+977-9846716683 info@blissfulnepal.com
+977-9846716683 info@blissfulnepal.com

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

(14 Reviews)
Remote Trek
From$1,999$1,799
Available: 30 seats
* Please select all required fields to proceed to the next step.

Proceed Booking

Save To Wish List

Adding item to wishlist requires an account

3914
  • RegionManaslu
  • Duration 15 Days
  • ActivityTrekking
  • Start / End PointKathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5106m/16752ft ft at Larke Pass
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Distance Arughat-Besisahar(177km/110miles)
  • Group SizeMin: 2, Max: 15
  • Transport Private Vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • MealsB|L|D on trek, |B| in Kathmandu
  • AccommmodationHotel/Lodges
  • Best TimeMarch - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Overview

Embarking on the Manaslu Circuit trek is akin to stepping into a realm untouched and unexplored, a venture reserved for those who seek the raw authenticity of nature and the rich cultural tapestry woven by the resilient inhabitants of the Himalayas. It’s not merely a trek; it’s an odyssey through the heart of a secluded haven, where the majesty of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, beckons with its awe-inspiring presence.

Commencing this journey from the quaint town of Arughat in Gorkha, the trail winds its way to the base of Mt. Manaslu, offering trekkers a panorama of unparalleled alpine beauty. This region, opened to trekkers in 1992, holds secrets and treasures yet to be discovered, making it a haven for those in pursuit of untouched landscapes and authentic cultural encounters.

As you tread along the trails, you’ll find yourself in the closest proximity to the Tibetan border, where Mt. Manaslu is revered as “The Spirit-Mountain.” The inhabitants, deeply connected to nature, live in harmony with the land. Buddhist philosophy permeates the atmosphere, evident in the prohibition of animal killings and the myriad monuments and artwork that adorn the trail, echoing the teachings of the Buddha.

The pinnacle of this trek lies at ‘Larkya La Pass,’ standing proudly at 5,106 meters – a dramatic pass that encapsulates the true essence of Himalayan adventure. The journey demands a formidable physical condition, but our meticulously designed itinerary ensures proper acclimatization and offers captivating walks on mountain trails that etch everlasting memories into the fabric of your experience.

For those seeking spiritual significance, the Tsum Valley trek unveils a sacred journey intertwined with the Manaslu Circuit. Together, they form a harmonious exploration of nature, culture, and self-discovery. This odyssey is not just a trek; it’s an opportunity to revel in the rawness of nature, immerse yourself in authentic culture, and create memories that transcend time.

So, what are you waiting for? Embark on this unparalleled quest, where the untouched landscapes of Manaslu and the Himalayan foothills await, promising an odyssey that transcends the boundaries of ordinary trekking.

Highlights of the Manaslu Trek
  • The chance to traverse the 5,213-meter-high Larkya La pass, which provides breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Mount Manaslu
  • The opportunity to experience the culture and way of life of the local Gurung and Tibetan-influenced communities
  • The variety of landscapes trekkers will encounter, including forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude deserts
  • The sense of adventure and remoteness that comes with completing a strenuous trek in a less-traveled region of Nepal;the chance to go to the Bhimtang valley, which is renowned for its cultural importance and natural beauty.
  • The genuine flavors of regional food and alcoholic beverages
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival Day in Kathmandu (1400m / 4593ft)

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by a representative from the Blissful Nepal Trekking and Tour. They’ll assist with the transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax, explore Kathmandu, and adjust to the time zone.

Day 02Trek preparation day

Your free day in Kathmandu. This day is required to make Manaslu Circuit Trek special permit with your original passport. Later in the evening, there will be a pre-trek briefing where you’ll meet your trek leader, receive additional information about the journey, and have any queries addressed. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03Drive to Machha Khola by Jeep (870m / 2854ft)

We’ll journey to Machhakhola either by local bus or private vehicle, depending on your group size and package. Our route will take us along the scenic Prithvi Highway, traversing through the stunning highlands. Upon passing Dhading Besi, the road becomes rugged as we ascend towards Gola Bhanjyang, treating us to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks. Following the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, we’ll continue our journey until we reach Soti Khola. From there, it’s approximately another hour to reach Machhakhola. Enjoy your stay at the guest house upon arrival.

