Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 23 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season March - May and Oct - Dec
  • Trip Area Manaslu and Annapurna Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m.| 17769ft. (Thorong La Pass)

Highlights

  • A scenic journey from Kathmandu towards Machha Khola and a hike via the Budhi Gandaki River Valley.
  • Cross both of Nepal's most thrilling passes Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters and Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters
  • Experience Nepal's varied landscapes, which include subtropical forests, gorges, and massive glaciers.
  • Have the opportunity to stay in beautiful and traditional village homes, and take in the welcoming atmosphere from the ethnic Gurung, and Tibetan villages.
  • Admire mesmerizing views of Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Larkya Peak, Naike Peak, Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc.
  • Explore Pungen Gompa's extraordinarily old Buddhist Gompa, interact with the villagers, and explore Birendra Lake.
  • Visit the Muktinath Temple to witness the 108 stone faucets, which are honored among both Hindus and Buddhists.

The northern portion of the Annapurna Circuit and the Manaslu Circuit are combined in this stretch of the GHT to provide a fantastic trek that can challenge any Himalayan hiker! A rocky and undeveloped trail circles Manaslu (8163m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world, passing through historic Buddhist settlements close to the Tibetan border. The trail ends with a crossing of the lofty and windswept Larkya La (5106m). In the town of Dharapani, the trail descends from there and meets the well-known Annapurna Circuit. As we go through Manang and soon cross the Thorong La (5416m), we continue north along this gorgeous trail with incredible vistas of the Annapurna range. This pass offers stunning views of the Mustang region and the Tibetan plateau. We pass past the significant pilgrimage hamlet of Muktinath as we descend pass before arriving at Kagbeni, a historic settlement with a prime site within the Kali Gandaki Valley.

Views during Manaslu Circuit with Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit

We will reach the summit of Larkya La Pass, which rises to a staggering 5,106 meters (16,751 feet), along with the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Consequently, the Manaslu Circuit trip is also known as the Larkya La pass trek. Mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,163m, 26,781ft), Mt. Annapurna (8,091m, 26,545ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,795ft), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m, 21,132ft), and Ganesh Himal (7,422m, 24,350ft) can all be seen from the summit of Larkya La Pass.

Annapurna Circuit

The western Himalayas' breathtaking magnificence is on display at the Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can see stunning views of mountains capped with snow like Annapurna (8,091m.|26,545ft.), Nilgiri (7,061m.|23,166ft.), Manaslu (8,163m.|26,781ft.), Dhaulagiri (8,167m.|26,794ft.), Hiunchuli (6,441m.|21,231ft.), Tilicho Peak (7,134m.|23,406ft.), Pisang Peak (6,091m.|19,984ft.), Gangapurna (7,455m.|24,459ft.), etc. while hiking. Similarly, a beautiful mountain view could be seen at the summit of the Thorong La Pass.

The journey allows you to escape into nature's embrace and spend time with massive snow-covered mountains. We promise that the Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit trek (GHT) will increase your self-assurance to a level comparable to that of the Himalayas.

Why Trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails?

The Himalayan trekking experience provided by Nepal Nirvana Trails spans more than two decades. Our itinerary for the Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit Trek has been expertly created to ensure that your trip to the Annapurna and Manaslu region is hassle-free. Our knowledgeable guides will be there with you the entire time to provide information on the area. You will be traveling with a group of experienced hikers who have traveled the Annapurna and Manaslu trekking routes multiple times and are familiar with each aspect.

Live out your Himalayan fantasy by joining up for our Annapurna Circuit with Manaslu Circuit Trek package in 2024|2025. If you have any questions about the 23-day Annapurna Circuit with Manaslu Circuit Trek, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. You may also create a custom Annapurna Circuit with Manaslu Circuit Trek with us according to your requirements.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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Welcome to the Land of the Himalayas, Nepal. On your arrival in Kathmandu, the representative from NNT will welcome you with the flower garlands. He will drop you to the hotel we booked for you. We will have a brief trip meeting at our office. You can explore Kathmandu City rest of the day.

