DAY 1 – Arrival in KathmanduIt’s a perfect landing in Kathmandu as your aircraft sets down at Tribhuvan International Airport. You are greeted by a representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures and will be taken by private vehicle to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, join Himalayan Planet Adventures for a wonderful cultural welcome dinner and an opportunity to visit the main office of Himalayan Planet Adventures for your orientation meeting.
DAY 2 – Sightseeing in the Kathmandu ValleyThe Kathmandu Valley has been a place of adventures over many centuries as caravans and travelers came from far and wide to enjoy its hospitality. Today, the Kathmandu Valley is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and we will explore several of them over the course of the day. At Pashupatinath, you will experience the most sacred Hindu temple in all of Nepal and meet colorfully dressed Sadhu (holy men) Priests, explore its many temples as well as see the famous cremation grounds (ghats) on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. There will be a visit to the amazing city of Bhaktapur with its narrow streets, palace and temples. The city retains a medieval appearance with squares and courtyards. There is also a visit to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal (third largest in the world). These three places are just three of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
DAY 3 – Travel to Arughat and Soti Khola
The journey to the Manaslu Circuit Trek begins today as we depart Kathmandu for an early morning ride to our starting point: the village of Arughat on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. The journey tops the Kathmandu Valley Rim before following a number of fast-flowing mountain rivers to reach our destination. The route passes through Dhading as we pass farms, forests and fields. Arughat is the largest village along the Budhi Gandaki and is where you can pick up last minute supplies before journeying into the Manaslu region. We leave our vehicle at Arughat, taking a local transport to the end of the road at the pretty little village of Soti Khola where we will spend the night at a local tea house. Total travel time is 8 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Machha Khola Gaon The trek today primarily follows along the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. It’s a wild river with plenty of rapids and fast flowing water that bubbles and swirls over rocks. The weather tends to be warmer here as we are at a low elevation. That will change as we make our way higher into the valley. There are plenty of interesting little villages that we will visit along the way before arriving in the pleasant village of Machhakholagaon where we find good lodging at a local tea house with some great food. Trekking time is 5 -6 hours.
DAY 5 - Trek to JagatThe journey continues to climb upwards as we pass donkey trains which move goods throughout the mountains. We share the trail with donkeys and mules as well as local porters who move goods strapped to their backs. We will pass ornate Mani Walls, a tribute to the Buddhist faith of the people in the area. Along the way, we will pass the hot springs at Tatopani where we will see not only taps of hot water, but also hot water dripping from the sides of the hill. This is the largest hot springs in this area. Jagat is a very beautiful village with streets paved in flag stones. Here we find a nice local tea house for the night. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 6 – Trek to Deng We cross the Budhi Gandaki River as the trail rises high above the river below. Here we will be able to see eagles soaring on thermals. We start to pass through fewer and fewer villages as we make our way into higher elevations. We will be able to see some of the snowcapped peaks of the Manaslu region today (although we have had a few short glimpses over the last couple of days.) Once we pass the village of Philim, we follow a trail cut into the side of the cliff. Our destination is the village of Deng where we will spend the night at a local tea house. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 7 – Trek to Namrung Today we start to see the influence of the Tibetan culture as we pass through villages. Farms are along the terraced sides of the river valley as we see cabbage, buckwheat and barley along with other crops. There are additional Mani Prayer Walls that we pass by as we make our way to Ghap Village for lunch. From here, it is another two hours until we reach the village of Namrung. Temperatures are cooler now with the higher elevation, and there are great scenes of the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Pang Phuchin (elev. 6,335 m); Mt. Saula Himal (elev. 6,235 m) plus many more ranges of the Manaslu Himal and Simang Himal. We will camp overnight at Namrung.
DAY 8 – Trek to Lho Village
It is a shorter trek today as we make our way to the little village of Lho. Today is a short trek of only 3 -4 hours. We pass many small Buddhist monasteries. We continue to rise in elevation as we enter beautiful alpine areas with wonderful vistas of Mt. Manaslu.
DAY 9 – Trek to Sama Gompa
The villages are primarily small and the snowcapped mountains loom huge on our horizons. We pass by the village of Samagaun with its hardy farmers who eke out a living in this high elevation. Only a few crops can grow in this soil at such an elevation. The people here are strongly tied to Tibet, and they still travel to Tibet to buy and sell goods. They follow the ancient salt route that has been used for centuries. One of the largest monasteries in this area will be explored today. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 10 – Acclimatization Day
We have reached high elevation in the Manaslu Himal and we need to spend a day allowing our body to adjust to the thin Himalayan mountain air. There is a monastery you can explore as well as a lake. The highlight of the day is the outstanding view of Mt. Manaslu in all of its glory. We continue to camp at Sama Gompa.
DAY 11 – Trek to Samdo We make our way upwards to the last village before Larkya-La. It takes about 3 – 4 hours as we slowly make our way to Samdo. We camp on a high plateau overlooking the snowcapped mountains and deep, green valleys below. We can still see the Budhi Gandaki River, which has become a small mountain stream by this point. At Samdo, we stay at a basic tea house with wonderful hospitality by these Tibetan people who welcome us into their village. We have made our way upwards today, crossing a high plateau and around a high ridge. It is an awesome day for great mountain views.
