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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Treks
Accomodation Tea house during the trek
Duration 16 Days
Region Manaslu Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2 - 30
MAX. ALTITUDE 5,160m at Larkya la pass
MEALS INCLUDED All meals during the trek
TRIP CODE DWT-MT-16
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec,
GRADE Strenuous
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous classic trek to the untouched region of Nepal, offers an immense opportunity to experience the mountain scenery, beautiful landscapes, river falls and forests.Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to SotiKhola
  • Views of highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, LamjungHimal, Mt. Annapurna II etc.
  • Trek along the BudhiGanadaki River gorge
  • Rich in biodiversity and natural scenery
  • Captivating flora and fauna
  • Cultural exploration between Hindu’s and Buddhists
  • Possibility of spotting a wild endangered species like Snow Leopard.
Benefits
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek opened in the year 1992 and it immediately grew in popularity because of its captivating natural essence, the exclusiveness and the untouched beauty. Situated along the border of Nepal and Tibet, we will experience and witness the culture and lifestyle of both Hindu’s and Buddhists. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows.

The Manaslu Trek (or Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a 16-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world (8,156 m). The trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wildflowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery. The off beaten trails take us through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees blooming beautifully, alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and juniper and delightful meadows.

The circular tour around Manaslu counts as one of the truly great Himalayan treks. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants. Less than two percent of trekkers go to Manaslu. This means that even in the high season you will not meet many trekkers. Manaslu is remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting. The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budhi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges here are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often wash minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive from to SotiKhola via Arughat which approximately takes the whole day. On the following day, our trek begins to MachhaKhola. During the trek, we will be walking through beautiful forests, climbing onto ridges, walking past rice terraces and crossing suspension bridges. After trekking for about four days, we will be arriving at Deng, which starts to give us appearances of snow peaks. As we continue trekking, we will be crossing a small village then further reaching to Namrung village where it’s an amazing viewpoint for Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7,893m). Trekking a bit further, we will arrive at the highest village in Budi Gandaki valley; the Samagaon village. We will acclimatize at this village the following day and then continue our trek, heading towards Samdo followed by Dharamsala. At this point, we will be rewarded with the astonishing views of Larkya Glacier and the Larkya peak. The challenging trek awaits as we will be trekking around Manaslu crossing the Larkya La Pass (5100m) eventually reaching Bhimthang then to Gho. Further moving to Dharapani we will pass through fields and villages, following the Annapurna Circuit trek in reverse. On the last day, we will drive back to Besisahar then back to Kathmandu to your respective hotels.

The challenging Manaslu Circuit trek is the best choice for an adventurous journey for trekking enthusiasts as it offers not just beautiful scenery of nature and the mountains, but it gives us an insight into two different cultures; Buddhism and Hinduism that bond together. For further more experience, trekkers may wish to view other options such as 12 Days Around Manaslu Circuit Trekking, 21 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking, 16 Days Tsum Valley Trekking.

Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Manaslu Circuit Trek next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Drive to Arughat ( 126.5 km/78 miles ), then drive to Soti Khola Distance( 36 km/ 22 miles) (730m/2896ft) – about 6-8 hrs

Driving in the Prithvi Highway; occident from Kathmandu, we will be exceeding by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. From Dhading Bensi, we will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. After an early forenoon breakfast, we will be prelude our tour with a scenic drive to Arughat, ensuing to Soti Khola. Arughat being a huge settlement, it is aggregate on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Along the way we will see elegant mountain scenery resembling Mt. In this long drive, we will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 2
Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m/ 2,965 ft) Walking Distance (9.7km/6 miles) – 6 to 7 hrs

A long travel day bide, as we start to travel to Machha Khola. We will be obstruct towards Soti Khola with picturesque views of waterfalls and the tributary. Then we will be peripateticism through the lovesome Sal woodland, successive the climb onto a ridge above the vast rapids of the Budhi Gandaki rivulet on the away to Liding (750m). Passing through the unfeeling track, we reach Khursane. Across BudhiGanadaki are the views of Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange that expect incredible. Soon after, we will be trekking down rice terraces taking us to Lapresi; a Gurung village. The path capture us where the col uncovered up and the Budhi Gandaki roam among extended perplex bars. The imposition maintain down to the tophaceous death bed of the Budhi Gandaki and we travel down to NauliKhola crossing a suspension bridge and yet inbound at Machha Khola

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 3
Machha Khola to Doban (1070m/3510ft) 4 to 5 hrs

The trail we journey today has some ups and downs which often drops onto the gravel bars alongside the stream. The trail does become a little resistant at some point. Soon after, we will be crossing the Tharo Khola which flows in a rocky cavetto reaching Khorla Besi. Peaks like Manaslu Himal, and Kutang Himal are seen as they beautifully stand their ground. Khorla Besi is a small beautiful Gurung village and is a part of many trekking routes such as the Manaslu Circuit journey and the Tsum Valley trek. After another steep climb, we will reach Tatopani; hot Spring. Then we climb over a wrinkle, crossing the Budhi Gandaki river over a suspension bridge followed by a wide, well-made staircase over a ridge to Doban. It is a confluence of the ShiarKhola and the SarpuKhola that flows from the eastward and the occident.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 4
Doban to Philim (1570m/5150ft)5 to 6 hrs

Our travel age originate with thwarting a delay overbridge successive the eastwards embank scansorial a ragged hard imposition. In approximately, three hours of trekking, we come at Jagat from Doban. Jagat is the item setback item of the Manaslu Conservation Area. As we abide journey, the drag is solemn as it is paven and has unbounded flagstones and mani bulkhead that front flatly fine. This evince an symptom of the Tibetan Buddhist educate. After we fretful Jagat, the imposition fall us down to the Dudh Pokhari Khola. We will be interrupting the unfeeling abrupt to a ground of Salleri; the fields of rice and millet. Climbing along the occident escarp of the Budhi Gandaki affluent, we will be wonder by a celebrated prospect of the gleam apex of Singri Himal and Langju Himal to its orientate. Shortly, we will expanse the thorp of Sirdibas. In honest approximately forty-five jot up the procession is Philim; another huge Gurung village.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 5
Philim to Deng(1860m/6102 ft)- 4 to 5 hrs

