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Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,416

Walking hours Per Day:

5 - 8 Hours

Trip Duration:

23 Days

Trip Grade:

Moderate to Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotel/ Teahouses

Group Size:

2+

Destination:

Nepal

Combining the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit into one trek is a fantastic idea for those seeking an extended and diverse Himalayan adventure in Nepal. This is a three weeks trekking experience that allows trekkers to observe the Himalayan of landscapes, cultures and crossing two high passes – Larke La Pass (5106 meters) and Thorong La Pass (5416 meters).

The Manaslu Circuit Trek encircles Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters), the eighth highest peak of the world and the Annapurna Circuit Trek encircles Mount Annapurna (8,091 meters), the tenth highest peak of the world. Both treks offer stunning views of some other enormous mountains, providing trekkers with breathtaking mountain panoramas throughout their journeys.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is known for its remote trails, stunning mountain vistas, diverse terrain, and rich cultural encounters with the local communities, including the ethnic Gurungs and Tibetans. The trek usually takes around 10-15 days, traversing through challenging terrains, high passes, and traditional villages.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's most popular and classic treks, encircling the Annapurna Massif. It usually takes around 10-15 days and offers diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to arid high-altitude landscapes. Trekkers experience varied cultures, pass through charming villages, witness panoramic mountain views, and cross the Thorong La Pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world.

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Traverse through various landscape ranging from subtropical forests, terraced fields, charming villages, to high alpine meadows, and arid landscapes
  • Encounter diverse ethnic groups like Gurung, Tibetans, Manangis, Thakali and Magar
  • Experience their unique cultures, traditions, and local lifestyles
  • Chance to see the wildlife such as blue Sheeps, Himalayan Thaar, Monkey, deer etc
  • Spectacular Mountain views of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Crossing the challenging passes Larke La (5106m) and Throng La (5416m)
  • Relax in natural hot springs at Tatopani and witness beautiful waterfalls along the trail.

Trip Route

The famous Annapurna Circuit Trek via Manaslu Circuit begins from Soti Khola after a scenic 6/7 hours drive from Kathmandu. From Soti Khola start the trekking to a higher area to Larke Pass (5106 meters). The trekking route leads up through charming villages, terrace farmland, green forest and cross many suspension bridges. The trekking routes are Khorlabesi, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Samdo and Dharmashala (Larke Phedi). From the Larke Phedi, reaching to the other side via Larke Pass to complete the Manaslu Circuit Trek.  

The Manaslu Circuit Trek ends at Dharapani which is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Dharapani, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail heads to the north side in the Marshyangdi Valley. There are also routes through wonderful villages, forests and crossing some rivers that reach the higher area.

The route camps are Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka and Throng Phedi. You will have beautiful scenery along the trail. That's why the Annapurna circuit is the most popular circuit trekking in the world.  From the thorong Phedi the trekking trail reaches the Muktinath via Thorong-La (5416 meters) pass.

After completing the Thorong La pass, the route easily descends to lower altitude to get Pokhara through Jomsom, Tatopani, Ghorepani and Nayapul.
 

Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Treks welcomes you to Nepal. One of our company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall at 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 by private vehicle. You will 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 Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath or Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, 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 having breakfast in the Kathmandu hotel or packing breakfast, we leave for Machhakhola. It takes about 8-9 hours by public bus and 6 hours by a private vehicle through the charming village and beautiful landscape with bumpy and narrow roads in the few parts. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
715

Next day, the trekking trail leads to Jagat through  Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dovan, Eklebhatti, Yaruphat, and lower Jagat. Trekkers will be able to see the small natural hot spring at Tatopani. Then after, will be crossing the Bridge of Budi Gandaki River to stopping for lunch at dovan.  And continue walking to Jagat on rocky terrain.  Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation area and the scenic village of Jagat and narrow paved lanes. Trekkers will be able to observe the culture and lifestyle of the local people throughout a trekking day.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1400

Our trekking day begins with a walk through a series of small local villages such as Salleri, Philim, and Eklebhatti. These villages are beautiful settings with the terrace 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 Manaslu Valley Trek and heads northwest to Deng for overnight stay through a green bamboo forest. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1850

It will be 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 with different landscapes.  

