Trek around Manaslu Mountain

This itinerary has been designed to present a real image of the Nepalese Himalayas, including remote and secret valleys. Trek through a sea of rolling hills and valleys to the Tibetan populated regions at the foot of the Manaslu Massif. Share joyful moments with local people and go hiking in truly beautiful natural settings. The diversity of landscapes here in the wild Himalayas is just amazing. Less crowded than the Annapurna massif but certainly just as beautiful, this trek around Manaslu (8163 m), the eighth highest mountain on earth, passes through villages, valleys, forests and near glaciers. Soaring peaks of 7000 m and 8000 m surround you and stunning views await, particularly when you cross Larkya Pass at a whopping 5100m above sea level, a fulfilling moment in itself! Visit the beautiful Pung Gyen Monastery and meet Gurung, Tibetan and Manangis families. Our itinerary begins by avoiding the classic route and passing instead through the Gurung villages of Laprak, Baprak and Singla, which are undoubtably highlights of the trip.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the old streets of Kathmandu, enjoy the buzzing ambiance and get a first glimpse into Nepalese life.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals not included

  • Day 2 Drive: Kathmandu - Gorkha - Barpak (1000m)

    After an early breakfast, you leave Kathmandu for Barpak. The Himalayan Mountain range looms into view as you leave the Kathmandu Valley through the small Mountain Pass of Thankot (1400m). Drive through green hills and Dhorandi Khola valley to Barpak. This Gurung village as a starting point enables you to enjoy a pleasantly different, less frequented itinerary for two days, before joining the classic route of Manaslu. During these two days, you will cross many authentic Gurung villages like Laprak and Singla and walk in the middle of the magnificent paddy fields which dot Nepals hillsides.

    Drive: 7 hours
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 3 Barpak - Laprak (2200m)

    Trekking through a calm forest trail, you reach the Pushu Danda (3000 m). Your effort is rewarded with superb views of Himal Buddha (6672 m) and the various peaks of Ganesh Himal (7100 m). You then descend to Laprak, another authentic Gurung village. Here you can go in and out of stone houses and receive a warm welcome from your hosts.

    Hiking: 5 hours
    Elevation: + 1100m / -700m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 4 Laprak - Singla - Khorla Bensi (970m)

    Today's hike begins with a short descent to the Machha Khola River and then a gradual ascent towards Singla. You have beautiful views of the villages of Laprak and Gumda, which cling to the mountainsides nestled amoung terraced rice fields which decorate the hills as far as the eye can see. From Singla, you can see the imposing massif of Ganesh Himal. Walk down to Khorla Bensi, from here you trek along the classic Manaslu Circuit trail.

    Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
    Elevation: + 450m / -1300m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 5 Khorla Bensi - Jagat (1370m) - Sirdibas (1420m)

    It is a "riverside journey" from Khorla Besi. You trek along the Budhi Gandaki River for several days. Today you journey past the hot springs of Tatopani and walk to the first gorges. You settle down in Sirdibas for the night.

    Hiking: 6 hours
    Elevation: + 450m
    Accommodation: Lodge / hotel

  • Day 6 Sirdibas - Dyang (1860m)

    You are in a region inhabited by Gurung and Tibetan people. With the increasing altitude, the scenery gradually changes from tropical vegetation to an alpine setting. You walk between densely wooded and rocky areas to Dyang, where today's hike ends.

    Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
    Elevation: + 440m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 7 Dyang - Namrung (2540m)

    You are approaching Tibet! Walk through the gorges to Ghap village where a Tibetan atmosphere awaits. Mani walls and chortens decorate the entrances and exits of villages and prayer flags float on stone houses with slate roofs. Tibetans have their own costumes and traditions ...

    Hiking: 6 to 7 hours
    Elevation: + 680m / -60m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 8 Namrung - Syala (3330m) - Samagaon (3390m)

    You will cross many typical villages along today's trail. When you arrive in Lho, you will see for the first time the iconic jagged summit of Manaslu which towers at 8163 m. You continue on to Samagaon, a Tibetan village at the foot of the Manaslu mountain range.

    Hiking: 7 hours
    Elevation: + 870m / -150m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 9 Day excursion to the Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)

    A day of acclimatization to prepare for the ascent of Larkya La pass (5100 m) which you will cross in 3 days. You walk to Lake Birendra (3 hours round trip), fed by the glacier of Manaslu. The most courageous can then continue to the base camp of Manaslu (3 hours more). The first part of climb follows a wooded path, then very quickly you join the mineral high mountain atmosphere. Sweeping views of the impressive glaciers of Manaslu await. Return the same way to Samagaon.

    Hiking: 3 to 6 hours
    Elevation: + 1200m / -1200m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 10 Samagaon - Pung Gyen Monastery (3870m) - Samdo (3690m)

    After breakfast, you head for Pung Gyen Buddhist Monastery, found at 3870 m in a magical place a few steps away from gigantic glaciers. This monastery was built in a large meadow at the foot of the majestic Manaslu massif. Your morning effort is rewarded by breathtaking 360 ° views of the high peaks, including Mt. Manaslu. Then, you walk down to Sama Gaon abd continue towards Samdo, the last village before the Larkya La Pass.

