Manaslu Trek 12 Days

Manaslu Trek 12 Days Itinerary, Short Manaslu Trek Itinerary and Cost
Manaslu Trek 12 Days
What to see & doSpecific information about Manaslu Trek 12 Days
  • Duration12 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

The Manaslu Region, situated in the northern Himalayan territory of Nepal, offers one of the most magnificent trekking destinations in the country. Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit term "Manasa," meaning "Intellect" or "Soul." This 12 Days Manaslu Trek takes you deep into the Himalayas around the Manaslu Conservation Area, where you can marvel at the stunning vista of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain at 8163 meters. Other peaks you'll see include Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli Peak, Ganesh Himal in the east, and Annapurna Himalaya in the west.

The Manaslu region is one of the most accessible treks from Kathmandu city, located in the west-central region of the Nepalese Himalayas. You can reach the beginning and end point of the hike after an 8 to 10-hour drive from Kathmandu on a mix of paved and dirt roads. This tough but beautiful road journey takes you through the Nepali countryside, passing little towns, terraced fields, flowing rivers, verdant hills, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

It has not been long since the Manaslu Trek opened its doors to travelers, and it did not take long for the region to gain popularity. Today, several avid trekkers from all around the globe choose The Manaslu Trek 12 Days as their next Himalayan expedition. Why would they not? It has everything you need: nature, culture, adventure, solitude, and the list goes on.

Though it's not easy to enlist everything you'll experience in this Manaslu Short Trek of 12 days, we have tried our best to give you a clear picture of what it's like to embark on this exceptional journey to the Manaslu region. We've enlisted some compelling reasons why you should join us on our 12 days Manaslu Trek.

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Best Features of the Manaslu Trek 12 Days

  • Trekking in the restricted and protected area of the Nepalese Himalayan Region
  • Progressing through scenic villages, lush woods, tranquil rivers, pristine waterfalls, and other natural wonders
  • The stunning backdrop of Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Mountain Range
  • Witness the endangered wildlife of the Manaslu region, like the Himalayan Tahr and Snow Leopard
  • Traversing through the rocky terrain of Larkye La Pass at 5106 meters
  • Immerge into the rich Hindu and Buddhist culture
  • Experience the warm greeting and hospitality of local people

What to anticipate during the Manaslu Trek 12 Days?

The solitude of the Manaslu region has raised the whole trek's sense of exhilaration and adrenaline. Along the trip, you travel through lovely communities encircled by magnificent snow-capped mountains and verdant forests. You get to interact with and get to know locals. The trail is also lined with numerous stupas, monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels, and prayer flags.

The journey from Kathmandu to Machha Khola in the Budhi Gandaki Valley begins with a beautiful drive. It is from Machha Khola that you begin your trek. As you make your way to the alpine region with its arid landscapes and snow-capped mountains, you pass through small settlements, terraced fields, and beautiful woods. You also cross multiple suspension bridges and engage with the Gurung residents. Before eventually climbing down toward the destination at Dharapani, you cross the terrifying Larkya La pass at 5106 meters. From Besisahar, you take a jeep to Dharapani before changing to a local bus to return to Kathmandu.

How is Manaslu Trek 12 Days different from others?

The Manaslu region has created a unique identity for itself among all the other treks that are available in the nation due to the complete natural symphony, cultural values, and wild discoveries that offer the ideal possibility to gather a once-in-a-lifetime experience of this impeccable journey. This isolated path traverses the tiny cliffs of Manaslu. Subtropical, alpine, temperate deciduous, and moderate coniferous forest types are represented in the lush paths, offering amazing photographic opportunities.

The route circles the hot lowlands with their terraced fields of rice and millet to the magnificent Budi Gandaki gorges with their bright blue streams and breathtaking waterfalls. The Manaslu region has the longest and highest suspension bridges in the world, and the annual rainfall frequently washes out smaller bridges, leaving trekkers with no choice except to rely on partially submerged rocks.

