Manaslu Circuit Trek

hi i’m planning a trip to nepal in early march.
My name is David, i’m an experienced hiker and did 2 other treks during the last year.
i’m 31 years old and always happy to meet open minded people.

I was looking to do the manaslu circuit of 14 to 17 days and am hopping to form a small group of 2 to 4 person but no more than that.
It would be for the first week of march.

i’m still wondering if i should book before or on site (would have saved a lot of money, on site, in peru last year), so if you have experience on that subject feel free to share it!




23 replies
  1. Hi David, I plan on doing any of the trails in February. I’ve been to Nepal twice and the last time I was there (Which was in February this year), I did EBC trek without a guide or porter and prefer to do the same. Let me know if we can string something, would be interesting!


  2. Hi Abi,
    Cool! i asked a company if it was possible to climb the high passes in the manaslu circuit during mid-february.
    i’m willing to move my trekking dates according to when the circuit will be fully open.
    So i should have more information on that subject within a few days.

    I would love to do it without a guide too, but it is mandatory to hire a guide to do the manaslu circuit.
    I won’t be hiring a porter.

    what are your available dates ?
    i was also wondering if it would be better to simply just show up at a trekking office at kathmandu and book something there.
    What’s your opinion on that subject?

  3. Ah, such a shame that we can’t do a solo trek. I’m looking at February as that’s the only time I can get days off (Desk job, sigh) True, I think showing up at a trekking office will surely get us a much better deal.

  4. indeed!
    ok february would work for me too, i was actually planning on leaving at the beginning of the month, but i’m not sure if all the tea houses are open or if you can hike the higher passes.
    here’s the answer from the guide i’m in touch:
    “It can be done in mid-February but there can be huge pile of snow at the Larkya La pass and might get difficult to cross”

    therefore i wouldn’t mind leaving a few weeks later (end of february or beginning of march) if that would give me the full manaslu experience.
    pretty sure too we can get a better deal on site!
    i just don’t want to be stuck with a huge group, i’m sure you understand why if you’ve solo trekked before.

  5. February is not predictable at the high passes in my opinion. The himalayan regions have been witnessing some shift in weather pattern. I am planning to go but would prefer second half of march. Agency in KTM would be best to get info. Pls recommend names of agencies you may know for inquiry or support. Regards

  6. yes february is now out of the question, i was planning on starting the trek on march 2nd – 3rd.
    mid march would be too late for me.

    don’t know any agencies, i currently in touch with someone on the kimkim website.
    plus there seems to be a few good price here:

    still think it would be better to book on site, that would allow negotiation on the price

  7. Hi David– I am also planning on doing this hike the first part of March. I am 55, but I still can get around and prefer not to have a porter. I prefer to hike solo, but since this trek requires a guide, a small group is the next best thing. Scott

    • Hi Scott
      I am looking at Manaslu/Tsum valley in early March.. maybe after Holi in Kathmandu. I am a similar age (56) and, like yourself, prefer going solo.. However am keen to do this one and looking at the options.

  8. Hi Scott,
    age doesn’t matter if you are still in shape, i’ve been impressed quite a few times by experienced guys in there 50’s and pulling 30-40km/day (18.5-25mi/day)
    Cool, it sounds like the date could match!
    have you ever done backpacking treks before?

    this will be my 3rd long trek and i usually backpack 2-3 days in a row.
    i can pull between 15 to 20 km/day (10-13mi), i can sometimes go around 25km (15miles) but that’s stretching a bit too much.
    I hover between 3-7km/h (1.9-4.3mi/h) depending on the altitude.
    so i’d say i’m an average hiker/trekker
    what’s you average pace?

    let me know if you’re above that or not, that will allow me to have a feel of your level 🙂


  9. Hi David,

    Any updates on your plans?

    If you will start somewhere in March I’m very interested in joining. From what i read you risk some impassable passes in early March.

    The bookmundi link you show seems to offer full tours with western prices. I think we are more looking for just a guide that also arranges the restricted area permit. Although that might be hard to arrange that via the internet. I know there are many many many guides that are looking for work in March on the streets in Thamel, Kathmandu. I guess it’s possible for $20-$50/day for the whole group (although my experience there was 8 years ago in rain season).

    Are you also open for other treks if Manaslu doesnt work out? Treks in Eastern and Western Nepal also seem very nice (im stil to map exactly where guides are required and where not). Take a look at my profile and post with the 12th of March as a start date.


