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    Manaslu Trekking - 18 days

    After leading several Himalayan expeditions myself, including the first American ascent of Annapurna I, I can attest to Chandra’s outstanding qualities as leader and organizer. He is an especially good guide for student groups. I first met Chandra when my daughter attended 8th grade at the Lincoln School in Kathmandu, Nepal, and he was the guide selected by the expat community to lead the 8th  grade students on a week-long “Explore Nepal” trek.  The students and parents really appreciated Chandran’s thoughtful planning and leadership.
    In the last twenty years, I've enjoyed a dozen diverse adventures in Nepal with Chandra.  He always provides great food, gear, and guides as well as personalized itineraries and attention for individual travelers and small and large groups. His company is a good choice for any individual, school, group or family that wants to enjoy their own trek with a personal itinerary at a relatively low cost.
    If you might like a Nepal adventure customized to your interests, abilities, and schedule,  you can learn more at at  Himalayan Icefall Trekking or contact Chandra at himtrekzone@gmail.com.
     

    Ms. Arlene Blum PhD, Biophysical Chemist, Author, and Mountaineer

    UC Berkeley, United States

    Manaslu trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tilman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded and quiet than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure. The Manaslu trek features all the great aspects of a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings, and a 5100m Himalayan pass.
    The Manaslu region is rich in culture, biodiversity, and numerous high mountains including Mount Manaslu itself, which is the eight highest mountain in the world. Manaslu is also home for more than 100 species of birds including Himalayan Griffon, Golden eagle, Koklass Pheasants, Tibetan snow cocks, Eurasian Griffons and many more. Manaslu trekking provides the unforgettable moments, where one can notice more than 10 different types of forests, and the most frequent forest one can see is Himalayan blue pine and variety of Rhododendron forests.  In Manaslu circuit trek the highest pass is called the Larke La Pass which is located at the elevation of 5106 meters from sea level. After crossing the highest Larka la pass, we will arrive at Dharapani, where we will be at the main trekking trail of the great Annapurna Circuit trekking. The amazing part of crossing the larke la pass (5106m) is the astonishing views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang geru and many more peaks also can be viewed. 


     

    Trip Hightlight


    Manaslu circuit trekking 17N/18D

    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Soti khola. (700m)
    Day 04: Trek Soti khola to Machha khola. (869m)
    Day 05: Trek Machha khola to Jagat (1340m)
    Day 06: Trek Jagat to Deng (1804m)
    Day 07: Trek Deng to Namrung (2630m)
    Day 08: Trek Namrung to Lho Village. (3180m)
    Day 09: Trek Lho village to Samagaon(3520m)
    Day 10: Acclimatization at Samagaon.
    Day 11: Trek Samagaon village to Samdo (3875m)
    Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharmasala(4460m)
    Day 13: Trek Dharmasala to Bhimthang(3590m)via larke la pass(5160m)
    Day 14: Trek Bhimthang to Gho (2515m)
    Day 15: Trek Gho to Dharapani (1963m)
    Day 16: Drive Dharapani to Besi Sahar (760m)
    Day 17: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
    Day 18: International Departure
    Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport.
     Arrivals at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, Then welcome by our office representative, and transfer to the respective hotel. After checking in to the hotel, meet our experienced trekking guide then detail briefing about the Trekking. Trekking permit collection as well as other required documents for the trekking. Finally settle down all the payment procedures.

    Day 02: Kathmandu full day city Tour.
    After the morning breakfast, briefing about the Kathmandu full day city sightseeing. i.e Swoyambhunath, it is one of the holiest pilgrims for Buddhist and Hindus, and it is  located at the hilltop in the Kathmandu also popularly known as the monkey temple. 
    Then after we drive to Bouddhanath stupa, which is also the main important shrine for Buddhist around the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical Stupa of Nepal and one of the largest Stupa in the world. Then finally we drive for Pashupatinath.
    Pashupatinath is located nearby Bouddhanth, this temple is one of the major important sacred pilgrim site for the Hindus around the world. And not to forget all above three shrines are enlisted in UNESCO world heritage site. Finally drive back to hotel, then have some rest, prepare for trekking which starts from tomorrow. Overnight.

