Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek

The Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek is a thrilling task for experienced hikers. It takes them through remote trails and over three high passes that are very difficult to cross: Larkya La, Kang La, and Thorong La.

Trip Facts

duration Duration 24 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5416m
Average Group Size 2-10 People
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 the Highest point of ACAP region Thorong La pass (5416 meters).

Trip Overview

This is a combined experience of the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek. Which are two of the most beautiful and thrilling tracking trails of Nepal. The Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek will lead you to the most gorgeous places you will ever come across. Mt. Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163m and Mt. Annapurna is the tenth-highest mountain with an elevation of 8,091m granting you the most classical mountain view during your trek. This trek is tougher than other treks as you will walk through the mountain desert valleys, crossing three of the toughest trekking passes in Nepal. You will walk through unique valleys, and villages such as Nar and cross passes such as Thorong La which is part of restricted areas in Nepal. This trek will provide you with an ultimate trekking experience along with a wide range of travel experiences.

Manaslu and Annapurna circuit treks are some of the most admired and enjoyed treks which are quite popular among treks all around the world. Combining these two breathtaking treks gives you the ideal Manaslu Annapurna three-pass trek. While you will see a clear view of lofty mountains right in front of your eyes, the closeup view of the mountain will blow your mind with its most beautiful yet ruthless beauty. The highland of Nepal has some of the most exclusive things to offer to its visitors from scenic landscapes to the most exclusive animals. The trans-Himalaya is dominated by Tibetan Buddhist culture and majestic animals such as the Snow leopard that are hard to find in other parts of Nepal.

The village of Nar is widely regarded as the most remote area along the trek. The destination provides a mesmerizing combination of pristine Himalayan landscapes and vibrant Buddhist traditions. The trekking path involves ascending Kang La, which can be quite challenging. Once you arrive here, all the challenges you faced while witnessing the breathtaking peaks will fade away. The peaks that are included in the list are Pisang Peak, Chulu, Chulu East, Chulu Centre, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Himal, and Himlung. After crossing Kang La pass, you will have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking view of the eastern side of Chulu East and join the main Annapurna trail. The trail offers a breathtaking journey through stunning waterfalls, picturesque landscapes, and charming villages.

The Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek offers a chance to explore breathtaking valleys that are secluded from the busy city life. It provides an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse oneself in a peaceful environment. You will embark on a journey through a lush green forest, where you will seamlessly transition to cold mountain deserts. As you explore, you will witness the harmonious blending of these landscapes with nature, allowing you to fully appreciate the raw beauty that surrounds you. This trek will take you to a unique landscape and some of the restricted areas of Nepal that are cut off from modern lifestyles. Here, you will have the chance to explore the diverse cultural and geographical beauty that Nepal boasts.

High trekking Passes of 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 the Bhote communities.

The total number of days for the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek is 24 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 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.

Larkya La

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 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.

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

Kang La Pass is one of the most difficult passes in 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 and mountains along with other beautiful scenarios can be seen during the trek to Kang La Pass of the 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 the other two passes during the trek. Because of that fascinating culture and tradition of the Nepalese Tibetian can be seen.

Thorong La

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 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 walk towards Thorong La Pass.

Manaslu Region - Region of the spirits

On the first day of the trek, you will reach Machhakhola, covering a distance of approximately 15 kilometers. On the second day of the trek, you will arrive at Jagat village. The trek covers a distance of approximately 22 kilometers and typically takes around 7 to 8 hours to complete. During your trek to Deng, you will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of waterfalls, rivers, and mountain views.

During your trek to Namrung, you will have the opportunity to observe Mani Walls and Crafted Stones that are scattered along the trail. The trek covers a distance of approximately 19 kilometers and typically takes around 6 hours to complete. To reach the Lho Gau, which is located at the base of Manaslu and Peak 29, a distance of 10 kilometers must be covered on foot. The journey to Lho Gau typically takes approximately 5 hours. After arriving at this beautiful village, you have the option to take a side trip to Pungen Glacier.

Samagaun is renowned for its jaw-dropping splendor and has become one of the most picturesque villages along the entire trek. It takes approximately seven hours to reach Samagaun from Lho Gau. During your stay, there will be a designated acclimatization day. During your rest day, you have the option to take a side trip to Manaslu Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4,750 meters. Another option for a hike is the half-day trek to Birendra Tal. Samdo is a picturesque Tibetan village located in Nepal. It can be accessed by embarking on a scenic 4-hour trek from Samagau. The trek distance is approximately 8 kilometers. The trek covers a total distance of 7 kilometers and typically takes approximately 5 hours to complete. To reach Bimtang from Dharmashala, one must pass through Larkya La Pass.

