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Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek

23 Days combination of Manaslu trek and Annapurna trek. This trek combines 2 treks in Nepal, the trek around Manaslu and the trek around Annapurna. During this trek you have to cross 2 high Himalayan mountain passes, Larkya La (5105m) in the Manaslu part of the trek and Thorung La (5416m) in the Annapurna part of the trek.
After crossing the Thorung La descend to Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki Valley and fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

5416m

Starts At:

kathmandu

Ends At:

kathmadnu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu (trek preparation to make special permit)
Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
Day 04: Arughat Bazaar – Soti khola
Day 05: Soti Khola – Machhe Khola
Day 06: Machhe Khola – Jagat
Day 07: Jagat – Philim
Day 08: Philim – Deng
Day 09: Deng – Namrung
Day 10: Namrung – Lho
Day 11: Lho – Sama Gaun
Day 12: Sama Gaun (restday, visit Ice Lake and Buddhist school)
Day 13: Samagaon – Samdo
Day 14: Samdo – Larkya Phedi
Day 15: Larkya Phedi – Larkya La – Bimthang
Day 16: Bimthang – Danaque
Day 17: Danaque – Chame
Day 18: Chame – Pisang
Day 19: Pisang – Manang
Day 20: Manang ( restday)
Day 20: Manang – Yak Kharka
Day 21: Yak kharka – Thorung Phedi
Day 22: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La – Muktinath
Day 23: Muktinath – Jomsom
Day 24: Jomsom – Pokhara
Day 25: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 26: Kathmandu departure

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m) [B]: Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you’ll be meeting your guide for the trek.

Day 02 Kathmandu (Preparation) [B]: Trek permits preparation. Day at leisure or you may do a city tour of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Patan (optional tour in extra cost).

Day 03 Kathmandu to Arughat by private bus/Jeep (810m) [B, L, D]: After 5 hrs drive to Arughat the Manaslu trekking begins. Beautiful rivers local village, Waterfalls, rice fields makes your drive more excited. This place is the finest place for camp. Overnight at Hotel/Guest House.

Day 04 Arughat to Arkhet to Soti Khola (875m) [B, L, D]: Trail follows the Budhi Gandaki and many local village and paddy field can be visited. Soti Khola is on the lap of Himalaya and is also in the bank of the river. The trails are all flat and easy. Overnight at Hotel/Guest House.

Day 05 Soti Khola to Machhe Khola (885m) [B, L, D]: The zigzagged way through different vegetation leads you to Khorla besi and hot spring at Tatopani. Again through the zigzagged way takes to Machhakhola, where small market is available. Overnight at Hotel/Guest House.

Day 06 Machhe Khola to Jagat 6hrs (1350m) [B, L, D]: after crossing the stream head upstream to the small village to Khorla Besi. The trails will be bit challenging to Doban through the forest. Doban is fine place to see the rapids of Budhi gandaki then keep ascends to Jagat. Jagat is Tax collection place and where the permit will be check. The control area is started.

Day 07 Jagat to Phillim (1700m) [B, L, D]: First part of the trails is up hill but rest is all flat. Soon you are crossing the suspension bridge to Phillim. Phillim is the Gurung inhabited large village. Tsum Valley will begin from here to the right side of your trails. Over night at Guest house.

Day 08 Phillim to Deng (2090m) [B, L, D]: You are trekking through flat land forest of pine and rhododendron. Few suspension bridges must be crossed to Deng. Mainly, potatoes, barley, buch wheat corn are in this land as many people are involved in agriculture.

Day 09 Deng to Namrung (2900m) [B, L, D]: slowly you are trekking above the tree lines where the oxygen is less comparatively. The day begins with flat and scenic views of Mt. Manaslu and many others, chorten, Gumba; fluttering prayer flags in the sky then uphill comes all the way to Nan rung. 

Day 10 Namrung to Lho Gaun (3100m) [B, L, D]: today you are trekking over a windy path into the inner Himalaya range, Manaslu, Gorkha himal, Lajing peak and many more snow capped mountain can be seen. Along the way many Mani walls, chorten and rumba will visit.

Day 11 Lho gaun to Sama gaun (3390m) [B, L, D]: as soon you leave the village, walking in the bank of the river heading to peak 29. In a distance you can see the Sama Gaun and some other Tibetan border village which is near by Sama Gaun. Over night at Guest house.

Day 12 Sama Gaun (Restday) [B, L, D]: you are having a rest day in Sama Gaun and do your own things like village sightseeing and Manaslu Base camp.

Day 13 Sama Gaun to Samdo (3700m) [B, L, D]: Walking in the windy valley through uphill to Samdo village which is the best view point to all the entire mountain range. Over night at Guest house.

Day 14 Samdo to Larke Phedi (4500m) [B, L, D]: The path is rocky to your next destination and arrive in Larke Bazaar where local fair held. Most of the goods were bought from Tibet and called Trans Himalaya trade.

