15 Days Manaslu Trekking Via Barpak

Classic Manaslu Trekking Upper Route Via Barpak 15 Days Itinerary
Around Manaslu Trekking Via Barpak - 15 Days
What to see & doSpecific information about 15 Days Manaslu Trekking Via Barpak
  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5106m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transportation
  • Best Season March, April, May, and Sept, Oct, Nov

Want to traverse the trekking route only taken by a few? 15 Days Manaslu Trekking is already a less-traveled trekking region of Nepal due to its remoteness and restrictions. This  15 Days Manaslu Trekking Classical route takes you even further toward the unseen parts of the Nepalese Himalayas. The trek begins in Barpak, one of the largest villages of Gorkha, which was also an epicenter of the deadly 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Trekking through this old Manaslu route not only lets you witness this historic village but also helps the villagers, who're still struggling to overcome the destruction caused by the Earthquake.

It goes without question that Manaslu is one of the most picturesque treks in Nepal. Due to its off-the-beaten location in the isolated Himalayan environment, it is equally difficult. Our specialists created this 15 days Around Manaslu Trekking Itinerary via Barpak to let you see the best of the region without encountering too many challenges. Most itineraries only include one day for acclimatization, but we've added two to assist your body in adjusting to the higher altitude. In those 15 days, you'll spend 11 days trekking, 2 days acclimatizing, and 2 days using road transportation, which is the ideal itinerary even for novice hikers.

Manaslu is one of Nepal's newest trekking routes, as hiking has only been permitted in the region since 1991. Even though it has been receiving trekkers over the past three decades, it still isn't as well-known as other renowned hiking routes in the Everest base camp and Annapurna regions. This is excellent news for us solitude lovers because fewer hikers will be on the track. The Manaslu old route's secluded setting and basic trailside amenities are a dream come true for a genuine adventurer looking to experience the Himalayas in the most unspoiled state.

Manaslu's name derives from the Sanskrit term "Manasa," which denotes the mind or soul. It means "mountain of the spirit." Manaslu lives up to its name by testing your spirit. The eighth-highest peak in the world, rising up to 8163 meters, is challenging to encircle on foot. But is it really an adventure if it doesn't test your limits? Imagine the sense of accomplishment you'll experience when you succeed in each challenge. In addition, you can rely on our knowledgeable hiking guides to support you at every turn. So push yourself to your limits and join us on our 15 Days Manaslu Trekking route via Barpak and Laprak.

We have done our best to offer you a vivid picture of what it's like to set out on this extraordinary adventure to the Manaslu region, even if it's difficult to put into words everything you'll encounter throughout your 15 Days Manaslu Trekking. So, here are more reasons for you to join us on our 15 Days Manaslu Trek via Barpak. Please continue reading for detailed information.

Best Features of 15 Days Manaslu Trekking via Barpak

  • A scenic drive to the historic village of Barpak in Gorkha
  • Off-the-beaten hiking experience in the restricted area of the Nepalese Himalayas
  • Trekking around Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain peak in the world
  • Reaching the Nepal - Tibet border
  • Visiting the hidden Kal Tal (Death Lake)
  • Crossing the rugged Larkya La Pass at a height of 5106 meters
  • Breathtaking up-close views of Manaslu, Himlung, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, etc.
  • Enjoy the villagers' easygoing way of life and traditional Buddhist culture

Why is Around Manaslu a restricted region?

The government of Nepal has designated some regions as conservation areas in order to protect the region's priceless natural resources and cultural heritage. One of those areas is the Manaslu Conservation Area. Restricted indicates that there are specific guidelines one must follow to travel to the location; it does not imply that you cannot travel there at all. For example, it's crucial to remember that there needs to be a group of at least two trekkers. No permits are available for solo hikers in the Manaslu region.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation manages the Manaslu Conservation Area, and it was opened for foreign trekkers only in 1991. This region is under the management of the National Trust for Nature Conservation, a conservation group founded under a special law in Nepal. Similarly, the people of Manaslu uphold a spiritual commitment to this sacred region, including preserving the local environment and way of life. As a result, the Classic Manaslu Hike via Barpak allows you to experience nature in its most unadulterated state.

