Manaslu Circuit Trek

Hi, I’m an experienced hiker/trekker from Irleand, but I’ve lived near the Alps for 11 years. I arrive in KTM on Friday April 1st and its my intention to do the Manaslu circuit, departing Kathmandu on Monday or Tuesday the 4th/5th of April. I have a guide organised in Katmandu but obviously there needs to be more than 1 person in order to get the permits. I don’t want to race around the route but enjoy it and take it all in. My only criteria is that I’m back in Kathmandu for my flight out on April 25th.

I’ve arranged a guide (+porter) but I need at least one more person. This is what he offers:

15 days Manaslu trek
Day 01 : Drive to Arughat (640 m) 5 hours
Day 02 : Trek to Soti Khola (775 m) 6 hours
Day 03 : Trek to Machha Khola (900 m) 5 hours 30 minutes
Day 04 : Trek to Jagat (1340 m)6 hours
Day 05 : Trek to Deng (2310 m) 6 hours
Day 06 : Trek to Namrung (2580 m)6 hours
Day 07 :Trek to Samagaon (3500 m) 6 hours
Day 08 : Acclimatization and Rest Day in Samagaonn/a
Day 09 : Trek to Samdo (3800 m) 6 hours
Day 10 : Trek to Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4400 m)5 hours
Day 11 : Cross Larkya La (5135 m) and trek to Bimtang (3590 m) 10 hours
Day 12: Rest day
Day 13 : Trek to Tilje (1900 m) 5 hours
Day 14 :Trek to Dharapani and Drive to Besi Shahar (835 m) 6 hours
Day 15 : Drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara (1300 m)5 hours.

Price:

Per day per person US $ 70 x 15 days = US $1050 x 2 persons = US $ 2100

Total = US $ 2100 for 2 persons.

Price include;

Kathmandu to Arughat and Besi Shahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara by bus, Annapurna conservation area permit, Manaslu permit, Manaslu permit, One Professional Trekking guide and one porter (one porter can carry 20 kilo of luggage and share between yours), Insurance for the trekking staffs, Accommodation on a normal tea house lodge during trek. During the trekking all meals in tea house as per itinerary, First aid kit for trekking staffs, Good equipment for your guide and porter to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes), All government tax.

Price Excluded;

Your personal equipments such as good down jacket and down sleeping bags -20 degrees, good suck, glove, hat, sunglass, sun lotion and good trekking shoes, Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer), Tips for driver, guide & porter, your personal travel insurance, Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.

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Ireland

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  1. Hi Brian,

    I am also planning to be in Nepal from early April to May 5. I was originally planning to do the Manaslu Circuit but looked at pics of Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp and got sidetracked by the landscapes! Anyways, I’m still undecided and could probably be persuaded either way. I have done quite a bit of hiking in NZ, Australia and guided things to Kilimanjaro and Peru but I’ve never been to Nepal before. How did you come across your guide?

    Cheers,
    Lauren

    • Hi Lauren,

      I will arrive in KTM on 30th March, and am looking at doing Manaslu. I’ve been to Nepal before, long time ago, and looking forward to some more trekking.
      Are you still looking for buddies? I was also looking at going to Gokyo-went there last time and it is incredibky beautiful!
      hope to hear from you soon>

      Cheers

      Jen

  2. Hi Brian,
    I’d like to do Manaslu and Tsum valley around that time as well. Were you planning on doing Tsum valley? I did the Langtang trek last year and loved it. This will be quite a bit longer. I’ve been volunteering in Nepal for 6+ months and am here now, looking to take a break from volunteering and do a nice long trek.

  3. Hi guys,
    I have a guide potentially organised through a company in KTM. 850USD for 15 nights. I had arranged it after I didn’t get much initial response. I had another guide privately organised but I will go back to him now and ask if you are interested.

    I would plan on Manaslu only, I don’t think I have time to do Tsum Valley…

  4. Hi Brian,
    Okay thank you, I really want to do Tsum valley as well so it would take 22 days total- very tight for you to get back to Kathmandu. 850US is too much for a guide for 15 days. A guide costs $20-25US per day: this includes their lodging, food, and insurance. You pay for their days of travel to the trek. If you walk into any trekking company in Kathmandu this is how much they will charge. I think they always charge people more when they book from outside Nepal.

    • Hi Brian,
      If not planned check out my trek that I’ve found it does the manasalu plus more.

    • Hey, it’s 1100 including accommodation, food, permits, guide and travel costs.
      Shame I think it might be too long for the time that you’re in nepal for!

  5. unfortunately, time is against me. I’m in Nepal from April 1st to April 25th.

    • How much is your guide per day ?

  6. I had a company offer of 850USD (which included everything inc airport pick ups) as I coudn’t get a second person for my private guide. he didn’t make any plans. I can ask him to see what his daily rate is.

