Ultimate Manaslu Trek - Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley

Duration: 29 Days
Price: US $1995
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • ActivityTeahouse Trekking
  • TransportationLocal Bus/Jeep
  • AccomodationLodge to lodge
  • Max Person12
Know more

The Ultimate Manaslu Trek includes the circuit of the Manaslu massif and the trek to the lost world of Nar and Phu. This adventure offeres trekkers a variety which makes Nepal so unique. The trek starts at less than 600m/2,000 ft. among tropical terraced paddy-fields inhabited by Hindus, slowly ascending to high alpine valleys inhabited by ethnically Tibetan people. The Ultimate Manaslu Trek combines the Manaslu Circuit and the Nar-Phu treks and is 37 day, 36 nights. But you may choose to participate either in the Manaslu Circuit Trek (24 days, 23 nights) or the Nar-Phu Trek (24 days, 23 nights). See detailed itinerary or inquire for details.

This trip takes you to the remote circuit around Manaslu, the world’s seventh highest peak at 8,156m/26,750ft. The Manaslu region, located along the border of Nepal and Tibet, is both beautiful and fascinating. The Manaslu area has been opened for trekking only since 1991. After crossing over the Larkya La, you continue West toward Nar Phu. Closed to trekkers until 2002, very few trekkers visit the Nar and Phu valleys. Crossing over the Kang La pass, you rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trail above Pissang.

The Manaslu and Nar-Phu regions, located along the border of Nepal and Tibet are geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the lower Buri Gandaki region are Hindus (Brahmin/Chhetris) and Gurungs (Bonpos and Buddhists), while the inhabitants in the upper parts of the Buri Gandaki river are Buddhists and direct descendents of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Trip Highlights of Ultimate Manaslu Trek - Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Experience Nepal’s varied landscape: Lush lowlands and alpine highlands.
  • Circle Manaslu the eight highest mountain in the world and cross beautiful Larkya La pass at 16,700 ft.
  • Explore remote Nar and Phu valleys and cross Kang La pass at 16,700 ft.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: In Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Get Manaslu and Nar Phu Trek permit, preparation or visit ancient old temples.
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,970ft.)
  • Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (882m), 6-7 hours walk.
  • Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (990m), 6-7 hours walk
  • Day 06: Trek to Philim (1545m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Ghap (2300m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Lho Village
  • Day 09: Trek to Sama (3500m)
  • Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day in Samagaun.
  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3860m)
  • Day 12: Trek to Larke Phedi (4400m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Bimthang (3800m) via Larke Pass (5135m)
  • Day 14: Trek to Tilche
  • Day 15: Trek to Koto (2600m)
  • Day 16: Trek to Meta (3500m)
  • Day 17: Trek to Phu
  • Day 18: Explore around Phu
  • Day 19: Trek to Nar Phedi
  • Day 20: Trek to Nar Village
  • Day 21: Trek to Ngawal via Kangla Pass
  • Day 22: Trek to Manang (3400m)
  • Day 23: Rest and re-energize your body at Manang
  • Day 24: Trek to Leddar
  • Day 25: Trek to Thorong Phedi
  • Day 26: Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La (5416m)
  • Day 27: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 28: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom
  • Day 29: Drive to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :In Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be welcomed on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Samsara Resort or similar. Short briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 :Get Manaslu and Nar Phu Trek permit, preparation or visit ancient old temples. Today we get permits, you can do trip preparation or go visit ancient Hindu and Buddhists old temples such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. We can arrange guided sightseeing on client request. We leave choice on you.
  • Day 03 :Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,970ft.) You can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Arughat, they have two departures every morning 6am and 8am. In any case, allow a day for travel due to breakdowns and the very rough unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat section, which can become impassable with rain. Alternatively, a 4WD jeep (6h) may get you there more quickly but costs around USD 200 for up to 7 people depending on road conditions (and thus the kind of jeep required). In Arughat (600m), a pleasant market town across the Budhi Gandaki river (also called Buri Gandaki on some maps), walk into town, cross the suspension bridge, turn right and stay there at Arughta. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 04 :Trek to Lapubesi (882m), 6-7 hours walk. Our first day of trek heads to the north along Budhi Gandaki River and we pass the villages of Santi Bazar, Arukhet and ascend slowly toward Kyoropani near the confluence of Soti River – an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. We walk 6 -7 hours today to Lapubesi. Many now take a bus to Soti Khola to save 3hrs of walking but the road remains untrafficked and passes through pleasant fields and villages. Trek through Gurung and Magar villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. The spotless **Manaslu Lodge and the Market View Lodge at the pretty bazaar town of Arkhet (760m) could easily be your first night if you arrive early enough from Kathmandu. Climb on stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier and narrower and descend to Soti Khola (710m) with the ABC Hotel, Satkar, **Samjhana and then Munel through the village over a bridge. Packhorses ply the trail from here on. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Gurung Labubesi (880m; Lapubeshi). Stay at Laxmi Guest. Depending on the season, you may be offered fiddlehead fern dalbhat and the local mint-flavored achar (pickel) to which some trekkers report allergic reactions. Overnight in Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 05 :Trek to Tatopani (990m), 6-7 hours walk We keep on up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed, going through Machha Khola (930m) where there is a good lodge Hotel Chum Vally. Continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. The monkeys and langurs in the jungle above can knock rocks down, so watch out. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rockslip 24 years ago. A survivor has built a botanic garden and nice lodge from which he sells his organic coffee. Shangri La and Manaslu lodges. Goat herders passing through this area wear the distinctive smoke-browned capes called bokkhu made famous in the book Honey Hunters of Nepal. Carry on up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani (930m; ‘hot water’) where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. There are two simple lodges close to the springs, which might be smoky, and one further up. Sleep to the sound of water while refusing to think about earthquakes. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 06 :Trek to Philim (1545m) Climb above a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban (1070m; Dovan) where there is the Himalayan lodge, alternative place to stay if we skip Tatopani. Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip and Yaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto riverflats at Yaru (1140m) for lunch at the Sandbar Hotel. Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat (1410m), a neatly flagstoned Gurung village where jagat (‘tax’) is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein. Marijuana is a major weed problem in season. Walk up the riverbed then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1440m) with views of Sringi Himal (7187m), then descend to Sirdibas (1430m; Setibas, Tara). You’ll see your first signs of Buddhist culture here. Look out for rakshi spirit being distilled from millet beer in roadside kettles on this day. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim (1590m; Dodang) surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are shops and grocery. Overnight in Philim. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 07 :Trek to Ghap (2300m) Continue from Philim to Gumpul via Eklai Bhatti to Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge after about 1hr and traverse to a welcome bhatti just around the corner for tea and a last look up the Tsum Valley. Enter a very narrow gorge with loose tracks, up and down, up and down. Cross to the east bank (true left) at one point and then back again to the west bank on a new suspension bridge. After about 2hrs reach Sirdibas (1860m) with comfortable Manaslu and Rubinda lodges. In another hour enter Nupri (‘the western mountains’) through bamboo forests to Deng (1800m), inhabited by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. Lodging at Manaslu Trekker Home (10 rooms, hot shower), Bodhi Himal Hotel and **Shangri-La. Just beyond Deng recross to the east bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and pass Bihi Phedi (1990m, Himal and Manaslu hotels) with the trail up to the stone-carving village of Bihi (2130m; Bhi). The river roars below. Continue in and out of continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally circling into Ghap (2160m; Tsak) past Mountain View lodge where the horses stay, **Budhi Gandaki Lodge (Rs250, db Rs370, run by a trekking cook with 20yrs experience). The mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimthang often display intricate quality carvings of various Buddhas in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bihi. The Manaslu Thakuri lodge and Kyimolung lodge and camping ground are in Ghap itself and building is underway.

