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Manasalu Base Camp Trek

Destination: Nepal

Region: Manaslu

Trip Facts

Duration
16
Difficulty
Country
Nepal
Activity
Max-Altitude
4460 M
Accomodation
Hotel and Lodge
Best Season
Meals
Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Overview

An adventurous trip across the Manaslu Conservation Area and the foothills of the Manaslu range is known as the Manaslu Base Camp Trek. The Manaslu region is an ancient valley that has been well-known for centuries and is found in the district of Gorkha’s northern part. Traveling through this area, which is brimming with breathtaking scenery and adventure, also gives you the chance to experience the Nubri and Tibetan communities’ cultures and traditions. The walk is worthwhile because it offers breathtaking vistas of the Mansiri Himalayas as well as glimpses of glaciers, waterfalls, and raging rivers.

Your 16-day journey to Manaslu Base Camp Trek starts when you land in Kathmandu. The following day, you tour Kathmandu, a stunning city with a diverse culture. Some of the World Heritage Sites that you will see are Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. As you travel from Kathmandu to Soti Khola in the Rasuwa District, the Manaslu experience begins. You ascend a ridgeline to Maccha Khola and then reach Jagat while trekking through a sal and rhododendron forest. After leaving Jagat, you are greeted by a stunning view of the mountains, which leads you to settlements with Tibetan cultural influences. After passing through Deng and Namrung, you will arrive in Samagaon. After staying at Samagaon for a day, you will hike to Manaslu Base Camp. You reach the Manaslu Base Camp by following the trail through a forest, climbing steeply up a slope and then onto a moraine. From here, you can see Manaslu (8163m) up close. After a little interval, you return to Samagaon and go to Machha Khola, passing Namrung, Deng, and Jagat en route. You will walk from Machha Khola to Arughat, where the expedition comes to a finish. The optimum times to go through this area are from September to December and from February to May.

For your climb, Company, Access The Aisa Treks creates a customized schedule that will maximize your enjoyment. For many years, our leaders and guides have been leading treks and tours to various parts of Nepal. They’ll be there to keep an eye on you at every stage of the project

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek through the untouched and pristine Manaslu Conservation
  • Pass through ethnic Nubri and Tibetan villages
  • Trek to the base camp of the 8th tallest mountain in the world
  • Enjoy a close view of Mt. Manaslu (8153m)

Itinerary

Day 1

Our corporate staff will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu when you arrive. After that, you’ll be driven to the appropriate hotel. Today’s activities aren’t booked, so you can go shopping and explore the area near your hotel.

Day 2

You have the day off to relax and stroll around Kathmandu. You will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The square, which was constructed during the Malla Dynasty, exhibits the art, culture, and social customs of that period. The oldest temple in Nepal is Swayambhunath, sometimes referred to as the “monkey temple.” The largest and most well-known Buddhist temple is Boudhanath, whereas Pashupatinath is a well-known Hindu temple.

Day 3

You will take a car to Soti Khola, the starting point of the hike, from Kathmandu. Driving through Dhading Besi, the administrative center for the Dhading district, is rather painless. You will proceed directly to your hotel as soon as you arrive in Soti Khola. The following day, the ascent of Manaslu begins.

Day 4

You start your trip from Soti Khola in the direction of Machha Khola. A suspended bridge will be your first stop on the trail that leads through a Sal forest. The route gradually dips before rising once more to reach the Budhi Gandaki rapids. You reach the Gurung settlement of Lapubesi after passing through a number of tiny settlements. You continue walking from there, passing Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Shringi Himal (7161m), till you reach Maccha Khola.

Day 5

Before reaching Khorlabesi and Tatopani’s hot springs, the trail continues to ascent and descend. You then ascend another ridgeline before using a suspension bridge to cross the Budhi Gandaki River. You use the broad staircase to reach Dobhan after traversing a forest. You have to trek farther to get to Jagat after crossing two additional bridges.

