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Manaslu Base Camp Trek
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Manaslu Base Camp Trek offers incredible natural and cultural wonders. Manaslu Base Camp trek is at the base of Manaslu Mt. in the region of the Gorkha district inside the Manaslu Conservation Project. This has an area of 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri hills ranging in elevation from 1,400m to Mt. Manaslu at 8,156m.  This trek to Manaslu base camp offers stunning views of other mountains surrounding it too which includes Manaslu Himal (8156m), Ganesh Himal 7,422m, Shringi 7,161m and Lamjung Himal 6,983. Due to its variation in altitude this region has bountiful flora and fauna which includes the elusive snow leopard, the blue sheep and many other rare or endangered animals.

Tibetan villages, Gompas, stones with delicate Tibetan script carved into them, prayer wheels, and Chorten, all of which show the richness in culture and traditions. One of the best discoveries while on this trek is that one can experience both Hindus and Buddhists that reside in this area and the harmony between these cultures is memorable.  The typical Tibetan style houses and the villages have a peaceful appeal to it, far away from city lights and the stars suddenly seem to have multiplied many times.  The area is less popular, so those who are looking for serene wilderness and minimally disturbed culture will welcome this trek. The trek requires long stretches of hiking and can be strenuous at times. It is recommended for those with good physical fitness levels.

Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition is your one stop to all your queries. We, Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition provide all services related to the hospitality sector and are experts in adventure tourism.

Day 1
Arrival day in Nepal (Kathmandu 1315m | 4314ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu, we will receive you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu city sightseeing and trip preparation.

Today is the day we will make preparations for the trek and also enjoy sightseeing destinations in Kathmandu. The rich history of Kathmandu can be seen in the multiple temples and the structures of immense beauty that were carved out of wood hundreds of years ago. We will visit places such as the Pashupatinath which is one of the biggest temples for the Hindus, the Boudhanath Stupa which is important for Tibetan Buddhists, Swayambhunath which you will find both Hindu and Buddhists worshipping side by side, and Kathmandu and Patan Durbar square. With such an ancient past, Kathmandu is filled with architecture, art, and culture that is hundreds of years old.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m | 2395ft) by bus about 8-9 hrs journey overnight in the lodge

To avoid the notorious traffic, we will leave Kathmandu as soon as possible in the morning. As we make our way out of the valley we will be greeted with magnificent views and you’ll finally be able to understand and feel the hilly terrain of Nepal. We will reach Dhading Besi (580m) initially from where we will take a bumpy ride to Soti Khola.

Day 4
Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m | 3051ft) about 5-6 hrs

Through thick dense forests of Sal, we will meet the Budhi Gandaki which literally translates to old Gandaki. There are two waterfalls we will cross on a steep and rocky trail. The Gurung villages of Lapubesi also falls on this path with its beautiful terraced farming and quaint little houses. We will cross a suspension bridge before reaching the village of Machha Khola. From Machha Khola, we can get outstanding views of the North East side of Ganesh Himal (7422m).

Day 5
Machha Khola to (Jagat 1340m | 4396ft) 4-5 hrs

Through narrow small ascends and descends, we will continue ahead and reach a hot water spring which is called Tatopani. The Budhi Gandaki River and its winding path will meet us many times during this trek and we will cross some more suspension bridges and climb up to the village of Jagat.

Day 6
Jagat to Deng (1860m| 6102ft) 5-6 hrs

Climbing over ridges and crossing suspension bridges we will enter big valleys and the fields of various crops in the villages. We will make our way through deep gorges and through grassy slopes and cross the Budhi Gandaki many times. After passing a dense bamboo forest we will reach the village of Deng. From Deng, we can see the beautiful view of Siringi Himal (7161m) and Tibetan script carved into many rock walls lines the way.

Day 7
Deng to Namrung (2660m | 8727ft) 4-5 hrs

As we exit the village of Deng, we will be greeted by the Budhi Gandaki once again and head up a trail to enter the Budhi Gandaki valley. It crosses through forests and many of these are carved with the same Tibetan script as before. As we continue to hike we will realize we have left the forests behind and climb ahead after which we enter Namrung. From Namrung, the views of spectacular mountains like Ganesh Himal (7422m), Shringi Himal (7161m) and Himalchuli (7893m) are incredible.

