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Manaslu Short Trek – 9 Days

9 Days Manaslu Short Trek Facts

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -10°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 9 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Moderate View Difficulty Detail

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodge

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April & May

Transportation

Transportation Jeep/Bus

Daily Activity

Daily Activity 06 hours walk

Religion

Religion Buddhist

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Tibetan, Tamang

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, village, fountain, Rivers, Waterfall, Terrace, hills, Lakes

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Manaslu Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 5106m./16849ft.

Overview

Manaslu short Trek is one of the well-known off-the-beaten trails in the Gorkha region, primarily used by the Gurung. It allows us to explore the isolated nature of the entire Gorkha district via the historic salt trade route to Tibet. Also, the Short Manaslu trip will help us explore the diversity of the entire region, from lower settlers to high Sherpa occupants.

An 8-day hike from Soti Khola to Dharapani takes us to the highest point at Larkye La Pass (5123M), passing by glaciers, the Himalayas, and rivers. This restricted area encompasses both the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Manaslu Conservation Area. In addition to Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna, trekkers will enjoy magnificent views of Kang Guru, Nemjung, Himlung Himal, Gyaji Kang, and Cheo Himal. The journey also includes a visit to the ancient monastery at Sama Gaun.

In addition to their animal-oriented agricultural lifestyle, the settlers’ culture, religion, lifestyle, and traditions are shaped by their diverse backgrounds. However, biodiversity should always be the primary consideration. Walking through the trek, which begins amid farmland, you will encounter rivers, valleys, waterfalls, temples, monasteries, and mountains.

More About Short Manaslu Trek

The Manaslu short trek is the short version of the actual Manaslu Trekking. Those of you who have limited time can try the Manaslu Trek. For hikers who prefer fewer hikers and are constrained by time, the Short Manaslu Trek is the ideal trail. Because of its nature, isolation, and protected area, this trek is isolated.

What’s More on Trek

Trekkers will be able to realize their ambition of traveling the most desirable track in a short amount of time with the aid of the short Manaslu Trek, which is only an 8-day journey from Soti Khola to Dharapani and takes us to the highest Larkye La Pass (5123m), glacier, Mountains, rivers, etc. Also, extending the plan by one day will enable us to visit Manaslu Base Camp (4900m).

Due to its wildness and additional special requirements set by the Nepalese government, the Manaslu trail is infrequently used. Because of this, the Manaslu journey is less traveled and has a new trail, although it is doable for all hikers.

The Manaslu trip also features two eight thousand (ers), Larkye Pass, and two conservation zones simultaneously, namely the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Manaslu Conservation Area.

It is a great option for those looking to experience the beauty of the Manaslu region of Nepal but with limited time. The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, followed by a hike from Soti Khola to Machha Khola, crossing a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River.

The trek takes you through charming villages and lush forests and across the Larkya La Pass, which offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. Along the way, you can also visit the serene Birendra Lake and stay at cozy tea houses, which provide a comfortable resting place after trekking. This trek is a perfect way to experience the beauty of the Manaslu region in a shorter amount of time.

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Manaslu Short Trek Highlights

  • The Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a renowned off-the-beaten-path route, offering a beautiful journey.
  • Visit the ancient monastery at Sama Gaun.
  • Experience the local Gurung culture, religion, way of life, and tradition.
  • Experience the remote Bhotia communities, immerse in Tibetan Buddhist traditions, and explore the rich Bon culture along the historic Himalayan trade route.
  • Witness different flora and fauna in the two conservation areas, the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Manaslu Conservation Area, both rich in biodiversity.
  • Cross Larkya La is one of Nepal’s highest and most challenging mountain passes, reaching 5,160 meters above sea level.
  • Witness the Views of snow-capped mountains like Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Nemjung (7140m), Kang Guru (6981m), Gyaji Kang (7074m), etc.
  • Visit the beautiful Manaslu Glacier.

Is Manaslu Short Trek Difficult?

