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Around Manaslu trek (14 days)
Manaslu Region, Nepal

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Highlights: Samagaon, Birendra Tal, and Larkya La (Larke Pass)

Difficulty: challenging
Around Manaslu
Starting at $754 usd
For 1 person -Guide & Permits
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees
$31.02 /day per person for guide
+ $30 per person for guide's insurance
+ $15 per person for restricted area permit processing
+ $148 per person for permits
+ $126 for single surcharge for Restricted Area

( Purchase of at least 2 permits required. If someone else joins your trek this fee will be refunded.)

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

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Included Services
  • Permits MCAP, ACAP, and Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • Restricted Area Permit Processing
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance

This trip has optional side trips. Would you like to see the options?

The Around Manaslu trek is often likened to how the Annapurna circuit used to be. The lodges are rustic, crowds are fewer, and the scenery is wild and rugged. Like the nearby Annapurna circuit, this trek covers a diverse array of landscapes starting in the green, lower hills and climbing past lakes and picturesque villages to the rock and ice covered Larke La (5106 m). From Samagaon there are spectacular side trips to Punggen Gompa an isolated monastery at the foot of Manaslu and Manaslu Basecamp.

Weather Conditions in December

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December is probably the most underrated month to trek, one of the driest months of the year skies are often clear from sunrise to sunset. The trails and teahouses are less crowded than in November. At higher altitudes, temperatures drop as the winter season approaches so it is important to carry warm enough clothing and sleeping bags. When properly prepared December can be a great month to trek

At a glance
On average there are 1 day with precipitation in December. The highest point on the trek is Larkya La (Larke Pass) at 5106 m. During December, expect high temperatures of around -2.2°C (28°F) and lows down to -18.2°C (-1°F) at Larkya La (Larke Pass).

Around Manaslu Trek
(Elevation Profile)

Available Side Trips

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Sat Dec 22 (day 1)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Kathmandu
Public bus from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $5.00
Travel time: about 10 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Arughat Bazar (570 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.0°C (77°F) and lows of about 9.0°C (48°F) in December.

Shared vehicle from Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $10.00
Travel time: about 1 hour
Trekking time about 4 hours (13 km)
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $200.00
Travel time: about 6 hours
Whole vehicle, the cost can be split by members of your group.

Soti Khola (730 m)

From May through early October it is sometimes not possible to reach Soti Khola by road due to landslides caused by rains. In that case you may have to start walking at an earlier point and the trek may take an extra day or two so make sure you plan accordingly, and pay your guide and porter for any extra days they work beyond the time you booked.
Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.0°C (75°F) and lows of about 8.0°C (46°F) in December.

Lapubeshi (880 m)

About 2.5 hours from Soti Khola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 23.1°C (74°F) and lows of about 7.1°C (45°F) in December.

Sun Dec 23 (day 2)

Machhakola (930 m)

About 2.5 hours from Lapubeshi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.8°C (73°F) and lows of about 6.8°C (44°F) in December.

Tatopani, Kerauja (990 m)

About 2 hours from Machhakola
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.5°C (73°F) and lows of about 6.5°C (44°F) in December.

Mon Dec 24 (day 3)

Dobhan (1070 m)

About 1 hour from Tatopani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.0°C (72°F) and lows of about 6.0°C (43°F) in December.

Yuru (Yaruphant) (1330 m)

About 1.5 hours from Dobhan
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Jagat, Sirdibas (1340 m)

About 1 hour from Yuru
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.4°C (69°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in December.

Tue Dec 25 (day 4)

Philim (1590 m)

About 2.5 hours from Jagat
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.9°C (66°F) and lows of about 2.9°C (37°F) in December.

Ekle Bhatti (1600 m)

About 1 hour from Philim
Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.8°C (66°F) and lows of about 2.8°C (37°F) in December.

Ekle Bhatti

Rating: | 3 reviews
Highlights: Mu Gompa and Ranchen Gompa
Difficulty: moderate
This remote valley was only opened to trekking in 2008. Bounded by Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, the valley was settled by people of Tibetan origin, and has a rich cultural history. The trail is lined with chortens and mani walls and home to the historic monasteries of Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. Accommodations may be basic but what the region lacks in amenities it makes up for in hospitality.

Pewa (1870 m)

About 2 hours from Ekle Bhatti
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.2°C (63°F) and lows of about 1.2°C (34°F) in December.

Bihi Phedi (1985 m)

About 2.5 from Pewa
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.5°C (62°F) and lows of about 0.5°C (33°F) in December.

