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Kissing Manaslu Trek

Kissing Manaslu Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Manaslu region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Cherpe (3300m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Mount Manaslu (8163 m), the highest peak of the Gorkha massif, is ranked as the eighth-highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth among the world’s tallest mountains. The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” and can be roughly translated as “Mountain of the Spirit”. Interestingly, an all-female Japanese expedition successfully ascended to the summit, making it the first 8,000-meter peak women ascended. The first survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952 and the first climb was made by a Japanese team in 1953. The kissing Manaslu trek begins from the middle hill of Besisahar. It will be a 12-day trip, where you get an opportunity to come astoundingly close….as close as you could almost kiss the mighty gem-Manaslu!

Kissing Manaslu Trek happens to be the brainchild of Mr Ram Kumar Adhikari, the managing director of Marron Treks. His sheer love for nature and indefatigable effort to bring the beauty of hidden trails to the limelight has resulted in the creation of this appealing trek package which is perfect for those looking to caress the mountains while trekking through the most unique landscape on earth. The trails are as easy as a walk in the park at one time and contrastingly leave you panting with its steep ascents at the other. As you advance further, you will encounter pockets of human settlements here and there. One among them is Bushme, a village swarmed with the people of the Tamang community. You can interact with the Tamangs and get acquainted with their culture and life patterns. You will have goosebumps when you ascend to the highest point of this trek, Cherpe (3300m), not because of the elevation, but the fascinating view of the majestic mountains you can behold from the top. Well, you might just get tempted to kiss the mountains…but we suggest just fantasising about doing so! The trails at some point demand a substantial amount of your calories as you will have no choice but to wearily walk up the steep rugged path while going and subsequently make a meticulous descent on your way back. The melodious hymn of the gorgeous Marsyangdi River, wooing close-up encounter with the snowy and crispy Manaslu, the tickly yet treacherous trails, a congregation of twelve lakes known as Barapokhari and the chinky eyes and the robust stature of the Tamangs, all are certain to be a part of your most treasurable memory. You cannot ask more for a short holiday!

Kissing Manaslu Trek Highlights

  • Come astoundingly close to the mighty Mt. Manaslu (8163m)…so close that you could almost plant a kiss on its snowy white countenance!!
  • Visit the sacred Barahpokhari Lake, an incredible congregation of 12 ponds
  • Get a sense of the typical Tamang culture as you halt at the village of Busme
  • Relish the excellent close-up views of the peaks like Boudha Himal, Khanguru, Pisang and Annapurna range from the village of Cherpe (3300m), the highest point attained on this trek 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m/6 – 7 hours)
Day 03: Trek from Besisahar to Bushme (916m/3 – 4 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Bushme to Chitre (2130m/5 – 6 hours)
Day 05: Trek from Chitre to Barahapokhari (3200m/4 hours)
Day 06: Trek from Barahapokhari to Cherpe (3300m/5 hours)
Day 07: Rest day in Cherpe (3300m)
Day 08: Trek from Cherpe to Chitre (2130m/6 hours)
Day 09: Trek from Chitre to Besisahar (760m/7 hours)
Day 10: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1400m/6 – 7 hours)
Day 11: Final departure to your homeland or onward destination.

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to accomplish your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and a short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. You can then spend the remaining time resting. In the evening you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city. 

