Manaslu Base Camp Trek

15 Days
Push your limits. Experience the thrill of the Himalayas.

Highlights of the Manaslu Base Camp Trek

  • Manaslu Base Camp, the 8th highest mountain summit will be discussed.
  • Have a real life experience in Buddhist religion and Tibetan culture.
  • Trekking through the virgin land is adventure which is waiting to be reckoned upon the Manaslu.
  • Take pleasure in walking on the less busy trails and doing it your own pace.
  • Feel the suspense with eye opening view of different mountains.
  • Manaslu
  • Larkya La Pass (5,160m/16,930ft)
  • 15 Days

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Overview

Manaslu Base Camp Trek is a captivating route that offers stunning views of Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, which towers 8,163 meters above sea level. Situated in the western-central part of Nepal’s Mansiri Himal, Manaslu’s name comes from Sanskrit and means “Mountain of the Spirit“.

Toshio Imanishi of Japan, with the help of Gyalzen Norbu (Nepali), first climbed Manaslu in 1956. This ascent has led some Japanese to consider Manaslu their mountain, similar to how the British view Everest.

Manaslu Base Camp Trek is another popular trekking option in the Manaslu region. It follows a rural valley trail known for its natural beauty and is situated near the Nepal-Tibet border. Officially opened for tourists in 1992, Manaslu remains a relatively uncrowded trek due to permit restrictions.

Manaslu Base Camp Trek offers a rich cultural experience, showcasing traditional ways of life, breathtaking scenery, and rural communities reflecting the ancient Tibetan lifestyle. This relatively new route allows for a deep exploration of Nepal’s natural and cultural diversity. As you trek around the Manaslu massif, you’ll be dominated by the imposing presence of Mount Manaslu, a prominent feature of the historical Gorkha kingdom.

MBC trek takes you through villages inhabited by friendly locals, many of Tibetan origin who speak their own language. Your licensed guide will provide detailed information about the area. You’ll have the opportunity to experience authentic Nepalese life, visit Buddhist monasteries inhabited by monks, and witness the stunning contrast of the stark white Himalayas against the vast Tibetan highlands, making for a truly mystical experience.

A highlight of the trek is visiting the ancient Sama Gompa monastery in Sama Gaon, offering a close-up view of Manaslu. Reaching Manaslu Base Camp itself is another rewarding accomplishment.

Manaslu lies in the Gorkha district, roughly 64 kilometers east of Annapurna. The Nepal government began issuing trekking permits for the Manaslu region in 1991. The trek route follows the ancient path along the Budi Gandaki River, once used for salt trading.

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek offers spectacular views of over 10 peaks exceeding 6,500 meters and several surpassing 7,000 meters. The trail winds through various villages where diverse ethnic groups coexist peacefully. Landslides, occasional rockfalls, and encounters with yaks along the path add to the memorable character of the Manaslu trek.

A Demanding Yet Rewarding Trek

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek traverses a wide range of challenging and sometimes oddly shaped terrains. Expect daily distances of 15 to 20 kilometers. The initial section leading to the Budhi Gandaki gorge is particularly demanding, with many steep ascents and descents. Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,213 meters) is another significant challenge that requires physical and mental fortitude. Be prepared for the difficulties ahead to fully appreciate the immense rewards of this trek.

This trek has it all – culture, spirituality, awesome scenery and adventure. What are you waiting for?

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (Accommodation: Hotel)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Tour (preparation for the trek) (Accommodation: Hotel)
  • Day 3: 8-hour jeep drive to Soti Khola (starting point of the trek) (Accommodation: Tea house) – This day involves an 8-hour drive on a rough road.
  • Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (890m/2,920ft) – Estimated trek time: 5-6 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 5: Trek to Jagat and enter the restricted trekking area – Estimated trek time: 6-7 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 6: Trek to Dyang/Deng – Estimated trek time: 5-6 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 7: Trek to Namrung – Estimated trek time: 4-5 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 8: Trek to Sama Gaon (Sama Village) – Estimated trek time: 3-4 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 9: Rest day in Sama Gaon with optional exploration of Manaslu Base Camp – This day is a good opportunity to acclimatize to the higher altitude.
  • Day 10: Trek to Samdo – Estimated trek time: 4-5 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 11: Hike to Larkya Phedi (Dharmasala) – Estimated trek time: 3-4 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 12: Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya La Pass (5,160m/16,930ft) and descend to Bimthang – Estimated trek time: 8-10 hours (This is a challenging day with the crossing of the Larkya La Pass) (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani – Estimated trek time: 5-6 hours (Accommodation: Tea house)
  • Day 14: Jeep drive back to Kathmandu via Besi-Sahar – Estimated travel time: 7-8 hours (Accommodation: Hotel)
  • Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Service


  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 03 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 12 nights twin sharing accommodation during trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu. (Entrance Fee Extra)
  • Local Transportation Jeep/ Bus Kathmandu –Soti Khola & returning back to Kathmandu.
  • (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time.
  • MACP/ ACAP & Manaslu special trekking permit as well.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide. His food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Welcoming Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with culture performance.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Local taxes.


