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Experience the Manaslu Trek, a journey through awe-inspiring landscapes. You'll explore lush forests, remote villages, and alpine terrain while taking in the breathtaking beauty of Mount Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest peak. This trek is an enticing fusion of adventure and cultural immersion, a must-do for those in search of pristine nature and authentic Himalayan culture.
In Nepal's heart, discover the captivating Manaslu region—home to unspoiled Himalayan beauty. Towering at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), Mount Manaslu is the centerpiece. Explore diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to pristine rivers.
Opt for the Manaslu Circuit or Tsum Valley Trek for rich cultural immersion. This region safeguards rare wildlife through the Manaslu Conservation Area.
At Mountain Sherpa Trekking, we prioritize your comfort and safety during the Manaslu trek. That's why we provide our guests with comfortable jeeps driven by experienced drivers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.
Your trip starts as soon as your flight reaches the sky zone of Kathmandu. The incredible snow-capped views of the Mountains surrounding Kathmandu city are enough to give you a glimpse of your upcoming thrilling trekking journey.
As soon as your flight touches the ground of Tribhuvan International airport, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions office representative and driver will be on standby at the exit terminal of the airport to receive you. They will escort you to your hotel and help you check into your hotel. After getting into your room and getting refreshed, you will be briefed about your daily activities. The rest of the time is yours to explore the neighborhood and get familiar with the surroundings.
We will have a small meeting with our senior guide in the evening where you will be briefed about the details of the upcoming trekking expedition. It's your first night in the ancient city of Temple, probably one of the best in the World. Breakfast
After a good night and a healthy and delicious breakfast, we drive for a tour of Boudhanath stupa, which is said to be the largest stupa in the world. This place is the center of Tibetian culture in Kathmandu. The stupa design feels like a huge Mandala that is a representation of the Buddhist cosmos.
Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal. We can see a burning ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat,’ the burning area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the ordinary Nepalese people who live within the country.
After the amazing city tour, we return to our hotel, get refreshed, and do some shopping for the trekking. We will have an early supper and retire to our bed soon as we have to start our trekking journey tomorrow.
Vehicle: Private 4x4 Jeep Approx. Drive time & Distance: 8-10 hours (88 miles / 141.3 km)
After an early breakfast, you’ll drive west along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway towards the Village of Sotikhola by private 4x4 jeep enjoying the scenic views. We pass through some of Nepal’s enchanting countryside landscapes, which we can see right from the windows of our vehicle.
We then cruise further towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha, an ancient historical town from where Nepal got its today's shape. The road gets a bit rutted; dirt path after Gorkha, However, you will enjoy the views of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Langtang Himal. We will reach our destination, Sotikhola, after around a seven to eight hours drive from Kathmandu.
Approx. Walking time: 6-7 hours Approx. Walking distance: 8 miles (14 km)
After breakfast in Soti Khola, you'll start this classic trek up and down through diverse landscapes including jungles, rice paddies, a cliff-face ridge, a rushing stream, and numerous gorgeous waterfalls.
We will soon start feeling the change in heights as we move ahead on our trekking journey today. We pass through the broad valley, which later on goes steep and passes through a dense forest.
The Trek begins by overpassing a bridge; before you trek through a forest, then hike onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki river (which is joined from the Tum Khola River in the Tibetan plateaus). We then arrive at Khursane upon which the rocky trail combines its way up and down, past two tropical cascades on a steep, rocky path clinging to the side of a cliff. You’ll ultimately descend past a few ride paddies, then continue up and around to the pretty Gurung village of Labubesi.
From here, you'll further climb near a rocky outcrop where the valley opens up next to the river, which flows more peacefully here. Dropping down to the river shore, you'll walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the village of Machha Khola.
Approx. Walking time: 6-7 hours Approx. Walking distance: 17 KM
We rise early and continue to follow along the Budhi Gandaki, one of the major rivers in Nepal. The narrow path makes some little ups and downs and finally crosses the Tharo Khola and gets Khorlabesi. After a few more climbs and descends We reach the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, where we have plenty of time to soak our scruffy bodies in the flowing hot water, and then maybe go for a swim in the cold river below, drying off on the lovely river-side beach.
