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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Questions frequently asked

Who is the Manaslu Trek for?

Who would enjoy the Manaslu Trek? Probably most people would enjoy the trek but especially those who are interested in culture, want to get away from the crowds and commercialisation of other treks, and are happy to compromise on comforts to experience authentic Nepal. For those who realise they missed the Annapurna Circuit Trek in it’s golden age will love this trek.

What permits do I need for the Manaslu Trek?

  1. Restricted Area Permit: US$ 70 per week (was $50 in 2011) + $10 per day extra.  First check is at Jagat and last check Dharapani. You’ll probably need more than 7 days to get from place to place.
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) per: US$10mit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)

1. must be organised through a registered trekking agent. 2 & 3 you can get yourself from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu, but much less headache to let your agent arrange. Note, the TIMS card is not required when you purchase a restricted area permit.

You’ll need to provide 4 passport photographs.

Because of the Restricted Area Permit, the Government of Nepal can track how many trekkers a company is sending to these areas, estimate the number of staff sent with them and the approximate income to the trekking company and then tax accordingly. Hence few companies will offer permit only without a guide (which is anyhow obligatory).

How much does the Manaslu Trek cost?

See this post:

…except for Dharmasala expect 250npr per bed max. and here is a menu from 2010 lower area Machakhola Samagaon

As mentioned above, the permit costs per person are Rs 4000 for MCAP and ACAP plus US$70 per week for the restricted area (Jagat to Dharapani).

A guide can cost upwards of $15 per day, a porter upwards of $10 per day (very approximate) and they normally manage their own food and accommodation.

Food and accommodation are usually combined in the bill and can cost anywhere from Rs. 1000 at lower altitudes and up to Rs. 2000+ at Larkya Phedi.

See the right column for the current exchange rate.

You don’t need to fly to reach this trek. Buses are not expensive to Gorkha or Dading Besi > Arughat, around the Rs 500 mark. Returning from Besi Sahar is similarly priced. Jeeps running to Besi Sahar can cost around Rs 500 per ‘section’ and it means you can spend Rs. 1000 or so to speed your journey from Dharapani these days (spring 2013).

Can I trek the Manaslu Trek independently / alone?

According to the rules, you must trek as a group of at least two and be accompanied by a registered guide.

People often buy an extra permit for a “ghost trekker” and then go alone with their guide. To do this you need a real passport from a real (foreign) person.

Is the Manaslu Trek difficult?

Below the main picture on this page Jamie McGuinness explains:

Note: The Lonely Planet guide book describes the Manaslu trek as tougher than most, but this is now wrong. There have been new trails put in that significantly reduce the climbing involved and reduce the exposure. The trails are now wide and good unlike in Tilman’s time (1950) where in one part the trail was a few narrow planks resting on branches that had been hammered into cracks in the rock!

While some of the trails are fantastically airy, high above the Budi Gandaki river, the trails are perfect for trekking. You should be fit as there is lots of up and down, but there is nothing too extreme on this trek. Just take it easy on the decent from the pass.

What is this website about? What is it for?

For many years camping groups have passed along this route bringing their funny yellow and orange tents, bringing and cooking their own food, all carried by a crew not from that area, taking pictures and moving on. They had little choice as there was little or no usable accommodation. The locals benefited very little from this tourism. In the last two years, this has changed and their are now enough tea-houses to be able to travel without a tent. The key was the night below the pass at Larkya Phedi (Dharamsala) which was a cold night’s camp, which is now a basic but clean, warm lodge with 64 beds and good food.

On the other hand, there is the hand of progress in the form of bulldozers bringing roads. It is not sure when roads will appear in this area, but given the eating of the Annapurna Circuit, it won’t be many years.

So now the locals of Nubri have a good chance to benefit from tourism and they need to do it quickly as possible (not least because its an extraordinarily tough life up there) and for this to happen everybody needs to know that it is there, that it is a tea-house trek, that it is not so very costly to do, that it is a fabulously beautiful area, that their tea-house trek will make a difference to the locals and that you don’t have to wait until October to do it.

Agree or disagree? – please add your comments below!

When it is most busy?

This data could be suspect as the data for Mustang given in the MoTCA source document is identical month by month. It is likely it is correct, as Mustang has Teeji Festival which falls in the spring when a lot of people go. But you can see October is very busy, which seems a little bit crazy when you think that November and December can be fine too.

