Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Code

TTN-545

Trip Type

Group

Difficulty Level

Strenuous

Accommodation

Guest House

Group Size

1-14

ALTITUDE

5215 m / 17105 ft

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful Manaslu region hiking along the Budhi Gandaki River valley.
  • Cross Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5215 m.
  • Enjoy the picturesque views of Manaslu, the 8th highest peak and neighboring peaks. 
  • Behold the sights of high mountains, big waterfalls, pristine lakes, raging rivers, sweeping meadows, beautiful monasteries and the quaint villages of Manaslu region.
  • Gain an insight of the lifestyle and culture of native people influenced by Tibetan Buddhism practices.
  • Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the Manaslu region.

Trip Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days offers travelers a unique experience of classic trek in the Himalayan wonderland. Often overlooked but astonishingly beautiful, Manaslu Circuit Trek has uniquely preserved its geographical and cultural diversity. Unlike other trails, this newly established trail started to welcome visitors since 1991 AD; that’s why you will find the unspoilt cultural and spectacular natural beauty in Manaslu region.

Manaslu region is land of dramatic contrasts, with snow capped mountains, passes, glacier rivers, lakes, meadows, waterfalls and conservation area, and you can experience true wilderness on this trail. It includes the world’s 8th highest peak Manaslu (8156 m) and a challenging yet beautiful Larkya La Pass (5160 m). From the top of Larkya La Pass, you can experience incredibly beautiful views of Samdo and Larkya La peaks in the east and Himlung and Cheo Himal in the west. Likewise, the route takes in wide views of pristine turquoise glacier lakes, which many consider the most beautiful in the Manaslu region.

Starting in Gorkha district of central Nepal, the trail threads through Soti Khola village to Samagaon, leading to Larkya La Pass and comes to close at Tal. The added bonus is you can explore the unique culture and lifestyle of inhabitants practicing Tibetan Buddhism. As you trek, you will witness the influence of Tibet as there are monasteries, mani walls and villages decorated with prayer flags. Also, this region is rich in biodiversity with plethora of animals, birds and vegetations. You can see blue sheep, Himalayan thar grazing in the hills along with varieties of flora and fauna en route.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted, and requires special permit and guide from Nepal’s government registered trekking agency to gain entry and explore. Every year, “Trekking to Nepal” organizes Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days including the best itinerary and services by our experienced trekking staff. Come, and be a part of this adventurous journey with us.

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Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Namaste. Welcome to Nepal. Upon exiting the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu; look for a “Trekking to Nepal” sign and meet our airport representative there. He will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. Take some rest and recover from your jetlag.

    In the evening, we’ll have an important group meeting in our office at Thamel. If you arrive after 4 pm, our trekking guide will meet you and introduce the trip. Otherwise, you can arrive earlier than 4 pm, and meet with our travel consultant for a pre trek briefing. Do not hesitate to ask any questions about trek during the meeting. 

    Note: Please bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy for the meeting. Also, you need to clear the due balance, if any, and make sure you sign a legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02

    Drive to Soti Khola (710 m) via Arughat (640 m) by Jeep

    Duration: 8 Hours

    In the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola enjoying the scenic view along Trishuli river. Upon reaching Dhading Besi, we turn north and continue along bumpy off road for about 5 hours. We enjoy the scenic drive in a 4WD vehicle witnessing villages, terraced fields the whole day and spend our night at SotiKhola. 

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 03

    Trek to Machha Khola (900 m)

    Duration: 6 Hours

    Prepare yourself well for hiking in the Manaslu region of Central Nepal. We commence our hiking journey on a beautiful trail from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. We walk past a beautiful village of Labubesi inhabited by Gurung people, and come across spectacular scenery of hills, waterfalls and mountains along the way.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04

    Trek to Jagat (1,340 m)

    Duration: 6 Hours

    After breakfast, we continue our hiking to Jagat. We walk past Machha Khola and Khrola Besi and then arrive at a hot spring called Tatopani. The trail runs along the forest and Budhi Gandaki river. You will notice an ever changing landscape as we hike towards Jagat village where we spend our night today.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05

    Trek to Deng (1,860 m)

