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

Short Manaslu Trekking 11 Days

Manaslu is quickly becoming one of Nepal’s most exciting trekking regions. The Manaslu Trek offers a splendid journey through lush, green lowlands up to alpine pastures and the Himalayan landscape surrounded by peaks. The main mountain attraction of this journey is Manaslu (8156 m, 26,758 ft), the world’s 8th peak, highlighted by the traditional villages that are surrounded by fertile farmland and glorious scenery. The area is full of wonder and surprises on the unspoiled trails of Nepal.

Manaslu Trekking offers extensive natural diversity from terraced fields to alpine lakes, glaciers, and mountain views. Manaslu has all the highlights but none of the crowds of the nearby Annapurna Region. The high point of our journey will be the Larkya La (5160 m/16,925 ft). On the way to this mountain pass, we visit many villages rich in ethnicities with people following a rural lifestyle. The customs of the land change as we climb higher and higher from Hindu to Buddhist culture.

The Manaslu region is on the border with Tibet and has been part of an old trade route linking cultures for centuries. The scenic landscape and surrounding peaks will be an unforgettable experience. Manaslu Trekking will offer a chance to visit regal monasteries nearby the villages built in the isolated lands below the peaks. We will explore side options to alpine lakes, a sacred cave, and remote valleys.

There are numerous options for exploration in the Manaslu area including the Tsum Valley, the Rupina La, and connecting with the Annapurna Circuit or even trying a ‘Trekking Peak’ in the area for people looking to summit a peak in the Himalayas!

There are many trekking program is Manaslu Region and we have 15 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek that includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu. However, We at Outfitter Himalaya offer a custom journey in the Manaslu Region, which can be organized to fit your convenient timetable for any date.

The customized itinerary and private departure are suitable for couples, families, charities, and small groups of friends who want to take off straight away. We look forward to guiding you into the world-renowned, unforgettable Manaslu Region for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the most wonderful scenery on the planet! Let us know your requirement and furthermore, here, we have given the detail of the shortest possible itinerary to complete the Manaslu Trek which is for 11 days.

Short Manaslu Trekking Highlights

The Short Manaslu Trekking is a popular trekking route in Nepal that offers a wide range of highlights for adventure enthusiasts. Here are some of the highlights of the Manaslu Trekking:

Spectacular views

Manaslu Trekking is renowned for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including Manaslu, Annapurna, and Langtang peaks. You'll also pass through beautiful forests, hills, and rivers along the way.

Rich cultural experience

Trekking through the Manaslu region gives you an opportunity to experience the unique local culture of the ethnic groups that reside in the area, including the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Sherpas.

Manaslu Conservation Area

The Manaslu region is home to the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. You'll get a chance to see rare animals like snow leopards, red pandas, and musk deer.

Larkya La Pass

The Larkya La Pass, situated at an elevation of 5,160m, is the highest point of the Manaslu Trekking. The pass provides stunning views of the Manaslu range and the surrounding landscape.


Unlike other popular trekking routes in Nepal, Manaslu Trekking is still a relatively less crowded and less commercialized trekking destination. This gives trekkers a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the area in peace and solitude.


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After an early breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, we leave Kathmandu Valley and drive through scenic rural farms and villages. Look for mountain views along the way to the riverside town of Arughat Bazaar and further up to Machhakhola.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude870

We continue through the lush landscape passing the small village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley narrows and passes a forested section, crossing the river and streams with some challenging sections of trail, and eventually, we ascend to Jagat, beautifully surrounded by fields.

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

Today, we continue up the river valley and reach the Gurung village of Philim. The Buddhist culture with many monuments of chorten and prayer flags, monasteries, and more to explore.

The trek continues up the Buddi Gandaki through forests of pine, fir, and rhododendron. We pass passes several side valleys to reach the majestic village of Deng, where potatoes, barley, buckwheat, and more are grown.

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

We continue first on a pleasant, level stretch and then a steady climb through thick forests and sights of Manaslu ahead as we reach the Buddhist village of Namrung in a beautiful natural setting.

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

Today, we will enjoy unforgettable viewpoints of Manaslu, Gorkha, Dwijen, Saula, Lajing, and many other snow-capped peaks. Today’s trail offers many spectacular views of the Himalayas as well as the scenic landscape through which we are trekking. The trail passes chorten, mani stones, and prayer flags before we reach Lhogaon with a monastery above and a Buddhist-run school, too.

The surrounding glory of the natural beauty of the Himalayas is overwhelming as we continue to picturesque Sama Gaon, surrounded by fields in an unforgettable location.

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

Today is a rest day. If you have the energy and interest, we have an optional hike to Manaslu Base Camp and a cave said to have been used by the 11th-century mystic, Milarepa, and Birendra Lake shimmering below the peaks.

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

It is a pleasant journey uphill through the stark, sometimes windy valley to Samdo. We have more great views and at Samdo. The village lies close to the Tibetan border linked by a high pass to the northwest (restricted to tourists). Samdo has nearby village of Tibetan refugees.

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

We follow a rocky, rugged trail to Larkya La Phedi beneath the pass. Nearby is Larkya Bazaar, the site of seasonal fairs and where vendors have set up a market with goods from Tibet.

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

Today will be a long day with a challenging climb up to the Larky La pass. We will have a packed lunch with us and will take a break along the way. From the pass, we enjoy views of Larkya Peak, Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Peak, and much more! The trail passes down steeply by icy ponds to a broad valley with many walls and continued sensational views along the way. We descend on a rugged trail to Bimthang in a spectacular setting.

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

Trekking through high pastures we have more sensational mountain views on our way through rhododendron forests to the cultivated fields at the village of Kharche. We continue down to the splendid Tilche just before reaching the bustling village of Dharapani.

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

We’ll have a scenic drive following the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers before climbing the ridge back to the ancient city of Kathmandu.

  • MealsB, L
  • Max. Altitude1345

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  • Transport by local bus Kathmandu – Machha khola and Dharapani - Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on the trek
  • Conservation entry permits, restricted area permit, and TIMS permit
  • 10-night accommodations in lodges/tea houses on the trekking
  • A 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 entire bar bills, hot and cold drinks, water, internet, and telephone charge
  • Porter (optional) USD 220.00 USD per porter for 11 days
  • Private Jeep to Machhakhola (optional) USD 400.00
  • Private Jeel from Dharapani to Kathmandu (Optional) USD 450.00
  • Tips
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

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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