Manaslu Base Camp Trek Overview
Manaslu Base Camp
Trekking is one of the attractive trekking in Nepal Himalaya. It is situated in
the mid-western part of Nepal, in between Ganesh Himalayan ranges and the Annapurna
Himalayan ranges, located in the Gorkha district. It is a fascinating route,
which includes three peaks of Manaslu, known as “Japanese Peak”. Manaslu means
the “mountain of the soul”, is one of the imminent geographical charismas
dominating the historical kingdom of Gorkha. A cone-shaped snowcapped mountain of
height 8,163m above sea level is the special charm of this trekking.
Locally Manaslu is also known as Pungen Ri whose formation is adored and
respected in a Gompa couple of hundred meters above the village of Sama Gaon.
Spectacular views of Himlung Himal (7,216m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) Cheo Himal, Ganesh Himal Range, Lamjung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang Guru, and Annapurna II
An insight into Tibetan and Buddhist culture
Hike to Base Camp of the world’s eighth highest mountain
Spot monasteries, Mani walls, and prayer wheels in the area.
Experience the cultural and geographical diversities of remote Buddhist villages close to the Tibetan border.
Upon your arrival in Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, our representative from Bold Himalaya will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you will be transferred to your relevant hotel. You can spend your day exploring the busy Kathmandu. For the day, you can roam around beautiful Thamel and find yourself some typical local products to shop and get a close look at the bustling urban life. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After having our delicious breakfast, we will visit the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swyambhunath), and Buddhist shrine, Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. The city life is vibrant as the culture and heritage reflect their ethnic identity. Later, there will be a pre-tour meeting where we can meet our trek leader, guide, and other team members. Bold Himalaya will give us brief detail regarding our trek as well as provides us with an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. You can also go for last-minute shopping for your trek. You will find each and every branded trekking gear at Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The Manaslu region’s adventure starts today. We will begin our journey driving along Prithvi Highway which runs alongside the beautiful Trishuli River towards Soti Khola. We will pass through dense forests, green terraces, lush hillsides, and past various old and new settlements. After reaching Arughat, we will drive off-road amongst traditional settlements until we reach Soti Khola which is located in the Bhuri Gandaki Valley. It is also the starting point of Manaslu Base Camp Trekking and several other treks of this region. It is a beautiful yet thrilling one. We will pass through different landscapes, rushing rivers, and numerous waterfalls. We will have our lunch at Gurung village of Labubesi and then continue our journey towards Machhe Khola. Overnight at Macha Khola.
After having our breakfast in Machha Khola, we will begin our trek, which follows the gorge and continues up the river. The path is constricted at first and gently ascending and descending, eventually crossing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After more ascending and descending, we will reach a small hot spring in Tatopani- the best place to take a break.
From here, we will
ascend over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.
We will then climb up a staircase and head over a ridge to Doban. Upon crossing
one more suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will ascend a stone
staircase and then drop to the river and ascend more stone stairs to Tharo
Bharyang. Keep an eye out for neat Gurung villages in the jungle high above, as
well as Langur monkeys that walk around in the region.
Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will ascend over a ridge, trek along the river and then ascend towards the village of Jagat.
After having our breakfast in Jagat, we will make our way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests as well as small rivers and rustic villages to get to our final destination.
We will begin the trek
by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The
village welcomes us with several Gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. The valley
broadens a bit as the path continues to the Ghatta Khola. We will continue
walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village.
From here, 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.
Then the route will invade a steep, uninhabited gorge where we will descend to the grassy slopes, and then cross the Budhi Gandaki river. Trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank before we return to the west side again. The path broadens through the valley and we will pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola river. After crossing, we will reach the tiny village of Deng.
After breakfast in Deng, we will begin one of the most important and culturally significant parts of the trek. First, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge, where we will climb a bit further to join a trail from Bihi. On the trail, we can see white-faced monkeys visiting villages on the lookout for a free feed. Then, head west up the valley passing through dense forests, alpine vegetation, and unusual villages housing ethnic groups of the Manaslu region with major peaks starting to appear in the distance.