    Duration: 7 Hours

    Leaving Jagat, the journey continues towards Sirish Gaon. En route, we enjoy the scenic view of Sringi Himal (7,177 m) and lush forests choked with bamboo and rhododendron. The trail goes through Deng river before arriving at Deng village where we spend a night there.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06

    Trek to Namrung (2,630 m)

    Duration: 8 Hours

    From Deng, we hike to Namrung today. The trail is more challenging than the previous route but worthwhile as it offers scenic landscape views. We hike for an hour that takes us to Ghap where you can enjoy spectacular waterfalls and stone encrypted arts and writings. About 4 hours hike from there takes us to our destination, Namrung.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07

    Trek to Lho

    Duration: 4 Hours

    Another beautiful day on the trail. From Namrung, the trail leads us through barley fields and meadows towards the village of Lihi. Heading east, we reach another beautiful village of Hinang, climb gently up and then descend to the Hinanag Khola. From here, the beautiful views of Ngadi Himal and Manaslu north are spectacular. Further along, you’ll pass through the villages of Sho before reaching Lho village where we stay overnight.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08

    Trek to Samagaon (3,530 m)

    Duration: 4 Hours

    After breakfast in Lho, we’ll continue the trek to Samagaon. We walk past the Shyala village which offers the picturesque views of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu along with pristine turquoise glacial lake. On the way, you can enjoy the scenery of cliff top monasteries, prayer wheels, and stupas ladened with prayer flags. Further along, we head to Samagaon where we spend 2 days acclimatizing and exploring the surroundings.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09

    Exploration Day at Samagaon (3,530m)

    Today, we take a rest day for acclimatization. There are several places to explore around Samagaon. You have the option to choose either a glacial lake Birendra Tal and Pungyen Gompa (4-5 hours) or hike to Manaslu Base Camp and return back to Samagaon (7-8 hours). 

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10

    Trek to Samdo (3,860 m)

    Duration: 5 Hours

    After breakfast, we continue our journey to Samdo. The trail rises gently uphill before arriving at the traditional village lying opposite of Budhi Gandaki River. The Tibetan influenced villagers live an active lifestyle depending on agriculture and animal husbandry. You will witness yaks, goats and sheeps grazing in the pastures along the way.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11

    Trek to Dharmashala (4,460 m)

    Duration: 4 Hours

    After breakfast, we have a nice morning hike towards Dharmashala. This place is also known as Larke Phedi. Further along, we descend to Budhi Gandaki River, cross several bridges along the way before heading to Dharamshala. You will find several monasteries en route. Being a remote destination, the fooding and accommodation conveniences will remain basic in dormitory style rooms.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12

    Trek via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m) to Bimthang (3,720 m)

    Duration: 8 Hours

    Get ready for some challenging, yet exciting trek from Dharmashala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass. Today, we start hiking early in the morning at 5 am to avoid the heavy winds at higher elevation and cross the pass before midday. The trail rises gently up and down towards the Larkya La Pass. The panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru, Annapurna II and Cheo Himal seen from the top of Larkya La are stunning. Further along, we walk past the moraines before reaching Bhimtang.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13

    Trek to Tilije (2,300 m)

    Duration: 7 Hours

    Another beautiful hiking day from Bimthang to Tilije. The trail rises gently up to Karcha La Pass and descends through forests filled with figs and rhododendrons.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14

    Trek to Tal (1,430 m)

    Duration: 6 Hours

    Back on the trail after breakfast. Continuing our hike, we reach Dharapani and pass by several villages and farms before arriving at Tal. En route, you can enjoy incredible scenery of waterfalls, streams, meadows and mountains.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 15

    Drive from Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar (760 m)

    Duration: 9 Hours

    The trek comes to close today. We drive back from Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar. The drive is full of beautiful sceneries along the way. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 16

    Transfer to International Airport for Your Final Departure

    The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan international airport for your final departure. Thanks for travelling with us. Namaste and have a safe journey.

    Breakfast included.

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The price of this trip per person for the Small Group Journey is listed below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey which can be suitable for you, your family and friends. Discounts is also available which is directly subjected to the increase with the number of people in your group. Hence, bigger the group, better the discount. Therefore, group bookings are highly encouraged.

