Manaslu Trek 2020, Difficulty, Itinerary, Cost, Route, weather

  March 16th, 2020


Manaslu Circuit Trek route: Mountain view

Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain is one of the most famous off-beaten trekking destinations in Nepal. Officially opened in the early 90s, Manaslu Region in Nepal is regarded as the “mountain of the spirit” which offers spectacular snow-peaks, rich cultural heritage, stunning biological diversity with unsurpassed beauty, wonderful landscapes, and many more to explore.

Most of the trekkers consider Manaslu trek as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal which rewards the adventurous with the unparalleled alpine experience. Trekking in the several ups and downs trail encountering with the Nepali and Tibetan people with the glimpse of Himalayan paradise on the background is a worth to visit.

Bluesheep Area on the way to Dharmasala, Manaslu

Manaslu trek in Nepal is one of the most challenging as well as thrilling trek due to its diversity of trekking trail from Hindu middle hills to the Tibetan high-country dwellers along with the incredible mountain’s scenery of Manaslu Himal and its vicinity.

Highlights of Manaslu Trek

  • Explore the Manaslu trekking trail, yet the restricted area of Nepal.
  • Explore historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Visit a remote part of Nepal and many verities of Culture and nature.
  • The very beautiful backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain range, Mt. Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gaun.
  • Best views of the Himalayas range.
  • Pass over the Larke La. 

Best season for Manaslu Region Trek

Manaslu trekking during Summer

June, July, and August months are the summer season which is also considered as monsoon season in Nepal. In this season, the weather is unpredictable where trekkers may get the problem of heavy rain during their trekking. Comparatively the temperature is also quite hot in this season. Due to the cloudy and monsoon, trekkers may feel quite uncomforted to trek in this season. The temperature in this season ranges from 16 to 28 degree Celsius (74 to 79-degree Fahrenheit)

Manaslu trekking during Winter

Winter season consists of December, January, February months in Nepal, where the weather is cold in this season. Due to coldness and heavy snowfall, trekkers will find quite difficult to trek in the higher pass. In this season, the temperature ranges from 6 to 18 degrees Celsius (44 to 58-degree Fahrenheit) in a day.

Manaslu trek during Autumn

September, October, and November are the months that contain the Autumn season in Nepal. It is also regarded as the best season to make a trek in Nepal. In this season the weather and temperature are good and fine to make a trek in this region. Trekkers can have clear and striking views of the Himalayas. In this season the temperature ranges from 12 to 25 degrees Celsius (62 to 76-degree Fahrenheit).

Manaslu during Spring 

Spring Season consists of March, April, and May months in Nepal. This season is considered the best season to trek in Manaslu because, in this season, trekkers will find the hot temperature in the low and Terai part of Nepal and moderate in the higher altitude. Cristal clear weather will possess clear and stunning Himalayas views of Manaslu itself and its vicinity.

Maniwall during manaslu trek

Every nature of the planet will change in this period and you can see greenery surrounding with the blooming flowers everywhere in the trail. The temperature ranges from 14 to 24 degrees Celsius (62 to 74-degree Fahrenheit) in the Manaslu region. 

The altitude of Manaslu Trek: along with entrance points

The highest point you will make during your Manaslu trek is Larkya La Pass with its 5115 meters altitude. As you begin your trek from the very low altitude of Arughat and then to Soti Khola at the Hight of 815meters.

Then you will go through several ups and down trail by following several local settlements such as Labu Besi (900m) to  Jagat (1,250m), Nayak (1,950m), Ghap (2,050m), Lho (3,148m), Sama Gaon (3,517m), Samdo (3,738m), Dharmashala (4,480m), Bimthang, and finally, you will achieve the highest point the Larkya La Pass (5,113m).

Then you will again follow Via Tilje at 3,010m and then Tal (1,725m) to Syange (1,175m) and eventually you will arrive at Besisahar (825m), and return to Kathmandu (1,300m).  

