Manaslu Trekking 13 Days

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Manaslu Trekking
What to see & doSpecific information about Manaslu Trekking 13 Days
  • Duration13 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5106m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transporation
  • Best Season March, April, May, and Sept, Oct, Nov

Manaslu is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. It is equally challenging due to its off-the-beaten trail on the remote Himalayan terrain. This Manaslu Trekking 13 Days Itinerary is designed by experts to show you the best of the Manaslu Region without facing many difficulties. When most itineraries include only one acclimatization day, we've included 2 rest days to help your body better adapt to the increasing altitude. In those 13 days, you'll be trekking for 9 days, acclimatizing for 2 days, and taking road transport for 2 days, which is a perfect combination even for first-time trekkers. Sounds interesting? Let's find out more!

Mt. Manaslu is situated in the west-central part of the Nepalese Himalayas, making it one of the closest popular treks from Kathmandu city. 8-10 hours of drive from Kathmandu in a combination of black-topped and dirt road take you to the starting and ending point of the trek. The bumpy yet scenic ride takes you through the countryside of Nepal, featuring small towns, terraced fields, gushing rivers, lush green hills, and snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Trekking in the Manaslu region was only permitted in 1991, making it one of the newest trekking trails in Nepal. Although it has gained enough popularity in the last 3 decades, it still isn't as popular as other major trekking routes in the Everest and the Annapurna regions, which is actually good news for us as there'll be fewer trekkers on the trail. It is perfect for solitude lovers. The remote location of the trek and simpler facilities along the trail is a dream come true for a true adventurer to enjoy the Himalayas in the most natural form.

Derived from the Sanskrit word "Manasa," which refers to intellect or soul, Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit." Manaslu justifies its name as it tests your spirit. It is not easy to encircle the world's 8th-highest mountain, soaring as high as 8163 meters on foot. But is it even an adventure if it does not push your limits? Imagine the feeling of satisfaction you'll get after overcoming each challenge. Moreover, our trained trekking guides will always be by your side to help you move forward. So, get out of your comfort zone and join us in this Manaslu trekking Adventure of 13 Days.

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Best Features of Manaslu Trekking

  • Off-the-beaten trekking experience in the restricted area of the Nepalese Himalayas
  • Trekking around Mt. Manaslu, the world's 8th-highest mountain peak
  • Traverse through agricultural lands, lush woods, gushing rivers, barren hills, and rocky mountains
  • Crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters
  • Mesmerizing close-up views of Manaslu, Himlung, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, etc.
  • Hike in the stunning landscape and rich vegetation of the Manaslu Conservation Area & Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Witness unique wildlife like Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and even, Snow Leopard
  • Indulge in the simple lifestyle and ancient Buddhist culture of the locals

What to expect from Manaslu Trekking?

Expect endless views of the deep valleys and giant walls of rocky mountains covered with snow. Expect to transport yourself from the concrete jungle to the actual jungle with abundant flora, fauna, and tranquility. But most importantly, expect the unexpected when you're in the Himalayas! Although we follow a certain itinerary, nothing is certain due to the dramatic weather changes in the mountains. But our team is well-prepared for any setbacks and will keep you safe. That being said, let's have a quick look at what it's like to embark on this 13 Days Manaslu Trekking journey.

The excursion starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola in the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Machha Khola is where you start trekking. You walk past small villages, terraced fields, and lush forests, crossing several suspension bridges and interacting with the local Gurungs to reach the alpine landscape with barren fields and snowy mountains. You cross the dreading Larkya La pass at 5106 meters before finally ascending down toward the ending point in Dharapani. You then take a jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar and then swap to a local bus to travel back to Kathmandu.

What does a typical hike day at Manaslu Trekking look like?

Every day is an unforgettable experience in Manaslu. In addition to walking through verdant woods with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, you will appreciate visiting nearby villages and learning about the people who live there and their distinctive culture and traditions. You will be accompanied by a licensed guide on the trip who will share important information about the locations you visit.

A hot cup of tea or coffee in the morning gets the day started. Depending on the duration and difficulty of the route, we leave for the day's hike between 7 to 8 am, following breakfast. After 3 to 4 hours of walking, we will take a lunch break. After taking an hour or two to recover, we will resume our journey to the next overnight stop. The walk after lunch usually lasts between 2 to 3 hours. Some days, we conclude the hike at the lunch place and stay over there. When we reach our overnight lodge, we take a quick rest and gather around the fireplace in the dining hall for some chitchat. After dinner and sound sleep, the cycle resumes the next day again. But every day is distinct from the one before it. The vegetation and village life alter as you climb to a greater height.