The Manaslu short trek is moderate. To complete the Manaslu Circuit, hikers must navigate challenging terrain. This includes crossing the Larkya La Pass, which stands at 5,160 meters and is often covered in snow. The region’s untamed and isolated landscapes necessitate a protracted stroll.

January
-10°C to 5°C
February
-8°C to 7°C
March
-5°C to 10°C
April
0°C to 15°C
May
5°C to 18°C
June
7°C to 20°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 20°C
September
5°C to 18°C
October
0°C to 15°C
November
-5°C to 10°C
December
-8°C to 5°C

Best Season for Manaslu Short Trek

The best times for the Manaslu Circuit trek are spring (March to May) before the monsoon and autumn (September to November) after the monsoon. During the spring season, you’ll encounter new beginnings, blooming flowers, cool weather, and a fresh, pleasant aroma in nature, which makes the trek exciting. Temperatures start chilly but gradually warm up as the season progresses. Spring also offers beautiful views of mountains and reveals hidden off-beaten trails for exploration.

The peak tourism season in Nepal is during autumn, when the weather is ideal for travel across the country. With temperatures rising and daylight stretching longer, there’s more time for outdoor explorations and adventures. The weather is wonderfully comfortable, and the mountain scenery offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks. This season, you can experience Nepali culture firsthand and join local communities in celebrating festivals like Dashain and Tihar.

During the monsoon season, rainfall is frequent, resulting in slippery, wet, and muddy forest trails. Mosquitoes, leeches, and bugs are abundant, and there is a high risk of landslides. Consequently, the monsoon is not an ideal season for trekking. During winter, the region experiences heavy snowfall. The trails to Manaslu are fully covered by snow. Nighttime and early morning temperatures can drop as low as -20ºC. Trekking in these conditions is rare due to the extreme cold and snow-covered trails.

9 Days Manaslu Short Trek Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Jagat

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

190km./10 hours drive

Accommodation

New Mangolian Cottage

Altitude

(1410m./3990ft.)

Included meals

Lunch, Dinner

Your exciting journey begins with a Jeep drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu. A smooth ride on a black-topped road leads you to Dhading Besi, where the road ascends towards Gola Bhanjyang before descending to Ankhu Khola. Upon reaching Arughat, you’ll cross the Budhi Gandaki River and continue driving to Soti Khola. After another three hours of driving, you’ll arrive at Jagat. This ten-hour drive treats you to scenic villages, rivers, terraced farms, and stunning views of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh. Passing through Machhakhola, you’ll finally reach Jagat for an overnight stay.

Day 2

Trek to Deng

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)

Accommodation

Windy Valley Guest House

Altitude

(1960m./6430ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once our permits are approved, we will start the trek to Deng. Trekking through dense tropical forests, we follow the path alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. This part of the trail meanders through forests, providing shelter to various rare wildlife. Continuing through the forests of the Manaslu region, we encounter several villages, such as Bhatti Khola and Philim. Crossing the bamboo forest over the Budhi Gandaki, we finally arrive at Deng for an overnight stay.

Day 3

Trek to Namrung

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
( Av.05 hours )

Accommodation

Namrung Guest House

Altitude

(2660m./7527ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Deng, we cross a suspension bridge and trek along uneven trails towards Bihi Phedi. Continuing onward, we reach Ghap, navigating through a trail known for its susceptibility to dry landslides. After safely crossing this zone, we pass several Magar villages en route to Namrung, where we spend the night.

Day 4

Trek to Sama Gaon

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)

Accommodation

Manaslu Hotel

Altitude

(3530m./9989ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we gain altitude, we notice a shift in vegetation and culture, gradually entering Tibetan-influenced areas as we trek from Namrung. The trail leads us past Mani walls and stone houses, offering glimpses of the majestic Mt. Manaslu (8163m).

After a 3-hour trek, we arrive at Lho, where we enjoy lunch before continuing towards Sama Gaon. Trekking through picturesque pine and rhododendron forests, we are accompanied by the awe-inspiring view of Mt. Manaslu. Today’s trek is challenging and rewarding as we gain altitude over about 4 hours, reaching Sama Gaon for an overnight stay.

