17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek

"adventure around world 8th highest mountains crossing high Larke-La Pass"
Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5215.00m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Private and Group
  • Activities Trekking, Historical And Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-November

Highlights

  • Adventure around high scenic Manaslu valley and crossing high Larke-La Pass.
  • Explore the restricted region of the Mid-West Himalayas and impressive villages.
  • Traverse from the remote Gorkha district and Manaslu valley to the Manang area.
  • Trek from low warm paddy fields to cooler hills and at the arctic zone of ice, and glaciers.
  • Following the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal / Tibet.

 

An advantage  of booking a trip with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

Trip Introduction: 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek 2022, 2023 with a low-cost guarantee

17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek 2023, 2024 with Trekking Planner will be an enjoyable and exciting adventure, accompanied by an expert guide and field staff. Followed by strong cheerful porters to carry your heavier baggage, all your needs and requirement will be well-taken care of. From the first arrival to the final departure from amazing Nepal, a country full of Himalayan wonders and colorful cultures.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the restricted areas and very scenic regions of North Mid-West Nepal around the Mansiri Himalaya range. Which was open for outside visitors since 1991, a special permit is a must to enter the high Manaslu valley. Located in the higher areas of the Gorkha district, with some parts after the Larke-La pass falling within the Manang region.

Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s eighth highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet high. First summited by the Japanese Expedition on May 9th, 1956, since then it is climbed by various national expeditions every year.

Manaslu comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ‘Manas’ which means the mind/soul of a god and holy spirit. Similar to Lake Manasarover in Tibet near holy Mt. Kailash, the native calls Quoting, which translates as a heavenly mountain or abode.

Upper Manaslu is also an Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route from Nepal to Tibet border. Where bartering and trade of goods still exist but in smaller numbers than in the early days. Dharmasala or Larke Phedi / bottom was also a marketplace known as Larke Bazaar in the past years. Where all local villagers from Gorkha, and Manang including Tibetan used to exchange and trade their goods from grains to wool.

At present exists few lodges for trekkers to stay overnight before crossing the high Larke-La Pass to reach the Manang area. Trekking Planner Manaslu Circuit leads you to all scenic and cultural villages, leaving no stone unturned. The standard itinerary allows trekkers to enjoy and explore around with ample time for acclimatization, before heading towards Larke-La Pass. Where trekkers can enjoy immersing them\n as elves with the lovely local culture of age-old heritage interwoven into Buddhism religion. On crossing over the highest point Larke-La Pass is 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet high. Trekking Planner guide, staff will make sure that every person is in good health to cross the pass.

Checking every time at the end of the walk, and providing excellent services throughout the journey, taking immense care. Which makes Trekking Planner's every trip successful, as you can witness on this great Manaslu Circuit Short Trek.

On Arrival in Kathmandu -Manaslu Circuit Short Trek 2023/2024 :

Trekking Planner has set the itinerary of 16 nights and 17 days, from the main arrival to the final departure from Nepal. Which allows enough time for preparation before setting off for the wonderful Manaslu Circuit Trek. Itinerary days include a guided sightseeing tour at places of interest, a wonderful way to get in with local Nepalese culture. As well as staying in a lovely hotel in the main part of the city at Thamel. A great place with easy assistance to all your requirement for the adventure to Manaslu.

On the first arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal’s international airport, receives you with a traditional welcome of garland. Then TP staff and guide transfer to your respective hotels, after checking your nice room and getting a refresher.

The briefing takes place in a suitable ambiance either in the lobby or in a meeting hall, the guide will provide the necessary information. Regarding your stay in Nepal, and full detail about trekking, overland journey, and facilities of the local lodge on the route. Includes culture, religion, climate, landscapes, and safety measures while walking at high altitudes and crossing the high Larke-La Pass.

The next morning after a hearty breakfast, our city and cultural guide will take you on an exciting tour around impressive places. Including old historical and religious monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, places of interest are Kathmandu Royal Durbar Square. The old palace courtyard stepped with ancient Hindu temples, then a tour of old Swayambhunath the famous landmark of the country. Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2, 600 years old, tour extends to another highlight at Bouddhanath a huge Buddhist Stupa. Located inside an interesting colorful square filled with handicraft shops, yoga centers, and rooftop restaurants. Lastly, visit of Hindu Pashupatinath Temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River, the Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the main deities in the world of Hindu religion, after completing an interesting day tour. In the evening Trekking Planner staff takes you for a wonderful dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant in the harmony of a live cultural show!

