Manaslu Base Camp Trekking

Region

Manaslu Region

Duration

19 Days

Max Altitude

5300m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours Walking

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Mount Manaslu is located East of the Annapurna range.This trek offers unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture and true adventure for visitors to Nepal. Here you will find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine eco-systems. Fantastic mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure tantalize trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manasalu. You will soon understand what inspired Eric  Valli to create his world famous documentary, "Honey Hunter of Nepal'.

The inhabitants of the upper Budhi Gandaki region are known as the Nuri; their language and dress are quite similar to the neighbouring Tibetans. These local Himalayan people still earn their living through trade with Tibet. The mountain views from Nupri are sensational and crossing the Larke La pass is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of the Himalayas.

Similar to many other trekking routes in Nepal, this trek has many routes to choose from. One option passes through Dudh Pokhari ( a milky lake) that is a common pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Another route takes you up to Manaslu Base Camp. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in the Marsyandi valley in the Annapurna region.

We have set up itineraries for both slow and fast trekkers, however, we allow people to walk at the pace they like. The trip itinerary you choose determines the cost of the package but changes to the itinerary can be made. People who walk quicker but prefer some more rest days can do so. Our guide will be flexible and assist you in making decisions based on your pace and preferences.

Highlights of Manaslu Trekking

  • The smaller Himalayan passes topped by the high Larkey La (5160 m) and Kang La (5036 m) passes along the path.
  • Manaslu and Nar-Phu culture, tradition, religion, and lifestyle in the Himalayas
  • Spectacular view of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and the surrounding small and important mountainous regions.
  • Trip to Manaslu Base Camp and spectacular view of majectic peaks.
  • Rare wildlife and vegetation, highlighting the lower Himalayas and subtropical climate regions.
  • Stunning Buddhist monasteries with spectacular architecture and art.
  • Wizardry sunrise and sunset views of the beautiful scenery of the Himalayas.
  • Genuine trek experience on the lesser trails discovering hill and mountain villages, culture and terraced agricultural lands of the Manaslu and Nar Phu areas.

Getting to the Manaslu region

This fairly long trek starts from the peaceful settlement of Arughat and extends to many of the best passes in the himalayan region. Manaslu Circuit Larke La Pass 5130 M and Nar Phu Valley Kang La Pass 5306M. Snow-capped mountains view from the road. And especially from the peak of these passes, there's one thing to keep in mind forever. The Significant Peaks, such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Ganesh Himal, and the sub-ranges surrounding us. Absolute Manaslu trek is a heaven for any photographer to study Gurung, Nubri, and other traditional art of living.

Outline Itinerary ( 19 Days )

  • 1

    Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to hotel.

    Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, representative will be picked up from airport then you will be transferred to a hotel for check in. Overnight stay at Himalayan Suite Hotel . (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.

    After breakfast, our guide will take you to different attractions of Kathmandu Valley. Today, you will visit, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel. (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

  • 3

    Kathmandu to Soti Khola by bus or jeep.

    You will drive towards Arughat after breakfast. Overnight in Soti khola. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive 7-8 hrs
    Altitude: 700m

     

  • 4

    Soti Khola to Machha Khola.

    Today, you will be crossing many bridges and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb on to a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. Overnight in Machha Khola.(B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7hrs
    Altitude: 900m

  • 5

    Machha Khola to Jagat (special permit start).

    Today, you will pass through beautiful village of Khorla bensi to Jagat. On between the journey, you will stop at natural hot spring known as Tatopani and walk through the forested path to Dobhan. Overnight in Jagat. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 1340m

  • 6

    Jagat to Deng

    After early morning breakfast, you will move uphill and then continue through a flat leveled path trail to sandy banks. The path then gets steep near Sirdibas and as we cross a dramatic suspension bridge over the river, we further climb up to a beautiful village of Phillim from where we will trek to Deng

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7 hrs
    Altitude: 1804m

  • 7

    Deng to Namrung.

    Today, we leave Deng and cross Budhi Gandaki and ascend our way to Rana. The trail passes through mani walls and towards to Ghap. You will traverse through stunning gorge, valley, villages and finally reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7hrs
    Altitude: 2630m

  • 8

    Namrung to Lhogaon

    Today, we leave Deng and cross Budhi Gandaki and ascend our way to Rana. The trail passes Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho and then finally reach Lho Village. Overnight in Lho Gaun.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 2900m

  • 9

    Lhogoan to Sama Gompa.