What to expect from 15 Days Around Manaslu Trekking via Barpak?

One can expect never-ending views of the vast valleys and enormous, snow-covered cliffs of huge mountains. You can also expect to be transported from the concrete jungle to a real jungle filled with various plants, animals, and calm. But most importantly, expect the unexpected when you're in the Himalayas! Even if we stick to a set schedule, the abrupt weather changes in the highlands make nothing certain. But worry not; our staff is well-equipped to handle any obstacles and will keep you secure. Now that we know what to expect let's briefly look at this 15 days Manaslu Trekking via Barpak and Laprak.

The journey to Manaslu begins with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Barpak. You begin your walk in Barpak, a village in the historic Gorkha district. In order to get to the alpine region with its arid landscapes and snow-capped mountains, you must trek via small settlements, terraced farms, and beautiful woods over a number of suspension bridges and engage with the local Gurungs. Before ultimately descending to the finish line in Dharapani, you must first traverse the terrifying Larkya La pass at the height of 5106 meters. From Besisahar to Dharapani, you ride a jeep before changing to a local bus to return to Kathmandu.

Is the Classic Manaslu Trekking right for you? 

Are you in decent physical condition? Do you possess the mental fortitude necessary to endure the Himalayas' bitter climate? Have you ever hiked at a high altitude? The Manaslu Trekking is appropriate for you if the response to each of the three questions is "yes." The Manaslu Trekking via the old route is not an easy hike. You must traverse through the rugged terrain of the untouched Himalayas. However, if you have the right training, you can complete the trek even without prior experience. Training includes lifting weights, going up and down hills while carrying a rucksack, and doing cardiovascular exercises. Do not worry if your age is a concern! As long as you are in good physical and mental health, you can do this. If you're hiking with young children or elderly people, we can adjust the itinerary to suit everyone's needs.

Major Attractions of the 15 Days Manaslu Trekking via Barpak

Exceptional Landscape

There is no other trekking area in Nepal that can compare to the landscape of the Manaslu region. It is fascinating because of the distinctive geological features of the region. The wild landscape and abandoned villages are like a utopia where nothing but you and the Himalayas remain. This classical old route of Manaslu Trekking 15 days Itinerary offers you breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and many others. You will traverse through some of these mountain bases during your hike. It must be one of the most amazing experiences in the world to be this close to the Himalayas.

Off-the-beaten trail

The Manaslu region was only made available for exploration in 1991, making it one of Nepal's newest high-altitude trekking locations. Since it is one of the restricted trekking routes that call for special trekking permits, the amenities on the hiking trail might not be the nicest, but you'll still have decent food and lodging services. In the challenging terrain of the Manaslu old route, the track includes a number of steep climbs. Your physical stamina will be put to the test as you travel across the difficult, rocky road of the Himalayas on the 15 days classic Manaslu hiking trip.

Barpak, the epicenter of the 2015 Earthquake

Barpak is one of the largest villages in the Gorkha district, with inhabitants from various ethnicities, including Ghale, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Pariyars, etc. It was also the epicenter of the 2015 Earthquake that took the lives of hundreds of villagers. The village has still not fully recovered from the deadly disaster, so by taking this route and staying in Barpak, you're contributing to the local economy and helping the villagers get back on their lives.

Day hike to Tibetan Border

As part of an acclimatization day trip at Samdo, we hike up to the Tibetan border at Rui La Pass, from which you can see a variety of hilly terrain in both Nepal and Tibet. The border area offers breathtaking vistas of a sizable serac that is not far from Samdo Glacier's summit. You might as well see the Fukang Glacier in all its gorgeousness in the background. You can also photograph blue sheep, picas, and marmots if the timing is appropriate.

Detour of Kal Tal

On your way from Deng to Ghap, you take a detour of Kal Tal. "Kal" roughly translates to "death," and "Tal" means "lake" in Nepali. So, Kal Tal represents death. The water in the lake forms a shade of greyish-black. This alpine lake is elevated at an altitude of 3600 meters and is located near the village of Prok and Ghap. The path leading to the lake is challenging; however, once you see this wonderful lake surrounded by mountains, you'll realize that it's worth the pain.