    A side-trip from a bridge below Bihi can take you up to Prok (2380m), with an ACAP office and emergency radio and an excursion to Kal Tal (3685m; Kalchhuman Lake), then back down to Ghap. Two lodges are reported in Prok and those who visit really enjoy the experience, including a lake 1200m higher for which a local guide is advised.
  • Day 08 :Trek to Lho Village Enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a wooden bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs, but a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with shops, restaurants and the Thakali, Thakuri and Namrung lodges about the flagstoned square. While waiting for a meal it is worth wandering around the village, where carvings from Bihi have been painted in colours above a gateway. The architecture characteristic of upper Nupri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and log stairs to dark verandahs.

    Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam (2800m, Banzam) with Nubri Trekkers Inn. Enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m; Li, Ligaon) with the Lihi Hotel in 1hr, then onto Sho (2950m, Syogoan) where there is a bhatti but no lodges yet. The platforms in the fields are where people keep overnight watches to chase bears from their crops. Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas like dressing gowns, asking for shim shim (Tibetan for candy). Some have impeccable English due to an Australian aid project. There are some particularly fine paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Shrip (3000m) boasts the Nupri Eco-hotel. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m; Logoan) with the large **Tashi Delek lodge (Rs400, db Rs400). The Ghorka Manaslu Home should function next season. Pity about the wedding-cake stupa donated from Taiwan which dominates this otherwise picturesque village focussed on yak herding.

    There are excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west.
  • Day 09 :Trek to Sama (3500m) This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m, Syal, Syalagaon, Shyaula) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here due to a fire and extensive deforestation and extensive building including the largest lodge on the trek under construction, currently Manaslu Pik 21 Hotel and Gurkha Manaslu Homestay. Another easy hour to the large village of Sama (3530m, Samagaon, Ro), losing the gigantic views of Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stones. Only potatoes and barley can be grown at this altitude. There’s Norbu Lodge on the left on entering, **Samagaon Lodge (Rs500, db Rs350), Peace & Happiness Lodge and the enlarged Manaslu Hotel further up on the right.

