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Manaslu With Annapurna Trek

Duration

26 Days

Max. Elevation

5416Mm

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Public Vehicle | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Star Hotel | Lodge
Meals
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Samagaon - Larke pass - Manag - Thorang pass - jomsom - pokhara - KTM

Highlights

Manaslu (8156 m) and Annapurna I (8092 m) are the 8th and 10th world highest mountain. Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek which circles around these two mountain range. This trek passes the two highest passes Larke Pass(5130m) and Thorang la(5416 m). It takes us deep inside of nature where a feeling of isolation from modernism and materialistic things comes along. Life here is very simple, beautiful, and free like a bird. Your heart can fly away to the top of a mountain or fly down to the button and swim on the river like a fish. As cold air from the mountain touches us, we can feel the freedom of being in the wild.

We start our trekking from the small mountain towns, Arughat in a subtropical climate zone, and trek slowly up to the alpine climate zone. During the trek, we can observe the lifestyle of people and get a closer insight into their daily life. We can see people cutting grass, carrying wood, washing cloth, and dishes in the stream. We encounter some of the domestic animals as well. Beautiful mountain ranges are always present in the background which keeps refreshing us with its prevailing beauty.
The major settlement we find in this trek is Arught, Samagau, Samdo, Chame, Manang, and Jomsom. Different ethnic people live in these settlement areas.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

When you arrived at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will drop you at the hotel. After checking in, you can take a rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel or you can also do some souvenir shopping in Thamel. In the evening, a welcome dinner is hosted by Open Trail Treks where you will be served with authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food culture.

Day

2

Before starting our guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu we will have our breakfast. After breakfast, we leave our hotel and visit places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), Hindus secret temple Pashupatinath which are listed as a world heritage site. We will end our tour after our visit to Swayambhunath, The Monkey Temple.

After we finish today's tour, we will meet our trekking guide and leader for further discussion and preparation of our trip.

In the evening, we will go to a typical local restaurant for the dinner.

Day

3

After early morning breakfast, we’ll drive for 7 to 8 hours. In this journey, we drive for 3 hours through Nepal’s most busy highway i.e. Prithivi Highway. This drive offers a fabulous view of greenery, rice paddies, and local villages of the hill region. After 3 hours of drive, we reach Dhading Besi where we have our lunch. From here the pitched road ends but our journey continues through the dirt road till we reach Arughat. As we arrive at Aru ghat we have to change another bus to Soti Khola. This drive takes an hour and a half. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Overnight at Arughat.

Day

4

Today we trek through Sal forest after having breakfast. The trail goes through several ups and downhill that passes through the rice terraces and follows the Budhi Gandaki River. After we reach the Gurung settlement at Lapubesi we will go for a small climb through the rocky trail and arrive at the sandy bank of Budi Gandaki, where the rivers get wider. Further following the sandy bank and climbing uphill and descending downhill, we will get to Machha Khola. Overnight at Machha Khola.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day

5

Our trek today begins with some uphill and downhill through the rocky trail to the Khorla Besi. During the walk, we can enjoy the fantastic view of Mt.Manaslu and other mountains. The same up and downhill trail continues to Tatopani. From Tatopani, we climb over to Dovan and cross the suspension bridge. The rest of our trail weaves its way up and down many times. We will again cross another suspension bridge over Yaru Khola to reach Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.

Total Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day

6

The trail continues to the valley after crossing the suspension bridge and ascending downward will bring us to the Gurung settlement at Philim. A very well-known school sponsored by Japanese is located in Philim. As we trek passing the philim and through the small forest of the narrow valley we arrive at Chisopani. Overnight at Chiso pani.

Total Trekking Time: 4 -5 hours

Day

7

The trek is flatter today. We began our trek by crossing the river and walking through the southwestern side of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail moves through the gentle uphill passing forest and taking us to Dang. As we reach Dang, we get rewarded by the majestic view of Mt.Manaslu. Overnight at Dang

Total Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day

8

Today we ascend gently up to Rana for a couple of hours with a great view of Siring Himal and some other mountain. The rest of the trail we follow mostly will be flat but some places have small uphill. Overnight at Ghap.

