Manaslu Circuit Trek -17 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Van, Bus and Public Jeep
  • Activity Cultural City Tour, Trekking/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 the medieval cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • The picturesque drive to Soti Khola
  • Budi Gandaki River valley and sub-tropical woods
  • Ethnic Gurung and Tibetan Buddhist populated villages
  • View of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Manaslu and Lamjung Himalayas
  • Sama Gaon and Samdo- alpine settlements
  • Ancient monasteries such as Ribung Gompa and Taka Choeling Gompa
  • The challenging high pass of Larke-La Pass (5160 meters)
  • Connects Budi Gandaki and Marshyangdi River Valley
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview 

Manaslu Circuit Trek- 17 Days is an ideal trip for thrill-seekers in Nepal. This restricted area trekking trail was opened for the trekkers in 1991, which requires a special trekking permit for more than one person at once. The route is located in the northwest part bound up by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). The 17 Days Manaslu trekking itinerary escorts you through the lush woods, and rugged terrain above the Budi Gandaki River valley, and crosses over the Larke La Pass (5160 meters). The alpine section of the trek also includes the glacial moraines and the challenging high pass that connects Budi Gandaki River valley with the Marshyangdi River Valley. During the trek, you will cross the Tibetan Buddhist influence communities such as Sama Gaon, Samdo, and Tilije. Being remote and isolated, the tea house accommodation is being developed with numerous comfortable accommodation options.

The Larkya La Pass (5,106m /16,752ft) is the highest point on the route. The pass is the viewpoint for Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi KungKang Koru (6981m), and Annapurna II (7937m). An advantage of doing the Manaslu trek is to experience two regions as both Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area overlap. It is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than hiking at lower elevations. This trek requires adequate time for proper acclimatization.

Edged by the Budi Gandaki and Marshyangdi River valley in northwest Nepal, Manaslu Circuit Journey stands as one of the most graceful adventure trekking. It is restricted trekking in Nepal, which requires a special trekking permit with a minimum number of two trekkers. The trip is a package, combined with a thrill, a challenging route with a 5160m high pass (Larke La), unique flora, and fauna with a remarkable touch of Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Driving 8-9 hours from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, the magnificent route of the Manaslu Circuit trekking tour leads you through the enchanting villages. The trail frequently switchbacks with numerous up and down to the Budi Gandaki River valley, crossing suspension bridges on the Manaslu trail. The trek passes through the rice and millet fields in the lowland terraces. As you walk further, you pass through the sub-tropical forest and head continually towards the alpine region, dotted with the rhododendron and oak forest. It is also a pocket zone of snow leopards.

Manaslu Circuit Trip offers a new cultural delight to the Tibetan Buddhist communities.Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Sama Gaon with Tilje are impressive villages on the route. Sama Gaon is the best attraction with ancient monasteries, chhortens, and mani walls, which represent the typical setting of spiritual lifestyles. Acclimatization is an essential part of the 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek. Samagaon is the best place to rest and explore around, which helps to adapt to the high altitude. Trekking further is a route with alpine meadows, and glacial moraines, and crosses the Larkay La Pass (5160 meters). It is an adventurous climb from Dharamshala beginning early in the morning. Larke Pass offers jaw-dropping Himalayan sceneries of the 7th tallest peak of the world- Mt. Manaslu (8156 meters), Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himalayas, and some of the summits of the Annapurna chain.

How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

The 17-day Manaslu Circuit Trek covers a total distance of about 150 km/95mi. You will be walking for 11 days. Each day you will be walking an average distance of 15 to 16km. For some travelers, the first few days could be difficult due to the steep trails going uphill and downhill. Crossing the Larkya La Pass 5,106m /16,752ft is the most challenging part of this trek with a laborious long day-hike on trails covered with snow and ice. Apart from altitude, another difficulty you could face during the Manaslu trek is altitude sickness depending on your ability to adjust to the high altitudes. Due to the rocky sections of the trail, steep up and downhill route, high altitude, and cold weather, the Manaslu trek has been marked as a challenging journey, which requires good physical fitness and acclimatization.

When is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Treks?

There are two best suitable seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Spring Season allows you a great time of walking with impressive weather, exploring the wildflowers, and less freezing nights. The views of the Manaslu Himalayan range along with Ganesh Himal and Lamjung Himalayas can be seen as stunning.

