Around Manaslu Circuit Trek - 12 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
MANASLU REGION TREK
DURATION
12 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,160m at Larkya la pass
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Manaslu Trek
SEASON
Mar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct, & Nov.
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Public Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar

About the Trip

The attraction of the under trekked trails of Around Manaslu (8,156m) and the high mountain scenery is hard for trekkers to resist. The Manaslu trek is a tea house trek which circumnavigates the eighth highest peak in the world, with an unfolding phenomenon of natural and cultural beauty.

  Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola
  • Views of highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Mt. Annapurna II etc.
  • Trek along the BudhiGanadaki River gorge
  • View of other peaks such as Mt. Lhotse(8,516m), Cho Oyu(8,201m) and Mt.Makalu (8,463m)
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Cultural exploration between Hindu’s and Buddhists
  • Possibility of spotting a wild endangered species like Snow Leopard.

Benefits

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

 Overview

Manaslu Trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal giving an insight of both Hindu and Buddhist cultures(especially Tibetan influence), protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows

It offers to enjoy the diverse range of ecosystems, the remote lifestyle of the local inhabitants, influenced by the Tibetan culture and also the fantastic mountains scenery. Modernization and commercialization have not touched the purity of the environment and since last few years, this quite untouched area is gaining huge popularity and offering the finest trekking experience in Nepalese Himalayan, so trek to Manaslu will be a time-travel experience.

Manaslu circuit trek gets really relaxing With beautiful landscapes, rivers fall and forests, It offers superb views of stunning peaks such as Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Annapurna (8,091), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Himalchuli (7,893m) and Ganesh Himal range. Situated along the border of Nepal and Tibet, we will experience and witness the culture and lifestyle of both Hindus and Buddhists up there. A thrilling new route circumnavigating the World's eighth highest peak, Manaslu (8,163m) was officially opened to trekkers in 1991. In terms of challenging, it is comparable with Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. The highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu and the cultural variety.

Our Journey towards Around Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat(126.5km) then to Soti hours Khola which would approximately take about 8 to 9  and on our ride we can see the green mountains and rivers flowing by our side. We will also enjoy the beautiful scene of nature when coming across pleasant alpine meadows and pouring waterfalls. Our First Exciting trek from Soti Khola to Sama Gaon will be an adventurous and a challenging trek full of surprises from nature. Hiking through the beautiful Sal and bamboo forests up there to climb on the ridge above the big rapids of Budhi Gandaki river and spotting the national bird or a grey langur monkey is a stirring experience for every one of us. Tibetan prayer flags, mani stones will be seen along the trail. In fact, in Sama Gaon, We will be spending an extra night to acclimatize our body for future higher elevation by visiting the Manaslu Base camp 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) or the Birendra Lake. Further following our destination we’ll be trekking to Larkya La Pass (5,160m), Our eyes will get a remarkable view of Mt. Manaslu and also the Larkya glacier. After leaving our footprints on the Larkya La Pass summit, a stunning panoramic view of many peaks like Himlung Himal, Kang Guna etc will be waiting for us to give a feast to our eyes. Hiking Ahead  We’ll descend down the trail leading us to a large meadow in Bhimtang then further continuing to Dharapani where we ride the local transportation back to Kathmandu.

Around the Manaslu circuit trek gives you the lifetime experience of viewing panoramic scenes of mountain ranges, glaciers and mostly the chance to see the unique cultural blend of Buddhists and Hindus.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Around Manaslu Circuit trek next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive from kathmandu to Arughat - Distance ( 126.5 km/78 miles ), then drive to Soti Khola (730 m/2896 ft) - Distance ( 36 km/ 22 miles) – about 6-8 hrs

Driving on the Prithvi Highwaycoincident from Kathmandu, we will be exceeded by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. From Dhading Bensi, we will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. After an early afternoon breakfast, we will prelude our tour with a scenic drive to Arughat, ensuing to Soti Khola. Arughat being a huge settlement, it is aggregated on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Along the way we will see elegant mountain scenery resembling Mt. In this long drive, we will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 2 -Soti Khola to Khorla Bensi (970 m/ 3,182 ft) - Walking Distance (14 km/ 8 miles) – 7 to 8 hrs

After a long ride previous days today, we’ll be crossing the Soti Khola, we’ll sightseeing the spectacular waterfall, and we’ll have a gentle walk through beautiful sal forests towards Khorla besi which climbs onto a ridge above the huge rapids on the Buri Gandaki. Across the Budhi Gandaki on the towering hillside view reminiscent of the Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange. The trail goes and passes via rice terraces, then up and around the mountain with a half-hour walk to Lapubesi. A wide path opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Fortunately, We’ll also have a glimpse of Shringi Himal. The route heads down again to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge, eventually, the trail traverses beside three isolated chortens together, heralding the arrival in Machha Khola. We’ll continue the route following a serene and pleasant route through the lush landscape as we make our way up the picturesque Buri Gandaki Valley. The trail passes Woods, fertile fields, tributary streams and waterfalls and makes a brief climb to Lapu Besi and on to Khorlebesi.In this way, our 2nd day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 3 -Khorla Bensi to Philim (1,590 m/5,217 ft) –Walking Distance (23 km/ 14.2 miles) - 7 to 8 hrs

