Bharal Adventure
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Manaslu Heli Trek

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USD $ 3,375 per person

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Duration
10 days
Max. Elevation
5212m
Group Size
Min 2
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Car and Jeep
Best Season
March to May and September to December
Accomodation
Hotel and tea houses
Meals
Breakfast in city & BLD during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

Overview

Manaslu Heli Trek is one of the most enjoyable packages in Nepal. The trek can be called as a tour as this involves fabulous helicopter ride while you return to Kathmandu. In 10 days journey comes to an end. Bharal Adventure has been receiving one of the best success stories via this Manaslu Heli Trek. Therefore, embarking on this Himalayan mystical trail of Nepal with us. The journey of the Manaslu Heli Trek starts after the bus drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat. The journey from the Dhadingbeshi of Dhading district to the Soti Khola in Gorkha district can be bumpy because of the hilly road. However, the thrill and excitement of seeing the hilly villages and forests along with rivers make your road trip enthralling. The proposed Budigandaki Hydro Power Project might even ignite the place more attracting more trekkers and tourists. Moreover, the trekking starts from the small town of Soti Khola towards Machhakhola on the first day of walking.

The spectacular views of the waterfalls and the villages on the hills at both sides of the trail might be an amazing thing for the trekkers. The ever-present Gandaki River makes your trip the friendship walk with the stream. The journey consists of the numerous crossing of the suspension bridges. The journey passes by the gorgeous villages of Jagat, Namrung, Deng, Samagaon  and finally the heli experience to Kathmandu. Bharal Adventure is well conscious about your precious time and money. Hence, experts from Bharal Adventure have designed this package in affordable time and money. You can check out our similar Packages Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek, etc.

Trip Itinerary

Bharal Airport Representative will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The trip details and itinerary will be discussed. You can enjoy the clamor of Thamel in Evening.

The hilly road trip waits on this day. Immediately after breakfast bus or private vehicle will take you to Dhadingbesi – Arkhet along the Prithvi Highway and Bhakti Thapa Highway. The road from Dhadingbeshi to Arkhet and up to Soti Khola is bumpy and dusty. While you stop for a while or from bus itself you will be welcomed by the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himal Mountain ranges.

The journey continues along the Budhi Gandaki River and the trail is sandwiched between two gigantic hills. The route encompasses waterfalls, forests, terraced farmlands and villages. The short uphill climbing will take you to Lapubeshi eventually towards Machha Khola.

The journey will be continued through the terraced farmlands and end up near the Tatopani (natural hot water springs). Once you have enjoyed this delightful gift of nature the overnight will be in Jagat for this day’s trekking. 

The trip then climbs further upwards along the Budhi Gandaki River Valley. The forests of the rhododendrons and pines will be on trail while the magnificent village of Deng waits us for the overnight sleep.

Again on this day also the journey continues amidst the jungle of unique vegetations however the shape of forests starts to change. While climbing the trail you will be enlightened by the mere view of Mt. Manaslu. Once you have reached the Buddhists village of Namrung you will be amazed to see how the cultural differences exist in Nepal in just a day’s walk.

After witness the spectacular views of the Mountains the trekkers trek towards Samagaon. The Tibetan influenced villages that you see on the way have one thing in common as the village gate called Kanis. The trekking descends down and cross the Damonan River and then take uphill climbing to plateau at Syala. This place offers the breathtaking mountain views as well. The view of Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ngai Chuli etc can be seen very clearly. The village is referred as Samagaon because of the monastery present in it.

Before crossing the daunting Larkya La Pass trekkers are required to take acclimatization break. This village is the closest village from the Manaslu Base Camp. You can stroll around the thousands of the Mani with Buddhists scripts as well as pictures. You can explore the Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. We take a rest day at Sama Gaon for proper acclimatization. Sama Gaon, the closest village to Manaslu base camp. Ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. We see women wearing a nice silver spoon as jewelry at Sama Gaon. Today is a rest day but we take a side trip to explore surrounding attractions with sightseeing to Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa.

You will have an amazing experience today as you will be flying to Kathmandu by Heli. One of our guides will accompany the guests for their sightseeing excursion in Kathmandu where they will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, all of them declared as the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The amazing Nepal trekking ends once we bid farewell. Our Airport Representatives will take you to Airport and with promise to meet again we bid farewell.

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Includes

  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by private jeep and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep. Similarly transport from Jagat – Beshisahar by public jeep and Beshisahar – Kathmandu by privte
  • Samagaun to Kathmandu in Heli
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Doesn't Include

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment's
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Equipment List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Frequently Asked Questions

The Manaslu Heli Trek combines trekking in the Manaslu region with a helicopter tour. It provides an opportunity to experience the stunning landscapes of the Manaslu region and then enjoy a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu or another location.

Permits such as the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit are usually required for the trekking portion. Helicopter tour arrangements are usually made by tour operators and may not require additional permits.

The trek involves crossing high mountain passes, and the difficulty level can vary. It is considered a challenging trek, and participants should be in good physical condition.

Yes, acclimatization is crucial when trekking in high-altitude regions. The itinerary usually includes acclimatization days to help participants adjust to the altitude gradually.

Booking can be done through reputable trekking agencies or tour operators in Nepal. It's essential to choose a licensed operator with a good track record for safety and service.

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