From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. We will spend the night at Jagat at a lodge.
Approx. Walking time: 4-5 hours Approx. Walking distance: 12 KM
After breakfast in the village of Jagat, We’ll cross the Budhi Gandaki twice today on a suspension bridge. Along the way, we will pass through the stone village of Jagat with its cobblestone paths.
There are numerals of Mani Walls along the route. These are stones that are engraved with Buddhist writings reflecting Tibetan inspiration. We will cross the Budhi Gandaki on a very long suspension bridge and then trek to the village of Ekle Bhatti where we will spend the night at a Mountain Lodge.
Approx. Walking time: 4-5 hours Approx. Walking distance: 8 Km
Today is a stunning day of walking. From Philim, towns become few and far between. The path is shaped into the cliff that is now high over the Budhi Gandaki River. We can see wonderful waterfalls along the way, as well as watch eagles, soar the thermals high above the river. Partially through the day, we turn west and continue to follow the Budhi Gandaki. It has become narrower here as we make our way to the village of Deng. We have a great view of Mt. Manaslu and the other snow-covered peaks that surround us. Our destination is the village of Deng where we will spend the night.
Approx. Walking Time: 5-6 Hours Approx. Walking Distance: 12.1 Miles/ 19.5 KM
After breakfast in Deng, you'll start one of the most significant and culturally important parts of the trek. First, cross the Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to the bridge. Where you'll climb a bit further to join a trail from Bhi. Then head west up the valley passing through lush jungles, alpine flora, and attractive settlements housing indigenous groups of the Manaslu region, with major peaks starting to emerge in the distance.
The track also passes across jungles and mani where we turn near a corner that contours to Ghap. Although there is alternative route, we take the route throughout Prok village. This village has a stunning viewpoint of the snowcapped Siringi Himal. Take a break here and then continue to cross the Budi Gandaki numerous times today running into several gompas along the way. The trail follows the river upstream across a dense forestry. After crossing the river at an extraordinary spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the jungle becomes less solid and the trail is fine again. The enjoyable hike continues and after a last vertical ascent we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
Approx. Walking time: 4-5 hours Approx. Walking distance: (10.9 miles/17 km)
The trek from Namrung to Lho is a captivating journey through the Himalayan terrain. As you depart from Namrung, situated at an elevation of 3,180 meters (approximately 10,433 feet), you'll embark on a trek that usually takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete.
The trail offers stunning vistas of the surrounding landscapes, with towering peaks, lush forests, and charming villages along the way. You'll experience the gradual change in the scenery as you ascend to Lho, encountering unique flora and fauna indigenous to this region.
Lho, at an elevation of 3,180 meters, is known for its serene atmosphere and traditional Tibetan-influenced architecture. The village is nestled amidst breathtaking mountain scenery, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the area.
This trek allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the region while gradually ascending to higher altitudes. It's a rewarding journey that showcases the splendor of the Himalayas and offers a glimpse into the local way of life.
The trek from Lho to Samagaon is a picturesque journey through the Manaslu region of Nepal, offering stunning views of the Himalayas and an opportunity to experience the rich culture of the local communities. Starting from Lho at an altitude of 3,530 meters (11,910 feet), the trek typically takes 4-5 hours to reach Samagaon.
The trail meanders through lush forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, providing trekkers with a taste of rural life in the Himalayas. Along the way, you may encounter friendly locals, monasteries, and colorful prayer flags. Samagaon, with its tea houses and lodges, is a welcome stop for trekkers, offering a chance to rest, acclimatize, and soak in the stunning mountain vistas before continuing on their Manaslu Circuit adventure.
Today is an altitude acclimatization day, enjoy a refreshing breakfast and then spend the day at Samagaon getting some relaxation. We get familiar with the rich Sherpa culture today. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist manuscripts and portraits and the Sherpa women clad in old-fashioned clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good explanation of the two peaks. It was demolished a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals thought that the ascent angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later, they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their try. They were ultimately successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.
