Around Manaslu Trek

A challenging trek across the remote Larkya La Pass in Nepal

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Classic circuit trek around the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Linking the Burhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi valleys
  • Rare views of Manaslu from the north
  • Tibetan villages, mani walls, monasteries and prayer flags

A challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu at 8163 metres is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. Situated close to the border with Tibet, some 100 km northwest of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early nineties when KE Adventure Travel were one of the first companies granted permission to take groups trekking into the region. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu and the simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic yet unspoilt trekking adventures in the Himalaya. Travelling via Gorkha and Arughat to the south of Manaslu, we ascend the impressive gorge of the Burhi Gandaki for several days, passing through tiny villages perched on the steep valley sides, to reach the Tibetan world beyond the village of Ghap. We have the feeling of entering a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags as the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, we drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where we are now trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the roadhead. Once only accessible to fully self-sufficient camping groups, the Manaslu circuit can now be completed using local lodges and tea houses giving a unique opportunity to interact with the local people who live in these high Himalayan valleys.

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Is this holiday for you?

Much of the walking on this trekking holiday around Manasulu involves straightforward walking on good trails, and should be within the capabilities of any fit and experienced hillwalker. The first part of the trek ascends the Burhi Gandaki Valley on village trails through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. Occasional gorge sections require high level traverses with some degree of exposure, though these are always on good, well-maintained trails which are also used by animals. Approaching and crossing the Larkya La, we will encounter rough glacial moraine, and a final short steeper section to the summit. Once in the Marsyangdi Valley we will descend the main Annapurna Circuit trail. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit and experienced hikers. Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for up to 7 or 8 hours each day (although as we gain elevation several days will be much shorter than this to allow for acclimatisation).

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Free day in Kathmandu with a guided tour of the city's main sights.
  • Drive to Arughat Bazaar, a large village at 670m on the banks of the Burhi Gandakhi River.
  • Drive/walk to Seti Khola, depending on road conditions.
  • Trek along a narraw section of the valley through forest to Maccha Khola,
  • Continue to trek alongside the Burhi Gandai to Jagat, stopping off at the hot springs of Tatopani.
  • Trek via Chisopani into the alpine zone, taking the trail to Nyak and Deng.
  • Trek along the steep-sided valley passing mani stones to Namrung (2630m).
  • Fields of barley and Tibetan villages are a feature of today's trek to Lho.
  • Trek to Sama Gompa (3520m), where there are fantastic views of Manaslu
  • Follow the upper reaches of the Burhi Gandaki to Somdu (3860m), close to the border with Tibet.
  • Vital acclimatisaton day at Somdu.
  • Trek to Duwang (4450m), also known as Larkya Phedi, at the foot of the Larkya La.
  • An early start for the crossing of the Larkya La (5135m). Descend to Bimthang (3855m).
  • Descend to Dharapani (1963m) on the Annapurna trail. Great views of Manaslu to the west.
  • Trek to the village of Tal and down to Jagat (1300m), the end of our trek.
  • Contingency day for possible delays.
  • Drive via Besisahar to Kathmandu. Final celebratory night dinner.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu airport transfers provided.
2016
Mon 18 Apr - Fri 06 May Code MAN /01/16/ Adult$2,580 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Single Supplement $395 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in lodges where available.
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Mon 17 Apr - Fri 05 May Code MAN /01/17/ Adult$2,740 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MAN /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Mon 17 Apr and departs on Fri 05 May
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $395 - Group hotel nights in Kathmandu and in lodges where available.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Free day in Kathmandu with a guided tour of the city's main sights.

    A day to recover from our journey and an opportunity to see the sights of the Nepal capital. In the morning we have arranged a guided tour of some of the city's most important and colourful sights. Kathmandu is a fascinating mix of Hindu and Buddhist religions where an ancient and traditional culture provides an anchor for the emerging modern Asia. Those of us who have previously visited Kathmandu may wish to reacquaint themselves with particular places or to wander through the bazaars. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or to buy those last minute items of equipment from the plethora of gear shops in Thamel or to simply relax in the gardens of the hotel. In the meantime our office staff will be completing the final paperwork for the group's trekking permits.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Arughat Bazaar, a large village at 670m on the banks of the Burhi Gandakhi River.

    After breakfast in the hotel we board our bus for the drive through the foothills of the Himalaya following the Trisuli River to its confluence with the Burhi Gandakhi where we turn north to reach large village of Arughat Bazaar (670m). Clustered on both sides of the river, and linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley. We check into a lodge here

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Drive/walk to Seti Khola, depending on road conditions.

