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Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek

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17 Nights 18 Days

5160 meter

Looking for a less-crowded yet breathtaking trekking adventure in Nepal? Manaslu Trek is the perfect adventure for you then. This trek often considered as an alternative for the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek offers one of the best Himalayan trekking experiences. Manaslu Trek, also popular as Manaslu Circuit Trek, is the right option for you if you love exploring mountains with fewer people.

What you see during the Manaslu Trek

The trek takes you into the region of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) to explores the beautiful mountains and culture of the region. One of the restricted area trekking adventures, Manaslu Trek offers a peaceful and incredible trekking experience in the mountains. It offers a perfect mixture of adventure walking amidst amazing culture, nature, and mountains. From timeless cultures and beautiful nature and mountains, this trekking offers an unparalleled adventure experience in the region. 

You can also explore Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

The trek starts in the Budhi Gandaki River valley and heads up towards the Nubri Valley in the Manaslu region. You will trek along the beautiful river valley that brings wonderful natural and beautiful cultural wonders to you. As you begin to gain elevation, you can see and enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains in the region. The timeless cultural riches of the higher mountains in the region make the trip even more wonderful. In addition to the culture and mountain wonders, the trek takes you over a mountain pass called Larkya La. It is a challenging but beautiful adventure to trek over the pass that brings awesome views from the top. The trek finally meets on the Annapurna Circuit Trail. It is a perfect trekking adventure if you love exploring less-crowded regions. A long but certainly worthy adventure to go for, this trek offers you an adventure of a lifetime.

Manaslu Trek Highlights

  • Peaceful nature and Himalayan wilderness
  • Timeless cultural wonders 
  • Breathtaking Himalayan surroundings
  • Larke Pass and the surrounding views
  • Fewer trekkers than in the popular regions

Reasons this trip becomes an Experience

Nepal Climbing Adventure always strives to offer an adventure traveling experience that you can cherish. While the Manaslu Trek is beautiful in its all essence, your experience of trekking there becomes even more beautiful with us.

By the time we take you to the base camp and bring you back, we take one step ahead to offer you a beautiful experience. We keep your safety and happiness as our top priority and you will experience the same during the trip.

Trekking with us around the Manaslu is traveling in safe hands.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Normally, your arrival in Kathmandu is the day one of this trip. We will come to pick you up at the airport as per your flight time and transfer you to the hotel. There are no activities today apart from a trip briefing meeting. The information about the meeting time will be available upon your arrival at the hotel.

You have time to relax and go for any last-minute preparation for the trip. Welcome to Kathmandu!

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu

We have a full day in Kathmandu to explore the heritage sites in the valley. If we have not met for the meeting yesterday, we will meet today after breakfast. If we have met yesterday, we will continue on a full-day sightseeing tour.

Your entire afternoon will be busy going around different ancient and medieval heritage monuments in the Kathmandu valley. We will take you to Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath to explore the ancient and medieval magnificence of the valley.

The tour will show you a lot about the culture, spiritual practice, history, and lifestyle of people in the valley. You will have an awesome cultural tour day today. Our city tour guide will make it easier for you to understand what you are looking at to make your experience even better.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu – Soti Khola (710m)

We will check out the hotel in Kathmandu to go to Soti Khola. It is about 7 hours of the drive before we reach the destination for the day. The drive will take us through beautiful countryside and along the river bank to Soti Khola. We will enjoy the long day drive along the Trishuli and Budhi Gandaki river valleys and eventually reach Soti Khola to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (900m)

It is the first day of our trekking adventure today. We will trek to Machha Khola following the trail along the river valley. The walk will bring us past beautiful surroundings as we move ahead towards the destination. The river valley wonders of terraced farms, villages, and forested areas will make our day a great start of the adventure walk in the mountains. We eventually reach Machha Khola to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Machha Khola – Jagat (1,410m)

We will trek to Jagat today. The trail that we walk through has a natural hot spring. Our walk goes past beautiful surroundings as we trek towards Jagat. It is going to be a wonderful day of walking through the river valley wonders before we reach Jagat to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Jagat – Philim (1,590m)

