Trip Overview

Manalsu Annapurna Trek – This ambitious trek assembles two of the most beautiful treks in Nepal: the Manaslu Tour and the Annapurna Circuit, via two passes towering above 5000m. Manaslu (8156m) – the world’s seventh highest peak, and the region opened for trekking in 1992. Heading north from Gorkha, along the Burhi Gandaki River. The route then turns westwards into a high alpine valley with typical Tibetan villages and a number of fine monasteries. A steeper ascent to Larkya La pass (5212m) offers an stunning views of the Manaslu. At Dharapani, we join the Annapurna circuit and follow the Marsyangdi River upstream. Offer stunning views of mountains of both Annapurna ranges and Manaslu ranges.

 

Itinerary

You will be met by your representative from Trip 4 Nepals and taken to your hotel to relax, overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast, visit to world heritage sight.The Kathmandu Valley is an ancient place where travelers passed for centuries following the salt and silk trading routes. Its narrow streets, amazing temples, awesome palace, and more are there to explore. There are more than 1000 temples in the Kathmandu Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We will only have time to explore three of them. Meet holy men (Sadhus) at Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in all of Nepal. Colorfully dressed Sadhus along with amusing monkeys will impress and delight any visitor. Then it’s off to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal (and third largest in the world) where you will encounter refugees from Tibet. The final UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ancient kingdom city of Bhaktapur with its 55-window palace along with its many Hindu temples. Here the streets are narrow with hidden squares to come across. In the evening, you will return to your hotel for the night as you prepare for your journey the next day. overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast, follow along the broad Trisuli River. We cross over to the city of Dhading before making our way on narrow roads through the jungles on our way to the village of Arughat Bazar. This journey will take you into the very heart of Nepal where you will see jungles and local villages with traditional farms. Arughat Bazar is the largest village on the Budhi Gandaki River. Here we will spend the night, overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast. The trek begins as we follow along the west side of the Budhi Gandaki River. This river begins high up in the mountain from the melting glaciers of Mt. Manaslu. By the time it reaches Arughat Bazar, it is a broad, fast-flowing river. Today’s journey will take us to the delightful little village of Soti Khola where the Soti Khola (river) joins the mighty Budhi Gandaki. overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast We cross a suspension bridge over the Soti Khola as we make our way northward. We will pass through jungles as well as quaint villages. You will even find coffee growing in this area which is a new crop in Nepal and produces some of the finest tasting coffee in the world. The trail is right along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki as we make our way to the village of Machhakholagaon. It is situated the confluence of the Machha Khola (Fish River) and the Budhi Gandaki. There is good fish here for dinner if you wish, or traditional Nepali food. Be sure to try the yak cheese momo which is a favorite here. overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast, we go along impressive Buddhist Mani Walls (Prayers carved in stone) and through the village of Tatopani where there is a large hot spring. Hot water drips from the sides of the cliff and the trek through here feels almost tropical. Jagat village is a wonderful place with its flagstone streets. We are increasing in elevation and the Budhi Gandaki River features some impressive rapids. overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast, continues to follow the Budhi Gandaki as we rise in elevation. In time, we come to a trail that is carved out of the side of the cliff high above the river where we can look down on eagles soaring on the rising air currents. This gorge is uninhabited and features impressive waterfalls. At other times, we discover small villages along with forests of tall pine trees as well as bamboo.overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast. We continue to climb, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River on a small bridge. Our faithful friend continues to get narrower and narrower as we make our way toward its source. There are more waterfalls and the scenery continues to change as well as the plant life with this higher elevation. We cross the Shringi Khola as we enter the village of Ghap where we will spend the night in a local tea house. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We cross the Budhi Gandaki River again as we enter into the Budhi Gandaki Valley. We make our way over a large boulder while passing through deep and dark forests of fir and rhododendron which come into full bloom in the spring of each year. We are definitely among the Tibetan people with their unique houses and farms. overnight stay tea house. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We enter what is known as the Nupri Region with the Tibetan people. Here it is common for women to have more than one husband. This is also a part of Tibetan tradition. We find Buddhist monasteries as well as followers of the ancient Bön religion, which predates Buddhism in Tibet. You can see the influence of the Bön religion in the religious paintings of Tibet Buddhism. Our journey has taken us to new heights as we reach Sama Gompa which is a large Tibetan community. There is a large Buddhist monastery here in this village. This day will also offer a most incredible view of Mt. Manaslu. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We will rest , plus have a chance to explore the village and its monastery. We will again see impressive views of Mt. Manaslu rising above the village. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We sadly say goodbye to Sama Gompa and all of its wonderful hospitality we’ve enjoyed for two nights. These Tibetan people enjoy visitors and appreciate that they usually spend two nights in their community. The trail makes its way down to the Budhi Gandaki, which looks nothing like what we saw at Arughat Bazar. It is more of a large stream crashing over the Rocky River bed. We will pass many Mani Walls then climb upwards to reach the village of Samdo .overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We pretty much leave civilization behind as we make our way to the Larkya La Rest House. Don’t expect much in the way of accommodations here. It is a good shelter from the weather. The trail goes in and out of gorges with some climbing in elevation. Enjoy the night at the rest house as tomorrow you will climb to the top of Larkya La Pass. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. we will lots of climbing to do before we reach the top of Larkya La Pass. It’s a challenge, but what a view from on top! From here, we can see the mountains of Manaslu, Annapurna, and the Tibetan Plateau. Once we crest Larkya La Pass, the trail descends quickly to Bimtang. The name means the plains of sand in the Tibetan language. It is a huge valley surrounded by incredible snowcapped peaks that rise majestically above it. We find civilization again here in Bimtang where we spend the night at a nice tea house. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We will enter into the region of the Annapurna Mountains. We will be able to see the Marsyangdi Valley below us today. Our journey will take us to Dharapani via the little village of Tilje and Thonje. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. The journey into the Annapurna Mountains requires us to enter some dense forests with steep ridges. The highlight of the day will be the sight of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II as well as Annapurna IV. Chame is our destination which is a home of a small, indigenous tribal people. There is also a wonderful hot spring here to relax those tired muscles from days of climbing and trekking. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. We cross the river this morning. The trail now hugs the northern bank of the river as we later begin to discover apple orchards near the village of Bhartang. These orchards are famous throughout Nepal for their apples which are highly prized in the cities. We soon discover a bridge, which leads to a steep (but short) climb through pine forests to the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari where we will enjoy lunch. The peaks of Pisang are now in view with their dazzling snow-capped peaks. You will also see the summit of Chulu Peak with the village of Pisang below us. Pisang village is a wind-swept village composed of people who came here centuries ago from Tibet. In the evening, we will explore the local monastery. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast. Our journey will lead us to the amazing Gurung village of Manang. This village is one of the largest villages belonging to the famed Gurung people, who’s men have long composed the ranks of the Gurkha Soldiers. The trek takes us first through wonderfully aromatic pine forests where you can breathe in that alpine air. We reach a ridge that offers us the first view of the Manang valley with the tall, snow-capped peaks rising high above it. It is a fertile, green valley that features spectacular views of many high mountains of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Once we reach the village of Humde, it is a very enjoyable walk to Manang. overnight stay at tea house.

