Manaslu Trek takes you off-the-beaten-path and lets you walk along a less crowded trail. Walk around the picturesque Budi Gandaki and Nubri Valleys and discover fascinating mountain cultures on the brink of extinction. Visit antiquated Buddhist Monasteries and learn more about Bon, an ancient Tibetan religion that predates Buddhism. Manaslu Trek takes you to some of the remote and least visited corners of Nepal Himalaya. As this trail is frequented by only a handful of trekkers, it is less crowded than the popular trekking trails of Everest and Annapurna. You begin your Manaslu Trek from the lush and green Budi Gandaki Valley and climb up high to Nubri Valley. The Nubri Valley lies very close to Tibet, under the shadows of Manaslu mountain (8,163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. Experience Nepal’s cultural diversity. In the lower elevations, you will experience Nepalese Hindu culture, while at the higher reaches you discover Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture. You will be trekking around Gorkha district, an area that occupies a very important place in Nepal’s history. Gorkha is the royal seat of the Shah rulers, a dynasty that ruled over Nepal for more than 200 years. The unification of Nepal was started by a Shah king from this mountainous region. The last monarch of Nepal also belonged to this dynasty.
Manaslu Trek starts from Barpak, a small mountaintop village in Gorkha. The village was the epicenter of the earthquake that rocked Nepal in early 2015. A large village inhabited by Ghales, Gurungs, Sunars and Damais, Barpak was once the stronghold of the Ghale Kings. Tread past narrow pathways carved on cliff sides and share the trail with mule and yak caravans. Enter the Manaslu Conservation Area Project, a storehouse of rare Himalayan flora and fauna. Cross raging glacial rivers, waterfalls, traditional villages and pine forests. The trail takes you to the high altitude Bhotia settlements bordering Tibet. Untouched by modernity, people at these villages have been following the same practices and lifestyles followed by their ancestors. You follow the Himalayan salt-trail, an ancient trade route used by traders of Nepal, Tibet and India in the olden days. One of the highlights of this trek is the challenging crossing of Larkya La (5,160m), a high mountain pass. Your adventure ends with a short walk to Dharapani in Marshyangdi Valley. Once you have completed the final leg of your trek, you should congratulate yourself and be proud of your achievement. You have trekked across three Himalayan valleys - Budi Gandaki, Nubri and Marshyangdi valleys, in a matter of two weeks! Our experienced local guide will be guiding you throughout your trek.
Here are some exciting alternatives if you have already completed this circuit and would like to do a similar trek - Annapurna Circuit - 16 days, Langtang Valley Trek - 11 days, Annapurna Base camp Trek - 11 days, Everest Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days and Gokyo Ri and Everest Base Camp Trek 15 days.
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As you fly into Kathmandu, you will be presented with mesmerizing views of soaring mountains and gentle rolling hills. The city of Kathmandu lies in a deep valley surrounded by a ring of green hills. Once your plane lands at the airport make your way to the terminal and meet our representative. He will be there holding a placard bearing our company’s or your name. He will drive you to your hotel and help you check in. In the evening there will be a trip briefing where your guide will brief you you about the route you will take, the condition of the trail and the important things that you need to keep in mind while trekking. After the briefing, there will be a final check of your gear and equipment. If you have missed out on any of the items on the list you can hire or buy from a local shop. There are many shops in Thamel renting and selling trekking gear and equipment. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Discover some of Kathmandu’s well known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Head to Boudhanath Stupa, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and centre of Tibetan Buddhism. This white domed stupa dates back to the 14th century. At the base of the stupa is a giant mandala, a Buddhist representation of the cosmos. The top has a square tower bearing the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha and a golden pyramid with thirteen steps, representing the ladder to enlightenment. Locals believe that the remains of the Kasyapa Buddha (a previous incarnation of Lord Buddha) is buried beneath this stupa. A large Tibetan community lives around this historic stupa.
Next, head to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred sites for the Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this pagoda-roofed temple was built in the 5th century. Lying on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati, Hindus bring their dead to the ghat of this temple for cremation. As non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple, you can view the temple from the eastern bank of the river. It lies directly across ‘Arya Ghat’, the Hindu cremation site.
Drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three medieval palace squares in Kathmandu valley. The square houses several temples and palaces built by Malla and Shah rulers. Though some of the structures were damaged during the 2015 earthquake, there are many still standing that will interest you. Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, the statue of Kal Bhairav and the beautiful courtyards filled with artistic woodwork and stone sculptures are some of the cultural and historical treasures dotting this ancient palace complex.
End your sightseeing tour with a hike up to the hill-top shrine of Swoyambhunath. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, the compassionate eyes of the Buddha look out over the valley from the stupa’s tower. According to local legend Swoyambhunath was built by a Boddhisattva, Manjushri, after draining the lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy a 360 degree of the city from the temple grounds. Later return to your hotel and have an early night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Leaving Kathmandu Valley you take a long drive to Barpak in Gorkha district. As your vehicle leaves the city, the road dips down and follows a serpentine trail. Enjoy delightful views of rural settlements, rolling hills and snow-capped peaks stretching in the horizon. Your journey takes you to Gorkha District, an area that occupies an important place in Nepalese history. The unification of modern Nepal began from this mountainous region when Prithvi Narayan Shah, a Gorkha King began his campaign from the hills of Gorkha. The Shah dynasty ruled over Nepal for more than 200 years. The last monarch of Nepal belonged to this dynasty. The vehicle weaves through Barah Kilo, a bustling bazaar area. From here it takes around 4 hours to reach Barpak village. Another historic village, Barpak was the stronghold of the Ghale kings who controlled the trade route that weaved through the Buri Gandaki valley. In the olden days many travellers and traders traveled to Tibet via the Buri Gandaki valley.
Inhabited by Ghales, Gurungs, Chettris, Brahmins, Pariyars and Damais, Barpak is one of the largest village in Gorkha district. This hillside village was the epicenter of the deadly earthquake that rocked Nepal on 25th April 2015. After the earthquake, out of 1,200 homes only four buildings were left standing. Hundreds of villagers lost their lives. The survivors are trying their best to rebuild their lives. Your stay at this village will help revive local economy. You will be staying at a lodge run by a local. Overnight in Barpak.
We leave the village of Barpak and head towards Laprak, a Gurung village. The trail goes uphill through a rhododendron forest. Follow a gentle ascent to Bhoshu Khang(2800m), from where you enjoy panoramic views of snow-capped Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal. After reaching Bhoshu Khang we follow a downward trail to Laprak Village. En route we walk past Gupsi Danda , a new settlement built to shelter survivors of the earthquake. A Gurung settlement, Laprak village was nearly destroyed by the deadly 2015 earthquake. New buildings have cropped up and there are few local lodges offering food and accommodation to travellers stopping at Laprak. The stunning summit of Manaslu mountain is visible from this village. Overnight in Laprak.
From Laprak you take a gradual descent and then you climb up. The trail weaves past Sing La village. En route you are presented with picturesque Himalayan views. Take a breather and enjoy the breathtaking sights of the soaring snow-capped peaks and distant villages nestled on the side of the mountains. Our destination for today is Khorla Besi and we stop once we reach the village. Overnight in Khorla Besi.
Today we cover a challenging section of the trail. We follow a pathway carved on the side of rocky cliffs and huge boulders. The path lies right above the Budi Gandaki river. On one side is a rocky wall while on the other is a precipitous drop, right down to the river. Do remember to walk on the side of the wall as mules taking this path tend to push aside anything that comes on their way. After hiking for a while we arrive at Tatopani, a hot spring that’s quite popular among the locals. Cross a suspension river across the Budi Gandaki. You walk through a narrow valley flanked by steep mountainsides to Jagat. A green signboard announces you that you are now entering the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). The Manaslu Conservation Area Project covers an area of 1,663 square kilometers and is home to a rich ecosystem made up of mountains, glaciers, water bodies and rare Himalayan flora and fauna. The area is home to snow leopards, Himalayan Thars, different species of butterflies and birds and Himalayan herbs. After walking a bit further you arrive at a local teahouse, where you stop for the night. Overnight in Jagat.
