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Manaslu to Annapurna

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Trip Fact

Trip name: From Manaslu to Annapurna
Duration: 22 days
Grade: moderate – strenuous
Trip activity: Trekking
Max. Altitude: 5416m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov


  • Unique combination of two special programs
  • Tremendous panoramic views of Manaslu and Annapurna ranges
  • Larkye La and Thorung La high passes crossing at 5135m and 5416m
  • A diversity of ethnic groups, climate, settlement, fauna and landscape
  • Overnight in lodges now in Manaslu
  • A less frequented trekking area till Dharapani

  • Level 14/20: 17 days trekking with two high passes crossing. Stages average 5 to 6hours except for the passes crossing (8 to 10h). Gradually ascending it allows a better acclimatization. From 2011 lodges available on Manaslu area, making the entire logistic lighter.

    Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world and is known as “the Japanese mountain”. Its first ascent was done by Toshio Imanishi and Sherpa Gyalzen Norbu on 9th May 1956 following four successive failures by the Japanese. Next to the Annapurna Range, Manaslu massif is much compact and much aesthetic. Close to Tibet and due to the fear of the Government, Manaslu area has always been kept under control and trekkers still need a special permit for visiting the area. Due to these rules, Its valleys have kept their secret. There were less than 3000 trekkers in 2011. From 2012, local people have started to build lodges and it becomes easier to trek in the area.

    Manaslu – Annapurna trekking offers a perfect combination of two of the best area treks in Nepal and instead of walking down after the junction with Annapurna Round, there is still another high pass as a challenge! This route offers a rich culture heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan beauty, and a rich mountain biological diversity. The route leads ahead Buri Gandaki river valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, ascends to Larkya La, a high pass at 5105m, before descending down to meet the Annapurna Round route at Dharapani. From that point, the route ascends to our second challenge: the Thorung La crossing at 5416m, behind the Annapurna Range.
    Mount Manaslu is located east of the Annapurna range and its unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for the visitors. From the Hindu middle hills culture to the Tibetan high-country dwellers, the Manaslu - Annapurna Circuit trek in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya is a cultural trek par excellence, without any doubt, one of the best treks in Nepal.

    Day1 Arrival Kathmandu, transfer hotel
    Day2 Transfer Arughat then jeep > Soti Khola 710m logde
    Day3 Trek 1Machhakhola, 6h 970m lodge
    Day4 Trek 2 Jagat, 6h 1370m lodge
    Day5 Trek 3 Deng, 4h30 3060m lodge
    Day6 Trek 4 Namrung 5h 2550m lodge
    Day7 Trek 5 Lho, 4h 3180m lodge
    Day8 Trek 6 Sama Gompa , 2 à 6h 3420m lodge
    Day9 Trek 7 Samdo, 3/4h 3800m lodge
    Day10 Trek 8 Acclimatization in Samdo 3800m lodge
    Day11 Trek 9 Dharamshala, 3/4h 4460m lodge
    Day12 Trek 10 Larkye La 5210m – Bimtang 8/9h 3600m lodge
    Day13 Trek 11 Tilje, 6h 2250m lodge
    Day14 Trek 12 Timang, 5h 2300m lodge
    Day15 Trek 13 Dikhure Pokhari, 5h 3060m lodge
    Day16 Trek 14 Manang, 7h 3500m lodge
    Day17 Trek 15 Thorung Phedi, 6/7h 4500m lodge
    Day18 Trek 16 Thorung La 5416m – Muktinath, 8/10h 3800m lodge
    Day19 Trek 17 Jomsom, 5h 30 2740m lodge
    Day20 Flight Jomsom – Pokhara – Ktm transfer hotel
    Day21 Kathmandu Valley sightseeing Hotel
    Day22 Final departure Transfer Airport

    Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle

    Day 02 By private bus we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat,
    140km away from the capital city and starting point of our trek. 6 to 7 hours transfer.

    Trek 1 > Arkhet Bazar (620m). 2h

    The trail will go upstream the Buri Gandaki river during 8 days till reaching its spring. From Arughat the path goes through cultivated area on the west bank of the river then descends to the riverbed from Simre to Arkhet, only during dry season.

