This trek is part of the Great Himalayan Trail, which stretches for 1,700km along the length of Nepal, the GHT will take you a mere 157 days to complete. You’ll see eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000m, including Everest and cross passes reaching up to 6,000m, climbing a total of 150,000m.
At 8156 metres Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and the route around it has only recently been opened to trekkers as an alternative to the heavily trekked Annapurna circuit. It lies mainly to the north of the Annapurna Circuit and, in fact, joins it at Dharapani, at which point you can either return to Besi Sahar and hence back to Kathmandu or turn westwards to join the Narphu Valley and Tilicho lake trek.
As with all our treks you spend the first day in Kathmandu sorting out permits and paperwork, buying that last minute kit and having your kit checked over by your guide. Next day you bus or jeep to Arughat Bazaar or Gorka, overnight and next day start on the 17 day trek. The route from Gorka is two days longer and hence sees fewer trekkers.
The trek goes up along the beautiful gorge of the Budhi Gandaki river towards Machhakshola, where the two routes converge, then on to the central village of Jagat. So far this has been gentle climbing on a valley bottom with only a few hundred metres gained. Don’t worry, you’ll be gaining height soon.
Just beyond Ekle Bhatti is the turning north east to the Tsum valley, which is a worthy trek with very few trekkers on it and adds about 7 days to the itinerary. We turn north west and trek upwards to Namrung and Samagaon at 3530mts. We have an option of having an acclimatisation day here or at Samdo, 3800mts, Samdo being the higher place, it is better for acclimatisation. From Samdo it’s possible to walk up to the Tibetan border at the Rui La pass. This is always uncertain as it depends on the politics of the moment.
We next stop at Dharamshala, which at 4460mts is the jumping off for the pass. Next day, its a long haul up to the Larkya La pass, which at 5106mts is the highest point on the trek
In one and a half days you get to Dharapani and one long day later to Syange. From there by road to Kathmandu.
Twenty one days in Nepal. After your international flight, you need a day in Kathmandu sorting out permits and paperwork, checking and maybe buying kit and last minute chocolate bars. Then one day to Arughat Bazaar. The trek starts on the Day 3 in Nepal and is 17 days long, more if you extend the trek to go to the Tsum Valley. Day 20 to 21 arrive back in Kathmandu. This is to allow an extra day on trek for a side trip or acclimatisation. Next day you fly home.
If you have never been to Kathmandu, you should spend a few days there as it’s a fascinating city. We can organise personal guided tours of specific locations such as Boudhanath, the holiest Buddhist site in Kathmandu.
As always, transport in Nepal is never guaranteed to happen on time, so it’s a good idea to allow for a few extra days and also to have a flexible ticket.
You pay a flat fee for guiding and portering. Then you pay for all your living expenses plus travel, etc. on top of that. We’ve estimated your living expenses at the upper end of the scale. Depending on your wishes, you can either save money or spend more by, lets say, drinking beer every night.
Based on two trekkers sharing a room with one guide and one porter the guiding only will cost £480 each. That includes the staffs’ accommodation and food which they pay for.
On top of that, you have your costs as individuals, which is roughly £850 each, which includes your food and accommodation on trek, bus for you and your staff, 3 nights in an average hotel in Kathmandu, permits, taxis, etc. So it’s roughly £1330 each in total.
The only other thing, which you may want to do, is to hire a jeep to get from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. This costs an additional £140 approximately and saves about £20 on a local bus. Jeeps seat up to six so you’ll have to spare seats and there is a chance that we can find someone to share the cost of the jeep.
The way it works is: You pay the guide up front in full and pay the rest directly to the provider, eg lodge owner. The guide will organise the bill for lodges, etc. I find it best just to hand over a sum of money for the guide to pay the daily expenses and keep track of the running total. It makes life simpler that way.
This doesn’t includes staff tips. These are poor people, so please bear that in mind. I always give 12%.
This doesn’t include your international flight, extra days, etc.
More details from Steve Climpson via the contact form or phone 01256 895600. (edit)