Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Walk along the lush rhododendron and oak forests of Annapurna.
- Surrounding peaks are rich in natural and cultural aspects.
- Exploring the Holy Muktinath temple.
- A special area with remote trails untouched by the roads.
- Explore the great hidden wilderness of Manaslu.
- Panoramic view from Larke la pass and Thorong La pass.
- Mesmerizing sunrise from Highest point of ACAP region Thorong La pass (5416 meters).
Our exclusive Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek includes the Annapurna region and Manaslu region of Nepal. Our trek includes Larkya La and Thorong La Pass. All of these passes are situated above 5,000 meters above sea level. Because of the altitude, the difficulty level of this trek is hard. Similarly, the trekkers have to stay overnight in Local tea houses or lodges with basic facilities in almost all parts of the trekking route. Meanwhile, a camping trek can be during the trek.
Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek is a combination of two long treks in one itinerary and suitable for those trekkers who wish to do a long trek in order to explore the beauties of Manaslu and Annapurna within one holiday to save time and money. This trek covers most of the Manaslu trekking areas and Annapurna Region trekking areas including two high passes in this area. Beginners with no experience in hiking and with normal fitness levels may face the problem of Acute Mountain Sickness (Altitude Sickness). We do not recommend this trek to an inexperienced traveller.
The seasons of Spring (March, April, and May) is the best time for the trek in the Annapurna and Manaslu region of Nepal. Blooming rhododendron during the trails adds extra flavour to the trek during the spring season. Similarly, Autumn (September, October, and November) is also regarded as the best time for the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek. A moderate amount of sunshine and low chances of rainfall makes for some of the best trekking experience in these two seasons. The views of the mountain peaks are also wonderful this season.
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Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek Facts
Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek
Teahouse and Lodge Trek
5416 at Thorong La Pass
Total Trekking Distance
170 - 240 KM
Best Time to Trek
Average Trekking Per Day
Route: Kathmandu - Machhakhola - Jagat - Deng - Namrung - Lho Gaun - Sama Gaun- Samdo - Dharmashala - Bhimtang - Tilje - Chame - Pisang - Yak Kharka - Thorong La - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Larkya La Pass
During the Manaslu Annapurna circuit trek, Larkya La Pass is the only pass that lies in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 5,106 meters above sea level it is one of the highest passes in the whole Manaslu region. Similarly, it is also one of the popular passes of the Manaslu region as well as of Nepal. Larkya La Pass is located between Dharmashala and Bhimthang and is also the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. Amazing views of the snow-capped mountains can be seen from Larkya La Pass. The mountains include Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru, and Annapurna II.
Related read: Complete Guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu region of Nepal offers one of the best scenarios of the Himalayas. Although it is one of the isolated trekking regions of Nepal. The most popular trek of the Manaslu region includes the Manaslu Circuit Trek where Larkya La Pass is the highest point of the trek. According to other resources, it is believed that the actual altitude of the Larkya La Pass is 5,210 meters above sea level. The actual altitude of this high pass is still in doubt. Acute Mountain Sickness is very common at this altitude. Because of that, a meticulous itinerary is set to cross the Larkya La Pass to avoid altitude sickness.
Thorong La Pass
Situated at an altitude of 5,416 meters above sea level Thorong La Pass is the highest elevation of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Similarly, Thorong La Pass is also the highest point of the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the Annapurna region as well as in Nepal. Meanwhile, Thorong La Pass is the most popular route to reach the Mustang district of Nepal from the Manang district. Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountain ranges that form the Thorong La Pass.
The trekking trails to Thorong La Pass are much more developed than the other two passes during the trek. Similarly, there are better options to stay overnight because of the number of Teahouse and Lodges available on the Annapurna Circuit. After a few hours of sunrise, strong cold winds blow around the route to Thorong La Pass which makes it impossible to cross it. Because of that almost all the trekkers spend a night at Thorong High Camp and start an early morning walking towards Thorong La Pass.
About Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek
Larkya La and Thorong La are the two passes that you will be completing during this trek. This Trek takes you past the world’s deepest gorge the Kali Gandaki gorge and then over the highest pass of Nepal Thorong La. The trek goes through the remote and beautiful valley of Manang and then to the spiritual place of Muktinath. After visiting the beautiful medieval village of Phu and witnessing the lifestyles of Bhote communities.
The total number of days for the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek is 24 days. Meanwhile, the trekking days starting from Soti Khola to Jomsom are 20 days. 2 days are left for your arrival and departure day. Meanwhile, one day of sightseeing or the trek preparation day is also included in the itinerary. Altitude Sickness is one of the main factors that affect trekking at a high altitude. Because of that, we have also included acclimatization and rest days to avoid high-altitude sickness. From Kathmandu, you will drive to Soti Khola to start the trek. Meanwhile, from Jomsom, you can get the option to fly or drive to Pokhara.
The first segment of the trek leads to Machhakhola and the trek distance is about 15 kilometers. The trek is an easy walk and can be reached in 6 hours. Continuing the trek, you will reach Jagat village. The trek distance is about 22 km and takes about 7-8 hours to reach. During your trek to Deng, you will witness some beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and mountain views. Meanwhile, the total distance of the day is 20 km and can be reached after 7-8 hours of easy trek.
During your trek to Namrung, you can witness Mani Walls and Crafted Stones throughout the trail. Tibetian culture can be seen in these stone carvings and main walls. The trek distance is about 19 kilometers in distance and takes about 6 hours to reach. Similarly, 10 kilometers of the walk is required to reach the Lho Gau situated on the lapse of Manaslu and Peak 29. It takes about 5 hours to reach Lho Gau. Meanwhile, a side trip to Pungen Glacier can be done after reaching this beautiful village.
Samagau is situated at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level and the total distance of the day is 8 kilometers only. Samagau is one of the most beautiful villages in the entire trek and takes about 7 hours to reach from Lho Gau. You will have an acclimatization day here. During the rest day, you can also have a side trip to Manaslu Base Camp situated at an altitude of 4,750 meters. Half-day hike to Birendra Tal can also be done.
Related read: Best time to visit Manaslu Region
Samdo is a beautiful Tibetan village in Nepal and can be reached after 4 hours of a trek from Samagau. Meanwhile, the trek distance is about 8 kilometers. Larkya Bazar is one of the popular places on the Manaslu Circuit and can be reached on the way to Dharmashala from Samdo. A steady climb is required to reach Dharmashala from Larkya Bazaar. Meanwhile, the total distance of the trek is 7 kilometers and takes about 5 hours. From Dharmashala, you will reach Bimtang via Larkya La Pass.
Annapurna is a region in the central part of the country of Nepal. It shares its borders with the Dhaulagiri and Manang Valleys. The Annapurna range is most spectacular, with peaks reaching above 8,000m. The Annapurna region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal.
The Annapurna region is the heart of the tourism industry in the country and is a popular destination for trekking. Annapurna Sanctuary, which started as a conservation area, now houses many lodges that provide food and lodging. There are also numerous hotels in other open locations throughout the region. It is named after Goddess Annapurna – the Hindu goddess of grain and food.
The Annapurna Conservation Area is a protected area within Nepal under national law. Its core zone is strictly protected, while buffer zones are semi-protected and tourism-oriented areas are managed ecologically.
During the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek, after passing through Pisang village, the entire view of the Manang valley can be seen from the top. From Nagwal it takes a day to reach the Manang Village. Situated at an altitude of 3,570 meters above sea level it is one of the most popular villages in the Annapurna region.
3 more days are required to reach Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass from Manang. Meanwhile, you will stop at Yak Kharka and Thorong High Camp before reaching Thorong La Pass. One of the holiest temples of Nepal Muktinath Temple dwells in Muktinath. Similarly, one day of the trek is required to reach Jomsom to Kag Beni. Jomsom is the Headquarters of the Mustang district and you can get options to fly or drive to Pokhara from here.
Related read: Best time to Visit Annapurna Region
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Kathmandu Arrival | Welcome to Nepal!
