Manaslu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Feb 25, 2020
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Manaslu base camp trekking is very popular trekking recognized in the Manaslu region. "untouched" natural paradise trail in Nepal. Located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It was officially opened as an adventure walking trip for tourist in 1992. Less amount of tourist visited Manaslu base camp trek because it requires special trekking permits.

Manaslu Base Camp treks offer vast, rich culture, tradition, adventure, scenic beauty and rural civilization. The newly opened route surrounds the entire Manaslu ridge and provides a chance to explore Nepal's natural and cultural diversity. Located in Gorkha district, some 64 kilometres east of Annapurna. The terrain l follows the ancient route of Budi Gandaki River. Many peaks of over 6,500 meters and few of over 7,000 meters are visible en route. Terrain crosses the way of many scattered villages where you can find different ethnic groups.

Manaslu Base Camp trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Manaslu Region. Mt. Manasulu is the eighth highest peak in the world; it towers 8,163 meters above sea level. It is situated in the western central part of Nepal in Mansiri Himal. Manaslu is a Sanskrit derived name which means "Mountain of the Spirit". It has always attracted many Japanese people. Japenese trekker prefers more to climb this mountain because Toshio Imanishi of Japan in assistance of Gyalzen Norbu (Nepali) climbed the hill for the first time in 1956.

On the way to the Manaslu Base Camp, you can find a resident of local peoples very innocent and loving. Many people are of Tibetan origin & speak their own vernacular. During the trekking journey, you also can explore real Nepalese life and spot many Buddhist "MONKS inhabitant" holy monasteries. Combined with many great views of Tibetan highland, this terrain will prove a truly mystical place. You can visit ancient monastery "Sama Gompa" ascending furthermore in Manasulu base camp trek.

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Manaslu Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • You can spot more than 10 peaks of over 6,500 meters and a few of over 7,000 meters in the terrain.
  • Observe the lifestyle of Nubri and Tsum, two main ethnic groups residing in Manasulu region. Among both groups, Tsum still provides a glimpse of their ancient culture, art, and tradition.
  • Spot monasteries, mani walls, and prayer wheels in the area.
  • Natural eye-catching scenery, high glacier lakes, fascinating flora, and fauna.
  • Trek to Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Visit many Buddhist monuments and remote villages with magnificent mountain views
  • Hike to Manaslu Base Camp of eight tallest mountains on the planet.
  • an insight into Tibetan and Buddhist culture
  • A chill environment with peace and tranquillity in the less crowd.
  • Spectacular scene of Himlung Himal (7,216m/23,345ft) and Mt. Manaslu (8153m/26,748ft)

Chances of Getting Altitude Sickness During the Trek

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It's impossible to predict who gets affected by altitude. Altitude sickness is caused at high altitudes starting from 3,000 meters and upward. The highest elevation of the Manaslu Trek is 5,120 meters above the sea level. Since it is above 5000mtr, you should give enough time for acclimatization.

Do not rush at all. If you notice any symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite, then you need to descend to some lower elevation immediately.

Weather condition

Manaslu base camp trek weather depends upon the month you’re trekking. The temperature during January is pretty cold, though the sky becomes clear.

If you’re trekking in the winter season, it’s freezing out there, but yeah possible to hike with better preparation. Weather remains very cold and icy during February. However, by the end of February, the temperature slowly starts to get warm.

Some of the good lodges at Larkya Phedi and Bimtang remain closed during the January and February months. Since in the beginning month of spring-like April the temperature is beautiful, neither too cold, nor too warm during March. Similarly, the lower altitude areas, especially in the Budhi Gandaki region, remain pretty warm during April

July and August are two months for monsoon. After the end of the storm, on the arrival of September, you may find some potential rains. With November, the temperature starts to get down. You can enjoy chilly weather. High altitude areas are quite cold. December is moderately severe but reaches its extremity by the end of the month.

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Manaslu Base Camp Trek Detailed itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1350m.]

Our representatives will be waiting for you at Tribhuvan International Airport from there you will be shifted directly in your hotel room. You will have your welcome drinks in the hotel.you can have refreshments, and will be introduced to the guides who will further explain to you about your trekking plans. You can have a cosy rest or explore the nightlife of the capital.

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour and trek preparation.

Early in the morning after having breakfast, your guide will be there at your hotel where he will further explain to you about today's plan and possibilities. Since many sites need to visit in the capital you can make an option with your guide.

