Manaslu Circuit Trek 5 Best Short Hikes in Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu (8156m) lies north of the historic fortress town of Gorkha, from where the last kings of Nepal ventured forth to conquer the rest of the country in the 18th Century. The Manaslu Circuit Trek has recently become a tea house trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of the Nupri Valley. But hikers are free to explore the many other trails being forged right now.

The big mountain scenery of Manaslu is amazing. There’s the two-horned massif of Manaslu (8156m), the circumnavigation of which is a meditation on the wonders of Himalayan geology. And then there’s Himalchuli (7893m), which rises an incredible 7000 m from the Marsyangdi River. Add a sprinkling of butterflies amidst forests from sal to pine, and you’ll be convinced you’ll catch a sight of the shy red panda.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable adventure crossing to the Buri Gandakhi, passing through a huge and spectacular valley with stunning views of  Mt.Manaslu, and crossing the famed Larkya La (5,135m) to the contrasting region of Sama, returning via the Marsyandi.

The regions and villages through which you trek are predominantly Buddhist. The remote areas surrounding Manaslu base camp are among Nepal’s most beautiful, and due to restricted access we only encounter a limited number of  trekkers. You travel to the borderlands with Tibet, experience Tibetan style culture, great mountain views and extensive forests on this stunning circuit trek of the Manaslu region. You can also enjoy a culturally enchanting home-stay with the Tamangs, the original horse traders of Nepal.

Adventurous trail with Amazing views

The adventurous can venture higher for a ‘walk in the clouds’ above Tiru Danda, from where gorgeous views stretch from the Annapurna to Ganesh Himal. With a variety to rival the Annapurna region, it’s no exaggeration to say Manaslu’s time has come. Forget the jams of the more established routes. Barring the busy teahouses, you’ll have the trails here mostly to yourself – if you don’t mind sharing it with blue sheep, Langurs, yaks and the myriad butterflies weaving in and out of the thundering waterfalls.

Manaslu Circuit trek is a charismatic journey that offers some majestic views of Himalayan ranges, high altitude glacier lakes and unique species of floras and faunas in its natural and undisturbed habitat. It is a recently opened trekking trail that has become a charm of enthusiastic travelers these days. Owning to its beautiful landscape, lush valleys, remote location and spectacular mountain views, Manaslu Circuit Trek has become a choice of many travel and adventure lovers. Manaslu Circuit Trek helps you discover the beauty that lies in remote and isolated regions of Nepal and rewards you with some stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal and Boudha Himal range. So, what are you waiting for? Explore the outstanding beauty of Manaslu region in the most rewarding way possible.

Manaslu circuit Trek is an opportunity to unleash the raw appeal of world’s eighth highest mountain i.e. Mt. Manaslu.

The trail goes through an ancient salt trading route and passes Bhuri Gandakai river. The river is popular for white water rafting. The rapids that this river offers are quite thrilling. As you enter Manaslu Conservation area, you can feel the wilderness that lies within the area. The conservation area is a home to many unique species of floras and faunas that can be found nowhere but in that geographical and climatic region. Walk through the forests of pine, rhododendron and bamboo and if lucky, you can get a glimpse of snow leopard that is unique of its own kind and has been frequently spotted in this area. The views of Mt. Manaslu as you traverse through the sub tropical jungle inside the conservation area is another interesting aspect of this trekking journey.

Discover unique culture and tradition

The journey of Manaslu circuit trek starts from the foothills of Himalayas that traverses through sub tropical jungle and alpine region to Larkya La pass. Larkya La at 5000 meters is a beautiful spot that offers some breathtaking views of glacier terrain and Mt. Manaslu in its gorgeous attire. Besides, Manaslu circuit trek is also an opportunity to get some insights on people residing in those areas. People inhabited in this area are mostly of Tibetan origin. They have their own unique culture, custom, tradition, dialects and dresses. Buddhism is prevalent in Manaslu region and the resemblance of Buddhism can be seen in the prayer flags, mani walls, chortens and gompas that you pass by on the way.

Join us for this exciting Trek to Manaslu

Nepal Intrepid Treks provides you an opportunity to endeavor the beauty that lies in glittering arrays of Himalayas and hidden valleys in Manaslu region. So, set yourself free and immerse in this immense beauty of nature and mountains. The appealing beauty of Mt. Manaslu awaits you. Manaslu Circuit trek can be strenuous but if you possess a good endurance capacity then it is a most versatile and worthy trek that will fulfill your quest for mountains and wilderness.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive to Arughat and trek to Soti Khola(710m) - 8 hours -
  • Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola(900m) - 7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Machha Khola to Jagat(1340m) - 6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Philim
  • Day 07: Trek Philim to Deng
  • Day 08: Trek Deng to Namrung
  • Day 09: Trek Namrung to Sama gaun
  • Day 10: Acclimatization in Samagaun
  • Day 11: Trek Samagaun to Samdo
  • Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharmashala
  • Day 13: Trek Dharmashala to Bhim phedi
  • Day 14: Trek Bhim phedi to Tilije
  • Day 15: Trek Tilije to Chamje
  • Day 16: Trek Chamje to Kathmandu
  • Day 17: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Manaslu Circuit Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colourful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.


Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.


Today, we leave Kathmandu city and take a drive to Arughat. We drive along the lush hills, rivers and river to Dhading Besi. The highway route till Dhading Besi is concrete and smooth. We enjoy our drive with views of hills, terrace fields, countryside houses on the way. From Dhading Besi, we further drive to Arughat. The way from Dhading Besi to Arughat is quite rough and bumpy. After around four hours of smooth ride and then another four hours of rough ride, we reach Arughat. We get off from our ride and take a local jeep that will lead us to Soti Khola in around one and half hours. We stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today we initiate our actual trekking journey. The day consists of around six to seven hours walk to Maccha Khola. We take our breakfast and follow our trail. At first, we cross a popular suspension bridge over the Soti Khola and walk through a forest until we reach top of a ridge. We can see and hear the water of Budhigandaki river splashing with its rapids. At Khursane, our trail gets rocky as we pass the stunning waterfall, terraced farmlands and few settlements until we reach a Gurung village popular as Lapubesi. We further climb a cliff and walk along the sandy river bed until we reach Maccha Khola. We even cross some suspension bridges in between. As we reach Maccha Khola, we stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Our trail narrows as we walk ahead towards Khorlabesi. After few ups and downs, we reach a popular place with natural hot springs known as Tatopani. Here we can enjoy a hot water bath to stimulate ourselves for our journey ahead. Leaving Tatopani, we climb up a ridge and cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki river. We climb up the stone paved staircases to Doban which further leads us to the Thado Bharyang. We again climb up a ridge and cross Budi gandaki river and ascend up until we reach the village of Jagat. We stay at a guesthouse in Jagat for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we start our walk along the well paved path in Jagat and climb up through a rocky ridge to reach Salleri. From Salleri, we walk along an easy path to Ghatta Khola. Leaving the river, we walk up stream and cross a long suspension bridge over the river to reach Philim. Philim is a village of Gurung people. As we reach the village, we spend our time exploring around the village and stay at a guesthouse in Philim for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Leaving the village, we turn north and continue our walk along a leveled path that goes through rice and maize fields to Ekle Bhatti. We then ascend up through a steep gorge from where our trail descends down through grassy slopes to the bank of Budi gandaki river. We pass a bridge over the river and continue walking through bamboo forests until we reach a river called as Deng Khola. We further walk towards the village and stay at a guesthouse in Deng village for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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After walking a short distance from Deng, we reach Budi Gandaki river. We cross the river and ascend up through the trail to Rana. We pass some small settlements on the way and ascend up until we open up to the Budi gandaki valley. We pass various mani stones that gives us the feeling of entering the Tibetan border area. We can feel the influence of Tibetan Buddhism with a glimpse of mani stones and prayer flags adorned on our path. As we follow the trail, we reach the village of Prok. Upon arrival, we explore around the village where we can get some awesome views of Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal and Hiuchuli. We conclude our exploration with an overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namrung. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Early in the morning, we fuel up ourselves with a delicious breakfast. We leave Namrung and head towards our next destination – Samagaun. Our trail climbs up steep and passes through a dense forest. As we move ahead, we come across a village with chortens and terraced fields of barley known as Lihi. We pass the villages of Sho and Lho and continue walking until we reach Samagaun. As we reach the village of Sama, we will be blessed with the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu with other mountains and glaciers. We visit Ribung gompa in the village and stay at a guesthouse in Samagaun for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Day 10 is set aside for acclimatization in Samagaun. We can either walk up to Manaslu Base Camp or explore the places around the village. We can also hike up to a hill to Pungyen gompa for some outstanding views of glaciers. In the evening, we return back to the guesthouse for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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As we leave Samagaon, we follow the Budi Gandaki River upstream until we cross a suspension bridge over the river. We continue through a trail that will lead us to Larkya La. The trail for the day is comparatively easy as we pass the grazing areas, pastures, mani stomes and forests. We admire the views of Mt. Manaslu until we reach a village of Samdo. Upon our arrival, we explore around the village and applaud the fascinating views of mountains and hills around. We stay at a guesthouse in Samdo for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We start our day with a delicious breakfast in the guesthouse. We then cross an old wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki river and start hiking upwards. We cross a couple of streams on our way until we reach Larkya Bazaar. We can catch a glimpse of Larkya glacier on the way as we move ahead to Dharmashla which would be our stopping point for the day. We stay at a guesthouse in Dharmashala for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we climb uphill until we reach the north side of Larkya glacier. Further, we ascend up through a steep path until we reach a pass. From the pass, we can enjoy some magnificent views of mountains like Himlung Himal, Kanggaru, Cheo Himal, Annapurna Himal and many others. After admiring the views of mountains from the pass, we descend down to Bhim Phedi for an overnight stay. The walking hours for the day is quite long but the fascinating views around us will keep us going. The appealing view of Mt. Manaslu from Bhim Phedi is adorable which a reward to our long walk today. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Early in the morning, we relish the splendor of mountains from Bhim phedi and continue our journey towards Tilije. The path leads us to Dudh Khola via a high pasture. We cross a bridge over the river and pass fields of paddy, forests and valleys to a river bank. We further pass the village of Gho and walk until we reach Tilije. We stay at a guesthouse in Tilije for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we leave Tilije and walk through a stone paved path to a beautiful village. We pass the village and cross a bridge over Dudh Khola to climb up a chorten shaped arch. We further pass mani wall to reach a village of Thonje. Leaving the village, we come across a police check post from where we make our way to Dharapani, the same place from where we had entered the Annapurna region earlier. Moving ahead, we pass various villages to Tal where we encounter a stunning waterfall. We continue walking until we reach Chamje which would be our stopping point for the night. We stay at a guesthouse in Chamje for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We at the end phase of our journey. We take a local jeep from Chamje and drive to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take a bus that that will lead us along a scenic path to Kathmandu. We stay at a hotel in Kathmandu for the night. (Breakfast included)

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After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.


Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • 4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) & accommodation during the trek.
  • Medical supplies [First Aid medical kit will be available].
  • Trekking Information Management System [TIMS], New Trekking permit to keep a record of tourist [This is for your safety].
  • Food, lodging,salary,insurance and other expenses of staffs.
  • All necessary paperwork.
  • Guided sightseeing tour including all entry fees.
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking guide, Porter( 2 pax for 1 porter) & (also a personal Sherpa on request).
  • T – shirt, Duffle bag, trekking map
  • Trip achievement certificate.
  • Government taxes and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge.
    (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
    3. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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Best value and Best Service 

We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
Best value and service trekking company
Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!


You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.


Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.


Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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