Manaslu Base Camp Trek is one of the recently opened challenging treks in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Walking through the untrodden trails of the Manaslu region one can get the wonderful opportunity to explore the unique culture, tradition, rich biodiversity, scenic beauty, majestic mountain views, and the rural civilization that presents Tibetan Lifestyle. Located on the northern Himalayan range in the Gorkha district of Nepal, Mountain Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world. The Nepal Government gave a trekking permit to the trekkers in 1992.
Undoubtedly during the Manaslu Base Camp Trek, you can experience a wide variety of vegetation, culture, and landscape. Crossing the famous rivers such as Budi Gandaki, Machha Khola, Tharo Khola, Deng Khola, and Ghatta Khola makes your trip to Manaslu more exciting. The cascading waterfalls along the trail of the Manaslu Base Camp are really something that every trekker would love to see. The spectacular views of Mountain Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal range, and several other Himalayan ranges add more adventure to your trek to the Manaslu Base Camp. Further the gleaming forest of rhododendron, blue pine, and bamboo on the way of Manaslu makes each and every trekker feel astonished.
As Mt. Manaslu lies in the east of Annapurna inside the Manaslu Conservation Area one can witness varieties of flora and fauna such as deer, Himalayan Marmots, Pheasant, Raven, Pika and so on. Also due to its close proximity with Tibet, the inhabitants along the Manaslu Base Camp Trek are mostly of Tibetan origin. You will get to experience and explore the Tibetian Buddhist culture, tradition, and lifestyle during the trek to the Manaslu region. The heartwarming hospitality of these local people and the serene environment of the Manaslu region give you eternal happiness. Far from the hustle and bustle, trekking to the Manaslu Base Camp heals one’s mind and soul. However, perfect physical condition is required to do this trek.
The trail to the Manaslu Base Camp also lets you cross the Larkya La Pass which is quite challenging. Although crossing the Larkya La is challenging and requires high stamina, when you reach the top of the pass you will be rewarded with the enthralling views of mountains and glaciers. Before heading towards the Larkya La Pass, you have to stop at Samagaon for acclimatization, At a same time you can visit the Sama Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in the Manaslu region. As Manaslu Base Camp is the main destination of your trek, reaching the Manaslu Base Camp you can relish the captivating views of Birendra Lake and Mt. Manaslu.
Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you can encounter few trekkers in the trekking trail of Manaslu Base Camp which makes the Manaslu Base Camp Trek unique and exciting. If you really want to enjoy the rural life of Nepal then there is no other perfect destination for you than Manaslu Base Camp.
Transportation Facility Available for Manaslu Base Camp Trek
You can start your Manaslu Base Camp Trek by taking the local bus ride from Kathmandu to Arughat or Soti Khola. You can also hire a private jeep ride also. Around 6 hours of the drive-by private jeep from Kathmandu, you can reach Arughat or Soti Khola. The first day of your journey is all about an adventure ride on the bumpy roads. From Soti Khola you can start your trekking on foot. Climbing uphill and descending downhill when you reach Besi Sahar from there you can return back to Kathmandu by local bus. You can also take a private jeep from there.
Challenges for Manaslu Base Camp Trek
Landscape and Distance
Manaslu Base Camp provides a wide variety of terrains. Trekking along the difficult and strangely shaped trails of Manaslu is not an easy task, it requires high stamina and endurance. You have to walk 15-20km per day. The start of the trek is difficult as the trail leads to Budi Gandaki Gorge. You have to walk a lot of uphills and downhills during your trek which makes Manaslu trek more challenging. Moreover, the crossing of Larkya La Pass is really difficult. Not only physically, but you also need to be mentally prepared for the difficulties ahead.
Probability of Getting altitude Sickness During the Trek
The altitude varies along your trek to Manaslu Base Camp. The trek will begin at a lower altitude of 700m at Soti Khola and it takes you to the highest altitude of 5213m, Larkya La Pass. The body of the trekkers experiences a huge change in the surrounding. As altitude sickness is caused at high altitudes starting from 3000m and upward. There is a high risk of altitude sickness. It is important to collect information and prepare yourself against the possible risk of altitude sickness. You have to consult the doctor before commencing your trekking. Further, you should also give enough time for acclimatization during the trek to Manaslu Base Camp.
You should continue your trek with patience and should not have to rush at all. In addition, if you observe any of the symptoms like headache, nausea, shortness of breath, and so on then you have to descend immediately to the lower elevation.
What type of clothing and equipment is required for Manaslu Trek?
