manaslu trekking

Manaslu trekking

Manaslu trekking an unique adventure of Nepal

Manslu trekking also known as Larke la pass trekking among the trekkers. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himalayan Range.This range of Mountain is totally located inside the Nepal between 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 view Source from Google Map

Natural experience of Manaslu trekking

Manaslu trekking is an amazing trekking route. trekker will have a unique and extraordinary for a natural experience. the trail has a diversified environment from trekking starting point Arughat to Beshisahar. Arughat is located around 800M elevation where people grow the crops like Maize, rice, wheat, mustard, millet and seasonal fruit like mango, litchi, guava, papaya, orange, lemon, banana and much more fruit. When we go to the higher elevation we get the sub-alpine plant like oak, Rhododendron, apple, Apricot, palm and many Himalayan plant and vegetation. In an upper area like Lho, Samagaun, and Namrung people plant barley and buckwheat. Trekkers have to trek via Bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. the local villages are also mostly located at the near from river. The trail is very peaceful and enjoyable. you would see the totally different landscape in this trek trail.

We can see Many chorten and Gumpa in Manaslu trekking

In this region Tibetan type of people lives. It is believed that they have migrated there more than 100 years ago. They are Buddhist people. there are many chorten in the memories of the late people on the trail. Before Samagaun there is Lho Village where there is Gompa. Lho is dominated by a large Gompa. There are 150 buddhist students. From the top of the hill, you can see Mount Manaslu.

People and Culture at Manaslu trekking

There are mixes of ethnic groups inhabitants like Brahmins, Newars, Chettri and Tibetan people in this route. Newar, Brahmins, and Chettri live in the lower trail of Manaslu, while Tibetan people live at upper land. Lower land people are mostly Hindu. Hindu celebrate the festival like Dashain, Tihar. While Tibetan celebrate lhosar and New year. Most of the people in this routes do traditional farming and animal pet.

Manaslu trekking getting there and away

Manaslu trekking starts from Arughat Bazzar. 7 Hours driving from Kathmandu via Dhadingbensi. The road is not blacktop. you can even hire private vehicle if you want to your private journey. which is hassle-free. The local bus leaves Kathmandu early in the morning. After you finish the trek, you would be at Beshisahar. From there you get any type of Veichle that goes to Kathmandu on the hourly basis.

Manaslu trekking Itinerary

Manaslu trekking Itinerary is made for 15 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. This includes 2 days Drive from Kathmandu and back to Kathmandu. You can make it longer and shorter. We have designed 15 days itinerary carefully for relaxing and comfortable trek.

manaslu trek/trekking cost

$25 person Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) permit
$25 person Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) permit
$70 per person for 7 days Manaslu Restricted Area permit
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Manaslu trek/trekking 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 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.

Altitude Meter

Food, drink, and accommodation in Manaslu trekking?

There are basic tea house which tried to serve you western food as they can. In this trekking trail, every tea houses have its own menu which is prepared by their village tourism management committee so there is no difference between food and its price. You can get many types of Drink as well as mineral water and on this trail. but I would recommend you to bring your water purification tablet and if possible small hand filter as well. You can do the small effort to save the environment by avoiding the plastic bottle. For the accommodation on this trail, you can get a basic accommodation on this route. You have to share bathroom and toilet. You neeed to bring the toilet paper by yourself

When to do Manaslu trekking?

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. the weather is perfect. this is the festival time in a lower part of Manaslu if you come in october

March, May is the second-best season of the year to do trekking: During this time the forest becomes very colorful because of rhododendron and magnolia flowers as well as very less chance of rain. but sometimes if the weather get’s bad you may have some hailstorm and snow.

December, January, and February: the sky is clear but the weather is cold and there is a risk of hailstorm and snowfall.

May, June: This is Nepal´s hot and pre-monsoon season and it can get very warm indeed. This is still the best time to do this trek.

June, July, August, and mid-September: this is Monsoon season and the least popular time to do trekking in Nepal. The risk of leeches, landslides, floods and so on.

Manaslu trekking highlights

  • 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 Brahamin and chettri people
  • Beautiful and peaceful Local village such as a Arughat, Arkhet, Sotikhola and many others where you can see the typical Nepali life, there custom and culture
  • Mt Mnaslu 8153 Meters mountain and many others tall peak which is very beautiful. there are 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 where people to Thorong la pass trekking.
  • Different types of cultures, Buddhist gompa as well as tibetean 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 wwe can see.

