Manaslu Short Trek

Manaslu Short Trek

Manaslu is situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal. This trek allows you to circle around Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak. You will be trekking along with less traveled trails through rural Nepal with amazing views that have to be sighted in all their glory.

Manaslu short trek has been gaining popularity in recent years. This trek is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature and escape from the bustling cities and the modern world. You’ll be experiencing the quiet and peaceful trails during this trek.

With few visitors encountered along the way, this region offers a very different trekking experience than that of Everest base camp and Annapurna Base Camps.

For a genuine experience in Nepalese Himalayas, you’ll be walking over the remote trails of Manaslu. This trek takes you from an altitude of 700 meters to a height of 5153 meters at Larkya La pass. The trek route passes along the wonderful Budhi Gandaki River. You will see some of the appealing mountains such as Ganesh Himal (7422 m), Mt. Himalchuli (7893 m) and Mt. Manaslu (8156 m).

This trek is quite difficult when compared to other treks but will get fun and exciting after we reach our destination. The trek is worth the effort and hard work.

In this Manaslu Short Trek, we will be trekking from one village to another and witnessing the exemplary flora of this region and will treat you with the rare sight of wildlife. You’ll be visiting and passing through places like Tatopani, Lihi, Banjam, Sho, Lho, and Sayla. You will be on 10 days of the trip.

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Manaslu Short Trek

Highlights of the trek

  • You’ll visit Glaciers, Lakes and Himalayan scenery of Manaslu Short Trek.
  • You’ll view more than 10 peaks of 6,500 m which are visible on the route.
  • Witness the amazing landscapes, forest, and vegetation in the Manaslu region.
  • Observe monasteries, mani walls and prayer wheels in that area.
  • Shortest trek to reach Larkya La Pass(5167 m), the highest point of the trek.
  • You’ll learn about the culture and lifestyle of the people living in the region.

Detailed Trip Itinerary

Day 01 Reach Arughat by Jeep and trek to Soti Khola

This will be the first day of your trip. Today you’ll take an early morning private jeep ride to your destination that is Arughat. You’ll be traveling for 7-8 hours until you reach your destination.

After you leave Kathmandu, you’ll cruise through the highway to reach Gorkha and then Arughat, from here your actual trek begins. You will start your trek to a place called Soti Khola from Arughat.

You will be hiking for 3 hours and cover a distance of 15 km. You’ll start by walking through the rich valleys and rice paddy fields. You will follow Budi Gandaki River, climbing over Kyoropani, then descend towards the intersection of Sundi Khola and Budhi Gandaki River. Then you’ll reach to Seti Khola and overnight stay in Seti Khola.

Day 02 Trek to Machha Khola from Seti Khola

On this day you will trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. There will be few moderate climbs as we head from Soti Khola. You’ll be taking the forest trail and cross a few suspension bridges. You’ll walk past many pastures lands and fields on the edge of the forest. You’ll be hiking for 7 – 8 hours while covering a distance of 24 km. Overnight spend in Machha Khola.

Day 03 Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

On this day you’ll come across several narrow uphill and downhill paths. After an hour or so, crossing the Tharo Khola, you’ll reach a village called Khola Besi. In this place, the famous hot water spring ‘Tatopani’ is located. You’ll enjoy your visit to Tatapani and then you’ll be crossing a ridge and then cross a suspension bridge that goes over Budhi Gandaki River.

Then the trek continues along the forest path until you reach a place called Dobhan. You’ll then walk to Lauri and then after climbing a little higher, the Jagat’s field will greet you. This trek will be of 6 – 7 hours and cover a distance of 23 km. Overnight stay at Jagat.

Day 04 Trek from Jagat to Deng, Overnight in Deng

On this day, you will be heading to Deng from Jagat. By taking the uphill trail which leads to flatland, you’ll be crossing the Budhi Gandaki River again. This indicates that you entered Philim. In this village, you will see the people of the Gurung community.

This village has several small monasteries. As you continue through the trial, the valley widens and you pass through a bamboo forest to Deng Khola. After crossing the Khola, you’ll reach a tiny village called Deng. The hike will be of 6 – 7 hours and cover a distance of 20 km.

Day 05Trek from Deng to Namrung

On this day you’ll be crossing 2500 meters mark as you reach Namrung. The views of Mt. Manaslu’s, green valleys and hill are amazing at Namrung. It is a flat path that we travel and after some time we begin the uphill trial towards Namrung. You’ll be on a hike for 6 – 7 hours while covering a distance of 19 km. Overnight stay in Namrung.

Day 06Trek to Samagaun from Namrung

On this day, you will be trekking from Namrung to Samagaun. You’ll pass through Lho, Banjam, Sho, Lihi, and Sayla. You will be visiting some of the monasteries in these places before we reach our destination.

Samagaun is famous for being the stop to view the mountains without any hindrance. You’ll be hiking for 6 – 7 hours while covering a distance of 21 km. Overnight in Samagaun.

Day 07 Trek from Samagaun to Dharmashala

This day will be a little longer than the treks in earlier days. You will first start the trek from Samagaun to Samdo early in the morning. You will ascend towards Samdo while following the bridge over a side stream of the Budhi Gandaki River. You’ll come across massive pasture land, where you can see yaks grazing while the beautiful mountains will accompany you.

