Manaslu Circuit Trek -13 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Car, Jeep and Jeep(Depends on Group Size)
  • Activity Approximately 6-7 Hours Trekking/Hiking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 14 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5160m/16, 924 ft

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights: 

  • Stunning views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world
  • Challenging Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5135 meters
  • Unique culture and lifestyle of Tamangs and Gurungs
  • Remote Tibetan-style villages like Samdo and Lho
  • Beautiful landscapes and lush forests
  • Endangered species like snow leopards, Himalayan tahrs, and musk deer
  • Ancient monasteries and gompas
  • Rhododendron forests, waterfalls, and natural hot springs
  • Opportunity to experience the rich cultural traditions and customs of the locals
  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna range and other surrounding mountains
  • Clear, spectacular weather during the autumn and spring seasons
  • Physical challenge and opportunity for adventure and personal growth.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview: 

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 13-day journey around the eighth-highest mountain in the world. It begins in Maccha Khola and ends in Beshishara. This is a great trek for those who want to experience something new in Nepal but still enjoy the most stunning and jaw-dropping views. The Manaslu Circuit is often compared to the Annapurna trek before it became popular! The region was closed to tourists until the early 1990s and is still restricted. It's not as high as the Annapurna circuit, but still a beautiful, less-trodden route. 

The drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola takes approximately 8/9 hours. The drive from Dharapani back to Kathmandu is about 7/8 hours. The 9-day trek is a long one. Two days are set aside for rest and acclimatization. You will stay in the same village during these two days. After climbing to and over Larkya La (5160 meters), the trek ends at Larkya Phedi. You can see Himlung Himal,Kang Guru, and Annapurna II from there. It takes approximately 3 days to descend.

Manaslu Circuit Trek will take you around the Manaslu Conservation Area. The view from the top of the eighth-highest mountain in the entire world is breathtaking. If you have already done the Annapurna circuit, this trek is a good alternative. Manaslu Circuit Trek starts at Maccha Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar. It can be extended up to 21 days by adding a side trek into the Tsum Valley.

This trek was only opened in 1992 to 400 trekkers. It still feels like an expedition that is pioneering. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an excellent way to experience what trekking was like in the 1980s. But you must be physically fit. You wind slowly north to the Larkya La Pass, which is surrounded by snow and borders Tibet. It is difficult to deal with the altitude, but it's almost forgotten when you see Manaslu. Larkya La Pass, at 5,167 meters/16.952 feet is often covered in snow and ice. On the descent, micro crampons are commonly used. To reach the highest point, you must start your trek at 4 am to avoid the wind. The winds usually arrive around midday.

Looking backward from the pass gives you a clear picture, but the best view is after you leave the pass and walk along the corridor towards the west. The great cirque of glaciers bursts in view. The wall of ice created by Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal is awe-inspiring. Annapurna II stands in front. The view is worth the trek. Adventure Club Trek will arrange for your 13-day all-inclusive trek. If you don't want to camp, then the trek can be done in a teahouse. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is less popular than the Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek is physically challenging, yet scenically rewarding and culturally enriching.

Other similar treks in the Manaslu region

How difficult is the 13-day Manaslu Trekking?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is approximately 177km long (110 mi). It takes 13 days on average to complete. You'll hike for 10-11 consecutive days and average a daily distance between 13-16km (7-10mi). The steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and the uphill and downward sections of the trail can make the initial stages of the trek challenging. Larkya La Pass is at 5,106m (16752ft), the highest point on the trek. This section is the most difficult and involves hiking on long snow-covered trails. Altitude sickness is a major challenge you might face during the Manaslu Circuit Trek due to the significant changes in altitude. If you do the trek in a different season than winter, then no mountaineering skills or technical knowledge are required. Even for novice trekkers, it is essential to maintain a good level of physical fitness. To maintain fitness, it is recommended that you engage in strength- and endurance training as well as cardio-fitness exercises at least three months before starting your trek.

When is the best time to trek Manaslu?

The ideal time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. These periods offer the best weather and optimal conditions for a successful and enjoyable trekking experience. During autumn, the weather is generally stable with clear skies, providing magnificent views of the surrounding peaks, including Manaslu, which stands at 8,156 meters (26,759 feet). The moderate temperatures make it comfortable for trekking, and the trail is typically dry and easily passable. The landscape comes alive in spring with colorful rhododendron blooms and lush vegetation. The weather remains pleasant, and the clear skies allow for stunning vistas. The temperatures gradually rise, melting the winter snow and ensuring safer passage across high-altitude sections of the trail.

What is the accommodation on the Manaslu Trek like?

The most common type of accommodation on the trek is a basic guesthouse. These are simple guesthouses with twin beds and shared bathrooms. It's best to bring a sleeping bag with you for warmth. Blankets will usually be provided. The meals are usually served in communal dining areas, with a menu that includes both local and Western cuisine. As the trek becomes more popular, some lodges may offer slightly better amenities, such as attached bathrooms, heated showers (often at an additional fee), and comfortable beds. These lodges are usually found in the larger villages along the route.

What is the food like on the Manaslu 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 daily 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 on the Manaslu Trek?

