Nepal Highpoint Trekking & Expedition

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Manaslu Circuit trek

Trip Overview

“Manaslu a fresh Himalayan destination facing awesome mountain panorama Adventure that leads you to remote corners of Nepal North Mid-West Himalaya Explore around both sides of massive Manaslu range of peaks with glorious views Mt. Manaslu world eight highest mountains and a great place for adventure walks From low warm valley to cooler hills and towards arctic zone of ice and glaciers Enjoy visiting various fabulous traditional villages of different cultures on treks Awesome views of Manaslu-Annapurna and Ganesh Himal on daily walks.”

Introduction:

Manaslu Circuit Trekking an adventure with Nepal High Point leads you to impressive country within Far North Mid-West Himalaya on most scenic areas where few trekkers seldom venture, as years went by the region of Manaslu Circuit Trekking getting much attraction where visitors’ popularity has gained since it was opened for outside world last three decades of time.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking a wonderful adventure destination where one can enjoy constant views of high snow-capped peaks that you can view along the walk from Manaslu, Ganesh as far towards Annapurna range.

Manaslu the word comes from ancient Hindu language Sanskrit where Manas means soul of an almighty god, like the holy lake Manasarovar in Tibet near Mt. Kailash. 

Mt. Manaslu stands as world’s 8th highest mountain at above 8,163 m and 26. 781 ft high first climbed by Japanese Expeditions way back on May 9th, 1956 since then it was a restricted area due to close border with Tibet- China where strong trade use to take place in early days.

Manaslu Circuit will certainly inspire travelers with its beautiful scenery of mountains, dramatic landscapes and scenic valley in the harmony of the local village’s immense culture of Buddhism religion.

As walk leads from one nice village to another following with wonderful scenery to reach at Larke-La pass on the highest point of the adventure at above 5,160 m and 16,929 ft facing marvelous panorama of peaks with dramatic landscapes than on downhill back into enchanting woodland of tall pines and rhododendron trees.

Where our journey comes to an end at nice Dharapani village, located at Manang district and on the trail of popular Annapurna circuit route, where an exciting overland journey takes you back to lower warmer farm areas and then on the road to Kathmandu, on completing a fabulous adventure and experience on Manaslu Circuit Trekking. 

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with the optional tour.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 700 m via Arughat - 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Machhe-Khola 869 m - 05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m- 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Dying 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Namrung 2,630 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 05 hrs

Day 09: Trek to Sama- Gaon 3,520 m - 05 hrs.

Day 10: At Sama-Gaon with a rest day for acclimatization and hike.

Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,875 m - 05 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala the base of Larke-la 4,460 m /14,632 ft – 04 hrs.

Day 13: Cross Larke-La Pass 5,160 m /16,929 ft and walk to Bhimthang 3,590 m - 08 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,760 m - 05 hrs. 

Day 15:  Trek to Dharapani 1,963 m -05 hrs.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel - 06 hrs.