Enjoy dramatic views of Sringri Himal as you continue walking on a scenic trail. Take an upward ascent and cross a bridge. Walk uphill till you reach the settlement of Phillim. Stop for lunch at this charming village. From here you can enjoy scenic views of neighboring villages situated on mountain-tops or cliff sides. The picturesque villages are surrounded by farms and fields. Continue trekking along a trail filled with pine and rhododendron trees. After crossing a bamboo forest and a small river (Dang Khola) you arrive at the settlement of Dang. Overnight in Dang.
From Dang we trek to Prok. Lying at an elevation of 2397m this village is situated on a ridge. Rarely visited by outsiders the village of Prok is inhabited by Bhotias, an indigenous mountain community who are culturally closer to Tibetan Buddhists than to Nepalese Hindus. Life at this village and other villages in the upper reaches moves at a slow pace. The people, living in this high reaches have been following the same practices and traditions followed by their forefathers. Once you reach the village, head to a local teahouse. After a brief rest explore the village, interact with the locals and take pictures. Overnight in Prok.
You begin the day’s trek by taking a downhill trail to Ghap. Walk through a verdant forest filled with conifer, pine and juniper trees. Cross two bridges before climbing up to Namrung. From there take the path that leads to Barcham, a settlement with rolling green fields. The trail runs past a mani wall and the ancient villages of Lihi and Sho. Mud chortens dot the landscape. You are walking in the Nubri Valley, one of the most isolated areas in Nepal. Only a handful of trekkers walk past this trail each year. Savour the solitude and revel in the spell binding mountain views. After an uphill ascent you arrive at the large village of Lho. The large Ribum Gompa, a Buddhist monastery dominates the village landscape. You rest for the night at this village. Do not forget to enjoy the mesmerizing views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, Saula Himal and Dwijen Himal at sunset from one of the popular vantage points. Overnight in Lho.
Leave the village of Lho and make your way to Sama Gaon. Walk past a forest and climb steadily till you reach Shyala. Go through a traditional Buddhist gate(kani) and enter the village. Savour close up views of Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks. Continue your hike up to Sama Gaon. As you climb up the 3000 metre mark you can feel the altitude and find it a bit difficult to breathe. The valley opens and you finally reach the charming village of Sama Gaon. Filled with flat-roofed stone houses and villagers dressed in long chubas (traditional attire), Sama Gaon offers an insight into the fascinating lifestyle and culture of the high Himalayan people. The village has one of the oldest monasteries in the Nubri Valley. Overnight in Sama Gaon.
Explore the village and interact with the villagers. Take an acclimatization walk to Punggen Monastery. Situated very close to Manaslu, you can enjoy 360-degree views of this glorious peak, Hiunchuli and Nadi Chuli. If you want something challenging you can hike up to the Manaslu Base Camp. The whole journey takes around 8 hours (5 hours hike to Manaslu Base Camp and 3 hours return trek) and is filled with spectacular views of tumbling glaciers, icefall, Birendra Tal(a mountain lake) and the Nubri Valley surrounded by snow covered peaks. En route, you cross the serene Birendra Tal, a turquoise lake fed by the waters of the Manaslu glacier. If you make the hike during the climbing season, you will find the whole base camp area covered with colorful tents of expedition groups. Overnight in Sama Gaon.
From Sama Gaon you trek to Samado. Take the path to Khermo Kharka (lined with mani walls), where the trail divides. Take the one that leads to Samado (the other leads to Manaslu Base Camp). You walk past the Manaslu Glacier and hike up through a forest filled with birch, rhododendron and juniper trees. Take an upward ascent till you reach the village of Samdo. Situated very close to Tibet, many of the villagers living here have migrated from Tibet. This village is the last permanent settlement before the crossing of Larkya La. The ancient trade route to Tibet went through this ancient village. Some of the trails from this village lead directly of Tibet. In the summer months trading fairs are held a few miles from the village. Traders from Tibet bring their wares to sell at these fairs. Dotted with flat-roofed stone houses, yaks, chortens, prayer flags and mani walls, Samdo feels very much like a Tibetan settlement. Overnight in Samdo.
