My wife and I had an absolutely amazing time doing the fifteen day Manaslu circuit trek with Higher Limits. From the very first email exchange with Gopal to the end of the farewell dinner Higher Limits was a great agency to work with. Gopal was really helpful in planning the trip, very flexible and very welcoming when we arrived in Kathmandu.
We had read the reviews about Santa before booking with Higher Limits and so were delighted when we found out he was our guide, and boy did he live up to these very high expectations! He was simply the best – incredibly knowledgeable about everything we asked about, great fun to spend time with and really couldn’t do enough to help us enjoy the trek. He took great care to ensure we were safe, happy and doing the trek we wanted.
Our assistant guide Mingmar was also great – always with a smile on his face and happy to help with anything. I don’t know how he did the whole trek carrying all our stuff, but he did it with enthusiasm and seeming ease.
The trek is pretty hard, but certainly doable by people with reasonable fitness and a strong positive attitude. Some days are long, but there are plenty of shorter days to help you recover and acclimatize as you ascend. The accommodation is basic at times, but certainly good enough for your needs, and the food was always plentiful and tasty – which is good as you eat loads.
Manaslu is also a lot quieter than many other treks in Nepal – you feel at times that you have the mountains to yourselves, but that may change as more people discover it, so maybe do it sooner rather than later.
I can’t recommend the team at Higher Limits strongly enough – I honestly have nothing but praise for them and thanks to them for helping make such a wonderful and memorable trip. If you love treks and mountains and a challenge, do Manaslu and do it with Higher Limits and ask for Santa and Mingmar and you will not be disappointed.
Diolch yn fawr Gopi, Santa y Mingmar!