Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
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Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Trek is one of our favorite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

The Manaslu Trek is challenging experience that offers a perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and impressive landscapes and –above all – stunning views of Manaslu itself, the world’s 8th highest mountain (8,163m).

The Manaslu circuit includes the challenging Larke pass (5,213m) from which you can enjoy dramatic views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. And unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit, this route is a lot less busy. The Manaslu Circuit also offers interesting geographical and ethnic variation. The different ethnic groups living in this region include Gurng, Tibetan and Brachman.

The Manaslu trek was only officially opened in 1991. It starts at the historically significant Gorkha Bazar and Dhading Arughat (or as an alternate route from Trisuli Bazaar). We follow the Budi Gandaki valley and enjoy its fascinating and hugely precipitous course. We cross the snow covered Larke La and descend into the Marsyangdi river valley. Some trekkers continue their trek to the famous Annapurna circuit, Tilicho Lake or Narphu valley as well as the Rupinala Pass. You can also just trek to Manaslu, cross the Larka La pass and then finish the trek in the Marsyangdi valley.

Contact us and start planning for this ultimate experience. We are happy to adjust the course according to your preferences.

Some Highlights:

  • The world longest pass Larkya La and enjoy incredible picturesque views of 8th highest mountain 8,156 m with lot of other stunning mountain vistas
  • Explore picturesque Tibetan villages and experience unspoiled Tibetan cultures
  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of trail in Nepal

Trip Facts

Duration: 16 days

Altitude: 5100m

Difficulty: Easy to medium

Accommodation: Teahouse

Season: Spring/Fall/Winter

Equipment: Basic trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.)

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalaya Spread out before you. After landed your flight in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1350m), our airport representative will be waiting for you with your name written on the placard. We welcome you by offering Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. There will be a full trek briefing this evening.
Overnight at Hotel 

  

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing

The day is spent visiting UNESCO World Heritage and cultural sites of Kathmandu. You will visit to ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites Swayambhu(Monkey Temple), planet's tallest Boudha Stupa, open cremation and sacred Hindu Temple Pashupatinath. After visit these three places return to hotel and prepare for trek and explore the tourist hub of Nepal Thamel where you can easily find all you need for trekking. Or if you just want to relax there are many cafes and bakeries serving excellent local tea and coffee. It is best to avoid the street food.
Meals included: bed and breakfast
Overnight at Hotel 

 

Day 03: Taking a scenic drive to Soti Khola (700m), 7-8hr drive

Himalayan trek commence with scenic drive to reach Soti Khola following the Prithivi highway that lead to Pokhara till Dhading, after turn off the road and take the road which is decreasing in width and comfort. We will enjoy the beautiful sight of typical Nepalese houses, Buri Gandaki River, valleys and so on. By leaving the main settlement like Arughat, Arkhet Bazar and Khyorpani, finally we reach to Soti Khola.
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 04: Dropping down to Lyabrubesi and follow the trail aside the Buri Gandaki to reach Machha Khola (870m), 7-8hr walk

The initial day of the Manaslu Circuit trek begin with gentle walk through the mule track, after climb on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face before dropping down to Lyabrubesi. We continue our trek to Nauli Khola and cross the suspension bridge. From there we follow the Buri Gandaki and reach at Machha Khola.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 05: Walking by the hot spring of Tatopani, slowly enter to the Gateway to MCA at Jagat (1410m), 6-8hr walk

We follow the original route which goes through the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani. From here we follow the route lead from eastern bank of Buri Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar. The trail lead back and forth across the river and reach a suspension bridge. Finally enter the gateway to the Manaslu Conservation Area at Jagat.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 06: Climb up the trail where terrain increasingly change to arid and reach to Deng (1860m), 6hr walk