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you in typical Nepali style at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will meet at the hotel for a coffee talk and brief you on the details of your upcoming program.
Extra activity that you can participate in Kathmandu during your Cultural Tour, let us know your preference in advance so you can schedule the program accordingly and book as needed.
Everest Mountain Flight (It is a 1-hour flight (scheduled at 6:30 AM) with a breathtaking view of the mountain range.) (USD 220 PP)
Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu. (USD 300 PP)
Everest Helicopter Tour from Kathmandu with Kala Patthar Landing. (USD 1100 PP)
Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing.
At. 08:30 AM: Have your morning meal and get ready for your cultural tour, you will devote your full day to cultural sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley. Explore the Pashupatinath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva which is famous for its awe-spiring and amazing pagoda architecture. Visit Boudhanath stupa, where you will be welcomed by the divine smell of incense and the cooing and grunting of pigeons. After arriving at the Boudhanath stupa the divine aura will declare peace among people's souls. You can also enjoy the rooftop view of the entire place while sipping aromatic coffee and yummy food.
Pay a visit to the ancient Buddhist complex Swayambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey temple. At last, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient palace of the Malla kingdom. Kasthamandap, Gaddi Baithak, Kaal Bhairav Statue, Hanuman Dhoka Palace, and several other Pagodas are the things to explore around durbar square. If you need anything for your upcoming trek you can do shopping at Thamel. You will be dropped back at your hotel in a private vehicle.
Drive to Machhakhola
At 06:30 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for your drive to Machhakhola. Machhakhola is about 160 KM far from Kathmandu, it takes Approx. 6-7 hours of driving to reach there. First, check in at your hotel. You will get a few hours to buy your required things for the trek if needed. If not, you can explore the surrounding area and take a rest.
Trek to Jagat.
At 07:00 AM: This second day of the trek starts with crossing the Machha Khola and Khorla Besi reaching the hot springs. You have to walk in the forest area until you cross the Dovan Khola which is the opening to the Budi Gandaki river valley. The landscape changes drastically as we go upwards and when you reach Jagat you’ll find it drastically changes. The distance from Machhakhola to Jagat is around 22 km and it takes 7-8 hours.
Trek to Deng.
At 07:00 AM: Today’s trek will continue from the Jagat crossing the well-paved village before climbing the Sirdabas village which offers a great view of Shringi mountain. The trail then passes through the amazing landscape with great views of waterfalls, rivers and mountains via Philim and Ekle Bhatti finally reaching Deng. Today’s walk is 20 km and takes around 7-8 hours.
Trek to Namrung.
At 07:00 AM: Another 6-hour trek towards Namrung will start after breakfast early in the morning. The trail is full of mani walls and crafted stones where you will get a glimpse of Tibetans' influence on people and culture. You will walk around 19 km before reaching beautiful Namrung village.
Trek to Lho Gau.
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast the trek starts towards Lho Gau which is situated at the lap of Manaslu himal and peak 29 in front of it. Amazing stone crafting can be seen on the stones of the trails with mani walls. Also for a close view of Manaslu we will take a side trip to the Pungen glacier. Today’s walk is 10 km which will take 5-6 hours.
Trek to Samagau.
At 07:00 AM: The trek follows towards the Samagau via the Pungen glacier. Samagau is the most beautiful village on the entire trek. It takes 6-7 hours to walk on 8 km trail before reaching Samagau.
Acclimatization Day at Samagau.
At 07:00 AM: When you are trekking at a high altitude it is recommended that you should take proper acclimatization before going further high. For the acclimatization, you will have the option of trekking to Manaslu Base Camp (4750 m) and back to Samagau which will take approximately 7-8 hours. Or take a half-day hike to the glacier across the valley or Birendra Tal.
Trek to Samdo.
At 07:00 AM: Samdo is the beautiful Tibetan refugee village with the mountain Manaslu in front of it. This village is just one day walk from the Tibet border to Nepal. The distance from Samagau to Samdo is 8 km and it takes 3-4 hours to reach the village from Samagau.
Trek to Dharmashala.
