While less popular than Everest Base Camp it is worth recommending in my opinion. What makes it interesting is the fact that it goes around Manaslu Conservation Area, so unlike EBC, you do not go back the same way.
Depending on the schedule and abilities of trekkers, possible detours or extra rest days, it takes around 10-14 days plus your stay in Kathmandu. Best time to go is October and November, although April-May is also possible.
Tourists go from Kathmandu to Arughat by car and then start walking, while climbers start from the opposite direction driving from Kathmandu to Dharapani. This allows to spend more time at higher altitudes before reaching base camp.
- Regardless of the direction you take be prepared for lack of electricity or phone signal coverage along most of the way. Have a power bank.
- Mountain huts in villages – lodges – are not heated so take a sleeping bag and spare, warm clothes for the higher part of the way.
- Be sure to get good raincoat and pack your most vulnerable equipment in waterproof dry bag. While the trekking season is after the monsoon occasional downpour does happen.