Manaslu Trekking

Trek nearby world's 8th highest mountain

Duration Duration 15 Days
Meals Meals
  • Daily breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 3-times meals during the trek
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 3-nights in hotel
  • 11 Nights in an eco-lodge
Activites Activities
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Local culture observe
Price Reduced US$ 1700 Price Starts From US$ 1400
Destination Destination
Nepal
Difficulty Difficulty
Moderate
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5106 Meter
Activities Activity
Trekking
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Tourist Bus
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hours trek

Overview of Manaslu Trekking

Manaslu Trekking is one of the most stunning treks of Nepal that takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area. The Manaslu Trekking awakens your soul to discover unseen natural wonders. A journey to Mt. Manaslu or Kutang in the local language brings you to discover epic sceneries of nature and culture.  You can create lifelong memories, reach new heights, and live the dream! Manaslu Trekking is also known as the Manaslu Circuit Trek or the Larke Pass Trek. This trekking adventure is filled with nature, culture, high altitudes, and unforgettable memories!

If you’ve already done the Annapurna Circuit Trek, trekking in Manaslu can be a great alternative. This is a 15-day trek, starting at Soti Khola and ending at Beshi Sahar. If you have enough time, it can be extended to 22 days with an additional side trek to the Tsum valley.


Manaslu Trekking Highlights

  • Scenic and adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Soti and Beshisahar to Kathmandu
  • Experience the Tibetan and Nepalese culture
  • The eye-catching view of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Hiunchuli
  • Adventurous trekking and crossing Larke La Pass (5153m/16901ft)
  • Walking through dense forest, stepped farmland to snow walking
  • Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites

About Manaslu Circuit Trek

Following the natural Budhi Gandaki River, crossing lush and green valleys, traversing jungle trails, and crossing a high-altitude pass is not the only thing you will do during the fantastic Manaslu Circuit Trekking. The region is famous for its Brahim, Chhetri, and Mongolian villages and people.

Our Peregrine guide will ensure you see this trek’s fantastic cultural side. The Manaslu Trek sees the beautiful hillside lifestyle of Nepal and trekking through beautiful hills and valleys. As the author of the bestselling book Microsoft to Bahundanda stated, “The life of the hilly region in Nepal is worth exploring. It gives you the real picture of evolving Nepal through its beauty, culture, and hardship.” As so, the Manaslu region in Nepal is the place for every culture and nature lover that wishes to discover fantastic beauty.

The Best time to Trek Manaslu Circuit is during Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May).

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route

Starting from the border of the Gorkha and Dhading districts of Nepal, also known as Aarughat, the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal officially begins. Heading through traditional villages such as Jagat, Dobhan, and Tilje and visiting the Larke La Base Camp in Dharmasala make this trek even more enjoyable.

During a big part of the Manaslu Trekking, the Budhi Gandaki River accompanies us, filling the trail with fauna and flora. As the journey begins in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, nature is not the only thing we will encounter. During our stay in Kathmandu, we take advantage of doing some sightseeing. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kathmandu is a crowded city of culture and ancient architecture.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek leads you through the hilly landscapes of Nepal. Furthermore, in just 11 days of trekking, we can see the beauty of the Manaslu and the Larke Pass trek. Peregrine Treks & Expedition can make this trek shorter or longer according to your travel preferences. Don’t miss out on exploring the hillsides of Nepal and join in on the Manaslu Trekking in Nepal!

How Difficult is Manaslu Trekking?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderate to strenuous in terms of difficulty. The Manaslu Trekking starts from the lower altitude of  700 m to a higher altitude of  5106 m at Larke La Pass. Manaslu Trek is considered a more challenging trek than the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp trek.

Even for seasoned trekkers, some sections of the trails can be difficult. You’ll be walking on sloppy, rugged, and steep trails. The roads are rough and dusty since many areas of Manaslu are still remote. Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult for the first few days of the trails because the routes are steep and narrow. The trails become breezy when you cross several suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River.

The main difficulty of Manaslu Trek is a rise in its altitude, for which every trekker needs enough preparation. The altitude mountain sickness may occur to anyone while trekking at high altitudes. Hence, being well-versed in altitude sickness can only enhance your trekking experience. You must prepare the itinerary, including at least two days of acclimatization. Hiking up slowly, hydrating yourself, or having medicine(consult the doctors) is the only way to tackle AMS in Manaslu Trekking.

What are the required permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

To monitor tourism in the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani), the Nepalese government has declared it a restricted area. As a result, independent trekkers are not permitted to enter Manaslu and must obtain a special entry permit. According to government regulations, a party must have a minimum of two trekkers and a local guide.

