Manaslu Circuit with Tsum trek
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Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Strenuous
  • TRIP STYLE: Tea House
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 01 Apr 2022

Details

Manaslu Circuit is one of the classic treks in Nepal around an 8,000m peak called Mount Manaslu. This trek also includes a visit to Tsum Valley.

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum trek is a walk around Manaslu including a visit to Tsum valley. This itinerary is six days longer than the Manaslu Circuit trek. Tsum Valley is a new place to explore with little impact from tourism. Tsum is one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys called “Beyul”. It has important ancient monasteries and remote villages. If you have the time it is well worth adding the Tsum trek to your trekking holiday in Manaslu region.

Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth highest mountain at an elevation of 8,156m. A Japanese and Nepalese team climbed to the summit for the first time in 1956.

While trekking around Manaslu you see the spectacular landscape of the Nepal Himalaya. The view from Larkya La is superb of Himal Chuli, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains. The Manaslu trek starts at Soti Khola village a few hours further up the valley from the town of Arughat. The trekking trail passes through bamboo forests in the narrow Buri Gandaki gorge. After trekking to Tsum Valley we rejoin Manaslu Circuit at Deng village. From Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants. Like in Tsum we see colourful Buddhist prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries.

We spend two nights at Samagaon and Samdo villages for essential acclimatisation. From Samagaon you can walk towards Manaslu Base Camp. From Samdo there is an attractive trail to follow towards Tibet where there are often blue sheep. After Samdo village we start the approach towards the Larkya La pass at an altitude of 5,213m. The pass day is hard work although no previous mountaineering experience is required.

The Manaslu Tsum trek has similar scenery and landscape to Half Annapurna Circuit to the West. In Manaslu region there is now a network of teahouse lodges and is no longer a full camping trek. As the lodges are more basic than for Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp we also bring tents as a backup in case.

  • The gradual ascent profile for this trekking holiday has works well for acclimatisation. We organise a longer trek around Manaslu by visiting the Tsum valley. We spend two nights for essential acclimatisation at Samagaon (3,450m) and Samdo (3,860m). 
  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists having operated trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter has designed the itinerary from his first-hand experience of this trek.
  • Our AITO Traveller Reviews for Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley and also our AITO Traveller Reviews for Manaslu Circuit have a holiday rating of 100%. Based on client feedback we won the 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year. Read more about our Testimonials and Awards.
  • We pay for private weather forecasts from EverestWeather.com. We also use in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on our group treks in Nepal. Your leader will have reliable communications for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide the porters with windproof jackets & trousers and shelter. We follow International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive medical aid kit.
  • Our team with first hand knowledge of this trek provides pre trip support. During high season we have someone from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

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Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience. The Himalayan peaks are only a short distance north of the capital of Nepal as seen from the plane. After customs, you will pass into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a Mountain Company signboard. Our representative will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal.

 

After transferring to your hotel we will give you a full trek briefing. The rest of the day will be yours to explore Kathmandu and to make final preparations for the trek. You will hear the Nepalese word for hello ‘Namaste’, you will never forget that word after this holiday.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. We visit three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square. Afterwards you drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath. The last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.

Three major towns in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Each place has great artistic and architectural traditions. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest separated from Kathmandu by Bagmati river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley. Its relative isolation reflected in its slower pace and more medieval atmosphere. In Kathmandu there is a bustle of activity especially in the bazaars and markets. While the city has expanded over the last 10 years it is still possible to see traditional buildings and temples.

Drive to Soti Khola (8 hours driving)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private bus. It is a scenic drive with occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. After exiting the Kathmandu valley we drive along the Pokhara road. We turn off to head North following Buri Gandaki to Arughat Bazaar. After Dhading Besi the road is not hard topped. It is likely to be quite dusty in the bus so it is a good idea to bring a buff or scarf along with you.

The road extends beyond Arughat so these days we continue the drive further up the valley. We change to local jeeps for the drive to Soti Khola. These days this village is a better trail head than Arughat as it saves a day walking along the dusty road.

Walking 11km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Our route heads North following the Buri Gandaki river. We walk through terraced fields and forests with troops of monkeys. After Soti Khola the trail follows the valley sides and then descends later to walk along the river. There is an ascent to the village of Macha Khola.

During the months of both April and early October it will very hot and humid. Temperatures are often more than 30 Degrees Celsius for the first two days of the trek. These dates are the optimal conditions for crossing the high pass. Please be aware of the hot start to the trek. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and apply sun cream.

