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Manaslu and Annapurna Trek 25 days

  • Mt. Manaslu

    The trail is reopened


Trip Overview

Duration: 25 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘415 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: March - July and September - December

The Manaslu is one of the world's fourteen 8‘000er mountains. With its 8'163 meters, it is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu group, which also includes the Ngadi Chuli 7'871 m and Himalchuli 7'893 m is also called Mansiri Himal and Himal Gurkha. The Manaslu which means "Soul Mountain" is located in the Gurkha district and is also known as Kutang.

With this tour it is possible to combine two of the most beautiful treks.

We start in Dhading district, in the region where the Ganesh Himal Trek lays and we end our trekking in the Annapurna region. In Arughat along the Budhi Gandaki River, the route runs westward through a high alpine valley with typical Tibetan villages and numerous monasteries. The path takes you to the Larkya La Pass 5'213 m, from where we have magnificent view of the Manaslu group, Larke Peak, Cheo Himal, Kangaru and many more. In Dharapani we meet the Annapurna Circuit and follow the Marsyangdi River upstream. After Pisang we can enjoy the excellent view of Annapurna II, III, and IV. We go ahead up the Thorong La Pass 5'415 m and on to Jomsom from where we have the opportunity to fly to Pokhara.

Further the trek brings you through the isolated Manang region, Muktinath and Kaligandaki valleys, which is mainly inhabited by the ethnic group of the Gurung, Managis, Magar and Thakali.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazar 535 m

Day 04: Arughat – Khursane 820 m

Day 05: Khursane – Machha Khola 930 m

Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat 1‘340 m

Day 07: Jagat – Ngyak 2‘310 m

Day 08: Ngyak – Ghap 2‘100 m

Day 09: Ghap – Lho 3‘200 m

Day 10: Lho – Sama Gaon 3‘500 m

Day 11: Sama Gaon – Manaslu Base Camp 4‘728 m – Sama Gaon

Day 12: Sama Gaon – Samdo 3‘780 m

Day 13: Larkya Dharamsala 4‘450 m

Day 14: Dharamsala – Larkya La - Bimtang

Day 15: Bimtang – Dharapani 1‘790 m

Day 16: Dharapani – Chame 2‘670 m

Day 17: Chame – Pisang 3‘300 m

Day 18: Pisang – Manang 3‘540 m

Day 19: Manang Acclimatization day

Day 20: Manang – Ledar 4‘200 m

Day 21: Ledar – Phedi or High Camp 4‘600 m

Day 22: Phedi – High Camp or Muktinath 3‘760 m

Day 23: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 24: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 25: Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple). In the evening we meet our tour guide to prepare our trek.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazar 535 m
We leave Kathmandu and drive towards Dhading Besi - Gorkha Bazaar - Arughat down into the Trisuli valley passing villages and terraced fields. If the weather is good we have excellent views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna

Day 04: Arughat – Khursane 820 m
Today's trail leads through the valley, over many hills to Larkya La. The trek takes us through rice terraces and millet fields. Along the way we have beautiful views of the Shringri Himal. We walk through Gurung and Magar villages and we will see beautiful waterfalls.

Day 05: Khursane – Machha Khola 930 m
The trail ascends. We pass waterfalls and rice fields and reach the attractive Gurung village of Labubesi. Later, the valley opens up and we walk on gravel banks along the river and arrive in Machha Khola. We are able to see Ganesh Himal 7‘000 m.

Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat 1‘340 m
We let Machha Khola and Khola Besi behind us and pass a hot spring "Tatopani". The path leads us through a wooded area. Below Dovan we pass the enormous rapids of Budhi Gandaki. After a while, we arrive at Jagat.

Day 07: Jagat – Ngyak 2‘310 m
After we hiked through the terraced fields of Saguleri, we can see the Sringi Himal 7'177 m. We go towards Sirish Gaon and the Gandaki valley. Until Ngyak we need about 6 hours.

Day 08: Ngyak – Ghap 2‘100 m
It goes along the river Deng. We walk through a recently built rock tunnel. In Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with their Mani walls and chortens. 

Day 09: Ghap – Lho 3‘200 m
We cross the Budhi Gandaki again and walk up to Namrung. Along the way we have stunning mountain views. The path brings us through pastures and the prehistoric village Lihi. After we left the glacier Lidanda behind us, we reach the Tibetan village Sho. On the way we have excellent view of the Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu. The village Lho awaits us with its many prayer flags and its gompa. We enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Day 10: Lho – Sama Gaon 3‘500 m
Today's walk takes us first to the new Gompa, and then we climb up to the beautiful Tibetan village of Shayla where we have a striking mountain view. Continue to Pung Gyan Gompa, passing fields and finally we arrive in the legendary valley of Sama with their 500-year-old village of Sama Gaon. In the afternoon we will have time to visit the old Gompa above the village or just exploring the fascinating village.

