Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return



      • Sweeping and scenic helicopter flight over the exotic valleys and Himalayas
      • One of the least explored regions in the hidden corners of the Mid-West Himalayas
      • Where Buddhist and ancient Bon culture is a way of life
      • Pass through Nepal’s longest mountain pass, Larke La pass, 5106m
      • Travel to the base of the world’s 8th-highest peak, Manaslu

      Manaslu circuit trek with heli return is an exclusive trekking package created by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours, a dedicated company in the field of Nepalese tourism. With the time constraints, many travelers cannot do the Manaslu circuit, which will take weeks to complete on foot. Since time is priceless and we care about the value of your time, we have created Manaslu circuit trekking combined with the helicopter return from the base of Larke La pass 5,106 m.

      Manaslu circuit trekking is a trendy trekking destination in the Manaslu region. Also known as an alternative to Annapurna circuit, the trek to Manaslu circuit is one of the most fantastic trekking trips as you will have an opportunity to explore Mt Manaslu, 8163m (the 8th highest peak in the world, located at the Nepal / Tibet border). Pass through Nepal’s longest mountain pass called Larke La pass 5106m, from where you can enjoy the panoramic views of mountains, located in Manaslu and Annapurna regions.

      Manaslu circuit with heli trek is a beautiful journey, which is feasible easily with the help of our expert team. This trekking journey can be done at any time of the year except in rainy months. Be prepared in this coming season to be astounded by the short Manaslu base camp trek or the Manaslu circuit trek in combination with a helicopter return. You are going to have a lifetime adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal.

      You might also want to check Manaslu Circuit Trekking or other Manaslu trek packages.

      Manaslu circuit trek with heli return outline itinerary

      Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines, Hotel

      Day 02: Helicopter flight to Jagat 1410m and trek to Philim 1570m 3hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 03: Trek to Dyang 1800m 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 04: Trek to Namrung 2630m 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 05: Trek to Syala, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 06: Trek to Sama Gaun 3530 m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 07: Sama Gaun for acclimatization and visit to Manaslu base camp 4800m, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 08: Trek to Samdo 3860m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 09: Trek to Dharamsala / Larke phedi 4460 m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 10: Cross Larke La 5106m and to Bimtang 3720 m 8hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Day 11: Chartered helicopter flight back to Kathmandu, BD, Hotel

      Day 12: Goodbye from Nepal, B, Flight.

      Manaslu circuit trek with heli return outline itinerary
      BLD denotes Breakfast Lunch Dinner

      Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines, Hotel

      Our Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ representative will be there to pick you up in Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to respective hotel. You will be introduced to the team over the dinner and the complete briefing will be given about the upcoming heli trek.

      Day 02:Helicopter flight to Jagat 1410m and trek to Philim 1570m 3hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      On our very first day, we will take a sweeping flight over the Himalayas to land in Jagat. After getting yourself ready for the warm-up session of the Manaslu journey, you will start trekking slow and steady towards our first overnight stop Philim. In a couple of hours, passing through the pristine natural forest, villages and the streams you will arrive at Philim, a traditional Gurung village.

      Day 03:Trek from Philim to Dyang 1800m 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      After breakfast in Philim, our journey starts and goes through the widened valley and the bamboo forest. We will eventually arrive at Dyang on this easy but long walking day for the overnight stop.

      Day 04:Trek from Dyang to Namrung 2630m 6hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      After breakfast in Dyang, trek begins by crossing bridge and some ascents for a while, the trail passes through lush forest and alpine vegetation towards Bhi village. This is the best start of the culturally and traditionally significant journey of the trip. You will see many Gumbas on the way to Namrung. More than that, you can experience Manaslu Convervation area and Siringi Himal. Having a good walk through beautiful landscape, you will reach Namrung in no time.

      Day 05:Trek from Namrung to Syala, BLD, Teahouse

      After breakfast in Namrung, you will walk pass through Sho and Lho village to reach Syala village. The trail is gently ascending and can enjoy good views of Ganesh Himal, Siringi and Mount HimalChuli. En route you can see some Tibetan monasteries. You will be staying at Syala where you can enjoy high Himalayas like HimalChuli, NgadiChuli, Manaslu range and Ganesh Himal in addition with glaciers straight ahead.

