Ktm - Arughat - Jagat - Philim - Lho - Samagaoun - Dharmasala - Larkye Pass - Danaque - Manang - Lader - Thorong La Pass -Muktinath - Jomsom -Pkr - Ktm
Manaslu Two Passes Trek is the combination of the Larkye Pass 5160mtrs and Thorong-La pass 5416mtrs. Manaslu two passes trek is developing trekking trail these days. But trekking groups need to buy a special permit due to restricted areas to enter into this region to undertaking round. And Its magnificent circuit in the Manaslu region but Thorong pass is well and popular trekking in the Annapurna region.
Manaslu two passes trek starts from Arughat to Larkye pass in the Manaslu region. After crossed the Larky Pass 5160mtrs and entering Annapurna Region on departing Bimtang the Manaslu Circuit descents along the bank of the Dudh Khola, the milky river that spills into the Marsyangdi at joint the Annapurna circuit trail at Dharapani and continues upstream to Manang, then crosses the Thorong La 5416mtrs to descend as far as Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki, from where it`s possible to catch a flight out to Pokhara or can walk and drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Manaslu two passes trek is an adventurous trek combination of two passes. But can explore a different culture, mountains and people from two trekking regions. Site of Manaslu with attractive views of Shringi Himal 7161mtrs, Himalchuli 7893mtrs, Nagdi Chuli(Peak 29) 7871mtrs, Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs, Ganesh Himal II 7118mtrs, Simnang Himal 6251mtrs, Saula Himal 6235mtrs, Cheo Himal 6812mtrs, Himlung Himal 7126mtrs and other. The unique landscape, species of birds, diversity in plants, Ancient Gumba, wildlife and flora fauna with fewer trekkers. This trek offers spectacular mountain views of the numerous above the 7000m and Annapurna snowy peaks s well as a nice popular trekking route with many trekkers and comfort guesthouses along the trek.
30 Min. Hotel
Well, come to Himalayas Nepal! We pick up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and drop to your hotel where you had booked. After resting some hours and we come there to brief about our program.
To manage all require legal documents and trekking gear checking time.
5-6 hrs Camp
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Manaslu. Drive by local bus to Arughat through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is a small town right side of Dhading and left the side of Gorkha district; explore the surrounding area and overnight at the camp near the Buri Gandaki River.
5-6 hrs Lodge
The first day crosses the metal bridge and walk through Gurung, Magar and Newar village on the less vehicle road and is viewing Buri Gandaki River. Which you will be following to source of Buri Gandaki, field, beautiful waterfall, wet rice, maize, and millet are the main crops and some time we can see a monkey in the forest. After this place, we walk through Mangaltar, Arkhet Bazaar and continue to Kuerepani. Climb on stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier and narrower and descend to Soti Khola 710mtrs camp today near the Buri Gandaki River overnight at lodge.
5-6 hrs Lodge
The trek through shady sal forests then climbs up and down for some time Labubensi 884mtrs. Following Buri Gandaki rive as well as Gurung village Khanibensi and continue up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the jungle and crossing through cliff so we have to beware when you are walking this path some time it may problem of traffic of trekkers and donkeys where is the very narrow trail just one. “Safe Side”, I mean give the turn to donkey if they are coming from another side. Finally, we reach Machha Khola Gurung village near Fish River (Machha Khola) and Buri Gandaki Overnight at the lodge.
7-8 hrs Lodge
Starting point cross the Machha Khola then passing through large Gurung Villages are way above the track passes few houses, like lower Khorla Bensi 960mtrs which was largely destroyed by a huge rocks before 22 years ago as well as they sell own their organic coffee and continue up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani 930mtrs (hot spring) where there is hot water spout under the sheer cliff. Climb up- River a ridge and cross Buri Gandaki on a rickety suspension bridge and arrive Dovan 1070mtrs, which is the place of lunch break. After lunch passing the Thulo Dunga, Yaru Phant as well as cross the left bank Buri Gandaki then we will reach neatly flagstoned Gurung village where Jagat is collected on Tibetan trade and checking point of Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit overnight at lodge Jagat.
