This beautiful trek ascends through different temperate and cultural zones from rice fields farmed by Hindus in the initial stages to green river valleys and forests and then, in the higher Sherpa regions, potato fields and yak pastures. The trail sidles the Budhi Gandaki river to its source in the shadow of Mt Manaslu, finally crossing over the high Larke pass surrounded by the giant mountains of the Manaslu Himal. We meet the locals who live a traditional lifestyle as we pass through the many interesting villages, stopping to camp in green pastures.
<ul><li><p>MANASLU TREK 2016 TRIP NOTES </p></li><li><p> MANASLU Trek Nepal 2016 </p><p>Trip 1: April 7 24, 2016 (pre-monsoon) Trip 2: September 8 - 25, 2016 (post-monsoon) </p><p>Trip Notes </p><p>All material Copyright Adventure Consultants Ltd 2016 </p><p> The Manaslu trek is possibly the very best `circuit trek in Nepal. The trail circumnavigates the highest peak and namesake for the region that stands as the worlds eighth highest mountain; Mt Manaslu. We spend 14 days on the circuit, celebrated for its beautiful mountains, variety of terrain and intriguing insight to the local inhabitants. This trip offers a physical yet beautiful trek in an unspoiled region. Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience. We have created a very workable program that incorporates a look around the best attractions in Kathmandu before we embark on the journey to discover the real highlights in the Manaslu region. On the trek you will be supported by our friendly guides and fabulous cooks who will take you on a fun-filled and informative journey delivering many magical and memorable moments. We operate this trek in both the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons, with the post-monsoon known season for clear autumnal weather and the pre-monsoon for spring flowers. Our many years of Himalayan experience allows us to introduce you to the best food, accommodation, destinations and experiences that are available. </p><p> Trip outline Firstly, we introduce you to Kathmandu with visits to the more interesting parts of this ancient and eclectic city, highlighting active temples and palaces, followed by time wandering around the bustling Thamel district with its menagerie of shops, restaurants and bars. We travel by coach from Kathmandu, through Gourka, and onto the small town of Araghat, the staging point for our trek. We get onto the trail the next morning, travelling at a relaxed pace through small villages with terraced fields of rice and corn that are farmed by Hindus. As we ascend to higher altitudes, the vegetation evolves to green river valleys and forested hillsides </p></li><li><p>and here the valleys are inhabited by Sherpa people. Due to the high altitudes in these locations, the primary produce is restricted to potato fields and the raising of yaks for the wool and milk products. The trail sidles the Budhi Gandaki River to its source in the shadow of Mt Manaslu, finally crossing over the high Larke Pass (14,600ft/4460m) before descending the Dudh Khola and Marsyongdi rivers. The people we meet on the Manaslu region live very traditional lifestyles that have remained virtually unchanged over hundreds, if not thousands of years. Each day we pass through the many fascinating villages, and as we stop to lodge for the night we can enjoy the evenings meandering about, often meeting up with some of the locals. Frequently it is these interactions that become the most enduring and pleasurable memories of the journey. This is primarily a lodge based where we stop each night at a locally run guesthouse. Here you will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the local families and enjoy wholesome hot meals featuring fresh local foods. </p><p>We take a rest day at the town of Sama Gaon. Those who are enthusiastic for more exercise can join in for a five hour hike to Manaslu base camp (some rest day!) But dont worry, if you would prefer something more sedentary, you may instead elect to visit the local Gompa to receive a blessing from the head Lama, or merely sleep in then wander around the fields getting up close with baby yaks. Those visiting Manaslu base camp will see a small tent city established by the various expeditions that are here to climb this Himalayan giant. This side-trip aids our acclimatisation to enable us to adjust to the high altitudes well encounter as we cross the Larke Pass. We set out early to hike to the summit of Larke Pass where we are surrounded by Himalayan giants with views galore! We then make a descent over reasonably steep terrain and at times through </p><p>snow. Stout trekking footwear is required for good security on this passage and gaiters will keep the snow from filling your boots. Once we have crossed over the Pass, we have only four more days to enjoy the views as we all-to-quickly descend down valley towards the culmination of this unique journey. By this stage of the trip everyone is fully immersed in the routine of the daily trek which can become quite meditative as the trials and tribulations of our `normal lives are forgotten as we live `in the moment to enjoy the revelations that each corner of the trail brings. While not considered a difficult trek, this journey would rate as a physical hike with one longer day during the crossing the Larke Pass. It is suitable for adventurous people looking to enjoy beautiful mountains accentuated with an insight to the local people and their culture. </p><p> Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime! </p></li><li><p>Trip 