- duration 19 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- max group size 50
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 5100 meters
- Explore the Manaslu region, which was officially opened for travelers in 1991
- Discover villages with a strong Tibetan culture
- Cross the Larkya La Pass, which is located 5,100 metres above sea level
- See beautiful views of Mt Manaslu and other peaks in the Himalayas
Continue your ascent to reach the Larkya La Pass, one of the longest passes in the Nepali Himalaya. Cross the pass and head for Bimtang. Enjoy beautiful views of the Marsyangdi River valley as you continue your journey to Syange. Travel through the mostly Brahmin settlement of Bahundanda and end your hike in Bhulbule, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
The Manaslu region was officially opened for foreigners in 1991, one of the reasons it does not receive much footfall. Although the highest pass in this route, the Larkya La (5,100m), is not difficult to cross, the trek around Manaslu is tougher than most other treks since, at many places, the walls of the Budhi Gandaki Valley stand perpendicular. Moreover, the trail is rough, steep and treacherous at places, hanging on a bluff high above the river.
We do not recommend this trek to those who display even the slightest symptoms of acrophobia. Please scroll down to the itinerary section for more details.
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Day 1: Kathmandu arrival
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Day 3: Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar
Day 4: Arughat Bazaar – Soti Khola
Day 5: Soti Khola – Macchakhola
Day 6: Macchakhola – Jagat
Day 7: Jagat – Ekle Bhatti
Day 8: Ekle Bhatti – Deng
Day 9: Deng – Ghap
Day 10: Ghap – Lhogaon
Day 11: Lhogaon – Samagaon
Day 12: Samagaon – Samdo
Day 13: Samdo - Larkya Phedi
Day 14: Cross Larkya Pass & down to Bimtang
Day 15: Bimtang – Tilje
Day 16: Tilje – Syange
Day 17: Syange – Bhulbule
Day 18: Drive from Bhulbule to Kathmandu
Day 19: Kathmandu departure
- All airport/hotel pickup and drop off in a private car/van. Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu in a private car/van
- 3 nights' stay in Kathmandu at a 3-star hotel. 15 nights in tea houses and basic guest houses during the trek
- All meals during the trek. Breakfasts and farewell meals in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking trekking guide. One porter for two travelers
- Kathmandu city tour in a private car/van
- Salary, food, insurance and lodging cost for guide and porter
- National park permits and TIMS card fees
- Manaslu special permit
- Down jackets & sleeping bags (to be returned after completing the trek)
- An ACH kitbag and a t- shirt as keepsake
- Kathmandu to Arughat Bazzar by Private Jeep and return from Besishar to Kathmandu
- Fuel, road taxes & parking fees
- Nepal entry visa fees
- International/domestic airfare
- Travel insurance including high altitude evacuation and rescue
- Expenses that are personal in nature, like phone calls, internet and laundry
- Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals as per the itinerary
- Bar bills
- Tips for local staff, guides & porters
- Hot water & shower
- Entrance fees to the highlights in Kathmandu
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How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.