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Price Includes
  • Twin sharing accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights) on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guesthouse accommodation for 13 nights on twin sharing basis or dormitory style rooms during Manaslu Circuit Trek.
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included).
  • Drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola by jeep, and surface transfer from Tal to Kathmandu by jeep.
  • All permits including Manaslu Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • All travel arrangements in Nepal that include government taxes, VAT, tourist service charges.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Airport and Hotel pick up and drop off with our private vehicle.
  • A dedicated, experienced, licensed English-speaking trekking guide to manage the entire trek.
  • Porter services to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter= 2 guests).
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments and medicines.
  • Trekking to Nepal’s duffel/kit bag and sun hat are yours to take.
  • Official expenses.
Price Doesn't Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa. (You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15/30/90 days can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively.
  • Accomodation cost besides the scheduled itinerary.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).
  • Tips/gratuity for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

FAQs

    Arrival and Visas

    • Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

      Yes, our airport representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our team member will be waiting outside the airport terminal, displaying “Trekking to Nepal” signboard. After meeting up, you will be taken to your respective hotel in our private vehicle.

    • How do I get Visas to Nepal?

      You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. There are electronic registration machines in Kathmandu airport which read your passport, take your photo and print out visa form for immigration purposes. Further, we suggest you bring 2 copies of passport size photos (not necessary at Kathmandu airport), but it might be needed for documentation.

      You can also apply online within 15 days of your date of arrival in Nepal. For that, you require a valid passport, your hotel address and a recent digital version of passport size photo (size 1.5”x 1.5”). You can print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the Immigration officer along with visa fee in Kathmandu airport.

      A 15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please read this link about Tourist Visa.

      Also, you can follow this link- Department of Immigration to fill up online Tourist Visa form.

    • Do I need special travel insurance for trekking in Nepal?

      Yes. Our company only covers insurance for our team members. We recommend you buy a travel insurance in your country. Make sure your travel insurance covers adventure activities over a certain altitude (4000 m) and covers emergency medical as well as helicopter rescue and evacuation.

      Most importantly, if you are trekking in the mountainous region of Nepal, then you should plan ahead about possible challenges, especially altitude sickness, ill related health issues, accidents, flight delays etc. In such cases, the only possible way out of the mountains is helicopter rescue. So, we recommend you to have a travel insurance policy that covers the helicopter evacuation cost and medical services in hospitals while trekking in Nepal.

    • How much spending money do I need for Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days?

      Well, our Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days is inclusive of your accommodation, trekking permits, transportation, meals and other official expenses. (see price inclusion for more details). Besides this, the extra money you need during the trek depends upon your spending habits. You can spend USD 10-15 per person for lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. In addition, you can allocate USD 15-20 per day to buy snacks, bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

    • Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay a deposit later or do I have to pay a deposit at booking/reservation?

      You are required to pay 30% deposit at the time of booking and rest of the amount prior to the trip departure date. For this trip, you need to complete an online booking form along with 30% non-refundable deposit. You can pay the remaining amount in cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card) upon your arrival in Kathmandu, at our office in Thamel. Note that a 3.5% levy will be added as card processing fee by banks. (We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee).

      Read more details in “terms and conditions”.

    • What is your Cancellation Policy?

      Cancellation notice is required, a minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the trip shall then be termed as cancelled and a cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.

      If you do not cancel your trip prior to 20 days due to whatever reasons, you must be aware that the trip you’ve already bought is completely non-refundable as per our terms and conditions. If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid. If your trip is cut short due to weather/illness/personal reasons, there is no refund for unused accommodations.

      Moreover, you can postpone or transfer your booking to another person, if you have genuine reasons for not taking the trip. For instance: serious illness, death of a close relative or friend etc. In such cases, if all the requirements are met, you can postpone or change on another date, but an extra fee of $200 is required.

      For more details please read “terms and conditions”.

    • Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?

      Most places on the trekking route don't accept credit cards. So we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu during Manaslu Circuit Trek. Also, note that money exchanges do not accept credit cards in Nepal. Besides, few shops in Kathmandu can accept credit cards to some extent for your purchases.

    • What kind of Hotel can I expect in Kathmandu?