Is Manaslu Circuit Trek right for you?

Are you in good physical shape? Do you have the mental strength to cope with the cold environment of the Himalayas? Have you done any high-altitude treks before? If your answer to all 3 questions is "yes," the Manaslu Trekking is right for you. Even if you don't have prior experience, with proper training, you'll be fine for the trek. And by training, we mean cardiovascular workouts, weight lifting, and hiking up and down a hill carrying a backpack. If age is your concern, fear not! You can do this as long as you're physically and mentally fit. If you're trekking with children or senior citizens, we can customize the trip to make it efficient for all.

Major Attraction of Manaslu Trekking

Pyungen Gumba

Pyungen Gumba is an ancient monastery consisting of a Buddhist temple and living arrangements for the monks who live and meditate there. The gumba, situated east of Nubri Valley, is one of the side treks you can do during Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Shyala and Sama Gaon are the nearest human settlements to the gumba. So on the day of acclimatization at Sama Goan, we take a detour to Pyungen Gumba. The round trip of ascends and descends takes about 5-6 hours, so make sure to pack some lunch and water before you leave.

Birendra Taal

Birendra Taal, translating to Birendra Lake, is a turquoise-colored glacial lake near Sama Gaon. The water source of this stunning green and blue lake is Manaslu Glacier. Reaching the lake takes an hour of mostly-flat hiking in the alpine forest. If you don't feel like hiking to Pyungen Gumba on the day of acclimatization at Sama Gaon, you can go to Birendra Lake instead. It's relatively shorter, and the beautiful lake might relax your body and mind.

Manaslu Base Camp

Manaslu Base Camp, located at an elevation of 4400 meters, is another day hike from Sama Gaon. In comparison to Pyungen Gumba and Birendra Lake, Manaslu BC is longer and much more intense as you gain almost 1000 meters altitude rise from Sama Gaon. It's a full-day hike, and we only suggest you go for it if you feel absolutely healthy and have not experienced any symptoms of altitude sickness. Despite the challenges, a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp can be an excellent preparation for Larkya La Pass.

Larke La Pass

Larke La Pass is the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, situated at 5106 meters above sea level. On day 11 of our 13 days Manaslu trek, we start the trek early in the morning to reach Larkya La Pass for sunrise. The glorious sunrise glow over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and other surrounding mountains is mindblowing to watch. Although it's a challenging trek, it gives you the best perspective of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Unique Culture

Hindus and Buddhists coexist in the Manaslu region. You will learn about Hinduism at the beginning of the journey, and as you go along, you will experience the Buddhist culture of the Tibetan descendants who've lived there for a long time. You'll notice many mani walls, monasteries, prayer wheels, and chortens along the path. This area's remoteness has retained its culture and traditions for many years. You get to see the ceremonies that have been performed here for centuries. The residents here are friendly and humble, and they will welcome you with warm smiles.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The 13 Days Manaslu Trekking begins in Kathmandu. You can either take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, departing at 6 am and 8 am, or travel to Arughat on a local bus and then take a local jeep to Machha Khola. We drive via the picturesque mountaintop community of Dhading en route. The road winds through rural areas, little towns, verdant terrace farms, and beautiful hills in a combination of the black-topped and off-road, so be prepared for a dusty and uneven ride. Depending on the route used, it could take 8 to 10 hours to reach Machha Khola, your destination for the day, where you spend the night in a trekking lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 870m/2,854ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 480m/1574ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

It's the first hiking day on our journey to Manaslu. Pumped with enthusiasm, we hit the trail after a delicious teahouse breakfast. The trail begins at Machha Khola and travels through Thado Khola on its way to Khorla Besi. The path twists and turns on the bank of Budhi Gandaki as you walk. After hiking through picturesque villages and taking in stunning mountain views, you arrive in Tatopani, which inhabits a hot spring where you may relax for a while. We cross the Budhi Gandaki River over a suspension bridge to reach Dovan and then continue on to Lauri. A picturesque paved town called Jagat awaits you as you enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. It takes 7 hours of hike to reach Jagat from Machha Khola.

  • Max. Altitude: 1340m/4,396ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 470m/1,542ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 22km/13.7mi

The 7-hour hiking journey from Jagat to Deng begins early in the morning. Today you will cross multiple suspension bridges and pass through the villages of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghatta Khola, decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. The trail enters a deep, barren valley after crossing the river at Eklee Bhatti and then continues through bamboo trees until it reaches Deng Khola. After crossing this river, you'll get to Deng, where you'll spend the night in a teahouse. Gather around the fireplace in the dining to warm yourself and exchange some conversation with fellow hikers.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6,102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1860m/6,102ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

On your way to Namrung today, you will cross Budi Gandaki several times. You will pass by historic gompas and a breathtaking mountain view along the way. At some point, you'll reach a suspension bridge from which you can observe the Budhi Gandaki squeezing under a purely natural stone arch. The trail is a bit risky as you pass by landslide areas. We have lunch at Ghap and continue our hike to Namrung. After an uneven path and a steady ascent up a spectacular stone staircase, we reach Namrung. It is an 8-hour hike in total. In Namrung, you'll find some of the best mountain lodges, tea houses, and restaurants on the trail, so spoil yourself with some delicious food and WiFi before hitting the trail again the following day.

  • Max. Altitude: 2900m/9,514ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1040m/3,412ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

You begin today's hike from Namrung by observing the simple lifestyle of the Nubri people influenced by Tibetan Buddhism as you walk past mani walls and prayer flags. The countryside trail featuring terraced fields leads to the thick forest of Rhododendrons, Oak, and Fir and then an uphill climb to Lihi and Sho. On the way, you'll meet locals in their traditional Tibetan attire. You walk on a rocky trail by the side of a hill to reach Lho, which is your destination for the day. Enjoy the excellent vistas of the Manaslu mountain from Lho. As the altitude rises over 3000 meters today, we only hike for 3 - 4 hours to gradually acclimatize.

  • Max. Altitude: 3180m/10,433ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 550m/1,807ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/4.97mi

After having breakfast at the teahouse in Lho, we begin the hike to Sama Gaon. It's an easy walk in the rhododendron and pine forest until Shyala. Shyala village is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, including Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier up ahead, and Ganesh Himal to the far right. Enjoy the view as much as you can because the mountains fade as you approach Sama Goan, surrounded by yak pastures. Arriving in Sama Gaon brings an end to your day's tour of 3 - 4 hours.

  • Max. Altitude: 3530m/11,581ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 350m/1,148ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

To adjust well to the increasing altitude and decreasing Oxygen level in the air, we take an acclimatization day in Sama Gaon. Please take the acclimatization seriously even if you haven't experienced any symptoms related to altitude sickness yet. However, a rest day doesn't mean staying under the blankets the entire day. You need your body to move, so a short day hike is recommended. You can get a packed lunch and hike to Pungyen Gumba situated in the east of Nubri Valley. Or, if you feel adventurous enough, you can hike past the Birendra Taal up to the Manaslu Base Camp and return.

  • Max. Altitude: 3530m/11,581ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 340m/1,115ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 10km/6.2mi

Today, we start the hike along yak pastures after breakfast in Sama Gaon. As the valley widens, we'll come across a few more mani walls. The spectacular mountain views along this journey will take your breath away. We descend further and cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki before soaring upward to a spot where the river divides into two forks. We'll proceed till we reach Samdo village after passing through a stone archway. At Samdo, where we also spend the night, we have lunch. The 4-hour trip to Samdo is over, and the rest of the day is yours to do as you choose.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12,664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 330m/1,083ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

It's a rest day again at Samdo. As a day trip, we hike up to the Tibetan border, from where you can see different mountainous parts of both Nepal and Tibet. Along the way, you can see a herd of yaks grazing in the meadows. Once you're at the border, you can get fantastic pictures of a massive serac near the top of Samdo Glacier. You can also frame blue sheep, picas, and marmots in the appropriate season.

  • Max. Altitude: 3860m/12,664ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

After a delicious Tibetan breakfast in Samdo, we begin to walk through the Larke Bazaar, a seasonal Tibetan market. As you start your hike, you pass the wooden bridge and two streams while spotting the Larkya Glacier. You will continue the trek to cross the Salka Khola Valley, after which you'll get to Dharamshala, also known as Larkya La Phedi (base of Larkya La Pass). You walk past a few old-fashioned monasteries on the route. It takes 4 hours to reach Larkye La Phedi, where you have lunch, relax in the evening and spend the night amidst breathtaking mountain views and blue sheep grazing on bare hillsides.

  • Max. Altitude: 4460m/14,632ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/1,968ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 11km/6.8mi

Today's walk will be strenuous as you pass Larkya La Pass, the route's highest point at 5106 meters. We set off early in the morning on our journey. The trail leading to the summit of Larkye La Pass ascends along a steep and meandering terrain. We reach the pass summit just in time for the sunrise and witness the mindblowing Himalayan sunrise over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and many more snow-covered mountains. To get to Bimthang, you must descend a rocky, icy trail. The 8-hour trip to the top and down the other side is exhausting yet fulfilling. We stop in Phedi for lunch and stay the night in Bimthang.

  • Max. Altitude: 5160m/16,929ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 700m/2,297ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1570m/5,150ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 8-10 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi

On the last hike day of your Manaslu trekking journey, you leave Bhimthang and proceed to traverse a high grassland before descending the Burdin Khola valley. You descend to a rhododendron woodland after crossing a bridge across the Dudh Khola's headwaters and continue on the trail through a little valley until you reach Karche, the highest cultivated land in this valley at 2,785 meters. After crossing a water stream, you arrive in Tilje. From there, it takes an hour of incline to reach Dharapani. Today's hike takes 7 hours from the moment you check out of your lodging in the morning until you're at Dharapani.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6,102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1730m/5,676ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 20km/12.4mi

Your 13 days trek to Manaslu Circuit ends today. On the last day, we ride a local jeep from Dharapani to Beshishar and then take a local bus to Kathmandu. It will take you a long, tiring drive of almost nine hours to return to the busy streets of Kathmandu.

Note: Permit preparation for this restricted region takes a full day. You need a total of 4 different permit documents, which we'll cover later. Therefore, you must turn in your passport and visa one day before the start of your trip.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4,429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 510m/1672ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Manaslu Trekking 13 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Transport by local bus and jeep from Kathmandu to trailhead and back
  • Restricted area permit, conservation area entry permit, and TIMS card
  • Accommodation in mountain lodges and teahouses 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
  • 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 260 each porter and 1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Personal expenses like snacks, energy bars, drinks, etc., during the trek
  • 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 13 days Manaslu trekking 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 $260. 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 Machha Khola in a Private Vehicle: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (the starting point of the trek) in a private jeep for an additional cost of $220. 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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Starts:WEDNESDAYJUL 31, 2024
Ends:MONDAYAUG 12, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$899
  • We have set departure dates for the Manaslu Trekking 13 days, 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 13 Days Manaslu trekking 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

Maximum Altitude

The Manaslu region, which borders Tibet, is located high in Nepal's northern Himalayan region. You hike in the Manaslu Conservation Area, which has an elevation range of 600 meters to 8,163 meters at the summit of Mt. Manaslu, Nepal's eighth-highest peak. However, the maximum altitude of Manaslu Trekking is 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) above sea level at Larkye La Pass.

Trek Difficulty

Manaslu is a difficult trek. Being fortunate enough to have nature on your side is a matter of luck because a variety of variables, such as weather, temperature, and altitude, significantly influence the difficulty level.

The trekker's physical condition also determines the difficulty level. For first-timers on the Himalayan trail, this trek might be really difficult. The course has many ups and downs, some of which can be slippery, steep, rocky, and rock-filled. Physical preparedness and excellent health are absolutely important for this voyage. Prior to starting your adventure, be sure to engage in some physical activity. Cardio workouts, such as running, jogging, or dancing, help you strengthen your core.


A road connects the Manaslu trekking route's beginning and ending places to the capital city. Transportation from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, where the trip begins, is included in our package. It can be a little out of your comfort zone since the trip lasts 8–10 hours and is on rough, partially black-topped, and off-road terrain. We also take care of your transportation back from Dharapani to Kathmandu after the completion of the trek.

For an extra US$460, we can organize a private jeep to transport you from Kathmandu to Machha Khola for a more pleasant journey.


This 13-day Manaslu Trekking offers modest lodges and teahouses, depending on the elevation. Lodges are more prevalent at lower altitudes, while in the higher region, teahouses are. The teahouses offer cozy beds with mattresses, pillows, warm blankets, and facilities like cold or hot showers (for an additional fee) and free Wi-Fi (when available). Typically, two persons share a small room with 2 beds. You won't have to worry about lodging if you book a trip with us. Our trip package includes all the necessary lodging and dining options.

Washrooms and Toiletries

You can find an attached bathroom with a western toilet in the lower part of the trek. However, it's preferable if you're comfortable using shared facilities with Asian-style squat toilets because high elevations make it difficult to find private attached bathrooms. For reasons of hygiene, bring your own toiletries.

On the Manaslu Trek, the majority of teahouses have hot baths; some may charge extra for this service. We encourage you to use as little water as possible because there could be water scarcity at higher elevations. Since it's so cold up there, especially in the winter, taking a shower is typically not an option.


Your body will require a lot of carbohydrates and proteins while you trek at a high altitude. We offer healthy nutrition during this trek. We advise hikers to eat the local specialties because they are far more hygienic than frozen foods, which must travel days to reach the routes. To ensure that the cuisine is fresh, healthy, and delicious, we carefully choose the top teahouses. We advise the Nepalese meal Dal Bhat, which has enough calories to keep you going. The lentil, bean, and pulse soup is rich in protein and offers rice as a carbohydrate. Seasonal vegetables will also be served, providing you with additional nutrients for your body.

On the menu, you'll find additional dishes such momo (dumplings), locally produced barley, buckwheat, millet, and corn roti (bread), noodles, sandwiches, bakery goods, tea, coffee, and garlic soup (essential for high altitude). Barley, millet, and buckwheat are cereals that are rich in fiber and nutrients.

Drinking Water

We firmly believe in eco-tourism, so we request all of our guests to travel responsibly. We prefer carrying a water bottle and filling it with hot water at teahouses rather than purchasing bottled water, which may not always be readily accessible. You can also bring a water bottle with a built-in filtration system and fill it with natural water en route if you are worried about the safety of the water provided at tea houses. Or purchase some water-purifying tablets so you can purify the water before drinking.

Guides and Potters

It is forbidden to trek without a certified guide in Nepal after a recent amendment in the rule. In addition, the Manaslu Trek comes under the Nepal government's list of restricted places. So, you must be at least two trekkers in addition to the guide to hike in the Manaslu region. If you book the trip with us, we will provide you with an experienced guide to accompany you.

We also offer two physically active young potters who will be responsible for transporting the gear of two trekkers. A potter can carry a maximum of 20 kilograms, so make sure your personal luggage doesn't weigh more than 10 kg. Additionally, since porters might not always be walking alongside you, you should bring a small daypack for your essentials.

Permits Required

For the Manaslu Trek, which lies under restricted regions, hikers require special access in addition to the standard conservation area permits. The following 4 permits are required for each hiker in order to start the trail.

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

Restricted Area Trekking Permit

We take care of all the paperwork and permits for you, and the price of our package includes the permit fees as well. So you can travel without worry.

Packing List

Bring only what is necessary. Carrying heavy loads at such heights for weeks will be challenging for both you and the potters. Make sure your luggage doesn't weigh more than 10 kilograms.

Here is a list of some gear you'll need to make your travel more convenient:

  • Trekking boots
  • Sandals/Crocs
  • A few sets of undergarments
  • Good quality down jacket and pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Thermal suit
  • T-shirts and pants
  • Warm woolen clothes for the night
  • Trekking stick
  • One pair of gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle with purifying tablets
  • Toiletries
  • A medium-sized towel
  • Energy bars
  • Basic medications
  • Raingear
FAQsManaslu Trekking 13 Days frequently asked questions
  • The best times to trek to Manaslu are spring (March, April, and May) and fall/autumn (September, October, and November). Red rhododendrons and other lovely wildflowers blanket the lower Himalayas in the spring. The days are nice and warm. The breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and verdant hills are unmatched. After the monsoon, autumn arrives, with the sky looking clearer than ever. Again, the temperature and weather remain mild, with fewer prospects for snow and rain.

  • Annapurna Circuit is an equally beautiful trekking destination. The only difference is that Manaslu has off-the-beaten trails with so much fewer hikers and is more remote than Annapurna. So, Manaslu provides an authentic trekking experience. If you want to wander in the remote Himalayas with fewer people and more nature, Manaslu is the one for you.

  • Unfortunately, solo trekkers aren't allowed in the Manaslu region. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is a restricted area that needs special permission, a certified trekking guide, and a minimum of two trekkers to trek. It is a relatively new trekking location, so very few people choose this difficult, high-altitude journey. Therefore, you don't have to deal with the crowd.

  • Altitude sickness, also referred to as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a matter of worry for hikers trekking above 3000 meters. Although each person is affected differently, common symptoms of AMS include headaches, shortness of breath, exhaustion, lightheadedness, and loss of appetite. By drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet, the symptoms can be controlled. The patient should be immediately transferred to a lower elevation if their health worsens. In dire situations, the patient will be airlifted to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

  • Enough acclimatization, a nutritious diet, constant hydration, and an appropriate amount of sleep work best to prevent AMS. Alcohol is your enemy while ascending as it dehydrates your body, so avoid it at any cost.

  • There may be times when you must be rescued by a rescue helicopter when trekking in the high Himalayas because of a natural disaster or an urgent medical emergency. Travel insurance is extremely beneficial in these situations. Therefore, travel insurance has become a must for the Manaslu Trek. Ensure that your insurance covers helicopter rescues.

  • Communication may be challenging due to the Manaslu region's remote location. However, some teahouses offer Wi-Fi connections (usually with patchy or limited coverage) for an additional fee. We advise bringing an NCell or NTC 4G SIM if you plan to use internet services anywhere phone signals are received. The Manaslu Region has improved NTC network performance than NCell.

  • You can charge your devices' batteries in the tea shops you pass along the journey for a small cost. The tea house where you spend the night might offer the service for free. Solar energy enables both room lighting and battery recharge. A power outage could happen due to low amounts of sunshine. Carrying extra batteries or a power bank is the best option. As batteries drain more quickly in the cold, use your devices sparingly and keep them close to your body to keep them warm.

  • The streets of Thamel are lined with shops that provide trekking supplies. You can get anything at Thamel, including trekking poles to rain gear. The cost is also very affordable in contrast to the one in your country. Don't expect incredible quality, but they're suited for the Himalayan environment. For occasional trekkers, renting trekking equipment can be a terrific option.

  • Yes. Our trek package includes overnight stays in a mountain lodge and three simple meals each day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). However, snacks, drinks, tea, coffee, and other extra costs, are your own to bear. Bring some cash with you because the remote lodges do not accept other payment methods. As foreign currency is not accepted, please bring Nepalese rupees.

  • There aren't any ATMs along Manaslu's trekking routes. The best action is to withdraw money from Kathmandu before leaving for your adventure. If you've brought cash from your country, make sure to exchange them for Nepali rupees before the trek.

  • It surely is. We are flexible enough to accommodate any modifications to your schedule and trip itinerary as long as you reserve a private trek. If you're inexperienced, we can go slowly and extend the trip by a few days. We can also accommodate your request to forego the cost of the potters if you carry your own bag. However, the group departure trips cannot be altered because doing so might be unfair to other group members.

  • At Outfitters Nepal, we provide fully inclusive excursions at the most reasonable prices possible with no additional fees. Your security, joy, and priceless memories of your experience are guaranteed. We take pride in being an ecologically responsible trekking company and work hard to reduce our carbon footprint.

    Above all, we are here to meet all of your expectations because we have been in the trekking business for more than ten years and know what is expected of us. You can be sure that our knowledgeable, cheerful guides and potter will look after you very well in the untamed Himalayas

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    JoannaPoland,April 05, 2023
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    Wonderful experience!

    Outfitter is providing very professional services. We did Manaslu Circuite Trek with amaizing guide Balla. trek was pritty challenging but extremely rewarding. Beautiful views, outstanding nature and wonderful Nepali comapanions made it so special. We felt very safe under Balla's care. He was clearly explaining every day of the trek so we knew what to expect. His great sense of humor, knowledge and experience helped us overcome Larke Pass adventure. We wholeheartedly recommend Outfitter as a company, Balla as a guide and suprtive potters. Everyday was executed according to the plan with respect to weather but same time whole Team was open to changes. Outfitter was was a VERY good choice. We are very greatfull!

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