The Route and Trail of 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek :

Trekking Planner’s 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek begins in the early morning after breakfast when everyone should be ready for departure from the hotel. An overland journey on a bus, coach, or car as per the size of a group, drive leads on the main highway. The busy road that connects to Kathmandu from all of Nepal, is an interesting way to observe Nepalese rural farm life.

Slowly drive diverts from the main highway towards the Gorkha district and then reaches Arughat a farm town. From here on the rough dirt road to Soti-Khola the starting point of the trek of Manaslu Circuit.

Spending the first overnight in the farm village of Soti-Khola, a place with a tributary stream that joins the main Buri-Gandaki River. Manaslu Circuit is one of few treks that follow the river right up to its near glacial source on upper Manaslu valley.

The walk starts on the gentle gradual path through several farm areas to reach cooler hills, leaving the rice paddy areas. Spending overnights at Machha-Khola and Jagat village, then head towards Dying, as you can notice a change of vegetation and landscapes. The adventure continues towards beautiful and scenic Manaslu valley as the walk enters lovely Ghap, Namrung, and Lo-Gaon villages. Views of Sringi Himal and Manaslu peak can be seen at close distance, enjoy your time exploring these wonderful places.

The journey leads to the main village Sama-Gaon, which is en route to Manaslu base camp, Larke-La pass, and to the Tibet border. Spending an extra day for acclimatization, as well to explore the surrounding beautiful area and its interesting village. Where one can visit the viewpoint to catch more stunning scenery of the Manaslu range of peaks at a close distance. As well tour of the village of great cultural interest enriched with ancient heritage similar to its Tibetan predecessor.  Enjoy your lovely day visiting the old monastery closely linked with Tibetan Buddhism and the way of life.

From Sama Gaon, the adventure gets closer to the high Larke-La Pass and walks to Samdo the last village of Manaslu valley. Journey then reaches Dharmasala or Larke Phedi the base of the pass, which houses a few simple lodges. Herewith time in the afternoon to relax and prepare for an early morning climb to traverse over Larke-La Pass.   

Next early morning before the crack of dawn, having a good breakfast walk takes to a steep climb, heading past the moraine section. Adventure proceeds following the guide, with refreshing stops in between, as altitude gains towards the highest point of the trek. On top marked with a board with the name and height of the pass, festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags.

Enjoy a mind-blowing spectacular panorama of snow-capped peaks that surround you, and views of the whole Manaslu range, with Annapurna and Himlung peaks.

The view includes Ganesh Himal in the east, on achieving great success, where the walk takes you towards Manang district. A long downhill awaits you heading past small icy ponds to reach the other side and base of Larke-La. Back into lush green vegetation and forest of tall rhododendron, pines, and fir tree lines to Bumthang. A beautiful place for overnight rest amidst lovely woods at the end of the long and toughest part of the adventure. From here Trekking Planner's marvelous adventure completes upon reaching the end of the Manaslu Circuit trek at Dharapani village. Located within the Manang area on the mid-way of the Annapurna Circuit and the finishing point of the Manaslu Circuit. From here on the road to Kathmandu conclude the most overwhelming adventure of a lifetime experience.

Optional activities in Kathmandu before or after Manaslu Circuit Short Trek

We do have the best alternatives to choose from during your spare time within the scheduled time frame. It provides you with one of the best opportunities for you to unite with nature, your traditional way of life, and age-old culture. Besides getting an insight into the Himalayan dwellers you can indulge in various activities. You get to visit; an old age home, ethnic cooking classes, attend a yoga session and be at the orphanage or a community school. An exciting option to get a different perspective and a refreshing experience while trekking in Nepal.

Important Note

  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or privately or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.
  • We accept online payment
  • we accept instant booking and online payment.

