The Complete Guide to The Three Passes Trek
Manaslu Base Camp Trek is a magnificent trek that takes you through the remote regions of the Himalayas in Nepal. This trek is gaining popularity due to its stunning landscapes, diverse cultures and pristine natural beauty. The trek offers a chance to trek to the base of Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth highest peak in the world with an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 ft). The trek route starts from Arughat and ends at Dharapani, taking you through breathtaking valleys, traditional villages and lush forests.The trek can be completed in around 12-16 days, with the highest elevation being 4,200 meters. The route offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including the majestic Manaslu, Himlung, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. As you trek through the route, you will get a chance to interact with the local people, learn about their culture and way of life.
In conclusion, Manaslu Base Camp Trek is an ideal trek for adventure seekers and nature lovers who are looking to explore the off-beaten path in the Himalayas. The trek is well-organized and offers a memorable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. With its breathtaking views, diverse cultures and unparalleled natural beauty, the Manaslu Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable adventure.
DAY 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) & Transfer to the Hotel
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from our team and transferred to your hotel. After check-in, you can take some time to rest and explore the city on your own.
DAY 2 - Fly from Kathmandu – to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,800m)
Today, we take a scenic flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu region. From there, we will start our trek towards Phakding, a small village situated on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Along the way, we will pass through beautiful forests, suspension bridges, and traditional Sherpa villages.
DAY 3 - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Today's trek will take us through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will ascend towards Namche Bazaar, the largest town in the Khumbu region. En route, we will get our first glimpse of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks.
DAY 4 - Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar: Hike to Khumjung Valley
Today is an acclimatization day, which means we will rest and adjust to the altitude. In the morning, we will hike to the picturesque Khumjung Valley, where we can visit a monastery and a school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary.
DAY 5 - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,820m)
Leaving Namche Bazaar, we will follow a less traveled path towards the village of Thame. This trail offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the chance to experience the traditional Sherpa culture..
DAY 6 - Trek from Thame to Murlung (4,210m)
Today's trek takes us through a rugged terrain towards the village of Murlung, which is situated in a remote valley. Along the way, we may encounter herds of yaks and see some of the unique wildlife that inhabits this region.
DAY 7 - Trek from Murlung to Gokyo (4,790m) Via Renjo Pass (5,340m)
Today is one of the most challenging days of the trek as we cross the Renjo Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. After reaching the top, we will descend towards Gokyo, a beautiful village situated on the shores of a glacial lake.
DAY 8 - Acclimatization day: Hike from Gokyo to Gokyo Ri (5,300m) and back to the Gokyo
We will spend today acclimatizing at Gokyo by hiking to Gokyo Ri, a peak that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. After descending back to Gokyo, we can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.
DAY 9 - Trek from Gokyo to Thagnak (4,750m)
Today, we will trek towards Thagnak, a small village situated on the moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier. Along the way, we will see the beautiful turquoise waters of Gokyo Lake and pass through high-altitude yak pastures..
DAY 10 - Trek from Thagnak to Zungla (4,620m) via Cho La Pass (5,330m)
Today's trek takes us through the challenging Cho La Pass, which requires some technical climbing skills. However, the reward is worth it as we will see stunning views of Ama Dablam, Makalu, and other Himalayan peaks.
DAY 11 - Trek from Zungla to Gorakshep (5,140m)
After breakfast, we begin our trek to Gorakshep, which is the last village before Everest Base Camp. The trail takes us through the rocky and barren terrain of the Khumbu region, and we will also pass by the beautiful glacial lake, Cholatse Tsho. As we approach Gorakshep, we will be able to see the stunning view of Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbutse, and Mt. Everest. Upon reaching Gorakshep, we will check into our teahouse and rest for the day.
DAY 12 - Early Morning Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar (5,550m) back to Gorakshep (take Lunch)
We will start early in the morning, as it takes around 2-3 hours to reach Kalapatthar. The trail is steep and challenging, but the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks makes it worth the effort. After spending some time at Kalapatthar and taking plenty of photos, we will trek back to Gorakshep for lunch. In the afternoon, we can explore the area around Gorakshep and visit the Everest Base Camp if time permits.
DAY 13 - Trek from Lobuche to Chhukung (4,730m) via Kongma la Pass (5,535m)
Today we will cross another high pass, Kongma La (5,535m). We will start early in the morning as the pass can be challenging, especially if there is snow. The trail is steep and rocky, but the view of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam, is breathtaking. After reaching the top of Kongma La, we will descend to the village of Chhukung, where we will stay overnight.
DAY 14 - Trek from Chhukung to Pangboche (3,930m)
After breakfast, we will start our trek to Pangboche. The trail takes us through beautiful valleys and rhododendron forests. We will also pass by the traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche and visit the famous Tengboche Monastery, which is one of the most important monasteries in the region. After a short visit, we will continue our trek to Pangboche, where we will stay overnight.
DAY 15 - Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
Today we will retrace our steps and trek back to Namche Bazaar. The trail is mostly downhill, and we will pass through several small Sherpa villages and cross suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River. Upon reaching Namche Bazaar, we can relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this famous mountain town.
DAY 16 - Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
After breakfast, we will start our trek back to Lukla. The trail is mostly downhill, and we will pass through several small villages and forests. Upon reaching Lukla, we can celebrate the successful completion of our trek with our trekking team..
DAY 17 - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel
On this day, you will wake up early and prepare to take the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You will say goodbye to your porters and guides, and then head to the airport for the scenic flight back to the capital. The flight takes about 45 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will have some time to relax and freshen up before going out for a farewell dinner with your team and sharing your experiences of the trek.
DAY 18 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
This day is reserved for exploring the cultural and historical landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, such as Swayambhunath Stupa (also known as the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple (one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world), and Boudhanath Stupa (the largest stupa in Nepal).In the afternoon, you can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, and do some souvenir shopping. You can also visit the Garden of Dreams, a beautiful neo-classical garden in the heart of the city, and enjoy some quiet time amidst the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.
DAY 19 - Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for final Departure
On the final day of your trip, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home. Our representative will assist you with the check-in process and bid you farewell. You will leave Nepal with unforgettable memories of the majestic mountains, diverse culture, and warm hospitality of the Nepali people.
TRIP ENDS HERE!
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.