Take the trail leading to Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp. Today’s walk offers some of the best mountain views in this circuit. You walk very close to the mountains and you can see the massive walls of these Himalayan peaks rising right above you. It is a humbling experience as you stand dwarfed by the gigantic mountains towering right above you. The dramatic landscape simply leaves you awe-struck. You stop at Dharamsala, a settlement with few houses. Have an early night as you will be crossing the Larkya La, a high mountain pass and the highest point of your trek at 5165m, tomorrow. Overnight in Dharamsala.
Rise up at the crack of dawn and get an early start. An uphill ascent brings you to the north side of the Larkya glacier from where you can enjoy enthralling views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. Today’s walk is quite tough and challenging as you make a crossing of the Larkya La. Take each step carefully as you walk past the treacherous moraines of the glacier. From Larkya La you can savour impressive views of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Kangaru, Gyaji Himal and Annapurna II. Take a steep descent to Bimtang while enjoying the view of Manaslu’s forked summit. Some part of the trail may be icy and you may need to wear crampons. Once you reach the village head to a teahouse and take rest. It has been a tough climb and you need time to get recharged. Overnight in Bimthang.
The trail weaves downwards past green meadows and pine forests. It descends to Hampuk and follows the downward descent to Dudh Khola. Walk past the settlements of Karche and Gho. Walking down the west bank of the river, you finally reach the Gurung village of Tilije. The village is popular for its Apple Brandy. Overnight in Tilije.
From Tilije it’s a short walk to Dharapani. Dharapani lies in the Marshyangdi Valley and here you will come across several trekkers taking the Annapurna trail. This is a charming settlement set amidst mountains covered with pine trees. There are plenty of lodges and eateries catering to hordes of trekkers trekking along the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits. From here you board a vehicle and take a drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar. The drive offers picturesque sights of green hills and rural farmsteads. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and take rest. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner (complimentary) at an authentic Nepalese restaurant to celebrate the completion of your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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During your Manaslu Trek, you spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a 3 star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel. These hotels are centrally located in Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hub. The rooms have comfortable beds with en suite bathrooms and air cons. Other amenities include in-house restaurant, café, bar and free wi-fi.
While trekking you will be staying at the best available mountain lodges. Compared to Everest and Annapurna Regions, Manaslu Region has not seen much development. Most of the teahouses on the trail are newly built and offer basic services. These are not fancy establishments but places that offer shelter and food.
Facilities available at the lodges include bed, shared washroom (western style toilet) and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries. Carry toilet paper rolls with you as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls.
The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated. Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.
Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations, there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.
During your stay in Kathmandu, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel in Kathmandu which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant.
On the trail, enjoy full-board trekking. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation cost are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.
If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.
As the trail lies very close to Kathmandu, you can expect variety of dishes including meat on the menu. The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. and Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, chicken tikka, apple pie, pancake, pizza, steak, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).
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Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons for Manaslu Trek. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.
The trail to Manaslu passes through a pristine forest which is filled with wildflowers and orchids during spring. Walking past the hills covered with wildflowers, against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem heavenly.
Autumn is the most popular season for Manaslu Trek. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese, Dashain and Tihar. These festivals are celebrated by the Ghales, Gurungs, and Brahmins living in the lower reaches of the trail.
If you are bold enough to brave a cold winter trek, you can time your trek during Janaury or February when the Buddhist communities celebrate Losar or Tibetan New Year in the high mountains.
An important festival celebrated in the Nubri Valley is the Dhachyang or the Horse Festival. This festival which falls during December or January, sees a wide participation of horsemen from different villages. Horse racing and other competitions are held, where the winners receive handsome prizes and bragging rights.
This trek involves crossing of a high mountain pass Larkya La (5,165 m), which can be quite risky during bad weather. Taking this route during monsoon or winter season is can be hazardous and not recommended.