Day 8
Namrung to Samagaon (3530m | 11581 ft) 4-5 hrs

As we walk ahead towards Samagaon, we will pass many Chortens and terraced fields along with the view of Mt. Manaslu (8163) in the background. Then we will arrive at Ribung Gompa from here we will have a close view of Manaslu Himal (8163m). Passing the big Chorten, we will finally arrive at Samagaon. From here, amazing view of Mt. Naike (6211m), Mt. Larke (6249m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163m) are seen.

Day 9
Explore the day in Samagaon and visit Manaslu base camp (4400m | 14632ft)

Today, we have to walk steeply up towards the base camp through the stark landscape of the alpine region. As we gain altitude we can see the beautiful Birendra Tal, in its turquoise glory down in the valley below. We will be walking on slippery and steep moraines on the last part of the climb and reach the base camp. If the weather is clear we will be able to see the glistening peak of Manaslu (8163m) towering over us, this is also a great space to make some great pictures. We will move back to Samagaon after this.

Day 10
Samagaon to Namrung 5-6 hrs

Following the views of Ganesh (7422m) and Shringi (7161m) mountains and the same path we took a day earlier, we will return back to Namrung. This time the feeling will be different as we have accomplished what we came for and it is a time to feel pride. Walking for so many days is not a small deal. We will cross through beautiful villages as we walk down.

Day 11
Namrung to Deng 5-6 hrs

We will exist through the Budhi Gandaki valley today. Retracing our steps we will pass many Tibetan scripted walls similar to before, and forests. Initially, the forests are very scattered but as we get further ahead of the vegetation increases.

Day 12
Deng to Jagat 5-6 hrs

Crossing bamboo forest, ridges, fields of millets, deep gorges and multiple suspension bridges we will move down to the village of Jagat, the feeling now is completely different from what it was earlier as we crossed this place. A local delicacy of fermented bamboo shoots is a popular meal across the hilly regions of Nepal.

Day 13
Jagat to Machha Khola 5-6 hrs

We will retrace our steps along narrow paths and the winding Budhi Gandaki River and many suspension bridges as we move down to Machha Khola. We cross little Gurung settlements which are known for their rich culture and traditions. The Gurung is a different sub-culture to that of the Tibetans found in higher elevations. So one of the distinct characteristics of this trek is the opportunity to experience multiple cultures and traditions. If we are lucky we can view some the local celebrations or rituals.

Day 14
Machha Khola to Arughat 6-7 hrs

Last day of our walk, we will make our way to Arughat through the forests of Sal, many small waterfalls and rice terraces of the Gurung villages can be seen along the way. The suspension bridges we cross are the lifeline of the people here. Arughat is a beautiful village that is a mixture of both Gurung and Newari cultures. Many of these differences can be seen in the style of dress, and accessories worn by both men and women. From here, west face of Ganesh Himal (7422m) is seen in front of us.

Day 15
Arughat to Kathmandu by bus

We will make our way back to Kathmandu through Arughat the same way we came before through scenes of rivers and winding roads. Prepare for an interesting ride because the road is rarely paved and very often uneven. It is an exciting way to return to Kathmandu and makes you feel like you are on a real adventure.

Day 16
Departure Day.

Our representatives will drop you to the airport today ending your journey with us.

What's included in the Cost ?

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Kathmandu-Arughat & Besisahar-Kathmandu travel in a public bus
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

What's excluded in the Cost ?

  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you,if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it.You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(thamel).

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • Fleece beanie
  • sun glasses
  • Chipstick / Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather down jacket below waist
  • Fleece jacket and trouser
  • Trekking trouser
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
  • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
  • Socks and under wears
  • Trekking boot
  • Snow Gaiter (optional)
  • Runners / Snickers for camps
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  • Day pack Minimum 25L with side pocket for water bottle

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Frequently Asked Question

What Can I Expect on a Trekking Holiday?