Which month is the Manaslu trek most busy?

According to the data, the trek is becoming more popular by the year.

Number of visitors to Manaslu per year

How busy is the Manaslu Circuit trek compared to the Annapurna Circuit trek?

It’s anecdotal evidence, but the Annapurna circuit sees around 10,000+ trekkers per year (it was 65,000 in 1995!) compared to Manaslu’s 2,000. This information only really affects you if you trek in October, as most other months are quiet.

Why is tea-house trekking better than camping?

It’s totally up to you which you prefer doing!

  • Better for the local economy & better for you – in a lodge there is more local interaction, warmer, snugger and you are bringing money and jobs into the area. A small amount it may be, but it can have a big effect. Camping however brings very little work for locals other than bog standard portering.
  • Tea-house trekking uses just a quarter of the porters (2 trekkers:1 porter for tea house trekking, 1 trekker:2 porters for camping). Your team is smaller and you feel less like a Royal Family on expedition. You employ fewer porters, but more money is spent locally on food and stay.
  • In the long run it’s cleaner. Camping invariably leads to littering but with a tea house, the landlord has the responsibility to keep the area clean. Hopefully.

Don’t have high expectations of luxury lodges quite just yet, but expect simple accommodation. Things are improving quickly. Some groups bring a cook with them to work in the kitchens and train the local cook on the job, thus cooking is improving. In Manang on the Annapurna circuit, most of the cooks are from this Manaslu region, and some of them are starting to return to work at home. Again, this will bring improvements.

Can I do the Manaslu Circuit trek in reverse?

Yes. But be wary of proper acclimatisation. The locals in Samdo and the lodge owners in Larkya Phedi come this way from Pokhara and Kathmandu as it is the fastest way.

If you are not acclimatised, it will be better to come via the Budi Gandaki valley, otherwise you have several days acclimatising in Bimtang followed by a leap to 5100m which is considered risky. Read more about the Manaslu Trek in reverse here.

What gear / clothes / equipment to take on a trek?

As little as possible while being prepared for most likely eventualities, is a short and not-so-helpful answer. Given that the locals get by on very little indeed, it makes no sense to be carrying five changes of clothes with you when you go to visit their region.

Experience counts for a lot, so for the best answer, read what Mr Smith has to say about it:

Packing for a Tea House Trek in the Himalaya

Plus another trekking kit list from Howard Dengate at the bottom of the page here on

What is the food like? What can I eat on the Manaslu Trek?

Dal bhat! And for a longer answer, see here:

When can I trek Manaslu in Spring and Winter?

When can you start crossing the Larkya La? Nyima Dorjee of the internet cafe in Samdo says “In middle of March generally Larkye pass is opened and we move from the Manang side to Samdo. Mid-March is time for a mass movement of the Samdo people through Larkye pass.” And the crucial lodge, the teahouse at Dharmasala opens around mid-March too, all of course slightly dependent on local conditions. In winter it closes around mid-December but check with Nima Dorje first. 994640030

94 Responses

  1. Michelle said on January 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    We are planning on doing the Manalsu/Tsum valley circuit in April but have heard haze is a big problem this time of year and often obscures the great views. Has anyone any information on this as we could postpone to Oct/Nov if necessary.

    • admin@manaslu said on January 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Oct/Nov is best for sure…as are early mornings. End of April to May when it warms up certainly become more hazy. Still very beautiful and you have the benefit of blooming spring and rhododendrons.

  2. Manas Banerjee said on May 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    can we give restricted area permit fees in Dharapani or if go through main trail, can we get it from Arughat or other places above? We do not have much time to go to Kathmandu. Coming from Birgunj.

    • admin@manaslu said on May 8, 2012 at 2:39 am

      I think not as they are arranged through the Home Ministry in Kathmandu. Send an email to a trekking company to ask as normally you cannot anyway get your permit, and a trekking company has to do it for you.

  3. Bob Travels said on July 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm


    1. Has the restricted area permit gone back up to USD 70 / week plus USD / day for 2012?

    2. Where are the exact boundaries that require the permit? Where are the check points?

    3. What fate befalls those who take a bit longer than the permit allows? Can I pay the extra USD 10 / day on exit?

    I don’t mind paying a bit for the privilege of enjoying the area, but with MCAP fees, ACAP fees, permit fees, guide wages and possibly TIMS fees for the ACAP stretch this is all rather mounting up more than a little.