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2630

The trekking trail begins from Namrung village to Lihi village through the green forest which is popular for its Chortens, Barley Terraces, and apple farm. After crossing the Lihi village will reach Sho village and continue to walk to 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
Teahouse
Elevation
3175

After a two hour hike up through pine forest, we will reach Shyala village. Shyla village is a perfect place for the mountain views including Manaslu and Himalchuli.  Then, the trekking trails continue north to reach Sama village. This day will be a quite short  walk to reach camp and hike time for the Sama Village and leaves enough time for the visit of Monasteries and Birendra Lake. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3550

When trekkers get above 3,000 m or 3500 meters height, it is necessary to acclimatize for the increasing altitudes. So we have to stay 2 nights in the Samagaun for acclimation. That extra day, we can visit one of the main attractions such as Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp, and a short hike to Birendra Lake. We can also decide with your guide about exploring those areas. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3550

This day will be a short and easy hike to Samdo Village but it will be difficult due to the significant increase in altitude. The trekking trail follows the upper valley alongside the Budi Gandaki River and through an alpine forest to cross the suspension bridge of the river. After crossing the bridge on Budi Gandaki River, the trail continues ascent up to Samdo. The valley is windy but offers the wonderful Himalayan views.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3860

We start our trip from Samdo Village by crossing a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike up to the northwest in Larke bazaar. The Larke Bazaar 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 higher areas because of the high altitude. The trail ascends up through the juniper forest and highland terrain. This day consists of a 4 hours walk to Larke Phedi and provides enough time for acclimatization for the further trek (Larke Pass). 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Elevation
4460

This day entails a challenging tough walk over the Larkya pass at a spectacular 5106 m altitude. From Larkya Phedi, we must cross a glacial moraine and past frozen lakes to reach the top of the pass (Larke Pass). It takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach this pass but we will walk slowly and rest a few places for an easy feel. 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 of the Larke Passl, we will drop down to Bhimthang along a steep gorge. This day from Dharmasala (Larke Phedi) entails a longer and tougher walk than the other days until we reach the guesthouse at Bhimthang. 
 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
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 along the trail before reaching Tilche Village. Tilche is the beautiful Gurung village with an old house hold. From Tilche will crossing a suspension bridge over Dudh Khola then follow the lower valley to Dharapani for overnight stay. Dharapani is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and ending point of the Manaslu circuit trek. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1860

Today will be a beautiful trekking day to reach Chame. The trekking trail is gently up to Danaqu and ascending towards Timang through pine and rhododendron forest. Timang is the best viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu range. From Timang Village, the trail leads to Thanchok, and Koto before you reach the Chame.  Chame is the headquarters of Manang District and there are many shopping centers and banks. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2710

After breakfast, we will head to Pisang through Brathang and Dukur Pokhari in a green forest of pine. This day is a chance to see Lamjung Himal, massif Annapurna second and third along with the rays of sun over the peak. This day you will feel a really wonderful trekking day due to its high altitude terrains and surrounding landscape. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3200

There are two options to go to Manang such as the lower trail, and the upper trail. Lower trail is an old trekking trail but not a good walk with its road already constructed. Higher trail is quite long and hard but best for the mountain views.  So we highly recommend you to hike a higher trail because this is more fascinating for the panoramic view of mountains and Tibetan lifestyle culture. So, you will ascend up to Ghyaru village from Pisang and the trail continues heading to Manang through Ngawal with magnificent scenery. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

Today will be a rest day at Manang after a long journey from the beginning. There are some attractive hiking places around the Manang village such as Ice Lake, Gangapurna Lake, a few caves etc.  Your guide will explain about those places and you can make decisions for hiking. We highly recommend you to hike up to an ice lake for wonderful mountain views as well as increasing altitude to cross Thorong la pass. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

Today is quite a short hiking day but you feel difficulty due to its high altitude terrains. The trekking trail ascends up to Ghunsang through Tengi Village, and gentle flat to reach the Yak Kharka. We will leave the Marsyangdi valley from Manang Village and turned right north to Jharsang Khola Valley. You will have amazing views of the mountain and chance to see wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmot etc along the way. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4050

