Short Manaslu Trekking

Duration: 11 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 2-12
  • Max. Altitude 5160m


  • Get to see majestic views of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th-highest mountain in the world
  • A perfect short adventurous trek in Nepal for adventures looking to challenge themselves
  • Traverse through diverse landscapes, including lush valleys, dense forests, meadows, river valleys, and glacial moraines
  • Get to see the exotic flora and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • The trail goes through lush forests of rhododendron, Himalayan pine, and bamboo forests and picturesque villages
  • Witness breathtaking landscapes and experience a remote mountain lifestyle
  • Cross Larkya La pass
  • Visit notable landmarks such as Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra Lake
  • Witness panoramic views of Himalayan mountains, gushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, rocky hills, and stunning glaciers

Short Manaslu Trekking 11 Days

Our short Manaslu trek is carefully crafted to span 11 days, offering an extraordinary opportunity to discover the remote and beautiful Manaslu region. This immersing adventure allows you to witness the stunning Himalayan Mountains, a vast expanse of diverse scenery, and the rich cultural heritage of the Nubri community. From lush green valleys adorned with vibrant flora to rugged terrain dotted with ancient monasteries and Mani walls, the Manaslu trek for 11 days promises a lifetime venture in Nepal.

One of the prominent highlights of the short Manaslu trek is the majestic presence of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters), the 8th highest mountain in the world. The trail likewise follows the dense forests, meadows, river valleys, and moraines inside the Manaslu Conservation Area. From monkeys and exotic birds to rhododendron, Himalayan pine, and bamboo forests, the Manaslu trail has a huge range of flora and fauna, which enriches the overall trekking experience.

Situated in the northeastern part of the Gorkha district in Nepal, the Manaslu region is home to some of the most adventurous and remote trekking routes. The trekking route has tea house accommodations for the trekkers, making the journey more accessible and enjoyable. And the proximity to the Tibet border has made this region a restricted area in Nepal.

Beyond the mesmerizing scenery and all the adventure, the short Manaslu trekking offers an immersive cultural experience. Along the way, you'll encounter various communities, each with its own unique traditions and way of life. You'll have the chance to interact with the friendly and hospitable locals. Discover their age-old customs, taste authentic cuisine, and witness traditional ceremonies that have withstood the test of time.

If you're a physically fit trekker seeking an unforgettable experience in Nepal's High Himalayas within a limited timeframe, the short Manaslu trekking is an endeavor worth undertaking. It allows you to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Manaslu region and savor the wonders of the Himalayas, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Mountain views and landscapes

From the lowlands at an elevation of 600 meters to the breathtaking highlands reaching approximately 5,100 meters, the Manaslu short trek offers panoramic views of majestic Himalayan mountains, gushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, rocky & lush hills, and stunning glaciers.

Trekkers are rewarded with an unparalleled sense of serenity and an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life during the trek. The pristine landscapes, untouched by mass tourism, provide an immersive experience in the lap of nature.

Mountains like Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Ganesh Himal (7,406 m), Shringi Himal (7,155 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Larkya Peak (6,249 m), and numerous others are seen along the trekking route. You will also see Manaslu Glacier and Pungen Glacier views.


The short Manaslu trek commences at an elevation of 930 meters above sea level in Machha Khola and gradually ascends to Larkya La pass at 5,160 meters. The trail mostly follows the picturesque banks of the Budhi Gandaki river and dense forests until you go above the tree line and walk through moraines, pastures, and glaciers. Some of the major highlights of this trek are excursions to Manaslu Base Camp (4,400 m), Birendra Lake (3,691 m), and Pungyen Gompa (3,870 m).

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The short Manaslu Trek begins with a long scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. We will leave Kathmandu early in the morning and take a local bus. Up to Arughat Bazar, the ride is comfortable, and from here onwards, the road gets a bit bumpy. On the way, we will be enjoying beautiful views of lush green hills, rivers, waterfalls, small towns, and mountains.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude870

Today, we’ll start trekking. After a good breakfast, we will leave Machha Khola and begin walking, following a winding road along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail then goes through dense forests, where we may come across monkeys.

Passing by Khorlabesi, a Gurung village, we will trek further to Tatopani. Here, we can see natural hot springs. We can take a small break to indulge in it and then continue trekking crossing a new suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River.