    Day 03 Arkhet Bazar – Machha Khola (900m) 6h
    The landscape changes completely today with less villages due to high cliffs. The river now flows in a deep valley and the trail makes some ups and downs to reach Lapbesi, where the valley widens due to a lateral valley junction and offers again a dense cultivated area. At the end of that village the path goes down to the riverbed. The path makes again some ups and downs to reach Machha Khola.

    Day 04 Machha Khola – Jagat (1430m) 6h
    The path crosses the river and follows the bank. The cultivated area ends due again to deep cliffs and the path goes upstream the deep river till Tatopani. Due to the terrain the path goes on the opposite riverbank to enter a forested area till Doban where it crosses the Doban Khola. The Buri Gandaki river is now more tumultuous and further in Nero we pass through a section of very high rocky cliffs. The trail twists steeply before descending again to the riverbed and through some fields before reaching Jagat.

    Day 05 Jagat – Deng (1860m) 7h
    The trails crosses a stream and follows the river before ascending a terraced hillside till Saguleri where it offers good views of the Sringi Himal (7177m)at the back of the valley. The trail ascends gradually, passing by a mani wall at Sirdibas (1420m) and further on it will cross on the other bank of the river to reach Philim ACAP check post. The Buri Gandaki valley becomes very deep and narrow and the path goes through alpine landscape with a wonderful pine forest. The trail is hewn out of the cliff and offers views of Ganesh Himal and Chuli. We leave the main trail to climb up to Nyak.

    Day 06 Deng – Namrung (2700m) 6h
    The river flows in a narrow and deep gorge and by a cliff trail we follow this nice canyon. The path climbs really up through a superb forest providing various forms of vegetation and where we can see some monkeys. We are now completely in Buddhist area with many mani wall (carved stone wall).

    Day 07 Namrung – Lho (3180m) 4h
    After a short section the trail reaches some pasture and after Barcham climbs up a hill side to enter Lihi through its stone gate. It’s still up to Sho, a Tibetan village with its kani at the entrance and its painted chorten and little further we have good views of Manaslu massif. The trail climbs up a hill side with lot of crops and rural activity and reaches Lo, a beautiful Tibetan village with a long mani wall.

    Day 08 Lho – Pung Gyen Glacier – Sama Gompa (3550m) 5h
    After leaving Lho, the trail crosses a small affluent on a bridge and reaches Shyala at 3330m. Although it is possible to go directly up to Sama, it’s worth a detour to the glacier where we have tremendous views of Manaslu and Peak 29. From that village those who are courageous might go to pung gyen Glacier and even to the gompa and back to the main trail. From the main trail it is quite flat to Sama.

    Day 09 Sama Gompa – Samdo (3800m) 4h
    We start by a visit to the glacial lake of Manaslu Glacier and the trail skirts round the lateral moraine on a plateau to come out near the Buri Gandaki after a short section through a torrent coming from Manaslu. The trail reachs Kermo Kharka with magnificent views of Manaslu, then passes by Kermo Manan with its long mani wall. The trail goes on the hillside over the Buri Gandaki then crosses it before climbing up a terraced hillside to enter Samdo through its kani. It’s the last village, terribly isolated under the north face of Pan Puchi and its population lives permanently in tough conditions.

    Day 10 Acclimatization day at Samdo
    Before the pass crossing we will spend our day acclimatizing walking north of Samdo toward the Tibetan border, reaching a glacier bordered by grassy meadow in some area that looks like the end of the world!

    Day 11 Samdo – Larkya Phedi (4300m) 4h
    The trail descends to enter a kani and cross the Gyala Khola before climbing gradually a hill side through high altitude pasture where yaks are grazing. On the left side we can see a black glacier and some dry cliffs

    Day 12 Larkya Phedi – Larkya La (5133m) – Bimtang (3850m) 8/10h
    After getting up early in order to start walking at 5 o’clock the trail ascends slowly and is quite monotonous taking us in 4 hours to the pass for the fastest ones. From the top we have tremendous panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. The west side of the pass is steeper descending up to Pangal hill on the other side of the glacier allowing a superb panorama weather permitting. The trail continues descending on a lateral moraine till roofless stone hut at Bimtang.

