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17 Days Manaslu Trekking with Chitwan Jungle Safari in Nepal

Samsara Resort and Hotel, Thamel, Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Magnificent Nepal Safari

Welcome to this amazing land of superlative mountains, unique traditions, and historical architectural monuments! In this trip, you will walk along a classic circuit trek along the eighth highest mountain in the world, linking the Burhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi valleys. You will witness the rare views of Manaslu from the north, as well as see the beauty of Tibetan villages, mani walls, monasteries and prayer flags. Join this challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya and experience an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Kathmandu
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: rhino, crocodile, bear, monkey, deer, python, peacock, and hornbill
  • Languages: French, German, Italian, Korean, and Spanish

Highlights

  • 3 days' Chitwan jungle safari
  • 13 days' trekking in the Manaslu area
  • Including entrance fees during sightseeing
  • Kathmandu Valley guided sightseeing in a private vehicle
  • Assistance of a guide and porter for a designated group
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and fruits
  • 16 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


15 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Korean
The maximum participants in the group is 16
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various accommodations during the trip. You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast, Hotel Parkland in Chitwan, and stay in a room at the best available lodge during the trek. Most of these lodges have internet facilities as well as attached bathrooms with running hot and cold shower, among others.

Samsara Resort and Hotel in Kathmandu

With a team of highly experienced staff and professional management, Samsara Resort and Hotel in Kathmandu can proudly state that they can provide you with the best of all the services you want when you visit another country and stay in a hotel. Samsara Resort and Hotel is one of the best hotels with a lavish garden you can find in Thamel, Kathmandu. As Samsara Resort and Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu, they provide you with extra facilities like tour booking, currency exchange, flight ticket reservation, yoga and spa booking (spa is not provided at the hotel but they can recommend and book the best one for you).

Hotel Parkland in Chitwan

Hotel Parkland is situated in perhaps the best part of Sauraha. Just 10 minutes walk from the center of Sauraha and only a minute away from the park and its office. The hotel is run by an experienced and dynamic person who has been involved in the field of hospitality since 1987. The hotel location provides a quiet and peaceful stay with easy access to the town.

A magnificent mature garden surrounds the complex with many rare indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers which attract various birds and butterflies. Nature can be observed from your private balcony or bedroom windows. All the rooms at Hotel Parkland are en-suites with all the modern facilities including satellite television, air condition, as well as tiled attached bathrooms with hot and cold shower around the clock.

A separate dining room serves delicious Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and continental cuisine. A conference centre can accommodate approximately 150 people, making it an ideal place to host your conference. Hotel Parkland is sure that your vacation will be an experience of a lifetime. They are proud that many guests return to Hotel Parkland to enjoy once more the traditional hospitality in a sylvan setting

Program

Holiday overview

Manaslu at 8,163 meters is the eighth tallest mountain in the world. Situated close to the border with Tibet, some 100 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early 90s when Peregrine Treks and Expedition were one of the first companies granted permission to take groups trekking into the region.

This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna, the Khumbu, and the simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classics yet unspoiled trekking adventures in the Himalaya. Traveling via Gorkha and Arughat to the south of Manaslu, you will ascend the impressive gorge of the Burhi Gandaki for several days, passing through tiny villages perched on the steep valley sides, to reach the Tibetan world beyond the village of Ghap.

Peregrine Treks and Expedition has the feeling of entering a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani walls, and prayer flags as the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal - Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The scenery becomes even more impressive as you climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya-La (5,135 meters), with big peaks on all sides.

The principal peaks that you will see on this first part of the trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya-La, you will drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where you will be trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the roadhead. Once only accessible to fully self-sufficient camping groups, the Manaslu circuit can now be completed using local lodges and teahouses giving a unique opportunity to interact with the local people who live in these high Himalayan valleys.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu

Peregrine Treks and Expedition will perform the travel operations in a private vehicle for all the group members after their arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Please make sure to look for the "Peregrine Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd." holding board after your arrival in front of the gate and you will then have an immediate transfer to the hotel. All information pertaining to the trek will be given there and welcome dinner will be provided at night time.