  • All kind of beverage.
  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Porter Service, Do you need a porter? Ask to our trek expert.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

Manaslu Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The total distance covered on the Manaslu Base Camp Trek is approximately 177 kilometers over 10 days, with daily trekking distances ranging from 15-20 kilometers.

Terrain difficulty is also a factor, as the trail frequently involves steep ascents and descents along the Budhi Gandaki River corridor. The trek up to Larkya La Pass at 5,213 meters presents a particularly challenging elevation gain.

Operating at high altitude carries risks of altitude sickness, as the Manaslu Circuit reaches over 5,000 meters at Larkya La Pass. Moreover, winds can make trail conditions cold at higher elevations.

Considering the total distance, daily exertion levels, elevation extremes, and environmental conditions, the trek should be undertaken only by physically fit individuals who are prepared to trek in demanding mountain environments. Successful completion typically requires a minimum 2-3 month regimen of conditioning including endurance training to build cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength appropriate for the trek.


Manaslu Base Camp Trek Permits and Cost


  • Manaslu Restricted Permit:
    • Cost: Varies by season:
      • High Season (Sept-Nov): $100 for first 7 days, $15/day extra.
      • Low Season (Dec-Aug): $75 for first 7 days, $10/day extra.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):
    • Foreigners: 3,000 NRS (~$24)
    • SAARC Nationals: 1,000 NRS (~$8)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): (Optional for some routes)
    • Foreigners: 3,000 NRS (~$24)
    • SAARC Nationals: 1,000 NRS (~$8)
  • Tsum Valley Permit (Optional): (Applicable only if including Tsum Valley)
    • Cost: $40 for first 7 days, $5/day extra.

Total Permit Cost: Ranges from USD 120 to 140 depending on season and chosen route.


  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu for a night before and after the trek
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek


  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea/coffee with breakfast


  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car in Kathmandu
  • Local transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola or Dharapani
  • Transportation from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Guide and Staff:

  • Government-registered, experienced trekking guide
  • Assistant guide (depending on group size)
  • Porters to carry your luggage (optional)


  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Farewell dinner

Optional Extras:

  • Single room supplement (if you prefer not to share your accommodation)
  • Peak climbing permit (if you want to climb a peak above 6,000 meters)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Personal expenses (drinks, snacks, tips, etc.)

Things to Note:

It is important to check the weather conditions before you go on the trek, as this can affect the difficulty of the trek.

Here are some additional things to consider bringing on the Manaslu Base Camp Trek:

  • Clothing:
    • Sturdy hiking boots
    • Trekking pants
    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Thermal underwear
    • Fleece jacket
    • Down jacket
    • Rain jacket and pants
    • Hat and gloves
    • Buff or scarf
  • Gear:
    • Backpack (40-50 liters)
    • Sleeping bag (rated to -15°C)
    • Sleeping pad
    • Trekking poles
    • Headlamp
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder
    • First-aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries
    • Camera
  • Personal items:
    • Passport and visa copies
    • Travel insurance documents
    • Cash (Nepalese rupees) for personal expenses
    • Medications
    • Books or playing cards

Best Time for Manaslu Base Camp Trek

The most popular time period for the trek is autumn (September, October, and November). During this season, views of both Manaslu and other mountains within the Annapurna Range are at their most visually striking.

The second most popular timeframe is spring (March, April, and May). Rhododendron forests throughout the Manaslu Conservation Area burst vividly into bloom, presenting a picturesque landscape. Comparatively lower rainfall during spring further contributes to the popularity of this period.

Trekkers should note that the circuit ascends to over 5,000 meters in elevation. As such, winter months (December, January, and February) can prove bitterly frigid, with temperatures plunging to -20 degrees Celsius or below. Similarly, the summer wet season (June, July, and August) brings heavy monsoonal precipitation, necessitating thoroughly prepared equipment and supplies. Factoring in these climatic challenges, autumn and spring generally offer the most favorable conditions.

Accommodation During Manaslu Base Camp Trek


You’ll be staying in 3-star hotels for 3 nights with breakfast included.