Thorong Phedi is the base of the Thorong La Pass (5416 meters), and it is necessary to spend a night before crossing the Pass. The trail is gradual up to the Thorong Phedi, and walking will be easy but you will feel difficulty due to its high altitude terrains. Your guide makes the best phase to walk with rest along the way before reaching the camp. You will cross suspension bridges over the river and see a great view of mountains. If you like, you can hike up to Thorong high camp for high altitude acclimatization after lunch at the Thorong Phedi. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4450

Today will be the trekking mission day because you will cross the Thorong La Pass altitude at 5416 meters high. This day will be an exciting, long and difficult day due to its high altitude terrains with long ascend and descend. Normally, you will have to wake up early in the morning and have breakfast before starting the hike because it is necessary to start early for crossing that pass on time before getting the weather bad. From the top, you will enjoy the panoramic Mountain Views of the surrounding landscape. After capture in your camera and observe the area, have to start to walk   down the other side into the Mustang Valley. After a long descent, you will reach the first teahouse in the Chabarbu for lunch. After lunch, the trail continues down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist Devotees as well as a fancy place for accommodation and shopping.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3800

Muktinath is connected by road from Pokhara, so there are various transport services to go to Tatopani. After having breakfast, you will take a public bus or private jeep to drive Tatopani through Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Kobang, Kalopani, Ruptse Chahara and Dana. The road is a bit scary, dusty and bumpy in a few places. After arriving at Tatopani, you can take a hot bath in a natural hot spring. You will feel relaxed after a long trek and drive during the bathing. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1200

From Tatopani to Ghorepani is a long distance, so you will have to walk long ascending to reach Ghorepani. The trekking starts after breakfast to a short descent to cross the suspension bridge on Kali Gandaki River. After crossing the bridge, the trail continues to ascend to Ghorepani through Beautiful Magar and Gurung Village such as Ghara, Sikha and Chitre. Sikha has few Teahouses to accommodate and food. So some trekkers stop there for lunch and some trekkers stop for overnight stay. Ghorepani is a beautiful place with mountain views and a forest of rhododendrons. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2870

There is one popular and best viewpoint called Poon Hill. That day, you have to wake up early in the morning for a sunrise view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges. This morning, you have to take only a small bag filled with a bottle of water, an energy bar, camera and some local currency. Hiking from Ghorepani to Poon Hill takes about hours and half, the trekking trail is made of stone made steps between forest of Rhododendrons and pine.  After reaching Poon Hill, you will have an incredible time to observe the panoramic mountain views. Then after, recently back to Ghorepani for Breakfast and have to continue descending to Nayapul through Banthanti, Ulleri, Hile, Birethanti to catch the vehicles for driving to Pokhara.  

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

There are land and air transport to reach Kathmandu. We can arrange both options required of the trekkers. Anyway, trekkers have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Pokhara hotel. If you want to take land transport, the road leads along river valleys, few towns, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to reach Kathmandu. You will take a rest in Kathmandu hotel or do souvenir shopping. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

This will be your last day of your trip in Nepal. One of our High Pass Adventures staff will take you to Kathmandu international Airport by private vehicle for your flight departure time. If you are also looking forward to your extra trip in Nepal after the trip or next time, High Pass Adventure is always here to help you for your next trip as well as others adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure treks have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost inclusive-exclusive. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Inclusive in the Cost

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Sotikhola and Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu (private/ public vehicle)
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
  • Accommodation on Tea-house during the trekking
  • 3 night's Hotel in Kathmandu and on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • One night Hotel in Pokhara
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Special Manaslu Trekking Permits  
  • All trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP, TIMS)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxymeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, Food, accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • 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.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • All entrance fees during the Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

FAQs

Manaslu Circuit trek is considered moderately difficult to challenge. It's a remote and less developed trekking route in Nepal that circles the world's eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu (8168 meters). The trek involves high altitudes, diverse terrain, and challenging Larke pass (5106 meters), making it more demanding than some of the popular treks like the Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp treks.

