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Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Manaslu Base Camp Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

15 Nights 16 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4460 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • The world's eighth tallest mountain Mt. Manaslu (8,156m) shouldered by the endless Himalayan panorama
  • The unique and vibrant culture of the local people
  • Experience the pristine Himalayan ecosystem adorned with wide varieties of floras and faunas
  • Explore the Manaslu Conservation Area, its inhabitants an astounding array of flora and fauna

Manaslu Base Camp trek is the pinnacle of off-the-beaten trail adventure boasting unique culture and way of life, diverse cast of floras and faunas, a sense of discovery attached with every bend in the trail, and the stunning views of the Himalayas on the horizon. Standing at an altitude of 8,163m the majestic Manaslu Himal boasts an authentic geographical charisma rarely found anywhere else. Manaslu Base Camp trek is the epitome of a Himalayan adventure boasting unmatched splendor and unspoiled beauty while simultaneously deviating from the overcrowded regions.

Our journey begins from the Kathmandu valley taking in the stunning sights and alluring sounds it boasts off. Through the winding bends of Prithvi Highway, we head towards Soti Khola for our first day on the go. Making our way through lush green forests we trek to Machha Khola before continuing on the forested trail heading towards the hamlet of Jagat. The administrative and economic center is a well-known one amongst trekkers and adventurers journeying in and out of the Annapurna Region. Heading out of Jagat accompanied by the stunning Hilly landscapes adorned with the occasional Himalayas peeking over the horizon, we reach Deng and then onto Namrung. Samagaon is our next stop for the day which is also the final settlement before we reach Manaslu Base Camp at 4400m. Avoiding the high mountain passes leading over to the other end of the valley we begin our way back home through the familiar bends of Jagat heading down to Machha Khola and then eventually onto Arughat where the journey comes to an end. The journey takes us the right to the heart of the local settlements deep within the Manaslu Conservation Area where the pristine Himalayan ecosystem has been preserved for decades. Showing more resemblance to the Tibetan side than Nepal the local people exhibit unique cultures and way of life guided by the sects of Buddhism and preserved carefully for centuries.

We, here at Nepal Ascent Treks, love the off-the-beaten experience as much as you do. Virgin trails heading to the less explored region are what sparks the desire to travel and we count ourselves fortunate in sharing this adventure alongside you. Come with us to the Himalayas and we will make sure your adventure will be a memorable one.

 

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Itinerary

After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by our representatives who will drive you directly to the hotel. After refreshments, you will be introduced to the guides and other staff members and will also be briefed about the trek. With the activities of the day over you are free to head into the local market taking in the hustling and bustling valley accompanied by the stunning views of the sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

Today, will be a rest day at Kathmandu and also a preparation day. We make sure all our equipment are ready and also the special permits are obtained to ensure a hassle-free journey. Alternatively, we can also head down to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath to explore the premium destinations the valley boasts of. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

After an early morning breakfast, we begin our lovely journey heading out of the valley towards the trail-head at Soti Khola. Crisscrossing several hills, our journey continues to wind down the Prithvi Highway with the roaring Trishuli River by our sides. Enjoying the stunning hilly landscapes which dominate the skyline, we reach the town of Arughat, beyond which lies the hamlet of Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

Up and over the suspension bridge with Soti Khola beneath us, we head deeper and deeper into the lush green forests and towards the opening valley. The trail begins its gradual rise through the hill stations as Budhi Gandaki continues to flow beneath us. Reaching the village of Khursane, we take a short break before once again picking up the pace through the terraced farmlands and reaching Lapubesi Followed by Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail kicks off with a swift ascent heading up towards the gorge before descending through the narrow trail down to the valley. The journey continues its forested run through stunning hilly landscape reaching Tatopani well known for its hot water springs. Crossing the hamlets of Tharo Bhanjyang and Dobhan en route, the journey winds down to Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The journey today takes us all the way to the hamlet of Deng. The trail today is an easy one as we climb out of the sub-tropical forests heading towards Ghatta Khola crossing the hamlet of Sirdibas en route. The hamlet of Ekle Bhatti is next on our list as we continue our journey crossing Budhi Gandaki River on multiple occasions before finally reaching Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The shorter days of the journey as we make our way towards Namrung. The trail heading out of Deng begins with the crossing of Budhi Gandaki River towards Rana Village. Moving ahead, we reach the vibrant hamlet of Bihi. Entering the Manaslu Conservation Area, we head deep inside the forests taking in the wide varieties of floras and faunas which adorn the region. With the stunning Serang Himal (7,167m) as our guide, we reach Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The trail today heads all the way to the hamlet of Samagaon blessed with stunning Himalayan views. The journey begins with an early morning view of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Himalchuli (7,896m) slowly gaining elevation. The quaint hamlet of Lihi is next on our step as we gradually make our way towards Lho through the cobbled staircase and pleasant Hilly landscape to reach Samagaon. Overnight stay at Samagaon.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The day begins early in the morning as we make our way heading upwards to the Manaslu Base Camp. Enjoying the pleasant views of the stunning Himalayas which dominates the silvery skyline we make our way through the rocky Himalayan trail which at times can be slippery. The snowy summits of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Serang (7,167m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Himalchuli (7,863m) alongside many peaks rising over the altitude of 6500m makes the journey even more thrilling. Overnight stay at Manaslu Base Camp.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