Day 04Trek Machha Khola to Jagat. Walking 6:30 hours

The Manaslu Circuit Trek commences today, tracing the course alongside the Budhigandaki River from Khorlabesi, passing by the rejuvenating warm spring at Tatopani. Crossing the river, our path continues along the eastern banks, leading us to an impressive 195m cantilever bridge anchored into the cliff at Yarubagar. Along the way, we’re treated to the sight of gracefully cascading waterfalls before pausing for a lunch break at Dobhan. Progressing past Yaruphant, we transition to the western banks of the Budhigandaki, trekking for approximately half an hour until we officially enter the Manaslu Conservation Area at Jagat. We’ll spend the night at Jagat, ready for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 05Jagat to Deng. Walking 6 hours (1860m)

Continuing our trek, we follow the slate-paved path descending to a suspension bridge, then embark on a gradual ascent past Salleri and Sirdibas. En route, captivating Buddhist monuments adorn the trail, adding to the allure of the journey. After nearly two hours of walking beyond Philim along the western banks, we encounter a junction where the path to Tsum Valley diverges to our right. Opting to proceed straight ahead, we cross a metal bridge over the Budhigandaki and continue our trek westward along the river. As we advance, the terrain transitions into a forested trail, and a steady uphill climb brings us into the Nubri Valley, where the presence of Tibetan Buddhist symbols becomes more pronounced. After a bit more walking, we finally reach Deng, where we will spend the night, ready to recharge for the adventures ahead.

Day 06Deng to Namrung, (2660m) (6-7 hours)

Today’s trek continues alongside the river on its northeastern bank. As we progress, we’ll reach Ghap, a charming Buddhist village adorned with numerous Mani stones and Chortens. After Ghap, we’ll cross a wooden bridge spanning the Budhigandaki River and ascend through a gentle rhododendron forest to reach Namrung. This picturesque highland village is steeped in Buddhist culture. Overnight stay in Namrung.

Day 07Namrung to Lho. Walking 6:30 hours 3180m/10430ft

After breakfast, we resume our trek along a trail that leads into the inner Himalayan range. Crossing the glacial Hinang River at Lamagaon, we make our way towards Lho. Along the trail, we’re treated to breathtaking views of peaks such as Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, and Lajing Peak, captivating us at every turn. As we ascend, the landscape transitions to sparse alpine vegetation. Our short trek today concludes as we encounter mani walls, Chortens, prayer flags, and monasteries, indicating our arrival in the highland village of Lho, where we’ll spend the night. The Ribung Gompa stands majestically against the backdrop of Mt. Manaslu, offering a spectacular sight.

Day 08Lho to Samagompa . Walking 6:30 hours

Today’s trek is designed to aid in acclimatization and prevent altitude sickness, with shorter distances covered over the next few days. We begin our journey through a stone gate adorned with colorful mani walls, offering a striking view of Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) directly ahead. Trekking onwards, we ascend to Punggen Glacier, where we’re treated to a close-up view of the majestic Manaslu. Finally, we follow the trail along the lateral moraine of Punggen Glacier until we reach Sama Gaon, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 09Acclimatization and exploration day in Sama Gaon

After trekking for over a week, it’s important to acclimatize properly before ascending to higher elevations, particularly towards Larkya La Pass (5106m). Therefore, we’ll take a day to rest and explore Sama Gaon. During this day hike, you’ll visit Manaslu Base Camp, offering stunning views of Manaslu, Larke, and Naike Peak, as well as the Punggen and Manaslu glaciers, among other natural wonders. Additionally, we’ll take a walk to Birendra Lake, which boasts crystal blue waters in the summer and glistening ice formations in the winter, providing a spectacular sight year-round.

Day 10Sama Gaon to Samdo. Walking 6:30 hours

We have a leisurely day ahead as we embark on a gentle ascent towards Samdo, following the tranquil path through the windswept valley. Just 4 kilometers north lies the Tibetan border, lending Samdo its distinctive Tibetan influence. As we approach, we’ll notice plenty of Tibetan traces in the settlement. Moreover, we’ll be treated to mesmerizing vistas of Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang Chuli), Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu Icefall, and numerous other majestic peaks that adorn the horizon, creating a truly awe-inspiring scene.