Day 11: Sama Gaon – Manaslu Base Camp 4‘728 m – Sama Gaon
Today we can let our body some rest and give him time to acclimate. If you not did it yesterday, you have the opportunity to explore the town today, visit the gompas or the Manaslu Base Camp, from where we have a fantastic view to the lake, glacier and the valley. Another option is to walk to Pung Gyen Gompa at 3'870 meters above sea level and enjoy the unique nature.

Day 12: Sama Gaon – Samdo 3‘780 m
Along Mani walls and chortens, we hike down to the Budi Gandaki and reach Samdo, the village inhabited by Tibetans. Samdo was in previous years, a trading centre of China and India. Today the residents keep herds of yaks, sheep and goats, train their horses and planting barley.

Day 13: Larkya Dharamsala 4‘450 m
Today we climb up the hill of Larkya where we are able to enjoy the magnificent view. This region is also the habitat of the blue sheep, which graze in the rather barren terrain.

Day 14: Dharamsala – Larkya La – Bimtang
Today's day is tiring and long. We climb above moraines up to the Larke Pass 5'130 m. After a short break it goes steeply down to Bimtang which in Tibetan means "Sandbank." We get a scenic view of the enormous valley surrounded by high mountains.

Day 15: Bimtang – Dharapani 1‘790 m
On the way to Dharapani we pass apple plantation and traditional villages and beautiful forests.

Day 16: Dharapani – Chame 2‘670 m
Today's trail leads us through a beautiful forest. After leaving Temung Phedi behind us, the path is rather stony and the wide flat section comes abruptly. We pass a wooden bridge near a waterfall and after a while we arrive in Tyangja which is also called Lattamanang. The way through forests becomes rocky again and as soon as we crossed a large creek we got to Koto Qupar. The next village is already Chame, the capital of the region. From here we have fabulous views of Lamjung ,Annapurna II and IV. Chame is the largest town in Manang with several hot springs of the Marshyangdi River.

Day 17: Chame – Pisang 3‘300 m
The day starts with a march through the forest, we cross a river on a suspension bridge at 3‘040 m, then the Paungda Danda rock face comes into view. The road rises after Pisang.

Day 18: Pisang – Manang 3‘540 m
Today we continue through the dry upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the influence of the monsoon by the Annapurna region. Locals own yak herds and raise crops for part of the year, besides they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.
When we leave Pisang, we have two alternative routes, one leads comfortably down, past the airfield of Hongde. The upper one takes a little longer, but offers excellent views of the Annapurna Himal and there are fewer tourists.

Both paths are joining again together in the large and interesting village Braga, which has the oldest monastery in the region. It is about 900 years old and is one of the Kargyupa sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and contains unique works of art.

Day 19: Manang Acclimatization day
Today is an acclimatization day, use your time for an active hiking on higher ground, not only because of the view, to sleep at lower altitudes protects you against high altitude sickness. Manang itself with its spectacular location offers many attractions, such as lakes, caves, moraine hills, monasteries and local attractions of the city.

Day 20: Manang – Ledar 4‘200 m
Today we say goodbye to Manang. We go through Tenki and leave the Marshyangdi valley. After the Jarsang Khola valley we reach Ledar 4‘250 m. The vegetation becomes increasingly sparse. Manang; the home of the snow leopard. 

Day 21: Ledar – Thorung Phedi or High Camp 4‘600 m
The road goes downhill when we cross the river at 4‘310 m, then Phedi 4'420 m. At High Camp at the altitude of 4‘600 m, we find a few good, newly built Teahouses. Because of the high altitude we spend the night in Phedi or at High Camp.

Day 22: Thorung Phedi – High Camp or Muktinath 3‘760 m
The route now leaves the valley and climbs the side of a moraine. The pass, which is characterized by a large cairn, is the highest point  5'415 m of our trek. An exhilarating geographical characteristic spot; the division of the two massive Himalayan valleys. We descend towards the village of Muktinath, which is located in a poplar grove. Muktinath is a pilgrimage to an ancient Buddhist and Hindu shrine.

Day 23: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Today we fly over one of the deepest canyons in the world, in the midst of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, back to Pokhara

Day 24: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu

Day 25: Departure

 

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.