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Manaslu Short Trek 10 Days

Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu Short Trek 10 Days

Duration :   10 Days 9 Nights
The Price :   $999.00
Start Location:   Kathmandu
Age Range :   10-75

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Manaslu Short Trek or better known as 10 days Manaslu Circuit Trek is a comparatively quick return and challenging High-Pass Trek. It is a hike which circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), the eighth highest peak in the world. The trip has been thus planned by our travel experts to be shortened by 5 days as compared to the classical Manaslu Circuit Trek. Here the journey expedites during the days of acclimatization and also the point where the trek begins. The travelers however need to prepare themselves as the journey demands a high level of physical fitness.


The trip also features Larkya La Pass (5106 m / 16752 ft), one of the longest passes in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is located in between Dharmashala and Bimthang, and is the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit Trek.


Manaslu Conservation Area

Established in 1998, Manaslu Conservation Area is one of the protected regions of Nepal. Moreover, it covers 1663 km2 in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas in the Gorkha District. The area comprises mountains, glaciers, and watercourses. In elevation, the area ranges from 1400 to 8156 m (4593 to 26759 ft), the highest point being the peak of Mt. Manaslu.


The region is home to 33 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan tahr. There are over 110 species of birds and three species of reptiles and over 1500–2000 species of flowering plants. At least four species of frogs are present: Amolops formosus, Nanorana liebigii, Ombrana sikimensis, and Duttaphrynus himalayanus.


Manaslu Trek in brief

In brief, the trip begins by passing via many of the restricted areas with a special permit issued. Moreover, it allows you to explore ethnic Hindu and Buddhist culture through a diverse range of flora and fauna. Not to mention, the circuit passes into two conservation areas viz. Manaslu Conservation Area & Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail therefore passes via many raging rivers, precarious bridges with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. In contrast to previous times, the trip is now considered to have been much easier than it used to be with greatly improved trails along the Budi Gandaki river gorge.


Kathmandu Day Tour

The package also takes you to explore the historical civilization of Kathmandu Valley. Here you will get an insight into UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Kathmandu Durbar Square.


Note: The trip requires a minimum of two or more members to have been registered with trekking guides accompanying the group in order to obtain the special permit slip.


Trek Map


Manaslu Circuit Trek


Additional information on Manaslu Short Trek:


Booking Your Manaslu Short Trek:

We are offering maximum flexibility for our guests’ convenience to book their trips into the Manaslu region for 2024 and 2025. You may thus choose a date that best suits your schedule. Regarding your booking, please select one of the two available options. You may either pay USD 100 per person as a deposit amount to confirm your trip or pay the full amount of USD 999 per person upfront. Moreover, if you opt for the deposit, the remaining is payable via Online / Card Swipe / Cash. We also accept all of the convertible currencies including USD, AUD, CAD, EURO, GBP, SGD, etc. when you arrive in Kathmandu.


Arrival and Departure via International Flights:

For your 10 Days Manaslu Short Trek, you should plan to begin your trip from Kathmandu on Day 1 and end on Day 10. You should thus also manage to arrive in Kathmandu a day before the trip begins and check into your desired hotel. May we also remind you that the travelers must also book an extra night of hotel after they arrive in Kathmandu on the final day of the trip if there is a return flight scheduled for a day after.


Note: You may however request us to book the hotels for you for additional costs. Also, having some extra one or two buffer days can prevent any issues with your return tickets.


Packing for the Manaslu Short Trek:

Please click here for a complete checklist of your Manaslu Short Trek. Be sure to read it carefully and pack accordingly as per your personal preferences.


Airport Transfers:

If you want us to provide you with airport transfers after your arrival in Kathmandu, you can do the same with some additional costs. However, you must share your flight details with us in advance. Our airport representative will then be waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, holding our official name ‘Cordial Trek’ and your nameplate as you exit the airport terminal. You may also opt to choose the airport transfers for your departure with us for additional costs.


Trek Starting and Ending Days:

The actual trekking days are from Day 3 to Day 9. As Manaslu Trek requires a special permit to travel to the restricted areas of Nepal, we must obtain one for you as well. It takes a day to do the same, so Day 1 consists of a full Day Kathmandu Day Tour included in your pay.


You’ll therefore take a long scenic drive to Machha Khola via Soti Khola, a small settlement and the start point of your trek on Day 2. The trek commences on Day 3 and ends on Day 9. Expect to spend 8 nights and 7 days completing the Manaslu Short Trek. You’ll begin your trek from Machha Khola and end at Dharapani with overnight stays in places like Jagat, Deng, Namrug, Sama Gaun, Dharmasala and Bimthang. Each day’s trek will begin around 07:30 AM and conclude in the late afternoon, with frequent breaks to catch your breath. You’ll have numerous photo opportunities along the way and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the same place, while lunch is en route.


Additionally, your guide will provide you with regular briefings about timing and stops every morning before the trek begins.


Accommodation in Kathmandu:

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay in a 3 Star Hotel with twin/double sharing beds for Day 1’s night halt.


