MANASLU TREK ITINERARY

The Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary could vary greatly depending on the chosen route and the places one would like to see (for example a side trip to Tsum Valley and rest days in between).  There are several sample itineraries posted by a various company and the other website, but generally speaking, the trek can be as short as 10 days for Lower Manaslu trek and could be extended to 22 days with an amazing side trip to Tsum Valley. Every itinerary comes with rest days in Sama Gaon and Samdo.  These two places are for the overnight stay with one day for acclimatization.  It is also possible to go somewhere during the rest days.  For example, side trips to either Manaslu Base Camp or Punggyen Gompa are possible from Sama Gaon, while a day hike towards the Tibetan border could also be made from Samdo.  The next village after Samdo, called Dharmasala, has a temporary settlement (i.e. only one teahouse that can accommodate a large volume of trekkers!) and is open during the non-winter season only.  One thing to note is that if the Dharmasala is closed, this would mean that Larke Pass is almost impassable as well; this normally happens during wintertime. 
 
In this article, we thought it would be good to list the possible routes for Manaslu trek (and sample daily itinerary) and you could choose which might suit your time frame.  4 different Manaslu trekking itinerary including lower Manslu trek.

This Manaslu Trek Itinerary (14 Days) 

14-day Manaslu trek itinerary is only suitable if there are bus services from Kathmandu to Soti Khola at the start of the trek, and also from Tal to Besi Sahar, and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.  The road from Tal to Besi Sahar is a temporary and an off-road trail where buses or local jeep only run during the fall season (between September to November), although the road conditions are also based on the rainy season and whether the road has been rebuilt or not.  Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to check in advance with your local company (contact us) if this trail can be done within the 14 days timeframe or not. Please see our sample 14 days itinerary from Kathmandu with estimated elevation and expected daily traveling time. 
Days                                Day to Day Itinerary         Elevation       Everyday trek hour
   Meter     Feet
1 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat 710m 2,328 ft 7-8 hour drive
2 Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola 930m 3,051 ft 8-9 hours trek
3 Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat 1,410m 4,625 ft 6 - 7 hours trek
4 Trek from Jagat to Deng 1,804m 5,917 ft 6-7 hours trek
5 Trek from Deng to Namrung 2,630m 8,626 ft 6-7 hours trek
6 Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
7 Rest day & side trip to MBC or Bihendra Lake 3,530m 11,578 ft 6-7 hours trek
8 Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3,860m 12,660 ft 4 - 5 hours trek
9 Rest day & side trip to Tibitan border, or day hike 3,860m 12,660 ft 8-9 hours trek
10 Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4,460 m 14,629 ft 4-5 hours trek
11 Trek Dharmasala to Bimthang Via Larke pass (5,160m) 3,700m 12,139 ft 8-10 hours trek
12 Trek from Bimthang to Tilije 1,700m 5,576 ft 5-6 hours trek
13 Trek from Tilije to Tal 1,080m 3,542 ft 25-minute flight
14 Drive From Tal to Kathmandu (Jeep, Bus, or Car) 1,300m 4,265 ft 7-9 hour drive

Find the Manaslu trek itinerary map and elevation here

Manaslu Trek Itinerary (17 Days)

This is one of the classic itineraries and probably the best we would recommend as you will spend more time in lower elevation area and have more interaction with local villagers.  Also, you do not need to worry about local transportation and some areas being impassable.  We think this itinerary is ideally best for families, senior citizens, and those who may not have enough trekking experience in high-elevation.  It is also good if you want to take your time exploring the Manaslu area.   Please find below our 17-day Manaslu trek itinerary with the number of hours of travel required each day, and the estimated elevation of the camp. 

Days                                Day to Day Itinerary         Elevation        Trek hour
   Meter     Feet
1 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (private jeep or local bus) 600m 2,328 ft 7-8 hour drive
2 Trek from Arughat to Lapubeshi 970m 3,051 ft 8-9 hours trek
3 Trek from Lapubeshi to Tatopani 990m 4,625 ft 6-7 hours trek
4 Trek from Tatopani to Jagat 1,350m 5,917 ft 6-7 hours trek
5 Trek from Jaget to Ekle Bhatti 1,610m 8,626 ft 6-7 hours trek
6 Trek from Ekle Bhatti to Bihi Phedi 2,000m 11,578ft 6-7 hours trek
7 Trek from Bihe Phedi to Namrung 2,650m 11,578ft 6-7 hours trek
8 Trek from Namrung to Lho 3,180m 12,660ft 4-5 hours trek
9 Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon 3,530m 12,660ft 8-9 hours trek
10 Acclimatization-rest day in Sama Gaon (trip to MBC, Birendra Lake) 3,530m 12,660ft 4-5 hours trek
11 Sama Gaon to Samdo 3,700m 12,139ft 8-10 hours trek
12 Acclimatization rest & rest day in Samdo (side trip to Tibitan border) 3,700m 12,139ft 5-6 hours trek
13 Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala 4,450m 14,599ft 4-5 hours trek
14 Trek from Dharmashala to Bhimtang via Larke Pass (16,929ft) 3,700m 12,139ft 8-10 hours trek
15 Trek from Bhimtang to Tiliche 2300m 7,545 ft 7-8 hours trek
16 Trek from Tiliche to Tal 1430m 4,951 ft 5-6 hours trek
17 Drive From Tal to Kathmandu via Beshishar (Jeep, Bus, or Car) 1,300m 4,265 ft 7-9 hours drive

Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary (22 days)

22 days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary is for those who want to experience the Little Tibet or Tsum Valley as part of the Manaslu trek.  The Tsum Valley is another popular side trip from Manaslu, which requires one week of a special permit in addition to the ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu restricted area permit. The cost of the Tsum Valley permit is cost you US$35 for 7 days.  You may want to make sure you inform your local company (contact us) in advance if you wish to pass through Tsum Valley so they could arrange the Manaslu trek permit for you.
Days                                Day to Day Itinerary         Elevation       Everyday trek hour
   Meter     Feet
1 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola Via Arughat 710m 2,328 ft 7-8 hours drive
2 Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930m 3,051 ft 8-9 hours trek
3 Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat 1,410m 4,625 ft 6-7 hours trek
4 Trek from Jagat to Lokpa 2,250m 7,382 ft 7-8 hours trek
5 Trek from Lokpa to Chumling 2,600m 8,530 ft 6-7 hours trek
6 Trek from Chumling to Chekampar 3,030m. 1,942 ft 6-7 hours trek
7 Trek from Chekampar to Mu Gomba . 3,245m 10,646 ft 8-9 hours trek
8 Trek from Mu Monastery to Chekampar 3,030m 9,940 ft 8-9 hours trek
9 Trek from Chekampar to Gumba Lundang . 3,200m 10,498 ft 8-9 hours trek
10 Acclimatization & rest day in Gumba Lundang (side trip) 3,200m 10,498 ft 8-9 hour trek
11 Trek from Gumba Lundang to Ripchet 2,670m 8,759 ft 7-8 hour trek
12 Trek from Ripchet to Deng 1,804m 5,917 ft 6-7 hours trek
13 Trek from Deng to Namrung 2,630m 8,626 ft 6-7 hours trek
14 Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3,530m 11,578 ft 5-6 hours trek
15 Acclimatization & rest day in Sama Gaon (Possible side trip) 3,530m 11,578 ft 8-9 hours trek
16 Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3,860m 12,660 ft 4 - 5 hours trek
17 Acclimatization & rest day in Samdo (Possible side trip) 3,860m 12,660 ft 8-9 hours trek
18 Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4,460 m 14,629 ft 4-5 hours trek
19 Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Throng pass (5,160m) 3,700m 12,139 ft 8-10 hours trek
20 Bimthang to Tilije 1,700m 5,576 ft 5-6 hours trek
21 Tilije to Tal. 1,080m 3,542 ft 5-6 hours trek
22 Drive Tal to Kathmandu 1,300m 4,265 ft 7-9 hours drive

Lower Manaslu Trek Itinerary (10 days)

Lower Manaslu trek is a homestay basic trek in the lower region of the Gorkha district.  This includes the historical Gorkha Palace and the epicenter of the April 25 earthquake, “Barpak”.  The full 10 days requires walking through the local villages as well as local jeep ride.  

Day 01: Kathmandu to Ghairung via Manakamana. (1350m) 3 to 4 hrs drive, 5 hrs treks. 

Day 02: Ghairung to Gorkha Bazaar (1135m/ 3723ft)– 5 to 6 hrs trek 

Day 03: Gorkha Bazaar rest and explore the historical site. 

Day 04: Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda (1500m 4,921ft) 6-7 hrs Local drive and1 hour trek. 

Day 05: (Sirandanda to Barpak) (1920m/ 6,299ft)  7- 8 hrs trek. 

Day 06: Barpak to Laprak (2100m/ 6,889ft) – 6 hrs to 7-hour trek.

Day 07: Laprak to Nambai Kharka (2700m/8,858ft)– 5 hrs to 6-hour trek. 

Day 08: Nambai Kharka to Tallo Thotneri – 7 hrs to 8-hour trek. 

