Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 14 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Bus, Van and Jeep
  • Activity Trekking and Hiking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept-Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5160m/16, 924 ft


  •  Mt. Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks are always in the background
  • Larkya La Pass (5167m), the highest point on Manaslu Trek
  • Opportunity to immerse in local cultures near the Tibetan border
  • Hike up to Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the Manaslu trek
  •  Trek in unspoiled diverse ecosystems
  • View of eight of the highest peaks in the world -- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II
  •  Spot wildlife including Tahr (Mountain goat),Agali(Blue Sheep),pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan marmots, rare snow leopard

Manaslu Circuit Trekking  Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking in Nepal is an excellent and short journey around Mt. Manaslu (8,152m/26,745ft) — the eighth-highest peak in the world. The Manaslu Conservation Area has been open for trekkers since 1991 and is a restricted route and requires a special permit for trekking. The less traveled trails of the Manaslu region through rural parts of Nepal offer epic views in all their glory of Mt. Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks always in the background.

Manaslu Circuit Journey offers an extraordinary experience that is very different from treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions which, receive the largest number of trekkers. With a few visitors encountered along the way, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is an opportunity to enjoy a wave of peace and tranquillity away from the noisy set of the modern world. The trekkers on the ancient trail enjoy authentic Nepali culture and hospitality. Since the local lifestyle has changed very little over the centuries, the Manaslu Circuit Tourcan be compared with time travel — going back in time.

The Manaslu Circuit offers rich local cultures, Buddhist traditions and biological diversity, and extreme climatic variations that we experience within 100km in the region. Larkya La Pass (5,106m /16,752ft) is the highest point on the route. The pass is the viewpoint forHimlung Himal(7126m/23,378ft), Cheo Himal (6820m/22,375ft), Gyagi Kung, and Kang Koru (6981m/22,903ft), and Annapurna II (7937m/).


Manaslu Circuit Trek Comprehensive Guide

Manaslu Circuit trek is an immensely thrilling journey around the eighth highest mountain in the World, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781ft). Trekking to Manaslu is the proverbial ‘road less traveled’ which, when taken, can make all the difference in your life! The Manaslu circuit doesn't see as many trekkers compared to the Annapurna or the Everest region, but that only makes for a better rogue trekking trail. Jaw-dropping views of Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh

The Himalayan Range will not leave you for the most part of this journey. During the trek, you get an opportunity to witness ancient cultures and the medieval lifestyle of people farther north toward the Himalayan peaks. The locals in the region are far from modernization and commercialization. The villages ofLho, Sama Gaun, and Samdo are the highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek

Trek to Manaslu Circuit begins from the historic center of Gorkha after a 6-7 hours scenic drive through beautiful rural countryside from Kathmandu. The trail heads up the valley of the Buri Gandaki River through a wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic community. During the Manaslu Circuit trek, you will get an opportunity to interact with the locals. Most of the locals in this region are the direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants, and the majestic Himalayan region with Larkya La in focus is one of the most remarkable passes of the Himalayan region. This trek is a pure adventure at its zenith. You will remember it for a long, long time.

The trekkers get to enjoy two regions as Manaslu Conservation Area links Annapurna Conservation Area along the route. The trail follows the meandering Budhigandaki Riveror Darundi River and crosses over the Larkya La Pass (5,106m), which is the highest point, onto Annapurna Conservation Area. The trail traverses the interesting Manaslu peak (8156m.), crossing the Larkya pass at 5100m, and finally breaks out onto the Marshyangdi river valley along a route that hits the Annapurna circuit; this gives you an incredible experience on where to conclude your trek.


When is the best time for Manaslu Trekking? 

Pre-monsoon season (March to May) or post-monsoon (Mid-September to December) is the best time for the Manaslu Trek. In other seasons, due to heavy snowfall, it becomes very risky to cross the Larkya La Pass in January and February while torrential rains are likely to cause floods and landslides during the monsoon (June to August). We do not advise going on this trek during monsoon or the winter in its full swing.


How difficult is Manaslu Circuit 14 Day Journey?

The 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek covers a total distance of about 150 km/95 mi. 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 trail going uphill and downhill. Crossing the Larkya La Pass 5,106m /16,752ft is the most challenging part of this trek with a strenuous 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.


Is the Manaslu Circuit 14-Day Trip right for you?

If you have time over two weeks and wish to trek in the Himalayan region other than the much-crowded Everest and Annapurna routes then Manaslu Circuit Trek is right for you. A beginner who is physically fit and mentally prepared may choose Manaslu Circuit Trek. On this 14-day trip, you will be hiking for 11 days with an average distance of 15 to 16km every day on average. As a whole, Manaslu Circuit Trek does not require any special skills in rope-climbing and mountaineering to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. If this 14-day trekking is very difficult or too short, you may choose 17-day Manaslu Trek or 16-day Manaslu Circuit Trek.


