Manaslu Circuit Trek
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Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered as one of the challenging treks in Nepal. The round Manaslu Trek will praise the adventurers with a super alpine enjoy. Opened in 1992, this place offers a combination of rich tradition background, unsurpassed splendor, and organic range. Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably "untouched" region of Nepal and outstanding beauty along the border of Nepal and China. Manaslu Trek is honestly one of the best Treks in Nepal, a trek of excellent ethnic and scenic range, breathtaking perspectives of Mt. Himalchuli, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu (eight,163m) itself and other mountains. About 10 peaks of over 6500 meters are considered. This trekking is going thru the beautiful panorama and great vegetation and fauna. Manaslu Conservation area is the primary focal factor of this trek. Having an in-depth type of attitudinal and climatic variations, the Manaslu hiking gives a notable and several habitats for a wealthy sort of flora and fauna. Plant life of all foremost ecological zones: tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, alpine and sub-alpine are found abundantly right here.
The journey around Manaslu region's legendary mountains is enjoyable and tough. Beginning from Gorkha Budi Gandaki Valley River, we will be crossing the snowbound Larkya La pass (5213m). Snow-covered peaks over 6500m towers. The descent, once off the snow, takes us thru alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine timber, waterfalls and aqua-blue-green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. We pass through interesting and distinctive Buddhist village of Samagaon, Sirdibas, and Samdo and pass the numb valley to descend to Marsyangdi valley in Annapurna circuit direction wherein Manaslu Trekking leads to Besisahar. Due to the newly opened route, this trek encircling the whole Manaslu massif presenting a chance to comprehensively discover the entire variety of Nepal’s herbal and cultural range. Manaslu circuit trek could be amply rewarded with the enchanting surroundings and charming cultures and traditions of the primitive population of the Manaslu vicinity. The variety of the trek, from the Hindu middle hills to the Tibetan high country dwellers and the awesome mountain scenery of the Manaslu Himal and surrounding peaks integrate to make Manaslu trekking circuit considered one of a fascinating Trekking.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu (The Capital City)
Day 03: Kathmandu to Dhading to Arughat (570m) Drive
Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (710m)
Day 05: Sati Khola to LabuBesi (880m)
Day 06: LabuBesi to Doban (1000m)
Day 07: Doban to Jagat (1410m)
Day 08: Jagat to Ngyak Bensi (2300m)
Day 09: Ngyak Beshi to Ghap
Day 10: Ghap to Namrung (2660m)
Day 11: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m)
Day 12: Rest Day in Samagaon (3530m)
Day 13: Samagano to Samdo (3860m)
Day 14: Samdo to Dharamshala/Larkya Rest house (4480m)
Day 15: Dharamshala to Bimtang (3720m)
Day 16: Bimtang to Tilje (2300m)
Day 17: Tilje to Tal (1700m)
Day 18: Tal drive back to Kathmandu
Day 19: Farewell departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley & Permit Making day.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets. Today we will prepare for special permit for the trek please note that we need your original passport and 1 full day Government working day for the trekking permit.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Dhading to Arughat (570m) Drive
We have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day till Dhading Bensi. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi (district headquarter of Dhading 1050m) for 4 hours is comfortable drive and from there to Arughat for another 4 hours, we will be driving on rough road with scenic view of landscape, villages, river, Mt Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Overnight stay at local guest house.
Day 4: Arughat to Soti Khola (710m)
The route first enters the eastern part of Arughat, a large bazaar and turns west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and are almost surrounded by green forest. The trail further passes through the forest of monkeys to Sante Bazaar (630m) where you have views of Sringi Himal (7187m). The trail becomes steeper and crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, to Arkhet (760m). Descending from the small Magar and Gurung village of Kyorpani (820m), the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a tiny village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. There is a small water fall just above the trail; a larger water fall with a 60 meter drop is visible by climbing upstream. This is the best place to relax where you can enjoy swimming to ease your tiredness from walking.
Day 5: Soti Khola to LabuBesi (880m)
The trail crosses the bridge and treks through beautiful sal forests, then climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and follows a path blasted out of vertical rock to Khorsane (820m). The route gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then weaves it way up and down through large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Some parts of the trail are particularly narrow and suffer from landslides and require extra care especially when mule convoys are around. The trail eventually makes it way down and past a few rice terraces on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of LabuBesi.
Day 6: LabuBesi to Doban (1000m)B
The path climbs behind a rocky outcrop. The trail makes some minor ups and down. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860m from LabuBesi and climbing about 110m over a side ridge to bring you to Maccha Khola village (900m). Crossing Tharo Khola reach to Khorlabesi and climbing over a small ridge, make another steep climbing, the route reaches Tatopani (930m), which means 'hot water'. From the hot spring the trail climbs over another ridge and crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climbs on a wide, well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. This place is situated at the confluence of 2 rivers, the Shiar khola and Sarpu khola.
Day 7: Doban to Jagat (1410m)
A ling suspension bridge carries the trail over the Doban Khola. The route stays low at first and then climbs on a rugged rocky trail to Duman. Crossing a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola (1330m) and climbing some stone stairs you reach to Tharo Bharyang. Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat which is a beautiful flag stone village. There is a good camp site in town and another below the village by the Bhalu Khola.
Day 8: Jagat to Ngyak Bensi (2300m)
Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1440m) where you have excellent views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m) and then the valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola. Following the old trail up to Pangsing, climb to Ngyak, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m).