    • Bob Travels said on September 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      1. Yes, back up to USD 70 and then USD 7 per day from September to November. Outside this window USD 50 / 7.

      2. Jagat to Bhimtang

      3. Don’t know. My agency in KTM said if due to illness or bad weather no problem.

      You don’t need TIMS to exit through Besisahar.

      Yep, have to agree that all the bits are adding up to a fair chunk of change. I’m off in a couple of weeks….

  4. David said on July 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Me and a friend are thinking of mountaining biking the manaslu circuit next march/april (we did a similar thing and cycled around the annapurna circuit a few years ago). We were wondering if being accompanied by a registered guide is still enforced by the authorities?

    We don’t mind paying the restricted permit fee etc, but getting someone running along behind us while we cycle is a bit crazy.

    • admin@manaslu said on July 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Take a guide on a bike? There is a mountain biking boom here in Nepal. I know a few guys here who ride at a high level.

      • David said on July 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Thanks for the answer, but we’re very experienced riders ourselves and don’t need a guide, so was just wondering if the authorities enforce taking a guide with you?


        • admin@manaslu said on July 11, 2012 at 12:58 am

          That is hard to say. Essentially it is the law currently that foreigners must be accompanied by a registered guide. With bikes you’re certainly going to draw attention to yourselves so I guess more likely to have the rule book read out to you – or less likely. You know how it is – you’ll only know when you try.

          I don’t doubt you are experienced riders, but can be fun and useful to have a local guy ride with you (you know standards from say yak attack) who speaks the language, who you can answer questions about the area etc. It could be a positive.

    • Bob Travels said on July 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Just to state my opinion. And I know you won’t like it.

      I think that mountain bikes should be banned from the trekking trails. They are a real pain in the arse, I can accept the donkeys, yaks, horses, and large groups with sticks, but MTB’s? No thank you.



      1. Most of the way up they are carried and block the way.

      2. Along the flat they reckon to have priority and think they can barge through.

      3. On the way down they generally go very slowly, or get carried on the steep parts.

      IMO the trekking trails are just not suitable for mountain bikes.

      If anybody says they did the Annapurna Circuit on a mountain bike, I wonder just how much was ridden, how much was carried and how far the porters were expected to carry the 10 kgs or more of extra “baggage”?

      • David said on July 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        I appreciate that you seem to have experienced problems with mountain bikers in the past, however, I question whether this is the right place to raise these issues which were not sought. I repeat my original question; is being accompanied by a registered guide still enforced by the authorities?

  5. Bob Travels said on July 11, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Yes, you need a restricted area permit, a registered guide, an MCAP pass and and ACAP pass.

    And I think this is a perfectly good place to raise my concerns, as it addresses a point made in your original post. You are here with clearly the opposite opinion, so that might be the start of a discussion. Although it is doubtful that there will be many participants, as this website is not particularly well frequented.

    • admin@manaslu said on July 11, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Yes Bob – it is a website providing information, not a forum. If you want to start a discussion about mountain biking etiquette, then a mountain biking forum website might be a better option to reach more people. The website is pretty well frequented, just not as a forum. I think it has been visited by almost as many people as have ever walked the trek.

      Additionally, rather than trying to open the discussion as a series of generalizations about behaviour, might it not be better to make a plea for some empathy and consideration from bikers rather than a ban? Think about the signs you see in Manang requesting horse riders to dismount before charging through the village. Surely there is space for everybody, if everybody respects everybody else’s right to be there, their space and safety? Maybe they just need to require nice bell’s and put a 10km/hour speed limit? 🙂

    • michael fish said on June 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I agree mountain bikes are a pain in the arse ,. Ban them totally from the trails .Also ban the type of morons who ride mountain bikes . It will be motocross next.

  6. Owain Jones said on August 22, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Hi There,

    I am planning to make the Manaslu Trek starting in early September 2012. Most people seem to trek this route in Oct/Nov. Has anyone else run the route in September? I am keen to know how the weather might be.

    I am also looking for companions for the trek and to share the cost of the mandatory guide, so would welcome hearing from interested parties. I’ll be in Kathmandu from 30th August and would like to get under way after 3-5 days.



