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Manaslu Trekking

a delightful journey around worlds 8th high peak within Buddhist culture

Trip Highlights


  • Trekking around world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu,
  • Exceptional views within lovely rhododendron, magnolia and pine forest,
  • On high valley of Manaslu with impressive mountain villages,
  • Exploring traditional villages, monastery of Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture,
  • Crossing high Larky-la leading to popular Annapurna circuit trail.

Trip Summary

Trip Cost :1250
Trip Duration :17 days
Trip Mode : On Tea House / Lodge
Trek Grade : Moderate to Adventurous
Highest altitude gain : 5, 214 meters on top of Larkya -la pass.
Trekking duration : 15 nights & 16 days
Total Trip : 18 nights & 19 days (Kathmandu / Kathmandu)
Season : March to June & September to November March to May (flowering months)

Trip Introduction

Manaslu trekking area has been opened for foreign visitors just a few decades ago, where you can witness magnificent world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m at a close distance from Lo and Sama-gaon.

In the company of View Nepal expert team of guides leading you to high Manaslu area, one of the most exceptional adventure destinations in all Himalaya located Far North Mid-West Himalaya between massive mountain range of Annapurna-Lamjung and Ganesh Himal.

Around Manaslu trekking follows impressive mountain villages of Jagat, Dyang, Samagaon and Samdu with grand views of Mt. Manaslu, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli peak, and Ganesh Himal, to reach at Samagaon villages untouched by a modern civilization with old Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition as it was since past many centuries.

Crossing over high Larkya-la pass at 5,214 m highest point of the adventure and downhill into forested area of beautiful rhododendron, magnolia, birch, and pines trees towards Dharapani village where this fabulous adventure around Manaslu & Larkya-la trek concludes at Annapurna circuit trek route around Manang area.

Around Manaslu trekking  is more of an exploration than just trekking, leading you to experience a memorable, wonderful and enjoyable adventure.


Manaslu Trekking Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journey.

Day 03: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Lo 3,180 m - 06 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs

Day 09: Rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization.

Day 10: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,460 m - 04 hrs

Day 12: Cross Larkya la 5,214m and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs

Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar – 07 hrs.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.

Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our staff who will transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed from jet lag, View Nepal guide / leader will brief on Manaslu Trek including hotels, lodge on route with evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment.

Day 02: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journey.

Starting this wonderful journey around Manaslu Himal area with morning drive on the main road for few hours, and then over Trisuli River to reach at Dhading Besi, a hill town, from here on the dirt / rough road to Arughat bazaar. From here transfer to another vehicle taking a rough drive on dirt road to Soti Khola passing several villages and farm areas, with views of Mt. Manaslu driving ups and downs till Soti Khola is reached for overnight stop.

Day 03: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, first day walk starts on a good trail following Buri Gandaki River, passing farm land and villages, and then crossing a bridge over Nuali khola with nice views of waterfalls. Walk leads on neat stone steps with another bridge to cross to reach Machha-Khola for overnight stop, this village named as Machha- Khola which means a Fish streams.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding trail to Tatopani “Hot Spring”. At Tatopani time permitting enjoy the refreshing hot bathe, after a fine stop walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following Buri Gandaki River to Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge. Jagat a nice village with lodge, shops and stores that makes this village important for travelers to stop for overnight.

Day 05: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

From Jagat continue walk to higher area still following Buri Gandkai River, coming across small farm village of Sidibas Bazaar, a lovely neat village with rest here a short climb and downhill to cross a suspension bridge to reach at Nagjet. From here climb up to Philim, this is quite a large village with scattered farm houses, after Philim trek onwards through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb a rocky ridge top into bamboo forest to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Day 06: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs

After Dyang onward heading to more cooler climate into alpine zone, morning walk continue with descend to a river reaching at Bihi Bazaar. A small village near river side, villages from here higher up with more Tibetan culture of Buddhist religions, walk leads on gradual trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Lo 3,180 m - 06 hrs.

Morning from Ghap village walk along Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets, and then to Numrung village with of Mt. Manaslu North Face, from here continue walk passing villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, gaining much altitude with an hour up to Shrip village, from here few hours walk to Lo Bazaar for overnight stop in a nice lodge with local hospitality.

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs

After Lo village, feel the altitude with cool temperature, from here onward tree lines disappears for few short juniper bushes and some Willow and Juniper trees, walk on a nice trail with views of snowcapped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon for two overnight stops, situated on route Manaslu base camp and Larkya-la.

Day 09: Rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher area and over Larkya-la pass, on this leisure day explore the interesting village of Samagaon of typical Tibetan culture and custom, this village lies on the old caravan route of Nepal / Tibet.