Pyungen Gumba

A Buddhist temple and lodgings for the monks who reside and practice there make up the historic monastery known as Pyungen Gumba. The gumba is one of the optional side hikes for Around Manaslu Trekking, which is located east of the Nubra Valley. The closest villages to the gumba are Shyala and Sama Gaon. We, therefore, divert to Pyungen Gumba on the day of acclimatization in Sama Goan. Make sure to carry a lunch and water before you depart because the round trip of ascents and descents takes roughly 5 to 6 hours.

Birendra Taal

There's a glacier lake with a blue hue close to Sama Gaon called Birendra Taal, which translates as Birendra Lake. Manaslu Glacier is the lake's water source, and it is stunningly green and blue. Reaching the lake takes an hour of mostly level hiking through the alpine forest. On the day of acclimatization at Sama Gaon, you have the option of going to Birendra Lake if you don't feel like hiking to Pyungen Gumba. The gorgeous lake and relatively short distance may help you calm your body and mind.

Manaslu Base Camp Trekking

Another day trek from Sama Gaon will take you to the 4400-meter-high Manaslu Base Camp. Since you have to climb about 1000 meters in elevation from Sama Gaon, Manaslu Base camp is longer and much more difficult than Pyungen Gumba and Birendra Lake. We only advise you to attempt the full-day hike if you are in excellent health and have not yet displayed any signs of altitude sickness. Despite its difficulties, a day walk to Manaslu Base Camp Trek might be a great warm-up for Larkya La Pass.

Crossing the Larke La Pass

The Manaslu Circuit Trek's highest point, Larke La Pass, is located 5106 meters above sea level. On the thirteenth day of our 15 days Manaslu trip via Barpak, we set out early in the morning in order to get to Larkya La Pass in time for sunrise. Seeing the magnificent sunrise glow over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and other nearby mountains is breathtaking from Larkya La Pass. Despite being a difficult trek, it offers the greatest views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Unique Local Culture

In the Manaslu region, Hindus and Buddhists live side by side. At the beginning of the trip, you will learn about Hinduism, and as you proceed, you will encounter the Buddhist culture of the Tibetan descendants who have lived there for a long time. Along the way, you'll see a lot of mani walls, monasteries, prayer wheels, and chortens. Because of its isolation, this region has long maintained its culture and traditions. You get the opportunity to witness the rituals held here for generations. You will be greeted with a warm smile by the locals, who are humble and polite.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The Classic Manaslu Trekking starts with a long bus ride from Kathmandu to Barpak, a village in a historic Gorkha district of Nepal. Gorkha is where the unification of modern Nepal began in 1744 by Prithvi Narayan Shah, the king of Gorkha.

Once you leave the Kathmandu Valley, the road descends and takes a winding path down the hills. Enjoy the lovely views of small towns, terraced fields, sweeping hills, and snow-capped mountains in the distance. It takes about 9 hours through a combination of black-topped road and off-road to reach Barpak. You'll stay overnight in a locally run lodge in Barpak.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,900m/6,233ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1,804ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge

The day has finally come when you start your 2-week hiking journey. After breakfast at the lodge of your overnight stay, we begin our hike to Laprak. The trail through the Rhododendron forest is slightly uphill until we reach Boshu Khang, from where you can see the beautiful Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal. The trail then descends towards the Gurung village, Laprak, passing by Gupsi Danda, a new settlement constructed to house earthquake survivors.

Laprak was also severely affected by the 2015 Earthquake. Now with new buildings constructed in the village, the locals run a few lodges where you'll stay the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,200m/7,218ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 300m/984ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

You wake up in Laprak with a stunning view of the Manaslu summit. After a delicious breakfast, we hit the trail. First, we make a brief descent to the Jarbu Khola River, then a steady ascent on the hillside in the direction of Sing La village. We have a stunning view of the mountainside settlements of Laprak and Gumda, which are completely shaped by rice fields as far as the eye can see. We can once more view the massive Ganesh Himal from Sing La. We walk past more terraced fields and a Gurung settlement of Khorla before descending down the curvy trail to Khorla Beshi at the bank of Budi Gandaki River. It is where we retrace the standard Manaslu circuit trek route.

