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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Duration

17 Nights 18 Days

Difficulty Level

Hard

Destination

Nepal

Maximum Height

4470 m

Guiding Method

Trekking

Best Season

All time

Highlights

  • Enjoy a picturesque journey from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, setting the stage for your Manaslu adventure. 
  • Experience the thrill of crossing one of the longest mountain passes, Larkya La Pass, offering breathtaking views at 5,106m/16,751ft. 
  • Hike along the stunning Budhi Gandaki River Gorge, immersing yourself in its natural beauty. 
  • Relish the world's highest peaks, including Manaslu Mountain, Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Annapurna II.  
  • Take optional excursions to Birendra Lake, Pungyen Gompa, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp for added adventure. 
  • Enjoy the tranquility of less-traveled paths, away from the crowds of the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp. 
  • Trek in the path of ancient traders along the salt trading route connecting Nepal and Tibet. 
  • Admire magnificent glaciers, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and towering mountains that border Nepal and Tibet. 
  • Immerse yourself in the unique cultures of the ancient Nubri, Tibetan, and Gurung inhabitants. 
  • Hike around the foothills of Mt. Manaslu range, the world's eighth tallest mountain, for awe-inspiring views. 
  • Traverse through the Manaslu Conservation Area, experiencing its diverse flora and fauna. 

Explore the extraordinary Manaslu Circuit Trek, renowned as one of the best circuit treks in Nepal. This trek offers a unique blend of authentic Tibetan culture and the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft), the world's eighth-tallest mountain. 

What sets this trek to Manaslu apart is its off-the-beaten-path allure, offering a serene and remote experience unlike the bustling trails of Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit. 

The Manaslu circuit trekking adventure begins with a scenic road trip from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, where the trek commences. You can reach the trailhead by jeep, bus, or car, so you don't need to worry about taking domestic flights. This makes it a convenient choice for adventurers who want to immerse themselves in the trekking experience fully. 

As you trek to Manaslu region, you'll be treated to a diverse landscape, from lush subtropical jungles at lower elevations to charming alpine valleys in the Himalayan foothills. You'll pass through remote villages such as Ghap, Lho, Samagaon, and Samdo, offering a glimpse into the heart of Tibetan culture and lifestyle. 

Throughout the Manaslu trek, you'll find comfortable tea houses in every village, offering a cozy place to rest with blankets, pillows, hot showers, and Wi-Fi. Despite gaining popularity as one of Nepal's best treks, the Manaslu Circuit retains its remote charm, allowing you to experience true isolation amidst breathtaking landscapes. 

The highlight of this Manaslu trek is crossing Larke La Pass at 5,106m, one of the longest high passes in the Himalayan trekking world. As you make your way through this pass, get ready for some challenging terrain. You'll face glacial moraine, steep inclines, rugged rocky boulders, and snow landscapes. But every step you take will be worth it. 

From the top of the Larke pass, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. After crossing the pass, your journey continues to Bimthang before connecting to the renowned Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharpani. 

You can drive directly from Daharapni to Kathmandu, but this Manaslu circuit trek package includes trekking to Besisahar, the famous starting point of trekking in the Annapurna region. From Besisahar, a day's drive takes you back to Kathmandu, concluding this wonderful circuit trek in the Manaslu region. 

Overall, the Manaslu circuit trek promises an unforgettable Himalayan adventure, rich in cultural heritage, breathtaking scenery, and an unparalleled sense of adventure. For those seeking an even more immersive experience, consider extending your trek with a side trip to the isolated Tsum Valley. 

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Itinerary

Your journey begins with your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal's vibrant capital city. Upon exiting the airport, you'll meet a representative from Nepal Ascent Treks, who will warmly welcome you and escort you to your accommodation. 

Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the nearby surroundings. In the evening, you'll join a welcome dinner hosted by Nepal Ascent Treks, where you can meet your fellow travelers, guide, and enjoy traditional Nepalese hospitality. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Dinner

Transportation
Private car

Today, immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of the Kathmandu Valley as you venture on a sightseeing tour to some of the UNESCO world's heritage sites. 

