Manaslu Trek - 10 Days

10/11 Days Manaslu Short Trekking Itinerary and Cost for 2024, 2025
Manaslu Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Manaslu Trek - 10 Days
  • Duration10 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

Manaslu Trek is one of Nepal's exotic expedition that takes you to the restricted and mysterious region around Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. Starting at Machha Khola, the route falls under the strictly regulated region of Nepal. Your journey will begin with a 12-hour drive from Kathmandu. However, if natural circumstances influence road conditions, you might have to spend the night in Soti Khola and hike the next day. Besides, it is a journey for experienced travelers who want a unique experience with striking scenery and authentic cultural immersion. The expedition features almost everything a trekking enthusiast seeks in the majestic Himalayan regions of Nepal. Therefore, it is renowned among travelers because the trekking trails take you to remote and untouched landscapes.

But that's not all; the expedition includes the spectacular Larkya La Pass. This offers you an impressive opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of the Manaslu region and experience local culture and tradition. Remember that you will require several permits to explore the restricted region. It includes the MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). Both can be obtained from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. Moreover, as the off-beaten trekking trail leads you through dense forests and rugged landscapes, you will need an experienced navigation guide to assist you in your adventure.

The Enchanting Larkya La Pass

Sitting at 5106m, the Larke La Pass is one of the majotrek's significant highlights. It is among the most thrilling and challenging high passes in the mountain region of Nepal. It is the highest point of the expedition and lies between Bimtang and Dharamsala. After reaching Larky La, you can explore the surrounding area and witness the fantastic scenarios of Samdo Peak, Manaslu Larke Peak, Cheo Himal, and Naike Peak. The top of the pass is lovely, but sadly, you cannot cross it during the winter as the trail is blocked by heavy snowfall.

What Makes the Manaslu Trek Unique?

The Manaslu region has created a unique identity among other trekking areas in Nepal because of its blend of wildlife, nature, and cultural values. This offers travelers a chance to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the high Himalayan regions of Nepal. The isolated path of the Manaslu trek traverses through alpine, subtropical, and coniferous forests, providing excellent photographic opportunities. Further, along the trek, the route will pass through lowlands and rice-terraced fields towards the magnificent Budo Gandako gorges, where you will witness spectacular waterfalls and streams.

Besides, contrary to the city areas, the local people in the region dress themselves in traditional Nepalese attire when raising livestock, farming, or working in tourism-related fields. So, you can experience authentic conventional communities during the journey, which will take you back in time. This also allows you to immerse yourself in the local people's daily livelihood and social customs.

Why trek to the Manaslu?

The Manaslu trek is comparatively less crowded and features untouched landscapes of Nepal than the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp. As a result, it has been growing in popularity in recent years due to its off-the-beat path and remote nature. Regardless, you will find several teahouses along the trail where you'll be resting during the journey. The accommodation establishments feature rooms with access to showers and great authentic Nepealse meals. Further, during your expedition, the trail will lead the transition through rugged to snowy landscapes. So, you can enjoy hiking surrounded by snowy mountains on both sides of the trail. Moreover, the scenery around you will constantly change, which allows you to experience the Subtropical jungle as you make your way to the Himalayan foothills.

Therefore, most trek enthusiasts consider it one of Nepal's best treks. Here are some top highlights of the journey to provide a brief outlook on what's to come.

Manaslu Trek 10 - 11 Days Highlights:

  • Annapurna and Manaslu are two of the best tourist regions of Nepal.
  • Experience local culture and tradition in multiethnic villages.
  • Witness glorious mountain peaks and explore Mane walls, Chhortens, and Monasteries.
  • Rich vegetation, waterfalls, rivers, and suspension bridges.
  • You will hike through the beautiful subtropical forest towards the thrilling Larkya La pass at 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.
  • It is less crowded than other best trek destinations in Nepal.
  • The trekking trail features several tea houses and shops, making it easy for travelers to access food and other essentials.

Manaslu Trek Length and Terrain

The walking terrain on the expedition is well-trodden, but it might get uneven and rocky in some parts. Further, you will be hiking through rugged landscapes, and there won't be any mountaineering or rock climbing throughout the trek. So, you won't need any special equipment for the expedition. Besides, you will cover approximately 180km, which is roughly 110 miles, and along the trek, you will meet several local people and their pack animals, especially yaks. In high-altitude regions of Nepal, the local people use them to carry equipment and food supplies to higher elevations. So, if you come across them, we recommend you leave a path for them to enable them to pass through conveniently.