Contrary to the city, people still dress in traditional Nepalese garb and work in farming, raising livestock, and tourism here. You'll tour the peaceful communities in the area during the journey. The circuit hike along the foothills of the Himalayas will undoubtedly take you back in time. In these far-off places, you can fully immerse yourself in the social customs and way of life of several ethnic groups and communities living in harmony.

What does an average trek day at Manaslu Trek 12 Days look Like?

In Manaslu, each day is a unique adventure. You will enjoy visiting adjacent towns and learning about the locals and their unique culture and traditions, in addition to trek through lush woods with spectacular views of the Himalayas. A certified guide will accompany you and provide relevant details about the places you visit.

The day begins with a nice morning cup of tea or coffee. We set out for the day's hike between 7 and 8 in the morning after breakfast, depending on the length and complexity of the trip. We'll stop for lunch after walking for three to four hours. At lunch, we'll take an hour or two to rest before continuing to the day's destination. Usually, the stroll after lunch takes two to three hours. On certain days, we finish our hike at the restaurant, where we have lunch and stay there for the rest of the day and night. When we get to our overnight lodge, we take a little break and congregate in the dining room around the fireplace for some nice and warm conversation.

The cycle begins again the following day after a restful night's sleep. However, each day is unique from the previous one. As you gain altitude, the vegetation and village life change.

Which mountains can be seen during the 12 Days Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu region is Nepal's most picturesque trekking trail with spectacular Himalayan views, lush, dense woods, pristine waterfalls, rushing rivers, tiny hilly and Himalayan communities, and agricultural plains. The mountains you cross and the peaks you see from the trail make the scenery particularly attractive. Up until Lho, the valley is steep and small, making it difficult to see the mountain clearly. However, after you reach Samagaun, the valley widens and becomes quieter. You can see the mountains in all their beauty while you're in Samagaun.

You will be hiking through the base of the several high mountain peaks that the Manaslu region is home to. The 12 Days Manaslu Trek offers views of mountains, including Siring Himal (7,165 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Buddha Himal (6692 m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Manaslu (8,153 m), Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other summits.

Major Attractions of the Manaslu Trek 12 Days

Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

The journey to Manaslu begins in Kathmandu. You take a long drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola along the countryside, passing through Arughat Bazar. While traveling over the slope of Kathmandu Valley, you witness Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal behind the spectacular sight of lush hilly terraces.

As you move away from the city, you will notice a gradual change in the scenery and the entire atmosphere. The surroundings appear cleaner, greener, calmer, more peaceful, and less polluted. With each kilometer you move away from the Kathmandu valley, your excitement and joy escalate for this 12 Days Manaslu Trek.

Hiking through lush forests and picture-perfect villages

Manaslu Trek takes you through dense forests, home to various flora and fauna. You can see a variety of vegetation and wildflowers blooming in the region's hilly and Himalayan terrain, making the hiking even more blissful. There are also some rare animals to see, such as Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr.

Similarly, the trail passes through charming alpine communities. Inhabited mainly by Nepalese and Tibetan descendants, every community you visit in the Manaslu region has something unique to offer. The houses in these villages are built traditionally to preserve the cultural architecture that has been transferred from generations. A number of such beautiful houses clustered together make a perfect backdrop for picturesque photos.

Exceptional landscape with snow-capped mountains

The sight of the Manaslu region is unrivaled by any other trekking location in Nepal. The geological features that distinguish the landscape make it incredibly fascinating. The untouched nature and village ruins are like a paradise where only you and the Himalayas remain.

Throughout this Manaslu Trek 12 Days Itinerary, stunning views of snow-capped mountains such as Mt. Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and many others can be seen. You will be hiking through the base of some of these mountains. Getting this close to the Himalayas has to be one of the most incredible feelings in the world.

