COVID - 19 updates and safety precaution for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu circuit is the most remote hiking trail in Nepal, completely untouched with any kind of modern disturbance. The population of the are relatively very low compared to other trails of Nepal which makes Manaslu one of the best trails to go for after COVID-19 travel restriction is over. The notable places of the trek are Samdo, Dharmasala which are above 3500 M above sea level, you'll be around white snow-capped mountains forgetting the busy lifestyle of the city for a moment. According to most travellers who have been to Manaslu, it's perfect for most age groups making the trek more worth taking. We also are aware of the risk of Covid-19 for which we're well prepared with everything we're updated and informed by WHO & Ministry of Health of Nepal. Here are a few things which we've in our belt already.
Apart from Geographical safety, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have taken precaution in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!
- Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
- We'll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the KTAN team assisting you.
- Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks.
- Food & Accommodation in the mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.
The beginning of the journey towards Around Manaslu Circuit Trek
The first day is your arrival day in Nepal. The second day is a must to apply for the restricted area permit to Manaslu. In the meantime, we conduct a trek briefing, guide introduction and equipment checklist. The third day, we’ll drive to Sotikhola via Arughat for the start of the trek.
Local Transportation (KTM to Arughat, Soti Khola, then Dharapani to Besisahar back to Kathmandu) is included in the package; private jeep is available at an extra cost
Don't worry, we'll pick you!
We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on company pamphlet) by our representative member from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.
12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek includes 11 nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation during the trekking. We provide a five nights room with a private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Lho, Samagaun(2N) and Bhimtang, six nights standard room at Khorla Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani.
Three nights Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
Our trek is all over high elevations around the world's 8th highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel (Dalh bhat Power 24 Hour) for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.
There will be 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunch and 11 Dinners provided in the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are -
Twelve breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)
Twelve lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)
Eleven Dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.
The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shortened. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.
Though plenty of non-veg items will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.
All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea houses/ Lodges or in cafes except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.
Focusing both on weather and temperature, 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek is preferably best for two seasons from March to May, September to November.
March to May - Spring
This is the best time of the season to trek in 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit Trek. Stunning views of the Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition at this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours. Snow during the winter melts away by the end of March to April, clearing the route to cross Larkya La Pass. Daytime temperature in lower land (from Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) reach to 24-degree celsius, and in upper mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) up to Max 18°C at daytime to min -4°C at night and morning degree celsius.
September to November - Autumn
This is also one of the perfect seasons for 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather and temperature. Generally, the monsoon ends at the end of August, from mid of September, weather becomes stable and sunny with clear skies, and stunning mountains view. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain, Tihar, Chhad. Daytime temperature in low land (from Sotikhola, Khorlebesi, Philim, to Ghap) may go up to 25-degree celsius, and in high mountains (Lho, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmasala, till Bhimtang) to 15 degrees celsius. The night time temperature in a high region falls down -6 degree celsius. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow. Lodge at Dharmasal close during this time, Larkya La pass is tough due to heavy snowfall.
The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.
Altitude sickness in high mountain journeys is a common problem being faced by most trekkers during the trek; its symptom is preventable and needs immediate treatment after being severely affected. It might be a life-threatening situation if its symptom is left ignored. As per the itinerary, from Samagoun3530m/11581 ft, we spend four to five nights over 3500m. Dharamsala 4480m/14698ft is the highest point of the trek. The symptom of altitude sickness is the most likely to occur only from the elevation of 3500m. Our 12 Days Around Manalsu Circuit Trek itinerary is designed to prevent mountain sickness, starting the trek from Sotikhola, 730 m above the sea level, continue hiking up seven days in reaching Samagaun which provides plenty of time to our body to adjust automatically with existing high elevation. Moreover, for a proactive approach, we ascend slowly but gradually, take a day rest in Samagaun and drink plenty of water each and every day. We can make a successful Larkya La Pass without any problem. Your health and safety is the first priority and we guarantee that we will not compromise on it at any cost. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. Also, it is important to know that your group leader has the definitive response to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.
Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit is an alternative short trek to 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit. There is no rest day in Samagaun for proper acclimatization. We need to hike 6 to 7 hours each day in lower part starting from Sotikhola to Lho, as the day in low altitude region is shortened/customized, however, hiking per day in the upper mountain from Samagaun to Bhimtang follows the exact day to day itinerary to our 16 Days Manaslu Circuit. This trek is designed for those who have the previous high altitude trekking experience, good level of physical fitness, and ability to hike 6 to 7 hrs a day. Novice trekkers are not recommended to join. This is a remote mountain journey, the trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.
The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 30 people on the trek -led by a leader guide and a porter for every two trekkers, an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above people. The price of a group discount is applied with having your own taxes in your group. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. Solo trekkers can take a part in our group joining trek but are not allowed to get an entry special permit for private trek for Manaslu area, at least two people are required to obtain it due to the restricted area. So we do not organize private trips for solo travellers in the Around Manaslu Circuit.
A typical day on Trek
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing in the ring scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
On the Around Manaslu circuit Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety purposes.
We'll communicate with all our valuable clients through our leader at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's KTAN office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.
Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.
Extra personal expenses on Trek
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal try to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.
Electricity, battery recharge and water on Trek
Throughout the lodges at Around Manaslu Circuit Trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available with an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill will be provided to make water drinkable.
You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.
This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficulty as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.
Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Around Manaslu circuit trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of the insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.
Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.
Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash. Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive the visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-118 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having the security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four per cent or more depending upon the bank.
Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but you should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essential, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free and it'll be completely safe.
We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism in the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team
During the Around Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained and licensed with the prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing a peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tents with sleeping gear and we also provide them with food and warm drinks.
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Rock climbing
Most importantly, tipping is at travellers discretion and should be relied on for good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honoured way of saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience
Booking and Payment Process
Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10% of payment in advance and other necessary documentation like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.
It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of last-minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.
We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last-minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9851031022 (Suman) or email us.
After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.
After completing the Manaslu Circuit trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will give you a company’s digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.
Around Manaslu trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.
The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.