Annapurna Circuit trek used to be one of the most popular treks in Nepal, but road construction has altered the trekking experience in recent years. However, Manaslu Circuit Trek is another alternative route that still offers incredible views and a similar trekking experience in Nepal Himalayas.


 

The difficulty of the Annapurna Circuit trek is varying depending on several factors such as individual fitness level, altitude tolerance, and weather conditions. Traditionally, the Annapurna Circuit trek was considered moderately challenging to strenuous due to its length and the high elevations reached along the trail. However, with the construction of roads in certain sections, the trek has become more accessible in some areas while losing a bit of its former remote and untouched character.

The duration of the Manaslu Circuit trek is vary based on the route taken, individual pace, side trips, and acclimatization needs. Typically, the trek takes around 10 to 16 days to complete.

The trek route itself covers approximately 177 kilometers (110 miles) around the Manaslu massif, and it involves ascending to high altitudes, crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at an elevation of about 5,106 meters (16,752 feet).

The Annapurna Circuit trek usually takes around 10 to 15 days to complete, depending on various factors such as the specific route taken, individual walking pace, acclimatization needs, side trips, and weather conditions.

The trek route covers a distance of approximately 160 to 230 kilometers (100 to 145 miles), starting from Besisahar and usually ending in Nayapul or Jomsom. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Thorong La Pass at an altitude of about 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), which requires gradual acclimatization and proper preparation due to the high altitude.

Combining the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit treks creates an extended and adventurous journey through the Himalayas of Nepal. The duration of the combined trek is varying based on the specific itinerary, side trips, rest days, and individual pace. Normally, a combination of both circuits will take around 19 to 21 days to complete.

This extended Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek covers a considerable distance of approximately 350 to 400 kilometers (220 to 250 miles) or more, depending on the specific trail taken and any additional side trips or detours.

Estimates for a combined Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek for 21 days, including permits, guide, accommodation, food, and transportation, can range from $1500 to $2000 USD per person. This cost can be lower if you trek with groups or just hire a guide and can be higher if you trek privately and for more luxurious accommodations or additional services.

Not a big difference between the Manaslu circuit and Annapurna circuit Trek because both treks do circle the mountains, and as well as famous trekking routes in Nepal, offering incredible landscapes, cultural experiences, and challenges. However, a big difference is Manaslu Circuit Trek is remote and less crowded and Annapurna Circuit Trek is more accessible and developed. 

Traveller Useful Information

Best time for combination Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek 

The best time for a combination of the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal is during the autumn (September to November) or spring (March to May). These months offer the most favorable weather conditions and clear skies, making trekking more enjoyable and providing excellent views of the surroundings landscape and Himalayas.

Autumn (September to November): This season offers stable weather, clear skies, and stunning views after the monsoon season. The trails are usually dry, and the temperatures are pleasant, making it a perfect time for trekking to Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Spring (March to May): Another excellent time for the combined trek, as the weather begins to warm up, and the flora blooms, creating beautiful landscapes. Trails are alive with rhododendron blooms at higher elevations. Days are generally warm, and the skies remain clear.

Both seasons provide good visibility, making the trekking experience more enjoyable and offering breathtaking views of the mountains and surroundings landscapes. However, be prepared for potentially crowded trails during these peak trekking seasons, especially in popular areas like the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit.

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty

Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit treks in Nepal are both renowned for their stunning landscapes and cultural experiences. Both treks are physically demanding due to their length and elevation gains, requiring a good level of fitness and proper acclimatization. 

The higher elevations 5,106 meters at Larke- La and 5416 meters at Throng-La, need to proper plan to cross these pass and it’s very important to drink much water and need plenty of rest to let your body adjust naturally to the increased altitude.

However, the Manaslu Circuit is often considered more remote and challenging due to fewer facilities and the need for specific permits. It's always recommended to prepare well, acclimatize properly, and need to hiring a guide or joining a trekking group for safety and support. 

Rest assured, your local trekking guide will ensure your seamless adjustment and a safe, fulfilling trek through the Nepal Himalayas. Additionally, for those seeking a greater challenge or simply wishing to extend their stay amidst these stunning landscapes, we take pride in offering an array of alternative routes in Nepal with budget tailored packages. 

