Manaslu circuit trek Difficulty, Cost, Itinerary, Weather, Route, Permit

  December 24th, 2019

Best Time for Manaslu Trek


The best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek is during spring and Autumn. These seasons include months from March to May and September to November. The weather is moderate, skies are usually clear, and the temperatures are quite favorable.
 
Clear skies in spring and autumn offer marvelous views of mountains and landscapes throughout the trekking adventure. And stable weather means that you won’t have to worry about rainfalls either.
The temperatures tend to average around 16 to 22 degrees Celsius in the lower regions of the trekking route while it may drop below 5 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes.
 
The route will be green and blooming with bright colored flowers during spring. The freshness of the forests also encourages wildlife to appear more frequently as you traverse through the rich and biodiverse Manaslu Conservation Area.
 
Walking on dry foliage and fading colors of the forests, trekking in Manaslu Circuit in Autumn is an entirely different experience.
 
Since the trek takes you through landscape-prone areas, monsoon is not the best of seasons to trek in the Manaslu region.
 
And usually, during the winter, the routes are blocked by snow, and temperatures dip down to freezing levels rendering the trek to be quite tricky. In summary, trekking in Manaslu region is not advised during monsoon and winter.
 
Below is a table with average temperature and precipitation details of locations en-route the Manaslu Circuit:
 
S.No. Location Elevation in meters Average Minimum Temperatures in °C Average Maximum Temperatures in °C Annual Rainfall in mm
1 Besisahar 760 13.6 25.3 3041
2 Jagat 1,370 11.4 23.4 2056
3 Kathmandu 1,400 10.1 23.6 1505
4 Sama Gaun 760 13.6 25.3 3041

Manaslu Trekking Cost

A lot of factors weigh into structuring the cost of Manaslu Trek, such as duration, transportation, lodging, fooding, and personal expenses. And unlike treks in Annapurna or Everest regions, the Manaslu region falls within the restricted areas of Nepal. Therefore, you will have to get Restricted Area Permits as well for this trek.
 
It is also mandatory to have a licensed guide or porter accompany you throughout the trek. But the slight extra expenses are worth it to explore the isolated and secluded regions of Nepal.
 
You have the option to choose a local bus or a jeep to get from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. While traveling on a jeep can give a more luxurious and adventurous feel, it will be expensive too.
 
There are tea houses along the trekking trail, and they offer basic accommodation with delicious local food at relatively low costs.
 
Here’s a table for the services that you may use during the trek and their average costs:
 
S. No. Services Cost in NPR
1 Teahouses 600-900 (USD 6-9) per night
2 Meals 400-600 (USD 4-6) per meal
3 Local Bus Fare 1000 (USD 10)
4 Jeep Fare 15,000-20,000 (USD 150-200)
5 Trekking Guide 2,000-2,500 (USD 20-25) per day
6 Porter 1,600-2,000 (USD 16-20) per day
7 Porter-Guide 1,800-2,200 (USD 18-22) per day

Manaslu Trek Permits

You will require three different trekking permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek: Manaslu Restricted Area Permit(MRAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project(ACAP), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(MCAP).
 
Furthermore, if you want to extend your Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley, you will require Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit as well.
 
Note: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card is not mandatory as long as you are in the Manaslu region, and you have the above-mentioned permits. However, if you head towards the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani, you will require a TIMS card.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP)

You will require this permit to trek from Jagat to Sama Gaun. Once you go past Sama Gaun, you’ll need ACAP. The cost of MRAP depends on the duration that you will be spending in that area.
 
Season For the First 7 Days From 8th Day Onwards
Autumn (September to November)  USD 100 per person  USD 15 per person
 
Winter, Spring, Monsoon (December to August)  USD 75 per person
 
 USD 10 per person
 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP)

You will require this permit to trek from Philim, where the Manaslu Conservation Area starts. The cost of MCAP is USD 30 per person, and it stays the same throughout the year. Also, the cost stays the same no matter how long you stay inside the Manaslu Conservation Area.
 
You will need to provide a printed photograph while issuing MCAP.
 
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
You will require this permit to trek from Dharapani until Besisahar, where the Annapurna Conservation Area ends. The cost of ACAP is USD 30 per person, and it stays the same throughout the year. Also, the cost stays the same no matter how long you stay inside the Annapurna Conservation Area.
 
