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Manaslu Base Camp

Trek up to Mt. Manaslu, cross the Larkya La pass and admire the rich biodiversity of the region.

Manaslu provides fantastic mountain scenery, spanning altitudes from 375m to 5100m, a diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail that puts one physically closer to Tibet than any other trek in Nepal. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu, partly because of the greater logistics required. The quiet trails and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu, make this one of the classic trekking adventures in the Himalaya.


Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights.
  • Hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation (based upon itinerary).
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Special permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • All government Taxes

Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses
Day 1 | SOTI KHOLA

The trek begins with a long drive to reach the trail head at Soti Khola. Depart early from Kathmandu and follow the Pokhara Road before branching off at Malekhu and crossing the Trisuli River. Pass by the large town of Dhading before reaching the wide valley of the Buri Gandaki. Turn north up the valley and proceed to Soti Khola, arriving late afternoon. The main inhabitants of the valley are the Gurung, a farming community. The women are noticeable by their colourful jewellery and elegant saris.


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Day 2 | KHORLA BESI

The zigzag trail follows a steep rocky path through sal forests, small villages, side streams, past pretty waterfalls and green hills to reach Lapubesi. There are small markets, quite a few shops and you’ll pass numerous donkey-trains carrying trade goods. Cross Machha Khola, a side stream, and head to our lodge accommodation in the tiny village of Kholabesi


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Day 3 | JAGAT

Continue trekking up the steep sided valley on a series of steep ascents and descents. Pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. Climb over a high ridge then descend to cross the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Continue along the east bank of the river on a wide stone staircase trail and cross a side stream on a long suspension bridge. It’s along this section of trail that the trek bisects the Himalayan mountain chain. Cross to the west bank of the Buri Gandaki before arriving at the busy village of Jagat.


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Day 4 | DENG

Today is highlighted by the fine mountain views and the change of culture from Hindu to Buddhist as we enter the Tibetan influenced areas. The trail criss-crosses the Budi Gandaki a number of times before eventually reaching the west bank. Pass through a bamboo forest before reaching the settlement of Deng.


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Day 5 | NAMRUNG

This is a long but immensely rewarding day. The 860m ascent brings us into a strongly Tibetan influenced region with Buddhist rock carvings and long mani walls (rock walls consisting of many carved stone tablets with Buddhist inscriptions). The trail cuts through forests of fir and rhododendron as the Buri Gandaki valley narrows. A long, continual ascent through bamboo forest brings us to the delightful stone village of Namrung, for our overnight stay.


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Day 6 | SHYALA

Today is highlighted by the spectacular mountain views one gets as we approach the high altitude areas. Continue on the south bank of the Buri Gandaki through a forest of rhododendron and oak before emerging in to open fields. Later, the trail passes through wheat fields and small villages of closely packed stone houses. Stone archways at the entrance of each village denote the influence of Tibet and Buddhism. The trail rises to a large plateau and our overnight stay at Shyala Village. From here there is an imposing view of Manaslu, 8156m.


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Day 7 | SAMAGAON

This is a short easy day following consecutive days of reasonably tough trekking. Continue on the south bank of the Buri Gandaki through a stark landscape. Samagoan village is set in a valley strewn with field s of potato and barley. There is the opportunity to visit the impressive monastery of Kargyu Chholing.


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Day 8 | REST AT SAMAGAON

Acclimatisation Day Today, we have the opportunity to visit the border of Nepal and Tibet by undertaking a side trek to Rui La. This trek is along an easy to find trail which has a long history of trade between Tibet and Nepal. We may be lucky to encounter yak caravans carrying trade goods. Besides the breathtaking views obtained today, the trek to almost 5000m provides vital acclimatisation for the coming days.


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Day 9 | SAMDO

Another short, easier day following the previous day of challenging trekking. The Buri Gandaki turns north and the trail follows the west bank on an easy trail. Cross the Buri Gandaki to the east bank and climb steeply to Samdo village.


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Day 10 | SAMDO

Acclimatisation Day Today, we have the opportunity to visit the border of Nepal and Tibet by undertaking a side trek to Rui La. This trek is along an easy to find trail which has a long history of trade between Tibet and Nepal. We may be lucky to encounter yak caravans carrying trade goods. Besides the breathtaking views obtained today, the trek to almost 5000m provides vital acclimatisation for the coming days.


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  • lodge
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Day 11 | DHARMASALA

Another short day ahead as we ascend to our highest overnight stop on the trek. Continue on a wide trail from Samdo that descends gradually through fields. Cross the narrow stream that the Buri Gandaki has become and ascend through scrub juniper. The trail is now opposite the immense Lakya glacier and climbs steadily toward our overnight shelter.


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Day 12 | BHIMTHANG

After an early breakfast, we depart for the ascent to the highest point of the trek. The views all day are magnificent; nearby snow peaks, distant valleys and the sweeping alpine scenery make this a memorable occasion. This is the longest, most challenging, but ultimately most rewarding, day of the entire trek


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Day 13 | TILJE

With the harder, high altitude days over, we’ll appreciate the warmer conditions as the trail makes a rapid descent down the Dudh Khola Valley


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Day 14 | DHARAPANI

Another short, easy day that takes us to our final overnight stop on the trek. Tonight, we join with our crew to celebrate the completion of an amazing adventure.


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Day 15 | KATHMANDU

Having completed the walking part of our adventure, we board our vehicle for the cross country drive to Kathmandu. We stop for lunch enroute and expect to arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon or early evening.


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Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Soti Khola Soti Khola car | trek - B | L | D
2 Khorla Besi Khorla Besi car | trek lodge B | L | D
3 Jagat Jagat trek lodge B | L | D
4 Deng Deng trek lodge B | L | D
5 Namrung Namrung trek lodge B | L | D
6 Shyala Shyala trek lodge B | L | D
7 Samagaun Samagaon trek lodge B | L | D
8 Samagaun Rest at Samagaon trek lodge B | L | D
9 Samdo Samdo trek lodge B | L | D
10 Samdo Samdo trek lodge B | L | D
11 Dharmashala Dharmasala trek lodge B | L | D
12 Bimthang Bhimthang trek lodge B | L | D
13 Tilche Tilje trek lodge B | L | D
14 Dharapani Dharapani trek lodge B | L | D
15 Kathmandu Kathmandu car lodge B | L | D
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
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  • "Kathmandu - Thamel"

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GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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