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Manaslu Trekking (21 days)

Manaslu Trekking is one of the popular tea houses trekking in Nepal often known as the Manaslu Base Camp Trekking. Manaslu at 8,156 m the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about 40 miles east of Annapurna. it is also considered as the” Mountain of Spirit”. Manaslu Trekking is more adventurous and less crowded compared to other trekking regions. This region consist varieties of natural and cultural diversity, vistas of the majestic Himalayan ranges, dreamy glacier lakes and mesmerizing flora and fauna also provides an opportunity to explore rural people, lifestyle, culture of Himalayan foot hills and breathtaking views of mountain.
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Manaslu Trekking is one of the restricted trekking routes of Nepal that is why trekkers should obtain a special trekking permit through the government registered trekking agency. This treks starts form the ancient birth place of King Prithivi Narayan Shah and gets more serious as we walk through Gandaki river Valley crossing the snow bound Larkya La pass (5213m). The Rivers and waterfalls look so beautiful in these areas. Manaslu base camp trekking has a unique environment, exceptionally rich in its bio-diversity, which has make it popular as the tourist destinations for several years. All the features of this region including natural scenery, high glacier lakes, fascinating flora and fauna and spectacular Himalayan ranges have made it one of the best trekking destinations of Nepal. Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience relatively untouched region of Nepal. Rivers, waterfalls, old villages and lifestyle of people, bamboo bridges, forests, vistas of Himalayan range, etc are the major attraction of this region. The climate of this region is cold. This trek reaches above the elevation of 5000 M. Its grade is moderately strenuous so average trekkers are not recommended. Trekker must be of good physical strength and takes at least 3 weeks of trekking. The best time for this trek is from September to November and March to May.

Outline Itinerary of Manaslu Trekking

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat

Day 4: Arughat to Sati Khola

Day 5: Sati Khola to Maccha Khola

Day 6: Maccha Khola to Jagat

Day 7: Jagat to Deng

Day 8: Deng to Namrung

Day 9: Namrung to Sho 

Day 10: Sho to Sama Gaun

Day 11: Sama Gaun to Samdo 

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

Day 13: Samdo to Larke

Day 14: Larke to Manaslu Base Camp & Back to Larke

Day 15: Larke to Bhimthang

Day 16 : Bhimthang to Tilije

 Day 17: Tilije to Chamje

Day 18: Chamje to Ngadi 

Day 19: Ngadi to Besisahar 

Day 20: Besisahar to Kathmandu

Day 21: Departure 

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat (570 M)

After breakfast you drive for Arughat of Gorkha. This place is exactly where the trek to Manaslu trek starts. This day you stop over night in a guest house before starting your real trek from tomorrow

Day 4: Arughat to Sati Khola (710 M)

After breakfast you headed to Sati Khola crossing through the villages of Morder and Simre following Budi Gandaki River You arrive at Sati Khola. This day will give you an experience of Typical Nepali cultures and lifestyle of peoples living in those areas. Stay overnight at Sati Khola. 

Day 5: Sati Khola to Machha Khola (890 M)

After breakfast you trail through beautiful Sal Forest and then climb onto ridge of Budi Gandaki. You make your way through Khursane village and passing by rivers, waterfalls, you arrive at the Gurungs Village, Labubesi. Further descending trail towards river of Budi Gandaki you finally arrive at village of Machha Khola. Stay overnight at Macha Khola. 

Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 M)

After brekfast you headed to Jagat along crossing Machha River, Tharo Khola and Khorla besi, hot spring called “Tatopani" you trail to forested area toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Crossing the suspension bridge of Yaru Khola and passing through Tharo Bhanjyang you arrive at village of Jagat. Stay overnight at Jagat. 

Day 7: Jagat to Deng (1805 M)

After breakfast you climb the ridge of Salleri then descend down to Sirdibas and continuing to Ghatta Khola you reach at the Gurungs village of Philim. You then pass through the millet fields of Ekle Bhatti and cross Budi Gandaki and trailing through the Bamboo forests and Deng Khola. Stay overnight at Deng. 

Day 8: Deng to Namrung (2630 M)

After breakfast you cross the Budi Gandaki River and through Rana Village and Bhi you arrive at Ghap. There are some routes from here to Namrung but you pass through the village of Prok and dense forest and finally settle at Namrung. From the view point of Prok beautiful scenery of Siringi Himal is seen. Stay overnight at Namrung.

