KATHMANDU - ARUGHAT - SOTI KHOLA - JAGAT - NAMRUNG - SAMAGAON - DHARMASALA - BIMTHANG - DHARAPANI
Why Manaslu Trekking?
- Variety of terrain, from lush forests to high mountain passes.
- Breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
- Unique culture of the local people.
- Diverse wildlife of the area.
- Relatively safe trek with experienced guides and porters.
- Unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after returning home.
- Opportunity to experience Buddhist culture and Tibetan influences.
- Chance to observe diverse wildlife.
- Explore traditional Nepalese cuisine.
- Tailor your trek to suit different levels of experience.
- Variety of accommodation options, from teahouses to camping.
- Climb to the highest point of the trek, at 5,160m.
Manaslu Trekking Overview:
The Manaslu Trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. With an independent guide, you have the freedom and flexibility to create your own itinerary and travel at your own pace. The trek starts from Arughat Bazaar and takes you through lush green forests, traditional villages, and remote mountain regions. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and hospitality of the local people, and see breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including the eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu.
As you hike along the trail, you'll cross several suspension bridges, trek through narrow gorges, and traverse high-altitude passes, such as the Larkya La Pass, which is one of the highlights of the trek. On this pass, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal.
The trek ends at Dharapani, where you can continue on to other destinations in the Annapurna region or return to Kathmandu. With an independent guide, you have the ability to customize your trek to suit your interests, abilities, and schedule. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a first-time trekker, the Manaslu Trek with an independent guide is an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful and remote regions of Nepal.
Physical fitness and Acute Mountain sickness(AMS):
Physical fitness is important for successful and enjoyable trekking in high altitude areas like Manaslu. A good level of fitness helps one to handle the physical demands of trekking, such as carrying a heavy backpack and hiking for several hours a day. However, even physically fit individuals can suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to acclimate to the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes. Symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath. To reduce the risk of AMS, it's recommended to gradually acclimate to the altitude by taking rest days and gradually increasing elevation, and to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If symptoms persist, it's important to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention.
Ideal Climatic Conditions for Manaslu Trekking: A Guide to Spring and Autumn Weather
The weather and temperature in Manaslu Trekking during spring and autumn months is ideal for trekking. During these seasons, the temperature ranges from 10°C to 20°C, making it pleasant for trekking and enjoying scenic views. The skies are generally clear, offering stunning views of the mountains. The trails are not too crowded, and the weather conditions are favorable for trekking. If you're planning a trip to Manaslu, consider visiting during spring or autumn for a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.
A Comprehensive Guide to Food, Lodging, Safety, and Challenges of Manaslu Trekking:
Food: Food is available throughout the Manaslu Trek, with local teahouses offering a variety of delicious Nepalese cuisine. Traditional dishes such as Dal Bhat (a lentil soup with rice) and Thukpa (a noodle soup) are common, and tea and coffee are also available.
Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local teahouses along the trek. These provide comfortable beds and private rooms, as well as hot showers. Teahouses are generally equipped with basic supplies and amenities, but it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag and toiletries.
Difficulty Level: The difficulty of the Manaslu Trek varies depending on the route taken. Generally, the trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty and is suitable for those with some trekking experience. The highest point on the trek reaches an altitude of 5,160m, and the total distance covered is around 120km. It is important to be prepared for the variable weather conditions and the physical demands of the trek.
Manaslu Trekking Outline
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Airport,
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. 7 Hrs,
Day 03: Trek to Soti Khola (5,50 m.)- 6 Hrs,
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (8,85 m.)- 6 Hrs,
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1,350 m.)- 6 Hrs,
Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1,860 m.)-7 Hrs,
Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2,625 m)-6 Hrs,
ay 08: Namrung to Lho-gaon (3,100 m.)-4 Hrs walk,
Day 09: Lhogaon to Samagaon (3,400 m.)-4 Hrs,
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon,
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3,690 m) 4 to 5 Hrs,
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4,480 m)- 5 Hrs,
Day 13: Cross Larkya La (Pass) (5135 m) then trek to Bimthang (3,59o m.)-7 Hrs,
Day 14: Bumthang to Dharapani (1,860 m.) 6 to 7 Hrs,
Day 15: Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besishahar- 8 Hrs,
Day 16: Depart way Home.