Day 6

After departing Jagat, you climb a rough slope to reach Salleri. You are then greeted by a stunning view of the mountains as you descend. You will pass Mani walls with prayer wheels and stone dwellings as you travel along the trail because the area has a significant Tibetan influence. You travel through a bamboo grove as you pass Gurung communities, cross a stream on a suspension bridge, and eventually reach at Deng.

Day 7

The hike starts out with a gradual elevation and then follows the Marsayangdi River. The trail then emerges from a gorge in a twisting direction, climbing steeply before dropping into Shringi Khola Valley. You proceed through a woodland on a steep incline after crossing a suspension bridge. After climbing a difficult hill, you reach Namrung after passing by a large cave and gorge.

Day 8

In order to go to the village of Sho after leaving Namrung, the trail travels through the Barcham town and crosses Himan Khola. The route then turns downward toward Damonan Khola. Visit Ribung Gompa along the way to take in the scenery of the Manaslu Massif, Naike Peak (6211m), and Larkya Peak (6249m). When you get at Samagaon, you catch sight of Sama Gompa, which is softly perched on a moraine, along with views of pastures, fields, and distant mountains.

Day 9

You have today to relax and stroll through Samagaon’s settlement. You take a short break before climbing sharply up a slope and onto a moraine. You stroll while taking in the breathtaking view of the glacier and Birendra Lake, which is encircled by mountains on all sides. You eventually arrive at Manaslu Base Camp by moving on. The vista of Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Birendra Lake is breathtaking from the camp. Following your adventure, you return to Samagaon.

Day 10

You turn around and return to the Namrung village. Along the trip, you’ll pass through the towns of Sho and Lho. Along the trail, there are a few other Tibetan settlements. As you travel east, you pass a lot of monasteries and get to see Himalchuli (7863m). You reach Namrung after crossing several suspended bridges and moving through a stunning forest.

Day 11

You travel to Deng village after leaving Namrung village. Retracing your steps, you descend through fir and rhododendron woodlands. As you see Shringi Himal, you pass through Prok hamlet, gompas, and gorges (7161m). You reach Deng after trekking along the twisting trail and through suspension bridges.

Day 12

You go back the way you came after breakfast and descend to Jagat. After crossing the Deng Khola, you will first proceed through a bamboo forest. As you continue, you will pass the prayer wheels that adorn the Mani walls and cross the Philim, Sirdibas, and Salleri. You reach Jagat by continuing down the path while taking in the scenery of the highlands.

Day 13

After leaving Jagat village, you travel to Machha Khola by means of suspended bridges and broad stone staircases. You reach Machha Khola by descending the ridgeline and again crossing the Tatopani hot springs. You will be accompanied by the Marsayangdi River, which rushes south and past Gurung and Magar villages.

Day 14

You start your final day of the hike and travel to Arughat after a leisurely breakfast. Gorkha District’s rural municipality of Arughat. Even though the distance is considerable, the path is largely level as you get closer to the town of Arughat. After this arduous day of walking, which serves as the trek’s final day, you can rest.

Day 15

A bus will arrive after breakfast to transport you back to Kathmandu, the nation’s capital. While driving, you can unwind and take in the scenery, the tranquil sound of the river, and the passing towns and villages. When you get to Kathmandu, the tour comes to a close, and you immediately check into your hotel. You can wander around Thamel in the evening and browse for trinkets if you wish.

Day 16

You will be taken to the airport at your scheduled time for your scheduled flight home. We will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport and head out early to avoid traffic. We bid you goodbye from the land of the Himalayas where you are always welcome for another visit.

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What's Included

  • Transportation includes both grounded
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tour, including all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
  • Full board meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours in the areas covered by the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide and an assistant guide. Porters (1 porter for two people) and their insurance, food, accommodation, salary, and equipment.
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jacket and Duffle bag for porters
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System
  • All government taxes and office service charge

What's Excluded

  • Meals not specified in the inclusions
  • Hot shower and extra hot water
  • Personal equipment
  • Cold drinks and sweets like cholate bar and other snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staffs
  • No extra expenses from the company if there is an emergency or bad weather

Equipments

What to Bring?