Day 2: Trekking preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Today, you would require restricted area permit, TIMS card, and ACAP permit, but first you will be taken for sightseeing in the historical and fine architectural site of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath (known as monkey temple), the biggest and oldest Buddhist shrine Boudhanath, and most popular Hindu deity of Nepalese and Indian people, Pashupatinath Temple, which is listed in world heritage site. Your dinner will be at the Nepali typical restaurant and overnight at the same hotel.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat on private vehicle (Kathmandu - Soti Khola)

The day will start after having breakfast and you will be driven for the first three to four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading district on the paved road. You will have lunch here and continue to Arughat for another two hours through the narrow road. You will arrive at Arughtat Bajar, the major local market of this region and wander around to cross the suspension bridge, then be transferred to the local Jeep to continue towards Soti Khola. The day will be enjoyable with views of scattered houses in the Green Mountains and valleys, waterfalls, rivers cascade paddy fields, and introduction to various ethnic groups. You will overnight at a local lodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 4: Trekking to Machha Khola (Soti Khola - Machha Khola)

After crossing over the long suspension bridge at Soti Khola, you will walk towards the beautiful Sal forest to reach above the huge rapids of Budhigandaki River to arrive at Khursane. Then, the rocky trail will weave its way up and down with the view of beautiful waterfalls on a steep ridge. The trail clings to the side of the river and cliff.

You will eventually walk little along the beautiful terrace rice field and then reach the Gurung village of Lapubesi and further climb behind a rocky bridge where the valley opens up to Budhigandaki river. You will pass by sandy river bed and climb over a side ridge and then descend to cross the beautiful suspension bridge to reach Macha Khola for the overnight.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1,340 meters - Machha Khola - Jagat)

Some of the gentle narrow trail will take you to Khorlabei after crossing the Tharo Khola and you will walk and cross the small hot spring in Tatopani. You will climb another ridge and cross the suspension bridge on Budhigandaki river and after making some ascends and descends, you will be reaching Dobhan.

You will cross the suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and then climb stone staircase; some descends after crossing river and gently climb to arrive at Thado Bharang. After crossing the bank of the river, you will ascend over a ridge. You will walk along the river which will bring you to Jagat for your overnight at the lodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 6: Jagat - Deng

Today, you will ascend to Salleri over a rocky ridge and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley continues up to Ghatta Khola upstream and then you will cross the long suspension bridge to arrive at the large Gurung village of Philim after 45 minutes of stone stairs climbing. You will enjoy your walking along the cascade millet field to arrive at Ekle Bhatti where you will be having lunch.

The trail will continue to enter a steep, uninhabited gorge where there are the grassy land slope and the river. As you continue, the trail will widen and you will pass by bamboo bushes. You will keep going through the Deng Khola to reach the tiny village of Deng where you will spend the night.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 7: Deng - Namrung

After a short walk from Deng, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb an hour to reach Rana. You will have short ascend again and a walk to the west valley through the forest and crossing waterfalls and mani walls in the Tibetan village. After crossing the river, you will walk steep up through the rhododendron forests to arrive at Namrung where you will get to see the tremendous view of Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Shirung Himal. Namrung also has telephone services and police check post so there is no fear of losing connectivity.

Day 8: Namrung - Samagaun

After walking through the rhododendron forest, you will arrive at Lihi village with Tibetan's Chortens and terrace barley fields and views of Simnang Himal and Ganesh Himal. You will pass by some of the Tibetan villages and you will realize that Manaslu and Himchuli Himal are through the entire landscape and nearby Samagaun which is one of the classic Tibetan's settlement migrated from Tibet years ago. Some of the trekkers will have acclimatization day here but Peregrine Treks and Expedition will see the group condition and continue to Samdo the next day.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 9: Samagaun - Samdo

Today, you will walk towards Samdo village and depend on your body condition in the high altitude, you will cross Samdo village and continue to walk the way towards Manaslu Base Camp. But, you will follow the right side of the trail, which leads to Larke-La pass. You will walk through the juniper birch forest and cross the wooden bridge on Budhi Gandaki River and then make some climb to reach Samdo where is inhabited by Tibetan people who migrated from the Chinese territory to their homeland 50 years ago.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Samdo

Today, you will have acclimatization day in Samdo village to avoid the high altitude sickness for the next couple of days, so you can have good sleep as much as you can in the morning. In the late morning, your guide will lead you to climb the high elevation, but due to AMS rules, you will go and climb some heights and then come back to lodge and have some free time.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 11: Samdo - Dharmasala (Larke-La base camp)

You will descend down and cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River for the final time and then gradually climb up through the juniper bush with overlooking view of Larke-La Glacier. After three quarter hours of climbing, you will reach the Dharmasala, which will provide some kind of shelter. Now you will find some new lodges here and not shelter after which you will have lunch and make some climb to acclimate your body for good sleep without any problems at the night.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 12: Samdo - Bhimtang via Larke-La pass

