“We're two adults, looking for a three week trek this fall in Nepal. We're interested in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, but would love to hear what you recommend. Look forward to hearing your suggestions.”
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Sounds good, great choice. Happy to put together a proposal for you.
The trek itself would cost around $1300 per person, including everything you need during the trek. Plus, there is a $140 per person permit for Manaslu
We can also help with logistics in Kathmandu etc
Besides for flight what are other additional fees?
The price I gave you includes everything Kathmandu - Kathmandu: transport to trailhead in private jeep, guides, accommodation, food, permits etc. Other costs would be your hotel in Kathmandu, anything else you wanted to do while in Nepal. We can help with all that too
Great! When looking at the manaslu trek. I've seen variation on the amount of days it takes to complete. Do you know how many days this trek would be set up for?
This would be 13 days.
But we can add a days if you like. If you have more time you can add a great side trip to Tsum Valley
How many more days would that add on?
It would be about 18 days Kathmandu - Kathmandu. So you should be able to do it in 3 weeks, adding 1 - 2 days at the start and end as a buffer and for some sightseeing etc.
There are 2 of you, right? Do you want to trek as a private party of 2, or potentially join a group?
I don't think we're against either. What are the group sizes normally?
It really depends the trip / time of year, but typically about 3 - 6 people
Is pricing different between a group/private party?
It becomes a bit cheaper with a group. If you are interested in a group rate I can ask one of our local operators. My guess is that it will reduce cost by about $100 - $200 or so, no nothing really dramatic.
Gotcha! I guess the other part is safety. Is it generally recommended to travel in groups? It would be myself and my girlfriend going
I don't think there is are specific safety concerns with either. You will have an experienced, well-trained guide with you at all times. And there will likely be other trekking groups traveling on the same dates.
I think we would be good with doing a private party then
Sounds good. I am going to connect you with our local operator Mads. He is organizing more Manaslu / Tsum Valley treks with us this Fall, so he will be a great person to work with.
Great! Thanks for helping with all my questions. Love this site and what you guys are doing
Mads is based on Australia right now, but has lived in Kathmandu for many years. He still runs his trekking company over there as well, so you're in good hands with him.
Have a good Friday, I'll be following your chat with Mads, and will be available for any questions as well.
Great to hear you are planning to get trekking in Nepal this coming Autumn! We would be super happy to help you with a Manaslu and Tsum trek in October. I will upload a dossier with a brief itinerary and price for you, have a look and see what you think
I don't know if you are at all flexible with your timing but we do have one person booked for this exact same trek leaving Kathmandu on the 5th of November and as you will see from the pricing, you save a fair bit by going more people together
Similarly it you can go in November we could keep your dates as an open group and try to add more people to the group, it gets even cheaper with for 4 people or more in the group
Included in the price is all your permits it all adds up to a little more than USD 200 just for permits, just you know how much of the price that is... If you have any questions or if you need help with your Kathmandu stay as well please let me know
Hey Mads! Appreciate the itinerary info. We have a slight change with the dates. What are your thoughts September to October (Sept 7th or 8th - October 1st)
Till 3rd week of September it can still be super wet in Nepal from the monsoon. Having said that, if you don't mind getting a bit wet and super hot the first few days of the trek then it is still doable. At the end of the monsoon roads like the one you are getting on can be a bit of a mess from a few month of raid, so the drive to the start could be a bit harder but it is all part of the adventure... As I said it is definitely possible and once you get up into Tsum and higher up on the Manaslu it will be great!
Manasku/Tsum Valley Trek would be our first choice but if there is a situation where the roads are impassable or there are landslides or other reasons that the trek would not be possible, what would be Plan B? Other than a few days on either side our dates are not too flexible...
I would maybe suggest doing Nar/Phu, Manang Valley over Thorung La and into Upper Mustang that time of year, that would give you a better trek for the weather in September
Would it be possible plan for doing the Manaslu/Tsum Valley and keep Upper Mustang as backup if there are issues closer to the date?
Is the trek you mentioned the Annapurna circuit? I've heard there were issues with the rose going through it?
We can do that, have a plan A and a plan B that is no problem. With the road going in around the Annapurnas, you are actually going to use it to your advantage, it has been there for a while and is pretty solid up till Charme, the district headquarters of the Manang district. So you will drive to where you start trekking into the Nar and Phu valleys... When you come out over the Kang La into the Manang valley, you have a couple of hours walk on the jeep track to Manang, that is all you will walk on it because from Manang up over Thorung La there is no jeep track, only walking tracks. In Upper Mustang there are some parts that have jeep tracks and others that don't, again on your way in you will walk on the trails but to manage to get out in time for your flight home on the 1st Oct we can drive you down to Jomsom, so using these tracks to optimize the amount of time spend trekking where the trekking is great...