  • Max. Altitude: 800m/2,625ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1,400m/4,593ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/9.9mi

Today, we tackle a tough portion of the path. We hike along a trail etched into the face of massive stones and jagged cliffs. The trail is located right above the Budi Gandaki River, with a rocky wall on one side and a sheer drop to the river on the other. Keep in mind to walk on the wall's side because mules using this route have a tendency to shove anything in their path aside. After some hiking, we finally reach Tatopani, a hot spring that is well-liked by the locals. We cross the Budi Gandaki on a suspension bridge and walk through a small valley surrounded by high mountains to reach Jagat. A green signboard indicates that you've entered the Manaslu Conservation Area. We'll continue trekking until we reach a nearby teahouse, where we stay overnight.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,340m/4,396ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 540m/1,772ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

After breakfast at the tea house, the 7-hour hike from Jagat to Deng begins early in the morning. Today, you'll cross a number of suspension bridges and pass through the Buddhist prayer flag-draped settlements of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghatta Khola. As you continue to stroll along a beautiful trail, take in the stunning views of Sringri Himal. After crossing the river at Eklee Bhatti, the trail continues through bamboo forests until it reaches Deng Khola. After that, it enters a deep, desolate valley. You'll arrive in Deng after crossing this river, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse. To stay warm and chat with other trekkers, congregate around the fireplace in the dining room. The dining room is always filled with the stories and laughter of the trekkers.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,800m/5,906ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 460m/1,509ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11.2mi

Today is a long hiking day, so we start early morning. After ascending through lovely pine forests and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi, where there is a good view of Kutang Himal. Here, we start to see mani stones with pictures of gods and goddesses. This is a sign that we are entering another tiny Tibetan settlement that marks the high Himalayan places. We will largely stay high as we make our way through the canyon while making numerous ascents and descents, all the while taking in the breathtaking scenery. On the way, we also make a quick trip through lush forests to the rarely visited Kal Tal (Death Lake), surrounded by local ranges. We eventually arrive in Ghap and find a cozy teahouse to spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,160m/7,086ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 360m/1,181ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

Today we wander through a lush forest of juniper, pine, and conifer trees. After crossing two bridges on the ascent to Namrung, we follow the trail to Barcham, a community with gently undulating green fields. The trail passes a mani wall as well as the historic settlements of Lihi and Sho. You'll also see many chortens made of mud. You're now walking in the Nubra Valley, one of Nepal's most remote regions. Each year, only a small number of hikers pass by this trail. Enjoy the peace and take in the breathtaking mountain views. After ascending a hill, you reach Lho, a large Tibetan settlement. The dominant structure in the settlement is Ribum Gompa, a big Buddhist monastery. You take a night's rest in Lho

  • Max. Altitude: 3,180m/10,433ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1,020m/3,346ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11.2mi

We have breakfast at the Lho teahouse before starting the ascent to Sama Gaon. Up till Shyala, it is a short stroll through the rhododendron and pine forest. Some snow-capped mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) on the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier up ahead, and Ganesh Himal to the far right surround the settlement of Shyala. As you near Sama Goan, surrounded by yak farms, take in the scenery as much as you can before it fades. You won't be able to see much of the mountains from Sama Goan. Your 3-4 hour hiking journey ends when you get to Sama Gaon.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,530m/11,581ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 350m/1,148ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 7km/4.3mi

We spend a day acclimatizing at Sama Gaon in order to adjust successfully to the rising altitude and falling oxygen content of the air. Even if you haven't yet displayed any altitude sickness symptoms, please take the acclimatization carefully. However, a rest day does not entail spending the entire day in bed. You must move your body. Thus, a brief day hike is advised. You can hike with a packed lunch to the east of Nubri Valley, near Pungyen Gumba. Alternatively, if you're feeling daring, you can hike to the Birendra Taal or to the Manaslu Base Camp and back.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,530m/11,581ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge

Today, after breakfast in Sama Gaon, we set out on the journey across the yak farms. We'll come across a few more mani walls as the valley broadens. You'll be in awe of the breathtaking mountain scenery as you go. Before ascending to the site where the Budhi Gandaki splits into two forks, we continue to descend and cross a wooden bridge across the river. We'll keep going till we get to Samdo village, which we'll do after going under a stone archway. We eat lunch in Samdo, where we also spend the night. After the 4-hour journey to Samdo, the rest of the day is yours to spend however you like.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,860m/12,664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 330m/1,083ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

Today is another acclimatization day at Samdo. We trek up to the Tibetan border at Rui La Pass as part of a day tour, from where you can see various hilly regions of both Nepal and Tibet. A herd of yaks may be seen grazing along the route in the meadows. Once you reach the border, you may take stunning photos of a huge serac close to Samdo Glacier's summit. The gorgeous view of Fukang Glacier adds more beauty to the scenery. When the time is right, you can also frame blue sheep, picas, and marmots.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,560m/14,960ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 700m/2,297ft
  • Elevation Loss: 700m/2,297ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

After a delectable Tibetan breakfast in Samdo, we set out to explore the Larke Bazaar, a Tibetan bazaar. You see the Larkya Glacier as you begin your journey by passing the wooden bridge and two streams. After continuing your journey, you will pass through the Salka Khola Valley and arrive in Dharamshala, also known as the Larkya La Phedi (base of Larkya La Pass). Along the way, you pass a few historic monasteries. Reaching Larkye La Phedi takes 4 hours. Here, you eat lunch, unwind in the evening, and spend the night amidst stunning mountain vistas and blue sheep grazing on bare hillsides.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,460m/14,632ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/1,968ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/6.8mi

Today's walk will be challenging as we'll reach Larkya La Pass (5106 meters), the highest point on the trail. We start our excursion early in the morning. The trail leading to the peak of the Larky La Pass is steep and winding. We get to the crest of the pass just in time for the sunrise and are able to see the breathtaking Himalayan sunrise over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and numerous other snow-covered mountains. After that, you must walk down a rough, cold trail to reach Bimthang. Before reaching Bimthang, where we spend the night, we make a lunch stop in Phedi. Even though it takes eight hours, the journey to the summit and back down is rewarding.

  • Max. Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 700m/2,297ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1,440m/4,724ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

The final hiking day of your Classic Manaslu Trek takes you out of Bhimthang and across a high grassland before you descend the Burdin Khola valley. You descend into a rhododendron forest after crossing the Dudh Khola's headwaters on a bridge. From there, you continue on the trail through a little valley until you reach Karche, the highest cultivated area in this valley at 2,785 meters. You reach Tilje after navigating a waterway. The journey to Dharapani from there is uphill for an hour. It's the 7-hour hike from the time you check out of your hotel in the morning until you arrive at Dharapani, where you spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,860m/6,102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1,860m/6,102ft
  • Accommodation: Moutain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 18km/11.2mi

The 15 days trip to the Manaslu Circuit completes today. On the final day, we board a local bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu after traveling by local jeep from Dharapani to Beshishar. You'll have to make a lengthy, exhausting drive of about nine hours to get back to Kathmandu.

Note: Preparing a permit for this restricted area takes a whole day. Four distinct permit documents are required in all, which we'll go through later. Hence, you must turn in your passport and visa one day before departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
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Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Transport from Kathmandu to the trailhead and back by local bus
  • Restricted area permit, conservation area entry permit, and TIMS card
  • Accommodation in mountain lodges and teahouses during the trek
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot tea/coffee in the morning
  • A knowledgeable and friendly guide who speaks fluent English.
  • Salary, lodging, meals, transportation, and Insurance for the guide
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket for trekkers and duffel bag for potters (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner as a dessert.
  • Well-equipped first aid kit, oximeter.
  • Farewell dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Trip Achievement Awards for your lifetime memories.
  • Outfitter Nepal Company T-short, Camp, and Trekking map.
  • In case of emergency: A helicopter service will be arranged and paid through your travel insurance
  • All the government Tax, Vat, and service charges.
What's not Included
  • Nepal entry VISA fee (issuable upon arrival at the Kathmandu Airport)
  • International airfares and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you require a porter to carry your stuff, it will cost you USD 300 each porter and 1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Personal expenses like snacks, energy bars, drinks, etc.
  • Laundry, hot shower, phone, and internet charges
  • Tips for guide and potters
  • Anything not mentioned in the "Included" section
Add-Ons & Options