We also suggest you follow the guidance of the trek leader and use essential equipment such as trekking poles. This will allow you to climb steep terrain without putting too much pressure on your legs and knees. As you make a gradual ascent, you may experience specific changes in the surrounding atmosphere, which also influence you physically. Therefore, to avoid any complications with your health, we will rest periodically and acclimatize to prevent altitude sickness. Eventually, you will be able to adapt to the challenges of the trek and enjoy the memorable experience.

10 - 11 Days Manaslu Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu trek is pretty strenuous; your physical condition and fitness level will also determine the difficulty level. This expedition in the Himalayan region can be challenging for travelers with no previous experience. During the trek, you must walk at least 6-8 hours daily, ascending and descending through several terrains, slippery stones, and stairs. However, it is not a forced march, and you will be hiking at a slower pace, carrying 5 kg of your belongings in your bag. Therefore, the trek will require average physical fitness to prevent injury or health complications. On the other hand, your efforts will also be rewarded; during the trek, you will be exercising regularly. As a result, in the end, your body will become lighter, healthy, toned, and detoxed.

How To Prepare And Be Fit For The Manaslu Trek

Embarking on the Manaslu trek is inevitably tiring, requiring you to work on several parts of your body before you start the exciting journey. If you are looking forward to joining the gym, you must concentrate on treadmills and step machines to focus on your calf and thigh muscles. Exercises like aerobics, pilates, body pump, and cardio activity are also excellent preparation to develop your core stability, balance, and strength. Besides, we at OutFitter Nepal highly recommend lightweight, high-ankle hiking boots. It is comparatively more convenient and comfortable than heavy boots and serves you well during the trek.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

After enjoying an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will leave and drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara towards the beautiful village of Machha Khola via Solti Khola. The drive will pass through the hilltop settlements of Dhading, where you will see small towns, rural communities, and green terraces of rice and paddy fields. Eventually, the road will become rugged as you approach Sot Khola. The small settlements are located in Bhuri Gandaki Valley, where you can rest and have lunch.

Shortly after, we will resume our journey, cross a bridge heading towards a thick forest, and make our way up to Khursane. The path will pass through beautiful tropical waterfalls and descend past rice paddy fields and the picturesque village of Labubesi. Finally, after a 12-hour ride, you will arrive at today's destination, Machha Khola. We will stay at a locally run lodge in the village tonight.

  • Max. Altitude: 900m/2952ft
  • Meals: Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 190m/623ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Transportation: Local Trasportation

You will wake up early today and enjoy breakfast in the teahouse. Afterward, you will prepare for the trek ahead and follow a narrow gorge that continues up the river. Eventually, you will cross the Tharo Khola and arrive at Khorlabesi. The trail will then lead to a small hot spring in Tatopani, where we will have a short break to replenish ourselves. Shortly after, you will climb over a ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki through a suspension bridge towards Dobhan. We will go to Yaru Khola and climb a stone staircase to Tharo Bharyang. The scenery is charming as you pass through neat Gurung settlements. Upon reaching Jagat, you will unpack your belongings and enjoy a hot, delicious meal in a local tea house, where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 1340m/4396ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 440m/1443ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 13.7 miles/22 km

On day three of the expedition, we will leave the village of Jagat behind and make our way through several unique landscapes and sub-tropical forests. You will also see rustic local settlements and small towns along the way. As you move on forward, you will ascend to Salleri and make a slow and gradual descent to Sirdibas. Eventually, the valley ahead will widen as the trail leads us toward the Ghatta Khola River. From here onwards, you will walk upstream and cross a suspension bridge. The trail will then turn north from Philim village, leading you to Ekle Bhatti. You will hike along the grassy slopes and through bamboo forests until you reach the town of Deng.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 520m/1706ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12.3 miles/19.9 km

After an early morning breakfast in Deng, you will start hiking to the most culturally significant segment of the expedition. As you leave the village behind, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and pass through alpine vegetation, lush forests, and quaint villages. Eventually, significant peaks of the Manaslu region will appear in your view range. After hours of hiking, you will take a short break and enjoy the beautiful view of the snowcapped Siringi Himal. The trail will then follow the Budhi Gandaki River upstream through a narrow gorge and dense forests to the village of Namrung.

  • Max. Altitude: 2630m/8629ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 770m/2526ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12.1 miles/19.5 km

Today, you will start the trek with magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal and Mount Himal Chuli. As the hike continues, you will gradually ascend and go through dense forests to the village of Lhi. The small settlement features several barely terraces and stupas. The trail will then descend and pass through the towns of Lho, Sho, and Shyala before arriving at Sama village. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of Manaslu. You will also have the opportunity to explore the famous Ribung Gompas. As the hike continues, you will walk past Shyala village until you reach the destination for today at Samagaon.

