Manaslu Expedition

Duration: 47 Days

Combine one of Nepal’s top treks with an ever more exciting expedition to the peak of Manaslu. This colossal mountain is the 8th highest in the world at 8156 meters (26,781 feet). The majestic peak towers above all nearby peaks and makes for a once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. To get there, we trek for a week through the unique, rugged landscape of the Manaslu area. Opened to tourists as recently as 1991, the trail still maintains its remote and wild feel, with the beauty of local village culture. The Manaslu Expedition climaxes at the peak of the mountain where your breath is taken away by the sheer beauty of the alpine landscape below.

Manaslu was summited first in 1956 by a team of Japanese and Nepali mountaineers. For 50 years after that, only 175 climbers had made it to the summit (of 120 expeditions), and 49 deaths were recorded. The Manaslu Expedition is not for the faint of heart; it is for true mountaineers who are determined to reach the top. With your determination and our skills/guidance, we will have a successful expedition. It is a difficult and risky climb, but as a team we will make it happen. The sense of achievement felt at the top is indescribable, one that will stick with you for the rest of your life. 

Begin the adventure from Dharapani (1920m) and trek up and onward. Admire villagers and their herds of animals (buffalo, goats, etc.) and their lush fields of crops. After Bimtang (3720m), we cross the Larkya La Pass (5100m), a perfect preparation for the expedition. With clear skies, it seems like you can see forever. Also, the pass is typically snowing, making it a little more fun. Then, we descend and head to Samagaon, where the mountaineering expedition begins! 

From Manaslu Base Camp (4900m), along the Manalsu Glacier. Over the next month, we venture up into a complete alpine wilderness. The sheer lifelessness of the place is mesmerizing.  Though it might sound intimidating, we will be with you every step of the way, making sure you have a safe, comfortable ascent. 

Before making a final ascent to the summit, we make several smaller acclimatization stays. Camp I is around 5,700 meters/18,700 feet. Camp II is around 6,400 meters/20,997 feet. Camp III is about 6,800 meters/22,310 feet. The Final Camp, from where we head to the summit, is at nearly 7,400 meters/24,278 feet. 

Take a deep breath and enjoy a supreme mountain view. Despite how tired we are, we are ecstatic to reach the top of Mount Manaslu, a mere dream from many mountaineers. You are truly at one of the highest points on Earth, a humbling realization to make. 
From here, we trek down the same path back to Dharapani and head back to Kathmandu to celebrate. The best time to take the Manaslu Expedition is during the spring and autumn. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Trip Highlights

  • Stand on the peak of the 8th highest mountain in the world – Manaslu (8156 meters / 26,781 feet)
  • Have the experience of summiting a majestic Himalayan peak
  • Trek along part of the Manalsu Circuit Trek trail – one of the greatest treks on the planet
  • See lots of wildlife along the trail, including the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and more
  • Learn about the local culture and ethnic groups, some of who are of Tibetan descent


Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02:Document Preparation.
  • Day 03:Equipment Check.
  • Day 04:Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m).
  • Day 05:Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani (1920m).
  • Day 06:Trek from Dharapani to Gho (2560m).
  • Day 07:Trek from Gho to Bimtang (3720m).
  • Day 08:Trek from Bimtang to Dharamsala (4480m) or Samdo (3690m) via Larkya La Pass (5100m).
  • Day 09:Trek to Samagaon (3530m).
  • Day 10:Acclimatization in Samagaon.
  • Day 11:Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m).
  • Day 12:to 40 : Manaslu Climbing Period.
  • Day 41:Trek down to Samdo.
  • Day 42:Trek to Bimtang via Larkya La Pass
  • Day 43:Trek down to Dharapani.
  • Day 44:Drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 45:to 46 : Free day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 47:Departure from Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. A representative of Roar Himalaya Adventure heartily welcomes you at Tribhuvan International Airport and takes you to your hotel. Take a rest or wander around the winding streets of Kathmandu. In the evening, we give you the lowdown on your upcoming trek. Overnight at hotel on B&B basis.

  • Day 02:Document Preparation.Together, we spend a couple hours getting all the permits and documents necessary for taking the Dhaulagiri Expedition. Take the rest of the day to relax and get caught up on rest. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 03:Equipment Check.Before heading to the mountains, we make sure all our gear is equally ready for the excursion. Do some other preparations for the expedition or spend the day as you please. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 04:Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m).Have an early breakfast in Kathmandu and drive to Besisahar, the district center of the Lamjung region. The colourful scenery of the Marshyangdi River valley and cascading terraced hills captivate us during the drive. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 05:Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani (1920m).Enter the Manang district by crossing a bridge near Tal. Then, trek through more villages and their fields of crops. Look up and around at the terraced hills, cascading waterfalls, as we pass through small villages. End the day in Dharapani. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 06:Trek from Dharapani to Gho (2560m).Most people end the Manaslu Circuit from Dharapani, but we choose to begin from this side. Few trekkers will be doing the same. After breakfast, we check in at the ACAP and MCAP stops before turn right side of Dharapani. First, we cross the bridge at Marsyangdi River and follow the Dudh Khola tributary. Walk on wide road until Tilje, where we can stop at Pyakane Cave if there is time/interest. There are sewvereal significant Buddhist monasteries and sites in the area that are cool to visit. From here, most of the trail goes along the river bank with oak and pine forests and beautiful Gurung villages to finally arrive in Gho. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 07:Trek from Gho to Bimtang (3720m).Today is lovely walk through the sub-tropical jungle and hilly villages. People here live off sustenance agriculture and animal husbandry. You will probably see herds of buffalo, goats, etc. Also, we get a sweet glimpse of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the first of the trek. Listen to the peaceful sound of birds and flowing rivers. After Karche (2700m), we walk further cross the bridge to Yak Kharka, where we have lunch. After lunch, the remaining trail is much harder due to the steepness of it. Finally, we arrive to the tiny village of Gho after about 4 to 5 walk walking. Overnight at teahouse lodge.