      Day 06:Trek from Syala to Sama Gaun 3530 m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Short trekking day of the trip. You can take your time and walk forward by enjoying magnificent views of the Himalayas. This day trek is kind of short for the acclimatization. You will stay in Sama Gaun which is only few hours from Syala.

      Day 07:Sama Gaun for acclimatization and visit to Manaslu base camp 4800m, BLD, Teahouse

      Today is the main acclimatizing day. You can take rest and relax in the Sama Gaun. And as for optional you can visit Manaslu Base Camp. For more option, you can visit nearby Gumbas like Pungyen Gumba and Old Gumba.

      Day 08:Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo 3860m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      The trekking journey today is easy. You will descend to the river and follow the bridge. The mountains view on the route is breath taking. On the way, you can also get just this close to the Tibetan border. You will stay at Samdo for the night.

      Day 09:Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala / Larke phedi 4460 m 5hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      Trekking today is a little bit of snaky highs and lows. You will pass through seasonal Tibetan market called Larke market. This is the best day of trekking when you can witness Larke glaciers. After Salka Khola, you will climb up Dharmasala to Larke Phedi.

      Day 10:Cross Larke La 5106m and trek to Bimtang 3720 m 8hrs, BLD, Teahouse

      This is the big day. Challenging and longest hike of the entire journey. After the early morning breakfast in Dharmasala you will head for Larke pass (5106m). Although it is challenging trail, you will be able to witness the glacier lake and beautiful valleys along with snowcapped peaks. Some honorable names of the mountains are Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal and Annapurna II. After crossing the Larke pass, you will stay at Bimtang.

      Day 11:Chartered heli flight back to Kathmandu, BD, Hotel

      After a marvellous and awe-inspiring journey in the Manaslu region of the Himalayas, it’s time to get back to Kathmandu with yet another mind blowing flight. You can either relax for the rest of the day or choose to go for a wonderful sightseeing tour to the cultural and historical Kathmandu valley. Farewell dinner is on the house.

      Day 12:Goodbye from Nepal, B, Flight.

      After the glorious Manaslu Circuit trek with heli return trip, it’s finally time to fly back home. Our respective team will drop you at the Tribhuvan Airport for the final departure. Good bye and see you again.

      • Cost for 1 PAX: $12,000 /-

        Cost for 2 PAX: $6,999 per person

        Cost for 3 or more PAX: $4,999 per person

        Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

        Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return Cost Breakdown

        Cost Includes

        • Airport pick up, drop and other transfers
        • Chartered helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Jagat and from Bimtang to Kathmandu
        • Complimentary farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance
        • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing/couple basis including bed and breakfast (BB)
        • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
        • Teahouse lodges during the trek
        • Full board meals i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trekking
        • Tea / coffee and daily seasonal fruits, salads during trek
        • Clean drinking water everyday
        • Fully licensed, qualified English speaking trekking guide (leader) and assistant Sherpa as per the group
        • Porter service, 1 for 2 trekkers
        • All the staff’s expenses including flight, salary, food, accommodation, equipment and insurance
        • Trekking permits
        • TIMS card
        • Optional supply if necessary; sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bags (to be returned after)
        • Trekking route map
        • Company T-shirt and certificate of appreciation
        • First Aid Medical Kit
        • All the government and local taxes

        Cost Excludes

        • Nepal visa fee and international flight
        • Meals in Kathmandu
        • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
        • Travel and emergency rescue insurance
        • Personal expenses and beverages of any kinds
        • Gratuities to the staffs (mandatory)

        The price given is based on 3 pax only. More or less the travelers are, the price changes accordingly.

      Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return Useful Information

      Kathmandu airport pick up and drop services

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ staffs will pick you up from the airport as per your flight arrival time and similarly drop you off in the airport for international departure according to your flight schedule. During arrival, please don’t forget to look for your name placard hold by the team, outside the airport arrival gate. Our staff will be impatiently waiting for your arrival to greet you and warmly welcome you in Nepal. ‘NAMASTE’ is the foremost and the most commonly used greeting word in Nepal which you will hear from our staff at the very first moment you meet him.

      Customized Trips and Trip departure

      Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return departs from Kathmandu as per our fixed departure dates. You can join any available fixed departure groups if you are a solo or small group travelers if you wish to, when the trips cannot be customized.

      But if you are in a private group, fixed departure dates are not suitable for you and so you need to choose your own dates and packages, when you can customize the trek as per your travel needs. For further information, please kindly contact your own friendly neighbor, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours.

