Manaslu Around Trek

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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Private and Group Tour
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 5213 meters
  • Trek difficulty Hard
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu , Nepal
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience the amazing Tibetan culture in the relative ease of Nepal
  • Discover the region of incredible Himalayan beauty and Tibetan culture
  • Trek over the Larkya La stands at 5,213 m/17,103 ft.
Situated very close to the border of Nepal is Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. Rising to an elevation of 8,163 meters, it is worshipped locally as Spirit Mountain. In its magnificent shadow to the north are villages of people who are originally from Tibet. Practising the ancient Tibetan Buddhist religion, these people are living the culture of Tibet as practised before the Chinese invasion of their homeland to the north.

This region features both incredible Himalayan beauty and wonderful Tibetan culture in an unspoilt setting. The stone villages have terraced farms separated by dense forests. There are amazing snow-capped peaks, wild rivers that rush over boulders on their way to India, colourful wildflowers and very friendly people who enjoy meeting visitors as they welcome you into their homes.

The Manaslu Conservation Area is a restricted area that was opened up to the public about 20 years ago. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to enter each year to maintain the unique culture for generations to come. We are pleased to be able to make all of the necessary arrangements in order to explore this incredible area and preserve the unique Tibetan culture.

The Manaslu Around Trek is 19 days of amazing adventure. This is not a trek for the masses; instead, it is a unique trek for those who want to experience the wonderful Tibetan culture as it was over a century ago in Tibet, framed by incredible Himalayan scenery that is found nowhere else on the planet.
Customer reviews
5 - Excellent
Based on 13 reviews
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Gregory Morris
  • From Australia
  • On Dec 23 2018
“Excellent”
great guide
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Nov 30 2018
“Buddha treks did an excellent job of organizing, and our guide Prim was outstanding.”
Great,fantastic.
5 - Excellent
  • LUC DE BLOCK
  • From Belgium
  • On Nov 02 2018
“The trek was a fantastic experience. Our guide was very friendly, although his English was not perfect. He was very helpful and understanding.”
October 1-19, 2018 - Manaslu Around Trek and Sightseeing.
5 - Excellent
  • Kylie Tang
  • From Australia
  • On Oct 25 2018
“This was my first visit to Nepal so it was quite a culture shock, and first time every doing a multi-day hike/trek of any kind. I booked this tour as a solo female traveller from, but wasn't worried about going "alone" as I'd have a guide and a porter.

The sightseeing tour was the day after I'd arrived in Kathmandu, we started at 9am but it was already hot and humid. I had the privilege of a private tour (as I was the only one booked) with a female guide. I was given the choice of 3/7 of the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but I hadn't really done any research about where to visit, so I left it up to my guide. We visited the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and surroundings. My guide had been conducting these tours for over 20 years, and was very forthcoming with her information, it was also a great contrast to hear about the tours she ran decades ago, before and after the earthquake and now. Our taxi "chaffeur" was never far off, and it was a terrific, easy way to see these parts of Kathmandu without having to try and find my own way through all the chaos.

My guide and porter turned out to be of similar age to me, which worked out wonderfully for us as we got along quite well and playing cards definitely helped us bond. When we met up with other groups at teahouses, as with any other people-service industry your experience will vary dramatically based off your group size, and how well you get on with your particular tour guide.

I feel like I definitely lucked out with Madam (guide) and Saroj (porter) as they were related, and when it came to lunch/dinner time I was usually invited to sit around and hang out with the local Nepali in the "kitchen" area, even though I don't speak Nepali it was pleasant enough to be an observer, I felt very welcomed by their hospitality, kindness, and professionalism.

Despite being quite fit, I chose this particular "longer" itinerary of this trek to force myself to slow down and actually take in all the sights around me. Most of the time we would reach the next camp in about 3.5 hours of walking as I walk quite fast and then basically just sit around until dinner. I'm glad that I chose to do it this way as on the last couple days of the trek where we had to walk for 6+ hours at a time I couldn't imagine having to do that every day of the trek, but then again the last few days are obviously the hardest, and most rewarding. Apart from that the trek itself was a lot of ups and downs, the scenery was so incredibly diverse that at the end of the trip when I was surrounded by nothing but rock, snow and icy mountains, I forgot that I'd cross the river multiple times, walked through jungle, waterfalls, forest, plains, mountainside, stone villages, farming areas etc.

In terms of expenses, everything is pretty much covered once the trek begins. The only time I'd pay for anything was 200MB of WiFi (200NPR) (it was used up so quickly, don't even bother + we enter remote villages quite early on so there's rarely any reception), the occasional hot bucket shower (400NPR), toilet paper x2 (200NPR each, definitely try and find the 3 ply toilet as it will last longer and is more durable).

