Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 23 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 5416 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • The mythical Manaslu range and the Annapurna range.
  • Be at one of the highest passes, Larkya La, at an elevation of 5,106 m.
  • Cross yet another major mountain pass in Nepal, Thorong La Pass, at 5,416 m.
  • Visit the sacred temple of Vishnu, Muktinath, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best remote trekking areas in Nepal, predominated by Baudha Himal, Gorkha Himal, and Himal Chuli, bordered by two major river systems: the Budhi Gandaki to the east and the Marshandi Khola to the west. The Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, including the two major alpine high passes: Larkya La Pasa (5,160 m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), are the significant highlights of the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek that begins in Gorkha, which follows the Marshyangdi River for the first few days and moves along the rugged gorge of the Budhi Gandaki River via indigenous Gurung villages with a vast number of Buddhist monasteries. A few sections of the trek also feature numerous high waterfalls cascading on the main river, while the valleys shelter several ancient temples, some of which represent the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, rising slowly with the minimum chance of altitude sickness. As the river changes course to the west, so do the landscapes, with steep, rocky gorges and pines covering the forest.

The tree line is reached a few hours before arriving at Mustang, where you will have a compulsory rest day for acclimatization to the increasing altitude and a lot of possible side trips from Manang that open the most spectacular views to the west, across the river, and up to the Gangapurna glacier with its deep blue lake formed by the melting glacial ice that passes through high alpine pastures until the small cluster of teahouses at Thorong Phedi. To the west of Muktinath, the Dhaulagiri ranges are stunning, while the arid hills of Upper Mustang from the north are no less incredible when the trail leads down the villages until the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. A further four-day sharp descent is a road to Beni, the deepest valley on earth, with easy access to the vehicle heading for Pokhara. Settlements of particular interest below Muktinath are Jomsom with its airport, a possible exit point to Pokhara.

Overall, the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek encompasses a broad range of geographical and climatic regions with diverse flora and fauna, heavily paddy-cultivated landscapes, juicy oranges, and other vegetation, which demonstrates a significant transition from tropical species to temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech, and rhododendron, giving way to coniferous forests of pine and juniper just below the tree line, mixed beautifully with the multiculturalism and traditions of the local inhabitants including the rains shadow areas to the north of the Himalayas, which remain barren, extending to the south of the Tibetan plateau with a variety of wildlife to see: barking deer, Himalayan marmots, and pheasants with usual mountainous ravens, coughs, and various avians of prey.

Treks in this region are slightly tougher than most others, among which Thorong La can be the most predictable, especially during unexpected snow dumps. So, possible trekkers are advised to make sure of the well-preparedness of required equipment for all occurrences that enable the completion of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek in a minimum of fifteen days, beginning in Kathmandu and ending in Pokhara, while the extra days help you to grasp all sides of the trek that add immensely to your experience of the majestic Himalayas.

23-day Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Expectations

The fascinating combined 23-day trek to Manaslu and Annapurna circuit is indeed the most beautiful and daring experience of the Himalayas that crosses the two high alpines passes: Larkya La Pass (5,160m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 m), while appreciating the allure of at least thirty enormous giants of Nepal, including the eighth and tenth highest mountains in the world: Mt. Manaslu (8,163m ) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091m).

As one of the most adventurous journeys in the country of hills and mountains, consider:

The balanced off the beaten 23-day Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek first welcomed trekkers and travelers around the globe in 1980 and has been standing out as one of the finest trekking routes in Nepal after the Everest Base Camp Trek.

In recent years, it has become a massive tourist attraction and overrated trekking destination, while the Manaslu Circuit is a newly established restricted trek that comparatively observes significantly low numbers of trekkers and retains the most unspoiled natural and cultural beauty.

Nonetheless, these two are the best trekking in the Nepal Himalayas, and when done holistically, they provide the perfect trekking acquaintance from the remote, less-visited, pristine Manaslu region and transition into the more popular Annapurna Circuit, which still has many charms to be discovered.