  7. Nasser said on September 6, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Hi There!

    I was curious to know if there is any change in the compulsory guide policy. I’ve read on three torn that there were some official plan to waive the guide requirement but it wasn’t clear how far this has gone. (we are planning to do the trek in a group of two, and we would like to avoid having a guide…sometimes are really nice people, but sometime it is just a additional weight on your shoulders…).



    • admin@manaslu said on September 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

      The requirement has not changed so far! Not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

  8. Bob Travels said on September 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Anybody info on guest houses in Gorkha and Kanchok?

  9. Hadi said on November 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Hello there,
    Great website by the way.
    I will visiting Nepal in December and wondered what it would be like to do this trek from Mid December. From what I understand is that the the pass at Larkya La could be an issue (heavy snow/ice) and that the tea house at Dharmasala could be shut? Would you please be able to confirm this for me, is this still the case or have provisions been made for it to remain open?

    Thank you

  10. Bob Travels said on November 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    – It will be very cold. And at night very very cold.

    – As you are required by the government to take a guide, he, or the trekking agency, should be able to tell you whether Dharamasala will be open.

    The Pizza is good!

  11. schwarz martina said on March 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    hey there,

    is a guide still required? or has it changed?

    thank you very much.


  12. dve said on April 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm


    Does anyone know if there are bathrooms/ ‘holes’/etc along the way or should we bring a garden shovel for our solid toileting needs? I understand we should bring our own toilet paper, is this correct? Are there places to deposit trash along the way or do we pack out our toilet paper?

    Thank you.

    • admin@manaslu said on April 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Plenty of toilets on the way, no shovel’s needed.
      There are villages to deposit trash, though no guarantee that it will be disposed of perfectly. It is usually burned. There is no obligation to pack out your trash, but nice if you do.

  13. dve said on April 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Thank you for your helpful response! At this time of year, late April/early May, is there a lot of ice on the ground at the higher elevations? Would you recommend bringing some sort of traction for our boots? If so, it is best to pick up something in Kathmandu? Is there likely to be snow also? What are the coldest temperatures around 5100 meters?

    • admin@manaslu said on April 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Unlikely to be too much ice and snow if any. Passing humid air can bring snow, but it generally melts away quickly to reveal the path again.
      Most people manage to cross the pass with walking shoes alone. Can be slippy but generally no dangerous cliffs to fall from. Trail quickly becomes worn. In late April, if weather is clear then it is warm enough for a thin layer top and bottom.

      • Michelle said on April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

        We did the Manaslu circuit in April last year so were at the Larkya La pass approx 20th April and there was LOTS of snow and ice. It was very tricky on the descent and we wished we had packed crampons, so be warned. It was pretty scary at times, our walking poles helped. However by early May it might be ok, but you can never be sure. There are lightweight type of crampons I would recommend, with rubber base that fits onto your boot and metal spikes provide grip, much easier to pack/carry than traditional crampons. You will need warm clothing for the higher altitudes in April (definately!) we had layers of thermals and fleeces and good down sleeping bags we rented in Kathmandu (approx $2/day) and were still very cold at higher huts/houses.
        Good luck and enjoy it, its a wonderful experience!

    • Rob H said on April 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Crossed the Larka La in late April 2012. We were very happy to have packed crampons as there was 1-2m of snow that had turned icy. We were able to help the porters and also another trekker who had problems.

  14. David said on April 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Me and a mate are going to be cycling around the circuit this Oct/Nov. We’re going to be staying at teahouses. I was wondering if anyone knew if all the teahouses provide blankets, as we are going to be packing ultra-light backpacks so weren’t going to take sleeping bags.

  15. Alexis said on April 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hello, is trekking Manaslu in August highly not recommended because of the monsoon season? How often does it rain in August? Following up on David`s question above, when staying in tea houses during the Manaslu trek, MUST trekkers take sleeping bags? Or do the tea houseds provide adequate blankets/covers? Finally, are there any weaving villages (textiles/weaving) during/near the Manaslu circuit? Thank you!

    • admin@manaslu said on April 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Hi Alexis,
      Can rain pretty much every day in August and views are almost nonexistent.
      Due to the few trekkers passing through, apparently it is difficult to find food and open tea-houses. Others may confirm this.
      Check this: and

      • Alexis said on April 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

        Thank you very much for the fine info. I appreciate your help. Seems I will not be taking a trek in Aug. However, would still like to come to Nepal in Aug. as that is my only vacation time. No serious trekking, just sightseeing: animal spotting, textiles/markets, and culture.

