Manaslu to Annapurna 27 Days │ Great Himalaya Trail
Duration: 27 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5416 m
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Manaslu to Annapurna trek is a Great Himalaya Trail section following both the Manaslu circuit trail and the Annapurna Circuit trail.
This Manaslu to Annapurna adventure starts with a private drive to Macha Khola. This local Manaslu village is located not far from Gorkha. The last kilometres you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the little village of Macha Khola, you will hike through small villages and open wide trails. Here it is warm and tropical and you will pass through several bamboo forests. The closer you get to the swirling Burhi Gandaki, the more you walk into a gorge. Once into the canyon, you will hike past high rock walls and beautiful waterfalls. You cross the Burhi Gandaki river several times by suspension bridges, and during other parts of this trek, you will hike right beside the river. The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed a critical part of the trail. This section of the circuit was restored by donations from foreign foundations in 2016. A 200m steel cantilever pathway has been built, and both trekkers and locals can safely travel along the trail again. Eventually, you hike out of the gorge and the valley opens up to you. Buddhist chortens and prayer flags are welcoming you. More and more the snowy mountain peaks are showing themselves. Starting from the village of Samagoan the mountain slopes are overgrown with birch and juniper. From here on it is still a couple of days of hiking to the Larkya La pass. From Larkya Phedi you will leave early in the morning with your guide to climb the high pass. While crossing Larkya La you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalaya peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the Larkya La, the trail descends steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced by the warm forests of rhododendron.
Once descended you will follow from Dharapani the Annapurna round trek. At Manang, you will enjoy a well-deserved resting day. Towards the high Thorung La pass the landscape will again change into a high alpine scenery. The wind is constantly around you, and the prayer flags are fluttering rapidly sending prayers for good luck. Eventually, you reach the Thorung La pass at an altitude of 5416 meters. The crossing of the Thorung La is the highest point of this trek and is sometimes even snow-covered. The panoramic views from this pass are spectacular and you can see the highest mountain peaks. At Muktinath, you have entered a holy site for both Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. There are several temples and statues, where people are taking a holy bath. From Jomsom, it is a short flight back to Pokhara where your Great Himalaya Trail adventure ends. Time to relax at the shores of Lake Phewa. Back in Kathmandu you have a day for souvenir shopping or visiting one of the cultural sites in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 01 Pick up at Kathmandu International Airport and drop off 3* Hotel in Thamel
Day 02 Free day at leisure in Kathmandu; preparations trek
Day 03 Drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar (930 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Deng (1800 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Ghap (2160 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Resting day at Samagoan for acclimatization. Optional day hike to Birendra Lake.
Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 12 Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Dharapani (2175 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Chame (2600 m-6 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Lower Pisang (3200 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Manang (3540 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 18 Resting day at Manang
Day 19 Trek to Yak kharka (4018 m-6 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Thorung phedi (4450 m – 4.30 hrs.)
Day 21 Cross over Thorung La Pass (5416 m) overnight at Muktinath (3800 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 22 Trek to Jomsom (2710 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 23 Flight Jomsom to Pokhara (1 hrs.)
Day 24 Free day at leisure in Pokhara
Day 25 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu and drop off 3* Hotel in Thamel
Day 26 Free day at leisure Kathmandu
Day 27 Pick up hotel and drop off Kathmandu International Airport
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola; flight Jomsom to Pokhara (including transfer local airport to hotel); tourist bus Pokhara to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport in Nepal
-4 nights in 3* Hotel, including breakfast, in Thamel in Kathmandu
-2 nights in guesthouse, including breakfast, in Pokhara
-20 nights in teahouse room during trek. Shared room for 2 persons; couples or same gender in one room
-3 meals per day during trek; breakfast/ lunch/ diner
-Sleeping bag during trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porter(s)
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-ACAP (Annapurna area) fee, MCAP(Manaslu area) fee, Manaslu trekking permit, TIMS and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)