Manaslu Trek Difficulty

Manaslu trek is one of the most challenging off-the-beaten treks in Nepal. It rewards the exotic adventures with big alpine thrills to experience. This amazing trekking package of Manaslu will offer off-beaten trekking trail with possible difficulties.
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Despite, it exposes the beauty of the great Himalayas on the backgrounds, it also offers great stimulating and thrilling trek difficulties due to its altitude, distance, weather and lack of proper training. Manaslu, rugged and remote geography have its difficult trail where trekkers may have to face sloppy, steep rocky, with numerous boulders trekking trail. Most of the novice trekkers may face altitude sickness as they cross 2000 meters altitude trail. Trekkers may cause headaches, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite due to altitude sickness.
 
The next one is Manaslu distance. Manaslu lies in the west-central part of Gorkha districts, around 177 kilometers in distance. Trekkers have to trek around 15 to 20 km per day. Larkya La Pass with its 5213 meters altitude is the highest point that trekkers have to reach on. The weather will also make a big difference during Manaslu trek in Neal.
 
In the Manaslu region, the weather condition is unpredictable where you may find heavy rainfall, blazing sun, freezing nights, and chill wind weather conditions. Generally, the days are warm and dry but the night will be freezing. In the winter season, the trekking trail will be covered with the heavy snow and the appealing Larkya La Pass will be closed due to heavy snowfall. However, most of the outdoor enthusiasts can easily conquer this thrilling trail and weather conditions with enough courage, physically as well as mental preparation and determination.

Cost for Manaslu Trek

The cost of Manaslu trek depends on the various factors such as; group size, itinerary, seasons, trek packages, and many more. High Venture Plus also offers different packages for the single trek as well.

Normally, we offer the Manaslu trek package cost from US 900 to 1400 dollars per person. If you desire to make a private jeep drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, it will generally cost 150 to 200 US dollars. The cost of the Manaslu trek includes the cost of guide and porter, the cost of transportation, food, drinks, accommodation, and another necessary cost.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu

Most of the famous travel destination is situated in the remote and inaccessible area of Nepal where travelers may have to face health risks. So, travelers should carry traveler insurance to make their travel safe and secure.

During trekking in the remote and highest altitude of Nepal, travel insurance is always required. You need travel insurance in case of an emergency such as medical expenses, emergency air ambulance/ helicopter rescue services, against personal accidents, and personal liability of the trekkers.

Altitude Sickness in Manaslu

Most of the trekkers are quite curious about the altitude sickness before making their trek in Nepal. Altitude sickness is also known as acute mountain sickness which occurs when trekkers ascend too quickly in the summit of over 2500meters.

The cause of Altitude sickness is due to lower air pressure at the high altitude. It may seem initial symptoms as a period of sleeplessness, occasional loss of appetite, periodic breath, feeling extra tiredness, diarrhea, laziness and many more.  With the proper accommodation trekking package will maintain altitude sickness.

Hiring a guide to Manaslu

Although the Manaslu trek is moderate in Nepal, it required a trekking guide or porter to make the wonderful trek in Nepal. High Venture Plus will offer you a professional, well-experienced, and registered guide for your trek. Hiring a guide will help you to explore hidden places, folk cultures, and traditions of the people, and the right trekking route to Manaslu. With an experienced trekking guide or porter, you can trek freely and enjoy every corner of the Manaslu.
Not only that, it will be easier to book a meal and accommodation as well. If you have a heavy stuff backpack for a trek then it will be easier to hire a local guide.

Finding a travel Agency for Manaslu

These days in Nepal, so many travel agencies are mushrooming where most of the trekkers are quite confused to find a professional travel agent to make their vacation trip in Nepal.
Without a doubt, High Venture Plus is a leading travel agency that you are searching for. High Venture Plus will offer you one of the best trekking packages at an affordable price with a well-qualified trekking guide.

Training Program for Manaslu      

Although Manaslu Trek is a moderate trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, it required some physical fitness of the trekkers to Manaslu trek successfully. So, we recommend some basic training about trekking where they can learn some technical skills about trekking.

Trekkers should trek around 6 to 8 hours per day and trekking trail may occur rocky path, long steeps climb, steep descends, and rugged trail. We will organize an itinerary with enough time for acclimatization even though
trekkers should be physically as well as psychologically prepared for the trek.

