We have paid the best salary to Trekking and Tour guide and porter which is more than the government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied with our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Details:-

  • Guide Cost US$ 30 per day
  • Porter cum Guide cost $ 25 per day 
  • porter Cost US$ 20 per day

 

What Is Excluded?

  • All Transports, Accommodations, Foods and trekking permits
  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
     

Route Map

route map

FAQs

Guide is mandatory for the Manaslu Circuit trek due to the rule of Nepal Government, having one can greatly enhance your trekking experience and ensure your safety. 


 

The cost of hiring a guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal depends on some reasons, including the duration of the trek, the services provided, the guide's experience, and the trekking agency you choose. Anyway, on average, the cost for a guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek ranges from $20 to $40 per day.

This cost usually includes the guide's daily wages, accommodation, meals, and insurance. Additionally, don't forget to factor in other costs such as trekking permits, transportation, your food, accommodations and personal expenses when planning your trek.

The cost of hiring a guide in Nepal is widely dependent on numerous factors, including the type of trek, the duration of your trip, the region you want to visit, the guide's experience, and the services included. 

There are several types of treks in Nepal such as short treks (1-5 days), moderate treks (6-10, longer treks (11+ days) and remote treks.  So the guide fees range from USD $20 to $50 per day.  It means, hiring a guide can be cheaper on a short trek and expensive on a longer and remote trek. 

The Manaslu Circuit trek is considered challenging due to high altitudes, steep terrain, and remote conditions. It reaches the Larkya La Pass at 5,160 meters, posing altitude-related risks. The trek takes about 12-16 days, demands physical stamina, and requires acclimatization. Its remote location means basic facilities.  Special permits and regulations are necessary. Trekkers should be physically fit, mentally prepared for changeable weather, and hiring guides is mandatory for logistics and safety. Despite its difficulty, the trek offers stunning landscapes, cultural experiences, and a sense of achievement.

Hiring guide manages the tea-house for accommodation, resting place of rest, acclimatization day to manage high altitude, slow walk, and short easy steps to complete the trip without any stress. 

No, it is not possible to trek in Nepal without a guide from April 1, 2022.  Rule of the Nepal government, all tourists traveling to Nepal must hire a licensed guide before trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. 

There are two best seasons for trekking to Manaslu Circuit Trek. These are the autumn season (September to December) and spring season (March to May). So, the best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring and autumn. These both seasons offer unbelievable chances to experience the natural beauty, cultural richness and enjoyable weather. 
 

Manaslu Circuit trek is very safe during the spring and autumn season with our experienced trekking guide. We (high pass adventure teams) guarantee clients safety and security by preparing necessary trekking gear to face any condition of risk. Manaslu Circuit is not safe due to rainfall in summer and snowfall in winter season. At that time the trekking trail will be slippery and icy due to landslides and avalanches. High Pass Adventure is always with you to assist all emergencies during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

Indeed, travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for Nepal trekking and climbing, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. It is crucial to ensure that your insurance policy adequately covers the highest elevation of your trip, including emergency evacuation provisions. For a comprehensive list of recommended travel insurance companies, please refer to the provided recommendations. 

The weather condition of Manaslu region is dependent on different seasons. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best weather conditions with milder temperatures for Manaslu Trekking. Summer (June to August) season is not recommended for Manaslu trekking due to the rain. The rain makes walking difficult and we have to face some potential hazards.  Winter (December to February) season is also not a good season due to heavy snowfall around the higher elevation. That makes it difficult to cross the Larkey Pass.  

5160 meters high is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a Larkey Pass top, which is the wonderful and best view point of surrounding mountains. 

The height of Manaslu Base Camp is 4,800 meters above sea level. This is the starting point for climbers to summit Mount Manaslu. 

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on group size and your preference. The 16 nights 17 days trip from arrival and departure date to Manaslu Circuit trekking package cost can range from USD 800 to 1600 per person.   

Yes, all trekkers need permits to enter the Manaslu Region because the route is a restricted area as per the rule and regulations of the Nepal Government. So you have to need a special Manaslu trek permit, Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) fees, Manaslu Conservation Area Project entrance fees, Annapurna Conservation Area Project entrance fees. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek does not require technical climbing skills so you don’t need special training for trekking.  But, we highly recommend having good physical fitness and preparation to easily complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, swimming practices are beneficial in preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. 

There are tea houses and lodges available for accommodation with basic twin sharing. The room may have a basic bed with mattress, blanket and pillow. So, I recommend bringing a sleeping bag for warmth and comfort especially at higher altitude. Toilet and bathroom (shower) are the limit in the teahouses, so we have to share with other groups.

