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Mansalu Walking Circuit

Listed under Walking in Nepal.

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Less well known than the Annapurna Circuit, the Mansalu Circuit follows remote trails around Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain over the Larke Pass. The route begins in either Gorkha or Arughat Bazaar and follows the Buri Gandaki river past remote Gurung villages and onto precarious paths into the mountains, offering pristine mountain and glacial views, before reaching the high alpine plains and more traditional Tibetan settlements tucked into Mansalu’s folds.

The villages the trail passes through are remote and largely unspoiled and this is one of the best ways to experience Tibet’s culture.

The literal high point of the trek is crossing the Larke Pass at 5135 metres which links the largest settlement, Buri GandakI and the Marsayangdi valley.

The end of the trail joins the Annapurna Circuit and exits via Bessisahar.

This trek was only opened in 1991 and you need a special permit to walk it. It covers 177kms and some days you ascend or descend almost 1000m, with strenuous climbing along some of the route and guides recommend you allow for rest days.

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Sanjib Adikhari ist recomended 2010 by German trekkers Sabine and Frank from Berlin

The ultimate compliment for Sanjib came from fellow trekkers we met along the way who remarked how lucky we were to have a guide so personable, knowledgeable and dedicated to us and our experience. We could not have agreed with them more. *We did a 21 day Annapurna circuit, Annapurna base camp trek and Langtang Valley trek and having never trekked this length before, we were both novices. It is without a doubt, that had our guide been anyone other than Sanjib, we would not have had nearly the rich, authentic and thoroughly enjoyable experience we did. When trekking

with Sanjib we enjoyed:

* honest, knowledgeable and sincere discussions regarding anything from Nepal's history and current politics, local religions and culture history, to geography natural landscape and all Mountains Name

* a sensitivity and sensibility to allow a good balance between conversation and respecting an individual or couple’s need for privacy * over 9 years of trekking guide experience

* a respect for an individual’s desired pace and physical condition

* an intimate knowledge of the best accommodations, tea stops and places of interest along the way, according to our own individual budget

We would highly recommend any potential trekker in Nepal to enlist the services of Sanjib Adhikari. It is without a doubt that you will be richly rewarded if you do so.

Silvana Pagani from Italy wrote in 2011: "My friend Sanjib Adhikari, Nepalse Guide

Silvana Pagani from Italy wrote in 2011 about my experience in Nepal and recommends as guide, Sanjib Adhikari.

This year at the end of february i went in Nepal for 18 days for the second time and i did a small trekking in the Annapurna region, I went to visit Pokhara, Kathmandu, Bakthapur and Nagarkot and I saw the National Park of Chitwan and in this trip I had the pleasure to meet Sanjib Adhikari.

He is an independent trekking guide and tour operator in Nepal and he has already obtained trekking guide license from the ministry of tourism, government of Nepal.

In his work Sanjib is a person very responsible and serious, very helpful and attentive to his customers, he knows very well the mountain because he has many years of experience and is also an excellent guide for visiting the cities.

He is someone very competent in his work and always ready to find the best solution, if necessary and speaks English very well.During the trekking and the tours he will tell you many interesting things about culture, about life in the villages, mountains, history and traditions in Nepal.

The best thing is that Sanjib loves his country very much and loves his work and always manages to convey all his enthusiasm with simple ways and always with the smile. He is a very nice person and is always attentive to the needs of his customers. Sanjib is also very funny and after this experience we became a very good friend. Next year at the end of January I will return for the third time in Nepal and Sanjib will be again my guide. 

For these reasons I am very glad to report all references of Sanjib

Sarah and Ryan from Perth wrote in 2012

We have just returned from trekking the everest region in Nepal. It was our first time traveling to Nepal and our first experience trekking. We contacted our guide, Sanjib Adhakari after reading reviews from his previous clients and it was the best decision we made. Sanjib made our whole experience much easier and more enjoyable! From regular contact before our trip, to booking hotels and flights for us, organizing our holiday was a very effortless experience. Sanjib is not only very knowledgable and experienced at trekking, he has a great sense of humour that makes even those longer days walking more fun! I would highly recommend Sanjib and have actually already begun organizing our next trek with him.

Tracy Samassa wrote in 2012

I have just completed Mount Everest Base Camp trek. I decided not to go in a group, but just with a guide. I was recommended Sanjib Adhikari and contacted him 2 months before my intended departure. From the first time I made contact, he was so responsive. He answered all my questions and gave me all the advice and help I needed even before getting to Nepal. Nothing was too much for him.

I was travelling alone, and worried I might get lonely for so long. Sanjib could not do enough to make my trek a happy and successful one. Everything went exactly as planned, he was 100% honest and reliable and is very knowledgeable about the Nepal, trekking, the areas and the people.

He also speaks very good English and has a good sense of humour. Not only was the trip a success but he made it enjoyable and a memorable one.

I would highly recommend any potential trekker in Nepal use Sanjib Adhikari. It is without a doubt that you will be richly rewarded if you do so.

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