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Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Jaw-dropping natural beauty of forests, rivers, and flora of the Manaslu region.
  • The friendly people and rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point on the trek.
  • Stunning views of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard.

The circular tour around Manaslu counts as one of the truly great Himalayan treks. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000 meter giants. Less than two percent of trekkers go to Manaslu. This means that even in the high season you will not meet many other groups. Manaslu is remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting. The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges here are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often wash minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding

Only opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992 it still has the feel of a pioneering expedition. If you want to know what trekking the 1980’s was like then Manaslu is a visual feast from start to finish, but you better be fit. Slowly, you wind your way North to the snow bound Larkya La next to the Tibetan border. Altitude here is a problem but almost forgotten with the jaw dropping views of Manaslu. At 5167 meters Larkya La pass is usually snow covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 3 am start in order to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid morning. From the pass looking back the way you have come gives a clear view but by far the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and waked along a corridor to the west.

Suddenly a great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, casts down a stream of glaciers, while Annapurna II rises ahead. This view alone makes the trek worthwhile. Magical Nepal can arrange your all inclusive 15 days trek. The trek can be done on a teahouse basis unless you want to go off route where camping is the only option.

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Manaslu Trek Information

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE TIME
Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700 m 10 hrs
Day 2 Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930 m 6 hrs
Day 3 Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m 7 hrs
Day 4 Jagat to Pewa 1600 m 6 hrs
Day 5 Deng to Namrung 2630 m 6 hrs
Day 6 Namrung to Lho 2957 m 4 hrs
Day 7 Lho to Sama Gaun 3530 m 4 hrs
Day 8 Acclimatization Day – Side Trip to Either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Basecamp or Birendra Tal 4400 m 4 hrs
Day 9 Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m 4 hrs
Day 10 Acclimatization Day - Side Trip to Tibetan Border 5100 m 8 hrs
Day 11 Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 m 4 hrs
Day 12 Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass - Bimthang 3590 m 10 hrs
Day 13 Bimthang to Tal 1700 m 9 hrs
Day 14 Tal to Kathmandu 1300 m 10 hrs

Manaslu Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola 700m 8 hrs.

Kathmandu to Soti Khola

You can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Arughat (Gongabu Bus Park, 6am and 8am) or to Dhading and change, or to Malekhu on the Kathmandu-Pokhara road and change twice. In any case, allow a day for travel due to breakdowns and the very rough unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat, which can become impassable with rain. Alternatively, a 4WD jeep will get you there more quickly and in a lot more comfort. There are many places to have lunch on the way and a jeep allows for stopping and taking photos.

Day 2 Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 900m 6 hrs.

Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

Soti Khola lies on the river bank under overhanging cliffs. The Nepalese army has constructed a road through to Maccha Khola but traffic is very low due to the rough unsealed road. There is an alternative to walk the west bank of the Buri Ghandaki to Maccha kola but this route adds an additional day to the trek.

Packhorses still ply the trail from here. The trail passes through shady Sal forests at times. The Sal trees have very shiny leaves and trekkers relish the cool shade they provide as it can be hot at these altitudes. Climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, and waterfalls, eventually dropping to the Gurung Labubesi a Gurung and Gale village. Water Buffalo are reared here and you can sometimes buy yoghurt, milk, and curd.

Depending on the season, you may be offered fiddlehead fern Dal Bhat and the local mint-flavoured achar (‘shilong’) which is delicious. Be careful not to brush up against the stinging nettle (Sisnu) you will see growing along the trail from here up to 3500m. It penetrates clothing and gives a nasty sting for a day or two. At Nyali Khola there is a prominent rocky outcrop atop a nearby hill, where people pray to both the river below and the hill above, honouring them as local deities for a safe passage.

Continue up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed. Teams of mules use the river bed to rest and reorganise loads. They carry 60 kgs (30 each side). The lead mule wears bells that will alert trekkers of their approach. Be sure and keep to the inside of the trail as they pass for safety. A good first day brings you to Maccha Khola with excellent multi-level teahouses accessed by wooden ladders.