Approx. Walking time: 4 hours Approx. Walking distance: (10 miles/16.5 km)
After breakfast in Samagaon, We walk down to the Budhi Gandaki River that has turned north and kept on it to a bridge over a side river today. The path to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp.
The Larkya la Track passes numerous mani walls as the valley starts to expand. It is an easygoing path on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch jungles of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the ridge, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and hike steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river. From a stone arch, we can view a large white Kani. Ultimately passing throughout the Kani, we reached Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
It is an additional day set aside for good acclimatization. After breakfast, you can either rest in Samdo or select between two hiking possibilities: We have two alternatives hiking routes for us today. The possibility that we highly advise is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This walk will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and probably Kang Guru following the pass. On route to these viewpoints, we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us.
Our second Alternative option route for today could be a trip to the Gya La ('large pass') to the north of Samdo, a more often used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a quite long hike (full day) and therefore could be a little exhausting. Overnight in Samdo.
Approx. Walking time: 4-5 hours Approx. Walking distance: (7 miles /11 km)
After having a hot breakfast, we start hiking down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and start hiking upward. Upon crossing two streams and observing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and ascend up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Be sure you have your camera ready, with fully charged batteries, as you never want to miss this chance to take the magnificent views of the mountains and enchanting natural beauties. Afternoon we have lunch and gaze out at the lovely views. You'll feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon with some tea/coffee and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation for our crossing the next high pass tomorrow.
Approx. Walking time: 8-9 hours Approx. Walking distance: 15 miles/24 km)
This is the longest, but most interesting day; due to the high pass Larkya la 5160 m/16, 924 ft, and the views of amazing peaks. After an early breakfast, we will start with a short climb; we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can experience great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak.
Lastly, we walk throughout moraines of the glacier, making a slow ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the huge Annapurna II. It is a lengthier day than normal to Bimtang, but to hike into these low terrains with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu approaching close by is a tremendous experience.
The view from Bhimtang is extremely beautiful. This village was in the 1960s hanging out for Tibetan Khampa fighters who made "attacks" against the Chinese inside Tibet, to fly to Nepal. Overnight in Bimthang village.
The last trip out of Dudh Khola is almost ending. We cross the Marshyangdi River on a long and nice suspension bridge and enter Gyasumdo, which in Tibetan means "Three Main Road Meetings," as the paths from Manang and Larkya / Gya La and the Lowlands meet here.
This is also our final day of trekking. Along the way, we will pass through the Gurung village of Tilche, noted for its well-known apple brandy that this particular village is renowned. The Gurungs are mountain people, famous for their courageousness with the Gurkha Units of the British Army. We will spend our last night of trekking at a teahouse here.
Vehicle: Local Share Jeep and Private comfortable Vehicle
Approx. Drive time & Distance: Tilche to Besisahar: 35 Km(3 hrs) &
After enjoying breakfast, we will embark on a journey by local jeep from Tilchi to Besisahar, a picturesque drive lasting approximately 3-4 hours. Upon reaching Besisahar, you have the option to stay, unwind, and celebrate the last day of this wonderful trek with your guide and helpers. Alternatively, if you choose to return to Kathmandu on the same day from Besisahar, we will make arrangements for a private car, ensuring a comfortable journey. The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu typically takes an additional 5-6 hours, offering breathtaking views of hill and mountain landscapes, often accompanied by glimpses of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli riverbanks. Along the way, you'll pass through charming villages nestled amidst farming terraces on both sides of the road.
Today, we'll start our day with a delicious breakfast in Besisahar, and then we'll set off on a picturesque journey to Kathmandu in a private car. The drive typically spans around 5 to 6 hours, offering you ample time to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery along the way. This includes the sight of meandering rivers, majestic mountains, and picturesque villages that dot the landscape.
Rest assured, we will provide you with a clean and comfortable private car, accompanied by an experienced driver who ensures a smooth and safe ride throughout the journey.
Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy a peaceful night's sleep, ensuring you're refreshed for your adventures in the capital city.