    Day-long acclimatisation trips can be taken from here to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is recommended.
  • Day 10 :Acclimatization and rest day in Samagaun. Rest days to get physically acclimatize. We can spend the day taking a day walk to Birendra Taal (lake), monasteries or by relaxing and exploring Samagaun, a big Tibetan cultured community and a side trip to Pungyen Gompa but this side trip requires almost a full day). We will see a marvelous view of Manaslu. Stay overnight at same place.
  • Day 11 :Trek to Samdo (3860m) Another short day because of the altitude, with time to go via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal (3450m) under the Manaslu Glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop down to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in April but not November standing on their burrows. Finally leave the treeline behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white kani above but immediately behind is Samdo (3860m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Lodges are Chez Kyrang, Yak Lodge (both not open) and **Tibetan Twins (Rs350, db Rs440), comfortable although likely to be cold at this altitude.

    Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering but take a jacket as cold wind can come up at any time. The Larkya La trail is ahead up valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Larjyang La (Lajyung Bhanjyang, 5098m) sloping up to the right from the Larkya La trail and you can make an excellent afternoon acclimatisation walk of 4-5hrs return to 4500m up this trail, seeing lots of blue sheep and yaks and entrancing views, but the pass itself is a full day trip. The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. There is a lot of Chinese and Tibetan alcohol and food for sale in Samdo.
  • Day 12 :Trek to Larke Phedi (4400m) Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the much-reduced Budhi Gandaki at 3850m. Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall, traversing through juniper with many marmots in April but not November when they hibernate. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. There is no Larke Bazar despite what many maps assert; at one time traders from Namche Bazar came through Tibet to trade in this area and maybe some of the scattered stone shelters you will pass were part of that market. Dharamsala (4480m; Larke Phedi, Larkya Resthouse) is now a seasonal village with dark stone rooms and tents for at least 50 people (bed Rs300, db Rs550), and a dirt-floored but efficient dining hut. Even toilets are available. In 2012 this entire place opened 1 October and closed for winter on 24 November, so check in Samdo before counting on staying here. The camping area is filthy with toilet trenches, rubbish and blowing toilet paper so be careful where you get your water and boil it well if camping. The views are marvellous. A large herd of blue sheep call the tussock-covered hills home and we saw snow leopard prints in fresh snow around the toilets.
  • Day 13 :Trek to Bimthang (3800m) via Larke Pass (5135m) Note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Look for cairns and metal snowpoles which assist route finding. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range.

    Trek west on a high moraine ridge exposed to wind for some distance, on the right side of a deep gully, then drop steeply on loose scree, eventually traversing left on more steep scree. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; ‘plain of sand’), a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimdang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. The new chalet-style **Hotel Ponkar Mountain (Rs400, db Rs400) is the first lodge but two new lodges are being built and there are 4-5 older-style bhattis with rooms.
  • Day 14 :Trek to Tilche
  • Day 15 :Trek to Koto (2600m)
  • Day 16 :Trek to Meta (3500m)
  • Day 17 :Trek to Phu
  • Day 18 :Explore around Phu
  • Day 19 :Trek to Nar Phedi
  • Day 20 :Trek to Nar Village
  • Day 21 :Trek to Ngawal via Kangla Pass
  • Day 22 :Trek to Manang (3400m)
  • Day 23 :Rest and re-energize your body at Manang
  • Day 24 :Trek to Leddar
  • Day 25 :Trek to Thorong Phedi
  • Day 26 :Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La (5416m)
  • Day 27 :Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 28 :Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom
  • Day 29 :Drive to Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • All airport trasfers by private car or van as per group size.
  • 3 Nights sharing/double deluxe room in 3 star category hotel with buffet breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered, and friendly local trekking guide.
  • 1 Assistnt guide to take care of group and porters as per group size (if 6+ pax).
  • Sharing high altitude porter to carry your luggage (weight limit 20 kg/porter).
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • All ground transportation, group first aid kit and water purifier.
  • Sharing twin/double bed room accommodation in trekking lodges during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
  • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant. 
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.

Cost Excludes

  • Guided sightseeing tour, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water and laundry service.
  • Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls, toiletries and personal nature expenses. 
  • Personal travel insurance, Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
  • Advance deposit tranfer fee to book your trek.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Trip Map

Why Wilderness Excursions

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a government certified fully and licensed best adventure trekking agency based in Kathmandu Nepal and documented by the tourism authority of the government of Nepal to run tours, travel, trekking, mountaineering expeditions, and other travel related activities. Wilderness Excursion is proud member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association etc. Committed and dedicated. Wilderness Excursion is run by committed and dedicated professionals with decades long experience in trekking and climbing having passion to our work. Our guide and field support staff are highly experienced, helpful and friendly to take care of all your trekking holidays needs in the Himalaya that enhance for your memorable trip. We are specialized for effectively planned trekking tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan and beside this we arrange Cultural Tours, Village Excursion, Short Adventure Activities like; Bungee Jump, Paragliding, Ultra…

Read Review

Subscribe A Newsletter