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Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Ang Rita Trek & Expedition as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

Day 02: Cultural Tour and Trek Preparation (including trekking permit).
After breakfast we will take you for a guided cultural tour and visit some of the historical and cultural sites which most of them are illustrated on the world heritage sites. You will visit Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa believed to be 2500 years old towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and possibly in the world. Next, you will visit historic Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments.  Afternoon will be used for the preparation for the trekking.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Arughat (525m., 6 hrs. )
We leave Kathmandu in the morning and drive to Arughat enjoying Nepalese countryside and the mountain sceneries. The drive on black topped road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and from there we drive on rough road to Arughat.

Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola ( 710m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We hike up though the forests along Buri Gandaki Valley. The view of Sringi Himal appears up the valley. The valley becomes steeper and the hiking gets more difficult as the trail climbs through fields over a rock outcrop. We gain a ridge and then descend to Soti Khola.

Day 05: Soti Khola – Machhakhola (900m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
The trail crosses the bridge and climbs up to a ridge and then passes over a big rock making it precarious. We follow the rocky trail up and down through large stand of nettles and pass two waterfalls. We again climb up through steep rocky trail pass a few rice terraces to Labubesi, a Gurung village. As the trail climbs behind a rocky outcrop, the valley opens up and again we climb and descend a few times and finally arrive at Machhakhola.

Day 06: Machhakhola – Doban (1070m., 5 – 6 hrs)
We hike ups and downs and cross Tharo Khola to arrive hotspring in Tatopani. We climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now the trail climbs on a wide, well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban.

Day 07:  Doban – Jagat ( 1410m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
We climb on a rugged, rocky trail to gain a ridge. The river valley widens and the trail descends to the Buri Gandaki. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and ascend through stone staircase to gain a ridge and arrive at Jagat.

Day 08: Jagat – Deng (1920m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
The trail climbs over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens and we hike upstream to arrive at Philim. We pass millet field and grassy land slopes, cross Budhi Gandaki and follow west bank of the river. The valley widens further and we pass bamboo forest, cross Deng Khola and arrive at the village of Deng.

Day 09: Deng – Namrung ( 2630m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We head up west to the Budhi Gandaki Valley, pass through forest and mani. We take the route to Prok Village which has a viewpoint for good views of Siringi Himal. We further cross Budhigandaki River several times passing several gompas, dense forest while following the trail upstream. We make steep climb and arrive at Namrung, a good view point for Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal.

Day 10: Namrung – Samagaon ( 3530m., 7 – 8 hrs.)
We climb gradually and pass through a forest of firs, rhododendron and oak forest to arrive at Lihi, a nice village with many chortens and barley terraces. We enter into  Nupri region. The people of Nupri are the descendants of Tibetan immigrants. As we pass through Sho, the views of Manaslu North (7157m.) start to get spectacular. We further follow the valley, pass through Lho,  a big village with a gompa a Tibetan style chorten and huge mani wall and spectacular view of Manslu and arrive at a plateau, Syala with a wide vista of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We climb to the ridge and then descend to a valley to arrive at Samagoan, an extensive village.

Day 11: Rest at Exploration day in Samagoan with a side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa.
Today we walk around Samagoan and make a shot side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa and rest for acclimatization. We enjoy the sights of a large collection of mani stones with Buddhists text and pictures. We climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to the Pung-gyen Gompa which is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manslu. It was destroyed by an avalanche during the winter of 1953 after the first Japanese expedition to Manaslu killing several inhabitants, mostly nuns.

Day 12: Samagoan – Samdo ( 3860m.,4 – 5 hrs.)
We descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail to the left leads to Manaslu base camp for the expedition. The trail towards the Larkya La passes through several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. We follow the easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests. We drop off the shelf, cross Budhi Gandaki and then climb steeply pass through the kani and arrive at Samdo.

Day 13: Samdo – Larkya Rest House (4480m., 4 – 6 hrs)
We descend and past many fields to a big, old mani wall to arrive to a river which is crossed on a wooden bridge. A fine and old mani wall marks the start of climb to Larkya La. We climb through tundra and juniper opposite the huge Larkya Glacier and gradually the trail gets more steeper to gain the ridge at 4000m. where there is a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge. We climb in and out of the gorge and arrive at Larkya Rest House.

Day 14: Larkya Rest House - Larkya la (5160m) - Bimthang (3720m.,) 8 – 9 hrs.
The trail starts up a ridge making a long, gentle climb beside a moraine, descend to a lake and again climb to the ridge to the top of a moraine.  As we cross the moraine to the south of steep, grassy slopes, the trail becomes rougher and indistinct. We descend to the four frozen lakes and make the final steep climb to the Larkya La. The pass offers the magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapyrna II. We descend along the top of the moraine and further descend steeply making a long set of steep, rough switchbacks crossing moraines to find a wider valley and arrive at Bimthang.