After a long exciting and adventurous trek towards Khorla Besi, We’ll hike up to the ridge above Fast rapids in the Buri Gandaki and continue to Korsani. Hike along Korsani trail now gets a bit more challenging as we climb over a large rock and cross a stream on a single log on the bridge, then leaves its way up and down again to the banks of the Buri Gandaki. We’ll continue an upward steeping rocky trail to the Gurung village of Labishe. Crossing the path of the village we’ll reach Machha Khola. We trek through the narrow valley of Buri Gandaki river and are more cultivated than the previous day. The view of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal is just magnificent like nature’s gift. In this way, our 3rd day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 4 -Philim to Ghab (2250m/7382ft) - Walking Distance ( 21 km/ 13 miles) - 6 to 7 hrs

After a spectacular trek the previous day, Our journey takes us further up the river along the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. Today the path ahead will be much less steeply. We’ll hike towards Chisapani which is less than an hour walk from Philim where trial turns towards the north as we can see traverses terraced fields of Ekle Bhatti, we'll enter a steep George and descends grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees in the woods. After Crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge, we see the large Shar Khola and Tsum valley joining the Budhi Gandaki on the opposite bank. We’ll continue the route which makes its way up the western side Where the valley finally widens, offering us a pleasant walk through a bamboo forest to Deng. With all our excitement we’ll climb all the way to Bihi Phedi, crossing the Sringi Khola, heading towards the west up of the Budhi Gandaki valley, climbing steeply and traverse with more ups and downs in forests, we’ll be passing occasional mani walls, then contours to Ghap Finally. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings. Culture, lifestyle and Houses are completely alike Tibetan. In this way, our 4th day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 5 -Ghap to Lho (3,180 m/10,433 ft)- Walking Distance (16.3 km/ 10.1miles)-5 to 6 hrs

After a healthy Breakfast, Today our destination trail passes beneath a large overhanging rock mountain, crossing the Budhi Gandaki, we’ll pass through tree streams in a forest where we can see big firs alive with birds, including the Danphe or impeyan pheasant – Nepal's national bird, a tribe of grey langur monkey, Hiking up through a deep forest of fir, rhododendron, and bamboo and enters Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung has a picturesque stretch of buildings From Namrung, we head towards upper Nupri- the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan. With long days awaits for us, We’ll climb past a mani wall, then continue up through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, passe through a stone orch and enter Lihi-exhibit the unusual architecture of this region. We’ll be blessed with spectacular Manaslu, Manaslu North (7,157m), and Naike Peak(5,515m), which appears at the head of the valley. This trial towards Lho climbs past a small stream to Lho. Lho is a big village with a Gompa, a rough stone archway at the entrance and Tibetan-style chorten and huge mani wall. In this way, our 5th day of Around Manaslu Trek will be successful.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 6 -Lho to Samagaun (3,530 m/11,581 ft) - Walking Distance (17.2 km/10.6 miles)- 4 to 5 hrs

From Lho today we’ll be enjoying the surprising survey of many mountains on the passage. We will be excessively the torpidness gate and a long mani testicle bailey of the clachan as we get to see the Ngadi Chuli; Peak 25,823ft (7,879m), HiunChuli (7,893m) forth of us in Shyala village. From Shyala, the passing takes us up and easily after down to the affluent that originates from the glacier of Pungyen. Following the side moraine of the Pungyen glacier, we vanish through many chortens and monasteries with an enormous prayer compass. The hiking gradually increases and becomes challenging as we cross the crest and trek in and out of the gulch of ThosangKhola. Descending down into a rock-strewn moraine across the defence, we emerge into an edge that examines the widespread fields of Samagaon.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 7 -Rest day in Samagaon (3,530m)

In this long journey, we acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as we are in a higher elevation. We will not stay idle but will explore this village of Buddhist culture. We will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their culture. Additionally, we have other explorations planned as well. The options include to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp or continue to Birendra Lake and then climb the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery is in the south of Samagaon which is about two and a half hours’ hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us a tremendous view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 8 -Samagaun to Samdo (3,875m/12,713 ft)- Walking Distance (8.2 km/ 5 miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

The trek today is comparatively more interesting and pleasant. We will be crossing the pasture areas and ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to forests with juniper and birch where we enjoy the beauty of nature. As we reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, we will be crossing the wooden bridge over it and climb up steeply across the river. We will be getting an amazing view of the mountains, especially Manaslu as we will be reaching Samdo, which is a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, we will also explore the village and the surrounding hills.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 9 -Samdo to Dharamsala (4,480 m/14,698 ft) - Walking Distance (11.7 kilometers / 7.2 miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

With an exciting day ahead, we walk down the edge through fields and old mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the BudhiGanadaki river. We begin walking upward of the valley. We will be noticing the mani walls and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass. After crossing two streams, we will witness the Larkya Glacier which is unquestionably magnificent. As we enjoy the view, we further trek around the valley of SalkhaKhola and climb up again reaching the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house is not a lodge but it is a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. Today’s day would be a gratifying day as we will get an amazing view of the Larkya Glacier and the amazing view of Mt. Manaslu from a great angle. The short trek today gives us plenty of time later onwards to acclimatize and relax.

