Manaslu Trek Travel Guide

 

Manaslu Region is one of the best and awesome trekking in Nepal. It is better than the Annapurna region. It leads you around the Annapurna National Park and an amazing view of the world’s 8th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna Base camp is the alternative trek of this trek. If you have been already to Annapurna Base camp then it is the best chance to trek in this region. Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Machhi Khola and ends a Beshi Sahar. Or you have enough holidays then you can extend your journey to 23 days with the addition to observe the awesome and interesting Tsum Valley.

Manaslu Trek Highlights

  • Dense forests across the river, flora and faunas
  • Friendly local people, awesome cultural program and rich in culture and tradition
  • The highest point during your trek- Larky La Pass (5167 meters)
  • Awesome highlights of famous peaks like  Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Rare animals like Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and sometimes snow leopard can be seen.

Manaslu Trek Overview

Durations days:  14 days

Max. elevation: 5,106 m / 16,752 ft  (Larkya La pass)

Trek Start:  Soti Khola  Finish: Besisahar

Difficulty: Challenging

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse

Among all, the Manaslu region is a less explored area in Nepal. It is a remote place but typically rich in culture and tradition. Difficult route and remote place is the main reason due to less explore of tourists. But to get somethings we have to give something. So that we need to hike hard for observing the beautiful mountain views, cultural program, the lifestyle of local people, and other many more.

Manaslu Trek extremely leads you to the terrain land of rice and millet through the riverside of Budhi Gandaki river(the biggest river in Manaslu region). You will walk through amazing waterfalls, turquoise waters. You will walk through small wood bridges and small trails and every year in Monsoon, water swept up the bridges and it is difficult to walk through that route.

In 1992, this route was open for only 4000 tourists. In the 1980s, this trek was the starting and ending visual feast. But slowly, trekkers started to walk through  Larkya La Pass next to the Tibetan border. Those trekkers who are traveling for the first time it may feel difficult for them. The altitude in Larkya La Pass is 5,106 meters so that it is difficult to walk through snowy roads. To cross the pass you need to start your hike at 3 AM around mid-night before the wind comes.  After passing the valley look back for the amazing and stunning view of mountains.

In Manaslu Conservation Area, permits are necessary otherwise you are not allowed to walk ahead. You can observe animals which are rare. Some of the animals are:

  • Tahr (Mountain Goat)
  • Agali (Blue Sheep)
  • Pika (Highest living Mammal)
  • Himalayan Marmots
  • Snow Leopard(Luckily sometimes)

These are the rare animals which are found only in this Conservation Area through out whole Nepal. These animals are going to be extinct soon. So, they have high demand.

Transport for Manaslu Trek

  • Start of the Trek: You will travel 160m from Kathmandu to Machi Khola enjoying the awesome views of hill green hills and rivers. It nearly takes 6 hours by private vehicle and 8-9 hours by Local bus. At first day you will ride through off-road.
  • End of the Trek: You will be driving nearly 3 hours to reach Beshisahar from Dharapani by local Jeep. After that you can change your vehicle and back to Kathmandu.

Permits

Manaslu region is a restricted area of Nepal. Manaslu Conservation Area where different types of rare animals can be observed. A solo traveler is not allowed in this region. You need to have two or more than two trekkers to explore as being a restricted region. Following permits are necessary for having this trek

  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permits)
  • Restricted Area Special Permit
  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permits)

If you want to have trek in this region then you can take your permit from:

  • Nepal Tourism Board Bhikutimandap, Kathmandu

Accommodation and Food

Only Tea House is available in this region. You will be spending your night in the Tea House which will be basic with two single beds. Restroom in Tea House might be outside or attached but you need to share. You can take rest and have lunch during your trek. Heating is only available in the dining area so that you can feel comfortable. You can interact with local peoples about their daily lifestyle. Foods in the tea house are according to menus.

Telephone and Wifi in the Manaslu Trek

In case of Telephone, you can contact with your family through SAT phone but it may charge a bit of money. We can’t find proper network of NCELL but sometime you can get network of NTC in Manaslu region. Local Telephone is hardly available in this area and it doesn’t work if you get it.  In case of Wi-Fi, you can get Wi-Fi in every Tea House. Internet speed might be slow but every tea house has its own Wi-Fi.