Manaslu Circuit Trek

Hi all,

My name is Lotte, 25 years old and from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I will arrive in Nepal on the 6th of September and planning of doing the Manaslu circuit trek starting somewhere between the 28-29th of September. For this trek you need a guide and a minimum of 2 people and that’s why I am looking for more people who would like to join. I am flexible in my plans and currently just orientating on all the possibilities. If I don’t find people who would like to join I will do the Annapurna circuit.

For the Manaslu circuit I would like to do the 15 day one, but I am not in a rush so probably extend it with a few days for acclimatization and to enjoy the scenery/local life.

I am not an experienced hiker in terms of long treks and high altitude but I am reasonably fit.

Please let me know if you have similar plans or any good ideas! 🙂



25 replies
  1. Hi Lotte,

    Have you come across any hiking partners? I am interested in doing the same hike around the same time period. Im a solo female traveler from the US, age 32. Im usually quite fit, but I have been traveling for over a year and difficult to maintain a regular fitness regime so im average physical fitness. I am happy to pay for a guide, but want to avoid the expensive tour cost. Feel free to message me on Facebook. Michelle Schroeder, maybe add sierra pacific. Pic of me on table Mountain, Cape Town. Cheers,


    • Hi Michelle!
      I have send you a friend request on facebook (well at least think it is you haha). I have not found other trekking partners yet. Same here, traveling for 10 months now but I am trying to get more fit by doing smaller treks in Vietnam and Laos at the moment. For the Manaslu circuit trek you have to have a guide but indeed don’t want to book an expensive tour either. When will you arrive in Nepal?


  2. On these dates you most likely will catch monsoon tail 🙁 Safer to start in October

    • Hi Kostko,

      Still end of September? I thought monsoon ended around half September… plan was to start hiking end of September and beginning of October.

  3. Hi Lotte/Michelle,
    I’m a 29 years old guy from the Netherlands and would like to do the Manaslu/Tsum Trek!
    I’ve done quite a lot of long distance hiking in New Zealand and in the European Alphas. Haven’t been higher then 3700 meter, so not yet familiar with high altitude hiking.

    Have you decided if you’re gonna do the Tsum valley as well? If you do, how many days do you plan for this (when I google Manaslu+Tsum it’s usually about 22 days)?

    I arrive in Kathmandu on the 20th of September, maybe we can grab a beer in Kathmandu?

    • Hi Leon!

      Definitely grab a beer in Kathmandu, as Michelle also says, maybe an idea to start a small chat to discuss all our plans. Till when have you got in Nepal?

      Tsum valley seems really nice to add, but I need to be back in Kathmandu on 16 October since my flight is 18 October, which means need to start doing the trek around 22-24 September. I also want to do some sightseeing in Nepal so need to plan a bit for that :).
      Groetjes! Lotte

    • Hi Lotte,
      I’ve got till the 24th of October, but I would like to start as soon as possible. So it’s fine for me to start at the 22th of September.
      Is there another option for a group chat beside Facebook? I kind of really don’t want a Facebook account.
      Cheers, Leon

  4. Hi Leon! Feel free to find me on FB(see above). Maybe we can start a group chat about hiking options

  5. Hi Michelle, Thanks you for the invitation, but I don’t have Facebook… Maybe via Whatsapp?

  6. Lotte, sometimes you get some raining at the beginning of October. Depends. Guessing in September more chances to see that.

    • But that applies for every trek in Nepal right? (Annapurna for instance)

  7. We could just do an email chain, but I don’t want to cast my email or Whatsapp number out on this site……I’m not very tech/social media savy, so I’m up for any ideas!
    I don’t think we want to make all our plans on this site though….

    • You can both send me a private message with your WhatsApp numbers and I will start a group chat :). Just go to my profile and “send message”. Cheers! 🙂

    • Are we still gonna start a whatsapp group? Haven’t heard from Lotte after I send her a message.

  8. Sorry did not get the notification that you send me a message! 🙂

  9. Hello Lotte/Leon/Michelle,

    I hope I can join you in Kathmandu for a beer and possibly join you for the Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek! I am a 45 yo male from Australia and this is the trip I would love to do but need partners as I’m travelling alone. I have not yet booked airfare but will be arriving in Kathmandu about sept 19 and would be happy to start trek between sept 20-27. I think 21/22 days for this trek is good. I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Cheers, Glenn.

    • Hi Glenn!

      Nice to meet you. Can you provide me with your phone number for Whatsapp (if you have that, I know Australians are not frequent Whatsapp users haha) in a private message so I can add you to our group :). Michelle and I are thinking of doing to trek probably around 29 September but I know Leon has exactly the same ideas as you (also including the tsum valley).

      Let me know!



  10. Hey Lotte,

    I sent you a private message with my number, let me know if you got it. Look forward to chatting!


  11. Hej lotte, i arrived in Kathmandu just today and will stay in Nepal till end of November. I am looking forward to trekking with sometimes nice people and the bunch here sounds wonderfully nice. I Was wondering if i could join the beer Kathmandu Group and See if weitere would and could team up. Looking forward to hearing from you

    • Hey Katrin!

      Michelle and I are doing the Manaslu trek leaving 29 September from Kathmandu and starting 30 September with the trek. Plan is to be back in Kathmandu on 16 October. Michelle will be in Kathmandu on 20 September and I will be there a bit later. Let me know if you are interested :). You can send me your phone number in a private message if you like. Sorry for the late reply but we were both trekking the Mardi Himal and that was so good!!

  12. Hi guys,

    I, female solo traveller (25) from Belgium, am arriving in Kathmandu on September 26 and I am interested in the same trek (and the beers haha). Have you made some concrete plans already? Thanks in advance!


    • Glenn and I now are scheduled to depart for the manaslu trailhead on Tuesday September 26. Anyone wanting to join us is welcome — we have a car and guide — but you would have to sign on soon and be in Kathmandu by Sept 25 AM to be added to the trekking permit. We will also be doing the Tsum side trip, so the total trip will be about 20 days. Ross

    • Hey Lotte, Michelle and Eline,
      I just read all your posts about trekking the manaslu circuit.
      I’d love to join you for the circuit trip. I’d be able to start trekking on 29. or 30th.
      I’m in Kathmandu at the moment. We can catch up any time. Let me know if you’re interested 🙂

  13. Hi all, I am a solo Canadian traveller. Heading in the next week as well. Would be good to connect.
    Thanks! 🙂

  14. Hey Lotte, Michelle and Eline,
    I just read all your posts about trekking the manaslu circuit.
    I’d love to join you for the circuit trip. I’d be able to start trekking on 29. or 30th.
    I’m in Kathmandu at the moment. We can catch up any time. Let me know if you’re interested 🙂