Day 01: Welcome to Nepal, Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representative will welcome you at the arrival gate. Then you’ll be transferred to your hotel, and our staff will explain you briefly about the upcoming schedule. If your flight is in the morning or in the early afternoon, we’ll take you to the heritage walk via Ason, Indra Chowk, Makhan and other old parts of the town. We’ll also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site. There are several temples and castles and very famous Statue of Hanuman, the Monkey God. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel. BB
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
After breakfast in your hotel, we will take you to the half day sightseeing to some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Baudhha, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath. We also make preparations for the trek and introduce you with the crew members. Overnight in Hotel. BB
Day 03: Kathandu to Aarughat(570 m) to Sotikhola (730 m):7 hrs
Early morning drive on the Kathmandu Pokhara Highway till Malekhu. Enjoy the countryside views and the long range Himalayas along the way. We cross the Trisuli River and drive north to Dhading Besi, Golabhanjyan, and Salyantaar. Spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu and other villages in the hilly terrace. Thus, we reach Aarught in Budhi Gandaki Valley. Aarught Bazar is a major town of Northern Gorkha. After crossing the newly constructed bridge over Budhi Gandaki, drive till Soti Khola. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 04: Sotikhola to Machhakhola (930m): 6 hrs
We follow the trekking trails through the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail is new, built by GTZ project. Before 1996, the trail was very narrow with many ups and down. Nowadays the trail is full of horses and donkeys carrying goods for the local people. There are suspended bridges along the small streams. Trek through the nature and villages like Khursanibari and Lapubesi. Minor ups and downs to the Machhakhola. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat (1370 m): 7hrs
After crossing the Machha Khola(a small river)we follow the narrow trail on the left bank of Budhi Gandaki through the nature and Khorlabesi village. At the place called Tatopani, we’ll enjoy the hot spring spouts of the Manaslu region. We cross Budhi Gandaki and head to Dobhan. The path is rocky in the narrow ridge with full of nature on the both sides of the Budhi Gandaki River. We climb steep up to Thado Bharyang and to Yaru Fant and Syauli. The valley gets wider and we pass through the stoned path crossing a suspended bridge over in Budhi Gandaki once more today before reaching Jagat. Overnight in a guesthouse, BLD
Day 06: Jagat to Dayang (1830m): 7 hrs
Jagat is a village on the head of big rocks and surrounded by giant rocky cliffs. Jagat is one and only gateway to Upper Manaslu since the old ages. The Manaslu conservation boundary starts from Jagat. There are also Police check posts and customs offices at Jagat. We trek down through stone paved trail to Salleri and Sirdibash. Water operated mills in Ghatkhola is interesting to see the traditional way of grinding mills since ages. We walk a bit further and cross the Suspension Bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and step up to Philim, a big Gurung village. We visit MCAP office, where you will show your permits and get stamped on it. We walk through Philim, Ekle Bhati, and to a new bridge and a natural bridge with amazing shape of it. We pass through the nature to Nyak another Gurung village of the region and trek up to Dyang. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 07: Dayang to Namrung (2540 m): 7 hrs
A bit further walk from Dyang we will be on the other side of the Bhudi Gandaki after crossing a Bridge. First to we climb to Rana, reach a bottom trail to Bhi, trails through the middle of forest to Gap. There is an alternative village through Prok Village. Prok has several monasteries, highland looking houses with full of Tibetan influence that you see first time in this trip. Prok also has a viewpoint to see the magnificent views of Siringi Himal. The trail continues through the forest till the beginning of another village, we cross a few more bridges before we reach the Namrung village. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 08: Namrung to Samagaun (3390 m): 6-7hrs
Namrung is a small village surrounded by forests, with viewpoints to see Ganesh Himal, Siring Himal and also can see Himalchuli on the south. We climb gradually up through the forest to Lhi. The attractions of Lhi are Barley terraces and chortens with carving of holy Buddhist mantras and sketches. We further walk through the Sho, Lho and Shyala Village. There’s a famous Ribung Gomba in Lho. You can see the great views of Manaslu from the courtyard of Gumba. Similarly, there are great views of Mt Himalchhuli and peak 29 on the top of Shayala village. The valley gets wider and flatter, we can see the Sama village and yaks graze along the trail. Samagaun will be our final destination for the day. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 09: Rest day in Samagaun and day for Acclimatization.