Day

9

We begin our day with the flat and easy ascending. As our trek continues we will pass the villages, scenic beauty of terraces, monasteries, and forest. The majestic view of the mountain will encourage us to move forward. A steep ascent takes us to the village of Lho. As we arrived at Lho, we visit the monastery of Lho. We spend overnight at Lho.

Total Trekking Time: 4 hours

Day

10

The spectacular view of the mountains makes our morning delightful. As usual, we follow the trail through the Fir Forest to the small settlement of Shyala. At shyala, the Himalayas like Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Mt.Manaslu will engulf us. Further, we steadily descend down through the forest of Fir to the Samagaon village. Samagaon has inhabited Tibetan people with its unique culture, lifestyle, and language. Overnight at Samoan.

Total Trekking Time: 5 to 6 hours

Day

11

Sama gau is one of the biggest and beautiful villages in this region. Sightseeing around the village will be a great introduction to the life of the inhabitants of people here. As we gain a height of 3500 it is better for us to have an acclimatization day. Samagaon also has plenty of places for sightseeing. We can trek up to the Birendra lake or to the base camp of Manaslu. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day

12

We drop down to the sandy bank of Budhi Gandaki River and follow the southwestern side of the river. In today’s trek, we pass through some very long main wall (prayer wall), Juniper forest at Kermo Kharka. As we get higher, we reach above the tree line but we can still observe the Alpine Tundra family’s plants. We will have a feeling of being in a hole surrounded by the mountains. Small steep uphill through the treeless barren takes to the village of Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.

Total Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day

13

We descend down to the small river where we cross the bridge and start to climb uphill. We can feel the thin air here at Samdo. Today we don’t travel long distances at trekking through the thin air will make us less energetic than before. We trek to Dharamshala: a small shelter, at Larkya Phedi, and spent our night. We rest here and prepare for tomorrow’s trek as we have to cross the hardest and the most challenging part of our trek. Overnight at Dharmasala.

Total Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day

14

We set up early today and pass through the glacier. The trail ascends gently to the top of the Larke pass. During trekking, we can enjoy the breathtaking view of Cheo Himal, Kanggru, and Annapurna II. After taking nap for some time, we descend through the steep trail to the Bhimang. Bimtang is a small settlement with some teahouses. Overnight at Bimtang.

Total Trekking Time: 7-8 hours

Day

15

We descend down to the valley of Burdin Khola through the Rhododendron forest. We pass the settlement of Karche, Gho, and Tilije and forest of Rhododendron, Fir, and Pine to reach Dharapani. We will spend overnight at Dharapani.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day

16

We start with gradual uphill till Dhanaque. Then the trekking trail leads us to climb the steep stone uphill for an hour through the forest. Timang village is located at the top of uphill. We take small rest at Timang; enjoy the magnificent view of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu north. Another two-hours trek through the Pine forest, Barley field, and settlement of Kotro take us to Chame. During this walk, we can enjoy the splendid view of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Overnight at Chame.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

17

Chame is the main trading place for the people of this region. The trail continues through the village and small market of Chame, fields of Barley and Buckwheat, tall Pine forests for two hours. Then, it crosses the river and continues to Dhukur Pokhari. It is incredible to see how the landscape changes in a short distance. As we go higher, the vegetation starts to get lesser. At the beginning of autumn, the field of this area will be covered with colorful buckwheat plants and flowers. After we trek for an hour following the Marsangdi river we reach the settlement of old Pisang.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

18

The treks to Manang can be done in two ways. The upper way via Geru is longer but has outstanding sceneries of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Gangapurna. The village of Garu and Nawol is also main the attraction of this trek.

The lower trek pass through the Pine forest, beautiful Hunde village, and Buckwheat field.This trek pass through the Airport of Manang.

