The Company i used for trek is the best company in Kathmandu – Rambling to Manaslu Trek is an excerpt by an independent blogger, “Paul Akshye Ramble”, his experiences and learnings in the Manaslu Region of Nepal.
Getting there – Rambling to Manaslu
The trek starts at a slightly awkward location and I had to take the early morning local bus from Kathmandu to Dhading, and then Dhading to Arkhet bazaar, which really gave me the feeling of entering into the Wild West of Nepal. Alternatively you can take the direct local bus from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and take the next bus to Arkhet Bazaar. Arriving late in the evening in Arkhet Bazaar or Arughat Bazaar, the choice of hotels isn’t varied and in terms of quality they are rather similar – sparse but comfortable – with the room prices ranging from a hundred to five hundred rupees a night. Foreigners need to have acquired their MCAP permit in advance as there are permit checks on the way.
What to expect in the Manaslu Trek
Don’t expect too much rambling to Manaslu trek, but know what you need.
The first day departing on the trek from Arkhet bazaar you are walking in the riverine valley of the Budhi Gandaki, the mist swirls above the pounding mighty waterway that is making its way to the floodplains. Surprisingly, you are only at around 900 meters above sea level, which made me apprehensive about reaching the Larke La pass which is at 5100 meters. You start in the heart of Gurung culture, who are primarily farmers and live off the fertile lands of the valley.
I reached Larke La pass while rambling to Manaslu Trek. I got the feeling of the mountains gradually swallowing me into their depths. I walked over hours of sandy beaches while looking up at the towering sides of the valley to catch glimpses of snow peaks towering further on and sometimes climbed up the sides of the valley, going through the Gurung villages that resemble the nature of the mountains – so precariously are they perched on the mountain sides.
Letting go of the modern world expectations at Manaslu
By the fifth day you start letting go of the trappings and expectations of the modern world and really start getting in tune with nature, waking and sleeping with the Sun. As we continue our gradual ascent I came to a fork in the trail and to my right and East is Tsum Valley, long considered a ‘baeyul’ or hidden land, home to the Tsumbas, who’s main livelihood is trade with the Kyirong region of Tibet, which lies across two passes at the head of the Shar Khola.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, which is prominent in this area, Padmasambava and Milarepa are said to have visited the valley and this region offers fabulous vistas of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Baudha Himal and Himalchuli. However, I didn’t have the time to explore this valley and instead spent that day turning West towards the entrance of the Nubri Valley which is where I entered a land that is completely different to what I had left.
Here the culture is predominantly Tibetan and we start walking around prayer walls and entering gateways with Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the strong evening winds. The Nubri valley trek is in complete contrast with the Buddhi Gandaki valley, the snow peaks surround you, Yaks skittishly break into a fight out of nervousness which generally sent me running up a tree or on a high rock, people have stopped saying, ‘Namaste’ and instead gaily shout out, ‘Tashi delek’, women now wear colourful aprons, and snotty nosed little lama boys skip down mountain sides in red robes.
As you trek through this beautiful valley past ‘chortens’, walking clockwise around ‘mani walls’, passing under the shadows of the massive silent hulks of monasteries which house hundreds of monks, you look West and see Manaslu at over 8,000 meters and the eighth highest mountain in the world, it finally sinks in that you are truly are in the Abode of the Gods, or is it the lack of oxygen? Rambling to Manaslu was never meant to be easy, was it?
To my right and North I was pointed out the frozen snow covered passes through which trade between Nepal and the Tibetan plateau is done. At the foot of Larke La pass is a glacier and my fellow trekkers woke up at four in the morning to cross the pass, however, I needed my coffee and waited till six and got to Bhimtang by midday – slightly petrified, as on the way I had spent most of my time on my butt sliding down precariously too near the edge of the mountain numerous times.
The view is gorgeous with a beautiful glacial lake on the way down, but Bhimtang’s beauty was what took me by surprise, here was a little settlement where I felt the beauty of the Himalayas took on a different definition, maybe it was the time spent in the mountains and the joy of hot water showers or a decently priced beer – I’m not sure, but I promised myself to go back.
The next day I spent walking down to Dharapani and from there you can get a ride on the back of a Jeep for a thousand rupees to Beshisaher which I found extremely entertaining.
Manaslu was truly a gorgeous trek with so much to see and observe with the right amount of challenges, luxuries and hospitality along the way. I would recommend it to everyone and promise that you will love every moment of it.