Day 09: Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal (1000m/ 3280ft) – 6 hrs to 7-hour trek. 

Day 10: Ghampesal to Kathmandu (Local drive 6- 7 hour). Guyshachar.com An individual traveler writes the blog and covers details of his 15-day Manaslu trek itinerary and experience.  The itinerary looks flexible and reasonable that any traveler could adapt depending on how much time they have. 
Manaslucircuittrek.com
The site manaslucircuittrek.com is probably one of the most informative sites for Manaslu circuit trek.  The website also provides varying trekking itineraries depending on the number of days including details on potential side trips in the region. 
Lonely Planet
The Lonely Planet guidebook also recommends 20-days trek in the Manaslu area. However, the trekking starts from Arughat (instead of Soti Khola) and ends at Besi Sahar (instead of Tal), and avoiding off-road local jeep rides making the itinerary longer than others.  In addition, they also include some optional sightseeing in Kathmandu after the trek. 
Matadornetwork.com
There is some helpful information written by Sierra Gladfelter  about the Manaslu trek itinerary.
The Great Himalayan Trail
 Great Himalayan Trail is also one of the most informative official websites from Nepal.  Their recommendation is the 14-days Manaslu itinerary starting from Soti Khola and ending in Chemche .
Trekking Partner’s
This is a great site if you don’t want to be tied up with the tailor-made itinerary from a trekking company. TrekkingPartner.com helps you to find out more about the trek and also seek for other trekkers interested in doing the same itinerary as you and you get to split the Manaslu trek cost!  All you need to do is visit the website and read about comments or posts from other travelers about the desired date and duration of the trek. You are free to reach out to them and agree to be part of their group.The site has also ranked Manaslu as the best trekking trail in Nepal.  

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being a porter, to being a guide, to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang
I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have been to over 15 countries in Asia, Americas and one-third of the Europe (.. Latin America, Australia, and Canada are on my bucket list..one day!) as a backpacker myself, I am happy to share the experience about Nepal Himalayas. If you think I can be helpful planning your trip to Nepal, then do not hesitate to contact me. at nestadventure@gmail.com. I am also available on Whats app and Viber +977-9851052042 Or If you are interested to know more about me follow on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
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Hey, there - Your website is such an excellent resource, so first of all, thanks for making it! I have a query that is hopefully not too odd... I am heading to Nepal in October (yes, like everyone else) with my mountain bike in an aim to bike/hike/run/camp. I would love to do the Manaslu, but the rule about having guides and other trekkers is a major bummer, as I will be on a bike and therefore taking a considerably quicker pace than a walker. Is there a way around this? Do I hire a guide anyway? What would you suggest - do you know anyone who has done this? 
Thanks a million for any help you can offer. I'm sure you get lots of questions from tourists through this page!
-Jennifer

- Jennifer


Hello Jennifer, 

You have very much logic on your concern. We wish we could let you go Manaslu on your own using your bike. I understand more likely you want to Bike in the Manaslu without anyone's help. 

But here is the point, If you can't find your trekking partner and you are a single person in Manaslu that means you are not allowed.  what you can do is either pay for the "Ghost Permit" (Pay double amount for the permit and issue in a real person's name who actually don't trek with you) If you hire a Mounting biking guide he know the trail and your permit can be issued as well.  That is the way you can allow in Manaslu in your case! I hope this is helpful for you! let us know the more detail. 
Regards (Raj) 

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Namaste to the team at Nest Adventure,

I and two friends would like to walk the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. We will be arriving into Kathmandu on the 16th of October . We would like to spend about 18 days trekking the Manaslu circuit and parts of the Tsum valley. 
We are after a guide that is preferably familiar with the Manaslu and Tsum valley trek and speaks English (I imagine all your guides do). The three of us are in our 40's and are fit and active with a range of outdoor experience so we intend on carrying our on packs and would prefer to just have a great guide who can tell us about the area that we are walking through.
We will also need some help to get all the necessary permits for these areas. We would probably prefer to have our own jeep or transport to the start of the walk from Kathmandu. If you can help us out in any way regarding information that would be much appreciated. Also if you could provide an estimate of costs for the transport, guide rates and permits that would be great. I look forward to receiving an email from you. 
I have been to Nepal a few times before and have done many of the other popular walks so I am fairly familiar with your beautiful country, culture, and welcoming people. I am looking forward to returning. 
Thanks

- Tim Hughes


Dear Tim, Namaste! 
Welcome back to Nepal, Thank you so much for the comment! and liking our country and friendly people. 18 days to Manaslu Tsum valley looks a bit tight schedule to me. Although you take the jeep to Sotikhola or back to Kathmandu from Tal via jeep. It still looks quite tight to me. As long as you are willing to walk more than 8 hours a day or skip the  rest day in major places. Since you have already been Nepal you must fairly have an idea about trekking itinerary in Nepal. Walking hour and trail in Manaslu is not different than other trekking trails. At list, 20 days or 22 days Manaslu Tsum Valley itinerary we normally suggest to our client. 

