• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: As Per Itinerary
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges

Deep amidst the wilderness of Nepal lies the revered Manaslu region which garners the attention of thrill-seekers from across the globe. Its remoteness and seclusion from the outside world adds mystique to its appearance and being home to the mighty Mount Manaslu (8163m), the Manaslu Circuit Trek embodies this authenticity and explores the magnificence. Venture into the untainted remoteness of Manaslu to experience the harmony between nature and man, Tibetan-Buddhist culture, and cross astounding passes.

Briefly acquaint yourself with the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley, and then hop on a ride leading to Soti Khola. Be amazed at the sheer volume of the Budi Gandaki River and share some pleasantry at Arughat. Navigate through the sandy riverbanks and minor settlement of Lapubesi to reach Machha Khola. Rejuvenate the tired soul at the hot springs of Tatopani and then follow the trail leading to Jagat. Climb some stone steps and then descend to Sirdibas. Cross the villages of Philim and Ekle Bhatti to reach Deng, and after praying at some Gumbas along the way, we make a stop at Namrung. Relish the dazzling scenery of the Manaslu, Manaslu north, and walls filled with Buddhist texts on the PungGyen monastery. Descend on the Budi Gandaki River, and follow the trail that leads to Dharmasala. As you replenish your mind and body, head forward to the dangerous yet thrilling Larkya La Pass (5160m). Its ascent may be difficult, but the unblemished view of the enigmatic mountain landscape is something worth the toil. Relishing the sights of Larkya glacier, Himlung Himal, we head towards Bimthang and from there the return journey starts. Walk along the path of the DudhKhola to arrive at Tilije, and later cross rhododendron filled forests to arrive at Tal. A long drive from Tal takes us to Kathmandu by going through Besisahar where our long journey shall come to an end.

Himalaya Summit Club is more than just a service provider to our clients. We serve as companions on the trips so that our clients can revel in the comfortable journey in Nepal. Our concern about the security and comfort of our clients help us to maintain a standard quality on our trips.

Highlights

  • View of Mount Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest peak in the world
  • Exploring the Gurung and Tibetan LAMA Cultures
  • Birendra Lake
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5160m) and relish the views atop the pass
  • The chance to observe endangered wildlife in the Manaslu Conservation Area

Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m).
  • Day 02Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
  • Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (710m) 5-6 hrs drive.
  • Day 04Trek to Machha Khola (900m) 4-5 hrs trek.
  • Day 05Trek to Jagat (1410m) 5-6 hrs trek.
  • Day 06Trek to Deng (1,860m) 5-6hrs trek.
  • Day 07Trek to Namrung (2,630m) 6-7 hrs trek.
  • Day 08Trek to Samagaon (3,530m) 6-7 hrs trek.
  • Day 09Explore PungGyen Monastery 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 10Trek to Samdo (3,860m) 4 - 5 hrs trek.
  • Day 11Trek to Dharmasala/Larkya B. C. (4,460m) 4 - 5 hrs trek.
  • Day 12Cross Larkya La (5,160m) - Bimthang (3,720m) 8 - 9 hrs trek.
  • Day 13Trek to Tilije (2,300m) 5 - 6 hrs.
  • Day 14Trek to Tal (1,700m) 4 -5 hrs.
  • Day 15Drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 16Departure to International Airport.

What's Included

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • 3 star categories Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.(room is twin sharing Base)
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced trek guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by local bus, private jeeps are available on adding the extra cost lets us know before you book the trip.
  • All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Special Trekking Permit for Manaslu Trek. Manaslu Conservation fee, Annapurna Conservation permit.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Himalaya Summit Club duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Useful Information

The Trekking Group

For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, there will be one UIAA Certified Trek leader, assistant Trek leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a large group then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Marshyandi/Moon light Hotel/Yatri Suites Spa Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD. Himalaya Summit Club will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalaya Summit Club trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization

This trek's itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less-oxygen. During this trip, a separate day is set aside in SamaGaun for acclimatization.

Himalaya Summit Club advises guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff, whether once you getting in Kathmandu you can we will arrange to meet with Expedition Doctor Mr. Nima Namgel Sherpa. Himalaya Summit Club itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But, it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Himalaya Summit Club before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to December) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, there might be a problem due to obstructed pass due to ice or snow. The trekking routes are crowded during Spring and Autumn but during Monsoon and Winter the routes are not packed and we could enjoy rather best of nature.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, broken in )
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid Small, personal tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow