Trip Grade
Moderate/High pass
Highest Elevation
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Tea House/Basis
Trek Duration
23 Days
Group Size Min
02 Trekker's
Best Time
Sept-December & February-May
Start/End Point
Machhakhola to Pokhara

Trip Overview

Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek is a trekking destination that is newly opened and a combination of the two popular trekking routes. While doing trekking in two regions may take a long trek. But if you are planning Manaslu and Annapurna region at the same time then this trekking package is perfect for you. You can visit Manaslu and also Annapurna in the same time period and doesn’t take a long time. The trek starts from the Gorkha District which lies in the central part of Nepal and moves into the western part. You will cross the two most exciting passes of Nepal Larkya La pass and Thorong La pass. We will have mesmerizing views of the high Himalayan, waterfalls, and beautiful landscapes on the route of this trek.

Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek gives a chance to explore the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. We also have an opportunity to see the mesmerizing views of two mountains that are listed as the world’s highest mountains. Of them, one is Mt Manaslu which is listed as the 8th highest mountain in the world which is an elevation of 8163m from the sea level. And another is Mt Annapurna with a height of 8091m and listed as the 10th highest mountain in the world. This combination of trekking provides a huge beautiful scenario with colorful mountains and different ethnics group of people in Nepal. This trekking trail is perfect for those trekkers who have dreamed to explore the two regions of Nepal at the same time.


If you are planning for trekking on these two beautiful routes first of all you have to collect information about every small detail of these routes. Every corner of Nepal is not that developed and some of the regions of Nepal have not reached the roadway service also. And on some routes, there is airway service also. Doing trekking on this route in terms of accessibility there is a huge difference. Like in the Manaslu region, you have to trek the land transportation. And in the Annapurna region has an air service also. The trek starts with land transportation from Manaslu and the trek will end which can be done through a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.  In the terms of development of roads and trails, the Annapurna region has more developed than the Manaslu region.


While talking about the trip duration of the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal is also different by a few days. In the context of the tip day, the Manaslu circuit trek is shorter than the Annapurna circuit trek. The Manaslu circuit trek has only 18 days of trekking whereas the Annapurna circuit trek takes almost 22 days. There is 4 days difference between these two beautiful trekking. With a 4-day difference, the Annapurna circuit trek is a more visited trekking trail than the Manaslu circuit trek.


In the context of difficulty level then these trekking route is moderately difficult. Even beginner trekkers also can do these trekking. But you have a physically and mentally prepared before embarking on these routes. You may think that the Annapurna circuit trek is a little bit longer than the Manaslu circuit trek. So there is a high chance of difficulty in the Annapurna circuit trek. It is just because the Manaslu region is less developed than the Annapurna region in the context of every sector like accommodation, transportation, and other services also.


The climate and conditions of these two routes differ from place to place depending upon the geographical region. The weather between these two treks in Nepal is one of the few similarities during either trek with the best season. The best season for trekking on these routes is spring and autumn or also can be done around the year. But the best season is spring and autumn because at this time the weather and temperature are neither cold nor hot on both routes.  The weather in Nepal is influenced by maritime and continental factors. And it has four seasons which are autumn, spring, winter, and summer and you can trek in every season.


While trekking in these different regions the cost of the service and permit are different. Of the 15 restricted areas, the Manaslu region is one of them. And the Annapurna region is not a restricted area. So before embarking in the Manaslu region, you must carry a special trekking permit whereas in the Annapurna region you don’t need a special trekking permit. The Annapurna circuit trek is cheaper than the Manaslu circuit trek. It is just because in the Annapurna region you need only one trekking permit. Which is Annapurna Conservation Area permit for trekking on this route. While trekking in the Manaslu region you need at least three trekking permits special permits, MCAP, and ACAP.


If you are planning for trekking in Nepal. It is very necessary for every trekker to know about the trekking permit. You must carry a permit before embarking on every corner of Nepal. Without a trekking permit, you will not allow entering in that area so a trekking permit is necessary. As you know of the 15 restricted areas Manaslu region is one of them so here is the list of trekking permits while trekking on this route.