Even though there is another route, we will take the trail through Prok. This village has a beautiful blessing point of the snowcapped Siringi Himal. We will take a break here and then continue to cross the Budi Gandaki several times, running into several Gompas along the way. The path then chases the river upstream through a dense forest and leads to a narrow gorge. We will keep on moving until we notice the forest becomes less dense. The rewarding part of the walk is a impressive way to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area. We will eventually reach one last steep climb to get to the village of Namrung.
After having breakfast in Namrung, we will walk around the village for a better viewpoint of Siring, Ganesh Himal, and also Mt. Himal Chuli to the south. Once on the trail, we will first ascend regularly and pass through forests to reach Lihi, a fine village with many stupas and barley terraces. The path then drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal close by.
Further along, we will pass through the villages of Sho, Lho, and Shyala before reaching Sama Gaun (Village). We can relish extraordinary views of Manaslu from Lho and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village, we will be enclosed by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead. Other snowcapped peaks can be seen to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we will spend the night.
Today is the most
important day of our trek towards Manaslu Base Camp. We will explore Manaslu
Base Camp and return to Samagaon. We will start our trek after having a delicious
breakfast. We will follow the trail through forest before steep ascent to a
slope and to a moraine. There is a magnificent view of the glacier, a turquoise
lake and wonderful mountains from all the angles. Samagaon trails are generally
travelled by pilgrims singing their traditional songs. Samagaon crosses elevation
3000m. We can explore the Gompa blessed with captivating views of Mt. Manaslu
(8,163m) and Ngadi Chuli (7,871m). Gompas belong to the older generation of
Buddhist artefacts. Since we will be moving upward for our exploration, we may
not find any tea houses further. It’s essential to carry lunch. Manaslu means
the “mountain of the soul”, is one of the imminent geographical charisma dominating
the historical kingdom of Gorkha. A conical shaped snowcapped mountain of
height 8,163m above the sea level is the main charm of this trek. Locally,
Manaslu is also known as Pungen RI whose embodiment is worshipped in a Gompa
couple of hundred meters above the village of Sama Gaon. After exploring Manaslu
Base Camp, we will descend to Samagaon again. As we descend down, we will pass
through Birendra Lake. It is formed by melting of glaciers of Manaslu Mountains.
After having our breakfast in Samagaon, we will trek back to Namrung. We can see many snowcapped peaks including Ganesh Himal. We will pass through the villages of Sho, Lho, and Shyala before reaching Namrung. In Shyala village, we will be enclosed by high mountains like Himal Chuli and peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), Manaslu, and large glaciers. We can relish extraordinary views of Manaslu from Lho and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa.
Then, we will reach Lihi, a fine village with many stupas and barley terraces and then the path leads to the Namrung village. We will walk around the village for a better viewpoint of Siring, Ganesh Himal, and also Mt. Himal Chuli. Overnight in Namrung.
After having our breakfast in Namrung, we will start our trek back to Deng. We will be experiencing the Manaslu Conservation Area where diverse flora and fauna are inhabitants. We will cross the Budi Gandaki several times, running into several Gompas along the way. Then, we will pass the trail through Prok. This village has a beautiful blessing point of the snowcapped Siringi Himal.
Then, we will be
passing through dense forests, alpine vegetation, and unusual villages housing
ethnic groups of the Manaslu region with major peaks starting to appear in the
distance. On the trail, we can see white-faced monkeys visiting villages on the
lookout for a free feed. Then, from Bihi, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki River
and will finally reach Deng.
After having breakfast in Deng, we will move towards Jagat. We will cross the Deng Khola and pass through the bamboo forest. Then, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki River. We will make our way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests as well as small rivers and rustic villages to reach our destination, Jagat. We will pass through different villages like Philim, Sirdibas, Salleri and several Gompas and Buddhist prayer flags too. Then, finally, we will reach Jagat.
We will start our trek from Jagat to Machha Khola. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we will reach Gurung Villages where Langur monkeys walk around the jungle in the region. After reaching Tharo Bharyang, we will cross the suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and reach Doban. Then, again we will cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.
After more ascending and descending, we will reach a small hot spring in Tatopani- the best place to take a break. Then, from here we will reach Khorlabesi and after crossing the Tharo Khola with more ascending and descending, we will reach Machha Khola.
