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Manaslu Circuit Trek (Manaslu Trek) is one of the most adventurous trekking trails. It provides amazing mountain views, rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, and natural diversity.

The name Manaslu means “the spirit mountain”. The local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within.

Manaslu Region opened for recreation only in 1992. Until then, it remained a restricted area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is gaining its popularity and is also known as the next Annapurna Circuit Trek (another popular Trek).

Since the region is not travelled by many like the popular Everest Base Camp Trail or Annapurna Base Camp Trail, the trek consists of beaten trails offering an adventurous experience into the wilderness. Not to mention, Manaslu circuit trek is the most demanded trekking destinations among tourists who come in contact with the Himalayas On Foot.

The adventure takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the earth.

Mt. Manaslu is one of the most challenging yet untouched treks. The cultural and natural beauty of the region is untouched by the modern day world. Thus, the trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the Manaslu Region.

Manaslu Region is a restricted trekking region, so it requires a special permit to trek in. Organized trekking groups need special permits from any government registered trekking company to enter Manaslu trekking region.

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular viewpoints of the highest peaks in the world, including Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and Mt. Manaslu. The highest point on this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas.

The trek is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the Tibetan culture. You will come across several chortens and Mani wall in almost all the villages along the journey.

If you are looking for a thrilling adventure through the serenity of the White Mountains, then Manaslu Circuit trek is the ideal option.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Budhi Gandaki River Valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m)
  • Diversified ecosystems

DaysItineraryMax AltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu1,400 m-
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola1,400 m8-9 hrs
Day 03Soti Khola- Machha Khola9,00 m6-7 hrs
Day 04Machha Khola- Jagat1,410 m6-7 hrs
Day 05Jagat- Deng1,804 m6-7 hrs
Day 06Deng- Namrung2,630 m6-7 hrs
Day 07Namrung- Samagaon3,530 m6-7 hrs
Day 08Samagaon- Pungyen gompa- Samagaon-6-7 hrs
Day 09Samagaon- Samdo3,690 m, Samdo4-5 hrs
Day 10Rest Day in Samdo3,690 m5 hrs
Day 11Samdo- Dharamsala/ Larkya B. C.4,460 m, Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp4-5 hrs
Day 12Dharmsala- Larkya La- Bimthang5,160 m, Larkya La Pass5-6 hrs
Day 13Bimthang- Tilije3,720 m, Bimthang5-6 hrs
Day 14Tilije- Tal2,300 m, Tilije5-6 hrs
Day 15Tal- Syange1,700 m, Tal6-7 hrs
Day 16Syange- Kathmandu1,400 m3-4 hrs
Day 17Departure to Tribhuvan International Airport1,400 m-

Day 16
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal, the Himalayan kingdom!

Our representative will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to Maya Boutique Hotel. You’ll have some rest and then you’ll attend a small team meeting, where we will introduce you with your trek guide and discuss about an upcoming trip.

Overnight stay at Maya Boutique Hotel.

Day 1
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours

Travel Hours: 8-9 hours

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

Early this morning, we will drive to Sotikhola. The road passes through Dhading Bensi and Arughat. From Arughat, we will head towards Sotikhola. Driving through the countryside is a pleasant experience. The roads will get a little rough in Arughat. Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 2
Day 03: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 900 m, Machha Khola

On this day, we will trek to Maccha Khola. The trails heads across a bridge and then towards a beautiful Sal forest. After crossing the river Budhi Gandaki, we will reach Khursane.

The trail weaves its way up and down and passes through two subtropical waterfalls before it enters the Gurung village of Labubesi. After crossing another suspension bridge, we will reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 3
Day 04: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 1,410 m, Jagat

The trail is narrow and crosses the Tharo Khola. It then reaches Khorlabesi. We will also come across a hot spring along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki, we will climb a well-crafted staircase, and then head towards Dobhan.

Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will climb the stone stairs and then descend towards Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will enter Jagat Village. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 4
Day 05: Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 1,804 m, Deng

On this day, we will trek towards Deng. The 6-7 hours trek passes through Salleri, Sirdibas and Ghatta Khola. After crossing a Eklee Bhatti, the route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. We will cross the Budhi Gandaki.

The trail passes through bamboo forests before it reaches Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 5
Day 06: Deng - Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 2,630 m, Namrung

The trail to Namrung initially climbs to Rana at 1910m. The trail passes through forests and mani. We will take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal.