Myself, including our most of the guides, are locally from Manaslu region. The are not enough as a native English speaker but well enough to operate the trek have well experience in the Manaslu region. We are happy to assist all you need. Let us know which itinerary do you prefer 18 days or 22 days? 
Thanks 
Raj 

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Hello there, 
I will be traveling with my best friend in the month of November and we are very interested in doing the Annapurna circuit trek or near this region.We are recent college graduates and are looking for something safe and cheap (we are on a tight budget) , with great views and culture! Can you please give me an idea of price range for this trek 7/15 days?
Thank you kindly!

- Sandy Poole


Hello Sandy, 
Thank you for the inquiry, we are happy to give you some idea If you particularly looking for Annapurna circuit then there is not much to feel the culture and remote life as you think. But if you referring nearby Annapurna region with great culture and the 8th highest mountain's base camp along with 5160m pass then that is Manaslu Trek. 
Manaslu trek is slightly expensive than the Annapurna trek due to the permit cost.  14 days Manaslu trek is the shortest and it can be up to 22 days along with Tsum Valley. Let us know if you are referring to this trek we are happy to help you.

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I just looked at your itinerary and realised the 22 days in your itinerary is the same as I am asking, which is 20 days walking and 2 days for transport. I am still interested in walking more down from Tal rather than jeep. Would this be possible?How difficult is it to find accommodation in the villages? Are there many places to choose from? Thanks,
- Navalli


Dear Navalli, Of course, you can walk 20 days. If that is the case we will suggest to check our 22 days Manaslu Tsum valley itinerary. which allows you 20 days walking and 2 days travel to and from Kathmandu to until the trekking starting point. Due to the new jeep trail, the classical walking trail has been removed from Tal to Beshisahar. So you must follow the jeep trail. If that is ok with you then you can either walk 1 day to Sayange then take the bus. or walking further down 2 days to Beshishar. The guide will suggest and you can make your decision on the spot, what might be the best option next?
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Hi this is Philip from United Kingdom . I am very much impressed with the itinerary of what you guys post. I want to ask you some questions . 1. how can i reach to Arught, which is the easy way local bus or Jeep ? i guess it's the trekking starting point of Manaslu.? 2. I have some mountain skill and i am looking for Manaslu trek my self . it's my second time in Nepal .I been to EBC last year my self . Does Guide required or i can make my self. ? 3 . where can i issue the permit . if i want to go my self ? 4. If I want to hire a guide or potter for Manaslu Trek how much is the cost .? 5. Do I need to bring my own tent or i can sleep in tea house ? Thanks for your help . One of my friend went to Manaslu Trek with you guys . He said you guys are specialised for this region and he said quite nice about you guys I hope you will help me to to figure out my Trek to Manaslu. Cheers..!!!!
- Philip


Hi Philip , We are glad to see your comment in our page and we are very please to reply your comment. 1.> Easy way to reach Arughat is Jeep. Because of the road condition, private vehicle is always the best .or you can also catch the local bus from Machhapokhari bus station Kathmandu. Which is just 10 minute by taxi from central. The bus goes all the ways to Arught . The trekking starting point for the Manaslu . 2 > You are always welcome in Nepal . Specially it's second time you are even more welcome . That's good news your are very fit and physically strong. Regarding the issue that you want to do your self Manaslu trek is not allow . Because of the government policy no one can trek in Manaslu them self . It's different role then Everest Base Camp Trek. You must need to hire a guide or potter. 3 > Their is not specific place to issue Trekking permit for the Manaslu Trek. Manaslu trekking permit must issue by local authorised company. Make sure local freelance guide, hotel individual person can't issue the permit. Only government authosided company issue the permit, because it's not the same place where other trekking area's permit issue. The local company issue, from the department of the tourism immigration office. 4 > The cost of the Trekking guide for the Manaslu is around 18 - 25 US $ in a day . You can email us for the more details. info@nestadventure.com . 5 > Manaslu trek used to be a camping trek, meaning you wouldn't able to do with out tent . Past couple of year's the trek is possible with out tent . the complete trek you can do it on the tea house basic. Thanks you so much Philip for getting tough with us . always feel free if you need any information about the Manaslu Trek .
- Nepal Explore Summit Treks Pvt. Ltd.

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