Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek

A combined experience of Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 26 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5416m
Average Group Size 6-10
trip-code Trip Code MATPTAH
trip-code Area Manaslu and Annapurna
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation Local Lodges
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation As Mentioned

Trip Highlights

  • Walk along the lush rhododendron and oak forests of Annapurna.
  • Surrounding peaks, rich in natural and cultural aspects.
  • A special area with remote trails untouched by the roads.
  • Trek to ancient villages with cultures that are centuries old.
  • Panoramic view from Larke la pass, Thorong La pass and Kangla pass.
  • Mesmerizing sunrise from Highest point of ACAP region Thorong La pass (5416 meters).

Trip Overview

During the trek, Nar village is the most remote area. It features a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. The trekking path ascending Kang La can be a bit difficult. But when you are here you will forget all the difficulties in seeing the magnificent peaks. These include Pisang Peak, Chulu, Chulu East, Chulu Centre, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Himal, Himlung. After crossing Kangla pass you may have views east of Chulu East and join the main Annapurna trail.

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 Manaslu Annapurna three passes 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.

About Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek

Larkya La, Kang La and Thorong La are the three 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 days for the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek is 26 days. Meanwhile, the trekking days starting from Soti Khola to Jomsom are 20 days. Altitude Sickness is one of the main factors that affect trekking in the high altitude. Because of that we have also included acclimatization and rest days to avoid the 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.

Larkya La Pass

During the Manaslu Annapurna three passes 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 of 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.

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 long itinerary is set to cross the Larkya La Pass to avoid altitude sickness. 

Kang La Pass

Kang La Pass is one of the most difficult passes of the Annapurna region. It is located in the Manang district of Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 5,306 meters above sea level you will cross some of the remote valleys of Nepal before crossing Kang La Pass. Tremendous views of the valleys, mountains along with other beautiful scenarios can be seen during the trek to Kang La Pass of Manaslu region. 

During the time of winter, the trails to Kang La Pass are filled with snow. Because of the slippery trail and snow all over the trekking trail, it makes it difficult to trek during the winter season. Kang La Pass is a ridge type pass and has a steeper cross-sectional profile than other two passes during the trek. Because of that fascinating culture and tradition of the Nepalese Tibetian can be seen.

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 Three Passes trek. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails of the Annapurna region as well as of Nepal. Meanwhile, Thorong La Pass is the most popular route to reach the Mustang district of Nepal from 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 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 walk towards Thorong La Pass.

Manaslu Region

The first day of the trek leads to Machhakhola and the trek distance is about 15 kilometres.  During your second day of 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 of the beautiful waterfalls, rivers and mountain views. 

During your trek to Namrung, you can witness Mani Walls and Crafted Stones throughout the trail. The trek distance is about 19 kilometres in distance and takes about 6 hours to reach. Similarly, 10 kilometres 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.

Samamgaun 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. Samdo is a beautiful Tibetan village of Nepal and can be reached after a 4 hours of trek from Samagau. Meanwhile, the trek distance is about 8 kilometres. Meanwhile, the total distance of the trek is 7 kilometres and takes about 5 hours. From Dharmashala, you will reach Bimtang via Larkya La Pass.

Annapurna Region

Koto can be reached after 2 days of the trek from Bhimtang. Meanwhile, you will spend a night at Tilje before starting the trek to Koto. Situated at an altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level you will pass through beautiful rhododendron, the alpine forest before reaching Tilje. Meanwhile, From Tilje it takes about 6 hours to reach Koto village. Amazing views of the Annapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal can be seen from Koto Village. Before reaching Meta, you will enter the restricted area of Nar Phu valley and pass Phu village. 

Nar village situated at an altitude of 4,110 meters above sea level is the starting point of the Kang La Pass. Amazing views of the Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre and Tilicho peak 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 of the Annapurna region. 