        • admin@manaslu said on April 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

          You could also research Naar & Phu or Mustang which both take you to rain shadow areas (though flight can be tricky with the latter). Even Annapurna basecamp will give you some views once in a while.

    • Rob H said on April 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Unless you are interested in being cold and studying nocturnal parisitology, pack a light sleeping bag with a silk liner. Only about 1kg…. have a look at Golite bags!

      • Alexis said on April 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Thanks much Rob. I am an amateur hiker, but healthy and willing. Want to learn/experience more, thanks for the advice.

  16. admin@manaslu said on April 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    You could also research Naar & Phu or Mustang which both take you to rain shadow areas (though flight can be tricky with the latter). Even Annapurna basecamp will give you some views once in a while.

  17. Petra Schaefer said on June 18, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Hi, we just did Langtang trek in late March-April with our kids (now ages 11 and 13) and are planning to come back to Nepal in the same time frame next year…orginally thinking of EBC but this sounds so appealing. Any thoughts on doing this one with kids who will be 12 and 14? Thanks!

  18. Mark Harrison said on August 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Doing the Manaslu / Tsum Valley trek this October – planning on around 20-22 days & was just wondering approximately how much I would need per day (dollars)? Taking into account a couple of beers at the end of each day 🙂

    • admin@manaslu said on August 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Mark,
      For Manaslu can be anywhere from Rs 1000 (currently $10) to Rs 2000 per day without beer. In Tsum, I guess the same. Beer is often costly, if available, as it is carried in. Maybe $3.5 to 5. Try the local raksi – cheap and best!

  19. Roshan said on September 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Dear Sir,

    Can someone share with me if we still have lodging house at DHamasala?? I was just planning for how many days i might need .. I am planning to leave Kathmandu on 12-Sep-13
    Could you please share if we have any stay house at Dhamasala???
    Would be a great support
    Thank you in advace

  20. Tomer said on September 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    we are a group of 2 and we are planning to to the manaslu trek in the muddle of november.
    my question is if we must hire a guide or porter is enough?
    thank you

    • admin@manaslu said on September 29, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Yes, you need a registered guide.

  21. Laura said on November 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Great resource!! I’m thinking of doing the Manaslu trail somwhere at the end of december/start of january and was wondering how the weather might be then? Do the lodges provide suitable blankets or should I bring an appropriate sleeping bag? Are crampons needed?

    Was also wondering what the best way is to combine it with (part of) the Annapurna Circuit.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Bob said on December 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      It will be cold. The lodges provide blankets but I always take my own sleeping bag.

      The big issue is whether the Daramsala lodge will be open and how much snow is on the pass. I suppose you might have to reckon with turning back.

      Crampons are not required there is no climbing to be done, although the route down from the pass is steep and never ending.

      You arrive onto the Annapurna Circuit and could either turn right and head over that pass or turn left and go down. The Annapurna Circuit is much better supported in term of infrastructure.

      • admin@manaslu said on December 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

        There was a lot of snowfall in September this year. On Nov 19th there the descent was on snow until about 4000m. It was managable in hot sun then with some slipping. In colder weather (or a cloudy day) crampons or similar would be needed.

        Dharamsala lodge and Bimtang lodges usually close mid-December and reopen in Feb. Worth calling (via guide in Kathmandu – numbers on the site) to find out.

        • Laura said on December 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm

          Thanks for the info! Got myself some snow spikes and will call/evaluate together with a guide if it’s feasible for late December.

          • Bob said on December 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

            As you are required to have a guide for the Manaslu region, he should take responsibility and sort out whether it can be done.

            Once you arrive on the Annapurna circuit there is no requirement or need for a guide. I tipped my guide as soon as we got down from the pass and off he went.

    • admin@manaslu said on December 5, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Could be difficult as some lodges will be closed at that time – Larkya phedi certainly, perhaps Sadmo lodges too, though you’ll find a place to stay there for sure but not necessarily a clean place..

      Will be very cold. You must take a good sleeping bag, though you can rent in Kathmandu also.

      Crampons would be good, but at least you should but some anti-slip grips, the pass will be icy this year due to earlier snows.

      Combine with Annapurna – just continue walking from Dharapani.

