MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

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destination Manaslu
duration 14 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Manaslu
max altitude 5,135m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hrs
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season Autumn/Spring

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

Off the beaten track to “mountain of the spirit.”

"The Manaslu Circuit Trek avoids more crowded trekking routes. If its isolation, untouched natural beauty & remoteness appeals - then this is a trek for you!”

The Manaslu Circuit Trek usually means somewhere between 5-6 hours trekking every day and occasionally up to 8-10 hours while heading through high altitude passes. Manaslu is in a class of its own and is one of 14 peaks over 8000m or 21,768ft. This trek will test your endurance and may at times be difficult due to the higher altitudes, but with proper acclimatization, at lower altitudes, you will succeed. This trek will test your resolve and at times expose you to some severe weather conditions. Nevertheless, it will be an unforgettable experience. The views will leave you spell-bound and spiritually enriched. Preparation and a good level of fitness is the key to success!

Manaslu Circuit Trek is often regarded as the trek for those who wish to see untouched beauty – and of course the iconic and majestic views of Mount Manaslu (The Spirit Mountain) Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". This trek, as the name suggests, circles the world’s 8th highest mountain - Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and has recently become as popular as the other well-known trails, such as Everest, Annapurna & Langtang.

Manaslu Larke (Larkye) La Pass (5,160m) is probably the most challenging day of the trek. The route takes you close to the border of Tibet, giving trekkers a taste of two cultures and their different languages. The rich cultural heritage and unbelievable beauty of the Himalayas will leave you spell-bound. The trail traverses through subtropical foothills and pastures on the Tibetan border. Its pristine and unspoiled natural landscape makes this trek unique and gives you a feeling of being remote from the world.

 The Manaslu Circuit Trek is becoming more and more popular as adventure seekers share their experience. Unspoiled scenery, cultural diversity and remote lodges enhance the experience of being “off the beaten track.” If time allows we can take a short detour through the untouched and remote Tsum Valley.

The ideal time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek is from March to May and from mid-September to December. October, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, is the peak trekking season due to crystal clear blue skies and uninterrupted views of snow-covered mountains. However, there are advantages of choosing off-peak times, as you will see fewer trekkers and virtually have it all to yourself! If you decide you want to do this trek in winter the  Larkya La Pass will be closed by snow and you will be unable to go to Manaslu Base Camp and the Tibetan Boarder.

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at Arughat Bazaar and follows the imposing Budi Gandaki River heading north to Deng village. Although firstly it is quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking on elevated paths above the river. Heading north the valley widens while revealing pristine views of alpine meadows and small Tibetan villages at the base of Manaslu's phenomenal north face. Rows of prayer flags, prayer wheels and mani stones adorn the paths as we trek through the villages. Finally, we reach samagaon, the 3rd largest village in the region. As we head west we cross the Larkya La Pass at (5213m), a well-known route that links the Budi Gandaki and the Marsyangdi rivers. As we descend we pass through the striking alpine meadows at Bimthang before connecting with the main Annapurna Circuit route and then we head back to Besisahar.

The Manaslu Circuit trek can be compared with the Annapurna trek, both offering magical views, ever more craggy scenery and a high passage at Larkya-La (5100m).  The difference lies in Manaslu having fewer trekkers and villages. This trek is not for the faint-hearted as the Budi Gandaki valley walls are often vertical which entails many ups and downs on steep paths as we progress toward our next destination. At times the trail is narrow and is literally a small cut-out into the rock face. The geography and cultural experience in this region is mesmerizing. The villagers living in the upper Budi Gandaki region, also known as Nupri or the western mountains, are direct descendants of immigrants who arrived here from Tibet here in the early 17th century.  You will notice that in Upper Nupri the villagers are nearly all Tibetan, reflected in their dress and language. Nupri villagers paid taxes to Tibet up until around 1840a. Trade links still exist with Tibet. Nupri has some of the most awesome views, and along with the Larkya La Pass make this a feast for the eyes! Larkya La Pass is definitely the most fascinating and beautiful alpine passes in Nepal.

Most trekkers begin this journey from the village of Arughat, located 125km northwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. Another option is to begin the trek from Barpak village and continue through the Rupina la Pass [4720m], or from Gorkha passing through Barpak and Laprak. The earthquake of 2015 forced trekkers to seek alternative routes. Sherpa Expedition &Trekking will discuss and advise you of the most suitable route dependent on weather and trail conditions.

