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Manaslu Annapurna Trek – 30 Days

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Trip Highlights

Manaslu Trekking region offers a variety of trekking options. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.

The Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho lake links the trek around Manaslu with the Annapurna region trails and further explores the Jomsom area. During this trip, we also cross the Larkya La Pass (5,135m/16,847ft), the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit and Thorang La Pass(5,416m/17,769ft), the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit and visit the beautiful Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft), one of the highest lakes in the world which also holds a great religious and cultural significance for Hindus. The trip begins in the beautiful Kathmandu city and will take you up the mountains where you will have the grandest views of some of the highest mountains in the world.

Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably untouched region of Nepal while Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. Combine these two with a visit to Tilicho Lake, and you get our unique Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake itinerary. Also, this trek takes you from a mere 710m/2328ft to 5416m/17,769ft where you get to be a part of a rich variety of natural landscapes and cultural heritage that Nepal so proudly boasts.

 Trip Code
2937
Duration
30 Days
 Price from
USD $ / person
 Grade
Moderate
Destination
Manaslu, Nepal
Price for a minimum number of persons 2-15

The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increase in popularity since teahouses were built here in 2010!

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola(700 m) – 07 h Drive

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Macha Khola (1200m) – 05 h Walk

Day 03: Trek from Macha Khola to Jagat (1700m) – 06 h Walk

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dang (2200m) – 06 h Walk

Day 05: Trek from Dang to Ghap (2123 m) – 05 h Walk

Day 06: Trek from Ghap to Lhi (2946 m) – 05 ½ h Walk

Day 07: Trek from Lhi to Lho (3154m) via Hinang Glacier (3515 m) – 09 h Walk

Day 08: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3515 m) Via Pungyen gompa – 06 h Walk

Day 09: Excursion to Manaslu base camp (5265m) for 360 degree panoramic view – 07 h Walk

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3800m) – 03 h Walk; Then same day: Excursion to destination of Tibet and Back.

Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4200m) – 04 h Walk

Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhim thang (3800 m) via larke pass (5160 m) – 08 h Walk

Day 13: Trek down from Bhim thang to Tilje (2300m) – 06 h Walk

Day 14: Trek from Tilje to Chame (2670m)

Day 15: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m) – 05 h Walk

Day 16: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (Two alternatives: recommended upper route: along Ghyaru and Ngawal (no road, more beautiful) – 06 h Walk; lower route: along Humde (easier because of road) – 04 h Walk)

Day 17: Acclimatize in Manang (3540m): Hike to Gongopurna glacier – 02 h Walk OR Ice Lake (4600m) – 06/07 h Walk (pack lunch)

Day 18: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4040m) – 04 h Walk

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4525m) – 04 h Walk OR Thorong High Camp (4925m) – 05 h Walk (very steep from Phedi to High Camp – 01 hour)

Day 20: Trek from Thorong Phed/High Camp to Muktinath (3760m) – 09/08 h Walk via Thorong La Pass (5416m) (from Muktinath we can drive with jeep/bus back to Pokhara if you want to shorten the tour – 12h Drive)

Day 21: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson (2720m) (Two alternatives: Via Kagbeni (2760m) – 06 h Walk OR via Lupra – 05 h Walk) you can also stay one more night in Kagbeni to visit the region of lower Mustang.

Day 22: Trek from Jomsong to Largjung (2550m) – 06 h Walk (or if you want to shorten the trek you can take a plane from Jomsong to Pokhara – 35 min flight.)

Day 23: Trek from Largjung to Ghasa (2010m) – 05 h Walk.

Day 24: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1190m) – 06 h Walk

Day 25: Trek from Tatopani to Shika (1935m) – 04 h Walk; Alternative: Trek/drive to Beni (830m) – 02 h Drive/ 05 h Walk (and then back to Pokhara – 04 h Drive)

Day 26: Trek from Shika to Ghorepanoi (2760m) – 04 h Walk

Day 27: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630m) – 04 h Walk (or alternatively to Hille (1430m) – o5 h Walk)

Day 28: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) – 03 h Walk (or alternatively from Hille to Nayapul – 03 h Walk and back drive to Pokhara 2 h drive)

Day 29: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) – 04 h Walk and drive back to Pokhara – 02 h Drive 

Day 30: Drive back to Kathmandu – 08h Drive

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola(700 m) – 07 h Drive

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. This takes around 6 hours travelling via Prithvi highway. Before reaching Malekhu we turn north to Dhading Besi. Then we drive via Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola which takes around 1 hrs. Stay Overnight.