After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again.

The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 6
Day 07:  Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 3,530 m, Samagaon

We will pass through a forest and reach Lihi- a beautiful village with several chorten. We will also come across Lho, Shyala and Sama village. Lho village offers an excellent view of Mt. Manasly.

Shyla village on the other hand is surrounded by mountains like the Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right. The journey will end in Samagaon where we will spend the night.

Day 7
Day 08:  Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: -

We will spend the day in Samagaon for acclimatization.  The village has thousands of mani stone with Buddhist texts and picture inscribed on them. You will get a chance to explore and learn the Sherpa culture and lifestyle.

On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 8
Day 09:  Samagaon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

Max Altitude: 3,690 m, Samdo

We will trek for about 4-5 hours to Samdo. The route will descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya la Trail passes through several mani walls. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki via a wooden bridge, we will head towards Samdo.

Overnight in Samdo.

Day 9
Day 10: Rest Day in Samdo

Walking Hours: 5 hours

Max Altitude: 3,690 m, Samdo

We will spend the day in Samdo for acclimatization. We will explore the village. We could hike up the valley. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.

We will also encounter some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10
Day 11:  Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Walking Hours: 4-5 hours

Max Altitude: 4,460 m, Larkya Phedi or Larkya Base Camp

On this day, we will trek towards Dharamshala. We will cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and cross two streams. We will see the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola The walk is short and pleasant. It is useful for acclimatization. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 11
Day 12:  Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 5,160 m, Larkya La Pass

We will reach a valley after a short walk. This valley offers great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The trail heads through moraines of the glacier. The pass is an outstanding viewpoint of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II.

It will take us about 8-9 hours to reach Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 12
Day 13: Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 3,720 m, Bimthang

On this day, we will trek to Tilije. We will cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) and a bridge over Dudh Khola. We will walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We will reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche.

We will come across the village of Gho before entering Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.

Day 13
Day 14:  Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hours

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours

Max Altitude: 2,300 m, Tilije

The trail passes through small settlements. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail then climb up through a chorten-shaped arch entering into Thonje village. We will continue towards Dharapani and then to Karte village.

After crossing a bridge over Marsyandi Khola we will head towards the village of Tal. Overnight in Tal.

Day 14
Day 15:  Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours

Max Altitude: 1,700 m, Tal

The trail to Syange village crosses the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Day 15
Day 16: Syange- Kathmandu

Travel Hours: 7-8 hours

Max Altitude: 1,400 m

As we finish our trek here at Syange we will head back to Kathmandu. We’ll drive by private Jeep to Kathmandu. It takes about 7 to 8 hours. During this drive, you’ll catch some beautiful glimpse of the landscape.

Additionally, if you’ve more time to spend in this beautiful country we can drop you off at Pokhara to relax after the trek. It will purely depend on your choice. From Syange, it takes about 5 to 6-hours drive to Pokhara.

Day 17
Day 17: Departure from International Airport

Officially the trip ends at Kathmandu. Our representative will transfer you to the International Airport, for your final departure and flight to your home country.

Further, if you would love to extend your vacation in this beautiful country, we serve different wonderful trekking packages. Also, you can add extra days and explore the Pokhara city after the trek. For further information, you can contact us at any time. We’re here to serve you!

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • Transportation by public buses
  • Restricted area Permit,ACAP Permit,MCAP Permit and all Paper works
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • Accommodation cost at guest houses during the trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Cost
  • All government taxes, vat and service charges
  • Luggage storage service during the trek

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

This trip can also be customized as per your need. Tell us about your requirements and what you expect from the trip, and we will help you design a trip with comfortable itinerary to best meet your needs.

Please contact us here or on +977 9851-060902 (WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Wechat, IMO). We will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Q1. How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderate hike. It’s a not a technical hike but the altitude may affect some. It also depends upon the physical condition of traveler.

The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass (5,106 m above the sea level). During Manaslu trek, you have to walk 7-8 hours per day. Thus, good level of fitness is most important for this trek.

Q2. What is the best trekking time for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time for the Manaslu region trek starts from March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn).

During March, April, and May the weather is clear and calm. You’ll also get a wonderful view of the snow-capped mountain. Spring is the season of beautiful colorful flowers which makes the forest trail more beautiful.