Accommodation in the Mountains:

During the trek, your accommodation options are Guest Houses & Teahouses. Although basic, these teahouses are clean and provide a comfortable place for a good night’s rest.



In Kathmandu, your package includes breakfast only, typically served buffet-style. But if you plan to leave for your trek in the early morning, you have an option to receive a packaged breakfast as well. During the trek, you will be provided with full board meals and may choose from a menu offering local and international cuisines.


Note: It is highly advisable to stick to vegetarian food from your arrival in Kathmandu until the end of your trek, as proper toilet facilities are not available everywhere along the trekking trail.


Drinking Water on the Trek:

Bottled water is available along the trail, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles and treat tap water to reduce single-use plastic bottle waste. Be sure to bring water treatment pills and flavorings to enhance the taste. Staying hydrated is essential, so aim to drink more than 4 liters of water every day while trekking.


Electricity, Charging and Wi-Fi:

Please keep in mind that you’re embarking on a trek and not exploring urban areas. While some facilities like charging and Wi-Fi are available at an extra cost, they are not guaranteed. We also recommend against planning to work or conduct online meetings during the trek, allowing you to fully enjoy the mountain experience.


Cash for Extras and Tipping:

You should have Nepali rupees for expenses such as tea, coffee, bottled drinks and Wi-Fi. Plan to carry about USD 150-200 equivalent Nepali rupees. Additionally, set aside USD 100-120 for tipping your guide and porter. The amount can vary based on the level of service provided by the field staff members.


Availability of Guide & Porter:

Every two travelers will be provided with a single porter and an experienced guide. The baggage however must be divided between 12.5 kgs each as every porter carries a maximum of 25 kgs. Both guide and porter will be insured and well equipped with necessary items and first aid kit.


Baggage and Weight Limit:

As mentioned above, the total weight a porter can carry is a maximum of 25 kgs. If you are a solo traveler, you can utilize it to the max. Else, two travelers are provided with one porter. So each one of you can load a maximum of 12.5 kgs to your porter. Please ensure you carry-on your items to stay within the weight limit. Additionally, you also have an option to carry some of your goods in your backpack as well. If you have items you don’t need on the trek, you can leave them at the Kathmandu hotel for storage at no cost. Remember to take a photo of your bag-tag and keep it for easy identification in case the original tag is lost.


Highlights of Manaslu Short Trek:


1. The trip requires a special permit to trek inside the restricted area bordering Tibet, an autonomous region of China.

2. The hiking trail features an unbeaten path that circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu.

3. This quick return trip is an exceptionally short one that completes the journey within ten days.

4. The trip crosses via Larkya La High Pass at 5106 m.

5. Travelers get insight into traditional Tibetan culture and local lifestyle.

Places You’ll See :

Kathmandu Valley consists of three districts namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal.


The Manaslu Conservation Area is a protected area in Nepal. Established in 1998, it covers 1,663 km2 (642 sq mi) in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas in the Gorkha District.

2Manaslu Conservation Area

Larkya La is one of the longest passes in the Himalayas of Nepal, situated at 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) above the sea level. It is located in between Dharmashala and Bimthang, and is the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

3Larkya La Pass

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1 : Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu with Trek Preparation (Max Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

The day one of your trip begins with a sightseeing tour of the historic city of Kathmandu. Here you will be visiting Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. A Cordial Trek representative the same day will also be preparing all the necessary permits and documents required for your upcoming trek. In the evening you will be served with a welcome dinner and cultural program.


Accommodation: '3 Star' Category Hotel


Meals: Dinner

Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola via Sotikhola (Min Altitude: 930 m / 3051 ft)

On the second day of your trip you will be taking a 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola via Soti Khola, a small settlement and the start point of your trek. A guest house in Machha Khola will be your halt for the night.


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (Max Altitude: 1340 m / 4396 ft)

On day three, you will be taking a 5-6 hour trek from Machha Khola to Jagat, a small settlement with tea houses. Here you will also be checked for your Trek Permits at the entry point. A guest house in Jagat will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Trek from Jagat to Deng (Max Altitude: 1897 m / 6224 ft)

On day four, you will be taking a 5-6 hour trek from Jagat to Deng, a small town with tea houses. A guest house in Deng will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Trek from Deng to Namrung (Max Altitude: 2630 m / 8628 ft)

On day five, you will be taking a 5-6 hour trek from Deng to Namrung, a wide valley that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. A guest house in Namrung will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun (Max Altitude: 3530 m / 11581 ft)

Day six of your trip comprises a 7-8 hour trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun via Lho. Lho is a small Gurung village that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains while Sama Gaun is the largest village in the region with checkpoints and the start point for Manaslu Base Camp Trek and Expeditions. A guest house in Sama Gaun will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Dharmasala (Max Altitude: 4460 m / 14632 ft)

On day seven, you will be on a 5-6 hours trek from Sama Gaun to Dharmasala, a last stop with tea houses before Larkya Pass. A guest house in Dharmasala will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 27 km / 16.8 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Trek to Bimthang via Larkya Pass (Max Altitude: 5106 m / 16752 ft)

Day eight of your trip begins with an early morning trek from  Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass (5106 m). Larkya La Pass offers you a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains including Mt. Manaslu itself. The day can be marked as the most challenging day of your trek as it includes 8-9 hours of continuous trek to Bimthang. A guest house in Bimthang will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 25 km / 15.5 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (Min Altitude: 1970 m / 6463 ft)

On day nine, you will be taking a 6-7 hours hike down from  Bimthang to Dharapani. Dharapani is the end point of your Manaslu Trek while it also serves as the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. A guest house in Dharapani will be your halt for the night.