Manaslu Trekking route

The Manaslu trekking route begins with the scenic drive, by following one of the most standard and unspoiled routes of the Manaslu region with the splendor of the spectacular Himalayas series and tempting natural beauty of the remote zone.

Through the following mighty Budi Gandaki River with the bounded scenery of snow-capped peaks, we will begin the trek from Soti Khola and follow several villages on the way to Manaslu. During trekking, we will explore several high passes, small pretty Buddhist villages, inspiring rivers, a beautiful dense forest of rhododendron and a variety of rare flora and fauna, and many more.

As we reach near to Manaslu, it makes us Manaslu trekking is worth wonder to visit and explore. Even in the lower altitude, it’s around 700m, it will expose unbelievable landscapes with the varied countryside and lush forest to astounding high-altitude décors with unsettled huge glaciers on the way, which will force to make next travel destination in Nepal for the traveler.



As you stand on the top of Manaslu and explore the amazing views of the Himalayas and its surrounding is awe-inspiring. With the unforgettable image of Manaslu in your memory, we will return after the exploration of Manaslu. You can follow the full package of Manaslu Itinerary as mention below:

Itinerary of Manaslu Trek

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour with guide and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, the trekking point [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours
Day 4: Continue trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours
Day 5:  Continue trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs
Day 6:  Continue trek from Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs
Day 7: Continue trek from Deng to Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs
Day 8:  Continue trek from Namrung to Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours
Day 9:  Continue trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa and again return to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration
Day 10:  Continue trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours
Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
Day 12:  Continue trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours
Day 13:  Continue trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours
Day 14: Continue trek from Bimthang to Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours
Day 15:  Continue trek from Tilije to Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hours (1700)
Day 16:  Continue trek from Tal to Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hours
Day 17: Continue trek from Syange to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
Day 18: Final Destination

Other trekking options in The Manaslu Region

In the Manaslu Region of Nepal, trekkers will get so many trekking packages available over there. Manaslu Region includes Lower Manaslu Eco Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley combine Manaslu round trek. To explore the Manaslu region of Nepal, trekkers have so many trekking options to choose from.

Death in Manaslu Trek

While considering the death of Manaslu trekker in Nepal is uncommon because the trekking trail of Manaslu is safe. Till the date, there is no actual static of people's death n Manaslu. We can hear a rough estimate death rate per year of other trekking destinations but no data of death in Manaslu. A proper trekking itinerary and accommodation package will make very minimal chances for death in Manaslu.

Manaslu Packing List

Here we will mention some essential equipment and packaging list used during your adventurous Manaslu trek in Nepal. According to the season and trek duration, you have to pack all the necessary equipment. Before making the packaging list, you should give more attention to the weight limit too. You are allowed to take 15kg luggage only. Here we will mention the necessary packing list for you.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets, Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your drinks and gifts, Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions, Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic), Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs, Sunglasses with UV protection, Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves), Light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover, Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, Down vest and/or jacket, and Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves, lightweight wool or fleece gloves,  mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs, 1 pair of Hiking shorts,1 pair of Hiking trousers,1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal),1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers, 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks, 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks,1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”),1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals, Cotton socks (optional), Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle-high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F), and Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an aeroplane carryon),1 large duffel bag, A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding, Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags, and 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light), Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids), 1 skin-blister repair kit, Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-headache pills, Cough and/or cold medicine, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant, Water purification tablets or water filter, 1 set of earplugs, and Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, sewing repair kit, cigarette lighter, small box of matches, compass or GPS (optional), alarm clock/watch, digital camera with extra cards and batteries, large Ziplocs, 2 water bottles (1 liter each), small folding knife, Binoculars (optional), and 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel, Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable), Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable), Deodorants, Nail clippers, Face and body moisturizer, Female hygiene products, and Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes), Tissue /toilet roll, and Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book, Trail map/guide book, Journal, and pen, iPod, Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps), 1 modest swimsuit, Binoculars (optional), Voltage converter (from 220 to 110), Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs), and Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your stuff as a pillow 

Frequent Asked Questions

What Type of Accommodation is available in Manaslu?