Our morning journey begins with the Buddhist heritage at syambhunath temple overlooking the valley from the top of the hill. After a magnificent view from the top, we move towards the famous Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, often referred to guardian god of the country. Afternoon we explore historical sights of Kathmandu durbar square. Our journey ends at Boudhanath with spectacular views of the sunset.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola [710m] 8 - 9 hours

Our adventurous trekking journey begins from today. Early morning drive from the hotel after having breakfast starts your thrilling experience onwards. We can spot amazing magnificent views at Seti Khola. On our way to soti Khola, we will be driving on the longest highway of the country Prithvi highway. Moving forward, we come across trishuli river. It adds beauty in the trip with such a magnificent landscape views.

Ascending forward we cross the town of Arughat which brings us very close to soti khola. Overnight we stay there.

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola [869m]: 6 - 7 hours

We begin our trek to Manasulu base camp trek early in the morning. Ascending forward we cross a bridge over soti Khola. As we hike onward, we come cross sal forest. You can hear the thundering roar of Budi Gandaki beneath. Ascending further on Manaslu circuit trek we soon reach village Khursane and Lapubesi.

As we walk through the well-built stone tracks to reach Machha Khola, we can witness magnificent views from the bride. Overnight we stay at Maachha Khola.

Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat [1340m]: 6 - 7 Hrs

After an overnight stay at Machha Khola, we head towards the fabulous city of Jagat. As we ascend we hike through the gorge up the river. Terrain remains wind up and down. Hilly landscapes you witness while crossing Tharo Khola and heading to Khorlbesi. From Khaleesi,we hike towards Tatopani. You can spot amazing hot, warm water at Tatopani.

Manasulu Base camp trek terrain goes through Budigandaki river and cross path often to reach Jagat. Overnight we stay at Jagat.

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng [1,860m]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Today, we trek to the hilly village of Deng and the trail is brightened by the stunning landscapes, dense sub-tropical forests and small rivers. The trail climbs onto a rocky ridge heading to Salleri continuing to Ghatta Khola crossing Sirdibas. Chasing the trail through somewhat levelled millet fields and pathways we reach Ekle Bhatti and head along Budhi Gandaki River before finally settling down at Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung [2,630m]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Our walk begins with a crossing Budhi Gandaki River. As we hike further, we also enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manasulu conservation area is home to 33 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan thar.

There are over 110 species of birds and three species of reptiles and 1500-2000 species of flowering plants. Mesmerizing views of Serang Himal (7,161m) up and over the forests landing at the base of the hill leading to Namrung

Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon [3,520m]: 6-7 hours

Today we are about to move towards altitude over 3000mtr. Today's trek is guided by majestic Ganesh Himal(7,422m) and Himachali(7,863m). Ascending forward towards the quaint hamlet of Lihi crossing several passes. Terrain winds down to Lho through prayer flags and stone cranes continuing to Shayla. our today's walk ends as we reach Samagaon.

Day 09: Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp and Return to Samagaun through Birendra lake.

Today is the most important day of our trek. We trek towards Manaslu base camp. We explore Manaslu base camp and return to Samagaon.our journey starts on a rocky trail heading past stone cranes and rocky ridges. Samagaon paths are often travelled by pilgrims singing their traditional songs. samagaon crosses the elevation 3000mtr. You can explore the Gompa blessed with captivating views of Mt.Manasulu(8,163m) and Ngadi chuli(7,871mtr).

Gompa belongs to the older generation of Buddhist artefacts. Since we are moving upward for our exploration, we may not find any tea houses further.

It's essential to carry lunch. After exploring upward, we descend to samagaon again. As we descend downward, we pass via Birendra lake.

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3860m]: 4 hours

Easy trail of the Manaslu Circuit Trek would be this. We walk our way to Samdo today. Our journey begins with a steep descend towards the thrashing Budhi Gandaki before making its way towards the valley. You can spot stunning mountain vistas during the walk.

The trail dives deep into alpine forests before reaching Kermo Kharka.walking forward we detect familiar Budhi Gandaki beyond which the rugged trail leads to Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.

Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala/Larkya B. C. [4460m]: 4 hours

We have already crossed 3500mtr. Our destination for today is Dharmasala. It is also the house of the base camp for larky La pass. Our terrains lead us to said.

Samdo heads towards the Larkya Bazaar a famous Tibetan trading place in the ancient times.