Day 17: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Itenerary

On reaching Kathmandu international airport received by our staff and guide with a warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in the center of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information about the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related to this trekking.
In Kathmandu, a free day preparation for Manaslu Circuit trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.
Early morning start taking an interesting overland journey to reach Nepal Mid-West around Gorkha district at Arughat town, and beyond to reach at first overnight stop in Soti-Khola by raging Buri-Gandaki River.
From Soti-Khola walk leads within warmer foothills and river valley following Buri-Gandaki River upstream and then heading into a gorge covered with forest, where route climb towards cooler areas walking for nearly four to five hours to reach our overnight stop at Machha-Khola. A moderate size farm village, as Maccha means Fish and Khola for the stream, popular fishing streams for the locals.
From Maccha-Khola fishing village, morning walk on Buri-Gandaki River upstream banks for some hours to reach Khorla-Beshi and then on winding path towards Tatopani a village with natural “Hot Spring,” as Tatopani means hot water /spring. Here time permitting to enjoy refreshing warm bathe and then continue to walk with a climb to Jagat village for an overnight stop, Jagat a lovely and large village with many shops and well-stocked stores, having nice and simple lodges for an overnight stay.
After a wonderful overnight stop at Jagat village, the walk continues heading higher past rural farm villages and on the downhill to cross a bridge to Nugget and then reaching at Philip, one of the large villages within this remote farm country with many scattered houses. From PhPhilipalk leads around farm terraces of golden agriculture fields of wheat, barley, as climb leads above rocky ridge within a forest of bamboo to reach at Deng village for oven overnight stop.
Morning walk from Dyang leads to a cooler area and increase in altitude, as route leads the higher country with short downhill to a river side to reach a place called Bihi Bazaar a small village near a river side. From Bihi where walk follows Burigandaki River, then crossing a river to enter small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. From here onwards where you can notice more villages of strong Tibetan influence with a similar culture of Buddhism all the way around high Manaslu valley.
With a nice overnight at Namrung, walk leads to more spread out farm fields and Yak herder huts and shelter, around this high Manaslu valley people are much engaged in farming during summer, where young folks in winter travels to big cities of Nepal and India for trade and to escape the cold winter. From here walk leads to high and scenic valley all the way to Lo Gaon a nice village for an overnight stop, this will be one of the attractive villages around Manaslu region, at Lo enjoy close views of towering Manaslu North Face, Around Lo, visit its monastery with numerous chhorten and Mani walls with views of Ganesh Himal towards east.
From Lo-Gaon walk gets easier with difference as high altitude gains heading with a slow and gradual climb with constant views of the mountain with Peak 29 ahead, after couple hour climb reaching into a patch of forest reaching at Shala village with an excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Walking for few hours further where day completes on reach Sama-Gaon village, with a superb view of Mt. Manaslu. Sama-Gaon village one of the largest within high Manaslu Valley, where natives are mostly farmers cultivating buck wheat, barley which are the main crops in this high and harsh terrain, potatoes and some high and cold vegetables are also grown.
Enjoy rest or a spare day in Sama Gaon with excursion and hike around to support with acclimatization before heading higher area towards Larke-La, around Sama Gaon explore its nice and interesting village and witness local traditional culture with views of peaks.
After a wonderful rest at Sama-Gaon, our walk leads to morning climb to reach at Samdo village which is not too far of few hours climb on upper terrain as high altitude and dry air makes the walk much slow. Walks slowly leads at Samdu village, the last village before Larke-la base and the high pass, at Samdu for overnight where you can witness this exciting village of strong Tibetan influence due to its closeness to Tibet border where at present trade across the border still exists.
From Samdo walk leads to more barren areas, the adventure begins crossing Gyala Khola, and climb to a ridge with some ruins of a village known as Larke Bazaar. This village once thrive trade with Tibet over nearby Gya La, a trade which at present has ended but still goes on but less compared to early days. Walk leads near Larke Glacier reaching at Duwang, where the lodge is located for an overnight stop.
Starting much earlier in the morning to reach on top Larke-la Pass above 5,160 m, walk first heads to gradual winding uphill and then with steep climb to reach on the highest spot of the adventure on top Larke-La decorated with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags and stones piles. From the top excellent views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II, after a great moment where long downhill lead you over snow and scree, to reach a valley at Larcia. Further walk on moraine leads to Tambuche at 3,900m from here walk to overnight stop at Bhimtang, a beautiful place on a valley with number of good lodge to stay.
From Bhimthang rest of the journey is much easier with downhill walks with some short climb on route to Gho and Dharapani villages, morning with views of peaks heading with gradual walk into thick alpine woodland. Walking into beautiful forested areas to reach a small clearing in the midst of woodland at Gho for an overnight stop, a small cattle and yak herders summer pasture and temporary settlement due to trekkers passing this route, where few lodges have been built to cater the needs of trekkers.
From Gho descend to a valley of Burdin Khola which is the base of west side of Manaslu, from a ridge with excellent view of Manaslu towards south east with Annapurna II in the south west. Our route leads over Dudh Khola, where descend follows a trail into a narrow valley within forest to reach our overnight stop amidst forest surrounding in perfect tranquility after 5 hours of good walk. From here walk on downhill into forest passing small summer settlement and then climb on a terraced fields to Karche La, and then down to Marysangdi River. After few hours walk reaching at Tilje village following Dudh (milky) river downstream, passing number of villages, including Thonje. From Tilje an hour and last climb of the journey on crossing a bridge and then joining at main trail of Annapurna circuit in Dharapani village. Dharapani a lovely large village will be a civilization after being in complete wilderness, where one can celebrate with a beer and buy hot shower from local lodge.
With memorable times in the high mountains and valley of Manaslu and Manang areas, where morning drive leads back to Kathmandu on an interesting hilly road with exciting time as drive leads past many nice farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six hours journey reaching in Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotels.
Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful adventure on Manaslu Circuit trekking with great service of Nepal High-Point Trekking and then depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your home-ward flight or to next respective countries.

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What is Included?

    • Kathmandu airport pickup and drop
    • 3 nights hotel accomodation in tourist standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing with well trained city tour guide (Pashupatinath, Syambhunath, Baudanath, Patan city)
    • kathmandu to Sotikhola public bus transportation.
    • Syange to kathmandu public bus transpotation
    • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, trekking guide (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary).
    • Two guest = 1 porter (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary) included
    • Government permit (Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
    • Manaslu restricted area special permit.
    • All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
    • Accomodation during trekking (tea house/lodges/hotel).
    • Trekking equipments (sleeping bag and down jacket).
    • Trek completion certificate as award 
    • Farewell dinner
    • First Aid Kit.
    • All Government and local taxes.

What is Excluded?

    • Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
    • Food during your stay in Kathmandu and Pohara 
    • Drinks (tea, coffee, coke, beer), beverage, hot shower and heater charge during trekking.
    • Entry permit for temple and stupa during Kathmandu sightseeing

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    5. White water rafting

Equipment Checklist

Equiment Checklist
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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