      We use three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu. You will be accommodated in a standard room on twin sharing basis for 2 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast. Furthermore, if you need to stay extra nights in the hotel or need upgraded to 4 star and 5 star Hotel accommodation, we can arrange it as you wish for a reasonable price. A single supplementary room can be arranged in Kathmandu for USD 150 per person during the trip. A 4 star hotel room/ 5 star hotel room can be arranged in Kathmandu upon payment of extra USD 350/USD 450 per person respectively during the entire trip.

    • What sort of accommodation conveniences is available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      Enroute Manaslu Circuit Trek, we use tea houses/lodges for our meals and overnight stay. Usually, tea houses are managed by local families. The accommodation can be very basic, and functional. The rooms are clean, either twin sharing or a dormitory style that include mattress, quilt or blanket for your convenient stay. Having your own sleeping bag is a good alternative to sleep comfortably. Sleeping bags as well as Down jackets are available for renting (USD 35) per item with us on a returnable basis in our office, Thamel.

    • Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

      The hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara provides free locker facility. So, you can place all the luggage/clothing items you don’t require in the hotel during the trek.

    • Are the guest houses heated?

      The guesthouses are not enabled with the heater or air conditioner. However, guesthouses located above an altitude of 2,500 m provide bonfire or heating facility in the dining area using kerosene or metal heater. Also note that the guest house charges USD 1 to USD 3 per person usually for the heating service.

    • Is camping allowed during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      No. There is no need for camping as we can find many tea houses for food and lodging. That’s why; we don’t operate camping during the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

    • Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms during the Manaslu Circuit Trek? If so, how much extra will this cost?

      The single supplement cannot be guaranteed earlier, however we can try our best to get separate rooms during the trek. Usually, when there is a decline in the number of guests, the teahouses can easily provide a private room without any additional cost. In particular, the accommodation during the trek will remain very basic with twin sharing and dormitory room for trekkers. On the other side, we can assure separate rooms in Kathmandu upon payment of USD 45 per room per night.

    • Is it possible to swap my accommodation from a mountain guest house to hotels in Kathmandu?

      Swapping the accommodation from mountain guest house to Kathmandu is NOT possible. This Manaslu Circuit Trek includes accommodation in Kathmandu and trekking route for 13 days. In case of unforeseen circumstances such as your personal ill health or any reasons, if you decide to discontinue the trip and arrive early in Kathmandu then you will need an extra night accommodation in Kathmandu. In such cases, we can make the arrangement of accommodation conveniences but you need to pay the supplemental charges.

    • What type of toilet/bathroom facilities are available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      Most of the tea houses in lower altitudes have western style flushing toilets. Likewise, in higher elevation you could find the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground which is always outside of the room.

    • Where do we go toilet along the trail?

      You can use the toilet facilities provided by guest houses along the trail. Otherwise, if you arrive in places without guesthouses or public toilet in those regions during the trek, then you need to find some privacy and experience outdoor toilet adventure.

    • Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?

      Yes, we suggest you bring toilet paper along with hand sanitizer and towel for your conveniences. Indeed, toilet papers are available to buy on the guesthouses. So, no need to worry about it a lot.

    • Are hot showers/wash facilities available during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      Well, in major places, most guest houses provide proper running showers in lower altitude regions. At higher elevation, the water gets frozen most of the time. So, you can get bucket showers at a price of USD 2 to USD 4 (In general, one bucket is enough to shower for a single person).

    • Are there any laundry services available during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      Not all the guest houses provide laundry services in the Manaslu region. However, you will find laundry services in some tea houses for payment of additional money in the Manaslu region. But we suggest you pack enough clothes and wash them after the trek for your convenience.

    • Can I charge my electronic gadgets during the trek?

      Yes. There are tea houses and lodges that provide charging facility for electronic gadgets upon paying extra fee.

      Note: The power plugs and sockets used in Nepal are type C, D and M. The standard voltage and frequency of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and 50 Hz respectively. This means if your electronic appliances state ‘INPUT: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz’, you can used to recharge in every country all over the world. Otherwise, make sure you bring universal travel adapter that is compatible for all kinds of devices in the trek.

    • Is there any means of communication and Internet access while trekking to Manaslu Circuit Region?

