Manaslu Trekking

Trip Facts


Duration 12 Days


Difficulty Strenuous

The trip begins in Kathmandu as you drive west from the capital to Arughat. Following the Budhi Gandaki River north, the road trip continues to Machha Khola from where the trek officially begins. The trail takes you through several Magar villages before you stop at Deng. As you continue in the company of Nubri ethnic people, the trail will head west and take you to Namrung. Then, the next trek takes you to Sama Gaon, where you can rest for an extra day and explore. On this day, you can head to the Manaslu Base Camp and soak in the views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). While exploring, you can also head to the Birendra Lake or Pung Gyen Gompa.

After completing the detour to the base camp, you head north towards Dharmashala. Further, the altitude increases to reach 5160 meters at the top of Larkya La Pass. The top grants surreal sights of the vistas in Manaslu, Annapurna, and Cheo Himal ranges. Then, the descent from the pass will take you to Bimthang. Finally, the trek heads to Dharapani and continues across the Marsayangdi River to reach Besisahar.


Manaslu Trekking is an incredible journey that extends to the central part of Nepal in the Manaslu Conservation Area. The trek explores the off-beat trails to the north of the Mansiri Himal range and Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Also, the trip is full of exciting wonders, both natural and cultural. Likewise, the culture of the Tsum and Nubri groups on the trail is rewarding as well. Thus, the trip offers the best aspects of the Manaslu region.

About Us

At Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition, we put our efforts to create and operate trips to various parts of Nepal. We have a great team of skilled guides and porters to assist travelers. Thus, we provide our finest people and services to cater to your needs. Also, we allow you to easily change the itineraries as per your liking.

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  • Amazing cultural riches of the Tsum and Nubri communities
  • Enjoy the delightful panorama of the Manaslu, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Cross the majestic Larkya La Pass (5160m)
  • Explore the Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gompa and many other locations


Day 1

Drive to Machha Khola

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

180km/190km Drive to Machhakhola
(Av.10 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Machhakhola



Your exciting journey starts with a drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu. A smooth drive on a black-topped road takes you to Dhading Bensi from where the road turns upward to Gola Bhanjyang and then slopes down to Ankhu Khola. At Arughat, you cross the Budhi Gandaki River and drive further to reach Sotikhola. We continue to drive two hours to reach Machhakhola. This Ten-hour long drive rewards you with scenic villages, rivers, terraced farms, and a good view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh. Overnight in Machhakhola.

Day 2

Trek to Jagat

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km trek to Jagat
(Av.07 hours )


Luxury Lodge in Jagat



After breakfast, we prepare to trek to Jagat. First, we trek along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River and ascend through dense forests of Sal. The trail then takes us to Tatopani, which houses natural hot water springs. You can take a dip in the springs if you like. Then, we continue to trek on the banks of Budhi Gandaki again to reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 3

Trek to Deng

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

22 km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Deng



After our permits are approved, we start the trek to Deng. We first trek through the dense tropical forest and continue to trek alongside the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail of this part is through the forests, which is shelter to much rare wildlife. We continue to trek through the forests of the Manaslu region and come across many different villages like Bhatti Khola and Philim. We then cross the bamboo forest over Budhi Gandaki to reach Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 4

Trek to Namrung

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
( Av.05 hours )


Luxury Lodge in Namrung



From Deng, we cross a suspension bridge and continue to trek through the uneven trails. The trail leads us to Bihi Phedi. We continue from there to reach Ghap. The trail from Ghap is dangerous as it is prone to dry landslides. After crossing the landslide zone, we go past several Magar villages to reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung

Day 5

Trek to Lho Gaon

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

10 km Uphill hike
( Av.04 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Lho



As we gain altitude, we start seeing a change in the vegetation and culture as well. We slowly enter the Tibetan cultured areas as we trek from Namrung. The trail takes us through the Mani walls and stone houses. On the way, we can also see the beautiful view of mountains like Mt Manaslu (8163m). After trekking for 4 hours, we finally reach Lho. Overnight in Lho.