  7. Brian they are definitely charging you for 2 permits then, since they must submit 2 permits (2 people is mandatory for Manaslu). That’s $190. I have been emailing Manaslu Circuit Trek, they were recommended by a friend who did Manaslu last year, and they charge $20. So I will probably go with them if that interests you. I’m still unsure if I’ll do Tsum or not, it’s a lot of trekking…Manaslu might very well be enough!

    • I’d be up for that! I won’t have time for Tsum Valley though.

    • what are your dates/plan? I’ve just mailed them…

    • Hey both, do you mind to keep me posted as well? Sounds interesting. I won’t likely be able to arrive in KTM until the 4th, however. I will be in Nepal until the 3rd of May though so pretty flexible on the length of trek.

    • Hi everyone, I am also interested in doing the Manaslu Trek. I’m planning on arriving in Kathmandu in late March and leaving late April, but am very flexible on my departure dates. I’m interested in Tsum Valley, but also could go without it as this will be my first time in Nepal. I have lots of experience hiking in Canada, however I have never done a trek this length before.

    • @heather, let me know if you are interested in Manaslu only. I would like to do Tsum, but I’ve a flight out of KTM on April 25th.

  8. To be clear they charge $20/day for the guide. Manaslucircuittrek.com

    • Hi Kiri…

      This the info I got from the company you recommended:
      —————————————————–
      Before we send you a offer, can you let us know whether you need a porter or not? Also, we cannot issue individual permit. However we can try but not sure and this will cost additional USD 50 for Manaslu Restricted Permit.

      We recommend 14 days trek, and this includes two rest days as well. For 14 days if you are single your cost will be USD 582. This includes:

      1. Kathmandu to Soti Khola by local bus
      2. All necessary trekking permits
      3. Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu by local bus
      4. Guide for fourteen days

      You have to pay your own meals and accommodation. Also, the local ride in between Dharapani and Beshi Sahar you have to pay for both guide and porter. Let us know if you have friend who is interested in joining the trip with, we will recalculate the price again.
      ———————————-
      Price is quite different to what you are saying…..40usd per day for guide only

  9. Brian I’m pretty flexible on when I start trekking as I’m already in Nepal and I’ll be here until June. Ideally I’d like to start first week of April. I got a different price quote but I also asked for a 22 day trek including Tsum valley. I inquired about the breakdown in price and they said it was about $180 for a single permit (which is half the price if you travel with more people), $20/day for the guide, plus buses…personally, I’d rather agree to the daily rate, and give them the money for the permit, but pay the guide directly since you don’t know exactly how many days you’re going to trek. It’s what I did last time here.

    • Food and accommodation has to be factored in too…

  10. Update: Price includes porter.
    15 days Manaslu trek
    Day 01 : Drive to Arughat (640 m) 5 hours
    Day 02 : Trek to Soti Khola (775 m) 6 hours
    Day 03 : Trek to Machha Khola (900 m) 5 hours 30 minutes
    Day 04 : Trek to Jagat (1340 m)6 hours
    Day 05 : Trek to Deng (2310 m) 6 hours
    Day 06 : Trek to Namrung (2580 m)6 hours
    Day 07 :Trek to Samagaon (3500 m) 6 hours
    Day 08 : Acclimatization and Rest Day in Samagaonn/a
    Day 09 : Trek to Samdo (3800 m) 6 hours
    Day 10 : Trek to Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4400 m)5 hours
    Day 11 : Cross Larkya La (5135 m) and trek to Bimtang (3590 m) 10 hours
    Day 12: Rest day
    Day 13 : Trek to Tilje (1900 m) 5 hours
    Day 14 :Trek to Dharapani and Drive to Besi Shahar (835 m) 6 hours
    Day 15 : Drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara (1300 m)5 hours.

    Price:

    Per day per person US $ 70 x 15 days = US $1050 x 2 persons = US $ 2100

    Total = US $ 2100 for 2 persons.

    Price include;

    Kathmandu to Arughat and Besi Shahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara by bus, Annapurna conservation area permit, Manaslu permit, Manaslu permit, One Professional Trekking guide and one porter (one porter can carry 20 kilo of luggage and share between yours), Insurance for the trekking staffs, Accommodation on a normal tea house lodge during trek. During the trekking all meals in tea house as per itinerary, First aid kit for trekking staffs, Good equipment for your guide and porter to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes), All government tax.

    Price Excluded;

    Your personal equipments such as good down jacket and down sleeping bags -20 degrees, good suck, glove, hat, sunglass, sun lotion and good trekking shoes, Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer), Tips for driver, guide & porter, your personal travel insurance, Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.

  11. Hi Brian,
    My friend is joining me but she has to start the trek on March 29th so we won’t be able to go with you. We will be using Manslu Circuit Trek and paying for just the guide and the permits.