The trek today from philim tender a pleasant view of the naturalness. The snow capped trail will be engross us with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. As we poll towards the northward, traversing the terraced fields to Ekle Bhatti. We enter a steep, deserted gorge and then we descend down to the grasslike land incline with lofty pine trees thwarting the Budhi Gandaki overbridge. As we travel along the occident bank, we will see the Shar Khola and the Tsum Valley that connect the Budhi Gandaki on the opposite bank. The trail takes us to the occidental side where the valley ultimately widens and we have a pleasing walk through the bamboo sylvan to Deng.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 6
Deng to Ghap (2250m/7382)-4 to 5 hrs

Followed by an seasonable morning break one's fast, we will escalade up to Bihi Phedi stepping the Sringi Khola that promontory westward up the Budhi Gandaki. As we attend the imposition upstream of Deng affluent, we will be coming across a littletown include of four dwelling. As we persevere our travel with furthermore elevated scale and upwards and downs in the woodland, we will care a course with mani partition and chortens that precedence us to Ghap. This is a omen of Tibetan Buddhist educate. The mani partition in Ghap has an richly ornamental sculpture that compel it seem so delightful and absorbing. The educate lifestyles and the tribe in Ghap are fully selfsame to the Tibetan lifestyle

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 7
Ghap to Namrung (2660m/8727ft)-4 to 5 hrs

From Ghap, our destination for today will be Namrung. We will take the march via the Prok town. This town is a surprising standpoint for a few point such as the SiringiHimal. It gives an astonishing sight and trekkers often restrain in this town for a while to seizure this consideration. We pass underneath a capacious overhanging cliff, and misfortune the Budhi Gandaki a few clock ensuing the tree radiate in a sylvan that have fledgeling and animals intercept Danphe or pheasant; Nepal’s public fledgeling and a group of grey Langur marmoset. We will also be pedestrian through a unmixed forest of fir tree, flowering rosebay and bamboos eventually gain Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is an elegant dorp with a graphic struggle of buildings

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 8
Namrung to Lho (3180m/10433ft) Walking Distance (11km/6.8miles)- 5 to 6 hrs

We oblique the stiff overbridge over Budhi Gandaki as we chase the footway lined with household that are broadcast with cultured fields. As we begin the upper Nupri, the idiom changes to Tibetan. The pursue have mani rampart which an beautifully carven as the Tibetan educate stands out. We journey through woodland of firs, rhododendrons and oaks, promptly after, exceeding through a stone arch and entering the Lihi exhibit; the extraordinary workmanship of this neighborhood. As the exaltation grow, our trekking with appearance of pry like Mt. Manaslu and Naike Peak (5,515m). Shortly, we will cross a small stream that will lead us to Lho. Lho is a major league settlement with a monastery, a rough cobble archway at the entrance and chortens and immense mani wale denoting the Tibetan civilization.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 9
Lho to Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft) Walking Distance (17.2 km/10.6miles)- 4 to 5 hrs

From Lho today we’ll be enjoying the surprising survey of many mountains on the passage. We will be excessively the torpidness gate and a long mani testicle bailey of the clachan as we get to see the Ngadi Chuli; Peak 29 (7,879), HiunChuli (7,893m) forth of us in Shyala village. From Shyala, the passing takes us up and easily after down to the affluent that originates from the glacier of Pungyen. Following the side moraine of the Pungyen glacier, we vanish through many chortens and monasteries with enormous prayer compass. The hiking gradually increases and becomes challenging as we cross the crest and trek in and out of the gulch of ThosangKhola. Descending down into a rock-strewn moraine across the defense, we emerge into an edge that examine the widespread fields of Samagaon

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 10
Rest Day in Samagaun

In this long journey, we acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as we are in a higher elevation. We will not stay idle but will explore this village of Buddhist culture. We will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their culture. Additionally, we have other explorations planned as well. The options include to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp or continue to Birendra Lake and then climb the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. This monastery is in the south of Samagaon which is about two and half hours’ hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives us tremendous view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunder displays. Samagaon is indeed an interesting place for acclimatization

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 11
Samagaun to Samdo (3875m/12713ft) Walking Distance (5.1km/3.1miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

The trek today is comparatively more interesting and pleasant. We will be crossing the pasture areas and ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to forests with juniper and birch where we enjoy the beauty of the nature. As we reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, we will be crossing the wooden bridge over it and climb up steeply across the river. We will be getting an amazing view of the mountains, specially Manaslu as we will be reaching Samdo, which is a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, we will also explore the village and the surrounding hills

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 12
Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m/14698ft) Walking Distance (11.7 kilometers / 7.2 miles)– 3 to 4 hrs

With an exciting day ahead, we walk down the edge through fields and old mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the BudhiGanadaki river. We begin walking upward of the valley. We will be noticing the mani walls and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass. After crossing two streams, we will witness the Larkya Glacier which is unquestionably magnificent. As we enjoy the view, we further trek around the valley of SalkhaKhola and climb up again reaching the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house is not a lodge but it is a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. Today’s day would be a gratifying day as we will get an amazing view of the Larkya Glacier and the amazing view of Mt. Manaslu in a great angle. The short trek today gives us plenty of time later onwards to acclimatize and relax.