Awesome!! We're gonna do some more research and have a lot more questions lol. Having a plan A & B sounds like a great option. Right now we're in the process of purchasing the plane tickets. Should we plan on having 20 days of trekking and 2 days before & after the hike? Also, is there a deposit for scheduling dates?
That sounds great, yes two days before and after is good. Before the trek we need your passports for a day to make permits and after it is good to have a little buffer and or time to rest after the trek before flying home. We can of course help with hotel bookings and some sightseeing for your Kathmandu time... Yes we take a USD 400 per person deposit for scheduling this in, so please let us know when you have the flights booked and we can get the deposit and plan A and B in place.
I am just going to go offline for a 3 hours or so but if you have any questions meanwhile, please don't hesitate to ask
Sounds good! We booked our plane tickets (Flying out 9/5 and returning 10/1) With the deposit, will this come off of the total trekking expense?
Yes absolutely it will be deducted and adjusted on the final payment for the trek, which we will take one month prior to your arrival in Nepal.
Great about the flights, I will put the dates in your dossier, leaving Kathmandu for the start of the trek on the 7th Sept.
For our plan B you now have quite a bit extra time, if you leave Kathmandu on the 7th you would be back on the 24th, do you want me to add a couple of extra trekking days in places where there are some good side trips? Or do you want to see something else while in Nepal, like Pokhara or Chitwan?
We're arriving late on the 6th, around 10/11pm. Do you think it would be difficult to start on the 7th? We could also start on the 8th if that will give us more time to get permits?
If plan B is the route, seeing Chitwan and Pokhara would be awesome. We're open to other options as well
Yes better to start on the 8th then!
That means you will be back in Kathmandu on the 25th, is that okay or do you want me to add a couple of days on the trek in places with nice side trips?
If we can extend it out to maybe the 28th I think that would work out well!
great I will add a few really nice days and then upload a revised dossier for you here, if you think that looks good then we can proceed and start plannning
Everything looks good! It looks like we'll have some extra days in Kathmandu. What are your suggestions for hotel & transportation from the airport to the hotel? We'll be getting in pretty late on the 6th
We can certainly help you with an airport pickup on the 6th even if you are coming into Kathmandu late. Before I suggest some hotels, I would like to get an idea about what kind of hotels you like. Smaller more authentic places or larger ones with more facilities? Budget, standard or high end? Once I know what your preference is in terms of hotels, I can make a little arrival package for you, for those first two nights and your arrival transfer. I can also help you with some sightseeing on the 7th to fill in the day while we make your permits. We run some very exciting off beat tour where you are taken around Kathmandu on classic Vespa scooters, have a look here: www.vespavalley.com or we could do something a little more traditional with a car and a guide. Just let me know and I will put something together for you
That looks awesome lol
We haven't looked into pricing on hotels yet but would like more towards standard/high end.
okay smaller properties or bigger? Here is a small one we like http://www.traditionalhomes.com.np/ and a big one we also like http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/index.php Here is a standard one we use a lot: http://www.hotelmanaslu.com/ and here is the top end hotel in Kathmandu http://dwarikas.com/
Hotel Manaslu looks solid! We were budgeting between $70 - $90 and it looks like this fits right in that range
Yes it is good and will be in that range, so I will use that for you
how about the sightseeing, would you like me to include some of that or just have the 7th to do your own thing?
I think we might be best doing our own thing, I have a feeling we're going to be hurting after the flights lol.
We'll also have the 29th / 30th and most of the day on the 1st to do some sightseeing as well
Yep sounds like a good idea to rest up! Would you like me to include Manaslu after the trek in the price as well? Then for the sightseeing we can always see about that when you get back from trek, how does that sound?
very good, I will put this together for you a little later today and send a revised itinerary and price with the hotels and airport transfers included, you fly out on the 1st Oct?
then tomorrow I will get you a deposit payment form and once we have that we can start making bookings for you, does that sound okay?
Yea, flight out on Oct 1st is 11:15pm
That should work!
very good, we work with this hotel a lot, so I will get you a late checkout on the 1st at no extra cost!
We are good to go, looks great!
Hey, we are trying to make sure we have all of the necessary gear. Do you have a list of what we should bring and what you guys are providing for the trek?
Also, do you have any suggestions for travel insurance and when do we need to get the supplement by?
Thank you, that will be great. There is still plenty of time but any information will be helpful.
Very easy to book, great system to ask questions and get answers. The system flows creating a great overall experience.
Mads and team were fantastic and made us feel taken care of from start to finish. We had obstacles come up which required adjusting our itinerary , Mads and team were able to accommodate and offer alternative recommendations that fit what we wanted.