Walking 14.5km (7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

The path follows the Buri Gandaki river climbing up and down ridges. We pass through the villages of Khorlabesi and Tatopani. After crossing the bridge over to east bank of Buri Gandaki we hike through forest to Dobhan. Further along the trail cross the bridge over Yaru khola river. Shortly after we cross another bridge over Buri Gandaki to Jagat village.

Walking 12km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After Jagat you cross a bridge over Dudh Pokhari khola. We trek through the villages of Salleri and Sirdibas. The trail then descends to cross the bridge over Buri Gandaki to the larger village of Philim. At Philim there is a checkpoint to enter Tsum Valley where the authorities check our permits. We continue to Lokpa located above the confluence of Buddhi Gandaki and Siyar khola.

Walking 7km (4 to 5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We walk along the south bank of Siyar khola on an undulating path through forest. We cross bridges over tributaries Lungwa khola and Sarli khola. Later on we cross another bridge over Siyar khola to the North bank. After this bridge there is a climb up to Chumling where you stay for the night.

Walking 9km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

The trail stays on the North bank of Siyar khola. We cross bridges over the rivers of Udilu khola, Samatikring khola and Sarpu khola. You hike through the village of Gho then further uphill to the village of Chhokang Paro.

Walking 9km (4 to 5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

The trail continues along the North of Siyar khola where the valley is now much wider than before. We walk through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun before continuing to Nile where we stay for the night.

Walking 5km (3 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We follow the trail up to Mu Gompa and visit the monastery. Drupa Rinpoche established Mu Gompa. He was a Bhutanese lama who meditated in the caves close to the current location of the monastery. Mu Gompa is at an altitude of 3,700m located in a position surrounded by high mountains. There are options for walks above the monastery to get views of the valley.

Walking 9.5km (4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

In the morning we can walk further up the valley to the villages of Kalung and Bhajyo. In the afternoon we descend to Rachen Gompa. This nunnery is well worth visiting to see their Buddhist thanka murals.

Walking 13km (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We descend down the same trail to Chumling village.

Walking 13km (7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

From Chumling we descend to Lokpa village. We then cross the bridge over Buri Gandaki to join the main Manaslu Circuit trail up to Deng village. We enter Deng through a Buddhist stone arch known as a Kani.

Walking 14km (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

A short distance out of Deng, the trail crosses back over the Buri Gandaki onto what is now its north bank near Rana. From the bridge the trail climbs a little before heading west on level ground. Shortly after we pass a large waterfall. Once over a wooden bridge, the trail contours up and out of the canyon. We climb high above the river before dropping into the Shringi Khola valley. After the suspension bridge over the Shringi Khola there is a steep climb. The trail traverses along the Buri Gandaki as it flows between vertical walls of rock.

After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap. We enter through an intricate kani with well-preserved paintings and elegant mani wall. After leaving Ghap, you pass more mani walls on the southern side of the river. We walk through a forest and the trail climbs along the river. We pass a waterfall and continue through fir and rhododendron. The trail climbs and finally we enter Namrung through another stone archway.

Walking 14km (8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Not long after leaving Namrung we arrive to Banjam with its wide fields. Soon after Banjam the trail steepens as we walk up to the next village of Lihi with a fine view of Ganesh Himal.
 
A further hour along the trail we arrive to Sho and then followed by another hour to Lho. From this village there are views of Mount Manaslu and the Kutang Himal. After leaving Lho the next village is Shyala. This place is on a plateau then after you cross a bridge over Numla khola. After crossing a boulder field, the trail emerges to the fields near Samagaon village. There is a lot to explore here, it is a little piece of Tibet with many gompas and a traditional Tibetan village.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We spend two nights at Samagaon to help acclimatisation to the high altitude. There are several options for good day walks. One of them is to walk towards Manaslu Base Camp with views of Manaslu and Peak 29. We can also walk up to Phung Gyen Monastery located on a ridge above the village.

Walking 7.5km (3 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We follow the Buri Gandaki northwards to a bridge over a side stream.  We follow the trail passing several mani walls on the trail towards Samdo. The valley widens and there is juniper and birch forest. After passing the stone huts at Kermo Kharka, we descend off a shelf to cross a wooden bridge. We climb up between a fork in the river to a promontory. From this vantage point, one can see the white stone kani marking the entrance to Samdo.