All the teahouses where you will be staying overnight during the Manaslu Circuit Trek have access to electricity. You can pay a nominal fee for communal hydroelectricity or solar panels to recharge your phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. It's recommended to bring backup rechargeable power banks or extra batteries in case of any power outages. However, we advise against bringing laptops as no free Wi-Fi is available along the trekking trail, and the telephone service may be more reliable. While some teahouses may offer hourly Wi-Fi access for a fee, don't expect high-speed internet due to the remote location of the trekking trail.

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 USD 30.

How Is Drinking Water On Manaslu 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, it can cost up to $4, so the cost can add up.

What is the cost of Manaslu Trekking?

The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek varies depending on several factors, including the trekking route, duration, and overall quality of the services provided. The average cost ranges from $1,200 to $1,500 per person for a 13-day trek with a reputable guide and porter. This cost usually includes lodging, meals, permits, and transportation. The cost may be higher or lower depending on the number of individuals in the group, the season, and the level of comfort required. Additional expenses may include travel insurance, gear rentals, and tips for guides and porters. Booking the trek with a government-registered agency is recommended to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Experience Required for 13-Day Manaslu Trek

During the 13-day trek, you'll walk for about 10 to 11 days, covering an average distance of 15 to 20 kilometers (9 to 12 miles) daily. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is 177 kilometers (110 miles) long. The first few days of the trek can be challenging due to the steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and various uphill and downhill sections. The most difficult part of the journey is crossing the Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet), which involves a full day of hiking on snowy and icy trails. Dealing with altitude sickness and adjusting to high elevations are significant challenges during the trek, as the terrain goes through significant height variations. Technical mountaineering or climbing skills are only required if you undertake the trek in cold weather. However, being in excellent physical condition is important, even if you are a beginner. Maintaining your fitness levels by exercising strength, endurance, jogging, and running at least three months before the trek is recommended.

Itinerary

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We travel early in the morning. As we drive, we can enjoy the scenery. As we drive along the road, we will see the Trishuli River meandering at the base of verdant mountains with scattered communities. The Trishuli River is a popular place for rafting. We will go on the paved road until Dhading Besi Bazaar. Then we'll continue to follow it along with unpaved roads. Arughat is the first place we pass to Macha Khola Khola. Sleep in Macha Khola.

                                                                             

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude930m/3,051 ft

Trekking from Machha Khola to Jagat is a scenic adventure that takes you through breathtaking landscapes, traditional villages, and ancient trails. The trek starts at Machha Khola, a small village in the Gorkha District, and winds its way along the banks of the Marsyangdi River. As you climb toward Jagat, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Himalayas, dense forests, and rolling hills. The trail is challenging, with steep ascents and descents, narrow trails, and river crossings, but the rewards are well worth it. Jagat is a remote hillside village that offers a glimpse into traditional Nepali life and culture, making the journey a truly unique experience. Overnight in Jagat.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,340 m /4,396 ft

After breakfast, we start our journey through the diverse landscapes of Nepal. The route passes through dense forests, rolling hills, and traditional villages, offering a unique insight into the local way of life. Trekking along the Marsyangdi River, you'll pass through Tal, a small village known for its scenic beauty and cultural significance. The trail then climbs towards Chame, the administrative center of Manang District. From there, you'll continue through Pisang and reach Pewa, a small lakeside village surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayas, pristine forests, and thundering waterfalls, making it a trek you'll never forget. Overnight in Deng.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,804 m/ 5,918 ft

You'll have breakfast after sunrise before you begin the trek for the day. You'll first traverse a bamboo forest as you make your way to Deng. Continue onward, and you will cross a suspension to ascend to Rana Phedi. You may see white-faced monkeys searching for food in the villages along the trail.

As you continue your journey to Ghap, you will pass through several landslide areas. To ensure your safety, you must exercise extra caution and follow the instructions of your guide. After you pass the landslide area, you will continue on the trail to Namrung. After an hour of uneven terrain, you will ascend a zigzag trail from the river up to the picturesque village of Namrung (2660m). Overnight in  Namrung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,630 m/ 8,628 ft

Trekking to Lho offers a beautiful journey through Nepal's stunning landscapes. The trek takes you through lush forests, rocky terrain, and traditional villages. This gives you a unique perspective on local culture and lifestyle. Before reaching Lho, you'll travel through charming settlements like Lihi and Sho. Lho, a Himalayan village surrounded by towering mountains, is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. You'll enjoy breathtaking views along the way. This is a trek that you will remember. Overnight in  Lho.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,957 m/ 9,701 ft

Trekking from Lho to Sama Gaun is a short but rewarding journey that takes four hours. The trail winds through scenic countryside, offering stunning views of the Himalayas. You'll pass through traditional villages and terraced fields, experiencing local culture and lifestyle firsthand. As you climb higher, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The trek ends in Sama Gaun, a picturesque village in a valley surrounded by towering mountains. It's an ideal spot to rest and reflect on your journey, soaking in the area's natural beauty.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3.530 m/11,581 ft

