Package overview

The Manaslu trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes you around the Manaslu conservation area and leads to a breathtaking view of the eighth highest mountain in the world. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. Opened in 1992 the Manaslu region is a magnet for travellers and adventurers who are considering trekking in Nepal. The trek around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a beautiful, fairly intact of Nepal region along the Nepal-China border. The Manaslu Trek is truly one of Nepal's excellent hikes, a walking tour through an extraordinary ethnic and scenic section, offering breath-taking views of Mount Himalchuli, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu and different other mountains over 6500 meters. While on the trip we get to marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eight tallest mountain in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region.
The round of Manaslu Trek will reward the adventurers with extraordinary alpine fun. This trekking is done through the magnificent panorama, flora and fauna. The area is less travelled and falls under the restricted area in Nepal. The trek takes you to amazing places such as Machha Khola (930m), PhilIm (1570m), Ghap (2050m), Lho (3180m), Namrung (2660m), Samagaun (3525m), Samdo (3690m), Dharamshala (4470m), Larke La (5160m), Bintang (3800m) and many other unknown places. Another highlight of the trip is not only the haunting natural beauty, but the traditional Tamang and Sherpa settlements with their unique cultures. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages as well. The landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.

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Trip Duration

15 Days

Max Altitude

4460 m

Best Time


Trip Highlights

  1. Discover the Jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region

  2. Friendly people, rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups (mostly Sherpas)

  3. Explore the stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II

  4. Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots

  5. Discover the amazing places such as Machha Khola (930m), PhilIm (1570m), Ghap (2050m), Lho (3180m), Namrung (2660m), Samagaun (3525m), Samdo (3690m) and many others

Details Itineries

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative who then will drop you off at the hotel. After check-in you can rest, refresh yourself and enjoy the local tea. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be organized. For dinner, an excellent Nepali cuisine will be served to discover the authentic culinary culture of the country. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, you'll drive west along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards the village of Soti Khola. The drive passes through rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will drive along a paved road that connects Kathmandu with Dhading Bensi, District headquarters (1050 m) of Dhading and you'll start to see views of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal. Arriving at Arughat, an important city in the region, we continue our way to Soti Khola. We will spend the night in Soti Khola.

After early morning breakfast in Machha Khola, we'll begin our today's trek. After crossing over the bridge, we stroll through the beautiful forests of Sal, then climb a ridge over the huge rapids in the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We climb further behind a rocky promontory, where the valley opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders between large gravel bars. As we descend to the sandy bed of the river, we walk on rounded stones before climbing a side ridge. We go down to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the town of Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

After breakfast in Machha Khola, we'll begin our today's trek, which follows the gorge and continues up the river. The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs, we came across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot springs, we climb another ridge, then cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this point, we climb a wide, well-designed staircase, then cross a landslide and again cross a ridge towards Dobhan. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs, then descend to the river and climb again several stone steps leading to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, we climb a ridge, walk along the river, and then climb the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

After breakfast in the village of Jagat, we'll make our way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests, as well as small rivers and rustic villages to get to our final destination.Then we begin the trail by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues to the Ghatta Khola river. We will continue our trail to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. From here, the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. 

The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge where you'll descend to the grassy slopes, and then cross the Budhi Gandaki river. Trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank before we return to the west side again. The trail widens through the valley and we'll pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola river. Upon crossing, we'll reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

After a short walk past Deng, we cross Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910 m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to get to a path of Bhi, then we head west in the valley of Budhi Gandaki. The road also crosses forests and mani where we turn towards a corner overlooking Ghap. Even if there is another route, we take the route through the village of Prok. The village of Prok has a beautiful view of Siringi Himal. We cross the Budi Gandaki several times and find several gompas on the way. The trail follows the river upstream through dense forests. After crossing the river to an impressive place where it breaks a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail becomes good again. The walk continues and after a final steep climb we reach Namrung. Night in Namrung.

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho and Shyala villages before reaching Lho Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Overnight in Lho.

In Lho village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. During the trail, we'll first climb steadily and pass through forests to reach Lihi, a fine village with many stupas and barley terraces. The trail then drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. Further along, we'll pass through the many villages before reaching Sama Village. Samagaon is famously rich for it’s sherpa culture. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. For those who want to explore, there's an optional day hike that explores some rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. Overnight in Samagaon.

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

After breakfast in Samdo, we'll pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar and descend to the Budi Gandaki River. Furthermore we cross the wooden bridge and begin our trek upward, crossing two streams while witnessing the Larkya Glacier. We will head around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the route, we will many traditional monasteries. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

After a short climb, we arrive at a valley on the north side of the Larkya glaciers from where we can enjoy magnificent views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. During the trail we'll encounter a number of rustic villages, clear glacier lakes, beautiful valleys, and a wide range of flora and fauna, not to mention some notable snowcapped peaks. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang.

After early morning breakfast our trek will be pleasant walk through the sub-tropical jungle and rural villages. The reappearance voyage to Goa is nearly all downhill, tumbling 1150m for a lower and warmer night. Take time to adore the fullness of the forest and its wildlife. People of here are mostly doing agriculture and animal husbandry. Often you see herd of sheep, cow, and yaks during the trail. The trail keep on through the jungle with sound of birds and ranging river to the Karche (2,700m) and walk further cross the bridge get in Yak Kharka, where you will have lunch. There is not proper place to get meals till Goa. After this most of the time the trail goes through the river bank and oak and pine forest with beautiful Gurung villages and finally get in Goa. Overnight in Goa.

Today we start our trail from Goa to Dharapani passing through the village of Tilije along the stone paved village. We cross the Dudh Khola walking along the river bank until we again pass over the wooden bridge to the northern side of the river. We pass a chorten shaped arch and Mani Wall to the village of Thonje and continue towards Dharapani. The trail continues as we recross the river and descends through forests of rhododendron and pine. The trail gets much wider and easier as Lodges, inns and Tibetan houses become more common. We cross the Marsyangdi River as we walk towards the west side of the Syange. We walk through cultivated fields, passing Chhetri and Gurung villages en route before tackling a sheepish climb to Besisahar. We descent towards the Marsyangdi River and follow the eastern flank of the river before ending our last day of the trek. Overnight in Besisahar.

A 7 to 8 hours' of picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Our airport representative will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

What's Included

  • Airport/Hotel pickups and drops in a private luxury vehicle
  • Accommodation 3-star hotel in Kathmandu or in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles.
  • All accommodations in a standard guest house during the treks in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with the cultural dance performance in the evening.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Luxury Holidays Nepal's sleeping bag, T-shirt, duffle bags, city and trekking routes maps - if necessary.
  • All government taxes and official expenses including  entry permit fee.

What's Excluded

  • International airfare (See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Soft drinks including water
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • WiFi internet and phone call unless its free.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (Tipping is Expected).