Manaslu Circuit Trek -17 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Car, Jeep and Jeep(Depends on Group Size)
  • Activity Cultural City Tour, and Daily 5- 6 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

Highlights

  • Explore the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu and scenic drive to Soti Khola
  • Trek through Budi Gandaki River valley and sub-tropical woods
  • Visit ethnic Gurung and Tibetan Buddhist-populated villages
  • Enjoy stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himalayas
  • Experience a mixture of Nepalese and Tibetan culture
  • Walk between the borders of Nepal and Tibet
  • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass over 5,215 m
  • Visit alpine settlements like Sama Gaon and Samdo
  • Discover ancient monasteries such as Ribung Gompa and Taka Choeling Gompa
  • Trek through the challenging high pass of Larke-La Pass (5160 meters)
  • Connect between Budi Gandaki and Marshyangdi River Valley on the tre

Manaslu Circuit Trek-17 days  Overview:

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour and then trekking through the stunning Manaslu Region. We are awed by the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu (8164m), the eighth-highest mountain in the World, it is the perfect place to see the rich heritage of the local people and its biological diversity.

This trek's highest point is the "Larkya La Pass," widely considered to be the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. This trek, like all Adventure Club Trek itineraries, allows for adequate acclimatization. The trek is largely a walking trip on mountain trails and can be done by people in good cardiovascular shape. It is important to remember that walking at lower elevations is easier on the body. It is said that the 'Manaslu Circuit Trek,' with its remoteness, solitude, and solidarity, is a stark contrast to trekking around Annapurna. This makes it a great choice for those who want to get closer to nature.

Manaslu circuit trekking is a Himalayan adventure that has been open since 1991. It's a great way to get off the beaten track! This itinerary is perfect for those seeking a pristine wilderness experience and authentic culture. It was designed to be manageable by moderately fit hikers and avoid altitude-related health issues. Discover spectacular mountain views and virgin terrains when you travel along the Nepal/Tibet Border.Manaslu is a restricted route that only allows groups with permits to trek the incredible paths and passes.

The trek starts at Soti Khola and passes through many beautiful villages in the Manaslu Region before ending at Besisahar. You will need a special trekking permit to enter the region. After passing through Arughat village, we continue to drive to Soti Khola, where we start our trek towards Machhakhola. From there, we can reach Jagat, Deng Lho, Samagaun Samdo, and Dharamsala. We descend to Bimtang after reaching the trek's highest point, Larke La Pass (5106m). Then, we drive to Besisahar and return to Kathmandu.

Adventure Club Trek takes care of all the necessary paperwork for this trip. Our experience in Trekking is over 18 years. You can trust us to make your trip memorable; we care for you. Your safety is our top priority! Manaslu Circuit Treks can be customized to your requirements anywhere between 12-17 days. This trek is best done in the spring, from March to May, or during winter, from mid-September to November.

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 110mi (177 km) route that takes 12-13 days to complete on a 16-17 day itinerary. It covers an average of 9-12 mi (15-20 km) each day, with the first few days involving challenging hikes due to the steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and uphills/downhills. At 5,106m (16,752 ft), the Larkya La Pass is the most challenging part, with long hikes on snow-covered trails. Altitude-related sickness is a significant challenge due to the variations in elevation. No specific mountaineering or hanging skills are required, but physical fitness is crucial—especially if it's your first time. We recommend strength and endurance training, cardio fitness, jogging, and running for at least three to four weeks before starting the trek.

What is the best season to do the Manaslu Circular Trek?

The best time to do the Theaslu trek is during the pre-monsoon season from March to May and the post-monsoon season from late September to December when the weather is optimal and enjoyable. The ideal months for this trek are October, November, April, and MaySeptember, December, and March are also recommended. However, doing this trek during the remaining months is not recommended. Heavy snowfall in January and February makes it risky to cross the Larkya La Pass, while heavy rainfall during June, July, and August can cause floods and landslides, making it better to avoid these months.

What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Manaslu 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.

Is there Cell phone reception on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Cell phone reception is available on the Manaslu Circut Trek but can be unreliable and unpredictable in some areas. The reception is good in the lower part of the trek near villages and towns. However, it can be limited or nonexistent at higher altitudes. Some teahouses and lodgings offer WIFI for a small fee. However, the quality and speed of the connection can vary. Bring a power bank and extra batteries to stay connected if your battery runs out or there is a power cut. It would help to rely on something other than your cell phone for navigation or communication during your trek. Carry a map, a compass, and a guidebook, or hire an experienced local guide to help you navigate the 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 USD30.

How Is Drinking Water On Manaslu Circuit Trek? 

Drinking water is readily available from rivers, streams, and springs along the Manaslu Circular Trek. Treating water before consumption is crucial to preventing waterborne illnesses like cholera and typhoid. You may purify water by boiling it for 15 minutes, using tablets or drops of water purification, or carrying a filtration system. Bring a refillable bottle or hydration pack to reduce plastic waste and environmental footprint. Some teahouses and lodges offer bottled water at higher elevations, but the Cost can be steep. Hydration is essential to prevent altitude sickness and maintain good health during the trek.