DAY 12 – Trek to Larkya Guest House It’s wild country as we leave Samdo village as well as almost all civilization behind. We pass the ruins of a village known as Larkya Bazar, which ceased to exist when trade ceased along this particular route to Tibet. We will come close to Larkya Glacier and will enjoy the finest view of Larkya Peak. It’s a day of crossing moraines of Larkya Glacier as we make our way to a tiny little tea house for the night near Larkya La Pass. We will spend the night at the Larkya Guest House before we ascend to the top of Larkya La Pass tomorrow.
DAY 13 – Trek to Larkya La to Bimthang We reach the top of our trek today as we make our way to Larkya La Pass with its awesome views of Mt. Manaslu as well as the other snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. From here, we see into Tibet as we view the Tibetan Plateau from its lofty heights. From here, we can appreciate the view of the amazing Larkya Glacier. We will today begin to see the peaks of the Annapurna Mountain Range to the west. After 12 days of climbing, our journey will start to descend today once we cross Larkya La Pass. Our journey will take us to Bimthang. We will camp at this kharka. There is a deserted house here along with mani walls. It is a tiring day without a doubt, but certainly one that brings a sense of accomplishment, having cross Larkya La Pass. Trekking time is 8 hours.
DAY 14 – Trek to Dharapani It is a pleasant walk as we re-enter forests with rhododendrons, wildflowers and warmer temperatures. We enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and make our way to the western base camp for Mt. Manaslu. We cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola and enter a narrow, fertile valley with its serene forests that have such an awesome smell as we enjoy its tranquility. It is about six hours of walking today as we make our way to our destination of the village of Dharapani to spend the night.
DAY 15 – Drive to Beshishahar Our trekking days are now over, and we happily board a jeep to take us into the Annapurna region. Our destination is the village of Beshishahar which will take about 7 – 8 hours of travel time. (We should note that the jeep may not be available during the summer months of the monsoon season.)
DAY 16 – Drive to Kathmandu Today we return to Kathmandu. The journey follows along the major rivers of Nepal, climbing our way back to Kathmandu. Check into your hotel, take a hot shower and then go for a special celebration dinner with your guide, porter and management of Himalayan Planet Adventures.
DAY 17 – Departure It’s the final day, and you can do a little shopping in Thamel near your hotel before your representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures takes you back to your hotel Today is your day to leave the magical land of Nepal, but you don’t have to. There are many more places to explore in this incredible country nestled in the very heart of the Himalayas. Before you consider leaving, be sure to discuss with your representative at Himalayan Planet Adventures about additional trips in not only Nepal, but also in Tibet, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh and Thailand. Your representative can help you to enjoy incredible adventure into the wild Himalayas as well as south Asia.
Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for you the following equipment for you:
Himalayan Planet Adventures suggests that you should bring a jacket, day pack, long sleeve shirt and pants along with your camera. Trekking boots are a good idea, but not necessary as long as you have good walking shoes. A pair of flip-flops is always handy for when you are around the tea houses and don’t take up a lot of space.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for three meals a day while trekking (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) along with tea and coffee by the cup while at lodges and tea houses on the trek. While trekking the menus are limited, but there is usually Continental as well as numerous Chinese and Nepali dishes. On the trek, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, and alcohol are not included in the price of the trek. In Kathmandu, Himalayan Planet Adventures provides only breakfast as well as the welcome and farewell dinners.
When it comes to accommodations, Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for your requested category type of hotel, four nights with twin occupancy (additional charge for single supplement). While trekking, we will provide for 13 nights of lodging at available tea houses or lodges. Himalayan Planet Adventures work to provide the best quality of tea houses and lodges while on the trek. In the mountains, tea houses as well as lodges are not three-star but are clean and pleasant as they are local operations. Single supplement is available on the trek for an extra charge.
Group treks range in size from two to ten people The Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a minimum of two peoples. We do offer trekking for single trekkers, and it is possible to combine two single trekkers into the minimum of two person group.
We do encourage you to have a group ready for adventure when you book, as well as to be able to inform us of the size of the group. No matter what size your group is, we will provide you the finest possible service at the best possible price.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is ideal for any group. If you are in average physical condition, you should be able to make this trip. While there are places that will challenge you physically, we average between 4 to 6 hours a day of walking with times to rest. Before doing any trek in the Himalayas, it is always a good idea to check with your medical doctor as well as doctor’s references before booking a trip with any trekking company.
TREK LEADERS AND STAFF:
A decade of being a trekking leader has created highly trained guides and porters at Himalayan Trekking Adventures. All of our guides and porters are not only government licensed and trained but have also received additional training to be the best possible guides and porters in the industry. Our people have a very high safety record and have been taught to work closely with all of our clients. All of our staff is from the high Himalayas, so they know the mountains and their conditions. We provide good equipment for our staff as well as continued training updates each year.