6-7 hrs Lodge
After a 10 minutes cross the suspension bridge of Dudha Pokhari Khola and walk slightly uphill to Salleri then walk through Nepali flat and view of Sringi Himal 7161mtrs then climbing up and down to the Sirdibas and cross a Buri Gandaki suspension bridge and climb up to Philim around 45 minutes then have hungry lunch. Having lunch in Philim walking mountain flat through Eklebhatti and New Bridge (this place is the junction of the way to Tsum Valley on the right side uphill) and we follow left way crossing the old suspension bridge after 20 minutes reach in Nyak such a way walking through jungle way to Pewa overnight at lodge.
5-6 hrs Lodge
This is quite a short day compare other the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandak beyond Deng recross to the east bank and climb up to Rana 1980mtrs and pass the trail up to Bhi Phedi 2130mtrs. The river roars below except one place where a rock fall has created a huge dam, continue in and of canyons cross the Serang Khola then reach a pro-village after that again cross an old suspension of Buri Gandaki the after some minutes you will you day place Gap overnight at lodge.
5-6 hrs Lodge
This day walk through beautiful rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a wooden bridge with a deafening narrow ravine below then cross back to the south bank on a second old wooden bridge with langurs. The trail climb up on well made stairs to Namrung which quite good place where is hydropower trekking permit checkpoint and view of Sringi Himal and Ganesh Himal such a way we go head to Lihi (place for lunch) Lamagaun (viewpoint of Himalchuli) and continue walking then will reach to Lho which is good place for trekkers due to Ribung Gompa and excellent view of Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs and other snow peaks from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the Gompa on the hill to the west walk up overnight at lodge.
3-4 hrs Lodge
This is short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. Easy walk to Syala 3510mtrs up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and in clear stream. Enjoy 360-degree views from here due to a fire and extensive deforestation. Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaun 3520mtrs, losing the gigantic views of Mt. Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem have grown from the stone under the Mt. Manaslu.
This is full day rest, relax day so you can wash your clothes and read your book and take hot shower or acclimatize day for Larkya Pass 5135mtrs which day you can hike to Punggyen Gomba, Manaslu Base Camp, as well as Monastery of Sama village and, can visit Birendra Tal for day hike overnight at lodge.
3-4 hrs Lodge
Day of short because of the high elevation the trail goes through via the iceberg-covers Birendra Tal 3450mtrs under the Mt. Manaslu glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through Yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in all directions standing on their burrows. Eventually, leave the tree line behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climbing to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white Kani above but immediately behind is Samdo 3875mtrs. The path passing through the Samdo can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajyang La 5098mtrs sloping up to the right-hand valley. The Larkye La trail is ahead and left. The track to Tibet is currently closed but stocks of timber are being carried up to Samdo by yak in expectation of resumption of trade. The nearest Tibetan town is only one day away from Samdo overnight at lodge.
3-4 hrs Lodge
Trail descending through fields to an old mani wall and stone curve before dropping to the Budi Gandaki River and crossing on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar from here people go to Tibet way through Lajyang Bhanjyang 4998mtrs as well as Gyala Bhanjyang 5375mtrs which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now. Another mani wall marks the starting of ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail climbs up the side of a gorge to the viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000mtrs. Near the Larkya Glacier, we reach Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi, Larkye Rest house) where there is a small lodge overnight at Dharmasala 4460mtrs.
7-8 hrs Lodge
The days climb gradually over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larkye Glacier. The climb is not very difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Look for cairns and metal snow poles which assist route finding. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La 5160mtrs, the is top marked by pray flags hanging on snow poles. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with risk if there is late afternoon. The peaks to the west are Himlung Himal 7126mtrs near Tibet and Kang Guru 6981mtrs, Annapurna II 7937mtrs range and other peaks. The way long descent on loses gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The trail now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widen and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimtang 3590mtrs “plain of sand” a descent of 1400mtrs in about 3-4hours ant overnight at lodge.