- Airport Pickup & Drop by private Transport,
- Transportation for trekking by local Bus(private transport will cost you extra), you have a choice,
- 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast,
- 3 times meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner),
- All the necessary Permit of the Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna permit, and TIMS card,
- Profesional Manaslu trekking guide who can speak good English and got a license,
- Strong local Porter(2:1 Porter),
- Emergency helicopter managements.
What's not included?
- Your Travel Insurance,
- International airfare/Domestic airfare,
- Items of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Laundry etc,
- Nepal entry visa fee,
- Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of the temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley,
- Lunch and Dinner in the city,
- Tip for Guide and Porter after your trek which is highly expected.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrival Kathmandu Airport
30 Minute Drive Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hotel in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our team will pick you up and provide transportation that is appropriate for the size of your group. Once you arrive at your hotel, you will then be able to prepare for your trek and make any necessary payments. After that, you will be ready for the trek.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
7 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tea House/Lodge
To go trekking in Manaslu, you need to drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. The drive is approximately 5-6 hours, depending on the road conditions. The route passes through many small villages and beautiful countryside, so you have the opportunity to explore the local culture and scenery. Once you arrive in Arughat Bazaar, you can start your trekking journey and explore the Manaslu Region.
Trek to Soti Khola (550 m.) Approximate
6 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Local Lodge
After a delicious breakfast, you'll be ready to start your trek to Soti Khola. It's sure to be an exciting day as you explore the village life, nature, and the local people. You'll be walking on mostly flat terrain, passing through traditional houses, subtropical forests, and green, lush vegetation. The scenery will include terrace fields of rice and corn and other crops. The trek should take around 5-6 hours, and when you reach Soti Khola, located on the banks of the Budi Gandaki river, you'll be able to rest and spend the night. Along the way, you may even have the chance to stop off at local tea houses, where you can sample some of the delicious local cuisine and learn more about the culture and customs of the region.
Trek to Machha Khola (885 m.) About
6 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Lodge
Today is sure to be a lovely day of walking, with many zigzag paths and trails. As you explore the forests, terrace fields, local people, valleys, and traditional houses, you may even encounter some Tibetan and Mongolian inhabitants. After passing through the village, you will have to walk a zigzag path before arriving at Machha Khola, where you will be able to experience the thrill of crossing suspension bridges and cliff sides. At the end of the day, you'll rest at a lodge, ready to take on the next leg of your journey.
Machha Khola to Jagat (1350 m.)
About 6 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Local Tea House
Today, start by following the small trekking path to Thado Khola and continue to Khorlabeshi. Expect uphill and downhill sections, then reach Tatopani where you can bathe in a natural pool to refresh yourself. Trek to the ridge of the hill and cross the suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki, but be cautious of dangers such as landslides and isolated areas, it's best to walk in a group with a guide. After crossing the bridges and ridge, you'll arrive at Jagat where you'll spend the night.
Jagat to Deng (1860 m.) Approximate
7 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Lodge
Your initial villages will be Salleri and Sirdibas, then the trail leads to Ghatte Khola which requires crossing a long suspension bridge to reach the large Gurung community in Phillim. Some travelers choose to stay at Phillim instead of Deng. Today, your walk will take you through the valley with bamboo trees, rocky trails, and suspension bridges until you reach Deng village where you will spend the night at a local base lodge.
Trek to Namrung (2625 m).
6 Hrs Walk Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tea House
Your initial walk is an easy start, then the path goes over a bridge to the other side of the river and climbs up to Rana. After a short walk from Rana, you will reach the wide west valley of the Gandaki river. Most of the time, the trail goes through forests and past the colorful Mani walls of Buddhism, as well as some monasteries. Finally, you will reach Gap, a great spot to view the high mountains like Ganesh Himal, Siring Himal, and Hiuchuli. The trail continues through the valley before the last uphill section takes you to Namrung village, where you will spend the night.
Namrung to Lho-Gaon (3100 m.)
4 Hrs Walk Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Lodge
Today is a windy day, and you're headed towards the high Himalaya region. Your journey starts with a steep hike, which leads you to Lihi, a tranquil area known for its Chortens and diverse crops. The stunning green landscapes give you the energy to keep walking, and after a while, you'll reach Simpang, a small but charming place. Finally, after more walking, you'll arrive at Lho Gaon where you'll spend the night at a local lodge.
Lhogaon to Samagaon (3400 m.)