Day 5

Trek to Samdo

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.04 hours)

Accommodation

Zambala Guest House

Altitude

(3780m./12402ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a day of rest and breakfast in Sama Gaon, we resume our trek. Initially, we trek through dense pine forests, which gradually thin out as we progress. The vegetation diminishes, and the landscape turns barren as we enter a remote and isolated part of the trail. Throughout this short hike, which takes around 4-hours, the magnificent views of Manaslu (8163m) continue to accompany us, providing a stunning backdrop to our journey along the banks of the diminished Budhi Gandaki River. Our day concludes as we reach Samdo for an overnight stay.

Day 6

Trek to Dharmashala

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.05 hours)

Accommodation

Larke Peak Guest House

Altitude

(4200m./13780ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today marks one of the pivotal days of the trek as we journey westward, with stunning views of Naike and Pangbuche peaks accompanying us. Following breakfast in Samdo, we embark on our trek by crossing a suspension bridge and navigating through uneven and rocky terrain. Along the way, we’re treated to breathtaking vistas of the Manaslu and Himal Chuli mountain ranges. After five hours of trekking, we arrive at Dharmashala, where we spend the night.

Day 7

Trek to Larke La pass - Bhimtang

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)

Accommodation

Punker Cottage House

Altitude

(4200m./7218ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Today, we trek through one of the most challenging and exciting trails of the trek. We will trek through the barren and remote part of the Manaslu region. The trek provides us with a beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The trail ascends to the top of the Larkya La Pass (5160m) across the rough and snowy trails. From the top, you can relish the views of the Larkya, Mansiri, Cheo, and Himlung Himal ranges. Later, you descend from the pass with a panoramic view of the mountains and glaciers. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 8

Trek to Dharapani

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Uphill hike
(Avg. 7 hours)

Accommodation

Hotel Gurkha's inn

Altitude

1992m./6535ft

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the last day of our trek. After breakfast in Bimthang, we start our trek towards Dharapani. Today’s trek is more comfortable compared to the last few days. We will descend through the pine and rhododendron forests of the Manaslu region. On the way, the beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains follows us. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 9

Drive to Besisahar - Drive to Kathmandu

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

210km./10 hours drive

Altitude

( 1290m./4273ft.)

Included meals

Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast in Dharapani, we embark on the jeep that takes us to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar is about four hours. We drive through beautiful villages and hills. You get a lovely view of terraced fields and typical Nepali houses on the way. After driving for about 3 hours, we arrive at Besisahar and board the private car/jeep to Kathmandu. Driving from Besisahar, we get a splendid view of paddy fields and beautiful settlements. After driving for about an hour, we join the Prithvi Highway and drive alongside the Trishuli River. The drive from here is about four hours. You will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport ) in Kathmandu.
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation (On a twin share basis) will be provided during the trekking.
  • One experienced, well-trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Manaslu trekking region and government authorized trekking guide and required porters ( One porter for two persons)
  • Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation, and equipment.
  • Overland transport as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Manaslu special permit, ACAP ( Annapurna conservation area project), and MCAP ( Manaslu conservation area project).
  • A trekking map, duffel bag, Oxygen saturation checkup every day, Water purification, first aid medical, company t-shirt, and a trekking company certificate.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks such as tea/coffee, coke, fanta, mineral water, beer, hot shower, battery charge, boiled water , phone bill and laundry. .
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.( Highly suggested ).

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $900.00 PP $800.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $880.00 PP $780.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $860.00 PP $760.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $840.00 PP $740.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $820.00 PP $720.00 PP
Group of 21 - 24 $800.00 PP $700.00 PP

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Additional Trip Information

 Why Manaslu Short Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a short yet captivating journey through diverse landscapes. It offers a unique experience of two conservation areas: Manaslu and Annapurna. This off-the-beaten-path trek features breathtaking views of mountain peaks, including the majestic Manaslu mountain.