      Accommodations in Kathmandu and during trek

      You will be staying in the 3 star hotel in Kathmandu while in the teahouse lodges or guesthouses during the trek.

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best accommodation arrangement for you from the beginning to the end. We believe after the tough walking day, everyone deserves the proper rest and the right ambience to relax and chill. Therefore, our choice of accommodation is the best when it comes to the trekking days. The rooms will be clean and comfy. Our entire accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis as you can see, so you have to let us know if others; let’s say if you want triple or quadruple sharing or if you want a double bed, etc. There will be extra charge for the single supplement.

      If you wish to change the accommodation category to a better one in Kathmandu, please let us know and we can change it for you on added cost.

      Route Map and Company T-shirt

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers you a complimentary trekking map and the company t-shirts.

      Safe Drinking Water during Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return

      Hydrating yourself is the most important thing to do during the trek. You should drink at least 3 liters of water every day or more. The main reason is to avoid the altitude sickness and to avoid other health issues. Nature Lovers Treks and Tours provides you water purification tablets or liquids to purify the water in the mountains. You can even buy mineral water or boiled water on extra cost.

      Your trekking guides and porters

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best guides and porters in the whole tourism industry. We can guarantee you on that. Ask yourselves a question. What do you look for in a guide and a porter? Are they fully insured and are they paid well? Well, they are the staffs of Nature Lovers Treks and Tours so they are hundred percent happy with their treatment by the company. They are experienced, licensed and knowledgeable in the field. They are well paid and fully insured for their journey as well as for the medicals.

      Now, let’s talk about our backbones. The leader or a guide should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours can proudly say that our guides (climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.

      Our guide knows the local areas, the cultures, the traditions and the lifestyles much more than anyone do. Some of the things he tells you, might even be hard to find in the travel guide books. Depending upon the situations and weather conditions, the daily plans might change slightly which when happens, he will inform you beforehand. You should always be flexibly ready to accommodate to your guides’ instructions. Let him know if you have any health problems as well since he will act accordingly to the situation. Depending upon the group size, we will also provide you assistant guides and extra Sherpas if needed.

      Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 25/30 kg to be carried by one porter. They are the strongest in our group with less communication skills. We also closely work with IPPG {International Porter Protection Group} and follow their ethics and guidelines.

      <strong=”” style=”box-sizing: border-box;”>Solo traveling in the Himalayas</strong=””>

      We have had many solo travelers in the past. Nepal is totally safe to travel even in the Himalayas, even though you are solo. However, since it is a restricted area, at least 2 travelers are needed for this trek. If you are traveling solo, we can arrange in such a way that you have to share the permit with other travelers & you might have to pay a little extra.

      Extra personal expenses during and after trek

      The clients are responsible for their own personal expenses during or after the treks like, for buying beverages and snacks, WiFi, doing laundry, buying souvenirs & personal equipment, tips for the field staffs, etc. Therefore, we recommend you to bring some extra cash (in dollars or euro, etc.) of about $200-400, and change it into Nepali Rupees since only NPR are accepted in majority of the Nepali market.

      Shower during the trek

      It’s an important matter to discuss about. After a day’s end, you might feel like showering and get fresh. It’s a good idea on the lower altitudes but if you’re on the higher altitudes (more than 3500m), we recommend to shower on intervals. People seem to catch a cold easily after showering which can lead to altitude sickness. Teahouses in the lower elevation offers you hot shower, but in the upper elevation, a bucket of hot water is provided. They charge a little extra for the hot water bath ($2-5).

      Laundry on the trail

      There are some teahouses which offer laundry services and you can use their service during the acclimatizing days. However, most of the lodges don’t have laundry service and you might have to either wash your clothes yourself or postpone until you arrive in Kathmandu or in other city. Please plan in advance about it.

      Your safety

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. We provide you our own comprehensive first aid medical kit bag along with the professional team of guides and porters. We are always in communication with our field team members to keep track of your safety and concerns. Your entire journey will be monitored by us and we make sure you enjoy your journey in full scale. We are available 24/7 for your health and safety checks during Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return.

      Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return Frequently Asked Questions

      How much does the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return cost?