Combined Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek cost details

The cost of a combined Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek is varying based on several factors, including duration, services included, group size, and the level of comfort you seek during the trek.

Permits and Fees:

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: USD 75 -100 per week (depending on the season) and an additional USD 10 - 15 each day
Manaslu Conservation Area permits (MCAP): USD 30 for whole trek
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 30 for whole trek
TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card: USD 20

Guide and Porter Costs:

Hiring a licensed guide can cost approximately USD 25-35 per day.
Porters' fees vary but could range from USD 20 – 30 per day, depending on the load they carry.

Accommodation and Food:

Teahouse accommodation costs vary from USD 5-15 per night (depending on the room facilities).
Food expenses can range from USD 15-30 per day, depending on your dietary preferences and where and what you eat.
Drinks: the hot and cold drinks expenses can range from USD 5 – 15 per day (depending what and on how much you drink)

Transportation:

The transport also depends on what you take, private or public. If you take public transport to and from Kathmandu to the trek starting/ending points, its cost can range from 50 -70 for the whole trip. But if you take private transport to and from Kathmandu, it costs from USD 200 – 300 each way.

Miscellaneous Expenses: This includes additional costs for gear rental, travel insurance, snacks, hot showers, internet, phone call, and unforeseen expenses. So, it’s advisable to keep some extra cash for emergencies.

Based on these estimates and considering a moderate budget, the total cost for a 21-day combined Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek could range from USD 1500 to USD 2000 per person. 

Equipments List for the Trip

Travel equipment is necessary to pack before you travel.  We hope it is too much to carry from your home to other countries such as Nepal but some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel in Nepal. 

These general equipments are for all seasons while trekking in Nepal, but may be different as per the different seasons and duration of trekking routes on your chosen trip.

Anyway, here's a comprehensive guide outlining the necessary items essential for your trek, ensuring your comfort and safety along the Manaslu Trek. 

Documents:

  • Passport and 4 passport-size photos 
  • Travel insurance details (in case an emergency evacuation, if needed)
  • Boarding passes for flights
  • Driver’s license (if needed)
  • Cash USD
  • Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card in case an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)

Sleeping:

  • Sleeping bag (Comfort rating -15 Celsius recommended)
  • Sleeping bag liner (Optional)

Footwear:

  • Trekking boots: one pair of lightweight
  • Sandals for city and tea house footwear 
  • Shoes for the plane and tea houses (Optional)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Clothing for the body: 

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • Base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
  • Fleece/Windproof jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for warmth
  • Travel clothes and City Wear
  • Underwear
  • Base-layer trousers (optional)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Trekking trousers
  • Trekking shorts (Optional)
  • Gloves and wool hat
  • bandanna or scarf 

Health Requirements (Basic First Aid Kit)

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu

Others

  • Sunglasses and Sun cream 
  • Towel
  • Book (reading and writing materials)
  • MP-3 /Music, headphones, and ear plug (who knows some people in the group are snoring) as optional.
  • Travel wash
  • Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
  • A day bag: 35 liters
  • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 12 kg of weight for porters to carry)
  • Dry Liner or Dry Bag
  • Water bottle/thermos/ camel bag: At least 2 L. Nalgene bottles best.

General Toiletries

  • Toilet papers/ tissue 
  • Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soaps (preferably biodegradable)
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • On Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Others (optional) 

  • Trekking Poles 
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your kit/duffel bag
  • Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, and scrabble. (for luxuries) 
  • Binoculars (for luxuries)
  • Trail Map/Guide book (if you are alone)

Accommodations during the trip

Entire the Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit treks in Nepal offer a variety of accommodations along the trails, catering to different preferences and budgets.

There are the most common accommodations along the route. They range from basic to more comfortable, providing meals and a place to sleep. Facilities might include shared bathrooms, common dining areas, and cozy rooms.

Some guesthouses offer private rooms and attached bathrooms in the lower elevations but more basic accommodations in the higher elevations. Also the teahouse facilities vary widely, so it's good to have flexible expectations regarding amenities like hot water, electricity, and Wi-Fi. These might not be consistently available along the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek.

