Trek Overview

Manaslu Trek offers an off-beaten trail experience in the Himalayan Region. Manaslu is famous for small tea houses along the Manaslu trek. The Manaslu trek exists 40 miles away from Kathmandu to the east of the Annapurna region. The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘the mountains of spirit. The word ‘Manaslu’ came from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ which means intellectual or soul.

Manaslu Trekking is geographically spectacular and fabulous. Manaslu region which is also termed the Manaslu Conservation Area comprises subtropical Himalaya foothills to arid trans-Himalaya high pastures border in Tibet. Starting from Arughat and extending into Larkya La Pass. The main highlight of this trek is Larke La Pass  (5,106 m), where trekkers get jaw-dropping views of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other mountain ranges.

Manaslu Trek offers the spectacular beauty of a perfect blend of nature, and the lifestyle of local people. Also, this trek is rewarded with stunning views of breathtaking mountain ranges in the Manaslu region. Every year, many foreigners accomplish Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek leads you to Nubri and Tsum valley, which is the hidden treasure of Manaslu.

The trek also passes through the beautiful green forest, ancient architecture, and Buddhist Monastery where many children studied to be a monk. Manaslu shares much of the culture and history with its neighboring territory, Tibet. Manaslu has two ethnicities mainly inhabitant this region: Tsum and Nubri.

Note: Below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.    

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

    Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m) Kathmandu

    Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

    On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to cordially welcome you with great hospitality. The representative will be displaying the “Nepal Sanctuary Treks” placard outside the airport terminal. You will be then escorted and transferred to the hotel in our private vehicle.

    Further, you will be given a brief description of the activities that will take place during the upcoming trip and a preliminary briefing on hygiene and safety by our representative.

  2. Day 2: Cultural Introductory Tour and Trek preparation

    Altitude above sea level: 1,302 m

    Tour Duration:  Approx. 8 hours

    Accommodation: ***Hotel Tibet or similar

    Meal: Breakfast

    9:00 AM: After breakfast, we start our guided cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley. On this cultural tour, you will experience the numerous colors, sounds, and tastes of authentic Kathmandu and its surroundings. Our experienced tour guides will tell you all you need to know and answer all your curiosities regarding those sites.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

    You will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Durbar. This ancient site used to be the residence of the Nepali royal family and administrators. It incorporates an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards, and shrines dating from the 15th to the 18th century.

    The prominent sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square are Kumari Ghar or the house of the living goddess.  Kasthamandap is a huge rest house that is said to have been built with the wood from a single tree and is the source of which Kathmandu valley got its name. Other sites around Kathmandu Square are the ferocious Kal Bhairab – the red monkey God- Hanuman, hundreds of erotic carvings, temples, and statues dedicated to different deities.

    Swayambhunath:

    Swayambhunath (monkey temple), is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center of faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Swayambhunath is the ideal place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. In the shadows of the imposing structure and besides the integrated architecture can be found the daily surge of devotees faithfully offering their prayers to the gods. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist song “Om Mani Padme Hum” resounds everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe and enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.

    PM: Boudhanath

    Then we drive towards Boudhanath.  From the moment you step into the sanctuary, you’ll immediately feel the spiritual energy that comes from the place. Boudhanath is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal, built in the 5th century and listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. The surrounding area is a central spiritual hub of Tibetan life and culture in Nepal. You can see the beautiful dome-shaped structure stupa surrounded by brilliant colorful prayer flags. It is believed that prayer flags convey mantras and prayers into the universe while fluttering in the wind. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

    You can witness monks draped in maroon robes rolling the prayer wheels, burning incense, and flickering butter candles. Moreover, it’s fascinating to see the people feeding grains and maize to hundreds of pigeons around stupa areas. The devotees turn the prayer wheels & chant, which is humbling to see such dedication to their beliefs.

    Delight in the serenity as you hear the Buddhist mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ being chanted by devotees, alongside the echo of music streaming out from the nearby shops.

    Pashupatinath

    Moving on, you will visit the Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of the Bagmati River. The word Pashupati means “the king of animals” and the temple is famous for its monkeys. You will be visiting the Pashupatinath area to indulge in a spiritual journey.