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 13
Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m/16929ft) Walking Distance ( 24.7 km/15.3 miles ) – 7 to 8 hrs

The exciting part of the journey awaits for us, as we will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,100m). After an early morning breakfast, we will leave Dharamsala as it will be a whole day trek. The weather being the most important factor, it will decide if the trek becomes more challenging as strong winds and a storm could possibly occur. We being by crossing the moraine, descending down to a small lake. The trail begins to be rough and unclear as we have to cross the south of steep grassy slope. Our route stays on the moraine to an edge which is marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark that the route is visible, so that we can continue trekking. Carefully trekking, we will descend to four frozen lakes then finally climbing a steep trail to the pass. The four frozen lakes look undeniably striking. From the pass, we get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, CheoHimal, Kang Guru and the great Annapurna II. As we live in the moment and admire the beauty of the nature, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making a steep, rough bends. We further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As we have descended, the trail becomes easier to walk in and then we reach a small meadow. The valley begins to widen as we near the large meadow, mani walls and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimthang

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 14
Bhimtang to Gho(2550m/8367ft)- 4 to 5 hrs

After a Time of a challenging journey, the pursue begins to variegate to the crystal current and the promontory water of the Dudh Koshi river. We will be contradicting the wooden bridge then through a dense pine sylvan where we will get a sight of the blooming rhododendron flowers with a diversity of ensign. This is flower versed at leap. Wide range of animals and birdwatch are seen in the sylvan as well such as sheep, horses, jackanapes etc. We then trial a landslide making a precipice escalade on to an edge ornamented with prayer flags. Above the Marsyangdi bottom, we can see the culminate of the mountain, Lamjung. After a perambulate to the river bank, we will lastly arrive at Gho

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 15
Gho to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft)-3 to 4 hrs

As we have been descendent, the imposition now is basically downhill. We will be trekking through many fields and pastures. We will remark that the beautiful prime rosebay are broadcast everywhere along with oak timber. Soon after, we arrive at Tilje which is a abundant Gurung settlement. This village is famous and well known for Brandy. After farewell the wick via a insensibility arch, we will cross the DudhKoshi anabranch following its embank and migration declivous through a scrub forest. While journey, the walls of the Marsyangdi valley emerge massive and we follow the course of the Annapurna circumambulate journey but in reverse. We will moderately be securement glance of the inn in Dharapani from a discrepancy. After a last difficulty of crossing the stiff overbridge, exceedingly the chortens and another long stop overbridge, we will reach Dharapan

  • Overnight at the best possible lodge/hotel
  • Included all standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
day 16
From Dharapani We’ll Drive to Besisahar (760m/2493ft) – 4 to 5 hrs then drive back to Kathmandu-7 hrs

Today we will be on the road the whole day. After an early morning breakfast, we leave from Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus which will approximately take about six to seven hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi river, bhulbhule town an Khudi. According to the schedule, we should be reaching Besisahar at least before 3 pm so that we can catch the last bus to Kathmandu. In case the time is not favorable with us, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, we will be getting the sight of the Marsyagdi river meeting the Trishuli river as we head west in the Prithivi Highway. The drive has many beautiful and natural scenery that pleases our eyes with terraced lands a last few glimpses of the peaks.

What is Included?

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • All Standard Meals (16 Lunches, 15 Dinners and 16 Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 15 Nights
  • Government License holder English Speaking Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader,(8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Discovery World Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek

What is Excluded?

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for Manaslu Circuit Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference of clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries
Face
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
Hands
  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves
Body
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants
Foot wear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)
Toiletries
  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

The beginning of the journey towards Manaslu Circuit Trek

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival which is not included in package cause there are a variety of hotels, lodge and homestays (Budget and luxury both) from which you can choose any of them online very easily and even we can do it for you but it's up to you. As you'll be in a new place it's generally hard to navigate place around so if you want us to recommend or manage hotels for you on arrival, we'll be pleased to do that for our all valuable clients, Then the next day, in the early morning we will start our journey via private vehicle.

Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!

When you're new to any place, it's really hard to find places and many tourists have complained about the expensive taxi fare so, Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Manaslu Circuit Trek package. You will be received from our representative crew from Discovery World Trekking regardless of the flight you take holding a pamphlet of your name and our company name with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel with all comfort possible

Accommodation Details During The Trek

The Manaslu Circuit trek 16 days is a long trek with 15 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. There is an excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Tho DWT will provide attached bathroom in every possible lodge, in some places, there can be a shared bathroom at higher elevation areas. Two nights Hotels in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek which is not included in the package as There is the excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets available which you can easily book online or we can manage for you if you want us to do. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.

The Meals

Our trek is all over high elevations near world’s 8th highest peak which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal in this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.

There will be 16 Breakfasts, 16 Lunch and 15 Dinners will be provided in the trek.

Some of the popular menu items are -

sixteen breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates etc)

sixteen lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dalh Bhat power 24 hour) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)

Fifteen dinners -( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (,Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.)are available on the menu during the trek.

The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.

Tho plenty of non-veg item will be available we won’t recommend any of them because meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.

All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The weather conditions you’ll experience depend largely on the time of the year you trek. Normally, the temperature slightly rises during the wet season, as this is actually summer in Nepal.

March is the starting months of spring seasons. Actually, it offers bearable climate i.e. neither too hot in the lower altitude nor too cold in the higher altitude. Also, the lodges which are closed are opened from this month.

May remarks the end of the spring season and temperatures start to increase. The climate is little hot and humid during this month. At the lower altitude, trekkers feel getting sweat in the daytime. Whereas, the temperature remains mild at the higher altitude.
Thus, due to heavy rainfall, the trekking in this region becomes too difficult. As the trails become muddy, slippery and the chance of landslides and floods is also high.

The temperatures tend to slightly decrease due to continuous rainfall but the humidity increase. However, during the early days, you’ll find a few trekkers on the trail.