Day 9: Ngyak Beshi to Ghap
The trail descends grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees. The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley and finally widens, offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forest and a collection of rock as we reach the little settlement of Deng (1800m). A short distance beyond Deng crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, the trail climbs to Rana (1980m). After passing some houses the trail climbs high above the river and drops into the Sringi valley. The trail makes further ups and down through the forest giving us views of the Manaslu Massif before reaching Ghap.
Day 10: Ghap to Namrung (2660m)
Pass a few houses and three streams in a forest of big fir alive with birds including Danphe (national bird of Nepal). The trails make a serious and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests crossing the river several times. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki twice on wooden bridges above beautiful gorges before entering Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky.
Day 11: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m)
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons and oaks the trail enters the closely packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. These areas have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif.
Day 12: Rest Day in Samagaon
It is recommended to rest in Samagaon for more than one night for acclimatization enjoying the village and a short trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Punggen Gompa. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall.
Day 13: Samagano to Samdo (3860m)
You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. From Kargyu Chholing Gompa the route passes the juniper and birch forest and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka. It climbs gradually towards Samdo, and just before entering the village passes through the point where the Budhi Gandaki actually starts – at the confluence of Larke Khola and the river coming from Samdo Glacier. Samdo is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords you a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan people. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peals.Stay at local guest house.
Day 14: Samdo to Dharmashala/Larkya Rest house (4480m)
Descend on a wide, gentle trail from Samdo past many fields to a large Mani wall and stone archway. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards surrounded by spectacular mountains from all sides. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. The trail rises high above the Larke Khola leading the all the way to Dharmashala where the trail finally meets the river.
Day 15: Dharmashala to Bimtang (3720m)
The trail becomes rocky as it goes along a moraine and reaches a beautiful turquoise lake that reflects the surrounding snowy mountains. The trail becomes somewhat tedious as it climbs on numerous rocky moraines hills surrounded by rocky hills and snowy ridges beyond. This is a more strenuous day as have to cross over the Larkya Pass (5213m). The interesting Larke Pass is followed by a steep tiresome descend down through a slippery trail towards the moraine of Salpudanda glacier. The trail then becomes gradual as it goes along the moraine and parallel to Bimtang glacier towards Bimtang. From here, there are tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Bimtang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.
Day 16: Bimtang to Tilje (2300m)
The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses a glacial stream, the headwater of Dudh Khola on a wooden bridge. Make a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forest seeing the north face of Manaslu along the way. You reach the highest cultivated land in this valley of Karche at 2785m and walking down you cross a stream through fig tree and rhododendron forests to reach Tilje. We will make camp in the apple orchards of Tilje.
Day 17: Tilje to Tal (1700m)
Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marsyangdi River. Another bridge takes you over the Marsyangdi River to Dharapani (1920m), where you join the Annapurna tourist highway and start missing the quiet days in Manaslu where you had Nepal almost all to yourself. It takes half a day to continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake and make camp next to a waterfall going down the Marsyangdi river trail.
Day 18: Tal drive back to Kathmandu:
The down part of the trail has road now so we can take a local jeep or bus to Besisahar and from there bus to Kathmandu, we can stay overnight at Besisahar and can drive to Kathmandu also next day.
Day 19: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by local bus, private jeeps are available on adding the extra cost lest us know before you book the trip.
- All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- Special Trekking Permit for Manaslu Trek. Manaslu National park permit, Annapurna Conservation permit.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
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Annapurna - Manaslu Trek - Nov - Dec 2006
Above the Himalaya Trekking organized me a nice and at the same time really not expensive tour in the Annapurna and Manaslu area. All was wonderful ? good service, nice and strong porter and excellent views on the way. The view from Larkey La pass was really great. My thanks to all working agents of that company and special thank to Mr. Puru who worked with me directly, organizing my trip and whose openness and care was really nice. Again thank You for my wonderful trip!
Chisinau, Republica Moldova
Manaslu Circuit Trekking
The trek was amazing, everything was organized and world very well. Our guide and porter did their job on the best aspect. the guide knew all the routes and essential questions and request.
the service was perfect and we had a great time trekking.
“Beautiful Manaslu circuit trekking”
Thank you so much.
Another fantastic trek by Above the himalaya trekking
We're just back from another fantastic trek with Above the Himalaya. This time it was the Manaslu Circuit, after trekking to Everest Base Camp and the Three High Passes last time.
We spent half-days on newly-constructed roads at the very start and very end of the route (this is now an on-going trekking issue in Nepal, generally) so should have done the trek years ago, when ATH first recommended it, for a pristine trail experience.
Our guide and porter were excellent, as promised, the scenery was better than ATH said it would be and our compressed-time transfer arrangements were faultless.
Yes, we're biased; we love trekking in Nepal. And much of the love is because ATH's organisation has never disappointed us.
It's only a matter of time before we'll be back. What's next? Mustang? Nar Phu Valley? Kanchenjunga? Makalu Base Camp? Dolpo? Whatever it is, using ATH to organise it will be a no-brainer for us.
Guy Michael Solling and Tredd Bett
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Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 19 Days
Max. Altitude: Larkya Pass (5213m)
Trek Grade: Difficult
Best Travel Time: March to May and Sept to November are the best time to do this trekking
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & basic local guest house during trek
Transportation: Local Bus, Private Jeep
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.