Explore around Samdo

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We spend two nights at Samdo to help acclimatisation before ascending to Larkya La. There is a good day walk towards Gya La which is the trading pass with Tibet. There are blue sheep in this area so look out for these on the grassy slopes.

Walking 5.5km (3 to 4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After breakfast we leave Samdo and start the ascent to the Larkya La pass. We descend through fields to an old mani wall and stone arch. After dropping to the river we cross over on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar.  This used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now.

Another mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass. The trail climbs through tundra and juniper. We can see the Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu from here. We stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail becomes steeper and ascends up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4,000m. Near Larkya Glacier, we reach Larkya Phedi, where there is a small lodge. This is basic accommodation built for trekkers crossing the Larkya La.

Walking 14km (7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After an early morning start, we follow the trail up long gentle climb across moraine. We descend a short way to a lake. Then it becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses to the south of steep grassy slopes. The trail stays on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns. From here we can see the prayer flags marking the Larkya La pass. We descend to four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass.

The summit of Larkya La pass is at 5,213m. The view of the Himalayas is superb and Mount Manaslu is centre stage. The conditions for crossing the pass vary depending on time of year. We include micro crampons, gaiters and walking poles in our kit list. You will use this equipment if the pass is icey and slippery.

On the descent from the pass the trail follows the top of the moraine. We make a set of steep, rough switchbacks as we cross the moraine. Then we descend a less steep slope on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at 4,080m. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow. We pass a mani wall then enter the cluster of lodges at Bimthang at an altitude of 3,590m.

Walking 19km (7 to 8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

From Bimthang the trail drops to a glacial stream and these are the headwaters of the Dudh Khola. We cross a wooden bridge and descend into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk at 3,430m. The trail improves as it descends to a fork in the river and then follows the river at 3,030m. Not far from here you reach Karche's fenced fields. We cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. We make a descent to the river bank at Gho.

The trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak. We arrive the large Gurung village of Tilje. We exit the village through a stone arch and cross the Dudh Khola. We follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. We see the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. We pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch. Then Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

Walking 14km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After Dharapani we are now on the popular Annapurna Circuit. The trail now follows this classic trek in reverse. We walk through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge. We follow Natural Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT) away from the road on the other side of the valley. Our trek ends in Jagat as it is now possible to take jeeps from this village along the road to Besisahar.

Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar

Breakfast and Lunch

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

From Jagat we take jeeps along the road to Besisahar. At this small town we switch vehicles to our private bus sent from Kathmandu to collect you. You will arrive back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon.

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home. End of trip.

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What's Included

  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.
  • Lodge based accommodation on trek however we also bring along tents in case you prefer to sleep outside of the lodge. The tents will be allocated on a twin share basis using our three person Western branded tents.
  • Twin share room with common bathroom while on trek.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, trekking guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus.
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Manaslu region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Thuraya satellite phone to ensure our guides have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • Manaslu trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is in Lazimpat next to the Radisson. This is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our clients have enjoyed staying at this property. It has a good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor. On the fifth floor there is a roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Teahouse lodge in Nepal

While on trek at a teahouse lodge in Nepal there are twin share rooms with common bathroom and a heated communal dining room. 

We will provide all meals at the lodges and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal. We regularly inspect and select the best lodges in each location.


Practical Information

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Kit List for Manaslu Circuit

This is the mandatory kit list for the safety of everyone in the group and to ensure a successful trek. You must have the following items tailored for Manaslu Circuit trek. The group leader will check your gear in Kathmandu before departure for the trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. At the start of the trek you will experience warm conditions with temperatures up to 25 Celsius. You experience the coldest temperatures in Larkya Phedi at an altitude of 4,460m. Overnight lows here will be down to around -12 Celsius.

You should bring a rucsac or backpack for gear required during the day. Your pack should contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The weight limit is 5kg. A porter will carry the rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag. The weight limit for your duffel bag is 15kg. Please mark your bag on the outside for easy identification.

Print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear

  • Walking Boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support. Boots must be in good condition, the best approach is to get new boots and break in before the trek. 
  • Trail shoes. Used around lodge.
  • Walking socks.

For crossing the passes

  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Two poles are mandatory for your safety. These will be helpful on steep sections of the trail and river crossings. Also for walking on snow or ice higher up.
  • Kahtoola Microspikes or YakTrax Summits. These are for your security when descending passes with snowy or icy conditions. They fit onto your walking boots.
  • Gaiters. A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through snow or on wet ground.