Autumn season is another best season to trek in Manaslu region. After monsoon, September, October, and November are the perfect months to get there. You’ll see the phenomenal view of high mountains covered in snow.

Q3. What about accommodation facilities in Manaslu region?

While trekking in Manaslu region, accommodation is not a big issue. There are ample tea houses for accommodation in Manaslu region. Normally, the rooms are simple and cozy. Only a few teahouses have a private room with a shared toilet.

Also, kindly note during the peak trekking season, you may need to share a room with other trekkers especially in Dharamsala. Although the tea houses provide blankets it gets very cold especially at night so sleeping bags are essential.

Q4. What type of food do I get during the trek?

On the Manaslu trail, almost all tea houses serve most common Nepali dish “Dal-Bhat”. Normally, vegetables served in tea houses are produced from their own field. This is usually organic which is good for your health.

Manaslu region is located in the remote area of Nepal. There is problem of proper transportation so it’s difficult to supply food materials. Thus, on the Manaslu trail, continental foods are costly and limited.

Q5. What about altitude sickness?

It’s impossible to predict who gets affected by altitude. Altitude sickness is caused by thin air at the high altitudes starting from 3,000 m upward. The highest point of the Manaslu Trek is 5,120 m above the sea level. So, you should give enough time to acclimatize, while trekking in Manaslu region.

The main precaution while trekking is not to go up too high and too fast. If you suffer from symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite then descend to a lower elevation immediately and seek medical help.

Q6. Do I need a permit to trek in Manaslu region?

Yes, you need special trekking permits while trekking in Manaslu region. This region lies in a remote and restricted area under the Manaslu Conservation Area. The permits and the trekking costs details are mentioned below:

  • Manaslu Restricted Permit: USD 70 for first seven days and USD 10 each additional day during September to November. USD 50 for first 7 days and USD 7 each additional day during December to August.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): For SAARC Nationals is USD 2 per person and for other Nationals is USD 20 per person.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP): For SAARC Nationals is USD 2 per person and for other Nationals is USD 20 per person.
  • Tsum Valley Restricted Permit: USD 35 per person per week

(Optional: If you want to go to Tsum Valley)

Q7. Do I need a TIMS Card for Manaslu?

No, you don’t need a TIMS card until you have a side trip after Manaslu like as Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Jomsom Muktinath Trek. As long as you hold restricted trekking permit, TIMS card isn’t required in any restricted trekking region in Nepal.

Q8. Can I trek solo?

No, you can’t trek solo. Nepal Government has declared Manaslu as a restricted area to preserve the natural beauty and the culture of the region. As a result, individual trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu.

You must hire a licensed professional guide or a porter guide. While trekking in Manaslu region there must be at least two people in one group (not including the guide and porter).

Q9. If I hire a guide or porter should I tip him? If yes, how much?

Tipping is not compulsory in Nepal. But people expect you show gratitude to them. There is no any hard and fast rules for tipping so if you’re satisfied with their service you can tip them as per your interest.

Q10. Do I need to get insured before trekking in Manaslu region?

Yes, travel insurance is very necessary and you must insure in your respective home country. Your travel insurance policy must cover emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, and medical treatment. This insurance is for your personal security and easy trekking.

Manaslu trekking route traverse through different terrain. The trek starts from 710 m and ends at 5,210 m altitude above sea level. With the change in altitude, temperature also changes.

Thus, according to different weather and climate you have to choose the right clothes,other gears, and equipment.

Here is a recommended packing list of items that you’ll need in your Manaslu Circuit Trek. This list will help you to make your journey successful and fun-filled.

General

  • 4-season Sleeping Bag (You can rent for $35 per piece after trek it must be returned)
  • Duffel Bag
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (It’s compulsory for mornings, evenings, and nights and for high altitude above 4,000 m)

Clothing

  • Full and half sleeve T-shirts
  • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Wind / Waterproof shell jacket
  • Synthetic sports bras (for women)
  • Breathable underwear
  • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
  • Hiking shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • Windproof trousers
  • Casual Pants

Head and Hand

  • Sun Hat
  • Wool or Synthetic hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp
  • Neck Warmer
  • Scarf / Balaclava
  • Fleece/woolen gloves
  • Waterproof gloves

Foot

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Camp Sandals / Sneakers
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Light hiking socks
  • Gaiters (Optional: Monsoon and Winter)
  • Sock liners