    Today, you will leave Lho village and make the journey towards, Sama Gaun. The trail is beautiful with forest, deep valleys and magnificent view of Manaslu and shimmering large glacires. Overnight in Sama Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 3556m

  • 10

    Acclimatization Day at Sama Gompa

    You will have a rest day at Sama Gompa where you may hike, take in easy day. Take stroll around village and observe the surrounding environment.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Rest Day
    Altitude: 3556m

  • 11

    Trek from Sama Village to Manaslu Base Camp and back

    Early in the morning, we follow trail through forest before steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine. There is magnificent view of glacier, a turquoise lake and wonderful mountains from all angles. Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp takes approximately 4-5 hours.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 7-8 hrs
    Altitude: 4800m

     

  • 12

    Sama Gompa to Samdo.

    Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.(B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 3690m

  • 13

    Samdo to Dharmasala.

    Today, you will walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and start walking upwards. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 4450m

  • 14

    Dharmasala to Bhimthang.

    After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 3590m

  • 15

    Bhimtang to Tiliche.

    From Bimthang, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. You will descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. You will pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Social Journey recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 2300m

  • 16

    Tiliche to Jagat.

    You will make your way back to Jagat. You will descent down to Jagat following the Budhi Gandaki River. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 1410m

  • 17

    Jagat to Bhulbhule.

    After having breakfast at lodge, you will follow a steep trail and descend from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley to all the way to Bhulbhule and overnight in Bhulbhule. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6hrs
    Altitude: 840m

     

  • 18

    Bhulbhule to Kathamandu by bus.

    After breakfast, you will take and early bus to Kathmandu. After your arrival at hotel 30 minute massage. Overnight at Himalayan Suite. (B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive 8 hrs

  • 19

    International Departure

    After breakfast, our airport representative will escort you to the airport for your flight back to hime.

    Meal: Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Transportation by bus(Kathmandu-Arughat and Bhulbhule to Kathmandu)
  • Three star category hotel in Kathmandu ( Himalayan Suite Hotel) in twin sharing bed with breakfast
  • All meals, accommodation, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • TIMS and Permits (ACAP + MCAP), Special permit
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Equipment (sleeping bag and duffle bag) for the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Thirty minute massage after the trek in Himalayan Suite spa

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during the trip (each meal item costs $4-$7) it depends on meals items and place you choose to eat.
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • City sightseeing monuments entry fees ( NPR 400+250+1000)
  • Personal expenses and your travel insurance

Departures Dates

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13 Jan, 2022 - 01 Feb, 2022
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23 Jan, 2022 - 11 Feb, 2022
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Trekking Difficulty of Manaslu trek

It's among the longest trekking in Nepal. The trek begins from subtropical to tundra climatic zones while passing through six different climatic zones. It also extends from 715 meters to 5218 meters and passes through the valley of Buddi Gandaki, which surrounds Mount Manaslu. Of course, due to its gradual altitude, it is difficult to walk in thin air and to cover 177 kilometers in the distance.

The Manaslu Trek is great for people who have a good physical health and are eager to stroll at high altitudes. Note that hiking in Manaslu is moderate to strenuous. However, elderly people can also finish this trek if they take the necessary acclimatization.

Lodging and food during the Manaslu trek

Accommodation is in guesthouses (often called teahouses) along the way. Rooms have two single beds and usually a small window.Toilet facilities are most often shared rather than en-suite bathrooms on the Manaslu Trek. They can be inside the main house or in the outhouse. It may be a western style toilet or a squat. Things tend to become more basic at higher altitudes.There's also a dining room where food is prepared, so it's a perfect spot to get to know your fellow trekkers. The higher you go, usually around dinner time there will be a fire in the dining room, although this is by no means guaranteed. 

During the lodge trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food (Dal bhat, vegetables, curry ...) rice, lentil, as well as more-foreign cuisine. You can select from the lodge menu if you want, and at a time when it's difficult to pick, our guide can help you choose and taste the local cuisine. Breakfast and dinner are served from the teahouse or from the lodge menu where we spend the night. Lunch and Dinner are not included in the price. If you want to include the lunch and dinner you would have to tick the box at the top right side of the booking menu.

Electricity and Charging your devices while on Manaslu Trek

Owing to the small hydropower project, 220 volts of electrical power is available in many villages. Light and power sockets are also available for charging batteries on a payable basis. Villages without electricity normally use a solar energy for charging lights and batteries.

Drinking water during the trek

The Manaslu trek is physically exhausting and drinking a lot of water is a must. The first several days at low altitudes can be hot, so expect a lot of water to be needed. At cooler, higher altitudes, you can feel less thirsty, but drinking lots of water allows you to acclimate. Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains. 

Obtaining trekking permits

You would require permits for this trek, which are Restricted Area permit (RAP), ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), and MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project). 