Manaslu trek in Nepal is regarded as the tea house trek. During trekking to Manaslu, trekkers will find various accommodations in a varied location of the area. During your stay at Kathmandu, you will be provided with a wide range of accommodation to choose from basic hotel to the luxurious 5-star chain.

But as you begin your trekking onward to Manaslu, you will find various guesthouse in different location such as Sotikhola, Macha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Sama Gaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, Bimthang, Dharapani, and many more which offers you basic facilities for food, wifi, phones, and rooms. As you reach the remote and highest altitude, you may not find wifi and hot showers facilities. 

What Kind of food is served while trekking to Manaslu?

During your stay at the teahouse, they will provide you with healthy and organic food and drinks. They will serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to choose from. Generally, you will serve 3 times meal per day that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In breakfast, you will find eggs, bread, and you will be served Dal, Bhat (Rice) and Tarkari (vegetable)in lunch and dinner.

Is there a great range of beverages available during Manaslu trek?

During your trek to Manaslu, you will find alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the teahouse. Except for tea house, you won’t be able to get an alcoholic beverage except for tea and coffee. 

What kind of toilet facilities are there in the Manaslu?

Most of the trekkers asked toilet facilities before commencing their trek in Manaslu. It is important to know about toilet facilities. Normally toilet facilities depend on the types of trek you are heading for. The toilet conditions and cleanness will depend on the region of Nepal. In the lower altitude, you will find a lodge with the attached modern toilet where you can find toilet paper but if you reach the remote and high altitude, there you may not find an attached toilet. You have to share the toilet with others and there you have to take a small bucket for washing instead of toilet paper. So, we recommend you to carry toilet paper with you.

What Kind of snacks do I need to carry for the Manaslu region?

As regarding snacks, you can carry your favorite chocolate, which has high carbohydrate and provide energy while trekking. If you wish somethings others you can carry them with you.

Is pure water is available in the Manaslu region?

As compared to city areas, trekkers will find cleaned and drinkable water in the mountain area in Nepal. Even though during your trek to lower altitude of Manaslu, you will get bottled water in each tea house, which will cost roughly NRS 200 (2 dollars) and it will cost NRS 400 (USD 4) in the higher elevation. We request you to take a water purification tablet or drop to filter water, which will ensure that you are drinking clean water. During trekking, you can find a water source every one or two hours of walking distance where you can refill water.

Is cell phone reception available in the Manaslu?

As you reach the lower altitude, no doubt there is the easy availability of cell phone network, however as you reach the higher altitude of Manaslu, the cell phone network is almost unavailable. But you will get the facilities of a landline in several villages and lodges. The available cell phone network also varies in the different parts of the location, in some part you may find working network while in some part you may not. 

A Limit for Manaslu Trek!

For Manaslu trek, there is no age limit. But we strictly recommend that it will be almost impossible to trek under the age of seven children. Besides age, it will be better to consult with a doctor for a precautionary checkup about your health before going for Manaslu trek.

What is the weight limit of baggage to Manaslu?

Normally while trekking in Nepal, there is no weight limit of baggage however if you take a flight to and from Kathmandu, you can carry a maximum weight of the 10kg with 5 kg hand carry.  Your Guide or Porter will carry your baggage.  

Are ATM’s services available in the Manaslu region?

We recommend trekkers to carry Nepali currency because in the Manaslu region there are no ATM facilities. You can get easy access to ATM services in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major cities in Nepal but almost impossible in the rural mountain areas.

Is tips or donation mandatory during Manaslu Trek?

Giving tips depends on the trekker’s choices, if you desire to give some tips or donations to Guide or porter, it will be only your choices. No will make you any kind of pressure for any kind of donation and tips.  

Conclusion

Manaslu Trek is one of the most famous classic treks in Nepal which allows trekkers to explore epic scenery, striking Himalayan Pass, intimate encounter with folk people and their ancient culture, and many more. It offers remote and off-the-beaten trekking trail with the spectacular scenery of snow-capped Peaks. In Manaslu, you can find so many tea houses where you will serve delicious organic food and drinks as well. To make wonderful Manaslu, world eighth highest mountain at 8163 meters trek in Nepal do please come with High Venture Plus, who will make your trek in Nepal one of the best treks experience that you ever had experienced.

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