Day 3 Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m 8 hrs.

Macchola Khola to Jagat

Continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. The monkeys and langurs in the jungle above can knock rocks down, so watch out. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi which was largely destroyed by a huge rock slip 24 years ago. Goat herders passing through this area wear the distinctive smoke-browned capes called Bokkhu made famous in the book Honey Hunters of Nepal.

Continue up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani ‘hot water’ where there are warm water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful refreshing shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. Climb over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. After a landslip and Yaruphant you cross a temporary wooden bridge through a massive rock fall that chokes the river. As of late November 2015 another new temporary wooden bridge crosses to the true left of the Buri Gandaki and avoids a torturous 3 hour climb up Gurung village trails.

Just past the river flats at Yaru you cross to the true right bank and enjoy a long cantilever bridge and then easy up and down to Jagat, a neatly flagstoned Gurung village where jagat (‘tax’) is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein. Marijuana is a major weed problem in season.

Day 4 Jagat to Pewa 1600m 6 hrs.

Jagat to Deng

Walking up the riverbed you cross over a rocky ridge to Salleri then descend to Sirdibas. You will start to see the first signs of Buddhist culture on the trail. Watch out for “Rakshi” the local spirit being distilled from Millet beer in roadside kettles. It tastes similar to Saki. Continuing up river following the left bank on Nepalese flat (a little bit up, and a little bit down) before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge, and the long climb up to Phillim. At Phillim we have our MCAP permits checked again and then continue along the west bank.

The trail is beautiful along this section as the Buri Ghandaki funnels into rapids which carve amazing designs into the river boulders. The trail weaves through Himalayan pine forests and sections of it are carved out of overhanging rock just above and the roar of the water below making for some amazing photo opportunities. Watch out for goats grazing above as they can knock rocks down. The trail fork to the Tsum valley opens up on your right and just after you cross the new bridge over the Siyar Khola to continue the climb up to Nyak. From there we continue to contour along more Nepalese flat full of Rhododendrons and Himalayan pine to Pewa.

Most companies bypass Pewa and stay at Deng just 30 minutes further along the track. Pewa is a hidden gem that makes a night there one of the highlights of Manaslu. There are only two teahouses and its a 50 metre walk to the river to wash. Pewa though, has the best Dal Bhat in Nepal. Almost every ingredient is grown locally. The Shilong Achar is amazing. The vegetable curry was delicious and the greens were spicy. Followed up with several glasses of Raksi now is the time to bring out any games you may have brought along. We had the entire village crammed into the dining area, warm next to the fireplace, learning “Jungle Speed” with laughter and excitement that makes being in the Himalayas so memorable.

Day 5 Pewa to Namrung 2630m 6.5 hrs.

Deng to Namrung

Leaving Pewa we pass through bamboo forests just before arriving at Deng. Just after we cross another suspension bridge then climb to Rana and Bihi Pedi. Watch for White Faced monkeys visiting villages on the lookout for a free feed. A short walk brings us to another suspension bridge and from here we have a choice. Either take the suspension bridge and continue to Ghap or keep left and climb a steep ascent to Prok. The route to Ghap passes several landslide zones including one which is potentially dangerous. Listen to your guide, and follow his advice for safe passage through. From there you continue on through pine forrest to Namrung. Keep a lookout on the way down into Namrung as a Snow Leopard was seen there in April 2018.

The other route through Prok enables a side trip that is rarely taken. From Prok you can pick up a local guide and trek to Kalchuman Lake (3575m) Kal Tal. This route will add another day but will take you into areas that are virtually trackless hence the need for a guide who was raised in this area. Dense and diverse flora and fauna with amazing views making this 4-5 hour walk up 1100 metres worthwhile especially for bird watchers.

Continue through forests of fir and rhododendron full of birds. staying on the south bank, cross north on a wooden bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail climbs up an exhausting series of well-made stairs, but a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest.

After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with some of the best shops and restaurants on the trek. A local businessman worked for over a decade in Hong Kong then returned to Namrung and built a restaurant and hotel that is so modern it seems out of place. Cappuccinos, WiFi, and even an ATM are available.