      The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return varies from $3000-$4000 {for 3 pax only} depending upon the number of days you choose to trek. The longer the trek, more expensive it will become. Similarly, the price will differ with the accommodation choices and group sizes also. Normally, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers a comprehensive package which is inclusive of all the cost and expenses for the entire journey from the moment you land in Nepal till the moment you fly back home. However, you could also choose to buy only service-based package from us when we will be providing you only the supporting field staffs plus trekking permits and you have to arrange the rest by yourselves.

      How is the Accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      In Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return, we will provide you the teahouse accommodations. A teahouse is typically a mountain lodge which is a combination of a lodge or a guest house and a restaurant or a café with basic furniture and interiors suitable for the social hangout. Few teahouses have attached bathrooms and the central heating furnace. Also some of the teahouses provide the European toilets these days while Asian style of toilets are available in every teahouses. Hot showers are available but on extra cost. The same goes with the hot drinking water since they use the gas or solar to boil the water. Sleeping blankets are usually provided but we recommend you to carry your own sleeping bags for the hygienic purpose {can be arranged on request}. At the same time, it’s better to carry your own toiletries including the towels.

      What are the permits that I need for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      For Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return, you will need to make 3 permits: Manaslu Restricted permit, MCAP {Manaslu Conservation Area Project} and TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System).

      How does this tipping system in Nepal work and do I have to tip?

      Tipping is not compulsory for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return however tipping is all about showing your gratitude and appreciation. We care about our staffs in the fields so we expect you to look after them in return for them looking after you throughout your journey. They are your closest friend in the remotest parts and also your protector whenever anything seems to happen to you. So tipping is highly expected and we’ve made it mandatory too. The amount of gratuities can be determined by yourselves. Normally, a guide expects around $5 or more per day per person while a porter expects $4 or more per day per person.

      Can I charge my phones, batteries or other electronic devices in Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      You can sometimes charge your electronic devices during Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return but only by paying small amount or fees for charging. Don’t forget to buy a plug adapter or socket fittings before you leave Kathmandu.

      Is there WiFi and mobile signal on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return route has mobile network coverage in some days, thanks to the Nepalese telecommunication companies called Ncell and NTC. You can buy one of these Sim cards from any local phone shops in Kathmandu. It is wiser to buy a sim card with around 4 GB data in Kathmandu and use the mobile data in the trek to avoid paying extra by buying WiFi on the trek.

      WiFi is available in some of the teahouses in Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return route and cost some charges. However, the signal varies from place to place and please don’t expect to receive the fast data coverage in the trek.

      When is the best time to trek to Manaslu Circuit?

      Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return can be done throughout the year. However in average, Spring {March, April and May} and Autumn {September, October and November} are the best times or seasons to trek to Manaslu Circuit. Spring and Autumn are known as the Peak season or Busy season in Nepal. It’s because the temperature is moderate during these seasons and the best panoramic mountain views are guaranteed while during other Summer {June, July and August} and Winter {December, January and February} season, the clear weather is not guaranteed. But if you are an explorer, a photographer and a peace lover, less busy season can also be the right time to do Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return. The problem is the weather is harsh cold in winter and there’s snow everywhere while the summer has rainfalls and clouds obscuring the mountains and the views are not so great most of the time.

      Do I have to worry about the altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      The itinerary of our Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return is perfectly designed by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours and has separated enough time in the places to let the body acclimatize well in high altitudes. As long as you follow the guide, you should be fine. Altitude sickness in fact can affect anyone regardless of the age or the fitness level, so it is very important to walk slowly and gradually as you go higher. Learn more in details about Altitude Sickness to prepare yourselves for the upcoming Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return.

      Do I need to be healthy and physically fit for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      When it comes to trekking in the mountains, health and fitness of a person plays a vital role. If you are a healthy person without any serious medical problems, Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return is for you but if you have any sorts of medical issues, please consult to your doctor before coming to Nepal for the trek. We will be gaining the high altitude of 5106 m above the sea level which is not a joke. People normally start to have breathing problems above 3000 meters from the sea level, if they have pre-existing health conditions.

      Now when it comes to the fitness level required, Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return demands high physical fitness. The trekking includes daily walks of about 4-8 hours and involves many ascents and descents including crossing of the longest high pass in Nepal which means you need lots of practices before you start the trekking journey. You will be traversing through the forests, high passes and high hills. If you do not have the previous trekking experience, that’s fine but obviously if you have previous experiences, it will be lot easier. For those not having previous trekking experiences, please exercise regularly for at least two months prior to your trekking departure. Go for the morning walks, do some jogging as you get time, participate in some cycling activities, etc. This way, you will be good to go for trekking to Manaslu Circuit.

