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Trek through Hindu and Tibetan villages and dense forests, and cross raging rivers and high mountain passes along this tea-house trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Catch views of Himalchuli (25,895 ft), Manaslu (26,758 ft), Sarangi Himal (23,494 ft), Ganesh Himala II (23,353 ft) and several other 23,000+ ft peaks while trekking. 
  • Follow the Buri Gandaki river with many amazing suspension bridge crossings. 
  • Start in the subtropical jungle at a lower elevation before going through the Himalayan foothills and villages to crossing the high pass of Larkya La above 16,924 ft.

PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS

This itinerary is for private expeditions only. Pricing is based on group size. See pricing chart below. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathmandu
Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola
Day 4: Soti Khola to Machchha Khola
Day 5: Machchha Khola to Jagat
Day 6: Jagat to Deng
Day 7: Deng to Namrung
Day 8: Namrung to Samagaon
Day 9: Manaslu Base Camp
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo
Day 11: Samdo
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala
Day 13: Dharmasala to Bimthang
Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije
Day 15: Tilije to Tal
Day 16: Tal to Syange 
Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu
Day 18: Kathmandu

Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Nepal. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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This was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I was very happy with just about every aspect. My guide was excellent. I could not have asked for better.
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I would definitely recommend OneSeed to anyone visiting Nepal. Commitment to community and the friendly authentic local guides made this the trip of a lifetime. My favorite part was the time I spent with our incredibly warm and kind guide Bishnu.
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Day 1:  KATHMANDU

Arrive at your lodge and spend the evening exploring the neighborhoods of Patan, home to the spectacular Durbar Square. This area contains a beautiful collection of temples, statues, palaces, and opportunities to buy souvenirs and local crafts. Catch up on some much needed sleep and venture out for some dinner on your own.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: airport transfer and accommodations

 
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Day 2:  KATHMANDU 

Spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. Shake the jetlag with a visit to Swayambhunath, the “Monkey Temple”. Take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. Return around 1pm to spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; guided tour; welcome dinner; accommodations (vegetarian options are available for all meals)

 
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Day 3: KATHMANDU TO Soti khola

Today you will head to the Manaslu region of Nepal to begin your trek. Travel 8-9 hours by private jeep through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. The natural beauty of the area makes this journey well worth it. Spend the evening resting and preparing for the start of your trek. You will spend most nights in Nepali tea houses, but if the trail becomes busy, tent camping will be offered as a backup option.

Altitude: 2,328 ft  (710 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase); park entrance fee; transportation; trekking permit, double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 4: Soti Khola to Machchha Khola

Time to begin the trek. Begin by crossing a suspension bridge then trek through the beautiful sal forest, past vertical rock walls, waterfalls, and rice terraces to reach to the Gurung village. After Gurung, continue your hike behind rocky outcroppings, and down to sandy riverbed to reach Machchha Khola.

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 2,952 ft (900 m) 

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase); double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 5: Machchha Khola to Jagat

Today, the trail meanders up and down before reaching a small hot spring. Continue across the ridge, up the stone stairs and continue along the Budhi Gandaki river to the village of Jagat.

Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 4,625 ft  (1410 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 6: Jagat to Deng

Begin your trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. Beyond Sirdibas, the valley widens as the trail continues to Ghatta Khola. In the afternoon, the route becomes steep then descends into the grasslands before reaching the small village of Deng.

Total Hiking: approximately 12 miles (19.3 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 5,917 ft  (1840 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 7: Deng to Namrung

During your trek see the carved stone tablets that make up the Mani walls and several Buddhist monasteries called Gompas. As you continue to the village of Namrung, keep an eye out for the Danphe, Nepal’s colorful national bird.

Total Hiking: approximately 12 miles (19.3 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 8,626 ft  (2630 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 8: Namrung to Samagaon

Continue your 3,000 ft. ascent to Samagaon and take in the many spectacular mountain views, Buddhist monasteries, and prayer wheels along today’s journey.

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 11,578 ft  (3530 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 9: Samagaon > Manaslu Base Camp > Samagaon

Start the day with a visit to the famous Birendra Tal Lake before making your way to Manaslu Base Camp high above the clouds! After some time resting at base camp, begin your hike back to Samagaon. On the way, learn about the Sherpa culture, their traditions, and visit the oldest Gompa (Monastery) in Samagaon.

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 15,750 ft (4800 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo

After breakfast, descend towards the Budhi Ghandaki River. Follow the river through the juniper and birch forests of the Kermo Kharka. Climb steeply between two forks of the river to reach Samdo.  