Day 11Samdo to Dharamashala. Walking 6:30 hours

The trail leads us along the ancient trade route to Tibet, crossing a bridge and ascending through the bustling markets of Larkya bazaar. After approximately three hours of hiking past glaciers and increasingly stunning panoramas, we reach the high camp at Dharamsala, also known as Larke La Phedi. Here, amidst breathtaking alpine scenery, we enjoy lunch while observing blue sheep grazing on the desolate hill-sides nearby. The altitude and cold at Dharamsala are noticeable, so it’s important to take it easy and stay warm as we prepare for the next day’s journey over Larke La Pass. Overall, this leg of the trek entails a 5-hour hike from the departure point at our accommodation early in the morning.

Day 12Dharamashala to Bhimtang via Larkya La pass (5213m/17098). Walking 7:30 hours

The highlight of our trek is reaching the summit of the highest point, Larkya La pass. We begin with a short hike up to Larkya Glacier, where the surrounding area offers stunning views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. As we continue, the terrain becomes steeper until we finally reach the summit at 5,106m. Despite the challenging ascent, the reward is immense as we are greeted by a breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas. The majestic peaks of Cheo Himal, Annapurna II, Kangguru Himal, and Himlung Himal come into view, leaving an indelible impression on us. After soaking in the magnificent scenery, we descend to Taubuche. Eventually, we arrive at Bimthang, where we’ll spend the night at a tea house, reflecting on the incredible experience of summiting Larkya La Pass.

Day 13Bhimtang to Dharapani. Walking 6 hours

After breakfast, we’ll embark on our final day of trekking towards Dharapani, passing through the charming villages of Gowa and Tilche along the way. We’ll cross the Dudh Khola using a suspension bridge before following the path through the lower valley to reach Dharapani. Notably, both the Manaslu circuit trek permits and the Annapurna circuit trek permits are issued in Dharapani, indicating its significance as a trekking hub. Here, we’ll join the well-known Annapurna circuit trekking trail.

Note: If you have ample time and are interested, you can extend your trek to the Annapurna Circuit (Thorong La Pass 5,416m) or embark on the Tilicho Lake Trek from this point onwards.

Day 14Drive to Besishar by local sharing Jeep then continue drive to Kathmandu by car. 7:30 hours

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off on a picturesque journey alongside the Marsyangdi River, passing through quaint settlements until we reach Besisahar. From there, we’ll transition to a private car and continue our journey along the Prithivi Highway, following the course of the Trishuli River. En route, we’ll be treated to scenic vistas of rice fields, terraced farms, lush valleys, and captivating mountain landscapes. After a 7 to 8-hour drive by Jeep and Microbus, we’ll safely arrive back in Kathmandu, marking the end of our unforgettable trekking adventure.

Day 15Final departure

As our journey draws to a close, we’ll ensure you reach the airport three hours prior to your departure. We trust your trip was fulfilling, brimming with unforgettable experiences. Until we meet again in this charming, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring nation, farewell. Safe travels!

Include / Excludes

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • 3 nights accommodation at Apsara Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu or similar (Breakfast Included)
  • 12 nights accommodation at the mountain lodges during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola jeep drop off (Day 03) and Tal to Kathmandu jeep pick-up (Day 15)
  • Accompany of Licensed, English-speaking, well experienced trekking guide with salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • One porter for every two clients (13 Kg luggage per person) - salary, insurance and personal expenses covered
  • Attached bathrooms and hot showers wherever available
  • Trekking permit, TIMS, Manaslu restricted area permit, MCAP and ACAP Permit for the trek and relevant paperwork
  • First-Aid box with medicines (Carried and handled by the guide)
  • All applicable government charges

Complimentaries

  • Farewell dinner at a fine restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek Certificate of Adventure after successful completion of the trek
  • Chlorine solution/tablets for water purification on the trek
  • Complimentary Duffel bag, Blissful T-shirt, and Map of Trekking area as souvenirs
  • Free service of borrowing Down Jacket and Sleeping bags, (rated up to - 20 degrees Celsius)
  • Arrangements for Emergency Helicopter evacuation services (paid by your Travel insurance company)

Price Excludes

  • Nepal Visa and International airfare
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory) - must cover helicopter evacuation, medical expenses, and Trip Cancellation charges
  • Meals in Kathmandu except for breakfast and farewell dinner
  • Personal equipment and other personal expenses such as beverages, confectionaries, laundries, etc.
  • Monument Entrance fees during the sightseeing tour
  • Extra meals, extra porterage service, Wi-Fi, charging of your electronic devices, etc.
  • Tips to your guide, porters, driver and other field staff as a token of appreciation
  • Any other expenses or charges not mentioned in the 'Trip Includes' list
Photos
Good to Know
BASIC

What Sets Blissful Nepal Apart?

