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Trek Info

 Nepal visa info

Visa on arrival is available, you must fill in an application at one of the automatic registration machines, after landing in Tribhuvan International airport.
Visa Valid for 15-30-90 days
Visa cost: USD 25-40-100
Visa extend cost: USD 2-3 per day
You have to fill in the online form before visiting Immigration office, to extend visa www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa
For SAARC countries, 30 days visa is free.

Altitude and route

The lowest altitude, you will pass on the trek would be 700 meters, located within the tropical to subtropical zone, the altitude ranges from below 1000 to over 5000 meters (Tropical, Sub-Tropical, Temperate zone, Sub-Alpine to Alpine, and the Arctic).

Manasalu Circuit Route and Altitude

Kathmandu:1300 meters, Sotikhola(700)meters, Machha Khola(900m), Jagat(1340m), Pewa(1600m), Namrung(2630 m), Lho (2957 m), Sama Gaon(3540 m), Samdo(3865 m), Dharmsala(4460 m), Larke pass(5106m), Bhimtang(3590 m), Tal(1700 m)

Tsum valley Route and Altitude

Soti Khola(700m), MachhaKhola(8695m), Jagat(1340m), Lokpa(2240m), Chumling(2385m), Chhokang Paro(3031m), Nile(3361m), Mu Gompa(3700m),
 

Best season to trek

Spring (March April May) and Autumn (September October November)

Offseason

Summer/Monsoon (June July August) and Winter (December January February)

   

Accommodation during trek

Trekking in Nepal Means, Trekking in Remote Area, trekking in Nepal offers the best adventure and Stunning Views of Nature and Mountains, Trekking routes are far away from the modernization. so, if you are planning to trek Nepal then you will be far from the Luxury.

Types of accommodation During Trek


Tea House
Tea house means a family-run household that offers a normal room with 2 single bed to trekkers along with Tea.

Facilities of Tea house
You will not find the luxury service while trekking, shared bathrooms, thin mattress, Good food, and Local Family experience.

Trekking Lodge
Trekking Lodge is the next level up from a Tea house, only dedicated to trekkers. Twins sharing rooms are the most common followed by single, Triple and Dorms.

Facilities of Trekking Lodge
·       Shared bathroom, a mix of a squat and western toilet
·       Room will have a padlock.
·       You can order food as per extensive menu
·       Wi-Fi, Telephone, electric plugs

 

Food during trek

Good food is available during trek, you will not find the professional cook and luxury restaurant, there will be an extensive menu but usually its Pasta, Pancake, Chow mien, Dal Bhat, a soup that most of the trekkers offer for.


Water during trek

You have to buy water yourself, which cost 100/200 rupees per liter. It is better to carry your own water bottle with filter; it is better to avoid plastic water bottles.
 

Insurance

We most STRONGLY suggest travel insurance for this risky and highly challenging endeavor. Emergency medical evacuation via helicopter is expensive and then requires additional transport to proper medical facilities and medical care in this facility. These specialized medical services are available in Kathmandu only.

Possible causes for evacuation include physical injury, AMS, or any Personal a medical situation that requires emergency attention.

Travel Insurances, the insurance that basically covers trip cancellation, travel medical insurance, flight accident, luggage lost and other losses incurred while traveling. Some travel policies cover rented equipment. Some travel insurances also cover the cost of paying a ransom.


Bag packing list

 
Duffle bag
your stuff will be carried by porters, so, your packing must be waterproof, durable and lockable, the basic size of the duffle bag is 80 L however the size will much depend upon your trekking duration.

A Daypack
It is essential to carry your personal items by yourself such as wallet, passport, sunscreen, camera, snacks, water bottle, etc., you can carry a 30 liter to use as a day pack.

Clothing
In the Himalayan region, you will find the varied variations in elevation and Temperature. So, it is better to dress in Layers while trekking.

While trekking, sometime you may need to add or remove layers of clothing.

For clothing you will require the following items:

Upper body
For T-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover are needed. A wind-proof jacket is optional but preferred. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts and women sports bras as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light. Lightweight thermal tops to keep your body warm.

Note: avoid jeans and cotton clothing during the trek because they do not absorb moisture blocks breathability and takes time to get dry, also, they are not very comfortable to trek.

Lower body
For this, you need undergarments hiking shorts, trekking pants, softshell pants, Fleece or tracksuit pants, waterproof pants.

Note: your items of clothing must be lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking while hiking in the lower altitude and higher altitude, it can get hot, sunny or cold during day and night. So, your clothing must be comfortable.

