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Manaslu Round Trek-22 Days (USD 1495)

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Manaslu (8,167 m) circuit trekking is one of the most popular, as this trekking provides the perfect views of mountains, varieties of flora and fauna, the plants and combined with rich cultural heritages of various ethnic groups living in the area. It is a restricted trekking area which was open for foreigner in 1991. The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the town of Arughat Bazaar and the trek ends in Besi Sahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.

 

Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the most popular, as this trekking provides the perfect views of mountains, varieties of flora and fauna, the plants and combined with rich cultural heritages of various ethnic groups living in the area. The Manaslu circuit trekking also known as Manaslu round trekking is one of the most demanded trekkingdestinations in NepalIt is a restricted trekking area which was open for foreigner in 1991. Manaslu circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the town of Arughat Bazaar and the trek ends in Besi Sahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 Trip Arrangement, meeting with the staffs and sight seeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha, the starting point of the trek (570m/7hrs)

Day 4 Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (530m/6hrs)

Day 5 Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola(890m/6hrs)

Day 6 Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m/6hrs)

Day 7 Trek Jagat to Philim (1700m/3hrs)

Day 8 Trek Philim to Deng (2095m/6hrs)

Day 9 Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m/5hrs)

Day 10 Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m/4hrs)

Day 11 Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390/4hrs)

Day 12 Acclimatization Day

Day 13 Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/4hrs)

Day 14 Trek Samdo to Larka La Phedi (4460m/3hrs)

Day 15 Trek Larka La Phedi (Pass) (5153m) to Bimthang (3590m/8hrs)

Day 16 Trek Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m/6hrs)

Day 17 Trek Dharapani to Jagat (1800m/6hrs)

Day 18 Trek Jagat to Nagdi (850m/5hrs)

Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu via Beshi Sahar

Day 20 Rest in Kathmandu or a buffer day

Day 21 Departure

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

On your arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you and check you in at the best hotels around Thamel, the tourist and shopping hub of Kathmandu.  Chiefly, we choose Thamel because it is situated at the heart of Kathmandu city and you can go visit Durbar Squares, shop, stop by some holy shrines in Kathmandu and cater to your savor with exquisite and world class food.

 

Day 2 Trip Arrangement, meeting with the staffs and sight seeing around Kathmandu Valley

Second day is the day your adventure kicks off.  We will introduce to you your mentors, trekking guides, discuss your plans during your stay here and fine tune the schedule. Once we are over with planning for the trek, you will be taken for the sight seeing and you get to visit Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Durbar Squares. With couple of hours of daylight to spare, you can go on a shopping frenzy.

Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha, the starting point of the trek (570m/7hrs)

This is the day when your adventure actually begins. We bid good byes to the never resting lifestyle of tinsel town for two weeks or so. After seven hour drive we will have arrived at Arughat, Gorkha. This is exactly where the trek to Manaslu Circuit starts off.  When you have reached there you will stay there overnight before you start fresh the next day as you have to brace for what will be the walk to remember for so many of you.

Day 4 Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (530m/6hrs)

Walk the Budhi Gandaki river bank going past the villages like Morder and Simre and savoring the culture and lifestyle of the people there. Once you are at Arkhat River, hike up to Koryopani. Your camp will have been set up where Seti River and her tributaries join forces. Consider fresh water bathing here. You stay the night in a camp soaking up the solitude.

Day 5 Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola(890m/6hrs)

You can get an early start and hike down Soti Khola until the trail begins to take off in the later part of the day. The trail gets interesting from here on as it cuts through the forests providing you an exclusive opportunity to sneak peek the flora and fauna of the forest. You will be spending your night at the river banks of Machha Khola with the best local foods which give you the pleasure that any five star foods give.

Day 6 Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m/6hrs)

Trek only gets intense from here on as the altitude rises. However, the trail offers you some recess in between like hot springs and lush green forests with endangered species running across the forests. Not to mention, the vegetation changes with every few hundred meters of rising altitude. Your day will be done at Jagat and you will be staying the night here.