The autumn season is regarded as the best trekking season in Nepal and so is the case in Manaslu Circuit Trip. The days are amazing with fewer clouds in the sky. Days are relatively warm and nights are colder. To walk through the naturally rewarded trail, cross the Larke La Pass, and explore the dynamic Himalayan summits of the Manaslu region along with its surroundings are just incredible. Autumn is also the festival season in Nepal.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for 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 to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip.

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

Having 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 are still quite dusty and bumpy. We continually drive to Aarughat and further to Soti Khola. The foothill journey embarks from here.

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

With a countryside touch, we have breakfast and pack the stuff to leave. The scenic landscape begins to appear as soon as the trek starts. The trail from Soti Khola is pretty much rocky and switchback. First, we pass through the sub-tropical forest of Sal trees via Lapubesi. We stop for the lunch at Khanibesi. The local villages on the way belong to the ethnic communities of Ghale and Gurung people. The turn and twisting trail gradually led to Machha Khola. The impressive northeast view of Ganesh Himal entices us.

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

We begin the hike today after having breakfast at Machha Khola. First, we walk through the forest and reach the Gurung village of Khorlabesi. Frequently, we make ascending and descend above the Budi Gandaki River, and crossing the landslide area, we reach Tatopani (A natural hot spring, which is good for the skin). Heading further, we reach Dovan, where we have lunch today. After lunch, we continue the trek gradually via Yaruphant and cross a suspension bridge of 93 meters, which directs us to Jagat. We are officially in the restricted zone from Jagat, where you need to show your restricted trekking permit. Overnight in Jagat.

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

A good morning breakfast fills up energy till lunchtime. Preparing the backpack, we proceed via Salleri and hike down to Sirdibas. It is a culturally delighted town with various monasteries and a setting with fluttering prayer flags. It is the same even in Philim, which is a Gurung village with a checkpoint. The enchanting view of Sringi Himal can be seen from Philim. Leaving the Riverbank, we hike continually through the rhododendron forest and reach Ekle Bhatti for the lunch. Walking further, we cross a River, which splits the trail of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit, and of course, we choose the second one to walk all the way to Deng. Overnight in Deng.

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

Weather permitting; we can explore the views of Sringi Himal during breakfast time. Then we climb to the Rana Village and Bihi Phedi. We may encounter some wild animals on the way. We trek further to Ghap with an attentive walk due to the risk of rockfall and we make our way to Namrung in an hour through the rugged trail, which is a wonderful town with an MCAP checkpoint. Overnight in Namrung.

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

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village, one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

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

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.

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

On this day, we descend to the Budhigandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a sidestream. We swiftly move across pastures before elevating gradually. On the Larkya la Trail, we pass by several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. 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. Overnight in Samdo.

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

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, and Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  En route to these viewpoints, we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo.

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

As the altitude soars, the trek becomes more challenging. After having breakfast at Samdo, we explore Taka Choeling Gumba and continue the hike to Larkya Bazaar. We need to be aware of the symptoms of altitude to hike safely in the high-altitude region. On the trek, we get impressive views of Larkya peak and Naike Peak. We continue our hiking through the rugged terrain to Dharamsala, aka Larke Phedi, where we have lunch. Overnight in Dharamsala.

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

We prepare to leave Dharamshala early in the morning. It is also the most waited day and equally challenging. With great preparation, we begin the trek through the moraine route at a steady pace. The frozen temperature and slippery slope of the trail gradually escort me to the Larke La Pass (5160m//16, 924 ft). The best views of the iconic peaks like Kangguru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larke Peak, and Namjung Himal can be explored along with Mount Manaslu (8156 meters). Spending a while at the top taking group pictures, we gradually descend from the top, which is still challenging with steep descending and rock falling areas. The view of Pongkar Lake attracts us and we reach Bimthang after a long and tiresome journey.

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

The spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu and Lamjung Himal, Phungi, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal entice us at the breakfast time. Then we continue to trek downhill through the lush woods of rhododendron. We cross the stream and reach Karte for lunch. The fast current of the glacial flood usually causes destruction nearby the stream. We walk continually to Gho, pass through the forest and reach Tilije, which is our destination today. After a short rest, we visit the Tilije Gumba. Overnight in Tilije.