The destination for our walk today is a small and beautiful settlement of Philim. The walk will take us through beautiful villages along the trail. We will also enjoy a spectacular view of the mountains. Although we are still on the lower elevation for the trek that we are looking forward to, we will walk past through wonderful landscapes. We reach Philim to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Philim – Bihi (2,130m)

We will trek to Bihi today. Our walk goes towards Ekle Bhatti through a fairly easy trail. Ekle Bhatti separates the trail into two – one going towards Tsum valley and the other towards the Manaslu circuit. We will take the latter and walk past Nyak village to reach Deng. The walk goes even further to Bihi village with a final uphill walk.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Bihi – Namrung (2,670m)

The early morning view of stunning mountains will be an amazing start of the day today. Our walk for the day today will take us to Namrung village for overnight stay. We will walk along the trail that brings us beautiful places with prayer flags, chhortens, and mani walls. We can also enjoy the views of the mountains and other beautiful surroundings. Eventually, we reach Namrung village to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Namrung – Lho (3,180m)

We will reach above 3,000 meters from the sea level when we reach Lho village on the trek today. The walk will take us through the region that offers fabulous views of the mountains. The mountains like Naike peak and Sinmang Himal can be seen on the trek today. Beautiful villages of Lihi and Shyo come along the trail before reaching Lho village for overnight stay. Once we reach Lho village, we will go for an exploration walk around the village.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Lho – Samagaun (3,530m)

We will set off on the trekking adventure for the day. Our walk goes to Samagaun as the destination for the day. As we trek higher towards the destination, we can feel the change and difference in the landscapes now. We have entered the remote Nubri valley in the Manaslu region that will offer us an experience of remote mountains. The walk will bring us wonderful views of the mountains and take us through beautiful surroundings to Samagaun to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Acclimatization Day

We will take a day today at and around Samagaun to acclimatize before we move further higher on our trek. We will explore the surroundings of Samagaun and can go for a hike as well.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Samagaun – Samdo (3,860m)

After a day of acclimatization break at Samagaun, we will trek to Samdo today.  The walk will take us along the trail that winds through several beautiful places. The peaceful surroundings of the trail will offer us a fascinating walking adventure. We eventually reach Samdo to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Samdo – Larke Phedi (4,460m)

We will trek to Larke Phedi today. Larke Phedi, also known as Dharmashala, is the base camp of the high mountain pass called Larke pass. The landscapes get different as we trek towards the overnight destination. The mountain wilderness will be so overwhelming and fascinating in the region. We eventually reach the camp and settle for the day. However, we can still enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Larke Phedi – Larke Pass (5,160m) – Bimthang (3,720m)

The early morning walk today will take us to 5,160-meter point of Larke pass. We will trek to Bimthang as our overnight destination today and Larke Pass is the highlight of the day. The challenging walk to the pass gets the reward of a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas. We can enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna II, Namjung Himal, Pang Phuchi, Himlung Himal, and many others.

Later, we will descend all the way to Bimthang to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Bimthang – Tiliche (2,300m)

Our walk for the day will take us to Tiliche for overnight. After a big day of challenging climb to the Larke Pass, we will have a sort of easy day today. We are again descending towards the lower elevation after reaching the highest point on the trek to Larke Pass.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Tiliche – Jagat (1,300m)

It is our final day of the trekking adventure in the mountains. On the final day of the walk, we will trek to Jagat village today. We bring our adventure trek in the Manaslu region to an end once we reach Jagat. Once we reach the destination, we will spend a leisurely and relaxing time and can celebrate the successful finish of the walking part of the trip.

Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Jagat – Kathmandu

We have a long day drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take about nine-hour long overland journey to reach Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will spend leisurely time wandering around the streets of Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 18: Departure Day

The trip has come to an end today. We have to bid farewell for this time hoping to meet again for another adventure soon. We will drive you to the airport for your departure flight as scheduled. 

Meal: Breakfast

What is included?

  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation and meals during the whole of the trek.
  • 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • All ground transportation to/from trek by bus / shared jeep
  • Government and local taxes
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, food, lodging and all equipment.
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation apart from the schedule due to any reasons
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary
  • Private vehicle from Kathmandu and back if required 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for travel guides or porters

There are a number of things that you need to keep in mind if you ever plan for your vacation. Because you want to make the most out of your limited time, it is truly a hectic job for you to find a trustworthy and experienced traveling companion. With Nepal Climbing, you have your problem solved already as we are one of the leading Trekking and Mountaineering organizations in Nepal and have been providing first class service in several travelling packages across the country for many years.

