Manaslu Trek - 21 Days

Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek has it self gaining popularity due to its rich but rare culture and traditions. It is located in the deep inside part of Nepal Himalaya region. To trek around the base of this majestic giant is to trek to Manaslu region perhaps the very best of all the ‘best kept secrets’ of the Nepalese Himalaya.

In Manaslu trek there are not only the exceptional views in every direction but also the low-to-high range of altitudes presents such varied flora and, most noticeably, a wide cultural spectrum, including strong influences from Tibet mixing with Nepali ethnic diversity. Manaslu trekking route is not common as other trekking regions of Nepal. The contrasting ascent and decent slopes and the spacing of lodges at the higher altitudes advocate that the Circuit is best trekked anti-clockwise, on ancient valley trails using the valleys of the Budhi Gandaki, up, and the Dudh Khola, down, east and west respectively of the Manaslu (8163m.) massif. At the top end of the Manaslu Circuit trek, the trails are linked by the 5,135m Larkya La (Pass). This is not only a serious high altitude trekking in

Manaslu trek has been open since 1991 after years of lobbying that many of the restrictions on movement in the area have recently been lifted, for the ‘far-side’ section of this trek are just a stone’s throw and a high hill away from Tibet region and from a heavily-patrolled frontier. Here traditional Tibetan norms survive like they no longer do on the other side under the heavy weight of an alien presence. There are only a few places where unbelievably beautiful and awesome scenery is the setting for time-warped and other-aged encounters – but trekking in Manaslu is one of these ever rarer regions.

Day 1
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 2
Day 02 : Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.

Day 3
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar. 608m.

Day 4
Day 04 : Trek from Arughat to Sotikhola. (700m.)

Day 5
Day 05 : Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola. (863m.)

Day 6
Day 06 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m.)

Day 7
Day 07 : Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m.)

Day 8
Day 08 : Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m)

Day 9
Day 09 : Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m)

Day 10
Day 10 : Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun (3520m)

Day 11
Day 11 : Rest or acclimatize day in Sama Gaun

Day 12
Day 12 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (3690m)

Day 13
Day 13 : Trek from Samdo to Dharnasala (4460m)

Day 14
Day 14 : Trek from Dharmasala to Larkya La Pass (5160m) to Bimthang ()

Day 15
Day 15 : Trek from Bimthang to Goa (2515m)

Day 16
Day 16 : Trek from Goa to Tal (1700m)

Day 17
Day 17 : Trek from Tal to Bahundanda (1310m)

Day 18
Day 18 : Trek from Bahundanda to Beshisahar (1860m)

Day 19
Day 19 : Bus drive from Beshisahar to Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 20
Day 20 : Leisure day or shopping around Kathmandu.

Day 21
Day 21 : Transfer to international Airport for next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Standard accommodation Kathmandu breakfast included.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by car / van / bus.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (mainly in twin sharing).
  • A local government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • MCAP(Manaslu Conservation Area project) and Manaslu special permits.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area project) permit
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel/kit bag by Base Camp Adventure (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
  • First aid medical kits.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff .
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

We are advised to consider the following equipment as these are essentials while packing for the Manaslu Trek. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to the requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to rent or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured and some are imported from china and they are much cheaper. And there are some famous branded gear shops in Kathmandu, Thamel.

Equipment List:

– Lightweight and comfortable hiking boots: fit them with hiking socks and wear them wherever possible before you go to trekking. – Sleeping bag and liner – Sandals/ Flip flop – Hiking socks – at least 4 pairs of cotton socks and 2 pair of wool socks – Lightweight long sleeve hiking shirts – Windproof/Waterproof pants and jacket – Plastic rain poncho – Light weather protection and warmer weather – Hat for sun and wind – Windproof gloves

– Since we will be walking a lot, carry a lightweight hiking backpack. You can check out these best hiking backpacks under 100 USD of 2017. – Warmer clothes – Long underwear – Thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater) – Wool hat/beanie (for winter) – Shorts – Hiking trousers – Best ultralight down jacket

Accessories: – Sunglasses with good UV protection – Sunscreen – Lightweight bag to carry your personal needs during the day – Insect repellent – Camera with extra battery – Flashlight – Backpack – Aluminum water bottle – Head lamp – Trekking Poles

Q: I’ve never trekked before.  Can I do this trek? Answer: As long as you are reasonably fit, mentally prepared and can walk for 6-8 hours a day then no matter who you are and what your background is, a bit of training may be necessary, but even that is not 100% essential for most.

Q: How many miles do you walk each day? Answer:  In average you walk around 6-10 miles per day while going up and 8-12 miles while trekking down.

Q: Is there battery charging facility? Answer: The tea houses have charging ability via their solar panels but if it has been cloudy for several days, there may not be enough reserves to charge barberries for your camera, and thus it is better to have an extra battery. Tea houses usually charge for it – maybe a 100-500 rupees per hour. Many people want to charge their batteries so try to plug your stuff in as soon as you arrive.

Q: Can I do laundry on the trek? Answer: Yes, you can. You can take this service with guest house. This will not be by machine, it will be by hand. Or, you can do your own laundry in a bucket.

Q: Is there bottled water available on the Manaslu Trekking? Answer: Yes, there’s bottled water from the beginning to all the way up . But the price goes up the higher you go. One liter bottle of water cost start around 70 rupees and at base camp cost well over 300 (around $3). A budget solution to this is to use water treatment solution or use water purifier tablets. Some purification tabs and drops make the water taste weird. Please be aware of that too. Buying boiled water can be a solution to save money from expensive bottled water but make sure if water was fully boiled or not before you buy.

Q: Is there age limit for this trek? Answer: There isn’t any official age limit saying you can and cannot trek to this trek.

Q: How difficult is Manaslu Trekking route? Answer: In terms of terrain there are no ropes needed and no ice picks needed. There is no vertical climbing involved. The ground is not paved. It is rough, rocky and gravel strewn. Most of the trek involves long paths that go up and then down. People with weak ankles should take caution. Depending on the time of year you go there can also be snow and ice in the trails. But crossing Larkya La Pass is more challenging. It is recommended to carry Ice axe and rope for in case of necessary.

Q: Can children go Manaslu Trek ? Answer: Yes in the general rule. But it’s advisable that your child is reasonable and able to understand and follow instructions immediately. Your child should be mature enough to recognize altitude sickness symptoms and as well as mentally well prepared and fully informed for possible adventure challenges.

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  • Manaslu Region
  • 5160 M
  • Tea House/ Camping
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