• Duration: 16 Days
  • Diffculty: Strenuous 

Discover the Amazing Manaslu Trek - Nepal's Hidden Treasure

Are you ready for an exciting adventure? The Manaslu Trek is waiting for you! Few people know about this less-trodden and restricted region of Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. It is 16 day journey, and you will hike from  600 to 5200 meters high. Along the way, you'll see different cultures and beautiful mountains. People often call it Nepal's Last Hidden Treasure. This challenging and restricted region route is integral to the Great Himalayan trails. It's a great alternative to the famous Annapurna trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek: Explore the Tibetan Culture

Our adventure begins in Lapubesi after a scenic drive from Kathmandu. We'll follow the Budhi Gandaki River, which flows through a valley. Most of the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes place in a region called Nupri. It has a lot of Tibetan influence because it used to be an important trade route.

As we go higher, you'll notice a change in the culture from Hindu to Buddhist. Instead of temples and ghats, you'll see things like Mani walls, Khanyi gates, and Chortens. This area is also home to rare animals like snow leopards, grey wolves, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and blue sheep. Keep your eyes open for these amazing creatures!

Crossing the Larke Pass

Crossing the Larke La pass is one of the most exciting parts of our Manaslu Trek. It's a challenging part of the trek and has a long history as a trading route. This pass connects two valleys in the mountains. You'll see some of the most beautiful views when you reach the top. You can see mountains like Himlung, Cheo Himal, Larke Peak, Annapurna II, and Mt. Manaslu.

After crossing the pass, we'll descend into a valley called Bhimthang. Here, our path joins the famous Annapurna trek route. We'll finish our adventure with a drive back to Kathmandu.

16-Day Manaslu Trek: Join Us in Spring or Autumn 2023 and 2024

The best time for the Manaslu trek is spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). We have planned trips in both 2023 and 2024. This adventure takes about 16 days. If you have a group of friends or family, we can arrange a memorable trip just for you.

Get ready to explore Nepal's hidden treasure, the Manaslu Trek. Don't miss this chance to have a fantastic adventure!

Trip map

Manaslu Trek map


Check for the Mountain Monarch clipboard on arrival in Kathmandu. We'll provide you with essential information about your stay at the hotel. Welcome dinner featuring a cultural program in the evening. You'll embark on a city tour in the morning the following day. An afternoon gear check to prepare for your trek.

    Today, around 8-hour drive to Lapubeshi via Aarughat. The next day, we trek along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki to Dobhan.

      We enter the Manaslu restricted region; you'll pass numerous Mane walls. That reflects Tibetan influence. We cross many suspension bridges over the Buri Gandaki River. We stay at Philim (1,570 m), Deng (1,860 m), and finally, Namrung (2,630 m). We ascend through a steep, uninhabited gorge, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. Accommodations will be in local tea houses in these charming villages.

        We enter the Nupri Region, home to descendants of Tibetan immigrants. We pass through Lihi, Sho, and Lho village. Witness the Stunning views of Manaslu, Naike Peak, Himal Chuli, and Ngadi Chuli on the way. A highlight is the hike to the Pung Gyan Gompa viewpoint from Shyala. It offers an excellent acclimatization before heading to Sama Gaun.

          We might encounter yak trains as you navigate the trail. We visit Samdo village and explore Birendra Lake. We ascend toward the Larkye La with the breathtaking views of Samdo, Larke, and Manaslu. You'll spend the night in a basic shelter at 4,460 meters at Larke Phedi.

            Larke pass at 5160 meters presents a challenging but rewarding experience. It is the highest point on this Manaslu trek. It offers awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks like Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. We descend at Bhimtang (3,700 m) for the overnight stay. It is a beautiful settlement in a vast valley surrounded by towering peaks.

              Today, we descend to Gho for a present walk through the rhododendron forest. We see the different faces of the majestic mountain Manaslu. We stay at a local teahouse. They have hot shower facilities there ( weather permits). The next day, we take a drive to Besishar via Dharapani. It is the trek starting point of a classic around the Annapurna trek.

                We take a 6-hour scenic drive back to Kathmandu. You'll spend a night at a hotel. The afternoon is free for exploration or relaxation. The following day, we'll arrange a customized airport transfer to ensure a smooth departure from this incredible Manaslu trekking experience.

