- duration 12 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 5+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Maximum altitude 5106 meters
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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- 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
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.
It's one of the cheaper Manaslu trekking trips which means you sometimes need to supplement the food yourself.
Overall great experience. Thank you”
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)
- 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
- Private vehical jeep
- KTM 1xBedroom/night+BB
- KTM 2xBedroom/night+BB
- 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
- Earn US$ 32+ in travel credits.
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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).
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.
Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?
In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.
- What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?
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