    • Hi Peter,
      i can’t settle on an actual date yet since i have been negociating with my bosses in order to be able to take my vacations.
      on the latest update i would probably go in april and won’t push it further than that because i don’t want to go to nepal or trekking during monsoon season.

      in fact i was hesitating between solo trekking the new annapurna circuit or manaslu because they are apparently both incredible and beautiful.
      but the road situation on annapurna circuit made me change my decision for manaslu.

      this will be my first trek in nepal, i just want to see it’s authentic beauty and culture.

      not exaclty interested bu EBC because it looks like there will be a lot of people on that trek.

      do you have any suggestion?

  10. Gentlemen, I am planning to do Manaslu from the 1st or 2nd of April 2017, I am a bit flexible with dates. I also intend to continue with Annapurna from Dharapani which is sort of exit for Manaslu. I am looking for colleagues to share permits as solo trekkers are not allowed by rules and said to be checked on the trail. I have posted my plan on the page and hope to bump with colleagues with similar situations. Regards Padam B Chuwan (Bhutan).

    • hello Padam,
      that could work for me since i plan on arriving to kathmandu somewhere around april 1st.
      i’ll have my official dates as soon as my project manager will come back from his christmas vacations.
      i should be able to give you a fix date somewhere in the coming week.

  11. Hello guys,

    I am planning to trek the Manaslu circuit. I prefer doing that in a small group with people who have a high fitness level. I will arrive on the 8th of April in Kathmandu. Please, let me know if there is a chance to join you.


    • hello Steffi,
      i will only have 4 weeks in nepal and will probably arrive in kathmandu around march 30th since my flight is on the 29th.

      like Padam i was hoping to start trekking on april 1st or 2nd.
      is there any way you could be in kathmandu earlier or is that a fixed date?

  12. Hey David, Are you still planning to do Manaslu beginning of March? I am going back and forth between this trek and doing abbreviated version of AC+ABC. I’m drawn to do the Manaslu because it is the least populated trail, but I’m drawn to the Annapurna region because of the various landscapes and beauty. Anyways, let me know.

    • Hello Marcella,
      I will be travelling to nepal in april instead.
      i’m pretty sure you could find a partner in this thread since i’ve had trouble fixing a date with the company i work with…

      how do you plan to connect AC and manaslu?
      Yesterday i was wondering if it would be more interesting to add a couple days in AC instead of spending time in kathmandu.

    • oh and poon hill seems nice too if you haven’t heard of it.

  13. Hey that’s awesome; April should be a little bit warmer and verdant I imagine. I was going to hike East to Dharapani to connect to the AC. It also looks like once in Dharapani the worst of the road is gone; connecting to the better part of the AC. But who knows. Ah, I am still torn on Manaslu….!
    Well, have fun in April; if I end up on this route I will let you know how it was 🙂

  14. yeah but apparently there is a bit more rain and the sky isn’t as blue as it will be in march.
    had to switch to april because my job wouldn’t let me leave in Feb/march.

    if you want you can also look for the new annapurna circuit trek, which apparently avoid all the roads.
    i think you can also connect manaslu and AC from manang.
    i’m actually drawn to that option, since i’m thinking of doing a 21 day trek instead of 17.

    Annapurna does seem to be more beautiful than manaslu (heartbreaking) but i’m more drawn to solitude than scenery.

    sure let me know!
    if you do it a month before me that will allow me to see if it’s worth switching trails from manang!

  15. Yeah, I feel ya! I am torn between both treks for the same reasons; I want access to solitude without compromising beauty.

    If you start to lean towards AC; google NATT guide and you’ll get the best resource for avoiding all the roads. This site won’t let me send you the link :/

    • I was thinking of NATT at first but changed my mind since there seems to be a lot of people on that trail.
      i also eat a lot and apparently the portions are small (for my appetite) on the AC.

      well if you live in oakland, you can always go in yosemite for solitude 😉
      went on an 8 days trek in september and saw 1-2 person a day from tuolumne meadows to lower ottoway lake

  16. Hi David
    I’m interested in trekking Manaslu, I’m flexible with dates and times for the trek and would like to form a group 2 max 4 possibly with a guide. I’ve previously trekked abc and the Everest region in 2014.
    I’m going Manaslu as I value the remote environment and solitude which is a challenge to find in other areas.
    If you are interested in trekking with me please get in touch. I’m leaving for Nepal around 17-20th March.
    Connie (31, Perth, Western Australia)