You will need to provide a printed photograph while issuing ACAP.

Manaslu Trek permits - Where and How to Get Permits?

You have to fill up an online form at http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/trekking-permit, and you can issue MRAP from the Department of Immigration.
 
MCAP and ACAP can be issued at following Entry Permit Counters:
 
Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu – ACAP & MCAP
Nepal Tourism Board at Damside, Pokhara – ACAP
ACAP Entry Permit Center at Besisahar, Lamjung – ACAP
 
Normally, you cannot issue the entry permits from any other counters in the trail. However, during exceptional circumstances, other counters also grant the permits with a 100% additional charge.

Manaslu Base Camp Side Trip

Manaslu Base Camp Trek is a side trip of Manaslu Trek. If you have an extra day or two, Manaslu Base Camp is an excellent side trip you can add to your itinerary.
 
The route to Manaslu Base Camp separates from the standard Manaslu Circuit route in Sama Gaun. From here, the entire trip to the base camp takes only around 6 hours for average trekkers.
 
There are two different alternatives you could choose from. One is to take the route to Birendra Lake and then head to the base camp. The other is to walk out of Sama Gaun, and walking the left lane, head directly to the base camp.
 
There’s a small Chorten surrounded with colorful prayer flags marking the Manaslu Base Camp.

Manaslu Circuit Trek a Must Experience Why?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less popular trekking route that takes you around the world’s 8th highest mountain, Manaslu. Regardless of popularity, it is one of the most challenging and impressive treks.

Manaslu Circuit is a beautiful blend of splendid scenery, breathtaking adventure, exotic wildlife, unique cultures, and lifestyles. You will be mesmerized by the mountain spectacles as some of the highest mountains in the world, including Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal, surround you during the entire trek.
 
The trek is also an excellent choice for nature lovers as the Manaslu Conservation Area is rich in biodiversity. It is home to 211 species of butterflies, 110 species of birds, and 33 species of mammals. You will be getting glimpses of rare and exotic wildlife en route your way through the dense forests of this region.
 
Larkya La is a high Himalayan pass with an elevation of 5,135 meters. Crossing this high pass is a challenging feat, but the effort is worth it as the view of valleys and mountains from the top of the pass is just amazing.
 
Tea houses and homestays facilitate the entire trekking route of Manaslu. These offer you with warm and cozy beds, local food with the most common meal being “Dal-Bhat.” But the best part about them is the people living there. They practice unique cultures and lifestyles which you get to explore and even indulge with during your night stay.

Porter Guide for Manaslu Trekking

A porter guide supports to carry your luggage as well as navigates the trek. A porter guide costs around Rs. 1,800-2,200 (USD 18-22) per day and is usually cheaper than a trekking guide.
 
A porter guide is usually a resident of the region you are traveling to. They might not be as fluent in English as a regular trekking guide, but they can communicate fairly. And on top of that, they also carry your stuff which a regular guide doesn’t do.
 
Hiring a porter guide is beneficial for you as well as the locality you trek to. It helps to boost the local economy and encourages other people to strive for a better education for better communication with tourists.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Road Construction- Alternative Route

In 2010, the Nepal Government announced the construction of a 180 km highway connecting China (Tibet) and India with a route passing through Tsum Valley. So far, only around 80 km has been built. And the road construction has affected the first part of Manaslu Circuit Trek, the route between Soti Khola and Jagat.
 
To ensure the safety of trekkers and for a smooth without obstruction trekking experience, there are two alternative routes for Manaslu Circuit Trek that avoids road construction that you can choose from.
 
The first alternative route takes you from Soti Khola through Khasi Gaun, Rumchet, and Dobhan villages before connecting at Philim to continue the standard Manaslu Circuit itinerary.
 
The second alternative route takes you from Baluwa through Barpak and Laprak villages via Singla Pass. The route also passes through Tatopani before connecting at Philim to continue the standard Manaslu Circuit itinerary.