What are the meals on the Manaslu Circuit trek like?

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 exact 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 leading local foods. Adventure Club Trek recommends that we are prepared for a small adventure.

What is the electricity and wifi like on Manaslu Trek?

All teahouses on the Manaslu Circular Trek have Electricity. You can charge electronic devices using solar panels or hydroelectricity in the community for a small cost. Bring extra batteries or rechargeable energy banks as a backup. The wifi coverage is minimal, and the cell phone coverage could be better. Therefore, bringing a laptop along is not recommended. Some lodges offer a paid wifi service but may need more speed and connectivity.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Club Trek will receive you. After you complete your customs formalities, such as visa processing, our private vehicle will drive you to your hotel. Rest in your hotel suite before attending an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you on a magical journey to Kathmandu's four UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • We will visit the stunning Swayambhunath stupa, also known as the Buddhist monkey temple, on a hillside providing a breathtaking aerial view of Kathmandu valley.
  • We head east to the Pashupathinath temple, one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites. Our next stop is the striking Boudhanath, the largest spherical stupa in Asia.
  • We'll visit the enchanting Kathmandu Durbar Square, where a royal palace has been transformed into a national museum adorned with impeccable architecture, intricate carvings, and beautiful temples.

In the afternoon, our trekking leader will inspect your equipment; we'll get to know our fellow participants and discuss our upcoming journey.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast early in the morning at the hotel, we take a road drive initially towards the west through the Prithvi Highway. Then we leave the Highway and drive north from Malekhu. Some of the sections of the road still need to be more dusty and bumpy. We continually drive to Aarughat and further to Soti Khola. The foothill journey embarks from here. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude710m /2328ft

We begin our trek after a delicious breakfast and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. The trail to Lapubesi from Soti Khola, which is rocky and winding, meanders through a subtropical Sal Tree forest. This is an excellent spot for nature enthusiasts. Then we stop for lunch in Khanibesi, where you can meet the locals and learn about their diverse cultures. We pass through charming hamlets belonging to the Ghale and Gurung groups. This adds a layer of cultural experience. The trail curves and twists before reaching Machha Khola. This offers breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal, located in northeast Nepal. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude900m

After breakfast, we will begin our hike at Machha Khola. We first meander through a lush, green forest to reach the charming Gurung Village of Khorlabesi. We will ascend and descend the Budi Gandaki River on the trek. We will also cross landslide areas and visit Tatopani - a natural hot spring known for its skin-healing properties. We will then continue to Dovan, stopping for lunch before crossing a 93-meter suspension bridge. This will lead us via Yaruphant and over the 93-meter suspension, which leads to Jagat. Here, you will be required to have a trekking permit. We will spend the night in Jagat.

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

After breakfast, we trek via Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. This culturally rich city is surrounded by monasteries and prayer flags that flutter. Philim, an enchanting Gurung village that serves as a checking point, offers breathtaking views of Sringi Himal. We continue through a vibrant forest of rhododendrons to reach Ekle Batti, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch. We choose the Manaslu Circuit trail after crossing the river that divides the Tsum Valley Trail and the Manaslu Circuit. We arrive in Deng at night. Deng is where we spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,804m /5917ft

After breakfast, we begin our climb to Rana Village and Bihi Phedi. As we trek, we need to be attentive to the possibility of spotting wildlife. Our journey takes us to Ghap, and we must be cautious due to the potential risk of rocks falling. After approximately an hour, we arrive at Namrung using a rugged path. Namrung is a charming town with a checkpoint managed by MCAP, where we will spend the evening. Overnight at  Namrung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2630m/8626ft

Namrung village offers a spectacular view of Siring and Ganesh Himal. From this vantage point, you can also witness Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. With a steady climb through lush forests, you'll reach Lihi, a charming village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail then descends to cross Simnang Himal's side valley, with Ganesh Himal ever-present. The trek continues via Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages before finally arriving at Sama Village. You'll discover breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho and explore the acclaimed Ribung Gompa. Gaze in awe at the towering mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and vast glaciers straight ahead, and snow summits to the right, with Ganesh Himal standing tall at the far end in Shyala village. Our journey concludes in Samagaon, where we shall spend the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,530m/11,582ft

We spend the day at Samagaon for acclimatization, rest, and an introduction to the Sherpa culture. We explore the rich Buddhist heritage through the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and observe the Sherpa women adorned in traditional clothes and ornaments. The old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery on a hill near Sama village, offers breathtaking glacier views while representing the two peaks of Manaslu. Pungyen means bracelet. A Japanese team first attempted the climb, but a year later, the locals believed the climb angered the gods and thwarted the second attempt of the Japanese. They were finally triumphant in 1959. We spend the night in Samagaon.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,530m/11,582ft

On this day, we will descend to the Budhigandaki River and follow the trail to a bridge over a sidestream before swiftly moving across pastures, gradually ascending. On the Larkya la Trail, hikers will encounter several mani walls along the way as the valley widens. The easy-to-follow trail above the river passes through the picturesque juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. After crossing a wooden bridge over the Budhigandaki River, we climb the steep headland and reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village boasting spectacular panoramic views of Manaslu and close to the Tibetian border. Overnight will be in Samdo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,860m/12,665ft