Personal Equipment

  • Water Bottle / Bladder
  • Water Purification Iodine Tablets
  • Toiletry Kit ( face towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant etc)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Feminine Hygiene Products (for women)
  • Lip balm (SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
  • Pee Funnel

Other Travel Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Diamox for altitude sickness
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, memory card, and spare batteries

Trip Reviews
4.83 stars
- based on6 reviews
  1. Manaslu Circuit Trek
    Chew Pauline22nd May, 2019

    Mukti was very responsive to my enquiries and managed to accommodate my requests. It was an awesome trek and our guide,Raj, and assistant guide(Deepak) & all porters were excellent. We were a slow group but with Raj guidance and assistance from rest of his team, 7 of us managed to complete the circuit. One had to turn back from Larke Pass with the assistant guide due to health reason. Mukti was able to arrange the helicopter evacuation on the same day and arrived in Kathmandu safely. If I ever go back to Nepal for trekking again, Himalayas On Foot will be my 1st choice
  2. Manaslu Circuit 2017
    TortoiseLeong21st May, 2019

    Still nursing a month old sprained ankle and a terrible sore throat with fever, I was apprehensive as to whether I should continue my journey to Manaslu Circuit. I was not sure of the level of service the trekking company will be able to offer.I went instead and to my surprised I was so well taken care of by Raj, Dipak and the porters. Raj and Dipak were so patient and Dipak kept me entertained by his lovely serenade. I was threading the trail slowly in order not to aggravate my almost healed ankle (I definitely do not want to spoil this trip with another sprained ankle) and sore throat. In short, I was the last trekker among the 8 of us (my mantra during this trip was - If you need to stop, do so and if you are the last to reach the end point, who cares? I was definitely walking at a slow and steady pace, like a tortoise). On one or two occassions, when I was too tired and Raj had to rushed ahead to ensure the rest of my trekking buddies checked into the rest house, he asked one of the porter to accompany me. I am touched that I was not made to feel like a burden.Raj, the head guide and Dipak, the assistant guide never rushes me. They took care of our welfare so well - make sure we eat and drink well (our favourite drinks, of course) and sufficiently, have blankets to keep us warm, so pampered...Raj and Dipak and our four porters went the extra miles to ensure we are safe and enjoy the trip.If I have been a burden, I apologised...but I have never enjoy a trekking trip like this one until now and will definitely recommend Himalaya on Foot to my friends.
  3. 14 days Manaslu Circuit
    SiewFong21st May, 2019

    They handed everything well from the beginning till the end... I rate Himalayas On Foot perfect 10 for their services and guidance thru out the 14 days of trekking. Mr Raj, our guide always make sure we are well and kept us warm most nites with extra blankets.. Meals n drinks are served hot and enough at all times.. Back at the office, Mr Mukti was always there to offer us tip top service of any kind we requested... Many thanks to you and your good responsible staffs, including the potters for making my 1st hiking trip in Nepal so enjoyable and memorable... Keep it up...!!! You guys are the BEST..!!
  4. Manaslu trek in 2 weeks
    stratosilva21st May, 2019

    I would like to recommend this agency, but especially their guide, Ramesh. Most agencies offer similar packages but what I greatly appreciated is that Himalayas On Foot went the extra mile to make my trek possible. Where others tried to add things I didn't need, they let me customize my trip, they came up with good suggestion and they delivered what they promised. That being said, I had to reject the first guide that was assigned to me due to his poor English, but they quickly proposed another one, Ramesh, which really helped me during the entire the trek. The best thing about Ramesh and the Himalayas on Foot that you won't easily find with others is their flexibility. I changed the plan from day one as I found myself in good physical condition and they adjusted with no problem. I added more stops and they agreed to that too. The price was also one of the best I could find after receiving more than 15 quotes from different agencies. So all together I recommend them and I would organize my trek with them again.
  5. Great Manaslu Circuit trek
    Monika21st May, 2019

    I have a 14 days Manaslu Circuit trek with Himalayas on Foot just me alone. It was a great adventure!. Starting from the airport transfer, nice hotel before and after the trek and the trek itself. Deepak - a young guide was very caring and he was looking after me very carefully. I had a wonderful experience thanx to him - he was very flexible regarding the plan, so we could do it according to my level of tiredness. I recommend to everybody also the Manaslu Circuit route - the view are amazing, and there were several days that I have not met any single person o the way. So, peace and quiet!
  6. Fantastic Manaslu circuit trekking experience!
    Anneke21st May, 2019

