Trek Around Manaslu

Duration: 20 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Hard
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Food: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner(BLD)
  • Accommodation: Budget Hotels & Mountain Lodges
  • Group Size: 2 to 14 persons
  • Max Elevation: 5135 metres (Larkya Pass)
  • Trip Route: Kathmandu: Arughat – Soti Khola – Machhakhola – Dovan – Philim – Deng – Namrung - Sama Gaun – Dharamsala – Larkya Pass – Bhimthang – Goa – Chamje – Bahundanda - Besishar – Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Mid-Feb to May and last September to December
  • Permits Required: Restricted area permit, ACAP and MCAP permit, TIMS Card

The region around Mt. Manaslu (the world’s eighth highest peak stands at 8156 metres) is less well known than many other parts of Nepal, and visited relatively infrequently by trekkers. The Manaslu area is a fantastic hidden haven of secrecy and seclusion, where yaks outnumber the Gurung people (ethnic group), who live in village settlements perched among the foothills.

Just east of its better known but slightly less high neighbour Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and its surroundings offer some staggering trekking scenery including precipitous gorges and thundering rivers as well as soaring peaks. This makes trekking here quite strenuous, but there are countless highlights to compensate for the physical exertion, including the crossing of Larkya La (5135m) - a pass connecting the head of the Buri Gandaki valley with the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marshyangdi. Although Larkya La is some 300 metres lower than Thorang La on the Annapurna circuit, views from Larkya La are considered to be even more spectacular.

Manaslu trek is popular among trekkers that provide numerous views of snow capped mountains, close interaction with the different ethnic groups and their different cultures and traditions of locals who live in hill villages scattered along the trek routes. It offers a rare combination of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural of different ethnic communities.


  • Soak in the immensity of Mount Manaslu.
  • Circle around the world’s eighth highest peak (8,156m).
  • Climb to Larkya La (5,135m).
  • Spectacular views from Larkya La (at 5,100m).
  • Witness the deepest gorges, thunderous rivers and steepest cliffside shelves.
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
  • Interact with Gurung Communities.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu:
  • Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing:
  • Day 3Drive to Arughat Bazaar (Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar: approx. 7 hours drive):
  • Day 4Trek to Soti Khola (Arughat to Sotikhola: approx. 6 hours walking):
  • Day 5Trek to Machhakhola (Soti Khola to Machhakhola: approx. 6 hours):
  • Day 6Trek to Dovan (Machhakhola to Dovan: approx. 5 hours):
  • Day 7Trek to Philim (Dovan to Philim: approx. 5 hours):
  • Day 8Trek to Deng (Philim to Deng: approx 6 hours):
  • Day 9Trek to Namrung (Deng to Namrung: approx 7 hours):
  • Day 10Trek to Samagaun (Namrung to Samagaun: approx 4 hours):
  • Day 11Exploration at Samagaun:
  • Day 12Trek to Dharamsala (Samagaun to Dharamsala: approx. 7 hours):
  • Day 13Trek to Bhimthang via Larkya-la Pass (Dharamsala to Bhimthang: approx. 7 hours):
  • Day 14Day 14: Trek to Goa (Bhimthang to Goa: approx. 6 hours):
  • Day 15Trek to Chamje (- Goa to Chamje: Approx 6 hours):
  • Day 16Trek to Ghermu (Chamje to Ghermu: approx. 5 hours):
  • Day 17Trek to Bahundanda (Ghermu to Bahundanda: approx. 4 hours):
  • Day 18Trek to Besisahar (Bahundanda to Besishar: approx. 7 hours):
  • Day 19Drive back to Kathmandu:
  • Day 20Departure:


  • All mentioned transfers in Nepal.
  • All accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Guide, Porter….
  • Trekking Permit for restricted area, TIMS Card, ACAP.
  • Flights to and from Nepal.
  • Tourist Entry Visa.

Useful Information

Tradition & Culture in Manaslu Region

Manaslu shares its culture and history with its neighbour Tibet. The major religion practiced in Manaslu is Buddhism and you can see many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, architecture, and tradition along your trek. Yet the region expands

The region was only officially opened to foreign visitors in 1991.


In Kathmandu you will enjoy the high-standard hotel facilities. During the trek you will stay in guest houses.

Meals & Drinking Water

All locally cooked meals will be served in the guest houses. The higher you go the less likely you will find any local shops selling bars, chocolates etc. So for extra bits of energy snacks, remember to bring your own.

Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or UV pen with yourself to purify the water.

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu trek challenging and strenuous, which can be shorter or longer depending on how many hours you walk per day. Along the trek, there are many tea houses for you to take rest and enjoy the breath-taking scenery that will make your heart melt in each step.

Best Season to go on a trek to Manaslu

The best seasons to go on a trek around Manaslu is in Spring between March and May and Autumn between September and December. The weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. It is also possible to visit Manaslu during the winter season (December to February), however the cold weather makes trekking difficult for some.

Manaslu Trek Permit

Foreigners are required to obtain a trekking permit for Manaslu from the Department of Immigration as well as a ‘TIMS’ card to visit the region. This will be handled by The Trekkers’ Society.

TIMS Permit: 1000 Nepali Rupees.

For SAARC Country Passport Holders: 300 Nepali Rupees.

Trekking Permit for Manaslu:

September - November US$70/per person/Week (for a week or 7 days).
                    US$10/per person/Day (Beyond a week or 7 days).

December - August US$50 per person/Week (for a week).
                   US$ 7 per person/Day (Beyond a week or 7 days).

Choose The Trekkers’ Society as your travel partner for Manaslu Trek

Since 1996, the Trekkers’ Society has come to be a byword for high quality, good value and professionalism in the travel and tours sector in the Himalayan region. We pride ourselves on walking the extra mile to make your entire trip is memorable.

The Trekkers’ Society places emphasis on your personal needs and we prize ourselves in willingness and flexibility. We understand you.

Our team look forward to assisting you in developing your itinerary and guiding you on your tour in the majestic Himalayas.


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