We will reach Dovan and trek past a landslide area to Yaruphant. The trail then crosses a wooden bridge and goes along the river. Just before reaching Jagat for the night stay, we will cross a long cantilever bridge.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1340

The trail from Jagat goes to Salleri and descends to Sirdibas. We can see many gompas and prayer flags in this village. From here, we'll continue walking toward Phillim, where we will register our trek permits and trek further along the western bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. We can see boulders with unique sculptures around the riverbank.

The trail gradually ascends through forests of pine and rhododendron. We will cross the Siyar Khola Bridge and reach a junction that separates the trail to Tsum Valley on the right. Passing by Pewa, ascend on a winding trail across the bamboo forest to Deng. The view of Siringi Himal from Deng is fantastic.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1860

We continue trekking from Deng village to Ghap. The trail goes through Bihi Phedi and Bihi. After a short descent, the trail sharply ascends to Rana Bridge. We then trek by pine forests and cross a bridge to reach Bihi Phedi.

The trail from here onward has numerous mani walls and stupas. Crossing one more suspension bridge, the trail goes to Ghap village and passes by a lush forest of oak, rhododendron, fir, and bamboo. We will ascend crossing bridges and stone stairs to Namrung village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2630

Namrung offers the lifestyle of the Nubri community. The day begins with a delicious breakfast and a striking landscape. Passing by traditional Tibetan-style houses, we will walk past many mani walls and terraced fields. The trail soon enters a dense forest of oak and rhododendron and gradually ascends to Lihi. From here, we will trek to Sho village and walk along the hillsides to Lho.

On the way, we can see stunning views of Manaslu and Manaslu north. Trekking past Shyla village, the trail goes via a gully adorned with pine, moss, and rhododendron. From Shyala, it takes one hour of walking to reach Sama Gaun. Sama Gaun is the main village of the Nubri people and has a health post, helipad, large gompa, and many shops.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3520

Today, we will spend an acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. We will go on a hike and return to the village to adjust to the thin air and avoid altitude sickness further on the trail. For the hike, we can either go to ancient Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp via Birendra Lake. Both options are fantastic and offer breathtaking mountain panoramas.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3520

We will begin trekking gradually on an uneven path. There are yak pastures up the valley with long mani walls. From here, the trail leaves the tree line and ascends to a ridge, crossing a wooden bridge over the Buri Gandaki River. We will reach White Kani, which is a neighboring village of Samdo. It is a short walk from White Kani to Samdo.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3875

The trail from Samdo descends via fields and mani walls. We will cross a bridge and trek past the Athahra Saya River and then the Larke River. The mani walls and prayer flags along the trail show the closeness of Larkya La pass. Further, we will come across Larkya Glacier. The views are outstanding.

From here, the trail goes to Salkha Khola Valley and ascends to a stone guest house at 4, 4450 meters, which is known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. The views of Mt. Manaslu and Larkya Glacier are wonderful from this place.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4460

Today, we will be crossing the Larkya La pass, probably the most exciting and challenging part of our Manaslu trek. We will leave Larkya La Phedi early in the morning & begin walking via moraines, and descend to a small lake. From here, the trail gets rough and unclear.

We will cross the south steep grassy slope and walk to the edge. The trail then drops down to four frozen lakes and ascends, following a steep and rocky trail to Larkya La pass. The views of Himlung Himal, Mt. Kang Guru, Annapurna II, etc, from the top of Larkya La Pass are surreal.

Further, we continue walking to the top of the moraine and descend to a grassy moraine at 4,450 meters. From here, we will reach a small meadow and walk to Bhimtang.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5160

This is our last day of trekking. We will descend from Bhimtang through lush forests and rhododendron bushes. The trail goes across the Dudh Khola to Karche. Here, we will take a small break for lunch and continue trekking, witnessing views of many signs of glacial floods. As we descend, the trail gets more agricultural and lush. Trekking past oak & rhododendron forests, and farming fields, we will pass by Tilije before reaching Dharapani.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1860

After a big breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be 9 to 10 hours long and very beautiful. The guide will drop you at the hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy the remaining day unpacking and shopping. We will meet you in the late evening for a farewell dinner.