Day 10: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs

Morning walk heads towards last village at Samdo, on route Tibet and Larkya-la trail, local villagers been in trade with Tibet since hundreds of years. The trade exchange still exists one can find many Chinese goods around shops and stores in these villages. Continue walk with gentle climb overlooking views of snowcapped peaks and then ending the day walk at Samdo village for overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,460 m - 04 hrs

Today a short walk to Larkya phedi or Dharmasala, after Samdo village leading to cross few streams towards dry and barren area, morning walk is not tough except for altitude. Walking with few short ups and downs and then completing the day at Larkya phedi, means base of Larkya-la pass. Afternoon take a short hike and explore this beautiful area, where strong trade market used to take place with Tibetans in early days.

Day 12: Cross Larkya la 5,214m and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.

A Big Long Day! Starting early morning to reach top of Larkya-la pass at 5,214 meters, climb leads with amazing views of surrounding hills and valley including Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and of Peak 29. After a hard climb reaching at the top of the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after enjoying the views and rest, descend back into forested area to reach Bimthang for overnight stop after a hard days walk.

Day 13: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs

After a tough and long days walk of previous day, today an easy moderate trek with downhill most of the way to Gho, located in the middle of pristine forested area.

Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

From Gho morning last day walk on downhill to Telje village by Marsyangdi River, after this nice village an hour climb to Dharapani village, a nice large village of alpine climate standing at a junction of Manaslu and popular Annapurna circuit trail of Manang area.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar – 07 hrs.

The last day in the Himalayan countryside, morning drive leads downhill passing many nice villages of Syange, Nagdi, Bulbule following the Marsyangdi River all the way to a big town at Besishar, the headquarter of Lamjung district, from here a few hours’ drive brings to Dumre on the Pokhara –Kathmandu highway, from here another 3-4 of interesting drive reaches to the bustling city in Kathmandu after a great mesmerizing time in the high mountains.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.

A free or leisure day in Kathmandu for own individual activities and souvenirs shopping, for interested people one can book for sightseeing tours around Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan cities at places of interest, as Nepal is steeped with historical and World Heritage Sites.

Day 17: International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful experience around Manaslu & Larkya-la trekking, as per your flight time View Nepal Treks staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Cost Includes And Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  4. Full board trek on lodge basis includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single room supplement at extra cost if required where available).
  5. Full board trekking if camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single tents supplement at extra cost if required). Include separate kitchen unit with cook-kitchen staff accompanied by guides and porters.
  6. Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and Manaslu or Annapurna Area Conservation and Special Permit for Manaslu Area.
  7. Service of trekking guides / porters and other field staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  8. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  9. Down jackets-sleeping bags (with inner linear) and comprehensive medical kits.
  10. Transportation on Private Vehicle before and after trek with trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks including tea-coffee etc throughout the trip.
  • Personal trekking gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Faqs About This Trip

How hard is Manaslu trekking?

This journey starts with moderate walk uphill and downhill, includes few gradual path involves high altitude above from 2,000 m to 3,800 meters high, as altitude wise it is one of the safest trek without problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Our itinerary set with rest day for proper acclimatization.

How cold will be on Manaslu and Larkya-la pass?

This trek leads from warm sub-tropical climate to cooler temperatures as the walk progress above 2,000 meters, with mild alpine climate with morning and night time cooler but the day is bright and sunny sometimes the afternoon can get windy with wind-chill factor.m 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn / winter day time 15°-16° C awith Can be cold as season wise, autumn and winter months can get cold above 3,000 m with strong UV. In spring and su mmer above ,3000 nd can get below -5° C during morn / night time.

What happens if sick during the trip?

One of the safest trekking despite high mountains, chance of altitude getting AMS is bare minimum, starting with slow moderate walk with rest day in between for acclimatization. If some people get sick with other problem or diarrhea which is normal due to change of foods, air and environment, we do carry medical kit on every trek as our guide have enough medical experience, they will advice what is best and in case of serious illness and accidents, emergency evacuation is necessary by any means of transport including helicopter service to reach nearest hospital.

How are the communications up in the mountains?

Normally Satellite and local Cell phone works, when deep gorge and valley like in the river valley and forested area, it won’t work properly, in case if your cell does not work there are few villages with facilities of Landlines (STD /ISTD) available along every lodge on route.

What kind of accommodation and food to expect on this trek?

On leaving Kathmandu starting from Soti-Khola for overnight, the lodges are simple with rooms to accommodate 2 people in a room, however if one requires private / single room can be arranged at extra cost. The rooms in most places are simple and basic but nice, cozy with warm dining rooms, hot / cold shower available in some lodges with clean toilet facilities. Foods varies to seasonal vegetables, it is better to stick with vegetarian meals rather than fresh meat products for safe and hygiene wise this is way avoids medical problem on trek, however eggs items are ok. Breakfast of cereal, porridge, corn flakes with milk, eggs (variation as per your choice) and toast, Tibetan bread, pancakes. Lunch simple bread with mild vegetable curry and salad with seasonal fruits, dinner Nepali Dal-Bhat (boiled rice-lintel soup with vegetable) Chinese Fried veg / egg noodles, pasta, Indian Pilau rice, chappati (bread) for birthday and anniversary please let us know in advance so that we can order the lodge to bake cakes on special request.