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Manaslu Trekking

Trip Facts

21 days,
Trip Destination:
Around Manaslu
Program Type:
tea house trek / camping,
Minimum Pax:
2 person,
typical village and natural trail to walk,
Mode of Travel:
tea house and tent both,
3 times a day,
bus and jeep,
Trip Grade:
Manaslu Trekking


The Manaslu trekking is one of the finest treks in Nepal. It has only recently opened to tourists and offers a once in a lifetime experience to explore the beautiful, rugged northern border of Nepal with Tibet. This is a remote wilderness area, relatively untouched by tourism and rich in wildlife and culture and is an excellent alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. This trek begins in the fascinating ancient city of Gorkha (the ancestral home of the Nepalese monarchy and the home to the world famous infantrymen). It then follows the Buri Gandaki Valley over the thunderous river, under towering cliffs, and through dense jungle. As you ascend you will experience many different landscapes and climatic zones until you reach the lunar Tibetan Plateau. The trail now lined with temples, Chortens, and monasteries. The scenery here is magnificent and your panorama includes Himalchuli (7,893 m), Peak 29 (7,835 m) and the mighty Mt. Manaslu (8,118 m – the eighth highest mountain in the world). The high point of this trek is the crossing of the Larkya La Pass (5,213m). From here there are unsurpassed views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,939m). You then descend into the Marshyangdi valley and onto Besisahar to complete your trek.

The culture and traditions of the people in this area remain intact as it is a conservation area. Manaslu trekking gives you the chance to explore primitive villages where westerners are still a rare sight and where the way of life has lain unchanged for decades, even centuries. The region is mainly inhabited by the Gurung people who mainly practice Buddhism but as you travel north into the Nupri region the area is populated with descendants of Tibetan immigrants. This amazing contrast of culture and scenery will leave you with unforgettable memories and a desire to explore this beautiful region further.

Manaslu Trekking Highlights:
  • Kathmandu City Tour,
  • Drive to Arughat Bazaar through several typical Villages,
  • Budi Gandaki river, beautiful field, and unbelievable Landscapes,
  • Old buddies Stupa and GompaS,
  • Larky- la pass and really touching nature as well as panorama view from the top,
Manaslu Trekking Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Airport.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. 7 Hrs
Day 03: Trek to Soti Khola (550m.) Approximate 6 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (885m.) About 6 hrs.
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) About 6 hrs.
Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1860m.) Approximate 7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2625m).6 hrs walk
Day 08: Namrung to Lho-gaon (3100m.) 4 Hrs walk
Day 09: Lhogaon to Samagaon (3400m.) takes 4 hrs
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690 m) 4 to 5 hrs
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4480m). 5 hrs
Day 13: Cross Larkya La (Pass) (5135m) then trek to Bimthang (359om.) 7 hrs
Day 14: Bumthang to Dharapani (1860m.) 6 to 7 Hrs
Day 15: Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besishahar. 8 hrs
Day 16: Depart way Home


Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Airport.

Our team members will pickups you by private transportation as per the size of your group we will provide the size of vehicles. when you land in Kathmandu airport there will be someone belongs safe holiday adventure who will pick up you and drop to your hotel than trek preparation and payment if rest to pay.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. 7 Hrs

After breakfast at your hotel we have to go to new bus park which is about 15 minute drive from Thamel, must of the buses leaves early morning because it is quite long off-road drive for 3 hours after Dahling Beshi and as it is public bus they need to stop many times to drop and pickups for local passengers. After a long drive by local bus, you will reach Arughat bazaar which is near the Budi Gandaki river at the bottom of the massif mountains both side. Overnight at Arughat bazaar.

Day 03: Trek to Soti Khola (550m.) Approximate 6 hrs.

When you ready after your breakfast we start our trek to Soti Khola. it must be your exciting day to explore the village life, nature, and the local peoples. This day you go to walk on a flat road and also You going to pass many traditional houses, subtropical forest, greens and vegetation scenery, terrace filed of rice and corn, it is 5 to 6 hours walking than you reach Soti Khola located at the bank of Budi Gandaki river where you will sleep your night.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (885m.) About 6 hrs.