  • MealsB, L
  • Max. Altitude1345

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  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on the trek
  • Transportation by local bus from Kathmandu to Machha khola
  • Transport by local bus from Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • Conservation entry permits, restricted area permit, and TIMS permit
  • 10-night accommodations in lodges/tea houses on the trekking
  • Local certificied guide
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and a duffel bag (return after the trek)


  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Accommodation and meals while you are in Kathmandu
  • The bar bills, hot and cold drinks, water, internet, and telephone charge
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Solo Travellers

Solo travelers are not allowed to trek in Manaslu Region, there should be a minimum of 2 people to obtain a special trekking permit to trek in Manaslu. If you are a single traveler, you must join other people. So, contact us for the date when we have people already booked So, You can join us for the trek.

Private Trek options

Private Trek to Manaslu, just you, your people, your guide, and porters are possible, choose and tick to make a private trek when booking and making a payment.

  • Private Manaslu Short Trek is available at an additional US $100.00 per person.

Porters Services

Initially, we have not included porter services in the package as not all the people prefer to take porter services as they want to challenge to trek without a porter. We have kept the optional porter service, add it when you book.

  • A porter cost 250.00 USD for 11 days short Manaslu Trek and a porter will carry about 20-22 Kg, which is good enough for 2 trekkers.


We provide public local bus transportation to travel from Kathmandu to Machha Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu. These drives are long and adventurous. If you want to drive at your own pace with multiple stops in more comfort, there are options to upgrade it to a private Jeep and the cost will be as below:

  • Private Jeep Upgrade from Kathmandu to Machha Khola: US $400.00
  • Private Jeep Transportation from Dharapani to Kathmandu: US $450.00

Trip Departures

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 02, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayOct 12, 2023PricePrice Per PersonUS$800StatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 09, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayOct 19, 2023PricePrice Per PersonUS$800StatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 23, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayNov 02, 2023PricePrice Per PersonUS$800StatusSold Out
Start DateStarts: MondayOct 30, 2023End DateEnds: ThursdayNov 09, 2023PricePrice Per PersonUS$800StatusAvailable

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Essential Info

Difficulty and trek preparation

The Manaslu short trek is classified as a challenging level trip, requiring thorough preparation before embarking on the adventure. To ensure you are adequately prepared, it is essential to engage in various physical activities. Regular yoga practice, morning jogs, weekend hikes with a small backpack, frequent stair climbing, gym workouts, and cardiovascular exercises can significantly contribute to your physical fitness.

In addition to physical preparation, mental willingness is equally important. The trek entails walking for 6 to 7 hours on most days, except for a long day of 8 to 9 hours when crossing the Larkya La pass (5,106 m). This demanding journey requires mental strength and resilience. Therefore, it is crucial to have a positive mindset, build mental endurance, and develop a determination to overcome challenges along the way.

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Manaslu Trekking permits

Manaslu Trekking is a restricted trekking area in Nepal, and trekkers need to obtain special permits to trek in the region. Here are the types of permits required for the Manaslu Trekking:

Restricted Area Permit

All trekkers must obtain a Restricted Area Permit to trek in the Manaslu Region. This permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal such as Outfitter Himalaya. The cost of the permit varies depending on the season and duration of the trek. Find the detail information of the restricted area permit here.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

This permit is also required to trek in the Manaslu Conservation Area. It can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu individually or through a trekking company.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The Manaslu Trekking route passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, and therefore, trekkers need to obtain the ACAP permit as well. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board individually or through a trekking company.

It is important to note that the special trekking permit for the Manaslu Trekking must be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal, and trekkers must be accompanied by a licensed guide.


  • Q1. Is Manaslu Trekking safe?

    Yes, Manaslu Trekking is generally considered a safe trekking destination in Nepal, as long as you take the necessary precautions and follow safety guidelines.

    Like with any trekking or adventure activity in Nepal, there are some inherent risks involved, such as altitude sickness, slippery trails, and unpredictable weather. However, with proper planning, preparation, and an experienced guide, these risks can be minimized.

    The Nepalese government requires trekkers to obtain a special trekking permit and be accompanied by a licensed guide to trek in the Manaslu region, which helps to ensure safety and minimize risks.

    It is also important to be physically prepared for the trek and to take time to acclimatize to the altitude. Make sure to follow the guidance of your guide, stay hydrated, and take proper rest breaks.

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