Manaslu Trek:

  • You’ll spend 14 nights in teahouses and local lodges along the trail.
  • Accommodation is basic and cozy, primarily offering twin or triple-sharing rooms.
  • Shared toilet facilities are typically located outside the room within the building.

Important Points:

  • Standards: Lodges in Nepal, even those with star ratings, might not meet European standards.
  • Focus: The emphasis is on enjoying the outdoors and experiencing nature, not luxurious accommodations.
  • Room Options:
    • Standard package: Twin or triple-sharing rooms.
    • Single supplement: Upgrade to a private room for the entire trip for an additional $350 per person. (Note: Single rooms might not be available at high-altitude points.)

Additional Information: Due to a rise in trekking in the Manaslu region, sharing a room with other trekkers might be necessary, particularly in Dharamsala (Larkya La Phedi) before the high pass.

Meals During Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Food Variety:

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek offers a diverse culinary experience, featuring:

  • Nepalese staples: Dal Bhat, Thukpa, Momos
  • International influences: Chinese, Indian, Italian, and Tibetan cuisine
  • Additional options: Pizza, Macaroni, Paratha, Pasta
  • Snacks and Drinks: Fresh fruits, hot/cold beverages, alcoholic drinks (optional)

Meal Schedule and Locations:

  • Breakfast and Dinner: Served at the campsite.
  • Lunch: Enjoyed at local lodges along the trekking trail.

Freshness and Hygiene:

  • You can be assured of:
    • Fresh, healthy, and organic ingredients.
    • Hygienic preparation and serving practices.
    • Local vegetables are often sourced from organic farms.
    • Clean water is used for cooking and cleaning.

Additional Information:

  • A variety of hot and cold beverages are available throughout the trek.
  • Garden-fresh homemade soup adds another dimension to the culinary adventure.

Terrain and Difficulty of the Manaslu Base Camp Trek

The Base Camp trek, incorporating a circuit route, exposes you to diverse landscapes. Expect rugged and unique terrain, with some sections located in remote areas within the Himalayas. Daily hikes range from 10 to 13 miles.

Key Challenges:

  • Off-the-beaten-path trails: These require stamina and physical endurance due to uneven surfaces and potentially challenging inclines.
  • Increasing difficulty: The initial days are generally easier, traversing along the Budi Gandaki Valley. However, the difficulty level progressively increases with each passing day.
  • High altitude: Descending and ascending trails in thin air add significant challenges.
  • Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters): This is the highest point of the trek and presents the most demanding section. It tests your physical and mental strength due to the steep climbs and descents.


  • Physical fitness: While good physical condition is crucial, mental perseverance is equally important for successfully navigating challenging terrain.
  • Early start for Larkya La Pass: To avoid complications on the pass day, trekkers typically start very early before sunrise.

Accommodation Options

Your Manaslu Base Camp Trek gives you a perfect blend of adventure and comfort. Throughout your journey, you’ll be well-rested and prepared for the next day’s exploration.

In Kathmandu, you’ll unwind in comfortable 3-star hotels. This provides a relaxing start and end point to your adventure.

As you embark on the trek, nights will be spent in cozy teahouses nestled within the charming villages along the route. These traditional guesthouses offer a unique cultural experience and a chance to connect with the local way of life. All accommodations are based on twin sharing, meaning you’ll share a room with another trekker.

For those seeking more privacy, single rooms can be requested for an additional USD 290 per person. However, it’s important to note that some teahouses in more remote locations may not have single rooms available.

While luxuries are limited on the trek, most teahouses now provide electricity for charging essential devices like mobile phones and cameras. This allows you to capture precious memories and stay connected during your adventure.

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How Long is base camp Manaslu trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek distance:

  • Originally (1991): 175 km (109 miles) from Arughat Bazar to Besi Sahar.
  • Currently: 117 km (73 miles) due to the development of motorable roads. The new trek starts at Soti Khola and ends in Dharapani.

Why is the Manaslu base camp trek known as a restricted trek in Nepal?

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek is designated as a restricted trek in Nepal for two main reasons:

  • Preservation: The Nepalese government, including the Nepal Tourism Board, aims to conserve the pristine natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Manaslu region. Limiting trekker numbers helps to minimize environmental impact and ensure the region remains unspoiled for future generations.
  • Trekker Safety: The Manaslu trek includes sections that border Tibet, with Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass, and the Tsum Valley being prominent examples. Restricted area permits allow the government to monitor who enters these areas, helping to ensure the safety of trekkers, especially in these remote locations with potential border security concerns.

These restrictions also contribute to a more controlled trekking experience. By limiting numbers, the trails are less crowded, and the cultural immersion is likely to be deeper.

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