Manaslu trekking is an ideal choice for those who seek for a longer trek in peaceful, remote areas around Manaslu (8,156 metres), the eighth-highest peak in the world.
Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal (7,126 metres), Cheo Himal, Gyaij Kang, Kang Guru (7,010 metres), Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II among others are at the center for this amazing trip.
The trail runs through Larkya La (5,300 metres) pass and offers the magnificent views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal massif. The mountains along with high altitude glacier lakes and rich biological and cultural diversity are the key factors of this 18-day long trek.
This 18-day long Manaslu Trekking has been designed by Mount Fishtail Adventure in a view of offering the challenging and adventurous trip in the mountains.
Manaslu Conservation Area in the region is habitat for the endangered snow leopard, gray wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar among others.
The harmony between religion and nature can be witnessed throughout the region as Buddhist Lamas from monasteries have prohibited hunting wildlife.
Rich cultural heritage is evident in the several large Buddhist monasteries like Shringi Gompa in Bihi, as well as Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampar.
Hotel / Accommodations
Three-night accommodations in star hotel in Kathmandu and 14-night stay in the standard teahouse lodges with hygienic latrines and common bathroom in mountains during the trek. You may have to share a bed with a companion during the mountainous trip. But if you need, $ 250 can fetch you single supplement for the whole trip in the mountains.
You will be served with breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu. All other meals will be provided to you by Mount Fishtail Adventure Pvt Ltd which includes welcome dinner. We provide you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the journey. When you are in the mountain, you will be served with local food stuff such as Dal Bhat (gram soup and rice), noodles, Tibetan bread made of buckwheat, spaghettis, soup, salad, hot drinks.
Best time to travel
Spring season (from March to May) and autumn season (from September to mid-December) are the best time to set on this adventurous Trekking.
We do not advise to set on the journey in winter as the weather and temperature drop rapidly.
Points to consider
Depending on the time and situation concerning your safety and security your team leader may change the itinerary item.
The Manaslu Trekking compulsorily requires physical ability or the experience of hiking in higher altitudes since the path is challenging with the steep inclination and difficult descending land forms.
Day 01:Arrival to Kathmandu (1,345 metre or 4,413 feet)
Day 02:Kathmandu sight-seeing
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (530 metres or 1,739 feet)
Day 04:Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890 metres or 2,920 feet)
Day 05:Machha Khola to Jagat (1,350 metres or 4,429 feet)
Day 06:Jagat to Deng (1,800 metres or 5,906 feet)
Day 07:Deng to Namrung
Day 08:Namrung to Sama Gaon (3,180 metres or 10,433 feet)
Day 09:Rest and Excursion day at Sama Gaun
Day 10:Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,860 metres or 12,664 feet)
Day 11:Acclimation in Samdo
Day 12:Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460 metres or 14,633 feet)
Day 13:Cross Larkya La Pass (5,300 metres or 17,388 feet) and trek to Bhimtang (3,720 metres or 12,205 feet)
Day 14:Bhimtang to Tilije (2,300 metres or 7,546 feet)
Day 15:Tilije to Tal (1,680 metres or 5,512 feet)
Day 16:Tal to Syange (1,400 metres or 4,593 feet)
Day 17:Syange to Kathmandu
• Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle
• 3 nights’ in star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
• Standard teahouse accommodation during the trek
• All Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner include Continental, Chinese,Indian and Nepali cuisine while on trek.
• Welcome dinner and Farewell Dinner
• Entrance fee for various venues and a tour guide on full day sight-seeing.
• English speaking trekking guide and one porter to carry luggage and belongings of two persons, during the hiking.
• All transportation during the tour
• Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion
• Comprehensive Medical Kit while trekking
• Government taxes, park permit fee, trekking permit, required documents.
• Nepal entry visa fee
• Lunch and Dinner, extra accommodation in Kathmandu
• International airfare and airport taxes
• Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
• Extra cost on shower, battery charge, extra porters during the trek
• Personal travel and rescue insurance
• Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
• Personal trekking equipment
• Gratitude/Tips for the Crew
Day 1Arrival to Kathmandu (1,345 metre or 4,413 feet) We receive you from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) upon your arrival. In 20- 30 minutes, our vehicle drop you to the hotel. After you take rest in hotel, we hold meeting over dinner and traditional dance show, trip planning. Overnight stay in Kathmandu Includes Dinner.