6-7 hrs Lodge
After the breakfast, the trek starts to walk and after 25 minutes we cross the Kechakyu Khola Glacier and enter the rhododendron forest. If you are in the season of March and April will see the paradise of rhododendron forest with different colors. The view of the back of Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs is equally stunning. The way is down rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly name Karche 2700mtrs, which is the place to have lunch after 3-4hours day walk. Then way steeply over a point and drop to Gurung village Gho 2515mtrs the first real village after the Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass through the field, copses of oak and rhododendron and overnight at Gurung village Tilije.
3-4 hrs Lodge
Exit the village through a stone curve, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along it`s descending through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally join Annapurna circuit trail of Dharapani village which is the checkpoint of ACAP permit and our descent to follow the Marsyangdi Gorge pass through Thonje via the wooden bridge and through a Chorten-shaped arch and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. Then we will fallow route of Annapurna region to Danaque for overnight at lodge.
6-7 hrs Lodge
After the Danaque 500m climb up to Timang Village from where you can see awesome view of can see some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV and then passing through pine forest of traditional village Thanchock to Koto-like a Nepali flat and reach in District headquarter of Manang District, Chame overnight at lodge.
5-6 hrs Lodge
The trail runs through a dense forest narrow valley and crosses to the south bank of Marshyanngdi Khola at 3038 meters. Which will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500mtrs from the river? The way passing through Telukhu, Brathang and the trail goes the uphill with the famous lunch spot Dhukure Pokhari (Dove Lake) and we find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between giant snow peaks and after walking through these wonderful sites we reach beautiful village Pisang overnight at lodge.
4-5 hrs Lodge
If you spent the night in lower Pisang there are two ways one is following the Marshyangdi Khola and one is crossing the Khola but that trail met up again at Mungji. The lower way passing through pine forest, Manang valley as well as Humde airport where they make flight twice a week and the route through Upper Pisang via Gyaru, Ngawal, and the view is outstanding. The panoramic views of mountains peaks, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and other massifs. The trail continues from Mungji past unique village Gompa of Braga village 3470mtrs nearby Manang overnight at lodge.
It is very important to spend a day acclimatizing in Manang before pushing on to the Thorung La 5416mtrs.
- 100 rupees Lama (Monk), if you go there you should donate 100 rupees so we say that and taking blesses from lama as well as have a cup of sweet tea. Which is around 300mtrs from your hotel and it takes around an hour and rest of time hanging around the village watch Movie.
- front of Manang where Gangapurna lake is and walk up to near the glacier and rest of time chill out or save a energy to push Thorong La 5416mtrs.
- Milirepa Cave, which before the Manang if you would like to go there you should back to Braga and crossing river and climb uphill to near the Annapurna III, it takes around 2 to 3 hours.
-Ice Lake is also day explore which is quite far compared to another one it takes 5 to 6 hours both way but you should take pack lunch and overnight at Manang.
3-4 hrs Lodge
The trail uphill to Tanki from Manang and steadily through Ghungsang leaving the Marshyangdi valley and continue along the jar sang Khola valley and this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees. A cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead it goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. If you hiding to Chauri Lader little further from Yak Kharka uphill taking an hour to Chauri Lader overnight at lodge.
3-4 hrs Lodge
This is a last camp before crossing the Thorong La Pass, the way following yak grazing ground along the Nepali flat then down to Jarsang Khola, Crossing a Jarsang Khola 20 minutes way up to Durali Tea shop for best rest as well as good tea.all the way straight to Phedi and will be there lunchtime after lunch we can hike up to Thorong High Camp for acclimatization and back to Phedi overnight at lodge with delicious food and variety of Bakery items.