  • Max. Altitude: 3530m/11,578ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 900m/2950ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10.9 miles/17.7 km

On day six of the trek, we will leave Samagaon in the morning and descend towards Budhi Gandaki. The trail will then widen and pass through numerous mani walls. Additionally, along the route, you will have fantastic views of the surrounding landscape close to the Tibetan border. Today, the trek will be relatively easy and short as you go through birch and juniper forests in Kero Kharka. You will then cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a beautiful wooden bridge and climb a steep hill to the Samdo village.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12,660ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 330m/1082ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10.1 miles/16.4 km

We will start our hike early in the morning, pass through Larke Bazar, and begin our ascent. Further along the trek, you will cross two small streams as we admire the Larkya Glacier. Eventually, we arrive at Salka Khola Valley, from where we will head towards Larkye La Phedi, also known as Dharmashala. Besides, as you hike further, you will pass through several old monasteries, the perfect opportunity to learn and immerse yourself in the local culture. The four-hour hike will finally end after we arrive in Larky la Phedi. You will enjoy a hearty lunch and gazing at the stunning alpine scenery for the rest of the day.

  • Max. Altitude: 4460m/14,632ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/1968ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12.1 miles/17.2 km

Today, the trek will be slightly more demanding than yesterday as we approach Bhimthang. We begin the journey early in the morning and ascend through rocky paths to the top of Larke La Pass. You can witness beautiful views of Cheo Himal, Ratna Chuli, Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, and several other majestic snow-capped mountain peaks. You will then descend towards the Marshyangdi Khola River and go to the Village of Tal at the foot of a beautiful waterfall. Along the way, you will also be greeted by several mani walls and small monasteries. After arriving in Tal, you will descend gradually through a rocky path leading to Bimthang.

  • Max. Altitude: 5135m/1687ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2,215ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1675m/5,495ft
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 Hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

You will start the hike early in the morning and walk through the high pasture towards the valley of Burdin Khola. Eventually, you will come across a rhododendron forest from where the trail will narrow until you reach Karche. The village settlements stand at an elevation of 2,785 m and are also the highest cultivated land in this valley. After waking for a few hours, you will arrive at Tilije, from where you will ascend towards Dharapani.

  • Max. Altitude: 1960m/6430ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1630m/5348ft.
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 20km/12.4mi

Today is the final day of the Manaslu trek, and you will ride from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar. The long drive will last 9 hours, during which you will enjoy scenic views of rolling hills, rivers, and beautiful village settlements.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 610m/2001ft.
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Manaslu Trek - 10 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Accommodation in tea houses or lodges during the trek.
  • Local bus, and sharing jeep from Kathmandu to starting point and back to Kathmandu.
  • Meals, including breakfast, dinner, and lunch during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and documents, including permits for the Manaslu and Annapurna conservation areas.
  • Guide service, including transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance charges.
  • First aid box and oximeter.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffle bag, and hiking poles if necessary.
  • OutfFitter Nepal’s trekking map, T-shirt and a cap.
  • All the government VAT, Tax, and service charges.
  • Arrangement of emergency rescue service provided through your travel insurance.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
What's not Included
  • Internation airfares and airport fees
  • Charges for your Visa.
  • Your travel Insurance.
  • Porters, who will carry your luggage during the trek (If you need a porter, you will be charged USD 200 per porter with a weight limit of 20-22kg)
  • Tips for potters and guides.
  • Accommodation and meals apart from the trek.
  • Snacks, drinks, and personal expenses.
  • Hot shower, laundry, phone, and internet fee.
  • Anything that is not covered in the included section.
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Starts:SATURDAYJUL 27, 2024
Ends:MONDAYAUG 05, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$775
Starts:MONDAYJUL 29, 2024
Ends:WEDNESDAYAUG 07, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$775
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Accommodations During the Trek 10 Days

During your exciting adventure ahead, you will stay in the local community's teahouses. Most of these establishments offer comfortable rooms with two single beds. Also, they will feature a communal area with a traditional stove where people gather to stay warm and enjoy their meals at night.

Regarding the room, you will be provided with warm mattresses, blankets, and pillows. We recommend you bring additional sleeping bags because it gets cold at night, and you must keep yourself warm. Besides, suppose you feel discomfort in using cold water during your stay. In that case, these establishments also provide the service of hot water powered by gas, which will cost you extra charges. Moreover, it would help if you also kept in mind that using the internet and charging facilities will also cost you extra.

Meals Availabilities in Manaslu Trek 10 Days

As the expedition takes you to the high-altitude areas of the Manaslu region, your body will need to replenish itself with adequate proteins and carbohydrates. It is also essential to ensure the food you will be consuming is sanitized and organic to avoid any issues with your health. Therefore, we encourage our clients to eat local cuisine, considered a delicacy of the region.

