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12 days Manaslu Trek

12 days Manaslu Trek

Overview And Highlights

TRIP FACTS

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Accommodation Tea House
Max Altitude 5160m
Best Season Spring/Autumn
Trip Duration 12 days
Trip Grade Strenuous
Meals All inclusive
Group Size Minimum 2 pax

"The Manaslu Trek offers solitude, unspoiled natural beauty, and a remote experience. If you seek seclusion and pristine wilderness, this trek is for you."

"The Manaslu Trek is a challenging adventure with daily treks lasting 5-6 hours, occasionally extending to 8-10 hours during high-altitude passes. It encircles the world's 8th highest mountain, Mount Manaslu (8,163 m), offering spectacular mountain views and unique landscapes. While the journey tests your endurance due to higher altitudes, proper acclimatization at lower elevations is key to success. You'll also face some severe weather conditions, but the experience is unforgettable, leaving you spiritually enriched.

The trek takes you close to the Tibetan border, providing exposure to two different cultures and languages. It's a journey rich in cultural heritage and Himalayan beauty, from subtropical foothills to Tibetan border pastures. The pristine and untouched natural landscape makes this trek feel remote.

The Manaslu Trek is gaining popularity among adventure seekers, offering unspoiled scenery, cultural diversity, and remote lodges, giving you an 'off the beaten track' experience. If time permits, you can explore the untouched Tsum Valley.

The journey begins in Arughat Bazaar, following the Budi Gandaki River to Deng village. The valley narrows, revealing alpine meadows and Tibetan villages beneath the imposing north face of Manaslu. Prayer flags, wheels, and mani stones adorn the paths, leading to Samagaon, the third-largest village. The route heads west, crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,213m) before joining the Annapurna Circuit route and returning to Besisahar.

The Manaslu trek offers mesmerizing geography and cultural experiences. Villagers in the upper Budi Gandaki region, known as Nupri, are Tibetan descendants who arrived in the early 17th century. Upper Nupri's villagers have distinct Tibetan dress and language, maintaining trade links with Tibet. Nupri boasts breathtaking views, especially at the Larkya La Pass, one of Nepal's most stunning alpine passes.

Highlights Of Manaslu Trek

  • Witness the world's 8th highest peak at 8,163m (26,781 ft).
  • Marvel at breathtaking views, an increasingly rugged terrain, and the challenging Larkya-La Pass at 5,100m (16,732 ft).
  • Your trek commences from Arughat Bazaar, following the remarkable Budi Gandaki River to Deng village.
  • Experience seclusion, as this route attracts fewer trekkers, offering pristine, untouched nature.
  • Traverse lush tropical hills adorned with pine and oak forests at lower elevations.
  • Encounter a unique blend of cultures, a harmonious mix of Tibetan and Nepalese mountain communities.

Best Season For Manaslu Trek

  • The best time for this trek is from March to May and mid-September to December, with October being the peak season due to clear skies and panoramic mountain views. Off-peak times have fewer trekkers, providing a more secluded experience. Winter treks are not recommended due to pass closures.

Equipments

The next details will provide you with a basic understanding of what you should carry for the trek. It's crucial not to overlook the necessary items, as they will impact your comfort and safety during the hike. It's just as vital not to weigh yourself down with unnecessary gear during the trek.

  • A pair of half-golves
  • A pair of Woolen shocks
  • A wool jacket or pullover, Water and Windproof shell jackets
  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Windproof and Waterproof Trousers (warmer), Comfortable trekking pants
  • Water Trekking Boots/  Pair of sandals
  • First Aid kits and Medicine
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Sunscreen / Sunglasses / Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Chapstick
  • Camera & Batteries
  • Power adapter and chargers
  • Travel Towel
  • Toiletries

 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

We will either take a public bus or car, stopping along the way for a lunch break. Tonight we will stay at Soti Khola. 

