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Aptly name by some as the best all-around trek in Nepal, The Manaslu Circuit trek is surely an experience of a lifetime. As the name suggests, the highlight of the trek is the wonderful, picturesque views of the Manaslu mountain range. Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world, with the altitude of 8156 m. the trek is a perfect way to get away from the crowds and commercialization of other treks. Experience authentic Nepal at its best and probe your way into the depths of the Manaslu region in this perfectly created itinerary.
The Manaslu circuit trek has been considered to be a perfect alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It takes us all around the Manaslu region. The trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of US $ 70 per week with $10 extra for extra days. Jagat is where the first check occurs and the last check is in Chakrapani. According to the rules, the trekking must be done as a group of at least two people, with a registered guide to accompany you.
Year by year, the Manaslu circuit trek is gathering more tourists from all over the year. This time, let it be you. Wander off into the mystique of the highly guarded Manaslu Region and explore the beauty of the mountain peaks that adorn this region.
Coupled with a chance to witness the biological diversity and the rich local heritage of the region, the Manaslu Circuit trek lets you marvel at the sight of the magnificent Manaslu. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which is a viewpoint offering exclusive views of the perfect peaks of the eastern region all around.
The secluded solidarity and remoteness make this trekking trail more preferable for some thrill seekers than the Annapurna Circuit trek. For those who prefer to become one with nature, this trek is an experience of a lifetime, worth embarking on.
Today, from your respective locations, you will arrive at the beautiful country of Nepal. Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. TIA is the only international airport in Nepal. All of the check-in procedures will be completed by our representative. You have the rest of the day free to intermingle with the beautiful capital city of Nepal.
Kathmandu is home to extremely beautiful architectural miracles worth exploring. Today, the destinations allocated for sightseeing include the Kathmandu Durbar Square in all its glory and the Patan Durbar Square with its handmade architectural designs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is an epitome of cultural and religious diversity that can be beautifully observed in a country like Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.
Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the center of the Patan City and is another architecturally rich Durbar Square. It is a specimen of ancient Newari architecture and is furthermore attractive because pf the three courtyards named the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. There are numerous types of temples in numerous shapes and sizes, all around the vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir and the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books) adorn the entire region of the Durbar Square.
There will also be a briefing about the upcoming trek and it will be made sure that everyone is properly informed for the trek to start from the following day.
Today, we start off early morning to move towards Soti Khola. We have a long drive to Arughat Bazaar first. Our own van will take us to DhadingBesi first. The drive up to this point is through a pitch road, and from here, the graveled and bumpy road starts. We get off from the van and a four wheel drive will take us to Arughat Bazaar. The path follows the Trisuli River. Arughat lies in the Budhi Gandaki valley and is reached via a 5 to 6 hour drive from Kathmandu.
From Arughat, it is a 2-hour drive to SotiKhola. The path passes through forests. After being dropped off, we cross the suspension bridge in order to reach camp and spend the night in SotiKhola. Approximately 8 to 9 hour drive.
We wake up with eager minds and happy hearts as the trek comes to a start today. The trial follows a narrow section of the valley today and is transversed by cutting into a steep hillside. The entire area is densely forested with Sal trees. Through jungles, we reach a number of small villages. After crossing some streams through a steep rocky trail the valley becomes wider.
Through the wide valley, where a large tributary enters the Budhi Gandaki River, we will reach LapuBesi. After lunch, we descend down to the sandy riverbed below us and pass through steep and craggy valley side. We will walk around rounded stones and cross another suspension bridge to finally reach Maccha Khola village. Maccha means fish and Khola means river. The village surely lives up to its name. Approximately 6-7 hours trek.
Today, we start by contouring around the side valley and then rejoin the main valley. the narrow trail undulated up and down to eventually cross the Thado Khola. Beyond this is the KhorlaBensi which is followed by a rocky trail up to Tatopani. Tatopani, which essentially means “Hot Water” in Nepali, is home to the hot springs, which will soothe our aching muscles easily. We now climb over a ridge, to go further and cross the Budhi Gandaki suspension bridge.
A well-crafted staircase takes us to a landslide, crossing which we reach Dobhan. From here, we cross yet another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. Some steep ups and downs follow this point. From Thulodhunga, we reach Yaruphant, after which the trail levels out for a while. After crossing yet another suspension bridge, we follow a furthermore undulating path to reach the well-kept and paved village of Jagat. Colorful flowers around the pretty little village. Approximately 6-7 hours of trek.
Jagat is where our trekking permits for the Manaslu region are checked. The trek starts by climbing up the valley to reach Sirdabas. This is where we will be blessed with the magnificent views of the Shringi Himal. From here, the path drops down to the Ghatta Khola. From here, we continue upstream to reach the settlement of Philim through a long suspension bridge. This village is home to mostly Gurung inhabitants.
The trail now turns north and takes us along a fairly level trail. Through beautiful millet fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti. The area now changes as we enter an inhabited gorge. Occasional views of the Ganesh IV push us on. We now cross three suspension bridges and descend up and down the grassy land slopes. The valley finally widens and takes us through bamboo forests. Approximately 6-7 hours of trek.