                  What's Included
                  Airport transfer customizes as per the flight details.
                  Standard hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- breakfast.
                  Group welcome dinner as listed in the itinerary.
                  Half-day guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees.
                  Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
                  Accommodation on teahouse while on trek.
                  Full board meals ( breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on the trek.
                  Free use of Company Trek gear like sleeping bag, warm jacket, rain poncho, etc.
                  Supplementary Oxygen Tank with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
                  Medically trained and reliable Trek guide and crew with required gear and proper insurance.
                  Responsible Trek Policy of 01 Trekker: 01 Porter 
                  Manaslu region Special trek permit.
                  Complimentary Mountain Monarch T-shirts, trek Duffle bag, and trek map.
                  TIMS / Trekking permit, Manaslu Conservation entry fees, etc.
                  What's Excluded
                  Nepal entry Visa fees; travel insurance of any kind.
                  International airfare.
                  All drinks and main meals in cities.
                  Beverage Drinks on a trek
                  Tips and Items of personal expenses like a hot shower, battery charge, etc.

                  Dates & Availability

                  March Departure
                  Start DateStart DateMarch 24, 2024End DateEnd DateApril 08, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1890
                  Customer Reviews
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                    Rick Thomas 5.0CanadaDecember 20, 2016logo
                    Awesome trIp experience in Manaslu

                    Text can’t entirely describe my experience on the Manaslu circuit trek because it’s how I felt on the inside that made it feel so worthwhile as each day passed. It was excellent and so different from the other two treks I have taken with Mountain Monarch, which was in the Everest region in 2010 and 2014 and which I both loved. What I really loved about this trek was the fact that there were fewer people on this circuit compared to the Everest region. Most of the trekking days were spent by the beautiful river, where the sound of raging rapids filled the air. The sound of water while going to sleep was calming.

                    Larke pass was a long and tough day but a rewarding one. 5,106 meters, and every breath means something as you push on and reach that final flag. And a big highlight for me personally happened one night around 3 am when I went outside and, for a minute, just stared at the magnificence of Mt Manaslu before me, bathed in white alongside the night sky awash with all of the major stars of our universe. At that moment, all I thought was just maybe I was the only one on earth looking at it during that very moment in time. Felt great.

                    As for the staff, Netra, our leading guide, was so knowledgeable and great to talk to. Pimba, our assistant guide, did an impeccable job as well. Our porters, all young guys, were a joy to be with. My fellow trekkers and I were happy with the complete service. If I return to Nepal ( which I am sure I will), Mountain Monarch will be my first choice again.

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                    Francois 5.0CanadaDecember 03, 2016logo
                    Excellent organisation

                    Wonderful and Safe custom trek around Manaslu and Annapurna in 17 days with our guide Yam. Thanks, Mountain Monarch, for the trip of a lifetime.

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                    Anthony And Belinda Ryan 5.0AustraliaJuly 11, 2015logo
                    Simply Fantastic experience

                    We have done several treks with Mountain Monarch, with our first trek being the Annapurna Circuit in January 2006. It was an amazing trek where we were totally looked after, from being picked up at the airport to being dropped off at the airport some three weeks later. Our trekking crew (Subash, Dana & Santa) got us over Throng La, around the circuit & back to Kathmandu with minimal fuss. The views were stunning as we walked in valleys under the giants of the Himalayas.

                    Along the way, the boys also helped locals & other independent trekkers where needed. Our second trek was the Langtang trek we did over Christmas 2007 with CP, Purba & Ram. This trek was different from our first trek as it had wide-open views of the mountain ranges that unfolded in front of us. Again we were well looked after, with the boys preparing one of the most delicious meals (Nepali chicken style) we have ever had on the last day of our trek.

                    In February 2015, we did the lower region of trekking in Manaslu, reuniting with our original crew of Subash, Dana, Santa & many others. This was a camping trek completely different from our other treks. We were in a remote area that seldom saw trekkers walking through forests, terraced fields & villages. Instead, we saw amazing views of the nearby ranges & were fortunate to see locals going about their daily lives. Each of these treks differed from the other & we are currently researching our next trek with Mountain Monarch to another new location in this beautiful country.

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