    Pashupatinath is more than just a religious destination. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture. The temple, spread across 246 hectares of land, abounds in temples and monuments. Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. You will get to witness people performing the religious ritual and funeral pyres burning at open-air cremation. Also witness elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. After touring around prominent sites, you will be transferred safely back to your hotel. 

  3. Day 3: Drive Kathmandu-Arughat -Soti Khola

    Altitude above sea level: Arughat (550 m), Soti Khola (597 m)

    Driving duration: 8-9 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you’ll drive west along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards the village of Soti Khola, turning off toward the hilltop village of Dhading. The drive traverses rural settlements, tiny towns, lush terraces, and green hillsides. The road will eventually become a bumpy, dirt path, and you’ll start to witness views of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal. After a long scenic drive, you’ll arrive at Soti Khola, situated in the Buri Gandaki Valley, 

  4. Day 4: Trek Soti Khola to Macha Khola

    Altitude above sea level: (900 m) Macha Khola

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast in Soti Khola, you will be trekking up and down through varied landscapes comprising forests, rice paddies, a cliff-face ridge, a ghastly rapid river, and many picturesque waterfalls. The trek starts by crossing a bridge before you trek through a forest. Then take an ascending trail onto a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River (which is joined by the Tum Khola River in the Tibetan highlands). 

    You’ll then reach Khursane on a rocky trail, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. You’ll finally descend past a few rice paddies, then continue up and around to the quaint Gurung village of Labubesi. 

    From here, you’ll further ascend near a rocky outcrop where the valley widens next to the river. Then you trek down to the river shore and walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Descend again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the village of Machha Khola. 

  5. Day 5: Trek Macha Khola-Jagat

    Altitude above sea level: (1,440 m) Jagat

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After breakfast in Machha Khola, you’ll continue the trek, which follows the canyon and continues up the river. The trail is narrow at first and gradually treks up and down, finally traversing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi where there is a small natural hot spring.  

    From here, you’ll make your way up over another ridge, then cross the Budi Gandaki via a suspension bridge. At this point, you will hike up a wide stone staircase all the way to the ridge of  Dobhan. Once you cross another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, ascent a stone staircase and then hike down to the river and climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. 

    Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, you’ll climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then hike up towards the village of Jagat. 

  6. Day 6: Trek Jagat-Deng

    Altitude above sea level: (1,860 m) Deng

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After breakfast in the village of Jagat, you’ll make your way through numerous landscapes and thick subtropical forests, along with small rivers and rural villages to get to your final destination. 

    As you leave Jagat, you cross a rocky ridge that takes you to Salleri village. Thereafter, you descend to Sirdibas, then cross, using a large suspension bridge, the Buri Gandaki River. Further, take a steep to ascend to Philim, a local Gurung village.

    After passing through a hillside, you come across Ekle Bhatti (“lonely tea house”) before crossing the river again. Then the trail enters the stunning part of the gorge, surrounded by orchids on the top. Subsequently, a steep ascent to the west side of the valley will take you through bamboo forests to Deng.

  7. Day 7: Trek Deng-Namrung

    Altitude above sea level: (2,540 m) Namrung

    Hiking duration: 6-7 hrs. Approx.

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    You will hit a trail to Namrung, after a hearty breakfast.  You set off today’s trek crossing the Budhi Gandaki and hike up the bridge. From here you will ascend a bit further to connect to a trail from Bhi. Further, continue west up the valley traversing verdant forests, alpine vegetation, and picturesque villages of ethnic groups of the Manaslu region, with major peaks starting to loom in the distance

    Thereafter, you will take the trail through Prok. This village has a spectacular viewpoint of the snow-capped Siringi Himal. You can savor the view here and then continue to cross the Budhi Gandaki passing through several gompas. 