The stunning mountain vistas on the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek

The joint trek to Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit rounds up the Annapurna region. Undoubtedly the most prominent peaks you will see during the trek are Mt. Manaslu, otherwise called Chame (the spirit mountain), as per Sanskrit, Manasa is referred to as “intellect” or "soul,” and Mt.Annapurna, the mountain of complete prosperity in grains, where “Anna" translates to grains and “Purna” into filled.

Both are the eight thousanders of Nepal and are visible from the beginning point of the trek along with the Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Shringi Himal (7,187m), Budhha Himal (6,672m), Annapurna ranges such as (Annapurna I, II, III, IV), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Hinchuli (6,441 m), Gangapurna (7,454m), and others.

Along with the awe-inspiring closer embracement of all these soaring mountains of Nepal, the amalgamated Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek offers surreal diverse landscapes, from verdant hills and lush meadows to high-altitude aline terrains, which all come together to form what we call the wealthiest tapestry of natural beauty with the greatest sense of adventure, along with cultural immersion and interactions with the locals from the Himalayas.

Otherworldly cultural engagement in the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek

The mixed-circuit trek to Manaslu and Annapurna not only delivers the magnificent views of the world’s highest mountains but also an amazing glimpse into the culture, traditions, social norms, values, and rituals of the Himalayan natives of the region, whose hospitality, beliefs, and warmth have been the talk of the town in the area of tourism for centuries.

During the Mansalu and Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will encounter several typically styled dwellings, predominantly by the ethnic communities of Gurung, Brahmins, Magars, Thakalis, Manangis, and in some parts of the Mansalu Circuit, the Khampas (Tibetan Refugees) as well.

The majority of locals practice ancient Bon and Buddhism and still have been held into their glory, as represented by the area’s more than century-old Buddhist monastery, gompas, and chortens, all adorned with prayer flags and wheelers, which are craved by holy mantras to protect from evils and negative energies. All of them give a whole next-level experience of being in the other world than the chaotic city life you have been caged in which will help you to boost your knowledge of the vast universe we live on.

Experience the first-hand mountain lifestyle in the teahouse and homestays of the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

The tea houses and homestays are your general accommodation during the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek, which are not any hotels or restaurants but the residences of the locals opened for hosting tourists and travelers.

Although the rooms are basic and modern amenities are limited. At the same time, you spend your night in what the mountain people call "Bhatti,” or tea houses and homestays, under the conservation projects to fund the development of the Himalayan region, you will get an immeasurable insight into the lifestyle of people from the mountains.

Your mind will be blown by how such a simple and hard-working life is much appreciated by the locals, which explains their enriching culture and tradition. The overall experience of the tea houses and homestays can get extremely overwhelming when you learn how struggling the lives in the Himalayas are.

The Himalayan tales from the people who call it home are truly engrossing, and you might even start to appreciate the life you are getting to live more, creating everlasting memories and connections with the survivors of the Himalayas while you take a sip of tea and relish in the filling Dal Bhat Tarkari.

Step into the holy ambiance of Muktinath Temple in Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek

The sacred temple of the Hindu deity, also referred to as the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology, Vishnu, at an elevation of 3,800 m, is widely revered as the ‘temple of liberation’ in the world.

The 108 glacial water sprout from this temple encompassment is believed to purify all the human faults committed knowingly or unknowingly and help in obtaining liberation. Every year, more than thousands of people visit the divine temple situated in the lap of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

During your 23-day Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will get to take a round in the holiest Muktinath of the region, whose beauty smitten everyone, leaving none unhypnotized.

The whole temple complex has the ultimate serenity and a perfect viewpoint to appreciate the natural and religious allure of the Annapurna region.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) in the Larkya La Pass of Manaslu and Thorong La Pass Of Annapurna

Larkya La Pass (5,160m) is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit, while Thorong La is the maximum altitude high mountain pass of the Annapurna region at an elevation of 5,416 meters above sea level, right in the heart of the Damodar Himal.