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Macha Khola (1200m) – 05 h Walk

In the morning after having breakfast, we start our trek from Soti Khola. We pass through small villages and forests to Laphubesi. The valley opens and our trail drops to the gravelled banks along Budhi Gandaki River. Before reaching the village of Machha Khola we can have nice views of Ganesh Himal. Stay Overnight.

Day 03: Trek from Macha Khola to Jagat (1700m) – 06 h Walk

Crossing Machha Khola via a small village called Khorlabesi we reach a natural hot spring named Tatopani. Then we pass a short section of forests and a village called Dobhan. We hike through farming terrace and tropical villages to Jagat. Jagat is the entry point of the restricted area where permits be checked. Stay Overnight.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Dang (2200m) – 06 h Walk

The trail begins climbing a rocky ridge in the morning with views of Mt. Singri (7187m.) Then we continue following the river of Budhi Gandaki, along a gorge section to the terraced field of agriculture to Philim village. Through the villages like Chisapani, Yekle Bhatti and pine forest we will finally reach Dang village. Stay Overnight.

Day 05: Trek from Dang to Ghap (2123 m) – 05 h Walk

Today the trail goes down to the Budhi Gandaki River and climbs up to Rana village. We hike along lovely forest of pine. Then we cross a bridge to Bihi Phedi from where we can have clear views of Mt. Kutang. Later on we cross different streams with gradual ups and downs to reach Ghap. Stay Overnight.

Day 06: Trek from Ghap to Lhi (2946 m) – 05 ½ h Walk

From here we walk along beautiful rhododendron and pine forests with lots of birds. The trail goes up to Namrung village via Lama Gaun crossing a stream flowing up to Li Danda. Thin we will reach Tibetan village of Lhi. Stay Overnight.

Day 07: Trek from Lhi to Lho (3154m) via Hinang Glacier (3515 m) – 09 h Walk

The trail descends a little to a stream via rhododendron forest. Then it goes up to a beautiful village with a Buddhist Monastery. Then the trail ascends to the Hinang glacier with a view of beautiful Mountains and forest. After enjoying that view we willwalk back down to nearby Lhi on the main path. Then we hike to Lho. Lho is a village with lovely little Monastries, Ribung Gompa and Chortens. In Lho, we have a stone gate and long Mani stone wall. Also you can witness excellent views of Mt. Manaslu. Stay Overnight.

Day 08: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3515 m) Via Pungyen gompa – 06 h Walk

The trail from Lho follows along pine and rhododendron forest. It takes you to a Tibetan village Syala. Indeed there we will see a wonderful mountain panorama view along the way. From Syala we walk easily to a suspension bridge. After the bridge the trail ascends along the stream all the way to Pungyen. There is a big and old glacier ground where we have a 360 degree wonderful panoramic view of mountains and also Gumpa. After enjoying the view we walk back down to the nearby suspension bridge. Then we trek to Samanaon via potato and barley fields. In Samagaon we can see women weaving wool into gowns that are traded to Tibet. Stay Overnight.

Day 09: Excursion to Manaslu base camp (5265m) for 360 degree panoramic view – 07 h Walk

Early in the morning, we follow a trail through forest before we take a steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine. There is magnificent view of glacier, a turquoise lake and wonderful mountains and also a view of Birendra Tal (lake) from all angles. From Manaslu Base Camp we will enjoy a 360 degree view of the Manaslu glacier and icefall, where the Manaslu expeditions begin. After spending some time there we trek back to Samagaon. Stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3800m) – 03 h Walk; Then same day: Excursion to destination of Tibet and Back.

