Manaslu Short Trek

Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Lodges

Highlights of Manaslu Short Trek

  • Exploration of the least crowded off the beaten path trekking region
  • Diverse flora and fauna found in Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Alluring vistas of 10 peaks over 6,500m and a few above 7,000m including Mount Manalsu (8,156m)
  • Witnessing Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition including some recognized monasteries like Sama Gompa of Samagaun
  • Magnificent beauty of estimated 1,500-2,000 flowering plants with rhododendron plants decorating Manaslu region
  • Experience of Larkya La Pass (5,160m), an adventurous high pass in the Himalayas with the help of crampons

Manaslu Short trek leads you around the 8th highest peak in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,156m), in the Nepalese Himalayas. It is one of the popular treks in Nepal offering you the enchanting vistas of the snowy peaks of Manaslu region. “Mountain of the Spirit”, Manaslu region contains 10 peaks above 6,500m including a few over 7,000m inviting you to their purlieu. Similarly, flora and fauna found in Manaslu Conservation Area and the cultural diversity are other rewarding factors of Manaslu trek.

Short Trek to Manaslu region begins from about 8 hours’ drive to Aarughat in the Budhi Gandaki River valley from Kathmandu.The comparatively tranquil trails guide you through the cultural villages of mixed communities keeping their rituals, feasts and festivals intact. Experiencing some remote ethnic villages reflecting their unique socio-cultural aspects, Manaslu short trekking trail takes you to Larkya La Pass. One of the adventurous Himalayan passes in Nepal, you may need crampons (December and January) to cross Larkya La for stunning mountain views.

Throughout Manaslu short trek trail, you can have a magnificent sight of the snowy mountains including Mt. Manaslu. Mountains like Himalchuli (7,893m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), Shiringi (7,187m), Langpo (6,668m) and Saula (6,235m) make trekking in Nepal more memorable.This off the beaten path trekking in Nepal awards you with the occasional glimpses of rare animals and plant species. Animals like snow leopard, Himalayan thar, blue sheep, etc. and forests of rhododendron, pine, oak and juniper bushes enrich your trekking.

The most striking features of Manaslu Short trek are Sama Gompa, a famous Buddhist monastery in Samagaun, a station during the trek. During the acclimatization day at Samagaun, you can visit Sama Gompa and meet the monks and nuns residing over there. This gompa situated at the bottom of Manaslu region is really amazing that you forget the travel fatigue. Likewise, Samdo village is not less important as this is the highest human settlement area in the entire Budhi Gandaki Valley.

The thrilling natural waterfalls, rugged trekking trail, beautiful landscapes and glacial lakes boost you up to continue your journey. Despite being the best remote trek in Nepal, Manaslu Short trek is moderately strenuous having the best offer to the trekkers. Birendra Lake having about 3 sq. kilometers dimension is attraction of Manaslu Round trek which is becoming more popular these days. Birendra Lake is one of the many freshwater lakes in Manaslu Glacier and located close to Sama Gompa and Pungyen Glacier.

Although trekking around Manaslu region is possible throughout the year, winter season is less favorable to reach up to Larkya La.The high altitude trekking trail is quite challenging in winter season as it is covered with thick layer of snow. The best time to Manaslu Short trek is spring and autumn rather than summer season when the trail gets muddy due to rain. In spring and autumn, you can have a 360-degree stunning view of the smiling silvery peaks of the Himalayas. The forests covered with colourful rhododendrons are something remarkable for your lifelong memories during Nepal trekking in the Himalayas.

Customized Manaslu Short trek packages can be made in a mutual consultation with Orbit Alpine Adventure considering your vacation and budget. You can find Manaslu Short trek itinerary from 10 days to 26 days if you want to visit more locations. Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be connected with this trek that leads you to the hidden valley of Manaslu region. You will really enjoy the intact Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition, authentic rustic lifestyle and unspoiled nature in Tsum Valley. Besides, you can experience the most famous Annapurna Circuit trek by customizing trekking around Manaslu Circuit.

Orbit Alpine Adventure has introduced Manaslu Circuit Short trek 14 days itinerary with detailed information about the trekking trails in this article. For further inquiry, you can contact Orbit Alpine Adventure via either email, telephone or online booking facilities as per your comfort.

Day to Day Itinerary

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The representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure meets you at the Kathmandu Airport on your arrival schedule. Then s/he leads you to the hotel booked for your accommodation. You can spend the remaining time by strolling around the tourist hub of Nepal, Thamel area. If necessary, you can purchase some trekking gears by consulting with the trekking guide. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you all the information regarding Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary.

