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MANASLU & ANNAPURNA TREKKING 22 DAYS


This ambitious trek assembles two of the most beautiful treks in Nepal: the Manaslu Tour and the Annapurnas Circuit, via two passes towering above 5000 m. Manaslu (8156m) is the world's seventh highest peak, and its region was only opened for trekking in 1992. Heading north from Gorkha, alongside the Budhi Gandaki river, the route turns then westwards into a high alpine valley with typical Tibetan villages and a number of fine monasteries. A steeper ascent to Larkya La pass (5212 m) is rewarded by stunning views of the Manaslu. At Dharapani, we join the Annapurnas circuit and follow upstream the Marsyangdi river. After Pisang we get stunning extremely up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurnas II, III and IV. Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. We complete this breath-taking route by crossing the Thorong La pass (5415 m) to Jomosom. From there, we can either fly to Pokhara (21 days) or follow the Kali Gandaki river. Continuing, we reach Ghorepani and Poon Hill where we enjoy stunning dawn views of Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchare and Annapurna south.

Highlights

Trip Duration: 22 days
Maximum Altitude: 5415m.
Trek Grade: D
Accommodation: Camp
Start from: Gorkha/Arughat (drive)
End at: Jomsom (flight)
Best Season: April-Jun, Sept-Nov.

Itinerary

Day 01

Drive from Katmandu to Gorkha by bus. Visit of the Gorka royal palace and the

Kali temple. An historic city, origin of the Sha dynasty that had provided most of the

Nepalese kings since 1767.
Day 02 Gorkha - Kanchok in 5hrs. Nice views of the Gorkha Himal.
Day 03

Kanchok - Arughat (670 m) in 5hrs. A pretty route through cultivated, terraced

hillsides and villages. The trail goes up and down along the Budi Gandaki river.

Day 04 Arughat - Labu Besi (880 m) in 6.5hrs. The trail goes across forests populated by
monkeys. As we go, we glance at great vistas of the Shringi Himal. In this region, the
Gurung women often wear elegant clothes and possess impressive sets of jewelry,
bangles and saris.
Day 05 Labu Besi - Khola Besi (950 m) in 4hrs. The trail ascends along the river.
Day 06 Khola Besi - Jagat (1410 m) in 5hrs. We head upstream along the Budi Gandaki's
steep edge, towards Tatopani, literally " hot springs ".
Day 07 Jagat - Ngyak (1530 m) in 6hrs.
Day 08 Ngyak - Ghap (2040 m) in 5hrs. The path goes through dense jungle up the narrow
western gorge of the Budi Gandaki heading towards Manaslu.
Day 09 Ghap - Lho (3100 m) in 5hrs. We continue westwards through bamboos and
rhododendrons. Horses and yak caravans are numerous here, as the commerce
with the upper Budi Gandaki valley and Tibet is prosperous.
Day 10 Lho - Sama Gompa (3500 m) in 5hrs. We head straight towards Peak 29, ahead of
us, then follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. Breathtaking
 views of the Manaslu, Northern Manaslu (7145 m) and the Naike.
Day 11 Sama Gompa-Samdo (3860 m) in 3hrs. We cross a high plateau now and skirt
around the ridge of the lateral moraine. We then, climb a terraced hillside to reach
one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal. Samdo is only a day walk
from Tibet, passing by Lajyang La pass (5098 m).
Day 12 Samdo - Larkya  (4500 m) in 5hrs. The path becomes steeper. Crossing the tundra,
it winds its way to the foot of the immense Larkya glacier which pours out of the
Manaslu.
Day 13 Larkya  - Larkya La (5212 m) - Bimtang (3850 m) in 7h. We first head towards
Cho Chanda, then slowly climb the steep slope towards the pass. From the top the
 panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6820 m), Gyagi
Kung, Kang Kuru (6981 m) and the Annapurna II (7937 m). Steep descend,
through moraines, towards Bimtang.
Day 14 Bimtang - Tilije (2400m) in 5hrs30mins. The route gets easier. We start with a gentle
climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through
fir tree and rhododendron forests to Tillije.
Day 15 Tilije - Chame (2713m) in 6 hrs. We descend to Dharapani and join the Annapurnas
Circuit. From here, we climb upstream the Marsyangdi river, through large area of
blue pines, spruces and oaks.
Day 16 Chame - Pisang (3185 m) in 5 hrs. We leave the magnificent pine forests and the
Marsyangdi at full flow bellow us to enjoy views of the Lamjung and Annapurnas II
and IV. Pisang, with its fine tapering walled houses, offers amazing sights of
Annapurnas massif on south, Mount Tilicho (7134 m) on west, Chulu Est (6584 m)
and the summit of the Mount Pisang (6091 m) on north.
Day 17 Pisang - Manang (3530 m) in 5 hrs. Manang is a village of typical Tibetan culture
with numerous stupas, monasteries and oratories.
Day 18 Manang - Thorong Phedi (4700m) in 7 hrs. This is a pasture area and a yak
kingdom. An excursion towards Chulu peak can be organized in the afternoon.
Day 19 Thorong Phedi - Thorong La (5415 m) - Muktinath (3802 m) in 8 hrs. Climb up to
the Thorong La with a stunning panorama over prestigious summits rising above
6000 m. Descent towards Muktinath.
Day 20 Muktinath - Jomosom (2713 m) in 5 hrs. This is the route of Mustang and Tibet
caravans.
Day 21 Jomosom - Pokhara (flight) . Day free in Pokhara.
Day 22 Fly or drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu
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