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit trek:

The most preferable season is from the mid-spring beginning of March to the end of May, as well autumn/fall starts from September to early November month. March to May when sunlight is longer, lower areas can be very warm, and on hills with cooler air, as you get higher sunlight is brilliant on an open area. But cooler in shade and late afternoon time, including night as well early morning till the sunlight shows. Clouds during the late afternoon can get snow sometimes around higher areas and on Larke-La Pass. Higher above sunlight is strong with UV rays due to thin air.

Next, the best season is autumn or fall from September to early November, when days are fine with crystal clear blue skies. But short sunlight hours can be very cold in the late afternoon, night, and morning times. Can get snowed in on a higher region, but mild and perfect temperatures for pleasant walks.

 November is also a fine month for Manaslu Circuit Trek, but most of the lodges and villages will be empty. Where villagers migrate to lower warmer areas to escape the harsh winter cold.

Itinerary
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The 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek provides with standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal.

    On reaching at Kathmandu airport via various international airlines. Trekking  Planner guide and staff receives you with warm traditional welcome and then transfer to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city within easy reach to its shops and restaurants.

    Check into your rooms and after getting refreshed from the jet-leg, then meet other members at the hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Manaslu Circuit trek, information on do’s and don’ts, local culture and with other important details necessary to know, to make your holiday in Nepal enjoyable and worth joining on this marvelous Manaslu Circuit trekking.

    Evening enjoy group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurants and get the Pure taste of local cuisine with exciting entertainment of folk cultural program.

      In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of great interest, enjoy your day visiting around Kathmandu best wonderful places and World Heritage Sites, with time for trek preparation.

      •     Kathmandu Durbar Square
      •     Swayambunath Monkey Temple
      •     Boudhanat Buddhist Stupa
      •     Pashupatinath Hindu Temple

      Did you know that the Kathmandu Durbar Square is filled with nice handicraft shops and red cobbled alleys leading from old palaces to incredible architectural temples. Swayambunath is located on top of a hill giving view over the entire Kathmandu Valley, furthermore it’s the home of hundreds of monkeys that reside in the hill side forest. Boudhanath is said to be the Tomb of one of legendary sages who achieved the rank of enlightenment. Pashupatinath is a holly burial site for Hindus and many devotees or Gurus residing here. If you’d like you can request one of these holly men to pose for a picture with you!

        An early morning start for long and interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-West, an opportunity to observe Nepalese scenic country farm life.

        Drive follows on main highway past villages and towns to reach district of Gorkha at Arughat farm town. From here transfer to local vehicle suitable on rough dirt road, drive continues to Soti Khola for overnight stop. Soti Khola a moderate size farm village, stands near the bank of Buri-Gandaki River.

          After a first overnight at Soti Khola, morning after breakfast, first day walk leads on nice gentle path. As walk progress heading past farm villages and cultivated terrace of Labesi village, and then route meanders below a steep, rugged valley side with slow climb to Machha Khola for overnight stop. A nice village with many teashops and small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.

            Morning from Machha Khola (Fish stream) walk follows to Khola-Besi village and at Tatopani a place with natural 'hot spring', as time permits enjoy refreshing break here. Continue walk as valley meanders into narrow gorge cross over a suspension bridge, then into a small forest to reach at Dovan a small settlement located on high shelf of Buri-Gandaki River.

            Walk proceeds to cross a bridge, and then climb to a high ridge then descend into a valley at Yara Khola (stream), walk for another hour to reach Jagat.

            Jagat, an interesting hill farm village; inhabited by various hill tribes Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahman, to Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) with some Newar people, who runs most of the lodge and shops.

              On leaving Jagat walk heads towards scattered farm villages with climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley at Philim village.

              Morning walk heads to a rocky ridge top covered in bamboo grooves and then reaching a small place at Eklai Bhatti. After short rest, walk leads higher as direction diverts towards North West to reach Dyang to end the day walks, this is a small nice village of strong Buddhism culture.

                Morning walks enters a high cliff walls, and heading towards farm village, where houses and landscape change and then into a country of more Tibetan Buddhism religion. After a steady walks reach at Bihe, a small village, growing buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops.