      Yes, there are telephones services and 3 G coverage in villages of Manaslu Circuit region except the village of Dharamshala. Also, our trekking guide has a cell phone from which you can make an International call. Most villages in Manaslu Circuit Trek route have been equipped with internet access and telephone services. However, the Manaslu region being a remote mountainous region, there might be poor network connection. We highly recommend you to buy a local sim card, Ncell, in Kathmandu and use it for communication and using the internet en route.

    • What kind of food can I expect during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      We provide standard meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during Manaslu Circuit Trek. Usually, we provide typical Nepali food: dal (lentils), bhat (rice) and tarkari (vegetable curry). Besides, other typical meals include delicious vegetarian foods such as pasta, noodles, French fries, boiled eggs, pancakes, omelets, toast, momo, garlic soup and many more dishes. Also, you can find meat dishes on the menu. But except for quite basic meals at Dharamshala, where you will not find a variety of dishes and are limited to only lentils (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables curry. Also, you will find garlic soup dishes on the menu as it helps you a lot in acclimatization. Most importantly, it is mandatory for all trekkers to take breakfast and dinner at the tea house where you stay overnight in the Manaslu region. In addition, lunch will be served at tea houses en route where you can order food as per your choice. Likewise, you can have a cup of hot drinks like tea, coffee; hot lemon, as well as treat like chocolate and crisps.

    • Is the food in the mountain region prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

      Yes. The food provided at tea houses during the trek are very safe and hygienic. We recommend you to eat local food, vegetarian meal and avoid meat for your health reasons. Please follow the suggestions of our trekking guide when ordering food in the tea houses.

    • Is it safe to drink water in the Manaslu region?

      For health concerns, it is unsafe to drink all types of natural sources of water in the mountain region. So, we suggest you drink bottled mineral water, boiled water, and use purification tablets or iodine for tap water. Another possible option is using SteriPEN for water purification. You can purchase bottled water and boiled water on the teahouses in Manaslu region. As you sweat a lot when hiking to higher elevation you must drink plenty (3.5-4.5 liters) of fluid each day. (Here fluid refers to drinking water, hot drinks and soups). So, make sure you are hydrated well to avoid altitude sickness and muscle cramps in the trek.

    • Is there any problem regarding foods for vegetarian/vegan during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      This is not a problem at all because we provide vegetarian/vegan meals during Manaslu Circuit Trek. Moreover, we highly suggest our trekkers to avoid meat dishes during the trek as the meat available there is not hygienic.

    • Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

      Yes. You should book your own international flights to and from Nepal.

    • What mode of transportation do you use?

      For Kathmandu airport pick up and drop off, we use our own private vehicle. Moreover, it depends on group size, and we mostly use cars, minibus, vans or 4WD SUV as means of transportation for reaching domestic airport and city sightseeing tours. We use a private 4WD vehicle (jeep) from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Similarly, we use a private 4WD vehicle (jeep) when returning from Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar during the trip.

    • Do you use yak/porter on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?

      During the trek, we provide 1 porter for 2 people each. The weight limit of a porter is 15 kg/33 lbs for each person. During the trek, our porter will carry your duffel bag. Similarly, you need a backpack for carrying your personal belongings like cameras, water bottles, sun cream and other daily essential items. So, we suggest you pack your equipment carefully without exceeding the weight limit.

    • What is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

      The following months are the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek: February, March, April, May, October and November.

    • What is the weather and temperature like when trekking in the Manaslu region?

      One of the most unpredictable elements of the mountain is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

      Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Manaslu region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

      Spring – March / April / May / June

      Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Manaslu region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

      During spring time, the average temperature is 20 ⋅C (68 F), with a maximum of 25 C (77 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Monsoon – July / August through Mid-September is Monsoon Season

      This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

      During this time, the average temperature is 22 C (71.6 F), with a maximum of 30 C (86 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 C (23 F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

      Autumn – End of September / October / November

      Similar to springtime, autumn in this region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

      The average temperature during the fall is 17 C (62.6 F), with a maximum temp of 20 C (68 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 C (5 F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

      Winter- December/ January/ February

      Winter start from mid-December till mid-February in this region. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.

      The average temperature during the winter is 10 C (50 F), with a maximum temp of 17 C (62.6 F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 C (-4 F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

      The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

    • What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

      The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we provide to trekkers are about -10 degree Celsius (14 degree Fahrenheit). Also, our guides can provide you liners or extra blankets if needed.