  22. Tim W said on December 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    We are planning on trekking in Manaslu and Tsum valley in April 2014. We are trying to decide on whether to bring tents and are wondering if anyone can comment on the tea house options in regards to cleanliness and comfort (the primary concerns being bed bugs and smoky sleeping areas), especially in Tsum valley where it seems like there are fewer options. Also, how about availability of luke warm (or at least not freezing) water to clean up with? If we did decide to bring tents would it still be possible to do all meals in the tea houses? Thanks if advance for any guidance you can offer!

    • admin@manaslu said on December 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Somehow I think you will be fine – if you bring tents, that is a lot of carry to be done later. Bedbugs in Nepal are nothing like the states – pretty pathetic in comparison. Perhaps bring a cotton sheet sleeping bag for _outside_ of your sleeping bag, or between you and a bed. Bring sa mat and you can always sleep on a floor or on top of a bench or bed. It will not be as bad as you think.

      Meals you can always do as this is where places make money.

      Sleeping areas should not be so smokey – April is not so cold so should be able to open windows, but most cooking areas separated from sleeping areas. You’ll survive!

  23. Tim W said on December 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Also, as this will be part of a longer trip, I will have a few things (a guitar and laptop) that I am hoping to leave somewhere in Arughat while we are trekking (I am planning on coming overland from Lumbini so will not be passing through KTM). Any suggestions of safe places to leave such things for 3 weeks?

    • admin@manaslu said on December 13, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      From Lumbini, probably you would go to Arughat via Gorkha. Struggling to think of a hotel in Mugling, but either you could first visit Bandipur, or Riverside Springs in Kurintar. Otherwise a bit tough – where will you go to after your trek? Perhaps your guide will help?

  24. Tim W said on December 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    We will be returning to KTM, so it looks like Mugling may make the most sense to avoid having to go back to Gorkha after trekking. Do people generally have good experiences when leaving belongings at hotels or guesthouses while trekking, or are there a lot of problems?

    • admin@manaslu said on December 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Use your judgement I would say! Ask your guide too, when you find one.

  25. Greg Reynolds said on January 12, 2014 at 4:27 am


    I was wanting to know if there is an opening date for the Man circuit in March 2014. In other words do they stop you from entering at Jagot before a certain date. We were wanting to start the trek around 4-5th March 2014….would this be a problem?

  26. Sara said on December 7, 2014 at 8:14 am

    A friend and I are thinking of hiking the circuit in late March. I have a couple of questions. Would we need crampons for the pass? Also I read somewhere that donkeys have pushed trekkers off the trail. Is that a serious danger?

    • Jad said on December 26, 2014 at 3:27 am

      Hello Sara,

      I am thinking doing the Manaslu as well end of March, and I am looking for partners.
      Please let me know if it is possible to join you.

  27. Eric said on December 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Good morning,

    I just discovered your website. What is the required fitness to do the Manaslu trek? I already did 7 days treks in the Alps, but I have to say I am not rapid ( I climb 250m to 300 m an hour…). Is this trek possible?

  28. Eric said on December 30, 2014 at 5:00 am


    I need information regarding the required fitness if you want to do the Manaslu Circuit. I climb 250-300 m high an hour and I have already done 7 days treks in mountains in the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland.. Is it enough?
    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    • admin@manaslu said on January 6, 2015 at 8:34 am

      That sounds plenty! Altitude affects people differently, so just take care. I recommend 2 nights in Sama (or Shyala then Sama) and 2 nights in Samdo.

  29. Julie said on January 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hi there,
    First – thank you for all the information. The more I read about the Man circuit – the more I wanna be there!
    I need to find out however if it’s possible to do this trek at the start of March as I’ll be looking to start on 7th March.
    I don’t have a guide, sif anyone has good tips re good guides from the area – that’ll be lovely.
    I’m talking about March 2015 of course…
    Thank you!

  30. Tami Vanderwilt said on August 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    What sort of temperature range might I expect in the first part of October?

    • admin@manaslu said on August 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      From t-shirt shorts low down at 600m to good down jacket, warm trousers and hat in evenings in Samdo.

  31. Jacob said on September 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Does anyone know first hand if the Manaslu circuit area has recovered sufficiently from the April 2014 earthquake to handle trekkers without the trekkers being a burden? What are the specific sections that are problematic? Any idea when trekkers can go? I had hoped to do the circuit this November (2015). Any comments or tips would be very much appreciated. This trek is my first choice, and I’m afraid my second choice was the Langtang route, which was hit even worse. Namaste!