                From Bihe onward walking into high alpine cooler country, as trail follows series of Mani prayer and stone walls to Ghap, a nice village for overnight stop.

                  After Ghap altitude gains slowly, as terrain changes amidst coniferous and deciduous forest, a steep climb to enter a wide open valley facing views of Manaslu with Pang Phuchin 6,335 m, Saula Himal 6,235 to reach Namrung for possible lunch stop. From this nice village afternoon walk into a wide valley within farm fields past Yak herder camps to enter scenic high Manaslu valley at Lo-Gaon for overnight stop, an attractive village in the backdrop of towering Mt. Manaslu.

                  At Lo-Gaon enjoy time visiting this lovely village with tour of an old monastery festooned with many Chorten and Mani walls and enjoy dramatic views of Manaslu with Ganesh Himal in the east.

                    From Lo-Gaon morning starts with gradual up facing views of Peak 29 and Manaslu, after few hours of scenic walk reach Shala, a small farm village with grand views of Phungi, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.

                    Walk continues further west towards in the heart of Manaslu valley to reach Sama-Gaon, located right close to towering Mt. Manaslu as well the largest village within high Manaslu valley. Spending two overnights on this nice large village with time to get acclimatize and explore around its lovely view-points.

                      After days of continues walks a deserving rest day for acclimatization before climb to higher area and over Larke-La high pass. Enjoy the free day at Sama-Gaon exploring around village interwoven with impressive Tibetan culture and visit old Monastery with time to interact with the native and enjoy grand surrounding views of snow-peaks.

                        Spending a lovely refreshing rest day in Sama-Gaon, adventure begins to reach the end of Manaslu valley. Walk to the last village of Manaslu and Gorkha region at Samdo, altitude gain slowly walking within arid and barren terrain with grand super views of high snow-capped mountains. After some hour of good walk into wide barren terrain then reach Samdo the last and large village of the region for overnight stop in this nice interesting Samdo village. Located on route to Tibet border and towards our next destination Larke Phedi.

                          Today’s walk takes you at the end of Manaslu valley, as morning starts leaving the final Samdo village of Gorkha and high Manaslu areas. A trek of few hours as route head towards the base of Larke-la pass at Dharmasala, a place with few simple lodges for overnight stay. A lovely short day walk on pleasant gradual path with gorgeous scenery as walk ends at the base of Larke-La pass for lunch and last overnight stop around the district of Gorkha.

                          At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb to high Larke-La pass and towards Manang area.

                            The final Big Day! Starting early morning having good breakfast, and then follow our lead guide as route leads to steep climb over moraine, rocks and boulders around ablation of Larke glacier. Although a long walk uphill but enjoyable overlooking grand views of Cho Danda with near Larke Peak.

                            Steady walk with few refreshing stops, as climb continues to reach finally on top Larke-la, the pass marked with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags.  At the top stands a sign board with name of the pass with as well with exact height, time here for some moments to enjoy fantastic views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes views of whole Mt. Manaslu range with Ganesh Himal in the far east horizon.

                            After achieving the toughest part of the adventure standing on top of the highest point, surrounded with breathtaking mountain scenery a long descend takes you to the bottom on other side of Larke-la pass at Manang district.

                            From the base of Larke-la on Manang side, an easy walk into green forest and tall trees to Bhimthang also called Bhimphedi for overnight stop after a long tough day. Bhimthang, situated amidst beautiful forest surrounding on a wide green field with many good lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls.

                              From Bhimthang rest of the journey is pleasant on downhill as altitude lose every hour and then, feeling at your best on completing our goal a lovely walk within cool shade of coniferous with few short climb, but more or less the path descend to Gho for overnight stop.  A small settlement with few simple lodge around this cattle herders grazing place.

                                The last day walk of the adventure, starts with easy downhill into cool dense forest to reach a nice village at Telje, situated on a shelf of Masrsyangdi River that flows from Manang and Annapurna Himalaya and Chulu glaciers.

                                At Telje stopping for lunch, afternoon a short climb after crossing a bridge to reach Dharapani for overnight stop, a lovely moderate size village. Located on a motorable road, at the junction of popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route.

