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!




8 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

  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 🙂