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In the early morning, we set off on Journey to Machha Khola. During the drive, you will enjoy the countryside views. Along the highway, you will get an opportunity to see the meandering Trishuli River on the base of lush green hills with scattered settlements. Trishuli river is popular for rafting. We will be driving on a tarmacked road from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi Bazaar from where the rough road starts. We cross Arughat to reach Soti Khola Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude700 m / 2296 ft

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

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

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

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

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

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

We ascend the steep trail and descend to a river which we cross and go uphill across several settlements decorated with Mani walls that give a glimpse of Tibetan heritage. On reaching Namrung, you will make an excursion to the Prok village. Overnight in Namrung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2900m/9512ft

Namrung offers a stunning view of Siring, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We ascend the trail that passes through forests. There is a village with chortens. You will be awarded a stunning view of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike. We take a detour via Pungen Glacier which offers a spectacular view of Manaslu. A long stone Mani wall shows that you are in the village of Lo Gaun. There is a famous Ribung Gompa, a monastery. Overnight in Lo Gaun.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3180m/10430ft

As we follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier we get 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. At the far end, we enjoy the astounding view of Ganesh Himal as the trail leads us to Samagaun. This is one of the most beautiful villages you will encounter during the trek.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

Today you will spend the day for acclimatization at Samagaun (3500m). We may head for the Manaslu Base Camp (4750m/15584ft), for a full day hike. This round trip can be completed in about 7-8 hours. If you opt for the half-day walk, we may go to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. We will return to Samagaun for the night.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

On this day, we descend to the Budhigandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. 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.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3690m/12103ft

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

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4450m/14596f

It is going to be a tough day today. We hike through the north side of the Larkya Glaciers offers amazing views of Cheo Danda and Larkya Peak. We gradually climb towards Cho Chanda and further up to the Larkya La Pass. The sight of Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981 meters), and Annapurna II (7937 meters) are remarkable from the pass. After relishing the astounding views of the Himalayas, we walk down the steppe to reach Bhimphedi below the Larkya La pass (5220m/17122ft).

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3590m/11775ft

Bimphedi offers marvelous views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend and cross a grassland at Sangure Kharka. Upon crossing a bridge over Dudh Khola, we pass through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. We make a steep climb over a ridge and descend to a riverbank and pass by a village of Gho to reach Tilije.

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

After breakfast, we set off on a downhill easy walk for about 3 hours to Dharapani. We walk down the trail over the hill with grasses, shrubs, and sparsely populated trees or farmlands or villages. Dharapani which is located on the highway to Manang is our stopover for lunch. Dharapani is the checkpoint where the trails to Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area overlap. After lunch, we head to Besisahar. Beshisahar, a small town with Gurung dominance, has grown in popularity as a trailhead for Annapurna Circuit Trek since the 1990s. Overnight in Beshisahar.

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

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


  • 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.

Trip Map

Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 14 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed- and- 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 walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • 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 and Pokhara.
  • 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: TuesdayMay 30, 2023End DateEnd: MondayJune 12, 2023StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1469

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

  • Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
  • 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.


The price is the same throughout the year: USD 33 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.


The price is the same throughout the year: USD 33 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.


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.


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.


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 amount of 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 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 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 recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, to 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 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, 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


  • 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)


  • 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


  •  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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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

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 with your visa processing. After 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 the online visa within 15 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 in 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 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

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/110 mi. 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 12 mi.) 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 winter. 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.


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 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. 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 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.


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.


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 for 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 or 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 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.


  • Q1. Why Choose Adventure club trekking?

    Adventure Club Trek and Expedition is one of the leading trekking agencies in Nepal. We have been organizing all kinds of trekking tours in Nepal. We also operate tours in neighboring countries like Tibet, Bhutan, and India since 2008.

    • Over the years, the Adventure Club Trek has acquired the trust and confidence of clients.
    • All our professional and locally trained guides have field experience for over ten years.
    • As we have gained a reputation in the trekking and tour, we always conduct the guaranteed departure.
    • During the trip, we provide all our clients with hygienic food and accommodations at a reasonable price.
  • We advise you to arrive in Kathmandu at least a day before we start the trek. You will have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of any difficulty during the trek which might lengthen your trip. Keeping a few extra days gives you a way to cope with the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.

  • Yes, a representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and also see you off at the airport during the departure.

  • Yes, most of our departures sell out during the peak seasons but during the off-season, we generally have smaller groups. We guarantee all departures. Once you make the deposit, we will certainly organize the trek for you. Your departure can also be scheduled.

  • You can pay the balance with a credit card or in cash (we accept all major currencies) before making the departure on the trek. This is to inform you that we charge 3.5% fee for credit card payments. So, it’s up to you to choose the modes of payment.