Day 6 Namrung to Lho 2957m 4 hrs.

Namrung to Lho

The architecture characteristic of upper Nubri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and log stairs to dark verandas. Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam to enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi then onto Sho where there is a bhatti but no lodges yet. The platforms in the fields are where people keep overnight watches to chase bears from their crops.

Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas like dressing gowns, asking for shim shim (Tibetan for candy). Some have impeccable English due to an Australian aid project. There are some particularly fine paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies brings you to the final hill up to Lho. You will start to feel the altitude here. It’s a Pity about the wedding-cake stupa donated from Taiwan which dominates this otherwise picturesque village focussed on yak herding. There are excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the Gompa on the hill to the west.

Day 7 Lho to Sama Gong 3540m 4 hrs

Lho to Sama Gaun

This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here due to a fire and extensive deforestation and extensive building including the largest lodge on the trek under construction, currently Manaslu Pik 21 Hotel and Gurkha Manaslu Homestay. Another easy hour to the large village of Sama Gong, losing the gigantic views of Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stones.

Only potatoes and barley can be grown at this altitude. Samagaon is the principal village in the Nubri and has a large gompa, many shops, a health post, heliport and telephone/wifi access, during the good times. For those disposed to taking Diamox for altitude sickness prevention could begin taking it here.Day -long acclimatisation trips can be taken from here to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp. An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is recommended.

Day 8 Acclimatization Day – side trip to either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Basecamp or Birendra Tal

Manaslu Sunrise From Lho

Pungyen Gompa lies in a hidden valley East of the Nubri Valley. Bring a packed lunch and walk for an hour back towards Shayla just before the suspension bridge then turn right along a path that climbs mostly along the moraines. Local tribesmen erected a gate and fence here over disputes about grazing land. The track follows the river and the roar and tumbling of the water distracts the trekker from the demanding ascent of about 2 hours.

At the top the trail opens up into a surprisingly flat valley with amazing views of Manaslu. Thar (mountain goat) herds ply the mountainsides and yaks eat grass on the valley floor with herders living in small stone huts called “Kharkas”. Pungyen Gompa lies at the far end of the valley. In 1952 a Japanese expedition attempted to summit Manaslu but failed. Two years later another expedition was met by hostile locals as they said the gods had been angered by the previous expedition and had caused an avalanche which wiped out Pungyen Gompa killing 18 people. The scale of the valley is hard to believe as you are surrounded by 6000 metre peaks on all sides. After lunch, avalanches caused by the warm sun cascade down the mountains with the crack and rumbling echoing down the valley as you return.

Manaslu Basecamp is to the north of Sama Gong. Follow the trial out to past Birendra Tal and turn left onto the basecamp track. The trial climbs steadily and you will really start to feel the lack of axygen in the air. Follow the north side of the Manaslu glacier to basecamp at 4400m then return.

Birendra Tal is a short walk from Sama Gong. Your guide will encourage you to try and gain some altitude as from here on acclimatising is crucial. This is an option if trekkers feel they need a rest or are finding the altitude difficult. The lake is usually full of icebergs and some trekkers have been known to try swimming in the ice cold water.

Day 9 Sama Gong to Sanbo 3865m 4 hrs

Sama Gaun to Samdo

Another short day because of the altitude, with time to go via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal under the Manaslu Glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop down to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, Marmots in April but not November standing on their burrows. Finally leave the tree line behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white Kani above but immediately behind is Samdo, a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation.

Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering but take a jacket as cold wind can come up at any time. The Larkya La trail is ahead up valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Larjyang La sloping up to the right from the Larkya La trail and you can make an excellent afternoon acclimatisation walk of 4-5hrs return to 4500m up this trail, seeing lots of blue sheep and yaks and entrancing views, but the pass itself is a full day trip. The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. There is a lot of Chinese and Tibetan alcohol and food for sale in Samdo.

