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Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manaslu and Annapurna Trek

The Manaslu and Annapurna regions are ambitious for trekking holidays. Trekking in both regions at the same time is a slightly longer trek in the Himalayas, but the trek combines two of the most beautiful treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit and the Annapurna Circuit Trek, passing through two passes above 5000 meters, the Larkya La Pass and Thorong La Pass. Manaslu (8163 m) is the eighth highest peak in the world, and its area was opened for trekking only in 1991. Heading north from Gorkha, along the Budhi 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 (5160 m) is rewarded by stunning views of the Manaslu. At Dharapani, you will join the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow the Marsyangdi River upstream.

After Pisang you 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 (5416 m) to Jomosom. From there, we can either fly to Pokhara or Trekking continues through the Kali Gandaki river valley and then climbs up to Ghorepani to the best hill station, Poon Hill (3210 m), from where you will enjoy stunning dawn views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and Annapurna South.

But the itinerary given below is a trek that ends in Jomsom and takes a flight to Pokhara. If you don't want to use a flight from Jomsom, there is now a motor road connecting to Pokhara, so it is possible to travel from Jomsom to Pokhara in a single day. There are regular bus services. From Pokhara, you come back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus or if you pay the flight fare then come back by flight.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat and Soti Khola (730m)
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 05: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1340m)
Day 06: Jagat trek to Deng (1860m)
Day 07: Deng trek to Namrung (2630m)
Day 08: Namrung trek to Lho Gaon (3180m)
Day 09: Lho trek to Samagaun (3520m)
Day 10: Rest Day or either visit Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gumba
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)
Day 12: Samdo to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m)
Day 13: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Day 14: Bimtang trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 15: Dharapani to Chame (2670m)
Day 16: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 17: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m.)
Day 18: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m.)
Day 19: Manang trek to Letdar (4250m)
Day 20: Letdar trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Day 21: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 22: Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 23: Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 24: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Day 25: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 26: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip


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: 26 Days

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.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola transportation by private vehicle
  • Domestic air tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara for guests and guide
  • Way expenses to bring trekking crews from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • 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
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Manaslu special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • 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
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • 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 resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

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: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Pashupatinath temple (The biggest Hindu temple), Boudhanath (the biggest Buddhist stupa), Swayambhunath known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar square then drive back to hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat and Soti Khola (730m) 8/9 hours drive
After breakfast you will be taken to the scenic drive to Arughat bazaar along the Trishuli river. One can explore scenery and rural lifestyle. You will be driving to Dhading Besi from Kathmandu. Further you will drive north to Arughat from Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading, for few hours. Finally you reach Arughat Bazaar (670m), a clustered settlement on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river linked by a suspension bridge. It is the popular trade centre in the region. Drive further towards Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) 5-6 hrs
We cross a bridge and trek through thick sal forests to reach a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River. After Khursane, the trail goes up and down, passing through waterfalls. It makes its way to rice fields after the steep, rocky paths along a cliff. Then we reach the Gurung village of Labubesi. Then, we reach the sandy river bed of the river, cross another suspension bridge and then finally reach Machha Khola. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1340m) 5-6 hrs
After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross the Dovan Khola from where we will make our way to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. With white sandy areas along the riverside, the scenery undergoes a drastic transformation as the elevation increases until we reach Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Jagat trek to Deng (1860m) 7-8 hrs
The trail continues through Jagat, a well-paved village, and climbs up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Shringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. Then the trail passes through impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley today. We will pass Ekle Bhatti from where we will head towards the river and cross it twice over suspension bridges. From Ekle Bhatti we trek along to pass Pewa, traverse along a small campsite and continue through the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Deng trek to Namrung (2630m) 6-7 hrs
Few minutes walking from Deng the trail cross again the Budhi Gandaki River and climbs to Rana village. It again climbs a bit and heads west up the Budhi Gandaki Valley. It passes a waterfall and follows the stream. After passing some houses of Bhi it crosses Budhi Gandaki River. Then it climbs steeply and traverses above the Budhi Gandaki. The trail makes more ups and downs in forests passing mani wall then turns to Ghap. The mani wall in Ghap has elegant carvings that depict the Buddha in various meditative poses. After Ghap it moves a head through a forest of big firs where you see colorful birds including impeyan pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. The mist rising above the valley makes you more exciting to walk on the wooden bridge in the middle of the forest. The trail then climbs through bamboo and rhododendron forests to finally reach Namrung. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Namrung trek to Lho Gaon (3180m) 3-4 hrs
After Namrung you trek to upper Nupri (Tibetan Buddhist influence region). The trail climbs passing mani wall and the many fields and houses then up through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks. Then it reaches Lihi village which exhibits unusual architecture. Leaving this village it enters to another village Sho. From here the spectacular view of Mt Manaslu and Naike Peak starts at the head of the valley. Passing Kani (Buddhist stupa), prayer wheel the trail reaches Lho big village with a gompa and huge mani. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Lho trek to Samagaun (3520m) 4-5 hrs
After Lho the trail drops down to stream and it follows stream up for a long distance through damp forests and arrives plateau at Shyaula with a wide vista of Mt. Himalachuli, Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu. After that, the trail crosses the ridge come to Samagaon, the village with extensive pastures and fields. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Rest Day or either visit Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gumba
Today is the rest day for acclimatization but if you're interested you can either visit Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gumba. The height of Manaslu Base Camp is at an altitude of 4400 meters above sea level. It takes around 5 hours to go and come back. But if you hike up to a little hill near the Samagaon, you'll find an old gompa-Pung Gyen Gompa - a monastery with great views of the glacier. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) 4-5 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 12: Samdo to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m) 4-5 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 13: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5160m) 8-9 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 Teahouse/Lodge

Day 14: Bimtang trek to Dharapani (1960m) 7-8 hrs
From Bhimtang, we descend and cross a high pasture called Sangure Bhanjyang. Then we cross Dudh Koshi River over a bridge. We pass through rhododendron forests and narrow valleys to reach a place called Karche. We pass through fields and then make a steep climb to a ridge. We return to the river bank as the trail makes an arc across the ridge. After a short distance, we reach the village of Gho. A short walk from Gho takes us to the beautiful village of Tilije. From here, we climb over a ridge and take the stone paved path that leads us through another village. We cross the Dudh Khola again, pass through a chorten-shaped arc and Mani walls to finally reach Thonje village. After going through a police checkpoint, we enter Dharapani which is also the entrance to Annapurna circuit. Overnight at Teahouse /Lodge

Day 15:  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 16: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m) 5-6 hrs
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 17: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m.) 5-6 hrs
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 18: 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/Lodge

Day 19: 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 20: Letdar trek to Thorong 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 Thorong Phedi (4450m). Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 21: 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 22:  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 23:  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 24: 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. Overnight at Hotel

Day 25: 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 26: 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.

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