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Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek - 20 Days

  • Annapurna Region , Nepal
  • 20 Days
  • Trekking in Nepal
  • 5416m
Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek

Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek

Trip At Glance

Duration

20

Max Altitude

5416

Best Season

Autumn & Spring

Trip Type

Tea House

Transportation

Flight, Private, Jeep, Public Bus

Accomodation

Tea house,Lodge

Overview And Highlights

Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek combines three beautiful trekking that encircle the central Himalayas, the mighty Annapurna region. It incorporates off-beat Manaslu Circuit Trek, off-beat Nar Phu Valley Trek, and the most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek.

If you plan either of these treks individually, it can take 12-14 days alone. However, on the 20 days of the Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek, you'll complete all three treks. Moreover, you'll climb Kang-La, Thorung-La, and Larkya-La, three beautiful High Passes of the Annapurna region.

However, the ecstasy of embarking on this majestic 20-day adventure is not for every trekker. Only trekkers with high-altitude trek experience are the best fit for this trek. It's among the most challenging treks because you must cross three high passes.

This trek progresses through the steamy lowlands, rugged high-altitude terrain, freezing high passes, beautiful gorges and valleys, mountain deserts, and unblemished secluded villages of restricted areas in Nepal.

Trek Highlights

 

  • Complete three beautiful trekking, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, and Nar Phu, on a single trip.
  •   Cross Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes, Larkya La, Kang La, and Thorung La.
  • Breathtaking panoramic view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Manaslu, Himlung, Pisang, Tilicho Peak, and more.
  • Trek to Muktinath, Jomsom, along Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  •    Beautiful low-land terrace farming, high-altitude millet farmlands, and apple orchards at Marpha.
  • Multicultural experience with different ethnicities of Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Mustang.
  •  Affordable fixed departure trek with an experienced trekking guide, expert-made logistics, and hand-picked itinerary.

Let's dissect the topic "Manaslu Annapurna Three High Passes Trek" with three beautiful trekkings first.

Three different treks on one- Manaslu Circuit Trek

 

If one trek Nepal trekker admires the most, there's no other than the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The popularity of this trek is rising each day. The beautiful gorges, terrace farmlands, hamlets, and off-beat trail make it a must-explore trek in Nepal. Furthermore, the beautiful Samagaun village, Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain, and Larkya-La are the significant highlights of this trek.

Since it's a circuit trek, you'll start from Machhakhola and end at Dharapani. In between, you'll enter a restricted area, Manaslu Base Camp, cross Larkya Pass, and trek down to Bimthang. It's a moderate-grade, arduous trek that rewards you in more significant ways.

Instead of doing the complete circuit, once you reach Bimthang, you'll trek into the Annapurna region from Tilje to Nar Phu.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar and Phu are two isolated villages in the Northern Annapurna region. Luckily, the Nar Phu Valley is still far from the bustling trekkers. As of this, you can cherish the Tibetan-influenced culture, lifestyles, mountain panorama, raw natural aesthetics, and unmatched tranquility.

Enriched with centuries-old Buddhist monasteries and three of the world's highest mountain panoramas, Nar and Phu villages offer exquisite adventure to you.

Unlike the more extended Nar Phu Trek, on the Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek, you'll trek from Meta to Nar without visiting Phu. As both the places are almost identical, avoiding Phu's visit saves three trek days.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

 

You'll trek to Ngawal from Nar Village by crossing Kang-La, a 5,320-meter-high Himalayan Pass. From Ngawal, you'll be on the

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek, often termed the Annapurna Round Trek, is among the most beautiful treks in Nepal. Annapurna is everyone's favorite, the heaven of mountains, inspiring landscapes, freshwater lakes, deepest gorges, and valleys. You'll love the affluent amenities at tea houses, a handful of meal choices, and comfortable overnight accommodation.

You'll trek along the mountain deserts, Kali Gandaki Gorge, apple orchards at Marpha, sacred Muktinath Temple, and beautiful Jomsom.

Unlike regular treks, the Annapurna Circuit on Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek completes in five days. You'll trek to Manang, Thorung La, Muktinath, and Jomsom and reach Pokhara in five days.

Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes

 

Of the three passes you'll cross on Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek, two are in the Annapurna region, and one is in Manaslu. Kang-La Pass and Thorung-La Pass are in the Annapurna region. Larkya-La is in Manaslu Circuit. First, you'll trek to Manaslu, cross Larkya-La, trek to Nar Phu, cross Kang-La, trek to Manang, and cross Thorung-La.

Here are some insights on these three different passes, their altitude profile, and difficulty.