Day 10 Acclimatization Day - side trip to Tibetan Border 5100 8 hrs

Samdo was established in the 1950’s Chinese invasion of Tibet. The people were originally from Ryue, a Tibetan region close to the border. The trail to the border climbs steadily up the ridge-line North of Samdo. Looking South at the Samdo Glacier makes for excellent photos with a huge serac near the top of the glacier. Keep an eye out for Blue Sheep, Pica’s, and Marmots in season. Walk slowly and remember to take a packed lunch. Don’t get to close to the border as the Chinese are not known for being friendly at remote borders.

Day 11 Samdo to Dharamasala 4460m 4 hrs

The altitude gain this day is double the 300m per day suggested for safety. Watch for signs of altitude sickness and be prepared to rest or retreat if they emerge. Consider using Diamox and remember that there are no clinics or easy communications in case of trouble. If you take a rest day in Samdo there is a marvellous acclimatisation day walk to the border described in Day 17. Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the much-reduced Budhi Gandaki at 3850m. Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall, traversing through juniper with many marmots in April but not November when they hibernate. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. You will likely be challenged by the high altitude although the hike is not particularly difficult.

There is no Larke Bazar despite what many maps assert; at one time traders from Namche Bazar came through Tibet to trade in this area and maybe some of the scattered stone shelters you will pass were part of that market. Dharamsala is now a seasonal village with dark stone rooms and tents for at least 50 people and a dirt-floored but efficient dining hut. The camping area is filthy with toilet trenches, rubbish and blowing toilet paper so be careful where you get your water and boil it well. The views are marvellous. A large herd of blue sheep call the tussock-covered hills home and watch out for snow leopard prints in fresh snow around the toilets.

Day 12 Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass - Bimthang 3590m 10 hrs.

Dharmasala to Bimthang

Note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. This will be by far the most difficult and potentially dangerous trekking day you will encounter. Lack of sleep, darkness, altitude, snow, cold, wind and terrain all conspire to make this a very challenging day. Keep your wits about you and go slow, especially on the way down. Remember you can easily descend back down to Dharamsala or even Samdo if altitude sickness or fatigue overtake you - a better option than a high altitude, risky and expensive helicopter rescue attempt.

Many are woken at 3am, served breakfast and on the trail by 4am; some prefer to wait for the sun. It can be disorienting in the dark so make sure your headlamp has fresh batteries. Also, your water is likely to be frozen and you’ll need your full cold weather gear including windproof mitts, gloves, sunglasses and a warm hat. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It is not a particularly beautiful pass but the stunning scenery all around makes up for the that failing.

It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. Trek west on a high moraine ridge exposed to wind for some distance, on the right side of a deep gully, then drop steeply on loose scree, eventually traversing left on more steep scree. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases.

The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic and welcome Bimthang ‘plain of sand’, a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimdang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang.

Day 13 Bimthang to Tal 1700m 9 hrs.

Bimthang to Dharapani

Walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimdang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter some of the best forest in Nepal. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb.

Descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh ‘milk’ Khola through a Bhatti at Hompuk in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Karche for lunch after about 3.5hrs. This is a great place to spend a night, especially after yesterday’s ordeal. In the next hour you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Goa, the first real village since Samdo.

The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north (true right) bank until Tilije. Pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley through scrubby forest. Cross back to the north bank just below Thonje and climb up to join the main round- Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi Khola on a long suspension bridge. Turn left into Dharapani and continue on to Tal and the end of your trek.

Day 14 Tal to Kathmandu 1300m 10 hrs.

Dharapani to Kathmandu

If you want you can take a jeep from Tilije instead of Dharapani for a seriously scary ride back to Besi Sahar (2.5hrs) where you can catch a bus or continue on a jeep to Kathmandu. Only travel this road during daylight hours! An hour from Besi Sahar you will pass through a large hydro-electric project being built by a Chinese contractor. The wild Marsyangdi River will be a placid lake by the end of 2020! At Kathmandu return any hired equipment, check into your hotel and relax looking forward to your end of trek dinner.