Wed Dec 26 (day 5)

Bihi (2130 m)

About 30 minutes from Bihi Phedi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.6°C (60°F) and lows of about -0.4°C (31°F) in December.

Prok (2380 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.1°C (57°F) and lows of about -1.9°C (29°F) in December.

Prok

Highlights: Kal Tal
Difficulty: easy
A 3 to 4-hour hike above Pork, Kal Tal is a worthwhile side trip in good weather for its superb mountain views.

Ghap (2660 m)

About 2 hours from Bihi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.4°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.6°C (26°F) in December.

Namrung (2660 m)

About 2 hours from Ghap
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.4°C (54°F) and lows of about -3.6°C (26°F) in December.

Namrung
Thu Dec 27 (day 6)

Lihi (2910 m)

About 1 hour from Namrung
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.9°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.1°C (23°F) in December.

Lihi

Shrip (3040 m)

About 1 hour from Lihi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 10.2°C (50°F) and lows of about -5.8°C (22°F) in December.

Lho (3180 m)

About 1.5 hours from Lihi
Expect typical high termperatures of about 9.3°C (49°F) and lows of about -6.7°C (20°F) in December.

Lho
Fri Dec 28 (day 7)

Shyala (3520 m)

About 1 hour from Lho
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.3°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.7°C (16°F) in December.

Samagaon (3530 m)

About 1.5 hours from Shyala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.2°C (45°F) and lows of about -8.8°C (16°F) in December.

Samagaon

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Highlights: Samagaon and Manaslu Base Camp
Difficulty: strenuous
High above Samagaon, this day hike follows a ridge overlooking the clear blue lake of Birendra Tal with panoramic views across the valley. It’s a strenuous climb that offers rewarding views during the ascent to the basecamp of the world's 8th highest peak. Images from via Manaslu Base Camp Side Trek

Highlights: Punggen Gompa and Samagaon
Difficulty: moderate
This tiny monastery at the foot of Manaslu makes up in location for what it lacks in size. The day trip from Samagaon to Punggen Gompa offers spectacular views of the mountain. Images from via Punggen Gompa Side Trek

Sat Dec 29 (day 8)

Birendra Tal (3460 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 7.6°C (46°F) and lows of about -8.4°C (17°F) in December.

Birendra Tal

Samdo (3800 m)

About 2.5 hours from Samagaon
Expect typical high termperatures of about 5.6°C (42°F) and lows of about -10.4°C (13°F) in December.

Samdo
Sun Dec 30 (day 9)

Dharamshala (4460 m)

About 2 hours from Samdo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 1.6°C (35°F) and lows of about -14.4°C (6°F) in December.

Dharamshala
Mon Dec 31 (day 10)

Larkya La (Larke Pass) (5106 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about -2.2°C (28°F) and lows of about -18.2°C (-1°F) in December.

Larkya La (Larke Pass)

Bhimtang (3720 m)

About 8 hours from Dharamsala
Expect typical high termperatures of about 6.1°C (43°F) and lows of about -9.9°C (14°F) in December.

Bhimtang
Tue Jan 1 (day 11)

Kharche (2700 m)

About 4 hours from Bhimthang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.8°C (22°F) in January.

Gowa (2560 m)

About 5 hours from Bhimtang
Expect typical high termperatures of about 12.0°C (54°F) and lows of about -5.0°C (23°F) in January.

Gowa
Wed Jan 2 (day 12)

Tilche (2300 m)

About 1 hour from Goa
Expect typical high termperatures of about 13.6°C (56°F) and lows of about -3.4°C (26°F) in January.

Tilche

Dharapani (1960 m)

About 1 hour from Tilche
Expect typical high termperatures of about 15.6°C (60°F) and lows of about -1.4°C (29°F) in January.

Dharapani

Tal (1700 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.2°C (63°F) and lows of about 0.2°C (32°F) in January.

Tal
Thu Jan 3 (day 13)

Chamje (1410 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.9°C (66°F) and lows of about 1.9°C (35°F) in January.

Chamje

Jagat (1290 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.7°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.7°C (37°F) in January.

Syange (1080 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.9°C (70°F) and lows of about 3.9°C (39°F) in January.

Syange
Fri Jan 4 (day 14)
Shared vehicle from Syange to Besi Sahar (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $10.00
Travel time: about 3 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Besi Sahar (800 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.6°C (73°F) and lows of about 5.6°C (42°F) in January.