    The trail then follows the river upstream through a dense forest and takes to a narrow gorge. Keep an eye out for gray Langur monkeys roaming around. The forest becomes less dense, and the trail is leveled once you cross the river at a gorge. This rewarding part of the walk is a superb way to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area. After a pleasant walk, take a final steep ascent that will take you to the village of Namrung. Namrung is a perfect vantage point for Siringi and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

  8. Day 8: Trek Namrung-Lho

    Altitude above sea level: (3,020 m) Lho

    Driving duration: 4 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast in Namrung, you can stroll around the village to catch a spectacular view of Sringi Himal, and Himal Chuli. Once on the trail, initially, you take an ascent gradually and pass through forests to reach Lihi. This village is renowned for its chortens and barley terraces. Then you take a descending trail and cross the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by.  Further along, you will pass through the villages of  Sho and before reaching Lho village. It is a big village with a monastery and a Lama school, along with a majestic view of Manaslu and Kutang Himal. Once you arrive at Lho you can visit the monastery and explore the Tibetan culture.

  9. Day 9: Trek Lho-Samagaon

    Altitude above sea level: (3,450 m) Samagaon

    Driving duration: 4 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you will leave Lho behind and head towards Samagaon. Today, you will pass through Shyala village, followed by a river originating from the glacier of Pungyen and several chortens and monasteries. As you traverse the ridge, you will reach the fields of Samagaon. 

    Once you reach Samagaon, you will see the potatoes and barley fields. Also, weaving is the main occupation of the people of Samagaon.

  10. Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day at Samagaon

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Today is an acclimatization day, so sleep in and relax. Enjoy a decent breakfast and then spend the day at Samagaon. Samagaon is a great village to explore the local culture and lifestyle. You can take a day hike (2.5 hours) to visit a monastery called Pungyen Monastery (4,200 m). You can enjoy the view of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist scripts, along with photos of local Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes and ornaments.

    Furthermore, you can make it to a glacier lake, called Birendra Taal quite near to the monastery. You will explore both places before you descend back to Samagaon for the night. 

  11. Day 11: Trek Samagaon-Samdo

    Altitude above sea level: (3,860 m) Samdo

    Driving duration: 4 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you hit a trail to Samdo village.  You will trek down to the Budhi Gandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a sidestream. Then, past numerous mani walls as the valley begins to widen. The mountain views along this trail are incredible and get you close to the Tibetan border. The trail is rewarded with commanding views of Manaslu North, Nike peak, and Samdo peak. Along the way, you may come across with mountain goats and yaks grazing on the field along the way. 

    Further, take a gentle walk on a ridge above the river that passes juniper and birch forests to the stone huts at  Kermo Kharka. Thereafter,  you take a descending trail and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge.  Then ascend steeply onto a cliff between two confluences of the river. You’ll come to a stone archway and keep on trekking all the way to Samdo. 

  12. Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Samdo

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    This is another day to take a break for proper acclimatization. You can either take a rest or walk towards Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo.  Gya La Pass (5,300 m) is a frequently used trading route to Tibet. 

    Alternatively, you can take an easy trail up the valley directly behind Samdo to one of the trade passes headed for Tibet. This route has commanding views of Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges comprising Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to this vantage point, you will pass several seasonal herding settlements called doksas and witness some beautiful birds such as the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring above. 

  13. Day 13: Trek Samdo-Larkya Phedi

    Altitude above sea level: (4,460 m) Larkya Phedi

    Driving duration: 3-4 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a hearty breakfast, you’ll pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar (ruin Tibetan market) and drop to the Budi Gandaki River. Further, traverse the wooden bridge and take uphill, crossing two streams while seeing the Larkya Glacier. Then, you’ll head up through Salka Khola valley and ascend again to Dharamsala, also called Larke Phedi. Witness Samdo Peak behind, the entire climbing route of the Manaslu summit on the left, and the Larkya glacier en-route.

  14. Day 14: Trek Larkya Phedi to Bimtang

    Altitude above sea level: (3,590 m) Bimtang, (5,135 m) Larkya La Pass 

    Driving duration: 8-9 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Leaving Larkya Phedi, you will set out on a longer hike after a refreshing breakfast. Though it’s a more challenging trail, you’ll come across a number of rustic villages, clear glacier lakes, picturesque valleys, varied flora and fauna, and some remarkable snowy peaks.

    Your journey begins with a gradual uphill to a small valley north of Larkya Glacier. From where you can savor the mesmerizing sight of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Furthermore, walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gentle ascent, which becomes steeper in the final section of the pass. From here, there is a breathtaking spectacle of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and the massive Annapurna II. You’ll complete with a rewarding walk into misty low pastures in the early evening, with Mount Manaslu emerging in the distance. The trail then descends to the low pastures until you arrive at Bhimtang.