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Restricted Area Permits
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola (starting point of the trek) by Public Bus (upgrade to private Jeep - $220 total)
  • Dharapani (ending point of the trek) to Kathmandu by Public Bus/Jeep (Upgraded to Private Jeep/car -$340 total)
  • Guide for 14 days
  • Porter for 14 days ($240 USD (in total) - Addon
  • 14 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 15 x breakfast, 15 x lunch and 14 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Manaslu?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Manaslu. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or tablets. We recommend the Katadyn BeFree filter which is excellent.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally starts at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Can I make phone calls and use the internet?

If you have a mobile phone the Telecom provider “Nameste” has patchy coverage to Samdo. Buy a sim card while you are in Kathmandu. Teahouse WiFi is possible but infrequent and will cost extra. Unless you bring a solar charger it will also cost you to charge your phone. In room charging is not available as most teahouses use 12 volt lighting.

What sort of food can I expect on the Trail?

Breakfast can include; pancakes, muesli, porridge, eggs, Tibetan bread (fried), tea and coffee (instant). Lunches and dinners can include; pizza, spaghetti, soups, chicken, Chinese dishes such as chow mien, and Dal Bhat which is the traditional Nepalese dish. It differs slightly at every village and on the trail is bottomless so you can eat as much as you like. Packed lunches usually consist of boiled eggs and Tibetan bread. At the end of your trekking day a big thermos of sweet Masala tea is very refreshing.

What level of comfort are the teahouses I will be staying in?

The teahouses are basic. Toilets and showers are seperate, shared and will be in the same room. Hot showers are usually available but you will need to pay extra as they use LPG gas. Mattresses are not spring and most trekkers describe them as firm. If you need a softer mattress then consider bringing a Thermarest inflatable mattress with you. Tall people will probably find their feet hanging over the end as well. There is not heating in the rooms and lighting will be 12 volt. You will get a key to your room and some of the locks are very old and quite ornate. On the upper parts of the trail, rooms can be draughty with no lighting at all. At Dharamasala you will most likely be in tents with zips that may or may not work.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is a need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What happens if I am injured or get sick but not seriously enough for emergency evacuation?

If you sustain an injury such as a minor fall or sprained ankle confer with your guide for advice. It may be that a rest day will enable you to continue. If you suffer a bout of minor food poisoning your guide can arrange for your pack to be carried for a short time until you recover. Alternatively, if you feel you cannot go on them a slow return may need to be considered. A non-emergency helicopter flight can be arranged but will cost approximately $600-800 USD.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

On every trek our guides will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Dr. Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen. There are bush medical centres in the larger towns like Sama Gong but no doctors. Almost all modern medications are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay in the west. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you go.

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality. We recommend one in the -10 degree range in Summer and -20 degree in Spring. Shona’s Alpine and Hi-Himal Sports Wear are excellent places to hire from in Thamel.

Should I bring my own hiking boots?

Yes. A well worn in pair of Hiking boots are highly recommended. You do not want to get blisters on your trek. An excellent pair of boots for the region and terrain you will be trekking in are the Salomon Quest 4D GTX or the Salomon X Ultra 3 mid GTX. Wright socks are also recommended as they virtually eliminate blisters, as well as Superfeet premium green insoles for extra comfort.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

What happens if Larkye La Pass is closed when I get there?

If snow conditions at the pass are such that it is impassable then a return trek is the only option. The chances of this happening during the summer and spring trekking seasons are rare. Your guide will be in contact with other guides as you get closer to Samdo and will be able to inform you of current snow conditions at the pass.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 20kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 16kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

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Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019 $947.00 8 Buy Now
Mar 2, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 $947.00 8 Buy Now
Mar 3, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019 $947.00 8 Buy Now
Mar 4, 2019 - Mar 18, 2019 $947.00 8 Buy Now
Mar 5, 2019 - Mar 19, 2019 $947.00 8 Buy Now

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Clients Recommend Us

  • Client-friendly trips
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable trekking
  • Experienced guides and porters
  • Safety and comfort a priority
  • Young, innovative team

Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding

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