Choosing for Blissful Nepal means securing an adept team of mountain guides and a stellar support crew in Kathmandu, ensuring your seamless care right from your arrival. Our round-the-clock international helpline guarantees constant support, and our team, regularly present in Nepal, offers firsthand and informed assistance. Our full-time guides, with over 8 years of average trekking experience in the Himalayas, exclusively work with us. Notably, we are among the select few companies in Nepal to equip all our trekking guides with Wilderness First Aid Certification. Furthermore, our guides have undergone specialized training addressing altitude acclimatization concerns (Meet the Team).

When is the Optimal Trekking Season?

The prime trekking periods in Nepal span from March to Early May and from September to November. While December to February allows for trekking, be prepared for colder conditions albeit with fewer crowds. June to August marks the monsoon season, generally unsuitable for trekking. However, if this timeframe is your sole option, drop us an email for tailored suggestions.

Will the Guide Be Fluent in English?

All our guides boast exceptional fluency in English. With years of experience hosting guests worldwide, they excel in building connections and ensuring seamless communication.

Are Departures Guaranteed to Commence?

Absolutely! Our peak season departures typically sell out, but during off-peak periods, smaller groups prevail. Rest assured, once you secure your deposit, we guarantee the trek’s commencement for you.

Do I Require a Guide? Can't I Self-Guide if I've Prior Trekking Experience?

Our dedicated guides, with their extensive successful trekking history and our guests’ commendations, have earned our trust repeatedly. Time and again, clients laud the trip’s excellence owing to their guide’s invaluable contribution, making it an unforgettable experience.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Is prior trekking experience a must?

We often have first-time trekkers join our groups, so even without experience, you’ll find yourself among like-minded individuals. Your fitness level should comfortably support full-day walking. While previous hiking or trekking experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory.

Are solo female travelers secure during Himalayan treks?

We prioritize the safety of all our trekking participants, irrespective of gender. Nepal, overall, is a safe and hospitable destination for foreign visitors. We maintain enduring relationships with the lodges we use, ensuring they are safe and trustworthy. Additionally, our guides consistently keep track of all guests’ whereabouts during treks. Traveling in small groups enhances our ability to maintain regular communication for added safety.

Are there specific age restrictions for trekking in the Himalayas?

There’s no strict age limit on our expeditions – it’s more about good health and enthusiasm! We’ve welcomed families with children as young as 7 years old on the Everest Base Camp Trek, while our older trekkers have been in their late 70s. For families, we recommend arranging a private trek and allowing a few extra days. Feel free to inquire about tailored arrangements.

PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS

What about additional hotel stays?

Should you require extra hotel nights in Kathmandu before or after the trek, we can arrange accommodations at an extra cost. Kindly inform us of your requirements before your arrival in Nepal, allowing us to make the necessary arrangements as per your needs. (Read our blog post: Booking Additional Hotel Nights)

What incidental expenses should I anticipate?

Our trekking packages are comprehensive, covering most expenses from your arrival in Nepal. We advise budgeting approximately $300 to $400 for incidental costs, which may include tips and additional expenses like the Nepal Visa, rental charges for items such as sleeping bags or down jackets, showers, Wi-Fi, snacks, and charging facilities for electronic devices at tea houses along the trekking route. Furthermore, it’s prudent to have extra funds available, either in cash or on a credit card, in case of flight cancellations to Lukla, where you might opt for a chartered helicopter. (Terms of Service – Additional Expenses)

Can I rely on credit cards during my trekking journey?

In most instances throughout Nepal, credit card usage is limited. While there are ATMs available in Kathmandu offering favorable currency exchange rates when withdrawing rupees, please be aware that these ATMs typically impose a $5 USD service fee alongside potential bank charges. Moreover, these ATMs often enforce a daily withdrawal limit of 25,000 rupees (approximately $215 USD).

How do you prefer the remaining payment upon arrival in Kathmandu - in US cash or via credit card?

We gladly accept various major currencies. You have the flexibility to settle the balance either in cash or through credit card payment. However, it’s important to note that for credit card transactions, we levy a 3.5% fee. Hence, paying in cash is highly recommended to avoid additional charges.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty of a hike or walk depends on terrain steepness and altitude. Most trips for moderately active people cover gentle terrain at lower altitudes, often with shorter route options. Breaks can be taken along the trails.

What's the recommended Fitness Regimen for Preparation?

In terms of physical readiness before embarking on the trek, engaging in cardio-based exercises such as running and long-distance walking is beneficial. If feasible, undertaking several weekend hikes in your vicinity can also aid preparation. Our website offers a training guide tailored for the Everest Base Camp that might provide valuable insights: Training for Everest Base Camp.

What physical conditions indicate sufficient trekking fitness?

Individuals with acute or chronic health issues affecting stamina, flexibility, coordination, or balance might face challenges completing the trek. If uncertain about your physical preparedness, it’s advisable to consult a physician well ahead of booking your trip.

PREPARATION & PACKING

Are there weight limits?

The primary weight constraint is the luggage limit for the Kathmandu to Lukla flight, set at 10kg (22lbs), along with an additional 5kg (11lbs) for carry-on, totaling 15kg (33lbs).

What should I pack for the trip?

We offer a downloadable packing list or you can explore our blog post on packing for Everest Base Camp for further insights. Notably, most trekking clothing and equipment can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu upon your arrival.

What size should my day pack be?

Typically, we recommend a day pack of approximately 40 liters, similar to a standard school backpack, to accommodate extra layers and daily essentials.

What happens after I make the deposit?

After your deposit is received, the next step is to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with your arrival flight details. We’re unable to book your Lukla flight or obtain your trekking permit until we have a copy of your passport, so please send this information to us promptly.

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

A duffel bag will be supplied to you in Kathmandu. Porters will carry this bag during the trek, and it will serve as your luggage for the flight. Often, porters advance ahead on the trail, so your duffel might not be accessible until you reach the evening tea house. Hence, it’s advisable to carry a day pack with your daily essentials during hiking.

Can I store luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Certainly, you can leave any excess luggage at the hotel during your trekking period.

What about passports, medications, and valuables?

During the flight, keep these items in your carry-on. It’s crucial to have important documents and medications accessible, especially if your luggage faces delays. Similarly, during the trek, carry them in your day pack.

What insurance is necessary? Where can I get it?

Travel insurance is mandatory for the trekking period and is your responsibility to arrange. Kindly email us proof of your insurance before your trek. For detailed insurance requirements, refer to our Terms of Service – Insurance.

ARRIVAL & VISAS

Can I obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport?

Most guests are eligible to acquire a visa upon arrival, a process typically taking between 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the crowd. It’s essential for guests to independently verify all visa requirements before arrival. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity from your entry date into Nepal. Verify this information as soon as you confirm your trek. Detailed visa fees and related information can be found here: Terms of Service – Visas.

Can I arrange additional hotel nights in Kathmandu?

Our trekking packages cover 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, and we can organize extra nights upon request (refer to our blog – Booking Extra Hotel Nights). Kindly inform us beforehand to secure reservations. Payment for extra nights can be settled directly at the hotel upon your arrival. While you might find cheaper rates online, the advantage of our arrangements lies in our flexibility to adjust or cancel reservations without extra charges if your Lukla flight faces delays.

What type of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu?

We partner with Kathmandu Sweet Home and Ramada Encore, both conveniently situated in Thamel, close to our office.

Will there be someone to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Absolutely, our airport representative will be present to greet you as you exit the airport. Look for our driver holding a signboard displaying “Blissful Nepal.” For further guidance on airport arrival, you can watch a short video here (click here to see on YouTube).

ROOM AND BOARD

Can I do laundry during the trek?

Limited laundry services are available at certain teahouses. While washing clothes during acclimation days might be possible, it’s advisable to plan ahead by ensuring sufficient clothing and handling laundry in Kathmandu post-trek.

Can you accommodate specific diets?

Absolutely, we can cater to vegetarian or special dietary requirements. It’s advised for all trekkers to opt for a vegetarian diet due to preservation concerns with local meat. Notify us of any dietary needs, and we’ll make suitable arrangements.

Are there electricity and charging options?

