Manaslu trek all inclusive 18 Days
Duration: 18 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5200 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
According to Government Rules, the Manaslu circuit trek is not possible for single trekkers, a group minimum of 2 is required.
The Manaslu massif is located north of the city of Ghorka, next to the Annapurna mountain range. This Manaslu trek is just as varied as the Annapurna circuit trek. The great advantage of the Manaslu Circuit is that you can hike through a tranquil region. As a trekker, you are obliged to hire a guide and only a registered trekking agency may issue a trekking permit for you. Due to this measure, many backpackers stay away from this circuit. Therefore this region maintains more of its authentic and spectacular character.
The Manaslu trek begins and ends amongst the green rice fields. In between, you pass wild gorges, waterfalls, and subtropical forests and eventually you pass the Larkya La pass at 5200 meters altitude. This is situated in a desolate landscape of rocks, snow and ice. After this high mountain pass, you will descend down to the warmer region of the rice fields. You finish the trek on a small part of the Annapurna Circuit.
The Manaslu trek itinerary begins with a day drive to Macha Khola which is situated 35 kilometres from Ghorka. For the last kilometres you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the little village of Macha Khola, you will hike through small villages and open wide trails. Here it is warm and tropical and you will pass through several bamboo forests. The closer you get to the swirling Burhi Gandaki, the more you walk into a gorge. Once into the canyon, you will hike past high rock walls and beautiful waterfalls. You cross the Burhi Gandaki river regularly by suspension bridges, and during other parts of this trek, you will hike right beside the river. The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed a critical part of the trail. This section of the Manaslu trek was restored by donations from foreign foundations in 2016. A 200 meters steel cantilever pathway has been built, and both trekkers and locals can safely travel along the trail again. Eventually, you hike out of the gorge and the valley opens up to you. In the landscape, you can see obvious signs of the local Buddhist culture. You will notice this when you pass by the characteristic Buddhist mani walls, and Buddhist chortens. More and more the snowy mountain peaks are showing themselves. Starting from the village of Samagoan the mountain slopes are overgrown with birch and juniper. From here on it is still a couple of days of hiking to the Larkya La pass. From Larkya Phedi you will leave early in the morning with your guide to climb the high pass. While crossing Larkya La you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalaya peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the Larkya La, the Manaslu trek descends steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced by the warm forests of rhododendron. Once descended the last part of the Manaslu trek follows the trail of the Annapurna Circuit. Back in Kathmandu you will enjoy one day of souvenir shopping or visiting one of the cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 01 Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop of 3* Hotel in Thamel
Day 02 Free day at leisure Kathmandu; preparations for permits
Day 03 Private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar (930 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Deng (1800 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Ghap (2160 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day at Samagoan for acclimatization. Optional day hike to Birendra Lake (3760 m) or Pung Gyen Gompa (3870 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Tal (1700 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Syange (1080 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 16 Drive by jeep to Besisahar, and tourist bus to 3* Hotel in Thamel Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
Day 17 Free day at leisure Kathmandu
Day 18 Pick up hotel and drop off Kathmandu International Airport
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
-Pick up & drop of Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar; local drive Syange to Besisahar; tourist bus Besisahar to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive to start and end trek
-4 nights in 3* Hotel (including breakfast) in Thamel in Kathmandu
-14 nights in teahouse room during trek. Shared room for 2 persons; couples or same gender in one room
-Sleeping bag during trek
-3 meals per day; breakfast/ lunch/ diner & tea/ coffee/ hot water
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage; max. 12 kg per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide & porters
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-ACAP (Annapurna area) fee, MCAP(Manaslu area) fee, Manaslu trekking permit and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunches & diners in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, deserts, snacks, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porters