Moreover, we have selected the best teahouses offering fresh and healthy food to ensure a healthy diet. Also, we highly recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese staple dish accompanied by lentils, beans, and seasonal vegetables. It will provide you with enough calories to get going. Besides, you will also have plenty of options, such as momo, sandwiches, noodles, pizza, pasta, oatmeal, pudding, Tibetan bread, and several other beverages.

Manaslu Trek Packing List

The basic idea of essentials and packing list for your journey ahead is to keep you protected, warm, and dry from the unpredictable weather conditions of the Manaslu region. You can buy the necessary trekking items in Kathmandu or Pokhara. In these cities, you can find numerous shops that sell authentic products at a reasonable price. You can also check our essential recommendation list regarding the gear and clothing you must consider taking for the Manaslu Trek.

  • Shell- Waterproof top and buttons to keep you safe from the rain and wind.
  • Bags- Large rucksack or Duffle bag to carry your belongings.
  • Baselayer- Thin layers of clothing to soak in the sweat.
  • Insulation- Warm layered outers to keep yourself warm at cold temperatures.
  • Sleeping- Quality bedroll and sleeping bag at tea houses and lodges.
  • Feet- Comfortable and waterproof hiking boots and woolen socks.
  • Medical and Hygiene- For medication and to keep yourself clean.
  • Drinking/Eating- Snacks and water bottles to consume during the hike.

When is the Best Time to Trek to Manaslu Circuit?

Spring and Autumn are the best times to embark on the Manaslu trek. At this time of the year, the weather is crisp and clear, offering pristine views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Moreover, the sky is clear, with no dust in the atmosphere and more greenery and vegetation on both sides of the trail. Besides, the weather is slightly warmer in Spring than in Autumn, making it a favorable time to commence your journey. During this time, you will witness wildlife and exotic flowers like anemone polyanthus and golden flowers.

Manaslu Trek 10 Days Cost

Outfitter Nepal will provide multiple package treks for the Manaslu region in 2024. The trek itinerary can also be customized and tailored per your travel plan, preferences, and length of stay.

For our Manaslu Trek, the Costs for the package are as follows:

US$ 825 per person – for a group of 2 to 3 People

US$ 775 per person – for a group of 4 to 6 People

US$ 697 per person – for a group of 7 to 10 People

Manaslu Trek Permits Cost

Apart from the usual conservation area permits, you will need special access to travel to the restricted areas of the Manaslu region. So, you will need three additional permits to commence this expedition. Besides, these permit fees are determined by the month you plan to visit and the number of days you stay.

  • Spring Season= USD 7 per person for the first seven days (USD 10 per person for the additional days)
  • Autumn Season= USD 100 per person for the first seven days (USD 15 per person for the additional days)

Alternative Treks Around the Manaslu Region

There are several other places and destinations you can go to from this particular trail. If you have additional time, you can extend your itinerary by adding a few more days to visit them. Doing this will allow you to explore more places in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Some of the popular attractions in the area are Barkpak Village and Ganga Jamuna Waterfall. Besides, you will also have other trekking route options in this region and the surrounding region. These include Tsum Valley, Manaslu Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, and Manaslu Circuit trekking.

Request a Custom Itinerary

If you have any queries related to the trek or questions regarding package customization, please connect with us so we can tailor an itinerary that suits your preference, we are happy to make your 11 days Manaslu Trek itinerary as per your timeframe. Your exciting journey can be modified according to your budget, holiday schedule, and interest.

Important Information You Need To Know

Can I Fly Back After the Trek?

Yes, you can fly back after the completion of the trek; contact us for the details. Several hikers who complete the expedition prefer transport service to Pokhara and enjoy the remaining days relaxing in the hotel and exploring the city.

Do You Run Private Manaslu Trek?

Outfitter Nepal runs a private trek for charities, clubs, friends, corporate groups, and organizations. Besides, you must remember that the expedition requires at least two people to receive the permits needed.

Please get in touch with us by call or email to chat about your ambitions and plans.

Is Acclimatization Day necessary?

Taking a day off from trekking to acclimatize is essential for travelers with no previous experience for a safe and successful expedition. If it is your first-time hiking in the high mountain regions of Nepal, your body will need to adjust to the altitude changes. So, and adequate acclimatization will help your body rest adapt to the atmospheric changes.

Should I be concerned Altitude Sickness?

It is essential to be aware of how your body reacts during the trek. When trekking in Manaslu region, it is almost certain that you might symptoms of altitude sickness due to air pressure and low oxygen levels at high altitudes. Some of the symptoms include nausea, difficulty breathing, headache, blurry vision, and loss of appetite. The best way to avoid it is to ascend gradually through the trek and in-take needed medication and remedies.

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