Manaslu Trek OR Three Passes Trek

Hi, I’m flying into Kathmandu on 26 Nov, and planning to do either the Three Passes trek (18~20 days, +4 days if trekking in from Jiri to Lukla or out this way), OR Manaslu trek (20 days).

If flying in to Lukla, I’d probably fly on 28 Nov, after sorting out permits and renting stuff in Thamel.

I’ve trekked the Annapurna Circuit (18 days) two years ago in Dec and fell in love with the country and the people.

I’m of reasonable fitness, enjoys a moderate pace and stops to appreciate views, and do not walk like the wind.

I’m talking to the agency I used last time to hire a porter, and I would love to have a buddy (or a few) for company. Looking forward to hearing from you!




5 replies
  1. Hi Jade, how’s things 🙂 I’m new to this just signed up now! I was looking at doing EBC same sort of time as you and would love a trekking buddy too! I’ve never done any long treks but I’m a fit guy! I think It will be awesome fun. I was looking at doing a group one through a company like intrepid but I figured it would be cheaper to do it this way. Look forward to hearing from you

    • Hi Paul, you’d not regret your trip to Nepal no matter which trek you choose, that much I’m sure 🙂

      I’ve done a bit more reading these last few days and I’m leaning more and more towards the Three Passes Trek, which gets to EBC all the same, but avoids the crowded and much beaten path most of the time and gets to see amazing views that EBC trek doesn’t. The only hurdles are probably how much longer it is and having more days in hard mode. Would you be willing to consider that? I’ve booked ticket to Kathmandu (26 Nov) but not the flight to Lukla yet, so nothing’s set in stone yet.

      For cost, it is absolutely cheaper to go on your own. Budget about 20 USD per day for food and accommodation, and if you wanna hire some help, it’s 15-20 USD/day for a porter and 25 USD/day for a guide.

      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!

  2. Hey Jade,

    Yes I would definitely consider that! I am still yet to book flights as I need to get a plan set in stone. So it should take about 19days right, sounds cool, bit more of an off the beat track. As to more days in hard mode, should be fine, however I’ve never gone over 2000m accept for a 6000m skydive haha, so I would appreciate your advice along the way! getting a guide would be a good idea , splitting it between a few of us would not work out too badly. Have you spoke to any other potential trekkers?

    • Hi Paul,

      Yup about 18-20 days, and a few days buffer time would be good – at least a day to get permits and probably rent some gears in Kathmandu, and factor in some days for possible delays, and of course exploring other parts of Nepal if possible. I’m flying out on 25 Dec myself.

      For altitude, from what I read and heard, it is not always predictable how one reacts, but going slow, observing guidelines and giving the body ample time acclimatize work very well for most people. I’d only consider myself moderately fit and I didn’t suffer any altitude sickness except a night of headache in the camp (~4850m) before going over the mountain pass in Annapurna Circuit. Most people experience that to some degree anyway. I have heard anecdotes that even those who live at such altitudes sometimes experience mountain sickness, so there’s that.

      For hiring help, a porter will carry your stuff, may or may not speak much English (though my agency promised me they’d get me a “good, English speaking” one, ha), but definitely knows the way as well. While a guide should be able to tell you a lot more about culture etc. in addition to pointing the way, but won’t carry any of your stuff. Many guides worked their way up from porters. If there’s a few of us, I don’t mind hiring a guide and splitting the cost.

      So far I’ve only discussed the trip with another trekker – very seasoned, done the trek once before and doing it again, but sadly our dates don’t sync up. It’s still a month to the departure date so I’ll keep my fingers crossed more people are gonna get in touch 🙂

    • A pretty useful overview here for your reading pleasure 😉