Trip Fact

Trip Duration 17 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 1330
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March, April and September to November
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  • You view more than 10 peaks of over 6,500 meters and few of over 7,000 meters are visible en route. 
  • Understand and observe the lifestyle of Nubri and Tsum who are the two main ethnic groups residing in the region. Among both groups, Tsum still gives the glimpse of their traditional culture, art, and tradition which is a matter of study for many researchers. 
  • Observe monasteries, mani walls, and prayer wheels in the area.
  • Natural scenery, high glacier lakes, fascinating flora, and fauna and majestic Himalayan ranges make the trail most do the event of life.
  • Trek to untouched Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Visit Buddhist monument and rural villages with spectacular mountain views
  • Hike to Manaslu Base Camp, the base camp of eight tallest mountains on the earth
  • Get an insight into the Tibetan and Buddhist culture
  • Enjoy the peace and tranquility in the less crowded region of Manaslu Base Camp
  • Spectacular scene of Himlung Himal (7,216m/23,345ft) and Mt. Manaslu (8153m/26,748ft)

Manaslu base camp trekking is another popular trekking recognized in the Manaslu region. It is "untouched" natural paradise rural valley trail in Nepal and located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu base camp trek route was officially opened as adventure walking trip for tourist in 1992 and very less amount of tourist visited in Manaslu base camp trek because of it is one of the restricted trekking routes in Manaslu Region, requires special trekking permits.

Manaslu Base Camp trek is an enthralling route, in which we visit the three peaks of Manaslu, known as "Japanese Peak". Manaslu Base Camp trek is the Challenging treks in Manaslu Region. The eighth highest peak of the world, Manaslu, towers 8,163 meters above sea level. It is situated in the western central part of Nepal in Mansiri Himal. Manaslu is a Sanskrit name given to the mountain which means “Mountain of the Spirit”. Most of the Japanese prefer to climb this mountain just because Toshio Imanishi of Japan in assistance of Gyalzen Norbu (Nepali) climbed the mountain for the first time in 1956. This is why the Japanese consider Manaslu as their mountain just like the British consider Everest as theirs.

Manaslu Base Camp treks offer rich culture, tradition, adventure, scenic beauty and rural civilization that represents ancient Tibetan lifestyle. Due to the newly opened route, this trek surrounding the entire Manaslu ridge offers a chance to expansively explore the full range of Nepal’s natural and cultural diversity. Mount Manaslu is one of the impending geographical appeals dominating the historical kingdom of Gorkha.

On the trekking way to the Manaslu Base Camp, there is the resident of local peoples very innocent and still many local are mostly Tibetan origin & speak their own vernacular. During the journey, our licensed trekking guide will be there to brief you in details about that area and you also can explore real Nepalese life and visit many Buddhist "MONKS inhabitant" holy monasteries and combined with the great views of Tibetan highland against stark white Himalayas all prove it as a truly mystical place. During the Manaslu Base Camp trek furthermore, you can visit very old monastery "Sama Gompa" at Sane Gaou along with the close view of Mt. Manaslu even reach up to Manaslu base camp is another prime wonderful prospect of this trek.

Manaslu is located in Gorkha district, some 64 kilometers east of Annapurna. Nepal Government gave trekking permit for Manaslu region in 1991. The trekking trail follows the same ancient route of Budi Gandaki River which people used to walk for salt trading then. More than 10 peaks of over 6,500 meters and few of over 7,000 meters are visible en route. The trek route paves the way to many scattered villages of the region where resides different ethnic groups in social harmony. Landslides and landfalls and encounter with yaks while passing the trail makes the Manaslu trekking more memorable.

Landscape and Distance During Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Manaslu Base Camp trek provides a wide variety of terrains. The landscapes are difficult and strangely shaped. You will be walking 15 to 20 km each day. Walking harrowing steep trains along the trek will test your staying power as well as patience. The beginning of the trek is difficult as the trail leads to Budhi Gandaki gorge. You will walk a lot of uphill and downhill in your trek. The crossing of Larkya La Pass (5,213 meters) is challenging. It will test your strength and capabilities. You need to be mentally prepared for the difficulties ahead.

How much difficult is Manaslu Base Camp Trek? 