Outline Itinerary for Alternative Route 1:

Day Itinerary Maximum Elevation Trekking duration
1 Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat 1,400 8-10 hours
2 Trek to Khasi Gaun 1,877 7-8 hours
3 Trek to Rumchet 2,074 8-9 hours
4 Trek to Dobhan 1,070 5-6 hours
5 Trek to Philim 1,570 6-7 hours
6 Trek to Deng 1,865 4-5 hours
7 Trek to Ghap 2,165 4-5 hours
8 Trek to Lho 3,180 5-6 hours
9 Trek to Sama Gaun 3,525 6-7 hours
10 Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaun 3,525 --
11 Trek to Samdo 3,850 4 hours
12 Acclimatization Day at Samdo 3,850 --
13 Trek to Dharmasala 4,460 4-5 hours
14 Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass 5,135 8-9 hours
15 Trek to Dharapani 1,700 5-6 hours
16 Drive Back to Kathmandu 900 8-9 hours

Outline Itinerary for Alternative Route 2:

Day Itinerary Maximum Elevation Trekking duration
1 Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Baluwa 1,400 9-10 hours
2 Trek to Barpak 1,950 5-6 hours
3 Trek to Laprak 2,100 6-7 hours
4 Trek to Singla 3,050 4-5 hours
5 Trek to Tatopani 3,050 5-6 hours
6 Trek to Philim 1,570 5-6 hours
7 Trek to Ghap 2,165 4-5 hours
8 Trek to Lho 3,180 5-6 hours
9 Trek to Sama Gaun 3,525 6-7 hours
10 Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaun 3,525 --
11 Trek to Samdo 3,850 4 hours
12 Acclimatization Day at Samdo 3,850 --
13 Trek to Dharmasala 4,460 4-5 hours
14 Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass 5,135 8-9 hours
15 Trek to Dharapani 1,700 5-6 hours
16 Drive Back to Kathmandu 900 8-9 hours

T-sum Valley Side Trip with  Manaslu Circuit Trek

If you have a few extra days, we highly recommend extending your Manaslu trek by another week and adding the side trip to Tsum Valley. The route to Tsum Valley offers you even more secluded and unspoiled parts of the Manaslu region.
 
Tsum Valley side-trip during Manaslu Trek offers splendid viewpoints above Mu Gompa and jaw-dropping mountain scenery, Himalayan valleys, and quaint villages filled with ancient art and cultures. The homestays and tea houses en route the trail provide basic accommodation services. While spending your nights inside them, you might get opportunities to explore their local cultures and lifestyles.
 
You can also explore ancient Buddhist Gompas like Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa and get an insight into Tibetan Buddhism.
 
Day Itinerary Maximum Elevation Trekking duration
1 Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat 1,400 8-10 hours
2 Trek to Machha Khola 900 6-7 hours
3 Trek to Jagat 1,370 6-7 hours
4 Trek to Philim 1,590 3 hours
5 Trek to Chumling 2,360 6-7 hours
6 Trek to Chhokangparo 3,010 5-6 hours
7 Trek to the Nile via Milarepa Cave 3,361 6-7 hours
8 Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 1-2 hours
9 Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,700 3-4 hours
10 Trek to Gumba Lungdang 3,300 5-6 hours
11 Trek to Lokpa 3,200 7-8 hours
12 Trek to Ghap 2,240 4-5 hours
13 Trek to Lho 3,180 5-6 hours
14 Trek to Sama Gaun 3,525 6-7 hours
15 Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaun 3,525 --
16 Trek to Samdo 3,850 4 hours
17 Acclimatization Day at Samdo 3,850 --
18 Trek to Dharmasala 4,460 4-5 hours
19 Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass 5,135 8-9 hours
20 Trek to Dharapani 1,700 5-6 hours
21 Drive Back to Kathmandu 900 8-9 hours
 

 Manaslu Trek without Guide And Porter

The Manaslu Trek cannot be done without a licensed guide accompanying you throughout the trek. The government of Nepal has made it mandatory to have a minimum of 2 trekkers accompanied by a guide or a porter to trek in the restricted regions of Manaslu.
 
A guide will help you prepare for the trek, manage transportation, accommodation, and porters. They will also help you manage all the permits that you’ll be needing for your Manaslu Trek.
 
A professional guide will be able to give you proper details about the major highlights of the trek, temples, and monasteries, about their cultural and historical importance, and about the ethnic tribes, their cultures, lifestyles, and local delicacies.
 