    Day 13 Bimtang – Tilje (2300m) 6h
    The trails descends during ten minutes till the end of the moraine and view opens on the huge breathtaking Manaslu cirque! The trail goes on steeply down through a nice pine and rhododendron forest. The path continues down on the eastern bank of the narrow Dudh Khola valley till a cultivated area at Karche (2785m). The trail climbs up to a hilltop through fields to reach the top of Kharche La then descends to Gho and Tilje.

    Day 14 Tilje - Timang (2300m) 5h
    The trail goes through sub-tropical forest of rhododendron with lichen and moss and we enjoy our last descending moments along the Dudh Khola before the junction with the Marshyangdi Khola. After Thoche and a river crossing over a suspension bridge we reach Dharapani and the trail follows now the much frequented Annapurna Round. At the end of Dharapani village there are good views of Lamjung Himal. The trail enters into a forest and reaches Bagarchap at 2160m before climbing up to Timang through forested area.

    Day 15 Timang - Dhikure Pokhari (3060m) 5h 30
    The rocky trail continues to climb up and suddenly widens before Lattamarang. Then it’s a series of ups and downs along the river through a forested area. After crossing a stream we arrive at Koto at 2590m and Annapurna II appears. At the end of the village there is a check point for the trekkers going to Nar and Phu hidden valleys. Continuing we reach Chame, administrative center of the district. After crossing the river we go through a cultivated area then the trail goes through apple orchards before reaching Bratang at 2840m. The trail enters now a gorge through a conifer forest and at around 3000m there is the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 metres from the river.

    Day 16 Dhikure Pokhari - Manang (3500m) 7h
    At the end of the village the trail crosses the river before reaching Pisang, a village made of two parts and offering dramatic views over the Annapurna II. We leave the too busy trail heading toward Gyaru and Ngawal, following the river and enter a bushy area before reaching a small lake. Passing by an old mani wall the trail makes a steep ascent to Gyaru with Tilicho on sight. Pisang Peak rises at the east of the village. The trail twists and offers dramatic views of the Great Barrier before reaching Ngawal. The trail descends now toward the river with the Chulu range in the background. After crossing a stream we meet with the normal trail at Mugje and continue to Braga, a superb Tibetan village clung to the hill, with a very old monastery on top. The path follows the river till Manang , towered by impressive Gangapurna.

    Day 17 Manang – Thorung Phedi (4500m) 6h
    The path leaves Manang and the round the year last inhabited village of Tengi and goes up gradually through alpine pastures and mineral environment. At Gunsan there is a nice lodge with plenty of flowers and it’s worth a stop to enjoy the views of Annapurna range. The trail ascends gradually through meadows with less vegetation. After a short steeply down way section to cross the Kona Khola, we reach Thorung Phedi . Possibility to go up to high camp at 4800m for a better acclimatization.

    Day 18 Thorung Phedi - Thorung La(5416m) Muktinath (3800m) 8 to 10h
    We have to wake up very early to start climbing up to the pass with head lamp in order to avoid strong winds blowing after 9 o’clock. The most strenuous section is at the beginning to reach High Camp then it’s a tiring way up till the top of the pass with prayer flags flapping in the wind. It takes between 3h 30 and 5h to reach the top and our repeated efforts from the beginning are rewarded by the breath taking panorama of the Great Barrier, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri and the barren area of Mustang. Long way down to Muktinath where we visit the hindu and Buddhist temples amidst poplars.

    Day 19 Muktinath – Jomsom (2740m)
    The path goes down to the fort like village of Jharkot : it’s mineral landscape scattered with some apple trees, birches and poplars. At a point we overlook Kagbeni village, the gateway to Mustang, at the confluence of Kali Gandaki river and Jhonk Khola. The water presence allows various crops like an oasis amidst barren area. Kagbeni is worth visiting, making us dreaming about the Mustang. The end of the walk is alongside the river with strong wind blowing up. At Jomsom the Nilgiri is so close for our last night in trekking.

    Day 20 Flight Jomsom- Pokhara – Kathmandu
    Early flight to Pokhara between huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains over the Kali Gandaki river. At Pokhara, we have to board another plane flying alongside the Himalayan range. Overnight at the same hotel we used at arrival.

    Day 21 Katmandou valley sightseeing
    All day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.

    Day 22 Transfer to airport for return flight.