Crossing the passes is the most difficult section of any trek you do in Nepal and has an excessive risk of mountain sickness due to the human body's inability to adapt to the arduous mountainous environment.

It can affect anyone regardless of age, fitness level, or experience and can be fatal when not taken care of properly. The local Sherpa guides can be a great help in spotting the symptoms that prioritize your health and well-being over anything and can provide a great aid in overcoming a life-threatening situation.

Generally, acclimatization is what determines whether you will be able to overcome these passes safely or not, and hence, it is important to acclimatize thoroughly even before approaching any high pass, be it Kang La or Thorong La.

Manang, the enchanter of the Annapurna in the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

Manang is a scenic village located in the Annapurna trekking region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Its altitude of 3,540 meters facilitates health services, a good telephone network, and internet connectivity, making it a popular stopover for those trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The ravishing crown-shaped mountain views, rich cultural and historical heritage, and charming villages without having to gain much elevation are the major highlights of the trekking area, even for internal tourists, and a great starting point to begin the trek to the Annapurna Circuit for adequate acclimatization.

From Manang, you can head on a side trek to Milarepa’s Cave, Braga Village, and Bhojo Gompa and roam around the villages nestled in the hamlet of the Marsyangdi River, which enchants countless inner and foreign tourists.

Venture the Apple Valley of Nepal, Jomsom in the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

Jomsom is the Kali Gandaki River Valley, the gateway to the upper Mustang in the Gandaki Province, situated in the Mustang district, which is also one of the stops on the Annapurna Circuit Trek and is widely known for its delicious apple.

As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away. During your trek to the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks, you will get to have a bite of freshly picked apples in Jomsom as per the 23-day itinerary set by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.

Along with the fresh apples, the valley is well known for mouth-watering baked apple pies and other apple products such as apple brandy and apple cider. The organic taste of the apples from Jomsom cannot be matched by any other apples cultivated due to the increased use of pesticides and insecticides in the city area.

Besides apples, the barren and rugged valley also shelters the unique mesmerizing landscapes and diverse culture primarily influenced by Tibet yet distinctive, which considers the guests as gods and treats every traveler warmly, hence a must-visit destination in Nepal.

Manaslu Annapurna Circuit 23-days Trek Cost

The standard cost for a 23-day Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek is USD 1690 per person for 1 pax, arranged by Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. We are flexible on this cost as per the number of people in the group: the more trekkers, the merrier the trek, and the cost is based on a group discount, which is:

  • USD 1690 for 1 pax
  • USD 1575 for 2-3 pax
  • USD 1525 for 4-6 pax
  • USD 1475 for 7–10 pax

The total cost of the trek can vary depending on your personal preferences, including the duration of the trek, the services you are looking for, specific trekking routes, and the season when you are planning the trek.

The autumn and spring are the peak trekking times in Nepal, including the Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu. During these seasons, most of the tea houses can be prebooked, so finding proper accommodation is considered a matter of luck and can cost you slightly more than the normal price.

Yet, if you have any special requirements, let us know. We are capable of upgrading the accommodation and food options for you if informed in advance, approximately a month before the departure day.

Note: The package cost also increases when you customize the trek. For more information, please read our cost includes and excludes section.

The best Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

The 23-day Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best itinerary to go trekking in the Manaslu and Annapurna regions of Nepal, commencing from a Kathmandu to Argughat drive by local bus or jeep that moves forward by the picturesque villages of Soti Khola, Maccha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Sama Gaou, Samdo, and Dharamsala and crosses the Larke La Pass in the first half of the trek.

Later, the trail graduals up to cross the major mountain pass of Annapurna Circuit, Thorong La, going through Bhimthang, Tilije, Dharapani, Chyamje, Manang, and Yak Kharka, then descends to Jomsom to catch the flight back to Pokhara and later a ride to the valley of Kathmandu.