A guide is informed about the trekking region, weather, road conditions, and accommodations. Furthermore, there are a few landscape prone areas in the Manaslu region where you have to proceed with caution. Therefore, in unforeseeable circumstances, when you might need to reroute your trek, a guide could be a great help. And on top of all that, a guide puts their life on the line for the safety of trekkers.

Manaslu Trek 5 Best Tips During The Trek

  • Stay Hydrated

You will be walking for long hours every day, and naturally, your body will lose water in the form of sweat. Losing high amounts of water from your body can be fatal, and you may also suffer from altitude sickness. So, carry a water bottle, drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated.
 
Also, carry a few water purification tablets to be sure that the water you drink is clean and safe.
  • Carry a Trekking Pole

A trekking pole can assist you while trekking in sloppy terrains. So, it is advised that you carry a trekking pole for Manaslu Trek.
  • Choose clothes made out of high-wicking fabrics

Clothes made out of cotton and jeans have bad wicking properties, which mean that they trap moisture and stay wet for long periods. It ultimately increases the weight that you carry, keeps your body cold, and susceptible to hypothermia. 
 
Instead, choose clothes made out of merino wool, which has excellent wicking properties. Clothes made out of this fabric keep the body dry and warm.
  • Wear Clothes in Different Layers

Wearing clothes in different layers makes it easy and efficient to maintain the body heat and temperatures depending upon the climatic conditions. If the weather gets too hot, take off one or two layers, and if the weather gets too cold, add one or two more layers.
  • Carry Bug Repellents and Ointments

If you happen to trek in Nepal during monsoon (June, July, and August), you need to pack some bug repellents and ointments. Due to wet and muggy weather, the forests are usually filled with bugs like mosquitoes and leeches.
 
So prepare yourself and carry bug repellents to keep those bugs away from yourself.

Annapurna Circuit Trek vs. Manaslu Circuit Trek Better to know.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek are quite different despite the closeness of their locations on a map. Annapurna trek is a world-famous trekking route, while Manaslu trek is less known to the world. 
 
The Manaslu trek falls on a restricted region, and thus, government regulations require tourists to hire a licensed guide to accompany you throughout the trek. The restriction and the lack of popularity have made the trekking route quiet, peaceful, and more adventurous. Most of the regions are unspoiled, and the inhabitants living there still practice unique and peculiar cultures and lifestyles. The major ethnic tribes that you will encounter here are Lama, Thakuri, and Bhote.
 
While Annapurna trek can be done without a guide as well, because of the popularity of the trek, the trekking route is well marked, and getting lost is very unlikely. There are comparatively more accommodation choices. The major ethnic tribes that you will encounter here are Gurung, Ghale, and Thakali.
 
 
S. No. Name Annapurna Circuit Trek Manaslu Circuit Trek
1 Trekking Region Annapurna Region Manaslu Region
2 Starting Point Besisahar Soti Khola
3 Ending Point Beni Besisahar
4 Trip Duration 14 to 22 Days 13 to 22 Days
5 Trip Type Teahouse Trek Teahouse Trek
6 Trip Difficulty Moderate Strenuous
7 Best Season to Trek Autumn and Spring Autumn and Spring
8 Walking Distance 160 to 230 km 177 km
9 Maximum Elevation 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass 5,135 meters at Larkya La Pass
10 Mode of Transportation Private or local busses and jeeps Private or local busses and jeeps
11 Permits TIMS Card and ACAP MRAP, MCAP, and ACAP
12 Independent Trekking Option Allowed Not Allowed
13 Restriction Area No Yes
14 Network Connectivity NTC, NCELL, and landline phones CDMA and V Sat Phones
15 Access to Flight Yes - Airport in Jomsom and Humde No
16 Medical Facility Yes - Health Post in Manang and Jomsom No