It is strongly advisable to purchase travel insurance in case of trip cancellation, unexpected illness or other reasons that you might have to cancel a trip once it is booked. Travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellations, delays, baggage loss or delay, loss of travel documents, medical emergencies as well as emergency assistance.
The extreme elevation of the Himalayas makes AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) a real possibility. To prevent this, we build in acclimatization days to allow your body time to make the adjustment to the thinner air as well as the higher elevations. The best way to prevent AMS is to go slowly and take rest days as we make our way into the higher elevations. Normally, there is no problem with AMS at elevations below 3600 m/11,808 ft.) Himalayan Planet Adventures is very experienced with ways to prevent AMS and practices above and beyond the standard prescribed by health officials to ensure your safety.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER:
Nepal contains a diverse range of climate and weather as it goes from a tropical jungle in the far south to extreme alpine conditions in the far north. While a small country in physical size, it does contain a great variety of climates. The best times for trekking in the Himalayas is from mid-September to late November when temperatures are pleasant and there is very little chance of rain. December through February is winter and there is snow in the higher elevations with cold nights but pleasant days. Many like trekking from March through early June when the temperatures are warmer. The rainy (monsoon) season begins in mid-June and runs through mid-September.
For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, spring and fall are the best times to trek. The autumn season has lush vegetation which occurs following the summer monsoons. The air is refreshingly clean and clear. Spring is dry and a bit dusty, but considered by many to be an ideal time to make your adventure into the Manaslu region. No matter when you choose to visit Nepal, your friends at Himalayan Travel Adventures can put together the right trip for you.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS:
Your passport must have a minimum of six months’ validity after your completion date in Nepal. Himalayan Planet Adventures requests that you fax or e-mail a copy of your passport to us prior to your arrival so we can prepare all necessary permits prior to your arrival.
A Nepal Visa can be purchased at the airport for most visitors, while a Nepal visa can also be obtained in advance in the country of your origin. For more information on Nepal visa and entry requirements, check out this web link: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/.
PERMITS AND FEES:
You will be required to hold the following permits: TIMS, Entry into World Heritage Sites as well as Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit. All permits are included in the package price. Himalayan Planet Adventures will need a copy of your passport along with six (6) passport size photos to process and expedite these permits. Himalayan Planet Adventures will do all of the paperwork in obtaining these special permits and fees for you.
There is never a question about social responsibility when it comes to the staff and management at Himalayan Planet Adventures. This is our country and we are proud of it. We are committed to maintaining its beauty as well as uplifting the people we work with.
Following the Gorkha Earthquake of 2015, Himalayan Planet Adventures is raised over USD $5,000 toward earthquake relief. In addition, our people contributed hundreds of man hours helping earthquake victims in the rural mountain areas, which were the hardest afflicted.
We brought relief in the form of food, tents, and blankets to the villagers. We reached many villages before government as well as NGO relief organizations could arrive with aid. We knew how to get there, and our people literally transported needed supplies on our backs, arriving before roads could be reopened following the landslides caused by the earthquake.
Our social responsibility doesn’t end there. All of our guides and porters come from the rural areas. Their incomes help to support families back in the mountains, thereby allowing rural children to obtain an education.
We practice good, environmental trekking by avoiding throw-away water bottles and using only those items that are bio-degradable. All non-biodegradable goods are packed out of the mountains, preserving the land for future generations to enjoy.
Himalayan Planet Adventures is committed to strict standards of social responsibility because the mountains are our home, and we want to keep them pristine for future generations to enjoy.
Himalayan Planet Adventures is a government registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have over ten years of experience in the trekking and travel industry, becoming a recognized leader by our peers as well as various professional organizations. We are members of TAAN, NMA, ASTA, ATTA and more.
Our knowledge of people, government agencies, and current conditions extends to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, and Bangladesh. We know and understand adventure tourism, specializing in a strong, working knowledge in these countries of what are available, resources and conditions.
Himalayan Planet Adventures maintains a 95% satisfaction record, one of the highest in all of the tourism companies in Nepal. We proudly suggest that you talk with our clients to learn their past experiences with Himalayan Planet Adventures. We take great pride in knowing that you will encounter only the finest of praise and recommendations from clients around the world.
HOW TO BOOK:
Once you’ve made your decision on which trip to take, contact our main office in Kathmandu by mail, e-mail or phone to check on the availability of dates. We are constantly updating trip dates as many trips do sell out quickly due to their popularity. Himalayan Planet Adventures takes pride in offering you a quick response to your travel and tour inquiries. Be sure to read our terms and conditions carefully before signing on. You will be required to give a minimum of a 20% deposit along with your booking form. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. A signed booking form is required all of our clients in order to provide you with a guaranteed confirmation. Once bookings are confirmed, Himalayan Planet Adventures, every effort is then underway to make all necessary preparation for your adventure.
The final balance is due upon arrival in Kathmandu. Himalayan Planet Adventures will invoice you before your arrival in Kathmandu with the final amount due.
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