NOTE: Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will have up-to-date information on conditions that will affect your planned trek. Your safety and comfort will always be our priority.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • View the 8th highest peak in the world at 8,163m (26,781 ft).
  • Magnificent views, increasingly rugged landscape and a high altitude pass at Larkya-La Pass at 5100m (16732 ft )
  • The trekking begins from Arughat Bazaar and follows the remarkable Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng.
  • Remoteness, meaning fewer people take this route. Serene and still unspoiled with nature in its raw state.
  • Walking through the tropical green hills covered with pine trees and oak forests at lower altitudes of the trek.
  • The distinctive cultures and mix of Tibetan and Nepalese mountain people.

ITINERARY

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A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. If time permits we will guide you around Thamel and help you buy some necessary equipment you may require on your trek. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening and a short briefing about our trek, with ample opportunity to answer any questions you may have.
After early morning breakfast, you drive to Soti Khola on a land cruiser. You will follow the Budhi Gandaki River towards the northern side and pass through Morder and Simre villages. It will be bumping and winding dirt road drive which will take around 7-8 hours. Tonight we will stay at Soti Khola. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Our trek today traverses a mule track and ascends on a breathtaking path cut into the face of the cliff, then descends to Lapubesi (880m). Caution is required here! We then continue to Nauli Khola, crossing a suspension bridge on the way and then take the trail beside the Budi Gandaki River before reaching Machha Khola(900m). This so happens to be where many trekkers were stranded after the earthquake in 2015 and had to be rescued, Depending on current conditions, there is an alternative overnight stop in Kashi Gaun located on the east side of the river. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Our route today follows the river to Khorlabesi and the tepid spring at Tatopani (meaning hot water) (930m), and then continues on the eastern bank of the Budi Gandaki River to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m). The trail zigzags across the river with several suspension bridges to cross before reaching the entrance gate to Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat (1410m), with its unique flagstone village square. Permits are checked by authorities. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will check that the route is passable, and may suggest we take an alternative route taking a much higher path on the east side of the river before descending to the old trail near Doban. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas before reaching Philim. The landscape becomes increasingly barren as the trail winds past several waterfalls until reaching a junction at Ekle Bhatti where the trail leads to Lokpa a village on the trail to the Tsum Valley. We then climb above the junction of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola Rivers and then head to Pewa and finally Deng (1860m). Many villages in this area suffered extensive damage in the 2015 earthquake. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we climb beyond the Tom (tum) Khola to Longa Chuta and then come into a captivating fir and rhododendron forest filled with birds and Langur monkeys located on the north side of the Buri Gandak Riveri. We then cross back to the other side of the river before reaching Namrung(2660m), an earlier customs post in the days when this was a route for transporting salt from Tibet. Namrung also suffered extensive damage from the 2015 earthquake, but today it has been restored to its previous charm. .Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Guest house accommodation. The trail today leads to Shyaula (5320m) where a substantial number of buildings were damaged in the 2015 earhtquake, including the Gompa (Buddhist temple).. We continue on passing through a number of valleys and trails before arriving at the more remote village of Gompas and continue to Sama Gaun(3530) - also known as Samagaun. The town boasts of several fascinating monasteries in the village. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