    We continue northwards, following the west bank of the Burhi Gandaki travelling through terraced hillsides and passing many scattered farmhouses and small hamlets. Our route takes us through the Magar and Gurung villages of Arket and Kuerepani to the village above the Seti Khola which is currently the effective road head for our trek around Manaslu. We check into our lodge here. The road building programme is ongoing in this valley and so the exact position of the road head may vary and due to the condition of the road, we may also opt to walk part or all of this day.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Trek along a narraw section of the valley through forest to Maccha Khola,

    We begin the trek with a quite narrow section of valley, and the trail is at times cut into the steep hillside, which is densely forested and at this altitude it is still quite hot and 'jungly'. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside and have a number of streams to cross, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki. After lunch at Lapu Besi, we descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. Finally we climb once again on a trail to Machha Khola (‘fish river’) where we check into our lodge. Altitude 890 metres. 6 hours of walking.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Continue to trek alongside the Burhi Gandai to Jagat, stopping off at the hot springs of Tatopani.

    We cross the river that gives its name to Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Kholabensi and the hot springs at Tatopani, where it is possible to stop for a wash. The valley sides become steeper and steeper, until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank of the river by way of a suspension bridge. After a short section of forest path we reach some tea-houses at Doban, a good place to stop for lunch. Above Doban, the Burhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. We have a short, sharp climb to Louri, where we cross the Vana river on a suspension bridge and in a further hour we reach our next lodge in the pretty village of Jagat (1410m) with its paved street and lots of colourful flowers.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Chisopani into the alpine zone, taking the trail to Nyak and Deng.

    Our trekking permits are checked in Jagat, before we descend a long series of stone steps to the river and then climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see Sringi Himal (7187m) in the distance. At Gata Khola, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philim which we should reach after 3 hours trekking. In a further hour we reach Chisopani which is a good place to stop for lunch. The trail now proceeds across the hillside on a contouring path with stunning views to another bridge with a nearby waterfall. We are now entering a more alpine zone with pine trees in evidence. The trail passes the junction for the steep trail to Nyak on the left and shortly after enters a dramatic section of gorge where the trail climbs up and down across the vegetated walls of the canyon. In places, the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls and it is cooler now, with occasional views of Ganesh lV. Crossing to the northeast side of the river we have a short climb before an easier contouring stage to the next bridge where we cross back to the southwest and climb up through Phewa to the lodges of Deng.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek along the steep-sided valley passing mani stones to Namrung (2630m).

    From Deng we descend for around 20 minutes to the river and steeply climb again for a further 20 minutes to Rana. An hour further, with a fair amount of up and down, we arrive at Bihi. Beyond the village we cross the Serang Khola and climb again on a trail which rises high above the main Burhi Gandakhi. The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive and we begin to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering an area influenced by Buddhism. After approximately 2.5 hours walking from Bihi, we reach village of Ghap (2040m), which straddles the river across a relatively short wooden bridge. For the first time, we can see that there is a strong Tibetan influence at this village. The trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain height and enter the alpine forest of pines and juniper with the occasional clearing giving glimpses of snowy mountains. The valley is now becoming steeper with ravines and water cascades. We cross the river again and begin a long climb with some steep staircases up to the village of Namrung (2630) which we should reach in approximately 3 hours from Ghap.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Fields of barley and Tibetan villages are a feature of today's trek to Lho.

    After a couple of long days we now have a shorter one, trekking as far as Lho where we are above the 3000 metre contour and therefore need to restrict our daily altitude gain. Beyond Namrung the valley opens out and there are quite extensive barley fields and pastures as we trek through the village of Banjam. Climbing quite steeply, we reach the picturesque village of Lihi (2920m). We cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glacier, and pass through the Tibetan village of Sho. Just above this village we get a splendid view of Manaslu North and then of Manaslu itself straight ahead. We should reach our destination Lho (3150m) after approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking and we will probably opt to take lunch in our destination lodge today. Lho is a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens, mani walls and a very ornate white stupa. The twin peaks of Manaslu now dominate our view but Ganesh 1 is also visible looking back the way we have come and to the northeast is a most impressive wall of rock rising to the snow capped summit of Saula (6235), part of the Kutang Himal. We can take the afternoon as a well earned rest day or it is possible to climb to a viewpoint above the village for unobstructed views of Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike Peak.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Sama Gompa (3520m), where there are fantastic views of Manaslu

    Leaving Lho, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Ngadi Chuli ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest with occasional stream crossings on log bridges brings us to the village of Shala which commands a superb panorama of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Descending the main trail, we cross the outflow from the Punggen Glacier and than climb beside the torrent to a ridge. We now have the luxury of downhill trekking for a while but soon we reach the fields of Sama Gaon and in a further 20 minutes we arrive at impressive Sama Gompa (monastery). There are breathtaking views from here of the granite pyramid of Manaslu. The altitude at Sama is 3520 metres and this is as far as we shall go today. It will take around 3 to 4 hours to reach here from Lho so as yesterday, we will most likely wait till we reach our lodge here before taking lunch. The afternoon is again free to relax, catch up on diaries or for a walk above the village.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Follow the upper reaches of the Burhi Gandaki to Somdu (3860m), close to the border with Tibet.

