Short Manaslu Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nepal
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Duration

9 Nights, 10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Short Manaslu Trek is like a mini version of the well-known Manaslu Circuit Trek. It takes the best parts of the full trek and fits them into a shorter time. This trek is great for people who want a taste of the Himalayan experience but have limited time. Starting from Macchi Khola, the trail goes through beautiful forests, fields, and small villages, giving trekkers a close look at how the locals live.

As you keep trekking, you go up to higher places, reaching villages like Lho and Samagaun, which are full of history and culture. These villages have old monasteries and stupas that show the spiritual side of the area. A big highlight of the Short Manaslu Circuit is going up to Larkya La Pass, where you get incredible views of the Himalayan peaks. This shorter version of the Manaslu Circuit is perfect for those who want a Himalayan adventure but don’t have a lot of time.

The Short Manaslu Trek is not just about nature; it’s also about experiencing the local culture. The way people live, their friendly hospitality, and the peaceful feeling in the monasteries will stay with you. Since it’s a shorter trek, it’s a good option if you’re short on time. It gives you a taste of the Manaslu region’s different landscapes and culture. This condensed trek shows that the Manaslu region can still give you an amazing experience even if you’re on a tight schedule.

Manaslu short trek best time

For the best Manaslu Short Trek experience, consider either autumn (September to November) or spring (March to May). Autumn is unmatched  expect stable weather with clear skies for panoramic mountain views, comfortable trekking temperatures, and the breathtaking views of forests ablaze in fall colors. Spring brings its own charm with blossoming wildflowers, warmer weather as days lengthen, and the contrast of snow-capped peaks against a vibrant landscape. Both seasons offer excellent conditions, making the Manaslu Short Trek a thrilling Himalayan adventure at any point during these periods.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

The Manaslu Circuit Trek cost range from $1100 USD to $1700 USD per person for a standard 10 to 16-day trek. This cost include all permits, accommodation, meals, transportation, and guide fees. The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary depending on several factors such as the duration of the trek, the level of comfort you prefer and the season you choose to trek. It’s essential to factor in additional expenses for extra expenses, travel insurance, and any unforeseen expenses.

Accomodation and Food during Manaslu Circuit trek

During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, accommodation and food are primarily provided in teahouses or lodges along the trekking route. These teahouses offer basic yet comfortable lodging options for trekkers, typically consisting of twin-sharing rooms with simple beds and blankets. While the amenities may vary from teahouse to teahouse, most provide communal dining areas, shared bathroom facilities (often squat toilets), and sometimes hot showers for an additional fee.

As for meals, teahouses along the Manaslu Circuit Trek serve a variety of local and international dishes to refuel trekkers after a day of hiking. Breakfast options often include eggs, Tibetan bread, porridge, and muesli, accompanied by tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, trekkers can choose from a selection of Nepali famous dish dal bhat (rice,curry with lentil soup), noodles, fried rice, and soups. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are usually available, catering to different dietary preferences.

While the menu options may be somewhat limited and prices may increase with altitude due to the logistical challenges of transportation, teahouse meals are generally wholesome, filling, and provide essential energy for trekking. We suggest all Trekkers to carry snacks and refillable water bottles to supplement their meals and stay hydrated throughout the trek.

Highlights

  • Experience breathtaking landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and stunning mountain views throughout the trek.
  • Encounter the unique culture and traditions of the Manaslu region by visiting charming villages like Lho and Samagaun, adorned with ancient monasteries and stupas.
  • Challenge yourself with the ascent to Larkya La Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,106 meters, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
  • Witness the splendor of the Himalayas, including close-up views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, and other snow-capped peaks.
  • Experience warm hospitality from the locals, gaining insight into their unique lifestyle and traditions.
  • Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the region's monasteries, contributing to a spiritual and cultural journey.
  • Ideal for those with limited time, the Short Manaslu Trek provides a comprehensive Himalayan adventure in a condensed timeframe.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

6:00 AM - Departure from Kathmandu

  • Start your day early to catch a bus from the Gongabu Bus Park in Kathmandu. Buses heading towards Muglin, Gorkha Bazar then pass through Dhading Besi.
  • Guide will Confirm the bus schedule a day prior, as it may vary.

9:00 AM - Breakfast Break

  • The bus may make a stop for breakfast along the way. Enjoy a traditional Nepali breakfast or pack some snacks for the journey.

12:00 PM - Lunch Stop

  • Around midday, the bus may stop for lunch. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs and have a proper meal.

3:00 PM - Scenic Views

  • As you continue your journey, enjoy the picturesque landscapes and riverside views that the drive offers. The route may take you through winding roads and small villages.