Relatively new and off-the-beaten Trek route

The Short Manaslu Trek 12 Days was only opened for exploration in 1992, making it one of Nepal's newest high-altitude trekking destinations. It also comes under restricted trekking routes that require special trek permits; hence the facilities available on the trekking trail might not be the best, but you'll still have decent food and accommodation.

The trail includes several steep climbs in the rough terrain of the Manaslu Region. The 12 days Manaslu Trek takes you through the Himalayas' challenging, rugged path, putting your physical endurance to the test. It's always good to have prior high-altitude trekking experience or at least be in good physical shape to commence the journey.

Peaceful and quiet trail to Larkye Pass Region

The Larkye La Pass, at 5,160 meters, is the trek's highest point and is regarded as one of the most challenging crossings in the Himalayas. No wonder why Manaslu Trek has fewer visitors than other popular treks routes in Nepal. Another reason for lesser trekkers on this trail is its location in a restricted area that requires a licensed guide and special permits.

The 12 days Manaslu Trek is ideal for trekkers who prefer calmness over the crowd and want to explore the wild outdoors peacefully. The quiet trail also allows you to interact with locals.

Rich cultural heritage and simplistic lives of locals

The Short Manaslu Trek route is densely packed with mani walls, monasteries, prayer wheels, and chortens. For decades, this region's isolation has preserved its culture and traditions. As a result, you get to witness the rituals that are still practiced here for generations.

Buddhists and Hindus exist side-by-side in the Manaslu region. At the start of the trek, you will learn about Hinduism, and as you progress, you will get to immerse into the Buddhist culture of the local Tibetan descendants who have been living in the area for a long time.

The locals here are humble and welcoming and will greet you with a warm smile and "Namaste" or "Tashi Delek." They are deeply committed to their family, community, and faith. Living far away from modern society and advancement has resulted in simple but culturally rich lives in the higher Manaslu region.

Trip Customization of Manaslu Trek

The above itinerary is a standard 12 days trek to the Manaslu region and Larkya La Pass. However, we can customize the trip according to your preference. If you have time restrictions, we can arrange the Manaslu Trek in 11 days. Or, if you're flexible, you can complete the Manaslu Trekking in 15 days. (cost is subject to change based on the number of days)

If you prefer comfort during the road trip from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, we can provide a private jeep for the additional cost of US$190.

We can remove the potter from the standard package if you're confident enough to carry your backpack.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

We depart from Kathmandu, taking a local bus to Arughat and then a local jeep to Soti Khola. On the way, we pass through the beautiful mountain-top settlement of Dhading. Expect a dusty and bumpy ride as the road winds through rural areas, small towns, green terrace farms, and lush hills. After departure, it may take 8 to 10 hours to arrive at your destination, Sotikhola, where you spend the night in a trekking lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 710m/2329ft
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Elevation Loss: 640m/2100ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We leave Soti Khola early morning for a 6-7 hour hike to Machha Khola. Today, you trek through the countryside, past paddy fields and waterfalls, and through isolated settlements of dwellings with brown slate roofs. After that, you'll cross a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River and continue on the rough trail to Machha Khola, where you'll lodge for the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 900m/2952ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 190m/623ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

The trail leads to Khorla Besi from Machha Khola, passing through a narrow path that crosses Thado Khola. After hiking through scenic villages and gorgeous mountain views, you reach Tatopani, which has a hot spring where you can unwind for a while.

You arrive in Dovan after crossing the Budhi Gandaki river and proceed to Lauri. Afterward, you enter the Manaslu Conservation Area and arrive in Jagat, a charming paved town. Today is a 7-hour hike from when you leave your accommodation in the morning.