Day 9: Namrung to Sho (3200 M)

After breakfast you headed to Sho along with crossing the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki you trail through cultivated fields and arrive at Namru, where police will check our permit and afterward you cross Hinan River and arrive at village of Sho. Along the way you will see beautiful vistas of Naike Peak, Manaslu North and Manaslu. Stay overnight at Sho. 

Day 10: Sho to Sama Gaun (3500 M)

After breakfast you will pass through the village of Lho also the stone gate and Long Mani wall afterwards and go towards Pungen Glacier to see spectacular close view of Manaslu and following lateral moraine of this glacier you arrive at Sama Gaun. you will return here for tonight after visiting Sama Gompa which is just 20 minutes far from this village. Stay overnight at Sama Gaun. 

Day 11: Sama Gaun to Samdo (3860 M)

After brekfast you climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top the panorama of Himlung Himal (7126 M), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981m) and the Annapurna II (7937m) is amazingly spectacular. After long walk of 7 hour you arrive at Samdo. Stay overnight at Samdo 

Day 12: Acclimatization Day

Today will be your rest day but we strongly recommend you to go for a hike. You may go hiking up the valley behind Samdo which will take you to the trade passes to Tibet and views of Manaslu, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Larkye peak and other peaks can be seen. Next option is you can go to Gya La Pass which is at north of Samdo. It is also a Tibet trade route. Stay overnight at Samdo. (BLD)

Day 13: Samdo to Larke (5160 M)

After breakfast you trail down the edge of Budi Gandaki and pass through Salka Khola and reach at Larke Phedi. After short rest you continue your walk on the north side of Larke glacier. Enjoying the great view of Cho Dada, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and Annapurna we settle at village of Larke. Stay overnight at Larke. (BLD)

Day 14: Exloration day at Manaslu Base Camp and Back to Larke.

After breakfast, you will go to Manaslu base camp and take full entertainment of Natural views and Himalayan Vistas and then leaving it you head back to Larke. Stay overnight at Larke.

Day 15: Larke to Bhimthang (3720 M)

After breakfast you headed to exploring Larke La Pass you descend from the top of the moraine near a deep gully, Salpu dada Glacier, Dangaboche Kharka to more level, grassy slopes and then following a lateral moraine into the lovely, widening valley that leads to the scenic village of Bimthang (Plain of Sand). Good views of Manaslu’s North-East face can be seen from here. Stay overnight at Bimthang. 

Day 16: Bhimthang to Tilije (2360 M)

After breakfast you descend downward and cross the glacier and then enter rhododendron forest and pine forest enjoying the great view of Manaslu. Following the bank of Dudh Khola, Kharka, Karche, village of Goa you settle finally at Gurungs village, Tilije. Stay overnight at Tilije. 

Day 17: Tilije to Chamje (1430 M)

After breakfast you  headed to Chamje. You further 1400m drop today begins through a stone arch from Tilje towards the Marshyandi Valley through scrub forest. Beyond Thonje the trail returns, to the right bank and then climbs to join the main Annapurna Circuit a suspension bridge over the Marshyandi Khola. Turn left for Dharapani. Further south the trail crosses back to the left bank and climbs away from the river to the delightful village of Tal, set in a flat valley at the foot of an impressive waterfall. Exit through an impressive gateway and drop into the steepest down- sections of the Marshyandi Valley to the small Tibetan village of Chamje, on the left bank. Stay overnight at Chamje. 

Day 18: Chamje to Ngadi

After breakfast you head downward from Chamje to the place called Ngadi. You arrive after walk of about 5 hour but today’s trail is easy one. You will enjoy forests and green rice fields carpeting the landscapes. Stay overnight at Ngadi. 

Day 19: Ngadi to Beshi sahar

After breakfast you move towards Beshi Sahar along with barely a hill on the way, this is an easy day's walk. You might take the little-known east bank route through village of Bhule Bhule to Beshi Sahar. You will be exploring this place, people, culture, lifestyle and its natural beauty. Stay overnight at Beshi Sahar. 

Day 20: Beshi Sahar to Kathmandu

After breakfast you drive towards Kathmandu. At night you have a dinner with your teammates in Nepali kitchen with Nepali musics. Stay overnight at hotel. 

Day 21: Departure

Today your Manaslu Trekking comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.


Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.


Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Informations

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Trekssuggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Manaslu Trek

Tour Duration: 21 Days

Tour Area: Manaslu Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 5160 M

Minimum Altitude: 570 M

Tour Type: Trekking, Camping and Hiking

Tour Grade: Moderate Strenuous

Price: on request

Suitable For: Fit Trekkers

Best Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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