6:00 PM - Arrival in Machhikhola

  • Reach Machhikhola by early evening, though timing can vary. Disembark at the bus station or main area in Machhikhola.
  • Check into a local guesthouse or lodge booked by guide in advance or find a suitable place upon arrival.

7:00 PM - Dinner and Rest

  • Have dinner at a local lodge or at your accommodation.
  • Rest and prepare for your next day's activities.

Note:

  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

6:30 AM - Breakfast

  • Start your day with a Local breakfast at your accommodation in Machhakhola.

7:30 AM - Begin the Trek

  • Start your trek from Machhakhola. Ensure that you do not left anythings at lodge, and your backpack is well-prepared with essentials.

10:30 AM - Tatopani (Hot Spring) Break

  • After a few hours of trekking, you may reach Tatopani, a natural hot spring. Take a break to relax and rejuvenate in the hot spring.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Continue the trek to reach a suitable spot for lunch. Guide will ask you for lunch stop at a teahouse along the way.

2:00 PM - Continue Trekking

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail will take you through beautiful landscapes, suspension bridges, and small settlements.

4:30 PM - Arrival in Jagat

  • Reach Jagat by late afternoon. The village is known for its traditional architecture and is a popular stop on the trekking route.

5:30 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Jagat for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation and settle in.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse or guesthouse. Enjoy a warm meal, and guide will, discuss the plan for the next day.

8:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Ensure you're well-hydrated and prepared for the next day's trek.

Notes:

  • Make sure to carry enough water, snacks, and some local currency for any purchases along the way.
  • Guide will Suggest the weather conditions and be prepared for changes in weather during the trek.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

6:00 AM - Early Breakfast

  • Start your day with an early breakfast at the teahouse or guesthouse in Jagat.

7:00 AM - Begin the Trek

  • Embark on the trek from Jagat. The trail will take you through forests, terraced fields, and charming villages.

10:00 AM - Chyamje Village

  • Reach Chyamje, a picturesque village, and take a short break. Admire the surroundings and interact with locals if you wish.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Find a suitable spot or a teahouse for lunch. Rest and refuel for the remaining trek.

2:00 PM - Continue the Ascent

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail will include both ascents and descents, providing panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

4:30 PM - Arrival in Deng

  • Reach Deng by late afternoon. The village is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by hills.

5:30 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Deng for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation, settle in, and enjoy the tranquility of the area.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Enjoy a warm meal and reflect on the day's trekking experience.

8:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take some time to rest and acclimatize. Deng is at a higher altitude, so ensure you're attentive to any signs of altitude sickness.

Notes:

  • Stay hydrated and maintain a steady pace during the trek.
  • Be prepared for varying weather conditions and temperature changes
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

6:30 AM - Breakfast

  • Start your day with a nutritious Local breakfast at the teahouse in Deng.

7:30 AM - Begin the Trek

  • Commence your trek from Deng. The trail will take you through forests, terraced fields, and charming villages.

10:30 AM - Rana Village

  • Reach Rana, a small village with traditional houses. Take a short break to rest and enjoy the views.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a suitable spot or a teahouse. Refuel for the ascent to Lho.

2:00 PM - Continue the Ascent

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail becomes steeper as you ascend towards Lho. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains.

4:30 PM - Arrival in Lho

  • Reach Lho by late afternoon. Lho is a charming village with a monastery and stunning views of Manaslu.

5:30 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Lho for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation, settle in, and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

7:00 PM - Explore Lho

  • Take a stroll around Lho and visit the local monastery. Enjoy the cultural richness of the village.

8:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse, sharing stories with fellow trekkers and enjoying the warmth of the local hospitality.

9:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Ensure you're well-hydrated and prepared for the next day's trek.

Notes:

  • Be mindful of the altitude gain and listen to your body for signs of altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a steady pace during the ascent.
  • Dress in layers as the temperature can vary throughout the day.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

6:00 AM - Early Breakfast

  • Start your day with an early breakfast at the teahouse in Lho.

7:00 AM - Begin the Trek to Samagaun

  • Embark on the trek from Lho to Samagaun. The trail will take you through picturesque landscapes and traditional villages.

9:30 AM - Visit Ribung Gompa

  • En route, you'll come across Ribung Gompa. Take a break to explore this monastery and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a suitable spot or a teahouse on the way. Refuel for the remaining trek to Samagaun.

2:00 PM - Continue Trekking

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail gradually ascends, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

4:30 PM - Arrival in Samagaun

  • Reach Samagaun by late afternoon. This village sits beneath the majestic Manaslu, and you'll have time to explore its cultural richness.

5:30 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Samagaun for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation, settle in, and enjoy the tranquility of the area.