Autumn season is the peak trekking season in Nepal. Once again, this post-monsoon season brings back stable weather conditions. The skies are clear, the temperature is stable, warm days and cool nights.

Usually, around mid-December the locals of Samdo village move downwards to Pokhara to escape the cold. Thus, most of the teahouses are closed only a few people remain behind to look after the village.

Since January is the coldest month of the year, you have to do enough struggle to pass the extremely cold night. Thus, only a few people can make their way to Manaslu Circuit during this month.

There is no vast difference between the temperature in February and January. However, at the end of the month, the few lodges are open.

January to February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. This when there is heavy snowfall in the mountain and can result to extreme cold temperature. Though the daytime may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the night time would be extremely cold. It would not be suggested to trek during this time because the trek is challenging itself and the snow would make it tougher.

March to April

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather is very favourable through the trek. Stunning views of the Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours.

May to June

This is also the perfect time for trekking right before the rainfall. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July to August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would rise. The trails would be very slippery. As we would have to trek to Larkya La Pass which is challenging, the trail would be very difficult and risky.

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Manaslu Circuit trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. It is highly recommended as it’s the best time for the Manaslu Circuit trek, usually between mid-September to end. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Manaslu region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November is the busy season as it is the clearest month with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant and due to this, the view of the clear blue sky and the mountain is phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold and begins to snow.

The weather in the Mountain region can be unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.

Acclimatization

This is the best time of the season to trek in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather is very favourable through the trek. Stunning views of the Mt. Manaslu and glaciers will be seen. Temperatures may start increasing from the mid of March and with clear skies, snow mountains will be seen at their best. Many trekkers often succeed their expedition in this time. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at its best with a variety of colours.

Please note that your group leader has the ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition. Altitude sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. It is essential to keep in mind that some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

The hiking will be from 5 to 7 hours a day depending the on the destination, taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a steep forward trail in the rocky paths and the forests as well. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. The Manaslu Circuit trek is a challenging yet a rewarding trek.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 people on the trek. The group of twelve and above will be accompanied by a leader and supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Annapurna based on your own holiday time frame. This will be led by one of our highly competent and well-experienced guides

A typical day on the Manaslu trek

Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing in the ring scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

On the Manaslu circuit Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.

We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader to at least once in a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be the signal but not very strong before the high altitude. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access of connecting.

Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu is up to our clients themselves as all kind of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it for on request. All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek only Nepalese currency is accepted.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Throughout the lodges at The Manaslu Circuit trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available by paying in price at all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used the solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and enroute shop or filling boiled water with an extra cost. A water purification pill is suggested into drinking water.

You shouldn't drink water from river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems

Travel Insurance Policy

This trip grade is ranked the challenging difficult as it entails the risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Manaslu circuit trek. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude (up to 6000m) for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.

Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say in their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash.Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive free visa. There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan)that may not receive visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel.

Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.

Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock.

The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.

Most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

How Much Luggage can I take during Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what is essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free and it'll be completely safe.

We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc) in our briefing before we start our journey in our Office.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable client’s safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with the prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage . Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance , clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing
Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- the trip of once in a lifetime experience

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking a date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer , western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who aren't able to for whatever reason Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last minute booking. In the case of last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.
We do our best to operate a trek at any time but in case of last minute booking, we cannot be responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control such as the weather, availability of lodging. Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Manaslu Circuit trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where Discovery World trekking will give you company’s t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with a key ring. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

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Trip Reviews

16-day Manaslu Circuit - Magical, challenging, extraordinary team of people
Laura
5 - Excellent
04/10/2019