4 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Lodge
Your initial steps of the hike bring you to Ayala village, followed by a walk to Sama village, which boasts stunning views and is a photographer's delight. The breathtaking beauty of Mt Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other peaks, along with the massive glacier, can be seen from here. You will spend the night in Samagaon.
Acclimatization day at Samagaon
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Lodge
Today is your rest day, but if you're feeling up to it, you can visit Birendra Tal, a beautiful and awe-inspiring pool surrounded by high mountains. Note that this excursion is recommended only for experienced and physically fit trekkers, as it can be a long walking day. If you prefer a shorter excursion, consider visiting Nun Gompa, a nearby destination where you can learn about the traditions and lifestyles of Himalayan Buddhists. After your trip, you'll return to your hotel and spend the night there.
Samagaon to Samdo (3690 m)
4 to 5 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tea House
Today is another day full of adventure, with stunning scenery along the way. You'll continue following the gorgeous Gandaki valley and cross a bridge to the other side. The peaceful journey takes you through a juniper forest, and as you trek on, you'll pass by some small tea houses and descend hills until you reach Samdo. For the night, you'll be staying in a tea house in Samdo.
Samdo to Dharmasala (4480 m)
5 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hotel
Today's hike begins with crossing a wooden bridge over the Gandaki river, leading you to a ridge where you'll walk upwards and marvel at the mountain glaciers. The trail to Dharmasla isn't the longest, but due to the altitude, it's important to take plenty of breaks and drink warm water. After a 5-hour journey filled with zigzag paths, you'll reach Dharmasla where you'll either stay in a lodge or a tent, depending on the room availability as there are only a few small lodges. During high season, you may need to stay in a tent belonging to the hotel.
Cross Larkya La (Pass) (5135 m) then trek to Bimthang (3590 m)
7 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tea House
It's important to start your walk as early as possible today as it will be a long hike. You'll ascend steeply on a rocky trail to reach Lara Pass, facing strong winds along the way. Upon reaching the top of Larke Pass, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of snowcapped mountains such as Mount Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Lara Peak, the Himalayas, and many peaks over 5000m. After crossing the Lara Pass, the trail steeply descends on a rocky path and takes you past beautiful icy lakes. The trail then leads you to Bhimtang, a Buddhist area where you can see Mani walls, Buddhist art, and experience the local culture. You'll spend the night in Bumthang.
Bumthang to Dharapani (1860 m.)
6 to 7 Hrs Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tea House
The trek from Bumthang to Dharapani (1860m) is a scenic journey through the heart of the Himalayas. The trail begins in Bumthang and takes you through lush forests, past rolling hills, and across rushing rivers. As you hike, you'll have the opportunity to admire the stunning mountain scenery and witness the local culture and traditions of the communities living in the area. You'll also pass by traditional villages, prayer flags, and monasteries along the way, providing you with a glimpse into the rich history and spiritual significance of the region. The trek ends in the charming village of Dharapani, where you can rest and recharge before continuing on your journey.
Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besishahar
8 Hrs Breakfast Hotel in Kathmandu
Today marks the conclusion of your mini Manaslu trek in Nepal. During your journey, you were able to witness breathtaking views, diverse flora and fauna, and gain cultural experiences that will surely be unforgettable. From Dharapani, you'll either take a bus or opt for a private jeep (depending on cost) to reach Kathmandu via Besishahar. You'll spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Depart way home
30 Min Breakfast
After completing the Manaslu trek with Nepal Everest Guide (freelance guide), it is time to return home. The guide will assist you with your travel arrangements and ensure that you have a safe and comfortable journey back to your destination. Whether you are flying, taking a bus, or another mode of transportation, the guide will be there to assist you until your departure.
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How much Manaslu trek cost?
The cost of the Manaslu Base Trek package can vary depending on the number of days, the route taken, and the services included. On average, the cost of the Manaslu Base Trek package can be around $1,10-$1500 for a 15-day trek. Prices may vary depending on the season, the provider, and the services included in the package.
What is the shortest time & longest time to complete Manaslu trek?
The shortest time to complete the Manaslu trek is usually around 10-12 days, while the longest time can be up to 20 days. However, the duration of the trek will depend on the route you take, the number of rest days, and the weather conditions. It is generally recommended to give yourself at least 14 days to complete the Manaslu trek to ensure you have enough time to adjust to the altitude and enjoy the scenery.
