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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Manaslu Heli Trek begins with a fantanstic helicopter ride through the Budhi Gandaki valley allowing you to experience the beauty of Manaslu Conservation Area and simultaneously providing the breath taking vistas of Mount Manaslu, one of the 8 highest mountain peaks in the world.

This trip is designed to those who have limited time for trekking around Manaslu region. This is an easy trek which covers the beautiful parts of Manaslu region with close up view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

Beginning from Namrung as the helicopter flight lands, we trek for 4 to 5 hours to Lho village and further trek through the diverse ethnic villages. It is also possible to see the old Tibetan Buddhist culture, monasteries, chortens, mani walls and prayers flags fluttering in and around. The Larkya Pass (5140m), the high point of the route, presents a gentle slope before plunging abruptly to reach the lower valleys.

Superb panoramas, typical villages inhabited by different ethnic groups and helicopter ride of 35 minutes at the beginning make this trek a beautiful experience. After the completion of the trek you drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar.


Trip highlights

  • One of the least explored regions in the hidden corners of Mid-West Himalaya
  • Pass through the Nepal’s longest mountain pass, Larke La pass 5106m
  • Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and more snowcapped mountains and Iconic villages by flying
  • Fusion of Unique Nepali and Tibetan culture in the local area
  • Iconic villages such as, Mu Gompa, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, etc.
  • Breathtaking high altitude pass, Larkya La (5160 m)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m).

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Namrung (2630m) – approx. 35 Mins

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to take the helicopter flight to Namrung. Nestled in the wilderness of the secluded Nubri Valley, lies Namrung amidst rich fauna and flora, lapped on the Mt. Manasalu, along the Manasalu trekking circuit. You can take a walk around the village or visit the monastery. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Trek from Namrung to Lho Gaon (3180m) – approx. 6/7 hours

The sunrise over Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli gives you a pleasant start to the day. After breakfast, we’ll be crossing Lihi village leading to the Hinang River, heading towards the direction of Himal Chuli Base Camp (4020m) at the left for a visit to a beautiful Buddhist monastery Hinang Gumba (3120m) and return back the same route to continue towards Lho Gaon. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Lho Gaon to Punggen Monastery (4050m) - Samagaon (3520m) – approx. 7/8 hours

After breakfast in Lho, you'll pass through the villages of Shyala before reaching Sama Village. In Shyala village you'll be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead. Other snowcapped peaks can be seen to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where you'll spend the night. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3875m) – approx. 4/5 hours

In the morning, after breakfast, we climb uphill along a deserted path and windy valley to Samdo. We follow Budhi Gandaki River and cross a bridge to take a trail that leads us to Larkya La. The trail passes through a charming forest full of rhododendron, juniper and birch trees. The mani walls on the way add to the charm of the path. Moving ahead, we climb up to Samdo, a place that is just 4 km away from the Tibetan border. We can see a Tibetan refugee village in here with some adorable views of Mt. Manaslu, Simnang Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall, etc. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Samdo. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4460m) – approx. 4/5 hours

A short and easy walk to Larkya Phedi from Samdo takes about 4 hours. We cross a wooden bridge as we start ascending from here. Along the way, we can witness the Larkya Glacier. We continue climbing as we arrive at a guest house in Larkya Phedi which is also known locally as Dharmasala, there are some isolated tea houses

Day 08: Trek from Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3590m) – approx. 9/10 hhours

Today can be regarded as one of the most challenging days of the whole trek. After climb for a short while we get spectacular views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. As we ascend towards the pass the trails becomes steeper. Once we arrive at the Larkya Pass (5140M), we are greeted with amazing views of Kangaru, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Namjung Himal, Ratna Chuli and Annapurna II. We descend steep towards Bimthang from here with the view of Manasalu. You need to be careful that some sections while descending are too steep and icy, you are advised to put on your crampons. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09: Trek from Bimthang to Tilje (2300m) – approx. 7/8 hours

Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 metres. As we continue, we pass across fields and make a steep climb over a ridge to reach Tiliche. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani (1963m) – approx. 1 hours, Drive to Besisahar and further to Kathmandu

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we descend through a stone-paved path along with a village to Thonje village. We cross a police checkpoint on the way to Dharapani, the point that joins the route with the route of Annapurna Circuit. From Dharapani, we take a jeep that will drop us at Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take another vehicle that will drive us back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel

Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 11 Days
  • Grade : Moderate Trek
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & lodge (tea house)
  • Max Altitude : 5106m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English Speaking local Tour Guide and entry fees
  • All meals during the trek to Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Accomodation during the trek in Tea house
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters (ratio:2 members=1 porter) during the trek (per member max 12-13kg weight)
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Namrung by Helicopter
  • Transfer from Dharanpani to Kathmandu via Besisahar by private land transportation
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Annapurna Conservation Fees
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs for the trek
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, we recommend you to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal visa
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight)
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the Everest Base Camp trek.
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu


Extension Tours

Paragliding
Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour
Rafting

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Manaslu Heli Trek

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Manaslu Heli Trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek

Manaslu Heli Trek is a moderate trek that goes right into remotest corner of high mountain country and over high pass. The maximum altitude you reach is at 5106 meters. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

5. Trekking Type

Manaslu Heli Trek is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.

6. Accommodation on the trek

There are plenty of basic, clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners and a porter is sent ahead to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

7. Food on the Trek

On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

8. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid-afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

9. Land Transfers

We take a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Namrung in Manaslu region. After the completion of the trek you will be transferred back to Kathmandu from Dharapani via Besisahar by private transportation.

10. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek

Our 11 days Manaslu Heli Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the trek besides your included meals and accommodation.

11. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

12. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

13. Facility of communication available on trek

Communication during Manaslu Heli Trek is not challenging but there are certain things to be considered. Phone reception is available in most of the places during the trek. Likewise, WIFI services are also available on the trail. To use WIFI services, you are expected to pay a fee. These fees increase as you scale up the higher altitude. Usually, the cost of WIFI services ranges about NPR 400-500 each depending upon the location you are staying in. And another option to stay connected with your family back home is by using an internet data package if you have a local SIM card. You can buy a SIM card around the street of your trip hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara or ask your guide to arrange it one for you. However, we must inform you that internet service may not be strong in all places.

14. Luggage while trekking

During Manaslu Heli Trekking, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for travel safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.

15. Trekking Gears and Equipments

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

15. Trekking Gears and Equipments

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

16. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

17. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

18. Rescue /Evacuation

Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

19. Insurance

Before joining the Manaslu Heli Trekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

20. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

21. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Manaslu Heli Trekking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

22. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

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