3 more days are required to reach Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass from Manang. Meanwhile, you will stopover at Yak Kharka and Thorong High Camp before reaching Thorong La Pass. One of the holiest temples of Nepal Muktinath Temple dwells in Muktinath. Jomsom is the Headquarters of the Mustang district and can be reached via Kag Beni. You can get options to fly or drive to Pokhara from Jomsom.

If our trip itinerary doesn’t suit your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combine it with any travel plans, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor-made itinerary, designed especially for you. Also whether you are a student group/family group /corporate team please inquire with us. We offer you a variety of packages.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you the details of your trek program.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10Km
ascent 1350m
trip-accomodation Kathmandu Eco Home
trip-meals N/A
transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

At 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 40Km
trip-accomodation Kathmandu Eco Home
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Drive to Soti Khola

At 06:30 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for your drive to Sotikhola. Sotikhola is about 140 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.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 190Km
descent 710m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 04

Trek to Machhakhola

At 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for the first day adventure to Machhakhola. Today you will follow the upstream of Budhi Gandaki River through the woodlands. Machhakhola is about 15 KM from Sotikhola. You will have your lunch on the way. After about 6-7 hours of walk, you will reach Machhakhola. Dinner will be served after 6 PM.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 14Km
ascent 900m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

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 more 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.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 17Km
ascent 1340m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

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. 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.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 20Km
ascent 2095m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

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 some glimpse of Tibetans flavor of people and culture. You will walk around 19 km before reaching beautiful Namrung village.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 17Km
ascent 2900m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

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.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10Km
ascent 3180m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Trek to Samagaon

At 07:00 AM: The trek follows towards the Samagaon via the Pungen glacier. Samagaon is the most beautiful village in the entire trek. It takes 6-7 hours walking of 8 km trail before reaching Samagaon.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 8Km
ascent 3500m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Acclimatization at Samagaon

At 07:00 AM: When you are trekking in the 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 glacier across the valley or Birendra Tal.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 7Km
ascent 4800m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Trek to Samdo

At 07:00 AM: Samdo is the beautiful Tibetan refugee village with mountain Manaslu in front of it. This village is just one day walk from the Tibet border to Nepal. The distance from Samagaon to Samdo is 8 km and it takes 3-4 hours to reach the village from Samagaon.

duration 3-4 Hours
duration 8Km
ascent 3700M
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Trek to Dharmashala

At 07:00 AM: After crossing the few rivers and the amazing trail we will reach Larkey bazar. Larkey bazar was the hub of the trade from Tibet and 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.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 7Km
ascent 4450m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

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).

duration 8-10 Hours
duration 16Km
ascent 5120m
descent 3590m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

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, 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.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 18Km
descent 2300m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Trek to Koto

At 07:00 AM: Walk for about 5 to 6 hours to reach Koto from Tilje at an elevation of 2610m/ 8563ft. we walk through the trail of Annapurna Circuit. So, the trail offers you spectacular views of Annapurna II and Manaslu Peak with a daily lifestyle of Thanchowk village people. Following the trail over the Marsyangdi River, we pass by Bagarchap Village. Then we move to Koto through pine forest, passing Timang at 2510 m. reaching at Koto we get to see the spectacular views of Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu range.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 17Km
ascent 2610m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Trek to Meta

At 07:00 AM: after breakfast, we will start our journey towards Phu village. Today we enter the restricted area of Nar Phu valley with pack lunch. Following the Nar Khola and Greenland forest. The trail is adventurous with rocky trail and a long walk to Meta. We walk through a steep and constrictive path through the dense forest, after crossing the river the trek leads to pass the beautiful pine forest with wide waterfall before arrive Meta village. You can also see mesmerizing mountain views like Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 15Km
ascent 3560m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Trek to Nar Village

At 07:00 AM: We will enter a narrow gorge and then descend down to the river. we will follow the trail that heads north. We will climb steeply before descending gently towards a series of deserted buildings and large chortens. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped chortens on the way into the ancient village. From here we will cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Nar. we will see some mountains of Annapurna ranges. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, it is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as it gets.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 6Km
ascent 4200m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Trek to Ngawal via Kang La Pass