Approximate Trek Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles


Accommodation: Mountain Guest House


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Travel to Besisahar to Kathmandu (Min Altitude: 1350 m / 4429 ft)

You begin your day ten with a 3-4 hours thrilling jeep drive from Dharapani to Besisahar. You will then take a 5-6 hours bus drive back to Kathmandu.


Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be awarded with a ‘Trip Certificate’ and be bidded a final farewell. A hotel in Kathmandu will be your halt for the night. Optional: You might also book any other new trips with us.


Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


How can I get my ‘On Arrival’ Nepal Visa?

Any international traveler arriving by air can get an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at ‘Tribhuvan International Airport’ in Kathmandu. ‘Overland Travelers‘ may acquire an ‘On Arrival Visa’ at the entry points of Nepal-China / Nepal-India border at following locations:

Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Optional: You may also get a Visa prior to your arrival in Nepal from ‘Nepalese Diplomatic Missions‘ from your respective nations.

Note: You must carry your valid passport and two passport size photographs (35 x 45 mm / 3.5 x 4.5 cm) along with you upon your arrival in Nepal for a Visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and Zimbabwe however require to submit a pre-application at Nepal Consular Services in their respective nations for a Nepal Visa.  

What is the weight limit for luggage during my trekking days?

All porters available at your service (one porter for every two travelers) can carry a maximum of 25 kilograms / 55 pounds each. You are therefore allowed to load a maximum of 12.5 kilograms / 27 pounds of luggage to your porter during your trekking days.  

What about the communication services available during the trekking days?

All hotels and guest houses in the city area are available with free WiFi hotspots. Also, all travelers with a valid passport and a photograph are allowed to purchase a SIM Card upon their arrival in Nepal. The traveler must however additionally purchase data / voice packages as per their need and stay in Nepal. There are 2G3G and 4G services available with major carriers all over Nepal. You may optionally also purchase a WiFi service in the mountains where available.  

What about the foods / meals during my trekking days?

You will be provided with a full board meal / breakfast / complimentary dinner as per mentioned in the respective Trek / Tour package. You may however choose to purchase your additional meals / beverages where available.


Full board meal mentioned above includes breakfast with an omelet / boiled egg, toasts / local bread and one porridge with fried potatoes.


During your lunch you will be provided with Dal-Bhat-Tarkari, the most famous Nepalese food that contains rice and pulse / lentil with curries (vegetables / chicken) and pickle. Optionally you may choose your lunch for fried noodles with eggs / chicken / vegetables as well.


For your dinner you will have an option to choose between Dal-Bhat-Tarkari / Pizza / MoMo / Spaghetti. 

How difficult is Manaslu Short Trek?

Manaslu Short Trek is a comparatively challenging trek package as it includes high pass (5106m) hikes. The package has however been successfully completed by children above 10 years of age as well as elders above 75 years of age. The difficulty however mostly relies upon your will power and physical fitness. The extremities you must expect here include a 5-6 hours hike with tea breaks in between. 


Additionally, Cordial Trek also provides you with an experienced trek guide capable of first aid services and other assistance.

What items should I bring (or buy in Kathmandu) for this trip?

You may bring (or buy in Kathmandu) following items for this trip:


1.  Warm clothes including a down jacket / puffer jacket, inner wears, hats, a beanie, gloves, neck gaiter, hiking boots, warm socks, a towel and a pair of hiking pants as well.


2.  A Daypack (25-30 liters)


3.  Backpack (A duffle bag will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


4.  Sleeping bag (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


5.  Trekking Poles (will be provided to you by Cordial Trek)


6.  A Camelbak or a water bottle


7.  A sunscreen 


8.  A sunglass


9.  A headlamp for night use


10.  Your toiletries

What are the permits required for this trip?

You need not worry about any permits required. Cordial Trek will make necessary preparations for all the documents and travel permits (including TIMS, ACAP, MCA and Special Permit) required for your Manaslu Short Trek.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast
  • Company T-shirt
  • Cultural Program
  • First Aid
  • Full Board Meals (Trekking Days)
  • Guide and Porter
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Monuments Entrance Fee
  • Mountain Guest House
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Private Vehicle
  • Special Permits
  • Specially Abled Friendly
  • Tour Bus
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Permits
  • Trekking Map
  • Welcome Dinner

What's Excluded

  • Beverages
  • Gratitude for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa


  • Hiking
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Trekking

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