Just arrived home after a 5 week trip to Nepal. We saw much the country but easily our most precious moments are from the trek we did through the Manaslu Circuit with Discovery World Trekking and our incredible guide, Karan, and porter, Kersing. Would highly recommend requesting these guys, as they are kind, patient, professional, deeply knowledgable, and just really fun to be around. My husband, Ben (see his review from a week ago), found Discovery World Trekking through a lot of research and reading of blogs and trip advisor reviews. We wanted to find a trek that was less crowded, with diverse landscapes, as well as a more cultural experience, where tourists are not the major population. Manaslu seemed to be a fit and after much research and communication with several trekking companies, Ben and I chose this company due to it's professional and responsive head, Paul, and the reviews that mentioned the fantastic and well-trained staff. It absolutely necessary to have properly equipped and experienced guides and porters on treks like this. (See below.) From the moment we touched down in Kathmandu, Paul and his staff were helping us with anything and everything we needed. They picked us up at the airport, drove us to our hotel, and scheduled a shopping trip for us to snag some missing gear - flip flops, warm hats (would highly recommend picking these up in Nepal), trekking poles (definitely bring or purchase if you have any knee or ankle problems), rented down jackets (provided by the company), rented sleeping bags (provided by the company - Make sure to bring your own liner/sleep sack). We then headed out after 48 hours in Kathmandu. Karan and Kersing managed our travel, our trek, scheduling lodges, ordering, serving and sometimes COOKING our meals (Karan's Chowmein is SO GOOD), and ensuring that we were safe, aware and prepared for the challenges throughout. Paul was present throughout as well, from Kathmandu, with daily calls to Karan. Everyone involved with this company is invested, positive and deeply hospitable. Would go through them again in a heartbeat. Paul took us to dinner when we returned to Kathmandu and organized transit to our next destination. He encouraged us to call him any time, in case we were ever in a tight spot over our next weeks of travel. While it wasn't necessary, we found much peace of mind knowing that we had a touchstone in the country during our visit. Please check out Ben's review as he gives more info, but here are my additional thoughts. A few things to consider. Transit: Getting to and from Manaslu is an experience of its own. Paul recommended that we rent the personal jeep for $190 extra instead of taking the local bus which is in the packaged deal. We opted against it as we were working with a limited budget, but we are so happy that we had the experience of the local bus. It is kind of dusty (bring doctor's masks) and warm by midday, and while our bus was not super crowded, I'm sure that they can get VERY crowded. Our second bus was absolute insanity. However, as Ben says in his review, it is a beautiful and worthwhile view into local life, and we never felt unsafe, unless you count the sketchy mountain roads. We also talked to other trekkers who took the jeep and they said the jeep ride was equally dusty and bumpy, though I know it was shorter, which definitely can make a difference, and maybe not as crowded. Bring a little dramamine if you get motion sickness, for either option. And either way, get ready for a long travel day on both ends of the trek. Just add a couple hours to what everyone says it will take. ;) Shout out to Karan (Mr. 15 minutes). We chose to spread the Dharapani-Besisihar ride and the Besisihar-Kathmandu ride over 2 days and would HIGHLY recommend it. I read before going to Nepal to approach everything with the spirit of adventure. I think this is an excellent way to approach the travel up to these mountain villages. Safety: The Manaslu Circuit goes through the heart of much of the earthquake damage from 2015, so there is still much rebuilding and some landslide areas, and it is a relatively new trek. There are also deep ravines, donkeys carrying large loads next to you and the deep ravines, and there is always the potential of altitude sickness. Please read Ben's review for his experience with this. It is absolutely essential that whatever company you choose, the guides and porters are experienced, attentive and focused on the safety of everyone in the group. Karan and Kersing almost never left our sides. One of them was almost always with Ben and the other with me - especially in slightly more dangerous terrain. When we were descending from the Larkya Pass, I noticed in our shadows on the ground that Karan was walking with an out-stretched arm near my pack for almost 30 minutes to ensure that I did not go far if I started to slide. There are many tripping and sliding hazards along the way, especially if you're tired, and our guide and porter were entirely focused on getting us home in one piece. They were also well equipped by the company, they had good shoes and warm jackets. Terrain: Be prepared for STAIRS. And lots of ups and downs. Flat is almost non-existent. Don't believe Nepalis when they say 'flat'. It is difficult. TRAIN FOR IT. Every day was so beautiful, and so DIFFERENT! We couldn't believe how much we saw in 2 weeks. The mountains, forests, animals, villages and people are all extraordinary. Hygiene: Just a note about toilets. Expect a squat toilet (Bring TP). Sometimes they are just fine, and sometimes, like in the highest village we stayed in, Dharmasala, they are no fun. Bring lots of hand sanitizer and lean into the adventure. Also bring biodegradable wipes - you don't shower after a certain point - we went 6 days when we got to higher altitudes. Lodges: For the most part, Discovery World Trekking organized fine lodges for us to stay in. We especially loved our quiet rest day in Gho after the Pass. The only one we weren't happy with was the lodge we stayed 2 nights in in Samagaun. There were mice in walls that made it hard to sleep. Note on Samagaun: Take the 5 hour round trip to the monastery on your acclimatization day! The views are unreal. Food and Health: Ben talks about food as well. For the most part, we loved much of the food we ate on the trek. We ate no meat, and pretty much no dairy, and always drank either boiled or treated water. We didn't get sick. Though we both developed wicked colds in Dharmasala. It's a rough night there. Adventure! And the morning of walking the next day is amazing. Note: Make sure everyone has their own bright headlamp. Another Note: Water is NOT included in DWT's budget. This added an additional $80 or so to our budget. You drink a lot of water when you're in higher altitudes. This was a trip of a lifetime. Well worth all the challenges. Discovery World Trekking was wonderful and we hope they get everyone's business! My only complaint is that we had to say goodbye to Karan and Kersing so quickly after we returned and they were off on other treks. We were so sad to say goodbye to them both. Thanks to you guys, we miss you (and your dance moves), and MANY thanks to Paul who was our gracious host - what a fulfilling and memorable experience!!!

Manaslu Circuit Trek with DWT!
Rteszka
5 - Excellent
05/11/2019

I greatly enjoyed Manaslu Circuit trek organized by Paul Gurung of Discovery World Trekking. Finding very positive internet comments regarding his company during early planning stages of my trip I contacted the company. It happened to be the right choice. Paul expeditiously took care of arranging all the necessary permits and other aspects of unavoidable "red tape" associated with trekking in Nepal. Paul met me personally at the Kathmandu airport and escorted me to my hotel. I was soon introduced to Dol, my guide and we begun our adventure early next morning. Dol took care of all the necessities to make rather painful 6 hr journey by bus from Kathmandu to the Manaslu trailhead in Soti Khola tolerable. The trek which is less commercialized than neighbouring Annapurna circuit, was simply awesome and the mountain scenery magnificent. We both enjoy side trips to Pungen Gompa (4200 m) and Manaslu base camp (4400m), allowing for proper high altitude acclimatization necessary to cross Larkya Pass safely. My guide, born in the nearby Ruby Valley and knowledgeable regarding this culturally diverse area and local customs, provided excellent information base. We quickly became friends. If you like to visit Nepal and enjoy the Himalayas, I have no hesitation to recommend Discovery World Trekking.