Day 7 Trek Jagat to Philim (1700m/3hrs)

This is going to be a fun day as day seven will be one of the shortest days. After a sheer three hour hike you will have reached Philim. You can enjoy rest of your day sipping a hot cup of locally brewed coffee or tea. You can take a stroll around nearby places.

Day 8 Trek Philim to Deng (2095m/6hrs)

Trip gets more exciting with every passing day because with the change in elevation the topography and wild life change and so do the cultures and lifestyles. Walk from Philim to Deng is no exception either.

Day 9 Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m/5hrs)

You get to hike some farm lands and come in contact with dense human settlements than the sparse ones you have seen during this trip. You get up close and personal with Naike peak, Manaslu North (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters). 

Day 10 Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m/4hrs)

Now that we have gained some altitude and we are already into alpine climate, we get to enjoy phenomenally large number of mountain views. Not to forget, pasturelands, glaciers and up streams. You will take the best and the easiest trail all the way up to the gompa. On your way to your destination, you walk the trail that cuts through Lho village, predominantly a Buddhist settlement, with chortens and manis. You can look over your shoulders to find Ganesh I watching your back. You will finish off your day at Honsansho Gompa which gives you a spectacular view of Peak 29 and Manaslu.

Day 11 Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390/4hrs)

Basically, you will start your day on an exciting note because it is going to be a short day at work. It is just a four hour hike followed by a full day of acclimatization.

Day 12 Acclimatization Day

With every hundred meters you climb the air will get thinner and you need to adapt just so. We allow you to spend some time in Samagaon where you can get used to the altitude.

Day 13 Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/4hrs)

It is now time to roll up the sleeves because a day of acclimatization has given you enough of the rest and your system has somewhat gotten used to the environment around. You will be camping out on the higher altitudes from this point forward.

Day 14 Trek Samdo to Larka La Phedi (4460m/3hrs)

Hike along the ever shrinking Budi Gandaki River. You can see towering mountains around you. Across the river is a huge settlement Sumdu. You will find a stream that runs through Gya La, the gateway to Tibet. You will also see the remains of what used to be a trading hub back in the history. You will have stayed in lodge in days as there is one set up with the hikers in mind.

Day 15 Trek Larka La Phedi (Pass) (5153m) to Bimthang (3590m/8hrs)

It takes a hike of a short amount of time before you reach the northern facet of Larkya Glacier. This place offers a great view around. You can view Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The pass gets steeper as you hike up. As you set your foot on the apex you will realize it was worth every bit of effort you made. Nothing is more soothing than trying to catch your breathe with beautiful mountains right before your eyes.  Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal,Kangguru Himal and Annapurna II are treat to the eyes. Although, you can never get enough of what you will see there, all good things must come to end and so must your stay there. You will hike down to Tanbuche from there.

Day 16 Trek Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m/6hrs)

This day is all about being wanderlust and exploring the vicinity of the place you are staying.

Day 17 Trek Dharapani to Jagat (1800m/6hrs)

Day 17 marks the beginning of the end of your trip. You start heading back to where it all started. You hike down to Jagat.

Day 18 Trek Jagat to Nagdi (850m/5hrs)

This will be your last day in the area. As you get to Nagdi your trip will officially be over.

Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu via Beshi Sahar

You will travel back to Kathmandu via Beshi Sahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung.

Day 20 Rest in Kathmandu or a buffer day

Once you have arrived at Kathmandu we let you take some time to rest so that your muscles can relax and you do not have to go home with stiff joints. As a final treat, we will have dinner at tradiitional Nepalese resturant in Kathmandu.

Day 21 Departure

On the final day of your stay in Nepal, we will see you off at the airport.

The above mentioned itinerary is presented to you as per the format that our company has to offer. We are open to making any changes in the itinerary based on your requests or local conditions or weather so that your inconvenience will be kept at bay.