After you reach the Samdo region, you will take a rest for a while and have your lunch. Then again you’ll be hiking from Samdo to Dharmashala. Dharmashala was once a trading point now it has become the resting point for trekkers who come to cross the Larke La Pass(5106 m). The trails are beautiful and you may get to see blue sheep. You will be hiking for 8 – 9 hours and cover a distance of 25 – 27 km. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 08- Trek to Bimtang from Dharmashala

This will be one of the most important days of the journey. You’ll be crossing the Larke La Pass(5106m) and this place will be the main destination of the trek. Larke La Pass( 5106 m) is the soaring point of the entire trek. It is quite difficult but an amazing experience.

You’ll see some amazing views of the mountains like Himlung, Annapurna ll, and Cheo Manaslu among others. After enjoying your time at Larke La Pass, you’ll descend towards Bimtang. You’ll be hiking for 8 – 9 hours and cover a distance of 25 km. Overnight in Bimtang.

Day 09Trek to Dharapani from Bimtang

After having breakfast, you will walk towards the valley of Budhi Gandaki descending towards the great hill. On the way, you’ll hike through the rhododendron forest until you reach Karche. After Karche, you will descend towards Tilje and then you will head to reach Dudh Khola. On crossing the Marsyangdi river, you reach Dharapani. You’ll be hiking for 6 – 7 hours and cover a distance of 24 km. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 10Back to Kathmandu from Dharapani by Jeep

This will be the last Journey of your trip. You will be doing your breakfast in Dharapani and take a jeep or bus to Kathmandu. It will take about 9 hours to reach back to the bustling city. You will be staying at our hotel and the next day will be our farewell.

Manaslu Short Trek

Altitude Sickness

The trail is short, however, the elevation remains the same. The higher you get towards your destination, there is more chance of altitude sickness. But if you take caution and travell slowly, there will be no hindrance in your journey. You’ll be going slowly towards your destination so you don’t get altitude sickness. You will be with our guide who has lots of experience in treks and tours. You’ll be taking lots of rest and take your time in every trekking destination you go to.

Travel Insurance

Your requested to have travel insurance while visiting Nepal. It should cover all-inclusive expenses as possible due to accidents or medical issues. We suggest you bring your travel insurance certificate with you. It is fun and adventurous while traveling to the Himalayas, however, having travel insurance with you is a wise decision. You have to make sure it covers all your unexpected expenses. Your insurance should cover expenses such as treatment charges, flight delay and cancellation, air ambulance, product return and refundable charges.

Some useful information and Equipements

Here are some information and equipment needed during your Manaslu trek.


Trekking to Manaslu is under a restricted area in Nepal, so permits/authorization is required to trek here.

  • Restricted Area Permit: September to November

USD 100 pre-week

December to August

USD 75 per week

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP): USD 30 per person.
  • Annapurn Conservation Area Project (ACAP): USD 30 per person.

Physical Fitness

Throughout your trek, you need to walk for 6 – 8 hours everyday so you’ll need proper training, determination and full of positive attitude. You need to keep yourself fit and fine before the trek.

Equipment list

You don’t want to bring unnecessary items and packings for your trip. Most of the trekking equipment can be be purchased or rented in Nepal or Kathmandu. We’ll be helping you with the necessary arrangement for your journey. Some of your personal items and luggage may not be required for the day to day trekking, so it can be kept in the hotel’s guest storage room with no harm to your luggage. If it is necessary for you then the porters will always be there for you.

Some of the items required for your safety and your beneficial needs:

  • Hat, scarf, balaclava and UV protection sunglasses to protect your head and face from all the dirt and dust.
  • For your lower body undergarments, hiking shorts, thermal bottoms, breathable hiking pants, and waterproof hiking pants.
  • For your feet both thick and thin comfortable socks, hiking boots with extra laces and gaiters.
  • For your upper body sweat-absorbing T-shirt, thermal tops, wind stopper and waterproof jacket and a fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Both lightweight and heavyweight gloves to protect your hands.

Hygiene products

  • Quick-dry medium size towel.
  • Toothbrush and paste.
  • Multi-purpose soap and anti-bacterial hand wash.
  • Wet wipes and tissue.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Face and body moisturizer.
  • Male and female products required for yourself.

Manaslu Short Trek

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Is Manaslu Trek difficult?

Manaslu Short Trek is somewhat difficult compared to Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Manaslu trek takes you to the remote areas of Nepal. The elevation towards your destination is difficult. The trails are narrow and hard to climb. Your efforts and hard work are required in your journey. Once you reach your destination all the effort will be worth it.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Except for India, all country is required to have a visa to travel Nepal. You’ll need to submit a photocopy of your passport and two passport size photos of you for trekking.

Are there any restaurant facilities?

In Kathmandu, there are restaurant facilities and it is accessible at any place, but when your trekking journey starts it is hard to find a proper restaurant facility. Manaslu region is a remote area and restaurant facilities are hard to find. For refreshment in your trekking journey and staying in a hotel for rest, there are teahouses provided for you with good hospitality and accommodation.

Note: Necessary items such as your personal medicines and tablets should be brought mandatorily.

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