      What kind of food items or meals can I eat on Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      Only breakfast is included in Kathmandu while full board meals or full meals are included during the trek. Tea and coffee will also be provided during the entire trip. During the trek, you will have your breakfast and dinner in the same teahouse where you spend the night while the lunch will be served en route towards the next destination of the day. There are limited choices to choose from; Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, etc.

      The most common and the highly recommended food during the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return is typical Nepali Dal Bhat {rice and lentil}; even better without meat, means Nepali Vegetarian Dal Bhat. You can also eat other food items such as seasonal vegetables, noodles and spaghetti, pastas, pizzas and French fries, soups, etc. depending upon the availability. For the beverage, you can either choose warm, hot or cold beverages; soft drinks, beer and hard drinks. For the breakfast, you can order cereals, breads, noodle soups, egg dishes, etc.

      Do I need a travel insurance for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      Travel insurance is a must when you trek to Manaslu Circuit. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses, if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen. We strongly advise you to take out an insurance which covers any medical risks up to 5000 meter as well as the medical evacuation from the mountains.

      <strong=””>Can I use my debit or credit cards during the trek?</strong=””>

      In general, most of the places in Nepal don’t accept the card payments as they are remote and of limited use to them. So, we recommend you to withdraw some cash before departing for the journey. ATMs will charge you minimal service fee for withdrawing money and you will also get good exchange rate from the banks.

      How much weight of luggage can I take during the trek?

      Our porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg so, since 2 clients will share one porter, both of your combined weights shouldn’t be more than 18-20kg. We care about our porters and he also has his personal belongings to carry as well.

      For the important things and your personal items, you might have to carry your own backpack. But please, only carry the essentials and you will have to leave the rest of the unimportant items, either in the hotel’s locker room or in our office store for free.

      Is there any age limit for Manaslu circuit trek?

      Not, at all. No matter if you’re 5 years old or 85, you can trek as long as you can. In fact, the children seem to adapt to the high altitudes faster than an adult. So, as long as you’re willing to hike the Himalayas, you can hike no matter what your age is.

      How do you take the remaining balance on arrival in Kathmandu? Do I need to pay you by cash or I can use my card?

      On arrival in Kathmandu, you can pay the remaining balance either on cash or by card. We prefer to be paid in cash (doesn’t matter which currency) rather than by card but however, you can also swipe your card which will incur you extra 3.5% charge from the bank.

      How big should my backpack be?

      It all depends on what you wish to carry on your day pack. We recommend a backpack between 20-40 liter or roughly the size of a school bag.

      If I have to use a restroom during the hike or trek, where can I use the restroom?

      You can easily access the restrooms of any teahouses on the trail. If in case it’s urgent and you cannot find any teahouses around, you can always go off the trail to ease yourself.

      Can I leave my luggage in Kathmandu?

      Definitely, you can leave your excess stuffs in Kathmandu. Either you can leave them on the hotel’s locker room or in our office store for free.

      What about extra days and nights in Kathmandu?

      For any extra days and nights in Kathmandu which is outside of your schedule, you can let us know beforehand and we can book the hotels for you and also other add-ons or activities as you may like. If under unforeseen circumstances you get extra days in Kathmandu after the trek, we shall work out the right solution for you.

      What if I get sick or injured during the trek?

      Like we said earlier, we, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. Our professional team is always with you and monitoring you to ensure your wellness and safety. Our experienced and well-trained guide will use his emergency skills in case of emergency; either if you get injured or if you get sick. If it’s regarding a symptom of altitude sickness or AMS, you will have to go down to the lower altitudes as fast as possible in order to gain your energy back. You can always continue in the later days or retreat as per your choice. In case of necessity, he will arrange the rescue helicopter for you as well to get the quick medical attention in Kathmandu.

      How cold is it during the Manaslu circuit trekking?

      The places in the mountainous region are always cold no matter which season or what time. But the temperatures vary depending on the season and altitude.

      What gears and equipment do I need to pack for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Heli Return?

      Choosing the right gear and equipment is important as well for the successful trek to Manaslu Circuit. Pack the right gears and equipment but remember, packing as light as possible is the best way to go when trekking to Manaslu Circuit. You should read this What to take for travel to get all the details on what you need to pack or carry.

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