Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Bus, Van and Jeep
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5160m/16, 924 ft

Highlights

  • Explore Stunning Vistas, Lush Forests, And More.
  • Pass across difficult mountain passes, such as Larkya La Pass
  • Enjoy Mount Manaslu's breathtaking vistas. It is the eighth-highest mountain on Earth.
  • Engage residents in dialogue in far-off villages
  • Magnificent mountains line the Budhi Gandaki River's valley.
  • Hiking trails provide a rare opportunity to study flora and fauna.
  • Cheo Himal provides sweeping panoramas of the Himalayas.
  • You and your fellow hikers will have lifelong memories from this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
  • Samdo, Lho, and other charming Tibetan villages make excellent travel destinations.
  • Spend some time relaxing in hot springs after a day of hiking.
  • An excellent way to discover the local culture and traditions is by visiting old monasteries.
  • As you hike through the stunning rhododendron woodland, take in the stunning mountain views.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days was introduced as a new trekking package for adventurous trekkers around the world who enjoy exploring this rich and unspoiled cultural province. This trip offers you a unique opportunity to discover the Manaslu Region, which is dominated by Mt. Manaslu (8164 m), a holy monastery, a beautiful town, a river, and a waterfall, as well as culture, customs, and tradition. Manaslu is located within the Manaslu Conservation Area, established in 1998 for wildlife habitat conservation and nature conservation. The isolated region was only opened to foreigners in 1991 after being closed for many years. We have designed this short, sweet trip for you after analyzing the limited holiday options available around the world.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, which lasts 12 days, starts in Kathmandu. We take a bus or a Jeep up to Maccha Khola (730m), where we will spend the night. Maccha Khola, a small settlement located on the Budigandaki River, is mostly inhabited by Gurung people. They are one of the main tribes of the Manaslu area, known for their culture and traditions. The trail mostly follows the Budhigandaki River, which originates at Mt. Manaslu, 8163m. We pass through villages where the Gurung, Magar,  live. The upper province is home to the Bhotia, descendants of Tibetan ancestors who speak one of the Tibetan dialects. This journey is a treasure trove of culture, traditions, customs, and lifestyles. Sama Gaun (3500m) and Shamdo (3880m) are two of the most interesting highland settlements to explore in this area. This journey's highest elevation is Larkya La, which is also its main attraction.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 12-day journey through unspoiled territory. It is the best-isolated route for trekking. This trek requires a minimum of two people in the group. It is also a semi-restricted zone, so the permit must be obtained from Kathmandu or Pokhara using a passport. The Manaslu Conservation Area permit, the semi-restricted permit, the Annapurna Conservation Area, and the Tims card are required. It is not possible to do this trek independently, so you should buy this trip from a government-registered agency. Tourist Link Trek, one of the oldest operators in the industry with the motto “Trekking for All,” is always happy to hear from you.

To minimize altitude sickness, we will stop in Samagaun for acclimatization before moving to higher altitudes. We can also acclimatize by doing a side trip to Manaslu base camp (4500m) or Birendra Lake. A second trail leads us to Larkya La Pass, where we can enjoy stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, and Larkya Glacier. From Larkya La Pass, you can enjoy panoramic views of snow-covered mountains such as Himlung Himal or Kang Guna. Around the Manaslu Circuit Trek will give you an insight into both Buddhist and Hindu culture and their daily lives.

Other similar treks in the Manaslu region

When is the best time to do Manaslu circuit trekking?

Pre-monsoon season, from March to May, and post-monsoon season, or from late September to December, are the optimum times to complete this Manaslu trek. The best months are often considered any time in October, November, April, and May. September, December, and March are additional suggested months for this walk. In our opinion, the next months are not ideal for undertaking this walk. It is extremely dangerous to cross the Larkya La Pass in January and February because of the high snowfall. It is best to avoid June, July, and August because of the risk of flooding and landslides brought on by excessive rains.