In early morning at 03:30, your guide will give you wake up call and then you will have light breakfast because there will be no lodges before you arrive at Bhimtag. Around 04:00, you will start the trek to avoid the cold winds on the top, grains after midday with the flashlight. After a short climb to the ridge, you will see some frozen lakes and Larke Glacier on the side

Last part of the Larke-La top is tougher to climb. When you reach the top, you can witness the outstanding view of Himalayas in different directions such as Himlung Himal, Kanguru, Annapurna II, as well as soothing Mount Manaslu in the west direction. You will be happy concluding this pass and take some shots on the top with your groups and then descend down to Bhimtang where the farmers graze their animals in the high summer pasture.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 13: Bhimtang - Tilje

After your breakfast at the lodge, you will leave the gorgeous peak behind you and start to walk through the rhododendron forests to reach Karache, the highest cultivated region of Nepal, and then continue to the Gho village where there are some lodges which may be available for the trekkers, but you will continue to Tilje for your last party at the lodge in your trekking plan.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 14: Tilje to Bagarchap and drive to Besisahar and Chitwan (Tilje - Chitwan)

You will start out a short day trekking for two hours to Bagarchap and the descend to some of the millet farmland and then walk through the beautiful tropical forest to arrive at Bagarchap which is connected to the Annapurna circuit trek. The place has all the ingredients as the local Jeep will leave for Besisahar and then drop you to the private vehicle to drive back to Chitwan. You will enjoy refreshment drinks and get a briefing by camp manager about the accommodation and the facilities. The manager will brief you about the program of the following days. After a short rest with sunset view from the riverbank, you will have dinner and enjoy a slide-show on wildlife.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

Day 15: Full day jungle safari activities (Chitwan National Park)

During the day at Chitwan National Park, you will enjoy a full day of wildlife safari activities such as nature walks, canoe trip, boating at Rapti River, birdwatching, and Tharu village tour. Trained local naturalists and guides will guide all to you. Animals and birds to be seen are rhinoceros, crocodiles, bear, monkeys, several species of deer, pythons, peacocks, and hornbills.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu (Chitwan - Kathmandu)

You will be driven by a tourist bus (five hours) or you can fly from Chitwan to Kathmandu (25 minutes). You will overnight at a hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner with culture program in the evening.

Day 17: Departure (Kathmandu)

This will be the final day of your this trip. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at your flight time.

Additional trekking information

Average walking distance and time

In the trekking trip, you will need to walk around six to seven hours in one day. This way you can cover a distance of 10 to 12 kilometers. But if you are walking above 3,000 meters, you can cover only around seven to nine kilometers. Peregrine Treks and Expedition can amend the itinerary as per your physical condition and fitness level.

Trek grading

The difficulty of the treks is strenuous. In these treks, you will need to cross high passes above 5,000 meters above sea level. Therefore, you need to have experience of walking in thin air, rough terrains, some climbing experience, and technical knowledge to use trekking and climbing equipment like crampons and ice axe.

Please note that only a physically fit person with a positive attitude can complete this trek. This trek is best suited for travelers who want to test their limits and prefer raw adventure and wilderness. However, Peregrine Treks and Expedition's experienced guides and support staffers will make you feel comfortable and ensure that you are safe throughout the trek.

Guides

Peregrine Treks and Expedition provides experienced guides and support staff in the mountains. They are fluent in English, among other languages. Peregrine Treks and Expedition can also arrange even arrange guides speaking Korean, French, Spanish, German, and Italian languages (additional costs involved). All of the guides are highly professional having experience of many years in the profession. They have enough knowledge about the Himalayas, mountain culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal.

Nepal is safe for traveling. Each and every Nepali respects guest as a god. Women can travel alone with Peregrine Treks and Expedition's company. They are ready to provide female trekking guide for women trekker if needed. Peregrine Treks and Expedition is very serious about trekker's well-being and take safety issue very seriously. They will provide license holder and physically strong guides. Please note that Peregrine Treks and Expedition is very much concerned about the well-being of their support staff.

Peregrine Treks and Expedition is providing high wages to the staff. Similarly, they also buy medical and accidental insurance policy for them as well as equip them with proper trekking equipment. Peregrine Treks and Expedition also provides them different pieces of training related to their job. It is because of the wages and facilities that Peregrine Treks and Expedition provides that their staff members are highly motivated toward their duty. You can be assured that Peregrine Treks and Expedition's staffers are properly taken care of.