  • Meals: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 star hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Immediately after taking breakfast, you begin your journey to Soti Khola, the starting of Manaslu region trek by a private jeep. The driving along the Prithvi Highway is really a wonderful experience by observing the beautiful scenario of landscapes and trade centers. After a continuous journey of around 8 hours, you reach Soti Khola for the night stay. The stunning view of snowcapped peaks around Manaslu, Annapurna, Langtang and Ganesh Himal region welcomes you to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Overnight stay at teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Soti Khola
  • Altitude: 815m/2,674ft
  • Time: 8 Hrs

The epic trek around Manaslu region begins from Soti Khola to stop at Machhi Khola (Fish Stream) through the rugged trail. The path moves ahead by crossing gushing rivers, natural waterfalls and lush valleys full of paddy fields on the way. You have to cross a few suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River to reach the night station. You go along a typical Gurung village, Labubeshi exposing its cultivation and intact culture and tradition.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Machhi Khola
  • Altitude: 930m/3,051ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

The trekking trail today moves up and down along a few rustic villages in Manaslu region. You have to cross some suspension bridges over some rivulets like the Tharo Khola and the Yura Khola to continue the journey. By walking along a stone staircase, you reach Khorlabesi village and then Tatopani (hot water) where you can take a short break. This natural hot water is believed to heal some skin diseases after taking a bath in it. The Gurung Villages with their traditional housing style, lifestyle, culture and tradition are the attractions until you reach Jagat. Overnight stay at a teahouse by relishing local organic food items served at the best hospitality.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1,340m/4,396ft
  • Time: 7 Hrs

Today’s path goes along some lush subtropical forests, pastoral villages and cultivated fields to reach Deng for the night stay. You go through some villages like Salleri and Sirdibas before you cross the suspension bridge over the Ghatte Khola. Then, you reach Philim, one of the largest Gurung villages in Manaslu Circuit and move further across Ekle Bhatti area. By leaving the bamboo forests and wide valley behind, the trail takes you to Deng to spend the night at a teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Deng
  • Altitude: 1,804m/5,919ft
  • Time: 7 Hrs

The path passes along dense forests, alpine vegetation and remarkable hamlets full of rustic houses reflecting rich culture and tradition. The journey moves ahead offering you with the enchanting vistas of the major peaks of Manalsu region. You can reach Deng by following an alternative way via the village Prok which shows you the thrilling view of the Siringi Himal. You have to cross the Budhi Gandaki River several times by using the suspension bridges to keep going on. This alternative trekking trail of Manaslu region takes you through Manaslu Conservation Area, an in-situ for wildlife and vegetation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namrung
  • Altitude: 2,660m/8,727ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

The trail to Lho village introduces you with the typical lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhist influence in the Nubri Valley. Nubri Valley is one of the two major valleys in Manaslu region besides Tsum Valley, where majority of dwellers are Gurung. Lush forests of rhododendron and oak, deep valley and terraced land with variety of crops accompany the trail until it reaches mani walls of Lho. On the way, you can have an enthralling view of the Pungen Glacier that originates from Peak 29 of Manaslu area. Enjoy the eye-catching picturesque of the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu region unleashed at the fullest. You spend the night at Lho by enjoying the natural vistas and cultural uniqueness along with typical food items.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lho
  • Altitude: 3,180m/10,433ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

After the breakfast, stroll around Lho village to have a sunrise view of Mt. Siringi, Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Himalchuli. Don’t forget to take a short visit to Ribung Gompa while in Lho Village. The trail leads you through Lihi which is a beautiful village with monasteries and terraced farmlands with different crops. You go across three other villages naming, Sho, Lho and Shyala which are vantage point to Manaslu region peaks. During the course of the journey, the alluring view of Peak 29, Himal Chuli, Mt. Manaslu and large glaciers are exposing their beauty. You are going to spend the night at Samagaun, which is naturally and culturally attractive throughout Manaslu Circuit trek.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samagaun
  • Altitude: 3,530m/11,581ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

Since it is acclimatization day, you can sleep till late in the morning to recover from the trekking fatigue, if any. If you think you need to take a full day rest, no problem, stay right there around Samagaun! However, if you want to explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture and its influences in the region, you can take side trips.

You can take a short hike to Pungyen Gompa (Sama Gompa), close to Samagaun, which offers you an amazing view of Himalayan glaciers. You feel the peace of mind and heart by visiting the Buddhist monastery decorated with prayer flags, mani walls and chortens. You can meet the Sherpa people who (especially, women) are dressed in cultural clothes and ornaments and learn their history. 