How difficult is the 12-day Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek covers approximately 177km/110 mi. On a 14-day itinerary, you'll walk for 10-11 days. This means that, on average, you'll cover 15-20km (9-12mi) daily. Each day. It is difficult to walk the first few days of the trail due to the steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and the uphill and downward walks. The Larkya La Pass is 5,106m /16752ft) high. This trek is the most difficult, with long hikes on snow-covered trails. Altitude sickness is a major challenge you may face on this trek due to the wide variations in altitude. If you are not doing it in the winter, you do not need mountaineering or hanging skills. You must be physically fit and in good shape, even if it is your first time. Strength and endurance training and cardio fitness training are recommended to maintain fitness levels at least three months before starting the trek.

Accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Accommodation on the Manaslu Trek includes clean huts and teahouses. Some places have upgraded guesthouses. The guesthouses have room heaters, en suite toilets and bathrooms, and a heated floor. The lodge owners add new facilities every year to improve the comfort of their guests. We will book the best lodges and guesthouses along the route for the duration of your trek when you book with Adventure Club Trek.

Food on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Trekking will serve all meals on a full-board basis, whereas in Kathmandu, only breakfast is served. Three meals are served daily during trekking from menus of tea houses, lodges, or local homes. We eat breakfast and dinner every day in the same location where we spend the night. Lunch will be served in a teahouse on the way to our destination. The Manaslu area has a different level of tourist infrastructure than exists in the Annapurna and Everest regions (and this is what makes this region so attractive). There will be no variety of food available. Tibetan bread, dal bhat, and tsampa are the main local foods. Adventure Club Trek recommends that we are prepared for a small adventure.

Is there Wi-Fi and a telephone in the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

All of the teahouses where you will spend the night have electricity. Paying a little fee, you can use communal hydroelectricity or solar panels to recharge your phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. We strongly advise bringing backup rechargeable power banks or extra batteries. We do not recommend bringing your laptop because there is no free WiFi along the trekking trail, and the telephone service may be better. Although some teahouses charge for hourly WiFi access, don't anticipate high-speed internet on the inaccessible trails.

Mode Of Transportation To Manaslu Circuit Trek

We will begin our journey by traveling 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola via Soti Khola. By private jeep, it takes 7 hours, and by local jeep, it takes 8 -9 hours. The entire first day of the trip consists of an off-road adventure ride. After the hike, you will take a Jeep for a six-hour drive from Dharapani before switching to another Jeep or local bus for a seven-hour travel to Kathmandu.

Drinking Water On Manaslu Circuit Trek

Water available in taps, streams, or river water is detrimental and unfit for drinking. Sadly, large fractions of the Nepalese population in rural and urban areas are deprived of safe and adequate drinking water. We recommend that our travelers drink boiled or purified water by adding purification agents. Although we discourage bottled mineral water, if you have to use it, double-check that the seal is intact and that the top of the bottle has yet to be manhandled. Overall, it is very important to drink adequate water while trekking in Nepal to avoid any threats associated with dehydration and altitude sickness. A liter of mineral water at lower-elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations costs up to $4, so the cost can add up.

Trekking Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The government of Nepal has decided to limit tourism in the Manaslu Region, which is the area between Jagat and Dharapani. This means that people who want to trek there alone can't do so. Instead, they need to get a special permit. Also, if you want to trek in this region, you have to be in a group of at least two people with a local guide. You can't just go with any guide; it has to be someone from a registered agency. You'll need three different permits for the Manaslu trek and an extra one if you plan to visit Tsum Valley as well.

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP

The Cost of the Trekking permits 

From September to November: USD 100 per person in the first seven nights and USD 15 extra per person each day after the eighth night.

From December to August: USD 75 per person for the initial seven days, and USD 10 extra per person each day after the eighth.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)  

This permit is required from Philm, where the Manaslu Conservation Area starts. The price is USD30 year-round for any days you spend inside the conservation area.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) 

You will need this permit from Dharapani to exit ACAP at Beshi Sahar. The cost of any day spent in the ACAP conservation zone is USD30.