    • Hi Kiri,
      I like the idea you’require planning to do this trek and 29th is also good for me as a start day. I arrived to Kathmandu yesterday and looking for someone to do the trek with, so I can lower the costs and get necessary permits. Not to mention good company you can chat with from time to time. After Manaslu am planning to continue on AC and then ABC. Are you guys looking for someone to join your team or you prefer to do it with your friend only? Cheers

  12. Hello Brian, Kiri and Lauren,

    I am seeking trekking travel in Nepal for April and wondering if you are still looking for partners? I can get to KTM by April 1 and stay for about four weeks. Time is slipping by and I have not made a decision yet! Manaslu-Tsum tops my list, but there is the hurdle of permit & getting a guide.

    I am well-traveled and a veteran climber, so am fit and well accustomed to the outdoors. My interest this time is more cultural and portrait-photographic… I would like to pass thru villages and absorb life for a Nepalese. I think that means to find an ecosystem low enough where people live year-around and for this season, but still avoid April’s lowland heat.

    I’m happy to carry a pack with camping gear, but thinking homestays/teahouses are preferred so I am not isolated from people, and also logistically simpler. However if some camping is required, I’ll go get one of those ultralight tents and throw it in. I pack very simply except when it comes to cameras.

    I have been to Nepal only once for three weeks in May 2011: the first part I spent in the jungle taking some photos for a conservation effort north of Taplejung, the second part inaugurating a school a former girlfriend funded in Bardia and the last five days was somewhat an speedy visit to Annapurna from Beshi Nagar to Jomson.

    Cheers,
    Ralph E Burns

    • Hi Ralph, you can see my itinerary…it’s all teahouses, leaving KTM on Monday the 4th. I have a guide organised, I just need to give him the go ahead once I have one or 2 more people. Let me know if you’re interested.

  13. Hi Brian – Got it; let me sleep on it please. Question: who is your guide? Does he have any web presence for me to read?

    • He comes recommended from some people who used him 3 years ago. He organises the guide and porter and all the accommodation. It’s a personal contact. https://plus.google.com/109038168491282164323/about

    • Thanks Brian – I realize that you are skipping Tsum, which is reputed to be the highlight. Any chance you would consider stretching to include this? I realize that you need to fly out from KTM on April 25th and didn’t want any rush. I could arrive to KTM on April 2 or 3, and here is a 16 to 20-day itinerary:
      http://manaslucircuittrek.com/manaslu-trek-itinerary/manaslu-and-tsum-valley-trek-20-day-itinerary/

    • Hi Ralph, I’m interested in the Manaslu/Tsum Valley Trek and there may be another individual too. Also, here is an itinerary I received from NOA which may be of interest. http://www.trekkingpartners.com/requests/tsum-valley-trek-3/. It doesn’t have to be with them and it can likely be modified, but it’s an option. Please let me know if any plans develop with y’all that I may join in on or if you’re interested in the above company. Thanks!

  14. Hello Trekking people –

    I am set to start the trek with one partner departing Kathmandu for Arughat on the morning of March 30th. Does anyone want to share a hired jeep instead of taking the public bus? The jeep is $180USD, and some can carry six or seven people.

    Thanks, Ralph

  15. Hi Brian. Not sure if you hace sorted this but if not you could join US. We are a Group of 2, Mexican and an Irish. We have already booked our trip to Manaslu ct. We are doing three weeks combining Manaslu (14 days)+ Annapurna ct(7 days of the best part). You could join us by contacting directly Alternative Nepal. They are looking for more people to join us so we can split the guide cost.

    -Guide: $35per day per group (not per person)
    – Porter: $20 per day (you would need your own)
    – Permits: $10 per day

    Food, accommodation and insurance of the porters and guide is already included in the price.

    For our personal accommodation and lodging they told us to budget for $30per day per person including water. This is a safe budget so it can be less. Since we need to be prepared with cash they told us to budget for that (we pay as we go).
    Our guide is a Sherpa recommended by a friend of mine and we have already met him. He is great.

    We’ll meet in Arughat on the night of April 6th to start trekking on the 7th. You can leave from Kathmandu or Pokhara. We will be leaving from Pokhara but our guide from Kathmandu.

    Once we have entered the Annapurna Ct you can take a jeep down anytime to make your flight. Not sure if this will fit your schedule.

    Shoot them an email if you want. They respond fast. http://Www.alternativeNepal.com
    We are already in Nepal so arranged it directly with them.

    Mention our names, Giovanna and Tommy.

    Cheers!

  16. Hi All,

    I have been in contact with Brian about the trek and he has since cancelled his trip to Nepal due to a tragic accident with with brother while traveling in Guatemala. He cannot access this page as he is there with his brother now and he asked me to post. Below is an article about his brother. I think it will resonate with all of us who love to travel and trek. Be safe out there!

    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/25000-raised-for-young-irish-man-left-in-coma-after-fall-on-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-guatemala-34574729.html

    Thanks,
    Lauren