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Manaslu Photography Trek

Manaslu Photography Trek

Experience the unique bleand of nature, culture, and adventure of the Himalaya for lasting merories through the Manaslu Photography Trek.


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Manaslu Photography Trek

Experience the unique bleand of nature, culture, and adventure of the Himalaya for lasting merories through the Manaslu Photography Trek.


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Trek Facts

Trip Level
Trip Starts At
Trip Ends At
Max Altitude
Trek Activity
Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Photography
Trek Route
Jagat - Namrung, Samagaun - Larke La Pass - Bhimthang - Dharapani - Besi Sahar
Best Season
Spring and Autumn

Trek Overview

Manaslu Photography Trek offers a serene and authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas region. The trek starts from the Beautiful village called Machha Khola Gorkha, after reaching there by bus/jeep from Kathmandu (The capital city of Nepal).

Encircles the spectacular Mt. Manaslu (8163m), pleasing views of snow-capped high Himalayan ranges and peaks, Deep river valleys, and traditional and Tibetan-influenced village, lifestyle, and culture. The Manaslu Photography Trek is not only a visual feast for photographers it is also a mesmerizing Himalayan cultural experience.

The Manaslu Photography Trek offers a Captivating journey through the stunning landscape of the Mt. Manaslu region and provides the best opportunities to capture the beauty of the authentic Manaslu region in your camera frame. 

Manaslu Photography Trek traverses Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the highest peak in the world, and takes an adventure through the northern remote village of Gorkha district, dense forests, deep river valley, high mountains, and rocky hill passes.

The Manaslu Photography Trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, and Himalayan cultural richness, making it an ideal travel for photographers seeking a more off-the-beaten-path and Himalayan experience. The best opportunities to capture the essence of this remote Himalayan region, the warmth of the local communities, their culture, and lifestyle, create a memorable and visually stunning adventure for photography enthusiasts.

Manaslu Photography Trek Highlights:

The Manaslu Photography Trek is a mesmerizing journey traversing the Himalayas, offering the photographers a profusion of highlights that make it a unique and rewarding experience.  

Here are some key highlights of the Manaslu Photography Trek: 

  • Witness the breathtaking beauty and capture the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
  • Encounter the diverse ethnic communities and document their unique culture, festivals, and daily life.
  • Photographs the distinct Tibetian-influenced architecture, culture, and spiritual ambiance of the picturesque village and hidden valley.
  • Capture the thrilling moment of reaching the top of Larke Pass (5106m) and stunning views of surrounding peaks, glaciers, and expansive landscapes.
  • At the time of sunrise and sunset, the lights on the top of the mountain give you endless opportunities for striking photographs.
  • Best opportunities to photograph the traditional stone houses, intricate woodwork, and terraced fields with a backdrop of the Himalayan scenery.
  • Explore ancient Buddhist Monasteries, decorated with colorful prayer flags and complex murals.
  • Experience the warm hospitality in the local tea house, Photograph the cozy interior, traditional cuisine, and friendly faces of locals.

  Best Time for Manaslu Photography Trek

Choosing the right time for the Manaslu Photography Trek depends on your personal preference and your priorities. The ideal time for Manaslu Circuit Photography Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons and offers the best combination of pleasant weather, clear sky, and stunning landscapes. Here is a breakdown of the best time for the Manaslu Photography Trek.

Spring Season (March to May)

Spring is considered the best time for a Manaslu Photography Trek. the weather is generally stable, and the landscape sees more vibrant colors as rhododendron and some other flowers bloom. Which is amazing to see and capture on your camera frame.

The temperature is mild in this season especially at the lower elevations, making it comfortable for trekking and allowing for straight photograph sessions.

Autumn Season (September to November)

The autumn season is another excellent season for the Manaslu Photography Trek. During the season you will have a clear sky and stable weather conditions. The visibilities are high, offering pleasing panoramic views and inviting you for an excellent photograph.

