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Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Manaslu and Annapurna Trek

This ambitious trek assembles two of the most beautiful treks in Nepal: the Manaslu Tour and the Annapurna Circuit, via two passes towering above 5000m. Manaslu (8156m) is the world's seventh highest peak, and its region was only opened for trekking in 1992. Heading north from Gorkha, along the Burhi Gandaki River, the route then turns westwards into a high alpine valley with typical Tibetan villages and a number of fine monasteries. A steeper ascent to Larkya La pass (5212m) is rewarded by stunning views of the Manaslu. At Dharapani, we join the Annapurna circuit and follow the Marsyangdi River upstream.

After Pisang we get stunning up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurnas II, III and IV. Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. We complete this breath-taking route by crossing the Thorong La pass (5415m) to Jomosom. From there, we can either fly to Pokhara or follow the Kali Gandaki River. Continuing to reach Ghorepani and Poon Hill where we enjoy stunning dawn views of Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchare and Annapurna south but below program itinerary fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara.

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel overnight at hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan overnight at hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu drive bus to Arughat (570m)
Day 04: Arughat trek to Soti Khola (730m)
Day 05: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 06: Machha Khola trek to Dobhan (1070m)
Day 07: Doban trek to Philim (1570m)
Day 08: Philim trek to Deng (1860m)
Day 09: Deng trek to Ghap (2380m)
Day 10: Ghap trek to Lho Gaun (3020m)
Day 11: Lho trek to Sama Gaun / Sama Gompa (3390m)
Day 12: Rest day in Sama Gaun
Day 13: Sama Gaun trek to Samdo (3690m)
Day 14: Samdo trek to Dharamsala (4460m)
Day 15: Dharansala trek to Bimtang (3590m)
Day 16: Bimtang trek to Gho (2510m)
Day 17: Gho trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 18: Dharapani trek to Chame (2670m)
Day 19: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 20: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 21: Manang acclimatization
Day 22: Manang trek to Letdar (4200m)
Day 23: Letdar trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)/Highcamp
Day 24: cross Thorong la (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 25: Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 26: Jomsom fly to Pokhara (820m)
Day 27: Pokhara by tourist Bus to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 28: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 29: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 30: Drive to Airport for flying your own destination


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu & Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Arughat
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Tea House/Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5416m
Duration: 30 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Adventure Club who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and if time permitted visit our office to pay the rest of bill, collect the information and signup the trip agreement or not enough time office authorize person come to your hotel to collect the payment. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m) 8-9 hrs
We take an 7-8 hrs jeep ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware etc. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (730m) 6-7 hrs
Today we trek start from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. The Soti Khola(‘khola' means river in Nepali) Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) 6-7 hrs
Today we trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river in Nepali). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Machha Khola to Doban (1070m) 6-7 hrs
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Doban to Philim (1570m) 5-6 hrs
The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Philim to Deng (1860m) 6-7hrs
Today’s you trek over flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross few bridges and can see villages at far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Deng to Ghap (2380m) 4 hrs
Today will be shorter. The trek will take us across a Buddhist influenced region, with a few minor ups and downs, mainly through the forests. We’ll then reach Ghap through a complex Kani with well-conserved paintings and an elegant mani wall. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Ghap to Lho (3020m) 5hrs
In the morning the valley starts of steeply as the path ascends through rhododendron and bamboo forests until reaching Namrung, in the Nupri region. Their inhabitants are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived here 500 years ago. You will discover that most Buddhist Gompas, Mani and entrance gates to the village display beautiful Tibetan features and prints. After Namrung we pass across Sho, which offers striking views of Manaslu and Naike Peak. Later we reach Lho. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Lho to Samagaun (3390m) 4hrs
Following the right bank of the river we enjoy astonishing views of Peak 29 and after a few hours of climbing through the forest we reach Shyala, from where you can observe Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. We then cross a wide meadow before arriving in Samagaon, where we spend the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 12: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Sama gaun
Today we either relax or walk to Pung Gyen monastery (Gompa) 3870 meters and come back for the night Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) 3-4 hrs
Today we follow along the Buri Gandaki river and as the valley widens we pass juniper and birch forests until reaching Kermo Kharka. There, the trail descends and passes a wooden bridge. We then reach Samdo after walking through the White Stone resource. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Samdo to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m) 3-4 hrs
Our days starts with a descent through beautiful fields to an old stone arch before we cross the river via a wooden bridge to Larka Bazaar. This used to be a thriving market but nothing today remains. An old Mani marks the start of the climb to Larkya La pass. Crossing juniper and tundra we come to a ridge crossing the two ravines at their top. There, we have magnificent views of Larkya Glacier. The climb gets steeper at the side of a gorge reaching 4000m, nearing the glacier. Further up we arrive at Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m) and rest there for the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 15: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (4930m) 7-8 hrs
Early in the morning, a short walk will take us to the Ablation Valley, on the left side of the Larkya Glacier, which offers amazing views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Following along the glacier moraine we start a steady ascent to Larkya La pass. The path is well trodden and easy to follow. We walk slowly and listen to our body as we gain altitude some may feel nauseous or suffer from headaches. It' important at this stage to drink a lot of fluid and to keep warm. After few hours of walking we reach the top and gaze at the unique sight of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Later a steep and sometimes slippery descent to Bimtang awaits us. Trekking poles are useful for this section. The slope gradually becomes smoother when reaching the snow on the moraine, then on from that a small meadow is at 4080m and finally the valley widens as we arrive in Bimtang. Overnight at Tea House

