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Manaslu Trek

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Manaslu Trek

Embark upon the Manaslu trek, a classic trek in Nepal that offers a variety of experiences including mind-blowing scenery and an adrenaline-pumping climb to an altitude of almost 17,000 feet. You will also enjoy special encounters with the local people and their culture along this spectacular Himalayan Pass crossing.

Located amid the picturesque mountains and valleys of Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the most remote and off the beaten path expeditions that you can undertake. The trek lasts about 18 days and takes you through some exotic locales including lush rhododendron and pine forests, green valleys, rivers and rivulets, wild rapids, cozy villages, and quaint bridges. Explore the remotest parts of the country which also stands in sharp contrast with other treks as you will find little tea houses at every junction. You will follow the Buri Gandaki in the first part of your journey, which will take you along a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings. The lower elevations go through sub-tropical jungles across the Himalayan foothills all the way to the cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La high above at almost 5,100 meters above sea level.

Highlights of Manaslu Trek

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Maximum altitude: 5,106m/16,752ft

Grade: Challenging

Duration: 18 days

Trekking distance: 177km

Trail type: Rocky, steep, and challenging

Rail head: Raxaul and Gorakhpur

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport

Snow Season: December-March

Service from: Kathmandu

Base camp: Manaslu base camp

Best season: March-May, September-December

Region: Nepal

Who can participate:

Participants need to be physically fit with good stamina and endurance. You should be able to carry 5-10kg weight on your back for prolonged time without duress and walk at least 5km in 30 minutes without straining

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Manaslu Trek Itinerary

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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18

Arrival at Kathmandu

  • Your journey to Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Kathmandu as you arrive here by air, rail, or road.
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of the city, its culture, and explore the narrow winding streets of the city.
  • Relish a delectable local meal in the evening and spend the night in a hotel.
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What to Pack for you trek

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  • Passport and visa along with a few photocopies which will be useful in getting permits, and bookings local SIM card.
  • A few copies of your passport sized photographs
  • Medical certificate


  • Sun cap that covers the neck
  • Winter cap
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Inner thermal wear
  • Fleece or wool jacket
  • Long sleeved collared t-shirt of nylon or synthetic fabric
  • Waterproof trekking pants if possible with side zipper
  • Windcheater
  • Raincoat or poncho with hood
  • Woolen Gloves
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Woolen socks
  • Good quality hiking boots that is warm, water proof, and has a good grip
  • Trekking sandals

Other essentials:

  • Adequate cash in changes as several places including teahouses and cafes in the Manaslu trail do not accept cards
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking pole
  • Water bottle
  • Cutlery


  • Antibiotics
  • Painkiller
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Anti-diarrhea medicines
  • Altitude sickness tablets
  • Electrolytes/ORS
  • Insect repellant
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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

Kathmandu is the nearest city to the trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit trek. You have to first reach Kathmandu from where you will be driven to Soti Khola which is about 80 miles from here to start your trek.

By Air: You can reach the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport via a direct flight from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Varanasi.

By Road: An economical option to reach Kathmandu is by availing a bus service from cities like Patna, Varanasi, Darjeeling, and Gorakhpur.

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What is the Best Time to do Manaslu Trek?

The best time to do Manaslu Trek is from March to May and September to November when the weather here is the most pleasant. This is when the winter chill does not set in, the skies are mostly clear, and visibility is great.

What is the highest altitude of Manaslu Trek?

The highest altitude of Manaslu Trek is 5,107m/ 16,752 ft and the highest point is at Larkya La. It is one of the most beautiful points of the trek with enchanting views of majestic snow-covered peaks.

How difficult is Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Trek is a challenging one with high altitude passes and steep ascents across gigantic mountains. There are no paved and easy trails here and will require sufficient stamina and resilience to participate in it.

How long does the Manaslu Circuit Trek take?

The Manaslu Circuit trek takes about 18 days to complete and is one of the longer treks offered in Nepal. The itinerary also includes adequate time for acclimatization as well which is extremely important in such high altitude adventures.

Why is Manaslu called the Killer mountain?

Manaslu is also called the Killer Mountain by the locals because the arduous slopes here have been known to claim the lives of more than 60 people. It comprises a difficult climb in several parts amid harsh physical conditions.