The required permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek are:

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu:

You’ll need this Manaslu trek permit from Jagat until you cross Sama Gaun. Similarly, you’ll need another entry permit (ACAP) once you’ve passed through the village of Sama! The cost of the Manaslu RAP is determined by how many days you spend traveling between Jagat and Dharapani. RAP’s final checkpoint is in Sama Gaun.

Cost: September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project:

The cost of the permit is USD 30. This Manaslu trek permit is required where the Manaslu Conversation Area starts. The cost remains the same throughout the year.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit):

You will trek to Besi Sahar from Dharapani, where an ACAP permit is required. Therefore, the cost of the permit is USD 30.

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Manaslu Trekking Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu

    We will perform our travel operations in a private vehicle for all the group members after they arrive at Nepal Airport.

    Please make sure to look for the Peregrine Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd Holding board after you arrive in front of the gate and immediate transfer to the hotel. All information about the trek will be given, and a welcome dinner will be provided.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 02: Trekking preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

    We require a restricted area permit, TIMS card, and ACAP permit. Still, you will be taken for sightseeing in the historical and excellent architectural site of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Soyambhunath, known as the monkey temple.

    These are the most significant and oldest Buddhist shrine Boudhanath and the most popular Hindu deity of Nepalese and Indian people, Pashupatinath Temple, which is listed as a world heritage site. Your dinner will be at the Nepali typical restaurant and overnight at the same hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat in a private vehicle

    The day will start after having breakfast and driving the first three to four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading district, on the paved road. We will have lunch here and continue to Arughat for another two hours through narrow streets.

    We will arrive at Arughtat Bajar, the primary local market of this region, and wander around to cross the suspension bridge, then transfer to the Local Jeep to continue towards Soti Khola. The day will be enjoyable with views of scattered houses in the Green Mountains and valleys, waterfalls, rivers cascading paddy fields, and the introduction of various ethnic groups. Overnight at local lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trekking to Macha Khola

    After crossing over the long suspension bridge at Soti Khola, we will walk towards the beautiful Sal forest to reach above the vast rapids of Budhigandaki River to arrive at Khursane. Then the rocky trail weaves its way up and down with the view of beautiful waterfalls on a steep ridge. The trail clings to the side of the river and cliff.

    We will eventually walk a little along with the beautiful terraced rice fields and then reach the Gurung village of Lapubesi and further climb behind a rocky bridge where the valley opens up to the Budhigandaki river. We will pass by the sandy river bed and climb over a side ridge and then descend to cross the beautiful suspension bridge to reach Macha Khola for our overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340 M)

    Some of the gentle narrow trails take us to Khorlabei after crossing the Tharo Khola, and we will walk and cross the small hot spring in Tatopani. We will climb another ridge and cross the suspension bridge on the Budhigandaki river, and after making some ascents and descents, we will be reaching Dobhan.

    We will cross the suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and then climb a stone staircase; after crossing the river and gently climb to arrive at Thado Barang. After crossing the river bank, we will ascend over a ridge; walk along the river, which will bring us to Jagat for our overnight at the Lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 06: Jagat to Deng

    We ascend to Salleri over a rocky ridge and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley continues up to Ghatta Khola upstream and then crosses the long suspension bridge to arrive at the large Gurung village of Philim after 45 minutes of stone stairs climbing. You will enjoy walking along the cascade millet field to come to Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch.

    The trail continues to enter a steep, uninhabited gorge with grassy land slopes and the river. As we continue, the path widens, and we pass by bamboo bushes, the Deng Khola, to reach the tiny village of Deng where we will spend the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 07: Deng to Namrung

    After a short walk from Deng, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb an hour to reach Rana. We will have a short ascent again and a walk to the west valley through the forest and crossing waterfalls and Mani walls in the Tibetan village. After crossing the river, we will walk steeply up through the rhododendron forests and arrive at Namrung, where we will see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Shirung Himal. Namrung also has telephone services; police check post, so there is no fear of losing connectivity.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 08: Namrung to Samagaun

    After walking through the rhododendron forest, we will arrive at Lihi village with Tibetan Chortens and terrace barley fields and views of Simnang Himal and Ganesh Himal.