Teahouses have electricity in common areas, charging $1 to $4 per hour for device charging. American outlets are common, while adapters (C or D type) can be bought in Kathmandu.

Is Wi-Fi available or can I make phone calls?

Some lower elevation teahouses offer Wi-Fi for an extra $3 to $10 charge. Alternatively, consider purchasing a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for internet and calls, mainly usable at lower elevation teahouses.

Where does our drinking water come from?

While meals are included, water isn’t provided during the trek. Treating local water with chlorine/iodine tablets or a steri pen is recommended. Teahouses offer complimentary quality water, but it requires treatment. Mineral water can be purchased along the trail, ranging from $1 USD at lower elevations to $4 at higher altitudes.

What meal options are available during the trek?

Trekkers select meals and hot drinks from teahouse menus, including choices like omelets, noodle soup, fried rice, momo, and the traditional Nepali Dal Bhat. For hygiene reasons regarding mountain meat, we suggest opting for vegetarian options.

What are the restroom and shower facilities like?

Most teahouses offer Western-style flush toilets with cold running water. Shared bathrooms are common and not attached to individual rooms. Hot showers are available at lower elevations (often gas-powered) and provided by bucket at higher altitudes for an extra fee.

What kind of lodging is available during the trek?

We utilize tea houses for accommodation, a popular method involving shifting from one teahouse to another. These teahouses, essentially small local hotels in villages, provide both lodging and homemade meals. Rooms usually accommodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

Is it possible to secure separate rooms during the trip? If yes, what's the additional cost?

In Kathmandu, we can arrange private rooms. While private rooms might be feasible in some trekking villages at no extra charge, availability could be scarce during peak periods due to high demand. Even with additional payment, teahouse owners may not provide private rooms to ensure fair lodging for all guests.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Are the food and water in Nepal safe?

 All water in Nepal needs treatment before consumption. Bottled water is available in Kathmandu or on the trek. It’s advisable to consume cooked meals and avoid uncooked vegetables for safety. Avoiding mountain meat is recommended for precaution.

What if I fall sick or get injured during the trek?

Our guides are trained to handle emergencies, and in case of severe situations, they’ll use your travel insurance to arrange a rescue helicopter to fly you to Kathmandu for medical attention.

What safety precautions do you have in place?

Our guides are Red Cross certified and hold international WAFA certifications, equipped with pulse oximeters for regular blood oxygen saturation readings. They carry basic first aid kits and mobile phones, coordinating rescue efforts with our 24/7 available Kathmandu team in emergency situations.

What footwear do you recommend for the trek?

Sturdy trekking shoes or boots with ankle support and a Gore-Tex lining are vital. Break them in before the trek to ensure comfort. Should a blister develop, halt immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

What immunizations are recommended for the trip?

We generally suggest standard CDC-recommended vaccinations (See link). If you have pre-existing medical conditions, kindly inform us while making your deposit.

If I feel altitude sickness symptoms, what are the protocols?

Mild symptoms like headaches might be common and manageable while continuing the trek. However, if symptoms worsen, it’s crucial not to ascend further. We can arrange for you to descend to lower altitudes and wait for symptoms to subside before rejoining the group, though additional charges for extra trek days apply.

How cold does it get on the trek, and what clothing is necessary?

Temperatures vary—while Lukla can be warm from March to May and September to November, Everest Base Camp remains cold year-round, with freezing nighttime lows even during warmer months. Winter temperatures can plummet to -25C or below at night. Adequate warm clothing and a good sleeping bag are essential. Refer to our Everest Base Camp packing list for preparation (packing for Everest Base Camp).

What measures should I take for sun protection during the trek?

Surprisingly, skin faces greater sun damage in mountain settings than at the beach due to increased altitude and snow reflecting UV rays. Shield your skin with appropriate clothing and sunblock, preferably for mountain conditions. Consider getting prescription sunglasses fitted with your eyeglass prescription and wear a hat for added protection.

How do you address altitude-related issues during the Everest treks?

Our treks involve a gradual ascent, averaging around 300m or 1000ft in elevation gain per day—a rate recommended by high altitude specialists to minimize altitude problems. Our experienced guides recognize symptoms related to acute mountain sickness (AMS) and monitor your blood oxygen levels regularly using a pulse oximeter. (Learn more on our blog).mmodate two trekkers, with shared bathrooms featuring running cold water and Western-style toilets in the Everest region. (Further details – Tea House Trekking Blog).