With the Himalayan journey nearing to a close, we begin our way down heading once again to the hamlet of Namrung. Swiftly making our way past the hamlet of Lho and Lihi while also taking time to admire the unique culture and way of life of the locals we reach the familiar forested bends which take us all the way to the hamlet of Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

With the majestic Serang Himal (7,167m) to our backs, our journey carries on through the diverse Manaslu Conservation Area. Exiting the conservation area carries the forested trail towards Bihi beyond which lies the Rana Village. With the rising hills giving way to the occasional views of the Himalayas our journey crosses the Budhi Gandaki River reaching Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The final few days of the trek sees us rapidly descend through the forested trail. The way down is a pleasant one as we are welcomed by the shady trees guiding the lonely trail towards Jagat? The trail begins with several crossings of the Budhi Gandaki River reaching Ekle Bhatti beyond which we carry on towards Sirdibas reaching Ghatta Khola for a quick break. The journey continues through the dense forests reaching Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River once again, we make our way out of Jagat heading towards Machha Khola. Yaru Khola is first in our list as the journey continues its winding nature reaching Dobhan and Tharo Bhanjyang. The trail continues through forested lands filled with pine and juniper trees towards Tatopani where we can take some time off and soak our tired bodies in the hot water springs the region is known for. The final leg of our journey takes us back to Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The final day of the trek, today, we make our way back to the hamlet of Arughat. Heading out of Machha Khola presents us with one final chance to bid goodbye to the majestic Himalayas as we make our way down through the dense forests. Enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the region, we continue our trek on the lively trail which is often filled with locals heading in and out of the administrative centre of Arughat. Overnight stay at Arughat.

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

The final day of the journey today we take on the winding Prithvi Highway accompanied by the roaring Trishuli River on our trip back to the Kathmandu valley. Reaching Kathmandu, we directly head back to the hotel where much-needed refreshments and a lovely dinner awaits us. We can also head to the local market to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Public bus

Once again our representatives will drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your next flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us.

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.

Accomodation

  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (Can upgrade of the accommodations to luxury hotels / lodge is possible at extra cost).
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.

Staffs & Crew

  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

Transportation

  • Kathmandu -Sotikhola and Arughat - Kathmandu travel in a public bus
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.

Permits & Paperworks

  • Tsum valley and Manaslu special permit
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)

Activities

  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.

Other

  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • First aid medical kit
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).

Complimentary Extras

  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Local sim card
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.

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Essential Info

Physical Fitness

Many people have questions as to what level of physical fitness is required for visiting Nepal, and that is extremely reliant on what activity the visitor is engaging in. With that said, for a standard trek of moderate grading (Everest Base Camp Trek is an example of moderate) the daily activity will be 7-8 hours, and elevation will generally not exceed 5,500 meters. The day’s trekking is sustained and will involve both long steep climbs, and descents with a variety of terrain underfoot from well-trodden paths, to rocks covered with ice or snow. A typical day would include a number of climbs or descents of 500 meters or more, starting after breakfast, resting at lunch, then continuous trekking until arriving at the teahouse.

In preparation for the trek, it is important to begin a training requirement at least 4 months before departing for Nepal. Three to four hours of aerobic exercise like running, walking, swimming, cycling & some gym work per week is the minimum and most will find it beneficial to add some basic strength training to their physical fitness routine. One of the best ways to prepare is to take practice hikes with a daypack roughly the same weight as what you will be taking on the trek. Do this only after a baseline of fitness has been reached. Moving fast is not the end goal, rather endurance is the focus, and will provide a more enjoyable and safe adventure.

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

There are two main seasons in which Nepal sees the most amount of visitors. Fall (September through November) being the most popular, and spring (March to May) coming in close behind. The summer months of June, July and August are the monsoon season and as such the trails are mostly washed out, and roads can sometimes be impassible due to landslide activates. Not to mention the view is non-existent. Still, there are a few places that lie in rain shadow areas and see significantly less rain if any at all, and summer can be a good time to visit these places. Winter is dry, but extremely cold and high passes become inaccessible due to ice and snow conditions. The temperature doesn’t usually fluctuate to a greater degree and the daytime temperature is around 20-25 degrees. However, the temperature starts to decrease as you gain altitude. The temperature can drop to around 0 to -10 degrees at night when staying at tented camps in Himalayan regions. However, it does not change as much in lower hilly regions and the nights are slightly colder than days.

Fall is the most popular because it’s after the monsoons, and the air is dry, the days are sunny, and everything is green in the lower valleys from the excessive rains. Spring is a popular choice because some rain returns, but the weather is generally warm and dry, and flowers are in bloom in the lower elevations.