Details Itinerary


Arrival in Kathmandu, The representatives of Everest Trekking Routes will welcome you at TIA Upon your Arrival. We transfer to a hotel overnight stay.
Trek time: 20 Minutes drive to hotel
Accommodation: Hotel


If interest after breakfast visit some Sightseeing points and get Manaslu Special Permit to take an Orginal Passport with Nepal Visa. It takes a day and Explores Kathmandu Valley and stays overnight at the hotel.
Trek time: Explore day at Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel


After breakfast drive to Machhakhola is a long drive tuff road used after Dhading. When we are out of Kathmandu valley. Then can enjoy any type of hilly region and the biggest rice farm part of the Dhading district. During the drive period also many types of houses and pass the stream and rivers. Dhading to Arughat and driving to sotikhola is tuff driving stay overnight at the lodge.
Trek time: 7-8 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 04: MACHHA KHOLA -JAGAT [1410M/ 4625 FT]: 6 – 7 HRS

After spending one night in Machha Khola we will trek to Jagat. The trek from Machha Khola to Jagat leads along Buri Gandaki River upriver reaching another small village at Khorla Beshi. Then we walk on the natural hot water called Tato Pani. After having breakfast in Yaruphant villages we will follow the Budi Gandaki River and cross the Jagat village and stay overnight at Jagat.
Trek time: 6-7 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After breakfast, we are entering the Manaslu Restricted area and the Manaslu Conservation Area of the Project. Jagat is also the biggest Gurung trail in Manaslu Region. Then trek to Philim which is the north rural area second headquarter of Gorkha stay overnight at the lodge.
Trek time: 5-6 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 06: PHILIM – DENG [1,804M/5917 FT]: 6 – 7 HRS

After spending one night in Jagat village we slowly start our trek to Deng passing a lot of small villages to Sidibas bazaar. After crossing the small villages and the small rivers then up the rocky rooftree through bamboo forest and have to climb an hour then we will reach Deng and we will stay overnight at lodge.
Trek time: 6-7 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house

DAY 07: DENG – NAMRUNG: [2630M/8626FT]: 6 – 7 HRS

After spending one night in Deng we slowly start our trek to Namrung passing through the many villages like Ghap and others and we will walk leading through Budi Gandaki and the lots of small villages with the cultivated field of millets, wheat, or barely from then, we will reach Namrung village. And we will stay one night at the lodge.
Trek time: 6-7 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 08: NAMRUNG – SAMAGAON [3530M/11,578 FT]: 6-7 HOURS

After spending one night in Namrung we slowly start our trek to Samagaon enjoying the beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and mountain views. The path leads you to the Phungen Glacier for a couple of hours and then we will reach Samagaon with the interesting highland village. We will stay overnight at the lodge.
Trek time: 6-7 Hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Our team of proper Acclimatization day at Samagaun visited the lake and local village with the beautiful 8th highest peak in the world. The samagaun is origin villages and local culture stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek time: Acclimatization day at Samagaun
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 10: SAMAGAON – SAMDO [3860M/12,660 FT]: 4 – 5 HOURS

After having a wonderful time and spending one night in Samagaon then our trekking begins in Samdo. On the way, to Samdo we get an opportunity to see the awesome views of the mountain and awesome scenery and across the Tibet trader and yak carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods walking continuation following the stream crossing to reach Samdo and we will stay one night in Samdo.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house

DAY 11: SAMDO – DHARAMSALA/LARKYA B. C. [4460M/14, 628 FT]: 4 – 5 HOURS

After having a wonderful time and spending a night in Samdo we will start our trekking Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. in the morning time we walk follows the glacier and then we cross the stream coming from Gya la from there we will reach Larkya Bazaar and from this place few hour walking we will reach Dharamsala. We will stay overnight in Dharamsala.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house


After spending one night and having a wonderful time in Dharamsala we will start our trekking Larkya la. After reaching Larkya la we will see the awesome views of mountain and beautiful scenery and after seeing the awesome views we will again start our journey to Bimthang. And we will stay one night in Bimthang.
Trek time: 8-9 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house

DAY 13: BIMTHANG – GHO [2515M]: 5 – 6 HOURS

After having a wonderful time and spending one night in Bimthang we will again start our trekking to Gho. On the way, we get an opportunity to see awesome views of this region and you will agree that Nepal is god gifted in natural resources. After reaching gho we take a rest and spend one night in this place.
Trek time: 5-6 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After having a wonderful time and spending one night in Dharani we will slowly start our trekking to Tal. And after reaching this place we will observe many things in this place and in this place we will take a rest and spend one night in this place.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 15: TREK TO CHAME (2660M, 6 HRS)

Whilst walking to Chame after having breakfast in Dharapani. During the time trekking, we get the opportunity to see amazing views of the Himalayas including LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang District. It will go through an unpaved road so you have to prepare yourself for the possible bumpy road. We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way, and this day will be an easy day. After reaching Chame we will explore all around the Chame village and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.
Trek time: 5-6 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house