Annapurna Region - Mountain ranges of central Nepal

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 rhododendrons, in 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 peaks 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.

After successfully crossing the Thorong La Pass from Manang, it typically takes an additional three days to reach the sacred destination of Muktinath. During your journey, you will make two stops before reaching Thorong La Pass: Yak Kharka and Thorong High Camp. The Muktinath Temple, located in Muktinath, Nepal, is considered one of the holiest temples in the country. Jomsom serves as the administrative center for the Mustang district and is accessible through the Kag Beni route. There are two transportation options available for traveling from Jomsom to Pokhara: flying or driving. Once you have reached Pokhara, you can take the opportunity to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek on some of the most popular and demanding trekking routes. Afterward, you can return to Kathmandu to officially conclude your Manaslu Annapurna three passes trek.

If our trip itinerary does not fit your holiday schedule or if you would like to make any modifications or combine it with other travel plans, please inform us. We will be delighted to create a customized itinerary that is specifically designed for you. If you are a student group, family group, or corporate team, please feel free to inquire with us. We provide a wide range of packages for you to choose from.

When is the best time for the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek?

This trek will lead you to a one-of-a-kind landscape and to certain restricted areas of Nepal that are isolated from modern civilization. In Nepal, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural landscapes that the country is renowned for. The months of September, October, and November are considered the ideal times for embarking on the Manaslu Annapurna three passes treks.

During this time of year, the weather is nearly perfect. The days are warm, while the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly. The sky is clear and blue, providing uninterrupted views of the mountains throughout the walk. These are also the festive seasons in Nepal, meaning you will have the opportunity to witness the beautiful culture and traditions in the small villages and hamlets, making your trip even more delightful. The moderate amount of sunshine and low chances of rainfall make these two seasons ideal for trekking. The scenery of the mountain peaks is truly breathtaking this season.

How difficult is the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek?

The Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek is known for its moderate to the challenging difficulty level. Although there are a few challenges along the route, they are relatively scarce but quite demanding. This trek is a physically and mentally demanding 24-day journey that takes you through rough and rugged trails in remote areas of Nepal. Along the way, you will encounter three major high trekking passes. The Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit treks are widely regarded as some of the most challenging treks. Individually, each trek presents its own set of difficulties. However, when these two treks are combined, they create an even more formidable challenge, making it one of the toughest treks overall.

A long walk through the high alpine forest, remote and isolated valleys, steep and tiring steps, and breathtaking high passes are what you should expect during the trek. Another major challenge during this trek is the high altitude. As you will be walking in areas of high elevation, there is a potential risk of experiencing high-altitude sickness. During the trek, you will be walking at an average elevation of approximately 2,500m to 3,000m.

At this altitude, people may start to experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Walking a long distance to reach a destination in a highly elevated region can be quite challenging. However, you can take comfort in knowing that you will be accompanied by a professional guide who will prioritize your safety and ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your walk to the Himalayas. In order to participate in this trek, it is necessary to have prior hiking and trekking experience. This is because the trek is physically and mentally demanding. Having experience in walking and some knowledge of the environment will be beneficial for the upcoming trek.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Welcome to Nepal. [1,400m/4,593 ft]

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. 

At. 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee talk and will brief you on the details of your trek program. You will get all the necessary information for your ongoing trekking in the Manaslu and Annapurna regions. All your paperwork and permits will be made available to you, to be kept with our guide. In the evening, you can explore the Thamel area. The nightlife around Thamel is vibrant and lively.

duration 30 Minutes
duration 10 KM
ascent 1400m
trip-accomodation Lo Mustang
trip-meals N/A
transportation On Private Basis
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

At. 08:00 AM: After your breakfast, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu in a full-day sightseeing. Kathmandu Durbar Square which is one of three ancient formal Royal palaces of Nepal. You can see some of the most influential structures with intricate art designs engraved in them. After Kathmandu Durbar Square, visit Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple located on top of a hill. One must climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the hill which can be physically challenging but rewarding as well. Next is Pashupatinath temple which is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal.

