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Manaslu Round Short walking holidays 18 Days

Equipments & Packing List

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.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Sun cap
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Towel for shower
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 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)

 Lower Body

  • 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

Feet

  • 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

Sleeping

  • 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)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • 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

Practical Items

  • 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 – Arughat Bazar- Soti Khola (700m) by bus/jeep 7-8 hours

We set off early morning from Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway by bus. The bus goes down though the zigzag road and from a point the road splits and we turn right crossing a bridge over Trisuli River.  The road to Arughat from the main road is not very good and we just drive slowly. But the view around the road is very beautiful. It goes through green jungles and villages in some places.  We cross large mountain village called Arughat. Gurung and Newar people live in majority here. The bus service is available for upto Arughat. After Arughat we have to hire jeep for Soti Khola. We spend night in one of the hotels/lodges in Soti Khola. It is small village but telephone, mobile service is available here. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (869m) 4-5 hours

The main part of the journey we follow today is the Budhi Gandaki River upstream. The landscape of the valley is full of is terraced farm fields. The weather is normally warm since we are trekking in the low land. The trail can be slippery here and there since we are it goes along the river, but nothing difficult. We pass several villages and small settlements. We spend the night in a lodge beside the bank of river in Machha Khola. Telephone and mobile phone service is available. We can witness the north east view of Ganesh Himal from here.

Day 05: Machha Khola – Dobhan (1070 m)4-5 hours

The path still goes along the Budhi Gandaki River. Today we have a short trek. We cross in many places, tributaries or the small streams that finally go to the Budhi Gandaki River. We cross Khorla Besi, in this point the route becomes slippery if the weather is rainy. So we need to walk carefully.  From Khorla Besi we can have a spectacular view of Ganesh Himal.  At Tatopani, there is hot water spring. After this, in some places we must be careful because the pieces of rock may come down from the hills where landslides have taken place. We cross a suspension bridge over Dobhan Khola and camp beside the river  at Dobhan. Dobhan means a meeting point of two rivers or streams.

Day 06: Dobhan – Philim (1570m)4-5 hours

The path is slightly uphill, flat and downhill since we are walking in the hilly region of Nepal. The path goes through landslide area in some section of the path where we must be careful because the pieces of rock may come down falling from the cliffs. We have a spectacular view of water fall on the way. The path goes sometimes along the river too. Along the way we view the Shringi Himal, a 7161 meter high summit in the north, close to the border with Tibet. We cross a village called Jagat has several lodges. It is a Gurung village.  But we don’t stay here. May be we have lunch and stroll through the upper part of the village or visit the Chhyoling Sandu gompa. There is a check post of Manaslu Conservation Area Project. We head to Philim. In Philim, there is a kind of village cinema hall which is often crowded by local people. We can make telephone calls from here.

Day 07: Philim to Bihi (2130 m) 4-5 hours

The path for today also goes uphill, flat and downhill. We cross several small streams and river through wooden and suspension bridges.  Such path is common in the hilly region.  We sometime walk through villages and sometime through beautiful ancient forest. The view in the hills of opposite side sometimes is full of beautiful villages and waterfalls. Since we are in the Buddhist area, prayer flags and prayer wheels are part of the landscape.  After the village we cross the new suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. From this point before we cross the bridge our trail splits. One goes to the Tsum Valley. The other leads us to village Bihi. After crossing the River, in one hour’s walk at the place called Nyak the ending point of Rupina La treks meets with our path. We catch the route that takes us to the village called Bihi where we will spend the night in a lodge.  After Nyak, from Deng we can have a spectacular view of Shringai Himal. Deng is a small Gurung village where the Buddhist culture is practiced. So Mani walls and prayers flags welcome us here. After Deng the path goes downhill upto Budhi Gandaki River. We cross a Trust bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and walk uphill to Bihi.

Day 08: Bihi – Lho (3180 m) 5-6 hours

In the beginning, slowly going uphill but after lunch we walk through steep path and we have to walk through the trail that has landslides, wet pieces and slippery stones. We are now completely turned to the west and the Tibetan border is less than 10 km from of us. We are now entering the area inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Hence, the sight of Tibetan culture and lifestyle is common in this area.  The trail goes uphill and downhill both. At Namrung, our special permit will be checked. This is village where there is hydro power station. This is the view point of Shrigai Himal and Ganesh Himal. There is a famous beautiful gompa called Namla Gompa. We can make telephone call here. We pass the gompa of Lihi and continue to rise until we go through the stone gates of Sho. Lihi is the view point of Himchuli too. A little later, we have a magnificent view of the Naike Peak, Manaslu north and eventually Manaslu Peak. Lho is a beautiful village. In the east we have a view of the peaks of Ganesh Himal and north to the glaciers on the mountains that form the border with Tibet. We can visit the Kandjur Scripts monastery of Lho and Ribung Gompa. Lho is the view point of Manaslu.  We can make telephone call from Lho.

Day 09: Lho to Samagaon (3520 m) 3-4 hours

We walk a downhill to the river in the beginning. Then the path goes slightly uphill along the river. We cross small jungle area in several places. We arrive to Shyala. It is a comparatively new village and is populated by Tibetan refugees who are still on the old trade route through the pass called Lajyung Bhanjyang. We cross Numala Khola through the suspension bridge and walk to Samagaon which is a very beautiful Tibetan village. We stay her e for 2 nights.