    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Soti khola. (700m)
    After breakfast, we drive from hotel to Soti khola on our private vehicle, which takes around 7-8 hours. Overnight at Soti khola.

    Day 04: Trek Soti khola to Machha khola. (869m)
    After breakfast, we will start our trekking from Soti khola to Machha Khola, which takes around 5-6 hours of Gentle walk alongside the famous Budi Gandaki River. The main inhabitants of Machha khola village are the Gurung communities with their own tradition, culture and they have good hospitality. Overnight at Machha khola Village.

    Day 05: Trek Machha khola to Jagat (1340m)
    After breakfast, we Trek Machha khola to Jagat, which will take around 6-7 hours of gentle walk along with few upward downward walks then crossing the Tharo khola, we reach at Khorlabesi. Ater walking few hours then we will reach the natural hot spring (Tato pani in nepali). After spending sometime at Hotspring we continue our journey again until we finally reach to Jagat after a long trek. Overnight at Jagat.
     
     Day 06: Trek Jagat to Deng (1804m)
    Enjoy you morning hot breakfast, then we trek towards Deng. The trail to Deng from Jagat is quite interesting; the trail consists of gentle walk through the bank of Budi Gandaki River, and equal level of easy ascends. It takes around 7-8 hours of gentle trek to reach Deng.

    Day 07: Trek Deng to Namrung (2630m)
    After the breakfast, we trek from Deng to Namrung this will take around 7-8 hours of trek. On our trek we will enter the area influenced by Buddhism where we can see colorful flags and few stone huts. After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap through well preserved paintings and elegant mani wall. After crossing the Ghap village, the valley becomes steeper and there is a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung. Stay overnight at Namrung village.

    Day 08: Trek Namrung to Lho Village. (3180m)
    After breakfast we trek from Namrung to Deng village, this will take around 4-5 hours of trek. After few hours of wonderful trek we arrive at the Lamagaon, from where Mount Himal chuli can be viewed. After crossing the Himal chuli view point on the way to Lho village we can see the Tong Gompa a Buddhist shrine. Since the is the shortest trek for just 4-5 hours we will reach at lho village earlier, hence the remaining time can be used to explore around Lho village. Stay overnight att Lho Village.

    Day 09: Trek Lho village to Samagaon(3520m)
    After breakfast we trek from Lho village to Samagaon, this will take around 5-6 hours of trek. From Lho, we follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest bring us to the village of Shyala, offering superb views of Phungi, Manaslu and Him Chuli. After enjoying the spectacular views of mountains and peaks, we continue our trek for more about 2 hours then we will arrive at the Samagaon. From Samagaon we can see the stunning view of Mount Manaslu (8163m), eight highest mountain in the world. Stay overnight at Samagaon.

    Day 10: Acclimatization at Samagaon.
    This day we will spend our day at Samagaon for Acclimatization hence after the breakfast we will hike up to the Birendra Lake which lies around 1 hour hike from Samagaon. Birendra Lake is a fresh water lake located in the Manaslu glacier, and nearby punhyen glacier. After spending few times around the Birendra Lake we will hike down to nearby monastery to explore around. After exploring the monastery, rest time on your own, where you can take a walk around the village. Overnight at Samagaon.

    Day 11: Trek Samagaon village to Samdo (3875m)
    After the breakfast, trek Samagaon to Samdo, this will take around 4-5 hours. During the Samagaon to Samdo route we can view the beautiful mountain views, amazing lanscpaes close to the Tibetan border. During the trek we can also see the beautifully painted mani walls, on the way to the Samdo village. After continues trek of 4-5 hours we will arrive at samdo village. Stay overnight at Samdo village.

    Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharmasala(4460m)
    After the breakfast, trek Samdo to Dharmasala, this will also take around 4-5 hours. People also refer Dharmasala as Larkya phedi, which is same infact. Today we start our trek by crossing the wooden bridge over a river then arrive at the Larke bazaar, which used to be a good market in the previous time but there is nothing remaining at the present time. Crossing the larke bazaar and walking few more, the huge larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. The trail grows steeper, climbing up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000m. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Larkya Phedi, where there is a small lodge, built to serve travellers crossing the Larkya La which lies now just ahead. Stay overnight at tea house Dharmasala.

    Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimthang (3590m)
    Start our trek at the early morning after the hot and quick food, then trek Dharmasala to Bhimthang, this will take around 9-10 hours. After an early start, we soon reach the snowy valley on the left side of the Larkya Glacier with attractive views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We continue trekking along glaciar moraine and start making the gradual ascent to the top of the Larkya pass (5160m). From the top, there is a stunning panorama view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. On the descent the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on snow to a grassy moraine. Depending on the conditions if icy then crampons and ice axe are advisable for the descent. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang. Stay overnight at tea house. 

    Day 14: Trek Bhimthang to Gho (2515m)
    After breakfast, we trek from Bhimthang to Gho, this takes around 6-7 hours. After crossing the pastures of Bimthang the trail drops to a glaciar stream at the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest. Not far from here you reach Karche's fenced fields, then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags before making a descent to the river bank at Gho. Stay overnight at Gho.

    Day 15: Trek Gho to Dharapani (1963m)
    After breakfast, we trek from Gho to Dharapani, this takes around 4-5 hours, exiting the Manaslu trekking region and entering in to the famous Annapurna circuit trekking region. From Gho the trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak tree to arrive at Tilje, a large Gurung village. Exit Tilje village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Stay overnight at Dharapani.

    Day 16: Drive Dharapani to Besi Sahar (760m)
    After the breakfast at the Dharapani, drive to Besi Sahar, this takes around 4-5 hours of rough drive on a normal jeep. Arrive at the Besi sahar, Check in to the hotel, rest and fresh up. After lunch walk around the local market in the Besi sahar at your own. Stay overnight at Besi sahar.

    Day 17: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
    After the breakfast drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu in a private luxury vehicle, this takes around 5-6 hours. Upon arriving at the Kathmandu, check in to the hotel, rest, do some fresh up then prepare for Typical Nepali farewell dinner. Overnight Kathmandu.

    Day 18: International Departure
    After breakfast drive to Kathmandu international Airport for your onward journey.
    USD 1850.00 per person ( 2 person basis)
    From 3-5 person USD 1700.00 per person
    From 6-10 person USD 1550.00 per person


    Included:
     
    •    Conservation/national park fees and all government taxes.
    •    Accommodation in the Lodges in trekking areas.
    •    All required  land Transportation  during the Trip
    •    Experienced & professional Trekking Guide, his Salary, food & Insurance.
    •    The necessary number of porters
    •    Kathmandu Valley city sightseeing tour
    •    Kathmandu Hotel on BB plan
    •    Porter’s salary, foods., insurance &equipment’s
    •    All meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
    •    First aid box.
    •    Celebration dinner after the trip in Kathmandu.

     
    Excludes:
    •    Medical/personal high-risk insurance (suggest have rescue coverage policy as well)
    •    Personal Clothing/Gears  for the trekking
    •    Tips for Nepalese staffs.
    •    Cost of personal expenses, shopping, Beverage bills etc.
    •    Nepalese Visa fee
    •    International Airfare fee
    •    Internet cost during the trek


     
    Start Date End Date Availability Price  
    2018
    November
    03rd Nov 20th Nov OPENED 1550 Book Now
    The major important checklist for the trekking are as follows: 

    1) Trekking boots - 01 pair with 4 pairs of  warm shocks
    2) Dawn Jacket - 01
    3) Sleeping bag- 01
    4) Long sleeves - 02 pairs
    5) Sun glass  - 01
    6) Hat  - 01
    7)  Water Bottle  - 01
    8) Half Pant  - 01
    9) Trousers  - 02
    10 ) T- Shirts - 04
    11) Trekking Stick - 02
    12) Sunscreen  - 01
    13) Mosquito repelling cream - 01 ( in case in the low land areas)
    14) Rucksack - 01
    15) Gloves -01 pair
    16) Wind proof jacket- 1
    17) Warm Cap-1
    18) Personal Medicines
    19) Flash light

     
    For whom is the circuit Manaslu Trek
    Who would enjoy the Manaslu Trek? Probably most people would enjoy the trek but especially those who are interested in culture, want to get away from the crowds and commercialization of other treks and are happy to compromise on comforts to experience authentic Nepal. For those who realize they missed the Annapurna Circuit Trek in its golden age will love this trek.