    • What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

      Our trekking guides are highly experienced, professional and well trained for higher altitude first aid training and related problems. They can measure your oxygen level in blood using oximeters and provide first aid if needed. Our guide carries medicine and a first aid kit during the trek. Besides, our guides carry a cell phone and keep on updating about the trek in our head office Kathmandu every day. If you deal with sickness or accidents, our guide will accompany you throughout the trek and ensure your safety and wellness. In case of emergency, our guide will manage helicopter rescue for your medical treatment in Kathmandu. However, the cost of helicopter charter is solely borne by trekkers.

      Make sure that your insurance policy covered medical expenses and emergency helicopter rescue in high altitude regions above 4,000 m; otherwise the cost is expensive in the mountain region. Only if you have purchased a valid travel insurance policy that covers helicopter charter and medical evacuation, then you can claim for reimbursement with your travel insurance company. In that case, we can help you with providing money receipts for your claim.

    • What immunizations will I need?

      Vaccinations are not mandatory for this trip. Still, we recommend you are vaccinated against diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus for your safety. We suggest a dental check up prior to the trek and be aware of your blood group type. Likewise, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions we recommend you to inform us while booking the trip.

    • If I am sick can I continue the trek the next day after a day's rest?

      Well, it depends on your sickness level. If you get sick at a higher altitude, you need to descend at lower altitude and take rest (3-7 days) for recovery. For solo trekkers, you can discuss with your guide about your health condition and take necessary measures. For group participants, you should talk with your guide about your health. Depending upon your situation, our guide will put you in the next trekking group coming up in Manaslu Circuit Trek. Your health matters, so you can take a rest until recovery and catch up with the next group.

    • Do you guys have a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)?

      Yes, we do have PAC. Manaslu Circuit Trek is around 4,000 m level (mostly), so it may not always be required. Surely, we can provide PAC if necessary with additional fees on payment. Otherwise, we can provide oxygen cylinders for additional fees during the trek. Please note: If you are using an oxygen cylinder in the Manaslu region, it can be expensive. So make sure that you have travel insurance that covers your emergency medical expenses at higher altitude.

    • Do your guides have trekking guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

      Yes, all our guides have received a 45 day training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management. Also, they have received Intensive Wilderness First aid Course from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). Furthermore, they are highly experienced, skillful and speak English fluently.

    • Are Trekking to Nepal staff insured?

      Yes, all Trekking to Nepal staff are insured that includes trekking guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters.

    • Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

      Well, tips/gratuity is customary in Nepal and highly appreciated. Moreover, it’s personal and a great way to show admiration for all those members involved in the trek, their hard work and devotion to make your journey a pleasant one. We have seen our previous clients tipping from USD 20 – USD 1000 per person for trekking crews. In general, we suggest to spend at least 10% of the cost of the trek for tipping guides and porters.

    • All your departure is guaranteed to run?

      Yes, all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. Also, we make arrangements for one person and a private trip as well. You can make inquiries while booking the trip.

    • I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

      Yes. There are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. Please visit our website for more information about treks and tours in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

    • Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

      Surely, you can add extra days during Manaslu Circuit Trek. You need to pay extra cost that includes additional cost to cover food, accommodation, guides and porters. If you are interested in adding extra days for the trek, you can consult with your guide so that he will update us in the head office, Kathmandu. After getting all the details regarding your individual choices from our guide, we can make the necessary arrangements accordingly. This option is more convenient and feasible for an individual or a private trip. On the other hand, if you are in a group, this option is limited, and often should be arranged properly. So, we highly encourage you to ask us in advance or talk with your guide or trekking group members so that we will manage it accordingly.

Equipment Lists

The following gives you a general idea of trekking equipment and clothing that you should bring for the Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days. 

Packing suggestions:

  • The weight limit for porter services is 15 kg/33 pounds for each person. So we suggest you pack carefully without exceeding the weight limit. 
  • The duffel bag is carried by a porter where you can keep your heavy items. 1 porter will carry 2 people bags.
  • A complimentary Trekking to Nepal duffel bag is provided that you can keep yourself. You can leave the rest of your luggage in the locker facility available at the hotel in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest you pack your clothes in ziplock bags to protect them from rain and moisture. Ensure that you have a waterproof cover in your backpack that you use to carry essential items such as money, cameras, toiletries just to name a few.
  • A 4-season sleeping bag is available for renting with us on a returnable basis. 
  • Down jacket is a must to wear at all times above 4,000m elevation. Down Jackets are available for renting with us on a returnable basis.

