Adventure Team

Manaslu Annapurna Trek

Manaslu Annapurna Trek provides a unique itinerary that links the trek around Manaslu with a traverse of the northern Annapurna range to Jomsom and explores the “Great Barrier”. You ascend to the foot of the North Face of Manaslu and cross two passes, the Larke pass (5,106m), which is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets, and the Throng-La pass (5,416m).

You are rewarded with a stunning panorama and the finest aspects of spectacular massifs. Your Manaslu Annapurna Trek begins in the ancient town of Kathmandu; from where you will board a transport to Arughat and follows the meandering Budhi Gandaki River northwards to the village of Deng. Although quite a board initially, the valley soon narrows down and you soon find that you are clambering high above the river on fantastic paths which cling precariously to the hillsides.

This part of Nepal sees only a handful of trekkers each year and you can expect the trails to be less crowded. As you progress further northwards the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan villages that are found in a cluster beneath the sweeping North Face of Manaslu. You continue through  Ghap, Namrung, Shyo, and Lho, typical Tibetan villages with rows of prayer wheels and Mani stones. The trail eventually reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village of this region. This is a key staging post for expedition teams attempting to climb Manaslu and the mountain view from here is outstanding. From Samagaon you head west & cross the Larke-La (5,106m), a classic pass linking the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, with farmlands forming a part of the old trading route between Manang and Tibet.

From the top of this pass, you are rewarded with a stunning panorama looking towards Himlung Himal (7,126m), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal (7,406m) rounding off the east. The descent passes through the alpine meadows of Bhimtang to join the renowned Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. After following the traditional Annapurna Circuit route for three days to Manang the trek continues to the Throng la pass. After crossing the Throng La we have scenic deserts and the famous pilgrimage Muktinath temple which is a popular religious place in the Himalayas. Further downhill walks in the holy river to Kali Gandaki and enjoy with apple garden along the trail.

Detailed Itinerarymanaslu annapurna trek

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1380mtrs)

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (TIA), our representative from Adventure Team will be there to pick you up. You will be transferred to the hotel in half an hour drive by private vehicle. We discuss our trip and you have time for refreshment. In the evening we are together again for a welcome dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with a cultural program.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing Kathmandu (1380mtrs)

After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for half a day sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. You will have your lunch in the restaurant with the view of Stupa then you back to the hotel. You will meet your trek leader and discuss the trek and do last minutes arrangements.

Day 03: Drive to Sotikhola via Arughat (710mtrs) 8-9 hours

We start early drive today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We drive on a pitched road from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading, but the drive from Dhanding Besi to Arughat will be on a rough road.  Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola through Arkhet Bazar which place supply all the goods and materials for the Manaslu region.

Day 04: Trek to Maccha Khola (900mtrs) 5-6 hours

At the beginning of the day, we cross the bridge, trek through the beautiful forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. Then we reach Khursanibari/Liding upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down. The trail to Machhakhola goes through the sandbank of the Budhigandaki river and the village Lapubesi.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1410mtrs) 6-7 hours

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Thado Khola and reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring called Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki once again. We climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Yarubagar via Dobhan. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Day 06: Trek to Deng (1804mtrs) 6-7 hours

We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descending to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatte Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge to Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet and cornfields to Ekle Bhatti. The trail derived into the Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley. At this point, we descend to the grassland slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village, Deng.

Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2630mtrs) 6-7 hours

The day begins with crossing the Budhi Gandaki and climbing to Rana. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bihi Phedi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and manewall where we turn towards a corner that enters Ghap. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung.

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon (3530mtrs) 6-7 hours

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village, we can also see Mount. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many Chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Shyo, Lho, and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mane stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. We explore the monastery (Pungyen Gompa), with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959.

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3860mtrs) 2-3 hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, which has turned north and follows it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mane walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermu Kharka. We drop to the river, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river, and on the top is Samdo.

Day 11 : Trek to Dharamsala/Larke Fedi (4460mtrs) 3-4 hours

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Way to the north goes to the Tibet border on the way. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

Day 12: Trek to Bhimthang (3720mtrs) via Larke-La (5106mtrs) 8-9 hours

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larke Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent that becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, and the huge Annapurna II. The downhill trail from Larke-La to the bottom is amazing but tough. To walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.

Day 13: Trek to Tilche (2300mtrs) 5-6 hours

From a ridge at Bhimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gowa. Due to yesterday’s tiredness, we might take an overnight rest at Gowa but better settlements are available at Tilche.

Day 14: Trek  to Chame 2,630mtrs 6-7 hours

We will negotiate a few steep forested landscapes, along with several landslides on route, remember to look up though, as you will receive some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks. Today you will encounter some typical Tibetan villages en-route before reaching Chame. Chame is the districts headquarter of Manang. Beautiful views of Mt. Lamjung and Annapurna II can be seen from your Lodge. Stay overnight at the lodge.

manaslu annapurna trek

.Day 15: Trek  to Pisang 3,200mtrs 5-6 hours

A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. You will have an extra half an hour climb towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Manang Valley 3,450mtrs 4-5 hours

We continue trek to Manang village walking across the riverside. Here, you will notice a contrast between the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks. Manang is a great Mt. Valley that has rich customs & traditions and gives you an opportunity to observe the traditional lifestyle of Manangi People (one of the Ethnic Group people of Nepal). Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 17: Trek  to Yak Kharka 4,110mtrs 4-5 hours

We start trek after breakfast and leave the trail off to Tilicho Lake on the left corner and continue a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement set at 4,110mtrs. We will have a gradual ascent towards a little hill and the way goes more right behind the hill and reaches yak kharka. Stay overnight at Lodge.

 Day 18: Trek  to Thorong Pedi 4,600m/5hrs,

Make your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. A small place although busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. It is situated at the bottom of the Thorong la and the trails continually step up to Thorong-la afterward. Stay overnight at Lodge.

 Day 19: Trek to Muktinath 3800mtrs via Thorong-La 5,416mtrs 9-10 hours

An early start is most important to begin a long day trek over the pass. Crossing this fabulous Throng-La pass {5,416m/17,769ft} will be an unforgettable experience. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It may cause problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes. We will enjoy the top with a hot cup of tea/coffee (But not available in Dec – Feb) and enjoy the celebration of success at the pass. And start a long descent to another part of the Annapurna and reach Muktinath. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 20: Trek to Jomsom 2,800mtrs 5-6 hours

The day begins with the view of Dhaulagiri Range and on the way to Jomsom you will have to face just opposite way of the wind but there is still worth trek down because of the magnificent view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. The trail is 1000 meters down to Eklebhatti and then on almost flat to Jomsom.

 Day 21: Fly to Pokhara

You board an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Receive at the airport in Pokhara and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Pokhara.

 Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 23: Departure

We will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination. You must leave the hotel  3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight time.