After breakfast, our Airport Guide and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, and we, at Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions, will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us. We thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country, Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this lovely region of Manaslu will give you a whole lifetime of memories for generations to come. Adios, friends! Till we meet again someday.
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Everything was perfect, the Sherpa guides & porters were really helpful, loyal and always with a smile on their faces.
Special thanks to our Guide! I never thought I would have such a good lodge during the Manaslu trek. The food was always tasty and the service was perfect. Last but not least, our guide Lal was really kind and to be honest I wouldn’t have made it to the end without his help. You can also see how much he loves sharing his culture with you and how much he knows about the history of Nepal.
Although this is quite a hard trek, it has been a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.
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please be well prepared physically and mentally to enjoy the beauty of the Manaslu circuit trek.Most memorable parts this Trip
exploring around Samagaun (3530 m)was the most enjoyable Part of Manaslu Circuit Treks.
Our guide Lal looked after all of our needs and explained the various sights along the way. Our porter Subash was very helpful as well. Thank-you to the team at Mountain Sherpa, for ensuring that we had an amazing trip, they took the time to answer our questions and accommodated us when we wanted to change some of our itinerary during our trip. Everything was arranged: hotels, lodges, guide, porters. The trip was amazing - I can highly recommend this company - they made it a lifetime experience, so much that we are thinking of a different trek with Mountain Sherpa.
Many thanks to all at Mountain Sherpa Trekking for providing such a personal service and making our trip so memorable. We hope to visit Nepal again in the future and would not hesitate in using the service again.
Wendy and Bill
Maybe other companies are similar in service, but our experiences with this expert local Sherpa company in our Manaslu trek were really excellent! Service, logistic, even individual problems (how to store baggage & Transport to arughat on the beginning & Ngadi to Besisahar with share local Jeep and then private car to Kathmandu after trek) were perfectly arranged. Our Driver was very good and we always feel safe. And the gear was excellent! A Highly recommendation!
Overall an amazing experience with a wonderful local Sherpa company!
Our whole guides & staff are 100% Local Sherpa people from the Everest region. As you know “Sherpa’s are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local area. They were immeasurably valuable to early explorers of the Himalayan region, serving as guides at the extreme altitudes of the peaks and passes in the region, particularly for expeditions to climb Mount Everest”
We have extremely professional, reliable, and experienced climbing Sherpa’s working with us. We have four expert Sherpa guides for each group of ten trekkers on the trail in order to make sure all of our teams have the best chance at safe success in their goals. Since we will employ experienced Sherpa guides, they will take care of everything and will make your trip easy and wonderful.
We believe that we all must give back to our society, as a responsible Sherpa Company, we know the importance of giving and supporting those in need. Hence, Mountain Sherpa Foundation has been established to help address the basic needs problems of the deprived people and low-income families of a remote part of Nepal. We work directly with the local communities to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. We seek to help and to be helped to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods.
We continue to help the local community and have helped our Sherpa guides, porters, and staff. As things get worse for tourism workers amid covid-19 pandemic, Mountain Sherpa Trekking director Mr. Pasang Sherpa distributed relief packages to more than 450 Sherpa trekking guides, porters, and climbing guides on 25 May 2020, Similarly, He supported to Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) that has established a food bank for the tourism workers in Nepal during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Mountain Sherpa Trekking donates up to 15% of its annual revenue to Mountain Sherpa Foundation (MSF) Nepal’s projects, which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, Suitable-learning supplies for children in remote areas, providing necessary medical equipment to health posts of the lower part of Everest and so on.
Unlike most companies, the Mountain Sherpa Trekking guide will not control the food menu during your trek in Nepal, which means you can select any food from the lodge menu as per your taste. Our guides will provide you with enough meals on their trek as part of the trip price. A lot of times people are only given the same food each day for every meal, and we don’t do this. You are allowed to pick what you eat for each meal in all the lodges we stay in.
Most people would not be able to handle the challenges of these treks if it wasn’t for the porters helping with all the lifting, preparing, and cheering. They are the backbone of our company and the reason why Pasang Sherpa created Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, to begin with. He began in this industry as a porter and understands their needs better than anyone. We are dedicated and promise a better life to every member of our staff. This involves a better salary, providing all their gear including warm clothes, proper hiking shoes for high altitude treks, and lodging.
