If you’ve done the Annapurna Circuit Trek and would love to do an alternative trek, then Manaslu Trek could be the best option for you. It is mostly a tea-house trek, just like Annapurna Trek, but you can do some camping as well if you go to remote, less-visited areas of this region. The accommodation and other facilities are not as developed as the Annapurna or Everest region since it was only opened for not that long ago. However, basic accommodation and similar services can be easily found. In fact, Manaslu Trekking is one of the restricted trekking routes. We need a special permission to do this trekking. Only a handful of people have done trekking in this region.
Since this region is quite secluded, it makes quite a contrast to the popular regions like Annapurna or Everest. Most of the cultural and religious values and artefacts as well as the natural beauty of this place are still intact and untouched. Your route follows an ancient salt-trading path along the steep-sided Budhi Gandaki river. You will pass through beautiful pine-forests, Buddhist monasteries and, if you are lucky, you will also get glimpses of endangered animals, such as snow leopards and pandas. And, of course, you will also get a spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) along the way. The views of the mountains in Nupri are marvelous and the crossing of the Larkya La Pass is one of the most remarkable and dramatic among all of the passes in Nepal.
The inhabitants of this region are called Nupri, direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress, customs and way of life are almost exclusively Tibetan. There is still a continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet. Here you can find products more of Tibet than of Nepal; for example, Chinese cigarettes are found more frequently than Nepali cigarettes.
The best time to do Manaslu trek is in spring (March-June) and autumn (September – November). Summers tend to be hot and rainy and winters tend to be cold and snowy, and hence they are not recommended seasons for traveling around this region.
Trekkers planning to travel to controlled areas in Nepal opened for group trekking need to get trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration under the Home Ministry. The govern-ment has opened following previously restricted trekking areas for the group trekkers. Trekking permits will not be issued to individual trekkers in those trekking areas. Require minimum 2 Pax to do this trekking because it is a restricted area.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, pick up and drop to hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar (570m.) by bus.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.).
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.).
Trek Jagat to Deng (2095m.).
Trek Deng to Lhogaon (3100m.).
Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.).
Rest day at Samagaon. Explore around village.
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.).
Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m.) Larkya La Phedi.
Trek from Dharmasala (4460m.) Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) and trek towards Bimthang (3590m.)
Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.).
Drive from Dharapani to Besishahar (823m.). Group jeep drive.
Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu by bus.