The teahouses usually offer a variety of local and international dishes but options will be limited compared with cities.  You may get local dishes such as chapati, rice (Dal Bhat), potato item, tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, Sherpa stew, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, thukpa etc. 

Yes, you should bring advisable and basic medicines for the trip to Nepal including Manaslu Circuit Trek because the remote of the trekking routes where there is not a medical facility. 
If you have any allergies, it is important to ask with a healthcare or medicine specialist to consult about your detailed needs. They can advise you to take basic medicine depending on your health and trekking altitude. 


 

High Altitude Sickness is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness. It is a common anxiety during the trekking to higher altitude. It is not possible to completely remove the risk of altitude sickness but you can follow these below rules for prevention.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Climb slowly
  • Take it easy
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep lower elevation 
  • Take a medication (Diamox or Acetazolamide) according to doctor 

 
 

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit trek depends on your reference such as itinerary, trekking place, trekking route, extra days for acclimatization. Anyway, the most famous route from Kathmandu to Kathmandu takes 14 days to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek and needs 2 days extra for your arrival and departure from/to your home.
 

The internet service is available at all tea houses along the way of Manaslu Circuit Trek but you have to pay extra fees. We advise you to not expect internet access for communication during the trek because the internet does not work fast.  There are also mobile phone network services along the way to Manaslu trek but no strong network connection to the whole area to use the data. Our guide helps you to communicate with your family, friends or colleagues. 
 

Yes, you can charge all your electronics in a lodge but you have to pay an extra cost.  Sometimes it is difficult to get a charging place and power during the busy trekking season especially in higher places.  So we recommend you to bring your power bank to charge your mobile and camera. 

It is a pretty busy trail to the Manaslu Circuit in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. At that period, there will be many trekkers, porters, yaks and donkeys along the trails.  

The walking distance depends on your fitness level, the terrain, elevations and destination. Normally the walking hours range is 4 to 10 hours a day during the Manaslu Circuit trek. 

Indeed, it is essential to carry your own water bottle for drinking water during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Purchasing bottled water becomes more expensive as you ascend to higher altitudes. The cost of a single bottle can range from 100 to 500 Nepali rupees at elevated places. To save costs and minimize plastic waste, we highly recommend using water purification tablets or drops. These portable and effective solutions will enable you to treat water from local sources, ensuring safe and clean drinking water throughout the trek. Our team will provide guidance on the proper usage of water purification methods, ensuring your hydration needs are met responsibly and economically during the journey. 

Tipping your guide and porter is customary and highly appreciated as they play a crucial role in ensuring the successful completion of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. They are like heroes, assisting and supporting you throughout the journey. Expressing gratitude through tipping is a compulsory gesture to acknowledge their exceptional service and dedication to making your trek an unforgettable experience. Your kindness will not only be well-received but also encourage and motivate them in their future endeavors with other trekkers. We recommend tipping your guide and porter as a token of appreciation for their invaluable assistance and contribution to your trekking adventure.
 

Traveller Useful Information

How to hire a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal?

To hire a guide for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you need to follow a few steps. First, search for a reputable trekking agency, such as High Pass Adventure, that offers Manaslu Circuit Trek packages. Then, inquire via email about your trekking dates, group size, and any specific requirements you have. Discuss your expectations, fitness level, and any additional services you may require, such as transportation, permits, and accommodation. Ensure that the guide is qualified and licensed by the Nepal Tourism Board. Compare the costs and services by requesting a detailed breakdown of the package, including guide fees, permits, accommodation, meals, and transportation. Once you have all the necessary information, you can confirm the booking.

We are a reputable trekking agency and provide the best guides for the Manaslu Circuit Trek from Kathmandu. All our experienced trekking guides, porters, and porter-cum-guides are from the hilly region of Nepal. Hiring a guide can enhance your safety, provide local insights, and make the experience more enjoyable and informative.

Best time for  Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. 

  • Spring (March to May): This is the post-winter season when the temperatures begin to warm up, and the rhododendrons bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. The weather is generally clear, offering excellent visibility of the mountains, and the trails are alive with lush vegetation.
  • Autumn (September to November): This is the post-monsoon season when the skies are clear, and the weather is stable. The temperatures are mild, making it comfortable for trekking, and the views of the surrounding peaks are stunning. Additionally, the trails are dry and relatively free from rain, making for easier trekking conditions.


Winter and summer seasons are considered off-season for the Manaslu Circuit trek. Hiring a guide during these times is highly recommended because they help navigate any potential challenges, especially crossing the Larke Pass, support your logistics, and enhance your overall trekking experience.

