Round Manaslu Trekking Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group (Fixed Departure)
4 18 Days Tea House Trek Apr-May / Oct – Nov GRP / FM / STU

GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

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Lying between two rivers Manaslu, also known as the Gorkha Himal, is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

Circumnavigating Manaslu is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, one with sensational mountain views and one of the most dramatic Himalayan passes, the 5213m Larkya La. Much of this trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade routes between the regions still active. Newly opened to trekking.

This trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tilman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Col. Jimny Robert crossed the Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8156m.) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made.

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Short Itinerary

1ArrivalTribhuwan International Airport (TIA)
Shoti Khola710m
3TrekMaccha Khola900m8 hrs
4TrekJagat1410m6 hrs
5TrekDeng1804m7 hrs
6TrekGhap21566 hrs
7TrekNamrung2660m5 hrs
8TrekSamagaon2660m5 hrs
10TrekSamdo3780m4 hrs
11Rest Day
12TrekDharmasala (Larkya Base Camp)
4460m5 hrs
13TrekLarkya La, Bimthag5160m, 3720m8 hrs
14TrekTilje2827m6 hrs
15TrekTaal1700m6 hrs
16TrekSyange1100m5 hrs
17Trek, DriveBulbule - Kathmandu1300m5hrs

Trip Information

Trekking part:

Basic lodge accommodation on trek for tea house

Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

All domestic transport as listed in itinerary by private coach

Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Entry permit

Trekking permit

Porter to carry personal gear

15kg per person luggage allowance while on trek

English speaking trekking guide

Comprehensive medical kit

The Cost Does Not Include:

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

Price for Round Manaslu Trekking

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information for Round Manaslu Trekking :

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance for Round Manaslu Trekking:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

Arrive Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Our representative will give you a warm welcome, take you to your hotel and explains all details about the program briefly. You can visit some local places or rest in hotel.
Day 2


Drive to Dhading Besi, then to Bunchung village and enter Dhading village from where the peaks of Ganesh Himal are visible to the north and further at Nigalapani Annapurna II, Manaslu can be observed. Continues drive to Aarughat Bazaar and we further drive to Shoti Khola using by local Jeep.
Day 3


At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.
Day 4

MACCHA KHOLA TO JAGAT (1410m, 6 hrs)

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Day 5

JAGAT TO DENG (1804m, 7hrs)

We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.

Day 6

DENG TO GHAP (2156m, 5 HRS)

Cross Budhi Gandaki again and climb up, pass a waterfall, cross a stream, and  continue to climb ahead  to Shringi Khola; cross it and reach Ghap (Tsak). The Ghap is one of the beautiful village of this area where you can explore Bihi monastery on the route.
Day 7

GHAP TO NAMRUNG (2660m, 5 hrs)

The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it  climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock and continues up through deep fir and rhododendron forest and then enters Namrung. You can see beautiful mountain view from here such as Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Day 8

NAMRUNG TO SAMA GAON (3440m, 7 hrs)

The trail follows to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and  and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho. The trail then follows to Lho and drops down across Damonan Khola. Ascend again to a plateau at Shya.Crossing a ridge the trail descends onto a rock-strewn moraine and goes onto a ridge overlooking pastures and fields of Samagaon The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the far end of the valley. You will be surrounded by  mountain when you reached Sama Gompa. You can also visit one of the oldest Sama Monastery.
Day 9


We need one full day for acclimatization. In the mean time we can make excursion to the village and monasteries. The surrounding of Sama Gompa is full with monasteries.

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959.

Day 10

SAMA GAON TO SAMDO (3780m, 4hrs)

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo.


Day 11


This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring.
Day 12


Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
Day 13

DHARAMSALA / LARKYA LA (5160m) / BIMTHANG (3720m, 8hrs)

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.
Day 14

BIMTHANG / TILJE (2827m, 6 hrs)

The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight.The trail continues to Tilje via Gho villages.
Day 15

TILJE TO TAAL (1700 m, 6 hrs)

The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight.The trail continues to Dharapani via Tilje and Thonje villages.  Here the  Liaison Officer will contact the Police to declare the collected garbage to obtain a clearance certificate. And trek further to  Dharapani (1920 m.)
Day 16

TAAL TO SYANGE (1100 m, 5hrs)

Trek goes south through steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge. Walk for about 6 hours towards Syange through the valley crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful  waterfalls   land view the tower of Mt. Lamjung (22,291 Ft.),  Manaslu  (26,760 Ft.) and Peak 29 (24,652 Ft.).
Day 17


The trek again follows Marsyangdi south and enters the countryside with terraced rice field to Bhulbhule and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 18


The very morning after breakfast our representative will guide you to airport to board on the flight for Kathmandu. From Kathmandu airport we will take you to the hotel.
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