  • Overnight at “Dormitory /Tent”.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 10 -Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m/16929ft) - Walking Distance ( 24.7 km/15.3 miles ) – 7 to 8 hrs

The exciting part of the journey awaits for us, as we will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). After early morning breakfast, we will leave Dharamsala as it will be a whole day trek. The weather is the most important factor, it will decide if the trek becomes more challenging as strong winds and a storm could possibly occur. We begin by crossing the moraine, descending down to a small lake. The trail begins to be rough and unclear as we have to cross the south of steep grassy slope. Our route stays on the moraine to an edge which is marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark that the route is visible so that we can continue trekking. Carefully trekking ahead, we will descend to four frozen lakes then finally climbing a steep trail to the pass. The four frozen lakes look undeniably striking. From the Larkya pass, we get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and the great Annapurna II. As we live in the moment and admire the beauty of nature, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making steep, rough bends. We further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As we have descended, the trail becomes easier to walk in and then we reach a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadow, mani walls and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimthang.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 11 -Bhimtang to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft)- Walking Distance ( 20 km/ 13.6 miles) -7 to 8 hrs

Today our destination will be Dharapani, From Bimtang after an early breakfast, we’ll head towards trail crossing over the side of the moraine and descend to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a wooden bridge, then into pine and rhododendron woods to Hompuk (3,430m) with a rock shelter. We can see the rhododendrons' unique appearance in a wide range of colours, sheep, horses and monkeys fill the forest. The panoramic view of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu north peak, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, is clearly visible on our way. We’ll descend downhill for 30 minutes in the forested area to reach the meadow of Sangore Kharka. Then we’ll be crossing a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags making the environmental view like paradise. We again make a descent towards the river bank at Gho(2,575m). The route continues down with a few ups, mostly through fields, but also through some dense pine forest. Less than an hour walk through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak we’ll arrive at Tilije, a very mixed of an ethnic community settlement. After having Lil bit of taste of Tilije, we again continue our trek via the village through a stone arch, crossing the Dudh Khola and following along its embankment we’ll be descending through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Passing through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, we’ll finally arrive where Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).

Days 12 -From Dharapani We’ll Drive to Besisahar (760 m/2,493 ft) - Distance (34 km/ 21.1 miles ) – 4 to 5 hrs then drive back to Kathmandu -Distance (190 Km /118 miles) -7 hrs

Today we will be on the road the whole day. After early morning breakfast, we leave from Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus which will approximately take about four to five hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi river, bhulbhule town and Khudi. According to the schedule, we should be reaching Besisahar at least before 3 pm so that we can catch the last bus to Kathmandu. In case the time is not favourable with us, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, we will be getting the sight of the Marsyangdi river meeting the Trishuli river as we head west on the Prithivi Highway. The drive has many beautiful and natural scenery that pleases our eyes with terraced lands and a last few glimpses of the peaks.

Note-If time goes beyond this due to delay by unforeseen or unexpected cause, one day in the itinerary is highly recommended. Upon arrival in Besisahar, then after, we make the start by bus on a journey back to Kathmandu. The road follows along the scenic Marsyangdi River Valley and then meets the Trishuli River as we head west along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, we will have good views of the lush scenery and terraced farmland and perhaps even some final glimpses of the mountains.

  • Overnight at your selected hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch ).

  Includes:

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti Khola (trek start) and from Dharapani(trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • All Standard Meals (12 Lunch, 11 Dinners and 12 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Accommodations: Five nights room with private attached bathroom at Sotikhola, Lho, Samagaun(2N) and Bhimtang, six nights standard room at Khorla Bensi, Philim, Ghap, Samdo, Dharamsala, and Dharapani (Generally twin Sharing room)-11 Nights
  • Government License holder English Speaking Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader guide and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment.
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day.
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

  Excludes:

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110).
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person).
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

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.

Accommodation

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.

The Meals

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.

Best Season

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.

Acclimatization

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.

Trekking group/single

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.

Communication

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

Money Exchange

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.

Luggage

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.

Safety

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.

Responsible Travel

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

Tipping

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.

Last-minute booking

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.

Trip Extension

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.

Feedback

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.

Useful Information

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.

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