Join our Short Manaslu Circuit Trek - A Stunning Adventure in Nepal!
The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, also known as the Mini Manaslu Circuit Trek, offers an exhilarating and less crowded trekking experience in western Nepal. Established in 1991 for foreigners, this challenging trek takes you on a mesmerizing journey around the majestic Mount Manaslu, standing tall at an elevation of 8156m.
Located along the border of Nepal and Tibet, the Manaslu region requires a special permit to enter and explore its breathtaking circuit trail. Fortunately, the Government-registered trekking agencies in Nepal efficiently provide these permits.
The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is situated to the east of the Annapurna Himalayan range, and it captivates trekkers with its unique environment enriched with abundant biological diversity. This splendid region has earned a reputation as one of Nepal's finest trekking destinations, showcasing the grandeur of the Himalayan mountains, cultural diversity, high-altitude glacier lakes, and fascinating flora and fauna.
The major highlight of this trek is reaching Larke Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5213m above sea level. This pass is renowned for its challenges, making it one of the most popular and thrilling passes among trekkers. While the final section of the pass is slightly steeper, the panoramic views from the top are absolutely rewarding. Gaze upon the awe-inspiring sights of Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, and Kanguru Himal from this vantage point.
Embarking on the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a good level of physical and mental fitness, as it promises an unforgettable adventure. This trek offers one of the best trekking experiences in Nepal, and our team ensures all necessary arrangements for your trekking package.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the flawless mountain scenery, rich cultural experiences, and the real sense of accomplishment that awaits you on the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek!
Day 01: Kathmandu to Machhikhola by 4WD Jeep (710m/ 2328ft) 8 to 09hrs
Day 02: Trek from Machhikhola to Philim (1570ml5150ft) 07 to 08 hrs
Trek from Philim to Namrung (2660m/ 8730ft) 08 to 09hrs
Trek from Namrung to Lho visit Monasteries and overnight at Samagaun ( 3525m/11565ft) 07 to 08 hours
Acclimatization day explore, Manaslu base camp, Pung Gyen Gomba Birendra lake (2630m/8626ft) 07 to 08 hrs
Trek from Samgaun to Samdo Climb high to samdo hill sleep low ( 3700m/12139ft) 4 to 05hrs
Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m/14629ft) 04 to 05hrs
Trek from Dharamshala to Larkya la pass ( 5106m/16930ft overnight at Bhimtang (3700m/12201ft) 12km 08 to 09 hrs
Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1920m/6300ft) 6 to 08 hrs
Dharapani to Bashisahar and to Kathmandu 07 to 09 hours drive
The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you around the Manaslu mountain range and over the Larke Pass.
The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek usually takes around 17 days, depending on the itinerary and pace.
The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is considered a difficult trek and requires a good level of physical fitness and stamina. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, and the altitude can be challenging.
The best time to do the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is during the months of March to May and September to November when the weather is clear and stable.
Yes, you need a special restricted area permit to do the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek. You also need to be accompanied by a licensed guide or porter.
Accommodations during the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek are typically basic tea houses or lodges. They provide clean and comfortable beds and usually have shared bathrooms.
You will need basic trekking equipment such as a sturdy pair of hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a backpack, and a trekking pole. A detailed gear list can be obtained from your trekking company or guide.
The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is generally safe, but like any outdoor activity, there are risks involved. It is important to choose a reputable trekking company, hire licensed guides and porters, and follow safety guidelines to minimize risks.
The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek welcomes trekkers in small groups to ensure safety and convenience throughout the journey. We recommend a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 in a group. However, we understand that individual preferences may vary, and we can customize the group size upon request from our clients.
[Note: The trekking group size does not include crew members. Our exclusive crew consists of one leader, assistant leaders, and porters. There will be one assistant leader for every 4 trekkers and one porter for every 2 trekkers.]
During your stay in Kathmandu city, at the beginning and end of the trip, you will be accommodated in a comfortable 4-star hotel. Our Cost Includes section covers breakfast facilities at this hotel. Throughout the trek, you will be provided with wholesome meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, we offer a variety of snacks, cold drinks, and hot chocolate, especially during the mountainous leg of the journey.