  • It is sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case, please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

  • We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (with a little bit of extra cost) and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it's generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you're willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

  • The 14-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 steep trail going uphill and downhill. Crossing the Larkya La Pass 5,106m /16,752ft is the most challenging parts on 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. It does not need any mountaineering and rope-climbing skills if you do not attempt it during the winters. However, you need to have a good physique. Cardiovascular fitness training is recommended even for beginners to maintain your fitness level at least for one or two months prior to this mountainous trip.

  • Altitude sickness has been a major setback in most high-altitude treks in Nepal. Although there are no major risks involved, here are few tips tried and tested by our professional trek leaders and travel planners to avoid high altitude sickness during the trek:

    • Slow ascend with proper rest and enough acclimatization
    • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated at all times
    •  Eat sufficiently a healthy balanced diet during the entire trek and sleep well
    •  Avoid alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco products on the trek
    • Be head-strong and mentally prepared
    • Train your body to cope with uphill hikes with enough cardiovascular or gym workouts, at least 3 months prior to the trek
  • Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, and with your friends, families, and colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 and maximum 16 at a time). The cost for private trips is fixed based on group size, trek area, duration, and kind of treks and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR SINGLE WOMAN. If none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about making it a solo trip. We assign local guides and porters with whom you can trust with your life

  • The weather in Manaslu region is unpredictable. From Arughat to Larkhya La (Pass), there are six climatic zones — tropical, subtropical, temperate, subalpine, alpines, and arctic. The extreme climatic variations within 100 km.

    Be prepared for the quickly changing weather, humidity, rain, and strong winds during the trek, sometimes all of these on the same day. The trail between Arughat to Samdo is associated with tremendous differences in elevation, From 1,000m up to 2,000m, the average summer and winter temperature range between 31 to 34°C and 8 to 13 °C respectively. In the zone between 2,000m and 3,000m, summer temperatures range from 22 to 25°C and winter temperatures range from -2 to 6°C.

    Frosts and snowfall are common during winter (January and February). Snowfall occurs in the region that is located between 3000m and 4000m, for about four to six months (December to May).

    The winter has biting cold temperature and even in summer, the temperature is not high with a mean annual temperature of 6 to 10°C. The alpine zone between 4000 and 5000m is mostly open meadows. The arctic climatic zone lies at elevations above 4500m. The snow line is at about 5000 m. Precipitation is in the form of snow and the temperatures drop far below freezing.

    The monsoon occurs between June and September providing about three-fourths of the total rainfall. The post-monsoon period (October to November) and the winter months (December to February) are usually dry.

  • 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 to 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 hourly basis, but don’t expect high speed connectivity on the remote trails.

  • Being situated at remote locations, most of the places on the trekking route do not have cell phone coverage and communication is not possible unless a satellite phone is available. However, at certain segments on the trek, you may find weak phone network. The secluded trails on this route comprise deep valleys and the northern facing geographical landscape adds to disrupting the phone reception. Buy a SIM card in Kathmandu prior to your trek so that you can use it wherever there is strong network and at teahouses where phone reception is weak, you can use the lodge’s phone service at a small extra charge.

  • In case of emergencies at higher altitudes in Manaslu Circuit Trek, Emergency helicopter rescue can be arranged if needed if the weather is favorable for flying. Most of the sections on the Manaslu trek route are not accessible by road, especially after crossing Soti Khola. The Adventure Club Trek will arrange to airlift you to an international standard hospital in Kathmandu for your rehabilitation and necessary medical attention. In adverse weather conditions when the airlift is not possible, our crew members will carry you to the nearest health center. The operation team from Adventure Club Trek always remains in contact with the trekking crew members round the clock to undertake any such emergencies that may occur during the trek.

  • Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry-on during the flight. You don't want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

  • This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek, please ask us in advance on how this might be arranged and we will do our best to find a good solution.

  • Most of the porters understand basic English, but do not speak it.

  • Our Manaslu Circuit 14 days trekking packages include 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and we can arrange extra nights for $45 (single) or $60 (double room). Please let us know in advance if you need extra nights so they can be reserved. You can pay any extra nights when you arrive to the hotel directly. Sometimes you will find cheaper rates online for these hotels, but the advantage of having us make the arrangements is that if your Lukla flight is delayed we can shift or cancel the reservation at no extra cost.

  • Yes, make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for the Manaslu Circuit trek. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you are confused about the insurance, please inform us and we will help you. It is usually better to arrange your insurance in your country before you travel.

  • There will be the main guide as well as assistant guides who accompany the slowest person in the group. Take note that trekking in high altitude is not about speed and pace. Every day you will have your target destination and whether you reach there in the early afternoon or a few hours late does not really matter. What really is important is that the slower you go, the better you will be able to acclimatize. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is not about being the fastest person at all. It is about taking your time, going super slow and having an amazing journey. It is said, the best adventures are not the ones that are rushed or the ones that you just pass by, they are the ones where you stop, look around and take it all step by step.