Samagaon is the perfect place to acclimatize to the higher elevation and thinner air. Take some time to explore the village and experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the locals. There are several options for activities, including hiking to Birendra Lake or Manaslu Base Camp, as well as a visit to the stunning Pungyen Monastery. The monastery is nestled south of Samagaon and offers breathtaking views of the glaciers. Alternatively, admire the beauty of Birendra Tal, a glacial ice lake located at 3,45m, where thunderous displays of ice blocks being thrown into the water can be observed. Other highlights to experience in Samagaon include a trek to Manaslu Base Camp, which takes about five hours and offers stunning views of the Manaslu Glacier, and visiting the Pungent Monastery, just 6-7 km from Sama Village, where you can witness thousands of mani stones with Buddhist images and texts. Take advantage of the chance to see Sherpas dressed in their traditional clothing and jewelry while enjoying the scenery of the mountains, including Mt. Manaslu.

 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,865 m /12,680 ft

Today's trek takes us on a descent towards the Budhigandaki River, following its meandering path until we reach a bridge over a smaller stream. Crossing the bridge, we venture through serene pastures, gradually ascending as we proceed. We encounter numerous mani walls along the Larkya la Trail while the valley expands before us. The trail, which effortlessly winds above the river, guides us through the fragrant juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Crossing yet another wooden bridge over the Budhigandaki, we embark on a steep ascent up the headland. Prepare to be awe-inspired by the magnificent sight of Manaslu as we approach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village near the Tibetan border.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,865 m /12,680ft

As a day of rest in Samdo, you'll have the opportunity to embark on a day trip to the Tibetan border on your day off in Samdo. You'll be able to see parts of Tibet and Nepal from this vantage point. You may be lucky enough to see a Yak caravan pass through the border region, which will add cultural value to your experience.

When you reach the border, look southward to the Samdo Glacier. You'll find some excellent photo opportunities, including a large serac at the top of this glacier. As you capture memorable photos of the beautiful surroundings, be on the lookout for blue sheep, picas, and marmots. This day trip offers breathtaking views and unforgettable moments, making it a great break from your trek.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,460 m /14,632 ft

As you begin another adventurous day in the high altitude of the Manaslu region, it's important to listen to your body signals as you start another adventure in the high-altitude Manaslu area. As you take in the stunning views of the Himalayan range, you will slowly and steadily traverse the rugged terrain that characterizes this remote landscape. You will continue your journey to Dharmasala, where you can marvel at the magnificent beauty of the mountains surrounding you and enjoy the tranquil ambiance in this high-altitude wilderness.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,590 m/ 11,778ft

From Larke Phedi, the trail ascends and offers stunning views of Larke Peak. According to Lonely Planet, "The Larke La is one of the most beautiful pass crossings in the Himalayas." The Manaslu Circuit's highest point is on this day, which is also its toughest. The Larke La Pass, which is only 8 kilometers from the Tibetan border, is the trek's highest point. An early start enables you to cross glacial moraines in the dark. The Larke La Pass is a great location to see the scenery of the neighboring snow peaks.

Before making the difficult, steep descent to the trail that circles Bimthang and follows the glacier moraine below, you have time to soak in the beautiful scenery. Buddhist prayer stones and abandoned homes. The hike will take nine hours from your guesthouse's early morning departure. Overnight in Bhimtang. 

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2550m/8367ft

The journey from Bimthang to Dharapani is scenic and takes 6-7 hours. The trail passes through dense forests and traditional villages. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Dharapani, a small village in the Manang District, is known for its scenic setting and cultural importance. You'll then drive for 4 hours to Besisahar - a busy town on the Marsyangdi River's banks. As you enjoy the stunning scenery, the drive is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the trek and take it all in. Besisahar is the final destination of your tour. Here you can relax, enjoy the local cuisine, and then head back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse.
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude760m

After your trek, you'll take a jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar, then enjoy a scenic ride back to Kathmandu. The journey lasts about 6 to 7 hours with beautiful views. Once you reach Kathmandu, chill out in a fancy hotel to recover from your trek in the Manaslu area. Enjoy the comfort and think back on your adventure before heading home.

  • AccommodationN/A
  • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m / 4,265 ft

Note: 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 date! 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 usUnlike other tour companies, please note that our company transfers you by private vehicle. 

 

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer to and from (Kathmandu – Machha Khola and Dharapani – Kathmandu by Private Jeep/Van).
  • 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 work (Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees permit)
  • Special trekking Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek 
  • 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: SaturdayApril 20, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 02, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1199
Start DateStart: TuesdayApril 23, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 05, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1199
Start DateStart: FridayApril 26, 2024End DateEnd: WednesdayMay 08, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1199
Start DateStart: TuesdayApril 30, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 12, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1199

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

Manaslu Circuit Trek Trip Note:

Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort to follow the original itinerary but reserve the right to change it 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.

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 is accumulated 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,s 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

  • 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 at 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 13 Days, 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, we will communicate via phone for safety. We communicate with all our valuable clients through the team leader at least once daily to ensure you are fine and enjoying the trip. The Adventure Club Trek office in Kathmandu will constantly touch 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. We can provide you with a separate local sim card for a better network upon your request. 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 with each other 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.

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