  15. Day 15: Trek Bimtang-Dharapani

    Altitude above sea level: (1,860 m) Dharapani

    Driving duration: 7-8 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    After a long day at Larkya La Pass, you start the day by trekking down the Budhi Gandaki river. After traversing the wooden bridge over the river, you’ll hike along the dense forest of rhododendron trees. Further, continue towards the narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Following a few hours of walking on the river banks, you’ll arrive in the village of Gho. Thereafter, keep on hiking all the way to Tilije. 

    Walking through the beautiful villages, you pass through the bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and hike up through a stupa-shaped arch, and past numerous Mani walls before you reach Thonje village. The trail further goes through a police check-posts before entering the route to Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. Now, you have exited the Manaslu Conservation Area and entered the Annapurna Conservation Area of the trek.  

  16. Day 16: Trek Dharapani-Jagat

    Altitude above sea level: (1,440 m) Jagat

    Driving duration: 6 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: Tea House Lodge

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Today is the last day of our trek, as you exit the Manaslu Conservation Area and entered the Annapurna Conservation Area of the trek. You will trek on the descended path along Marshyangdi River. The trail then, further, passes through the steepest part of the Marshyangdi gorge, from where you descend all the way to Jagat.

  17. Day 17: Drive Jagat-Kathmandu

    Altitude above sea level: (1,302 m) Kathmandu

    Driving duration: 7-8 hrs. Approx. 

    Accommodation: *** Hotel Tibet or similar

    Meal: Breakfast, and Lunch

    After a hearty breakfast, you drive to Besisahar. Further, you pass all the way through the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River. Along the way, enjoy the scenery and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains on the way back to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to your hotel.

  18. Day 18: Final Departure

    Meal: Breakfast

    It is time to fly back home, keeping all the wonderful experiences of Nepal in mind. The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport, where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Fast Facts

  • Max altitude: Larkya La (5,135 m/16,847ft)
  • Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  • Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  • Less crowded and a chance to experience remote Nepali villages
  • Adventurous and challenging trek, trek over Larkya La
  • Beautiful views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and other snow-capped mountains.
  • Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (world’s 8th highest mountain)
  • Visit traditional Buddhist monasteries, experience remote Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyalzen Norbu of Nepal
  • The region is a habitat of  endangered animals such as the snow leopard and red pandas 

What's Included

  • Private airport transfer
  • Private transfers to/from trek point
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with entrance fees.
  • Three nights hotel*** in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Tea house lodge accommodation during trekking on full board
  • Conservation fees, Trek permit, restricted area permit
  • Trek guide and porter
  • Staff insurance and allowances.
  • Duffle bag

What's not Included

  • Additional tours and meals that are not mentioned,
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Visa fee: US$ 30 for 15 days and US$ 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days for multiple entries
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects), Liability insurance
  • Tips

Reviews

We did this trek in 2009 and it was a wonderful experience. There were 8 of us, 6 of whom were all late 50s at the time. Tulsi and Nepal Sanctuary Treks did a wonderful job and based on our experience, would happily recommend them.

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Fred, Canberra, Australia

Dear Tulsi,

I hope that everything with you is alright and that you are in fine health!

I’m sure that the weather in Kathmandu is a lot better than here. I send you this email to greet you and to tell you that everything is alright. The weather is quite bad and we had a lot of bad luck with storms and fresh snow, but everyone is healthy and we still have a good chance to reach the summit.

I especially want to thank you for your staff. I never had any better staff than the guys we are working with now. Both Oom and Ganesh are great cooks. Every meal is fantastic and we are getting really spoiled by their food.  Santa and Rinji are great too. Both are very strong and helpful. Rinji was bit sick yesterday and came down to Basecamp, but he’s better now.  And then Furba: He is really fantastic. Extremely helpful, very strong, always ready to help, to think about the plans, tea break the trail, to organize the trek, BC, the staff, the high camps, etcetera. In short: great!

I am very happy with all of the staff. THANK YOU!

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that we are fine and to thank you for everything you have organized and sending this staff with us.

 See you soon!

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Robert Steenmeijer, Leader - Manaslu Expedition