Larkya La

Larkya-La is the highest point you'll reach while in Manaslu Circuit Trek. It's among the toughest and longest Himalayan Passes, and crossing it takes 6-7 hours. It sits between Dharmashala and Bhimtang at an altitude of 5,106 meters. And out of three passes on this trek, it ranks third.

Larkya La is also a viewpoint in the Manaslu region. You'll see Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Annapurna II from here.

You'll stop at Sama Gaun for acclimatization before trekking to Dharamshala and crossing this pass. On doing so, you'll not get altitude sickness while crossing the pass.

Kang La

Kang La is the most arduous of the three passes on Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes. Its steep cross sections with exposed ridges make crossing it challenging. However, for an experienced trekker, it's a pure joy to travel.

It sits over 5,306 meters in the Manang district. You'll cross Kang La from Nar Village. This pass links the Nar Phu Valley and Annapurna Circuit Trek route in Ngawal.

The top of this pass is highly rewarding and offers panoramic Annapurna mountain scenery. Annapurna III, Himlung, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak are prominently visible peaks from Kang La.

Thorung La

Thorong La Pass sits in Damodar Himal, at an altitude of 5,416 meters. It bridges Manang and Mustang. Crossing this pass, you'll reach Muktinath and Jomsom. Apart from trekkers, the local traders also cross this pass on a regular basis.

Apart from Annapurna Circuit Trekker, Thorung Pass is popular among Tilicho Lake Trekkers. Most trekkers on Tilicho Lake visit Thorung La and return to Yak Kharka instead of trekking down to Mustang and completing the circuit.

Also, trekking to Thorung La is easier than trekking to the other two passes. As Annapurna Circuit Trek is a more popular trek, trails here are more developed than in Manaslu and Nar Phu.

The top of Thorung La blesses trekkers with the most beautiful panorama of the entire central Annapurna range. Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Nilgiri are best seen from the top of this pass.

Through beautiful valleys, high-altitude hamlets, three passes, two restricted regions, a deserted landscape, and a multicultural experience, you'll return to Kathmandu. You'll complete a junket that others achieve in three treks in a single go. You'll get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of two beautiful trekking regions of Nepal, Manaslu and Annapurna.

Day to Day Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu to Dobhan. Trek to Jagat (1,340 meters/10 hours’ drive/4 hours trek)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1340

After breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, you'll start the trek with a drive from Kathmandu to Dobhan. The distance is 210 KM. You'll drive along the beautiful Budhi Gandaki Gorge and thick woodlands. You'll stop at Soti Khola for lunch.

From Dobhan, you'll trek to Jagat for four hours, covering a 7 km distance. You'll stop overnight at a tea house in Jagat.

Trek from Jagat to Deng (2,095 meters/20 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2095

As usual, you'll start the trek early, at 7:30, after breakfast at the tea house. From Jagat, you'll trek to Sirdibas Village. The Buddhist Mani Walls, prayer flags, a panorama of Shringi Mountain, and locals are the focal attractions of Sirdibas.

You'll stop for lunch at Philim before trekking to Ekle Bhatti, Nyak, and Deng. The section between Philim and Deng has beautiful waterfalls, mountains, Sierra views, and cascading rivers.

Overnight at a tea house in Deng.

Trek from Deng to Namrung (2,660 meters/19 km/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2660

After leaving Deng, you'll cross a beautiful suspension bridge and trek to Rana and Bihi Phedi. You'll trek further to Ghap Village, crossing several active landslide zones.

You must be extra cautious at these sections and trek along the group, following the guide's instructions.

After crossing the landslide zone, you'll reach a river from where the trail ascends to Namrung. From here, through the uneven trail, you'll trek for one and a half hours to Namrung.

Namrung is the best place on the Manaslu Trek to stay, as good tea houses serve cappuccino and wifi. Overnight at a tea house at Namrung.

Trek from Namrung to Lho (3,180 meters/10 KM/7 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3180

The Tibetan-influenced culture and lifestyle become more visible as you start the trek to Lho. You'll trek to Banjam village and climb to Lihi and Sho. Between these villages, you'll pass a handful of terrace farmings, lush forests, and Nubri people, the ethics of Manaslu.

You'll have your restricted area permit checked at Namrung.

Lho Village greets you with a beautiful panorama of Mt. Manaslu and Nagdi Chuli, also known as Peak 29.

Overnight at a tea house in Lho.

Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun (3,520 meters/8 KM/6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3520

You'll trek to Sama Gaun from Lho via Pungen Glacier. But first, you'll have breakfast at the tea house in Lho.