    • admin@manaslu said on September 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Expeditions are going in generally via Dharapani on the Annapurna side or by helicopter. It seems possible, but there is still high risk of landslides now while the monsoon continues. The monsoon is projected to end around 20th September. Once the rain stops, landslides generally dry up and settle, and the risk reduces. The original riverside route is still not recommended. The alternative high route on the east side of the Budigandaki is recommended but accommodation is an issue here as there is no tea-house accommodation yet.

      • Jacob said on September 10, 2015 at 4:47 am

        That is very helpful information. Thank you very much for posting.

        I take it the overall strategy for a group of two people (my wife and I) would be as follows:
        –wait for a few weeks after the monsoon ends before starting (so the slopes have time to dry out and stabilize)
        –use tents (and guide and porters) for the 40km segment without teahouses
        –beyond, use teahouses (and guide but perhaps send the porters back)

        Might the above work?

  32. admin@manaslu said on September 10, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Can you continue this discussion (repost your comment) here also please?

  33. Cristian said on October 5, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Does anyone know how long it takes to obtain the permits? I will arrive on a Saturday afternoon and, ideally, will start trekking on Monday morning. All I managed to find online was what permits are needed but no details regarding the time frame.


    • admin@manaslu said on October 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Your poor trekking guide will have to endure a day at the government office. (You cannot do this.) Check the Sunday is not a public holiday beforehand.

      • Cristian said on October 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. At least it’s adding 1 day not more.

  34. shrawan said on October 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    how much will it cost over all in minimum for nepali

    • admin@manaslu said on October 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      Similar to foreigner but without permits.

  35. Neil said on October 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I go to Nepal 2-3 times a year. I have some time from December 4th 2015. Is the trekking route open at that time?

    Am I correct that during this period the cost for permits will be
    – Restricted Area Permit $50 for first week and + $7/day
    – The general permit to enter MCAP costs 2,000 Nepali rupees (approximately $23 USD)
    – Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) per: US$10mit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)

    Do I need all those?

    Also, is it about $15/day for a guide? I don’t want a porter. I don’t want a guide but I see this is the rule.

    • admin@manaslu said on October 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      That is ballpark correct. You need all permits. Additionally the rule states you need to hike as a group of 2 foreigners plus guide. That’s the way it is.

  36. Neil said on October 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the info. I will look for another trekker on one of the “trekking buddies” type web sites.

  37. Paul Anderson said on May 10, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Hi all! Just wanted to report that we just completed a 21-day trek and climb around Manaslu and can report that the circuit is definitely “open for business”! Earthquake damage was less than we thought one year on, and teahouses and homestays are open throughout the route. It’s a wonderful trek with a lot of variety, and very different from the Khumbu region. The only thing missing were the tourists! There weren’t a lot of people on the route.

    We did the Manaslu Circuit (from Soti Khola to Dharapani), the Tsum Valley side-trip (up to Mu Gompa and back), and successfully summited 6,249m Larkya Peak near Larkya La pass (a two-day effort from Base Camp on the glacier at 5,000m, we set up a High Camp at 5,600m, put in some fixed lines and climbed to the summit from there).

    I recorded our entire route (including the climb) with my inReach device and you can view the GPS track at Happy to share more info if anyone has some questions. Cheers!

    • admin@manaslu said on May 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing! Appreciated.

    • Dave said on May 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

      Hi Paul,
      Me and my wife are wanting to do the Manaslu Circuit in Jan 2017 we haven’t done much trekking but will have done some by then and we are both very fit, just wondering if Manaslu is suitable. Also if you had any suggestions on gear to take, we will have a guide but any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.

      • admin@manaslu said on June 8, 2016 at 9:26 am

        Jan 2017 will be very difficult – it’s mid-Winter, likely the pass will be snow covered, and at least some of the tea-houses closed near the pass. Consider another time, or something around Pokhara, like Annapurna Circuit or ABC trek.

    • charlotte said on December 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      HI Paul,

      thanks for your information!

      we are looking for more information about the manaslu trek.
      besides the homestays and teahouses are there
      official campsites? or good spots for camping?

      do you know if there is a possibility to do the trek independently? we prefer no guide/porter.

      Thanks for your information!

