Lying north of Gorkha and standing proudly as the eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu (8163m) is one of Nepal’s the finest destinations. The stunning views of pristine mountains, the area’s cultural heritage and biological diversity lures adventurers and trekkers. Trekking in this region was only officially permitted by the government in 1991. Budhi Gandaki is the starting point for treks and follows a narrow gorge between Ganesh and Manaslu ranges.
Throughout the journey one can experience different villages, lifestyles and much more. Samdo village is especially eye catching. The hospitable people living in this region mostly follow Buddhism and religious places include Shring Gompa in Bihi and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampar. The Kaligandaki valley is a favorite with fossil hunters. The gorge which is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide is one of the deepest in the world bisecting the Dhalaugiri and Annapurna ranges.
There are almost 9000 inhabitants living in the Manaslu Conservation Area and it is also home to more than 1500 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 birds and 3 reptiles. The trekking in this region varies according to place and duration. The popular treks are the Tsum valley, Tum valley, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, and the Manaslu circuit trek.
UPPER BODY LAYERS
- Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
- Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
- Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry.
- Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
- Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
- Rain jacket -1 essential
- Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
- Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
- Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
- Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
- Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
- Rain pants -1 advisable
- Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
- Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
- Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
- Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
- Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
- Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
- Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
- Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
- Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladders are preffered
- Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
- Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
- Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
- Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
- Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
- Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
- Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
- Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
- Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
- Travel towel -1 light weight and compact.
- Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek.
- Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean.
- Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
- Book or journal as you like.
- Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun.
- Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu.
- Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains.
- Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
- Gloves warm enough. Preferably warmers as well
- Neck warmer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.