Trek around Manaslu Mountain
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the old streets of Kathmandu, enjoy the buzzing ambiance and get a first glimpse into Nepalese life.
Meals not included
Day 2 Drive: Kathmandu - Gorkha - Barpak (1000m)
After an early breakfast, you leave Kathmandu for Barpak. The Himalayan Mountain range looms into view as you leave the Kathmandu Valley through the small Mountain Pass of Thankot (1400m). Drive through green hills and Dhorandi Khola valley to Barpak. This Gurung village as a starting point enables you to enjoy a pleasantly different, less frequented itinerary for two days, before joining the classic route of Manaslu. During these two days, you will cross many authentic Gurung villages like Laprak and Singla and walk in the middle of the magnificent paddy fields which dot Nepals hillsides.
Drive: 7 hours
Day 3 Barpak - Laprak (2200m)
Trekking through a calm forest trail, you reach the Pushu Danda (3000 m). Your effort is rewarded with superb views of Himal Buddha (6672 m) and the various peaks of Ganesh Himal (7100 m). You then descend to Laprak, another authentic Gurung village. Here you can go in and out of stone houses and receive a warm welcome from your hosts.
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: + 1100m / -700m
Day 4 Laprak - Singla - Khorla Bensi (970m)
Today's hike begins with a short descent to the Machha Khola River and then a gradual ascent towards Singla. You have beautiful views of the villages of Laprak and Gumda, which cling to the mountainsides nestled amoung terraced rice fields which decorate the hills as far as the eye can see. From Singla, you can see the imposing massif of Ganesh Himal. Walk down to Khorla Bensi, from here you trek along the classic Manaslu Circuit trail.
Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: + 450m / -1300m
Day 5 Khorla Bensi - Jagat (1370m) - Sirdibas (1420m)
It is a "riverside journey" from Khorla Besi. You trek along the Budhi Gandaki River for several days. Today you journey past the hot springs of Tatopani and walk to the first gorges. You settle down in Sirdibas for the night.
Hiking: 6 hours
Elevation: + 450m
Accommodation: Lodge / hotel
Day 6 Sirdibas - Dyang (1860m)
You are in a region inhabited by Gurung and Tibetan people. With the increasing altitude, the scenery gradually changes from tropical vegetation to an alpine setting. You walk between densely wooded and rocky areas to Dyang, where today's hike ends.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Elevation: + 440m
Day 7 Dyang - Namrung (2540m)
You are approaching Tibet! Walk through the gorges to Ghap village where a Tibetan atmosphere awaits. Mani walls and chortens decorate the entrances and exits of villages and prayer flags float on stone houses with slate roofs. Tibetans have their own costumes and traditions ...
Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
Elevation: + 680m / -60m
Day 8 Namrung - Syala (3330m) - Samagaon (3390m)
You will cross many typical villages along today's trail. When you arrive in Lho, you will see for the first time the iconic jagged summit of Manaslu which towers at 8163 m. You continue on to Samagaon, a Tibetan village at the foot of the Manaslu mountain range.
Hiking: 7 hours
Elevation: + 870m / -150m
Day 9 Day excursion to the Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)
A day of acclimatization to prepare for the ascent of Larkya La pass (5100 m) which you will cross in 3 days. You walk to Lake Birendra (3 hours round trip), fed by the glacier of Manaslu. The most courageous can then continue to the base camp of Manaslu (3 hours more). The first part of climb follows a wooded path, then very quickly you join the mineral high mountain atmosphere. Sweeping views of the impressive glaciers of Manaslu await. Return the same way to Samagaon.
Hiking: 3 to 6 hours
Elevation: + 1200m / -1200m
Day 10 Samagaon - Pung Gyen Monastery (3870m) - Samdo (3690m)
After breakfast, you head for Pung Gyen Buddhist Monastery, found at 3870 m in a magical place a few steps away from gigantic glaciers. This monastery was built in a large meadow at the foot of the majestic Manaslu massif. Your morning effort is rewarded by breathtaking 360 ° views of the high peaks, including Mt. Manaslu. Then, you walk down to Sama Gaon abd continue towards Samdo, the last village before the Larkya La Pass.
Hiking: 5 hours
Elevation: + 920m / -550m
Day 11 Samdo - Dharmasala (High Camp - 4335m)
In Samdo, an improvised market is sometimes organized between Tibet and Nepal. Here, you are only a few kilometers from Tibet. Today, you climb up the glacier valley to the foot of Larkya glacier.
Hiking: 4 hours
Elevation: + 550m
Day 12 Col of Larkya (5100m) - Bhimtang (3600m)
The day you have been waiting for - the day you conquer Larkya pass at 5100 m. It is a long gradual climb up. A grand display of your stuning surroundings awaits. The descent is long too but the views across the circus of Peri Himal are sublime. Overnight in Bhimthang - a paradisaical setting.
Hiking: 8 to 9 hours
Elevation: + 750m / -1500m
Day 13 Bhimthang - Tileche (2300 m)
Today you descend peacefully along a bucolic trail. A wooded route with rhododendrons and conifers takes you to the village of Tileche, inhabited by Tibetan Manangis.
Hiking: 6 hours
Day 14 Tileche - Jagat (1300 m)
A day of ascents and descents. You skirt the Marsyandi River and trek down to Tal, a village surrounded by cliffs. You are now in Manangi country.
Hiking: 6 hours
Accommodation: Lodge or hotel
Day 15 Jagat - Besisahar - Katmandou
Today you take public transport to Kathmandu via Besisahar. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the Nepalese capital at your own pace.
Day 16 Free day in Kathmandu
A day at leisure in Kathmandu. Discover historical sites like Patan and Bodhnath on your own or explore the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk...
Meals not included
Day 17 End of our services
Depending on you flight schedule, free morning in Kathmandu or transfer to the airport for international flight.
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- Transport by local vehicle as detailed in itinerary
- Accommodation in 3 * hotel or B&B in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Trek includes breakfasts and lodge accommodation
- Accompaniment by an English-speaking Altaï Guide
- Porterage of luggage: up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: MCAP, ACAP and TIMS
- Manaslu Special Permit
- Staff Insurance
- Entrance to historical sites & monuments
- Meals (lunches and dinners) in Kathmandu & during trek
- Nepalese visa: US $ 30
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- Notebook or travel diary
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.