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Total trip price : USD 1495

Cost Include(s)

  • Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • City sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with local English-speaking guide, as described in the program, by private vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • Government license holder English speaking Guide and porter to carry your rucksack; along with their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  • Annapurna Conservation area fee.
  • Manaslu Conservation area trekking fee.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Entrance & monument fees at various sightseeing places.
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag to use during the trek and T-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All our government taxes and official expenses.

 Cost Exclude(s)

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,
  • All kind of beverages and bar bill
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tips for staffs and/or driver.
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Apex Himalaya control.

Q:  Is Nepal safe enough for tourist to travel?

Yes. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close.

Q: Which is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best season to visit Nepal is after the monsoons that end in August until mid-December, before the winter sets in. Also, from mid-February to early June are the most preferred months by visitors. During these two periods, the rains wash the dusty tracks and the valley looks magnificent with blooming flowers. Mountain views are clear most of the time. It is humid in plains at this time but it is still better than the scorching heat of the summer.

It is best to visit hilly areas in summer; that is, the months of May and June. The average temperature at that time is around 22-25 degrees Celsius. Nights are a bit chilly in the lower Himalayan region but are comfortable. Mountainous areas are extremely unsafe during the monsoon season, which are very common. The persistent rains make the hilly tracts slippery.

 

In winter, most of the hilly areas become threats due to very heavy snowfall and avalanches, but if you are fond of snowfall then you can opt for the lower Himalayan regions that look beautiful covered in blankets of snow.

Q: Is it important to take any vaccines?You should contact your general practitioner or travel clinic for the latest travel health advice. It is advisable to be up-to-date with Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A vaccination shots. If you are extending your stay in Nepal you may need anti-malarial protection.

 

Q: Do I need travel insurance?

It is necessary to have travel insurance for all clients to take in any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. You can arrange this yourself or through Apex Himalaya in Nepal. The coverage per day is $15 dollars per person.

You must advise your insurer that you are going on a trek at relatively high altitudes and that your cover needs to include air evacuation and repatriation. A copy of your insurance document should be sent to us prior to coming to Nepal.

Q: Do you have an airport pick-service?

Yes we do. If requested prior to your arrival, we can arrange for our airport representative to greet you outside the Terminal Hall. She/he will be holding an ‘Apex Himalaya’ sign with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel.

Q:  How much shall I bring & where can I exchange my money?

You can exchange in Nepal, primarily in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It really depends on your budget and what you want to do and for how long but approximately $500-$1700 in either travelers’ cheques or cash for your trip would be sufficient. ATM cards and credit cards can be used in Kathmandu Pokhara and other cities if additional cash needed. You will need $30 for the tourist visa fee (can receive visa upon entry) at the Kathmandu International Airport. You must pay only in cash in U.S. dollars or Euros. It is advisable to exchange your money either on your first day or the day after while you are in Kathmandu at a reliable money exchange counter.

Q:  Why Should I trek with an agency?

Trekking with an agency can be worthwhile for those who are on a very tight schedule but not on money. A trekking agency can organize a trek for you at affordable costs, which includes food, accommodations, transportation, porters and guides. To receive trekking permits and TIMS cards, clients must go through a trekking agency for issuing and ensuring a safe and legalized trek or tour.

Q: Does your company provide a TIMS card?

Apex Himalaya is a government registered company and a member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal). We are legally authorized to provide TIMS cards to trekkers. For further information about this, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: Should I need to be totally fit in order to trek?

If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find trekking suits you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require a better standard of fitness. It is important to remember, however, that trekking requires an adequate level of physical conditioning. To prepare yourself for a trek, especially a difficult one that lasts two weeks or more, some moderate physical exercise is recommended before you embark on your journey such as walking, running swimming, or hiking. It is also worth remembering you can choose the pace and direction of your trek.

*Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek.

Q: What is the general duration of treks?

The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which each client has. Generally speaking, treks can range from 2-3 days to a month’s time or sometimes longer periods if trekkers’ wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.

Q: What do we get to experience in a trek?