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

From Tilje, we commence the trek via Thonje, where we explore the Thonje monastery. Climbing down, we reach Dharapani, explore Mt. Manaslu, show the ACAP permit at the checkpoint, and drive to Besisahar by jeep. The driving route is pretty adventurous, but magnificent as well. The trip ends after reaching Besisahar and we take a rest. Overnight in Beshisahar.

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

After Breakfast, we start to drive from Besisahar right after breakfast. The picturesque scenery of the Marshyangdi River valley adjoins the Trishuli River Valley. On the way, we stop in a couple of places, which refreshes us and time to have lunch. Reaching Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. You have free time in the late afternoon and evening to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. In the evening, we celebrate the trip's success with the entire team with dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu

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

The Adventure Club Trek ensures that you enjoy the trip and have a pleasant experience. We hope whenever you visit Nepal, you would allow us the opportunity to serve you for any other trek, tour, or outdoor sports. We will be pleased to serve you. The Adventure Club Trek will arrange for your transportation to the international airport on a private vehicle for your final flight departure. Our representatives will see you at the airport.

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

  • MealsBreakfast

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are 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 there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

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 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs include their, 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 paper 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 arrangement.
  • 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 the 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: MondaySeptember 19, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 05, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1329
Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 22, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdayOctober 08, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1329
Start DateStart: SundaySeptember 25, 2022End DateEnd: TuesdayOctober 11, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1329
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 28, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 14, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1329

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Required Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Government of Nepal has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) a restricted area to control tourism in the region. That is to say, independent trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu and trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit. It is mandatory to form a group of at least two trekkers accompanied by a local guide. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. Freelance guides cannot issue the necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit. Three different permits are required for the Manaslu trek, and an additional one for Tsum Valley, if your trekking package covers the valley as mentioned below

1. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

Manaslu trek permit is issued by the Department of Immigration. You need to get the permit in advance before you set off on the journey. This Manaslu trek permit is required from Jagat till you reach the village called Samagaun. The last checkpoint for RAP is in Sama Gaun. Once you cross the village you need another entry permit (ACAP). The price for the Manaslu RAP depends on the number of days you spend between Jagat and Dharapani. On Manaslu Circuit Trek you will be staying for six nights or seven days from Jagat to Samagaun.

Price: September to November: USD 70 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

December to August: USD 50 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. You do not need a printed photograph for the Manaslu RAP, as it will be uploaded online and will be printed on the permit itself.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

The MCAP permit is required from Philim, where the Manaslu Conversation Area begins.

Price:

The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside MCAP. For an MCP permit, you will require a printed photograph.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

ACAP permit is required from Dharapani where until you exit ACAP in Beshisahar.

Price:

The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside ACAP. A printed photograph is required for the ACAP permit.

After obtaining these entry permits — Manaslu RAP, MCAP, and ACAP — there is no need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card.

Food on the Manaslu Circuit Treks

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Accommodations on the Manaslu Circuit Trek

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses/guesthouses during the trek. Note that the Manaslu region is a newly developed trekking destination therefore the facilities in the teahouses will be pretty basic. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement is available and will cost an additional.

Getting there and away

In the morning we drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu. The highway meanders together with the Trishuli River as we pass by the countryside Dhading Besi Bazaar and further cross Arughat to reach Machha Khola. The trek starts from Gorkha, home of the legendary Gorkha soldiers, and follows the meandering Budhigandaki river or the Darundi river before reaching Larkya La Pass (5,106 m.) and crossing over into the Manang district of Annapurna Conservation Area.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge on the Manaslu Circuit Route

Electricity is available in all teahouses where you will be spending the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or other electronic gadgets from solar panels or community hydroelectricity by paying a nominal charge. We strongly recommend you bring extra batteries or rechargeable power banks for backup. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail and the cellphone coverage is very poor, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

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 the 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 headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, 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 taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the 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.

First-Aid Kit

Our guides and porters are equipped with a basic first-aid kit during regular treks. For expeditions that take on the isolated and off the beaten trekking paths, a comprehensive first-aid kit is compulsory, the same goes for climbing expeditions as well.

