8 Days Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 8 Days   |   Trip Photos  |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 2-20 PAX
  • Max Elevation: 5,106 meters (16,752 ft)

8 Days Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating trekking adventure in the Himalayas that takes you on a circumnavigating journey to the magnificent base region of the eighth-highest peak in the world, Mt. Manaslu [8,163 meters/ 26,781 feet]. 8 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is a shorter version of that iconic Himalayan adventure designed especially for the trekking enthusiast with a short time on hand.

Despite its short nature, this classical trekking adventure doesn’t miss out on any experience when it comes to this remarkable exploration of the west-central prospects of the Himalayas. Trekking close to the Tibetan border in this exciting trekking experience, you will traverse across the restricted areas of both Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area.

Manaslu Circuit is popular for its unspoiled natural beauty and tranquil trekking route away from the mainstream crowd. So, if you are looking for an adventure to relish the true Himalayan ambiance, this is just the right package for you. Besides the astonishing natural allurement, this high Himalayan trek also introduces you to the charming Gurung, Magar, and Sherpa settlements influenced by the Buddhist culture.

Best Season for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Trek in November

For the most incredible experience during your Himalayan exploration, you should always go for the month with stable weather and clear visibility. Even though you can do the Short Manaslu Trek almost every season throughout the year, for the ultimate experience, the Spring and Autumn seasons are the top contenders.

Autumn season welcomes the mild temperatures, beautiful shades of the fall season, a festive vibe, and the most incredible views of the Himalayan vistas. Considered the number one season for the Himalayan trekking adventure, autumn is an all-time favorite for experienced trekkers who want to enjoy the true tranquility of the Himalayas. You will also steer away from the crowd of the peak spring season during your adventure in autumn.

As for the spring, this amazing season has a naturally enthralling trail that reflects the true magnificence of nature at its pinnacle. If you are into birdlife and wildlife exploration, spring is the season that brings out the best in the rich biodiversity of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Moreover, the breathtaking views of the pristine sparkling peaks across the blooming lush trail and birds chirping the tunes of adventure will make you feel like you have entered an enchanted land.

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Highlights

  • Traversing across the charming foothills of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters)
  • Exploring the protected areas of both Manaslu and Annapurna region
  • One of the challenging and charming high Himalayan passes, Larkya La Pass (5,213 meters)
  • The rich biodiversity of flora and fauna of Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Areas
  • The spiritual trail across monasteries, mani walls, Chortens, and praying flags
  • Spectacular views of the Himalayan gems like Manaslu, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung and Ganesh Himal
  • Serene and peaceful trail farther from the mainstream trekking crowd
  • Passing through the charming high Himalayan settlements, experiencing their unique culture, lifestyle, and hospitality

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu [1,400 meters] to Jagat [1,340 meters]

    Elevation Loss: 60 meters/ 196 feet

    Drive Duration: 8-9 hours

    You will leave Kathmandu valley to reach the Manaslu region on this day. Driving to the northwest of the capital valley, you will drive along the Trishuli and Marsyandghi Rivers to reach the Dhading Besi. The driving road ahead is a little bumpy as you leave the highway behind to reach Arughat, the beautiful village in the Manaslu region sitting on the opposite bank of the Budhi Gandaki River.

    Then, driving past the charming Gurung and Magar settlements, you will also leave Soti Khola and Machha Khola behind to reach Jagat. This is the entrance point of the Manaslu region’s restricted area. The amazing views of Tewa Himal, Lapuchen Shiringi Himal, and Lumbo Himal will greet you on your first night in the Himalayas.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Jagat
    • Altitude: 1,340 meters
  • Day 2 Trek from Jagat to Deng [2,130 meters]

    Elevation Gain: 790 meters/ 2,591 feet

    Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

    Your trekking route on this day will pass through Salleri. You will traverse across the charming farmland, waterfalls, rivers, and rocky ridge from Jagat to reach Salleri. From here, the trail descends toward Sirdibas, which offers stunning views of the Shiringi Himal. As you continue further with your trekking route, the valley gradually starts to widen. You will trek on the easy-going route as you push for Ghatte Khola.