Outline itinerary of Manaslu trekking

DayFromToAltitudeTime Duration
1Your DestinationKathmandu1350 M/ 4430 FT.Your time
2SightseeingPermit obtain work1350 M/ 4430 FT.Whole day
3KathmanduArughat640 M/ 2093 FT8 Hours
4ArughatSoti khola775 M/ 2542 FT.6 Hours
5Soti KholaMachha Khola900 M/ 2952 FT.6 Hours
6MachhakholaJagat1340 M/ 4397 FT.7 Hours
7JagatDeng1804 M/ 5917 FT7 Hours
8DengNamrung2630 M/ 8626 FT7 Hours
9NamrungLho village3300 M/ 10498 FT.5 Hours
10Lho villageSamagaun3500 M/ 11483 FT6 Hours
11SamagaunExploration day3500 M/ 11483 FTWhole Day
12SamagaunSamdo3860 M/ 12664 FT.3 Hours
13SamdoDharmasala4460 M/ 14632 FT5 Hours
14DharmasalaBhimthang3720 M/ 12204 FT9 Hours
15BhimthangDharapani1860 M/ 6102 FT.7 Hours
16DharapaniSyange1080 M/ 3542 FT.7 Hours
17SyangeKathmandu1350 M, 4430 FT.9 Hours
18KathmanduYour DestinationN/AN/A

Detail itinerary of Manaslu trekking

  • 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 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 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 easy day. we can see Gurung inhabitants in Labubensi village. There is 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 the 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.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • 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 the 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.
    Service Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation

  • 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 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 dharmasala(4450 m). In Dharamsala there are one community lodge we have to spent 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 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 short day we can even do this in short period. It could be 14-18 days trekking. Any querries 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 sidetrips? 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 warm sleeping bag, if you fill the hotel is dirt then bring your own bed sheet 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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by Max Cahill on Nepal Trek Hub
Awesome Manslu trek

I just did Manaslu trek with poonhillguide last year. Shreeram the tour leader was simply a kind and very smart person to arrange the trip in Himalaya of Nepal. We had 17 days manaslu trek with 2 Nepalese guide and porter. Guide Name is Surya and porter was Ramesh they were very helpful and coordination person. we often change the itinerary because we were sometimes not good. They managed everything to us what it should had been. We highly recommend him.

Max Cahill

Spian las palmas

Thank you max for your valuable review to us. we are looking forward to see you again here in Nepal.

by Marcus david rashford on Nepal Trek Hub
Awesome manaslu trip

I was in Manaslu to trek for 2 weeks. We did trekking with shreeram who was just great. Everything was perfect, food, service and so on. we were just happy to have him as our guide.He managed our entire Nepal trip. We were just 2 people but very demanding. Before we came to Nepal, we had a lot of discussion with him about the trip. He gave us a lot of Information that we need. Thanks to Mr shreeram and his team who just managed this fabulous trip to us. we see you again soon.

Thank you very much for your Review.
we had a lot of fun together. We are missing you already.
Dependra and Gajaman dai is asking you very much
we see you again

by Pitor Puzer on Nepal Trek Hub
best Manaslu trekking

We were in Nepal at 4 march 2018 to 22 March 2018. We did Manaslu larke pass trekking with Shreeram and his team. He was totally perfect with all licensed and another thing. He made a permit with his Company Gokyo Treks and Expedition. We were 4 People from Poland. we was very nervous before getting to Nepal. After we met Mr Shreeram we were so happy and lucky to get the guide like that. He was so kind, Knowledgeable, educative, experienced and well-equipped guide. so as his team. Shreeram porter was Very happy always. Dipendra and Gajaman dai they were fantastic guys. we made a lot of fun together and finished this trek successfully. we would like to recommend him very happily

Hello Pitor Puzer

Thank you so much for your great review. I have learned a lot and enjoy with you a lot as being your guide. I Hope we will see you soon here in Nepal for Mustang trek.
Jay Daal Bhat Power haaha

by Stefan Banaskiwz on Nepal Trek Hub
Best guide for Manaslu

We booked him for someone recommendation for October 2017. we were there from 6 October to 24 October. We had a sightseeing in Kathmandu which was an amazing experience for the people like us. we were very surprised to see the monuments and history of Nepal. He toured us to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath for a single day. Next day we went trekking. Shreeram is a very knowledgeable guide. He is a professional post graduate from University. We were 6 members but very slow. he did great to be patient with us. His porter was also very nice guys. they always smile which make us happy. He described the people religion culture in that Manaslu trekking. there were so many things we saw. he booked all hotel in advance so it was not a problem for us. we had a leisure day in samagaun which was very appreciatable parts. he brought us to the Lake and monastery. Even in Samdo, we went hiking for 2-3 Hours to be fit enough for the pass. we passed the Larke la very easily. we arrived in Kathmandu very safely. Shreeram invited us to have a dinner with his family which was so so cool.

Shreeram is the best guide and we recommend his team without any doubt

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Manaslu trekking facts

  • Difficulty:Strenuous
  • Duration:18 Days
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trip Style:Tea House
  • RegionManaslu,Annapurna
  • MealsFull Board on trek
  • Altitude5160 M ie 16,924Ft
  • Group-Size1-18 Person
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Local Bus
  • Route:Arughat, Sotikhola, Gagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasla, Bhimthang, Dharapani, Tilche, Dharapani, Syange

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