How to find best Manaslu Guide?
Finding the best guide for the Manaslu trek can enhance your overall experience and ensure a safe and successful journey. Here are some tips to help you find the right guide:
Research and compare different guides and trekking companies: Look for recommendations from friends, read reviews and testimonials online, and compare the services, experience, and credentials of different guides and companies.
Consider the guide's qualifications and experience: Look for guides who are licensed and insured, and who have a good track record of leading successful treks in the Manaslu region.
Check references: Ask for references from past clients and contact them to get their feedback on the guide's performance.
Evaluate communication skills: Make sure the guide speaks a language you understand and is able to effectively communicate with you and answer any questions you may have.
Santosh Gauli is a freelance guide in Nepal and you can consider him as a potential guide for your Manaslu trek.
Remember to communicate your expectations, interests, and any specific requirements to the guide before you start the trek to ensure that you have the best possible experience.
How much Manaslu permit cost?
As of 2021, the cost of the Manaslu trek permit is around US$70 per person for the first 7 days and US$10 per person per additional day. The permit fee is subject to change and it is recommended to check the latest fees and regulations with the Nepalese immigration office or a trekking agency before starting your trek.
Please note that the Manaslu trek permit fee is only one of several costs associated with trekking in the region. Other costs may include gear and equipment, transportation, accommodation, food, and insurance. It is recommended to budget accordingly and to consider all potential costs before embarking on the trek.
Can I go to Manaslu trek myself?
As you know that the Manaslu region is restricted area trek, where you should hire Guide or Porter then per the rules of Nepal Tourism Board. The geographical features of Manaslu trek are quite dangerous as it has deep gorge. Landslide area, very narrow path and many small alternative paths so having a guide are more secure, and less risk while you walking.
Where is Manaslu trekking located?
The Manaslu trekking route is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal. It stretches for 177 kilometers (110 miles) and skirts around the Manaslu massif , crossing over the pass down to Annapurna. The trek is popular due to its stunning scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient cultures, and a breathtaking view of the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
Useful tips before heading to Manaslu trekking
Here are some useful tips for before heading to the Manaslu trek:
- Make sure you have the right clothing and equipment for the trek. You will need a good quality waterproof jacket, insulated layers, and a warm hat, gloves, and boots.
- Make sure you have enough food and water for the duration of your trek.
- Get acclimatized to the altitude before you begin the trek. Spend a few days in the area before starting the trek to give your body time to adjust.
- Make sure your insurance covers you for trekking in the mountains.
- Check the latest weather report and be aware of any potential hazards or risks.
- Make sure you have the correct permits and documents before you start your trek.
- Pack light and be prepared to carry your own gear.
- Familiarize yourself with the route and plan your rest days in advance.
- Be aware of the culture and customs of the local people and respect their way of life.
- Research the area and be aware of any potential problems, such as landslide risk.
Why manaslu trek is restricted area trek?
Manaslu trek is considered a restricted area trek because it is located in the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is a protected wilderness region that requires special permits to enter. This is to help preserve the natural environment and cultural heritage of the region, as well as to regulate the number of visitors in order to minimize the impact of tourism on the local community and ecosystem. Additionally, the region is remote and has limited infrastructure, making it important to have a guide who is familiar with the terrain and can help ensure the safety of trekkers.
Where is the starting and ending place of Manaslu trekking?
The starting point of the Manaslu trekking route is Arughat, located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, and the ending point is Besisahar, located in the Lamjung district. The trek is usually done in a clockwise direction, beginning at Arughat and ending at Besisahar. The total distance of the trek is 177 kilometres (110 miles).
How difficult is Manaslu trekking?
The Manaslu Trek is considered to be a strenuous trek due to the steep inclines and declines, high altitudes, and long distances that need to be covered. Additionally, trekkers should be prepared for the unpredictable weather and the potential for landslides. However, the trek is very rewarding and the views are spectacular. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and have some prior trekking experience before attempting the Manaslu Trek.
How much is private jeep from Kathmandu to Aarughat?
The cost of a private jeep from Kathmandu to Aarughat is typically around 15,000 NPR (approximately $140 USD). The exact cost will depend on the type of vehicle, the number of passengers, and the season.
- Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure
- 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged if cancelled between 60 to 30 days prior to departure date
- 60% of total cost of the trip will be charged if cancelled in between 30 to 14 days prior to departure date.
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