    Then, you trek toward Philim and cross a suspension bridge to the north to reach Ekle Bhatti. During this day’s trek's last part, you will descend the grassy slopes and cross the Budhi Gandaki River. Following the charming trails on the banks of the river will lead you across the bamboo forest and seasonal stream before reaching Deng.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Deng
    • Altitude: 2,130 meters
  • Day 3 Trek from Deng to Namrung [2,630 meters]

    Elevation Gain: 500 meters/ 1,640 feet

    Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

    After breakfast, you will leave the Deng behind and follow the trail toward the Budhi Gandaki River. You will cross the river and move along the ascending route to reach Rana Gaon. Then, traversing across the diverse trail, you will follow the route toward the west to Budhi Gandaki Valley.

    This day’s trail will also take you across the charming small settlements, Chortens, mani walls, and praying flags. You will then arrive at the Buddhist village of Ghap, continuing with your ascending trail and enjoying the incredible views of Shiringi Himal you will trek past Prok Village.

    During the last leg, you will keep trekking alongside the Budhi Gandaki River and cross the several times. You will make a final ascend to a Buddhist Gompa and trek across a densely forested trail uphill to reach Namrung.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Namrung
    • Altitude: 2,630 meters
  • Day 4 Trek from Namrung to Samagaon [3,500 meters]

    Elevation Gain: 870 meters/ 2,854 feet

    Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

    Moving further in your Short Manaslu Circuit Trek route, today, you will reach the alpine altitude. Leaving Namrung behind, you will trek on the wide trail above the treeline with magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks like Ganesh Himal, Shiringi Himal, and Himalchuli.

    Continuing with your ascending trail, you will first reach the small Buddhist village of Lihi. From Lihi, you will make your descent toward the Simang Himal Valley. En route, you will be able to enjoy the picturesque view of the Ganesh Himal. Then, you will traverse across other charming highlights of this day’s trekking trail, like Sho, Lho, and Shyala Villages.

    From the vantage point of the Shyala, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Himalchuli, Manaslu, and Peak 29, as well as of the Ribung Gompa in the Lho Village. A short trekking distance up ahead will then take you to Samagaon.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Samagaon
    • Altitude: 3,500 meters
  • Day 5 Trek from Samagaun to Dharmasala [4,480 meters]

    Elevation Gain: 980 meters/ 3,215 feet

    Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

    Today, it will be a short but exciting day’s trekking experience. After breakfast, you will leave Samagaun behind and make your descent toward the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, crossing a wooden bridge over the Dudh Koshi, you will push for Larkya Bazaar.

    You will keep following the ascending trail across the mani walls and prayer flags and get closer to Larkya Glacier. During the last stretch of this day’s adventure, you will trek on the ridge of the Salkha Khola Valley to arrive at the stone guest house, Dharamshala, also known as Larkya La. From the hiking point at this resting destination before Larkya La Pass, you will be able to enjoy the picturesque view of Manaslu and Larkya Glacier.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Dharmasala
    • Altitude: 4,480 meters
  • Day 6 Trek to Bhimthang [3,720 meters] via Larkya La Pass [5,106 meters]

    Elevation Gain: 733 meters/ 2,404 feet

    Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

    The trekking trail on this day’s adventure will take you to one of the high and challenging Himalayan passes in the Manaslu region, Larkya La. After breakfast, you will leave Dharamsala and head toward the pass. You will trek across the glacial moraine and make your descent to a small lake to reach the base of the pass, trekking past the four frozen lakes.