Today we trek to Upper Pisang after having breakfast early in the morning. This route will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing this last bit of rock, the valleys open up with majestic vistas. During the time of trekking, the trails will pass through the left side of the valley and you will cross the suspension bridge. It takes almost 5 hours to trek here from Chame to reach Upper Pisang. From here we continue for a short time to Upper Pisang where we spend the night.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea house


There are two routes that we can follow today upper and lower. The lower, easier route follows the river to Ghyaruwith a couple of hours up steps where it meets the upper route and continues to Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 meters higher than the lower trail. You will have great opportunities to witness high-altitude flora and fauna. This has very beautiful views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Chulu West, and Chulu East Pisang Peak. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will move towards Ngawal where we will stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek time: 5-6 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After Ngawal we slowly walk to Manang which takes 5 hours. The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time trekking, we will pass through many beautiful villages, and landscapes and we will walk on the way through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Manang. It is the largest, oldest, and best-endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga and we stay overnight at a lodge.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Today is a scheduled acclimatization day which should include a short walk to higher altitudes and back to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. On this day we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. We stay the night in Manang.
Trek time: Acclimatization day
Accommodation: Tea House

DAY 20: TREK TO LEDAR (4200M, 6 HRS)

Leaving Manang we slowly walk to Ledar. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4200m, there we see the vegetation become steadily more sparse with lots of domestic yaks and wild blue sheep. The trail goes through the dry terrain with growing altitudes it would be difficult to breathe so we will take a slow and steady pace to make it to our destination. It takes 6 hours from Manang with views of the beautiful Chulu West Peak and many other Annapurna Himalayan ranges. And we will stay overnight at a lodge in Ledar.
Trek time: 5-6 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After leaving Ledar the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m and then the High Camp at the elevation of 4600m, where we can find some good Guest houses that have been recently built. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the time trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, and landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards High Camp. It is 5 hours from Ledar to reach High Camp and we will spend one night at a lodge in High Camp.
Trek time: 4-5 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


After having breakfast in the early morning you will start your walk to Thorong La pass. When you are at the top you will feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. We then continue to Muktinath. On the way, we get the chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain, landscapes, and villages. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will take some rest then after we will move towards Muktinath where we will spend one night.
Trek time: 6-7 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. After leaving Muktinath we slowly walk for Jomsom. During the time trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes, and monasteries. we will have our lunch on the way then we continue our trek in Jomsom. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal and after reaching Marpha we will go to explore all around the Jomsom and return back to the hotel and we will stay overnightJomsom.
Trek time: 5-6 hour trek
Accommodation: Tea House


We Will fly to Pokhara take 25 minutes and transfer to the hotel. Beautiful days and sightseeing in Pokhara, which most popular points as Mountain Museum, Devid fall, Gupta shower cave, White Ministry, and Binda Basini temple. after sightseeing return to the hotel and take a warm dinner then sleep well.
Trek time: 25 Minutes fly to Pokhara
Accommodation: Hotel


In the morning time, around 7:00 am we will drive towards Kathmandu valley. We get the chance to see the wonderful scenery of Nepal. After reach in Kathmandu valley, First of all, we will check out our hotel first then we will explore all around the Thamel Bazaar and have a farewell dinner. And return back to the hotel and spend one night in this village.
Trek time: 7-8 hour trek
Accommodation: Hotel


We will drop you to the TIA for your final departure and happy journey to your hometown, hope to see you again and goodbye.
Trek time: Final departure
Accommodation: Hotel

Cost Include/Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: 3 Nights of standard accommodation in Katmandu BB Plan
  • 1 Night Hotel in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Kathmandu to Machhakhola by Express and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • Jomsom to Pokhara domestic flight
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or coffee).
  • All Trekking Permit (MCA), (ACAP), Manaslu Special Permit.
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the trek & Campsite where is no ability to lodge.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, flight ticket, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Private Car, Jeep, Van, Flight, or Helicopter Resque.
  • personal expenses (bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Fixed Departure Booking

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Recent Client Reviews

Liau Gii Hau


LangTang 8 days tour

I requested Mr. Rabin Gurung to have a guide/porter before starting my journey, and he sent a very experienced guide Mr. Phul to be my guide/porter. Mr. Phul has more than 25+ years of experience becoming a mountain guide. I had problems during the hike up to the mountain but Mr. Phul always gave me support all the way, he shared the newer things in the jungle with my brother along the trek.