7-8 hrs Lodge
This is the last night in Manang District. Phedi means “Food of the Hill” and last day to hard work as well as a long day too. In this morning we have to start early in the morning due to a long day I mean to climb up 850mtrs up and 1700mtrs down to the day camp. The way is steadily up to Thorong High Camp around 40-50 minutes and such a way walk to Tea shop between Thorong Top and High Camp. After half and an hour will summit on the top of Thorong-La Pass 5416mtrs. It takes 3-4 hours to climb up to pass, marked by Chortens and prayer flags. The effort is worthwhile the view from the top Thorong-La Mt.Daulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak along the great barrier to the barren Kali Gandaki valley is magnificent from Thorong Top. On the way down to Muktinath, we can see old and popular pilgrims pace surrounded by the white wall overnight at lodge.
3-4 hrs by walk Hotel
After summit Thorong La Pass, enjoying in pilgrims place Muktinath trek down to Jomsom which takes 3-4hours by walk. Jomsom is district headquarter of Mustang so which is quite big and spend a night there to catch the flight next day.
35m flight Hotel
We fly according to our schedule of flight ticket; during the flight we can see an amazing view of mountains as well as gorge of Kali Gandaki, after 35minutes we land in Pokhara, overnight in Pokhara city.
6-7 hrs by Drive & 30 min by flight Hotel
From Pokhara to Kathmandu there are different services we provide a choice of clients like by Tourist Bus, Private Car and Flight. Your choice is always well come which way you prefer to take and this night we offer you a farewell dinner.
- International airport picks up and drops service.
- 2 Nights standard hotels in Kathmandu on BB plan (before trek).
- Bus ticket to Soikhola by local bus.
- Transportation along the trek.
- Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara.
- One night hotel in Pokhara.
- Deluxe tourist bus back to Kathmandu.
- Drop to the hotel in Kathmandu.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner along the trek with Tea/Coffee in a cup).
- Lodge accommodation on the way (simple one).
- License holder guide (including his salary, equipment, insurance, transportation, lodging, and food)
- Porter (carry luggage 2 trekkers 1 helper and including their salary, equipment, transportation, insurance, lodging, and food)
- Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags.
- Legal documents (MCAP permit, Manaslu restricted area permit, TIMs and ACAP).
- Gov taxes.
- Trekking and city map.
- First aid medical box.
- Some fresh and dry Fruits.
- Token of love from the company.
- Farewell lunch or dinner.
What's not included?
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance.
- Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer etc.
- Personal expenses (laundry, bar bill, telephone, extra helper, battery charge, wifi, shower, and boiled water).
- Tips for guide and porter.
Manaslu and Annapurna Circle
Susan Van Baarsel
Manasalu Two Passes Trek – 2017
Manasalu Two Passes Trek – 2017, We had a fantastic time on the 24-day trek of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits.
In terms of Himalaya Guide Nepal, I couldn’t recommend the company enough. Our guide and porter were a lovely duo – great English and a lot of fun to spend that amount of time with. I thought the price was fair too. Manaslu you need to have a guide with you – they will check! – but Annapurna you can do without a guide.
The trail was gorgeous. I would recommend the Manaslu trek over Annapurna. Manaslu is the trail the whole way and almost empty of tourists (May 17). You still see a lot of Nepalese cultures, wildlife, and beauty. There are some landslide zones from the Earthquake but the tea houses etc are open for business.
Manasalu Two Passes Trek – 2017, I walked the Annapurna circuit in 2009 as well. I would say that it has changed a lot since then. The benefit for the community is great to see, but the trek has lost its appeal. You are essentially walking a jeep dirt track rather than a trail – it depends on what you want from a trek, if you are looking for beauty I would preferentially head to Manaslu.
Doing the circuits back to back was a lot of fun and if you are looking for a trek of this duration. I would highly recommend the trek and the company we went with.