We often recommend our clients to get used to the height. Take extra night in and above 3000 m. On the Acclimatization Day, we take you to the very old Monastery (PUNGYEN GOMBA) by the hill of Sama Gaun. The Monastery is situated on the hills, we can see the amazing views of the glacier, wide views of surrounding mountains. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 10: Samagaun to Samdo (3690m): 2-3 hrs
We descend to Budhigandaki River which flows from the north and then cross the wooden bridge in the side stream. There is an intersection to go to Manaslu Base Camp on the northern side and to Samdo Village. We follow the right trail with full of Mani wall with Buddhist scripture and pictures. The trail is easy with forest. After Kermo Kharka, we cross the wooden bridge over in Budhi Gandaki trail ascent up the village. We reach in Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. BLD
Day 11: Rest day in Samdo
Today we make another proper acclimatization. During acclimatization, we highly recommend you to hike several hundred meters. After breakfast we take you to the back of the Samdo Village. We follow the trail of one of the trading passes to Tibet. Also enjoy the excellent views of Mt Manaslu along with another Himalayan ranges like Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Simrang, Larkey peak, and views of Kang Guru behind the pass. You may also see some Himalayan birds including national bird of Nepal Lophophorus, and other birds like Himalyan Griffin, Mountain Hawk soaring above us. Descend down to Samdo. Overnights in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (Larkaya Base Camp): (4460m): 3-4hrs
Today, we walk down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki River on the north edge of Samdo village. After crossing the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River, the trail continues gradually up. Two small streams appear that we cross. We also see the good views Larkay Glaicier on the Northern side of Manaslu, The surrounding views of mountains including Larkay Peak are magnificent. The valley of Salka Khola is a bit wider. There’s a single house in Larkay Base Camp commonly known as Dharmasala. Overningt in Dharmasala. BLD
Day 13: Dharmasala to Larkya Pass (5213m) and to Bhimtang (3720 m) 8-9 hrs
Early morning start is recommended. Gently up at the beginning, a beautiful lake on the way, the views of Larkay peak is very clear. We walk through the glacier moraines. And along the ridges, we climb steep up to the top. The views of mountain from the Top are amazing. Surrounded by tall mountains, very cozy edges appear. Be very careful while descending, if it edges is full of snow. Some might need to fix the ropes to cross with big baggage. There may even be strong wind. Descend down to Bhimtang. It’s a long and difficult day, so your legs feel how long you walk ups and downs when you get in Bhimtang. Overnight in Bhimtang. BLD
Day 14: Bhimtang to Tilije (2300 m): 6-7 hrs
Bhimtang is a small settlement on Manang side. Morning views from the ridge of the Bhimtang are gorgeous. We can see the great view of Mt.Manaslu, Mt Lamjung, Mt Himlung,Cheu Himal. We descend throughout the forest, long pastures, Rhododendron forest. The Karche valley have cultivation field, we even descend to Gho village we further down to Tilije, Tilije have good guest house,clean and warm. Overnight in guesthouse. BLD
Day 15: Tilije to Taal (1680m): 5-6 hrs
We descend through Tilije village with the stone paved beautiful trails, cross the suspended bridge over the Dhud Khola and then ascent to Thorje village via chorten, and mane stone on the trail. We go to the Police Check Point to get stamped on your trekking permit and checking out from the Manaslu Cosevation Area and entering into Annapurna Conservation Area. Via Dharapani, we continue through the Marsyandi river to Taal. Taal is a small village on the banks of Marsyandi River with many nice guesthouses, waterfalls, and natural attractions. Overnight in a guesthouse. BLD
Day 16: Taal to Syange (1150 m): 6-7 hrs
We ascent a bit to the gate of Taal village and descend through Saattalle. We descend down on the way along the beautiful natural stairs and then cross the suspended bridge over on the Marsyandi River, reach Chamje village and down to Jagat through the rhododendron forest. The waterfalls on the other side of Marsyangdi River look amazingly gorgeous. Overnight in Syange village. BLD
Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu: 7-8 hrs
Drive through the Marsyandi valley and Trisuli would be a life time experience with the views of the high mountains, landscapes and terraces full of crops and villages. Arriving Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel. If interested, you may explore some of the monuments in Kathmandu valley, or do the last minute souvenir hunting. All Nepal hiking will treat you a farewell Dinner in a fine Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu to celebrate the successful completion of Around Manaslu Trekking. Overnight in Kathmandu. BLD
Day 18: Fly to onwards destination
Airport reporting time is 3 hrs prior to your flight schedule. A representative from All Nepal Hiking will drop you to the Airport in time. If the flight is in the evening, you can have some sightseeing or souvenir hunting in the day.