At 07:00 AM: After crossing the few rivers and amazing trails we will reach Larkey Bazar. Larkey Bazar was the hub of trade from Tibet and the upper Manaslu region. After a steady climb from Larkey Bazar, you will reach Dharmashala, the last place to stay before crossing the pass tomorrow. The distance from Samdo to Dharmashala is 7 km and it takes 5 hours.
Trek to Bhimtang via Larkya la pass.
At 07:00 AM: Today is the pass day, you will start early in the morning climbing the Cho Chanda before heading to the beautiful pass. The trail today offers panoramic views of the mountains all around. You will have spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas like the Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6820 m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m).
Trek to Tilje.
At 07:00 AM: Today our trekking route descends down to reach Tilje. The upper temperate forest reappears and the day becomes warmer as we leave Bhimthang. Rhododendrons and alpine pine trees dominate other vegetation. The terraced crop fields are seen around Kharche. We steep climb up the ridge and again trek down the Marshyangdi river to reach Tilje.
Trek from Tilje to Chame
On this day, you will be exploring the majestic mountains, mind-blowing sceneries and incredible natural beauty. After breakfast at the teahouse, you will trek towards the beautiful Chame village. This village is situated at an elevation of 2650 m. Though the elevation is significantly higher than on previous days, it’s not that difficult to complete.
Trekking from Tilje to Chame requires uphill and flat walks in the forested area. The dense forest and flora and fauna can be explored while passing through the trail. The beauty of passing through different villages is that you get to explore the diversity and cultural variations in the different places. One of the major attractions of the Trek is the diversity of culture that has a significant contrast in the higher elevations with the slow pace. This day is a little difficult as you have to climb uphill in some places however, this is a very rewarding day in terms of the experiences you get.
Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang
You will begin the trek by crossing the Marsyangdi bridge. The beautiful forests of pine and tsuga alongside the incredible mountain vistas are the major attraction of the day. After continuous walking from Pisang, you will reach Bhartang. From Bhartang, there’s a significant uphill walk at the end of which lies the Dhukur Pokhari. From here you can witness the beautiful Paungda Danda rock face.
Annapurna II is spectacular in this area. Trekking ahead, you will reach lower and upper Pisang. Pisang is a popular stopover in Annapurna Circuit and the Tilicho lake trek. This place is popular for the mind-blowing sceneries, cultural artifacts and wonderful Himalayan panorama stretched in the mountain valleys. It takes about 3-4 hours of trekking from Chame to reach Pisang. The total trek distance this day is about 14 Km.
Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang
As the first ray of sun hits the mountains, you can see the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas from Pisang. After breakfast at the teahouse, you will be heading towards the incredible Manang valley. Manang is popular for its amazing cultural values, mountain vistas and astounding geographical variations that are particularly observed in this area.
Trekking from the Pisang village, it will take about 4 hours to reach Barga village where lies a 900 years old monastery. This is a spiritual hub in the Manang valley. An hour's walk ahead of Barga, lies the beautiful village of Manang where you can explore the authentic culture and traditions of local people, arid landscapes accompanied by majestic mountain panorama.
Manang is the stopover of the day. There are many things to explore in this area. And it is also a stopover for acclimatization that lets you prepare for the higher elevations you will be getting into.
This is the acclimatization day in Manang. You will do some acclimatization hikes in the nearby areas and explore the authenticity of the place. There are various things you can explore here. For acclimatization hikes, you can visit the vantage points or just trek to the near Lake. Ice lake is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Manang.
Basically, you will be exploring the beautiful Manang village today. You can spend time with the locals and try the local dish or visit the viewpoints in the hills. You will stay in Manang this day too for acclimatization.
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
From Manang, you will trek to Yak Kharka. You will follow the trail to Gumsang passing through some beautiful scenery. You will reach Yak Kharka after crossing the old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka before reaching this place.
The distance to Yak Kharka from Manang is only 10 kilometers. Passing through the Tan village, you will cross the suspension bridge and leave Marshyangdi valley behind. The trail to Yak Kharka will be a steadily uphill climb into the dry and alpine region of the Annapurna Mountain range.