For Manaslu Base Camp Trek, you should be able to walk for 6 to 7 hours a day. There is one particular day, where you have to walk before sunrise to avoid tempest at Larkya La. It is because the guide has a strict deadline to pass the Larkya La before afternoon which should be operated according to the itinerary. Similarly, at this point, there is a step down which makes the trail a bit difficult to pass due to the frozen path. In that case, you can use crampon on boots to pass the frozen path to reach Bhimthang. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around the Annapurna Region. While on trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination of the day. This will make your trekking a lot more physical friendly.

NOTE: Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Trek at the altitude of 5,160 meters.

What about accommodation facilities during Manaslu Base Camp Trekking?

Accommodation is not a big issue during Manaslu Trek. There are ample tea houses for accommodation in Manaslu region. The rooms are simple and cozy. Only a few teahouses have a private room with a shared toilet. 
Also, kindly note that, during the peak trekking season, you may need to share a room with other trekkers especially in Dharamsala. It is because of the high number of trekkers' flow in the area.

What type of food do I get during Manaslu Trek?

On the Manaslu trail, almost all tea houses serve the most common Nepali dish “Dal Bhat” (pulses and rice). The vegetables served in tea houses are produced from their own field. Hence, foods are usually organic and hygienic for your health. There is a problem with proper transportation so it’s difficult to supply food materials. Thus, continental foods are limited and costly.

What about altitude sickness during the trek?

It’s impossible to predict who gets affected by altitude. Altitude sickness is caused by thin air at the high altitudes starting from 3,000 meters and upward. The highest point of the Manaslu Trek is 5,120 meters above the sea level. So, you should give enough time to acclimatize. 
The main precaution while trekking is not to go up too high, too fast, and do not rush at all. If you suffer from symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite then descend to some lower elevation immediately and seek medical help via guide.

Why is Manaslu Base Camp Trek known as a restricted trek in Nepal?

One main cause behind this restricted region is that Nepal Government especially Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned governing bodies aim to preserve this place from being spoiled. Another reason is to ensure security to trekkers while passing open border point – Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass and Tsum Valley, which shares the border with Tibet.

Which is the best season for Manaslu Base Camp Trek?

