Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 23 Days

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Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 23 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 2875
  • Duration:
    23 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Annapurna
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Extreme
  • Max Altitude:
    5,416 m

Highlight

  • Trek in the protected areas of Nepal, i.e. ACA and MCA.
  • Explore the Budhi Gandaki River valley.
  • Enticing views of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, and Annapurna massif.
  • Trek through Kang La Pass 5,306 meters and Larkya La Pass 5,160 meters.
  • Visit the famous apple orchards of Marpha and try out local apple delicacies. 
  • Visit Muktinath Temple

Overview

As an alternative to the traditional Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit treks, combining both regions into a single trek which is connected to the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) provides adventurers with a unique experience, guiding them through the diverse landscapes, vegetation, and cultures that these two regions offer. Both regions have their own unique beauty, with occasional intersections but a constant promise of unique daily encounters. 

 

Annapurna Circuit trek is famous for its varied topography, adverse climatic conditions, and culturally enriching villages. The Annapurna Massif represents the central core of the great Himalayan arc and is among the world's most sought-after trekking routes. On the other hand, Manaslu Circuit is one of the most serene trails Nepal has to offer. Combining breathtaking scenery, cultural interactions, and minimal crowds, this off-the-beaten-path of Manalu promises an authentic experience of what it's like living in the Himalayas. 

 

The fusion of Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit  is a lengthy, strenuous trekking experience, that takes adventurers through elevated alpine meadows of Manaslu and Annapurna region, across even loftier mountain passes such as Larkya La Pass (5,160m) and Kang La Pass (5,320m). View of Mount Manaslu and Annapurna is the obvious highlight of this trek. But this trek is more than just a journey through breathtaking landscapes. It’s an exploration of a unique Himalayan culture and way of life that is nearing extinction.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 9 Hours
Max Altitude : 850 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin your scenic drive towards Machhakhola, the gateway to the Manaslu Circuit.
  • Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you leave the bustling city behind and head towards the tranquil landscapes of rural Nepal.
  • Your driver will drop you off at your accommodation in Machha Khola, where you can unwind and relax after a long day of travel.
  • We are going on a long trek to Jagat tomorrow so taking adequate rest is essential.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,340 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today our journey continues from Machhakhola, trekking alongside the Budi Gandaki river we reach the village of Jagat 
  • Before reaching Jagat we come across small Gurung and Magar villages scattered as we start to ascend from Machhakhola. 
  • After approximately two more hours of trekking on an easy trail, arrive at Jagat, situated at an altitude of 1340 meters.
  • Check into your accommodation and retire to your cozy room.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,860 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We start today’s trek after breakfast by descending to Dudh Pokhari.
  • Continue the trek passing by the acreage of Salleri enjoying views of the Himalayas in distance.
  • Crossing numerous suspension bridges and a steep uphill trail, our trek takes us to the village of Philim, where the MCAP checkpoint is located.
  • Just before we reach Nyak, the trail splits towards Tsum Valley Trek and Larkya La Pass.
  • From Nyak, ascend to Pewa then further uphill to our destination, Deng village, following the Deng River upstream.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,660 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • From Deng, the trail ascends and descends repeatedly as we make our way to Bihi Phedi which takes us around 2 hours.
  • Ghap is a traditional Tibetan-style village where you can admire deep-rooted Tibetan culture evident in mani walls, monasteries, and vibrant prayer flags. 
  • Take a well-deserved rest while soaking in the peaceful mountain ambiance of this Tibetan village.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,180 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Enter a gorgeous deep forest of blue pine, oak, and rhododendron trees in the first hour of the walk.
  • Today’s adventure begins by trekking below an immense overhanging rock mountain formation.
  • Pass under a striking stone archway, marking our entry into the village of Namrung, renowned for its traditional Tibetan-style houses.
  • After a lunch break in Namrung, head to the village of Lihi climbing a nearly vertical trail for 1.5 hours taking in lovely views of the Himalayas and abodes en route.
  • With crisp mountain peak views accompanying us, continue on to Sho Village from Lihi and Lamagaon, crossing the Hinan River originating from Linda Glacier.
  • After crossing a small stream from Sho, we’ll arrive at the large Tibetan settlement of Lho village where we will be staying overnight.

Time : 4 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,530 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin the hike by visiting the Lho Ribang Monastery against the backdrop of  Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike Peak.
  • After around 2 hours of hiking from Lho we arrive at the scenic Shyala Kharka surrounded by towering peaks like Ngadi Chuli and Hiunchuli.
  • From  Shyala, the trail ascends slightly before dropping down towards a Thosang river then continuing our descent for around 1.5 hours until we arrive at the large, historically significant village of Samagaon. 
  • Spend the night resting in this beautiful village, our stopover for the day.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,800 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Spend an acclimatization day in the village of Samagaun, allowing your body to adjust to the higher elevation and thin air.
  • Take this opportunity to explore the village of Samagaon and interact with the local people.
  • We have two hiking options today. Either we are going to visit Pungyen gompa and Birendra Lake which will take us around 5 hours or we will trek to the Manaslu Base Camp which will take us 7 to 8 hours for a round trip.
  • Whichever option you choose, take the day to rejuvenate, acclimatize to the altitude, and prepare for the coming days of trekking.

Time : 4 Hours Approx
Max Altitude : 3,860 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • The trail from Samagaon to Samdo is filled with patches of dry land creating a desert-like environment with sparse vegetation.
  • Cross the Budi Gandaki river on a wooden bridge then ascend a terraced hill which takes us closer to the village of Samado.
  • Arrive at Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village, characterized by traditional mountain charm.

Time : 5 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,460 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • The trail is our friend today, guiding us gently uphill as we lace up our boots and set off on a 4-hour journey to Dharamashala.
  • We’ll pass through Larkya Bazar, a place that whispers stories of its past as a bustling Tibetan trading post. We take a moment here and breathe in history.
  • Our destination for the day is Dharamashala, also known as Larke Phedi. It’s a cozy place that offers a warm welcome with food and a place to rest our tired feet.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,160 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Start our day with a burst of energy as we leave Dharamsala as we trek across the moraine.
  • Gear up for a climb that leads to the Larkya La Pass. Standing at a whopping 5,160m, the pass offers panoramic views of several majestic mountains - Himlung, Cheo, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II to name a few.
  • The descent begins from Larkya La Pass, and the trail becomes easier to walk in, opening to a small meadow before we reach the village of Bimthang.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,220 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • From Bimthang we will descend to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, crossing it on a wooden bridge. You will feel the thrill of the rushing water beneath your feet.
  • As you trek, take a moment to look around. The panoramic views of Manaslu, Manaslu north, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal are absolutely breathtaking.
  • Your next stop is Sangore Kharka meadow. It’s a downhill walk for about 30 minutes through the forest. The lush greenery and the chirping of birds make it a pleasant journey.
  • After a walk of less than an hour through fields and stands of rhododendron and oak trees, you’ll reach Tilije. It’s a multi-ethnic community settlement, a perfect place to rest and soak in the local culture.
  • We then head towards Thonje, from where we take a turn towards west to the trail of Annapurna Circuit. 
  • Spend the evening unwinding and enjoying the peaceful surroundings of Danakyu, where we will be staying overnight.

Time : 5 hours
Max Altitude : 2,670 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Enjoy a relaxed journey today as we trek towards Chame, savoring the tranquil atmosphere and gentle terrain.
  • Arrive in Chame late afternoon, the headquarters of the Manang district, after 4 to 5 hours of walking.
  • Take some time to explore Chame, visit local shops and markets to browse for souvenirs or pick up any necessary supplies for the trek ahead.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,223 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin our trek towards Upper Pisang, as we traverse through dense forests, following the Marsyangdi River as it winds its way through the valley.
  • We get to see the first view of the impressive west rock face of Paungda Danda, 
  • Upon arrival in Pisang, explore the surroundings of the village, admiring the majestic Annapurna II towering to the south, and capture the scenic beauty of Upper Pisang.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 3519 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin our day early in Upper Pisang to make the most of daylight hours for trekking.
  • Take in the outstanding views of the north face of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak as we ascend along the trail.
  • Arrive in Manang Village, known for its catering to tourists and offering essential amenities for trekkers.
  • Take some time to explore Manang Bazaar, wandering through its streets and soaking in the unique blend of tradition and modernity.

Time : Acclimatize full Day
Max Altitude : 3,519 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

