Manaslu , which means “Mountain of the Spirit”, is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.

The Manaslu region offers a variety of fascinating treks, the Manaslu Circuit being one of them. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991 and it is still a Restricted Area where we need special permit acquired from the Department of Immigration to trek in this region.

The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river. This trek not only provides views of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas but also allows close interaction with the different ethnic groups who live in hill villages scattered along the trek route. This region provides a rich variety of landscape and vegetation as it comprises sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet, covering six climatic zones.

The Manaslu valley is also a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Pandas. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles have been recorded in this area. An estimated 1,500-2,000 plant species grow here of which many are valued as medicinal herbs and aromatic plants.

Highlights:

  • Trekking along the Great Himalayan Trail through an ancient trade route to Tibet.
  • Restricted area, which means away from the insanely busy tourist highways.
  • Sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Pandas
  • Rich in flora and fauna
  • Breath taking views of mountains, lovely forest sheltering remote hamlets and their little fields, and high country
  • Larkye la – 5140 m

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to hotel/ welcome dinner

Day 2: Half day guided sightseeing tour/ lunch/ trek briefing

Day 3: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (500m). Drive approx. 8/9 hours

Day 4: Trek to Liding (830m). 6/7 hours

Day 5: Trek to Machha Khola (890m). 7/8 hours

Day 6: Trek to Yaru Khola (1330m). 5/6 hours

Day 7: Trek to Philim (1700m). 4/5 hours

Day 8: Trek to Deng (2095m). 5/6 hours

Day 9: Trek to Namru (2900m). 8 hours

Day 10: Trek to Lho Goan (3180m). 5/6 hours

Day 11: Trek to Samagaon (3500m). 3 hours

Day 12: Rest day Samagaon. Optional excursion to Manaslu Base Camp

Day 13: Trek to Samdo (3900m). 2 hours

Day 14: Rest day

Day 15: Trek to Larkya Phedi (4400m). 3/4 hours.

Day 16: Cross Larkya La (5140) to Bimtang (3590m) 8/10hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Ghoa (2515m). 6/7 hours.

Day 18: Trek to Chamche (1430m). 6/7 hours.

Day 19: Trek to Jagat and drive via Besisahar to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Free day

Day 21: Departure.

Services Includes:

  • All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
  • Services of English or/and Swedish speaking guide.
  • Cook, kitchen helpers, porter’s and sherpa’s assistance.
  • 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Half day guided city tour with lunch.
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag with a fleece inner-liner.
  • Full camping facilities with seelping tents, dining tents with tables and chairs, cooking tents and toilet tents.
  • All meals while on trek with afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the campsite.
  • Restricted Area Permit.
  • National Park fees.
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

Services excludes: 

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times.
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid.
  • Optional tips to guides and porters.
  • International airport departure taxes.
  • Visa costs.
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HST-AM
Trip Grade:
 D- Challenging
Duration:
 21 days
Trek Distance:
 172 Km approx.
Starting Elevation:
 500 m
Peak Elevation:
 5140 m
Accommodations:
 Camping
Best Season:
 Mar/ Apr & Oct/ Nov

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

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Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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