This 23-day Manaslu Annapurna Circuit trek involves a day of acclimatization and exploration in Samdo and Manang, along with one day of sightseeing in the valley of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.

The forest you will come across on this trek is subtropical trees of rhododendrons, oak, and pine while enjoying the melodramatic landscapes, terraced farms and fields, roaring rivers and canyons, and more than thirty mountain views of the Himalayas.

Why trek Manaslu Annapurna Circuit with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks?

Trekkers and adventurers must be well aware that trekking in the higher Himalayan zone, such as Manaslu Annapurna Circuit, where the weather varies in a pinch of seconds, needs careful planning, preparation, and budget, as well as gear and equipment consideration, for a victorious trekking experience.

Managing all essential logistics and paying extra attention to the overall trek journey for anyone can be quite a hassling encounter, and it might get very confusing to choose the right trek partner for you. Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks comes to rescue you from such burdensome trekking arrangements.

We have been one of the leading travel and trek organizers in the field of catering adventures based in the eye-candy valley of Kathmandu, Thamel, Nepal, for more than 20 years. We excel at customizing the trek and travel as per our client’s preferences, as authorized by the government of Nepal.

Connect with us now for an extraordinary travel and trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal as well as in different beautiful parts of the world, including Tibet, India, Singapore, and Bhutan, without any hidden cost policies and to make the most of your travel.

Itinerary
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A representative from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks will pick you up and take you to your predetermined hotel upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

In your free time, you can wander around the lively streets of Thamel and buy essential gear and equipment for your upcoming trek.

In the evening, you will attend a welcome dinner and a short briefing session led by our tour leader or guide.

Any questions concerning the trek must be clarified at this time.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • Mealsnot available
  • Max. Altitude1,340 m

You will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu by visiting several UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Pashupath Nath, which is the most sacred Hindu temple of Lord Shiva with a cremation ground at the bank of the Bagmati River; Swaymbhunath, also called the monkey temple, with a group of fur babies roaming around everywhere possible; and Boudhnath, the mini-Tibetan with a high influence of Tibetan culture.

Lastly, the popular Durbar Squares of the Valley: Patan, Basantapur, and Bhaktapur, with a pleasant aroma of Nepali species and fine arts

  • Accommodation3 star hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

The drive today begins after an early morning breakfast along the Prithivi Highway west from Kathmandu through the stunning scenery of rivers and hills across the Trishuli River, joining the asphalt roads to Dhading.

After lunch on the way, you will head for the Arughat Bazaar, which is a 2 to 3-hour walk from Dhading in the event of monsoon rain obstructing the vehicles following the Budhi Gandaki River and take a jeep for Soti Khola.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude870 m

From here, there are a series of ascents and descents to Alamara, a village on the flank with Majestic Himalayas views passing thick forest, Budhi Gandaki Valleys, and Hills.

It will take you a steep ascent on the rocky path, crossing a stream, and descending past a few rice terraces to make it first to the Gurung village of Lapubesi. Then to Maccha Khola.

Throughout the way, you will enjoy the local lifestyle, dwellings, landscapes, and waterfalls.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude869 m

This day, you will travel along the slope of farm fields and rice paddies, further ahead to the wider valleys with great views of Sringi Himal, also known as Chamar (7,187 m).

Then, the path lowers down to the shores of white sand and passes several more villages to reach Kholabesi.

After a few more villages following the narrow path, you will be at Tatopani, with a hot spring to chill and relax your spines, and finally at Jagat.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,340 m

Today, you will yet again cross a suspension bridge, pass a forested area, and move along a rock-carved path to reach Doban.

Soon after passing over a shaky bridge in Doban Khola, you will keep ascending and descending till Deng and spend overnight in the tea house.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,860 m

You will leave Deng village with a steep uphill hike that goes down to the river bank, which offers a pleasant walk through dense bamboo forest up to Deng Khola.

