Manslu trek is also known as Larke la pass trek, Manaslu circuit trek among the trekkers. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft). Manaslu Trekking is located in the Mansiri Himalayan Range. This range of Mountain is totally located inside Nepal between the border of Gorkha and Manag like a wall so it is known as wall of snow. This gigantic wall of snow torches the sky. The range is west-central part of Nepal of the Nepalese Himalaya.
Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and group. The Manaslu mountain is also known as Killer Mountain. There are many peaks and mountain in this region besides Manaslu. It has an amazing landscape. This trekking is perfect for the people who want to do adventure and quite trek in Nepal. In the past, people used to do camping trek. Now the situation has been changed, trekkers can do tea house trekking.
Manaslu trekking offers a variety of trekking options. The routes are Manaslu trekking, Manaslu Tsum valley trek, Tsum valley trek. The Manaslu trek also known as Manaslu circuit trek starts from Arughat Bazaar Gorkha. Besisahar is a finishing point of Manaslu trekking. Beshisahar is an Annapurna circuit trek starting point. The eighth highest mountain of the world Manaslu 8153 m lies on Mansiri Himalayan range of Nepal. Mansiri Himalayan range lies on the border of Lamjung and Gorkha. It has a three big mountain Manaslu, 8,153 m, Himalchuli, 7,893 m, Ngadi Chuli, 7,871 m. The trek trail always follows from the bank of Budi Gandaki river. It has an amazing landscape as well as a challenging pass called larke la pass.
a group of Nepal Trek Hub at the top of Larke la pass.
Why Manaslu trek?
There are many reasons Why Manaslu trek is so good for your adventure holiday. It has three peaceful and adventure trekking trail. there are many trekking trails. Some of them are challenging as well. if you are nature lovers and adventure seekers it is better to go in this Manaslu trek. The trek starts from the Elevation of 640m from sea level Arughat. The trail goes via the side of the Budi Gandaki river.
Birendra Lake Samagaun seen from the Manaslu base camp trail
Manaslu conservation area
Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA), declared on December 28, 1998, is the second conservation area under NTNC management. A mountainous region Manaslu is in the northern part of Gorkha District. MCA extended on a 1,663 sq. km. the area with 7 VDCs. There are about 9,000 inhabitants living in MCA. 2,000 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 birds, 3 reptiles and 11 butterflies in 11 types of forest have been reported from the area. On this national park forested zone, birch, juniper, blue pines, firs, bamboo, and rhododendron grow. Above this zone, the vegetation is dwarf-sized or comprises shrubs.
Manaslu trekking has an amazing landscape
Manaslu trekking is located in the north of Gorkha District on the Bank of Budi Gandaki River. It has abundant natural beauty. The landscape is awesome. The lower part of the valley is very steep and narrow while the upper part is very wide and flat. You have to walk through the bank of Budi Gandaki all the way up to Dharmasala while you are on trek. you will see some small village side by side from the trail. From Samagaun the trail is a bit flat in Manaslu trek. Trekkers can see Manaslu, Himalchuli and other mountains. While in Tsum the trail get’s flat from the Chekampar. There is flat land in Tsum valley where people grow potatoes, barley and buckwheat. You can see Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Bauddha Himal and Himalchuli from Tsum valley.
Manaslu trek People and Culture and religion
There are two ethnicities mainly inhabiting this Manaslu trekking. They are Nubri and Tsum. Nubri is popular trekking zone after Nepal opened itself for tourism in 1950. Tsum still retains much of its traditional culture, art, and tradition. In the lower hills of the region, Gurungs are the main ethnic group. Closer to Tibet, the Bhutias (also spelt Bhotias). Tibetan ethnic group dominate the area of Nubri(Manaslu trek) and Tsum (Tsum valley trek). There are so many monasteries in this region. Tsum valley has 6-7 Monastries while Manaslu also has some. They practice Buddhism in the monastery. In Tsum valley, there is Female monastery which is also known as an (ani monastery) women Monastery where female monks practise Buddhism.
Manaslu trek permit cost
Manaslu trek permit cost involves some different breakdowns of permits, Here is the information of what permit you to need for the Manaslu Trek Annapurna Permit:3000 Rs with inclusive VAT for Annapurna conservation area (Because you are going on Annapurna region as well)
Permit of Manaslu:3000 Rs with inclusive VAT for Manaslu conservation area (Because you are going on Annapurna region as well)
Manaslu base camp and Glacier
Manaslu Region (Lho, Samagaun, Prok, Bihi)
September – November US$70/per person/Week (for a week or 7 days) US$10/per person/Day (Beyond a week or 7 days)
December – August US$50 per person/Week (for a week) US$ 7 per person/Day (Beyond a week or 7days)
Tsum Valley of Gorkha District Areas of Chhekampar and Chunchet VDCs (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhhekampar- Nile-Chhule Area)
September – November US$ 35 per person / 8 days December – August US$25 per person / 8 days
Manaslu trek season
See which is Manaslu trek best season? The best time you go the best experience you will gain. Here is the idea how season looks like
Mid-September, October, and November are Autumn Season:
This is the best time to do trekking because in this time the field is full with crops, the forest is very green and there is no chance of rain.
