Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek

  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Region
    Moderate
  • Duration
    16 Days
  • Transportation
    Drive
  • Max Height
    B.L.D.
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Trip Grade
    5160m.
  • Accomodation
    Drive
  • Group Size
    02
  • Best Season
    Hotel/Lodge
  • Meals
    Sep-Dec & Mar-May
  • Start / End Point
    Soti Khola/ Dharapani

Trip Overview

Manaslu Trek is one of the most beautiful restricted trekking routes in Nepal. Probably, it’s an ideal trek in the Manaslu region. The journey encompasses the amazing abode of the world’s 8th tallest mountain Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and Nepal’s rural villages of both Himalayan and hilly belts. The trail is within the Manaslu Conservation Area Project and Annapurna Conservation Area. Therefore, in one single trek, trekkers get the delightful scenery of mountains from the Annapurna region, Manaslu region, and Ganesh Himal region of Nepal.

The trip to Manaslu starts from Soti Khola in the Gorkha district and ends in Besisahar. It touches the Annapurna Circuit Trek route as well. Moreover, if a trekker wishes to add the hidden valley Tsum to the trip, they can get a more authentic Tibetan Nepalese lifestyle as well.

Tranquil Region to Trek in Nepal

Most of the commercial trekking routes of Nepal like the Everest Base Camp Trek route and Annapurna Base Camp Trek route are crowded. Thousands of trekkers trek on these trails throughout the year. Therefore, you may not get the serene and tranquil environment that you are looking for while trekking up in the Himalayas. However, Manaslu Trek can be an ideal region for a less crowded trekking journey. The route still has the aesthetic and authentic rural Nepal vibes. Do the trek if you would like to experience serenity, tranquility, and pristine travel moments.

Highlights of 17 Days Manaslu Trek

  • Diverse Landscape, wildlife, and vegetation
  • Rivers, Lakes, and Waterfalls
  • Over a dozen mountain vistas including Annapurna, Ganesh, and Manaslu
  • Larke La Pass (5167 m) Crossing
  • Multiethnic People (Brahmins, Chhetris, Magar, Gurung, Tibetan, and Dalits)
  • Monasteries, Pagodas, and Gompas
  • Terraced Farmlands

Route Information of Manaslu Trek

The route of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal starts from the lowland terraced farmlands area of the hilly region and extends up to the Tundra vegetation region of 5167 m from the sea level. The trail traverses mostly on the shores of the Budi Gandaki River through its gorges. There are countless waterfalls, streams, and lakes along the way.

The crossing of the daunting Larkya La Pass (5160m) is the most arduous thing to do in the trek. However, the scenery of the mountains from the top is remarkable. The sight of mountains like Annapurna II, Kang Guru, Manaslu, Gyaji Kang, Himlung, Nemjung, etc. makes an entire trek worthwhile. Moreover, the chance to be at two of Nepal’s most famous trekking destinations – Manaslu and Annapurna regions in one single trek is not an ordinary traveling activity.

What are the modes of Transportation for the 14 Days Manaslu Trek?

The modes of transportation for Manaslu Trekking are either by road or by air (Helicopter Ride). However, a helicopter ride is not common for trekking. A major way to reach the trailhead of the route is by taking the local bus or jeep. If you are in a jeep, you can reach Soti Khola or Machha Khola in about seven hours but by local bus takes about nine hours. Upon completing the trek, trekkers have to take a jeep ride to Besisahar and a further jeep or bus ride to Kathmandu.

Permits Information for Manaslu Trekking

Interestingly, trekkers have to take two conservation area permit, one TIMS permit, and one special restricted area permit. Therefore, trekkers need to prepare all these documents before embarking on the trip. The conservation area permits are for ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project). The route is classed under the restricted trekking destination of Nepal. Therefore, they need to get a special permit from the immigration department of Nepal. Finally, trekkers also need to get the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information System) card.

Can I do Solo Trekking in Manaslu Region?

No, a solo trekker is not allowed to do trekking in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The trekking has to be in a group of at least two trekkers accompanied by the Nepal Government Licensed Guide appointed by the Nepal Government registered trekking agency.

Accommodation, Food, and Drinking Water during Manaslu Trek

As in most of the trekking trails of Nepal, the Lower Scenic Manaslu Trek route also has a teahouse or lodge type of accommodation. Luxury resorts are hardly available for the overnight stay on the Manaslu Trekking journey. People have to stay overnight in a shared room with two or more beds. The bathroom is not attached in most of the teahouses as the trekkers need to use the common toilet facilities. The menu has different items from Western cuisine to local delicacies. However, as the altitude increases, trekkers will find a decrease in the food items. For drinking water, you can get bottled mineral water in most of the teahouses at low altitude places. Carry water purifying pills for drinking water in places where you can’t find bottled mineral water.