Day 6

Trek to Sama Gaon

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14 km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Sama Gaon



After breakfast in Lho, we start our day with a trek towards Sama Gaon. We trek through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. The breathtaking view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) follows us throughout the trail. The trek is challenging, and also we gain altitude today. We trek for about five hours to reach Sama Gaon. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 7

Acclimatization day/ Exploring around

Day 7 Facts


Luxury Lodge in Sama Gaon

Trekking to the higher altitude may become dangerous if you do not take proper rest. So, we rest for a day today in Sama Gaon. After breakfast, we explore the village and interact with the villagers. We will then hike to Pung Gyan Gompa, where we can enjoy the beautiful view of the Manaslu and other mountains around it. In the evening, you can interact with the locals and try local foods. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

Day 8

Trek to Samdo

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.04 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Samdo



After a day of rest and breakfast in Sama Gaon, we start our trek. We first trek through the pine forest, which slowly starts getting sparser. The vegetation disappears, and the land becomes barren. We trek to a remote and isolated part of the trail with the beautiful Mt. Manaslu (8163m) still keeping us company. The trek is about 4 hours along the banks of the reduced Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 9

Head to Dharmashala

Day 9 Facts

Trekking Time Average

12km Uphill hike
(Av.05 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Dharmashala



Today is one of the most important days of the trek as we trek west along with the views of Naike and Pangbuche peaks. After breakfast in Samdo, we cross a suspension bridge and continue through the uneven and rocky trail. You get a beautiful view of mountains in Manaslu and Himal Chuli range on the route to Dharmashala. After five hours of trekking, we reach Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 10

Trek to Bimthang

Day 10 Facts

Trekking Time Average

18km Uphill hike
(Av.08 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Bimthang.



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 the 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 Larkya, Mansiri, Cheo, and Himlung Himal range. Later, you descend from the pass with a panoramic view of the mountains and glaciers. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 11

Trek to Dharapani

Day 11 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Avg. 7 hours)


Luxury Lodge in Dharapani



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 12

Drive to Besisahar - Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12 Facts

Trekking Time Average

51 Km Drive to Besisahar(Av.04 hours)
160km Drive to Kathmandu(Av.05 hours)


Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu


( 840m./2772ft )
( 1290m./4273ft.)

After breakfast in Dharapani, we embark on jeep that takes us to Besisahar. The drive to Besisahar is about four hours. We drive through beautiful villages and hills. On the way, you get a lovely view of terraced fields and typical Nepali houses. After driving for about 3 hours, we arrive at Besisahar then we board the bus to Kathmandu. As we drive 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?


  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport )  in Kathmandu  .
  • All meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • Lodge accommodation ( Twin share basis) 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 equipments.
  • Overland transport as per mentioned in itinerary.
  • Manaslu special permit, ACAP ( Annapurna conservation area project), TIMS and MCAP ( Manaslu conservation area project).
  • A trekking map, duffel bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, Water purification, first aid medical, company t-shirt and trekking company certificate.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation .
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

What's 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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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. We spent a great time in the beautiful mystery tsum valley and the great nature of Manaslu. We had a very good guide with Nauser, good accommodation and good food. We enjoyed to avoid the crowd of this trek. Thank you Tej and Nauser for Everything !