Footwear
For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get hard-sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks, and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks. 

Trekking poles
Using poles can reduce the strain on your knees and will help in balancing. We recommend you to carry lightweight trekking poles that are easy to store, versatile and durable.

Handwear
The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not. 

Headwear
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweight balaclava, Bandana or scarf, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Earmuffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice. 

Sleeping Accessories
Sleeping bag with two-way zipper, the blankets provided by lodges may not be enough due to the extreme cold, Pillow for extra comfort at night.
 

Hire guide and porter

Manaslu region is a restricted area government authorization to trek, individual trekkers are not allowed to do this trek, the government legalization requires that this trek be done with 2 or more people, Guide or a porter is completely necessary to do this trek because many trekkers lost their way.
 

Manaslu Permits

To do Manaslu trek you need special permits to authorize by the Nepal government. Obtaining this permit cannot be done from your home country as your original passport is required. Upon arrival, High VENTURE Plus will handle this for you.

To apply permit, 2 passport size photo and copy of your Passport detail is needed.
There are two seasons to trek Manaslu.

September to November, Cost of Permits: USD 100 per person for the first week, than USD 10 per person
If you add Tsum valley the cost is USD 40 per person for 8 days, then additional 8 days is another USD 40 per person.

December to August, cost of the permit: USD50 per person per week, then USD 7 per person per day.
if you add Tsum valley the cost is USD 25 per person for 8 days, then every additional 8 days is another USD 25.

Additional permits

MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit): USD 30 per person
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): USD 30 per person
You need two permits to do Manaslu trek, you will check-in through Manaslu region and Check-out in the Annapurna region. So, you need two permits.
 

Culture and tradition

People living in the Manaslu region are from the Buddhist religion, Nurbi and Tsum, are the two ethnicities mainly inhabiting the Manaslu region. People livening in this region, highly follow their culture and tradition, no animal sacrifice, always wearing the traditional dress, welcome guest as a god and living a simple life and faith of non-violence and compassion expands the wildlife diversity of the region.

Manaslu region still retains much of its traditional culture, art and a tradition like monasteries, mani walls, Chortens, and other Buddhist religion landmark.

Gurungs community is the main ethnic group, in the central hill if the region, who has joined the Gurkha army in a large number. 
 

Manasalu Calander

Following is a month by month description of what you can expect to encounter in each month. The different months offers a different experience.

January

This is the single most challenging month but the rewards can be spectacular, i.e. brilliant scenery and pristine blue skies. Expect snowstorms, ice, you will need to camp. Winter mountaineering equipment and extreme physical and mental fitness are essential.
The temperature will drop to -30 degrees. The high passes will be locked.
The teahouse above 2500m will be closed, due to the offseason and extreme change in weather.

February

The end of the month warmth starts to arrive but conditions will still be like January. In both January and February Lho, Sama Gaon, Samdo, Dharmasala and Bimtang tea-houses are closed but the pass will be accessible with your mountaineering equipment.

March

This month begins the prime Spring season. This month's temperature will be Warm and stable, and the flowers start to bloom, blue skies, majestic views are your reward. The tea-house in Larke-Phedi, Dharmasala at 4460m, attempts to open this month but may still be closed.

April

The high elevations are now warm, and the lower elevations are turning hot.  The views are magnificently clear and bright, the temperature will be rising comparatively. April welcomes the Nepali New year with it.

May

In this pre monsoon months clouds start to obscure viewing. This is the last month of Spring. The trail will be clean and dry. May is the end of the spring season in Nepal, this month would make you miserably hot.
 
June

The heat and Frequent rain kick in during June, the temperature will be humid, as the downpour and clouds frequently overshadow the hot sun. Mudslides are possible, sure-footed trekking is difficult.

July

The frequent rain falls at lower altitude however the weather is unpredictable and is almost similar in every season. Trail diversion becomes necessary. This is a high monsoon time.

August

Last month of Monsoon and summer, waterfalls, streams will be a normal sight that you will get used to around the circuit. No doubt that trekking this month is rewarding in every way. This month is the most challenging and adventurous time of the year, wisely prepare yourself with proper gear and gadgets. Monsoon Begins to lessen in intensity, things start to dry up. 

September

Till the mid-September is Monsoon, the rain will occur occasionally.  This is the starting month of peak season; this month begins the high season. The temperature will be mild and stable, nearly perfect for active trekkers.

October

Rainfalls finally, subdue and literally comes to an end; October attracts the number of trekkers due to the optimal months for trekking. This month would be your dream month.