At these higher altitudes it is necessary to get acclimatized, for at least one day, before attempting climbs to higher altitudes. Health specialists suggest that you move about and don’t sit idly. A good way to stay active is to explore the gompa at Pugyen(4070m), a one day hike that leaves the trail between Syaula and Sama. If time permits, it is possible for you to carry on up this valley to the rugged rocks and terrain of the Pugin glacier. Another option is a trip to the lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and a demanding ascent to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). It is believed that north of Birendra Tal is Milarepa's Cave (famous Buddha) claimed to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Buddhist saint. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Today the trail descends and heads back to the Buri Gandaki River passing the junction of Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley expands before reaching Kermo Khadka and then continuing to the white Kani Gateway signaling the entrance to Samdo (3860m). If time permits we may trek to the peak above the village for impressive views of Mount Manaslu. If it is necessary to further acclimatize, there is a 6 t0 7 hour trek climbing 640m to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier, where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views towards several passes used by locals to cross over into Tibet. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
A relatively short day sees us descending through fields prior to starting our climb towards the Larkya-La Pass, a trek offering dazzling views of Manaslu and the Syacha Glacier, and a likelihood of spotting Himalayan blue sheep on your trek to Dharmashala (4480m). This is as high as we go today without risking altitude sickness. This is the last safe haven before reaching the pass. This sector of the trek is often subject to snowfall and from mid-December to mid-March, when snow blocks the Larkya-La Pass, the Samdo Lodge is typically closed. Your guide will know in advance if the lodge is closed. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
A 4 to 6-hour trek will see us cross Lakya-La Pass (5100m) and is the highest elevation on this trek. The climb is wintry and blustery and can often be hazardous, especially if there is snow on the pass. Your guide will check the condition of the crossing before leaving Samdo. The trail passes many cairns that are often covered in snow. It then traverses the moraine to four frozen lakes before ascending to the pass where a majestic number of peaks take your breath away. These include Himlung Himal(7126m), Cheo Himal(6820m), Gyaji Kung(7030m), Kang Guru(6981m) and Annapurna II(7937m). After this fantastic photo opportunity we descend in a westerly direction along a dangerous track before reaching Taubuche, where the trail becomes less demanding. The valley gradually opens up and then descends to Bimtang(3720m), one of the many trading posts along the Tibetan salt route. An appealing detour leads to a trail follows a trail above Bimtang to the translucent glacial lake of Pungkar Tal(4100m). Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we descend to Dudh Khola and Soti Khola(2700m) also known as Khare, following a trail directly below the enormous Phunki Peak(6258m). We then take a trail across the ridge heading downhill to the river before reaching Gho village. At this lower altitude it is noticeable greener as we descend through cultivated fields and forests and take the trail on the north bank of the Dudh Khola before reaching Tilche(2300m) the largest village since leaving Samdo. The village is well known for its flagstone paved streets and the home of Gurung. After passing Tilche through the Kani (gateway arches) we, then cross the stream before reaching Thonje. The trail to Dharapani(1920m) requires crossing a suspension-bridge over the Marsyangdi river. We are soon at the junction of the Annapurna Circuit trek where the going gets easier before descending to Bensi Sahar and ultimately Kathmandu. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
We leave Dharapani by jeep heading to Bensisahar – the final leg of our trek. You will take with you memories that will last a lifetime and photos of some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. We take the bus from Bensisahar to Kathmandu. Tonight we stay in Kathmandu and celebrate with a group dinner where we can share our experiences and plan our next adventure into the Himalayas. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
You will leave Nepal, but will never forget this great adventure and the laughs you shared on this journey to some of the world’s most spectacular peaks. A Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Breakfast included.