    Then, trekking on the steep section of the pass, you will push for the top of the Larkya La. Although traversing over the pass can be physically demanding, from the top of Larkya La Pass, you will be rewarded with the panoramic views of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru Himal, Himlung Himal, Annapurna, Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

    After enjoying the heart-melting views from the top of Larkya La, you will then proceed to your descending journey. Climbing down from the west side of the pass, you will make you descend to the grassy moraine and head toward a small meadow. From here, the valley starts to widen, and trekking past large meadows and mani walls, you will reach Bhimthang.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Bhimthang
    • Altitude: 3,720 meters
  • Day 7 Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani [1,960 meters]

    Elevation Loss: 1,760 meters/ 5,774 feet

    Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

    This will be the final day of trekking in your Short Manaslu Trek. After breakfast, you will make your descent from high pastures to the basin of the Dudh Khola. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola, you will traverse across the rhododendron and oak forest.

    You will also trek past the beautiful villages of Karche, Gho, Tilje, and Thonje Villages before finally reaching Dharapani. From the resting destination on this day’s adventure, you will be able to enjoy the delightful views of the Manaslu and Annapurna that dominate the horizon.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodges
    • Place: Dharapani
    • Altitude: 1,960 meters
  • Day 8 Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu [1,400 meters] or Pokhara [823 meters]

    Elevation Loss: 1,137 meters/ 3,730 feet

    Drive Duration: 8-9 hours

    It's time to wrap up your remarkable Himalayan exploration; after breakfast, you will board a comfortable jeep for your return journey. This day’s scenic driving trail will move alongside the Marsyangdi River and pass beautiful highlights of the Annapurna region, like Bhulbhule, Khudi, and Besishar.

    From Besisahar, you will leave the bumpy trail behind and drive along the paved Prithvi Highway. Driving past the confluence of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers, vibrant settlements alongside the banks of the river, scenic waterfalls, and forested sections, you will reach Kathmandu.

    • Meals: Full Board (BLD)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1,400 meters

What to Expect

  • Airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide 
  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipment (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and insurance for guides and porters 
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Fresh fruits every night after dinner
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card
  • ACAP and MCAP entry permits
  • Special restricted area Manaslu permit
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with oximeter to measure your oxygen level daily
  • All government taxes and official expenses
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, down jacket, and walking poles for the trek
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • All the expenses of a personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
17 Jun, 2024 - 24 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 975
21 Jun, 2024 - 28 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUSD 975
28 Jun, 2024 - 05 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUSD 975
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Useful Information

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty

If you are keen on exploring the west-central prospects of the Nepali Himalayas, the short Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you on an exciting journey to the foothills of the Mansiri Himal range. The difficulty level of Manaslu Circuit is also mild, at a moderate level. So, even if you are just getting started with the high Himalayan adventures, this trek can be an exciting way to kick-start your epic quest.

The route in this Manaslu Circuit Nepal is also quite easygoing compared to other remote explorations. The only significant challenge in this classical Himalayan adventure is the Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters). But, as you acclimatize properly before taking on one of the high Himalayan passes in the Manaslu region, it won’t be as strenuous as you might imagine.

Similarly, in the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will traverse across a total trekking distance of about 177 km (110 miles). So, it is about 5-6 hours of slow-paced walking during each day of your exploration. You will be able to easily pull it off with a moderate amount of preparation.

As there are no acclimatization days, this short and sweet exploration might seem a little daunting. However, the trekking adventures in Nepal are meant for slow-paced walking. It means you will acclimatize as you move along with the daily exploration route. Furthermore, you don’t spend much time at elevations over 4,000- 5,000 meters, so the risk of altitude sickness is also significantly lower.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek 8 Days - Training and Preparation

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek 8 Days - Training and Preparation

When it comes to high-altitude adventures, physical prowess plays a vital role in determining the comfort and enjoyability scale. If you put in effort during the preparation part, you will be able to enjoy a more relaxed exploration later on.

The training period for the preparation of the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek should be somewhere between 4-6 weeks. You can allocate a few hours from your schedule to make the time for training. It will be most effective to do a self self-physical assessment and take guidance from a trainer or veteran guides to design a suitable plan.

Your overall strength level and stamina should be optimum if you will cover the trekking distance of about 5-6 hours. Furthermore, you will also need to be able to trek on the gradually ascending route carrying your daypack.

Recommended exercises for your trek:

Strength Training: Push up, pull up, deadlift, plank, goblet squat, wall pushup, overhead press, lateral raise, step up, bicep curl, etc

Stamina Training: Jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, jumping rope, rowing, lateral jump, powerwalking, etc

Accommodation, Food, and Beverages

Accommodation, Food, and Beverage during short manaslu circuit trek

8 Days Short Manaslu Circuit is a classical trekking route in the Himalayas. During this exhilarating exploration, you will spend 7 nightsat the teahouses in your trekking route. The accommodation services in this remote trail may not be as well-developed as the mainstream trekking routes. However, you will still be able to enjoy a moderate level of accommodation facility during your stay.

Most of the teahouses in this remarkable trekking region are run by the natives of the Manaslu region. During your trek, you will stay in a comfortable and warm room. There are mostly two to three beds in each room at the teahouses. In the lower region, there are Western-style bathrooms attached to your room. But, at the higher altitudes, the attached bathroom facilities and hot showers are pretty much limited.

Food

Nepal's diverse regional food menus are a major highlight of this incredible Himalayan adventure. During your everyday trekking adventure, you will be able to enjoy the delightful and tasty delicacies the Manaslu region has to offer. Not only are these dishes amazingly tongue-lingering, but also the ingredients used are super fresh and healthy.

During your Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of delicacies. From the diverse traditional dishes that represent different regions of the country to other Asian dishes and Western menus, the options are quite extensive.

Breakfast Menu: Bread, eggs, toast, jam, butter, teas, coffee, juice, muesli, paratha, pakoda, aalu chop, chapati, Tibetan bread, oats, pancake, pudding, etc

Lunch & Dinner Menu: Dal bhat tarkari, gundruk, dhido, chowmein, momo, shyaphale, thukpa, tingmo, riki kur, yak steak, spaghetti, pasta, pizza, sandwich, etc

Beverages

Like the food prospects of this Himalayan exploration, the beverage range is also quite diversified. From traditional warm beverages, juice, and alcohol to canned cold drinks and branded liquor, you can pretty much drink anything you want.

Still, you have to be careful while consuming alcoholic drinks; drink in moderation, or don’t consume alcohol at all. Having alcohol in your system can complicate the acclimatization process, and it is quite risky as well, trekking at high altitudes under the influence of alcohol.

On the other hand, you should drink an adequate amount of drinking water to acclimatize effectively and to maximize your comfort level during the long hours of trek. The recommended volume of water for a high-altitude trek is about 3 to 4 liters per day.

We don’t recommend buying mineral water bottles at the teahouses due to environmental hazard reasons. There are stations along the trekking route with safe drinking water sources. You can fill your bottles at these stations as you move along with your everyday journey.

Just don't forget to purify them using the purification solutions. You will also be able to buy boiled and filtered water from the teahouses enroute, which can cost around US$ 1 to US$ 2 per pot.

    Packing Checklist

    Packing Checklist short manaslu circuit trek

    You must make the arrangements to deal with the different climatic conditions along your trekking route. The lower trails in the autumn and spring seasons are generally warm and you will be able to trek even with light clothes.

    However, dealing with the alpine altitudes can be a little tricky. You never know when you might have to deal with the chilly nights. Furthermore, you will also require gear and equipment to deal with the long hours of trekking and remoteness of the region while at the same time taking care of your personal hygiene.

    Here are some of our recommendations for the Manaslu circuit that you can use for reference:

    For Body

    • Sun hat, scarf
    • Knitted hat, woolen hat, beanie
    • Neck gaiter
    • Light waterproof gloves, woolen winter gloves
    • Light t-shirts, half shirt, long sleeve shirt
    • Thermal vest
    • Waterproof/windproof jacket
    • Down jacket
    • Hiking shorts, cotton pants, light trousers
    • Heavy trousers, waterproof/windproof trousers
    • Several pairs of undergarments