Outfitter Nepal Treks and Expedition introduces an extensive selection of add-ons that you can add to the standard trekking packages at the time of checkout. These premium add-on options are designed to customize your trips according to your liking without any hassle. Add an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu or a private vehicle to the trailhead with just a couple of clicks. Enjoy your Manaslu trekking via Barpak trip to the fullest with our tailor-made add-ons!

Hotel in Kathmandu: Need accommodation for extra nights in Kathmandu? Add a single room for $45 per night and a double room for $50 per night in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.

Single Supplement: Want some privacy during the trek? You can now get a whole room to yourself at teahouses and lodges during the entire journey by paying an extra $300. By adding this add-on, you no longer have to share your teahouse room with fellow trekkers. 

Porter Service: Too much weight on your shoulders? Hire a porter to carry your backpack for an additional $20 per day. You can share the porter’s wage with another trekker as a porter can carry a maximum of 20-22 kg. 

Kathmandu to Barpak in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Barpak (the starting point of the trek) in a private jeep for an additional cost of $300. Travel at your own pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery along the way. Extra bonus for a group, you can share the Jeep fare amongst each other. 

Dharapani to Kathmandu in a Private Vehicle: Bus rides at the end of the trek can be exhausting, especially when you’re already worn out from several days of hiking. Book a private jeep from Dharapani (the end point of the trek) to Kathmandu for just $295 instead. Share the Jeep fare among your group members for a reduced rate.

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  • The 15-Day Classic Manaslu Trek via Barpak is a restricted area trekking. So, there must be at least 2 trekkers to arrange this excursion.
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Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Maximum Altitude

High in the northern Himalayan area of Nepal, the Manaslu region borders Tibet. During this hiking journey, you trek through the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to Nepal's eighth-highest peak, Mt. Manaslu, and has an elevation range of 600 meters to 8,163 meters. However, the highest point of the Classic Manaslu Trekking is 5,106 meters (16,752 feet) at Larkye La Pass.

Around Manaslu Trekking Difficulty

Manaslu is a challenging trek. Having nature on your side takes luck because several factors, like weather, temperature, and altitude, considerably impact the difficulty level.

The trekker's physical condition also influences the degree of difficulty. This walk may be very challenging for those who have never traveled the Himalayan Trail. The route features numerous ups and downs, some of which may be slick, steep, rocky, or loaded with boulders. For this journey, physical readiness and excellent health are essential. Make sure to get some exercise before you embark on your adventure. You can develop your core strength by engaging in cardio exercises like running, jogging, or dancing.

Transportation from Kathmandu

The starting and finishing points of the Manaslu trekking route are connected to the capital city via a road. Our package includes transportation from Kathmandu to Barpak, the journey's starting point. Since the journey lasts 8–10 hours and is on challenging, sporadically black-topped, and off-road terrain, it can be a touch beyond your comfort zone. After the trek is over, we also handle your transportation from Dharapani to Kathmandu.

Note: We can arrange a private jeep to take you from Kathmandu to Barpak for an additional US$460, making the trip more comfortable.

Accommodation during the trek

Depending on the altitude, this 15 days Classic Manaslu Trekking offers basic lodges and teahouses. Lower elevations are more likely to have lodges, while higher elevations are more likely to have teahouses. In addition to comfortable beds with mattresses, pillows, and warm blankets, the teahouses also provide amenities like cold or hot showers (for an extra charge) and free Wi-Fi (when available). Typically, two people share a modest room with two beds. If you plan a trip with us, you won't have to worry about accommodations. We arrange all necessary lodging and meals as part of our tour package.

Washroom and Hot Showers

You may find a private bathroom with a western toilet in the lower part of the hike. However, as private attached bathrooms are hard to find at high altitudes, it's ideal if you're comfortable using common restrooms with Asian-style squat toilets. Bring your own toiletries for hygiene reasons.

