Manaslu Trekking - 17 days
Manaslu Trekking is a restricted and remote area trekking in Nepal. Less populated and less beaten path of Manaslu region will be an astounding experience for the trekker. Actually, Nepal Manaslu Trekking is getting its popularity these days since the trekkers prefer less beaten and less crowded area trekking.
Manaslu Trekking can be an alternative to other adventurous trekking trails which are massively crowded these days.
Manaslu Trekking is located at the border between Nepal and Tibet. So, we not only have the insights of Nepal but also massively about Tibet.
The wild and harmonious nature, sacred monasteries, ethnic groups and their culture, prayer flags, stone inscriptions and astounding mountain views including Mt. Manaslu, which is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) above sea level are prominent highlights of Nepal Manaslu Trekking.
Major Highlights of Manaslu Trekking
- A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
- Thrilling Wilderness and Exotic Landscapes
- The remostest setting with alluring mountain peaks
- Tibetan Lifestyle and Culture
- Adventure of Crossing Larkya La Pass, 5106 m, one of the highest passes in the world
Is Manaslu Trekking an adventurous and restricted area trekking? Required Permits
Yes. It is a restricted area and adventurous trekking. We have to pass one of the highest passes in the world which is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). For Manaslu Trekking, an individual trekker has to obtain a special trekking permit.
What is the highest point of Manaslu Trekking?
Larkya La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world is the highest point in this trekking, the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). This is also a popular vantage point.
How will be the food and accommodation like during Manaslu Trekking?
Except Kathmandu, food and accommodation will be very normal and basic. This accommodation is called Teahouse accommodation. Toilets are normally outside. Rooms are neat and clean. But for one night at Dharmasal, we may feel inconvenient. So for this, we recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag.
Food will be organic mountain food items. Mostly, all the ingredients are grown locally. Bread and Nepali dishes are popular in this region. One item of food costs between $ 4-10.
Manasalu Trekking Transportation
We drive 126 km (80 miles) from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. The country road is challenging. However, we experience true rural lifestyle of the people. This drive is almost for more than 7 6 hours. This trek ends at Dharapani and we again have to drive back to Kathmandu either by private jeep or public bus. We can not use this road during summer because heav rainfall and landslides.
Manaslu Trekking Best Time of the Year
The best time for Manasalu Trekking is between September to mid of the Nov. During summer (June- July- August) , it is really hard to travel because the country road is totally destroyed by rain.
Getting to the trailhead and away
We drive from Kathmandu to Arughat or Sotikhola which is the commencing point of Manaslu Trekking and the ending point is Dharapani. Sotikhola and Dharapni is both connected by road. From Kathmandu to Soti Khola, the total distance is 126 km.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and spring (March to May) are the best time for Trekking. The weather is delightful and pleasant during autumn. The mountain views are astonishing.
The hills are wrapped with beautiful flowering rhododendron during spring. Also majority of the trekkers find Spring best time for Manaslu Trekking since they love to see flowering rhododendron.
Winter( Dec-Feb) will be very harsh due to cold and cloudy weather which hide the mountain peaks.
Summer will be too hot for some trekkers. Heavy rainfall occurs and disturbs the transportation and even walk in the mountain.
Physical Condition and Experience
Those who can walk 4-7 hours in the mountain can do this trek. ManasluTrekking is a challenging trek in Manaslu Region Trekking in Nepal . Regular exercise, jogging and short hiking enhance your stamina and confidence. Prior trekking experience and technical skills are recommended for Manaslu Trekking. These prior skills will be an asset for it.
Threats and Safety
We do not really face such terrible threats during this trekking. However, in few cases, we have to experience some slippery and steep trail. When we head to cross Larkya La Pass, this part of trail is a bit challenging and slippery too. Frozen ice is sometimes a great threat to us. For this, you need to have treking poles and proper trekking or hiking boots. We do not face any glaciers and avalenches in Manaslu Trekking. . Otherwise, we will clebrate beautiful and pleasant and adventurous trek in the lap of mighty mountains.
There are few cases the trekkers suffered from altitude sickness. It may be because dehydration and lack of stamina. Sometimes, we have the problem of food poison too. Report it to you trekking leader or guide if you have any health inconveniences. You will immediately be rescued. Drink plenty of hot drinks and do not smoke in the higher elevation. Have balanced diet and have sound sleep.