Internet and Phone Networks in the Manaslu Region

In most of the teahouses and lodges, you can find WIFI access. However, you might have to pay for the services in most lodges. If you would like to make calls, you may have to use the satellite phone as the mobile network is hardly reachable in some places of the trail, especially in high-altitude places.

Best Time to do the Trek in Manaslu

The best time or season to do the Manaslu Trek is during the months of spring and autumn season. Spring and autumn seasons in Nepal are the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. Monsoon season and winter season must be avoided for trekking. The threat of excessive snowfall, landslides, and floods makes it unsafe for trekkers to do Manaslu trekking during winter and monsoon season.

Travel with the local experts. The crew members for the Manaslu Trek are hired locally along with the Nepal Government Licensed local trekking guide. It is essential to make trekking safe and informative. The possibility of getting these two factors for the Manaslu Trek is almost guaranteed while traveling with the locals. If you would like to add Tsum Valley in your trekking itinerary, contact the travel planners in an advance. Add a few more days in your original itinerary and explore almost every place in the amazing Manaslu region of Nepal.

Details Itinerary

On the main arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal international airport meet our staff and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city then check into your rooms after rest meet our guide for group briefing provides you with information on the treks to make your stay with us enjoyable.

The morning begins with an overland journey from Kathmandu towards Nepal Mid-West to reach the Gorkha area, as the drive takes you on the main highway to Arughata large farm town, continues further toSoti-Khola village for an overnight stop, populated mainly by Magar and Gurung people the hill tribe of Mid-West Himalaya.

The first-day walk starts heading into the steep valley, within the forest area as lead past villages to reach the wide-area within a cultivated terrace of Lapbesi village as walk descends to sandy riverbed following a trail that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side. As walk progress leading to a climb towards Machha Khola for an overnight stop, a village with many teashops and small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.

From here onward into interesting farm villages and cultivated fields as vegetation changes slowly as altitude gains, where morning walk takes you over a stream where Machha Khola (Fish Stream) name comes from, route lead upstream to Khola-Bensi village and at Tatopani a place with natural ‘hot spring’. The walk continues as valley turns into narrow and steep, and then trail reaches to cross the suspension bridge, after a short period of walk entering a patch of forest and then reaching at Doban located on the high shelf of Burigandaki River.

Morning walk towards broad gravel field and at Lauri stream crossing over a suspension bridge that climbs to the high ridge then descend into a valley of Yara Khola, the journey continues for another hour to reach at Jagat. Jagat a nice looking farm village of moderate size after Arughat; people here with mix race Magar, Chettries, Brahman, Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) and some Newar people, lodge owner and shopkeepers.

From Jagat descend to the riverside, and then climb on terraced hillsides of Saguleri, with a view of Sringi Himal 7,187m, as the walk continues with ups and down the trail then reach a bridge over Buri-Gandaki. After crossing trail winds up to reach at Philim village for short break and observe this nice farm village with rich cultivated fields and terraces.

After a refreshing stop walk leads higher past scattered farm villages with the climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley, to reach a rocky ridge top covered within bamboo forest area towards Eklai Bhatti means a lonely Inn. After a rest walk to the high Manaslu area, route diverts North West to reach our overnight stop at Deng a small nice village of more Tibetan culture.

Morning walks into sheer cliff walls after dramatic section trek continues to reach around farm village, where houses and terrains change into strong Tibetan culture and of Buddhism religion after few hours walk leads to Bihe, a small village for an overnight stop, where people are more of Tibetan origin with ancient Buddhist culture. Villagers raise buckwheat, wheat, barley, and potatoes as staple crops since trekking gain popular around the area, spinach, carrots, and cabbages are also grown.

From here into more cooler air, morning walk continues for another two hours to a steep-sided and scenic valley, encountering Mani prayer stone walls as walk leads at Ghap a nice village with a stop for a possible lunch break. After Ghap altitude gains as route heads into alpine woodland where path meander to steep climb as valley opens up with extensive pastures and then crossing a large stream flowing from the glacier of Lidana. On walks view of Manaslu local name as Kutang Himal with Pang Phuchin 6,335m, Saula Himal 6,235m with many unnamed peaks of above 6,000m. Walk from here takes you uphill altitude gains as the walk takes you past farm village to reach at Namrung for an overnight stop, the village also called ShoNamru.