Once again, our trail descends downward to Budhi Gandaki we reach majestic larkye Glacier. The journey takes us towards salla Khola before finally reaching out Dharmasala for the night

Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Larkya la [5160m] - Bhimthang [3720m]: 8 - 9 hours

Early in the morning, we cross the Larkya La pass (5160m). Larkya La pass is the highest altitude of our trek. Today we walk long hours sporting dazzling views the world's largest Himalayas. Our trekking journey begins with a steep ascent towards the northern end of the Larkya Glacier

Trail gets steeper and steeper with the rising altitude, before finally giving way to Larkya La Pass at 5,160mtr. The sight of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Samdo (6,335m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) and countless peaks stretching over 6500m are just magnificent. We descend to Bhimthang for the night.

Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije [2300m]: 5 - 6 hours

Our long way back home begins today. After having our morning breakfast, we continue our descent from Bimthang towards Tilije. Once again we descend to Budhi Gandaki towards Sangure Kharka beyond which Kharka waits. Ascending further we reach terraced farmlands and towards Gho beyond which lies Tilije. Overnight stay at Tilije.

Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Chyamche [1430m]: 6 hours

Today, we head towards Chyamche, which falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail winds up towards the stony ridges adorned by the Mani stones and seas of prayer flags and towards Thonje. Taking mental notes in awe of the local way of life, we continue our journey to reach Dharapani. The trail winds towards the Marshyangdi River before reaching Tal beyond which a steep descends takes us to Chyamche. Overnight stay at Chyamche.

Today we walk towards chance. We are very close to end our trekking journey. So we do not rush during our walk. Chyamche lies under Annapurna Conversation area, and we can spot the prayer flags waving in the wind of thonje. We reach Dharapni in some hours walk. The trail leads towards marshyangdi river before reaching Tal Beyond. Trail steeps descend and take us to Chyamche

Day 15: Trek from Chyamche to Bhulbhule [840m]: 6 hours

Today is the final day of the Manasulu circuit trek. We descend downward to Bhulbhule today. Our walk begins along the banks of raging Marsyangdi via the lush green forest. Forest is filled with oak, juniper and sal trees. We can witness magnificent landscapes as we head towards Bahundada. We look back we realize we have left the valley behind our foot steeps. We stay overnight at Bhulbhule.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner

The final day of the Manaslu Circuit trekking; we head back to Kathmandu from Bhulbhule crossing the hustling and bustling town of Besisahar on our way. The journey begins on the familiar bends of Prithvi Highway surrounded be pleasant landscapes before for the final time Trishuli River joins us. Sumptuous farewell dinner with Frolic Adventure awaits us as we head back to our hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we start our drive towards Kathmandu valley. Crossing Bhulbhule town of Besisahar on our way. We again drive along the longest highway in the country. We reach our hotel after a drive. Today is going to be your last day after a long trek in that isolated trail. You can get fresh in your hotel room we will be waiting for you.since we have our dinner together for the last time. You can shop in the evening too.

Day 17: Departure to the International Airport

Today is your final day and ours too. Keeping all those beautiful memories in the heart, we have to give you a farewell. Goodbye. We hope to see you soon here in Nepal with us. Since we are here to serve you, our staff will drive you through the airport safe. We pray for your safe flight. Once again, we shared beautiful memories.

Accommodation for the trek

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Accommodation type on the trek

Accommodation can be found with ease in the Manaslu region. It depends on your month of trek how heavy traffic you may find on the trail. Toilets are mostly shared and can be outside of teahouses. Heating is only available in the dining area. Foods are available in teahouses. You will stop in teahouses for lunch during the trek.

Internet and wifi facilities?

You can find wifi facilities on the tea houses. If there are a lot of users, there may be a problem with high-speed Internet. The Internet is sometimes very much necessary to travel far from your home. If you want to communicate back home, there is an SAT phone available in tea houses. The SAT phone may have extra money to make a phone call back home

Any difficulties?

There are no such difficulties during the trek, and anyone can do it with good health. Trek does not require any individual physical fitness. Since we are going above, 5000mtr trekker should be prepared before making a trek. Manaslu trek is a long trek in isolated trails; sometimes, trekkers cannot complete the trek due to incomplete preparation on their strength.

You should practice some short trek to check your stamina and capacity. Some mental and physical preparation can help you a lot.

Final words

Manaslu Base Camp trek is one of the best classic treks. You will lose yourself in the geographical charisma. Manaslu Base Camp treks are very rich with diverse culture, natural beauty, rudimental settlements, and ancient Tibetan lifestyle. Are you ready for the most unforgettable moment of your life in the Manaslu region?

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

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