After having our breakfast in Machha Khola, we will head towards Kathmandu. We will pass through Gurung village of Labubesi and different landscapes, rushing rivers and numerous waterfalls. Then, we will reach Soti Khola which is located in the Budi Gandaki Valley. After reaching Arughat, we will pass through dense forests, green terraces, lush hillsides, and past various old and new settlements. We will pass through beautiful Trishuli River driving along the Prithvi Highway, finally reaching Kathmandu and then you will be escorted to your respective hotel. You can either rest or explore the city. Overnight at the hotel.
After wishing you a goodbye, our representative from Bold Himalaya will assist you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your next destination. If you have any intention of extending your stay in Nepal for an adventurous experience like Safari, Rafting, Biking Tours, Peak climbing, and more trekking in other regions, then we would be more than happy to be of help. We also welcome you to visit our country again for more experiences. It would be our bliss to help you plan your next trip to Nepal. Take care and goodbye from Bold Himalaya.
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All ground transportation (including trekking starting/ending point, airport pick up/drop) by private tourist vehicles as per itineraryThree-star category hotel in the city(Kathmandu) in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard trekking lodge in Manaslu Base Camp trekking route
Kathmandu sightseeing with private vehicles & experienced city tour guideWhole accommodations during trips as per itinerary Some necessary types of equipment sleeping bag & Down jacket (if you need, return after trek)Full meals during trekking as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea or coffee )First aid medicine itemsManaslu Conservation Area Trekking permit, Restricted Area Permit & TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)Experienced, licensed one trekking guide up to five trekkers in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, and their insuranceOne assistance guide if trekkers are more than five in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insuranceOne porter to carry your luggage (for two guests one porter to carry baggage) including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insuranceOne special cultural show and farewell dinner programDuffle Bag to use in trekking, T-shirt, and Trip certificate (after trip completion)Our government/Local taxes and official expenses
Extra Lunch & Dinner in KathmanduDessert & any types of drinks during the tripKathmandu city tour entrance feeYour international air ticket & travel insuranceTips for the trekking crew members
Best time to do Manaslu Base Camp Trek
Spring season (March to May) and Autumn season (September to November) are the best season for trekking in Manaslu Base Camp. The weather is dry and less chances of rain during this season. You will get the best view of mountains and landscapes during this region.
Payment and Extra Money
The cost given to fulfill requirements such as permit, food, accommodation and to give porter and guides are considered as payment. Besides, you might want to have some snacks or hard drinks during your trekking. For that, you will have to use your own money. Plus you might get charged for charging your phone as well as for boiling water. Therefore, it is good idea or compulsory to carry extra money in order to fulfill your additional demands during trekking.
In order to succeed and make your trek comfortable you should prepare well before trekking. You should maintain your physical and mental fitness by doing some exercises such as running, swimming, hiking, join gym and yoga classes. As Manaslu Base Camp trek is in isolated area you will need some documents that includes special permit from ACAP (Annapurna Cnservation Area Project) and MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) as well as you need to make travel insurance that covers medicinal facilities as well as evacuation facilities whenever you are in danger. Be fully prepared with these documents, insurance as well as physically and mentally before trekking in Manaslu Base CAmp.
Visa Process to enter Nepal
Every citizens from all the country of world except India requires visa to enter Nepal. To get visa of Nepal you will need to fulfill the following requirements.
· Your original passport valid for at least next two months and two blank visa pages.
· Photocopies of the personal information page of your passport.
· At least one recent passport size picture of yourself.
· The completed and signed Nepal Tourist Visa Application form.
· Valid return flight or travel ticket.
· Proof of sufficient financial means.
Proof of having paid the Nepal visa fee
Health and Safety
Nepal is a popular country for trekking, majority of tourists come to trek on Nepal. Therefore, government of Nepal has focused on safety measures of trekkers. Regarding your safety: trek along with guide and porter, always updated with weather, carry warm clothes, medications and first aid kit, and always walk on hill side. Be sure to have proper rest and acclimatization day because you are trekking on higher altitude.
In Nepal, you will have to make travel insurance compulsorily before trekking on any routes. Insurance must covers all the medicinal facilities as well as evacuation facilities. Sometimes, you might get in danger and you might need emergency health issues. Therefore, concerning with your safety it is mandatory to make travel insurance while trekking in Nepal.
Hot Shower and Laundry
Only in some of places you will get hot shower and laundry facilities. In some of places you will get hot water in bucket for shower or laundry but you will have to pay some money for hot water.