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

You leave Jagat early in the morning for a 7-hour hike to Deng. You'll pass through the villages of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghatta Khola and cross several suspension bridges today. After crossing the river at Eklee Bhatti, the trail enters a steep, desolate gorge and continues through bamboo forests until it reaches Deng Khola. You'll arrive in Deng after crossing this river and stay in a teahouse there.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 520m/1706ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

You will pass through Budi Gandaki several times today before arriving in Namrung. Along the way, you will witness a stunning mountain vista and ancient gompas. You'll eventually come to a suspension bridge from where you can see the Budhi Gandaki squeeze beneath a naturally occurring stone arch. After that, a steady ascent up a magnificent stone stairway leads to Namrung. It is an 8-hour hike. We eat lunch at Ghap and spend the night at Namrung.

  • Max. Altitude: 2630m/8629ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 770m/2526ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

After taking in the morning views of the Himalayas, the trail continues uphill through the beautiful green forest to Lihi village. You will pass through several isolated settlements before reaching Samagaon, including Sho, Lho, and Shyala.

When you arrive in Lho, you'll be greeted with a spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest peak. Snow-capped peaks surround Shyala hamlet, including Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier ahead, and Ganesh Himal on the far right. Your excursion for the day (7-hour hike) concludes when you arrive in Sama Gaon.

  • Max. Altitude: 3530m/11,578ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 900m/2950ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Between ascends and descents, you must have a day of acclimatization to adjust to the changing altitude. You can rest in the teahouse or hike around a nearby destination, and the elevation of 3,550 m is perfect for a quick local walk.

Hiking is the most effective way to acclimate. You can climb a short distance to Pungyen Gompa, a historic monastery. From this ancient monastery, the view of the glacier is breathtaking.

  • Max. Altitude: 3530m/11,578ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

After breakfast in Sama Gaon, we will subside to the Budhi Gandaki. We'll come across a few more mani walls as the valley widens. This route takes you close to the Tibetan border and provides breathtaking mountain views.

After descending and crossing the Budhi Gandaki with a wooden bridge, we climb steeply to a point between two forks of the river. We'll pass through a stone archway and continue until we reach Samdo village. We eat lunch at Samdo, which is also where we spend the night. It's been a 4-hour journey to Samdo, and the rest of the day is yours to do whatever you want.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12,660ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 330m/1082ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

After breakfast in Samdo, we will pass through the Larke Bazaar, a temporary Tibetan bazaar. Cross the wooden bridge as you begin your ascent and cross two streams while admiring the Larkya Glacier. We will travel through the Salka Khola Valley to reach Larkye La Phedi, also known as Dharamshala.

Along the way, we'll pass by some old-style monasteries. It is a 4-hour journey to Larkye La Phedi, where you have lunch surrounded by stunning alpine scenery and blue sheep grazing on barren hillsides and stay overnight.

  • Max. Altitude: 4460m/14,632ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/1968ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

It will be a demanding trekking day today as you cross Larkya La Pass, the trek's highest point at 5106 meters. We begin our journey early in the morning. The trail ascends through the rocky and winding path to the top of Larkye La Pass. From the top, you can see the sunrise over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and many other snow-capped mountains.

You descend through a rocky and icy path to reach Bimthang. It had been a long 8-hour journey. We eat lunch in Phedi and spend the night in Bimthang.

  • Max. Altitude: 5135m/1687ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft,
  • Elevation Loss: 1545m/5068ft.
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

On the 11th day, you depart from Bhimthang and descend the valley of Burdin Khola after crossing a high pasture. Beyond a bridge over the Dudh Khola's headwaters, you go down to the rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach Karche, 2,785 meters, the highest cultivated land in this valley.

You arrive in Tilje after crossing a stream, and an hour's uphill walk takes you to Dharapani. It's a 7-hour hike from the time you leave your accommodation in the morning.

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

Today is the last day of your Manaslu 12-days Trek. We take a local jeep from Dharapani to Beshishar and then a local bus to Kathmandu on this final day. It will be a long drive of approximately 9 hours until you reach the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city again.

