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Manaslu

 
 

Lying between two rivers Manaslu, also known as the Gorkha Himal, is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

 

Circumnavigating Manaslu is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, one with sensational mountain views and one of the most dramatic Himalayan passes, the 5213m Larkya La. Much of this trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade routes between the regions still active. Newly opened to trekking.

 

Where are you going?

Days 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Gorkha, birthplace of the present dynasty, and begin trekking to Charkot.

Days 4-6: Follow the Durondi Khola, before climbing to Barbak and across the Kharka Pass (2850m), watershed between the Durondi and Buri Gandaki.

Days 7-10: The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Days 11-14: After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 15: Climbing towards the Larkya La the trail passes several mani walls as it climbs in and out of the gorge. Reaching the moraine at 4700m the trail climbs steeply to the prayer flag adorned pass at 5100m. From here Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II are all visible.

From the Larkya La the descent is into the huge Bimtang Valley (“Plain of Sand” in Tibetan), surrounded by imposing peaks and once a Khampa guerilla staging area.

Days 16-19: Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 20: Return to Kathmandu

Day 21: Depart

 

Note

Please note that the published itinerary is a statement of intent and to be used as a guide only. Each day may vary due to the walking times of the group, camping and trail conditions. The guide in charge of your trip will alter the schedule as necessary and any/all such alterations are at the discretion of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd and your guide.

 

Itinerary

Day

Altitude

Time

1

Arrive Kathmandu

1300m

2

Kathmandu

1300m

3

Drive to Gorka
Charkot 600m

5 hrs
2 hrs

4

Siangdi Khola

650m

5 hrs

5

Daroundi Khola

700m

4 hrs

6

Barbak

1900m

6 hrs

7

Karkha Pass
Gumda

2850m
2050m

6 hrs
 

8

Jagat

1360m

6 hrs

9

Nyak

2300m

5 hrs

10

Ghap

2380m

5 hrs

11

Bengsam

2900m

4 hrs

12

Sama

3360m

4 hrs

13

Kermo Samdo

3780m

4 hrs

14

Larkya Bazaar

4400m

5 hrs

15

Larkya La
Bamtang

5220m
3630m


8 hrs

16

Tilche

2640m

5 hrs

17

Tal

1680m

4 hrs

18

Bahun Danda

1260m

5 hrs

19

Bensishahar

760m

3 hrs

20

Kathmandu

1300m

6 hrs

21

Kathmandu - depart

Trek Grade: 4
Duration: 21 Days
Trek style: Fully supported camping trek
Best time to go: April - May / October - November

Cost of trek: USD

1 PAX

3665

2 PAX

2283

3 PAX

2001

4 PAX

1726

5 PAX

1625

6 PAX

1504

Best time to go: March - June / September - November

 

The Trekking Day

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting.

Obviously each day is different depending on terrain, distance to be covered, trail conditions and the pace of the group. However, as a guide, most days begin about 6am with tea or coffee delivered to your tent along with a bowl of warm water for washing. You will then need to pack up your duffle bags as the guide crew will pack your tent while you have breakfast. Most days you will be on the trail by 8am to take advantage of the cool morning. A leisurely lunch is usually served around noon followed by a shorter afternoon walk (2-3 hours). Tents are put up well before sunset and dinner served around 7pm.

 

What you carry

Your dufflebag is restricted to 15kgs. The duffle bag is carried by porters or pack animals and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

 

Food

Our expedition cooks, true chefs of the trail, are masters at preparing meals under difficult conditions and during your trek will provide a variety of local, Indian and Western food.
As far as possible fresh food will be bought locally, but please understand that in remote areas supplies may be limited in quantity and variety and we must rely on prepackaged foods brought from Kathmandu.

Boiled water to re-fill your personal water bottles is available both morning and evening. It is sometimes also possible to purchase bottled water during the day.

If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies please ensure that you provide us with a comprehensive list of what you can and cannot eat, prior to arrival in Kathmandu, so we are able to provide proper food for you.

 

Trekking Staff

First time trekkers are usually amazed at the number of support staff required by a trek. Remember, everything from camp gear to food and fuel, needs to be brought with us.

The Guide is in overall charge of the expedition and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples.

The cook is, of course, responsible for all meals and for the welfare and supervision of the kitchen staff. Kitchen boys assist the cook, serve meals and deliver your morning tea/coffee.

The sherpa staff are responsible for the campsites, erecting tents etc. and the porters transport your dufflebags and camp equipment. On some treks yaks are used instead or in addition to porters and are under the control of a yak handler.

 

Trek Grading

It is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots.

Around Manaslu is a Grade 4 trek involving altitudes of over 5000m and will include days of 6-9 hours walking.

 

What is Included

  • Accommodation Kathmandu - Twin share including breakfast

  • Airport transfers

  • Nepali Welcome Dinner

  • Half day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide

  • All domestic transport as listed in itinerary

  • All meals whilst trekking

  • All National Park entrance fees

  • Applicable trekking permits and fees

  • Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment

  • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek

  • Duffle Bag for your gear

  • All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag

  • Full trek staff including guides, sherpas, cook and kitchen staff

  • All group camping, cooking, eating and porterage equipment

  • Comprehensive medical kit

What is not Included

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • International flights and departure taxes

  • Visa and passport fees

  • Travel insurance

  • Emergency evacuation

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd

Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD5-7 per meal in Kathmandu and USD 10 per day whilst trekking (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu, as there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

 

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price. If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can we suggest the following: USD2 per day for groups of 8+, USD3 per day for smaller groups - this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

 

Insurance

It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

 

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

 

Altitude

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts. Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

 

Climate

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

 

Visas and Permits

Single entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders. The visa is valid for 60 days and costs USD30. One photo is required. The visa may then be extended up to 90 days.

Trekking permits are not required for this trek. The required National Park permit be obtained on your behalf by Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd when you arrive. Full name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth and 1 photograph are needed for the application.

 

Packing for your Trek

Altavista Treks & Expedition Pvt.Ltd supply a duffle bag to transport your gear during the trip.

You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Rain jacket or poncho

  • Water bottle - minimum 1 liter, aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best.

  • Walking boots - lightweight, waterproof and well worn in.

  • Socks - 4 pairs each thick wool/blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combinations.

  • Running shoes or sandals for around camp

  • Lightweight wool sweater

  •  Fleece jacket

  • T-shirts - 2 or 3

  • Shirt - longsleeved

  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)

  • Trackpants - warm for evenings around camp

  • Hats - beanie with ear flaps or balaclava for nights / peaked ‘French Legionaire’ style sun hat that will give neck protection during the day

  • Gloves - wool or fleece

  • Scarf

  • Underwear

  • Thermal Underwear

  • Swimsuit

  • Sarong - a multitude of uses

  • Snow gaiters

  • Snow goggles

  • Sunglasses

  • Bag liners - large, thick garbage bags to line and water/dust proof your duffle bag.

  • Sewing kit

  • Money belt

  • Toiletries

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