Trek begin with ascend to Sirdibas and continue to Philim. The terrain become increasingly arid as the trail snakes past waterfall to reach the Ekle Bhatti. As we trek forward, the road turnoff to Lokpa on the trail to Tsum Valley and climb above the confluence of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola to Pewa and further short walk bring us to Deng. From here we enjoy unique geographical formation.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 07: Past a side trail to the stone-curving village of Bhi, enter the enchanting forest to reach Namrung (2660m), 6-7hr walk

From here we follow side trail of the stone curving village of Bhi, we continue the Buri Gandaki until we reach the Bhijam and pass through the side trail from Bhijam to the Buddhist village of Pork. Soon, we drop to Ghap and continue climb up to Tom Khola to Longa Chuta. We then enter an enchanting forest of fir and rhododendron full of birds, langur monkeys on the north bank of the Buri Gandaki and we cross back to south bank and further short walk bring us to Namrung. 
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 08: Climb up Upper Nupre, past the Himalchuli base camp and series of gomba on the way to Sama (3530m), 6-7hr walk

We enjoy another the huge cultural difference comparing to previous days.From here we follow the route beyond the Namrung and climb up to the Upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and most people dressed in Chu-bas, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak. We then past the village of Barsam, Lhi, then turn off the route to the series of monastery and the base camp to ascend Himalchuli (7893m). We continuous across a series of valleys, passing trail to more rural gombas and reach at Sama.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Sama, hike to Manaslu Base Camp

Today we are taking rest to gain altitude and adjust our body to the height.We explore to gompa at Pungyen (4070m) and hike to Manaslu base Camp
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 10: Dropping back to Buri Gandaki and long walk through slowly widening valley to reach Samdo (3860m), 3-4hr walk

Trek begin gentle slope and flat . We follow the route which bring us back to the Buri Gandaki, passing the turn off to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. After sometime, as we reach to Kermo Kharka, the valley widens and the trail from here to kani(gateway) of Samdo. Our trek offers us adventure on snow.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 11: Descend through field, climb up Larkya la and with stunning view of Manaslu, reach to Dharamsala (4480m), 3 ½hr walk

Initial section of trek begin with descend through the fields before we start to climb the Larkya La. Trek offer us stunning view of Manaslu and the Syach Glacier, and a chance of spotting blue sheep, as we climb to reach Dharmasala which is the only one shelter before the Larkya La.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 12: Taking the cold and windy ascend through the cairns marked trail to Larkya La and descend to reach Bimtang (3720m),7-9hr walk

It is considered world’s longest pass. Initial walk begins with ascend on pile of snow, moraine to four frozen lakes, show-stopping line up of peaks:Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). After conquering the highest point of our treks Yarkya La, descend is over treacherously slippery scree to reach Taubuche and then gentle walk bring us to Bimtang.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse

 

Day 13: Descending to the Dudh Khola and continue through the greenery to reach Dharapani (1920m), 7-8hr walk

Initial trek begin on horizontal and soon enter on marine. Although the path is all downhill, the unrelenting slope places a strain on the knees and trekking poles will come in handy. We follow a sweeping arc off the ridge down to the river bank and the village of Gho (2560m). As we descend down, the landscape will change to greenery. We continue to Dharapani.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight stay at Teahouse.

 

Day 14: Taking bone-shaker ride and then smooth drive to Kathmandu (1350m), 8-9hr drive

Scenic and wild drive. The first few hour of drive will be bone-shaker but later we have a smooth and relaxing drive to Kathmandu.
[Included meals: Bed & Breakfast]
Overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.)

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle
[Included meals: Breakfast]

 

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP)

+ Sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide

+ Sharing bus tickets from KTM-Soti Khola & Dharapani-KTM[upgrade possible]

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner/main course) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Manaslu Conservation Area Entry Permit for all members

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Additional Options:

+Additional porter: 260 USD [20 USD per day]

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance

While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation

Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.

Money and Tipping

Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Tipping; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration
16 days
Season
Spring/Fall/winter
Region
Manaslu
Grade
Medium
Altitude
5100m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house