*Note – It requires one full day to prepare permits for this restricted area trekking. So, you must submit your passport and visa a day before the beginning of the trip.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 610m/2001ft.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Manaslu Trek 12 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Local bus transportation from Kathmandu Arughat and local jeep to Sotikhola.
  • Local Jeep transportation from Dharapani to Besishar and local bus to Kathmandu.
  • All required paperwork, including conservation entry permits (Manaslu and Annapurna), and Manaslu restricted area permits.
  • Basic Accommodation in lodges or tea houses during the trek.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek, including hot tea/coffee in the morning with Breakfast.
  • A knowledgeable and friendly guide who speaks fluent English.
  • Salary, food, beverages, lodging, transportation, and insurance for the guide.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffle bag – if NECESSARY (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
  • Fee for Nepal entry visa (you may simply issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Your travel insurance policy (mandatory)
  • International airfares and airport transfers
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you require a porter to carry your stuff, it will cost you USD 240 each porter and 1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
  • Drinks, snacks, and all personal expenses
  • Laundry, phone, hot shower, and internet fee
  • Tips for the guide and potter
  • Anything not covered 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 trip to the fullest with our tailor-made add-ons!

Extra Night 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 $195. 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 Soti Khola in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (the starting point of the trek) in a private jeep for an additional cost of $190. 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.

How to get Add-ons on my trip?

Customizing your trip is now easier than ever! Follow these simple steps to get add-ons:

  1. Go to your desired trip package.
  2. Choose your favorable date.
  3. Click on “ADD TO CART.”
  4. Select the number of travelers.
  5. Select the required Add-ons.
  6. Click on “Checkout.”
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  • We have set departure dates for the 12 Days Manaslu trek, so choose your date and book the tour. If your preferred date is not listed or you are in a group of more than 10 people, please get in touch with us for the group price and the further booking process.
  • The 12 Days Manaslu trek is one of Nepal's most popular restricted area treks. There must be a minimum of two people to arrange the excursion.
  • The available dates are available to book and do not have people already booked, so if you are a group of 2 or more trekkers, directly book the trip or contact us for availability.
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

What is the best time for Manaslu Trek?

The best time to embark on the 12 Days Manaslu Trek is Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). The weather and temperature are most pleasant and consistent during this time, with pristine blue skies, wildflower blooms in lush green forests, rare birds singing melodious lullabies, and little to no rain.

Spring Season (March, April & May)

Spring season is the best time to trek to Manaslu short trek because you can see Mt. Manaslu and several glaciers in the region. Temperatures begin to rise in the middle of March, and snow-capped mountains look their best under clear blue skies.

The major attraction of trekking in Nepal in Spring is rhododendron flowers blooming in various colors throughout the forests. By the end of March, the winter snow has melted, and the route to cross Larkya La Pass is navigable. Daytime temperatures in the lower lands (Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, and Ghap) can reach 24°C, while in the upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, and Bhimtang) can go 18°C and drop to -4°C at night.

Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is another great season to go on the 12 days Manaslu Trek. The monsoon usually departs at the end of August, and by mid-September, the weather has stabilized, with clear skies revealing stunning mountain views.

Tourists are drawn to Nepal during this season by two major festivals: Dashain and Tihar. Daytime temperatures in the lowlands can reach 25°C, while in the high mountains can reach 15°C. In high areas, the nighttime temperature can drop to -6 °C.

Off-season (Monsoon and Winter)

Manaslu is not a year-long trek, unlike the majority of Nepalese treks. Trekking to Manaslu during the monsoon season (July to August) is not advised because you will be walking through landslide-prone terrain. There will be a lot of rain, the trails will become slippery, and it's not good to hike in soaking rain.

Winters are usually cold and snowy (December to February). This trek takes you through glacial moraines; the lodge at Dharmasla closes during this time, and crossing the Larkya La pass is nearly impossible due to heavy snowfall. Hence, trekking to Manaslu at this time of year is not favored.