    We will pass by some of the Tibetan villages. You will realize that Manaslu and Himchuli Himal are through the entire landscape and nearby Samagaun, one of the classic Tibetan settlements that migrated from Tibet years ago. Some trekkers will have an acclimatization day here, but we will see our group condition and continue to Samdo the next day.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 09: Samagaun to Samdo

    Today we will walk towards Samdo village, and depending on your body condition in the high altitude, we will cross Samdo village and continue to walk the way towards Manaslu Base Camp, but we will follow the right side of the trail, which leads to Larke-La pass.

    We will walk through the juniper birch forest, cross the wooden bridge on Budhi Gandaki River, and then do some climbing to reach Samdo, inhabited by Tibetan people who migrated from the Chinese territory to their homeland 50 years ago.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 10: Acclimatization day in Samdo

    Today we will have acclimatization day in Samdo village to avoid the high altitude sickness for the next couple of days and to have a good sleep as much as we can in the morning. Late morning your guide will lead you to climb the high elevation, but due to AMS rules, we will go and climb some heights and then come back to the lodge and have some free time.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala ( Larke La base camp)

    We will descend and cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River for the final time and then gradually climb up through the juniper bush with overlooking view of Larke La Glacier. After ¾ hours of climbing, we will reach Dharmasala, which will provide some shelter.

    Now you will find some new lodges here and not accommodation after which we will have lunch and do some climbing to acclimatize your body for good sleep without any problems at night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 12: Samdo to Bhimtang via Larke La pass

    Early morning at 3:30 am, our guide will give you a friendly wake-up call and then enjoy a light breakfast because there are no lodges before you arrive at Bhimtag. Around 4 am, we will start our trek to avoid the cold winds on the top, and grains after midday with the flashlight. After a short climb to the ridge, we will see some frozen lakes and Larke glacier on the side.

    The last part of the Larke La top is more brutal to climb. When you reach the top, you can witness the outstanding view of the Himalayas in different directions, such as Himlung Himal, Kanguru, and Annapurna II, as well as soothing Mountain Manaslu in the west direction. You will be happy to conclude this Pass, take some shots on the top with your groups, and then descend to Bhimtang, where the farmers graze their animals in the high summer pasture.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 13: Bhimtang Tilje

    After your breakfast at the lodge, you will leave the gorgeous Peak behind you and start to walk through the rhododendron forests to reach Karachi. It is the highest cultivated region of Nepal and then continues to the Gho village, where some Lodges are available for the trekkers, but we will keep to Tilje for our last party at the Lodge in our trekking plan.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 14: Tilje to Bagarchap and drive to Besisahar to Kathmandu

    We start a short day trekking for 2 hours to Bagarchap, then descend to some of the millet farmland and walk through the beautiful tropical forest to arrive at Bagarchap. Which is connected to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but the place has all the ingredients as the Local Jeep will leave for Besisahar and then drop us to our private vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 15: Departure

    This is the final day of your this trip. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport at your flight time.

    Meals: Breakfast


Includes/Excludes

What's included

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    • A three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Room in the best available lodge and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)during Manaslu Trekking
    • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Kathmandu Valley guided sightseeing in a private car
    • All entrance fees during sightseeing
    • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
    • One porter for two trekkers
    • Guide, porter, and necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation, and food
    • Trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, achievement certificate, and trekking map are yours to take
    • Manaslu Trekking Permits: Special Permit of Manaslu Area, ACAP, MCAP, and TIMS Card
    • First Aid Medical Kit or essential medicine
    • Seasonal fruits during the Manaslu Circuit Trek
    • Farewell Dinner
    • All applicable government and local taxes

What is excluded

    • Nepal visa fee and international airfares
    • Hotel accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu because of an early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, prior return from the Manaslu Trekking because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Single Supplement Charge USD 200 for solo trekker
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, a pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
    • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Accommodation

You will stay in Samsara Resort or Hotel Arts Kathmandu or a similar 3-star hotel in Thamel. A solo traveler needs to share the room with same-gender another traveler. If you need a single supplement, you will have to pay an additional cost of about USD 300. Most of your Manalsu Trek accommodations contain attached bathrooms during the Manaslu Circuit trek. Some of the teahouses may not have, and you may have to share the washing and toilet facilities in that case. In lower elevations, Kathmandu and the trekking regions will have sing room facilities, but it will be hard to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

You will enjoy typical Nepalese food and international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, India, etc.) during your Manaslu trek. Be sure that the lodges or teahouses will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner as per their available menu. You may not be served breakfast somewhere during your trek. You may get opportunities for welcome and farewell dinners as guests.


Route Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route Map

Departure Dates

We have daily departures for this trip, so we recommend that you book it according to your schedule. We will customize the tour/trekking package to your specific needs. We are concentrating on the private trip, taking into account numerous elements such as COVID, trekkers' physical fitness, available time, and budget. Because these elements may or may not be compatible with the individual traveler.