On the way, we will visit the monastery of Barga. This is the largest monastery in the entire district.

Overnight in Manang.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day

19

Today is acclimatization day; there are several activities we can do around Manang. It will be better to gain some altitude and come back. Gangapurna Lake is located across the river; it is the perfect day for hiking. We can walk to Gangapurna Lake and climb the small hill up to 400 meters following the trail. From this small hill, we can see the gorgeous scenery of Manang, Bhaka village, and the valley. Around 3 pm, we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association where free counseling about mountain sickness is given.

Day

20

Today’s trek starts with the passing of the settlement of Manang and Tenki Manang. The trails continue to follow the Marsangdi valley and later it follows the northwest side of Jarsang. We can observe the alpine tundra family plants and scrub. Today we walk only for 3 – 4 hours due to the higher altitude.

Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Day

21

Today we walk to the Thorang Phedi, the foot of the Thorang La pass. Phedi has two teahouses with basic services like food and lodging. Some trekkers also trek an hour and fifteen minutes further to the place called High Camp which makes the next day trip easier for them. Even though the following day is going to be tough, Open Trail Treks guide advises staying at Thorang Phedi as at High Camp it is more risk of getting altitude sickness.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

22

Today is the most important day of our treks. We try to attempt the victory over the highest point of our trek, which is one of the most famous highest pass in the world i.e. Thorang La. To complete our mission, we start early in the morning. When you reach the top the hardship of the trek seems to be worthy as we will be rewarded by the satisfaction of success and the beauty of the scenery of surrounding mountains. After the pass, we descend down 1600 meters to Muktinath.

Overnight at Muktinath.

Total Trekking Time: 8 hours

Day

23

Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages. In the morning, we will visit the Bishnu temple and Gumpa of Muktinath. After breakfast, we start to descend down from Ranipauwa village passing through the village of Jharkot, Buckwheat terraces, and Apple orchard. As we arrived at the settlement of Eklebhatti, we start to follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. The strong wind blowing from the opposite side makes the trekking very hard for rest of the day. Jomsom, the district headquarters of this region, is the final destination for today.

Overnight at Jomsom.

Total Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day

24

After breakfast, we go to the airport. Half an hour breath taking flight from Jomsom takes us to the lake city, Pokhara. After fifteen minutes' drive, we reach our hotel. You can enjoy a shower and spent the rest of the day relaxing at the lakeside. There is plenty of option for souvenir shopping as well.

Overnight at Pokhara.

Day

25

To get back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we have two options: flying or driving. Driving will take 6 to 7 hours whereas flying will only take half an hour. If you want to fly back, you have to pay some extra money.

After our arrival in Kathmandu, we will drop you at the hotel. You can take a rest at your hotel or go for shopping.

In the evening, we will have farewell dinner together which will be hosted by Open Trail Treks at the typical Nepalese Restaurant with the unique Nepalese music and dance.

Day

26

Today is the last day of your adventure. If you want we can have breakfast together. After breakfast, if you spare time, you can go for some shopping or sightseeing. If you wish to go sightseeing, inform us a day earlier so that we can arrange a car for you.

In the end, a representative from Open Trail Treks will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Inclusions

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Three Star Standard twin- sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara breakfast included. (4 Night).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (21 Night)
    • One day tour program with including Professional guide, Private vehicle, and entrance fees
    • Jomsom Pokhara Domestic flight ticket
    • Kathmandu – Soti Khola and Pokhara – Kathmandu by Tourist vehicle.
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Conservation area permit for Annapurna and Manaslu region (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • All Local and government taxes.
    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Three Star Standard twin- sharing accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included. (3 Nights).
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (18 Nights)
    • One day tour program with including Professional guide, Private vehicle, and entrance fees
    • Kathmandu – Soti Khola & Dharapani– Kathmandu by local transport. (If you want both ways private vehicles also available at additional cost).
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Manalsu Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • Special permit for Manaslu region.
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • All Local and government taxes.

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

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