We advise you to pack the following items for Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days.

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Sun hat (We provide you a complimentary sunhat)
  • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2)
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)

Lower Body – Legs

  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Nylon hiking shorts
  • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
  • Water/windproof trousers
  • Casual pants

Feet

  • Liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • Light shoes/sneakers
  • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Water bottle/bladder
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Please Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring personal medical kit.

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
  • Anti-infection ointments
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snacks (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binoculars
  • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and batteries)
  • Pee bottle for man and pee funnel for woman.

Terms and Conditions

Trekking to Nepal is owned and operated by Ace the Himalaya, a reputed trekking and tour company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These booking terms and conditions mentioned here establish a legally binding contract between Ace the Himalaya and you (Client) for our services. Please read our terms and conditions carefully prior to booking a trip with us.

Bookings (Nepal and India Trips)

You can process a booking via our website, our third-party websites or email us at info@trekkingtonepal.com.

Our trip prices are in USD. If you are booking the trip with us and making payment in your local currency, then the same day exchange rate set by Nepal’s Central Bank is applicable when converting your local currency into USD.

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 30% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 30% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • For Nepal trips, the remaining amount can be paid in USD/Credit card on your arrival day or pre-trip meeting at our office or hotel.
  • While for an India trip, the remaining balance should be paid in USD by bank transfer or Credit card at least 20 days prior to the trip departure date.

Bookings (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 50% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 50% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • The remaining balance should be paid in USD/Credit card a minimum of 20 days before the trip departure date.

Last Minute Booking

  • For Nepal and India trips, we accept the last minute booking 10 days prior to the trip departure date, only if we have space available for the trip and full payment is then required.
  • For Bhutan and Tibet trips, we will accept your last minute booking 20 days prior to the tour departure date; full payment is then required.

Payment Method (Applicable for all trips)

You can pay via wire transfer or credit card payment.

Swift/ Wire Transfer in USD
Account number:  01901576560029
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Swift/ Wire Transfer in NPR
Account number:  01901576560018
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Note: We are not liable for the bank transaction fee and should be paid by the customer.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card, and a 3.5% levy will be added as a card processing fee. We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee and is not affiliated with the total cost of the trip.

For secure and quick payment by credit card, you can fill up our direct payment form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Nepal and India Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 20 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 20 days prior to the trip departure date, then 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 20 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 30 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 30 days prior to the trip departure date, then 50% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 30 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Reschedule the Trip (Nepal, India and Bhutan)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 20 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 20 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 20 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

Reschedule the Trip (Tibet)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 30 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 30 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

INCOMPLETE TRIP

IN CASE OF ANY FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE TRIP, FOR WHATEVER REASON, BY THE CLIENTS, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS FOR ANY MEALS, ACCOMMODATION OR ANY SERVICES NOT USED DURING THE TRIP. FURTHER, IF YOU COMMIT ANY UNLAWFUL ACT DURING THE TRIP AND ARE COMPELLED TO LEAVE NEPAL, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS.

Passport and Visas (Nepal and India)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • A Nepalese visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visa costs are the sole responsibility of clients. For more details, please read this link about Nepalese Tourist Visa.
  • You can fill in the Nepalese Tourist Visa form online. Here is a link- Department of Immigration. The online form will be valid for 15 days, which means you must fill it in less than 15 days before your arrival date. You will receive a receipt by your email after filling in the form. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to produce it before the immigration authority.
  • For Indian visas and cost, please contact the Indian embassy in your home/resident country. There is no on arrival visa facility for Indian visas.

Passport and Visas (Bhutan and Tibet)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan and Tibet directly, Bhutan as well as Tibet permit and visa will be organized by Ace the Himalaya. This cost is all included in the trip price.
  • To facilitate this, you need to send a clear, color scanned copy of your passport to us via email at the time of booking.