7:00 PM - Optional Side Trek to Pungyen Gompa

  • If you're up for it, embark on a side trek to Pungyen Gompa. The gompa offers spectacular views of the Manaslu range, and the visit adds a spiritual touch to your journey.

8:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Share stories with fellow trekkers and enjoy the warmth of the local hospitality.

9:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude. Ensure you're well-hydrated and prepared for the next day's trek.

Notes:

  • The side trek to Pungyen Gompa is optional and depends on your energy levels and weather conditions.
  • Always be mindful of altitude gain and symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated and dress in layers, as the temperature can drop in the evening.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

7:00 AM - Breakfast

  • Start your day with breakfast at the teahouse in Samagaun.

8:00 AM - Begin the Trek to Samdo

  • Embark on the trek from Samagaun to Samdo. The trail takes you through alpine landscapes with magnificent views of Manaslu and other peaks.

11:00 AM - Kermo Kharka

  • Reach Kermo Kharka, a suitable spot for a short break. Enjoy the scenery and take some photographs.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a teahouse or a scenic spot along the trail. Refuel for the remaining trek to Samdo.

2:00 PM - Continue Trekking

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail may involve some ascents and descents, providing varied terrain.

4:00 PM - Arrival in Samdo

  • Reach Samdo by the afternoon. The village is located near the Tibetan border and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

5:00 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Samdo for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation, settle in, and take in the mountainous scenery.

6:00 PM - Explore Samdo

  • Take a short stroll around Samdo to acclimatize and enjoy the local atmosphere. Visit the local monastery if time allows.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Share stories with fellow trekkers and enjoy the mountain hospitality.

8:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take some time to rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Ensure you're well-hydrated and prepared for the upcoming trekking days.

Notes:

  • Be mindful of altitude gain and continue monitoring for symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated and dress in layers, as temperatures can vary.
  • Enjoy the tranquility of Samdo and prepare for the next day's trek.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

7:00 AM - Breakfast

  • Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the teahouse in Samdo.

8:00 AM - Begin the Trek to Dharamsala

  • Embark on the trek from Samdo to Dharamsala. The trail initially descends to the river and then ascends gradually towards Dharamsala.

10:30 AM - Larkya Bazaar

  • Pass through Larkya Bazaar, a seasonal settlement that historically served as a trade route. Take a short break to rest and enjoy the surroundings.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a suitable spot along the trail. Ensure you have a nutritious meal to fuel your energy for the ascent.

2:00 PM - Continue Trekking

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail becomes steeper as you ascend towards Dharamsala. The landscape changes as you reach higher altitudes.

4:00 PM - Arrival in Dharamsala

  • Reach Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi, by late afternoon. Dharamsala is the last settlement before the Larkya La Pass. Confirm your accommodation at the teahouse or guesthouse.

5:00 PM - Rest and Acclimatization

  • Take the rest of the afternoon to rest and acclimatize. Spend some time enjoying the panoramic views and preparing for the challenging day ahead.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Focus on maintaining hydration and nourishment to support your body at high altitudes.

8:00 PM - Briefing for Larkya La Pass

  • Our guide will attend a briefing on the plan for crossing the Larkya La Pass the next day. Discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

9:00 PM - Rest

  • Get a good night's sleep. Rest is crucial for the physical demands of the upcoming pass crossing.

Notes:

  • Stay hydrated and listen to your body for signs of altitude sickness.
  • Dress warmly as the nights can be cold at this altitude.
  • Be mentally prepared for the challenging ascent to Larkya La Pass the next day.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

3:00 AM - Early Start

  • Begin your day early with a light breakfast or snacks. The early start allows you to traverse the pass during the optimal time and avoid afternoon weather challenges.

3:30 AM - Ascent to Larkya La Pass

  • Embark on the challenging ascent to Larkya La Pass. The initial part of the trail involves a steep climb. Move at a steady pace, taking breaks to catch your breath and enjoy the panoramic views.

7:00 AM - Larkya La Pass (5106m/16930ft)

  • Reach the breathtaking Larkya La Pass. Take a moment to celebrate your achievement and relish the stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks.

8:00 AM - Begin Descent to Bhimtang

  • Start the descent from Larkya La Pass towards Bhimtang. The trail initially descends steeply, and then it becomes gentler as you approach Bhimtang.

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a suitable spot along the trail. Rest and refuel for the remaining descent to Bhimtang.

2:00 PM - Continue Descent

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail takes you through rocky terrain, moraines, and lush landscapes as you descend towards Bhimtang.