Today is set aside for acclimatization and exploration, providing two exciting options. The first is a hike up the valley behind Samdo village towards one of the trade passes to Tibet, featuring unparalleled views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges like Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and Kang Guru. On the way, we can also spot seasonal herding settlements called doksas and stunning mountain birds such as the Lophophorus and Lammergeyer cruising above us, along with the Himalayan Griffin. The second option is to head toward Gya La, the frequently used trading route to Tibet north of Samdo. However, note that this route requires a whole day of hiking and can be tiring. Rest easy overnight in Samdo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3860m/12,660 ft

As we climb higher in altitude, the trek becomes increasingly arduous. Following breakfast at Samdo, we'll visit the Taka Choeling Gumba before continuing to Larkya Bazaar. It's essential to be mindful of the symptoms of altitude sickness to trek safely in these high-altitude regions. We'll experience awe-inspiring Larkya Peak and Naike Peak vistas along the trek. We'll continue through rugged terrain to our next stop, Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi, where we'll pause for lunch. Our night will be spent in Dharamsala.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4460m /14, 628 ft

We set off from Dharamshala early in the morning, anticipating the most awaited and equally challenging day. Fully equipped, we trek through the moraine route steadily, persisting through the freezing temperature and slippery trail until we reach the Larke La Pass (5160m//16, 924 ft). This pass offers the best views of iconic peaks such as Kangguru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larke Peak, and Namjung Himal, including Mount Manaslu (8156 meters). After taking group pictures at the top, we gradually descend from the challenging descent, which includes steep slopes and rock-falling areas. Along the way, we were captivated by the view of Pongkar Lake until we finally arrived at Bimthang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3720m/12, 201 ft

Starting the day with a breathtaking view of Manaslu and Himal creates an enticing atmosphere. After our delightful breakfast, we trek down through the lush woods of rhododendron and cross the stream. We continue until we reach Karte, where we stop for lunch near the stream commonly affected by glacial flooding. Our journey continues to Gho, where we pass through the forest before finally reaching Tilije, today's destination. Later, we visit the revered Tilije Gumba, encapsulated in rich culture. We'll spend the night in Tilije.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2300m/7544ft

We set off for the trek from Tilje, making our way via Thonje, where we visit the Thonje monastery. Trekking down, we reach Dharapani and explore the magnificent Mt. Manaslu while presenting our ACAP permit at the checkpoint. From there, we take a thrilling jeep ride to Besisahar, enjoying the adventurous route. Our amazing trip concludes upon reaching Besisahar, where we rest overnight.

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

After having breakfast in Besisahar, we embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque Marshyangdi River Valley that meets the Trishuli River Valley. We'll make a few stops along the route to refresh ourselves and grab some lunch. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll check into the hotel, and you'll have free time in the afternoon and evening when you can purchase souvenirs for your loved ones. We'll conclude our successful journey in the evening at a restaurant where we'll have dinner with the complete team. You'll spend the night in Kathmandu.

 

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek 17 Day ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safari, Rafting, Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern while traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary. However, 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 priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek -17 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu – Machha Khola and Dharapani – Kathmandu by Jeep/Van/Bus).
  • 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 walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 6 trekkers)
  • 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)
  •  Manaslu Circuit Trek (Restricted Area special trekking permit
  • 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.
  • 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: TuesdayApril 23, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 09, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: FridayApril 26, 2024End DateEnd: SundayMay 12, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: TuesdayApril 30, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 16, 2024StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599

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 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.

  • TommyToe
    TommyToeAustraliaDate: December 17, 2015

    Highly recommend ... Birendra and his team fantastic

    Thanks to Birendra for his great knowledge and assistance in getting our trek itinerary together after having to change regions due to accessibility. Always open and honest we were able to tailor our trek as needed for our own group of four people. And our guide Sonam, with Norbu and Manlama as our team, looked after us all the way in a professional and relaxed manner, making sure we were OK with acclimatization, ensuring everything ran smoothly, and providing flexibility if we decided to change our trek itinerary. A truly amazing experience with the people and places of Nepal. We wanted to choose a locally run company for our trek and found a winner in Adventure Club!

  • RichardMcKee1000
    RichardMcKee1000United StatesDate: May 28, 2015

    Wonderful help in planning my time Nepal!

    I arrived in Kathmandu with my itinerary for the next 2 weeks all planned out. Birendra looked over it carefully and helped me rearrange it to be more realistic. Because of his experience and knowledge of the country, he knew that it would be an extreme hassle to get from point A to point B in one day, so he convinced me to give up on point B and substitute another destination. I was very thankful for this change because otherwise, I would have been very close to the epicenter of the earthquake. After the earthquake, Birendra kept constantly in touch with me to be sure that I was not having any problems. He did this while taking care of his frightened family and leading a grassroots effort to build sturdy shelters for people whose houses were destroyed!
    If I could I would rate Birendra at beyond excellent as a travel guide and trip planner!

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