One of the most beautiful and difficult trekking locations in the world is the Manaslu Trekking Area. To ensure your safety, comfort, and pleasure during your trek, the appropriate gear is crucial. When trekking in this region you should bring the following items, among others:

  1. Trekking boots: To safeguard your feet and stop injuries on the difficult landscape, you need sturdy trekking boots with an ankle support.
  2. Backpack: A sturdy, roomy backpack that is comfortable to wear and has space for all of your necessities, such as water, snacks, a camera, and additional clothing.
  3. Clothing: In the Everest region, layers are essential for keeping warm and cozy. Bring thermal undergarments, a fleece or down jacket, a shell that is waterproof, and trekking trousers. Bring a scarf, hat, and mittens as well for the cold conditions.
  4. Sleeping bag: A quality sleeping bag that is designated for temperatures below zero is necessary for keeping warm and comfortable at night.
  5. Trekking poles: When walking on rocky, steep ground, trekking poles offer support and help minimize the impact on your knees and ankles.
  6. Headlamp: For early morning starts, late-night hikes, and navigating through dark lodges and paths, a light is a necessity.
  7. Sunglasses: UV-protected, high-quality sunglasses are crucial for shielding your eyes from the glare of the snow and intense mountain sunshine.
  8. Water container and purification tablets: To ensure that you have access to pure drinking water throughout your trek, bring a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets.
  9. First aid box: In case of emergencies, having a simple first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and altitude sickness medication is crucial. The trekking leader also has the first aid kit for your safety.

Access the Asia Treks offers its customers a thorough packing list, equipment rental choices, and guidance on the best supplies for their trekking requirements.

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY AND PAYMENTS

  • As different permits, flight tickets and other government official documents are necessary so payment is highly appreciable if done 30 days prior of the trekking start date.
  • Payments are supposed to be done 15 days prior to the trekking start date.
  • If cancellation is made 10 days before the trek start date, 50% of the total trek cost will be charged as the cancellation fees.
  • In case of restrictions imposed by the government, bad weather or the emergency situation, the company will not to be liable to any extra cost and will find the most feasible way to proceed the trek.

 

ADVISORY

  • Non-bio degradable materials are not allowed to dispose in the trekking route randomly.
  • Proper follow of the guidance provided by the leader/guide of the trek.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances are highly discouraged.
  • There might be the chances of bad weather so be prepared for the inconvenience caused by the unpredictable weather.
  • Try to be mentally and physically prepared before this trek with few short hikes before this trek is highly recommended.

 

IMPORTANT THINGS REQUIRED

  • Passport
  • Few passport size photos for TIMS and other official documents
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snow goggles
  • Personal handbag and luggage
  • Snacks and sweets like chocolate bar (if required)
  • Some personal items and sunscreen/sun cream
  • Water bottle and hat

 

PRELIMINARY AND KEY NOTES

  • Greeting ‘Namaste’ (your palms held together) is the most respectful and attractive way to greet somebody and is practiced profoundly.
  • Accessibility of internet and phone calls can be made efficient using the mobile SIM Card provided by the company itself or you can buy easily in the local market. All you need is one passport sized photo and a photocopy of your physical passport in either case.
  • There are lots of major cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu along with the ancient monasteries and sculptures. Photos are not taken unless you have asked for the permission.
  • The nightlife in Kathmandu is mostly safe and concentrated in Thamel area, one of the busiest destinations for foreigners to hang out with varied options of bars, restaurants and other places to choose from. Somehow, other areas including small towns are closed before 10pm.
  • Nepalese people are friendly, truly kind and incredibly welcoming as there is a phrase in Nepali culture ‘Guests equal Gods’. Out of the blue moon, there are several chances of being cheated. Saying this, you are somehow prone to possible travel scams. Keep yourself and your belongings safe, if you are travelling solo. It is highly recommended to have one experienced guide, taking safety into consideration.

