Manaslu Base Camp Trek – 14 Days
Manaslu Base Camp Trek – 14 Days Overview
Manaslu Base Camp Trek 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. It 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, and since then people have been great discovering this place.
The base camp of Manaslu lies at 4800m. It gives us the scenic view and insights of rudimental rural civilization that typically represents the Tibetan lifestyle. The trail to Manaslu base camp is enthralling with Tibetan villages, monasteries, and Gompa including the oldest one called “Sama Gompa”. We also get a view of 3 other peaks of Manaslu which goes by the name “Japanese peaks”. The trail is also covered with green vegetation, flora, and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area along with a 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.
This route takes around 17/18 days with proper rest and few days off. It cost around 1800$ for this trek including transportation, food, accommodation, clothing, insurance etc.
Highlights of Manaslu Base Camp Trek – 14 Days
- 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.
- Day 1- Arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu-Sotikhola, 720m, 8-10 hours’ drive
- Day 3- Sotikhola – Macchakhola, 900m, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 4- Machhakhola – Jagat, 1370m, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 5- Jagat- Deng, 1804m, 6-7 hours of walk
- Day 6- Deng- Namrung, 2630m, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 7- Namrung- Sama gaon, 3530m, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 8- Sama gaon – Samdo, 3875m 4 hours walk
- Day 9- Samdo- Dharmsala, 4460m, 4-5 hours walk
- Day 10- Dharmsala- Bimthang, 3590m, 7-9 hours walk
- Day 11- Bimthang- Tilije, 2300m, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 12- Dharmsala – Bimthang, 5135m, 5-6 hours walk
- Day 13- Tal- Syange, 1080m, 6-7 hours walk
- Day 14- Syange – Kathmandu
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)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trashbag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
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.