The trail then descends to the river bank and valley, surrounded by cliffs, when you keep moving on to the forest, crossing wooden bridges a few times over the river of Budhi Gandaki, which is steeper until Namru village.

From here, the Tibetan border is only a few kilometers away to the north.

Overnight in the tea house in Namrung!

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House in Namrung
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,630 m

On this day, you will come across Hinan Khola after passing several villages and then to Sho village after crossing the streams, where you will get spectacular views of Manaslu North Peak, Naike Peak, and Manaslu, while Lho possesses wide farm fields on the gentle mountain.

Lho is a large village with ample houses and a fine gompa that assures an excellent view of the surroundings.

The settlement seen starts widening after crossing the Pungn glacier, and you will start to move from one chorten to another till you reach Sama.

The Sama is distinguishable even before arrival due to its large number of Mani stones, Chhortens, and the Gompa atop the hill. Worth a visit!

Overnight in the tea house in Sama Goau!

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,520 m

Crossing by the foot over the great Manaslu Glacier, you pass the trail that branches off to Manaslu Base Camp, where you enter a woodland with marmots in the birch and juniper bushes.

A final steep ascent brings you to the charming village of Samdo, with a well-established Tibetan refugee community—Tibetan is only a morning’s walk away.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,790 m

You will take the day to explore and acclimate your body to the altitude. Walking north from Samdo, climbing gradually along the Athahra Saya Khola, then descending gently towards the river bed, crossing a side river on a wooden bridge, Then you will climb again and go beside the river on its western side.

After 3 hours of walking from Samdo, the Athahra Saya Khola turns west. You will cross the bridge and begin to climb the slope. At its bottom, the trail may seem unclear as several Yak trails are going up, but as you climb, it is clear that your way is up. The climb to the top of the Rui La Pass is 4,998m

Along the way, there are raw sights of Manaslu in the distance, as well as the Hindu and Fukang glaciers just behind you as you climb. The Rui La Pass is a "classic" U-shaped mountain pass. Prayer flags mark the pass, and a border stone marks the border between Nepal and "Dzong Who" (China).

Numerous mountain ranges can be seen on the Tibetan side, and if you are patient enough, wait to see a Yak caravan crossing the pass to bring goods into Nepal.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,790 m

After an easy first part of the day, you will cross the Budhi Gandaki for the last time before gradually rising off the trail through juniper and tundra to a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier.

Climbing further, you will arrive at the Spartan Larkya guest house.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,790 m

An early morning start is needed for a strenuous yet rewarding day. A pre-dawn start to avoid the anticipated heavy wind is important.

After a long, gradual climb alongside the moraine, you make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4,700 m), which you will cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below, and then it is up to the crest of Larkya La (5,100m).

The award for these difficult trekking conditions is the brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru, and Annapurna II, as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu.

On the steep descent, you will drop around 600m in less than an hour, which then levels off onto yak pastures before finally reaching Bhimthang, a collection of typical summer Kharkas.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800 m

You will now start to descend on much easier terrain through meadows, pine, and rhododendron forests until you reach Hampuk.

Then, the path drops further, following the course of the Dudh Khola. Crossing the stream fed by the snows of the Kichke Himal, you will arrive at Karche and continue to the village of Gho, where rice is back on the menu and Nepalese ‘dhal bhat’ is revisited.

Keeping to the west bank of the river, your afternoon is one of gradual descent to the Gurung settlement of Tilije. From here, the trail descends to Thonje. Crossing the Marshyandi River leads you to the village of Dharapani.

Overnight in the guest house!

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800 m

Right after breakfast, you will start to move for Chyamje (2,713 m), surrounded by verdant forest and massive mountains.

You will travel through a thick forest, enjoying the waterfalls on the way to your destination, working as a trade center for the Manang district, Chyamje, to stay overnight at a guesthouse.

