Manaslu Trek - 12 Days

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  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 5106 meters
  • Trek difficulty Moderate
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cross one of the highest passes in the world at Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters
  • Explore typical Tibetan and Gurung villages in this culturally fascinating region
  • Enjoy this trek that is off the beaten path featuring a diverse and impressive landscape
The Manaslu Valley Trek is a remote and spectacular trek with steep tracks and beautiful views throughout the trek.

It is culturally fascinating with strong links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, and even includes the Larkya La (5106 m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvelous and spellbinding.

The trek around Manaslu can be done more conveniently these days because there are several lodges available all along the route. There are even phone and mobile access in some parts of the trekking trail. Nearly every village now has a proper lodge. You can certainly find porridge, tsampa, noodles, omelette and roti at most places. While simple, they are clean for the most part. There are also small shops in most villages along the way with limited stocks of soap, toilet paper, batteries, bottled water, biscuits, noodles, beer, whisky etc.

Among the trips to Nepal, this is the absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact.

A special Restricted Area Permit is required for Manaslu. In addition, you will need to pay both the Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) fee and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) fee for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail. All of these permits are covered in your tour price so you don't need any extra money for these permits.

See the detailed itinerary section for day-by-day programs.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
Manaslu Trek - 12 days
4 - Very Good
  • Sandy Benchetrit
  • From England
  • On Dec 05 2019
“Great trip! Bishnu is an amazing guide! The Manaslu area is beautiful and the locals are super friendly. The bus trips are long but an interesting experience.
It's one of the cheaper Manaslu trekking trips which means you sometimes need to supplement the food yourself.
Overall great experience. Thank you”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Soraia Santos
  • From Brazil
  • On May 25 2019
“Excellent”
Great trip because of awesome guide, difficult trekking in off season
4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 30 2018
“The Manaslu 12 day was a true adventure! We did the trek during the off season in July. Our guide facilitated the details of our trip seamlessly so it went as well as possible considering we had quite a bit of rain during the trek. There was also a lot of cloud cover so the mountain views were not what we expected, especially at Larke pass. The first couple days of travel were tough with a 12 hour bus ride to the trail head (longer than normal due to steep dirt road and mud)- I recommend opting to hire a private jeep starting in Gorkka if you can. On the first 2 days of hiking, sections of the road were under heavy construction, combined with landslides overnight made our footing slippery, steep and frightening at times. Our guide helped us navigate it safely. After those first few days the footing improved a lot and we had gorgeous waterfall views and pleasant conditions. The tea house accommodations were varied. Most were basic with the essentials and neat. Most had cold showers. The food was excellent almost everywhere (because it's off season and they only had to cook for our small group). A few tea houses were stunning (Dyang and Namrung) and a couple were no ideal (Daramasala near Larke). Our lunch stops we're great too overall. In general, I would try to do this trek NOT in the off season. This company is great. Have fun!”
Manaslu Trek
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From New Zealand
  • On Oct 20 2017
“An excellent and demanding trek, after the long journey to start and return on some harrowing jeep/bus rides. A wonderful experience overall, and good choice of trek as it is not inundated with tourists”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)
  • Day 2: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)
  • Day 3: Machha Khola to Jagat Checkpoint (1340m/4395ft)
  • Day 4: Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft)
  • Day 5: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)
  • Day 6: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)
  • Day 7: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
  • Day 8: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)
  • Day 9: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)
  • Day 10: Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft)
  • Day 11: Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m )
  • Day 12: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1400 m)
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Airport transfers: pick-up and drop-off (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Dharapani - Kathmandu
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance for your guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don't have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide)
  • All the required permits and government paperwork
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary)
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
  • Private vehical jeep
  • KTM 1xBedroom/night+BB
  • KTM 2xBedroom/night+BB
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter
  • Tips for guides and porters
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GOOD TO KNOW
CANCELLATION

Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.

Other Practical InformationAccording to the Nepal Immigration rules, there needs to be minimum of 2 foreigners to obtain Immigration permits for restricted area trekking such as Manaslu Trek however we can try to find group joining trips with other people if you are single traveler although we can't promise that we will be able to get your permits if you are single trekker. Also,as a special Permit required for the Manaslu Trek, we need one full working day ( after you arrive) to organize the permit so please book your flight accordingly. Essential Equipment For Trekking. 1.Warm fleece hat with ears cover or balaclava. 2.Sun hat and scarf to cover face. 3.Good polarized sunglass (uv protector). 4.Cold proof polypropylene tshirt (2/2 half and full sleeve). 5.Wind proof fleece jacket and thermal down tshirt. 6.waterproof shell jacket and Gore-tex jacket. 7.Light weight poly-liner gloves and wool or fleece gloves(1 pair each). 8.A pair of expedition mittens.(waterproof shell). 9.underwears. 10.light weight cotton pants and hiking shorts.(1 pair each) 11.A pair of light and expedition thermal bottoms. 12.A pair of fleece trousers and A pair of waterproof shell pants.(breathable fabric) 13.A pair of socks.(Thin lightweight inner and thick warm wool hiking socks). 14.Hiking shoes with spare laces. 15.light sandals/shoes for camp. Extra necessary equipment. 1. Headlamp (with extra battries and bulbs) 2. Basic First Aid Kit 3. Large plastic bags. 4. 2 water bottles.(1 liter each) 5. Toiletries and Medium size towel. 6. Face and body moisturizer 7. 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches) 8.A small day trek bag( with combination lock). 9. Small padlocks for duffel bags. 10. Books, Games, Binoculars. (Optional).
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • Can I begin this trek the day after I arrive in Kathmandu, even if I am coming from far away (North America)?

    Yes, you can, although you might suffer from jet-lag! Also, please note that the tour operator requires at least 4 hours to process the trekking permit to Manaslu. Ensure that you send electronic scanned copies of your passport-sized photo and passport to the tour operator upon booking, so they can begin the permit process.

  • 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.

  • What time do we arrive back in Kathmandu after the trek? I am wondering what is best for scheduling a return flight.

    You should reach Kathmandu by about 4pm on day 12 of the tour. However, I would suggest that you book your flight for at least the next day, in case of any unforeseen circumstances. April is known to get occasional and unexpected rain that might disrupt the roads for travel.

     

  • 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?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

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