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13 Mar 2024 Himalaya Trip

 Manaslu Trek Overview

Travelers seeking to trek to Manaslu might wonder ‘What is the Manaslu Trek Distance?’ Himalaya Trip is here to shed light on travelers’ queries on the Manaslu Trek Distance in detail. Manaslu Trek in the Manaslu region is phenomenal as it offers the pristine beauty of the region. This least explored trek is less crowded and takes it to the highest point Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,106m. Pass through the beautiful settlement of Gurung, Nubri, and other ethnicities and interact. Explore Tibetan-style Buddhist villages and immerse in their culture and lifestyle. Throughout the trek get awesome views of Manaslu, Larkya Peak, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Himlung Himal, Boudha Himal, and others. The remoteness of the region is the prime highlight of the Manaslu Trek.

Highlights of the Manaslu trek

  • Least explored a less crowded trek.
  • Remoteness and its pristine nature.
  • Highest point Larkya La Pass (5,106m).
  • Protected wildlife and wildflowers in the vicinity of the Manaslu Conservation Area.
  • Narrow alleyways, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, terraced farms.
  • Tibetan-style Buddhist villages, Gurung, and Nubri people, their lifestyle, and culture.
  • Stunning snow-covered mountains like Manaslu, Larkya Peak, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Himlung Himal, Boudha Himal, and others.

Manaslu trek distance in km or hours

The standard Manaslu Trek duration is 12 days and the total trek distance it covers is 138 km or 85.74 miles starting from Machha Khola and ending at Tilche/Tilije.

Manaslu Trek Distance and Duration in Table

DayTrek DestinationDistanceDuration
1 Machha Khola to Jagat17 kilometers7 Hrs.
2 Jagat to Deng20 kilometers6-7 Hrs.
3 Deng to Namrung17 kilometers6-7 Hrs.
4 Namrung to Samagaon17 kilometers6-7 Hrs.
5 Rest day (Hike to nearby places)6 kilometers4-5 Hrs.
6 Samagoan to Samdo8 kilometers3-4 Hrs.
7 Samdo to Dharmasala6 kilometers4-5 Hrs.
8 Dharmasala to Bhimthang via Larkya Pass22 kilometers8-9 Hrs.
9 Bhimthang to Tilche/Tilije25 kilometers6-7 Hrs.
Manaslu Trek Distance

Manaslu Trek Distance

Day 01: Kathmandu to Machha Khola (869m) Drive distance: 145 km

Drive Hours: 9-10 hours
Attractions: Scenic drive adoring rural landscapes, terraced farms, and small towns. New experience for travelers to ride on the bumpy and uneven trail. Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu adoring the rural landscape, terraced farms, and small towns to reach Arughat. After another 2-hour ride on the bumpy and uneven trail through the river basin of Budhi Gandaki River, arrive at Machha Khola. For a comfortable travel experience, there is an option of hiring a private jeep.
Kathmandu – Machha Khola Distance

Day 02: Machha Khola – Jagat (1340m) Trek distance: 17 km

Walking Hours: 7 hours
Attractions: Tatopani-Natural Hotspring Confluence of Budhi Gandaki and Dobhan RiverBeautiful surroundings Walk past the bank of a raging river adoring beautiful surroundings and Khorlabesi. Passing Khorlabesi come across a natural hot spring called Tatopani. Walking on ascending and descending trails, reach Dovan. Crossing Budhi Gandaki and Dobhan River confluence continue walking to reach Jagat. Show your permits MCAP and MRAP at the office located in Jagat for verification.
Machha Khola – Jagat Distance

Day 03: Jagat – Deng (1860m) Trek distance: 20 km

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions: Buddhist monuments, small Chhortens, Mani walls, and prayer flagsAttractive villages: Salleri, Philim, Bhang Sing, Ekle Bhatti, and LokpaFirst glimpse of stunning Himalayan peaks: Shingri Himal (7161m) and Lapchun Himal (5996m) Following the river bank, pass through small hamlets, and witness Buddhist monuments, small Chhortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags throughout the trail. Cross the attractive villages of Buddhist inhabitants like Salleri, Philim, Bhang Sing, Ekle Bhatti, and Lokpa. Upon reaching Lokpa. Stand at the confluence of two major rivers Budhi Gandaki and Syar, and cross the Budhi Gandaki River. Get your first glimpse of stunning Himalayan peaks: Shingri Himal (7161m) and Lapchun Himal (5996m) from Nyal Phedi and continue to trek to Deng.
Trek Jagat – Deng Distance

Day 04: Deng – Namrung (2630m) Trek distance:  17 km

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions: Geological amusement of ManasluDensely populated villages such as Ranagaon, Bihi, Prok, and GhapDifferent landscapes at NamrungMajestic view of Mt. Manaslu Enjoying the geological amusement of Manaslu and admiring the surrounding beauty continue the trek. Pass along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, and densely populated villages such as Ranagaon, Bihi, Prok, and Ghap. Reach Namrung and be delighted to see different landscapes. Relish the majestic view of Mt. Manaslu.
Trek Deng – Namrung distance

Day 05: Namrung – Samagaon (3620m) Trek distance: 17 km

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions: Beautiful Li GompaAttractive settlements of Syogaon and Lhogaon After breakfast, commence the trek through the flat lands of Namrung. Trek slowly as there is a chance of gaining elevation and might be difficult for some trekkers to breathe. Reach Lhogaon for lunch and trek forward. Walk on an ascending trail and pass by beautiful Li Gompa. Head towards Syogaon which serves as an intersection between the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Himal Chuli Base Camp. Follow the west path to arrive at Samagaon.
Trek Namrung – Samagaon distance

