How to do the Manaslu Trek in Nepal. I will provide details that include maps, costs, logistical requirements and facts as well as links to additional details, photos and videos. This is a self-guided adventure on a shoestring. Follow the links to dig deeper into the adventure.
While not easy, this trek is also not hard, hence my rating of Moderate. Not easy because it is 10 days of steady ascent with decreasing temperatures and comfort. Not hard because ultimately the trek to the pass is not terribly steep, but it is cold and the descent, while fast is steep and icy. The days were short so you could cut the trek from 14 days to 10 without too much grief.
Total Cost Range of this Activity is: $$$
15-day Package $680
- 8 day Manaslu Permit (see below for more on permits)
- Manaslu Conservation Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Permit
Porter, food, lodging, transportation (to/from) not included. I joined Jenny & Rebekka who had made arrangements for this trek. I paid the agency 1/3 of the above costs to cover my addition to the small group. These costs naturally exclude expenses of getting to/from Nepal and stay in Kathmandu.
Agency Used for Manaslu Trek in Nepal
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition
Nava Raj Dahal, Director
From Gorka region
+977 984 1127 219
English & French speaking
Tanka Bdr. Khakural
Agency Les Portes de L’aventure
Manaslu Trek in Nepal 2016 Schedule – 13 days
03-09 6am Depart Kathmandu
Arughat Bazar 570m
03-10 Labubesi 880m
03-11 Kholabesi 920m
03-12 Jagat – Salleri 1370
03-13 Dyang 1860m
03-14 Namrung 2540m
03-15 Lho 3020m
03-16 Sama Gaon 3390m
03-17 Samdo 3690m
03-18 Darmasala 4460m
03-19 Larke La Pass 5213m
03-20 Dharapani – jeep – Besisahar 720m
Note that I cut two days off the end of the scheduled (paid) trek by trekking directly from Bimtang to Dharapani. In Dharapani there are now jeeps making daily trips to/from Besisahar for 1,000 Rs. Normally they start at 7am but on the afternoon I walked into Dharapani a jeep was just leaving and I hopped in. This put me in Besisahar late on the same day that I left Bimtang. A hell of a long day. The following morning I got an early ride back to Kathmandu.
Photos of the Manaslu Trek in Nepal
Videos to do the Manaslu Trek in Nepal
More Maps to do the Manaslu Trek in Nepal
Larkya La (or Larke La or Larkye La) Map
Where Manaslu Trek Joins Annapurna Trek Map
Permits to do the Manaslu Trek in Nepal
There are four permits required to do the Manaslu trek because it is a restricted area and involves entry into two different conservation areas.
This is a per-day permit and you must have a guide (via an agency I guess) to obtain this permit.
Manaslu Conservation Area
This you can get yourself at the conservation & TIMS office in Kathmandu. It is a one-time entry permit good for 30 days on entry.
Annapurna Conservation Area
This you can get yourself at the conservation & TIMS office in Kathmandu. It is a one-time entry permit good for 30 days on entry. You need this because the end of the Manaslu trek is on the Annapurna circuit and they are very good at stopping all trekkers and vehicles at the Dharapani checkpoint.
This you can get yourself at the conservation & TIMS office in Kathmandu. Note that I put down a number of treks since I was not sure which one I was going to do. And in the end I did Manaslu that wasn’t even listed. I have never actually used or presented this document, even though I have gotten one every time I visited Nepal. You are supposed to have one and present it at the start of your trek. It is for a database of trekkers in case you go missing, but in reality is just another trekking tax in my opinion.