Manaslu Base Camp

14 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 4800m
  • Bus,Cab


Manaslu base camp is really a thrilling and adventurous journey that takes us through the trail of Mount Manaslu. “Mountain Of Soul” also known as mount Manaslu lies at the height of 8163m. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain peak in the world and is really an adventurous spot that lies in the mid-western part of Nepal, in between the Ganesh Himal and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Mount Manaslu basically lies between Nepal and Tibet. Japanese mountaineer Tosio Lmanishi along with Nepalese Gyalzen Norbu was the first person to climb Mount Manaslu. Trekking to Manaslu base camp was publicly opened in 1992, since then people have been great discovering this place. The base camp of Manaslu lies at 4800m, giving us the scenic view and insights of rudimental rural civilization that typically represents the Tibetan lifestyle. The trail to Manaslu base camp is beautifully decorated with Tibetan villages, monasteries, and Gompa including the oldest one called “Sama Gompa”. We also get the view of 3 other peaks of Manaslu known as “Japanese peak”. The trail is also covered with green vegetation, flora, and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area along with the close-up view of Mount Manaslu and Himlung Himal. You also get to witness many Tibetan people who still have a very unique lifestyle, follow their own tradition, and have their own different language. The trek to Manaslu base camp can be challenging but adventurous. You need to be physically and mentally strong for this trek. 

Temperature and weather– The average temperature in the spring season (March-May) can range from 6-22⁰C while it may fall to -6⁰C sometimes. The average temperature in summer/monsoon (June-August) is 25⁰C during the daytime while it may fall to 10⁰C at night. Autumn (September-November) has the best moderate temperature which is around 21⁰C at low altitudes and 7⁰C at high altitudes. In December the temperature can range from 8-12⁰C and can be the lowest of -8⁰C. January has a temperature of 6-8⁰C while it may greatly fall at -6 to -10⁰C 

Summer (June, July, and August) offers the clearest and pristine views of mountains and landscapes. Summer also known as the Monsoon season in Nepal has rainy and muddy days. You must be careful about the trails since they can be slippery due to rain. The winter season definitely being the coldest season, may affect your journey somehow with heavy snowfall blocking your ways. Most of the teahouses in Manaslu Base camp are closed during the winter season due to extreme cold. Spring and autumn seasons are the best for trekking. They have favorable temperatures, warm days, and a clear atmosphere. These seasons offer a great view of mountains and green vegetation with crystal blue sky. 

Food and accommodation– You might not get fancy lodges but there are teahouses available throughout the route. Teahouses have very basic facilities. You might have to share your room with other trekkers. Toilets and bathrooms have to be shared as well. During the peak season, the teahouses are usually packed, especially in Dharmsala. You need to book earlier or might have to camp.

Foods in the teahouses are very healthy and hygienic. They use the fresh crops grown by themselves. Home-cooked meals like Dal, Bhat, vegetables, noodles, fried rice, eggs, pasta, etc are available in the teahouses.  

Transportation– The gateway for this trek is Sotikhola and unfortunately there is no direct connection between Kathmandu and Sotikhola. You can take a bus up to Aarughat which might take around 8 hours. From Aarughat you can get a bus to Sotikhola. Sometimes the road from Aarughat to Sotikhola is really muddy and slippery due to heavy rainfall. In such cases, you need to walk from Aarughat. Or else, you can always get a bus, mini-bus, or a jeep from Aarughat to Sotikhola. You can also hire a private vehicle to Sotikhola so you don’t have to take transit to Aarughat.    

The other option you can visit Manaslu Base camp is by helicopter. A Helicopter tour is available to people who are bound by time but still want to visit this beautiful place. The tour starts from Tribhuwan airport Kathmandu and flies to Sama Gaon, Barpak, and eventually to Manaslu base camp and back to Kathmandu. This helicopter tour provides an astonishing view of green vegetation, Himalayan ranges, sacred lakes, and many more. The ride may take a maximum of 5 hours. The price of the tour may depend on the travel agencies you have booked. They provide a package tour at costs of around 34900$. Including food, accommodations, charges, permits, and everything, you need for a tour.  

 Guide and porters- Since the Manaslu falls under the restricted area, a professional guide is required to obtain the permit from the government. They have more than enough knowledge about the directions, villages, places, accommodations, etc. They usually charge 35-40 $ per day. If you are physically able to carry your belonging then there is no need for a porter. If you want to walk freely without any burden you can hire a guide. They usually charge 25-30$ per day. 

Communication and electronics 

In the teahouses of lower altitudes, especially in Sotikhola, you have proper facilities of electricity, internet, and phone coverage. Once you approach the higher altitudes it might get difficult to have these facilities. There are satellite phones for emergency use. Extra batteries and power banks are recommended. 

Permits and fees- 

Manaslu Conservation Area 

SAARC countries- 1500 NRS (15$), excluding VAT 

NON-SAARC countries- 3000 NRS (30$), excluding VAT

Manaslu Trek Permit-70$ for 1st week and an additional 10$ per day.

Annapurna Conservation Area

SAARC countries- 1000 NRS (10$), excluding VAT 

NON-SAARC countries- 2000 NRS, excluding VAT. 


 Note- You can take these permits from the Nepal tourism board. If you want to take the permit from the entry point itself you will have to pay the additional charge

Difficulties and safety 

 Manaslu base camp being a remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to Manaslu base camp is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 17 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is the base camp (4800m) with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. You need proper acclimatization and itinerary for this trek. 

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea) 

Other requirements

Travel insurance– Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month. 

 Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.   


  • Experience the Tibetan Buddhism culture and lifestyles
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Comparatively less explored area with natural un-spoilt trails.
  • Close-up view of Mt Manaslu, Himlung Himal etc.



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


How difficult is the Manaslu Base Camp trek?

The Manaslu Base Camp trek is considered moderately challenging. It involves trekking through diverse terrain, including steep ascents, descents, and high-altitude paths. Proper acclimatization is crucial.

Is a permit required for the Manaslu trek?

Yes, a special trekking permit is required for the Manaslu region. Additionally, trekkers need to be accompanied by a registered guide.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

Accommodations along the trail range from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in some villages. The facilities may vary, and it’s advisable to carry a sleeping bag.

Are there altitude-related risks on the Manaslu trek?

Yes, as you trek to higher altitudes, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Adequate acclimatization, proper hydration, and a gradual ascent can help minimize these risks.

Is it possible to do the Manaslu trek independently?

No, the Manaslu region is a restricted area, and trekking must be organized through registered trekking agencies, with at least two trekkers per group.

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