Manaslu Trek Itinerary 13 days

Outline Itinerary of Manaslu Trek

 
Day Itinerary Maximum Elevation Trekking Duration
1 Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat 1,400 8-10 hours
2 Trek to Machha Khola 900 6-7 hours
3 Trek to Jagat 1,370 6-7 hours
4 Trek to Deng 1,865 6-7 hours
5 Trek to Namrung 2,630 6-7 hours
6 Trek to Sama Gaun 3,525 6-7 hours
7 Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaun 3,525 --
8 Trek to Samdo 3,850 4 hours
9 Acclimatization Day at Samdo 3,850 --
10 Trek to Dharmasala 4,460 4-5 hours
11 Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass 5,135 8-9 hours
12 Trek to Dharapani 1,700 5-6 hours
13 Drive Back to Kathmandu 900 8-9 hours

Detailed Itinerary of Manaslu Trek

Day 1: Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat

 
The Manaslu Trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. The drive starts early morning, taking you through the Prithivi Highway alongside the rustling sounds of Trishuli River.
 
A few hours through the drive, you come across Malekhu Bridge, where the vehicle takes a turn away from the main highway and towards Dhading Besi. The path then turns from asphalt concrete to untarred dirt roads leading to Arughat.
 
Upon reaching Arughat, mountains like Manaslu, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal start to appear on the horizon. And a few more hours along the track takes you to Soti Khola. This is where you will be spending the night.
 
The complete drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola takes around 8 to 10 hours by bus.

Day 2: Trek to Machha Khola


Today marks the start of your real trekking adventure. After breakfast, you walk alongside Soti Khola and cross a bridge suspended right above it. Under you’ll see the rustling and gushing river and on your sideways, splendid waterfalls. After the bridge, you walk through beautiful sal forests that lead you to a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River.
 
Further walking along the rocky trail, you go past two tropical waterfalls to arrive at the village of Khursane. The path eventually starts to descend a few rice terraces and a few short climbs to reach Lapubesi. This is a small but beautiful settlement of Gurungs.
 
After a brief stop at this village, you carefully walk past the rocky outcrop of the valley from where you descend to the river shore. The trek continues along the sandy beds of Budhi Gandaki River and towards Naulikhola.
 
You come across another suspension bridge, and after crossing it, you finally arrive at Machha Khola. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 3: Trek to Jagat


After breakfast, today’s trek commences. The trekking trail goes along the gorge, gently heading up and down. A while later, you cross Tharo Khola and reach Khorla Besi, another Gurung village in Manaslu Trek.
 
The trail ascends and descends several times until you reach natural hot springs at Tatopani. This is a great place to take a short break, and you could relax in the soothing hot springs.
 
Leaving Tatopani, you climb a steep ridge and walk through a suspension bridge that lets you cross over the Budhi Gandaki River. You also come across a wide and well-crafted stone staircase that appears on your path. The stairs lead you to a landslide-prone area, which you should be careful while crossing. Then you head over a ridge to Doban.
 
There’s another suspension bridge that suspends over the Yarkhu Khola, which leads you to stone staircases dropping to the river. A few more steps up the stone stairs and you arrive at Thado Bharyang.
 
Trekking through the west bank of Budhi Gandaki and climbing over a ridge, you move your way towards the village of Jagat. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 4: Trek to Deng


Today, the trek takes you through diverse landscapes, dense subtropical forests, multiple rivers, and several tiny villages of significant cultural importance.
 
Firstly you climb over a rocky ridge and reach Salleri and then gently descend towards Sirdibas. As you proceed, the valley starts to widen as you continue towards Ghatta Khola. Then continue walking uphill to a long suspension bridge, and upon crossing it, you reach Philim, a relatively large Gurung village. 
 
The trekking trail turns northward and traverses through several millet fields towards Ekle Bhatti. Further continuing the trek, you enter a steep and uninhabited gorge descending to sloppy grasslands and cross the Budhi Gandaki river.
 
You trek alongside the river jumping from the west bank to the east a couple of times until you reach bamboo forests. Walking through the bamboo forests, you reach Deng Khola and upon crossing this river, you finally arrive at the village of Deng. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 5: Trek to Namrung


After leaving the Deng village, you cross the Budhi Gandaki river and ascend uphill to connect to a trail from Bhi. Then, the trekking trail goes westward and passes through lush green forests with alpine vegetation. Walking on, you make your way through quaint villages of the Manaslu region.
 
You will take a short break in the village of Prok. While resting, you get to enjoy splendid views of Siringi Himal from the viewpoint of this village.
 