Day 06: Rest day at Samagaon (3620m) Trek distance: 4-5 km

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions: Visit Sama MonasteryA trip to Pungyen Gompa (4-5 hours of a moderate hike)Manaslu Base camp and back (5-6 hours of a moderate hike)Birendra Tal and back (2 hours of a more leisurely walk) Samagaon is at an elevation of 3,620m and is the acclimatization stopover. It is very necessary to take a rest day to adjust your body to the surroundings and prevent altitude sickness. It is a rest day but the day is spent exploring nearby attractions. A short exploration of Birendra Lake is a good choice after visiting Sama Monastery. Also, trekkers can either hike to Manaslu Base Camp, or trip to Pungyen Monastery.
Rest day Samagaon

Day 07: Samagoan – Samdo (3875m) Trek distance: 8 km

Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
Attractions: Hike to Samdo Peak Yak sheds: Lela Kharka and Kyonggma Kharka Experience the altitude gain as you ascend from Samagaon. Cross the Budhi Gandaki River and along the way, encounter two yak sheds known as Lela Kharka and Kyonggma Kharka. Reach Samdo and to acclimatize hike to Samdo Peak or explore nearby places.
Samagaon – Samdo Distance

Day 08: Samdo – Dharmasala (4460m) Trek distance:  6 km

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
Attractions: Changing landscapes Dry and barren terrainBreathtaking vistas of the Manaslu range Lamjung Himal Larkya River originated from Larkya Peak Admiring the changing landscapes from lush greenery to dry and barren terrain continues to trek. Relish the breathtaking vistas of the Manaslu range and Lamjung Himal in the north. Cross the Larkya River originating from Larkya Peak and continue towards Dharmasala.
Samdo – Dharmasala distance

Day 09: Trek Dharmasala – The highest point Larkya La Pass (5,106m) – Bhimthang (3590m) Trek distance: 22 km

Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
Attractions: Rocky and dry terrain of Larkya Phedi Highest point: Larkya La Pass (5,106m)Impressive views of Kangguru (6781m), Annapurna II (7937m), Cheo Himal (6807m), and Gyaji Kung (7030m) Ascend through the challenging rocky and dry terrain of Larkya Phedi slowly and maintaining the pace. The path is littered with glacial moraine and rocky sections. After trekking for 4-5 hours, reach the summit of Larkya Pass at an elevation of 5,106m. From the top, get impressive views of Kangguru (6781m), Annapurna II (7937m), Cheo Himal (6807m), and Gyaji Kung (7030m). Descend slowly and trek further to Bhimthang village.
Dharmasala – Larkya La – Bhimthang distance

Day 10: Bhimthang – Tilche/Tilije (2515m) Trek distance: 25 km

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions: Amazing mountain lifestyleChanging landscapes: Alpine patches to subtropical forests Relishing the beautiful changing landscape views from alpine patches to subtropical forests trek forward. Pass through the beautiful settlements of Puktu Kharka, Surki, and Gho to reach Tilche/Tilije. Adore the amazing mountain lifestyle of the locals.
Bhimthang – Tilche distance

Day 11: Tilche – Dharapani – Beshisahar (760m) Drive distance: 50km

Drive Hours: 5-6 hours
Attractions: After the breakfast, drive from Tilije or Tilche to Dharapani, Chamje, Jagat, Syange, Bhulbhule and finally at the Besishahar. You will stay overnight at the Lodge.
Tilije or Tilche – Dharapani – Besisahar distance

Day 12: Drive from Beshisahar – Kathmandu Drive distance: 175km

Drive Hours: 6-7 hours
Attractions: Scenic drive to Kathmandu admiring the natural beauty of surroundings, small villages, flowing rivers, terraced fields, and snowy mountains. Enjoying a scenic ride admiring the natural beauty of surroundings, small villages, flowing rivers, terraced fields, and snowy mountains. Check into our hotel for an overnight stay upon arriving in Kathmandu. *Note: You will also have the option of hiring a private Jeep/car/van for the drive back to Kathmandu. Note: For flexibility, you may book your own accommodations Hostel to a 5-star Hotel in Kathmandu and you can stay more than one night in Kathmandu before and after the trek at your preferred place.
Besishahar – Kathmandu distance

Manaslu Trek FAQs

Do you need a guide for Manaslu Trek?

Manaslu is a remote region and a guide is mandatory for this trek.

How long does the Manaslu trek take?

The standard Manaslu trek itinerary is 12 days but depending on the trekkers’ trekking speed, and chosen trek route it can get extended.

How high is Manaslu Pass?

The highest elevation gain during the Manaslu trek is 5,106 m at Larkya La Pass.

How difficult/hard is the Manaslu Circuit trek?

Manaslu Trek is categorized as a moderate-level trek with a Grade 4. But considering crossing the highest pass at an elevation of 5,106 m it is hard for beginner trekkers with no prior trekking experience.

How do you prepare for the Manaslu Circuit trek?

The maximum elevation gain during the trek is 5,106m which is challenging. Also, the Manaslu trek has several ascends and descends. So, we suggest going cycling, doing cardio exercises, doing day hikes, eating balanced diet food, avoiding smoking and drinking, and if necessary doing health check-ups before starting the trek.

How much does the Manaslu Circuit trek cost?

Manaslu Circuit trek’s starting cost is USD 749 to USD 849 for the standard 12-day itinerary and there is a group discount offer as well. If travelers extend the trip days, the trek costs get higher.

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