Most teahouses on the 15 Days Manaslu Trekking offer hot baths; some may charge extra for this service. Since there may be a possibility of water shortage at higher altitudes, we urge you to use as little water as possible. Showering is often not an option because it is so cold up there, especially in the winter.

Food Availability in Masaslu

While you hike at a high altitude, your body will demand a lot of carbohydrates and proteins for energy. We suggest the Nepalese dish, Dal Bhat since it has enough calories to sustain you. The lentil, bean, and pulse soup in the dish is high in protein, and rice has enough carbohydrates. You will also get seasonal veggies, which will give your body more nutrition. We meticulously pick the top teahouses to make sure the food is nutritious, healthy, and fresh. We suggest hikers eat the regional delicacies as they are far more hygienic than frozen goods, which must travel days to reach the routes.

Additional foods on the menu include momo (dumplings), roti (bread) made from locally grown barley, buckwheat, millet, and corn, noodles, sandwiches, bakery items, tea, coffee, and garlic soup (vital for high altitude).

Drinking Water

We strongly support eco-tourism. Thus, we expect all of our visitors to do the same. Instead of buying bottled water, which may not always be readily available, we prefer to bring a water bottle and fill it with hot water at teahouses. If you are concerned about the quality of the water served at tea houses, you may also pack a water bottle with a built-in filtering system and fill it up on the way. Alternatively, get some water-purifying tablets and cleanse the water yourself before drinking.

Guides and Potters

Following a recent change in the law, trekking without a licensed guide is now prohibited in Nepal. The Manaslu trekking route also falls on the Nepal government's list of prohibited locations. In order to hike in the Manaslu region, you must have at least two other trekkers in addition to the guide. If you reserve the trip with us, we'll provide a knowledgeable English-speaking guide to assist you during the journey.

We also provide young, fit potters who will be in charge of carrying the supplies for trekkers (1 potter for 2 trekkers). Make sure your personal stuff doesn't weigh more than 10 kg because a potter can only carry a maximum of 20 kilos. Additionally, you should bring a compact daypack for your necessities because porters walk at their own pace and might not always be strolling behind you.

Permits Required

In addition to the regular conservation area permits, hikers need special access to the Manaslu Trek because it is located in a restricted area. Each hiker must have one of the following four permissions in order to begin the trek.

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Entry Permit
  • Restricted Area Trekking Permit

The cost of our package also includes the permit fees, and we handle all the paperwork and permits for you so that you can travel carefree.

Packing List

It will be difficult for you and the potters to carry big loads at such heights. So, only bring what is required. Ensure your luggage's total weight is no more than 10 kilograms.

  • You'll need the following equipment to make your travels more convenient:
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • Several sets of underwear
  • Down jacket and pants
  • Woolen jacket
  • Thermal suit
  • Trekking Pants and T-shirts
  • Trekking poles
  • A set of gloves
  • A wool hat
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A water bottle and purifying tablets
  • Toiletries
  • A towel
  • Nutrient bars
  • Basic medications
  • Raingear
FAQs15 Days Manaslu Trekking Via Barpak frequently asked questions
  • Spring (March, April, and May) and fall/autumn (September, October, and November) are the finest seasons for a trek to Manaslu. The lower Himalayas are covered in magnificent flora, like red rhododendrons in the spring. The days are warm and pleasant. Unmatched vistas of the snow-capped mountains and lush hills can be seen during this time. Autumn follows the monsoon when the sky appears to be more clear than ever. Once more, the temperature and weather are pleasant, and there aren't many chances for snow or rain.

  • You will be walking through the foothills of many of the high mountain peaks in the Manaslu region. Mountains like Manaslu (8,153 m), Siring Himal (7,165 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Buddha Himal (6692 m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other summits may be seen throughout the 15-day Classic Manaslu Trek via Barpak.

  • For hikers traveling above 3000 meters, altitude sickness, often known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a major concern. Even though each person experiences AMS differently, frequent symptoms include lightheadedness, fatigue, headaches, and loss of appetite. The symptoms can be managed by having enough water, sleeping, and eating a healthy diet. If the patient's condition deteriorates, they should be moved right away to a lower elevation.