The best seasons for Manaslu Trek are March, April, May and the last week in September to mid-December. The peak time for this trek is October. Low season is the monsoon (June to September) due to rain and haze weather. In late December to early March, there is a probable chance of winter snow and lodge will be closed mainly in Laryka Phedi, Bhimthang.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
  • Day 02:Arughat to Soti Khola
  • Day 03:Trek From Soti khola to Machha Khola (River)
  • Day 04:Trek From Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 05:Trek From Jagat to Deng
  • Day 06:Trek From Deng to Ghap
  • Day 07:Trek From Ghap to Lho Gaon
  • Day 08:Trek From Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon
  • Day 09:Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon
  • Day 10:Trek From Sama Gaon to Samdo
  • Day 11:Trek From Samdo to Dharmasala
  • Day 12:Dharmasala-Cross Larkya La Pass and trek to Bhimtang
  • Day 13:Trek From Bhimtang to Goa
  • Day 14:Trek From Goa to Tal
  • Day 15:Trek From Tal to Ghermu Phant
  • Day 16:Trek From Ghermu Phant to Bhulbhule and drive to Besisahar
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Manaslu Base Camp Trek starts with around seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first part of the journey is smooth as we go through highway. But, a rough path leads you to Arughat from Gorkha.
  • Day 02:Arughat to Soti Khola The trail begins from today. We begin walking through lush valleys and rice paddy fields. We follow Budi Gandaki Khola (River), climb over the Kyoropani, the descent down to the junction of the Budi Gandaki and the Sundi Khola. Enjoy a refreshing swim and camp overnight on this spot.
  • Day 03:Trek From Soti khola to Machha Khola (River) The trail narrows down leading through densely forested hillsides, adorned with some small stranded village. Trek though steep valley sides passing Lapbesi village descending down to the riverbed and following the wide and sandy path towards Machha Khola (Fish Stream). We put on at nearby Maccha Khola organizing a camp for the night.
  • Day 04:Trek From Machha Khola to Jagat Today, we cross Maccha Khola and walk upstream towards Khola Bensi. Enjoy a bath in the hot spring there, and then move along the steep valley sides.
    The trek goes through a forest path resting for a cup of tea at Doban and then walks to Lauri, where we switch back to the right side of the river through suspension bridge. A little climb and the sight of Jagat’s field will welcome you for an overnight camp.
  • Day 05:Trek From Jagat to Deng From Jagat, we head towards Deng. It is around seven hours walk to Deng village which is made up of just about 4 houses. From Jagat, we descend towards the river through stone steps and then ascend up a terraced hillside Saguleri where we halt for some time to catch the exotic view of the Sringi Himal (7187m). Then, after a few more crossings over the river, we ultimately climb up to Deng where we set camp for the night.
  • Day 06:Trek From Deng to Ghap Now the trail leads us through Lana village, and further up we will see Mani stones i.e. rocks etched with the Buddhist prayers – a sure sign that we are closer to cool Tibetan areas. In about 4 hours, we will be camping in the village of Ghap.
  • Day 07:Trek From Ghap to Lho Gaon From Ghap, we move ahead and after crossing the Budi Gandaki River we enter into the alpine territory, where you can capture mountain views.
    After some time we reach Namrung village. There are pasture lands and large stream (originating from Lidanda Glaciers) to cross over en route. We will pass the Sho village, dwelling at the altitude of 3000m (provides nice views of Manaslu), and then reach our destination for the day – Lho Gaon.
  • Day 08:Trek From Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon You will see the majestic Peak in Sama Gaon. We might camp here or move half an hour further to the Sama Gompa.
  • Day 09:Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaon You can go to Manaslu Base Camp which will take about 3 hours to reach if you want. Then you’ll return to Sama Gaon again which takes about 2 hours. Otherwise, you will spend the entire day in Sama Gaon. This is also a kind of acclimatization day.
  • Day 10:Trek From Sama Gaon to Samdo From Sama Gompa, a little further up is Samdo, the pleasant forest residing near the border of Tibet. It is heaven for photographers like you. We enjoy the day resting here.
  • Day 11:Trek From Samdo to Dharmasala What was once a mighty river now dwindles to a stream, and we ascent up this Budi Gandaki stream to Sumdu, probably the last thriving village on our trail. Next is some sort of a ruined marketplace called Larkya Bazaar. And further up at an altitude of 4450m, we rest in some Lodge or Dharmasala (guest house).
  • Day 12:Dharmasala-Cross Larkya La Pass and trek to Bhimtang As we ascend to Dharmashala we will have stunning views of the Larkya Peak. The trail gets steep, as we move up through the moraines to the Larkya La pass, where we can capture incredible pictures of Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal among other snowcapped mountains. Walking through snow and moraines, we reach the lovely forest area of Tanbuche.
    From Tanbuche we reach Bimthang, an ablation valley composed of nothing but abandoned homes and Buddhist prayer rocks.
  • Day 13:Trek From Bhimtang to Goa We descend towards Goa from here. The Manaslu in the east and Annapurna II in the west make the horizon impressive.
    Further, we follow our trail through a bridge at Dudh Khola (Milk River), trek through the blossom of rhododendron flowers, leave Karche cross Marsyangdi River.
  • Day 14:Trek From Goa to Tal What once used to be a pristine lake now has faded away leaving a beautiful valley. Tal, once a lake, now a village. We will be trekking from Goa to Tal village.
  • Day 15:Trek From Tal to Ghermu Phant From Tal, our long route takes us through steep valley sides of the Himalayan range, tucked between the Manaslu and Annapurna range. We stop at Ghermu Phant.
  • Day 16:Trek From Ghermu Phant to Bhulbhule and drive to Besisahar A suspension bridge will get us to the east bank of Marsyangdi Khola, Then, there’s this short climb up to Bahundanda, a climb down to Ngadi, and then to the paddy fields of Bulebhule. From Bhulebhule, the trail becomes easy, with no hills and steep landscapes, as we move to Besisahar.
  • Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu Here ends our exciting trekking trip. You will enjoy today's evening and dinner with NTA staff.

Cost Includes

  • Free airport picks upon your arrival and a drop at the end of your trip
  • Manaslu Special Restricted Area Permit ( Which required minimum 2 people in the group)
  • Manaslu Conversation Area Project ( MCAP Permit)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking Map
  • Complete free trekking information before going to trek
  • Tasty and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the tour in Kathmandu
  • Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • All nights in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • An experienced licensed holder guide and needed number of porters as per your group size
  • Medical first aid kit box ( which is carried by your team) 
  • Foods, transportation, accommodations and local tax for guide & porters
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available on a hire

Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance ( Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum. 
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and of bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges during only in trekking  
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra night accommodation or meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure and early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
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Accommodation During Manaslu Base Camp Trek

We will spend the night in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and other nights in the trek halting spots. While on the trek, we will spend nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs an additional USD 290. But some places in this region do not allow single accommodations. You will get nice and comfortable rooms for each night. Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras.

