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Manaslu Trek (18 Days)

Manaslu trek is a superb choice for those trekkers who are looking for a physically challenging trek as it involves trekking some of the toughest trails in the Himalayan region.

In spite of the remote location and some real climbing involved during the Manaslu trek your sweat and toil will be amply rewarded with the mesmerizing scenery and fascinating cultures of the inhabitants of the Manaslu region.

The inhabitants of this region are the direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants and this fact is evident in their attire, speech and customs. The mountain views from Nupri are breath taking and Larkya La (5213m) is one of the most impressive passes of the Himalayan region. 

Trip Highlights

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek : Camping

Max Altitude: 5135 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Strenous

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Info
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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 02: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 03: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

 Day 04: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.) takes about three hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 06: Trek from Philim to Deng (2095m.)  takes about six hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) takes about four hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 09: Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) takes about four hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 10: This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about four hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

 Day 13: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.)  takes about seven hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 15: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 16: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about four hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 17: Trek from Nagdi to Besishahar (823m.) takes about four hours.
Stay overnight in lodge/camp.

Day 18: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Itinerary

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about seven hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day and then drive towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough until reaching Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 2 Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.) takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, pretty waterfalls and green forest. To reach Soti Khola, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 3 Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.) takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly resided by Mongolian inhabitants. You then again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 4 Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about six hours. You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 5 Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.) takes about three hours. The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 6 Trek from Philim to Deng (2095m.) takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. From Deng, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage and spinach and the people here are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 7 Trek from Deng to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours. In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 8 Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path that moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 9 Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10 This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can visit Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake near the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11 Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about four hours. You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peaks. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12 Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13 Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.) takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14 Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15 Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Tal, which is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall. Eventually, you come across Jagat, which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16 Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about four hours. A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant along a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17 Trek from Nagdi to Besishahar (823m.) takes about four hours. You trek along a flat leveled path all the way to Besishahar through villages such as Bulbule, Khudi and others. Your route cuts across terraces, ridges and sometimes you cross small streams. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of the Lamjung district. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 18 Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.

Cost Info

The cost includes the following services:

  • Trekking permit
  • Entry permit for Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking cook
  • Necessary Porters
  • Kitchen helper
  • Sherpa
  • All surface transportation
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Necessary camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mattresses,sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Rescue Assistance
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance and equipments for the Nepali staff
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off 

The cost does not include the following services:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Round Manaslu

Many many thanks to Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition for great service and great journey around Manaslu!!! Special thanks to our guide Buddhi for great assistance and kindness- he is the best guide ever! Good luck and more clients!
We will recommend you to all our friends!

Ilona Mostova
Andrii Ostrykov
Tetyana Lutsenko
Oleksii Lebediev
Dmytro Cherkaskyy
Kyiui, Ukraine
6th December 2012

Trek to Round Manaslu!

We come holiday from the trek Round Manaslu, and we are completely satisfied by the services provided by Nepal Environmental Trek: good organization, and a very nice team( guide and porter): professional, careful for us, kind- A wonderful trip!

Michel & Chantal
Toulouse, France
12th November 2012