    The Burhi Gandaki is now quite small compared to the raging river we followed at the beginning of the trek. Leaving Sama Gaon, we continue to follow its course ever upwards heading north once again and there are now excellent mountain prospects around every turn of the trail. Manaslu which is now behind us, is particularly impressive from the meadows at Kermo Kharka which also marks the start of the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach Somdu (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This very remote village was established in the 1950's by refugees from Tibet and is only a day’s walk from the border over the Lajyang La. Just 3 hours walking but an altitude gain of 340 metres is as much as we want to do for comfort and so we check into a lodge here.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Vital acclimatisaton day at Somdu.

    An important acclimatisation day at Somdu. The next stop on the trail after Somdu is a further 4460 metres higher and so we will spend a couple of nights at 3860 metres to prepare for the jump. This gives us the opportunity to explore the village, its gompa and the surrounding area. In general it is good for our acclimatisation to climb high during the day and then come back down to sleep and there is a terrific, but steep and strenuous, climb up the ridge behind the village which, depending how far you go, gives an increasingly impressive panorama of the area.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Trek to Duwang (4450m), also known as Larkya Phedi, at the foot of the Larkya La.

    Leaving Somdu we cross the stream which runs down from the Gya La, another pass crossing into Tibet. We pass the ruins of another village here (known as Larkya Bazaar) which once had a thriving trade with Tibet over the nearby passes. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Duwang (4450m) also known as Dharamsala, where there is a small and quite basic lodge (at 4450m). This place is also referred to as Larkya Phedi which means the 'foot of Larkya' and this is where the climb to the Larkya La begins. We check into the lodge but we may also opt to stay in tents here and eat in the lodge. It is less than 6km walk today but at this altitude we need to take things slow and it will take 3 to 5 hours to reach our overnight stop.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • An early start for the crossing of the Larkya La (5135m). Descend to Bimthang (3855m).

    An early (pre-dawn) start for the longest day of the trip. There is an initial, short climb above the lodge to reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier and from here it is a steady plod upwards. We pass small frozen lakes and there are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. We cross boulder fields and crest several ridge lines making for frustrating 'false tops' until finally after around 4 hours of ascent from the lodge, we see the summit cairn and its lines of fluttering prayer flags. If you have any breath left at this point, the view will take it all away. The incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks include Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. There is usually a chill wind blowing at this altitude (5135m) and so we are unlikely to want to stop long here. Initially, there is a steep descent which is likely to be over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail leading to Dangboche Kharka, a good place to stop and rest before continuing the descent to the welcome lodges of Bimthang (3855m), located in a broad and level ablation valley. A long, hard but ultimately rewarding day's trekking in the Himalaya.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 8 - 10 hrs trekking

  • Descend to Dharapani (1963m) on the Annapurna trail. Great views of Manaslu to the west.

    Crossing the high pasture of Bimthang, we now descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the basecamp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metre, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a beautiful forest of cedar, birch and rhododendron and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley, at Karche. We now have to climb again passing through terraced fields to reach the Karche La, from where we can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marsyangdi River. We descend through more forests of fir and rhododendron through the villages of Gho (2515m) and Tilje (2300m). Crossing the stream beyond Tilje we now walk on a dirt road with Dharapani in the Maryangdi Valley - the end of our day's walk - in sight below. Beyond Thonje village we drop down to cross the Marsyangdi River then climb a series of stone steps to the bustling town of Dharapani (1963m) on the Annapurna Circuit and check into one of the many lodges. Most people staying here will be just beginning their trek around the Annapurnas and we will look a very wild bunch to these clean low-land trekkers!

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the village of Tal and down to Jagat (1300m), the end of our trek.

    The road which is steadily being pushed up the Marsyangdi Valley has reached Dharapani but travelling by jeep from here would be not much faster and infinitely less comfortable than walking. We follow an alternative trail down to the village of Tal (1700m), which is the last Buddhist settlement in the valley located in a unexpectedly flat plain where the rushing river pauses before plummeting headlong again down the valley. Beyond Tal we follow an old trail on the east bank while the road takes the west bank. Arriving at Chamje trail and road come together for the final steep section down to Jagat (1300m) which marks the end of our trekking. We check into a lodge here and will no doubt have an end of trek celebration this evening.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Contingency day for possible delays.

    This is a built-in contingency day in case of any delays to our schedule. The day will be used at the leader's discretion either for additional acclimatisation prior to the pass or to split some of the longer days into shorter stages.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Drive via Besisahar to Kathmandu. Final celebratory night dinner.