And we help their families by helping their village schools, providing school materials for their kids, and medicine to the health clinic of their villages.
Our Manaslu Circuit trek Packages include 3 Nights of Deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at a comfortable and luxurious hotel. As we know, the best accommodation is a crucial part of your trip planning, our hand-selected best hotel accommodations are clean, in a good location, and give you value for your money. Our selected luxury 5-star hotels provide a wide array of excellent services and modern amenities. Our handpicked hotels offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, privacy when preferred, and attentive service. You can treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at our 5-star hotel in Kathmandu after your trek. Or rest and relax in a tranquil and peaceful garden resort. We have two different package options available as outlined below. Book your perfect dream holiday trek package with a local Sherpa expert and get exceptional service.
During the trek, we provide you best available mountain lodge with a cozy room with a shared bathroom for 14 nights. Rooms are twin beds with two beds per room and do not have a bathroom attached except in a few places. The beds have mattresses and pillows and some blankets to borrow. The ‘living room’ area used for eating and relaxing is heated in the evenings. Lodges are always friendly places where you can meet many other trekkers.
Usually, breakfast will be at 7-7:30 am and you will need to pack your bags ready for the porters to leave early. Lunch will be taken en route in one of the many teahouses, and dinner is generally at 7 pm.
Morning Breakfast between 7:00-8:00 AM
Afternoon Lunch between 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Evening Dinner between 6:00-8:30 PM
For many of us, the perfect choice may be to go for mineral water. After all, it’s sealed and safe to drink, plus it provides an income for the local traders – right? Regrettably, things are never quite that simple. Mineral water produces a vast number of knock-on problems for mountain societies.
While it does provide an income to local people it also generates an extraordinary, heart-breaking amount of waste and spoiling. Most places simply do not have the resources to do anything with the empty plastic bottles – and they burn them, releasing toxic gases into the air, or leave them in piles just out of sight of travelers, where they take more than 450 years to decompose.
Take, for example, Manaslu Circuit Trek, The recommended amount of water intake on a high altitude trek like this is 3-4 litters a day. The trek is 14 days long. That’s more than approximately 42 litter and 42 plastic bottles, which won’t decompose until the year 2466 – per person.
For a full MST group of 12 people, just one trip will result in more than 500 mineral water bottles. And the salt in the wound is that plastic doesn’t decompose at high altitudes, so those 500 or more bottles will be up there forever. But what can you do? You have to drink, so how can you get around the problem?
The Alternatives: The great news is that there are really various options that will help you out of the bottled water trap. Here are just four of the best. All you have to do is pick which one is right for you.
Striped- Steripen is the most trusted model on the market. This technique uses exactly the same process as most mineral water undergoes before it is bottled. It’s UV filtering, exactly the same treatment as the majority of bottled water undergoes to be purified, but on the go. The technology has been around for much longer than you think, but it’s only recently been competitively priced enough to be on the market. SteriPen is an American company; other UV filters are also available.
Boiled water– This isn’t always an option if you’re out and about, but boiled water is an excellent option for safe drinking water on trek. Boiling the water kills any nastiness lurking there. It is the safest and most convenient option. Most lodges serve it, and it is great to ward off the cold. Prices range anywhere between NPR 50 and 120 per liter. This means the cost of drinking water will be around $70-$80 for 14 day Manaslu Circuit trek.
Purification tablets– Water refining tablets or chemicals like chlorine dioxide are frequently used. They are easy to carry and cheap to buy. However, they are not as effective as UV filters or boiled water and need a few hours to act. Besides these, LifeStraw and iodine-based treatments are also available but have their drawbacks.
