Duration: 12 Days
Max Altitude: 5213 meters
Accomodation: Camping/Tea House
Start: Kathmandu
End: Kathmandu
Group Sizes: Min 1
Best Seasons: Spring, Summer & Autumn
Difficulty: Moderate

Trip Overview

Head out on an extraordinary adventure with the Manaslu trek; a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Nepal’s Himalayas. Find yourself navigating through lush forests and charming mountain villages while being accompanied by the breathtaking backdrop of the majestic Manaslu. This mountain is known to be a protector of this region and through this trek, you’ll understand its beauty too. Beyond the thrill of conquering heights, this trek is a cultural immersion too. Start the journey from Arughat and watch as it unveils hidden treasures along the way. Experience the warmth of local hospitality and indulge in local cuisine at cozy teahouses. Don’t forget to forge connections with fellow trekkers too. Move through alpine meadows, cross suspension bridges, and marvel at the views of Manaslu. The Manaslu trek offers the perfect blend of challenge and reward which makes it accessible to both seasoned trekkers and novices. Whether you’re drawn by the call of the mountains or the allure of cultural exploration, this trek promises an unforgettable experience.

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Day 01:

Kathmandu to Machha Khola drive (850 meters/2788ft)

The journey starts with a hearty breakfast in Kathmandu. The magic of the trail mesmerizes you. Along the Prithivi Highway, follow the melodic flow of the Marysyangdi and Trishuli Rivers. The scenic spectacle unfolds along rocky trails which guide you towards Dhading Besi. The route to Arughat starts with a slightly bumpy ride, which goes along the opposite bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Wander through Gurung and Magar settlements and immerse yourself in cultural richness before reaching the inviting destination of Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 02:

Machha Khola to Jagat (2,095m/4,395ft)

Get your permits checked at Machha Khola and begin the trek to Jagat. As you proceed through the gorge while navigating the undulating terrain alongside the river, the trail takes you through a rhythmic dance of ascents and descents. The journey takes a short breather at Tatopani, a natural hot spring. Here, the opportunity arises to immerse yourself in the soothing warmth, offering respite to your tired muscles and joints. Going through the forested landscape, the trail unveils delightful views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. The journey persists until you arrive at Jagat, a pivotal checkpoint marking the entry into the Manaslu Conservation area. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 03:

Jagat to Deng (1,340m/4396ft)

We ascend a rocky ridge that leads us to Salleri. The journey grows as we set our sights on Sirdibas. Our steps guide us to Ghatta Khola, where we cross a long suspension bridge. The journey embraces a Gurung village in Phillim, where we observe the locals and their lives. Navigating a steep gorge, we venture onward, descending through grassy slopes that cradle the Budhi Gandaki. Amidst the widening trail bamboo forests grow and we ultimately arrive at Deng Khola. Overnight in Deng.

Day 04:

Trek to Namrung (2660 m | 8,727 ft)

From Deng, we initially make our way to Upper Jagat and Salleri. As you move through the dense forests, you can observe the delightful views of the mountains like Manasalu and the Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail grows difficult with each day so be sure to rest accordingly. We finally arrive at Namrung where we shall spend the night. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 05:

Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10433ft)

On Day 5 of your Manaslu Trek, bid farewell to Namrung. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and set your sights on the enchanting Lihi Village. As you traverse the trail, a picturesque forest adorned with fir, rhododendrons, and oak trees unfold. You can even see a stream that originates from the Lindanda Glacier which guides you towards Sho village. The trek provides panoramic views of Simnang Himal, Naike Peak, and Mansalu. Immersed in a spiritual ambiance, marked by prayer wheels, mani walls, and fluttering prayer flags, your journey culminates in the welcoming embrace of Lho Village. Overnight in Lho.