Lea odermatt

Huebboden 9, ch 6370 cberdaf, Switzerland
'Manaslu Circuit Trek' Tarpan Mukherjee, October 25, 2016 Krishnagar, West Bengal, India. Two out of six of us have just completed our 15 day long Manaslu Cercuit Trek from September 29 to October 13 with Nepal Alternative Trek. From the experiences of email exchange with Tej I was very confident that we are in good hands. All my queries, worries and suggested plans has been responded in good sprites. Tej arranged permits, hotel accommodations, bus tickets, guide and porters for us very professionally. Thanks Tej for an excellent organization. The road condition is worst and horrible from Dading Beshi to Soti Khola. The bus got stuck in mud several times. Bus staffs and passengers work hard every time to get the bus through. It was 22 km before Arughat our bus finally surrender to mud. We hired a truck from Arughat with the help of local people and at last reached Arughat at 1:30am midnight. It takes another six hours (normally 2 hours) to reach Soti Khola next day. The lower part of the trek has been mostly damaged by the quake and it has also with slippery rocky sections with many ups and down and landslides. The sun was intense. It just killed us during the first three days of trek. The upper section of the trail after Namrung is good. Lihi, Sho, Lho and especially Shyala are excellent places to stay before Sama Gaon and Samdo. We had cloud most of the day time and rainy nights. It would be a better idea to trek during late October and November. I have done a side trip to Pungyen Gompa with our guide Amar Gurung while going to Sama gaon. Although cloud was there we spent some great time. The gumpa is located at the end of a vast grassy plateau on the true left bank of Pungyen Glacier surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Certainly the best place to get a view of mount Manaslu and Peak-29 (Nagdi Chuli). But you need a bright clear day for a awesome view. October 11, we started at 5 am from Dharmashala for the pass. It was one of the few cloudless and brilliant days. After two hours reached a beautiful turquoise lake that reflects the surrounding snowy mountains. An hour later to tea house. From here after numerous tedious climbs for two hour finally I reached the first part of Larke Pass marked by prayer flags. From this section I can not see the other side of the pass but I have to walk for another 20 minutes to get a glimpse of the 'other world'. Two hour steep slippery decent from the pass was tiresome as the trail was covered by hard snow mixed with rocks. Trekking poles and micro-spikes would be very helpful. Ponkar Lake can be seen down below to the west. I reached Fedi (two huts can be seen from above) after 3 hours from the pass. In another one and half hour I reached Bhimtang medow. Bhimtang is located between the true left bank of the lateral moraine of Bhimtang Glacier and slopes of Larke Himal range. Bhimtang is a stunning place and surrounded by the great snow peaks. It is a great place to stay. From Bhimtang to Gawa the trail is through fantastic scenery of snowy mountains and beautiful lash green Pine vegetation. Gawa to Chamcheya is a 8-10 hours walk. We are grateful to our guide Amar Gurung for taking great care for our safety and comfort. He is friendly, reliable, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Our porters Samsher and Ram were always smiling and ready to help. The whole support team had done a wonderful and herculean task while escorting down one of our sick aging member to safety to Sama gaon and come back again to join with two of us next day at Gawa after crossing the pass. Hats off to them. The team of Nepal Alternative Trek were fantastic. I would definitely choose them for future venture in Nepal and highly recommended Nepal Alternative Trek for everyone who plans a trip in Nepal.


Tarpan Mukherjee



Best time to visit

The best time to do Manaslu Trekking is during September, October, November, March, April, and May. At this time of the year, you will be able to travel in a clear sky.  Similarly, during this time you will find a suitable and stable climate. In addition, you will also travel with clear visibility of the surroundings. Which can double your trekking experience. So, make sure you visit here during his time of the year.

The difficulty of this trek

This is a moderate-level difficulty trek. For this trek, you have to climb some high uphill climb. This can be difficult for rookie trekkers so first make sure you can climb some small peaks. Likewise, while climbing high altitudes we can suffer from high altitude sickness. So, sometimes it can be hard for a new trekker who has little knowledge about trekking.

Travel insurance

You have to have your insurance with you. It is compulsory when you trek at a high altitude. Or, any kind of trekking. Without it, you cannot trek anywhere. There are a lot of benefits of travel insurance during his trek. It covers your injury, medical expenses, rescue mission, loss of property, etc. Most importantly, make sure that your insurance is not expired. Furthermore, make sure to check with your insurance company that your adventure and trekking are covered. If you haven’t taken any insurance policy, then it will be hard for us to cooperate.

Required Permits

ACAP : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

MCAP : NPR 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Manaslu Special permit: USD 100 Sept – Nov for 1 week and USD 15 per day beyond 1 week
: USD 75 Dec-Aug for 1 week and USD 10 per day beyond 1 week

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Meals and accommodation

You provide your Lodge (Twin share basis) accommodation during the trekking. Similarly, all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during trekking are also available. The meals and accommodation are also top class. Where you can enjoy your stay and have quality Nepali and western food. But, we don’t provide any kind of soft or hard drink.

Fitness and Experience requirements

We all know walking at a high altitude is physically challenging. However, if you have excellent health with average physical condition with a positive attitude and self-control you can complete this trek. Additionally, you should not have any health problems like asthma. Similarly, you should have no heart, Lungs, or blood diseases. Furthermore, this is a long trek that will push your body to its limit so be prepared for that.

Safety and security

The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. Similarly, while trekking in Manaslu we carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers on the lodges and during the trek as well. Therefore, you feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek, you should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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