Begin your day with a visit to the iconic Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site known for its remarkable architecture and spiritual significance. Next, explore Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the world’s largest stupas, where you can witness the mesmerizing rituals and prayers of Tibetan Buddhists. 

Continue your journey to Swayambhunath Stupa, known as Monkey Temple, atop a hill with commanding views of the Kathmandu Valley. Marvel at the city's panoramic scenery and soak in this ancient site's spiritual ambiance. 

Conclude your sightseeing tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historical complex showcasing intricate architecture, exquisite wood carvings, and ancient palaces that testify to Nepal's rich cultural heritage. 

After exploring these iconic heritage sites, return to your hotel for trek preparation. Meet with your trekking team; your guide will review the itinerary and ensure you have all the gear and supplies for your upcoming adventure. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast

Transportation
Private car

Begin your Manaslu circuit trek journey with a picturesque road trip from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway, running alongside the Trishuli River. 

During the drive, as you gaze out of the bus window, you'll be captivated by the sight of traditional villages, verdant terraced fields adorned with lush crops, and undulating green hills. Look up, and you'll see clear blue skies and faraway mountains. 

You'll take breaks for lunch and tea along the way. Once you arrive at Soti Khola, settle into your hotel and take the opportunity to rest for the days of extensive trekking that lie ahead. 

Overnight stay in Soti Khola. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Private Jeep

On the first day of the Manaslu trek, with all excitement, you'll head towards Machha Khola. Rise early in the morning, enjoy breakfast, and prepare for the day's adventure. 

As you traverse the suspension bridge and ascend the dusty path following the Budhi Gandaki, you pass through quaint villages and wander through a dense forest of sal trees. 

As you trek, be prepared to be mesmerized by the astonishing scenery. Along the way, you'll encounter picture-perfect waterfalls and even catch locals cooling off in the natural pools formed by these cascades. 

Continuing your walk, the distinct blue roofs and whitewashed walls of Maccha Khola village start to come into view. Once you arrive in Machha Khola, settle into the teahouses, enjoy lunch, and rest well.

Overnight stay in Machha Khola. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

As you set out for Jagat today, you'll enter the captivating Manaslu Conservation Area, renowned for its rich biodiversity. 

Start your walk alongside the trail, hugging the huge cliff just above the Budhi Gandaki. Take care as you navigate the slippery mud path, and marvel at the expansive valley stretching out before you. 

After walking for a few miles, you reach the small settlement of Tatopani, where you can rest briefly. Continuing, you'll cross Budhi Gandaki River via a wire suspension bridge, rejoining the jungle trail.

Across the river, you'll witness water cascading down huge rock faces. Passing through Dovan village and the landslide area, you reach Shyauli Bhatti. Following rough stone steps and the forested regions for a couple of hours, you'll reach a widened valley, with the river flowing calmly before descending. 

Here, you'll encounter the famous metal walkway stuck to the cliffside, a sight often featured on social media of the renowned Manaslu Circuit Trek. Finally, after crossing another suspension bridge, you arrive at Jagat.

Overnight stay in Jagat. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you have a long day of trekking ahead as you go to Deng village. Along the path, you'll encounter mule trains crossing suspension bridges, carrying stones and supplies. 

The trekking path involves gentle climbs, passing by waterfalls, small hydropower stations, and quaint villages for a few kilometers. As you trek, you'll be treated to open, expansive valleys with snow-capped peaks in the distance, perhaps offering your first proper glimpse of these majestic summits. 

Upon reaching Philim village, after navigating rough stone steps, you'll find amenities such as an international money exchange, a phone shop, and numerous guesthouses. Here, you need to show your trekking permits at the police checkpoint. 

Afterward, the trail meanders up and down the hillside, widening the valley and offering shade under the few trees. Passing through Ekle Bhatti, you'll trek for another, witnessing a change in landscape as the canyon narrows into gorge-like terrain, with thick vegetation returning. 