With overnight at Namrung, walk into spread out farm fields, Yak herder huts, and shelter, Manaslu valley villager’s farms during summer, from here walk leads to high and scenic valley all the way to Lo Gaon a nice village for an overnight stop. One of the attractive villages around the Manaslu region, at Lo, enjoy close views of towering Manaslu North Face, around Lo, visit its monastery with numerous Chorten and Mani walls with views of Ganesh Himal towards east.

From Lo-Gaon walk much easier walks of a slow and gradual climb with constant views of the mountain with Peak 29 ahead, after a few hour climbs reaching a patch of forest at Shala village with an excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Walking for a few hours further where day endsatSama-Gaon village, with views of Mt. Manaslu. Sama-Gaon village one of the largest around Manaslu Valley, where natives are mostly farmers cultivating buckwheat, barley which are the main crops in this high and harsh terrain, potatoes and some high and cold vegetables are also grown. Villagers around high Manaslu valley descended from South West Tibet way back more than 400 years of history were custom and culture of ancient Buddhist heritage similar to its origin Tibetan predecessor. The local villagers are still active with trade and bartering across the border with Tibet taking few days to reach the frontier of Nepal and Tibet, actually located on the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route of the two countries.

Today a free day for acclimatization before the climb to high Larke-La pas, here explore around Sama-Gaon houses adorned Tibet heritage facing views of peaks and visit the old Monastery.

After time and rest in Sama-Gaon, walk lead to reach the last village of Gorkha and Manaslu region at Samdo, morning walk with the slow climb as elevation gains to dry country, taking slowly with a short break to enjoy surrounding beautiful views. The walk continues to reach Samdo village with a short climb to the last village of the region, a moderate size village with more than fifty houses where nearly two hundred villagers live around this high harsh and dry country.

On leaving Samdo village, the walk continues to the end of the Manaslu area with grand views of snow peaks includes Mt. Manaslu, walk to cross icy streams to reach Larke Phedi means the bottom of a pass, also called Dharma-Sala (travelers rest house/shade). At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb to cross over high Larke-La pass towards Manang area.

After rest and overnight at Larke Phedi, early start up-hill past few huts of Dharmasala, walking over moraine of rocks and boulders and past ablation of north Larke glacier, facing views of Cho Danda with Larke Peak, as walk continues with gradual climb to reach on top Larke-la festooned with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags. From the top excellent panorama of HimlungCheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes series of Manaslu peaks, and then long descend to a valley called Larcia, and walk further for another hour on moraine ridge to Tambuche at 3,900m, at the bottom of a pass, from here short walk to Bhimthang for overnight stop after a long, hard climb. Bhimthang a beautiful spot located on a wide green valley with a number of lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls, the area surrounded by green tall trees of rhododendron-pines and oaks.

From Bhimthang rest of the journey on the downhill with few short climbs to reach atGho and Dharapani, as morning walk starts facing views of peaks on gradual path into dense woodland. Finally, day completes reaching a small clearing in the midst of woodland at Gho for an overnight stop, a small cattle and yak herders summer pasture a temporary settlement with few small lodges for an overnight stop.

Enjoy last day walk of the adventure as morning heads on nice, pleasant trail downhill within a cool shade of the forest to Teje, a lovely village, located by the raging Masrsyangdi River, from here short last climb to another nice and large village at Dharapani. A large spread-out village located on the junction of the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and Manaslu route, Dharapani placed in a river gorge within lovely tree lines where the motor has reached for the last few years, this village offers excellent lodges for travelers.

Today breaking the driving journey as morning drive takes you for few hours further down around Lamjung area within low warm farm country, as ride leads on winding downhill to Syange then at Besisar for an overnight stop, headquarter town of Lamjung district, with time in the afternoon for a stroll and catch interesting culture of the locals.

After a pleasant overnight stop at Besisar, depart this town as morning drive takes you on the much better nice road on the interesting highway to reach back at Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu late afternoon or evening time check into your respective hotels, with the rest of the evening free to enjoy your own personal activities and shopping.

Last and final day in the country of the amazing scenery of high Himalayan peaks within the harmony of colorful various cultures, as per your time for international flight our staff, guide transfer you to the airport for final departures home-ward after the most memorable experience and adventure on Around Manaslu trekking.

COST INCLUDES

  • All ground transportation.
  • Two nights Boutique Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast.
  • During the trek three times meals (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by deluxe bus.
  • Three times hot tea per day.
  • During the trek fresh fruit.
  • Government register expert and knowledgeable trekking Guide (Including Salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance)
  • One sharing porter for two guests to carry belongings (Including Salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance)
  • Trekking gears down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag (if required)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Trekking map and poles
  • Farewell Dinner.

COST EXCLUDE

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from the mountain.
  • All the expenses in the mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay, or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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