You will mostly be on well-maintained trekking routes that consist of dirt trails. The terrain on some of these trails may be long, steep climbs or descents as well as rocky, dusty paths and forest tracks. There are also a lot of big stone steps and staircases especially on the Annapurna circuit. In some cases, treks include mountain passes so the trail can be narrow in places. You will feel a moderate altitude effect starting at around 3,000m upwards.

Q:  Is it necessary to use a trekking guide?

There is no compulsion to use a guide while trekking in Nepal. However, no matter how experienced or fit you are at outdoor activities, it is important to have a good orientation to a new area, especially if you go trekking. We highly recommend every guest to use our trained guides so that guests can easily and safely complete their trek. We believe that having a qualified trekking guide is a minimum safety requirement and can also enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the region as they act as a companion and interpreter. Our trekking guides are well-versed in a variety of foreign languages including English and take full responsibility of everything during a trek or expedition.

Q: What else should I be bringing in a trek?

Most of what you need during a trek is available in Kathmandu, and you can buy them or rent them once you are there. Most books on trekking will list them; check one out before you embark on your trek. If you do not have a book yet and plan to get one only once you are in Nepal, there are some things you may want to bring from home. Bring ear-plugs to help you sleep in spite of barking dogs. A battery operated short-wave radio can be helpful to listen to weather reports or the news. Also bring along a pocket knife, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, photographic equipment, binoculars, a compass, a good watch with possibly an altimeter, and a day pack. Others, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu for reasonable price.

Q: When I go for treks, can I store my luggage somewhere?

Generally your hotel or lodge will let you store your luggage with them for some nominal or no fee. As long as you lock up your bags, they are normally safe.

Q: What is the weather & temperature like while trekking?

The weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. However, at night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm. If it is raining at the base of the mountain, it will be snowing at the top of its peak. There will be heavy snowfall during the months of December and February. It is important that you stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Temperatures could be as high as 20 degrees C and as low as -10 degrees C.

Q: What are the accommodations like on a trek?

Along the trekking routes, teahouses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to be returned after your trip) but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping equipment if possible. Accommodations have private rooms with twin beds that may be used for double or single occupancy. Teahouses have an adjoining dining room around a fire burning stove. You may take a hot shower but need to ask them to boil the water.

Q: Do you think it is safe to eat freely in Nepal?

In general, yes. But, it's always good to take sensible precautions in order to avoid any health problems. No matter how tempting --and it can get very tempting after a long trek- avoid drinking any other water than bottled water. If you have to drink non-bottled water, purify it with iodine or chlorine tablets (available readily in most drug stores in Kathmandu). Asking for bottled water in restaurants is always a best idea.

Do not eat roadside food that is exposed in the open air. Avoid buying and eating raw and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Other than that, it is fine to have boiled, fried or properly packaged food items. Read the FAQ on Health and Insurance for details on what to do in case of health problems.

Q: What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. One shouldn't ignore these early symptoms as these symptoms may lead to more serious warnings and cause death sometimes within few hours. Medicine is no substitute for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen. However, the patient must go down to lower altitude even if treatment is given.

Q:  If I suffer from altitude sickness or any kind of sickness, what should I do?

First of all, your trekking guide will provide you with First Aid. If the case becomes more serious, you will be transferred to a health post where you can consult with a doctor. For acute sickness, at your request, you will be immediately taken down by helicopter or airplane to Kathmandu for treatment and rest. It is strongly recommended to descend from the mountain if you are suffering severely from altitude sickness.

Q: What is your cancellation policy and terms of conditions?

If our clients are unable to make their trip or want to cancel their trip due to any unavoidable circumstances, Apex Himalaya can only refund 65% of the deposited amount. However, clients can postpone their travel date or make slight modifications to their original travel itinerary free of cost if given proper notice. Please see our Terms of Conditions for further details.

Q: Which documents do I need to bring with me?

You should bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour; keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash and traveler’s checks (keep numbers and proof of purchase separately); flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of T/C’s, banks, insurance and family members and any medications.

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