FAQ

Manaslu Base Camp is located in Nepal’s Gorkha district, within the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is located at an elevation of around 4,800 meters (15,748 feet) above sea level. The base camp provides amazing views of Mount Manaslu, the world’s seventh highest peak. Beautiful Himalayan peaks, vast valleys, and glacial lakes surround it. The walk to Manaslu Base Camp takes explorers through lush woods, secluded communities, and different landscapes, immersing them in the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Yes, you can customize the Manaslu Base Camp journey to your own interests and needs. Access the Asia Treks provides customizable itineraries that can be adjusted to your specific requirements. You can discuss the duration, certain landmarks or regions you wish to visit, and the level of difficulty you are comfortable with with our team. Adding extra acclimatization days, including side trips to local locations, altering the pace of the walk, or including cultural activities along the way are all options for customization. You can customize a Manaslu Base Camp journey to your interests and skills by conveying your preferences and working with us.

The optimum seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). These months provide the best weather and bright skies, providing for a nice trekking trip. The trail is covered with blossoming rhododendrons and other bright blooms throughout the spring. Autumn brings consistent weather, temperate temperatures, and superb visibility, allowing for breathtaking vistas of the neighboring peaks.

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek does require a permit. The Manaslu region is a restricted area, and trekkers must receive special permissions in order to enter and trek there. The Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) are necessary for the Manaslu Base Camp Trek. The Nepal Tourism Board or the Immigration Office in Kathmandu issues these permits. Our company manages the permit for you and every necessary document required during the trek. Therefore, you can enjoy your time full heartedly during your trek.

The Manaslu Base Camp Trek is regarded as a difficult trek that necessitates a high level of physical condition and prior trekking expertise. The trail features high ascents and descents as well as harsh terrain. Trekkers can expect long, hard days of walking and acclimating to high altitudes. The region’s rural and underdeveloped nature adds to the challenge. Unpredictable weather conditions, such as severe rain and snowfall, can also make trekking difficult. Acclimatization, physical fitness, and mental preparation are all necessary for a successful and safe trek. With the necessary aid and the assistance of our experienced team members, this expedition can be accomplished much more swiftly.

Yes, we provide proper lodging on the Manaslu Base Camp trek. Tea houses and lodges are located throughout the trekking path, offering trekkers comfortable lodging. While the facilities are basic facilities, they typically provide nice beds, blankets, and common dining spaces. Some lodgings may also have hot showers and limited power. However, this varies. It is recommended to bring layers appropriate for cold weather situations, as temperatures might drop dramatically at higher altitudes. Overall, the lodging options along the Manaslu Base Camp walk are suitable for trekkers to rest and recharge before continuing their adventure.

Depending on the itinerary and acclimatization plan, the average altitude increase on the Manaslu Base Camp Trek can vary. Trekkers should expect an average height rise of 500 to 800 meters (1,640 to 2,625 feet) each day as a rough estimate. The trip begins in Soti Khola, which is located at an elevation of around 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level. The trail steadily ascends from there, going through several settlements and reaching greater altitudes each day. The trek’s highest point is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at 5,160 meters (16,930 ft).

Yes, altitude sickness is a possibility during the Manaslu Base Camp Trek. The climb reaches high heights, and due to the quick ascent, trekkers may face symptoms of altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can include moderate symptoms such as headache, nausea, and exhaustion, as well as more severe disorders that can be fatal.

To reduce the risk, it is critical to adequately acclimate by having rest days and gentle ascents in the schedule. It is critical to stay hydrated, move at a calm and steady pace, and listen to your body. It is also recommended that you check with a healthcare practitioner and consider taking suitable medicine, such as Diamox, under their supervision to help prevent or lessen the symptoms of altitude sickness. Trekking with Access the Asia Treks and having an expert guide can provide essential support and guidance in reducing altitude-related dangers.

Review

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