Day 2Kathmandu sight-seeing After breakfast early in the morning, we set on visiting the UNESCO Wold Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley. We visit Famous Hindu Temple, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath Stupa that lies on the north eastern part of Kathmandu valley. Ascending the Swayambhunath Temple, the monkey temple on the hill in the western skirt of Kathmandu is an opportunity to study the whole city in bird’s view. Kathmandu Durbar Square listed in the UNESCO WORLD Heritage Sites, built during Malla Dynasty exhibits the finest cuts of wood carvings and arts. You get an opportunity to explore the typical Newari culture and cuisines. Overnight at hotel included meal Breakfast.
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (530 metres or 1,739 feet) In the morning, we set off for Arughat. We get into private vehicle and drive along the Prithvi Highway. In about three and half hours, we reach a point where the Malekhu-Dhading Besi Road meets the highway. We advance along the road, cross the bridge over Trishuli River and head towards North. The road to Arughat passes via Dhading besi, the Dhading district headquarters, where the tarmacked road ends and now begins rough terrain. Further, we drive towards Soti Khola along the path that passes right by Gurung villages through paddy fields and farms. As we walk down the path we view the Shringi Mountain in the north as we arrive in Shanti Bazar. Here, we cross Soti khola and advance further corresponding to Budhi Gandaki River until we arrive in a village, famous for honey production. Here we stay overnight.
Day 4Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890 metres or 2,920 feet) We trek along the trail through dense Sal forest. We gain access to the ridge above Budhi Gandaki before we scale rough trail. On the rocky trail by the cliffs, we pass right by the waterfalls at two places, going up and down the hills. Further, we pass right by a Labu Besi, a Gurung village. We trek along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River as we open up the trail into a valley. We cross a suspension bridge over the river before we arrive in Machha Khola. Overnight stay in Machha Khola.
Day 5Machha Khola to Jagat (1,350 metres or 4,429 feet) In the morning after breakfast, we head along a narrow path ascending and descending the hills. We cross Thado Khola before we reach Khorlabesi. Further, we pass by Tatopani, a small hotspring. We advance and cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and follow the staircases to another another suspension bridge over Yaru Khola, trekking via landslide over a projection of Dobhan upto Thado Bharyang. We climb up a ridge as we advance corresponging to the Budhi Gandaki River until we arrive in a villge, Jagat. We stay here overnight.
Day 6Jagat to Deng (1,800 metres or 5,906 feet) In the morning, we ascend the trail on a ridge and reach Salleri. After walking for a while, we descend the path and make ascent on a hill before we cross a suspension bridge at Philim, a large Gurung village. Further, we cross fields, and arrive in Ekle Bhatti, from where we descend on a land slopes. We cross a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and trek along the western bank of the river before we cross it and again cross back to the bank on the previous side. We follow the trail through a dense bamboo forest. We enjoy the natural beauty as we get surrounded by the greenery from all sides. The path leads us to a narrow valley, then we cross Deng Khola and trek farther to a village, Deng. Overnight stay in Deng.
Day 7Deng to Namrung In the morning, we cross Budhi Gandaki River and ascend atop Rana (1910 metres) and trek along the trail through forest corresponding to the Budhi Gandaki River. As we arrive in Bihi Phedi the trail splits into another alternative route on the left. We carry on heading towards Bihi along the main route and pass by a clinic and a monastery, then cross a rivulet and come across Banrung before we arrive in Ghap after crossing the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. We advance through forest and again cross the river then trek ahead and cross the river back to the previous side and follow the trail along the southern bank before we arrive at Namrung village. The village offers the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Mount Shiring and Mount Himal Chuli. We stay here overnight.
Day 8Namrung to Sama Gaon (3,180 metres or 10,433 feet) In the morning we trek through a forest before we reach Lihi, a beautiful village with farms. As we cross a valley near Mount Simnang, we can keep the closer view of Ganesh Himal. We continue trekking to Sama village via Sho, Lho and Shyala villages. Lho village offers the magnificent view of Mount Manaslu, here we find a famous Ribung Gompa during a short excursion. Although we get surrounded by the himalayas, such as Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli including Manaslu and other glaciers, Ganesh Himal back drops in the backgroud. Upon our arrival to Sama Gaon, we take rest and stay here overnight.