Similarly, during the trek/tour, we will be pleased to supply you with pre/post accommodation as well as other supplementary services such as a domestic flight and an additional porter. Please fill out this customized form for your convenience.

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    Tourist Visa Fee

    15 Days – US$ 30
    30 Days – US$ 50
    90 Days – US$ 125

    To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.

    We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.

    You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.

    Essential Information

    Altitude Sickness during Manaslu Circuit Trek

    Altitude is also acute mountain sickness, making hiking difficult, especially at higher altitudes. The altitude of the Manaslu Trek varies greatly. As a result, one of the most challenging challenges you can face during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is adjusting to high altitudes.

    The trek begins at a lower elevation of 700 meters at Soti Khola and ends at a higher elevation of 5213 meters at Larkya La.  So, how can you avoid AMS during the trek?

    Climb Slowly – Walk at your own pace. Don’t rush.

    Hydrate your body – Keep drinking water and hydrate your body.

    Pack plenty of High-calorie diets as diets are too significant when walking on high-altitude treks.

    Avoid alcohol, Cigarettes, and sleeping pills on the trek.

    If you have a headache or any known symptoms of AMS, stop and rest or fall back to a certain height, take appropriate medications, and inform the guide immediately.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Solo

    Unlike other trek routes like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Region Trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek can trek Solo. The Manaslu Region is considered a restricted area, so an Individual trekker is not allowed in the Manaslu region Trek.

    There are specific guidelines for trekkers to trek in Manaslu Region. You need to hire a licensed or professional guide or porter guide. Also, you must travel with a minimum of two fellow trekkers, excluding the guide. So, there is no way you can do Manaslu Circuit Trek without a guide.

    Since Manaslu Trek is the least explored trek in Nepal, you do not have to worry about your fellow trekkers disturbing you.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Manaslu is the eighth tallest peak globally, located in the Gorkha District of Nepal. Manaslu Circuit Trek is in the Mansiri Himal, which is part of the Nepalese Himalayas in the north-western region of Nepal.

    Don’t expect wifi services in all the teahouses in Manaslu Trekking. However, you can get wifi facilities in some places like Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, Dharapni, etc.

    You will have electricity in all the places of Manaslu where you can charge your battery at some cost. But there is no electricity in Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala.

    You will have to walk 6-7 hours per day.

    You don’t need any special training to explore Manaslu. But the trail is challenging and rugged, so it is better to work out and stretch your legs regularly before a month trekking to the Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are not a regular trekker, you must maintain a good fitness level before trekking.

    The best time to do the Manaslu Trekking is Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September – November).

    Manaslu Circuit Trek can be completed within two weeks. However, we have a package trip of 15 days and can be customized.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is a long and arduous trek. You will be ascending to high altitude each day, and the risk of AMS is too high. The symptom defers from one individual to another. Some common symptoms of AMS are vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, losing appetite, weakness, often waking, hard to breathe, feeling too cold, diarrhea, etc.

    However, the cost varies on several factors. If you are trekking with a guide and a porter, the porter will cost you around $ 25 a day, and the guide will cost you around $200 per day.  The Manaslu Trekking with Peregrine Treks and Tours will cost you $1400, including all the packages with the scheduled itinerary. However, the itineraries can be customized to the demand of trekkers.

    Reviews

    Rated 5 out of 5
    March 20, 2022

    We had an amazing time doing Manaslu Trek. Our guide Soman was very experienced and made sure we acclimitised well before the pass. While others were resting at the tea house, we were acclimatizing by hiking around Samagaon. He always made sure we had good rooms and always ordered our dinner early so we could eat earlier. He also made many adjustments to the itinerary according to our pace and our request to jeep the dirt road on the way back. Our porter guide was also very experienced and observant. He was also always in the kitchen helping with making our meals, which I never saw other porters do. We will definitely trek with them again when we come back to Nepal!

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    Thomas Shaw
    Rated 5 out of 5
    March 15, 2022

    This is one of the most amazing treks I have ever done in Nepal. We did the entire Manaslu Circuit Trekking. We are lucky to have chosen Peregrine Treks, their porter/guides are one of the funniest, nicest guides/porters we’ve had. Not only did we enjoy the trip but we also had a great time.
    For any future treks in Nepal, I highly recommend Peregrine Treks and Expedition! They are very professional, Pradip was very accommodating and had provided all our requests.
    Thank you Peregrine Treks for a wonderful trek!

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