Manaslu Circuit Trek

Returning to Nepal in April/May to do the Manaslu Circuit before heading to the Everest region for the three passes.
I have already done this trek 12 months ago and are very familiar with it already. Plan is to do it in 14 days including acclimatisation at Samaguan (3400m). Days 1 and 14 are drive days so 12 days of actual trekking. I will be going with my Sherpa friend as a guide who has guided me before.
Could probably do it unguided but I like the idea of a bit more company and someone who knows the terrain, the language and the lodges everywhere.
I am looking for a couple more people to join. me on this trek and share the cost of our guide.

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  1. Hi Harley,

    I am looking to do this same trek during a similar time frame. I have never been to Nepal, but love to hike. I am from the USA and am currently backpacking NZ at the moment. Let me know if you are still looking for others tot join your trek.

    -Shannon

    • Hey Shannon, yeah I’d be keen to trek together if the dates line up. Don’t think it’s an issue having never been to Nepal, I was in that situation 12 months ago and prepared by doing a couple of treks in NZ too. Only real difference is the altitude which affects everyone differently. It’s an amazing trek!

  2. Hi Harley, I’m interested in doing Manaslu around this time, and was just wondering how fixed your start date is?
    I’m from UK and have lots of experience hiking/ great outdoors from fieldwork.

    Would you mind telling me a little bit more about the guide you know as well?
    Your plans sound great!
    Cheers,
    Alex

  3. Hi Alex, nice to hear from you. My start date is very fixed as my flights are booked in and out of KTM. I am arriving in Kathmandu late on the 29th April, spend the 30th getting supplies in town and then heading to Soti Khola on the 1st of May to start the trek. We would be trekking from the 2nd – 12th May inclusive, getting a jeep from Dharepani to Besi Sehar on the 13th and returning to KTM on the 14th, which again is pretty fixed as I have a flight to Lukla on the 15th to do the 3 passes trek. The Manaslu itinerary is based on my experience trekking an extended version of the circuit last year.. I loved it so much I am coming back to do it again… I have planned for one acclimatisation day in Samaguan (around 3500m), otherwise all days are trekking days. There are a couple of long days, especially coming down the mountain after larkye pass, but we will be well conditioned by that point and I found it no problem last year. My sherpa guide (Furaa) is awesome, he speaks Hindi and Tibetan, knows all the tea houses and is great fun on the trail. Although I could do this unguided I really enjoyed his company and the connection that he brings to the locals so I’m happy to have him guide me again. His price is very reasonable as are the costs of lodging and food along the trail. If this interests you, I can message you a detailed itinerary.. Hope this helps! Harley

    • Hi Harley,
      I’m looking for doing this trek in the same dates (arriving on Friday 27 in Katmandu and leaving on May 15). Are you still looking for people to join you?
      Let me know!

  4. Just for clarification, I thought that it was not permitted to do this trek without a guide…

    • Ive done it guided before and will be this time too but I saw some small groups on the trail doing it solo. Its not permitted to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area without permits though, which can be organised in Kathmandu

  5. Hi Harley,

    Your plan sounds great! Are you still looking for companions to join you on the trip? I’m interested in doing Manaslu trek as well and also very flexible with the dates. I’m a student from Germany and have much hiking experience back in Europe. It will be my first trip to Nepal though, so I’m quite happy with your idea of going with a guide.

    Let me know if you’re interested in going together!
    Lukas

    • Hello Lukas,
      I am looking for partners to share the cost of a guide, do If you are still planning to trek the Manaslu circuit, just let me know, I’ll arrive in Katmandu on May 2nd and intend to set off asap.
      Cheers,
      Claude

  6. Hi Harley and everyone,

    I’m also very keen to join this trek. I will be arriving in Kathmandu late on Sunday 29th April.

    I’ve done EBC in 2014 and AC in 2016 independently, but very keen to do this one in a group and with a guide.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Cam

    • Hi Cameron,
      I am looking for partners to share the cost of a guide on the Manaslu circuit, so if you still intend to trek the Manaslu circuit, we could team up. I’ll arrive in Katmandu early morning on May 2nd, a little bit later than you then.
      I did the 3 passes of Everest independently in April-May 2014, and would like to combine the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit this year.
      Hope to hear from you,
      Claude

  7. Hi Harley,

    Are you still looking for people? I get to Nepal at the end of April and am very keen on manaslu on a shoestring.