I was thrilled to hear that the Manaslu Around Trek is actually harder than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek! I feel very accomplished and humbled to have completed this trek. Keep an open mind, don't let little things get to you, just keep walking and you'll have a wonderful time!”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350 m/4,429 ft.
  • Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 3: Journey to Soti Khola 700 m/2,297 ft.
  • Day 4: Trek to Machhakhola 869 m/2,851 ft.
  • Day 5: Trek to Yaru Phat 1,170 m/3839 ft.
  • Day 6: Trek to Philim 1570 m/5,151 ft.
  • Day 7: Trek to Deng Village 1,860 m/6,102 ft.
  • Day 8: Trek to Namrung 2,540 m/8,333 ft.
  • Day 9: Trek to Lho 3,330 m/10,925 ft.
  • Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun 3,390 m/11,122 ft.
  • Day 11: Acclimatization day
  • Day 12: Trek to Samdo 3690 m/12,106 ft.
  • Day 13: Trek to Larkya Rest House 4,460 m/14,633 ft.
  • Day 14: Trek to Bimtang 3,590 m/11,778 ft.
  • Day 15: Trek to Gho 2,510 m/8,234 ft.
  • Day 16: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m/6,102 ft.
  • Day 17: Travel to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 4 nights accommodation in standard hotel in Kathmandu (breakfast included)
  • Transportation by public bus Kathmandu – Soti Khola
  • Transportation by public bus Dharapani - Bensisahar - Kathmandu
  • 14 nights accommodation in basic teahouses during trekking
  • Meals during trekking: breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee
  • Professional English speaking trekking guide
  • Trekking porter/s: 1 porter for 2 trekkers
  • Equipment: sleeping bags and down jacket
  • Trekking permit (special trekking permit for Manasalu, TIMS, MCAP and ACAP entry permit)
  • Insurance for Nepali staff (guides and porters)
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement
  • Sightseeing
  • Travel by Jeep to Sotikhola
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Bar bills (any alcohol drinks, mineral water, cold drinks, cigarettes, etc)
  • Lunch and dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing and other equipments
  • Personal insurance that covers helicopter rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot water for showers, etc.
  • Any unseen expense produced by circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters and expense that is not mentioned in price includes
  • Tips for guide, porters and other staff
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GOOD TO KNOW
Our trip packages includes complete requirement for your holidays: Our trip starts from your arrival at Kathmandu till departure from Kathmandu. It is fully organized that includes accommodation in Kathmandu and trekking, all meals in trekking, all necessary logistic support, guide and porters, trekking permits and entrance fee, etc. There is not any hidden charge. You spend 2 nights in Kathmandu before trekking and another 2 nights after trekking: 2 nights stay in Kathmandu before trekking gives enough time to recover from jetlag, rest to restore energy for trekking and last-minutes preparation of trekking. 2 nights stay in Kathmandu after trekking is considered as reserve days, in case you could not follow itinerary due to any reason need extras days to reach your destination and delay your return from trekking. The trip itinerary is crafted by expertise. It includes plenty of time to insure your leisure and taking you to destination. It is very much flexible where it is necessary. A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wakeup call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organized and have assigned loads to porters and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 90 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the campsite or tea-house in plenty of time to relax and savor the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is served, giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal. HEALTH ISSUES We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader. VACCINATIONS REQUIRED Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority, we recommend the following : • Poliomyelitis • Typhoid • Tetanus • Rabies • Meningococcal • Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A) MALARIA Nepal is listed as a country for which malaria prophylaxis is advised. We will not be visiting any malarial areas on the treks, however you may wish to consult your doctor about the need to take malaria pills. Trekkers who plan to do rafting and jungle excursions are advised to take the necessary medication to protect against malaria. ALTITUDE SICKNESS Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you need to give your body time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can acclimatize you will start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). A headache being the most common symptom, others are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances. The best way to acclimatize is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common wisdom is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m – If flying in to above this height remember to take extra acclimatization days (for example flying into Lukla). Once above 3000m, you should sleep no more than around 300m above your last nights altitude, and take a rest day every 3 days (or 1000m). At times it can be difficult to stick exactly to this schedule, as villages aren't always conveniently placed for acclimatizing, so you should think of the 300m as an average. During the day it is okay to trek higher as long as you descend to sleep. Remember the mountaineer’s saying "Climb High, Sleep Low". If at any time you get symptoms of AMS you should not climb higher until they are gone. If they persist then you should descend to below the height where they first started. Only start to climb again when they have gone. All of our itineraries allow for a proper acclimatisation schedule, and of course on our private departures you have the freedom to go slower if you are finding it tough - everyone acclimatises at a different rate. Please also consider your guide and porters and watch for signs of AMS in them. They are not immune to AMS. You will find a graph below detailing the acclimatisation schedule. It shows the ideal acclimatisation schedule against suggested itinerary. We always aim to get as close to the ideal as possible taking account of such things as available accommodation and camping spots with water etc. INSURANCE We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue. We recommend that you consult a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist. RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT Footwear: Trekking Boots, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes. Clothing: Down or fibre Jacket, filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, warm cotton trousers, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit. Other Equipment: Sleeping bag (4 seasons), down jacket, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters. Optional: Insect repellent, toilet articles, note book & pen, toilet roll, laundry soap, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
CANCELLATION Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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