Drinking water in Manaslu Base Camp
The sources of in Manaslu Base Camp is tap or spring. Local people in Manaslu Base Camp drinks the water from taps or springs. However, we do not recommend to drink directly from tap or springs because they are not considered as safe or fresh water. You can ask for boiled water at tea houses or carry water purification tablets along with you to make tap or spring water drinkable.
Electricity and Internet facilities
Wifi, Internet and electricity are available in the Manaslu region. However, their quality is determined by the altitude, and in some places mobile networks may not be available. Many tea houses have the access to internet through wifi. You will have to pay some extra charges to have access of internet on your phone. Due to over connection, your wifi connection may be slow.
Throughout the Manaslu Base Camp trek, electricity is available. At lower altitudes electricity are generated through national grid while at higher altitude electricity is generated through hydro electricity or solar power. There is no guarantee that electricity will be available on cloudy days. As the available electricity is of low voltage charging larger batteries might be costly. Therefore, it is recommended that you carry power bank or solar charger with you.
Guide and Porters
Guide is compulsion while trekking on Manaslu Base Camp as it is located in isolated area and without guide you won't get permit to trek on Manaslu Base Camp. We will provide you a 10 year experienced and license holder for trekking. You won't have to worry about anything, guide will take permit from government to trek as well as guide will take full responsibility to make your trek comfortable and better experience. Guide will make sure you have a comfortable accommodation as well as better cuisines during your trek.
Porter is another person after guide will make sure you have a comfortable trekking as porter carries your luggage throughout your trekking. A single porter will carry up to 10 kg luggage and make your trip quite easier.
We strongly believe in responsible tourism and all our trekking policies are based on economic, social and environmental responsibility. We recommend all our customers to trek without harming the environment to ensure our pristine environment doesn't get affected. We wish to preserve our local cultural heritage, customs and biodiversity. So, we encourage to develop a potential areas for sustainable cultural and eco-friendly trips.
Gears and Cloths for Manaslu Base Camp Trek (Packing List for Mount Manaslu Base Camp Trek)
Clothing items- Caps/Hat, Warm hats (Banie), jackets(Down, fleece jacket, Water Proof), shirts, Thermal Set( Base Layer), t-shirts, trousers/Hiking Pants (warm & waterproof), Neck Gaiter, Gloves (Inner & Insulated), Towel, Undergarments
Bag packs and Bags – Day Pack, at least you have a 45-50 liters backpack or Duffel(we provide Company's) bag that can put your necessary items
Footwear- Trekking Shoes, sandals, sucks (Warm) at list 4 pairs, Gaiters (for Winter)
Sleeping Bags- sleeping bags at least -15 to -20 for winter, Sleeping bag liner
Electronics items- Camera, Headlamp or touche with batteries, portable charger( Power Bank)
Accessories - Eye wears (Sun Glass), Trekking Poles, Water Bottle (Hydration Bladder), Crampons/ microspikes (For Winter only)
Miscellaneous- Safety and First aid items & medicine (Including Oximeter & Thermometer), Bag cover/pack covers, Money Belt, hand sanitizer, Sun cream, Toothbrush, tooth cream, Shop, Shampoo, Toilet paper, Booties(for winter) Mitten( For winter) Cards, Shanks, chocolates, Money, Passport, Travel insurance.
During trekking trail to Manaslu Base Camp you will spend 2 nights at 3* hotel of Kathmandu while others in basic tea houses or local lodges. twin or Triple sharing is primarily available with a shared toilet outside of the room at the end of same building. Please do not expect luxury cause trek is in Himalayas. Local lodges, hotels and tea houses offer comfortable and clean beds, light blankets, and pillows. Note: Tea houses do not prefer attach toilets or bathrooms, you have to use sharing ones.
As you are staying on 3* hotel in Kathmandu, you will be served a luxurious food according to the menu provided to you. There are variety of dishes and you will have lots of option to choose your meal.
During Manaslu Base Camp trek you will be served fresh, healthy and organic food in the tea houses. You will get the chance to taste the typical Nepalese food in Chinese, Indian, Italian and Tibetan. Popular items are Dal, Bhat, spring roll, Thukpa, Swiss Roll, Mo Mo, Pizza, Macaroni, Paratha and Pasta are served in Breakfast and Dinner and you will be enjoying lunch at lodges.
Regarding the quality and freshness, All meals, sancks, drinks are prepared and serve hygienically and healthy. Most of the vegetables served at tea houses are produced from their organic farm.
Well, Mt. Manaslu is 8,163 meters high from sea level. At the same time, the highest point of Manaslu circuit trek is Larkya Pass at an elevation of 5,167 meters above from the sea level.
Larkya La pass is one of the longest passes of the Himalaya in Manaslu region, situated at an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,752) above from sea level.
The best way to prevent getting altitude sickness is to travel to altitudes above 2,500 meters slowly.
You can also:
Avoid trekking directly on high altitude
Avoid climbing more than 300 to 500 meters a day after 2,500 meters.
Have a rest day every 600 to 900 meters you go up.
Make sure you're drinking enough water
Eat a light but high-calorie diet.
It takes around 12 days to reach Larkya La Pass including days at Kathmandu and acclimatization day. Larkya La Pass is the highest point of Manaslu Circuit trek at an altitude of 5,106 meters above from sea level.
The best trips in Manaslu region are Manaslu Base Camp, Serang gompa, Kalmachum Lake, Hinang Gumba, Birendra Lake, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, Tsum Valley and Rupina La Pass trek.
Company will provide you 3* category hotel in Kathmandu. If you didn't like the hotel that company had chosen, then you can choose the hotel yourself in Kathmandu. But the payment should be done by yourself.
You can continue going up with care once you feel you have fully recovered. If you do not feel any better after 24 hours, go down by at least 500 meters. Do not attempt to climb again until your symptoms have completely disappeared.
To ensure your booking trip the 20% down payments is required to make advance as per company policy. As Nepal most liked tourist destinations and always overbooked we encourage you to make advance payment on time to secure your reservations.
It is a better rule to thumb when trekking is to tip the equivalent of $5 per day for guides and $2 to $4 per day for porters. With guide and porters your trips will be more comfortable and memorable. You can give $ 5 per day for cook who will give you delicious food around the trek.
Trekking with any agencies will give you more confidence and motivates you as well as you will be well known about the cultures and traditions of the society. Our Bold Himalaya is one of the renowned trekking agencies of Nepal. Some reasons why you trek with Bold Himalaya are:
Trek with professional guide during your trip.
Get valuable information and knowledge of trekking site.
Easy to get permits for rural and Restricted Area trekking.
Easily accessible of trekking materials and you won't have to be worry.
No compromise on your safety and security.
One of the representatives from Bold Himalaya will come to pick you up at airport on your arrival. He/She will pick you and transfer you at 3 star category hotel referred by our Company.
For Manaslu Base Camp trek you will have to walk for 6 to 7 hours a day and trail is bit difficult to pass due to frozen path to reach Bumthang. The trail goes up to 5,167 meters at Larkya La Pass, which is the highest point of his trek. Therefore, the trip is graded as moderately difficult trek.
The trek requires 17 days to complete including the days spent at Kathmandu, acclimatization and farewell day. Besides, it takes 13 days to complete Manaslu circuit trek which treks around eighth highest mountain, beginning from Soti Khola, going up and back along a different path, ending in Dharapani.
Trek to untouched Manaslu Conservation Area with less crowded tourist.
Visit Buddhist monument and rural villages with spectacular mountain views.
Hike to the base camp of eighth tallest mountain on earth.
Travel with local experience guide and sleep at Nepalese homestay.
Wonderful sharing experience and observe the flora and fauna.
The Manaslu Base Camp trek provides a majestic view of Manaslu Himal (8,153m), Ganesh Himal (7,187m), Shringi Himal (7,187m), and Himal Chuli (7,893m). Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain of the world.
As Manaslu Base Camp lies at isolated area of Manaslu region it is impossible to trek solo on Manaslu region. You won't get a permit to trek on Manaslu Base Camp if you are planning to trek alone. Atleast you will need one man to company you and must hire a guide in order to trek on Manaslu Base Camp.
The two villages offer the various side trips options to the trekkers with opportunity of acclimatization. Two days of acclimatization at Samagaun and Samdoo are enough for Manaslu Base Camp trek.
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