Clothing

  • Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek and in windy conditions.
  • Trekking trousers. (eg. Mountain Hardwear Mesa V2 or The North Face Paramount Peak).
  • Soft Shell Trousers.
  • Long sleeve tops or shirts (not cotton).
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece or synthetic/ primaloft top.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece / synthetic top. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket. This provides the most warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece or synthetic leggings. Worn around the camp or added as a layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket.

Head and Gloves

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.
  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf (eg. Buff Headwear)
  • Head torch. Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses. The lenses need to be Category 4 rated. They should have side protection or wraparound design.

Personal equipment

  • Sleeping bag. Overnight lows down to -12 Celsius. It is possible to rent a bag from Shonas Rental in Kathmandu.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty. Also helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Day pack. Recommended size is around 30 litres. You need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing. The pack should have a good waist belt. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Two poles are mandatory for your safety. These will be helpful on steep sections of the trail and river crossings. Also for walking on snow or ice higher up.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold dry bags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles. Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best. You may use a hydration pack lower down but the tube will freeze in the cold so ensure you still have two water bottles.
  • Pee bottle. Recommended as means you do not have to get up to find the toilet tent at night! For men you can use an old water bottle. For women take a look at SheWee.
  • Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer. Keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks. We provide sanitizer for use before meals.

Travelling

  • Duffel bag for your personal gear on the trek. Will be carried by a porter. Rugged and waterproof made of a plastic material. Size 80-100 litres. Eg. Mountain Equipment or Rab. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag with soap, travel towel, toilet paper, toothbrush etc.

We provide a comprehensive group first aid kit.  Please bring personal medications and other items you might use such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
  • Rehydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Risk assessment for Manaslu Circuit

You should be aware trekking in a developing country involves a risk of personal injury or death. You must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions and unpredictable weather. There could be last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of our trips.

We have performed a threat and risk assessment for our Around Manaslu trek. Our trips have a degree of risk. This is part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. By identifying the hazards we assess the level of risk. We have control measures in place to reduce this happening or to reduce the impact.

Our risk assessment is available to clients on request. We have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path.
  • Altitude sickness including but not limited to acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE).
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. crossing Larkya La pass in whiteout.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Please note during the months of April and October it will be very hot and humid for the first three days of the trek.
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Snow and ice avalanches.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (e.g. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals can knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite. Discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. Discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury. Such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic accident. We use a private bus from Kathmandu to Arughat and back from Besisahar to Kathmandu. Due to local rules we cannot drive our bus to Soti Khola and Jagat. It is necessary to use local jeeps for these sections of road.
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area. You are away from the usual emergency services and medical facilities. Evacuation for a serious injury requiring hospitalisation could take up to several days. This delay could impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the usual means of evacuation. They are not always available or hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

 

Weather and conditions for Manaslu Circuit

 

Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary has a wide range of temperatures. This depends on the season, altitude and time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m, the nights will be cool around 5 Celsius. During the day temperatures sometimes rise to 20 Celsius. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 Celsius to -12 Celsius. The conditions of the Manaslu region are very similar to the more popular Annapurna region with Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp treks.

The trekking season in Nepal is from late September to May. October and November is generally recognised as having the best weather. Spring is a popular time of year to trek the Manaslu Circuit with warmer weather than in Autumn. Also, there is the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom.

We have written a blog article When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal Himalaya? This has information about the weather and conditions in Spring and Autumn seasons. It also explains the differences between the trekking regions of Nepal.

Trip Reviews

Review by TimD on 20/06/2018

Incredible Trekking Experience. 3 weeks spent trekking the remote Tsum Valley then the Manaslu Circuit. The views were spectacular every single day. The trekking was tough but incredibly rewarding and it is certainly an experience we will remember for a lifetime. The Mountain Company was excellent. They were incredibly professional and every situat ...

Review by Richard on 07/11/2018

Enchanting Himalayan Tsum valley and the dramatic Manaslu trek. A 21d trekking trip in the Himalayas preceded by a day sightseeing in Kathmandu where we managed to visit most of the major sights. The needs of the differently-paced trekkers were taken into account with plenty of time to rest and soak in the scenery. This trip was essentially two tre ...

Review by SnoMo on 05/12/2018

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley in Nepal. This is a 24 day trip with 19 trekking days. It was an amazing experience with a magnificent view of Manaslu and other mountain ranges. Also learned about local culture from trekking through local villages. There were some long days but well worth the effort. The crew was always there to let a hand. I am v ...

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