Manaslu Base Camp Trek
Manaslu Base Camp trek takes you around the 8th highest peak of the world, Mount Manaslu with 8,156 metres height. It is one of the most popular off the beaten path trekking in Nepal rewarding you with the wonders of nature and culture. You can explore the hidden valleys of the Budhi Gandaki River and the ethnic cultural villages reflecting Tibetan Buddhism. The magical Manasu region was opened for the foreign trekkers only from 1991 AD and still a popular restricted area trekking in Nepal.
Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp is a lifetime opportunity to experience the remote wilderness and socio-cultural aspects of this region. This popular trekking region in Nepal lies between Ganesh Himal (Elephant Mountain) and the classic Annapurna region trekking. The trekking trail remains less crowded and quiet as most of the adventure lovers visiting Nepal choose either Everest region trekking or Annapurna region trekking. The most remarkable benefit of Manaslu region trekking is the unspoiled natural beauty besides Tibetan cultural flavours in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit trek offers you a rare chance to reach close to the Tibetan border along with the glimpses of high altitude flora and fauna. Since it contains restricted zones, you require a restricted area permit to discover the Tibetan Buddhist culture and unexplored valleys. The diverse species of animals and birds are protected in the Manaslu Conservation Area, one of the Himalayan conservation areas of Nepal. You get to witness the geographical variation from sub-tropical land to alpine zone consisting varieties of wildlife and vegetation.
There are many popular trekking routes in this region including Manaslu Circuit trekking and Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking and Manaslu Larkya La Pass trekking. You not only find the natural lakes, lush valleys, dense forests and glacial lakes but also mountain villages during this trek. Populated by Gurung ethnic community and the Bhotias of Tibetan origin, this region really enriches you Nepal experience blended with nature and culure. You can relish the astounding vistas of the snowy peaks of Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang region and Annapurna region all at once.
The epic trek to Manaslu Base Camp starts from either Aarughat, Sotikhola or Lupubesi according to the duration and budget you invest in this trip. On the way to the base camp of Mt. Manaslu, you walk past many villages like Dobhan, Philim, Ghap and Samagaun. Besides, the mesmerizing panorama of the glittering snowy mountains, you can find the existence of Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition in these Himalayan villages. You hike to Manaslu Base Camp on the acclimatization day at Samagaun walking along the path that goes past Birendra Lake.
The turquoise water of Birendra Lake transcends you to some beautiful scenery you have heard in any fairy tale in your lifetime. The wonderful sight of the Himalayan Thar coming to the lake for drinking water is also not less romantic! You can also enjoy the birds singing to welcome you to their habitat as a part of hospitality. Reaching Manalsu Base Camp at the elevation of 4,800m makes you feel as if you were in the Heaven if it really exists! The Budhi Gandaki River Valley and the snow-clad mountains of the Northern Himalayas are really spectacular from here.
Manaslu Larkya La Pass trekking lets you experience the double pack journey to Manaslu region and Annapurna Circuit trekking at the same time. Laykya La Pass (5,106m) is one of the high passes in the Himalayas that you can experience crossing it if you customize the package. You can also explore the hidden valley of Manalsu region, Tsum Valley if you want to get firsthand experience of Tibetan culture and tradition in Nepal. Nepal Trekking Routes is always flexible in customizing the trekking packages as per your vacation, cost you are ready to pay and the destinations you want to visit. Just tell us about your choice of trekking regions in Nepal, we will try our best to give you 100% satisfaction.
- How high is Mt. Manaslu?
Mt. Manaslu is 8,156m high and it is the 8th highest mountain of the world.
- How long is Manaslu Base Camp trek?
The aeronautical distance between Kathmandu and Manaslu Base Camp is 120 kilometres. You can complete Manalsu Base Camp trek within 22 days by customizing the itinerary. To get customized Manaslu Base Camp trek, contact us via email, phone call, WhatsApp or online booking facilities.
- How difficult is Manaslu Base Camp trek?
If you want to know about Manaslu Base Camp trek difficulty, it is moderate type of trekking in Nepal. However, it becomes quite adventurous if we add Larkya La Pass (5,106m) in the itinerary. You don’t need the previous trekking experience but only the good physical fitness and sound health with determination for this trek.
- Who can do Manaslu Base Camp trek?
The person who is physically fit and mentally committed for the adventurous trekking through the Nepalese Himalayas, can easily do this trek. The previous trekking in the high Himalayan region experience will be the added qualification to do Manaslu Base Camp trek. The maximum height to reach is Manaslu Base Camp 4,800m and the longest time to walk is around nine hours. We highly recommend you to take trainings and start physical fitness classes to enable yourself to successfully complete the task.
- What are the permits required for Manaslu Base Camp trek?
You require these permits for Manaslu Base Camp trek:
- TIMS Card
- Restricted Area Permit
- Manalsu Conservation Area Project Permit
- Can I do Manaslu Base Camp trek solo?
Manaslu Base Camp trek solo is not possible as it contains restricted zone. You need a registered professional guide and a porter for a group of at least two persons. Hiring a professional guide and a porter is really helpful during the trekking in the high Himalayas. They can help you in case of altitude sickness and other troublesome circumstances like missing the right trekking trail. The guide gives you full information about the natural and cultural sites you go through during the trekking.
- Which is the best season for Manaslu Base Camp trek?
You can do Manaslu Base Camp trek all times of the year, however, it may be difficult during winter season due to heavy snowfall. The best time for Manaslu Base Camp trek is spring and autumn when the weather is fine and you can see the panoramic views clearly. Manaslu Base Camp trek in summer is also quite possible as this region receives very less rainfall.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft) and transfer to the hotel
On the arrival day, the team member of Nepal Trekking Routes welcomes you at the Kathmandu International Airport. Then, he transfers you to the hotel which is booked for your accommodation. In the spare time, you can take a stroll around the tourist hub, Thamel Bazaar to collect the trekking gears. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you all the information regarding Manaslu Base Camp trek.