Maximum Altitude in Manaslu Trek 12 Days

Manaslu region is situated high up in Nepal's northern territory, sharing the border with Tibet. During the Manaslu trek, you hike in the Manaslu Conservation Area, whose altitude rises from 600 meters and goes up to 8,163 meters which is the summit of Nepal's eighth highest peak, Mt. Manaslu.

However, the most elevation you will reach throughout the Manaslu Trek is 5,106 meters or 16,752 feet above sea level at Larkye La Pass.

Difficulty Level of Manaslu Trek

Trekking in the Manaslu Region is rated as fairly strenuous. The trekker's physical condition determines the difficulty level of the Manaslu Trek. This trek can be challenging for first-time hikers on the Himalayan trail. You must walk for at least 5 to 7 hours per day. The course has numerous ups and downs that can become slippery, steep, rocky, and rock-filled at times. This journey necessitates physical fitness and good health.

Make sure you do some physical exercises before embarking on your journey. Increase your core strength by doing cardio exercises, running, jogging, or dancing.

Because numerous factors such as weather, temperature, and altitude also affect the difficulty level, having nature on your side is also a matter of luck.


The starting and ending points of the Manaslu Trek journey are accessible by road from the capital city. As a result, you avoid the hassle of taking risky local flights.

Our package includes transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat by local bus and then by local jeep to Soti Khola, the starting point of the trek. It is 8-10 hours of a bumpy ride on partially black-topped and off-roads, so it can be a little out of your comfort zone.

For a more comfortable drive, we can arrange a private jeep for an additional cost of US$485 that takes you from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.

Accommodation during Short Manaslu Trek

Like most high-altitude trekking destinations in Nepal, this 12 days Manaslu Trek offers decent lodges and teahouses, depending on the elevation. Lodges are more common at lower altitudes, whereas teahouses are in the higher region.

The teahouses provide comfortable beds with warm mattresses, pillows, blankets, cold showers, hot showers (at extra cost), free Wi-Fi (where available), and other amenities. Typically, the rooms are small and shared by two people.

Booking a trip with us means you don't have to worry about accommodation. All the lodging and fooding facilities during the trek are included in our 12-day Manaslu Trek package.

Washroom and Toiletries in Manaslu Region

In the lower region of the Manaslu Trek, you might get an attached bathroom with a western toilet. However, it's best if you're okay with using communal restrooms with Asian-style squat toilets, as private attached bathrooms aren't available and reasonable at high altitudes. Carry your own toiletries for hygiene concerns.

Most teahouses on the Manaslu Trek have hot showers; some may charge an additional fee for this service. There may not be enough hot water for all trekkers at higher elevations with a water shortage, so we advise you to use as little water as possible. Showering at high altitudes is usually impossible due to cold temperatures, especially during the winter.

Meals Availabilities in Manaslu Trek

As you trek at high altitudes around one of the world's tallest peaks, your body will need plenty of carbohydrates and proteins. The food we provide on this trek is simple and sanitary. We encourage hikers to consume local cuisine and delicacies because they are far more hygienic than frozen foods, which take days to get to the trails.

We carefully select the best teahouses to ensure fresh, healthy, and delicious food. We recommend Dal Bhat, a Nepalese dish with enough calories to get you going. The lentils, beans, and pulses soup contain lots of protein and rice for the carbs. Seasonal vegetables will also be served in the guest's home, giving you additional body nutrients.

Additional food items like Momo (dumplings), locally grown Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, and Corn Roti (Bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery products, tea, coffee, garlic soup (a must-have for high altitude), and more are also available on the menu. Buckwheat, millet, and barley are high-fiber, nutrient-dense cereals.

Drinking Water during Manaslu Trek

We strongly support ecotourism; hence, we encourage our travelers to practice responsible traveling. Instead of buying bottled water (which might not be available everywhere), it's best to carry a water bottle and fill it with hot water in teahouses (at a little extra cost).

