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Manasalu and Annapura Circuit

OVERVIEW

The Manasalu and Tsum Valley region is one of Nepal’s last Himalaya jewels to behold; a glittering array of panoramas, peaks and peaceful valleys awaits the adventurous explorer.If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really get to see what all the fuss is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the circuit of Manaslu via the Larkya La (5,106m). The Tibetan enclave of Nupri, north of Manaslu at the head of the Budi Gandaki, was closed to foreigners for years on account of its proximity to Tibet. The area was surreptitiously opened in 1991. The trail circumvent interesting Manaslu peak (8163m), crossing Larkya Pass at 5106 meter and finally emerges onto the Marsyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna Conservation Area, located in north-west Nepal, is the largest protected area in the country. Within its boundaries lies the famous Annapurna I (8, 091m) first climbed by the French. It forms the watershed of the rivers like Kali Gandaki, Seti and Marshyangdi. The area is globally recognized with various prestigious awards.

Itinerary of Manasalu and Annapura Circuit

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast first we check all the trekking equipment and gear for the final departure to trekking and start full day sightseeing proceeds to world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa The Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It cover the dozen of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

Overnight in Hotel on BB Basis

60km drive along the Kathmandu–Pokhara Highway to lead to Malekhu and 19km secondary tarred road heads to north by the bank of Thopal Khola to Dhading Besi. 35km dirt road drives northwest through Gola Bhanjyang where you can have panoramic views of Ganesh himal, Manasalu and Buddha himal  to  reach our destination to Soti Khola in approximately 9 hours from Kathmandu for 129km in total. As soon arrived Arighat Bazar (620m/2,034ft) the nest settlement and a second main bazaar of the region in route, we head north, following the Budhi Gandaki. In the low region rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. The river Soti Khola (730m/ 2,395ft) the tributary of Dundare Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola Bazar; Meal: B.L.D.

The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops. Overnight Machha Khola; Meal: B.L.D.

It will be quite a longer day considerable exposure. From Machha Khola- Fish Stream to the tiny village of Kholra Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp. Overnight in Jagat; Meal: B.L.D.

After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. Crossing the river again, at Gata Khola, the path splits with the right –hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng (four houses), where we camp. Today is a longer day of around 8 hours trekking. Overnight in Lodge at Dyang; Meal: B.L.D.

The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross to the village of Lana and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a the high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach our camping place at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious and the climate is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain the altitude. Overnight in Lodge, Meal: B.L.D.

We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani wall and 3 more crossing of the Budhi Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing gently now and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lindanda Glaciers and reach the Tibetan village of Sho 3000m. We get our first incredible views of the Manalu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 meters where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. Overnight in Lodge; Meal: B.L.D.

Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3530m. It is not usual to encounter yak encounter trains here carrying timber, some of which to end up in Tibet. Overnight in Samagoun; Meal: B.L.D.

Surrounded by the mountains in a peaceful forest, Sama is the regional centre of Nupri. Explore the village architecture and customs. The manufacture of hooked rugs are important occupations for trade with Tibet. Yak and dzopkyo herds and houses are kept and traded. Also can explore the Birendra Tal, Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp or we take a rest day to acclimatize and relax. It is a good time to catch up on the book or wash clothes. Meal: B.L.D.

Descend towards the Budhi Gandaki, the large river now merely a stream and pass the lake and Case camp trail as well as the valley begins to widen. This is an easy trail along a shelf avove the river past juniper and birch forest that surround Kermo Kharka. The Superb views with Samdo Peak (6,330m) and also it is a dramatic glacial basin to the east. Samdo it the last village before Gho in the, only informal Kharkas lodge lie between these village. Overnight in Samdo; Meal: B.L.D.

We cross the Budhi Gandaki descending the northern village fields. Follow the trail with scrub juniper, rhododendron and lichen covered granite above the Syacha Khola valley. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Overnight in Dharamsala; Meal: B.L.D.

If snow free, we need 3-5hrs ascend to the summit and 3-4hrs descend to Bimthant. It will be quite windy and very cold. Required more care because the condition of snow and Ice. The Larkey Glacier is not to steep and difficult but is long and continuously rocky underfoot. Overnight in Bimtang, Meal: B.L.D.

The trail descend along the west bank through Hampuk (3430m), Puktu Kharka (2940m), Karche (2700m) the highest cultivated land. The valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters.  More terraced field and a steep ridge climb before reach to the Gurung village Gho. Overnight in logde, Meal: B.L.D.

Ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. At Tilje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyandi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekers. We arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the Breeze. Overnight in Bagarchhap; Meal: B.L.D.

Today we continue to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marsyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Kotho from where can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II- a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan mountains. From here the trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. This is only a half days trek, we need a day to wash a bit again or maybe just to rest a bit. Overnight in Chame; Meal: B.L.D.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area, as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep- sided as we follow the path to Bratang. In the past this was the military station for troops who fought the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U- shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the northeast. Continuing on, we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Overnight in Pisang; Meal: B.L.D.

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge, which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manag’s airstrip at Hongde, we come to a level area from where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola valley, Annapurna IV a (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyandi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Bryaga with it splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls around and the tall peaks of the Himalayas spread out before us –Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134m). After a short climb we reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Overnight in Manang; Meal: B.L.D.

From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi Manang with the magnificent Annapurna Himal in view all the way, while behind us we can see peak 29 and Himalchuli in the distance. We are now past the tree line and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La, which we will cross the day after tomorrow. The trail is up and down as the elevation gradually increases and we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar. Overnight in Lattdar; Meal: B.L.D.

Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then a little descend to Thorung Phedi. Overnight in Throng Phedi; Meal: B.L.D.

An early start today for our crossing of Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving lodge but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola valley to Muktinath and it shrines and temple. Overnight in Muktinath; Meal: B.L.D.

We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. Overnight in Jomsom; Meal: B.L.D.

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Pokhara valley also called “Magic Land” or “Dreamland” of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Areas, David Falls. Overnight in Pokhara hotel on BB Basis

Drive to Kathmandu. Or combine with other trip from Pokhara like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.

All trips can be customized and extended as per requirements.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure from International airport.
  • KTM City tour by private vehicle with driver.
  • Private Jeep Kathmandu to Sotikhola.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight ticket.
  • Airport to Pokhara hotel transport.
  • Pokhara halfday sigheseeing by car.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist bus ticket.
  • MCAP (Manasalu) and ACAP) (Annapurna) entry Permits.
  • Manasalu area Special Trekking permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permits.
  • 03 nights hotel in Kathmandu before and after trekking on BB basis in 3 star hotel.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking period.
  • Purified mountain drinking water.
  • All meals (Breakfast /Lunch /dinner with tea/coffee) during the trekking period.
  • An experienced government licensed holder Trekking Guide.
  • Potters (two guest one porter).
  • All necessaries fees for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation equipments and salary).
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch/ dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara stay.
  • KTM City tour entrance fee and guide ( If you need guide, We provide very experience well qualified guide in very reasonable cost)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks any bottled drinks).
  • Yours personal Travel insurance.
  • Yours personal Trekking gear and equipments.
  • Tipping
  • Emergency rescue flight and expenses (but any time we are ready to arrange if require).
  • Trip Code: SNT-T-M-004
  • Destination: Larkey Pass and Throng Pass 5,416m
  • Group Size: 2-15
  • Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Max Altitude: 5,416ft. 17,769ft.
  • Trip Starts/Ends: KTM-KTM
  • Transportation: Jeep/Trek/Flight/Bus/Car
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge (tea house)
  • Trip Grade: moderate to challenging

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