“We are looking to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September. We are experienced hikers (have done Kilimanjaro a few years ago) and are looking for a remote, somewhat challenging trek that is less crowded than Everest or Annapurna. We are 2 friends in our thirties.”
Ngima Dorji Sherpa, 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 - 15 Days.
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It's my pleasure to be here to help you with your trip to Manaslu for coming September.
I have attached below the program itinerary and cost with your preferred date. Hope you will find it clear and in order. Please feel free to write to us incase of any confusions or any further queries.
Look forward to hear from you.
Thanks Ngima, a few questions:
1. Most of the other tour companies suggest an acclimatization day in Samagaon. Is there a reason your itinerary doesn't include this? Is it not necessary?
2. Most tour companies drive to Kathmandu from Syange whereas this itinerary goes from Besisahar? Which one is better? What is the difference?
Well, we have program with Namrung to Shyala and then to Samagaon next day. This is similar to going direct Namrung to Samagon and having restday in Samagaon from the acclimatization point of view.
Moreover, we are not much aware about your total available trek days. Hence, we have placed your drive from Sirichaur to Kathmandu. If you have few more extra days then we can place your drive from Syange to Kathmandu. Please refer to our below provided option for Round Manaslu trip.
Looking forward to hear your thoughts on it.
Thanks Ngima. Can you please confirm a few more things for me.
- Do all the trekking companies stay in the same lodges or are there differences in the standard of them?
- Confirm private transfers
- A the guides fluent in english? Will they be teaching us about the history of nepal and the areas we are trekking around?
-Some tours start in Arugat and some start in Sotikhola, what is the difference
- Also a 7hr drive to soti khola is very long is there any way this can be shortened
- Some trips end in Syange and some trips end in Besisahar, what is the difference?
- Can you also please confirm we can start on our chosen date, which as this stage will be arriving in kathmandu on the 12th of September?
I also wanted to know if we could reduce the trekking part of the trip 1 to 2 days
- There are many lodges in the trekking route which are of more or less same standards. The lodges are selected depending upon your days destination.
- Yes, the guides are fluent in English and very well experienced in guiding the trip. They can brief you about the history of Nepal and basic information about the trek region. But please do not expect to get full history as told by geography expert.
- Starting trek from either Arughat or Sotikhola is just a matter of clients' time availability. If clients have more time they can trek from Arughat else start trek from Sotikhola to save one day. The difference is just the distance. Same is the case with Syange or Besisahar part.
- The only option to reduce driving time is to drop in Arughat and start trek to Sotikhola.
- Yes, you can start your trip in your selected date. The trip will be a private trek with your guide and porter.
- You can select the former option of 13 days trek which is the shortest route we offer for round Manaslu.
Hi Ngigma, when you say former option - what do you mean?
What time do we need to get into Kathmandu the day before to start the trek?
Also, what is the best price you can do for the 13 day trek?
Former option refers to our 1st program proposal provided to you in above attachment which is a 13 days trek program. The cost is also mentioned in the program which is the best minimum price for two travelling pax. I have once again attached the program below for your kind reference.
You will need to be in Kathmandu until afternoon on the day before trek starting day as we will need to meet for trip breifing in the evening of the day before trek commencement day.
Hi Ngima, I had one more question for you. A few other itineraries i have seen end in Dharapani. I believe the route from Dharapani to Besisahur is mainly on road? Which is what you have proposed. Is there an option to end in Dharapani? What are the pro's con's?
Hi Ngima, Do you also have a suggested packing list for this trek
Thanks - if the jeep was taken from Dharapani would that shorten the trip.
You can trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani and drive back to Kathmandu next day which can let you save one more day. But the road is not black topped up there and can be muddy incase of any rain during September. In this case, the jeep might not be able to go up there. However, we can hope for the good weather.
Attached below is the revised program and equipment list for the trek for your kind reference.
Look forward to hear from you.
Thanks for this reply Ngima. The stops i would miss out on in this new itinerary are Sirichaur – Besisahar and Tilije - Sirichaur. Ngima, are these really beautiful and worthwhile? or is missing them no big deal? I would like to book this trip in the next day or two
I am happy to spend the extra day with the first itinerary but only if that part of the hike is still really beautiful
The scenery from Bhimthang to Sirichaur is worth watching. You can have a good views from Tal and enjoy looking waterfalls. Moreover, the main part of concern is the road condition from Besisahar to Dharapani as it is not black topped and it can still be muddy during September which is end season of monsoon. However, nothing can be said about mother nature as it can continue raining or get dry soon making roads dry. We still recommend you to trek down to Besisahar enjoying the scenery and get jeep from Besisahar.
Ok Ngima, I will go with that original option. Can you please start the itinerary from the 13th of September i will be arriving in Kathmandu the morning of the 12th.
Thanks for your trip selection and confirmation. Attached below is the revised program starting from 13th.
Hi Guys, I am really sorry about this but i need to slightly adjust the itinerary. Can we please make it so that the trek starts on Wednesday the 14th of September therefore arriving back in Kathmandu Monday the 26th of September. Can you please submit a new itinerary and payment instructions. Thank you
Yes we can adjust the itinerary as for your request , the itinerary remains same just the dates will move from 12th September to 14th September and finished the trek on 26th September.
Looking forward to welcome you to Nepal .
I also wanted to know what equipment was available to hire and what the pricing for each piece of equipment is
You can get sleeping bag and down jackets on hiring basis. The rental charge will be USD One per day for for one sleeping bag and same rate for down jacket too.
Thanks for your payment. Attached is your updated program itinerary.
Now we would like to request you to provide us both of your passport and passport size photo scanned copy which can be used to obtain permits later. You can either upload your passport and photo here in jpg/ pdf format.
Also please fill out our booking form attached herewith for our official record too from which we can have your family information and contact numbers to use incase of any contingency during trek.
Looking forward to hear from you.
Can you also please inform your hotel name and address in Kathmandu so that we can meet up for trek briefing one day prior to trek in your hotel?
Looking forward to hear from you along with the documents requested.
Ngima i will send you passport and photos tomorrow
I had a question: Is there mobile phone reception on the trail? Also are we able to charge our phones?
We will look forward to receive your mail.
And yes you can access your mobile network in most of the places on the route and you can also charge your phone in the lodges.
Actually, we have different mobile carriers used in Nepal whose tower reception signal strength will vary depending upon location of repeater towers of the mobile operator company. In some places there are no towers and the mobile can be dead in those places. Among all the carriers, Nepal Telecom's CDMA sim is recommended for rural area communication. But please be informed that although you can access network with this sim in most of the places, you might not be able to get signal in some places using this carrier too.
Thanks. What do you recommend in regards to requiring a sleeping bag? Are blankets sufficient in the tea houses?
I also wanted to ask if we need to provide the rucksack for the porter? What will he carry our gear in?
We recommend you to bring your own nice sleeping bag. The blankets are available in the lodges but might not be as expected and sufficient.
You will not need to provide rucksack for the porter. We will make backpack available for porters to keep/ carry your gears.
Please do let us know your arrival time tomorrow and the name and address of your hotel in Kathmandu. We need to collect your original passport inorder to issue Manaslu permits. Please call me in my mobile number 9851036115 as soon as you land Kathmandu so that we can arrange time to meet up. We need to do this tomorrow anyhow as the government has declared public holiday due to Eid festival and the permits issuing office will be closed on Tuesday.
Looking forward to hear from you asap.