Note: If you have serious health problem, please consult doctor or inform us before departure to the trailhead.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTm) Kathmandu
Our representative will receive you at the airport and trasafer to the hotel. After you get refressed, we have a short orientation meeting introducing guide, porter and the description about the trip. We also prepare the necessary equipment. Be with 3 passport size photographs, passport and travel insurance. Welcome dinner in the evening
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour and Preparation for the Trek
We begin our valley sightseeing after breakfast at around 8. This is a guided sightseeing. We have a van or car and a professional city guide.Our visit is to UNESCO World Heritage sites located withn the valley like Pashupatinath, Swyombbunath, Bouddhanath, Patan etc. We have lunch during our tour. After lunch we still continue our city tour and we end today's tour at around 4. In the evening, we can get the equipments that we require during the trek.
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
This drive is via country road for 8-9 hours. Previously, the bus would go up to Arughat but nowadays we have bus access to Sotikhola. We experience country life and different ethnic people during our drive. Overnight at teahouse at Sotikhola.
Day 04 - Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Today’s walk is along Budi Gandaki upward. We also encounter with riverbank and sand which are beautiful to capture. We also walk via different woodlands. Overnight at teahouse at Machha Khola
Day 05 - Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
First, we cross the Machha Khola and we arrive at Tatopani. We pass Tatopani and the trail widens with Budi Gandaki Valley. Finally , we arrive at Jagat. Overnight at teahouse at Jagat
Day 06 - Jagat to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs
We pass Jagat and arrive at Sirdabas which is a viewpoint that offers us captivating view of Shringi Himal. Following , we descend to the river and pass a suspension bridge. Now, we have step trail going all the way up to Philim. We have spare time to explore the area today. Overnight at teahouse at Philim.
Day 07 - Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Today, we experience mesmerizing water falls. We pass Eklebhatti and the trail leads us to the river and cross the suspension bridge twice. Now, we pass a camping site and arrive at Deng. Overnight at guesthouse at Deng.
Day 08 - Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
We, today, encounter with steep trail which leads us to mesmerizing views of landscapes and mountain peaks. The valleys and settlements of ethnic groups are major attractions of today’s trip. We also experience mani stones ( prayer stones) and inscriptions. The Tibetan insight will be new for us today. Finally, we arrive at Namrung.
Day 09 - Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We still walk via mani stones and pass the village of Lo. The village of Lo offers us an incredible view of Peak 29. Optionally, we can trek to Pungen Glacier which offers us mesmerizing view of Manaslu. Now, we head to Sama Gompa. Our further walk for more 2o minutes takes us to Samagaon. Overnight at teahouse to Samagaon.
Day 10 - Acclimatization day at Samagaon
Today is for acclimatization. We have two options for today. Either we have a full day walk to Manaslu Base Camp or we can have a half day walk to some glaciers. Overnight at teahouse at Samagaon.
Day 11 - Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
Today’s walk is via beautiful valleys. We capture some breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu. Today’s view of Mt. Manaslu might be the most spectacular for the entire trip. Finally, we arrive at Tibetan refugee village, Samdo. Samdo is located at the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Day 12 - Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
We first cross the streams and arrive at Larkya Bazar. Now, we have a steep trail to Dharmasala. Overnight at teahouse at Dharmasala.
Day13 - Dharmashala to Bhimphedi via Cross Larkya La pass
From Dharmashala, we will trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft), walking for approximately 8-9 hrs
We have tough work today. We will face the highest point of this trekking, Larkya la Pass. Larkya La Pass is a vantage point which offers us magnificent Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981meters) and Annapurna II
(7937meters). Passing through the moraines, we arrive at Bhimphedi. Overnight at teahouse at Bhimphedi
Day 14 - Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Today’s trek passes through paddy fields. We also pass through fig and rhododendron forest. Today’s walk is all the down. Overnight at Teahouse at Tilje.
Day 15 - Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
Today, we follow the paved trail all the way down to Dharapani. When we get Dharapani, our trail combines with Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Then, further, we walk to Chamje. Overnight at teahouse at Chamje.
Day 16 - Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
We first take local jeep upto Besisahar. We, now, take either private car or public bus to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 17 – Farewell
According to your international flight schedule, we drop you at the 2 hours earlier so that you will be able to catch up your scheduled flight. This is the day to say good bye to you but it doesn’t mean that you won’t come back to Nepal again.
Duration: 16 nights/17 days
Trip Grade: Challenging
Destination: Nepal, Asia
Group Size: minimum 2 - maximum 7
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and All Meals During The Trek