    Cheers,
    Aaron

    • Hi Aaron,
      I am looking for partners to share the cost of a guide on the Manaslu circuit, so if you still intend to trek the Manaslu circuit, we could team up. I’ll arrive in Katmandu early morning on May 2nd, a little bit later than you if I read your message correctly.
      I did the 3 passes of Everest independently in April-May 2014, and would like to combine the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit this year.
      Hope to hear from you,
      Claude

  8. Hi Aaron, I am still interested in putting a small group together; I arrive on 29 April. Would that work for you? Cam

    • Hi Aaron and Cameron, apologies for the delay. I have convinced my best friend from home to join me in Nepal so for this trek I am no longer looking to put a group together. But in saying that, it would probably work out well if you guys make your own group? I am in regular contact with my guide so I could ask him if he knows another guide to connect you with if that helps. They can organise permits etc too before you arrive. Maybe see you on the trail! Cheers, Harley

  9. Hi Harley, Thanks for the reply and offer of help.

    Aaron – I’ve decided to shell out for an Upper Dolpo trek instead, so gonna pull out of this one.

    Have a fantastic time everyone.

    Cam

  10. Hello everyone,

    I am also considering taking this trek in the similar time frame, i.e. around 30 april from Katmandu, around 2 weeks or little less. May I join someone? Harley? Cameron? I am perfectly willing to travel more or less independently if your group is full, what I need is a permit, good company would be a bonus, of course. I do not need a porter or a guide.

    I have done several treks in Nepal, including 3 passes near the Everest base camp and Anapurna circuit. I also climbed 2 mountains in Nepal – one trekking peak in the Annapourna sanctuary and 7000-der in the Phu valley.

    • Hi, Yury! Are you still planning to do Manaslu? I am looking for someone to get a permit with (min group is 2 people). I’ll be getting it via a reliable and honest agency. Pls, let me know what are you up to.

  11. Hello everyone,
    I read Yuri’s reply to Harley’s post regarding the Manaslu Circuit trek.
    I too am looking for a group of people or other individuals intending to complete this trek. But let me tell you about my plans.
    I’ll be arriving in Katmandu on May 2nd. So far, my plan is to cover the Manaslu circuit trek, and go on with the Annapurna circuit trek and, if possible, explore some of the side trips of the Marsyangdi Khola valley (Nar-Phu and/or Tilicho) and finish the trek in Jomsom.
    In 2014, for my first trip in Nepal, I completed the Everest three passes trek (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La) on my own, starting from Jiri on order to discover Nepal and get proper acclimatization. All in all, it was a 26-day exhilarating trekking experience, Something I will never forget.
    As there are no restrictions on the Annapurna circuit, i plan to trek just on my own. But as the Manaslu circuit seems to require a guide and a specific permit, I’m just looking for someone else to share the cost of the guide from the trailhead to Dharapani where the Annapurna circuit is joined.
    Would someone be interested in sharing this venture with me?
    Thanks for your answers.

  12. Hey All, I’ll be landing in KTM on the 22nd and have mostly similar plans. Let me know if you fancy meeting up and join forces

    • Hi Taman,
      I am looking for partners to share the cost of a guide on the Manaslu circuit, so if you still intend to trek the Manaslu circuit, we could team up. I’ll arrive in Katmandu early morning on May 2nd, so it seems quite late considering your schedule.
      I did the 3 passes of Everest independently in April-May 2014, and would like to combine the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit this year.
      Let me know if you think we can pool together for the Manaslu circuit.
      Cheers,
      Claude

  13. Hello Harley,
    I plan to do the Manaslu circuit trek at the start of May, and I’m also looking for partners to share the cost of à guide.
    I’ll arrive in Katmandu on May 2nd, and would like to set off asap.
    Would that fit your timeframe? I’m not sure I read any dates in your message…
    To tell you a little bit more about me, I came to Nepal in 2014, and trekked the three passes in the Everest Valley, starting from Jiri, without a guide or porters. It was a tremendous experience !
    Thanks in in advance for your answer.
    Claude

  14. Hey Claude,

    I’ll be arriving in KTM tonight, shall be starting with EBC plus Gokyo (or some variation) around 25-26th April. And then do the Annapurna or Manaslu

    I guess that doesn’t suit with your plans, yet let me know if you fancy meeting up for a beer. Cheers!