While the temperature may be cooler than in the Spring season, but its still comfortable for trekking. The clarity distance of the mountain range gives you the best photography opportunities. 

Monsoon season (June to August)

The monsoon session brings heavy rainfall. So trekking trail will be slippery, there might be landslides in some sections, visibility will be worse bad clouds and mist will come up and the trekking trail may become challenging and unsafe in this season. 

Winter season (December to February)

During the wintertime, temperatures will be colder and there will be heavy snow, particularly on high elevations and this kind of situation is hard to photograph. So it will be hard and challenging to walk on the high elevation and cross the pass like Larke la Pass (5106m). During the season most of the houses and hotels along the trekking route will be closed so it might be a logistical challenge for the trekkers. 

What to expect from Manaslu Photography Trek?

Manaslu Photography Trek promises a mesmerizing and visually stunning experience from the Manaslu region. Here is what you can expect from the unique Himalayan adventure.

1: Capture the breathtaking mountain views including the eighth-highest mountain in the world Manaslu (8163m).

2: Engage yourself to capture the ancient and centuries-old monasteries like, (Pungen Gompa Mu Gompa, and more), unique, diverse, and Tibetan-influenced villages and culture of the Manaslu region. 

3: Capture the spirit of this sacred valley through its cultural practices, landscape, architecture, and calm spiritual ambiance.

4: Trek through a variety of landscapes, from lowland, and lush forests, to alpine meadows and high-altitude terrain.

5: Photograph the transition in flora and fauna, showcasing the biodiversity of the Manaslu region.

6: Experience the warm hospitality of the Village and traditional tea house of the Manaslu Region.

7: Photograph the rustic charm of the cozy accommodation, local cuisine, and friendly interaction with the local people.

8: Interact with the local people and trekkers from around the world, and exchange the cultural experience.

9: Capture the unique moments, from daily life in the remote Himalayan villages to the spiritual rituals in ancient monasteries and gompa.

10: Enjoy the tranquility of less crowded trails compared to popular trekking destinations like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

11: Experience a sense of solitude and a deeper connection with nature and culture in the Manaslu region.

12: Crossing the spectacular high altitude Larke Pass 5106m, feel the physical and emotional photography journey, and the breathtaking views it offers.


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Key Highlights

Photograph the unique flora and fauna, from rhododendron forest to elusive mountain wildlife.
Document the transition in the landscape as you trek through lush forests, alpine meadows, and barren high-altitude terrain.
Involve yourself in capturing the rich cultural shade of the Manaslu region.
Capture the spiritual atmosphere of these sacred sites and the daily rituals of the resident monks.

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Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) Nepal for your first-ever Manaslu Photography Trek. Our agency representative will be at the airport to pick up you and transfer you hotel. In the evening we will meet and have a welcome dinner together. At the same time, you will meet your trekking guide.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Photography Tour & Trek Preparation

Today you start your Kathmandu Heritage Valley and Cultural Photography Day tour. Our tour guide lead you to heritage places like Swoyambhunath Temple (monkey temple), Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc. After completing the Photography Tour of those places you transfer to a hotel have a rest and prepare for trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Machha Khola (930m) 8- 9 hrs. Photography Jeep Ride

Overnight Camp: Machha Khola

Altitude: 930 m./3050ft.

Time: 8 – 9 hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

On this day we start our Blended trip of Nature, Culture, and Adventure "Manaslu Photography Trek". We will take an adventure Photography drive to Machhakhola (930m) from Heritage Valley Kathmandu.

During the ride, you will be able to capture the various things on the way like the local market, river valley, Mountains, forest, rocky hills, Cultivating fields, Nepali typical village house, etc. After a long adventure ride, you will reach Machha Khola which is located beside the Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1410m) 7-8 hrs. Photography walk

Overnight Camp: Jagat

Altitude: 1410 m./4625ft

Time: 7 – 8 hrs. photography walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

On this day there is a huge opportunity to capture the Deep River valley, a Big rocky mountain Local village, culture, and lifestyle. The river valley is very picturesque.