Last but not least, Boudhanath Stupa, the largest stupa and center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. After completing your sightseeing, you can shop for trekking and get the necessary gear from the trekking shops around Thamel. In the evening, the briefing for the trek will be provided by one of our informed office representatives. If you have any queries or want to know anything, you can ask our representative.

Note (Optional Activity): You can go for a warm-up hike in the early morning to the nearest viewpoint in Kathmandu to Jamacho Gumba. The hike  can be completed in around 3-4 hours, which may help you to stretch your legs before the trek and will be beneficial.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 40 KM
trip-accomodation Lo Mustang
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis
Day 03

Drive to Dobhan, Trek to Jagat. [1,340m/4,396 ft]

At. 07:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for a thrilling drive to Dobhan, if the road condition is good your vehicle can reach Jagat itself by drive. You will follow the upstream of Budi Gandaki River through the woodlands. You will drive through Machhakhola which is about 15 KM from Sotikhola, have your lunch on the way.

The distance between Dobhan to Jagat is 7 km which you can cover in 3-4 hours. The total distance from Kathmandu to Dobhan is around 210 KM which can be covered in around 8-10 hours depending upon traffic and road conditions. Overnight at a comfortable teahouse in Jagat.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 220 KM
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 04

Jagat to Deng. [2,095m/6,873 ft]

At. 07:30 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. You will see alluring Mani walls which are Buddhist Shrines mostly found alongside the path in regions of Tibetan Buddhism. Also, you will come across Gurung villages as you get closer to your destination. 

The trail then passes through the amazing landscape with great views of waterfalls, rivers and mountains via Philim, Ekle Bhatti and Nyak finally reaching Deng. FYI: From Nyak Phedi the path separates Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit. The distance between Jagat to Deng is 20 KM which you can cover in 6-8 hours. Overnight at the teahouse.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 20 KM
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 05

Deng to Namrung. [2,900m/9,514 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: Another 6-hour trek towards Namrung will start after breakfast early in the morning at the local teahouse. The trail is full of Tibetan Mani walls and crafted stones where you will get some glimpses of the Tibetan flavor of people and culture. You will walk around 19 km before reaching the beautiful Namrung village.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 19 KM
ascent 2900m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Namrung to Lho Gau. [3,180m/10,433 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast, the trek starts towards Lho Gau (Village) which is situated at the lap of Manaslu Himal and peak 29 (Nagadi Chuli) in front of it. Amazing stone crafting can be seen on the stones of the trails with Mani walls.

(Namrung is the first checkpoint of the Manaslu Circuit trek as the Manaslu region lies in a Restricted area of Nepal) Also for a close view of Manaslu, you will take a side trip to the Pungen glacier. Today’s walk is 10 km which will take 5-6 hours. Overnight at teahouse accommodation.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 10 KM
ascent 3180m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Lho Gau to Samagau. [3,520m/11,549 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: The trek follows Samagaun (Ryo) via the Pungen (Pung Gyen) glacier. Samagau is the most beautiful village on the entire trek. Samagau is also the second checkpoint of the trek. On the way, you will walk past Shyala (3,500m) and big Chorten. Samagau is situated right below a gorgeous mountain giving you the majestic view of Naika peak, Manaslu. It takes 6-7 hours to walk on an 8 KM trail before reaching Samagau. You will walk slowly, acclimatizing and enjoying the walk. Rest at a teahouse in Samagau.

duration 6-7 Hours
duration 8 KM
ascent 3520m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Acclimatization at Samagaon.

At. 09:00 AM: When you are trekking at a high altitude it is highly recommended that you take proper acclimatization before going further to a higher elevation to minimize the risk of high altitude sickness. Walking in a high-elevation area carries a potential risk of experiencing high-altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening if ignored. Acclimatizing doesn't necessarily mean you have to stay in the same place. You can also stroll around and explore the area while allowing your body to adjust to the changed altitude.