After leaving Lho, you'll trek to Shyala, a beautiful village before Sama Gaun. The trek progresses through beautiful oak, pine, and rhododendron forests. One hour from Shyala takes you to Sama Gaun, where you'll stop for overnight accommodation.

: Acclimatization at Sama Gaun. Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4,750 meters/10 KM/6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4750

Acclimatization at Sama Gaun is a must, so you'll stop here on this day. You'll trek to Manaslu Base Camp as part of the acclimatization hike.

It sits north of Sama Gaun, from where you'll see Mt. Manaslu, Sama Gaun, Pungyen Glacier, and Birendra Lake.

You'll start the acclimatization hike after breakfast. As you'll return late and there are no tea houses en route, you'll need to carry a packed lunch for the day. To assist, your trek porter carries the packed lunch of the entire group.

Overnight at the tea house in Sama Gaun.

Trek from Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,700 meters/8 Km/5 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3700

Trek to Samdo showcases the beautiful Yak pasturelands on the lap of mighty mountains.

You'll start the day with breakfast at a tea house in Sama Gaun. You'll leave the tree line and trek on high-altitude terrain. You'll cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and trek to White Kani. White Kani is a beautiful village with more Yaks and fewer people.

A one-and-a-half-hour walk from this village takes you to Samdo. Samdo is a beautiful Tibetan refugee village that sits ideally with a panorama of Mt. Manaslu on the backdrop.

Overnight at a tea house in Samdo.

Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala (4,450 meters/7 KM/6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4450

You'll start the trek early. Departing from Samdo to Larkya Bazaar, you cross several mini-streams along the picturesque trail. You'll reach Larkya Bazaar and stop for lunch. This place used to be a trading center between Manaslu and Tibet.

Past Dharamshala, you'll gain some altitude climbing to Dharamshala. This palace contains wonders like a stone-carved bed and the chain of scenic mountains in the Mansiri Range. It's the last stop before crossing Larkya La.

Overnight at a tea house in Dharamshala.

Trek from Dharamshala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5,106 meters/4,500 meters/16 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5106

You'll leave Dharamshala early, around 5 am. It's a long day's walk to Bimthang via Larkya Pass.

After leaving Dharamshala, you'll trek to Cho Chanda. From here, you'll start crossing the pass, which takes 5-6 hours. Also, traveling in this section can be difficult for most.

From Larkya La top, you'll get the awe-striking view of Himlung Himal, Gyagi Kung, Annapurna II, and Kang Koru. You'll also stop at the Larkya Pass landmark for photographs.

The remaining section of the trail now becomes more straightforward as its entire downhill walk to Bumthang. However, you must be careful if the trail is snowy and slippery.

To recover from the longest day walk, you'll get happy meals and hot drinks at Bimthang. Settle in for overnight accommodation at Bimthang.

Trek from Bimthang to Tilje (2,300 meters/18 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2300

Instead of trekking to Dharapani, you'll walk to Tilje, in the Annapurna Conservation Area.

After breakfast, you'll start the downhill trek to Tilje. It's a long day hike.

The temperate forest reappears, you'll feel warmer, and you'll trek along the pine and rhododendron forests. You'll spot the terrace farming once you reach Kharche.

After uneven ascend and descent, you'll trek along the Marshyangdi River.Overnight accommodation at Tilje.

Trek from Tilje to Koto (2,610 meters/16 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2610

The authentic colors of the Annapurna circuit unfold as you start the trek from Tilje. You'll see Annapurna II, Mt. Manaslu, and other beautiful mountains. You'll trek along beautiful villages like Thanchowk, Marshyangdi River Shore, Bagarchap Village, and Timang. You'll also pass by countless mani walls, prayer flags, people, and their lifestyles.

You'll settle in for overnight accommodation at Koto Village. You'll get a panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu Range, and Lamjung Himal from here.

Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560 meters/14 KM. 8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3560

Past Koto, you'll enter the Nar Phu Valley, a restricted region. You'll start the trek with breakfast and carry the packed lunch for the day. There are only a few tea houses between Koto and Meta.

You'll trek along Nar River, steep cross-sections, cave shelters for pilgrims, and a thick forest. As you approach meta, the treeline decreases and opens up the beautiful panorama of mountains.

You'll pass through a beautiful pine forest and a dancing waterfall and reach Meta Village. It's a small yet culturally enriched village. You'll settle in for overnight accommodation at the tea house.

Trek from Meta to Nar Village (4,200 meters/15 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4200

You'll start the trek early as you'll trek more than 15 KM in 8 hours.

After leaving Meta, you'll descend to a river through a narrow gorge and trek north. The uneven ascending and descending trail takes you to a withered landscape with Chortens and Mani walls.