November

This is the last month of Autumn, the weather will be cold and dry but the best season to trek. The complete views and dramatic nature that the trail offers you are more or less the similar during October and November.
 
December

The early week of December, winter offers the weather as Autumn, the trek is doable. Colder now at the beginning and end of the day but the same crystal-clear conditions still apply. It offers pristine views of stunning mountains.
 

GENERAL HEALTH INFO

- Immunizations should be up-to-date before your arrival (this includes tetanus)
- All dental and medical care should be current
- First-aid kit and knowledge of its use is essential
- Be aware of your surroundings as you trek
- Register your presence and your trek plan with your embassy in Kathmandu
- Always trek with at least one other person (never wander alone)
- Keep a sugary snack available

​MANASLU CALENDAR

Following is a month by month description of what you can expect to encounter in each month.

JANUARY

This is the single most challenging month but the rewards can be spectacular, i.e. brilliant scenery and pristine blue skies. Expect snowstorms, ice, you will need to camp. Winter mountaineering equipment and extreme physical and mental fitness are essential.

FEBRUARY

The end of the month warmth starts to arrive but conditions will still be like January. In both January and February Dharmasala and Bimtang tea-houses are closed but the pass will be accessible with your mountaineering equipment.

MARCH

This month begins the prime Spring season. Warmth and flowers, blue skies, majestic views are your reward. The tea-house in Larke-Phedi, at 4460m,  attempts to open this month but may still be closed.

APRIL

The high elevations are now warm, and the lower elevations are turning hot.  The views are magnificently clear and bright.

MAY

In this pre-monsoon month clouds start to obscure viewing.

JUNE

It is rainy. Mudslides are possible, sure-footed trekking is difficult.

JULY

Trail diversion becomes often necessary. This is a high monsoon time.

AUGUST

Monsoons begin to lessen in intensity, things start to dry up.

SEPTEMBER

Occasional rain. This month begins high-season.

OCTOBER

Optimal month for trekking. This month would be your dream month.

NOVEMBER

Starting to cool down but much the same as October.

DECEMBER

Colder now at the beginning and end of the day but the same crystal-clear conditions still apply.

HYGIENE

Do's 

- Use hand sanitizer before brushing your teeth
- Use hand sanitizer after every toilet use
- Keep fingernails short
- Always be conscious of hand cleanliness

Don't Do's

- Do not touch money and then eat something with your hands
- Never touch a menu and then eat something with your hands
- Never allow your water-bottle spout to touch the ground
- Never EVER put your fingers in your mouth - at any time - for any reason
- Never allow any part of your clothing to touch the ground when using toilet facilities, this includes in your room. Toilets are Asian squat toilets.

TREK ACCESSORIES

Here are some of the "Trekking accessories" that you require for the easy and convenient journey:

In general, you will need a sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.

For clothing, you will require the following items:

Upper body

For T-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover are needed. A wind-proof jacket is optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days at lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light. 

Lower body

For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, softshell, and hardshell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have a zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. For softshell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for a hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants. 
Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have a swimsuit if you would like to. 

Footwear

For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks, and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks. 

Hand wears

The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not. 
Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweight balaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Earmuffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice. 

First Aid Kit

Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us what all to take along with you. 
Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking is toothbrush, toothpaste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs. 

Miscellaneous but important

These include a valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20. 

Extras

The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc. 
Note- Tight-fitting clothes specially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.

MANASLU PERMIT

Manaslu is a restricted area requiring government authorization to trek. Obtaining this permit cannot be done from your home country as your original passport is required. Upon arrival, HIGH VENTURE PLUS will handle this for you.
The government legalization requires that this trek be done with 2 or more people, plus a guide or a porter.

There are two seasons to trek Manaslu:
September to November - the cost if $100/person/first week, then $10/person/day.
If you add Tsum Valley the cost is $40/person/8 days, then every additional 8 days is another $40.

December to August - the cost is $50/person/week, then $7/person/day.
If you add Tsum Valley the cost is $25/person/8 days, then every additional 8 days is another $25.

Additional permits

Manaslu Conservation Area Project fee is $30.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee is $30.

NOT REQUIRED

TIMS permit.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We most STRONGLY suggest travel insurance for this risky and highly challenging endeavor. Emergency medical evacuation via helicopter is expensive and then requires additional transport to proper medical facilities and medical care in this facility. These specialized medical services are available in Kathmandu only.
Possible causes for evacuation include physical injury, AMS, or any personal medical situation that requires emergency attention. 

WATER

You absolutely must purify all your water. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are a variety of methods, choose one you like. Boiling water on the trek will NOT be an option.