    Hiking: 5 hours
    Elevation: + 920m / -550m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 11 Samdo - Dharmasala (High Camp - 4335m)

    In Samdo, an improvised market is sometimes organized between Tibet and Nepal. Here, you are only a few kilometers from Tibet. Today, you climb up the glacier valley to the foot of Larkya glacier.

    Hiking: 4 hours
    Elevation: + 550m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 12 Col of Larkya (5100m) - Bhimtang (3600m)

    The day you have been waiting for - the day you conquer Larkya pass at 5100 m. It is a long gradual climb up. A grand display of your stuning surroundings awaits. The descent is long too but the views across the circus of Peri Himal are sublime. Overnight in Bhimthang - a paradisaical setting.

    Hiking: 8 to 9 hours
    Elevation: + 750m / -1500m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 13 Bhimthang - Tileche (2300 m)

    Today you descend peacefully along a bucolic trail. A wooded route with rhododendrons and conifers takes you to the village of Tileche, inhabited by Tibetan Manangis.

    Hiking: 6 hours
    Elevation: -1300m
    Accommodation: Lodge

  • Day 14 Tileche - Jagat (1300 m)

    A day of ascents and descents. You skirt the Marsyandi River and trek down to Tal, a village surrounded by cliffs. You are now in Manangi country.

    Hiking: 6 hours
    Descent: -1050m
    Accommodation: Lodge or hotel

  • Day 15 Jagat - Besisahar - Katmandou

    Today you take public transport to Kathmandu via Besisahar. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the Nepalese capital at your own pace.

  • Day 16 Free day in Kathmandu

    A day at leisure in Kathmandu. Discover historical sites like Patan and Bodhnath on your own or explore the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk...

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals not included

  • Day 17 End of our services

    Depending on you flight schedule, free morning in Kathmandu or transfer to the airport for international flight.

The details in this programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the programme may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if your technical level or fitness are deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From 880 US$ per person (based on 2 travelers)

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

  • Transport by local vehicle as detailed in itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3 * hotel or B&B in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
  • Trek includes breakfasts and lodge accommodation
  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking Altaï Guide
  • Porterage of luggage: up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
  • Trekking support team: assistants and porters
  • Trekking permits: MCAP, ACAP and TIMS
  • Manaslu Special Permit
  • Staff Insurance

Not included

  • Entrance to historical sites & monuments
  • Meals (lunches and dinners) in Kathmandu & during trek
  • Nepalese visa: US $ 30
  • International flights
  • Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"

Notes

For many years, we put our know-how and our experience of Himalayan destinations to the service of travelers from different horizons. You may find yourself in an international group with participants from our various partners.

Level 3/5

This trips demands a very good physical condition, suitable clothing and good hiking boots. Regular and serious training (running, swimming, brisk walking...) during the 2 to 3 months prior to your trip is recommended. This trek includes an average of 5 to 6 hours of hiking per day and daily elevations of +/-1000m.

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, we require written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
  • Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Please note if you decide to cancel your trip having agreed, in writing, to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, additional flights or activities...), these services are usually non-refundable.

If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Nepal may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Nepal as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge, our professional guides are all real experts. This trip is led by a professional Nepali English-speaking Tour Leader, who is part of the Altai Nepal Team. During the trek, they will be assisted by junior guides, sirdar and porters.

Food

Lodge meals
The international success of treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions influences their economy; tarifs for food and lodging are now set by the National Park and have increased sharply in recent years, but quantities and quality of food have paradoxically decreased. To offset this decline in quality and quantity of food and in order to focus on the local economy, we plan Dal Bhat daily for our menus.It is a balanced dish, full of energy and nutritive intake, not fatty and above all, very digestible (digestion is more difficult at altitude). For all challlenging treks, we provide energy snacks (like dried fruits). Meals in Kathmandu and in the valley are not included in the trip price. You will have plenty of time to discover Indian, Bhutanese, Chinese, Thai and other cuisines.
Please be aware that tap water is not normally drinkable. All drinks are at your own expense.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu and other cities, you will normally be accommodated in 3 * hotels. In more rural areas, we use homestay accommodation with varying comforts (they all have functioning beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, toilets, etc.) We love using homestay accommodation options which offer insights into Nepalese life and support local families. In addition, the use of lodges considerably reduces the number of porters and cut down the infrastructure of trekking.

Transportation

Public transport transfers.

Budget & exchange

The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee NPR.
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates.
You can withdraw Nepalese Rupees from in-country ATMs in Kathmandu and credit cards are accepted except in shops and hotels. Please budget for meals in Kathmandu, drinks, tips and other personal expenses.

Tips

Tipping is very present in Nepal. It is an integral part of the 'tourism' culture of the country: independent of salary levels, your tip is seen as a sign of appreciation. The amount depends on your satisfaction with the services rendered and your generosity. Your guide will help you on this subject. Like money, if you have clothes to give, do not hesitate to seek advice from your guide who will make a fair distribution. We ask that you do not to give sweets and / or energy bars  / chocolate to local children as there are virtually no dentists here in the mountains. The same rules apply to medicine, western medication is not necessarily adapted for the Nepalese and, moreover, following the correct dosage is extremely important.