  • Day 08:Trek from Bimtang to Dharamsala (4480m) or Samdo (3690m) via Larkya La Pass (5100m).After breakfast, we check the status of the pass. If all is well, we rise up the steep slope to the Larkya La Pass (5100m), where you get unbelievable views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Annapurna II (7937m) and many more towering peaks. Trek down to Dharamsala, or if we have the time and energy, we descend further to Samdo. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 09:Trek to Samagaon (3530m).From Dharamsala, it’s about 5 hours to Samagaon and from Samdo, it is only about 2 or 3. So, we head down to the Budhi Gandaki River, and follow it all the way to Sama. It’s a relatively easy day of descending and letting our bodies continue to get used to the high altitude. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 10:Acclimatization in Samagaon.Today, take some time to acclimatize and rest your body. Still, though, the adventure does not stop. We can check out the gompa at Pungyen (4070m), check out Manaslu Base Camp (4900m), and more. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 11:Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m).We get a wave of excitement as we trek up to Manaslu Base Camp. From here, the mountaineering portion of the expedition begins. It is a heavy day of ascending, but do not worry. The next weeks will be filled with preparation, simple day hikes, and training. We set up camp here and begin the preparations for the summit. Overnight in tent camp.
  • Day 12:to 40 : Manaslu Climbing Period.The next weeks will be remembered for your entire life. You will be challenged mentally and physically, pushing you to your limits. Most people grow a lot from this experience and we are happy to be there with you. It takes a long time to properly acclimatize and prepare our bodies and minds for the ascent. Tasty meals during the climbing period are cooked by the team chef. Each night is spent in our tent under the mesmerizing Himalayan peaks. At this point, all other necessary information is given to you and our gear is double and triple checked. The climbing period is long and drawn out, but this is necessary to have a successful summit attempt. Overnight in a tented camp.
  • Day 41:Trek down to Samdo.After our successful ascent, we retrace our steps back to Samdo. Time to enjoy and have a good time in celebration! Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 42:Trek to Bimtang via Larkya La PassIt is a long day of retracing our steps back to Bimtang. Again, we cross the Larkya La Pass (5100m), but we are well acclimatized and the journey is simple now for us. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 43:Trek down to Dharapani.Today, the trail leaves the Manang area, where the famous Thorong Pass Bridge in between Manang and Mustang lies. Now, we cruise through the lush green area all the way down up to Dharapani. Also, the restricted region of Manaslu ends in Dharapani. Most of the trails lies in a jungle area. Pass through the settlement of Gho and Tilje to reach Dharapani, where we begin to see more trekkers and signs of civilization. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
  • Day 44:Drive back to Kathmandu.The scenic drive back to Kathmandu takes about 7-8 hours from Dharapani, though the time flies as we look out at the terraced hills, soaring mountains, and quaint villages along the way. Arrive in Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day as you wish. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 45:to 46 : Free day in Kathmandu.Kick back, relax, and enjoy the capital city of Nepal. Check out the cultural heritage sites, try some of the various traditional dishes/drinks, and celebrate a successful trek. Overnight in hotel on B&B basis.
  • Day 47:Departure from Nepal.Before your flight, we take you to the airport and say farewell. We hope you had a blast with us and we appreciate you choosing Roar Himalaya Adventure as your trekking guide! Looking forward to seeing you again.

Cost Includes:

  • Airport transfers before and after trek
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (on Bed & Breakfast basis) as per itinerary
  • Transportation to and from the trailhead as per itinerary
  • Accommodation (twin sharing basis) at local teahouse lodges during the trekking portion
  • Tent camping setup (sleeping tent, kitchen tent, toilet, etc.)
  • Climbing Sherpa (01 Sherpa: 01 climber)
  • Experienced, government-authorized guide
  • Base camp cook, kitchen helper
  • Liaison officer with all his expenses Insurance and wage for guide and porters
  • Oxygen with regulator and mask for Emergency or Medical Purpose
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the expedition
  • First Aid Kit
  • Roar Himalaya Duffle Bag
  • Annapurna Trekking Map
  • Service charge and government taxes


Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Insurance (must cover rescue evacuation in case of emergency)
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu and Pokhara (besides breakfast)
  • Personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Trip Fact

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Expedition
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
  • Max Elevation: 8156 meters / 26,781 feet