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,713 m

To hike from Chyamje to Pisang, you will follow the path over a tighter river valley with a great number of trees.

The exhaustion fades away as you start to receive the mesmerizing views of Pisang (3,292 m). To sum up, it takes about three hours to arrive at Pisang and spend a night at the guest house.

  • AccommodationComfortable Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,292 m

Pisang consists of two routes; both routes can be approached, yet the views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Pisang Peak, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Chulu Peak are astonishing fromthe upper trail.

Afterward, you will cross the Jharsang Khola with a Khangsar, a Gurung village on the way, and prayer flags on the top of a small monastery.

Overnight stay at the guest house!

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,351 m

It is an interesting and exciting day to acclimatize to the high alpine climate, which begins after a delicious breakfast.

You can use this day to visit the monastery or hike Gangpurna Lake and viewpoint with the clear blue sky, delight to the heart, and camera to capture all the soaring mountains, hills, and villages.

After spending some quality time, you will return to the guest house and explore the area to energize yourself for further treks in the coming days.

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,351 m

The hike today is through the colorful inhabitants of Manang, followed by a path of stone walls and a sandy path to Yak Kharka after passing through Koche village.

The Koche village is famous for grazing animals. The pasture land of grasses and varieties of seasonal flowers that have glaciers and other water resources make this place very attractive.

Overnight stay at a guesthouse!

  • AccommodationGuest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,200 m

Today, you will carry on trekking in the direction of Thorong Phedi High Camp (4,780 m), devoid of any scenery, which is a majestic high alpine landscape.

Then, you will ascend to the base camp, which is popular as a tiny village situated near the Marshyandi River. Below the river, there is a huge meadow. Overnight stay at a guesthouse!

  • AccommodationThe Local Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,780 m

You will climb another 1,000 meters to reach the holy Muktinath, adored by Hindus and Buddhists.

You will first pass through Khingar (3,400m) before making it gradually to Jharkot (3,500 m), an inspiring stronghold for natives.

Staying the night in Ranipur will allow you to adapt more consistently if you choose to continue with the first portion of Muktinath, which has other benefits. 

Overnight at the hotel!

  • AccommodationCozy Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude5,416 m

The day when you will start to retrace your way back to Kathmandu is finally here. You will first head to Pokhara for sightseeing, which is known for being a tourist paradise.

Canoeing, biking, and generally wandering around are what make this place a fantastic tourist spot, including the religious shrines, which are the perfect to hang out amidst stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range.

  • AccommodationComfortable 3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude2,730 m

From Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu taking nearly 6 to 7 hours. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery from the window and during the stops we can get out and capture some photographs. On the way, you can take your lunch. Overnight stay in a hotel.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner

On your departure day, we will transport you to the airport at least three hours before your scheduled flight from Nepal.

On your way home, you may be considering your next epic adventure to Nepal with us.

Thank you for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks. We hope to see you again!

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek - 23 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 18 nights and 19 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking departure point, from Jomsom to Pokhara by air and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus.
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Special restrected permit for Manaslu region
  • Annapurna Conservation permit (ACAP)
  • MCAP permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project)
  • Tourist service charge, VAT
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast, one night accommodation in Pokhara at bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flight 
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: ThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateEnds: FridayMay 17, 2024PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayMay 21, 2024PricePriceUS$1575StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

How difficult is the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek?

The 23-day expedition in the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit is considered to be a moderately challenging trek that revolves around the eighth and tenth-highest mountains in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163m) and Mount Annapurna (8,091m).

Trekking through the combined route involves quite a long day of hiking through steep ascents and descents, overpassing the high mountain passes, and navigating the tough, remote, rocky terrain.

The high passes that you will have to cross, Larkya La and Thorong La, can pose a threat of acute mountain sickness (AMS), as they are known for being physically as well as mentally demanding.

