- Natural landmarks sightseeing
- duration 14 days
- tour type Private and Group
- age requirement 10+ years old
- max group size 14
- guiding method Fully guided
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- Enjoy trekking through the Manaslu Circuit
- Discover one of the least visited trekking routes in Nepal
- See Mount Manaslu and other peaks in the Himalayas
Although your journey starts from Kathmandu, your hiking begins only on reaching Arughat, a six-hour drive from Kathmandu. The highest point of this trek is the Larke Pass, located at an elevation of 5,100 meters. This is also the toughest section of the trek. The fact that this trek has such a variation in terms of elevation also means that you will be passing through lots of different landscapes.
Manaslu trek will provide you with great mountain views, many cultural inputs, unrivalled beauty and a rich bio diversity. Mount Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest peak in the world and located near the Tibet-Nepal border.
Although challenging, Manaslu trek is worthwile for those that can hike for up to six hours a day, are determined and in a reasonably good shape. If in doubt, we recommend booking a porter to carry your belongings. That will relieve you of the weight of your backpack, which normally amounts between 13 to 15 kilograms.
This Manaslu trek takes you through a restricted trekking area and can only be done by two or more people.
I looked at many different options before booking the trek including other agencies and hiring guides directly but decided on Nepal eco adventures because they seemed to have a reliable reputation, with experienced guides. Chattra, the boss seemed very knowledgeable and offered me a good deal on the cost of arranging permits compared with other agencies and didn't try and sell us any extras. He was also understood that we were going to be potentially trekking in cold conditions with snow or ice and so he offered us a choice of two very experienced guides.
When we met Chhatra in person he was very efficient and friendly and flexible with our plans. We chose Raj Karki as our guide and we arrange meet him at our hostel. Right from the get go he seemed excited to go on the trek but was honest and told us that it could be difficult and that we might not be able to cross Larkya pass, we had opted to get a local bus over the jeep taxi and although we were his first clients to choose the bus he was very happy to do so and had researched the bus station, times and prices and personally took us there the next morning. From this it was obvious that he was well prepared and did his research as we discovered later in the trek he kept in contact with all the guesthouses along the way and knew which were good and which would be open at this time of year when most places close for the winter.
It was immediately clear on meeting Raj that he was sociable and genuinely enjoyed our company he was always fun to chat with and while trekking and in the evenings and would even join us for a regular card game after dinner. Unlike many guides who I have heard just play on there phone or go drinking whenever they get the chance.
Once we started trekking it was obvious that he very fit and would adjust his speed to test us to get an idea of our itinerary in the beginning and then would walk slower or faster as we prefered along the route. He said we were much fitter than average and seemed to enjoy pushing more than usual. He also had a lot of knowledge about the route, technical skills and first aid and even when we got food poisoning during the route he could recommend which foods to eat or to avoid. So although we never had any injuries we knew we were in good hands if we did.
Raj never pushed us to make decisions alnong the route and instead gave us all the information on difficulty, practicality etc and left the decision you to us. Indeed as once we reached the village of lgo we had snowfall all night and later said he had thought we probably wouldn't be able to cross the the pass but he was happy take us as far as we liked to try. In the end we made it all the way to dharmasala before we decide to turn back at this point we had to open the trail through the snow ourselves which was really tough work but he never complained and always saw to our needs. He seemed to really enjoy the trekking and the adventure of pushing through the conditions and him having this attitude really lifted our spirits during the trek even when we're returning back the way we came, it never felt like were inconveniencing him and in fact, right from the beginning it felt like we were trekking with a good friend.
I would absolutely recommend Raj to anyone who wants an experienced guide who is good fun but also fit enough and experienced enough to go with whatever kind of trek you want to do however challenging.
And I would recommend Nepal eco adventures for anyone wanting a good value and efficient trekking agency.”
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)
Day 2: Trek to Machhakhola (870m)
Day 3: Trek to Jagat (1,410m)
Day 4: Trek to Deng (1,860m)
Day 5: Trek to Namrung (2,630m)
Day 6: Trek to Lho (3,180m)
Day 7: Trek to Samagaun (3,500m)
Day 8: Acclimatization day in Samagaun
Day 9: Trek to Samdo (3,860m)
Day 10: Trek to Dharamasala (4,480m)
Day 11: Cross Larke Pass (5,213 m) & trek to Bimtang (3,720 m)
Day 12: Bimtang to Tilije (2,300m)
Day 13: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m)
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar
- Three meals a day during the trek, including fresh fruits in the evening
- Tea house accommodation as per the itinerary during the trek
- Transport in a bus from Kathmandu to Arughat. A shared jeep from Arughat to Sotikhola and from Dharapani to Sotikhola. A regular bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
- A highly experienced English-speaking trekking guide
- All necessary trekking permits
- A Nepal Eco Adventure sleeping bag along with a down jacket and a duffel bag (to be return after completing the trip)
- A Nepal Eco Adventure t-shirt and a cap as souvenirs
- Government taxes and official expenses
- A first aid kit
- An oxymeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation and heart rate
- A trekking route map of the Manaslu region
- We can help you with arranging an emergency helicopter rescue service if necessary (to be paid by your travel insurance)
- An assistant guide for groups of over 6 travelers
- The salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance of the trekking guide is included
- A certificate of trek completion after the trip is over
- Airport pickup
- Airport drop off
- Single room during trek
- Nepal visa fees ( USD50 for 30 days). You can get a visa on arrival
- International and domestic flights
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance with high-altitude rescue and evacuation
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (cold and hot) during the trek (these include those that you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in tea houses)
- Expenses that are personal in nature, like wifi, hot shower, battery charging, desserts and chocolates
- Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected in Nepal)
- A porter to carry your gear. You can add a porter while booking this trek if you wish to
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Is a visa on arrival available?
Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
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- What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?