Included excursions

You will enjoy Kathmandu Valley guided sightseeing in a private vehicle on the second day of the trip.

Location

This trip will take place in Nepal. You will trek in the Manaslu area and enjoy a safari in Chitwan.

Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia situated between two economic giants China and India. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is cultural, geographically, and linguistically diverse. It is the city of temple and you can get many centuries old heritage sites. This small Himalayan is home to eight of the 14 tallest peaks on earth, including Mount Everest. Moreover, it is the land of sherpas, yetis, stupas, and one of the longest trekking trails on earth. Furthermore, this is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha - the founder of Buddhism and the apostle of peace.

Manaslu

Manaslu in local term refers to holy spirit or soul. The Mount Manaslu is also called Kutang in the local term. This is widely popular as the "mountain of soul" as the "manas" in Sanskrit means minds and soul. Most of the trekkers' support staff of the Peregrine Treks and Expedition is from this Manaslu trekking region. This local bond between the region and Peregrine Treks and Expedition's trekking support staff would make the trek memorable as ever.

The Manaslu trekking is the mountainous terrain trek and offers the diversified atmosphere. As compared to another trekking trail of Nepal, Manaslu exhibits hilly lifestyle in abundance in comparison to the Himalayan lifestyle. As John Wood famously quoted in his book, "Microsoft to Bahundanda", the life of hilly region of Nepal is worth experiencing. It gives you the real picture of evolving Nepal through its beauty, culture, and hardship.

Food

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking will be provided. On the trip, you can get a simple lodge in trekking areas serving typical Nepali food. Some lodges serve European foods as well. Peregrine Treks and Expedition only choose hotels and lodges that serve hygienic food. "Health is wealth" has always remained as Peregrine Treks and Expedition's motto.

Peregrine Treks and Expedition's lodges choice serve boiling or purified water to their clients. Moreover, Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari is the popular food of Nepal and Nepalese eat that food by their hands. Food that has been eaten at the same plate is considered as impure so, please don't offer others to eat at the same plate. Hindus and Buddhist are not entertained with beef because they worship the cow. But, you can get beef in the restaurants and hotels.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 days and 2 nights of Chitwan jungle safari
  • 13 days' trekking in Manaslu area
  • Kathmandu Valley guided sightseeing in a private vehicle
  • Special permit of Manaslu area, ACAP, MCAP, and TIMS card
  • One porter for two trekkers
  • An experienced English or other language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
  • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Seasonal fruits during trek
  • Farewell dinner
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing
  • Guide, porter, and other necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation, and food
  • Trekking / duffel bag, T-shirt, achievement certificate, and trekking map are yours to take
  • Free sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday
  • First aid medical kit or necessary normal medicine
  • All applicable government and local taxes

What's not included

  • Nepal visa fee and international airfares
  • Hotel accommodation, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu because of an early arrival in Nepal, late departure from Nepal, or early return from the mountain because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled / boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
  • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Peregrine Treks and Expedition will pick you up from the airport.

The air route is the most popular route to get into Nepal. Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) is the only international airport in Nepal to which various international flights take off and land. Two international airports are under construction at Pokhara and Bhairahawa. After passing through the immigration gate, there will be two channels. The first one is the green channel, this channel can be used by those travelers who have not dutiable goods.

The second one is the red channel. If you have dutiable goods, you will need to proceed through this channel. Airlines from different countries operate flights to Kathmandu. Nepal Airlines Corporation, the national flag carrier, offers comparatively cheaper fares. Air India, Thai Airways, Etihad Air, Turkish Air, Singapore Air, China Eastern, China Southern, and Himalaya Airlines are some of the major airlines flying to and from Kathmandu.

Arrival by bus

You can enter Nepal through different entry points along the Indian and Chinese border. Kodari and Keyrung are the entry points along the Chinese border, while Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi, and Mahendranagar are the entry points if you are entering from India. You are recommended to travel by tourist buses if you are entering through land routes.

Peregrine Treks and Expedition provides pick-up facility to their client from airport and bus station if you inform them beforehand. If you are coming through land routes, Peregrine Treks and Expedition can also provide you private cars with an additional cost involved. Peregrine Treks and Expedition can arrange all services for their client. However, they suggest that you arrange international flights on their own. Peregrine Treks and Expedition is ready to provide an assistant for international flight bookings too.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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