During this time the forest becomes very colorful because of rhododendron and magnolia flowers as well as very less chance of rain.
December, January, and February
the sky is clear but the weather is cold and there is a risk of hailstorm and snowfall. This is not good time to trek.
this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to do trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, landslides, floods and so on.
Manaslu Trek difficulty
Manaslu trek difficulty, it is Strenuous type of trek. If you are determined yourself that you can do then you are welcome. This Trekking is a difficult kind of trek which needs steep climbing and some technical knowledge of walking on the ice as well. It requires the prior trekking experience or good walking experience good physical fitness. It is the trekking above 4500m elevation and needs to walk for up to 7-8 hours per day.
Larke peak early morning seen from trail
Manaslu trekking highlights
the below we mention are Manaslu trekking highlights. This gives you a major idea before you do the trek
Seven-hour scenic drive to Arughtt on the way you would see Trisuli river as well as rural Nepali typical life. most of the village is Covered by Brahmin and Chhetri people
Beautiful and peaceful Local village such as an Arughat, Arkhet, Sotikhola and many others where you can see the typical Nepali life, their custom and culture
Mt Manaslu 8153 Meters mountain and many other tall peaks which are very beautiful. there is some peak among them Larke peak is very popular. on the bottom of the Larke peak, we cross the Larke pass.
Narrow and beautiful diversified Budhigandaki river valley which is full of different type of forest and when we cross Larke la we will enter into the Marshyandri river valley. This valley is famous were people to Thorong la pass trekking.
Different types of cultures, Buddhist gompa as well as Tibetan cultures. people do trade with Tibet using yaks
There you can see a lot of yaks. this yak is free left by local. there is some shelter where in the evening the yaks are collected and the owner milk the yak. the dunk is collect for a fuel. There are many Himalayan Thar we can see.
Manaslu trek itinerary
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Manaslu trek detail itinerary
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu 1350m/4428ft.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you’ll be pick up me or my colleagues. We go to the hotel together then talk about trekking and preparation for the trekking, such as a buying and renting the stuff for trekking
Day 02:Sightseeing day at Kathmandu
we do sightseeing in Kathmandu. There is a place like Pashupatinath where you can see Hindu culture. Another spot is Kathmandu durbar square, where you can see the history of Nepal. Boudhanath and Swaymbhunath is a Buddhist pilgrimage site. we do sightseeing there as well. all this mentioned place are UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the same time today your permits for the trekking would be ready for tomorrow.
Service Included: Transportation, Guide
Day 03:Kathmandu to Arughat 640 M/ 2093 FT, 8 Hours
Early in the morning today you would be Pick up from the hotel. Together you go to Kathmandu bus park to catch the local bus to Arughat. It takes roughly 8 hours to reach Arughat. The driving to the Arughat is half blacktop road and half Bumby road. there is enjoyable scenery which you can see while we drive Service Included: Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 04:Arughat to Soti Khola 775 M/ 2542 FT. 6 Hours
Today is the first day of our trek. there is a local village which we need to go pass through. local cultures and custom you can see while you are walking towards Sotikhola. the trail is today. you don’t need to climb stairs. most of the time you walk along the road. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 05:Soti Khola to Machha Khola 900 M/ 2952 FT. 6 Hours
After breakfast, we start our trek. this is also an easy day. we can see Gurung inhabitants in Labubensi village. There is a beautiful landscape we can see. We will walk through the bank of Budhi Gandaki River today. Machhakhola is a small inhabitans Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 06:Machhakhola to Jagat 1340 M/ 4397 FT. 7 Hours
The narrow trail goes ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends there is Hotspring/Tatopani. From Tatopani, we continuously climb the stairs along the bank. Crossing the river two-three times we would reach the Yaruphant. Yaruphant is flat land. there is Nepal fir’s cantilever bridge. We need to walk further one and half hour to reach the Jagat village. Jagat is the entry point of the Manaslu trek Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 07:Jagat to Deng 1804 M/ 5917 FT 7 Hours
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. Now we need to cross the long bridge to reach the Philim. Philim is a large Gurung village. The trail turns north-west towards Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.
Day 08: Deng to Namrung 2630 M/ 8626 FT, 7 Hours
today leaving the Deng village we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. The trail then passes through forests, mani walls and Chorten where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. from Ghap the trails enter to the forest. this is a very nice trail. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot. we climb slowly accent towards Namrung through the Rhodrodendon and walnut forest.