Total Hiking: approximately 10 miles (16 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Altitude: 12,660 ft  (3860 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 11:  Samdo

Relax and enjoy a rest day in Samdo with excellent views of Mt. Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye, and Cheo. Take an optional hike to nearby viewpoints to see these spectacular mountains. Pass by many seasonal herding settlements and spot beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus, Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above.

Altitude: 12,660 ft  (3860 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala

Hike out on the trade route to Tibet that descends down to the river. Continuing hiking up the trail after crossing a wooden bridge. Pass more Mani Walls and trek through tundra and juniper as you take in the views of Larky Glacier. Continue around the Salka Khola Valley before reaching Dharmasala.  

Total Hiking: approximately 8 miles (13 km) / 4-5 hours trekking

Altitude: 14,628  (4460 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 13: Dharmasala to Bimthang

Rise early and hike up and over the Larkya La pass (16,924 ft / 5160m). It may be a cold and windy this morning as you trek over the pass, but the views of 23,000+ ft peaks Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II are amazing! Descend along the top of a moraine to the west, then drop steeply and traverse to a long set of steep, rough switchbacks. Make your way to Bhimthang for the night.

Total Hiking: approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) / 8-9 hours trekking

Peak Altitude: 16,924 ft  (5160 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije

Descend across a high pasture and cross the Dudh Khola River. Continue your descent into a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The trail crosses over a past landslide and across several fields before a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags.

Total Hiking: approximately 13 miles (21 km) / 5-6 hours trekking

Altitude: 7,544 ft  (2300 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 15: Tilije to tal

Trek across a small ridge and along stone paved trails to cross the Dudh Khola river once again. Climb through a stupa-shaped arch as you pass another Mani wall to reach the Village of Thonje. From this point the trail is generally downhill to Tal.  Enjoy the picturesque waterfall in the village of Tal where you will stay for the night.

Total Hiking: approximately 11 miles (17.7 km) / 5-6 hours trekking

Altitude: 5,576 ft  (1700 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 16: tal to syange

Enjoy your final day on the trail as you trek through the Marsyandi valley with terraced fields and villages clinging to the steep hillsides. The trail descends through rhododendron and pine forests to the village of Syange.

Total Hiking: approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) / 6-7 hours trekking

Altitude: 3,542 ft  (1080 m)

Inclusions: All meals (additional options available for guest purchase), double occupancy accommodations

 
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Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu

Take a private jeep back to Kathmandu and join your fellow expedition members for a farewell dinner.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: All meals including farewell dinner, transportation, accommodations

 
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Day 18:  KATHMANDU 

Time to say goodbye! A OneSeed representative will take you by private car to the airport for your flight departure.

Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items 
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals
  • alterations to standard itinerary

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • all lodging during the trek (double occupancy w/ shared bathrooms)
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • guide and porter services
  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)
  • all ground transport while in Nepal
  • guided excursions in Kathmandu
  • airport transfers
 

*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail.  Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara during your expedition. See current weather conditions for the Annapurna region and Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Packing System: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. 

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.  It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Nepal.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Nepal here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Trekking Gear

  • Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail 
  • Hand sanitizer

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid for 6 months after arrival date
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits
  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bandana or buff (for dust and wind)
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)
  • Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
  • Wet wipes

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

February - April and September - November are generally the best seasons to trek to Manaslu Base Camp. October is the most popular month to trek, and the least crowded is typically in April.

The monsoon season falls during the summer months of June, July, and August, when rainfall can be as high as 5.5 inches per month. The rest of the year is relatively dry with only 1 inch of rain.

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Nepal Weather

*Measured in Fahrenheit
 

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

Visas are required in Nepal and can be purchased in cash at the airport upon arrival ($25 USD for up to 15 days, $40 USD for up to 30 days). Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition. You must bring 4 passport sized photos for your visa and trekking permits. Visit the State Department website for Nepal travel information. Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Nepal. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Kathmandu and other villages, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth. Our goal is to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles on our expeditions. Your guide will be equipped with a SteriPen to purify water on the trail.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive to Nepal! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Visit our blog post on tea houses in Nepal for a full list of food options. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email go@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

Check out our blog post for a comprehensive overview of what to expect on your trek --> Tea Houses in Nepal: Everything You Need to Know About Accommodations on the Trail

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE? Tips are always appreciated. We have developed this chart to act as a guide. Averages below are based on per person recommendations.

  • Head Guide: $6-8/day
  • Assistant Guide: $2-5/day
  • Porter $1-3/day

WHAT IS THE ELVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 16,924 ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

DOES SOMEONE CARRY MY PACK?

Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 22 lbs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Kathmandu. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Daily mileage can range from 6-13 miles and 5-9 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires above average physical fitness. No technical skills are required and first-time trekkers are welcome. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Nepal is highly recommended.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for the Annapurna region.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Nepali with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.


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