As mentioned earlier, while trekking, you will be staying at standard teahouses, lodges, and camps on a twin-sharing basis, depending on the availability of accommodation facilities at each overnight stop.
For the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is essential to be in good health condition. This trek falls under the category of Moderate to Strenuous Level, requiring participants to walk for approximately 5 to 6 hours a day, and on some days, up to 8 to 9 hours. The highest altitude reached during this trek is 5,213m/17,103ft, which demands more physical effort due to the higher elevation. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, we strongly advise you to seek counsel from medical experts and inform us in advance before applying for this trip.
While previous trekking experience is admired, it is not mandatory. Our experienced crew members will be there to guide you and ensure your safety throughout the journey. All we ask for is a positive attitude and a strong determination to make the most of this incredible trek.
We take pride in our team of highly skilled and knowledgeable crew members who have been carefully selected for their respective roles. Your trek will be led by fluent English-speaking professionals and team leaders who are well-versed in handling various situations that may arise during the trek. Equipped with expertise in ecology, geography, wildlife, flora, fauna, culture, and history, our team ensures maximum efficiency in guiding you through the trek.
Wishing you a happy, convenient, and safe journey!
The best time to embark on the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is between October and May. During this period, the trekking conditions are favorable, and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding environment.
Proper equipment is crucial for a well-planned trekking tour. These gears not only add convenience to your trip but are also essential for its successful completion. We have prepared a comprehensive list of required equipment for trekking in Nepal to ensure your comfort and safety during the trek.
While we do not sell insurance to our clients, we strongly emphasize the importance of travel insurance for your safety and well-being. It is advisable to have a travel insurance policy in place before undertaking any of our trips. This insurance should cover emergencies such as sickness, medical issues, injuries, or any accidents that could potentially affect your trip or jeopardize your life.
We can recommend reputable insurance companies that offer suitable plans, including emergency air ambulance rescue service, medical expenses, and compensation for trip cancellation. Please provide us with a copy of your insurance plans before the trip for our records.
[Note: We will not be liable for any life-threatening accidents as mentioned, under any circumstances.]
The permit fees for the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek are as follows:
Peak Season [Sep, Oct, Nov]: US $70 for the first week and US$ 10 per day thereafter.
Other times: US$ 50 for the first week and US$ 7 per day thereafter.
The permit fee is payable to the Ministry of Immigration. Additionally, you will need both the MCAP and ACAP permits, which are contributions to the Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation, responsible for managing these areas. If you are only visiting Tsum and not crossing the Larkya La, the ACAP permit is not required.
Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit: Rs. 2000 [~US$ 27]
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit: Rs. 2000
We hope this information helps you prepare for the unforgettable Short Manaslu Circuit Trek, and we look forward to guiding you through this incredible adventure!
The dream is real
We did (3 people) a 3 weeks total autonomy trek in the Manaslu region. The organization was perfect. We reach the Larke Pass (~5100m) after 2 weeks. There is no words to explain the feelings I had, We appreciated and highly recommended to travel to Nepal with Hari and Life Dream Adventure pvt. Surely, they will organize your trip perfectly and safely from the beginning to the end. If we plan to visit Nepal again, surely will go with Hari of Life Dream Adventure Pvt. As they are the best. 19th July, 2019
Roberto Murmi Castillo
18th May, 2022
Memorable trip to Manaslu Larke pass.
I have just finished the Manaslu Larke pass trek. It was a great experience and we enjoyed great weather and mostly warm temperatures during the day. Sabin, our trekking guide from Life Dream Adventure, he cared for all details and was always very attentive. He has a sound experience as trekking guide and knows this trek and the good places to stay he know very well. The Life Dream Adventure offers a very professional service and helped us to also after the trek with the organization of transfers and hotel bookings. Fist time we have done trek Upper Mustang and it's our second trip with (Mr. Hari Bhatta) Life Dream Adventure and we can highly recommend this trekking agency for how wants to travel in Nepal for trekking.19th July, 2019
Piotr Jerzy Winski
18th May, 2022