‘an adventure around Far North Mid-West Himalayas of great combination’
Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking, an adventure that leads towards the world’s 8th Manaslu and 10th Annapurna massif Himalaya range.
An overloaded adventure steeped with glorious scenery of dramatic landscapes, and lovely woods, lined with tall rhododendron and pine trees. The walk follows around the high mountainous region, leaving the green lush vegetation for sheer mountain wilderness.
Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking begins taking an exciting drive to Gorkha district. Where the walk follows the raging glacial Budhi Gandaki River upstream to cooler hills beyond sub-tropical farm villages. The adventure continues heading first to explore the picturesque country of Manaslu Valley, encircled by arrays of towering snow peaks.
The Upper Manaslu was at one time a forbidden land, which was opened for trekkers in 1992. But remains a Restricted Area, to enter Manaslu higher valley requires a special permit as well as Conservation fees.
The trail leads above through the nice villages of Jagat, Dyang, and Namrung to Lo-Gaon enriched with impressive cultures. Spending overnights in these lovely villages and then walking in the heart of Manaslu Valley at Sama Gaon.
An amazing place and ancient village Sama-Gaon, situated en route to Manaslu base camp, and towards Manang via Larke-La Pass. As well it leads to Nepal and Tibet border towards the north past Samdo village. Having an extra day for acclimatization and a short hike to explore its scenic country and local culture.
Walk ahead to the end of Manaslu Valley, on leaving Gorkha district towards the base of Larke-La at Dharmasala. Getting ready to cross the first high pass of the adventure, a steep climb follows through rugged mountain terrains.
After a tough uphill climb reach on top Larke-La Pass, facing stupendous views of surrounding towering snow peaks. From here downhill enter another district of Manang at Bhimthang, a nice settlement with a good lodge for an overnight stop. The walk follows through the enchanting forest to Dharapani where the route of Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit joins.
Enjoy pleasant walks on the famous and popular Annapurna Circuit trail through the lovely villages of Timang and Chame. The headquarters town of Manang area, the trail follows further northwest, reaching scenic Manang Valley in Pisang village. A valley with the magnificent scenery of Pisang, Chulu’s, and Annapurna II-III and IV peaks with Gangapurna Himal. The walk leads right amid the valley at Manang village, in the close shadow of giant snow mountains.
Enjoying the necessary rest for another acclimatization day, then towards our last final destination of the journey. The walk leads to the far end of Manang Valley, where the climb starts towards the highest point of the adventure.
On reaching on top Thorang-La is festooned with Buddhist colorful prayer flags as well as enjoying stunning views of snow peaks. The scenery on top is worth the hard effort, overlooking grand views of all Chulu peaks, and the Annapurna range. Includes close views of Damodar Himal with Manaslu towards the east and Dhaulagiri in the southwest direction.
After a joyful moment head downhill towards Mustang district reaching the holy site of Muktinath. One of the holiest pilgrimage spots for all Hindu and some Buddhist followers, Muktinath is located on windswept dry land.
At Muktinath temporary break from walking for a day taking the option of an exciting drive to Tatopani village. A place with a natural hot spring to enjoy a warm dip and a bath, after a long walk from Manaslu, Manang. Reaching the end of Mustang areas, from Tatopani after a refreshing moment, the trail follows towards cooler hills at Ghorepani. One of the famous and popular moderate and short treks for beginners, of a few days, walks from scenic Pokhara city.
Ghorepani is a nice village amidst beautiful rhododendron forest and for an hour climb on top Poon Hill. Poon Hill offers striking sunrise over a chain of Himalayan peaks from the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu ranges.
From Poon Hill and Ghorepani, after a glorious morning, with stunning views adventure slowly comes to an end on reaching Ulleri. A lovely hill village, where the walk concludes then taking an interesting drive to Pokhara for the last overnight around Nepal Mid-West. Next morning an overland journey or taking a short flight back to Kathmandu. After a wonderful adventure and great experience on Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking.