Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Manaslu Circuit

This remote wilderness trek includes a crossing of the dramatic Larkya La pass which high on the northern flanks of Manaslu. Within a few miles of the Tibetan border, the Larkya La links the upper reaches of the Budhi Gandaki Valley with the Marsyangdi valley and is the key to completing the entire circuit of the Gorkha Himal.

Trek Duration
12 Nights/ 13 Days

Max Trekking Altitude
5160m

Trek Grade
Moderate-Challenging

Accommodation
Teahouse

Hours of Walking
6-8 Hours

Area
Manaslu Conservation Area

Group Size
4-8 people

Best Time to go
September – November & March – May

Highlights


  • Remoteness and less crowded trek
  • Stunning views of world’s eight highest mountain - Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Himlung, Annapurna Himalayan Range and many more
  • Secret Valley, Monasteries from 4th to 5th century
  • Larke la pass 5,160m cross - the highest point of the Manaslu trek
  • Tibetan-style Buddhist villages, Gurung, and Nubri people, their lifestyle, and culture
  • Discover the diversified unspoiled ecosystems throughout the trekking trail
  • Manaslu ranges
  • Manaslu region trek
  • Manaslu valley trek
  • Manaslu circuit trek
Trip Details

About Manaslu Base Camp Trek


The Manaslu Base Camp Trek is unspoiled, naturally beautiful remote and amazing trail for the trekkers and adventurers. Trekking through the Manaslu Conservation Area gives an opportunity to observe a vast range of bio-diversities. Manaslu Base Camp Trek offeres you a genuine trekking experience.

Because of its proximity to the border, this wild and beautiful region remained off limits to trekking parties until 1992 and is still considered off-the-beaten trail. Trade with Tibet in this region is still strong, as the people of the Buri Gandaki retain the Tibetan culture of their ancestors.

Mountain Travel Nepal’s founder, Lt. Col. J. O. M. Roberts (Jimmy), was a member of Tilman’s exploratory trek in 1950 when he crossed the Larkya La. Hence, our company has a long standing association with the region that no other trekking agency can match.

The name Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit" and is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Please note that Manaslu Restricted or Special Permits are required to issue from a registered trekking agency for this trek. At Mountain Travel Nepal we take care of all the red tape, leaving you to enjoy this committing, inspiring and adventurous trek.

Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek


Manaslu Circuit Trek is classified as a restricted area in order to regulate tourism in the region. Solo trekkers are not permitted to access the area without the required permits. To obtain the restricted area permit or special permits, you must have at least two persons in your group and be accompanied by a government-registered trekking company. This hike requires three permits (4 if you want to explore the Tsum Valley as well- It will cost USD 30-40 per person for one week). The permit cost is determined by the number of days and the month of the expedition.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)


MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC nationals: NPR.1000 per person (approx. US $ 8)

MCAP Entry Fee for all other nationals: NPR. 3000 per person (approx. US $ 23)

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP)


September – November: US $100 per person for a week and an additional US $15 per person per day from the 8th day and onwards.

December – August: US $75 per person for the first week and US $10 per person per day from the 8th day and onwards.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)


After passing the Larke La (Pass), you enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, where you must obtain the ACAP permit to reach the Dharapani checkpoint.

ACAP Entry Fee for SAARC nationals: NPR. 1000 per person (approx. US $ 8)

ACAP Entry Fee for all other nationals: NPR. 3000 per person (approx. US $ 23)

Note: Entrance fee is not required for children under 10 years of age and is free for ACAP and MCAP.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Drive to Soti Khola (700m) - 7 to 8 hours driving

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by a bus. It is a scenic drive with several picturesque gorges and occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. After exiting the Kathmandu valley we drive along the Pokhara road following Trishuli River until we turn off to heading north following Buri Gandaki to Arughat Bazaar. After Dhading Besi the road is not sealed so it is likely to be quite dusty in the bus so it is a good idea to bring a buff or scarf along with you. The road has recently been built beyond Arughat so these days we continue the drive in the bus or change to local jeeps for the drive to Soti Khola. This village is a better trailhead than Arughat and it saves a day walking along the dusty road.

Day 2: Trek to Macha Khola (930m) – 6 to 7 hours walking

Our route heads northwards following the Buri Gandaki river passing through terraced fields and forests with troops of monkeys. After Soti Khola the trail ascends on the valley sides and then descends later to walk along the river. There is an ascent to the village of Macha Khola.

During the months of both April and October it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 degrees Celsius for the first three days of the trek on the lower area of the region. These dates have been chosen for optimal conditions in crossing the high passes, however please be aware of the hot start to the trek. It is important to bring plenty of water, wear a sun hat and apply sun cream.

Day 3: Trek to Jagat (1,410m) - 6 to 7 hours walking

You follow the Buri Gandaki river climbing up and down a number of ridges passing through the villages of Khorlabesi and Tatopani. After crossing the bridge over to east bank of Buri Gandaki you continue through forest to Dobhan. Further along you cross the bridge over Yaru khola (river) then shortly after cross another bridge over Buri Gandaki over to Jagat village.

Day 4: Trek to Deng (1,800m) - 7 hours walking

After Jagat you cross a bridge over Dudh Pokhari khola (river) then pass through the villages of Salleri and Sirdibas. The trail then descends to cross the bridge over Buri Gandaki to the larger village of Philim. At Philim there is a check point to enter Tsum Valley where our permits will be reviewed. We continue onwards to stay at Deng and enter this village through a Buddhist stone arch known as a Kani.

Day 5: Trek to Namrung (2,660m)- 7 hours walking

A short distance out of Deng, the trail crosses back over the Buri Gandaki onto what is now its north bank near Rana. From the bridge the trail climbs a little before heading west on level ground and passing a large waterfall. Once over a wooden bridge, the trail contours up and out of the canyon and climbs high above the river before dropping into the Shringi Khola Valley. After the suspension bridge over the Shringi Khola there is a steep climb and the trail traverses along the Buri Gandaki as it flows between vertical walls of rock.

After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap through an intricate kani with well-preserved paintings and elegant mani wall. After leaving Ghap, you pass more mani walls on the southern side of the river before heading into some woods. The trail climbs along the river, past a waterfall and continues through deep fir and rhododendron. The trail makes a long climb through bamboo and Rhododendron (locally known as Laligurans) - the national flower of Nepal and finally enters Namrung through another stone archway.

Day 6: Trek to Lho (3,180m) - 4 hours walking

Today is a shorter day as we need to limit our increases in altitude in order to have time to acclimatize. Not long after leaving Namrung we arrive to Banjam with its wide fields. Soon after Banjam the trail steeps as we walk up to the next village of Lihi with a fine view of Ganesh Himal.

A further hour along the trail we arrive to Sho and then followed by another hour to Lho. From this village there are fine views of Manaslu and the Kutang Himal. In the afternoon it would be worth visiting Ribang Gompa overlooking the village as well as exploring the stupas, mani walls and kani gateway.

Day 7: Trek to Samagaon (3,450m) - 4 hours walking

After leaving Lho the next village is Shyala located on a plateau then you cross a bridge over Numla khola. After crossing a boulder field, the trail emerges onto the extensive pastures and fields near Samagaon village. There is a lot to explore, it is a little piece of Tibet with many Gompas and a traditional Tibetan village. In the afternoon you can walk up to Phung Gyen Monastery located on a ridge above the village.

Day 8: Day walk from Samagaon (3,450m)

We spend two nights at Samagaon to help acclimatization. There is a good day walk with views of Mount Manaslu and many others to Manaslu Base Camp or towards Birendra Lake- one of the pristine crystal freshwater lake located at the altitude of 4500 m above the sea level.

Day 9: Trek to Samdo (3,875m) - 3 to 4 hours walking

Follow the Buri Gandaki northwards to a bridge over a side stream where the trail forks: the left leading towards the Manaslu Base Camp, the other passing several Mani walls heads for the Larkya La. The valley widens along an easy trail past juniper and birch forest to the stone huts at Kermo Kharka, then drops off a shelf to cross a wooden bridge and climbing between a fork in the river to a promontory. From this vantage point, one can see the white stone kani marking the entrance to Samdo.

Day 10: Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,470m) - 4 to 5 hours walking

Today we start the ascent to the pass by descending through fields to an old Mani wall and stone arch before dropping to the river and crossing on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar, which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now.

Another Mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail grows steeper, climbing up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000 m. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Larkya Phedi, where there is a small lodge, built to serve travelers crossing the Larkya La which lies now just ahead.

Day 11: Cross the Larkya La (5,160m), trek to Bimtang (3,590m) - 7 to 8 hours walking

The trail starts as a long gentle climb across the moraine, it descends a little to a lake and then becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses to the south of steep grassy slopes. Today we will have our packed lunch and will be served on the way as there are no teahouses nearer the Larkya La or Dharmasala pass. The trail stays on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns, from here the prayer flags marking the pass are visible. Descend to the four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass. On the descent from the pass the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The conditions for crossing the pass vary depending on time of year however in case it is icy we should have micro crampons.

The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at 4,080m. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow, past a Mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimtang at 3,590m.

Day 12: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m) - 7 to 8 hours walking

The trail drops to a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk at 3,430m. The trail improves as it descends to a fork in the river and then follows the river to a stable at 3030m. Not far from here you reach Karche's fenced fields, then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. It makes a descent to the river bank at Gho.

The trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive at Tilje, a large Gurung village. Exit the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river.

Day 13: Drive to Besisahar 3 to 4 hours and again drive to Kathmandu 7 to 8 hours

After the breakfast, our guide will arrange a transfer to Besisahar that will pass through Jagat village as the road is accessible by the vehicle nowadays. You can also trek to Jagat which takes 5 to 6 hours and overnight there.

After reaching Besisahar, we will switch vehicles depending upon the vehicle arrangement to reach Kathmandu. You will get back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon or early evening and our staff will transfer you to your booked hotel here in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 1. Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m) 7 to 8 hours.

Day 2. Trek to Macha Khola (930m) – 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 3. Trek to Jagat (1,410m) - 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 4. Trek to Deng (1,800m) – 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 5. Trek to Namrung (2,660m) – 6 to 7 hours walking.

Day 6. Trek to Lho (3,180m) - 4 hours walking.

Day 7. Trek to Samagaon (3,450m) - 4 hours walking.

Day 8. Acclimatization Day or Day trip Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) and Birendra lake.

Day 9. Trek to Samdo (3,875m) – 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 10. Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,470m) - 4 to 5 hours walking.

Day 11. Cross the Larkya La (5,160m), trek to Bimtang (3,590m) - 7 to 8 hours walking.

Day 12. Trek to Dharapani (1860m) - 7 to 8 hours walking.

Day 13. Drive to Besisahar 3 to 4 hours and again drive to Kathmandu 7 to 8 hours.

Confirmation of booking

All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details.

We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price Increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.
This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.

Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.

Payment conditions


Cost Includes
  • Transportation from Kathmandu/Aru Bazaar/Soti Khola
  • Transportation from Dharapani/Besisahar/Kathmandu
  • Full Board meals a day during the trek Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Trekking accommodation in teahouse during the trek (twin sharing room)
  • Experienced English Speaking, government licensed guide and porter and all their expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation (porter will carry max. 20 kg luggage).
  • All Trekking permit – Manaslu Conservation Area Permit Fee, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit Fee & TIMs card fee
  • Manaslu Region Restricted Trek Permit
  • Personal warm sleeping bag and line
  • First aid kit and duffel bag
  • All government taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek we will book only on your request
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication
  • Entry visas fee for Nepal
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee during the trek
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