The trekking to the Manaslu Base Camp is of multiple days you need to take quality trekking equipment during the trek. It is necessary for you to take the right equipment and clothing so that it can protect you from the cold of high altitude.
You can hire or buy the trekking equipment required while trekking to the Manaslu region. If you decide to hire trekking equipment then it will cost you around 1 to 2 dollars each day. But, if you want to buy new equipment then it will cost approximately 500$ to 800$. Some of the necessary equipment and clothing that you must carry during Manaslu Base Camp Trek are listed below.
Expedition thermal tops
First Aid Kit
An excellent camera
What is the best time for Manaslu Base Camp Trek?
Spring(March-May) and Autumn(September-November) are the best seasons for trekking to Manaslu Base Camp. The stable weather during Spring and Autumn graces trekkers to have a wonderful journey. The blooming colorful flowers throughout the trail makes the trek reminiscing and fascinating.
Avoid the Monsoon season during summer(June-August). The rain and the haze weather in Monsoon makes it the unfavorable season for Manaslu Base Camp trek. Winter is not preferable to do Manaslu Base Camp Trek. However, the trek can still be done from January to February as well with the best sunset and sunrise views from the mountains, but it will certainly be challenging with cold and snow.
What type of accommodation is available during the trek to the Manaslu Base Camp?
You can find a teahouse along the trekking trails of the Manaslu region. Finding a room is not a big deal in Manaslu Base Camp Trek. However, during the peak season, you may have to share a room with other trekkers mainly in Dharamsala. It is because during peak season a large number of trekkers trek this region. Heating is only available in the dining area and foods are available in teahouses. Toilets are normally shared and can be outside of the teahouse. Most of the lodges have hot water for the shower but with an extra cost in using them.
What type of permits is required for Manaslu Base Camp Trek?
As you have to trek through the restricted region, a special permit is required for the Manaslu Base Camp Trek. The cost of the special permit is around $75 per person for one week. The average cost is $10 per person per day. You will also need to carry the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit. It will cost you around $27 per person for each of these permits.
It is also necessary to take a government-appointed trekking guide along with you during your trek to the Manaslu region. If you book Manaslu Base Camp Trek with any of the Local Trekking Company in Nepal then they will arrange all of these permits for you. However, you should be careful while booking the trekking package with the trekking company in Nepal. Among various local trekking company in Nepal, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd is one of the best trekking companies in Nepal which will provide you the Manaslu Base Camp Trek package. Booking this package with Mountain Rock Treks, without any hassle you will get all of these permits. Further, regarding the Guide, Porter guide, and Porter hire in Nepal you needn’t have to face problems as the company will provide you with the licensed and fully trained guide or porter guide for you.
Note:- Minimum 2 people in a group is required for trekking in the Manaslu region.
scenic views of snow-capped mountains like Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (7126m),
Cross the challenging Larkya Pass 5,106m which is the highest point of the trek and traverse to Manaslu Base Camp
Intermingle with the Gurung and Bhutia community and explore the Tibetan culture heavily influenced in the villages like Deng, Namrung, Samdo, and Sama gaon.
Walkthrough lush forest of rhododendron and alpine meadows towards green hills
Get the chance to witness the abundant flora and fauna like Blue Sheep, Thar, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and luckily enough Snow Leopard.
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek.
Day 03:Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep
Day 04:Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)
Day 05:Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
Day 06:Jagat to Deng (1800m)
Day 07:Deng to Namrung (2660m)
Day 08:Namrung to Lho
Day 09:Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
Day 10:Samagaon (rest day) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.
Day 11:Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)
Day 12:Samdo to Larkya Phedi / Dharmashala (4480m).
Day 13:Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m) - Bhimtang
Day 14:Bimthang to Tilje (2300m)
Day 15:Tilje – Chamche (1410m)
Day 16:Jeep drive to Kathmandu a private jeep back to the capital
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at the standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
jeep to go to arughat and back from beshishahar.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map Manasalu Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arrive KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
Day 02Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek.Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley after breakfast. The city tour comprises visits to many Buddhist and Hindu temples (some even listed as world heritage sites) which reflect the local culture and tradition. The sacred Hindu temple - Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple - Swayambhunath, the biggest Buddhist shrine in the world - Boudhanath and Durbar Square are some distinctive attractions of the tour. Overnight at the hotel on the B&B plan.
Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola (710m). Early morning drive to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading, and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughat we take a jeep and drive to Soti Khola which is ideal for the freshwater bath. Overnight stay at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river.