  • Standard Hotel
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Enjoy the heartful breakfast staying in the Heart of Kathmandu, Thamel. We will meet today to receive your passports for the Special Permit Preparation. You can explore the city, in the meantime, we will make your permits ready for the trek. In the evening, we will return your passports and meet up with the trekking guide with whom you will start the trek the following day.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Our adventure begins with breakfast at the Kathmandu hotel, followed by catching a bus from the nearby station, Machhapokhari. As you depart from Kathmandu, the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, such as Ganesh Himal and Manaslu, will unfold in the distance. Your journey will take you past the Trisuli River until you reach Dhanding Besi. Continuing northeast, you'll reach Aarughat Bazaar on the opposite bank of the Budi Gandaki River. The journey continues to Machhakhola through Sotikhola, offering a scenic view of the Siringi Himal range. Your overnight stay will be in Machhakhola.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 900m.|2953ft.

From today we will officially start the trek from Machhakhola crossing a suspension bridge and following narrow trails to Khorlabesi. From there, we will continue walking to Tatopani. You can take a short break and enjoy the natural hot spring. Afterward, we will continue on the trails and cross another suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River before arriving at Dovan for lunch. After lunch, the trail gradually goes uphill to Yaru Phat, where you will cross a cantilever bridge. After approximately 2 hours of walking from there, you will arrive in Jagat, the gateway to the Manaslu restricted area. Overnight stay in Jagat.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1340m.|4396ft.

We will start the trek from Jagat, in a short time crossing a suspension bridge and greeted by the sight of a captivating waterfall along our route. Our path unfolds towards Sirdibas, leading us uphill to Philim before a gentle descent to Chisapani for lunch. Following the pine forest and narrow valley, we will reach Deng, where we will stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1865m.|6102ft.

Our journey begins from Deng as we hike on the well-trodden trekking route towards Namrung. We will cross the suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River and then hike uphill, which leads to the charming Rana village. From there, we'll follow the trail, passing through Bihi Phedi on our way to the Gap village, where a lunch break awaits. After lunch, our adventure continues through a dense forest, ascending towards Namrung, our destination for the overnight stay.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2630m.|8626ft.

We will have a delightful breakfast at Namrung and start the hike towards Shyala. En route, we will be greeted by the breathtaking vistas of towering peaks such as Boudha Himal (6672 m), Himal Chuli (7893 m), Rani Peak (6693 m), Nadi Chuli (7871 m), and Simnang Himal (6251 m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163 m). We will walk through the charming villages of Lihi village and Shyogoan and stop for lunch at Shyogoan. You may visit the Rebung Gumpa, adding a touch of cultural richness to your journey. The trail gracefully undulates, offering a perfect balance of ups and downs, eventually leading us to Shyala, where we will stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3500m.|11480ft.

From Shyala, we will head on to a captivating uphill trek towards the enchanting Pungen Glacier, which takes about 3-4 hours. Upon reaching our destination, the tranquil ambiance of Pungen Gumpa awaits, inviting us to capture the beauty through our lenses and create lasting memories. Afterward, we'll make our way to the picturesque valley of Samagaon.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3520m.|11549ft.

Today is our first rest day in Samagaon. You have the option to go for a hike to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains, which takes 2-3 hours. For a more challenging day hike, you can trek to Manaslu base camp, which takes 7-8 hours. After your exploration, return to the hotel in Samagaon.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3520m.|11549ft.

Following our breakfast, our journey starts from the charming village of Samagaon. At this juncture, two paths await us, each offering a unique adventure, one leading to the Manaslu Base Camp and the other heading to the Samdo Village. We will follow the Larke La Trail, reaching Khermo Kharka and passing several mani walls. We will continue on the trail through birch and juniper forests, cross a wooden bridge over the Kali Gandaki River, and then hike uphill to Samdo. Samdo is the last settlement before the Larke La pass. We will spend the night in Samdo.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3875m.|12713ft.

After breakfast in Samdo village, we will head to Larke bazaar. The pathway leading to Larke Pass breaks at the crossroads, where the other path leads to Rui La Pass towards the Tibet Border. The route ascends toward the Dharmashala passing through the rugged terrains and glacial moraines. Depending upon the pace of walking of the trekker, it would take 4 to 5 hours to reach Dharamshala, where we will stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4460m.|14633ft.