Great Time on Manaslu Circuit with DWT!
kate
5 - Excellent
10/20/2019

A friend and I did a two-week Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking starting in mid-March. I would not hesitate to recommend the company to other travelers/trekkers, and I would certainly go through them again for any treks requiring a guide. Paul (the owner) is extremely professional and safety-oriented, and he chose a guide (the AMAZING Sundeep) who was perfectly suited to us. Moreover, the trek pricing was transparent, reasonable, and a good value. My friend and I walked into the DTW office in Thamel after searching for a highly-reviewed trekking company online. Paul helped us put our “dream trek” (Manaslu) together with less than 48 hours before we needed to start in order to have enough time for the trek. We had tried to do a lot trek research online, and we felt stressed about permits, transport, etc. I wish we’d just gone straight to DTW, as everything was so much more hassle-free after that. And I really can’t say enough good things about our guide, Sundeep- competent, able to make us smile after a long day of walking, very informative about the area (and not afraid to admit if he didn’t know something), always watching out for us (hacking steps in ice or telling us to eat more garlic soup :) ). Also, I celebrated my birthday during the trek, and Sundeep carried a chocolate bar all the way from KTM for me! It was like gold out there :) Thank you so much to Sundeep, Paul, and everyone else at DTW! I hope to return for more trekking, and I’d love to trek with Discovery World again!

An experience to remember!
mel
5 - Excellent
04/19/2019

Yesterday my partner and I arrived back in Kathmandu after trekking 16 days around the Manaslu Circuit organised by Discovery World travel. My partner dealt with the booking and couldn’t have been happier with the service he was provided. Paul was always in contact ensuring we were well prepared for our trip and was always quick to reply to any queries we had. The kind of professionalism that puts your mind at ease. As this would be my first ever Trekking holiday it was very important we selected a company where our well being and safety was their number one priority and this company never fell short of that. Every night our guide would measure our oxygen levels and heart rate to ensure we were healthy enough to continue climbing in altitude, which we never saw any other company do along the way. Although this extra may seem quite small it kept myself and my partners mind at ease knowing we where able to continue our trek without the risk of altitude sickness. Now to our guide Dil and Porter Kaji! Without these to superstars our trip would not have been as memorable as it was. Dil was charismatic, knowledgeable and had a real sense of responsibility for our safety. Dil went to all lengths to ensure we were well fed, comfortable and entertained throughout the trip. Kaji his first ever portering job and boy are we glad we got to experience that! Kaji made us laugh every day always bringing a smile to the breakfast table which made us forget about our aching legs of lack of sleep! He climbed trees hanging over 20ft cliffs to ensure we could taste the local fruit. Both the boys taught us what Nepalese they could and taught us their napalese card games which may I say we gave them a run for their money once we got the hang of the “rules”. Happiness is what Discovery World travel wants to achieve and happiness is all we feel! Thank you to Paul for having a great eye for staff and staying true to your vision. When we return to Nepal we will not need to consider any other company as your exceeded our expectations!

Treated like part of the family
mike
5 - Excellent
09/10/2019

Paul from Nepal says he founded DWT on family principles - and that was exactly our experience - nothing was ever too hard for them to make the trip more enjoyable for all of us. From the initial booking experience in Australia right through to our end of trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu - every little detail was covered. Our guide Milan was awesome - we came from within a days walk of his village and met his cousin along the way. Milan met us at the airport and made us feel welcome right from the start and helped us understand the cultural differences in the different places we trekked through. Our porters Prabhat and Amrit were ever present and fun to be with - Paul was helping them cover their local college education - just part of the fab family experience we had with DWT. Oh, and yes, the trekking around Manaslu Circuit was amazing - including a day trek to Manaslu Base Camp and we caught the famous Larkya La Pass at 5100 meters in good weather - something I will never forget. Physically demanding but so so worth it!

Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tracy
5 - Excellent
10/05/2019

Our twelve day Manaslu Circuit Trek with Discovery World Trekking was a fabulous adventure from beginning to end. It was made all the more enjoyable by our ever smiling and incredibly professional and competent guide Milan, and obliging porters Ombride and Prabhat. The landscape was ever changing and indescribably beautiful, with highlights being the forests, the river (love those suspension bridges), Manaslu base camp and crossing the Larky La Pass. We passed through many villages along the way and the changing cultural features as we walked closer to the Tibetan border was really interesting. We stayed in some lovely tea houses with great views of the surrounding mountains and river, with Lho being my favourite. Discovery looked after us all so well from first contact in Australia to our farewell dinner back in Kathmandu. They are a Nepalese company and the founder Paul genuinely provides staff with good working conditions and opportunities for education and professional development. Nothing was too much trouble for Milan and and we learned so much from him about Nepalese culture along the way. I highly recommend the company and this particular trek.