Crossing small streams and navigating past fern-covered trail sides and small landslide areas, you'll descend to the river, cross it, and climb up to Nyak Phedi. Here, you'll notice a trail heading northeast to the Tsum Valley, which some trekkers explore as a side trip to the Manaslu trek. 

Finally, after winding through forests and gentle uphill climbs, you'll arrive at Deng. As you enter the village, you'll be greeted by prayer wheels and flags, adding to the serene atmosphere above the Budhi Gandaki.

Overnight stay in Deng. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Take in the morning's stunning scenes from the higher altitude before you set off after breakfast. Today's journey takes you through culturally significant sections of the trek. 

Begin by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, then ascend to a bridge. From there, climb further to merge with a trail from Bihi. Here, you'll see a path leading to the Tibetan village of Pork, a stop for many trekkers. Some opt to acclimatize by hiking to Kal Tal Lake and Kal Chhokang Gumba, situated around 4,000 meters. 

Instead of turning towards Pork, continue straight towards Ghap village. As you walk, pine trees adorn the mountainside, while dark green patches of moss embellish the rocks. The path ascends sharply, navigating through a landslide area where caution is paramount due to the rugged terrain. 

Approaching Ghap, the trail becomes steep and slippery, with loose dirt, sand, and gravel. After navigating through this challenging terrain, you finally arrive at Ghap village. 

Overnight stay in Ghap. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you'll journey towards the remote settlements of the Manaslu region, with Lho being one of them. It is famous for offering postcard views of Mount Manaslu. 

Start your trek by walking through bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forests. Look for the Impeyan Pheasant, also called Himalayan Monal, along this route. First, trek to the north bank, then cross the bridge to the southern bank.

After walking for an hour, you reach Namrung, where a police checkpoint awaits you to check your permits. Namrung, a Tibetan village, marks the entrance to Upper Nubri. 

Leaving Namrung, the landscape changes again as you gently ascend through a broad, open valley. The sight of fields full of golden wheat, barley, and corn is captivating. Pass through several small villages with traditional buildings, where locals have more Tibetan influence than Nepali. 

Along the way, you'll come across stone gates adorned with prayer flags and painted eyes, believed to protect villagers from ghosts and evil spirits. Make a stop at a small temple at Lhi. Admire the impressive chortens and enjoy the marvelous sights of Hiunchuli and Ganesh Himal. 

Continuing towards Lho, the trail descends into a valley, crossing the Hinanag River over a bridge. Then, prepare for a steep uphill climb to the ridge offering a spectacular sight of Nadi Chuli/Peak 29 (7,871m). Follow the steep hill until you reach Lho village.  

Overnight stay in Lho. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today's trek is shorter, so take your time. Before heading to Samagaon, consider visiting Ribum Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in the region. Once ready, gather your belongings and begin your journey towards Samagaon. 

You'll start by climbing a steep uphill path, passing by Lho monastery. After crossing a suspension bridge, you'll descend onto the trail. Then, gradually ascend through pine forests until you reach Shyala village. From here, you'll be treated to the jaw-dropping sights of Hiunchuli, Peak 29, and Manalsu. 

As you continue trekking, you reach a bridge over Numla Khola. The trail then takes you through low pine trees and bushes, eventually emerging to attractive views of the open valley. As you approach Samagaon, you'll be greeted by the sight of snowy mountains surrounding the village on three sides, creating a truly spectacular panorama. 

Once you arrive in Samagaon, you'll notice it's more than just a village- it is the largest settlement since Arughat. Navigate the rough and narrow streets lined with traditional stone houses, where you see animals wandering, kids playing, and adults going about their daily routines. 

As you wander the village, you'll encounter numerous stone gates and Mani walls. Here, you'll observe women wearing traditional Tibetan dress and men greeting you with "Tashi Delek", showcasing the strong Tibetan influence in the area. 

Overnight stay in Samagaon. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Start your day with the crisp view of Manaslu and the surrounding mountains. Today, you'll explore Samagaon village, which sits at the heart of Nubra Valley. Here, you'll discover the unique Tibetan culture and way of life. 