Day 04Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) Soti Khola to Machhi Khola. After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the green Saal forests. Ascending through a ridge overlooking rapids of Budhi Gandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurung village, Lapubesi. Then we continue along the riverbank treading on the sand and rounded stones and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Overnight stay at Machhi Khola.
Day 05Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) Machha Khola to Jagat. We continue the trail along the river. Ascending and descending small elevations, the trail passes through Tharo Khola, Khorlabesi, and eventually reaches a Hotspring - Tatopani. Traversing a ridge and crossing the Budhi Gandaki river, we reach Dovan. We gain elevation which brings changes in view and vegetation alike to reach Jagat. The forest walk could be a surprise meet with Langur Monkeys. Overnight stay at Jagat, a large Gurung village.
Day 06Jagat to Deng (1800m) The trail begins along a rocky ridge with an emerging view of Sringi Himal. We pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to Philim, a Gurung village. Before entering Nupri, we pass through farms growing maize, millet, potatoes, and vegetables. Passing through an uninhabited gorge, and walking on the trails at the bank of Budhi Gandaki, we cross bamboo forests to the Deng river. Overnight stay at a small Deng village beside the Deng river.
Day 07Deng to Namrung (2660m)Shortly beyond Deng, the trail climbs to Rena. After passing some houses, the trail elevates high above the river and then drops into the Sringi valley passing numerous Tibetan Mani lined walls and colorful forest before reaching Namrung. The trail has beautiful views of Sringi Himal and crosses the Budi Gandaki river several times. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Day 08Namrung to LhoWith stunning views of Sringi, Ganesh Himal, the trek starts from Namrung and climbs steadily into the alpine which is blessed with marvelous mountain views. The village of Namrung marks the beginning of the region of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Passing through forests, villages, and barley terraces, the first stunning glimpses of Manaslu gets visible which accentuates at Lho village. We stay overnight at Lho village and enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from the lodge or a gompa.
Day 09Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m) We pass through gompas, Tibetan settlement, and alpine scenery. After a short trek, we reach Sama Gaon where we stop. The retreat is both for rest as well as acclimatization. Its also a day to get acquainted with Sherpa culture and tradition. Set at the foot of the pastures, the village has a distinctive Tibetan architecture which ripens through the 500 years of settlement. Entrance gates to villages are common here, and you can also notice Chinese brandy on sale or see village women weaving wool into gowns. Hike up to a gompa above the town or wander the streets of Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge.
Day 10Samagaon (rest day) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal. Descending to the Budhi Gandaki river and following it towards the north until we reach a bridge, we take a left and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is a 3-4 hours hiking and Birendra Tal is 1-hour hiking, so both can be combined.
Day 11Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls in the valley and leads to juniper and birch forests. Descending back to Budhi Gandaki and crossing a small bridge, we climb to 'Kane', the entrance to Samdo. A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, Samdo is known for traditional yak herding and it depicts the traditional Tibetan lifestyle - rearing sheep and goats, training horses and planting barley.
Day 12Samdo to Larkya Phedi / Dharmashala (4480m). Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m). The walkthrough ridges, crossing wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki continue. After crossing two streams, we come across the Larkya glacier after which a dramatic gorge is reached. Upon climbing to 4450 meters, we reach Larke Phedi where we take shelter in a Dharmashala. The walk is short providing plenty of time for acclimatization.
Day 13Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m) - BhimtangLarkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m). A short climb leads us to the north side of Larkya Glacier. The place provides great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass is gradual in the beginning but steepens towards the end. Stunning panorama of different ranges can be seen from the pass. A challenging day over the high Larkya La. The steep descent from here is strenuous, but its an equally rewarding experience. Bimthang awaits the end of a tough day. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 14Bimthang to Tilje (2300m) With outstanding views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below, the descent from Bimthang crosses over high pasture land, Dudh Khola and rhododendron forest. Karche, 2785 meters is the highest cultivated land in the area which leads to a steep climb over a ridge. The village of Gho is a rest option though better lodges are available at Tilje.
Day 15Tilje – Chamche (1410m) After crossing a ridge and a stone-paved trail, we pass through a beautiful village. Tibetan settlement can be seen along the way. We descend into the Marsygandi Valley and from Dharapani, meet up with the classic Annapurna trail. Walking across Karte village and crossing the Marshyangdi Khola, mani lined walls welcome us to the village of Tal and further move to Chamche. Overnight stay at Chamche.
Day 16Jeep drive to Kathmandu a private jeep back to the capitalDrive back to Kathmandu via Beshishahar. With terrace fields and villages over the hills, we descend through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. The drive from here to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and passes through Beshishahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. In the evening, celebration over the successful completion of the trip is done over dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.