Itinerary

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After breakfast on the first day, after breakfast, you will depart Kathmandu and head towards Machha Khola. Enjoy the views as you travel along the Prithivi highway alongside the Marysyangdi River and Trishuli Rivers. Dhading Besi is your destination. From here, the route continues to Arughat. The rocky paths can be bumpy, especially as you head northwest along the Budhi Gandaki River. As you move along, you'll pass Soti Khola - the trekking starting point in the Manaslu area. After passing through several Gurung and Magar villages, you'll arrive at Machha Khola. Overnight in Macha Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude900m/2952ft

After breakfast. We hit a narrow trail ascending and descending before crossing Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. There is a famous hot spring in Tatopani where we halt. For travelers taking a bath in the hot spring is a relief. We continue hiking through a forest and cross a suspension bridge over the Budhigandaki River towards a confluence. The trail ascends through stone steps across a landslide and over a ridge. We cross another suspension bridge over Yaru Khola, climb the stairs, drop into the river, and climb more stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Again, we cross
the west bank of Budhigandaki and climb over a ridge. We hike along the river and then rise toward the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude2,095m/4,395ft

From Jagat, we climb over a rocky ridge to Saguleri and descend to Sirdabas. We can view Shringi Himal as we descend to a river and cross a long suspension bridge before climbing up to Philim, a Gurung village. On the way, there are several waterfalls to Ekle Bhatti. Further, we descend and cross s Budhigandaki, advance along the west bank, travel to the east bank, and back again. The trail passes through bamboo forests taking us to Deng, The river we cross and reach Deng, a settlement. Overnight in Deng.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude2095m/6871ft

The route will take you to Upper Jagat, then Salleri. On the way, you will see two hydropower stations. Continue to Sirdibas, with views of Mt. You will reach Siring (7 239m). You will then reach Philim. You will trek from Philim through Chisapani to Ekle Bhatti and Nayak Phedi. These are mostly small, beautiful villages. You will have to cross two suspension bridges in Pewa. It is 45 minutes to Deng on foot. Stay overnight in Deng.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude2,900m/9,512ft

After breakfast, you'll continue your Day 5 adventure on the Manaslu Trek 12-Day Itinerary by leaving Namrung and heading toward the picturesque Lihi Village. Today's trail passes through a beautiful forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks. You will also cross the stream fed by the Lindanda Glacier on your way to Sho Village. This day's trek will take you past the Kani Stupa and offer stunning views of Simnang Himal (Mansalu), Naike Peak, and Mansalu. You will arrive in Lho Village after following the spiritual route, which includes praying wheels, praying flags, and mani walls. Stay overnight at a Lho teahouse.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3,500m/11,480 ft

You will now be following a stream. You will follow it through the forest as you go to the Shyala Village. The beautiful Himalayan villages surrounded by farmlands offer wide views of mountain ranges such as Ngadi Himnalchuli Manaslu and other nearby peaks. You will walk along the ridge stretching to Samagaun, following a stream from the Punggen glacier. This settlement is close to the Manaslu base camp and has vast pastures and farmlands. You can enjoy clearer, wilder Himalayan views from this vantage point.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3520m/ 11549ft

We acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air due to higher elevation. However, we will not stay idle but explore this village and learn about the lifestyles of the locals and their Buddhist culture. We have other options - hiking to the Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake (Tal) and then climbing the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery lies south of Samagaon and takes about a two-and-a-half- hour hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us tremendous views of the glaciers. Similarly, Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunderous displays.

In Samagaon, you have the option to see the following:

Birendra Taal (lake): At 3,450m, this is a beautiful, glacial lake. This lies around 3 km from Sama village.

Manaslu Base Camp:  It is 6 km away from the village and takes around 5 hours to reach. It lies at an altitude of 4,800m. Once here, you can enjoy views of the Manaslu Glacier, Birendra Taal, and a cave.