KATHMANDU - SOTI KHOLA ( 138 KM): 6-7 HOURS DRIVE
While it's possible to reach Soti Khola from Kathmandu by public bus, however, we strictly do not recommend you to travel by local bus because of the road condition. Our guest safety and comfort will always be our utmost priority. Therefore, We always provide a clean and fully sanitized 4WD Jeep for Soti Khola. It takes about a 6 to 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. The driving distance is approximately 138 Kilometers from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
You'll be much safer, be more comfortable, and reach your destination much faster by private Jeep with an experienced driver. The first part of the drive follows the Prithvi Highway, the road that links Kathmandu and Pokhara. Though traffic can be a problem leaving Kathmandu, the quality of the road is about as good as it gets in Nepal. After turning off to Dhading, the landscape becomes even more rustic and remote, and the road quality gradually deteriorates, but the views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal should make up for the discomfort.
BESISAHAR-KATHMANDU (190 KM): 5-6 HOURS DRIVE
It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Kathmandu from Besi-Sahar. Kathmandu is about a 190-kilometer drive from Besi-Sahar. With Mountain Sherpa trekking trips, you will travel in a small private vehicle. So, we provide you private vehicle with an experienced driver for a comfortable and safe journey back to Kathmandu. The advantage of taking a private vehicle is that you can ask your driver to stop whenever you like and smaller vehicles tend to be able to move through the traffic a little faster than larger buses. We also provide professional and experienced drivers, so you can fully and comfortably enjoy your Nepal Trek.
When we hike above 8,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level our bodies need to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen available. You may have symptoms if you travel to a high altitude without giving your body time to adjust to less oxygen. Even if you’re physically fit, you can still experience altitude sickness.
Remember the trek to the Himalayas is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain. However, during the acclimatization process, you may experience some of the following symptoms.
Each Person acclimatizes at different rates. Our best suggestion is to take your time and drink plenty of water. These symptoms may not indicate the onset of A.M.S. and if you experience them it does not necessarily mean that you should not continue. All our Sherpa guides have extensive first aid training and we request you to talk with the Sherpa guide at all times should you believe you have any symptoms in order that we can efficiently monitor your symptoms. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend.
You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the Himalaya's views. If anything does happen and you, unfortunately, get sick, let your guide know right away –Please note that your guide has ultimate responsibility and may ask you to descend if symptoms persist.
Travel insurance is necessary for any trip but is mainly important when undertaking activities such as high-altitude trekking in remote regions where medical facilities or assistance may not be close at hand. You’ll enjoy your adventure better with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the right insurance cover in place should a mishap occur. This can be anything from medical emergencies, trip cancellation, trip interruption, delays, lost or stolen luggage to a full helicopter rescue of a mountain.
Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly recommended. This way, if something happens, and this is rare, you will not be out of pocket a tremendous amount of money. Mountain Sherpa trekking will provide a letter and your invoice to submit to your insurance company to help expedite your processing.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG/33Lbs. Please note that this gear list is only a guide. Those are basic to bring the listed items, but you can decide from your desired brands using your expertise. Plus, you can shop the trekking gear and clothing at a good price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Basic First Aid Kit includes antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Hence to avoid discomfiture on both sides we advise that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach just above the knee and be modest and for women, it is better to wear trousers or a long skirt.
As you pack for the Manaslu Circuit trek, remember that your gear will be separated into two packs: your daypack that you will carry each day as you trek, and your duffle bag which will be carried between tea houses by porters. All extra baggage (non- trekking items) can be stored at the hotel before you start your trek. We provide you with a free duffel bag in Kathmandu. You can use it to pack your essential trekking equipment. We provide one-porter services for two people. Porters will carry up to 25 kg - 30 Kg or 55-66 pounds of your personal items. This must include your sleeping bag and down jackets. Therefore your duffel bag should not weigh more than 12 kg-15 kg or 26 pounds to 33 pounds.
Daypacks can be any size for hiking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Around the 25l to 30l size is good for the Manaslu trek. You need to carry your own backpack (with a waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily needed items in your own backpack. For instance: Water bottle, Extra money for drinks, souvenirs & tips, sunhat, camera, important documents, toiletries, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, rain gear, music (iPhone), etc.
If you don’t have your own down jacket & sleeping bag, don’t worry. We will provide you with 4-season sleeping bags and a good down jacket with a hood for complementary use. Good quality sleeping bag and down jacket are most important for high altitude treks.