Manaslu Trek with Best Local Company of Nepal
Manaslu is the world’s 8th tallest mountain. Manaslu Trek takes you to visit and explore the beautiful periphery of Mount Manaslu. Hiking to Manaslu is one of the most charming Himalayan adventures. Manaslu Trek is a well-known and much-loved trekking route in Nepal which is relatively less crowded and untouched by modernity.
This mountain is located in the west north of Kathmandu at the Gorkha district of Nepal. The trail of Manaslu Trek is located near to the border of Tibet. Trekking to Manaslu opened for foreigners only from 1991 AD.
As per the local language, the word Manaslu defines “The spirit-mountain”. The locals believe that the compassionate and strong deity dwells within its domain.
Trek to Manaslu offers a great view of some of the high Himalayan peaks in the world like Mount Manaslu, Mount Annapurna, and Mount Dhaulagiri. Besides, it also provides to explore hidden cultural villages and outstanding as well as biological diversity. Truly to say, Manaslu Trek provides all the trekker a kind of sublime experience which you can’t get in other routes.
Due to the amazing biological and cultural treasures in the Manaslu route, it is still controlled and regulated by the Nepal government. Individual trekker without guide or porter is not allowed to freely trekking in Manaslu. To trek in the Manaslu region, a special permit is required to obtain from the Immigration office of Nepal. Excellent Himalaya Trek will do all procedures of a special permit for the hikers interested to trek in Manaslu.
The trip of Manaslu begins from your arrival in Kathmandu. You will have a day tour in Kathmandu before we start the trek and we use this day to prepare the special trekking permits for you. Following day you will have a day drive from Kathmandu to Sottikhola. Your real trek starts from Sottikhola followed by the version trail to the Larkya pass at (5420 m.). After passing the pass, you join with the Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani. From Dharapani, you catch a drive back to Kathmandu connecting Besi Sahar.
Now, it is possible Manaslu by Tea House trek. In every night halt place in the route available nice lodges operated by local people. The tea houses in the area were destroyed in the earthquake of 2015 but almost all of them have been restored. Further, there should be minimum 2 or more people to obtain the special trekking permits for the Manaslu trek. However, if you are single may join on our group trek going to Manaslu.
Why Excellent Himalaya Trek Company for Manaslu Trek
Excellent Himalaya Trek is a leading trekking operator of Nepal authorized by the Tourism Ministry, Nepal Government. It is run by local tourism experts and Sherpas of Nepal. Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is familiar as the top-rated company for Manaslu Trek among many agencies because of its below salient features:
Run by Local Experts: As a local travel operator, we know well about the route of Manaslu Trek and its surroundings. We know the best way of trekking at the route of Manaslu and get you also the same way.
Great Success Rate & Trustworthy: We are a trustworthy Trekking Company for Manaslu Trek in this sense that we are operating all Manaslu Trek based on reality, integrity and honesty.
Focus on your needs: We highly value all trekkers and are responsive to their needs and preferences. Our Manaslu Trek package is customizable according to their interests and plan.
Good Value for money: We provide the value of what you are buying of our any services at least equal to the amount you are paying. Our price is always competitive that does not have any middle and hidden fees.
Real Cared Services: Our one travel consultant or our local trekking guide keep in touch with our clients every time. We make sure their protection guaranteed so that they will have peace of mind while trekking to Manaslu with us.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. You will be met our Tour officer at the airport and he will escort you to the hotel. In the hotel, briefing of the trip. O/n at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Guided Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites (Swoyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square) in Kathmandu. Trek preparation. O/n at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/229780ft). Distance: 150 Km. Driving 6 to 7 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 4: Trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m/2851ft). Distance: 23 km. Walking 6 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 5: Trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/ 4396ft). Distance: 23 Km. Walking 6 to 7 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 6: Trekking from Jagat to Deng (1860m/ 6102ft). Distance: 21 km. Walking 6 to 7 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 7: Trekking from Deng to Namrung (2630m/ 8629ft). Distance: 19 km. Walking 6 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 8: Trekking from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10433ft). Distance: 10 Km. Walking 4 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 9: Trekking from Lho to Samagaon (3520m/ 11549ft). Distance: 17 Km. Walking 5 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 10: Day at Samagaon. Excursion to Birendra Tal (2 to 3 hours) / Pungyen gompa (5 to 6 hours) or Manaslu Base Camp (7 to 8 hours). O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 11: Trekking from Samagaon to Samdo (3875m/ 12713ft). Distance: 16 km: Walking 5 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 12: Trekking from Samdo to Dharmashala (Larke Phedi) (4460m/14633ft). Distance: 12 Km. Walking 4 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 13: Trekking from Dharmashala to Bimthang (3590m/11778ft) via Larke La Pass (5160m/16929ft). Distance: 25 Km. Walking 8 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 14: Trekking from Bimthang to Tilje (2300m/ 7546 ft). Distance: 17 Km. Walking 6 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 15: Trekking from Tilje to Dharapani (1963m/ 6440 ft). Drive to Besi Sahar (760m/ 2493ft). Walking Distance: 7 km. Walking 2 hours. Driving Distance: Around 45 Km (Off Road). Driving 4 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Day 16: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu. Distance: 172 Km. Driving 6 hours. Evening farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show. O/n at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure to your home country. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport to catch up on your flight and see you off. End of Service. Or you may take optional side tours.
For the detail day by day descriptive itinerary, please click here.
BRONZE PRICE: USD 750 Per Person
SILVER PRICE: USD 1050 Per Person
GOLD PRICE: USD 1175 Per Person
Package Cost Includes:
• Your arrival airport pickup & your departure airport drop by private car as per itinerary.
• 3-night accommodation in Kathmandu at Tourist Type hotel with breakfast.
• During trekking accommodation in Mountain Lodge/ Tea House.
• During trekking food on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). (Not in Bronze Package Price)
• During trekking, one experienced friendly trekking Guide.
• During trekking one strong porter. One porter carries luggage of two people in total weight limit of 25 kg. (Not in Silver and Bronze Package Price)
• Expenses of food, accommodation, insurance, transport and the wages of Guide.
• Manaslu Special Trekking Permit fee.
• Manaslu Conservation Area Permit fee.
• Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
• Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by bus
• Drive from Dharapani to Besi Sahar by jeep in sharing
• Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus
• Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
• Trip Map for Group
• Trip Achievement Certificate.
• All government taxes, local tax, and tourist service charges.
Package Cost Excludes:
• Airfare of your international flight.
• Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
• Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, dessert.
• All kind of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, excess baggage charge, etc.
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
• In case of emergency helicopter rescue/ evacuation & its cost.
• Tips for Trekking Staff.
• Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, etc.
Note: The above cost is in Per Person basis for a minimum group size of two persons for the private tour. Please contact us for any further information about Manaslu Trek.
The best time of Manaslu trek is in September, October, November, March, April, and May. During these months the weather becomes pleasant with a clear sky. So, you can enjoy the magnificent mountains. Further, during this time in the route especially at the Larke La normally no blockage from ice and snow. At this period temperature range is also from warm to moderate. Thus, it is a perfect time to go Manaslu trekking.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name card. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to the hotel.
In Manaslu Trekking there are available of lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in a local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu, we offer you a tourist standard hotel unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In Manaslu trekking, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Manaslu trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With the aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as a trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by the Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage the trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross-breeds). You simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination at the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore the surrounding village, do a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing a diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for a well-earned sleep.
Manaslu trekking is moderate/ fairly strenuous trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk at least 5-7hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guideline to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Mater Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional); Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of the trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
Naturally Manaslu Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guidelines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.