What to eat while rambling to Manaslu trek
I spent my evenings eating daal bhaat tarkari (rice, lentils and vegetables), dhedo and sisnu (millet and stinging nettle soup) and every now and then Buffalo sukuti (Buffalo jerky). Meat is not in common supply as I wasn’t on a package or organized trek. In the Nubri valley I had my first daal bhaat with Yak meat, accompanied with the ever present, and potent, rice rakshi (rice spirit). An occasional warm rakshi is definitely recommended in the upper reaches of the trek – a simple boon in the Abode of the Gods. Rambing to Manaslu trek has definitely been a blessing.
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– Pokhara (1 night)
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– Pokhara (2 nights)
– Bhutan (Paro and Thimpu, 2 days 2 nights)
– Chitwan (2.5 days, 2 nights)
– Kathmandu (3 days, 3 nights)
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Well, where should I begin the message of glory on the level of superb service that I received from Hiking Adventure Treks. There are just too many.
Let’s begin here. As a person who is born and raised in Nepal, I know for a fact that there are many companies that provide trekking services in Nepal. Frankly, they do not differ much. It is the intangibles however that separates a good company from the inferiors. Hiking Adventure Treks by far excels on all these intangible, but exceptionally important aspect of your trekking experience in Nepal.
I recently trekked the Everest Base camp with a few friends using the services Hiking Adventure Treks. From the moment I signed off, HAT staff kept me abreast of every essentials. These things included information on what I should pack, what is provided, our flight times, what type of clothing to wear, what the weather outlook is and much much more. Above all, our trip was led by Raj Kumar Tamang…arguably the best EBC guide in the entire planet and our porters DB and Siri who was courteous, caring and professional.
Lets get into the intangibles that I am taking about. When you are hiking places like EBC, your life depends on your guide. Raj Kumar was in every kitchen that prepared our meals to ensure that they were done right. He did not leave the kitchen until our meals were prepared right in front of him and they met his strict standards. He did not let anyone bring our food from the kitchen to our table. He brought it himself. This is not just service; this is royalty and while royalty is not the feeling I was after while trekking EBC, our guide ensured that the food that we ate was healthy and safe. On the trekking trails, so many people know Raj Kumar and they all bestowed of the respect a person with integrity deserves and after a couple of days, his reputation in the trails did not surprise us a bit. Raj Kumar always made sure we were hydrated. He always made sure we were not overly pushing ourselves. He made sure we were not eating what we were not supposed to. The greatest testament of his credibility is illustrated by the fact that we embarked on the trip as him as our guide, but we returned back with him as our brother and friend for life. The same could be said about our porters and the HAT Management.
Again, I was born and raised in Nepal and I have done my fair share of treks and hikes. I can say with a great deal of certainty that Hiking Adventure Treks truly stands out from the rest with the level of their knowledge, their experience and the hand picked staff that they employ. I have friends that own trekking agencies…quite a few as a matter of fact but I cannot imagine entrusting anyone else besides HAT for my future adventures.
We spent 15 days in Nepal, trekking in the Langtang Himal, paragliding in Pokhara, rafting on the Trishuli river, sampling local cuisine and visiting the local cinema for a Nepali movie. We spent a night in Bhaktapur next to the largest temple in the old city and explored temples and monasteries across the country. It was an amazing trip and we could happily have stayed for another two months was it not for work back home awaiting us. The HAT Team organised all this extravaganza of activities amazingly efficiently, so that the whole trip went smoothly and we could fit in twice as much as we expected without ever feeling stressed about it. Thank you guys for an amazing stay!! We will be back 🙂
I booked my Mt. Everest base camp trip to Nepal with Hiking Adventure Treks Team who give very fast responses and they inform me in every single details about Mt. Everest and of course all the way through the trekking trip. Mr. Ram was so helpful and helped me in every single detail and i just would like to thank Mr. Kumar my amazing guide who was more than extraordinary. He guided me and helped me all the way to Everest base camp and not to forget his help with my baggage. I would like to thank you for making this trip
In October 2014, I traveled with a small group of close friends to Nepal in order to undertake a spiritual adventure, trekking in the mountains of Mustang. Mustang is an ancient land, a high-altitude Himalayan plateau that was formerly formerly
The trip was exceptionally well organized. The Travel agency leader and guides were totally in control and were very knowledgeable on the subject of the trek. They were also always in the immediate vicinity to help anyone in the group who needed help. The scenery was excellent from walking through fertile farming settlements, through the forest, high altitude settlements, and glacial moraine to reach EBC. Overall one of the most rewarding things we have ever done. Thanks for hiking adventure treks Team.
Finally, our trek is completed. It was an unforgettable experience with Hiking Adventure Treks. They provided us a well trained and experienced guide. The food and stay was also good. I love to go again with them for Everest Base Camp Trek.
It was an amazing experience of trek to Everest base camp with Hiking adventure trek Company… They take care of all things we need during Trekking. I wish I will do another trek with them soon. Everest base camp Trek is an unforgettable trek for me..