The Complete Guide to Manaslu Base Camp Trek
The Manaslu Base Camp Trek is a true gem for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. The trek takes you through the pristine Manaslu Conservation Area, home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in the world. Along the way, you'll get to experience the warm hospitality of local communities, steeped in ancient traditions and customs that have remained unchanged for centuries.
As you ascend to the base camp of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, you'll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the iconic Mt. Everest. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the famous Larkya La Pass, a high-altitude crossing that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range.
The Manaslu Base Camp Trek is an experience that will stay with you forever. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a first-time trekker, this journey is sure to challenge and inspire you in equal measure. So why wait? Book your trek today and discover the magic of the Manaslu region for yourself!
DAY 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal
Welcome to the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where ancient architecture, rich culture, and warm hospitality await you. Upon arrival at the airport, our representative will greet you with a traditional garland of marigolds and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you can explore the city on your own or relax and prepare for your upcoming adventure.
DAY 2 - Rest in Kathmandu, and Preparation
Today is a day for rest and preparation. You can take a stroll around the bustling streets of Thamel, where you will find a variety of restaurants, shops, and markets. You can also visit some of the city's historic landmarks, such as the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, or the stunning Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world.
DAY 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m)
After breakfast, we will drive to Besisahar, the starting point of our trek. Along the way, we will pass through scenic landscapes, lush green forests, and traditional Nepalese villages. Upon arrival, we will check into our guesthouse and rest for the night.
DAY 4 - Trek from Besisahar to Dharapani (1,860)
We start our trek today, heading towards the village of Dharapani. The trail takes us through terraced fields, forests, and suspension bridges over glistening rivers. We will pass through quaint villages and interact with the friendly locals, immersing ourselves in the culture and traditions of the region.
DAY 5 - Trek from Dharapani to Tilije (2,300m)
We continue our journey towards Tilije, a small village nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The trek offers breathtaking views of towering mountains, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls. We will also come across ancient monasteries and traditional chortens, adding a spiritual touch to our adventure.
DAY 6 - Trek from Tilije to Bhimthang (3,720m)
Today is the most challenging day of our trek as we cross the high-altitude Larke Pass at 5,160m. The trek is long and steep, but the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks are worth the effort. We will finally reach Bhimthang, a beautiful village with stunning views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world.
DAY 7 - Acclimatization at Bhimthang (rest day)
Today is a rest day for acclimatization, allowing our bodies to adjust to the high altitude. You can explore the village, interact with the locals, or simply relax and take in the stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
DAY 8 - Trek from Bhimthan to Samdo (3,872m) via Larke Pass (5,160m)
We resume our trek and cross the majestic Larke Pass once again, this time from a different direction. We will witness the beauty of the snow-clad mountains and glaciers as we make our way towards Samdo, a picturesque village with traditional houses and a serene atmosphere.
DAY 9 - Trek from Samdo to Sama Gaun (3,450m)
The trek today takes us through scenic valleys and serene landscapes as we make our way towards Sama Gaun. We will pass through several traditional villages and encounter local yak herders, adding a unique touch to our adventure.
DAY 10 - Acclimatization in Sama Gaun (3,450m) – Rest Day
Today is another rest day for acclimatization. You can explore the village, visit the local monasteries, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning views of Mount Manaslu and its surrounding peaks.
DAY 11 - Trek from Sama Gaon to Manaslu Basecamp (5160m) and back to Sama Gaon (3,450m)
Today, we trek to the base camp of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. The trek is challenging but rewarding, as we are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. After spending some time at the base camp, we will return to Sama Gaon for the night.
DAY 12 - Trek from Sama Gaon to Namrung (2,670m)
We start our descent towards Namrung, a traditional village with stunning views of the Himalayas. Along the way, we will pass through lush forests and quaint villages, immersing ourselves in the local culture and traditions.
DAY 13 - Trek from Namrung to Philim (1,606m)
The trek today takes us through beautiful valleys and stunning landscapes as we make our way towards Philim, a picturesque village with traditional houses and a serene atmosphere. We will also come across ancient monasteries and traditional chortens, adding a spiritual touch to our adventure.