Day 05: Trek to Deng (1800m) 7-8 hrs. Photography Walk

Overnight Camp: Deng

Altitude: 1800 m / 5904 ft

Time: 7 – 8 hrs. Photography walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

After having breakfast we start another beautiful photography hiking day. the first couple of ours we will follow the newly constructed jeep road.

We leave the road and cross the suspension bridge and trails lead us uphill to the beautiful village Philim. here is the tourist check post. We register our permits here and move forward. 30-40 min after we reach Ekle Bhatti and pause for delicious lunch.

We will see wonderful waterfalls after few minutes from the lunch place. After a couple of minutes break on waterfalls we move forward and get to the two paths left one leads us to the Manaslu Photography Trek.

We found the bridge to cross the river. Sometimes you have to show patience to cross the bridge because herds of mules wait their turn to cross the bridge with the huge loads. The sights could be the best content for the photographers. After crossing the bridge we will walk through the calm and serene woodland to the Deng.




Day 06: Trek to Namrung (2660m) 7-8 hrs. Photography walk

Overnight Camp: Namrung

Altitude: 2660 m. / 8725 ft

Time: 7– 8 hrs. Photography walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

In the morning you will have very beautiful sights of Mt. Siringhi from Deng Village. After breakfast, we move for another wonderful hiking day through beautiful villages and Landscapes. During the day you will have beautiful sights of cultivating fields where local people working on their style.

Half of the way, there is a small captivating village called Gyap and we stop for a delicious lunch there. after lunch, the paths lead you through the lush Rhododendron forest to the Namrung Village. The walk into the forest allows you to spot some wildlife, and birds.


Day 07: Trek to Syala Gaun (3520m) 7-8 hrs. Photography walk

Overnight Camp: Syala Gaon

Altitude: 3530 m. / 11446 ft.

Time: 5 – 6 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

On this day, after having breakfast we leave the beautiful village of Namrung for Syala Gaon. We will pass many beautiful Himalayan villages with wonderful Himalayan backdrop. You will get the opportunity to interact with the friendly and smiley locals.

Historical Mani Walls, Chhorten with the Tibetian Mantras, prayer flags, and old villages make your camera busy.

Another thing is that today you will have first sight of the spectacular Mt. Manaslu (8163m).

After a couple of hours' walk, we will reach at beautiful village of Lho Gaon where we will pause for a delicious lunch with the wonderful sight of Mt. Manaslu.


Day 08: Acclimatize Day: Photography Hiking To Pungen Gompa (4742m) & Trek to Samagaon (3530m)

Camp: Samagaon

Altitude: Pungen Gompa 4742 m. / 15554 ft.

Time: 7-8 hrs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 09: Trek to Saamdo (3690m) 4-5 hrs. Photography walk

Camp: Samdo

Altitude: 3690 m. / 12103 ft.

Time: 4 – 5 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house

Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala (4470m) 5-6 hrs. Photography walk

Camp: Dharmasala (Last camp before pass)

Altitude: 4470 m. / 14662 ft.

Time: 3 – 4 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 11: Larke Pass (5106m) and Bhimthang (3720m) 9-10 hrs. Photography walk

Camp: Bimthang

Altitude: Larkya la pass ( 5106 m / 16748ft ) / Bimthang 3720 m. / 12202 ft

Time: 8 – 9 hrs. walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 12: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) 8-9 hrs. Photography walk

Camp: Dharapani

Altitude: 1860 m. / 6101 ft

Time: 7 – 8 hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 9-10 hrs. Photography Jeep drive

Camp: Kathmandu

Altitude: 1400 m. / 4592 ft.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Time: 5 – 6  hrs. drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and a special farewell dinner with a typical Nepali cultural show.