Winter is not a good time to trek because it is very cold and the views around the mountains are not clear. The monsoon season is also not recommended for trekking the Manaslu Circuit because there is a lot of rain, and the trails can be blocked due to landslides, making the trek very risky.

Important Note for the Larke Pass:

It's important to consider the possibility of bad weather during the Manaslu Circuit Trek, especially when crossing the Larke Pass, as it is the highest point of the trek. There are times when difficulties, such as bad weather, are beyond our control due to heavy snowfall at the top, making it difficult to find the right trail to cross the pass. This could lead to changes in our schedule.

However, it is extremely unlikely that the schedule would vary significantly.
The guide and trekking leader will make the best modifications if needed, prioritizing the group's overall satisfaction. In such cases, we may have to return the same way. Our trekking staff members are knowledgeable and courteous, and they will make every effort to address any issues that may arise during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. So, hiring a guide is important and necessary to successfully complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek without any hassle. 

Transportation and Cost for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek starts in the town of Soti Khola or Machhakhola and ends in Dharapani. To reach Soti Khola or Machhakhola, you can use either direct public bus services or private jeep transportation. The road distance from Kathmandu to Soti Khola is 142 km. The route starts on a highway to Phurke Khola, and then continues on a narrow blacktop road to Taribesi before transitioning to an off-road path, where the vehicle encounters bumps and dust. Despite this, you can enjoy beautiful scenery along the journey.

The main public bus station for Soti Khola is near Balaju Bus Park at Machha Pokhari, and the journey takes 7-9 hours by public bus. For more comfort and speed, you can opt for a private jeep, which takes 5-7 hours but is more expensive. Your trekking agency can arrange this private vehicle for you.

The trek ends at Dharapani, from where you can take a shared jeep to Besisahar. This journey takes 3-4 hours. Besisahar is a town 176 km from Kathmandu, and various transportation options are available, taking 5-7 hours to reach Kathmandu.

The tentative transportation cost for Manaslu Circuit Trek is given below:-

Kathmandu to Soti Khola

  • By Public Bus: Buses to Soti Khola leave from near Balaju Bus Park at Machha Pokhari in Kathmandu. The journey takes about 7-9 hours.
  • Cost: NPR 800-12, 00 (approximately USD 7-10).
  • By Private Jeep: you can hire a private Jeep, which can be arranged through travel agencies. They are faster and more comfortable than public buses, taking around 6-7 hours.
  • Cost: NPR 15,000-20,000 (approximately USD 150-200) for the whole jeep, which can be shared among 6-7 people.

Dharapani to Kathmandu

  • By Shared Jeep: Shared jeeps from Dharapani to Besisahar (the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and a hub for transportation).
  • Cost: NPR 2,000-2,500 per person (approximately USD 20-25).
  • Journey Time: 3-4 hours.

From Besisahar to Kathmandu:

  • Public Bus: Buses are available from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Cost: NPR 700-100 (approximately USD 7-10).
  • Journey Time: 6-7 hours.
  • Private Jeep: For more comfort, you can hire a private jeep from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Cost: NPR 12,000-15,000 (approximately USD 120-150) for the whole jeep, which can be shared among 6-7 people.

If you want to purchase the full board package for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, all transportation costs will be included, making it a hassle-free option. We highly recommend that all trekkers either purchase the full board package or hire a guide and porter for your trip to the Manaslu Circuit to ensure a memorable trek without any problems.

Packing List for Manaslu Circuit Trek 

Packing for the Manaslu Circuit  Trek requires careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need while keeping your pack as light as possible, so only bring the necessary things. You can also rent or purchase trekking gear in Kathmandu if you don't have everything you need.

Here's a recommended packing list:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight trekking pants
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof pants
  • Thermal base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Hiking socks

Footwear:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Micro Crampons 
  • Gaiters

Accessories:

  • Daypack
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Power Bank (Portable charger or solar charger)
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Trekking towel
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Personal first aid kit

Other Gear:

  • Sleeping bag (comfortable to 10°C)
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Duffel bag or backpack for porters to carry your gear
  • Personal identification and travel documents
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Snacks and energy bars
     

Client Reviews

Evy van der Ploeg

Evy van der Ploeg

Germany

An unforgettable experience

20th May, 2024

High Pass Adventure was super helpful while organizing our trek at the Manaslu circuit. They are reliable and flexible enough to fulfill all individual requirements. They arranged all the permits in half a day and gave us a very experienced and friendly guide.

All the staff we met was extremely friendly and charming and the communication was easy.

I can highly recommend this company (High Pass Adventure), if you're interested in trekking and they also organizing climbing tours.
 

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