Manaslu Base Camp Trek
Manaslu Base Camp Trek
Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Duration12 Days
Trip GradeDifficult
Maximum Altitude4800 M
Group Size1-12
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Highlight

  • Exploring the hidden valleys of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley
  • Ethnic villages reflecting Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition
  • One of the most popular off-the-beaten-path journey
  • Less crowded trekking trails
  • Base camp of the 8th highest peak of the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m)
  • Flora and fauna of Manaslu Conservation Area Project
  • Birendra Lake exploration
  • A mesmerizing view of the Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang region, and Annapurna region all at once

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Overview

Manaslu Base Camp Trek takes you around the 8th highest peak in the world. Mount Manaslu with 8,156 meters in 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 Valley and the ethnic and cultural villages reflecting Tibetan Buddhism. The magical Manaslu region was opened for foreign trekkers only in 1991 AD and is still a popular restricted area for trekking in Nepal.

Manaslu Base Camp Trek is a lifetime opportunity to experience the remote wilderness and socio-cultural aspects of this region. This popular trekking in Nepal lies between Ganesh Himal (Elephant Mountain) and the classic Annapurna region trekking. The Nepal 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 flavors in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit trek offers you a rare chance to reach close to the Tibetan border along with 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 zones consisting of varieties of wildlife and vegetation.

Manaslu Region Trek and Its Beauty

There are many popular Nepal trekking routes in this region. It includes Manaslu Circuit trekking Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking and Manaslu Larkya La Pass trekking. You not only find natural lakes, lush valleys, dense forests and glacial lakes but also mountain villages during the trek. Populated by Gurung ethnic community and the Bhotias of Tibetan origin, this region enriches you.  Nepal's experience blended with nature and culture. You can relish the astounding vistas of the snowy peaks of the Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang region, and Annapurna region all at once.

The epic trek to Manaslu Base Camp Trek starts from either Aarughat, Sotikhola or Lupuses 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.  Hike to Manaslu Base Camp on the acclimatization day. You can walk through Samagaun along the path that goes pass 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 4,800 m makes you feel as if you were in Heaven if it exists!­ The Budhi Gandaki River Valley and the snow-clad mountains of the Northern Himalayas are spectacular from here.

Larkey La Pass Trek with Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Larkya La Pass trekking lets you experience the double-pack journey to the Manaslu region and Annapurna Circuit trekking at the same time. Larkya La Pass (5,106 m) 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 the Manalsu region, Tsum Valley. If you want to get first-hand experience of Tibetan culture and tradition in Nepal. Nepal Trekking Routes is always flexible in customizing trekking packages as per your holiday, cost. If 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.

Trip PlanExpand All

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter(Two participant 1 porter, Porter carry 25 Kg)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, accommodation during the trekking
  • Round trip bus for Kathmandu-Aarughat-Kathmandu
  • Three Star Level or equal level hotel  in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
  • Trekking permit of National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program in typical Traditional Nepali restaurant
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company .
  • Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing Kathmandu
  • Bar Bill
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than mentioned in Itinerary
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