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)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. 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.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome or farewell dinners in kathmandu
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Upto 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/15kg capacity bag, and trekking map are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
Special permit of Manaslu
Manaslu National Park Permit
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
nights in double/single tents
Not Included in the Cost
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Hiking shoes .
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Number of participants
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 12
Max Altitude: 4720 meters Best Season: April to October Difficulty Level: Slightly Hard
December ,January and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail.Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikings and cultural tour.It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour for this places. Chitawan National park Bardiya National Park are also the places to have live experience of culture and rituals.
March , April and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze is felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of cloud can be seen in the sky during this season.So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal .So many tourist from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period.Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period.This period offer plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.Except rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
June ,July and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September , October and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal.Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period.So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and 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 are “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 carry-on)
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)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.