We start off the trek today; with a short descend to the Budhi GandakiRiver. We cross it reach the village of Rana. With a fair amount of up and down the path, we arrive at Bihi. After passing through the village, we cross the Serang Khola and climb up above the Budhi Gandaki. This portion brings about the most impressive portion of the valley.
We begin noticing the influence of the Buddhist religion as Mani walls adorn the path. The trail takes us high above the river giving us view of Manaslu Massif before reaching Ghap. We reach the village of Ghap, which is known for the strong Tibetan influence it holds. The trekking trail changes in its topography as alpine forests of juniper and pine, along with the magnificent views of the mountains begin to appear.
After an hours of walking you will reach Namrung village is a good viewpoint which offers views of Ganesh Himal and Siring standing up tall in all of its glory. Mt. Himal Chuli peeks at us from the south. After a couple of days with long treks, we will embark on a shorter trek today. We are beyond the 3000-meter contour and it is absolutely necessary art this point to restrict the daily altitude gain.
The valley widens out beyond the village of Namrung. We pass along pastures and fields. Extensive farmlands all around us are created to ward off bears. We start off by walking through the village of Banjam. We climb out steadily through several forests to reach the Tibetan influenced village of Lihi. Lihi is home to Chhortens and barley terraces.
The trail beyond this point takes us to the Tibetan village of Sho, after we cross the large stream following down from the Lidanda Glacier. Above this picturesque village, we will be rewarded with the views of the snowcapped Manaslu North and Manaslu itself.
This is yet another short day which takes us up the valley. We gain more altitude and we will be graced with the views of the Manaslu standing tall and white before us. Following the eight bank of the river, with the views of the Ngadichuli ahead of us, we reach the village of Shala. Shala is home to the panoramic views of HimalChuli, Phungi and Manaslu. We now descend down the main trail, cross the incoming stream from the Punggen Glacier and climb to a ridge.
The trail follows a downhill path for a while and is followed by passage through some fields to reach Sama Gaon. Sama Gaon is adorned with beautiful stone houses and offers the magnificent views of the Manaslu. After lunch in Sama Gaon, we move up to reach the Sama Gompa or the Sama Monastery. The granite pyramid of Manaslu appears even better from this point. The rich Sherpa culture of the village is worth exploring. Approximately 3-4 hours of walk.
Today the trail mostly crosses grazing areas. The Budhi Gandaki, below us, is also small as compared to the roaring river we encountered on our way here. We continue to the course of the same river as we head north again. Every turn of the trail amazes us with excellent mountain views of the impressive Manaslu. We reach Kermo Kharka, which is also the starting point of the trail to the Manaslu Base Camp. We cross the river yet again and reach the last permanent settlement of the valley, Samdo(3860m).
Samdo is a remote village established in the 1950’s. Inhabited mostly by Tibetan refugees back then, this village is only a day’s walk from Tibet. Today too, the walk is less and there is much time left to explore the beauty of this village and mix in with the ethnic inhabitants residing in the region. The back of the Samdo village is a viewpoint offering excellent views of Larkye Peak, Ngadi, Hiunchuli, Cheo and Kang guru.
For, getting used to the thin air, proper acclimatization is recommended. This acclimatization helps your body to adjust for higher altitudes in a day to follow. We stay overnight at the same place.
This is the most difficult yet the most exciting part of the trek. We will be passing through the highest point of the trek, the Larkye La (5135 m) today. We start off with a short climb above our lodge to reach the north side of the Larkya Glacier. From here, the path climbs steadily upwards. Passing through frozen lakes with the perfect views of the Cho Danda and Larkya Peak, we continue further through boulders and ridge lines.
After a number of false tops along the way, we finally see the summit of the Larkye Peak with its fluttering prayer flags. The view from this point is absolutely breathtaking and picture worthy. All the trouble and the aching muscles will be swept away in an instant as the majestic panorama of the HimlugnHimal, Annapurna II, CheoHimal and Kang Guru graceour eyes. A chill wind blows at this altitude, thus making it difficult for us to stay for a longer time.
From the top of the Larkye la, is a steep descent to Dangboche Kharka. We stop for some rest there and continue down below to the lodges of Bhimthang. Bhimthang is located in a level ablation valley and this is where we will rest after the long, tiring yet fruitful day. Approximately 8-9 hours of walk.
Today, we can explore the village and mix in with the inhabitants of the region and try to understand their culture and style of living. This rest day is surely a welcome treat after the long and tiring day.
The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu is a beautiful one. We will be transported to Kathmandu in our private vehicle. The path follows the pretty combination of hilly and mountain views. The drive mostly follows the path beside the roaring Marshyangdi River initially but starts following the Trishuli River after almost 3 hours of the drive. You will have the entire evening to yourself and it is understandable if you would want to relax after the long and exciting trek that has been completed. For the enthusiastic ones, there is the opportunity to explore the bustling nightlife of Nepalese in Kathmandu. 7-8 hours’ drive.
The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.
Trekking Gears & Accessories
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.
There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.
If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.
If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:
The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.
So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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Manaslu trek is one of the challenging trek in Nepal. Cardiovascular fitness is the key to Manaslu Circuit. It helps in the function of heart and lungs to supply oxygen blood to muscles during the trek. As we gain higher altitude, the air pressure also decreases. It means there is less amount of oxygen to breadth. So, cardiovascular is the plus point to this trek.
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