    Does Himalayan Icefall trekking arrange the trekking permits?
    Yes, we do. No worries…. 

    Can i Trek Manaslu round trekking alone?
    According to the rules, you must trek as a group of at least two and be accompanied by a registered guide. So you can't.

    Is the Manaslu circuit Trekking Difficult?
    The Lonely Planet guidebook describes the Manaslu trek as tougher than most, but this is now wrong. There have been new trails put in that significantly reduce the climbing involved and reduce the exposure. The trails are now wide and good unlike in Tilman’s time (1950) wherein one part the trail was a few narrow planks resting on branches that had been hammered into cracks in the rock!
    While some of the trails are fantastically airy, high above the Budi Gandaki River, the trails are perfect for trekking. You should be fit as there are lots of up and down, but there is nothing too extreme on this trek. Just take it easy on the descent from the pass. 

    How busy is the Manaslu circuit Trek compared to Annapurna region?
    It’s anecdotal evidence, but the Annapurna circuit sees around 10,000+ trekkers per year (it was 65,000 in 1995!) compared to Manaslu’s 2,000. This information only really affects you if you trek in October, as most other months are quiet. 

    Can i trek Manaslu circuit trek in reverse?
    Yes you can do the trekking in reverse as well, the original main circuit trek starts from Soti khola, where as if you would like to do it in reverse you may start from Besi sahar too. Dont worry Himalayan Icefall trekking can arrange you the trek as per your desire.

    What gears and equipments do i need ?
    The basic equipments and gears that you migh need for this trek, its listed on the other tab.
     

    Will I get altitude sickness?
    There is a risk since you will be hiking above 3000m. Different people react to altitude in different ways, no matter their fitness level or experience in the mountains. That’s why you should learn and understand what altitude sickness is and what the symptoms are beforehand. You can ask your local travel medicine specialist, search online or attend one of the lectures organized in Kathmandu.

    Do I need to purchase my own travel insurance?
    Yes. Most trips run smoothly, but once in a while something unexpected can happen, that’s why we highly recommend that before coming to Nepal you purchase travel insurance. We take all the necessary precautions to make sure your safety is at first-hand, but it is always best to have it.  

    Will my mobile phone work?
    Not Really 

    What is the accommodation like?
    We can tailor the accommodation to meet your requests. While in Kathmandu we generally stay in very nice hotels. During the treks, we will be staying in local guesthouses along the trail. The guesthouses vary, but overall is clean, charming and meet all of your needs.

    Who are the guides?
    Himalayan Icefall Trekking hires guiding professionals with a love and passion for outdoor travel and adventure. Our guides have been with us for many years and know the trails well. They all speak English very well and know how to take good care of the clients.  

    Will I have to carry all of my own stuff?
    No, unless you request to. Our porters will carry up to 15-20kgs of weight for each trekker. All you need to carry are your essential items for the day. The porter fee is included in the price of your trip. We plan for 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 15-20kg is more than sufficient.

    Are the water and food safe?
    The tap and mountain water in Nepal are generally not safe to drink for tourists. Bottled water, boiling water or using water purification tablets are your best options. Tea and coffee are okay to drink.
    Yes, the food is safe in Nepal. And delicious!

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    Trip Facts

    Duration : 18 Days

    Grading : B

    Trip Start : Soti Khola

    Max. Altitude : 5160

    Trip Ends : Besi Sahar

    Destination : Manaslu Round Trekking

    Trip Route : Ktm-Soti Khola-Larke La Pass-Dharapani-Besi Sahar-Ktm

    Trip Style : Trekking

    Group Size : 2

    Activity Per Day : Trekking 5-6 hours average per day

    Best Season : March- May, September-November

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