                                  Morning from Dharapani taking a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu as ride takes you  around low warm farm country, heading further down towards Lamjung area. Drive continues on a long winding downhill to the bottom of a hill at Syange, from here following Masrsyangdi River to reach Besisar, a large town and the headquarter of Lamjung district. From here change of transport, where drive takes you on good smooth road to Kathmandu. Journey follows on good road to Dumre town. From here on main highway to Kathmandu by late afternoon time or in the evening. Check into your hotels, rest of the evening at leisure for individual activities with group farewell dinner.

                                    Enjoying great wonderful adventure and experience in Nepal with exciting memorable time on ‘Manaslu Circuit Trekking’, on your last day in Nepal, our TP staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.

                                    Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

                                    Inclusions
                                    What's Included
                                    • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle.
                                    • Three night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu.
                                    • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicles in Kathmandu (ENTRANCE FEES EXTRA).
                                    • Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu by public bus (if you want both ways private vehicles are also available at additional cost).
                                    • ACAP and MCAP Permit and Special permit for Manaslu trek.
                                    • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
                                    • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
                                    • A high experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance.
                                    • Two guests and one porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation, and equipment.
                                    • We provide assistance guiding his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
                                    • Safe drinking water
                                    • Welcome dinner in an Authentic Restaurant.
                                    • First aid kid box.
                                    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
                                    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                                    • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                                    • All applicable government and local taxes are as per the itinerary.
                                    What's Excluded
                                    • Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate fee in USD and two Passport size Photo).
                                    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flights).
                                    • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu.
                                    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
                                    • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in the city because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
                                    • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc).
                                    • Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
                                    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
                                    Departure Dates

                                    If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)so that Trekking Planner can happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

                                    Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you. We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

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                                    Essential Info

                                    Suggested Equipment List

                                    • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
                                    • Day pack
                                    • Trekking shoes
                                    • Sports shoes or sandals
                                    • Sun Hat/cap
                                    • Warm woolen cap
                                    • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
                                    • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
                                    • Pullover or warm sweeter
                                    • Raincoat
                                    • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
                                    • Hand gloves
                                    • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
                                    • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
                                    • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred)
                                    • Sunglasses
                                    • Water bottle
                                    • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
                                    •  Flash or Torch light
                                    • Camera and batteries
                                    FAQs
                                    • Manaslu Circuit Trek is not difficult, but it involves steep climb for some hours, which is natural on Himalayan landscapes with much ups and downhill. Where most trekkers are well prepared for this kind of terrain, the only hardest and tough day is crossing over Larke-La Pass, a steep climb with long descend.

                                      A tiring day for just one day, rest of the walk is moderate of 5 to 6 hours, the longest walks is on crossing over a pass to Bhimthang of more than 8 hours.

                                    • It is less of two week duration walks, but with drives both ways makes up to 14 days as per our standard itinerary. Which includes rest day for acclimatization and to explore around this beautiful Manaslu valley.

                                    • Without guide you cannot enter upper Manaslu region, as it is a restricted area where all trekkers needs to book with local agents, accompanied by guide and porters which is necessary on this trek to Manaslu.

                                    • Once you are booked with local agents in Kathmandu, like Trekking Planner the trek is based on tea-house / lodge trek, no need to carry tents or camping gear.

                                      As for mattress it is provided by the lodge, however one can carry a thermal inflatable light mattress for your own extra comfort.

                                    • Most places till Sama-Gaon and at Samdu, with hydroelectricity power, where some places like Dyang and Dharmasala have solar power, which you can charge your electronic gadgets on paying a fee for charging each items, as per the lodge rules.  

                                    • Most large main villages do have Wi Fi available, till Samdo rest is at Dharapani on the last overnight stop of the trek.

                                    • When you book with Trekking Planner all accommodation and meals are included, the only extra expenses is personal, how you spend it like for drinking water, soft drinks or snacks as well for hot shower, which is at extra cost. Including your interest on buying souvenirs. One can carry local currencies equivalent to US$ 100 to 200, it should be in smaller bills as in villages it is hard to change bigger bills. You can exchange the money while you are in Kathmandu, or at Besisar on the end of the trek. As there are no banks and ATM, on this trek maybe it will happen in near future like at Jagat, Lo-Gaon or Dharapani villages. Sometimes the lodge owner might exchange the money if necessary. 

