This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will suggest to add some other necessary equipments at the place where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03 Kathmandu – Baluwa (1380 m) 7-8 hours
Today, we start trekking from Kathmandu. We begin our trekking with bus ride from Kathmandu. We pass through Thankot , the gate point of Kathmandu Valley. We follow Prithivi Highway which contains many uphill and downhill fine tarred road. We follow the famous river Trishuli until we reach Mugling. After 15 minutes bus ride from Mugling., we reach Khaireni and diverted to 12 Kilo leaving Kathmandu Pokhara Highway. From 12 Kilo we follow Daraudi river via Chhepetar . We follow offroad from Chhepetar and reach Baluwa. We stay overnight near Darkhu Khola riverside.
Day 04: Baluwa – Barpak (1915 m)3-4 hours
Today, we start walking from Baluwa with flat path for 1 hour to cross Rangrus bridge where Tangrung Khola and Rangrus Khola meet. Later we start climbing uphill upto 3 to 4 hours. The trail contains Jungle and green hills which lead us to Barpak . Barpak is a famous Gurung village which contains about 1100 houses. This is facilitated by communication ,schools and clinics.Here is Boudha Gompas and Monasteries. The splendid view of Boudha Himal is seen from here. After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 the path has been slightly damaged by the landslides. But it has no that much effect on the trekking routes. Barpak is a very big and beautiful Gurung village which now has been totally ruined by the earthquake. The people are rebuilding the village gradually. The lodges where we spend the night are not much affected by the earthquake. They are safe. In the afternoon we have time to explore the village. Barpak is a large village consisting of a Hindu and a Buddhist area. We stay overnight at Barpak.
Day05: Barpak – Kishir Kharka (2900m) 4- 5 hours
Today we leave Barpak as well as the inhabited world for about a week ahead. No telephone service will be available too. We walk behind a some waterfall,streams and rivulets. Occasionally we see signs of human life. In the summer, shepherds stay here on the hillsides for grazing their cattle. We can see beautiful rhododendron forest on the way to Kisir kharka We see several summer huts. From now on we follow a ridge towards the Rupina La. That means we always have beautiful views in good weather: we can see the massive south face of Baudha Himal. We walk through a beautiful forest, full of mosses, red and blue berries and purple orchids.
The path goes flat today in the beginning. Then we climb almost along the Daraudi Khola. We cross Pauko Khola on the way through a wooden bridge. We then gradually head to the campsite, KisirKharka, a pasture. The sunset view on the Bhauda Himal is stunning.
The nature of the path for today also is almost the same as yesterday. It takes us through rhododendron forests and past abandoned pastures. We see many waterfalls and wild raspberries. We often cross a tributary and walk through beautiful old-growth forests. We camp on a large, spacious place in a summer meadow surrounded by forest. Hence it is called Forest Camp. The view from the camp is just the green hills around.
Day 07: Samrung Kharka Base camp (3800m) 5-6 hours
We gradually climb along the Daraudi River and walk at first by the beautiful backwoods. We cross a wooden bridge over the Doraundi Khola and we walk on the path above the tree line. From time to time we find our way over big rock in the riverbed. The Rupina La is not yet seen. We walk to the Samrung Kharka base camp that lies at 3800 meters. The camp is in an open area.
Day 08: Samrung Kahrka Rest/Acclimatization
Today is rest day especially for the acclimatization. For getting better or to be used to the altitude we may take a walk to a beautiful mountain lake: the Narte Pokhari where the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will lead us. Also we can prepare as well as possible for the crossing of the La Rupina the next day.
Day 09: Samrung Kharka- Rupina La (4720m) – Baudha Himal BC (3600m) 6-7 hours
We climb continuously for about four hours to reach the pass at 4720 meters. It is an awful pass from where the views are superb including the view of Baudha Himal in a far away distance. The way down is steep, long and difficult too. Deep down we see the big and incredible Glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal and Baudha Himal and named as Chhilung Khola where we’re going to walk the next day. We camp at Baudha Himal BC at the altitude of 4000 meters.
Day 10: Baudha Himal BC- Zhong Khaka (2960m)5- 6 hours
Today the path goes down. It will be a long walking with a lot of variety in the landscape today. The landscape slowly becomes less barren and we come through beautiful larch and birch forests. We walk through the moraine of the glacier that emerges from Gorkha Himal and Baudha Himal, the glacier has formed Chhilung Khola. It is climbing and climbing, cairns show us the way. We walk along the Chhilung River and the path goes up and down with short, steep pieces. We come in bamboo and rhododendron forests. We cross many tributaries through the bridges. We camp at Zhong Khaka for the night.
Day 11: Zhong Khaka- Ngyak (2340m) 5-6 hours
The path contour along the mountainside. We pass through areas of forest, but we also regularly get spectacular view in the front and behind of us: in the front rise the five peaks of the Ganesh Himal and behind of us we see the peaks of the Manaslu chain. Far below, we see is the deep gorge of the Budi Gandaki River. At the end of the day we walk down along a steep path to Ngyak, a beautiful, authentic Gurung village. We can see the houses of primitive and traditional type here.
Day 12: Ngyak – Philim (1570m) 3-4 hours
Today we slowly walk steep down through an old and difficult t path to the river. At the end of the path, at Ngyak Phedi, we are on the route of the trek to Round Manaslu. We cross a new bridge at the point where two rivers: Lalung Khola that comes from Manaslu area and Siyar Khola that come from Tsum Valley meet each other. Then again we descend into the valley of the great Budi Gandaki. We arrive at the village of Philim. A check post of Manaslu Conservation Area Project lies here. Philim is a big and beautiful Gurung village. We can visit to Chhyoling Sandu Gumba here. This is the view of Sringi Himal. From this point telephone service is available ahead. We spend the night here.
Day 13: Philim – Dobhan (1070m) 3-4hours
In the beginning we cross a big suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki after Philim. We now walk through the Round Manaslu Trek route in reverse. The first part leads through a magnificent gorge with vertical walls and along the feral Budhi Gandaki river. Through several villages we reach the fairly large village of Jagat where the main check post of Manaslu Conservation Area Project lies. We cross a bridge and rock falling and then we head to Dobhan through Yaruphant, a very big cultivable land, enjoying the views of waterfall and others on the way. We spend the night in Dobhan.
Day 14: Dobhan – Machhikhola (869m) 3-4 hours
Today also we walk along the Budhi Gandaki river. The path winds both sides of the whirling flow over the cliffs chopped paths. Sometimes high above the river, sometimes right next to where the sound is deafening. The warm air begins to blow through the green forest since we are walking down in the low land gradually. We walk down to Machhikhola through Khorlabeshi. Machhakhola means the stream where enough fish is available. From here North-East face of Ganesh Himal is seen magnificent.
Day 15: Machhikhola – Soti Khola (700m)3-4 hours
During this day, the valley opens up somewhat and we see some more human habitation. Along the banks of the river is a little more plot so it will be easier for people to be able to provide here a livelihood. We cross Khanibesi and Lapubesi before we reach our campsite, Soti Khola.
Day 16: Soti Khola – Kathmandu 6-7 hours drive
From Soti Khola to Kathmandu we drive by bus/private vehicle. The road goes through the Budhi Gandaki River upto Arughat Bazaar. From Arughat, the road is black topped which finally meets the Prithvi Highway. It takes about 7 hours drive.
Day 17: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (1401) 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.