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Manaslu Photography Trek

Manaslu Photography Trek Equipment Checklist

For Head/Face


For Body

Fleece Jacket
Down Jacket
Light and Warm Thermal (set)
Hiking shorts ( pant )
Warm gloves
Hiking Boots
Thick wool shocks
Hiking Paint
Long sleeves


Oil or cream for dry protection
Multipurpose soap
Anti bacterial hand wash


Thermal water bottle
Camera (most important )
Cell Phone
Sleeping bag
Ear plug
Water purification drop
Trekking stick

Cost Includes

Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Tea-house accommodation during the trek.
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
All ground transportation on private vehicle
Professional registered guide.
Professional Trekking porter.
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits ( ACAP, TIMS ) ( MCAP ,TIMS ) with all government and local taxes.
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
Trekking Map,
Trek successful and achivement special certificate
Especial farewell dinner with Nepali authentict cultural live show.

Cost Exludes

International airfare to and from Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Any kind of beverage
Tips for guide, porter, and driver

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best time for Manaslu Photography Trek?

Spring and Autumn season is the best for Manaslu Photography Trek.

What to expect from Manslu Photography Trek?

Very unique hospitality, nature, tradition, lifestyle, landscape, and many more things.

How long doest it take to complete?

It is doable in 10 to 20 days. It depends on your time.

What kind of Camera should bring for Manaslu Photography Trek?

We suggest you bring a professional camera with a wide and zoom lens.

Why Manaslu Photography Trek with Himalayan Connection ?

Our team member has a very good knowledge of Photography. And we know the best spot for photography.

What is the highest altitude of Manaslu Photography Trek ?

The highest altitude of the Manaslu Photography Trek is 5106m/16748ft.

How hard is Manaslu Photography Trek?

Manaslu Photography Trek is just a Moderate-difficulty trek. The day from Dharmasala to Bhimthang is the Hardest day of Manaslu Photography Trek.


Why it’s best to have a GUIDE when trekking in Nepal….

1) To really get to KNOW the beautiful country of Nepal. A licensed trekking guide will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of culture, flora and fauna and animals, mountaineering, and the peaks of Nepal. A guide can add so much depth and richness to your trek experience.

2) Safety. No one knows the details that will keep you safe like a trained trekking guide. Changes in the weather, changes in trail conditions, awareness of any political/social situations that could endanger you (for example, when we trekked in 2003, there was political unrest going on in certain areas; our guide knew where to go and where to avoid!)

3) Peace of mind and an uncomplicated travel experience. It takes a lot of mental energy to figure out bus timetables, to wonder about prices and bargaining, and to arrange to lodge when trails are crowded. We “could” have handled these details (we’re experienced travelers), but going out with a licensed trekking guide was the best decision and worth every dollar. Our guide kept us enchanted and informed about each peak and valley we were seeing, and he called ahead each day to confirm lodging. He gave advice that probably saved us much misery, such as “only order dishes with meat during our 1st or 2nd day of the trek...after that, it’s best to stick to egg and vegetarian options because meats have been carried in greater distances, stored for longer times, and there is the possibility of food poisoning”. Our guide kept current of weather forecasts and trail conditions and was able to make necessary modifications of which we would have been unaware.

4) The opportunity to form a friendship with a Nepali national. Trekking clients will have differing expectations of socializing, but in our case, we greatly enjoyed getting to know our guide, sharing meals, learning about Nepali life and culture through his eyes, enjoying laughs and after-dinner card games, and truly feeling like we were a group of “3 travelers + guide = 4”.

In conclusion, if you do not hire a trekking guide, it is possible to save a little money. But, my strong recommendation is that you trek with a GUIDE when exploring the amazing mountains of Nepal. Twice we have trekked Nepal, and twice we have had a guide….and we never regretted the decision for a moment.

~Becky Johnson
April 2019 - Mardi Himal Trek
(Guide: Sujan Pandey, Founder & Lead Guide of the company “Himalayan Connection”)

Becky Johnson

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