“I have about 19 days total in Nepal. I have no other plans there so wouldn't mind if I was hiking the whole time. I ideally want to go somewhere not too much on the touristy path but still see a little bit of culture and some great views.
I don't really have any specific ideas for a trek, other than that I don't really want to do Everest Base Camp as I think it may be too crowded.
I will be doing a month long hike in the border of northern India and Nepal in April for a medical project so I guess seeing different parts to that would be good”
Richard Ball, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Manaslu Circuit Trek - The Ultimate off-the-beaten-path Trek in Nepal - 13 to 19 days.
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Hi, welcome to kimkim!
Hi Alex. I'm planning a trip at pretty short notice sorry
Happy to help you plan and book your trip to Nepal. Just going through your details now.
There's a range of treks in Nepal, and there are some great options without the high altitude but still with great views.
I'll make a few suggestions right away, based on that. Trek lengths vary from 4 to 14 days, roughly.
There's a two week (roughly) trek in the Annapurna region that combines the Annapurna Sanctuary (you'll get in close to the mountains but without going too high) that also takes you to Ghorepani and Poon Hill. It's a little touristy, but there would be days that you'll see less tourists than others.
The Manaslu Trek would be great, but you'll have to pass close to 5100m, which is just 700m shy of the height of Kilmanjaro. Hard to predict if you'll experience altitude issues, though.
They all can be somewhat customized, but they are all roughly two weeks.
Did one of them stand out the most to you?
I'm not sure. I would really like to challenge my self and the issue on Kilimanjaro was mostly breathing - which I struggled to carry my own bag. But I have been up around 4000m since and was OK from that post of view. My trip in India is in a place called Daramasala which is low altitude too but I'm guessing would have very different scenery to Annapurna being on the other side of the country
Part of me feels like I would be doing the himalaya properly with out some altitude which I know isn't true at all
Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj?
Yep that's it
*wouldn't be doing it properly
If you'll be trekking around Dharamsala, then I would skip on the Langtang trek as that would be the most similar to the area around there. The Manaslu and Annapurna treks would give you the best contrast, and if you felt like trying to attempt an altitude of 4000m+ again (the highest point will be 4460m), then I would recommend Manaslu. It will fit your budget, is one of the best treks in Nepal, and has some amazing scenery - both for villages, mountains, and steep valleys :)
I think that's probably the one I'm most swaying towards too
One more thing, you would have a porter with you to carry your bag so that may help.
Oh OK. But you still carry a day bag?
You can pack it light, though, if you need to, and have a porter carry the bulk of the weight.
Let me bring in Richard; he's our local expert on the Manaslu Circuit (he's actually one of the key people responsible for opening it up as a teahouse trek). He's connected to great guides, and can help you arrange and book everything (permits, transport, etc.) He'll give you a quote and you can go from there. Sound good?
Sounds perfect. Thanks Alex
Nice to meet you!
OK, I am sure you'll enjoy the Manaslu trek. Normally it is done at a much more reasonable pace than Kilimanjaro. They do some crazy rates of ascent there due to the cost of the permit. No wonder you were sick.
14th of March, highly likely we can pair you with someone.
If this sounds good, we can send you an itinerary and a quote.
This sounds great. I look forward to hearing from you
Are you set to arrive in Kathmandu on March 14, then?
I don't have confirmed flights so a couple of days either side is OK but 14th was the aim
Sounds good. We'll aim for then.
We have to find a group leaving on or around the same date for you to join however so going to work on that.
Quoted price works great for me. I'm going to go ahead and book plane tickets and if we can't find some one on the manasIu circuit I will just join a different trek that works with the timings
OK, sounds great. Please let me know the date you arrive in Kathmandu.
I have booked flights that arrive the 14th March at 16.50 and leave 2nd April
Some confusion between Kim kim, ManasIu Circuit trek and Magical Nepal and who I was actually dealing with - need to be made as a clear distinction which agency is doing what. Also I didn't receive any it in art etc until I asked as Magical Nepal assumed Kim kim had given it to me
I'm not sure what exactly Richard does. Alex was awesome bit Richard seemed to only be a connection between Alex and Pradeep . Also l spent a week waiting to see if he could match my dates with other hikers. At the end of the week I emailed to see what was happening and the reply was like "oh you wanted us to keep looking" - a bit frustrated with the service. Cannot speak more highly of Alex who was available at any time of the day and tried his best to sort out my issues