For acclimatization, you will have the option of trekking to Manaslu Base Camp (4,750 m) and back to Samagau which will take approximately 6-8 hours. In Samagaon, there are plenty of good cafes and local restaurants where you can try some of the local food. Or take a half-day hike to the glacier across the valley or Birendra Tal, or simply interact with the villagers to know about their day-to-day lifestyle. After exploring the area, you can enjoy a warm dinner at the local lodge and spend a comfortable night.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10 KM
ascent 4800m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Samagau to Samdo. [3,700m/12,139 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: Samdo is a picturesque Tibetan refugee village situated in the stunning backdrop of the majestic Manaslu mountain. This village is located within a day's walking distance from the border between Tibet and Nepal. Samdo is connected to the ancient trade routes of Tibet. The area is also renowned for its majestic animals, including the Bharal, also known as the Himalayan Blue sheep, and its predator, the elusive Snow leopard. The distance between Samagaon and Samdo is 8 kilometers, and it typically takes around 4 to 6 hours to travel from Samagaon to the village of Samdo.

duration 4-6 Hours
duration 8 KM
ascent 3700m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Samdo to Dharmashala. [4,450m/14,600 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: After crossing the few rivers and the amazing trail you will reach Larkey Bazaar. The Larkey bazaar was the hub of trade from Tibet and the upper Manaslu region. After a steady climb from Larkey Bazaar, you will reach Dharmashala, the last place to stay before crossing the pass tomorrow. Here you get to see a bed made out of stone which can be a rare sight to fresh travelers. The distance from Samdo to Dharmashala is 7 km and it takes 5 hours.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 7 KM
ascent 4450m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Dharmashala to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass.

At. 04:30 AM: Today is the Larkya La Pass day, you will start early in the morning climbing the Cho Chanda before heading to the beautiful pass. You will cross the Larkya La pass (5,106m) which is one of the hardest passes. You will walk around 7-8 hours on foot today. 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 (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6,981 m), and Annapurna II (7,937 m).

After crossing the challenging pass, you will reach Bhimtang, where you can rest for the night before moving on to the next day. Take a break and set down your bags, then enjoy a delicious local dinner while immersing yourself in the simple lifestyle of the locals. You can start stargazing on clear nights and enjoy the beautiful starry sky visible from this location.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 16 KM
descent 4500m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Bhimtang to Tilje. [2,300m/7,546 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: Today, you will be descending along your trekking route to reach Tilje. You will be walking for approximately 6 to 8 hours today. As you leave Bhimthang, you will notice the upper temperate forest reemerging and the day gradually becoming warmer. The vegetation is dominated by rhododendrons and alpine pine trees. Terraced crop fields can be observed in the vicinity of Kharche. You ascend the ridge with a steep incline and then descend along the Marshyangdi River until you reach Tilje.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 18 KM
ascent 2300m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

Tilje to Koto. [2,610m/8,563 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: Walk for about 5 to 6 hours to reach Koto from Tilje at an elevation of 2,610m/ 8,563ft. You will walk through the trail of Annapurna Circuit. So, the trail offers you spectacular views of Annapurna II and Manaslu Peak with the daily lifestyle of Thanchowk village people. Following the trail over the Marsyangdi River, we pass by Bagarchap Village. Then move to Koto through the pine forest, passing Timang at 2,510 m. Reaching Koto you get to see the spectacular views of the Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu ranges.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 16Km
ascent 2610m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

Koto to Meta. [3,560m/11,680 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast, you will start your journey towards Meta village. You will cover around 14 KM today which will take around 6 - 8 hours depending upon your walking pace. Today you enter the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley with a packed lunch as there are little to no places for lunch. Following the Nar Khola and Greenland forests. The trail is adventurous with a rocky trail and a long walk to Meta. You will 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 a wide waterfall before arriving at Meta village. You can also see mesmerizing mountain views like Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 14 KM
ascent 3560m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Meta to Nar Village. [4,200m/13,780 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: You will enter a narrow gorge and then descend to the river. You will follow the trail that heads north. You 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 you will cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Nar. You will see some mountains of the 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 7-8 Hours
duration 15 KM
ascent 4200m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Nar Village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass. [5,320m/17,454 ft]

At. 05:00 AM: Today you will start an early walk to cross Kang-la Pass (5,320m). On your way to Kang-La, you may come across some yak herder’s camps. You will climb toward the top of the pass which is decorated with many prayer flags. From the top, you will have good views of Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail), Tilicho Peak, and the entire Manang Valley. You will descend from the top to reach the village of Ngawal. Ngawal village is a wonderful old village with a Buddhist school to teach monks, prayer wheels, and beautiful architecture.

