Manaslu trekking is the scenic adventurous hiking trip that goes around Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters/ 26781 feet), the eight tallest mountains in the world. The route of Manaslu trekking here mentioned is also famed as Manaslu Round Trekking as well as Manaslu Circuit trekking. Trekking in Manaslu zone was officially opened for tourists by Nepal Government in 1991 AD.
The word Manaslu defines ‘The Mountain with Spirit’. Local people believe that the holy being who is strong and benevolent resides within this mountain.
Manaslu trekking is amazing in nature and fascinating in culture. It put forward incredible mountain scenery and a diverse range of eco-systems of the area from 620 meters to 5160 meters above the sea level. The trail of this trekking is challenging along Budhi Gandaki. It passes a number of waterfalls and lakes and interesting Buddhist Monasteries at medieval looks villages in Nupri.
Amidst real trekkers, Manaslu trekking is being more popular day-by-day as the route is full of diversity, less explore and out of the crowd. The Larke La Pass (5160 meters) in this trekking is one of the high mountain passes of the Himalayan region. It grants eye-catching views of Mount Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and other peaks of 6000 meters height.
Manaslu trek begins from Arughat, a small town 126 km west from Kathmandu. The route follows the Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arughat to its source just below the Larkya Pass. It’s little bit hard walking for the first few days via green countryside and lush forests. Later the trail gradually enters some scenic and culturally interesting Nupri zone. Here it meets some exotic Buddhist villages like Samagaon, Sirdibas, and Samdo. The speech, dress, and customs of villagers are almost like Tibetan.
Subsequently, the route climbs up the high pass of Larke La. It can be little tough to the crossing of the Larke La Pass (5125 m) when there is snow, however, the views of the towering Himalayas and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. After reaching the top of it, the trail descends through beautiful alpine meadows before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead of Syange followed by Beshisahar where the trekking ends.
Manaslu circuit trekking exhibits the sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture and biological diversity, spanning altitudes from 600 to 5500 meter – one of the Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels. This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging but less trodden trekking in Nepal, is also a part of the Great Himalayan trail. New tea houses are being build on all around Manaslu trek route now a days thus we are organizing this trek in tea house mode which used to be a fully camping few years back. This Manaslu trekking is also becoming the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit due to the road construction in the some sections of Annapurna region.
Day 1: Kathmandu: Arrival Day
Namaste and welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and transfer to your hotel. We’ll have a final briefing in the evening regarding our itinerary and overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing in UNESCO listed historical sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), and Pashupathinath in Kathmandu valley with experienced Tour Guide by private car/van,
Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Sodi
Today we take around 8 hrs drive to Sodi to start our trip to Manaslu.
Day 4: Day 04-05: Trekking to Jagat
Pass steep rocky trail and villages along the Budhigandaki River.
Pass natural hot springs.
We stay at tea house at Jagat.
Day 6: Day 06 - 08: Trek to Akle Bhatti
We cross several Mane walls indicate we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence.
Cross suspension bridge over Burigandaki River.
Stay Aklebhiati beyond Philim village regional administration sub district.
The trail enters a steep slopes uninhabited gorge and cross Iron bridge over Buri Gandaki river where the river is at its narrowest.
Namrung village has basic shelters and a police check post that controls access to the upper part of the valley.
Day 9: Day 09 - 11: Trek to Shya
We enter the Nupri Region, inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants.
Pass through several villages of Barcham, Li, and Sho
Spectacular views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) are highlight of the day.
Descends onto a rock-strewn moraine and scale across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,541m).
Acclimatisation day at Samagaon (3,541m)
A day to take gentle hikes above the Village and visit to the monastery in the afternoon
Day 12: Day 12 -14: Trek to Samdo
Trail is at first gentle then gets rougher as it reaches a yak trains.
Village Samdo (3,872m) is nestled behind a ridge. (3-4 hours.)
We descend on a wide trail to the river and then begin the climb toward the Larkya La and climb the only shelter on the route to the pass,
A teahouse at 4,480m with views of the Larkya Glacier.
Day 15: Cross the Larkye La 5213 meter and trek to Bhimthang
Today we cross the Larkya La (5,213m) is the highest point of the around Manaslu trek.
Views are tremendous: Himlung Himal (7,125m/23,373′), Cheo Himal (6,820m/22,370′), Kang Guru (6,980m/22,898′), and Annapurna II (7,940m/26,041′).
Drops steeply and traverses scree slopes to another grassy moraine down to a large meadow and camp at Bimtang (3,720m), situated in a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.
Day 16: Day 16 - 17: Trek to Tilje
We descend down to diverge of Dudh Khola.
The trail continues to Tilje through village Gho.
Marsyandi Valley seems wider and finally the teahouses of Dharapani become visible.
We entry in police checkpoint at the village and then continue to Tal (1860m).
The last two days of our trek merge with classic Annapurna Circuit Trail.
Descend and cross the suspension bridge and hike through motorable road to Shreechour.
Day 18: Day 18 - 19: Drive to Kathmandu and free evening in Ktm
Drive to Kathmandu initially on dirt road and then on black top it is about 8 hours drive.
We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town, where we’ll be eager to hear your feedback on the trip.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Extend your trip or Final departure.
You may want to consider extending your trip with endless activities such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Paragliding in Pokhara & many more. If you are departing then our representative will drop you off at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight. Namaste and we hope to see you again soon!
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast.
- Freshly cooked Full board meals prepared by our cook on Manaslu trekking
- Accommodation in Tented camp and teahouse while on around manaslu trekking.
- Half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as listed in itinerary
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
- Professional and experienced Trek Leader
- Manaslu trekking map
- Manaslu trek permit
- TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees and all taxes.
- Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind while on Manaslu trekking
- International airfare
- All Drinks and main meals in cities.
- Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephome, beverage drinks etc