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What To Pack, How To Stay Healthy & FAQs

Creating a Safe & Memorable Experience

Trekking in the backcountry of the Himalayas requires expertise, an understanding of the terrain and the proper gear. Without these essentials, an experience of a lifetime can quickly turn to life threatning.

The first recommendation is to pack as lightly as possible. Women should dress modestly. Cotton or wicking T-shirts are good. Micro-pore polyester allows sweat to evaporate through the fabric, and dry quickly after washing. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will meet with a company representative to go over trip itinerary and packing.

Clothes, Footwear and Headwear

  • 1 Rain Jacket

    We recommend a lightweight, waterproof (or seriously water-resistant) jacket. We recommend a high-quality raincoat.

  • 1 lightweight down jacket or small jacket

  • 1 light Sweatshirt or hoodie

  • 1 set of thin, lightweight long underwear top and bottom.

  • 2-3 short-sleeved shirts

    These can be wicking and/or cotton.

  • 1-2 long sleeved shirts

  • 1 pair of shorts

    Not too short, no more than an inch or two above the knee. Women often find that a pair of long shorts and a long skirt are good.

  • 1 pair of lightweight sweat pants/warm fuzzy pants

  • 1 pair of light weight hiking pants

  • 5-6 pairs of underwear and undergarments

  • 3-4 pairs of socks

    One warm pair for evenings and mornings, and the rest for hiking.

  • 1 Baseball Cap or Sunhat

  • 1 warm hat

  • 1 pair of hiking shoes or running shoes

  • 1 pair of hiking shoes or running shoes

  • 1 pair of camp shoes

    Flip flops or sandals or crocs - it's nice to have camp shoes that socks can be worn with

Bags

  • 1 large backpack

    This should have straps and chest straps. This backpack needs to fit all items for the trek.

  • 1 small backpack

    Can be stuffed into your larger backpack for day hikes

  • 1 sleeping bag

    At night, it can get cool, though not generally cold. A 20-degree Fahrenheit bag should be fine, and a liner adds about another 10 degrees of warmth. We will be sleeping inside, but lodges at higher elevations can be cool, though all rooms have extra quilts that you can pile on top of your sleeping bag. Synthetic bags are fine and tend to stay warm when wet. Make sure it stuffs into a small stuff sack to maximize space. Contact us if you have any concerns about this.

Accessories

  • 2 water bottles

    Each 1 Liter

  • 1 rain cover or plastic bag for backpack

  • 1 extra trash bag for rain

  • 4 small plastic and/or reusable bags for dirty clothes, trash, and rain.

  • 1 very lightweight and small towel

  • 1 headlamp with extra batteries

    Best for going to the bathroom at night, reading, and so on.

  • 2 small carabiner (optional)

    For clipping items to backpack

  • 1 small umbrella (optional)

  • Phone and Phone chargers and outlet adapter (widely available in Nepal)

  • 1 book or E-Reader (optional)

  • Camera (optional)

Toiletries, Personal Items, Medicines, and Other

  • 1 toothbrush and small toothpaste

  • 1 small shampoo

    Also available on trail in small packets

  • 1 bar soap for washing clothes and shower

    Available on trail

  • Sunscreen

  • Water purifiers (iodine tablets, steri pen, or water filters)

  • Contact lens, extra contacts, glasses, if needed

  • Lip balm

  • Small Mosquito Spray

  • Feminine Products

    Not available on the trail

  • Medicines

    (personal medications, antibiotics for respiratory and stomach or other ailments, azithromycin, anything not listed in 'Trek Overview' section on the trek page)

  • Money for additional purchases not included in package

    we can help you calculate this amount.

Your guide and our company are not physicians and, therefore, cannot advise you on which immunizations to receive or not receive. You must decide with your doctor which immunizations to get; Do this now as some immunizations need a few weeks to be effective.

It will be essential that you alert us as soon as convenient if you have any allergies, (including shellfish allergies) or have asthma, or if you are taking any medications on a routine basis.

Along the trek, most villages have small health posts carrying basic medicines and they can provide some medical information. Those who work there are not necessarily licensed or held to the same standards as Western doctors. Medical and Evacuation Insurance is required and essential, as there are no hospitals along the trek.

Health

  • First Aid

    The guide will carry a basic first aid kit on the trek consisting of anti-inflammatories, diamox, laxatives, antidiarrheals, bandages, and mole skin. However, trekkers are asked to bring their own water purifiers, sunscreen, bug spray, personal medications, medicines not listed above, and any antibiotics for respiratory and stomach or other ailments.