Source by: TripAdvisor

Yap Chun Sing


Wonderful Experience trekking in Manaslu

Had a wonderful time hiking at the Manaslu area with my tour guide Sushil Gurung and porter Madan Gurung. They helped us with our every need from last minute rental gear like sleeping bags to telling us more about Nepal and being knowledgeable about the area. Both of them are experienced and knowledgeable. Both of them are very observant about how you are coping with the pace and terrain and will change pace to suit your pace.

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Deon Poh


Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Positive experience liaising with Everest Trekking for our Manaslu Circuit Trek.
The guide made adjustments to our plans based on our comfort/fitness level and the weather so that we managed to finish the trail.
Our guide helped us secure some last-minute stuff for us like our sleeping bag rentals.
Most importantly the hike itself was great as well thanks to our guide for his hospitality and our porter’s hard work.
Appreciate the apples cut for us every night during the hike carried by the guide and to the porter for pushing through even though his eyes hurt from the sun glare from the snow.
Thank you for this great experience.
Everest Trekking liaison: Rabin Gurung
Guide: Sushil Gurung
Porter: Madan Gurung

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Mook Kunnapat

Bangkok, Thailand

Annapurna Base Camp trekking

ในช่วง 5 ปีที่ผ่านมาได้มีโอกาศไปเดิน Trek ที่เนปาลกับไกด์ Rabin มา 3 ครั้งแล้ว ประทับใจทุกครั้ง ทีมงานลูกหาบดีเรียบร้อยใส่ใจ บริการดี ไว้ใจได้ ราคาสมเหตุสมผล ใครจะไปเนปาลแนะนำเลยครับ!!

I’ve trekked in Nepal with Rabin 3 times in the past 5 years, and it’s been awesome!! Great team, reliable services, and reasonable price. Highly Recommended!!

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Mike Q


Manaslu basecamp and Circuit and Tsum Valley

I have just completed a trek of the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley with three other friends. The trip was magnificent, stunning mountain peaks, ancient forest, impressive rivers and waterfalls and interesting villages. During the trip we were very well looked after by our guide, Dhansingh Gurung who gently and efficiently took us through 21 days of trekking over diverse terrain and Sangam (Durga) our porter who was always helpful and cheerful. Both Dhansingh and Durga added considerably to the enjoyment of the experience with their friendliness and local knowledge. If I return to Nepal, I will definitely use our guide and porter again.

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Jasmin H


Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

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Tuffy Kin Leung


Gokyo Lake — EBC

My wife and I had an amazing experience with both Dhansingh and Rabin Gurung. We took a 2 weeks trek with them from Lukla — Gokyo Lake — EBC . What a blessing we had them along the way , we will never forget and be grateful and thankful for the unquie, warm , genuine hospitality that we had , plus all the priceless encounters within the nature. Namaste!


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Toft Lars


Mera Peak Climbing Guided & Trip Operation by Everest Trekking Routes

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

Source: TripAdvisor

Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain 😅

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes 👌

Source: Tripadvisor

Family Tour in Nepal

Alex Lim


Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


Sources from: TripAdvisor

Family Tour in Nepal

Mark Gamboa

Vancouver, British Columbia

Everest Base Camp Trek with Suk Bahadur Gurung

Searching for the perfect company to embark on the EBC trek was not easy when doing research on who to go with. I happen to have really lucked out by choosing to go with Everest Trekking Routes, because they were great, through and through.

I did the trek in November but started inquiring with them back in February. Rabin is the CEO of the company, and he has helped me in every way possible. He was prompt in answering my questions via email and meticulously arranged the EBC trek, which felt customized to all my needs. In person, he was kind and courteous. And my guide Suk was friendly and helpful throughout the hike. He had brought all the necessary medication for me and asked every day how I was feeling. Suk is also a very good card player and was grateful for his company on the 12-day hike/ Kathmandu City Hike.

I’m sure most of you reading this have gone with some tour company elsewhere in the world, and perhaps you might agree that most of them have treated you as simply a commodity in the assembly line. By going with Everest Trekking Routes, I never felt that. Rabin and Suk took care of me from beginning to end, and I sing all their praises for getting me to Everest Base Camp, which was a major deal for me and my friends and Family. Rabin and Suk became family to me. Thank you for everything, guys!

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin Gurung

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas


Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and capable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagerness to help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin Gurung quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an excellent companion on any trek! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to anyone who is making a trip to Nepal. He is is a wonderful person and a good friend.

Details Address: 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak with Rabin Gurung

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Island Peak Climbing

Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


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