5:00 PM - Arrival in Bhimtang

  • Reach Bhimtang by late afternoon. The village is situated in a scenic valley with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

6:00 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Bhimtang for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation and relax after the challenging trek.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Reflect on the day's accomplishment and share stories with fellow trekkers.

8:00 PM - Rest and Recovery

  • Take the evening to rest and recover. The descent can be strenuous, so ensure you stay hydrated and get adequate rest.

Notes:

  • Pay attention to signs of altitude sickness, and descend if necessary.
  • Dress in layers as temperatures can vary during the day.
  • Ensure your headlamp or flashlight is ready for the early morning start.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

7:00 AM - Breakfast

  • Start your day with breakfast at the teahouse in Bhimtang.

8:00 AM - Begin the Descent

  • Begin your descent from Bhimtang. The trail takes you through a mix of alpine landscapes and lush greenery.

10:30 AM - Hompuk

  • Pass through Hompuk, a small settlement. Take a short break to rest and enjoy the scenery.

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • Guide will Stop for lunch at a suitable spot or a teahouse along the trail. Refuel for the remaining descent.

2:00 PM - Continue Trekking

  • Resume your trek after lunch. The trail takes you through rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields.

4:30 PM - Arrival in Dharapani

  • Reach Dharapani by late afternoon. The village is a checkpoint for trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area.

5:30 PM - Check into Teahouse

  • Guide will Find a teahouse or guesthouse in Dharapani for your overnight stay. Confirm your accommodation and relax after the day's trek.

7:00 PM - Explore Dharapani

  • Take a short stroll around Dharapani and explore the local culture. Dharapani is a traditional Nepali village with unique architecture.

8:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner at the teahouse. Share stories with fellow trekkers and enjoy the hospitality of the local community.

9:00 PM - Rest and Recovery

  • Take some time to rest and recover from the day's trek. Ensure you're  ready for the next day's long drive journey.

Notes:

  • Be cautious with your descent to avoid knee strain.
  • Finally your Trekking journey is finish from here.
  • Enjoy the changing landscapes and cultural experiences along the way.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

6:00 AM - Departure from Dharapani

  • Start your day early to make the most of daylight and to account for any potential delays on the road.

8:00 AM - Reach Besisahar

  • The drive from Dharapani to Besisahar takes several hours, and arrival time can vary. Take a break in Besisahar for refreshments and stretch your legs.

9:00 AM - Continue to Kathmandu

  • After a short break in Besisahar, resume your journey towards Kathmandu. The road takes you through scenic landscapes, rivers, and small towns.

1:00 PM - Lunch Stop

  • Stop for lunch at a suitable restaurant or roadside Eating place. Enjoy a break and have a meal to recharge.

3:00 PM - Continue the Drive

  • Resume your drive to Kathmandu. The road conditions may vary, and travel times can be influenced by traffic and weather.

6:00 PM - Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Reach Kathmandu by early evening, though arrival times can vary. Check into your accommodation and relax after the long drive.

7:00 PM - Dinner

  • Have dinner in Kathmandu at a local restaurant or at your accommodation. Reflect on your trekking adventure and enjoy the comforts of the city.

9:00 PM - Rest and Relaxation

  • Take the evening to rest and relax after the day's drive. Recharge for your upcoming days in Kathmandu or for your journey home.

Notes:

  • Be prepared for variable road conditions, and the journey may take longer than anticipated.
  • Stay hydrated during the drive and take breaks to avoid discomfort.
  • Guide will Confirm your transportation arrangements in advance and be flexible with the schedule.
  • Be flexible with the timings as the road conditions and travel times can vary.

Durations

10 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Short Manaslu Trek is a condensed version of the famous Manaslu Circuit Trek, offering a glimpse of the Himalayan beauty and cultural richness within a shorter timeframe.

The trek typically takes around 9-10 days, covering a shorter route compared to the full Manaslu Circuit, making it suitable for those with limited time.

The trek reaches its highest point at Larkya La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,930 feet), providing stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

The best time for the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular.

Yes, a restricted area permit is required for the Short Manaslu Trek. Trekkers are also required to trek with a licensed guide.

The trek is considered moderately challenging. While it doesn't demand technical climbing skills, trekkers should be prepared for high altitudes and varying terrains.

The trek often starts from Macchi Khola and follows a route through picturesque villages like Lho and Samagaun before ascending to Larkya La Pass.

No, trekking in the Manaslu region requires a licensed guide, and solo trekking is not allowed due to restricted area regulations.

Accommodations along the trail are basic teahouses or guesthouses, providing a simple yet comfortable place to rest and dine.

While the trek itself is condensed, some variations and side trips can be arranged, including visits to Pungyen Gompa and other nearby attractions. Discuss these options with your tour manager or guide.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek, Nepal

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