It is your lovely walking day has many zigzag walking routes at most of the places and the similar scenario like another day that you are passing the forest, terrace field, local people, valley view and their traditional houses. There is also some Tibetan residence, Mongolian inhabitant along the trekking route . after going through that local village you will have to walk again a zigzag way before you reach Machha Khola, mainly suspension bridges and the cliff of the mountain are the major attraction of this day. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) About 6 hrs.

This day, in the beginning, you are going to follow the small trekking path takes you to Thado Khola (stream) then continue to Khorlabeshi. After passing those villages there will be some uphills and downhills both for some time then you will reach at Tatopani, where you can have a natural bath at the pool to recover your tiring legs and body for a while than trek to the ridge of the hill and cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki again. When you pass those bridges there are some dangers part such landslide, small and isolated area so you should walk in a group and guide. After crossing few times those bridges and ridge you will arrive at Jagat where you going sleep a night.

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1860m.) Approximate 7 hrs.

Your first passing village will be Salleri and Sirdibas when you start your walk than trails leads you to Ghatte Khola(stream) then you will have to cross a long suspension bridge to rich big Gurung community In Phillim. Instead of Deng, some travelers used to stay at Phillip too. Mainly this day you are walking into the valley, bamboo trees rocky trails and some suspension bridges take you to Deng village. You sleep a night there in a Local base lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2625m).6 hrs walk

Your short walking at begging is an easy start than the walking path goes over the bridge again to the other side of the river than after trails climb up to Rana after short time walks from Rana you will be at the west wide valley of Gandaki river. We walk most of the time through forest and colorful panted Mani walls of buddies’ religion and some monastery too than we will reach Gap, it is a wonderful spot to explore the high mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Siring Himal, and Hochuli. The trails still go through the valley and last uphill take you to Namrung village where you will spend your night.

Day 08: Namrung to Lho-Gaon (3100m.) 4 Hrs walk

It is quite a windy day moves towards the high Himalaya region. At first, you going to walk steeply for some time then you will reach Lihi, which is popular among the localities for Chortens and many kinds of crops. A peaceful area and the magnificent green views make you feel more strength to walk as you inspire like that you will reach Simpang which is best small area after some walk you will be at Lho Gaon. Overnight sleep at a local lodge.

Day 09: Lhogaon to Samagaon (3400m.) takes 4 hrs

Your first few minutes walking takes you to Ayala village than walk to Sama village, which is the lovely spot for picture and views. A natural beauty, Mt Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other many peaks you can see over the massif Glacier. This night you sleep at Samagaon.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.

It is your rest day but if you are fit enough you can go to Birendra Tal(pool), which is picturesque and magnificent views of high mountains. We only suggest going there for strong and train trekkers as it can be the long walking day. If you are just happy to go around trying to go to Nun Gompa which is near your hotel where you can experience buddies traditions and lifestyles of Himalayan minks than this sight trio you can go back to the hotel. Sp[ent the night there again.

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690 m) 4 to5 hrs

It is another adventure day but the view and scenario are insane. you are still following the beautiful Gandaki valley and cross the bridge to the other side, pas some juniper and small forest as it is calm and peaceful. Your exciting mind and strong legs continue towards Samdo passing some small tea house and slop down hills finally you are there at Samdo, you going to sleep at the tea house.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4480m). 5 hrs

You going to starts this walking day after crossing a wooden made bridges over Gandaki river than takes you to the ridge where you need to walk upwards than explore the beauty of mountain Glacier. Dharmasala is not the long walking trail but the cause of altitude it is better to take your enough rest while you are walking and drink lots of warm water. After many zigzag ways passing through for 5 hours, you will reach Dharmasla where you going to sleep in a lodge or tent, depends on the availability of the room because there are only a few small lodges and in high season we might get tent belongs hotel.