We will begin early from Dharmasala on your journey to the Larke La Pass, the highest point we will reach during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The trail ascends gradually, where the landscape becomes more barren and rugged. Upon reaching the Larke Pass at 5106 m, we will be rewarded with incredible views of Larke Peak (6249 m), Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal, Kanguru Himal, and Annapurna II and many more mountains. After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we will descend from the pass to Bhimtang, where we will spend the night.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5106m.|16751ft.

The trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani is a part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. Today's journey will take us from diverse landscapes to lush forests. After breakfast, we will descend to the valley of Sangure Kharka, crossing a wooden bridge over the Dudh Khola (Milky River). We will continue descending to Yak Kharka and Karche (Surki), where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will trek onward to Goa and Tilche before reaching Dharapani, crossing the suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Dharapani village marks the end of the Manaslu Circuit and the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit. We will spend the night in Dharapani.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1930m.|6440ft.

After having breakfast in Dharapani, we will start our hike following the roadway towards Bagarchhap, a picturesque village with traditional Tibetan-style houses and Buddhist monasteries, in about an hour.  As we continue, we will pass by Danaque, where we will leave the road to follow the trekking trail. We will walk uphill, arriving at Timang (2750m) village with views of Lamjung Himal (6983 m). We'll likely encounter lush forests and waterfalls along the trail. Continuing on the trail, we will reach Thanchok, where we will stop for lunch. Afterward, we will walk through the pine forest, arriving at Koto where our permits are checked by the officials. Eventually, we will reach Chame, where we will stay overnight.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2610m.|8890ft.

After breakfast having our breakfast at Chame, we will begin our trek towards Upper Pisang. We will walk on the trail, followed by the road to Bhratang, a large apple farm in the Manang district. We can stop for a nice hot coffee and fresh apple juice, then continue our walk to Thakur Pokhari (3060m). We will stop for lunch with an incredible view of Heaven Gate. After lunch, we will start our hike by crossing the suspension bridge over the Marshyangdi River, then gradually ascending through dense forests of pine and rhododendrons, reaching Upper Pisang. En route, we can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna II and Pisang Peak.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3300m.|10824ft.

After the heavenly breakfast at Upper Pisang, we will begin our trek towards Manang. We will walk through the straight pathway, cross the suspension bridge, and then upward to Ghyaru at 3670 m. We get to relish the views of Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m), Tare Kang (Glacier Dome - 7069 m), Tilicho Peak (7134 m), Pisang Peak (6091 m), before reaching Ngawal. We will have our lunch at Ngwal and head towards Manang, passing through the village of Braga. Along the way, we will see ancient monasteries, traditional stone houses, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, including Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3540m.|11612ft.

On this day, we stay in Manang and explore the surrounding area to help our body to adjust to the high altitude. After a mountain breakfast, we will do a short day hike. We have the following options for the day hike:
1. Ice Lake (4600 m): 7-8 hours
2. Bodzo Gompa (100 Rupees Lama Monastery): 3-4 hours
3. Chongkor Viewpoint: 3-4 hours

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, you will head from Manang to another settlement, passing through its narrow streets adorned with prayer flags and traditional Tibetan architecture. The trail initially leads through the alpine meadows and fields, and the road becomes steep to Gunsang (3950 m). En route, we will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and other peaks of the Annapurna range. After several hours of trekking, the trail reaches Yak Kharka, where we will stay overnight. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4060m.|13316ft.

Today, after our breakfast, we will head towards Phedi. After walking for about 30 minutes, you will cross a suspension bridge and arrive at Ledar. Following the gradual trails and crossing another suspension bridge, we will reach a small tea shop where we will take a break. Continuing our walk, we will reach the landslide-prone area. Carefully walking on the pathway, we will eventually arrive at Thorong Phedi. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4525m.|14842ft.

Today we will wake up early around 3 o'clock, then start hiking over the pass for about 4 hours or even more according to the pace of walking to reach Thorong-la top. We will spend a short time at the top, take a picture, and head down to Muktinath. After about 3 hours of downhill walking, we will arrive at Chambar Bhu. We stop there for a while have a warm tea, then walk down and cross the suspension bridge to reach the Muktinath temple. We will visit both Hindu and  Buddhist temples at the Muktinath Temple. Monastery. After visiting the temple and monastery, continue walking to Ranipauwa and stop for lunch. After lunch, we will head towards the bus station and take a bus or jeep to Jomsom. Stay overnight in Jomsom. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5416m.|17769ft.