In this village, locals grow potatoes and barley for a short period in summer. Most of them make clothes from sheep wool or Tibetan imported wool. They also create hooked rugs to trade with Tibet. 

After breakfast, you'll set off for your acclimatization hike, with several options available. One option is a hike to Pungyen Monastery, which lies beneath the towering Mt. Pungyen. This ancient monastery, dating back 400 years, holds great cultural significance for the Nubri people of the Tibetan tribe. 

 

Another option is a side tirp to Manaslu Base Camp, the longest excursion from Samagaon. The trail climbs high, offering a close-up panorama of the majestic Manaslu Peak. 

You'll witness the mighty glacier and surrounding mountains from the base camp, including Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Shringi Himal. Along the way to the base camp, make a stop at Birendral Lake, nestled just below the Manaslu Glacier. 

Overnight stay in Samagaon. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Wake up to the breathtaking mountain vistas from Samagaon. Savor your breakfast while admiring the majestic Mt. Manaslu. If you missed it earlier, visit Birendra Lake briefly before embarking on your trek to Samdo. 

As you ascend through the valley towards the Tibetan village of Samdo, you'll notice a distinct change in landscape and altitude. Thorny bushes and dry grasses dot the terrain, replacing the lush vegetation.  

Passing vast yak pastures and ancient mani walls, the trail leads you through birch forests, where you may catch glimpses of elusive marmots darting about. Crossing the wooden bridge of Budhi Gandaki, you ascend to a ridge and reach the white Kani, a neighboring village for yak herding. 

Samdo, perched on the cliffside, greets you with its unique charm as the highest Tibetan refugee camp in the area. Explore the village and consider hiking to Samdo Peak for panoramic views. As the day draws closer, witness the captivating sunset casting its golden hues over the surrounding peaks. 

Overnight stay in Samdo. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

With just one day left before crossing Larke La Pass, your journey continues as you ascend to Dharamsala. The landscape gradually transitions to a drier terrain as you approach your destination.  

After trekking for a stretch, you'll encounter Larke Bazaar, a bustling Tibetan market. From here, the trail descends to the Budhi Gandaki River, where you'll cross a wooden bridge before beginning the ascent. Along the way, you'll navigate streams and enjoy the impressive sight of Larkya Glacier. 

 

As you trek, towering mountains surround you, their icy peaks glistening in the sunlight. Keep an eye out for blue sheep grazing on the high slopes, adding to the picturesque scenery. 

Although the distance from Samdo to Dharmsala is close, the high altitude can challenge your journey. Be mindful of any signs of altitude sickness, take it slow, and ensure you stay hydrated throughout the trip. 

Arriving at Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi, take the remainder of the day to rest, hydrate, and acclimatize in preparation for crossing the Larkya La Pass tomorrow. 

Overnight stay in Dharamsala. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today marks the pinnacle of your Manaslu circuit trek as you prepare to conquer the exhilarating Larkya La Pass. Rise early before sunrise, anticipating the challenges and rewards ahead. As you won't encounter any settlements until Bimthang, pack snacks to keep your energy up during the trek. 

Guided by the light of your torch, begin your ascent on the steep slopes out of Dharamsala, flanked by towering snowy peaks on both sides. Witness the magical transition from darkness to the soft hues of the blue hour as the sunrise paints the sky. 

Arriving at Larkya La Pass, be greeted by a sign adorned with prayer flags, signaling your triumph. Take a moment to soak in the panoramic vistas of Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II, capturing the essence of this extraordinary achievement. 

As you descend, the trail initially challenges with steep terrain, gradually giving way to a more gentle path toward Bimthang. Along the way, marvel at the captivating sights of Ponkar Tal and Nayamlo Tal, adding to the allure of your trek. 

Finally, after long trekking, you arrive at Bimthang, where you can unwind and reflect on the day's accomplishments. 

Overnight stay in Bimthang. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

After a rewarding and exhilarating previous day, today's trek to Dharapani promises to be less demanding. Rise early, complete your morning rituals, and follow the trail. 