Day 13: Cross Larkya La (Pass) (5135m) then trek to Bimthang (359om.) 7hrs

You have to begin your walk in the morning as early as possible because you have to walk quite long today. You are walking up to Lara pass steeply uphill on a rocky trail and strong wind. When you step at the top Larya pass you will have a magnificent snow cap Mountain View such as Ma. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Lara peak, the Himal, many small peaks 5000 m high. After crossing Lara pass recently the trails leads you steeply down on a rocky path and you will also encounter many icy lakes which are just stunning over the high mountain. Walking pass through some small icy lake you are reaching there at Bhimtang which buddies rea that you can see many Mani walls, Buddhist art and you will experience the culture of those locals. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 14: Bumthang to Dharapani (1860m.) 6 to 7 Hrs

Exploring such a stunning mountain view In Bhimtang village your trails takes you downwards to the Bridge over Dudh khola.. there is Rhododendron forest, small valley walking and field to walk after that bridges than trails upwards to the Gho. There are still many beautiful views and valley passing through Tilije and some other small village where you can experience the localities and their farming work. Descending walk and crossing some bridges you will reach Dharapani, which is such a cozy small village and it is also the part of Annapurna conservation area, where you sleep one night.

Day 15: Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besishahar. 8 hrs

It is the last day of your mini Manaslu trek in Nepal as you have seen many magnificent views, flora, fauna and the cultural experience might be your great part of your trip. So from Dharapani, you going to get the bus or private jeep is available too if you consider the price than drive to Kathmandu via Besishahar. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

Day 16: Depart way home

As per you gave us the time and date you going to fly we will provide you with a comfortable car/jeep to the Airport to drop you.

Whats Included?

Service Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop by private Transport
  • Transportation for trekking by local Bus( private transport will cost you extra), you have a choice,
  • 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
  • 3 times meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All the necessary Permit of the Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna permit, and TIMS card
  • Profesional Manaslu trekking guide who can speak good English and got a license.
  • Strong local porter(2:1 porter)    
  • Emergency helicopter managments,                                                                                                                  

Service Excludes

  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as Alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, Laundry etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee,
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of the temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
  • Lunch and Dinner in the city.
  • Tip for guide and porter after your trek which is highly expected.

Essential Infos

Where is Manaslu trekking located?

Manaslu trek located to the west north from Kathmandu in Gorkha District. it is one of the popular trekking regions since few years. you can get the bus from Kathmandu new bus park to go to Manaslu trek via Arughat. your last bus station will be Arughat than you have to take local transport to go to so Khola that will be your trekking starting point.

Can I go to Manaslu trek myself?

As you know that the Manaslu region is restricted area trek, where you should hire guide or porter as per the rules of Nepal Tourism Board. the geographical features of Manaslu trek are quite dangerous as it has deep gorge. landslide area, very narrow path and many small alternative paths so having a guide are more secure, and less risk while you walking.

How much Manaslu permit cost?
Manaslu is a restricted area trek. there have to be at least 2 trekkers to get permit otherwise you are not allowed to trek in Manaslu conservation area. the cost of the Manaslu trek is as follows:

Spring season: 50 USD Per person for one week and on top of 1 week each day cost 7 USD per person.
Winter season: 70 USD per person for one week and on top of 1 week each day cost 10 USD per person.
Tsum valley permit: 25 USD per person

How to find best Manaslu Guide?

Manaslu itself is quite strenuous trekking path as it is geographically different than other trekking routes in Nepal so you should have a professional guide who has made this trek so many time. there are many travel agency, freelance guide services you can see if you google it and once you find some guide you can see his past reviews, working profile, license etc than you can decide. you can check with a freelance guide too which is easier to chat.

What is the shortest time & longest time to complete Manaslu trek?

Manaslu trekking has few alternative routes for walking so we can tell roughly about the days to complete it. the shortest Manaslu trek via Larke la pass will be 14 Days and longest time will be 24 Days. 

How much Manaslu trek cost?

There are many factors differ the cost but roughly for 15  days Manaslu trek including restricted permit, all essential permits, documents, food during the trek all inclusive per pax cost 1399 USD.

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Giusy Bertolotto

Giusy Bertolotto Aug 1, 2012

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

The trip to Nepal was a great experience.  I organized the tour (10 days) with Santosh Gauli . Very good flexibility on his part to change the program to suit our needs (both of time and things to see). Santosh welcomed us at the airport and we have always followed the best. I was really happy for his organization of all the pro ... Read More

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