                                    • March to May and September to early November months, from mid-November most village and lodge will be closed, as they migrate to lower warm area to escape the winter cold.

                                    • You can store at the hotel or with Trekking Planner for safe keeping as well some valuable which you do not need on trek.

                                    • There are various types of symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the main normal are headache, nausea, lack of appetite and sound sleep. For severe AMS one needs to be brought down or immediate evacuation by any means of fast transportation.

                                    • Important to have travel and medical insurance, for your own safety and to be on the safe side, one never knows of unfortunate incidence that might occur.

                                    • Not possible, as mentioned above one must join a proper reliable local company like Trekking Planner where you will be trekking with guide and porters.

                                    • Your guide will provide safe drinking water in every overnight and lunch stops, it is not safe to drink from water spout, taps. It must be treated with purify tabs or liquid like iodine. One can buy from the lodge boiled and filtered drinking water which is very safe. To buy bottle water can be quite expensive as you reach higher villages, since we are committed to Eco-Trekking or Responsible Tourism where plastic bottled water creates extra waste, unless it can be re-cycled.

                                    Client Reviews
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                                      MANASLU Circuit Trek

                                      The trekking trip with our guide Nirmal and our porter Sunil was just amazing. We really had a lot of fun and so nice word creations. We stayed in nice tea houses and had always delicious cookie times.

                                      Also the hospitality of Dikshya at the beginning and the end of the trip was just wonderful and so nice. They recommended us so much stuff and showed us „their“ Kathmandu. Thank you very much for that.

                                      There was just some communication problems in between, but we solved most of it. For sure we will come again to beautiful Nepal.

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                                      Nina BGermany,Apr 01, 2022
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                                      Walking among the clouds. Trekking Manaslu, Tsum Valley.

                                      From the very first moment walking into the Trekking Planner office, we felt very comfortable and knew that we’d made a good choice. Dipak sat with us and we discussed what we had intended to arrange. He was very knowledgeable due to his extensive experience guiding all over Nepal. We were doing this as part of a world trip, so due to our long term travelling, and not wanting to take unneeded items, Dipak kindly allowed us to leave our excess baggage in the office for safekeeping.

                                      We planned to do the Manaslu circuit and link up to the Annapurna circuit directly after. The plan was recommended to do the Tsum valley on the Manaslu trek to assist in acclimatisation prior to attempting the high passes. It was a fantastic recommendation as was far less busy than other sections and the scenery was magnificent from the top of the valley. We arranged to have our guide with us for the Manaslu trek (18 days) and then when we finished and prepared to leave from Dharapani for the Annapurna, we planned to continue on our own.

                                      Our guide, Ramesh, met us at the office on the morning we left for the beginning of the trek. Ramesh was such an awesome young guide. Always cheerful, smiling and singing along the way, he was very knowledgeable on the mountain ranges and always happy to answer any questions we had. Having spent some time trekking the Tsum valley before attempting the the Larke Pass (5106m) definitely helped with our acclimatisation. The company takes this all very seriously as we were one of the few groups that had their guide monitoring the oxygen absorption and pulse of an evening to ensure we were in good physical condition to continue higher the next day.

                                      We arranged to have the accomodation and food as a package and it worked very well for us. There wasn’t any issues with limiting food options from the menu, as we’d heard some other guides had imposed. Our food and drink orders were made well within reason, though we had some allowances made for us on occasion. Everything was very well organised and explained what the trekking plan would be for the following day.

                                      Even though we had planned for Ramesh to return to Kathmandu as we continued on our own, he was ever helpful in giving us some fantastic information and assisting us before we parted. He has a lot of experience in his years of guiding and it was such a pleasure having him along with us, that we intend on having him guide us again when we return to Nepal to do some more trekking in the future.

                                      Based on our personal experience, and the reviews of many other satisfied clients, we would highly recommend Dipak at Trekking Planner, and also Ramesh to guide you, to assist you in tailoring your trekking requirements in Nepal.

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                                      Shrek011Australia,Dec 10, 2018
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