At 06:00 AM: Today we start early to cross Kang-la Pass. On our way to Kang-La, we may come across some yak herder’s camps. We will climb towards the top of the pass that is decorated with many prayer flags. From the top, we will have good views of Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail), Tilicho Peak and the entire Manang valley. We will descend from the top to reach the village of Ngawal. Ngawal is a wonderful old village with a Buddhist school to teach monks, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture.

duration 8-10 Hours
duration 15Km
ascent 5320m
descent 3400m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 19

Trek to Manang

At 07:00 AM: Leaving Ngawal we will follow the trail that descends to flat fields along the banks of Marsyangdi River. We will trek through forested area passing through Mugji to arrive at the 500 years old village of Braga and then continue trekking to reach Manang. Manang is a wide U-shaped valley which hangs between two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot from a ridge offers scenic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, Chuli, and Pisang.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 9Km
ascent 3570m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 20

Trek to Yak Kharka

At 07:00 AM: we will follow the trail that turns north and then climb a stone wall with a gate that stops domesticated livestock from leaving the grazing grounds of high pastures. From there we will gradually descend towards a suspension bridge over the Ghyanchang Khola. The trail heads up in the barren windswept terrains with juniper bushes along the way. From here an hour’s moderate walking will lead us towards Yak Kharka.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 9.5Km
ascent 4010m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 21

Trek to Thorong High Camp

At 07:00 AM: The trail from Yak Kharka leads to a slow climb up to reach the last settlement of Ledar. The trail then winds up offering grand views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks.  After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, we will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola. You will continue along a zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 8Km
ascent 4800m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 22

Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

At 05:00 AM: we will start early for the crossing of the challenging Thorong La pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. We will climb steeply up towards a watercourse before climbing through another large gully formed by the melt of Thorong Peak. From there we will continue climbing across undulating moraine towards the top of the Thorong Pass. After reaching an altitude of 5,416 meters at Thorong-La. You can catch the best views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains from Thorong La. From the top, we will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath. This will be the longest day in terms of trekking. You will trek 8-10 hours this day.

duration 8-10 Hours
duration 13Km
ascent 5416m
descent 3810m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 23

Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni

At 07:00 AM: Muktinath temple is the ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The temple is home to waterspouts where freshwater pours out channelled from the streams above the temple. After spending time at Muktinath temple, we start our journey towards KagBeni where we will have our lunch. Kagbeni is a village that has many memorial stupas and a small monastery. After a lunch break at Kagbeni, we will move towards Jomsom. The trail to Jomsom from Kagbeni cuts through windy areas on the Kali Gandaki Valley Jomsom is the main administrative centre and headquarter of Mustang.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 18Km
descent 2800m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 24

Fly to Pokhara

At 07:00 AM: Today about 30 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel.The rest of the day will be free and relaxed. Take a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley if you are interested. Overnight at hotel.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 5Km
descent 810m
trip-accomodation Moonlight Resort
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 25

Drive to Kathmandu

At 07:00 AM: It takes approximately five to six hours of drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive over the Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads while driving along the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through numerous villages and towns before finally arriving back to Kathmandu. You will get shopping time in Kathmandu and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 210Km
ascent 1350m
trip-accomodation Kathmandu Eco Home
trip-meals B,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 26


You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu Airport 3 hour before your flight.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10Km
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How difficult is this trek?

    This is a extreme level of the trek. One must walk uphill during the trek. A physically fit and a mentally calm person can complete the trek easily.

Services Includes

  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
  • Private transfer (Kathmandu/Soti khola/Pokhara/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
  • All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
  • English speaking licensed trek guide.
  • Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
  • Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
  • One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
  • Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
  • International flight ticket.
  • Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

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