SERVICES

Costs Include:

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • All standard meals (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Best possible teahouses, lodge accommodation (generally twin share rooms)- during the trek
  • Government licensed holder English speaking trek leader (10 or more trekkers an assistant guide) and porter to help carry your luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter (9 kg per trekker max )
  • Guides and porters provided by Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit to travel within  the Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health conditions such as altitude sickness (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir -  Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions t-shirt & cap
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s certificate of appreciation & completion after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek

Costs Exclude

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu before and after our journey
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, thermos, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery re-charge fee & extra porters if required
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters (recommended in our culture – and well deserved too!)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by events beyond our control, for example, landslides, severe weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies & strikes.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "costs include" will be counted as exclusions.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Physical fitness

Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.

Best season to travel

 The Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May)  when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Bensisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Aarughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besishahar we will be traveling by private jeep

Guide and Porter on the trek

We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg ( 10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.

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FAQS

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Yes, you can. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike a few uphills, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team will support you to the fullest to transform your dream into reality.
Spring and autumn are the best season for Manaslu Circuit trek. Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best months for trekking as weather will be clear and calm. Also you can get opportunity to view High mountains including Manaslu with the full of Snow.
The permit cost depends on the month and number of days you will spend in the Manaslu region. You will need three kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.  Manaslu Restricted Permit Manaslu trek permit costs USD 100.00 for the first seven days and USD 15.00 each additional day during September to November Manaslu trek permit costs USD 75.00 for first 7 days and USD 10.00 each extra day from December to August.  Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 3,000 per person.  Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 3,000 per person.  Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley) If you choose the Tsum Valley trek, it costs USD 40 for each person per week.
No, there is no age limit for the trek to Manaslu Trekking but, you need to be in good physical shape and have a positive attitude. We also suggest you to prior to the excursion though we suggest you to please see your doctor and obtain necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for traveling in extreme altitude prior to the excursion.
During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are noodles, rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as breakfasts include egg, pancake, bread, porridge, muesli, and toasts with peanut butter and honey.
Accommodation is not an issue in Manaslu Trek as trails are usually less crowded and new and improved tea houses are opening up all the time. The tea houses and lodges are ready to serve trekkers.
Most of the teahouses on the Manaslu Trekking trail have squat toilet facilities but recently built lodges have western-style toilets as well. Nowadays, flush toilets are also being introduced with number of increasing trekkers each year. It is highly recommended to carry your own toilet paper and other required toiletries. Do not expect full bath or daily showers while on the Manaslu trek. If you insist on taking a hot shower daily, spare a lot of money for that. For hot water showers in the trek, you have to pay a few dollars at a time.
What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you wear warm clothes during the Manaslu trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking may also accompany and assist you if required.
During the Manaslu trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you with a duffle bag (which is need to refund after the trek) that you can use throughout your entire journey and even afterward. These bags are durable and hence perfect for any kind of trekking journey. While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers, etc.
If possible, we suggest you bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jackets will be provided to you by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the trekking poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu itself.
Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking office. Also, the storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.
Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitudes. Normally, altitude sickness starts from 3,600 meters and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slow and gradual pace as part of the acclimatization process. Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. Trek slow. Don't skip the acclimatization days. Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). Drink Garlic Soup. In the higher elevation, there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.
Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Manaslu trekking. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before travel.
The trekking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.
It takes 6 to 21 days to complete Manaslu Trek depending upon the mode of transportation and packages of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking offers.
We at Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team always have the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued customers as our foremost priority at all times, and we assure you a wonderful and unforgettable time with us in our beautiful country. Sherpa team members of Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking have a rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor the oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.
As Manaslu has recently gained popularity among trekkers, not many facilities are available on the trails. Due to its isolation and off-road trails, the region is not yet connected to the outer world via proper roads. So, you will need to take local buses or hire a private jeep to reach the starting point of the trek to Arughat or Sotikhola. A local bus would cost around US $10 per person whereas a jeep would cost between $150 and $200 each way but is worth the convenience than the packed buses. If you are traveling in a group, the cost can be shared by all and would be around $30 per person. The same rate would apply to your return trip from Tal or Besisahar to Kathmandu.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 20 kgs of luggage (maximum 10 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection, and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
Garlic soup is a must while trekking. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon ginger tea and drink at least 2-4 liters of water a day. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, and hot-chocolates at high altitude.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. Our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.
Your guide and porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will introduce dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.
You can have WiFi a few places such as Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, Dharapni, etc.
ATM services are not available only during the trekking. SO be sure you carry enough cash with you.
Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 3 USD per hour.

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1 Pax USD 1,175
2 Pax USD 1,040
3 Pax USD 1,030
4 - 6 Pax USD 999
7 - 12 Pax USD 970
13 - 18 Pax USD 940
19 - 24 Pax USD 900
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Leon Douglas

United Kingdom

2 months ago

An Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek

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The Manaslu trek takes one up a very remote valley through villages where life seems to have changed little for centuries and gives the chance to see Buddhist people of Tibetan origins. This valley is now threatened by a road being built to the Tibetan border - go there soon before it is completed! The scenery in the upper valley is stunning. The Larkye La pass was very tough for me and I was most relieved to have completed it.

Andrea Nuñez

Argentina

2 months ago

Manaslu Trek 2019!

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Manaslu Circuit is a fantastic trek through scenery varying from farmland, forests of pine trees, walking along river gorges beside foaming rivers, through villages full of character and smiling children and finally beside amazing snow-clad high mountain peaks. All of which we did with very few other trekkers.

Richard christine

Virgin Islands, British

2 months ago

Manaslu Trek

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This is a fantastic trek through scenery varying from: farmland, forests of pine trees, walking along river gorges beside foaming rivers, through villages full of character and smiling children and finally beside amazing snow clad high mountain peaks. All of which we did with very few other trekkers.

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