During our acclimatization day in Manang, we'll explore the village with leisurely walks and sightseeing. We visit Barge monastery,the largest monastery in Manang, and learn about the religious significance of the area. Adding to that, we embark on a leisurely stroll to Gangapurna Glacier Lake. As the day winds down, we'll head back to our accommodation in Manang Village for a well-deserved night's rest.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,018 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We start our trek from Manang towards Yak Kharka, following a trail that leads out of the Marshyangdi valley.
  • Cross a stream and ascend to Tenki village, enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as we climb up.
  • Pass through the small village of Gunsan, characterized by houses with flat mud roofs, and observe yak and horse pastures along the way and then we cross a small river on a wooden bridge and make our way up the spectacular valley towards Yak Kharka.
  • Explore the surrounding meadows and take in the breathtaking mountain views from various vantage points in Yak Kharka
  • Spend the evening stargazing in the clear mountain sky, marveling at the beauty of the cosmos above Yak Kharka.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 4,550 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin our ascent from Yak Kharka, climbing up to a ridge that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Take in the otherworldly beauty of the uninhabited arid landscape, contrasting starkly with the lush lowlands we passed getting here.
  • Follow a narrow trail across the rugged terrain, ascending gradually towards Thorong Phedi.
  • Arrive in Thorong Phedi, the foot of the Thorong La pass, take some time to rest and relax after the strenuous trekking we underwent today.  Hydrate and refuel with snacks to prepare for the ascent to Thorong La pass and ultimately to Muktinath tomorrow.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 5,416 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Today we start the day's trek before sunrise, aiming to reach Thorong La Pass by 9 to 10 AM to avoid potential weather complications.
  • Take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery from Thorong La Pass and capture some memorable photos of the snow-capped mountains and vast expanse below.
  • Begin the descent from Thorong La Pass towards the holy village of Muktinath, known as the place of nirvana.
  • Explore Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, featuring 108 waterspouts believed to cleanse sins. We then visit the Jwala Mai Temple with its eternal flame, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Take time to soak in the spiritual atmosphere of Muktinath, finding solace amidst the sacred surroundings.
  • Rest well and rejuvenate your body and spirit, knowing that you've completed an arduous yet rewarding trek through the Himalayas and experienced the spiritual sanctuary of Muktinath.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 3,772 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We trek from Muktinath, traversing through the dry, desert-like terrain characteristic of the Mustang region.
  • Descend gradually along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, passing by stupas and old traditional houses that dot the landscape. Cross the Lubra Pass with the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
  • Reach Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang district, after several hours of trekking. Check-in at your accommodation and take some time to rest and refresh after the journey.
  • Explore the quaint town of Jomsom. You can take a stroll around the market area or relax at your hotel.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 822 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • We drive our way back to Pokhara from Jomsom. En route, we make a stop in Marpha, famous for its apple orchards and local apple products.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

Time : 25 mins Flight, 20 mins drive to Hotel
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pokhara Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel.
  • Depending on your preference and energy level, you can either rest at the hotel or explore nearby attractions in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Time : 25 mins drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Manaslu and Annapurna region has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 23-day trek of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

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17.72 °C
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Humidity
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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 17-night trek in the Manaslu Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project. TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meals only
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Weather Condition

  • The best times to trek the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit are autumn (mid-September to November) and spring (March to early June). Temperature varies from 20°C (60°F) to -9°C (15.8°F) during March and early June, and during the peak seasons of September and November, it is around 22°C (71.6°F) to -5°C (23°F).
  • Trek in the favorable seasons and keep away from the rainy season (July and August). In the cold months of January and February, the temperature can drop to -16°C (3.2°F) and can be a little harsh in the mountains.
  • Traveling during bad weather conditions is the worst scenario possible, so always read the weather forecast or travel during peak seasons.

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit - From September to November per week per person USD 70 and after 7 days, per day per person USD 10.
    From December to August per week per person USD 50 and after 7 days, per day per person USD 7 or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit - USD 25 (For SAARC and Foreigners) Rs 150 for Nepalese Citizens

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

 

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Length and Elevation

Trek Length

  • 17 Days
  • 1 Night in Pokhara 
  • 2 Nights in Kathmandu

Elevations

The elevation factor poses a significant challenge throughout the trek. Altitude exceeding 3,000m most of the trek is dizzying for most people. Since most individuals aren't accustomed to such heights, the journey incorporates acclimatization days. The ascent in Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit  is deliberately slow to allow for acclimatization and prioritize safety over speed.

 

Typically, daily elevation gains will fall within the 400-800m range. After days with substantial gains and higher altitudes, there's a pattern of including acclimatization days. These days serve a dual purpose, providing time for sightseeing and exploring the surrounding areas.

 

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Equipments

For the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:
 

Please note: We provide a Sleeping Bag containing sleeping bag liners which are graded to be used up to -10°C (50°F). We additionally provide a 75 liters Duffle Bag and Trekking Poles to use for the trek.

 

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Annapurna and Manaslu region.

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek is a trekking activity done around the world’s 8th highest peak Manaslu and the Annapurna Massif, which takes us through some of the most lush Himalayan vegetation as well as the most arid landscapes that Nepal offers.

The most common way to start the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek is by driving to Machhakhola from Kathmandu. From there on you can begin trekking through the Manaslu Region first then join the Annapurna circuit from midway. The trek typically takes around 20 days.

The best time to trek the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need two permits: MCAP and ACAP Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (14°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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