Meals During Manaslu Base Camp Trek

During our Manaslu Base Camp Trekking, we will enjoy typically Nepali food. You can also enjoy international cuisine like Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, bread, and drinks of different variety and snacks. The cost remains higher though. The breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night.

Group Size

We organize a trip with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 people. Join our estimated group departure dates available in departure dates or have customized trekking via Custom Booking Section.

Equipment for the Manaslu Base Camp trek

Manaslu trekking route passes through the different ground. The trek starts from 710 meters and ends at 5,210 meters altitude, above sea level. With the change in altitude, temperature also changes. According to different weather and climate you have to choose the right clothes, and other gears and equipment. Here is a recommended packing list of items that you’ll need in your Manaslu Base Camp Trek.

General: Four Season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece after trek it must be returned), Duffel Bag, Daypack, Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 meters)

Clothing: Full and half sleeve T-shirts, Lightweight expedition thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, Wind / Waterproof shell jacket, Synthetic sports bras (for women), Breathable underwear, Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms, Hiking shorts, Trekking pants, Windproof trousers, Casual Pants

Head and Hand: Sun Hat, Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears, Sunglasses with UV protection, Headlamp, Neck Warmer, Scarf / Balaclava, Fleece/woolen gloves, Waterproof gloves

Foot: Waterproof Hiking Boots, Camp Sandals / Sneakers, Heavyweight socks, Light hiking socks, Gaiters, and Sock liners

Personal Equipment: Water Bottle / Bladder, Water Purification Iodine Tablets, Toiletry Kit (face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), Trekking Poles, Feminine Hygiene Products (for women), Lip balm (SPF 20), Sunscreen (SPF 40), Pee Funnel

Other Travel Accessories: Trekking Poles, Basic First Aid Kit, Personal Medication, Diamox for altitude sickness, Baby wipes, Earplugs, Hand sanitizer, Insect repellent, Camera, memory card, and spare batteries

Best Season for Manaslu Base Camp Trekking

Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year, depending on the route you are going. Apart from all-season trekking, autumn and spring seasons are the most favorable. Nepal encircles four seasons altogether. They are autumn, winter, spring, and monsoon (summer).

Autumn: September, October, and November. The sky is clear, rainfall is negligible (very few), and the climate remains moderate. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Chhath also fall at this time period.

Winter: December, January, and February. The sky remains foggy, rainfall is low, snowfall is countable, and the climate remains colder. In some time frame, the most feasible panorama can be observed, but to reach there at that time, cold bearing capacity should be added. Also, you can celebrate Christmas in the Himalayas though.

Spring: March, April, and May. The sky remains clear, clouds remain wandering, snowfall is lesser, pre-monsoon rainfall can occur, and the climate occurs moderate (eligible for trekking). Nepali New Year falls at this time, so you can cherish this advantage in Nepal.

Monsoon (summer): June, July, and August. The sky seems cloudy, high monsoon rainfalls, the trail remains slippery, a high encounter with bugs (leech, snails, slugs, and more), the climate remains hotter but rainy, infrequent thunderstorms in afternoon and evening occurs, and the outlook remains adorable at the time of no rainfall. It offers less crowded trail in the upper Himalayas. Likewise, it is the best time for investigation for botanists, researchers, and biologists in Nepal.

Permits needed for Manaslu Base Camp Trekking

In total, you need three different permits for Manaslu Trek. The Permit costs for the trek depends on the different season. Following are the list of permits with the cost that you need:   

Manaslu Restricted Permit

  • During September to November: USD 70 for the first seven days and USD 10 for each additional day
  • From December to August: USD 50 for the first seven days and USD 7 for each additional day

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

  • MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 1000 per person (Including Government Tax)
  • MCAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 3000 per person (Including Government Tax)

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • ACAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 1000 per person (Including Government Tax)
  • ACAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 3000 per person (Including Government Tax)

Tsum Valley Permit (Optional)

  • USD 35 for per person (1 week)
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