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Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview And Highlights

Key Information

Duration:

31 Days

Grade:

Moderate

Best Season:

March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec

Maximum altitude

5416 m

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Nepal, a landlocked gem nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, is a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. Among the myriad trekking options that this enchanting country offers, the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit stands out as a trail less traveled yet equally captivating. This trek combines the mesmerizing landscapes of the Manaslu region with the classic Annapurna Circuit, providing trekkers with a unique and diverse experience. In this article, we'll embark on a virtual journey through the trails, villages, and breathtaking vistas of the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek.

Manaslu Region: A Hidden Gem:

The Manaslu region, often referred to as the "hidden gem" of Nepal, is a relatively untouched paradise for trekkers. The Manaslu Circuit offers a pristine environment, rich cultural experiences, and a sense of tranquility not easily found on the more popular trekking routes. As you tread the trails around Manaslu, you'll encounter traditional villages, terraced fields, and dense forests, all while being treated to panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks.

Local Culture and Hospitality:

One of the highlights of the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich local culture. The region is inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, including the Nubri and Tsum Valley people. These communities have preserved their unique traditions, architecture, and lifestyle over the centuries. Trekkers are often welcomed with warm hospitality, and tea houses along the route provide a chance to interact with locals, sample authentic cuisine, and gain insights into their way of life.

The Crossing of Larkya La Pass:

The Manaslu Circuit reaches its pinnacle with the crossing of Larkya La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). This challenging but rewarding ascent offers breathtaking views of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, and other surrounding peaks. The sense of accomplishment upon reaching the pass is unparalleled, and the descent on the other side reveals a stark contrast in landscapes as you enter the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Circuit: Classic Beauty:

As the trek transitions into the Annapurna Circuit, trekkers are treated to a different spectacle of nature's grandeur. The trail winds through rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields, with the majestic Annapurna massif as a constant companion. The landscapes vary from alpine meadows to subtropical forests, providing a visual feast for those who embark on this unforgettable journey.

Community-Based Tourism Initiatives:

Both the Manaslu and Annapurna regions have embraced community-based tourism initiatives, ensuring that the economic benefits of trekking are shared with local communities. Many lodges and tea houses along the trail are operated by the residents, contributing to sustainable development and the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of these regions.

The Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek offers a harmonious blend of challenging trails, cultural richness, and awe-inspiring scenery. As you traverse the landscapes of both the Manaslu and Annapurna regions, you'll not only test your physical limits but also delve into the heart of Nepal's diverse cultural tapestry. This trek, less frequented than some of its counterparts, promises an authentic and transformative adventure for those seeking to explore the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas. So, lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on the journey of a lifetime through the enchanting Manaslu Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

Itinerary

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Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310

Welcome to Kathmandu! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 1310 meters, you will be warmly greeted by the friendly staff of Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. They will assist you and transfer you to your hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan, allowing you to rest and acclimate to the new environment.

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310

Today is dedicated to preparing necessary permits, including the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). After completing the permit process, you'll have the rest of the day to explore Kathmandu or relax at your hotel. Overnight stay on BB plan.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1300

Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola at 1300 meters. The journey takes approximately 7 to 8 hours, and upon arrival, you will stay at a local lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1410

Continue your trek from Machha Khola to Jagat at 1410 meters, a 6 to 7-hour walk. Enjoy the unique scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture as you settle into your lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2040

Trek from Jagat to Lokpa at 2040 meters, taking approximately 5 to 6 hours. The trail provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and you'll spend the night at a lodge in Lokpa.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2040

Embark on a 6 to 7-hour trek from Lokpa to Chumling at 2470 meters. Experience the hospitality of the locals and absorb the cultural richness of the region as you settle into your lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3030

Continue your journey from Chumling to Chhekampar at 3030 meters, a 5 to 6-hour trek. Take in the breathtaking scenery and spend the night at a lodge in Chhekampar.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3030

Take a well-deserved rest day in Chhekampar. Explore the village, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of the region.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Homestay
Elevation
3360

Resume your trek from Chhekampar to the Nile at 3360 meters, a 4 to 5-hour walk. Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and spend the night at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3360

Trek from the Nile to Mu Gumpa at 3800 meters, a 5 to 6-hour journey. Marvel at the mountain vistas and settle into your lodge for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Continue your trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gomba, a 5 to 6-hour walk. Explore the monasteries and cultural landmarks before retiring to your lodge for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2130

Descend from Rachen Gomba to Lokpa at 2130 meters, a 5 to 6-hour trek. Reflect on your mountain experiences and enjoy the hospitality of the locals in Lokpa.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3180