Vital equipment

  • Warm Sleeping Bag
  • Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)

From head to toe:
  • A cap or sunhat
  • 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
  • A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
  • A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
  • Lightweight waterproof over trousers
  • Suitable shorts
  • Walking trousers
  • A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
  • A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
  • Thick walking socks
  • Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)

Do not forget
  • Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
  • Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
  • A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
  • Sun-cream, face and lips
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • A pocket knife
  • A pair of hiking poles
  • A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
  • Toilet paper
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Your camera
  • Notebook or travel diary

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool.

The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax. Soft shell layers are effective against the wind.

Our advice for keeping warm
Weather conditions in the high mountains can be variable, please think carefully about what clothes you pack especially for our winter trips and remember that the layers you wear next to your skin can make the biggest difference.
We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves

Wear multiple layers including:
  1. A warm breathable base layer
  2. A second thermal layer
  3. Wind and water proof protective outer layers

Luggage

Your luggage must be divided into two bags:
  • A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
  • We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
  • You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.
To protect your bags, we will provide solid waterproof Altaï Bags.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passport

Your passport should be vaild for at least six months after the last day of your stay. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required.

Visa

It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements. Please bring valid passport photos with you to obtain a visa upon arrival.
To obtain trekking permits, your passport and photo ID is also required. Please provide us with good quality scans of your passport and 2 photos of identity.
For an individual visa, obtained on the spot as you arrive in Kathmandu, rates are as follows:
- 15 days : 25 US$ + 1 picture
- 30 days : 40 US$  + 1 picture
- 90 days : 100 US$ + 1 picture

Mandatory vaccines

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Recommended vaccines include Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, and Influenza.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal health insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip and we advise you to visit your dentist too as untreated cavaties have an annoying habit of waking up with altitude.

Hygiene Recommendations
Water is not drinkable in Nepal. It is always possible to buy bottled water but in order to limit pollution and preserve natural areas, we strongly recommend that you drink purified water. For that, think to bring a water bottle of minimum 1.5 liters and purifying tablets (micropur, agua tabs ...). Consume only treated water or water which has been boiled for 30 minutes and then filtered.Be sure to wash your hands frequently, and definitely before each meal (anti-bacterial hand gel is recommended) and take care to disinfect any skin wounds. Avoid drinking natural drinks like pressed fruit juice and do not consume ice cream or "lassi" (a milk-based beverage) bought in the street. Meat and fish / shellfish should be well cooked before consumption.

Weather

From the eternal snows of high peaks to the tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.
- In autumn (October to mid-December) the days are very beautiful but can be fresh at altitude. At 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C (14°F) at night.
- In winter (mid-december to mid-february): The nights are generally cold and the climate is dry. If night time temperatures drop easily below 0 ° C (31°F) to 3000 m, the days are often sunny. Treks below 4000 m are very pleasant. There are very few tourists at this time.
- In spring (March to end of May): in this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom and the rhododendrons are magnificent. The weather is pleasant, it is getting hotter with some night storms. Temperatures vary between 10 and 28 ° C (50 - 83°F), but can rise to over +30 ° C (+86°F). Between 2000 and 3000 m, temperatures rarely drop below 0 ° C (32°F). A few rare frosts or snowfalls are possible in March from +4000 m.
- In summer: it is the monsoon season. This interrupts the majority of trekking from June until the end of September. However, certain regions of the "Trans-Himalayan" zone, Mustang and Dolpo remain sheltered from the monsoons - these are the only circuits available in Nepal in the summer.

Electricity

In recent years, due to a lack of hydropower facilities, electricity and water outages are becoming more frequent in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu (mainly in winter and spring). The hotels have generator but the electricity is limited. It is the same for the consumption of water.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +5.45. Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not observed here.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

Since the beginning, we have advocated for responsible tourism and the importance of equitable and sustainable principles. Harmonising these fundamentals ensures a fair distribution of economic benefits, improved working conditions for local teams and an increased awareness of the importance and practice of environmental protection. We hope that all of our clients will respect our philosophies and embrace these attitudes.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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  • From Kathmandu
  • A trekking guide for over 20 years
  • Specialist of Annapurnas, Ladakh, Bhuthan and Tibet
  • Languages: English, French and a little Spanish
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Region
Annapurnas, Manaslu & Dhaulagiri
Activity
Trekking
Duration
17 days
Code
NEPMANFIT
Price
From €1,005
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5

Strengths

  • Numerous typical villages like Laprak and Barpak
  • Rice paddies and terraced fields
  • Amazing views of Manaslu & possibility to trek to Manaslu Base Camp
  • Visit of the famous Pung Gyen Buddhist Monastery

Required level

This trips demands a very good physical condition, suitable clothing and good hiking boots. Regular and serious training (running, swimming, brisk walking...) during the 2 to 3 months prior to your trip is recommended. This trek includes an average of 5 to 6 hours of hiking per day and daily elevations of +/-1000m.
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