RISK AND LIABILITIES

ALL OUR NEPAL, INDIA, BHUTAN AND TIBET TOURS ARE CONDUCTED BY FOLLOWING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TOURISM BOARD OF THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY. ACE THE HIMALAYA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGES IN ITINERARIES DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. FOR INSTANCE: LAST MINUTE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT RULES, LOCAL POLITICS, GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION, BAD WEATHER, ILL HEALTH CONDITION OF TREKKERS, DEATH, ROAD BLOCKAGE, FLIGHT DELAY/CANCELLATION, NATURAL DISASTERS (EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, FLOOD, SNOWFALL, AVALANCHE, ETC) AND ANY OTHER THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES NECESSITATED BY SUCH AN EVENT WILL BE BORNE BY THE CLIENT/S. FURTHER, WE RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WHILE TRAVELING IN NEPAL.

Travel Insurance

Having Travel Insurance is compulsory for all clients while traveling with us. The travel insurance must cover weather delays, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance, trip cancellations, natural disasters, theft of baggage, loss of gear and equipment etc.

Domestic flight delay/Cancellation

Generally, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, flight delays or cancellation are likely to happen in mountain countries/regions. In such a case, we are not liable for any extra expenses or inconveniences. Since the weather of the mountain region is quite unpredictable, we suggest you arrange a minimum of 1 or 2 extra days (especially Everest region treks) so that you won’t miss your International flight. Further, we suggest you bring some extra cash to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Changes to your trip and price due to natural disasters, flight delay etc.

In the event of cancellations/changes of the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, flight delay etc., we will arrange another trip for you of the same price value. Also, you are free to reschedule the trip. While rescheduling the trip of either the same price value or higher value, you need to pay the amount of used services from your previously booked trip. Similarly, if the price increases for the rescheduled departure, you will pay the difference between new prices and old prices.

Most of our trip packages are based on twin-sharing accommodation. Furthermore, a single-room supplement charge will be imposed on the clients who don’t have another tour participant to share accommodation with.

Likewise, we reserve the right to revise pricing rates posted in our marketing material under any circumstances or on the pressure of various external factors like changes in exchange rate, government action, etc. which are far from our control.

Health and Fitness

You should be physically and mentally fit when trekking in high altitude regions. Therefore, we suggest you undergo a medical examination with a general practitioner (GP) regarding your health and fitness before traveling with us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions or disabilities, please notify us at the time of booking.

Children

A legal guardian/parent must accompany the participant below the age of sixteen.

Privacy

Ace the Himalaya is concerned to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. No private or personal information that you provided to us when booking will be disclosed for any other purposes.

PUBLICITY

YOU AGREE THAT ACE THE HIMALAYA MAY USE IMAGES OF YOU TAKEN DURING THE TRIP WITHOUT RECOURSE TO YOU AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION TO YOU, FOR PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION PURPOSES THROUGH WHATEVER MEDIUM IT CHOOSES.

Complaints

Should you have a complaint about the trip, make it known to our staff at the earliest opportunity, so that s/he may take appropriate actions to resolve it. Your satisfaction is our top-notch priority.

Acceptance of Terms

These terms and conditions are valid only if you book the trip with us directly. If you book our trip through a third party or any agents, you are liable to their terms and conditions as well as our terms and conditions.

Applicable Law and Choice of Forum

Ace the Himalaya main office is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Nepal. Any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions shall be resolved exclusively by the District Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no case in a foreign country, and the parties agree that the court of Nepal is the appropriate forum for any claim or proceeding commenced in relation to these terms and conditions.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking to Nepal is an online booking platform of Ace the Himalaya. Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of non-profit organization Sambhav Nepal.

Ace the Himalaya covers the administration cost of Sambhav Nepal as the staff working at Ace also help in admin work of Shambav Nepal. For instance: making proposals, collecting information for the related projects, visiting the project sites, coordinating the local governments/authorities etc. That’s why, Sambhav Nepal doesn't have their admin cost in the project it runs.

Furthermore, Sambhav Nepal  provides support to people with needs such as education and health in villages of Gorkha through the children sponsorship program. We sponsor children for school which are conducted successfully in full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Why Trekking to Nepal?

  • Client-friendly trips
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable trekking
  • Experienced guides and porters
  • Safety and comfort a priority
  • Young, innovative team

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