Trek from Lokpa to Lho Gaun at 3180 meters, taking approximately 5 to 6 hours. Immerse yourself in the unique architecture and culture of Lho Gaun as you settle into your lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3530

Continue your journey from Lho Gaun to Sama Gaun at 3530 meters, a 5 to 6-hour trek. Enjoy the stunning views and cultural richness before spending the night at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3690

Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo at 3690 meters, a 5 to 6-hour walk. Experience the hospitality of the locals and enjoy the tranquility of the region as you settle into your lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3690

Take a well-deserved rest day in Samdo. Explore the surroundings, interact with the locals, and consider an excursion to Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4740

Resume your trek from Samdo to Dharmasala at 4740 meters, a 5 to 6-hour journey. Acclimate to the higher altitude and spend the night at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimthang at 3800 meters, crossing the challenging Larkya-La Pass at 5110 meters. The trek takes 6 to 7 hours, and you'll stay overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2300

Continue your descent from Bhimthang to Tilje at 2300 meters, a 5 to 6-hour trek. Enjoy the changing landscapes and spend the night at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2670

Trek to Chame at 2670 meters, a 4 to 5-hour journey. Relax at your lodge and enjoy the scenic beauty of the region.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3200

Continue your trek to Pisang at 3200 meters, a 5 to 6-hour walk. Marvel at the landscape and settle into your lodge for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3540

Trek to Manang at 3540 meters, a 5-hour journey. Enjoy the unique blend of nature and culture in Manang and stay overnight at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3540

Take a rest day in Manang for acclimatization. Explore the town, visit local monasteries, and relax before continuing your journey. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4020

Trek to Yak Kharka at 4020 meters, a 5-hour walk. Enjoy the high-altitude landscapes and spend the night at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4800

Continue your trek to Thorong High Camp at 4800 meters, a 5-hour journey. Prepare for the next day's challenging ascent to Thorong-La Pass and stay overnight at the lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3710

Early in the morning, have breakfast and embark on a climb to Thorong-La Pass at 5416 meters. Afterward, trek down to Muktinath at 3760 meters, a 7 to 8-hour journey. Rest and overnight stay at a lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2720

Trek to Jomsom at 2720 meters, a 5 to 6-hour walk. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region and spend the night at a lodge.

Food
Bed and Breakfast
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
827

Bid farewell to the mountainous landscapes as you take a short, scenic 20-minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan peaks, deep valleys, and picturesque landscapes. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you'll be transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind after the trek. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of Pokhara, often referred to as the "City of Lakes," with its tranquil lakes, beautiful mountain views, and vibrant local culture. Spend the night at a comfortable hotel on a Bed and Breakfast (BB) plan.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1310

After a rejuvenating night in Pokhara, embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and winding roads, offering glimpses of rural life in Nepal. Take the opportunity to reflect on the incredible adventure you've experienced during the trek and enjoy the changing scenery along the way. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check into your hotel for a final night of rest on a BB plan.

It's time to bid farewell to the enchanting land of Nepal. Depending on your departure schedule, you may have some free time in Kathmandu for last-minute shopping, exploring the city, or visiting cultural landmarks. The bustling streets of Thamel offer a vibrant atmosphere with shops, cafes, and a variety of souvenirs. Alternatively, you may choose to relax at the hotel before your departure.

As you depart from Kathmandu, carry with you the memories of the breathtaking landscapes, the warmth of the local people, and the sense of accomplishment from completing the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The journey may end, but the experiences and connections made in Nepal will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether you return for more adventures or explore other corners of the world, Nepal's majestic mountains will always beckon you. Safe travels, and until we meet again!

What Is Included ?

  • Airport picks up and drops
  • All Ground Transportation above program
  • Flight from Jomsom
  • 1 Night Hotel in Pokhara with BB plan
  • Tourist Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea or coffee
  • Accommodation in Guest House (Lodge) or provided Tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
  • 2 Night Hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan
  • An English Speaking Guide
  • Necessary Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest)
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • (MACAP) Manaslu conservation area Fees
  • (ACAP) Annapurna conservation area Fees
  • (TIMS) Trekker’s Information Management System
  • General equipment for Porter
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Guide porter insurance during the trekking and extra services according to the guest per demand

What Is Excluded?

  • Trekking equipment
  • Any type of personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages drinks phone and laundry.
  • Emergency rescue and travel insurance, trip cancellation cost accident or health, loss theft or damage, and personal effects. We advise you to take it before your trip
  • Tips

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