Manaslu 16 Day Trek Perfection
Ben Charles
5 - Excellent
11/05/2017

Discovery World Trekking is professional, Well priced, quick to communicate, ethically focused, and employs incredible guides & porters. Paul (the owner) is pure positivity. Karan our guide was absolutely wonderful, fun, and professional. Kersing, our porter, was also wonderful. We had an amazing experience from first email to final goodbye with this company. Highly recommend. Long Review: My wife and I traveled to Nepal in October 2017 for our Honeymoon. We knew we wanted to do a Trek, but as this was our first visit to Nepal we didn't know where to start. I ended up doing quite a bit of research, using several blogs and TripAdviser to help orient myself. We chose the Manaslu Circuit because we had read that it was a bit more remote and less touristy. It was both of these (more on this below). I contacted three companies all within the same price range(more below). Discovery World Trekking was the first to respond and also had the clearest most professional looking website which definitely helped. Paul, the owner, sent us a very clear itinerary with a day by day breakdown of the Trek, the cost, and what was included and not included (more below). A note on Paul. He is extremely Professional with a huge heart. You can tell that he is passionate about providing an excellent experience for his clients. He says his clients are his family. I truly believe that he is the kind of person who would answer the phone in the middle of the night for anyone and handle any problem. He also clearly treats his Guides and porters well. They were properly equipped and well trained. They also mentioned as we got to know them how much they liked working for Paul. Also, we were told that some proceeds from our Trek go to the various community projects Paul supports. I believe it. Manaslu Trek: Without a doubt, This is the most beautiful place I have ever hiked. The views are stunning. The scale is epic. I felt like we trekked all the seasons. I was pleasantly surprised every day with how different it was from the day before. The terrain, views, and especially flora was constantly changing. It was never ever monotonous. Some info: The following is based on our own experience and info we gathered from other trekkers we met who have done multiple treks in Nepal. Manaslu is more remote and physically more challenging than other treks. My wife and I are in our early 30's and physically fit and we found this to be challenging, especially the first 3-4 days as we spent almost 10 hours on the trail some days including a stop for lunch and much of it was either climbing or descending, not a lot of flat trails. We found that we consistently had to add time to the estimated hours given in our itinerary. That being said, we were going a little slower because my wife's knee started to act up with all of the descending. Also, the early trails are very rocky so you spend a lot of time looking at your feet trying to make sure you don't fall. That being said, when you Look up the views are stunning. After the first 3-4 days you walk less as you are getting higher in Altitude, and the trails start to get better. Though, there are a few Landslide areas left over from the earthquake. Luckily, our guide, Karan, was very careful. You tread a little carefully in these areas. Also, Karan instructed us on how to deal with the Mules. Teams of mules frequently pass taking supplies up or down. Make sure to stop and always go to the side against the mountain as they pass. We were told several people die a year in Nepal from getting pushed off the mountains by mules, no joke. Because Manaslu is currently less touristy and built up it means two things. 1) The lodges are often more rustic than other treks. At the lodge, expect a communal squat toilet as a rule (bring TP). Sometimes there will be a western toilet but that is a pleasant surprise. You often don't have a light in your room so bring a headlamp. Also, don't expect hot showers, though once you get above Namrung it's too cold to shower anyway so bring biodegradable shower wipes as a backup. My wife and I didn't shower for 6 days starting from Namrung. 2) The villages are less built up for tourism so we felt we got a very intimate experience with the people and culture. We passed through so many small farms and saw people living their lives apart from us. We were humbled and in awe. Would definitely recommend this Trek with these considerations above in Mind. It is mindblowingly beautiful and special. You eventually climb to 17,000ft at your highest. Note, Be aware of Altitude Sickness. It's real. I experienced it but luckily we were already descending and all was well. We met some wonderful fellow trekkers as well. Several couples in their 50's who confirmed this was the hardest Trek they had done (harder than Everest trek and Annapurna trek), but less touristy and equally if not more beautiful as there is more variety in terrain. Price: I would say based on my research Discovery Trekking falls somewhere in the middle range. You might be able to do this cheaper but when you breakdown the per day cost, factoring in what's included and the service, this is definitely worth every penny. Be prepared to spend extra for Tips and Alcohol and water. Oddly, food & tea is included but water is an extra expense. Note: We brought 2 1L reusable water bottles. We got boiled water at every lodge and at lunch. At first we also treated this water with purification drops, but realized we were drinking the tea and we were just fine. No need to treat the boiled water. If you get water from the communal spigot, Definitely treat. Total price for two with Guide & Porter for 16 days was about 2500 US including tips and extras. Food: the food is great everywhere you go. We were super careful and didn't eat meat or dairy as a rule. We didn't get sick on the trek. We started eating eggs toward the end. The eggs are generally well cooked and should be fine. Wish we would have eaten them earlier in the trek. Transport: The local bus from Kathmandu to Soti khola (start of trek) is an experience. It is included in the package. It is dusty (in October). Bring several doctors masks each for Kathmandu and the bus rides. It is really dusty and they save your lungs. The local bus is hot, bumpy, and an awesome view into local life. It is exhausting but we are so glad we did it. We have some great stories from it. Though It's a bit scary on the mountain roads... You can opt for the Private Jeep for around $190 extra. We took it part of the way back. It's just as hot, dusty, and bumpy though. Not sure it's worth it. Try to get a "tourist bus" if possible. They are nicer. Both travel days to and from Kathmandu are exhausting. But an awesome way to see some local life. A special thanks to Karan, our guide, and Kersing, our porter. Both were amazing. Karan was knowledgeable, patient, and fun as was Kersing. They were both very attentive. We played cards many a night (we taught each other different games). We learned so much from both of them. We wish you both well and hope to see soon!

“A great experience”
klassiskform h
5 - Excellent
05/26/2014

Me and my sister trekked the Manaslu circuit with DWT in march 2014. I am halfway through my 3rd decade of trekking in the Himalayas and have always done so as an independent trekker. This was my first go at trekking with a guide, and i was not overly enthusiastic about it to be honest. However; it turned out to be a great experience. Paul organized everything on very short notice and we where ready to go the day after my sister arrived in Nepal. Our guide, Dil, was just as professional as well as being a very very nice guy. They both turned out to become good friends and we are now planing to do more trips togheter in the future. I still prefer to walk independently but trekking with DWT has shown me that using a trekking company can be an equally good experience. I do not hesitate to give DWT my very highest recommendations.

"Life Changing Experince" Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Nik & Paige
5 - Excellent
09/21/2016