DAY 14 - Trek from Philim to Machha Khola (883m)
We continue our descent towards Machha Khola, a small village located on the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes, and we will pass through several traditional villages and suspension bridges over glistening rivers.
DAY 15 - Trek from Machha Khola to Arughat (606m)
OToday is the last day of our trek as we make our way towards Arughat, the endpoint of our journey. The trek takes us through scenic landscapes, terraced fields, and traditional villages, giving us a glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of the region.
DAY 16 - Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu & transfer to the Hotel
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu, where you can rest and relax in your hotel or explore the city on your own.
DAY 17 - Leisure Day in Kathmandu
Today is a leisure day for you to explore Kathmandu on your own. You can visit some of the city's historic landmarks, such as the Durbar Square or the Boudhanath Stupa, or simply relax and shop for souvenirs in the bustling streets of Thamel.
DAY 18 - Transfer to International Airport for final departure
Today is the last day of your adventure, and our representative will transfer you to the airport for your final departure. We hope you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you back to Nepal soon.
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ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : sharing a twin bedroom at the hotel (3 Star category) in Kathmandu on a bed & breakfast basis
AIRPORT PICK-UP & DROP : Airport - Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
Permits : All necessary paper works: Trekking Permit including MCAP and special permit, TIMS Card & conservation entry fee
STAFF INSURANCE : Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
MAP: Trekking map of the trek
MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : Land Transportation Kathmandu
MEMBER LUGGAGE: Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
FOODS & LODGING : 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation sharing basis in tea house/camp during the trek.
DRINKS : 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
Guide : Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
PORTER : Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit.
Meals on treks only: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.
What's Not Included
NEPAL VISA FEES : Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
INSURANCE : Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
RESCUE EVACUATION : Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests, and Hospitalization costs.)
PERSONAL EXPENSES: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears, etc.
TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility during the trek is not included.
EXTRA PORTER : $35 USD for an extra porter per day (If an extra porter is demanded).
TIPS : Tips for Guide, porters, and staff.
EXTRA : Any other services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary. Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Booking Receipt, if Booked Online (PDF will work)
More than 30-days prior to departure - 50% refund.
In Between 15-30-days prior to departure - 25% refund.
Less than 15-days prior to departure - No Refund.
Frequently Asked question
Absolutely! Whether you're a solo trekker or with a group, you can easily book your trek through our website or by contacting our Kathmandu office directly. We can even pair solo trekkers with groups, if desired.
On our treks, you'll enjoy a blend of traditional Nepali meals like 'dal bhat' (lentil soup with rice) and other international cuisines. We ensure our food is nutritious and energy-packed for the trekking journey. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice.
Yes, we offer secure luggage storage at our office in Kathmandu. You can leave behind non-essential items and pick them up once you return from your trek.
Yes, depending on your trek's region, you'll need permits like the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) card and regional conservation or national park permits. Our team takes care of all the necessary paperwork and permits for you.
Absolutely! We offer both fixed-departure and tailor-made treks. If you have specific preferences, routes, or places you'd like to visit, just let our team know, and we'll help design a trek that meets your desires.
Altitude sickness is a concern in the Himalayan treks. Our itineraries are designed to allow gradual acclimatization. It's essential to communicate any discomfort to our guides, who are trained to assist in such situations.
Yes, Kathmandu offers several rental shops where you can rent or buy trekking gear. If you're missing something, it's likely you'll find it here. However, for personal comfort, we recommend bringing specialized items like hiking boots from home.
Accommodation varies depending on the trek's route. In popular trails like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, you'll find well-maintained teahouses offering basic amenities. However, in remote areas, the facilities might be more basic. Camping may also be part of certain trekking routes.
Our guides carry communication devices and have contacts with local agencies to ensure swift action during emergencies. In extreme cases, helicopter evacuations can be arranged, given that the trekker has suitable insurance coverage.