Food
LD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
730

Today our trek begins as we cross the Soti Khola and then trek towards Khorla Besi which lies above the rapids of the Buri Gandaki. The trial continues and passes farmland growing rice before we reach Lapubesi. Along the trail we see the snow-covered ranges making up the Shringi Himal and makes its way down to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge before arriving at Machha Khola. Continuing we find ourselves in the scenic Buri Gandaki Valley and then ascend to Lapu Besi and finally to Khorla Bensi where we stay the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
970

The trail today first takes us to Korsani Village and then follows along the banks of the Buri Gandaki until we reach the Gurung village of Labishe. We follow the trail through the Buri Gandaki Valley with the river beside us and as we progress we have wonderful views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. Tonight we stay at Philim. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1410

As we head on today’s trek of 6 to 7 hours we follow the Budhi Gandaki River towards Chisapani until we reach the junction of Shar Khola and Tsum Valley where they connect with the Budhi Gandaki Valley. We continue through a bamboo forest until we reach Deng. Tonight we stay at Deng.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1804

Today we trek for 7 to 8 hours and on the trail are blessed with some awesome views of Ngadi Chuli Peak (7879m), Hiunchuli (7893m). We pass through the village of Shyala village we continue on the trail passing chortens and Gompas and of course the ever-present prayer flags. From here we emerge from the Thosang Khola and descend across a rugged moraine before reaching Samagaun where we stay the night. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2630

Today we trek for 7 to 8 hours and on the trail are blessed with some awesome views of Ngadi Chuli Peak (7879m), Hiunchuli (7893m). We pass through the village of Shyala village we continue on the trail passing chortens and Gompas and of course the ever-present prayer flags. From here we emerge from the Thosang Khola and descend across a rugged moraine before reaching Samagaun where we stay the night. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3530

At these higher altitudes, it is necessary to get acclimatized, for at least one day, before attempting climbs to higher altitudes. Health specialists suggest that you move about and don’t sit idly. A good way to stay active is to explore the Gompa at Pugyen (4070m), a one day hike that leaves the trail between Syaula and Sama. If time permits, it is possible for you to carry on up this valley to the rugged rocks and terrain of the Pugin glacier. Another option is a trip to the glacial lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and a demanding ascent to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). It is believed that north of Birendra Tal is Milarepa’s Cave (famous Buddha) claimed to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Buddhist saint.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3530

Today the trail descends and heads back to the Budi Gandaki River passing the junction of Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley expands before reaching Kermo Khadka and then continuing to the white Kani Gateway signaling the entrance to Samdo (3860m). If time permits we may trek to the peak above the village for impressive views of Mount Manaslu. If it is necessary to further acclimatize, there is a 6 t0 7 hour trek climbing 640m to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier, where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views towards several passes used by locals to cross over into Tibet.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3875

A relatively short day sees us descending through fields prior to starting our climb towards the Larkya-La Pass, a trek offering dazzling views of Manaslu and the Syacha Glacier, and a likelihood of spotting Himalayan blue sheep on your trek to Dharamsala (4480m). This is as high as we go today without risking altitude sickness. This is the last safe haven before reaching the pass. This sector of the trek is often subject to snowfall and from mid-December to mid-March, when snow blocks the Larkya-La Pass, the Samdo Lodge is typically closed. Your guide will know in advance if the lodge is closed. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4480

A 3 to 5-hour trek will see us cross Larkya-La Pass (5100m) and is the highest elevation on this trek. The climb is wintry and blustery and can often be hazardous, especially if there is snow on the pass. Your guide will check the condition of the crossing before leaving Samdo. The trail passes many cairns that are often covered in snow. It then traverses the moraine to four frozen lakes before ascending to the pass where a majestic number of peaks take your breath away. These include Himlung Himal(7126m), Cheo Himal(6820m), Gyaji Kung(7030m), Kang Guru(6981m) and Annapurna II(7937m). After this fantastic photo opportunity, we descend in a westerly direction along a dangerous track before reaching Taboche where the trail becomes less demanding. The valley gradually opens up and then descends to Bimtang (3720m), one of the many trading posts along the Tibetan salt route. An appealing detour leads to a trail follows a trail above Bimtang to the translucent glacial lake of Pungkar Tal (4100m). 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
5160

