Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Machhakhola by Jeep

Are you planning to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek and looking for the best way to get to the starting point, Sotikhola or Machhakhola? If so, you’re in the right place!

In this post, we’ll highlight how to get to Machhakhola and Sotikhola from Kathmandu using local buses and private jeeps. Nonetheless, we’ll also cover the cost of hiring a jeep from Kathmandu to Machhakhola, Kathmandu to Sotikhola, Dharapani to Besisahar, and Kathmandu to Besisahar by private car or jeep.

The trek to the Manaslu Circuit begins in Kathmandu with a drive to Sotikhola or Machhakhola. More than half of this long-distance drive is on blacktop, and the rest is off-road.

Typically, the Manaslu Circuit Trek used to begin from Arughat because there were no roads beyond Arughat to reach the camp by vehicle. However, the road has been expanding every year, and in recent years, it has become possible to drive to Machhakhola and even Jagat, shortening the trek by three days.

How far are Machhakhola and Sotikhola from Kathmandu, and how long does it take to get there by Jeep?

The road distance from Kathmandu to Soti Khola is approximately 126 kilometers ( 78 miles ), and from Kathmandu to Machha Khola is 140 kilometers ( 87 miles ). Depending on road conditions and traffic, the driving duration from Kathmandu to Machha Khola will vary, but it generally takes around 9 to 10 hours.

Soti Khola, the starting point for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, can be reached via 8-hour jeep ride from Kathmandu. Machhakhola, which is a 1-day camp from Sotikhola, can be reached by a 9 to 10-hour jeep drive from Kathmandu. While the road distance from Kathmandu is only 87 miles ( 140 kilometers ), the off-road roads make for long-duration drives.

Kathmandu to Machha Khola Jeep Hire:

Though you can also get a local bus to Machha Khola from Newbuspark, it may not be suitable for those looking for a quick and comfortable journey to Machha Khola or Soti Khola. Local buses are only suitable for those who prefer to travel very economically but don’t consider the comfort or safety of the drive. Typically, the price for hiring a private jeep from Kathmandu to Machha Khola is around $250 per jeep. But if you’re traveling in the off-season (except in autumn and spring), you can get some off-season discounts.

Cost of hiring a private Jeep from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Machhakhola

Destination Jeep Charge in Total
Kathmandu to Sotikhola USD 160
Kathmandu to Machhakhola USD 180
Dharapani to Besisahar USD 150
Besisahar to Kathmandu USD 175

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Though local buses are available to drive to Machha Khola, they take more time and are not as comfortable as private transportation. If you want a comfortable drive to Machhakhola or Sotikhola, we can assist you.

We can provide you with private transportation to the trailhead of Manaslu trekking at the cheapest price. We also offer the best rate for Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar. Contact us now to book private transportation to Machha Khola.

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JayaramJayaram Thapaliya, an executive director at BASE CAMP HIKE. He has trekked to mostly places in Nepal. He has been to Annapurna Circuit more than 10 times. Jayaram is the one who is ready to help you to make wonderful trip in Nepal.

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