If I rest for a day due to illness, can I continue the trek the following day?

We prioritize trekkers’ health and safety over pushing limits. If necessary, we can often place you in the next trekking group ascending the mountain after a day of rest. Additional charges for extra trek days may apply.

PRACTICAL MATTERS

Can I know more about my trekking group?

We respect privacy but can offer general details regarding group demographics such as nationalities, genders, and approximate age ranges upon request, ensuring your comfort in the trekking group.

Is tipping customary? How much should I bring?

Tipping isn’t obligatory but appreciated in Nepal and during our treks. A tip of around 10% of the trek cost split between the guide and porter is generally suggested. While our treks are all-inclusive, carrying a small amount (about $15 to $20 USD per day) covers extra expenses like water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, or donations.

What's your cancellation policy? Can I extend my trek?

Changing trek dates incurs no fees with advance notice. Check our terms of service for detailed policies or contact us for further information. Adding extra days is feasible for private treks, and for group treks, inquire in advance, and we’ll try to arrange a suitable solution.

Will I fly from Ramechhap or Kathmandu to reach Lukla?

Since April 2019, most Lukla flights have been redirected to Ramechhap due to Kathmandu Airport construction and congestion. Ramechhap, a smaller airport, is approximately a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu. Please refer to our blog post for current updates (Ramechhap Flight Updates).

What if my flight from Lukla or Kathmandu gets delayed?

Although Kathmandu-Lukla flights are usually reliable, inclement weather may lead to cancellations for the entire day. Our 14-day package includes a buffer day for such delays, but we advise adding extra days after your trek. For Kathmandu delays, we’ll reschedule your flight for the next day or offer a chartered helicopter option (additional cost). For Lukla delays, you’re responsible for extra expenses (around $30) for accommodation and meals. Additional hotel nights and meals in Kathmandu are not covered during flight delays, but we’ll assist in making arrangements.

Any recommendations for extending my holiday after the trek?

After the trek, if you have additional days, seek assistance from our Kathmandu ground team for city day tours or consider a 3-day safari trip to Chitwan for an added adventure.

Are there extra charges for solo travelers? Can I get a refund if I end the trek early?

We don’t impose additional fees for solo travelers in our group treks. Unfortunately, we can’t offer refunds for unused trek days if you finish early due to personal or health reasons. Our expenses remain constant, and we’re committed to compensating our guides and porters for their dedicated time.

Customer Reviews

37 reviews in TripAdvisorRecommended by 100% of travelers

Customer Reviews

44 reviews in TripAdvisorRecommended by 100% of travelers

star ratingTook great care of me from start to finish. Everyone so friendly, I never felt alone. Would join this company before any other.

media thumbnail 0media thumbnail 1
avatar thumb Theresa M
March 1, 2024

star ratingWalking Amongst Magnifecent Monster Mountains - I was guided on the Everest Base Camp trek by Jhalak. He is a highly experienced guide who pays attention to safety and shows patience, kindness and good humour. I... read more

media thumbnail 0media thumbnail 1media thumbnail 2
avatar thumb Vanessa W
March 1, 2024

star ratingExperienced and friendly - Mr Jhalak is a very experienced guide who can spell all the names of the peaks. He knows almost more than half the people living along the EBC trekking. 😉

avatar thumb Way Len C
February 23, 2024

star ratingThe best experience of Nepal - We have had the best time trekking with Jhalak! He is so kind, funny and knowledgeable. He was very considerate of our wellbeing and always checked in to see if... read more

media thumbnail 0media thumbnail 1media thumbnail 2
avatar thumb beth m
February 14, 2024

star ratingEverest Base Camp (EBC) - Amazing Trek, Amazing Guide - Jhalak ji was our guide on the EBC trek that we did in Sep, 2023. Jhalak ji is a great guide who is very experienced but still humble, helpful and... read more

avatar thumb S R
February 8, 2024

star ratingA safe EBC Trek with senior-citizen parents - Jhalak Ji was our guide for the EBC trek in Sep 2022. It was a family trek with my parents and fiance (now wife). My parents are both senior citizens... read more

media thumbnail 0
avatar thumb banjaradiaries
January 29, 2024
tour