You can take another hike to Birendra Lake which is one of the freshwater lakes in Manaslu Himalayan region. Spread in about 3 sq. kilometers, Birendra Lake is becoming more and more famous among the domestic as well as international trekkers to Manaslu Circuit.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samagaun
  • Altitude: 3,530m/11,581ft

Today’s trekking trail ascend towards the Budhi Gandaki River banks by letting you pass a few suspension bridges and mani walls. The path guides you through the villages reflecting Buddhism in the Himalayas taking you very close to Nepal-Tibet border. This trail used to be the trade route between Nepal and Tibet before other routes were not developed and you can find such practices even today. By crossing Kermo Kharka village among juniper and birch forests, you reach Samdo for the night rest at a teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samdo
  • Altitude: 3,690m/12,106ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

After taking breakfast, you will walk past a seasonal Tibetan market of the region, also known as Larke Bazaar. The trekking trail then ascend to the Budhi Gandaki River giving you the stunning view of Larkya Glacier. Again, crossing the Salka Khola valley, you reach Dharmasala which is also known as Larkya Phedi (bottom of Larkya La Pass). You can take side trips around Larkya Phedi to acclimatize for crossing 5,160m high pass as the today’s journey was short.

  • Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharmasala
  • Altitude: 4,470m/14,665ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs

Today is the most memorable day of Manaslu Short trek as you are going to cross the highest point of the route. Even though the trekking trail is a bit challenging, you won’t feel worried due to the offerings of the surrounding. The breathtaking vistas of snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, pastoral hamlets and diverse flora-fauna keep on energizing you throughout the journey.

Travelling around the Larkya Glacial Valley rewards you with the miraculous sight of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. From Larkya La Pass (5,160m), you can have an unforgettable memories of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal and Annapurna II. While descending towards Bimtang, you can have a distant view of imminent Manaslu Mountain in the early sunset. You spend the night at a teahouse at Bimtang by enjoying the cuisines prepared and served by the Sherpa people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Bimtang
  • Altitude: 3,750m/12,303ft
  • Time: 10 Hrs

You take breakfast at Bimtang and begin your trekking today by walking along a ridge having a wonderful mountain view.Enjoy the majestic view of snow-clad peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung, Himlung and Cheo until you cross the Dudh Khola River. Then the trail enters into a lush rhododendron forests and then cultivated land of Karche village. Following the trail that sometimes goes up and the other times down, you reach Tilche (Tilje) for the night rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilche
  • Altitude: 1,700m/5,577ft
  • Time: 5 Hrs

Today you descend through the trekking route that goes past Thonje village walking along the stone-paved staircase. You meet the main trekking trail to Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani walking for about 2 hours. From there, you catch a private jeep to drive to Beshisahar, the entrance of Annapurna region trekking. Stay at a teahouse there. You can celebrate the accomplishment of Manaslu Circuit Short trek with your colleagues to make this journey more memorable. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Beshisahar
  • Altitude: 760m/2,493ft
  • Time: 2 trek + 6Hrs jeep driving

Today is the last day of Manaslu Round Short trek 15 days itinerary that you have already completed successfully. After having breakfast, you catch a private jeep to Kathmandu which takes 6 hours duration. Enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding landscapes and trade centers on the way to Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

Cost Details

  • Pick up/drop from/to the Kathmandu Airport and hotel.
  • Two nights’ accommodation at 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (arrival and night before departure)
  • All the three permits (Manaslu Restricted Area, Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area) plus TIMS Card
  • Map of Manaslu Region
  • Ground transportation facilities
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a cultural restro
  • Trekking information as listed in the itinerary
  • Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • A registered trekking guide
  • A trekking porterfor a group of two trekkers at the least
  • First Aid Tools Box
  • Food items, accommodation and local taxes for the guide and the porter(s)
  • Hiring down jacket, sleeping bag and other trekking gears which must be returned after the completion of the trek
  • Travel and rescue insurance (which is a must for doing an adventurous journey) covering both medical and emergency evacuation charge
  • On-Arrival Visa fees in Nepal
  • Gratuity (tips) for guide, porters and driver
  • Additional night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu due to early Nepal arrival, late departure and return without completing the trekking itinerary (your own reasons)
  • Altitude chamber or oxygen
  • Personal expenditure like phone calls, bar bills, battery recharging, extra porter, mineral and boiled water, shower, heater, laundry, etc.
  • Additional side trips or sightseeing tour
  • Air ticket fare to and from Nepal