HSJ shall take care of the permits for you. 

Insuring your safety

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.

Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Carrying Extra money

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.

As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Best time for the trek

The ideal time to go hiking in Manaslu is from September to November. In general, the weather is dry and clear, with warm sunny days and excellent visibility. Spring during April-May is also considered the best time for this trek.  At this time of year, there is a reduced incidence of weather-related natural disasters, making the trekking climate much safer. Moreover, given that it's the best season, it's also the busiest.

List of Equipment you will need for trek

Clothing

•         Trekking boots

•         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

•         Trekking pants and jackets

•         Thermals underwear

•         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

•         Insulating down jackets

•         Woolen cap

•         Trekking Gloves

•         Raincoats

First Aid

•         Diamox tablets

•         Sanitary pads / Tampons

•         Anti-nausea Medicines

•         Band-aids

•         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

•         Soap

•         Toilet Paper

•         Shampoo

•         Sunscreen

•         Moisturizer

•         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

•         Sunglasses

•         Sleeping bag

•         Cameras

•         Batteries

•         Water Bottle

•         Solar Chargers

•         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

•         Passport

•         Travel Permits

Staying connected to world outside during the trek

There is expanding the telecommunication services at most of the villages, except Deng and Ghap. However, you can find a satellite or cellular-based phone which able to connect with the world on the payable basis. Internet services are also available in Philim, Namrung, Lho, and Sama Gaon.

Single Supplement for Solo Traveler

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 250. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page. 

Important Information

Best time to do Manaslu trek is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). HSJ can however organize the trek at any time of the year with absolute safety while still availing you to have memorable experience.

This package of Manaslu is 19 Days long. The number of days can vary depending on the routes and transportation modes, offers and packages you choose.

We grade it as strenuous trekking experience as it consists of dramatic ascends and descends through steep stone stairs. Decent physical fitness and prior trekking experience can be an asset while no technical skills are necessary.

While it is possible to do Manaslu Trek independantly, the need of guide is misunderstood often. Guide is more than just someone that helps you with navigation, guide with knowledge of locality, way of life and also being responsible to attend to your other needs like finding you comfortable accommodation. Having a porter will help you carry your gears and belongings and you can travel at your pace while enjoying your trek. A guide can arrange for permits and TIMS for you and dealing with all other technical aspects of trekking.

Manaslu is fairly moderate trek that people can do this trek independently. Indeed, it is secure and not risky trek. While there is always the possibility of avalanche because it is in mountainous areas, this is usually not dangerous. It's not a complex walk, the pitch is not rough, no tough moves, no sharp hits. That said, accidents can occur on any walk, so caution is of course required. A responsive acclimatization is important.

You will have working network connectivity in most parts of the trails. However at the higher altitude, the network may become sluggish and unreliable. The stops at the tea houses will have working connection and most of them would have Wi-Fi connectivity too. You may have to pay some extra charge for Wi-Fi connection and electricity at the higher altitude.

Global passengers will be protected by insurance when treking in Nepal. Although Nepal is normally very secure, trekking at high altitudes is physically difficult and often risky. Altitude sickness is common during hiking tours in Nepal, particularly among foreign hikers who may not have taken the right time to acclimatize. Such rescue and related emergency procedures are costly and passengers are forced to pay for these services out of their pockets, unless they are covered by insurance plans.

The break during the trek depends upon the travelers and guide. Needless to say frequent breaks are needed while ascending. Only one break is taken for the lunch. Usually travelers carry their dry snacks which they can eat while on the trek and in between the breaks. There will be break to refill the water on the way.

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Manaslu. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

Supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip. You will also have the option to share the room with another solo traveler depending on your and their consent and interest. Even if you pay supplementary charge for the single room, it is possible that during peak seasons you will end up sharing rooms due to lack of availability of the room.

In the average, you will be walking for 6-7 hours each day during the Manaslu Trek.

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well.

No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek.

You will have teahouse or guest house accommodation while on the trek. Tea houses can be multi-story concrete buildings with private rooms in lower elevations. The higher you step up, the simpler the accommodation is. Accommodation will involve a single dorm space in the base camp. Guide will arrange for the adequate, clean and hygienic place for you to spend overnight and you will eat at the same place you will stay in. Most of the places shall have attached bathroom and hot shower however over the higher altitude, it is likely that you may have to pay extra sum for the same.

Liquid needs and usage of our body is about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and ginger tea and garlic soup.

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.

You may have to apply and obtain necessary TIMS and Permits yourself if you are trekking solo or independently. If you are hiring trekking agency or guide, this will be taken care for you.

No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These permits would be included in your trekking fees and shall be arranged for you by the company.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.