Pungen Monastery: This monastery is around 6-7 km from Sama Village. It offers better panoramic views of the mountains like Mt. Manaslu. You can also see the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. You may also see local Sherpas clad in traditional clothes and jewelry.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3,690m /12,103 ft

Today, we descend to the Budhigandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. We swiftly move across pastures before elevating gradually. We pass several mani walls on the Larkya la Trail as the valley widens. The easy trail above the river passes through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We cross a wooden bridge over Budhigandaki and ascend the steep headland. You will be amazed by the stunning view of Manaslu as you reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village close to the Tibetan border.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne

Today we make a short but relaxing journey to Dharmasala also called Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp. We hit the trail that crosses the wooden bridge over the Budhigandaki River. From here, we start ascending. Further, we cross streams and pass by Larkya Glacier before we hike around Salka Khola Valley. We make an ascent to the isolated stone guest house, a shelter popularly called Dharamshala Larkya Phedi, or Larkya Base Camp.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude4,450m /14,596 ft

The most difficult part of the trek is the 10th day. Early in the morning, you start your trek to the north side of the Larkya Glacier. Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, and Larkya Peak can be seen from here. You will then climb to the Larkya La Pass, the highlight of the 12-day Manaslu Trek. This Pass, at 5,213m, is the highest. You can see Mt. Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Himlung Himal.

After a while on the Pass, you will descend steeply down a high moraine of Salpudanda Glacier. You descend to a grassy Moraine in Dangboche Kharka. After 6 hours, the trail gets easier. You reach a large field, a Mani Wall, and a small refuge. Bimthang is a beautiful village. Bimthang is the place where you will spend your overnight stay.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude3,720m / 12,201 ft

Today is your last day and the longest day. The first thing you do is walk behind the moraine wall to the south, below Bimthang. The Bhimtang Glacier will be crossed. You will then climb the moraine wall to enter the most beautiful forests of Nepal. You will trek deep forests of pine, oak, and rhododendron. The trail descends until it reaches the Dudh Koshi River.
You will be able to see the beautiful Marsyangdi Valley as you travel. You will then reach Tilije, a Gurung village known for its local brandy. Enjoy some here. As you walk past police checkpoints, you will reach Dharapani. This is the starting point for the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Dharapani is the overnight stop.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinne
  • Max. Altitude1860m / 6,102 ft

After Breakfast, we will drive through Prithvi Highway at Munglin Bazaar. Further, we follow the meandering Trishuli River in reverse this time. Once again, you will enjoy interacting visually with nature through the window of the vehicle in this six-hour journey from Beshishara to Kathmandu. where you will spend the last night in Nepal.

 

  • AccommodationN/A
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude1358m

NoteYour safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary, but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline, and illness or injury can occur. To avoid dangerous situations, we may occasionally change the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That being said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Surface transfer to and from (Kathmandu – Machha Khola and Dharapani – Kathmandu by Private Jeep/Van).
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner on the last night in Kathmandu.
  • Government-licensed, English-speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for two trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Staff costs include Food, salary, accommodation, transportation, and medicine.
  • Insurance covers all staff, including porters, as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary papers works (Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees, special trekking permit for Manaslu)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 USD)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SundayMay 26, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayJune 06, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1179
Start DateStart: WednesdayMay 29, 2024End DateEnd: SundayJune 09, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1179
Start DateStart: FridayMay 31, 2024End DateEnd: TuesdayJune 11, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1179

All of our scheduled departure dates are guaranteed! But if they don't work with your travel schedule, we will be happy to assist you in choosing another day! You may start planning your tailor-made trips right now, whether you're a solitary traveler, a couple, a family, or a group. For information on prices and other questions, kindly contact us.

Useful Info

Getting There And Away

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most popular Nepalese treks closest to Kathmandu. The 126 km drive (80 miles) from Kathmandu to Machha Khola is exciting and takes about 6-7 hours in a jeep or 8-9 hours with a regular bus. If the road conditions are bad, you may have to start walking in Soti Khola. This will add an extra day.

Acclimatization, And High-Altitude Sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS), which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headaches, has Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines. A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms, including shortness of breath, even while resting. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk, and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker with serious AMS must be taken to a lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid accumulates in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue.

Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care. We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand, and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

Equipment And Packing List

We advise you to add the things to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, suitable modifications can be made to account for the particular needs, the time of year, and the distance traveled. Adventure Club Trek will supply the things denoted by an asterisk (*) at no additional charge. If you currently own these articles and would rather use your own, you are free to use them. In Kathmandu's Thamel district, one may find many inexpensive hiking supplies; quality varies, with imported goods from China frequently being of higher quality. Additionally, Kathmandu has several upscale stores that sell well-known brands. Please remember that the limit is 15 kg (33 lbs), as our porters will carry your pack.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

 

Important Documents And Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport-size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and for purchasing your drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • A bandana or headscarf, also useful in dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consisting of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat peg

 

Visa And Entry Procedures

All nationals except Indians require a visa for entry into Nepal. For 30 days, citizens of SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan are exempt from visa requirements. Getting a Nepal visa can be a simple process. Tourist visas can be obtained at the airport or official entry points. Travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Cameroon are not eligible for visas on arrival. You will find electronic kiosks at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, that can help you with visa processing. You will need to wait in the immigration line for your visa after completing the form and paying the fee.

Visitors can apply online for a visa within 15 working days of their arrival in Nepal. You must upload a passport-sized digital photo and your Nepal hotel address to the online form. You will need to print the confirmation page after submitting the online form. This must be presented at the Immigration section of the Kathmandu Airport along with your passport and the visa fee.

Tourists may also apply for a Nepali Visa at their home country's local Nepali Consulate or Embassy. They can also mail their application to the nearest visa office, but they should do this in advance to allow processing time. Nepal Visa Information for travelers of all categories and the cost of correspondence can be extremely useful. For more information and the contact details for the Nepali Embassy and Consulate in your area.

You will receive a visa for 15/30/90 days, depending on how you enter Nepal. The Nepal visa fee for multiple entries on arrival is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices in Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visas, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first-aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and Land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expeditions or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

A successful and satisfying experience on any team depends on mutual respect and consideration. Since our porters are essential to every trekking team, they are paid fairly and given good care. After your tour, you'll realize how much they merit your respect and appreciation. It is requested that all hikers carry at most 40lbs/22kgs of luggage. Adventure Club Trek is dedicated to giving our porters the appropriate clothes, tools, and lodging. They receive the same care as the rest of the trekking crew if they are seriously injured or unwell. We might even foot the bill for their helicopter evacuation. We back the IPPG, which seeks to maintain and enhance the working conditions for our porters.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Communication on trek

On the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal, the internet service will be available at lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the guesthouses, but as we reach high altitude, the communication will be through the phone for safety purposes. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once a day to make sure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly contact you for help you may need during the trek. Depending on the network you use, there could be a poor signal to the network before the high altitude. Upon your request, we can provide you with a separate local SIM card for a better network. Many places have WIFI service available at an extra cost.

Group Size and Team Composition

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members does not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

  • James RodenT
    James RodenTAustraliaDate: May 10, 2023

    The Best

    Three of us (two adults and a 13 year old) from Australia had the most incredible time thanks to Adventure Club Treks. We dealt with Birendra before the trip and he met us at the Kathmandu airport and took care of us the whole time with his kind and strong group of porters. All the gear, the planning, logistics, food, adventure, teahouses where we stayed, luggage, buses, jeeps...everything was thought of and taken care of. The walks were hard but spectacular and we will never forget Nepal, Birendra, the people, the animals, the food, the sights...everything was brilliant.

  • MARIE-HELENE V
    MARIE-HELENE VFranceDate: April 29, 2023

    THE "WAOW EFFECT "

    What an incredible time, journey, experience, share, and discovery... This trek has been such a beautiful life chapter. Everything was great! very well organized, safe conditions, magical moments of life sharing with Birendra, heart opening moments in the middle of Annapurna, meeting great people on great spots, sharing great times, unforgettable sceneries with unforgettable humans !!!
    One of my best trip ever. Back for Everest in 2024 !!!

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