Trekkers trekking the combined Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trail are advised to make up their minds for varying mountain weather conditions even before starting to trek and are suggested to do a month of advance regular exercise.

Once the trek begins, make sure to acclimatize thoroughly to help with the high-altitude adaptation and prevent being sick due to altitude during the trek.

Do you need a special permit to trek the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit Trek falls within the restricted area of Nepal, and hence a special permit is required to enter this strictly protected land. The entry fee varies depending on the trekking season.

Which is USD 70 per week for the first entry and USD 15 extra per day after each additional day in the peak trekking season of September to November. In the off-season from December to August, the Manaslu Circuit Restricted Permit Fee comes to around USD 50 for the first seven days and USD 7 beyond the week for each extended day.

While the Annapurna and Manaslu trekking regions both lie under the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need to obtain the standard Anapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to trek. The cost of this permit varies based on the nationality of the trekkers, which generally charges USD 30 per person per entry for all tourists.

As per the citizens of the SARRC countries, the ACAP permit is purchasable for NPR 1,000 only. Both permits can be granted through a licensed government-registered trekking agency issued by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The best time to trek Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit

Despite the Manaslu Circuit Trek's popularity as one of the most happening treks in the monsoon lying in the rain shadow area, if you are hopeful for a combined trek to Annapurna Circuit as well, the spring and autumn are the best primary seasons to trek Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit.

These two seasons in the Manaslu and Annapurna Trekking regions offer the most stable weather conditions, vast blue skies, spectacular scenery, and the best trekking route conditions.

Food and accommodation in Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek

Compared to the Manaslu Trekking Route, the Annapurna has more developed trails and hence offers more facilities in terms of food and accommodation. Though the rooms and meals tend to be simpler, the Annapurna Circuit provides an extensive menu to choose from and a range of accommodation options.

Although the food menu and accommodation alternatives can be limited in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, It is enough for comfortable trekking. To conclude, the overall condition of food and accommodation in the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit Trek is basic yet convenient for a successful trek that often includes Dal-Bhat-Tarakari, Tibetan cuisines, and some international dishes as well.

The room generally comes with a twin-sharing bed and a common bathroom furnished traditionally. Hot showers usually refer to a bucket full of lukewarm water and a jug an extra charge at the higher elevations of the Himalayas. However, if you have any special performances, you might consider sharing them with your trusted trekking agencies, as they might be able to make some luxury trekking settings for you!

Insurance to trek the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit

The merged trek to Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit is a long expedition in the precarious yet rewarding Himalayas of Nepal. It involves several days of lengthy trekking through the sheer ascents and descents and crossing two mountain passes where the weather cannot be predicted at all.

Therefore, to ensure your safety and financial protection in case of any unforeseen circumstances or medical emergencies, it is crucial to travel with a reliable insurance company to minimize the risk during the trek.

Make sure the insurance you have taken covers emergency medical evacuation, necessary medical treatment and hospitalization, trip cancellation and interruption, and high-altitude coverage, as well as coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged baggage and personal items.

Must you hire a guide to trek the Manaslu Annapurna Circuit

As per the new Nepalese government regulation regarding trekking guides, it has been mandatory to hire trained and licensed guides to trek in Nepal, whether you are a group of adventurers or a solo trekker, from April 1st, 2023.

The government’s intention is apparent: to secure trekking and other adventures in the Nepalese Himalayas and upgrade the overall trekking experience in the mountain regions of Nepal that might invoke unthinkable challenges when not approached with extra consciousness.

Therefore, for safe navigation, cultural and local insights without any language barrier, support in the event of an emergency, and proper management of the trekking logistics, it is recommended to hire the local Sherpa guide to trek Manaslu Annapurna Circuit.

The guides are hireable from the tourist hubs of Kathmandu, Thamel, and different starting points of the trek for USD 20 per day, which covers all their expenses for food, accommodation, insurance, and gear and equipment.

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