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Manaslu Trekking

Manaslu trekking

Manaslu trekking route has become an overnight hot with adventurous trekkers. close to Kathmandu, it is not burdened with fligth issues. The complete Manaslu circuit trek around Manaslu is bit hard,the long approach march to the larkya -la pass is challenging, with some exposed trails and steep stages. Despite the stunning dramas through the gorge of the Budi Gandaki, The Manaslu trekking saves up most of its finest jewels for the days from Lho over pass to Kharche.

Mt. Manaslu is located in on the part of Nepalese Himalaya which is the west central part of Nepal. Gorkha, district, Nepal, Mount Manaslu, the eighth most noteworthy crest on the planet with stature of 8163 meters lies near the fringe of Nepal and Tibet.

Manaslu trekking is a standout among the most delightful enterprises and general loved trekking courses, outfitting with flawless mountain perspectives and rich society. Opened in 1992, this locale offers a blend of rich society legacy, magnificent magnificence and natural assorted qualities.

The Manaslu Trekking is on the Great Himalayan Trail that interfaces Tsum valley, Ganesh Himal and Paldor Peak Base Camp. The foremost journey to Manaslu begins by intersection Budi Gandakhi and going through a gigantic and marvelous valley with stunning points of view of Manaslu. At the point we go with the trail crossing the celebrated around the world Larkya La to the differentiating area of Sama, returning through Marsyandi. Because of bound access we just experience a predetermined number of trekkers in the remote zones including Manaslu Base Camp.

Manasalu trekking areas and towns through which we trek are pervasively Buddhist as a result of Tibetan impact. We go to the borderlands with Tibet, experience Tibetan way of life and society, mind blowing mountain sees and broad timberland on this staggering circuit trek of the Manaslu locale.

The drop takes us through snow capped, then tropical area, overflowing with greeneries, pine trees, turquoise lakes. At long last, the Manaslu will vanish behind us as we plunge to Besisahar and return back to Kathmandu or alternatively we can likewise take after the trekking course to Annpurna Base Camp Trek.

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Some facts of Manaslu trekking 

-Manaslu (8,156m), the eight highest mountains in the world, has been opened for travelers in 1992. Which is about 40 miles east of Annapurna Himalaya.

-Manaslu trekking is biologically remarkable and culturally charming. Which offers faultless views of mountains, mixture of rich cultural heritage, open adventure, unique beauty and

-Manaslu trekking  gives lots option to the adventure lovers. Can trek the Tsum Valley, Trek Nar-Phu. Manaslu trek begins from Manaslu conservation area and and at Annapurna conservation, Trekkers can choose Annapurna Circuit trek after finishing the Manashlu trek.

-The Manaslu trekking route is used as camping trek earlier, but can do with tea house accommodations nowadays.

-Need at least two trekkers in a group size and need to issue special remote area trekking permit.

-Manaslu trekking  is one of the attractive trekking route of Nepal, which a circuit Offering the outstanding views of the Mt. Manaslu , taste of Tibetan-styles as well as passing small Hindu villages.

-Manaslu trekking route is famous for its natural high Himalayas including traditional local culture, monastery and local people with unique  style with unique beauty and diversity.

Trip Highlights of Masaslu treking

– Historical town of Gorkha
– Manaslu mountain range
– culture of hill and Himalayan people
– Larkya Pass
– Tibetan enclave of Nupri
– Budi Gandaki River.

Recommended Packing list for Manaslu trekking.


  • quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • trekking shirts short sleeve
  • Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandels.

 Outer layers. 

  • wind/rain proof overlayer- jacket and pants
  • down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • down vest
  • warm winter hat
  • lightweight thermal layer hat
  • peak hat
  • pair of gloves
  • Pair trekking boots.
  •  Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • watch with alarm
  • Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • camera with, extra batteries.
  • portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.


  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time

Elevation and altitude profile for  standard Manaslu Trekking.

Manaslu trek
Manaslu trekking

Day 01: Land in Kathmandu (1,300m).

Day 02: Trek Preparation or Sightseeing as an option.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710)

 Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m)

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1920m)

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2700m)

Day 08: Namrung to Lho (3180m)

Day 09: Lho to Sama Gaun (3530m)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun, hike to Manasulu Base Camp and return.

Day 11: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3780m)

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m)

Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimthang (3700m) via Larkya La Pass (5213m)

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m)

Day 15: Tilje to Jagat or Syange (1100m)

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu


Day 01: Land in Kathmandu (1,300m).

Arrival at airport, Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek Preparation or Sightseeing as an option.

Today is our rest day, introducing your trek crews or as an option you can also do the Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710)

We will begin the trek by driving from Kathmandu to Soti Khola which lies at altitude of 710m. It will be a long but a scenic and rewarding bus ride. We will reach Soti Khola via Dhading Besi and Arughat. It will take us around 7-8 hours. The road is pitched for majority of travel today.

 Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m)

Today we will begin the trek by crossing a beautiful river and trekking up through dense Sal forests. We will climb a exciting ridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. Once we reach Khursane, the trial becomes rocky and steeper. We can see two beautiful waterfalls on our way. After walking along the terraced farmlands, we will reach the Gurung Village of Labu Besi. It is a beautiful Gurung settlement. After trekking through the rocky trail, climbing a ridge, walking along the bank of rivers and crossing a high suspension bridge we finally reach the small settlement of Machha Khola. Over night in Tea house.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)

We will cross the beautiful Machha Khola on a wooden bridge and trek uphill to a small settlement of Khola Bensi and then Tato Pani, place of hot natural springs. We will trek along the steep trial of valley and then change the route to go to the left bank of the river through a high suspension bridge. Today the trial can be quite demanding and laborious. After walking through the forests for some time we will reach Dovan where we will stop for a short break. From there, the trial is a graveled road. We will cross another suspension bridge at Lauri and then trek uphill for some time to reach Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat  to Deng(1860m)

We climbing a rocky ridge and then go towards Sirdibas.  Continue to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim. From the lower points of the village, the trail turns north and through leveled trails amidst maize fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch and continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola.  After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2700m)

The trek today will begin with a relaxing walk on a flat land for some time and then the trial will eventually start to get uphill until we reach Namrung. We will cross forests today on our way to Namrung. Once we reach there, we will be gratified with spectacular view of the Manaslu, rocky hills, the green valley and ridges below us. It is a small Buddhist village where we can later go for exploration of Monasteries and Chortens, Hydro Electricity Power House among others.

Day 08: Namrung to Lho (3180m)

We will trek uphill through the inner Himalayans. On the way, we will be constantly rewarded with beautiful view of the mountains like Manaslu, Dwijen, Gorkha and Saula Himal. We can also view the Rupi Nala Pass. The vegetation now starts to get parser. We will trek along this windy trial for some time before reaching Lho Gaon and Lihi Gaon, two small Buddhist villages influenced by Tibetan culture. We can visit the local monasteries and schools run by Buddhist monks.

Day 09: Lho to Sama Gaun (3530m)

Today we will walk along the banks of the river with the view of Peak 29 keeping us company. After walking uphill the rocky trail for some time we will reach Sama Gaon where we will spend the night.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun, hike to Manasulu Base Camp and return

This is a rest day. We can either take side trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Kunda. Base Camp of Manaslu allows unobstructed views of Samdo, Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal and Manaslu glacier. Birendra Kunda is an ice lake located near to Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 11: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3780m)

We will trek slowly all the way to Samdo from Sama Gaon today through a dry and albeit rocky terrain. The Tibetan border is only 4 k.ms away from Samdo. However, it is restricted to cross the border. We can visit the Tibetan refugee village here at Samdo.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m)

Leave Samdo village and take 4hrs of trek to Dharmasala. The trail continues along Budhigandaki River to Dharmasala. Stay overnight at Dharmasala.

Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimthang (3700m) via Larkya La Pass (5213m)

Leaving Dharmasala early in the morning, we will reach the base of Larkya La Pass. 2hrs of difficult climb will take us to the summit of Larkya La Pass. Enjoy the views of Himlung Mountain, Annapurna II Mountain, kangurung and Cheo Mountain. Lower down to Bhimtang. Bhimtang allows views of Lamjung and Manaslu Mountains.

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m)

After taking breakfast, we will descend to Surke River. Choosing the escalating trail through pine forest, we will reach Dudhkoshi River. Walking further, we will move in and out of Dharapani and proceed through Gho village to Tilje village for overnight stay.

Day 15: Tilje to Jagat or Syange (1100m)

Leave Tilje village and lower down to Jagat via Marshyangdi valley. Arriving at Syange, we will cross Marshyangdi River and walk through Ghermu to the meadow. From Ghermu, take the ascending trail to Bahundanda and reach Nagdi. Brief walk from Ngadi will take us to Syange.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu

Brief walk from Syange through Bulbule and Khudi villages will take us to Besisahar which is the district headquarters of Lamjung. From Besisahar, we will return to Kathmandu.


Trip Cost US$ 1,185 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, Before and After the trek. Hotel Access Nepal Pvt.ltd.
  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Tea house accommodations  arrangement during the trek.
  • Remote area trekking permit and all needed documents.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna and Manasalu Conservation Area.
  • A Guide and necessary staffs.
  • Porters , carrier with their full insurance.
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek by bus.
  •  All meals three times a day as well as tea/coffee during the breakfast.
  •  Equipment like sleeping bag, down jacket if you do not have your own. To be return after the trek
  • Necessary insurance for trekking staff.
  • Trekking route map.
  • First Aid kit box with basic medicine,including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
  • Emergency Rescue assistance arrangement, paid by your travel insurance.
Cost Excludes:
  • Nature of personal expense
  • Private Jeep if you need.
  • Drinks
  • All meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara such as sightseeing tour.
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
Fixed Date for Manaslu trek departure

Start Date - End Data Status Cost Book This Trip
10/11/2017 - 10/24/2017 Available US$ 1185 per person Book this trip
10/23/2018 - 10/10/2018 Available US$ 1150 per person Book this trip
11/13/2018 - 11/27/2018 Available US$ 1150 per person Book this trip
11/23/2018 - 12/07/2018 Available US$ 1150 per person Book this trip

FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-


5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-


6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.


9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.


The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com


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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Larkya – La pass 5220m.
  • Group Size: Min - 2
  • Minimum altitude: 1410
  • Maximum altitude: 5213 m
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June
  • Grade Info: Moderate ** + Strenuous ****
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  • Total Days: 16 Days ( Kathmandu - Kathmandu)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.

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