Day 15: Dimthang – Tilije (2300m., 5 – 6 hrs)
The trail drops from Bimthang, passing high pasture and climbs over the side of the moraine and descends to pine and rhododendron forest. We make a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags and then descend to a river bank. A short distance beyond it is Gho, the first settlement after Larkya La. We walk through fields, past rhododendron and oak forests  to arrive at Tilije.

Day 16: Tilije – Tal (1700m., 5 – 6 hrs)
We climb over a ridge and walk on stone paved trail to pass a Gurung village. We then descend through scrub forests, cross Dhudh Khola on a wooden bridge and climb again through chorten- shaped arch, past mani wall to arrive at Thonje. We continue to Dharapani and enter to Annapurna circuit trekking route. We descend gradually, cross over a bridge on Marshyangdi River and past mani wall and arrive at Tal.

Day 17: Tal – Syange ( 1080m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
We descend gradually to Chamje. The Marshyangdi Valley widens with its terrace fields and villages. The trail descends through rhododendron and pine forest and arrives at Syange.

Day 18: Syange – Kathmandu ( 8 – 9 hrs.)
We drive from Syange to Kathmandu enjoying the scenery of the mountains, small villages on the hill sides, terrace fields. Most of the driving will be along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers. We take you to the hotel in Kathmandu for check-in Farewell dinner will be organized in the evening at Nepalese restaurant with culture program.

Day 19:  Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
We will transfer you to the airport and bid good bye for your onward journeys.

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Manaslu for any number of people above 2 pax. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Manaslu trekking is considered a strenuous and moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in passing Larkya La pass. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies.Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If a trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex. The teahouses/lodges are basic in Manaslu region, however, Ang Rita Trek will get the best lodges available in the trail for the trekkers. Accommodation will be arranged at tents is the arrangement is made for camping trekking.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Manaslu circuit trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food  to  varieties of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking. The trekking cook will prepare varieties of food which are fresh, hygienic and energetic for the trekkers in the camping trek.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Manaslu Circuit trekking. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing:

-    T – shirts
-    Hiking shorts
-    Undergarments
-    Full sleeves shirts
-    Long light weight cotton pants
-    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
-    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
-    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
-    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-    Fleece jacket or pullover
-    Waterproof shell jacket
-    Down jacket
-    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
-    Sun hat
-    Lightweight gloves.
-    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear:

-    Hiking boots
-    Light and comfortable camp shoes
-    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
-    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories:

-    Down Sleeping bag
-    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
-    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
-    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
-    Water bottle
-    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
-    Trekking poles
-    Personal medicine box
-    Sunglasses with UV protection.
-    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

-    Quick drying small towel
-    Toothbrush / paste
-    Soap
-    Face and body moisturizer
-    Sun block for lips
-    Tissues / toilet rolls
-    Wet wipes
-    Feminine hygiene products
-    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Manslu region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek  a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Ang Rita Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Manaslu region are Spring (April – May) and Autumn ( mid Sept.– mid Nov.).  Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of November. Manaslu circuit trekking is not recommended during the monsoon season.

Departures Cost
March 26, 2016-April 13, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 5, 2016-April 23, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
April 15, 2016-May 4, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
September 20, 2016-October 8, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 5, 2016-October 23, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 12, 2016-October 30, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
October 26, 2016-November 13, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
November 1, 2016-November 18, 2016 US $ 1570. p/p for 2 – 4 pax US $ 1550. p/p for 5 – 10 pax inquiry
Cost Includes
  1. International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
  2. Accmmodation at tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
  3. All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
  4. Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
  5. All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
  6. An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
  7. First aid medical kit
  8. All government and local taxes
  9. Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes
  1. International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  2. Nepal entry visa fee
  3. Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
  4. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  5. Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
  6. Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
  7. Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
  8. Gratuity for the trekking staffs

Trip Price

USD 1570 Per Person*

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Trip facts

  • Trip Area:: Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude:: 5160m.
  • Difficulty Level:: Strenuous
  • Best Time:: April – May & September - November
  • Trip Duration:: 19 days
  • Trip Mode:: Lodge Trek / Camping
  • Trip Highlights:: A One of the remote and high passes treks in primitive Tibetan culture influenced region with majestic views of mountains, the sights of Buddhist monasteries and chortens, villages of descendents of Tibetan migrants. Crossing over renowned Larkya La pass, a true adventure.

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