Manaslu Tea house trekking holidays is the easiest and cheapest way of trekking in Manaslu region of Nepal where you can experience the majestic beauty of the Manaslu Massif. Manaslu trekking route is an ancient salt-trading route along the wild rapids of the Bhuri Gandhaki River and discover the splendour of pine, bamboo and rhododendron forests. Traverse Mani walls, explore monasteries and gain insight into a culturally fascinating Manaslu region. Manaslu tea house trek over a breathtaking high mountain pass, walk over glacial terrain and discover why Manaslu, the 8th highest peak in the world is known as the mountain of the spirit.
Manaslu conservation area is home to the endangered snow leopard and was only opened to trekkers in 1992. The route has only just become available to do as a teahouse trek and is part of The Great Himalayan Trail. Manaslu trekking is a spectacular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit or Khumbu region, the dramatic landscape of the Manaslu Circuit trek is a truly off the beaten track.
The Manaslu Circuit trek is considered to be moderate/demanding. We trek into a fairly remote part of Nepal at higher altitudes than you are probably used to. There are a variety of steep ascents and descents, and we sometimes trek for up to 8 hours per day. As with most things a certain degree of fitness will make this trip more enjoyable.
Note: Deposit of USD 200 secures your place on the trip and the balance is due 1 day before the start of the tour. This trip is guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 people and can start at anytime you like. The best times of the year for this trekking tour are between October- December and March-May.
The more people you book at the same time the more of a discount you will get. 4 people you get 5% off. Then you get another percent off for every person above that. So, for 5 people you would get 6% discount, 6 people 7% and so on. If you are coming on a second or third tour you will get a loyalty discount of 5%
We do not have any hidden charges. We charge an extra 4% if paying by credit card but there is no charge for cheque or cash payments. There is a guaranteed ‘no price increase’ in the trip price after you have paid your deposit.
The times mention in the itinerary show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well used trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.
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We don’t charge a single supplement fee if you’re a solo traveler. Our prices are based on staying in twin share rooms with a member of the same sex. If you wish to stay in your own room there will be extra charge for this trip. In some circumstances single rooms may not be available for example when we stay in the tea houses there is limited accommodation. We will always try to meet your requirements. The extra amount must be paid with the final balance. If you want to arrive early or depart later then we can arrange accommodation and transport for you.
Activities mentioned in the itinerary though not included in the total price are readily available in the places we visit. We can help you to arrange these.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Warm received and greet at Kathmandu airport then transfer to hotel. We wait you at Kathmandu airport with your name. Please look out sign of your name. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets.
Day 2: Drive to Soti Khola (800m, 8-9 hours)
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by 4WD Jeep drive. Continue driving through small villages and bustling bazaars, arriving in the settlement of Soti Khola in the Bhuri Gandaki valley. We will spend the night here in a teahouse (mountain hut).
Day 3: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m, 6/7 hours) trekking
The trek begins by following the Bhuri Gandaki River through the shady sal forest, continuing steeply uphill along a rugged cliffside. From here you can see the river’s white and wild rapids below. Eventually the trail drops to the Gurung village of Labubesi and follows along the riverbank until we reach the village of Machha Khola where we will spend the night.
Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m, 5 hours) trekking
We follow the gorge and continue up the river. Langgur monkeys can usually be heard playing in the jungle high above, where there are also larger Gurung villages.
Day 5: Jagat to Deng (1800m, 7/8 hours) trekking
After spending the night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge where views of Sringi Himal (7187m) emerge. Continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet before entering the Nupri (‘the Western Mountains) via bamboo forests. We spend the night in the Buddhist village of Deng.
Day 6: Deng to Namrung (2660m) 5/6 hours walking
From Deng, pass by numerous Tibetan Mani walls (intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures), weaving in and out of canyons. Enter into a colourful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons before arriving in the settlement of Namrung.
Day 7: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m, 3 to 4 hours) walking
Continuing from Namrung the trek climbs steadily into the alpine where you’ll see a first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. From this point on many of the locals dress in traditional Tibetan clothing called chubas.
Day 8: Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m, 3 to 4 hours) hiking
A shorter day of trekking allows you to acclimatize and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron before entering into the village of Samagaon where we will spend the night.
Day 9: Samagaon (rest day) option to trek to Manaslu Basecamp or Pungyen Gompa
A side trip to the spectacular Manaslu Base camp (4900m) is not to be missed! During the climbing season, the base camp is a hive of activity, filled with expedition teams, equipment, climbers, porters and tents. Leaving from Samagaon early in the morning, we follow the trail through forest before a steep ascent onto a slope and onto a moraine. From here there are magnificent views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains from all angles. The trek to base camp is around 4-5 hours, and the descent back to Samagaon is about 2-3 hours. As this is an acclimatization and ‘rest day’ we make sure to take a slow and easy pace.
An alternative to the Manaslu Base Camp is a shorter trek to Pungyen Gompa and the glacial lake, Birendra Tal. Trek through a forested area before reaching a ridge and a grassy plateau. Here you’ll discover the gompa that was destroyed by avalanche during the winter in 1953. Continue past to get to the icy waters of Birendra Tal situated at the base of a glacier, and if you’re brave take a dip!
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860, 4/5 hours) trekking
This is another shorter day to allow you to better adjust to the altitude. Here is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow (due the high elevation) and where we finally depart to above the tree line. A pleasant walk brings us to the picturesque village of Samdo –a town known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of 3 valleys and is only a day’s walk from Tibet. You are quite likely to see traders coming from the valley carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods.
Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m, 4/5 hours) trekking
Continue trekking on from Samdo follow along a wide, broad path, crossing the Bhuri Gandaki River and traversing along a Mani wall. Continue climbing over the Larkya Glacier until coming to a ridge which offers grand views of a huge gorge. We will spend the night here, before embarking on the high Larkya La the next morning.
Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m, 8/9 hours) trekking
Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over the Larkya La at a breathtaking 5100m. From Larkya Phedi, cross glacial moraine and past four frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach this point. From here you can see incredible views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937). Begin your descent down a trail along a steep gully. Eventually the trail peters out into more level area of grassy moraine. The valley opens up as you continue your descent to Bimthang and we’ll overnight here.
Day 13: Bimthang to Tilje (2300m, 7/8 hours) trekking
Cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of the moraine descending into a spectacular forest of rhododendron and impressive pines, with view of Manaslu providing an equal amount of splendour. Descend down towards the Dudh (milk) Khola then continue through a more agricultural landscape until reaching the village of Tilje.
Day 14: Tilje – Chamje (1410m, 3/ 4 hours) trekking
Continue a rapid descent into the Marsygandi Valley through forest, crossing a suspension bridge and making your way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We’ll make our way to Chamche, staying here for the night and celebrating our success of completing the Manaslu Circuit!
Day 15: Jeep drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara
We take a private 4WD jeep drive to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Kathmandu Airport
Final transfers to airport to catch your onward flight! It needs to be at least 3 hours earlier than your fight schedule flight time.