Day 06:

Lho to Samagaun (3520m/ 11549ft)

As you bid farewell to Lho, the trail descends to a meandering stream that guides your way through the lush damp forests. Navigate through this serene landscape, and find yourself in the charming Shyala Village. Nestled amidst farmlands, this Himalayan haven opens up to expansive vistas that showcase majestic mountain ranges like Ngadi, Himnalchuli, Manaslu, and its neighboring peaks. We arrive at Samagaun which lies in proximity to the Manaslu Base Camp. From this vantage point, savor the untamed beauty of the Himalayas. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 07:

Acclimatization Day at Samagaon

Spend the day acclimatizing in Samagaon. To prepare our bodies for the difficult journey ahead, we spend a day at Samagaon. You have the option of interacting with the locals and visiting the nearby premises. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 08:

Samagaon to Samdo (3,875m /12,713 ft)

On the 8th day of your trek, you head out on a delightful journey. This elevated ledge provides a vantage point above the river which reveals breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Samdo sits at the confluence of three valleys at an altitude of 3,800 meters. It’s a unique Tibetan village that has its own hydropower project. From here, observe the elegant view of Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang Phuchuli), Ngadi Chuli, and Simnang Himal, Overnight in Samdo.

Day 09:

Samdo to Dharamsala (4,450m / 14,596 ft)

Commence your day with a descent towards the serene banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. The river crossing sets the tone for your upward journey and takes you through the quaint landscapes of Larkya Bazaar. Also known as Larkya Phedi, Dharamsala unfolds as a seasonal village that offers a solid resting place for trekking enthusiasts. Enveloped by the mesmerizing Larkya Glacier, this route invites you to explore the adjacent hills. Overnight in Dharamsala.

Day 10:

Dharamsala to Bimthang (3,720m / 12,201 ft)

A sunrise start takes you towards the northern expanse of the Larkya Glacier and provides captivating views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. You’ll cross the Larkya La pass today and it will be a journey to remember. At this elevated sanctuary, immerse yourself in a visual display of the Himalayan panorama. Behold the amazing presence of Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Himlung Himal, etched against the canvas of the sky. From here, head down the steep terrain and ultimately to Dangboche Kharka. You’ll witness Mani walls along with a quaint rest house. Overnight in Bimthang,

Day 11:

Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m / 6,102 ft)

This is the last walking day of the trek and it is a bit long too. You walk south below Bimthang and cross the Bimthang glacier. Walk through oak, pine, and rhododendron forests and ultimately walk past the Dudh Koshi River. The trail provides mesmerizing views of the Marsyangdi valley. Walk until you reach Dharapani and call it a day for today. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 12:

Dharapani to Kathmandu (1440m / 4724 ft)

From Dharapani, we head back to Kathmandu on a private vehicle. Take a much-needed rest in the vehicle and upon reaching Kathmandu, take part in a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Cost includes

  • Private A/C car or van for airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Special Trekking Permit
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Experienced trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (Each porter carries up to 20 kilograms of luggage)
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) along the trek
  • Essential gear: sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags, trekking sticks, etc.
  • Flight tickets
  • Land transportation where applicable
  • Insurance and equipment for our dedicated trekking staff
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergencies during the trek, we offer timely and professional rescue and medical services. However, it is advisable to have your travel insurance covering helicopter evacuation and medical treatment costs.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable taxes, VAT, and company service charges

Cost excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal expenses of a personal nature
  • Drinks, beverages, hot showers, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

general queries

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be to do this Manaslu Base Camp trek?

As the Manasalu Base Camp trek is a Grade B trek, you can expect it to be moderately difficult. Even if you don’t have previous experience, you can do this trek by preparing yourself physically and mentally.

How long do we walk every day when doing the Manaslu trek?

On average, you can expect to walk for about 4-6 hours per day. Depending on the location, this duration can either be more or less than that.

What is the highest altitude reached in this Manaslu trek?

The highest altitude reached is 5213m which is the elevation of Larkya la pass..

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities during Manaslu trek?

Battery charging and hot shower facilities are available in the trekking route but you may have to pay a certain amount ranging from $1-$2. You must bring your charger along with you though.

Are there ATMs on the way to Manaslu trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trekking route. You will have to withdraw enough cash in Kathmandu or Gorkha.

What about internet access during Manaslu trek?

Internet facilities are available in most places. However, you may run into some technical issues as the internet connection is not as fast as in other countries.

Is it necessary to hire guides/trekking agencies for Manaslu trekking?

It is not necessary to hire a guide/trekking agency and you can do the trek independently too. However, having a guide/trekking agency will make the trek completely hassle-free as they will take care of all the paperwork, accommodation, and food.

How much do guides and porters cost during Manaslu trek?

For the Manasalu region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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