- Crossing the Larkya Pass at an altitude of 5,135 m
- A culturally fascinating region with Tibetan and Gurung cultures
- Superb trek that is off the beaten path, featuring a diverse and impressive landscape
The Manaslu trek is gaining more and more popular. It has sort of taken over the previously great Annapurna Circuit trek which in recent years has gotten too much road-construction.
The Manaslu Trekking region is culturally rich and has great and authentic trekking trails. In fact, it is considered to be one of Nepal's best treks. The trail offers you spectacular mountain scenery, a firsthand experience of ancient Tibetan culture, amazing glaciers, and age-old monasteries, and a high altitude variation allowing for changing landscapes and climatic zones.
The entire trail runs through the Manaslu Conservation Area was which was established in 1998. It covers an area of 1663 square kilometres and harbours 33 different species of mammals, 110 species of birds, 11 species of butterflies, and 3 species of reptiles. You will trek through 6 different climatic zones: tropical, subtropical, temperate, sub-alpine, alpine and arctic. The extreme contrasts within this approximately 200 km trail are associated with tremendous differences in topography and precipitation.
The eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8163 m) is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. Actually, the name Manaslu literally means ‘The Spirit Mountain’ in local language. Trekking Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures in the Nepalese Himalayas.
This is truly a trek of a lifetime, in which you will be blown away by the spectacular scenery not just once but many times.
We kindly refer to the Itinerary tab for a day-by-day overview of the route that we will take. If you have any questions to this trek, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Bookmundi.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600m), and again drive to Soti Khola (710m)
Today, we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat following the road through Pokhara. We cross the Trishuli Khola on a bridge and drive further to Dhading Beshi passing Muralibhanjyang and Niglpani onwards through Golbhanjyang and Taribeshi before we arrive at Arughat. We further take local Jeep to drive to Soti Khola where we stay overnight.
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to MachhiKhola (930m)
Our trek crosses the bridge and passes onwards through the beautiful forest and arrives at Khursane. We then move through the rocky trail and around the Gurung Village of Labubesi. Machhikhola will be our accommodation tonight.
Day 03: Trek from MachhiKhola to Jagat (1410m)
Today, our trail makes some mirror ups and downs. We then drop to the sandy river bed from Labubesi. We then climb over a side ridge to bring you to Machha Khola village. After crossing Tharo Khola, we reach to Khorlabesi and climb over a small ridge. Eventually, we reach Jagat where we stay overnight.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Pewa (1710m)
Today, our trail climbs over the ridge and reaches Dovan. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb some stone stairs us reach to Tharo Bhanjyang. After crossing the river for a while and climbing through small villages, we get to Deng Khola and then to tiny village of Deng. We stay overnight at Pewa.
Day 05: Trek from Pewa to Ghap (2050m)
Today, our trail climbs up to Rana which is a short distance beyond Deng. After passing some houses, our trail climbs high above the river and drops into the Shringi Valley. Our trail makes further ups and down through the forest before reaching Ghap where we stay overnight.
Day 06: Trek from Ghap to Lho (2910m)
Today, our trail makes a serious and long ascent through the forest of bamboo and rhododendron crossing the river several times before entering Namrung through a stone archway. We stay overnight at Lho.
Day 07: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun (3530m)
We climb through a forest of oaks, fir and rhododendrons today while entering closely packed houses of Lihi. Further, our trail leaves the Lihi village and enters another village of Sho (2960m) where we get some spectacular views of Mount Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m). Walking further will bring us to the settlement of Shrip. We then climb through a trail some time to reach the village of Samagaon where we stay overnight.
Day 08: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3830m)
Our route passes the juniper and birch forests and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka today. Trekking further for some hours, we eventully reach at Samdo where we stay overnight.
Day 09: Samdo: Acclimatization and Exploration Day
We spend a day in Samdo for getting used to with the climate there. We acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. You can also take this opportunity for the local excursion. We stay overnight at Samdo.
Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4470m)
Today, we descend on a wide and gentle trail from Samdo. We pass through a stone archway. We climb gently over the huge Larkya Glacier and get to the ridge where there is a viewpoint t the edge of a huge gorge. We reach Dharmasala after trekking for some hours. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Dharmasala.
Day 11: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3720m)
Today, we leave Dharmasala crossing several moraines. We descend past four frozen lakes and reach Larkya La from where we can witness the tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m) and others including Annapurna II, Gyaji Kung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru. We further descend along the grassy moraine to a small meadow called Bhimtang where we stay overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Bhimtang to Tiliche (2320m)
Our trail today drops from Bhimtang and crosses a glacier stream. We then descend into a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron to Hompuk. After descending further, we reach the fenced field of Karache and to the village of Gho. Tilche is nearby, where we spend overnight.
Day 13: Trek from Tiliche to Chyamje (2430m)
Today, our trail drops down and passes through several fields, houses, and forests of rhododendron and oak. We descend through a scrub forest and reach Dharapani. Trekking for some time, we eventually reach at Chyamje, where we stay overnight. Chyamje marks the end of our trek.
Day 14: Drive from Chyamje to Kathmandu
Today, in the morning, we drive back to Kathmandu from Chyamje. It takes approx. 7 hours to arrive at Kathmandu. We celebrate the farewell dinner together with Green Valley Nepal Trekking Team.