Hotel

This day we drive towards Besisahar by bus. The journey takes about 6-7 hours. Driving along the blacktopped road, we can catch quick glimpses of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Manaslu.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we proceed towards Bushme, a village with settlements of people from the Tamang community. The route is fairly flat at the beginning but later takes a steep ascent. On the way, enjoy the sight of the beautiful Marsyangdi river as well as some fascinating peaks, viz Himalchuli and Peak 29. We walk for about 3-4 hours until we arrive at our campsite in Bushme. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Trailing along the route to Chitre gives you a reminiscence of a nature trail as you do not encounter any human settlements on the way. This trek offers you the best views of the mountains like Manaslu, Pisang, Peak 29 and the Annapurna range. We walk for about 5-6 hours and then finally arrive at our campsite in the middle of a jungle. You will enjoy the night here as this is possibly the most spacious campsite we have in the entire trekking itinerary.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will have to walk for about four hours to reach Barahapokhari from Chitre. This would be more like a pilgrimage rather than a trek because Barahapokhari happens to be a holy Lake and people come here to take a dip on the occasion of Janai Purnima. Although the first half of the route to Chitre is easygoing, the latter half could challenge you a bit with its daunting steep ascents. Pack lunch will be served on the way.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After walking for about 5 hours along the slightly steep route, we finally reach Cherpe. On reaching Cherpe we will have attained the highest altitude in this Trek. Cherie happens to be the viewpoint that caters for you for some of the closest and the most captivating views of the peaks like Boudha Himal, Peak 29, Annapurna Range, Khanguru and Pissang.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We spend a day more at Cherpe to rest and replenish all the energy used up in the long walks so far. We can also hike around the vicinity of Cherpe. This is the last point of our trek and we will now be making our way back to the point from where we started. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We make our way back along the steep downhill route. Excellent close-up views of the peaks like Boudha Himal, Khanguru, Pissang and Annapurna Range greet our eyes. Cheap to Chitre is a long walk which takes us nearly 6 hours.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Very akin to the previous day’s walk, we trail along a steep downhill route for almost 7 hours until we finally arrive at Besisahar.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu is outstandingly scenic. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your hotel. You still have a whole chunk of the day remaining. So you can make the best use of your time going in for shopping. Thamel is a tourist shopping stop. It’s your last night in Nepal, and we want it to be memorable. In the evening, Marron Treks will host a farewell dinner featuring a range of delicious Nepali cuisines and a cultural program. You’ve toiled hard during the trek, so we want you to enjoy it even harder tonight. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Our representative will escort you to the airport for your flight back home. You can always extend your trip and try out our other exciting packages like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Trishuli River Rafting, Everest Mountain Flight, Bhaktapur Nagarkot tour etc. Please let us know about your desire for a trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Besisahar/Kathmandu transfers by a local bus (Option: Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staff and helpers' wages for the trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit ( will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Manaslu area Special permit & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with a live Nepalese cultural program. 

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner In Kathmandu
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for the trek crew (Tipping is expected). 

FAQ's

1. What is Kissing Manaslu Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular and adventurous trekking route in Nepal that takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Kissing Manaslu Trek gets so much closer to Mt. Manaslu as if you feel like kissing it thus the name Kissing Manaslu Trek. 

2. Is the trek difficult?
The trek is considered a moderately challenging to difficult trek. It involves crossing high mountain passes, trekking through remote and rugged terrain, and dealing with varying weather conditions. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

3. What is the best time to do Kissing Manaslu Trek?
The best time for this is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These months, from March to May and September to November, offer stable weather, clear views, and favourable trekking conditions.

4. Are there teahouses or lodges along the route?
No, and you need to organize a full camping trek with a guide and supporting staff, and camping equipment.

5. What is the highest point reached during the trek?
The highest point of the trek is Cherpe, which stands at an elevation of 3,300 meters above sea level.

6. Can I trek the Manaslu region independently?
No, trekking the Manaslu region independently is not allowed. It is mandatory to trek with a registered and licensed trekking company due to the restricted area regulations.

7. Is a permit required for the trek?
Yes, a special trekking permit called the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is required for the Manaslu region Trek. It is issued by the Government of Nepal.

8. Can I trek the Manaslu region independently?
No, trekking the Manaslu region independently is not allowed. It is mandatory to trek with a registered and licensed trekking company due to the restricted area regulations.

9. What type of physical fitness is required for the Trek?
It requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be prepared for long hours of walking, steep ascents and descents, and changing weather conditions. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training are recommended to prepare for the trek.

Equipment


​Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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