    We make the return drive to Kathmandu, first descending the Marsyangdi on the jeep road in 4X4 vehicles to the start of the paved road at BesiSahar. Here we change to more comfortable transportation, boarding our bus or minibus to continue the journey. We travel on winding roads down the Marsyangdi Valley to its confluence with the Trisuli River where we meet the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road. Arriving in Kathmandu in the late afternoon we check into the hotel and have free time for relaxing or independent sightseeing before heading out to the bars and restaurants of Thamel for another celebration dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Departure day. Kathmandu airport transfers provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Depending on individual flight schedules, there may be an opportunity for last minute souvenir buying before heading to the airport. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights

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Holiday Information

  • A professional KE Western leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • Full trekking service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The food served during the trek is a mixture of local and international cuisine, cooked by our highly trained trek cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. All meals while on trek and in Kathmandu are included in the trip price.

All meals included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 19.
All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
Whilst on trek there are 13 nights in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. The lodges on the Manaslu circuit are not as well developed as those in the more popular Everest and Annapurna regions but they are a step up from camping. Often these lodges have heated dining areas which are sometimes attractively decorated depending on the creativity and resources of the owner. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities which are sometimes located in separate buildings. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $2 - $3 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. At the highest overnight stops prior to crossing the Larkya La, lodge facilities are limited and we may opt to camp on one or two nights. The group will also spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally-located tourist-class hotel. All accommodation is on a twin sharing basis (note that in some lodges only dormitory beds may be available). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplementary cost. A single supplement guarantees single rooms for the nights in Kathmandu and we will do our best to secure single accommodation in the lodges. However, single accommodation in lodges cannot be booked in advance and therefore cannot be guaranteed for all nights. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Shortly after first light you wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the lodge dining room we will be served with a hot breakfast before setting off on the days trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours walking. Lunch taken at a teahouse along the route usually takes about an hour and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and are well on their way to the evenings stop as we set off again. It is usual for the afternoons walk to be shorter than the morning session. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a drink on the terrace of your lodge or it may be possible to take a shower before we sit down to dinner. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.00 pm lights will be out and the whole lodge will be asleep.

The group will be accompanied by an English-speaking local leader throughout the trip. Whilst on trek the group will also be supported by a local guide and a team of porters.

Approximately £250 (or equivalent in US dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around £50 -60 (in rupees) to these tips. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the local guides and camp crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trek leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters or pack animals. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Hiking boots

  • Gaiters

  • Training shoes

  • Walking Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Thermal underwear

  • Thermal baselayer shirts

  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Warm jacket (down)*

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Travel clothes

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -15°C)*

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small Towel

  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner

  • Swimwear

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Camera

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Equipment hire / rental

Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Kathmandu. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items. In-step crampons where needed will be provided.

Specialist Equipment

For this trip you will also need to bring EITHER a set of trekking poles or a ‘walking’ ice axe*. This is a safety measure only for the crossing of the Larkya La, and you will not necessarily be required to use these. In certain conditions, the trip leader may issue ‘in-step’ crampons to group members for the pass crossing. These are small lightweight crampons which can quickly and easily be attached to any kind of walking boot.

 

The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all the regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo (sent by post or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For the following holidays, in addition to the above, we will also require you to supply a copy of the information page of your passport (sent by post or emailed).

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

Transit via India

If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 8 or 9 hours each day We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular walking in hill country is the best preparation for a trip of this nature, but running, cycling and swimming are also good for developing better stamina. Whatever your chosen method of training, before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

October-December and March-May are the best times to visit Nepal. These months either side of the monsoon are neither too hot nor too cold, offering the best conditions for trekking. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres and approximately 3ºC at 5000m.. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this. At night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet. You can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing once above approximately 4000m. and at our highest camps night time temperatures may drop as low as –15ºC. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet

  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides

  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti.

  • Manaslu- Trekkers and Visitors guide – Cicerone Press.

  • Field Guide to Birds of the Himalayas. Bikram Grewal

  • Portraits of People:Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli

  • Nepal: Lonely Planet Pictorial. Richard I'Anson

  • The High Himalaya. Art Wolfe

Manaslu High Route 1:110,000 Himalayan Maphouse

Contours at 125-metre intervals, with spot heights and relief shading, Trekking routes are clearly marked An index of settlements also lists peaks and passes. Note: All clients will be given a free trekking map in Kathmandu before the start of their trek

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.



Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Chitwan

From $1000 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of this tour includes a very early drive up to Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise. This is followed by a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur, renowned for its temples and traditional buildings. 

 

Nagarkot and Bhaktaphur Tour

From $135 per person

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Malla Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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