Day 16: Bimtang trek to Gho (2510m) 5-6 hrs
Enjoying some great views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m) and Mt Manaslu from the ridge at Bimthang, we descend to a huge pasture and walk past it to cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola (river). We now move ahead through the pine and rhododendron forests. The trail follows the narrow valley to the settlement of Karche (2785m). Walking across the fields, we make a steep climb from to a ridge. The trails now drops down from a ridge to a river bank until we arrive at the village of Gho. Overnight at Tea house /Lodge

Day 17: Gho trek to Dharapani (1960m) 4 hrs
As we make the move from Gho, we cross a bridge over the Dudh river and continue trailing alongside the river bank. We descend through scrub forests vividly noticing the walls of the Marsyandi Valley and arrive at the village of Thonje. Passing by the police checkpoint, we can now see the houses of Dharapani becoming more and more distinct. A pleasant walk from here will get us to our campsite in Dharapani. We are at Dharapani means that we have actually entered the Annapurna circuit section. Overnight at Tea House /Lodge

Day 18:  Dharapani to Chame (2670m) 5-6 hrs
Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way of coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap (2160). Remaining along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danaque (2210m). After Danaque cross suspension bridge and climb up to Temang village (2600m) and continue trek koto (2640m). It is the gate way for Nar Phu valley trekking. After koto easy walk to Chame (2670m) the largest village and headquarters of Manang District.  Overnight at teahouse/Lodge

Day 19: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m) 5-6hrs
Today, trek west from the bridge but if you wish to see the small hot spring you can walk 2 minutes east side of bridge after cross the bridge in Marsyangdi River at Chame but sometime it will be closed by overflow by Marsyangdi River water. After you follow west trail from the bridge now continues trek along the river banks through Telekhu (2840m) to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Continue on the trail for about 30 minutes taking you through the banks of the Marshyangdi River, cross the bridge and proceed with the gradual ascent about 30 minutes to reach at Dhukure Pokhari (3200m). The trail now gradually turns planar and you would reach Pisang in about an hour. Pisang offers magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Overnight at teahouse /Lodge


Day 20: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m.) 5-6hrs
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) and it takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7134m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde (3420m), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga (3500m) with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7454m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134m). Overnight at teahouse/lodge

Day 21: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m.)
Today is our like a rest day to acclimatization for trekking in higher elevation so you can make short visit to Gangapurna Lake, monastery and Manang village but if you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because Ice Lake it is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day rest in Manang because you need some rest at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at teahouse

Day 22: Manang trek to Letdar (4250m) 4/5 hrs
The trekking trail now begins an ascent above 1876m to Thorung La from Manang village. From Manang village the trail crosses a stream before climbing to Tengi (3650m). We then continue to climb the Marsyangdi valley, passing the small village of Gunsang (3960m). After crossing a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000 m. Beyond here is Yak Kharka, (4110m) also known as Koche. Little climb and flat walk we reach at Letdar. Overnight at teahouse/Lodge

Day 23: Letdar trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m)
3-4 hrs
From Ledar the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 metres. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope path before reach at Thorung Phedi (4420m). Overnight at teahouse/Lodge

Day 24: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorung La Pass (5416m) 8-9hrs
The set off is exceptionally early in the morning to go across Thorung La Pass at 5416m. The trail becomes steep instantly after leaving Phedi but easy to follow. 4-6 hours ascent leads to the top of the Pass, which is complete with prayer flags, a chorten and stone cairn built by trekkers. At the top of Thorung La there is one tea shop but only running in trekking season time where you will have hot tea / coffee in your small rest at top. The views from the trail and from the pass are majestic. You will see Thorung peak, Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang and Kali Gandaki valley etc. After Thorung La top the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu (4290m), available tiny seasonable teahouse. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both the Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at teahouse/Lodge

Day 25:  Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m) 5-6 hrs
Today, trek is begin with the descent down hill to dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot (3500m) and Khingar (3280m), villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom (2713m) through Ekle Bhatti (2740m) which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. overnight at teahouse


Day 26:  Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m) 25 minutes flight time
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel

Day 27: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus 7 hrs
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

Day 28: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 29: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 30: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip
We will drop you at the airport by our private vehicle according to your airport time. It is recommended to reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Kathmandu to Arughat transportation by private vehicle
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Desert (Fresh fruit/Chocolate) after having diner as company provide
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Maximum weight 25kg in two people)
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Manaslu special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight tickets for guest and guide
  • One night twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast ( tourist standard Hotel)
  • Porter expensive to bring him back from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks during the trek
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? PLease click here to request the price.

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