We try to book the early flight to Pokhara. The weather in Jomsom is unstable so it can be windy anytime due to which our flights can be delayed or cancelled for the day. 
If you fly to Pokhara on schedule the guide will drop you at the hotel. Our trek ends at Pokhara.

Note: In case of flight cancellation and multiple-day stays, you will have to bear the extra day cost by yourself. You have an option of taking the jeep/bus drive to Pokhara, which we can manage upon your request.

  • Standard Hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 822m.|2696ft.

If you want us to book the flight or bus ticket to Kathmandu or Chitwan we can arrange that on short notice. 
Our trip ends at Pokhara so if you would like to visit the Chitwan National Park, we also offer the Chitwan Jungle Safari Package.

    We provide you the airport drop-off transport if you stay inside Kathmandu City. If you would be staying further in Nepal and want to the adventurous activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, rafting, zipline, etc, or would like to do the quick 1 hour Everest Scenic Flight via Plane, please feel free to contact us.

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      What's Included

      • Airport transfer services arrival, departure, and local flight schedule
      • 2-night Standard Hotel in Kathmandu on a BB basis
      • 1-night Standard Hotel in Pokhara on a BB basis
      • Regular Local Bus from Kathmandu to Machha Khola
      • Sharing Jeep from Muktinath to Jomsom
      • Accommodations during the treks
      • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with tea or coffee
      • Experienced English-speaking government Licensed trekking Guide
      • Trekking Guide salary, food, equipment, and insurance
      • All permits: ACAP, MCAP, TIMS, and Manaslu Special Permits
      • Flight tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara
      • First aid kit with basic medications
      • Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Refundable)
      • Duffle bag for porter use
      • Water purifications tablet
      • Souvenir: Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt and Trekking map
      • Official expenses and government tax/vat.

      What's Excluded

      • International flight tickets
      • Nepal entry visa
      • Lunch, Dinner, and Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
      • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations 
      • During the trekking time, personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, hot shower, WI-FI, battery charging, etc.
      • 1 porter between two trekkers
      • Flight tickets from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
      • Tips for treks guide, and porters (it is appreciated)

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      Client Reviews

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        Paula GatosUnited StatesNovember 08, 2023

        Awesome experience on Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits!!!

        From start to finish working with Nepal Nirvana Trails was fantastic. It’s a family-run business that provides excellent customer service and attention to details. Kul always answered our questions promptly and gave us plenty of information. I just completed 17 days on the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits and it was just amazing!
        Our guide Njima Sherpa was terrific! His knowledge, patience, and desire to go above and beyond for us was wonderful. Our porter Saring was also very helpful and added to the success of our trip. There are many trekking companies from which to choose and i am very pleased that we found Nepal Nirvana Trails.

        Dear Paula, Namaste!
        Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek. We’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trek with our Guide, Ngima and porter Chhiring. Thank you for your thoughts on the Nepal Nirvana Trails team and services. I wish to see you again for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
        Best Regards,
        Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
        WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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        JuliaCanadaNovember 06, 2023

        Fantastic Annapurna and Manaslu Circuits!

        We just finished doing 17 days of trekking on the Annapurna and Manaslu Circuits as well as 3 rest days in Pokhara. Kul at Nepal Nirvana Trails did a fabulous job with all the logistics. He always answered our questions promptly, and never pressured us. He also showed great flexibility and was consistently friendly and reassuring. He guessed correctly and matched us with our fantastic guide Ngima Sherpa who was knowledgeable, patient, kind, respectful, open minded, and who took excellent care of us. He also has the best smile!
        Our porter Serin was also lovely, always far ahead, but often reappearing to offer to carry our day bags when the days were long.
        I highly recommend Nepal Nirvana Trails for any trek in Nepal. It’s a wonderful family business with competitive prices and custom care by Kul, his son Bishal and his daughter.

        Dear Julia, Namaste!
        Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek. We’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trek with our Guide, Ngima. We appreciate your recommendation to book a trip with us, and we hope many more people will have an equally positive experience! Wish to see you again for trekking in other regions of Nepal.
        Best Regards,
        Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
        WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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