The Manaslu Trek also known as Manaslu Round trek around 8156m Mt. Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain was formally opened to the foreign trekkers in 1991 though mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the region. HW Tilman and Colonel Jimmy Robert crossed the Larke Pass looking for an interesting mountain to climb in 1950. But today in these days, the area draws thousands of trekkers and mountaineers. It is not busy as Everest and Annapurna Trek. People who like to avoid road, crowd and like more authentic culture which is less western influenced, then their choice is definitely Manaslu to trek. And moreover Manaslu area is full of Wilderness experiences now no need to organize as a camping trek.
A teahouse trek in the Manaslu region is possible now as the lodges and home stay facilities are open in the area from last few years. This trek is now ever more popular for its range of scenery and cultural variety. Manaslu Teahouse Trek is the best alternative trek to Annapurna Circuit to avoid road access and disturbing construction.
Restricted Area Manaslu Trek Permit
To trek to Manaslu you will have to arrange your trek through a government authorized trekking company in Kathmandu and trek with a licensed guide is an obligatory. There must be least two foreign trekkers to get the permit. Manaslu trek permit costs:
September to November: USD 100.00 per person for first week and USD 15.00 per person each extra day after 7 days
December to August: USD 75.00 for 7 days per person and after 7 days USD 10.00 per person.
Beside the restricted route permit; you will need additional two permits; ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Entrance Permit. NPR. 3000.00 Per person MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) Entrance Permit. NPR. 3000.00 Per person.
Manaslu trek Itinerary
Travel from Kathmandu to Arughat (525m) local bus, or a private jeep, may take you further than Arughat depending on the state of the road ahead. Sleep there or continue to Soti Khola (Several lodges) 700m to get a head start. Otherwise the standard itinerary with days of 6 hours or less of walking is as follows: However we can customize your itinerary as per your interest and according to your previous trekking experience, level of physical fitness and stamina you have to walk.
General Outline Itinerary of Manaslu Trek
Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola (700m) 8-9 Hours. Lodges are there.
Day 02: Trek to Machha Khola (887m), 6-7 Hours. Lodges are there.
Day 03: Trek to Jagat (1345m), 7 Hours. Good lodges there.
Day 04: Trek to Deng (1860), 6 -7 Hours. Two good lodges there.
Day 05: Trek to Namrung (2600m), 7 Hours. Good lodges with Wifi service.
Day 06: Trek to Lho Village (3180m) 4 Hours. Good lodges available there.
Day 07: Trek to Samagaon (3520m). 3-4 Hours walk. Several lodges available.
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day. Exlpore around and relax.
Day 09: Trek to Samdo (3860m) reasonable lodges.
Day 10: Trek to Dharma Saala (4460m). 4 Hours trek. Two basic lodges available.
Day 11: Trek to Bimthang (3750m) via Larke La (5135m), Many good lodges.
Day 12: Trek to Goa (2560m) 6 Hours. Many good lodges.
Day 13: Trek to Chyamje 6-7 Hours. Many good lodges.
Day 14: Drive to Besi sahar and connecting drive to Kathmandu / Pokhara.
Manaslu region has already developed teahouse as it is more popular than Annapurna Circuit. In the past, visiting the remote parts of Nepal was only possible by camping trekking for adventure holidays. Due to the increasing number of travelers, small lodges in the major places are being developed. So, now you can trek by staying on local lodges (tea houses) without camping in this famous trekking area. Manaslu trekking can be done either way - staying at lodges (tea-houses) or camping.
You have to arrange this trek though a registered trekking agency, even though you may just be two people with a single guide. The agency is necessary for arranging the permit, as individual tourists are not permitted to do that. Prepare as you would for any other trek equipment-wise. Water purification such as chlorine (drops or tablets), iodine or a portable filter will be needed. Get fit. Wilderness Excursion strongly recommends Travel Insurance for all the clients who are going to join our Manaslu trek. Your travel insurance must provide and cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency helicopter rescue services and personal liability.
How to get there.
Manaslu Round trek generally starts at Soti Khola or Machha Khola as road bulding works in on progress. There are daily public bus departure leaving in the morning. Advance booking may require in the peak season. Dashain & Tihar festival falls in October/November and many locals go back to home to celebrate the festival so local bus may get full soon. Wilderness Excursion can arrange a Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat on our client request.
Best Season or when to trek?
The best time to trek to Manaslu are from mid September to early December in the autumn season and March to May in spring. The weather is sunny and warm during the day time with breath stopping views however, the weather condition in Himalaya is associated with Indian Ocean. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon season (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
Manaslu trek is possible to start from Gorkha Bazaar which is closer to reach from Kathmandu on a smoother road. We can find connecting transport to Barpak, where there is accommodation, and continue via Larpak to join the main trek. Many people add Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek that will need 1 week extra with Manaslu Round Trekking. This used to require camping or pre-arranged homestays, but can now be done as a teahouse trek, staying at lodges (though facilities are more basic than on the main trekking route). Itineraries can be as short as 7 days, excluding rest days, or as much as 21 days, taken at a relaxing pace with plenty of exploring. It is also entirely possible to combine with the Annapurna Ciruit: from Dharapani, continue to Manang and over the Thorung La at speed having already acclimatized. Then fly or bus out from Jomson to Pokhara. Others options include the trek to Nar and Phu, Tilicho Lake taking advantage of trek-earned acclimatization and fitness.
How much does it cost?
Manaslu Trek Price will be according to how we organize your tour. Including 5 star hotel and using 4WD jeep will cost high and including just budget hotels in Kathmandu and using local buses will reduce the trip cost. Also group size will differ the package price. We offer the value for money Manaslu trip packages. Please kindly visit the following trip packages.
Side trips in Manaslu trekking
Popular day trips include a visit to Manaslu base camp from Samagaon, Kaal taal from Prok, Hinang Gompa Himalchuli Base Camp from Lihi, Pungyen Gomp from Shyala, Birendra Taal from Samagaon, aand a hike to the Rui La border with Tibet which is 6-7 hour return trip from Samdo. (For more about suggested: (Side trips in Manaslu)
The principal danger is altitude, specifically going too high too quickly. Taking a day for acclimatization at Samagaon, Samdo, may be helpful. Follow these instructions for altitude sickness prevention. Another serious danger is being pushed off the trail by donkeys & yaks, which has resulted in the deaths of some trekkers. Be alert for the bells of approaching donkeys and make sure you are on the inside of the trail, out of the way of donkeys, and wait until they have passed before proceeding. There are also cases of trekkers being fashed off of trails by landslide and avalanches. Cold and wind can be dangerous, so suitable clothing is essential. Snow and ice may be a problem at the Larkya La Pass, and some trail sections and stream crossings may be icy, especially in November or later. Trekking poles and light crampons or minispikes can be very helpful in reducing the risk of slipping, particularly on the steep descent after crossing the pass. Gaiters may be helpful in deep snow or blowing snow.
At last ride a local bus from Besisahar to return to Kathmandu, or continue onward to Pokhara. or If you still have got time and interested for Annapurna Circuit Trek (Thorong-la Pass) 5416 m, rather coming back to Besisahar, you can right start your trek to Annapurna From Dharapani. But you will need TIMS Card permit. Because your restricted permit will not valid any more. But the good things is your ACAP permit is still valid. For the information whether you will make a Annapurna Circuit or not you need to buy ACAP permit in advance, because after Manaslu you end up your trip in Annapurna region the reason why it's required. so why not if you have time another adventure. Maximum in 1 week more you will reach to Pokhara.
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