    Please see the Trek Overview sections to see specifically what is included and not included in your package. Most villages along the trek have health posts with basic medicines.

  • Medical Point of Contact

    Our medical point of contact is the CIWEC International Travel Medicine Clinic.

    Explore their website for topics on high altitude sickness, psychological problems in travelers, and understanding diarrhea in travelers.

Traveler's Insurance

  • Online Providers

    Insurance can be purchased online from a number of different providers, including Allianz, and Travel Trex. The basic plan usually covers trip cancellation, trip interruption, and medical evacuation.

    Please ensure your insurance covers the above listed at least. Please read the policies on their website.

Immunizations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends the following immunizations for Nepal.

  • For All Travelers:

    Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, Tetanus/Tdap/Td, and your yearly flu shot.

  • For Most Travelers:

    Typhoid and Hepatitis A

  • For Some Travelers:

    Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, and Malaria

Further Information

We highly recommend consulting a travel doctor before your departure.

For more information and specific details on this in Nepal, please visit the below URL and/or your country’s equivalent:

Common Questions About the Treks

  • Airport Transfer to the hotel
  • Sim Cards with 500 NPR balance
  • Map of Manaslu Trek for each Trekker
  • Trek Briefing Dinner
  • Private Jeep from KTM to Trailhead
  • Basic Medical Kit carried by guide (anti-inflammatories, Diamox, laxatives, antidiarrheals, bandages, and moleskin)
  • All Lodging
  • All Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea/coffee, and Dinner. All meals come with tea, coffee, or hot water.
  • All trekking permits and entry fees
  • Professional English-speaking guide and the guide fee
  • Private Jeep back to KTM
  • Transfer back to the airport in KTM
  • International Flights
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel and Evacuation Insurance (mandatory)
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Transportation around Kathmandu.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Personal Expenses (guide tip, soda, alcohol, snacks, wifi, battery charging, hot showers, trekking gear, and other miscellaneous items)
  • More than one meal/person. Note: Daal Baht is unlimited refills.
  • Any medicines not listed
  • Water purification or filters (iodine tablets, Steri pen, water filters)
  • Porter

In the MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) region, you are unable to solo trek. In order to get a permit for you Manaslu Trek, there must be at least two applicants/trekkers in one group. If you are a solo trekker, please reach out and we may have some creative solutions for you.

You are able to modify the trek itinerary at any point before departure. As long as the trek will finish within the allocated number of permit days, the trek can be modified during the trek itself as well.

Many elements of the trekking all-inclusive package can be customized. However, some elements of the all-inclusive cannot be customized, such as Meals and Accommodation, and required elements such as guides, permits, etc. If you have inquiries about any customization, please contact us here

If an emergency arises, we are responsible for coordinating the helicopter pick-up. We do NOT have a satellite phone, but there is a phone network during most of the Trek.

There are a few points where there is no reception, but reception is always within an hour’s walk away. In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation, travelers’ evacuation insurance is paramount and recommended. Please have travelers’ evacuation insurance before you depart for Nepal. For more info on health and safety review the Health & Safety tab.


The Medical Kit includes the following: Paracetamol, De-cold, Acetazolamide (Diamox), Bisacodyl Gastro Resistant Tablet (Laxative), Metronidazole & Diloxanide Furoate Tablet (anti-diarrheal), Ibuprofen & Paracetamol, Dicloback (anti-inflammatory) , Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules IP (anti-diarrheal), Povidone-Iodine Solution

The medical kit does NOT include a Gambow bag / Medical Oxygen & Mask.

Note: Anything not written above, is not included in the medical kit. This is an emergency medical kit, so there are not large quantities of these medicines readily available also. So, if you are someone who regularly takes ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories, for example, please bring your own just in case.

The room size and space will depend on the rooms available. Who sleeps where can be managed by the group. Most hotels during the Manaslu Trek are beautifully simplistic and rustic. All lodges will have blankets and pillows.

As for the payment schedule, kindly make a minimum 50% advance payment into our account 3 weeks before your arrival to Nepal, and then the remaining amount can be paid before arrival to Nepal or upon arrival in cash.

To wire money internationally, some European banks ask for an IBAN code, but Nepal banks only use SWIFT codes. Either is acceptable for international wires. If you cancel your trip within one week before arrival, we will refund 70% of the total trip cost. Or the amount can be put towards a future trip.

If you cancel your trip within one week before arrival, we will refund 70% of the total trip cost. Or the amount can be put towards a future trip.

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