Early morning after breakfast, We are honored to be able to spend a day acclimatizing in the village of Manang as there is so much to see. There are an amazing Gurung Museum and even an opportunity to go and enjoy a movie here! From a short walk around the village, we see Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Tilicho, the peaks of Pisang and more. overnight stay at tea house

Early morning after breakfast. We’ve had a great time here in Manang, and now begin trekking again. This time, we have an enjoyable walk to Tenki Manang for more stunning mountain views. It is a gentle climb across ridges and past juniper bushes. We are climbing above the tree line where vegetation becomes sparse. We will spend the night at Yak Kharka where local shepherds bring their sheep, goats, and yaks to graze in the summer months. overnight stay at tea house

Early morning after breakfast. we take it a bit slower as we make our way to the village of Thorong Phedi. We climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola as we gaze at the snow-capped peaks that surround us. It is a great view in every direction. We stop for tea at a tiny little tea shop before continuing on a narrow path to Thorong Phedi. overnight stay at tea house

Early morning after breakfast . we will cross the highest of the mountain passes. We may see snow up here and the winds are always blowing. But what an incredible view of all of the mighty Annapurna Mountains! It makes any hardship in trekking to the top of Throng La Pass well worth the effort as you stand in awe, gazing at the snow-capped peaks. There is no doubt that today will be the most taxing day of our journey, but once you make the top of the pass, you will forget how much work it was to get there! From Throng La Pass, overnight stay at tea house

The morning breaks with the sounds of temple bells ringing from the devotees and pilgrims who come to worship here. This temple is holy ground to both Hindus and Buddhists. There is an ever burning flame inside of the temple plus water bubbling out of 108 brass spigots. We explore the Muktinath temple before continuing our journey to Jomsom. It is an easy trek to Kagbesi village, descending through some awesome and inspiring scenery along the way as we pass by the Kali Gandaki River. A sacred river dedicated to the goddess Kali, it features the deepest canyon in the world. Our journey will take us to Jomsom where we will spend our last night on the trail. Jomsom is a major village on the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route to Tibet. It is also the capital of the Mustang region. Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast. Our days of trekking have come to an end, but the scenery never quits. We fly over the Annapurna Mountains to reach the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. The flight will take us between two of the highest peaks in the world: Mt. Annapurna (10th highest peak at 8,091 m/26,538 ft.) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (7th highest peak at 8,167 m/26,788 ft.) We land in Pokhara where we will enjoy a hotel with a hot water shower and great food. Enjoy looking around Pokhara in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast. We return by luxury bus, following along the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers. These buses are relaxing and enjoyable as you watch the impressive scenery. We arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon where you will be taken to your hotel to rest. Overnight stay at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast .transfer to airport for final departure.

What are included?

  • Airport pickups and drops by a private vehicle
  • Domestic airfare.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation  with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the  trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • First aid services
  • Trekking Map
  • All government and local taxes

What are not included?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s

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