If you're concerned about the safety of drinking water in your 12 days short trek to Manaslu, feel free to carry a water bottle with a built-in filtration system to fill it with natural water on the way. Get some purifying tablets that you can add to your water to make it drinkable.

Connectivity in Manaslu Trek

Because of the remote location of the Manaslu region, communication at higher altitudes may be difficult. Most teahouses, however, have Wi-Fi connections (probably with limited or spotty coverage) that come with an extra cost to help you connect back home. If you want to use internet services wherever phone signals are received while traveling in Nepal, we recommend carrying an NCell or NTC 4G SIM. The NTC network works better in the Manaslu Larke Pass Region.

Electricity and Battery Recharge

The teahouses in the Manaslu region are equipped with electricity services to charge mobile phones and camera batteries at an additional cost. To be on the safe side, it is always advisable to be well prepared and carry some extra batteries or power banks.

Guide and Potter for Short Manaslu Trek

Since the Manaslu Trek falls under Nepal Government's prohibited areas, it's impossible to trek without a licensed guide. You must also be at least two trekkers in addition to the guide to hike in the Manaslu region. Booking a trip with outfitter Nepal means being accompanied by a professional guide fluent in English. We take trek to the Manaslu Region seriously while also making it enjoyable!

We provide physically fit young potters who will be carrying the baggage of two trekkers. Each potter carries a maximum weight of 20-22 kg, so ensure your individual baggage doesn't weigh more than 10 - 12 kg. You should also bring a small backpack for your essentials, as porters might not always be walking with you.

Short Manaslu Permits Cost

In addition to the usual conservation area permits, hikers require special access to enter the restricted area of the Manaslu Region. In total, one needs the following 3 permits to commence the trek.

Restricted Area Trek Permit for Foreigners: Foreign trekkers in the Manaslu region must obtain a restricted area trek permit. The permit fee is determined by the number of days you intend to stay and the month you plan to visit.

  • Autumn Season (September to November) – US$ 100 per person for the first 7 days and US$ 15 per person per day for the additional days
  • Spring season (March to May) - US$ 75 per person for the first 7 days and US$ 10 per person per day for the additional days
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): The cost is US$ 30 per day, year-round, and there is no limit to the number of days you can stay.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): The cost is US$ 30 per day, year-round, and there is no limit to the number of days you can stay.
FAQsManaslu Trek 12 Days frequently asked questions
  • Each day in the Manaslu Region rewards you with a one-of-a-kind experience. Besides trekking through lush green forests with a stunning view of the Himalayas, you will surely enjoy exploring local villages and getting to know the locals and their unique culture and traditions. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will accompany you on the trek and provide valuable information about the places you visit.

    The day begins with a hot morning cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast, we set out on the day's walk between 7 and 8 a.m., depending on the length and nature of the walk. We will stop for lunch after 3 to 4 hours of trekking, followed by an hour of rest, and the hike continues to the next stop for the night.

    The walk after lunch is typically 2 to 3 hours long. We snack on the extra dietary food and explore nearby places before it gets dark when we arrive at our overnight lodge/tea house/tent. And the cycle continues after a good night's sleep. However, each day is different from the previous day. As you ascend to a higher altitude, the vegetation changes, and so does the village life.

  • What to pack is always a concern when traveling somewhere new. It's always better to be well-equipped while trekking in the Himalayas, and the requirement might change according to weather conditions. So, here's a list of things you should consider packing.

    • Trekking Boots
    • Sandals/Crocs
    • Few pairs of undergarments
    • High-quality down jacket and pant
    • Thermal wears
    • T-shirts and trousers
    • Fleece jacket
    • Backpack or day-pack (depending on whether you hire a potter)
    • Trekking stick
    • A pair of gloves
    • Woolen hat
    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottles and water-purifying tablets
    • Energy bars
    • Face/body wipes
    • Small/medium drying towel
    • Toiletries
  • It's always safe to be aware of how your body reacts to high altitude before embarking on the journey to the Manaslu Circuit. When trekking to Larke la Pass, it's almost certain that you'll experience one or more symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). The human body doesn't function very well at elevations of 3000 meters or higher. You may suffer from altitude sickness due to low oxygen levels and air pressure at high altitudes.

    Some of the symptoms are headaches, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, blurry vision, nausea, difficulty breathing, a rapid heart rate, and weariness. The faster you ascend to a high altitude, the more likely you will experience altitude sickness. The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to ascend gradually. If your symptoms worsen or persist, take a day off or move to a lower-altitude village until your body adjusts.

    Note: Please remember that this information is provided solely for educational purposes to prepare you for trekking in the Manaslu region. It should not be used for diagnostic purposes. Before venturing into the mountains, the trekker must research altitude sickness and how to avoid it.

  • Taking your time to acclimatize is essential for a safe and successful trek. Between ascends and descents, your body needs time to adjust to the changing altitude. A day of acclimatization is the most effective way to adapt your body to rapid altitude changes.

    Adequate acclimatization also helps your muscles to relax and rest a bit after days of walking in the mountains. A hurried trip is not suitable for your body and mind, which is one of the main reasons people fail on the trek. We have one acclimatization day in Sama Gaon on this 12-day Manaslu Trek.

  • Though you don't need any training to trek to Manaslu Region, having a high-altitude trekking experience is a plus point as you'll be hiking above 5000 meters. However, it won't be very difficult for beginners if you're in sound physical and mental health.

    Adding a basic fitness routine to your day, having a healthy balanced diet rich in nutrients, and avoiding drinking and smoking are excellent ways to prepare for the Manaslu trek.

    Some of the activities you might try before the trek are:

    Jogging or running

    HITT workouts

    Dance or Zumba classes

    Yoga and meditation

    Morning or evening walks

  • Bad news for solo trekking enthusiasts, unfortunately, you cannot embark on any treks in the Manaslu region alone. Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around Manaslu Conservation Area, a restricted area that requires a special permit and a licensed trekking guide, in addition to a minimum of two trekkers to trek to the region.

    However, very few people will take this rough, high-altitude trek due to the restrictions, and it is a relatively new trekking destination. So, the 12 Days Manaslu trek Itinerary is a golden opportunity for solitude lovers.

  • Trekking in the Himalayas is a risky adventure, so you must be insured! To participate in any Outfitter Nepal excursions, you must have travel insurance. We recommend you obtain insurance to cover any accidents or medical expenses during the trek. The insurance company covers physical injuries, the use of an air ambulance, misplaced items, legal obligations, helicopter rescues or emergency evacuations, and medical conditions in case of mishaps.

  • At Outfitters Nepal, we take pride in providing the best trekking and expedition experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. We offer the most affordable prices for fully inclusive trips with no hidden costs. We guarantee your safety, happiness, and unforgettable memories of your adventure. We're delighted to be an environmentally conscious trekking company and try to minimize the carbon footprint as much as possible.

    Above all, we've been in the trekking industry for over a decade, so we know what is expected of us, and we're here to fulfill all your expectations. Rest assured that our qualified and friendly guides and potter will take great care of you in the wild Himalayas.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    Marcel TouwStolwijk, Netherlands,November 04, 2023
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    What a beautiful trek

    Outfitter Nepal is a very good organizer for trips. We can truly recommand this company. They are flexibel, organize everything very good and react very quickly with adequate answers on our emails. The Manaslu trek is a very beautiful trek, beautiful nature and kind people. We did the trip with the two of us and guide Kapil and porter Soraj. Both are flexibel, help us when necessary and fix everything on the route. But above all, they are very pleasant people, caring and we had a good laugh (Kapil is also a good dancer). If we ever go back to Nepal we shall try to get Kapil and Soray again.

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