You can fully explore the Manaslu area, which is rich in cultural experiences, allowing trekkers to explore traditional Tibetan and Nepalese villages, monasteries, and local traditions. It is ideal for those seeking both natural beauty and cultural immersion in a less crowded setting.

Internet, Communication, Charging Availability

Wi-Fi, mobile networks, and electricity are available in the Manaslu region. Although the Manaslu Circuit trekking route passes through varied and challenging terrain, you won’t be entirely cut off from communication during the trek. Many teahouses along the path have internet access, but you must pay a small fee to use it. As you ascend, the availability of a mobile network may become intermittent, and in some places, it may not be available at all. The network’s reliability is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.

Electricity is accessible throughout the Manaslu Circuit Trek, with solar power being extensively utilized in higher altitudes. However, you’ll typically need to pay between USD 2 and USD 3 per hour to use electricity. Bringing a power bank is smart since charging larger batteries can be expensive. It’s more convenient and cost-effective.

Food and Accommodation in Manaslu Trek: 

You won’t find luxurious lodging on the Manaslu trekking route. Instead, you’ll stay in lodges or teahouses run by locals. These teahouses typically have a common area for eating and relaxing. During peak season, lodging at lower altitudes costs between $3 and $5 USD, while prices rise to about $7 to $10 USD at higher altitudes. In the off-season, accommodations at lower elevations cost $2 to USD 3, increasing to around $5 to USD 7 as you ascend.

The Manaslu region offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food options. Typically, you’ll have breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Breakfast is usually provided in the lodge or teahouse, where you stay overnight, with options varying by altitude. Common breakfast dishes include Tibetan bread, cereals, paratha, pancakes, boiled eggs, and bread toast. Lunch is served at a tea shop along the trail, while dinner is provided in the overnight teahouse or lodge. The dishes for lunch and dinner are usually similar, featuring common foods such as dal bhaat, noodles, rice with curry, pasta, potato dishes, and Thenduk.

Required Permits for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu is a restricted area where independent trekkers are not permitted. To enter this area, trekkers must obtain a special entry permit. Government regulations stipulate that trekkers must travel in groups of at least two people accompanied by a local guide. Additionally, three different permits are required for the trek, with an additional permit necessary for Tsum Valley.

The initial Manaslu restricted area trek permit is mandatory from Jagat until reaching Sama Gaun. Beyond Sama Gaun, another entry permit (ACAP) is required. The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) cost is determined by the duration spent between Jagat and Dharapani. The final RAP checkpoint is located in Sama Gaun.

From September to November, the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit costs $100 per person for the first seven days, with an additional $15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards, while from December to August, it is $75 per person for the first seven days, with an additional $10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

A Manaslu trek permit is necessary upon reaching Philim, marking the beginning of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The fee remains constant at USD 30 per person throughout the year, and there are no restrictions or price alterations based on the duration of stay within the MCAP.

The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is the third permit necessary for trekkers entering the Manaslu region, as it also covers the Annapurna Circuit trails. It is priced at USD 30 per person and remains the same throughout the year. ACAP must be obtained from Dharapani and is valid until exiting at Besi Sahar. Accessing all these permits will allow you to explore the Manaslu region.

Is Altitude Sickness an Concern During Manaslu Trek?

Certainly, the altitude presents one of the primary challenges when crossing the Larkya La Pass. Reaching an impressive elevation of 5,135 meters (16,847 feet), this pass necessitates acclimatization to mitigate the risk of altitude sickness. Adequate acclimatization, attained through a gentle ascent and allowing the body time to adjust to the diminished oxygen levels at higher altitudes, is imperative for a safe and successful journey.

Manaslu Larkya Pass

Larkya La is one of the longest mountain passes in Nepal’s Himalayas, reaching an elevation of 5,106 meters above sea level. Larkya La is positioned between Dharmashala and Bimthang. It is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Crossing the Larkya La Pass is a challenging endeavor, primarily due to its high altitude. Acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness, making a slow ascent crucial for a safe and successful trek. The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, with sudden temperature changes and the potential for snowfall even during the trekking season.

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