Begin your descent towards the Budhi Gandaki River, crossing it to enter the forested areas beyond. Your first stop is Kharche, a cultivated area nestled near the top of the Budhi Gandaki Valley. 

Continuing onwards, you'll reach Gho, also known as Goa. In the trekking trails of Nepal, it's common for the same villages to be referred to by multiple names, so it's important not to become confused. 

From Gho, the trail descends further, guiding you through terraced fields and pastures until you rewatch the large Gurung settlement of Tilije, renowned for its brandy production. 

Passing several Mani walls along the way, you'll eventually arrive at Thonje village before reaching your final destination, Dharapani. As you enter Dharapani, you transition onto the renowned Annapurna Circuit trail, marking the completion of your trek through the Manaslu region.

Overnight stay in Dharapani. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Continuing along the renowned Annapurna circuit trek route, today's journey takes you through some of the iconic villages of the region. As you set out, anticipate encounters with picturesque settlements and diverse landscapes. 

After an initial stretch of walking, you'll reach Karte, where you'll continue alongside the roaring Marsyangdi River. Your next stop is Tal village, nestled deep in the valley and adorned with an impressive waterfall backdrop. 

Traversing along zigzag trails, you pass through Sattale, Chyamje, Jagat, and Syange. The terrain varies, comprising stony paths, steep ascents, and descents, with occasional sections on motorable roads where you'll need to yield to passing trucks, jeeps, and vans. After several hours of trekking, you'll finally arrive at Bahundanda. 

Overnight stay in Bahundanda. 

Accommodation
Basic Teahouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

As your Manaslu circuit journey draws to a close, today marks the final day of your trek. Descend through lush rhododendron forests teeming with diverse flora and fauna. After navigating the downhill section, you reach Nadi Bazaar, where you can relish captivating vistas of the Annapurna Himalayas. 

Continue your journey, passing through local houses and some construction sites, until you reach Bhulbhule, situated alongside the Marsyangdi River. The terrain becomes relatively flat, making for a more leisurely walk as you approach the end of your trek. 

From Bhulbhule, continue to Besisahar, the gateway to the famous Annapurna Range trek. 

Overnight stay in Besisahar. 

Accommodation
Guesthouse / Lodge

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Transportation
Walking

Today, you'll depart from Besisahar and embark on a scenic drive to Kathmandu. Rise early, savor a hearty breakfast, and prepare for your last day on the road. 

The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu offers a captivating blend of hill and mountain landscapes. Along the way, you'll be treated to the spellbinding sight of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers, their waters raging alongside the winding roads.

As you traverse attractive settlements adorned with terraced farms, take in the serene beauty of rural Nepal. After arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel and take sometime to refresh yourself. 

Later in the evening, join the farewell dinner hosted by the team of Nepal Ascent Treks. This is a beautiful opportunity to bond with your fellow trekkers and guides one last time. Share stories, reminisce about your trekking adventures, and celebrate the successful accomplishment of your journey amidst the majestic Himalayas. 

Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation
3 star

Meal
Breakfast | Lunch

Transportation
Private Jeep

Today marks the end of your memorable Himalayan trekking adventure. Enjoy breakfast in Kathmandu before your departure. Take some time to explore the city for souvenir shopping.

A representative from Nepal Ascent Treks will drop you off at Kathmandu International Flight according to your flight schedule. 

Let us know if you want to extend your vacation in Nepal, India, or Bhutan. We offer various tour packages for your consideration. Safe travels!

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Transportation
Private car

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What's Included

Meal

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

Accomodation

  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).

Staffs & Crew

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

Transportation

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Besisahar to Kathmandu by private jeep

Permits & Paperworks

  • 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

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

Complimentary Extras

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

What's Not Included

  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • 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

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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 in Nepal is dry, with very cold nights where temperatures can drop to -20°C at the highest altitudes, but the days are pleasant and sunny. Additionally, the trails are much less crowded during this time of year. In Kathmandu, maximum daytime temperatures reach around 20°C.

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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