Trek from Yak Karka to Thorong Phedi
After Yak Phedi, you will be trekking to the Thorong Phedi which will lead you towards the legendary Thorong La Pass. On this day you will be trekking uphill for about 4-5 hours to reach Phedi at an elevation of 4525 m.
Along the way, you can witness the spectacular views of some mountains such as Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The beautiful landscapes and sceneries are also the major attractions of the day. The total trek distance this day is about 7 Km.
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath
This is the day you will be crossing the major pass in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Thorong La Pass is famous for its wonderful arid atmosphere, high elevation attributes and beautiful mountains seen from the top. To complete the challenging Thorong La Pass, you will wake up early in the morning at about 3:00 Am and prepare for the trek. The majestic mountain panorama stretched on the northern side of Tibet and the very religious and spiritual surrounding of Muktinath while descending down will make it totally worth it.
The stopover of the day is Muktinath. It is one of the most popular Hindu and Buddhist temples in Nepal. The spiritual epitome of this incredible is also the major place to explore this day. On this day, you will need to trek a little longer than others as you will be crossing the Thorong La Pass and descending down is also a little difficult while reaching the Muktinath area. The total trek distance this day is about 14 Km, mostly downhill.
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
Trekking to the Jomsom provides a mind-blowing view of the arid valley, beautiful apple trees and unique Thakali culture in some places. It takes about 4-5 hours of trekking to reach Jomsom from Muktinath.
Though there are transportation facilities available to reach Jomsom from Muktinath, exploring local villages while trekking in this area provides an amazing part of this place to explore. Jomsom is one of the popular stopovers in the Mustang of Nepal.
Drive/Fly to Pokhara
Finally, this day formally ends the trekking adventure. Early in the morning, looking after the flight time, you will be escorted to the Airport in Jomsom. From Jomsom, a short quick flight will take you back to the Pokhara valley.
If the flight option this day is not accessible due to inclement weather, you will be returned via a drive to the Pokhara valley. It takes about 5-6 hours to drive to reach Pokhara via Jeep from Jomsom.
Fly to Kathmandu
At. 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and pack your bags for your flight back to Kathmandu. (flight duration is 25 mins) After baggage collection, your transportation will be waiting outside the airport. After check-in at your hotel, you can explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu. You can visit Thamel and spend some time at cozy cafes and restaurants.
You can also collect souvenirs like handmade jewelry, clothing items, and many more eye-catching things. (If you feel the need for a guide you will be allowed) Lastly, we will meet for a cultural (traditional local dance live performance in folk songs) Nepali dinner in Kathmandu on your farewell.
Looking after your departing time, we’ll transfer you to the Airport for boarding. This day, after collecting a lot of incredible memories in the mountains of Nepal, you will be returning to your next destination.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek?
The trek is moderately challenging. This trek is one of the most beautiful trekkings in Nepal that combines the beauty of Manaslu with the legendary Annapurna circuit. You will have to cross two high passes throughout the trek. So, you might have difficulty due to Altitude sickness. However, the itinerary is planned to make the trip wonderful with some additional acclimatization stops. We’ll be assisting you throughout the trek.
How long is the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek?
The total trek duration of this trek is about 24 days. Mostly you will be trekking in Manang and Annapurna Circuit. So, the trek is a little longer and provides the most authentic experiences in the region.
What is the best time to trek?
Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek in Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit. During this season, the weather is quite moderate, with less chance of rainfall and more clear visibility. So, it's recommended that you plan a trek during these times of the year.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Flight transfer in the domestic segment within the country as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 3 star deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Teahouse and Lodge accommodation during the trek.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paperwork. (Required Permits)
- An experienced and English/Hindi speaking licensed trekking guide.
- Guide’s salary, food, accommodation and allowances.
- Duffle bags to carry goods and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by the traveller's
- insurance company. (Insurance is highly recommended)
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee if there is Kathmandu sightseeing and additional stay.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (highly recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot water, shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.
- Porter during the trek. (a porter can carry around 20/22 KG of baggage)
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