Manaslu Round Trek

This trekking region is less touristic than Annapurna and Everest trekking region in the west of Nepal in Gorkha district. King Prithvi Narayan Shah had started to unify this modern Nepal from Gorkha ancient federal state. The Gurkhas (ethnic Gurungs) from this region are very famous for the military war in the world.

This trek offers an experience of classic Manaslu route along the Budi Gandaki River bank, ethnic Gurung and Magar, their culture, tradition, customs, ancient villages, typical houses, local agriculture, divers landscapes, wide varieties of vegetation, flora, fauna, Tibetan Buddhist societies, ancient Buddhist monuments, massive Larkya La pass at the altitude of 5240m, super views of Ganesh Himal, Tibetan Himalayan range, Manaslu range, Annapurna Himalayan range etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Manaslu Round Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5240m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 19 Days
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Manaslu Round Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member  and transfer to the hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 02: Formalities for special permits, Manaslu Conservation & Annapurna Conservation hotel bed & breakfast.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (530m) by bus 7 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Arughat trek to Soti Khola (1000m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (1300m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Machha Khola trek to Philim (1600m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Philim trek to Deng (1800m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Deng trek to Bagar (2300m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 09: Bagar trek to Namrung (2600m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 10: Namrung trek to Lhogaon (3100m) 4 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 11: Lhogaun trek to Samagaon (3450) 4 hours. Visit glacier Lake & Buddhist monastery. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 12: Samagaun trek to Samdu (3900m ) 4 hours. Visit Tibetan fair market & Tibet border. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 13: Samdu trek to Dharmasala (4470m) 4 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 14: Dharmasala trek to Bhimthang (3800m) via  Larkya La pass (5240m) 9 hours.Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 15: Bhimthang trek to Tilje  (2300m)   5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 16: Tilje trek to Tal (1707m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 17: Tal trek to Jagat (1300m) 3 hours and Jagat to Besisahar by bus 2 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 18: Beshisahar (823m) to Kathmandu by tourist bus  5 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast.
Day 19: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of MCAP, ACAP  and Manaslu special permit.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge twin basis.
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu - Arughat, Jagat -  Besisahar, Besisahar - Kathmandu by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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