1: April 7 24, 2016 (pre-monsoon) Trip 2: September 8 - 25, 2016 (post-monsoon) Day </p><p>1 Arrive Kathmandu </p><p>2 Kathmandu </p><p>3 Drive to Arughat 570m (1,870ft) </p><p>4 Trek to Soti Khola 730m (2,395ft) 6 hrs </p><p>5 Trek to Khorlabesi 970m (3,182ft) 6 -7 hrs </p><p>6 Trek to Jagat 1370m (4,495ft) 5 hrs </p><p>7 Trek to Deng 1540m (5,050ft) 9 hrs </p><p>8 Trek to Ghap 2165m (7,103ft) 3 hrs </p><p>9 Trek to Lihi 2840m (9,317ft) 6 hrs </p><p>10 Trek to Sama Gaon 3525m (11,565ft) 3 hrs </p><p>11 Sama Gaon, rest day, visit Gompa or trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,800m (15,750ft) </p><p>12 Trek to Samdo 3738m (12,263ft) 4 hrs </p><p>13 Trek to Dharamshala 4460m (14,632ft) 4 hrs </p><p>14 Cross over Larke Pass 5213m (17,103ft) </p><p> Trek to Bhimtang 3590m (11,778 ft) 8 hrs </p><p>15 Trek to Tilje 3010m (9,875ft) 6 hrs </p><p>16 Trek to Syange, 1175m (3,854ft) 6 hrs </p><p>17 Jeep to Besishahar 825m (2,706ft), then bus to Kathmandu </p><p>18 Trip Ends depart from Kathmandu </p><p>The Expedition Fee </p><p>The cost of the Manaslu Trek ex Kathmandu, Nepal is US$4,100 per person </p><p>This is an inclusive cost and covers the following: </p><p> Nepalese Government trek royalty fees All trek organisational requirements All trekking permits Airport Transfers in Kathmandu All transport and accommodation in lodges ex Kathmandu All group equipment for the trek All trek staff, including western and Sherpa guides, porter support Transport of 15kg of personal equipment All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu Purified water and all hot drinks including good coffee on the trek Back up Medical services </p><p>The trek fee does not include the following: </p><p> Air travel to and from Nepal Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts or alcohol. Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into KTM) </p></li><li><p> Personal clothing and equipment Personal expenses whilst trekking such as laundry, showers, internet use Personal travel / trip cancellation insurance Excess baggage charges for the trek over 15kg Any rescue costs </p><p>Deposit </p><p>A deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition trek. </p><p>Balance </p><p>The balance is payable by February 7, 2016 for Trip 1 and July 8, 2016 for Trip 2. </p><p>Payments </p><p>All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account: Bank of New Zealand Offshore Branch Wellington New Zealand for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited Account # 1000-594771-0000 Or, we can accept a US Dollar bank check made out to Adventure Consultants Limited. We can also accept your payment via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex ). Please Note: All charges with bank transfers are for the remitters account. </p><p>Cancellation & Refund Policy </p><p>Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis: </p><p> Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit. For cancellations made within 59-30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve </p><p>the right to retain 50% of the full fee. For cancellations within 29 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of </p><p>the full fee applies. We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent. </p></li><li><p> Group Size </p><p>For the Manaslu Trek we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited. </p><p>Visas </p><p>Members will be required to obtain an entry visa into Nepal at the beginning of the expedition. This is easily procured at Kathmandu airport on arrival. Currently a 30-day visa costs US$40. (The trekking permits are a separate matter dealt with by the expedition agent.) </p><p>Food Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. Once in the Manaslu Valley during the trek we will be staying and dining in local lodges. </p><p>Equipment List </p><p>Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided. </p><p>Medical Examination Expedition members will be provided with a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition doctor and treated with full confidentiality. Advice on immunisations will be provided at this time. </p><p>Documentation and Photographs </p><p>Expedition trek members will need to provide 3 passport-photographs for trekking permits and a copy of their passport bio-data page. </p><p>The advantages of trekking and climbing with us </p><p>Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics </p></li><li><p>coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our trekkers the best possible experience. </p><p>We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. </p><p>Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make treks and expeditions safe and successful. </p><p>How to join this expedition </p><p>If you would like to join the expedition, please request a Trek Application Form and forward along with the deposit for the trip. </p><p>Adventure Consultants Ltd PO Box 739 20 Brownston St Lake Wanaka 9343 New Zealand Email: email@example.com Web: www.adventureconsultants.com Phone: + 64 3 443 8711 Fax: + 64 3 443 8733 </p><p> Adventure Consultants is affiliated to the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA), New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) and a corporate member of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Adventure Consultants perform to IFMGA/UIAGM standards and are world leaders in high altitude guiding. </p><p> All material Copyright Adventure Consultants Ltd 2016 </p></li></ul>