    For Feet

    • Sports/ trainer shoes
    • Trekking boots
    • Ankle support
    • socks (several pairs and different thickness levels)
    • Waterproof gaiter
    • Crocks, sandals, slippers

    Personal Hygiene

    • Hand sanitizer
    • Soap, shampoo, conditioner
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste
    • Quick dry towel
    • Napkin, wet wipes, toilet paper
    • Small mirror
    • Nail clipper
    • Foot powder
    • Insect repellant
    • Sun protection cream
    • Lotion, lip care
    • Personal medications
    • Water purification solution/tablets

    Gear/Accessories

    • Headlamp (bring an extra pair of batteries)
    • Trekking poles
    • Backpack/daypack
    • Duffle bag
    • Packing sack
    • Sleeping bag
    • Binoculars, camera
    • Thermos flask
    • Magazines, journal
    • Notebook, pen
    • Portable first aid kit

    Is This Trek Suitable for You?

    Is short manaslu circuitTrek 8 days Suitable for You

    This short exploration of the west-central part of the Himalayas is definitely a wonderful adventure. But, what makes this Himalayan trekking adventure even more exciting is that anyone can do this trek. If you have a basic level of physical fitness and good health conditions, you are more than just qualified to do this trek.

    The success rate of this exhilarating adventure is 98% to 100%. That pretty much defines the overall difficulty level of this remarkable adventure. In its trekking history, even children under the age of 10 and trekkers older than 70 have completed this short-circuit trek.

    You will also face a moderate level of challenges in this trek compared to other high-altitude remote explorations. This trekking adventure is close to and crosses the mainstream route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, the services and amenities along the trail are on the moderate and well-developed side compared to the isolated regions.

    Safety

    Your Short Manaslu Circuit Trek will be led by a government-certified and trained guide with relevant years of experience. Our guides have also received training for high altitude response by the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).

    The safety and well-being of our guests are our top priority. During the trek, your leader will evaluate your physical condition and oxygen saturation every day. Our head office located in Kathmandu will receive data on your location and your health conditions every day.

    If you are wondering about what happens in case of sickness during your trek, your guide will take proper measures and coordinate with the head office for the next step. If the condition is minor, the trekkers are transferred to the nearby health facilities.

    However, in case of emergencies, a helicopter rescue operation is initiated. We can also arrange supplementary oxygen bottles if the trekkers feel like they might need them at higher altitudes.

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    Permits

    You will need four permits to explore the charming trails of the Manaslu Circuit.

    • Restricted Area Permit (RAP)
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

    The permit needed for the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a little high in number as you will traverse several restricted areas during your exploration. The region between Jagat and Dharapani is designated as a special restricted area as it sits near the Tibetan border. To get the Restricted Area Permit (RAP), you will have to pay US$ 100 (December to August) and US$ 75 (September to November) for the first week.

    Similarly, the cost of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is US$ 30 for foreign trekkers and US$ 10 (Approx. NPR 1,000) for SAARC Nationals. You will also enter the Annapurna Conservation Area during in Dharapani to Besisahar route. So, you will need to get the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) as well, which costs approximately US$ 10 for the citizens of SAARC nations and US$ 30 for other nationals.

    Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card is another mandatory permit in this high-altitude adventure. This card helps the authorities to keep track of the entry points and ensure the safety of the trekkers with quick responses in case of any mishaps. The cost of a TIMS Card for foreign trekkers is US$ 17, and NPR 1,000 for the SAARC country citizens.

    Electricity and Internet

    The lower trails in the Manaslu Circuit have sufficient electricity facilities. You can charge your devices easily at the teahouses for some extra cost. However, the high altitudes are more dependent on solar power as electricity isn’t available all the way to the top.

    So, it will be best if you pack power banks and solar chargers for your adventures. This way, you won’t have to worry about your devices running out of battery.

    As for the internet connection, the local networks like Ncell and NTC are not reliable throughout the region. You can use the Wi-Fi card for the internet connection where the mobile network has no coverage. The teahouses in the lower region also provide wifi services, and you can connect to the network by paying a little extra.

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