Day 09:Namrung Lho village 3300 M/ 10498 FT. 5 Hours
Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi village. In Lihi village there are some chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. We need to walk furthermore to get Lho village. There is gompa we go to explore gompa in the evening. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 10:Lho village Samagaun 3500 M/ 11483 FT 6 Hours
Walking from the low we need to climb around 2 Hours to get Shyala village. From Shyala we can see the close view of Manaslu. Form Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left. From Shayla, our trail is very easier. We need to go down slightly. in between trail to Samagaun, there is 1 School. Samagaun is the big Tibetan inhabitants village Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 11:Samagaun Exploration day 3500 M/ 11483 FT Whole Day
We spend our day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. We just do the small hike up to Birendra lake. It is a very nice lake. while we climb we can see the beautiful Samagaun village. there are small monasteries as well. we would also explore this monastery.
Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 12:Samagaun to Samdo 3860 M/ 12664 FT. 3 Hours
We slowly descend to the Budhi Gandaki Riverbank, after walking 1 hours we left Manaslu mountain behind us. The Larkya la pass Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. We will see some pasture where you can see the yak grazing. Now we can see the forest becomes smaller. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. Climbing some more steeps we would reach to Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 13:Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 M/ 14632 FT 5 Hours
Today first we walk for a half-hour to the Budhi Gandaki river. After crossing the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go to Dharamsala(4450 m). In Dharamsala, there is one community lodge we have to spend the night over here. Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation
Day 14:Dharmasala Bhimthang 3720 M/ 12204 FT 9 Hours
We need to climb up from Dharamsala. the trail goes slowly up towards Larke La pass. it takes about 4 hours to get the top. During the trekking, we can see great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. When we are at the pass we would spend a few times over there. From the pass, you can see the views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience Service Included: Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 15:Bhimthang to Dharapani 1860 M/ 6102 FT. 7 Hours
From Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. Then we go descend to Dudh Khola. We walk through oak, rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We continuously go down to Tilche through the Goa village. Tilche is a big Gurung village. From Tilche to Dharapani it just takes a half hour. Stay overnight at Dharapani Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 16:Dharapani Syange 1080 M/ 3542 FT. 7 Hours
We follow the trail of Annapurna Circuit. There is a road, we need to walk along road mostly. crossing the river several times we will reach Syange. During the descends down we will see a different landscape. Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 17:Drive to Kathmandu
Today we drive from Syange to Kathmandu by public transport or private transport which takes 9 Hours Service Included: Breakfast and Accommodation
Day 18:Back to your own country
Service Included:Transportation, Breakfast, Accommodation
Manslu trekking cost includes
Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
3 night’s twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu
Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan for 2 Nights
Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days
Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis
Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
Manaslu Conservation Area permits
Manaslu Special permits
All land transportation as per written on above itinerary
Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs
Manaslu trekking cost excludes
Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
Trekking equipment and Clothing.
Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
Donation and monuments entrance fees.
Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
Any other things which are not mentioned above
Consideration while booking Manaslu trekking
there is a various option that might affect the trekking cost. for example, if you want to have a luxurious hotel, the trip would be expensive. if you want to take a private vehicle to go Arughat and back from Syange the trip cost would be high.
Here we have made 18 Days itinerary. If you have a short day we can even do this in a short period. It could be 14-18 days trekking. Any queries further you can click on this link and send us what you really like to do.Customize trek
When to you want to trek? … Oct and Nov are the best months, overall
tent or teahouse trek you want to do? Tent tea house is expensive while teahouse is cheap.
porters, pack animals … or carry your own pack?
how many days trek you want to do? … altitude sickness is the most important consideration
Want to do ONLY the Manaslu Circuit? … Or add the Annapurna Circuit and/or Tsum Valley as a side trip?
Do you want to add extra days for side trips? Ganesh Himal Base Camp? Or Manaslu Base Camp?
The personal expenses money that you should Have
You must take a license holder guide to trek the Manaslu Circuit. If you want to trek independently it is impossible in any reason nowadays according to New policy of Government.
We will organize your permits. You need to provide at least 4 passport photographs.
You must be at least “group” must have a minimum of 2 trekkers.
Difficult part is to travel on a local bus for the 6-9hr bus ride from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar. It’s easier from Pokhara. Alternatively, a 4WD jeep (6h) may get you there from Kathmandu more quickly but costly.
In Manaslu permanent snow line is above 5000m so it’s POSSIBLE to do the Circuit year round
footwear is critical on long hikes where you have no chance for replacement
“squater” pit toilets are the norm, normally smelly & unsanitary
Trekkers must bring a warm sleeping bag if you fill the hotel is dirt then bring your own bedsheet for you.
Be careful you might have to QUIT if by bad luck or rushed ascent you suffer altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS).
195m metal path has been built for the 2017 season at Yaru Bagar. A second is planned for Syar Khola on the Tsum side trail.
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