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. Typically, our trekking holidays involves 4 -8 hours of hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to strenuous walking over 5000 meters in the Himalaya Mountains. The day begins early at around 6.30 in the morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast is the best time to pack your items not needed during the day into duffle bag keeping the essentials or items you wish to access throughout the day in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 am. Lunch is around 12 pm and is generally 1-2 hour break. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. The time from arriving at the teahouse or campsite till dinner is your free time. There is always tea available, and sometimes side trips are available. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 pm. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back - NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpas, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one gets lost.

Who Are the Trip Leaders and Are They Trained, Qualified, and Experienced?

Himalayan Summit is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent local trekking group leaders and guides. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive courses in both guiding and health and safety including but not limited to wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. Our team has had a year’s trip leading experience and are highly dedicated to providing quality programming. Much of our team has had working experience with international adventure travel companies.

What Are the Meals Like in the Teahouses?

We offer an open choice menu in our teahouse trekking programs where you can select the food you like for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your guide is available to assist you with menu selection and is there to ensure the food is hygienic, plentiful and nutritious. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking during the breakfast and dinner meals.

What Are the Meals Like When Camping?

We have our own experienced trekking cook on all of our camping trips. We adhere to strict hygienic guidelines to ensure our food served during the camping portion of the trek is properly prepared. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli, and cereal followed by eggs either fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional bread. Dinner is a hearty 3-course meal: soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice, and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. Please communicate any dietary restrictions or special request to our staff when booking your adventure. Properly boiled water is served for drinking.

What is the Teahouse Like? May I Have My Own Room?

We book clean and comfortable teahouses which we have developed long and successful relationships with. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded with shared accommodations. We can book a private room for you if you like, which will incur an additional cost.

How Do I Know the Water on Trek Is Safe to Drink?

We discourage buying plastic bottled water because there is no proper disposal system in place and discarded water bottles cause an environmental and aesthetic concern in the backcountry. Therefore, we will provide properly boiled water to refill your water bottles and when serving hot drinks in camp or at the teahouse. Your guide is very concerned for your health and well-being and thus oversees all water processes. 

Does the Trip offer the Best Value? Are There Any Hidden or Extra Costs?

We can offer top quality service and facilities at a competitive price because we do not operate overseas offices and thus do not incur the cost of such. There are no hidden or extra costs not mentioned in our programs and price-lists. In every detail, we set the highest possible standards, from safety to the type of gear provided to the food we serve. Rest assured we meet international standards on all aspects of our programs. 

How Do I Book a Trip?

To book any of our trips, please completely fill out the online booking form on our website, https://www.himalayansummit.com/, and send it to us along with the booking amount. The deposit can be paid by wire transfer or by credit card (Visa or Master Card only). Upon receipt of your booking details, we will send you a trip confirmation receipt of your booking.

What Are the Physical Requirements of the Trek?

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age can complete our trekking programs. It is important not only to have the most enjoyable experience but for your safety that you are both medically cleared for our programs by your doctor, and have embarked on a training program prior to leaving on our program. With that said, on all our treks you are encouraged to take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will ensure an enjoyable trek, and have the energy for the duration of the trek. Trekking is not a walking competition. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is a program that includes both cardio exercises with moderate resistance training. It is also helpful to take day hikes at least once a week gradually progressing in distance and elevation gain to simulate some of which you will encounter on the trek.

Are the Staff Well Cared for? 

We are committed to the welfare of our staff from the trek leaders and guides to Sherpas, cooks, and porters. We ensure good wages, salary, and proper insurance. We provide the proper equipment and clothing needed for all our staff, including porters. Each one of our staff is an integral part of our programs.

What Type of Insurance Do I Need?

You need general travel insurance which includes both cancellation insurance, as well as rescue insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking and/or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked, and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

What Happens in the Case of an Emergency?

In the case of a serious medical emergency or in the unlikely event of a casualty, we will coordinate rapid medical evacuation procedures. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in any evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance.