You'll cross a suspension bridge and reach Nar village. You'll settle in for overnight accommodation at a tea house.

Trek from Nar Village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5,320 meters, 15 KM, 8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5320

You'll start early, around 5 am, to cross the pass before mid-day. Past mid-day, the wind blows strong at the pass, making crossing it difficult.

En route, you'll notice several Yak herders and pasture lands.

The picturesque top of Kang La Pass is decorated with prayer flags. Also, the Annapurna III-IV, Machhapuchhre, Tilicho Peak, and the landscape of Manang appear awe-struck.

From the pass, you'll trek down to Ngawal. Overnight at the tea house in Ngawal.

Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3,570 meters/ 9 KM/6 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3570

From Ngawal, you'll trek down to the Marshyangdi River. You'll trek along the pine forest of Mugji, a 500-year-old Braga village, and trek to Manang. It's a short day hike with easy trekking.

Once you reach Manang, you'll settle at a tea house for overnight accommodation.

During the evening, the sunset over Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Pisang Peak, and Tilicho Peak is worth the watch.

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,010 meters/10 KM/8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4010

The Manang to Yak Kharka trek is a moderate-grade walk for 8 hours.

After breakfast, you'll start the trek to Yak Kharka. The first section of the route sees you ascending to high pasturelands. From here, the trail descends to the Ghyanchang River. Past this river, the trail climbs again along the juniper bushes. Another one-and-a-half-hour walk takes you to Yak Kharka.

Yak Kharka. It is a beautiful place to stop by. You'll settle in at a tea house for overnight accommodation.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4,870 meters/ 8 KM/ 8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4870

Thorong High Camp is the last settlement before trekking to the pass and Muktinath.

After breakfast, the trek resumes as you walk to the end of Ledar. The mountain panorama becomes closer and more apparent as you reach the last settlement of Ledar.

You'll get a great view of Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Chulu Peak.

Ninety minutes walk from Ledar takes you to a wooden bridge at Kone River. You'll trek to Thorong High Camp on a zigzag route from here.

You'll settle in at a tea house at Thorong High Camp for overnight accommodation.

Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters/ 14 KM/ 10 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
5416

It's the longest day on the entire Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek.

To escape the windy afternoon at the top of Thorong La, you'll start the trek around 4 am. The trails are difficult to ascend due to ice blocks, water streams, and a gully of snow melt from Thorong Peak. The remaining route till the pass is a glacier moraine.

Thorong La Pass offers a view of Dhaulagiri, Bhrikuti, Damodar Himal, and the mighty Annapurna mountains.

From the top, you'll descend to Muktinath along the grassy meadows of Mustang. You'll stop at Rani Pauwa in Mustang, close to Muktinath Temple.

Overnight accommodation at a tea house in Rani Pauwa.

Trek to Jomsom via Lupra Village (2,800 meters/ 18 KM/ 8 hours)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2800

Sunrise on Mt. Dhaulagiri is worth waking up in the morning. You'll start the trek to Jomsom via Lupra Village. It's a complete downhill hike to Jomsom. You'll stop at Lupra for lunch.

The trail progresses through the beautiful Kali Gandaki gorge.

You'll reach Jomsom around 4 pm. If you like strolling around, you can visit the apple orchards in Marpha.

Settle in for overnight accommodation at a tea house in Jomsom.

: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Take a connecting flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400 meters/25 minutes)

Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

With breakfast in the morning, you'll take the flight to Pokhara. Jomsom-Pokhara's flight time is 20 minutes, and Pokhara-Kathmandu's flight time is 25 minutes.

Note: If the weather turns unfavorable for the flight, we'll arrange a jeep ride from Jomsom to Pokhara.

You'll have your lunch at Pokhara. After lunch, you'll take the flight to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu airport, you'll get a complimentary airport-to-hotel transfer on a private vehicle.

With this, your 20-day Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes Trek ends.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pickup and drop by private car 
  • Three  meals a (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • All accommodations during the trek.(Toilet will be outside from your room)
  • Office paper works Annapurna National park entry permit
  • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • Jeeps from Kathmandu to Manang and  Jomsom- pokhara- Kathmandu by flight.
  • A helpful, knowledgeable, friendly,well English speaking  trained, government license holder guide With all his salary, food, drinks,accommodation and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Trekking route Map
  • Domestic Airport tax
  • Souviner  Nepal  made Organice Tea
  • Company certificate after the successful trek
  • Seasonal fresh fruit juice during the trek

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar
  • International airfare/Your Travel insurance
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu/pokhara/
  • Tea/Coffee/bottles drinks/ Sweet things
  • Hot shower/Camera’s  battery charge during the trek

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