Day 10: Samagaon Acclimatization / Rest day in (3350 m)

Today as it an acclimatization day, we can have just rest for the whole day or there are so many things we can do. Maybe we can get a hold of Puja (prayer) in the gompa or the monastery. We can bathe and make washing. If we wish to observe Tibetan culture, we can walk through the village and see how the Tibetan villagers live and work in this region. We can make a walk to the Birendra Lake or a piece of way to Manaslu BC or a longer walk to Pung Gyen Gompa also is the things we can make. The Gompa is in the altitude of about 3900 m on one of the slopes along the Numla Khola. This is point from where we can see the view of Manaslu, Larke, Naike Peak , Manaslu glacier etc. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 11: Samagaon- Samdo to (3875 m)2-3 hours

Today we have a short trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. Since we are walking in the high altitude, we slowly acclimatize. We climb uphill gradually. Slowly we feel the cold wind as we climb up. So, the warm clothes in your rucksack are suggested. We follow the Budhi Ghandaki in a northwesterly direction to the last inhabited village before the pass. We walk through yakweiden with dozens of meters long manimuren.  We have camp in Samdo in a lodge. Telephone service is available here. Mani walls and stupas can be seen everywhere here. We can visit to the view point from where we can witness Naike and Pangboche Peak.

Day 12: Samdo – Dharmashala (Larke Phedi) (4460 m)3-4 hours

We walk today flat first then slightly uphill. We have to take it easy because today we rise about 800 meters and tomorrow await us a hard day as we will cross the pass Larke La. On the south side of the path we have a view of the North Peak, Naike Peak and the Larke Peak and the Manaslu massif and to the north, the barren, rough stone desert that lies between us and the Tibetan plateau. This will be the coldest night on this trip and probably also the shortest. We spend the night in a lodge in Dharmashala in the other word Larke Phedi.

Day 13: Larke La BC – Larke La( 5160 m) – Bhimtang (3590m) 6-7 hours

We get up very early and leave early because today because may be most of the snowy pass and which may in particular make the long steep descent difficult and time consuming. The run-up to the pass is gradual and hopefully it’s a bright sunny day so that, once the light is able to enjoy the impressive landscape.  Moraines, glaciers, snow-capped peaks which stand out stridently against the blue sky and the icy glacier lakes are the view of surrounding. The pass is not really showing signs of a sharp transition but the prayer flags tell us that we have arrived at the highest point. We too, hang our prayer flags in there. In the succeeding descent it goes again slightly uphill and then comes the long and very steep down but we occasionally take the time to enjoy the extraordinary view. Only at the moraine path becomes less steep and the going easier. Along the moraine-shore we walk to the large lawn with some houses. We walk for long hours today; we must bear in mind that average of 10 to 11 hours walk including a few short breaks along the way. But the duration can vary since it depends on the local conditions like weather. In the evening we are very much exhausted but contented today. We stay in a lodge for the night in Bhimthang. Bhimthang has telephone service facility. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of  Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung.

Day 14: Bhimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 5-6 hours

Today our journey goes down slowly. In the beginning we walk through glacier shore.  Then beautiful forests with great views of the peaks of the Manaslu behind us,  we walk quietly along the river to Kharche. This is just off the Suti Khola, a river coming from the northwest and flows into the Dudh Khola. We walk along the Dudh Khola down south. Small villages with tea houses are on the way. First a horrible climb over the Pass of Kharche but then mostly down along moraines, yak kharka, white beaches and rocks along the river that swirls down and called Dudh (milk) delivers. Also, we see beautiful view of waterfalls and the forest with mosses. We love the path that has a view of the magnificent mountains around us. We slowly head to the big Gurung village of Tilje, where we will spend the night in a lodge. We can visit Tilije Gompa here and telephone and NTC mobile service is available here. Apple Wine and brandy is produced here since the apple farm is there. We can have taste of local wine, alcohol and other products here.

Day 15: Tilije – Jagat (1340m)4-5 hours

We leave the Gurung village Tilje and walk downhill to the point where the Dudh Khola comes together with the Marsyangdi River. We reach the Annapurna trail. At Dharapani we go over the bridge to the west bank of the Marsyangdi and we will check with the post mark to let our permits. We are now in a completely different world with many tea-houses, restaurants and lodges in comparison of the routes we walked in the past. We pass typical villages like Tal and Chamje and finally reach to Jagat where we stay overnight.

Day 016: Jagat – Syange (1100m) one hour’s walking – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep) 6-7 hours

Today we walk for one hour as an ending part of our trekking then from the place called Syange we get in a jeep upto Besi Sahar; the headquarter of Lamjugng District. Then from Besi Sahar, we can take local bus toKathmandu. Until Besisahar the road is rough as it is just graveled.But from Besi Sahar, the road is pitched. At Dumre we reach the road that runs from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As well as on the way we will have lunch in Muglin. The drive will take 6 to 10 hours. It depends on the situation of the road traffic and especially the pass to the Kathmandu valley can sometimes cause delays.

Day 17: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu  Sightseeing in Bhaktapur 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 (1337)

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.