Manaslu trek normally is started via Dhading. A perfect trek to explore the village life and their culture.While trekking, the views are stunning; Annapurna, Manaslu, Himalchuli, peak 29 and Ganesh Himal dominate the skyline. The trail is winding and rice paddies of the Gurung and Magar villages along the Budhi Gandaki River valley soon give way to steep tracks cut into the cliffs of the river gorge. As you enter the rain shadow of Manaslu close to the Tibeaten border, the scenery changes dramatically. Sparse forests decorated with colorful prayer flags, and many shrines proclaim the region's Tibetan Buddhist heritage. While the approach to Larkya La is demanding, your reward is incomparable views of Manaslu and Himlung Himal from the pass. A steep descent into rhododendron forests will then bring you to the Marshyangdi River Valley and the more traveled Annapurna trails, which lead back to the road head or continue to another adventure of Thorong-la pass. The itinerary given here is heading down to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Evening, join the welcome dinner at the typical Nepalese restaurant with the live cultural programs hosted by the company.
Day 02: Kathmandu.
Begin excursion with tour guide by visiting world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Evening briefing about your trip and meet trek staffs.
Day 03: Drive to Soti 800m via Arughat 8 hours.
Trek starts with 8 hrs drive by private transport to Arughat through low land countryside then further to Soti.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola 940m. 8 hours.
The trail ascends Almara passing the thick forest then it goes on flat and small up and down hills to get the Machha River.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1390m. 6 hours.
The trail follows the riverside and crosses the bridge to get the hot spring then pass the forest before the Jagat village.
Day 06: Trek to Dying 1800m. 7 hours.
The trail enters the Manaslu heading toward Ganesh Himal and passes the bush and Pine trees along the Budhi Gandaki then cross the Deng Khola to reach the Deng village.
Day 07: Trek to Namrung 2680m.5 hours.
The trail follows up the Budhi Gandaki valley the ascends all the way to Narangthrough the forest of rhododendron and fir.
Day 08: Trek to Sama Gaon 3460m. 5 hours.
The trail goes into the Nupri area crossing the streams then some up and downhill climb to reach the Samagaon with great views of Manaslu.
Day 09: Sama Gompa.
A rest day for acclimatization by visiting Lake above, monastery and Tibetan Tibetan community at this village.
Day 10: Trek to Samdo 3700m. 5 hours.
The trail descends to Budhi Gandaki river and further steep climb to get Samdo passing several Mani walls and little settlement.
Day 11: Trek to Dharma Shala 4470m. 4 hours.
The ascends further to Larkya La with an only one last shelter before the following interesting gorge.
Day 12: Trek to Bimthang 3690m. crossing Larkya La pass 5200m. 8 hours.
The trail ascends steeply to the pass 5,135m then descends to Bumthang in the between high mountains.
Day 13: Trek to Tilche 2300m. 8 hours.
The trail descends to Go through the forest of Pine and Rhododendron then enter into the Marsyangdi valley to reach further down to Tilche village.
Day 14: Trek to Syange1130m. 6 hours.
The trail follows the Marshyangdi river descending through some of impressive landscape and villages.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar 8 hours.
A short drive by jeep to Besisahar then catch a local bus to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.
Transfer to the airport and fly back home with great experience of the trip.
- Arrival/departure transfers.
- 3 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with a tour guide, entrance fees.
- Trekking permit fee, wholesome hygienic and fresh meals, drinks, kitchen, and camping equipment, fresh and can fruit, dessert, chocolate bars, guide, sherpa, cook, helpers, necessary porters, conservation/entrance permit, insurance and other facilities for the staffs.
- emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag.
- All necessary paper works and all government and local taxes where applicable.
- Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag.
- All necessary paper works and all government and local taxes where applicable.
- Welcome or farewell dinner.
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
- Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu.
- Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
- Tips for the trekking crew.
- Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.
Trip Essential Information
Introduction and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.
A day on the trek : Day starts with warm greeting and bed tea. Then you will be offered a basin of hot water to wash and take breakfast then you are off to trek for more then 3 hours through the forests, hills, mountain and local villages. You will stop at pleasant surroundings for hot lunch for an hour. You will then walk 3 or more hours depends on the places and facilities for camping places, stop for the night camp, you will be then offered tea / coffee with some light snacks then explore the area or relax until dinner is served at the warm dining hall. Most of the evening you will be encouraged to sing and dance in a traditional way. Sometime you will spend time playing cards, reading books and learning Nepali. Finally, go to bed served with hot water rubber bag to keep you extra warm in the cold temperature.
A successful trek requirement: Manaslu trek involves high and remote mountain walking and glacial passes so it equires previous experience of trekking, sound health & fitness.. You should be prepared about 10 Kms of walking or jugging exercise everyday 3 months before involving the trek as you are walking on high altitude for long and short days. Likewise you must need a positive attitude and a strong determination; lots of willpower and of course reasonable fitness, good health and physical condition are the basic measure of your success. We suggest you to consult your doctor for medical requirements as medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility. To ensure for a safety and successful trek; we will provide one trek guide , one assistance guide on every group trek so that if in case one get sick, it would not be canceled the trek and run as plan as in itinerary.
Things to know: Our first concern is your safety while traveling with Holiday Mountain Treks. Please be informed that your trek guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made for a safely completion of the planned itinerary, however as this is adventure travel into the remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Other factor like weather conditions, the health of member can be the reason to changes the itinerary. In such a case, please be prepared to be flexible. Your trek guide will accompany you on all scheduled activities and you will have free time to pursue your own interests too. Your trek guide will assist you with information about your options but please be informed that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary.
Trek staffs : Believing that every successful trips have been possible because of the team work, Holiday Mountain Treks employs experienced and trained Nepalese trek guide and other staffs.
Guide: The guide is English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. He is well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on his duty. Actually our guide play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting him whenever you need any help.
Assistant Guide and Sherpa: We provide one assistant guide and one Sherpa for every 6 trekkers. Assitant guide will help group during day time walking close by to help trekkers at the difficulty situation. Sherpa will take care of the camp site by setting and saving from out sider. They are well experience and dedicated on their duty.
Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay. They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.
Cook: Cook have got cook training from government and private training institutions and moreover they are well experience to prepare the most delicious and different cuisines with some local way too. They will prepare best of all combination meals like Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, continental and other cuisines as per your test requirements.
Washing and toilet facilities: We provide hot or washing bowl of hot water to freshen up and to bath. We bring toilet tent and set at walking distance from your sleeping tent. No worries! We will cover it with necessary natural preservation after use of such facility.
Foods and dinks: Fresh and hygienic foods at its high level of balance diet on full board basis will be throughout the trek. An experienced and trained cook will prepare some of the best cousins like Nepali, Tibetan, Italian, Continental, and Indian. For drinks you will get boiled water, Tea, coffe, choklate, soups, squash and juice in diffent flavor etc.
Accommodation: You will be staying at comfortable 2-3 star standard category hotel/resort having all modern amenities with breakfast in Kathmandu and good quality two men dom tents during the trek.
Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and reserved vehicle to trek starting point and local bus from besisahar to kathmandu.
Responsible tourism concept: Holiday Mountain Treks is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.
Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.
Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible if needed so there is often scope on the trek to extend or lengthen the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes. He is there to maximize your enjoyment of the trek.
Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.