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. With only 14 days to make the Manaslu trek instead of the usual 16, Paul made a modified itinerary for us and we had our own private tour with Dil (guide) and Milan (porter). Both Dil and Milan were very very friendly, knowledgable, and fun to be around. They were always on point with service, making sure we were comfortable, interpreting, and making the trip safe and enjoyable. I would highly recommend asking for them! Paul explained everything before we departed, and even picked us up from the airport when we arrived to Kathmandu so there was no hassle. The hotel that he provided (Tibet Guest House) for the first two nights before the trek and the last night after returning was in a great location in Thamel and had excellent included breakfast (ask for the Norbu special!) and comfortable air conditioned rooms. Only two blocks from his shop, and next to all the shopping and restaurants. Getting to the first town was our only real complaint: There was a little confusion regarding transportation, and I must confess we did not like taking the 'local' bus 8 hours to the first town because it was dirty, crowded, and seemed very unsafe-so don't expect a luxury private tour bus with a bathroom if you go on this trek! Transportation on the way back was slightly better-a jeep to the first town and a mini bus back to Kathmandu (also not private, but much better than local bus). Kathmandu is a big, dirty, overcrowded city with tons of pollution-so that was definitely a culture shock. Thamel is more charming than the surrounding areas though. The trek itself was incredible- very little tourists compared to EBC or Anna Purna, and we wereoften the only guests at the Tea Houses. Again, do not expect luxury on this trek. Some of the tea houses were very simple, if not slightly shabby. But all served excellent food, and some of the newer ones had more clean and comfortable rooms and beds. They are in the process of building lovely new wooden houses all along the trek though, so this time next year things should be more upscale. The Nepalese are very friendly and accommodating, and anytime we ordered food on the trail they never failed to offer us more and make sure we were well fueled for the day ahead. I loved that they all had gardens on site and literally picked our lunch when we ordered it. The views were stunning; a real photographers paradise-so long as the rain and clouds were not obstructing the views. Morning time was the best for viewing, but we came at the end of monsoon season (middle September-early October) so I'm sure the rain/clouds would have been less of an issue had we come a few weeks later. Also, a landslide fatally injured a group of Trekkers just one day ahead of us-so I strongly recommend not coming during monsoon season when these natural events are bound to happen. Dil was always stopping and questioning locals and making phone calls to keep abreast of any hazards or set backs, so we felt safe in his hands. The trek itself was physically laborious, and my boyfriend and I are both avid gym goers and hikers who are in excellent condition. The temperature changes and altitude are not to be taken lightly, and we saw many sick or exhausted Trekkers extricated daily by helicopter who were not in shape enough or who were not as careful about what they ate or drank. So please be aware that this is not just a walk in the park. I confess that the 10 hour day going over Larke Pass was one of the hardest days of my life! Totally worth it though, don't get me wrong. Paul took us to dinner and made customized certificates for us when we returned from the trek, and helped us with bartering for goods on our last day in Kathmandu. He was very receptive to any feedback or concerns we had, and is a very professional business man who treats his clients and employees like good friends. I would definitely recommend using D.W.T. for any treks in Nepal!

“Manaslu Circuit Trekking with DWT - outstanding”
Nik
5 - Excellent
10/10/2016

I just returned home after an incredible holiday with Discovery World Trekking. We completed the Manaslu circuit trek and I have to say it was it was a truly incredible experience. DWT came recommended to me from a friend and I made contact with several trekking companies. We chose to go with DWT as Paul would consistently get back to us and return emails or answer questions extremely promptly. We couldn't have been happier with the experience and I'm glad we chose to go with them. All aspects of the trek were organized and smooth, from the moment we cleared customs Paul was there to pick us up from the airport and made sure we were comfortable and oriented. Our guide, Dil, was fantastic. We met him the day before the trek and were comfortable with his expert guidance and experience. Our porter was a guide in training and was similarly awesome. By chance we were the only 2 on the trek and the private experience was fantastic. The Manaslu area is beautiful and seemed to be less crowed then some other trekking routes which I think made the trip more authentic and memorable. I was very impressed with the quality (and amount) of food even during the more remote sections of the trek and I can't say enough about how nice 3 hot meals a day was during the trek. The entire experience of work with Paul and DWT went beyond my expectations for sure and the service continued even after we had completed the trek and were enjoying Kathmandu. I would certainly recommend this trek and especially company to anyone and I will absolutely use this company for my Himalaya trekking in the future.

FAQ’s

Is trekking to Manaslu Circuit difficult?

No, basically you do not need any ropes or ice picks. Moreover, there is no vertical climbing. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike few uphills, Discovery World Trekking will guide you to reach Manslu Circuit trek.

How safe is Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees 3S for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Discovery World Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Discovery World Trekking have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

Which is the best time of the year to Manaslu Circuit trek?

Spring (March to May) and Fall (October to November) are the best seasons to trek Manaslu Circuit trek to explore clear view of Himalayas. The temperature is cold between December and February but the visibility is still good. Trekkers choose this season because there are few tourists on the trails. Admittedly, Discovery World Trekking can make it happen in any season you want with all the safeties and fun.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit trek?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. 
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. 
  • Trek slow.
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms shows up). 
  • Drink Garlic Soup.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek to Manaslu Circuit

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

Do I need any permits before starting the trek to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek in Manaslu Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members. You should provide it to us before you start your trekking.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

What is the weather condition at Manaslu Circuit trek?

Month Temperature  Weather and Nature 
January  Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning  Coldest month 
February  Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Mild and humid, good visibility 
March  Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning  Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April  Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue and pink rhododendrons 
May  Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  Warmest month 
June  Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning  Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July  Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Wettest month 
August  Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning  Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense and gorgeously green but quiet slippery 
September  Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning  Fresh and pleasant climate 
October  Max 15°C at daytime to min -2°C at night and morning  Stable weather condition and best month to trek 
November  Max 13°C at daytime to min -3°C at night and morning  Cold and dry weather 
December  Max 12°C at daytime to min -8°C at night and morning  Driest month 

What documents do I need for trekking to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via email.

  • A copy of passport,
  •  Passport size photos, 
  • Flight details, 
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What is the accommodation on the trails of Manaslu Circuit trek?

For the Manaslu Circuit trek, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. The toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the places.

Is meal easily available on the trek to manaslu Circuit trek?

the meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meal in special areas for its clients.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommends trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Is the drinking water safe in the trek to manaslu Circuit?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in manaslu region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

Do I need to bring medicines for trekking to manaslu Circuit trek?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, Discovery World Trekking will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s tour packages for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommends you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Is tipping necessary for porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Can I buy the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Is internet access available in manaslu Circuit trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge

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