We prioritize your satisfaction and safety

At Nepal Climbing Adventure, our ultimate objective is to arrange the programs for you to make the most out of your valuable time. We value your satisfaction, adventure, amusement and safety. Regardless of whether you are searching for stunning perspectives along the trekking trails in Himalayan mountain range or widely acclaimed, heavenly attractions with developed societies, our exposure and experience in travel business will help you ensure your requirements are met.

We have professional staffs and service

We trust that extraordinary staff lead awesome administration. That is the reason we are collaborated with experienced and eager individuals. We possess authorized and government certified guides who are very much furnished with broad learning of Nepali communities and traditions. They additionally have familiar English speaking abilities and hierarchical capacities to encourage all types trekking groups.

Responsible Tourism and social values

We are endeavoring to lessen the effect of tourism by guaranteeing our staff are very much aware of ecological issues. We are doing our best to create less waste as could be expected under the circumstances and make a point to reclaim non-compostable wastes. We outline our itineraries and work in the field guided by the standards of ecotourism and reasonable tourism. Moreover, all our staff have been given ecological preparing and are extremely aware to the eco-system we enter. Additionally, we are adhering to sustainable assets of energy. Our guides will share you the social values, culture and religious harmony for better understanding the groups you visit.

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Our promise is to provide you with the travelling packages customizable according to your demand fulfilling your budget criteria. So, we can facilitate a minimum of 2 individuals with a personalized service at a reasonable cost.

Manaslu and Annapurna

My wife and I highly recommend this experience. We have nothing but amazing things to say about the trek we did, our guide Raju Kandel, and the company Nepal Climbing Adventure and its owner and manager Khum Subedi. I will review all three here: I will start by describing our trek. We booked a 22 day trek of the Manaslu circuit followed by the Annapurna circuit, including Poon Hill and ending in Pokhara, from March 15 to April 5. We took a local bus from Kathmandu to Machhakhola to start the Manaslu circuit. It took us 11 days to complete this circuit to Dharapani, which is where we started the Annapurna circuit. We did not trek the Tsum Valley due to time constraints. The main Manaslu cuicuit was spectacular. Only one day comprised of Jeep road trekking for portions of the day. Many epic suspension bridges, many colourful villages along the way. We were impressed by the mission statement of the Manaslu conservation Area Project in reducing environmental impact of trekking and supporting the local people. We met locals along the way, and where even invited into a local home for traditional Tibetan tea and Sisnu (nettle) soup that we collected on the trail. We got to partake in a local celebration including dancing and community Momo feast. We visiting the tranquil monastery in Lho, and passed by other monasteries with traditional music and ritual. The accomodations were satisfactory, we typically were able to pay for a hot shower expect at the highest elevation villages in the 2 night prior to Larke pass. The food was way beyond my expectations. We ate Dal Bhat every day, sometimes twice a day, and did not tire of this dish. Each restaurant had their own variation on the dish and the fresh vegetables were delicious. The day of the pass was difficult but the views are spectacular. Birendra lake was spectacular and worth a visit. The Annapurna section boasted more panoramic mountain views, different type of forest scenery and slightly more polished accommodations. It had more trekkers than Manaslu and more of the trek included the Jeep Road, however at most we would see 5-10 cars per day on the road. Thorong La pass was also a memorable experience. We took a bus from Muktinath to Tatopani and I do not think we missed much skipping this portion of the trek (dry arid and dusty area). From Tatopani ato Ghorepani was spectacular jungle and rhododendron Forrest trekking. Overall it was the most varied, beautiful, culturally immersive, and delicious trek I have done. Our guide Raju Kandel was fantastic and went beyond what I expected from a guide. He was a joy to trek with and very professional. He took our safety as top concern, regarding altitude symptom monitoring, and how to navigate around the animals that share the path for examples. We later learned he has experience in mountain search and rescue. He has done the Manaslu circuit for many years, and has a relationship with the locals in the guest houses and restaurants along the way. He was able to call ahead to reserve rooms at the best accommodations, pick the most delicious Dal Bhat restaurants, plan the days in order to see key sights along the way, network with locals we met along the path to translate our questions and even get an offer for a visit into a home for food and tea. He taught us Nepali trekking songs and key phrases. He learned what our interests and preferences where along the trek and was able to tailor the experience for us. He got us into the kitchen at most smaller Tea Houses on Manaslu circuit to witness the cooking our our meals. Without Raju as our guide, our experience would not have been as personal or immersive. Nepal Climbing Adventure was a a fantastic agency to book our trek with. Khum Subedi, the past president of the Trekking Agencies Association or Nepal, was friendly, professional and went the extra mile. He personally picked us up at our hotel on the first day of the trek. He helped us navigate an issue we had with another trekking agency (and luckily we ended up not booking with the other agency), again going the extra mile. He ensures a debrief meeting with his trekkers, demonstrating his commitment to providing the best experience for the trekkers that book through his organization. Overall very pleased with the entire experience. It was the adventure of a lifetime.