The trek continues, and you cross the Budhi Gandaki river several times over today. There are also many ancient gompas and monasteries that you will be passing through. The trail goes upstream and enters Manaslu Conservation Area.
 
Manaslu Conservation Area is home to 211 species of butterflies, 110 species of birds, and 33 species of mammals. You may even spot some rare and exotic wildlife on your way through the dense forests of this region.
 
The trail then goes along the river up through bamboo forests until you arrive at Namrung. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 6: Trek to Sama Gaun


While having breakfast at the Namrung village, you also get to enjoy the sunrise over mountains such as Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Himal Chuli.
 
After breakfast, the trek continues uphill through lush forests to Lihi village. Further through the trek, you pass through Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages before finally arriving at Sama Gaun. This is where you will be spending the night.
 
The village offers stunning views of Manaslu, and there’s a famous gompa called Ribung that you can explore as well during your trek.
 
Shyala village also offers an extraordinary view of high Himalayas as you’ll be surrounded by Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaun


Today, you’ll be resting in the Sama village. This will also serve as a much-needed acclimatization day to help you adapt to higher altitudes and prevent altitude sickness further along the trek.
 
You also have the option to explore the village and experience-rich Sherpa cultures and lifestyles. You could also hike to Pungyen Gompa. This is an ancient monastery that offers insights into Buddhist cultures, and the viewpoint also offers a great view of glaciers.

Day 8: Trek to Samdo


After breakfast, your trekking adventure continues. The trail descends to the Budhi Gandaki river and past a bridge over a side stream. You will be passing many mani stone walls as you get closer and closer to the Tibetan border.
 
The trek then takes you through a trail above the river, passing through several birch and juniper forests of Kermo Kharka. You cross a wooden bridge above the Budhi Gandaki river and climb a steep headland between two forks of the river. Further walking, you finally arrive at Samdo village. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 9: Acclimatization day at Samdo


Today is another day put aside for resting and preparing your body for higher altitudes. But you still have options to hike to nearby places around Samdo village. 
 
The first option is a relatively easy hike to a valley just behind the Samdo village. This route offers fantastic views of Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Simrang, Ngadi, and Larke Peak. The forests en-route the trail are also home to many species of birds, including Lophophorus, lammergeyer, and Himalayan griffin.
 
The other option is Gya La pass, a fairly challenging adventure north of Samdo. It is also a frequently accessed trading route to Tibet.

Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala


After breakfast, the trekking adventure continues, and you pass Larke Bazaar, which is a seasonal Tibetan market. You also come across a wooden bridge.
 
The trail begins to go uphill and you cross two streams while observing the Larkya Glacier. You trek around the valley of Salka Khola and climb a steep uphill arriving at Dharmasala. This is where you will be spending the night.
 
Today’s walking duration is fairly short and thus leaves time for resting and relaxing to prepare yourself for a strenuous day tomorrow.

Day 11: Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass


Today marks the most challenging day of the entire Manaslu Circuit trek and it’ll be a longer than usual hike too.
 
A Quick Tip: Begin your trekking adventure early in the morning to reach your destination before dusk.
 
The trek starts with a gentle ascend to a tiny valley situated north of Larkya Glacier. From here, you get excellent views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda.
 
As you walk further, you’ll be walking across moraines of the glacier. The route starts to ascend higher and becomes steeper as you come closer to the top of the Larkya La pass. This is the most strenuous and challenging climb during the entire trek. However, once you reach the top of it, you are rewarded by awe-inspiring mountain views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal.
 
After taking a brief moment to enjoy the amazing scenery, you descend through low pastures finally reaching Bhimtang. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 12: Trek to Dharapani


Today’s trek commences after having breakfast at Bhimtang. The trekking trail starts to descend along with the Budhi Gandaki river. You come to a wooden bridge and after crossing it you enter dense forests of rhododendrons. The route heads towards Karche, the highest cultivated land in Budhi Gandaki valley.
 
Further walking alongside the river banks, you pass through traditional villages of Gho and Tilije. The path takes you to a bridge suspended over the Dudh Koshi river. After crossing the river, you walk past several mani stone walls and an arch to reach Thonje village.
 