Extra days in Kathmandu
There are several activities in and around Kathmandu. we can offer plenty of suggestions: mountain biking in Kathmandu city or rafting in the Trisuli river or to Bhotekoshi river,an Everest Encounter flight, sightseeing trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a night at Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and expansive sunrise/sunset mountain panoramas, visits to interesting temple villages such as Changu Narayan, a few days at in Pokhara or a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park. All Nepal Hiking will help you by arranging your extra excursion!
Accommodation during trekking
In Everest, Annapurna and Langtang trekking region we offer you accommodation in tea house (local lodge). A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them also have hot water for shower. But you will by charge by hotel owner using hot water shower.
Meals during trekking
In Tea House trekking you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants
Safe Drinking Water in Trekking
We suggest you to drink boiled filter water. For boiled water ask to lodge people which might cost little during whole period of trekking or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters as well. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guests to do what they can protect the environment.
Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for two trekkers.
We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. Please remember that during trekking your luggage will be carried out by porter. One porter carries luggage of two people. So if you are more than one, he will carry 12 to 15 kg of your stuff.
- Hand sanitizing lotion
- Reading/writing material
- Camera & Binoculars
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
- Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
- Spare Boot Laces
- Sleeping Bag
- Light weight Towel
- Day pack to carry your personal needs during the day
- Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Litre
- Gloves - wool or fleeced
- Sewing Kit
- Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
- Umbrella especially in summer (May to September)
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals for evening
- Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight
- Down jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- T Shirts 2 or 3 - Long Sleeved
- Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit
- Extra warm clothing/ thermals
- Medicine (Prescription drugs if you are taking daily, lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea)
Note: If you don't have good equipment and are not available in home country, it can be bought or rented from trekking shops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The equipment is often top quality. Although daily rental charges are reasonable, a large deposit may be required.
Weather & climate
Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal.
Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. In this season, the mountains views are clear.
Winter (end-November through March)
It is also possible to trek during winter, from December until the end of February. Daytime temperatures will be cooler; however, the nights will often be very cold. The days are generally clear but occasional winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m. Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms, which break the long fine periods. The mid-December to mid-February is the coldest time.
Spring and early summer (mid-March through May)
During this period the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud build-up brings occasional showers. The days are mix up with warm and rain, which displays wildflowers like rhododendrons. The whole country is lush and an abundant green at this season. This period instigate the second most popular and pleasant trekking season as this is rice-planting time. Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April. Up to May, the weather becomes hazy and disturbed with the clouds.
The monsoon (June to mid-September)
From June to early September, is the monsoon season. Generally the morning is cloudy and cloud wisps form on random ridges and peaks. Trekking at this time of year is generally difficult and uncomfortable as the weather is hot and it rains almost every day. The trails become muddy and are often leech-infested and the mountains are usually obscured by cloud. During April and May, there is an expectation of thunderstorm, hail shower and strong winds among the fine periods. There are, however, possibilities for summer trekking in the trans-Himalayan regions of mustang, Dolpo and Tibet. These regions lie in a rain-shadow and therefore receive significantly less precipitation than the more southerly areas.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Tea house Trekking
Most lodges provide hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your trekking guide. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water unless if you are provide solar - heated water. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 – 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee/hour for recharging facilities.
Risk & Liabilities
We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. The entire programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of the country’s own policies.
All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, and flood and other natural calamities, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident. Any extra cost due to those reasons incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the sports.
Walking in a day
During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal the maximum altitude of most of the trekking is within range of 3500m to 5000m.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.All Nepal Hiking Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese national. We advise you when you come to Nepal; please bring your insurance documents.
Health & Veccinations
For trekking Nepal you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey. We advise you to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information before departure. We recommend you to carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. We advise you to carry sufficient drugs which you are taking daily for specific health problems.
Passport and Visa
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests they take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. To get Nepalese visa you should bring valid passport and two passport size photos. The validity and visa fee is as follows:
Visa Valid Fee
15 days US$ 25
30 days US$ 40
90 days US$ 100
High Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally over exertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics. Click here for more information about altitudes sickness (Add link of Altitude sickness of left banner)
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.