  38. Stephen Price said on January 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    My wife and I are looking at doing the Manaslu Trek in October 2017. We did Annapurna Circuit in May 2013 which was great. My wife is Nepali and from Chitwan. Funny thing, when we traveled the APC, all the locals were surprised that I had a female guide. Highly recommend Annapurna in the off season. Trails are empty but weather is great! As for Manaslu though. They never figured we were married!
    Question: Do you think they would still enforce the guide requirement since my wife is Nepali and will be trekking with me?

    • admin@manaslu said on February 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Good question. Does she have a guide licence? That is what they check, they write the number and company down in the logbook!

  39. helen said on January 14, 2017 at 5:39 am

    We just returned from Tsum Manaslu, December 2016. There was a large unseasonal landslide in mid December near Liding (day 1 from Soto Kola), another large one in Sept 2016 that killed 4, and there are MANY landslides on the trail, with rocks still falling towards the end of the day. This is not a trek for the faint hearted. The December landslide is evidence the terrain is still settling after the earthquakes – there had been no rain or other trigger. It was large enough to almost block the river, with boulders as big as a room falling from high up. If we hiked a trail like this is New Zealand we would don a helmet for some of the landslides (Chumling, Liding, Gap). Take care.

  40. helen said on January 14, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Some further info that may be helpful for a December trek. Some of the lodges up-trail from Deng were closed – guide got the key and cooked up dinner so no drama, but demonstrates that this trek is less ‘open for business’ thru winter than more popular routes. Also many of the monks descend to Kathmandu in early December which is a pity for us visitors. Last comment is that the itineraries posted for this trek are quite ambitious – just my opinion, of course this will be different for everyone. If, like us, you want time to explore, drink tea, talk to the locals and take in the fabulous culture on this trail, I recommend adding an extra day for every 3-4 days on common itineraries, especially in Tsum and up the Budi Gandaki. Once you’re up higher, the acclimatisation days provide this extra time anyhow.

  41. Jay said on January 21, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Hi there

    We are planning to do the Manaslu circuit in April (2017) and wondered what the quickest, yet safest (acclimatisation days?) timescale would be? We fly into KTM late morning on 7th April, then fly out on 21st April.

    Previous experience: we did ABC in 6 days (Phedi-Nyar Pul) and Gokyo Ri (Lukla to Lukla) in 10 days.

    Is 11-12 days on the trek realistic?


  42. Dave Stamboulis said on January 21, 2017 at 7:21 pm


    I’ve done plenty of trekking in Nepal, all Everest and Annapurna. My partner and I are hoping to do the Manaslu Circuit this spring. What is the deal with getting a guide or porter. Can we get the appropriate permits ourselves in Kathmandu and then hire a guide or porter at the trailhead, or hire a guide or porter in KTM, or do we have to go via an agency and have them get the porter/guide and permits? If so, any recommendations on agencies that are going to charge ballpark guide/porter prices and not require any other services, such as transport or full packages?

  43. Lenka said on January 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Namasté fellow trekkers,

    We are planning to do Manaslu circuit in April 2018. Can somebody please advise us if we need to bring warm sleeping bags or are light sleeping bags sufficient? We are OK to use blankets provided by the teahouses on top of our sleeping bags. We will be travelling for 5 months in Asia so we would prefer only the light variation but we do not want to freeze at nights.

    Thanks for your tips!


    • Rajesh said on February 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Hello Lenka, I would recommend you good sleeping bag specially Manaslu has basic tea houses. April might be bit busy now a days and it might be difficult to get sufficient blanket above 3000m. It will be worth it specially at Dharmasala the last night just right before the pass. Thanks

  44. Joop said on February 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm


    Is it possible to go around the Manaslu end of February 2018 starting in Soti Khola?

  45. Adelle said on April 13, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I was wondering about water purification methods needed for this trek.

    • admin@manaslu said on May 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      There is good spring water, but better filter it, or sterilize using steripen or silver/chlorine tablets to remove any risk. Otherwise you buy boiled water which is expensive. See the hygiene section of this website.

  46. Laura Henkel said on September 29, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Still working on getting to Manaslu. Complicated with kids school schedules. My first post on this forum 5 years ago. However have been to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Monte Rosa Trek and High Peak of the Balkans since! Nepal is calling me back again.

    Our family wants to do this September 1st. Anybody have any feedback on doing it at the tail end of monsoon?

    Thanks Laura


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