Today we descend to Dudh Khola and Soti Khola(2700m) also known as Khare, following a trail directly below the enormous Phunki Peak(6258m). We then take a trail across the ridge heading downhill to the river before reaching Gho village. At this lower altitude, it is noticeable greener as we descend through cultivated fields and forests and take the trail on the north bank of the Dudh Khola before reaching Tilche (2300m) the largest village since leaving Samdo. The village is well known for its flagstone paved streets and the home of Gurung. After passing Tilche through the Kani (gateway arches) we, then cross the stream before reaching Thonje. The trail to Dharapani (1920m) requires crossing a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. We are soon at the junction of the Annapurna Circuit trek where the going gets easier before descending to Bensi Sahar and ultimately Kathmandu. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1910

We leave Dharapani by jeep heading to Besisahar – the final leg of our trek. You will take with you memories that will last a lifetime and photos of some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. We take the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. Tonight we stay in Kathmandu and celebrate with a group dinner where we can share our experiences and plan our next adventure into the Himalayas. 

Food
BL
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop-off service
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trek
  • Three meals a day (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners) during the trek
  • Local bus tickets for transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Trekking guide who speaks English, with insurance, transportation, food, and accommodation included
  • All necessary trekking permits, including ACAP, MCAP, and Manaslu Special Permit
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
  • Use of sleeping bag and duffel bag (if you do not have your own), which must be returned after the trip
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide, including an oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse levels at high altitude
  • All government and local taxes included in the package price

What Is Excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as extra snacks, drinks, and souvenirs
  • Tips for the guide and other staff (tipping is customary in Nepal and it's recommended to tip your guide and porters as a sign of appreciation for their hard work)

12 days Manaslu Trek Altitude Profile

Client Reviews

ALEX MCDONALD MARIAH

United Kingdom

Perfectly executed experience of the Manaslu circuit trek

23rd September, 2023

From start to finish this was a perfectly executed experience of the Manaslu circuit trek. We hadn’t booked prior to arriving in Kathmandu. I met Amish (from Annapurna Encounters) five years ago on my first visit to Nepal where he was very helpful in organising my itinerary. After knowing we were in good hands, we went straight to the office on arrival to plan an itinerary entirely customised to the time we had available and the other things we wanted to do during our 3 weeks in Nepal.
We were able to meet our hugely experienced guide Kumar before setting off to finalise all the plans and trouble-shoot any issues that we might encounter.
Annapurna Encounters team were unfaultable, they organised everything from Kathmandu, to a family visit, our entire Manaslu trek, on to Chitwan and finally transportation to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu without any problems and good contact along the way. They even organised for us to have our own NCell (local) SIM card so that we had internet/contact capacity.

The main reason we ventured to Nepal was for the trekking and we were not disappointed, it was a captivating experience from start to finish thanks to our dedicated guide- Kumar. We carefully selected Manaslu avoid the over-trodden tourist routes and therefore we got the best of rural Nepal, its authentic sights and unforgiving landscapes. Kumar was excellent throughout, ensuring we always had good nutrition, sleep and hydration as well as a firm integration into the Nepali culture. He was thoughtful throughout and in the toughest of climbs, always had a snickers energy boost to hand. Most importantly, he ensured our safety, his 20+ years of experience with these treks was very apparent as he knew exactly how to acclimatise us to the altitude. We can’t thank Kumar enough for making our time here unforgettable!

We would highly recommend the team at Annapurna Encounters to anyone seeking a unique and customised experience of Nepals trekking as they planned us the perfect trip! Thank-you!!

rosalie k

Rosalie k

Australia

Manaslu Trek

9th February, 2024

I had a really good experience with Annapurna encounter on the Manaslu and Tsum valley track. My guide Jit Lama was always in a good mood, calm and helpful. He also changed our plan a bit to be able to visit a hot spring after finishing my track.

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