Manaslu Circuit Trek
My name is Suzanna. I’m a 27-year-old from the US, planning to trek the Manaslu Circuit (maybe with Tsum and/or Ganesh Himal – still undecided) starting around Oct 8th.
I’m currently finishing a yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India, and I will be leaving here as soon as I can get the train to the Nepal border after Oct 3rd (I’ll know the exact date of my crossing/arrival this week). I have to start in pokhara as I’ll be storing my larger suitcase at a friend’s place there while I’m out trekking. I need to do more research about the possibility of obtaining permits/guides in Pokhara vs. Kathmandu, but I’m flexible and open to meeting a partner in Pokhara or Kathmandu, then doing the guide/permit process wherever makes most sense.
I’m relatively experienced and independent on the trail so I would make a great choice for travelers looking to trek Manaslu with little to no assistance (guides/porters, etc). Obviously I think it’s a great idea to know someone else out there while you’re trekking, but I’m not worried if my permit partner wants to keep a different pace or stay in tea houses while I camp (I want the option to do both), etc etc. I’d like some freedom and flexibility on the trail – if my partner wants to stick with the guide more that’s fine. For me, since you have to have a guide, I’ll take advantage of that fact – but probably will only be using him for emergencies and checkpoints (that’s why I checked “Independent” instead of “guide only” below). Again – I’m flexible with everything! I have time as well and would be open and eager to add some side trips and destinations.
Hope to hear from some like-minded travelers with the same rough itinerary. I definitely can’t do this on my own so I look forward to connecting! Thanks all.