Sunday, March 25, 2018

Manaslu Circuit Trek : April 22nd to May 5th 2018

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On the trail from Samagaon to Samdo
The circuit of  Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, is what the Annapurna circuit was thirty years ago! Few trekkers, traditional villages, outstanding views, mountain culture, a high pass to cross and a final finish along the old Annapurna circuit approach! South Col had a confirmed departure for this trek with four confirmed trekkers. Do  the trek now before it becomes too crowded and commercialized.

Who should join this trek?

A good choice for regular hill walkers,  high level of fitness required.
1) Walking times: average 5 to 8  hours walking per day (with some longer days i.e. across Larkya La  pass of upto ten hours) with some rest days included.
2) Altitude: up to 5,160  m at Larkya La
3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions. There is a steep ascent and descent over the Larkya La  pass which could be snow covered.
4) Remoteness: the trek is in a remote mountain area and a long distance from the roadhead and the nearest cities.
5) High altitude insurance including emergency evacuation insurance by helicopter is compulsory for this trek.
 6) Prior trekking experience is recommended for this trek.

The last push to Larke La - Himlung in the background

This the condensed itinerary. The detailed daywise time wise itinerary is included in the pdf on request.

Day 1 – Kathmandu to Arughat by vehicle and then on the Soti Khola by jeep 7 to 8 hours by road
Day 2 – Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 6 – 7 hours
Day 3 – Macchakhola to Jagat 8 -9 hours
Day 4 Jagat to Pewa 7 to 8 hours
Day 5 – Pewa to Ghap 5 to 6 hours
Day 6 Ghap to Lho 8 to 9 hours
Day 7 – Lho to Samagaon 4 hours
Day 8 – Acclimatisation day Samagaon
Day 9 Samagaon to Samdo 4 hours
Day 10 Samdo to Dharamsala ( Base Camp) 4 hours
Day 11 Dharamsala to Larkya La to Bimthang 4 to 5 hours to the top and 4 hours down – long day
Day 12 Bimthang to Gowa 6 to 7 hours
Day 13 Gowa to Dharapani and jeep to Besisahar 3 hours trek and 6 hours drive very bad road
Day 14 Micro Bus pick up to Kathmandu 6 hours

The lodges of Bimthng across the pass 
April 22nd to May 5th 2018  Kathmandu to Kathmandu.  You need to reach Kathmandu on April 21st 2018 and can leave Kathmandu on May 6th 2018.

 INR 90,000 for Indian Citizens and  US$ 1500 for foreign passport holders ( Meals not included). Please budget an additional USD 25-30 for meals, hot water in flasks, battery charging, wi fi charges, gas showers  in lodges for fourteen  days trekking.

Campsite at Deng
The cost is per person for Kathmandu to Kathmandu (14 days) as per the itinerary given above.
Costs given above are at current rates and may change without notice. Changes if any will be notified 2 months before the trek.
Costs include:
Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat and Dharapani/Besisahar to Kathmandu in our own vehicle.
All permits including Manaslu Restricted Area permit, ACAP and MCAP permits and TIMS as applicable.
All accommodation on the trek on twin sharing basis. There are no luxury lodges on this route and accommodation will be basic without attached bathrooms.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu two nights on the way in and one night on the way out is covered in a good hotel with breakfast.
Cost of porters/guides for the trek. Please note that porters will carry one duffel bag or backpack not exceeding 10 kgs in weight for each trekker comprising of personal items, clothing, sleeping bag etc.
Costs not included
Meals in Kathmandu
Breakfast lunch and dinner on the trek is not included. Desserts, drinks, and exotic items listed in the lodge menus are not included. Alcohol, cold drinks (coca cola, sprite, beer), juices, ice cream etc on the trek. Bottled drinks; boiled, filtered or bottled water; alcohol; snacks etc
Client travel and medical insurance of any kind. Emergency evacuation costs if needed.
Hot showers (Rs 200-300 per shower); Personal clothing and equipment; sleeping bag; down/ goretek jacket, medicines for personal use etc.
Air fare from residence country to Nepal and back
Tips to porters and guide at the end of trek. Please budget USD 50 per head as tips to the common pool

Bharal (blue sheep) at Dharamsala - the last camp below Larke La
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Himalayan Faces

 Watching from the ruins of her home - Kaule Village - Nepal after the earthquake April 2015

On my treks over many years in the Himalaya, I have been fortunate enough to photograph the people living in these remote locations and villages. Some of the interesting faces of the Himalaya are in this post.

At Tashiding monastery Sikkim - March 1987 

Porter in the Solu Khumbu April 2011

Boys from Photoksur village - Zanskar September 2007

Leh Ladakh September 2008

Samagaon - Manaslu region April 2017

Watching masked dances at Tabo, Spiti October 2011

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