I Am Worried About Acute Mountain Sickness

Himalayan Summit trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of high altitude. However, many will feel some basic symptoms of the change in altitude. Your guides are medically trained to know these symptoms and if they are progressing to a more dangerous and serious condition. It is important to be a participant in your own safety and report any ill effects to your guide as soon as possible so they may make assessments as to your condition.  Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips, and your guides are trained in the use of all the equipment. In addition, we carry a Portable Altitude Chamber which is designed to mimic air pressure at lower altitudes. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and adhere to international standards and have a duty of care to you, the client. 

How Do I Know the Trek Is Safe?

Safety is our top priority. All of our trekking group leaders and guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and have years of experience in planning, organizing, and executing a well-designed program focused on safety. We carry Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbaric bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Will I Be Transferred to and from The Airport?

Definitely! Our airport representatives will greet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Himalayan Summit clipboard on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall. Make sure you have provided your flight details to us in advance.

Are There Hot Showers During the Trek?

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is an adventure holiday and thus please do not expect a shower each day. Hot showers are sometimes available, however, we strongly discourage the use of hot water due to the fact that it is usually heated with wood, and deforestation due to tree cutting is an environmental crisis in many Himalayan places. 

How Much Weight am I Carrying on the Trek?

You will be carrying your day pack with warm clothes, drinking water, snacks, sun block, camera and any other personal items you wish to access throughout the day. Generally, your daypack will be around 5 kilograms.

What is the best way to get to Nepal from the US, UK, Australia, NZ?

Most airlines fly directly from many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, however, there are no direct flights from most western countries.

When Should I Arrive in Nepal? 

All our trips itineraries have an arrival and departure day from Kathmandu built in to allow for rest from your journeys on both ends of the programs. You are also welcome and encouraged to arrive a day earlier or leave Nepal a day later to have a look around the vibrant Kathmandu valley. Himalayan Summit arranges airport transfers, hotel bookings or any extra activities as required.

Can I Recharge My Electronic Devices and Camera Batteries During the Trek?

Almost every teahouse has electrical outlets in the rooms for recharging. For camera batteries, there may be a cost of usually about 2-3 US$ per hour for re-charging. We use the 220-240 volts to power their appliances and two point’s plugs are recommended to bring.

Are Trekking Poles Required, or Recommended?

Trekking poles can certainly be helpful. They can help shift some of the stress of descent especially off of your knees and onto your upper body. Many fine trekking poles to be beneficial for the trek, but they are not required.

Can I Buy Trekking Gear in Nepal?

Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Our trekking guide and representatives will be happy to assist you on this matter if needed.

Will My Mobile Phone Work in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Please discuss this with your phone company prior to leaving for your adventure to see what the rates are and if you have an international calling and texting plan. You can also get the local mobile SIM card in Kathmandu.

What Weather Conditions Can I Expect?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in the Himalayas. With that said, in general days may be warm and nights are cold. You can expect some snow or rain storms at times. Between 1000 and 3500 meters the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C at the low end. At higher altitudes, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder. 

How Much Should I Tip?

Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is a completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Budgeting up to 10 % of the trek is a good estimate.

What is Trekking Peak?

Trekking peaks is a permit classification, and are the least expensive permits for climbing. They are also peaks that have been classified as having the least amount of technical climbing to reach the summit. Generally, these peaks can be done in a day from a high camp to the summit and back to high camp on the same day. The routes we use are chosen for their objective safety, involve easy angled snow slopes, straightforward ridges and occasionally minor scrambling. You will be using crampons, an ice axe, harnesses, fixed ropes, etc. for ascending and descending. We will introduce, review, demonstrate and provide ample time to practice all the skills required for the climbing. Trekking Peaks are carefully designed to deliver an exciting opportunity to climb a Himalayan peak while providing proper acclimatization. These treks are open to fit, determined walkers who have previously undertaken 'strenuous' treks; previous mountaineering experience is an advantage but not essential.

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Trip Facts

  • Moderate
  • 5215m
  • 1-20 pax
  • Mar- May , Sep - Dec
  • Double/Twin Sharing In Hotel/Lodge
  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Full Board During The Trek