Thomas J Henderson

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Frequently Asked Questions - Trekking in Nepal


Are you a licensed trekking agency?

Yes, we are a licensed company to operate adventure tours in Nepal. We have been organizing tours, Treks, and Expeditions for our valued clients for over two decades. Our long journey and experience in the field have made us pioneer in the industry.  


Do the guides speak English and have first aid training?

All of our guides are experienced experts in their job and speak fluent English. Most of them are born in the areas they guide trekkers to and have several years of experience as trekking guides in the mountains. It's mandatory that they are trained in first aid and also carry a first aid kit with them during the trek.


How big are the groups?

We always do our best to team up a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventure travel experience, coupled with an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in the true spirit that comes with adventure. Our trek groups generally comprise of maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply.


Are permits included in the price of the trek?

Yes. All of the necessary permits for your trek are included in the price and will be arranged for you prior to your trek. For certain restricted regions (like Manaslu and Makalu), you'll need to have a full day in Kathmandu prior to your trek as your trek operator will need your passport for the permit registration. 


Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we do. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe that best suits you for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). The costs for private trips are generally fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration, and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR A SINGLE WOMAN. If by any chance, none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you want to go solo. We assign local guides, porters, etc who you can trust your life with.


Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

On all our Camping treks, we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A-frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables, and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks there isn’t really a necessity to provide any equipment.  
But you are provided a duffel bag if you don’t have one and a down jacket if you haven’t flown in with your own. This is loaned to you and must be returned when the trek is done.   


How difficult are the treks?

Classifying the difficulty of a trek is like walking a thin red-line, as it depends on your fitness and experience hiking in the mountains. In the Himalaya, a trek's difficulty depends on the steepness of the trail, the general altitude, and the duration of the trek. Generally, the higher you go the more difficult the trek becomes. For most treks in the lower foothills (Ghorepani, Poonhill, Ghandruk, and Pikey Peak), it's fairly moderate trekking, although some days will be more challenging than others. For higher-altitude treks (i.e. Everest Base Camp, Gokyo, Annapurna Circuit, and Nar Phu), the treks become more challenging as you get going over 5,000m passes with longer days. If you’re an avid walker and enjoy hiking, then there’s no better adventure than trekking.  


How long do we walk each day?

Much of our trekking ventures are classified into THREE different categories according to the level of difficulty. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Arduous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and activities that are not only physically challenging but also tax the mind. These trips are not for greenhorns.   


What is exactly 'teahouse' trekking?

Teahouse trekking refers to staying at a small local lodge or mountain hut each night of your trek. The lodges are basic but pretty cozy; enough to shelter you from the bitter mountain winds. They consist of 5-10 rooms with a common area used for eating and hanging out. Most treks in Nepal are teahouse treks where the lodges are run by members of the local community. Bunking out at these teahouses in some of the harshest territories on earth will give you a true sense of what life is in the wild.


What do we mean by FOT trek?