Public bus from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $10.00
Travel time: about 7 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Kathmandu (1337 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in January.

Kathmandu
you can add extra rest days after the itinerary is created

by David (Australia) on Dec 9, 2018

Around Manaslu led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

At times track was difficult and it’s a shame in regards to the road building .Overall nice walk but could cut the walk to 12 days with the use of Jeep’s to avoid walking on roads

by Lily (USA) on Dec 2, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Phurwa Sherpa

Amazing trek, the diversity of scenery was incredible

by David (New Zealand) on Nov 6, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Dawa Sherpa

Manaslu is so like the Annapurna circuit in the old days. May it never change.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Joel (Canada) on Jun 4, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Ang Rita Sherpa

The around Manaslu trek is a breathtaking, rewarding and stunning trek. It is a strenuous hike but with stunning views and a lesser traveled trek you are left in a gorgeous and peaceful environment. I would highly recommend this trek to anyone travelling to Nepal and sooner then later. As is the case throughout the world there is development being made in the area and a road is being built to reach to secluded villages further along the trek. At this time only one day at the start of the trek is spent on this road but even there is no traffic other then the odd vehicle taking part in the road construction itself. The end of the trek, depending on travel distance will leave you with some days hiking out on a road that is quite busy and is also the beginning of the Annapurna trek. The gorgeous views are still present but the atmosphere is far less peaceful. I would highly recommend this trek and sooner then later while it is still very secluded.

by Gordon (New Zealand) on Apr 26, 2018

Around Manaslu led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

We found the Manaslu Circuit to be a wonderful trek. While it is rated as challenging there are only a couple of days that would justify that rating. We saw part of the Annapurna at the end of our trek and thought the Manaslu to be far superior mainly due to the number of trekkers on the Annapurna and being far less remote.

by Rachael (New Zealand) on Mar 26, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp and via Tsum Valley led by Pasang Lama

by Hans on Jan 21, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley and via Punggen Gompa led by Diku Sherpa

by Deborah (South Africa) on Dec 14, 2017

Around Manaslu led by Lhakpa Gyaljen Sherpa

A very rugged trek with some beautiful and varying terrain. Manaslu presents an authentic trekking experience comparable with doing the Annapurna circuit in 2001. We trekked in early December and the trail was fairly quiet. We had good weather with some snow up at the pass. It was very cold - more so than we expected! The people are very friendly with the quality of guesthouses varying according to the size of the town - but with everything you need.It definitely gets more costly as you go up the mountain, especially water costs - even if you are buying boiled water. You probably should budget on slightly more than $25 per person per day if you want extras and not to have to worry about whether you have enough cash on you. The day going over Larke Pass is a long one - Dharamshala before the pass was worse than basic and the price of boiled water was 3 times the price at the last stop - we could not help but feel ripped off! We did not sleep there, opting to go from Samdo in one very long day - if you are physically fit enough, we would say this is definitely the better option and all trekkers we spoke to were motivated to get over the pass to Bhimtang and avoid having to go back to Dharamshala! Overall it is a highly recommended option and we had a fabulous trek.

by Bruce (Canada) on Nov 21, 2017

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

Can be tough before pass where it is cold and bleak. Pass not that hard.

by Lily (USA) on Dec 2, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Phurwa Sherpa

Spectacular, so glad we did it!

by David (New Zealand) on Nov 6, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Dawa Sherpa

The day we went to the Monastery (rather than Base Camp) was a day of celebration. We met the Monks who had come to pray and it was a very surreal experience surrounded by the snow covered high peaks whilst listening to the incantations. Beautiful spot.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Joel (Canada) on Jun 4, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp led by Ang Rita Sherpa

If possible I would recommend a day trip to Manaslu base camp. It is not only a great way to acclimatize as it follows the climb high sleep low rule but is also amazing to see where a push for the summit of Manaslu all begins. Although the peaks are intimidating from the teahouse villages, seeing the peak from base camp really puts into perspective how massive the mountains truly are.

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Morten (Sweden) on Oct 8, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley, via Manaslu Base Camp, and via Punggen Gompa led by Phurwa Sherpa

by Rachael (New Zealand) on Mar 26, 2018

Around Manaslu via Manaslu Base Camp and via Tsum Valley led by Pasang Lama

by Hans on Jan 21, 2018

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley and via Punggen Gompa led by Diku Sherpa

by Bruce (Canada) on Nov 21, 2017

Around Manaslu via Tsum Valley led by Nawang Chimi Sherpa

Glad we added it. Quieter.