Day 15 Larke Phedi to Larke top (5135m) to Bhimtang (3590m) [B, L, D]: You are starting your trek early morning due to the rocky and windy path. When you arrive on top all panoramic view of mountain and the valley can be seen. Global Adventure Trekking staffs prepared a packed lunch for you due to the lack of water and long descend to Bhimtang. Over night at Guest house.

Day 16 Bhimtang to Danaque (1850m) [B, L, D]: You are descending all the way to Danaque passing Dharapani. Here the popular Annapurna Circuit trek meets. Over night at Guest House.

Day 17 Danagyu to Chame (2670m) [B, L, D]: We begin our trek through the rough and rocky trail and reach Chame leaving behind Koto which is the starting point of the Nar Phu Valley trek. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district from where we can see the Mt. Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Besides, there are also two small hot springs in the town. It is 5-6 hours walk altogether until Chame.

Day 18 Chame to Pisang (3200m) [B, L, D]: Today our journey begins through the deep forest in the steep and narrow valley following the Marshyangdi River. Crossing the several bridges we reach Dhukurpokhari which is the one of the best view point to see the Annapurna II. As we leave Dhukurpokhari the trail enters through the pine forest which leads us to Pisang at the exit point. Walking approximately 4-5 hours, we reach Pisang.

Day 19 Pisang to Manang (3540m) [B, L, D]: Today we have the two alternative ways to Manang one is through the steep hills passing the Ghyaru and Ngawal and another through the Humde which is quite short and easier. But we prefer to through the first one because on the way we can see the ancient villages, beautiful view of the Annapurna range, Mt. Gangapurna along with Tilicho. We walk around 6-7 hours to reach Manang.

Day 20 Manang (restday) [B, L, D]: Today we spend our whole day at Manang as acclimatizing day. We go on a day hike walking around 2 hours to a cave where a so called 100 Rupees Lama lives as we pay 100 rupees to the lama and receive cup of tea with blessed holy rope. People believe that every person who receives the blessed rope from the Lama can pass the Thorang La (5416m) successfully. We can also see one of the best views of the mountains like Annapurna range, Gangapurna and Tilicho from this place. Back to hotel, we relax the remaining day prepare for the next day.

Day 21 Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m) [B, L, D]:As the altitude increases the weather gets colder and vegetations are getting thinner. We cross Tenki Manang and Gunsang on the way to Yak kharka where the trail is quite uphill up to Gunsang  and then gets easier to walk. Overall we walk for about 4 hours during the journey to Yak kharka.

Day 22 Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi/High Camp (4450m) [B, L, D]: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi takes about 4 hours. The landscapes get drier and barren as we continue to walk towards Thorang Phedi. On the way we cross Letdar from where we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Chulu East and West. Typical Nepali meaning of the word “Phedi” means the settlement in the bottom of the long climbing.

Day 23 Thorung Phedi to Thorung La (5416m) – Muktinath (3800m) [B, L, D]: Today we will be heading to our major destination of the trek after which the name of the trekking itself is taken i.e. Thorang La pass. Today we start our trek very early in the morning with packed lunch. As we begin the trek the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at high camp from where the trail gets easier as compared to initial one. After about 3-4 hours walk to Thorang top a great feeling of victory emerges in everybody’s heart and soul which gets greater by the additional beauty of the view that can be seen from that point.

Day 24 Muktinath to Jomsom (2770m) [B, L, D]: Early in the morning we go to pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists where we come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Then, we start our trek to Jomsom which takes about approximately four hours. We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here views of the Nilgiri peaks are fine. Jomsom is head Qatar of Mustang district and one of the biggest town of that valley.

Day 25 Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) [B]: As our trek has already completed, we head back to Pokhara via domestic flight in the morning. We can spend a quality time relaxing and sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 26 Pokhara to Kathmandu (1320m) [B]: Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We can prefer to go by private transport  (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day 27 Kathmandu to Departure [B]: After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • Airport departure drop at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara (Lakeside)
  • Transfer Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar by private car
  • Flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Local Airport Taxes
  • Transfer Pokhara - Kathmandu By Tourist Bus
  • Accommodation During Trekking In Tents
  • 3 Meals A Day During Trek
  • English Speaking Experienced Guide (Trained By Ministry Of Tourism)
  • Porter(S), Generally 1 Porter For 2 Pax (Max 12 Kg Per Person)
  • Food, Salary, Transportation, Accommodation And Insurance For Our Nepali Staff
  • Special Manaslu Trekking Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Tims (Trekking Registration Card)
  • Annapurna & Manaslu Region Trekking Map
  • Service From Our Office In Kathmandu, Thamel

Cost Exclude

  • International flight to and from Nepal / airport taxes
  • Vaccination and Nepal visa
  • Meals and drinks when not on trek
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)
  • Any extra cost due to delay / cancellation of the Jomsom - Pokhara flight

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.