  • A bandage in case of sprains.
  • Plasters/ Band-aids and antiseptic ointments for simple cuts
  • Iodine or water filter (optional) instead of buying bottled mineral water
  • Moleskin/Second skin in case of blisters.
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol -painkiller.
  • Oral rehydration salts-Nava Jeevan or Jeevan Jal (orange-flavored ORS)
  • The broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
  • Diarrheal stopper (Imodium - optional).
  • Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness).
  • Gel hand cleaner/sanitizer.

Note: We can add medical supplies as per the special needs of the trekkers to the first-aid kit given above.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your own such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* 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, snacks, and purchasing your own 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 for 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, consists 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/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visas for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries 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 at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, 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 expedition 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

Courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience on any team. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Experience Requirement

The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is roughly 177km/110mi. and on a 17 to 18-day trek itinerary, you will be walking for 11 to 13 days, which means walking an average distance of 15 to 20km (9 to 12mi.) each day. The first few days on the trail become difficult due to the harrowing steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and lots of uphill and downhill walks. Crossing the Larkya La Pass at 5,106m (16,752ft.) is the most challenging part of this trek with a long day-hike on trails filled with snow and ice. With great variations in terms of altitude, one major difficulty you could face during the trek is altitude sickness and your ability to adjust to the high altitudes. You do not require any special hanging or rope-climbing and mountaineering skills unless you attempt to do it during the winters. However, you need to be in great shape and physically fit even if you are a beginner. We recommend strength and endurance training, as well as cardiovascular fitness training to maintain your fitness level at least 3 months prior to starting the trek.

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.

Best season to do this trek

The Manaslu trek is best done in pre-monsoon season i.e., from March to May, and post-monsoon season i.e., from late September to December. In general, any time during October, November, April, and May are considered the best months. Other recommended months for this trek are September, December, and March. We do not recommend doing this trek during the rest of the months. Due to heavy snowfall in January and February, it becomes very risky to cross the Larkya La Pass. Likewise, heavy rainfall causing floods and landslides can be experienced during June, July, and August, so it is better to avoid these months.

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 do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Need to know about Manaslu Trekking Permit 

Where to obtain the necessary permits?

Authority does not issue an individual trekking permit for Manaslu. The Adventure Club Trek will carry out the procedures and have your permit issued for you.

Do I need a TIMS Card for Manaslu?

No, you don’t need a TIMS Card. However, if you continue towards the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani then you will need a TIMS, but the same ACAP Permit can be used for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Why do I need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit for the Manaslu Trek?

A part of the regular Manaslu Circuit Trek route from Dharapani to Beshisahar comes under (ACAP). Although you will trek only two days in the Annapurna Conservation Area, you still need to obtain a permit.

How much does the permit for Manaslu cost?

Permits for both Manaslu and the Annapurna Conservation Area cost USD 33 per person for each area unless you are a member of SAARC country. However, for the restricted area permit (Manaslu RAP), the price varies depending on the number of days you spend between Jagat and Samagaun.

How many photographs do I need?

You need two printed passport-sized photographs and a scanned photograph. Printed photographs will be used for ACAP and MCAP, whereas the scanned photograph will be uploaded on the online application form for the Manaslu RAP.

How long does it take to obtain the permit?

It may take an hour to obtain the permit. Sometimes the online system goes down and everything needs to be done manually, which might take a little more than an hour.

Can permits be obtained in advance before we arrive in Nepal?

The permits cannot be obtained in advance, as the Department of Immigration needs to verify the details with the original passport and required visa details. However, in certain circumstances, it can be issued in advance. For that, Adventure Club Trek will require a scanned copy of your passport’s main page, an e-copy of flight tickets to Nepal, and visa number if you have already obtained one in your home country.

Do I need a separate permit for the Tsum Valley?

Yes, a separate permit is required for the Tsum Valley. This will cost USD 40 per person per week and an additional USD 7 per person per day from September to November and USD 30 per person per week and an additional USD 7 per person per day from December to August.

Can a permit be issued on a Saturday and any other public holiday?

No, the Department of Immigration remains closed on public holidays. Thus, we need to issue the permit in advance if there is a long public holiday coming up.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

  • 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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