duration 7-8 Hours
duration 15 KM
descent 3400m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Ngawal to Manang. [3,570m/11,713 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: Leaving Ngawal you will follow the trail that descends to flat fields along the banks of Marsyangdi River. You will trek through the forested area passing through Mugji to arrive at the 500-year-old village of Braga and then continue trekking to reach Manang. Manang is a wide U-shaped valley that hangs between two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot from a ridge offers scenic views of the valleys, Humde village with its short airstrip, and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, Chuli, and Pisang.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 9 KM
ascent 3570m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Manang to Yak Kharka. [4,010m/13,156 ft]

At. 08:00 AM: You 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 you 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 toward Yak Kharka.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 10 KM
ascent 4010m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 19

Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp. [4,870m/15,978 ft]

At. 08:00 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, and Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks. After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, you will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola. You will continue along a zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or Thorong High Camp.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 8 KM
ascent 4870m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 20

Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass. [3,700m/ 12,140 ft]

At. 04:00 AM: You will start early for the crossing of the challenging Thorong La pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. You will climb steeply up towards a watercourse before climbing through another large gully formed by the melt of Thorong Peak. From there you will continue climbing across the undulating moraine toward the top of the Thorong Pass. After reaching an altitude of 5,416 meters at Thorong-La Pass.

You can catch the best views of northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti, and Dhaulagiri range of mountains from Thorong La. From the top, you will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath. The village where you will be staying, below the Muktinath temple, is called Rani Pauwa Village. You will pass your trail through the temple before reaching your rest point. This will be the longest day in terms of trekking. You may require almost 8-10 hours today.

duration 8-10 Hours
duration 14 KM
ascent 3700m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 21

Muktinath to Jomsom via Lupra Village. [2,800m/9,186 ft]

At. 08:30 AM: Wake up early if you want to experience a sunrise view at Mt. Dhaulagiri which can be seen from Muktinath. You can visit the Muktinath village before starting your trek towards Jomsom. Have your breakfast and start walking towards Jomsom, you will take the trail through Lupra village. The total distance from Muktinath to Jomsom via Lupra village is around 18 KM which may take around 6-8 hours as the trail mostly follows downhill.

After a lunch break at Lupra village, you will continue walking towards Jomsom. The further trail cuts through windy areas in the Kali Gandaki valley of lower Mustang.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 18 KM
descent 2800m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 22

Fly to Pokhara. [820m/2,696 ft]

At. 07:30 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, move towards Jomsom airport to catch your flight to Pokhara. It just takes 20 minutes to reach Pokhara by flight. The flights between Pokhara and Jomsom operate only in the morning. Our representative will pick you from the Pokhara airport and drop you to the hotel. You will have a full leisure day in Pokhara to rest and explore the city on your own.

(Note: Pokhara Jomsom flights depend on the weather conditions. If the flight gets canceled, we will arrange a private vehicle transfer for you. The road journey is incredibly thrilling as you will experience both smooth and off-the-beaten-path moments, with great views alongside you.)

The driving road follows the Kali Gandaki river until Kushma. You will cross some of the popular Thakali villages of lower Mustang region, which are Marpha, Tukhuche, Lete, Kalopani, and Ghasa. The difficult off road starts from Ghasa to Tatopani, and you can stop at Tatopani to take a natural hot water bath. While driving further you will cross Beni and Kushma, two district headquarters of Myagdi and Patbat districts of Nepal. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, complete your checking at your hotel and enjoy a leisure time.

Optional Activities in Pokhara (Price Subject to Change):

  • Paragliding in Pokhara. (USD 100 PP)

  • Ultra-light flight in Pokhara. (USD 150 PP, 15 Minutes)

  • Zip-flying in Pokhara. (USD 60 PP)

  • Bungee jumped in Kushma. (World’s 2nd highest, 228M) (USD 120 PP)

descent 820m
trip-accomodation White Pearl
trip-meals B
transportation Flight or Drive
Day 23

Fly to Kathmandu, Leisure Day. [1,400m/4,593 ft]

At. 09:00 AM: Late check-out from the Pokhara hotel and enjoy your breakfast before heading to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. (Flight duration 25 min) Upon reaching Kathmandu one of the official representatives will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your respective hotel. Check in at the hotel and enjoy your leisure time as you want.