Trekking Day

A typical trekking day begins with a cup of tea at around 6 in the morning. It is advised to pack your trekking gears in a duffle bag and essential supplies in your day pack in these early hours. After having breakfast, we begin the trek and head along the trail at around 8 am. The morning walk is designed to be longer as we begin with refreshed bodies and enthusiasm. Following a good morning’s walk, we make stop for lunch at around 11.30 am. The lunch involves group meals enjoying the vicinity around the stop. You can explore the surrounding or use the time according to your own consent. After resting for about an hour or two, we resume our trek to reach teahouse or camp by 3-4 pm. The afternoon walk is relatively shorter and can involve games and side trips as organized by the trekking guides. You also can enjoy breaks during the trek to relax, read or stroll around the area. You can converse with the local people and observe their lifestyle. Dinner is served around 7 in the evening to round off the day.

Meals and Accommodations

During the length of the trek, the accommodation style is commonly referred to as teahouse. These are family-run basic lodges that fill the role of the restaurant, meeting place, and boarding house for tourists. Electricity can be found in the rooms, which means one light bulb, and one or two outlets for charging electronics. The common areas are also lit by electricity. Teahouses may use solar, hydroelectric, or have electrical lines running into the village, so the commonality and availability of electricity may vary.

Most teahouses have private rooms, though if the trek is in a more remote or high altitude place dormitories are the norm. Each room has 1 or 2 single beds with basic bedding, and the bathroom is shared. Expect a mix of western and squat style toilets in the bathrooms.

Breakfast and dinner are taken at the teahouse and these lodges have large family style dining rooms centered on a stove to provide heat. The menu will have Nepali style western foods such as pasta, pizza, pancakes, burgers, and fries. Also on the menu is the traditional Dal Bhat meal. This is a lentil soup with rice and vegetable or meat curry. Most menus will also offer a smattering of local cuisine.

Travel Insurance

Many expeditions and tours require that travel insurance is purchased prior to arriving in Nepal, but other treks and tours may not. However, travel insurance is definitely an important consideration. There are a number of reasons to consider insurance. Firstly, it may be required, so check to see what is being asked for by the company. Second, Nepal is a landlocked country, and there are few direct flights. Travel in and out can encounter some disruptions and if purchasing insurance, make sure flight delays and cancellations are included. The next reason to choose insurance is that, though every safeguard is in place during your tour, there are always extenuating circumstances that may result in an accident. Read the fine print of insurance policies to ensure trekking or any other activity you are engaging in is covered, as some policies have stopped covering trekking in certain places. It is impossible to have a relaxing trip without the comfort of good insurance, so do the research and choose carefully.

Nepal Visa Entry Procedure

For entry into Nepal, there are visa requirements everyone (except Indian nationals) must complete before being allowed to pass through immigration. This is for air travel as well as overland transportation. Most visitors may obtain a visa to enter Nepal, however, there are exceptions. There are a number of entry points where you can obtain the visa upon arriving by land, but Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one for air transport.

Visa on Arrival Tourist Visa

Three options are available for entry

15-day single entry: US $30

30-day single entry: US $50

90-day multiple entries: US $125

Please have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the time of entry, and have cash ready, preferably in US dollars, though there are other currencies Nepal Immigration accepts. If you are entering via overland, you must have US cash and 3 passport photos. For arrival by air, the kiosks at the airport take your picture for you.

For the most up to date list of exceptions for visa on arrival or to obtain the most current visa information, visit the Nepal Department of Immigration website.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Acute Mountain Sickness is usually seen in un-acclimatized people shortly after ascent to high altitudes. The condition occurs due to the thinning of air as the altitude increases. The condition, if not taken seriously and treated immediately, can be life-threatening and its symptoms can be seen generally above 3000 meters. Some of the symptoms of AMS are nausea, vomiting, tiredness, shortness of breath and cerebral pain. The treks are designed to properly acclimatize you to the change in high altitude climate and sufficient precautionary measures too are taken to take utmost caution. We also equip our staffs with cell phones and satellite phones in occurrence of any emergency cases. We are greatly driven to keep the safety and security of our clients as our foremost concern.

Drinking Water

Water is essential for life, and clean water is imperative while on holiday. When choosing to visit less developed countries it is a concern that all travelers should consider. A few options are available when trekking or traveling in Nepal that will mitigate any chances of drinking contaminated water which could cause disruption of an otherwise fun adventure. The first consideration to take into account is that tap water should not be ingested. That even means when brushing your teeth. Most will choose to buy bottled water and if doing so make sure the cap has not been opened previously. Plastic bottle refuse is a problem, and with that being said there are other options on the market to assist in making water drinkable. Your local outdoor store can help with choosing what option might be best to use in conjunction with a reusable bottle. Your guide can also steer you to water that has been filtered and purified so ask him or her what is available.

Arrival Instruction

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our company representatives are stationed to welcome you to the country. We request you to carefully look for your name being held by our representatives following the events upon landing. The representatives are responsible to escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will see men offering you to carry luggage and take you to your destination as you exit the airport. We request you to pay no attention to these people and follow the designated representatives and follow their instructions. You will also need to keep an eye on your luggage and belongings to avoid any complications.

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