Walking along the side of Budhi gandaki river leads us to the Manaslu Base Camp. Then we cross Larkya La Trail and move ahead. We will pass a widening Budhi Gandaki valley. On the way we pass several Mani walls and forest of Birch and Juniper before reaching Kermo Kharka. From Kharka we follow a downward trail to cross the Budhi Gandaki. Further from this river we climb around 30 mins. to reach the village of Samdo. In particular the best option from Samdo is an extra excursion after lunch towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo, a way to Tibet. This hike also provides spectacular views. Then we trek back to Samdho. Stay Overnight.

Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4200m) – 04 h Walk

The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards the Larkya Glacier. After about three hours of climbing we pass glaciers, with increasingly wonderful panoramas. Then we walk to Dharamsala where we can gaze out at the views. Arriving at Dharmasala we can visit Mani walls, shops and enjoy attractive views of villages like Larkya and Phedi. Stay Overnight.

Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhim thang via larke pass (3800m) – 08 h Walk

Today we start trekking early. The trail passes through the most demanding trails of Manaslu Circuit as we have to cross the high pass of Larkya La. We take an ascend into the Larkya Glacier. The trail to the valley passes on the north of Larkya Glacier. While trekking along valley we can enjoy dazzling views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. Then trail ahead moves across moraines of Larkya Glacial mass and following climbing steep trail to highest section of Larkya La Pass (5106 m.). The top rewards with the views of Himlung (7126 meters), Annapurna II (7937 meters), Kang guru (6981 meters) and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. Furthermore the descending trail from Larke Pass passes via low pasture land with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground. Stay Overnight.

Day 13: Bhimthang to Tilije (2281m) – 06 h Walk 

After enjoying the fascinating Himalayan panorama of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himal and Cheo Himal. The trail quickly drops in, and out of a glacier then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. Then the path descends to Sangure Kharka. Walking from this pasture land cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola. Moreover we pass through rhododendron forest thin valley to highest cultivated land valley of Karche. The path continues to get downhill and finally ends at Tilije. Stay Overnight.

Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Chame (2,710m) – 06/07 h Walk

From here onwards we join the classic Annapurna trail. From Tilije we descend first then cross a suspension bridge and ascend until we reach Thoche village. After which we follow a fairly straight trail and come across a Power House for electricity production in Bagarchhap village. On the way from Bagarchaap to Chame we negotiate a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides on route. Remember to look up though, as you will be rewarded with sensational views of some of the major Himalayan peaks like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Overnight in Chame.

Day 15: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m) – 05 h Walk

We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937m). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190m). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091m) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (Two alternatives: recommended upper route: along Ghyaru and Ngawal (no road, more beautiful) – 06 h Walk; lower route: along Humde (easier because of road) – 04 h Walk

We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal-an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 17: Acclimatize in Manang (3540m): Hike to Gongopurna glacier – 02 h Walk OR Ice Lake (4600m) – 06/07 h Walk (pack lunch)

This is the day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. There are splendid views of the surrounding peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from the huge glacier descending from Glacier Dome and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Overnight in Manang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4040m) – 04 h Walk

After Manang the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. We climb a little further and then contour slowly past pastures to Yak Kharka situated at 4040m. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4525m) – 04 h Walk OR Thorong High Camp (4925m) – 05 h Walk (very steep from Phedi to High Camp – 01 hour)

It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi.  On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312m), Syagang (6026m), Thorung (644m), and Khatungkang (6484). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Thorong Phed/High Camp to Muktinath (3760m) – 09/08 h Walk by Thorong La Pass (5416m) (from Muktinath we can drive with jeep/bus back to Pokhara if you want to shorten the tour – 12h Drive)

We start early from Phedi/High Camp as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 21: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson (2720m) (Two alternatives: Via Kagbeni (2760m) – 06 h Walk OR via Lupra – 05 h Walk) you can also stay one more night in Kagbeni to visit the region of lower Mustang

You’ll descend to Jomsom via Lupra village, visiting a local Bonpo Monastery. While you have to ascend the mountain again for a short way to get back on the trail, it is a great route that trekkers on the Annapurna circuit miss out on, so you will be far away from the crowds and the jeep trail to Jharkot and Muktinath.

Bonpo is an ancient pre-Buddhist religion not represented by many monasteries these days, so it is a rare and special chance to learn about this ancient animist religion while taking a stunning alternate route back to Jomsom.