You can spend your time shopping for souvenirs, exploring the rustic beauty of the ancient city, or treating yourself to a relaxing spa in Thamel after a week-long trek. In the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali Dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, you can arrange it for yourself with extra add-ons)

Note: Please collect any extra baggage you may have left behind before the trek.

duration 3-4 Hours
ascent 1400m
trip-accomodation Lo Mustang
trip-meals B,D
transportation Flight
Day 24

Departure, Farewell!

You will have your breakfast at the hotel and then you will have free time (depending upon your flight time). Our office representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your flight time for airport formality. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are more than happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.

duration 30 Minutes
trip-meals B
transportation On Private Basis

Trip Guide

The information about the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended. 

Medical Emergency:

In the event of a serious medical emergency during your trekking program, you will be promptly evacuated from the area through a Helicopter Rescue service. This service is covered by the traveler's insurance company. During your trek to Nepal's highlands, it is possible that you may experience minor health issues such as scratches or headaches. In such a situation, your guide will have a well-equipped first aid kit to ensure your safety. 

High-Altitude Sickness:

During the trek, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3,000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Strolling and acclimatizing decrease the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.

Do’s and Don’t:

  • Select the ideal time to travel.

  • Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.

  • Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.

  • Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)

  • Carry all the necessary paperwork. 

  • Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.

  • Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.

  • Respect the culture and people of the area.

  • Ask for permission before taking photos and videos of the locals.

  • Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.

  • Don’t litter, put trash in its place.

Why with Altitude Himalaya:

Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our own standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How difficult is the Manaslu Annapurna three passes trek?

    Manaslu Annpurna Three passes trek is a combination of two renowned treks with some unique modifications. During the trek you will cross three highest pass in Nepal, Larkya La pass, Kanga La pass, and Thorong La pass making this trek one of the extreme levels of the trek.  Although the trek is a bit difficult, the view and experience are with every step. A physically fit and mentally calm person can complete the trek easily.

  • Can a beginner join the Manaslu Annapurna three passes trek?

    Bitterly, no. Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek is for those who have good trekking experience as one has to walk around 6-7 hours a day on a high altitude passing rugged trail. The trail follows isolated valleys and rocky paths. The continuous walk towards the highland can be strenuous on the body and for beginners even deadly. 

  • What kind of difficulty is there in this Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes trek?

    This is a hard to extreme level trek and there are a few challenges to completing this trek some of them are Altitude sickness, fatigue, weather, and lack of trekking experience.

  • Do I need to have travel insurance?

    Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended because it ensures to cover the risk of any unpredicted adversities during the trek. Having insurance for the trek will cover the risk of items of baggage thief/loss, medical emergency, flight cancellation, and more.

  • How to avoid Altitude sickness?

    Getting altitude sickness is very unpredictable and it can get anyone although you are physically fit and fine. There are a few things that you can do to avoid getting altitude sickness such as drinking plenty of water (4-6 lt/day), having enough carbohydrates, maintaining a slow and constant walking pace, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and last but not least acclimatizing according to the high elevation.

  • What kind of medications should I carry for the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek?

    If there are any regular medicines, you can bring that with you. Or purchase in Kathmandu with a proper prescription. The guide also carries the first aid kit and necessary medicine during your trek. Besides that, if you are not sure about your health condition you can take Acetazolamide or Diamox for high-altitude sickness. Or carry a personal first aid kit / personal hygiene kit with items such as sunscreen, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and toiletry items.

  • What kind of equipment should I pack for the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek?

    Your trekking packing list depends on which season you are traveling. Walking sticks, quick-drying T-shirts, stretchable pants, a down jacket, a windcheater, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle, etc. If you want to get more information you can check out the Nepal trekking gear checklist.

Services Includes

  • All airport arrivals and departures including all government and local taxes.

  • Private transfer (Kathmandu to Tatopani via Soti Khola) as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Domestic flight transfer (Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.)

  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.

  • All necessary paperwork. (Restricted area permit, ACAP, and TIMS Card)

  • An English-speaking licensed professional trekking guide throughout the trek. 

  • Local Lodge or Tea House accommodation during the trek.

  • One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay for communication purposes.

  • Well-equipped medical kit with necessary medications throughout the trek. (Carried by the guide)

  • Guide Porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.

  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Well-equipped first aid kit with necessary medication. 

  • A farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee. (Approximately 30 USD)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30-day Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)

  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Recommended)

  • Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.

  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Hot showers/batteries charge/heater/mineral water during the trek.

  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.

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