I did the Manaslu Circuit, with Tsum Valley as an extension off the main trek, from October 8th to October 28th. I had an amazing time and can highly recommend Dipak and his team.
My guide was Ananta – and he was just awesome. When I got sick with an upper respiratory condition, he offered to carry my backpack for me – which was not part of the deal. I specifically did not request a porter as I’m an experienced and fit hiker. My plan got derailed and Ananta stepped in to save the day.
Dipak was attentive and extremely responsive during my planning process.
The only suggestion that I would make is to expect a long and tiring trip to the start of the trek. Dipak put me on the public bus to Soti Khola, and it was a full day, eleven hour adventure on a cliff high above the Buri Gandaki River. In hindsight, had I been more informed, I would have requested a jeep from Dipak, which, while just as bumpy a ride, would probably have been much shorter.
Apart from the bus ride, this was an incredible adventure. I will certainly use Dipak and Ananta if I go back to Nepal in the future.