The trailhead of the Manaslu Trek lies in Gorkha, a mountainous district which was also the epicenter of the devastating earthquake that Nepal suffered in 2015. While there were fewer roads connecting this hilly district to Kathmandu in the past, there has been a lot of development in the recent years and many arterial roads have been built connecting the villages with Kathmandu.
The old trailhead to Manaslu used to be Arughat, but now rough jeep tracks have been constructed up to Soti Khola and Barpak. Private as well as local transportation is available from Kathmandu.
If you are traveling on a budget, you can opt to travel by a local bus. The journey takes around 7 to 8 hours. Local buses and jeeps (on sharing basis) depart daily from Gongabu in Kathmandu early in the morning. Private vehicles are also available on hire. The vehicle comes with a driver and rental charges vary according to the size and type of the vehicle.
As per our itinerary, you take a private vehicle from Kathmandu all the way to the village of Barpak, which was also the epicenter of 2015 earthquake. You drive past New Gorkha and take the road to Barpak. The road, though pitched when you start from Kathmandu, turns into a rough jeep track as you approach Barpak.
Your trek begins from Barpak. Cross two river valleys, glacier and a mountain pass and finally end your trek at Dharapani. From Dharapani, our vehicle will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Please note, Manaslu is a restricted zone where solo trekking is not allowed. It is mandatory to trek with a registered agency.
Since solo trekking or FIT (fully independent travel) is barred in this region, the permits will be arranged by the agency with whom you book your trek. There should be at least two people in your group to obtain the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
The permits needed for Manaslu Trek are:
Except for Manaslu Restricted Area Permit which has to be obtained from the Department of Immigration, all these permits can be acquired from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
To get these permits you need to provide the following documents and information:
Manaslu Trek takes you to the base of the 8th highest mountain in the world Manaslu (8,156m). The highest point of your trek is the mountain pass of Larkya La (5,165m). In this environment, there is less oxygen which will lead to breathing difficulty.
To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.
AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 metres. Taking diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay.
One should take necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help. In the worst case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.
This itinerary has been designed by experts and veteran guides. A rest day in Sama Gaon has been included in the itinerary to allow your body adapt to thin mountain air. The trek is well paced and allows your body to gradually get used to low levels of oxygen in the mountain air.
The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.
It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluid.
Though bottled water is readily available at teahouses, we dissuade you from buying it as it adds up to the thrash problem in the mountains. Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive on the mountains.
We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw. You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tend to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.
Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which are readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.
Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water at additional cost. Like bottled drinking water, it can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. Charges vary according to altitude (the higher you reach, the more expensive it will be) and quantity.
Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Manaslu Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates and upload pictures on social media.
Wi-fi is available at most of the teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot. Everest Link, a local internet provider offers paid internet access on the trail. You can purchase the username and password at any of the teahouses or shops along the trail.
You can also get a mobile sim card in Kathmandu and use it to keep in touch with your family and friends.
As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for this adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Manaslu Trek:
These are only some of the essential items. Find a more Packing List For Trekking In Nepal
Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.
You can leave your spare luggage at your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.
Manaslu Trek takes you to the foot of the 8th highest peak in the world, Manaslu (8156m). En route you will be crossing a mountain pass, glacier and bridges over turbulent Himalayan rivers. Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.
When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.
The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.
We believe in ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.
We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.
For Manaslu Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 5,165 metres and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.
Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.
Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.
Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.
Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.
We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.
To prevent AMS, required number of rest days have been added in the itinerary. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.
If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.
If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or get air lifted to Kathmandu for expert medical aid.
A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle, before you hit the trail by 8 AM along with your guide.
To avoid walking in the heat and to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.
Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.
Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers till dinner is served (around 7PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch etc. Afterwards, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.
On average, you may have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. Toughest day will be the crossing of Larkya La on Day 14. There will be plenty of stops en route to take pictures and enjoy the scenery.
Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We as a company support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment. As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) we make sure that our trips are environment friendly.
If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.
Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.
If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary.
If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.
We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.
While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.
Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.
We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.
Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water.
Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.
You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.
Yes, single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.
Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.
No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.
If you have to leave the expedition due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do note refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the expedition beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.