  • Manaslu Circuit trek offers accommodations that are usually basic in terms of facilities. The facilities include twin sharing beds in a room, meals, and shared toilets, etc. The tea houses will provide you with a blanket. But it is important to carry a sleeping bag along with you for the extra warmth specially while crossing the Larkya La pass at a high altitude.

  • Adventure Club Trek is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal. We have a policy of employing competent Local Trekking Group Leaders and Guides, who cares about the fragile environment, know Nepal better, and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive Trek leader and Guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training, etc. to ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature, and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have year's long trip-leading experience and high dedication to rendering qualitative services. Many of them have work experience in international adventure travel companies

  • Yes, our guides are well trained and qualified with fluent English. Some of them have also conversational skills in other European languages.

  • We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Nepal, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have long-standing, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition, our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

  • In general, one needs to be physically and mentally fit to do all mountain trekking above 4,000m (13,123ft.). On this trek, you will start trekking right from 800m (2,624ft.) and reach up to 5,106m (16,752ft.). It simply means that you need to be very fit and prepare well before you attempt this trek. You will be covering a total distance of about 120 km (75mi.) on the trek comprising mostly uphill walks on varied terrains. Although you don’t need to be extremely experienced, but you surely must be physically and mentally fit as well as fully prepared.

  • If any problem occurs it will be dealt with as suits the group. If the group is in a hurry, we will split the group, and one English-speaking guide will remain with (or descend with) the person while the rest of the group continues with the other English-speaking guide. If the group is not in a hurry, they can wait for a day or two while the person acclimatizes. Our guide carries a first aid kit which includes Diamox, the drug used to treat altitude sickness. If there is a case of severe altitude sickness or any other emergency, we will call for an emergency helicopter pickup (paid for by your insurance company) and the person can be taken to hospital in Kathmandu, usually accompanied by a friend, or if they're traveling alone, an English-speaking guide.

  • Your gear will be divided into two packs — you will carry your daypack every day during the trek while your duffle bag will be carried between tea houses by porters. All extra luggage can be left at the hotel before you begin your trek. Every morning, your porters will carry your duffle bag to the next tea house. It will be difficult to assess your gear from your duffle bag until the evening when you arrive at the next tea house. That is to say, you will have to include the gears that you use on daily basis into your day pack. You may keep your daypack as light as possible to make trekking easier. We advise you to carry the essentials including water, snacks, poncho, headlamp, camera, sunscreen lotion etc.

  • Previously, the Manaslu Circuit Trek used to be an 18-day trek, but with the construction of road in the lower part of the conservation area, you can access some three or four of the destinations by vehicle. That’s why the Adventure Club Trek has designed and customized the trek to 14 days.

  • The Manaslu trek is becoming more and more popular since another popular Annapurna Circuit Trek is getting shorter every year due to road construction. Consequently, trekkers are looking for an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, the world's most popular circuit trek in the Himalayas. As of now, the trekking circuit of Manaslu which has been opened since 1991 has remained the highland with a few travelers in in comparison to other region. It requires special permit to trek and explore the beauty of untouched wilderness in the remote and secluded area near Tibetan border.

  • Yes, all of our staff at the Adventure Club Trek are insured against sickness and injury.

  • No, you don’t need crampons for Manaslu trek. You will just need a pair of good quality hiking boots and hiking poles for extra support and stability. However, if you are willing to trek in the months of January or February, then you might need crampons depending on the intensity of the snowfall, especially in the Larkya La Pass section.

  • We will lend you the sleeping bags and down jackets which will be enough for you. But if you want extra, you may get them at a rent of US Dollar 2 per day.

  • Spring and autumn are the best seasons for Manaslu Circuit trek. Usually, weather remains clear and calm during Spring March, April and May. In these months the high mountains including Manaslu are clearly visible with the full of Snow. You will see the hills and forests blooming with rhododendron.

    Secondly, the autumn season (September, October and November) is the best time for trekking anywhere in Nepal. The weather remains clear and favorable offering astounding views of Himalayas. The temperature starts dropping during autumn. The autumn season also coincides with the major festivals of Nepal. The travelers can experience and assimilate the culture.

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    SistlaUnited StatesDate: April 10, 2019

    Once in a lifetime experience!

    If you ever want to embark on a trip that will change your life, I strongly suggest that you pick Birendra and the Adventure Tours to make that happen. Effortlessly cool and inspiring, Birendra organized an amazing trip that I will cherish for years to come.

  • d_nielk944
    d_nielk944HungaryDate: December 08, 2016

    Manaslu circuit trekking

    It was a well-organized, fantastic trek. With a nice guide, everything was put in place. I can recommend it!

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