Meals during the trip

During a combined Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek, meal facilities primarily consist of teahouses and lodges that offer food and accommodation. So, teahouses along the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks typically provide a variety of meals, including local Nepali dishes, Tibetan cuisine, and some Western options like pasta, pancakes, soups, etc.

They have a variety of the meals but the menu choices might vary from place to place. Expect basic but nourishing meals that provide trekkers' energy needs. Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup), momos (dumplings), noodles, and soups are common.

Vegetarian meals are widely available and often recommended due to their easier digestion at higher altitudes. Meat items are also available along the trek but avoiding the meat items is highly recommended due to its not fresh.

We highly recommended that all trekkers carry some extra snacks, especially at higher altitudes where food options might be limited. Overall, while facilities might be basic, the warmth of the teahouse hosts and the experience of dining amidst the stunning Himalayan landscapes make for an unforgettable part of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Vs Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek are both renowned trekking routes in Nepal, offering incredible landscapes, cultural experiences, and challenges. However, they differ in several aspects:

Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Remote and Less Crowded: The Manaslu Circuit is more remote and less frequented compared to the Annapurna Circuit. It requires a special permit, and the number of trekkers allowed is regulated, contributing to a quieter and less crowded trail.
Cultural Diversity: The Manaslu region showcases diverse cultures, including Tibetan-influenced villages and Buddhist monasteries. Trekkers get to experience the unique lifestyle and traditions of various ethnic groups along the trail.
Natural Scenery: The trek offers stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest peak globally, and the surrounding Himalayan ranges. The landscape varies from lush forests to alpine meadows and High Mountain passes.
Challenges: The Manaslu Circuit trek involves higher altitudes, and some sections might be more challenging due to steep ascents and descents. Trekkers need to be prepared for the altitude and longer days of walking.
Larke La Pass: One of the highlights is crossing the Larke La Pass (5,106 meters/16752 feet), which is a challenging yet rewarding experience due to the high altitude and stunning panoramic views.

Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Accessibility and Development: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is more accessible and well-developed compared to the Manaslu Circuit. It has been a popular trekking route for decades, with better infrastructure, more teahouses, and facilities along the way.
Diverse Landscapes: The trek offers diverse landscapes, from lush forests to arid landscapes resembling Tibetan plateaus. Trekkers encounter varied terrain and experience changes in climate and vegetation.
Cultural Encounters: The Annapurna Circuit passes through diverse ethnic villages like Gurung, Magar, and Thakali, offering opportunities to interact with locals and experience their unique cultures.
Thorong La Pass: One of the highlights is crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/17,769 feet), which is a challenging yet rewarding experience due to the high altitude and stunning panoramic views.

Which One to Choose?

Manaslu Circuit: Ideal for trekkers seeking a quieter, less-traveled route with a focus on cultural immersion and remote landscapes.
Annapurna Circuit: Suitable for those who prefer a well-established trek with diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and a challenging high-altitude pass.

However, both treks offer unforgettable experiences, stunning views, and a chance to immerse oneself in the beauty of the Himalayas. The choice often depends on preferences for crowd levels, cultural encounters, and trekking challenges.
 

Client Reviews

Lorna Jo Nunwick

Lorna Jo Nunwick

United Kingdom

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits with hot springs and Poonhill

12th December, 2023

I have just finished 3 weeks trekking the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit with my guide Purna. From start to finish he attended to my every need - meeting me at the airport, helping with trek kit preparation, organizing transport, meals, accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara etc. He had excellent knowledge of each mountain area, as well as being a dab hand at cards of an evening! His brother Gita was a trusty porter and the two made a strong team.

November was the perfect time for trekking with clear blue skies everyday, though cold temperatures at night. Purna knew all the best teahouses. The accommodation and food were excellent every time considering the remote environment.

Being one to one with the guide meant I could tailor the trip to suit my needs and the itinerary was very flexible. Visiting the hot springs at Tatopani was a real treat after crossing Thorung La. The final stop at Poon Hill was very busy, but it's easy to see why when the views are so incredible.

Thanks High Pass Adventure for an amazing trip! Would recommend this company to other adventurers. Fantastic value for money and lovely people to share the experience with.
 

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