The trail takes a few slight uphills and downhills until you finally arrive at Dharapani. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 13: Drive Back to Kathmandu


Today marks the final day of the trek and you pack your bags, load them up in a jeep and drive back to Kathmandu. The drive takes you along the Prithivi Highway offering you wonderful scenery of the hills, glistening rivers, terraced fields, traditional towns and villages, and mountain peaks.
 
The drive usually takes around 10 hours to reach Kathmandu.

Hygiene in Manaslu Trek

Health is of paramount concern to anyone. Thus, to minimize the risk of falling sick during the Manaslu trek, you do need to pay attention to your hygiene.
 
Manaslu region is quite remote and not many people visit the area. Therefore there only a few teahouses and these are comparatively low standards. Some teahouses may have unwashed bed covers, contaminated water, or unhygienic food.
 
Contamination may lead to diseases and illnesses like diarrhea, cholera, fever, cough, or cold. Diseases like these not only make it difficult to walk, but also affect your immune system, making you vulnerable to altitude sickness.
 
In remote areas like this, there aren’t many health services and the ones that are present usually are far and need a few days of walking to arrive at. So, your best option is to prevent yourself from falling sick.
 
Here are a few ways to maintain your hygiene during the trek:
  • Use hand sanitizers.
  • Keep your nails short and clean.
  • Don't keep inedible substances into your mouth, for instance—money, pencil, finger, and paper.
  • Carry a filtered water bottle and purification tablets.
  • Eat freshly prepared food only.
  • Wash your hands always before eating and after using the toilet.
  • Keep the toilets clean.

Acute Mountain Sickness in Manaslu

The Manaslu Trek takes you to a whopping altitude of 5,135 meters at Larkya La Pass. These aren’t just big numbers but also invite big troubles such as altitude sickness.
 
Altitude sickness is a sickness suffered due to the lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Altitude sickness can be of three different types, namely Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral (HACE) and Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
 
The primary symptoms of altitude sickness include:
 
Early Symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Decreased appetite
Later Symptoms:
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory failure
  • Coughing of blood
If altitude sickness is not treated in time, it could even result in the death of the victim.

Manaslu trek - How to Prevent Altitude Sickness?


Altitude sickness is scary and can occur to anyone of any age or gender. But if you apply a few measures, you can prevent yourself from suffering from this dangerous disease. Here are a few basic prevention measures.
 
Pre-acclimatization
Pre- acclimatization is a process of increasing tolerance of your body in low oxygen levels in artificially constructed low oxygen tents and rooms. This is a modernized concept to the traditional acclimatization methods.
 
Furthermore, this concept can help to lower the acclimatization period in an actual trek, lowering the total days and ultimately reducing the cost of the trek as well.
 
Altitude Acclimatization
Altitude acclimatization is a process of adapting your body to decreasing levels of oxygen with increasing altitudes. In this method, the slower you advance to a higher elevation, the better your body acclimatizes.
 
For a high altitude trek like Manaslu trek, a few days are always allocated for acclimatization depending upon the elevation of your climb. It is also the most effective and one of the best preventive measures for altitude sickness.
 
Medications
Numerous drugs are particularly manufactured to aid in these high altitude treks.
 
Medicines like Diamox and Ibuprofen contain Acetazolamide which helps in reducing and preventing altitude sickness.
 
Acetazolamide is a diuretic that raises the secretion of bicarbonate in the kidney, which then leads to a decrease in the pH of the blood. This causes increased breathing, which then increases the concentration of oxygen in your blood.
 
But you should remember that these drugs may come with some side effects. So, consult your physician or pharmacist before taking any of these medications.
 
Oxygen Supplement
One of the easiest prevention techniques for altitude sickness is an oxygen supplement. A person can start receiving oxygen directly from an oxygen gas bottle using a gas mask and a regulator.
 
You can get these oxygen bottles at different locations en route your trek. However, these are subject to extra charges if used.
 
Hydration
Dehydration can also sometimes lead to altitude sickness. So you need to stay hydrated at all times when trekking.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty


Manaslu Trek is one of the most strenuous and challenging treks in Nepal. Trekkers have to hike through diverse terrains, walk past rustic villages, climb over high Himalayan passes and adapt to high altitudes.
 
The trek covers around 177 km of total walking distance. On average, you’ll have to walk ar

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