Day 02: Drive to Lapubesi (884m/2,900ft) -9 Hours
After having breakfast, you begin the journey towards Lapubesi of Gorkha district driving along the Prithvi Highway. The drive offers you the magnificent view of the snowy peaks of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang region. You follow the choice road: via Dhading Besi or Aambu Khaireni to Gorkha to reach the night station. On the way, you go across Aarughat and Soti Khola, two important stops during trekking to Manaslu Base Camp.
Day 03: Trek to Dobhan (1,070m/3,511ft) – 7 Hours
Today, you formally start the trekking along Manaslu Circuit trail that goes uphill and downhill through the dense forests. During the trip, you enjoy the gurgling water of the Budhi Gandaki River enjoying the amazing outlooks of the nature. You can hear the birds singing for you hiding behind the aldar, blue pine and poplar trees somewhere in the forests. You have the splendid view of Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli while crossing some Gurung ethnic villages.
Day 04: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,217ft) – 6 Hours
You follow the trail that goes past a gorge between the soaring natural walls and waterfalls towards Philim for the night rest. You go past Deng and Kutang, a purely Tibetan village in Lower Nubri region one of the two valleys found in Manaslu region. You enjoy the stunning appearance of Lumbo Himal, Lapuchen Peak and Dwijen Himal on the way.
Day 05: Trek to Ghap (2,165m/7,103ft) – 7 Hours
Now, you begin today’s trekking moving along the trail that goes past Ekle Bhatti by relishing the sunvise view of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley. You come to see a natural waterfall at the junction to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trekking trail. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River a few times, the trail leads you through some dense forests and villages like Rana, Bihi Phedi and Lihi. The trail takes you higher through the mani walls decorated with the prayer flags and the mesmerizing outlook of Ngadichuli and Mt. Manaslu.
Day 06: Trek to Samagaun (3,530m/11,578ft) -6 Hours
Today, you ascend along the trail that goes past lush woods of rhododendron and bamboo trees to reach Namrung village. You can observe Buddist gompas, mani walls and decorated entrance gates that you feel as if you were in Tibetan Autonomous Province. Witnessing the rarest view of Manaslu and other peaks, you move ahead leaving some villages like Sho and Shyala. Finally, walking past a green meadow, you reach Samagaun for the night rest.
Day 07: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m/15,748ft) and Exploration around Samagaun -5 Hours
You are going to explore the important sites of Manaslu region during the acclimatization day at Samagaun. Although geographically Samagaun lies in Nepal, culturally and religiously it resembles more with Tibet as if it were a little piece of the Last Shangri-La. Today, you follow the trail that goes past the Birendra Lake, one of the major attractions of Samagaun acclimatization day.
After enjoying the beauty of the turquoise water of the lake, you move further towards the base camp of Mount Manaslu. The trekking to Manalsu Base Camp which is the ultimate goal of this trekking in Nepal itinerary, is quite challenging. Most of the time, the path remains snow-covered but once you reach the base camp, you really feel blessed.
After enjoying the snowy peaks of Manalsu region, Langtang region, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna range, you retreat towards Samagaun for the accommodation. Alternatively, you can also hike to Pungyen Gompa which takes around four hours to reach from Samagaun.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2,660m/8,727ft) -6 Hours
Following the same trail you used earlier, you now trek down towards Namrung, a typically Tibetan styled village. During the return journey, you enjoy the mountain views, glaciers, waterfalls and diverse species of birds.
Day 09: Trek to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft) – 9 Hours
After having breakfast, you follow the trail that descends along dense forests of Manaslu Conservation Area, one of the Himalayan conservation zones. On the way, you can also see the Himalayan Pheasant (Lophophorus), the national bird of Nepal playing hide and sick with you. Relishing the snowcapped peaks, you reach Jagat for the night stay at a local guesthouse.
Day 10: Trek to Sotikhola (700m/2,297ft) -9 Hours
Walking along the trail that descends through some natural hot springs in the wilderness and Gurung ethnic villages, you reach Sotikhola. On the way, you also walk past Machha Khola, a popular stopover for the trekkers who are doing off the beaten path trekking to Manaslu region. You will continue the retreat trekking following the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu -8 Hours
After having breakfast, you will start the return drive to Kathmandu again enjoying the majestic view of the lush valleys, wonderful landscapes and snowy peaks. You will drive past the historical city of Gorkha Bazaar where you can also visit two palaces built before the unification of Nepal. The palaces are preserved as museums which are some of the most important must-visit historical sites of Nepal. They have also helped to promote Nepali tourism in the international tourism market. After you arrive Kathamndu, you can take a short walking around Thamel Bazaar to collect some souvenirs and thankas or other stuffs to present to your people in the home country. In the evening, our agency organizes the farewell dinner at some cultural restaurant around the tourist hub, Thamel.
Day 12: Final Departure
Today is the last day of the 12 days itinerary of Manalsu Base Camp trek which we hope you enjoy a lot. The representative of Nepal Trekking Routes takes you to the Kathmandu International Airport for the final see-off according to your flight schedule. Have a good time ahead! See you next year!
• Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
• Trekking Guide and Trekking porter
All kind of ground transport
• Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner and accommodation during the trekking
• Three star level hotel in Kathmandu Three nights
• Trekking permit of National park, and Restricted area permit
• TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
• Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
• First aid kit, Appriciation achivement certificate from Company
• Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company .
Farewll dinner with cultural show
• Personal expenses
• Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing Kathmandu & Pokhara
• Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in Kathmandu
• Travel insurance
• Tips for guide
• Extra Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than mentioned in Itinerary
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