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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exhilarating journey that takes you through the remote and rugged terrain of the Manaslu region in Nepal. This trek provides an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the local communities as you walk through picturesque villages and encounter stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. The trail winds through lush forests, terraced fields, glacial rivers, and high mountain passes, culminating in a visit to the base of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. This trek is a challenging but rewarding experience that provides a true taste of adventure in the heart of the Himalayas.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek over the Larky La Pass is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets. Following remote trails which are little touched by the modern world and which see relatively few visitors throughout the year, it offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range, with the magnificent Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world almost in the palm of your hand.
The trek begins in a small stone-paved village called Arkhet Bazar on the banks of the river Budhi Gandhaki and continues following the river upstream, through small villages and settlements of different Himalayan ethnic groups, from Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Magar, Gurung, and Tibetan. Just as diverse as the ethnic population, so too the scenery varies from the lush, low-elevation valleys growing rice and bananas, inhabited predominantly by the Hindu ethnic groups of Indo-Aryan origin, through rhododendron and bamboo forests, where you begin to encounter communities of Tibeto-Burmese origin who practice Hinduism, Buddhism or a mixture of both. Heading northwards from the starting point, the Budhi Gandhaki Valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows, lush rhododendron, bamboo jungle, and small, typical Tibetan villages in the Nubra Valley, which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face. The trek passes small villages with rows of prayer wheels and spectacular mani stones and prayer flags, which mark the passes and religiously important sites. After a few days' walk, the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From there we head west and cross the Larky La Pass at 5,100m, one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas.
We walk along a classic but tough trail linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, where we reach the old salt routes, which still operate as the main trading routes between the Tibetan plateau and little settlements on Nepal’s side of the great mountain range.
Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.
UPPER BODY LAYERS
|T-Shirts – walking||2||We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.|
|T-shirt – sleeping||1||This can be cotton|
|Base layers (ie thermal top)||1||Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry|
|Top insulating Layers||1||Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers|
LOWER BODY LAYERS
|Underwear||Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)|
|T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear||1|
|Trekking Trousers||2||Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good|
|Evening/sleeping trousers||1(optional)||1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.|
|Hiking Shorts||1||If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies|
PACKS & BAGS
|Day pack||1||Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear|
|Sleeping bag with compression sack||1||Minimum 3 season|
|Sleeping bag liner||1||Optional|
|Hiking boots||1||Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support|
|Flip flops/Camp shoes||1||Lightweight for evening use|
|Water bottles||2||One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred|
|Water purification drops||1||Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)|
|Lip Balm||1||With SPF factor|
|Sunscreen||1||We recommend SPF 30 or greater|
|Personal first aid kit||1||To include any prescribed medications|
|Bandana/Buff||1||Useful for a variety of purposes.|
|Flashlight /head torch||1||Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries|
|Travel towel||1||Lightweight and compact|
|Wash kit||Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible|
|Instant Hand Sanitizer||1||Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean|
|Trekking snacks||Good selection available in KTM|
|Camera||With charger &/or extra batteries|
|Toilet paper & rubbish bag|
|Pack of cards/travel game||1||For evening entertainment|
|Passport photos||Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card|
|Photocopies of all your important documents|
|A great sense of humor & a positive attitude||Essential – don’t come without it!! J|
This is a guideline only
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