    Summary (for the time poor and/or those who don't want to read an extended review):I had a wonderful time trekking the Manaslu Circuit with Himalayas on Foot.A great, tailored, reliable and hassle free service from start to finish.They are genuinely focussed on providing clients with a great trekking experience and enjoyable stay in Nepal.My guide, Raj, was very experienced, friendly, caring, knowledgable and spoke great English.Highly recommended company and trek.Extended review:Unlike some of the more popular treks in Nepal (e.g. Everest Base Camp and ABC) the Nepalese Government will only allow people to do the Manaslu Circuit trek with a registered guide.I organised the trip at very short notice - a week out from the trip - and due to work commitments had very specific on limited dates I could trek.A big draw card for me was the flexibility and responsiveness of Himalayas on Foot.There are heaps of trekking companies is Nepal so I did a bit of research (blogs, TripAdvisor, reaching out to friends who've trekked in Nepal, etc) and contacted quite a few companies. Most companies responded saying they could only confirm departures for groups of two or more people and suggested that I either change the dates of my trip (not possible) or contact them again with a group of two or more (I have a great friends who enjoy trekking, but none able to come to Nepal at a week's notice!).Upon receiving my website enquiry Mukti (the company director) organised a Facebook messenger chat with me to discuss my desired trekking objectives, dates and logistics. While I was at first skeptical about it (I've definitely never had any business communications via messenger in Australia!) it was actually a very efficient way to get a lot of questions answered quickly. I had a couple of minor follow up questions after the call, which Mukti answered promptly via email and messenger.The chat helped me determine whether I'd picked an appropriate trek for my desired outcomes (natural beauty, cultural insights, moderate to hard trekking), was appropriate to my level of physical fitness, and to discuss the benefits of smaller versus larger groups, etc. It also helped me get a feel for what the company was able to offer me. Mukti assured me there would be a way to make a trek happen, even if that meant him reaching out to help me find another company in order to make a combined group.The approach to doing business and organising the trip was less formal than what I'm used to (e.g. initial response by Facebook, no lengthy explanatory material or disclaimers provided, and few formal confirmation/reminder emails). However, Mukti was reliable and took care of everything as discussed (e.g. airport pick ups and organising permits) and without a hitch. He was even able to organise the permits before I arrived, which meant we could leave a day earlier for the trek and it allowed me to add on an additional side trip to the Manaslu Base Camp - yay!In the end, the trek was just me and my guide, Raj - who was excellent.Raj was experienced, knowledgable, friendly, accommodating, caring and spoke very good English.Having met some other guides and their small groups along the trek (four other groups in total); Raj was by far the most experienced guide, with the best English. In fact, many of the other trekkers soon started deferring to him for advice along the circuit!Raj also gave great insights into Nepalese culture and norms. His good relationships with many of the locals along the circuit meant I was often able to gain better insights about them and the areas we trekked through. Raj patiently interpreted conversations for me too. This all made for a richer experience.Raj is very flexible in his approach and has a can do/"it's possible" attitude, which makes life on the trek very easy and relaxed. He was fun and interesting - was happy to hang out and have a chat in down time, and equally good at giving me space to do my own thing (wander, read, chill out with other tourists, etc) as desired.Raj gave helpful practical tips along the way. This included letting me know the best days to charge my phone (important for me since it was also my camera for the trip), places in which it was safest to eat meat/eggs (due to freshness and quality), where to stop for the best dal bhat along the trek, days to shower and wash clothes (it can get really cold at times and access to hot showers is limited/non-existent in most locations), and suggestions for adjusting my walking style to make life easier in different terrains and conditions.As a solo female traveller on this trip, the guide's demeanour and attitude was particularly important to me. I felt very comfortable with Raj as my guide. He was always professional, caring and looked out for me.I used my own equipment so cannot comment on the quality of optional equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket) that was offered as part of the trip.Mukti and Raj have been in the business for a long time and seem to be in it for the right reasons. They were focussed on providing me with a great experience trekking and making sure I had a nice time in Nepal. Even on returning from the trek, they provided helpful suggestions for things to do in Nepal and were available for any further questions.All in all I had a very good experience with Himalayas on Foot! I wish I was still out trekking with them now!I will defintely get in contact with them again the next time I visit Nepal.

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