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Manaslu Trek - 18 Days

Manaslu trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepalese Himalayas. Manaslu trekking route was opened for foreign trekkers in 1992, which rewards the adventurous with unparalleled alpine experiences and offers a rich Himalayan cultural experience. To trek in this region, you need a good trekking experience and a good physical condition. The trek ascends through Buri Gandaki river to Larkya La Pass 5213m with attractive views of Himalchuli, Manaslu 8118m, Ganesh Himal and other mountains beautiful landscape and various flora and fauna. Recently opened to tourists Manaslu's unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for visitors to Nepal. You will find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine ecosystems, fantastic mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure, which will make your Manaslu trek amazing and unforgettable.

Our trip to Manaslu trek starts at Arughat between Gorkha and Dhading district. Arughat can be reached by bus in about five to seven hours from Kathmandu. Another entrance is at Daraundi in Gorkha from where the normal route can be reached hiking via Sirdiwas. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and doesn't mean to be young and super strong. You just need to be healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily. The Manaslu trek has many routes to choose from one option passes through Dudh Pokhari a milky lake that is a common pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in Marsyangdi valley in Annapurna region. A few trekkers including peri pate tic huge swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region, otherwise this trek has been the domain of mountaineering expeditions. The descent once off the snow takes us through alpine then tropical areas bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua blue green lakes laced with cotton white beaches. Finally as we descend to Besisahar Manaslu will disappear from where we drive back to Kathmandu.

This Manaslu trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. The places covered by Manaslu trek are Arughat, Ghap, Samdo, Lho, Dharmashala, Lyarka La pass and Besisahar. The best season for you to explore here will be February to June and September to early December. You can further trek to Upper Dolpo, Kanchanjunga, Makalu, Tsum valley trek as per your convenient time and desire.

Manaslu Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport then transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and  trek preparations for next day.

Day 03:. Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m) 7hrs

Day 04:. Arughat to Soti Khola (530m) 6hrs

Day 05:. Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) 6hrs

Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m) 6hrs

Day 07: Jagat to Philim (1700m) 4hrs

Day 08: Philim to Deng (2095m) 6hrs

Day 09: Deng to Namrung (2900m) 5hrs

Day 10: Namrung to Lho gaon (3100m) 4hrs

Day 11: Lho gaon to Samagaon (3390m) 4hrs

Day 12: Rest day for Acclimatization

Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) 4hrs

Day 14: Samdo to Larkya La Phedi ( Dharmasthala) (4460m) 4hrs

Day 15: Larkya La Phedi (Pass 5153m) to Bimthang (3590m) 8hrs

Day 16: Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m) 6hrs

Day 17: Dharapani to Synge (1700m) 7hrs

Day 18: Synge to Bhulbhule - Kathmandu via Besi shahar (850m) 5hrs

Cost Include:

  •  All airport/hotel transfers
  •  3 nights hotel in Kathmandu
  •  All accommodation and meals during the trek
  •  An experienced English-speaking trek leader , Sherpa, cook and porters (all necessary trekking staff) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •  All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  •  Manaslu special permits
  •  A comprehensive medical kit
  •  All government and local taxes

Cost not include:

  •  Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  •  Airport departure tax
  •  International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  •  Excess baggage charges
  •  Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  •  Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  Travel and rescue insurance
  •  Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  •  Tips for guides and porters

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 18 Days

Trek Duration: 16 Days

Trek Grade: Difficult

Trek Type: Teahouse / Camping

Activity: Trekking, City Tour

Per day walking: 5 to 7 hours

Max. Altitude:  Larke La Pass (5153m)

Transportation: Car / Van / Plane

Group Size: 01 - 14 pax

Accommodation:tourist class guest houses to 5 star hotel in Kathmandu (depends on clients choice), Guest Houses / lodges in the mountain

Best Time to Travel: Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.

Top of the Larke PassTrek early in the morning
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The dream is real

We did (3 people) a 3 weeks total autonomy trek in the Manaslu region. The organization was perfect. We reach the Larke Pass (~5100m) after 2 weeks. There is no words to explain the feelings I had,


Dear Hari,
First of all my warmest thanks to you and your team of Life Dream Adventure Pvt. for the outstanding service given to our Upper Mustang Tiji festival trip in  May 2012. We have returned to our country with memories that will last a lifetime.

Luri Ghyang Gompa

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