  • The best ways to avoid AMS are enough acclimatization, a healthy diet, consistent hydration, and enough sleep. So, take rest days seriously, drink 3-4 liters of water every day, and eat local meals. Avoid alcohol at all costs while ascending because it dehydrates your body.

  • You can charge your electronics' batteries in the tea shops you pass along the way for a modest fee. The service could be provided for free at the tea house where you spend the night. Both room lighting and battery recharging are made possible by solar energy. Low sunshine levels could result in a power outage. The best approach is to carry extra batteries or a power bank. Use your devices sparingly and keep them near to your body to keep them warm, as batteries lose power more quickly in the cold.

  • The remoteness of the Manaslu region may make communication difficult. However, some teahouses charge an extra cost for Wi-Fi connections (often with poor or limited coverage). If you expect to use internet services where phone signals are received, we recommend taking an NCell or NTC 4G SIM. The NTC network performance is said to be better in the Manaslu Region than NCell.

  • Sadly, solo hikers are not permitted in the Manaslu area. The Manaslu Conservation Area is a restricted area that requires special authorization, a qualified trekking guide, and a minimum of two trekkers in order to hike. Few people opt for this challenging, high-altitude hike because it is in a relatively new trekking location. So, you won't have to deal with the crowd and enjoy the hike in solitude.

  • Manaslu is a difficult trek, so a previous high-altitude trekking experience is expected. But first-time trekkers can still do the hike. If you're physically fit for continuous hiking in the rugged Himalayan terrain for 2 weeks and mentally strong to overcome each challenge you face during the hike, you're welcome to trek in Manaslu. Plus, you'll be accompanied by a trekking guide to ensure your safety.

  • Even if you don't need any training to trek to the Manaslu Region, a high-altitude trekking background is a plus as you'll be traveling over 5000 meters. It won't be too challenging for novices if you're in good physical and mental health. The best strategies to get ready for the Manaslu hike include incorporating a simple fitness regimen into your day, eating a nutritious, nutrient-rich diet, and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco. Try some cardio exercises like walking or running, HITT training, Zumba, or dancing lessons.

  • When trekking in the high Himalayas, there may be moments when you need to be rescued by a rescue helicopter due to a natural disaster or an urgent medical issue. In these circumstances, travel insurance is very helpful. So, travel insurance is essential for the Manaslu Trek. Make sure that your insurance covers helicopter rescues.

  • Yes. Our trek plan includes three basic meals daily (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and overnight stays in a mountain lodge. Snacks, beverages, tea, coffee, and any extra charges, however, are all your responsibility. Because the isolated lodges do not accept other forms of payment, bring some cash with you. Please bring Nepalese rupees, as foreign currency is not accepted.

  • The trekking routes up Manaslu don't have any ATMs. The best thing to do is to take out some money from Kathmandu before departing on your journey. Make sure to convert any foreign currency you have into Nepali rupees before the hike.

  • There are plenty of stores that provide equipment for trekking along the streets of Thamel. Everything is available in Thamel, from trekking poles to rain gear. The price is extremely reasonable compared to the one in your country. Though not of extraordinary quality, they are appropriate for the Himalayan climate. Renting trekking gear can also be an excellent choice for infrequent trekkers.

  • As long as you book a private trek, we are accommodating enough to handle any changes to your schedule and trip itinerary. If you're unskilled, we can travel more slowly and add a few extra days. If you bring your own bag, we may also satisfy your request to waive the expense of the potters. The group departure trips, however, cannot be changed due to the possibility of affecting the other group members.

  • At Outfitters Nepal, we offer tours that are all-inclusive and without additional costs at the most competitive prices. Your safety, happiness, and priceless memories of the adventure are ensured. As an environmentally conscious trekking organization, we take pride in making a significant effort to lessen our carbon footprint.

    Since we have been in the trekking industry for more than 20 years, we are especially motivated to live up to all of your expectations. You can feel confident that our experienced, cheerful guides and crew will take excellent care of you in the wild Himalayas.

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