Day 22: Trek from Jomsong to Larjung (2550m) – 06 h Walk (or if you want to shorten the trek you can take a plane from Jomsong to Pokhara – 35 min)

We start from Jomsom, where the landscape is increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. First we trek to Marpha for having lunch. Soon we will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. When trekking to Larjung you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trek finishes with passing through Khobang and Tukuche.

Day 23: Trek from Larjung to Ghasa (2010m) – 05 h Walk

After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trekking Trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa, The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests, and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 24: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1190m) – 06 h Walk

After having breakfast, we start the trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. Further there is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, check in to the lodge and will have time to go and take bath on the natural hot spring and overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 25: Trek from Tatopani to Shika (1935m) – 04 h Walk; Alternative: Trek/drive to Beni (830m) – 02 h Drive/ 05 h Walk (and then back to Pokhara – 04 h Drive)

This day we head south, with the trail climbing a stairway of stone steps. After a while we come to a long suspension bridge which takes us across the Kali Gandaki River. There we enter the small village of Ghar Khola (1,175m). We now cross the Ghar Khola Bridge and climb a steep hillside with terraced fields and exotic trees. At the next fork we bear right and ascend a formidable seemingly endless stairway of stone slabs. Then from Tatopani the trail leaves the forest and we first reach Santosh Hill (1,500m). After a short trek we arrive at the village of Ghara (1,700m). From here we have a continuing climb to reach our overnight stop Shikha. This substantial village is built on ascending levels with teahouses and lodges in the lower part and a few simple shops and a school in the upper region.

Day 26: Trek from Shika to Ghorepanoi (2760m) – 04 h Walk

Today the trek continues to climb and after a while leaving Shikha we pass through the small settlement of Ghopte Kharka from where there are more sightings of Dhaulagiri. Next we reach Phalante (2,270m/7,448ft) with its large school, one shop, a teahouse and two lodges. Further ahead we arrive at Chitre where refreshments are available. The last section of today’s trek from here is still uphill and finally it will take us to Ghodepani/Ghorepani, a bustling village with shops, lodges and camp grounds and because of the attraction of nearby Poonhill/Pun Hill (3,210m/10,532ft), the route at this point is the most heavily trekked in Nepal.

Day 27: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630m) – 04 h Walk (or alternatively to Hille (1430m) – o5 h Walk)

Early morning before sunrise, we will hike to Poonhill (3210m) and enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhare (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountains. Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region. Then we will return back to Ghorepani and have a hot breakfast at lodge and lunch at Tadapani (2650m). Most part of the trail is through blooming rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring. Later, overnight at Tadapani.

Day 28: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) – 03 h Walk (or alternatively from Hille to Nayapul – 03 h Walk and back to Pokhara)

After breakfast, we will start our walk through a forest of oak, rhododendron and other alpine flowers will take us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the large Gurung village. Moreover we can get an amazing view of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and other Mountains from a viewpoint in Ghandruk. For a big group of travelers, local Gurung community will welcome with fresh garlands and traditional dance will be performed in evening in our honor. Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village in annapurna regions. There is a Monastery, Gurung Museum, and Conversation Unit Office. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 29: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) – 04 h Walk and drive back to Pokhara – 02 h Drive 

After hot breakfast at Ghandruk, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Within the trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. If you are hungry, we will stop at a hotel for lunch. Else, we will head to Nayapul in about 4 hours. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one hour drive. Overnight at our hotel on bed and breakfast plan.

Day 30: Drive back to Kathmandu – 08 h Drive

In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure.

Cost Includes:

☛ Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depend on size of group)
☛ Transportation to Kathmandu / Sotikhola by Local Bus.
☛ Transportation to Syange / Kathmandu by Local Bus.
Manaslu Conservation Area Fee.
☛ Special permit fee. For restricted area.
☛ Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
☛ TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛ Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
☛ Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters. (We will provide one porter for two Persons and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total).
☛ Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter.
☛ Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛ All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes:

☛ Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛ Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
☛ Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek
☛ Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛ Nepal Visa fee.
☛ Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

Testimonials

  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – https://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer

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