Day 9Rest and Excursion day at Sama Gaun On this day we explore the area in the vicinity of Sama Gaun. During this acclimation time here, we explore the Sherpa culture and tradition. We get the closer observation of Sherpa women in their traditional costumes and ornaments at Sama village. We visit Pungyen Gompa, an ancient monastery on a small hill near the village. We observe mani stones, the stone plates, rocks or pebbles, inscribed with the six syllabled mantra of Avalokiteshvara, texts from Buddhist scriptures and illustrations describing the life. Historically, the place is important as a team of Japanese climbers successfully scaled Mount Manaslu heading along this route in 1959. We retrace to Sama Gaun after visiting the monastery. Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
Day 10Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,860 metres or 12,664 feet) In the morning we descend along the trail until we arrive in Budhi Gandaki River. We advance along its bank and cross the bridge over a spring. From here, a road splits on the left that leads to the Manaslu Base Camp. We cross several mani stones along the Larkya la trail as we pass by a wide valley into a forest located in Kermo Kharka. Further, we cross a wooden bridge and ascend the path between rivers. We pass through a large white kani, a stone gateway before we arrive in Samdo village. We stay here overnight.
Day 11Acclimation in Samdo We enjoy this day as we acclimate here in Samdo without any haste. After breakfast, we enjoy the scenic view as we hike up the valley to the view point. As we ascend the hill through a forest, we get catch the view of beautiful birds such as lophophorus known as Danphe, the national bird of Nepal, and varieties of vultures including bearded vulture and Himalayan griffon vultures taking flights above. The trail which was once among the trade passes to the Roof of the World, “Tibet” leads to the point that offers the magnificent view of Mount Manaslu and other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and Kang Guru. We enjoy the marvellous view of Himalayas before we retrace back to the hotel in Samdo. Overnight stay in Samdo.
Day 12Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460 metres or 14,633 feet) After breakfast, we trek along the gentle terrain and cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River before we start walking upward. We get amazing view of Larkya Glacier as we cross the streams before advancing around the valley of Salka Khola. Further, we climb upto a stone lodge called Dharamsala locally known as Larke Phedi. After todays shorter trek, we enjoy enough time relaxing and experiencing the life in tranquil remote area of Manaslu. We stay overnight here in Dharamsala.
Day 13Cross Larkya La Pass (5,300 metres or 17,388 feet) and trek to Bhimtang (3,720 metres or 12,205 feet) As we head towards the North of Larkya Glacier, we enjoy the splendid view of Larkya peak and Cho Danda. We scale upward to arrive in a valley. Further we cross moraines of the Larkya Glacier as we ascend on the steep inclination to the Larkya La, the pass that offers the amazing views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru including Annapurna II. From the pass we trek along the gentle trail to Bhitang. Overnight stay in Bhimtang.
Day 14Bhimtang to Tilije (2,300 metres or 7,546 feet) In the morning, we descend the path and cross a bridge over Dudhkoshi River before we arrive in TiljeSangure Kharka. We enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal among other mountains. We trek through a dense rhododendron forest and descend further to a valley. As we advance we come across a farms and fields at the altitude of 2780 metres. Next we ascend the steep trail before we pass by a village of Gho. We hike further to the village of Tilije. Here, we stay overnight.
Day 15Tilije to Tal (1,680 metres or 5,512 feet) In the morning we set on journey that starts climbing up the ridge. We walk along the path paved with stones that leads to a village. Further we exit the village through an arch shaped gate after crossing a suspensionbridge over Dudh Khola. We observe mani walls as we aascend ahead to a village of Thonje. We cross security checkpoint at Dharapani which is a part of Annapurna Circuit section. We hike through Karte Village before we cross suspension bridge over Marshyangdi Khola several times. Further, we go ahead along the trail with mani walls before we arrive in Tal. Oversnight stay in Tal.
Day 16Tal to Syange (1,400 metres or 4,593 feet) In the morning once we walk down the gentle path and descend and again ascend until we get the view of Marshyangdi River. We cross a suspension bridge over the river before we reach a Chyamje village. The village is remarkably beautiful and peaceful. we enjoy the view of waterfalls as we advance. We follow the trail to Syange via Jagat. Syange is a rural developing settlement. Overnight stay in Syange.
Day 17Syange to Kathmandu In the morning after breakfast, we take a vehicle to Kathmandu. Transportation by land offers the opportunity to closely study the diversity of terrain in Nepal. The vehicle drives us along a highway that adjoins Prithvi Highway near Bandipur. We enjoy the view of clean green hills along with the beautiful Trishuli River during the journey to Kathmandu. The Prithvi Highway is the road that links Kathmandu with Pokhara. The vehicle moves along the Highway road meandering alongside the Trishuli River until we arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 18Departure Mount Fishtail Adventure arranges to send you to the airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight time.