On FOT or a ‘Fully Organized Trek’, all meals and sleeping arrangements will be fully organized by the support crew. FOTs are also known as CAMPING TREKS. On camping treks, you will be sleeping in tents. A trekking crew consists of one sirdar, one cook, and kitchen crew, Sherpa assistants, and porters depending on the size of the group. Under the leadership of the Sirdar (local trek leader), the crew consists of several Sherpa assistants who will ensure you don't take the wrong path, a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well-fed with delicious and nutritious meals, and the porters to transport all the gear from camp to camp.  
Our main aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The ratio of both Sherpa guides and kitchen crew to group members is generally 1:4 and the ratio of porters to group members is around 3:1 at the beginning of the trek, but this decreases as food is eaten and loads become smaller. For bathroom facilities, we carry a toilet tent. Your camping staff dig a deep hole in the ground for excrement and cover the hole with soil after nature’s call is done. Camping treks are more expensive than teahouse treks. These treks are generally operated in remote restricted alpine zones that go above the tree-lines. Camping treks can also be used as options for teahouse treks throughout the Himalaya to enjoy the true spirit of adventure!


What is security like during trekking?

Security for our clients is always a foremost priority for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping treks’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach the campsite. At night, all bags and belongings are kept in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on a rotation basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a ‘Tea house or GAP trek’ arrangement, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You need to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.


What happens if I fall ill during the trek?

If by chance you fall ill during your trek, the first course of action depends on what's wrong with you. If it's altitude sickness, moving to lower altitudes and taking altitude medication will solve most cases; if it's quite severe, your guide will arrange for emergency evacuation by helicopter (be sure that emergency helicopter rescue is covered in your travel insurance). If you have a stomach sickness, bug, or any other types of food or water-related illnesses, your guide will have medication on hand for the most common illnesses.


What type of food is served during a trek?

On CAMPING TREKs we provide three delicious, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a tasty mix of local and western dishes. Your day starts with a king-size breakfast consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli, and cereals followed by omelet, fried, or scrambled eggs with ‘chapattis’ [rounded bread made from wheat] or multigrain-bread. Also included are seasonal fresh fruits.  Lunch is generally a selection of organic salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta, and traditional bread. Dinner is a truly hearty 3-course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, and rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert [which may include a finger-licking crusty apple pie]. 
Ironically, some of the best apple pies in the country are found on these mountains and not in Thamel, Asia’s hub for backpackers; as many tourists would assume. Tea and coffee are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh organic produce as possible available at some of the villages we hike through and special diets are regularly catered for. The trek leaders maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. 
All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. We only serve Boiled water for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. On Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner, tea or coffee is also included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and soupy noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodges and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat it with water purification pills. Although it's held that gluttony is a sin, nevertheless, we ensure our trekking guests are well fed in as much as they can digest to cope with the arduous trails and the tough elevations.    


Do I need to carry my own gear?

You'll carry your daily essentials (sunblock, water, hat, light jacket, and camera) but your porter will carry the bulk of your gear, such as extra clothing and overnight basics. Porters are especially helpful for longer treks where you'll be carrying more gear. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you may opt just to have a guide if you're comfortable carrying your own gear, but hiring a porter is a great way to support the local economy and is quite affordable. It's also the safest thing to do when you’re hiking on the biggest and most rugged mountains on planet earth.


How much could porters carry?

Porters typically carry up to 30 kgs max. (To ensure they're not overloaded). For fragile items, such as cameras, it's still best to carry these items yourself. If you have more than 15 kg., please carry the extra weight in your day pack. In the commercial trade, when transporting goods and supplies up into the high mountains, some porters carry up to 100 kgs and get paid less than a fair wage provided by some so-called responsible trekking companies. However, doing things like this weighs on the conscience and we totally avoid such unfair situations. 
We know the risk that comes with neglecting our porters and follow all mandatory guidelines as stipulated by the IPPG international porters association.


What is the overnight accommodation like?

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that ranges from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are taking a camping trip then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are pretty basic but cozy enough to protect you from the harsh elements. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the teahouses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually, during busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to bunk out in a dormitory. But then this is what adventure is all about.


Can we change the itinerary?

Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your senior guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions in the world, where many unforeseen circumstances may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.


Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

Tips are always appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Guiding on some of the riskiest trails on earth is a tough job and your crew always makes sure they lead from the front. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips. The hat is passed around and the whole group contributes. Most trekkers happily provide tips with big hearts. The choice is yours if you feel they’ve been worth it.
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